The first three episodes featured tears of some sort every week. This time, we got more, courtesy of the always emotional Chris Mullenix.
But there was also (finally!) a surprise: the Upshaws, who had the power to put two families up again, didn’t choose the two obvious ones and went after their “core” allies: the Nelsons and the Johnstons.
And the Nelsons, confident they were safe, were ousted.
“I’m tripping,” contractor Chris Nelson, who has been good friends with Chris Upshaw for 10 years. “I thought we were playing the game at the end,” he noted.
And when it came down to friendship vs. money, he said, “250 means more than dudes. I’m okay.” Nelson did not look okay.
I’m curious to see how that friendship is holding up now.
There had been a “core” of four families (the Johnstons, the Nelsons, the Upshaws and the Mullenixes), with the only remaining family on the “outside,” the Schindlers. But the Mullenixes suspected the core was not stable and they were right. The Upshaws implied last week that getting rid of the Nelsons, a strong team, would be a smart move. They simply waited a week to do it after winning the elimination challenge for the second week in a row.
“The core,” Nelson said later, ” is cracked now.”
The elimination challenge featured a Scrabble game. The most amusing part was the Johnstons getting 15 points for “queer,” since they later expressed displeasure toward the Mullenixes. Chris would tell the group tearfully that she felt like an outsider due to her sexual orientation.
The twist in the game was the ability to force someone to skip a turn (instead of, say, getting a double word score.) The Nelsons picked the Mullenixes. As revenge, the Mullenixes did the same to the Nelsons. Fair enough. But the Nelsons got really peeved when the Mullenixed targeted them again even though they were not the game leaders. In other words, the Mullenixes should have gone after the Upshaws.
Later, Chris Mullennix told the Schindlers how they are going to have to move soon because they were in financial distress and they really needed the money. How that influences things later, who knows?
The reward challenge was so lame, by the way, it’s not even worth mentioning.
I’m not clear how the winner is going to be named. Is there going to be a jury of the other families? For now, there are four families left.