Sam's V.O. tells us, "I was reading an article the other day, by which I mean I was watching T.V." That's my favorite magazine. What she read and/or watched was all about how you should figure out what you can't control and then control it to death. Sam and Dena are walking along, coffee cups in hand, while Sam tells Dena about the kiss, and in particular how Sam doesn't really know what Todd meant by it, since he split before they could talk. Sam talks about how he yelled at her and left. Dena: "Yup, I got yelled at by a guy once, right after he kissed me. My braces got stuck in his chewing gum. He was a bad therapist." Ha! They enter the lobby of Sam's building, where Sam worries that Todd ran home to have sex with Chloe right after the kiss while Sam spent a sleepless night trying to figure out what it all means. Dena tells Sam that love is like a dog -- you just have to let it off the leash so it can run in the mud and roll in dead animals, and if it comes back to you it was yours to begin with. Chapman, Sam's non-billionaire, non-sexy boss, is at the elevator, listening to this entire conversation. Dena leaves, and Sam gets on the elevator with Chapman. It's completely tense and awkward for about sixty floors. And then as the doors open, Chapman tells Sam, "Your friend? I want her, make it happen." Credits.
Sam follows Chapman into his office and asks if he really wants to ask Dena out. He really does -- just that morning, he wrote his last alimony check. But instead of being thrilled (like he was on the day he settled out of court with his father), he's feeling lonely and isolated. He thinks Dena's Hallmark-style views on love are exactly what he needs. Sam resists, and Chapman snaps at her, "Go to the mall!" Yes, lets's! But he's not telling her to shop -- it's just that today is the groundbreaking of the $200 million mall construction project she's been spearheading.
Cut to Sam and Andrea walking through a grassy meadow that's straight out of Pushing Daisies. Sam complains that Chapman actually started talking about his feelings: "It's like if the toaster started talking about the weather." What, yours doesn't? Andrea thinks it would be awesome if Dena ("our best friend") started dating the boss, since it would give them a chance to get all kinds of perks out of him. In particular, Andrea's got her sight set on a leather chair that molds itself to the shape of your ass. Sam wonders when Andrea started thinking of Dena as her best friend. Andrea: "Who got up in the middle of the night to pick her up when her stupid car ran out of gas?" Sam: "Uh, me?" Andrea: "Oh, so now all of a sudden you have a memory. That's very convenient." And here's Tracy, Sam's assistant, with her hard hat and golden shovel for the groundbreaking. Sam is thrilled -- until she sees a mob of protesters swarming in her general direction. She asks what they're protesting, just as one of them runs up, screams out "butterfly killer!" and jams a net over her head. And now Sam has a flashback.