‘Big Brother’ 21 episode 15 recap: Who won Head of Household on Sunday, July 28? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Following Thursday’s live eviction of Isabella Wang, only 12 players remained in the “Big Brother” house: Six Shooters Analyse Talavera, Christie Murphy, Holly Allen, Jack Matthews, Jackson Michie and Tommy Bracco and outcasts Cliff Hogg, Jessica Milagros, Kathryn Dunn, Nick Maccarone, Nicole Anthony and Sam Smith. With a live Head of Household endurance competition on the line, was Nick able to claim victory and honor Bella’s memory, or did the Six Shooters remain in power yet again?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 21, Episode 15 to find out what happened Sunday, July 28 at 8/7c. 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 14th episode, the Six Shooters succeeded in sending home Bella despite not even being in control of the house. After Veto winner Michie took himself off the block, Christie managed to convince HOH Cliff to put up Bella in his place so that she wouldn’t have to use her Panic Power … and Cliff agreed. That resulted in Bella being evicted with an 8-2 vote over Jack, setting the stage for an epic Head of Household comp that has the potential to shift the power dynamics inside the “BB21” house. Let’s go!

8:15 p.m. — With the outcasts vs. the Six Shooters, tonight’s HOH competition couldn’t be more pivotal for how this season transpires. If the Six Shooters win yet again, their reign of power could devastate the other side of the house. We pick things up in the middle of the HOH competition where Nicole Anthony and Jessica Milagros have already fallen. Everytime someone falls, they need to pull a chip from the “First Aid” box to see if they’ve been given a punishment. In a flashback, we learn that Michie is now skeptical of Christie because Nick told him she doesn’t want to work with showmances and she doesn’t like how Michie speaks to women. Six Shooters is starting to crack. As time transpires, only members of Six Shooters plus Kathryn remain. Kathryn would love to defeat Michie this week and backdoor him on Thursday. As we reach commercial, we still have no HOH but we know that Tommy and Christie are the recipients of this week’s “Poison Ivy” punishment.

8:30 p.m. — At this point Analyse, Holly, Kathryn and Michie remain in the HOH competition. Eventually Michie goes down and Kathryn offers to drop if Holly and Analyse agree not to put her on the block. They oblige and Kathryn’s out of the competition. At this point, Holly and Analyse continue to talk deals that include making lasagna and giving massages. Christie is concerned that if Holly wins this will just turn into Michie’s HOH. It’s interesting that these two consider themselves part of a tight alliance but refuse to budge. Finally, Analyse drops and Holly is the new HOH. Six Shooters (especially Michie) appear to be safe another week. Holly is thrilled to show that she’s a competitor.

8:35 p.m. — As the houseguests recover from the excruciating HOH competition, it sinks in with Holly that she’s about to get her hands dirty. Michie plans to give his thoughts to Holly about who she should nominate and Nick is trying to steer clear of her wrath. Meanwhile, Cliff is hoping the deal he struck by nominating and evicting Bella last week will keep him safe. Sam has never talked game with Holly, but figures now is the time. Back in the bedroom, Analyse is venting to Christie and Tommy about Michie cheering against her in the HOH competition. They are skeptical of Michie and don’t understand why they don’t trust him. At this point, the three of them don’t want to work with Holly and Michie anymore. The problem is that Holly holds all the power.

8:45 p.m. — Christie and Tommy are discussing Michie and his behavior they don’t like. They don’t want to work with him anymore. Later, Holly is straddling Michie on the couch deciding what she should do this work. They think it would be a bold move to put Nick and Sam on the block, but she’s concerned about who remains. She’s thinking it might be smarter to put Nicole up as a pawn in order to get rid of Nick or Sam with less blood on her hands.

8:55 p.m. — As the game goes into full gear, Kathryn quizzes Cliff on if he thinks the moon landing was real. She’s curious how the flag could be waving with no gravity. For the record, she also thinks Tupac Shakur is still alive. Not only is Kathryn paranoid that “bitches are conspiring against her” in the house, she appears to be a conspiracy theorist in general. Next, Christie and Tommy are called to the Diary Room to receive their “Poison Ivy” punishment. Their skin has been painted to resemble rashes all over their bodies and they are scantily clad. They are also not allowed to go outside or shower for four days. Back in game mode, Sam goes upstairs to speak with Holly. He wants to distance himself from Nick and lets Holly and Michie know he can help them moving forwards. He’ll be their third wheel when the couples start picking each other off. He also guarantees Holly and Michie they won’t go on the block if he wins next week. As night falls, Holly and Michie discuss keeping Sam around to take out other strong players in the game.

8:59 p.m. — It’s time for the nomination ceremony! Holly has decided to put Nick and Sam on the block. A line in the sand has been drawn. Holly knows the Six Shooters will eventually turn on each other, but it’s not time right now. That’s a wrap for tonight!

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