It's Monday at the Rolling Stone offices and the young writers are staring in disbelief as Krishtine yells at her mother on the phone for being irresponsible with her money. "My landlord had to call me and tell me that the rent was not paid two...... Read Full Episode Summary »
It's Monday at the Rolling Stone offices and the young writers are staring in disbelief as Krishtine yells at her mother on the phone for being irresponsible with her money.
"My landlord had to call me and tell me that the rent was not paid two weeks late," she says shortly before hanging up on her mother. Krishtine explains to that her parents are so irresponsible that she feels like the adult. Krishtine emphasizes that she doesn't just want to win the job and the right to say I'm From Rolling Stone, but that she "needs it more than anybody else."
Determined to take initiative, on Tuesday, Krishtine sets up a meeting with the Rolling Stone editors. After she pitches several story ideas based on Reggae Songfest, an event with a big name hip-hop lineup, Joe Levy wants Krishtine to articulate a specific story. The editors don't buy her pitch.
Back in the writer's room, a discouraged Krishtine complains that her pitch was declined. Russell reminds her that the journalist slogan is, "No loyalties." Krishtine wants to pitch her story to another magazine because she needs to survive, and there's no guarantee that after the remaining four weeks, she'll be offered a job at Rolling Stone.
On Wednesday, Joe tells the group that whoever writes the best Lollapalooza pitch by 10:30 a.m. the next day will get to the assignment to cover the three-day modern rock festival in Chicago.
Yet to receive a solo credit for Rolling Stone article, Peter puts the final touches on his Band of Horses piece with rollingstone.com editor Alex Mar. She's impressed with his improvements: more layers, better descriptions, vocal style detailed. Alex polishes is and publishes it. Peter may have arrived insecure, but is now more determined to work his "a-- off" to get the job.
That evening at a restaurant, and Colin discuss whether they really want the job that they are competing for at Rolling Stone.
Over dinner, Colin tells Russell and Peter that he really wants to win the job. Russell, on the other hand, says he just wants to do well with a cool opportunity. With that, gets up from the table, stating, "I'm not writing tonight," and heads home to sleep while the others work on their Lollapalooza pitches.
When everyone else hands in their Lollapalooza pitches, Joe tells Russell that he's technically disqualified. Russell laughs it off saying, "Droppin' the ball, droppin' the ball. That's what I do," but he's seriously disappointed in himself.
Later, Joe calls Krishtine into his office to tell her "to look for where the opportunities are" to prove that she can work outside of her comfort zone.
Peter and Colin bet the nod to go to Lollapalooza, where they talk to Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros singer/Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. Peter tells Perry that seeing a Jane's Addiction performance made him want to be a music reporter. Perry thanks him and asks if the guys are new reporters. When they confirm that they are, he says, "Wow, that's something else."
Back at the Rolling Stone offices, Joe tells Russell that his challenge is to show that he wants the job and is capable of doing it. Russell tells Joe that he doesn't take things seriously because he doubts he can succeed and doubts he'll get the job.
At Lollapalooza, Colin and Pete make the rounds, meeting with various acts including Eels' drummer Knuckles and Ice Cream Man, and Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale remembers Peter from their Roskilde Music Festival interview.
The next day in New York, Joe invites Krystal and Krishtine to a Snoop Dogg album listening party where Krishtine dazzles Doggystyle Records VP A&R Ted Chung with her knowledge and questions about Snoop's style.
Joe is so impressed that he assigns Krishtine a Snoop Dogg story. She's so excited she says she's going to go at it "like a fat kid that ain't ate in five days."
On their third day at Lollapalooza, Colin chases fun (trying on a Santa suit), while Peter chases stories about bands like Panic! At The Disco, The Flaming Lips and Ben Kweller. Back at the office, the editors discuss their work, and it's clear to them that both reporters need more experience.
During a phone interview, Krishtine bonds with Snoop Dogg over their love of the music of California's Bay Area. Although she introduces herself as being from Rolling Stone, Snoop is really impressed that Krishtine is the editor of Ruckus magazine, saying, "That's some hood s?--." He wants to set up another interview with her for Rukus to highlight his up-and-coming groups. Her confidence is boosted now that she's being given the opportunity to prove herself in her genre," Krishtine states, "I think I want to build my career around moments like this."
Krishtine's piece on Snoop Dogg appeared in the September issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Peter published eight stories about Lollapalooza on rollingstone.com; Colin published one.