By Jessica Shaw
July 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT


The pleasantries are over and the game is on. We’ve got our first serious alliance, known as “The Brigade,” which is comprised of The Beast (Lane), The Animal (Hayden), The Brains (Matt), and, inexplicably, Meow Meow (Enzo). How long before Matt’s claim that they’re “the strongest alliance in Big Brother history” comes back to haunt him? I give it two weeks. (SPOILER ALERT: Stop here if you haven’t seen the episode and don’t want to know anything about what happened.)

Meanwhile, HOH Hayden decided to nominate the combustible couple Brendon and Rachel for eviction. Not a bad move, I must admit. Brendon, aside from being somewhat obsessed with brushing his teeth (who thinks of that during a blackout?), is a tough competitor unafraid of baring his butt (damn you, blurring machine!) in a pit of caramel to get a challenge done. On the opposite end of that spectrum has got to be Kathy, who simply lay in the sticky situation for 20 minutes waiting to be rescued into a week of slop and cold showers. To make matters worse, I thought she was going to burst out crying when she saw she’d be sleeping with some little bugs. Yes, they’re gross, but you’re a cop! Would any of you want Kathy guarding your city? Why does Enzo wear sunglasses indoors? Should Brendon go home? And do you love Ragan half as much as I already do? Discuss!

Julie Chen hosts as the houseguests battle it out.
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