After the break, Gilby does his thing where he summarizes the bottom three performances, prefacing it with the remark, "As always, we never agree." Well, that certainly bodes well for the future of the band. "You don't want to know," Tommy intones. Gilby tells Jill that it seems like the voters are trying to tell them something, putting her in the bottom three for a third time. But she always seems to sing her way out of it, he says. Brilliant observation. Gilby says that they all know Josh has a great voice, but there's doubt as to whether it will cut through the loud guitars (or guitar, as the case may be). Gilby also mentions the Josh-insisting-on-playing-guitar issue. Gilby turns to Ryan and repeats that it's his first bottom-three performance. The audience claps and cheers for Ryan, unlike for the other two. Gilby tells him he's been building on his momentum, although they're still not sure about his stage presence. "We do think you deserve another chance," Gilby concludes, and just like that, Ryan is safe. And Gilby turns it over to the "Tommyhawk." Into the silent hall, Gilby orders, "Give Tommy a little love, guys, come on." Tommy gets a little love from the audience, if it can be called that under such circumstances. "Noise" might be a better word. "Coerced noise" might be better still. Aw, no love for the hatchet man. Maybe he should drop the schtick.
Tommy starts into his speech, and it's apparent almost from the first word what's coming. He tells the eight sitting Supernovices that he wants them to realize what's going on, and that they're about to do something that's never happened. "It's do or die time. It's time to get this thing going," Tommy says, and now even Josh and Jill see what's happening. He claims he hates doing it, but "Both of you are outta here."
General consternation in the audience. As for the remaining eight Supernovices, they look unhappy, but not surprised. "That's crazy, dude," Josh says softly. "Crazy," Dave agrees, semi-mockingly. He tells Josh that he's a great singer, and that Jill's vocals last night were some of her strongest. He thinks that they'll both be fine, and lets them give their last speech to Supernova. Jill goes first, thanking them for the opportunity and the audience for being undiscerning. Josh also thanks the band for having him, and the Supernovices "for being cool." He says he knew all along that he was in "a different vein" from Supernova and asks, "Uh, does this mean we can't go to Vegas now?" Supernova makes "Sorry, dude," faces, and Josh turns to the Supernovices and mock-rants, "What are you laughing at? This is not funny! They're cutting me They're cutting me from the show!" He finally drops the act, and thanks everyone again. Oh, my sides.