I'm back, with thanks to Jacob for covering for me this week. It's like returning back to a job painting hotel-room landscapes after Picasso spent a couple of days doing it for me.
Flashback to Brendon's eviction. Jordan says in the Diary Room that feels bad about it, but Daniele really doesn't, adding that she's ready to send Rachel out next. There's a flashback to Brendon's whispered, his-version-of-encouraging goodbye to Rachel, and Rachel's devastated reaction in the DR. Jeff is most concerned with keeping the target on the newbies to protect himself. Lawon DRs about showing the veterans "We are here to play!" Every time he says that he becomes more irrelevant.
Flashback to Kalia's HoH victory and subsequent happy-cry. Daniele DRs that she's proud of her "little protégé," and happy about being safe herself for a week. Rachel DRs that from her point of view (as if any others are valid), Kalia is the worst person to have gotten HoH, but Jeff is also paranoid, given how Porsche randomly put Jeff and Shelly up against each other in the HoH competition. He's reading everything he possibly can into that.
After the HoH competition, everyone goes inside, and Rachel starts sobbing again as she passes the memory wall. Kalia has a little one-person celebration of her victory in the storage room, which is just about the saddest display of sincere happiness I've seen on this show. And Rachel buries herself in her hoodie and blankets and settles in to a nice long cry-coma.
Porsche comes to tell Daniele and Kalia that Jeff and Jordan are mad at her for her HoH brain-fart, so will Porsche be allying with a new veteran this week? Does it matter?
Rachel's still crying when Porsche goes in to comfort her. "Thanks for being my friend," Rachel says to Porsche. Jordan also joins the pity party to encourage Rachel about how fast six weeks goes by, adding that she probably wouldn't have won anyway. As soon as Porsche leaves, Jordan brings up Porsche's matchup of Jeff vs. Shelly, so Porsche's officially out of the veterans' need-to-know circle now. They also discuss the twist with the returning houseguest, and what it means for their strategy this week.
Kalia brings everyone up to see her HoH room, and cries almost as hard as Rachel did when she sees the pictures of her family. Shelly's also emotional, missing her own daughter, who's apparently going to start school on Monday. Rachel smiles at Kalia's tears, because at this point she'll take what she can get.