With just a few days of HoH safety left to go Jessica Graf has started working on planting seeds to help protect her and Cody next week on Big Brother 19 in case they don’t get back in the HoH suite this Thursday night. Her first stop was a talk with Kevin and a few exaggerations to go with it.
We know that Jessica won the Halting Hex which will allow her to stop any of the next three evictions, basically resetting the week with a new HoH and everything. The rest of the House doesn’t know that though. Not only that, but none of us know what the Hex’s Curse will be as that’s set to be revealed later this week on Big Brother.
Kevin and Jessica are sitting along the wall in the backyard chatting away. Feeds cut then come back to Kevin asking Jessica “For how long? The whole thing?” “Not the whole thing,” responds Jessica, “but it’s better than Paul’s.” She’s just revealed she received the last Temptation, the Halting Hex, but her details are thin and she isn’t being completely honest here.
Seems Jessica also told Kevin during the brief Fish that it covers two people. “How two of you? You get to pick someone else?” asks Kevin. We know this relates to that it’d stop the entire eviction, covering either of the people on the Block (or three if that magically happened that week), but it doesn’t sound like she explained that part to him either.
“I can pick whoever I want at any point in time,” says Jessica. We know it only lasts three more evictions, but she’s likely exaggerating things a little to buffer her safety from the Halting Hex. Kevin seems to think it lasts for four weeks, which is close, but no longer the case.
Kevin doesn’t understand how she got it, but thinks America voted for her after she went up against Josh in that backyard shouting match after the pickle juice. I’d guess it had more to do with Cody getting evicted and viewers trying to balance the power of the house, but who knows.
“You’re the only person that knows,” says Jessica. Kevin quickly tells her that he won’t tell anyone but if she hears someone saying something then they just guessed it since there are only but so many options. Cody comes by at this point and Jessica lets Kevin know that Cody already knows, which we also knew.
Kevin quickly shifts this to be a positive for him, saying everyone else might have a strained relationship with Jessica and Cody, but he gets along with them and is happy they got it.
“So now you’re off the Block for like four weeks?” asks Kevin. “Mmm hmm,” says Jessica. Again, not exactly, but not too far off.
Kevin again says he won’t tell but points out that it’s going to come out if someone tries to put her up. Jessica explains that “depending on who wins HoH next week, I’m going to tell them because the punishment is for who puts us up on the Block.” Hmm, we don’t know if that’s true or not. Julie Chen said the curse portion of the last Temptation would be revealed on Thursday.
Kevin tries guessing about the curse, asking if she gets to put up the HoH who tried to nominate them. Jessica says she won’t elaborate, but if someone tries to put her up then she gets to inflict a punishment on them.
What if they don’t believe you, wonders Kevin. Jessica says then that HoH can try to put them up and deal with the consequences. Kevin thinks that’s a better idea and to just not warn the HoH. Jessica is hoping to extend the usefulness of the Hex though. If she has to use it this upcoming week then it’s one and done. But if she can hang it over the house for weeks to come then that’s way more beneficial to her.
The talk between Jessica and Kevin wraps up about 8:33 PM BBT. So did Kevin go back and tell anyone? Ehh, kinda. He suggested to Jason and Paul last night that they need to be considerate of Jessica possibly having the Temptation and them not knowing what it does. I don’t believe he outright told them that Jessica revealed details to him.
This morning Jason and Paul shared notes on the idea. Flashback to 10:40 AM BBT 7/25 to hear their talk. Paul mentions to Jason that Kevin thinks Jessica might have the power and it could involve swapping nominees. Paul doesn’t believe it since she didn’t use it last week when she was up on the Block. Paul even suggests that maybe Mark has it since he got so defensive so quickly after it was awarded to one of them. Mark doesn’t have it though.
Whatever the Temptation may be, Paul is sure it has an expiration since his did. Well, he’s right that her power will expire, in 3 more rounds, but Christmas’s Ring of Replacement does not expire. So he’s getting some of his guesses wrong and some of them right, but that’s to be expected.
So Jessica is finally starting to spread the word. Unless Cody wins HoH next week she may have to make the choice again whether or not to tell others about her Halting Hex. We’ll see then how effective her exaggerations are or if HGs ignore her claims and move on with trying to get Cody and Jessica out the door. If either is still on the Block come a week from Thursday then we’ll probably get to see it in action. Good times.