‘Big Brother 19’ Spoilers: Tree Of Temptation – Week 9 – Updated

Tree of Temptation twist on Big Brother 19

The Tree of Temptation twist is back for Week 9 of Big Brother 19 and it’s about as big a hit as a contagious rash might be in that house. Yep, things aren’t looking too good for this apple tree.

Continuing the Summer of Temptation, following the Den and Competition installments, is the “Tree of Temptation” which bears the fruit of five apples and inside each of them is either a power or a curse. Houseguests would have to be the first to race to the Diary Room each Friday when the tree lit up just hours before Nominations. Or not.

This morning, Flashback on your Live Feeds to 10:04 AM BBT as the spooky voiceover announces the tree has come to life. If you have the Feeds on mute you wouldn’t know anything had happened because there was practically zero reaction. HGs just kept on chatting and sitting around like nothing was going on.

Slowly Matthew walked back to the kitchen but didn’t even bother to walk over. Paul came out of the Lounge, looked around, and announced that he was going to get it but then admitted he was joking. He strolled over to the well lit tree with Raven and chatted about the twist’s “gumpy-ness”. Few others stopped by but there were no takers.

Gallery: Tree of Not-So-Temptation

It’s been just over two hours since the tree opened up an opportunity for someone to grab one of the four remaining powers and still yet there are no takers. This twist could be about to fall apart. As Paul pointed out, if there was some cash in the mix they’d probably get a better reaction. We’ll have to see if that gets added next week.

Trouble here is that Paul has everyone so convinced that they’re safe no one realizes that’s going on. Matthew and Raven are about to go up, but they think Kevin is the target while everyone else knows otherwise. Paul is working to make sure Raven and Matthew don’t wise up and make a grab for some power here. So far his plan is working.

As a reminder, here are the four remaining options after Mark got the “Save-A-Friend” apple last week:

  • Second Veto
  • Eliminate 2 Eviction Votes
  • Bounty On Your Head
  • Can’t Play In Next HoH

Since Feeds were down last week we don’t know how long exactly this twist will be active this afternoon, but it’s likely going to be closed for business by the time nominations arrive later tonight. Speaking of, I’d bet Matthew and Raven, this week’s current eviction targets, will wish they took the gamble on an apple by the time the Veto Ceremony rolls around.

Do you think anyone will take a risk at getting stuck with a punishment? Jason could go for it since he’s already not playing next week, but getting a bounty of $5K on your head would be bad news. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one pass by without any action. That’s going to be a little awkward in Sunday’s show!

Meanwhile, nominations are coming up later today. Ready who we expect to go up and be ready for those spoilers later tonight along with the Veto comp tomorrow with results from the Live Feeds.

Update: That’s it. Production has closed the door on the Tree this week. No one took a bite.



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  1. The powers that be are probably not liking the temptation not being tempting. How much longer is it in affect? If a couple more weeks, thinking Kevin might grab one or even Jason. Kevin because he seems frustrated and dejected. Jason, because he seems about ready to take chances.

  2. If taking the power you got could be kept secret , it would make it more tempting to go for one.

  3. Maybe, big maybe, if Mark had pulled an apple that would have helped him, there might be some interest but for the rest they probably feel it’s too risky to get the can’t play in HoH apple or get second veto apple that would tick off the others and make you a bigger target the next week

    • I don’t know. I think the issue is just that there’s no real motivation to take one unless you think you’re in danger. No one thinks they’re in danger this week. Mark knew he was in danger, so he went for it because he had nothing to lose.

      • Why doesn’t Kevin see Matt and Raven not looking worried and Matt and Raven not see Kevin isn’t worrying. Shouldn’t someone be worried about being voted out?

      • Because Kevin thinks Matt and Raven are ignorant to the plan, and Maven think Kevin is blindsided to the backdoor plan.
        This is going to be the most peaceful week because the targets are sheepish followers.

    • He had the right idea trying to get on Paul’s good side. He knew that Paul was running the house. He, Elena, Jess and Cody were the only ones that either caught on to Paul or were getting there, aka Elena and Mark. This season is awful, these people don’t know what they are doing. Did they not realize that Paul made it to final 2 last year? Probably not. They might as well end the season right now and give him a check.

      • Those who argued that Cody, Jessica, Mark and Elena did not play or understand the Big Brother game can now see how well the rest of the house (except Paul) know how to play.
        They have been instruments for one good player all season to play out the other identified players who understand the game.

  4. The $5k bounty could actually work the holder’s favor if he’s lucky. For instance, if Matt picked an apple today and got the bounty, Paul & Co. could decide NOT to evict him so they can save him for their own HOH collect the bounty for themselves instead of giving it to Jason.

  5. I’m just tired of the hg being so blind. Hate to call anyone stupid, so blind it is. Don’t they realize Paul doesn’t talk to any two groups together since they got everyone else out.

    • Going to be okay. Alex and Jason are going to win everything. The next 3 HOH and all the vetos. Edit: All the HOHs and all the vetos.

    • He talks to them in ‘layers’….Basically, whoever is the real target, he’ll talk to them about a fake target in front of other people who know which targets are real vs. fake. That way they feel like they’re “in on the plan”

    • I know, it’s hard not to call them stupid. They are so far up Paul’s behind they can’t even see straight. Every HOH is HIS, no one else’s. Jason is following the same pattern. No one has the nerve to stick their neck out and go after Paul. Why continue the season? Just give Paul the money now. At this point, when he makes final 2, I think he should win because he blatantly ran the house all summer long. I don’t want him to win but he’s the only one that deserves it because he is playing the game. Everyone else is just following him. I’d love to root for Alex, Jason or even Christmas but I don’t know if I can do that.

      • The problem is that they don’t see what we see. I’ve said this numerous times Jason, Alex and Paul are in an alliance. Jason and Alex have Paul’s back but he doesn’t have anyone’s back but unfortunately they can’t watch feeds like we can. Also Christmas and Josh have an alliance with Paul. They also have his back. And finally Matt and Raven think they’re in an alliance with him and also have his back. That’s what you do when you have an alliance. You trust them, you get information from others and relay it back to your alliance and you have the same targets. What needs to happen is they need to compare notes. But that won’t happen because they trust their alliances. And Paul won’t risk winning HOH because then he’d have to pick a team and show his cards. Jason has wanted Maven gone since week one. So he’s following what he wants. It just so happens Paul doesn’t care who goes because he’s safe with everyone.

    • I noticed that when they are all together Paul is quiet. In separate groups he doesn’t shut up, all together, pretending to sleep.

    • Jason wins this veto, Alex wins next HOH, Jason wins next veto, Jason wins HOH, Alex wins veto.,,,Paul is evicted.

      • If Kevin wins ANYTHING I will stand up in front of the TV and clap & yell. I will be that surprised. But it would be interesting.

      • Haha they’re talking on the feeds about throwing the veto to Kevin so it won’t get used.

  6. How is it that everyone talks about what everyone else just told them but they never talk about what Paul tells them. Cody had it right on point in his first interview when he said Paul was holding court….

    • Because Paul is a smart player. He set it up so that if Matt/Raven ask what the plan is, the entire house is on board with telling them the plan is to backdoor Kevin. And if Kevin asks, the entire house is on board with telling him the plan is to go after Matt/Raven. There’s no notes they can compare that will backfire on him.

      • Well, if Alex asked on lets say Raven ” Hey did Paul talk to you about Kevin”? Of course she will say yes but she might even add who she wants target next after Kevin and it could start a chain reaction from there. Yes, there is notes to compare and the biggest item on those notes is Paul. All they got o do is talk.

    • IF raven screeches at Paul when they’re left on the block, what’s she going to say? “Paul told us we were safe, that Kevin was the target!”

      Yawn. Old news. They already know he told you that.

      Only Kevin’s eyebrows would raise but that’s ok because he’s next on the list anyway.

      • Oh how I would love to see them both OTB after veto. You know Raven would be campaigning and Matt would probably not be. But what I am wondering is, will they really leave both of them OTB, because you know things could get quite uncomfortable with them knowing they were played by the house, or will they decide to use the veto and take one off replacing him/her with Kevin as the pawn, just to keep things from getting uncomfortable? IDK, but it could get interesting.

      • “But what I am wondering is, will they really leave both of them OTB..”

        The way Paul is working. he would want to have one on the block. Convince the other that it’s a good move and blame it on Alex and Jason. By the time Paul is done whispering sweet nothings.. Raven or Matt will join Paul in seeking revenge but Alex and Jason will still be in his alliance.

      • I’m thinking Paul will push to use veto and leave the one OTB that Jason/Alex want gone. I think Paul will still work the angle that Kevin is the target. He would say he didn’t know Maven was the target until the last minute and he felt he had to vote with the house.

      • Unless Alex wins HOH, then he’d have to adjust his plan again. Good thing he has other options. lol

      • What’s funny though, is that Paul probably doesn’t have to rationalize anything if either half of Maven is voted out…

        Matt: I don’t care about winning, only want to see Raven get far

        Raven: I do what Matt says; I just want him to think I’m cute

        They would probably both be jury votes for Paul unless one of them is F2 with him.

      • I hope this is the reason that Matt and Raven both go to jury soon, that Paul realizes that Matt and Raven are sure votes for him in jury. He has thought if taking Raven to f2 but he needs to count votes.

      • Oh, pretty sure he’s past that…(one second…*BARF*..Sorry, can’t help that reaction at thinking of her a** in F2).

        He has a 100% final 3 with Xmas and Josh. I think the only way he would take Raven to F2 at this point is if it is between Alex or Jason and Raven.

      • Raven is Troyzan from the last season of Survivor. He gave his final 3 speech and everyone had a good laugh when he said he deserved to win. We shall all have a good laugh when Raven says that.

      • Paul could consider Xmas and Raven for F3 with him. That combination guarantees him an easy final than Josh who could give him a tougher competition to F2.

      • lol you think Josh is tougher than Raven?? Going by physical abilities and demonstrated performance in mental comps, taking Josh to F2 would be like literally taking a meatball

      • This has been his plan all along, have someone else be the HOH and get the blood on their hands. Plus let’s say it is Kevin and Matt OTB, Paul will give Kevin a vote , just to show Raven , it was not his choice Matt left.

      • I’m sure Jason & Alex would be very understanding after they voted for Matt to try help insure a jury vote from Mark. haha

      • You can bet Paul will work the jury before they leave. That was a pretty blatant plea to Mark in his goodbye message.

      • And since Jason and now Alex admitted to giving Mark a sympathy vote, they might be up a jury vote on Paul. I know he isn’t wanting to go to F2 with Alex now because he is afraid the same thing will happen that happened last year, but if he makes it to F2, it could very well be Alex or Jason and I have no idea how that would go for any of them.

      • It will be in Jason/Alex interest to leave Maven on the block if they (Jalex) win the veto and amend their relationship with Kevin. They will need him as a number.
        Paul want Jalex mix Maven and Kevin up on the block so they (Jalex) will have their hands dirty on all sides after eviction.

      • Best thing would be Kevin wins veto then for sure Matt goes. Let’s see if there’s any campaigning. Doubt it.

      • Maybe no campaigning in that wise. But Jalex need a additional number to work with if only they knew their position with Paul at present. So they need to work on their relationship with Kevin making him aware of Paul’s backdoor plan about him.

      • If they are both OTB and Kevin gets to play in the POV he better play as if his life depends on it. This way he can keep the noms the same and either Matt or Raven go to jury house.

      • If Kevin is used as a pawn, there is always the possibility that Christmas or Josh could decide to not vote with the HOH and they could use the reason that they knew Alex and Jason voted for Matt during Christmas’s HOH. They, along with Raven vote Kevin out then Matt would stay. That would really put the house in a 3 way tie with Paul right in the middle. It could happen. You never know about these HGs.

      • If hg’s choice or Kevin’s chip is drawn to play veto, they will probably throw the veto comp to Kevin. If Kevin doesn’t play, then Jason will win the veto. He’ll keep noms the same or put Kevin up and BD Matt.

      • Paul will make sure Raven is taken down to keep her calm. Who can win veto that Paul doesn’t control? Maybe Jason..but that is a big maybe.

      • Jason and Alex are it. Matt doesn’t care. Josh and Christmas are so smitten with Paul. Can see no scenario where they revolt. Kevin is just hanging on.

      • Paul will control Alex’s veto. He may bother too much at this time. He just want to want to get Jalex hands dirty ahead of next week irrespective of who is evicted. While Josh and Xmas are by the side ahead of next week to split Jalex.

      • Lol, bbadboy, I get the feeling you think that could be a train wreck waiting to happen. haha

      • What needs to be said at that point, “Paul your in our F3 alliance. or even Paul your in our F5 alliance and then start naming names. Paul’s reign ends at that point.

    • Cody and Jessica were the smartest players in the house, other than Paul. That is why they are gone now, because Paul knew they were the only threats to his game. Everyone else is just a cake walk. He doesn’t have to worry about anyone going after him. They are all so mesmerized by him. What Paul says goes, it’s disgusting to watch really.

      • It really is. And what’s so insipid about it is he gets off on it. He goes into the DR and laughs at how stupid they all are. I guess I can understand why he would want to take advantage of them, but his thrill of it all seems really tasteless.

    • Everbody (now) in the house believes they have a “special connection” with Paul. And they protect that perceived bond with zeal.

  7. Cody is carving notches in the bedpost on Pauls behalf, for every screwed hg entering the Jury House. Ha ha ha

    • Keep picturing Cape Fear. The original, the De Niro version and Side Show Bob from the Simpsons.

  8. Eliminate 2 eviction votes seems worth it. Matt and Raven should be looking at those but they feel safe.

    • They are not smart enough for that. Sorry, but it’s the truth. Then again, other than Paul, no one seems smart enough for much in that house. They all play Paul’s game. Whatever decision HE makes, they have to follow it. I’ve never seen so many oblivious and naive people in my life. I don’t know what the producers were thinking this year.

      • The producers thought they where bringing in Friendship Paul and the house would be hilarious and unpredictable. Instead they got Jim Jones Paul.

      • We saw flashes of it last year but Paul has revealed himself to be a really nasty piece of……work. I hate when he turns into the Grand Inquisitor and gets in people’s faces as if they have no right to their own opinions. This in turn intimidates the other HG because they don’t want it to happen to them, and they have all been cowed into silence and obedience. If he wasn’t protected by the artificial BB environment he would be a grease spot on the carpet.

      • That’s why Paul’s “alliance” has no name, it is “The House” (that’s what Alex or Christmas were saying when they wanted to explain to Mark that they wouldn’t go along with his plan even if it made sense: The House wants you out).
        It’s like how in the USSR, the communist party was just called The Party.

      • I hated Paul’s verbal beat down on Mark … that incident vividly brought to mind the Grand Inquisitor you described – the HGs chimed in/yelled/”threw stones” as Paul proceeded with his inquisition – and you’re right; each one was thinking, I don’t want to do anything that would cause Paul to “punish” me like that.

      • i thought it was abusive how Paul verbal attacked Mark. Abuse has not place in a reality game. Shame on the producers.

      • Can you imagine how he treats other people in his life? Like last year’s bellicose demeanor wasn’t something he just thought up for the show and this year he is bringing the same aggression. This is how he behaves in real life.

      • Casting’s big mistake this season was bringing Paul back. If they actually thought he deserved to win last year, they should have brought him back for an all-star season and let him earn his money.

      • That is if the HoH conclude on his nominees by putting him next to someone who picked the Apple.

    • I think they aren’t taking the apple moreso because they said the risks aren’t worth that reward, which you’re right: they don’t think they are in trouble….

      They think they are beloved by everyone but Kevin…LOLOLOL

  9. So predictable. Paul is running the show and no one has a CLUE. I’ve never seen so many naive people in my life. I wish Jess and Cody were still in the house. They were the biggest threats to Paul and he knew that. They were the only ones who had the nerve to go after him. Everyone else is in la la land. I said last night that I hope Jason enjoys Paul running his HOH. He’s run every HOH except for Cody and Jessica’s. This season is so BORING, I don’t know why I keep watching. I guess I keep thinking that someone will get their heads out of the clouds and start going after REAL targets, aka Paul.

    • One of Derrick’s final statements to the HGs before he left was to remind them they were playing for $500K. He said to make your own decisions – don’t be a follower. From the mouth of a true BB champ, and they STILL refused to get the message. Look up the word “dense” in the dictionary; you’ll see a picture of this year’s HGs.

      • and right along with that picture of this year’s HGs excluding Paul would be a picture of Cody and a quote of him saying, “I would have still taken Derrick to f2 with me”.

  10. I like that ALL of the other HGs are trying to reassure Maven that they are not going on the block this week.

    Gleefully looking forward to the post-noms reaction this afternoon…

    Funny how Matt was asking Raven “did you get something to eat,” and then she makes a history-breaking Raven statement: “I’m not hungry”

    Girl, all you do in the house is eat (along with dancing non-rhythmically, and Matt)

  11. This may have an obvious answer, but why is Jason not picking an apple?? No really, why isn’t he?? Nothing on that tree can hurt him. If he gets “can’t play in next HOH”, he can’t play anyways next week because he is the HOH, and if he gets “bounty on your head”, it’s only be active this week, like Paul’s safety was active last week. Jason can’t be evicted because he’s HOH! So if he chose an apple, the punishments wouldn’t effect him, AND he has a chance of getting a reward that can help him get his target out this week. Am I missing something??

    • Isn’t there money involved with the bounty? Like the other person gets the $$$, not you? The two with vetos would be considered good, the others not so good.

      • Bounty on your head is where you have a bounty on your head, and if the HOH sends you home that week, they get $5000 for evicting you. Jason is the HOH, therefore the bounty would be worthless

      • They said in the rules for the tree of temptation “once the apples are picked, they are active for the week they are picked”. Mark HAD to choose someone for safety the week he picked the apple, he couldn’t wait, therefore the same rule would have to apply for the bounty

      • It could be that you have to choose this week who you get the bounty on, but if this person is out before you, you get the 5k.

      • Yes the HOH would get the money if the person with the bounty is evicted the week of their reign

      • Everyone is on high alert, paranoid and afraid to put even the smallest of targets on their back by thinking for themselves and picking an apple. Even the HOH is freaking out about the next comp. Must be stressful.

      • It wasn’t stated that I’m aware, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the HOH can’t choose an apple. They couldn’t participate in the temptation comps either. Also if they did let HOH pick I’m sure punishments like can’t play next HOH would apply to the next eligible time they can compete.

      • Boy the producers sure botched this twist up big time. Hard to cipher what is what.

    • Excellent reasoning! Nope, I can’t say your missing anything here … it would be great if Jason somehow expended a little brain resources to that same reasoning and go for an apple. It would create a stir in the house – at least for a few minutes!

  12. Matt: ‘I haven’t had a single morning in this house that I’ve woken up and felt stressed out or worried”
    Raven: “Me either! I just wake up and think ‘how am I going to torture Matt!”

    *massive eye roll*

  13. SMH! This entire twist is turning out to be a big dud, but then again, what else is new?

    It’s quite the risk for the two punishments, but at this point in the game, the two powers are really good. Elimating 2 votes when there’s so few left is pretty huge. And having a second veto floating around really limits a HOH’s options for who goes up on the block, forcing them to nominate someone who might never see the block otherwise, which would be fun to watch go down on the feeds. But as it is, these people are so chicken that they won’t do it. God, even Paul’s scared of getting a punishment.

    • The possibility of not being able to play in the next HoH, getting a bounty on my head, and the possibility of TWO vetos when it might be 2 people I don’t want winning a veto in the same week….That would definitely deter me from using it, especially if I were Paul. Paul also doesn’t need to worry about votes, since the majority – actually all – of the house is on his side (him against anyone right now would likely only get one vote (their ride-or-die’s).

      • Paul might b worried if the 2 eviction votes were used. If Paul were renomed & he was OTB with Matt. Alex & Kevin vote for Paul. Christmas, Josh, & Raven vote for Matt. Eliminate Christmas & Josh votes. It is 2-1 or 3-0 if Raven votes out Paul.

  14. Big brother has become a big why bother cause it’s a huge disappointment. Paul was brought back to boost ratings so it’s inevitable he’ll be one of the last two remaining house guests. So far this season has been a snore feast, boring and dry to watch. Even BB19 after dark has become overwhelming dull. As a fan I think we deserve better than what we’re getting in this game.

    • I would be happy if they would reconsider and do a fall OTT again. I could forget about this season fast. Plus OTT seen less recruit filled and regular people. I know Shelby was a recruit but she at least was totally into playing the game and not interested in fame. So much better then all the bb19 recruits wanting SM followers , appearances, and BB oppurtunites.

  15. Has anyone noticed that the Rose Room has cursed every showmance in the house?

    Cody & Jessica were in it the week that they were split up
    Mark & Elena were in it last week
    Matt & Raven are in it now…

  16. I’m glad to see these house guests finally thinking for themselves and deciding to not take from the Tree of Temptation!

    Oh, wait, they’re only doing so because Paul told them to. Where’s the cancel button for this post?

  17. Omg 😲!!! Thank God! It seems like Christmas 🎅 (lol) & Josh…finally SOMEBODY has caught on to Pau! It’s about time ⏰ someone woke up and up and smelled the coffee! My prediction has definitely been Al and Jason too BUT w/Christmas and Josh having this extra intel…this just might change the direction of the game. I like Josh, can’t stand Christmas (just my personal opinion 😲😵🙄) lotsaluv…💚💙💜

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