Big Brother 11 Episodes

2009, TV Show

Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: Another houseguest is evicted from the compound. Julie Chen hosts.
Original Air Date: Aug 27, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: August 27, 2009 (Eviction 7) Season 11, Episode 22

With Jeff's plan to backdoor Russell in full effect, we were all waiting to see just how much of an explosion Russell would have. And he didn't disappoint, delivering what was probably his biggest blowup of an already volatile season. But he got a rise out of one houseguest that was completely unexpected for me. Would his last desperate attempts to stay in the game be successful? Or would all his shouting seal his fate even further? Let's find out.

Russell's immediate reaction to his nomination was the calm before the storm. Whereas Kevin and Natalie were doing a happy dance in the storage room, Russell very much appeared to be a ticking time bomb. Before he went off, however, there was a semi-tender moment with Michele. He told her he hopes she wins, and even though Michele doesn't "like Russell 100 percent," she tears up at the prospect of losing her recent partner. Russell even said he feels like he let Michele down.

Jeff finally decides to "face the music" and "weirdness," by confronting Russell about what he's thinking in the back yard. Jeff leads with how Russell should admit that Jeff just made a smart move in the game. (The fact that Natalie and Kevin are all ready to betray Jeff may prove otherwise, but even If they do put Jeff up, I think he had to try and get Russell out this week.) Russell obviously doesn't think Jeff is smart...or tough. He tells Jeff he hopes he wins, because if he comes into the jury house he will "mop his face up and down." Like their first fight this season, it quickly turns into a lot of caveman grunts and groans (Me so tough! No, me so tougher!). Jeff doesn't back down, throwing out his own threats. He says he would give up the $500,000 to "bust [Russell] in the mouth" for talking to him the way he did. Jordan gets involved, and Russell says Jeff is letting a girl fight his battles. Jordan basically ends everything by telling Russell he's just mad that he's going home. Jeff says he should man up and know when he got beat.

Meanwhile, Russell makes a play at staying. During a game of pool with Kevin, he tries to convince him to vote out Natalie, because he thinks he already has Michele's vote. He says Kevin will then have a teammate in trying to get out Jeff and the blood will be on Russell's hands, not Kevin's. (He also insults Kevin in a way, suggesting that no one else can take Jeff out but him.) Kevin seems to be considering the offer.

On possibly his last day, Russell decides to try again to get under Jeff's skin, hoping Jeff will say something that turns the house against him. He goes to all the classics: technotronics, America feeling sorry for Jeff and giving him the coup d'état, and the fact that Jeff will put everyone up, despite what he says. Jeff doesn't bite (he really is the only adult in the house), but Jordan, after being called fat by Russell, springs into action. She gets in Russell's face and even bumps up against him. Jeff is upset that she would lose control and risk going home, and calms her down as Russell continues to taunt her about eating cookie dough. (Classy!)

In the jury house, Jessie is "tanned and jacked" (yes, he said it twice), and learns from a goodie basket that Lydia isn't so enamored with him anymore. Of course, she then shows up, but there are no fireworks like she promised. She punches him a few times, but she's clearly still got a thing for him. She tells him what happened to Chima, and shows him the DVD. Jessie realizes that Jeff is the "new cowboy in town," and says he might even have to vote for him if he is in the final 2. (Also, nice spandex pants, Jessie. I hope Vince McMahon was watching.)

In his HOH room, Jeff tells Julie that he had to make his move against Russell this week, and that he thinks it will be the move that makes his game. He knows it gives him an advantage, but it also makes him a target. He seems to be suspicious that Kevin and Natalie might have lied to him, but as he correctly notes, they can't evict him if he wins the power of veto, so he controls his own destiny. (I've always said you have to win competitions to win the game. He has won several, and if he can continue to win, he deserves to stay and possibly win. I appreciate that he took the chance with Russell and put all the pressure to win and compete on his own shoulders.)

In the living room, Natalie's plea speech basically suggests that the vote is assured to send Russell out. So, Russell takes the chance to clear the air, and classily tells everyone how much he enjoyed his time with them and wished them all luck. (I get that he tried to play the game like past greats and only used his temper to mess with people, but I am not sure that one speech can undo all he did.)

Not surprisingly, Russell is evicted by a 3-0 vote. Michele apologizes to Russell in her goodbye video for not sticking up for him this week, but she had to keep her distance for fear of going out the door. Even though Jeff gave Russell props on his classy exit, he and Jordan obviously didn't feel that way in their goodbye messages, but of course, Russell may have turned on the charm for the cameras. He tells Julie It's all part of the game and he hope people see that.

The HOH competition gets underway, and it's basically an endurance match. The houseguests have to run or walk at least 4 miles back and forth to fill a 16 gallon bowl with liquid chocolate using only an 8 ounce cup. Of course, the ground is slippery and it's raining chocolate on them as well. As the show ends, Jordan seems to be winded, Natalie is taking It slow and steady and it looks like it will come down to Michele and Kevin.

Who do you want to win HOH? Are you glad to see Russell go? Still think Jeff made a bad move? Who do you think will be nominated? Share your thoughts below, vote in our power rankings poll and check back after nominations.

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With Jeff's plan to backdoor Russell in full effect, we were all waiting to see just how much of an explosion Russell would have. And he didn't disappoint, delivering what was probably his biggest blowup of an already volatile season. But he got a rise out of one houseguest that was completely unexpected for me. Would his last desperate attempts to stay in the game be successful? Or would all his shouting seal his fate even further? Let's find out.

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Premiered: July 09, 2009, on CBS
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Premise: Strangers living together in a camera-filled house attempt to win $500,000 by being the last one standing after three months of confinement in the eleventh version of the reality series.

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