Daniel Power/E!
Matt McConkey
March 19, 2017 AT 11:01 PM EDT

The Arrangement

type
TV Show
genre
Drama
run date
03/05/17
performer
Christine Evangelista, Josh Henderson, Michael Vartan
broadcaster
E! Entertainment Channel
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

This week, it all goes down at a fundraiser party for an organization that supports fashion designers called the Change of Clothes Foundation. We’ve seen Megan angry, actress-y, and, of course, horny. This week, we see a different side of her: Megan is fun! En route to the Change of Clothes party with her gal pals Hope (the actress/waitress) and Shaun (the corporate lawyer whose name I figured out!), Megan talks to her agent Leslie about her deal on Kyle’s movie, which still hasn’t closed. She hangs up, turns to her friends, and says pensively, “All they really know about me is that I’m Kyle’s girlfriend. Wait… What if that’s all that I am?” And just when you’re wondering if she’s serious, all three girls burst into laughter. Megan’s got jokes!

At the party, Kyle is in full movie-star mode: tight white tee! Cranberry-red blazer! Soul patch! Asking his assistant for a mint! Standard A-list behavior. (That assistant, by the way, is not Ben from the past two episodes, and Deann explains it away in one wink of a line: “Nice recast on the assistant.” Wha?)

Meanwhile, Megan chats up a lecherous mogul known as “Dirty Uncle Russell” about her feminist approach to acting. It’s a bit of foreshadowing about this episode’s themes: Not only is Megan a fun-time gal, she’s also feminist AF. Yes, the girl who agreed to an arranged marriage is actually pretty woke. You’ll see.

Terence is approached by a thirsty screenwriter type who thanks him profusely for his Institute of the Higher Mind seminar “Demystifying Happiness.” (Sign me up!) But Terence isn’t up for the fawning and gives the guy a shrewd brushoff: “It’s great you’re so connected to what got you here. Now go discover where you’re going.” You guys, I’m writing that on a bathroom mirror Post-It immediately. There’s a reason the man’s got his own cult!

Megan introduces Hope to Andres, their big-time director friend, but Andres isn’t buying what Hope’s selling. Shaun has better luck at the party, hitting it off with a handsome IHM member named James. At one point in their convo, James tells Shaun, quite simply, “I’m going to recruit you.” It’s a refreshingly clear and straightforward statement. I’m really starting to appreciate the IHM method.

There’s a moment at the party when Megan has just finished a round of industry small talk, and she playfully dance-saunters back over to her homies with a festive greeting: “Wuddup party people!” She even does a modified raising of the roof. (Again: FUN.)

But not everything at the Change of Clothes party is quite so fun. Adam, a tough-talking producer with one too many open buttons on his shirt (a clear sign of evil), tells Terence he wants to recast Megan in their movie. He wants a name, and Terence agrees. Kyle gets extremely Kyle West-y on them with a barnburner of a speech: “I put the asses in the seats. So close the deal and put her in the movie, because if you don’t… There isn’t gonna be a movie.” He pats Adam on the arm, tells him to enjoy the party, adjusts his cranberry blazer, and takes his leave. Um, I don’t know if it’s Kyle’s inherent movie-star charisma or his advanced IHM communication skills in action, but I for one am on my feet, slow clapping.

Butt-hurt by Andres the director’s rejection, Hope gets drunk, slurry, and embarrassing. Kyle gently escorts her out of the party, and just before he hands her off to his driver, she hits on him. It’s real gross.

Even grosser: Word spreads at the party that someone has leaked Megan’s nude photos to the press. These were private sexy pics she took for Nic back when they were dating, and she failed to delete them from the cloud. Classic mistake. But then, scrolling through the multiple websites that have picked up the story, Megan makes the biggest mistake of them all: She reads the comments. (Never read the comments, girl! It’s a bunch of alt-right trolls complaining that your recaps are rambling and overly snarky! Who cares if they’re right?! Ignore those creeps and live your best life!)

For Megan, the leaked photos are more than a slut-shaming scandal. They’re also threatening her career: There’s a “morality clause” in her contract for Kyle’s movie. That means the studio can fire her after all, whether Kyle likes it or not.

NEXT: Bear, naked

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