'Big Brother' recap: Sam Bledsoe shocks Haleigh Broucher and Kaitlyn Herman, JC Mounduix's "N-word" conversation with Bayleigh Dayton airs
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/23/2018
Big Brother crowned a new Head of Household, who in turn nominated two houseguests for eviction, during Sunday night's Season 20 broadcast on CBS.
Sam Bledsoe, a 27-year-old welder from Stuarts Draft, VA, won the Head of Household competition and decided to put Haleigh Broucher, a 21-year-old college student from Village Mills, TX, who currently resides in College Station, TX, and Kaitlyn Herman, a 24-year-old life coach from Plainview, NY, who currently resides in Encino, CA, on the chopping block.
Sam, however, was well aware when making her nominations that her "Bonus Life" power app ends this week, meaning the person who gets evicted from the house will automatically rejoin the game and resume competing for the $500,000 grand prize.
In a flashback to moments after Winston's eviction, Kaitlyn was shown asking Tyler Crispen to swear on his father's grave that he did not flip on her, which infuriated Tyler. Tyler said he would never swear on his dad, and Kaitlyn seemed to understand.
But Tyler did in fact vote out Winston, and he knew if Kaitlyn's side of the house figured that out, he would "be screwed." Meanwhile, Haleigh felt there was no one in the house she could trust.
The HoH competition ultimately came down to Kaycee Clark, Tyler, Kaitlyn, and Sam.
Kaitlyn and Kaycee dropped after 61 minutes, and then Sam promised Tyler she wouldn't nominate him for eviction as long as he dropped, so he obliged.
Tyler knew winning another HoH would make him seem like a big physical threat and put a target on his back, so he felt it was the right decision to make.
After the competition, Rockstar threatened to quit the game because she missed her family terribly and Brett had really hurt her feelings.
The African American flight attendant appeared floored by JC's use of the term and condemned him for using it.
"You're not allowed to say that," Bayleigh noted while shaking her head with her eyes wide. "Don't do that again. That was, like, out of control. Don't do that again."
Bayleigh said the "N-word" is very offensive and hurtful to the African American community, and she scolded JC regardless of his intent or the context of how the word was used.
JC said he was just trying to make a point and would never use that word in any other situation.
While JC's comment also angered many viewers of the live feeds, he told Bayleigh that he understood where she was coming from because he had faced much adversity and bullying in his life.
Similarly, Bayleigh revealed she was a black girl growing up in an all-white community.
JC ultimately apologized for saying the offensive word, and Bayleigh eventually came around, recognizing there was a language barrier and JC was just trying to educate her on what derogatory terms should not be used.
JC and Bayleigh bonded over how it took them a lot of time to feel comfortable in their own skin and really accept who they are.
Their difficult pasts have only made them stronger and better people now. At the end of the day, both individuals have trigger words and won't tolerate anyone saying them.
The episode concluded with the Nomination Ceremony. Sam announced she had decided to nominate Haleigh and Kaitlyn for eviction because they took the most from the house and contributed the least.
Sam also accused the two women of treating young men in the house poorly through manipulation and sex appeal.
Sam suggested the girls were disrespecting the male houseguests and not respecting themselves either. Sam called such gameplay "cheap."
Haleigh and Kaitlyn cried in the Diary Room about Sam's cruel words, and Haleigh was upset because she wasn't the only girl who flirted in the house. She was also embarrassed because her family has been watching the show.
Kaitlyn added that such accusations were hurtful on a personal level and Sam was doing the exact opposite of women supporting women.