The next morning, Frank and Mike are out there looking hungover despite not having done any drinking. Mike, in fact, doesn't seem interested in playing the game in any way at all, preferring to wallow in his crabby mood. Indeed, he and Frank discuss making the strategic move of going to Danielle and telling her how much she sucks. By all means, Mike, go do that.
Up in the HoH room, Dan is still coaching Danielle, advising her to nominate Wil and Frank to get rid of the latter. Danielle points out that this could go seriously pear-shaped if Mike wins the Power of Veto, saving both himself and Frank. But Mike still has his secret coach-protecting strategy in place, and makes a case for keeping them all out of it rather than giving Danielle permission to panic over worst-case scenarios. Danielle is torn, and asks Dan what his gut is telling him. At least she isn't asking Shane's tongue.
It's finally Nomination Day, after what seems like forever. Wil is irritated that he had to remind Danielle of her deal, Dan is still hoping the coaches will be safe, Mike DRs that he's so awesome he'd be offended if he weren't nominated, and Frank figures Danielle will want to get rid of him after failing to do so last week. Danielle quotes Peter Parker's Uncle Ben about power and responsibility and says she needs to guarantee that her target goes home. She convenes the nomination ceremony, and hauls the giant key box out to the dining room.
There are a lot more keys in it this week, one can't help noticing. Keys start coming out, and the people who are safe are Britney, Ian, Dan, Janelle, Jenn, Shane, Ashley, Joe, and... Mike, whose key reads "Boogie." HATE. So that's Wil and Frank on the block. Danielle says it's nothing personal, and that she hates doing this. That's all she has to say to the group.
In the DR, Wil bitterly says that Danielle's word doesn't mean jack shit. Danielle assures us that Wil is only a pawn and Frank has to go. Mike: "Do these people know who I am? I am thoroughly insulted that you would give me my key." And Dan DRs that his plan to keep all the former coaches safe is in effect, and Danielle still trusts him. As for Frank, he says he's been dodging bullets and promises to be back next week, "Guns a-blazin." And over the credits, we see Wil giving a crying Danielle a comforting hug in the HoH room, so I guess that's all patched up.
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