Leaving: Creative Director, Leader of Men, and Elvis.
Scotty explains that he wrote the melody of their loser song but that Nevin's constant onslaught of clichés didn't make it in there. Which Nevin thinks is a bus throw, and maybe Scotty thinks that too, but I mean, the song lost. So whatever reason you have for randomly saying that Nevin didn't contribute to the songwriting process, you failed it.
Kara tries to explain how Scotty was selling the vocal, not the song. Not the lyrics, not the melody, just his singing and attempting to put magic into the song that is not in the writing. They ask Nevin how he leadershipped the song this week and he says that he wrote the line about how "they" want to fuck with you and break you and all that, and both Kara and Jewel are horrified by that line because it's off-putting and aggressive. Once again, Nevin is ashamed for a moment as he realizes that this is going to be on TV and he's racking up a considerable number of misses for somebody who never misses, but then he just bitches at Jewel. Right in her face. So angry.
Jermaine tells them that they are boring and their songs should go out the window. Brian admits that he and Nevin were forced to build on Scotty's hook and that he is amazing, and Jewel jumps on him like a hawk and it's beautiful. She's like, "What the fuck is your selling yourself right now, what does that have to do with the question at hand?" And he mumbles for awhile and then she supplies the correct answer -- that he tried to protect the hook with his hand like a baby bird and was unsuccessful -- and she literally makes a hmph sound at him, and but no, he just keeps barreling forward throwing words at it.
Jewel: "You know what, shut up and explain to me whose fault this crappy song was."
I kind of love Jewel. She can write some songs, that song "Racecar Driver" is one of my favorite songs, but I didn't know that she could scare Elvis. "How about whoever didn't actually collaborate and tell the other ones to stop sucking? That's who I think is the problem. Figure it out. I live in a van, I'm hardcore. Don't make me show you it." She tells them to leave so suddenly and sharply she's like Betty Draper for a second, and they run away screaming about how they love music and scarves and whatever is stupid. Orphans.
If you activate Shazam while you are reading this recap, probably nothing will happen.
Kara: "All three of you losers are losers. Your lyrics are embarrassing, Nevin. Brian, you didn't help Scotty save his own ass. Scotty, our trust in you was misplaced."
Jewel: "Scotty, obviously you are fine. Scarfy McStupid and Orphan Whisperer, let's talk."