The houseguests awaken to find a message on their TV screen that says, "What is the meaning of [international "no" symbol]? Find out tonight." They start talking, and several wonder if they've done something wrong. Later, Lisa pulls everyone to the living room for a chat. She explains that the big "twist" they keep hearing about is the "power of veto." What this means is that there will be a competition every week to win the power to change the nominations by "vetoing" one of the nominees and forcing the HoH to nominate someone else in that person's place. The limits: the HoH is not allowed to nominate the veto-er in the vetoed nominee's place. If one of the nominees wins the veto, he can choose to save the other nominee, but cannot un-nominate himself. This throws everyone for a loop. Of course, making toast also throws them for a loop.
The houseguests mill around for a while, not sure what to make of the veto. The Goobers are hoping this won't interfere with their plans too much. Josh -- with a newly shaved chest, which is less gross than his hairy chest was, but is still more gross than the spider I killed in the bathroom sink yesterday morning -- complains that the veto interferes with all his hard work. Well, if it accomplishes only that, it will be worthwhile.
Roddy, Eric, and Josh are sitting around talking trash about Gerry and his whole "no permanent friends, no permanent enemies" yakkety-yak. Eric wants to know why they're even considering being loyal to Gerry when he has "gone back on the alliance already." Eric says this with approximately the level of seriousness most people would use in discussing pestilence and poisonous snakes. More veto talk, more stupid people trying to sound intelligent, more green night-vision footage, and more of Gerry yammering about what he will do if he wins the veto. I need an aspirin.
Gerry and Amy now have a chat, in which he attempts to feel her out about whether she might be open to not booting Marcellas. Amy plays that dumb "I'm sticking to my word" card, which I completely hate, and insists that, for the sake of the alliance, she's voting for Marcellas. Way to dig your own grave, Princess Peach Blossom.
As it turns out, the veto challenge is a game where you shoot balls from a cannon at a picture of whomever you do not want to get the power of veto. I have to point out that I played almost exactly this game one month ago at Chuck E. Cheese. I found the trigger to be unreliable and the air pressure annoyingly fickle. The houseguests trade off shooting at the pictures, and nothing interesting happens. The long and the short of it is that many people eliminate themselves, including almost all of the Goobers. It appears to me that they don't want the power because they want the nominations to stay the same (Eric: "I didn't want to win the power, because I wouldn't have used it anyways [sic]"), but what I think they're forgetting is that it's a zero-sum game -- in other words, someone is going to win the power. The best way to keep the noms the same is to win it and not use it, not somehow prevent it from being won. But they don't really grasp this concept, and in the end, Gerry wins the power of veto. Yes, Gerry. Man, he is going to be insufferable while he ponders what to do with his enormous power. I'm so glad I have until Wednesday to prepare.