Actually, of all the times for Amber to actually perform the kind of music she likes, whatever that is, this week could have been her week. Brian and Jackie would have kicked ass supporting an Amber hook. They would have gone all Idlewild "Ain't No Other Man" "Hit 'Em Up Style" on it so fast, wouldn't they? Out-Sonyae'd Sonyae. It would have ruled.
But instead, Jackie tried to bunt -- actually wrote a song about how she was incapable of doing this Hook Challenge, overlook me this week if you please -- and ended up the captain of a nearly sunken ship. Maybe her reputation preceded her.
Jewel: "I will not be satisfied until you are in tears once again."
Jackie: "People are bringing it more than I am bringing it, sometimes."
Kara: "So if Jackie made up the mess, and Brian made up the dumb track, then I guess Amber didn't really do anything?"
Brian & Jackie: Chuck Amber's ass instantly in a blinding flurry of treachery.
Amber, to her credit: "Fuck all of you! I am not the invisible girl! This is stupid!"
Jewel: "Be gone, Brian and Jackie. And the pretty one."
Brian: "I will be goddamned if I go home for this stupid song."
Brian: The Monday-morning quarterback thing the boys always do about how you should always make your music "timeless" or whatever, akin to last week's bizarre Johnny/Nick fight about the importance of lyrics and melody.
Jackie: "It's kind of sickening to hear you talk strategy right now since you were dead weight in the session and onstage."
Brian: "Oh, you have no idea the pit of vipers you've just walked into."
Nick: "Finally! My dark plans come to fruition! But too late!"
Scotty: "Sweetie, the consensus is that you're kind of hard to work with because of your whole Never-Shutting-Up problem. Your focus is steamroller-oriented."
Jackie, later: "Shut the fuck up, nobody asked you for your input."
(Actually I am grateful. Scotty has put his finger on Nick's problem with her, possibly; for certain he has nailed why my own emotional relationship with Jackie Tohn has been so tempestuous for so many years now.)
Jackie, in tears: "Well, thanks for informing me of the 'general consensus.'"
Scotty: "It's not me, I'm just saying that you have this reputational handicap in the game show..."