Donny Thompson is sitting in the hot seat this week on Big Brother, but is there a chance for him to escape eviction from his seventh nomination of the season and third trip to the Thursday night nomination chairs? Yesterday we heard rumblings of a plan to flip the vote, but would it take hold?

Donny and Derrick on Big Brother 16

Derrick and Frankie sit down for a talk in the backyard around 4:30PM BBT 8/25 and discuss the situation with sending Donny or Nicole off to the Jury House. After an initial push from Frankie a few days ago to send Nicole out and keep Donny we hadn’t heard much from Frankie on the subject. At the same time it looked quite solid for Derrick wanting Donny gone. So what’s going on now?

Frankie and Derrick suggest they are motivated by what America might want (keeping Donny) and speculate DR could even make it a new Team America mission this week. It’s suggested that maybe they could go in to DR and ask for another $5K to keep Donny around this week.

They agree to consider keeping Donny and to check around for support. With just five votes this week and Derrick controlling his and Victoria’s it wouldn’t be impossible to pull this off.

Throughout the night Derrick and Frankie do their thing around the house. Derrick speaks with Victoria and reminds her how well Nicole would do in an endurance competition while Frankie has his talks with Caleb and Christine to push the same agenda. Later they regroup to discuss.

Jump to 9:05PM BBT to find Derrick and Frankie talking through the scenario in the HoH bathroom. Frankie points out there is enough doubt in the house right now that they have an in to save Donny. Frankie is confident that if Donny stays then he won’t be going after him while Nicole most likely would go after both of them.

During their conversation Frankie starts to say something about the impression he’s been given when we heard a reminder from Big Brother than they’re not allowed to discuss their DR sessions. Derrick responds that they’re trying to pull off a miracle and to give them some slack. It seems possible that this reversal of positions could be coming from production, but is anyone surprised?

At 10:00PM BBT Derrick is talking with Caleb about saving Donny but he doesn’t waste the opportunity to get in a few digs at Frankie and why Caleb, Cody, and Derrick make a great F3. We already know Caleb and Cody have discussed keeping Derrick over Frankie for the F3, so this is a supportive discussion to that angle.

So what could stop this “Save Donny” effort? Could the guy without a vote be the one to end it all? Jump to 10:40PM BBT Cams 3/4 as Derrick and Cody chat in the HoH room. Cody tells Derrick that Caleb brought up keeping Donny, but he shut it down fast. Cody says Frankie was floating the idea to Caleb. Derrick acts surprised.

Cody says Frankie is driven by his fear that Nicole would come after him and that is the only reason he’s working on others to keep Donny. Derrick starts to suggest that he also believes Nicole may come after him (Derrick) if they were to keep him. Cody disagrees. Again the hidden humor here is that Nicole may target Cody & Derrick if she gets to stay in the house per the advisement she received from Hayden.

These conversations go on and off all night. Another one takes place at 12:30AM BBT as Derrick and Frankie work on Caleb. Caleb is worried that Donny would win if he gets to the end, but Frankie points out they keep getting Donny in the hot seat and they could do it again.

Perhaps hedging his bets or just sensing too much resistance to the “Save Donny” plan Derrick goes to Nicole and promises her his vote to stay. Flashback to 12:45AM BBT for their discussion.

Minutes later Derrick conveys to Frankie that this is an uphill battle and might not be worth fighting if it’s going to hurt them. Derrick seems to have given up on trying to keep Donny, at least for now. Frankie appears to agree as he’s soon talking with Christine and Cody about keeping Nicole.

So we’re back to Donny getting evicted on Thursday night, but right now Tuesday hasn’t even started which means there is still a LOT of time left for things to shuffle. Should Nicole stay I think there’s a better chance of a power shift, but I know a lot of folks will be sorry to see Donny go. He’s put up a heck of a fight, but the odds continue to be stacked against him.

Something to consider is whether or not this was all for show. Derrick and Frankie were soundly against Donny’s proposal of using their freestyle Team America mission to keep him for an easy $5K, but now they’re working the house and easily giving up? Who knows.

What do you think might happen this week? Could the house shift and decide to keep Donny? Will Derrick risk Cody’s confidence if he decides to flip the vote and keep Cody’s target this week? It’d be a big risk when both nominees could end up coming after them.




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