Steven knocks on an apartment door, and when no one answers, he uses his key to let himself into a fabulous, airy, hardwood-floored apartment. The pictures of Max indicate that he's at his ex-wife's house. He wanders around, calling for "Chris," but gets no response. However, someone is in the shower in the bathroom. He calls her name, and Chris -- played by Carey Lowell -- looks none too pleased when she gasps and sticks her head out from behind the curtain. She remarks, "You're alive," and finishes her shower. He's going through the closet and apologizes, saying he didn't think she was home, but she corrects him that he didn't care. She asks when he got back, and he answers that it was three weeks ago -- leading to another mystery, which is where exactly he was, other than drunk. She asks if Max knows that he's here; he answers that "he might," and when she asks if he saw him, Steven deflects by asking where his clothes are. Unfortunately for him, Chris gave them all away. She's angry and combative, and she tells him that she told Max he was sick and probably not coming home so that he wouldn't know the real details -- which include a note and a call from Mexico. Steven begins to speak, but she orders him not to apologize. He hopefully tells her he's got an interview that day, which is why he needs the jacket, but she's unmoved. She tells him that whether he gets it or not won't matter, since he'll end up wrecking things. She's such a great actress -- you can feel the unhealthy combination of anger and sadness at war in her gut as she tries to stay calm. "You show yourself out. You know the way... " He finally looks a little bit put in his place.
Fade up on a very angular bottle of vodka in front of some white flowers -- orchids, maybe? These things are set in the middle of a table where Whitney is meeting with some men, telling them about how they can help their brand, and waiting anxiously for her photographer to show up. She leaves, supposedly to fetch Steven, but instead calls him in a panic and chews him out over voicemail, as he shows up from behind her, not really concerned enough for my taste that he's "seven minutes late." He's clean-shaven and dressed nicely in a dark shirt and jacket, and he's got one too many buttons unbuttoned, but since he's supposed to be artsy, I think this is supposed to show his rakish disregard for the establishment or something. He tries to talk about the bottle design being "slick, sleek, and very photogenic," but he's stalling, and the client, onto him, says he hopes that it's all of those things. He comments about how he saw Steven's books, and they're brilliant, but what has he been doing the past few years? There's a pregnant pause, Whitney stares at Steven and crosses her hands, and after another moment Steven calmly answers that he's been shooting travel guides in Japan, as they had established. Whitney, eyebrows raised and holding her breath, listens to him try to explain. And she seems impressed that he's going with it when she interrupts and tells him that they should tell the truth. She admits that she made Steven create that answer and says she has faith in the real him, and then asks where he's actually been. Everyone is quiet and the client looks stern, but Steven takes a breath and, to his credit, gives an honest, not-snide answer. "Well, if there's one thing I know exceptionally well, it's the inside of that bottle." The client chuckles, breaking the tension. I suppose if you work in vodka, you have to be a little more forgiving about someone getting into trouble with your product. Steven shrugs it off and moves forward to talk about his idea. I started out wanting to make fun of it, but as he went on, it sounds great and I'd really like to see it -- which I'm sure means that we won't. He wants to fill the bottle with buds, and he'll shoot the color negative and cross-process it so that the colors will turn out extremely bold, and the etched name on the bottle will pop. He warms up, and they seem to love the idea that, in his words, will mean "rebirth, spring... second chances." Whitney is all aglow inside that her risk seems to be paying off.