Well this is going to be an interesting week of Big Brother 19 a lot sooner than I thought it’d be. Against all odds, Paul’s plan to have the latest HoH competition thrown to Christmas worked. Josh was the backup plan for having the comp thrown to him since no one expected Christmas to compete in a physical comp much less a running one, but she did and now Josh is available to play in the next HoH comp. That leaves Christmas in charge of the noms and late night talks made their plans clear.
After Paul convinced everyone they were safe, including this week’s targets, we watched the week set itself up for an open path to whatever Paul and his two closest allies, Christmas and Josh, wanted to see happen. Things are looking pretty simple for going their way through to next Thursday.
Soon after the HoH comp ended Paul and Christmas met to confirm what she would do. Flashback to 9:15 PM BBT 8/31 to listen in on their talk.
Alex and Jason are the top targets with Jason’s eviction as Plan A and Alex as the backup. Christmas told Paul she wants to be upfront with their plans here and since Alex isn’t the main priority Christmas thinks she can talk her down after the noms. As such, there won’t be a pawn involved and that’s going to make things a little more heated sooner in the week than when we had to wait for the Veto meeting last week to get the final noms. Of course the final noms could still change here.
I think this strategy is a mistake, but it probably doesn’t matter. Since there are 7 HGs, one of them wouldn’t compete for Veto. So not great odds, but still a chance that if Christmas put up Alex and Kevin as pawns then Jason might not even get a chance to play. And if he did play then he wouldn’t have the same fire under his feet if he didn’t think he was a target since he’s already expressed a willingness to throw comps to further Paul’s fake plans. Alex had even volunteered to be a pawn against Kevin. Easy peasy. Oh well. Of course the danger with Jason not on the Block is that he could be drawn to play, win Veto, save Alex, and then both of Christmas’s targets are safe. It’s a toss up.
As for Paul’s involvement, he’s already working the angles to pretend he is unaware and not in on this plan. Paul told Josh he would act like he’s paranoid that Christmas is going to put him up when talking with Alex and Jason. The theory here is that it’d shield him from blame this week just like he pulled off last week with Matthew and Raven ultimately blaming Kevin for being the targets. Go figure.
Before we can get to nominations we will need to get through the Tree of Temptation. You’ll remember last week how no one was willing to approach the tree and engage the twist. I’m fully expecting that to be the case this time around too.
Paul has everyone convinced they’re safe this week and if the Tree comes and goes before nominations and Christmas’s reveal of her plan then the targeted HGs won’t realize in time that they could benefit from the powers available to them. Sure, there are some bad apples up there, but when the alternative is eviction how bad could those punishments really be? Looks like production should have made this twist more open ended to raise its engagement rate, but I guess it’s too late for that now.
- Christmas “won” HoH
- Jason is the target with Alex as backup
- Christmas plans to nominate Alex & Jason instead of using pawns
- No one is expected to touch the Tree of Temptation
- Results expected later tonight
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