Big Brother 4 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Big Brother 4 is the fourth season of the reality television series Big Brother. The format of the program remained largely unchanged from previous seasons: a group of contestants, referred to as HouseGuests, are enclosed in the Big Brother House under the surveillance of cameras and microphones. Each week, the HouseGuests vote to evict one of their own until two Houseguests remain on finale night. The winner will be decided by the last seven evicted HouseGuests, collectively known as the Big Brother Jury. Julie Chen returned to host this season. The winner of the series won a $500,000 grand prize, while the runner-up won $50,000. This season was promoted as the "Ex-Factor". This season was also broadcast on E4 in the United Kingdom, beginning near the end of that country's fourth series.
Runner-Up Alison Irwin and fellow HouseGuest Erika Landin returned to compete on Big Brother: All-Stars in 2006, where they placed 14th and 2nd, respectively. Winner Jun Song also returned in Big Brother: All Stars to host a food competition. HouseGuest Jack Owens also returned that season to host a Power of Veto competition. Jun later returned in Big Brother 10 to participate in a food competition featuring a representative from each season.
Broadcast and platforms
The show aired on CBS from July to September of 2003, lasting a total of 82 days. The season premiered on Tuesday, July 8 and ended on September 24. The season aired three episodes a week, Tuesdays at 8 pm ET, Wednesdays at 9 pm ET and Friday's at 8pm ET. The Wednesday episode typically featured the live eviction and subsequent Head of Household competition. The Friday episode dealt with the food competition and nomination ceremony, while the Tuesday episode showed the results of the Power of Veto competition and the Power of Veto ceremony. Aside from the televised episodes, viewers could also subscribe to the 24 hour live feed, giving monthly subscribers a look into the Big Brother house whenever they wanted. CBS also created a website for the season, which features a "Love Em or Leave Em" poll, cast bios, and a fantasy team draft.
HouseGuests are sequestered in the Big Brother House with no contact to or from the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests take part in several compulsory challenges that determine who will win food, luxuries, and power in the House. The winner of the weekly Head of Household competition is immune from nominations and must nominate two fellow HouseGuests for eviction. After a HouseGuest becomes Head of Household, he or she is ineligible to take part in the next Head of Household competition. HouseGuests also take part in food competitions in which they must win in order to eat regular foods. Losers of the competition are put on a peanut butter and jelly diet. The winner of the Power of Veto competition wins the right to save one of the nominated HouseGuests from eviction. If the Veto winner exercises the power, the Head of Household must then nominate another HouseGuest for eviction.
On eviction night, all HouseGuests except for the Head of Household and the two nominees vote to evict one of the two nominees. This compulsory vote is conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room by the host Julie Chen. In the event of a tie, the Head of Household must cast the deciding vote, announcing it in front of the other HouseGuests. Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the HouseGuests may discuss the nomination and eviction process openly and freely. The nominee with the greater number of votes will be evicted from the House on the live Thursday broadcast, exiting to an adjacent studio to be interviewed by Chen. HouseGuests may voluntarily leave the House at any time and those who break the rules may be expelled from the house by Big Brother. The final seven HouseGuests evicted during the season will vote for the winner on the season finale. These "Jury Members" will be sequestered in a separate house and will not be allowed to watch the show except for competitions and ceremonies that include all of the remaining HouseGuests. The jury members will not be shown any Diary Room interviews or any footage that may include strategy or details regarding nominations.
Some changes from previous seasons were implemented throughout the course of the game. The main twist for the year was The X-Factor. Eight HouseGuests were introduced, only to have five HouseGuests' exes compete against them in the game. The twist ultimately led to the expulsion of HouseGuest Scott, who had a violent outburst and was removed from the game. Another change in the format, introduced in the last veto contest of Big Brother 3, was the Golden Power of Veto, in that if a nominated person won such a veto, they would be allowed to take themselves off consideration for voting, which was not allowed when the veto was introduced originally the year before. Since it's inclusion in Big Brother 4, The Golden Power of Veto has appeared in all seasons afterwards, with only a few changes made. One last twist to the format included a jury of seven who would decide the outcome of the game. When the game got down to nine players, the evictees formed the jury. The jury format eliminated America's need to break a tie if necessary, as done before in Season 3 (though Lisa won 9-1) dispute this rule America have still had jury votes in the finale of Season 8 (as the public controlled Eric's jury vote as he was" America's Player") and in Season 11 (due to the ejection of would a be jury member). The sequestered jury was introduced after controversy amongst fans when Danielle lost season 3 arguably due to evicted HouseGuests seeing her diary room sessions. From season 4 on, the sequestered jury saw only competitions, veto and nomination ceremonies, and evictions.
Thirteen HouseGuest were cast for this season of Big Brother. One of the original selections, Brandon, was kicked off of the show during the sequester period, after it was revealed he had communicated with his girlfriend. After his removal from the game, Jee was sent in as his replacement. As part of this seasons twist, five of the original eight Houseguests were shocked to find that an ex would be playing the game with them, as part of the "Ex-Factor" twist. The exes were Jun and Jee, Alison and Justin, Erika and Robert, David and Michelle, and Amanda and Scott.
On Day 1, Alison, Dana, David, Erika, Jack, Jun, Nathan, and Scott entered the Big Brother House. Upon getting to know one another, they competed in the "X Marks the Spot" food competition, in which everyone earned food for the first week. Upon returning inside, they were informed of the X-Factor twist, in which five more HouseGuest would be entering the game, and would be exes of some of the eight already in the house. Amanda, Jee, Justin, Michelle, and Robert then entered the House. On Day 3, HouseGuest partnered up and competed in the "Who's Ya Chum?" Head of Household competition. Though Alison and Nathan won the endurance portion of the competition, Scott chose which of the two would become the first HoH; he chose Nathan. On Day 5, he nominated Amanda and Jee for eviction. On Day 7, Dana won the "Feeling Knotty" Power of Veto competition, and kept nominations the same. On Day 8, Scott was expelled from the game after a violent outburst in which he revealed he had a sexually transmitted disease. On Day 12, Amanda was evicted in a unanimous vote.
Following Amanda's eviction, the remaining HouseGuests competed in the "Majority Rules" HoH competition, in which they answered questions on how they felt the majority of the HouseGuests would vote. Jee won. The following day, Alison, Justin, Erika, Jack, and Jun were put on the peanut butter and jelly diet, after losing the "Clash of the Casseroles" food competition. Jee nominated Erika and Michelle for eviction on Day 13. On Day 14, David won the "Duck Ball" competition, and left nominations the same. On Day 19, Michelle was evicted in a six to two vote, receiving the votes of only Justin and Robert.
Following Michelle's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Everything In Three's" Head of Household competition, in which they faced off three at a time answering questions. Dana won. On Day 20, all of the HouseGuest earned food for the week after the "Paratrooper" competition, in which they had to catch falling commando dolls in military hats. Each doll had the name of a food on it, and if they got the doll they earned that food for the week. Later that day, Dana nominated Alison and Jack for eviction. The following day, Nathan won the Power of Veto, and used it on Alison. David was named her replacement nominee. On Day 22, Alison won the "Spin-O-Matic" luxury competition, earning her and another HouseGuest a luxury dinner. She chose to take Nathan with her. On Day 26, David was evicted in a five to two vote, receiving the votes of only Erika and Alison.
Following David's eviction, Alison won the "Around the Water Cooler", in which HouseGuests had one minute to stack as many cans as possible by dropping them into a tube. Erika, Jee, and Robert were put on the peanut butter and jelly diet after losing the "Laying Pipe" food competition. Alison nominated Dana and Jun for eviction. On Day 28, Robert won the "Snake In the Grass" Veto competition, and chose to leave nominations the same. On Day 33, Dana was evicted in a six to zero vote and became the first HouseGuest to enter sequester to form the Jury of Seven, in which the seven HouseGuests would vote for the winner of Big Brother 4 on the finale night.
Following Dana's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Who Said It?" Head of Household competition, in which they guessed which evicted HouseGuest made a certain statement while in the house. Justin won the competition. The following day, everyone earned food for the week during the "50 Ways to Cook a HouseGuest" food competition. Justin nominated Jack and Nathan for eviction. On Day 36, Robert won the "Quoridor" Power of Veto competition, and did not use the Power of Veto on either Jack or Nathan. On Day 40, Nathan was evicted in a unanimous vote, becoming the second member of the Jury of Seven.
Following Nathan's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Steel Cage Match" endurance Head of Household competition, in which they stayed inside a steel cage and were eliminated if they left. The following day, everyone earned food after the "Clambake From Hell" competition. Erika nominated Justin and Robert for eviction later that day. On Day 43, Jun won the "Video Veto" Power of Veto competition and left nominations the same. On Day 47, Justin was evicted in a three to one vote, only receiving the vote of Jee. He was the third member of the Jury of Seven.
Following Justin's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Black HoHle" Head of Household competition. Jee was the winner of the competition. He nominated Erika and Jack for eviction. The following day, Jee won the Power of Veto, after forcing the other HouseGuests to be put on the peanut butter and jelly diet for the week. He did not use the Power of Veto, leaving his nominations intact. Despite Jee wanting Erika evicted that week, Jack was evicted in a two to one vote, only receiving the vote of Robert. This made Jack the fourth member of the Jury of Seven.
Following Jack's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Disappearing Act" Head of Household competition, which Jun won. Jun, as HoH, won a special trip outside of the Big Brother House to attend the 20th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. Her disappearance (as she entered the Diary Room and never returned) played a part in the veto Competition, as the HouseGuests had to guess where Jun was. Jun returned, and nominated Jee, her ex-boyfriend, and Alison. However, Alison won the veto and used it on herself, forcing Jun to put Robert in her place. Despite Robert being a replacement for Alison, Jee was unanimously evicted, making him the fifth member of the Jury of Seven.
Following Jee's eviction, Robert won the "Dearly Departed" Head of Household competition. The following day, everyone earned food during the "Mexotic Dinner" food competition. Robert nominated Alison and Jun for eviction. The following day, Alison won the Diamond Power of Veto, which was the final Veto competition of the season. With the Diamond PoV, Alison removed herself from the block, and Erika was named her replacement. Alison then cast the sole vote against Erika on Day 68, making her the sixth member of the Jury of Seven. The final Head of Household competition was in three parts. Alison won the first Round, the endurance "On the House" competition. In the second part, Jun beat Robert in the "Unexpected Relations" competition, a challenge based on events that had taken place in the house. Alison and Jun then faced off in the Final Round of the HoH. After eight questions based on their ex-boyfriends Jee and Justin, the women were tied with four correct answers apiece. The tiebreaker question was "How many days did you date your ex for?", to which Alison answered zero days and Jun answered one million. Therefore, Alison emerged as the final Head of Household for the season, and she evicted Robert from the house. On Day 82, Jun was crowned the winner of Big Brother 4 in a six to one vote, with Alison receiving only the vote of Nathan.
A record of the votes cast, stored in a voting-table, shows how each HouseGuest voted to evict throughout his or her time in the house. The Head of Household and the nominees are not allowed to vote, but in the event of a tie, the Head of Household will break it. Twists to the normal nominations process are noted, such as immunity from nomination and eviction (referred to as "exempt") and double evictions. The last seven evictiees of the season are part of the Jury of Big Brother 4. The seven Jury Members vote for the winner during the Finale.
Ten HouseGuests entered the house with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, with whom he or she broke up prior to the show. These exes are indicated by matching colors in the chart. Beyond the personal effects of their histories and relationships, there was no direct effect on the mechanics of the game; exes were free to work with or against each other as they saw fit.
^: Scott was expelled on day 8 after he had a violent outburst in the house, however nominations and evictions continued as usual. The Golden Power of Veto, introduced in Season 3, replaced the regular veto beginning with this season. ^: In Week 8 the veto competition was held before Jun made her nominations, Jun won a trip outside the house and as part of the competition the other HouseGuests had to guess where Jun was. ^: The Diamond veto was introduced, Alison won the Diamond veto and the power to remove herself from the nomination block and casting the sole eviction vote. ^: In the final week, the HoH is the only HouseGuest eligible to vote for eviction since the other two HouseGuests are up for eviction by default. ^: Votes in the finale are cast for the HouseGuests choice to win, not for who to evict. This season introduced the jury of seven; when the game got down to nine players, the seven evictees formed the jury. This eliminated the need for America to break a tie.