Now, in another part of the suite, Elizabeth and Maria have it out over the printing cost, Elizabeth insisting that Maria should have gotten a clear number, and Maria insisting that she did get a clear number. Maria blinks...and blinks...and blinks, as Elizabeth points out that if it had been a clear negotiation, they would never have found themselves in the position of having a $7000 bill for something they expected to cost $1850. Maria spits that she knows Elizabeth is trying to "cover [her] ass," and that Maria is "the easiest scapegoat." Man, it sucks how making a huge $5000 mistake suddenly starts making everybody think you're an easy mark. Maria twitchingly insists in an interview that it's "too late" for Elizabeth to try to recover and make herself look good, and we return to S5 to watch the two of them continue to snipe at each other. We then cut to Stacie, sitting in a hallway by herself, not participating. She's making lanyards or macaroni bead jewelry or something. She interviews that she's happy to let the rest of them fight, because she's not part of that. Stacie goes back to her "sorority" theme, and she really does at least need a new metaphor. I don't think even most sororities eat their own with this much relish. She says that she anticipates being brought to the Boardroom by Elizabeth, who will be likely be trying to "keep her group together." Interesting point, that.
The elevator doors open, and the women walk into the Boardroom. They are soon joined by -- yes, in a pink tie again -- Trump. He recaps the fact that they essentially were defeated on budget alone, because Pi-yowza would have won them the task. He further points out that ten percent is a big margin to be over budget. He adds that on a $500 million building, ten percent would be $50 million. ("Dear Mr. and Mrs. Trump: Young Donald is almost ready for square roots.") Elizabeth says that she was "surprised" to find that they were over budget like that, particularly since she had reserved a "pad" in the budget to protect against overruns. Trump asks Elizabeth whether blame lies with Ivana as budget director, but Elizabeth shifts it back to Maria as the printer liaison. Elizabeth says that Maria negotiated a price that obviously wasn't clear, or wasn't firm, because it came back so much higher. Asked to respond, Maria says that the only contact she had with the vendor was a 2:30 AM phone call in which she told them that $1850 was what was in the budget, and that they'd have to honor that. Now, she may or may not be telling what she believes to be the truth, but the vendor clearly told her that she wouldn't get a final price until 7:00 AM, so that's not really fair. We even saw that part. Not only that, but she told the other women it was no longer going to be $1850, so Maria definitely did not walk away from her one phone call with the vendor believing that she had a firm price at $1850. On the other hand, neither did the rest of the women, all of whom were given quite a bit of advance warning that the price was shaky on what appeared to be the night before the event.