Skyline porn! Yay! I really needed that in this week of suckitude. Now, in an interesting development, when Elizabeth shows the team one of her print ads, "No More Input" guy Kevin, who just thinks she needed to make a decision and go with it, says, "I oppose this," all with his providing input and stuff. Imagine that. Raj then yells at her about how the ad she chose isn't part of their "general theme," and she calmly says, "It is," and he completely loses his shit, waving his arms at her and whisper-yelling, "It's not!" See, they can't have this both ways. It can't be her fault for failing to make a decision when every decision she makes, they sit there and yell at her about. You can wash your hands of the whole thing and say she needs to make the decisions, or you can participate, but you can't wash your hands of it and then kibitz, because that's bullshit. Carolyn, in an interview, faults Elizabeth for -- listen carefully -- "her inability to take over a leadership role," because this has led to "animosity and so much disorganization on the team." I roughly translate that to, at least in part, "She needed to yank on the leash and tell these people to heel a lot sooner." Which is exactly what I think. Elizabeth didn't need to make creative decisions sooner, so much as she needed to get over her need to please everyone and tell some of these asshats to step off. ["Or, as the lovely Wing Chun has put it, 'This is the part in the prison movie where the new fish needs to break a chair over someone's head.'" -- Sars] At any rate, the rest of the team checks out again and leaves Elizabeth to handle it herself -- again.
Trump's plane approaches. He lands, and then he is in his limo, on the phone, telling Rhona that he just got in from the Miss Universe pageant. (LTG: "That phone isn't connected to anything." Me: "Of course not.") He tells Rhona to connect him to the Deutsch-bag when he calls.
Apex heads in to present its campaign. Chris tells the ad guys that the cops they talked to "all had the same message: they are on the front line." He goes on about how you have to want to protect both the city and the country, blah bling blah. Elizabeth shows the first of the print ads, which shows the rappelling helicopter guy, with white lettering over it, saying, "You Don't Have to Be on the Other Side of the World to Be on the Front Line." It's not a terrible idea, but it's horrifically executed. The design looks horrendous, the letters are partially obscured by the picture -- no good. Very much no good. The next ad says, "Fight Crime on New York's Front Line." It's a close shot of a cop's face, looking very menacing, in that he's shot from under the chin. Always a great angle, sure to inspire fear.