Big Brother 18 Recap: Episode 16 — A New HOH Goes For An Old Target| July 24, 2016 at 9:20 PM EST
After an epic Big Brother 18 endurance Head of Household competition (that would have been nice to see on the Live Feeds), Frank remains public enemy No. 1. Will this be the week the house finally gets the BB14 golden boy out of the door? We’ll see.
The episode picks up right after Victor re-enters the house and the game. Everyone is a little apprehensive about Vic’s return. Paul is worried because being close to Victor almost go him in trouble before. And of course Paulie is shaken a bit because he is responsible for sending him out the first time.
Frank, however, is seeing a potential ally to replace newly-evicted Tiffany. Frank takes no time to fill Victor in on how hard he’s been working to get Da’Vonne out.
Meanwhile Da’Vonne wants to know if the others want to send Victor right back out the door. Day says she would rather Frank still go. And Nicole runs right to Frank and tells him. Paul lets Paulie know that he’s going to get Victor on board with Paulie and to not believe anything Frank says.
It’s time for the Head of Household competition! And it’s an endurance comp. The houseguests have to stand, with one arm in the air while stepping over a moving rope. If your hand drops, you release a confetti and yourself from the competition.
Paul is the first person out after only 23 minutes. Nicole is out next at 1:19. And she’s sooooooo meeehaaaaaduh. Zakiyah and Michelle drop back to back not long after Nicole. Then after the 2-hour mark, Corey is out. Victor is out soon after all because he tried to catch a water bottle. Derp.
Frank drops at 2:46. That leaves Bridgette, James, Da’Vonne and Natalie. At 4 hours and 4 minutes, Natalie drops. At about 6 hours, James starts asking to make some deals. Bridgette says nah. And since Bridgette is still Frank’s puppet, he goes up to Da’Vonne trying to make deals. He asks what she wants and she says safety. Day says Bridgette will put her up. Frank says no.
With little to lose, Frank tells Da’Vonne that someone told him an hour before the competition that Nicole sold her out to him. Da’Vonne was supposed to drop if he told her, but she decided to stay up and said she’s screwed either way, so there’s no point in dropping.
Da’Vonne decides to bring the news out in the open. She tells the whole group that Frank just told her Nicole said Day wants Frank out over Victor. Nicole denies it and is so mad at Frank even though she keeps trusting Frank over and over and over.
Day and Bridgette make a deal to both drop and give it to James. So they do and James is the new HOH. And Natalie gives him their first kiss (for those of you who keep track of showmances). Frank is feeling OK because he’s pretty sure that James is going to “go with the house” and target Victor. Sure, Frank, all is forgiven I’m sure.
Nicole and Da’Vonne talk about what just went down. Nicole denies, denies, denies and turns it back on Da’Vonne for not trusting her. Day tells her everything Frank said and says she believes her but Day tells us in the Diary Room that she doesn’t really believe Nicole.
Once again Nicole tells us that she’s given Frank 10 chances at least and she’ll never trust him again. But she always does, so we’ll see.
Bridgette has a talk with Natalie, who asks if she’s going to be safe and Natalie says yes because James said he wouldn’t put her up if she dropped.
Paul goes to work getting the target off Victor’s back and even though Paul is making some great points, it’s nothing James and company doesn’t already know. The target was basically always going to be on Frank and Bridgette anyway. James didn’t keep his deal to Shelli last season and he doesn’t have to keep his deal with Bridgette this season.
Victor goes to James and Natalie and says he’s on board with getting Frank and Bridgette out. And Natalie is like huh? So James has to explain to Natalie that everyone wants Bridgette up. So James has some decisions to make, so of course Paulie comes in to seal the deal because Paulie can’t not have a say in it.
At the nomination ceremony James the only people surprised are Frank and Bridgette as this week’s nominees.