And then, as if attempting to actually drown my spirit for good, GBC Billy sits down at the piano and croaks out "She's Got A Way." Now...you know how everybody has a couple of songs that just...you know what I mean, right? They would make you swoon, even if the other person in the situation were kind of gross? This is one of mine. (Feel free to make a note. The second one is "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys, and the third one is any version of "What'll I Do?") So I find this particularly agonizing, because the guy just doesn't sound the same anymore. Not that he should, being 25 years older than he was when I started listening to him and more than 30 years older than "Piano Man," but still.
Anyway, he tells them to take lots of risks, sings part of a lullaby that I also love that also sounds bad, and finally, we all get to go home so that I can stop the intense hurting.
Back at the suite, Mosaic is thinking about the upcoming Boardroom. Maria self-satisfiedly declares with a big smile that if anyone tries to pin the loss on her, it's going to mean the rest of them were just "sitting on [their] asses." And then she blinks very, very hard. She is incredibly proud of this observation, as she is with every damn thing that comes out of her mouth. "And that's dangerous for you all," she adds, blinking even more. She announces that she'll be "going after Wes." Heh heh. She makes exaggerated hand motions that I think are symptoms of inner panic as she emphasizes that there was "no direction." (Well, other than the direction she ignored.) She also points out that Wes is the only one of them to have led twice and lost twice. Which is true, and bodes ill for Wes. Maria, in her interview, goes so far as to blame the failure to hold to deadlines on Wes. "That is not a Maria problem, that is a leadership problem," she says, even though she was specifically urged, by her leader, to move along, and refused. Amazing. Maria goes on to snot that Wes just doesn't have good leadership skills. She is so smart.