Rachel struggles with the idea of continuing with the competition without Brendon as she thinks that they make a great team and it will "suck" to be on her own. Brendon tries to comfort her by saying that it is not 100% sure that he will be going home, and the pair seem self-congratulatory at what they see as having pulled the wool over Daniele's eyes by previously pretending that Brendon would use the Power of Veto on himself.
In another room, Jeff admits that he's apprehensive about dealing with Rachel's "head game" should Brendon leave the house and says that he will probably rip his hair out. In the Head of Household room, Kalia and Daniele discuss the possibility of ensuring that they have enough votes to rally against Brendon and get him out of the house, as Daniele will be in "deep trouble" if Jordan leaves.
That afternoon, Daniele calls Porsche to the Head of Household room in an attempt to win her vote against Brendon. Daniele says that she definitely has Porsche's back and would like the same loyalty and tries to convince her that she will be played in the long run if she is loyal to Brendon and Rachel. Rachel then interrupts the conversation but leaves soon after as she is angry that Porsche is hanging out with Daniele.
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Later, Porsche tells Rachel that she's on her side but advises her to "stop acting mopey" so that the rest of the house can continue to feel comfortable around her. Rachel gets extremely upset and marches off, declaring that she doesn't care anymore and that no one is going to vote for her and she will be forced to play the house alone.
During the live portion of the episode, Julie Chen gathers the houseguests in the living room to discuss the past week and questions Adam on his task of wearing his elf costume for the past week. Julie also asks Rachel how she feels about Brendon's decision to use the Power of Veto on her and not himself, which she admits she is extremely touched by because it "means so much".
After, Julie speaks privately with Daniele from the Head of Household room, where she is questioned about trying to backdoor Jeff. Daniele says that she doesn't regret it in principle as she is there to make big moves, but admits that she tried it about two weeks too early. She also says that she has no faith in being able to mend fences with Rachel should Brendon leave as Rachel is taking the game too personally.
Brendon and Jordan are then given a chance to plead their cases for a final time as to why they should remain in the house. Brendon is grateful for the opportunity to return to the game and says that he is "honoured" by his relationship with Rachel, but doesn't want to cry as they will spend the rest of their lives together. Jordan admits that it's been a stressful week and that she wants to spend the entire summer with Jeff. She encourages her fellow houseguests to vote out who they feel like voting for.
The houseguests then enter the diary room individually to cast their votes. Soon after, Julie reveals that Brendon is the fourth contestant to be eliminated and he leaves the house immediately.
She then announces this week's Head of Household competition, explaining that players will take part in a challenge entitled "Checkmate". Housemates will face off two at a time at a podium, where they must answer questions about an evicted housemate. The first person to buzz in and answer correctly will stay in the game while the loser will be eliminated. That person then chooses the next two to face off. The last person standing will become the new Head of Household.
The challenge eventually comes down to Shelly and Kalia, with Kalia managing to answer the final question correctly and scoop the Head of Household title for the week.
Big Brother continues on Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.
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