‘Big Brother 24’ episode 13 recap: Who won Head of Household? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Following the eviction of Nicole Layog on “Big Brother 24,” there were only 12 players still left in the game. Lone contestant Taylor Hale decided to join up with the girls, Alyssa Snider and Indiana “Indy” Santos, which meant the trio had an extra chance of claiming victory in the upcoming Head of Household competition. So which person won the HOH key, and which set of “Festie Besties” did they nominate for eviction?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 24, Episode 13 to find out what happened Sunday, August 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite “BB” houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list.

The 12 remaining houseguests have been split up into the following sets of “Festie Besties”: Alyssa Snider, Indiana “Indy” Santos and Taylor Hale, Brittany Hoopes and Michael Bruner, Daniel Durston and Kyle Capener, Jasmine Davis and Matthew “Turner” Turner, and Joseph AbdinMonte Taylor and Terrance Higgins.

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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the 12th episode, Nicole and Daniel slowly started to realize that they didn’t have enough votes to keep Nicole safe after all, which meant Daniel’s use of the Veto was a huge mistake. During the live vote, Daniel was the only person who voted to evict Taylor, while the other nine people voted to evict Nicole. In her exit interview with Julie Chen Moonves, Nicole was finally told the truth about the Leftovers alliance. But enough about last week, it’s time to start this new HOH comp!

8:02 p.m. – Following Nicole’s eviction, Taylor explained her choice to join Indy and Alyssa as Festie Besties in order to protect herself in the event that they’re nominated again — that way The Leftovers will have options to vote out instead of her. While the eviction was great news for Taylor, it was worst possible news for Daniel who was now left in the house as the only person who voted to keep Nicole, the player he considered his number one. He asked Alyssa why she and the other women voted Nicole out, but Alyssa didn’t have an answer to give him. Their decision was to stay on the “right side of the vote” because they couldn’t have saved Nicole anyway.

8:06 p.m. – Still reeling from the eviction, Daniel openly told Monte that he and Michael are best positioned to go to the final two because of how well they’re playing. He told Monte that he was able to convince everyone to go his way and that’s respectable game. Daniel was convinced that Monte lied and wanted to have the conversation about why Monte acted the way he did in front of everyone, but Monte was unwilling to do that. Monte knew that Daniel was trying to blow up his game openly and so he tried to shut the conversation down, but Daniel kept insisting and everyone else in the house just thought he was “losing his mind.”

8:13 p.m. – For Daniel, everything was on the line in the HOH comp. For that comp, outgoing HOH Monte hosted the players as they had to navigate a course of balance beams with varying difficulty levels in order to get across the “Big Brother Dog Park” quickest. Daniel kicked off the comp and finished in a time of 16.49 second without falling. Michael followed, knowing that he and Brittany are the only Leftovers members without a Festie Bestie outside of the alliance as protection. Michael took the most difficult path to the finish and did it successfully with a time of 11.79 seconds. Since Michael was already in the lead, the remaining Leftovers players were content that HOH in Michael’s hands would be best case so that he and Brittany are protected, but that didn’t stop Taylor, Kyle and Turner from trying to win. Still, everyone in the house was unable to beat Michael’s time and so he was named the new Head of Household.

8:27 p.m. – With the power in his hands, Michael said he’d commit to doing what is best for him while still taking into consideration what is good for The Leftovers. First order of business for him was to touch base with Brittany to see what direction they should go. Michael said that Daniel is the obvious target, but that may not be what is necessarily best for them. When Taylor entered the room, he told the girls that his plan will be to backdoor Daniel and that the pawn options are Turner/Jasmine or Monte/Terrance/Joseph.

8:32 p.m. – Joseph and Monte thought it would be best for them to talk to Michael about their willingness to be pawns because it puts strong players in the hunt for the Veto and gives the perception that they aren’t working with Michael. Monte said he feels good about their position in the house and that it’s a good idea to build trust and good will in the house because worst case scenario is that they remain on the block and Terrance goes home.

8:38 p.m. – After sealing a pair of muffins in a bag to eat later, Jasmine discovered that when she went to eat them that someone had clearly taken a couple bites out of one. She went on a mission to find out who the muffin culprit was, but it just made Turner, her Festie Bestie, more annoyed with her and willing to pull more pranks on her.

8:41 p.m. – In their first Leftovers meeting since Michael’s crowning, Turner offered that her and Jasmine go up as pawns with the secret hope that if things don’t go as planned that Jasmine would have to go home instead of Daniel. Monte spoke up about it being best if he, Joseph and Terrance go up instead. Michael liked the idea of Monte being up as a pawn because it gave him time to consider whether or not keeping Daniel and taking out Monte might be his better option.

8:47 p.m. – Now that they’ve got the first kiss behind them, Kyle and Alyssa were finding more and more time to put their lips together. During one kissing session in the storage room, they acknowledged and agreed that they qualify as a showmance.

8:49 p.m. – Finally getting his chance to talk to Michael, Daniel said that he’s willing to make any kind of deal to stay just one more week in the house. He told Michael he’d be willing to do “any dirty work” for him if he gets power. Michael did offer the perspective that the house wants Daniel out, but that isn’t necessarily what’s best for him personally so if the Veto doesn’t get used then he’d technically be okay with it.

8:52 p.m. – Ahead of nominations, Michael and Brittany met again to candidly discuss their belief that they can’t logically go to the end with just The Leftovers because players like Joseph and Monte will be tough to beat in late-game comps. They know they’ll want to “make a big move” eventually and would need to weigh whether or not this is the week to make that big move against Monte.

8:56 p.m. – At the nomination ceremony, Michael revealed the photos of the Festie Bestie set Monte, Joseph and Terrance. He told them to not take it personally and said that the house sees them as the strongest group. Daniel was happy to see “two huge threats” on the block, but knew that backdooring him was an option that the house was pressuring Michael to do. Monte felt safe in the position no matter what goes down with the Veto and Michael liked that he still had options open about whether he targets Daniel or Monte for eviction.

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