#1 hooker Johnny gets an extra thing this week: He picks his whole team up front, instead of going round about. He's annoying and awkward about it -- but the worst part is that it means he can't have Jes or Jackie, the best people for him to work with and the best people period.
Johnny pretends that he's going to pick Nick despite his awful behavior, and then is like, "Just kidding, that would suck!" but he has such a gentle way about him that it's not the meanest joke in the world, except we're accruing Nick hate at a faster speed than really looks good on the rest of them. And of course this means Nick's compromised drama-queen ass has to be like, "Whew! All I wanted in life was to not be on Johnny's team!" But since this episode so far as been 100% about Jackie and Nick suddenly hating each other, I think we all know what's going to happen. So instead, Johnny picks Brian and Scotty, because they are male and not Nick, because Johnny is in some ways still a child-man.
Jes picks Amber, so they can finally become one person. Just kidding, everybody is now a distinct person. Jackie picks Karen, because they make sense as a team especially on a road trip song, and because Karen is easy to control because she's sort of a dolt. Jes picks crazy Melissa because she liked her hook, because they're the two most like space cadets even if the margin of spaciness between the two of them renders the comparison unrealistic. And that leads to Sonyae and Nick being the last to be picked, because they are the worst as human beings. Then #3 Jackie does something so amazing.
Jackie: "I'm not sure what to do. Because I really like Nick, but he doesn't like me."
Even Nick is like, Good one, because he recognizes class-A group manipulation when he sees it, but it gets even better because now #2 Jes has the option of keeping her team the way it is (Amber-Melissa-Jes), or taking on Nick as the odd one out, and she leaves it. So now he's been not just passed over three times, but super passed over three times, which on the one hand feels like heaven but on the other hand only feeds the monster that squats inside him. Plus, bottom line, Jackie has to take both Sonyae and Nick on her team with Karen. I wish they would win, but that's a mix of folks I'm not clear about how it will work.
Karen brings up this whole idea about how she has wonderful things inside her that the world and road will see or whatever, and Sonyae points out that it is clichéd, and Jackie tries to stay with her idea of making a song about going for your dreams and being awesome and not pussyfooting around. They concede.