But let's not forget about the real tragedy here: that Neil has to work for a living. In an interview, Neil claims that his data-entry job could be performed by a "lobotomized hamster." That's just too easy comment on, so I won't. In the kitchen, Mike rubs it in Neil's face that Mike makes more money teaching rollerblading lessons than Neil does at his office job and that, furthermore, Mike gets to be outside. "You have money and I don't," says Neil, flipping veggie burgers on the grill. "Something's very wrong. I should be the one getting money." Why? Because you make crap music that no one wants to listen to, whereas Mike actually possesses a marketable skill? In an interview, Neil reveals that he has been offered three more weeks of work to do the same thing, and that he's turned them down. "I'd rather be poor," says Neil. Next, we see Neil on stage while his band warms up. He's got a new look going on: he's wearing a white suit jacket over a pink shirt. Oh, and Patty Smyth from Scandal called. She wants her makeup back. While he dejectedly stomps around the stage, he voice-overs a complaint that "no one else has to worry about" money in the house except him. Yeah -- it's so unfair the way people who work for a living don't share the same anxieties as those who refuse to.
Oddly enough, Sharon -- who doesn't make quite as much noise as Neil does about "pushing back the frontiers of music" -- has an actual meeting with an A&R person named Ruth. Ruth seems to run her own record company out of her own apartment or something. Sharon shows up to the meeting wearing that outfit she's been wearing lately in her interviews, with the tomato-red jacket and a big That Girl hairstyle. Sharon and Ruth talk about her music. Sharon proves that she's intently listening to Ruth by leaning in with a cup of coffee and supporting her cheek with her fingertips. Ruth likes Sharon's band, but liked their earlier work better. She doesn't think she can market their current sound. In an interview, Sharon admits that although this current deal depends on it, it's going to be hard for their band to change their entire style. The band has a meeting and tries to write some new material that's more "rock-y." Sharon is in full creative mode for the next month. We see Kat and Jacinda listening in on a rehearsal and giving each other a Jan and Marcia glance as if to say that Sharon's new sound is groovy and far out. In an interview, Jacinda says that Sharon is talented, but that she might not make it, since talent isn't what it takes to make it in the music business. Unfortunately, she's right.