'Big Brother' recap: "Frenchie" French nominates Alyssa Lopez and Kyland Young for eviction after Christian Birkenberger wins new competition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/12/2021
Big Brother featured the Head of Household Brandon "Frenchie" French nominating Alyssa Lopez and Kyland Young for eviction after his No. 1 target, Christian Birkenberger, won the first "Wild Card Competition" during the Season 23 episode that aired Sunday night on CBS.
At the first Nomination Ceremony of the summer, Frenchie, 34-year-old farmer from Camden, TN who currently resides in Clarksville, TN, decided to put both Alyssa, a 24-year-old swimwear designer from Sarasota, FL, and Kyland, a 29-year-old account executive from San Bernardino County, CA, on the chopping block.
Frenchie was thrilled to have become Head of Household, but he decided not to put his whole team in jeopardy by taking a gamble.
Azah Awasum, a 30-year-old director of sales operations from Baltimore, MD, had initially planned to go after the first HoH, but since she's on Frenchie's team, she had to move on to Plan B.
Travis Long, a 22-year-old start-up tech sales consultant from Austin, TX who currently resides in Honolulu, HI, decided to tell people he's one of the founders of a tech start-up company so people would take him a little more seriously and not treat him like "a chump."
But Sarah Beth Steagall, a 27-year-old forensic scientist from Boiling Springs, SC who currently resides in Fort Myers, FL, lied about her profession and said she's a voice actress so the other houseguests wouldn't think she's "super cool or smart."
The cast then sat in a circle and introduced themselves to one another. Derek Frazier, a 29-year-old safety officer from Philadelphia, PA, announced he'd go by "Big D" since there are two Dereks in the house.
Xavier Prather, a 27-year-old attorney from Kalamazoo, MI who currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, said Hannah Chaddha, a 21-year-old graduate student from Chicago, IL, stood out to him but there would "definitely be some temptation" with the beautiful Alyssa.
Azah revealed how she comes from a polygamist family in which her grandfather had six wives. Azah therefore has over 300 direct cousins.
Tiffany Mitchell, a 40-year-old phlebotomist from Detroit, MI, shared how she's a single mom of a 13-year-old son, and Frenchie noted how he has three children.
Frenchie called Christian, a 23-year-old general contractor assistant from Harwinton, CT, "a meathead" and said he doesn't like meatheads. He also put Xavier and Brent Champagne, a 28-year-old flight attendant from Cranston, RI, into that category.
However, Frenchie had already promised Derek F., Travis and Xavier safety prior to the HoH competition.
Frenchie therefore kept an eye on Brent and Christian and told the cameras, "A meathead is going home this week -- with a passion!"
After the Have Nots learned they'd be sleeping on plastic jetskis in the "miserable" Have Not Room, according to Big D, Frenchie bonded with Big D and called themselves a Final 2 "Ride or Die."
The pair swore on their families and everything they love to work with each other throughout the whole game.
Frenchie promised Azah, Hannah, Alyssa and Claire Rehfuss, a 25-year-old artificial intelligence engineer from Chagrin Falls, OH, who currently resides in New York, NY, that he'd keep them safe and didn't want to nominate a woman in the first week of the show since women are typically targeted early in Big Brother.
"I believe him. I know you shouldn't really trust anyone in the house, especially Day 1, but [Frenchie] just seems like a really genuine person... To know I'm safe, that takes such a weight off my shoulders," Alyssa said in the Diary Room.
Frenchie also told Tiffany that they must stick together as parents, and she said she could see herself working with him long-term.
Frenchie went on to promise Sarah Beth safety as well -- and then he put his plan in motion to get a meathead out of the Big Brother house.
Frenchie said Brent had been distant and never sought him out to talk, and so Frenchie viewed him as a big target. Brent told Frenchie that he admired the farmer's passion for his family and had lost his father to suicide.
Frenchie said he's not a dumb farmer redneck and hates when people view him in that light, and Brent told Frenchie that he's misjudged as well based on his looks.
Since Frenchie had developed a bond with Brent, that only left one more "meathead" -- Christian.
Suddenly, it became time for "The Wild Card Competition," and Frenchie's "Jokers" team was not allowed to compete since they had already been deemed safe for the week.
The weekly competition would allow the three eligible teams to each choose one player to send into the competition and compete for the Wild Card. The participating players would be allowed to win safety for him or herself, but not the whole team.
"But earning safety each week comes with a unique Wild Card decision. Once the winner is announced, everyone will learn about that week's Wild Card decision and how it will impact the game," Frenchie read aloud.
"Once a player has played, he or she cannot play again unless all other members of their team have already competed. If the majority of the team cannot decide, a random draw will determine that week's player."
The "Queens," "Kings" and "Aces" therefore had to select their players, and Tiffany acknowledged this competition could really shake up the game.
Claire and Kyland volunteered to compete for the "Queens" while Christian felt he had to play for the "Kings" because other houseguests viewed him as a threat in the house due to his previous performance in the first HoH competition.
And "Aces" agreed to let a random draw determine its competitor.
In the end, "Queens" sent Kyland into "The Wild Card Competition," the "Kings" opted for Christian to compete, and the representative for "Aces" -- which was left up to fate -- ended up being Hannah.
Frenchie hoped Christian wouldn't win the competition because the HoH wanted him gone.
The competition required one player at a time to enter a hotel suite in the house and search amongst trash and a big mess to find keys, a wallet and a cellphone. The houseguests had to be extremely quiet -- or else points would be added to their score -- and they only had five minutes to search.
Any time a houseguest made a sound of 80 decibels, he or she would be penalized one point. If a sound over 90 decibels was made, five points would be tacked onto the person's score. And finally, if a noise went above 100 decibels, a player would be penalized 20 points.
If a player's five-minute window expired, he or she would be penalized 50 points for every 10 extra seconds until the task's completion.
The quietest houseguest with the lowest number of points would win the competition.
The hotel suite was covered in loud plastic cups, stacked glasses, pyramids of cans and more.
Hannah's noise score was 114 with a time of 6:03. Her total score was therefore 414 points.
Christian's noise score was 125 and he finished with a time of 3:41. His total score, with no time penalty, was 125 points as a result.
And finally, Kyland's noise score was 136 with a time of 6:16. His total score was therefore 486 points.
Christian won the first "Wild Card Competition" and was so excited. Christian won safety for the week as his prize -- and then he was asked to spin a wheel to determine how many of his teammates he could also keep safe for the week.
If Christian landed on three, his whole team would be safe. But if he landed on one or two, Christian would have a tough choice on his hands when determining who would be safe and who would not be.
When Christian spun the wheel, it landed on one. Alyssa and Sarah Beth both hoped Christian would pick them, but Christian chose Xavier instead and announced, "I got you, bro!"
Now that Christian was off the table, Frenchie said he had "absolutely no clue" what to do with his nominations. Frenchie said his plans were totally messed up due to Christian's victory.
Travis said Frenchie was on "a self-inflicted hamster wheel" and needed to "take a couple of chill pills." People discussed how Frenchie was essentially blowing up his own game.
Frenchie popped in on people's conversations and didn't seem to rest for a single minute.
Frenchie, who bragged about being very observant, noticed Christian was following Alyssa around like "a little puppy dog," and the HoH told the cameras, "The only thing damn thing I can't stand more than a meathead is a showmance! I gotta break this up quick!"
Alyssa insisted to Frenchie that her only alliance was her team, but Frenchie said he wasn't buying it because there was clearly something going on between her and Frenchie.
"Christian, I can't come after you, so I'm going to come after the next-best thing," Frenchie said in the Diary Room.
At the first Nomination Ceremony of the summer, Frenchie announced he had decided to nominate Kyland and Alyssa for eviction.
"Last night I had a dream that I went fishing, and in order to catch a big fish, you have to have the perfect bait. Kyland, I want someone I trust playing the veto with me so we have [a better chance against] the competition. That is my reason for nomination," Frenchie explained.
Alyssa said she didn't understand how she could be the big fish and she wasn't about to leave in Week 1. Kyland also believed he wasn't going to go home this week.
Frenchie had promised Sarah Beth the girls would be safe, so she said she had no idea what Frenchie was thinking.
Christian also noted it was "personal" for Frenchie to put "my girl" Alyssa on the chopping block.