Big Brother 16: Donny Thompson & Nicole Franzel Are Doomed

They might be the most popular male and female HGs for the readers here, but Donny Thompson and Nicole Franzel aren’t finding a lot of support on the inside of the Big Brother 16 House. As things stand now, their games appear to be doomed.

Donny Thompson on Big Brother 16
Donny Thompson on Big Brother 16 – Source: CBS

Nicole returned to the game as part of last night’s twist and while many may suggest that’s an automatic return trip ticket to the Jury house it doesn’t have to be. It’s worth nothing Gary Levy returned from the the Jury on BBCAN1, made it to the F2, and lost in a chaotic finale vote when one Juror used the wrong keycard. Oops.

So while it is possible for a returning player to make it to the end, can Nicole make that happen? I highly doubt it.

Shortly after the Feeds returned last night we found Derrick instructing the guys alliance that no one was allowed to talk privately with Nicole behind closed doors or they would be called out and suspected of treason. She remains a top target just as she was the week she left.

Donny’s situation has not improved with Nicole’s return. He tried to save Zach while flipping Cody, Christine, and Frankie to fight alongside him. None of those attempts worked and only solidified their plans to eliminate who they fear to be a Harvard medical professor / super genius rather than simply the intelligent, capable, and tough competitor that Donny is.

Nicole and Donny had a chance to delay the seemingly inevitable outcome last night with the Head of Household competition. From what we could piece together Nicole was the first player out as she couldn’t even remember what day # it was. That makes a days/events/timeline competition pretty darn hard when your head is out of the game.

As for Donny, the entire competition came down to him and Cody. Both had the right answer and raced for their buttons but Cody outreached him by less than a second and won HoH last night, according to the retells by Derrick. Ouch.

Had Donny won HoH this week then we would have seen guaranteed safety for him and Nicole until the next round. There could have been a Derrick/Cody nomination combo with Frankie as the backup plan. It would have been quite the week, but that’s not going to happen.

Instead Donny and Nicole are going up on the block and one of them will be sent back to Jury. If Donny does not win the Veto then he’ll go on Thursday with Nicole as the alternative.

But let’s take a step back. Donny and Nicole don’t have a chance overall without a crack in the guys alliance. Even if Donny and Nicole had survived this week then next week it would have been 5 vs 2 and really 5 vs 1 in the HoH comp. They would have needed back to back HoH and Veto wins until the end of the season. Not impossible, just improbable.

Last night when the HoH comp was over and the week’s path all too obvious Donny told Nicole that they faced an “insurmountable obstacle” in their battle of 6 vs 2. It’s not that they’re giving up, he told Nicole, but simply an impossible task at hand.

Sadly, I believe he’s right. The opposing alliance will most likely stick together to vote out Donny and Nicole before moving on to Christine and then the guys as Victoria gets dragged to the end.

Inevitability. It’s a bummer.


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