Somewhere else in this big city of fractured dreams and dramatic personalities, Anjelica Huston and Truxton Spangler from Rubicon are getting divorced, and it is acrimonious as hell. And seeing as they were jointly producing that revival of My Fair Lady, this is bad news, particularly for Derek Wills, who is now out of a gig. He meets with Anjelica (whose name is Eileen, but I'm not ready to stop calling her Anjelica yet), who tells him that the project, along with everything else she and her husband (Jerry) own is in escrow. But she has an idea -- she previously met with Tom and Julia about the leaked Marilyn idea. She's super into it, and she suggested Derek, which garnered such a pained and anguished howl from Tom. It's not clear exactly what happened between them when they worked together previously, but Tom hates him with some serious fury.
Julia, however, continues to stick up for Derek's directorial brilliance, which only annoys Tom further. It seems like whatever their beef is, it wounded Tom on a personal level, but he gets steamrolled into letting Derek work out that famed baseball number (CHIME!) with Ivy and a backup ensemble. The production's pretty lively -- I am not going to complain about chorus boys in baseball pants -- and the show does that Rob Marshall thing where rehearsal footage becomes some kind of vision of the finished production.
Everybody flips for the number, except Tom, who is straining to keep from giving Derek the satisfaction. Of course, the minute Derek delivers a lukewarm word of praise for Ivy's performance, Tom suddenly says she was "brilliant." This is going to be a long process with these two. And before you go thinking this is all a Tom problem, note that Derek later complains to Eileen about the way Tom fawns over his leading ladies, concluding that "Gay men piss me off." Wonderful!
Meanwhile, Tom and Julia return to his apartment to find Ellis sitting glumly on the curb. Aw, Ellis is a dreamer -- he worked props on his high school's production of Tom and Julia's first hit musical. Tom's heart gets soft on the poor kid -- who just wanted to be part of something beautiful or whatever -- and while I love Tom's generosity of spirit, I do so enjoy that Julia just does not like this kid and doesn't want him around.