To most accurately summarize this week in the Big Brother home – for Derek X. and his fans at least – I borrow an adage from Apple TV+s Ted Lasso: It’s the hope that kills you.
Head of Household Sarah Beth has been targeting Derek X. all week and his chances of staying in the house seemed to be getting smaller by the hour. But with a few Cookout members who really want to to hold Derek X. around, and Xavier—perhaps the strongest advocate for Derek X.’s eviction—going into solitary confinement 24 hours before the live broadcast, after all, there was a tiny, tiny glimmer of hope for Derek’s game.
However, did he manage to win the votes to stay? Read on for the details of Thursday’s episode:
THE STRATEGY | After the veto ceremony, Sarah Beth and Xavier can’t stop grinning at the idea of Derek X. getting the boot this week. But Tiffany knows that loving Derek X. is best for her personal game, and she’s not too friendly with Kyland trying to blame her for kicking Derek out this week. To that end, she tries to get a ballot in Derek’s favor, starting with a reminder to Azah and Hannah that Derek will likely help them make it to the end of the game, possibly even more than the Cookout men.
If you’re a live feed watcher, you know that Derek has been campaigning relentlessly for himself for the past few days, approaching everyone — even lost cases like Alyssa — with solid pitches as to why they should keep him above Claire. The only footage we see on Thursday, however, is his conversation with Azah, where he explains how he can benefit her game in the coming weeks. He even gets a little confused when he notices how much he cares about Azah, Tiffany and Hannah, and Azah looks very confused after their chat. “Extreme, extreme, extreme convincing,” Azah tells Derek, later adding to the camera that he had “a few… Real good points.”
THE DESTRUCTION | But just like Ted Lasso‘s AFC Richmond fans would tell you, it is is the hope that kills you – which is ultimately the case for Derek X. and everyone who advocates for him at home. Derek gets a voice from Hannah and a compassionate voice from Kyland… but then Tiffany, who’s had Derek with him all week, votes to keep Claire when she enters the diary room. (In a word: ?!?!)
At that point, it’s essentially a foregone conclusion – Azah also votes to evict Derek – and he is eventually evicted by a 5-2 vote. (Sniff!) But he gives everyone sweet parting hugs and parting gifts, and Hannah, perhaps driven by her guilt over the past week, reveals that she was “actually the worst” right-hand man to Derek X. when he tells her she was the best. I mean… she’s not wrong.
THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD COMPETITION | This week’s HOH compilation is a straightforward trivia game, with house guests answering true or false questions about the season 23 video clips that played on the Memory Wall earlier this week. Xavier tosses the competition in the first question, Alyssa seems to peep by on lucky correct guesses… but in the end it’s Tiffany who reigns supreme, bringing this week-long setback to a slightly more optimistic ending (for everyone except Sarah Beth, at least).
Meanwhile, it’s America’s last week to award BB Bucks to the houseguests. And in addition to the money they’re earning from viewers this time around, players will also get extra BB Bucks from randomly selected envelopes they picked during the HOH competition – but they’ll have to wait until they enter the High Roller’s Room later this week to get them. to open.
With that I pass it on to you. Were you – like me! — disappointed to see Derek X. go? And who do you think Tiffany will nominate? Press the comments!