At this point, Will very astutely explains to Janelle that what's going wrong with her alliance is that every person in it went and got a spare person -- a "parachute," he calls it -- just in case the alliance went bad. In other words, none of them trusted the alliance, so they're all out scheming on the side. Kaysar got Erika, Janelle got Marcellas, James got Danielle, and Howie got George -- though Will doesn't mention the last one. Instead, he says, "Howie jumped out of the plane without a parachute. He's in his own world." Heh. I personally think George would be better off with a backpack full of encyclopedias than he is with Howie, so maybe Will doesn't think that little arrangement will work both ways for very long. So Will tells Janelle that they all got greedy and fucked up their brilliant and powerful alliance. He suggests that as a result of all this collapse, if she wants to test her alliance, she should put up Danielle and Erika and watch James and Kaysar fight to protect their respective fallback options. Interestingly, Will is pretty strongly pushing to get Erika out, mentioning that nobody would miss her, she's a good player, and she chose to knock out George in the last HoH. Oh, and she'll come after Janelle. Will keeps telling Janelle that he and Mike will swear to be her allies, come rain or come shine. "So you guys will vote the way I want?" she asks. "As a sign of good faith, we will do what you want," he says. He tells her he's true to his word, which he's not, and she says, "What if you're lying to me, Will?" "Then send me home," he says simply. Can always worry about that next week, right?
Almost time for nominations. Diane says that she hopes she doesn't go up. Will hopes that he was charming enough to convince Janelle to put up a floater. It's amazing that he doubts it anymore. Mike says, with his usual astuteness, that it's all up to Janelle. Janelle says that she just doesn't know what to do, which isn't so surprising. Erika can't imagine why she would go up. Janelle says that she wants to work for her alliance, but also wants to get rid of people she thinks are going to come after her individually.
Ceremony. Janelle claims that she "winged it," which I'm sure they'll totally believe. First key out is James, then Marcellas. Howie, Kaysar, Will, Danielle, Diane, and George. So the nominees are Mike and Erika. Janelle claims to have nominated Mike because she dislikes him and then she says she nominated Erika on the assumption that everybody liked her and would then take out Mike. Janelle DRs that her real goal is to take out a floater. Erika says that now, the door is open for her to go after Janelle. "The gloves are off," she says. Mike says that all you can do is keep making people feel comfortable and try to play for the veto. For a guy who toyed with the idea of either him or Will going up against a floater as a show of good faith, he sure is freaked out that it happened. "There's a lot of game left to be played," he says. Will says that Janelle was very fair and "met [him] halfway" by putting up a floater. I suppose that's the extremely optimistic way to look at it.