Susan confronts Georgia over the story. "Of all the industries available to you, looking the way you do -- porn, reality posting -- you chose journalism." Georgia is a shallow ditz, but attacking her for her looks not only flies in the face of Susan's staunch feminism, but muddies the issues with her own insecurities. Georgia calls her a bitch. Susan tries to use Elaine's "never call a bitch a bitch" rejoinder, but Georgia has one last dagger for her: Alex approved the story.
This stuns Susan most of all. When she goes to Alex about it, she realizes not only did he betray her confidence in giving Georgia the story, but that he's also sleeping with her. Alex chases her through the office, trying to apologize, but his idea of an apology includes trying to make it all Susan's fault. She didn't want to move in with him, she doesn't want to marry him, her career is more important to him than their relationship. "You know that I'm sorry," he says. "You don't make it easy to love you." She is agog at this utter assholery. "It's not supposed to be easy, you asshole! 'Easy' is Georgia! 'Easy' is where you can spend the night while I'm moving out!"
Back at the No-Tell Motel, Elaine and Bud cuddle in post-coital bliss for a bit and then discuss their troubled son. They're both at a loss as what to do with or for him. Eventually, Elaine gets up and starts putting her clothes on. She tells Bud that she's going to get the President to send him to Iran to negotiate for the hostages. When Bud is completely unsurprised by the idea, she realizes he's been manipulating her into precisely this move all along. She's absolutely incensed. "Did we sleep together because of politics? Sure," Bud says. "But it was also about luuuv!" Elaine storms out, half dressed and hobbling on one high heel like she's leaving a frat party. The Secret Service agents exchange knowing looks. Once back on the road with her agent, she starts laughing and doesn't stop until she's almost in tears.
Elaine meets with Susan that night at the zoo, just outside the elephant enclosure. Susan apologizes for the story and accepts responsibility. She also tells Elaine about her boyfriend/editor sleeping with the journalist who went to press with the story. "For years, I wrote about you being an affront to women because you stayed with your husband," she says. "Then when I went to pack tonight, it was one of the hardest I've had to do." Elaine is sympathetic. She explains it took her 30 years to find the strength to leave Bud. She then gives Susan a juicy story by telling her that Bud will be going to Iran. Before they go their separate ways for the evening, Elaine tells Susan just why she loves elephants. They're majestic, fearsome, but still gentle. They're a metaphor for women. They're metaphants. Elephors? Anyway, Elaine goes on to say elephants have a matriarchal society. "And when the males reach mating age, they kick them the hell out of the herd." Susan laughs and beams admiration at Elaine.