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Paradise Hotel, July 29: The Price of Powerby Jeffrey Clinard -- 07/30/2003
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When we last left Paradise, Keith had arrived, and the guests were living together as follows:
Toni and Scott: Yellow Room
The episode begins with Keith telling Kristin that it sucks that somebody has to go home tomorrow. She's not going to say anything more about it, which is good, since he was upset at the warning she gave him in the previous episode. However, she still believes it. Keith's confessional indicates he's aware of the alliances - Zack, Alex, Kristin, and Amy in one, Charla, Tara, and Dave in another. Kristin admits Alex doesn't want to her to talk to the new people. She tells him she feels that if Alex goes, it's her fault. Keith reminds her that she said she wasn't attracted to him, but she claims she finds him attractive. Back in confessional, Keith tells us the people at the hotel are "sketchy."
Elsewhere, Zack tells Amy she's the most frustrating person he's ever dealt with. Amy tells him she doesn't feel it should be something they have to do; if it happens, it happens. She asks him if she should ease up, but he snaps back that it's her call. She doesn't quite understand the answer, but he goes onto another rant about how he wants to get to know her. He says he yells at her because that's the only way she'll listen. He's frustrated because he sees the real her as a treasure to be found and he's still looking. He thinks he's the person for her the most, but gets back the least. They both proclaim the other to be their best friend there and start embracing.
Breakfast at the men's table is interrupted by an envelope delivered to Keith. He gets a private luxury excursion with the girl of his choice. Also, he's warned that a photographer will be present to take pictures. Beau guarantees Keith he'll get a yacht. Keith goes over and talks to Tara and Charla about the selection. Tara says it's his choice and he indicates he might take Kristin. He goes and asks her and she's excited. He tells her to bring a lot of different clothes since they'll be doing a big modeling shoot. Kristin runs around and tells everybody, but claims she doesn't have any sexy clothes. The men are surprised by the choice and Keith tells Toni she was his second choice. Amy helps Kristin pick clothes but tells her she doesn't want Keith to pick Kristin as his roommate. In confessional, Amy indicates Keith isn't giving any clues as to who he's going to pick and she's worried.
The "alliance" of Alex, Amy, Zack, and Kristin get together, with Kristin surprised Keith picked her for the trip and Zack telling her she's got a lot of work to do gathering information. Kristin informs them that she's already hurt Keith's feelings twice. Alex thinks Keith wants him gone, and Kristin says it's all about kicking out the guy he doesn't like. Zack thinks he's the biggest threat to Keith and goes on to say he's more everything than him. A flashback to the selection is shown, where Zack claimed Keith didn't have abs and Keith took off his shirt to show them. Alex thinks that if Keith sends Zack home, it would be a slap in his own face, since he knows it would affect him. Zack isn't going to let that "little bitch" have power over him. Alex tells the camera that it's up to Keith to decide which guy goes home. No strategy; just his whim.
Keith and Kristin go off on their trip on a sailboat. They see the hotel from the water and wave at it. They do the photo shoot, with Keith's hand getting pretty cozy down the front of her bikini. Back at the hotel, Zack tells Alex he thinks Keith’s selection of Kristin for the trip is just an act to get people to think he's picking her for his roommate. He predicts Keith will drop a major bomb. Scott thinks he's a threat and wants to break up the alliance. Zack proclaims that Keith will be in a world of hurt if he picks him, Scott, or Alex to send home. On the sailboat, Kristin again warns Keith that people will get upset if he sends Alex or Zack home. He tells her he's in a predicament and it's not fair to him. Kristin informs him that everybody wants Dave out this week, Charla out the next week, and Beau out after that. Keith notes that Dave broke up Amanda and Beau when he came, and he's still there.
Over dinner, Beau and Dave chat, with Beau noting he's trying to get into Keith's mind. Dave says Keith wants to make people squirm. The other men join in the chat, with Scott noting it's going to be Keith's call. Kristin and Keith return from the trip and Kristin runs around saying how much fun it was; Keith agrees. Kristin tells Alex she didn't do anything wrong. Maybe he'd disagree if he saw the flashback of Keith and Kristin kissing. Alex thinks he'll be going home after hearing about the trip.
The next day brings the photos of the trip to the guests. Alex laughs at the way Kristin claimed they didn't do anything as the photos show Keith and her kissing, his hand down her top, and other sexy shots. Scott's confessional indicates that the men, including himself, are starting to freak out about Keith. Keith tells the group he doesn't want to send anybody home and doesn't want to discuss it anymore. Nothing is going to change his mind. He goes over to sit with the men and the women don't like his manner of leaving them, claiming it isn't manly. They try to summon him back, but he doesn't go. Toni says she'll get him later. The old Toni would let it go, but not this Toni. "Bitch," says Keith, and the men laugh. Kristin tries to shove Keith into the pool, but he drags her in with him. One of the men sarcastically notes that the move really helped the cause.
Toni and Charla go visit Keith in his single room. Toni says that if he ever disrespects the women again like he did tonight, she'll flip out. She didn't like the way he got up and left the women's table. Apparently, there is a "correct" way to get up and leave. She claims he's disrespecting her, and he tells her she's not always right. In confessional, Toni thinks Keith is abusing his power, or perhaps she's a paranoid nightmare. I vote for the latter. She doesn't want to room with him, and she's scared she'll lose Scott or Alex. BTW, I noted last week that her mood swings might indicate a chemical imbalance that can be treated, but a reader indicated her symptoms are those of steroid abuse. I'm not a doctor and can't make a diagnosis, but I hope she sees one to get treatment.
Time for another stupid Dave bet, this time against Zack. The game is tennis, and while Dave is pretty good, Zack has only played four times before. The loser wears a thong. Dave wins easily, and asks Zack when the big night is, today or tomorrow. Zack welches, saying he's not going to wear a woman's thong. Besides, he doesn't think any of the women have one that will fit him. Alex volunteers to wear any pair of underwear if Dave beats him at tennis. Dave notes in confessional that Alex was a "varsity" tennis player in high school, and is a "champion" (complete with finger quotes). He then proceeds to beat Alex. This time Dave is prepared with written agreements signed in advance, notarized.1 2 Next-->
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