Ava and Susannah give their presentation to a group of people in a conference room. They have the requisite charts and graphs, and they do that annoying thing where they finish each other's sentences. They spout a bunch of marketing speak about their target markets. Everyone smiles and nods. Ian says that he doesn't know "anyone that would wear a dress that long in the year 2004." Yes, because hemlines just keep going up and up, and aren't cyclical or anything. Ian brings up a field trip to Osaka, in case you didn't get the point. Which is, "Ian wants to bang Ava in Osaka, and then he will let her have her own line." (Boy, that sentence had a lot of vowels.) Ava makes an excuse about how she hates long airplane rides because they make her want to throw up. In case you didn't get the point, it was, "The thought of banging Ian in Osaka makes Ava want to throw up." It was subtle, so I thought I would explain it for you. Ian asks if anyone else at the table feels like he's off-base in his opinions, and since he's the boss, no one says anything.
Later, Ian walks Ava and Susannah out of the conference room and advises them to continue developing their ideas and try again later. Ava and Susannah stare at each other, and then Susannah nods, and they start gathering their things. Ian suggests, "You may want to count to ten before you walk away from Ian Straub." I didn't think Ian was that sleazy until he referred to himself in the third person. Now I'm convinced! Ava says, "You may want to leave a little safety zone between yourself and Ava Gregory." Susannah goes, "Ooh!" as if that was a good burn. Ian reminds them that he owns anything they created while in his employ. Susannah says that Ava's "deceptively blonde head" has a lot more brilliance in it. No one talks like that. Merrin Dungey is so much better than this.
Back in rainy Kansas, the kids have gone to school and Karen is writing in her journal about how she's jealous of Ava. The phone rings. Karen sighs and then answers it. She appears shocked, and asks, "Where?" She runs upstairs, where Oldest Son, Bradin, is making out with some chick. Isn't he supposed to be in school? Karen tells him that the levee is out, and that she needs to drive her Chevy to the levee, because the levee is far from dry. Bradin grabs his jacket and asks if they are "sandbagging the bend." Dirty! I don't know what that means. Karen says she's meeting her husband there, and that they'll be gone all night. Bradin is excitedly preparing to join her, but Karen says he needs to stay and watch his siblings. Karen acknowledges the chick in the room for the first time, and says that she'll call the chick's mother to come pick her up.