It’s a pretty straightforward episode tonight. A little blonde hated by America is again in the HOH, and her nominations are pretty much sewn up by a pre-live show tantrum. Also, an embarrassing video package of another pair’s exchange of rings. Or so we’re led to believe.
We start off with a look back at Jessie’s eviction. Amanda is happy, and brags about “having a hand in every single eviction”, and hopes to have the same influence “on every single person who will be” sent packing. Jessie is seen hugging Helen, who hopes that the rest of the house believes her word over Jessie’s. Spencer says what he says on every Sunday’s show - he’s happy to be saved again but doesn’t want to be nominated ever again. He does think he’s in a good position. Jessie finally hugs Andy, who says he loves her, and she’s out the door.
Spencer thanks them all as they watch her picture go black, and then Andy walks away crying. He says it wasn’t a “personal vendetta”, but it was good for his game. She was a good friend, though, so he’s sad she’s gone.
We move on to Aaryn’s victory over Amanda in the HOH contest. Aaryn says in the diary room that it’s great to win, but it’s also “really scary because every time a big move needs to be made in this game, I’m the person people go to”. GinaMarie makes her nightly cameo, saying that even though they have their fights, they’re like sisters. I have no idea what that means, but they do have an hour to fill.
Amanda, though, is upset. “I can’t win anything!” She starts bitching to McCrae, who says that since it was musical he thought she’d win. Amanda just can’t handle pressure, though, and McCrae makes the mistake of saying he’ll never throw another competition. Amanda responds that “just the fact you’re saying that means you don’t trust her”. He doesn’t trust anybody, he replies. She then jumps up, and starts crying. “You don’t need to rub it in. I know. I know I suck.” McCrae says that he needs to start trusting the “next best person out there”.
The funny music comes up as Amanda hides behind a garbage can in the storage room to cry. Meanwhile, Spencer and GinaMarie talk about how she’s a sore loser. “I hope he fucking loses this whole...she’s just going to fucking ruin his life”.
Elissa and Helen are now lounging in the cockpit room. Helen whispers to her that she shouldn’t worry, as “you have the votes to stay”. In the diary room, Elissa mumbles out the most obvious statement of the show - “Aaryn winning HOH is not good for my game”. Really, Sherlock? Elissa tells Helen that she’s worried that Aaryn will put both of them up. “She won’t”, replies Helen, which makes this writer giggle. Elissa then says it could be her versus Amanda, as we get another shot of Amanda behind the garbage can. Helen tells Elissa to go talk to Aaryn, but she doesn’t want to do that.
Instead, Helen does it for her. As she walks across the set, we get to listen to an overly-extended diatribe on how Helen is going to work her magic on Aaryn. Out of the blue, Helen grabs Aaryn by the arm and tells her that she won on her own, and shouldn’t feel bad for her own success. Aaryn gives her a “bitch, please”, while Helen continues on her cheerleading act. “I am so amazed by you.” Seriously, this is idiotic, although Aaryn says in the diary room that she enjoyed the “turn your frown upside down, girlfriend” chat.
Poor McCrae is still trying to make Amanda feel better, and she claims that after a bit of alone time she’s ready to “target my next victim”. She tells McCrae that it was better that neither of them won, as they’re becoming a huge target. “She needs to put up Elissa and Helen”, with Helen going home.
McCrae heads into the cockpit room to talk to Aaryn, who says she’s putting up Elissa and Spencer. She says that’s the best move for her, but McCrae warns her that Amanda is going to say Helen instead of Spencer...at the exact moment that Amanda walks in. She explains that if Helen isn’t put up, if she wins veto then neither her nor Elissa will go home. Aaryn is worried that they’re going to know the three of them are working together, so McCrae walks out.
After he’s gone, Amanda tells her to make Helen believe Elissa is actually her target. Andy then walks in, and Aaryn says in the diary room that she’s not exactly excited about the “blood” that comes with putting up Helen. Andy, though, is all for the Helen/Elissa noms.
We sit through some commercials before some filler. It’s all about how hard it is for 3 AM to get together without anybody noticing. So they all have roles - Amanda is the Mastermind, Andy is the Agent who makes deals, Aaryn is the beast because “I get things done”, and McCrae is somehow the Enforcer. “It’s ironic”, he says, but Aaryn says it’s because everybody trusts him.
Speaking of filler, it’s time for the HOH reveal. Ugh, this sucks. I”m as excited as Elissa.
With that idiocy over, Helen is again telling Elissa that she needs to talk to Aaryn. Elissa doesn’t want to talk to anybody she doesn’t care for. “I’m really not sure that talking with Aaryn is worth my time.” Helen is pissed. Elissa goes on about how she misses her kid, and Elissa reminds her that it’s the same situation with her. Elissa also says that if she’s evicted, she’s not going to jury. She’s going home, instead. Now Helen is really pissed. “So if I make it to the end, you’re not there to vote for me?” Elissa’s response is to stare. That’s it.
Funny how they’re not showing how Elissa snubbed Aaryn and GinaMarie right before the last eviction show. That’s really what this is all about.
Helen finally walks away from Elissa, and turns on her tear ducts before walking into the HOH room to fight their battle. She’s still pissed at Elissa, because she has done so much for her. Finally, Helen walks in, and Andy asks her how Elissa is doing. Then it all starts. Sorry, but despite what Helen says in the diary room, these tears are fake. Helen goes on about Elissa’s plan to not go to jury, and how that means she’ll lose her vote. Sorry, Helen, but that is the wrong thing to say, although they all pretend to feel concerned. Plus, it gives them all an open opportunity to bitch about her...especially GinaMarie. “Helen, don’t cry”, says Amanda with a smile in the diary room. “Elissa’s not the target. You are.”
It’s now time for the Have-Not competition. There’s a black box, and the teams with the fastest time wins. That’s the only description you’re getting from me, because I don’t really care. The end result is that the girls (minus Aaryn) are Have-Nots.
Back to the real game. Oh wait, it’s more filler, as Helen talks to GinaMarie about her background. Complete with uplifting music, until GinaMarie says something stupid. Ugh.
Ok, we’re now back, and Elissa is now apologizing and sucking up to Aaryn. It just doesn’t work for her, though. Maybe she was right in telling Helen that it was a waste of time. Elissa can’t grovel. She can’t give praise. She can only do what is good for herself, although saving herself would be good for her. Which is why this apology turns into Elissa complaining about her stupid yoga mat. Oh well.
This is followed by Helen asking Andy to leave the room so she can talk to Aaryn. She says she knows that Elissa is going up, and Aaryn says that she doesn’t care if Elissa or Spencer goes home. This isn’t good news for Helen, who claims that she would not use the veto if those two were on the block. Aaryn again tells us in the diary room that Helen is her favorite person in the world, but “nobody comes between her and 3 A.M.” Ewwwww, CBS, why did you feed her that awful line?
So here we are with the nominations. Will it be Elissa and Spencer? Or Elissa and Helen? Or none of the above? As we watch Aaryn put in the keys, we’re led to believe it could by any combo of the three people.
They’re all called in, and the first key pulled belongs to GinaMarie, followed by Spencer, Amanda, McCrae and Andy. Yes, Elissa and Helen are nominated. Aaryn says she nominated them both because they’re a “power duo” that will come after her “power duo”.
Spencer, of course, is beaming because for the first time in weeks he’s not nominated. Elissa seems to be reading a script as she complains that she hates being on the block, and doesn’t want to lose her partner, Helen. Surprisingly, Helen is upbeat, saying that she “trusts” Aaryn, but she “doesn’t take anything for granted. Even close friendships.” Amanda ends the segment by happily bragging that everything is going her way, and she just loves a “good old fashioned blindside”. Well, you’ll have to keep your big mouth shut for that to happen.
That’s all, folks. What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy with the nominations? Or the sight of Amanda behind a garbage can? At least we didn't have her embarrassing "wedding", as we were told we'd see. Tell us. Tell us now!