Latoya insists on an incredibly detailed Google search before allowing Marie to complete the prank. Her research yields the mention of something called “fish tuberculosis,” which has symptoms that include “loss of scales.” This subtle hint clues Marie in to the fact that this particular disease inflicts fish, not humans.
Toya opts to sit this one out, but Marie persists in putting on gloves and carrying the fish in a bucket up to Swift and Ginger’s bathroom, gagging all the way. RomCom and the guys must be the heaviest sleepers ever, because she pulls it off. Latoya expresses concerns about botulism (which she has written on a Post-It and pronounces ”boat-a-lism”) and tells Marie the guys are going to die and Marie will be wanted for murder.
This girl needs to brush up on her criminal charges, because this seems more like manslaughter. And aspiring law student Swift will be among the deceased, so he won’t be there to explain it to her.
Marie is confident that the guys won’t know who did it. You know, because of all the suspects running amok in the house before most of the roommates are awake.
A short time later, Swift and Ginger’s noses start twitching. They discover the fish and are impressed that the girls would even touch the gross thing. They close the door and go back to bed. Ginger thinks they should retaliate, but Swift thinks no reaction is the way to go.
Meanwhile, Marie is practicing her innocent act and preparing to plant the blame on RomCom the Animal Lover. (Or, as Marie refers to her, the Lizard Lady.) Latoya tells us that she doesn’t want to get caught in the crossfire during retaliation, but Marie’s defense is that they (weakly) started it.
Which would YOU rather wake up to: closed peanut butter jars, or this? Take your time and think about this one. Those with a deadly peanut allergy are exempt from this question.
Marie has finally had enough waiting and climbs into Ginger’s bed to discuss the situation. They intend to mask the smell with candles, like men. Marie starts in with her carefully constructed blaming of RomCom, and throws in some faux concern about fish disease. They head in for a confessional, but deny Marie’s requests to join them. She listens at the door and seems to hear their retaliation idea of cutting the fish up into pieces and leaving them all over the girls’ room and stuff.
Swift and Ginger chip-clip their noses shut to perform the task of removing the fish from their bathtub, and apparently the smell is still unbearable. They devise a plan for Swift to distract the girls while Ginger hides the fish for later use. Marie is instantly suspicious of Swift’s friendly ways and goes to investigate, forcing him to chase her down and hold her back. She’ll never suspect anything now! Brilliant distraction techniques, this one.