Derek is meeting with Michael Riedel, who observes that it's a big season for Derek, staging both Bombshell and The Wiz. Riedel, cattier than ever this season, apparently sat with Rebecca Duvall for a preview in Boston, to which Derek's only comment is: "Rebecca Duvall is a superstar. And like most superstars she knows what she's good at. And what she isn't." Including digesting peanuts. Riedel says he thinks Derek might be suggesting Rebecca poisoned herself to get out of her contract, but Derek would never suggest such a thing!
Karen waits at the bar and a very cute boy (who is not quite as cute as 18-year-old Christian Bale, but c'mon -- who is? Nobody, that's who! Not that little Bieber urchin, not those One Direction scamps, no one! We knew how to grow teen idols in the '90s! They sang, they danced, they joined the Hitler Youth and grew up to be Batman! Get off my lawn, whippersnappers!) asks if he can get her something while she waits. She brushes him off, but he persists and introduces himself as Jimmy. She asks if he talks to all his customers this much (have you ever met a bartender before, Karen?), and he asks if she is actually a customer or just another actress who will take up space and not order anything but water. Karen says she's not like that. No, she's worse.
Michael Riedel greets Karen and says he can't wait to see her in the show. He leaves and Jimmy asks, "Still or sparkling?" Karen replies, "Tap," because that's exactly what she's like. She asks Derek if he knew about Ivy singing at the party and he says he didn't. She brings up Ivy's advice about protecting the work and uses that as her excuse for wanting Ivy gone. Derek says she just has to say the word and he'll fire Ivy. Karen moves her forehead a little bit and he says, "Consider it done." Derek! You bastard.
Tom and Sam finally get a scene together! Sam says he's been offered a lead in the touring company of The Book of Mormon, but he wants to stay in the city. Tom reminds Sam that he has ten lines in Bombshell, but Sam wants to stay to be with Tom, and then of course turns the subject to how Tom hasn't let himself enjoy his good reviews because Julia's weren't so good. Sam reminds him Julia doesn't even know about the bad reviews, but Tom says he's protecting her so she can focus on her marriage. And then across Gramercy Park, they see Shrek kissing a woman good-bye as she gets into a cab. Sam and Tom give each other giant anime eyes of Oh Noes.