'Big Brother' recap: Monte Taylor wins Head of Household, nominates Alyssa Snider and Indy Santos for eviction
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/01/2022
Big Brother featured Monte Taylor being crowned the new Head of Household and nominating "Festie Besties" Alyssa Snider and Indy Santos for eviction during the Season 24 episode that aired Sunday night on CBS.
Monte, a 27-year-old personal trainer from Bear, DE, won the Head of Household competition and then nominated Alyssa, a 24-year-old marketing representative from Sarasota, FL, and Indy, a 31-year-old corporate flight attendant from Sao Paulo, Brazil who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, for eviction.
Monte determined his target for the week was either going to be Alyssa or Nicole Layog, a 41-year-old private chef from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The Big Brother broadcast began on Day 23, with the houseguests frantically looking through 1,500 invitations and opening them in the hope of finding special red ones. Jasmine Davis and Terrance Higgins had found envelopes already, and there were only six more spots in Round 2 of the Head of Household competition.
Footage then flashed back to Michael Bruner admitting to Jasmine and Alyssa how he had voted to evict Ameerah Jones from the house, and the women claimed they appreciated his honesty.
Alyssa cried, saying she felt like a complete idiot because the Ameerah vote had blindsided her. Alyssa had lost trust in pretty much everyone, and she wasn't sure how she was going to proceed.
The eight houseguests who competed in the final round of the HoH competition were Alyssa, Monte, Terrance, Jasmine, Nicole, Joseph Abdin, Daniel Durston, and Brittany Hoopes.
Joseph, Monte, and Brittany were members of "The Leftovers," and so Taylor Hale felt pretty good about her chances someone in her alliance would win and keep her safe.
In Part 2 of the Head of Household competition dubbed "The Invitation," the eight players were required to race to slide one "blood goblet" down each of the three gothic tables into the scoring zone of 1-5 points, with the No. 5 being at the very end of the shuffle board.
Any goblet that tipped over would receive zero points for that shot.
Once a person took all three shots, he or she must hit a button to finish the run. The players only had 30 seconds to take their shots and lock in their final score.
The houseguest to lock in the highest total score would become the new Head of Household.
Monte wanted to keep the momentum going for "The Leftovers," which was comprised of Brittany, Michael, Matthew "Turner" Turner, Kyle Capener, Taylor, and Joseph.
Daniel assured Nicole that he had no idea how the Ameerah vote happened, although he had sensed something changing. Nicole promised that she didn't know either, and she pointed out how she no longer trusted Monte.
"Sending Ameerah home was not part of the plan, and we feel out of the loop," Daniel said in the Diary Room, adding how he was "100 percent behind" Nicole.
Afterward, Alyssa talked to Nicole and Indy about how they thought the vote was going to be unanimous in the other direction, and Alyssa seemed upset that Kyle hadn't warned her or said anything to her.
"I don't even want to look at him. I don't want to talk to him," Alyssa vented.
Alyssa said while Big Brother is a game, she had made emotional connections and trusted people in the house. She "never felt more alone," and her heart and head were apparently battling each other.
Meanwhile, Monte celebrated with Terrance and Joseph in the pantry. Terrance believed he was untouchable and bragged, "Talk to me nice now!"
Jasmine was bothered by the fact Taylor had known about the votes before her, and she compared Taylor to a snake.
Kyle subsequently apologized to Alyssa for not clueing her in on the Ameerah blindside. Kyle said he thought Alyssa would've chosen Ameerah over him and so he had to keep his plans a secret.
Footage then flashed back to Alyssa crying about how she missed her family and her "person," which Joseph overheard. Joseph warned Kyle that Alyssa seemed to have a man back home, and Kyle began to worry about Alyssa's alleged "situationship" back home.
Kyle insisted to Alyssa that she wasn't alone in the game, but she wasn't buying it. Kyle said "sorry" and told Alyssa that she was his best friend in the house, but Alyssa felt betrayed and heartbroken.
"The Leftovers," including the HoH Monte, strategized late at night once everyone else went to bed. The group threw out Alyssa and Nicole as potential nomination options.
"Would I like to see Nicole out of this house? Yes. It's a weight off my shoulders, but I would prefer to not have to touch the block again this week. There are people in this house who have not touched the block at all," Taylor explained.
Taylor refused to be the pawn again, and Monte said he agreed with that and was going to try to gather information over the next couple of days.
Monte noted how nominating Alyssa and Indy for eviction would be an easy move but he could also nominate Taylor and Nicole, again, with the intention of taking Nicole out.
Monte shared in the Diary Room how Taylor was not his target this week, calling Nicole and Taylor his "backdoor option" when speaking with Indy.
Monte warned Alyssa and Indy they may get nominated, and Indy cried and became extremely upset. He realized in that moment the decision wasn't going to be easy.
Monte then assured Taylor that they'd make the Final 7 together and he liked the idea of remaining aligned with another Black player. Taylor agreed to be fully aligned with Monte, who said he valued Taylor's trust and would only make a decision that she was fully onboard with.
Taylor said she was "done" risking her safety for everybody else.
At the Nomination Ceremony, Monte announced he had decided to nominate the "Festie Bestie" pair of Alyssa and Indy for eviction but they were not his targets for the week.
"I'm really rooting for you guys to win this Power of Veto," Monte declared.
Monte told the cameras how Alyssa was his target but if Taylor gave him the green light, Nicole would be subjected to a backdoor plan.
Indy said being nominated felt weird and she never thought that Monte would put her on the chopping block. Alyssa planned to take herself off the block, and Taylor felt like the pressure was on her to determine who goes home this week.