How would Richard, a CEO, react when our waiter put the moves on his girlfriend, Lara?
Our actor-waiter, Tyler, began by telling Lara she looked familiar. He speculated that maybe they had hooked up at one time, and they all laughed nervously. Richard and Lara had only been dating for a short time.
Richard immediately took the warpath and asked Lara if she thought Tyler was purposely trying to be a wise-ass. "Maybe we hooked up?" he said, incredulously. "I can't believe he said that!"
Richard stood hard on the heels of anger, with just a little bit of doubt. Richard asked if Lara knew the waiter.
Barnes explained, "When you first start dating somebody, there's only so much you're really supposed to reveal about your past … for all he knows she did hook up with this guy just recently. And maybe now he's jealous that now she's out with another guy. He doesn't know. And maybe he doesn't want to ask that."
Richard began to get more heated. He said he thought Tyler was intentionally messing with him. He wondered what he was supposed to say.
Soon he and Lara kissed and held hands. According to our expert, Lara used her body language to show Richard she really wanted to be with him. So our waiter decided to take it one step further. He dropped off his number and told Lara the next time she was at the Jersey shore they should hang out. Lara agreed. Richard glared and had enough. He took the number from Lara and put it in his pocket.
At this point, we worried about what Richard might do to our waiter. He told Lara he thought she loved the attention. Lara tried to reassure him and told him she liked his attention.
At this point, we decided to move in. Richard seemed surprised when John Quinones appeared with his camera crews. Lara told us she wasn't worried that Richard might get violent.
"He's not a violent guy," she said. Richard agreed.
"He was -- he was getting close, he was getting close," Richard said. "I was, uh, but, but, uh, wh--, what am I gonna do? I'm in a restaurant setting. I mean, what, am I gonna swing on this guy?"