Ashley goes for an interview at FPE, which is a gear rental place. He meets a muttonchopped guy named John. Ashley explains that his most recent job was as a boy band member, and then says that John may or may not heard of O-Town. Looking at John, I wonder which would be worse. John seems to be wearing a Journey shirt, and also a winter cap. He explains that Ashley would be selling gear to bands at shows. Ashley says that he loves working with people. Ha! He adds that he's also worked at cash registers. They talk a bit more, and Ashley asks about salary. John says that, given Ashley's lack of skills, he would probably get $10 an hour working about ten hours a week. This, of course, would equal less than $8,000 a year, which is not going to help them put down the deposit for this house today, is it?
We are suddenly at Blackground Records, where Ashley has a 3:00 appointment. A man who looks like a cross between Nipsey Russell and Al Green with maybe a little bit of an aged Jamie Foxx approaches Ashley and holds out his hand. It is time for the episode's third Shakespearean aside:
"That's Barry Hankerson, the president of my record company, Blackground Records. ["How in the hell did Ashley Parker Angel, a guy so white he's practically an albino, get signed to Blackground Records?" -- Wing Chun] He's a real heavy hitter. Pretty intimidating, especially when I have to walk in and ask him for money. I need $8,000 for this house. Please, God, don't let me have to take that shit job."
Again, two things. One: God doesn't like it when you curse at him. Two: Ashley's manager is totally walking down the hall with Barry when he approaches Ashley. Those two just met, most likely so that the manager could explain this MTV thing and run Barry's lines with him. Worst.
Ashley, his manager, Barry, a fat guy, and another guy meet. Ashley explains that he had a gut feeling that the album wasn't finished, and that he wanted to get some fresh perspective, and that Larry confirmed his thoughts. Larry says nothing, because he is a shit manager, even if he got Ashley this show. Ashley says that with Barry's support, he'd like to continue writing. Oy. Didn't he say earlier that he'd been working on the record for a year and a half? Barry says that an album isn't done until it's done. The fat guy -- who is Vincent Herbert, V.P. of A&R Blackground Records -- says that Ashley isn't with O-Town anymore, and that whether he succeeds or fails falls on his shoulders. Barry says the bottom line is that they'll do other cuts.