Back in the bowels of the Studio, Matt catches up with Mary. He says he's just come back from checking on Tom's parents, which, as we've discussed, sounds like he just had a near-death experience and he's only now returned to the land of the living. He offers her a change of clothes from the wardrobe room -- I have a sudden vision of Mary's legal prowess being undercut by her having to don the Mongongo fruit costume or something. She tells him that Trask has been in touch and they "have a way of moving forward." This is code for, "pony up that cash, we're itchin' to buy some hostages," so Matt scurries off to find Jack.
Danny's office. Jack's getting progressively drunker as he watches Simon's outburst again on TV. He starts boozily educating Simon about how, in 1983, the United States issued a formal apology to native Hawaiians for overthrowing their royal government 100 years prior, and now Jack has a house in Kauai, so you see? Insincere apologies work! "Enough," says Simon. He'll apologize. To the people of Hawaii. Before we get the chance to see if single-malt scotch reacts negatively to the human eyeball, Matt knocks on the door and beckons Jack into the hallway. "You're going to apologize," Jack assures Simon as he walks out, proving he also subscribes to Matt and Harriet's "repetition makes it so" philosophy.
Upstairs, Captain Boyle is outside Matt's office, muttering a nonspecific "I see" into the phone, as Mary scoots around him, grabs her purse, and skitters off, all the while Boyle's giving her the hairiest eyeball that ever was. We'll get to why this was stupid in a second. Back inside, Boyle does some more of that "take your mind off your troubles by making you hate me" stuff with Tom. He asks who the blonde chick is, and Tom explains how she's a lawyer defending the network against a sexual harassment claim. Boyle thinks it's fishy she's still there past 3:00 AM. Tom has no idea, but Boyle says he suspects Tom will find out soon. On cue, Matt opens the door and asks to speak to Tom for a second. Out in the hallway with Mary and Jack, Matt boils down the Trask situation as simply as he can for Tom: "Mary thinks her firm can buy your brother back." Before Tom can make us all cry again, we cut to commercial.