After the latest bonfires on Night 6, Billy is upset with Mandy. Frustrated, he disappears into Vanessa's cabana. Later, Billy and Vanessa enter the lounge bar at Captain Morgan's Retreat, where Billy sets the place on fire with his pseudo striptease for Vanessa and the single girls. Vanessa: "Billy kinda acts like he likes me and the girls tell me he does and I'm like googoo doll eyes over it." Billy: "Your body's telling you to do something and your hormones are telling you to just take her back and try to hook up with her and your brain is saying stop, stop, stop and it just takes some time to get over it."

 

In The Morning !


Mandy: "This morning I woke up and I was still bothered by the whole bonfire incident because Billy saw a clip of Johnny and my date and today, we get to watch video tapes. I was really nervous about seeing his message."
Billy tells her through his one minute recorded message that he couldn't watch her whole tape. Mandy is not happy to know that they showed him the 'bad" part of her date. He tells her that he loves her very much. His words also say that he trusts her judgment. Billy watches Mandy's message to him. She tries damage control by telling him that no matter what he saw on the tape, she is just getting her self-confidence back and having a good time. This doesn't seem to help Billy's trust level out any. Mandy tells him that Johnny is a cool guy that you just cut loose with." She ends by telling Billy that her confidence has returned.

Kaya listens to Valerie's message. She tells him that she waved to him on his first date and he ignored her, so the first few days were really hard on her. Kaya tells the camera that he really didn't see her that time and that she should know that he is letting his mind go and exploring all the possibilities. Valerie listens to Kaya's message. He tells her that she's in his head every day and "it's all good" and to have fun. She was happy since she heard everything she wanted to hear.

Shannon listens to Andy's message. He tells her he had a great date with Carla the day before, but he is doing what she asked and spreading himself thin. He knows she would rather him hook up with five girls, then five times with one girl. Andy listens to what Shannon sent him. She tells him that she is continuing his "closed door" policy on viewing the tapes since she got enough of a preview when she saw Carla dive into the pool and swim across to him. He was intrigued that she said she didn't have a lot to say to him. Andy's wheels begin to turn. He speculates that Shannon's having too much fun to think about him.

Then Taheed looks into the box. He is surprised to see the message player waiting for him. In her first communication to him since she stormed away after the final dinner, Ytossie lets Taheed know that his body language that night gave his motives away. She expects he is behaving just as badly as he had been behaving before they left LA.
Last, Ytossie arrives at the end of the dock. She opens the box and quickly closes it upon discovering that her boyfriend still has not left her a message. She had wanted him to apologize for their last night together, and instead he has chosen to remain "a hard ass."  As she walks way she said " this just made my decision much easier".

 

After Video Messages


After the viewing of the video messages, a controversy surrounding one of the couples begins to stir Temptation Island. Ytossie is so upset by Taheed's silence that she confides her sorrows to Greg (Naval Flight Instructor). As they stroll along the beach arm in arm, she cries on his shoulder and shares some painful information: she and Taheed have a year-and-a-half-old baby together. She knows the camera is following them and the guys behind the camera are employees of Fox. Shortly thereafter, a water taxi approaches Mata Chica as Mandy explains that the cast has noticed the unsettling appearance of show producer Chris at the resort. Mandy: "This morning after viewing tapes we saw Chris, one of the producers, and we thought it was very fishy because we don't talk to the producers at all, we're not supposed to, we're not allowed to. The fact that Chris is here, we're freaking out, my heart was racing, we're all looking at each other like, something's about to go down." Taheed arrives to the girls retreat by boat and sees Ytossie standing outside her bungalow. She asked him to go in and he saw Chris, the executive producer. Chris greets Taheed and then tells them both, "The time that you guys have had here, I know has been emotional and exhilarating. That was expected. Unexpectedly however, some information has come up that is problematic. We now know that you guys have a child together. And I think that's a very dangerous scenario for the show. My responsibility as a producer, Fox's responsibility as a broadcast network was never to put a mother and father of a child into a situation where they'd be tempted into potentially fracturing that relationship. It would just kill me to think that the experience could potentially drive a child's parents apart. It's totally different for two singles who are trying to decide whether or not they want to start a family, and as a result of that I've gotta pull you guys from the mix. I cannot allow you guys to date any longer. That's the way things have got to be." Chris offers them another suite at another location to try to talk and mend fences. He says the choice is theirs, but if they do choose to take his offer the show will check in with them to see how they're doing. Taheed said that he did not really care anymore and left it up to Ytossie to make the choice and she decide to take the suite and try to work on things. Chris said they have a boat standing by, and they need to get packed up. They were allowed to say goodbye to whoever they want to on the island. Taheed tells the other guys that he doesn't believe two people should stay together just because they have a child together, but he assures them he will take care of his responsibilities. The girls tell Ytossie that it is for the better because now they are forced to talk about the situation. Kaya believes that the child is a large enough motivating factor for them to "patch it up" and stay together. Surprisingly his girlfriend Valerie is more philosophical, believing "If you remain in a relationship with someone that you're not happy with, then you are preventing the person from coming into your life that you are supposed to be with."


Picking The Dates 

After the waters have calmed, the entire cast is summoned to Captain Morgan's Retreat for another poolside event. Andy, Kaya, and Billy are already seated in their chairs when the three girlfriends arrive. Mandy catches a chill from Billy sensing, "He was obviously not happy to see me." Mark acknowledges that it's been a rocky morning, but they still have a fun day in store for them. He announces to the cast that this next date will be a triple date, and that all of the coupled women will go out with their dates in a group, as will the coupled men. Their date mates will be determined in a selection game called Peer Dating. The coupled women each pick a single that they think would be the perfect date for each other while the coupled men do the same.

Shannon and Mandy decide to give Valerie the choice of either Johnny or Jon. Valerie chooses Jon. Valerie and Shannon set up Mandy with either Greg or Tom. Mandy selects Tom. Mandy and Valerie decide that Shannon can have either Dano or Jim. Though her boyfriend Andy predicts she will take out Jim, she startles him when she chooses speed demon, Dano.

It's the guys' turn next. Billy and Andy select Elizabeth or LaWonna for Kaya. When he decides on LaWonna, Valerie glares at her boyfriend suspiciously. Mark asks Valerie how she's doing, and she laughs uncomfortably, choking on her response, "I'm….I'm good." She lets out a big sigh. Andy and Kaya offer Billy an ironic choice of Megan (Andy's first blind date) or Alison (Kaya's first blind date). Billy selects Megan. Mandy's date Tom notices that Billy grabs Megan's hand as she passes in front of him. He wins praises from Mandy when he asks if she's all right. At this moment, Mandy explains, "Tom rose above Billy by respecting me. And I'm not Tom's girlfriend. I'm Billy's girlfriend." Kaya and Billy hook up Andy with either Venus or Vanessa. Andy tries to show Shannon and all the rest that he really is a nice guy when he shouts to Venus "Venus, have you been on a date yet?" When she answers no, he picks her. Shannon gushes, "Andy gets better and better as this trip goes on. His selfless rationale shined through and made me want to run over there and jump him." It's a good thing Andy has Shannon because he scores a big zero with Venus who laments that Andy's choice makes her look like a "pity date."

The Dates


Kicking off the start of the ladies' triple date, Mandy reveals a strong attraction to Tom saying : "I think Tom is incredibly handsome. He's got a beautiful face and his voice is very sexy. Tom is the one guy that I've wanted to go out with this whole time. He lets me blossom to him at my own pace. Tom is the only guy here that really tempts the boundaries of me and Billy.",. On the men's triple date, Billy decides to put his concerns about Mandy on hold and let himself be fascinated by Megan. However, tension arises when Andy feels a bit possessive, and can't keep his eyes off of her. Contrasting the two ladies, Andy complains, "Venus is boring…She wasn't nearly as fun as Megan." In interview, Kaya confesses that he digs Megan too, but she is off limits because Valerie blocked her. As they sip tropical drinks, Megan jokes with Kaya, commenting that Valerie still "stares her down" at the poolside events. Kaya loves this. His interview explains that for now, Andy has claimed Megan, and Kaya "won't step on his toes." However, in a private conversation with LaWonna during the date, Kaya reveals his true modus operandi: "Nobody owns anybody. There's not really such a thing as boyfriend-girlfriend in a perfect place." Kaya expresses that he is happy to get to know LaWonna, but that he clearly looks forward to experiencing a different level of intensity that some of the other dates might provide.

The triple dates carry into the evening as Mandy, Valerie and Shannon accompany Tom, Jon, and Dano to The Barefoot Iguana, a local nightclub where Valerie cuts loose on the dance floor. Shannon enjoys going out with a group because it gives the ladies a chance to get to know all three guys at one time. While the group alternately mingles and gets their groove on, Shannon describes that she has had a great conversation with Tom. She discovers she has some things in common with him, and discloses that she would like to date him too. Tom realizes that Shannon possesses "all the qualities" that he really likes "in one" woman. But in this precarious environment, it's safer for him just to focus on Mandy, his designated date.

Meanwhile at Boatyard Night Club where the boyfriends are hanging out with Megan, Venus and LaWonna, Andy does a funky dance around his date, Venus,. Venus sits at the table looking bored. Andy: "The date with Venus, it was horrible. If I had the opportunity to go out with her again, I wouldn't." Venus: "I don't really think that I'd like to be dating Pansy Andy. "Andy says there's really only one option, only one girl, Megan Andy will have no worries from Billy because he has more chemistry with Vanessa. In interview, Billy says it would be pointless to pursue Megan anyway because, "she's Andy's pretty much. He likes her, so he can have her."

The dates end on a provocative note from Mandy as she performs a charged dance with Tom. She says that if things don't work out between her and Billy, she could see herself dating Tom more seriously. Furthermore if Tom wants to kiss her, she hopes he will be able to put Billy out of his mind "like I've tried to put Billy out of my mind

 

Men's Bonfire


The following evening arrives, and so does the suspenseful bonfire. The coupled men travel to meet Mark first. Tonight he gives the guys the opportunity to remove all the dating blocks for their girlfriends. However, this is not choice each individual gets to make. This can only happen by a majority vote. Andy is reluctant. He speculates that Shannon will read the situation as "reverse psychology." He also warns his buddies that the dates are most likely "going to get way more intense. Waay more intense." In spite of the risks, the guys unanimously vote in favor of tossing all the dating blocks. Next, they are given the chance to watch video snippets of after-hours activities at their girlfriends' resort (these are activities with the singles that don't occur during dates). Tonight the guy's choice does not impact his girlfriend's choice, so if Kaya watches a tape, Valerie can still elect not to watch. Mark reads the tape titles : "Flesh Parade", "Jacuzzi Jump" and "Make him do Anything I Want". The random titles do not indicate which girlfriend is featured on which tape. So if Billy elects to watch a tape, there's no guarantee it will feature Mandy -- he might see Valerie or Shannon instead. And if, for example, he decides not to watch a tape, he might deprive Andy of seeing Shannon. Since the guys have always watched each other's tapes together, the choice is all or nothing by default. Kaya goes first. Handing the decision to fate, Kaya asks Mark to shuffle the tapes, and then he grabs one. It's "Flesh Parade," which is part of the "costume" pageant that the single guys performed for the ladies on the beach. The clip features Sean, the massage therapist, seemingly flashing the girls. Ironically, Billy dismisses the viewing experience as "painless," while Andy remarks on how much their ladies seemed to enjoy it. Next, Andy selects "Make Him do Anything I Want," which features Shannon in a hot tub with Sean. She brags that she is wearing Sean's two blocking bracelets, so he is going to have to do anything she wants him to do in order to get them back from her. Sean points out the massage table is "right over there." Andy looks over at the tape and says "my girlfriend is totally hammered here", they all laugh Kaya goes last, and they all see "Jacuzzi Jump." This time Valerie and Charlie stand on the edge of the hot tub while Mandy, Shannon and the singles chant their names encouraging them to jump in together. The crowd goes wild as Valerie begins to remove her pants and reveals her thong. Chickening out, she decides to leap in with her pants on. In Mark's presence, the guys appear content with the fact that the ladies are having a good time as they have encouraged them to do. 
As the bonfire winds down, Mark announces there will be no opportunity to communicate with video messages tonight. Before they leave, he mentions that there are two more dates to go -- one date tomorrow and then the final date. The final date will be a special, romantic experience; However, Mark explains, "You can only go on that date with somebody you've already dated."

 

Girl's Bonfire


Mandy, Valerie, and Shannon arrive at the bonfire. They accept their boyfriends' challenge and unanimously agree to lift the dating blocks for the fellows. When Mark describes the option to watch video clips of the late night fun at their boyfriends' resort, the ladies are suspicious, but their expressions appear a little mischievous tonight. Mark reads the titles, "Sex Advice," "Striptease," and "Hammock Ride." Before he can finish reading, Valerie whispers to her friends, "We're watching the tapes," and Mandy agrees, "Let's watch it." Having immediate second thoughts, Valerie begs off and makes Shannon choose first. Shannon resists, telling Mark that she feels peer pressure to watch. In the end, Shannon selects what sounds like a harmless tape, "Sex Advice." The three women bicker about what they've embarked on with this choice, but now it's too late. They watch a clip where Andy, Kaya, and Taheed bash Mandy for doing the body shot with Johnny. They hope that Billy seeks revenge with Vanessa the cowgirl because, as Kaya whoops, "It's time for the rodeo!" Valerie and Shannon are clueless, but Mandy knows what this conversation is all about. She suspects that Billy has sought revenge for her actions with a girl that he likes. Without even a pause, Mandy's anger makes her bold and she demands, "I want to see another one." She selects "Striptease." Unfortunately, the clip is about Billy again. Mandy watches him perform the sexy pseudo striptease in the bar for Vanessa and the single girls.

When it's over, she tries to laugh it off, but she can't suppress her anger. Last, Valerie is left with "Hammock Ride." The tape shows Andy as he lies in a hammock with Megan, caressing her legs. Shannon's eyes well up with tears. Shannon: "My whole goal here was to have a good time where I am. Now I have a visual that I have to think about. And that was my point, was not to do that. So it kinda pisses me off, it's what I didn't want.", despite Mandy and Valerie's apologies for dragging her into it. In contrast to their partners, the women are all much more disturbed by the videos they've watched than the men were. Mark informs the ladies that they will not be able to communicate via video messages tonight. Mandy says that's good because Billy would not want to hear what she had to say about him. The last order of business has to do with the next two dates. Just as he did with the men, Mark explains that the final date is a late night date. Making the experience even more intense, Mark explains that date can only be with someone they have dated once before. The women head back to the boat with a lot to digest.


After the bonfire, Shannon, Mandy and Valerie walk across the beach into the darkness. They only get a few steps away from the fire pit before major anxiety flares up. Valerie worries that since Kaya was urging Billy to get revenge for Mandy's hanky-panky with Johnny, he might be inclined to get revenge for something he has seen her do in the after-hours partying. Valerie suspects that Kaya saw the jump into the hot tub. Shannon worries that her hot tub antics have gotten back to Andy too. Mandy is affected worst of all. She has seen a side of Billy that she has never seen before and it causes her anxiety to spin out of control. She wrings her hands and tells the girls that this could be the end of her and Billy's relationship. Back inside the boat, Shannon says , "I told you guys, what you don't see can't hurt you." Mandy reaches her crisis point. She leaps off the boat and runs back to the resort. She cries inconsolably in the bathroom…she is in deeper than she ever imagined

 

The End