Backstage. Jessie is wearing the poodle skirt. Katie doesn't understand why it's her costume in the first place. Sarah barks at Jessie not to move because she's pinning the bottom. Katie tugs, "I see Phoebe in something hotter." Sarah pulls back: "The concept is that she's innocent." Katie yanks: "A really short skirt can be innocent -- plus it's more '60s." Sarah jerks back: "Well, people also wore skirts like this in the '60s, constantly. I looked it up." The two girls are playing a kind of tug-o-war with Jessie, who just looks incredibly uncomfortable, especially after Sarah barks, "Can you please stop shifting your weight?" Only Jessie hasn't done or said anything. Jessie: "I didn't even know that you two knew each other." In a very Heavenly Creatures moment, Sarah says, "So if you knew Katouschka was my best friend you would have sucked up to me a little bit more, huh?" Then Katie insists, again, that Sarah is kidding, because, man, that girl is quite harsh. Jessie wants to know what the hell "Katouschka" means. Apparently, the two have Russian names for one another. Next, they'll be dreaming of big plastiscine models and plotting to kill their mothers. Katie says, "What should Jessie's Russian name be?" Sarah gives her a look that would wilt a plant, doesn't answer Katie, and then tells Jessie to take off her costume. Sarah wants to get something to eat. Katie doesn't want to hear about her stomach anymore. Jessie wishes the two of them would work out whatever it is they need to work out. As the two warring girls leave, Katie calls back for Jessie to come on, but, of course, they can't leave the room without Sarah making some crack -- in this case, it's "Try not to get stuck on any trees."
Eli arrives at work carrying coffee and scones. He tries the door, only it's a pull-out instead of a pull-in. A blond Babe-in-Waiting opens the door the right way and starts chastising the poor fellow for taking so long with the coffee. She wants to know what the heck took him so long. He explains that there was a line. She doesn't buy it. She's done the coffee run, and it never takes that long. The two walk down the hallway. She tries to grab the coffee, and says, "You know what? I think you're better off not going in there right now, okay?" Eli: "What? Are you kidding me?" They struggle with the coffee. I'm imagining one of them pulling, then releasing, and seeing coffee spill crap all over the pristine white walls of the recording studio. BIW wants Eli to be more "proactive" today. God, I hate that word. I hate the connotation of that word. I hate everything about that word. Eli says, "More pro-what?" The big boss comes over, tells BIW to deal with the coffee, and then pulls Eli aside. It's not looking good for Eli. It's never good when the boss pulls you aside like that. Eli rambles on about traffic, about screwing up something about a tape, and then says he'll try to do better in the next little while. He knows he can do a better job. Without a pause, the Boss says, "You're fired." Just like that. As easily as asking, "How're you?" or "What's going on?" Rightfully, Eli is a little stunned. The Boss continues, "It's just not working out, Eli. I want to respect you enough to be completely honest with you." "Proactive"? "Respect" and "completely honest"? Don't worry Eli; this looks like a pretty sucky place to work anyway. ["Since when do respect or honesty have anything to do with the recording industry?" -- Wing Chun] Should Eli finish out the day? Um, nope, he gets to leave right now. BIW stands behind the glass doors and watches Eli go.