At Dev's, he and RJ are enjoying their My Job Is Shit whiskey the way it was meant to be enjoyed: neat, from juice glasses. She looks ready to climb him like a tree. They drink a toast to Dev's lousy career and then RJ leans in for the kiss. Get it, girl. They set down their drinks and continue kissing, until Dev remembers he has a terrible white-bread girlfriend and says, "I'm sorry, I can't." RJ replied, "Feels like you can," because ha, ha, boner jokes. Dev climbs off her and wanders across the room to mope prettily.
Derek is hollering at the lighting director while Karen and Bobby watch from the wings. Randall and a costume assistant show up with two different sparkly dresses that they'd like to discuss, and having been involved in a situation like this on a vastly smaller scale (okay, it was high school, but we still yelled at each other like it mattered), I think this is the episode when Derek's head will actually lift clean off his shoulders and become embedded in the acoustical tile.
Julia is pacing in her kitchen, on the phone with Tom. Despite her improved marital state, she is wearing what is by far her worst schmatte of despair; it's enormous and plaid and buttoned crookedly and it looks like a bathrobe belted with something you'd use to saddle a particularly girthy horse. On her end she's insisting No Michael, on the other end Derek is maintaining that Michael will be there when she arrives. Tom is about to pull some sort of child of divorce stunt and go hide under a riser, poor thing.
Julia hangs up and Shrek asks what's going on. She tells him. They are in agreement: Michael must not get this job back because once he slept with Julia and even though as the writer she probably doesn't have any reason to be anywhere near the theater once the show is up and running, his presence in Bombshell is such an immense threat to the sanctity of the Shrek family that the entire musical must be sacrificed because Julia got a little round-heeled a couple times.
Derek asks Tom what Julia said. He lies and says Julia's coming around. Derek asks Tom to write some more intro music for one of the songs to facilitate Rebecca's costume change into one of the super-sparkly dresses from earlier. Tom resists, but Derek explains that Rebecca is basically one cross word away from flipping out like Liv Tyler in Empire Records after she did all that speed. I would like to see that, actually. The boys strike a deal: Tom will write a little more music so Rebecca can have her sparkly dress and Derek will put the song for Ivy and Karen in the show. And I would really enjoy watching this show with Andrew Lloyd Webber and watching him throw kumquats at the TV every time something flagrantly impossible happens. "Sarah Brightman was never so unprofessional, even when we were getting divorced!" I imagine Lord Lloyd Webber shouting.