Big Brother’s Messiah receives the ultimate betrayal

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Oh Jozea. Tsk tsk tsk. So blinded by your own ego you never saw it coming. Which makes for some awesome TV! Thank you for making the first BB18 eviction such a thing of joy. But Jozea’s complete blindside — he wasn’t even dressed to meet Julie Chen as the evictees so often are — also meant we have some really good players in the house this summer.

First of all, you don’t go tell the HoH that they are the target for the next week. You have to be all kinds of confident to do something like that, and maybe it can work to intimidate people in the real world, but not in the Big Brother house where you live and die on your relationships with others. Jozea also wasn’t counting on the newbies joining forces with the vets, considering the returning four players simply as sitting ducks. But rub enough people the wrong way, and you will push them to take action. Plus, who wouldn’t want to play a game with four people who already know the ropes? That seems to be a sure way to remain safer longer.

So with the vets needing numbers and seeing the fractures Jozea was causing, it didn’t take much for them to reel in four newbies to form the 8 Pack alliance … and I felt eight was just too many, but it seems to still be working, although with the vote to send Jozea packing, his former alliance is pretty certain two of theirs, Da’Vonne and Zakiyah, are traitors (Victor is proving to be the smart one in that alliance), leaving their six member alliance now down to four. And, well, sitting ducks. Bronte also seems to understand that her loyalties may need to be expanded to whomever wants to work with her (and maybe the Spy Girls alliance of three should consider admitting new members).

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But, regardless of who played who, it was a glorious thing to watch Jozea’s world crumble as Julie told him the vote was 7-4 to evict. He did manage to hug everyone on the way out, but not a word was uttered and even the Houseguests stood in stunned silence as his Memory Wall picture turned to black and white. Even during his chat with Julie, Jozea was still oblivious that HE was the reason he got evicted, and as he did in the house, incorrectly identified who had turned against him. Worst Messiah ever. Unfortunately, Julie also revealed another twist, Battle Back, that will give one of the first five evictees a chance to return to the game. Jozea’s return would certainly be the most unwelcome of all, and I’m sure conspiracy theories will abound that “the game is fixed” should he win simply to cause more TV drama.

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After Jozea’s eviction, the HGs played the new HoH competition which required team members (and the comps seem to be the only time anyone is actually playing for their team) to cross a series of logs and obstacles to collect 40 berries. There was one difficult route and one easier route, and the winning team would be safe while one member had to retrieve a larger berry (actually a rubber ball) to become the new HoH. The comp started out unfavorable skewed for Nicole’s team since she couldn’t play, so it was her three-person team against the three four-person teams. But once someone fell off a log, they were out so the numbers were always in flux. The live show ended in mid-comp, but live feed and Big Brother After Dark watchers knew before Sunday’s show that Paulie won HoH (and his team basically gave it to him for being a sport and playing the pawn last week). What we didn’t know until Sunday was that James’ team was pretty much neck-and-neck with Paulie’s as the last two teams standing, and he threw the comp so his 8 Pack alliance could remain in power. Unfortunately, as subtle as he thought he was, the other HGs not in his alliance saw right through his little stunt (including Victor, who was hilariously reduced to tears in the DR after two betrayals). Has that put a giant target on his back?

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As the new HoH, Paulie is in an interesting position. He thinks he’s part of Nicole’s alliance, but he doesn’t really seem to know there is an eight-person alliance that saved him but that he’s not actually a part of. Of course he’s going to keep working with the vets, but he’s free to make some deals of his own. And with this week’s nominations, we saw him do just that as he cut a deal with Paul to go on the block while Victor is the intended target. Paul can be a real hot head when things get tough and his eviction would not be a loss to the rest of the HGs as he’s also a fierce competitor, but he could also rub too many people the wrong way so that you’d maybe want to keep him around to deflect attention from yourself. As it stands now, Paul is willingly playing the pawn for Paulie (and perhaps forging a solid “Final Two” pact in the process). Paulie also recognizes Bronte as a strong player — and girl really does have game, usually keeping her alliances from losing their minds — and has put her on the block as well. But there’s that pesky BB Roadkill competition to worry about.

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And worry he should, since his real target Victor won the “18 Dollars” comp, sending Paulie’s alliance member Tiffany to that third seat. But since the winner is anonymous, it doesn’t guarantee their safety so the Veto competition could really shake things up. That’s where we left things on Sunday, but if you want to know what’s been happening since then, click on over to the next page for a list of Spoilers!

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