‘Big Brother’ 21 episode 12 recap: Who won Head of Household on Sunday, July 21? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

And then there were 13. Soon after “Big Brother” underdog Cliff Hogg beat the odds to win the Camp Comeback Comp, the three previously exiled houseguests officially left the game: David Alexander, Ovi Kabir and Kemi Fakunle. Flash-forward to Sunday’s episode, which reunited Cliff with his fellow players just minutes after the Six Shooters (Jack Matthews, Jackson Michie, Christie Murphy, Tommy Bracco, Holly Allen and Analyse Talavera) voted to blindside him over Nicole Anthony. Did the Six Shooters remain in power this week by winning the Head of Household competition?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 21, Episode 12 to find out what happened Sunday, July 21 at 8/9c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.

8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In Thursday’s 11th episode, the plan to backdoor Nicole seemed to be on track until the Six Shooters realized that Cliff was actually worse for their game. Thus, lines were drawn in the sand between this sextet the other three members of Unde9able: Nick Maccarone, Isabella Wang and Sam Smith. With an HOH comp on the line, will the house finally turn on itself in Week 4, or will things continue to go — yawn — according to plan? Let’s go!

8:10 p.m. — The house is celebrating Cliff’s return as if half of them didn’t just evict him. Secretly, they’re shocked the “old guy” demolished the younger players in the comeback competition. Meanwhile, Nick feels betrayed and disgusted and watching him and Isabella unravel is somewhat gratifying as a viewer. Kathryn Dunn is emotional because she was hoping David would return. Later, Nick blows up at his alliance and asks why they didn’t tell him they were going to flip. They’re trying to smooth things over with Nick and Isabella so Isabella doesn’t seek revenge if she wins HOH this week. Later in the storage room, Michie celebrates with Nicole that he was able to save her. He wants to make it very clear to her that he was the one to save her in hopes that she will target Isabella for him. Next, Michie is trying to smooth things over with Cliff. He says they thought Nicole had the better chance to return and that’s the only reason they evicted Cliff. Michie says he hopes Cliff knows he can trust him even though Michie banished him during week one and evicted him this week. Cliff is no fool and he’s not buying whatever Michie is selling!

8:15 p.m. — Nick tells his alliance that he feels like he’s going to see his face up on the board this week. They all keep insisting that Nick and Isabella can still trust them. This argument is going in circles. Isabella is ready to break this alliance, which is clearly already broken. Jack reminds Isabella that she’s the one that has made plays to ruin Unde9able. Jessica Milagros is in shock over all the fighting and says, “It’s like they had a final eight or something!” Welcome to the game Jessica!

8:30 p.m. — It’s time for the HOH competition! As the outgoing HOH, Nick is not eligible to compete. The players head out to the backyard and see a bunch of tents and campfires. The game is called “Patch Perfect” and players will be asked questions about various “BB” patches on a game board. This game is played in rounds and during each round at least two players will be eliminated. Players can be eliminated if they guess the wrong answer, or if everyone guesses correctly, the last two to buzz in will be eliminated. Order of elimination is: Nicole, Holly, Kathryn, Isabella, Jessica, Analyse, Michie, Sam, Tommy, Christie and Jack. The new HOH is Cliff! Wow! Is Cliff finally about to shake this house up? The Six Shooters should be terrified. Cliff, please don’t blow this!

8:35 p.m. — As Nick places the HOH necklace around Cliff’s neck, Cliff tells Nick not to worry. He’s safe. Nick is relieved that Cliff will likely target two of the six people who just evicted him (even though Nick was the one who put him on the block). Cliff celebrates with a victory dance by himself in the storage room. He plans to examine the six votes against him and decide who is worst for his game. Nick is hoping Jack goes home this week and Isabella would like to see Christie go. They know Cliff will target one of their former alliance members and they don’t plan on doing anything to stop it. Cliff tells Nicole she’s safe, but asks her to keep her distance so nobody thinks they’re working too closely together. Next, Michie hatches a plan to offer himself up as a pawn with Nick or Isabella. Then, he plans to win the Veto and use Christie’s Diamond Veto to pick his own replacement nominee. That’s a lot of “if’s” Michie! Christie tells Michie she’s willing to give him her Diamond Power of Veto if he wins, but they have to get Cliff on board.

8:45 p.m. — Up in the HOH Room, Cliff tells Kathryn, Jessica and Nicole that he won’t target anyone who has already been on the block. These four plan to stick together, but Nicole is skeptical about this foursome because she’s not sure where Jessica or Kathryn’s heads are at. Cliff isn’t sure he can trust any of them, but they’ve got to band together against the couples. Later, Michie goes up to the HOH room to try and manipulate Cliff into doing what he wants. He says if Cliff is willing, they can knock out Nick or Bella this week. Michie will go up as a pawn against Isabella. By doing this, Cliff will go from a target to a hero. Michie is telling Cliff they can bring him into the fold, but Michie is just trying to keep Six Shooters safe. In the Diary Room, Cliff says Michie doesn’t intimidate him and he doesn’t plan on doing what he wants. Next, Christie heads up to try and sweeten the deal. Christie reveals her Diamond Power of Veto to Cliff and he can’t believe all the tea she just spilled in his lap. He must now reevaluate who he wants to put on the block because of this power.

8:55 p.m. — Jessica is disgusted to see Michie and Jack sharing a cucumber that Michie took into the bathroom with him. That’s a real bromance right there. Gross. Meanwhile, Isabella is up pleading her case to Cliff. Cliff has wanted to work with Nick and Isabella since day one and that hasn’t changed. It does him no good to target Nick and Isabella right now. Next, Jack wants to talk with Cliff. He’s just throwing compliments in Cliff’s direction and Cliff is not amused. One after the other, the Six Shooters kiss Cliff’s ass and he can see right through the BS. One person he does want to win over is Christie, in hopes he can stop her from using her power this week. He’s ready to throw up a couple of cocky players who have gotten a little too comfortable.

8:59 p.m. — It’s time for the Nomination Ceremony! Cliff has decided to nominate Jack and Michie for eviction. How about that for a power move?! Cliff is not playing around this week and just made the biggest move of the season so far. But will one of them win the Power of Veto? And will Christie use her Diamond Power of Veto to keep the Six Shooters safe this week? We’ll find out on Wednesday’s episode of “Big Brother.”

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