Nicole Franzel and Corey Brooks are about to be greatly outnumbered if things continue down the current course for Big Brother 18. They’re likely about to lose their only ally in Paulie and face a very difficult game ahead especially after the next Care Package arrives.
With Nicole out of the running for the Co-HoH care package only Corey is eligible from their shrinking alliance and that leaves a big threat to the couple hoping to persist in the season or even survive through next week.
Only Victor won’t be able to compete in the upcoming HoH which means Nicole and Corey will face Paul, James, Natalie, and Michelle in their bid for control and safety, but even if one of the couple wins it this probably won’t be a safe week.
We know something these HGs don’t. The next care package gives away half the HoH’s power letting the Co-HoH (ACP’s recipient this week) share safety and make one of the two nomination picks. Here’s where things get ugly fast for Corey and Nicole.
Let’s say Corey wins HoH on Thursday night. He’s going to think both Nicole and he are safe for the week. Nope. When that next package drops from the sky I’m willing to wager Corey won’t be even close to winning that prize. Nicole is out of the running and really this would have been the week for her fans to save for her to win, but that’s spilt milk.
When either Michelle, Paul, or Victor wins the Co-HoH Care Package then they’ll have the power to pick the second nom so up Nicole will go on the Block even with Corey as the HoH.
Even if we flip things around in the scenario with Nicole winning HoH we’ve still got the same issue of the other going up on the Block when that Care Package hits the backyard.
If Nicole is HoH, noms Victor, and Corey goes up on the Block after, for example, Michelle wins ACP then that leaves Michelle, James, Natalie, and Paul to all vote out Corey. Yes, we could be watching Corey get voted out under Nicole’s HoH reign next Thursday. Yikes!
Now why don’t I think Corey has a snowball’s chance of winning this ACP? He is second to last in our poll for who should win it with only Paulie behind him. Then if you go to our Popularity Poll, he’s the lowest active HG in last week’s rankings. He’s just not a popular HG and that’s exactly what this ACP twist requires. A few readers have suggested Nicole’s fans could rally to vote for Corey instead, and sure, it’s possible, but I don’t see it happening in the volumes necessary to impact the outcome.
Should someone other than Nicole or Corey win HoH then I think we’ll end up seeing both of them on the Block together with the two noms combined since that’s the latest majority’s group decision and then Corey would be on out the door. There’s really just no best case scenario for the couple under what we see in the game right now.
Of course if this Friday mystery episode presents a returning Juror competition or some other sort of outside forces overrides the game next week with another twist then things may still work out much differently than I’ve detailed above. And that’s what it will probably take to protect Nicole and Corey from being split up next week and they don’t even know it yet.
What do you think might happen? Can you see a likely scenario where the pair could avoid one being evicted next week? Share your thoughts below.
Side note: Yes, of course one could win Veto and save the other. I’m more looking at them likely facing a situation where one is on the Block with the votes pending against them to be evicted.