Heading into Monday’s Head of Household episode of “Big Brother 22,” only four people were eligible to compete in the challenge: Christmas Abbott, Memphis Garrett, Nicole Franzel and Enzo Palumbo. Outgoing HOH Cody Calafiore watched from the sidelines as his fellow houseguests played in the aggravating competition in which they had to carefully stack all of their pumpkins on their balance beam seesaw without letting them fall. So who won HOH and which two houseguests did they nominate for eviction?
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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the 28th episode, the players voted unanimously to send Tyler Crispen to the jury house instead of Christmas. The fan-fave surfer dude left in good spirits, later telling host Julie Chen Moonves that Memphis and Cody were “the strongest competitors and the biggest threats.” The HOH competition then began, with four players struggling to keep their seesaws balanced while filling them with pumpkins. Will tonight’s comp shake up the game at all? Let’s go!
8:03 p.m. – As the HOH comp got under way Christmas was angling at a win so that she could target Cody for eviction with Nicole on the block next to him. Cody, unable to play, was rooting for Nicole or Enzo to win knowing that Christmas would come after him and that Memphis could likely be swayed by her to do the same. Nicole is the only player in the comp that isn’t in one of the two “Wise Guy” alliances that Memphis created and so he was hoping to just stop her from winning at all costs.
8:07 p.m. – Memphis and Enzo both struggled to keep even a handful of pumpkins in the seesaw while Christmas and Nicole developed strategies to slowly make progress. Christmas realized that filling her seesaw with the medium sized pumpkins afforded her good balance to keep them from bouncing off. Right next to her, Nicole took her balance beam very slowly. Eventually Memphis found a rhythm as well, but by that point Christmas was two pumpkins away from completing the comp first.
8:14 p.m. – But just at that moment, on her 24th ball, one small pumpkin tipped over the side of her seesaw. That meant she had to bring them all back and start from scratch. The error put Memphis in the lead with two to go while Nicole was six away from a win, but one heavy step forced one of his pumpkins over the edge, leaving Nicole in the lead by a large margin. With a huge lead, Nicole decided to go even slower with her final trips across the seesaw, gauging exactly where each pumpkin should go. Miraculously her slow and steady and squatting strategy did the trick and she earned her first HOH of the season, securing herself a spot in the final four.
8:23 p.m. – Following the comp Christmas was emotional over her loss considering how close she came to winning. It served as yet another example of her losing her composure when she lets herself down in a comp, especially at a point where she knows her game is on the line. Memphis, who made the same mistake at the same point in the comp, was there to comfort her even though he knew that Nicole’s win meant that one of his two small alliances would see a member leave the house.
8:26 p.m. – Checking in with Cody, Memphis was concerned with anyone going home except himself while Cody was focused on playing it cool to his face and secretly engineering a plan to get Nicole to send him home. But Nicole didn’t really need any help to direct her attention at the one player that tried to vote her out (Christmas) and the one that nominated her (Memphis) during the triple eviction. For Cody and Enzo, Nicole’s win was perfect timing because it meant that she was putting them on the block so that neither of them would have to.
8:35 p.m. – At the unveiling of Nicole’s HOH room we got to see pictures of her outside-the-house relationship with former player Victor Arroyo, who also wrote her a letter. It was a nice moment for Nicole who is preparing to get out of the house and continue planning her wedding for a point in the future after the pandemic.
8:38 p.m. – Later Christmas stopped by Nicole’s room to touch base on their games going forward. For Nicole, knowing she’s going to nominate her, it was a chance to learn secrets from Christmas. Nicole was upfront about not having a reason to put Cody or Enzo on the block when she has clear reasons to put her and Memphis up. But when Nicole told Christmas that she wants her to stay, she believed her. Christmas also pointed out “the stats,” naming Cody as the top dog in the house and Memphis next, unknowingly revealing that Christmas considers Cody as the biggest threat and Nicole as the least threatening. That’s a sign for Nicole that Christmas remaining in the house means that she could be likely to take her to the finals with her.
8:42 p.m. – When Cody came by, Nicole told him everything Christmas said, including that Christmas thinks Cody is the biggest threat. She thought it would push him to work harder to beat him at the next HOH comp, but obviously that info going to make Cody want to send Christmas home instead of Nicole’s target Memphis. Why would she tell him that?! Bad move, Nicole.
8:49 p.m. – Naturally Memphis stopped by for a chat of his own in order to make a deal with her. He told her he made no deals outside of “The Committee” because he didn’t want to be committed to a final two with anyone, so he proposed a deal with her that if she keeps him off the block he will vote the way she wants him to, not use the POV if he wins and then promise to take her to the final three next week if he wins the HOH or POV. Memphis thought it was a deal she couldn’t say no to, but did he forget he’s talking to a former winner? You know, someone that did something he was unable to do.
8:56 p.m. – At the nomination ceremony, Nicole nominated Christmas and Memphis, as expected. She told them in the final five she had to make a move to further her game by going off of things that happened between them in the past. She was clear was their moves against her in the triple eviction sealed their fate for this week. Nicole’s target is still Memphis, but he’s banking on the “Wise Guys” to keep him safe if he remains on the block.
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