"... And each time I stand up, and I stand up stronger!" When she said this, I thought about... you know that picture where there's the monkey, and then the very hairy man, and eventually a business suit and like a briefcase? That's what that made me think of. "I think I was a very strong player on this team," totally true, that's totally true, "And I guarantee: you think I was a strong player on this team? I'm not only going to remain a strong player, I'm going to step up!" AAAAAAND there we go. Winning is not an end in itself, or the natural result of doing your best work, but a way to flip off James Sun, a man who is so terrified of the boardroom and getting yelled at by people with actual authority that it's all he is thinking about right now. Even in the middle of your rant. Who shuffled you to Kinetic for the right reasons, all of which have zero to do with your incredible drama, your idiotic love affair, or your strangely off-putting belief in yourself. You go, girl! I mean, how hard is it to grow up and realize that your life is not contingent on other people's intangible bullshit? The last thing that matters in the world is James's opinion of Nicole, whether or not it signifies -- and it does not, in this case -- in the decision. On any average random day, it doesn't matter. Today of all days, you're turning an advantage and an opportunity into yet more nastiness and begging for attention and validation. The woman turns my stomach, I'm sorry. She goes on and on at length about how she now has "every reason in the world" to win this week -- except the actual reasons -- and that she would "lose an arm" to win it. And don't you think her ass would love that. "I lost my arm! Please feel sorry for me! I was just trying to make people respect me without doing anything respectable and while making an ass of myself, and now I'm armless! Do you love me yet?"
James: "It was obviously not personal."
Nicole: "I have no concept of that because I am desperation personified."
James: "Seriously, your enthusiasm and skill set are admirable but they overlap with Tim's."
Nicole: "This is because you think I'm not as pretty as Stefani!"
James: "Fucking what?"
Nicole: "This is because you think I'm weak! But I am not weak! I will rise like a phoenix from the flames! To gain your approval and/or score some nasty imaginary point! And then you will feel quite small!"
James: "Nicole, I am literally telling you to your stupid horse face that you and Tim have won the last eighteen tasks for us. I am literally giving you credit for that, out loud, in front of everybody. Why are you being a jerk?"