Update #2: Some good news and some bad news.
Let's start optimistically. The biggest growth point is sending up two new little-hairy-knob-buds and looking good overall.
The buds on the bigger plant:
Part of the bad news is that the one and only pitcher on that point is dying. I have decided not to cut it off (until the brown spots spreads to the stem) because it is partially green and photosynthesizing.
Pitcher on the bigger plantling:
The other bad news is that the other growth point is doing badly. It is now only one little leaf and no signs of new buds. Please help me save it; I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
The dead pitcher on the smaller one: