At some other point in history, Ereka, in a black strapless dress, pulls Nick aside and tells him that he and Bill are the ones going to the Boardroom. She says that she has to, after all, because George thinks the distributors were the ones who "broke or made" the team. Of course, it's obvious that it's impossible for that to dictate Nick and Bill, because to the degree Nick met with distributors, Katrina did too, so...she's utterly talking out of her ass, which is fine, I guess, and to be expected. "If she slings mud in this direction," Nick interviews, "that won't be a good move." He explains that if Ereka makes that decision, he will crucify her with her own words. "She'll effectively self-implode [sic]."
Later that evening, they all file into the Boardroom. Carolyn eyes them with particular disdain, which I love. Enter the Trump. "So, what happened?" Trump says. "We lost by $2000," Ereka says in a way that she means to be smooth and unruffled -- unlike most of her shirts. (Rimshot!) She stresses that although this is a bad loss, they did really well with restaurants and bars -- they just totally struck out with the distributors. Trump asks Nick what he thinks. "We lost and it stinks, and I'm tired of it." You know, you can get away with spitting out that kind of no-nonsense answer when you're not the main guy who fucked up the task, but when you are? Yeah, that's a tough road to travel. Trump says that Nick has lost quite a bit. Yeah, Nick acknowledges, he's lost the last two. Trump points out that before that, he lost four in a row with the men. "We've made six trips in here together," Boyfriend Bill says wearily. "Carolyn," Trump asks, "what do you think?" "I think you did poorly," Carolyn says. She declines to single anyone out, but she says that she thinks the entire group performed poorly. Trump asks George what he'd like to add. "Oh, boy, I got a lot," George says. Heh. He says that he's shocked at how little they've learned, and specifically mentions the failure to learn about the customers. Ereka is thrilled that he brought this up, because she thinks that this is how she's going to skewer Nick. She points out that she asked Nick to peruse the ABC web site, and he wouldn't. Nick, to her surprise, says that he did, actually -- he looked at it the next morning, and didn't find it too valuable. On the one hand, I suspect he's lying. On the other hand, I didn't find their site incredibly illuminating either, so who knows? Furthermore, when you ask people to do things at 2:45 AM on the night before they have an appointment at 10:00, you're not exactly showing exemplary leadership under the ideal conditions. Good leadership should not involve amphetamines, I always say, although there are certainly late-night radio stations that would tell you otherwise.