Big Brother 15 aired its weekly live eviction episode Thursday night, and while the evicted houseguest wasn't really a surprise, there were plenty of interesting moments. As the show kicked off, we saw highlights of all the backroom maneuverings and deal making as the week's nominees talked strategy ahead of the veto competition. As the number of houseguests in the "Big Brother 15" house dwindles down, Thursday night's live show was a crucial one, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Aug. 22.
One of the first things we see is some back footage in which Helen still seems to feel safe since she believes in her final three alliance with Andy and McCrae.
She and Elissa strategized before the Power Of Veto competition that one of them needed to win, so that when they were to take themselves off the block, Aaryn would put Spencer up and he'd go home for sure.
Helen had started to see the writing on the wall, that she's the house's target this week. She tried first to save herself by going to Aaryn and making a case for backdooring Amanda.
But of course, even though Aaryn did give the idea some thought, especially after her and Amanda have another blowup about the infamous wine-drinking incident from weeks ago. But in the end, she chickens out.
You can't blame her in a way, since Aaryn is in the 3 A.M. alliance with Amanda. She'd certainly have to do a lot of work convincing her other two alliance members to make that bold move.
So Spencer ended up nominated for eviction in Elissa's place. Helen's failed attempt to backdoor Amanda led her to plan B. She tried to rally Aaryn once again, along with GinaMarie and Elissa to form their own four person alliance, and flip the house.
Helen even tried to reel in Andy and McCrae for the plan, but her efforts came up short in the end. When the live voting was all over, the only vote to keep Helen in the game came from her bestie Elissa.
Helen admits to Julie that paranoia about Judd maybe being related to a former player, as well as being MVP, led to her thinking he was the bigger threat in the house than Amanda.
Helen also says if she could do it all over again, she'd have gotten rid of Amanda back when she was on the block and had the chance to do so. And of course, she may get a the chance with the jury twist that's about to be dropped on the houseguests and jury members.
Helen's tears outside the house with host Julie Chen were short-lived, after getting news she was about to compete with the other three jury members to try and re-enter the house.
In a combined jury twist and HOH competition called "Off the Wall", the seven remaining players plus the four jury members have balls thrown at them while backed up against a wall, all while standing on moving platforms.
The first person in either competition to catch 10 balls without falling would win. If that person happened to be a jury member, they'd snag the HOH at the same time.
With all the anticipation for Thursday's live show with that pivotal competition, time runs out and we're left hanging as to which jury member will return, and who wins Head Of Household.
So spoiler alert, if you want to find out ahead of Sunday's episode, read on.
Elissa wins HOH, and popular player Judd will go back inside the Big Brother house and compete once again.
With a player going back into the house, don't you think we're likely to see another live double elimination this season?