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Season 12: Episode 7 - A Second HouseGuest is Sent Packing

A Second HouseGuest is Sent Packing: ­Monet is reeling from Head of Household Rachel’s very public and definitive announcement that her replacement nominee, Matt, is nothing more than a pawn. Rachel gives Monet a half-hearted “sorry,” but a furious Monet is having none of it. Matt pretends to act shocked and defeated but he can barely contain his elation when he gets a private moment with fellow Brigade alliance member, Lane. He and Lane can’t believe Rachel bought Matt’s offer to be the pawn, and celebrate the fact that the Brigade alliance (which also includes Enzo and Hayden) appears safe yet another week.

Britney is devastated that Andrew did not go up on the block. She and her house BFF Monet share a major cry and sulk session in the caba­na room that quickly turns into a discussion about everyone they think is stupid in the house. The majority of their rage is directed at Rachel, with the increasingly angry pair verbally ripping apart Rachel’s intelligence, clothing sense and hair extensions. Ever the schemer, Matt joins them and keeps up his sad sack performance, telling Britney and Monet he wants to get back at Rachel and her showmance Brendon. Matt even goes so far to suggest he is going to avenge them all next week!

But the house is not all about strategy. It turns out Hayden and Kristen have been stealthily carrying on a showmance, which Hayden describes as similar to a fourth-grade relationship. Hayden and Kristen are pretty confident their coupling is a house secret, but Andrew would beg to differ. Since he also sleeps in the rust bedroom, Andrew is fully aware of their snuggling and kissing, and thinks it is hilarious the two of them are sneaking around as if no one knows.

Rachel, however, is playing the game hard this week. To figure out where Kristen stands, Rachel suggests Britney told her that Kristen was open to keeping Monet for the week. Kristen is shocked, and immediately runs outside and asks Britney if she said that. Britney denies this, and then tells Monet immediately. This sparks an intense spat when Rachel comes out and says she doesn’t like drama and notes someone has to go home. Monet says she wasn’t doing anything and lashes back at Rachel. It looks like Rachel’s plan to ensure Monet’s departure this week is going well—Monet is angry and isolated, while votes continue to line up for keeping Matt in the house.

The Tables Quickly Turn!
Britney approaches Rachel and attempts to clear the air with her over all the Monet drama. Rachel feels sorry for Britney, and decides to reveal something huge—Matt volunteered to be the pawn this week! Now Britney has a stunner to share—she tells Rachel that Matt has been telling her that he is out to get Rachel and Brendon next week. Through very dramatic tears Rachel said she knew that Matt would do this, but went against her better judgment by trusting him. Rachel runs downstairs and calls an all-house meeting. Everyone assembles except Andrew, who sticks to himself to observe a Jewish holiday. Rachel quickly calls Matt out for playing both sides of the house. Matt denies hustling anyone, but says he would be an idiot to not want to get out the strongest alliance in the house. Monet is furious at Matt for pretending to be paranoid about nominations and is even more furious at him for lying to her when she was so upset. Matt keeps spinning, but Monet warns the house that Matt will lie to them all and will get away with it. Maybe Monet has a chance after all…

Host Julie Chen checks in with the HouseGuests, who talk about their relief over the eviction of Saboteur Annie, how much fun they had in the Have-Have Not competition, and the general difficulties related to living in the house. Andrew makes a tender revelation when he thanks his HouseGuests for making his practice of Modern Orthodox Judaism so easy on BIG BROTHER.

Unfortunately for Monet, the tenderness ends abruptly when she is voted out 7-2. Outside on the couch with Julie, Monet admits the house has made her a bit crazy and has shown her that she is not as strong as she thought. Monet also notes that she thought it would be easier to pretend to like people, but she is definitely a person who has to be up front when she doesn’t like someone. In their taped goodbyes, Andrew tells Monet she had no game, while Rachel calls her “cliquey” and “catty.” But her BFF Britney gets the most laughs and tears when she tells Monet she will miss her because she now has no one to help her make fun of Rachel’s clothes and hair extensions!

­ It is now time for the season’s first endurance competition, Hang Ten. The concept is simple—the HouseGuest who stays on his or her surfboard the longest is the new HoH. There is a twist though; the first five players to drop are the Haves for the week, while the next four players to drop are the Have Nots, with the final player missing the Have Not status to become HoH. So who will be the New HoH? And who will be nominated for eviction? Find out Sunday, July 25 at 8pm ET/PT on BIG BROTHER on CBS!