Who's the loud girl in the red?
Oh, hey, look! It's Mary and Peach! They didn't make it last time, either, so it's nice to see them. They work their way through the crowd. They are probably the best-decked-out women at this party, both lovely and quite glam. This is approximately what Alli says when she encounters them. "My gosh, everybody is so gorgeous and glamorous." Unfortunately, this apparently comes across as something akin to, "You'd never guess from how dumpy you looked on television," which I don't think is quite what she meant. "Well, the show really takes it out of you," Mary says warily. Aaaand it's another moment of grace.
Alli runs into Brennan in the middle of the room. They exchange a rather tired cheek-kiss. "How are you?" he asks her. "Uh, a little overwhelmed," she says as another anonymous elbow goes into her back. "Yeah," he says. "I was upstairs for...a while." ["Sars saw him up there, and when she first approached him, he had some serious Ray Combs Dead Eyes Action going on." -- Bruckheimer] For some reason, this encounter has the feeling of rickety old boxers discussing how much their old injuries bother them. I'm half-expecting her to say something like, "Man, I'm just not the same since I had to have my spleen removed." Incidentally, Brennan's hair continues getting taller by the year.