Kaysar invites the group to visit his HoH room. Will doesn't care, and he shows it. Other people head inside and find that the room has been done over for Kaysar. Apparently, everybody gets different furniture and dÃ©cor this season, which seems just a trifle excessive. I'm not sure they need to change out the comfy chairs for every new person. Marcellas salivates over how Kaysar will look in the cashmere sweater he's received as one of his little perks. "I would prefer a pink room," Janelle announces. Thank you, Janelle. Marcellas wants a circus theme, which makes my brain go first to very bad acrobat places, and then to very good head-in-a-lion's-mouth places. Mike wants his room "Boogiefied." So...lots of Viagra, Propecia, and 1995 slang dictionaries? Will still could give a shit.
Kaysar and Howie have a chat in which Howie reminds Kaysar of Nakomis's crafty play in the past, and of how she targeted Jase's alliance back in Season 5, and might go after the biggest alliance here, too. Howie maintains, however, that Will and Mike need to be on the block. Kaysar says that he doesn't understand why you'd make Will and Mike mad at you, which will only make them come after you. To his credit (for once), Howie points out that Will and Mike are already after S6, so it's not like they're really giving up very much.
Janelle pays her boys a visit, and the conversation gets a bit unintelligible, but Janelle winds up bitching about James, because even her own alliance members never quite please her princessy ass. Then, James himself shows up, and he points out that it's not that smart for them all to hang out together 24 hours a day, as if they're painting "PLEASE VOTE OUT MY STRONG ALLIANCE" on their chests. James's agenda is that he's very concerned about Jase, and very unhappy that Janelle seems to believe that Jase can be trusted. James also offers the opinion that Nakomis is the strongest player besides Will, on account of being so smart. Janelle suggests putting up one of the people from what they perceive to be the Diane/Nakomis pair, and one of the people from the Will/Mike pair, in order to try to make the two pairs go after each other in hunting for votes, hopefully splintering the rest of the house. Howie concurs. I still think that they'd be smarter to just put up Mike and Will, but this plan has some merit.
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.