I guess we're supposed to feel bad for Neil when he goes and knocks on this record company's door. You see, when they buzz him in, the buzz is really loud, so it hurts his ears. I wonder what kind of primitive country England is that they'd make musicians walk on their own two feet and knock on doors with their own bare hands to find work. Neil explains in an interview that his band "is friends with" another band called Flinch as in "what people do when they hear Neil's band play." Apparently some record company is producing a CD of Flinch cover songs, and Neil's band (I don't know which one) was chosen to record one of these songs. Because, you see, Flinch has been such an influence on popular music that it was only fitting that a bunch of musicians get together and do a cover album like they did for The Carpenters or Leonard Cohen. And you'd think that it would be hard for Neil's band to get such a prestigious recording gig, but thanks to the friendship between the bands, Neil's band has insider status and is chosen to record a track on this super-duper-popular album. "This is a genuine compact disc," Neil proudly tells Mike. "And it has me on it!" It is later explained that Neil recorded this track only a week after his tongue was bitten off. Yes, folks, Neil's music is only palatable when he can't sing lyrics intelligibly. Shocking, I know. Neil plays the CD for the house. Jay makes a lame attempt at "dancing" to it even though it's about as danceable as a Joy Division song played on a low speed. Jacinda thoughtfully eats some rice. Kat leaves the room. "Is this an underground thing?" asks Mike. "Extremely underground," answers Neil. Lord, he looks pleased with himself.
As the opening bars of Björk's "Isobel" play, Sharon holds a meeting for her band at Attention Deficit Manor. Okay, I love Sharon's hair right now. I also love her navy blue v-neck sweater worn over a starched dress shirt. She's working this Velma from Scooby Doo look and it suits her brilliantly. Unfortunately, it seems that Ruth -- the record executive -- is no longer interested in the band. Apparently, Sharon misunderstood her and thought that if they changed their sound, Ruth would sign them. But, according to Nico -- the floppy-haired band member -- Ruth made no such promise. Unfortunately, Nico is no longer interested in working with the band if there's no "record-company interest." In other words, now that Sharon's Real World connection ain't getting them a record contract, it's time to ditch Sharon. The band breaks up right then and there. "It took a while to sink in and I didn't know how to feel," says Sharon in a voice-over as the band members slowly file out of Attention Deficit Manor. Everyone says goodbye to each other. "Your band just broke up five minutes ago?" says Mike, entering the kitchen. "While I was in the shower?" Sharon assures him that her future is still bright. In a confessional, Sharon claims that it hasn't upset her that much because she must believe that she's capable of continuing without them. Yeah, because it's not like Sharon is ever simply out of touch with her feelings and hiding behind her chirpy exterior or anything. "Keep on Moving" by Soul 2 Soul plays while Sharon insists that she'll get by because she's "vocal and chatty" although she has her "insecurities like everyone else."