And after the break, the nominees get another chance to speak in their defense. Natalie plays the pitiful victim, saying she's on her own and would be grateful to get to stay in the house. Lydia tells them to vote the way that will further their game. Which I think they'll do as soon as they get rid of Lydia.
Russell is the first to vote. He votes to evict Lydia, as do Michele and Jeff, so Lydia's going to be wearing her Captain Unitard outfit out to the studio. Kevin votes to evict Natalie, but he looks pretty nervous about it. Julie breaks the news to the houseguests that it was a 3-1 vote, and Lydia's out. She gets up, says goodbye to only Kevin, and as she comes out the door, lowers her goggles and strikes a couple of lame superhero poses on her way over to hug Julie.
In the exit Chenterview, Julie asks her why she only said goodbye to Kevin. Lydia says it's because she's the only one she wants to see win the game. "Everyone else can kick rocks." Brr! Julie asks her about bonding with Natalie over the past week. "Yeah, that was tough," Lydia groans, comparing Natalie to a clingy kid sister. Lydia admits she didn't really try that hard to stay, since aside from Kevin, she couldn't stand those people in there anyway. Julie then asks if she blames Chima for her eviction, and Lydia admits that it weakened her. "Weakened?" I thought that word meant "make weaker," not "turned into a drunk psycho." Julie turns the conversation to what's going to happen with Jessie in the jury house and Natalie boasts, "He's gonna need ice packs." She says Jessie played her and Natalie both, so we can look for that next week, I assume. I'm sure it will take Jessie almost three minutes to talk her down.
From that, we go right to the HoH competition. The five remaining houseguests who aren't Jordan are standing atop a platform, with narrow plastic tubes sticking up from the ground below them, and two big bins of aluminum cans behind them. The first to get 24 cans in the tubes wins HoH, unless nobody pulls it off in an hour, in which case the one with the most wins. So clearly we will not be getting a new HoH before the end of the episode, unless someone's really good at this. Julie says "go," and this looks hard, because there's a waist-high railing they have to lean over, so they have to let go of the cans a good four feet from the tops of the tubes, which aren't much wider than the cans themselves. If this were a midway game I'd be yelling shenanigans. There are a lot of cans on the ground, except for one that's already made it into one of Kevin's tube. One's also hung up on the opening at the top, though. That might be a setback.