whom not to piss off, whom it was beneficial to befriend

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VicNicSor

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Russian
A woman is describing her first workday at an editorial office:
Emily hadn’t left my side yet, seizing every opportunity to teach me something. She provided running commentary on who was really important, whom not to piss off, whom it was beneficial to befriend because they threw the best parties.
(The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger)

I wonder if it's omitting some words in the sentence or it's a usual use. I'd expect:
who was really important = those
who was really important
whom not to piss off = those whom one had better not piss off
whom it was beneficial to befriend = those whom it was beneficial to befriend.
Thank you.
 
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  • RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    "Those" is understood; it's not necessary to say it.

    Note that if you did include "those," the first one would have to be "who was really important = those who were really important."
     
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