The next day—the day of the interview—Nick, Go, Tanner, and Betsy hole up in the penthouse and continue prepping Nick. At 5:00 p.m., Tanner gets a call from Boney but decides to ignore it—he doesn’t want to let in any information or gossip that might derail the hard work they’ve done. At 6:00 p.m., Nick and the rest of his team enter the room where the interview is going to take place, and Nick is whisked away to get miked by a producer. After a little while, Sharon enters the room, and they all marvel at her glamor and gravitas. Go tries to talk to Sharon, but one of Sharon’s producers pulls her away to whisper something in her ear. Whatever the producer says shocks Sharon, who blurts out “Oh my God” and turns around to look at Nick in horror.
A pattern repeats through this section of the novel as Nick rides the high of others’ approval—and then crashes down to the nadir of public opinion. As the latest roadblock to Nicks’ on-air redemption emerges, it becomes clear from Sharon’s reaction that whatever has come out about him threatens to derail the entire interview—and what’s worse, Boney clearly knows what’s going on, too.