Karen chooses Blessing, because she wants help writing a big gay Donna Summer anthem and probably he will be best at that since he likes moany ooh-ahh songs without a lot of words in it and she's afraid she'll forget what music sounds like or something.
Scotty chooses Nick with the caveat that he is a huge asshole, but incredibly talented. I love Scotty for that; so does Nick. He sniffles and snivels on over there gratefully and it's a nice little moment. Like, you would want to be the kind of person that would do that to be kind, but it's a competition, but luckily it's also true that he's talented and young and neat, so it works out. The best/least real kind of charity is the kind that demands nothing of you, and works to your favor.
Brian will not stop sucking on his cheeks for anything and it makes him look so fucking stupid and insecure. Anyway, he calls Jackie next. I like how all of them have already figured out the pecking order of who's most talented, and they all kind of accept that and they're like, just leveraging the more talented people to keep themselves in the game. That's a thrill right there.
Karen's second pick is Amber, with her never-ending supply of crocheted asshole hats; this makes Melissa feel weird.
Nick leans over with another snivelly bitch-face and tells Scotty not to pick Sonyae because he hates her and thinks she's a bitch, so Scotty totally burns him by explaining out loud to everybody that Nick hates Sonyae, so then the two drama queens can have a big fucking drama fight about what fucking losers they are, and it's brill.
Jewel: "I am loving every single second of this. I feel like Andy Cohen right now."
Sonyae: Prefers You Say It To Her Face.
Scotty: "Well, he hates Johnny too."
Nick: "To be fair, I absolutely despise every single one of you."
This Room Full Of Egos: Actually manages to have their feelings hurt by this. I'm so fucking sure. You know what Nick hating you actually feels like? Getting an award for Best Person.
Nick, verbatim: Is Not Here To Make Friends.
Sonyae points out that this entire show is about group projects, so you're not just being an asshole when you say that -- PS, you are an asshole if you say that, 100% of always -- but shooting yourself in your dumb bitch foot. And I mean, it's a weird structure for a reality show, but it occurs to me that collaboration is always a thing for songwriters. If you're a singer that writes your own songs (like Jackie secretly is, like Johnny incorrectly thinks he is) you wouldn't be on this show. So in fact Nick is just going on TV to ask that nobody ever, ever work with him no matter how talented he is and that, my friends, paints the entire room with Amazing.