Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption is the first season in UltraBubbles' special edition fanon, Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption.
This season features twelve new Big Brother houseguests, battling alongside two previous Big Brother veterans, deemed rivals, who aim to outdo and outlast each other in their second outing in Big Brother. The next season in this franchise is Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2.
To avoid potential spoilers, click here to skip down to the season introduction!
Head of Household: Each week, houseguests will compete for the title of Head of Household at an HOH competition. 1 person wins HOH and nominates 2 other houseguests for eviction. If the holder f the Power of Veto uses it on the nominees, they have to select a replacement nominee. At evictions, in the event of a, the HOH casts the tiebreaker vote to evict.
Golden Power Of Veto: The Golden Power of Veto, or POV, is a competition that is held each week after the nomination ceremony is held. This competition gives one houseguest the chance to change the nominees. The HOH will replace any nominee taken off the block.
Double Eviction: On a certain week, a full cycle of Big Brother will be played out over the course of one night, resulting in two people being evicted from the Big Brother house on the same night.
Team Rivalry: At the start of the game the two returning rival players will select six new houseguests each to form a Rival Team. Every week for the first three weeks, the Rival Teams will compete in a Rival Team Challenge, which will determine variables such as Have/Have-Not status, prize earnings, and potentially game-changing advantages. However, the houseguests will compete individually for Head of Household and the Power of Veto, and no additional immunity will be awarded to members of the winner's Rival Team unless specified. The Rival Teams will cease to exist after the third eviction of the summer.
|Anderson "Anders" Connelly||23||Male||Camp Counselor||Merrimack, NH|
|Felicia "Felice" Marroquín||24||Female||Photographer||San Diego, CA|
|Haegan Powell||28||Male||Graduate Student||Knoxville, TN|
|Jason Garland||25||Male||Business Student||Venice Beach, CA|
|James "Jim" Waxweiler||56||Male||Pool Hall Manager||Dallas, TX|
|Katrina "Kat" Adle||24||Female||Wedding Planner||Fort Smith, AR|
|Lucio Moreno||29||Male||Paralegal||San Jose, CA|
|Makaya Knight||20||Female||Comm. Student||Cambridge, MA|
|Michelle Blausk||28||Female||Marketing Agent||Freehold, NJ|
|Mottel "Mottéo" Iglacias||29||Male||Weightlifter||New York City, NY|
|Sophia Olzacki||25||Female||Internet Personality||Staunton, VI|
|Yissenia Landau "Yissendau" Martins||31||Female||Model/Actress||West Hollywood, CA|
|Brock Knutson||31||Male||Construction Manager||Los Angeles, CA|
|Kendra Benson||32||Female||Entrepreneur||Houston, TX|
Rival Team HistoryEdit
|HouseGuest||Gender||Team Affiliation||Affiliated From:|
|Anders||Male||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Brock||Male||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Felice||Female||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Haegan||Male||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Jason||Male||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 15 (Evicted)|
|Jim||Male||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Kat||Female||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Kendra||Female||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Lucio||Male||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Makaya||Female||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Michelle||Female||Team Kendra||Day 1 - Day 22 (Evicted)|
|Mottéo||Male||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
|Sophia||Female||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Evicted)|
|Yissendau||Female||Team Brock||Day 1 - Day 29 (Dissolved)|
A new host voice greets the audience of the new Off-Season Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption franchise, only for it to introduce herself as the new BB:RAR Host, Aundre Berubius, and welcomes the audience in the studio and viewing at home alike, leading with an introduction of the season's fundamental idea.
"In the off-season of Big Brother, rivalries born and fed within the game often meet different results. Some end with mended fences (a flashback of Bea and Bev making up with a hug from Big Brother 5 (Crazybone5000) appears), whilst some only escalate into full-on Big Brother feuds (flashbacks to Pearl and Vanetta's fighting of JTS618 & Ultra's Big Brother 1, followed by a flashback of Percy and Celia exchanging hostile words of Big Brother Bryce 4 appear)". Berubius continues, going on to say that "it is these rivalries that drive all of the action in the Big Brother house, and we're here to see some of these grudge matches meet in the ring once again."
Following her introduction, Aundre then explains the dynamics of the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption format, introducing clip packages of the twelve new Big Brother Houseguests that would be joining the first ever pair of Big Brother Rivals. Berubius then congratulates the twelve new players, wishes them luck, and tells them to expect the unexpected.
Hostess Aundre then goes on to divide the houseguests into groups for entry into the Big Brother house, starting with the first group of four. This first group consisted of Anders, Felice, Mottéo, and Yissendau. The four new houseguests, especially a visibly excited Anders, entered the house with utter joy and elation, hugging each other and beginning introductions. Soon after, Berubius allowed the second batch of houseguests, made up of of Jim, Lucio, Kat, and Michelle to enter the house. Finally, the final group of four, consisting Haegan, Jason, Makaya, and Sophia was given the right to enter, and the eclectic group of aspirees proceeded to introduce one another.
Waiting outside, however, were the two newly-announced rivals, each sequestered in their own booth, where a selection panel was placed directly in front of them. Aundre announces the identity of the two new rival Big Brother returnees, and explains that have no knowledge of the identity of the rival they will be competing against. Aundre first reveals previous Big Brother winner, Kendra Benson, to which the audience loudly applauds, and then the lights dim over Kendra's booth, as they move over to reveal Brock Knutson, the 3rd place finisher of Kendra's original season, to which he is met with yet another loud round of applause. Aundre then goes on to explain the dynamics of the house during their season, and that Kenda and Brock were pinned against each other throughout the game on different sides, targeting one another, as well as getting into their fair share of bitter fights. Montages of Kendra and Brock's interactions are shown, displaying moments of their power, vulnerability, and past successes, as well as their overall finishes and legacies.
Aundre then explains that the two of them are in soundproofed booths with no knowledge that the other is the one they are competing with, and that each has a virtual display board featuring casting photos of the twelve new houseguests. Berubius explains to Kendra and Brock that they must now choose six houseguests each in a snake-style draft, ending up with a finalized team of three men and three women each. The person who would get the first draft pick would be decided by whoever could answer a Big Brother trivia question correctly first. Although both Kendra and Brock rang in quickly with a response, Brock chose the correct answer first, and was awarded the first pick of the houseguest draft.
Brock looked over the options with visible excitement, believing it would be important to get other strong, athletic guys that he could gel with cohesively on his team. Brock decides to take Mottéo as the first overall draft pick, citing that he looked like a fellow "party dude" that Brock could hang out and work with. Kendra, visibly relieved that her desired picks were still available to be selected, explained that she wanted strong but balanced players on her side, and she selected Haegan. As the draft was to be held in a snake-style, Kendra received the next pick, and followed through with her strategy, choosing Jason next, fully expecting not to be getting both of them on her team together. Brock was then given the next selection, and opted to choose Lucio, being the last visibly athletic male houseguest to be chosen.
Brock then went on to surprisingly choose Sophia with his next pick, and mainly on her appearance as a strong, smart-looking female, but also saying that he "didn't want his team to end up as a complete sausage-fest", to which the audience laughed. Kendra then decided to round out her team with some "intelligent-looking women", as she described, choosing to take Michelle and Makaya with her next two picks. Brock then opted to take Jim, despite him being the oldest houseguest that season, leaving Brock with his final pick. Brock decided to take Kat with his last choice, leaving Kendra with the three remaining options in Anders, Felice, and Yissendau.
Kendra pondered her options, saying that it was a tough choice, but opted to choose Anders to be on her team, citing that he looked to be another very intelligent individual, and that her team's turning into the "Brainy Bunch". This left Kendra to choose between Felice and Yissendau. Brock secretly hoped he would be left with Felice over Yissendau, due to Yissendau's incredibly slim appearance. In the end, however, Kendra chose Felice to join her team, leaving Brock with Yissendau to complete both of the teams. Kendra's finalized team consisted of Anders, Felice, Haegan, Jason, Makaya, and Michelle, whilst Brock's finalized team consisted of Jim, Kat, Lucio, Mottéo, Sophia, and Yissendau. Following the draft, Aundre congratulated the two on their teams, and allowed them to step out of their booth and meet their competition for the first time. Kendra and Brock both seemed shocked when they see each other, with Kendra sighing and laughing along whilst Brock made a huge reaction to delight the audience. Berubius then announced to the twelve houseguests in the living room that they were going to be joined by two mystery houseguests, and told them of their first twist of the summer as Brock and Kendra eagerly ran into the Big Brother house to various receptions. Anders especially seemed starstruck at seeing both Brock and Kendra, along with other superfans of the show such as Sophia and Makaya, whilst Jim cited in the Diary room later that he couldn't care less and that this was "our time to shine; get these old news people out of here!", regarding the newbies and the returning players. Berubius then made yet another announcement to the house, explaining how they had already been divided into teams and how the teams themselves would come into play over the summer. Aundre then told each houseguest which team they had been placed on, and the two groups of seven celebrated to varying degrees based on where they had been placed. After the teams had been settled and grouped together, Berubuis instructed the houseguests to head outside, as they would soon begin competing in their first Head of Household competition of the summer.
The eager fourteen houseguests made their way to the backyard per Berubius' instruction. The Head of Household competition, titled "Rival Riptide", featured the houseguests, divided into their two teams of seven, to stand atop a shifting mechanical surfboard, dodging waves and fish-shaped projectiles. The last houseguest standing atop their surfboard would become the first Head of Household of the summer, and the first team to have all of its members fall off would become the Have-Nots for the week.
At first, the housemates cracked jokes to each other and laughed about the ease of the competition, but after about ten minutes, waves of water were added to increase the difficulty. This new development ended up claiming many of the houseguests, namely Yissendau, Felice, Jim, Kat, and eventually Makaya. Despite much effort, Anders eventually succumbed to the barrage of waves as well, leaving Haegan, Jason, and Michelle for Team Kendra, and Lucio, Mottéo, and Sophia for Team Brock, as well as the two team captains themselves. In the following our, deals began to be struck between members of both teams, whilst the competition claimed Michelle, Haegan, Sophia, Kendra, and after much elapsed time, Jason. With Jason's elimination, Team Brock were informed that they would become Haves for the week. In the end, Brock slipped off of his platform after about three hours of grueling competition, leaving weightlifter Mottéo as the first Head of Household of the season.
Following the first Head of Household competition, Mottéo received praise from his team captain Brock, as well as growing friend Lucio for his win. Most of Team Brock seemed pleased to see one of their members in power, with the sole exception of Yissendau, who preferred the company of others in the house, most notably with some of the women on Kendra's team, such as Makaya and Michelle. Brock, Lucio, and Mottéo began to grow a disdain for Yissendau, but all three agreed it would be best to target members of Team Kendra in order to keep Team Brock stronger in competitions. However, Mottéo especially argued that Yissendau was by far the weakest competitor in the house, and they could stand to lose her, claiming that she was not even looking out for Team Brock's best interest by staying closer with Team Kendra.
Meanwhile, Kendra began to grow closer to Haegan, whom she dubbed to be the most reliable person on her entire team. Kendra met with Haegan, as well as some of her other team members, namely Makaya, Michelle, and eventually Anders, consoling them and claiming she had their best interests at heart, and would do what she could. When Kendra went to bring the same information to her teammate Jason, the business student surfer assured Kendra that none of them were in danger, saying that he appreciated the concern, but Mottéo would obviously go "bros before h*s", secretly offputting Kendra, who cited in the Diary Room that she "can't deal with someone who won't take this game seriously", and that "Jason doesn't seem to realize that we are all in potential danger here; who is he kidding?".
The beginning of the week was largely filled with introductory talks and meetings between houseguests, although Yissendau began to emerge in the house as someone who felt as if she was above it all, saying that she was here to be seen by America, irking some of the other housemates who wanted to be on Big Brother for the experience and the game. However, soon enough, hostess Aundre Berubius announced to the houseguests that they would be playing in a new competition, special to the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption format, called the "Rival Team Challenge", and this is where the teams would be coming into play. Aundre explained the challenge, entitled "Carry Me to Victory", to the houseguests, where the teams would run a relay-style race, pulling a fake straw dummy with their team captain's face on it to various checkpoints around the backyard, referencing events in Kendra and Brock's first season. The first team to successfully tow their dummy to every checkpoint and park them back at their starting platform would become Haves for the rest of the week, as the prize for winning the first Rival Team Challenge of the summer. Although both teams did a decent job, Brock's leadership ended up helping his team pull ahead, giving them the victory, as well as making Team Kendra remain Have-Nots for the week.
Feeling the pressure of impending nominations Kendra bravely decided to break the ice with her rival Brock for the first time of the game, and although the first encounters seemed awkward to say the least, Kendra told Brock that they had huge targets on their backs given their status as the only two returning players in the house this season, and given their success in their first season. Surprisingly, Brock seemed to agree, although he said in the Diary Room soon after that "this gal is my rival here fo' a reason. My goal is to get Kendra out that door where she helped sending me out of...but at the same time, she does has a fair point. At least for a while, we have to do our best to make sure these newbies don't run us out 'first and 'second". Brock agreed to work with Kendra, and asked who the two of them could trust. Kendra said that she had a good relationship with Haegan, and that he was another strong competitor that wouldn't betray them. Brock then admitted that he trusted Mottéo more than anyone else on his team, and that the four of them should talk. Later that day, Brock and Kendra met with each other, along with Haegan and Mottéo, and pitched the idea of a four-strong core alliance. Mottéo seemed initially appalled at the idea of working with a member of the opposing team, and much less its captain, but convincing bro-talk from Brock helped Mottéo open up to the idea. Haegan agreed as well to the new group of four saying in the Diary Room that "this is a great spot for me to be in. I have my go-to girl Kendra with me, and these two big hunky guys will be threats over me too. Plus, I know being a fan of this show that I need to go where I have to to make sure I'm safe this week". Brock then offered to name the new budding alliance "The Square of Strength", to which Mottéo seemed to love, but Kendra secretly hated the sound of, causing her to make fake barf gestures in the Diary Room.
With a new alliance formed, the Square of Strength discussed targets for the week. Mottéo voiced his prior group concerns regarding Yissendau's uselessness and potential loyalties outside of their group, to which Kendra privately celebrated the potential of going after a member of the opposite team. However, Kendra's skepticism of Jason motivated her to suggest that the group target Jason, whom she described as, by far, the biggest threat to the Square of Strength's ability to win competitions, citing his near-victory in the Head of Household competition earlier in the week. Kendra states in the Diary Room that there is a lot of logic behind targeting Jason over Yissendau, saying that "while he may be on my team, Jason is much more of a threat if stays long-term. I know he'd rather be with the guys than me, and I need to get him out before he can get settled into the bro-pact he desperately wants to form. Plus, being open to losing a member of my team, especially one as strong as Jason is, will show Brock that I am committed to this new power group, and who knows? Maybe it will buy the other members of my team, whom I DO trust, some more time in this game". Brock and Mottéo seemed receptive, with Brock saying he had always wanted to be a part of a blindside, to which the four laughed. Haegan, whilst in agreement, noted that he needed to maintain plausible deniability with Jason, whom he talked to on a semi-regular basis in the house, but was okay with Jason leaving, stating that his bond to Kendra was tighter than his bond to Jason. The Square of Strength then decided to set a plan to backdoor Jason into motion, and Kendra came up with the idea to nominate one member from each team, specifically Yissendau and Felice, saying that Mottéo can use the excuse that they were the first two people to drop from the HOH competition, which Mottéo agreed to. Later that day, Mottéo followed through with step one of the plan, and nominated Felice and Yissendau for eviction.
Whilst Yissendau seemed above it all, Felice took her nomination with visible fieriness, stating to other houseguests that she would fight like hell for safety. Kendra assured Felice that she was not the target, but became skeptical of her reaction to being nominated in the first place. Yissendau prissily continued to act aloof, stating that she did not care about what would happen to her or anyone else, putting off many of the houseguests, especially Felice, who argued to Yissendau about her perceived lack of caring for getting this amazing opportunity. Felice and Yissendau continued to butt heads, with tensions only rising between the two of them until players were due to be picked for the first Power of Veto competition of the summer. At the veto draw, Mottéo, as Head of Household, was told to select first, and drew houseguest's choice, opting to select Lucio to compete. Felice then drew Anders, who seemed overjoyed to get to play in a veto competition as a superfan of the show, whilst Yissendau drew Kendra to compete. The six houseguests then competed in their first POV competition of the summer, dubbed "Sweet Dreams", which had the competitors lined up, each in front of a closed-off stall which featured a baking table, a plate, and several cake ingredients and supplies. The houseguests were tasked with remembering a sequence of ingredients flashed on a video display monitor, and made to replicate the sequence exactly with the supplies on their table. If a houseguest forgot an ingredient, or placed an incorrect ingredient into the mixture, they would become eliminated from the competition, as well as become drenched in an explosion of cake batter, frosting, and sprinkles. The last houseguest standing would win the Golden Power of Veto. The first round proved to be easy enough, with all six houseguests answering correctly. However, the second round claimed current Head of Household Mottéo when he forgot to put the third ingredient into the mixture, with which the ensuing downpour of cake mix and decor was met with roaring laughter. Mottéo smiled and took a seat as the next round commenced. Two more hosueguests became eliminated when Kendra opted to subtely throw the competition, and also when Yissendau did not pay close enough attention to the display board during the showing of the sequence of ingredients. This left Lucio, Anders, and Felice remaining in the competition. Prior to the metting, the Square of Strength conferred with many of its affiliates to throw the veto to one of the nominees should the opportunity present itself, as to not arouse suspicion with the other people in the house. Whilst both Lucio and Anders were let in on the plan, Lucio and Anders both initially seemed skeptical, with Anders citing that "how am I supposed to know that I won't be the one going up if I don't win it? I knew it would be hard to trust in this game, but I didn't think I'd have to put my fate in someone else's hands this early one. Fingers crossed everybody!". However, both Anders and Lucio stuck with the majority's wishes, and did a convincing job at throwing the final round, giving an ecstatic Felice the victory and the Golden Power of Veto.
With only the Square of Strength and its affiliates being in on the plan, some of the other people in the house felt that they could be in danger, namely Makaya and Michelle, due to being seen not shunning Yissendau like everyone else. However, Jason remained oblivious to the plot to eliminate him, continuously telling Kendra and Haegan that he was confident that Yissendau or one of the other girls would be evicted this week. Later in the week, Felice opted to remove herself from the block at the Power of Veto ceremony, forcing Head of Household Mottéo to name a replacement. Following through with the plan set in place by him and his alliance, Mottéo nominated a completely stunned Jason as the replacement nominee, leaving Jason and Yissendau as the final nominees for the week.
The tension in the house caused by Jason's nomination only continued to escalate and build towards eviction day, as the unaware members of Team Kendra were still led to believe that Yissendau was the target to be evicted. Makaya and Michelle agreed that Jason was more valuable to them as a team, as they has built a decent relationship with both him and their fellow female superfan Sophia in the house. Jason rallied all week to try and turn the whole of Team Kendra against Team Brock, stating that "they didn't put us on rivals for all of us to be firends. Let's get the other team out so we can steamroll this operation, capische?". Many of the unapproached houseguests, such as Felice and Jim, had already formed strong disdain for Yissendau's mannerisms and behavior, and opted to evict her over Jason. Jason fully believed that he had Kendra and especially his friend Haegan convinced to keep him in the house so he could go after Team Brock, and particularly Mottéo and Lucio. On eviction night, however, Kendra and Haegan opted to flip with their newly formed power alliance, and the Square of Strength had its way as Jason became the first houseguest evicted of the summer by a vote of seven to four.
Votes for Jason: Anders, Brock, Haegan, Kat, Kendra, Lucio, and Sophia
Votes for Yissendau: Felice, Jim, Makaya, and Michelle
Following Jason's eviction, all of the houseguests, minus Mottéo, competed in the "Somewhere Over the Lawnmow" Head of Household competition, where the players were required to push a lawnmower around a grass-filled track, navigating obstacles along the way. The person who has pushed their lawnmower the most distance after one hour will win the title of Head of Household. Felice, Makaya, and Michelle especially worked to try and earn power to secure their safety, but had trouble matching up against the more physically apt houseguests, namely Brock and Haegan. Others, such as Anders and Kat, struggled to maintain a solid pace, whislt Yissendau opted to give very little effort at all. Although Michelle managed to pass Haegan, it was Brock who won the competition after an hour of pushing his lawnmower, making him the new Head of Household. The three contestants who had traveled the least amount of distance would become Have-Nots, which resulted in Yissendau, Kat, and Anders becoming Have-Nots for the week.
After his win, Brock reconvened with his allies in the Square of Strength to decide on a target for the week. Mottéo especially lobbied for them to take out Yissendau this week, as her apparent lack of appreciation for the experience began to irk him more and more so; however, Brock in particular wanted to target a stronger competitor. Brock consulted his alliance about the possibility of targeting Felice or Michelle this week, as they were both in the minority, alongside them being a stronger competitors in competitions, although Brock secretly wished to target Felice specifically due to his personality clashes with her, as well as to further weaken Team Kendra by taking out who he deemed to be the strongest female competitor on Kendra's team. Haegan and Kendra worked to subtly push Brock towards targeting Michelle instead, mainly due to Kendra's growing connection to Felice, but also to keep Felice and Yissendau's rivalry well-fueled to draw attention away from themselves. Brock seemed reluctant at first, but Haegan and Kendra worked to change his mind, and eventually got him to agree to their way of thinking. Kendra and Haegan laid out a plan to nominate the pair of Makaya and Michelle together to guarantee Michelle's eviction should the nominations stay, and if not, to nominate Yissendau as the replacement should the POV be used on either Makaya or Michelle. Later that week, Brock stayed loyal to his alliance's wishes, and nominated Michelle as a target, alongside Makaya, Michelle's closest ally, as a pawn.
Makaya and Michelle were both mildly upset about their nominations, and each campaigned to their teammates to keep themselves safe. Makaya began to grow suspicious of Kendra and Haegan, noticing the amount of time they spent with Brock, who was supposed to be the opposition to their team in the house. However, Makaya kept the observations to herself as to not draw any negative attention, stating in the Diary Room that "right now, I don't know if it's me or my girl Michelle that they want out. I can't put that spotlight any more on me, sista'; too many people have gone home in this game that didn't keep their damn mouths shut". Makaya continued to feign loyalty to Kendra and Haegan, who both assured her that she was safe and that Michelle was the target.
Soon after, the second Rival Team Challenge was held, with Team Kendra down a member six to seven. The challenge itself, dubbed "Big Bridger", required the houseguests to make a bridge out of supplies they were provided, such as two-by-fours and barrels, to cross the entirety of the backyard. The first team to have all of their members cross the bridge they construct to the other side of the yard would win $5,000 for each of its members. Although Team Brock used its strong male members to get off to an early lead, Kendra coached her team effectively and efficiently, assigning Makaya, Michelle, Anders, Felice, and Haegan to each work on a portion of the bridge. In addition, Yissendau's complete lack of balance and effort angered much of her team, and Team Kendra managed to pull ahead, farther and farther, until they eventually won the Rival Team Challenge, to which the team hugged and congratulated one another. Jim flipped off Yissendau on his way back into the house, beyond frustrated with the model, saying in the Diary Room that "this broad is just here for the fame, not here for the game. She's beyond the realm of useless at this point, and she needs to get the f*ck out of our house".
Later that week, players were picked for the veto competition. Current HOH Brock drew Mottéo, whilst Makaya drew Yissendau, much to Brock's inner horror. Michelle then drew Haegan to compete, and the six competitors were brought outside to compete in the Power of Veto competition, entitled "Big Brother Pair-A-Dice", where the houseguests would be shown a die with a specific pattern, color, and shape, and then race to a massive dice-pit to find a matching die and place it at their station. In each round, the last houseguest to find and place a matching die would be eliminated. The last houseguest standing would earn the Golden Power of Veto. In the first round, Brock raced ahead and blew past the competition, finishing first, followed by Haegan, Michelle, and Mottéo. Brock tried to hide his hope that Makaya would knock Yissendau out of the competition. Makaya actually tried to throw the competition to Yissendau, but found herself unable to when Yissendau barely made an effort to find any dice, and eventually decided to finish the round herself, making Yissendau the first person eliminated from the competition, much to Brock's secret relief, and earning the outspoken ire of Jim, who wasted no time in taunting her. In the second round, Heagan finished first, followed by Brock and Michelle. Makaya then managed to edge out Mottéo after he placed an incorrect die on his station and forcing him to go back to look, eliminating him. In the third round, Brock once again soared past the competition, followed a bit behind by Haegan. The two nominees battled it out as best as they could, but Michelle beat Makaya by a few seconds, eliminating Makaya from the competition. Brock then knew that only himself and Haegan had to beat Michelle in order to secure all of the power for the week and guarantee the outcome that he wanted. Michelle continued to fight, and actually passed Haegan in the fourth round when Haegan slipped and fell in the dice pit. This allowed Brock and Michelle to advance to the final round. However, despite a closer race than some of the prior rounds, Michelle could not catch Brock, and Brock managed to win the Power of Veto, giving him all of the power for the week.
Following the POV competition, Jim called Yissendau out on her complete uselessness in the house, to which Yissendau snorted and berated him. Brock celebrated with his allies on his achievement, and told them he did not plan on using it; however, if there was a different target that they wanted to go after, he would use it to accommodate the interests of the group. Mottéo eagerly pushed for Yissendau to be sent home, citing her complete lack of effort in all of the competitions and house life up to this point, and brought up Makaya and Michelle's respectable efforts in the last veto competition, saying that he didn't want to be in a house with a "complete loser who doesn't care". Kendra and Haegan, however, subtly pushed back, saying that Makaya and especially Michelle's efforts are evidence that they are far bigger threats than someone like Yissendau, and that Michelle is more of a sensible target for the good of the Square of Strength. Kendra then stated that they have the votes to do what they wanted, at it was ultimately up to Brock, but continued to plant seeds to target Michelle over Yissendau. At the Power of Veto ceremony later that week, Brock decided not to use the power of veto, leaving Makaya and Michelle as the finalized nominees for the week.
Up against the wall, Makaya and Michelle campaigned for each other to be evicted, each trying to obtain the support of the house mentality. Makaya did her best to throw Michelle under the bus to Kendra and Haegan. Michelle attempted to gain the support of Brock's side of the house, reaching out to Sophia in particular, whom had grown close to the pair of Makaya and Michelle. The internet personality felt as if she had a responsibility to make good entertainment, as well as good game-play, as yet another superfan of the show. Sophia considered Michelle a stronger ally, citing that she felt that Makaya was more sketchy. Sophia pondered the idea of working to flip the house to save Michelle, and approached Mottéo and Lucio about voting Makaya out. Mottéo immediately relayed this information back to Brock, which caused him to begin distrusting Sophia and wondering where her loyalties lie, stating that "I don't know if I can trust someone who wants to rock the boat this early, man. Sophia may end up being thrown overboard". This distrust further fueled Brock to campaign for his target Michelle to go, filling in his fellow allies on both teams, such as Kendra, Haegan, Mottéo, Lucio, Anders, Kat, and even Makaya, with Kendra filling her in on Sophia's attempts to save Michelle and evict her. Makaya felt betrayed, and told Kendra that she appreciates that there are still some people she can trust in the house around.
At the end of the week, despite all of Makaya and Michelle's campaigns, the majority of the house came together to seal Michelle's fate, resulting in her eviction by a vote of 9 to 1. Although Sophia knew that Michelle was likely leaving, Sophia decided to give Michelle a hinky vote out of sympathy, and Michelle hugged the all of houseguests on her way out of the house.
Votes for Michelle: Anders, Felice, Heagan, Jim, Kat, Kendra, Lucio, Mottéo, and Yissendau
Votes for Makaya: Sophia
Following Michelle's eviction, all eligible houseguests competed in their next Head of Household competition, titled "Danger Dangle", in which the houseguests were required to hold on to a rope for as long as possible, suspended above a pool of water. The last houseguest left clinging to their rope after all competitors have dropped will become the new HOH, as well as pick three other houseguests to become Have-Nots for the week.
The competition was soon begun with Aundre Berubius' say-so, and the houseguests clung tightly to their ropes. Some houseguests soon struggled, however, and soon Yissendau gave in, becoming the first person to drop out of the competition, soon followed by Jim and Anders, despite much visible effort from both of them. Brock became the next houseguest to fall after about an hour and fifteen minutes, and was soon followed by both Mottéo and eventually Lucio about fifteen minutes after his own fall. This left Kat, Sophia, Makaya, Felice, Kendra, and Haegan still in the competition. Kat believed she had to step up to try and keep Team Brock in power, whilst Sophia had her own agenda to target bigger threats in the house, namely Brock, after beginning to feel that Brock was coming after her. On the other side of things, Kendra and Haegan desired to keep the Square of Strength in power, whilst Makaya and Felice both felt that they needed to make sure they were safe, with Makaya citing in the Diary Room that "my closest ally just went out the door, and I ain't waiting around to get picked off right after her, girl. Even though I think Kendra and Haegan have my back, I still don't wanna take no risks, no way". After about two more hours, Kendra felt that she could not continue, and opted to fall off her rope. Makaya, Kat, and Sophia all visibly showed signs of struggling, but it was Sophia who fell off next. With four people remaining, Makaya began reaching out to try and make deals with the remaining three competitors, saying she would not put any of them up. Haegan countered by saying that he would not put up any of Kat, Felice, or Makaya either. With no strength left to continue, and two offers on the table, Kat dropped out of the competition. Felice continued to seem statuesque, not having moved a muscle since the competition began. Haegan fell next, leaving a visibly determined Makaya alongside the immovable Felice. Felice then promised Makaya that she would not put her up, and Makaya vice versa with Felice. After a grueling five hours and fifty-three minutes, Makaya finally gave in, falling off of her rope, leaving Felice as the new Head of Household for the week, much to her elation. Felice then named Yissendau, Jim, and Brock as the Have-Nots for the week, saying she didn't want to weaken anyone from her team.
Following her win, Felice celebrated with Kendra and Haegan, saying that she was glad that she could pull one out for their team, whilst Yissendau sighed indignantly, saying she wouldn't be surprised if "that one" puts her up. Kendra and Haegan followed Felice up to her HOH room later that week, where Felice discussed her desire to indeed target Yissendau, due to her wanting to eliminate a member of Team Brock, as well as the fact that she genuinely did not like her. Kendra and Haegan seemed open to the idea, as Yissendau was not integral to their alliance as it stood. Later in the day, Kendra and Haegan reconvened with Brock and Mottéo, where Haegan and Kendra relayed Felice's plans to their fellow Square of Strength members. Whilst Mottéo seemed enamored with the idea of targeting Yissendau, Brock told his alliance about how he felt Sophia was coming after him, and her antics last week proved that she could not be trusted, in addition to her being a threat. Kendra and Haegan seemed very receptive to the idea, as Haegan acknowledged how eliminating Sophia could be used as additional leverage to bring in Makaya. Kendra then went on to point out that she felt that she could reel in Felice and see if she would be open to nominating Sophia. Kendra and Haegan re-approached Felice, planting seeds of doubt within Felice regarding Sophia's supposed unpredictability in the game, citing her previous hinky vote, which most of the house already suspected came from Sophia. Felice knew that she needed a pawn anyway to go up against Yissendau, and decided to agree, as she only wanted to target Team Brock anyway. Later that day, Felice decided to nominate Sophia and Yissendau for eviction, surprising Sophia, but not at all surprising Yissendau, who only indignantly sighed and half-smiled.
The houseguests were then alerted that their third Rival Team Challenge of the summer would be held, titled "Water the Chances", where the teams were required to work to transfer water in buckets from one person to another, launching water from bucket to bucket, until the last person on the team deposited it into a vat. The first team to successfully fill their vat and release a floating ball would all receive an envelope that could potentially hold a game-changing advantage. Kat and Sophia sat out of the challenge. Throughout the competition, Team Brock struggled as Yissendau attempted to actively throw the competition to spite Jim and Mottéo for their behavior to her over the last two weeks, allowing Kendra's team to pull ahead and win handily. Each houseguest on Team Kendra received an envelope and was instructed to head to the Diary Room to to open it. It became evident that Makaya had received the advantage, much to her joy. The advantage was then revealed to be a special Power of Veto, titled the "Pocket Veto", which could be used at any Power of Veto Ceremony regardless of other circumstances. Makaya thanked everyone in the Diary Room out of excitement, then did her best to blend in so no one would suspect her.
Following the Rival Team Challenge results, Yissendau received heavy fire from her teammates for throwing the challenge, to which Yissendau just ignored them, saying to them that "it's their own faults for being assh*les". Jim responded by dumping his glass of wine all over Yissendau's dress. Meanwhile, Sophia attempted to lay low, stating that "if I just keep my head down, I'm pretty sure Yissendau will go over me. Look at them, they hate her! I just have to make sure that I am safe; I still think that Brock has it in for me". Sophia continued to maintain conversation within her team, especially with her ally Kat, and her assumed ally Makaya on the other side. Makaya had grown more and more skeptical of Sophia's manipulation attempts on her, remembering that it was most likely Sophia that had voted to evict her only last week over Michelle. Kat promised Sophia her vote if the nominations didn't change. The Square of Strength, however, and particularly Brock, went around exposing Sophia's lies to some of the other houseguests in order to try and get her evicted. At the POV player selection, the three houseguests drawn were Lucio, Kat, and Brock, by Felice, Sophia, and Yissendau, respectively. The POV competition was commenced soon after, titled "Holi-daze", where the six houseguests were required to memorize a number of holiday-themed items inside of a closed-off room, then run back and recreate the room as fast as possible at their own station. A houseguest who answered incorrectly, or the last person to recreate their station correctly, would be eliminated from the competition. The last houseguest standing would win the Golden Power of Veto. After the first round, Kat and Yissendau were eliminated. Sophia worked hard to outrun Brock by a few seconds in the next round, causing him to become eliminated, further causing Brock to distrust Sophia in the game, leaving Sophia, Felice, and Lucio for the third round. The third round proved extremely difficult, and it was announced that only one of the three had gotten the answer correct. However, much to even his own surprise, Lucio answered correctly, earning himself the Power of Veto.
After the competition, Lucio convened with his team captain Brock, and with many of the other people him and Brock were working with, such as Mottéo, Kendra, Haegan, and Anders, alongside current HOH Felice as well. Brock advised against gathering Kat despite their functioning relationship with Kat, mainly due to Kat's fiendship with Sophia. Felice expressed her desire for Lucio not to use the veto, and that they can send out Yissendau this week at last. However, Brock, Kendra, and Haegan attempted to sway the group away from Yissendau once again and to target Sophia, causing much friction within the group, as Mottéo and Felice especially both wanted to send Yissendau packing. Anders seemed torn, but secretly acknowledged that this was a game, and even though he liked Sophia as a person, that she was a big threat. Lucio said he would go with the will of the group and not use the veto, and made good on his promise later that week, leaving Sophia and Yissendau as the finalized nominees for eviction that week.
Throughout the week, the clear votes to evict Yissendau made themselves known, most notably Mottéo, Sophia's ally Kat, and an adamantly determined Jim. Felice knew she wanted to see Yissendau evicted. However, Brock continued to push for Sophia's eviction, gathering the votes of Kendra, Haegan, Anders, and a scorned Makaya, leaving Lucio in the middle. At the end of the week, when the votes had been revealed, Berubius announced that Sophia had been the one evicted, blindsided in a six to three vote, leaving Kat heartbroken and Mottéo, Felice, and especially Jim stunned and angered. After Sophia exited the house, Berubius announced that there would no more Rival Teams for the remainder of the season, leaving the eleven houseguests playing for themselves individually.
Votes for Sophia: Anders, Brock, Haegan, Kendra, Lucio, and Makaya
Votes for Yissendau: Jim, Kat, and Mottéo
Following Sophia's eviction, all of the eligible houseguests competed in their next Head of Household competition, titled "Big Brother Ballroom Blitz", where pairs of houseguests were required to traverse an obstacle course whilst linked together, performing dance steps throughout the course, as the pair carried roses between their teeth. The fist pair of houseguests to collect 50 roses would then decide between the two of them who would become the new HOH. The pairs, selected by random draw, ended up being Haegan and Makaya, Brock and Lucio, Kat and Anders, Mottéo and Kendra, and Yissendau was paired with a visibly disgusted Jim. The competition was soon sent underway, and the early lead was gained by the pairs of Makaya/Haegan and Lucio/Brock, whilst Yissendau and Jim flat-out refused to work with one another, with Yissendau actually sitting down on the starting platform. The competition proved difficult in the aspect of teamwork as well for the pair of Mottéo and Kendra, as the hulking weightlifter towered over the entrepreneur, making it nearly impossible for them to cohesively dance together. After about an house of relaying back and forth, the team of Brock and Lucio proved the fastest, and won the competition. Brock and Lucio discussed between the two of them who should be HOH, with Brock pushing for it to be himself. Lucio decided that he might as well give it to the team captain, and agreed, winning Brock his second Head of Household title of the summer.
Brock then celebrated at the fact that he and his alliance were safe yet again, and reconvened soon after with Mottéo, Kendra, and Haegan, who all congratulated him on his win. Brock, however, felt that it would be best to bring Lucio in as well, and proposed as adding him to the alliance, as he had proven his loyalty both with the last eviction vote and giving up the HOH to Brock. Mottéo agreed, but Kendra and Haegan seemed reluctant to add another official member to their core group, with Kendra citing in the Diary Room that "this seems a little sketchy to me. Why is Brock suddenly wanting to add Lucio to our group? That gives him the numbers within our "Pentagon", formerly Square. I know he thinks Lucio is trustworthy, and I don't doubt that, but I think Brock has other motives laying around here". Kendra pushed the idea of adding Lucio as a close number away, secretly annoying Brock and Mottéo. Haegan did not show any preference one way or another, saying that he would do what the group wanted, and that he was loyal to the three of them regardless. Brock felt inside that this could be the beginning of the rekindling of his and Kendra's rivalry, remembering how they clashed in their previous outing on Big Brother. Nonetheless, the group seemed to come to the conclusion to continue targeting the outsiders of the house, although Kendra and Brock both felt a rift brewing within the Square of Strength.
Later in the evening, Brock decided to meet with Mottéo and his new ally Lucio, and aired his concerns about the majority group beginning to split apart. Lucio confirmed that he had no intention of going after anyone in this group, nor Kendra or Haegan, saying that his loyalties were with Mottéo and Brock, who readily accepted Lucio's offer to work with them. Brock then decided to give the trio a name, dubbing them the "Big Three", citing their competition prowess. Brock, Mottéo, and Lucio then discussed whom they wished to target for the week, to which the group agreed it wasn't in their best interest to take a shot at Kendra and Haegan just yet, but that they could try and weaken their side of the house by taking out one of their allies, such as Anders, Felice, or Makaya. The trio ruled out targeting Anders, as they believed he was a trustworthy number, and they liked being around him, citing his kindhearted words and humorous demeanor. This left the pair of Makaya and Felice, although Mottéo lobbied hard to go for Yissendau, saying that they don't have to let Kendra and Haegan protect her any longer. Brock then stated that he thinks he will nominate Felice and Yissendau, just to feel everyone out, as well as ignite their personality clash for the whole house to see, to which Mottéo relishes in the idea of. Brock commences his plan and later nominates Felice and Yissendau for eviction, to which Yissendau says "This is getting old, people.", and to which Felice tries to hold back her fiery tongue.
Kendra comforted Felice, saying that she was not the target, as before on the first week, but secretly wondered why Brock hadn't given her the heads-up that Felice would be going up against Yissendau. Felice said that she would fight for her life every time she was pinned up against a wall, and that Brock and everyone else knew that, especially to beat Yissendau. Further rifts began to skew the members of the Square of Strength apart, as the Big Three began to spend more time with each other, as well as Brock beginning to court Kat, further casting doubt to Kendra and Haegan, and further pushing them to Anders, Makaya, and Felice, and creating two distinct sides of the house locked in a ceasefire stalemate. Tensions rose within the factions going into the Power of Veto competition, where beforehand, current HOH Brock, as well as nominees Felice and Yissendau, drew Lucio, Makaya, and Anders, respectively to compete. The six houseguests then competed in a fast-paced race competition, entitled "Slipping Up", where the competitors raced to navigate a sea of foam and bubbles to retrieve various bath supplies, such as rubber duckies, brushes, soap, and bottles of shampoo. The item needing to be retrieved will be flashed for only a few tenths of a second on their own personal display board. Once a correct item is retrieved, the next one will be shown. The first houseguest to grab all of their items in the correct order as displayed will win the Golden Power of Veto. Felice felt that it was do or die for her, and that she needed to pull out a win, and pulls into a big early lead as Yissendau casually strolls around. However, Brock and Lucio continued to maintain a decent pace, and eventually overtook Felice after three or so items. Anders enjoyed the competition very much, saying that he was glad because he was tired of getting cold showers as a Have-Not, bringing laughter to everyone watching. After all was said and done, Brock ended up winning his second Power of Veto win, giving him all of the power this week.
Following Brock's veto win, the Big Three celebrated and high-fived each other, and even did a chest-bump. Brock said he planned not to use the veto and to try and get Felice out of the house, despite their dislike of Yissendau. Mottéo reluctantly agreed, saying that he didn't care as long as they could get her out next week. Brock made the executive decision not to tell Kendra and Haegan, and to instead work around them, trying to get Anders and Kat on board, as they would only need five votes to get Felice evicted. Brock's growing relationship with Kat allowed for him to easily pitch the idea to Kat, who accepted, although Anders seemed torn. Anders considered his position in the house as the swing vote, and that he didn't want to go against Kendra and Haegan, as he valued them both as friends and as valuable allies to have in the game. However, Anders chose not to tell Kendra and Haegan about Brock's scheming as to maintain his cover with the Big Three and Kat, saying in the Diary Room that "in my life, I work with kids, and kids tell on each other, and I know how damaging that can be. I really like everyone here, but I did come here to play this game of my dreams, and I think it's best if I keep this information close to my sweater-vest". Later that week, despite Felice doing her best to campaign for herself, Brock chose not to use the Power of Veto, meaning that literal rivals Felice and Yissendau would be left as the finalized nominees for the week.
For the rest of the week, Kendra and Haegan began to grow more and more suspicious as Brock and Mottéo began talking to them as if Yissendau was staying in the house this week, causing Kendra to talk to Brock once again. Brock, feeling as if he was being talked down to, fired back at Kendra, saying that it was his HOH and that he should thank her because he kept her safe, even though they were supposed to be rivals. Kendra, taking offense but keeping her cool, removed herself and tried to patch things over later with Brock, who saw through most of it as a ploy to help advance herself further in the game. Kendra and Haegan then began working damage control with the Square of Strength and its affiliates, although Kendra seemed to see that the alliance was basically dead at this point. Kendra and Haegan managed to secure Makaya's vote, whilst Anders told them he would do what the majority of the house wanted, and he did not know at the time if it was to evict Felice or Yissendau, sending off more alarm bells to Kendra, who did her best to reel Anders back in, telling him that Brock and his allies had gone renegade on their alliance and that they had to strike first. Lucio, Mottéo, and Brock continued to try and counteract Kendra and Haegan's pot-stirring, surprisingly getting through to Jim about the possibility of keeping Yissendau for another week. However, on eviction night, Kendra and Haegan were unsuccessful at flipping the vote, and Felice was blindsided by a vote of five to three. Jim motioned over to Yissendau as Felice left the house, whispering to her that "this was a one time thing. Next time, your *ss is grass".
Votes for Felice: Anders, Jim, Kat, Lucio, and Mottéo
Votes for Yissendau: Haegan, Kendra, and Makaya
Following Felice's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the "More or Less" Head of Household competition, in which houseguests were required to answer questions with the answer being "more" or "less". These questions pertained to groups of various items around the yard in plain view for the houseguests to see. If a player answers a question incorrectly, they will be eliminated from the competition, with the last houseguest remaining winning the title of HOH for the week, and would also choose Have-Nots for the week's duration. Throughout the competition, it was clear that both Brock and Kendra's respective sides of the house were desperate for power, and after three rounds, only Makaya, Mottéo, Brock, and Kendra remained. However, the fourth question eliminated all three of Brock, Makaya, and Mottéo, leaving Kendra with her first Head of Household win of the summer. Kendra celebrated and hugged Haegan, and soon a group hug formed with Makaya. Brock grumbled as Kendra celebrated, and soon Kendra was tasked with selecting the Have-Nots for the week. Kendra chose Brock, Lucio, and Mottéo, in order to weaken the three strong men of the Big Three.
After the competition, Kendra consulted Haegan and Makaya, saying that she wants to decide as a group who to target. Kendra tells Makaya to fetch Anders, as they can't afford to lose his vote at this point, and that even though he voted against them, that it's in their best interest to make him still feel welcome. Makaya complies and Anders soon joins the trio, to which Anders congratulates Kendra on her win in a congenial and genuine way. Kendra says that she knows Anders voted against them, to which Anders does not deny, but defends his actions, saying that he knew the numbers weren't there, and that he was genuinely sorry to send Felice home, as he liked her a lot as a friend. Although Kendra at first seems annoyed and skeptical of Anders, she believes and forgives him, saying in the Diary Room that "I know that Anders has to play his own game, but I need to keep an eye on him. He's the nicest guy here, but he's really intelligent. I'll give him this one pass, because I know it's in his best interest to stick with us from here on out, but it's his last chance". Anders re-cements his loyalty to Kendra, Haegan, and Makaya, to which the group happily accepts him back. Kendra then tells the group that this is her four to the end, and that she wants to do what's in the best interest in keeping their four in as long as possible. Kendra then goes on to outline her plan to nominate Lucio and Mottéo for eviction, wanting to target Mottéo, due to his active attempts of trying to get her out of the house, to which the group accepts. Kendra then follows through later that week, nominating a smirking Lucio and a visibly aggrevated Mottéo for eviction.
Following the nomination ceremony, Brock pulls aside the other two members of The Big Three, telling Mottéo especially not to get upset, and that they can survive this. Mottéo swears and rants to Lucio and Brock about Kendra and Haegan, and how they betrayed their long-standing alliance, to which Lucio and Brock silently agree. Yissendau celebrates her first time off of the nomination block for several weeks with a "victory sundae" topped with almost the entire amount of whipped cream and chocolate syrup in the house, to which she makes great ceremony as she consumes it. Her wastefulness and exaggeratory dramaticism anger Jim, saying in the Diary Room that he knows that "that twig will just purge it all up later", but garner laughter from Anders and Makaya. Later that week, players were selected for the POV competition, in which Kendra draws Haegan to compete, followed soonafter by Lucio, who draws Makaya. Mottéo draws Houseguest's Choice, and boisterously chooses an pumped-up Brock to compete.
The six competitors proceeded to play in the "BattleChips" Power of Veto competition, which required the players to launch potato-chip-shaped pucks at battleships onto a labeled, divided target field below. Each houseguest would have five targets in their lane to knock over, and the first houseguest to successfully knock over all five targets in their lane would win the Golden Power of Veto. Although Haegan, Lucio, and Kendra all did acceptably well, Brock was able to pull far ahead of the competition, barely ever missing a single target, and winning his third POV of the summer.
Brock celebrated with Lucio and Mottéo, saying that he wanted to use it and "stick it to those guys", referencing Kendra and her affiliates. Lucio seemed disappointed that he did not prevail, and asked Brock after Mottéo left the two alone together if he would use it on Lucio. Brock told him "99% percent sure", but secretly thought it may be better to save his longer-standing and more devoted ally Mottéo instead. Kendra discussed with her allies about possible replacement nominees if Lucio or Mottéo were pulled off the block, with Kendra settling on the idea of nominating Brock's ally Kat as a pawn to ensure the other person's eviction, stating that it may be better to leave Yissendau off in order to reel her back in as an extra, albeit volatile and unpredictable number. The group follows Kendra's lead as the Big Three isolate themselves from the rest of the house, save Kat, whom Brock continued to spend more and more time with. At the POV ceremony, Brock went back on his word to Lucio and used the veto on his friend Mottéo, removing him from the block, to which Lucio seemed none too pleased. Kendra sighed and decided to name Kat as the replacement nominee, saying that she and her never talked and that she didn't know where her head was at, leaving Kat and Lucio as the finalized nominees for the week.
After the Power of Veto ceremony, fights erupted throughout the house, as Lucio accused Brock of being a two-faced liar and that he never should have trusted him. Mottéo antagonized and taunted Kendra, telling her that she wasted her HOH and that he can't believe someone "being as much of dumb" as she was could ever be a Big Brother winner. Kendra returned the fire to Mottéo, saying that at least she was proud enough to say that she at least knew how to speak with correct English, to which Mottéo grew extremely angry at. After Kendra removed herself from Mottéo's ensuing barrage of personal attacks, Lucio, still with tensions high with his back against the well, outed Brock to Kendra and Haegan about how Brock promised to use the veto on him and lied to his face, in an effort to potentially sway the vote Kat's way in a move directly against Brock. Kendra and Haegan considered the possibility of keeping Lucio, now scorned, as a weapon against Brock for the future. However, Haegan cited in the Diary Room soon after how "I was taken aback at how quickly Lucio was to, you know, cut his ties to Brock like that. I don't know if I can trust someone like that". Haegan came to the conclusion that himself, Kendra, Anders, and Makaya needed to stay the course and evict Lucio instead of "Brock's zombie follower" Kat. At the eviction ceremony, Lucio continued to lobby for himself to stay in the game to go after Brock, saying that "that dude over there is a beast, and you need other beasts like me to take him down". Kat told the housegeusts that she loved everyone there and that she really hoped she could stay longer. After the live vote was held, Lucio's pitch was revealed to have failed to save him, as he was evicted by a vote of 7 to 1, only receiving his friend Mottéo's vote to stay. After Lucio left the house, Hostess Aundre Berubius announced to the houseguests that there would be a Double Eviction held right this very moment, and that another houseguest would follow Lucio out the door, and become the first member of the jury of the season, stunning many of the houseguests at the revelation.
Votes for Lucio: Anders, Brock, Haegan, Jim, Kendra, Makaya, and Yissendau
Votes for Kat: Mottéo
Immediately following Lucio's departure from the house, the houseguests, minus Kendra, all competed in the live-held HOH competition, dubbed "Udderly Quizzical", where the competing houseguests all worked to memorize a procession of a series of fake cows of various colors, sizes, and features, and then answer questions based on what they saw. Any houseguest that answers incorrectly will be eliminated from the competition, and the last houseguest standing will become the new Head of Household. Kendra watched on from the sidelines as Brock and Kat were eliminated from the first question, along with a characteristically indifferent Yissendau, leaving Anders, Jim, Haegan, Makaya, and Mottéo. The next question failed to claim anyone, but a controversially vague third question resulted in all of the houseguests becoming eliminated, as they did not understand the question, whilst Mottéo gave a wild guess and answered correctly, becoming the new HOH, much to many of the houseguest and even the audience's loud disgust, as he ecstatically celebrated with Brock and Kat about his victory. Mottéo, upon hearing the America's displeasure at the HOH competition result took it personally, and said loudly "well, f*** all them too. I won for the good guys", greatly souring him in the eyes of the viewers, with Kendra calling out to him saying "that's sure to make them love you. Way to go!". Mottéo flipped Kendra off as the houseguests walked back inside with tensions at an all-time high in the house. Mottéo then announced that he was going to nominate Kendra and Haegan for eviction, saying that he knew both of them were coming after him.
Minutes after, Kendra, Haegan, and Mottéo, alongside Anders, Jim, and Makaya, were set to compete in a ball-rolling competition, entitled "On a Roll", where the first houseguest competing to successfully navigate a round ball across a pivot-able beam to a goal zone would win the Golden Power of Veto. Mottéo won the competition, enciting more boos from the audience, visibly flustering him. Moments after, Mottéo declared that he would not use the Power of Veto, leaving Haegan and Kendra eligible for eviction. Makaya considered using her Pocket POV to save one of her allies, but decided against it, as she did not want to put a target on her back or risk putting another one of her allies in danger for retaliation, in addition to the fact that she couldn't save both Haegan and Kendra, and that the other one she did not save would likely still go home in the end.
At the second live eviction ceremony of the night, Kendra addressed her fellow houseguests with a cool head, saying that she was really glad she had the opportunity to play Big Brother again, and that she was also glad that she had the opportunity to not only compete against Brock, but to build a friendship with him. Haegan thanked everyone in the house for an amazing summer and decided to give Kendra a kiss on the mouth, much to everyone in both the audience and the house's excitement and approval. After the live vote was announced, it was revealed that Kendra had been evicted from the Big Brother house for the first time in her career, and that she would become the first member of the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption jury. Kendra gave Haegan a huge hug, along with Anders, Makaya, Brock, and eventually everyone else, minus Mottéo, telling the house that "I'm glad they're at least cheering for me out there", then jeered at Mottéo on her way out, going on to say that he could "win all the competitions he wanted and it still wouldn't change that he's a dumb f***". Mottéo told her Kendra that he wouldn't miss her whilst everyone else waved and wished her goodbye.
Votes for Kendra: Anders, Brock, Jim, Kendra, Makaya, and Yissendau
Votes for Haegan: -none-
Following Kendra's eviction the houseguests were tasked with hanging on for as long as they could in the "Out on a Limb" HOH competition, which featured all of the houseguests, with the exception of Mottéo, to dangle onto a series of faux tree branches arching above the ground. The last houseguest left clinging to a branch will become the new Head of Household for the week. Yissendau elected to sit out of the competition after about 60 seconds of holding on, making her the first person eliminated. In the following hour, Jim, Anders, and Kat all dropped out of the competition, leaving Brock, Haegan, and Makaya, with the latter two determined to bring the power back to their side and seek retribution for Kendra's ouster. After three hours and twenty-eight minutes, Makaya dropped off of her branch, after both Brock and Haegan promised that she was safe. Brock tried to do his best and make a deal with Haegan, and although Haegan did not refuse, he stated that he wanted this win. After about four agonizing hours, Brock could not hang on any longer, and fell off of his branch, leaving Haegan as the new Head of Household.
With Haegan's win, Makaya and Anders soon met with him to celebrate, and the elated trio rejoiced in being able to avenge their fallen ally Kendra. Haegan said to the camera "that one was for you, Kennie!", and Makaya did a happy dance. Meanwhile, Brock, Kat, and especially Mottéo laid around by themselves, with Brock trying to stay optimistic for Kat's sake, whilst Mottéo swore and ranted about the outcome after he literally just nominated Haegan and Kendra for eviction about six hours ago. Brock assured Mottéo that he would do his best to help the three of them survive this week, and talk to Haegan soon. Brock proceeded to talk to Haegan and attempt to clear the air. Haegan calmly and casually assured Brock that there was no bad blood between the two of them, and that he understood the decisions that he had made. Haegan identified the opportunity to try and build a functioning relationship with Brock instead of target him, and told Brock that they shouldn't waste their time and energy on targeting each other. Brock, although surprised by Haegan's receptiveness to working with him, accepted Haegan's proposal, and the two shook hands. Haegan told Brock that he had to trust him this week, and that he still had to think over whom he wanted to nominate, and asked Brock to give him some time to think. Brock complied, feeling good about his interaction with Haegan. Later that day, Haegan met with his long-time allies, Anders and Makaya, and asked who they would want to see go home. Anders said he would go along with whatever Haegan wanted to do as HOH, whilst Makaya lobbied to go after Brock and Mottéo. Haegan attempted to steer Makaya away from Brock's name as an initial nominee, saying that he was too dangerous in competitions to risk putting up right away, but he agreed about nominating Mottéo. Haegan then suggested that he nominate Kat and Mottéo, to which Anders and Makaya agreed with, along with the implied possibility of backdooring Brock, although secretly with Haegan's alterior motive of keeping his promise to Brock to keep him safe. After Makaya left, Haegan and Anders continued to talk, and the two increasingly bonded over their knowledge and fandom of Big Brother. Haegan told Anders that protecting him was his #1 priority and that the had his back. Anders agreed, citing in the Diary Room that "getting an offer to work close with someone like Haegan is a dream come true for my game! We're both smart guys who know it's in our best interest to stick together right now. I know Haegan is a huge threat, but he's my closest pal in the house right now, for sure!". Anders and Haegan made a Final 2 Alliance, as Haegan believed that he could beat Anders at the end due to his perceived floating game, although Anders was very well liked in the house. The two dubbed themselves "The End Zone", after Haegan referenced his football career when saying that himself and Anders needed to watch each other's back so they could reach the end of the game. Following all of Haegan's various conversations with people in the house, alongside a fair amount of everyday interactions, Haegan ndecided to nominate Kat and Mottéo for eviction, saying that he didn't have a vendetta against either of them, and that this was just the best move for his game. Yissendau reveled in Mottéo's nomination, to which Mottéo did his best to ignore her.
After the nomination ceremony, Brock privately thanked Haegan for keeping his word, saying that it "feels good when someone actually keeps a promise in this house", and that he would remember the gesture. Haegan assured that he would keep Brock protected this week. Brock said that he understood that Haegan had to nominate Mottéo and Kat in order to keep appearances up, but was still secretly unhappy about having his two closest allies up against one another. Soon after Brock and Haegan's meeting, Haegan announced that it was time to pick players for the next Power of Veto competition of the summer. At the veto draw, Haegan, as HOH, selected first, and drew Makaya to compete. Mottéo chose Jim, whom everybody celebrated as finally getting to participate in a veto competition, whilst Kat drew Anders to compete. With Brock being left unable to play, Haegan was glad that he did not have to run the risk of Brock pulling off either Kat or Mottéo this week, whilst Makaya secretly celebrated at the idea of Brock not being able to save himself. The Power of Veto competition, titled "A Veto Over Troubled Waters", featured the six competing houseguests having to navigate a series of bridges on multiple levels as a maze. The first houseguest to navigate their maze whilst avoiding obstacles along the way would win the Golden Power of Veto. The maze proved more difficult than expected for most, but everyone except Kat, who was left hopelessly lost near the start, seemed to be making progress. Haegan, Makaya, and Mottéo all made early progress, with Jim close behind, and Anders farther back, taking a slow-and-steady, analyzing approach. However, Anders' approach of mapping out the bridges in his head beforehand near the start helped him make up a vast amount of ground, passing Jim, Makaya, and eventually Haegan, who seemed tripped up by the maze's most difficult obstacles. Falling behind, Haegan secretly hoped that Anders could pull out the victory and keep the nominations the same. Mottéo and Anders were neck and neck near the end, but Anders' planning allowed him to see the path to the end past the final obstacle, and gave him his first POV and competition win of the summer. Anders rejoiced in fulfilling his dream of winning a Big Brother competition, and the houseguests congratulated him on his fulfillment of his personal goal, whilst Mottéo, frustrated, sulked at his narrow defeat.
Following his victory, Anders met with Haegan and Makaya, who both celebrated with and congratulated Anders on his win. Anders said he would do with it what Haegan desired, and Haegan said that although Brock was a big threat, Mottéo was more actively targeting them, and needed to go to protect the three of them, to which Makaya seemed to buy. Mottéo attempted to approach Anders and ask him to use the veto on him, in a seemingly defeated, desperate way. Anders felt pity for Mottéo as he was backed into a corner, but stated that "even though I have compassion and sympathy for him, I want to do what's best for me, Haegan, and 'Mak". Later that week, at the Power of Veto ceremony, Anders opted not to use the Power of Veto, angering Mottéo and causing him to erupt insults at Anders, Haegan, Makaya, and especially Yissendau, whom he called "that cockroach still hanging around while all the big dogs are gettin' sent home", to which Yissendau scoffed and flipped him off, calling him a "f***ing wanker" and an "elementary school bully". Mottéo stormed off and vented to Brock about his situation, to which Brock could not help but notice Mottéo's nature whilst cornered, making him reconsidering voting for him to stay.
At the live eviction ceremony, Mottéo composedly lobbied for himself to stay, whilst Kat once again said that she loved the experience and everyone here, and gave a shout-out to her fiancé at home. After the votes were revealed, Mottéo became the seventh person evicted from the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption house by a unanimous vote, making him the second member of the jury. Mottéo refused to touch anyone aside from give Brock a reluctant fist-bump, and threw one of Yissendau's nearby bags across the room as he exited to some audible boos.
Votes for Mottéo: Anders, Brock, Jim, Makaya, and Yissendau
Votes for Kat: -none-
Following Mottéo's eviction, the remaining six eligible houseguests competed in the "Big Brother Face-Off" HOH competition, which featured houseguests squaring off head-to-head in a round-robin style tournament, where pairs would be made to recreate a series of knickknacks, as fast as possible, regarding a series of faces of past houseguests shown on a display to them. The winner of the face-off will advance and select two other houseguests to face off against one another. The last houseguest standing at the end of the tournament will win the title of Head of Household for the week. By random draw, it was announced that Makaya and Jim would be the first pair competing, of which Makaya rang in first correctly, eliminating Jim. Makaya then selected Brock and Kat to compete against one another, as Brock visibly expected. Brock then went on to defeat Kat, and then chose Makaya and Anders to compete. Makaya narrowly defeated Anders, advancing herself to the final round, and the last pair became Brock and Yissendau by default. Brock rang in quickly before Yissendau even had a chance to try and read the display board, causing her elimination from the competition, and advancing Brock to the final round, facing off against Makaya. Although both pressed their buttons quickly, Makaya managed to ring in first with the correct knickknack assortment, and won her first HOH and competition of the summer. Makaya ran off and hugged Anders and Haegan, whilst Brock threw the knickknack he was still holding away in mild frustration, but without saying anything disrespectful.
With Makaya in power, Brock made sure to keep up consistent contact with Haegan, in order to try and protect himself, as well as began to re-grow closer to Anders, whom he had been aligned with in the past, knowing that both of these men were close to the Head of Household. Haegan and Anders both assured him separately that they would try and do what they could, and that they were looking out for Brock. Both members of The End Zone alliance later reconvened to discuss Brock's paranoia, with Anders in particular telling Haegan that they both needed to make sure they were good with Makaya, even if Brock wasn't coming after either of them at the moment. Haegan agreed, and later found himself meeting with Makaya herself, alongside Anders. Makaya told the pair that she wanted to indeed target Brock this week, as he was both targeting her, as well as an insanely threatening competition beast, telling the pair that she will most likely be nominating his close ally Kat as a pawn alongside him. Haegan and Anders agreed, although the pair, especially Haegan, secretly hoped for an outcome that would both simultaneously weaken Brock, but leave him in the game, although Haegan and Anders were both content with letting Brock leave this week in order to remove the game's biggest threat. Just a few hours later, Makaya decided to nominate Brock and Kat for eviction, saying that Brock was too big of a threat to her game.
Throughout the days after the nomination ceremony, Jim and Yissendau continued to feud despite neither of the two of them being nominated, casting further doubt within onlookers as their altercations escalated to close-proximity shouting on several occasions. Anders, Haegan, Makaya, and Brock all noted Yissendau's tendency to incite incidents with Jim, taunting him in response to his many comments to her from the past weeks, although Jim would often escalate these fights himself. With tensions high in the house between Brock/Makaya and Jim/Yissendau, players were to be drawn for the next Power of Veto competition of the summer. Makaya drew Haegan, Brock drew Jim, and Kat drew Anders to compete, leaving Yissendau as the lone sit-out and host of the competition. The POV competition, titled "Roadstop Rumble", featured hosueguests holding their hands on a pair of pressure-sensitive buttons on the ground, waiting for an correct-sounding siren as the cue to release, and race forward to hit a stop button. The slowest hosueguest in each round, and any hosueguest that releases their button prematurely before the proper siren will be eliminated from the competition, with the last person standing winning the Golden Power of Veto. During the first round, Kat accidentally lifted her hand off of a button when a near-sounding siren played, and became the first person eliminated. When the correct siren sounded, Anders was revealed to have hit the buzzer in the slowest time of the remaining competitors, eliminating him as well. This left Brock, Haegan, Jim, and current HOH Makaya competing in Round 2, to which there was a much longer delay before the real buzzer sounded. Makaya was the next person eliminated, mainly due to her small stature and reach compared to three larger men. At the end of Round 3, Jim was eliminated, leaving Haegan squaring off against Brock, much to Haegan's secret pleasure, as this was an opportunity for him to stealthily throw the competition to Brock in order to further his personal agenda. When the siren sounded Haegan convincingly stumbled for a split second at the start of the racing portion, allowing Brock to reach the end ahead of him and win the Power of Veto, internally annoying Makaya.
With Brock's fourth Power of Veto win, and the likely outcome of him using it to remove himself from the chopping block, Makaya knew she would likely need a replacement nominee, now desiring Kat to leave in order to weaken Brock, a proposition which was music to the ears of Anders and Haegan, as this was their secret optimal outcome. The trio discussed their two viable options, as either Jim or Yissendau were the only eligible nominees left to replace Brock. The pors and cons of both were weighed and evaluated, and Makaya said that she wanted to make the move that would have the best chance of seeing Kat go home, which seemed to be Yissendau, despite her mild friendship with her, as Jim may be seen as more of a threat than someone like Kat, even though he had no close allies in the house. At the Power of Veto ceremony, Brock opted to remove himself from the block as expected, forcing Makaya to nominate a replacement for eviction. Makaya then decided to nominate Yissendau as a replacement, saying that she was sorry to do it, and that she really hopes that she can stay this week, in addition to the fact that she really didn't want to have to nominate anyone else. This left Kat and Yissendau as the finalized nominees for the week.
Throughout the remainder of the week, Brock did his best to comfort Kat and attempt to convince Anders and Haegan to save her, saying that Yissendau was a wildcard and not trustworthy at all in the house, whilst he could get Kat to keep the four of them safe. Anders and Haegan were very reluctant to entertain the idea, and Brock made extremely little headway. Jim made it no secret that he intended to keep his previous promise to Yissendau that he would vote for her every chance he got from that point on, putting Anders and Haegan in a potential tiebreaker situation of 2-2. Anders and Haegan discussed their options, and agreed that it was more important to weaken the near invincible competition force in Brock than to go against Makaya and do Brock's bidding. At the live eviction ceremony, hostess Aundre Berubius congratulated the houseguests on the progress the seven of them had made in the game, and then announced that, in a shocking twist revelation to the houseguests present, that a second double eviction would be held during tonight's eviction episode, causing murmuring and exchanging glances among the houseguests in the living room. The live voting was then held, and Anders and Haegan both considered the ramifications of their intended move going into the newly announced Double Eviction. However, Anders and Haegan both decided to take the risk, and forced a tie between Yissendau and Kat, leaving Makaya as the solve vote to evict. Makaya then apologized as she voted to evict Kat, making her the third member of the jury. Kat tearfully smiled and said it was okay, and hugged each houseguest on her way out of the house.
Votes for Kat: Anders, Haegan, and Makaya
Votes for Yissendau: Brock and Jim
Immediately following Kat's eviction from the house, all of the remaining houseguests, except Makaya, participated in the double eviction Head of Household competition, dubbed "Trivial Like Suit", which featured houseguests answering questions based on previous events that had taken place in the Big Brother house, with the viable answers being "A" or "B". A houseguest that answers any question incorrectly will be eliminated from the competition. In teh event of a tie, a tiebreaking question would be held with a numerical value as the answer, and the houseguest to answer with the closest value to the actual number without going over will win the tiebreaker. The last houseguest standing will win the title of HOH. The competition was soon commenced, with Berubius asking the first question. Everyone answered correctly, whilst on the second question, both Haegan and Yissendau were eliminated. Everyone was once again correct for both the third and fourth rounds, but the fifth round resulted in different answers being given, with Anders and Jim answering "B", whilst Brock answered "A". It was announced that Brock had won the competition, overcoming all of the odds by himself, and had become the new HOH, tasked with immediately nominating two houseguests for eviction. When Brock was asked to make his nominations live, Brock decided to nominate Makaya and Yissendau for eviction, seemingly wishing to target Makaya, despite Anders and Haegan voting to evict Kat only moments prior.
Soon after Brock's nominations, all six remaining houseguests competed in the live-held Power of Veto competition, titled "Pipe Down", which featured the houseguests all racing to crawl through a maze of pipes to collect three "Golden Plungers of Veto". The first houseguest to successfully retrieve three plungers and hit the finishing buzzer at their starting platform would win the Golden Power of Veto. Surprisingly, Brock found himself struggling in this competition, allowing Haegan to pull ahead and handily win the Power of Veto. Haegan internally considered the option of saving Makaya, but also wanted to maintain a perception of loyalty to Brock by honoring his assumed wishes, in addition to keeping Anders safe from being a potential re-nomination option. Moments later, Haegan decided not to use the Power of Veto, leaving Makaya and Yissendau on the block. However, Makaya then announced that she wanted to use her special power, shocking everyone in the house and erupting excitement from the live audience. Makaya took out her Pocket Veto, explained its power, and declared that she would be using it on herself, leaving Brock aghast, Haegan, Anders, and Jim all enthused by the hype, and Yissendau screaming happily "Yeah girl, stick it to them!". Brock was then forced to name a replacement nominee, and opted to choose Jim, as he said that he was the only real option left. Jim sighed and crossed his legs as he sat down next to his long-time adversary, Yissendau, as they became the two finalized nominees. In the few moments given before the live eviction voting, Makaya discussed with Anders and Haegan about keeping Yissendau in as a number to vote against Brock, and that Jim was more of a threat in competitions with no real loyalty to their group. At the eviction ceremony, Jim campaigned for himself to stay, whilst Yissendau remained indifferent, enjoying the show that had all just transpired in Makaya's wake. In the end, Anders and Haegan decided to stick with Makaya and save Yissendau yet again, leaving Jim blindsided in a vote of three to zero. Jim left the house stunned, but maintained a cool head, and congratulated everyone except Yissendau, telling her that he was "glad I don't have to watch you do make-up for an hour while I wait to take a sh*t anymore" and that he "can't wait to see her in jury next week where there are extra bathrooms", to which Yissendau laughed and flipped him off as he exited the house.
Votes for Jim: Anders, Haegan, and Makaya
Votes for Yissendau: -None-
Following Jim's eviction, the final four eligible houseguests in Anders, Haegan, Makaya, and Yissendau participated in the "Spintastic Voyage" Head of Hosuehold Competition, which featured the hosueguests each competing to memorize and replicate a combination of hosueguests' photos from the memory wall. Each houseguest would run individually and compete for the fastest time, with the fastest overall time earning the houseguest the title of HOH for the week. Heagan was sent out first, followed by an eager Makaya. Anders once again opted to take a calm approach to the mental competition, whilst Yissendau, who went fourth, struggled with the competition, refusing to give it an excessive amount of effort and thought to each mash-up of pictures, to many of which she commented on with disdainful remarks. After all four houseguests were finished, it was revealed that Yissendau had placed last with 30:56, followed by Haegan, faring much better with 15:52, although not enough to win the competition. With only Makaya and Anders left to have their times revealed, Brock already seemed unnerved, but secretly rooted for Anders to win over Makaya. In the end, it was revealed that Anders indeed managed to edge out Makaya by about a mere minute and half, earning himself his first Head of Household title of the summer.
Anders was elated to win an HOH, and celebrated with all four of the other houseguests immediately after the competition, who all congratulated him oh his victory. Anders soon reconvened with his fellow End Zone member Haegan one-on-one to discuss possible nominations, with Anders and Haegan agreeing that Brock and Yissendau were the safest play to nominate at this stage in the game. However, Haegan still wished to keep Brock in the game, and did his best to sway the target away from him by repeatedly running through scenarios with Anders depending on who won the veto. In addition, Haegan did his best to paint Makaya as a target, saying she was too dangerous to keep around for much longer, and that it was time to start cutting bait on their allies, and whilst Anders opted to continue placing his trust in Haegan, he began to suspect that he may be playing multiple sides, citing in the Diary Room that "Haegan is my go-to guy in this game, but I'm wondering if he has his own agenda. Still though, I know it's in my best interest to go along with him, because I know he thinks he can manipulate me to his own end. It's perfect! I knew coming into this game that I wanted everyone to just take me for the nice guy who's no threat to them, and I think it's working". Anders decided he would follow Haegan's lead, but did note the amount of time Haegan would spend reassuring Brock. Haegan told Brock later that he was doing his best to keep Brock safe in the game, and that all he needs to do is pull out another easy veto win. Brock, still trusting Haegan, assured him that he was loyal to Haegan and Anders, and asked Haegan to put in a good word for him to Anders, although Haegan told Brock straight-up that Anders was planning to nominate him. Brock didn't seem surprised, and asked if he was the target, to which Haegan promised him that he was not, although Haegan himself knew that it was a real possibility that Anders may want to target Brock this week, despite his interest in going after Makaya, whom he deemed his biggest threat. Later that week, Anders decided to stick to his original plan, and nominated Brock and Yissendau for eviction, apologizing to both of them, saying that there were only four options, and he liked all of them as people. Brock and Yissendau both nodded.
Anders told Haegan and Makaya after the cermony that he showed his loyalty to them with his nominations, to which Haegan and Makaya both agreed. Makaya cited later in the Diary Room that she "left that meeting with the the most confidence I've had in eight weeks in this house. I may not have my get-out-o'-jail free card anymore, but my boy Anders, he kept me safe. Hopefully we can get Brock out once and for all this week". Haegan then proceeded to throw Makaya under the bus to Anders after Makaya left, saying that it was easy to see how confident she looked, and that this week could be the perfect time to take her out, secretly increasing Anders' suspicions about Haegan's loyalties. Prior to the veto competition, Anders decided it was time to break the ice with Brock, whom had mostly allowed Haegan to act as a go-between for himself and Anders throughout the week. Anders called Brock in, and began to divulge his various concerns about the endgame, surprising Brock with the level of sincerity Anders felt neccessary to give him, saying in the Diary Room later "Wow, dude. Maybe there's hope for your man Captain 'B. after all". Anders the told Brock that it was Haegan's idea to leave Makaya off of the block and to put Brock up, shocking and visibly angering Brock, feeling extremely betrayed by Haegan in the moment. Brock then went on to thank Anders for the information, and told him that he and Anders could come to an agreement for the following weeks, to which Anders seemed genuinely excited about working with another veteran player, saying he was "geeking out", to which Brock chuckled.
All five houseguests were then set to compete in the penultimate Power of Veto competition, dubbed "OTEV's Backyard Bash", where a giant statue, decorated to be a party dude and adorned with the name "OTEV", instructed houseguests each round to retrieve a pair of sunglasses emblazoned with the name of a former houseguest from this season. The last person to submit the correct pair of sunglasses, or any houseguest with an incorrect pair would be eliminated, with the last one standing winning themselves the Golden Power of Veto. In the first round, Yissendau became the first on eliminated, honestly surprising people with the fact that she actually tried to do her best in the competition, and almost beat out a struggling Brock, secretly amusing Makaya a bit. In the next round, however, Haegan accidentally selected a pair of "Michelle" sunglasses when the question was meant to mean "Kat", eliminating him. Makaya then found herself narrowly elimanted after Anders managed to beat her, placing Anders and Brock in the finals of the competition. After the final round, Brock managed to pull through for himself once again, winning his astounding fifth POV of the summer.
With Brock once again likely to skirt his way off of the block, paranoia began to set in for Makaya, seeing the lack of options for Anders to nominate as a replacement, and figured that she herself would likely take Brock's place against Yissendau. Makaya, however, was still convinced that Haegan and Anders wanted her to stay over Yissendau. Yissendau chose not to campaign for herself, saying it would be a waste of energy, and that it was a better idea to lay low and let everyone else "eat themselves alive like bloody animals". A while later, Anders confirmed Makaya's intuition, and with visible discomfort, nominated Makaya for eviction, after Brock opted to save himself with the Power of Veto, leaving Makaya and Yissendau as the finalized nominees for the week.
As the end of the week approached, Makaya continued to do her best to reiterate the idea of the three of her, Anders, and Haegan still remaining loyal to one another, whilst Haegan continued to refute such ideas free of Makaya's presence. Anders and Brock continued to bond, as Brock began feeding Haegan's information back to Anders in response to Anders' prior gesture of trust, cementing a bond over Haegan's double-dealing. Tensions began to rise as a cold war between Haegan and Makaya grew, as Makaya began to further and further suspect the worst. At the live eviction ceremony, Haegan decided it was time to let Makaya go, and voted along with Brock against her, stunning Makaya in a vicious blindside. Makaya still smiled, and gave Anders a huge hug, along with Yissendau, then proceeded to sassily exit the Big Brohter house.
Votes for Makaya: Brock and Haegan
Votes for Yissendau: -None-
Following Makaya's eviction, Brock, Haegan, and Yissendau competed in the "Use Your Head of Household" HOH competition, which featured the three houseguests each hosueguest competing to answer trivia questions regarding major events that happened over the course of the season. The hosueguest with the most questions answered correctly by the end of the competition would win the title of Head of Household. Brock sensed that it was do-or-die, as his loyalties with Haegan, at least in his eyes, had been shattered, unbeknownst to Haegan. Brock came trhough and easily won the compeition by a score of 7-5-3, with Yissendau only managing to answer three questions correctly.
Following his win, Brock told Haegan that he was putting Anders and Yissendau up, to which Haegan agreed, and told him he would vote to evict whoever he wanted to go home, and that it was them two the end. Brock then discretely asked if Haegan had a preferred course of action to take, and although Haegan said that he liked Anders a lot as a friend and ally, Haegan told Brock, boviously pushing his own agenda, that it may not be such a bad idea to go up against Yissendau in the Final 3. With the ammunition he needed Brock, relayed his conversation back to Anders, to which Anders said that it was alright to nominate him in order to keep Haegan's radar at bay. Brock then agreed, and soon nominated Anders and Yissendau for eviction, leaving Haegan off of the block.
With all of the final four eligible to compete, the final POV competition of the summer was soon held, titled "Saving Faces", where the final four were tasked with constructing a puzzle wall featuring the faces of all fourteen houseguests from the season in one correct configuration. The first hosueguest to find the correct solution and ring their finish buzzer will win the final Power of Veto of the summer. Throughout the competition, Haegan, Andsers, and Brock all managed to make a great deal of progress, but Anders soon found himself struggling. Brock and Haegan both had their stumbled, but Brock managed to edge out Haegan, and win his unbelievable sixth POV of the summer, bringing his total wins to 10 competitions overall. Everyone congratulated Brock on his win as they re-entered the house, whilst Yissendau joked asking "who was that brun dude again?", referencing Jason.
Brock then told Anders that he had a plan now that the veto had been won, and told him that "Kendra screwed me at the end last time; I'm not letting her new boytoy do it to me this time again". Brock then told Anders that he planned to use the veto on him, and requested Anders evict Haegan to show his loyalty to Brock. With no other option, Anders was forced to agree, although he was secretly not opposed to the option, saying in the Diary Room that "even though Haegan and I have grown really close in this house, he's still my #1 threat, and I may not get another opportunity to take him out". Only a day later, the live dual POV/eviction ceremony was held in front of America. Berubius asked Brock if he would like to use the veto, to which Brock proceeded to give a lengthy speech about loyalty and trust in this game. Brock then stunned the audience and Haegan when Brock opted to use the veto on Anders, forcing Haegan to be the only eligible replacement nominee. Anders, now visibly combating his own emotions, apologized, and chose to evict Haegan from the house, absolutely shocking both him and Yissendau, who had assumed she was heading out the door. Haegan, visibly floored, still proceeded to hug all three of Brock, Anders, and Yissendau on his way out of the house, and on his way to becoming the sixth member of the jury.
Votes for Haegan: Anders
Votes for Yissendau: -None-
Following Haegan's stunning eviction, three Final 3 began to take part in the first of the three stages of the Final HOH competition. Part 1, entitled "Big Brother Typhoon Time", featured all three of Anders, Brock, and Yissendau each clinging to a rope, which would continuously rotate about in a tight circle, whilst water sprayed all over them and faux lightning and thunder struck. Anders became the first person to drop after around the two hour mark, whilst Yissendau and Brock both continued to cling. Despite giving her most valiant, genuine effort of the entire summer, Yissendau was unable to outlast Brock, earning Brock the win for Part 1, as well as a guaranteed spot to participate in Part 3 of the Final HOH competition at the live finale.
With Brock guaranteed a 50-50 chance to make it to the end, Anders did his best to keep on his good side, although both men secretly wished to evict the other, despite their newly grown bond, as Yissendau seemed to be an easy goat to beat at the end.Brock, in particular, did his best to schmooze Yissendau, which turned her off to him immensely, and garnered her ill will and desire to evict him over Anders, as she had grown fond of his geeky demeanor and humor, and also due to Brock's incredible and undeniable challenge résumé. Later that week, Anders and Yissendau competed in Part 2 of the Final HOH competition, titled "Big Brother Crossword", where the two competitors were required to compete a giant-scale crossword with clues based on Big Brother rivals moments, each working on their own identical puzzle seperately. The hosueguest who completed the crossword puzzle in the shortest amount of elapsed time would advance with Brock to Part 3. Whilst Yissendau managed to struggle through and complete her puzzle after 1:32:45, Anders managed to outdo her time with his own time of 55:06:29, advancing him to the final part of the Head of Household competition, whilst Yissendau would automatically become a nominee.
At the live finale, the jury was shown meeting with former Big Brother winner Harris Chambers to discuss the merits and shortcomings of each of the Final 3. Makaya in particular lobbied hard as an advocate of Anders' fine-tuned strategic gameplay, although Haegan still felt a bit burned by both Anders and especially Brock. Mottéo, on the other hand, forcefully pushed for Brock to be the winner, citing his incredible competition track record and and strategy. Jim was shown ripping Yissendau on how she had not contributed to the game at all, which Mottéo agreed immensely, although Makaya and Haegan both argued that the amount of time she had survived the block was something not to take lightly.
Meanwhile, with the stage finally set for the season's finale, hostess Aundre Berubius instructed Anders and Brock to take their places at Part 3 of the Final HOH competition, which was shown to be a juror's information trivia competition, in a similar fashion to many seasons before. Berubius then told the pair that the person with the most questions answered correctly at the end of six questions, or the winner of a tiebreaker question in the event of a tie, would become the Final HOH, and obtain the power to pick which of the other two houseguests with themselves to the Final 2. The audience then hushed as the competition was commenced, and the first question regarded Kendra and what her favorite moment in the house was, with answers being either "A) When my team managed to beat Brock's team when we were a member down in Week 4", or "B) When I won my first second-season HOH". Anders and Brock both chose answer "A", and were both correct, earning each of themselves a point. Next up was Mottéo's question, which was about what he felt was his biggest accomplishment in the house. Brock and Anders both answered "B) Managing to get Kendra out after she tried to evict me", instead of "A) When I beat out everyone and won the first HOH". Both received another point, leaving the scores tied at 2-2, and went on to continue finding themselves tied after Kat, Jim, and Makaya's questions as well, leaving the score tied at 5-5 going into the final question. The last question regarded Haegan, who was asked what his biggest regret in the game was, with the answers being either "A) Losing the Final 4 Veto when it was so close", or "B) Letting my multiple alliance catch up to me". Brock selected A, whilst Anders took a deep breath and selected option B. Berubius then told the two of them that one of them had answered correctly and won the competition, whilst the other had not, and the crowd grew completely silent. After a pause, Berubius then announced that the correct answer was in fact "B", meaning Anders had won the Final Head of Household competition. Brock congratulated Anders and shook his hand on his way back to take his seat. After a break, Aundre tasked Anders with casting the sole vote to evict either Brock or Yissendau. Anders then proceeded to give a lengthy speech about how much he adored the both of them, saying to Brock that he was one of the most authentic and amazing people he'd ever had the pleasure of getting to know, and telling Yissendau that he nothing but admiration for her complete sincerity, as well as that she had stayed true to herself the whole way through. Anders then went on to say, however, that as a superfan of this game, he knows he wouldn't be able to excuse making a poor move if he was on that jury, and then casts the sole vote fo evict Brock from the house, leaving him as the seventh and final member of the jury, as well as leaving him with his second 3rd place finish in his Big Brother career. Brock nodded sullenly, but still shook Anders' hand as he exited the house. Anders and Yissendau hugged and celebrated their accomplishment at making it to the Final 2.
Votes for Brock: Anders
Votes for Yissendau: -None-
With the Final 2 now decided, and with Brock having newly joined the other six members of the Big Brother jury, Anders and Yissendau were both given permission by Berubius to provide an opening statement before the jury was allowed to ask questions to the Final 2. Anders opens by saying that he loved each and every member of the jury as people, but that he came to be a player, and that although he was sorry that he may have gotten some blood on his hands, he asked the jury to recognize that that he was playing the game, and that he did his best to make sure that he was good with everyone, and that was always making the right strategic move. Yissendau then opened up by referencing her amazing feat of surviving eviction whilst on the block seven times, and eight counting the live final eviction held just moments ago, and that although it may be seen as a weakness, that it was really a tremendous strength that helped her make it so far by not looking too threatening; however, it was obvious that Yissendau had not put a ton of effort into her speech beforehand The jury then stepped up one by one, with Kendra applauding Anders for his strategic gameplay, telling him "it was a pleasure to watch someone on her team grow out of their awkward shell to become a real power player". Makaya congratulated both houseguests, telling them both that she was glad that they made it to where they were, and took time to outline Anders' game during the beginning of the game on Team Kendra, although she also lauded Yissendau for her resilience, blowing her a joking kiss. Mottéo seemed a bit indignant, and ignored Yissendau entirely as he questioned Anders and his supposed betrayal of him. Jim wasted no time to bash Yissendau completely on his turn, highlighting the fact that she had won a "grand, whopping total" of zero competitions throughout her ten-week stint on Big Brother, and reveled in his opportunity to withhold his vote from her, to which Yissendau just smirked and shoed him away with her hand dismissively. Kat congratulated both of the houseguests and took time to thank Anders for his kindheartedness over the course of the season. Lastly, Brock stepped up, still visibly shaken having been so recently evicted. Brock seemed, noticeably, a tad bitter when questioning Anders, asking him "how am I supposed to vote on loyalty when I get betrayed so much?". Anders made it a point to apologize to Brock, but defended his action, reiterating that he would have been a fool to have taken someone as strong as Brock to the end, and that he was an insanely fierce competitor and that he had nothing but the utmost respect for him as both a player and a human being. With each of the seven hosueguests having spoken and asked their questions, each of the Final 2 were giving a few brief moments to provide closing statements, and then, soon after, the voting commenced. After the final break and the votes were unveiled, it became revealed that Anders had been voted the winner of Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption, by a unanimous vote of 7 to 0. Anders couldn't help but cry at fulfilling his dream, and gave Yissendau the biggest hug of the season as the two rejoined their fellow houseguests outside, where they both the jury and the pre-jurors congratulated the emotional camp counselor on his victory. Moments later, it was announced that America had been voting to award $25,000 to America's Favorite Houseguest, with the three finalists revealed to be Anders, Kendra, and Makaya; however, Makaya was announced to be the winner of the title, with over 36% of the total votes cast by America, to which she excitedly screamed and jumped, with a huge smile beaming across her face. Hostess Aundre Berubius awarded the check to Anders, and wished a fond farewell to America, with promises of more drama, action, and entertainment to come.
Voting History Edit
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10|
|Day 36||Day 43||Day 50||Day 57||Day 78||Finale|
|Head of Household||Mottéo||Brock||Felice||Brock||Kendra||Mottéo||Haegan||Makaya||Brock||Anders||Brock||Anders||-None-|
|Veto Winner||Felice||Brock||Lucio||Brock||Brock||Mottéo||Anders||Brock|| Haegan|