When we return from commercials, we are plunged into an incredibly dorky scene in which Kaysar and Erika attempt to flirt, and they're both very bad at it, because they're boring, and boring people are terrible flirts. She uses the word "manly." He discusses finding "the right person," and calls her "a really sweet woman." The sealing of fates is discussed. Oh, and Erika asks Kaysar whether he's ever been in love. I take the position, incidentally, that by the time you know somebody well enough to ask that question, you probably know him well enough to know the answer. Really, however, Erika wants to talk about her own breakup, which is why she raised this issue. Understandable, but still ill-advised. "It's the worst pain when it ends," Erika says. Ack. This is not working as escapism! Let's get back to stupid people acting stupid! But no. We must grieve with Erika. She tells us that her recent breakup with Josh from Big Brother 1, who was her sweetie for several years, has been "hard." And she says "hard" in that way where you immediately know it's the "it was not my choice" kind of hard, which is way worse, of course. She tells Kaysar that they broke up in May, and she says it's "so painful." Seriously, that's really soon. I...yeah. That's really soon to come off a breakup from a long-term relationship and flop yourself directly into an intense experience like this. It's not exactly a spa retreat. "Letting go was hard," she says. Crickets chirp around my living room. Kaysar talks about "time to heal," and Erika cries, and Kaysar says that maybe she can "start over." She adds, in case you're not convinced that things have sucked for her recently, that her dog died two months ago. Aw! Man. Those times when it rains and pours, and in both cases, what it's raining and/or pouring is battery acid? Those are not happy times. Welcome to about two weeks ago. Wait, what was I talking about? More escapism, please!
Anyway, Kaysar says he was surprised that Erika came to discuss her breakup, and then this little segment ends. That was, like, the worst scene ever to start with flirting by the pool! The line between pleasant flirting and heart-ripping misery is a fine one, indeed.