Back at the suite, Stacy -- and if you're paying attention, she's going to turn out to be the nastiest and most treacherous of this very nasty and treacherous team, so keep your eye on her -- has a conversation with Elizabeth in which she tries to focus the blame for the failed task on, shockingly enough, Stacie. Who had absolutely nothing to do with the budget and therefore absolutely nothing to do with the reason why they lost, ultimately. Stacy's strained argument that the entire team functions poorly because of Stacie's influence is completely absurd, especially once you consider how brutally some of the rest of these women are about to turn on each other. It's not like once you get Stacie out, it's going to be one big slumber party with slam books and doing each other's nails. ["Well, there might be slam books." -- Wing Chun] Elizabeth says, however, that she doesn't particularly want to put herself in the Boardroom with Stacie, because she really has no argument that Stacie should be fired. Elizabeth admits in an interview that while she still thinks Stacie is the worst performer on the team, she's certainly not the reason they blew this particular task. That honor, Elizabeth believes, goes to Maria and her midnight negotiations with the printer.
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.