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'Big Brother' evicts Helen Kim as jury members compete for a spot back in the game


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/23/2013 

Big Brother's houseguests evicted Helen Kim during Thursday night's broadcast of the fifteenth season's eighth live eviction show.

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Helen, a 37-year-old political consultant from Falls Church, VA who currently resides in Chicago, IL, was evicted from the Big Brother house via a 4-1 vote after being placed on the chopping block by the season's eighth Head of Household -- Aaryn Gries, a 22-year-old college student from San Angelo, TX who currently resides in San Marcos, TX.

"I've been questioning [Andy Herren]'s loyalty over the last few weeks, and when he became HoH, I knew if I asked him to put up Amanda Zuckerman and McCrae Olson and he wasn't going to be willing to do that when I made a Final 2 with Andy, I knew his loyalty was not going to be with me. And it started to worry me, but at the same time, it's Andy. Andy is not a liar and he's not a cheater. Andy is an all-American good old boy, and I knew in his heart he loves me. I wanted him to make a big move," Helen told Big Brother host Julie Chen following her eviction.

"We're getting to the end of this game. I know there's still a lot of houseguests left, but there are not a lot of opportunities to take a hit, and I wanted to play this game that if you ever got the opportunity, don't be afraid of the block. Take out huge players, because every time you take out a huge player, it increases the probability of any of us winning, and he wasn't willing to do that."

Aaryn initially nominated Helen and her most loyal ally Elissa Slater, a 27-year-old nutritionist from Concord, NC who currently resides in Kannapolis, NC and is former Big Brother winner Rachel Reilly's sister, for eviction.

Aaryn told the houseguests she had nominated the pair because Helen and Elissa were a power duo who might go after her power duo with GinaMarie Zimmerman, a 32-year-old pageant coordinator from Brooklyn, NY who currently resides in Staten Island, NY.

Aaryn wanted to put Elissa and Spencer Clawson, a 31-year-old conductor from Conway, AR, up on the block but she followed the requests of Amanda, a 28-year-old real estate agent from Long Island, NY who currently resides in Boynton Beach, FL, and McCrae, a 23-year-old pizza delivery person from Zimmerman, MN who currently resides in Oak Grove, MN.

Helen trusted Aaryn although she was on the block and figured everyone was targeting Elissa instead of herself. Helen was convinced at first she had McCrae and Andy, a 26-year-old professor from Aurora, IL who currently resides in Chicago, IL, on her side. 

Elissa subsequently won the Power of Veto. The house assumed Elissa was going to take herself off the block, so Amanda shared with her the news Helen was going home and insisted there was nothing she could do about it. Amanda warned Elissa not to rally or flip the house because then she'd be targeted and it would ultimately ruin her game.

Based on Elissa's hints yet tight-lipped behavior, Helen could tell Amanda had threatened her and that she was actually the one in the line of fire. Helen then told Aaryn that Amanda would win the game if they kept her around because she held all the power. Aaryn understood that, saying Amanda had developed alliances with basically everyone in the house.

As a result, Aaryn considered nominating Amanda over Helen and informed Helen that Andy was probably working with Amanda. Helen said that'd be "the ultimate betrayal." After getting into an argument with Amanda, a frustrated Aaryn said she was no longer playing Big Brother -- as it was more like the "McCrae and Amanda Show."

Aaryn admitted she was sick of playing someone else's game, but Andy begged her to stick with their 3A.M. alliance because he firmly believed Amanda and McCrae were trustworthy and they were in great positions.

Elissa eventually used her PoV to take herself off the block. In the end, Aaryn named Spencer the replacement nominee, telling the house she was forced into making the decision that didn't really belong to her. Aaryn stuck with Amanda's plan, and Helen actively campaigned to stay in the house.

Helen warned Andy he was the swing vote and if he decided to evict her, he'd become a target for people that never would've gone after him before. Although threatened and "terrified," Andy stuck to his guns and with the 3 A.M. alliance. The only person that did not vote to evict Helen was her bestie Elissa.

Following Helen's eviction, the remaining houseguests -- minus Aaryn, who as the outgoing HoH, was deemed ineligible to participate -- competed in the season's ninth Head of Household competition.

Meanwhile, jury members Helen, Candice Stewart, Judd Daugherty, and Jessie Kowalski separately competed in the same competition for a shot to re-enter the game.

Dubbed "Off the Wall," balls were thrown at all the players while they were standing on small individual platforms and being sprayed with water. The first jury member to catch 10 balls without falling off his or her narrow platform would be allowed to re-enter the Big Brother house, while the first remaining houseguest to do the same would become the new HoH.

If a jury member was to complete the task before anyone else competing, he or she would be back in the Big Brother game as the week's new HoH.    

While the results of the challenge are already known to the show's 24/7 live Internet feed viewers, CBS will reveal the winner during Sunday night's Big Brother broadcast. (If you don't want to wait until then to find out what happened, highlight the area below.)

Elissa won HoH. Judd was allowed to re-enter the game.

Big Brother's next fifteenth-season episode will air on Sunday, August 25 at 8PM ET/PT.

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