In Josh's Chenterview, he continues to pretend not to be an ass. I'm sorry, but I don't buy it. He happily prattles on about how he knew as soon as Kiki nominated him that he was doomed, because she had secured the votes in advance and so forth. Julie just as cheerily tells him that unbeknownst to him, he had the votes to stay in the house two days ago. He looks stunned, and essentially tells her he doesn't believe it. She tells him it's the truth. In other words, if he hadn't acted like an ass, if he had lain low the way Gerry told him to, he might be in the house right now. He tries to ignore what she's telling him, and they move right along to his goodbye videos. Jason, Danielle, and Roddy tell him how much they dig him. Everyone else has nothing to say. Heh. Julie hands Josh off to Merritt, who leaps into his arms and tells him how much she missed him. "I want to spend the rest of my life with you," he gushes. We go back to Julie Chen, who makes this face like, "Go figure." Ha!
And now, the returning houseguest issue is revisited. Julie starts by asking the potential returners (Amy, Tonya, Eric, and Lori) how much of the $500,000 they'd be willing to give up if they could reenter the game -- in other words, how small a prize would they be willing to play for? Lori only offers to give up $50,000. Doofus. The other three all do what seems like the most logical thing, and offer to give up half. This means they're all tied. The tiebreaker is how many days they'd be willing to eat peanut butter and jelly if they returned to the house. Tonya offers to eat PB&J for twenty-one days, but Eric and Amy both offer to eat PB&J for the entire remaining forty-two days. Yikes. This means Eric and Amy are the two finalists. Then, quite surprisingly, Julie announces that they don't actually have to play for the smaller prize or eat PB&J. She was just asking. Hee. Now, it comes down to the remaining houseguests, who get to vote between Eric and Amy to see who will return.
Now, I don't know what math you were doing during the commercial, but this is the math I was doing: I had it three-three, with Jason as the swing vote. I had Marcellas/Danielle/Gerry voting for Amy, and I had Roddy/Chiara/Lisa voting for Eric. When Julie comes back, they've got all the houseguests separated into different parts of the house so they can't see each other's votes. Each of them has a red paddle and a black paddle. They're to hold up the black paddle if they want to vote for Eric and the red paddle if they want to vote for Amy. My favorite votes? Danielle votes for Amy with an emphatic, in-your-face shove of her red paddle at the camera. Jason votes for Amy, mouthing, "Amy! Amy!" Marcellas votes for Amy with great aplomb, actually dropping his black paddle onto the floor so there is no confusion. The jaw-dropper, though, comes when Lisa holds up...her red paddle. Whee! I have to say, I didn't think she had it in her. After the "hi" and the canoodling and all that jazz, I really was quite sure she would vote for Eric. Voting to bring back Amy was probably the best thing she could do for herself (she brings back Eric, and she's right back in the couples thing, and she will also have to contend with Eric's lingering allegiance to Roddy), but I didn't think she'd actually do it. Because Eric was the iodine on her surface abrasions of...oh, never mind. Other votes go as expected.