Big Brother 11 Episodes

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Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Nominations for eviction are revealed.
Original Air Date: Jul 26, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: July 26, 2009 (Nomination 3) Season 11, Episode 8

With Laura gone and the house (seemingly) united against Ronnie, would new Head of Household Jessie, as Casey said, "send the rat packing"? On the way toward finding out, a little jealousy cropped up among the Jessie-Natalie-Lydia love triangle, another "Have or Have-Not" competition was held and Jordan proved she's always good for a laugh. How did it all go down? Let's find out.

While everyone in the house is hopeful that Operation Evict Ronnie is in full effect, Jessie is quick to tell his cliquemates that he will be making the decision on his own this week and that it will be in his best interest. (I pretty much decided at this point that Ronnie is undoubtedly safe. Ronnie, thanking God after the HOH contest, feels somewhat the same. Glad Kevin caught him saying his prayers, though.) Natalie and Russell seem to be OK with that, and since most of the house believes the plan is to backdoor Ronnie rather than nominate him, Jessie has some time before making his real intentions known.

Michele, however, isn't sure where she stands, since she flipped on the "brains-athletes" alliance. So she visits Jessie for a little suck-up time, but as Jessie notes, she is horrible at it. She basically made no promises to him or offered him anything he could use, nor did she seek any promises from him. (But what's this? Michele is actually getting screen time? Methinks she might be more involved this week than in the two previous.)

Even though Jessie hasn't said he wants to keep Ronnie, Natalie and Russell made it clear that they are more concerned about Casey. (Wait, didn't Russell give Ronnie hell last week? Indeed he did, but it was all a ploy, as Russell made a secret deal with the rat. Guess his sympathy comments to Julie last week might have had some merit.) Even so, Natalie and Russell know they can't force their agenda of Casey too much, since Jessie made it clear he wants to make his own call. What they need is to prove that if Jessie keeps Ronnie, Casey would be coming after him.

Luckily, Casey gives Natalie just what she needs. When Natalie walks in on the middle of a Casey-Jeff-Jordan convo about whether Jessie will stick to the plan, Casey says a bit more about Jessie than he should. He said Jessie's already a big target because he's strong and played the game before, but that pissing off half the house would make him a bigger target. Casey tells Natalie it's not wise to deal with the devil, saying he's got the burns to prove it. When Natalie reports back to Jessie with Casey's "one vote isn't worth losing six" theory, his response is simple: He's not HOH. Also, Jessie finally confirms that Ronnie is cool with him, as he never lied to him. Greeeeaaaat.

Jordan is sick of being a have-not. Slop sucks, her arm gets numb on the hard bed, and she doesn't like cold showers — so much so that she shaves her legs in the backyard with a hose, since the water is warmer. The laughs Lydia has at Jordan's expense were shared in my household. Luckily, Jordan earns her privileges back in the "Have or Have-Not" competition, as she, Kevin and Chima represented their teams in the challenge that required them to throw large ice cubes into the other teams' cups. The team with the most cubes at the end of the competition was the have-nots. The competition had a few laughs (the crashing carts; Jordan putting most of her cubes in her cup) and one annoyance (Jessie's ridiculous Southern accent), but it was pretty uneventful. When the beer foam cleared, the brains were the have-nots. Is it Week 1 all over again?

As if Jessie didn't have enough to deal with this week, he had drama with his lay-deez. Lydia has been getting cozy with Jessie, and he earned even more points for having a picture of a motorcycle in his HOH room. (He probably lost those points by interrupting her speech about "finding angels" to talk about fake eyelashes, tongue piercings and his soft hair. I hope she doesn't think he is an angel.) Anyway, while Jessie and Lydia enjoyed a little snuggle on the couch, Natalie, Chima and Kevin crashed the party. When Lydia gets a drink, Natalie takes her spot close to Jessie, which doesn't sit well.

Later, Lydia tells Natalie she needs to give up her bed since people are still sharing every night and she has yet to ever double up or offer her bed to others. Natalie argues that there are other people who could give their beds up, and she tells Jessie that Lydia only called her out because she is jealous. Natalie goes even further to say that she will not talk to Lydia and that should she win HOH, Lydia would be on the block because she is trying to break Jessie and Natalie up. Hey, we are in high school again! (Seriously, though, I think Natalie stands to get hurt here. I know Jessie likes Natalie as an ally in the game and seems to trust her more than others, but I don't think he has feelings for her the way she might for him. Not that he necessarily has any feelings for Lydia, either, but he did say she was cute, and his relationship with Lydia has been a bit more physical, if you are to believe the blogosphere.)

At the nomination ceremony, Jessie reveals his nominees: Jordan and Michele (screentime = nomination). He gives zero explanation, but does say in the diary room that he picked them because he doesn't expect them to win the veto. His goal is to win the veto himself and use it to backdoor "someone he wants out of the house."

Who do you think Jessie's real target is? Were you shocked by the nominations? How do you feel about Ronnie maybe weaseling himself out of the spotlight this week? Are you on Team Lydia or Team Natalie (or like me on Team Jessie's Lame)? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check back to see who wins the power of veto.

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With Laura gone and the house (seemingly) united against Ronnie, would new Head of Household Jessie, as Casey said, "send the rat packing"? On the way toward finding out, a little jealousy cropped up among the Jessie-Natalie-Lydia love triangle, another "Have or Have-Not" competition was held and Jordan proved she's always good for a laugh. How did it all go down? Let's find out.

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