This week in Nerdvana… There is much rejoicing about Todd’s departure from the game; Heather and Lily, specifically, are relieved that he isn’t around to “hulk out” anymore. Colby notes that as soon as Todd felt backed into a corner he lashed out and Jonathan remarks that if that’s how you handle those kinds of situations Nerdvana may not be a good place for you. To honor Todd, Lily places his “horcrux” with the others; after each Nerd Off, the remaining players have taken an item from the Nerd Off to represent the fallen nerds. Todd’s is the snake from the Myth and Match competition – like Voldemort! – Love it!
Calling all nerds! It’s time for the Nerd Wa… What’s this? Where are Curtis and Bobby? Why is there a big speaker set up in their place? Before too many questions can be asked, “Talk Nerdy to Me”, one of Nerd Anthems from season one begins to play and out of a tree pops season one competitor, Ivan! Then Josh from season one appears from behind a hedge, then Brian from season two joins them followed by Chris, Genevieve, Mary Kate, Xander and Zack! Heather doesn’t know if she should be scared seeing Zack or not! lol After the song ends, Curtis and Bobby take their places. It’s time for another Nerd Anthem Nerd War! Each team will write, produce and perform and original song with the help of a professional producer and choreographer. Three judges will pick the winner of the Nerd War based on music, lyrics, choreography and how each anthem celebrates nerd culture and they have 24 hours to work on it.
As Curtis, Bobby and the “Elder Nerds” reconvene with the dancing, the teams mad dash back into Nerdvana and get to work. House Hooloovoo decides to put a big emphasis on comedy since that was a big factor in Team SMASH winning the cosplay Nerd War. Ben really wants to work in a reference to Jar Jar Binks… In the Team SMASH war room, Colby suggests they do a rap and has the idea of focusing on what gives nerds “swagger”. After he shares some sample lyrics with the group, it is clear that Colby is the best person to take the lead on the writing. It’s quite a role reversal! Heather and Jonathan are natural leaders, but Colby has a rap background… Probably because he’s Scottish…
After the songs are written, both groups meet with their own pair of producers to record them, but just as they are getting into the groove Curtis steps in to announce that it is now time to place some product – It’s Little Caesars Hot-n-Ready pizza time! I was wondering when they’d show up… Raychelle stakes a claim on all the crazy bread – she’s crazy for crazy bread! Buuut… She isn’t so crazy about Lily. After the pizza break, the teams get back in the groove to record their songs and Raychelle is, again, feeling that Lily is being all Lily telling her to sing this way and do it that way. When Raychelle takes a break, Ben jumps on damage control, but Raychelle is just taking a break – she’s good! She just needed a little break… from Lily! *wink*
The next day it’s time to work on choreography, which, as Heather explains, will be difficult to remember since they don’t have enough time to let the moves become embedded into their subconscious memory – They will have to retain everything in their conscious memories. Team SMASH seems to be retaining just fine, though; Colby’s lyrics are really helping apparently. On the House Hooloovoo side of things, we learn that both Raychelle and Kaitlin have had some dancing experience, but all Ben knows how to do is dance like a white person, which involves a lot of shuffling and small arm movements. Ha! Kaitlin is very happy that Hooloovoo’s choreographer is integrating a lot of simple, repetitive movements and she’s totally okay with crawling on the ground between Ben’s legs during the routine. The blue team is really feeling the pressure, especially those Hooloovooians that are in the Secret Six alliance; if Team Smash wins, one of the Secret Six is definitely going into the Nerd Off, which is not cool with Raychelle. They HAVE to win.
To the auditorium, which is, honestly, about half full, but the audience includes nerds from seasons one and two! Judging this week’s Nerd War are Travie McCoy from Gym Class Heroes, Grammy nominated song writer Lisa Loeb and “how can you not know who he is” Moby. Team SMASH is up first and I love love love that Ori is wearing a fez. It’s great. And so is their rap! Moby is less than impressed, though, and when their performance is done Moby is not shy about questioning their choice of lyrics and singles out Ori since he claims to have read Hamlet in Klingon. Heather jumps to his defense; nerds don’t need to prove their “cred” and she doesn’t think that Moby’s questions are appropriate. Whoa, Heather. Whoa. I’m not sure that being so outspoken with the judges is a good idea and Moby agrees so Jonathan steps in to shut her up then House Hooloovoo takes the stage. And they totally blow Team SMASH out of the water. Even though Moby has a dose of criticism for them too, Hooloovoo wins this Nerd War by a unanimous vote from the judges and they are all getting Turtle Beach gaming headsets!
Returning to Nerdvana, Kaitlin is very happy that she won’t be sent to the Nerd Off this week and the rest of Hooloovoo is relieved as well. In the Team SMASH bedroom, Amanda is trying to come up with a good Moby dick joke. Heather lets us know that if the Secret Six sticks to their plan, Ori and Colby will be voted into the Nerd Off and she’s pretty sad about it because Colby did a really good job in the Nerd War and he doesn’t deserve to “go out like that”. Later that night Hooloovoo is discussing their vote. In Ben eye’s, Amanda, Heather and Jonathan are safe because they are in the Secret Six and he’s pretty set on voting Colby into the Nerd Off. Kaitlin, though, is leaning in the Amanda direction, but Ben makes an attempt to reel her in saying they need to do with Colby what Team SMASH did to her. Buuut… Kaitlin has noticed that Ben, Lily and Amanda are pretty tight; she’s not sure if it’s an alliance thing or if it’s just an “oh Ben is so cute” thing. Uh oh!
Later, totally out of no where, Kaitlin finds Jonathan to voice her suspicion that Ben, Lily and Amanda have an alliance and that she would like to form one with him, Colby and Raychelle because she thinks they would play a more fair and fun game. Jonathan LOVES this. If Ori loses the Nerd Off, he will have an alliance with everyone in the house, he still gets to be in the Secret Six and he will stick with them right up until the moment that he needs to stab them in the back. Before they part ways for the evening, Jonathan and Kaitlin make loose plans for the next round of game play. If Hooloovoo loses, Kaitlin is going to push for Ben or Lily to be put into the Nerd Off and if Team SMASH loses, he’s going to push his group to vote for Heather. Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! The next morning, Amanda lets Ori know that her vote will be for him then Ori has a little chat with Colby who thinks that Heather and Amanda will pretty decide who goes to this Nerd Off. Ori asks Colby if he thinks they can swing Jonathan to vote with them to send one of the girls to the Nerd Off instead and Colby wishes him luck with that. Alone with Jonathan, Ori asks Jonathan how open he is to the idea of voting for Heather. It’s an intriguing and difficult suggestion for Jonathan that could both work in his favor or against him. Having a weak player like Ori going up against him in the final Nerd Off is ideal, but he’s not sure if he’s ready to crumble the Secret Six just yet.
To the Throne Room! After the obligatory Throne of Games wind scene, Curtis and Bobby get right to the votes. House Hooloovoo has unanimously voted to send Colby into the Nerd Off and Team SMASH has unanimously voted to send Ori. Wait. What? Ori voted for himself! Because it was the honorable thing to do?! He didn’t want to upset anyone on his team by throwing a vote their way and he’s a pacifist so… Yeah. Ori voted himself into the Nerd Off. Before the selected pair bend a knee, Bobby points out at a man will again be going home this week, which sparks a little thought in Jonathan. His plans require keeping the ladies around, but… What if the women have a sub-alliance and their plans do not include him? I think you might be onto something there, Jonathan… So, Colby and Ori bend a knee then Curtis explains the Nerd Off, which is called Indiana Bones and the Temple of Nerds. Ten historical icons have gone missing and it’s up to Colby and Ori to find them.
Well isn’t this just the perfect Nerd Off for Colby the History teacher? He’s pretty confident because this is his wheelhouse, but he is also apprehensive because of Ori’s performance in the first Nerd Off. Ori is a lot less confident. Colby is a History teacher and a Jeopardy master, but he’s not going to give up on himself; when the teams return to Nerdvana he jumps right into studying. He just wishes Colby could help him! Ori has Ben, Lily, Raychelle and Kaitlin helping him, though. Hooloovoo really wants him to win. Ori causes chaos within Team SMASH and Colby is a real big threat to take the crown. Not only is Colby really smart, but he’s super creative too. Like Kaitlin, Colby is a force to be reckoned with and House Hooloovoo is hoping some reckoning gets done in the upcoming Nerd Off and that Ori will be the one doing the reckoning.
To the Nerd Off! Dressed in leather jackets and fedoras and followed by their fellow nerds, Ori and Colby take their places in front of Curtis and Bobby and they further explain the Nerd Off. The ten historical icon idols are located in burlap sacks, to retrieve them, the boys must run up a hill to grab a whip, out run a bolder, disarm a henchman, pull a dagger out of cauldron, which they will use to cut the rope then they must arrange the icon idols in order of birth date. On go, the Nerd Off begins and Ori takes an early lead; Amanda is very, very impressed with his whip skills. When he gets to his cauldron Ori sees that getting this dagger is not going to be as easy as he thought because there are live snakes guarding it. I mean, duh. How do you NOT have snakes in an Indiana Jones challenge? After the snakes are revealed, Colby has caught up to Ori and quickly grabs his dagger and makes for the burlap sacks. Ori’s not far behind him, though, and both guys get started on putting their icon idols in order pretty much at the same time.
And it’s back and forth and back and forth with these two! Ori rings in that he’s done, but he’s wrong, then Colby rings in that he’s done, but he’s wrong and blah blah blah blah blah. Finally, though, Colby rings in with the correct order and Ori’s quest for the crown has ended. Next week we should be in for a lot of fun and fireworks as Nerdvana will have its first Game Night and if we are to believe Jonathan, the Secret Six will crumble. And there are tears, folks, and group hugs; Amanda doesn’t want to vote anyone into the Nerd Off! What does THAT mean?! Guess we’ll have to wait and see next week!
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