It doesn’t take much for Chase to snatch Levi from Taylor’s clutches. All Levi really wants to do is keep on having sex with Taylor, which he clearly values more than any actual romance. But Taylor wants more, despite having deep-sixed their relationship the first time by moving too quickly. (There was some mention about cheating two episodes back, but it is not addressed here.) They share a deeply passive-aggressive and bizarre conversation where Taylor, having apparently learned nothing the first time around, tries to strong-arm Levi into being his boyfriend. Yeah, that always works.
They decide they are “dating monogamously” but it doesn’t last.
Yet another uncomfortably passive-aggressive conversation takes place between Levi—this is really getting old, people—and James out at the farm, where Levi has clearly been ordered by producers to stand and wait and engage in a bit of weird banter as James probes him for information about his dalliance with Taylor the Terrible. “Everybody is throwing their drama on top of it,” Levi complains.
James, take a hint!
James suggests Levi will come around one day and return to James’ arms and bed. He says something about how the “tree of their relationship” had burned down and now it’s growing again. “I’ve got to get out of here,” Levi replies.
James, take a fucking hint.
Levi invites Taylor, Chase and Neil, a handsome friend of Chase’s, to a poker party in an undisclosed location. Taylor plays the Jesus card yet again and gripes that gambling is “against my religion,” but he attends nonetheless. Levi immediately starts pounding the booze and baldly flirting with Chase, who encourages and aids him in openly antagonizing Taylor.
Run, Neil! Run! Leave everything behind!
Taylor has proven he is capable of lobbing his own firebombs but in this instance resorts to tears. Throughout this bizarre sequence stacked with hoary poker cliches, the editors hilariously cut to several shots of poor Neil looking terrified and/or confused.
Levi, rather than comforting his ostensible boyfriend—or calling him out, for that matter—drunkenly falls out his chair and lands on the floor with a loud thud.
Chase barely has to lift a finger to finish winning over Levi. They go out to dinner where Chase orders his steak rare—”I’d like the bloodiest one one on there,” and if that wasn’t a line fed by producers, kudos to you, buddy—and fakes his bafflement over why Levi and Taylor the Terrible are even together. Of course, it’s the sex, which Levi talks about with a gleam in his eye. Chase strokes Levi’s ego and coos that he thinks Taylor isn’t worth his time. Later, they work out together in a gigantic, empty gym and flirt like mad. To be honest, the sexual heat as they sweat and pump iron is palpable.
NEXT: Apparently Ashley is no Bruce Weber