As the live broadcast of “Big Brother” ended Thursday night, Etowah’s Judd Daugherty was battling three other evicted players to get back in the game. They stood on small, moving platforms as water jets blasted them. Their mission: Stay on the platform and be the first to catch 10 balls.
Julie Chen, host of the CBS show, told viewers to tune in Sunday night to find out which of the four evicted players – Daugherty, Jessie Kowalski, Candice Stewart or Helen Kim – would re-enter the game to take on the other seven players still in the house.
The other players were also playing the same challenge, vying against each other not to stay in the game, but to win a position of power – the “Head of Household” who singles out two other players to be voted on for eviction. Daugherty and the other previously evicted players were also in the running for “HOH” if they could outlast/outcatch the active contestants.
Even though the show faded out on a cliffhanger, the challenge continued, and subscribers to the live feeds from the house were able to continue watching the game unfold, documenting its progress on social media and websites.
Spoiler alert: Those who want to wait until Sunday to find out how the challenge ended should stop reading now.
One by one, over the course of the first hour of the game, the other three evicted players dropped from the platform, leaving Daugherty alone, returning to the game by default. Kowalski had been staying one catch ahead of him before she dropped. The other two women dropped with him in the lead.
Daugherty couldn’t outlast all of the other players, however, dropping from the competition soon after he beat his fellow evicted players. Ultimately Elissa Slater won “HOH.”
A prerecorded segment earlier on Thursday’s episode showed Daugherty talking with other evictees. He had been the victim of paranoia from other players and was blindsided off the show on Aug. 8, suspected of having powers he didn’t have. During his time in sequester, he realized that two former allies, Amanda Zuckerman and Helen Kim, had been key to his downfall. He vowed if he were to return to the house, “I’m going to be like pest control and get rid of a few snakes.”
As it turned out, Kim was evicted on the live show Thursday. And of all the players in the house, Slater, the new “HOH,” seems to be the most likely to target Zuckerman and her three closest allies, McRae Olson, Andy Herren and Aaryn Gries.
So Daugherty may get his wish of outlasting the players who betrayed him. Meanwhile, he’s also back in the running for the $500,000 prize.
“Big Brother” airs again at 8 p.m. Sunday on WVLT-TV.