We then move to Wilhelmina berating her new staff about the mock-up cover of Slater. Turns out they were supposed to make her look five years younger than she says she is, and she commands them to work through lunch. They give steely stares in response, and Marc explains that no one minds being abused, it's just that the staff thought they were being paid to be abused. Wili says that in her day, they worked hard and were lucky if they got a cheese sandwich and a cup of bad coffee. Or, tens of thousands of dollars of plastic surgery. Right, Ugly Wili? Marc reminds her that she was a senator's daughter and went to boarding school in Paris. But no matter, Wili announces that she's meeting with their investors and is certain they'll have their funding.
Meanwhile, Nick berates Amanda for not ordering enough paper clips. She notes that he isn't the only one who needs paper clips, and picks up a paper-clip leash that leads to a paper-clip-sweater-wearing Halston. Metallics are in! When she cracks wise about his hair gel, Nick calls security on the dog. Poor Halston is confiscated, and the security guard won't even agree to walk him. Score one for Nick Pepper. But not for long.