Big Brother 9 (also known as Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part) is
the ninth edition of the American reality television series Big Brother,
that aired on the CBS television network on February 12, 2008 to April 27,
2008. Julie Chen returned as host, and Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan
were the executive producers. The show was produced by Endemol USA and
Alison Grodner Productions.
This was the first season in the show's history to air in winter,
during the regular television season, a move prompted by the network's
lack of programming options caused by the Writer's Strike. It was also the
first season to be simply called Big Brother, without mention of the
season number or the year it was aired.
There were sixteen HouseGuests competing for the grand prize, an
increase over previous seasons. Two previous evicted HouseGuests returned
to the game, Sharon returned on Day 7 to replace Neil who left earlier
that day. James was given the opportunity to return on Day 35 by votes
from the other HouseGuests. This is the first season to feature two
previous evictees returning to the House and the third overall to have
evicted HouseGuests return.
Following the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, the trade
magazine Variety reported that CBS, in response, was considering airing a
winter edition of Big Brother, and that the network started cast
auditions. Several sites speculated that the winter edition could have
been an American version of Celebrity Big Brother but this was untrue as
CBS released a statement that the next edition of Big Brother would be a
regular season following the format of past editions. The season was
announced on November 15, 2007 with open casting calls being held from
November 17, 2007 to December 8, 2007. The finalists for the season were
chosen on December 27, 2007.
On December 3, 2007 CBS announced Big Brother 9 would return on
February 12, 2008 with three episodes airing on Sundays, Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. Showtime and CBS announced on January 8, 2008 that Big
Brother: After Dark would also return and air seven nights a week during
the hours of 12 AM and end at 3 AM ET. On February 11, 2008 CBS announced
that the live Internet feeds would return for the season with certain
events in the House being blocked out to preserve drama of the television
broadcasts. The Internet talk show House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show
would also return with host Gretchen Massey. A new feature for Big Brother
9 was the addition of watching the live Internet feeds and new episode of
Big Brother live on MediaFLO enabled cell phones. Big Brother 9 was
broadcast in the United Kingdom on E4 airing two one-hour episodes on
Thursday nights and one one-hour episode on Tuesday nights, the first
episode was shown on February 14 with the finale shown on April 29, 2008.
House pictures were released on February 6, 2008. The House has an
outdoors theme due to this being the first season to air during the winter
Throughout the House, there are numerous love quotes written by Oscar
Wilde, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Johann Wolfgang von
Goethe. In the dining room and kitchen, the furniture are in bright red
and yellow colors, and logs stacked against each other fill up a wall. The
walkway to the Head of Household room evokes a giant library. The Head of
Household room is an exotic island oasis. The headboard is made from a
surfboard, there are Hula girl table lamps, rattan carpet and Polynesian
knickknacks. The boat bedroom features shelves and chests designed to
resemble small rowboats with rowboat shaped beds. Two large beds made of
actual unfinished tree branches with pink bedspreads fill another room.
The living room features a giant green semi-circular sofa, and a stone
wall fireplace. A red colored room connected directly to the living room
by a short hallway, with no doors, has a pair of pullout couches rather
than actual beds. New this season is a Spa room complete with a massage
table, two-person sauna and lounge.
Outside, there is a hot tub and pool, a billiards table and lounge
area. The lounge area features a fire pit and heated lamps. Along
with work-out equipment, there are lawn chairs to lay out in the sun
The HouseGuests compete for a grand 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 Power of Veto competitions or Luxury
In week one, during the Power Couple competition "Falling for
You"; Jen & Parker won $10,000. During the Power of Veto
competition "Color of Veto" on Day 30; Adam won a motorcycle and
Ryan won $10,000. On Day 43 during a Luxury competition, Chelsia, Joshuah,
Sharon and Sheila won an advanced screening of the Columbia Pictures film
21. On Day 45, Chelsia won a $21,000 VIP trip to Las Vegas before the
screening of the 21, in which her popcorn bucket had a golden ticket for
the prize. On Day 44, when Big Brother 8 contestant "Evel Dick"
Donato returned to the Big Brother House to host the Power of Veto
competition "Club Evel", if a player scored more than Dick's
score of 33 from last season, he or she would have also won a classic
Gibson Les Paul guitar and amplifier. Since no one beat his score, Dick
won the guitar for himself. During the second Luxury competition of the
season on Day 71, Ryan and Sharon won an in-house screening of the 20th
Century Fox film What Happens in Vegas..., a VIP experience that includes
a shopping spree and tickets to the May 1 premiere of the film in
Hollywood, and a chance to meet the cast at an after party. On the season
finale, James won $25,000 by America's choice.
Controversy and criticism
Autism United, a national autism group, is demanding an apology from
CBS over controversial remarks made by HouseGuest Adam Jasinski. During
the second episode, Adam stated he worked for an autism foundation and
would spend his winnings on a hair salon for people with developmental
disabilities "so retards can get it together and get their hair
done." His partner in the House, Sheila, told him not to "call
them that," to which he said he "can call them whatever I
want" because he "work[s] with them all day." In a letter
obtained by TMZ from John Gilmore, Executive Director of Autism United to
Sumner Redstone, Chairman of CBS Corporation, Gilmore demanded action be
taken after the Wednesday episode. Gilmore claimed that the network chose
to air the segment for "their own personal goals." The
organization also called for the show to be canceled and the organization
has contacted advertisers over the issue. Due to the controversy, Lowe's
has decided not to advertise during future Big Brother episodes, but it
was unclear whether or not they were currently advertising during the
program. Autism United has also contacted other advertisers, such as
Campbell's Soup, Claritin, Geico, McDonald's and Taco Bell. Autism United
and various parents in South Florida are calling for an investigation into
Adam Jasinski and the United Autism Foundation. The organization claims to
be a 501 c3 charity (deductions made to the organization would be
considered tax deductible under current IRS regulations.) The website for
United Autism Foundation has an apology regarding Adam's behavior and
states he will no longer be working for the company.
After winning Big Brother 9 on April 27, 2008, Adam declared he would
donate $100,000 to the Autism Foundation. On October 19, 2009, Jasinski
was arrested, and charged by the DEA in North Reading, MA for possession
of 2,000 oxycodone pills with intent to distribute Jasinki allegedly
admitted funding his illegal venture with his $500,000 winnings from the
show. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
On Day 31, Matt used the word "nigga" when referring to
another (white) HouseGuest. The incident in question was aired on both the
live Internet feeds and the spin-off show Big Brother: After Dark on
On Day 70, there was a controversial Head of Household competition
where the HouseGuests were to determine if certain statements were
"fact" or "fiction." Many fans of the show, including
House Calls co-host Dick Donato, were displeased with the final "fact
or fiction" statement, which dealt with how many preexisting
relationships there were in the house. The correct answer was three, which
counted two relationships between HouseGuests and also the relationships
between the guinea pigs. Some fans considered this question unfair. Sharon
missed the question, leading to her losing the HoH competition and
ultimately being evicted.
Adam Jasinski (born April 30, 1978) is a public relations manager from
Delray Beach, Florida. Adam has a master's degree in fashion
design/marketing and has attended Camden County College in New Jersey,
Parson's School of Design in New York and [Fashion Art Italy] in Italy. He
became the center of controversy when he made a comment referring to
autistic people as retards which got him fired. His soulmate was Sheila.
Adam won part 2 of the 3 part final Head of Household competition. At the
finale, Adam became the winner of Big Brother 9 with 6 of 7 votes, getting
him the $500,000 prize.
As of October 20, 2009 Adam Jasinski has been charged with possession
of and intent to distribute oxycodone after trying to sell 2,000 pills of
the painkiller to an undercover government witness, according to The
Associated Press. He was arrested after he flew to Boston and showed the
witness a sock that contained two plastic bags filled with oxycodone.
Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration then arrested the reality
star after a slight struggle. According to an affidavit, the reality show
champ admitted to using the $500,000 he won on Big Brother to fund his
drug purchases. He said he'd been selling the drugs along the East Coast
for the past several months, according to the AP. Jasinski faces a maximum
of 20 years behind bars as well as a possible $1 million in fines.
Alex Coladonato (born August 16, 1983) is the owner of E-Squared
Productions, a DJ company from Staten Island, New York. Alex has an older
brother, Anthony, and was raised by his mother and grandmother. His father
worked for Cantor Fitzgerald and was killed in World Trade Center 2 on
9/11. Alex has dedicated his life to making his father proud. He also has
various bachelor's degree in business, marketing and advertising and
recently is working on his first master's degree in childhood education at
St. John's University. Alex's soulmate this season was Amanda. They were
the third pair evicted from the House. While Alex was voted back into the
House by America's Choice on Day 35, the HouseGuests voted 5 - 3 for James
to return to the House (minutes after his eviction) rather than Alex,
known only to the House as a previously evicted "mystery HouseGuest".
The following week it would be revealed to the HouseGuests that Alex was
the "mystery HouseGuest" they voted against.
Allison Nichols (born July 24, 1979) is a pharmaceutical sales
representative from Boston, Massachusetts. She also has a bachelor of
arts/psychology degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In
the spring of 2002 she spent a semester at sea. Allison is a reformed
gambling addict. Her soulmate is Ryan. On Day 16, Allison suffered from an
allergic reaction and left the House for medical attention; she returned
to the House a few hours later. Allison claimed that her throat was
closing and she could not breathe. Her allergic reaction happened right
before Amanda passed out from hypoglycemia. On Day 28, Allison
became the 6th person evicted from the House and the 1st individual
evicted in this season.
Amanda Hansen (born August 17, 1984) is a paralegal from Fridley,
Minnesota. She attended Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and
has a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies and political science. At the
age of 21, Amanda had to cope with her father's suicide and still feels
guilty because she feels it could have been prevented. On Day 16, Amanda
fainted and experienced a seizure due to lack of sugar from being on slop
and was removed from the House for medical treatment. She returned to the
House later that night. Amanda was evicted, along with her soulmate Alex,
on Day 21.
Chelsia Hart (born November 9, 1986) is a college student from Cedar
Falls, Iowa. She is currently attending the University of Northern Iowa
and is a German major She has lived in Germany and this September she will
begin studying in Austria for a year. Her soulmate is James. She was
nominated for eviction on Day 28 by Ryan. On Day 30 she won the Power of
Veto. Chelsia was evicted by a unanimous vote on Day 49, becoming the
second jury member.
Jacob Gregg Heald (born May 15, 1984) is an electrician from Dallas,
Georgia. Jacob is a former Marine and has lived all over the world. He has
attended elementary school in San Diego, California and Okinawa, Japan
prior to moving to Maryland, then Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was
Sharon's ex-boyfriend, and her soulmate in the Big Brother House. Jacob
and Sharon were the first pair to be evicted from the House, on Day 3.
Sharon returned, making him the first person voted off.
James Michael Zinkand (born November 21, 1986) is a high school
graduate originally from Sarasota, Florida and is currently biking around
the world with just $100. He has also dressed mannequins for a living
while living in Buenos Aires. Prior to appearing on Big Brother James
appeared in gay pornography videos. James' soulmate for the show is
Chelsia. He has admitted to having strong feelings for her. On Day 35,
James was initially evicted by a vote of 5 to 1, but he was voted back
into the House with a 5-3 vote, over a previously evicted HouseGuest who
was hidden inside a "mystery box"; the previously evicted
HouseGuest was not immediately revealed to the other HouseGuests (but days
later, the mystery HouseGuest was revealed as Alex). On the same night,
James won Head of Household in a 5-hour endurance competition. James was
once again evicted on Day 63 with a unanimous vote of 3-0, becoming the
fourth jury member. During the duration of the season James won three
consecutive Power of Veto competitions, a record in Big Brother. On the
finale night the viewing public voted James as "America's Favorite
Juror" earning him $25,000.
Jen Diturno (born October 18, 1981) is a bartender from Columbus, Ohio.
She has attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she received
her bachelor's degree in education. She is also certified in Special
Education K–12 and was a special education teacher after she graduated
from Bowling Green State University. She is Ryan's girlfriend, but also
Parker's soulmate for the duration of the show. Jen and Parker won the
first competition of the season, earning the sole power to evict another
couple. Jen and Parker were the second couple evicted.
Joshuah Michael Welch (born June 3, 1982) is an advertising media buyer
from Dallas, Texas. Joshuah has a bachelor's degree in advertising, with a
business minor, from the University of Texas at Austin. He is gay and came
out to his family when he was 18 years old.. His soulmate for the show was
originally Neil. When Neil left the House on Day 7, Joshuah was given the
option to replace Neil with either the formerly-evicted Jacob or Sharon,
and he chose Sharon. On Day 56, Joshuah was evicted from the Big Brother
House by a vote of 3-1 as the third member of the jury.
Matt McDonald (born April 7, 1984) is a roofing foreman from
Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is an only child and is extremely close
with his mother. He lost his father when he was 9 years old. On Day 42,
Matt was evicted with a 4-3 vote. Matt is the first member of the jury of
Big Brother 9. He was paired in the House with Natalie.
Natalie Lynn Cunial (born November 7, 1979) is a bikini barista from
Salem, Oregon and is of Italian descent. As a kid she moved around a lot,
during high school she lived in Alameda, California; Salem, Oregon and
Mililani, Hawaii. She attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem as
well as The Art Institute of Las Vegas in Nevada. She previously won the
title of Miss Hawaiian Tropic Oregon. On Day 70, Natalie was evicted by
head-of-household Shelia, the appointed tie-breaker in case of a tie; both
Natalie and her opponent on the block Sharon had each received one vote.
Natalie is the fifth member of the jury of Big Brother 9. She was paired
in the House with Matt.
Neil Garcia (born September 16, 1978) is a realtor who lives in Los
Angeles, California, but is originally from Texas. He has studied
criminology, criminal justice, political science and business management
in college but did not earn a degree. He is a real estate agent and is
openly gay. His soulmate for the show was Joshuah. He left the House due
to an urgent personal matter on Day 7, and was replaced by the
previously-evicted Sharon, when Joshuah was given the choice to bring back
either Sharon or Jacob as Neil's replacement.] Neil is the first
HouseGuest to leave the House voluntarily in the American version of Big
Brother. After this event the show's titles did not include Neil, Sharon's
picture instead taking his place.
Parker Somerville (born April 6, 1981) is a paparazzo from Northridge,
California. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he
received a bachelor's degree in radio and television. Parker works as a
member of the paparazzi for TMZ.com and served in the Air Force from 1999–2002
and received a general discharge. His soulmate for the duration of the
show was Jen and with her he became a part of the first "power
couple" in Big Brother US history. Jen and Parker won the first
competition of the season, earning the sole power to evict another couple.
Parker and Jen were the second couple evicted.
Ryan Quicksall (born September 16, 1980) is a college student from
Columbus, Ohio. Ryan currently attends Ohio State University and is
majoring in economics and business. Ryan's soulmate was Allison, but he
had been dating fellow HouseGuest Jen prior to entering the House. He won
the 1st and 3rd challenges of the 3 part Head of Household competition.
Ryan was the runner-up of Big Brother 9, losing to Adam in a 6-1
Sharon Obermueller (born June 24, 1984) is a realtor from Olathe,
Kansas. She attended Johnson County Community College in Overland Park,
Kansas and received an associate's degree. She is currently working as a
realtor and restaurant hostess. She is Jacob's ex-girlfriend and was his
"soulmate" until they were the first HouseGuests evicted from
the House on Day 3. When Neil left the House on Day 7, Joshuah was given
the choice to bring back either Sharon or Jacob as Neil's replacement. He
chose Sharon, and she immediately replaced Neil as Joshuah's soulmate. She
is the third person to return to the game in the same season after Amy
Crews (2002) and Kaysar Ridha (2005). She set a record for surviving four
consecutive evictions. She was evicted again on day 75, becoming the 6th
Sheila Kennedy (born April 12, 1962) is a former model from Reseda,
California. She has a 16-year-old son named Mick and a dog named Kitty.
Her soulmate was Adam. Sheila was the 1983 Penthouse Pet of the Year. She
lived in Bob Guccione's mansion for ten years and is in the process of
writing a book about her life. On Day 63 she won her first Head of
Household competition. She celebrated her 46th birthday on Day 66 in the
House. She was evicted by Ryan on Day 77 and became the final jury member.
- On Day 1, the 16 HouseGuests entered the house and were
paired with their soulmate chosen for them by Big Brother
based on forms filled out by the HouseGuests during their
- The soulmates were Adam & Sheila, Alex & Amanda,
Allison & Ryan, Chelsia & James, Jacob & Sharon,
Jen & Parker, Joshuah & Neil, and Matt & Natalie.
In particular, Adam and Sheila fail to get along immediately,
with Sheila taking offense at Adam calling her "Ma."
- It was revealed that Jen & Ryan are a real-life couple
outside the House, and Jacob & Sharon are an ex-couple.
- On Day 1, Jen & Parker became the first Power Couple and
had to evict another couple within hours of the competition.
- On Day 4, Alex & Amanda became the first Head of
- On Day 7, Allison & Ryan and Jen & Parker were
nominated for eviction.
- On Day 9, Matt & Natalie won the Power of Veto and
decided not to use it on Day 11.
- Power Couple: "Falling for You"; Each
couple was hoisted over a bed: one was hooked on a zipline and
helped their partner hang onto them. If the unattached partner
fell off of the attached one the team was eliminated. Jen
& Parker won the competition and $10,000 and had to evict
a couple within hours after the competition.
- HoH: "Do You Know Your Partner?"; The 14
HouseGuests had to answer questions about their soulmates
correctly in order to earn hearts, the couple scoring the most
hearts wins Head of Household. With 9 hearts, Alex &
Amanda were named the first Head of Household couple.
- PoV: "In Sickness and in Health"; One team
member got onto one of four huge revolving hearts and put
their finger on a panic button. The other partners spun the
heart. Matt & Natalie were the first couple to spin their
heart 300 revolutions without letting go on the panic button
and won the competition.
Adam, Alex, Allison, Amanda, Chelsia, Jacob, James, Jen,
Joshuah, Matt, Natalie, Neil, Parker, Ryan, Sharon and Sheila
entered on Day 1. Sharon re-entered the House as Neil's
replacement on Day 7.
Jacob & Sharon were evicted on Day 3. Neil left the House
due to an urgent personal matter on Day 7. Jen & Parker were
evicted by a vote of 3 to 1 on Day 14.
- On Day 14, Chelsia & James became the new Head of
- On Day 15, Alex & Amanda and Matt & Natalie were
nominated for eviction.
- On Day 16, Joshuah & Sharon won the Power of Veto
competition and chose to keep the nominations the same on Day
- On Day 16, Amanda & Allison were simultaneously
hospitalized for a brief period of time. Allison had an
allergic reaction, while Amanda, who is hypoglycemic, fainted
from low blood sugar. Both returned to the House later that
- After the Power of Veto competition, the HouseGuests
gathered around a jumbo digital ticker tape screen, to learn
about Sen. John McCain's primary victories, Sen. Barack Obama
overtaking Hillary Clinton in the primaries, and Britney
Spears regaining custody of her two children. The HouseGuests
also saw one final headline that read "The Hudson River
virus is threatening those cut off from the outside
world", in a reference to a new episode of the CBS series
- HoH: "Big Brother Democracy"; On Day 14,
the remaining couples were asked to guess how the majority
would respond to six questions. The couple with the most
points was crowned the new HoH couple. With six out of six
correct, Chelsia & James were the named the second HoH
- Food: "What A Catch!"; On Day 15 the House
participated in the first food competition. The object of the
competition was to fill the opposing team's nets with so much
fish that the player had to drop his net. Team "Sea-duction",
composed of Joshuah, Sharon, Ryan, Allison, Matt and Natalie;
who won the competition. Team "Dev-ocean", composed
of Adam, Sheila, James, Chelsia, Alex and Amanda; who lost the
competition. James & Chelsia weren't put on the slop diet
since they were HoH.
- PoV: "Communication Breakdown"; On Day 16,
the couples playing had to find cables in a storage area
packed among thousands of peanuts in barrels labeled
"Jericho". They then had to get the correct sized
cables to connect their four electrical poles to their
individual generator. When done, team members must hit a red
button on their generator. Joshuah & Sharon won the Power
of Veto and the House was rewarded with information from the
Alex & Amanda were evicted by a unanimous vote on Day 21.
- On Day 21, Joshuah & Sharon became the next Head of
- On Day 22, Allison & Ryan and Matt & Natalie were
nominated for eviction.
- On Day 23, Matt & Natalie won the Power of Veto and
chose to use the veto on themselves on Day 25. Joshuah &
Sharon replaced Matt & Natalie with Sheila & Adam.
- On Day 24, the HouseGuests received a note from Big Brother
about a siren that will sound in the coming weeks.
- On Day 28, after the first eviction vote was announced, Big
Brother split the remaining couples into individuals for the
remainder of the season.
- HoH: "Words of Love"; the competition was a
quiz based on the love quotes around the House. HouseGuests
were to buzz in when they thought they knew the correct
author. The first HouseGuest to buzz in and answer correctly
got to eliminate another HouseGuest from the competition. If a
HouseGuest buzzed in and answered incorrectly was eliminated.
The competition was played in two rounds broken up by gender.
With both Joshuah and Sharon winning their rounds, they became
the new Head of Household couple.
- Food: "Big Asparagus!"; the men must guess
the weight of their partners and then gather enough asparagus
to weigh the same amount. If they got within ten pounds of
their partner's weight, the whole House got two major food
groups. The House won: beverages & snacks, vegetables
& fruits, and meats & cheeses; but failed to get carbs
& a feast.
- PoV: "Cupid is as Cupid Does"; The couples
had to figure out a picture puzzle. The women were strapped
into a harness that moved them up into the air as the men ran
across the yard to puzzle pieces. Each couple had more puzzle
pieces than needed, the women had to figure out which pieces
they needed while in the air. Upon completion of the puzzle,
the men had to run back to retrieve Cupid's arrow, which the
women had to plunge into their heart in the air to win. Matt
& Natalie won the competition.
On Day 28, Allison & Ryan received two votes and was the
next couple to be evicted from the House, but upon leaving the
siren went off and the HouseGuests were informed that the couples
were split up into individual players. The HouseGuests had to
chose between Allison or Ryan to evict.
Allison was evicted by a unanimous vote on Day 28.
- On Day 28, Ryan became the first single Head of Household of
- On Day 29, Ryan nominated Chelsia and Sharon for eviction.
- On Day 30, Chelsia won the Power of Veto, and chose to use
it on herself on Day 32. Ryan nominated James in her place.
- HoH: "Time After Time"; Julie asks
true/false questions on whether an event occurred in the house
before or after another event.
- Food:"A Little 'Fon' Will 'Due' Ya!"; the
House was separated into two teams. The blue team consisted of
Adam, James, Matt and Natalie who were the "Won-due-fuls".
And the red team named the "Fon-tastics" consisted
of Chelsia, Joshuah, Sharon and Sheila. The object was to get
into two pools of chocolate complete with fountains and slides
while players one by one went down the slide into the pool to
retrieve letters to spell out food items. For each food item
correctly spelled and filled out on the team's shopping list,
a point was awarded. The team with the most points won the
food items they spelled out. With 12 food items spelled and
filled out correctly; the blue team won the competition and
had the food items listed for the week while the red team was
put on slop.
- PoV: "Color of Veto"; the HouseGuests had
to use an oversized pool stick to shoot their ball as close as
possible to the Veto pocket, located at the center of an
oversized pool table with a string of pockets carved in the
center of an oversized pool table with a string of pockets
carved in the center of the table. The eliminated HouseGuest
from each round wins a prize, however a HouseGuest can keep
their prize or chose a prize already won by another HouseGuest.
Chelsie won the Power of Veto, Shelia won the red unitard from
Big Brother 8, Sharon won a slop pass, Joshuah won letters
from home, Adam won a motorcycle and Ryan won $10,000.
On Day 35, James was evicted from the Big Brother House with a
On Day 35, the HouseGuests had to decide to bring back James or
an evicted HouseGuest that was in the "mystery box." The
HouseGuests voted to bring back James in a 5-3 vote. Alex was
voted by the viewing public to be the HouseGuest in the
- On Day 35, James became the Head of Household for the week.
- On Day 36, James nominated Ryan and Shelia for eviction.
- On Day 37, James won the Power of Veto, and chose to use it
on Shelia on Day 39. James nominated Matt in her place.
- HoH: "Big Brother Disco"; the HouseGuests
stood on gold discs attached to the tops of hanging disco
balls and were spun around continuously while holding on with
the chains used to attach the disco balls to the metal
structure. An over-sized champagne bottle shot soap suds at
the HouseGuests at various times during the competition. After
four and a half hours, James outlasted Natalie and became the
new Head of Household.
- PoV: "Trapped in the Cage"; players must
walk along a series of balance beams to transfer 500 blocks
from a cage to a tube. They could only move two blocks at a
time, if they fell off the beam or dropped a block, they were
eliminated. The first player to move all of their blocks won.
With only James and Joshuah left, James successfully
transferred all 500 blocks and won the Power of Veto.
On Day 42, Matt was evicted with a 4-3 vote. James, as Head of
Household, had to cast the deciding vote. Matt became the first
member of the Big Brother 9 jury.
- On Day 42, Adam became the Head of Household for the week.
- On Day 43, the HouseGuests played in a Luxury competition.
- On Day 43, Adam nominated Chelsia and James for eviction.
- On Day 44, James won the Power of Veto, and chose to use it
on himself on Day 46. Adam nominated Sharon in his place.
- On Day 45, Chelsia won a $21,000 dollar VIP trip to Las
Vegas before the screening of the film 21, in which her
popcorn bucket had a golden ticket for the prize.
- HoH: "En Garde"; the HouseGuests faced off
two at a time and had to guess which evicted HouseGuests 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. With Adam and Chelsia facing
off, Adam answered the last question quickly and correctly,
winning his first Head of Household competition.
- Luxury: "Big Brother Blackjack"; the
HouseGuests are dealt a series of cards. Each card has a
different HouseGuest's face on it as well as a number. To win,
HouseGuests must buzz in and list the cards that add up
exactly to 21. Each correct answer earned them a chip. If
answered incorrectly, they were eliminated. The winner got
four movie passes to a screening of the Columbia Pictures film
21, the winner was allowed to select three other
HouseGuests to join them. Ryan won the movie passes giving
them to Adam, James and Natalie. He then was offered to risk
the movie passes in order to play a round of traditional
Blackjack for a chance to win a $21,000 dollar VIP trip to Las
Vegas. Adam, as the dealer beat Ryan's two nines totaling 18
with Adam's three cards totaling 19. Ryan lost the prize
package and the movie reward, which were then given to Chelsia,
Joshuah, Sharon and Sheila.
- PoV: "Club Evel"; Big Brother 8
contestant "Evel Dick" Donato returned to the Big
Brother House to host the PoV competition. The HouseGuests
replayed a game from last season, where they had to drink
concoctions to secure shots in a croquet game. The player who
scored the most points in croquet won the Power of Veto. If
the player scored more than Dick's score of 33 from last
season, he or she would have also won a classic Gibson Les
Paul guitar and amplifier. But if no one beat his score, Dick
would get the guitar for himself. James drank 10 concoctions
and scored 29 points, which won him the Power of Veto.
Chelsia was evicted from the Big Brother House on Day 49 by a
unanimous 5-0 vote. She became the second jury member.
- On Day 49, Natalie became the Head of Household for the
- On Day 50, Natalie nominated James and Joshuah for eviction.
- On Day 51, James won the Power of Veto, and chose to use it
on himself on Day 53. Natalie nominated Sharon in his place.
- HoH: "Big Brother Election"; viewers were
asked to answer questions on CBS.com about each of the
HouseGuests as if they were running for president. On an
American flag-like game board, the HouseGuests were told to
raise either their left or right hand to answer questions on
how they thought viewers voted. For each correct answer, the
HouseGuest moved one step. The player in the lead after seven
questions would be the new Head of Household. With six out of
seven answers correct, Natalie became the new Head of
Household for the week.
- Food: "To Slop or Not to Slop"; HouseGuests
must insert cards into their watermelon and choose either slop
or food. The object of the competition is to figure out what
the majority of the House decides and be in the minority
group. If three or more HouseGuests choose their slop cards,
then those people are on slop. But if three or more choose the
food card, then they will be on slop and the people who chose
the slop card will be on food. With Adam being the only one
choosing the food card, he got food. James, Josh, Ryan, Sheila
and Sharon all chose the slop card and were put on slop for
- PoV: " "Big Brother Boardwalk";
players walk out to find objects from Big Brother past and
present. The players had to guess how many objects made up a
certain item by comparing it to a small version. After seeing
each others answers, they had the option to play their number
or fold. A player who folds can not get a point, but he or she
also can not get eliminated from the game. The person who is
closest to the correct answer got a point, while the person
who is the farthest off was eliminated. The first player who
got to three points won the Power of Veto. After Joshuah,
Natalie and Sharon were eliminated; James, Ryan and Sheila
were left. With James getting three consecutive answers
correct, he won the Power of Veto.
On Day 56, Joshuah was evicted from the Big Brother House by a
vote of 3-1. He became the third jury member.
- On Day 56, Adam became the new Head of Household.
- On Day 57, Adam nominated Sharon and Sheila for eviction.
- On Day 58, Ryan won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on
Shelia on Day 60. Adam nominated James in her place.
- HoH: "More...or Less"; the HouseGuests were
read statements about the number of things in the House, such
as how many camera windows there are. The HouseGuests would
then have to answer whether or not the actual number was more
or less than the number given in the original statement. A
HouseGuest who correctly identified whether or not the number
was more or less would receive a point. The HouseGuest with
the most points after seven questions would become the new
Head of Household. After seven questions, Adam had the most
points and became the new Head of Household.
- Food: "A True Big Brother Mash"; the
HouseGuests have to make pathways down a ramp filled with pots
and pans using only mashed potatoes, then pour gravy down the
pathway into containers. Each container represented a food
group or one of three luxury items: a feast, a grill or lawn
toys. After 10 minutes, the HouseGuests won Meats & Fish,
Desserts & Snacks, Dairy & Eggs, Bread & Pasta,
and won a Grill and Lawn Toys.
- PoV: "The Rainmaker"; the HouseGuests
walked into the backyard which was transformed into a parched
desert landscape dominated by a huge stone god. The stone god
revealed a past event in the Big Brother House, and the
HouseGuests had to search the backyard for rocks with numbers
on them and bring them back with the day the event happened.
If only one person brought back the incorrect day, they were
eliminated. If there were more than one incorrect answer, the
person with the answer furthest from the correct number was
eliminated. In the last round, Adam and Ryan remained. Ryan
correctly got the number in first before Adam which won him
his first Power of Veto.
||James was evicted from the Big Brother House on Day 63 by a
unanimous 3-0 vote. He became the fourth jury member.
- On Day 63, Sheila became the Head of Household.
- On Day 64, Sheila nominated Adam and Sharon for eviction.
Big Brother alerted the HouseGuests that the Power of Veto
competition would be held that night.
- On Day 65, Adam won the Power of Veto, and chose to use it
on himself on Day 67. Sheila nominated Natalie in his place.
- On Day 66, Sheila celebrated her 46th birthday.
- HoH: "Glass Houses"; The HouseGuests go
outside to the backyard and find four large plexi-glass boxes.
The HouseGuests are told to grab on to either the bar or rope
hanging in the box. If the HouseGuest fell out, they were
eliminated. After 3 hours, Natalie got down from her box,
giving Sheila her first Head of Household competition win.
- PoV: "PoTV"; One by one the HouseGuests go
outside to find the back yard transformed into a big
old-fashioned TV room, the big TV is made up of nine different
screens, which each have a remote that controls them. When all
nine screens are on the correct channels, a picture will be
revealed. There are two puzzles, one of them with the
HouseGuests' faces attached to Big Brother 8 contestant
"Evel Dick" Donato's body, which is not complete,
and the other one with who sport hairstyles of all the
HouseGuests. With the fastest time belonging to Adam with
3:20, he won the Power of Veto.
||Natalie was evicted on Day 70 and became the fifth juror by a
2-1 vote, with Sheila casting the tiebreaker vote to evict her.
- On Day 70, Ryan became the Head of Household.
- On Day 71, Ryan nominated Sharon and Sheila for eviction.
- On Day 71, the HouseGuests played in teams for a luxury
competition. Ryan and Sharon won the competition.
- On Day 72, Ryan won the Power of Veto and chose to leave the
nominations the same.
- On Day 74, Big Brother alerted the HouseGuests that on Day
75, there would be an eviction.
- HoH: "Fact or Fiction"; Contestants were
standing in a circle with privacy walls between them.
Questions and statements referencing aspects of the game and
the House up to that point were asked. Contestants stepped
forward if they thought the statement was fact, and back if
fiction. Ryan became the new Head of Household after answering
the tie-breaker question correctly. This competition is
considered controversial on account of the last statement.
- Luxury: "What Happens In Vegas..."; teams
had to break prop bottles over each others heads. Only seven
bottles had special dice rings. When a team found a dice ring,
they had to put it on one of the nine squares on a playing
board. Once all nine squares were filled, a wheel with nine
corresponding boxes was spun. If the box on the wheel matched
one of the boxes chosen by one of the teams, that team won the
prize. The HouseGuests competed for the chance at an in-house
screening of the 20th Century Fox film What Happens in
Vegas..., a VIP experience that includes a shopping spree
and tickets to the May 1 premiere of the film in Hollywood,
and a chance to meet the cast at an after party. The losers
were linked together for 24 hours. Ryan as HoH spun the wheel
first and matched one of the boxes, winning Sharon and him the
prize. The losers, Adam and Sheila, were linked together for
- PoV: "Big Brother Derby"; the yard was
broken into quadrants, one for each of the HouseGuests. On
each of their walls were five headless jockeys. They had to
put the faces of the five evicted HouseGuests currently in the
Jury House in order on the jockeys, and attach two cards to
each of them that describe individual facts about their game.
Once the HouseGuest has a face and two cards attached to the
jockey, they rang their bell to find out if they can move on
to the next jockey. If the buzzer rang, they have to go back.
Ryan successfully completed all five jockeys first and won the
final Power of Veto of the season.
||Sharon was evicted on Day 75, by a 1-0 vote and became the sixth
- On Day 75, Ryan won the first part of the final Head of
- On Day 76, Adam won the second part of the final Head of
- On Day 77, Ryan won the final Head of Household competition,
- On Day 77, Sheila was evicted by Ryan, leaving Adam &
Ryan in the final two.
- On Day 81, James was voted as America's Favorite Juror and
was awarded $25,000. Sheila was runner-up in the America's
Choice. It was announced on House Calls that Sharon came in
third to win the prize.
- HoH, Pt. 1: "Up A Creek"; the final three
remaining HouseGuests go outside and climb up onto a platform
with running water. They attach themselves to boogie boards
and grab onto a rope. The last person holding a rope won the
first part of the final Head of Household. Ryan won the first
part of the final Head of Household competition.
- HoH, Pt. 2: "Who's The Guinea Pig Now?";
Adam and Sheila competed in the second part of the Final Head
of Household Competition. The competition involved a giant
hamster wheel which rotated a large maze on the side of the
wheel. The HouseGuests had to retrieve balls with the names of
the previous Heads of Household in order. They then had to
place the balls on a wall in the correct order. Alex &
Amanda, James & Chelsia, and Joshuah & Sharon, as Head
of Household Couples, were on one ball. Adam and Ryan each had
two balls, as they held Head of Household twice. The correct
order was: Alex & Amanda, James & Chelsia, Joshuah
& Sharon, Ryan, James, Adam, Natalie, Adam, Sheila, and
Ryan. Adam won the second part of the final HoH Competition.
- HoH, Pt. 3: "Jury Statements"; Ryan and
Adam faced off in the final part of the HoH competition. They
were asked to complete statements made by Matt, Chelsia,
Joshuah, James, Natalie and Sharon. Ryan won the final Head of
Household Competition by 3-2.
||Sheila was evicted on Day 77 and became the final jury member.
On Day 81 Adam left the winner of Big Brother 9 and Ryan
left as the runner-up.