With Julia gently but firmly keeping Jimmy in check, the mantle of Hit List Ass Hat passed to Derek this week as he screwed Ana (not like that) to try and hide the fact he screwed somebody else (yes, like that). That somebody else having blackmailed him into giving her a job because Derek – who is otherwise brilliant – cannot get the basics of sexual harassment law and why he needs to STOP BREAKING IT into his handsomely-coiffed head, no matter how many people sue him.
Of course, Jack Davenport’s Derek is far too appealing for even this inexcusable behaviour to turn me against him, but the writers – bizarrely – gave it their best shot. And what made the whole storyline even more annoying was that the entire point of it seemed to be to re-start the Ivy/Karen feud in the most convoluted and stupid way possible. I mean, really: Ana marching up to Ivy, “accidentally” accusing her of skankishness and then saying “Oh it’s okay, Karen told me”? FFS. Note to writers: grown women CAN compete for the jobs/roles/Tony Awards without scratching each other’s eyes out in the process.
At least there’s hope in the Julia storyline: breaking away from Tom might have turned him and Eileen into sulking 5 year-olds, but it’s turned Julia into a kind, sensible, actual human being as opposed to the demented harridan she used to be. Tom’s Strippers R Us revue was a weird and uncomfortable thing to watch – I spent most of it worrying about whether that dress was going to contain Ivy till the end – but his duet with Julia, after an initially tuneless start, actually turned into quite a sweet affirmation of their friendship as she quietly persuaded him (using a deeply boring song that wasn’t a patch on Karen’s “Pretender“, it has to be said, but we can’t have everything) that he had to grow up and let her go. Aw.