Watching Steve shuffle was difficult for Vanessa, though, because she said she could see the cards and where they were in the deck. I actually never considered that----that a card player who knew what they were doing could watch the shuffle as strategy. Talk about sneaky.
Steve: Why am I shuffling like this?
Vanessa: I don't know, but it's painful to watch.
I hope the shades that she wears for tournament poker aren't mirrored. Because, we can see her hand. I don't think that was something that Liz would notice, though.
Steve told the girls that he had a dream about the double eviction episode.
Steve: I saw myself on TV evicting Jackie. Except I was wearing a tank top and I could see that I had acne on my body.
Later in the evening they were still playing cards. Liz says she's obsessed-ah with Gin Rummy and wants to learn to shuffle and handle cards like Vanessa. Vanessa says her neck feels about 30% better than it did yesterday, so that's some real progress.
Suddenly Liz went on a winning streak, and was very happy about it. Vanessa told her that is a good example of why you should never give up...you should always keep trying.
Vanessa: All you need is a chip and a chair.
She had to explain to both Liz and Steve that gamblers say that----all you need to get back in the game is one chip and a seat at the table.
Steve started talking about Meg. According to Steve, BB Casting had an open casting call in NYC at a restaurant, and there were people lined up and down the street to get in for an interview.
Steve: And Meg was their waitress for dinner afterwards....so all of those people who applied didn't make it, but Meg did.
Vanessa made microwave popcorn and put hot sauce on it. Liz said that didn't sound very good, but when Vanessa brought it to the table, Liz tried it and absolutely loved it. Vanessa said she used to eat this as an undergrad at Duke after one of her roommates introduced her to it.
Vanessa: It tastes like chicken wings, doesn't it?
Liz: Oh my god it does...hot sauce on popcorn is everything. I want to eat all of it.
Vanessa shows Liz how to shuffle the deck properly...the key is to make both stacks flat before arching them for the shuffle. (Didn't everybody learn how to do this as a child?)
Steve: I'm looking forward to the Clay and Shelli reunion.
Liz: Yak...I'm not. Liztin is the only reunion that matters.
Steve: What about Vanessa and Mel though?
Liz: Oh yas! Vanessa and Mel...above everything. I shouldn't have said that...you've been apart for so long.
(I'll bet Clay will put on a big show with Shelli as long as the cameras are running. Just a guess.)
While they were playing a hand of Gin, Vanessa guessed that Liz was holding a nine of diamonds. A moment later Liz discarded it and was surprised that Vanessa didn't pick it up.
Liz: You didn't want it?
Vanessa: No...but I thought you had it because your eyes lit up when I had the nine of hearts.
Note to self: Wear non-mirrored sunglasses if I ever play cards with Vanessa Rousso.
While they play, Liz curses and laughs and I can tell Vanessa enjoys playing with her. Liz would probably fit right in to some of the card games that Vanessa plays in. For example, after Vanessa laid down a winning hand:
Liz: You screwed me! God dammit...I have nothing! I wish we had more popcorn!
Liz got called to the DR and Vanessa went down the hall to see what Steve was up to. He was supposedly taking a nap and BB told him to put his microphone on, so Vanessa knew something was up.
Vanessa told him he is more agitated than usual, so she can tell he has something on his mind. She described how he acts when he is worried about something and points out that he's doing it again.
Steve: You pretty much have me pegged, Vanessa.
Steve made up the excuse that he's worried about the outside world---what people will be saying about him, how he will be perceived.
Steve: I'm worried about what Jokers and Hamsterwatch will say about me.
Vanessa: Who cares? You need to put things in perspective. None of that matters, Steve.
(Vanessa knows Steve is being sneaky about something...but is it what he says it is? I'm sure Steve is worried about what the SuperFan community's opinion of him is, but he is really stressing about winning the HoH Part #3 comp and then his speech to give Vanessa the boot. If he were truly loyal to her he would be giddy like Cody was last year, and Vanessa knows that.)
Liz called out that POP TV gave them another present, and they needed to come to the living room to get it.
Liz: And you'd better be ready to eat!
Steve: Is it junk or something good?
Liz: It's something good!
Vanessa: Oh my god, they're trying to kill me.
Liz was thrilled that they got a second POP TV bag, and read aloud from the card that said they wold be dipping snacks in to cheese fondue.
(Last night they got POP TV treats, too.)
Vanessa: Fondue? Really? That is my favorite!
Liz unpacked the bag and was excited that they got three POP TV coffee cups, as well as chopped veggies and french bread for dipping. Vanessa says she told Clay one time that she loved to eat fondue, and wonders if that is where the idea came from.
Steve read the instructions on the box and started OBSESSING about the fact that they called for scissors to cut open the bag of cheese. He must have said "but we don't have scissors" at least three times in 30 seconds.
Vanessa: Steve....a knife.
And she slit open the bag of cheese for him.
Steve: Oh. A knife.
(Sometimes Book Smarts don't mean a thing if you don't have Common Sense. Just saying.)
Steve read the instructions and split the cheese into the three mugs and put them in the microwave. He read the ingredients and said at last four times that "cheese and wine" were the top two ingredients.
Steve: And kirsh...did I pronounce that correctly?
(Yes, you did. And that is a customary cheese fondue ingredient.)
Steve had to stir the cheese a few times during the cooking process, but everyone agreed that the cheese was delicious, so the snack was a big success.
Liz: I'm never going to turn down fondue...hell to the no.
Liz: I'm so fat now. I guess Orwell's Night Owls want us to be heifers.
Vanessa talked Liz into dipping cauliflower into the cheese, saying it tasted like a gratin dish, and Liz agreed that she liked it. Steve liked to dip the broccoli in the cheese, and Liz said the carrots were good, too.
But it is the bread that everybody fell back on, using it to scrape the cheese off the bottom of their commemorative mugs.
(I did some research, and those red boxes of fondue mix sell from anywhere from $8.99 to a reported $13.99, available through Amazon and also selected grocery stores. It's imported from Europe, so it's not cheap, but by all accounts the fondue is delicious and certainly cheaper than going to a fondue restaurant. Not as romantic, though, but if you find yourself locked in a house over 90 days with people you can barely stand, you might want to pack a box in your luggage. I could tell Vanessa was skeptical about it, but after she tasted it, she was a big fan.)
Steve repeated the top two ingredients in the fondue mix again, and said he thought a bottle of wine might go well with it, since wine was the second ingredient listed on the box. (Did you know that? That cheese and wine are the top two ingredients?)
Vanessa: The Swiss typically have beer with fondue though, but I don't know what kind.
Steve: I love these little forks.
On Monday morning, Liz said she felt like a "stuffed sausage" after all of that fondue. Personally I'm guessing that she might also be feeling the effects of all of the ice cream she ate, too, as well as the popcorn. Just a guess.
While Steve slept, Liz and Vanessa were in the backyard gathering their laundry. Vanessa found some of her clothes in the dryer and couldn't remember how they got there.
And they discussed plans for the game...and Steve. Liz said she doesn't think that Steve is even considering taking her to the Final Two if he wins the HoH Part #3 comp, because he hasn't even talked to her about it.
(Technically, Steve doesn't have to...and it wouldn't be in his best interest. Why give Liz time to prepare her speech and Jury arguments? He'd be better off surprising her and catching her off-guard. Because we all know that Steve has been practicing his speech to evict Vanessa at the Final Three for WEEKS.)
Vanessa: Don't worry. I'm going to win it, because it involves knowing people, and reading people. If I can't read these people at this point, then I don't deserve it. Steve doesn't know people...I'm winning it.
Vanessa talked about how Steve betrayed her with Johnny Mac, and she will never forget it. She thinks that Steve wanted Johnny to win that last HoH so he could evict her, but he messed up during the tiebreaker question. (If you recall, Steve made a very strange comment live on the air that he forgot one of the zeroes in his number---that would have put him WAY OVER, and Johnny wold have won.)
Vanessa: Johnny messed up too, though, because when you go to a tiebreaker question, you are supposed to low ball your answer, and he didn't do that.
(Let's all take note of that, in case we ever need it....)
Liz: But he's never talked to me...except the time in the bathroom, when he made a triangle out of three cotton balls and showed me that at the Final Three everyone always has deals with the other two people.
Vanessa: When did he do that?
Liz; Before the HoH Part #2 competition.
Vanessa: Hmmm. Interesting. Well then maybe he won't be so surprised when he leaves. I feel bad for what I have to do to Steve, but it is necessary at a game level. Can you see that? It's necessary.
Liz: Yeah. Steve replaced you with Johnny Mac.
Liz: The only other thing he said before that HoH Part #2 comp was to talk about Dr. Will. He said that Dr. Will always meets with the Jury to tell them not to be bitter about their votes....
Interesting, huh? Steve was actually trying to campaign to Liz and make her realize that even if Vanessa was hated by the Jury,she was a better player and the Jury might see the light and award her with the game.
But now that Liz isn't even in the running for HoH, Steve doesn't need to negotiate with her anymore. And Vanessa certainly knows that.