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Big Brother 8

Big Brother 8 is the eighth season of the US version of the reality TV-show Big Brother on CBS. The season was announced on February 1, 2007.  Julie Chen returned for this season as host. Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan are executive producers. Arnold Shapiro stepped down as producer following last season's All-Stars edition, but serves as executive consultant on the show. Casting calls ran until May 5, 2007. A preview was shown on the The Early Show on July 5, 2007, the day of the premiere. The show aired three times a week; Sundays at 8 p.m. (EDT / PDT), Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and Thursdays, which was broadcast live, at 8 p.m.

CBS's cable/satellite premium network Showtime Too carried a spin-off of the series called Big Brother: After Dark, which aired nightly from 12 midnight—3 a.m. (EDT / PDT). The show was live for the viewers on the East coast, however viewers on the West coast viewed it on a broadcast delay. This program featured house activity happening between the local hours of 9 p.m.-12 midnight in the House, and was edited only for slanderous statements and music copyrights.

Big Brother House

 

House pictures were released on June 27, 2007. The house has an Alice in Wonderland theme and contains an over sized bedroom and a small bedroom. The small bedroom features a very small doorway and five beds which are only five feet long, while the over sized bedroom features shoulder-height beds and enormous drawers which need a ladder to reach. The walkway to the Head of Household room is a modernist inspired enchanted forest.  The backyard contains animal-shaped topiaries, flowers, a swimming pool, and a spinning teacup. The lavish blue bathroom has a shower which features a lion-shaped water spout.

Prizes

The HouseGuests compete for a top prize of $500,000 and a runner-up prize of $50,000. In addition to the Grand Prize and the Runner-Up Prize, various smaller prizes were offered throughout the game. Most of the time the prizes were given out during Veto competitions or Luxury competitions.

In week two, during the second Power of Veto competition, Dick won a plasma TV. On Day 23, during the fourth Power of Veto competition, Dustin won $5,000 and a trip for two to Barbados. On Day 30, during the fifth Power of Veto competition, a prize of $10,000 was offered to anyone who would step down from the competition, but no one did. On Day 44, during the sixth Power of Veto competition, Daniele and Amber won a secret trip outside the House, which was later revealed to them that it was to New York City to compete on the CBS game show Power of Ten; Amber won $1,000, and Daniele did not win any money. On Day 50, during the first Luxury competition, Amber, Daniele, Jameka, and Jessica won a two-minute shopping spree of designer clothes inside the House. In the HoH competition on Day 62, a prize was rewarded to whoever could fill a jar the fastest with tea. The prize was a three-minute phone call home. Eric won this prize, but chose to give it to Jessica.

Interactive options

This season, there were two options for viewers of Big Brother to become more involved with the game. They were CBS' "America's Player" and Canadian broadcaster Global TV's "Big Brother interactive." 

America's Player

At the end of each show (starting July 8), Eric was asked to complete a task that America specified by voting on CBS.com or by text messaging. For every five tasks Eric completed, he was rewarded with $10,000 (USD).[27] Viewers were able to vote on tasks from the end of an episode until midnight Pacific Time. The Thursday task involved pitching nominees to the Head of Household (HoH), the Sunday task was something interesting that might not affect the strategic game play, and the Tuesday task was swaying the opinion of the other HouseGuests on who to evict (unless it is he who is nominated). Once Eric received the task, he had to make a meaningful effort to complete the task. However, he could have decided how to complete the task. In addition, Eric cast his eviction vote for whom America chose to evict.  Eric was a jury member on finale night, and the viewers voted that Dick should receive Eric's vote to win the game.

The title "America's Player" did lead to a bit of confusion, since Canadians were still allowed to vote online. Allison Grodner, the executive producer, chuckled while telling Global TV, "We are certainly not trying to exclude any of our viewers so we will call this...the 'Canadian-American Player'." or as Canadian fans might say, the "Viewer's Player". 

AP Task Overview

Every week Eric was given three tasks he must attempt to complete. He was given the task in the Diary Room shortly after voting ended, which is midnight Pacific Time on nights that CBS airs episodes: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. As of Week 7, all tasks that were given on Thursday night dealt with Friday's nominations, all tasks given on Tuesday night dealt with Thursday's eviction, and Sunday's tasks varied but did not deal with either nominations or evictions. 

Thursday's Task

If Eric had won the HoH competition on Thursday night then he would have automatically completed the Nomination Task. In this case the top vote getting in CBS's AP poll would have been nominated along with a second player of Eric's choosing on Friday night, and Eric's task would have been complete. When Eric did not win the HoH competition, then he had to convince the HoH to nominate the AP poll winner on Friday; however, if the HoH did not put up the player Eric/America was targeting on Friday, then Eric had a second chance to complete this task at the Veto Ceremony. Eric completed all but the last of his nomination tasks. 

Tuesday's Task

When Eric was nominated for Thursday's eviction, his Tuesday night task was to flatter and do whatever it takes to make sure a specific person did not vote to evict him, and he completed this task if that person voted to evict the other nominee. When Eric was not nominated, then his Tuesday night task was to target one of the two nominees for eviction. Eric automatically voted for the winner of the AP poll, and he completed the task if the majority of HouseGuests voted to evict the same player he had been instructed to target. Eric successfully completed five of the eight tasks involving persuading the house to evict a nominee. The one time Eric was on the block and had to flatter Dick to secure their vote, he chose not to. 

Sunday's Task

Sunday's tasks dealt with Eric's relationships in the House, or were attempts to shake things up in the House. They varied greatly in difficulty and consequences for Eric.

Results

Out of 28 tasks Eric completed 21, and failed 7, earning him a total of $40,000.

HouseGuests

One major twist this year was "Biggest Nemesis", as there were three sets of enemies living together, and were revealed as Joe/Dustin (ex-boyfriends), Daniele/Dick (estranged daughter/father), and Carol/Jessica (ex-best friends). The twist quickly fell apart as Carol and Joe were evicted in the first two weeks and Daniele and Dick became close. Another twist was HouseGuest Eric was "America's Player". Major alliances this season included the Mrs. Robinson Alliance (Kail, Nick, Mike, and Zach), a week 3 alliance (Mike, Kail, and Jen), the Late Night Crew (Dick, Daniele, Eric, Dustin, Amber, Jameka, and Jessica), and the Little Julie Chens (Dick, Daniele, Jessica, and Eric).

 

Amber

Amber M. Siyavus (born March 17, 1980) (formerly Tomcavage before her divorce) is a cocktail waitress at Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a divorced mother (she was married April 11, 2000 and divorced after four years of marriage), and says her ex-husband is one of her best friends. She is also known to be very emotional, most notably crying at situations and in-house events such as after most nomination ceremonies, veto competitions, veto ceremonies, and evictions, sometimes for seemingly no reason at all, even if she did not really like the person. She would cry in nearly every diary room session broadcasted. At one point she referred to herself as "ridiculous" for all the crying she does, and realizes that she needs to be less emotional or it could cost her the game. Amber has admitted to a previous addiction to methamphetamine. She is known for swearing on her daughter's life and often praying to God out loud. Amber garnered national attention after making anti-Semitic statements. Hollywood news conglomeration Defamer criticized Amber's sentiments.  Notably, aggregate TMZ reported about Amber's remarks, especially those about being able to recognize a Jew by the size of their nose or their last name.  After this, Amber yelled at fellow HouseGuest Eric after she claimed that he betrayed her by threatening to use secrets about her past (faked pregnancies, abortions, and a drug addiction) against her while in the House for strategic reasons.  On Day 52, Amber beat Daniele in the opening round on Power of 10 with three questions answered correctly to zero. She went on to play for $100,000 but missed the question and won $1,000. On Day 62, Amber was evicted from the Big Brother house with a vote of 3 to 1. It was also revealed on her eviction night that 78% of America's Player eviction votes were cast against her. 

Carol

Carol M. Journey (born March 3, 1986) is a student from Lawrence, Kansas, born and raised in Haysville, Kansas. Carol attends the University of Kansas and is part of their dance team. She is the daughter of Kansas State Senator Phil Journey.  Jessica and Carol were best friends as young teens, but had a falling out and went their separate ways. They were also cheerleaders together at their high school. She was the first HouseGuest evicted in a 10-1 vote in favor of Amber. 

Daniele

Daniele Donato (born August 20, 1986) is a Hooters waitress from California. Dick is her estranged father, with whom she had not spoken for two years before entering the House. Daniele's budding relationship with HouseGuest Nick was well received by her father Dick. Daniele lied by telling the HouseGuests she was 21-years-old on Day 1, while she did not turn 21 until August 20. The eligibility requirements for Big Brother state that contestants must be 21 years of age at time of application.  She has two nautical star tattoos, one on the front of each hip. Daniele has won two Head of Household competitions (Week 5 and 7) and five Power of Veto competitions (Weeks 1, 2, 7, 9 and 10), tying Janelle's record. In Weeks 2, 6, and 10, she was nominated against her father, however both survived to make it to the next week. In Week 10 however, Daniele was nominated for eviction and won the final veto of the season, and used it to save her father from eviction. She was ensured a place in the final 3 when Dick, (the only HouseGuest able to vote) voted to evict Jameka. She later made it into the final 2 when Dick won Head of Household and evicted Zach. In a 5-2 vote, Daniele became the Big Brother 8 runner-up and won $50,000, receiving the votes of Jen and Jameka.

Daniele has co-hosted Housecalls on Mondays with Gretchen Massey the last two(2) years consecutively. She picked the winner of Season 9 & 10 her first week of each season on Housecalls. She was scheduled to do Housecalls for Season 11, but due to no sponsorship, Housecalls was cancelled.

Daniele is currently attending college to acquire her Bachelors Degree.

Dick

Richard Louis "Evel Dick" Donato (born June 24, 1963) is from Los Angeles, California. Daniele is his estranged daughter. Dick is an acquaintance with numerous celebrities, one in particular being Cher, with whom he claims to have once had dinner. He is also friends with Dilana from the reality show Rock Star: Supernova. He also claimed that he had dated Jerri Manthey of Survivor fame, even though they eventually broke up, he says they remain friends. Grodner reports that Dick was a stand-in for Keith Richards during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.  He is an atheist although his mother is an ordained minister

Dick was quite abusive to the other HouseGuests, ridiculing their sexualities, their religious beliefs, and their ethnicities. Although Dick has been admonished as crass, he was nonetheless relatively popular with the public.

Dick was a finalist in the selection process for Seasons 5 and 6.  Dick and Daniele have started to mend their relationship, and Daniele had told Dick she loved him while he was participating in last HoH competition. Dick has said he will do anything for Daniele. An example of this when they were both nominated on Day 42. After Dick won the Power of Veto, he used it to save Daniele rather than himself.

In Week 2, Dick said that he was playing to keep himself and his daughter as the final two, so that no matter how jury members felt about them, and their potential betrayals of allies, the jury must vote the half-million prize to either Dick or Daniele. In week 2, 6, and 10, Dick was nominated for eviction. In week 10 he was spared when his daughter saved him with the Power of Veto, ensuring him a place in the final 3. As the only HouseGuest able to vote, he then voted to evict Jameka. On Day 76 Dick won the final HoH and evicted Zach taking his daughter to the final 2.

On Day 81, the jury cast a 5-2 vote that crowned Dick the winner of Big Brother 8 and the recipient of $500,000. Dick received votes from Eric, Dustin, Amber, Zach, and Jessica.

Dustin

Dustin Simon Erikstrup (born January 21, 1985) is a shoe salesman from Chicago, Illinois, and is of Danish descent. Dustin and Joe used to be a couple, and had a bitter breakup. On Big Brother, Dustin was the fourth Head of Household of the season. His actions during that week's Power of Veto competition drew criticism from other HouseGuests who called his acceptance of $5,000 and a vacation to Barbados selfish.  After Dustin asked to be put on the block against Dick (a move intended to rub in Dick's seemingly imminent eviction), America's Player (Eric) was instructed to vote against Dustin, causing Eric to begin talking in favor of voting out Dustin. Eric flipped their vote against Dustin, and Dustin was evicted by a 4-2 vote on Day 48, thus becoming the first member of the Jury. Ironically, Eric said privately he was glad to eliminate Dustin, whose vote had saved Eric from eviction the prior week. Even Dick was stunned at the twist of events, since he had purposely, viciously insulted the others to draw certain eviction, when he and his daughter were both in danger as nominees.  

Eric

Eric Scott Stein (born January 25, 1980) is a talent management assistant from New York, New York. He grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York and attended Boston University. He has a 31-year-old brother named Josh and a 23-year-old brother named Alex. He is "America's Player". In weeks 3 and 4, Eric's orders from the viewers to vote for Kail's eviction caused the HouseGuests to wonder who the extra votes were from. He has also stated he is of the Jewish faith (though he is not very religious, he does observe the major Jewish holidays). Eric and fellow HouseGuest Jessica shared their first kiss on Day 58. Eric runs a small theater company called "Off Center Productions" in which he acts as owner, director and co-choreographer. The company has been on hiatus while he pursues other interests, but past productions have included Godspell and Grease. After failing to be chosen to compete in a Power of Veto competition for the first eight weeks of the show, Eric was finally chosen for, and won, the Power of Veto competition in Week 8. Eric was evicted by a 2-0 vote in week 9 in a special Double Eviction. By completing 21 out of 28 tasks as "America's Player" Eric earned $40,000. He recently guest starred on an episode of Big Brother 9, with current girlfriend, and former houseguest Jessica. He once stated that he "loved Katie Holmes so much I could cry." 

Jameka

Jameka Linette Cameron (born July 20, 1978) is a school counselor from Waldorf, Maryland and attended Elizabeth City State University. Fellow HouseGuest, Dick, wrote in his Head of Household blog that he felt Jameka was smart and trusting. Jameka has consistently been seen as deeply religious, believing that God wanted her to play for the person who drew her name for the Veto competition, regardless of who it was. During the Power of Veto competition on Day 36, Jameka chose to forfeit five HoH competitions and rejected a $10,000 personal offer when seeking the Veto for Eric in her alliance;

Jameka had previously rejected a $5,000 offer when supporting her alliance, despite strong fears she will not win the show's prize money. She was evicted in week 10 by a 1-0 vote. 

Jen

Jennifer "Jen" Marie Johnson (born April 25, 1984) is a nanny, estate manager, and bikini model. Jen is from Beverly Hills, California. On July 29 during the live feeds, she admitted to Kail that she worked for Vanna White. Mike "Boogie" from Chilltown has reported that he helped train her. Her previous television appearances include playing for the NY Euphoria in the 2006 Lingerie Bowl, and has said she appeared on an episode of Wheel of Fortune before being employed by Vanna White. Jen was also an extra on the show Las Vegas. She was a girl sitting poolside in a red bikini in the episode, "Wagers of Sin". Jen became the second Head of Household of the season. Jen's family and friends have told producers and the public that Jen was "playing dumb" in the House and Jen has claimed that it takes time to get to know her real personality.

On Day 36, during the veto competition, "Numbers Don't Lie" (which Jen has claimed to Gretchen Massey is her favorite competition), Jen agreed to wear a bunny suit for five days, eat slop for 30 days (which she had started to ignore on Day 52, and was penalized with a vote for eviction from Big Brother), have funk dumped on her, and give up half of her prize money should she make it to the end of the game. This meant that Jen was only eligible to win $250,000 if she won Big Brother. Jen had always said she was there for the Big Brother experience and not for the money, and she was not sure if the money would make her life better or worse. As she was already satisfied with her life, she was willing to give up some of the prize money had she won the game. This had no effect on her game as Jen was evicted 6-0 by a unanimous vote (with her penalty vote taken into account) on Day 55, August 23, 2007. Although Jen had earlier stated in the show that she might not participate in the jury house, on the September 11 episode she was shown entering sequester following her eviction.

Jen briefly returned to the Big Brother house in 2008, where she participated in a food competition with the Big Brother 10 houseguests. The competition was designed to celebrate 10 seasons of Big Brother, with one representative from each season. 

Jessica

Jessica Lynn Hughbanks (born December 22, 1985) is a Wichita State University student, Wichita Wild Indoor Football and Wichita Thunder dance team member from Haysville, Kansas. Jessica is also a Maxim Hometown Hottie and appeared on Maxim's website. Jessica and Carol were best friends as young teens, but had a falling out and went their separate ways. Jessica won the Head of Household competition on Day 41, beating Jen in the final round of the "Let's Make a Duel" HoH competition. Jessica won her second Head of Household on Day 55, beating Dick in the "Tanks for the Memories" HoH competition. Jessica and fellow HouseGuest Eric shared their first kiss on Day 58. Jessica had considered nominating either Dick and/or Daniele for eviction (fearing their combined votes later in the game), and her end-game ally Eric had the Power of Veto to allow naming Dick/Daniele; however, Eric, as America's Player, was not able to use the power of veto on the nominations, and Eric insisted for Jessica to "trust" that Dick/Daniele would honor their alliance to become the final four. However, Jessica's suspicion was confirmed, and in the next round, Zach immediately nominated her for eviction, in secret alliance with the Donatos. Jessica was evicted in a 2-1 vote (by Dick and Daniele) on Day 69, becoming the fourth juror and the 9th person evicted. In her exit interview, Jessica stated that she could not "trust the Donatos" in the end-game. In her goodbye message from Eric, Eric had told her that he loved her minutes after Jessica had told Julie Chen that she loved him.

Jessica appeared on the first episode of Big Brother 11 and was allowed a shot to come back into the house. If her "clique" won the HOH, she would enter the house as the 13th, and final HouseGuest, and she would be crowned the first HOH of the season. However, the popular crowd came second, meaning Jessica was eliminated, and would not re-enter the Big Brother House. 

Joe

Joseph Barber II (born September 28, 1983) is a receptionist from Chicago, Illinois. Joe and Dustin were a couple but had a bitter breakup. By a vote of 9-1, he was the second HouseGuest evicted. Joe once made an appearance on elimiDATE.

Kail

Kail Lucille Harbick (born October 5, 1969) is a business owner from McKenzie Bridge, Oregon who works as a real estate agent for Prudential Financial. In addition to her estate business, she and her husband own several businesses in Blue River, Oregon: a grocery store, a motel,  a restaurant, and a resort.  A devout fan of Big Brother, Kail had previously applied for Big Brother 5 and Big Brother 6. On Day 34, she stated in the Diary Room that she wanted to leave the House and walk; however, she was talked out of it by the show's producers. During the veto competition on Day 36, Kail agreed to sit out the HoH competition for the next five weeks, however it had no effect on her game as Kail was evicted by a 4-3 vote on Day 41. 

Mike

Michael S. Dutz (born August 20, 1980) is a painting contractor from Three Lakes, Wisconsin, and is a model with BMG Model & Talent Agency. He has appeared on the Lifetime show Gay, Straight or Taken?. He was the straight and available one. Mike was known in the Big Brother House for being quiet and not connecting with the other HouseGuests. Mike was nominated alongside Kail by Dick. Fellow HouseGuest Dustin said, "Mike, I'm sorry, you've been in the House for three weeks, and I know four things about you: You're from Wisconsin, you like planes, you're a model, and you eat a lot of meat." Mike was evicted by a vote of 7-2 on Day 27  

Nick

Nicholas Anton Starcevic (born March 5, 1982) is a former college American football player from Kimball, Minnesota and was once crowned MTV's "Spring Break King" while on vacation in Cancún. Nick has worn t-shirts of his former teammate and Eastern Washington University Eagle Jake Young, having last played for EWU's Big Sky Conference championship teams in 2004 and 2005. He played American football for the University of Minnesota Crookston for 4 years and then played professional football in Europe for Team Finland of the European Football League (EFL). Nick was nominated alongside Kail on Day 31 in place of Jen, being evicted on Day 34 by a 6-2 vote. Before moving into the House, Nick lived in Shepparton, Australia and taught Biomechanics, Anatomy & Physiology and Outdoor Education.

He and Daniele had a close relationship in the show. When Daniele left the house to play on the game show Power of 10, Nick was brought in as her supporter. However, Daniele did not make it to the main round and did not get to see Nick.

Nick is represented by Silver Models, New York City. 

Zach

Zachary Joseph Swerdzewski (born April 17, 1977) is a graphic designer from Tallahassee, Florida. Zach graduated from Florida State University, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He owns a company called Dolphin Crash. On the show, he has been seen wearing shirts with the company's name and logo, and sports the logo as a tattoo on his upper-left shoulder on his back. Zach once made an appearance on an episode of E!'s Style Court. Zach mentioned that he and his friends had a robot finish in 2nd place on Comedy Central's BattleBots. On Day 62, Zach won the "Tea Party" Head of Household competition. He won the "Niagara Balls" Power of Veto competition on Day 69. In Week 10, Zach won his second HoH competition, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Final 3. Zach was evicted and became the final member of the jury when Dick won the final Head of Household and chose to take Daniele with him to the Final 2.

Highlights

Each week in the Big Brother House is summarized in the table on the main page. A typical week began with the Head of Household competition during the live Thursday episode and ended with the eviction of a HouseGuest during the following Thursday's episode. The next "week" immediately started after the eviction with the next Head of Household competition. Evictions, competitions, and other noteworthy events for a particular week are noted. Some of the events listed may not be in order of sequence.

 
Week 1 Events
  • On Day 1, Dick, Dustin, and Jessica watched the eleven HouseGuests via the spy screen in the HoH bedroom.
  • It was revealed that Dick & Daniele were an estranged father and daughter, Dustin & Joe were ex-boyfriends, and Jessica & Carol were ex-best friends.
  • Eric was revealed to be America's Player, who will do the bidding of viewers who've voted via text message or through CBS.com.
  • On Day 1, Kail became the first Head of Household after Dick, Dustin, and Jessica voted her into the position.
  • On Day 5, Kail nominated Amber and Carol for eviction.
  • On Day 7, Daniele won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it on Day 9.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Mushroom Madness"; the eleven HouseGuests must pair up into teams, with the sole HouseGuest automatically eliminated, and stand in front of a mushroom. The riders rode a spinning mushroom while the sitters sat and answer a series of true-or-false questions. For every wrong answer, that team's mushroom will spin faster and if a player fell off, that team would be eliminated. Kail outlasted the other mushroom riders and was voted into the HoH position by the three unknown nemesis.
  • Food: "Butter Me Up"; the House split into two teams: red (Amber, Carol, Dick, Dustin, Jen, and Mike) and blue (Daniele, Eric, Jameka, Jessica, Joe, Nick, and Zach). Each team had to pour butter on themselves with a giant butter dispensor and transfer it across a red carpet and into a box of popcorn. The team with the heaviest box of popcorn would win food for the week, while the losing team were restricted to slop. The red team dominated with 77 pounds over the losing team's 37 pounds and won food for the week.
  • PoV: "Hide and Seek"; players had one minute to hide a veto box inside the Big Brother house. When all six veto boxes were hidden, one by one, the players had a time limit to find another player's veto box. The player whose veto box was not found would win the Power of Veto. Daniele's box was not found, so she won the Veto Power. POV Players: Carol & Amber, Nominees, Kail, HOH, Danielle, Nick, and Jameka.
Entrance
  • On Day 1, Amber, Carol, Daniele, Eric, Jameka, Jen, Joe, Kail, Mike, Nick, and Zach entered the House. Dick, Dustin, and Jessica entered via the Head of Household bedroom on Day 1.
Exits
  • On Day 13, Carol was evicted in a 10-1 vote. Jen was the only vote to evict Amber.
Week 2 Events
  • On Day 13, Jen became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 14, Jen nominated Daniele and Dick for eviction.
  • On Day 15, Daniele won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on herself on Day 17. Jen nominated Joe in her place.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Majority Rules"; players were asked a series of questions about which of two HouseGuests would adhere to certain situations. The object was not to base the answer on personal opinions, but how they thought the majority would answer. The minority of the voters were eliminated each round. If there was a tie, no one would be eliminated. Dustin, Eric, Jen, and Joe exhausted to the tie-breaker round, where Jen won with the closest number.
  • Food: "Name That Pie"; the HouseGuests split into two teams: red (Amber, Daniele, Jameka, Jessica, Joe, and Kail) and blue (Dick, Dustin, Eric, Mike, Nick and Zach). Each team bid how many bites it would take to identify the two ingredients in a pie. The ingredients ranged from blueberry to tofu. If a player correctly identified the pie, they win a point for the team, but if they were unable to identify the pie, they would win a point for the opposing team. The blue team won food for the week in a close game.
  • PoV: "Cutthroat Christmas"; players had to slide a curling stone down an icy path toward a red line. Each round, the least accuarte slider would be eliminated from the game and choose a present from under a giant Christmas tree. The last player standing got the pick of the prizes won. Daniele won the Power of Veto, Amber won a chance to be handcuffed to another HouseGuest, Dick won a plasma TV, Mike won a date with another HouseGuest, Jen won a red unitard, and Joe won a slop pass. POV players; Dick and Danielle, Nominees, Jen - HOH, Amber, Mike and Joe.
Exits
  • On Day 20, Joe was evicted in a 9-1 vote. Only Kail voted to evict Dick.
Week 3 Events
  • On Day 20, Dick became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 21, Dick nominated Jen and Kail for eviction.
  • On Day 22, Jen won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on herself on Day 24. Dick nominated Mike in her place.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Getting Schooled"; Players were asked a series of true-or-false questions in subjects like geography, math, and history that pretained to the Big Brother house and game. A wrong answer resulted in elimination, unless everyone got the question wrong. In a tie-breaker between Daniele, Dick, and Mike, Dick was closest to the correct answer without going over and became the new Head of Household.
  • Food: "Misson InPastaBowl"; the HouseGuests paired off to jump into two bowls of giant pasta which contained meatballs with different types of food written on them. The pairs had match up a specific "meatball" from tub A and tub B. When the two houseguests matched their meatballs, they won that food for the week. When the time ran out, the House would win any food collected in the competition.
  • PoV: "Mad Hatter"; players had to stand on a pedestal while balancing a martini glass on a giant hat, while wearing thick amounts of clothing. If the martini glass fell or if the HouseGuest stepped down, they would be eliminated. The last HouseGuest standing would win the Golden Power of Veto. To make it interesting, the remaining HouseGuests would wear various costumes to distract the HouseGuests from the game. Dick got down from his pedestal, giving Jen the Veto Power for the week. POV Players; Jen and Kail, Nominees; Dick, HOH, Jessica, Nick and Zach.
Exits
  • On Day 27, Mike was evicted in a 7-2 vote. Only Zach and Eric (under America's choice) voted to evict Kail.
Week 4 Events
  • On Day 27, Dustin became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 28, Dustin nominated Jen and Kail for eviction.
  • On Day 29, Jameka won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on Jen on Day 31. Dustin nominated Nick in her place.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Eliminator"; players were asked a series of questions, to which the correct answer would be on of the three evicted HouseGuests. If a player was correct, they would get to eliminate a player from the game. But an incorrect answer would result in the HouseGuest getting eliminated themselves. The last HouseGuest standing would become the new HoH. Dustin won the competition.
  • Food: "Humpty Scramble"; the HouseGuests paired off and had to find a series of colored puzzle pieces that matched their clothing and piece them together to make an egg. The first team that successfully completed their puzzle would not only win food, but put five people on slop. Jameka and Jessica were the first to put their egg puzzle together and put Dick, Jen, Kail, Nick, and Zach on slop.
  • PoV: "Vincent Van Veto"; players had to depict common Big Brother phrases in a series of picture puzzles. A correct answer would result in a HouseGuest gaining Big Brother bucks, but an incorrect answer would result in elimination. The player with the most Big Brother bucks, or is the last player standing would win the Power of Veto. As Jen missed the last question, Jameka was given the Veto Power as she had the most Big Brother bucks. POV Players; Jen and Kail, nominees; Dustin, HOH; Jameka, Danielle and Jessica.
Exits
  • On Day 34, Nick was evicted in a 6-2 vote. Zach and Eric (under America's choice) were once again the only votes to evict Kail.
Week 5 Events
  • On Day 34, Daniele became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 35, Daniele nominated Jen and Kail for eviction.
  • On Day 36, Jen won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on herself on Day 38. Daniele nominated Eric in her place.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Time's Up"; the HouseGuests hung upside down on rocking pendulums. If a player fell off their pendulum, or their torso was raised above the bar, they would be eliminated. The last player standing would be the new Head of Household. After nearly two hours, Kail dropped down, giving Daniele the HoH title.
  • PoV: "The Numbers Don't Lie"; players had to bid how many hours they would be willing to do a horrid task. Each task would get more and more difficult. If a player had the lowest, they would be eliminated, but if a player was in the middle, they would not have to do the task. Jen won the Power of Veto after she agreed to wearing a bunny suit for 120 hours, dunp smelly funk on herself for 24 times every hour, eat slop for 720 hours, and receive only half of the $500,000 prize money in the event she won Big Brother. POV Players; Jen and Kail, nominees; Danielle, HOH; Jameka, Dustin and Zach. Jameka gave up the right to compete in the next 5 HOH competitions, but failed to win the veto.
Exits
  • On Day 41, Kail was evicted in a close 4-3 vote.
Week 6 Events
  • On Day 41, Jessica became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 42, Jessica nominated Daniele and Dick for eviction.
  • On Day 43, Dick won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on Daniele on Day 45. Jessica nominated Dustin in her place.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Let's Make A Duel"; the HouseGuests faced off two at a time and had to guess which evicted HouseGuest made certain statements in the Diary Room. The player who buzzed in first and answered correctly stayed in the game, while their opponent was eliminated. The person who remained chose the next two HouseGuests to compete. When it came down to Jessica and Jen, Jessica buzzed in quickly and correctly, winning her first Head of Household competition.
  • Food: "House of Rock"; the HouseGuests split into two teams: the Redhouse Rockers (Daniele, Dick, Dustin, and Jen) and the Big Brother Blues (Amber, Eric, Jameka, and Zach). The object was to smash open guitars to look for dollar signs. The team who gains 20 "dollars" first, would win food for the week. The Big Brother Blues won the competition. Dick had found a slop pass and gave it to Jen to win her vote.
  • PoV: "Shot For Shot"; players had to drink concoctions to secure shots in a croquet game. The player who scored the most points in the croquet game, would win the Power of Veto. Dick beat Dustin out by one point and won the Power of Veto. POV Players: Dick and Danielle, nominees; Jessica, HOH; Jameka, Zach and Dustin.
Exits
  • On Day 48, Dustin was evicted in a 4-2 vote. Only Amber and Jameka voted to evict Dick. Dustin became the first member of the Jury of Seven, who will decide help the winner of Big Brother 8.
Week 7 Events
  • On Day 48, Daniele became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 49, Daniele nominated Amber and Jameka for eviction.
  • On Day 50, Daniele won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on Amber on Day 52, nominating Jen in her place.
  • On Day 52, Jen was penalized for going against the slop restriction and was given a penalty eviction vote against her on Day 55.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Stange Visitors"; the night before the eviction, the HouseGuests were visited by a series of odd characters, including the Mad Hatter. The visitors said and did things that pretained to the HoH competition. The contestants were asked a series of true-or-false questions about the visitors. If a HouseGuest was incorrect, they would be eliminated, unless everyone got it wrong. Daniele was the last standing and won her second Head of Household competition.
  • Food: "Slop Pong"; the House split into two teams: red (Dick, Eric, Jessica, and Zach) and blue (Amber, Daniele, Jameka, and Jen). Donning togas, the HouseGuests had to shoot a volleyball across a net and into ten trash cans on the other side. The team that reaches ten before the other, would win food for the week. The red team beat out the blue team in a close game. Daniele was not put on slop as she was HoH.
  • PoV: "Big Brother Speedway"; players had to guess what the percentage of viewers thought of certain HouseGuests or the Big Brother house. The player whose percentage was furthest away would be eliminated from the game. In a bonus prize, the final two players standing would win a trip outside the house to compete in CBS reality show Power of 10. Daniele won her third Power of Veto in the game so far. POV Players: Amber and Jameka, nominees; Danielle, HOH; Dick, Jessica and Zach.

Amber and Danielle won the trip outside the house to compete in "The Power of 10"

Exits
  • On Day 55, Jen was evicted unanimously by a vote of 6-0. Jen became the second member in the Jury of Seven, joining Dustin.
Week 8 Events
  • On Day 55, Jessica became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 56, Jessica nominated Amber and Zach for eviction.
  • On Day 57, Eric won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it on Day 59.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Tanks For The Memories"; the HouseGuests were asked a series of A-or-B questions based on the first five evicted HouseGuests' opinion. If a player was incorrect, Jen, the recent evictee, would press a button and they would plunge into a 250 gallon tank, unless everyone got it wrong. The last player standing would be the new HoH. Jessica was the last standing and won her second Head of Household competition.
  • Luxury: "Shop Til You Drop"; the House spilt in two teams by gender and had to wear clothings that contained letters on them. The object was to take off the clothes and unscramble the words that pretained to the Big Brother 8 house ("Bunny Suit", "Unitard", and "Toga"). The team who succeeds first would win a 2-minute shopping spree. The girls won over the boys in the competition.
  • PoV: "Catsractch Veto"; the HouseGuests listened to the Cat say the answer to a riddle and the HouseGuests had to find the answer on a fake rat. Each round a player was eliminated if they did not arrive at the pedastal in time or they were incorrect. The last HouseGuest standing would win the Power of Veto. Eric won his first competition and the Veto Power for the week. POV Players: Amber and Zach, nominees; Jessica, HOH; Jameka, Danielle, and Eric.
Exits
  • On Day 62, Amber was evicted in a 3-1 vote. Amber became the third member of the Jury of Seven, joining Dustin and Jen.
Week 9 Events
  • On Day 62, Zach became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 63, Zach nominated Jameka and Jessica for eviction.
  • On Day 64, Daniele won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it on Day 66.
  • On Day 69, Dick became the new Head of Household, as part of the Fast Forward Eviction.
  • On Day 69, Dick nominated Eric and Jameka for eviction, as part of the Fast Forward Eviction.
  • On Day 69, Zach won the Power of Veto and chose not to use it.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Big Brother Tea Party"; the HouseGuests had to walk across a slippery path, transferring a 6 ounce cup of tea from a tea pitcher to a jar. The HouseGuest who fills their tea up to 55 gallons in the jar before any other HouseGuest would become the new Head of Household. Zach filled his jar just before Dick and won his first Head of Household competition.
  • PoV: "The Janelle-O-Vision"; Big Brother 6 & 7 HouseGuest Janelle hosted the Veto competition. One by one, players were spun on a pink chair and had to depict which two HouseGuests' face made a mixed face swirl. The player with the most swirls would win the Power of Veto. Daniele had the most with seven and won her fourth Power of Veto.
  • HoH: "Before or After"; HouseGuests stood on a multiple staircase and were asked a series of questions to see if an event occurred before or after another event. The player with the most points in the end, would win the HoH title for the hour. Dick had the most in the end and became the new Head of Household.
  • PoV: "Niagara Balls"; the HouseGuests put on pads and were dumped on by a series of colorful balls from a chute. The player who collects five green balls and place them in their chute would win the Power of Veto. Zach was able to get the five green balls and won the Veto power. Jameka was disqualified after a blue ball found her way into her chute
Exits
  • On Day 69, Jessica was evicted in a 2-1 vote, becoming the fourth jury member, joining Dustin, Jen, and Amber. As part of the Fast Forward Eviction, Eric was evicted in a 2-0 vote, becoming the fifth jury member, joining Dustin, Jen, Amber, and Jessica.
Week 10 Events
  • On Day 69, Zach became the new Head of Household.
  • On Day 70, Zach nominated Daniele and Dick for eviction.
  • On Day 71, Daniele won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on Dick on Day 74, therefore putting Jameka, the only eligible replacement, on the block.
Competitions
  • HoH: "Picture This"; Daniele, Jameka, and Zach competed in the competition, with Dick hosting. The HouseGuests had studied picture stills on the Memory Wall before entering the competition. Each HouseGuest stood on a nine-step staircase and answered a series of questions about the photos. The answer was always a number. The player who stood at the ninth step would win the Head of Household position. Both Zach and Daniele made it to the top step, but Zach beat her in the tie-breaker round, becoming the new HoH after only being out of the position for a few hours.
  • PoV: "Big Brother Decoder"; the final four HouseGuests had to match a clue to a HouseGuest's face that interlocked with another HouseGuest's face. Once that is done, the HouseGuest must twist the knob and match the HouseGuest with the corresponding number. The first HouseGuest to correctly label the many seconds they've been in the Big Brother house will win the Power of Veto. Daniele was the first to crack the code and won her fifth Power of Veto.
Exits
  • On Day 74, Jameka was evicted in a 1-0 vote, becoming the sixth jury member, joining Dustin, Jen, Amber, Jessica, and Eric.
Week 11 Events
  • On Day 74, Zach won part one of the final Head of Household competition.
  • On Day 75, Dick won part two of the final Head of Household competition.
  • On Day 76, Dick won part three of the final Head of Household competition.
  • On Day 77, the final two HouseGuests attended a three-hour session in which the jury members, connected via satellite from the jury house, asked the pair questions about the game and why the jury members should give either of them their respective votes.
Competitions
  • HoH Pt.1: "The Bunny Hop"; the final three HouseGuests stood atop a pedastal, holding their key to the Big Brother house. In pouring rain, the players had to hop over a rabbit turnstile until they were the last HouseGuest standing. Dick got down after seven hours and forty-two minutes, leaving Zach the winner of Round One.
  • HoH Pt.2: "Chain of Commands"; Dick and Daniele had to jump in a tank, collect puzzle pieces and place them in the correct order in a series of slots. The puzzle made a path that led from the first Head of Household to the last. The order was: Kail, Jen, Dick, Dustin, Daniele, Jessica, Daniele, Jessica, Zach, Dick, and Zach. Dick won with the fastest time and went on to face Zach in Round Three.
  • HoH Pt.3: "Jury Statements"; Dick and Zach were asked to finish a statement from each of the six jury members by answering with A or B. Dick was the winner of the final HoH competition.
Exits
  • On Day 76, Zach was evicted and became the seventh and final jury member.
  • On Day 81, Dick left the house after being named the winner of Big Brother 8 by a jury vote of 5-2, gaining Dustin, Amber, Jessica, Eric, and Zach's support. Daniele left the house as runner-up, gaining Jen and Jameka's support.

 

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