The episode picks up right after Caleb named Nicole and Christine as his nominees. Derrick lets us know that Christine is his target because he doesn’t care for her and he thinks she might nominate him if given the chance.
Christine, meanwhile, says she’s in this game alone and has to win the veto despite being in with the guys the whole time. She doesn’t quite understand why Caleb nominated her.
Nicole is upset because she’s back on the block and because nothing in this game ever changes. She goes to Derrick for comfort and he helps talk her down and get her head in the game. Anything for a jury vote, right Derrick?
So what happens if Nicole wins veto? Caleb says Victoria goes up and goes home. But Derrick decides to work on his get Christine plan out. It takes very little effort for him to get Caleb and Cody on board for Christine to go. Derrick is working hard on keeping his shot at $500,000 (sitting next to VIctoria in the end) solid.
So Nicole and Christine both know they have to win the veto. There’s no other option.
Derrick is looking further ahead than this week. He decides to get Caleb away from Frankie. He does that by building up Caleb’s ego and then makes sure to knock himself down by saying he’s not good at the game and no one will beat him in the end. He tells Caleb the top contenders in the game are Caleb, Cody and Frankie. Caleb takes it all in and agrees with it all.
It’s time for Christine to find out why she was nominated. Caleb tells her that if one of them wins veto, they’re removing her from the block and putting up Victoria so Nicole goes home. Christine is annoyed by them and doesn’t really believe them, but she pretends she’s right there with them. Derrick remains aware of that, though.
But before any actual veto plans can be made, it’s time to pick players for the competition. Joining Caleb, Nicole and Christine on the block are Cody, Derrick and Victoria. But overshadowing the ceremony, was Frankie wondering why he didn’t get picked and even stuck his hand in the box to find his chip.
That puts Frankie on Caleb and Cody’s radar and are ready to send him out. Derrick is there, so he’s got to keep those two thinking in the way that benefits Derrick most and that’s Christine needs to go this week.
So let’s see who gets their wish. At the veto competition the HGs have to cut wires to defuse “bombs” and the first person to cut the wrong wire and blow up their bomb gets a dinosaur costume for the week. Caleb is the next person out followed by Victoria. Derrick decides to blow himself up, with hopes that Nicole will remain in the game, but Nicole also blows up and Christine wins the Power of Veto.
So Derrick’s plan for the week is out. So what’s next? Caleb has an idea.
Caleb saw Frankie whispering to Christine right after she won the competition and that didn’t sit too feel with ole Beast Mode. So Caleb’s tables are turning and Frankie could be in trouble. Cody finds out that Frankie whispered to Christine that Cody and Caleb sucked in that competition. And Cody tells Caleb. And his ego is bruised. So now Frankie is REALLY on his radar.
More backdoor Frankie talk goes around and it’s starting to sound like Caleb is going to make the huge move. Even Christine is on board. But guess what, he doesn’t do it. He nominates Victoria. Sorry, America. More of the same. Again.
The TV edit makes it look like Derrick squashed the plan, but that’s not how it went down on the Live Feeds. Derrick was actually on board to backdoor Frankie and Caleb changed his mind after a conversation with Frankie. Good editing, CBS.