Recap: BIG BROTHER 12 Week 5 Live Eviction/ Week 6 HoH Competition

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Well it looks like the houseguests finally came between Rachel and her man. The showmance that has caused strife within the BIG BROTHER house since the first week is no longer a worry, so who will everyone be gunning for now? From the POV competition earlier in the week, we knew that Rachel would be the one evicted but that didn’t seem to stop Brendon, Rachel’s knight in shining douchebagery for throwing a wrench in the works. His outburst at Britney was supposed to convince the rest of the house to evict him, not Rachel this go around, but apparently the folks in the house wanted to remove actual threats in the house and not just big mouthed losers.

This week was painful to watch because as annoying as Rachel is and as much as her voice has literally chilled my bones, she was a player. This season is missing players, big thinkers and true competitors. What Rachel said a few weeks back that this house was filled with floaters is true. Yes, there is a The Brigade Alliance, but the only thing those dudes have done is kept their alliance secret. And while this is definitely a strength in the house, it was not the Brigade who got Rachel kicked out, it was her own big mouth. And while she is stuck in a jury house, without her “best friend,” Kathy, Enzo and the others who haven’t done a thing other than squeak by are that much closer to the big prize.

In last night’s episode, we saw Brendon fight with Kathy, Ragan and Britney – all folks who had been saved by Rachel – and all people who wanted to see her out of the house. Brendon continued his quest to move to the target to him, even starting up a bit with the Brigade, forcing the house to rethink their ousting of Rachel. Ragan fought back, calling Brendon a neanderthal and telling him that picking on smaller and weaker people hasn’t gone unnoticed. And for Brendon, if he doesn’t go home, will have surely ostracized himself enough to have no one in the upcoming weeks. Rachel came to Britney to apologize for what Brendon had said to her during the POV ceremony and that she had no idea why he would make this sort of outburst. Rachel is hoping that the about face Brendon has gone through will keep her in the house, mainly because she is the stronger of the two.

The Brigade discussed how no one in the house has even thought that they were in an alliance except Andrew, and how they have squeaked by week after week. And with the help of Matt, they have remained safe and sound. Before the live vote, the Saboteur made another appearance, claiming that Brendon and Rachel might not be leaving this week at all, making the houseguests believe that Rachel could in fact be the Saboteur. Unfortunately for the showmance couple, the saboteur wasn’t telling the truth and they were still up on the block. Before the voting, we got to meet Brendon’s ex-fiance, who said his relationship with Rachel was nearly identical to theirs, except for the cameras following them 24 hours a day. She wasn’t sure if Brendon was using Rachel, but she was positive that he was being dramatic for drama’s sake. Then Julie chatted with the sitting HOH Matt, asking him if opening Pandora’s Box was worth it, which he said that he couldn’t not open it, but that the payoff wasn’t worth the return of the saboteur. When it came down to the last pleas from Brendon and Rachel, he compared his girlfriend to that of a victim of the Salem witch hunts and promised to avenge her if she left. And the most somber Rachel we’ve seen yet stated how much fun she has had, how much she has fought and what it means to compete in this house. Unfortuantely, her pleas didn’t work and she was ousted with a unanimous vote. She left, only saying goodbye to Brendon, and sat with Julie to discuss her game. She said she has no regrets, no issues and that she knew the only reason she was out of the house was because she was a threat. The goodbye videos confirmed this and showed some fairly catty behavior from Britney, which wasn’t unexpected, but Rachel seemed to not be aware of her attitude throughout her time in the house. I was a bit bummed that Julie didn’t mention Matt’s wife’s fake illness or the Brigade to Rachel, since she has wondered about both before. Again, while annoying, Rachel at least was a competitor, not the smartest and definitely not self-aware enough to remain safe, but at least she played the game and didn’t just sit back and hope to be ignored. This house needs to get shaken up and quickly or I will be bored to tears for the next couple of weeks. Oh and Kathy, I would watch my back since the only people who have kept you in are no longer on your side.

Now that Rachel is gone and Matt can’t be HOH again this week, who do we think untangled the ropes and secure his spot as HOH. If Brendon wins, who would you want him to put up? And if he doesn’t go up, who do you think is next out of the Big Brother house?