Showtime, Synergy. Andrea is on a one-woman extinction agenda with the pictures of people's faces, with which she is way angry, and interviews about how Allie and Tammy are stuck on Ellis Island -- "a mistake in a series of mistakes!" -- and has been delegated to be the Queen of Everything Including the World, she believes, because she knows "a lot about design." Sticker company, y'all. She orders the design guy to do some weird, ugly shit with the pictures, like overlapping a 75% transparent Statue of Liberty with a random shot of Ellis Island, the end result being a kind of menacing, kind of Mormon-looking picture of an island being haunted by the Ghost of Liberty Past. Allie and Tammy "finally" arrive, and they are both kind of mind-blown by the ugliness, but instead of slapping Andrea, they couch it in terms of "that looks a little funny" and "the statue is floating in the water?" Dumb. This is Andrea we're talking about: just tell her it's hideous and you desperately need other options that only she can provide, and she'll use that as a jumping-off point. She doesn't play games like this. Giving her this job was stupid in the first place, but anybody else tasked with it would have gotten less work done due to having to manage Andrea's interfering ass, so I can get that -- but now that you're here, take the friggin' reins. Accusations fly in both the design room and over interview, but Allie does basically nothing to help as Andrea "changes" the shot by not changing it substantially -- even managing to make it creepier and uglier -- and acts like a total asshole, finally shrugging and walking off after doing nothing effective at all. Everyone stares, but you can tell they're used to it.
Right now: 27% of people think Lee should be fired, 17% Charmaine, and 13% Andrea. I'm so used to hearing about how vile Andrea is from everybody I know trying to get a rise out of me, even though I've lost even the ghost of respect for her over the last few weeks, that these numbers are kind of shocking for me. It would be funny if the other 43% were votes for Brent.
There's an intensely shirtless Lee trying to blow smoke and mirrors about how he does not suck! But we will not give in! Put a shirt on, pisher! (Just kidding. Nobody's stupid enough to think that saying someone has attractive physical attributes is the same as saying they're a good person, or a good businessperson, are they? Because that's basically the same thing as admitting you hate yourself because you're ugly, isn't it?) Gold Rush gets dressed ever so early in the morning, and Lee rejoices about how Synergy is sleeping in, because it's all about "Price, location, position, selling. Simple." I love how life is just one unending Gordon Gekko seminar for this idiot. He delivers the last word with unstoppable conviction and satisfaction and bites his lip like a total player. He explains how Gold Rush is going to win: "90 percent" of the people that go to the Island leave from Battery Park, and wait generally around an hour to get on the ferry. Therefore, the first team to secure that location wins. He is, of course, completely correct. He asks Charmaine what she thinks, at the location, and I love her: "So positive I can't stand it!" Sails right over his head. They all love and worship the power of Gold Rush for a while, and then head out with their heavy duffle bags full of brochures. Lots of selling footage, and Lee talks about how they will do anything to fuck with Synergy if they show up: "lower the price to a quarter," even "badmouth them!" I wish he was right less often, because it's hard to separate out my hating of him and the job he's doing, which just keeps getting better. "It's war!"