The third eviction of Big Brother 20 has come and with it comes the end of the great bromance that was Brett and Winston. The two men, who haven’t met a floor exercise they didn’t love, had a brief moment in the sun, only to be taken back down to reality by Scottie. After yesterday’s veto competition didn’t go their way, one is almost certainly going home — short of the unlikely event that Sam uses her Bonus Life power, or the slightly more likely event that Kaitlyn clairvoyantly catches aflame. Will either of these scenarios play out tonight? Probably not, but it’s more fun to think about, right?
As Julie Chen tells us at the top of the show, we’re a third of the way through the game and this is the first moment of real harm for Level Six. Brett and Winston remain on the block, and one is all but certain to be going home. But Winston is confident he’ll be the one staying, as Brett is in hot water with Kaitlyn over his light “vision” jokes in his speech. Rachel, Tyler, and Kaycee assemble and contemplate which of the bros to keep. They see Brett as strong physical competition, while Winston’s attitude and lack of competitive skill are seen as a detriment to the alliance. Haleigh, Rockstar, and Bayleigh muse over who to vote out between “no charisma or talent” Winston and Brett, who Haleigh says “could sell me a car with no engine.” All three end up agreeing that Brett is simply too persuasive a bro to keep around. Sam, the wildest of wild cards with her Bonus Life power, has two big decisions to make: Whom to vote out and whether to use her power. She goes over her options with Kaycee and Rachel, but ultimately is still undecided.
In a break from all the strategizing, we get Rockstar stuck on the climbing wall. Leave it to Kaitlyn to summon her life coaching skills, which she’s gathered from watching The Secret every day before bed, by telling Rockstar to release what she’s ready to let go of in her life — all while she’s gripping the rock wall for dear life. Ultimately, Rockstar frees herself from the wall, leaving Kaitlyn more time to hang onto Tyler, who has seemingly replaced Faysal as her object of affection/obsession. However, Tyler tells the diary room his allegiance is not with the angry sobbing woman, but with Level Six. While Kaitlyn tells the former members of Foute that Tyler will vote with them and get out Brett, he’s feeling stuck between that and following his alliance’s wishes to oust Winston. Speaking of Winston, while he’s telling people he’ll refuse to campaign against Brett, he makes an occasionally sincere pitch to Sam for her to use the power on him. She tells the diary room that using it now could gain her a needed ally, but she’s still not ready to make a commitment.
We get our first hometown package of the season courtesy of Sam’s family in Stuarts Dart, home of the nicest-looking RV camper in the country. Sam’s parents make an immediately kind impression and we get a glimpse of her paintings (nice Angelina Jolie painting on the bed!) and woodwork, all of which fits with the cutesy personality we see on the show. Sam’s brother makes an interesting observation that she may be the closest to Tyler game-wise, but her mom agrees with everyone that telling Kaitlyn about her power was a terrible idea.
As we head into the third eviction vote of the season, Brett tosses up a Hail Mary in his speech by trying to throw Rockstar under the bus for attempting to flip the vote to get him out. This seems to confuse everyone more than anger them, and after a speech by Winston where he compares his bromance to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (maybe in The Internship?), we move onto the eviction vote. The random throw works as Winston is voted out 6 (Kaycee, Rachel, Angela, JC, Tyler, and swing vote Sam) to 5 (Faysal, Kaitlyn, Rockstar, Bayleigh, and Haleigh). But before we can get to Winston’s exit interview, the house explodes into sheer (mostly muted for broadcast television) chaos as Rockstar rips Brett a new one for his speech, saying that while she didn’t succeed in getting him out tonight, his days are still numbered. We also get a brief glimpse of some words shared between Kaitlyn and Tyler, but we ultimately don’t get to hear much of it.
Shocked vessel of anger Winston shares with Julie his feelings of being blindsided by the entirety of Level Six. He says he knew something was up when Rachel pulled the bros aside for goodbyes, but her eyes were completely darted at him. Ultimately he admits that Scottie’s game logic to go after him and Brett actually did make sense, as according to him the two were pulling a lot of the strings in the game. Ummm, are we all watching the same show, because I feel like they won more push-up contests than actual competitions this season. Well, it doesn’t matter because Winston is gone, proving the third evictee truly has the least charm.
It’s time for the next Head of Household competition and it’s our first true endurance competition of the season. “Out on a Limb” sees the houseguests standing on logs to determine their futures in the game; the last one standing is the next HoH. This means we’ll have to wait until Sunday’s episode (or not wait at all and go on the feeds) to see who’s ultimately on top, but not before Julie announces that JC’s controversial N-word comments to Bayleigh earlier this week will also air on Sunday’s episode. As we eavesdrop on the standing houseguests getting pelted by “rain,” this makes me a little apprehensive on how the situation will be represented on the show. While this season has been refreshingly free of the deck stacking of past seasons, this show’s history of ignoring or downplaying bigoted comments from past houseguests is ultimately too big to ignore.