But what's this? Pete shows up at the window to let him know... the horse came from behind, and Damien's $10K is now $80K. That's one hell of a penny.
Laura and Whitney are at a restaurant, because if there's one thing I know, it's that lowly assistants get a lot of time for leisurely lunch breaks. Whit is freaking out because Steven won't answer his phone, but I feel like it's an insult to her character to have her act surprised. Laura vents about how today was supposed to be so good, and she was supposed to learn from J.T. Zeff -- who, it turns out, Whitney knows. She also then knows his bitchy assistant, Ross. Laura wonders how she got to this point, and Whitney asks if her ex-husband helps out at all. Awkwardly, Laura explains that she is widowed, not divorced. Her husband's death was a big story, and Whitney knows who he was and what happened. Laura admits to not wanting to say anything since she couldn't handle more pitying looks, and Whit tries to pull herself together for her friend's sake. You see? This two-day friendship is unrealistic to happen so quickly, but totally believable. Writers, you can do it -- you just need to work this magic on the other storylines. A waiter comes by with a supercharged latte, but it's for another table -- for Carlos, sitting not ten feet away. Laura continues that she needs to make this job work, and so Whitney's advice to her is to not let Ross underestimate her.
Oh, someone up there loves me -- a woman walks out of a townhouse, and it's none other than Eva Rodrrrrriguez from one of my favorite movies of all time -- Center Stage. Damien is waiting outside with a sign reading "R. Rollins," but she informs him she didn't order a car. Well, then, good thing her boyfriend drives one. They kiss, and he asks if she notices anything different -- the car is brand new, he's leasing it, and today he starts his own business with it. She's super-proud of him, and when she asks if she's the first person he told, he tells her she's the only person he's got to tell. She's thrilled and proud, and when she asks if he won the lottery, he just says he's been saving up for a long time. She's cute AND gullible.
Damien heads to a park, where he finds his brother playing chess. He knows about the horse race, the fact of which Damien seems to ignore, and instead he pulls out an envelope to give back the money he got from the shooting. Michael insists it was a gift, but Damien doesn't want it. His brother coolly lets him know he won't tell Damien's parole officer what happened. Yeah, I guess that's not what they want you doing back out in the real world, is it? Damien then breaks it to him that he wants to cut ties. As anyone might have guessed, Michael doesn't take this too well, especially considering they're family. He wonders what Damien has to make him do this, but Damien brushes him off. Gee willikers, I wonder if Michael might try to find out what Damien's got. Michael stands up to threaten his brother that he'll be back, "'cause you don't got any idea how much you need me."