Karen and Rebecca bypass the velvet rope, drink shots, dance and get photographed -- a lot. When she gets home she flops drunkenly on Dev and mutters something about Leonardo DiCaprio and how nice David Bowie is and he turns over his iPad to show that he's actually been Getty Images-stalking her. She asks if he's mad and he says he's confused about the clothes and how Rebecca's her new best friend. He's being very reserved and British and swallowing-his-feelings about it, while Karen thrashes about decadently on the pile of fancy clothes and says he'll like Rebecca. Oh, I bet he won't.
Tom noodles about on Julia's living room piano while Julia reads the lyrics to "Secondhand White Baby Grand," the new ballad. Shrek comes in and says he's here to pick up Dull Leo and he and Julia do the "but I thought he was with you" tap-dance, and the answer is obviously that, like Ivy's instantaneous addiction to prednisone, the divorce has caused Leo to fail all his classes, drop out of school, develop a crack habit and now he's blowing his dealer down by the Gowanus Canal. Or he's probably just hiding out at his weaselly little friend's house, smoking weed and playing Mass Effect 3 for the forty seventh consecutive hour.
In their kitchen, Shrek and Julia tell a cop that Dull Leo was last seen at school on Monday. I hope they at least tried calling Dull Leo's phone before they called the police. The cop says that running away is about the most dangerous thing a kid can do in New York, which I find hard to believe. Years of cautionary subway posters and Law & Order: SVU episodes have convinced me that surfing the outside of the F train is actually the most dangerous thing a kid can do in New York, followed closely by foraging in the Ramble and having your picture taken with the grubby Elmo who hangs out near Bryant Park.
Derek is obsessively moving little figures around on his scale model of a proscenium stage. I find this hilariously sexy. "They're building sets in Boston," he muses. Ivy adds, "And you have movie star problems." When he looks at her quizzically (because he didn't think anyone in the same room with them could overhear Rebecca asking Tom and Julia to rewrite the show day after day?), she says Tom and Sam were gossiping and now everybody's talking about it. "People start whispering about who's in charge because nobody knows," she Lady Macbeths.
Julia tells Tom, on the phone, that she and Shrek can issue a missing dull persons report and that the police will check the airports and train stations and, she says, "We could talk to his friends." Wouldn't that be your first impulse? His friends and every extended family member you have? When I used to fantasize about running away from home, it wasn't to hop in a boxcar like a frickin' hobo. It was to live at my school like an even nerdier version of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and survive on a diet consisting entirely of Pop-Tarts. Julia asks Tom not to tell anyone at the show that she's misplaced her 17-year-old.