Fineman talks to Ariel about the Rebecca McCandless case. Ariel confirms that a woman is suing Rebecca for sexual harassment. Fineman is stunned. Ariel pokes her finger over Fineman's head and says she's "popping [his] naughty little thought bubble." So we're supposed to think these are jaded big-city lawyer types, and yet they can't wrap their minds around two women together? Whatever. Fineman says that "Leno and Letterman are going to make a meal of it." Ariel says that if the accusations are true, Rebecca deserves it. Fineman reminds her that her job is to make sure that doesn't happen. Fineman says that he's okay with sexual harassment when it comes to Ariel. Ha ha! Sexual harassment is funny. Ariel giggles and says she has a shuttle to catch as Fineman yells out that he'll sign a waiver.
Brit walks into Grant's office just as he finishes instructing some random lawyer on how to handle the oil case. Brit says she thought Ariel was working on the case, and Grant says she's working with Jack on a sexual-harassment case. Brit asks if Grant is worried that Ariel might get ideas. Grant says that the closer Ariel gets to Jack, the better her access to information will be. Brit says that Jack and Ariel will probably be working long hours alone late at night, and that "it'd be great if they end up horizontal." Grant, disgusted, says he's trying to work. Brit asks if she pushed a button. Grant asks when Brit's paralegal project, Charlie, is going to pay dividends, and advises Brit to push Charlie now, so Grant can work. Brit gives him a look like, "Girl, I own you," and sashays out.
Jack and Ariel arrive in New York. As they walk into Rebecca McCandless's offices, Jack says that Rebecca is well respected in the design community, but also admits that he's never seen her, or even a photo of her. Ariel is amused. They walk into Rebecca's office. Hey! Rebecca is Sue-Ellen Mishkie! Except this time she's wearing a bra. The actress, Brenda Strong, also played one of Charlie's girlfriends on Party of Five. Is Paula Devicq going to show up next?
Rebecca greets them. Jack introduces himself and Ariel. Rebecca says that she's heard great things about Jack and compliments his suit, but says she doesn't like his tie. Jack says they want to get Rebecca's take on what happened. Rebecca says she's innocent, and that the charges are groundless. Jack asks whether she's aware of the company's sexual-harassment policy. Rebecca says she considers herself responsible for its implementation. "Responsible" like she wanted it written, or "responsible" like they had to write it due to her actions? Interesting. Jack says that the plaintiff alleges inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. Rebecca asks if that means "sexual in nature," because she can be tough on middle managers and sometimes uses "expletives and sexual metaphors" when she's not satisfied with performance. Wow, what a treat to work for. Jack says he's "referring to inappropriate actions of a sexual nature." Rebecca says that she's never used her position in the company to leverage sexual favors. Jack clarifies that she's claiming the relationship with the plaintiff was consensual. Rebecca says that it was non-existent. Ariel brings up an alleged incident at a spa in July. Rebecca admits that the plaintiff did come to her room, and that Rebecca was in the bathtub at the time. Ariel asks whether Rebecca came to the door without clothes. Rebecca laughs and says she didn't, and that she also didn't suggest that the plaintiff slip into the bath with her. Rebecca adds that eight other people came to her room that night, because she had a suite and it was business. Ariel asks about the other incidents cited. Rebecca denies they ever happened, and wishes she were that creative. Jack brings up some email that was mentioned in the complaint. Rebecca asks if the plaintiff has produced any email. Ariel admits that she hasn't yet. Rebecca says that she won't, because they don't exist. Rebecca claims that the woman either had a thing for her or had it in for her, and may have a career writing soft porn, but doesn't have one at her company anymore. Jack seems amused or charmed, and says that on Monday, Ariel will ask Rebecca the questions she will likely get in the deposition and won't pull any punches. Rebecca is game to tangle with Ariel. Maybe a little too game.