Even with everything going on, we still have time to listen to the phone call from home that Natalie got to have from her dad, who says he watches every episode with her boyfriend. It's very emotional. Natalie is moved. I've also moved -- on.
PoV competition. The only one not playing is Russell, and with Julie on hand, he doesn't even get to host. The game is "Before or After," which we've seen in previous seasons. Separated by high partitions, the players have to guess if a certain event came before or after a different event, and they indicate their answers by stepping forward onto the step marked "After" or back onto the step marked "Before." The first question is a guilt trip about Casey winning the margarita party for them before being nominated, but everyone gets it right anyway. Lydia, Jeff, and Natalie are eliminated by the next question, leaving Michele, Jordan, and Kevin, so nobody will be vetoing herself tonight. They all get the next one right, but Kevin blows the next one, so it's down to Michele and Jordan. Which means that it's unlikely anybody will be vetoing anybody. They both get the next four questions right. Out of questions, Julie busts out the tiebreaker: how many truffles were in the giant mud pit for the flying pig competition a few weeks ago? Jordan guesses 60, and Michele guesses 50. Since the correct answer is 100, Jordan becomes the season's first sitting HoH to win PoV. What's even more amazing is that Jordan has just outsmarted a neuroscientist. It's a world gone mad.
Back in the house, Jeff and Jordan are having a last-second conference with Kevin, while the others wait in the living room. Julie calls everyone together for the Veto meeting and tells Jordan she can take one of her nominees off the block. Before that, Julie gives the floor to the nominees. Natalie says she'll respect Jordan's decision, and Lydia simply says no hard feelings, pretty cheerily all things considered. Jordan stands up and says she's not using the PoV. Lydia's face falls, like she just realized she's gong home tonight. Julie sends us to commercial as we hear the others suspiciously asking each other what they were doing at the end of the break. Times like this I wish I hadn't already used the "locked-room mystery for morons" joke this season.