While musical guest musicals, Matt's up in his office, dumping his bottle of mix-n-match pills onto a table. He takes three of the aspirin-sized ones and washes them down with a swig of Red Bull. Oh, that's healthy. My theory on Red Bull remains that that's how we'll all one day come down with the rage virus and Jeremy Renner and Augustus Hill will have to airlift us to safety or die trying. Down on the floor, Harriet finds Mary and asks if she wants to talk now. She also calls Mary "one of those troublemakers," like that's what they call them law-talkin' folk in whatever backwoods hamlet Harriet decides to hail from whenever she feels threatened. But she says it sweetly! Mary says she promised Matt she wouldn't bug Harriet until after the show, but Harriet's free until the goodnights, so they step back into the dressing room.
Backstage, Harriet and Mary review what we already know: 1) Karen Salisburg, 2) sketch cut, 3) sometimes it's hard to be a woman, giving all your love to just one man. Harriet repeats that she was trying to make Karen feel better, which Mary hopefully sees as an opening: "So you were lying to her? Say 'yes, I was lying to her.'" Harriet, ever the goody-God-sandals, says "lying" is a big thing for her to cop to. Mary says there's no law against telling someone their hair looks great if it doesn't, not that this show is using such an incredibly girly analogy on purpose or anything. But Harriet can't say the writers' room was tough for women in court if she doesn't mean it, so does she? Harriet says it was then but it's not now. Things get precipitously more tense as the conversation goes on, Mary saying they're not being sued for "now," and Harriet saying she's not being sued at all. Mary says that Harriet will be deposed, however, and "these aren't the world's greatest answers you're giving me." Harriet says she's sure that Karen was fired for her sub-par material, and Mary very seriously reminds Harriet that she's not sure, and she shouldn't make Matt's mistake of telling anyone else that. She repeats, "How tough?" Harriet says that Wes Mendel is a good man. "I know," Mary softens. "How tough?" Damn, she's so kick-ass. I really, really want to like this woman, and it's so not fair because I know she's going to annoy me by episode's end with the Matt nonsense. Harriet finally admits that Ricky and Ron ran a "bad room," a room full of pack-mentality former outsiders who never got to date the prom queen. "These guys wrote to be mean," she says. Mary kind of turns her head, satisfied she's gotten the truth but not necessarily thrilled about it, and says they'll talk more later. Before she goes, she asks, if the other guys wrote to be mean, why does Matt write? "Matt writes to get people to like him," Harriet says. That offers a bleak outlook on Matt's prospects for friendship and love, wouldn't you say? But Harriet says she can already see that it's working on Mary, and they share an incredibly awkward look before Mary skedaddles.