Tattletale Ashley is now bitching to Andrew about Erik's behavior. Ashley says, "I don't want to start slipping," because it's going to be Erik's fault when they fail. Ha. I love that he thinks it could possibly be Erik's fault. Now, all of a sudden, they might not be good singers. Right. Ashley says that they had a good performance, and that it ended in a big argument, and he doesn't know why. Andrew's wearing his patient face, thinking, "I hate it when the two of you are arguing because you pretend that it has nothing to do with the fact that you're in love." Andrew says that Erik seemed fine earlier in the day but that clearly something was bothering him. "Maybe there was something more to it," he concludes. Brilliant. Ashley is pouting something fierce, and we're clearly not getting the entire story here. Elsewhere, we see a shot of Erik pouting, and his face morphs into a shot of the road. So deep.
Moving tour bus. Erik's on his cell phone again. He calls Ruben. I guess Ruben decided to be on the show after all. So much for Latino pride. Erik says that he wants to meet his brother and sister. Ruben says, "Sure, I think it's important." Erik, not to be out-Englished, says, "I think it's more than important, it's a necessity." Am I supposed to put a semi-colon in there somewhere? ["I've given up on their dialogue, man." -- Wing Chun] He says he knows that he has to meet Ruben to meet his siblings. Ruben is upset that Erik wouldn't want to meet him at all. I can't really hear what else Ruben is mumbling here, and my closed captioning isn't working, but I think he's telling Erik that it's important that they meet, and Erik is just staring into space looking even more like The Gingerbread Man from Shrek, as Stee so astutely pointed out before.
Erik runs to the back of the tour bus, where Ashley just happens to be casually lying all by himself. "Guess what I just did?" Erik asks him. Now, either Ashley forgot his line here in this scripted scene, or he is worried that he's going to answer the wrong thing because Erik's bringing up a subject they're keeping from the cameras. In any event, Ashley looks guilty, and it seems he doesn't want to have this conversation now. Then he remembers that Erik was going to call Ruben. Well, actually, Ashley says, "Why are you smiling like that?" Then we see a couple of shots of Ashley sitting up and Erik moving around and we hear a voice-over of Ashley asking, "Did you just talk to your dad?" and then we see a shot of Ashley listening and then we go back to Erik talking. This show is edited so poorly that everything looks fake. Ashley figures out that Erik just called Ruben just now "on the bus," and freaks out. "Whoa!" he says. "That's crazy!" I don't know why it's so crazy. It'd be crazier if he called his dad while hanging off the back of the bus, or from Jacob's cell phone or something. These kids are enough to make me miss the invisible Dan subplot. Erik replays the conversation for us, and says that he told Ruben he knows he has to see him in order to see his siblings, but that he really doesn't want to have a conversation about their relationship. Erik says that he doesn't want to know. Ashley looks like he wants to hold Erik until all of the pain goes away. By the way, my Ashley crush is totally over. He's so dumb I can't bring myself to lust over him anymore. Besides, he's totally in love with Erik, and I don't stand a chance. Ashley says that even though Erik doesn't want to "get into it" with Ruben, he's going to be standing next to a man who looks "kind of like [him]" and is really his dad. Good deductive skills there, Ash. We fade to black as Erik and Ashley wait for us to give them some private time.