Back from commercials, we see Jeremy at some cooking centre apparently left over from some extreme cooking show on CSC or something, but what we hear is the conversation between Dana and Natalie in the editing room we can see over Jeremy's shoulder. Natalie's asking about some feature they're working on about the box-and-one, which sounds like an incredibly thrilling piece. Dana's not all that interested, as she's too busy watching Jeremy. She asks Natalie what he's doing. It only takes Natalie three hours to actually explain it as we move inside the editing room; first she has to say non-helpful things like, "Isn't he sweet?" when we don't even know what the hell he's doing. Natalie says Jeremy's making eggnog. Dana has to ask why. Natalie says it's because he hates it. Finally, she explains that he's trying to get used to it because he thinks Christians drink eggnog at Easter. Okay, that is kind of sweet. It's remarkably stupid, especially for a guy as smart as Jeremy, but it is kind of sweet.
I actually wish we could focus more on Jeremy's eggnog plot, because what happens now is about eight hours of Dana whining. She and Natalie head back over to the editing machine to look at an example of the box-and-one that Dana doesn't like, and Natalie says something about North Carolina. Apropos of nothing, Dana says, "Everything's good!" a whole bunch of times. Natalie clues in that she means everything's good with her and Gordon, and she nods supportively while Dana goes on and on about how everything is great and the skiing weekend was great and such, and it's obvious to even Natalie that Dana is only trying to convince herself (and doing a lousy job of it). So Dana cranks it up a notch by saying, "It's better than good," and Natalie I guess is as tired of Dana's love life as I am -- I mean, she's trying to be glad for Dana here, but she's really trying to get some work done, as implausible as that is on this show. Dana pretends to buckle down and do some work, but then interrupts Natalie again to say, "Here's the thing." Aw, Jesus. I hate when someone says "Here's the thing" on this show. Nothing good ever follows. Dana says she's prefacing what she's about to say by reminding Natalie that everything's good. Natalie pretends to believe that everything's good, and Dana explains that Gordon stood her up. Natalie asks why. Dana says he told her he had to work late. Natalie suggests that maybe the guy is telling the truth. Dana says she's sure he is, because "Gordon doesn't lie" (whatever that's supposed to mean), that Gordon wouldn't lie to her and that he often has to work late, so "I am just a ridiculous person," she says, and giggles. And in television's rule of overemphasizing something right before it gets all torn down, everybody who has ever watched television before now knows that Gordon's going to be revealed as a big ol' liar before the thirty minutes are up. Natalie asks Dana if she wants to talk about it. Dana says that she just wants to work. No! It's a trick! As soon as they get back to work, Dana says her instinct is to call Gordon. Natalie's horrified and tells her to repel that instinct. They both agree that it's not attractive and that Dana doesn't want to be that kind of woman. Dana picks up the phone and mimics saying something like, "Were you really working last night or can I turn you off more by being insane?" God, this is PAINFUL, which I guess is maybe partly the point, but still. She hangs up the phone and acknowledges that sometimes she is that woman, which Natalie concedes. But she tells Dana she can grow, which brightens Dana up. But then she says she doesn't think it's going to happen today. Natalie asks if she's going to call him. Dana says she wouldn't put it past herself. Natalie starts pleading with her not to, but Dana picks up the phone and starts dialing.