Only seven Houseguests remain in the game for Big Brother 18 and we’re about to see a new line drawn along the House when James prepares to flip the vote and change the plan.

James Huling decides the eviction on Big Brother 18

Since last week we saw a F5 group form to go against Paule, Nicole, and Corey but suddenly on Thursday night Natalie had concerns over Paul and things have been shifting ever since.

The original plan for the F5 (consisting of James, Natalie, Michelle, Victor, and Paul) was to knock out Paulie then go after Nicole and Corey. Then Natalie had a change of heart and decided Nicole and Corey were wonderful people and she couldn’t go against them while Paul was not to be trusted. He quickly became her new target and when she won HoH that solidified his danger.

Natalie and Michelle, the Co-HoH’s this week, soon sent Paul and Victor to the Block after Natalie convinced Michelle to abandon their previous plans to target the Nicole & Corey showmance. Then just a few short hours after the nominations ceremony both HoH’s decided it was a mistake and Corey needed to go. Well James didn’t like that.

Even as Natalie and Michelle swayed back to support keeping Paul and Victor it was obvious that James was doubtful and resisting this continued flip flopping. He began reminding the women that this wasn’t a good move for them and they needed to keep the more trustworthy Corey.

Now with Veto out of the way we know Paul will come down and Corey is scheduled to go up. Actually Michelle wants to renom Nicole, but she’s being pressured to go with Corey. Thing is, it doesn’t matter. Victor is now slated to be voted out no matter who sits next to him.

Flashback to 8:09 PM BBT 8/20 last night for two simultaneous and opposing conversations.

Upstairs we’ve got Natalie and James discussing their options. James warns Natalie that Victor and Paul are looking to get Corey out this week so they can get James out next week then barrel through the three remaining women and get to F2. Well, yeah, actually that appears to be accurate. Victor and Paul were discussing earlier that next week they need to try and get James out.

James tells Natalie they should try for a F4 with Nicole and Corey instead of letting them be picked off by the guys. Natalie says she actually trusts Victor but James says she can’t as long as Paul is in the house controlling him. Now with Paul safe from eviction this week there’s no way for them to get out Paul and hang on to Victor. They agree Victor has to go.

Downstairs at the same time we’re listening in on a conversation between Michelle, Paul, and Victor. Michelle is explaining how she wants Nicole gone this week but the guys are countering that Corey is the best option as the stronger competitor. They explain with Corey gone then only Victor and Paul are eligible for the next Care Package. If it’s a great power then they can use it to protect Michelle. We know it’s just going to be bribe money, but they don’t know that.

Michelle comes around and agrees to renom Corey instead of Nicole, but even after she makes that move the game won’t be in their hands. There will only be three votes this week and it all hinges on James.

With Corey and Victor on the Block then Michelle and Natalie on the HoH throne we know with near certainty how Nicole and Paul will vote. They won’t be going against their ally on the Block. Instead James will get to decide as effectively a tie-breaker between Victor and Corey. Considering James has been pushing passively and more recently actively to keep Corey I don’t see this changing. James will vote out Victor unless Natalie changes her mind and presses hard on James. Otherwise Victor will be evicted before having a shot to come right back in thanks to the Jury Battle Back twist.

There’s plenty of time for things to change, but considering James’s long running stance on not targeting Nicole and Corey it’s really going to take something big to sway him. Since we know Victor and Paul secretly want to get James out next it’s not a bad move on his part, but if he votes out Victor and then Victor comes right back, well, James better win that HoH or Veto because things could get ugly quick!

What do you think of James’s plan here? Good move to evict Victor or does it make more sense to split up Nicole and Corey?




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