Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2 is the second season in UltraBubbles' special edition fanon, Big Brother Rivals and Redemption. The previous season in this franchise is Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption. The following season in this franchise is Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 3.
This season features twelve houseguests, including two past returning rivals, along with a potential thirteenth competitor, competing against one another to win the Big Brother game.
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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 fourth eviction of the summer.
The Third Degree: In addition to the standard two returning rival players, a third returning houseguest will be eligible for entry in the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption house. This third rival player will not become a team captain, but will be forced to compete against the other two returning players in a special competition. If the third houseguest manages to beat both of the returning houseguests in the competition, then they will become a full-fledged houseguest, as well as earn immunity from nomination for the first week of the game. However, this new houseguest will not be eligible to compete in any competitions taking place during the first week of play. After the first eviction of the summer, if this third houseguest is in play, they will replace the evicted houseguest's spot on their Rival Team for as long as the Rival Teams are in play. If the third hosueguest fails to beat both of the other returning rivals, then they will automatically become the first evicted houseguest of the season by default.
|Isabelle "Bella" Romero||25||Female||Lifeguard/Model||Miami, FL|
|Charisma Redwood||31||Female||Fashion Designer||Los Angeles, CA|
|Darryl Giaconi||45||Male||Police Sergeant||Atlantic City, NJ|
|Jamal Abbott||23||Male||Sociology Student||Wilmington, DE|
|Katelin “Katie” Rehnquist||18||Female||High School Student||Oshkosh, WI|
|Lena Sarkov||28||Female||Data Analyst||Seattle, WA|
|Ruth "RuJoi" Joining||33||Female||Bus Driver||Burmingham, AL|
|Teegyn Brecter||27||Female||Sales Representative||Staten Island, NY|
|Thomas Gudell||25||Male||Medical Student||Louisville, KT|
|Wulfram "Wulfe" Errol||49||Male||TV Personality||Hollywood, CA|
|Andrew "Andy" Constock||41||Male||Marketing CEO||Little Rock, AR|
|Reagan Mayer||30||Male||Massage Therapist||Irvine, CA|
Third Degree Competitor:
|Reynold "Rey" Strominger||32||Male||Strategic Consultant||New York City, NY|
All credit for Charisma goes to iloveschool71.
Rival Team HistoryEdit
|HouseGuest||Gender||Team Affiliation||Affiliated From:|
|Andy||Male||Team Andy||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Bella||Female||Team Reagan||Day 1 - 36 (Evicted)|
|Charisma||Female||Team Reagan||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Darryl||Male||Team Andy||Day 1 - Day 15 (Evicted)|
|Jamal||Male||Team Reagan||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Katie||Female||Team Andy||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Lena||Female||Team Reagan||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Reagan||Male||Team Reagan||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Rey||Male||Team Andy||Day 15 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|RuJoi||Female||Team Andy||Day 1 - Day 29 (Evicted)|
|Teegyn||Female||Team Andy||Day 1 - Day 22 (Evicted)|
|Thomas||Male||Team Andy||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
|Wulfe||Male||Team Reagan||Day 1 - 36 (Dissolved)|
A cheering crowd eagerly greets returning hostess Aundre Berubius as she walks out onto the stage, ready to send a new edition of Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption off to the races. Berubius welcomes both the live and at-home viewing audiences to the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2 premiere, taking a brief amount of time to reference the highlights and memorable events of the franchise's first installment: "a rivalry revived, new rivalries born, and a the rise of many memorable faces and even more memorable moments.
Following her introduction, Aundre then explains the dynamics of the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption format, introducing clip packages of the ten new Big Brother Houseguests that would be joining the cast of Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption Season 2. Berubius then congratulates the ten new players, wishes them luck, and tells them to expect the unexpected, before dividing them up into three groups for entry into the Big Brother House.
The first group of houseguests was then decided, revealed to consist of Charisma, Darryl, and Thomas, who all entered the house with no delay. Charisma noted Thomas's good looks to herself, whilst claiming in the first Diary Room of the summer that "this isn't a window shopping excursion for me, as stunning as his...Herculean body is". Soon after, Berubius gave permission for the second group of houseguests to enter the house, consisting of Jamal, Katie, Teegyn, and Lena. The newest group introduced themselves to the former group, as Darryl took note of each big personality as they entered the house. However, it was soon Thomas' turn to appear smitten as himself and Teegyn seemed to gravitate towards one another even during their first greetings. Finally, hostess Aundre Berubius cleared the final group of Bella, RuJoi, and Wulfe to enter the house, with Wulfe's accent already turning a few recognizing heads, namely Jamal and Katie, whom had both watched his survivalist show growing up. All ten houseguests socialized and mingled well as speculation began to turn towards who the rivals might be for this season. Lena noted to herself how there were six women and only four men, causing her to believe that it must be a pair of male returning rivals.
In accordance to the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption format, hostess Aundre Berubius then turned attention to the live stage, where the new pair returning rivals each waited inside their own darkened booth, awaiting to begin the Rival Team draft. The first booth is then suddenly lit at Berubius' signal, revealing Aundre then gives the signal to unveil the first houseguest, revealing Reagan Mayer, the 13th place finisher Big Brother 8 (Crazybone5000) to which Reagan's unveiling is met with wide applause for the kindhearted fan-favorite massage therapist. Aundre then gives the signal to reveal Reagan's rival for the duration of this season, and the second of the two booths grows bright, revealing Andy Constock, the 16th place finisher of the very same season. Andy's reception is best described as mixed, with a wide array of insane cheering and boos echoing throughout the set. Hostess Berubius then takes time to outline Andy and Reagan's rivalry, describing it "short-lived, but nonetheless legendary", as neither of the pair of men had made the jury stage of their season. "Over the course of the two weeks Andy and Reagan spent together, there was enough back-and-forth fighting, competition, and insane moments to last an entire season". Both booths became dim, but before the draft was commenced, Berubius then went on to announce this season's twist: The Third Degree, which featured a potential third returning houseguest, unknown to the two current rivals or the rest of the house, going on to explain the conditions on this houseguest's entry being solely based on a special innagural competition. This information is kept secret from both Andy and Reagan; however, both of them are then revealed to one another. Whilst Reagan can only smirk uncomfortably, Andy appeard fired up and excited for the opportunity to get revenge on who he himself then described as "my Big Brother mortal enemy"! A montage of both Andy and Reagan's interactions and altercations are then displayed, exhibiting the clash of their personalities and perspectives, moments of strengths and weakness, and the end of both of their first outings' games.
With the newest pair of Big Brother rivals having now learned of each other's respective identities, Aundre announces that the Rival Team twist is once again in play and the draft for the said teams will begin right now. The hostess then proceeds to ask both Andy and Reagan a Big Brother trivia question in regards to their own original season and who the first person evicted was. Andy buzzed in first, visibly laughing as he answered himself, but was revealed to be incorrect. Reagan then buzzed in, answering "Flanagan", revealed to in fact be the correct answer, earning Reagan the first pick of the Big Brother Rival Team Draft.
The booth display panels then light up with the ten new houseguests' pictures and names, and Reagan takes some time to narrow down his first selection. Reagan eventually settles on taking Jamal for the first draft pick, citing his somewhat athletic build and balanced appearance. Andy was then given the opportunity to take the next two houseguests do to the snake-style draft order, to which Andy quickly opted to take Thomas with his first pick, citing his "strong jock look". With his second pick, Andy dabbled between taking Teegyn or Katie, as in his mind it was his desire to pick a team of players he felt he could manipulate well. Andy ultimately opts to take Teegyn as the third overall draft pick, leaving Reagan with his next selection, to which Reagan decides to take Bella to be on his team, as she appeared to be another player he felt looked like someone he could get along with in daily life. Following Reagan's choice of Bella, the returning player opts to take Lena as his next pick, citing her as another player who looks grounded and balanced in her photo, and someone who looks like they can be a team player. Andy then proceeds to take his next choice in RuJoi, surprising both Reagan and a good portion of the live audience, to which Andy defends his action saying that "I feel like everybody needs a little sass, and she looks like a sassy mama!". With only a handful of players remaining eligible to be drafted, Andy is bestowed his final choice of the draft, and opts to take Darryl, leaving only three players left to be chosen. Reagan is then given permission to take his last two choices of the draft between the last three undrafted houseguests in Wulfe, Katie, and Charisma. Reagan ultimately decides after much deliberation to take Charisma and Wulfe, leaving Katie as the final member of Andy's team. The draft is then finalized and concluded, leaving Team Andy consisting of Darryl, Katie, RuJoi, Teegyn, and Thomas, while Team Reagan consists of Bella, Charisma, Jamal, Lena, and Wulfe. Hostess Aundre Berubius then gives Andy and Reagan permission to enter the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2 House, wishing them good luck, and allowing them to leave their booths and go meet their team members for the first time.
Andy and Reagan then make their way, visibly eager and excited, to the front door, and the doorbell rings moments before to Andy and Reagan make their way to the living room, receiving a loud and vocally elated reception from the ten new houseguests waiting there. The teams are then announced by Berubius, and soon Team Andy and Team Reagan separate off briefly to get to know one another better, and soon after, the entire house proceeds to introduce one another. After a small bout of small talk and secret evaluation of each of the houseguests by one another, the voice of Aundre Berubius calls over the chatter taking place in the living room to announce to them that the first Head of Household competition will soon be held, but that before it will, another huge twist would fall onto the house, causing some visible unrest and excitement, along with more than a little paranoia. Berubius then reveals the twist to be titled "The Third Degree", and explains that for the first time, a third returning rival houseguest will be given the opportunity to enter the house and compete alongside the other twelve houseguests, but only if they are able to beat both Andy and Reagan at a special competition to be held only a few moments from now. Without further ado, Aundre gives the houseguests the affirmative to head outside and meet the possible challenger.
After all twelve houseguests make their way out onto the yard, and amidst an abundance of speculation from Andy and Reagan on the challenger's identity ranging from Flanagan to Fraser, a huge bout of cheering and shocked faces erupts from the backyard as none other than Rey Strominger, Andy and Reagan's former coach from their initial season, to which Andy and Reagan both can't believe their eyes, makes his way out into the backyard. Rey happily greets all of the new houseguests, and makes an effort to greet Andy and Reagan, to which in the Diary Room later he admits to being intentional with many purposes: "It's definitely a crazy thing to be in the house for a third time, and with two of my former teammates from '8, no less! Andy and I, we had a pretty rocky relationship when he wanted to get the vets out, and Reagan, well...we never really had a chance to make a solid bond. I know that these newbies all see me and think I'm a big threat, but, you know why they say I would make a good illusionist - I always have a few more tricks up my sleeve!". Aundre Berubius then announces to the houseguests that it is time for Third Degree Competition, and explains the inner-workings of the competition, outlining the obstacle course portion, balance beam, and finally the puzzle. The first houseguest to successfully assemble their puzzle will win the competition. Without further ado, Andy, Reagan, and Rey take their starting positions, with both Andy and Reagan determined to prevent Rey from entering the house if at all possible. After a countdown of three, the competition begins, to which Andy and Reagan both pull ahead in the obstacle course, whilst Rey follows close behind. However, Andy soon struggles to cross the balance beam, allowing Rey to pass Andy, although Reagan still held the lead, and was the first to begin work on the puzzle. The race was neck-and-neck as Reagan did his best to work out the ins and outs of the complicated puzzle, whilst Andy and Rey both managed to catch up to Reagan, leaving all three men working to complete their puzzle first. With the houseguests, as well as the live stage audience, all on the edge of their seats, Rey manages to overcome the odds against him and beat out Reagan by mere seconds, to which joy erupts from the backyard as Rey joins the houseguests and hugs are spread all around, as well as some handshakes between the returnees. Berubius then congratulates Rey on his victory after the houseguests all reconvene in the living room, and announce that per the Third Degree rules, he will be granted immunity from nomination for one week, although he must sit out of the first HOH competition, and proceed to join the team of whomever is evicted later that week. With all of the inaugural festivities having been carried out and dealt with, Aundre announces that the first Head of Household will be determined shortly.
The houseguests then all file back out into the backyard, and stand by, in plain view being their first Head of Household competition of the summer, whilst Rey watches on from the sidelines. The competition, titled "Big Brother RAR Roulette", in which all the houseguests would be given two chances to spin a wheel with various effects and point values. The houseguest who finishes with the highest total score after their second spin would become the first Head of Household of the summer. Although several laughable themed punishments were dealt out from the crazy wheel, such as a "Dice-itard" to Katie and "24 Hours of Lotto Fever" to RuJoi, only a handful of houseguests managed to roll some high numbers, namely Thomas, Teegyn, and Reagan. By the end of two spins, however, it was Thomas who emerged with the highest score and was named the first Head of Household of the summer, overjoying his teammates.
With Thomas in power, most of Team Reagan believed that it was likely that they were going to be targeted, particularly Reagan himself. Most of Team Andy, on the other hand, held differing opinions in regards to who should become their team's first target. Thomas himself met with the people he felt closest to in his team, being Andy and Teegyn, the latter of whom had already begun to spend a great deal of time with him, potentially revealing a showmance in the making. In the meantime, however, Team Reagan bonded as a unit due to their impending targeting, with the exception of Wulfe, whose constant self-aggrandizement and storytelling had really begun to irk several of the houseguests, especially Charisma, who had grown a strong disdain for him, something in common she shared with RuJoi, bonding the two of them despite them being on opposite teams. Darryl, however, opted to let the rest of his team do the heavy lifting and strategic decisions, claiming in the Diary Room that "It's my job to assess the situation, not to do it myself. I climbed up the ranks and I'm used to having people do the gruntwork. Meanwhile, I'm taking it all in, and I'm gaining a lot of intel for my team, y'know?". Darryl's lack of communication with his team, and namely its captain, Andy, led Andy to become increasingly skeptical of Darryl's interests in the game. This seed of doubt grew into a plan, of which Andy relayed to Thomas and Teegyn about the possibility of targeting Darryl instead of one of Team Reagan's members, despite his expressed dislike of Reagan. Teegyn and Thomas seemed reluctant to consider the plan; however, Andy explained the incentive of gaining Rey to join their team, who was much more of an asset than someone like Darryl. After the conclusion of the trio's meeting, Thomas confided to Teegyn that he was unsure why Andy seemed so bent on targeting Darryl, and Teegyn jumped at the opportunity to persuade Thomas that Andy was trying to play them all, and that the only reason he wanted Darryl out was that he wanted to get out people he could not control. Thomas seemed torn, but was convinced by Teegyn to settle on a plan to backdoor Andy out of the house, "sending him back to last place again" as Teegyn described it. Word spread and diffused around the hosue after Thomas and Teegyn proceeded to fill in other people of the house, most being on Team Reagan, including Jamal, Lena, Bella, and Reagan himself, opting to omit the information from Katie, as they felt that she was too close to Andy and would tell him of the plot to backdoor him. Most of the house came to a consensus that Andy should be the target, and soon after the announcement that the first Rival Team Challenge of the season would soon commence.
The season's first Rival Team Challenge, dubbed "Big Brother Garden Party", featured houseguests competing to clear a garden of 100 Big Brother weeds. The first team to clear their section of the backyard completing of all 100 weeds would win the first Team Challenge of the summer, with the prize at stake being $2,500 for every houseguest, greatly delighting and exciting everyone. The competition was then soon commenced, to which Team Andy seemed to garner an early lead with an erratic approach, whilst Team Reagan worked steadily from weed to weed in order, despite Charisma struggling. However, Darryl and Katie notably struggled to keep up the pace with the rest of the team as the challenge went along, allowing Team Reagan's steady and consistent approach to gain ground and overtake Team Andy, mainly due to Reagan's clear instruction, which his teammates, especially Bella, valued, appreciating his leadership skills. Team Andy was ultimately unable to recover despite Andy trying to push Darryl forward, resulting in Team Reagan winning the first Rival Team Challenge of Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2. Team Andy seemed visibly defeated whilst Team Reagan elatedly celeberated with a group hug, and Wulfe letting out a loud "WOO!".
Following the Rival Team Challenge, Thomas met with Teegyn to discuss nominations, to which Teegyn offered the idea of nominating Katie and Charisma under the guise of being fair to the two teams, in that the two of them had struggled, as pawns in order to execute the plan to backdoor Andy from the house. Thomas seemed receptive of Teegyn, later saying in the Diary Room that "'Tee's the only one I think I trust right now. I may be fallin' for her like a fool, but her plan sounds about right. We want Andy out of here; he's out for himself when he's supposed to be our team, you know, leader!". Further meetings with Reagan and some of his closer allied teammates, such as Jamal, Lena, and Bella, all worked to further cement the plan, whilst Teegyn and Thomas both assured Andy that Charisma was the week's target, to which Andy bought and supported, due to his dislike of Charisma, as well as her being a member of Team Reagan, although he still reiterated his pitch to send Darryl home. Later that week, Thomas followed through with the agreed upon plan whilst leaving Andy in the dark on the house's true intentions, and chose to nominate Charisma and Katie for eviction, explaining to the pair that he wanted to be as fair as possible and wished them both luck on getting the veto.
Whilst Katie decided it would be best to lay low and that her team would save her, Charisma began to grow defensive about her nomination, although she opted not to confront Thomas directly, as she blamed Andy on her nomination, only furthering the schism between Andy and Charisma. With most of the house on board with the plan to get rid of Andy, save for a few spats between Andy, Charisma, and occasionally with the antics of Wulfe, life was largely peaceful in the Big Brother house heading into the Power of Veto player draw. Thomas, as HOH, and Charisma and Katie, as nominees, were each instructed to draw a player to compete for the Power of Veto. Thomas drew Reagan, whilst Charisma drew Teegyn to compete. However, when Katie drew Andy's name from the bag, many of the houseguests' hearts dropped in silence, although Thomas still noted secretly that the odds were still were in the favor of the plan as it stood.
Later that week, the six competing houseguests took their starting positions in their first Power of Veto competition of the summer, titled "Spelling Bee Shopping Spree", which required houseguests making their way through a faux grocery store set up in the backyard, featuring a variety of cans, boxes, and packages, all baring letters of the alphabet worth various point values ranging from 1 to 5, whilst dodging and avoiding various "aisle cleanup" spills. The houseguests would then have to return to their station and correctly spell a word with the letters they had collected. The houseguest who has correctly spelled the word most points in total would win the Golden Power of Veto. The competition was then soon commenced, and for the most part, the houseguests all seemed to take vastly different approaches with the letters they were collecting. After twenty minutes of racing and rushing around the fake aisles to secure letters, the houseguests reconvened at their starting platforms in order to compare each competitor's total score. Whilst Charisma and Teegyn scored 9 points each, Reagan was revealed to have passed them with 11 points. Katie scored 10, unable to pass Reagan's score; however, Thomas managed to score a 13, taking the lead, leaving only Andy left the potentially beat Thomas's spelled word. At the final word reveal, Andy's word was announced to have scored a whopping 16 points, earning him the victory and the Power of Veto, sending the house into disarray.
With Andy unable to be nominated, the house was forced to try and find a new target for the week, with Thomas and Teegyn now considering to follow Andy's original plan and target Darryl, after Andy continued to cite Darryl's poor performance in the Rival Team Challenge earlier that week. In addition, Rey had been maintaining connections throughout the house, integrating himself well with everyone, without arousing too much suspicion, causing Thomas and Teegyn to want to secure his loyalty in order to benefit their games with Rey on their side. Andy proceeded to tell the pair of Thomas and Teegyn that desired to use the veto on Katie in order to help carry out their plan, as well as re-affirm Katie's loyalty to their group. Thomas and especially Teegyn opted to follow Andy's lead in order to continue their charade under the guise that they were letting Andy be in charge. Meanwhile, Reagan continued to bond his team together, especially growing fond of Bella, Jamal, and Lena, all three of whom he liked as people and felt that he wanted to work with. Bella admitted to herself later that she felt as if she really felt a connection with Reagan, and grew very close to him, whilst Charisma spent more time with RuJoi instead. Later that week, at the Power of Veto ceremony, Andy decided to use the POV to save Katie from the block, delighting the young High School Student, who gave Andy a huge hug as she took a seat on one of the nearby couches with the other safe houseguests. Andy then told Thomas that as he had vetoed one of his nominations, that Thomas would be tasked with naming a replacement nominee. Thomas then stood up and apologized as he opted to nominate a visibly shocked Darryl for eviction, following through with Andy's plot, and leaving Charisma and Darryl as the finalized nominees for the week.
With Darryl nominated against Charisma, the police sergeant, feeling that his back was against the wall due to his own team nominating him, turned to Team Reagan to save him, offering himself as a double agent with lots of information on Team Andy, in addition to claiming that Charisma was noticeably closer to RuJoi and others on Team Andy than with her own team. Upon hearing of Darryl's campaign to save himself and turn the vote against her, Charisma, alongside her ally and best friend in the house in RuJoi, confronted Darryl and even Andy about the perceived plot to get Charisma on the block and out of the house, with RuJoi calling out Darryl as a traitor and Andy as a joke of a leader, whilst Charisma called Andy's character into question. Andy fired back at Charisma in particular, claiming that there was definitely a reason why of all of the Team Reagan people they could've targeted, they chose her, causing some further skepticism with some of the watching Team Reagan members, most profoundly Reagan himself, along with Jamal and Lena, about Andy. Darryl then proceeded to blow up the plan to Andy about how their own team was against them, and even touched on the plan to backdoor Andy although he didn't name specific names, despite Andy wanting Darryl out himself, causing Andy to become extremely paranoid and volatile, skeptical of everyone in the house. As the eviction ceremony loomed later that week, the members of Team Reagan weighed their options, discussing Charisma's volatility and perceived loyalty outside of their team, against Darryl's defection and untrustworthiness, as well as his struggle to gel with the rest of the house. At the live eviction ceremony, Darryl continued to campaign for a chance to stay in the house and combat the people running the house, whilst Charisma said she enjoyed the experience and that she was love an opportunity to stay and play the game. Ultimately at the live vote, the members of the core of Team Reagan decided to vote to evict Darryl and spare Charisma, resulting in Darryl becoming the first houseguest evicted from Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2, by a vote of 8-2, only receiving a sympathy vote from his teammate Katie and a vote from Wulfe against Charisma. Darryl hugged and shook hands with most of the houseguests on his way out the house, whilst Charisma thanked the house for saving her. Hostess Aundre Berubius then proceeds to announce to Rey that he will join Team Andy, to which he is welcomed wby most of his new teammates with open arms, although Andy maintained mixed feelings due to his past interactions with his former coach.
Votes for Darryl: Andy, Bella, Jamal, Lena, Reagan, Rey, RuJoi, and Teegyn
Votes for Charisma: Katie and Wulfe
Following Darryl's eviction, the remaining houseguests, with the exception of Thomas, competed to become the next Head of Household in their next competition, dubbed "Noodle Canoodle", with featured the houseguests being made to straddle the handle of a giant faux-fork for as long as possible, whilst periodically being doused in pasta and marinara sauce. The last houseguest left atop their fork would become the new HOH for the week, whilst the first three houseguests to fall would become Have-Nots for the duration of the week. With the competition explained to the houseguests, the competition was soon commenced after each of the eleven eligible competitors took their positions. Right away, it became evident that Wulfe and RuJoi had begun to struggle, and not even ten minutes into the competition, RuJoi became the first houseguest eliminated, although she made fun of her own performance, joking exuberantly. This outburst caused an already struggling Wulfe to fall off, making it no secret of his disdain for RuJoi as he took a seat on the bench beside her. Wulfe then decided, in response, to do his best to psyche out Charisma in the competition, infuriating Charisma, RuJoi, and some of the other members of Team Reagan. After about 22 minutes, Charisma finally opted off of her platform after a particularly powerful pasta strike, flipping off Wulfe with her middle finger after seeing his enjoyment of her failure. Around five minutes later, a visibly shaking Jamal dropped out of the competition, leaving seven people left vying for the title of HOH.
With the seven houseguests remaining hanging tight at the one hour mark, the giant mechanical forks were then slightly elevated in angle, increasing the difficulty, which proved too much for Bella to overcome, eliminating her. Rey, now seeing that six people remained, cited in his own mind how he felt that it was absolutely not in his best interest in winning this HOH competition, as he wanted to diminish the target on his back as much as possible. At the same time, however, he simultaneously wanted to not seem too weak for his Rival Team, but also not too strong to be considered an immediate competition threat, especially with his past competition performances on other seasons. Rey then manages to convincingly throw the competition, leaving only Katie, Teegyn, and Lena alongside their respective Team Captains in Andy and Reagan still eligible to win. After yet another grueling hour of competition, Katie drops after being promised safety by everyone remaining, followed by Lena, and finally a frustrated Teegyn, leaving Andy and Reagan left, competing head-to-head. Andy makes a point to taunt Reagan, in an attempt to be playful, but instead just secretly bothers and irks Reagan, who continued to remain statue-like and rock-solid. After a full time of 3:52:16, Andy finally drops off of his fork, leaving a fulfilled-feeling Reagan as the new Head of Houseguest. Thomas, as the competition's host, then reminds Charisma, RuJoi, and Wulfe that they would become the Have-Nots for the week, which didn't seem to phase Wulfe much, citing his survivalist experience, whilst Charisma simply rolled her eyes.
Immediately following Reagan's win, Andy pulled Reagan aside to try and reason with him, telling him that he knew that Reagan had that competition in the bag and that Andy just wasn't great at endurance competitions, citing various previous injuries throughout his life, which Reagan viewed as excuses. Andy's self-centralizing only further fueled Reagan's desire to target Andy, although Reagan promised Andy he was safe to his face when Andy approached him to ask. With Reagan in power, the entirety of his team, with the notable exception of Charisma, joined him to congratulate him. Reagan then announced that all of them in the room were safe, and as captain, he wanted to do what would most benefit their group. Jamal then suggested to target Andy, echoing Reagan's current sentiment; however, Wulfe made sure to voice his concerns and his desire to send Charisma home due to her disloyalty, though ultimately Reagan decided to settle on nominating Andy and a member of Andy's team, most likely of which would be either Katie or RuJoi. After the Team Reagan meeting, however, Reagan conferred with Rey, and told him that Rey was safe this week, and that he respected Rey from last season, despite them having their differences. Reagan then asked Rey what he would do in his place, to which Rey told Reagan exactly what he wanted to hear, and that Andy was too dangerous and that they knew it from last season. However, due to Rey's maneuvering as the middleman between Andy and Reagan, Rey subtly suggested that Reagan should backdoor Andy by nominating Teegyn and Thomas, two of Andy's allies, who were both very likely to win the veto, and would understand Reagan's intentions. Reagan pondered the idea and seemed unwilling at first; however, Rey built a strong, persuasive case for Reagan to nominate the showmance together, citing how close he felt the two of them were as a couple anyway without Andy, and that in a worst-case scenario, that it wouldn't be a terrible thing to lose either Teegyn or Thomas if Andy was somehow unavailable to target. Rey's subtle, yet strong manipulation ended up winning Reagan over, who brought the plan to Bella, Lena, and Jamal, the three people he dubbed as his core alliance within his team. Bella seemed very keen to the plan due to her existing dislike of Teegyn, whilst Jamal and Lena said they would go along with whatever Reagan wanted to do this week. Lena cited later in the Diary Room, however, that "I do feel like there is something off about Reagan's plan. However, coming in to this game, I knew the role I wanted to play. Reagan is the HOH and my Team Captain, so I know it's for the best if I just follow his lead".
Soon after the circling bouts of game-talk, the houseguests then participated in their second Rival Team Challenge of the season, titled "Big Brother Wrecking Crew", which featured the houseguests constructing a block tower as a team over the course of ten minutes. At the end of ten minutes, the houseguests would then run relay, one at a time, swinging a suspended "wrecking ball" at the opposing team's tower. The first team to succeed at completely demolishing the other team's tower would win the competition, and an unprecedented reward, in that three randomly determined members of the winning team would win a slight advantage in the next Head of Household competition. If Reagan were to be randomly picked, he would be given the right to give his advantage to another member of his team, given that he would be ineligible to compete in the next HOH competition.
With the rules explained and the competition begun, the two teams immediately took noticeably different approaches, with Andy leading his team to build as much as possible to provide a high number of required targets to be hit, whilst Team Reagan focused on creating one, solid structure, although Wulfe objected to the idea. After ten minutes, the second phase of the competition was held, and it quickly became apparent that although Andy's team's approach left the targets themselves shaky, the number of throws required to knock them all down was proving to be an advantage, as Andy's team were able to continuously apply pressure to one spot without having to adjust between each wrecking ball swing. This, coupled with Wulfe and Charisma's lackluster relay performances, led to Team Andy knocking down Team Reagan's tower first, winning them the competition. Team Andy celebrated and huddled, cheering themselves on, whilst Team Reagan looked on, and Wulfe swore about not being listened to by his teammates. The six current members of Team Andy were each given an envelope at random, and were asked to open it to reveal to the houseguests which three of them had won the advantage. Whilst Katie, Rey, and Thomas got nothing, it was revealed that Andy, RuJoi, and Teegyn had garnered the slight HOH advantage for next week. Reagan later cited how both his current target, Andy, as well as one of Andy's perceived allies, Teegyn, would "have even more ammunition against me going into next week. At least for now, it's another reason to get one of Team Andy's stronger players out this week". A few hours later, Reagan then later chose to follow Rey's previously laid-out plan, and nominated the stunned showmance of Teegyn and Thomas for eviction, immediately annoying Teegyn, who felt extremely betrayed due to their agreement over the course of the last week.
Following the nomination ceremony, Teegyn and Thomas isolated themselves a bit in wake of Reagan's percevived betrayal, causing RuJoi and Charisma to further bond over trash-talking Teegyn and her manipulation of Thomas, causing both of them to suffer for Teegyn's actions. Andy celebrated not being nominated by his rival a bit over-enthusiastically, annoying Reagan, as well as the pair of Charisma and RuJoi. Teegyn and Thomas made sure to spend as much time together as they could, as Thomas had become completely smitten by Teegyn, dubbing themselves the "T 'n' T" showmance. Teegyn, however, tried to lobby to the women of the house to save her over Thomas, causing Charisma and RuJoi especially to become further suspicious of her. Reagan later met to re-confer with his team that the plan to backdoor Andy was still in effect, immediately prior to the veto player draw, where Reagan drew Jamal to compete, whilst Teegyn drew Bella. However, Thomas drew drew Houseguest's Choice and selected Andy, feeling that Andy would save either himself or Thomas, Reagan's alliance began to grow wary at Andy's visible energy.
With the six competitors having been determined, the houseguests ventured outside to watch and participate in the "Somewhere Under the Veto" Power of Veto competition, which featured the houseguests being required to search through pots, stashed by fake clouds and rainbows, full of faux gold coins to find extremely hidden specific coins marked by the Power of Veto insignia. The first houseguest to accumulate ten total veto-marked coins would win the Golden Power of Veto. With the starting horn having been blown, Thomas, Teegyn, and Andy especially hustled to find as many coins as possible, with Teegyn and Thomas both finding one almost immediately. Bella visibly struggled, whilst Reagan methodically searched each pot one at a time. Andy and Jamal soon both developed a strategy of scanning through each pot quickly in order to save time, allowing Andy and Jamal to gain ground on both Teegyn and Thomas. Although Teegyn found her tenth and final coin first, Andy found his not a moment later, and was able to outrun Teegyn to the finishing mat, and won the Golden Power of Veto, secretly frustrating Reagan and Bella, as well as bringing T 'n' T to a state of unease.
With Andy once again safe from nomination, Reagan met with his alliance to discuss the new target, to which most of the group agreed that Teegyn was the brains of the operation in the T 'n' T showmance, whilst Thomas was a bigger threat to win competitions. Wulfe, however, upon joining the meeting of Reagan, Bella, Jamal, and Lena, suggested targeting Charisma and RuJoi, stating how he felt that they were more loyal to each other than either of their own teams, to which Reagan agreed, but felt that they could be dealt with at another time, as they were both shown to be terrible at the competitions thus far, which Wulfe conceded to, allowing him to suggest a plan to make the pair of Charisma and RuJoi take the blame for this week's eviction. The group fondly received the idea, especially Bella, who relished in the thought of "dishing out what we've been taking from them", referring to Charisma and RuJoi's constant gossip. Jamal and Lena came up with the specific plan to evict Teegyn, and blame it later on the back of Charisma and RuJoi's constant smack-talk of Teegyn, as well as many of the other houseguests, which had become increasingly apparent to the rest of the house. Reagan agreed to the idea, loving the idea of not getting any additional blood on his hands, but then reassured his alliance that they absolutely needed Andy to not use the veto on either of the nominees in order to execute the new plan. Reagan later met with Andy, asking him not to use the veto, to which Andy said he could only do that if Thomas would stay, as he had grown much closer to Thomas than to Teegyn, whom he had grown disdain for since Darryl's outing of her to Andy. Reagan gave his word to Andy that Thomas would stay over Teegyn, although once again, Andy's perceived bossiness got under Reagan's skin. Teegyn and Thomas, however, both spent large amounts with Andy over the course of the next few days, with Teegyn lobbying hard for Andy to use the veto on one of them, with Andy viewing the campaign as another example of Teegyn's untrustworthy behavior, and that her loyalty was to Thomas alone, and not to either Andy himself, or the team as a whole. Later in the week, Andy honored the agreement he made with Reagan, and chose not to use the Power of Veto, causing Teegyn to fight back some indignant tears.
With Teegyn's back against the wall, the sales representative turned to the relationships she had built with some of the other women in the house, namely with Bella, Katie, and Lena, asking for their votes to stay. Katie's bond with Teegyn led her to become conflicted; however, Bella, and later Andy, continued to tell her that Teegyn was just telling them all what they wanted to hear. Thomas continued to comfort Teegyn, whilst trying to remain tight with Andy, as he did not feel especially comfortable campaigning against Teegyn in order to stay. Charisma and RuJoi continued to show their preference for Teegyn to be evicted, causing many small arguments to erupt between both pairs of Teegyn/Thomas and Charisma/RuJoi throughout the remainder of the week. Teegyn made an effort to lobby herself as a vote to go after Charisma and RuJoi, as well as tried to make many separate deals with people, which only caused most of the house to view her as overplaying. This along with the acknowledged addition of her having an advantage in the next HOH competition from the Rival Team Challenge led most people to a consensus as eviction night approached.
At the live eviction ceremony, Teegyn made one final plea to the women and to Team Andy to stay in the house, putting Charisma and RuJoi on blast during her speech, whilst Thomas thanked everyone for the experience, saying that if it was his time to go, that he still really liked everyone here, and the proceeded to give Teegyn a huge kiss, bringing them applause from everyone present, minus RuJoi and an eye-rolling Charisma. After all of the votes had been cast, it was revealed that Teegyn had become the second houseguest evicted by a unanimous vote. Katie sobbed and apologized to Teegyn, to which Teegyn forgave her and told her she understood completely. Teegyn gave Thomas a big hug, along with everyone except for the pair of Charisma and RuJoi, visibly avoiding them as she exited the house.
Votes for Teegyn: Andy, Bella, Charisma, Jamal, Katie, Lena, Rey, RuJoi, and Wulfe
Votes for Thomas: -none-
Following Teegyn's eviction, the remaining eligible houseguests competed in their third Head of Household competition of the summer, titled "Spring in Your Step", which featured the houseguests racing across various trampoline mats and spring-loaded mattresses, navigating their way to a puzzle station, where they would be forced to assemble as much of the puzzle as possible within 60-second intervals between when they first left their starting position, where a button was located. If the houseguest fails to reset the 60-second timer by hitting this button within the allotted time, their puzzle would fall and all current progress would be lost for that individual. The first houseguest to successfully assemble their puzzle and hit the button with it completed in its entirety would become the new HOH for the week. All of the houseguests were then given the go-ahead to take their starting positions, but before the competition was begun, hostess Aundre Berubius announced that Andy and RuJoi, having garnered the HOH advantage reward from the last Rival Team Challenge, would receive 90 seconds with each button-pressing interval, giving them much more time with each pass at the puzzle board to work to assemble their puzzle. With all of the rules and advantages explained, the competition was soon commenced.
Right away, it became evident that Andy, in particular, benefited substantially from his advantage in terms of time saved; however, he struggled at the complex puzzle board. On the other hand, RuJoi was unable to get any sort of momentum going at all due to her poor balance skills during each trip across the trampolines and mattresses. Charisma went all-out, doing her best to win to keep herself safe, along with RuJoi, seeing how much RuJoi was struggling, and especially after the events of last week, although she didn't feel that herself or RuJoi were the biggest targets right now in the house, in contrast to people like Andy, Reagan, and Wulfe. Meanwhile, Reagan cheers on his team members, particularly Lena and Jamal, who were both finding success, along with Katie, who was surprising everyone with her performance, with Katie citing in the Diary Room that "my team's been bahck up against the wall for weeks now, ahnd it's on my shoulders to make sure that our team can be safe this week". Most of the other competitors seemed at least a good deal behind Katie, Lena, and Jamal, leaving a close three-person race to the finish until Lena began to slow down, feeling that it would be better for either Katie or Jamal to win, as she was closely aligned with Jamal, and further felt that Katie would not target her. Despite Andy's advantage and Jamal's successes, however, it was Katie who pulled off the upset victory for Team Andy, winning the competition and becoming the new Head of Household, to which the young High School student squealed happily and received a huge hug from Andy and congratulations from everyone, although Charisma did seemed disappointed.
With Katie having pulled out a win for Team Andy, Reagan approached Andy about keeping true to the plan formulated last week about targeting Charisma and RuJoi, to which Andy readily agreed, still not completely aware of Reagan's plan to backdoor him only a few days prior. Andy met with Katie and pointed her in the direction of Charisma and RuJoi, to which Katie accepted the idea, remembering how Charisma didn't seem all to thrilled about Katie winning the HOH competition, making Katie wonder about Charisma potentially targeting her. Following his one-on-one conversation with Katie, Andy confirmed to Reagan that the plan was on, secretly bringing relief to Reagan, who relayed the plan to Bella, Jamal, Lena, and Wulfe, letting them know that they may need to sacrifice Charisma to keep them all safe this week, to which Wulfe seemed all too on-board with. Meanwhile, Charisma and RuJoi were still under the assumption that Katie would be going after two members of Team Reagan, although Charisma was almost completely convinced that she would be a nominee due to Katie not talking much strategy with her. RuJoi assured her that the two of them were safe, and that there would be no point for Katie, or anyone else, to target them, and continued to bash Andy, Wulfe, and even Teegyn, despite her already being evicted. The constant gossip of Charisma and RuJoi further isolated themselves from the rest of the house.
Later that week, the third Rival Team Challenge was set up soon slated to being, titled "Crazy Strain", in which the two teams would race to identify pairs of identical strains of "Big Brother Bacteria", each with different distinct sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns. There are eight matching pairs to be identified out of 100 in total, and the first team to successfully identify the eight matching pairs of Big Brother Bacteria would win the Rival Team Challenge, as well as win a Backyard Barbecue party for their team only, in addition to becoming Haves for the remainder of the week, whilst the losing team will become the week's Have-Nots. The competition was then started, and one by one, each houseguest took an individual turn attempting to match a pair of bacteria patterns, but it was soon clear that Reagan's team seemed to be more efficient in that regard, with Jamal, Lena, and Reagan himself all finding pairs fairly quickly, whilst Andy attempted to rally his team to try and pick up the pace. However, when it came to Wulfe's turn, the reality tv personality struggled immensely and refused to switch out, allowing for Katie, Andy, and Thomas to each score and overtake Team Reagan. In the end, Wulfe's blunder allowed Team Andy to emerge victorious, to which the five remaining members of the team all shared a group hug, whilst Team Reagan seemed visibly frustrated, and with Charisma especially furious with Wulfe's performance.
With Andy and his team celebrating their win, Charisma was quick to push the blame on to Wulfe, and later, along with RuJoi, approached Katie, proposing to target Wulfe, due to his "general uselessness" and "terrible attitude", as Charisma and RuJoi described it. Katie said she would consider it; however, Katie relayed the information of Charisma and RuJoi's plotting to Andy, and later on, to all of Wulfe, Bella, Jamal, Lena, Reagan, and teammates Rey and Thomas in a house meeting during one of Charisma and RuJoi's gossip sessions. Wulfe became furious at learning of RuJoi and Charisma trying to throw him under the bus, but admitted he wasn't surprised. Katie assured both him and everyone else present that "the plan is still a go", and that the pair's scheming only made her further realize that this was the right decision. Later that day, Katie stuck to the plan, and nominated a shocked RuJoi, alongside an annoyed Charisma for eviction.
With Charisma and RuJoi on the block, the pair, particularly Charisma, had become convinced that Andy and/or Wulfe were responsible for Katie nominating them together against each other, an opinion that Charisma and RuJoi did not choose to keep to themselves, as they immediately called Andy and Wulfe out, causing an intense shouting match between them all. Charisma called Wulfe a "chauvinistic pr*ck" who can't deal with strong women, infuriating Wulfe, who retaliated by calling Charisma a "complete bloomin' waste of space". RuJoi blasted Andy and Katie for turning on their team and told the house that their word was worth nothing to her at this point, with Andy firing back by saying "Don't worry, they don't care about you have to say anyway". Rey later elaborates on the intense verbal exchange in the Diary Room, saying to the viewers that "I'm honestly a bit surprised it didn't come to blows. These people...there's a lot of animosity between them. But you don't see me complaining! Fighting's good for business, and it's all business to me". Later that week, with no shortage of fighting in the time in between, players were drawn to compete in the Power of Veto competition. Katie drew HouseGuest's choice, and selected Andy to compete, receiving an eye-roll from Charisma, whilst Charisma herself drew Reagan, and RuJoi drew Rey to compete. The Power of Veto competition, dubbed "Veto-tal Re-Call", featured the houseguests, adorned in pizzeria chef costumes, in a round-based memory competition, in which each competitor would answer a phone, which would tell them a pizza order, and requiring the houseguests to re-create the pizza exactly as the order described it. If any houseguest incorrectly re-creates the pizza by either putting an incorrect topping, or by forgetting any correct topping, would be eliminated from the competition, with the last houseguest standing winning the Golden Power of Veto. The competition was then initiated with the first call being rung in, with three toppings required. Every houseguest answered correctly, advancing everyone to Round 2, which featured four toppings. Charisma selected pepperoni when the order required peppers, eliminating her from the contest, with visible disappointment, whilst Wulfe couldn't help but smile a bit from the viewing stands. Everyone again answered correctly in the third round, but in Round 4, the six-topping order ended up claiming both Reagan, who forgot an ingredient, as well as Rey, who opted to throw another competition without attracting attention, leaving Andy, Katie, and RuJoi. In the fifth round, current HOH Katie committed a similar error to Charisma in answering "pepperoncinis" instead of "pepperoni", eliminating her, leaving Andy and RuJoi facing off against one another. The sixth round proved to be the final round, as the extremely large seven-topping order made both Andy and RuJoi seem unsure, with both picking identical orders, aside from the difference of Andy choosing mushrooms, in contrast to RuJoi choosing mozzarella. In the end, however, Andy proved to be correct, and won his third consecutive Power of Veto of the summer, impressing everyone, and aggravating Charisma and RuJoi, as Wulfe seemed to celebrate at Andy beating RuJoi.
With Andy winning his third consecutive POV competition, Reagan, upon later reconvening with his core alliance of Bella, Jamal, and Lena, was pleased with the result, but voiced his increasingly growing concerns about Andy being too dangerous to keep in the game, to which Bella readily agreed with. Jamal and Lena went along with the opinion, with Lena citing in the Diary Room later that she believed that "Reagan definitely has a valid point in that Andy is a threat, but honestly, I want big threats around in the game right now to keep the target off of my back. In the end, however, I won't rock the boat. I'm a data nerd, not a bad sailor". Jamal additionally noted in his own Diary Room session how close he noticed Bella was becoming to Reagan, and his concern for their bond moving forward, saying that "Everybody knows that power couples are a serious threat in this game. I know, I know, I'm a hypocrite with my alliance with Lena, but in all honesty, her and I want Reagan with us, and Bella- she sketches me out. I really do trust Reagan, but Bella needs to go, ASAP". Despite the secret tensions and alternative agendas, Lena and Jamal continued to follow Reagan's suggestions. However, Bella pushed for RuJoi to go over Charisma due to RuJoi being another member of Team Andy, to which Reagan agreed to, in addition to secretly further fueling Jamal's skepticism about Bella, in particular to her being "smarter than she wants others to know she is when it comes to the strategy of the game". Nonetheless, Jamal, along with Lena, did agree that it was best to keep as many members of their team in for as long as possible. Later that week, Andy chose not to use the Power of Veto, leaving Charisma and RuJoi as the finalized nominees for the week.
With the sassy and indignant pair of Charisma and RuJoi up for eviction, and the feisty pair opting to spend almost all of their time with each other instead of campaign against one another, Andy and Katie campaigned for Charisma to go, and tried to convince the members of Team Reagan to vote her out, with Andy claiming that it would be fair, as Team Reagan hadn't lost any of their team yet. This logic yet again struck a bad chord with Reagan, who agreed to Andy's face, but believed that Andy had struck a deal with RuJoi in exchange for her staying that could potentially put Reagan and his allied team members in danger instead of Andy, Katie, and Thomas, all members of Team Andy of whom had had some sort of disagreement with Charisma and RuJoi up to that point. This, coupled with Bella's previous plan, brought Reagan to the conclusion that RuJoi should leave this week, and told his alliance that he would be voting out RuJoi this week, to which Jamal, Lena, and especially Bella all agreed to as well. Wulfe seemed very determined to vote out Charisma, despite Reagan and Bella trying to convince him to join them in voting at RuJoi. The change in plans annoyed Wulfe, who was not pleased at being left out of the loop, and began casting doubt with him about his standing within their alliance. Wulfe then informed Andy and Katie that he would be voting Charisma out, but that he wasn't sure what his team was doing, and that he believed they may be going back on their plan, bringing paranoia to Andy, who wasted no time to talk to Reagan and company about Wulfe's claims. Reagan denied Wulfe's accusations and told Andy he was sticking to the plan to evict Charisma; however, Bella proceeded to tell her alliance after Reagan relayed the news of Wulfe's information leak that she knew that they couldn't trust Wulfe and that he was a rat. With Bella, Jamal, Lena, and Reagan set to evict RuJoi, and Andy, Thomas, and Wulfe set to evict Charisma, Rey was left in the middle, and saw an opportunity to make a big move and improve his position and build trust with Team Reagan, by not forcing a tie and exploiting Andy's inner doubts about his teammates, particularly Thomas, due to Andy's hand in sending Teegyn out during the previous week. Rey planted some seeds of doubt within Andy about Thomas without throwing Thomas under the bus, feeding off of Andy's existing paranoia.
At the live eviction, Charisma decided to put Andy and Wulfe on blast in her speech, telling the rest of the house to keep her to go after them and that they could not be trusted, in addition to claiming that Katie was Andy's crony. RuJoi told the house to vote with their heart and to make the decision that was best for them, and that she would not miss either Andy or Wulfe, to which Wulfe smirked and Andy replied, "that's mutual, honey". The live voting was then begun, and soon after, it had become revealed that RuJoi has been evicted in a blindside vote of 5 to 3, leaving Andy, Katie, Thomas, and Wulfe floored as RuJoi hugged Charisma and everyone except Andy and Wulfe goodbye as she exited the house. Andy immediately asked "Who flipped?", not receiving a response from anyone, with Rey putting on a great performance in denial of him flipping his vote, leaving Andy believing Thomas had flipped in revenge for Teegyn.
Votes for RuJoi: Bella, Jamal, Lena, Reagan, and Rey
Votes for Charisma: Andy, Thomas, and Wulfe
Following RuJoi's dramatic eviction from the house, all of the remaining eligible houseguests, with the exception of Katie, competed in the "Trivial Pur-Suit" HOH competition, which featured the houseguests answering questions based on pictures of various Big Brother-themed suits on the memory wall, with the possible answers being either "True" or "False". If any houseguest answers a question incorrectly, they will be eliminated from the competition, with the last houseguest standing winning the competition, as well as the title of Head of Household for the week. Prior to the competition, it was evident who felt they needed to win, as Andy, Wulfe, Reagan, and an especially tenacious and scorned Charisma all studied the wall intensely. Charisma refused to speak to anyone, and instead, dedicated all of her time to studying the suits on the wall in an effort to prepare for the competition at hand.
The competition was then started, with the first round resulting in Bella, Thomas, Rey, and a visibly annoyed Andy being eliminated, leaving Charisma, Jamal, Lena, Reagan, and Wulfe still competing. Everyone answered the second round's question correctly, but in Round 3, Reagan, Lena, and Jamal all answered incorrectly, leaving the dueling pair of Wulfe and Charisma remaining. Everyone eliminated seemed more or less on the edge of their seats to varying degrees, with Andy in particular looking extremely vested in the outcome, given his heated exchanges with Charisma throughout the game, as well as being blindsided and unsure of who to trust. After the fourth round however, Charisma answered correctly with a response of "True" when Wulfe answered "False", meaning Charisma had defied the majority will of the house and won the title of HOH. Andy put his head in his hands, observably displeased with the turn of events, whilst Wulfe looked visibly aggravated, swearing under his breath as Charisma cried tears of joy, celebrating and feeling vindicated, yelling out "I did it 'Ru! I'll get them for you!".
After her win, Charisma made little effort to hide her elation, whilst many of the other houseguests became extremely annoyed with her perceived gloating, namely Thomas, Bella, Reagan, and especially Andy and Wulfe. Little game-talk happened between Charisma and the rest of the house for the remainder of the night, as no one seemed to either want to be the first trying to strike a deal with Charisma, or in Andy or Wulfe's particular cases, attempt to swallow their pride and reach out to Charisma, whom they disliked greatly. However, superfan Jamal noted how this could be an opportunity to bring Charisma back into the fold, and consulted his closest ally Lena, along with his newfound perceived close ally in Rey. Jamal cited how he felt that Lena and Rey were exactly the people he wanted to work with since Day 1 of the game, seeing as how all three of them seemed like kindred spirits and huge fans of this game, to which both agreed. Rey cited in the Diary Room about how "it appears another avenue has opened up for me since my decision last night. Jamal and Lena want to work with me, and to be honest, they aren't the people I usually try and go the distance with. They're both smart and savvy players, players who understand how to lay low and play the role I tend to like to play. That being said though, I do see this as a great opportunity to get me into a core group; I can definitely see the three of us doing some real damage in this house". Rey then decides to reciprocate the suggestion of an alliance with Jamal and Lena, and Jamal immediately is overrun with a genuine excitement, and suggests that they could call themselves "The Brain Train", citing how he felt that it was "full speed ahead" for the three of them using their wits, to which Rey chuckles and lauds the name, along with a smiling Lena. With a new alliance formed, Lena recommends to Jamal that he should be the one to talk to Charisma, as it Jamal was the person remaining with the most daily interaction with Charisma, to which Jamal agrees, and suggests that it could be a great move for them to try and sway Charisma towards targeting Bella in order to reel in Reagan's allegiance. Rey senses Jamal's reverence for him due to his superfandom, and offers to coach Jamal on how to approach Charisma during their impending meeting. Lena cites her new position in the Diary Room soon after, saying that "being in this core group - the "Brain Train" - I think it's a good spot for someone like myself. I do trust Jamal, and I feel that I can trust Rey as well, but I do think it's apparent that Jamal may give off this vibe that he's playing too hard. That makes him a target over me if things go south - so for now, I'll let Jamal be the conductor of this train".
Soon after, Jamal meets with Charisma to ask where her head was currently at regarding nominations, to which Charisma jokingly praises Jamal at being the first person to "have the balls" to strut up here and talk game with her, to which the pair both laugh. Charisma then alludes to the idea that she is debating on targeting one the three people who she knows are coming after her, being Wulfe, Katie, and Andy. Jamal agrees that Wulfe and Andy definitely are gunning for her, but says he feels that Katie is just playing vicariously through Andy and will just do what he wants, and that with Andy gone, Katie may not see her as a threat, to which Charisma agrees with. However, Jamal says that he knows for a fact that Bella wants her out as well, which Charisma easily buys, given that the two of them never really got along, but Charisma remains adamant that Andy is the biggest threat to her game and has settled on targeting him for this week. Jamal does not object, but suggests a backdoor, as it has become very clear that Andy is too big of a threat in competitions, and throws the idea out to Charisma about nominating two lesser competition threats, like Bella and Wulfe, who she doesn't trust. Charisma says she will consider it, but thanks Jamal for coming by, saying that he was safe, and that she wasn't targeting him, to which Jamal, following Rey's advice, responds by assuring Charisma that he has her back. Most of the house remained against the idea of talking to Charisma, not wanting to garner the stigma of a rat, which gave Charisma more time to ponder her impending decision. Later that week, Charisma decided to go along with Jamal's suggested backdoor plan, and chose to nominate Bella and Wulfe for eviction. Charisma told Bella that she didn't know where she stood and that's why she was nominated, whilst Charisma told Wulfe that he should know why she had to put him up after last week, to which Wulfe sarcastically responds with "It's an honor". Andy is shocked at his omission from nomination, but does not say anything during the ceremony, instead stating later in the Diary Room that he does not know "how in the WORLD am I not on the block? HOW? I don't know what I did to get her to not nominate me. This chick has every reason to. She knows that I hate her. But whatever man, I'm not complaining! Could this be a backdoor, sure! Am I going up if someone comes down after veto? Probably. But for now, I need a drink to celebrate".
With the nomination ceremony adjourned, hostess Aundre Berubius then announced that the houseguests would be participating in their final Rival Team Challenge of the summer, and revealed the name of the competition to be "Rival Records Redux". For this competition, the two Rival Teams would compete to solve a puzzle by answering questions regarding events and records set through the first three weeks of the season, with the first team to complete their puzzle winning the competition, as well as the prize - an unprecedented advantage for one member of the winning team, to be determined randomly. Everyone seemed enthusiastic about the prospect of receiving a new advantage to help their game, and soon after the revelation, the competition was then begun. Andy and Reagan both did their best to guide their teams, but Katie and Thomas failed to make much progress, whilst Reagan, Jamal, Lena, and Bella worked together well. Eventually Andy's team was able to find their stride, and with Andy's efforts in particular, the team of four members was able to overtake Team Reagan nearing the end. However, a critical error from Andy ended up costing his team when they rang in, allowing Team Reagan to make up the lost time and come back to win the competition, elating everyone, whilst Andy seemed frustrated with both his team and himself at their loss. After the celebration had mostly subsided, each member of Team Reagan was given a small pouch, said to contain a key - five regular keys with no effect, along with one special key that would result in an advantage for the player who received it in their pouch at random. One by one, each of the six houseguests were instructed to enter the Diary Room and check their pouch. After several anticlimactic reveals, an ecstatic Jamal learned that he had received the advantage, and read the inscription on his key, learning that it was called the "Co-HOH Key", which allowed him to be able to become a Co-HOH alongside any other houseguest who had won the Head of Household competition, up until when there were four houseguests remaining, when the advantage would expire. Jamal celebrated and took in the moment as a Big Brother superfan, thanking Big Brother before settling back down and rejoining the other houseguests, deciding to hide that he had won the advantage.
With the advantage bestowed and the nominations still set in place before the veto competition, little game talk continued to transpire, with Charisma still Head of Household, mainly due to Wulfe's active campaign against her. This tension did not stray Charisma away from her desire to stick to her plan and backdoor Andy, however, and soon players were drawn to play in the upcoming Power of Veto competition. Charisma drew Thomas, secretly relieved that at least she had not drawn Andy's chip from the bag, whilst Bella drew Houseguest's choice and selected Reagan to compete. Wulfe then drew Katie to compete, leaving Charisma privately overjoyed at Andy's omission from the competition. The Power of Veto competition itself, dubbed "Power of Seat-o", featured the six houseguests playing a glorified version of musical chairs, with a twist, in that instead of running around in circles, the houseguests would be made to traverse an obstacle course to get to each seat. Every round, one less seat and obstacle would be in play, and one person would be eliminated, until one person remained. The last person remaining would win the competition, as well as the Golden Power of Veto. The starting horn was then sounded, and although both Katie and Wulfe struggled, it was Katie who was eliminated first from the competition, looking visibly disheartened. With Katie eliminated, Charisma was secretly quite happy, as she felt everyone remaining in the competition winning would result in a nominee being taken off of the block and Andy becoming the replacement. With Katie out, Charisma's reaction was not what it was expected to be by Thomas, sending off alarm bells to him that Charisma might be in fact targeting his alliance, citing later in the Diary Room how he felt that he was "a loyal soldier to my alliance. Being born and raised Kentucky proud, loyalty means a lot to a guy like me. Andy and I- we've butted heads, yeah, but if Charisma's coming after him or Katie, it's like she's coming after me". Charisma, Wulfe, and Bella were all eliminated in the ensuing rounds, leaving Reagan and Thomas each vying for the POV, with Reagan in particular fighting hard to be able to take Bella off of the block, as he did indeed feel that she was a close ally, as well as a very close friend to him in the game. However, by the end of the competition, it was Thomas who was the last houseguest standing in the competition, resulting in him winning the Golden Power of Veto.
With Thomas emerging victorious, Charisma made sure to approach him and ask him to use the Power of Veto in order to help her get Andy out, citing how it could be the way for him to avenge Teegyn. Thomas told Charisma that he had a lot to think about, and their meeting adjourned, although Thomas later reconvened with his alliance, consisting of Andy, Katie, and their growing ally and current nominee Wulfe, as well as his other remaining team member Rey, and told them about Charisma's plan to backdoor Andy. Andy immediately said he knew that something wasn't adding up, and that he wasn't surprised to hear that Charisma wanted to target him after all. Wulfe then told Thomas that it was alright if he chose not to use it, as even though he didn't want to stay on the block, he would much rather see Charisma's plan dashed, and that they could try and work it out from there to see if they could save him. Wulfe's gesture of trust and loyalty hit a good chord with Thomas, who then agreed to not use the veto, and later that week, despite Bella and Reagan attempting to campaign to Thomas for them to save Bella, Thomas opted to go with Wulfe's wishes, and defied Charisma's will by not using the Power of Veto, leaving Bella and Wulfe as the finalized nominees for the week.
Now forced to abort her original plan, Charisma became annoyed with Thomas for his perceived deception, and later confronted him, asking why he would want to save Andy when it was Andy who turned his back on himself and Teegyn, to which Thomas responded by citing how that he felt Andy wasn't the only person to blame for Teegyn going home. With no common ground between Charisma and Thomas reached by this meeting, the members of Andy's alliance began attempting to throw Bella under the bus in an effort to save Wulfe, which was music to The Brain Train's ears, and particularly Jamal, as he still wished to get Bella out now that she was eligible for eviction. Rey acted as a skilled go-between, relaying information as an undercover agent for The Brain Train within Andy's alliance, and telling Andy, Katie, Thomas, and Wulfe that Jamal and Lena were on board for taking Bella out, winning Rey much favor within Andy's group. Meanwhile, Reagan continued to campaign for Bella, under the assumption that Wulfe's flipping on his alliance was still ammunition for Jamal, Lena, and Rey to vote to keep her. However, Bella's scrambling throughout the week began to worry Reagan, especially when Bella began to constantly track down houseguests such as Jamal in order to get constant re-confirmation that she would be staying, only further annoying and offputting the voting houseguests as eviction night approached.
At the live eviction ceremony, Bella made one last plea to the house to keep her and get Wulfe out, seeing as he was, as she described, "duplicitous" in the game, and then proceeded to say she liked everyone here, as well as giving a shout-out to her family at home. Wulfe also gave a shout-out to his own friends and family, before asking the houseguests to keep him in the house in order to go after Charisma, casing Charisma herself to have yet another roll of the eyes. However, after the live vote was held only a few moments later, it was revealed that Bella had become the latest houseguest evicted from the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2 House, by a vote of six to one, only receiving Reagan's vote to stay, who seemed visibly shocked at the news of the vote. Bella held back a handful of tears at the news, but still kept smiling, giving everyone a hug, even Charisma, before exiting the house. As soon as Bella had gathered her things and left through the front door of the house, hostess Aundre Berubius congratulated the houseguests on reaching the jury phase of the game, and that starting now, the Rival Teams would be disbanded for the remainder of the season, as well as the end of the Have/Have-Not phase of the game, resulting in huge reactions from the houseguests as the celebrated at making the jury. However, Berubius then announced that there would be a double eviction hosted in just a few moments, sending many of the smiles and happy outbursts into sudden expressions of fear, shock, or even determination, in Reagan's case. Aundre Berubius then instructed the houseguests to make their way outside, as the next Head of Household competition would be beginning shortly.
Votes for Bella: Andy, Jamal, Katie, Lena, Rey, and Thomas
Votes for Wulfe: Reagan
Following Bella's eviction, the houseguests competed in the "Fresh Out of Luck" Head of Household competition, which featured the houseguests attempting, one by one, to launch fake vegetables, chosen from an assortment, into a target field and score the highest point value possible. The HouseGuest with the highest score after two attempts would become the new Head of Household. Whilst Charisma watched on, many of the houseguests found out the hard way that the learning curve to the competition was more difficult than expected, with the notable exceptions of Reagan and Katie, who both seemed to pick it up quickly and scoring well, although Thomas did a respectable job as well. However, by the end of the competition, Reagan ended up retaining the highest score and won his second Head of Household title of the summer. Aundre Berubius then instructed Reagan to make a his nominations live only a few moments later, and after a bit of thought, Reagan took a deep breath and apologized as he nominated Thomas and Wulfe for eviction. Both houseguests took their respective seats, with Wulfe jokingly smiling at sitting back in the same seat he had just survived eviction in only a few minutes ago. A bit of gametalk regarding Reagan's desire to take out one of the people responsible for Bella's eviction, namely Thomas, Wulfe, or even backdooring Andy as Charisma had just tried to do, transpired between himself and Jamal, Lena, and Rey, but otherwise, most of the house seemed relatively congenial given the unexpected circumstances. A short while later, at the live veto draw, Reagan drew Lena, Thomas drew Charisma, and Wulfe drew Rey to compete in the competition to be held very soon.
Soon after, the live Power of Veto competition, titled "Stop, Drop, and Veto", featured the houseguests climbing a wall over some netting, designed to appear like a faux burning building whilst dressed as Big Brother Firemen. The houseguests must "save" three dummies marked with the veto insignia on various floors whilst dodging fake debris and spraying water. The first houseguest to rescue and retrieve all three of their dummies and ring the finishing bell would win the Golden Power of Veto. Although Reagan, Thomas, and Charisma all ran a tight a race towards the end, it was Charisma that ended up winning the competition, and the Golden Power of Veto. Berubius then gave Charisma a few moments to make a decision on whether or not she would like to use the veto she had just won, and a few moments later, Charisma ultimately decides against using the Power of Veto, leaving Thomas and Wulfe eligible for eviction.
In the down time between the veto ceremony and the second live eviction ceremony of the night, the Brain Train members inquired of Reagan as to what he wanted them to do, with Rey stating how this was Reagan's call as HOH. Reagan respected Rey's perceived humility, already winning back trust with Jamal, Lena and Rey from the last eviction where Bella was sent home. Reagan expressed his desire for Thomas to leave, as he was more of an integral part of Andy's alliance as it stood, as well as a bigger threat. Meanwhile, Andy and Katie convened, with Andy saying how he still felt that Thomas could hold a grudge or similar residual feelings about the week Teegyn was evicted, and discussed evicting him, despite him being a member of their former team. At the live eviction vote, Thomas thanked everyone for the amazing experience and told everyone that he hoped he could be friends with each and every one of them, as well as giving a shout-out to Teegyn watching. Wulfe expressed how much he has enjoyed this game and that "even though you people saved my a** once tonight, I sit here asking you to save it again". When the votes were soon revealed, it was announced that Thomas had been evicted and become the first member of the jury by a unanimous vote of six to zero, with Charisma even voting to evict Thomas, as she viewed him as more of a threat than Wulfe despite Wulfe's active campaigning against her every week. Thomas smiled and hugged each houseguest, saying there were absolutely no hard feelings, before waving as he exited the Big Brother house.
Votes for Thomas: Andy, Charisma, Jamal, Katie, Lena, and Rey
Votes for Wulfe: -none-
Following the exit of Thomas with the conclusion of the double eviction, the seven remaining eligible houseguests competed in the "Arm and Jammer" HOH competition, which tasked the houseguests to hold onto a giant piece of bread for as long as possible, whilst enduring splashes of fruit jam preserves and peanut butter. The last houseguest left standing would win the competition and become the new Head of Household. With most of the house still more or less reeling from the impromptu double eviction only moments ago, the houseguests, minus Reagan, all took their respective positions, and the competition soon went underway.
For a hefty stretch of time, all of the houseguests held fast, although it became evident that Jamal, Rey, and Wulfe seemed to be struggling. Wulfe then became the first houseguest to fall after around 28 minutes, although he was soon followed by Katie, who accidentally slipped off after a blast of peanut butter and jelly, leaving the young high school student laughing and trembling from the mess. In the following forty-five minutes, Rey and Jamal also fell, leaving the trio of Lena, Andy, and Charisma remaining on their bread. Andy tried to keep the mood light by joking around, whilst Lena did her best to stay centered, although Charisma remained visibly statuesque. After 52 minutes, Lena slipped off, leaving Andy and Charisma, both determined to pull out the victory and outdo one another. However, despite a strong performance throughout the challenge, and after a difficult showdown ending at one hour and sixteen minutes, Charisma ended up falling off of her bread first, leaving a visibly enthralled Andy as the new Head of Household, with the first HOH of his Big Brother career.
With all of the houseguests reconvened inside, Katie, Wulfe, and an undercover Rey met with Andy, congratulating him on his and celebrating his accomplishment. Andy told them that they didn't have to worry this week because he planned on targeting the other side of the house, and that people on that side had made it abundantly clear that he was almost always their #1 target. Rey made sure to steer Andy away from The Brain Train, covertly re-cementing Andy's existing ideas. However, mostly unprompted in the current meeting, Wulfe decided to finally spill the beans about Reagan's backdoor plot against him during the second week, in retaliation for Reagan seemingly targeting him during the double eviction. This news shattered Andy's already shaky trust in Reagan, causing him to become furious at feeling he had been played, and outright told his alliance that Charisma and Reagan would be going on the block, secretly bringing a feeling of bemused triumph to Rey. Following the meeting, Rey relayed the news of Andy's plan to fellow Brain Train members Jamal and Lena, assuring them that he was in Andy's ear, and that they need to play along with Andy's wishes this week to garner more trust moving forward, to which Jamal and Lena both agreed. As the day continued on, although Charisma did not try and campaign to Andy at all, as she felt it would be a waste of time, a meeting between Andy and Reagan did transpire, Andy used some of this time to interrogate Reagan about Wulfe's accusations, of which Reagan denied. Andy said he wanted to talk this out like men, and his gruff manor of speaking failed to yield any information from his rival Reagan. This meeting, upon its conclusion, only seemed to escalate tension between Andy and Reagan, with Reagan becoming increasingly wary. Later that week, Andy stuck to his plan, and nominated Charisma and Reagan for eviction. Andy told Reagan that he was sorry, but in the end, he felt that he was forced to make this move, whilst he told Charisma that she shouldn't be surprised. Reagan solemnly nodded, and Charisma replied "not at all", sighing and smirking a bit.
The nomination ceremony was then adjourned, and it was becoming increasingly clear that two sides of the house had been formed definitively with Andy's nominations. Andy cited to Katie, Wulfe, and Rey how he felt it was the four of them on one side, whilst it was Charisma, Jamal, Lena, and Reagan on the other side, although Andy did admit that he felt that they could at least work with Jamal and Lena, as they had maintained a channel of communication with Andy's alliance, whilst Charisma and Reagan had shown that they were either not trustworthy enough for or not amenable to any sort of agreement in the game. Both Katie and Wulfe agreed, whilst Rey secretly noted in glee how he "didn't even have to say anything, and they're still making what I want to have happen happen!". A while later, Rey then convened with the Team Reagan Alliance, consisting of Charisma, Jamal, Lena, and Reagan, and convincingly sold that he was loyal to them, to which Charisma, Jamal, and Reagan all bought. Throughout the next few days, however, Lena began to catch on to the growing rift of the house, but also noticed how Rey seemed to be the only person in the house allowed to be seen as a go-between. Lena cited her observations of Rey's game in the Diary Room later, stating "Information is power in this game, and the person who can dictate who knows what is the most powerful person in this game by far. To be honest, I feel as if I'm the only person here who sees what Rey is doing, and I have to give him credit- he is doing it extremely well. He knows just the right way to talk to people, and he has an immense amount of experience playing this game, and it really shows. Right now, I'm working with Rey, but I definitely need to keep an eye on him. I can see how much pull he has in this house, and right now, I need to use that to my advantage in this game".
Later that week, with a clear divide still seeming to be in effect within the house, players were drawn to participate in the upcoming Power of Veto competition. Andy drew Katie, followed by Charisma, who drew Wulfe's chip with a visible look of filtered disdain. Reagan then drew Lena to compete, and the six competing houseguests were introduced to their newest Power of Veto competition, hosted by none other than former Big Brother 8 winner Saffron Strudwick, causing an eruption of fanatic excitement from Jamal, Katie, Lena, and especially Charisma, whilst Andy, Reagan, and Rey reunited with her, bringing back memories of their shared season together. Saffron then explained the competition, titled "Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Veto", which tasked the competing houseguests with trudging through vats of spices, searching for specific numbers to unlock a combination lock on a safe at their starting station. Each houseguest would be isolated in a separate part of the house whilst awaiting their turn, then would take turns individually and be timed, with their time ending as soon as they had unlocked their safe and hit a finishing button. The houseguest with the fastest overall time would win the Golden Power of Veto. The competition order was then determined by random draw, leaving Andy as the first up, followed by Charisma, Katie, Lena, Reagan, and finally Wulfe. It was evident that Andy and Reagan both had something to prove in this competition, in the spirit of a true rivalry, whilst Lena is shown to do a respectable job in the competition as well. Charisma and Katie both struggle, whilst Wulfe's result is left ambiguous, as he says he "wants to give it all he has in order to make sure that 'Lack-of-Charisma' stays on the block this week". Andy finished with an impressive time of 5:49:52, which held firm over Charisma and Katie's respective times by over five minutes, eliminating both of them when the results were being revealed. Lena rang in with a closer time of 7:12:04, and although her time was much closer, Andy still maintained the lead, desperately hoping for anyone other than Reagan to win at this point. However, Andy's heart went to his throat when Reagan's time was revealed to be 4:29:22, putting Reagan in the lead, with only Wulfe's time remaining on the ballot. However, Wulfe's time was then announced to be the fastest overall by an impressive showing of 4:14:51, earning Wulfe the Golden Power of Veto for the week.
With Wulfe earning the veto, Reagan did make an effort and try and talk to Wulfe, apologizing for their differences throughout the game, and giving one last plea. Wulfe respected Reagan for trying and being honest, but opted to tell Reagan straight up that it was off of the table, but that if he had anything to say about it, Charisma would be the one going home. Reagan seemed disappointed, but thanked Wulfe for his honesty, and spent much of the next few days deep in thought, reflecting on his Big Brother experience over two seasons. Wulfe later assured his alliance that he would not use the veto in order to keep Andy's nominations in tact, unless Andy had a better plan. Andy, however, declined, saying that this was what they wanted to have happen, but now they had to decide between Reagan and Charisma who to send home this week. Both Katie and Wulfe expressed a desire to see Charisma leave due to the feeling that she was coming after them, alongside Wulfe's obvious personality clash with Charisma. However, Andy noted how Reagan was a far bigger threat in terms of challenges and the social game, leading Andy to wish to target Reagan. Rey played to Andy's ego once again, saying that he would follow his lead. Later that day, at the Power of Veto ceremony, Wulfe opted to not use the POV, leaving Charisma and Reagan as the finalized nominees for the week.
The next forty-eight hours were spent, for the most part, on the majority of the house debating on whether it was better for themselves if Charisma or Reagan was evicted this week. Jamal pointed out to Lena and Rey that he was still Charisma's #1 connection in the game, and that as long as she was there, he felt that he could control her to an extent, whilst Reagan was an "independent mind". Rey personally considered the idea of keeping Reagan in order to continue a returnees alliance, but seeing the tides turning against Reagan, Rey kept the thought to himself. Andy continued to campaign in favor of targeting Reagan, stating that he not only wanted to be the first BBRAR returnee to evict their rival, but also that Reagan would be coming after himself, Katie, and especially Wulfe next week, which resonated with his alliance, despite Wulfe's desire to see Charisma go. Reagan attempted to campaign a small bit towards eviction night to Jamal, Lena, and Rey to stay, but failed to make a lot of headway due to the late hour.
At the live eviction ceremony, Charisma once again addressed her fellow housemates, saying that it had been an amazing ride, and asked the houseguests, that if was best for their games, to keep her in the game, so she could "go after the snake people" in the house, eliciting a chuckle from Wulfe, and an annoyed sigh from Andy. Reagan then pleaded his case to stay, citing how if he stayed, he was "a weapon to be used" by others, but ultimately said he would respect their decision. Reagan then closed by stating that he had had an amazing time on his second season, accomplished many of his goals, and made many good friends along the way, and thanked everyone, even Andy, for a great game. The live voting was then commenced, and it became revealed that Reagan had been evicted by a unanimous vote of five to zero, as he was deemed far too big of a threat. Reagan smiled and hugged everyone, although his parting words to Jamal, Lena, and Rey seemed more heartfelt, before exiting the house, and becoming the second member of the jury.
Votes for Reagan: Jamal, Katie, Lena, Rey, and Wulfe
Votes for Charisma: -none-
Following Reagan's eviction, the six remaining eligible houseguests competed in their next Head of Household competition, titled "More or Less", which featured the houseguests answering questions based on groups of items, visible around the backyard. The houseguests would each submit an answer at the end of every round, with the available answers being either "Before" or "After". The houseguests must answer correctly to stay in the competition, and the last houseguest standing would win the title of Head of Household for the week. The competition was then soon begun, and in just the first round, Charisma answered incorrectly, eliminating her from the competition. Although no one was eliminated in the second round, or even in the third round, both Jamal and Rey were eliminated in Round 4, due to Rey skillfully throwing yet another competition, along with Jamal, who genuinely answered incorrectly, although the Sociology Student was not completely devastated on the inside due to the insurance of his Co-HOH key still being in play. This left Katie, Wulfe and Lena, leaving a spectating Andy feeling a bit more optimistic due to the odds turning in his alliance's favor. However, in the fifth and final round, Lena's strategy of using her applied mathematics training to help her estimate each pile of items yielded her a correct answer of "Less", whilst Katie and Wulfe both answered "More", winning Lena the competition, as well as the title of Head of Household for the week. Andy seemed visibly disappointed at both of his alliance members failing to secure the win for their alliance with a two-to-one odds advantage in the final round, but he nonetheless joined the rest of the house in congratulating Lena on her win. Lena took time to be courteous to both Katie and Wulfe, telling them that it was a really good effort on everyone's part in the competition, as Lena calmly celebrated her first overall competition win.
With Lena now in power, Jamal and Rey join the data analyst to celebrate and congratulate Lena on her victory more privately, whilst Andy, Katie, and Wulfe made small-talk in the kitchen. Lena tells both Jamal and Rey that they were good for the week, although she claimed that she didn't have a huge disposition to target any one person, and that she would be open to suggestions. Lena states later in the Diary Room at her reasoning, saying that "in reality, there are definitely some people that I find threatening. Rey, for instance- he's probably the best player in this house, and he has so much more experience than any of us. But, in truth, I know it's not the best interest of my game to go after someone like Rey right now. He's very well protected, and if I need to maintain this perception. For now, I need to stick to my strategy coming into this game and let Jamal and Rey see me as a useful ally". Jamal, wanting to make another proactive move, suggested targeting Wulfe, to which both Rey and Lena seemed on board with. Lena then piggybacked off of Jamal's suggestion, throwing out to Jamal and Rey the idea of striking a deal with Andy and Katie to keep them safe moving forward, to which Jamal loved the idea. Lena then approached Andy and Katie later in the week, and told them that she had nothing against either of them, to which Andy and Katie reciprocated. Lena then told Andy and Katie that she was not coming after them this week, to which Andy especially seemed secretly surprised, but nonetheless relieved, and both Andy and Katie thanked Lena, telling her that they weren't coming for her either. Andy then commented in the Diary Room about his opinions on this meeting with Lena, stating how "I was honestly pretty surprised when Lena pulled me and Katie aside and told us straight-up that she wasn't coming for us. I mean, of course, who knows if she's telling the truth, but I did believe the part when she said she didn't have anything against either of us, because for the life of me, I can't think of anything that's gone down between any of us all summer. So, for now, I think Katie and I can trust Lena, and who knows, maybe we can find some common ground later on, but we'll have to see who she nominates first. The proof is in the pudding, right?". All three houseguests left the meeting feeling decent about the interaction. Lena then re-met with The Brain Train, and told both Jamal and Rey that their plan was set in motion, and that Charisma and Wulfe would be nominated, to which Rey chuckled at, thinking of how Charisma and Wulfe's feud would be in the spotlight in front of the whole house, saying "well, this should be fun". Later that day, Lena ultimately decided to make good on her deal with Andy and Katie, and stuck to The Brain Train's plan, nominating Charisma and Wulfe for eviction, telling both of them that this was what she thought was best for her game, and that she had nothing against either of them as people. Both Charisma and Wulfe took their seats, and the ceremony was then adjourned.
With the initial nominees decided, Andy and Katie later approached Lena in response, with Andy in particular thanking Lena for sticking to her word, and that their deal was still good going into next week. As expected, Charisma and Wulfe wasted no time in attempting to bury one another, and although Lena made no promises to either of them, both seemed convinced that the other was the target, and that they themselves were the pawn in the plan. However, upon a later meeting, Charisma was assured by the Brain Train trio of Jamal, Rey, and current HOH Lena that Wulfe was, in fact, the target, in attempt to do damage control with Charisma. Charisma said that she understood Lena had to put two people up, and instead sarcastically begged for them to get rid of Wulfe before her, out of principle, to which Jamal especially laughed at.
Later that week, players were picked for the house's next Power of Veto competition, rendering everyone participating, except for Katie, who was assigned to host the competition. The competition itself, entitled "Big Brother Blockheads", featured the houseguests navigating an obstacle-ridden maze consisting entirely of wooden blocks of various sizes and shapes, searching for specific, hollowed-out wooden boxes of various colors, that would then function as keys to unlock other areas of the maze, with each color corresponding to a specific lock. Each houseguest would be required to wear the hollow block as a helmet while passing through each "locked" color-coded gate, and would be denied by a loud overhead buzzer if they did not possess the correct block to unlock it and proceed. The first houseguest to cross the finish line of the maze would win the competition and the Golden Power of Veto. With the rules having been explained, the houseguests all took their starting positions, and the race was the began at the sound of a starting horn. Although all three of Andy, Lena, and Charisma found themselves doing decently well in the competition, it was Charisma who ended up crossing the finish line first, earning her the Power of Veto. Charisma fell onto her knees and cried a few tears of joy, whilst Jamal, Lena, and Rey all took a moment to congratulate her, whilst Katie looked a bit disappointed, along with Andy and Wulfe, who both seemed very much unhappy with the outcome.
With Charisma now bestowed the ability to remove herself off of the block, Andy, feeling that the writing may be on the wall, approached Lena with Katie to discuss Lena's next course of action. Lena said that she still wanted to keep to her word, but that she wanted to make sure that Wulfe would go home this week, to which Andy and Katie both agreed to. Andy tried to persuade Lena to nominate Rey as a pawn, and although a part of Lena secretly did want to get Rey out of the game, Lena sensed Andy's growing unrest with Rey and his speculations about Rey's loyalties. Lena then subtly dropped the idea of nominating Rey, and asked if it would be alright if she nominated Katie, wanting to appear as straight-forward as possible. Lena told Katie that she would only do it if she was alright with it, and assured her that she would be in absolutely no danger, in addition to Lena claiming she was afraid that people might want to flip to get Rey out this week, and it would leave Wulfe still in the game targeting her, as she described. Katie seemed understandably reluctant, but said that she would respect whatever Lena felt she had to do, a sentiment which Andy agreed with. Katie then agreed to be used as a pawn as long as both Andy and Lena were 100% sure that she wouldn't be going home, to which both Andy and especially Lena confirmed to Katie that she would stay. Later that week, at the Power of Veto ceremony, Charisma opted to use the Power of Veto on herself, leaving Lena with a decision on who to nominate as a replacement. Lena then ultimately apologized as she nominated Katie, stating she felt as if this was the best move for Lena's game. Katie nodded and took a seat next to Wulfe, leaving Katie and Wulfe as the finalized nominees for the week.
Following the nomination ceremony, the next few days resulted in an ongoing war between Charisma and Wulfe, as Wulfe started to realize that he was likely to go home this week. Wulfe made a conscious effort to antagonize Charisma throughout the entire two days, sick and tired of her perceived underhanded behavior and prissy mannerisms. However, as most of the house had seemed to come to a consensus on whom to evict between Katie and Wulfe, little game-talk transpired, other than a handful of re-solidifying meetings. At the live eviction ceremony, Katie took the opportunity to once again thank every houseguest for the amazing experience, along with giving shout-outs to her family back home in Wisconsin, whilst Wulfe said he respected everyone's decision, and that they had to do what was best for their games, whether it was keeping him or not. Wulfe also notably ignored Charisma in his speech, avoiding eye contact at all costs, not wanting to give her any attention. After the votes had been cast and tallied, it was revealed Wulfe had indeed been the one to be evicted by a unanimous vote. Wulfe gave everyone a hug, and told each of the houseguests that there were no hard feelings, minus Charisma, whom he continued to ignore, as Charisma taunted him with a sarcastic "byeeeee". Wulfe then gave out a hollering reference to his own reality survival show as he exited the house, joining the jury as its third member.
Votes for Wulfe: Andy, Charisma, Jamal, and Rey
Votes for Katie: -none-
Following Wulfe's departure from the house, all of the houseguests, aside from Lena, competed in their next HOH competition, dubbed "Head of Horse-hold", which featured the houseguests competing in one-on-one races, riding large hobby horses around a track filled with equestrian-based obstacles, in order to score points against one another by traveling laps around the course, with the first person in the race to complete three laps advancing in the competition. The first pair of competitors would be determined via random draw, whilst each pair after would be picked by the winner of the previous match-up, until only two houseguests remained. The winner of the final hobby horse racing pair would win the title of Head of Household for the week. By random draw, Andy and Katie were chosen to race first, and each took their respective starting position.
The first race was then started, and Andy quickly garnered a healthy lead, citing later in the Diary Room that "I feel like I need to win this HOH more so than any competition up to this point in the whole game. It's do or die for Katie and I, and it sucks that Katie and I are up against each other in the first race! But I have to make sure I can win to keep us safe". Katie was ultimately unable to make up the ground against her close friend and ally Andy, and was the first person eliminated from the competition. Andy then chose Jamal and Charisma to compete in the next match-up. Jamal found himself greatly struggling at first, allowing Charisma to pull ahead. Jamal continued to stumble on his hobby horse, and cited later in the Diary Room how he felt that "Man, this just wasn't my comp. I mean, for real. I mean, I don't think I've fallen this much since I tried to learn to ride a bike for the first time. It was so baaad! But it could be worse, like, I still have some insurance with my advantage. If someone who wants to go after my friends and I, then I can just be like, "Hey, mind if join you?". Charisma ultimately completes her third lap before Jamal even finishes his second, eliminating Jamal from the competition. Upon joining Lena on the bench, Jamal leans over to whisper to Lena, "It might be time for some shock and awe", to which Lena asks what he means, and to which Jamal responds by stating "We'll have to see how this plays out", only bringing more questions within Lena's head. Charisma, meanwhile, defaults the next match-up, selecting Andy and Rey to race next. Rey is unable to beat Andy, who himself described his own current state as "kicking into high gear". With Rey joining the four houseguests on the bench, and Katie watching the competition and cheering Andy on, Jamal welcomes him, as he takes a seat between himself and Lena. Lena, still reeling from the new speculations on Jamal's implications, leans over to Rey and informs him on what Jamal had just told her, to which Rey quietly mouths "Wow", and asks what he was talking about, to which Lena replies "I don't know, do you?". Rey quietly responds with a "No idea", whilst the final round was being prepared, with Andy and Charisma locked in a showdown to determine this week's HOH. The starting horn was then sounded, and after a tighter race than most expected, Andy prevailed, and won the competition, alongside his second Head of Household title of the summer. However, as hostess Aundre Berubius congratulates Andy on his win, Jamal, seeing that Charisma had lost and that Andy had won, stands up, and says he had an announcement to make, drawing in everyone's surprised expressions. Jamal then states that he would like to play his advantage, and takes out his Co-HOH key, saying he would like to use it this week. Aundre Berubius then explains Jamal's advantage, and announces that Jamal would become a Co-HOH for the duration of this week along with Andy, shocking almost everyone, especially Andy, who looked visibly stunned, but still happy that he would remain a Co-HOH, at the very least. Berubius then explained that both Andy and Jamal would nominate one houseguest this week for eviction, instead of the usual two, wo which both of them nodded. Everyone was then adjourned from the competition, with all of the five other houseguests still floored at what had just transpired.
With the Co-HOHs having been decided, small, chaotic meeting ravaged the house as Lena and Rey asked Jamal about his advantage, and secretly, began doubting Jamal, seeing that he was playing way too hard. However, Lena and Rey nonetheless celebrated with Jamal, before Jamal himself pulled Andy aside in their new shared HOH room. Jamal apologized to Andy about dropping the bomb on him like that in front of everyone, to which Andy admitted that he was floored, but thought that they should come to an agreement on nominations. Andy outright shared to Jamal that he wanted Charisma out once and for all, and that he planned to nominate her, and Jamal said that he was alright with that. Jamal said that, in truth, he wanted to burn his advantage before it expired, and that mainly this was a move to help him be safe for the week, and that if "Charisma has to go, she has to go". Andy asked who Jamal wanted to nominate, to which Jamal said that he wouldn't nominate either Rey or Lena, leaving Katie. Jamal's statement cemented the suspicion in Andy's mind that Jamal's sole loyalties were to Lena and Rey, and secretly grew disdain for Jamal's rigidness in his nomination. However, Andy said that as long as Charisma would be going home, he could care less. Andy's abrasive manner irked Jamal as well; however, the two agreed on their set nomination plan. Later that week, after a few more small conversations between the houseguests, the nomination ceremony was held, at which Andy was revealed to have nominated Charisma, along with Jamal being revealed to have nominated Katie for eviction.
With herself and Katie against one another on the block, Charisma attempted to reach back out to Jamal and his allies, asking for them to keep her, and to split up Andy and Katie, to which Jamal agreed to as a common goal. A noticeable strategic lull fell over the house until the next Power of Veto competition was set to begin, in which all six houseguests would be competing. The competition, titled "OTEV's Big Break", featured a giant karate sensei-dressed OTEV dummy tasking the competitors to each retrieve a plank of wood from around the backyard, outfitted to appear like a faux martial arts dojo. Each plank would feature the name of one of the previously evicted houseguests from throughout the season, and the plank required to be retrieved would correspond directly to a rhyming riddle OTEV would provide the houseguests at the beginning of each round. After every round, the last person to present a plank of wood, in addition to any houseguests that had brought back an incorrect plank of wood, along with anyone who brought back an incorrect plank of wood would be eliminated from the competition, with the last houseguest standing winning the competition. With the rules explained, and each of the six remaining houseguests sensing this to be the most critical competition of the summer thus far, the competition was soon held with the first riddle revealed. With the first round, everyone correctly identified the answer to be "RuJoi"; however, it was Katie who answered last, and became the first houseguest eliminated from the competition. In the second round, however, Charisma, Andy, and Rey all answered "Wulfe", whilst Lena and Jamal both answered "Darryl", in addition to Lena being the last houseguest to arrive at OTEV to present her plank. The correct answer was revealed to be "Wulfe", meaning both Lena and Jamal were eliminated from the competition. After the third round ending in a close finish between Andy and Rey, and ultimately eliminating Rey, it was down to Andy and Charisma, bitter rivals, vying for this critical veto. However, after a long bout of searching and a close final footrace, Andy rung in first correctly with the correct answer of "Reagan", earning him the victory and the Golden Power of Veto. Charisma seemed visibly defeated and disheveled, whilst Katie ran up to give Andy a celebratory hug.
With Andy holding the Power of Veto for the week, Charisma continued to turn to the Brain Train in an attempt to turn everyone against Andy and Katie, citing how they were the closest pair in the house and they were extremely threatening at these competitions. Jamal and Lena both feigned complete agreement to Charisma's face, but both did find merit in her points about Andy and Katie to an extent. Andy later then met with Co-HOH Jamal, and told him that he wanted to take Katie off, but still wanted to get Charisma out this week. Jamal attempted to sway Andy away from changing the set nominations, but Andy was expectantly adamant, and secretly began to feel as if he was seeing Jamal show his true intentions, fearing a double-back on their plan and working to evict Katie. This rift continued to build as Rey once again began to navigate the middle seamlessly, exploiting the growing rift between the two pairs of Andy/Katie and Jamal/Lena, although Lena also recognized both Rey's positioning, as well as seeing the tides turn against Jamal. In addition to positioning himself as the perceived middleman, Rey didn't stop keeping in Jamal's ear, learning from Andy about his plan to save Katie, and knowing that Jamal would have to choose between either himself or Lena as a replacement should it happen. Rey's subtle redirection resonated in Jamal, swaying him to believing that Lena would be a safer option to ensure Charisma being evicted. Later that week, Andy decided to use the Power of Veto to save Katie, delighting her and causing her to thank Andy with a big hug, and ultimately forcing Jamal to replace his nomination with one of his close allies. Jamal then decided to nominate his long-time ally Lena as the replacement nominee, apologizing to her, and saying there were literally no options left. Lena nodded in understanding as she took her seat next to Charisma, leaving Charisma and Lena as the finalized nominees for the week.
With Lena's nomination at Jamal's hand, the data analyst finally felt she had definitive proof of Rey's masterminding that she could use later with Andy and Katie. Lena opted to begin subtly pointing out Rey's game to the pair of Andy and Katie, and began to open Andy's eyes especially, who himself had begun to believe that Rey was mostly with the Team Andy alliance. Andy, however, also grew skeptical as Rey continued to masterfully talk his way out of the spotlight to Andy and Katie, trying to undercut Lena's strong social game, and attempting to gain the closest bond with each member of the house. All of both Rey and Lena's back and forth strategy ultimately drew Andy and Katie closer together, with Andy telling Katie that she was the person he wanted to take to the end, to which Katie agreed to eagerly. Meanwhile, with her back against the wall, Charisma attempted to do her best to plead to Jamal and Rey, outright ignoring Andy and Katie, trying to sell herself as a number to split of the power duo. Very little stuck however, as most of the house had began to grow tired of Charisma's season-long behavior and antics.
At the live eviction ceremony, Charisma made one final plea to the voters to keep her so she could "keep fighting to overthrow the power couple", causing Katie to look uncomfortable and Andy to smirk annoyedly once again at Charisma's blatant attempts to blow up his game to the house. Lena then told the houseguests that she had no regrets, had made a great many friends, and a lifetime of memories living her dream. When the live voting had soon concluded, and with every vote being tallied, it was announced that Charisma had finally been evicted by a vote of two to zero, and would become the fourth member of the jury, causing a not-so-subtle clap of relief and excitement from Andy at the announcement of Charisma's eviction. Charisma simply rolled her eyes and hugged Jamal, Rey, and her former fellow nominee Lena, telling them to "get him for me, guys. Please". Andy seemed even more annoyed at his perception of Charisma's aloof feeling towards being evicted, and called out to her, saying "don't let the door hit you on the way out". Charisma smiled sarcastically as she sassily exited the Big Brother house, to a noticeably vocal reception outside, leaving only five houseguests still in the running for the half-million dollar prize. Hostess Aundre Berubius then announced that because both Andy and Jamal were considered outgoing Heads of Household, neither would be eligible to compete in the upcoming Head of Household competition to be held shortly thereafter, leaving Katie, Lena, and Rey eligible to compete. The houseguests then made their way out into the backyard for their next HOH competition to be revealed and played out.
Votes for Charisma: Katie and Rey
Votes for Lena: -none-
Following Charisma's eviction, the three eligible houseguests competed in the "Close Shave" Head of Household competition, which featured the three competitors guiding a fake razor blade across a table maze, decorated to look like a face covered in facial hair. The first houseguest to successfully navigate their razor through their maze completely would win the competition, along with the title of Head of Household.
With Rey placed squarely in between the two pairs of Andy/Katie and Jamal/Lena, Rey ultimately comes to the conclusion that it is the time to pick a side for this week, citing in the Diary Room how "in order to set myself up the best down this homestretch of the game, I've set myself up so that I feel that I can go with either pair. On one hand, I have Jamal and Lena, my fellow "Brain Train"-ers. They've shown that they're strong allies with strategic mindsets, but at least with Jamal, I feel like I have a lot of pull over him. On the other hand, there's Andy and Katie. Andy's proven himself to be a huge competitor in these competitions, but he has a very stubborn mind, while Katie seems to do whatever Andy tells her to in the game. However, Andy's rubbed a lot of people the wrong way- he doesn't have a great deal of awareness in how he comes off to others, and that's something to be considered. That being said, the way the dichotomy in the house is currently set up, both pairs know they have to go after one another, but in order to make sure that this plan I have works, I need to guarantee that the sides aren't able to meet in the middle and risk going after me. After 8 weeks, I may have need to shift gears and try to win this HOH". With these sentiments in mind, all three competitors took their starting positions, and the competition was soon began, off to a fast pace.
Throughout the competition, Katie struggled, despite her giving a strong effort, saying she was terrible at mazes, whilst Lena and Rey both made significant progress. Lena later cites in her own Diary Room session that "I think everyone here knows how imperative this HOH is to each and every one of us. Between Jamal's major twist play last week, Andy and Katie being near inseparable as of late, and Rey playing everyone like a fiddle, I have to do my best and win this Head of Household. It really is do or die". As Katie further fell out of contention, Lena and Rey both raced to finish their maze. However, after a last-minute burst of speed, Rey was able to create a decent lead which neither Lena nor Katie could recover from, earning Rey his first Head of Household and overall competition win of the summer. Everyone congratulated Rey as the five houseguests re-entered the house, with the competition being concluded.
With Rey having secured the Head of Household title for the week, there was no shortage of meetings from the two opposing pairs each meeting with Rey in order to try and win him to their side. Lena, recognizing that Rey may not be as tightly bound to the Brain Train alliance as they all once were, warned Jamal that they needed to be prepared in the case of Rey deciding to flip over to Andy and Katie, to which Jamal refuted, saying that he felt that Rey was still loyal to them. Lena's secret frustration with Jamal only continued to grow with Jamal's outright denial of the possibility. In the meantime, Andy spent a great deal with time in an attempt to make a proposed Final 3 Alliance with himself, Katie, and Rey. Rey had no trouble seeing through Andy's blatant attempt to propel himself and Katie farther in the game, but noted just how transparent Andy was being, citing it in secret as a potential reason to go farther with both Andy and Katie, as he felt that both of them would be far easier to beat than either Jamal or Lena at this point. Rey continues to meticulously weigh his options, making sure that he was secure regardless of which side he chose to support this week. Ultimately, after much deliberation, Rey settled on siding with Andy and Katie due to them appearing as "less threatening in the grand scope of the game", and later that week, Rey decided to nominate the pair of Jamal and Lena for eviction, stunning Jamal. Rey then apologized to both Jamal and Lena, but said that he felt this was the best option for him given the minimal options available. Lena nodded, whilst Jamal seemed visibly stunned by the development. Jamal nonetheless nodded as well, taking a seat next to Lena, and soon Rey adjourned the ceremony.
With Rey's nominations having been revealed, Andy thanked Rey for his presumed showing of loyalty, to which Rey once again played off Andy's abrasiveness in order to appease Andy's ego and keep Andy in check. Lena tried to remain unphased, suspecting that she was Rey's target due to the somewhat of a cold-war between herself and Rey over the last few weeks. Jamal attempted to scramble after having been caught off guard, trying to tell Rey of his desire to move forward with Rey, to which Rey managed to keep Jamal's intensifying paranoia at bay by masterfully keeping up the charade to Jamal despite his recent nomination at Rey's own hands. Jamal's paranoid scrambling only served to further annoy Andy and further convince Andy, and Katie by proxy, to want to get Jamal out. With Jamal continuing to drive a wedge between himself and Andy, Lena opted to spend her time in trying to continue forging a bond with Andy and Katie stemming from her own Head of Household week. Lena's attempt to personally connect with Andy and Katie, despite their differences, seemed to have succeeded to a degree in further cementing Andy's preference to go after Jamal instead of Lena. Rey, however, tried to undo Lena's social maneuvering and strategic positioning by planting more seeds of doubt within Andy and Katie. However, Andy's characteristic stubbornness failed to give Rey much room to maneuver for him to change Andy's mind, causing Rey to begin preparing in the case of either Jamal or Lena ultimately being evicted by the end of the week by maintaining inroads with both Jamal and Lena.
Later that week, all five houseguests competed in their penultimate Power of Veto competition, titled "Around and A-Veto", which tasked the houseguests playing in a musical-chairs styled competition, traversing obstacles that were divided into five sections, with each section featuring a single chair, adorned with a pressure sensor. Big Brother would play music as the houseguests raced through the various obstacles, such as a mud-pit, elevated stepping stones, balance beams, a crawl-through, and even a rope swing, in order to reach the next seat, and when the music abruptly stopped, the last houseguest to sit in a chair and trigger the pressure sensor would be eliminated from the competition. The last houseguest remaining would win the Golden Power of Veto for the week. The competition then was started with the playing of the loud music, and it was apparent that everyone was giving their maximum effort in the competition. However, after the first round, Katie was revealed to have reached her seat last, and was eliminated fro the competition, and soon after, Lena joined her on the bench after placing last in the second round. This left Jamal, Andy, and Rey vying for the Power of Veto, with Andy looking as determined as ever to pull out another Veto victory. However, in a shocking turn of events, Andy slipped off of the rope swing whilst attempting to traverse the obstacle, costing him a great deal of time as he had to reset the obstacle, allowing Jamal make up the huge deficit Andy had gained over him, and to a lesser extent, over Rey. This setback proved to be critical for Andy, causing him to be eliminated from the competition, leaving an as-paranoid-as-ever Jamal facing off against long-time ally and current HOH Rey in the final round. Despite a commendable effort from both competitors, however, it was Rey who sat in his chair first, winning him the Power of Veto for the week, leaving Jamal looking visibly disappointed with himself, although he, along with everyone, congratulated Rey on his veto win.
As Rey now held all of the power over the week's proceedings, Jamal reached out to Rey in an effort to get Rey to save him with the veto, pitching instead to separate the "much tighter pair" of Andy and Katie instead, citing Andy as a huge threat to win the game with his impressive résumé. Rey made no promises, although he continued to navigate around making any along with simultaneously put Jamal's fears at ease. Lena made sure to keep talking to Andy and Katie, along with Rey, in order to lay some groundwork in case she would survive this week. Later that week, Rey opted not to change his own nominations, leaving Jamal and Lena as the finalized nominees for the week.
With the knowledge that either himself or Lena would be leaving by the end of the week, Jamal finally attempted to turn to Andy and Katie, with his options now severely limited, but made very little headway. Andy's distrust of Jamal was made even more apparent n his sub-sequential Diary Room session, to which Andy stated that "Jamal finally approached Katie and me today. And you know what? Too little, too late. He's a good kid, but he's way too shady and paranoid. And last week just proved my suspicions of him. He needs to go, for sure. That way, Katie and I have Rey, and we also have Lena, and we're guaranteed Final 3! So, sorry Jamal, but I need you to go, brother". In addition, Rey did not stop subtly trying to persuade Andy and Katie to evict Lena instead, citing later in the Diary Room that "to be honest, it's a bit frustrating that Andy isn't looking at the big picture. His undoing in our last season was his rigidness, and I think it's resurfaced here again all season long. Lena's a dangerous player, and by far my biggest competition left in this game, and probably one of Andy's biggest threats too, but he's not willing to weigh his options. So, in the event that I can't change his mind, I may have to let Jamal go, which isn't the worst or the best thing for me, but I think I can work around it".
At the live eviction ceremony, Jamal told everyone that he had had the most amazing summer of his entire life, and that this experience would rate up there in his all-time memories. Jamal then thanked each and every houseguest for helping him live his Big Brother dream, and told them to do what was best for their games, in addition to giving a shout-out to his friends and family back home. Lena then proceeded to say there were no hard feelings, and that it had been a great game. Lena then thanked everyone for the amazing memories and a for a great summer, before taking a seat next to Jamal. The live voting was then held, and soon after, it had been revealed that both Andy and Katie had voted to send home Jamal, evicting him in a unanimous vote of two to zero, and making Jamal the fifth member of the jury. Jamal then sighed, but kept his head up, hugging everyone, and especially hugging Lena, whispering in her ear, telling her to "bring it home". Andy, Katie, Lena, and Rey all clapped for Jamal, wishing him a fond farewell as he exited the Big Brother house to a loud reception.
Votes for Jamal: Andy and Katie
Votes for Lena: -none-
Following Jamal's eviction, the trio of Andy, Katie, and Lena participated in the question-based "Before or After" Head of Household competition, which featured the houseguests answering questions, with the possible answers being either "Before" or "After", and with all of the questions regarding various house events that had transpired over the entire season. At the end of eight questions, the houseguest with the most questions answered correctly would win the competition and become the week's Head of Household, guaranteed a spot in the Final 3. The competition was the begun, and both Andy and Lena amassed a decent number of points, whilst Katie stayed close behind. However, by a final score of 7 to 6 to 3, hostess Aundre Berubius congratulated Andy as he was crowned the latest Head of Household, eliciting a huge celebration from him as well as Katie, who gave him a big hug. Rey and Lena both congratulated Andy as the four re-entered the house together soon-after.
With both Rey and Lena under no illusion as to whom Andy was likely to nominate, both Lena and Rey individually saw the need to break up Andy and Katie if the opportunity presented itself. As for Andy himself, the marketing CEO noted how he felt that Rey was a huge threat once again to his game, and that himself and Katie needed to make sure to win the veto. However, Andy told Katie that he felt Rey was still loyal to them and their Final 3 alliance, and that even if Rey won this all-important veto, that they should still be fine. Andy later met with Rey individually to confirm this, to which Rey agreed on site, but continued to keep an avenue open with Lena as well. Andy proceeded to reach out to Lena in an effort very similar to his meeting with Rey, succeeding in fooling neither of them in either meeting. Andy and Katie continued to make it extremely apparent that they were a close-knit pair to both Lena and Rey as everyone prepared in anticipation for the final veto competition of the summer, which would ultimately determine the outcome of the week as a whole.
Later in the week, the houseguests were shocked when they were met face-to-face with the first Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption winner, Anders Connelly, who had been brought in to host the final Power of Veto competition of the season. Anders was well-received by all of the final four, who congratulated Andy, Katie, Lena, and Rey, whom he had a long-standing adoration for, on making it this far in the game, and wished them all luck in the upcoming competition ahead. Anders then explained the veto competition, dubbed "Familiar Face Race", which required the houseguests to each race to complete a puzzle board by placing pictures of all thirteen of the houseguests from throughout the season, with only one combination being the correct combination. The first houseguest to ring in their puzzle board solution correctly would win the final Power of Veto competition of the summer, a guaranteed spot in the Final 3, and the sole vote to determine which houseguest would become the sixth member of the jury. With everything on the line, Anders then once again wished everyone luck before sounding the starting horn, and the competition was begun. All four houseguests seemed to be making a great bout of progress, with Andy leading the way as Lena opted to take a more steady approach, with Rey somewhere in between. Katie did her best to keep up with the pace. After about ten minutes of deciphering riddles and clues as to the correct combination and ordering of the houseguest's pictures, Andy completed his solution in an impressively short time; however, a buzzer sounded when he submitted his answer, revealing his answer to be at least partially incorrect, bringing a bit of visible frustration to his face. After a long interval, Lena then opted to try her combination, which was also revealed to be incorrect. Katie soon followed suit with an incorrect response, followed by Andy, after having thought he had fixed his answer, but to no avail. Rey began gaining ground, nearing the end of his puzzle, whilst Andy rang in for a third time, and was once again found to be incorrect, prompting him to let out a frustrated "Graggh!" in response. After a few more moments, Rey finally stepped up, having completed his puzzle, and rang in. A finishing bell sounded, as Rey's combination was revealed to be correct, winning him the final Power of Veto of the summer, to which the strategic consultant celebrated the accomplishment of reaching the Final 3 for the second time. However, Rey still tried to act mature and did not celebrate too openly, and everyone congratulated him, including special competition host Anders, wishing them a fond farewell, as the four houseguests regrouped inside the house.
With Rey now more than likely to save himself, Andy turned to Rey in an effort to make sure that their Final 3 deal was still valid, to which Rey agreed to Andy's face, but knew better than to stick to such an obvious inseparable pair. Lena also turned to Rey, to which Rey responded positively, despite the ongoing strategic feud with Lena from the past few weeks of the game. Rey maintained cover with Andy and Katie, completely snowing them both as eviction day loomed. At the live dual veto and eviction ceremony, in front of a live studio audience as well as America, Rey opted to use the Power of Veto on himself, forcing Andy to nominate Katie as the only possible replacement, leaving Katie and Lena nominated for eviction. Rey then gave a lengthy speech about how "at this stage of the game, you have to set aside your feelings. It's an individual game, and only one person can win. You have to make a power play to get yourself to the end, and this is my power play". Rey then shocked everyone by choosing to evict a stunned and blindsided Katie, leaving Andy floored, the studio audience audibly stirred, and Lena relieved, although also visibly surprised. Katie fought back a handful of tears, but kept a characteristically sunny smile as she hugged all three of Andy, Lena, and even Rey, telling Rey that there were no hard feelings. Andy made sure to give Katie a huge hug as she grabbed her bags and exited the Big Brother house to become the sixth member of the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2 jury. Hostess Aundre Berubius then congratulated Andy, Lena, and Rey on reaching the Final 3, wishing them all luck for the days to come.
Votes for Katie: Rey
Votes for Lena: -none-
Following Katie's exit from the Big Brother house, and with the Final 3 having been decided, the trio of Andy, Lena, and Rey were instructed to take their positions at their next competition, serving as the first part of the Final Head of Household competition. The competition itself, titled "Dangling and Angling", featured the three houseguests all clinging to a rope, outfitted to look like a fishing rod's fishing line, perched on an extremely small, rounded platform, outfitted to look like a fishing hook. In a cycle repeating ever ten minutes, the houseguests will be lowered into the freezing cold water below, and raised up again, until a houseguest can no longer hold on, and drops off of their fishing line. The last houseguest standing would win the competition, as well as advance directly to Part 3 of the Final HOH Competition to be held later that week at the live finale. Andy, Lena, and Rey, all took their respective places, and the competition was then commenced, with the first dipping of the houseguests taking place after about five minutes. All three houseguests did their best to maintain focus and stay as locked in as possible. Whilst Rey tried to keep the mood light for the most part, and Lena occasionally responding, Andy barely uttered a word at all, tuning everything out. Rey cited later in the Diary Room that "if my past experiences are anything to consider, I'm not the greatest endurance competitor in the history of Big Brother, by any stretch of the imagination. I look over at Andy and Lena, and they're both solid. Andy won't even look up! And meanwhile, my arms are already shaking, but even if this body gives out, I at least know that my brain won't stop with it- but for now, I think I need to go and see a chiropractor". After one hour and thirty-five minutes, Rey finally lets go of his rope, leaving Andy and Lena both competing to pull out the win. In his own Diary Room session, Andy recounts how "I really think I've surpassed my own expectations in this game. It's amazing what a summer will do to ya, I mean look at me! eight weeks ago I was b*tching about how I couldn't hold on to a fork, and here I am! I feel like I something to prove here, and these two know it", whilst Lena states that "it's really evident how hard we've all worked to get here, and the determination really shows. These two guys are both fierce competitors- Andy's fought his way here through tooth and nail, and Rey's truly demonstrated how much of a mad genius he can really be at this game. That being said, I really do feel that these guys have underestimated me throughout this entire game, and I won't give up without a fight". Rey watches on, cheering both Andy and Lena on whilst telling a few stories a jokes, as well as some shout-outs to the camera, in order to pass the time. However, after an astonishing five hours, sixteen minutes, and twenty-eight seconds, Lena slips off of her line as the fishing rod lifts up out of the water, leaving Andy as the winner of the first part of the Final HOH competition. Andy then drops off of his line, ecstatic to himself, as both Rey and Lena congratulate him, and the three houseguests re-enter the house to escape the shivering cold and get warm.
With Andy having guaranteed himself a spot at the final and most crucial, competition of the summer, both Lena and Rey ceased to stop communicating with Andy, with both working overtime to win his allegiance, wishing to secure a Final 2 alliance with him. Andy promised a spot to both Rey and Lena separately, and rejoiced in the Diary Room later about his perceived amazing position, saying that "it feels great to have all of this power! Both of these people want to take me to the end, and this is all I could ask for right now. On one side, Rey's my former mentor, and I'm not going to deny that he's a good player, but he's another returning player, and that's something to keep in mind. But then, even though I feel like we've put our bad blood behind us this summer, but then he goes and evicts Katie. Katie! We were good for Final 3, and he does that? I don't think I can trust him as far as I can throw him right now, but I won't tell him that to his face, and he hasn't gone after me specifically yet, anyway... On the other side, I have Lena tellin' me she wants to go to the Final 2 with me as well, and even though she wasn't on my team, she doesn't seem like that much of a threat, at least to me. What has she done to prove to me I should go to the end with her? Ugh, there's just so much to think about, you know?".
Andy continued to ponder the possible situation as both Rey and Lena were later called to participate in Part 2 of the Final HOH competition, dubbed "Big Brother Word Jumble", which featured a two-part puzzle that would needed to be solved in order to complete the competition. The first half of the puzzle required the hosueguests to find words in a giant word-search-style puzzle to find words that were the answers to a set of questions regarding past events in the house. By finding these words, the houseguests would be given a list of letters that would be used to solve the second part of the competition- a crossword puzzle, with the answers being more questions regarding past events and the evicted houseguests. Each houseguest will solve their puzzle individually on their own turn, with the houseguest who completes both halves of their puzzle in the fastest total time winning the competition, and advancing to compete against Andy on finale night. Rey was then instructed to be up first, whilst Lena took the time to study intently, leaving Rey to do a commendable job on quickly finding the answers from the word-search portion, but slowed down after finding a bit of difficulty with one of the crossword solutions. However, Rey still finished with an all-around great time of 10:23:09, and after he had finished, Lena was given the all-clear to take her turn at the competition. In contrast to Rey's attempt a short time prior, Lena initially struggled to pick out a few of the words from the word-search, but more than rebounded in the second half of the puzzle, unscrambling the crossword answers fairly quickly, once the letters had been procured. Both Rey's time and Lena's time were then unveiled after the houseguests were instructed to re-convene in the backyard for the competition results to be revealed, where Rey's strong time of around ten minutes was first announced. However, in a fair upset, Lena's time was revealed to be 9:22:16, edging out Rey by around a mere minute. Rey and Andy both congratulated Lena, who was told she would be given the opportunity to compete against Andy in the last part of the competition to determine who would become the seasons's final Head of Household, to be held later in the week. The houseguests then proceed to spend their final 24 hours in the Big Brother house celebrating their respective accomplishments and memories, with the occasional game-talk occurring as Rey and Lena both continued to court Andy.
At the live finale, a segment of the jury house is shown as Katie, the newest member of the jury, joins the pre-existing collective group of Thomas, Reagan, Wulfe, Charisma, and Jamal, in addition to the entire jury being joined by former Big Brother 5 winner, as well as fellow housemate to the trio of Andy, Reagan, and Rey, Bea Diller, to review and compare the three remaining houseguests. Reagan and Jamal both praised Lena's strategic game, highlighting her game-play throughout the season, but was accused of being a floater, whilst Wulfe and Katie in particular lauded Andy's impressive competition record, and claimed that he had been a strategic player as well, but was blasted by Charisma and Reagan for playing a terrible social game. Most of the jury lauded Rey on his accomplishment of making it to the Final 3 with such a huge target on his back, with Jamal saying that Rey was "actually that good", getting a few agreeing laughs from around the jury.
The show then cuts back to the live stage show, with hostess Aundre Berubius congratulating the three houseguests on reaching final night, and then wishing Andy and Lena both luck as they took their places at their booth to compete in Part 3 of the final HOH competition of the summer. Berubius then told Andy and Lena that the winner would automatically be guaranteed a spot in the Final 2, as well as win the right to choose who they wanted to take with them to face the Big Brother jury. Both nodded as the first question was then asked, regarding Thomas and his favorite moment in the house, with the possible answers being either "A) When I was the first person other than Andy to win a POV", or "B) When our team came back and won the Week 3 Rival Team Challenge". Both Andy and Lena correctly selected "B", and earned themselves a point, aiming to garner the highest number of points total to win the competition. Andy then fell behind as Lena correctly answered both of Jamal and Charisma's questions correctly, leaving the score in Lena's favor, 3-1. Rey watched on silently along with the audience as the fifth question was then read out, regarding Katie's biggest regret in the game. Andy managed to keep the game alive as Lena answered incorrectly, whilst Andy did answer correctly, and completely evened out the score after yet another question, this time about Wulfe's biggest mistake in the game. With the score tied at 3-3, the final question, regarding Reagan's best memory in the house, was asked, and a hush came over the crowd when Andy and Lena were revealed to have answered differently, with Lena answering A, and with Andy answering B. However, the answer was the revelaed to have been B, receiving a large reaction from the audience as Andy was crowned the final Head of Household of the summer. Andy took a moment to celebrate, overcome with emotion at the tremendous accomplishment, but soon regained composure as he debated his biggest choice of the game- who to take to the end. Lena then took a seat after congratulating Andy, along with Rey, as both Lena and Rey became the finalized nominees, with Andy casting the sole vote to evict. Aundre Berubius then asked Andy for his decision, to which the marketing CEO began a somewhat lengthy speech about how he respected both of the other players as warriors, and that it was a ridiculously tough decision for him to make. Andy then went on to say that he had made up his mind after giving this decision a lot of thought, and then said "the buck stops here", before shocking many as Andy cast the sole vote to evict Rey from the Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption house. Rey nodded and smiled, wishing a genuine "good game" to both Andy and Lena as he made his way out of the house to become the seventh and final member of the jury. Lena then gave Andy a big hug and a thank-you for bringing her with him to the end, as hostess Aundre Berubius congratulated Andy and Lena for becoming the Final 2.
Votes for Rey: Andy
Votes for Lena: -none-
With Rey now having joined the visibly shocked jury, both Andy and Lena were then given the chance to make an opening statement to address the seven members of the jury, who would soon vote to determine who ultimately would win the game. Andy was instructed to begin first, and Andy took ample time to outline his strategy, in addition to highlighting his fantastic competition record of 4 total HOHs and 3 consecutive POVs, as well as having another POV besides, bringing a grand total of 8 competition wins, in contrast to Lena's 1 HOH win.Andy seemed extremely fired up whilst delivering his speech, doing his best to make sure all of his points were delivered, with nothing left out that he wanted to express. Lena then took her turn, and countered Andy's argument whilst maintaining her composure at Andy's remarks, claiming that it was part of her strategy to not appear as overtly threatening, due to many of the most threatening players be targeted. Lena then continued on, laying out her strategy from start to finish throughout each week, explaining as much as possible, and citing instances of herself taking the game into her own hands, and always navigating her way throughout the game. Both speeches received mixed reactions from the jury. The jury itself then was given the opportunity from hostess Aundre Berubius to address the two finalists and ask some questions before casting their votes. Thomas was first up, who took time to congratulate both finalists on reaching the end of the game before asking the pair of finalists about why they deserved his vote to win. Andy said that he valued loyalty just like Thomas did, and that he respected him for his good set of moral values, and believed that voting for Andy was what corresponded to Thomas's core set of beliefs the most, whilst Lena said to Thomas that she believed that Thomas, as a player, respected people within the confines of Big Brother as well as in real life, and that he should reward what he considered to be the strongest game played. Thomas thanked both Andy and Lena for their answers, and retook his seat, prompting Wulfe to step up and give his opinions. Wulfe commended Andy for surviving with a huge target on his back until the end, and said that it was no small feat, whilst Wufle also commended Lena for making strategic moves throughout the game. Charisma then took her turn, and spared no expense at outlining the flaws she saw in Andy's social game, calming him to be "arrogant, abrasive, and unaware", whilst Charisma lauded Lena for being able to represent for strong women everywhere. Katie expressed her fondness for both of the finalists, saying that both of them deserved to win, whilst Reagan congratulated both his ally Lena and his fellow rival Andy on reaching the end, asking them about what they would do differently if they could change any one thing. Jamal took time to campaign for Lena to the other jurors, outlining things they may not have seen, leaving Rey as the final houseguest left to say their piece. Rey thanked both houseguests for a great game, and told them that both of them had pleaded a good case for his vote, as well as everyone else's, but he did believe he knew who had played a better game. The live voting was then held, and soon, after six votes were read, a 3-3 tie was announced, leaving Rey's vote to determine the outcome of the season. The crowd grew silent as Berubius grabbed the key, and then soon erupted as it was revealed that Lena had won the vote and the title of the winner of Big Brother: Rivals and Redemption 2. Lena clasped her head in her hands, whilst Andy seemed a bit downtrodden, but nonetheless congratulatory for Lena as the pair made their way outside the house to rejoin the jurors and pre-jurors alike. Everyone congratulated Lena on her victory, and the data analyst maintained a consummate attitude as she received the check for the $500,000 grand prize. Soon after, hostess Aundre Berubius then announced that America had been voting on whom to award $25,000, along with the title of America's Favorite Hosueguest. Although the top 3 vote-getters were revealed to have been Charisma, Jamal, and Rey, it was announced that Rey had won the prize with just over 26% percent of the total votes cast by America. Everyone celebrated on stage with both Lena and Rey, whilst Aundre Berubius thanked everyone at home for tuning in, and wished everyone a fond farewell.
Voting History Edit
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10|
|Day 29||Day 36||Day 78||Finale|
|Head of Household||Thomas||Reagan||Katie||Charisma||Reagan||Andy||Lena|| Andy|