This week's elimination episode of "Big Brother" was the show's patented "week of 'Big Brother' in under an hour" and that meant an elimination, an Head Of Household competition, nominations, a POV competition, POV ceremony and then, a second elimination. It hardly gave the houseguests, or the audience, a chance to breathe.
As expected, Candice was eliminated in the first eviction ceremony and afterwards, host Julie Chen told the remaining 10 houseguests that the MVP twist was officially over for the summer. That meant the next HOH would put up the only two people facing eviction. After a trivia competition, that new HOH turned out to be Aaryn.
She was clearly making moves to not jeopardize her position in the game with the people running the house, and so she allowed consensus to make her picks for her. And thus, Spencer and Jessie were on the block. But then, Aaryn won the POV and took Jessie off. As a replacement, the house decided that Judd was playing the game too hard, and so Aaryn put him up. He was eliminated in a landslide that left him flabbergasted and confused as to what had happened.
This doesn't mean the show was without the abhorrent behavior viewers have come to expect this season on "Big Brother," though. Candice's "save me" speech was particularly venomous -- she called out then-HOH GinaMarie for throwing her under the bus this week, and GinaMarie was more than willing to fight with her over it. The ladies were so out of line that Chen couldn't even regain control of the situation. She basically just told Spencer that he was up -- and could do his best to give his speech over the raging argument.
"That is a very tough act to follow," Spencer said. He was up for eviction both times on Thursday, and escaped twice. As for Candice and Judd, Chen said that they became the first two members of the jury, and they might see an opportunity to get back into the game.
Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich thought the Hellmouth was going to open up under the house during the tense live episode. Philiana Ng of The Hollywood Reporter said that calling Candice's pre-eviction speech "memorable" would be an understatement. Meanwhile, Daniel Fienberg of HitFix called it one of the most aggressive fights ever seen on the show, much less a "save me" plea.
The drama and craziness continue on "Big Brother," Sunday and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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CORRECTION: This post has been edited to accurately reflect that Aaryn won POV.