The teams board their respective busses to QVC headquarters in Pennsylvania. Dawna interviews about how sad she was to leave Matchstick, what with the camaraderie and the winning and the no Jim or Bethenny. Jim announces that this isn't a hard task, but project manager Bethenny interviews that if she makes the wrong choice of on-air salesperson, they could definitely lose. She, Dawna, and Howie do some laptop research on QVC, and when they read about the network's preference not to go for the hard sell, Bethenny shows some self-awareness and says Dawna would be the best on-air candidate. Additionally, the team decides Howie is a more appealing salesman than Jim (you think? My bunions soaking in Asian vinaigrette tend to disagree), so Dawna and Howie it is. We didn't see it, but it's pretty obvious that the decision had been made early on to go with one male and one female on-air. Then: Jim acting like a moron. As Dawna comments that her new team has "a little bit more energy," we get shots of Jim doing…something with a can of pop, Jim dancing in the limo so the cameras don't accidentally stop filming him for a second, and Jim, to the best of my horrified observation, miming fellatio. I'd tell you more, but my eyes are now welded shut for-ever. Dawna seems to have miraculously retained her powers of observation, as she interviews about how every three minutes, Jim does something that makes her cringe. Every three minutes? Can I be Dawna for today? Back in the limo, Jim is talking about some "fat bastard that [sic] eats like a pig," and Bethenny tells him to "reel it in." She interviews that if she tells Jim to simmer, he'll simmer, because she knows how to manage him. Okay, well, where were you at the grocery store, lady? She goes on to say that she doesn't think Dawna can function unless it's "quiet and controlled," and it's here that you notice that both Jim and Bethenny pronounce Dawna's name like "Donna." And, hey, I've got the Great Lakes flat vowel thing rocking hard, so I shouldn't be throwing regional accent stones, but even I can manage that distinction. Plus, I don't recall either of them calling Dawn "Don," so the whole thing puzzles me.
On the quieter, more competent Matchstick bus, we learn that Ryan is taking the PM reins on this task. And he'd tell you as much if Amanda would just quit interrupting already. Ryan wants to go look at possible products first thing, but Amanda doesn't think they'll need the proposed thirty minutes to do that. In the course of the bus ride, Amanda -- decked out in her Donna Reed pearls and sweater tied around her neck like she's about to audition for an independent film in which her perfect suburban world is shattered when her teenage son starts smoking dope and blowing his guidance counselor -- interrupts Ryan about what kind of set they'll use; bowls over Leslie to blab about "demos"; and cuts off Marcella before we can even figure out what the poor girl wanted to say. On the bright side, we get some priceless reaction shots from Ryan (staring at the ceiling), Leslie (rolling her eyes), and Marcela (crossing her arms, all "no, tell me what you think, Amanda"), and it's pretty clear none of them can stand her. Then...oh, then we get my favorite interview set-up of the night, which is Ryan in his "while I'm up in this tree rescuing kittens for the fire department, why don't I just rest on this branch and tell you about today's task?" interview. And that's the second Ryan/fireman reference in ten minutes, and all of a sudden I realize what it would take to get me to watch Rescue Me. Anyway, he says that as PM he doesn't feel like Amanda is a battle he wants to pick today.