No, Mr. IICD producer, Alex will NOT be getting nude and he will NOT be going home! Thanks anyways! This was a GREAT episode. Go Alex!!!!
The episode starts with an old Alex VLOG of him showering in his boxers (shot by Raylee, from when she visited). We’re then taken right into the PETA visit. The dreamers are shown a video about fur trading, and look shocked and horrified. Ben and Kara express concerns about being naked for the proposed anti-fur campaign. Ben said he has to ask his mom, and so Gig calls him a momma’s boy.
Justin and his friend Garret drive to Vegas in what is essentially an extended Ford Fiesta ad. They are shown doing… pretty much nothing.
Alex is called into the dream studio to talk with Michael, who says Simon Fuller is really impressed with the work Alex has been doing, and wants to go into full production on ‘Dream With My Eyes Open’. If he thinks it’s good, he’ll put it out there and get it on the radio. Alex is excited.
The Pepsi Refresh ambassador visits the house to present the dreamers with the check for ten grand for their project. They’ll be working with an organization called ‘A Place Called Home’.
Ben and Kara drive to their lesson with Kirby, where they’ll be performing the scene where they’re supposed to kiss. Kara looks nauseous during the ride, and chickens out when it comes time for the kiss. Kirby is disappointed. They go home and practice the scene. Ben kisses Kara out of nowhere to get over the awkwardness, then they perform the scene properly.
Alex goes to the DEEKAY recording studio to lay down the new vocal track for ‘Dream With My Eyes Open’. Lars tells him that going from the demo stage to full production means they’re going to add strings, live bass, and backing vocals, and wants to see if there’s more they can pull out of Alex, to get the best vocals possible. Alex wants to make some improvements to the way he sang the song in the demo. Lars has some very complimentary things to say about Alex, including that he’s a world class vocal. Alex’s vocals sound do sound amazing – and he has made huge improvements to his falsetto.
The morning of the PETA shoot, Ben is still indecisive. Justin and Gig leave while Ben remains behind, calling his mom. We’re shown the conversation between Alex and Ben (that took place after the shoot) where Alex says he chose not to do the shoot because he doesn’t want his fans and family to see him that way, in part because he looks like a 17-year-old kid. Kara also decides not to do the shoot. Kristen calls and tells Ben off for being unprofessional in not letting the PETA people know whether he’ll be doing the shoot or not. Gig enthusiastically explains her reasons for wanting to do the shoot, and trash talks Ben for not jumping at the opportunity. The photographer is pissed at Ben for not showing up – his plan for the shoot will have to be changed. Justin and Gig get naked, with the important bits covered. Ben finally shows up and gets naked too. The shoot gets under way. Everyone seems surprisingly non-awkward.
Next week, Gig cries – again. We’re shown old footage from the meeting held before Amanda moved out, and Michael in voice over says someone will be moving BACK into the house (we’re shown a blurred out blonde girl). Justin gets some good news from American Idol winner Kris Allen.