Puppetmaster music plays as Nicole confronts Mike in the bedroom. He tells her that it's not that he doesn't like her, but...he doesn't like her. She's all, "I know what's going on with Will, and probably with Shannon." Mike rolls his eyes. "We're not in an alliance, if that's what you're saying," he says. The editors snicker and toss in a Night Vision shot of Will, Shannon, and Mike sleeping in one bed and saying that Nicole "has got to go." Nicole tells Mike that he "pillaged" her in front of everyone. He retorts that being ethical and wanting to go home to her husband "doesn't fit in here, and [Nicole] know[s] that." Yes, Mike only wants trampy singles with no ethics in the house. We knew that.
In the HoH room, Mike crows that he's "virtually assured" Nicole's exit from the house.
Sheryl and Nicole talk in the kitchen. Sheryl tells Nicole she's furious with the Chill Town group.
Mike stupidly keeps telling the camera that his relationship with Sheryl just keeps getting better!
Sheryl tells Nicole that she's "ready to kill him," she's "mad as hell," and she wishes to God she had gotten HoH. "They used me, " Sheryl spits. Evil Puppetmaster music wails on the soundtrack, over black and white footage of Mike, Shannon, and Will in the hot tub.
Mike smiles and says that he doesn't see himself being evicted "or even nominated." Ever. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Nicole and Sheryl make a pact that whoever stays in the house will take out Mike.
Next, Mike has his "Head of Household" interview with Julie, who tells him that their conversation cannot be heard by his fellow housemates. He tells her that he feels like his plan to oust Nicole will still work, but that the vote might be closer than he previously anticipated. He thinks that his tie-breaking vote will be the deciding factor. Julie asks what will happen if Nicole is not evicted. "I'll be a marked man, for sure," Mike admits. And if Sheryl stays, Julie asks, will she try to inflict payback? "Absolutely not," Mike says, because he and Sheryl are really close. Julie Chen stifles a chortle, and asks him whom he'd like to see as the next HoH. "Will or Shannon," Mike offers.
More voting: Autumn and Kent both say nice stuff about Sheryl, but vote to evict her.
Finally, Julie Chen comes on the overhead to tell the kids the vote. Sheryl is evicted, 5 votes to 3. Mike looks utterly stunned. Totally gobsmacked. It's hysterical. Sheryl just nods and gets hugs all around. There's much talking and laughing as the group walks Sheryl to the door and waves her out. Krista asks her to tell Justin that she said "hey." Oh, sweet God, Krista, no! No!