This is not a drill. “Big Brother” is back, baby!
Wednesday’s two-hour Season 22 premiere, hosted as always by Julie Chen Moonves, was delayed more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the All-Stars cast members being quarantined for two weeks prior to move-in day. For the first time in “Big Brother” history, the season premiere aired live as the returning houseguests were officially revealed. (See the “BB22” cast in our photo gallery below.) And of course, there was a big twist. Why wouldn’t there be? After all, the show’s motto is to “expect the unexpected.” So how did the season premiere play out?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 22, Episode 1 to find out what happened Wednesday, August 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. 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.
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9:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In last season’s finale, Jackson Michie ended up winning by a 6-to-3 jury vote over his showmance partner Holly Allen. After the jury members cast their votes, they questioned Jackson about some of his controversies, including allegations of racism. It all made for one of the most uncomfortable finales in “BB” history. At least fan-favorite Nicole Anthony won the “America’s Favorite Houseguest” prize, right? But enough chit-chat about last summer — it’s time to dive into Season 22. Let’s go!
9:03 p.m. — “Big Brother” is celebrating its 20th anniversary and host Julie Chen Moonves has officially introduced us to an all new “Big Brother All-Stars.” It’s the first time in 14 years an all-returnee cast has come to play and 16 memorable houseguests will compete to be the last one standing. These all-stars may think they know how to play this game, but they’re going to face an opening night like no other. What twists and turns await? We’ll find out. But first, let’s find out who is moving back into the house!
9:10 p.m. — First up is Nicole Franzel, a two-time player who won Season 18 after placing 7th on “BB17.” She doesn’t think she gets enough credit for defeating Paul Abrahamian and thinks she needs to prove herself by doing well again. Next up is Dani Donato-Briones from “BB8” and “BB13.” She memorably lost in the “BB8” final to her own father, “Evel” Dick Donato. She holds the record for most Vetoes won in a single season and she is determined to win “All-Stars.” Third to enter the house will be Da’Vonne Rogers from “BB17” and “BB18.” She is now working as an acting coach so maybe it will help her fool some people this season! She realizes her strength in the game is intuition and her weakness is her rambling mouth. Last in Group 1, Christmas Abbott from “BB19” will be entering the game. Christmas finished third on her season and is ready to prove she’s a competition beast. After breaking her ankle early in Season 19, she was only a fracture of herself. She’s ready to go!
9:15 p.m. — Before the first four enter the house, Julie instructs them they can remove their masks after they enter. But there’s a twist! As soon as they enter, their first competition begins. Only the top two finishers will advance to the live HOH contest later tonight. When they enter the house, these four will race to the backyard where a question awaits. They will then search through the house for the answer to that question and then lock in their answers on their game boards. The first two to lock in the correct answer will be competing later for HOH.
9:25 p.m. — Nicole, Dani, Da’Vonne and Christmas are unleashed into the house with a four-minute time limit to complete the game. Christmas finishes in first place and the other three could not complete the challenge in the time limit. Only Christmas will get to compete in the HOH competition. All four will be hidden away and won’t find out who the other houseguests are until later.
9:35 p.m. — It’s time to welcome a new cluster! “BB20” and “America’s Favorite Houseguest,” Tyler Crispen is joining the house! He can no longer rely on his “dumb surfer dude” act and realized his biggest mistake was leaving the jury scorned. Next up is Ian Terry, the winner of “BB14.” He’s grown up a lot since his season and plans to “play dumb” this season and lay low for the first few weeks. He wants to prove he can still beat anyone in the long game. Next is Kevin Campbell from “BB11.” He finished in third place and thinks his life experience will take him further this time around. Last of this bunch is Enzo Palumbo, the 3rd place finisher from “BB12.” I had almost forgotten about this guy, but I’m so excited to see him! During his season he started one of the greatest alliances in history, the Brigade. He faults himself for going to the end with competition beasts, but he’s looking jacked these days and plans on doing a lot more winning!
9:38 p.m. — Julie explains the game to them and they burst into the house to compete. Ian finishes first — so much for laying low! Kevin finishes in second place so he will join Ian in the HOH competition. Enzo and Tyler are in jeopardy of being the first all-star evicted.
9:45 p.m. — Let’s get some more all-stars in this house! Janelle Pierzina from “BB6,” “BB7” and “BB14” is returning for a fourth shot at the title! She is a legend in this game and is credited for the most competition wins in a single season. She thinks the others should absolutely fear her because she’s been in the final three twice and doesn’t care that she’s not 25 years old anymore. Next is Bayleigh Dayton from “BB20.” The last time she played she fell in love with Swaggy, which was a detriment to her game. At least they’re married now so a showmance is not an option! She has no loyalties and plans to be backstabbing Bay! Next is Nicole Anthony from “BB21” will join the game. Since her last season she has become more comfortable in her skin and thinks her confidence will carry her further this time around. Finally, Keesha Smith from “BB10” will enter the house. Like Nicole, Keesha was voted “America’s Favorite Houseguest” on her season. This season she won’t be so trusting of people and plans to be a stronger, more straight forward player.
9:55 p.m. — It’s time for Janelle, Bayleigh, Nicole and Keesha to compete. After scurrying around for answers they quickly head to the backyard. Nicole finishes in first place and the others have one minute to complete this challenge. Janelle and Bayleigh each came SO CLOSE but each of their balls slid off the game board. The time has run out and only Nicole will be competing in the HOH competition later.
10:05 p.m. — It’s time for the final group of all-stars to enter the game! First up is Kaysar Ridha from “BB6” and “BB7.” Becoming a father has better prepared him for the chaos of this game. He’s yet another fan favorite who is known for his strategic game play. Next up is Cody Calafiore, the “BB16” runner-up. This season he plans to dial back on his flirtatious behavior out of respect for his girlfriend of four years. Cody is upset that fans think he was Derrick Levasseur‘s puppet and wants to prove he can win without him. Next is Memphis Garrett, runner-up from “BB10.” Since his time on “Big Brother” he’s opened 37 restaurants so I guess he’s doing okay for himself. Memphis realizes he was playing checkers while Dan Gheesling was playing chess, which is why he lost 7-0. Last up is David Alexander from “BB21.” David was the first voted out on his season, but I’m so happy he’s back! He got the short end of the stick last time but clearly showed his intellect while confined upstairs in a twist that season. He was evicted, but never voted out.
10:08 p.m. — Kaysar, Cody, Memphis and David run into the house to compete for a chance at tonight’s HOH competition. Lucky for David, no matter how he does, he’ll at least be in this game for a week. Nobody is getting evicted on night one! David buzzed in but had the wrong answer so he’ll have to try again. Memphis actually becomes the first to finish and one more slot remains! Cody comes in second and he’ll get to compete in tonight’s HOH as well.
10:20 p.m. — The time has come for all of these all-stars to all meet face to face. This is fun to watch because while some of them are happy to see each other again, David looks completely star struck. Julie threatens to evict the last one seated if they don’t calm down and listen to her. After getting their attention she welcomes them to the All-Star loft. I can’t wait to see how these friendly relationships crash and burn in the weeks to come. Ian looks absolutely terrified.
10:30 p.m. — Competing in tonight’s HOH competition will be Christmas, Ian, Kevin, Nicole A., Memphis and Cody. In “Star Steppin,” competitors will race across the star-studded field in an attempt to get to the other side and lock in their time. Some stars are solid. Some are not. Memory is key because if they fall, they must return to the starting platform and start again. Whoever gets the fastest time will be the first HOH! To make things more exciting, there’s a twist! Eliminated players must pick up an envelope from the table that they’re not allowed to open until Julie instructs them to. Memphis is up first. He takes a couple of hard tumbles that draws groans from others watching. He finally finishes in a time of 1:12.22. Cody is up next and appears much more agile than Memphis. He cruises through in just 22.06 seconds! Christmas is up next and I hope she doesn’t break another ankle! She can’t quite beat Cody’s time but at least she finished safely.
10:40 p.m. — Kevin is next on the course and just can’t compete with Cody’s killer time. I don’t think anyone stands a chance to beat him. Nicole A. is up next and takes the wrong path twice in a row, quickly eliminating herself. Last up is Ian. He flies through the course but finally takes a tumble towards the end and Cody is the first HOH of the season!
10:50 p.m. — Cody heads to the Diary Room for a private talk with Julie. He reveals he was most surprised to see Kaysar in the house because of how long ago his season was. He also admits he was nervous coming into the house and made a conscious decision to go hard for HOH to ensure he wasn’t the first eliminated. This way the conversations will naturally come to him. Julie sends Cody back to the living room with everyone else and now she’s addressing the entire house. She reveals the houseguests with envelopes have either won a cash prize or will become Have-Nots for the week. Ian is a Have Not. Christmas won $5,000. That means Nicole A., Kevin and Memphis are also Have-Nots. Ian, Nicole A., Kevin and Memphis head upstairs to see their Have Not room. They will take cold showers, eat slop and sleep in the most uncomfortable room in the house all week. In fact, they must crawl into their room through a vent. Ha!
10:59 p.m. — Tune in Sunday to see which two houseguests Cody nominates for eviction. Also, a new twist will be revealed called the “Safety Suite.” Inside the Safety Suite is something every single houseguest will want. Next Wednesday will be the Veto competition and Thursday will be the first live eviction. Nobody wants to be the first out and there will be a new way to prevent that! To close the show, Julie teases the houseguests with that first big twist of the summer. Throughout the summer will be new rooms will be revealed and each time they will twist up the summer. Then, just for us, Julie tells the audience that not just one, but two people could gain access to the Safety Suite. That’s a wrap for tonight!