Anyway, in the DR, James reminds us that his reason for nominating "floater" George was that it forces other floaters to take a side. It doesn't, and it wouldn't help if it did, but we've been over that. James says that he nominated Will because Will can "play the perfect 'pawn' role, because he doesn't care if he goes home." Chew on that for a while. James shares one of the quintessential qualities of a Big Brother contestant, which is the ability to say several dumb things in only a few words. George tells us that being nominated against Will, who is so good at being nominated without being sent home, doesn't make things look very good for him. Janelle offers George a hug of hate, and then she DRs that George is up because "he's been playing the role of the guy who doesn't know anything about Big Brother. What a crock." And then she rolls her eyes. So she's voting him out for pretending he doesn't have a strategy when in fact he does have a strategy, which is to pretend not to have a strategy. That would lead you to vote someone out...why? Because you want to vote out people who have strategies, or because you want to vote out people who don't have strategies? My eyeballs hurt.
Howie tries to hug a nominated Will, but Will finally puts some boundaries up and puts his foot down, telling Howie not to hug him, because it's "weird." Normally, I'd suspect that of being "boys hugging boys!"-anoia, but I seem to recall Will happily hugging many guys over the years, including Bunky, so...not so much. I think that he legimately thinks Howie is weird, which is not exactly the most out-there theory I've ever heard. Will tells Howie to go hug Mike, thus committing the very serious sin of abusing his wing man. Will says in the DR that he loves to be nominated. Why? He's the center of attention, he gets to be in all the competitions, and it makes him feel like "the underdog." He could not be an underdog if he were literally under a dog, but I'm glad he's enjoying himself. Because a happy Will is an energized Will, and an energized Will makes this show much more palatable.
In the kitchen, tension rises between James and George as James attempts to lift the awkwardness of having nominated George by saying that Will wants to go home, so George should certainly have no problem staying. George calls bullshit, telling James that Will obviously doesn't actually want to go home. "Oh, well," George then says to Mike. "Life goes on, Boog." Mike tells George that it's early, but an embittered George laughs, "I'm up against the master! What chance have I got?" George tells us more somberly in the DR that his only shot is the veto, and he's "in for a very, very rough road." Things continue to escalate in the kitchen as James and George attempt to best each other in the escalating Passive-Aggressive Smile-Through-Gritted-Teeth-Off. George "jokingly" says that James is killing him, and James "jokingly" admits to being a terrible guy. George "jokingly" brings a sarcastic lecture about how he's so strategic that you just have to get rid of him, and James bristles, raising the temperature by telling George that if he's really trying to say it's silly to nominate him because he has no strategy, he's apparently implying they should just let him sit there until the very end and get the money. Which is kind of a good point. "It's all about playing the game, George," James lectures. George tightly "laughs" as he tells James to cool it, saying, "You're the one who's coppin' a 'tude, not me." I think that in reality, James is grouchy because he knows that it seems like kind of a stupid nomination, and George is grouchy because he was nominated, but they're both trying to seem unconcerned, which they happen to both be really bad at. George confirms in the DR that he and James kind of don't get along for whatever reason, which I think we all picked up on. Maybe James doesn't think George does a good enough job with the laundry.