second season of Big Brother, the American reality TV show aired
twenty-nine episodes during the summer of 2001 from July 5 to September
20. The show marked a major change in format and rules from the previous
Changes introduced in this season included:
* Though not a rule, twelve contestants appeared on Big Brother 2,
opposed to ten on Big Brother 1. * The HouseGuests no longer gave
nominations that were voted on by the public. Instead, they competed to
become Head of Household (HoH). The winner of this position was given a
separate bedroom and the right to nominate two HouseGuests for eviction.
With this format turnaround, contestants were highly encouraged to talk
about gameplay, strategy, and especially nominations, making the American
series the first to do such, unlike other international formats, where
contestants are warned or severely punished for exposing their nominations
* The ultimate winner of the show was determined by a vote of the
ousted HouseGuests rather than the public. During this season, and season
three only, however, all ousted members of the house, became voting
members of the jury while in future season only those HouseGuests who
lasted until the final weeks became jury members. In addition, all
HouseGuests were allowed to immediately return to their regular lives (and
watch the show) upon being evicted, returning at the end to cast their
jury votes. Beginning with season four, all jury members are now
sequestered until the end of the show. Justin Sebik, who was expelled, did
not return for the finale and did not play a part in the final vote. * In
a special twist this season, the two remaining HouseGuests got to decide
which HouseGuest's vote they could void, in hopes that their vote was for
their opponent, and that they would gain an advantage over the other
* During this season, the food competitions were introduced.
HouseGuests competed against each other for the right to win food, and the
losers were put on a diet of only Peanut Butter and Jelly for all their
meals for the week. The Peanut Butter and Jelly punishment diet lasted
through until Season 7 when it was replaced with the "Slop"
punishment diet. * This season marked the end of the free internet feeds
that the public had access to during the show's first season, and CBS
introduced a paid user fee system.
* The house itself was renovated. Evicted HouseGuests did not exit into
the outside world as in Season One. Instead, they exited into the outside
world for 5 seconds, walking about 20 feet outside to a closed studio
where they were interviewed by Julie Chen. After their interview with
Julie they would meet up with family members or friends in a feature that
was dropped in later seasons. * The announcer from Season 1 returned to
narrate the opening to episode 2 of Big Brother 2, but was thereafter
replaced by another announcer.
* About two weeks before the end of the second season, the September 11
attacks pre-empted television for an entire week. In a move away from the
rule of not letting the HouseGuests in on information from the outside
world, the three remaining HouseGuests were told of the news. Contestant
Monica was told, in the diary room by executive producer Allison Grodner
that her cousin Tamitha was presumed missing at the World Trade Center.
The week after the attacks, the game continued as normal. * In week two,
HouseGuest Justin Sebik placed a knife to the throat of fellow HouseGuest
Krista, asking "Would you get mad if I killed you?" Both
competitors were under the influence of alcohol, but Justin was
disqualified from the show and evicted immediately. The HouseGuests were
notified the following morning via the voice of executive producer Arnold
Shapiro, who asked them to gather up Justin's belongings to be sent home.
* The first true strategic alliance of any Big Brother season was
formed when contestants Mike and Will formed the "Chilltown"
alliance, which was later expanded to include Shannon. * Volatile
HouseGuest Shannon became known for her temper. In one memorable moment,
she was chastised by the producers when she angrily scrubbed the toilet
with the toothbrush of HouseGuest Hardy, after they had had a fight. In
another encounter, she placed a bag of potato chips on HouseGuest Autumn's
pillow to insinuate that she was fat, causing her to sob uncontrollably.
* The HouseGuests received a short visit from some contestants of the
other CBS reality show Survivor. Gervase Peterson and Susan Hawk from
Survivor: Borneo and Alicia Calaway and Jeff Varner from Survivor: The
Australian Outback visited the house for a few hours in an episode that
aired on September 5. * On finale night, the audience was updated that
former HouseGuest Sheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to
undergo chemotherapy, as well as the news that Monica's cousin Tamitha had
died at the World Trade Center.
* During the show's final episode, contestant Mike "Boogie"
proposed marriage to fellow contestant Krista, with whom he had a romance
on the show. They would later break up.
Autumn Daly is a 28 year-old single mother and aspiring singer from
Irving, TX. She was evicted from the house in week two by a vote of 7
Bill "Bunky" Miller is a 36 year-old technical writer from
Harrisburg, NC. He made it to the final five, but was evicted in week 8 in
a week when Head of Household, Hardy had to make a tie-breaker vote. Big
Brother's first openly gay HouseGuest, he was also known for frequently
Hardy Ames-Hill is a 31 year-old account executive from York, PA. He
was Head of Household more than anyone else (3 times), made it to the
final four before being evicted in week 9 when Will cast the sole vote
Justin Sebik is a 26 year-old bartender from Bayonne, NJ. He was
expelled from the House on Day 10 because of the "The Knife
Incident", where he threatened others and held a knife to the throat
of Krista after a night of heavy drinking. Most HouseGuests were asleep at
the time and only learned of the incident the next day.
Kent Blackwelder is a 46 year-old mortgage broker from Powell,
TN. He was evicted in week 5 by a vote of 4-0.
Krista Stegall is a 28 year-old divorced mother and waitress from
Opelousas, LA. She was evicted in week 6 by a vote of 3-0. She was
involved in a romance with Mike, who proposed to her during the show's
finale. They would split up soon afterward, however.
Mike "Boogie" Malin is a 30 year-old bar owner from Los
Angeles, CA He was evicted in week 4 by a vote of 4-1. He memorably
proposed to Krista during the show's final episode. Malin was a member of
the Chilltown alliance. He would later return in 2006 for Big Brother: All
Stars, where he became the eventual champion.
Monica Bailey is a 40 year-old candy store manager and adult literacy
teacher from Brooklyn, NY. She made it to the final 3 before being voted
out by Head of Household Nicole. During the show, it was revealed that
Monica's cousin was missing after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade
Center. Monica was told of the incident but not in detail.
Nicole Nilson Schaffrich is a 31 year-old personal chef from Atlanta,
GA. During the first week she annoyed the other HouseGuests for being
bossy, and she was immediately put up for eviction. But after surviving
that vote, she gradually became an influential and powerful player, partly
through her alliance with Hardy. She made it to the finals, where she lost
to Will by a vote of 5-2.
Shannon Dragoo is a 29 year-old realtor and boat captain from San
Antonio, TX. She was a member of the Chilltown alliance, but was voted out
in week 3 by a vote of 6-0. She is best known for her toilet scrubbing
incident with Hardy's toothbrush.
Sheryl Braxton is a 43 year-old divorced mother and interior decorator
from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She was the first HouseGuest evicted by a vote
of 5-3 in week 1.
Will Kirby is a 28 year-old physician from Miami, FL. Known as
"Dr. Will" and a member of Chilltown alliance, his strategy was
to combine charm with lies. Despite being nominated four times, his
strategy worked and Will was crowned champion of Big Brother 2, defeating
Nicole by a final vote of 5-2. In 2006, he appeared on Big Brother: All
Stars, where he finished in fourth place.
A weekly summary table of tasks, evictions, major events, and other
notable moments in the Big Brother house follows.
- On Day 1, Twelve HouseGuests moved into the Big Brother
- On Day 2, Mike became the first Head of Household.
- On Day 6, Nicole and Sheryl were nominated for eviction.
- On Day 10, Justin was expelled from the house after he held
a knife to fellow HouseGuest Krista's throat while they were
- HoH: "Wheel of First Impressions"; one
person spins the wheel and tells which two HouseGuests best
fit the descriptions it lands on (for example:
"Loudest"). The rest of the HouseGuests vote on
which of these two they'd prefer to be the Head of Household.
The votes go on until one HouseGuest remains. In the end, two
HouseGuests remain. The other HouseGuests choose anonymously
as to which of these two will be Head of Household.
- Food: "All Stuffed Up"; the HouseGuests
have to stuff themselves and a hefty supply of groceries into
a 2002 Buick Rendezvous SUV and remain there for a full sixty
seconds. If successful, they keep the food and eat well. If
they fail, then it's "PB and J" all week long. While
still stuffed into the 2002 Buick Rendezvous, the HouseGuests
are surprised to learn that whoever is the last to exit the
SUV gets to keep it. To make it even more difficult, they
can't sleep, smoke or take bathroom breaks.
- Luxury: "The Dirty Dozen"; an inflatable
pool in the backyard is filled with mud. 24 keys are mixed
into the mess. 12 have a HouseGuest name on it. Starting with
Mike, the HouseGuests have to find the 12 keys with their
names on them. When a name key is found, that HouseGuest can
help with the search. When all 12 keys are found, the
HouseGuests have to get back to their starting point. If they
accomplish their mission in under 6 minutes, the backyard hot
tub will be unlocked for them. The house won the hot tub.
- Luxury: "Bird's Eye View"; while the Head
of Household is isolated inside the house, the other
HouseGuests have five minutes to decide what gourmet food they
want to eat, then spell it out using their bodies to form the
letters. From an elevated chair, the HoH has to read what
they've written in order for them to get the meal.
- Autumn, Bunky, Hardy, Justin, Kent, Krista, Mike, Monica,
Nicole, Shannon, Sheryl, and Will entered the House on Day 1.
- On Day 10, Justin was expelled from the House. On Day 12,
Sheryl was evicted by a vote of 5-3.
- Due to Justin's expulsion the live Head of Household
competition was held on Saturday instead of Thursday.
- On Day 14, Krista became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 14, Krista nominated Autumn and Kent for eviction.
- HoH: "To The Mat"; each of the HouseGuests
stand blindfolded on mats in the backyard. Julie Chen asks
questions about their housemates, instructing the HouseGuests
to take a step forward to give one answer, stay in place for
- Food: "A Pound of Flesh"; the HouseGuests
split along gender lines, men vs. women. Everyone writes their
own estimated body weight on a dry erase board. Brought
outside, they are weighed on a scale. Their estimated and
actual weights are added. Whichever side's estimated weight
comes closest to their actual weight gets food for the week.
The boys won over the girls by one point.
- Luxury: "Ride The Bull"; the HouseGuests
face off, male vs. female, in a mechanical bull riding
competition. Three guys (Will, Hardy and Bunky) and three
girls (Autumn, Shannon and Nicole) have to ride the bull for
thirty seconds to move into round two. In round two, with the
speed of the bull increased, at least one team member has to
stay on the bull for thirty seconds to qualify for victory.
- On Day 19, Autumn was evicted by a unanimous vote of 7-0.
- On Day 19, Hardy became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 21, Hardy nominated Shannon and Will for eviction.
- HoH: "By The Numbers"; in a single
elimination format, the HouseGuests are asked a series of
number based questions that they silently answer by raising
paddles, each branded with a number 0-9, with all of the
questions pertaining to the HouseGuests themselves.
- Food: "Catch of The Day"; the HouseGuests
request three food items, which are written onto yellow balls.
One hundred balls, all with groceries written on them,
including the 27, are thrown over the walls of the Big Brother
compound. The HouseGuests will be given the items they catch.
If a ball touches the ground, that item is eliminated. If a
HouseGuest picks a ball up from the ground, that HouseGuest is
disqualified and anything they caught goes with them. There
are no supplemental groceries for the week, meaning meals can
be made only from these items.
- Luxury: "Cross-Dressing"; the House splits
into two teams. (Team One: Monica, Will, Krista and Mike. Team
Two: Bunky, Shannon, Nicole and Kent.) Each team has two
members wearing blue and two members wearing red. The
teammates stand on opposite sides of a clothesline. The object
is for the reds to pass their clothes across the line to the
blue team (and vice versa), then get dressed in the new
clothes. The winning team will be the one that gets dressed
first. Bunky, Shannon, Nicole, and Kent won a special laundry
- On Day 26, Shannon was evicted by a unanimous vote of 6-0.
- On Day 26, Kent became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 28, Kent nominated Mike and Krista for eviction.
- HoH: "Higher/Lower"; the HouseGuests are
questions that come with a suggested answer and the
HouseGuests have to decide if they think the real answer is
higher or lower than the one given. If they think it's higher,
they step up on the podium; if they think it's lower, they
take a step down. The HouseGuests are eliminated with one
wrong answer until only one remains. In the tie-breaker round,
Kent beat out Mike and won the competition.
- Food: "Food Pyramid"; each HouseGuest is
assigned a food group and must answer 2 out of 3 questions
correctly in order to have those items for the week.
- Luxury: "Spinning Discs"; each HouseGuest
selects one CD he or she would most like to listen to. Given
10 blank CDs, the HouseGuest who tosses the most CDs into a
bowl floating in the pool wins his or her chosen CD plus a
personal stereo. Monica wins with 5 CDs in the bowl.
- On Day 33, Mike was evicted by a vote of 4-1.
- On Day 33, Hardy became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 35, Hardy nominated Kent and Will for eviction.
- HoH: "Face The Facts"; the HouseGuests
answer a series of questions about the evicted HouseGuests and
the outgoing HoH using a cube had the faces of those
HouseGuests and a blank for none of the above. If a player was
incorrect, the they were eliminated. Hardy was the last
remaining player and became HoH for the second time in a row.
- Food: "The Perfect Meal"; each HouseGuest
tells Big Brother his or her favorite meal, with all the
trimmings. Then, each HouseGuest is assigned a day of the week
that he or she will be responsible for. The object is for each
HouseGuest to eat their favorite meal in under five minutes
after it has been liquefied in a blender, then keep the food
down for three minutes. If someone fails, the group eats PB
& J that day.
- Luxury: "Rescue 911"; each HouseGuest
dresses a dummy in his or her likeness. With everyone out
back, the dummies are hidden in various places in the House.
The HouseGuests, split into teams of men vs. women, are
blindfolded and have to enter the House, find a dummy and
bring it back out to the safety of the basketball court. The
first team to find three dummies and rescue them wins the
luxury of their choice, for up to $100.
- On Day 40, Kent was evicted by a unanimous vote of 4-0
- On Day 40, Nicole became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 42, Nicole nominated Krista and Monica for eviction.
- HoH: "Pushing It To The Limit"; the
HouseGuests slide keys down a two-lane board towards a series
of markers, each representing a different room in the house.
Whoever lands their key closest to the Head of Household
marker will be the next HoH. Nicole was the closest and won
- Food: "A Is For Apple"; in the backyard the
HouseGuests find a giant bowl of alphabet cereal, a large
spoon and a 7 foot tall milk carton. Each HouseGuest has 60
seconds to climb into the cereal bowl and find two plastic
letters, then name as many foods as they can that start with
that letter. Their weekly food supply will be made up of foods
that they were able to name.
- Luxury: "All The News That Fits"; he
HouseGuests break into three teams of two people and are asked
a series of questions about what may have happened in the
outside world while they were in the Big Brother House. The
team with the most correct answers after three questions would
win three minutes in the Diary Room with current magazines,
newspapers and a newsreel playing on a television. Will and
- On Day 47, Krista was evicted unanimously by a vote of 3-0.
- Due to Justin's expulsion in week 1, no Head of Household
competition or nomination ceremony took place.
- Instead the HouseGuests competed in a food competition and
luxury competition for the duration of the week until week 8.
- Food: "An Offer Almost Too Good to Refuse";
the HouseGuests are dispatched by Julie Chen to find jars of
peanut butter hidden throughout the House. They are brought
into the Diary Room one by one. Julie offers each $2500
against the HouseGuests having to eat PB&J for five days,
with the understanding that Big Brother would not reveal
anyone's decision to the group. Bunky holds out for $5000 and
four days of PB&J, for the house, before accepting the
offer and winning the competition.
- Luxury: "Blockbuster"; each HouseGuest has
to free a movie ticket frozen into the center of a block of
ice. The first one to remove the ticket and drop it into a
ticket bin, wins a special screening of the blockbuster movie
American Pie 2 in the Head of Household room. Bunky won the
competition and chose to take Monica with him.
- On Day 54, Hardy became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 56, Hardy nominated Bunky and Will for eviction.
- HoH: "Big Brother Road Trip"; the
HouseGuests are asked a series of questions about evicted
HouseGuests, to which the answer was one of the 50 states. In
order to gain a point, the HouseGuests had to be the first to
strike a pole with a remote-control car. The two with the most
points would go on to round two. In the second round, the two
HouseGuests had to drive their remote controlled cars around
an obstacle course set up across the entire backyard. Each
obstacle is based on the home state of an evicted HouseGuest
and they had to approach each obstacle in the order that the
HouseGuests were evicted.
- Food: "Big Brother Jenga"; the HouseGuests
have to create a tower out of color-coded blocks and get a
food item from each one that they successfully use. After all
the blocks are used, they can remove blocks from the bottom
and move them to the top, until the tower topples over.
- Luxury: "The Great Escape"; the HouseGuests
make their likenesses out of dolls provided by Big Brother.
The HouseGuests are given balloons, string and helium tanks to
fasten to baskets containing their dolls. The first two
HouseGuests to fly their basket above the Big Brother fence
line win a one-hour helicopter tour of Los Angeles. Will and
Bunky won the competition.
- On Day 61, Bunky was evicted from the Big Brother house by a
vote of 2-1. Hardy as Head of Household had to cast the
- On Day 61, Monica became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 63, Monica nominated Nicole and Hardy for eviction.
- On Day 65, Susan Hawk, Gervase Peterson of Survivor: Borneo,
Alicia Calaway and Jeff Varber of Survivor: The Australian
Outback visited the House to play against the HouseGuests in a
special luxury competition.
- HoH: "Strange Bedfellows"; Monica, Nicole
and Will, the eligible three HouseGuests, find a replica of
the HoH room on the basketball court. Getting on to the bed,
the three put their keys inside the nomination box. The
HouseGuest who holds onto their key the longest will be the
new HoH. Monica won the competition after Will stepped down
from the competition.
- Food: "Shop 'til You Drop"; each HouseGuest
is given four minutes to gather food from the stocked shelves
of the food triangle, then navigate a backyard obstacle
course. Whatever food they are still carrying at the end and
can drop into a shopping cart, they get to keep.
- Luxury: "Fire and Ice"; in the snowed-over
backyard, lettered blocks are scattered randomly, with enough
letters to spell Big Brother and Survivor. Bound
together at the wrists, the teams move around the backyard
getting the letters they need to make a tower spelling out
their show name. Once finished, the players must untie
themselves and dive, one at a time, into the pool to retrieve
keys which they hang on torches at the end of the pool. the
first team to hang all 4 keys wins $15,000. The Survivors win
- Luxury: "Crack the Code"; paired up with a
Survivor, the HouseGuests are given a scrambled message on the
plasma screen in the living room. The first team to unscramble
the code, which describes a location in the House, and
retrieve a computer mouse from that location wins a chance to
surf the Internet to look at fan Web sites that have sprung up
in their honor. Sue and Hardy unscramble their message first
and win the competition.
- On Day 68, Hardy was evicted by a vote of 1-0.
- On Day 75, Nicole and Will accumulated the most points
combined in part one and two of the final Head of Household
competition, thus advancing to the part three of the Final HoH
- On Day 77, Nicole won part three of the final Head of
- HoH Pt.1 "Part One"; Big Brother asks the
seven evicted HouseGuests for one positive and one negative
word to describe the three remaining competitors. Julie Chen
reads these descriptions to the final three, without telling
them who is being described by each term. Their challenge is
to figure out which one of them is being described by the last
word from the evictees, with one point gained for every
- HoH Pt.2 "Part Two"; the HouseGuests are
given a time limit to complete various household tasks. The
players with the most points move on to Round Three. Nicole
and Will had the most points from both rounds, which meant
they would face off in round three.
- HoH Pt.3 "Part Three"; The last part of the
HoH Competition consists of 7 questions about the HouseGuests
experiences during their time in the Big Brother House. One
point is awarded for each correct answer. Nicole had the most
points in the end and became the final Head of Household of
- On Day 77, Monica was evicted by a vote of 1-0 and Nicole
and Will became the final two.
- On Day 80, the final two went up against the jury of nine to
discuss why they should be given the $500,000 grand prize.
- On Day 82, the nine evicted HouseGuests returned on finale
night to cast their vote for the winner of Big Brother 2.
- Nicole and Will were given a chance to nullify one of the
jury member's votes. Nicole nullified Shannon's vote, while
Will nullified Bunky's vote.
- By a vote of 5-2, Will Kirby was named the winner of Big
- On Day 82, Will and Nicole left the house after being named
the winner and runner-up of Big Brother 2, respectively.