Howard asked Carly what she'd like to say to James, and she came right out with it: "I would wanna say I'm sorry for all things he feels I did wrong. I would wanna talk about all the things he's held against me. I would want to thrash it out...I just miss him." Howard and Robin wondered if the whole thing was in James' head, but Carly didn't think so: "Oh no. I did things wrong. I didn't understand his addiction." Ben then thanked the crew for their tender hand: "I don't even know who's right, but I love it when people stand up for my mom and I want to thank you guys for that."
Howard then noted that Gary's cousin, Jill Dell'Abate, was in Carly's band, and Jill told the crew she had also played with James: "I think it would be lovely if the two could find a way to communicate, but it's not my business." Howard then demanded to know who "You're So Vain" was about, but Carly maintained her silence: "The answer would be so uninteresting to you." Carly then put her nerves aside and performed the song live – Howard loved the arrangement, so Carly explained it was to accommodate her aging vocal range and boredom. Before she left, Carly promised to tell Howard who "You're So Vain" was about off the air and when they returned from the break, Howard reveled in knowing he was one of only a handful of people who knew the secret. When Robin questioned what she could bribe him with to get him to tell her the secret, Howard responded, "Let me ask you about Jim..."