The Friendship’s end: when a cult implodes

Big Brother 6‘s cult finally turned on itself, as Ivette evicted April after the two had a huge falling-out. All of this was carefully orchestrated by HOH Janelle, who just sat back and smiled. Janelle is now in the final three with Maggie and Ivette, and all three women–including outgoing HOH Janelle–are competing in the three-part HOH competition (if you want to know who won, John Powell has the results). The winners of parts one and two will face off live Friday at 8 p.m. ET, as the Thursday episode is cancelled.

The implosion occurred after the veto competition, which Ivette won. Since words tend to fail her, Ivette celebrated by screaming and throwing herself against the wall of the compound. This hurt April’s feelings. She started screaming out, I’m in the final three, knowing that one of her friends would be going home because of that. I just thought it was really rude to handle it that way,” April said, crying.

Janelle offered fake sympathy, and it worked. April, said, “I’m sorry, if she picked you, I mean, if she did that, I would give you the money.”

Next, April repented, admitting her sins and realizing that she’d been by the Friendship. Then, she blamed Ivette for April’s bad decisions. Never before has April’s crap been so beautiful, as it led to a spectacular moment where Ivette erupted and started screaming at April. “April, if you want the veto, you can shove it up your ass,” she said.

Janelle watched through the sliding glass doors, and undoubtedly chuckled with glee that her plan worked flawlessly.

April’s “betrayal” of her “friends” even caused Ivette to renounce the cult’s name: “That’s why I thought it was the tackiest and worst name they could ever call something, a Friendship.” However, when it came time for Ivette to evict April, Ivette bawled and apologized repeatedly. Still, the editors showed April a good-bye message from Ivette that was mostly mean and vicious, so that might lead April to sway the jury against Ivette. We’ll know exactly one week from last night.

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