Sloan doesn't know what to say to the fact that MacKenzie just brazenly offered her a job based on her looks even after Sloan told her that she is clearly trying to be a Serious Journalist. MacKenzie says people won't listen to an economics lesson if it isn't being given by a hot woman. Hey, remember how MacKenzie was all about integrity and just presenting the facts and not thinking about what people want to watch? I guess that doesn't count when it's economic news. Or MacKenzie is just a big hypocrite being written (and acted -- you are not blameless here, Emily Mortimer) in a way that makes her impossible to like or respect. Sloan says she'll do it. "We're start a conversation with Will about our goals and how we're going to get there," MacKenzie says, somehow putting "I'll talk to Will about it" the wordiest way possible. Then: "I think you and I are going to become good friends." "I'd like that," Sloan says. "Me too. I mean it. I don't have any friends," MacKenzie says. So now she's just clingy and weird and trying to hire people to be her friend instead of a good addition to whatever this borefest of a show she's trying to create is?
Sloan doesn't know what to say to this, so she changes the subject to what she thinks she and MacKenzie have in common: they were both cheated on by a boyfriend. "I don't understand," MacKenzie says. "I know about Will," Sloan says. "Yeah. Yeah. I still don't understand," MacKenzie says. Best EP in the business, guys. Can't imagine why no one else wanted to touch her with a ten-foot pole. MacKenzie finally gets that Sloan thinks Will cheated on her. She insists that he didn't. Sloan doesn't believe her... or care, really. She only brought it up to get out of MacKenzie's awkward friendship discussion. Sloan says everyone seems to think Will cheated on MacKenzie. MacKenzie says that didn't happen but she can't tell anyone what actually did on his orders. Also, her arms are flailing all over the place in what I guess is supposed to indicate panic, but just makes her look like that much more of a crazy person. Sloan decides to get out of there, but MacKenzie follows her out. "You need to tell people that!" she orders. "You're enabling an ass," Sloan says. Despite all evidence we've seen thus far to the contrary, MacKenzie insists -- her hands flying around the screen -- that Will is not an ass. He is the opposite of an ass, she says. Yeah, he's a non-ass who doesn't know his own assistant's name. "I thought they thought he was gruff but loveable," MacKenzie says. Totally. They all quit Will's show at the first available opportunity because he's loveable. MacKenzie physically drags Sloan back into her office and orders her to go to everyone at ACN and tell him that "Will is an extraordinary man with a heart the size of a Range Rover." No, he's not. Why does she think he is? He's mean to blonde college students. He called Neal "Punjab." He got his salary cut so he'd be able to fire MacKenzie. She didn't seem particularly thrilled with him last week, so what's with the turnaround now? Anyway, Sloan says she has no intention of spreading MacKenzie's message for her and leaves. If she were to never, ever come back, she would be my favorite character on this show. And the smartest.