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.
Lars is still floundering over the party. He can't find a "major major DJ" and can't expect much of a turnout if he doesn't have a big name to advertise. "I have run out of time," says Lars in an interview amidst shots of him working the phones from Attention Deficit Manor. Despite the fact that no one asked him to, Neil tells Lars that he can't help him. "It's not my scene at all," says Neil. Not that I know anything about party planning, but I would think that when someone as anti-social as Neil feels compelled to help you, you're on the wrong career path. Once again, Lars explains that not having a DJ will ruin his party. It looks like he'll have to cancel. He mopes around the house to the ruminations of Soundgarden.
Sharon's band is rehearsing their new material at some pretty professional-looking recording studio. Okay, remember that scene in Mommie Dearest when Joan Crawford is retired from acting and is in bed watching some award show given in her honor and her hair is in this tremendously stiff do that goes really wide just below her ears? That's what Sharon looks like in this interview. She's even wearing what looks to be a nightgown. There are tensions among the bandmates. They don't have enough material to rehearse. Sharon starts bossing everyone around, and no one is having any of it. "We don't get to rehearse as much as we need to," says Sharon in her Joan Crawford interview. They start to rehearse a song that Sharon's never seen before.