You’ve got to watch what you say in the Big Brother house which makes drinking a potentially dangerous situation to be in especially when you’re this close to the finish line. So what happened when you mixed booze with this season’s Finale 3?

Nicole Franzel takes a sip on BB18

After a good round of drinking and fun for the F3 we saw James head inside to grab some pizza leaving Paul and Nicole alone to start ranting and raving over James and his efforts to be dragged on to F2.

Flashback to 10:15 PM BBT 9/18 Cams 3/4 to find Paul and Nicole alone in the hammock both with a wine filled glass in hand and a little bit of tipsy-ness to go with it.

Paul starts by telling Nicole how James told him if he (Paul) takes him to the F2 then Paul is a sure win. Nicole says James is trying to tell her the same thing but believes that if either of them takes James then James will win over them.

Nicole retells Paul about her conversation earlier with James where she went down the memwall and marked off Da’Vonne, Bridgette, Michelle, and Natalie as four votes in his favor, just to start, if she took James to F2. Now I’d disagree with some of those, but that appears to be what Nicole thinks at this time.

Nicole says she thinks she can get Michelle’s vote over Paul since he called Michelle the c-word. There’s also her concern that Natalie’s extended stay in the Jury gave her enough time to sway others in his favor and she doesn’t want to go against that. She again suggests that James could beat her if she takes him to F2.

Paul cuts in and wants Nicole to know that he’s not taking Nicole to F2 because he thinks he can beat her but because he wants her in F2 instead of James. Like I’ve said repeatedly, Paul seriously does not respect James’s game this season and won’t let him get near any prize money in the F2. Paul tells Nicole that he does think his chances are better against her than against James as are hers against him than James.

As Nicole continues on telling him about her talks with Corey she’s giving Paul a lot of credit. Paul says that worries him because he fears she’s going to suddenly decide that she can’t take a risk of having him with her at the end. Nicole counters him saying she’s of the mindset “to be the best, you have to beat the best, and I think Paul is the best. That’s my motto.” She’s said that phrase before in talks with Corey so this wouldn’t be a new stance for her. Personally, I’d gladly take a win over Victoria instead of going up against Derrick any day of the year, but $500K is $500K to me!

Nicole says that even going up against “the best” as she says she considers Paul to be, she does think she has a chance against him. She lists off Michelle and Day as potential flip votes while again suggesting James would start out only needing one more vote.

Then comes another potentially revealing moment. Nicole tells Paul that if she took James and lost to him she could never forgive herself, but if she takes Paul and loses to him then she’d be willing to admit that she’d have voted for Paul too. Hmm. Interesting. “I’m not going to lose to someone who I don’t think deserves…” says Nicole as she trails off. “I would never take [James] because if I lost to him I’d be pissed,” she adds.

The pair starts to loop around as Nicole goes back to her talk with James earlier and the votes he has in his pocket to start. Both again agree that their best shot is to go to the end against one another rather than James before James comes back a few minutes later.

The dynamic between these two seems very genuine and is convincing me more and more that Nicole is now planning to take Paul just as Paul has been planning to take Nicole to F2. Watch how she’s been talking with James versus these sorts of talks with Paul. If Nicole is lying here then she deserves an Oscar along with the Big Brother 18 crown which I do think she’d get if she took James, but not Paul.

What do you think of the exchange here? Is Nicole pulling the wool over Paul’s eyes even more than we’d seen before or is she being sincere in this exchange saying that James doesn’t deserve a seat in the F2? What do you think will happen when the final HoH is revealed?


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