Mike and Tara sit outside and talk. Mike is all pouty, and he looks like a turtle. In an interview, Mike says Tara told him that nothing could happen between them. Tara explains that she has her reasons for feeling that way, and she feels that hooking up with Mike would be disrespectful to her ex-boyfriend. I think it's more the fact that this is happening on camera than anything else. If she were just on a vacation and hooked up with someone, she wouldn't care. But she probably knows that her ex is going to see this, and might feel shitty. In an interview, Tara says that she doesn't know what the future holds for her in terms of relationships. Mike still doesn't understand why she won't kiss him anymore. Tara thinks there should be "some kind of grace period." Mike disagrees, since you never know who you will meet and when you will meet them. Tara says that she's just being honest. Mike says that as long as she's happy, "it's all good." He whispers at her to stop worrying about it, lending credence to my theory that she's really just worried that now their hookup will be a storyline on the show. Turns out her worries were justified, eh? I'm glad that Tara is making a positive change in her life by ditching Mike, though.
At breakfast, the Nokia rings. I still can't get past that ring being the same as Sydney's phone on Alias. I always expect Vaughn to be on the other end, giving Sydney instructions on her next countermission. Emily reads the message, which says that their next competition will be at noon. On the beach, Sean reads the same message aloud to Kelley. Sean thinks that it will be dangerous. Kelley announces that she has to go poop. Heh. Sean asks Danny if he's "gaa...me." Totally not where I thought he was going with that one. Danny says he's ready. Kelley says that Danny has "already used his one 'I can't' card," and now he's "made of steel" and doesn't know the meaning of the word "fear." Tara reads the message telling her to come to the lobby. In an interview, Tara is all blotchy when she says that, as of the last Inner Circle, she thought there was no chance that she could lose, and now the rules have changed, and she might be going home tonight. Tara sighs and tearily says that she's really nervous, and afraid that she's going to fail. If she mentions "upper-body strength," I'm quitting. That should have been the freaking buzzword this week.