After a few chats about what happened "last night", in little side groups, Lisa and Luke reaffirm their love. I'm not sure if Michael has much of a chance now, but I'm not going to give up hope for him. Eden finds support in Keira and Uncle Sam. Eden's pronunciation of intimacy ('un-te-mus-ee') just makes me giggle constantly.
Speaking of Eden, he gets himself a date card and immediately asks Elora. She really doesn't want to say yes (because she's psychic and knows that Apollo is arriving as soon as she leaves for this date), but says yes because she doesn't want to seem rude. The walk to the sand dune surfing date is quite uncomfortable to watch as Eden isn't picking up on the social cues that she's not very fond of being overly touched by him. As they're sitting at the bottom of the sand dune I can't help but notice Elora looking over her shoulder a bit too much. Is she looking to:
(a) assess the walk back to the top of the dune because sand surfing is fun;
(b) find an escape from this clingy date; or
(c) hope to see Apollo standing at the top of the dune like a Greek demigod come to rescue her.
I swear I heard her say, "Is that Apollo?" Nope. The date then progresses to the wine and nibbles section. Elora does not want to be on this date. She seems to be fighting off Eden's affection the way my cat does when I try to pick him up for a kiss and a cuddle - which usually lasts 10 seconds and then my face gets scratched off.
Apollo sits down with his boys Jarrod and Luke to get their advice on what's going on. Then suddenly Uncle Sam and Tara emerge from the waters of Fiji together to give Apollo yet another massively awesome greeting. Uncle Sam jumps Apollo (like Luke), while Tara hugs him and repeats all the ladies thoughts on the island. She is scarily accurate and hilarious ("Oh Apollo... You're so strong Apollo... You look like a Greek god Apollo."), and I can't help but laugh hearing her mispronounce his name 'A-polo'. Even Michael is calling him 'A-polo'. Guys he's not a shirt. He's a fire twirling magic making demigod. Even though he’s a demigod, and could probably find his own love in Paradise, Tara and Uncle Sam have made it their mission to help him instead.
This could possibly be BiP's first Animal Fighting Scenario: Tahitian Fire Dancer vs Cyclone Simone (toad infested beach terrain, Luke and Jarrod singing the classic Brandy & Monica hit 'The Boy is Mine' in the background, actual cyclone brewing around the island).
So Elora grabs a red wine for Apollo from the bar. I can't help think that red wine isn't the wisest drink of choice after a pina colada for him. I should know, I did just come back from a week in Fiji and felt the instant regret of drink switching. Cut to Simone losing her mind seeing Elora take Apollo for a chat. Ali sticks up for Elora on this one, so Simone gets defensive and throws her some choice bleeped out words. I think Cyclone Simone has had too many mojitos and just hit category 2 as Michael shuts her ‘level 10 crazy’ down. Nobody is impressed with Simone right now. But she seems to think that the date card is a marriage proposal, so she therefore owns Apollo. Soz babe, that’s not how it works.
Tara: Can we sleep in here tonight?
Sam: Yeah, if you want malaria.
Jarrod grabs Keira to go for a "walk to the beach" and I'm so effing excited to see that he's put a beach date on for her. Go Jarrod! Win your lady's heart back sir! 10 points for such wonderful effort. I told you that he was the one who had to fix it! So they begin talking, working through their issues over cheese (cheese fixes everything) and he KISSES HER!!! OMG OMG OMG all the feels! YASSSS!! #SecondGo #InLoveAlready
But before Apollo and Simone arrive back in Paradise, Elora is also talking and talking and talking about the Apollo / Simone situation with everyone. I just love the faces Keira is pulling at this stage. You know she just doesn't care and it's how we all feel. "Apollo, please use your magic to make Simone and Elora disappear". Cut to: Magic iguana nodding yes. Keira needs more daiquiri’s if she’s going to get through more of Elora’s obsessing.
Everyone's back in Paradise sitting in groups and chatting, after Simone and Apollo were bombarded with questions from the group (because they can all sense a fight about to go down). And on perfect queue, Jarrod spots Cyclone Simone brewing and alerts all the guys to the fight happening right next to their dude chat. He's so gee'd up about it.
Elora pulls Simone aside for another chat... This time she tries to go deeper with her and divulges that a rumour has been spread around camp about Elora taking a guy that Simone was interested in before they came onto the show. However, Elora didn’t tell anyone in Paradise about what happened and then begins to clear up the spilled beans. It turns out that Elora was fine when Simone slept with Courtney on their couch, even though Elora liked him first. It seems that Elora is accusing Simone of a particular behavioural pattern which is playing out in Paradise. Cyclone Simone storms off, while Elora tells her that she's being childish for not dealing with this now like an adult and ends it with an eye roll. Well played, and we want more.