"The Horsemen Ride Again:
Days 65-67" - September 7
Last time, a surprise
eviction resulted in Marvin getting the royal boot after
a big week for him. Now, the power is in Nakomis' hands,
and with yet another eviction looming, "You are safe"
doesn't seem to be that much of a guarantee.
Picking up right where
we left off, with Marvin's giving everyone a hug (except
Diane) and Nakomis bouncing her way into power (beating
the still scoreless Michael by one). Karen thinks she
needed it. Michael thinks as well, but still has a bit
of a safety net in a secret alliance.
Or, should I say, HAD,
as Michael and Drew seem to be the targets for this
week. Would've been cleaner if Karen won it, but this
one's going to be harsh should Nakomis follow through.
"In a perfect world, I
would love to see you and Diane up on the block." This
from Michael to Drew. Drew seems to half-agree, as Diane
Third time with the
Nakomis-ized HOH room. CD: Nine Inch Nails. That is so
97, it's not even funny. The only thing it serves to
prove is that Nakomis is a power threat. Michael stays
for a bit to consult her, saying "You gotta do what you
gotta do." Nakomis does offer that his block offering
will be respectful and that if it comes to a tie he
won't leave, as Michael pretty much begs to stay in the
game. "To make it this far, I think our real father
should be proud," Cowboy tells America. Taking it like a
man, he is.
Really, it would be
better for her, if she is to do it, to do it proper.
Karen tries to convince her otherwise, though. "If she
nominates Diane and Drew, I'll be voting for Diane to
leave." She cites the last Veto competition as proof.
Don't get me wrong, Nakomis wants the money, but she's
having internal conflict (head vs. heart).
That night at dinner,
Michael kicks Diane's ass. "I was only in it for couple
of weeks." It shows. Diane and Drew kick back and talk
about veto. Diane wants to save Drew and put Karen on
the block. Drew plays it out like Karen and Nakomis are
the threats, and Diane buys it all up. Just like he
Next morning, Diane
tries to wrangle herself a Cowboy in order to get rid of
Karen. She explains that anyone except Karen could be on
the block, and if Diane wins the Veto, then Michael
would be safe. Or she saves Cowboy and puts Karen up. Or
she saves Blinky and puts Inky and Pinky up (sorry, I
just heard a Pac-Man noise somewhere).
Diane hates fish, but
names all the aquarium fish after characters from a
popular Disney movie. Kind of reminds me of "The Real
Bowl" skits from Comedy Central. But the Real Bowl
doesn't have lost housekeys, as we go to the Nomination
Ceremony. We've gone from "get rid of the jerks" to
"build the jury" to "who wants to be in the final 2?" So
many directions, but all roads lead to the lazy Susan.
But for the guys, we have a road block. Michael and Drew
are on the block this week, as expected. To quote the
opening tagline of "The Apprentice": It's nothing
personal, it's just business.
Drew says he trusts
Diane, but just wants to talk it over again to make
sure. That duty goes to Michael. Diane says that the
only way to save both Drew and Michael is to win the
Veto. Michael's view: "I think it's worth taking a
risk." Michael and Drew share a little secret between
brothers. If this works, then the final two will be half
of the Four Horsemen. This better work, Nerdlinger.
It's Veto-picking time,
as Michael and Drew rely on a higher power to stay the
course, and no matter what happens, to leave the game as
men with honor. Quoth Lisa Simpson: "Prayer. The last
resort of a scoundrel."
Very dramatic with the
Now, there were six
people playing this season, but obviously, we only have
five, so everyone's in... the cage. Using objects sniped
from previous challenges, each houseguest must reach a
key that will free them. First player to do so wins
gold. Drew, Cowboy, and Diane decide to use their
putters as one (*buries head in hand*). End result:
Diane gets her key first, and notches up gold... as
soon... as she can find... the right... key.
But what to do with it?
She wants to save Drew (of course), but is that really
what she thinks, or what she wants the other girls to
think? Michael and Diane had words at the beginning, but
what does that mean now? Will Drew and Cowboy get their
miracle? Will Karen and Nakomis decide to talk some
sense into her? They try, but still, as Nakomis says, "I
have absolutely no clue what Diane is going to do
Diane lays it out that
Drew and Nakomis are both aligned with her that night.
Nakomis suggests that Drew is probably bad for her
strategically, and that Cowboy is making Karen nervous.
She says that it won't be a tie, and Nakomis trusts her
word, "but this (pinky) can only go so far in the game."
Moment of truth. Drew
wants the veto, but keeps game and non-game separate.
Cowboy expects Drew to be taken off as reciprocity for
an earlier round. After outlining newfound respect for
Michael, ongiong relationships with Drew, and promises
made to everyone... Diane chooses to exercise the power
on Drew, leaving Karen to join Michael on the block.
Thursday, she'll be
going home. Or Michael will be going home. Depends on
the vote. If Diane and Drew vote for Karen, she's gone.
If one breaks trust, then Nakomis will probably play
swing. If Diane and Drew vote for Michael, he's gone, so
there's a chance, albeit a small one, that the Cowboy
will be roped by his own lasso so to speak.
One thing's for sure...
Countdown to a final decision is at two weeks and