The roommates show up at their first day on the job...ten minutes early! Surely that must be a Real World record of some sort. Keri explains that they had to report to the beach house at North Avenue Beach. They are welcomed by Jamie, the Deputy Director of Beaches and Pools. He explains all the types of training that they will get, and the roommates sit down to fill out forms. When Jamie mentions "sexual harassment training," they cut to CJP, which cracked me up for some reason. Kyle comments that they got a lot of books, and he "thought it was all suntan oil and whistles."
Next, the roommates have to go down to the pool and swim continuously for twenty minutes. Some park guy explains that there can be no butterfly or backstroke. Who would do the butterfly for twenty minutes? It's so tiring. The guys go first, and the girls cheer them on. When she notices that even Kyle is getting tired already, CJP says, "If Hercules is getting tired, how am I supposed to do this?" The boys complete the task.
The girls are ordered into the water, and they start swimming. CJP is having a difficult time, mostly because she just won't put her face in the water. Tonya climbs out and sits on the side of the pool. Jamie comments to another guy that they already have a quitter. Heh. Kyle walks over to see what's up with Tonya, who says that her kidney is bothering her. Her kidney? Did she sprain it? In an interview, Tonya says that she has a kidney infection and knows that she's not capable of pushing her body anymore. Tonya advises Kyle to tell the bosses about her kidney problems. In an interview, Kyle says that he's trying very hard to get everyone to pass the tests, and to be supportive, but it's tough because "some people act very differently when they're challenged physically."
Cut to CJP complaining to Chris and Theo that she asked one of the bosses for help, and he told her to put her fucking face in the water. Hey, that's what I wanted to say! Jamie walks over and tells CJP that the guy did not say that, and if she wants to be a lifeguard, she needs to...CJP interrupts to suggest that they teach her, and not tell her what to do. Her case would be a lot stronger if she were a little more respectful toward the boss, and also if she didn't keep swirling her hair around in the water like she thinks she's Ariel the Little Mermaid or something. Jamie says that it's his responsibility to teach her rescue techniques. CJP starts to say something else, but Jamie shouts her down: "It's not our responsibility to teach you how to swim!" Jamie? Word. Why don't you join Elton from New Orleans and me for drinks after the episode. Or during the episode. Or possibly before the episode.