I guess Nicole knows that she's skating on thin ice, because she tries to cozy up to other people in the cast. In the Diary Room, Mike says that he "salutes" her efforts. Whatever, Mike. You're HoH for one week; it's not like the housemates elected you President of the United States. The editors show Nicole talking up several cast members, including Hardy, who sits down on the kitchen counter to watch her cook, and who also seems legitimately interested in getting to know her. I like me some Hardy: abs of steel and a heart of gold. Well, so far. As for the brains, they remain to be seen: we could be talking steel-trap mind, or dumber than a box of nails.
Later, Bunky and Monica are talking in the storage room, as Mike presses his ear against the wall and eavesdrops from within his fancy, private HoH room. Bunky tells Monica that Kent is a homophobe. "He'll get over it," Monica stridently responds. Bunky tells her that he's concerned Kent will talk the rest of the men into voting him out of the house. Mike asks Bunky and Monica (through the wall) to come into his room. They look at each other and scamper on in there. In the Blue Chair of Patronizing Condescension, Mike says that he felt like he was "doing Bunky a favor-slash-service in letting him know where the other guys were at." Okay, two things: (a) I hate it when people actually say "slash" like that, and (b) my absolute pet peeve is people ending a sentence with the word "at." It's unnecessary, and it's not grammatically correct. Anyway, Bunky comes out to Mike. Mike's, all, I knew. Monica's all, I knew, too. Mike doesn't care. Neither does Monica. In the Blue Chair of Monica Rocking My World, she says that she totally has Bunky's back, "because he deserves nothing but respect." Bunky tells Mike that if he gets voted out, he wants it to be because he's "an asshole," not because he's gay. Mike perches on his throne -- er, "his bed" -- and says that Bunky will not be voted out because of his sexuality. Because Mike controls the world. I think that being HoH has totally gone to Mike's head, because there is no way he can control who votes for whom, and why -- not at this point.