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Season 12: Episode 16 - This Week's Evicted Houseguest Gets the Dubious Distinction of Being the First Jury Member

This Week's Evicted Houseguest Gets the Dubious Distinction of Being the First Jury Member: In response to Brendon’s strongly worded speech at the veto ceremony, Ragan calls him a “neanderthal” for being so aggressive. Britney is just as furious at Brendon, and suggests that he should be the one to leave this week. In the storage room, Brendon tells Rachel that he lashed out at Ragan and Britney as a strategy, so this way he will definitely go home over his “true love.” Brendon admits in diary room that some people may think he’s an idiot for giving up a half-million dollars for a girl, but he’s more than willing to do it for someone he loves.

Soon after Rachel and Britney talk in the cabana room. Britney tells Rachel that Brendon hates women, but their friendship is fine. Britney tells Rachel she is worried  thatthe “sinking ship” that is Brendon is hurting Rachel’s game, and Rachel starts to cry. Rachel reveals in the diary room that she made a point of getting upset in front of Britney to help solidify Brendon’s plan and make it seem like she had no idea about the attack.

Britney goes outside to vent to Enzo, Lane and Hayden about Brendon’s behavior. They listen politely, but when Britney walks off they laugh about their astounding good luck. Everyone in the house is at each other’s throats, but once again, the members of their secret Brigade alliance are totally safe. Upstairs the fourth Brigade member and Head of Household Matt hangs out with his house pal Ragan. Initially the idea was to get Rachel out this week, but after the stunt Brendon pulled, the target may have changed. Will Brendon’s plan work?

Later that night Rachel tries to make amends with Ragan, a former friend. Rachel wants to know what happened, but Ragan wants none of it. He calmly yet firmly picks Rachel’s game apart, telling her that they operate on different levels and that she is a “bad sport.” Rachel leaves in tears while Brendon charges over and demands to know why Ragan made her cry. The two end up arguing, with Brendon getting more and more upset. Britney eventually gets into it, yelling insults at Brendon as he yells back. Meanwhile, Enzo sits on the sidelines and smiles.

The next day, Enzo, Hayden and Lane discuss their options in the HoH suite. Rachel is a strong competitor, and could be their ally if she is left in the house. Brendon is hated, but more importantly he is weak at competitions. Hayden notes if Brendon stays, he would be a huge target for next week, which keeps the Brigade out of everyone’s sights. Enzo muses that this game is crazy—what once seemed like an obvious choice is suddenly complicated.

Host Julie Chen checks in with the HouseGuests and congratulates them on reaching the halfway mark in the game and announces that seven of them will be in the jury, while the final two will vie for the $500,000 prize. Julie asks Matt if opening Pandora’s Box was a difficult decision and if the risk was worth the reward. Matt admits it was not difficult because he has no self control, but lies when he says it was NOT worth the reward! When Julie asks who each of them think is the most underestimated player, the majority of the HouseGuests choose Ragan and Britney, with Rachel suggesting everyone needs to amp up their games.

Brendon’s love of Rachel seems so encompassing it is hard to believe he was ever in a serious relationship before. But a quick trip to Orange County, California proves Brendon had a love life before Rachel! Brendon’s ex-fiancee Candice and her mom Mia have been watching the unfolding romance with particular interest. Everything Brendon has said to Rachel is all too familiar to Candice, who notes Brendon’s emotional outbursts and demands are a hallmark of his personality. Mia says she is relieved Brendon is not her son-in-law, while Candice says she is proud to be a member of “Team Rachel.” Candice hopes Rachel “sees the light” when it comes to how Brendon is impacting her game.  

And the First Member of the Jury is…
After declaring their love for each other in their departing speeches, Rachel and Brendon wait for the result of the HouseGuest vote. By a unanimous 6-0 vote, Rachel is voted out of the house. As she walks out of the house, Rachel hugs and kisses Brendon and tells him to win for them, but ignores all other houseguests. Outside with Julie, Rachel says she is not shocked she has been eliminated because the rest of the house is scared of her. But after she watches the goodbye messages, Rachel learns from Julie she may not be totally done with the house just yet…

Julie checks in with the remaining houseguests, who have moved outside to the back yard, which has been turned into a huge barnyard. Julie explains the players must make their way across a massive web as they untangle their individual ropes. The first houseguest to untangle his or herself and ring the buzzer is the new HoH! So who will be the new Head of Household? And who will be nominated for eviction? And will secret Saboteur Ragan get away with his next sabotage? Find out Sunday, August 15 at 8pm ET/PT on BIG BROTHER on CBS!