Either Faysal or Haleigh join the other evicted Houseguests — Bayleigh, Rockstar and Scottie — for a chance to battle their way back into the game.
Apparently, the Houseguests were dwindling faster than "Big Brother" liked, so Julie Chen kicked off the Jury Battle Back competition, sending someone back into the game.
We’ll blame Kaitlyn’s epic fail at securing her own re-entry in the house with one of the easiest puzzle competitions we’ve ever seen for creating this opportunity. Thanks, Kaitlyn!
Going into the night, it was all but over for self-described "Worst ‘Big Brother" Players in History," Faysal and Haleigh. All that was left was the counting of the votes, but Haleigh held out hope that this twist might be coming, and with competition-beast Faysal the clear target, their was a chance their separation would be very short indeed.
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 that just came in.
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Jury Battle Back
As expected, Faysal indeed was the one evicted tonight, setting up Level 6 to coast their way to Top 4 (if they ultimately want to do that). With four out of the seven remaining Houseguests a part of that alliance, it should have been a no-brainer. But, Faysal got JC thinking about his place within that alliance (NOTE: he doesn’t have one).
Sam, on the other hand, seems to have no real sense of what’s going on, and really only latches on to the handsome boys in the house. She seems to have no use for the other girls, and spends most of her time either cleaning or complaining. But, she’s been a loyal soldier to Level 6, thanks to the charming power of Tyler.
All of this is to say that the winner of the Battle Back has an uphill battle to even begin to change things in the house. Honestly, they should probably just stay packed and get ready to go either next week or the week after, unless they secure HOH immediately.
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Back in the House
Scottie emerged triumphant from the challenge, and it looked like he was going back into the house with all of the ammunition he needed to start dismantling Level 6. They even gave Faysal a commercial break to compare notes with the other evicted Houseguests before that competition.
Scottie’s a smart guy and a strong competitor, so this should work, right? Well, lest we forget, everyone who was on the other side of the house from Level 6 seems to have a bad case of the stupids, and it struck Scottie as he was walking back into the House.
He told Julie that with Fessy out of the House, he was gonna switch up his strategy and try to reconnect with Tyler. Like, what? Tyler is running the house and has Final 2 deals with everyone! If Scottie does come to him, he’ll totally make the deal (like he did with Brett tonight) and then watch as one of his allies sends Scottie packing again.
What Scottie needs to do is talk to Haleigh and believe her about Level 6 and the control they have over the house. Even if he or Haleigh win HOH and put 2 L6 members on the block, that leaves one of them voting with the other two L6 members, JC and Sam. They’d need to convince two of those people to vote their way, and that seems absolutely insane.
Crazier things have happened in the "Big Brother" house for sure, but we’re not holding out much hope. If they pair up as a duo (which they should) they’d pretty much need to win their way to better numbers and force the other side of the house to turn on their own, which they are totally ready to do. If it happens, it’ll make "Big Brother" very interesting over the next couple of weeks.
Tyler (even) remains atop the heap, even though we don’t know who’s won HOH yet. If Scottie stays true to his plans to try and reconnect, that leaves Haleigh alone in targeting him and she doesn’t have the numbers to follow through on that eviction.
JC (up 1) is thinking really hard about his next move. He started working on Brett to possibly betray Level 6, and his social and mental game has been his strong suit so far. JC is striking at the right time (well, maybe a little late) to try and turn around his fate in this game. If he can survive the implosion of L6, he could be sitting pretty.
Angela (down 1) was painted as a puppet master by Faysal on his way out the door, but it probably won’t stick. Tyler is crushing on her, and she’s proven herself a strong competitor and ruthless player. The only thing that could hurt her is if the rest of the house decides she and Tyler are now the only remaining duo in the house and they need to be broken up. Tyler has Final 2 deals with everyone, so if one of them gets booted, it’ll be Angela.
Kaycee (up 1) is setting herself up nicely as the girl you want to take to the end because no one thinks she’s done enough to win the game. On top of that, she’s not a great speaker, so the odds of her compelling anyone with her words to vote for them is pretty slim. If you want an easy win, she’s one of the best options to be sitting next to.
Haleigh (down 1) needs to hope the return of Scottie shakes up the game and Level 6 just enough to give her some time to scramble. She needs to convince Scottie to work with her again, and with him having a crush on her this shouldn’t be that hard. They then need to somehow convince JC to stop working with L6, and maybe Brett, too. Sam… well, who knows what the hell she’s thinking.
Brett (even) is definitely the odd man out when it comes to Level 6. He doesn’t seem to be as close to any of them as they are to one another. His Final 2 deal with Tyler might make him feel comfortable enough to ride it out until they betray him, but if he wakes up to his situation, he might have time to turn the tides of power and change his fate.
Sam (even) is still in the game because she has no idea what’s going on and she is not a threat to anyone. She might be another candidate to take all the way to the end, but it’s going to be hard to do that without betraying deals and exposing lies and hurting your shot at jury votes, so she might become an easy target on a week when no one wants to be the first to expose their real game.
Scottie (new) is back in the house and, hopefully, ready to not do anything he told Julie he was going to do. Tyler is locked into so many deals it’s likely none of them are real to him. Another one with Scottie would just give Scottie a false sense of security that he doesn’t need. He needs to see the power foursome that is totally half of the house and work to break it up. He’ll probably fail, but it’d be more fun to see him try than waste his second chance.
OVERHEARD IN THE CHECKOUT LANE
"How do I go about keeping myself in the game without hurting [Faysal]. I don’t know how to do this." –Haleigh (you buck up and play "Big Brother")
"I’m definitely going to pursue that relationship outside of this house." –Haleigh (about Faysal … altogether now, "Awwww!")
"I’m gonna set you up so you win. Wait’ll you hear my eviction speech. It’s good, and you shouldn’t be touched for at least two, three weeks after this. Hopefully." –Faysal (with tears in his eyes … so sweet!)
"In relation to Level 6, I’m starting to feel like I’m the fourth man on the totem pole." –Brett (that’s probably about right)
"I’m here for one reason and that’s to win $500,000. So, when it comes down to it, if I have to cut Angela, I’m gonna do it. But, she’s still cute, though." –Tyler
"You’re not gonna convince me to keep Haleigh over anybody in this house." –Tyler (rejecting JC’s proposal to split up Angela and Kaycee next week)
"Guess who’s not as close to Angela and Kaycee? Brett. Brett is going to be my new BFF, a.k.a. Big Dump Puppet." –JC (shifting to Plan B)
"[To the HOH], the first time I realized how spoonfed you’ve been your whole life is when you were bragging about driving a Range Rover and how you wear a fake engagement ring at the grocery store … I’ve never lied to you. [To Sam] When I was HOH she came up to the room and told me to put you up as a replacement nom because all you do is complain. She thought we should just send you home. She told me she was putting you up this week. Obviously, she didn’t. But I asked, what if Tyler or Brett won the veto; what would they do? She said, don’t worry about Brett, I can threaten him into doing whatever I want, and you’ve already seen what I made Tyler do with the veto. Haven’t lied to you guys since I’ve been here. I don’t want y’all going out like that. Your families are watching this on national television. She’s acting like she’s got you by leashes. So just handle that. Straight like that, that’s all I got." –Faysal (trying to blow up Angela’s game in his "save-me" speech)
"First of all, I’m sorry, Scottie!" –Faysal (arriving at the Battle Back competition)
"They’re mine. Rated R for Redemption. Well with Fess being gone– I was actually planning on getting back with him and Haleigh and being like, See you could have trusted me the whole time. But now that he’s gone, I’m gonna probably try to get back with Tyler. I’m gonna resurrect Scyler, that’s what I’m gonna try to do. At least, that’s my thought right now. It could be different when I get back in there." –Scottie (you better hope it’s different, or you’ll be right back out that door)
"Big Brother" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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