It was testosterone overload as the bros were on the block together heading into tonight's live vote and eviction on "Big Brother." But with the competitions over, their only hope rested with Sam.
Producers have not been subtle about Sam having that "Bonus Life" power that could give tonight's evicted Houseguest a chance to return to the house, but she'd given no real indications that she intended to use it.
The truth of the matter is that she doesn't have a really strong tie to either Brett or Winston, so it makes more sense to save it and deal with the consequences strategically (unused, it comes into play automatically next week).
So there was nothing left but campaigning, and dealing with the aftermath of Brett mocking Kaitlyn's deeply-held spiritual beliefs during his "save me" speech. No, we're just kidding. They didn't deal with that at all!
Instead, Winston and Angela were both seen laughing at how funny it was, with Winston giving his bro props for being so funny at someone else's expense.
They didn't really campaign either, leaving the two sides of the house to work out for themselves who they were going to keep and who they were going to boot. And of course, they came to opposite conclusions, putting Tyler in an awkward position, as he's been playing both sides of the house. Tonight, will he be forced to show his cards?
We're going to run this season like you'd run a department store. Each product, or Houseguest, 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 a new item in stock.
Okay, admittedly we can't be 100 percent certain that Brett was lying through his teeth with that "save me" speech, but it sure sounded like he was, and Rockstar's facial expression certainly looked genuine -- as in genuinely shocked.
"The reason I would like your vote is that before this, Rockstar came to me. She said, 'Guess what. I'm gonna flip on this vote. I'm gonna make it a 6 to 5. And then at that point in time, I'm gonna pin it on Kaitlyn moving forward," he told the House. Did it sway anyone's vote? It's impossible to say, but Brett did survive the eviction.
And as soon as Winston slammed his way through the door, Rockstar unloaded on Brett. "I can't believe -- on my daughter's birthday -- that you would drag my name through the mud like this!" she shouted into his face, as he looked at her smugly with a slight smirk on his face. "You are disgusting. Do you understand?"
"Can't even own it," he said to her repeatedly. If she did say it, he's in the right. If she didn't, he's just decided to stick to his guns for better or worse. Bro his way through it and hope his charm and charisma will carry the day.
With the new HOH competition incomplete at the close of the show (though live feed viewers likely know who outlasted the rest in this battle of endurance) it's more difficult to properly rank the Houseguests. The house remains strictly divided.
Sam (up 7) rises to the top because no matter who wins HOH, she's in the best spot in the house thanks to her "Bonus Life" power. It must be used next week, so if she is somehow targeted, she'll have a chance to come back into the game. If she's not the target, she can strategically use this power to her advantage. No matter what happens, she should be safe, and she might pick up an ally along the way. And as she is in no alliances still, this might not be a bad idea.
Rockstar (up 1) is in an interesting position because Brett totally threw her under the bus, but we don't think anyone in her alliance believes him. Now, she started sounding off immediately, which could put her in Level 6's sight, but we don't think they'd be foolish enough to target her when she's clearly not among the biggest threats in the house. Likely, she'll garner some sympathy from the unwarranted (we think) attack.
JC (up 5) benefits again from not being tied to an alliance. If an alliance member wins, they'll target a member of the other side. If a non-aligned person wins, they'll still probably target one alliance or the other. Either way, JC can just sit back and ride another week out.
Tyler (down 4) drops slightly due to the difficult position he found himself in. Now, he may come out of this unscathed and rise back to the top, but the truth of the matter is that he "betrayed" Kaitlyn's side of the house and sided with Level 6. If that comes out, he's no longer playing the middle, and Kaitlyn will again be scorned by someone she is clearly crushing on ... last time that happened she flipped the house upside down. With JC and Sam also voting with Level 6, it's going to be hard for him to hide his vote, so we'll see how smooth his tongue is when his back is against the wall.
Bayleigh (down 2), Faysal (down 2) and Haleigh (down 2) are the under-the-radar trio of the remnants of the F.O.U.T.T.E. alliance. If Level 6 -- or is that Level 5 now? -- rises to power, one of them could get targeted, but there are bigger targets in this alliance for them to worry about.
Angela (up 2), Kaycee (up 2) and Rachel (up 2) are the Level 6 equivalents of the above trio. They've done a good job of letting the bros play bigger and broader games, painting big old targets on their backs. The ladies will likely be safe until all the guys are gone, unless someone rocks the boat.
Scottie (down 9) is only in this position tenuously, pending the outcome of the HOH competition. Strategically, everyone knows he made a smart move in targeting the bros, but that doesn't mean Level 6 wouldn't come gunning for him. After all, he just proved he has a good strategic mind and he's not afraid to make big, strategic moves. Plus, he won both HOH and POV this week, so he's a competition threat as well. If anyone other than Level 6 takes it, he should be fine.
Kaitlyn (down 5) is still in the doghouse with pretty much everyone in the house with how she betrayed her alliance twice in getting both Steve and Swaggy C out. Now, Tyler has made his choice and it wasn't to side with Kaitlyn, so who are her strong allies in the house? She's kind of on her own, even if she doesn't fully realize it yet.
Brett (even) is tentatively in the worst position in the house, unless one of his alliance members wins HOH. We don't think anyone believes his story about Rockstar planning to flip her vote and sell out Kaitlyn, and then his smug attitude when she confronted him had to rub some of them the wrong way, too. Plus, no one has forgotten that he totally mocked Kaitlyn's beliefs earlier this week. What he'll do without his bro is a huge question mark, though, and could impact how his game moves forward.
Winston (down 1) left with a very angry and bitter attitude, going so far as to throw a friendship bracelet Sam made for him on the ground as he departed. Now, she did vote to evict him, as did his entire alliance, so he had good reason to feel utterly betrayed and frustrated in that moment. He displayed some nice sincerity in his "save me" speech, but we're pretty sure those didn't matter, anyway. The decision had already been made. Winston admitted he was pissed, and shared no love for anyone left in the house except for Brett. And he desperately wished a twist would let him back in so he could wreck his own alliance.
"If they don't keep me, it's going to be the dullest summer of their lives. I mean look at me." --Brett (flexing his pecs in the diary room)
"I didn't know it was gonna be-- I mean, it was funny." --Winston (referring to Brett mocking Kaitlyn's beliefs during his "save me" speech)
"It was hilarious." --Angela
"The dream thing cracked me up."
"Winston is a liability. He gives off facial expressions all the time." --Rachel (discussing with Tyler and Kaycee which bro should go)
"Brett could sell me a car with no engine." --Haleigh (wanting to target Brett for eviction)
"Whatever it is in your heart that you are holding onto in this moment, you are releasing it. It is not part of you. So figure out what that thing is; what you are ready to let go of in your life, and release." --Kaitlyn (trying to help Rockstar)
"What am I trying to let go of? This wall." --Rockstar (she means that literally; she is clinging to a rock-climbing wall afraid to let go)
"I am obsessed with Tyler right now ... The fact that he's just like, 'I'll do what you want to do.' No man has ever said that to me ever, not even my boyfriend." --Kaitlyn (getting into more trouble with her boyfriend on the outside, plus Tyler's totally lying, so yeah, there's that, too)
"This week I'm stuck in the middle and I have to make a decision that will pretty much show my cards as to who I'm truly working with. Either way, when things do hit the fan with this vote, it's going to suck." --Tyler (caught in the middle with his vote after playing both sides of the house)
"I hope Brett the best. Everyone else, I hope they crash and burn, to be honest." --(Winston after getting evicted and feeling betrayed by Level 6, JC and Sam)
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