There's no "who wants to see my HoH room?" scene this week, which is just fine with me. Instead, Porsche lets herself into the HoH room, and is pretty happy to see that the Pandora's Box door is set up in there. She opens the first of two cards on her table, which explains that Pandora's Box could release something good or bad on the house or on the HoH. The monitor comes on and shows the room beyond the Pandora's Box door, where two briefcases marked $5,000 are sitting next to a bottle of champagne. The second card offers Porsche to take it or pass, and after some deliberation, she opens it up. Because let's face it, nobody ever doesn't open Pandora's Box, and nobody ever doesn't regret it. Inside, along with the two cases of cash (or, more likely, the two cases representing cash) there are also two envelopes. One tells her that she's won the cash, but she's got to split it with someone else in the house. And, she has to take the other envelope downstairs and read its contents to everyone else, without reading it herself first. Yeah, that would be the downside. P
So she follows instructions, and this is how everyone learns the following: the duo twist is back. Because it was so awesome the first time around. It's just for this week, but as in the early stages of the game, the HoH will nominate a duo instead of two individual players, and if the Veto is used, the nominated duo will be taken off the block and replaced by another duo. Except this time around it would be the other duo, because there are only six players left.. Time to pick partners. Porsche picks Kalia, so Kalia is automatically safe for the week. Rachel and Jordan pair off, looking like they just got reprieved, and Shelly and Adam, the two olds in the house, are left together by default. Good thing they made up earlier. Porsche has just one more announcement to make, not speaking for Big Brother: "Well, that sucks!"
Indeed, Porsche DRs about how this was the worst move she's made in the game yet (which means it ranks third), and Rachel is excited about this new chance for her and Jordan to fight together to save themselves. Kalia is mad at Porsche for opening Pandora's Box, as if anyone ever doesn't. And Jordan is full of hope all over again. So I guess that's the happy ending Big Brother was hoping for.
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