Back in the present, Elizabeth is in the car, about to head into Patterson's pick-up joint. Her disguise is one of those where we have to take a time out and come up with the perfect description. Kathy Griffin as Sexy Librarian? Little Orphan Annie at the beginning of the "Hot for Teacher" video? Harry, Ron and Hermione had a three-way baby who grew up and moved to the greater D.C. area? This look almost cannot be topped. That is, until Philip shows up, dressed as Kevin Pollak from The Usual Suspects. I don't even think his goatee is fully glued on. He's here to help, though, not to condone. She gives him an out if he wants to bail, but he doesn't take it. He's content to just be here while everything goes to hell and then say "Toldja so" afterwards.
After the break, Little Orphan Keri enters the bar and zeroes in on Patterson. She sits at the bar and stirs her girly drink, waiting for him to pick his song off the juke and meander to the bar. She flatters him with banter about his choice of Pete Townshend over Air Supply, and his haughty dismissal of the band behind "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" lets me know that he deserves what he's got coming. Once she's done questioning his masculinity via his song choices, she moves on to a casual reference to her recent breakup with her boyfriend. So she's conveniently single. "Relationships are way too much," she says, helpfully underlining a theme, as people on this show often do. More flirting. He invites her back to his table full of tramps, but she turns him down so she can continue with her crossword book at the bar. With her enemy properly disarmed, she goes in for the kill: "What's a four-letter slang word that finishes the sentence 'Do you wanna... ?'" Subtle, Natasha. Very subtle. As is Pete Townshend crooning "Gonna get inside you" during the pregnant pause that follows. Anyway, to the bathroom!
Outside, Philip gets the car into position.
Inside, Elizabeth gets her... you know what? No. Won't do that. But she and Patterson do start aggressively making out, groping and otherwise proceeding with the classic slutty bar sex. Elizabeth manages to retrieve a syringe from her purse, but she bungles the actual injection and now we're off to the races and brawling in the loo. She finally clocks him with the paper-towel dispenser and then opens up the door in order to shuttle him out the window and into Philip's waiting arms. Pete Townshend finds this all very heroic.
Stan and Nina meet up at the slam pad. She still wants answers about Vlad, but Stan's not budging from his IDK stance. When Nina threatens to use her newfound access to start digging into the case herself, Stan kind of snaps at her that it was her own embassy that was offered a swap for Vlad and didn't take it. Which is the wrong tactic here and he knows it, so he quickly changes course to a more soothing voice, trying to get Nina used to the idea that they're never going to find out the truth about Vlad. He also has downshifted into the calm voice, because he needs to bring up the subject of ending their affair. Not because he wants to, but because it's the "right thing to do." Nina sadly says she accepts this, but then she starts telling him about how he's all she has. He says his wife knows, which certainly complicates things. "Family is everything," she allows. And then she gets up and takes off her robe and puts her underwear back on... slowly. Slowly enough that Stan has time to stop her. Can't get out that easy. I'm happy to see indications that Nina is playing Stan, at least partway. It's smart of her and also doesn't make it seem like Stan is this irresistible piece of man.