Big Brother (US): CHIARA TAKES CONTROL
After Eric's eviction, some of the HouseGuests are reflecting on their roles in his departure. Jason feels guilty because his third vote is what put things in Gerry's hands for the tiebreaker. Roddy tells Lisa he was in denial that Eric could possible leave and Lisa says that the finality of Eric being gone will most likely hit her that night. Danielle sees his departure differently, plainly saying: "Four down, six to go." Chiara settles into the HoH room and says she hopes everyone gets to experience that pampering once during the game. Gerry talks to Josh, saying that he thinks he'll be nominated as revenge for evicting Eric with his tiebreaker vote. Josh pledges to vote in Gerry's favor if that happens. Later, Josh tells Roddy that he suspects Jason and Marcellas have a secret deal based on a handshake he saw them exchange. Roddy checks in with Marcellas, who defends Jason. Josh thinks Jason has to be evicted because he "used" Roddy and the invitation to the alliance Roddy extended him. Chiara also feels betrayed by Jason and says she might put him up for eviction. Chiara goes to Jason and asks him to explain why he voted to evict Eric. Jason tells her that he was uncomfortable as the "5th wheel in a couples alliance." He also tells Chiara he was uncomfortable with how brazenly Eric tried to sell out Josh to Gerry last week. After they talk, Danielle approaches Chiara armed with the knowledge that Chiara voted to evict Lisa. Danielle pretends she doesn't know and catches Chiara in a lie when Chiara suggests she voted Eric out. Danielle doesn't confront Chiara, but tucks that information away and says she's "got Chiara's number." Danielle turns around and tells Lisa that Chiara voted her out, not Jason, which stuns Lisa. Feeling betrayed, Lisa declares herself the new "Princess of Darkness" in the House.
Weight Loss, Intellect and Free-Spirited Conversation
Gerry is using his BIG BROTHER 3 experience as an opportunity to try and lose some of the weight he recently gained. Every day he's doing cardio workouts for 90 minutes on the glider, then weightlifting. Jason estimates that he's dropped 15 pounds and Gerry joyfully tells Marcellas that his clothes are starting to become looser on him. Roddy admits that he's getting bored with the conversations of the other HouseGuests, many of which are about pop culture and celebrities. He prefers to talk about how African peninsulas affect weather patterns in the region than whether certain fashion designers do enough for the models they employ. However, Roddy isn't unaware of the fact that sometimes the others tune him out when he starts to talk about headier topics. Chiara on the other hand, has a "potty mouth" according to Danielle. Josh says he thinks Chiara might be "too sexually liberated," but Chiara just says that it's part of her personality to be contrary. Jason, the virgin, seems to be around for many of her more outrageous statements and bears the brunt of her outspokenness.
"Expect the Unexpected"
Chiara wakes from the HoH room to find a message on the plasma screen reading: "Expect the Unexpected." The possibilities of this message make the HouseGuests nervous across the board. But before they find out what that means, they compete in their next Food Competition. In the backyard is a full-scale version of the game "Ballast," which they've been playing in the House. Ballast consists of a large cylindrical frame holding several smaller cylinders piled up inside. Written on each of these smaller cylinders are food items. Each HouseGuest has two chances to pull a cylinder out without collapsing the rest of the stack. For each food item they successfully pull out, they get to eat for the week. After each HouseGuest has had their two turns, they end up with a well-balanced diet consisting of items like grapes, halibut, zucchini, steak and macaroni and cheese. After the Food Competition the HouseGuests are made aware of the imminent return of one of the evictees by watching a video package on the evicted four. On Thursday night, August 15, the four evictees will compete for a chance to return to the game. The HouseGuests are shocked by the news, but hoot and holler while watching the clips of where the others have been since their eviction. Josh is the exception, looking off into space, considering what this means to the game. Gerry says that this move might derail every piece of strategy he's utilized thus far. Josh says that of the four evictees, Amy is the one he'd like to see return, adding that he doesn't "want to see the other three ever again."
Josh Gets Caught
Chiara approaches Lisa and asks her about what she heard from Josh: that Lisa intended to target Chiara for eviction for not using the Veto Power to save her from nomination. Lisa says she never said that and wonders where Chiara heard that. Chiara doesn't tell Lisa, but says she should be able to guess it. Not realizing he'd been found out, Josh goes to Chiara and asks her to put his key in the Nomination Box first so he knows that he's safe. Chiara is non-committal, but tips her hand when she asks Gerry in the HoH room whether he has a deal in place with Josh. Gerry says he did, but it was for one week only and pledges to help Chiara evict Josh as retribution for the mean things Josh said to him. Roddy enters the HoH room and joins the conversation, only to find out that Chiara is considering nominating him against Josh. Chiara explains that Roddy is the only one who has an active deal with Josh and would vote to save him. Roddy is nervous being the decoy and asks Chiara to reconsider, telling her that he'd never nominate her. Chiara later says in the Diary Room that nominating Roddy was also strategic, a means to let people know that she's not as strongly aligned with him as they think.
The Nomination Ceremony
Jason is feeling stressed, worried that his explanation to Chiara wasn't enough to save him from being nominated. Roddy, with his insider information, says that he's so nervous he's feeling nauseous and stays in the shower for 20 minutes considering his options. Chiara says that making this decision has turned her into a "basket case" and that it would be much easier to do if she hated someone in the House. Bringing the group to the living room table, she tells them that, in the theme of the week, they should "Expect the Unexpected." Lisa's key comes out first, followed by Danielle, Gerry, Marcellas and Jason, leaving Roddy and Josh as the nominees. Chiara tells Josh that his nomination is a result of the lie he told her about Lisa and that she simply can't trust him anymore. While talking to Roddy, Chiara keeps the onus on Josh, saying that she thinks Roddy would vote to save Josh and she doesn't want him to have one vote. She tells the group to consider the times they've felt betrayed or been lied to in the game and puts the blame squarely on Josh, saying that he's responsible for all of it. Marcellas agrees with Chiara's strategy, saying, "It's time for Josh to be dealt with." Danielle isn't so sure. The temptation of Roddy on the chopping block might be too much for her to pass up. Josh retreats to his room and starts to pack his bags already and says, "Clearly I'm being strong armed out of the House."