Tim and Nicole hug awkwardly, and he tells her she's going to be the "last person standing" over on Kinetic: "It's going to be you and me, Nicole." What he's implying is that she's a virus that is going to take down her teammates one by one through losing, but that's not what he means. He interviews his constantly shifting take on the Tim/Nicole situation, which is suddenly that previous to now, she has been a helpmeet and given him succor, and now he will be lonely, because normally people's judgment and priorities get in the way of having a fake relationship on a reality show, so he's really lucky that he didn't go that way this time. Nicole is like, "We can talk through the hedge all the time!" like they're in high school and she's going to call his house eighteen million times until his mom yells, and he's like "Awesome." She gets flirty/obnoxious about "Don't you try to kiss me through the bushes, now!" (What Nicole Means: "Try to kiss me through the bushes! I'm pathetically out of my league here!")
James apologizes to the even-less-acceptable angry face of Nicole, so she'll stop making that face and sending the milk sour and all the groceries and fresh-cut flowers to rot. And of course, she starts screaming at him, her little rehearsed bullshit speech squeezing out in weird ways and making very little sense. Which paradoxically allows the actual things she is saying to come through loud and clear. "I don't wanna hear about it!" she shouts, as though she isn't interested in having a conversation about it. Which is half-true, in that she doesn't want a conversation but a monologue, hers, and she doesn't want to talk about the management decision, James's, but in fact about how put upon and sad her life is and how everybody should feel sorry for her all the time. "Bad things happen!" This is not a "bad thing," it's a "thing." People get shuffled, it happens. It's neither bad nor good. You're not here for speed-dating or for acting like the dumbest girl in the sorority, you're here to excel, and to win. You can do that on any team, because the only team you should be on is Team Nicole, a team you haven't even fucking heard of. "It stinks! You know, a lot of bad things have happened to me in my life... " Again: wow. Just wow. I don't know what those things are because I have not ever lived in the intellectual squalor I'm willing to posit about her people, though I have some ideas from watching COPS and Little House On The Prairie, but: if they were truly "bad"? Like if they actually qualified as "bad"? Then you do those events and yourself a disservice by bringing them into this conversation, because you're equating them to being moved from one team on Win, Lose Or Draw to the other team, which would be trashy. Except by even making the comparison, you've demonstrated you don't have a clear concept of what "bad" is, and therefore can't be trusted to make the comparison now. I hope to God the worst thing that ever happened to you is eclipsed by this, in all honesty.