A new showmance totally blows up the game and sets up what promises to be the most unpredictable HOH reign in a long time.
Thursday was an uneventful night of "Big Brother," and then suddenly it was one of the most exciting and mind-blowing nights of the season, so far.
The live eviction went the way we predicted, though the vote was much tighter than we anticipated. There is a clear divide in the house, but what no one anticipated was all of the non-aligned players gravitating toward one alliance. The problem is that the Level 6 alliance was filled with all the bros and she-bros, and they didn't seem interested in really connecting with the others in the house.
Meanwhile, F.O.U.T.T.E. (Five of Us to the End) already had some social misfits within their ranks, and so the other gravitated toward them. Bayleigh was never an official member, but as she and Swaggy's showmance continued to grow, she became an unofficial number for them.
The numbers were actually going to go Steve's way until someone flipped, and then he became the first eviction of "Big Brother" 20.
We're going to run this season like you'd run a department store. Each product, or celebrity, may have come in with equal value, but pretty quickly you start to see that certain ones aren't working. First, you try discounting them to see if they can turn things around and become solid performers again. But if that doesn't work, it's time to put them on clearance so you can sell them out (the door). With that said, let's take a look at our inventory, ranked from our strongest performer to our weakest ... after we spotlight some wonderful items in stock.
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Fessleigh
Joining the ranks of Swaggleigh, Faysal and Haleigh made their "Big Brother" showmance official this week, only there was one problem: Kaitlyn has been crushing hard on Faysal since Day One. Unfortunately for her, they bonded more like a brother-sister dynamic, which she kind of helped foster, leaving the door open for Haleigh.
Kaitlyn tried to play it off like she was cool, but she was so not cool, and suddenly she was anti-duos in the game. Now, we're all for someone waking up and realizing the dangers of letting duos run rampant, so we hope she sticks to this conviction when her emotions cool.
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Expect the Unexpected
Julie Chen couldn't have scripted it better herself. After flipping on her alliance, disavowing duos and raging in jealousy over Faysal and Haleigh hooking up, Kaitlyn became the most unpredictable and interesting person in the house. So it was absolutely astounding that she then turned around and became the new Head of Household.
Things just got very interesting in the "Big Brother" house.
Kaitlyn (up 10) got very emotional over the season's second showmance, because she was crushing so hard on Faysal. As a result, she made the (correct) conclusion that duos are dangerous, which caused her to flip her vote and break up Steve and Scottie by voting the former out of the house. Then, the unexpected happened and Kaitlyn became the HOH. To say her reign is impossible to predict now after Thursday's episode may be the season's understatement. But we're going to do it anyway!
Tyler (down 1) had a very smart HOH, even though he didn't take any power players out. What he did do, though, was solidify alliances and relationships, and none so important as to when he gave a shoulder for Kaitlyn to cry on after she walked in on Faysal and Haleigh. It served his wants in getting Steve out, and it put him in a power position with the new HOH.
Rockstar (up 8) is the only other member of the F.O.U.T.T.E. alliance not in a showmance, so if Kaitlyn sticks to her new mission statement, this should become one of her closest allies. As for F.O.U.T.T.E., we think its days are numbered. And with a name that stupid, we say good riddance!
JC (up 4) continues to play his happy-go-lucky social game that everyone just loves. Kaitlyn has no reason to pay any attention to him when nominations arrive.
Angela (down 3), Brett (down 3), Kaycee (down 3), Rachel (down 3), and Winston (down 3) are the remainder of the Level 6 alliance, and they continue to be ranked together because they've shown virtually no independent personality yet. They are just one big bro-lliance, but are they big enough to run this game?
Scottie (down 2) should be safe from Kaitlyn's mission to break up power couples, since Steve is now gone, but the fact that he was in one could see him more on Kaitlyn's radar than some of the others in the household. We've seen no evidence of their relationship, so anything could happen here.
Sam (down 2) is another one who hasn't really bonded with Kaitlyn, or apparently much of the house. That vote was very close, which means she still has work to do if she wants to make the social connections to really make a run in this game. Her power is good for three more weeks, but it only gives her a chance to return (she has to win a challenge), and if she has to use it, that just means they're gunning for her, so that's not good, either.
Bayleigh (up 2), and Swaggy (up 2) are the original showmance of the season, but Swaggy is also Tyler's biggest target in the house. If the moment Kaitlyn and Tyler shared in the HOH Room was genuine, Tyler is going to have her ear. And with her now paying attention to power couples, this would be an easy one to break up.
Faysal (down 7), and Haleigh (down 3) are both in an alliance with Kaitlyn, but then so is Swaggy, and we think Kaitlyn isn't really going to care. She was slighted personally by their showmance -- because she was crushing so very hard on Fessy -- and we're not sure she'll be able to keep it out of her gameplay. Plus, breaking up power couples is smart "Big Brother." Too many recent seasons have not done this, and then everyone else has paid the price.
There are no clearance items tonight, but that's because we completely sold out of the item that's been on clearance since the game began. Don't worry, though. We'll be restocking soon.
Steve (even) didn't seem to have a chance in this game, but that vote turned out way closer than we anticipated. He had managed to get himself into the good graces of F.O.U.T.T.E., and because Level 6 is the bros and "cool kids," most of the non-allied outcasts were drawn to F.O.U.T.T.E. as well. There are drawbacks to being exclusionary in a social game, so Level 6 was very lucky Kaitlyn flipped for personal reasons. Farewell, Steve!
"Big Brother" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.