Next, Marlee's like, "I'm deaf and I think Lisa Lampinelli talks a lot." John thinks she's tough, in a good way. Lisa describes herself in similar terms. "No one is left standing when LL comes after them," she says, and absolutely agrees with John that she's the toughest. She's the only one John's not a dick to, which tells you a lot about him, I think. Marlee brings up the constant tearful outbursts this season -- including citing Tom Hanks's immortal "no crying in baseball" line from A League of Their Own, which only makes me like her more. But Lisa seems to charm Marlee, too.
After one final break, they're all back in the boardroom. Everybody basically figured out that John was playing Bad Cop, for the record. Marlee and John both thought Aubrey was nervous and that that Lisa had trouble all season controlling her emotions. Lisa somehow tries to say she always has control of her emotions, even when she's crying in the boardroom. I'm not sure calculating is the picture you want to paint when it comes to those kinds of outbursts. But based on these concerns of emotional overload -- which was not on display in either interview at all -- Lisa is fired. Um. What? That seems even more engineered than normal. And to what end? To preserve Arsenio/Aubrey for the finals? I don't get it.
Lisa is really cool about it, though. It's good that she cares about the show the appropriate amount. Which is not at all.
Next week: One more will be fired from the John/Marlee sessions! Then everybody comes back for the final task. We see a clip of Debbie Gibson complaining that Clay is talking to her like a third grader. Typically, the finalists get deference rather than sass-back during that final task, so I think Clay gets fired next. Official prediction.
Joe R really wanted Lisa to win. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can listen to him yammer on to his heart's content on the Extra Hot Great podcast.