It was girl (and Diary Room ) power on Sunday night’s Big Brother 18 episode as Natalie won HOH and Michelle was handed the Co-HOH prize from America. Unfortunately, Natalie didn’t get to call all the shots on her own and I’m not just talking about Michelle…


The episode picks up during the Head of Household competition we saw (or didn’t) begin during that pointless Friday episode. It’s the black box HOH and the HGs have to hold a button until a voice tells them to search for some discs in some sludge. The person who collects the most discs, wins HOH.

Oh boy, we still can’t get away from Paulie. We have a flashback to 82 minutes before eviction. Paulie is telling Corey and Nicole that they need to go after Victor and James. And Nicole goes right to tell James and Nicole that Paul said he was going for Victor and James. But I don’t remember hearing him say that. It was only Paulie who said it. So Nicole has successfully put a new target on Paul.

Michelle messes around in the box and gets herself eliminated from the competition. And of course there are some tears. James is eliminated just after the last round after slipping and falling, missing the timer. So Nicole, Corey, Paul and Natalie survived the Black Box. Paul came out with five discs. Nicole also collected five. Corey came out with ten. Natalie also collected ten discs. So there’s a tie. So the person who brought back their 10th disc first will win. And that was Natalie, so she’s the new Head of Household.


Natalie as HOH has basically no one in the house worried because Natalie and James have been working with both sides of the house. So the pressure is on for Natalie because she’s going to have to make two people mad.

It doesn’t take long for Paul and Victor to pick up on the fact that they could be boned. Natalie is acting weird around them so they’re worried. And then Nicole heads up to talk to James and Natalie and makes them some promises. She says she’ll keep them safe and she’s just not a threat. So she pitches a final four deal with them and Corey. And Natalie likes that idea.

What you might not know, however, is on the Live Feeds, Natalie let it slip that the Diary Room was pushing for her and James to work with Nicole and Corey. So there you have it. That means the targets this week will be Paul, Victor or Michelle.


And the plans are further complicated by this week’s Care Package. American decided to award Michelle with the co-HOH prize. So that means Natalie and Michelle will have to make the nominations together. And Nicole is definitely OH CRAPPING over that.

Natalie and Michelle sit down to talk about nominees. Michelle definitely wants Nicole up, but Natalie spends about 11 seconds to convince Michelle to go after Paul and Victor. Michelle is that easily swayed.So at the nomination ceremony, the Diary Room gets what they wanted. Nicole and Corey are safe but Paul and Victor are on the block.


Natalie tells Victor she nominated him because he battled his way back in. Michelle tells Paul that she’s heard a lot of things about him and they edited out a bunch of stuff that made Michelle look like a big fool, thankfully.


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