It’s the night after the call-out ceremony. The eliminated contestants that didn’t succeed in coming back are leaving the next afternoon, and they’re enjoying one last night together with the rest of their housemates. Marjan looks for Mitchell, who’s not hanging out with the group. She finds him outside, looking at the nature around him.
Marjan: Hey, Mitchell? Do you mind if I join you?
Mitchell: Not at all! Please, come over here.
Marjan: I know I’ve been… strange. I can’t really explain it all, but I promise that it’s not about you.
Mitchell: Oh, I know. You don’t have to worry about that.
Marjan: I’m sorry I can’t tell you more… I really wish I could, but… they’re watching. Everyone’s watching.
Both of them look right into the camera, silent, staring for a short while before breaking the silence.
Marjan: One day, I’ll tell you everything. There’s a lot to tell.
Mitchell: You know you can take your time with me, I’m not going anywhere.
Marjan: *looks at him intensely for a few moments, then laughs* Well, you’re going home now, silly!
Mitchell: *laughs* You know what I mean! But really, you know you can call me anytime.
Marjan: I know…
Mitchell: It’s been really lovely seeing you again, Marjan.
Marjan: Do you want to know something funny? I used to think your tattoo was a turtle…
Mitchell: Did you really? But… Kyungri was saying something about a turtle…
Marjan: There are depths in my ocean that you haven’t quite explored yet, Mr. Turtle…
Mitchell: *gulps* Well… well… hopefully you’ll come knocking on my door after this is all over!
Marjan: I’ll miss you.
Marjan has been very calm all evening, not at all like her usual self, and she almost looks happy. After her conversation with Mitchell, they go back into the house and join the large group that’s gathered in one of the common areas. In another room, though, Enca and Patricio are discussing their future plans.
Patricio: Well, we’re going to be doing so much! We’ll be home by tomorrow, and the first thing we’re going to do is to take you straight to the studio to record some new songs. The world deserves more music from the goddess!
Enca: Oh really? You’ve been thirsting for more?
Patricio: Babe, I’m always thirsty for more of everything you have to offer. I’m so excited for what we’ll do next!
Enca: Pato, you know, I’m actually really impressed with how you’ve been acting. I didn’t think I’d ever consider taking you back but… I can’t help it. And now I want you.
Enca: I’m not saying that everything is going to be perfect, but it feels right for now. I don’t want to plan too far ahead, but I’m just going to go with it. I do love him, after all. I hope this time he can be better.
Patricio: I really screwed up by not appreciating what I had… that’s not going to happen again.
Enca: Shhh, no more talking.
Gabriel: Hey, you. I’ve been looking all over for you.
Louise: I just need a little time away. That challenge took some effort.
Gabriel: You did a great job! I was really proud of you.
Louise: Oh, stop beating around the bush. I know you have something to say to me.
Gabriel: Well…. er…. um… if it’s not too intrusive… are you and Branden really a thing?
Louise: *cringes* Um, well we didn’t really talk about what would happen later, everything just kind of… happened. I wasn’t about to say no.
Gabriel: But… do you… um… like him?
Louise: I wasn’t going to make out with a guy I didn’t like, what kind of girl do you take me for?
Gabriel: You’re the best kind of girl… I just want you to be happy.
Louise: *pauses to think, gathering her courage* And what are you going to do about it?
Gabriel: When you told me before that you like me… I freaked out. I’ve woven such a complicated web of romance that I didn’t want to admit that… that…
Louise looks obviously hopeful. She looks like her heart is about to burst out of her chest.
Gabriel: That I like you, too. *looks away*
Louise: *grabbing his jaw and turning him to face her again* So let’s make it happen.
Gabriel: *speaking in a low voice* You’re beautiful.
Louise: You’re wonderful, Gabriel.
The pair look deeply into each other’s eyes for a long time. They don’t go any farther than that, though, as if there are still unspoken rules between them. As they go back to the living room to join everyone else, they briefly hold hands and smile at each other, and then they act like nothing happened. They’re both radiantly happy for the rest of the night.
Matthieu and Harrison sneak away at some point. Initially, they planned on going into one of the bedrooms, but Harrison wanted them to take a bath together. Matthieu quickly agrees, and they’re soon in one of the large bathrooms, stripped down to their underwear.
Harrison: I’ve been wanting to take a bath with you, you know? Just to wash the day off… just relax, yeah?
Matthieu: You could ask me to do anything right now and I would do it… with you.
Harrison: *whispering* Well, what are you waiting for, Monsieur? You’ve been clothed for far too long today…
Matthieu: Oh God, you’re amazing. I love having you here with me.
Harrison: I couldn’t imagine doing this with anyone else. I haven’t done this with anyone else…
Matthieu: And it’s an honor that you’re here. You know I’d wait as long as you need to go all the way, though, right?
Harrison: *shushes him with a kiss* Yes, I know. You’ll know when the time comes. Now kiss me again.
They continue this way for a while. After the water gets cold, they get out and dry off. Before Matthieu can wrap himself up with the towel, though, Harrison pulls him down to the rug and pulls him in for a deep kiss.
The floor isn’t comfortable, but neither of the two seems to care, as they continue to kiss and embrace for a long time. They’re both lost in the moment, and even though they’re naked, they hold back before going too far. Deep down, Harrison doesn’t know if Matthieu is going to be in the competition for much longer, so he’s happy to just lie there, curled in his lover’s arms, enjoying the blissful contact.
Around them, the house winds down as the housemates go to sleep, but they remain there, wrapped in each other’s arms.
The next morning, Kyungri is joined by Jessie and Louise, who once again shower Kyungri with praise for her performance in the last challenge.
Jessie: Soooo, I was surprised your face didn’t stick when you were doing your Harrison impression!
Kyungri: *pretends to be exasperated but can’t help but smile* NOT this again! Listen, I had to make sure no one would doubt that I was the winner, Botox be damned!
Louise: Well, at least that’s what touch-ups are for, right? *gulps*
Kyungri: *giggles* Yes, and Dr. Kim always treats me well when I’m in his office. It’s always a delightful treat!
Louise: Yeeesh. Anyway, not to bring the subject to the negative, but… Jessie, how do you feel?
Jessie: I’m not too confident about it, to be honest. I want to hope that the fans will save me again, but I’m not sure that I’ve done enough to make them warm to me.
Kyungri: You’re a lovely gal, Jessie. If you go home today, I know you have a bright future in front of you. I believe in you!
Louise: Oh, totally. You’re one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I know we haven’t been as close here, but you were one of my best friends before this and I’m happy we got to do this together. I hope you get to stay, but if you don’t, you know once we’re all out I’m going to come looking for you again, girl.
Jessie: Thanks, you two! You really know how to make a girl feel loved.
Kyungri: Well, I don’t know about loved… *Louise glares at her* I’m kidding. I’m kidding!
Close by, Enzo and China are having a chat.
Enzo: I’m just sad to be leaving for sure now.
China: You’re going to be a big movie star now, though! You’ll probably be more famous than even the winner of this show, trust. This is just the end of THIS adventure, and I’m sure the next one will be even better.
Enzo: You’re a really decent person, China. I wish we had gotten to know each other better before.
China: There’s so much time for that after, though. No worries! We’ll go out for a drink sometime.
Todd and Charlee join them, and they soon begin discussing the remaining contestants. Charlee seems calmer than she’s ever been, even laughing at some jokes made about her.
Todd: So, China, I need to ask you about my boy Gabriel. What’s the deal between you two? I know that y’all had something going on before, so I was surprised when we talked earlier and he said that nothing happened when you came back.
China: Well, listen. Let’s just say that I didn’t want him to settle for me when it’s obvious that he’s into someone else here.
Charlee: It’s Louise, isn’t it? They’ve been acting so weird around each other.
Enzo: Ooooh, this is a development I like! Louise would be good for him.
China: I’m not going to say anything about that. But let’s just say that I didn’t want to come between that. But you best believe that I’m going to be encouraging them as much as possible in the coming weeks. They’re like ostriches with their heads in the ground! Hiding from what they know they want!
In the late afternoon, after the eliminees have gone home for good, the housemates gather in the patio for the elimination ceremony.
ajmkv: I’m so happy to see you all here, housemates! Welcome to the eighth elimination ceremony, where we will be making yet another cut. Tonight, we will be losing someone, and though it’s sad, it’s another step toward one of you winning the amazing prizes. And what are these prizes? Well, you’ll remember that the winner will walk away with 1,000,000 Simoleons, a brand new home, their own TV show on SimTV, and will also be the face of SimNation Media Corp. for a whole year. Those prizes are just amazing!
ajmkv: I’m not going to draw this out since I’m sure that you’re all ready to go back to relaxing before next week’s challenge. Before that, though, let me just say: China, welcome back to the competition! I’m so happy to see you back and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to bring to the stage.
China: As if I’m not going to take this second opportunity and run with it. I’m ready to show everyone what they’ve been missing by eliminating me so early! I’m aiming for that Top 3, and everyone here, though they’ve been here for longer, should be scared. I’m here, baby!
ajmkv: Now, I’m going to go straight to the elimination. This one is going to be a doozy, so let’s get it started. Marjan, can you please step forward?
ajmkv: Marjan, I don’t like seeing you down here. You’ve been on a rise recently, performing well in the challenges after a rough start, but honestly you’ve been acting strange and that’s been affecting your performance. What’s going on, girl?
Marjan: I’m… tired. That’s all.
ajmkv: I can imagine! But honestly, I hope you can get some rest, because this isn’t good. However, you’re beloved by the fans, and I’m happy to reveal that: you’re safe this week!
Marjan: Yes! Thank you so much!
ajmkv: You easily swept the fan vote, getting the largest proportion of votes since the competition began. There was no competition! You should be proud of that.
Marjan: Fans! I love you so much, thank you for voting to keep me! I won’t let you down from now on, I promise! I want you all to see me rise above the clouds like a sweet, sweet dove, flying on wings of spun sugar. I love you all, my sweet ladybugs!
ajmkv: Marjan, I can’t wait to see you make good on that promise! Now, please go back to your spot. Matthieu and Jessie, can you please step forward?
Louise: It’s hard! I really don’t want Jessie to go home, but I feel like going up against Matthieu is a death wish. There’s no way that Matthison is going to be broken up by the fans, is there? *sighs* I actually don’t want either of them to go so this is going to be awful. They both look sad and nervous, and poor Harrison looks like he’s about to burst into tears.
ajmkv: Jessie… Matthieu… I love you both. I’m so sad to see you here, again. It’s sad to know that your fate is going to be decided by the fans. You’re both beloved and important housemates, but this competition isn’t going anywhere but forward, and sadly that means that a decision has to be made.
And that decision is going to be made now… Jessie, can you please step forward?
ajmkv: Jessie, you’re a sweet girl, and an iconic presence on reality TV. A firm fan favorite, really. I’m sad to see that you haven’t quite stood out during this competition, since I know that you have so much more to give.
Matthieu, can you also step forward, please?
ajmkv: Matthieu, you’ve been a delight to have here. Your personality has been wonderful, and you’re definitely a fan favorite, as well. However, your relationship, though beautiful and fun to watch, has distracted you and I feel like you’ve stopped trying as hard.
This is a really hard decision for everyone, and it seemed like the fans agreed. I’m sad to have to announce the results of this vote…
Kyungri: I’m not sure what’s happening here… ajmkv is really dragging this one out. Something’s up, I can feel it. I’m just glad I’m nowhere near this Bottom 2!
ajmkv: I’m devastated to announce that…
…today BOTH of you will be going home.
Gasps and cries of shock are heard throughout the patio. Matthieu looks gobsmacked and Jessie looks at ajmkv in disbelief. Harrison drops to the ground, letting out a sad cry.
Harrison starts crying softly.
ajmkv: I’m sorry, but both of you, Matthieu and Jessie, performed badly in the fan vote, and we had no choice but to let both of you go. I’m as devastated as you are.. I know you both have bright futures and we’re going to miss you here. I have to ask you, though, to say goodbye to the housemates and pack your things.
Matthieu: I’m crushed. Everyone around me is looking shocked, but all I can’t think about is having to say goodbye to Harrison. I don’t even know how I’m going to do that.
Harrison: I just… *sniff* can’t… *sniff* think about saying goodbye! *sobs* I just want him… *sniff* to stay… just this one time… *sobs*
Jessie and Matthieu begin to say goodbye to their housemates. Everyone stares at Matthieu and Harrison as they walk away from the group. Kyungri lets out an out-of-character sniffle.
Matthieu: Harry, Harry, Harry… chéri… it’s going to be OK. We’ll see each other so soon, and it’s going to be even better.
Harrison: I’m going to miss you with all my heart, Matthieu.
Harrison: I’ve never met anyone like you…
Matthieu: Harrison, you’re my one. You’re the most wonderful human I’ve ever met.
Harrison: Matthieu… before you leave, can we do one more thing?
Matthieu: Oh… of course.
Louise: Jessie, you know I love you. You’re going to do so well outside of this, and I can’t wait to see you. I know everyone feels the same way!
Jessie: I know, I know… I’m sad about this but it’s just a necessary step. I’m going to miss you, though! I’ve loved getting to know you even more, Lou. You’re a gem.
Jessie: I’m going to be cheering for you! You better win this whole thing.
Louise: Thanks, Jess. That means a lot to me! I’m sorry I was so awkward around you…
Jessie: Pfff, it doesn’t matter. But Louise?… Take care of yourself. Never forget that you deserve the world.
Louise: I’ll keep that in mind, for sure.
Jessie: I love you, Lou! We’ll be seeing each other soon. Bye!
Jessie: *voiceover* I’m sad! It’s silly to be so down about leaving a reality TV competition, you’d think that it’s not such a big deal, but I’m a little heartbroken. I’ve really loved getting to know these people, everyone has good in them, and I’m going to miss them. I’ll miss this crazy show!
Jessie: *voiceover* But, you know. Life goes on! And I have so many plans for the future. This isn’t the end for me, obviously, and you’ll be hearing so much more from me. I’m going to look back on this experience one day and I’m going to smile, thinking about all the beauty and happiness I experienced here. But for now, goodbye everyone! All the best to you all!
Matthieu: So one last moment of stargazing?
Harrison: I’ll never forget about that moment, my love. But this time, I had to hold you instead. it’s always been you and now I want to be the one to do the holding.
Matthieu: And I love it. The stargazing… that was the first night, wasn’t it? What a wonderful ride it’s been.
Harrison: And there’s still so much more to come…
Matthieu: There’s something I need to tell you, something important.
Harrison: Tell me, Matthieu. Anything.
Matthieu gets even closer to Harrison, and brings his mouth to his ear. Harrison shivers, feeling elated and nervous, butterflies fluttering in his stomach. Matthieu’s lips brush his ear, whispering, and Harrison hears a short sentence that makes him feel complete and blissfully happy, for the first time.
Matthieu: I love you, Harrison.
Harrison shivers, and pulls his man close, one last time.
Harrison: I love you, too.
And there it is! The end of another episode of K&GI. We are now down to the Top 6! Are you happy that China is back? Thrilled that Louise and Gabriel seem to be getting closer? Were you shocked at the double elimination? Are you sad that Jessie and Matthieu have now left us? And Matthison? Will Harrison be able to continue to thrive now that his sweetie has left the competition? Make sure to tune in very soon for the next episode of K&GI, Season 2!
And dfdhgkjdhgk, that was hard to write. It was hard for me to send Matthieu home! I hope y’all liked the episode. Let me know what you think in the comments!