Hubby leaves as Nico's phone rings. It's Victory, smearing lip gloss on her face as she walks down the street. She informs Nico that she's taking her advice and facing her public. She feels so much better. She's the same Victory she always was, and no stupid review can change that! She enters her design studio and is faced with the entire staff and a mournfully delivered, "Hiiiiiii." Complete with mass head tilts. Victory looks like she's going to throw up. I think we can sum up Victory with one sentence: Dippy designer-type with cute personality who has never quite reached her full potential but whom everyone keeps around because she's sweet and has a great apartment. Oh, and she's always falling in love with the wrong guys. Am I right or am I right?
Cut to Parador Pictures as Wendy dashes in and is informed by some douchebag with a headset that she's late and has the dailies for some movie to watch. She hopes that today's footage is going to be better than yesterday and then she sweetly barks orders at everyone as she picks at a muffin, telling them all to put down their Sudoku puzzles and get on the phone to their assistant friends and find out if DreamWorks actually has a Galileo project. The impression we're supposed to get of Wendy is that she's scattered and charming and likes muffins but is still very good at her job and universally loved by all her staff.
Nico, on the other hand, likes to be greeted at the door by her assistant, because isn't that what all EIC's do? (Mine shows up at 8 AM because the bus he takes is an express at 7:30 from his neighborhood and he refuses to take taxis because they're expensive and his assistant shows up at 10 because she likes to sit at home and read the Times and do the crossword and just cannot be rushed through that to get to the office by 9 and isn't it just all so GLAMOROUS and HIGH-POWERED and MAGAZINE-Y?) Nico orders her assistant to get Julian Sands on the phone so that she can brief him about tonight's event, but the assistant informs her that Mike, Nico's nemesis, has already done that. Nico's all, what? He doesn't know jack shit about the web launch. The assistant is all, oh, but he does. Mostly because his assistant came by last night and picked up your notes. You know, the ones in your OFFICE? Because that's not STEALING or anything. Nico is understandably peeved. The assistant apologizes profusely as Nico just tells her to get Mike on the phone, like, NOW.
Back with Victory as she tries to assure everyone that she's fine, it's fine, that's fine, everything's fine! Besides, she has 325 stores in Asia! She's a big deal! Except that she isn't, because her assistant hands her a message from Mrs. Ikito in Japan. She hated the New York show and wants to have a meeting next week in Tokyo to discuss the future. Victory slams her head down on the desk in disgust. Someone buzzes in on her phone and informs her that Joe Bennett is on the line. "The bazillionaire?" the assistant anviliciously gasps from the doorway. Victory knows who he is -- she just doesn't know why the hell he's calling her.