In this episode of Big Brother, the games finally begin. Deals are being made, lies are being spread and the paranoia is more rampant than ever. After nominating Brendon and Rachel for eviction, head of household Hayden and his "Brigade" alliance members instantly begin brainstorming their next move should one of the nominees win power of veto (POV). But Hayden quickly learns there's at least one person in the house he can't trust with secrets. Plus: The Saboteur strikes again, this time dropping a bombshell. So, how does the POV competition affect Hayden's nominations? Let's find out!
The post-nomination diary room sessions clearly reveal that Brendon is Hayden's No. 1 target, a fact of which Brendon is fully aware. Rachel, however, feels blindsided by her nomination, even though her relationship with Brendon made her an easy target. Annie wants to console her friends, but she also realizes she should keep some distance as to not appear to be too close to the current targets for eviction.
Too late! Enzo walks in during the group's pow-wow and instantly reports back to Hayden that he thinks Brendon, Rachel and Annie are in an alliance. And while Hayden seems interested in possibly back-dooring Annie if Brendon wins the POV, Enzo argues to put Kathy up as a pawn, thus ensuring that Rachel goes home and eliminating at least one-half of the house's love connection. And Brendon and Rachel don't shy away from rubbing their relationship in everyone's faces with a lengthy makeout session in the hammock.
Brendon decides to lay his cards on the table with Hayden. He lets him know that if he comes off the block, he will most definitely be gunning for Hayden. Hayden's only chance to protect himself is to remove Brendon should Hayden win the POV. Brendon tries to sweeten the deal by suggesting that Hayden, Brendon and Annie form a "Final 3" alliance, but given Enzo's earlier warnings, Hayden thinks everything is a bit fishy. Still, Hayden refuses to even tell Brendon what he wants to hear before the veto competition. Hayden insists that he will leave the nominations as they are if he wins the veto. Game on!
For the veto competition, the nominees, Hayden and three houseguests drawn from the hat — Enzo, Andrew and Monet — compete in "Cinco de Mayo," which requires each player to smash as many rotten-mayonnaise-filled piñatas as possible to collect a bunch of letters. The players then use the letters to spell out the word of their choice, and the player with the longest correctly spelled word wins the power of veto. (I laughed when self-proclaimed smartypants Rachel called the competition a piñata siesta. Who was taking a nap?)
Hayden, Rachel and Enzo chose their words and then sought out the letters they needed. Andrew, Brendon and Monet, however, just grabbed as many letters as possible and then made the word, which was clearly the smarter of the strategies. At the end of the competition (and after the onlooking housegests were splashed with all the nasty mayonnaise flying from the piñatas), the players revealed their words. Hayden abandoned his chosen word, JOURNEYMAN, to spell POSSIBLE, which was longer than Enzo's FACTORY. Rachel beat both of them with CHEMISTRY and remained in the lead until Brendon busted out UNDERSTANDING, easily defeating Monet's CHEATERS and Andrew's misspelled (purposefully, he claims) PASTUERIZED. So, Brendon wins the power of veto.
The Brigade gathers to regroup now that they're certain they will have to name a replacement nominee for Brendon. Although Enzo still thinks putting up Kathy as a way to eliminate Rachel is the way to go, Matt makes him see that booting Annie is a power move that needs to happen now. Hayden buys that, but Lane also notes that if Annie goes, Rachel and Brendon will still be in the house, getting each other's backs in every competition. Looking for some perspective, Hayden asks Britney what she thinks about Annie as a nominee. Though Britney agrees to keep quiet, she runs straight to Annie to tell her that Hayden thinks she's in an alliance with Brendon and Rachel.
Annie insists to Hayden that she is not in an alliance, and she believes that Monet and Britney are only trying to stir up trouble. That's too bad for Britney, who says she told Annie only to earn a little bit of her trust, as Britney remains a free agent in the house for now. Clearly, that didn't work, because when Hayden nominates Annie in Brendon's place, Annie quickly blames Britney, whose lies she believes "weave evil webs."
Meanwhile, the Saboteur pops up to tell the houseguests that two players in the house are lifelong friends. The paranoia goes into overdrive as people suggest possible pairs. Some suggest Brendon and Kristen, while Andrew thinks Matt and Ragan are gay lovers. Hayden even thinks Kathy and Britney are mother and daughter. (Hey, I could see it!) But, I also believe the Saboteur could just be telling lies, since the name of the game is just to create trouble.
So, who do you think will go home: Rachel or Annie? Do you believe the Saboteur? If so, who do you think are lifelong friends? Any final guesses about who the Saboteur is? We'll find that out as well as evict the first houseguest Thursday night. Until then, share your thoughts in the comments below!
In this episode of Big Brother, the games finally begin. Deals are being made, lies are being spread and the paranoia is more rampant than ever. After nominating Brendon and Rachel for eviction, head of household Hayden and his "Brigade" alliance members instantly begin brainstorming their next move should one of the nominees win power of veto (POV). But Hayden quickly learns there's at least one person in the house he can't trust with secrets. Plus: The Saboteur strikes again, this time dropping a bombshell. So, how does the POV competition affect Hayden's nominations? Let's find out...