Eileen also has intricate boards of the competition in both actress categories. In the best actress category, Ivy is up against Kate Baldwin for Seesaw, Jennifer Damiano for Beauty Queen, Audra McDonald for House of Flowers, Laura Osnes for Oliver, and of course Karen for Hit List, although they can cross that last one off. There's also a board for featured (which means supporting) actress, with Momadette up against Victoria Clark in Beauty Queen, Katie Finneran in Annie, Patina Miller in Pippin, and Chita Rivera in I-can't-see-what-show, plus a possible nomination for Ivy in Liaisons! (What about Ana as the Diva?) Ivy brushes off the possibility of that nomination, since Liaisons! closed in a week. (But Dolores Gray won a Tony in 1953 for Carnival in Flanders, which only played six performances. It can be done, Ivy!) As Ivy is pointing out that that would put them in direct competition, and Momadette graciously says it would be embarrassing to beat her daughter, Tom gets a call from Kyle.
Derek and Karen, walking to the theater in the rain, talk about how they didn't have sex. (And I have to give the show points for shooting outdoor scenes regardless of the weather, adding to the New York authenticity.) She frets about what they'll tell everyone, and Derek sensibly points out that they don't have to tell everyone anything. It's not actually the company's business that he's intimately familiar with her cervix. Tom is waiting for them at the theater. Still sounding stunned, he breaks the news of Kyle's death.
Amber-tinted flashback! Kyle and Julia discuss problems with Hit List, and how to make Amanda's death matter. He tells her he always loved the tradition of dimming the lights on Broadway when someone died. God, this is so subtle. They come to a solution, and Julia tells him he's good at his job, and one day Broadway might dim the lights for him.
Derek fills in the company and flops down next to Julia. Everyone is already tastefully wearing black, because they are Gloomy Downtown Hipsters. Blake says he'll call Kyle's parents, to let them know the company is there for them. He starts to break down and Ana helps him leave to make the call. Karen frets about how Jimmy's not answering his phone before Scott comes in to ask what they'll do about the evening's performance. Derek is pro canceling, since a) the writer is dead and b) the lead is missing again, oh and also he was fired and his understudy hasn't had any time to rehearse. Scott says it was Kyle's show and he thinks it would be a way to honor him. I would really love to know what was going through Jesse L. Martin's head when he first read this scene because ANVILS. ANVILS EVERYWHERE. Derek insists on canceling rather than making the show "a bloody requiem."