The rehearsal must be over because everyone is back in the conference room. Elton tells them that it looked "like chaos" and like they didn't know where they were going. Melissa says she's concerned because she feels like she has no direction when she's sitting there, and she doesn't know which camera to look at, or which tape is going to run, and that decisions get changed right on the set. Elton asks who the producer is, and I thought he already knew that, so maybe it was a rhetorical question. Kelley raises her pinky, because I guess she thinks it might be a rhetorical question too, and doesn't want to go the whole nine by raising her hand. Elton says that if Kelley hasn't made a change, then it hasn't been made. He gives them a whole lecture about being organized and having a format, and we see black and white shots of each of them doing various jobs. There's a dramatic bass line as Elton concludes that they will "live and die" by their format so they need to get it together really quickly. Each of the roommates in turn looks forlorn. Matt asks Elton if they can end on a good note because "some of...all of us have been working hard" (nice catch, Matty) and they need some praise or they will walk home angry. Elton laughs and then tries to think of something good to say. He finally comes up with the fact that he's glad to see what they've done, and that it's a stressful process and it doesn't always work out the way you want it to. That's the best he could do? How very sad. Danny jokes that Elton really means they should "get over it." Everyone starts to file out, but Elton asks Kelley to stay behind. In an interview, Kelley says she wasn't going to get her "ass chewed out by Elton." Kelley talks about her ass a lot. First, the show was coming out of it, now Elton is not chewing it out. Kelley tells Elton that she's going to be blunt, and that this is not "an easy situation." She realizes that her job as producer is to "delegate [sic] everybody" but "they. Won't. Listen. To me." Elton says that she's responsible for the show, ultimately. Kelley thinks she's capable of being a producer or manager in her life, but she wouldn't have to live with the people that work below her, and she would just fire them. That's a good point. It's easy for me to sit here and offer hard-ass solutions to her problems, but then she has to go and live with these people, so that makes it a little easier to understand why she's being a big softy. Elton tells her that he is there to back her up, and that if someone disagrees with Kelley, they will have to deal with him. In an interview, Kelley says she's not "laying down the law" as well as she should. Elton tells her he noticed that "nine times out of ten," she's the one to tell him what he needs to know, and that's what he looks for in a producer, so if he's been remiss in telling her she's doing a good job, he's saying it now. Elton has a hard time with the praise, doesn't he? Kelley says she feels better about it, and they both leave.
Some text scrolls across the screen and at first I think it's just a promo for TRL, but then I realize it says, "Three Hours Till Show Time" and it annoys me that they wrote "Till" instead of "Until," but I'm anal like that. ["I prefer 'til, but apparently 'till' is considered a word now. I don't recognize it, though." -- Wing Chun] Kelley is looking at a website about alcohol abuse. In an interview, Melissa says that Kelley is "freaking out" and "scouring the Internet for information on topics we will talk about for approximately one minute." I am so much like Kelley in that respect. I believe there is no such thing as being over-prepared. Jamie arrives, skateboard in hand, and the scrolling text says that it is not "Two Hours Till Show Time." Yep, the "Till" still bugs me. Julie tells Jamie that they are "looking for stats on drunks." Now I know why Julie doesn't get to be a host. Can't you just see it? She's interviewing a recovering alcoholic, and she says, "So, how long have you been a drunk?" Julie tells Kelley that they are going to take a walk because they need to get out of the building, and that she was there late last night, but that they will come back and help later. Kelley says okay. In an interview, Kelley says, "I need help, please, and...it wasn't there." I really don't feel bad for her, because if she needed help, she should have asked for it. Cry me a river.