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'Big Brother' evicts Victor Arroyo for the third time, Paul Abrahamian crowned new HoH

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/14/2016 

Big Brother evicted Victor Arroyo and crowned Paul Abrahamian the new Head of Household during CBS' special Tuesday night broadcast. 

The Big Brother episode began on Day 87 when Victor and Paul were nominated by the HoH Corey Brooks. BB host Julie Chen then announced to the houseguests there was going to be a surprise eviction before the typical Thursday night eviction format.

Victor was Corey's main target because he's mentally and physically strong. Victor lost all respect for Nicole Franzel and Corey because they had previously solidified a Final 4 alliance. While Corey boasted his mother didn't raise him to be a big baby, Paul noted Corey acted all tough but his "mama raised a coward" because he couldn't even make eye contact at the Nomination Ceremony. 

Paul, however, still tried to salvage things by asking Corey if there was any chance himself or Victor could stay. Corey admitted there were no circumstances under which that could happen because Victor won his way back into the game twice and Paul survived so many times on the chopping block. They had both developed amazing game stories for the jury.

Meanwhile, Victor no longer viewed Nicole and Corey as friends in the house, and if he stayed, he'd gun very hard to take one of them out. Paul didn't want to go home, so he was perfectly fine with Victor being angry and confrontational. 

It then became time for the Power of Veto competition. The players were required to zipline across a huge board and memorize the order of which comic books were placed. The person to replicate the 16 comics on a computer screen in the fastest time would win the PoV. If a houseguest could not finish the task in 35 minutes, his or her turn would be over. 

Nicole ended up winning the PoV by finishing the task about five minutes faster than Paul, who finished the competition in second place. Paul planned to lay low as to not paint a bigger target on himself than Victor. 

At the subsequent Veto Meeting, Nicole decided to keep the nominations the same, forcing best friends Paul and Victor to remain on the chopping block together.

Victor had a roller coaster of a season and now felt like a sitting duck. He hated sitting on the block next to his loyal companion, and Paul wasn't going to campaign against Victor. 

Corey was set on taking Victor out, but Nicole wasn't sure because she had a decent relationship with him. Nicole thought Paul was smarter than Victor and if they didn't get him out now, he'd made it to the Final 2 and probably rack in jury votes because he's popular, witty, cunning and persuasive.

Once it became time for the live eviction, Paul noted he had been on the block six times now. Paul also called everyone out -- James Huling for getting played by Natalie Negrotti, Nicole for being a snake, and Corey for not getting to first base yet in his showmance.

Victor then addressed the group and said if he doesn't get voted out, he'll beat everyone and win the $500,000. He pointed out how everyone had put a knife in his back. 

Victor was ultimately voted out of the house through a unanimous 2-0 vote. He therefore became the season's seventh jury member.

In his post-eviction interview, Victor told Julie he should've seen Corey and Nicole's move coming because he was a huge threat. He said it was smart for the couple's game but it just sucked he had trusted them so much. Victor also explained he bonded so tightly with Paul because he didn't care what anyone thought about him, and Paul's loud and wild personality balanced with Victor's low-key demeanor.

Victor then told Julie that Paul must pair up with James in order to have a fighting chance in the game. Victor didn't think Paul would have a shot to get to the end if he teams up with Nicole and Corey again. Victor had quite the record this season as the comeback kid with nine competition wins, so I'm sure he'll be picked to return to the game in a future season.

Julie then announced to the remaining houseguests that the winner of the next HoH competition will be guaranteed a spot in the Final 3 on finale night and eligible to play in the final HoH of the season. Corey, however, could participate in the penultimate HoH competition.

Dubbed "What the Bleep," the Head of Household competition required Nicole, Paul and James to view videos of houseguests making a statement at the time of their evictions. When Julie supplied a word or word to fill in the blanks, the players had to determine whether the suggestion was "True" or "False." Every time a houseguest answered correctly, he or she would receive one point.

After the last question, Paul and Nicole were tied with six points apiece. Julie therefore asked a tiebreaker question, and the person to guess closest to the actual answer without going over would win. However, if Paul or Nicole both went over, the person closest to the actual number wins.

The two competitors were then asked how many seconds it took to complete the previous Slide-in-Theater competition from its official starting point to its official ending point. Paul guessed 4,800 seconds, while Nicole seemed frazzled and guessed 6,001 seconds.

Both players went over, but Paul's answer was only about 300 seconds over the actual answer. As a result, Paul was crowned the new Head of Household heading into Wednesday night's live eviction.

There will be a special Big Brother episode this Friday night in which the remaining houseguests will battle it out to win the final HoH title of the season. The live finale of Big Brother's 18th season will air next Wednesday night, September 21, on CBS.

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