On the eve of Thursday's double-eviction episode of "Big Brother," Haleigh's back could not have been more against the wall. Power of Veto is where it's at!
At this stage of the competition, Power of Veto is the most important competition each week, and especially if you are on the wrong side of the numbers, as Haleigh is. If you can't be HOH and control the nominations, Veto is the only way to secure your own safety, whether you're on the block or not.
This week saw the Houseguests motivated by adorably sweet videos from home before they tackled the popular "BB Comics" challenge. It's always fun to see the superhero versions of the various Houseguests and then see if we can spot the subtle differences throughout the challenge. Fun fact: we are so bad at this!
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. But first, let's take a look at a spotlight item in stock this week.
From "Survivor" to "Big Brother" and every other reality competition show that does this, it's always touching and a little heartbreaking to see these missives from home. It both breaks down the competitors and fires them up, rejuvenating them for the home stretch. At least, that's the goal.
This year's batch of videos, was heartbreaking for a different reason. While everyone got to enjoy videos from family members, JC got a message from a close friend, instead. He's not talked before much about his family, but in a tearful confessional made it clear that his family struggles with his sexuality.
To struggle to the point they can't even participate in a message while he's sitting in the top seven of a major television competition with a half-mil on the line says a lot. Earlier in the season, Kaycee, who is also gay, admitted that her mother struggles with her orientation as well.
While it was explained that she was off in the Philippines and thus absent from Kaycee's family video, it is nevertheless notable. Considering they are the only two gay people in the house, the responses from their families is indicative of just how far we have yet to go as as society in accepting people as they are. If you can't love your own kids unconditionally... well, it's just tragic.
Kaycee (up 1) rises up one spot, and we know it's a bold move. But homegirl has just picked up her third POV win in a row and it wasn't even close. She is proving herself a competition beast at the right time. On top of that, she has played about as straightforward and honest a game as possible. And if the jury is bitter -- they're always bitter -- her gameplay might just beat out anyone left in the house.
Tyler (down 1) is going to have to start betraying all of those final two deals and alliances he's made. It's a very tricky spot for him in the game, and one he's been preparing for these past three months. How he navigates it will say everything about how well he might do at the end of the game.
Brett (up 1) creeps up a slot because Angela is right, everyone hates her in the game. They may not like Brett much better, but if he can get to the end, he might have a chance of using his formidable charm and humor to convince the jury to hand him the prize money.
Angela (down 1) has played a great strategic and physical game, but we have no confidence that she will know how to talk to the jury without just infuriating them even more. Her dispassionate and somewhat arrogant approach to the game won't sit well with most of the people she's helped put there.
JC (even) still needs a miracle, and while his earworm to Tyler about Brett targeting Tyler and Angela seems to have worked every so slightly, it has more made Tyler want to target and get him out of the game. No matter how much producers try to convince us otherwise, there is no real indication L6 won't ride their alliance to the Top 4, which is bad news for JC, despite his best and most devious efforts. If he can make it to the end, he stands a good chance, but he stands no chance of making it to the end.
Sam (even) is next on the chopping block. Level 6 is going for visible loyalty they can argue to the jury, so they'll keep JC to Top 5 and then cut him loose. That means Sam is the only viable candidate ... unless the double eviction gets crazy!
Haleigh (even) needs a hail mary, but we think she's all out of them. Sam has not imploded, and even if she does there's no way it rattles L6 enough to keep Haleigh. She's a legitimate threat to win HOH and if she does, that creates problems they don't need.
"I've been nominated. By my friend! But Kaycee promised me that I wouldn't be going home this week. I would really like to lose my shit, but I'm not gonna do that." --Sam
"Sam has been on the block for a total of two minutes now. I'm already kind of noticing she's starting to get into one of her freakout modes. I'm a little nervous that if Sam starts freaking out, maybe she could paint herself as a bigger target than she actually needs to be." --Tyler
"In the even that I don't win [veto], it would be really helpful if Sam lost her cool. I just need someone to be a bigger target than me." --Haleigh (wow, savage!)
"This is the calm before it gets crazy." --Tyler (to Kaycee about Level 6 soon having to turn on one another)
"It was weird for me to see all of us sitting there and, like, the only one not seeing his family. ... I don't really have the closest relationship with my family. And I miss them. There is another gay girl here and she still got, like, her family, you know. It sucks. Knowing that whatever you do, it's just never, ever gonna be enough. It doesn't get any cooler that I'm being on TV. For some people, it just doesn't matter." --JC (the only one who didn't have a family video; he got a friend instead)
"Can we watch 'em again?" --Sam (in tears after watching family videos)
"I have suspicions toward Brett. JC is always telling me what they talk about. It could just be JC trying to get inside my head. Hopefully I'm not the one getting blindsided here." --Tyler (after JC told him Brett would target him an Angela)
"I know my game is on the line and I'm pretty sure if I do not win this veto, I am going home." --Haleigh (was this confessional recorded after the veto, because those eyes are awfully glassy)
"I just hope I win that veto, because some people are acting weird in the house and I might have to make a big move and take somebody off the block." --Tyler (you're not fooling us, producers, it's Level 6 to the end)