Big Brother: Reindeer Games – Live Recap Episode 5

Nicole Franzel on Big Brother - CBS
Nicole Franzel on Big Brother – CBS

Welcome to the penultimate episode of CBS’s Reindeer Games Big Brother spin-off! We may never see another one of these episodes so enjoy it while it lasts these final two episodes. That’s right, the finale show arrives on Thursday (8/7c) to reveal who will win BB Santa’s Reindeer Games!

Five former Houseguests remain and one of them will be sent out the door at this upcoming Santa Showdown. There are more changes in store tonight too! Remember that we’ve had Jordan and Derek visit the house so far, well tonight we get Tiffany! She’ll be joining the HGs to finish out the season over the next two nights. First up, Tiffany will have to hand out the Naughty & Nice reward for one Houseguest so let’s see who will get it.

Join us right here at 9PM ET for our live recap coverage and chat with other Big Brother fans during the show.

Naughty & Nice – Puzzle Challenge:

Yesterday’s reward power was pretty strong stuff that helped Frankie & Taylor pull off the win when they “froze” Nicole and Xavier during the Brawl. Not all of them powers have been quite so powerful so let’s see what is up for grabs this time.

Tiffany Mitchell arrives and reveals the first challenge of the night will be for the HGs to find the right key to unlock Santa’s Office and set Elfie Buble free. Nicole makes quick work of the challenge and gets a HUGE reward.

Nicole gets to pick one HG to sit out the first of two upcoming Brawl challenges tonight to make her own battle that much easier. Wowza!

Puzzle winner: Nicole
Naughty ‘victim’: Xavier

Jingle Bell Brawl – Backyard Challenge #1:

Here we go with the “Name That Taste” challenge and there are some yucky flavors to go around this time. Mmm, who wants seconds of the Fish Filet cocktail or maybe a refill on your Cream Cheese cocoa anyone??

Frankie Grande and Taylor Hale on Reindeer Games - CBS
Frankie Grande and Taylor Hale on Reindeer Games – CBS
  • Round 1: Frankie gets a point
  • Round 2: Nicole gets a point
  • Round 3: Taylor gets a point
  • Round 4: Taylor gets a point
  • Round 5: Taylor gets a point
  • Round 6: Frankie & Nicole both get a point
  • Round 7: Taylor gets a point

Brawl #1 winner: Taylor

Taylor wins big here! Not only did Taylor just secure a seat in the finale she also gets a special power and that’s to let her pick one of the others to bring along to the Reindeer Games at the finale.

Taylor picks: Nicole

That means Taylor and Nicole will move on to the finale together but they won’t be alone. Two more of the other three HGs will join them and the upcoming Brawl will decide that for us.

Jingle Bell Brawl – Backyard Challenge #2:

Here is a super tough Q&A about random details from the series so far. These are hard, tiny details on some of them!

Players in Brawl 2 - CBS
Players in Brawl 2 – CBS
  • Round 1: Everyone gets a point
  • Round 2: Frankie & Britney get a point
  • Round 3: Frankie & Britney get a point
  • Round 4: Frankie & Britney get a point
  • Round 5: Frankie gets a point
  • Round 6: Everyone gets a point

Brawl #2 winner: Frankie!

That leaves Britney and Xavier to face off in tonight’s Showdown. The winner moves on to the finale while the loser heads home.

Santa’s Showdown – Elimination Challenge:

Britney Haynes on Big Brother Reindeer Games - CBS
Britney Haynes on Big Brother Reindeer Games – CBS

This one is pretty wild. Britney & Xavier have to fling themselves through the air to knock down blocks before rebuilding the blocks as a puzzle. This won’t be easy for the smaller Britney over Xavier. Yeah, she can’t budge ’em. Wait, here she goes! Britney gets a little help from the peanut gallery and is finally in the action. But can she catch up to Xavier in time?

No. Sadly for Britney, she wasn’t quick enough as Xavier finds the last pieces to his puzzle and hits his buzzer a few blocks ahead of Britney. She’s bummed and suspects she could have won if she didn’t take so long to figure out the swinging part. Yeah, maybe, but she still did awesome throughout this series!

Eliminated: Britney

That leaves our Final 4 as Frankie, Nicole, Taylor, and Xavier. Congratulations to them and making it to the Reindeer Games finale!

The final episode arrives on Thursday, Dec. 21th. It’ll be a one-hour finale event starting at 8/7c so blink and you’ll miss it! Check the full Reindeer Games schedule for the rest of the days and showtimes we had this season. You can watch them all back on Paramount+.

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