The next morning, Jason is the first awake, and when he walks by the living-room plasma screen, he sees that once again, it says, "Expect the Unexpected." Jason does not take this as good news. "Not while I'm head of household," he mutters despairingly under his breath. Heh. As people wake up, there is quite a bit of anxiety about what this means. Amy says that it's okay with her, as long as they're "not bringing Chiara or Tonya back to kill me." Snerk. Later, they gather in the living room to find out what this is all about. Jason emerges with a little box that holds the big secret.
When Jason opens the box, it is the veto medallion, only it's gold. Or, you know, golden. Kind of like movie theater popcorn. I can never get used to the fact that officially, that stuff is called "golden flavoring" instead of butter. What color, after all, is "golden"? I'm sorry, what was I saying? Oh, anyway, they're calling this The Golden Veto, unsurprisingly. This is the last veto of the season, and the last shot at taking a nominee off the block. What makes this one "golden," however, is that if it is won by a nominee, the nominee can take himself or herself off the block. Incidentally, as Wing and I were saying recently, all vetoes should work this way. It's absurd to have a veto you can't use to save yourself, and this gimmick would be far more interesting if you could save yourself. The way they set up the veto this year, it's not surprising that it was almost never used. The veto holder has no power over who's nominated when they use the veto, so they have very little control over what happens. Without knowing who will go up instead, it's very risky to use it, considering that you will wind up pissing off (1) the HoH; and (2) whoever subs in as a nominee. Then, factor in the fact that the only person you might make happy is the person you veto, and that person probably has a target on his back anyway. In the end, the cost-benefit analysis suggests that except in special circumstances, you wouldn't use it. The only way you can set it up so that people will use it with any regularity is to either tweak it in some way (to give the user more power over who subs in) or to let them veto themselves. After all, any sane person -- any sane person -- will use it to save himself if applicable, right? Right?
Oh, and Danielle finds the Golden Veto "scandalous." I shudder to think what word Danielle would use to describe, say, a public figure taking bribes while smoking pot with a hooker in a bunny costume, because she certainly has worn the hell out of "scandalous."