Alicia: "You won't get in a fight with Peter, right? He's picking up the kids for dinner Saturday night."
He apologizes, thinking he hurt her with "wanton woman," but really it's just because there's literally nothing she can say. If she doesn't get the hell out right now, he'll put it together. He may already have done.
It's hard to know when you've hurt Alicia's feelings, because generally she's too smart to let on until she smacks you in the mouth. For Owen, it's about crossing the line just enough that you haven't really crossed it, and without knowing generally where the line is -- without perfect information about her life and their relationship -- it's become possible for the first time for him to actually cross it. All the more imperfect for the fact that Alicia's not entirely sure either.
Owen: "Alicia, talk to me!"
Alicia: "Owen, I would if I had the time..."
Owen: "You have to wait for the elevator, so talk to me here."
Alicia, because how bad could it be: "Okay..."
Owen: "You're sleeping with Will, which is why you left your husband."
That bad. Sometimes discretion is not so much a virtue. She's not amused, exactly, but she's gone. Again. With a smile.
Gretchen Battista is none too impressed with the scotch Will sent, to butter her up before the call. Kate Hanson retired three months ago, so he needed to start in on her early.
Will: "You contacted my client for comment on the FDA investigation. I thought I might help."
Gretchen: "You wouldn't happen to be fishing for what I might know, would you?"
Will: "I might be. I just find it odd that you'd be the only reporter leaked an FDA decision."
While she gets a gander at him online, Will agrees to meet with her on Monday -- after her deadline, of course -- so she offers him an appointment an hour from now, and just to keep the upper hand, he says two hours. They like each other; they haven't met yet.
Will and Alicia take back their lowered ask, in the hopes that Gretchen -- and Kalinda, who's on the loose somewhere out there -- will help bandage whatever secret things are happening. Ira takes that to Celeste and she laughs in his face, once again pinpointing Will's strategy: "Mr. Gardner has a tell. When he's in trouble he doubles down. So we're lowering our offer."