You half expected the Lollipop Guild to pop out of the HOH room and do a victory dance. Long live Jordan, The Rat is dead! And not a moment to soon, as Ronnie was evolving from Rat into full-blown Rasputin.
It was a closer vote than it should have been, and the final tally--decided only when Jordan cast the last vote--made the remaining guests agree with Braden's assessment of the place: This house is indeed on "crazy pills."
Lydia once again took to her BB death bed, warning BBFF Kevin after the nomination ceremony, "You might not want to hang out with me, I have the plague." She exhibited the following "Whine" Flu symptoms: Excessive pouting, well-timed weeping, and an uncontrollable need for dramatic makeup.
Before his ouster, Ronnie, who had cried crocodile tears to Russell and Michele, offering up everything but his firstborn to the rest of the house. When that failed, he attempted to strong-arm Michele into voting his way. Ronnie's final grievious act was to interrupt the showmance between Jeff and Jordan. The Rat whined, he begged, he let loose some decidedly non-romantic flatulence, trying his best to work Jeff and Jordan. Jeff could hardly contain his disbelief, remarking, "Ronnie's just one of those guys that stops you from doing something with the lady."
Then came another eruption by the always active and increasingly paranoid Mt. Russell. Russell's week in the HOH room had worn on his nerves. On hearing from Michele that his one-time squeeze Chima had plotted to backdoor him, The Mongoose went mad. Chima and Russell squared off, and what followed was a screaming match that had to be bleeped-out so many times that what was left in the aftermath were pronouns (watch the clip).
As predicted, likable Jeff was America's Choice for the Power of Coup d'Etat or, as he liked to call it, "The power of what?!!" Our boy from Chicago may not know how to pronounce a coup, but he gamely decided to leave Lydia and Ronnie on the block.
Ronnie made a final last-ditch plea, applauding the rest of his housemates--with the exception of Michele. Instead he turned his deadly shark gaze on her and said, "Except for you. I have come to believe that you are quite possibly the worst human being I have ever had the misfortune of meeting."
Meanwhile Chima, who had sworn to Ronnie that she would bring down her one-time beau Russell, took the HOH key from a distraught Love Muscle. Squealing with delight, the new HOH was met with hugs from Jessie and Natalie and a nervous stare from the Shotgun. Is that the look of someone who may have just shot himself in the foot? --Reagan Alexander
Tell us: With Chima as HOH, will Russell be sent packing? And will Jeff and Jordan ever take the next step?