Ashley fades back into the scene as Karlin bops along with Ashley's track, unaware that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. And may I just say...a year and a half? Speak up for yourself a little earlier, young man! I guess it's convenient that he just got a manager, huh?
At yet another empty restaurant, Ashley talks with his new manager, Larry Rudolph, about his trouble with Soul Power, particularly around money, of which he now has very little. It's put a negative twist on their relationship, says Ashley. Larry helpfully says that that sounds terrible. Ashley then asks for Larry's honest opinion about the tracks that have been cut so far. Larry blows some smoke up Ashley's ass, and then kind of walks around the fact that, aside from one potential hit, the album sucks. Larry looks like he needs a good meal, and also a shower. Larry says that he loves Ashley and thinks he's an unbelievable talent and a great guy. He's ready to work with him, but only if they're on the same page about the music. This will entail going in and convincing everybody that they need to record some more. Ashley says, "Yeah..." which really means, "Oh, fuck." Commercials.
When we return, lots of Los Angeles highway footage indicates that Ashley's taking a trip. He, with Tiffany in tow, arrives at the house of former O-Town member Jacob Underwood. Jacob has long dreadlocks, which he may or may not have had as a member of O-Town, and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt, which I am positive he had as a member of O-Town. There is a woman there who I'm guessing is Jacob's girlfriend/wife. Everyone marvels at Tiffany's big pregnant lady belly. Then, a tiny monkey comes scampering along the patio. It is clearly Jacob's pet monkey. See, I think there should be a law that no one under the age of thirty should ever have access to fortune, because they are bound to do dumb-ass things with the money. Coincidentally, I am now thirty. Ashley and Tiffany marvel at Jacob's house, which I must say looks quite nice. Ashley says that he loves what Jacob's done with it, which leads us into another typically eloquent Shakespearean aside:
"Damn! Can you believe this is Jacob from O-Town? We've been through so much together. I really miss hanging out with him. He got married to Janie from Making the Band and things really haven't been easy for him either. But he managed to score a house, and at least he's not living with his girlfriend's mother."