As expected Jillian was sent packing. I had predicted that she would be evicted by either a 7-5 or 8-4 vote (I honestly thought Jason may vote to save Christmas as it was mistake that caused her injury). It did end up being 8-4 as Kevin, not Jason, voted to evict Jillian. Cody's side of the house were convinced that it was going to be a 6-6 tie and he would break that tie, but that was actually never in question. Jillian was completely blindsided by the vote. Honestly she needed to go because the entire week she depended on other people to campaign for her while she spent her time talking trash about other house guests and making plans for the next HOH competition. The amazing thing is that no one suspects that Kevin switched sides. Even in her post eviction interview she named Alex (who was her one true friend in the house), Jason, and Ramses among those she suspected switched sides (she also said Josh which was correct), but she was 100% positive it was not Kevin. To date Kevin has won $25,000 and switched sides and no one suspects a thing. He is quietly becoming one of the power players.
Before the comp started and on the live show Jessica went after Christmas for embarrassing her on the live show calling her a coward over and over again. Cody got into it with Josh after the live show ended calling him a child a victim (more on Cody later).
The theme for the HOH comp was Candy Crush (CBS's newest game show is based on the wildly popular gaming app). The goal for the players was to collect tickets hidden within candy. They could collect three tickets a turn. They then traded the tickets in for game balls that they had to push through a ramp and into a hole. Cody was the ticket exchanger (he was not eligible for play as he was the outgoing HOH) and he showed how much he hated it and hated everyone. It became clear very early on that most of the house was gathering tickets for Paul. Even Mark, who had been allied with Cody, was giving his tickets to Paul in front of Cody. To no one's surprise Paul won the comp inside 30 minutes to become the second HOH of the season.
After the HOH Comp ended on the live feeds the production team was heard telling the house guests that if they want to yell at each other that was fine but to stop getting in each other's faces. There is a little used rule in Big Brother that if you hit a fellow house guest in anger you are immediately removed from the show.
He initially wanted to put Matt and Raven on the block with his goal of backdooring Cody. Mark and Dominique finally got through to time to put two people from the other side of the house on the block, that way if the backdoor failed someone from the other side of the house would go home.
After talking to Alex and Josh about being pawns in order to get Cody out, both agreed and he put them up. During the ceremony Ramses also revealed that he had been cursed and had to self nominate himself to the block once over the first three weeks and he had elected to do it this week, so the nominees are Josh, Alex, and Ramses
Den of Temptation 2
In the second temptation Christmas was awarded with the opportunity to swap herself into any POV comp this summer and remove another player. She got to choose three people to be cursed. To no one's surprise she chose Jason, Jessica, and Cody.
For their curse they had to gone frog suits for a week and hop every where they went. The only time they did not have to hop was if they were on a lily pad (which where put in all the rooms in the house). The only time they did not have to wear their frog suits was when they were sleeping, showering, or in the pool (which Cody and Jessica took full advantage of.
POV Comp and Renom
The players for the POV Comp were Paul, Josh, Alex, Ramses, Matt, and Elena. They had to go through a course designed like an airport terminal in the shortest amount of time. Everyone essentially agreed to throw the comp to Paul to ensure the back door worked, except for Ramses. Though he agreed publicly to do so he never had any plans to throw the comp. If he won the comp he would have been able to remove himself from the block and Paul would not be able to name a replacement. Paul did get the shortest time (with Ramses coming in second.
At the POV Ceremony Paul did use the POV to take Josh off the block and replace him with Cody. However, before that happened Josh took the opportunity to go after Cody. This was actually planned but was not supposed to happen until the end of the ceremony instead of during the ceremony.
Evicted - Jillian by a vote of 8-4
HOH - Paul (1st win)
Noms - Alex (2nd nom) and Josh. Ramses self nominated
POV - Paul (1st POV)
Right now there are only two sure things. Jody (Cody and Jessica) are locked at the bottom and Paul and Dominique are locked at the top. In between you can really switch in and out for almost any place and it would not make that big of a difference
What can I say about these two. I have never seen a showmance like this before. They have been in the house for about three weeks and these two have been completely inseparable. To top that off they seem completely unaware that that the way they are playing the game has completely ruined their game, especially Cody.
Cody is the perfect definition of someone who might call other people a snowflake but is actually a snowflake himself. There is literally nothing redeemable about the man. He has bullied Josh for two weeks because Josh wears his emotions on his sleeve. For some reason the Big Brother production has continually tried to humanize Cody. Yes they have shown him bullying Josh and being a perfectly horrible person, but they have also spent a large amount of time trying to show his softer side. When he is not in the Have-Not room (which has been the vast majority of the week) he has stalked around the house like he owns it. He still blames the house for being disloyal to him and has not once entertained the notion that the reason the house abandoned him is because he blew up their game in the first week. He honestly believes that because he has stayed in the Have-Not room the entire week he has made the rest of the house uncomfortable (he has not, they have enjoyed it, almost like he is already gone) The house will be so much better with him gone.
Jessica tied the Cody anchor around her neck and is going down with the ship. About the only way she is not evicted next week is if she wins the HOH tonight. She continues to attack the other women in the house somehow not understanding that she is a target because she tied herself to Cody. She has said again and again that Cody never discussed nominations with her (which is true) but the optics do not help her. Calling Christmas a coward after breaking her foot and staying in the game certainly did not help matters.
Ramses did himself a disservice by going against Paul's wishes for the POV. Considering that Ramses is on the wrong side of the house it just was not a smart game move. He apparently does not believe that he is 100% safe this week. After the POV Comp he changed his story several times about how he went through the comp. He could not keep his story straight about how many delays he had to take (he took all but one) and the optics just made him look bad. He has a huge target on his back and if one of Paul's allies wins HOH look for Paul to try to persuade them to put Ramses on the block.
Jason is too paranoid for his own game and it has put a target on his back. It does not help that he believes that he owes Cody loyalty for Cody not putting him on the block last week. Cody was never going to put him on the block as Paul and Alex have repeatedly told him but he just will not listen. Alex was his closest ally in the house but she has put a lot of distance between them because of the Cody issue. He took to the frog suit well. He is only safe for now because of how large of targets Jessica and Ramses are.
Alex may be one of the strongest players in the game (and is my early favorite to win the next HOH since it is an endurance comp) but because she allied with the wrong side of the house she has virtually no power. She did help herself by working with Paul but there is still a lot of mistrust in the house towards her. If she were to win and get Jessica evicted that would go a long way with the house.
Josh is still a target because he is a loose cannon and be triggered by just about anything, but he allied himself with Christmas and Paul. He has done anything that Paul has asked him to do, so for the time being as long as his allies continue winning he is safe.
Elena got herself into a showmance with Mark and her best friend in the house is Christmas. She is essentially a floater that has allied with the correct power alliance. She does not have much of a social or physical game. The only notable thing about her is that she continues to forget (accidentally or purposefully) that there are cameras throughout the house and continues disrobing in front of them.
Much like Elena she got herself into a showmance with one of the stronger players (Matt) and seems content to ride that train as far as she can. She is a physical player because of her dancing, but now with a new injury (she fell down the spiral staircase and had to get stitches between her toes) that could shelve her game.
Mark should be one of the dominating players in the game but has done little but follow the leader. This week could be a break out week if he performs well. I get the feeling that if the house if flipped this week he will suddenly switch sides.
Kevin has quietly become one of the stronger players in the game. He was able to win money and switch sides of the house with no notice at all. Every one is convinced (oddly enough) that not only did Ramses win the money at the beginning of the game but that he also switched sides and voted to evict Jillian (he did neither). Kevin is very sly and has no intention on putting any kind of target on his back or get any blood on his hands. He could absolutely get to the final four without doing anything in the house. That is amazing game play.
Matt is the peacemaker and resident comic in the house. That will absolutely get him far in the game. He was the first to team with Paul after Cody blew up everyone's game. He almost immediately said he would not vote Christmas out. He is allied and friends with Paul, Christmas, and Dominique so he is golden for at least the next month.
How does Christmas have a broken foot yet rank 3rd in the house? She is dominant. She was able to avoid eviction after breaking her foot and both Cody and Jessica have told her that the other people in the house are intimidated by her. The only way she leaves the house at this time is if something went wrong in her surgery last night. She does have a short fuse and temper and admits that she has a crazy side (her story that she threatened an ex with bodily harm yet is convinced she is mature in relationships shows her level of crazy). She was one of the first to ally with Paul when he came into the house and he will take her as far as he can.
Dominique has essentially become Paul's gate keeper this week. She is highly intelligent and just about everyone in the house goes to her when they have issues. She continues to keep her emotions in check and actually seems to be the non emotion anchor in the house. Paul did get annoyed at her last night after her self proclaimed talk show with Cody, but that annoyance will not go anywhere. Dominique was the first to tell Paul his idea to put two of their own on the block would not work and he changed his mind.
Just like last year the vet is at the top of the list. For most of last season James topped my list until he imploded his own game. Paul will be at the top until either the other house guests realize that he is a danger and vote him out or he blows his own game up. Paul is a smooth talker and can get himself out of most hairy situations. If he makes it to the final four is almost assured to win the game. Right now most of the house if playing follow the leader and he is the leader. He told everyone that once his week of HOH is over he was going to take a break as he is safe next week no matter what happens. Do not believe him. Whoever wins HOH he will be in their ear all week.
Cody should get 9 votes for eviction. Jessica will either vote to evict Alex or Ramses. Paul has had discussions with Kevin to vote to evict Ramses (which Kevin has agree to do. If that happens Cody will be evicted with 8 votes instead. It will take 6 votes for eviction this week and I do not see the vote being that low. However, I am not sure if Christmas will be back in time for the live show. If so that will only be 9 voters with 5 being the magic number for eviction. If so the vote would likely be 7-1-1.
By a vote of 7-3 Cody was evicted. I was off because Christmas (who called in her vote due to not being medically cleared to leave the hospital) decided to vote to evict Ramses. I was no aware of any deals between Christmas and Cody or Paul, but obviously she voted that way for a reason.
Also, on Friday there will be a special battle back competition between Cody, Jillian, Cameron, and who ever is evicted next week. However, whoever does win the battle back is not guaranteed to be back in the house as the house guests will get a chance to block the returnee. They were very vague about how but will shall find out.
It was also announced that the current Den of Temptation will be the final one. I am kind of saddened by that because the Den of Temptation was a great addition to the show.
Tonight's comp was a true endurance comp that lasted for almost two hours. In order of dropping out of the comp: Josh, Mark, Raven (who was injured before the comp), Ramses, Kevin, Matt, Jessica, Dominique, Jason, and Elena leaving
Alex as HOH.
Alex nominated Jessica and Dominique. I have not had a chance to watch any of the feeds since the HOH Comp ended, so I am not sure if either of the noms are actually Alex's targets or if there is a back door going on.
Christmas also came back into the house today and informed the house guests that she actually had seven broken bones, five dislocations, and two torn tendons. The doctors are not optimistic that she will ever gain full use of the foot again, which if true would destroy her career. Heart breaking to say the least.
Also, everyone in the house is trying to figure out who the other two votes (other than Jessica) for Ramses. Pretty much everyone assumes it was Christmas but not sure why. When Christmas came back into the house she immediately pointed figures at Mark and Dominique because of her discussion with Cody the day before her surgery.
So they are ahead schedule with POV. Typically the POV comp takes place on Saturday. This week for some reason they did it on Friday night. The house guests (Paul) believes that this is because the eviction will be on Sunday. CBS and Big Brother still say that only one eviction will happen this week and that it will happen, as usual, on the Thursday live show.
The players were Alex, Dominique, Jessica, Jason, Christmas, and Kevin. Jason won the comp and has the POV
It really sounds like the main target is Dominique. It sounds like it stems from her interview show from this past week where she gave Cody a chance to explain his actions while also giving him a pass for his behavior. This rubbed most of the house guests wrong. There, of course, could be much more to this. We will just have to wait to find out.
Paul, who said he would be taking the week off but of course is not, wants Alex to put Mark up as a pawn. Alex and Jason still want to put up Raven. Jason floated the idea of asking Paul if he would go up as a pawn (apparently forgetting that Paul is still safe for this week).
Jason did not use the POV. At this point the target is clearly Dominique and she is not helping her cause. I said at the beginning of the season if she could keep her emotions in check she could go a long way in this game. Since being put on the block she has worn her emotions on her sleeve and is driving a lot of her team away from her. She is up against Jessica, so this should have been an easy week for her even being on the block. We shall see if she can get people back on her side but right now it looks like she is on her way out the door.
All of this could change if she manages to get the halting temptation. If she does she can stop the eviction on Thursday (essentially erasing Alex's week). To my knowledge they have not been notified who won, however voting is still taking place. They may not find out until the day of the live eviction.