We now get a funny bit with Marcellas and his gnome. As funny as it is (and I admit that it is), it goes on far, far too long. Marcellas thinks his gnome looks like himself at seventy. He thinks Boo was saved by "divine intervention." He doesn't think he'll let Boo hang around with Roddy's gnome, because Roddy's gnome is evil. Well, at least Roddy's gnome is ugly, which is the same thing in Marcellas's mind. For some reason, there are mug shots here of Roddy's gnome, which are very, very funny. This show is stupid as all hell, but there are some pretty witty people doing some of the behind-the-scenes work, I have to say. Roddy and Marcellas provide extensive backstory in the DR about how their gnomes were once best friends, but have grown apart because Roddy's gnome turned to the dark side. It's kind of cute, actually. It's like a Lifetime movie, only with garden gnomes. ["And it's when you hear stuff like the complete life histories of their ceramic gnomes that you get an inkling of just how bored and understimulated these people must be." -- Wing Chun]
Danielle talks extensively about how much she misses her family. She cries in the DR that she's the only person who hasn't gotten pictures or a letter from home, and I'm sorry to be the one to bring this up, but that's partly because she keeps throwing HoH, which means she's picking the game over letters from home, which is perfectly okay, but then please don't sit there all wounded-fawn, unloved-bunny-rabbit about how everybody gets letters from home except you. Roddy and Lisa look sympathetic.
The next morning, the Product Placement Fairy has come back to leave a load of Dunkin Donuts merchandise in the storage room. Again, the thing that looks the most appetizing, by far, is the coffee. You can keep those creepy-looking Coolattas. You could always throw one at an assailant if necessary, though. His teeth would spontaneously rot, and he would be debilitated as he rolled on the ground, clutching his jaw. That would be sort of fun. Marcellas thinks he might name his future daughter Coolatta, which I have to say is one of the poorest ideas I ever heard. Talk about getting beaten up on the playground. But I'm sure her boyfriend Frappuccino will protect her.
When they've given themselves sugar highs to last until Christmas 2006, the houseguests adjourn to the living room to hear about America's Choice. As usual, they are first tortured with the horrible theme music, but then they learn that one of them will be getting a video greeting from home. They don't learn who it is yet, but everyone starts telling Danielle they hope it goes to her.