As with Survivor challenges, there's not that much to see here. They all run around, and Janelle happens to find the vetoes the fastest, so she wins the veto, meaning that the remainder of the episode is filler by definition, because HoHs generally aren't going to change their nominations. I hate the veto. I liked it so much better when the nominations were what they were, and they didn't change. The veto -- especially when only six people are playing -- makes the HoHs much less powerful, unless they win the veto, in which case they oddly seem too powerful. I always really liked the quality of this game that you couldn't just sit there like in Survivor and let your alliance pick everyone off. The veto makes it much easier to just rest on the laurels of your majority, rather than genuinely having to readjust every week. The only thing that's interesting about the competition, really, is that Will soon takes over the announcing, because Mike is boring, and Will is funny, and all the houseguests know it. I wonder if Mike minds when that happens. I guess if he did, he and Will wouldn't be friends, because I'm thinking that upstaging thing happens a lot.
Jase says that he let Janelle win the veto, because it put her on the hot seat more than him. Which makes sense. Alison is "mad" about Janelle winning. That's a substantial understatement, I'm thinking. "I won the first HoH and I won the first power of veto!" Janelle brags cheerfully, forgetting that she didn't so much "win" the first HoH as she was handed the first HoH, considering that an inflatable doll pinned to her spot on the pedestal would also have won HoH. And then, she looks into the camera, she holds up her veto medal, she cocks her head, she grins in a way she thinks is adorable, and she giggles, "Nn-huh!" And in my living room, this was where I said out loud, "Oh, I haaaaaate you!" And I liked her last year. But this is so gross. This is the result of having too many people tell you how great you are, which is what has drained many of these people of whatever charm they ever had. She's right out of Clueless or especially Mean Girls right here, and not in the good way. "I won! Nn-huh!" It is seriously so gross. Seriously, go to CBS.com, pull this episode up, and watch this moment, which is right around the 46th minute. It is reeeee-volting. It took me right back to watching cheerleaders.