Da'Vonne attempts to save herself from eviction while the twin twist is uncovered in the process.
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Is the Big Brother house filled with cowards, or simply people wanting to evict someone they don’t trust or think will further the game? That’s the question on hand for tonight’s eviction episode, but, sadly for Da’Vonne, the answer doesn’t much matter, as either way she’s the one sent packing.

But Mama Da’ does not go quietly into that good night. No she rages, rages on against those in the house she deems coward, using every trick and BB Takeover power in the book to keep her place in the house. That power is Kathy Griffin’s Last Laugh, which she informs the houseguests will grant whoever has it the ability to nullify three votes on eviction night.

A magical telephone booth appears in the living room. But it’s not there to travel through time, take the houseguests to the Ministry of Magic, or hold Colin Farrell hostage. Instead, Kathy Griffin(‘s assistant) has placed it there to offer players the chance of winning The Last Laugh. While we know it’s the seventh call that holds the Last Laugh, Griffin withholds that information from the houseguests.

One person who will certainly not win the power? James, who doesn’t even know what the booth is called despite the word “phone” being written in all capital letters near its top. Da’Vonne is determined to win, even willing to further infuriate Clay to do so.

Clay declares to the house that seven is his number. So which call does Da’Vonne answer? Why, the seventh, of course. Clay storms off to cry about it to Shelli like a third grader with a bruised ego—I swear he was sipping on a juice box while saying “But it was MY call”—and even if he doesn’t know it, he has good reason to be upset. Da’Vonne has the power, and will have to choose three houseguests who she knows will vote against her no matter how much she pledges allegiance to her competitors.

But that’s not the only task at hand for the eviction nominee. She has to rally the nonexistent troops, convincing houseguests that she’s worth keeping. When confronted, Vanessa says she’ll vote to keep her. So does John. And so does Audrey, who wants to make the enemy of her enemy her friend and partner with Da’Vonne.

Even Liz/Julia promises to protect Da’Vonne… after a little coercion. Da’Vonne suspects the twin twist is in full effect, telling her closest confidant Jason about her suspicions. (They divide the two by nice and mean, fat and skinny, hard-working and lazy because sadly being vain in this case actually helps in determining the twist.) They then tell another group of houseguests before Da’Vonne confronts the alleged twin about it. Rather than implicate herself, though, Da’ tells “Liz” that some people in the house are talking about her possibly being a twin. Da’Vonne simply wants to protect her from what that talk could do to her game. To accomplish that, she’ll need to stay in the house, and she appears to score Liz/Julia’s vote in the process.

NEXT: Has Da’Vonne actually saved herself from eviction?

Going into eviction night, Da’Vonne should have little reason to be concerned. She chose Jeff, Jackie, and Becky to sit out for the vote, and initially the vote goes reasonably well. Through the first four votes, it’s tied 2-2 with Meg.

Unfortunately, an onslaught of votes against Da’Vonne send her packing by a final tally of 7-2 houseguests voting to evict her. All that valiant campaigning, in the end, did little to secure her spot in the house because, as Big Brother houseguests often do, they all lied their way to eviction night.

And in her exit interview with Julie, we gain a little more insight as to why Da’Vonne continually called the houseguests who orchestrated her eviction cowards. Julie wonders why, if everyone was gunning for Audrey, Da’Vonne would be the one sitting here. Her thoughts? They’re too afraid to put Audrey up. They respect what she’s doing as a person too much, being the first openly transgender contestant, to treat her like the threatening player many of them perceive her to be.

Whether that is how some, none, or all of the houseguests feel, Da’Vonne is still gone, and she promises if she were to do it all over again, she’d play the game the same way (which is a refrain we’ve heard often in past seasons). The balance of power in the house this week may ultimately prove her to be right… or Audrey could be sitting in her spot next Thursday.

That will all depend on what Austin and Vanessa, the new Heads of Household, decide is best for the game. Competing in a fairly standard launcher game, the houseguests had to launch their balls off a catapult and into one of several cups set up for a game of giant beer pong. Each cup is given a number, and whoever scores the two highest numbered cups will be the new HoH’s. Austin secures the top spot while Jackie, John, Becky, Jason, and Steve all miss their shots. Vanessa, Liz/Julia, and James end up in a three-way tie for second, with Vanessa pulling off the tiebreaker win.

The two will likely be on the same page, unless much has changed from when they worked together to prevent Liz from going on the block. But with word of Liz’s twin twist being out, might that change their minds this week? And with New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski hosting this week’s BB Takeover, will Clay find any number of excuses to relive his glory days at Texas A&M where, in case you forgot, he played football? We’ll find out Sunday night.


  • Part of Gronk’s takeover ensures there are no have-nots this week. He also promised that winning competitions this week may be especially beneficial, but what exactly he (and the producers) have planned is unknown.
  • With Liz’s twist out, it might be difficult for her to make it through three more evictions. BUT if she can find a close enough alliance, it doesn’t matter how many people find out so long as she remains in the house.
  • The final score tally of the HoH competition: Austin with 28, Liz, James, and Vanessa with 23, Audrey with 17, Jeff with 14, Clay with 6. And in the tiebreaker, Vanessa earned a 52, James a 35, and Liz a 22.

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