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Tit for Tat

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The VersaCorp mini-team consisting of Boyfriend Bill and Katrina is busy meeting with Tiki Barber. Katrina says she's excited, because she's "a huge football fan." A football fan and a good person? An unbeatable combination, that. Boyfriend Bill tries to sell Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki on the idea of a "slumber party." Oh, sure, Boyfriend Bill offers charity slumber parties on behalf of others, but does he offer them himself? Nooooo. Elsewhere, Nick and Ereka are talking to Ed Bernero of Third Watch. Oh, wait, Katrina's there, too. Okay, they're bending time and space, but that's okay. I kind of like that; it makes me feel drunk. Anyway, Ed offers a walk-on for the show, because nobody wants a slumber party with a TV producer. Nick interviews that the task is "like the cherry on top of a sundae," because the negotiations are fun, you can do it well, and you can give money to charity.

Tammy, Amy, and Ereka meet with Rocco and Mama. Apparently, no one is tending the meatballs. And what's Tammy's opening idea for Rocco? Brunch in France. Rocco's blank expression is to be expected, but he tops it off with the entirely understandable question, "Who's paying for that?" Carolyn looks on disapprovingly. Tammy implies that Rocco would pay for it himself. He barely stirs, but basically gives her the "What else ya got?" treatment. Heh. Amy interviews that you can pretty much count on Tammy to say something in every meeting that they'd rather she wouldn't say. Now there is an understatement. They're lucky she hasn't gotten them tossed out of anyone's office yet. We don't see much more of that negotiation, which is kind of disappointing, because it seems like it goes well.

Assorama and Jessie go to visit Kate White, whom Assorama tries to impress by mentioning pseudo-casually, in a way that screams "I AM SUCKING UP!", that she recalls that Kate had something to do with Hillary's campaign and so forth. Elsewhere, Heidi and Troy go to see Nicole Miller, and I just love that Heidi went to see a designer wearing a horrible, unflattering top. Hilarious. The pink-and-black dress she's wearing in the interview just after is far, far better, and she actually looks kind of cute in it. Sweetheart pink can really only be worn ironically, you know.

And now, the great visit to Isaac Mizrahi. It appears that the entire Protégé squad has pretty much ganged up for this one, although Jessie is supposed to be the lead. Troy explains that Isaac designed clothes now for "Tar-jhay," a pronunciation I admit we sometimes use in my family as well. Jessie at least gets his name right. Unfortunately, she also speaks a little too slowly, although I don't have a lot of problem with the content. She says that "what's going to go on at this auction is that people are going to be bidding on an experience." Now what Mizrahi says is actually, "I thought you were speaking to me as if I've, like, never spoken the English language," and I almost think what he's saying is that when she started to say, "what's going to go on at this auction," he thought she was going to explain auctions generally, whereas what she was going for was more the explanation of the whole rather goofball idea of selling a "celebrity experience." So I don't really think what she did was that bad -- she is kind of talking too slowly, but that seems to be a personality quirk. Hey, she's from the Midwest. It's a long winter; we've got time to kill up here. She also laughs and smiles when he points it out, and she apologizes -- I mean, he put her in a really awkward spot, and I actually thought she recovered relatively gracefully. She was nervous, and I don't really think she did that hideously. In fact, it almost seems to operate like a Troy-like icebreaker, because when she's laughed it off, Mizrahi says, "You're a doll. Go on." Assorama, however, insists in her interview that Jessie "totally patronized the man," and that even after he pointed it out, she spoke too slowly and sounded bad. But when Jessie explains to him that they're thinking about "eight personally designed pieces," she's not really speaking that slowly, she's just not getting Mizrahi to bite on it. Furthermore, Assorama is now leaning over Jessie's shoulder, repeating everything she's saying, which is really not helpful and makes the whole thing lose any conversational flow that might otherwise build. Isaac does not dig their idea for Fashion Week, either, because it's "so much work." But again, he's kind of playing with them and being the big dramatic unhappy guy, so I don't think he's exactly preparing to storm out in a rage.

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