Erica's going home (Kalon does the creepy smile thing he does that makes him look like a pervert). Harrison tells Erica to take a moment to decide who she's taking with her, and Erica takes all of a half-second before laying waste to Michael, decrying him for not being a true friend. Rachel wipes away a tear, and Jaclyn and Blakeley look gutted too.
"Hopefully this will make the house a lot more fair," Erica says. Rachel tells Michael she doesn't want to continue, so I guess her backbone got voted out too. Michael encourages her to stick it out. Rachel accuses Erica of stabbing them in the back even though they were totally honest with her. But ... you weren't? So why do this now? "It doesn't matter! He's a manipulator! And the little puppet master lost at his own game!" she yells at everybody.
Erica continues for some time, calling Michael a crappy person and saying the best thing Holly ever did was dump him and marry Blake, because that means she's with a real man. I don't know who those people are. "You're a bad friend and a bad person, and I'm so happy I'm taking you away with me. I could not be happier that I'm serving justice, and this is karma."
By this point, people have started to outright laugh at how awesome Erica thinks she is, so it's time to say their goodbyes. Michael hugs Rachel, who then collapses into the arms of her remaining friends and we hope she'll find the strength to continue.
I really feel they missed an opportunity by not forcing Michael and Erica to share a limousine out! Anyway, Michael seems to have a hard time believing that he got taken out by Erica, while Erica seems to equate what she did with toppling Saddam Hussein.
"I feel really lost right now," says Rachel. God, buck UP, Rachel. "I don't know how I'm going to do this without him." Oh, stop TALKING, Rachel. We're all sad to see Michael go too, but the rest of us aren't competing for a share of a quarter-million dollars.
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. Well, if Michael had to go, at least Erica is also gone. For the greater good. Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.