A bad Big Brother double eviction will allow a dominant force in the house to continue its reign. A good double eviction will ruffle a few feathers and maybe call a houseguest or two to action. But a great eviction will send everyone running for the hills, breaking some ties and shoring up others.
You can never really know how a double eviction’s effect will be felt until the episodes following, but if tonight’s episode was any indication, it helped solidify what sides of the house the remaining contestants are staying loyal to—and forced some of them to actually be part of the game for the first time.
Speaking of, welcome to the game of Big Brother, Steve! It’s nice to finally have you join the rest of us on the actual cameras. Steve is reeling after his short-lived rule as Head of Household that sent Jackie packing. He wanted to lose the competition, and he’s beating himself up for ruining his strategy of being essentially visible. But the move actually earned Steve some allies because he, well, did something.
Crying in the bedroom, Liz, Julia, and Vanessa all comfort Steve, consoling him that he shouldn’t feel nearly as bad as he does. They want to keep him safe as thanks for forcing one of their enemies out of the house with a blindside nomination, but Steve can’t stop blubbering. They decide to give him some space.
And then the real Steve comes out, the game-playing Steve. The waterworks are cut off, a hard stop on his internal sprinkler system, as he turns to the camera and declares that about half of that performance was just that—performance. He may have cackled manically while petting a hairless cat, I’m not sure—I was in too much shock to fully comprehend the scene.
So it seems Steve has found a side of the house to align with, even if he’s previously been friends with Johnny Mac and Vanessa. He smartly plays both sides of the house, explaining to Meg that he nominated Jackie because of intel from someone that he was her target. That someone was Vanessa, only sewing the seeds of mistrust further on that side of the house, and giving them a target that is decidedly not Steve.
As one player rises, however, it seems the Big Brother gods—or producers—declare that one must also fall. Tonight not only featured the ascent of Steve but the continued descent of Vanessa.
But first, an emoji-branded HoH competition must be held. Players are paired into a tournament bracket system, as each pair faces off by looking at a wall of emojis and answering a question based on the random assortment. Whoever buzzes in first moves onto the next round.
It truly comes down to the two sides of the house as Liz and Johnny Mac end up in the final round together. On one side, you have the remains of the Sixth Sense alliance (Vanessa, Austin, Liz, and Julia) with Steve, and on the other sits “Three powerhouses and Meg,” a.k.a. James, Johnny Mac, Becky… and Meg.
Unfortunately for the powerhouses, Liz answers correctly, assuming the HoH throne and putting an entire half of the house on alert. But does that mean there can’t be a little Romeo & Juliet-esque showmance brewing between the two sides?
NEXT: It’s guy love, that’s all it is.