At the art show, Joe is still casually commenting on how much paintings cost, saying things like "You could buy that and still have enough left over to buy a beach house to hang it in." Ho ho, he's so rich! Victory is preoccupied, wondering about Diego and the source of his money. Joe more or less tunes her out, until she says she's not even sure she wants to have the budget Diego wants to give her. Then Joe comments that perhaps she's planning to move her studio too soon. "Working where I sleep isn't really working for me," Victory sighs. "Come stay at my house," says Joe, and then he walks away, to make certain that this invitation is delivered in the least romantic way possible. "Did you just ask me to move in with you?" Victory inquires. Joe says, "I am offering you a temporary solution to your problem." Swoon! Guys who act like they don't care whether you live or die are just the most!
The girls have arrived in Scotland -- or, judging by the ridiculously inauthentic burr on the hotel receptionist, in an Epcot-style simulacrum of Scotland. The not-actually-Scottish receptionist hands Nico a message, telling her it was left for her "tha smarnin'." Wendy asks if it's from Hector, and Nico, acting more shifty by the minute, tells her it's "Bonfire stuff." She had six hours to come clean about Kirby and she couldn't bring herself to do it. This isn't likely to end well. Wendy announces her intention to get a drink at the hotel bar, and Nico excuses herself, saying she'll be down in a little while. Left alone with the receptionist, Wendy asks what it's like to live in the hometown of J.K. Rowling. The receptionist turns away, then says sharply, "Well, it wouldn't do to gossip about a national treasure, now would it?" Her reaction is so completely uncalled for (who said anything about gossip?) that I assumed it would be meaningful later -- is this woman Rowling's former assistant? A spurned lover? What? But it never comes up again, and I think it's supposed to be the first of many "funny" moments in the Wendy Has a Lousy Time in Scotland comic subplot. Seriously -- wait till you see how much time we waste on this. Wendy gathers up her things and gives the bell on the desk a smack as she leaves. That'll show the bitch!