|Big Brother 2 (MATT DB)|
|Season||Big Brother 2 (MATT DB)|
|Previous Season||Big Brother 1 (MATT DB)|
|Next Season||Big Brother 3 (MATT DB)|
- 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 this week. As always, an outgoing Head of Household cannot compete in the HOH competition during this additional round. 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.
- Triple Eviction: Once during the season, a second round will take place immediately after the live eviction. However, the HOH during this additional round will name three nominees instead of two. The POV will occur as normal, but two of the three final nominees will be evicted in a vote to save. This means that three houseguests will leave during this week. As always, an outgoing HOH cannot compete for HOH during this additional round.
|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.
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|Day 24||Day 31||Day 59||Day 66||Day 73||Day 80||Finale|
|Chase||Parker||Justine||Mary Kay||Derrick||Monica||Jessica||Sam||Greg||Sophie||Hailey||Monica||Lane|| ||Winner|
|Emma||Parker||Justine||Mary Kay||Hailey||Kina||Hailey|| Vetoed|
|Sam||Parker||Justine||Mary Kay||Derrick||Hailey||Hailey||Rep|| ||Emma|
|Mary Kay||Derrick||Hailey||Kina|| ||Emma|
|Josiah||Parker||Justine||Mary Kay|| |
|Mary Kay||Justine||Rep|| |
|Key:||HOH||Nominated||Veto Winner||Immune||Team Immunity||Evicted||Jury Member|
|Teams:||Team Quinn||Team Corinne||Team Earl||Team Kyle|
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.
Episode 19 (POV)
After being nominated, Jessica nearly bursts into tears. She confesses in the DR that being nominated after losing Josiah just a few rounds prior almost broke her completely. Although she knows that Aidan is the main target, she still feels like she could easily be evicted instead. Even though her alliance plans on having Sam win the Veto to keep everybody safe, she confesses that she wants to win just to ensure her own safety, calling herself selfish.
Emma, meanwhile, consoles Aidan and Jessica in her bedroom. She says that she will do everything she can to keep both of them safe - in the end, she wants her team to succeed. She goes on to point out that there’s a good chance both of them can survive the week if Sam wins the Veto and saves one of them from the block. Aidan thanks her for the optimism, and says that if neither he nor Sam wins, he is surely going home.
Meanwhile, Greg notices that Monica and Sophie want less and less to do with him after the previous week. He worries that his ignorant actions and the resulting fight he was involved in ruined his relationship with his allies. He decides to talk with them, asking if they’re annoyed with him and his behavior. Both of them blatantly lie by stating that they don’t have a problem with him, and tell him that the paranoia of the game must be getting to his head. Greg tells them that they’re probably right before heading to the backyard to work out. Once he leaves the room, the two women laugh, calling him a jackass. Monica confesses that she was deeply offended by his remarks towards Aidan, but that she doesn’t want to become a target by confronting him about it. Sophie admits that Greg is only getting increasingly annoying each week and that she will struggle to not turn on him as soon as she gets the chance.
In the backyard, Greg lifts weights while Aidan, Chase, Sam, and Lane talk near the pool. Greg, noticing them, decides to show off by adding extra weight to the bar. Chase notices this, and tries his absolute hardest to not laugh at his blatant show-offery. Eventually, though, he gives in and starts cackling uncontrollably. Aidan and Lane, noticing what’s going on, also start laughing, while Sam stifles a chuckle. Greg sees the men laughing at him, throws the weights down violently to the ground, and approaches them. He asks them what they’re laughing about, and Chase flat-out asks him why he’s trying to impress them, reminding him that they aren’t girls. Lane’s face turns red as he falls to the floor laughing. Greg is shocked to see his ally laughing so hard at him and begins to get angry before remembering his fight from the previous week. He simply calls them all immature before walking off in a huff, leaving the four men dying of laughter. Chase confesses in the DR that Greg is an absolute nutcase and thinks that every single thing is a dick-measuring contest.
At the Veto Player Pick, Lane draws Emma, Aidan draws Houseguest Choice and chooses Sam, and Jessica draws Chase. Aidan is ecstatic that all three of the chosen players would probably use the Veto on him if they won, while Lane is distraught to see no one in his alliance playing in the competition. A few hours later, the six chosen Houseguests compete in the seventh Power of Veto competition of the season; Sam ends up winning, much to the delight of his entire alliance
Almost immediately after the competition, Sam lets Aidan know that he will be using the Veto on him, forcing Lane to nominate someone outside of their four-person alliance. Aidan is absolutely higher than the clouds, glad to have safety for another week and the opportunity to keep Jessica safe, too. Jessica, meanwhile, admits that she wishes she was the one getting saved and is worried that her allies won’t get the votes to save her, but she also admits that she’s more optimistic than earlier in the week.
Sam decides to tell Lane about his plans and tells him that he will not be swayed from the decision. Lane accepts this, telling him that he expected the move to occur. After Sam leaves the HOH room, Lane calls up Greg, Monica, and Sophie to discuss potential replacements. Since Emma is immune, Sam is the POV holder, and Aidan will be taken off the block, they quickly realize that they’re going to have to nominate either Chase or Hailey as a pawn to get Jessica evicted. Monica is a little bit upset that Jessica is the new target since she likes her, but in the end believes that Jessica leaving would help them get Aidan, Emma, and Sam out in later weeks. Ultimately, Lane tells his allies that he isn’t comfortable with nominating someone from his own team, so he’s leaning on putting Hailey up. His allies agree with his reasoning and feel that Chase wouldn’t vote Hailey out because they’re so close, ensuring that Jessica goes home.
At the Veto Ceremony, Sam announces his decision to use the Power of Veto to remove Aidan from the block. Lane admits that, because of immunities and vetoes, he has a very small pool of potential nominees. He apologizes in advance before naming Hailey as the replacement nominee. With that, the Veto Ceremony is adjourned.
Episode 20 Part 1 (Eviction)
Hailey is really upset at being nominated as a pawn yet again. She vents her frustrations to Chase. Chase tells her that she doesn’t have anything to worry about - Lane’s three allies want Jessica out and Chase would never vote to evict her over Jessica, ensuring her safety. Hailey thanks him for the support, but admits that it still sucks to be constantly on the block.
Emma, meanwhile, goes into overdrive to try and save Jessica. She tells Chase that Greg, Lane, Monica, and Sophie don’t have his best interests at heart, but she will protect him like a newborn puppy if he votes Hailey out. Chase, not wanting to give her false hopes, lets her know that his vote is set on Jessica and that nothing she says will change that, but admits that he trusts her far more than he trusts anyone in Lane’s alliance. This gives Emma hope for the future, but she’s still upset that Jessica will likely leave the game.
Not much else strategic happens until the eviction, since the House realizes and accepts that Jessica will be going home. Instead, Jessica does her best to enjoy the rest of her stay in the House, thanking her allies for sticking with her until the end and spending most of her free time in the hot tub or tanning in the backyard.
Meanwhile, Greg vents to the DR about how poorly he’s being treated in the House. He admits that he feels nobody in the House likes him and that he will be picked off by his own alliance at the earliest opportunity. Eventually, he decides to talk with Sam about his frustrations. Sam tells him that he will rope him in as a member of his alliance if he votes Hailey out instead of Jessica, and that he will make sure he is treated with respect by everyone else in the House. Greg legitimately considers flipping, since he has grown to distrust his allies and wonders if he should make a move to get into a better position in the game.
At the eviction, Jessica accepts her fate and looks down as the votes are being tallied. By a vote of 4-3… Jessica is evicted from the Big Brother House. Sam shoots a look of understanding towards Greg as Jessica hugs everyone, wishes the Houseguests luck, grabs her things, and walks out the door as the seventh Houseguest evicted from the game and the second member of the jury.
Votes for Jessica: Chase, Greg, Monica, & Sophie
Votes for Hailey: Aidan, Emma, & Sam
Episode 20 Part 2 (HOH)
After Jessica’s eviction, Aidan, Chase, Emma, Greg, Hailey, Monica, Sam, and Sophie compete in the eighth Head of Household competition of the season; after a very competitive battle, Sophie manages to come on top, leaving Aidan, Emma, and Sam fearing for their safety yet again.
Episode 21 (Coaches' Competition & Nominations)
Instead of talking and celebrating with her allies, Sophie immediately finds her coach, Kyle, and urges him to try extra hard in the Coaches’ competition to avoid having Aidan, Emma, or Sam receive immunity. She convinces Monica to spread the same message to Quinn. Both ladies point out that there is a very real chance of someone from their own alliance going home if one of those three’s coaches win the competition and gives one of them immunity.
Fueled by Monica’s desperate plea, Quinn pulls ahead of the competition and wins her first Coaches’ Competition of the season. Since she knows that Sophie would never nominate Monica or Lane no matter what, Quinn decides to give immunity to Chase. In the DR, Chase confesses that he’s managed to last six weeks without being on the block, and, with his immunity, he can keep that streak into Week 8.
Greg and Sophie both join Quinn’s team in congratulating her on her first Coaches’ competition win of the season. Almost immediately, Sophie promises immunity to everyone in the room - although everybody knows she wouldn’t nominate anybody in the room anyways, she makes the gesture to try to mask just how close she is with Lane since Chase is in the room. Everybody in the room cheers before Sophie discusses what she wants to do with the week.
Sophie makes it immediately clear that she wants to get Aidan out at all costs. She says that he’s the main bridge connecting Emma, his teammate, and Sam, his close friend, and that Emma and Sam have little relationship with each other outside of their alliance. Monica joins in, arguing that Emma should be the backup target in case Aidan manages to save himself from the block - that pair needs to be broken up no matter what. Greg and Lane immediately agree, but Chase is hesitant - Aidan is his best friend in the House, and he’s pretty close with Emma, too. For the sake of staying in their good graces, Chase pretends to agree with the plan before leaving the room to warn Aidan and Emma about the alliance’s plans.
Aidan and Emma discuss together their disappointment at neither of them being immune for the week. Emma says that they will probably end up on the block together, so they need a miracle for both of them to survive the week. Just then, Chase walks into the room to relay Sophie and Monica’s plan to them. Aidan thanks him for always looking out for him, but admits that he already knew he was going on the block alongside Emma. Chase tells them that he will use the Veto on Aidan if he wins it, which would result in Sam’s nomination. Emma tells him that this isn’t very consoling, but Chase argues that he could try to convince the House to keep her in should that occur. Aidan and Emma both thank Chase for looking out for them, and promise that whichever one of them survives - or both, if they’re lucky enough - will be loyal to him until the bitter end. Chase confesses in the DR that his number-one goal is to ensure that Emma and especially Aidan stay in the game against all odds.
At the nomination ceremony, Sophie explains how the ceremony will work. She 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. Sophie hands Chase his key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Greg, you are safe.
Lane, you are safe.
Monica, you are safe.
Sam, you are safe.
(Aidan, Emma, and Hailey do not yet have their keys)
Hailey, you are safe.
Sophie announces that she has nominated Aidan and Emma for eviction. She simply says that the two of them are a very close pair that needs to be split up. With that, she adjourns the nomination ceremony, leaving Aidan and Emma completely unfazed.
Episode 22 (POV)
After nominations, Chase decides to talk game with Hailey. He congratulates her on avoiding the block and surviving the previous eviction. Hailey says that she hopes it can stay that way for the rest of the week, but she’s gone up as a post-veto nominee before. Chase decides to be honest, telling her that she could go up if Sam wins Veto and saves Aidan or Emma, but that she will be safe as long as that doesn’t happen. Hailey asks him how he knows this, and he replies that he happened to be in the room when Sophie was planning her nominations with her alliance. Hailey confesses in the DR that she had a feeling Sophie had an official alliance with Monica, Lane, and Greg, but is glad to have Chase confirm that for her. Chase, meanwhile, shakes his head at the fact that Hailey was so clueless to the four-person alliance’s existence.
Bored of strategy, Hailey suggest that they get the House together for something fun. Almost like clockwork, Big Brother calls the nine remaining houseguests into the living room. Everyone is nervous about a game-changing twist, especially Sophie and her allies. Aidan and Emma, meanwhile, are hopeful. Monica secretly prays that the twist is an Instant Eviction, sealing Aidan’s fate without any hope of saving himself. No twist is announced, though - instead, the houseguests are informed that they will be competing for a trip to the Bahamas. The House is ecstatic to have a shot at winning a luxury trip and quickly rushes to the backyard to get ready for the competition.
Matt explains that the houseguests will be divided into three heats of three for an obstacle course race. The slowest person in each heat will be automatically eliminated from the competition, while the other two will advance. The first heat consists of Lane, Sophie, and Emma; Lane finishes first and Sophie finishes second, eliminating Emma from the competition. The second heat features Greg, Chase, and Sam; Greg finishes first and Sam finishes second, eliminating Chase. Lastly, Monica, Aidan, and Hailey compete in the third heat; Aidan is first and Monica is second, eliminating Hailey from the competition.
With six Houseguests still in the running for the Bahamas trip, Matt explains how Round 2 will work. The three Houseguests that won their heats compete in the first heat, where two of them will advance. The other three compete in the second heat, where only one of them will advance. Lane, Greg, and Aidan face off in Heat 1 of Round 2; Greg and Lane finish the quickest, knocking Aidan out. Next, the second-placers - Sophie, Sam, and Monica - compete for a spot in the final round. Sophie beats Sam and Monica, eliminating them and advancing herself into the Final Round. Greg, Lane, and Sophie battle it out for the Bahamas vacation, which Greg manages to win. Aidan and Emma are particularly annoyed at the result, feeling that Greg doesn’t deserve to win the trip because of how poorly he’s treated them in the past.
Matt then announces a twist with the competition - Greg’s coach, Kyle, will also win a trip to the Bahamas. Kyle is overjoyed to have won the trip, admitting that it feels great to win something while having someone else do all of the work for you. He congratulates Greg on his victory in the competition, but warns him that his win could make him a bigger target in the House. Greg scoffs at this, arguing that people have wanted him out since the first week anyways, so he might as well get himself some extra luxuries on the side.
Sam, meanwhile, does his best to console Aidan and Emma over the events of the week. Emma admits that she feels defeated - while she has a fairly good chance at surviving herself, Aidan will probably go home if she does survive, leaving her with very few people in her corner. Aidan, meanwhile, vows to win the Veto to foil Sophie and her alliance’s plans. Sam says that the two of them have both played great so far and could easily secure themselves a spot in the end if they work hard enough. Emma thanks Sam for the support, but admits that her hopes are shrinking as the week goes on. She confesses that it will be hard for her to campaign against Sam if Aidan wins the Veto, because Sam is such a nice, caring person who everyone in the House adores.
At the Veto Player Pick, Sophie draws Lane, Aidan draws Monica, and Emma draws Sam. Emma is overjoyed to draw Sam’s name, since he could keep two members of their alliance off the block if he wins the Veto. A few hours later, the six chosen Houseguests compete in the eighth Power of Veto competition of the season; Aidan ends up winning, ruining Sophie’s plans but leaving both Emma and Sam increasingly nervous.
Sam enthusiastically congratulates Aidan for winning the Power of Veto. Deep down, though, he is terrified - he knows that he will probably be Aidan’s replacement and he could even be sent home over Emma. When Aidan leaves the room, Emma and Sam commiserate over ending up as block buddies for the week and bid each other an early goodbye.
Sophie, meanwhile, refuses to talk strategy with any of her allies, since she already knows what she will decide to do. She does think briefly of nominating Hailey instead of Sam just to ensure that Emma goes home, but ultimately rules it out. She reasons that Hailey has been on the block enough and that Sam is too well-liked and unthreatening to be voted out over Emma. Instead, she decides to spend the time leading up to the Veto Ceremony having fun with her housemates.
Hailey decides that she can’t handle the boredom of the House anymore, and asks Sophie to host a fun game. Sophie hides eight articles of clothing throughout the House and challenges the other Houseguests to find them - the last person to find an article of clothing has to sleep on the floor until eviction night. Tired enough already, all of the other Houseguests sprint throughout the House to try to find a hidden article of clothing. After just a few minutes, Hailey ends up being the last person to find an article of clothing - losing her own game. She jokingly pouts for a little bit before thanking Sophie for hosting the game and bringing some energy to the House.
At the Veto Ceremony, Aidan expectedly uses the Power of Veto to remove himself from the block. Sophie announces that her replacement nominee is Sam, making Emma and Sam the final nominees for the week. Both of the nominees hug tightly after the ceremony before heading off to campaign.
Episode 23 Part 1 (Eviction)
Emma meets with Chase on the best way that the two of them can secure her safety for the week. Chase thinks for a while before coming up with what he believes is a genius plan. He suggests that he tells Sophie’s allies that he tried to get Hailey to join with them against Aidan, Emma, and Sam, but she refused because she wanted to stay loyal to her teammate. Chase could then argue that getting Sam out would secure Hailey’s loyalty to their side instead of with Aidan and Emma, since Hailey will have no other teammates to latch on to. Emma ponders the plan for a second before deeming it genius, asking Chase to go through with his plot right away. Emma confesses that Chase is a surprisingly strategic kid - something you wouldn’t easily gather from him on first impressions.
Chase decides to wait a day before enacting his plan. He tells Monica that he asked Hailey about the vote, and she said she was voting for Emma because Sam is her teammate. Chase, according to his story, then asked her if she would join up with a few other people to try to get Aidan out, but she declined because Aidan's close with Sam, her teammate. Chase finishes his argument by letting Monica know that Hailey would probably join up with them against Aidan and Emma if Sam were out of the picture, and suggests voting Sam out instead of Emma. Monica isn’t sure - she finds Chase’s reasoning very sound and thinks he has a great point, but she can’t shake the fact that Aidan and Emma are a super close pair that needs to be separated.
Monica decides to ask Lane his opinion. He immediately supports getting Sam out of the game. She is shocked to see Lane decree his vote so instantaneously. He explains that Sam is a huge social threat that could very, very easily win in a jury vote and survive multiple eviction votes. Monica agrees, and wonders if getting Sam out is the best move for them to make after all. They decide to discuss the potential plan with Greg and Sophie before coming to a decision.
Meanwhile, Aidan, Emma, and Sam enjoy their last few hours as a trio. They hang out in the backyard, socializing and generally avoiding strategy talk. Emma tells them that she’s amazed that she got to meet and align with such amazing people as them, and wishes Sam luck on the other side no matter which one of them goes home. Sam thanks her, and begs Aidan to fight hard alongside whichever one of them survives eviction until the very end.
At the eviction, both Emma and Sam are extremely nervous for the results. By a vote of 5-1… Sam is evicted from the Big Brother House. Hailey is shocked by the result, while everybody else hugs Sam goodbye. A few of the Houseguests, especially Aidan and Emma, get a little teary watching Sam leave the House as the eighth Houseguest evicted from the game and the third member of the jury.
Votes for Sam: Aidan, Chase, Greg, Lane, & Monica
Votes for Emma: Hailey
Episode 23 Part 2 (HOH)
After Sam’s eviction, Aidan, Chase, Emma, Greg, Hailey, Lane, and Monica compete in the ninth Head of Household competition of the season; after an especially motivated effort, Emma wins the competition, keeping herself and Aidan save from eviction after losing two allies in a row.
Episode 24 (Coaches' Competition & Nominations)
Aidan is elated to see Emma win the competition, and the two embrace inside one of the bedrooms. Emma even gives Aidan a playful kiss on the cheek out of happiness and excitement. After calming down a little bit, Aidan declares that Greg needs to go home, since Aidan and Emma both believe that the other side of the House is dragging him to the end as a jury goat, giving both of them even less wiggle room into the finals. Plus, Aidan admits that he is still upset by Greg’s remarks and actions towards him, even though he apologized. Emma confesses in the DR that the entire House is pretty sick and tired of Greg’s behavior and that she could get into everybody’s good graces by being the person to finally end his run in the game.
At the Coaches’ Competition, Quinn pulls out another win, fueled by the impassioned cheering of Lane and Monica. Immediately, she announces that she is giving immunity to Lane. In the DR, she confesses that she has seen the growing rivalry between Aidan/Emma and Lane and knew that he would become a target if he wasn’t given safety. Lane shoots a playfully devious glare at Aidan and Emma before celebrating a little bit.
The next day, Monica organizes an emergency alliance meeting with Greg, Lane, and Sophie. Once they’re all gathered, she states the obvious - two of the four of them are going to end up on the block. She stresses that the two of them that aren’t on the block need to try harder than ever to win the Veto, hopefully forcing Emma to nominate someone outside of their alliance if everything goes perfectly. Greg laments that Aidan will be safe this week, stressing just how big of a threat he is. Lane rolls his eyes at Greg’s “insight” due to how obvious, irrelevant, and generally useless most of his advice is. After talking for a bit more, Greg leaves the room. Once he does, Lane tells Monica and Sophie that he’s definitely voting for Greg if he ends up on the block against one of them. Monica and Sophie make the same promise, mostly as a formality to hide their final two deal. Lane thanks them, promises that one of the remnants of their alliance will win HOH the next week, and leaves the room. Once he leaves, Monica and Sophie admit to each other that Lane is becoming a threat and needs to go after Aidan and Emma are split up and Greg leaves the House.
Elsewhere, the Coaches meet up and talk about their teams. Quinn admits that she’s glad that three of her players are still in the game and hopes that they all want to go to the end with each other. Corinne, meanwhile, is glad that her teammates are so close in the game and on a personal level, feeling that her job of fostering teamwork is complete. Earl, meanwhile, hopes that his last player left - Hailey - can stick it out without any other teammates by her side. Kyle admits disappointment, since he won the first few Coaches’ Competitions, but failed to win another one afterwards. Earl says that he’s glad to be in the House with all of them once again after an exciting Season 1, and Corinne says she expects all four of them to make an All-Stars appearance in the future.
Aidan, Emma, Chase, and Lane sit in the backyard, talking about their jobs and lives. Aidan tells them about his work with students in financially struggling elementary schools, admitting that his work is his entire life. Lane says that he comes from a very different experience - he lives in a nice suburb and works as a baseball coach. This intrigues Chase, who tells Lane about his job as a sports blog writer. Both of them talk about baseball for a while as Aidan and Emma - who know little about the sport - awkwardly listen in on the conversation. Eventually, Lane asks Aidan what he does in his free time - he admits that he’s busy most of the time, but he does go on fishing trips on occasion. Lane tells him excitedly that he loves fishing, and suggests that they go fish together after the game. Aidan accepts the offer, and admits in the DR that while he and Lane are becoming rivals in the game, they both respect each other as players and as people.
At the Nomination Ceremony, Emma explains how the ceremony will work. She 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. Emma hands Lane his key for being granted immunity before pulling the first key:
Aidan, you are safe.
Hailey, you are safe.
Monica, you are safe.
(Chase, Greg, and Sophie do not yet have their keys)
Chase, you are safe.
Emma announces that she has nominated Greg and Sophie for eviction. She tells Greg that he is her target for acting like a douche throughout the first seven weeks of the game. She then tells Sophie that the only reason she’s on the block is because she is on Greg’s team, making her a potential vote to save Greg. She adjourns the ceremony, leaving Greg pissed and the rest of the House relieved.
Episode 25 (POV)
Greg blows up on Emma and Aidan after the nomination ceremony, telling Emma that she’s simply riding Aidan’s coattails and doing whatever he says and telling Aidan that he is a lying, vengeful douche. Monica, observing the scene, rolls her eyes, wondering why she ever agreed to align with such an explosive and annoying person. Emma tells him that what he’s doing right now is the reason why she nominated him and wants him gone. She calls him immature and tells him to grow up. Greg responds by telling her to stop being Aidan’s wh*re before storming out of the living room, leaving the rest of the Houseguests shocked and uncomfortable.
After the blowup, Chase and Hailey discuss what just happened in the kitchen. Hailey says that she can’t believe Greg has outlasted eight other Houseguests and is offended that more deserving people like Kina, Sam, and Josiah were evicted instead of him. Chase says that a lot of people wanted to drag Greg to the end for an easy win, but he’s so annoying that it isn’t even worth it. Hailey, concerned, asks Chase if he was one of those people; Chase tells the truth that he is not and always wanted to take her to the end if possible. Aidan sees the two talking and decides to hatch a plan to get Chase on his side instead of Hailey’s.
Once Chase and Hailey stop talking and go their separate ways, Aidan calls Chase into the HOH room. Once there, he and Emma tell Chase that they want to pull him into their alliance to make a trio. In the DR, Chase is through the roof that they want to officially align with him, giving him even more people to work with. He does his best to not act too excited around Aidan and Emma when he accepts their offer. Aidan is glad to have gained another ally after losing two of his in a row during Weeks 6 and 7, and thanks Chase for agreeing to the deal. Chase promises 100% loyalty to the two of them before leaving the room.
Lane admits to Monica and Sophie that he’s felt guilty for saving Greg and not nominating him in the past, wishing he just left him on the block at the final 11. Monica agrees, and hits him on the arm jokingly, calling him a terrible person for keeping that douche around. The two jokingly throw insults at each other, flirting a little bit. This makes Sophie uncomfortable, asking Lane about the situation - after all, he’s supposedly a father. At that moment, Lane admits that he is actually a single father because his ex-wife left him out of the blue a few years prior. Sophie apologizes for making assumptions and for bringing back such a painful memory; Lane tells her that it’s okay - he didn’t reveal this before only because he doesn’t want to act like a charity case to convince people to keep him in the game. Monica confesses in the DR that Lane is a very kind, good person and is “pretty cute” for a 37-year-old man. If he wasn’t such a big threat, she would love to go to the end with him. Sophie, on the other hand, confesses that she feels like the third wheel in her alliance.
At the Veto Player Pick, Emma draws Chase, Greg draws Aidan, and Sophie draws Hailey. Emma smiles at the results of the pick, since neither Lane nor Monica was picked. A few hours later, the ninth Power of Veto competition is held with the six chosen Houseguests; Aidan wins the competition, keeping all of the power within his alliance.
Aidan flaunts his victory in front of Greg a little bit just to piss him off, hopefully so Greg can dig his own grave even deeper. Greg decides that fighting him isn’t worth it, since he needs to put all of his energy in securing votes to stay in the game. He decides to wait until after the Veto Ceremony, instead hanging out with Chase and Hailey to try and make them like him more so that they’ll vote Sophie out instead. Chase spends the entire time trying not to laugh at how transparent and terrible Greg’s attempts at campaigning are, but humors him by doing his best to act like he’d actually consider saving him.
Meanwhile, Lane and Monica celebrate Greg’s inevitable eviction in private. Monica admits that she absolutely, positively LOATHES Greg more than anyone she has ever met, and that she struggled to hold her tongue on it - especially when he made ignorant, racially insensitive remarks a few weeks prior. Lane says that he was bothered just as much and that he feels bad for Greg for his abrasive personality. Monica agrees, and the two decide to discuss more positive, cheery topics. Monica admits to him that she lied about her job at the start of the game and that she’s actually a relatively popular makeup artist. Lane is unfazed, admitting that everyone in the game tells lies from time to time. This makes Monica smile, both out of genuine joy and out of mischief. Lane confesses that Monica seems like a very adventurous, mischievous girl - exactly his type.
At the Veto Ceremony, Aidan announces his decision to not use the Power of Veto on either of Emma’s nominees, leaving Greg and Sophie on the block. Nobody in the House is shocked, but Greg is more determined than ever to get the votes to stay so he can take Aidan out next week. Sophie, meanwhile, couldn’t be less nervous - she is 100% sure Greg will go home.
Episode 26 (Eviction)
Greg first tries to secure Lane’s vote. Not wanting to talk with him for too long, Lane promises to save him almost immediately. Greg is surprised at how easy it was to convince Lane, thanks him, and moves on. Once Greg is out of earshot, Lane laughs and says that his vote couldn’t be more secure - for Greg to go home.
Greg, knowing that Monica is too close with Sophie to vote her out and that Aidan wants him out desperately, decides to go after Chase’s and Hailey’s votes. He says that Sophie is way closer to Lane and Monica then he is, also pointing out that he would easily lose a jury vote at the end of the game. Chase and Hailey, much like Lane, pretend to consider the plan to get Greg to go away, but want him out just as much as everybody else. Hailey admits that she would rather lose the game than win by aligning with Greg.
Aidan and Emma, meanwhile, grow closer inside the HOH room. Both of them decide to make their showmance official and briefly kiss. Aidan confesses that Emma is both very attractive and independent, the two traits he admires most in women. Emma confesses that Aidan is a very devoted, caring guy, which is definitely her type.
A few hours before the eviction, Emma decides that, with just eight Houseguests remaining, it’s a perfect time to host a tournament. This time, she decides that the tournament should be a dance-off. Everybody loves the idea and has fun in the tournament. Eventually, Chase shocks the House by beating Monica in the final round, winning the tournament. Chase tells the DR that he took a dance class once in high school after losing a bet, but he secretly enjoyed the class and is a pretty good dancer. Monica, meanwhile, thinks it’s a bit fishy, wondering if Chase is hiding other secret talents or skills.
At the eviction, Greg is somewhat confident that he secured at least a few votes to stay. He is disappointed to learn that he is evicted from the Big Brother House in a 5-0 vote. He refuses to hug anybody goodbye, simply grabbing his things and storming out of the House as the ninth Houseguest evicted from the game and the fourth member of the jury.
Votes for Greg: Aidan, Chase, Hailey, Lane, & Monica
Votes for Sophie: --
Week 9 (Round 1)
Episode 27 (HOH, Resurrection, & Nominations)
After Greg's eviction, Aidan, Chase, Hailey, Lane, Monica, and Sophie compete in the tenth Head of Household competition of the season; after several hours, only Hailey and Lane remain. Lane tells Hailey that if she drops, he will keep her safe for the week. Hailey accepts the offer and jumps down, making Lane the HOH. This annoys Aidan and Emma, who know they will end up being targeted.
After Lane's HOH victory, Matt asks the remaining seven Houseguests and the four Coaches to gather in the living room. With such a small amount of Houseguests left, most expect for him to announce the end of the Coaches’ Competition twist. Instead, Matt announces that a very special Coaches’ Competition will be taking place called the Resurrection Competition. The winning Coach in this Resurrection Competition will be able to bring an evicted juror from his or her team back into the game. This shocks the entire House, surprised that a Houseguest will be joining despite there being seven Houseguests left at Week 9.
Matt announces that since Quinn’s only evicted player was evicted pre-jury, she will not compete in the Resurrection Competition. Corinne (who lost Jessica), Earl (who lost Kina and Sam), and Kyle (who lost Greg) compete in this special competition; Kyle wins the Competition, and immediately Aidan and Emma kick the ground in frustration. Matt announces that Greg, as the only evicted juror on Kyle’s team, will re-enter the competition and will receive immunity for the round, making the remaining Houseguests even more angry. After Greg's resurrection, Matt announces that no more Coaches’ Competitions will take place for the rest of the season.
Lane celebrates his win with Greg, Monica, and Sophie. He also congratulates Greg on returning to the game, even though he’s very annoyed by the outcome deep down. Together, they all decide that Aidan and Emma will go on the block to break the power duo up. The four promise each other final four before heading off on their own ways. Lane and Monica stay behind in the room; they express just how annoyed they are to see Greg back in the game and wish he wasn’t immune so they could get him out instead of having to separate Aidan and Emma, two people they actually like. Monica tells him that the game only gets harder as time goes on, and that they simply have to power through to get to the end.
Aidan and Emma commiserate with each other in the backyard, fully expecting to go up on the block together. Both of them promise each other to fight as hard as possible if they get separated by the end of the week. Emma complains further, claiming how they could only survive by throwing Hailey under the bus due to Greg’s immunity, but Lane promised her safety and usually keeps his promises. They both tell each other that one of them needs to win Veto, and the other needs to go all out to convince the House to keep him or her in the game against all odds.
Before nominations, Hailey talks with Lane to confirm his promise to keep her off the block. Lane reiterates that he’s a man of his word and that she will not go on the block no matter what happens. Hailey thanks him again, complaining to him about how often she’s been nominated throughout the game as a pawn. Lane confesses that he finds Hailey a little too paranoid and even a bit annoying, and admits that she’s only lasted so long because there are always bigger targets than her in the House to get rid of. He shakes his head, almost regretting the deal he made with her. He admits, though, that he needed to win the competition to keep his alliance intact.
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 Greg his key for having immunity before pulling the first key:
Hailey, you are safe.
Monica, you are safe.
Chase, you are safe.
(Aidan, Emma, and Sophie do not yet have their keys)
Sophie, you are safe.
Lane announces that he has nominated Aidan and Emma for eviction. He emphasizes that they are a power duo that he is trying to split up, and that he doesn’t care much which one of them goes home. With that, he adjourns the nomination ceremony.
Episode 28 (POV)
A few hours later, Aidan, Chase, and Emma discuss how to plan the week. Chase tells them that he’s confident he’ll be the replacement nominee if one of the two of them wins Veto. Aidan tells him that he could avoid that by winning Veto himself and taking one of them off the block, forcing Lane to nominate someone outside of their trio. Emma gasps at this, realizing that the three of them have a legitimate chance of surviving into the next week. Both Aidan and Emma promise to pick Chase if they draw Houseguest Choice, mostly because they don’t have anyone else in the House to rely on.
After talking with Aidan and Emma, Chase decides to talk one-on-one with Hailey. He tells her immediately that it was very smart of her to make that deal with Lane, since she would have definitely been the replacement nominee if Aidan or Emma won the Power of Veto. She complains that the only person she really wants to see go home is Greg, but he has immunity because of the twist and that he should be out of the House for good. Chase agrees that the situation sucks, especially since Greg got back in immediately after being sent packing, but does mention that Greg is an easy target down the line since nobody really wants to keep him around. This comforts Hailey a little bit, but she’s still upset that any of the other seven Houseguests have to be evicted over Greg, since none of them deserve to be.
Meanwhile, Lane discusses strategy with Monica. Together, they decide to target Greg as soon as they possibly can; while he is loyal to them, their alliance is already big enough and he’s just too annoying to keep around a lot longer. Monica tells Lane that she believes every other person in the House is far more deserving of lasting another week than Greg is, and that she is disgusted that he has immunity and can’t be evicted for the entire week. Lane agrees, admitting that everyone else left has fought hard to stay in, while Greg has gotten lucky with Coaches’ Competitions or has managed to be less of a threat than other Houseguests in the game. He goes on to admit that he regrets saving Greg more than ever during the week Kina was evicted, and that he would easily make a different decision if he could go back in time or play through that week again. Monica claims in the DR that she has never met someone who has annoyed her as much as Greg does, and that she honestly hopes to never see him again outside of the game.
Greg, meanwhile, tries to reacquaint himself with the House. He decides not to express his anger at Lane for not voting to save him, instead trying to buddy up with him and become his closest ally again. Lane pretends to accept Greg’s re-entrance into the House, congratulating him and wishing him the best of luck in the rest of the game. Greg tries to talk strategy with Lane, telling him about how badly he wants to see Aidan go for holding an “unfair grudge” against him. Lane does everything in his power to not lash out at Greg for his idiocy, instead pretending to agree with him and doing his best to make the conversation end as soon as possible. Greg leaves eventually, trying to get into Hailey’s good graces.
To do so, he decides to flirt with her. Immediately, Hailey is visibly repulsed, which makes Chase - who is watching on across the room - audibly chuckle. Greg looks around, confused, before continuing his efforts. As the spectacle continues, Sophie walks into the room, sees Chase motioning to her, and sits beside him. Sophie and Chase exchange looks of horror before snickering, shocked at just how badly Greg is flopping at trying to get Hailey to work with him. Monica walks by, eventually joining Sophie and Chase on the couch. Greg looks around and notices that Chase is joined by Monica and Sophie and is confused as to where they came from, but still continues to flirt with Hailey. After a while, Hailey tells him that she’s getting uncomfortable and walks away, leaving Greg confused and even a bit angry. When Chase laughs a little bit too loud, Greg starts to yell at him, calling him a douche. Chase tells him to buzz off and calls him a manchild as Monica and Sophie watch in amusement.
Greg asks Chase what his problem is; Chase tells him that Hailey was obviously very uncomfortable with his flirting and that he should have sensed that instead of being angry at her for having feelings. Greg claims that Hailey is only mad because she’s a feminist and accuses her of hating men; Chase scoffs and tells him that that can’t be true, because she talks to Chase and respects him. Chase tells Greg to stop making excuses and accept that not everyone is going to worship the ground he walks on. Greg is unsure of what to say, and yells at Monica and Sophie to go away and mind their own business. Sophie counters, saying that everything that happens in the House is the entire House’s business and that he shouldn’t start screaming matches with people if he doesn’t want unwanted attention. Greg calls her an idiot and tells her to shut up. Sophie claims that she was merely replying to an attack he directed at her, walking off. Monica tells him to grow up before following Sophie out of the room. Chase looks at Greg in disbelief for a moment before leaving the room as well, leaving a pissed off Greg in the room alone.
Sophie and Monica find Lane talking with Aidan and Emma and fill them in on what just happened. Aidan rolls his eyes, claiming that the fight only proves Greg’s immaturity. Lane immediately apologizes to Aidan and Emma that they are on the block instead of Greg, promising them that he would have targeted him if he didn’t have immunity. Emma thanks him for the thought, but admits that it doesn’t comfort her very much.
Meanwhile, Chase eventually finds Hailey and decides to comfort her a little bit. She immediately starts yelling at him, telling him off for watching Greg flirt with her and laughing instead of stepping in to get him away from her. She admits that she wanted to cry, and that his refusal to help her until after the fact only made it worse. Chase realizes that he messed up and sincerely apologizes, admitting that he didn’t realize just how bothered she was by Greg. Hailey retorts, calling him an idiot - she has complained about Greg constantly for his creepy, obnoxious behavior, so he should have realized how uncomfortable she was. Chase apologizes again, and tells her that it’s fine if she wants to yell at him or be left alone. Hailey says that she needs time to cool off; Chase decides to give her this time by leaving the room and joining the discussion about Greg with the rest of the Houseguests.
At the Veto Player Pick, Lane draws Chase, Aidan draws Hailey, and Emma draws Sophie. Aidan and Emma are ecstatic to see Chase playing in the competition, hoping that he can pull out a win to keep their alliance intact. A few hours later, the six selected Houseguests compete in the tenth Power of Veto competition of the season; Chase wins the competition, making both Aidan and Emma very, very excited.
After the competition, Lane briefly asks Chase not to use the Veto; he doesn’t expect Chase to use it anyways, but wants to make sure to speak with him just in case. Chase merely nods and Lane walks out of the room, satisfied. Chase confesses in the DR that he is afraid of how the House will react once he saves Aidan or Emma from the block, but he knows that it’s the right move to make for his game.
Eventually, Chase discusses the plan with Aidan and Emma. Emma argues that she has a fairly good relationship with Hailey, who is the swing vote between their alliance and the opposing alliance. She says that Chase should save Aidan from the block, which would give their alliance a better chance of staying intact. Chase agrees, telling them that he was going to save Aidan anyways because he’s seen as the bigger threat between the two of them. With that, they finish their meeting.
Chase decides to tell his Coach, Quinn, that he is going against Lane’s wishes and is saving Aidan from the block. Quinn is shocked, urging Chase to reconsider. She tells him that Lane and Monica will protect him until the end, but Chase is skeptical. He tells her that he feels Lane and Monica are closer with Sophie and even Greg than with him, and are simply keeping him around because they think he’s dumb enough to ride their coattails to the final five. Quinn is increasingly alarmed, feeling that Chase is abandoning his teammates entirely. She does her best to talk him out of the decision, but feels that he is exceptionally stubborn in saving Aidan from the block.
At the Veto Ceremony, Chase shocks the majority of the House by announcing his decision to save Aidan from the block. Lane takes a second to make a nomination; he almost picks Hailey, but remembers his deal with her at the start of the week. Regrettably, Lane announces that his replacement nominee is Sophie, stating that he was totally unprepared for this to happen and that he had no other choice. Sophie sadly sits in the chair, still shocked at what just happened. With that, the Veto Ceremony is adjourned.
Episode 29 Part 1 (Eviction #1)
Immediately after the Ceremony, Lane holds an emergency meeting with Greg, Monica, and Sophie. They quickly realize that the four of them only have two votes out of the five in the eviction, and that they need to convince Hailey to vote with them to keep Sophie in the game. Lane confesses that he isn’t so sure if he can convince Hailey, but that she should be more receptive than usual after he kept her off the block even when his plan went awry.
Lane talks with Hailey one-on-one, asking her to vote Emma out instead of Sophie. He tells her that Aidan and Emma will make it to the end together if they aren’t split up soon, and that her vote will decide the fate of the eviction. He tells her that she could return the favor of keeping her off the block by voting the way he wants her to. Hailey thanks him and promises to consider it.
Chase works on Hailey soon after, telling her that it’s better for their games to get Sophie out, since Emma and Aidan both want to take the two of them to the final four, where the two of them could get Aidan and Emma out pretty easily to secure their spots in the final two. Hailey tells him that she’s still mad at him and that she doesn’t really trust Emma all that much, suspecting her of being partly responsible for the scheming that caused Kina’s eviction. Chase pleads with her, begging her to at least consider voting Sophie out and telling her that Lane and his allies aren’t looking out for her at all.
After Chase’s campaigning, Emma decides to put matters into her own hands. She points out to Hailey that Lane and Sophie are in a four-person power alliance with Greg and Monica, calling it an idiotic idea to let such a large alliance remain intact. She goes on to say that Hailey has a much better chance of getting further in the game by aligning herself with Aidan, Chase, and herself than with Lane, Monica, Greg, and Sophie. Hailey is still a little on the fence - until Emma reminds Hailey that voting Sophie out would weaken Greg’s standing in the House. This intrigues Hailey, who admits to Emma that she gave a good pitch and that she’s considering both options pretty heavily. Emma thanks her for being open before walking away.
Monica, fearing that Hailey will vote Sophie out to break up their alliance, decides to spend the rest of the week hanging out with Sophie. The two of them continue to talk about their lives - Monica talks about being a makeup artist and congratulates Sophie and finding out she was lying about her job from the get-go. Sophie says that, as a fitness model, she shares mutual friends with Monica and learned about her through those friends long before the season began. Monica confesses that she gets along so well with Sophie because the two of them are so similar, both in interests and personality.
At the eviction, everyone in the House is banking on Hailey voting their way. Emma and Sophie hold hands throughout the voting process. By a vote of 3-2… Sophie is evicted from the Big Brother House. Lane and Monica both shake their heads, unhappy with the results of the vote. Sophie hugs everyone except for Greg, wishes them all good luck, and leaves the House as the tenth Houseguest evicted from the game and the fourth member of the jury.
Votes for Sophie: Aidan, Chase, & Hailey
Votes for Emma: Greg & Monica
Week 9 (Round 2)
Episode 29 Part 2 (Eviction #2)
After Sophie’s eviction, Matt announces that another round will be taking place within just half an hour. Excited and nervous, the seven remaining Houseguests head outside for the next Head of Household competition. In the backyard, Aidan, Chase, Emma, Greg, Hailey, and Monica compete in the eleventh Head of Household competition of the season; Emma wins the competition swiftly, leaving Greg, Lane, and Monica increasingly nervous.
Once inside, Matt drops a major bomb on the House - Week 9 is a Triple Eviction Week, meaning two more Houseguests will be leaving the game in one fellswoop. He then asks Emma to name three nominees instead of two. Emma announces that her nominees are Greg, Lane, and Monica, surprising absolutely no one.
After the nominations, Emma draws Hailey and Aidan to compete in the Power of Veto competition. The Houseguests then head outside to compete in the eleventh Veto competition of the season; Lane ends up winning, securing himself safety for the Triple Eviction and leaving both Greg and Monica feeling defeated.
Emma discusses feverishly with Aidan and Chase, emphasizing that they need to vote to save Hailey to get two members of the opposing alliance out. Both of them agree to do so, but Aidan is a bit unsure. He fears that Chase will try to go to the end with Hailey if she lasts much longer, and he wants Chase's loyalty all for himself.
At the Veto Ceremony, Lane uses the Power of Veto to take himself off the block. Emma apologizes in advance before nominating Hailey as the replacement. Matt then announces that Aidan, Chase, and Lane will vote to SAVE either Greg, Hailey, or Monica from eviction after the commercial break.
Monica campaigns hard to Aidan and Chase during this short break, arguing that Hailey is going to be dragged to the end, leaving less room for them to make it there. Chase immediately states he is voting for Hailey to stay because the two of them are close, fueling Aidan even more to consider voting for Monica to stay instead and to get Hailey evicted.
At the eviction, Aidan, Chase, and Lane cast their votes to save. With no votes to save… Greg is evicted from the Big Brother House. Greg calls Aidan, Chase, and Emma scum of the earth, wishes luck only to Lane, and storms out of the House as the eleventh Houseguest evicted from the game and the fifth member of the jury. With Greg’s eviction, Kyle has run out of players and must also leave the House - he is the first Coach to leave the game.
Once Greg is outside, Hailey and Monica still remain in danger. With just one vote to save… Hailey is evicted from the Big Brother House. Everybody except for Aidan is shocked by the result, and Chase glares at Aidan with both shock and betrayal. Hailey thanks everybody for a great experience, wishes everyone luck, and leaves the House peacefully as the twelfth Houseguest evicted from the game and the sixth member of the jury. With Hailey’s eviction, Earl has run out of players and must also leave the House - he is the second Coach to leave the game, leaving Corinne and Quinn as the last two Coaches left.
Votes to SAVE Monica: Aidan & Lane
Votes to SAVE Hailey: Chase
Votes to SAVE Greg: --
Episode 30 (HOH & Nominations)
After Greg’s and Hailey’s evictions, Aidan, Chase, Lane, and Monica compete in the twelfth Head of Household competition of the season; Lane ends up winning, leaving Monica overjoyed and Aidan, Chase, and Emma very worried for their safety.
Lane celebrates his win with Monica after losing both Greg and Sophie the previous week. Lane confesses that he never thought he’d make it so far, and that his HOH win is only fueling him even more to win the entire game. Monica admits to Lane that she’s shocked that she’s still in the House, sure she would go home over Hailey during the Triple Eviction. Lane tells her that Aidan must have joined him in voting to save her, but he has no idea why he made such a silly move. Monica jokes that he must have thought he was voting to evict before hugging Lane and yelling in excitement at her alliance being back in power.
Aidan heads inside, distraught at losing the competition. Immediately, Chase confronts him on voting to save Monica instead of Hailey, accusing him of being a backstabber and emotionally telling him that he feels he made a mistake by saving him from the block. Aidan snaps back, already stressed by Lane winning the HOH competition. He tells Chase that he isn’t his slave and that he can vote however he wants, even accusing him of being entitled. Pissed off, Chase reminds Aidan that he wouldn’t be in the game without his Veto win during the previous week. Aidan tells him to go away before heading into the nearest bedroom and dramatically slamming the door. Emma, witnessing the scene, promises Chase that Aidan will be in a better mood in the morning and that they all are obviously tired and should just go to bed. In the DR, Emma confesses that, usually in Big Brother, the women are the ones that start all of the petty fights. This season, it’s the men that are arguing over who’s the prettiest. She laughs at her own joke before leaving the Diary Room and heading off to bed.
The next day, Emma decides to help Chase out by asking Aidan herself why he voted to save Monica instead of Hailey. Aidan decides to be honest, admitting that he was nervous about Hailey in the game. Chase seemed really close to her, which could prevent him from trying to get to the final three with the two of them. Emma, surprised at just how strategic Aidan acted in such a small window of time, tells him that she understands and she isn’t mad about his decision. She does warn Aidan that Chase is likely still a little peeved that Hailey is gone, and that he needs to work overtime to earn his trust back. Aidan reluctantly nods, and heads off to find Chase and talk to him.
Chase is much more receptive to talking to Aidan after a good night’s sleep, and the two men meet in the backyard to discuss what happened the previous night. Aidan initially doesn’t want to tell the truth, but decides that the only way he can move forward with Chase is by being honest. Aidan tells Chase that he couldn’t trust Hailey and was scared that she would try to get to the end with Emma and Chase, leaving him out in the cold. Chase, knowing that Aidan’s suspicions are correct, tells Aidan that while he’s upset to see Hailey gone, he understands his reasoning and accepts the game move. Chase tells him that he’s sorry for fighting with him the previous night, and Aidan forgives him and offers the same apology. They reconfirm their final two deal, hug, and head their separate ways.
Lane and Monica figure that Chase has a final three deal with Aidan and Emma, so they plan out their nominations very carefully. Crunching the numbers, they know that Emma must go on the block, since she’s won the most competitions of the three and is the most likely to win the Veto; if she’s not nominated, she can save either Aidan or Chase, forcing Monica on the block. They then debate if either Aidan or Chase should join her on the block. Lane reasons that, even though Chase won the Veto the previous week, his only other competition win during the entire season was a luck-based HOH competition. Therefore, he thinks that Aidan should join Emma on the block, since he tends to do better in competitions. Monica is a little wary of this idea, fearing that Chase purposefully lost competitions to appear less threatening. In the end, though, she reasons that it’s safest to put Aidan and Emma on the block, since they could always convince Chase to not use the Veto in case he wins it.
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. He pulls the first key:
Chase, you are safe.
(Aidan, Emma, and Monica do not yet have their keys)
Monica, you are safe.
Lane announces that he has nominated Aidan and Emma, making it the third time that the pair has been on the block together. Neither of them are shocked to be on the block, simply accepting their fate. Lane says he respects both of them, but says that they’ve managed to stick together as a pair since the beginning and that one of them will win the game if they aren’t broken up soon. As the ceremony is adjourned, Quinn smiles, feeling certain her team will win out in the end.
Episode 31 (POV)
Aidan and Emma don’t worry much about the nominations, instead encouraging Chase to win the Veto to keep all three of them safe. Aidan says that he actually really likes Monica, but getting her out is the only option the three of them have at this point. Chase and Emma agree, saying that the game is only getting harder and harder with so few players left. Emma confesses in the DR that she’s amazed she’s made it all the way to the tenth week with only five Houseguests remaining, saying that she’s determined to power through the final stretch of the game. Chase, meanwhile, lauds himself in the DR for lasting ten weeks without being nominated once, neither pre-veto nor post-veto. He says that his goal is to last the last few rounds whilst continuing this streak. However, he also talks about Aidan’s foregone conclusion that Monica will go if Chase wins POV. Chase explains to the audience that he isn’t so sure how on board he is with his alliance after Aidan so blatantly betrayed him during the Triple Eviction. He still trusts Emma a lot, though, so he feels he should just bite his tongue and go along with them anyways out of respect for her.
Without much strategizing to do, the five remaining Houseguests instead decide to spend the week having fun together. Monica loudly proclaims how glad she is that Greg is finally out of the House for good this time, which results in cheers from the other Houseguests. Lane offers a toast to the final five before chugging his beer to the encouragement of Monica and Aidan. Chase suggests that the five of them all remain friends outside of the House, which everyone agrees to. The drinking and fun continues late into the night, with Monica passing out in the backyard and Emma drunkenly making out with Aidan, much to Chase’s amusement. Lane proclaims that he hopes his kid isn’t watching before skinnydipping in the pool. Chase confesses in the DR that everyone else in the House is completely insane, but in the best way possible.
The next morning, the Houseguests are mostly hungover from the previous night’s festivities. Monica admits that she doesn’t remember anything that happened the previous night, which the rest of the House, especially Lane, tells her is likely for the best. Monica laughs in embarrassment, admitting in the DR that she never expected to have so much fun in the Big Brother House, but that she’s glad the perfect combination of people is left in the House.
Later on in the day, Monica talks with Aidan, thanking him for voting to save her during the Triple Eviction. She promises that she will not vote to evict him this week as repayment, even if that goes against Lane’s wishes. Aidan is surprised to have Monica make such a deal with him, certain that she wanted him out. He thanks her for being so considerate and confesses that he thinks Monica is a lively, stand-up girl. He wishes he could keep her around, but he knows that she has to go because she’s aligned with Lane.
There is no Veto Player Pick; since only five Houseguests remain, Chase and Monica are automatically selected to participate in the twelfth Power of Veto competition alongside Lane (the HOH) and Aidan & Emma (the nominees). At the competition itself, Chase manages to win, making Lane and especially Monica very, very worried.
Aidan and Emma immediately congratulate Chase on winning, and ask him to use the Veto on one of them to evict Lane’s only remaining ally, Monica. Chase tells them that he’ll do it, but in his mind he isn’t 100% sure. While he knows that Monica and Lane as a pair are very threatening, he’s also worried that Aidan isn’t being truthful in his promise to take him to the end. He wonders if his final two deals with Aidan and Emma are real and if the jury will think he’s an idiot for keeping both of them in the game.
Lane makes his pitch to Chase to not use the Veto, saying that Aidan and Emma are the tightest pair in the House and will cut Chase off at the final three. Lane tells Chase that he will take him to the end if he decides to keep the nominations the same. Chase finds the offer tempting, but fears that he would easily lose in a jury vote against Lane should he follow this route.
Lane tells Quinn that there’s a possibility Chase may use the Veto to force Monica on the block. She is livid, immediately finding Chase to talk him out of the same move he made the previous week. She doesn’t hold back, telling him that he would be stupid to keep a showmance in the game, no matter how much it may seem to be smart. Chase counters, telling Quinn that Aidan and Emma both individually promised him final two. Quinn is flabbergasted, telling Chase that they are obviously lying to manipulate him. Chase rolls his eyes, promising Quinn that, even if Monica goes, the winner of the game will be from her team.
Before the Veto Ceremony, Chase decides to tell Monica that he is going to use the Power of Veto on Emma, telling her that he has a really strong friendship with Emma and thus can’t risk her going home. Monica looks defeated - that is, until Chase tells her that he isn’t fully sure if he wants to keep Aidan in. After all, Aidan seems to only be playing for himself and is really hard to trust. Monica, doing her best to convince Chase to flip, tells him that Aidan is indeed a trickster and that Chase shouldn’t throw his entire game away to stay loyal to someone who hasn’t shown loyalty back to him. In the DR, Chase states that, even though he’s not mad at Aidan for his move anymore, he is worried about trusting him in the end-game. Clearly, Aidan is a dangerous and devious player and Chase believes he isn’t fully deserving of his trust.
At the Veto Ceremony, Chase announces his decision to use the Power of Veto to save Emma from the block. Lane’s head drops in defeat as he is forced to nominate Monica as the replacement nominee, leaving Aidan and Monica as the final nominees for the week. Monica feels her fate may be sealed, but hangs onto hope that Chase will flip and evict Aidan. With that, the Veto Ceremony is adjourned.
Episode 32 Part 1 (Eviction)
After the Veto Ceremony, Monica spends time with just Lane, trying to bond with him as much as she can before her likely eviction. Monica tells him that she won’t give up, and that she is going to try to convince Chase to vote Aidan out instead of her. Lane admits to her that this is very unlikely even after Aidan’s betrayal, but that she can’t lose anything by making an honest attempt. Monica tells him that she has had a lot of fun in the game and has played hard, making sure to emphasize that she wants to stay in the game longer and become the first woman to win Matt’s Big Brother.
Monica pleads her case to Chase. She tells him that Aidan may have promised to take him to the end, but there is a very real chance that this promise is false. She says that he should be suspect of Aidan and Emma, since the two are on the same team and have been aligned with each other from the very beginning of the game. She additionally points out that Aidan completely betrayed him by not voting for Hailey to stay and that he must obviously be looking out for only himself. Chase finds all of these arguments rather compelling, and tells Monica honestly that he’s considering saving her. She thanks him, tells him to think carefully about the vote, and walks off.
Chase debates who he should save, and is very stressed over having to vote out someone who he genuinely likes. He weighs his options carefully as the eviction approaches and he gets ready for the big night. On one hand, it makes sense to evict Monica because Chase has barely any allegiance with her and because Lane is trying to take her to the end. Plus, Chase has been aligned with Aidan since the very beginning of the game; it wouldn’t make sense for him to betray such a close ally like that. On the other hand, Aidan is a huge social and strategic threat and could very well be trying to take Emma to the end instead of him. By saving Aidan, Chase will have to hope that Aidan, who has broken his trust in the past, will take him to the finals over his showmance partner and best friend since the beginning. The rest of the House wishes each other luck, all of them upset to see someone leave the game. Emma confesses in the DR that everybody left has bonded really well together, so it will be very, very hard to see one of them go tonight.
Quinn, for the third time in the past two weeks, talks to Chase to get him to make a move that benefits his team. She tells Chase that, while it might not makes sense to back down and save Monica, it’s the best move for his game - he is not being targeted by Lane or Monica, while Aidan has backstabbed and betrayed him in the past. Quinn practically accuses Chase of Stockholm Syndrome. Chase feels offended by Quinn’s aggressive attempts to have all of her teammates remain in the game, and tells her that he’s already made up his mind.
Aidan and Monica talk to each other right before the eviction, officially saying goodbye. Monica tells him that, while the two of them were never on the same side strategically, she adores him as a person and wishes him the best of luck regardless of what happens. Aidan says the same to Monica, wishing the two of them could have aligned but understanding why it wasn't meant to be. They both hug, with Monica whispering to Aidan that he likely has her jury vote if he can make it to the finals. In the DR, Aidan states that Monica's promise is fueling him even more to make it through the last few rounds to win his $500,000.
At the eviction, Aidan looks straight down while Monica smiles softly as they nervously await the results. By a vote of 2-0… Monica is evicted from the Big Brother House. Feeling guilty, Chase hugs Monica extra hard, telling her to keep doing her. Monica shares hugs with the rest of the Houseguests, with an especially long hug for Lane, her ally since the beginning. She wishes the four remaining Houseguests the best of luck before walking disappointedly out of the House as the thirteenth Houseguest evicted from the game and the seventh member of the jury.
Votes for Monica: Chase & Emma
Votes for Aidan: --
Week 11 (Round 1)
Episode 32 Part 2 (HOH)
After Monica’s bittersweet eviction, Aidan, Chase, and Emma compete in the thirteenth Head of Household competition of the season; after a good effort from all three, Emma wins her third HOH of the season, much to Aidan’s and her own relief. Chase and Lane both congratulate her, but also know that they will likely end up on the block.
Episode 33 (Nominations)
After the competition, Lane sits on his bed by himself, distraught to see his best friend Monica leave the game. He offers a tribute to her and her game, hoping to be good friends with her outside of the House. He tells himself that Aidan, Chase, and Emma all want him out and that he absolutely needs to win the Veto to have any chance of making it to the final three. He marvels at how Aidan and Emma were nominated against each other three times, yet the pair is still intact this late in the game.
Aidan and Emma celebrate Emma’s HOH win enthusiastically in her new HOH room. Aidan tells her that, if all goes well, they both have spots in the final three. All they have to do is make sure that Lane doesn’t win the Power of Veto - if he does, he will likely vote Aidan out. The two share a brief kiss before Aidan heads back downstairs to hang out with the other guys. Emma confesses in the DR that she is the last woman standing now that Monica is evicted, which fuels her even more to become the first female winner of the series.
Lane tries his best to get Chase on his side, especially since he knows that Emma is dead-set on keeping Aidan safe. He tells Chase that it's clear that Aidan and Emma are a dynamic duo; he understands that Chase has loyalty towards them, but stresses that it would be a huge mistake for him to go with the two of them to the final three. Although Chase doesn't have much interest in betraying his alliance, he does respect Lane and hears him out. Lane promises to take Chase to the finals - as long as (if Chase wins the Veto) he votes Aidan out. Lane even says he'll vote Aidan out if he's the one that wins Veto; he'll then vote Emma out if he wins Final HOH. In the DR, Chase says that he's in a perfect position: all three of his fellow houseguests want to take him to the end. He continues by stating that it doesn't even matter all that much who he votes out; he can't picture a scenario where he isn't one of the finalists. However, Chase can't just make it to the end - he needs to win the jury vote. He worries that he would lose against Lane and probably against Aidan as well, but he could stand a chance against Emma - who Chase believes the jury won't see as very strategic.
Matt calls the four remaining Houseguests into the living room the day of nominations. Once they all gather, he tells them that the four of them will compete to win a $10,000 shopping spree at any store of their choosing. Excited, the four of them rush into the backyard for the competition, which is a classic tournament-style fight on a small platform. Falling off the platform results in elimination from the competition. Aidan and Chase face off first; due to Chase’s smaller size, Aidan easily throws him off the platform, advancing to the final round. Emma and Lane face off next; Emma puts up a better fight than Chase did, but she is still no match for Lane and falls off after a few minutes. Lane advances to the final round against Aidan. The two playfully talk smack before the battle begins, due to their long-term rivalry in the game. After a very intense and even competition, Lane manages to catch Aidan off-guard, knocking him off and securing himself a $10,000 shopping spree. He decides to use the money on a local fishing store in his hometown, which Aidan responds to with a cheer and a groan of disappointment and jealousy. Lane confesses that, since his chance of surviving the rest of the week is low, he is glad to at least head out of the House with a modest prize instead of nothing.
Corinne and Quinn, seeing as though there's not much else they can do to help out their teams with the game becoming so down to the wire, decide to relax in the Coaches' Bedroom. Corinne states that she wishes she and the other Coaches had more time to bond, but the craziness of the House and teams betraying each other made that difficult. Quinn agrees, admitting that she has been focused far more on getting Chase to not use the Veto than she has on bonding with Corinne. Corinne laughs, telling Quinn that the actual players seem to be disregarding the teams entirely. The two women wish each other good luck, with Corinne promising she won't be the runner-up again: this time, her team is taking the crown.
A few hours later, at the nomination ceremony, Emma announces how the ceremony will work. She will pull the only key, and that person is safe, leaving two houseguests without their keys. Emma pulls the first and only key:
Aidan, you are safe.
Emma announces that she has nominated Chase and Lane for eviction. She lets Lane know the obvious - he is her target. She then promises Chase that he is merely a pawn and that she’s sorry to break his ten-week streak of not being nominated.
Episode 34 (POV & Eviction #1)
Lane isn’t bothered much by the nominations, since the Power of Veto is the only thing that truly matters at this stage in the game. Instead, he decides to take naps to rest up for the competition, not realizing until now just how tired the game has made him. Noticing this, Aidan and Chase follow suit and make sure to get extra rest. Emma shakes her head at all of the men in the House being asleep. Eventually, Big Brother yells at all three of them to wake up, reminding them that they are on a TV show and are supposed to be entertaining, not boring. Chase laughs at Big Brother’s snark, but groans at having his nap interrupted.
Emma decides to try to keep the men awake by hanging out in the hot tub, but this only serves to make them tired. She wonders how any of them will be able to compete in the Veto competition if they can barely keep their eyes open. Aidan dozes off in the hot tub, causing Big Brother to yell at him again. He yells back that he’s tired and needs sleep while laughing. Emma rolls her eyes at the patheticness of it all.
The Veto Player Pick does not take place, as only four Houseguests remain; Aidan will automatically join Emma, the HOH, and Chase and Lane, the nominees, in competing in the fourteenth and final Power of Veto competition of the season. All four Houseguests fight their very hardest; in the end, Chase wins his third Veto of the season, securing his spot in the final three and leaving Lane defeated.
Immediately after the competition, the houseguests head inside for the Veto Ceremony, where Chase announces his decision to use the Power of Veto to take himself off the block. Emma is forced to name Aidan as the replacement nominee, leaving Aidan and Lane as the final nominees for the week. Before Chase makes his vote to evict one of the nominees, both of them are given a chance to plead their case.
Aidan argues that Lane is an underdog in the game and that combined with his lovable personality would result in him easily winning in a jury vote. He also points out that Lane could easily win the Final HOH competition to ensure himself a spot in the final two if he survives the eviction. Lane goes next, arguing that Aidan has been aligned with Emma since the beginning of the game and will very likely take her to the end over Chase, and that Aidan would easily beat everyone else in a jury vote due to his determination, social bonds, and strategic gameplay. Lane cites Aidan not voting to save Hailey as an example that Aidan is only playing for himself and cannot be trusted.
Chase thanks both of them before making the following speech: “Lane. You are probably the coolest dad I have ever met. Despite being nearly 40 years old, you are young at heart and have determination the likes of which I have never seen. You are a great guy who WILL win this game if you last any longer. Unfortunately, I want to win, which is why I have to evict you from the game. I’m so sorry.”
Lane hugs Chase, understanding and accepting his decision. Quinn, on the other hand, glares at Chase for, again, prioritizing Aidan over his own teammates. Lane then hugs Aidan; during the hug, Aidan jokingly says that the evil is finally defeated, which prompts Lane to snarkily tell him to shut up. Emma hugs Lane last, nearly in tears to see him go. Lane says that the three of them are all very deserving, and leaves the House cheerfully as the fourteenth Houseguest evicted from the game and the eighth member of the jury.
Votes for Lane: Chase
Votes for Aidan: --
Week 11 (Round 2)
Episode 35 Part 1 (Final HOH & Eviction #2)
After Lane’s eviction, Aidan, Chase, and Emma celebrate their alliance making it to the final three completely intact. They all comment on just how crazy the game has been and how far they’ve managed to make it. Chase confesses that he never expected to make it so far in the game, and that he only has one set of competitions left until he is in the finals. Aidan confesses that he feels that he and Emma are competing against each other for a spot in the game alongside Chase, since they both know deep down that they cannot go to the end together and be confident with their chances. Emma confesses that the experience of Big Brother is unlike anything she has ever done, and that she is grateful to be included within the final few of the game.
Before the final competition begins, the three remaining Houseguests each dress up nicely (helped out with fashion tips provided by Season 1’s own Isabella and Lily) before sitting down for dinner. After the great meal, they all watch a highlight reel of the most iconic moments of the season. Included are several of the fights involving Greg, Mary Kay’s surprising athleticism and love of sports, Kina’s blindside, clips of JosiahxJessica and AidanxEmma, Hailey’s blindside, and Monica passing out in Week 10. Chase admits in confessional that the movie made him very nostalgic of the game, and that the great memories he had fuel him even more to pull ahead and win. Aidan says that he realized just how glad he is to see Greg out of the game, and that he and Emma managed to last pretty long as an open showmance.
Eventually, the three remaining Houseguests head outside to compete in the endurance-based portion of the Final HOH competition; Aidan, due to being larger and heavier than the other two, falls off relatively quickly, leaving Chase and Emma to battle it out. Eventually, Chase slips and falls, much to his disappointment. Emma is ecstatic to win the first part of the Final HOH competition, and she advances to the final part.
Aidan and Chase, the losers of the first part of the Final HOH competition, face off in Part 2, the puzzle-based competition. Chase, who is quite clever, manages to get the edge on Aidan and wins rather handily. Aidan is flabbergasted to have failed so miserably at both parts of the competition, and is very worried that he will be evicted because of his failure. Chase, on the other hand, is glad to have advanced to the final part of the competition, where he hopes his social play can get him the win.
Just before the competition begins, Aidan begs Chase to win. He feels that Emma will evict him if she wins, and that Chase is his only hope of surviving. Chase says that he will try to win, but doesn’t promise Aidan safety if he does. In the DR, Chase says that he's worried that he could lose the jury vote no matter which finalist he is sitting against; however, he knows that Aidan has good social bonds with a lot of the jurors, feeling that it would be smarter for him to take Emma to the end if he wins Part 3. On the other hand, voting Aidan out would break the deal he made with him Week 1, so Chase considers throwing the competition entirely.
Finally, Chase and Emma battle it out in the final part of the competition, the quiz-based competition. Both of them are neck-and-neck until the last question, which Chase purposefully messes up on. This results in Emma winning the competition and officially becoming the Final HOH of the season. She cheers loudly, overjoyed to have secured herself a spot in the finale. She doesn’t spend much time debating her decision before heading inside.
Aidan and Chase make their final pleas before Emma makes her vote. Aidan reminds her that they’ve been aligned since the very beginning of the game and that it would be very poetic for them to end up as the final two. Chase, meanwhile, argues that Aidan has been calling all of the shots strategically and is a shoo-in to win a jury vote if he makes it to the end. Emma considers their arguments before making the following speech:
“Aidan. You know I love you. You’re one of the nicest and most competitive people I have ever met. Plus, you’re attractive to boot. However, you are an absolute boss at this game, and I know that I wouldn’t stand a chance in a jury vote against you. I’m so, so sorry, but I have to evict you from the game.”
Aidan fully expected to be evicted, so he doesn’t react very strongly. He thanks Chase and Emma for being his closest friends in the game and for being such loyal allies, congratulates them both for making it all the way to the end, and leaves the House in high spirits as the fifteenth Houseguest evicted from the game and the ninth and final member of the jury.
Votes for Aidan: Emma
Votes for Chase: --
Episode 35 Part 2 (Jury Vote)
After Aidan’s eviction, Chase and Emma prepare for the jury questioning. They each deliver their opening speeches; Chase argues that he played very well socially, making strong bonds with almost everybody in the House and leaving in all of the people who wanted to take him to the final two. He also mentions that he was never targeted at any point in the game and that he purposefully lost competitions to not appear threatening, allowing himself to get to the end of the game off of his relationships. Emma, meanwhile, argues that she played for herself the entire game and, similar to Chase, crafted an end-game with people who would take her to the end over others. She also argues that she created strong alliances and her loyalty never wavered.
After these speeches, each of the jurors offer their opinions on the finalists and ask them questions about their gameplay. Most of Emma’s allies throughout the game voice strong support for her, admitting that they weren’t all that close to Chase even though they did like him and that they feel he didn’t really make a lot of strategic moves. Hailey voices strong opposition of Emma, saying that she relied on competition wins, both her own and from Chase, to get to the end and did little beyond that. Greg admits that he hates both of them, but that he hates Chase less for at least talking to him at some points instead of acting coldly to him since the very beginning. Lane voices the strongest opposition to Chase, admitting that although he really likes him as a person, he sees him as a mere follower to Aidan and Emma and accuses him of not playing his own game. With that, the jury questioning ends and the jurors cast their ballots. They are revealed one-by-one.
Aidan has voted for… EMMA!
Hailey has voted for… CHASE!
(Each finalist has one vote.)
Jessica has voted for… EMMA!
Lane has voted for… EMMA!
(Emma has three votes; Chase has one.)
Kina has voted for… CHASE!
Greg has voted for… CHASE!
(Each finalist has three votes. Three votes are left.)
Sam has voted for… EMMA!
Sophie has voted for… CHASE!
(Each finalist has four votes. Only Monica’s vote remains.)
Monica has voted for… CHASE, which means…
CONGRATULATIONS, CHASE! YOU ARE THE WINNER OF BIG BROTHER 2!
Chase nearly cries from excitement, squeezing Emma tight and congratulating her on playing an amazing game. The two walk out of the House together, where Chase is met with thunderous applause. Additionally, it is announced that Quinn, as the Winning Coach, has received $100,000 cash. Corinne, Earl, and Kyle all hug Quinn excitedly, happy that she ended up on top. Quinn hugs Chase, apologizing to him for doubting him throughout the game. As the scene fades, the houseguests all thank the audience for watching the season, and Matt tells them all to stay tuned for Big Brother 3...