After the HoH competition ends, Ryan and Natalie pull Adam aside and tell him about the deal they made with Sheila. "I'll flip out on that old bitch," Adam mutters angrily. Natalie assures Adam that everything will be all right, but he's got obvious and understandable doubts. Obvious, given his mistrust of the situation, and understandable, given his almost total lack of personal charm.
Later, Natalie confides to Sharon that Adam is mad at her for losing, but she says she would have had to nominate Adam either way. After the women leave the room, Adam and Ryan sit down to a game of chess. Meanwhile, in the storage room, Natalie congratulates Sheila on her "win" and makes sure she's going to stick to the plan. Sheila assures Natalie that yes, she plans to nominate Sharon, but she reminds us in the DR that she never promised not to backdoor Natalie. Ah, hmmm.
Time to see Sheila's HoH room, and she predictably breaks down as soon as she sees her photos. Everyone leers at her Glamour Shot from when she was 25, even though it looks like an episode of I Love the '80s. Sheila opens her letter from her son and asks Ryan to read it, since she doesn't trust herself. The kid wrote like three lines to the mother he hasn't seen in two months, not that Sheila seems to mind. Sheila reads her own letter from her sister, but can't get through it without turning into an emotional wreck. Sheila DRs about how much she needed this; she couldn't have lasted another week in the house without it. That may be more true than she realizes.
Sheila has apparently been giving Adam massages this whole time, which she DRs that she hates, but it's the only way she can get his attention. That's how you know this is a successful relationship. And then, during his massage, she spends that precious time whining. They end up bonding, and Sheila DRs that she wants to be standing with Adam at the end of the game.
Up in the HoH room, Sheila talks to Adam and Sharon about the upcoming nominations. Sharon proposes a plan. Step one: Sheila nominates Adam and Sharon as agreed. Step two: Ryan wins PoV and saves Adam. Step three: Sheila nominates Natalie as the replacement nominee. Step four: Natalie gets evicted. This sounds like a good plan. I'm proud to be a part of it. I'm almost dreading its inevitable and ugly derailing.
In the dining room, Sheila sucks up to the guys by proposing the topic of conversation she thinks they'll like: turn-ons. This culminates in Sheila saying that her ideal man is a combination between Evel Dick and Dr. Will. That's sad and disturbing enough, but then the editors morph the two ex-winners' photos together into one face, guaranteeing me nightmares for the rest of the season at minimum.