Jessie Godderz the fourth houseguest evicted from 'Big Brother 10'
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/08/2008
Jessie Godderz was blindsided and became the fourth houseguest evicted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show.
The single 22-year-old bodybuilder from Huntington Beach, CA was revealed to be evicted from the Big Brother house on Day 31 by a 4-3 vote -- with the deciding vote being cast by Dan Gheesling, a single 24-year-old Catholic high school teacher from Dearborn, MI who had been serving as America's Player for the last week.
Jessie was placed on the chopping block by the competition's fourth Head of Household April Dowling, a single 30-year-old finance manager from Higley, AZ.
However during last Thursday night's HoH competition, April had promised Michelle Costa, a single 28-year-old real estate agent from Cumberland, RI, that neither she or Jessie would be evicted.
April still nominated both Jessie and Robert "Memphis" Garrett, a single 25-year-old mixologist and party planner from Los Angeles, CA, for eviction during Sunday night's episode, but she assured Michelle that Jessie was only a pawn and Memphis was her true target.
However April's alliance members Libra Thompson, a married 31-year-old human resources representative and mother of three from Spring, TX, and Keesha Smith, a single 29-year-old Hooters waitress from Burbank, CA, felt they weren't being treated fairly by April and complained about her in private.
Their conversation was overheard by Jessie, who immediately went and told April and her Big Brother boyfriend Bryan Ollie, a single 27-year-old marketing sales representative from Bloomington, MN, that Libra and Keesha were badmouthing her. April confronted Libra and Keesha, and an argument ensued.
Under pressure from Libra and Keesha, April finally revealed it was Jessie who had ratted them out. Jessie was then pulled into the argument and instantly became a target of Libra and Keesha.
Neither Jessie nor Memphis was able to win the Power of Veto during Tuesday night's broadcast, as it was instead claimed by Jerry MacDonald, a married 75-year-old former Marine and retired marketing executive from Magnolia, TX.
Libra had an opportunity to take the PoV from Jerry, however since she knew he would keep April's nominations the same she instead snagged Michelle's Hawaiian getaway, which needless to say didn't make Michelle too happy -- especially since she got the infamous unitard instead.
Still, Jessie and April were both confident it would be Memphis who would be shown the door.
"As long as April still wants Memphis out of the house, everything should be a pretty smooth ride," said Jessie after the PoV ceremony. "I know I'm not going anywhere."
"I felt really, really good about the Power of Veto meeting," said April. "Jerry respected my wishes on keeping my nominations the same today. I still want Memphis out. He's a huge threat to me."
Meanwhile Memphis knew his alliance with Jessie was over since both were on the block.
"There is no alliance anymore," he said. "It's time to start from square one again."
Keesha and Libra immediately began to plot a plan to get April to change her mind and instead boot Jessie over Memphis, and Libra added that if push came to shove, they would threaten to break their alliance with her.
But April wasn't budging and argued that Memphis was playing the game just as hard as Jessie, he just wasn't being as vocal about it. In addition, April reiterated her promise to Michelle that Jessie would be safe.
Keesha was sympathetic to Memphis and realized that they would only need four of the seven votes to keep him in the house over Jessie. Since Keesha knew she had her own vote and Libra's -- as well as that of Renny Martyn, a married 53-year-old hair salon owner from Metairie, LA who has bickered with Jessie from the beginning -- she felt Dan was a good target.
"Dan is my only option," she said.
Keesha, Libra and Memphis then met Dan and explained how they wanted to boot Jessie. He seemed eager about the idea and agreed to vote with them although he knew that he actually wouldn't be voting since he was America's Player and would have to vote to evict whoever home viewers selected.
Libra knew that if Jessie were to go instead of Memphis, that would basically end her and Keesha's alliance with April.
"It's gonna cause a big split," Libra told Keesha.
Meanwhile April was talking with Jerry, Ollie, and Michelle, and they were still counting on Dan to be their fourth to evict Memphis. Jerry put the screws on Dan and explained Keesha, Libra and Renny may try to get him to join their side but stressed the importance of following through with the plan to evict Memphis.
While Dan agreed to Jerry's request that he "stay loyal," Dan ultimately seemed very noncommittal about his conversation with Jerry. In a moment of solitude, Dan realized it was on America's shoulders whether Memphis or Jessie would be eliminated.
"Who does America hate more?" asked Dan.
The live portion of last night's Big Brother 10 broadcast then commenced and it was clear April still thought Keesha and Libra were loyal to her cause.
"I definitely trust them a lot less lately. I haven't had their support like I expected this week considering I saved them in the Head of Household competition. I could have easily let Michelle win since Ollie and myself were safe -- I could have easily let myself fall off and her put up Libra and Keesha. But I didn't. I held on for my entire alliance. For them to come back and treat me the way they have, it's just really unsettling for me."
Jessie then addressed the houseguests one last time, presumably thinking he wasn't going anywhere.
"I'm a competitor, that's why I'm here," he said. "The decision's yours to keep me or not. Obviously I want to keep playing, so thank you."
Michelle, Ollie and Jerry voted to oust Memphis, while Libra, Keesha and Renny voted to boot Jessie. The eviction then came down to Dan, who entered the Diary Room and learned America wanted to evict Jessie.
"Good job America," said Dan after receiving the news.
Jessie then learned of his fate, and he had a message for Dan upon exiting.
"It's your word," said Jessie to Dan. "It's your word."
Jessie then gathered his belongings and exited the house before being met by Julie and a live studio audience.
"I wasn't surprised," said a somber Jessie. "It's Dan. He swore up and down. I have faith that apparently God wants me to do something else right now so he saved myself two months from staying in there with a bunch of people who don't want me in there."
Julie then asked Jessie what his "your word" message to Dan meant.
"He's the one that was promising me, he was promising everybody," said Jessie. "So he probably just made four people upset in there. He swore up and down that it was his job, it was his life, that's what he went to. But the kid doesn't even go to church on Sundays and he's Catholic so... I had a lot of faith in him."
Jessie also said he has no regrets and discredits other houseguests labeling him as arrogant.
"I actually don't have one thing that I regret because I called out everybody for face value. All their actions spoke," he said. "I don't think by me being on the block three out of four weeks and the other time me being HoH, I don't see how I ever felt safe."
Following Jessie's eviction, the nine remaining houseguests -- minus April, who as the outgoing HoH, was deemed ineligible to compete -- competed in the tenth season's fourth HoH competition.
Dubbed "Rude Awakening," the houseguests would be asked a series of true or false questions based on the content of various phone calls that loudly blared through the Big Brother house the previous night. The last houseguest standing would be the new HoH.
Michelle answered the final question correctly and became the fifth HoH.
"That's for you Jessie!" yelled Michelle after her victory. "Jessie, I'm going to get them. Don't worry about it!"
Big Brother 10's next episode will air Sunday, August 10 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS, with a previous houseguest from each of the show's first nine season returning to "take on the current houseguests in a surprise competition," according to Julie.