At a band meeting, Paul arrives an hour late and tosses off a joke about taking a bath. "At least he's clean," Ringo offers. What's that? Did Ringo get a line? Sorry, buddy, but this movie isn't about you, so zip it. Only John has attitude. Brian lectures Paul and the others about tardiness, telling them that as their star rises, so must their commitment to professionalism. "You can't keep behaving like wild men from the provinces," Brian warns, allowing himself one small fantasy about John in a loincloth grunting and hunting wild boar with a giant wooden truncheon...in his trousers. Returning to the lecture, Brian says, "No more smoking and eating and hitting each other on stage." George, delighted, says hopefully, "Can we all agree?" Aw. Poor abused George. Brian also nixes the leather and cowboy boots, choosing instead some bland outfits that are all the rage in France. "You want to turn us into bloody pansies?" John whines. Brian groans that they must understand they're the future of rock, not the past. George first, then Paul, admits they do need to stay fresh and edgy. "It's about money," John says. "If you think that's what it takes, I'll wear a gorilla suit on stage. You'd better make us a lot of money, and I mean a lot." Peace and love, John. Peace and love.
In a black-and-white montage, we hear The Beatles playing "Twist and Shout" to an elated crowd. Because, you see, they wrote some shit, not that this movie would acknowledge it. Someone has an "I Love George" sign, and I feel better, even if that person was paid or just freed from a grueling prison term.
John is talking to a female reporter, spouting publicity junk about how people love the clothes and hair, but the music is the real reason for The Beatles' huge following. They finish, and he winks and invites her backstage after the concert. She's undressing him with her eyes, and he's drooling over her ass. Brian is disgusted with that behavior, first and foremost because she's a journalist who could decide to write a first-person account of her wild night with a Beatle. "Then I'd better give her something to write about," says John. I really admire how Brian stood up for John's wife and gestating child. Real conviction there.
Mimi telephones to tell John that Cynthia is in labor. She's cute about it -- clearly thrilled about the baby, despite her earlier rage. John refuses to leave the group, mentioning the contracts and the sold-out shows to which he's committed. Mimi wonders if he's as commitment to his wife and child. Mimi is stunned, but tries to coax a visit from him. "Please just tell Cyn my heart is with her, and I'll be there soon," John says quietly. I think the actor is trying to play conflicted, but it's coming across as lethargy.