It's tough living in the "Big Brother" house, with stress and paranoia running rampant 24/7. And when you're on the block, it all gets pushed up to 11, which is perhaps why Scottie went off the deep end on Thursday's show.
We'd already seen him suggest to Faysal that he put Haleigh up as a replacement nom after Brett won the veto Wednesday night. This was after Sam had presented the awful pitch to Faysal outside. We're not sure why Scottie would jump on this bandwagon to target literally the only person loyal to him in the house (Haleigh), but it blew up in his face spectacularly.
And so, he apologized to Haleigh with genuine tears and shifted his target to Sam. Scottie seemed confident he could beat Sam in an eviction vote, but we're not so sure. He's actually a competition threat and clearly targeting Level 6. When Sam was in power (which she only got by convincing Tyler to drop), she targeted girls she thought were being slutty. She's not a huge strategic threat in the game.
Honestly, as soon as Scottie hit the block, he was done for, but of course he wouldn't know that. He has no idea about Level 6 and how tight and dominant that alliance is. They are on the verge of being the majority numbers in the house and running it to the end. They just need to win HOH this week and pick off Haleigh or Faysal ... unless Tyler decides for them to target Sam to preserve his newest deal.
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 check out a new spotlight item in stock.
It's been a masterful juggling act since the first week, but things are getting down to the wire. Tyler has Final 2 deals with essentially everyone left in the house, and strategic alliances with all of them. For two months he has gotten away with this, but he's going to have to be very careful about what happens moving forward.
This week, he declared that winning HOH is definitely not in his best interests, and especially since he just got into an alliance with Angela, Haleigh and Faysal. In fact, Angela agreed that neither of them should win HOH, to keep their options open and let all their "allies" take shots at one another.
Of course, Angela is just one of many alliances Tyler is in, and he's no more loyal to her than any of the others. This week, he revealed his ideal Top 4 and Top 2 and it proved that his only alliance is with himself and who he thinks he can beat in the end. If he plays his cards right, the $500k could well be within his grasp.
The only real risk he would face is a bitter jury, as there's a decent chance the folks there will be talking about who they had alliances with, exposing his game to one another. If they respect his gamesmanship, he's golden. If they're angry, he could be in trouble, and we've seen that plenty of times on this show.
Everything seemed to be going just a little too smoothly this season, with no one returning to the house. It's one of Julie Chen and production's favorite twists, so it's about time we got to see someone fight their way back into the house. Next week, the fourth jury member will join Bayleigh, Rockstar and Scottie in battling back into the house.
More than likely that person will be either Faysal or Haleigh, meaning a number from that side of the house will be returning. Ultimately, it probably won't matter to the final result as Level 6 is too strong.
And yet, Brett basically outed his game to Rockstar last week during her eviction speech, so if she shared that story ... and you know she did ... the returnee might be coming in with insider information. Unless, of course, it's whoever gets evicted next week, as they won't have time to compare notes.
Tyler (even) has made no enemies in the house, but that might start to change very soon. He's going to have to start betraying people soon. So far, though, he's proven he's very good at keeping all his plates spinning in the air with his fake diwmitted charm and smile. This will be his biggest test yet.
JC (up 3) was revealed by Tyler as someone he'd like to go Final 2 with in a confessional, meaning his loyalty to Level 6 doesn't even make it to Final 4. So we expect that alliance to crumble, and yet no one ever seems to want to target JC. L6 knows how good his manipulation and mental game is, though, so it could get dicey for him when they fracture.
Angela (even) set herself up in an alliance with Tyler, Haleigh and Faysal that means nothing to her, but she is cool with using it for a few weeks, even at the expense of some of the other people she's been working with longer. It never hurts to push it until a decision has to be made.
Brett (down 2) runs the risk of alienating much of the jury with how unapologetically he plays this game. He is a cocky, smartass, and that has rubbed some people the wrong way. He's also played a very strong and aggressive game in the house, making him either someone who will rise above or get targeted when his alliance is forced to eat their own.
Kaycee (down 2) is playing in this game. She's not doing much, but she's there. That said, no one is going to reward her for the quit game she's played, though Tyler is willing to take her to Final 2 so he can beat her. Honestly, some others might feel the same way, so if she's happy with second place, this might go well for her.
Faysal (up 1) is kind of a dumb ox at this point, but he's easily manipulated. JC has been playing him all game, so he won't be in a hurry to get rid of him until there isn't a choice. His Final 4 with Tyler and Angela is a joke, but it could keep him around a little longer.
Haleigh (up 1) is the biggest mental threat left on the other side of the house, so she's the obvious target to get evicted. But if Level 6 decides to play it a little safer, so Tyler and Angela can cement their fake Final 4 in case they need it the following week, she might find herself not the target.
Sam (down 2) finds herself on the wrong side of the numbers, not that she would probably understand that. She has no grasp of how to play this game, is volatile on a good day and seems to have little interest in being there half the time. She's made herself the easiest target left in the game, which means it's likely her time to go.
Scottie (even) really dug his own grave this week, after a sketchy season. He didn't play nearly as dirty as most of the house thinks, but he didn't do a good enough job of communicating with anyone. He was bitter to lose Steve right away, and it seems to have soured his social game, to his detriment. Even worse, he makes terrible impulse decisions when he panics, as we saw tonight. And yet, he has a chance to return next week and seek redemption.
"I'm the only one he has in his freaking corner. Kaitlyn 2.0, are you kidding me?" --Haleigh (stunned by Scottie throwing her under the bus)
"It's beyond clear to me that my little plan was even stupider than I thought. Haleigh is one of the only people in this house who I've honestly felt has had my back, and I think I may have just stabbed her in hers." --Scottie (devastated by his own ploy)
"I'm not gonna waste my time with that. There's someone who has not only been playing me, but playing everybody in this house, and none of us are going to beat them in a jury vote. That person is Sammi. [to Faysal] She put your two best friends on the block together and put you in a position where you had to choose one. That's bloody. So, to make the right choice, I think Sammi should be your replacement nominee." --Scottie (terrible hail mary at veto nomination)
"Having some sort of deal with every single person in the house is a great feeling, but at the same time it's absolutely terrifying because it could totally backfire." --Tyler (spinning all the plates)
"My ideal final four would be Angela, JC, Kaycee and myself. My ideal final two right now would be Kaycee, because I feel like I can beat Kaycee over JC." --Tyler (finally revealing his thoughts... and he's right, JC's the only one of the four who could beat him)
"This next HOH is kinda critical that I don't win, so I don't have to take shots at these people I have deals with. I'm just gonna let them take shots at each other and hope they don't catch on." --Tyler (getting to the tricky stage of his game)
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