In the bathroom, Dan tries to assure Ian that he's not the bad person he thinks he is, going so far as to say he'd set Ian up with his sister. "That looked like someone who wanted to win the game to me," Dan tells him, and even makes him an official Renegade.
Frank invites Shane and Danielle to a talk. Shane babbles that he thought Ian was going to nominate him, and all Frank cares about right now is that he's not going to be able to get either Shane nor Danielle to turn on their former coaches. Ian and Britney wander in, but Frank wants no part of Ian right now, so Britney joins the powwow. She and Frank exchange apologies for earlier, while Frank blames Dan more than Ian for what just happened. Frank warns them that he'll nominate Dan and Joe if he wins HoH next -- and unless Shane agrees, Frank will nominate Shane in Joe's place. Danielle starts crying, and asks for a moment alone with Frank to beg for mercy on Dan's behalf -- or so I thought. Actually she's just crying. Frank hugs her and assures her that he's not after her.
Meanwhile, Shane and Britney retreat to the Have-Not room to discuss their next move, which is to cut a preemptive deal with Frank before the HoH competition to keep him from nominating Shane. Apparently everyone just assumes Frank will win again. So Britney takes Frank into the storage room and agrees to work with him this week. "I'd rather be with nine-life guy than against nine-life guy," she tells him. They hug like three times and everything.
Out to the backyard, and Dan DRs that if the Quack Pack can't win HoH against Frank, then one of them deserves to go home anyway, unaware that he's just been cut loose to twist. Outgoing HoH Ian tells the other seven remaining players that the winner not only gets to be HoH but also names the week's sole Have-Not. The actual competition appears to be a game of delicacy and balance, in which players will gently pull on ropes to lift a plank up the face of a board perforated with numbered holes. There's a ball balanced on the plank, and whichever hole it rolls into, that's your score. It's like slow-motion skee-ball. The first round is just to establish rankings for the one-on-one matchups that will determine HoH. Danielle gets a lackluster eight, but that beats Frank's five. Shane gets seventeen, Jenn six, Joe ten, Britney seven, and then Dan loses control of his ball, which rolls all the way down to one. Dan looks like he's going to throw up.
The competition moves from the qualifying board to two identical boards, which Dan and Frank take position in front of as the two lowest scorers. And coincidentally, as the house's two sworn enemies. "The epic battle of round one," Frank sardonically DRs. There are no scores on these boards, just a lot of blank openings of different shapes and sizes, with a small round hole at the top center. The first person to get their ball into that hole wins that round. The bell rings and they get to work. All Dan wants to do is eliminate Frank so he'll go home this week, but Frank figures he needs to beat everyone in order to survive. And he does beat Dan, who drops his ball and is out of the HoH competition.