July 17, 2006 11:45 AM

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey didn’t have to wait until the Teen Choice Awards for an awkward encounter. The newly divorced couple had a three’s-a-crowd moment Saturday when Simpson crossed paths with Lachey and girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo at the L.A. hot spot Hyde. A minute-by-minute recap:

12:30 a.m. Simpson chats with her best friend and hairstylist Ken Paves and says hello to Brett Ratner, who recently directed her “A Public Affair” video. “Jessica was having a grand time,” a fellow clubgoer tells PEOPLE. “She was totally vibing to the music.”
12:41 a.m. Lachey and Minnillo arrive at the club, apparently unaware of Simpson’s presence.
12:45 a.m. The couple do shots and engage in some PDA. “They held hands,” says an onlooker “He had his arm around her shoulder and she leaned in and kissed him on the ear.”
12:50 a.m. Simpson spots her ex. “Jessica’s rhythm totally changed,” adds the source. “She stopped talking to Ken. Her eyes were all over Nick and Vanessa.”
12:55 a.m. Lachey sees Simpson, breaks into a smile and then turns his attention back to Minnillo.”
1 a.m. Simpson squirms. “Jessica looked so uncomfortable,” says the source. “It seemed like she was going to cry.” Lachey keeps laughing and kissing with Minnillo.
1:10 a.m. For the next hour, the exes are the talk of the club, until they depart (through different exits) at the end of the night.

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