Now, Jeff says he's going to move along to something involving Denise and Courtney, and seeing it coming, Courtney gives the least subtle bird-flip to Jeff Probst that I've ever seen, to the point where there are a few hoots from the audience. At any rate, Jeff is referring to Courtney's comment that Denise "sucks at life." What's interesting about Courtney is that she's the rare person who is just as genuine in admitting fault as she is in finding it (thus actually "keeping it real" as opposed to "keeping it delusionally self-important"), and when Jeff asks her whether she regrets that remark, she says of course she does, adding that she tends to speak without thinking. Jeff wants to see the big apology, but the women both make it clear that Courtney has already apologized for this remark -- with nobody watching -- and that Denise has chosen to forgive her. It's good to see that Denise has developed a late-breaking talent for forgiveness, because if she'd gone for the moral high ground with regard to other people in this episode, it only would have made what's going to happen that much worse.
Jeff then decides that if he can't get a fight going, he'll ask Denise about her hair. Denise says that the reason she has her hair the way she does is that you have to have it short for food service, but that her husband likes it long because it's so feminine. Okay...(1) Your mullet is not feminine. I'm sorry. I understand that there are stereotypical feminine hairstyles; that is not one. (2) You haven't been a lunch lady for quite a while. (3) If there's one thing What Not To Wear has taught me, it's that men care WAY LESS about the length of women's hair than women think. (3) Plenty of short hairstyles are very feminine; the idea that long hair in the back makes you more womanly is just idiotic. Even if she weren't the boss, I'd still say here that Sars has very short hair and it's gorgeous and I envy it frequently, because it's fierce and still girly, and that's all there is to it. "Feminine" is about how you choose to package yourself on a particular day, and to reduce it to long hair is insane. Now that I think of it, most of the really girly girls I know have hair that's shoulder-length or shorter. Snack on that, Denise.
The embarrassments just keep on coming as Jeff moves on to Jaime to ask about her "love affair" with Erik that was "blooming" while they were on the show. Asked about the fact that it didn't seem like they got all that bizzay (this is how Jeff Probst's brain pronounces it) on the show, Jaime says that she was really nervous that appearing to be a couple would be strategically suicidal. After a lot of hemming and hawing, she gives up the fact that she and Erik are indeed now dating. Interestingly, Erik makes a sort of "ohhh" face that I read as...maybe he wasn't a hundred percent sure she was going to say they were dating -- not that he minds, but that he wasn't totally positive it was going to come right out like that. I'm maybe misreading, but that's what it looks like to me. And then...man. Okay. Jeff turns to Erik and says, "So, fucked her yet?" Oh, wait. He didn't literally say that. What he says is, "So Erik, on the show..." And from the smarmy little smirk on his face, everyone knows where he's going, so there's all this "Ohhhhhhh." Bleargh. "It's very clear that you are a virgin. So it begs the question: Erik, dating Jaime, are you still a virgin?" Erik smiles good-naturedly as everyone hoots, and he says, "Of course." In my favorite development, James leans over and says, "Mama's watchin'." HA! Damn, that was gross.