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(Fwrd Axis) — Big Brother pulled out its biggest halfway point twist in show history on Thursday night, dividing the house right down the middle, forcing the top 10 houseguests to play two separate games at once. Oh, and there was an eviction as well.
The episode picks up following the Power of Veto competition with Taylor still annoyed that Alyssa took her London trip and stuck her with a punishment. Wanting revenge, Taylor wants to target Alyssa but Michael fills in Kyle on the situation, angering him that Taylor has switched up her target yet again.
With the Leftovers questioning Kyle’s loyalty to Alyssa than to his own alliance, the edit makes it appear that this the moment Kyle decided to turn on his alliance but as FWRD AXIS News exclusively revealed on August 5, it was Kyle who approached then-HOH Michael with the idea the minority housemates were all working together.
However, CBS actually addresses the situation of Kyle’s rhetoric about the house’s BIPOC houseguests forming an alliance to target the white contestants, despite having no proof. Earlier this week, #StopProtectingKyle was trending on social media as live feed viewers grew frustrated with production for what they felt was an attempt to hide Kyle’s actions in the house.
Michael and Brittany talk and agree they both are not comfortable with the “optics” of going after an alliance based on race and Brittany speaks with Kyle in the bathroom.
“If that ends up being the sides [white houseguests versus POC houseguests], I can’t do it,” she says.
Kyle pushes back before eventually dropping the subject altogether for now.
Host Julie Chen Moonves returns to get the eviction proceedings started. Both Terrance and Indy give their final pleas before the houseguests’ vote. Julie returns to announce Indy had been evicted on a 7-1 vote with Michael being the lone houseguest to keep her.
Indy joins Julie for the interview after the eviction and she says she blames Kyle for her eviction, not Taylor. In her goodbye messages, Michael reveals the members of the Leftovers alliance to Indy, who said she was not surprised.
Julie finally announces the Split House twist to the top ten houseguests. She explained five houseguests will live inside at the Brochella festival all week while the other five will be outside at Dyre Fest. Each side will have one Head of Household and two nominees. They will play in two separate Power of Veto competitions, have two veto meetings, and have two evictions.
The Head of Household competition is a knockout-style game with the players looking for a “VIP” sign in pictures of packed crowds. It would come down to Michael and Terrance with Michael winning his sixth competition and Terrance being the runner-up. This meant Michael was the HOH for Brochella festival and Terrance was in charge of Dyre Fest.
When it came time to decide how the housemates will be split, Julie says the HOHs will decide who they want living with them. It sounds like the Leftovers will have for sure spoiled by the end of the week.
Big Brother continues Sunday at 8/7c on CBS and streams on Paramount+.