Mary-Ellis Bunim: God, this is so boring. Why did we give these people jobs?
Jonathan Murray: Well, because remember in London how they just sat around and played pool all the time? We thought a job would force them to interact.
Bunim: Does it have to be such a boring job, though? Couldn't we have gotten them jobs as...prostitutes or something?
Murray: I thought that's what they are basically doing already. Ha ha ha!
Bunim: I don't find that funny, dear. Now, rub my feet.
Murray: Yes, sir.
Devin (brown turtleneck) comes to collect the roommates and take them to a recording session with a new Arista artist named Lennon. They arrive at the studio and introductions are made. Everyone settles in. In an interview, Mike tells us how excited he is to witness this process. The recording engineer says something about "cans," and I think he's referring to Lennon's breasts, but then I remember that episode of Newsradio where James Caan followed Bill around to learn more about the radio industry for a movie role, and Bill told him that, in the industry, people refer to headphones as "cans." Newsradio was a really educational show. In an interview, Mike is amazed that Lennon is smoking a cigarette while singing her song. Lennon starts singing, and she kind of sounds like a heavier Alanis Morrisette. In an interview, Lori explains that she doesn't think much of Lennon's music, because there are no harmonies in her songs. Lori also doesn't think Lennon sings that high, which Lori finds encouraging, because it means that you don't have to sing high to make it. Please. Anything that encourages up-and-coming singers to stay away from the dolphin-sounding, only-dog-hearing, eardrum-injury-causing noises that Mariah Carey popularized is okay by me. Lennon finishes her song and bids the roommates goodbye.
Back at the apartment, Lori is (guess what?) looking for something to eat, and talking to her friend Katie. Lori has a lot more friends than anyone else in the house. Or maybe her friends just live closer to her. Lori complains about how hungry she is, and Katie reminds her that they still have "that beef log." I thought Katie was kidding, but Lori totally starts slicing up a beef log like you would get from Hickory Farms at Christmas, along with assorted cheeses and those little strawberry candies. Lori tells Katie about Lennon: she's only nineteen, and she writes her own songs. Lori opines that there is nobody out there her age that's writing her own music. Well, nobody famous. I'm sure there are plenty of unsigned teenage female artists writing their own songs, but that's not what the labels are looking for right now, so they remain unsigned. In a confessional, Lori says that the fact that she doesn't write her own songs or lyrics weighs on her heavily. Lori eats some beef stick and tells Katie that she could sing what Lennon sings, even though she couldn't write the songs. Katie just nods. Lori demonstrates how a singer is supposed to be confident, but Lori doesn't feel that she has anything to brag about yet. In an interview, Lori worries that the only reason she's been considered talented all her life is because she's been "in a small pond." Now, Lori points out, she's "in a big pond," and she's "a very small fish." See, just when I think Lori's getting a big head and starting to get annoying, she says something like that to show that she really does know how incredibly difficult it is to make it as a musician.