Bonfire â€” Later that night, the girls get together for a beach bonfire. Gingi is wearing a glittery, shimmery, long skirt. She and Vanessa talk shop about clothing design and do five seconds' worth of flirting that goes nowhere. But that's OK. Gingi has a sultry sort of smile that makes up for the grating Melissa/Jessica histrionics in a big way.
Meanwhile, Melissa is sitting alone staring at the water, having a private boo party when Michele finds her. Michele performs an intervention of sorts.
Michele: The question is: What do you really want in a relationship? Do you want commitment, do you want, ya know â€¦
Michele: I guess the reason I ask â€” because you immediately say "yeah" â€” you picked someone who's 22 and wants nothing to do with commitment.
Is Jessica 22 or 23? Oh wait, I forgot â€” I don' t care. Michele admits that she too, used to pick emotionally unavailable people because it was a way to play it safe while still declaring her commitment to, um, commitment.
Melissa suddenly feels very close to Michele and reveals her dad disowned her when she was 18. He found out she was gay while he was snooping in her sister's diary. Michele can see why Melissa tries to satisfy her craving for family by seeking it in her girlfriends. She thinks it's only natural.
Michele is going to be the understanding voice of reason, that's clear. Too bad reality TV doesn't know what to do with level-headed, normal people.
By the time the whole gang shows up, the sun has gone down. There's a nice extra-flamey going in the fire pit. What's up with L.A. weather? Melissa is wearing a T-shirt. Michele is wearing a sweater and a down vest. One of them, I'm not sure which, has a medical condition.
Erin talks about surfing etiquette. Michele asks somewhat randomly if anyone has ever entered a contest. Someone chimes in there's a contest for women at Manhattan Beach every year. I have to assume they're talking about surfing, even though I can think of several other beach contests involving women that would be way more fun.
Everyone likes the idea of holding their own little surf challenge.
Melissa: I think we should do it.
Vanessa: [raising her hand] I'm there.
Melissa: All in.
Jessica: Let's do it.
Melissa: As long as we have different levels, I'm cool.
Jessica: Can I be the president?
Melissa: Yeah â€¦ no.
Since Erin and Michele are the most advanced surfers, they're designated the team captains. They flip a coin, and Michele gets the first draft pick. She picks Melissa, who not only loves the idea of a contest, she finds being picked first has a sweet, validating taste. She gets up and goes over to stand by Michele.
Erin picks her rival, Vanessa, who wanders over to Erin 's side of the sand. Beginners Gingi and Jessica are left for the taking. Jessica's sure she's going to be picked next.
Jessica: I'm not a person to say I'm better than anybody else, but I am very competitive. I think my surf level on Gingi is a little bit higher. I know she's more at beginner and I'm a little bit more beginner-intermediate, compared to her.
Michele disagrees, because she picks her friend, Gingi. Jessica looks hurt and insulted (as if any of this means anything ) but spins it by saying they saved the best for last. Melissa and Jessica are on different teams, which for some reason seems like a relief.
And that's the end of Episode 1. Who will win the surf competition? Will Jessica and Melissa work things out? Will Jackie Warner ask Michele out on a second date? How many times will Melissa's roots appear, disappear and reappear? Tune in next week and keep me company.
Next week on Curl Girls: Jessica and Vanessa go to a strip club dressed as guys. Gingi's bi and it rubs Jessica the wrong way. Someone gets called a whore.