While it's not explicitly said the HGs chosen to participate in America's Field Trip are the least-liked, it's pretty clear to many in the house that this is exactly what it means.
Did America just reveal the three HouseGuests they liked the least on "Big Brother," or was there perhaps a little more strategy to it than just that?
Tommy's Head of Household reign got thrown with a huge twist with the reveal of America's Field Trip, a special competition that offered safety, a punishment and a third nominee not of his choosing. Considering two of the three results are negative, most people in the house quickly surmised that America, who chose the participants, was revealing which HGs it liked the least.
If that's the case, it looks like America's Least Favorite Players -- ALFPs -- are Sis (Analyse), Christie and Michie (Jackson).
It's certainly a possibility as the Gr8ful alliance was largely seen as bullying the outliers throughout the season, Michie has been at the heart of much of the misogyny and racism on display for the Live Feed watchers, and Christie and Sis have displayed some abhorrent "mean girl" behavior and commentary.
And all of this went down before Tommy even had a chance to pick his nominees. So on a week where he was hoping to bring back what was left of the Six Shooters to be five strong in a house of ten people, Tommy suddenly faced the reality that one of his would-be allies would be on the block during his reign and thus face the possibility of going home.
The competition was a doozy for the three selected HGs, too, being a revival of the egg comp that saw players having to maneuver eggs up and over a fenced in coop with just their fingers before rolling it down a board to knock over four letters: S-A-F-E.
Hilariously, Sis and Tommy smartly and rightly deduced that their best-case scenario would be for Sis to throw this competition as she would be far less likely to go home over Michie or Christie. There was just one problem with that strategy: Christ su-u-u-u-u-u-ucked at this competition!
Michie brilliantly realized that scrambling the eggs in their shells allowed them to roll much smoother, and then gave Sis that same clue. While he's expressed a willingness to work with some of the Six, he's also made it clear he has no further use for Christie and wants her out of the house. He made sure to give Sis this clue without Christie seeing.
Could their be blowback from that, though, as the rest of the house was watching. If they picked up on him excluding Christie from this tip, or if Sis spills the beans, that could hurt his standings in the Six going forward ... if the Six can stay together.
Throughout the competition, Michie was totally self-aware that they were chosen because America hates them, which Christie found absolutely soul-crushing. Sis, on the other hand, just couldn't believe it. How could anyone dislike her?
Tommy started his efforts last week to bring the Six back together, and he's determined to make it work. Even worse for the outliers, Nick decided to stop flipping and has declared his allegiance to what's left of the Six, effectively replacing Jack and making it a strong Six again.
It's not out of loyalty but out of the one-two punch of Tommy being in power this week and his belief that the Six are stronger competitors than the outliers.
If we do the math, between Wacktivity, HOH and POV comps, the remaining Six (plus Nick) have won eight competitions, while the four outliers are looking at four so he's not entirely wrong.
SIX (PLUS NICK)
2 - Christie
2 - Nick
2 - Tommy
1 - Holly
1 - Michie
0 - Anayse
2 - Jessica
1 - Cliff
1 - Kathryn
0 - Nicole
But does he have Michie and Holly as much as he thinks he does? He'll never have them completely, so long as Christie is in the house, though, and Christie is two of the competition wins for the Six. With her gone, and not including Nick's two wins --as he'd take them with him to whichever side he chooses, the sides are actually totally even.
The game is more balanced competitively than it might seem, with no HG winning more than two competitions including those already evicted. It's just a matter of where the lines of allegiance have been drawn along the way.
Holly remains, oddly enough, in the power position in the house. She is perhaps too loyal to Michie, but she's currently keeping their options open with both sides of the house and it's looking like they're going to survive this week. Tommy wants to revive the Six and they're telling him what he wants to hear for now. Next week, they'll be positioned for whoever takes over. Grade: A
Tommy is having a pretty honorable HOH week, which is good for his long-term game. The Six might never reunite the way he wants it to, but he's spread his lies to the outliers about not wanting the Six to come back together. They're not all buying it (Kat), but nevertheless no one is going to be gunning for him right now. Grade: B+
Jessica is actually in a pretty good spot, still. She came out of a powerful HOH with a ton of blood on her hands an no one targeting her for getting out Jack. It's a remarkable achievement and bodes very well for her short-term life in the game, and potential long-term one as well depending on how the power shifts in the weeks to come. Grade: B
Michie earned himself safety and may be the strongest physical competitor left in the house. He's also proven he has a pretty savvy mind. He plays a straight-up game and he's a huge target, but for now he's able to use that to barter with for people to keep him in the house. He's also in a swing position in the divided house, giving him leveraging power. Grade: B-
Nick, Nicole, and Analyse are all in the same position here, though in drastically different ones in the game. But all three of them are effectively invisible as targets for the moment. No one is threatened by them and they are good for votes to get out bigger targets. Nick's value right now is as a floater who could shift as the power does, while the other two are loyal numbers on their sides. Grade: C
Ciff is in a dangerous position because with Jack gone, he's now being seen as one of the favorites to win the whole game. That puts a pretty big target on his back, even if he's not Tommy's specific target this week. He continues to angle and maneuver his way through the game, but it's going to get harder and harder to do if he can't get his side back on top soon. Grade: C-
Christie is the third nominee, though she stands a good chance of getting taken down. That said, even if she comes down now, she is a huge target for enough of the house that she needs the Six to go on a comp run to keep her safe. Like the Jacks early on, that target isn't going to go anywhere as she has the outliers and Michie (plus Holly) gunning for her. Grade: D
Kathryn is in serious danger this week. If Christie can pull off a miracle, Tommy wants Kathryn gone as he fears her strong social game. Now, Cliff has one of those as well, but it looks like Tommy is more confident he can get Cliff working with him -- or at least not directly against him -- over Kathryn. So right now, she's the biggest target for the Six. And they're not wrong, as she's far savvier than she lets on.
"The Six Shooters may have crumbled, but if I have anything to say about it we're coming back together, baby, and we're gonna be stronger than ever." --Tommy (After HOH win)
"I just hope now that it's Tommy's HOH they don't decide to get back together." --Jessica (worried about Six Shooters reunion)
"This game's amazing, and yet horrifying." --Nicole
"I just hope that Tommy is wise enough to realize that sticking with her is--" --Holly"Death." --Michie (talking about Christie)
"I'm pretty sure my targets won't be any of the Six Shooters. I don't think that's best for my game, I don't think that's best for any of our games and to be honest with you, on a game level I think we all need each other." --Tommy (to Michie)
"I'm not all on board about getting the Six back together. This is the last thing that I would ever want to do. But Tommy's in power, so if he wants to hear that I want to go with it, then so be it." --Michie
"I do not need the old alliance to be buddy-buddy this week. I think that you guys should be still fighting, honestly, and still weird because we need to get the numbers back and we need to weaken them. Kat' the way to weaken everybody." --Tommy (to Christie)
"I love playing with people in this house who love the game." --Cliff (to Tommy)
"I don't know how it is the person that I literally hate the most in this house, also I happen to trust and it sucks." --Kathryn (about Michie)
"I'm not telling anyone what I'm going to do, not even people you would think I'm working with." --Tommy (to Kathryn ... and totally lying)
"There's murmurings of the Six getting back together." --Kathryn"That's not happening." --Tommy (totally lying)
"Tommy is the worst liar in the entire house. I can always tell when he's lying because his posture stiffens and he curls his bottom lip." --Kathryn (confessional)
"I'm sorry, Kat. You're playing all sides of the house. I can see right through it and this pitch isn't doing anything for me." --Tommy (confessional)
"I love you so much, you're the best." --Kathryn"I love you and you are, baby girl." --Tommy (getting pretty deep in here, guys)
"I get picked and I love it, I like to gamble. It's probably not because I'm America's favorite. It's probably the opposite, but I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it. Y'all gave me an opportunity to guarantee my safety this week and I'm gonna do everything I can to make the most of it." --Michie (pretty self-aware)
"I don't like knowing that America wanted me a part of this competition, I don't. I wouldn't want to vote someone I loved to compete; I would want to vote people that I didn't like." --Christie (not as self-aware)
"I could throw this." --Analyse (to Christie)"That is honestly the best case if she's on the block because no one would vote her." --Tommy
"We are ALFP." --Michie"Yeah, 'America's Least Favorite.'" --Christie"I refuse to believe that America doesn't like me, okay? I barley talk." --Analyse (not at all self-aware)
"Originally I was going slow and steady. But I realized if I shaked the egg and mixed the egg yolk with the white, so they're kind of scrambled almost, the egg rolled straight forward a lot easier." --Michie (pretty clever)
"Christie's doing kind of-- not kind of, she's doing really bad. Basically if I really want to throw this comp I should give up and not even do it." --Analyse (realizing she's going to have to beat Christie)
"I'm starting to feel like America hates me." --Christie (after losing Field Trip comp ... and yes, they kind of do)
"It's not because America hates you guys." --Tommy"It is. Oh, it is." --Michie (smiling)
"As long as Christie stays on the block, there's enough votes to get her out." --Cliff