Big Brother 15 Episode 23 Recap: Nominations And The Best Have/Have-Not Competition Ever


Sunday’s episode of Big Brother 15 might have been about the nominations this week, but the big attraction of this episode was that awesome Have/Have-Not competition. I haven’t been as impressed by a competition in years.

The episode picks up right after Jessie’s eviction with Amanda boasting about being the mastermind of the game. And while she’s not exaggerating, her lack of modesty is incredible.

And then we cut to Aaryn’s Head of Household win. And you can tell Aaryn didn’t intend for that to happen. And neither did Amanda, clearly. But Aaryn tried to let Amanda have it, but it didn’t happen. And when McCrae implies that Amanda should have won the contest, she gets crazy. No, really, I mean crazy. She runs off to the storage room and cries behind a trash can.

Elissa is panicking over Aaryn’s win because she’s looking around and it’s starting to look like Elissa could be Aaryn’s only remaining target. But what Elissa doesn’t realize is Amanda is still calling all the shots and lucky for Elissa, Amanda has other plans.

Helen blabbing alert: This episode we get Helen not only telling Aaryn she’s like Janelle, she tells her she’s BETTER than Janelle. And the entire Big Brother fanbase has a collective obnoxious laugh.


Amanda is out from behind the garbage can, so it’s time to find out what Amanda’s plan is. Aaryn wants to put up Spencer and Elissa with Elissa as the target. But Amanda wants it to be Helen and Elissa. Her excuse is that if Helen wins the veto, she can take Elissa down. And Amanda has a point. But Amanda’s plan is for Helen to be the target with her thinking Elissa is the target.

And before Aaryn even agrees to the plan, Amanda tells Andy about the plan like Aaryn signed off on it 100 percent. So that’s what’s going to happen.

Speaking of Helen and Elissa, when they realize they’re backed into a corner, Elissa says that if she gets evicted, she’s not going to the jury house and will just go hope. Helen gets terribly upset because she thinks that Elissa is being disrespectful to her and the game with that kind of thinking. And of course she’s thinking like that, she never wanted to be on the show anyway.

But as Amanda points out, the joke is on Helen. Elissa isn’t the target, Helen is.

It’s the Have/Have-Not competition. The HGs divide into two teams. The Green Team is Elissa, GinaMarie, Amanda and Helen. The Orange Team is Aaryn, Spencer, Andy and McCrae. The groups have to find a key inside of a pitch-black room rigged with goo, slime dumps, wind bursts¬†and secret passages. It’s basically the best competition since Big Brother 6’s “Pressure Cooker.” The Orange Team killed it. They win.

Elissa gets to work campaigning to Aaryn and I think she may have used her yoga mat as a ploy? You guys, I don’t mean any blasphemy, but Elissa is really bad at this game.

At the nomination ceremony, Aaryn makes Amanda’s nominations so Helen and Elissa’s keys are not pulled.

If you don’t want to wait until Wednesday to find out how the veto competition played out, check out our Big Brother spoilers.


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