Ahead of Spectra Fashions’ first preview show, SALLY and SHIRLEY worry that their fortunes hinge on the review of one critic, JARRETT MAXWELL. He’s BILL’s star journalist at Eye on Fashion magazine and has been ordered by Bill to write an ugly review to destroy the company so Bill can obtain the building for demolition. However, Sally’s designs impress Jarrett and he’s unable to write the review Bill wants so Bill publishes a scathing review he wrote himself, devastating Sally who declares “Spectra Fashions is dead”.
SHIRLEY raises her granddaughter’s spirits by suggesting Spectra return to its roots, spying on Forrester Creations using an in-house infiltrator. SALLY is reluctant until Shirley proposes that Sally’s younger sister COCO gets a job interning at FC. Sally champions Coco’s attributes to THOMAS, who hires her. After learning that her family wants her to spy, Coco refuses to do the job.