After a couple weeks of petty fights and lots of Rachel's tears, the episode finally gets down to some good strategic gameplay. Of course, that's not good news for at least one player, who's underhanded scheming may have just blown up in her face. Either way, it seems that Brendon, Rachel, Jeff and Jordan may be more tightly bonded than ever before, which couldn't be further from what I expected at this point a week ago. So, what went down? Let's find out.
But first... I have to say how stupid I think it is that Rachel and Brendon nominated Dominic and Adam in the first place. Not only are Lawon and Kalia totally floaters (which Rachel despises), but she and Brendon fought to keep Dom a week ago and boot Cassi instead. Now he's chopped liver? Ugh.
Hilariously, both Adam and Dom feel particularly safe on the block because they both have cut deals with Brendon and Rachel. What will that mean come veto competition time, if both men believe they are only pawns. That question perhaps answers itself when Rachel tells both Adam and Dom that this week isn't about the nominations, it's about what happens after the veto. She encourages them to play hard to save themselves.
Feeling less than certain about his deal, Dominic call on Daniele to work her magic on Rachel. Daniele tells Rachel that it's time to make a big move in the game. Daniele suggests that Rachel backdoor Jeff because the whole house would support that move. Rachel is uncertain, so, while soaking in the bubble bath with Brendon, she decides that even though Jeff and Jordan may not be targeting her and Brendon, they also may not be looking to work with them in the long run. (All of this, of course, is still based on the stupid luxury competition where Jordan chose Shelly and Kalia. Honestly, is spending time with the Hoff really that much of a prize?)
Even though they haven't made up their minds, Brendon and Rachel still want to make sure that they have control of the nominations after the veto. So when Dom comes to check in on their previous deal, they ask him to throw the vet competition. He happily agrees, though in the diary room vows that he is only playing along until he can "shank them in the back in three weeks." The truth is, If he keeps throwing veto competitions, he won't be around in three weeks!
And Daniele knows it! She gets a little testy with Rachel when she finds out that they asked Dom to throw the veto. She again insists that backdooring Jeff is the way to go to. Meanwhile, Jeff begins to notice just how much Dom and Daniele are hanging out. He feels something isn't right, but Jordan wonders if they shouldn't keep Dom and Daniele and team with them in picking off Brendon and Rachel. That sounds like a good plan, but Jeff doesn't trust Daniele enough. Luckily for Jeff and Jordan, they are chosen at random to join Brenchel and Adam and Dominic in the veto competition, so they will at least have a chance to perhaps win some extra protection.
The veto features a very large, hairy-legged woman in a bathtub of soap suds. Each hair contains a letter. Players must grab as many letters/hairs as they can in the allotted time, with the ultimate goal of (correctly!) spelling the longest word. Big Brother fans will remember that in a similar competition during Season 11, Jeff decided to spell the made up word "technotronics." Needless to say, he's looking for a little redemption.
Rachel chokes on bubbles while Jordan just wants to play in them, ultimately, the players break down as follows:
--Jordan spells LITTLE
--Dominic spells STANDINGS, which beats Jordan, and also infuriates Brendon. (Who spells a nine-letter word when they're trying to throw the competition?" Brendon reasons.)
--Adam ties Dominic with FRACTIONS, but because he spelled his word faster, he takes the lead.
--Rachel would have taken the lead with MOISTURIZING had she not spelled it" MOUISTURIZING."
--Jeff earns some redemption spelling EXPRESSES. He ties with Adam for length, but takes the lead for spelling faster.
--But Brendon is the winner for spelling UNDERSTANDING. So he earns the power of veto.
With the veto now secure, Rachel asks Daniele what she thinks about backdooring Lawon. Daniele freaks out, telling Rachel that Dominic has done everything they've asked of him. Why wouldn't Rachel want to keep someone who is already in her pocket, Daniele wonders. Meanwhile, Dom, who is feeling uneasy, tries to ascertain whether he has enough newbie votes to stay in the house if Brendon leaves the nominations the same. Dominic tells Shelly he trusts her, and if he stays, he wants to team with her and Daniele to break up Jeff and Jordan.
Too bad for Dom that Shelly is BFFs with Jordan, who Shelly quickly runs and tells. Jordan takes this news to Rachel and Brendon, who officially decide that Daniele is no longer to be trusted. They decide that she's looking to make a new partner in Dom, because once the veterans alliance begins to split, both Brenchel and Jeff and Jordan have each other. Rachel says Daniele is in the best position in the house.
Brendon decides to have a heart-to-heart with Jeff. Brendon informs Jeff that Daniele is raising an army while she's pitting the two veteran couples against one another. They both agree that she's waiting for one couple to go before trying to then team up with them. Despite all their differences last week, Brendon swears that he and Rachel have Jeff and Jordan's back. Jordan returns that promise, and the duo vows to boot Dominic and then target Daniele once her golden key power is null and void.
Which pretty much means the veto ceremony is a formality. Brendon doesn't use the power of veto, which means either Adam or Dominic is going home tomorrow. So, who do you think it will be? Do you think Daniele was playing too hard too early? Do you really think Brendon and Rachel want to go to the final four with Jeff and Jordan? Share all your thoughts in the comments below!
After a couple weeks of petty fights and lots of Rachel's tears, the episode finally gets down to some good strategic gameplay. Of course, that's not good news for at least one player, who's underhanded scheming may have just blown up in her face. Either way, it seems that Brendon, Rachel, Jeff and Jordan may be more tightly bonded than ever before, which couldn't be further from what I expected at this point a week ago. So, what went down? Let's find out....