FOUTTE/HIVE is no more. Week 9 of Big Brother 20 finished off the last partnership from one of the worst alliances in Big Brother history. After weeks of self-inflicted destruction and bad luck, the group inched their way closer to their climax. And, even though one of their past members returned in a battle back competition, the alliance ended once the eviction occurred. FOUTTE/HIVE brought their loss upon themselves. The end of their story as a viable alliance offered the slowest week of Big Brother 20 yet.
We as viewers knew that once Angela won Head of Household, the obvious targets would be Faysal and Haleigh. Level 6 had no reason to keep either houseguest in the game due to the fact they were in a competing alliance and worked against them all summer. Unless someone unexpected won Head of Household or shook up the Power of Veto, the week’s series of events would be predictable, and that’s exactly what Week 9 turned out to be. Kaycee winning the Power of Veto sealed the fate of any potential blindsides or bold moves.
Level 6, along with their acolytes, Sam and JC, sat in a great position all week. Their alliance controlled the house, and they trusted each other enough to know they wouldn’t be nominated. This group of six played the week perfectly for the most part. While the drama and entertaining feeds/episode footage suffered as a result, from a game standpoint, the group benefited from weeks of solid relationship-building. Sometimes filler weeks like this need to occur for the numbers to drop so that we can get down to the wire. We should be thankful that it took eight full rounds for us to deal with our first filler week.
Faysal’s outlook on the house continued his downward trend of bad gameplay. How did he not realize Angela was going to nominate him? A last-minute alliance made after the Power of Veto during Week 8 wasn’t going to completely wash away any potential threat. Haleigh and Faysal were too much of a strong duo to keep around and, after continually being on the losing side, the idea of an opposing alliance working against them should’ve been a possible fear. Plus, when Haleigh saw Level 6 celebrating after Angela’s Head of Household win, that should’ve tipped Faysal off to his impending predicament. He had no idea how to play Big Brother.
His self-realization in hindsight was all well and good, but the humor of the situation didn’t detract from the reality of his poor moves. He, Haleigh, and all the past members of FOUTTE/HIVE caused one bad move after another, and it consistently led them to eviction. We can joke about “Faleigh” calling themselves the worst alliance in Big Brother history, or Faysal calling himself stupid and apologizing to Scottie, but Angela was right… they were a day late and a dollar short.
JC’s days in the Big Brother 20 house are numbered now that people are catching onto his gameplay. The best thing that could’ve happened to Brett and Tyler’s relationship was being stuck together while the others played the Power of Veto competition. They did the right thing by using that time to reaffirm their alliance and compare notes, which ultimately exposed JC’s tactics. The best strategy now is to keep JC in the dark and continue letting him believe that he’s playing a puppet-master role. His arrogance will be his undoing, and eventually Level 6 will turn on him.
It’s unfortunate that JC is still in the house because he should’ve been automatically removed for sexual harassment. For those unfamiliar with the events: Tyler didn’t want to share a bed with JC, but JC ignored Tyler’s wishes and slipped into bed with him, then he began touching Tyler in the middle of the night (like his arm, hand, and face) and kissed Tyler’s armpit. All of this happened without Tyler’s consent since he was sleeping. Tyler tried to minimize the blowback by saying he didn’t feel unsafe (production had chats with Tyler), but as a safety concern, JC should’ve been automatically ejected, especially since this wasn’t his first warning.
JC tried to “playfully” use an ice cream scooper on his female houseguests’ private parts, he touched his male houseguests’ private parts during Week 1, and he used the N-word during Week 4. He also opened the bathroom door on Haleigh and refused to close it. JC had plenty of warnings already. Not punishing him now for the Tyler instance creates a slippery slope, especially since he physically crossed a line. There should’ve been no debate in this matter.
If there’s one thing that might throw a wrench in Tyler’s gameplay, it could be his “Tangela” alliance. The new showmance of Angela and Tyler heated up pretty quickly, and everyone in the house started to notice their flirtation fast. The best move for the both of them is to keep their distance because a showmance will only put huge targets on their backs. With only eight people left, houseguests are looking for any reason to nominate someone.
Scottie winning the Battle Back competition was one of the better case scenarios. Rockstar could never win a competition and Faysal would’ve done nothing with his return. He and Bayleigh were ready to change things up, learn from their mistakes, and shake up the game. The best move for his game would be to create new alliances in the Big Brother 20 house and reaffirm relationships. He has to join the other side and show how valuable he is to them. He could find himself easily evicted if he doesn’t turn on Haleigh and prove his loyalty to the others.
Week 9 of Big Brother 20 kept the game moving with its most predictable week yet. After eight weeks of blindsides, the streak had to end eventually. The only person truly blindsided was Faysal over being nominated. We all knew the truth long before he did. Faysal, just like the entire week, left the Big Brother house not with a bang, but with a whimper.