Julie Chen said it best at the top of the hour when she declared that the past would come back to haunt Level Six, and with one of their rivals guaranteed to be back before the night’s through, the only certainty is uncertainty.
In the aftermath of the veto meeting, Faysal and Haleigh’s fates are all but sealed. While Haleigh is looking out for her future and broadening her horizons within the house, all Fessy seems to be doing is panicking about their relationship after the game. She reassures him that their bond is real, but all Fessy can bring up is how ticked he is that she’s hanging out with the others. Haleigh looks emotionally spent when she talks in the diary room about how she’s never wanted to hurt him, but it just ends up magnifying the whole dysfunction of their relationship. Whenever Haleigh would bring accurate game observations, Fessy would ignore it and dwell on whatever insecurities or wrongs he’d felt. Things turn slightly more optimistic when she brings up the possibility of a battle-back; Fessy believes it’s between him and Scottie if that happens.
In the HoH room, Brett makes a final two pitch to Tyler, believing that he’s the outsider of Level Six. He says in the diary room that as the numbers dwindle in the house, Level Six will have to start making tough decisions and likely turn on one another. Tyler immediately buys into it, bringing the number of final two deals he’s in to four (JC, Kaycee, Sam, and now Brett). Trapped between these four deals, Tyler may have just alliance’d himself into quite a dilemma. Which bridges will he have to burn to make it to the end? That’s still a ways away, but when Brett asks Tyler if his potential showmance with Angela could factor into things, he brushes it off and tells the diary room that his ultimate goal is winning the $500,000 and if that means cutting her off, so be it.
Firmly on the outside looking in, JC decides now is the time to make big game plays. He makes a pitch to Tyler hoping to target Kaycee and Angela next, but he just rambles and rambles on about why and how they need to go. Big, big mistake. Tyler immediately shuts it down, saying it’s too risky to keep Haleigh around instead of his alliance-mates. Not taking no for an answer, JC makes the same pitch to Brett (who JC declares his next “big dumb puppet” in the diary room). Brett seems a bit more receptive to the idea of targeting Kaycee and Angela. He also brings up the possibility of a battle-back, saying that whoever comes back into the game could also be a number for their plan. Nothing is set in stone, but it’ll be interesting to see if this ends up being how Level Six falls apart from the inside.
It’s time for the live eviction and the nominee’s speeches — and Faysal goes all in. He throws Angela under the bus immediately, telling her that she’s “not all that,” telling the group about her Sam smack-talk, and how she bragged about controlling Brett and Tyler. Fessy tells them both not to act like she has leashes on them because their families are watching. How he managed to squeeze all this into over a minute is beyond me. Haleigh, on the other hand, goes the nice route by thanking God and the rest of the houseguests for a great summer. To no one’s surprise, Fessy is evicted by a vote of 4-1 (with Sam being the lone vote to remove Haleigh).
When Julie grills him about his speech, Fessy admits to some embellishments but says he did it all to stir things up in the house and get some revenge on Angela for going back on her word. Asked what his worst move was this season, he again says it was evicting Scottie, explaining that he just couldn’t trust him. After being treated to a long, tearful goodbye message of Haleigh, Julie asks Faysal how he’d switch up his game if he got back into the house. Of course, this is all one big tease. She soon reveals that the battle-back is coming tonight and that either Faysal, Rockstar, Scottie, or Bayleigh will win their way back into the game.
But there is a catch; the houseguests won’t get a glimpse of the competition and won’t know who’s back until he or she officially returns. Haleigh is in shock while the Level Six-ers remain stonefaced. No matter who comes back, their game just got a little bit harder. After all this, we get our first look at the happenings in the jury house.
Bayleigh is interrupted from her yoga retreat by Rockstar; the two hug it out and commiserate over watching Rockstar’s unlucky week. When Bayleigh sees footage of the OTEV competition and Rockstar’s epic flub, she’s in utter shock. “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” is about all she can muster up between gasps and head-grabbing. A week passes by and Scottie is the third jury member to join in. This is where all the fun starts. As the three watch how Scottie’s road to the jury began, he finds out via Bayleigh that Fessleigh was very real and that he was very dumb for admitting his crush on Haleigh. The awkwardness quickly turns back into laughs as they all agree that Rockstar’s eviction was still the worst way to go out, failed crushes and screaming matches notwithstanding. I really hope we get at least one jury house episode this season. As the house numbers dwindle to the point where three weekly episodes turn into an ordeal, a sunny respite from all the awkward drama would be nice.
We join our three jurors in the backyard as the fourth competitor is revealed to them: Fessy. The first words out of his mouth are an apology to Scottie and an acknowledgment that he’s been one big moron. It’s only been 10 minutes out of the house and he’s already grown 10 times more self-aware. The Jury Battle-Back competition, “Big Top Drop,” sees our four jurors race to retrieve individual colored balls one by one from a spinning contraption. The first juror to collect four balls into their respective tube and buzz in at the other side of the yard is back in the game. All four are in a mad dash to win, but it’s Scottie who is the first to four and is officially back in the Big Brother house. As he’s waiting at the door to re-enter, Scottie says he’s going to look to align himself with Tyler and get Angela out. Let’s see if he wises up to their showmance quicker than he did Fessy and Haleigh. While his current plans aren’t the most logical at the moment, Scottie’s return brings the potential for some really good TV. No one was certain where he stood during his first stint in the game (and his chaotic final week only added to the discord), so it’ll be interesting to see if he can manage his way through the house with Level Six only growing stronger. Sunday’s episode should give us a clearer picture of what his return will mean to everyone’s game, especially as we’ll see the HoH competition on Sunday as well. Can Scottie go from jury member to HoH in the span of a couple of hours?