And thus, with one fell swoop, we have pigeonholed Tami into her place in the show: She's The One with the Unpredictable and Crazy Mood Swings. She is also obsessed with hoop earrings. But we knew that.
The Winnie careens down Interstate 40 towards Vegas, baby, Vegas. Tami has swung back into hilarity, as she giggles and informs us that Jon never listens to directions, and that's why they keep getting lost. Despite such wacky hi-jinks, however, the kids manage to swing into Sin City unscathed. In an interview, Jon explains that he didn't feel like he "belonged" in Las Vegas. Jon, darlin', the only people who really belong in Vegas are Siegfried and Roy and Wayne Newton. Everybody else is just visiting. Jon calls the parents from his hotel room and tells his father that he and Dom and Tami are set to meet the rest of the roommates Saturday in Venice.
The threesome explores the Strip, all wide-eyed and open-mouthed. Well, Jon is wide-eyed and open-mouthed. Dom is probably drunk, and Tami is either giggling uncontrollably, or hitting Jon with the back of her hand. But we only see Jon. Dom explains in an interview that everywhere they went, they were handed advertisements for brothels. And somehow, right on the strip, Dom gets into a conversation with some random guy, about the best places in town to get cheap yet affable hookers. In an interview, Jon laughs good-naturedly, and says he wondered what the H-E-double hockey sticks he was doing, listening to this Godless talk about women of the night. He giggles.
Dom hopes, in an interview, that the rest of his stint in the house will be less stressful than this trip across the country. He hypothesizes that not being confined to a Winnebago will make conflict less likely. And, somewhere, a light bulb goes on over the head of Bunim and/or Murray. In the Winnie, Dom teases Jon about his fan club. Tami snips that "just because you have a couple of fans...doesn't mean anything as far as the rest of the world is concerned. That boring little hick town." Jon says that Tami's just mad because "they don't let trash like you in." Oooooooh. Dom sticks his fingers in his ears and starts to sing an old Clash song to himself, as Tami laughs and points out that they "have trash like you there." Tami, in an interview, tells us that at first, the trash comment didn't bother her, but then it made her sad, and then it made her mad. In the Winnie, she leans over and tells Jon that he would have felt "very funny if [she'd] socked [his] ass in the head." Okay, that makes no sense, anatomically, but whatever. And then, the shit hits the fan. They argue about whether or not Jon did or did not call Tami "trash," which, as much as I like Jon, and as much as I think Tami is a raving lunatic, I have to agree that he did, and that it wasn't very nice of him. All of a sudden, Jon gets snippy and petulantly insists that he's "gonna be a country singer one day, whether you like it or not!" And then I have to pause the tape, and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh. All righty, then. Dom, the instigator, cackles in the backseat, as Tami and Jon continue to bicker. We fade to Tami in an interview, in which she says that she was upset because she thinks Jon has been "subconsciously thinking" that she is trash, the entire trip. She asks the camera person to stop recording, so she can collect herself, but, of course, the camera person does not, and Tami wipes several crocodile tears from beneath her huge black sunglasses, her earrings blowing plaintively in the wind.