Big Brother 12 Episodes

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Big Brother 12 Episode: "Big Brother 12"

Season 12, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Nominations for eviction are revealed.
Original Air Date: Aug 22, 2010

Big Brother 12 Episode Recap: Veto Competition/Ceremony 7 Season 12, Episode 20

Lies? Selfishness? Betrayal? Those are all important components of a good season of Big Brother, and Wednesday's episode delivered all of them. After the veto competition provided safety for one nominee, every member of the house made plays to influence Britney's decision for the replacement nominee. Plus: Pandora's Box once again brought a familiar face into the house and one of this season's strongest bonds was tested. So, who won the veto? And which houseguests face the threat of eviction Thursday? Let's find out.

After Britney nominates Enzo and Brendon — saying that Enzo is just a pawn — Brendon is furious that Britney chose not to honor the deal she made last week to avoid being nominated by Brendon. His chosen method of coping: putting on a sleeping mask and crying while he talks to Rachel in his head. He tells his dearly departed how hard it is to play the game when the whole house is against you. (She knows, dude.) And then he pumps himself up, promising Rachel he will overcome. He's so excited, he tells Enzo that Britney is a lying whore, which makes Enzo question whether Britney's promise that Enzo is just a pawn is any good. "Britney's word is kind of like mud," Enzo says in the diary room.

Hayden and Enzo decide that this is the week to make a power move in the house, and they both think taking Matt out now is a good idea. Lane pitches the idea to Britney, who is concerned that they are already thinking of whom to back-door rather than being focused on keeping Brendon from winning the power of veto. Britney stresses that Brendon is her target, and she won't entertain thoughts of sending Matt home until she sees how the veto shakes out. (In fact, when Britney gets to choose a houseguest to play in the veto competition, she chooses Matt, because she thinks he is committed to getting Brendon out and will fight hard to make sure he doesn't win the veto.)

Unfortunately, there isn't much of a competition this week. The veto game takes place in the "BB Zoo," and all of the houseguests are put in individual cages. Unable to see their fellow houseguests, the players are offered a series of 10 punishments or prizes. The first person to buzz in each round win the prize/punishment, but no one can see what each houseguest chooses. (And at the end, only those taking punishments are revealed) Each prize taken subtracts points from a houseguest's veto score, while every punishment adds points. The person with most points at the end of the game wins.

Enzo, badly wanting the veto, volunteers to wear a penguin costume for a week and to give all of his clothes to charity, two of the biggest point-earning punishments. Meanwhile, Hayden cashes in, winning a Hawaiian vacation for two and $5,000, and Lane takes a call from home. Brendon, however, is the big winner, as he volunteers to shave his head, eat nothing but Big Brother slop for the rest of the summer, be handcuffed to another houseguest for 24 hours, and take a chum bath once an hour for 24 hours. (Unfortunately for Britney, Brendon chooses to be handcuffed to her, and that 24 hours coincides with the chum baths, so Britney gets a front-row seat to Brendon's repeated dips in fish guts.)

Britney, who was already suspicious that people were thinking more about sending Matt home than evicting Brendon, is livid that people took prizes, basically forfeiting any chance of beating Brendon. While Lane confesses that he took the call from home, he tells Britney that Matt took the other prizes. (Lane is wrong, of course, because Hayden didn't tell him otherwise.) A teary-eyed Britney promises to consider everyone as a replacement nominee, but Lane works his Southern charm, making her see this as an opportunity to get rid of Matt, a strong competitor. Lane also sweetens the deal by promising to protect Britney from Brendon next week, when she assumes he will be gunning for her.

When Britney tells Matt that she is considering putting him up as a replacement nominee, he immediately gets defensive. Britney says she won't put up Lane because of their friendship and that it isn't fair to nominate Ragan, who didn't get to compete for a chance to save himself. That leaves only Matt and Hayden, and Matt instantly begins to try to persuade Britney to consider Ragan, his closest ally. Matt even asks the Brigade members to tell Britney the same thing, and they agree. Of course, secretly, the Brigade has already betrayed Matt, so they continue to tell Britney to put up Matt. Lane also again confirms that while he likes Britney, his allegiance is to the Brigade, and he will manipulate her in any way he can to get what he wants.

Britney gets a little break from the pressure when she walks into the Head of Household bedroom to find Pandora's Box. She finds a letter that says by opening the box, Britney will receive an hour's worth of advice from a former houseguest. She takes the temptation, but unfortunately, she is greeted by Jessie, "Mr. Pec-tactular" himself, who is there to offer her "advice" on her physique. While the two-time Big Brother loser and wannabe professional wrestler makes her lift weights for an hour, the other houseguests are treated to a tiki party in the backyard. Sorry, Brit.

As the veto ceremony draws closer, Britney reasons that if Matt would turn on Ragan as quickly as he did, how can she trust him in the future. Britney tells Ragan her predicament, hoping to keep Ragan's trust down the line, even if she nominates his ally. When he argues that he will be the next one gone if Matt leaves, Britney also lets it slip that people are throwing Ragan under the bus. Ragan takes it all in, but he fears that Matt's eviction will eventually haunt both him and Britney in the near future.

However, moments before the veto ceremony, Ragan asks Britney point-blank if Matt threw him under the bus, and she tells him that he did. So, when Brendon saves himself at the veto ceremony and Britney does nominate Matt as a replacement, Ragan isn't nearly the sobbing mess that he was a week ago. "Two hours ago I would have been devastated," Ragan says in the diary room. "Matt, I would have fallen on my sword for you, but you are just stabbing me in the back."

So, what do you think of Matt being nominated? Do you think he has any chance to survive tomorrow night's (double!) eviction? Were you shocked that he betrayed Ragan? And did you enjoy seeing Brendon receive all his punishments? Share your thoughts below. 

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Lies? Selfishness? Betrayal? Those are all important components of a good season of Big Brother, and Wednesday's episode delivered all of them. After the veto competition provided safety for one nominee, every member of the house made plays to influence Britney's decision for the replacement nominee. Plus: Pandora's Box once again brought a familiar face into the house and one of this season's strongest bonds was tested. So, who won the veto? And which houseguests face the threat of eviction Thursday? Let's find out. read more

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