Speak of the devil: here she is sitting in a corporate waiting area, anxiously tapping a sheet of paper against her fist. A suit emerges and shakes a woman's hand, saying it was nice to meet her. He then calls, "Ms. Sammler?" Lily exhales loudly and stares at her lap, oblivious. Somehow, all the other applicants, as well as the interviewer, know that's her name, and they stare at her pointedly. Lily jumps up as if she's been goosed, sending the papers on her lap flying. She yanks her purse from the chair and stares down at the avalanche. She plucks one sheet of paper from the pile and stands up, lamely explaining, "It's not that I don't know my own name. I'm just not used to it. Yet. I recently got remarried, so..." The suit looks positively engrossed.
Cut to a close-up of Lily's résumé, with the name "Elizabeth Sammler" written across the top. The woman holding it lowers her hands to look at Lily, who's explaining that in the final days of her employment at PagesAlive, she was involved at basically every step of production. "Look, I'm going to be honest with you," the woman says from her big leather chair. "Oh, no," Lily says. The woman claims that she thinks Lily is "great" and that the two of them "would really click," but Lily made the mistake of admitting to her that she hadn't finished her college degree. Lily is surprised that it matters. Considering her work experience totals somewhere in the neighborhood of a year, I can't believe she thinks it doesn't. Anyway, the woman says it wouldn't really matter to her, but it would to the woman's boss. If Lily hadn't explicitly said otherwise, the woman would have let her boss assume that Lily had a degree. Lily says, "It's so ridiculous! I only needed, like, ten more credits or something." Isn't that, like, a year's worth? In that case, I've almost got a Master's degree. ["Not necessarily; at the school Niki and I attended, one class was one credit, but ten credits might only represent two courses, depending on where Lily matriculated." -- Wing Chun] The woman advises Lily to lie on her résumé in the future, since everyone else does, too. Lily protests at first, but then looks intrigued.