March 30, 2006 12:27 AM by Joe Blackmon
In the second episode, the Unan1mous participants decide that the worst secret is being “a patient at a mental ward.” Richard is revealed as the participant who was a mental ward patient. Richard has to wear an outcast uniform, but he remains in the bunker to vote in the game. Even though Richard won’t be able to win the money, he will play a role in determining who does.
Richard doesn’t take his elimination well. Richard says “I would love to just reach right through the camera and choke somebody.” Richard goes on to add “I don’t think any of us had any idea what was in store for us when we walked into this bunker. You might have well just given me a bottle of poison.”
Jonathan limps around and pretends like he’s in pain in order to keep up his lie about having testicular cancer. In order to assist the participants in making a decision, host J.D. Roth chooses Vanessa as group leader. The group leader gets to send one person to the isolation room, and Vanessa selects Steve. The other participants can talk about Steve without him hearing while he is in isolation, and Steve gets to talk to a loved one from home via phone in isolation.
The other participants have a very good opinion of Steve and feel he “just drips with goodness.” Meanwhile, Steve confesses to his wife that he might have to do some things against their beliefs to win the game. All of the participants agree to vote for Steve to win the 1.5 million dollars. As the first seven votes are revealed, they all go to Steve. Steve is in tears of excitement as he realizes that he is one vote away from 1.5 million dollars. However, the last two votes go to Vanessa and Adam.
The host tells the participants that every second they don’t come to a decision that the money will shrink. Everyone claims they voted for Steve, but Jonathan reveals in confessional that he was the one who voted for Adam. Kelly wants to walk out, but Adam argues that it isn’t fair to walk out and cut Steve’s money in half. The episode ends with the cliffhanger of if Kelly will leave the bunker.