Someone calls Marie Kondo, because Big BrotherThe 24th season has arrived messy.
To be clear, I say that with the greatest appreciation for clutter: Big Brother has been stuck in a predictable let’s-with-the-house rut for many seasons, and it’s a joy to see the opposite situation play out here. But between Kyle’s ill-advised act with Alyssa, Nicole’s right suspicion that most of The Leftovers are working together, and, of course, Daniel’s insane decision to use the Power of Veto and endanger his number 1 ally, this week in the BB home has been undeniably (and delightfully) chaotic.
Let’s see how the week ended, with Nicole unknowingly poised to be put behind the scenes ahead of Thursday’s episode:
THE STRATEGY | The veto meeting ends with Nicole and Taylor now on the chopping block, and Taylor’s tears of frustration are legit: She’s angry that the veto was used to save Alyssa and Indy when she thought the nominations would remain the same, and her confidence in The Leftovers seems to be showing. getting a hit since she didn’t get heads up over the switcheroo. Nicole, meanwhile, feels “euphoric” to be on the block, so that’s it.
But not long before the veto meeting, Kyle had gone upstairs to warn Monte that Daniel “100 percent” intended to use the veto. The previous night, Nicole had visited the HOH bedroom and found six of the seven Leftovers — in other words, everyone except Kyle — hanging out there, which convinced her that those six are in alliance. With Monte and Taylor unable to vote this week, Nicole and Daniel are under the impression that Taylor is alone four vote to stay, when in reality she will have five (Kyle is fifth), and Monte would break a potential tie in Taylor’s favor anyway. So while it’s not ideal for Taylor to see the block for the umpteenth time, The Leftovers know privately that Daniel was “playing himself,” as Joseph puts it, by using the veto this time.
Other highlights from the pre-recorded segments: After doing this with Terrance last week, Nicole reveals to Indy, Alyssa and Jasmine that she used to be an agent, which she says is a groundbreaking piece of information; Kyle and Alyssa hit one of Big Brother‘s cringiest showmances (bathroom flirting! Make it stop!); and after hearing from some of The Leftovers that Nicole might… not With the votes to stay, Indy, Alyssa and Jasmine weigh their options, hoping to keep Nicole, but clearly more desperate to just be on the right side of the house vote this week. Just float along, those three!
THE eviction | When it comes time for the eviction, Taylor gets a little snappy in her pre-voting speech, telling Nicole, “To quote Big Brother super fan Rihanna you look So stupid now.” (!) She reminds Nicole how smart she thought it was to choose Taylor as her Festie Bestie, not knowing that her own ride-or-die, Daniel, would ultimately be responsible for her downfall. (Nicole looks like she’s taking it all on, but after Taylor sits back down, the women exchange a smile that screams“I can not stand you!”)
In the end, it’s only Daniel who has Nicole back: she’s evicted by a 9-1 vote, but she hugs everyone on her way out and tells Julie she’s “not at all” surprised to hear about The Leftovers, as she’s already six of the seven members identified correctly. She also calls Taylor’s pre-vote speech “astonishing and comical” and “nothing but the truth,” given Nicole did thinking she could manipulate others, including Taylor, to keep herself in the game.
And since we’re seemingly destined to never get another live Head of Household competition, the episode instead ends with Taylor choosing Alyssa and Indy as her new Festie Besties. Meanwhile, Daniel goes alone to one of the bedrooms and notices that he must now pack his bags. Just before that, he had told Nicole in his farewell message that he Big Brother home without a fight… but he seems to feel a little different now.
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