On this episode of Big Brother 12, an eviction split up a showmance for the second week in a row. With lovebirds Brendon and Rachel facing elimination, Brendon continues to attack the other houseguests in hopes of sacrificing himself to keep Rachel in the game. Plus: Ragan the Saboteur carries out his next act of paranoia-spreading sabotage. So, who was evicted? And who is the next head of household? Let's find out.
After Brendon's fiery speech at the power of veto ceremony on Wednesday's episode, Ragan labels him a Neanderthal who picks on smaller people. Britney shares Ragan's sentiments, as she calls Brendon a "disgusting ... idiot spawn of Satan." According to Brendon's diary room session, that's exactly what he wants: to remove the target from the back of Rachel, who Brendon says could be his future wife and mother of his children. Ugh. Rachel, however, thinks Brendon's sacrifice is "the nicest thing anyone will ever do for her" and that he is an "amazing special person." Brendon admits that he is an idiot for being willing to give up a shot at $500,000, but love is more important. Me? I think he is an idiot for being in love with Rachel, money or no money.
Rachel decides to play off Brendon's rampage by pretending she was completely caught off-guard. When she cries and apologizes to Britney for Brendon's behavior, Britney tells Rachel that Brendon picks on people he perceives as weaker, particularly women. She also tells Rachel that she's sad she attached herself to Brendon, because he is a sinking ship. When Rachel tries to earn Ragan's pity as well, he is even more straightforward that Britney. Ragan tells Rachel that she is the common denominator of every fight that has gone down in the house. And then Rachel does what she does best: cry.
Cue Brendon, who takes out his anger on Ragan and Britney. He curses and insults Ragan, whom he accuses of being in an alliance with Matt. When Britney and Ragan just laugh in Brendon's face (and when Britney does her version of the "Neanderthal walk" — Brendon does have on odd gait) he says they better send him home, or he is going to win HOH and watch "all the cockroaches scramble."
The houseguests do consider sending Brendon out in light of his actions, but the Brigade alliance, more confident in its ability to control the house than ever, thinks Rachel is the stronger competitor. Plus: the houseguests think Brendon will be more emotionally affected by Rachel's exit and therefore an easier mark to take out down the line. But Ragan's next act of sabotage is to spread paranoia by suggesting that, despite the houseguests votes, neither Rachel nor Brendon would go home. The house is adequately shaken by the news, but I still think it's crappy that Ragan is getting to carry out his pranks as the Saboteur silhouette on the video screen. Where's the risk if he's not getting his hands dirty?
During their final pleas to the house, Rachel and Brendon profess their love for one another. Ironically, Brendon's former fiancée appears on the show in a package that informs viewers that she's heard all the lines Brendon is feeding to Rachel before. Ultimately, she says, Brendon is an emotional and dramatic guy who tries to change the women he's with into what he wants them to be. (Rachel and Brendon did have that argument about her being too Vegas.) Ultimately, Brendon's ex says she hopes Rachel will see through Brendon's good looks to who he is before it's too late.
Despite Brendon's best efforts (and I think he and Rachel believed he had succeeded), the house unanimously votes to evict Rachel. She tells Julie she's shocked that it was her instead of Brendon, but that she also understands that the house was scared of her as a competitor. Rachel also says she will probably move to L.A. to be with Brendon. Rachel's goodbye messages are relatively tame compared to the hateful messages she has spewed. Only Britney is catty, making fun of Rachel's extensions and her fondness for tequila. And Brendon cries about losing his love. Blah, blah, blah.
(Aside: Julie tells Rachel she may not be through with the house. Was Julie just perpetuating the Saboteur lie, or do you think a player is going to come back into the house?)
Brendon vows to Rachel that he is going to make the houseguests pay, and as the head of household competition starts, he seems on a mission to do just that. The competition requires the houseguests to untangle their ropes from a huge web while sloshing through mud and feathers and occasional downpours. Unfortunately, the competition takes some time, and the show ends before the winner is crowned. But Brendon does look like he's in control.
So, how do you feel about the demise of the "Gruesome Twosome"? Do you think Rachel should have stayed? Is Ragan getting an easy pass as the Saboteur? And who do you think will win the game? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts below.
On this episode of Big Brother 12, an eviction split up a showmance for the second week in a row. With lovebirds Brendon and Rachel facing elimination, Brendon continues to attack the other houseguests in hopes of sacrificing himself to keep Rachel in the game. Plus: Ragan the Saboteur carries out his next act of paranoia-spreading sabotage. So, who was evicted? And who is the next head of household? Let's find out....