Saw T and N canoodling in some tacky mansion only minutes before J got rid of her for legit reasons and A got rid of her for legit by not being legit reasons, and N's subsequent bullshit. Saw N at Chez Trump not getting how nearly she didn't go home this week. Poor girl.
You know you love me,
Nicole: "Mr. Trump Mr. Trump Mr Trump can I say something?"
Trump, verbatim: "Why are you so stupid to talk now?"
Nicole: "I know, but it's not the thing that just happened, because who cares about that? Even though I put myself through fucking hell because of it and will continue to do so, the fact is I'm not fired this week, so flooooop I forget it ever happened, and I want to talk to you about Tim."
Jacob: "Which is...frankly brilliant. He doesn't know half their names, and there are only seven of them. Go for it. Wrong reasons, clearly, but still: nice."
Nicole, almost verbatim: "Tim? The thing you can't hear enough about?"
Trump: "Yes, go on."
Nicole: "Could you...give him the opportunity to come to Kinetic? I'd love to see his answer."
MULTIPLE CHOICE: I have no idea.
What's Nicole doing?
1) Playing cutesy "pass the note."
2) Giving Trump the option of fucking with Tim in a knowing way, building props with Trump on their shared ground while simultaneously creating a situation where Tim doesn't get fucked by it, which is awesome because not even Tim has been that considerate so far.
3) Honestly thinking she can get her boyfriend back on her team except for how it would complicate things the same way as at the beginning of the episode and require a shuffle.
4) Being desperate about talking to Trump while simultaneously being desperate about Tim.
5) Something I don't get.
ANSWER KEY: My knee-jerk feelings about Nicole mean it's 1 or 3. But honestly, I do respect Nicole enough to think it's either 2, 4 or 5. We'll see, I guess. It's certainly the first time I haven't seen her coming from a mile away, so if she's pulling some shit I didn't list, that would be the first time, and I would be impressed. I don't want to hate her. I want to root for her making the best call as I see it. Frankly, she's great. She's brilliant, obviously isn't just a robot, and has good taste in dudes. I would like nothing better than to be sitting at this computer a week from now saying, "I was wrong, very wrong." That would please me, because she has skills I admire, and more importantly has skills I don't have. And if you know me at all, you know that's the secret recipe of love. I just don't want you to think I bag on Nicole because it's easy: I bag on Nicole because it's hard, because I want things from her (self-respect, a clue, individuation) and she's spent ten weeks denying me those things, while appearing to be exactly what it says on the tin: nice girl, smart, submerges her intelligence and self-respect for the good of the male perspective. She should be a Heidi, but she looks at the Heidis and thinks they're icky, because boys don't like them. The end.