Val arrives home after an ill-fated diner party at Jenna's to find a Warholesque party in his old studio raging at full throttle. Val joins in and asks several people, whose party is this. He’s told, no other than Jackson King. Val looks for his neighbor and host to introduce himself, but Jackson King is nowhere to around. Val brings home a beautiful woman to his room, but before the two can perform, Val passes out.
The next morning Val wakes in bed up hangover. He rolls over and is startled by an unattractive woman. It is the same woman who Val left with last night, yet her appearance has changed as Val is now sober. While getting sick in his sink, the girl dresses, and asks Val or cab fare, Val reluctantly agrees. She tells him, “at least I asked first, if I had to take it, it would have been a lot more.”
While Val assembles himself, a young man wanders into his room. The man introduces Himself as Jackson King. Val tells him that he crashed his party last night. Jackson tells him that was fine, and he should have said hello. As Val tries explaining that he couldn’t find him, Jackson cuts him off to correct Val. “It wasn’t a party,” Jackson says, it was just some friends getting together and that even Val could recognize that. Val agrees obviously.
Val takes an immediate liking to Jackson, and the two go over to Jackson’s studio where they drink and talk. Val peruses Jackson’s collection of knick-knacks finding a piece of a Chagall mosaic. Knowing Jenna is a Chagall enthusiast, Val asks Jackson if he could buy the glass from him. Jackson gives Val the collage glass without charge. Jackson has another gift for Val, the paint brushes he left behind when he abandoned his studio. Seeing them, Val feels as if he is about to cry, but his ringing phone saves him from tearing up in front of Jackson.
Val returns to his room to take the call from the last person he was expecting, Jenna.
Val is surprised by the call and asks Jenna how she got his new number. Jenna tells him, from Lara, and she’s calling to make sure Val didn’t have the wrong impression, no matter what he heard Ian is not having an affair. Jenna must cut the call short and invites Val to lunch.
The next day over lunch Jenna apologizes to Val for putting him in such an awkward position. Val begins to explain why he did what he did. Jenna tells him it doesn’t matter. All dreams begin as they end and she is fine where she ended up.
Val tries to convince Jenna to leave Ian, it is less than a year, and he is already cheating on her. Jenna tells Val, there are only twelve covers of American Artist a year, just twelve! My husband is on the cover of September. Val takes out the Chagall Glass he was about to give to Jenna and then he stops. Jenna asks what he has. Val tells her it is nothing, just a piece of glass.
After lunch, Val throws the Chagall glass into the East River.
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