Nicole gets a headache. Frank and Surya start brainstorming. I would walk. I would get up and walk the fuck out of that room if they started this shit. This is not teamwork behavior, this is Frank being sleazy and thinking about the boardroom, in a season where the most pleasant thing about any of them is how seldom they do that. But now he's decided that, instead of working as a team and winning as a team and having the final decision made on the merits, he's going to go ahead and take over. Understandable human impulse, but now is not the time for understandable human impulses. This is the time for being the best that you can be, not the worst. Frank gets really off-putting and hisses at her that she's been talking too much lately and now she is going to listen to him. Dude, fuck off. Don't tell somebody it's their turn to listen, that's so fucking disrespectful. Especially when he's holding up the job in order to make this idiotic point that he should be in charge of everything, even things he doesn't understand and never will. He's almost a better fit for this fuckin' show than James is. Nicole interviews about how this is something she believes herself to be fantastic at, and then to his order to let him speak, she's like, "Um, Go. Tell me what you're trying to say." His response? Whining. "Since you don't understand what's going on here," she tries to explain again, "Why don't you write down all of your little suggestions on a piece of paper, instead of stopping us every time you get some stupid ADD idea and making us take time out to either tell you it's a dumb idea or actually do it and show you why it's a dumb idea? And then I will throw those in the garbage, where you belong?" He agrees to this. Frank is yucky. He is not a good man.
James and Stefani are looking at footage but it's not really that interesting because Aaron is lolling about sleepily on the couch, in his pajamas. They could have had a ten minute conversation about literally anything at all before I started paying attention again, it's distracting. He notifies them about how shitty the acting is, and they're like, "Really?" He then interviews how James still didn't get all the footage they needed, and he had a feeling in the pit of his stomach that they have screwed up. Aaron needs a hug, you guys. ["I'm on it." -- Joe R] James interviews that it's "all [his] fault," that he "took too much time to get what [he] wanted"... and then get a load of this shit right here: The problem is not that he was totally in the weeds and micromanaging the actors because he's a tool, no. The problem is that "Stefani is not a creative person," so he has to "take that burden" on himself. Okay? Did you get all that? The problem is not that he's terrible at it, the problem is that Stefani is not, so somehow once again, James has to carry that gigantic burden of "creativity" for the rest of the world to keep spinning. The unmitigated... fuckin', like... bullshittiness of that. Even though it was Tim every week that came up with the idea, and then James would creatively relate it to the rest of the team as though it were his idea, and then last week Stefani came up with the idea and he creatively related it back to her word for word, apparently somewhere in that tangled mess of assholes this results in him saying the word "interesting" at that woman for ten minutes, like a fuckwad with Tourette's, and forgetting the shots from an entire separate set, and filming the same scene for ten hours and the rest of them in half an hour. Apparently that's Stefani's fault. They really complement each other.