Nick grins. Harrison reminds us AGAIN of how the votes work. So now it's time for Nick's diatribe, as he talks about how no one among the rejects, no one watching at home, NOT EVEN CHRIS HARRISON HIMSELF, would have ever believed he'd make it there, and despite having done so, he was just slagged off tonight by Jaclyn and Ed for saying he didn't deserve to be there and was inconsequential in the house. No one ever cared how he wanted to vote, he says (of course, a moment ago he was passing off his low profile as an intentional strategy, but whatever, Nick).
As for Rachel? Well, she didn't even want to be his partner. She tried to back out on him three times, knowing it would screw him over. But she didn't, she reminds him, looking increasingly concerned the longer his rant goes on. The rest of the losers, Chris and Sarah especially, are rapt. "Never once did you say, 'you know what? I'm going to stick it out for your sake, Nick,'" he tells her. "Yes, I did," says Rachel softly. He says she didn't, that she kept talking about how she was going to do it for Michael. He says she told him if she and Michael were in the competition together, they'd win for sure. "But I was your partner," he says. "I didn't say that," says Rachel.
"You sure did," he says. "And I decided to keep it." Sure enough, he did. The audience goes nuts, standing and clapping. Even a lot of the rejects are loving it. SWAT gets up to hug Nick, and Chris would like a high-five as well.
Harrison, like a beleaguered judge in a disrespectful courtroom, calls for order, and a shocked Rachel doesn't want to sit next to Nick. "You are fucking laughing right now?" she says, telling him he's there because of her. "You're a disgusting human being," she says. Nick, whose quarter-million dollars insulates him from such insults, gets up and strides over to the rejects and asks them how many of them said in interviews that they were there for $125,000 instead of $250,000, huh? He strolls back to the couch where Rachel says she's devastated. Oh, and here come the waterworks. "I thought we've been through a lot," she says, and come to a trust and understanding. Nick, amusingly, is not moved in the least, and gets called a "shmuck" and "disgusting" again. "I'm a shmuck with $250,000," he says, to some well-deserved laughter.
Another commercial break, and when we come back Rachel is still wiping her eyes. Harrison asks Jaclyn how she feels about the opposite scenario happening from what she said should happen. Jaclyn seems to think she was right, because she didn't trust Nick. It goes unremarked-upon that had Rachel voted to Keep like Jaclyn advised, she STILL wouldn't have gotten anything. "She deserved it!" she says. "Why don't I deserve it?" asks Nick, and Jaclyn can't come up with anything better than "You just don't." It's Kalon who then asks if anyone here actually knows what the word "deserve" means because it's just a game and none of them deserve it, and it's like we're peeking behind the curtain at the great and powerful Oz here. You half expect Harrison to take Kalon out with a blowgun.