Back on the dance floor, Trina and Luke are boogying to "Don't Rock the Boat." Nice job with the music, Liz Phair! Jan's sort of dancing on the sidelines, and Tom comes over. He turns on the old charm with, "Man, Jan! You look dynamite!" She very sweetly accepts the compliment and asks if this isn't the most fabulous party. Tom deflects with, "I've been to a lot of parties in my day." Janet admits she has not, then unwittingly prods a sore spot with "I had no idea Trina was such a lovely dancer." Tom manages, "She's a woman of many surprises." He then asks Janet to dance, and they commence disco-ing. I don't know where this is going with the two of them, but I like the interplay between these characters.
Susan and Melinda emerge from the powder room as BFFs, a situation that's lost on Mareno (who promptly cozies up to Melinda and whisks her away) but not Bruce. He comments, "Interesting priorities, Susan. You insult the boss's wife, but you befriend the lowly runner?" Susan protests, "You just asked me to give these people a chance," and Bruce clarifies, "I didn't mean her." Susan huffs that she respects Melinda for actually taking charge of her own life, and Bruce immediately points out that the price for independence is being labeled a whore, as "all the guys are taking bets on who'll be the first to sleep with her. That says something." Susan correctly points that "that" says more about the men than it does Melinda. She asks, "Did you try to stop the bet? Or tell her about it?" The guilty look on Bruce's face is all the answer she needs, and she stalks off with "Interesting priorities, Bruce."
And now, an auction scene. As Janet bids on a dinner at the Lakecrest Country Club, Susan comes up and hastily says she needs to talk: the Ladies' Auxiliary isn't for her, and she hopes that Janet isn't offended. Janet asks, "Why would I be offended? A little disappointed, but not offended." Susan's quite relieved that Janet's okay with that. And Janet caps off the conversation by winning the auction for the dinner -- at $100. We cut to Bruce in the back of the crowd, looking miserable. I would feel sorrier for him, but honestly, by not coming out and saying what was really going on, he's sort of brought this situation on himself.