Anything can happen during a Double Eviction on Big Brother. Sometimes, two big targets are sent out the door back-to-back (like Daniele and Jeff during Big Brother 13) while other times two weaker players are weeded out (looking at you, Big Brother Canada 7). In the case of Big Brother 21, the Double Eviction didn’t disappoint! Sure, a clueless houseguest got picked off first, but the second half made up for the earlier mistake with leaps and bounds. We haven’t had a thrilling round in weeks!
The most baffling move during Week #10 had to be Jackson and Holly targeting Jessica for eviction. This is the same Jessica who had said multiple times that she had no idea what was going on during the season. While she did successfully eliminate Jack during her only Head of Household week, that one move doesn’t make a winning strategy. Jessica would’ve been the perfect person to sit against in the Final 2 to guarantee a victory. Of course, she did have a case to make in front of the jury for why she should win, but she had the worst odds out of everyone. Jackson and Holly wasted their week and they shouldn’t be giving away rounds so freely.
The showmance is currently the biggest threat still left in the house. Jackson has won the most challenges (he’s a classic competition beast), while Holly is also a competition beast and has a strong social game. With their resumes growing by the week, the other houseguests would be smart to take their shot against the pair. Jackson and Holly could win their way to the end. So, for them to waste a round to evict Jessica instead of Christie or Tommy was a strange play. They’ll need to ensure that they win every major challenge going forward if they want a smooth road to the finals, but even then that’s not a guaranteed plan.
We can’t move forward until we talk about Jessica’s now-iconic elimination from the HOH endurance competition. Jessica is meme queen! Throughout Big Brother 21, she has delivered plenty of GIFs in the form of confused looks, side-eyes, expressionless stares, and quotes that fans will no doubt be using in the future. But, if this had to be her final week, at least she created the perfect elimination reaction. Her falling from the haunted house wall and screaming is so hilarious that it’s something you need to watch on repeat. Jessica, every Big Brother podcast thanks you for providing that reaction for their shows!
On the plus side, if a coaster/floater like Jessica had to leave during a Big Brother week, a Double Eviction would be the best spot since it balances with another eviction. Jessica had so much potential going into the season, but she fizzled after Isabella exposed the girls’ alliance that Jessica tried to start. The result of a bad move caused her to withdraw. It’s like how Eddie regressed after voting in the wrong during Big Brother Canada 7. Winning HOH made us root for her and gave us hope; however, lightning didn’t strike twice once she left the seat and she went back to being a non-entity.
Jessica was a clueless Big Brother player who relegated herself to playing the middle, and while that is a great strategy, she didn’t plan that with forethought. Her cringe-worthy exit interview with Julie Chen-Moonves basically summed up her Big Brother experience.
Double Eviction night was where the round got a jolt of exciting energy. Nicole winning HOH shocked everyone and threw the Big Brother fandom into a frenzy – even I cheered with joy! Nicole FINALLY had her shining moment after continuously losing competitions and never being picked to play in a Power of Veto competition. She got her moment in the sun to add something to her resume. Though, the other houseguests have got to start looking toward her as a threat. The remaining players were happy and emotional for a Nicole win. They love her so much and want to protect her. A social and beloved player like that is dangerous to keep around because the jury will vote for her in a heartbeat. Nicole could be the player who gets the surprising win at the end based on her likability factor and come-from-behind challenge wins.
Her move, on the other hand, could be one that she’ll later regret. Don’t get me wrong, Tommy and Christie are major threats because they’ve won plenty of challenges and have a strong bond. The pair needed to be broken up to give the others a chance. However, Jackson and Holly are much bigger threats. As mentioned above, Jackson alone has won the most challenges and with Holly’s competition wins in the mix, they’re the clear leaders of the group.
With Nicole winning HOH and Cliff winning POV, the Double Eviction could’ve been their only chance to get Jackson out of the house. It would be a shame for Nicole to lose because she went after the wrong target before it was too late. It’s not like either had much of a chance in the competition department against Jackson or Holly before now. There’s a chance we could be witnessing a steamroll this point onward.
Whether the Universe manifested it or not, Christie’s eviction was a long time coming. She had been nominated many times and avoided eviction by the skin of her teeth; whether it was through a Tommy HOH/POV win or the infamous Taco Tuesday. Christie earned the reputation of being a dangerous threat, and if she had made her way to the Final 2, there’s a good chance she could’ve won it all. Christie had a strong social game and she looked like a strategic competitor. Her inconsistent emotional state worked against her and she destroyed her relationship with Nick in the end, but she truly had a chance to win. Christie leaving is never not a smart move. We’ll definitely see her return again in a future season.
Week #10 of Big Brother 21 gave us a balanced week of filler gameplay and heart-pounding action. This week is a perfect example of why everyone loves a Big Brother Double Eviction: the game shifts leaves everyone on their toes and many surprises happen that we didn’t see coming. All in the span of an hour! The producers should consider adding more Double Evictions into the mix for next season. Either trim the season by a week or add more houseguests to the roster (there’s nothing wrong with 18 or 20 players like Survivor), but having more of this twist than once a season is more than welcomed.