Recap: While en route to the After Dark, David tells Steve he's nervous about the upcoming performance of the band he's managing, Cain Was Able. Steve tells him to chillax, then reads aloud an ad that he and Brandon published in the most recent edition of The Beverly Beat, promoting the performance...and David thanks him for the free advertising. He gets a call on his cell phone from a guy named Ari Bauer from A&R Records, who loved the band's demo tape and wants to arrange a breakfast meeting to discuss it further, and David's all, "Woo hoo!"
The Walsh house. Kelly tells Brandon she's off to South Central to help place a disadvantaged kid in daycare. I guess it's part of her amorphous job at The Foundation. Brandon furrows his furry brows and says he doesn't like the idea of her going to South Central alone - and she chides him for being overprotective and says they both have to move on with their lives. Brandon argues that he has moved on, as he's the editor-in-chief at a pretend newspaper, and Kelly snarkishly retorts, "You do your job, and I'll do mine."
David and Steve arrive at the After Dark and encounter a long line-up of people waiting to buy tickets for the next Cain Was Able show. Also waiting is a delivery guy who has a large shipment of salted peanuts. He informs David he's going to have to pay cash 'cause he's past due on all of his pending bills, so David ushers him inside and up to his office. He offers to write him a check - just as Donna bursts in and is all, "Wow! There's a big crowd outside!" David half-heartedly looks around for his checkbook and says he must have left it at home, so Donna pulls hers out and signs over a blank check to David, and he assures her he'll pay her back, probably never.
The Peach Pit. Donna grumbles to Hilary Swank about how her client just pulled a no-show for a scheduled meeting, which means she's officially lost all of her personal shopping clients. She's worried about breaking the news to Valerie that they're out of business, but Hilary Swank's like, "Meh" and says she's heard all about how untrustworthy the trampy diva is. David, meanwhile, is across the diner meeting with Ari Bauer. Ari is talking very fast, and offers David/the band a $35,000 signing bonus, then pulls out a contract for him to sign. David's like, "Whoa!" and says he's arranged for a few other labels to check out the band this weekend, and that he'll make his decision in a few days. Ari nods approvingly as he rips up the contract and explains that his offer was a test, which apparently David passed 'cause now he knows he's dealing with "a real player". (You're actually not, Ari.)
Hargrove estate. Cooper invites Valerie to be his plus one for a dinner he's hosting on Friday night to entice rich people to invest in his new restaurant. He says he needs a date who can hold her own while mingling among the rich, and who might also become part of his life. For some reason, this doesn't appeal enough to Valerie and she says she already has plans, but Cooper orders her to break them 'cause he went and bought her a couture gown from Barney's. Valerie murmurs, "Barney's.." and looks tempted.
Steve drops by Hilary Swank's place with a gift for Zack, but Hilary Swank coldly tells him to beat it and that he's going way too over the top showering the kid with toys. She snaps, "You don't know when enough is enough!" and accuses him of trying to use Zack in order to curry favor with her. That was unnecessarily bitchy. Steve shuffles away from the house looking sad and deflated.
The Walsh house. Brandon enters the bedroom as Kelly is finishing up some paperwork related to the daycare placement. He apologizes for his dickishness earlier and gives her a smooch...and she coquettishly tells him that the doctor said it was OK for them to start doinking again. She quickly mounts him, but Brandon says he's not in the mood 'cause all he can think about is the shooting. Kelly gets irked and says she just wants to get past it, but Brandon just nods uselessly and announces that he's going downstairs to watch TV. Kelly squeaks, "I miss you" and Brandon replies, "I do too" and leaves.
The next morning, Valerie leaves Noah a voicemail message telling him she has to cancel their bowling plans for Friday night 'cause she has to work - but says she's free for a movie tonight. Kelly, meanwhile, ambles into the living room, where Brandon spent the night. He sheepishly apologizes for not coming to bed and asks her if she'd like to go to dinner and a movie tonight - but before she can answer, Detective Woods calls to give them an update. An annoyed Kelly beats a hasty retreat while Brandon answers the phone.
Beach house. Valerie drops by see Donna, who breaks the news to her that they've somehow lost all of their personal shopping clients. Valerie pretends to look shocked and asks her if she has any idea what happened, and Donna glumly says no, and apologizes for letting her down. Valerie brightens and says they still have Cooper Hargrove and asks her if she'd like to help out at his restaurant event on Friday night, and Donna says she's definitely interested.
After Dark. Cain Was Able is on the stage doing a sound check when David tells them about Ari Bauer's offer, including the $35,000 advance - then says he turned it down 'cause he's pretty sure they'll be in a bidding war situation with other record labels. Devin looks pleased and says, "You people know how to squeeze a wallet" and David looks taken aback and asks if by you people he means you managers. Devin smirks and murmurs, "Uh, yeah" then pretends to sneeze by snorting, "Ah-Jew!" and David scrunches his face in puzzlement and disgust.
When Hilary Swank arrives home from work, her mother (who's been babysitting Zack) informs her that a nice young man with a blond 'fro came over with a mop and cleaned the place from top to bottom. Hilary Swank wanders around her apartment from room to room marveling at the tidiness. [Incidentally, her place is huge. I wonder how she can afford it on her Peach Pit salary.] In addition to cleaning the entire place, Steve left her a pizza in the kitchen and a rose on her pillow. She sniffs the rose and smiles to herself.
Movies. Kelly and Brandon are on their way out when they run into Noah and Valerie. While they're chit-chatting, some random guy bumps into Kelly, which somehow causes her to collapse onto the floor. Brandon suddenly has a black and white flashback of the shooting and snaps, "Get your hands off of her!" He and the guy get into an altercation, which Noah promptly breaks up...and a bewildered Kelly shoots Brandon the stink-eye and snaps, "What is the matter with you?"
The Walsh house. Noah, who spent the night with Valerie, runs into Kelly in the hall and asks her how she's doing - and Brandon suddenly emerges from the bedroom and snaps, "She's fine!" and says he didn't know he'd be sleeping over. Noah cheekily retorts, "We'll check with you next time" then flees downstairs and answers the door. It's Donna looking for Valerie, so Noah tells her she already left for her various meetings, then names all of Donna's lost personal shopping clients, unwittingly revealing that she was the one who stole the clients. As Donna processes the betrayal, she tells Noah she was supposed to help Valerie this evening but can't make it, then asks if he'd be able to fill in for her. She sarcastically adds, "You'd be doing Valerie a huge favor."
Valerie's at a salon, getting her hair done and discussing her two-timing with her stylist. Unbeknownst to her, Hilary Swank is a few chairs down, eavesdropping as Valerie agonizes over her two choices of beaus: rich and handsome versus poor and handsome. She can't seem decide, but is willing to concede, "Poor does not look good on me." A few seconds later, Hilary Swank ambles over to say hey, and remarks on how expensive the salon is, and Valerie just stares back at her, red-faced.
The Beverly Beat. Noah drops by to talk to Brandon...but Brandon tells him to go away 'cause he's on a deadline. When Noah just continues to stand in front of his desk, Brandon apologizes for the ugly scene he caused at the movies and admits he temporarily lost his shit. Noah says, "Not a problem...at least not for me" but says he thinks Kelly might be a bit scared of him now. Brandon (pot) admonishes Noah (kettle) for always playing the hero, then snarks, "Lose the cape. Stay out of my business." The phone rings, and it's Detective Woods, calling to inform Brandon that they've captured Kelly's shooter, who's currently at the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound. Oh, the irony.
After Dark. David and Ari are going over the set list for the band's upcoming show when Donna bursts into the room to intrusively hone in on what they're doing. She picks up a music sheet and reads over the lyrics of a particularly offensive song and is aghast at the racism. David's all, "Wuh?" and says he hasn't actually read them, but Ari just shrugs and says it's no big deal, then explains that a parental advisory sticker gets slapped on the CDs, which usually translates to bigger sales. Donna wails, "This is hate!" and storms out as though any of this is remotely her business.
Restaurant. Valerie's at Cooper's investors' event, mingling and schmoozing with his rich guests. She runs into Steve and Hilary, who are at the restaurant for dinner, briefly chats them up, then offers to bring them a bottle of champagne. On her way to the kitchen, she sees Noah waiting tables and is all, "Wha-a?!" She asks him what happened to Donna, so he explains that something came up and he offered to fill in. Valerie pulls Noah into the kitchen and orders him to stay there - but he ignores that edict and says he's eager to check out "this Hargrove guy", so Valerie fake identifies him by pointing at some random old man. When she exits the kitchen, Cooper pulls her onto the dance floor, and she twirls around with him for a few seconds, then grabs a woman who's standing nearby and urges her to twirl with Cooper. After that, Valerie chats with the old man she identified to Noah as Mr. Hargrove, and Noah suddenly appears to say hey, which prompts Valerie to "accidentally" dump her tray on the poor sod to keep Noah from untangling her web of lies. She snaps at him to bring over some club soda, and when they retreat to the kitchen, he sulkily complains, "You're kind of rough on the help." Valerie apologizes for her bitchitude and suggests they meet up at the After Dark, and he agrees and heads out.
Brandon arrives at the hospital to confront the shooter, but Detective Woods informs him that the thug died twenty minutes ago and is waiting to be taken to the morgue. Brandon leans over the body of the slain man and quietly snarls, "You got what you deserved."
After Dark. David looks pleased by the large crowd that's streaming into the club...and when Donna arrives, he tells her that Devin refuses to budge on the racists lyrics. She reminds him he's Jewish, and that he'll be making money on hate speak, which would horrify his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor. A few seconds later, Noah and Valerie arrive, and Valerie bitchily asks Donna whassup with her not showing up for Cooper's event. Donna snaps, "Save it, Valerie!" and calls her out on stealing her personal shopping clients and then lying about it. She bellows, "Lying, cheating bitch!" so then Valerie taunts her about how much she must regret giving up her sainted virginity to David, then adds, "Speaking from experience, I know how rough David can be in bed." Donna slaps her hard across the face and yells, "You go to hell!" and storms off. The crowd, meanwhile, is chanting, "Can Was Able! Cain Was Able!" [what a dumb band name] and Donna is staring over at David, her big face scrunched in disapproval. Ari informs David it's showtime, and David agonizes, "I don't know what to doooo!" just as Devin appears and asks when they're going to perform. David declares, "You're not" then gets up on stage and announces that Cain Was Able won't be performing after all. As everyone unhappily boos, Devin and his band mates ignore the announcement and go on stage and get ready for their performance. David, in turn, unplugs their equipment...and as the crowd continues to boo, a band member throws a big speaker at David, which narrowly misses his head. Noah dashes over to the rescue (good thing Brandon's not around) and helps David subdue the band members and get them off the stage. After that, David announces again to the audience that there will be no performance tonight, and that their tickets can be used for the next performance. He then glances over at Donna, who's smiling sanctimoniously and bobbing her head approvingly.
Steve escorts Hilary Swank home after their dinner date. She tells him she had a great night and rewards him with some tongue action. A hopeful looking Steve asks if they might share a nightcap, but Hilary Swank says that since Zack is asleep, they'd better just say goodnight. As Steve heads back to his car, he spots Zack smiling and waving at him from his bedroom window.
The Walsh house. Kelly's in bed, reading, when Brandon enters the bedroom. He tells her the shooter was killed today, and that he loomed over his body and snarlishly told him he got what he deserved. Kelly looks weirded out by the admission, then softly says, "I love you" and gives him a hug.
After Dark. Donna tells David she's sooo proud of him, and he starts gabbling about his grandfather and how he used to talk to the family about his experiences during the Holocaust. David then says he had considered not censoring Devin's band, but then recalled how laissez-faire his great grandparents had been about all the hate speak the Nazis were spreading, and that they didn't take a stand 'cause they assumed it would just blow over. He then decides that Cain Was Able has a right to say whatever they want - but not in his club. With that said, he gives Donna a kiss and the two head home.
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