After six weeks with new girlfriend Alex Markum, not only have Larry's moods and performance improved, but he's considering marriage again, too. While everyone at the show is impressed with Alex's positive influence on their boss, Hank is the only who suspects something isn't quite right. And his suspicions begin to take shape when Alex gently persuades Larry to feature her as a mermaid in a sketch he's always done with Hank. Following her appearance on the show, Alex is anxious to get a tape she can send to her agent. And after Larry introduces her to network executive Howard Bingham, he's surprised to find Alex approaching him later on her own. While Larry wants to believe Alex's claim that she was only recommending a good masseuse, Arthur warns that she's out to advance her own career when he discovers she's invited to join Howard for an important network meeting in San Francisco. After Howard suggests using Alex on the show more often, Larry finally decides he's had enough of the network executive's meddling. However, when Larry breaks the news that she won't be doing the mermaid sketch again anytime soon, Alex accuses him of not being interested in her career and suggests taking a break from each other. Upon finding that Howard is using the media to get revenge, Larry escalates the battle by going over the network executive's head. Finally, Arthur confronts Howard and Alex in a local restaurant with a warning about pushing Larry too far.