The Great Big Loooove of Roddy and Chiara is back, accompanied by the same dorky music as last time. Deeee, da da da deeeee...they lie in the hammock, liking each other. (Haven't we been here before?) But now, the grinding beat of Amy Taking Her Shot is heard. She leans her chin on Roddy's knee as he lies stretched out on one of the chairs. Okay, Amy, I am sorry, but that is just a little bit too much. Resting your chin? On his knee? You might as well strip and tie a bow around your waist. Roddy, meantime, works her over with the casual nice-guy routine. "Let's talk more about you," he says lightly. "Okay," she says dreamily, like he just proposed. Bleh. She admits to finding him a hottie (okay, me too), but basically insists that she's just playing. She does note, however, that she can't stand Chiara, who tends to show her face every time Amy chats with Roddy.
Roddy plays this brilliantly, I have to say, if his goal is to get these girls not to like each other. When Chiara walks up to Roddy and Amy, he makes a great ha-ha show of acting like he's telling Amy to stop talking about Chiara. Ha. Ha. See? It's brilliant. Total misdirection. He's being so silly that it makes Chiara feel stupid if she feels jealous, but it makes Amy feel like it's a private joke between her and Roddy. The man is an operator, I am telling you. Chiara tells us that Amy is a "boyfriend-stealer." She stops just short of "cooties." Seriously, these people have been in this house for three weeks, and they're surrounded by cameras. If you think you've developed a serious relationship in that period of time under these circumstances, I think you're delusional. Roddy's diabolical plan grows even more diabolical one evening when he walks right over to Amy and gives her a big smooch, right on the mouth. "I just kissed Amy, deep on the lips," he says to Chiara, who is curled up with Jason, undoubtedly trying to talk him out of his pants. "Why?" Chiara asks. "Because Amy's fuckin' hot!" Roddy replies. Ha! See, he just did it again. He's being so obvious that Chiara feels like an idiot if she actually feels bad, but he also just made huge points with Amy, without even trying that hard. He is scary. Furthermore, I would point out that despite the fact that he came across as the initial good guy, he has more in common with Will than any of the rest of these people, for two reasons. First, he's the only one of these people that I consider really smart. Second, he doesn't even really have to do a whole lot -- he allows people's own weaknesses to choke them. Eventually, Will mostly let Hardy choke on his self-righteous vanity, he let Nicole choke on her insecure neuroses -- he even let Mike choke on his arrogant bad-boy bullshit. Right now, Roddy is letting both of these women choke on their own pettiness. One of them should have had the intelligence to say, "Oh, shut up and stop trying to play us," and laughed it off. If she had, she would have been the automatic winner. Also, he would have secretly admired and adored her for it.