Daniele is nervous about the task as outgoing HoH, and is counting on Kalia or Porsche winning to avoid going on the chopping block. Rachel vows to win, knowing that should anyone else take it this week, she will most likely be evicted since Brendon left with a 5-1 vote.
The players begin to slip and slide, with many falling as the ground takes on more soapy water. Daniele becomes frustrated with Kalia, who she believes is moving too slowly, and voices her opinion aloud. Jeff takes the lead, with Porsche and Rachel close behind in second. However, after an hour, the houseguests are still at it with no-one nearing the end.
Rachel realises that she is running behind and decides to throw her support behind Jeff to let him know that she's "definitely on his side". Porsche is also frustrated with the fact that Jeff is a "machine" that just keeps going. He eventually completes the task first, winning Head of Household for the week, much to Jordan's relief.
Shelly admits to Kalia and Daniele that she "can't stand" Rachel and dislikes everything about her. However, Kalia says that it's obvious Rachel will try and be best friends with Jeff and Jordan now in order to save her place in the house. Shelly then goes into the other room to antagonise Rachel, pretending to cater to Jeff in order to get on his good side, which amuses him. However, Rachel is "fed up" with Shelly's fake attitude and leaves angrily.
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That afternoon, Jeff shows his HoH room off to the houseguests. The room is full of photos of Jeff with his family and friends, which everyone admires, as well as a letter written by his nieces and one from his brother and sister-in-law. Jeff says that hearing from his loved ones has given him more motivation to win.
Rachel stays behind with Jeff after everyone else leaves, sparking discussion between everyone down in the kitchen. Shelly and Jordan then return, with Shelly laying into Rachel and telling her to stop "making eyes" at her just because she was on the block against Brendon. Rachel says nothing and Shelly agrees to have a "clean slate" going forward, though Rachel privately admits being angry that Shelly had the audacity to approach her.
Daniele tells Porsche and Kalia that she is "scared" about living on slop for the week as her body did not react well to it in the past. She says that it makes her tired, irritable and unable to think but the three accept their fate with few grumbles.
In the garden, Kalia approaches Jeff and tries to throw Rachel under the bus by attempting to convince him to put her on the block. However, Jeff reminds her that she sealed her fate when she nominated him weeks ago, saying that she should expect repercussions for her earlier actions.
The group is excited to find that their kitchen table has been replaced with a smaller one, signifying that they've reached the Final 8 of the competition. Daniele and Jeff then talk in the garden, with Jeff assuring her that their previous agreement is still good. She believes that Kalia and Porsche will be nominated and promises that she has not told them that she is working with Jeff. Privately Jeff admits that he wants Daniele to feel secure so that she doesn't "stir anything up" around the house before he makes nominations.
Jeff is nervous about putting Daniele on the block in case she won Power of Veto because she would then be aware that he wanted her out and had lied about working with him. However, he thinks it would be good to get her out of the game this week if it worked out.
At the nomination ceremony, Jeff reveals his nominations, placing Porsche and Kalia on the chopping block. He explains that he wants Porsche to prove to him that she "came to play" and that he is paying Kalia back for nominating him in the past.
Big Brother continues on Wednesday on CBS.
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