Big Brother 11 Episodes

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Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The first houseguest is evicted from the compound.
Original Air Date: Jul 16, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: July 16, 2009 (Eviction 1) Season 11, Episode 4

After some last minute scheming and campaigning (and even a little fighting), the houseguests cast their votes to evict the first unlucky soul. Along the way, some alliances were broken, while some remained stronger than viewers (or at least this recapper) ever could have imagined. Who did everyone send packing, and which player became the new head of household? Let's find out?

But first: Eviction night means Julie Chen is in the house. I've said it before, but the Chenbot's pregnant glow just adds to her utter awesomeness. If only she could be on the show more than once a week.

Laid-back surfer dude Braden may be a goofball, but once he found himself on the chopping block, he instantly went on the attack. He (rightly) assumed that Lydia had sold him out to the athletes in order to get herself off the block, which Russell quickly confirms. Of course, Russell has his self-serving goals: to send Braden into a rage and further convince the houseguests to boot him out. And Braden happily obliges. (Like him or hate him, Russell knows how to play the game.)

Braden heads straight to the backyard and thanks Lydia for stabbing him in the back. He then spits out a string of derogatory slams as his parting shot (we only hear bitch and skank, though Lydia later throws in slut in her retelling), which clearly doesn't settle well with Lydia or her off-beat partner Kevin. When Kevin defends Lydia's honor, Braden even throws his drink on Kevin while Jeff watches on from the pool. Jeff finally speaks up, but in Kevin's mind it's too late, and he writes him off for being loyal to Braden after his comments.

Jeff isn't the only friend of Braden's who then comes under scrutiny. Lydia takes the fight to Braden's clique-mate Jordan, attacking her for claiming to be a friend but only crying when Braden was nominated. Jordan explains that she is only sad at the thought of losing a member of her team and insists she has always been a friend to Lydia. Kevin tells Jordan if she remains loyal to Braden after his offensive comments, Kevin can no longer be cool with Jordan.

Instead of ducking and running, however, Jordan decides to stop the yelling and fight back with a little gameplay. She goes to clique-mate Laura and says they need to flip the brains alliance to catch the athletes off guard. They take the notion to Ronnie, who proves to be as two-faced as we had guessed and assures the girls he can get Michele to vote out their own teammate Chima. Casey, however, becomes the all-important swing vote. Will he vote with the new anti-athlete alliance or will he stand by his off-beat pals out of fear to burn Lydia after her confrontation with Braden?

At the eviction ceremony, Casey goes with the plan and votes out Chima, who made a feisty pre-eviciton speech, during which — in the parts that weren't censored — she called Braden a bigot, a racist and a misogynist. (I think she even said he made rude remarks about Chenbot. Whaaa?) Laura, Jordan and Jeff follow Casey's lead, naturally. The remaining athletes and off-beats vote out Braden as expected, making Ronnie's vote ever-important. But instead of voting out Chima as he agreed he would (and as he apparently convinced Michele to do), he notes "he's going to hell" and votes to evict Braden, forcing a tie. What a weasel!

To no one's surprise, Jessie casts the tie-breaking vote and evicts Braden. He tells Julie he isn't surprised by his eviction and that he thinks it was Ronnie, Michele or Casey that sold him out. Julie shocks me by telling Braden it was indeed Ronnie. (I can't wait to ask him about it tomorrow in his evictee interview. P.S. Come back later and read the Q&A!)  The goodbye messages were standard, with Kevin and Lydia being childish, Jordan and Jeff staying true to their friend and Russell (admirably in my mind) saying it wasn't personal, but a move in the game. I still think Russell is a bully, but again, he's playing smart. Even Jessie admits that he's the brain behind the athletes reign this past week.

So, who will be the new HOH? The player's answer questions about which clique America voted would be most likely to do any number of tasks. Each correct answer earns the player who gave it the chance to eliminate another, while a wrong answer sent a player to the sidelines. Laura answered a number of questions correctly, as did Casey, and they quickly picked off the athletes to guarantee they wouldn't rule the house for another week. (I was shocked about how boldly Laura was picking off athletes since she had an "alliance" with them. Guess she made it clear where she stands now.) Unfortunately, Laura eventually answers incorrectly as does Casey, leaving it between Michele and Ronnie. Ronnie answers the last question correctly and becomes the new HOH.

Groan. Maybe the athletes will still be in power, as he obviously was too afraid to cross that alliance to vote out Chima. Or maybe he just made a calculated move on a close vote to keep everyone in the house guessing about who went back on their words. But Braden (and most viewers) see the liar behind the glasses, and I doubt he will be able to keep his trap shut long enough to keep that a secret. In any case, he's safe for this week.

So, what do you think of Braden's eviction? Was Ronnie's double-cross smart or stupid? Who do you think Ronnie will nominate? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check back after nominations for more. (And Big Brother 10 champ Dan is coming back to visit!)

Also, don't forget to vote in our Big Brother Power Rankings! Tell us who you think has the best chance to win right now based on their gameplay and check back next week to see how the order shakes out.

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After some last minute scheming and campaigning (and even a little fighting), the houseguests cast their votes to evict the first unlucky soul. Along the way, some alliances were broken, while some remained stronger than viewers (or at least this recapper) ever could have imagined. Who did everyone send packing, and which player became the new head of household? Let's find out?

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