You hear the main beginning music with the EPISODE WHATEVER crawl, and the words "Capital Edge" slide up the screen. Lordy. Then there are boots. Then there are legs. Then there's a person dressed in a Jedi outfit. This person is Adam. He's even got the stupid Padawan braid happening. Thing is, he looks terrific. It's like seeing Chris in a football uniform, or Rebecca in ROTC gear, or Trump in a clown suit: a perfect book with a perfect cover. Like how the French serve fish in a fish-shaped dish and artichoke in an artichoke-shaped dish or whatever. It somehow blips reality inside out and actually lends him some kind of dignity. I'd actually give this the time of day. Felisha also looks amazing as Amidala, with the red lip-stripe and white makeup. Her skin looks really, really good. Who knew dressing up like idiots and even more intensely doing nothing whatsoever would make them so attractive?
Carolyn and Bill welcome Jim and Gary, and Clay shakes everybody's hand and is very damn charming and expressive. He's wearing an all-black outfit and looks impressive and commanding. Alla realizes something is wrong when he immediately gets all, "Allow me to present this wonderful thing to you that I did all myself," and then there's a look of horror as he chops all three of their Clay-hating asses out of the entire equation. He speaks very, very well about the details of the display and the whole concept. Every time Alla tries to speak, he cuts her off with a dismissive hand and something on the spectrum of, "That's right, cutie, and you guys know what else?" It's very good old boy/eyes on me and very damn effective. Especially in that it makes Alla look like a total tool trying to take credit every time she speaks. Felishidala continues to look rad, and interviews total outrage about Alla's ownership of the concept, design, layout -- "She really did!" Cut to Alla, looking totally fucked over.
If the situation were reversed, I'd be cheering right now, so I'm in a tight spot. I will admit again that Clay is doing really, really well, not just with the presentation but also with freezing out Alla at every opportunity, continuing seamlessly with The Clay Show. He points out the "catchphrases" all over the display (The Answers You've Been Waiting For, Write Your Own Story, Be The Jedi) as though in the real world Marketing would ever let you run with that stuff. Alla redirects them from "catchphrases" to a direct response to the execs' request to connect the two products with that central "Live The Movie" idea. Clay, unctuous: "All right, well, that's part of it " and then keeps talking. It's pretty amazing to watch.