Danielle and Erika hug, and they agree that the game is kind of sucking right now. Erika recounts trying to express something sympathetic to Janelle and being rebuffed. Erika diagnoses herself with caring too much -- in other words, surplus awesomeness. Won't someone help? Scientific research is ongoing!
And now, there is an interminable segment in which we see that Howie started bitching and moaning nonstop after the end of the HoH competition about how the game was rigged and not fair and so forth, because only people Howie likes are allowed to win competitions based on pure bullshit. Everyone agrees that the buttons weren't particularly responsive and that their lights didn't always go on. There is no indication that anyone's button was any better or worse than anyone else's. What seems to distinguish whether it affected you is whether you watched to see whether it lit up, and hit it again if necessary. The best part is where Howie first announces he was the "first or second person" to hit the button, despite the fact that everyone but Will hit their buzzer immediately after that question, so he has no idea if he was "first or second." By the time he's had a few moments to bitch about it, he's announcing confidently he was the first person to hit the button. So Howie is now utterly full of shit, despite having a legitimate beef at the outset. I hate when that happens. They all sit around inside later, and Howie repeats several times that he was the first one to hit it, as if he knows this. Everyone else points out yet again that their buttons also didn't always register, so they...you know, hit it again. Those fiends. Rigged!
So what happens is that they are all gathered in the living room by the producers, who tell them that there's going to be a new HoH competition based on "technical difficulties." Oh, whatever. Most of these competitions are so stupid that winning them is a roll of the dice to begin with. I'm not offended by their redoing it, although they didn't make the decision in a vacuum given that they knew the outcome when they decided that outcome would be redone.
The new competition consists of a bunch of questions that are really stupid, and you can tell that no one knows the answers to half of them, because the answers are split down the middle. Guess what? Janelle, already the Luckiest Person To Ever Play The Game, wins HoH on the second try, despite getting a question wrong and being one of only a couple of people (though not the only one, as I'd originally thought) who got a question wrong and therefore was in no way disadvantaged by technical difficulties. Her luck is off the charts; it really is. In other news, you won't be surprised to hear that Howie throws just as much of a tantrum over losing legitimately as he did over the buzzer thing. In other words, Howie's not losing his mind over being wronged; he's just losing his mind. And when Janelle, wins, she yells, "I did it, Howie!", and then, "This is for you, Kaysar!" You know, it's important to remind people at all times that she is generous and never thinking of herself. Frankly, that attitude would have meant more to me in the form of not being so chirpingly happy at the veto ceremony where she knew she was getting Kaysar put up in the first place.