Another Thursday night, another player booted from the Big Brother house. The reign of Ronnie the Rat comes to an end as one of the remaining members of the popular clique packs their bags and heads for a one-on-one with the Chenbot. Who went home? What kind of ruckus did the nominees stir up before their possible eviction? And most importantly, who is the new head of household? Let's find out.
I can tell from Julie's "web of lies" intro to tonight's clip package that things may not go so well for Ronnie the Rat. And, of course, they don't. It all starts when Laura makes a (most likely) futile attempt to save herself. After all, "survival comes before friendship," she says. Laura tells Ronnie that Jordan is a threat because she and Jeff are a team. Laura suggests that she can be an ally to Ronnie and that with Jordan gone and Laura promising him safety, that's one less person to come looking for him. Laura also promises she wouldn't nominate Jessie, which Ronnie thinks makes the proposition of sending Jordan home at least worth considering.
He lays out this plan to Lydia and Natalie, who have absolutely none of it. So, to try and sway them further, Ronnie lies and suggests that loose cannon Russell has already gone behind their backs to try to get votes for Laura to stay. Natalie takes this intel to Jessie, who takes it to Russell, who takes it to the whole house in the back yard. Russell blames Laura for lying to Ronnie, but Laura swears it isn't true. When Laura and Russell put Ronnie on the spot, he refuses to answer and comes out looking like the total liar he is. (But it's OK, he's totally fine with how it looks.)
Once the Rat scurries back into his HOH hole, the house continues to talk it out and become more and more sure that Ronnie is lying and manipulating all of them. They storm the house and Ronnie yells down at them from the balcony, calling all of their accusations vicious lies. Russell promises Ronnie his time in the house is nearing an end. Exposed and truly alone in the game, Ronnie barricades himself in his room for days, sobbing at times, and exits only when he needs to go to the diary room, at which time Russell harasses him without end.
Dear Ronnie: Lying and manipulating is a fine way to play the game. In fact, I encourage it. But you can't be so ambitious. Or arrogant. Or downright stupid. As a student of the game, you really should have learned that by now. It also shouldn't have taken this fallout to make you realize that getting rid of Russell was the smartest move to make. Ronnie's only response to Julie is that he has a true alliance with Jessie and Natalie, and that he has more sympathy (five players, really?) than we all might think.
At the eviction ceremony, both Laura and Jordan give tame speeches about how much they love everyone except the rat. The votes come in, and it's clear early on that Laura will be going home. What's this? Natalie throws Laura a sympathy vote. I assume it's nothing more, or at least not a Ronnie move to stir up debate in the house. (Also, Jeff and Jessie totally high-fived in the hall outside the diary room. I know the athlete's bad blood was mostly with Russell and Natalie against Jeff, but have these two bonded separately or secretly?) Ultimately, Laura is evicted 8-1.
She says Ronnie saw her as an easier target than Russell and that she felt she was always his target because Ronnie knew she was on to him. She's pretty much spot on, but Ronnie gets one last dig at her, saying she suffers from diarrhea of the mouth. I actually don't disagree, but coming from the man who can't stop his lies to save himself in the game, it means nothing. (Also, I really don't care much for Kevin after his goodbye message, especially since he's proven to be pretty useless in the house.)
The HOH competition was a pretty straightforward game that was at least 50 percent luck. Contestants launched balls into a honeycomb with each layer of receptacles representing different points. The person who lands in the highest zone wins. Jessie sets the bar high and no one tops him except Jeff, who ties with Jessie. In the tiebreaker, Jessie squeaks by after Jeff's shot rims out, and Jessie becomes HOH for the second time in three weeks. Great.
Are you glad Laura went home? Can you stand Jessie for another week? Who do you think will be nominated (besides Ronnie)? Did you feel bad for the Rat at all when he was crying? Share all your thoughts below (and drop some questions you'd like me to ask Laura). And don't forget to vote in our Power Rankings poll.
See you back here after nominations!
Another Thursday night, another player booted from the Big Brother
house. The reign of Ronnie the Rat comes to an end as one of the remaining members of the popular clique packs their bags and heads for a one-on-one with the Chenbot. Who went home? What kind of ruckus did the nominees stir up before their possible eviction? And most importantly, who is the new head of household? Let's find out.