Amy talks to Jason about her feeling that she's being "set up" to be evicted unanimously, which she calls "cruel and tacky." She says she understands that it's not meant maliciously, which is sort of contrary to the whole "cruel and tacky" thing, but I'm way past looking for consistency at this point. Amy says it would be nice if she could "have something." Which "something" has no conceivable meaning other than Jason's vote. Marcellas claims in the diary room that he's not worried about Amy campaigning to avoid unanimous eviction. Then we see her curling her hair, as she voices over that in all her life, "there's nothing [she] can remember wanting that [she hasn't] gotten." That, if true, explains a lot, because that is horrifyingly unhealthy. Then we see her talking to Marcellas and Gerry about how she knows she's being voted off, and then after she walks away, Marcellas mutters, "The longer that girl stays, the more she gets on my nerves." Oh, thank you so much, Captain Loyalty of the S.S. Upstanding. Later, Amy goes and begs Josh for a vote. He winds up telling her that he is going to throw her one. "I'm gonna start something," he says meaningfully. She joyfully high-fives him. Pardon me, Miss Amy, if I make a comment here about lying down with dogs and waking up with fleas. Or, in Josh's case, worms. Amy is apparently unaware that Josh is the hangnail on the hand of the entire house -- the solanine on the potato chip, the squirrel at the bird feeder, the blue-ringed octopus in the aquarium, the Autumn In New York on the résumé, the Boston Common on the Thursday-night schedule, and the cheap baby's breath in the basket of flowers. Uch.
Lots of chatter among the couples about distrust of Josh because he wants to vote for Amy, winding up with a shot of Eric and Lisa lying in the hammock under a pink blanket. She turns and kisses Eric's impeccably shaved pec. "I can't believe how beautiful you are," she says. He doesn't say anything, but he turns and looks lovingly at his bicep. No, he does. I also have to agree with those on the forums who have noted that he appears to squirm in surprise, which says very unfortunate things about something going on under the blanket, I fear. Do they make Eyeball Cleaner? I'll take a case. And a half.
Amy sits outside later and talks to Gerry and Eric. She says she feels bad, because Marcellas thinks she's being selfish, and she, in turn, doesn't understand why he won't consent to give up a vote so she isn't evicted unanimously. Unfortunately for Amy, Marcellas overhears this, stomps into the Big Bed Room with his robe billowing behind him, and tells Chiara and Danielle that Amy is outside claiming he doesn't want her to get a sympathy vote, which he says isn't true. To her credit, Danielle is up and out immediately to fetch Amy and bring her back into the room to "nip this in the butt [sic]." With Chiara and Marcellas observing, Danielle asks Amy whether she told people Marcellas didn't want her to have a vote. Amy claims she didn't, and I guess technically she didn't, but she certainly implied to Eric and Gerry that Marcellas was asking her not to try to get a vote, so I think her denial here is a bit hollow. Marcellas turns on her angrily, and tells her that if anybody in the house wants to vote for her, they can, so she should "stop playing martyr." And he's getting himself on a roll, and you can see it coming, but you can't do anything about it. Amy insists she's not playing martyr. (Oddly enough, the person playing martyr in this scene is clearly Marcellas, as you will soon see.) Marcellas hollers at Amy that he heard her outside saying he didn't want her to have a vote, and then he yells high-and-mightily that he has "bent over backwards to be [her] friend," even "to [his] own derision," which is not the word he wants (he wants "detriment"), but hey, what can I expect from these people at this point, once we've seen "orr" and "pitcher"? Marcellas outright blames Amy -- not just her specific behavior, but the very fact of his association with her -- for the fact that he's nominated, and he clearly wants it known that she should be apologizing to him for what an albatross she is, dammit. You know, when I first saw this argument, I actually sided with him. Watching it again, I think he's being unnecessarily nasty, not to mention incredibly self-righteous. Also, it doesn't slow him down when he starts to make her cry, and that's wrong. That should always slow you down, when it's your friend. He should at least have stopped standing over her and screaming. I think he really, really hurt her, and watching that scene again, it makes me kind of hate him.