Kelley and Melissa are standing outside. Melissa is furious, and asks why David is so "belligerent." In a confessional, Melissa does some serious neck-rolling and she says that she's not going to cater to David's attitude anymore. Melissa tells Kelley that David is not there for the decisions, but that he is only there to confront decisions already made and shoot them down, which has nothing to do with his musical responsibilities.
Back in the conference room, David says they should just agree not to use the book. Does he seriously think anyone is on his side here? No one has been agreeing with him thus far, but somehow he thinks that they are all in agreement on this issue, save Melissa. Julie tells him they can't agree to anything until they've all talked about it. Matt tries to reason with David, saying that he knows David is passionate about his music but he's going on the defense. For about six seconds there, I liked Matt. Danny suggests that they all try to be professional. David says he is being professional. Oh yeah, swearing a blue streak is so professional. I hear they just added a new course at Harvard Business School called "Swearing: Effective Uses and Practices." David is still talking, but it's so fast and at such a high pitch that I can't possibly tell you what he's saying. Danny says that David was not being professional. David says, "Tomato, to-mah-to, move on." That reminds me of Ally McBeal, when Fish will do something really offensive and then say, "Bygones," and expect everyone to just get over it. It's not that simple. And hey, tomato -- shout-out to Sars? ["Between that and my public-access past, you have to wonder." -- Sars]
Back outside, Kelley tells Melissa that she knows it's frustrating, but that Melissa won't win if she lets David get to her, because that makes Melissa look bad and David look calm. That's actually really good advice. I'm impressed. In an interview, Melissa says she needs to get collected and not allow David to do this to her. They go back inside, but for some reason Kelley is already seated and Julie walks in with Melissa. Continuity much? Matt is apparently running the meeting now, and they are talking about the second segment. I guess we'll never know what decision was made about the book issue. I will be awake nights, wondering what happened there.
Melissa is on the phone again, giving directions to Ryan, who has apparently arrived. I know this because, after hanging up, Melissa yells to no one in particular, "Ryan's here! It's about to get real nerdy up here!" Melissa is also wearing a green stocking cap and she looks like a Blair Witch Project reject. In an interview, Melissa says she likes Ryan very much and intellectually, she knows he is wonderful because he laughs at her jokes and appreciates her "excessive silliness" while still respecting her. I love how Ryan is only wonderful concerning his feelings about Melissa. Like, she could have said he's really smart, or talented, or fun to be with. But instead, she's all, "He's really great because he likes me a lot." Nice. Melissa loses the hat and greets Ryan and his two friends, both named Michael. It's like on Newhart. I half expect him to say, "I'm Ryan. This is my friend Michael, and this is my other friend, Michael." In a confessional, Melissa says it's not worth losing him as a friend just because the infatuation stopped abruptly. I have become more suspicious of confessionals and interviews where no proper names are used. In that last one, Melissa could have been talking about Jamie, or Frat Matt, or anyone, really.