Trouble hailing a cab? We got that. Leaving the suite after 10 AM? Randal's got that, and he doesn't "like to cut meetings close." Which at this point is an understatement of what they're doing, actually. Gridlock? Why yes, we have that too. Brian and Rebecca, of course, are sitting in a cab going nowhere, and finally call Jim and Gary (Brian interviews to us that traffic was "brutal," and tells Rebecca that it is "killing" him), who are very nice and friendly about it. For the nonce.
Trump's Weekly Wisdom: "Loyalty." There's a group of captured, bored children -- hundreds of them -- covering every surface of Trump Tower, listening to Trump shrieking on and on about how one time there was this interview, and he considered the guy already hired, but then in the interview the guy starts telling Trump "what a creep his last boss was," and this is an example of hateful disloyalty. There's a little girl that looks exactly like Natalie Portman in the audience, and on her face is the same look as every other one of the billions of children everywhere you look: "This gross-looking old man is so freaking boring. I actually hate that I am on a field trip. Who knew that was even possible? It's not supposed to be this way! I would rather be practicing D'Nealian right now with that librarian whose breath smells of ketchup. I'm so young, to have lost so much hope. I am five seconds from starting a riot." And still Trump continues.
"A disloyal person can totally destroy a corporation," he says, and that he ultimately decided not to hire the guy. "If you find a disloyal person, get rid of him or her immediately." To children he says this? "They're no good; they'll never be good; there's nothing worse than disloyalty." Unless you're Markus, and then it's fine, right, Mr. Trump? But so I get really excited, because he's clearly talking about Clay, right? So this whole "Weekly Wisdom Is A Clue" theory I've got going, that points right at Clay's cute little head, right? Nope. "I don't think Robin or Rhona would talk bad about me, but who knows?" The confused kids laugh weakly and we see quick shots of Robin (thinking, "Joke away, old man") and Rhona (all, "If you only knew"), and then there's no more wisdom, and no explanation for all the kids at all.
Now it's 10:30, half past ten, a quarter past the meeting, and Rebecca pushes Brian to call Jim and Gary again and apologize. Brian, bummed, calls them again, talking about how "traffic is really bad right now," and there's a very different tone in Jim/Gary's voice than before: "Well. Get here as soon as you can. [Click.]" Randal interviews sadly about what it is like to show up a half-hour late for a meeting, and then those fools walk in at 10:45, quarter of eleven, half an hour late. So ugly. They're incredibly friendly and nice and apologetic, and the executives...pack up their PowerPoint and projector and sniff, "We appreciate you coming, but we have to go to another meeting." OUCH! Rebecca lowballs it in an interview that this is "not a good sign" and that things like totally fucking up the most important part of the task can leave "a bad taste" in people's mouths. Such as the taste of failure? The taste...of the Cobra? Brian, demoralized yet again, yelps, "We're screwed!"