Mitch flies to London to cover Wimbledon. It's a super busy weekend and in the middle of the meaningless chaos, his thoughts turn to Morrie and his words about how meaningless modern culture is.
He contrasts the culture that Morrie's made, full of good friends and projects that help society, to Mitch's own culture, where all that matters is work.
While he's thinking all this over, he almost gets run over by a group of paparazzi chasing a celebrity couple; he remembers Morrie saying that everyone is "chasing the wrong things" (7.6).
Mitch returns home to Detroit and finds out that he's out of a job because of newspaper strikes. So basically the only thing that his world is made up of is gone.
He arranges to meet up with Morrie again the next Tuesday.
Flashback to Mitch's sophomore year in college. He and Morrie are having a chat and Morrie tells him that money is not important to being "fully human" (7.21).
Mitch feels more comfortable talking to Morrie about his future plans than his own dad, who wants him to be a lawyer. He mentions to his professor that he wants to be a musician, and Morrie listens to him.