'Big Brother' houseguests evict Donny Thompson, begin season's next HoH competition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/29/2014
Big Brother's sixteenth-season houseguests evicted Donny Thompson during Thursday night's 29th broadcast on CBS.
Donny Thompson, a 42-year-old school groundskeeper from Albemarle, NC, was evicted from the Big Brother house instead of Nicole Franzel, a 21-year-old recent nursing graduate from Ubly, MI, via a unanimous 5-0 vote.
In his post-eviction interview, an emotional Donny admitted he felt most betrayed by his fellow "Team America" alliance members Frankie Grande and Derrick Levasseur because he thought they'd stick together to please home viewers. Donny assumed the house targeted him for so long because he was extremely likeable.
Big Brother's 29th episode began with Head of Household Cody Calafiore insisting his best move was to get out Donny. Derrick also told Nicole he wasn't going to vote her out of the house in the hope she might trust him again and not nominate him for eviction if she was to win the next HoH competition.
Nicole appeared to be getting along with Christine Brecht nicely again after the two had started the game as best friends but then had a falling-out. However, Nicole said in a confessional it was all about "keeping your friends close but your enemies closer."
Frankie, although in the "Detonators" alliance with her, began considering Christine as his next target because her social game was drastically improving and she was becoming a threat. Christine was also becoming very buddy-buddy with Nicole and Victoria Rafaeli. Frankie feared Christine might flip and work for the other side of the house against himself, Derrick, Cody, and Caleb Reynolds.
Meanwhile, Donny actually wasn't Derrick's No. 1 target because of their "Team America" bond. Derrick believed Donny might work with him in the future. Likewise, Frankie firmly insisted it would be best for everyone's game to send Nicole home instead of Donny. However, Cody was very set in his ways and told his alliance there was absolutely no shot he'd change his mind.
Caleb was confused as to who was the bigger threat on the chopping block. He and Derrick agreed that Nicole was intelligent and athletic, while Donny was just very smart.
Seemingly in favor of keeping Donny around, Caleb said anyone could beat Donny in a Power of Veto competition but it would be difficult to defeat Nicole in a Head of Household competition. Derrick agreed but didn't want to appear to be the "mastermind" behind any plan. He therefore discussed things with the group and often left his own opinion out of it.
In addition, "Team America" failed its recent mission after they tried to impress America with a funny play, imitating previously-evicted houseguests. They were supposed to come up with their own mission to excite home viewers.
The episode concluded with a snow-themed HoH competition. The winner will be revealed on the next episode Sunday night.
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