Wacky background music plays. This is the show's standard break-time music, and I think it's supposed to signify lots of crazy fun and jollity, but things are really pretty sedate in there. Bryan Chan is playing solitaire -- the symbolism's eerie, isn't it? -- while Ashley sits at an expensive drum set and makes a phone call. Jacob and Trevor, both seated, toss a football around with minimal energy and interest. I hope they work harder than they play...Lou enters the rec room and greets everyone with some unnecessary hugs. "Ikaika should be here tomorrow afternoon," Lou says. We see concerned faces all around. A shell-shocked Jacob sits immobile on a hideous sofa -- wow. I think my Grandmother has those pants. Jacob's voice-over points out yet again that Ikaika left because the initial draft of the contract was unacceptable. "I was thinking, 'What if we don't want you back?'" Jacob recalls. For once, someone else bitches about Ikaika: Ashley complains that Ikaika's heart isn't in it, and "we're realizing that, especially as we go into the studio to record." In the most blatant case of recycling since Ikaika said he wanted to marry Malia, the producers bring back an Erik-Michael hit from last episode about how the six of them are sacrificing a lot, but Ikaika's not sacrificing anything. Maybe it was the only halfway salvageable quote from Erik's entire confessional time. To the group, Erik says he's not sure how he'll react when Ikaika walks into the room. "He has missed a crucial time in the group's...existence," Erik concludes. Over lunch, brought to you by a fast-food restaurant that made Jacob's Big Mac but which may or may not be McDonald's, the guys goof off and rag on Ikaika. Kidding around, Jacob says he'll tell Ikaika, "Oh, that's right, you used to live in the house, right?" Then, an epiphany. "Let's play jokes on him!" Jacob whispers in conspiratorial delight. His first gag is to pretend the new contract stipulates hefty rent payments. Just as I'm prepared to name that the Dumbest Prank Ever, Jacob busts out with what is by far the best line of the series. Faking that he's chatting to Ikaika, Jacob jokes, "Hey Ikaika, what's your brother's number? I need to ask you some questions." Erik practically chokes on either a nugget or a McNugget -- we can't confirm -- and Trevor laughs along with them. Editors cut to commercial to spare us the image of Lou giving Erik the Heimlich.
A plane lands in Orlando. Ikaika appears at an arrival gate and hugs Ranger Marc. In confessional, Ikaika says his lawyer "said there were changes in the contract and he gave me the okay" the previous day, so he headed back to Orlando immediately. Marc carefully warns Ikaika that he missed a lot, and needs to play catch-up. Unfazed, Ikaika nods, and we cut to a one-on-one again. "I felt totally justified in being home," Ikaika says defensively to the camera. "I went to Diamond Head and just sat on the wall and sang for like an hour." Great, that'll help.