Apparently, the last thing Kevin wanted was to win the HoH but no matter how hard he tried to throw it his luck continued. Naeha had been doing so well only to be beaten by Ashleigh who then guessed wrong and inadvertently handed the HoH to Kevin. So much for trying to fly under the radar again.
After a few minutes in the Diary room Kevin is told to go to Vault and when he arrives in the Vault Aryssa appears to inform him of this week's twist. It's Instant Eviction time. Kevin's has five minutes to decide on his two nominations. There's no game talk, there's no campaigning, there's no secrets to be revealed . . . it's just straight to the nominations. His first one is fairly obvious based on what he knows and he nominates Naeha. His second nomination took a little more thought and he really considered Bobby as Bobby put him up last time, but in the end he decided to use Brittnee as a pawn. Before he leaves the Vault, Kevin is sworn to secrecy on the Instant Eviction twist until Aryssa reveals it, if he breaks that secrecy it'll be Kevin heading out the door.
With his nominations locked in Kevin exited the Vault and the other houseguests were allowed back into the house. While everyone was sequestered away, production snuck in and surprised the houseguests so that as the doors opened they were all treated to burgers, fries, chocolate cake and beer to make up for pulling such a mean April Fools prank on Johnny's birthday. It's a nice break from the usual artificial tensions within the house and everyone enjoys it, especially Johnny who shoots back a birthday beer like one of the boys. I don't see the problem here but apparently it's a big deal for Johnny.
Now that Kevin is the new HoH, Graig and Bruno have become his best buds. They're dancing for joy and put Naeha's name up as the person everyone wants out of the house. Since Kevin has already made that nomination it'll be easy for him to look like he's tight with the guys alliance and that works in his favour. The truth is, he could care less for that alliance as long as it keeps him in the house.
When Jordan and Zach come to talk game they pitch a three man alliance, which is a lot easier to manage. The name they decide to use though is pretty lame . . . The Bromuda Triangle? Eww. That sounds bad on so many levels.
Kevin's reign as the HoH may be short lived but he intends to make the most of a bad situation. I don't even think he got a chance to have the HoH room. If so, they never showed it. That said, let the useless campaigning begin, . . . and so it does.
Naeha knows she's going to be a prime target so it's time for her to do a little damage control and when she reveals a few interesting tidbits Kevin's a little blown away. Unfortunately it's too little too late as there's nothing he can do at this point. Naeha's not going to be too surprised if she finds herself on the block but she won't be happy about it.
While everyone is taking a relaxing siesta, Aryssa calls the houseguests to the livingroom. That's never good. Kevin comes in after the houseguests and stands at the front of the room as Aryssa reveals that it's time for the Instant Eviction. Most of the houseguests feel it's too soon but the same rules apply to all reality TV, expect the unexpected. There's some worried looks and a few tremors as Kevin is asked to reveal his nominations and his reason for making those selections.
Kevin is somewhat apologetic to start but it's not like he was given any time to think it through as he announces his first nomination. Brittnee was nominated because the house obviously loves her and he's sure she's a safe nomination. His second nomination, Naeha, was put up because she's a really strong player and she was part of the discussion to get rid of him. There's a few tears but everyone maintains their composure as the houseguests are then asked to go and write down their vote and return to the livingroom.
Here's where the tears start, especially from the girls. None of them feel it's fair, and that neither girl had a chance, but that's the way the game is played. One by one they all return with their card and Aryssa tells them that they will all reveal their vote. A great way to lose friends and make enemies in the house as you reveal where you stand. At least it wasn't unanimous, but a vote of 9 - 2 has evicted Naeha from the house.
There are a few hugs, but not many and she's through the crowd and up the stairs to be welcomed by Aryssa. She reveals that it's a bit of a shock but not a surprise that she was voted out and all she wants is somehow to get back into the house. When Aryssa lets her know that that may be possible Naeha's overjoyed. She plays a good game and she's far less annoying than Sindy so I'd be okay with that.
Back inside the house Bobby is doing the dance of joy thinking he pulled the wool over everyone's eyes pretending to be an old softie but I don't think anyone in the house is actually falling for it. It could just as easily have been him if Kevin had made that choice. Of course, with Naeha gone the girls are beginning to realize that they're being whittled away. Pilar even had to stop for a moment and count that there were only five girls left, which worried Sarah a bit as it should have been pretty obvious.
Time to mix things up again as the next HoH competition got underway. Unfortunately Kevin, as the one day HoH wonder was not allowed to compete but that did allow for nice even pairings of the remaining houseguests. Each pair would have to stand together on a gear which was mounted somewhat precariously on a post about two feet off the ground, as time passed remaining pairs would need to move to a smaller second gear, and eventually an even smaller third gear as the competition progressed. In the end they'd be balancing on one foot each if it lasted that long. On the side were five boxes with either a reward or punishment and pairs would decide which one of them received it as they were eliminated. The final pair standing would decide which of them became the new HoH.
Easy peasy, right? Most of the pairs stood facing each other, regardless of gender, except for Graig and Bruno who decided to spoon. That didn't look awkward at all. I'm not sure if the pairs were chosen by production or if they chose their own but some of these were obviously better than others. Putting the two largest guys together was not a stroke of genius. However they lasted longer than I thought they would. Eventually Graig and Bruno realized the error in their stance and Graig carefully turned around to face Bruno.
The strongest pair going into this challenge was Brittnee and Sarah and right from the start this looked like a challenge geared to put one of the girls in the HoH room. Another strong pair was Jordan and Ashleigh, and believe it or not Godfrey and Willow. After almost an hour, after moving to their second gear, Bruno and Graig had nowhere left to go but down and were the first to drop out. They rock, paper, scissored to see who picked the box and Graig won $1000. One by one the pairs began to fall . . . Jordan and Ashleigh decided to share their punishment by spending 24 hours in snorkelling gear, Zach recieved a four week slop pass, Johnny accepted a days worth of pie in the face, and Willow has found herself a nice little perch on an oversized gear in the backyard for the next 24 hours.
If you've been doing the math, that left Brittnee and Sarah as the final pair standing and Sarah was more than happy to give the HoH to Brittnee. She felt it was fair compensation for being up on the block twice already, but the truth is that HoH puts a target on your back and Sarah doesn't want that target. Not as dumb as they think she is, is she.
Brittnee calls everyone to see her HoH room and, as is tradition, they all race upstairs to check it out. There's the usual family photos, the letter from Brittnee's mom about how proud she is, and gin. I like her better already. After the revelation of her HoH room the houseguests eventually filter back downstairs and it's back to game on.
Knowing that Sarah is tight with Brittnee, Graig tries the roundabout way to make sure he's safe from the block. He even goes so far as to throw Johnny under the Big Brother bus as someone the whole house wants gone. I'm not so sure about that. I really enjoyed Sarah's Diary room comment about "Graig, that feeling you're feeling right now? You should be feeling it." She knows he's trying to play her and she's nowhere near as gullible as he thinks she is. That was pretty funny.
So, It looks like the Chop Shop is going to have to mind its "Ps and Qs" this week with Brittnee in the HoH and the girls finally having an upper hand. I'm actually looking forward to seeing who Brittnee puts on the block. If I were a betting man I'd be thinking Bobby and Graig, but who knows. I'm pretty sure she's not putting up any of the girls, that's for certain. See you all real soon.