Time to pick players for the Power of Veto competition. HoH Jessie, and nominees Lydia and Chima, not only get to participate, but also randomly draw one other player each. Lydia isn't happy that Jessie draws Russell's name, because he was in the clique that put her up in the first place. Chima draws Houseguest's Choice and picks Natalie, which is kind piling on. Michele doesn't get why she would pick someone out of her clique. Thanks, Michele, I hope you enjoyed your one line tonight. When Lydia draws Jeff, that's the entire Athletes clique in the PoV competition. Jessie names Casey as the host. Picking the DJ? Way to think outside the box, there.
The backyard has been set up to look like a giant, acne-ridden face. "Oh my God, is that my high school picture?" Chima squeals in the DR. Casey explains the competition: basically, the competitors will have to pop the giant zits, reach inside and dig giant, two-sided Scrabble tiles out of the fake pus, and use them to spell the longest word they can. Lydia's determined to win, but Chima's confident that her freelance writer's vocabulary will serve her well. How sesquipedalian of her.
The competition begins, with ten minutes on the clock. Lydia DRs about how she wasn't about to let the disgusting smell prevent her from spelling "civilization." Ironic, really. The fake pus everywhere is bad enough, but then the giant tube of fake acne cream suspended over the yard starts spewing over them. Jessie finishes spelling a word and closes his cover over it with 3:55 left on the clock. Russell and Natalie both finish and ring their bells about three minutes later. Jeff locks in his guess with fifteen seconds left, less than confident in his speling skills. Chima finishes with seven seconds left, and Lydia's still out there digging around, right up to the last second. If you measure determination by who's the most covered in pus, I would have to put Lydia in the lead.
Time to reveal the words: Jessie spelled "CONTINOUSLY." No, that's not a typo. He at least has the grace to look embarrassed. Natalie spelled "LAST," which is where she would rank if she were competing against anyone but "Big Brother" contestants. Chima went for "SUPERFICIALITY," but came up short on letters and ended up with "SUPER___IALITY." You might say she FIC'ed this up. Casey points out that Chima could have stolen the lead from Natalie if she'd simply gone with "SUPER." But that wouldn't have helped her either, because Russell spelled "SHOTGUN," and now he's in the lead. Jeff managed to misspell a made-up word, aiming for "TECHNOTRONICS" and landing on "TECTRONICS." "Couldn't find an 'H,'" he explains, as though that was his only problem. Lydia finally reveals her word: "CI_ILIZATION." Oops. Big win for Russell, giving him another excuse to brag in the DR. Kevin DRs that the Athletes are making themselves a target. Maybe, but you have to beat them before you can hit them, Kevin.