Melissa bitches to Jen M., who tries to convince her to, like, do some work or something, that they're all going to do their best. Melissa's not hearing it, continuing to bitch about nothing in particular, and Jen M. physically turns away to talk to Toral and (I think) Jen W. Melissa interviews that success in the task "would have required planning, and that wasn't one of Kristi's fortes." She's got a very "professional," self-satisfied face on at this point. Jen W. (I think) asks Melissa a simple scheduling question and Melissa laughs hysterically and conspiratorially that Kristi hasn't made any decisions.
Chris explains to a mark that they'll be doing "kick-butt boxing, abdominal blast, and a yoga flex." I don't know what the hell he means by that, but they're calling it the "Rush 1/2 Hour." He explains to us that they stayed in the gym because they've already got their target audience: fitness-oriented people who are already familiar with the gym. It's nice that they actually thought about the alternatives there.
Markus gets a call from Trump, continually trying to interrupt and babbling some ass-kissing nonsense. He tries to explain their team name (Team Excel, which is idiotic) but nobody 's listening, not even you or me. Trump hates it, which makes Markus talk a whole lot more, and then he talks, and then he babbles, and then he raves on and on, and Trump hates him, putting him on mute to complain to George, who laughs, and the oboes play some more, and Trump cuts in with a curt "Explain it to me tomorrow, you don't have to talk anymore." Which is hilarious. Markus hangs up the phone with a ridiculous "I feel good about that," like, to himself, which angers up my blood even more. Then we watch the choreographing of the new class as Kristi gets the same call. The women's team will be called Capital Edge, which pleases Trump, and Kristi shows an ability to have a fucking conversation and get off the phone, which pleases Trump more.
Melissa bitches at Toral about nothing in particular and Carolyn approaches her about how she feels the PM is doing. This is Carolyn starting shit in a way she could never get called on, and it's one of the reasons she rules. She looks WASPish and unimpressed as Melissa immediately starts talking shit about Kristi, and by extension, the whole team effort. Alla and Marshawn, a couple of my early favorites, watch in horror, and Alla interviews about how much they all love Carolyn and want her to like the team, and how Melissa is just ranting and complaining, with no possible benefit for anyone. Honestly, this won't affect Carolyn's opinion of the team. It's clear from her body language that she thinks Melissa is a fruitcake from minute one.
Melissa gets Markus-y with Carolyn, laughing, "I'm doing everything," and Carolyn gets flinty: "Why are you doing everything?" Realizing this is a question without an answer, Melissa is embarrassed and retreats, which is no better. Kristi takes Melissa aside and tells her to shape up, and Melissa fake-agrees, then bitches some more. Kristi turns around and tells her to seriously cut it out. "I'm not going to have you being negative any more. Let it go." Melissa interviews that Kristi's "just threatened," and says that if it's that bad Kristi should just get fired and go home because she's only going to get worse. Well, something like that. Kristi sends her to work on the accounting part with Marshawn so that she'll stop interfering with everything, and Melissa slumps off as if under the impression that Kristi is somehow being unreasonable. The only unreasonable thing Kristi's done so far -- besides the flyers, which should have been redone -- is not benching your insane ass the second you started with the self-hating racism, you monster.