|Big Brother 2|
|Kina||Day 1||Day 38|
|Josiah||Day 1||Day 31|
|Derrick||Day 1||Day 31|
|Mary Kay||Day 1||Day 24|
|Justine||Day 1||Day 17|
|Parker||Day 1||Day 10|
|Head of Household|
|Power of Veto|
- Head of Household: Each week, one houseguest will win the title of Head of Household (HOH for short). His or her duty is to nominate two houseguests for eviction. This power cannot be won two rounds in a row.
- Eviction: At the end of each week, the houseguests that are not nominated for eviction will vote to evict one of the two nominees. The nominee that receives the most votes will be evicted from the Big Brother House. If there is a tie, the Head of Household will break it.
- Power of Veto: After the Head of Household makes his or her nominations, the HOH, two nominees, and three other houseguests chosen by random draw will compete for the Golden Power of Veto. The houseguest that wins the Power of Veto has the option of saving one of the nominees from the block - including themselves. If a nomination is vetoed, the Head of Household must name a replacement nominee - the replacement cannot be the POV holder or the nominee who was saved from the block.
- Jury of Nine: The last nine houseguests to be evicted from the game will make up the Big Brother jury, which will vote for one member of the final two to win the game.
- Double Eviction: Once during the season, a second round will take place immediately after the live eviction. This means that two houseguests will leave the House during those weeks. As always, an outgoing Head of Household cannot compete in the HOH competition during these rounds. This occurred during Week 4.
- Coaches: Four returning players from Season 1 act as Coaches, each with two male and two female houseguests on their team. If all of a Coach's players are evicted, that Coach must immediately leave the House. The winner's Coach receives a $100,000 cash prize.
- Teams: The houseguests are divided into four teams of four, with each team having one Coach. However, winning Head of Household does NOT ensure immunity for the entire team; an HOH is free to nominate members of his or her team as long as they are not immune.
- Team Immunity: Immediately after selecting the teams during Week 1, the four Coaches compete against each other in a Team Immunity competition. The winning Coach earns immunity to his or her entire team. This competition only occurs during Week 1.
- Coaches' Competition: Each week after the Head of Household competition, the Coaches compete in the Coaches' Competition. The winning Coach may select one of his or her players to receive immunity from nominations and re-nominations for the week. This immunity does not carry into Double Evictions, and a Coach cannot select the same player twice in a row.
- Resurrection Competition: At some point during the jury phase, the four Coaches will compete for the right to bring back on of their members who is on the jury. The winner of this competition can select any of his or her players who are on the jury to return - pre-jury houseguests are not eligible to return. If a Coach has no players on the jury, (s)he cannot compete in this competition. The returning houseguest also earns immunity for the week. Once this competition occurs, the Coaches' Competition twist is over.
- More twists will be announced as the season progresses.
|Aidan Thomas||29||Seattle, WA||Social Worker|
|Chase Peters||27||Boston, MA||Sports Blog Writer|
|Derrick Johnson||35||Indianapolis, IN||Dentist|
|Emma McDonald||31||Phoenix, AZ||Finance Director|
|Greg Andrews||21||Miles City, MT||Student|
|Hailey Park||24||New Orleans, LA||Student|
|Jessica Taylor||22||Los Angeles, CA||Model|
|Josiah Early||29||Atlanta, GA||Businessman|
|Justine Davidson||44||Charlotte, NC||Political Activist|
|Kina Hernandez||38||Portland, OR||Former Track Athlete|
|Lane Newman||37||San Antonio, TX||Baseball Coach|
|Mary Kay Hudson||62||Little Rock, AR||Retired Nurse|
|Monica Carter||24||New York, NY||Makeup Artist|
|Parker Lin||30||Topeka, KS||Restaurant Manager|
|Sam Perez||49||Louisville, KY||Therapist|
|Sophie Flannery||26||Miami, FL||Fitness Model|
Memory WallClick on the houseguests below to learn more about them.
Episode 1 (Premiere & Team Immunity)
The season opens with the host, Matt, hyping up a season full of brand new game-changing twists, friendships, romance, blindsides, and betrayal. He promises that the sophomore season of MATT DB’s Big Brother will completely blow the inaugural season out of the water. He hints that a few familiar faces might turn up again before introducing the 16 brand new Houseguests competing for the title of the winner of Big Brother and the $500,000 prize that comes with it.
The first group of five Houseguests is introduced. First is Josiah, a 29-year-old businessman from Atlanta; his strategy is to play a cutthroat, aggressive game. Next is Derrick, a 35-year-old dentist from Indianapolis. He plans on forming a strong, loyal alliance and playing with integrity. Jessica, a 22-year-old model from Los Angeles, is next; her game plan is to get herself into a showmance as soon as she can. Fourth in the group is Kina, a 38-year-old retired track athlete from Portland. She promises that she will be herself and see where it takes her. Last in the group is Monica, a 24-year-old makeup artist from New York City; she wants to play a very subtle and social game instead of making big, flashy moves. Matt greets the first five Houseguests before sending them inside the House. All five of them rush to grab decent beds, hoping that none of them will be forced to sleep on cots. After claiming bunks and getting settled a little bit, Josiah and Jessica immediately hit it off and see each other as potential allies down the road. In the DR, Jessica confesses that Josiah is “smoking hot”, hoping he feels the same way about her.
Matt then introduces the next six Houseguests. First is Greg, a 21-year-old student from Montana; he wants to get far in the game by dominating the competitions. Parker, a 30-year-old restaurant manager from Topeka, plans on using his flirtatiousness to manipulate the women. Next is Chase, a 27-year-old sports blog writer from Boston; he wants to work the middle of the House and be on good terms with multiple alliances. Also in this group is Mary Kay, a 62-year-old retired nurse and grandmother from Arkansas. Her strategy is to prove her competitiveness and use her outgoing personality to win the younger houseguests over. Fifth is Hailey, a 24-year-old student from New Orleans; she wants to have a small circle of very loyal allies, preferring to avoid big alliances. Lastly, Emma, a 31-year-old finance director from Phoenix, plans on letting her allies win the competitions for her unless she feels she needs to step up to the plate. Matt welcomes the six Houseguests before sending them inside to meet the five others already in the House. They rush even quicker than the previous group, claiming the few decent beds remaining and getting settled. Hailey confesses in the DR that she is beyond shocked and excited to be in the Big Brother House and that she cannot wait for the game to begin.
Lastly, Matt goes on to introduce the final five Houseguests competing this season. Aidan, a 29-year-old social worker from Seattle, is first in this group. His strategy is to play a social game and avoid lying whenever possible. Lane, a 37-year-old father and baseball coach from San Antonio, is next up; he wants to combine physical strength with forming social bonds to be unstoppable in the game. Next is Sophie, a 26-year-old fitness model from Miami. She plans on playing the observer, staying out of conflicts and getting along with everyone so she can fly under the radar. Justine, a 44-year-old political activist from North Carolina, is next. Her strategy is to keep her fiery personality in check so that she won’t end up as an early target. The final houseguest is Sam, a 49-year-old therapist from Kentucky. His first priority is to leave a good first impression and to go from there. Matt welcomes the five eager contestants into the House. Knowing they were the last ones inside, all five of them hope that there are enough beds for everybody. Unfortunately, though, only fourteen beds are available - four additional beds are locked off in an inaccessible bedroom. Aidan and Sam both volunteer to take the cots after a lengthy debate, and use the unfortunate circumstance to bond a little bit with each other. Sam confesses in the DR that he admires Aidan for his social work and hopes that he can help out just as many people as a therapist as Aidan has in his work.
After getting settled, the sixteen Houseguests meet in the living room for introductions. Monica lies about her profession out of fear of being recognized due to her minor celebrity, while Emma lies about her job to avoid sounding rich. Sophie immediately recognizes Monica as a popular makeup artist, but admits that she admires Monica’s work and wants to work with her down the line. The House generally forms positive opinions on the fun-loving Josiah and the sweet, temperate Mary Kay. On the other hand, Greg and Parker both rub a few people the wrong way for being a little bit boisterous and loud, but others find them to be hilarious. Kina confesses that she wants Parker out as soon as possible, admitting that he creeps her out.
Suddenly, Matt appears on the screen. The majority of the House expects him to announce the first Head of Household competition. While Matt does tell the House that a competition will be taking place shortly, he tells them that no one sitting in the living room will compete in that competition. Suddenly, the front door opens.
The Houseguests are shocked to see Corinne, Earl, Kyle, and Quinn from the first season enter the House. Earl is holding a key, which opens the locked bedroom. Matt announces that that bedroom is solely for the four returning players and that none of the other Houseguests can enter unless invited. After getting settled, the four returnees join the sixteen new Houseguests in the living room, where Matt explains the twist.
Matt explains that Corinne, Earl, Kyle, and Quinn will serve as coaches for the duration of the competition - at no point will any of them enter the game as players. He then asks the sixteen Houseguests and the four Coaches to head outside to determine the teams. The teams are to be picked in alphabetical order by first name and picks must alternate genders each round. Corinne picks Aidan onto her team; he confesses that he’s worried about becoming a target due to being the first one picked. Earl then picks Kina, Kyle picks Sophie, and Quinn picks Lane. In the second round of picking, Corinne picks Jessica, who admits in the DR that she’s a huge fan of how Corinne played the game and is overjoyed to be on her team. Earl picks Josiah, Kyle picks Derrick, and Quinn picks Monica. Monica confesses that she’s confident, since Quinn played a very good under-the-radar game on her season. She believes that Quinn will give her a lot of useful advice that will help her win the game. Next, Corinne picks Parker, Earl picks Hailey, Kyle picks Justine, and Quinn picks Chase. Quinn admits that she’s shocked Chase went so long without getting picked since he seems like such a strong competitor in challenges. In the final round of team picking, Corinne picks Emma (resulting in Mary Kay automatically joining Quinn’s team), while Earl picks Sam (resulting in Greg automatically joining Kyle’s team).
Matt then announces the next part of the twist. He tells the Coaches that each week they will compete against each other to earn the power to save one of their team members from eviction. In the end, the Coach of the Houseguest who wins Big Brother will take home a $100,000 cash prize, while the other Coaches will receive nothing. Once a Coach runs out of players, he or she must immediately leave the House along with the last evicted player. Finally, Matt announces that a very special Coaches’ competition will take place the first week, where the winning Coach will earn immunity for his or her entire team. This excites both the Coaches and the Houseguests, who have no idea where they stand in the House and thus desperately want safety.
Once Matt’s series of announcements is complete, he starts the first Coaches’ competition of the season; in a close match, Kyle manages to win the competition, automatically granting immunity to his entire team: Derrick, Greg, Justine, and Sophie. Greg admits in the DR that his naturally loud personality could rub people the wrong way, so he’s glad that he secured himself safety early on to give himself enough time to form a loyal group he can work with.
Episode 2 (HOH & Coaches' Competition)
Just before the first Head of Household competition, Matt explains the way teams work to the Houseguests. It is explained that the Head of Household does not win immunity for his or her team - only themselves. An HOH is free to nominate members of their own team if they choose to do so - the only players that are off-limits are ones that have been saved via a Coaches’ competition. With that said, the sixteen Houseguests head outside to compete in the first Head of Household competition; to everyone’s shock, Mary Kay comes out on top.
Quinn and Monica immediately congratulate Mary Kay on her victory. In the DR, Mary Kay admits that she already gets great vibes from Monica and wants her to be her closest ally in the game. Mary Kay gathers her team and promises all of them that she will keep them off the block no matter what. Lane is relieved, praising the Teams twist for giving him a safety net to rely on should he ever be in danger. Chase, meanwhile, feels that Mary Kay has already grown closer to Monica and Lane than to him, and fears that, if he works with only his team, he will end up finishing in 4th place. He states that the teams mean nothing to him and that he will only be loyal to the people he feels he can trust down the line.
Before Mary Kay can begin discussing plans for nominations, Matt calls the Houseguests and Coaches to the living room once again. He tells them that, despite Kyle already winning immunity for his entire team, the standard Coaches’ competition will still take place that week. Kyle will not compete in this competition since his team already has immunity. Corinne, Earl, and Quinn compete in the first true Coaches’ competition of the summer; Earl crushes the fellow Coaches and wins the competition. He immediately announces that he is granting immunity to Kina.
Kina is very gracious to Earl for saving her. Earl explains that he saved Kina because she nearly won the Head of Household competition and could be seen as a threat for her physical strength. He feels that Hailey, Josiah, and Sam are all much less likely first targets. Kina confesses that she’s sure she would have been on the block if she hadn’t been granted immunity, since she can easily intimidate others on accident due to her strength.
Episode 3 (Nominations)
To avoid becoming a target in the future, Kina talks with her teammate Hailey, who she’s gotten fairly close to throughout the first few days. Before Kina can even ask, Hailey tells her that she wants to form an alliance with her. The pair promises to stay loyal to each other until the bitter end. Hailey confesses in the DR that she was worried about playing Big Brother because she always feels overwhelmed and awkward around new people, especially with such a large group. However, her alliance with Kina is making her feel a bit more confident to play the game.
Meanwhile, Team Corinne members Aidan, Emma, and Jessica bond very well with each other. Emma admits that she finds Aidan very attractive, both in looks and in personality. Jessica confesses that she can tell Emma has a crush on Aidan and hopes that she doesn’t end up becoming the third wheel in their group. Jessica proposes that the three of them work together as an official alliance, which Aidan and Emma both accept immediately. Aidan confesses in the DR that he is really fond of both of the women, since they’re cute, sweet, and both have a great sense of humor. After making the alliance official, Emma tells her two teammates that she gets really bad vibes from Parker. She admits to them that he flirted with her and tried to get with her, which made her really uncomfortable. She told him to stop, but he refused. Jessica concurs and tells her that she would definitely nominate Parker if she were the HOH. Aidan confesses that he wants to put matters into his own hands by getting Parker on the block, and heads to the HOH room to discuss the plan with Mary Kay.
In the HOH room, Mary Kay is discussing nominations with Monica, Sophie, and Quinn. Sophie mentions Parker as a potential target since he’s driving the women crazy with his awkward, creepy flirting. Monica agrees with her and pushes Mary Kay to put him on the block. Mary Kay says that she’s already decided on Parker as the target for the week, but she needs a pawn to nominate alongside him. Mary Kay wonders if Hailey would be a good pawn, since Hailey hasn’t talked much with her and she seems likable and nonthreatening enough to stay in the game. Sophie wonders if the pawn should be someone from Parker’s team, which would give him less potential votes to stay. Quinn interrupts, stating that she’s confident that the other members of his team want him out, too, especially Emma and Jessica. Quinn suggests Aidan as the pawn, since the majority of the House loves him and he would be the most likely teammate of Parker to vote for him to stay. Mary Kay agrees and says that she’s leaning on nominating him. After discussing the nominations, Monica proposes that the three women work together long-term. Sophie and Mary Kay both accept the deal immediately, and Quinn gives the alliance her seal of approval.
At that moment, Aidan knocks on the door. He asks to talk with Mary Kay in private; hearing this, Monica, Sophie, and Quinn leave the room. Aidan wonders to himself if Mary Kay has formed some sort of alliance with Monica and Sophie, but ultimately decides to shrug it off for now. He asks Mary Kay who she’s thinking of targeting. To avoid potentially making him mad by admitting she’s going after one of his teammates, Mary Kay lies and says that she’s unsure. Aidan then comes out guns blazing, pretty much asking her to put Parker on the block. She then fesses up and admits that she wants to see Parker go as well, since his behavior has creeped a lot of the women out. She then asks him if he is fine with being a pawn alongside Parker. Aidan is immediately uncomfortable with this, knowing that pawns often go home, but pretends that he wouldn’t mind it too much since Parker’s eviction is a foregone conclusion. However, he does point out that he could be targeted over Parker due to his strong build, and suggests Hailey as a pawn, saying that she’s not very much of a threat. Mary Kay keeps this in the back of her mind before dismissing Aidan from the room to consider the nominations in private.
At the nomination ceremony, Mary Kay explains how the nomination ceremony will work. She will pull the first key, and that person will be safe. The person whose key was just pulled will pull the next key; this process continues until two houseguests are left without their keys. Mary Kay hands Greg, Derrick, Justine, and Sophie their keys for having Team Immunity and hands Kina her key for having individual immunity. She then pulls the first key:
Chase, you are safe.
Monica, you are safe.
Lane, you are safe.
Josiah, you are safe.
Emma, you are safe.
Sam, you are safe.
Jessica, you are safe.
(Aidan, Hailey, and Parker do not yet have their keys)
Aidan, you are safe.
Mary Kay announces that she has nominated Hailey and Parker for eviction. She states that she nominated Hailey because she didn’t get to know her very well yet, while her reason for nominating Parker is for his somewhat abrasive personality. Parker is shocked to hear such harsh reasoning from a 62-year-old woman. With that, the nomination ceremony is adjourned.
Episode 4 (POV)
Immediately, Parker storms off, not even bothering to talk with Mary Kay about her decision. He rants to Aidan and Jessica, calling the HOH a “mean old hag” and vowing to get his revenge on her. Jessica shares a look with Aidan and rolls her eyes before confessing that she wishes she could fast-forward to the eviction to see Parker walk out the door. Aidan tries to calm Parker down, telling him that she had a hard decision to make and didn’t have much to go on. Parker just shakes his head and walks off to rant to someone else.
Hailey, meanwhile, takes a more positive approach to being on the block. She talks with Mary Kay in private to get reassurance that she’s not the target. Mary Kay basically repeats her speech at the nomination ceremony that Parker is too abrasive and irritating to stay in the game, and that she is only on the block as a pawn. Hailey admits to Mary Kay that she’s fond of her and wishes they could have talked more beforehand.
Kina and Earl also offer Hailey support. Earl tells her that she’s playing the nominations perfectly by acting positively about them instead of complaining or getting angry. He tells her that, with what he’s seen of the House dynamics, she should be safe come eviction night. Kina urges Hailey to try her best in the Veto competition to ensure her safety just in case - or, at the very least, to prevent Parker from winning it. Hailey thanks them for their support before heading to the backyard to enjoy her day.
Parker notices Hailey’s carefree attitude and talks smack about her to his closest friends in the House, Derrick and Lane. He states that he’s pissed at her for acting so cocky and confident and wonders why she isn’t in tears like everyone else would be. Lane speaks to Parker honestly, telling him that his negative behavior is going to get him sent home, guaranteed. Parker agrees, but admits that he simply can’t avoid getting angry at Mary Kay and the rest of the House for targeting him. Derrick tells him that he does have his team for support; Parker, however, retorts that his team is pissed off at him and probably wants him out, too.
At that moment, Lane admits that he’s worried about Aidan and Sam. In Season 1, Corinne and Nick pulled the same move they did of volunteering to take the cots and ended up going to the finals together. Lane is afraid that Aidan and Sam could accomplish the exact same feat and mentions that history almost always repeats itself. Derrick agrees, stating that both of them are very nice guys that could easily coast to the end if they aren’t targeted early on.
Tensions between team members aren’t exclusive to just Team Corinne, though. Justine admits to Sophie that she’s beyond annoyed with Greg, who cracks a lot of over the top and occasionally offensive jokes. She goes on to say that she would nominate Greg if she was the Head of Household despite being on the same team as him. Sophie tells her that it’s smart for Team Kyle to stick together for the first few rounds, no matter how annoying Greg may be. Justine admits that she has a point, but doubts that she will be able to stay loyal to Greg for very much longer before snapping. She confesses in the DR that, if Greg makes one more offensive joke towards her, she will do everything in her power to get him on the block.
Every week, the Head of Household, the two nominees, and three other Houseguests chosen via random draw will compete for the Golden Power of Veto. Mary Kay, the HOH, picks first and draws Sophie. Hailey draws next, picking Derrick’s chip. Lastly, Parker draws Monica to compete. A few hours later, the selected Houseguests compete in the first Power of Veto competition of the season; Hailey, fueled by Earl and Kina’s support, manages to secure herself safety for the week.
Hailey’s team congratulates her on her win. She confesses that she is over the moon after winning, since she was the pawn and pawns go home all the time. She hopes that the replacement nominee isn’t anyone from her team, since she has grown close to all three of them.
Mary Kay discusses with Monica on who the replacement should be. Since all of Team Kyle has immunity, along with Kina, and because Mary Kay doesn’t want to nominate anyone from her team, her only options for a replacement are Aidan, Emma, Jessica, Josiah, and Sam. She immediately rules out Aidan and Josiah, who are both strong guys that could be targeted solely for their physical ability. Monica says that one of the girls from Parker’s team should go up, since both of them are well-liked and would almost definitely stay over him. Mary Kay ultimately decides on Jessica, since she is closer with Emma than she is with her.
Chase feels alone in the House and decides to try and form an alliance to keep himself safe. He challenges Aidan to a game of pool, and the two have a great time facing off against each other. After a few games - all of which Chase loses terribly - Chase offers a final two deal with him. Aidan accepts the offer, especially since many people wouldn’t expect a cross-team final two deal to be formed so early. They promise to keep each other off the block for as long as possible before heading their separate ways.
This isn’t the only alliance offer that Aidan receives, though. As soon as he meets again with his teammates, Jessica tells him that she’s gotten close with Josiah and suggests that Josiah joins their team (minus Parker) in a four-person power alliance. Aidan, who is fond of Josiah, agrees to the deal, making the alliance official. However, Aidan suggests that they bring Sam into the alliance, since he’s on the same team as Josiah and gets along well with all of them. Both Emma and Jessica are enthusiastic about this, since they both love Sam. Jessica does remind Aidan and Emma that one member of their alliance is automatically going on the block unless Mary Kay betrays someone from her own team, but they’re fine with it - no matter what, Parker should be going home.
At the Veto Ceremony, Hailey, as expected, uses the Power of Veto on herself. Mary Kay names Jessica the replacement nominee, promising her that she is just a pawn. Jessica nods in understanding before taking a seat next to Parker. Hailey adjourns the Veto Ceremony.
Episode 5 Part 1 (Eviction)
Jessica is completely confident that she will survive the eviction, and therefore she spends little time in campaigning to stay. Parker, meanwhile, also refuses to campaign, mostly because he is too angry with the House to bother sucking up to anyone to get votes to stay.
To the entire House, the eviction seemed simple - Parker’s few close friends would vote for him to stay, while the rest of the House would send him home. However, Justine decided to shake things up a bit. Since she hates Greg and wants to get him out in any way she can, she decides to craft an elaborate plan to make Greg look like an idiot and become an even bigger target than before. She walks up to Greg and tells him that she needs to tell him something. The two go to a private location, where she admits to him that she heard a plot from Jessica to get him out as soon as possible. Justine’s plan is for Greg to campaign for Jessica to leave and to vote her out, only for no one else to follow suit.
Greg is infuriated by the news and tells Derrick and Sophie that Jessica wants him out and that she should go instead. Derrick, who was already voting for Parker to stay anyways, is on board with the plan, while Sophie knows that Greg is not telling the truth and that Jessica never campaigned against him - at least, not any more than anyone else. Sophie merely holds her tongue and pretends to agree with the plan to calm Greg down a little. Greg then talks with the members of Mary Kay’s team and asks them to vote out Jessica. Lane, similarly to Derrick, wants Jessica out to keep Parker in and agrees, but Monica says that she never heard Jessica say anything about getting Greg out. Greg tells her that he KNOWS Jessica is after him and that she should vote her out before she goes for her, too. Chase, meanwhile, wants to keep Jessica because he believes Aidan is close with her.
Lastly, Greg campaigns to Team Earl about voting Jessica out. None of the four of them accept the offer, telling him that they didn’t hear her go for him at all. Greg is confused by this, wondering how Justine heard the news when no one else did. He still vows to vote Jessica out, but wonders if he’s being too paranoid. When Greg walks away, Josiah calls him unhinged and wonders why he’s acting so crazily. Kina agrees and laughs about him - Justine’s plan of embarrassing Greg has worked.
At the eviction, Jessica, who has heard about Greg’s campaign, glares at him during the majority of the voting period with a smirk on her face. The votes are tallied: by a vote of 10-3… Parker is evicted from the Big Brother House. Parker rolls his eyes, only says goodbye to Derrick and Lane, and leaves the House without saying a word. He is the first person evicted from the game.
Votes for Parker: Aidan, Chase, Emma, Hailey, Josiah, Justine, Kina, Monica, Sam, & Sophie
Votes for Jessica: Derrick, Greg, & Lane
Episode 5 Part 2 (HOH)
After Parker’s eviction, the remaining Houseguests (minus Mary Kay, the outgoing HOH) compete in the second Head of Household competition of the season; Greg comes out on top, vowing to get Jessica out of the House as revenge.
Episode 6 (Coaches' Competition & Nominations)
Greg’s team celebrates his win together, and he promises all of his teammates safety. After a quick celebration, he asks to speak with Justine in private; Derrick and Sophie leave the room to let them talk. Greg asks her why she didn’t vote Jessica out (he knows that Derrick and Lane were the other votes for Jessica). Her excuse is that she didn’t want to vote against the House the first week. Greg scolds her for not filling him in on the plan, since his stray vote could have potentially ruined his standing in the House. Justine fakes an apology, which Greg accepts. She confesses that she hopes Greg’s HOH reign only sinks his game even further.
Before Greg has time to discuss nominations, the second Coaches’ competition of the season takes place; Kyle wins again and grants safety to Sophie, who he feels is the biggest physical threat of the three non-immune members of his team. Sophie confesses that getting immunity changes very little, since her teammate is the HOH, but she still appreciates the gesture. Justine, on the other hand, is unhappy, since she worries that she could go up if Greg is angry enough with her because of the previous vote.
Greg decides to discuss nominations with Derrick and Lane, who he trusts the most in the House. Lane laments in the DR that the house pariahs always seem to seek him out as an ally, and worries that this could backfire on him down the line. Greg tells them the obvious - he was the third vote for Jessica - before revealing that he wants her out this week. Derrick asks Greg to remind him why, and he impatiently responds that Justine told him that Jessica was after him. Derrick is suspicious of this and keeps it in the back of his mind.
Elsewhere, Aidan, Emma, and Jessica are relieved to have Parker out of the House, but are worried that Greg could target one of them. Jessica believes that Greg was the third vote for her, since she heard from Justine that he was trying to get her out for no good reason. Aidan promises her that she’ll be safe, and that whatever pawn ends up nominated alongside her will be the one to go home should Greg put her on the block. Josiah and Sam end up joining the discussion, and the five discuss their disdain for Greg and his obnoxious behavior and plot ways to take him out of the game.
During their discussion, Lane enters the room and asks to speak with Jessica alone. Josiah and Sam are startled and quickly scurry out of the room, with Aidan and Emma following behind. Lane apologizes to Jessica for voting her out, but tells her that he made a promise to Parker and didn’t want to break it. He also warns her that she will probably end up on the block, but that he will try to help her save herself down the line. He goes on to say that Greg’s dislike for her is very unfair, but isn’t his fault, which leaves Jessica confused. She confesses that Lane’s vague talk did little to comfort her, but she’s choosing to remain optimistic.
Hailey and Kina, meanwhile, discuss game with their coach, Earl. Hailey is very positive, claiming that she won’t have to be the designated pawn anymore now that she proved she can win a competition and because she’s been forming closer bonds with the other Houseguests. Earl tells the two that it seems two factions are slowly starting to form, and that the two of them are in the middle of these factions. He goes on to say that, if they play their cards well, they could go undetected until the endgame. Kina agrees, saying that she notices the rest of her teammates and Corinne’s team getting closer, while members from Kyle’s and Quinn’s teams are starting to form inter-team bonds as well.
Speaking of which, Lane continues to form a small army to protect himself in the future. He already has Greg and Derrick as his closest allies, but reaches out to the group of Mary Kay, Monica, and Sophie, too. He tells them that the six of them could form a loose alliance, mostly to keep themselves safe. Lane goes on to say that he saw the members of Corinne’s team bonding with Josiah and Sam, and wonders if those five are an official alliance. Sophie agrees to the offer, but suggests that they hold off on going after that alliance for now - after all, it seems that they all want Greg and only Greg out and that, in the end, Greg leaving the House still gives their group five members to work with. The three women and Lane shake on it, promising to keep each other safe for as long as possible. They call themselves The Two-Teamers, a pun off of the phrase “two-timers”.
Lane makes one last campaign. He realizes that Chase doesn’t have very many alliances, and decides to rope him in as a number. Chase claims he agrees with the offer, but he is unsure. He confesses in the DR that his strategy is to play under-the-radar, work in the middle of the bigger alliances, and only be loyal to one or two people. He says that he could have Lane as his second closest ally after Aidan, but he suspects that Lane is an aggressive strategic player that could end up betraying him.
In the HOH room, Greg discusses potential options for pawns with Derrick. They both rule out Aidan and Emma, since they don’t want Corinne’s team to feel they are getting picked off one-by-one. Derrick suggests to Greg that he nominates a member of their own alliance to throw off the other side of the House. Specifically, he recommends Monica, who is really nice and well-liked, but not much of a threat in competitions. Greg agrees that Monica is a good pawn, but wonders if Chase or Kina could be the pawn, since they’re both in the middle of the two groups, yet still well-liked enough to stay in the game.
At the nomination ceremony, Greg explains how the ceremony works. He will pull the first key, and that houseguest will be safe and will pull the next key. This process continues until two houseguests are left without keys. Greg hands Sophie her key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Derrick, you are safe.
Justine, you are safe.
Josiah, you are safe.
Lane, you are safe.
Hailey, you are safe.
Aidan, you are safe.
Chase, you are safe.
Kina, you are safe.
Mary Kay, you are safe.
Emma, you are safe.
(Jessica, Monica, and Sam do not yet have their keys)
Sam, you are safe.
Greg announces that he has nominated Jessica and Monica for eviction. He doesn’t hold back, letting Jessica know that she is the target for talking smack about him to the rest of the House. He tells Monica that he adores her and that she’s just a pawn. With that, he adjourns the nomination ceremony, leaving Jessica very annoyed.
Episode 7 (POV)
Jessica shares her annoyance and confusion over Greg’s speech with her allies. She tells them that, while she has talked smack about him, she hasn’t done it any more than everyone else does. Aidan wonders if another Houseguest is spreading rumors about her to the rest of the House. Jessica tells Aidan and Emma that she needs time alone to decompress. The two of them comply, both wanting a break from strategy anyways.
Aidan decides to get to know the members of some of the other teams better. He shoots hoops with Greg, Derrick, and Lane. Soon enough, the majority of the House is joining in a game of bump. Mary Kay surprises the House yet again by knocking a few players out before finally being eliminated by Derrick. She admits that, as a young girl, she was on her high school’s varsity girls basketball team. Sophie and Kina compete very well, eliminating Monica, Greg, and eventually Aidan from the game. Chase hits a really good shot, finally knocking Sophie out. After a while, only a few Houseguests remain: Chase, Derrick, Josiah, Kina, and Lane. Kina continues to hit good shots, knocking Lane out. Derrick effortlessly eliminates Chase soon after. Kina tries her best and barely manages to stay in over Derrick, but it’s no use - he eliminates her almost immediately after. Derrick and Josiah face off for several minutes before Josiah finally pulls off the upset and wins the match. Chase confesses that he really enjoyed just having fun instead of talking strategy all day and hopes that more House-wide games can occur throughout the season.
Elsewhere in the House, Emma and Hailey, who were the first two eliminated from Bump, discuss their lives back home. Hailey tells her that she actually gets homesick pretty easily and wonders how long she can last before she loses her sanity. Emma comforts her, encouraging her to try to win HOH so she can get a letter from home. Emma then tells Hailey about her difficult upbringing in a sketchy neighborhood and how she was robbed at gunpoint twice as a teenager. Hailey admits that she would never be able to deal with a situation like that and commends Emma for her bravery. Emma confesses in the DR that she’s glad to have gotten to know Hailey better and hopes the two can become good friends outside of the House.
Later on in the day, Kina rants to Justine about Greg’s behavior. She complains about his aggressive speech at the nomination ceremony and his random hatred for Jessica, wondering why he thinks she tried to get him out when she didn’t. Justine smiles to herself, seeing that her plan to destroy Greg’s game is working perfectly. Justine wonders aloud if someone is spreading rumors about Jessica to the rest of the House or if Greg just invented the reasoning as an excuse to go after her. She says that Greg will definitely have a tough few weeks ahead of him if his behavior doesn’t improve.
At the Veto Player Pick, Greg draws Sam, Jessica draws Kina, and Monica draws Houseguest Choice and chooses Sophie. A few hours later, the six Houseguests compete in the second Power of Veto competition; Greg ends up victorious, giving him full power for the week.
After losing the competition, Jessica isolates herself for a little bit, accepting that she will be evicted. However, as she’s sitting by herself, Lane walks into the room and reminds her that she can save herself. He spills that Justine spread the rumor that she was talking smack about Greg and that she can save herself by trying to throw Justine under the bus. Jessica is shocked that Justine would do such a thing to her for no reason, and thanks Lane for the information before heading up to the HOH room.
In the room, Greg is discussing what he wants to do with the Power of Veto with his teammates. He lets them know that he’s probably going to keep the nominations the same to get Jessica out of the House. At that moment, Jessica walks in and asks to talk with Greg alone. As Derrick and Sophie prepare to leave, Justine asks her why she needs to talk with him. Jessica glares at her with an intense, fiery hatred before asking her to leave. Justine starts to raise her voice at Jessica, asking her why she would want to talk with the guy she wants out. Jessica snaps. She was originally going to tell Greg her information in private, but decides to reveal it to his entire team. She tells Greg that Justine completely made up the rumor about her and asks Justine why she did it. Justine denies the allegations, but Derrick admits that he never heard anyone else say that Jessica campaigned against Greg. Sophie concurs, which leaves Greg feeling very guilty. He asks Justine again if she made up the rumor, and she denies it again. Jessica calls her a lying b*tch and pleads with Greg to save her and put Justine up for her lies and deceit. Greg apologizes to Jessica for thinking she was after him, which leaves Justine shocked. She continues to argue her innocence, but her team can tell that she’s been exposed.
Jessica storms downstairs, almost in tears due to her anger. She calls a House meeting and tells the House about Justine’s lies and betrayal and asks her again why she made up the rumors. Justine continues to deny that she made up anything, but no one believes her. Aidan and Emma both start fighting with Justine, demanding her to fess up. Lane joins in, stating that he heard from Greg himself that Justine was the one that first told Greg the lie about Jessica. After more fighting, Justine finally admits that she started the rumor to make Greg look bad, and didn’t think that he would win HOH and actually try to get Jessica out.
The rest of the House refuses to speak with Justine and impatiently waits for the Veto ceremony where she can be backdoored. She makes one final plea to Greg, promising to keep him and the rest of his team safe until the end if he doesn’t put her on the block. Greg refuses instantaneously and tells her matter-of-factly that he will never be able to trust her again.
At the Veto Ceremony, Greg uses the Power of Veto to take Jessica off the block. He then nominates Justine as the replacement nominee and simply tells her that she knows exactly why her ass is sitting on the block before adjourning the ceremony. Justine starts to cry before storming off to be by herself.\
Episode 8 Part 1 (Eviction)
No campaigning takes place before the eviction, since Justine knows that nothing she can say or do will get her the votes to stay after Jessica exposed her. She does manage to get two votes to stay from her teammates Derrick and Sophie, but only because they all promised to not vote each other out before jury. Sophie tells Monica that she’s voting for her, but tells her that her vote and Derrick’s vote will be the only two votes she will get. The two renew their final three promise with Mary Kay and congratulate each other on another successful week.
Meanwhile, Josiah helps comfort Jessica after a stressful and emotional week. He congratulates her on getting herself taken off the block. She admits that Lane was the one that told her about Justine’s plot, which causes Josiah to raise his eyebrows. In the DR, he confesses that Lane is a strong player and could easily become a huge threat down the line. He promises to keep his eye on him in the coming weeks, since he’s slowly becoming loved and respected by the entire House. The two cuddle, both clearly attracted to each other, before Jessica decides to get some sleep.
In the backyard, Sam talks about his job with Chase, Hailey, and Mary Kay. He explains that being a therapist is very difficult and emotionally trying. Hailey confesses that she used to struggle with depression and anxiety as a teenager, and the only reason she is better today is because of her therapist. She says that she has nothing but the utmost respect for Sam and his work. Chase then talks about writing a sports blog and how, due to his increasing following, he’s had to write about sports he really couldn’t give a damn about, like hockey and golf. Mary Kay gets in a joking fight with him, since she is a huge fan of both hockey and golf, and talks about her favorite moments and players in each. Chase calls her insane and confesses in the DR that he’s shocked with Mary Kay’s knowledge of sports.
At the eviction, Justine looks down in defeat as the votes are cast and tallied. In a 10-2 vote, Justine is evicted from the Big Brother House. She refuses to hug anyone and quickly grabs her things before walking out the door as the second Houseguest evicted from the game.
Votes for Justine: Aidan, Chase, Emma, Hailey, Jessica, Josiah, Kina, Lane, Mary Kay, & Sam
Votes for Monica: Derrick & Sophie
Episode 8 Part 2 (HOH)
After Justine’s eviction, the remaining Houseguests (minus Greg) compete in the third Head of Household competition of the season; Aidan wins the competition, finally giving his alliance some power in the House.
Episode 9 (Coaches' Competition & Nominations)
Aidan meets with his core alliance after the competition, and the five of them all agree to go after Greg for his erratic and rude behavior throughout the first two weeks. Jessica hopes that, with Greg out of the House, the game can truly begin. Josiah agrees with her, but also reminds the alliance that there are other threats they can work on getting out, like Mary Kay as a social threat and Sophie as a potential physical threat. Emma thinks it would be a good idea to get Mary Kay out, since she could easily slip under the radar as the nice older woman and end up besting the competition in the end. However, she re-states that getting Greg out is the top priority.
The third Coaches’ competition is held shortly after the HOH competition; Kyle wins the competition yet again. He says that, after the dramatic week that just occurred, he’s choosing to save Greg. This leaves Greg overjoyed, while Aidan and his alliance are visibly upset.
Derrick and Lane high-five Greg and let him know just how lucky he is to have received immunity. He continues to cheer loudly, pissing Jessica and Josiah off even further. Jessica debates heading to the room he’s in to tell him off, but Josiah urges her to let it go or she’ll tank her own game. Jessica confesses that her temper has gotten the better of her the first few weeks, especially because of Greg’s aggressive hatred for her and Justine’s rumor about her. She hopes she can calm down a bit and play a cleaner, nicer game during the rest of her stay in the House. Josiah admits that Jessica is a firecracker, but that he’s attracted to that personality type the most.
Meanwhile, Aidan, Emma, and Sam discuss their plan now that Greg is immune. Emma restates that Mary Kay is a social threat that they should get rid of. Sam agrees, and suggests a backdoor plan; Mary Kay’s strategy is to fly under the radar, so she’d only try to win a Veto competition if she knew she was in danger of going home. Aidan calls Sam a genius, and asks him and Emma who the pawns should be. Emma suggests Derrick, Lane, and Monica as potential pawns - Derrick and Lane both voted to evict Jessica instead of Parker the first week, giving Aidan an easy excuse for the nominations, while Monica is close with Mary Kay and is not seen as a threat by the House.
After Greg’s celebration, Derrick and Lane decide to hang out in the hot tub outside. A few minutes later, Chase joins them, and the three soon start talking strategy. Chase tells them that he isn’t part of any alliances and wonders if the three of them could form an official group. He continues, saying that he likes both of them and gets good vibes from them and that he’s pretty desperate for a solid group of people that he can trust. Lane accepts the offer with open arms, and Derrick pretends to do the same. Derrick confesses in the DR that Chase is a wild card and that he doesn’t want to align with him, but he’ll go along with it to make Chase happy. Lane shifts the discussion away from strategy, and asks Chase which women in the House he thinks are the hottest. Chase says that he thinks Kina is a real looker, and Jessica doesn’t look half bad either. Lane admits that he has a thing for Monica. Chase jokingly asks Derrick which girl he likes the most; Derrick calls him an idiot and walks out of the hot tub, leaving Chase feeling guilty and Lane confused.
At the nomination ceremony, Aidan explains how the ceremony will work. He will pull the first key, and that person will be safe and will pull the next key. This process will continue until two houseguests are left without keys. Aidan hands Greg his key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Jessica, you are safe.
Emma, you are safe.
Mary Kay, you are safe.
Kina, you are safe.
Chase, you are safe.
Monica, you are safe.
Hailey, you are safe.
Josiah, you are safe.
Sam, you are safe.
(Derrick, Lane, and Sophie do not yet have their keys)
Sophie, you are safe.
Aidan announces that he has nominated Derrick and Lane for eviction. He tells them that he can’t trust them after they voted to evict Jessica the first week, even though he’s secretly only using them as pawns to get Mary Kay out. Both of them are pretty understanding, although Derrick is slightly annoyed to be on the block.
Episode 10 (POV)
A few hours later, Aidan meets with Derrick and Lane, assuring them that they are just pawns - he would never target somebody for such a petty reason. Both of them tell him that they suspected they were pawns, and ask Aidan who his target is. Aidan refuses to tell them, since he’s worried that the news could potentially spread after seeing how quickly Justine’s rumors spread through the House. As Derrick and Lane leave, Lane tells Derrick that their conversation is proof that Aidan doesn’t trust either of them, and that they should be wary of him in the future.
Meanwhile, Chase, Hailey, and Kina bond over being in the middle of the House. Chase says that he has bonds with people from Corinne’s team and people from Kyle’s and Quinn’s teams, despite a growing divide between them. Hailey admits that she loves playing the middle, since she can simply side with whoever she sees as a smaller threat to her game instead of being stuck with one group throughout the entire game. Kina proposes that the three of them look out for each other over the coming weeks, and the two agree to the deal. Chase confesses in the DR that his game is slowly improving - instead of only having a deal with Aidan and Lane, he now has two different alliances to rely on so he can stay safe from nominations as long as possible.
In one of the bedrooms, Monica tells Sophie and Mary Kay that she finds Aidan’s nominations to be suspicious. She believes that he isn’t dumb enough to target two people for such a silly reason as voting for a friend to stay two whole weeks ago. Sophie admits that she’s also a little worried about a potential backdoor plan to get one of the three of them out instead. Mary Kay promises them that she will try her best in the Veto competition if she gets picked to keep the nominations the same so that the three of them can all stay off the block.
Josiah gets bored with all of the strategy and challenges Derrick to a game of pool, calling it a re-match of their bump game the week before. Derrick is shocked with how good Josiah is, and ends up losing the match by a decent amount. Sam, who was watching the match, tells Josiah that he is a pool master and can easily beat him. Josiah accepts the challenge, and the two face off. Sam’s confidence was definitely warranted, as he absolutely crushes Josiah - much to his shock. Mary Kay then challenges Sam, saying that she is a professional for her age. While she puts up a good fight and nearly wins, she’s simply no match for Sam. Houseguests gradually begin hopping in, trying to best Sam; in the end, though, no one is able to beat him. Kina confesses that she’s surprised to see Sam act so competitive, since he’s usually very laid back and calm in the House.
At the Veto Player Pick, Aidan draws Kina, Derrick draws Mary Kay, and Lane draws Sam. Aidan is a bit nervous that Mary Kay was drawn, and hopes that he or one of his nominees can beat her. A few hours later, the third Power of Veto competition begins; Aidan and Mary Kay both compete very hard, but Aidan manages to beat her in the end, securing himself total power for the week.
After winning the Veto, Aidan discusses with his team who should be taken off the block. Emma and Jessica both suggest using the Veto on Lane, since they feel he could be seen as a bigger threat than Mary Kay. Corinne buts in, trying to change their mind. She tells them that, after observing some of the House’s dynamics, Lane would be practically guaranteed to stay in the game over Mary Kay. She tells them that Lane has bonded with more people than Mary Kay has, while Derrick is more within his tight group of friends. Aidan tells Corinne that she’s making a good point and that he’ll consider her advice.
Sophie is worried that she’ll be backdoored. She thinks that Aidan might find her to be a physical threat and prays that she has a bad read on his intentions. Mary Kay is also worried, since young people like Aidan can easily target the older people without getting much blood on their hands. Monica does her best to reassure them, saying that she will work as hard as she can to get the votes to save one of them if Aidan really is trying to pull off a backdoor. She says that she can probably convince Chase, Hailey, and Kina to side with them, and that Greg could be convinced depending on which team each nominee is on.
At the Veto ceremony, Aidan announces that he’s using the Power of Veto to take Derrick off the block. Derrick thanks Aidan for saving him and sits on the couch. Aidan then announces that his replacement nominee is Mary Kay. Many of the Houseguests are shocked, while Mary Kay, expecting it, simply sits down in the nomination chair calmly. With that, the Veto ceremony is adjourned.
Episode 11 Part 1 (Eviction)
Monica campaigns very hard to save Mary Kay from eviction. She knows that Emma, Jessica, Josiah, Derrick, and Sam will all vote for Mary Kay to go home, so she needs to sway all four remaining votes (besides her own and Sophie’s) to get Lane out instead. She starts by campaigning to Chase, Hailey, and Kina; she says that they are in the middle of an alliance war and that they should go against Aidan’s wishes, since his alliance is the biggest one in the game. Hailey and Kina, who are really fond of Mary Kay, are on board immediately, while Chase is unsure. Chase admits in the DR that he’s very conflicted - he has a deal with Hailey and Kina and wants to vote with them, but he also has a deal to keep Derrick and Lane safe and doesn’t want to vote Lane out. Chase tells Monica in private that he can’t promise anything, but he’ll consider keeping Mary Kay in the game.
Greg tells Monica that he’s voting Lane out before she can even campaign. He admits that he trusts Mary Kay more and feels that Lane won’t stay loyal to him very far in the future. He goes on to say that Lane is a bigger threat because of his bonds throughout the House. Monica thanks him, glad to have secured another vote in Lane’s direction. She realizes that Chase is the swing vote, and hopes that he will side with Mary Kay instead of with Lane.
Derrick finds out about Monica’s aggressive campaigning and asks her what she’s trying to do. Annoyed at being confronted, she tells him that she’s trying to save Mary Kay, her close friend in the game. Derrick reminds her about the six-person alliance they formed the previous week and accuses her of betraying that alliance. Monica tells him that two members of that alliance are on the block and she’s trying to save the person she trusts more. Derrick refuses to hear it, and the two start fighting. At one point, Monica tells him that she’s done with the alliance if she has to blindly follow what he and Lane say and she isn’t allowed to strategize with other people.
Right before the eviction, Emma asks Chase who he’s voting for. Chase, with honesty, tells her that he has no idea and that he’s the deciding vote. There are already five votes locked in to evict Mary Kay and five to evict Lane, and he’s stressed out because of all the pressure he’s dealing with. Emma tells him to make the decision that’s best for his game and nobody else’s game before wishing him luck in the next HOH competition.
At the eviction, both Lane and Mary Kay are very nervous for the result, as is the majority of the House. By a vote of 6-5… Lane is safe, and Mary Kay is evicted from the Big Brother House. Lane hugs Chase, quietly thanking him for the vote, while Mary Kay accepts her eviction, wishes everybody the best of luck, and walks out of the House as the third Houseguest evicted from the game.
Votes for Mary Kay: Chase, Derrick, Emma, Jessica, Josiah, & Sam
Votes for Lane: Greg, Hailey, Kina, Monica, & Sophie
Week 4 (Round 1)
Episode 11 Part 2 (HOH)
After Mary Kay’s eviction, the remaining Houseguests (minus Aidan, the outgoing HOH) compete in the fourth Head of Household competition of the season; Josiah comes out on top, keeping the power within his alliance for the second week in a row.
Episode 12 (Coaches' Competition & Nominations)
Almost immediately, Josiah promises Jessica that he will do everything in his power to get Greg evicted this week. Jessica hopes that Kyle loses the Coaches’ competition so that Greg won’t be saved again, but is pessimistic - after all, the only Coaches’ competition Kyle had lost was one he couldn’t even compete in. Josiah encourages his Coach, Earl, to give it his all in the upcoming competition so that he can prevent Greg from receiving safety.
At the Coaches’ competition, Corinne pulls off an upset and earns herself the right to give one of her team members immunity; she decides to give immunity to Aidan, since he could become a target after just finishing his HOH reign and because he didn’t have a chance to earn himself immunity for the week yet. The majority of the House, who suspects an alliance between Josiah and Aidan, doubts he would have been targeted either way.
Greg immediately tells Kyle, Derrick, and Sophie that he’s nervous about going on the block as the target. He can tell that Josiah is close with Jessica, and worries that he will go after him because Greg tried to get Jessica out in the first two weeks of the game. Derrick and Sophie promise to vote for him to stay if he ends up on the block, and Kyle reminds him that he can always try to win the Veto to earn himself safety. Greg thanks them, and then heads off to find Lane.
A few minutes later, Greg apologizes to Lane for voting him out, but admits that he had bonded with Mary Kay and promised not to vote her out. He knew in the end that she would go home, but wanted to honor his promise. Greg goes on to say that he feels he’s on the chopping block with Josiah as HOH and he’s not sure if he can survive without some other people by his side. Lane forgives him, saying that his move was perfectly understandable. In confessional, though, Lane admits that the vote made him trust Greg a little less than he did before - which wasn’t all that much. However, he does realize that Josiah’s alliance is a bigger threat in the game than Greg could ever be, so he decides to stay aligned with him for the time being.
Derrick decides to talk with Lane over his fight with Monica just before the eviction. Derrick tells him that Monica was campaigning to get votes to evict Lane in order to keep Mary Kay in the House. Lane admits in the DR that he’s confused why Derrick was surprised or cared about this information and complains about aligning himself with crazy people. He tells Derrick that she was merely trying to save one of her best friends in the House, which is perfectly understandable. Derrick is shocked that Lane is so forgiving and reminds him that Monica tried to get him evicted. Lane merely shrugs it off, saying that the past is in the past and that he’s willing to still work with Monica. Derrick asks him to call off the alliance with her; Lane begs him to calm down, telling him that he’s overreacting. This pisses Derrick off and he storms into a different room. Lane rolls his eyes before heading off to find Monica and Sophie so he can spill the conversation to them.
Elsewhere, Sam and Emma try to figure out the votes at the previous eviction. They expected only 2 or 3 votes against Lane, not five. Emma figures that she, Sam, Jessica, and Josiah were four of the six votes to evict Mary Kay, and they bet that Derrick also voted Mary Kay out because of his relationship with Lane. Aidan walks into the room to join the conversation. Sam guesses that Chase, Hailey, and Kina all voted out Lane and that Greg voted out Mary Kay, but Emma interjects. She tells them that Chase told her he was the swing vote between Lane and Mary Kay and decided to keep Lane in the House. Sam tells the two that he feels betrayed that Hailey and Kina voted Lane out, since they both promised him and Josiah they’d vote Mary Kay out of the game just before the eviction. Aidan admits that the pair is clearly playing both sides and that they should all keep their eyes on them in the future.
Chase finds Lane and lets him know that his vote decided the fate of the eviction and that he voted Mary Kay out to prove his loyalty. Lane says that he always trusted him, even though this is somewhat of a lie. In the DR, Lane admits that he feels better about aligning with Chase than he does with Derrick, since Chase is a level-headed guy compared to Derrick’s erratic and explosive gameplay. Lane tells Chase a secret - he would easily keep him around over Derrick if forced to choose between the two. Chase makes the same promise back, reaffirming their deal from the first few weeks and their alliance.
Sam decides to talk to Josiah about his worries regarding Chase, Hailey, and Kina, who are all playing in the middle of two potential “sides”. Josiah says that, if Greg manages to save himself from the block, he’ll consider nominating one of the three of them to force them to pick a side. The two talk about nominations a little more, and Josiah asks Sam if it would be smart for him to nominate someone in their own alliance alongside Greg to mask it a little bit. Sam says the move is smart as long as he can secure the votes to get Greg evicted over this pawn. Josiah rules out Jessica, who has enemies in the House and is associated with him already, and Sam, since they’re teammates. Josiah decides that Emma would be a good pawn, since he feels that most of the House doesn’t know that they’re aligned and she is well-liked enough to stay in the game. Sam wonders if Josiah should nominate one of the players in the middle instead, but Josiah rules it out, wanting to save them for a later week.
At the nomination ceremony, Josiah explains how the ceremony will work. He will pull the first key, and that person is safe and will pull the next key. This process continues until two houseguests are left without their keys. Josiah hands Aidan his key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Hailey, you are safe.
Sam, you are safe.
Kina, you are safe.
Chase, you are safe.
Sophie, you are safe.
Derrick, you are safe.
Jessica, you are safe.
Lane, you are safe.
(Emma, Greg, and Monica do not yet have their keys)
Monica, you are safe.
Josiah announces that he has nominated Emma and Greg for eviction, flat out telling Greg that he is his target for his over-the-top, grating behavior and personality. Some of the Houseguests are shocked with Josiah’s aggressive speech, while Jessica fails to hide her smile. He promises Emma that she is just a pawn to ensure Greg’s eviction before adjourning the nomination ceremony. Greg merely rolls his eyes before walking out of the room, refusing to talk to Josiah or any of his allies about the nominations.
Episode 13 (POV)
Monica tells Sophie that she’s done with Derrick completely, especially after he tried to rat her out to Lane. Sophie tells her that, even though he’s her teammate, she wouldn’t hesitate to vote him out if he ended up on the block. The two decide to bring Lane in as the third member of their alliance, with Greg as an associate of that alliance. They decide not to officially bring Greg into the fold, as his volatile, loud personality will end up getting him sent home soon regardless. However, since they believe Greg is on their side for now, they decide not to target him for a while - both as a shield and as a potential vote. Sophie tells Monica that she’s bored of the strategy talk, and the two decide to go into the backyard and have a relaxing swim in the pool.
In the pool, Sophie falls off of her air mattress and into the water, splashing Monica a bit. Jokingly, Monica splashes her back. Soon, the two are engaged in a full-on splashing war. Other Houseguests that are in the backyard join them, eventually resulting in an intense (and messy) free-for-all in the backyard. Hailey confesses in the DR that she loves all of the breaks from strategy in the Big Brother House, admitting that constant strategy talk is draining and can get really, really boring.
A few hours later, Jessica cuddles with Josiah in his HOH room. She admits that he’s a really attractive man and that she wouldn’t mind dating him outside of the game. Josiah shares similar feelings, telling the DR that he absolutely loves Jessica for her feisty personality and would love to get to know her better outside of the game. Right then and there, they both promise to take each other to the end, simply because they love their company so much.
Meanwhile, Chase talks with Aidan about his plans for the week. Aidan says that he’s agreed to take Greg out of the game, since he simply can’t stand the guy and feels like Greg will try to get him evicted if he won HOH again. Chase agrees, admitting that Greg is a little on the crazy side and is hard to get along with. The two keep talking, and Aidan eventually lets it slip that he’s worried about Hailey and Kina because they promised to vote Mary Kay out, but voted Lane out instead.
Chase decides to warn Hailey and Kina that their playing-the-middle, hopping between alliances strategy is getting them in trouble. They are both shocked that the House is catching on to their strategy, and they both decide to try their best to stick to a side for the coming eviction. They admit that they want to keep Emma around and evict Greg, and Chase tells them that’s the plan and they can’t change their minds based on who campaigns to them last. Kina is startled by Chase’s aggressive strategy, but also understands that he’s just trying to protect her and Hailey down the line.
At the Veto Player Pick, Josiah draws Hailey, Emma draws Kina, and Greg draws Aidan. A few hours later, the six of them compete in the fourth Power of Veto competition; Greg ends up winning, gloating about his win to Josiah and the rest of the House. Because of Greg’s victory, Josiah is forced to come up with a replacement target.
After the competition, Aidan discusses more game with Chase. Chase tells him that Monica and Sophie both mentioned their annoyance with Derrick for acting erratically the previous week and that they want to try to backstab him. Aidan remembers an earlier conversation with Lane about Derrick playing very heavy-handedly to help Lane stay in the game during the last eviction, and wonders if Derrick would be a good replacement target.
Later, Josiah discusses the new plan with his allies. He says that he wants to make a move on one of the three players in the middle - Hailey, Kina, and Chase. Sam agrees, but points out that he shouldn’t go after Hailey or Kina - they’re both on his team, and such a betrayal would hurt his position in the game. With that, Josiah decides that Chase needs to go home. Aidan buts in, however, telling them that Chase would stay over Emma. He says that Hailey, Kina, Monica, Sophie, Derrick, Lane, and Greg would vote Emma out of the game if Chase was on the block against her. While what Aidan says is true, he has another motive - he wants to keep Chase safe to preserve their secret alliance. Instead, Aidan lets his alliance know that some of Derrick’s allies are tired of him and want him out - he would easily go home over Emma and would probably never work with Josiah’s alliance down the line. At that moment, Emma admits that she isn’t so comfortable with being the pawn anymore and is worried that she could end up going home. Jessica promises her that she’ll do her best to get her the votes she needs to stay, and her alliance comforts her.
Meanwhile, Lane, Derrick, Monica, and Sophie wonder who the replacement will be. Sophie worries that she will go up, since her bond with Josiah isn’t very strong and he could see her as a threat of some sort. Lane and Monica are also worried about being nominated, since neither of them think Josiah is on their side in the game. Derrick, on the other hand, is confident - he feels that he would be the last person targeted from his alliance, since he doesn’t talk much strategy and is really bad at competitions.
At the Veto Ceremony, Greg (obviously) uses the Power of Veto to remove himself from the block, forcing Josiah to name a replacement nominee. Josiah announces that his replacement is Derrick, shocking a lot of the House but leaving Aidan, Chase, Sophie, and especially Monica overjoyed. Greg then adjourns the ceremony and Derrick heads to confront Josiah on his decision.
Episode 14 Part 1 (Eviction #1)
Derrick asks Josiah why he is the new target. Josiah responds that he’s heard from the House that Derrick is acting too aggressively and threatening towards his allies. Derrick accuses Monica and Sophie of ratting him out, but Josiah tells him that neither of them gave him this information. He doesn’t believe Josiah’s story and storms out of the HOH room, clearly enraged.
He decides to get into a screaming match with Monica, calling her a snake and a traitor. She responds angrily, telling him to grow up and to stop being so immature. He calls her a rat and calls her fashion sense ugly, exposing her as a well-known makeup artist by calling her looks cheap, tacky, and hideous. Monica asks him why he’s trying to get himself evicted when he could be campaigning for votes and says that his dyed blonde hair looks like he dipped his hair in paint. The two argue for a bit more before Monica simply walks away, telling him that there’s no chance he stays in the House.
Lane and Greg discuss the fight that just broke out. Lane says that the two of them will probably be the only votes to save Derrick. He then admits that he told Monica about the smack that Derrick was talking behind her back, simply because he couldn’t stand being associated with Derrick’s explosive behavior. Greg promises not to tell him about this, and says that he is only voting against Emma because Derrick is on his team. Lane says he’s only voting against Emma because he made a promise to Derrick the first week to never vote him out. He admits in the DR that he got along really well with Derrick at the beginning, but Derrick slowly lost his bearings and his sanity as the game went on.
At the eviction, Derrick knows he’s getting voted out and glares at his fellow Houseguests, especially at Monica. By a vote of 8-2… Derrick is evicted from the Big Brother House. He hastily grabs his things, wishes Greg and Lane good luck, and storms out the front door as the fourth Houseguest evicted from the game.
Votes for Derrick: Aidan, Chase, Hailey, Jessica, Kina, Monica, Sam, & Sophie
Votes for Emma: Greg & Lane
Week 4 (Round 2)
Episode 14 Part 2 (Eviction #2)
After Derrick’s eviction, Matt announces that another Houseguest will be leaving the game that night. Just a few minutes later, the remaining Houseguests (minus Josiah) compete in the fifth Head of Household competition of the season; Chase manages to win, shifting power away from the Corinne-Earl power alliance.
During a commercial break, Chase is bombarded on all sides by different people wanting different outcomes. Greg, Jessica, Josiah, and Aidan are all mentioned as potential targets for him to nominate. He realizes that he has deals with people from every alliance, and that he has to break somebody’s trust this round.
At the nomination ceremony, Chase hastily nominates Hailey and Josiah for eviction without giving an explanation. Just seconds later, Chase draws Jessica, Hailey draws Greg, and Josiah draws Lane to compete in the Power of Veto competition. The six head outside for the competition, which Greg wins.
Greg walks back inside and immediately announces that he is not using the Power of Veto on either nominee, leaving Hailey and Josiah on the block. Another commercial break occurs, during which Jessica and Sam try to get votes for Josiah to stay. Afterwards, the Houseguests all vote. By a vote of 5-4… Josiah is evicted from the Big Brother House. He admits that he is shocked to go from HOH to evicted in the span of twenty minutes before wishing everybody luck. He then walks out of the House as the fifth Houseguest evicted from the game.
Votes for Josiah: Greg, Kina, Lane, Monica, & Sophie
Votes for Hailey: Aidan, Emma, Jessica, & Sam
Episode 15 (HOH, Coaches' Competition, & Nominations)
After Josiah’s eviction, Matt announces that all of the Houseguests left in the game are officially part of the Big Brother jury, which will vote for one of the two finalists to win the game. This leaves the Houseguests excited and more determined than ever to win the game.
Aidan, Emma, Greg, Hailey, Jessica, Kina, Lane, Monica, Sam, and Sophie compete in the sixth Head of Household competition of the season; Sam ends up on top, bringing the power back to his alliance after losing a member during the previous round.
Team Corinne celebrates Sam’s victory with him before the alliance of four discusses the plan for the week. Sam suggests getting Chase out as revenge for getting rid of Josiah during the Double Eviction, pointing out that he’s pretty close with a lot of the Houseguests. Aidan rejects the idea, telling him that he think he can convince Chase to go after someone outside of their alliance if he wins another HOH. Instead, Aidan suggests getting Greg out, since he has proven to be a competition threat and even an underdog for surviving so long already. Jessica agrees, but mostly for personal reasons. Emma also sides with Aidan; Sam admits defeat and promises them he will get Greg out. However, he admits to his alliance that he’s getting wary of Hailey and Kina for playing the middle and being wishy-washy.
At the Coaches’ Competition, Earl manages to beat out the other Coaches. He decides to give immunity to Hailey, since she was nominated during the previous eviction. Hailey confesses that she has been used as a pawn several times and is glad to have immunity, potentially forcing the Houseguests to make bigger moves instead of putting the same people on the block each week.
The next day, Chase, Hailey, and Kina discuss the events of the previous night. Chase apologizes to Hailey for using her as a pawn, but claims that he was worried about Josiah getting the votes to stay and felt he needed to put him up against a member of his own team that wouldn’t go home against him. Hailey forgives him and admits that she doesn’t care so much about being a pawn now that she has immunity for the week. Kina asks Chase why he went for Josiah specifically; he tells her that he could tell that Josiah was considering him as a target and wanted to strike first.
Elsewhere, Emma and Lane talk strategy with each other. Emma tries her best not to leak too much of Sam’s plan for the week to Lane, and mainly frames opinions from her own point of view. She tells him that she obviously trusts Aidan and Jessica a lot, since they’re her teammates and haven’t betrayed her yet. Lane says that he feels close with Chase and Monica, too, and tells her that he’s glad the team twist gives him people that are pretty much forced to trust him. Emma laughs, and admits in the DR that Lane is a good person with a great sense of humor. Emma lets her guard down and tells Lane that she doesn’t trust Hailey and Kina very much and that they seem really wishy-washy to her. Upon hearing this, Lane smiles, hoping that he can keep his allies safe if he plays his cards right. He says that Emma is a very nice girl, but she is foolish and sometimes can be too honest.
In the backyard, Greg talks with Aidan, Jessica, and Sophie about his life outside of the House. He admits to them that life in Montana can be really slow and boring, but he has a good amount of friends in college to keep him entertained. Aidan asks if Greg’s town is cold - he once went on a fishing trip to Montana and said that the state seemed like a frozen wasteland in parts. Greg laughs at his comment, joking that Montana is a frozen wasteland everywhere. Sophie asks Aidan about what specifically he does as a social worker; Aidan tells the group that he primarily works at schools that don’t receive the funding that they should, and grieves over the fact that the majority of these schools are more diverse schools. Greg makes an ignorant comment based on this, which shocks Aidan and Jessica. Jessica tells Greg that his comment is ignorant and asks him to apologize. Greg raises his voice at her, telling her to stay out of the conversation. Aidan intervenes and tells Greg that his comments were inappropriate and that he shouldn’t say stuff like that, which Greg scoffs at. Tears of anger in his eyes, Aidan calls Greg a terrible person for disrespecting the kids he works for like that. Greg tells Aidan to get off his ass, which only pisses him off more. Aidan storms out of the backyard and immediately into the DR before crying angrily and being consoled in the DR.
Jessica begins fuming, screaming a stream of insults at Greg. At one point, she calls him a racist. He fights back, telling her that she only cares because she’s friends with Aidan and hates Greg, accusing her of faking offense as an excuse to make him look bad. Jessica is absolutely shocked by this and approaches Greg, ready to sock him in the face. Observing the scene, Sophie holds Jessica back and tells her that the fight isn’t worth it. Eventually, Monica and Sam, hearing the fight, head to the backyard to try to diffuse the situation. As more and more Houseguests head outside to watch the fight unfold, Big Brother calls the entire House into the living room.
The House sits down, and many people notice that Aidan is not sitting with them. After a minute or two, he walks out of the DR, sniffles, and sits down as far away from Greg as possible. Big Brother tells the housemates that he wants everyone in the House to talk to each other, apologize, and forgive each other, especially since the altercation almost escalated into physical violence and accusations of racism were thrown around. Greg admits to Jessica and especially Aidan that he made ignorant comments that he regrets and that he’s sorry for acting so terribly, admitting that he knows very little about racial issues and the schooling system in cities because he grew up and lives in a small town in Montana. Aidan apologizes for storming off, but admits that he gets very emotional whenever the kids he works with are talked negatively about, since society and the school system itself already doesn’t believe in their success. Jessica apologizes next, saying that she saw her friend hurting and her only instinct was to protect him like a mother bear. The three all forgive each other, apologize to the rest of the House for fighting, and eventually continue on with the day.
Aidan and Chase discuss the event after the mandatory meeting. Aidan says that his number one passion after his family is the kids he works with and that he gets really angry with the way they are treated and looked at just because they come from poor neighborhoods. Chase confesses that Aidan is his favorite person in the game because of his big heart and because he isn’t afraid to show his emotions. He claims that he would definitely be best friends with him outside of the game, too. Chase comforts him, saying that Greg’s view on the situation is very limited and misinformed and that he would never mean to deliberately attack those kids like that. Aidan hopes Chase is right, and the two talk about their lives and grow even closer together.
At the nomination ceremony, Sam explains how the ceremony will work. He will pull the first key, and that person is safe and will pull the next key. This process continues until two houseguests are left without their keys. Sam hands Hailey her key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Kina, you are safe.
Aidan, you are safe.
Sophie, you are safe.
Jessica, you are safe.
Chase, you are safe.
Lane, you are safe.
(Emma, Greg, and Monica do not yet have their keys)
Emma, you are safe.
Sam announces that he has nominated Greg and Monica for eviction. He tells Greg that he is the target for his multiple competition wins and that none of the events of the week influenced his decision. He assures Monica that she is only a pawn before adjourning the ceremony. Greg rolls his eyes at being targeted yet again, while Monica is similarly unhappy that she is being used as a pawn again.
Episode 16 (POV)
After the nominations, Monica vents her frustration with Lane and Sophie. They both try to comfort her by telling her that she’s guaranteed to stay no matter what, but understand that she must be annoyed to be on the block again. Monica says that she wants to try to take the power alliance down, particularly wanting to get the members of Corinne’s team out as soon as possible. Lane admits that, while he likes them all, he can tell that they are all really close with Sam and are huge threats in the game. Greg joins them and talks about going after Sam and Team Corinne, echoing the other three’s plans. The four make a renewed alliance, promising not to betray each other or split again. When Greg leaves the room, the other three make it clear that they are not afraid to dispose of him as soon as possible, since his behavior in the House has slowly driven them all insane.
Greg finds Aidan and decides to have a one-on-one conversation to try to understand him and his job more. Aidan gladly agrees to the conversation and talks with him about what he does, why he does it, and why his job is necessary. Greg admits that he is surprised with all of the problems that low-income families face, since he never really experienced that living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. He thanks Aidan for informing him, and hopes that he can avoid saying unintentionally ignorant or offensive remarks in the future.
Chase, trying to ease tensions in the House a little more, hosts a night out in the hot tub for the entire House. The housemates play Never Have I Ever and similar games, getting to know shocking facts about each other. Many are shocked to learn that Greg has never been drunk, that Lane nearly flunked out of high school, and that Chase nearly became a professional athlete. Monica and Sophie decide to make sure that Greg gets drunk, and eventually succeed. Many of the Houseguests laugh at Greg’s outrageous drunk personality, and Jessica admits that she wishes Greg was always drunk since he’s much less of an asshole when he is. Hailey confesses that she loves when the House simply has fun together instead of talking strategy before admitting that she drank way, way too much that night. Kina throws back two more shots and, after being dared by Chase, streaks around the backyard.
The next day, some of the houseguests struggle to recover after the events of the previous night. With enough coaxing from Big Brother, the houseguests gather in the living room for the Veto Player Pick. Sam draws Sophie, Greg draws Houseguest Choice and picks Lane, and Monica draws Hailey. A few hours later, the six compete in the sixth Power of Veto competition of the season; in the end, Lane manages to win, giving Greg hope that he can survive the week.
Immediately after the competition, Greg asks Lane to use the Veto on him because of their newly formed alliance with Monica and Sophie. Greg promises him that he will be his number one ally if he uses the Veto. Lane is conflicted - he sees the strategic merit in saving Greg, but doesn’t like him very much and kind of wants to see him go home. He then remembers a discussion he had with Emma earlier in the week and heads to Sam to try and make a deal.
In the HOH room, Sam asks Lane to not use the Veto almost immediately. Lane tells him that he’s considering saving Greg, telling him that he’s wary of Kina for her wishy-washy and untrustworthy strategic play and wants to see her go up in Greg’s place. This piques Sam’s interest, since he wants Hailey and Kina to be separated but would have trouble convincing Aidan and Jessica to do the same in a future week. He tells Lane to do what he thinks is best for his own game before dismissing him from the room.
Meanwhile, Hailey and Kina discuss which alliance they should side with if they win HOH in the future. Kina tells Hailey that it’s smartest for them to nominate one person from each alliance to avoid getting blood on their hands - the only thing they need to do is keep Sam and Chase safe to avoid betraying anybody. Hailey confesses that playing in the middle, while beneficial, can also get stressful when you feel like you have to pick a side.
At the Veto Ceremony, Lane ominously says that he is hoping that Sam follows through with his plans before deciding to use the Power of Veto on Greg. Sam stands up, announces that he isn’t happy to have to name a replacement, and announces Kina as the replacement nominee. Kina is shocked to be nominated before taking a seat next to Monica. Lane then adjourns the veto ceremony, leaving Hailey and Kina reeling.
Episode 17 Part 1 (Eviction)
Kina decides to discuss the decision with Sam. He tells her that he simply doesn’t feel like he can trust her after she promised to vote Mary Kay out but voted Lane out instead during Week 3. He accuses her of being wishy-washy and easily swayed between sides. This offends Kina, who tells Sam that he should stay loyal to his team and that he is the one betraying people. She storms off with the intention of getting votes to stay.
Kina and Hailey discuss how to get the votes they need to keep Kina in the game. They assume that Hailey and Chase are already two votes against Monica, and that they only need three more votes to keep Kina in the game. Ruling out Aidan, Emma, and Jessica, they decide to see if they can convince Lane, Greg, and Sophie to vote Monica out instead.
Kina makes her pitch to the trio, telling them that Monica isn’t much of a competition force, while Kina can win more competitions to go after Aidan, Emma, Jessica, and Sam. This information interests them a little bit, but they admit that they’re pretty set on voting her out. Defeated, Kina relays this information to her allies.
Knowing that she’s going home, Kina decides to spend most of the remainder of the week with Chase and Hailey, bonding with them more and not worrying at all about strategy. Kina tells her allies that she’s grateful to at least have made it to the jury phase and hopes there’s a chance for her to get back into the game. Both of them tell her that they’ll miss her, and they share one last hug before gathering for the eviction.
Everybody knows the outcome of the eviction, so there is little suspense. By a vote of 6-2… Kina is evicted from the Big Brother House. She thanks everyone for the experience, wishes Chase and Hailey good luck, hugs everybody goodbye, and heads out of the House as the sixth Houseguest evicted from the game and the first member of the jury.
Votes for Kina: Aidan, Emma, Greg, Jessica, Lane, & Sophie
Votes for Monica: Chase & Hailey
Episode 17 Part 2 (HOH)
After Kina’s eviction, Aidan, Chase, Emma, Greg, Hailey, Jessica, Lane, Monica, & Sophie compete in the seventh Head of Household competition of the season; Lane wins the competition, shifting the power away from Sam’s alliance yet again.
Episode 18 (Coaches' Competition & Nominations)
Lane celebrates his victory with his allies - Greg, Monica, and Sophie. After quickly celebrating, the group plans out their nominations for the week. Lane says that someone from Corinne’s team should go home, since she still has three team members that are all in the opposing alliance. Monica agrees that Sam should be spared, seeing him as the smallest threat out of the other alliance after he betrayed Kina the previous week.
At the Coaches’ competition, Corinne bests the competition and wins. She decides to save Emma, who she fears could be targeted due to her close association with Aidan. Emma confesses in the DR that she knows Lane is coming for her and her allies, so she’s very, very glad to have secured her spot in the game for another week.
A few hours later, Jessica reflects on her newfound loneliness in the House after Josiah’s eviction in Week Four. She confesses that he was the nicest man she’s ever met and that she’s been struggling to have as good a time in the House with him gone. She vows to win the game for him, and considers a relationship with him outside of the House. She also vows to get revenge on Chase and the rest of the Houseguests who had a hand in getting him evicted.
Aidan decides to talk with Lane to try to keep himself off the block. He doesn’t cut any corners, pretty much asking Lane directly who he’s nominating. Lane decides to be honest, and tells him that their deal is off and that he’s nominating him for eviction as his target. Aidan confesses in the DR that he’s shocked Lane was so direct, but respects him for his honesty. Aidan tells Lane that he doesn’t take it personally, and vows to win the Veto to stay in the game another week.
Meanwhile, Sam tries to do damage control with Hailey. He tells her that he was wary of Kina because she told him she wanted Mary Kay out, but voted against Lane instead. Hailey confesses that she’s annoyed with Sam for evicting her best friend with the House and that she won’t forget it, but also points out that Sam is the only member of her team still in the game - she’s practically forced to align herself with him. Hailey lies and says that she isn’t angry about it, and Sam is satisfied thinking he mended their relationship. When he walks out of the room, Hailey says under her breath that she isn’t going to work very hard to keep him on the game if he ends up in trouble.
Hailey talks with Chase about the conversation she just had. Chase tells her that, unlike Sam, he would never betray her and that he’s a man of his word. Hailey tells him that, with Kina gone, she only really has him to rely on. He talks in the DR about his alliances in the game - he still has a deal with Lane from earlier on in the game, he has a really strong friendship with Aidan, and he has a rock-solid alliance with Hailey. He states that his goal is to take these three to the final four so that no one that is left in the game would want him out.
As Aidan is walking through the House, he notices Chase’s conversation with Hailey. He noticed in the past that Chase talked a lot with Hailey and Kina, and is worried that Hailey is Chase’s number one ally instead of himself. Aidan notes their friendship and vows to get Hailey out when the timing is right so that Chase will be loyal to him and him alone. With that, he heads off to find his allies to discuss how they will make it through the week.
The four alliance members meet in the storage room to discuss how they can all survive the week if that’s even possible. Sam points out that only he, Aidan, and Jessica are eligible for nominations this week, and two of them will probably go on the block. That means that whichever one of the three of them isn’t nominated could win the Veto and take down one of the nominated alliance members, forcing Lane to nominate someone outside of their alliance. All they would need to do is get one person to join the three of them not on the block to vote out the non-alliance member, which would keep all four of them in the game. Sam’s plan gives Aidan and Jessica some hope, but neither of them count on the stars aligning perfectly in such a way.
At the nomination ceremony, Lane explains how the ceremony will work. He will pull the first key, and that person is safe and will pull the next key. This process continues until two houseguests are left without their keys. Lane hands Emma her key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Monica, you are safe.
Chase, you are safe.
Greg, you are safe.
Hailey, you are safe.
Sophie, you are safe.
(Aidan, Jessica, and Sam do not yet have their keys)
Sam, you are safe.
Lane announces that he has nominated Aidan and Jessica for eviction. He says that the two are obviously aligned and that Aidan in particular is way too big of a threat to remain in the game. He wishes them luck in the Power of Veto, promises his decision isn’t personal, and adjourns the ceremony.