The Danielle Countdown does what I thought was impossible and becomes even more annoying. Danielle says, "Four down, plus one friend; five to go." Oh, please. You're the one who pulled the strings on a whole parade of puppets, there, Geppetto, so don't pretend you have regrets.
Blue-and-white Jason wins HoH. Danielle is extremely happy that Jason won. She doesn't say this, but the reason she's glad he won is, quite frankly, that she knows he's not smart enough to nominate her, which is what he should do. He should put up Danielle and Roddy. Will he? No. He'll do something stupid. Because Jason is not, in the long term, a strategic thinker. He's good at small-scale strategy -- making people think he's a sweetheart, getting out of minor jams -- but he's counting on Danielle for the long-term plan, and I can't help thinking it won't pay off.
Blue-and-white Roddy, Gerry, and Marcellas all say that they don't anticipate being nominated by Jason either. Speaking of the HoH, he lets himself into the room and checks out the treats. He gets, among other things, a fleece blanket made by an ex-girlfriend. It looks like white printed fleece to me, so I don't really understand how she "made" it, unless she's the foreperson at a blanket factory, but maybe I'm seeing it wrong. He's happy to be in a nicer bed, though, since it appears he's been sleeping in the Big Bed Room on a cot. For all this time? Good grief. No wonder he's been so stiff. (Rimshot.)
Danielle comes to see Jason in the HoH room, and they have a little talk. She claims that she'll support whatever he wants to do. But she tells him as she leaves that if he feels bad about Kiki leaving, he should know that just before she left, Kiki told Danielle and Lisa that Jason was a great guy, but not a strong person. So, if you've spent the last week marveling at Roddy's ability to play people's insecurities, take a moment to appreciate what Danielle just did to her "teammate" and "friend" and "partner" and all that rot. "I'll let you do what you want, but let me manipulate you by suggesting that everyone is going to think you're a wimp if you don't do what you know I want you to do." I mean, it's her right to do it, but if you think Roddy's the only person manipulating people's insecurities on purpose? Don't you believe it. Jason says in the DR that he's perfectly ready to put Roddy up -- the "gloves are off." I'm not sure what gloves it is that are off, but Jason needs some new ones to put on. With spikes and things. Gloves for fighting. Gloves for battle. Battle Gloves, Jason! Battle Gloves!