Rick was a co-worker of Alison Parker at D&D Advertising. After initially asking her on a date, the two went out, but things soured when Rick stole an idea during their casual conversation and presented it to Lucy Cabot as his own idea. Alison was upset, but became determined to prove herself.
After Lucy felt guilty about the situation, she let them present separate ideas. Alison's was met with warm reception while Rick's was greeted with silence. Alison, feeling merciful, let Rick have one of her own secondary ideas to present as his own to save face.