Playing Nice While Angry
Ashley and Joe are pissed for being nominated -- which is completely understandable. And they, especially Joe, have a hard time taking Janelle's advice. Janelle wants her players to suck up to Shane, and do whatever they have to do to make him feel like even though they're on the block, he's still on good terms with them. That's something she learned by playing the game twice. It's good advice but her players are too emotional since they've never been in that situation before. It's a Catch-22.
Joe tries really hard to keep calm when he goes to talk to Shane, but Shane's ego rubs Joe the wrong way, and he can't keep his cool. Then that doesn't sit well with Shane. It's a vicious cycle.
But Shane isn't opposed to the backdoor option. It really seems like he's making decisions on the fly, no matter what Britney tells him. While he's winning competitions, he's not all there mentally -- which could eventually be his downfall.
No One Can Beat Shane
The POV competitors are the two nominees, Ashley and Joe, Shane the HOH and Danielle, Wil ... and Frank, the one player Janelle's team didn't want playing. Worst of all, Joe's the one who picks Frank. It's funny how things work out sometimes.
All of Janelle's players are in the competition -- half of the competitors -- so the odds are in their favor that one of them will win. Right?
The competition is a combination of skill and some physical ability, and right away, it looks like it'll favor Shane and Frank. The players have to roll a ball up ramps on either side of them -- at the same time. The goal is not to let a ball touch the ground.Wil is out first. Joe pushes his ball up too hard, and it jumps out of the ramp. Frank hits his without even looking and it falls out as well. Danielle is then out. Ashley is scrambling a little running back and forth while Shane has a methodical approach ... and Shane wins the power of veto for the third straight week.
Fighting for their Lives
With all the power now, Janelle goes to work. She wants her players to play the emotional card and convince Shane to keep them. Janelle is 0-for-2 in winning the game, but she's so good. Her lies and talk come off as so sincere as she tries to work over Britney about working together. While it may work on just about anyone else, it's not going to work on a previous Big Brother contestant.
But Janelle even (crazily) offers up her wedding ring to show her trust -- to which Britney actually puts it on and admires it. Of course, they don't end up taking it, but that's when Shane starts to sway more to their side.
Joe then also talks to Shane and throws in his family and children into the mix, swearing on their lives. That gets to Shane too. Who knew he was such a softie?
And Britney's conversation with Ian looks like it helps Janelle's team's cause. Britney asks Ian whether Shane is safe should his team win the HOH and Ian doesn't give a straight answer either way, sending red flags everywhere.
Shane tells Frank about it, who assures Shane that it's only because they don't tell Ian the plans so it doesn't surprise him he answered that way.
Joe delivers a POV speech that I think should go down in history as one of the funniest ones. With Boogie trying to hide his laughter under his shirt, Joe babbles about the president having the power of veto and how every president has used it, so Shane should be like the president and use it as well!
Did that speech do it for Shane because he uses the power of veto! To save Ashley though, even though Joe literally offered his life -- and also said off camera that he'd stay loyal to Shane.
Shane then puts up Frank as the replacement nominee, making a big move to blindside that team, even though Frank said he knew that was coming.
I have mixed feelings about what happened. Barring some miracle, Frank is going home. If Shane/Frank really did pair up, they could've stormed their way through the game. I believe that's what would've happened should the coaches not have been in it. But with Frank out, Shane doesn't really have an ally -- except Danielle. And that's not a comforting thought.