Back to Julie, and time for her to lead them into the veto meeting. "No playing nice-nice today," she says. Excuse me, "nice-nice"? Isn't that a cutesy term for baby poo? If it isn't, it should be. Anyway, she explains the Golden Veto AGAIN. I notice that Marcellas is wearing a white shirt with a scattery blue print on it. It looks like hospital pajamas. "This is the hardest moment ever!" he explains. Even harder than Gerry peering into the shower? Even harder than Josh getting germs in his clippers? Even harder than looking at Lori's pink fuzzy tank top? Oh, Marcellas, say it isn't so! Julie asks Jason whether he's ready to nominate someone else if Marcellas uses the veto, and he says that as much as it pains him, he is ready to take on the grave task of renominating. Next up, Julie asks Amy how it feels to be up for the fifth time. Amy smiles and chuckles like the good sport she's generally been about being nominated. Julie asks her next about the fact that Marcellas could choose to take her off the block if he so chose, and asks whether she has anything she wants to say to him. Amy looks at Marcellas and says, "Do whatever you want to. You know I don't care." I think it's so ironic that for all her internal personal problems, Amy has probably a better idea of what being someone's "friend" actually means, in terms of forgiving people their foibles, and not putting pressure on them, and recognizing that you can -- should -- must value them even when they drive you out of your gourd, than Marcellas is ever going to have. He kisses her hand, sure that she's going to be evicted.
And here we go. Marcellas talks about how happy he has been to be "on this journey" with all these people. Then he stands up. He takes the medallion off, and bends at the waist dramatically. "I've played this game looking out for other people [NOT!], and I tried to look out for all of you [NOT!] as best I could. Gerry used the veto on me and it was the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me within this game [he fails to add, 'which is why I treated him like fungus for the rest of the time he was here']." He looks at the medallion and talks about how his entire family at home is undoubtedly screaming at the television for him to use it. But he puts it back in the box. "I'm not gonna use it," he says. There is a gasp, which I think is from Danielle.
Now, of course, the intriguing question is...why? Marcellas has insisted since his eviction that he didn't use the veto out of selflessness, and I think that if you have watched this show for any length of time, you know that Marcellas doesn't know anything about selflessness. He is the most self-important person in the house, and he probably has a more stunted capacity for empathy than anyone there. It certainly wasn't selfless. So...what the hell was it? My own theory is that he did this for two reasons. First, he had become so obsessed with this nobility crap that although he never actually does anything for selfless reasons, he recognized this is an opportunity to prove how selfless he is, which would ultimately make everyone appreciate how great he is, which is ultimately self-serving, which is why it's not selfless. See? The second reason is that he really was very convinced that Amy would be evicted, and he thought that it would be particularly satisfying to be a guy who was such a badass that he willingly faced down his own nomination and won. So in short, he thought it would make him look cool in two ways, and that's why he did it.