Lydia voted out and gets ready to confront Jessie about his duplicity

The Big Brother 11 house has lost its second crazy person in less than a week, as Lydia was voted out by a vote of 3 to 1. Her post-Chima eviction meltdown provided great entertainment Thursday, much more than Chima’s actual expulsion.

Jordan won the live POV competition and didn’t use it, sending Lydia to meet with Julie Chen, which was a fantastic interview, if only because Lydia was nutty (“it’s time pay the big piper”) and Julie sparkled as an interviewer just as her face sparkled with glitter. Lydia went off on Natalie–“I got a kid sister I really didn’t want”–and Jessie, while Julie argued that Lydia “also blew your chances at a half-million dollars.” Lydia didn’t care; all she cared about was confronting Jessie about playing both her and Natalie, which the two (finally) figured out this week.

Before Lydia was evicted, her comment about confronting Jessie in the jury house led to one of Julie Chen’s best retorts ever, just because it was so quick and honest: “I kind of want to see you leave tonight to see all that happen,” she said, quickly adding, “I’m just kidding,” but didn’t seem to be.

Earlier, Natalie asked Lydia to detail her, um, interactions with Jessie, and Lydia said, “Are you kidding? I’m not answering that question. That’s between me and Jessie.” Normally, I’d agree, but when you perform hand jobs and/or blow jobs on someone in front of a bunch of cameras, you lose the right to, you know, privacy. “We had some good times,” she finally admitted, and we saw some footage of their love tent. Natalie said, “That’s disgusting.”

Meanwhile, the three in the minority alliance actually started playing the game instead of just crying about it. They decided to lie to Jeff and Jordan about Russell making a final-two deal, which ironically actually happened. In the footage we saw, Jeff seemed to buy it, but it’s kind of impossible to believe he’d not see through their transparent attempt to break up the foursome.

The drug-addled challenge producer monkey came up with another boring HOH challenge: dropping cans into tubes. At least the producers had the good sense to cut to a commercial during most of the challenge, which continued on for an hour after the show ended. The new HOH is (highlight to read)    Jeff.

Regardless of who has become HOH, I’m slightly worried this season may be reversing course, slipping back to boredom from its recent high, a flatline turning into a spike and then back down to a flatline. Mostly, that’s because the two most dramatic people have left the house, and there’s a relatively solid alliance of four and two stragglers left.

Of course, things can flip at any time, and one of the first fights was between Russell and Jeff, so maybe that alliance will turn on itself. But even if that alliance of four loses one person, it’s likely to dominate until Natalie and Kevin are gone. All that remains, then, is to see how Jeff/Jordan versus Russell/Michele plays out–which definitely could be interesting, but will probably not be anything like what Chima and Lydia offered.

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