The Philanthropist Premiere
And if he's Rist, who's Maidstone? The bartender yet again very helpfully asks. And I am so glad she did, because it's Jesse L. Martin, who I totally didn't know was on this show! That's a nice surprise.
Anyway, we're in the boardroom of Maidstone-Rist now, with Teddy and Jesse L. arguing about the botched Nigerian deal while Teddy's secretary pretends to be invisible next to them. Teddy tries to calm Jesse L. down, saying he's going to back to Nigeria ASAP to salvage the oil deal, but Jesse L. shuts him down, saying it's done! It's over! Forget the deal! As he walks out, Teddy asks his secretary if he knows the Nigerian ambassador, for scheming purposes, and she responds with, "Yeah, you got him drunk at the MOMA benefit," which, I don't know if you've ever been to any event at any MOMA, but I've been to many, and believe me -- it ain't hard to get drunk at those things, so that comment's not really that impressive when you think about it.
Now Teddy's telling the bartender o' exposition about Olivia, who runs his company's non-profit foundation, and who is one of the most extraordinary humans on the planet or something. Barxpo's like, "Whoa! Sounds like you two had a past." Which, of course, they did, because she's goddamn psychic, apparently.
Olivia turns out to be Neve Campbell, who I did know was going to be in this, so seeing her is less exciting. She is wearing a sleeveless yellow pirate shirt to work with a pencil skirt, if that matters to you at all. Also, she has one of those very tightly wound and complicated hairdos that only people portraying the elite on television can accomplish on a daily basis (see Ellen Parsons on Damages for further reference), so you know she means business. She's explaining to Teddy that they're sending a $100,000 check to a Nigerian relief fund, and Teddy's happy about that, but he wants to send some care packages to the hotel boy's town as well. She wants to know what happened in Nigeria and he won't tell her, opting to spazz out on a stapler instead. She takes his hands and they have an intimate moment where she asks why he's been so freaked out since he got back, and he almost looks like he's going to tell her, when Jesse L. barges in and she gets up to kiss him because -- revealed!