Okay, now can we get on with the HoH competition already? Or at least the second phase of it? It's a one-at-a-time competition, and Natalie is going first. She's out in the backyard, which is dominated by a big skeeball board, but with ten holes in a row instead of concentric rings. All she needs to do is roll the volleyballs marked with players' name into the holes, in the right order of when they were HoH.
Natalie gets started with two minutes on the clock, and has five of ten balls in place by the time the first minute is up. She's fine on time, but she's having accuracy problems; her sixth HoH ball goes into hole number seven and stays there, impossible to dislodge. She finishes up and hits her button, locking in the clock with two seconds left, just in case Jordan gets the same number of correct answers in one minute and 59 seconds. Julie tells us that Natalie got five right, and Jordan's turn comes after the ads.
And then we get to hear Julie explain the rules all over again to Jordan, who didn't hear them the first time because she was locked in the Diary Room while Natalie was busy being mediocre. Now it's Jordan's turn. As she starts racking up balls, the studio audience gets into it, providing a smattering of applause when she lands one and groaning when one rolls wide. She's got 18 seconds left when she hits the button. Julie sends her inside to wait for the results. But we don't have to: Julie tells us that Jordan kicked Natalie's ass, getting nine answers right. So much for Kevin and Natalie's plan now; it's going to be Kevin vs. Jordan in the final round. Ooh, Natalie's going to regret throwing that first phase to Kevin.
Oh, and now Julie tells us who the seventh juror is. It's a player called... Aaaaamerica. But how can we vote before we know the final two? Well, it's very complicated. If the final two is Jordan or Kevin, you text-message 1 to vote for Jordan and 2 for Kevin. If it's Kevin vs. Natalie, you vote 3 for Kevin and 4 for Natalie. But if it's Jordan up against Natalie, you vote 5 for Jordan and 6 for Natalie. All I know is that when it's this complicated and it's over this much money, someone's going to get sued.
After we get the ads to digest all that, Julie comes back to announce the results to the houseguests. Natalie and Jordan hug while Kevin makes a very convincing "what now?" face. Jordan says she's excited and looking forward to the finale. And sweating. Natalie claims she knew the order, but missed a hole and it threw her off the rest of the way. Awesomely, Julie remarks that it was both physical and mental. I just became a Julie fan for how she pointed out Natalie's failure on multiple levels. I hope it wears off soon.