Meanwhile, Douglas and Anne are going at it pretty hot and heavy until Anne starts talking about Elaine and his boner dies. "Okay, there has to be a rule against discussing my mother while I'm inside of you." Anne's feeling the pressures of being in the public eye. She wanted a small party; Elaine wanted a fund-raiser at the zoo. Douglas admits that's a part of being in this family. They start kissing, but before they can get really back into the swing of things, Elaine calls. It turns out the grabby Russian foreign minister is in New York ahead of coming to D.C. for the engagement party, which is news to Douglas. Elaine wants him to get her in to see the Minister, without actually letting ol' Kutyuri Ballsoff know ahead of time.
As Susan gets ready for bed, she wonders how Elaine could still so obviously have feelings for Bud. She thinks it's sad, but Alex is sympathetic. Susan recalls Elaine as the valedictorian when she graduated law school, getting a ten-minute standing ovation. "What happened to that girl, and how did she decide to sit out the next 20 years catering to a man who repeatedly cheated on her?" Alex manages to segue into asking Susan snagged the interview with Elaine. "I'm not asking as your editor -- I'm asking as your boyfriend." Susan hesitates, takes a deep breath, and says, "T.J. Hammond tried to kill himself." This was the "stunt," as Bud ever so sensitively called it. Susan has a contact at the hospital where T.J. was admitted under an alias. Susan says she feels creepy even talking about it, swearing that she never intended to actually write the story. Alex points out that she wasn't above using it as a threat. Even though he promises not to tell anyone, it's pretty obvious that he's going to do just that.
The next day, Susan accompanies Elaine on her flight to New York. They're not quite BFFs yet, but Elaine seems to have warmed to Susan ever so slightly. She admits to reading Susan's book on feminism, titled "When Bitches Rule." Susan, slightly embarrassed, says, "I was trying to reclaim the word." Elaine blames the book's poor sales on its title. "After all, never call a bitch a bitch -- us bitches hate that." Douglas interrupts this budding feminine bonding to deliver the news that the American journalists have been found guilty by the Iranian court. Hakam will have them executed in 24 hours. When Elaine gets back to work, Susan is impressed by her resolve. Elaine gives a great speech about the horribleness of life. "But you'll never get to the next great moment if you don't keep going," Elaine says. "So that's what I do: I keep going."