Furthermore, the other great lesson here is that whether Brian thought John should have emerged as the natural leader of the team, the fact is that he did, and that was pretty clear by this point. John had an exemption, and he could have slacked, but he didn't, and that only added to his credibility. So John was a force to deal with on the team, whether Brian liked it or not. And had Brian been willing to listen to John, he might have gotten John on his side and gained some valuable ground. Alienating the team's de facto leader because you resent him? Not smart.
Anyway, Brian insists that John is wrong about everything. Oh, and "if people don't like it, they can go frig themself." Seriously, that's what he says. And if you can't trust your company to a guy who favors the expression "go frig themself," to whom can you trust it? Brian interviews that John needs to get the kind of guy he is, and that he needs everybody to work together. So Brian wants to just demand obedience, rather than display actual leadership. Good one, genius. As John looks at Brian dubiously, Brian lectures that John just couldn't stop acting in the PM role. Oh, poor insecure Brian. That's called natural leadership and charisma, dear, much as I hate to admit that anyone on this show has those things. "If you think that, you are a silly little man," John says. You know, I could learn to like him quite a lot. He goes on to tell Brian that he (meaning John) has been working all night, and it's 5:30 in the morning. "If you're that insecure, that's the silliest thing..." "I read people," Brian declares. HA HA HA! No, really. He does. He says, "I read people." Isn't it ironic, don't you think? "John, why can't you be honest with me?" Brian pleads. "I am being honest with you! I just called you a silly little man!" John says. Heeee hee. And as long as Brian wants honesty, John isn't finished. "Brian, you botched this task. People here don't like you. I'm the only person here that's been trying to put out fires with people and quash all that shit." Brian tries for "patronizing," but you can hear the creeping panic: "John, it's all part of your game." John insists it isn't, because he wants to win the task, and they're clearly not going to. John looks at Brian walking away. "You screwed the poodle today, man," he says. "And you screwed the poodle with me." Can I just say...Unluckiest. Poodle. Ever. Anyway, John interviews that Brian's determination not to listen to anyone else is going to be his undoing. Oh, John. Your head is a little boxy for a boyfriend. Can you work on that? Because otherwise, you might be the oiliest boyfriend reality television has ever produced, and I don't say that in an entirely negative way. Outside the rooms, John tells Brian, "You're not getting this job with that attitude, period." And...wow. So true. "God, what an idiot," John mutters under his breath as he walks off. And...yeah, that too.