Hannah meets with the publisher of a popular magazine who wants her to write an e-book, the only downside being that he needs it completed in one month. Whether it's a fear of the looming deadline or the afternoon cocktails with the new boss, Hannah vomits outside the restaurant in full view of the patio patrons.
Ray wants his copy of 'Little Women' back from Hannah who has loaned it to Adam. Since Hannah refuses to see Adam, Ray is forced to retrieve it himself. While looking for the book in Adam's apartment, he discovers a vicious dog shut in the bathroom, a dog that Adam stole from outside a coffee shop. Ray convinces Adam that the dog must be returned to the rightful owner and agrees to accompany Adam to its home on Staten Island.
An unlikely bromance is born on the ferry as the two bond over girls, life and the fact that they are both funny looking (says Adam). Adam has a great monologue where he compares dating Hannah to "a rigged midway game with a prize he doesn’t really want anyway". The boys come to blows when Adam thinks Ray is speaking disrespectfully of Hannah, and retreats in anger leaving Ray to deal with the return of the dog himself.
When Ray tries to return the dog, he ends up verbally slaughtered by the daughter of the dog's owner, an angry, mean, racist teenage girl. The episode ends with Ray crying on a park bench staring across the water at the Manhattan skyline with the unwanted dog. Ray may be the only one of the group with a full-time job, but he is as full of anger, self-loathing and confusion as the rest of them. Both Ray and the dog are unwanted, misunderstood and basically alone.
Booth's assistant quits after he admonishes her for taking a spoonful of his ice cream, without asking. He is hosting a party that evening, and now with no assistant, he asks Marnie to hostess. She is blind to the meaning of this offer, and happily accepts convinced this is confirmation that she is Booth's girlfriend and 'co-host' of the party. Hannah attends but feels out of place with Marnie's new friends and can't get Marnie's attention long enough to tell her about her book deal.
Booth offers Marnie $500 for her hosting services. Realizing that her hosting duties were born from a business need and had zero to do with romance, she leaves the party in tears. On the way home she receives a phone call from Hannah, who lies that she left the party early to write (she is still stuck on the first line of her e-book) and Marnie says that the party "...was really nice. It was perfect. We're just in Booth's garden watching fireflies". They both hide the truth that life is rough at the moment, as there is no comfort left in their rapidly disintegrating friendship.
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