'Big Brother' recap: Houseguests evict Kemi Faknule, Nick Maccarone wins HoH
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/12/2019
Big Brother evicted Kemi Faknule and sent her to "Camp Comeback" before Nick Maccarone was crowned the season's third Head of Household during Thursday night's live eviction episode of Season 21 on CBS.
Kemi, a 25-year-old marketing strategist from Elkridge, MD, who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, was evicted from the competitive Big Brother game through a 10-1 vote instead of Jessica Milagros, a 30-something model from Chicago, IL, who currently resides in Oak Park, IL.
However, Kemi immediately moved upstairs to the special "Camp Comeback" room. She will be able to continue her social game but not compete in any HoH or PoV competitions.
As previously announced, the first four players to be evicted in the game will eventually compete to earn one spot back in the original game for $500,000.
In addition, Nick, a 27-year-old therapist from Sewell, NJ, was crowned the new Head of Household.
The Big Brother broadcast began on Day 20, with Jack Matthews saying Kemi had been his target "for quite some time now," but he knew she'd still linger in the house if she ended up getting evicted so he needed to proceed with caution.
Meanwhile, Jessica hoped the house still wanted Kemi gone since she was a target the previous week.
Kemi was well aware she was Jack's biggest threat, so she acknowledged she had some work to do in order to stay this week.
The trio then solidified an alliance and Cliff called themselves Fellowship of the ZING! in reference to Zingbot.
Meanwhile, Nick admitted he liked Isabella Wang and trusted her. He said they had a connection and so he needed to protect her at all costs.
Isabella didn't think she was going to get involved in a showmance this season, but she just couldn't help herself. Bella joked her mother was "going to kill [her]."
Jack also entered a showmance with Analyse Talavera in the house, explaining in the Diary Room how he was attracted to her and found her exotic, spunky and playful. Analyse, in turn, thought Jack was "hot," so sparks were flying.
The pair therefore spent a night together and appeared to kiss under the sheets, and Analyse admitted Jack made her nervous.
Cliff was then shown sitting in a room by himself and talking to the cameras. He was apparently starting to notice certain couples emerging in the house -- Bella and Nick, Holly Allen and Jackson Michie, and Jack and Analyse.
Cliff also told the cameras he needed to treat Christie Murphy and Tommy Bracco as a couple because they seemed extremely tight. In addition, Cliff announced he wanted to work with Ovi and Nicole going forward.
Christie, standing right outside the door, overheard Cliff talking to himself, and so she ran off and informed Tommy and Michie about his monologue. Cliff accidentally spilled his entire game, even the fact he envisioned himself becoming a free agent if Nicole ended up getting got picked off after Kemi and Jessica.
Nicole then warned Kemi they needed to be wary of Bella because she had dropped the bomb about there being a Black Widow alliance of women. Kemi was upset she couldn't trust Bella anymore, but she planned to use this information to her benefit.
Isabella had also slipped to Kemi that she had a Final 3 deal with Jack and Michie.
Kemi therefore told Michie that Bella was actually the person who had started the Black Widow alliance. Kemi also told Michie that Bella had informed her she was in a Final 3 alliance with Michie and Jack.
Michie pretended he knew nothing about this so-called Final 3 alliance, but he realized the game was afoot.
Kemi went on to say she was being thrown under the bus by people she thought she could trust and rely on.
Michie admitted to Kemi he had plans to evict her until she came and talked to him. Michie said he was now 50/50 about whom to vote for and he might just send Jessica packing instead.
Michie spoke to Jack later on about what Kemi had told him about Bella.
But Michie said Kemi had spilled everything to him and Bella had to have been opening her mouth if Kemi knew about their Final 3.
Michie also shared with Jack that Cliff was going after the couples next -- including Christie and Tommy. Michie told Jack they couldn't count on Cliff anymore either, so the guys were a bit lost about what to do going forward.
Michie pointed out the house was filled with "snakes."
Afterward, Bella was shown telling Sam Smith there was an alliance of eight people and he was the ninth member who wasn't really a part of Gr8tful.
Bella told Nick he had been working with the alliance the whole time but was actually on the outside of it.
Sam couldn't believe this and said in the Diary Room his heart was hurting. Bella thought this move would make Sam rely on her and strengthen their bond.
"Why would I send Kemi home when I can keep her to help me? Why am I doing what an alliance wants -- an alliance I'm not even a part of?!" Sam vented in a confessional.
Sam decided to "flip the boat" and speak to Jack first. Sam asked Jack if it would be better for them to target Jessica because Jessica was "going after all the guys" and would nominate two guys for eviction if she won a future Head of Household competition.
Jack told Sam he wanted whatever would be best for Gr8tful -- "or the nine" -- accidentally spilling the beans of his alliance name that Sam had no knowledge of.
Sam didn't know whom the house wanted gone, but he insisted he was going to take the wheel and be in control of his own game now.
It then became time for the live eviction, and both Jessica and Kemi were able to make a final speech.
Jessica told her fellow houseguests they had become family to her and she loved each and every person. She said she's proud of who she is and what she stands for, including diversity. Jessica added she loves, trusts and plays hard.
"Even though I'm an emotional person, I'm not an emotional player. And I'm loyal!" Jessica announced.
Kemi then called Nick and Bella out for "playing both sides of the house" and "creating a bunch of alliances."
But Kemi couldn't save herself, and she received votes from Cliff, Kathryn Dunn, Nicole, Bella, Nick, Sam, Analyse, Holly, Christie, and Tommy.
Michie, however, voted to evict Jessica.
Bella said she voted for Kemi "with a passion."
Kemi hugged her houseguests and immediately became a member of "Camp Comeback."
It then became time for the season's third Head of Household competition. Jack -- as the outgoing HoH -- as well as Kemi, Ovi and David were ineligible to participate.
The Head of Household competition, dubbed "Power Shot," required each houseguest to throw an arrow underhand at a target board to receive a score. The person to land his or her arrow on the highest score would become the new HoH.
However, there were also two additional targets that read "Safety" or "$5,000" players could aim for. Only one person could win each prize of being safe from eviction or earning $5,000 cash.
In the end, no one claimed either of the special prizes, and Nick won Head of Household with a score of 90. Bella placed second with a score of 75.