Jesse and Erin, Beauty and the Geek
Last week's team challenge on Beauty and the Geek
(8 pm/ET, CW) seemed at first like seventh heaven for the comic-loving geeks, with a trip to Comic-Con and the task of creating their own superheroes. The catch: It was the beauties
who invented the superhero (complete with backstory and arch enemy); the geeks were stuck sewing their teammates' costumes. Unfortunately, Jesse Yeary and Erin Schneider — who are sporting matching platinum hair colors since Jesse's makeover — were strategically sent to the elimination room by current power couple Sam and Nicole, and lost by one question.
TVGuide.com: Erin, it seemed like you were the beauty who enjoyed Comic-Con the most.
Erin Schneider: At first I didn't understand comics, they kind of bored me. But then I saw that they were very creative, and I'm an artsy-craftsy person.
TVGuide.com: Do you think you'll start buying them?
Erin: I don't know about going that crazy [Laughs].... But I definitely won't diss them ever again.
TVGuide.com: Explain your superhero, Aqualita Splash, and those "top-scale dolphins."
Jesse Yeary: [Laughs]
Erin: I used to be obsessed with dolphins when I was younger. These dolphins are her friends and workers. They have to use telekinetic powers because their fins don't have fingers.
TVGuide.com: And who is Aqualita's enemy?
Erin: My evil nemesis was Viola Swamp: She takes her ooze and sticks it in people's brains and mind-warps them. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: OK! So then, Jesse, you had the task of making the costume. How long did it take you to make that surfboard?
Jesse: I guess two or three hours, and to do the whole costume was like 16 or 17 hours.
TVGuide.com: You guys were working a long time. But honestly it seemed like the beauties basically ended up wearing... their bikinis. I didn't see a lot of sewing.
Jesse: [Both laugh] It took us, like, two hours just to figure out how to turn the sewing machine on. Once we figured that out, it kept jamming on us.
TVGuide.com: What else from her costume did you create?
Jesse: The surfboard shield, her little throwing starfish, the seaweed lasso, the bag of magic sand and the bottom of her skirt.
TVGuide.com: Did it help you learn more about fashion?
Jesse: A lot of it was learning how the sewing machine worked, but we also had to learn about measurements and how to use the patterns to cut out the material.
TVGuide.com: Wait, you actually used patterns?
Jesse: Yes, we did! I know it's hard to believe. But the patterns were in a bunch of individual pieces, and once we sewed them together... it didn't look the way it was supposed to.
TVGuide.com: Yeah, funny how that happens. But it reminds me of another artsy-craftsy challenge that you, Jesse, were really good at: You won the romantic-basket challenge. How did you know that Erin would love the things that you put in it, like stickers and unicorns?
Jesse: We'd already been there for a week and a half, so I'd gotten to know Erin pretty well. I knew that she liked really girly things, pink and purple and things like that. So I just tried to find the cutest stuff that I could to put in the basket.
Erin: He did a great job. I was like, "Can I take it home?" I wanted to color in the coloring book!
TVGuide.com: Were you able to keep it?
Erin: No, but Jesse was able to score the little stuffed unicorn for me, and I still have that.
TVGuide.com: Oh, is that what you were holding in the elimination room?
Jesse: Yeah, she was holding the unicorn and Super Dog.
Erin: [Super Dog] was our team mascot. We actually found it our first night in the mansion.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about the nomination. Sam said you had an alliance with John and Natalie — that your two teams would never nominate each other — and that's why you were up against them. Is that true?
Jesse: We certainly didn't have any type of formal alliance. But we had a friendship, so definitely I would have never sent them.
Erin: It was kind of like if Will and Rebecca were around, Sam would never have sent them.
TVGuide.com: True. And you two have since made up with Will and Rebecca, right? No hard feelings?
Erin: Yeah, I've seen Rebecca twice. I think she understands now where we were coming from [by nominating them]. You know you're put in a certain situation.
TVGuide.com: Sam and Nicole keep winning the challenges. Do you think they're going to take it all the way to the end?
Jesse: They're definitely one of the strongest teams in the house, especially at this point. Lots of the power teams have been eliminated. I would say it's pretty much between them and John and Natalie right now.
TVGuide.com: But Joshua and Shay have been moving up. They're still under the radar, but they've been doing better.
Erin: I'm glad that they're still in the competition because that's the whole point of the show, the metamorphosis. It's really cool to see Joshua [change]; he was really... oh, boy! [Laughs] And Shay won that math [teaching] challenge. Good for her!
Jesse: Yeah, she hates math, too, so I was impressed.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of metamorphosis, Jesse, do you like your makeover?
Jesse: Yeah! At first I was pretty shocked when they made my hair blond.
Erin: I think it's awesome! We're like Team Blond Ambition! [Laughs]
Jesse: When I got home, my own mom didn't recognize me. She came to pick me up at the airport, and I almost walked right past her. Finally I got up [close] and was waving to her and she was like, "Oh, my gosh!"
TVGuide.com: And wasn't it your mom who used to cut your hair?
Jesse: Yeah, she did. But not anymore!
TVGuide.com: Do you still live with your parents?
Jesse: I do for now. If I'd won the money... [Laughs] I would have moved out on my own.
TVGuide.com: Are you going to continue to have your hair lightened?
Jesse: I'm not sure; I'm still thinking about that. I've been getting a lot of different advice since I've been back.
TVGuide.com: Well, Erin, you're a hairstylist, what do you think?
Erin: I think that once we're allowed to hang out, he should drive the six hours up to Chicago, come to my salon, and I'll bleach it for him!
TVGuide.com: And you'd do it for free, since he didn't win the money?
Erin: I'd do it for free in a heartbeat. He's my geek, I gotta hook him up!
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