Re the ego thing, I've asked two people about that (one of whom was our own Larinda) and both said it was the TV, not him. Watching with that in mind--honestly this season he came across as less "it's all about MEEEE" than before. That or he and Mel just really clicked. In any case I'd have coffee with the guy and I honestly don't find him all THAT hot. (I tend to go for blondes or red-blondes. No idea why.) And yes, there's just something off about Brian. Though the reason I didn't vote for them last season was she was a stiff.