During the broadcast, Nakomis' half-brother, Michael Ellis (aka "Cowboy), won the Golden Power of Veto and chose to use it to save Nakomis' fellow eviction nominee Diane Henry. Since there were only four remaining houseguests and neither Drew (the current HoH) or Cowboy (the Golden Power of Veto holder) could be put on the block, the decision left Nakomis as the only remaining eviction nominee and therefore automatically resulted in her departure.
The three remaining HouseGuests then began competing in the "Earthquake" challenge, the first part of a three-part Head of Household competition that will determine that house's twelfth and final Head of Household.
With only three houseguests left in the house and the show's season finale now only a week away, Big Brother 5's remaining schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, September 16, 8-9PN ET/PT (Pre-empted for Survivor:Vanuatu -- Islands of Fire premiere)
- Friday, September 17, 8-9PM ET/PT (12th eviction)
- Saturday, September 18, 9-10PM ET/PT (Pre-empted)
- Tuesday, September 21, 8-9PM ET/PT (Season finale)
The winner of Big Brother 5 will be announced on the live season finale on Tuesday, September 21 (8-9PM ET/PT) when the seven-member jury will vote to determine which of the two remaining houseguests will win the grand prize.