Big Brother featured Hisam Goueli winning the Head of Household competition and nominating Reilly Smedley and Cameron Hardin for eviction during the Season 25 episode that aired Sunday night on CBS.

Hisam, a 45-year-old geriatric physician from Minneapolis, MN who currently resides in Seattle, WA, won the Head of Household competition and nominated Cameron, a 34-year-old stay-at-home dad from Eastman, GA, and Reilly, a 24-year-old bartender from Portland, ME who currently resides in Nashville, TN, for eviction.


The Big Brother broadcast on Sunday night began following Kirsten Elwin's eviction and Luke Valentine's removal from the game for using a racial slur on the show's Thursday, August 10 episode.

Once Luke was eliminated for dropping the N-word in casual conversation with his friends, the Big Brother house still had to vote one player out.

Kirsten, a 25-year-old molecular biologist from Orlando, FL, was therefore unanimously voted out of the Big Brother house through a 13-0 vote instead of Felicia Cannon, a 63-year-old real estate agent from Tacoma, WA who currently resides in Kennesaw, GA.

After the live eviction took place, all of the houseguests suddenly "vanished" as part of the season's Scary-verse twist.

Sunday night's Big Brother episode therefore picked up on Day 9 of the game with all of the houseguests entering the "nether-region," where Cory Wurtenberger, a 21-year-old college student from Weston, FL, had visited once before.

It then became time for the season's second Head of Household competition in the Scary-verse.

The house was clearly divided in half, mainly based on age, and Cirie Fields explained how her alliance was comprised of Hisam; Felicia; Bowie Jane, a 45-year-old barrister and DJ from Melbourne, Australia who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; Izzy Gleicher, a 32-year-old professional flutist from New York, NY; Mecole Hayes, a 30-year-old political consultant from St. Louis, MO who currently resides in Upper Marlboro, MD; and Red Utley, a 37-year-old salesperson from Gatlinburg, TN.

The "Bye Bye Bitches" alliance only featured the women in that group -- Bowie, Cirie, Felicia, Izzy, and Mecole -- and then Hisam and Red joined the girls to become the "Professors" alliance.

The other side of the house, who had formed an eight-person alliance, was comprised of Cory, Reilly, and Cameron as well as America Lopez, a 27-year-old medical receptionist from Edinburg, TX who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY; Blue Kim, a 25-year-old brand strategist from Riverside, CA who currently resides in New York, NY; Jag Bains, a 25-year-old truck company owner from Omak, WA; Jared Fields, a 25-year-old exterminator from Norwalk, CT; and Matt Klotz, a 27-year-old Deaflympics gold medalist from Cameron Park, CA who currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA.

Five members of this alliance -- Blue, Cameron, Jag, Matt, and Reilly -- initially came together as "The Handful" alliance, and then they asked America, Cory and Jared to join them so they'd have an eight-person majority in the house.

Jared, however, was working as a double agent and leaking information to his mother Cirie, who was also still playing with her son as her No. 1 ally.


At the HoH competition, Reilly -- as the outgoing Head of Household -- was deemed ineligible to compete. As for everyone else, they wanted their side of the house to win in order to keep the power within their alliance.

For the HoH competition, the houseguests entered a "terrifying playground" haunted by a "Nether Gorgon" and learned that one of them was going to be left behind in the nether-region.

The participating players were required to hide from the Nether Gorgon in or around a shed, a garage, two house porches, a fountain or a car. Before attacking a location, the Nether Gorgon would provide clues as to which areas would be safe.

The houseguests' goal was therefore to hide in a safe area and avoid the area of attack in each round. However, there were only limited spaces to hide in each area, so the houseguests had to move quickly -- similar to a game of Musical Chairs.

If a player ended up in an area of attack or without a spot to hide, he or she would be out of the competition until only one person remained.

In the end, the competition came down to Hisam vs. Jared, and during the final round, Jared picked the wrong front door to open and so Hisam was crowned the new Head of Household.

Jared had been hoping to win to prove he's a competitor and to keep his mother safe, but Hisam pulled through with the win.

Hisam recognized he was painting himself as a big threat in the house, but he acknowledged how the HoH key was "great news" for the Professors and they were going to have some big decisions to make.

Matt's alliance immediately found themselves in "stress mode," especially because Jared was still stuck in the nether-region, which meant their alliance was down another person.

Once everyone -- except Jared -- was back in the BB house, Jared appeared to the houseguests on a video screen, explaining how he could reach them at times but they would be unable to contact him.

While Jared was in the nether-region, he was apparently sleep deprived. The house understood he was probably going to face additional consequences as well.

"What does this mean? Is he returning? Is he lost forever in the nether-region? I really don't know and it bothers me," Cirie admitted.

The houseguests then went back to strategizing and talking game. Jag was hoping Hisam wouldn't nominate Reilly and himself as a pair on the chopping block.

Reilly was also "vibing" with Matt, according to Matt, and had become really close. Reilly said she never expected this to happen and she thought Matt was "so, so sweet."

As a result, Reilly knew that she and Matt were going to be potential targets for Hisam this week.

And she was right. On Day 8 of the game, Reilly had actually confessed to Hisam that he was one of her targets during her previous HoH reign.

"At this point, there is nothing that Reilly can say that will save her," Hisam noted in the Diary Room. "She said my name, and there has to be a response to that."


Hisam attempted to feel out the other side of the house by asking questions and getting to know them better. Hisam even put Matt on the spot by asking him to reveal the name of his eight-person alliance.

Matt admitted he and his allies had been conspiring, but he told Hisam that they hadn't come up with a name for themselves yet.

Hisam told Matt it was clear that he was working with Reilly, and so Matt knew he was in trouble.

"I don't want to surprise you. I just want you to know," Hisam shared with Matt.

Matt told the cameras it was a very scary moment for him, and Reilly also predicted she'd be sitting on the block soon.

And then suddenly, Jared returned to the game from the nether-region with a tube, which the players were told was "a transmission from the Scary-verse."

The Nether Gorgon was apparently craving more souls, and so the houseguests were told that throughout the week, others would be sent to the nether-region, depending on when the Nether Gorgon demanded a new soul.

"It could be good or bad for your game," Cameron read to the group.

Jared was then asked to choose one houseguest to send to the nether-region, and that selected person was going to miss the Nomination Ceremony. That person would not be able to be nominated for eviction this week.

"The person you choose will be safe," Cameron announced.

Hisam knew this twist could screw up his HoH this week, and Jared acknowledged how he had a big responsibility on his shoulders.

Hisam asked Jared not to save Matt, Reilly or Cameron because those were the three players whom he wanted out. 

Jared made sure he and Hisam were on the same page so that he wouldn't end up on the block.

Jared explained in the Diary Room, "Considering Reilly saved me last week, it'll only be right if I take her down this week. But Hisam is the HoH; I really don't want to make any bad waves with him, especially considering I'm still eligible to be nominated."

Reilly begged Jared to rescue and save her, but he didn't know how to proceed.

Cirie told Jared that if he wanted to draw a line in the sand, he could send Reilly to the nether-region but if he wanted to play a more low key game, he could send Felicia.

In order to not betray his alliance, Jared ultimately chose to save a younger player, and that person was Jag. Jared's pick made Reilly feel "really sad" since she didn't think Jag was even at risk of getting voted out.

Jag also questioned Jared's pick since he didn't think it made sense for what their side of the house needed in that moment.

Hisam then consulted with Cirie and Izzy about whom he should nominate alongside his real target, Reilly. The women suggested Cameron would be a good selection.

Hisam therefore came clean to Cameron and let him know what his intentions were. Hisam assured Cameron that he'd like to work with him in the future and that he wasn't his target for the week, but Cameron still felt nervous about his looming position on the chopping block.


The Nomination Ceremony then commenced, and Hisam announced he had decided to nominate Reilly and Cameron for eviction.

Hisam insisted that he was playing "a straight-forward game" with "loyalty and purpose."

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