On a much lighter note, Nate Corddry, whom I adore, walks in to talk to Lucy Davis, whom I adore, and a little sparkle appears. He greets her, and she greets back. He asks how her break was, and then he kind of stands there not saying anything. Finally, he asks what she's doing, and she says she's waiting for Simon. Lucy has noticed that the men at the show are "easily distracted by shiny objects." Take out the "at this show" part, sister. (Just kidding! Don't email me!) Tom reacts to this by asking her if she'd like to go out sometime. She looks surprised, and then really pleased. She also kind of can't believe it, but she says yes. Much to everyone's relief. That is a good idea on a show that doesn't have that many. They confirm that they'll go out Thursday night, and then he leaves. When he's gone, she giggles.
Back from commercials, Jack is pacing and pacing outside what is obviously the Juilliard concert, working on his Chinese. Pacing and working, pacing and working. He's staring intently at his phrasebook, trying like hell to master a few things he specifically wants to say. Finally, the show lets out, and he tracks down Zhang and his wife, and fortunately, this companion also speaks English, so Jack is off the hook. Jack admits he's there to talk to them, and when Zhang says that he looks troubled, Jack sets out the entire censorship/FCC story as the wife translates, ending with the part where the FCC wants to fine the network and Jack and Wilson want to fight it. Zhang kind of can't believe the FCC wants to fine them over something involving a soldier in the field. Me neither, dude. Jack concludes his pitch by saying that he needs a favor. He calls on his tiny amount of Chinese to say what is apparently "man to man," which Zhang repeats back in English. "Sir, I need you to dump us," Jack says.
Jordan strolls into the corporate exercise room, where Hallie is working out on the treadmill in her sports bra. I doubt that. Jordan comes up and comments on how hard the workout looks, and Hallie says that she runs with weights. "You could just wear a heavier shirt," Jordan says, because nothing opens an apology quite like an insult. Hallie stands there like, "I stopped sweating for this?", and Jordan says, "I did it again." Yes, you did. She goes on to tell Hallie that she (Jordan) was "awful" and "inexcusable" before. "I'm the leader of a company and all you ever did to me was come work here," she says. True, that. "What you said to me at the end, I provoked," Jordan continues, as if Hallie doesn't know this already. Jordan produces some paperwork showing that sales thinks her incredibly unlikely show is great, as does marketing. See? Jordan can admit that from a strictly financial perspective, trash sells. Great! It's like admitting that it's time for you to acknowledge that the world just will never be as smart as you hope it will be, and you should stop being so bitter about it. Jordan agrees to go forward with it, tells Hallie it was "a good first day," and leaves. Hallie happily returns to running.