That night, it's the dinner with the Men on Ice, and we watch Cecile and New Tim hug after she finally shows up late for dinner. Tim voice-overs that the dinner (everyone's there only at tables for two) was his first chance to talk to Cecile one-on-one. He says that he's attracted to Cecile physically, although he's giving off that "it puts the lotion on its skin" vibe. He says something about her voice being a lullaby. I think lullabies don't generally use the word "fuck" very often. In an interview, Cecile says that she liked New Tim at first, and was thrilled that his plea consisted of a Shakespearean sonnet, as if she knew it was Shakespeare without Tim probably telling her back at Proposal Point. At the dinner, Tim is telling Cecile his first impression of her was that she was a lot younger than he is, whatever he means by that. In an interview, Cecile says that Tim tried to "connect" with her by talking about serious things; we see Tim asking Cecile what happened between her and Tim, since he wasn't around and is unclear about what happened. I'm sorry, but I have to say he ought to know better than to quiz dates on past failed relationships, especially one that he knows, at the very least, ended really badly. In an interview, Cecile says she did not want to talk about Old Tim at all. She says it a couple of times, and I notice that she doesn't use Old Tim's name at all; she just says, "my first Man on Ice," and you just know she read some stupid article about not allowing the guy who hurt you the dignity of having a name.
And so begins the diatribe -- the long, interminable lament. It begins with Cecile saying something to the effect that she doesn't want Tim to be shown in a bad light or anything. Then she says, "If I had some time to detox and figure out where I am, I'd probably be better. But I'm not." My god, my god. Okay, if I'm talking to a girl and she starts saying things like "time to detox" and "figure out where I am"? I start screaming on the inside. It gets worse. Cecile explains, "I'm not inhuman. You know, I have emotions. I have feelings. And yeah, my feelings got hurt." She's speaking with that "see how strong I am this man will not repeat NOT hurt me" tone of voice, the one favoured by women on daytime talk shows who have come on Jenny Jones to explain that yeah, her boyfriend has already cheated on her twenty-three times, but she's going to leave him, for real, if he does it again. Poor New Tim quickly tries to put the lid back on Pandora's box: "Can we turn the page?" he asks her, except then he hedges a little, presumably because he thinks that if she does want to talk about it, she'll appreciate his being a sympathetic ear. After some hesitation, Cecile starts in again by saying that Old Tim really hurt her. The time flashes on the screen: 8:15. So you know exactly where this is going.