Johnny: "We're going to have insane house parties here, bros."
I THINK HE'S KIDDING
Next day, it's time for the studio. Everybody geeks out about the equipment and instruments, and then Brian talks about how he is the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. Like it's not a metaphor. He died the same week that Brian was born, and sometimes there's an eerie resemblance -- Do you see it? I don't see it -- and so probably what happened, we're meant to infer, is that Elvis died and then came back in Brian's body and that's why he's so good at music.
I DON'T THINK HE'S KIDDING
So Jewel shows up in her sparkliest child outfit, and tells them the second part of the rules, which is that for the songwriting part of this songwriting competition, they have to write in teams. Nevin loves it, because he is a leader of men and loves to give direction; Brian loves it because I don't know why, I think maybe he's just kissing ass. Scotty makes a hilarious face about how uncool he finds this concept and whines at us about it.
Being a Great Hooker -- Sonyae, Nick, Jackie and Scotty -- means your hook is the seed of the song and the hooker also gets to pick their songwriting team. Up against the wall, so the hookers can see you. (This part takes Johnny back to when he was fat.)
Sonyae, since her only skill is screaming and being the best hooker, decides she would like somebody with a musical skill of some kind, so she picks Blessing, even though everybody but her plays instruments.
Nick picks Jes, because quote "she'll be easy to write with." (Case: Rested.)
Scotty picks Brian, I guess because he's one of the better performers, and Brian seems really surprised by this.
I am surprised they are not all clamoring for Nevin, given his leadership experience and advocacy skills.
Jackie does some annoying words and talking -- like, A) the concept that she is a detector of who has "soul" and B) the concept that Johnny is where she has detected it -- and then chooses Johnny. They are both trying one million times too hard and most certainly are the smartest ones, so it makes a certain amount of sense, but damn does the "soul" thing go down pretty rough. I wonder if Jackie has detected also that Johnny is gay for Jes and if she will make a problem about that now that she is 30 years of age and suddenly from Long Island.
Sonyae picks Amber, who is so horrified Jewel has to give her a little shove to go join Sonyae and Blessing.