This week, we jump right into a celebration for the selling of Jonah's screenplay: the maybe-innovative-ten-years-ago Living in Reverse. Even better, Ella has set up a meeting with A-list actor, Owen Anderson, who was the guy Jonah envisioned for the part when he was writing it. He and Ella go to meet Owen at a go-kart track because this guy is a man-child of sorts. Owen is completely onboard with the script, but he insists on meeting Riley so he can see the inspiration for the mostly true story first-hand. Problem with that is: her and Jonah are not exactly on speaking terms. Jonah takes a shot in the dark and calls Riley to ask the favor, not expecting her to come through. She shows up at the racetrack and tries to put on a happy face, but eventually implodes in true Riley fashion. She reveals her and Jonah have broken up and tells Ella off for even thinking she could ever win over Jonah's heart. Owen is taken aback that there are no fairy tales in real life, balking on the project. Sad face. That is until Jonah gets the idea to rewrite the ending to reflect his new interest in Ella after she reveals how vulnerable she really is.
A new guy has moved into Auggie's old place. He's a shirtless guitar player, disturbing the peace of The Complex and being totally wild and interesting. Right? His name is Drew. As in, "I drew this diagram of a character, which might save our show. Here's his attractiveness, there's his guitar... up here is his witty brain. Oh, and let me draw him a lab coat real quick. He's a doctor!" Naturally, Drew and Lauren butt heads, both at home and at ULA. But it's in that playful, "eventually they're totally going to do it" way. That might have to wait, though, as it seems Riley is our only single, female tenant at the moment available for Dr. Drew.
Despite going through the dissolving of her engagement, Riley's doing pretty well. She decides to pull herself together professionally and ask Amanda for an opportunity to pitch some inner-city educational reach program to Ben. Her interview with him goes well and she gets the gig. Go Riley! This is much to the chagrin of Amanda, who figured Riley was way under-qualified to have anything to do with her magnificently bearded boyfriend. In contrast to Riley, Amanda's not doing so well. She is broke, she finds out, and will lose WoodwardPK if she keeps borrowing against its assets. To top it off, Ms. Woodward is beginning to show her age. News of her financial woes triggers what Amanda thinks is a heart problem, but Dr. Mancini diagnoses it as panic attacks. Maybe there's a cosmetic procedure for that.
Speaking of Michael, he is even worse off than Amanda. He's now in a downward spiral, resulting from Vanessa's death at the hands of the mighty Violet. Lauren finds one of Michael's patients near death after a major and unforgiveable oversight on the patient's chart. She covers for him and he gratefully pays off all $16,000 of her remaining tuition balance. With the hush money guaranteeing his career is safe, the only thing he has left is his son, Noah. About that... There was a not-so-subtle hint about this before the hiatus (Read: "Oh snap!"), and now the truth has been verified. David is, in fact, Noah's biological father. Upon finding out, David goes straight to Michael's house to reveal the news. Dr. Mancini orders David to cut off all contact with Noah, but a tussle leaves Michael beaten on the ground. He is utterly powerless now. Well... maybe not after Lauren happens to be his order-in whore when she agrees to do one last job for Wendi's prostitution ring. Michael wants David to feel what it feels like to have all happiness ripped from him. This means blackmailing Lauren to dump David unless she wants to be blacklisted in the medical community. Life's so unfair for the hooker elite.
Either my DVR was tardy, or we actually did without "Ella Simms! Junior Publicist!" this week. If it was the former, please don't email me. Ignorance is bliss. We jump straight into a celebration for the sale of Jonah's screenplay. Ella's there, talking about getting famous actor Owen Anderson to play the lead. David and Lauren are there... hmm. Who's missing? Besides Auggie and Violet -- which Ella dutifully addresses how weird it was for them to ride off into the sunset together -- the notable absence is Riley. As the group's drunkenness hits a fever pitch and Ella steps away, the rest of the group begins to acknowledge the break-up. Jonah thanks Lauren for coming and takes it as a sign she has sided with him. Lauren corrects him that it's simply Riley understands he and Lauren are still friends regardless of what happened. She leaves to go to her shift at the hospital. This leaves David and Jonah alone. The only advice David can offer is the same thing everyone keeps offering to Jonah: Ella is there and wants him. David toasts to looking to the future as Jonah looks over his shoulder at Ella.
Lauren's already in scrubs at ULA and one of her patients is already about to die. Makes sense. She gets him to stabilize as Dr. Mancini walks in and reveals it's actually his patient and he's at fault for the patient's allergic reaction. A nurse comes in and Lauren covers for Michael's mistake. He thanks Lauren and tries to hurry away, but Lauren catches him out in the hallway to offer him some sympathy for what he's going through. You know, his wife being murdered after murdering the woman he had an affair with and all. I swear, people are such drama queens these days. Lauren's sympathy turns into advice about a leave of absence, but this just provokes a stern lecture from Michael about not needing a stern lecture from his student.
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Morning in The Complex Courtyard. Jonah is passed out on pool furniture. He's awoken by Ella who has copies of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter in her hand with Jonah on the front pages. The good news keeps rolling in. Ella has scored a meeting with Owen Anderson to talk about signing him to play the lead in Living in Reverse. Enter David just in time to tease Jonah about being too hung-over to probably close the deal. Enter Riley just in time to make everything awkward for everyone. She walks by in nice business attire. Ella calls out to her about Jonah's article. Riley half-heartedly replies, "Congratulations," and keeps walking. Jonah: "Okay. Was that awkward for anyone else?" It was simply delicious over here, J. The tension is finally sliced through by the loud wailing of an electric guitar. It's coming from Auggie's old apartment. Lauren bursts out from her first-floor apartment and comically stomps past the group as Ella comments that you do not disturb Lauren when she's trying to sleep in...