What makes Jacob think anyone will lose sleep over that threat? He attaches the fate of the group to his presence in it, clearly forgetting how replaceable they all are? I think he's growing his ridiculous hair to hide his swollen head. But even that beats the dreadlocks Melanie Griffith is sporting in ABC's promo for The Alma Awards.
After hearing the individual speeches, Marc and Jay make the logical conclusion -- that Lou needs to be in the loop, as atrocious a prospect as that might sound. "What he brings to the band is just as important -- sometimes -- as the talent itself," Jay notes. A round of nodding confirms this will be the plan, and Ikaika excuses himself and walks outside. "This conversation had to hurt him a lot," Ashley says. "He wanted to cry. I could see it in his eyes." Back in their room, Ashley and Erik rehash the night's events and both agree that they were remiss in forgetting about Lou. "That's a huge element," Ashley says. "Lou? He's the biggest element," Erik says. Yup, he is, and in more ways than six. I think Lou might even have moons orbiting his belly.
In the rehearsal studio, TyJuan serenades the group. "You're late, I just wanna say, you're late and you're gonna pay," TyJuan sings. I hope Mike quits and starts a band with this guy. The funkmaster pulls the gang together and encourages them to focus, then tells Ikaika he'll be pulled in and out of rehearsal so Lou can work with him in the studio. Eek, what a frightening prospect. "You're scheduled to do two shows at the end of this month, so there's a lot to get done," TyJuan tells O-Town. They begin. Ikaika looks as lost as on the first day, standing immobile as he tries to catch onto the dance moves -- same routine as before, but he's completely forgotten it. A later scene shows his improvement, but then he's summoned to the recording studio and abandons the dancing.
Despondent during a water break, Trevor confides, "Ikaika's going to sing my part today. God, this is really making me mad." Everyone is either sitting sadly or lying down silently. Jacob rudely suggests that they exclude Ikaika from the evening's planned confrontation with Lou, and the other five quite rightly disagree with him. Jacob looks bothered. Turning to him, Trevor says he thinks Lou will change Jacob's mind about quitting. "Knowing Lou, I don't think he'd have a problem calling your bluff," Trevor says. Back and forth, they bicker gently about whether Jacob's really bluffing. "He might think you are, and I think he's going to call it," Trevor said. "Then he'll call it wrong," Prima Donna retorts. I find myself wishing Lou would call his bluff, then rub his face in it by grabbing Jacob's head and smushing it into his Jabba folds. But maybe that's just me.