Someone call Marie Kondo, because Older brotherSeason 24 of has achieved untidy.
To be clear, I say this with the greatest appreciation for clutter: Older brother has been stuck in a predictable rut, we’re going to vote with the house for many seasons, and it’s a delight to see the opposite play out here. But between Kyle’s ill-advised show with Alyssa, Nicole’s correct suspicion that most of The Leftovers are working together, and of course Daniel’s insane decision to use the veto power and endanger his #1 ally , this week in Bed and breakfast home has been undeniably (and wonderfully) chaotic.
Let’s break down how the week wrapped up, with Nicole unknowingly about to be cheated on ahead of Thursday’s episode:
THE STRATEGY | The veto meeting ends with Nicole and Taylor now on the cutting board, and Taylor’s tears of frustration are legitimate: She’s upset that the veto was used to save Alyssa and Indy when she thought the nominations would stay the same, and her Confidence in The Leftovers seems to have taken a hit as they received no notice of the change. Nicole, meanwhile, is feeling “elated” to be on the block, so that’s it.
But not long before the veto meeting was to take place, Kyle had gone upstairs to warn Monte that Daniel “100 percent” planned to use the veto. The night before, Nicole had visited HOH’s room and found six of the seven Leftovers, in other words everyone but Kyle, hanging out there, causing her to trust that those six are in an alliance. With Monte and Taylor unable to cast votes this week, Nicole and Daniel are under the impression that Taylor will only have four votes to stay, when in reality he will have five (Kyle is fifth), and Monte would break a potential tie in Taylor’s favor anyway. So while it’s not ideal that Taylor is seeing the ban for the umpteenth time, The Leftovers privately know that Daniel “played himself,” as Joseph puts it, by using the veto this time.
Other highlights from the pre-recorded segments: After making out with Terrance last week, Nicole reveals to Indy, Alyssa, and Jasmine that she used to be a cop, which she seems to think is game-changing information; Kyle and Alyssa engage in one of Older brotherThe most embarrassing shows (bathroom flirting! Make it stop!); and after receiving word from The Leftovers that Nicole may No have the votes to stay, Indy, Alyssa and Jasmine weigh their options, hoping to keep Nicole, but markedly more desperate to simply be on the right side of the house vote this week. Just floating, those three!
THE EVICTION | When it comes time for the eviction, Taylor gets a little spicy in her pre-vote speech, telling Nicole, “To quote Older brother Rihanna superfan, you look so dumb right now. (!) She reminds Nicole that she thought it was smart to cast Taylor as her Festie Bestie, not knowing that her, Daniel’s, own journey or death would ultimately be responsible for her downfall. (It looks like Nicole is taking all of this in stride, but after Taylor sits back down, the women exchange a smile that laughter“I can not stand you!”)
In the end, it is only Daniel who supports Nicole: she is evicted with a 9 to 1 vote, but she hugs everyone on her way out and tells Julie that she is “nothing” surprised to hear about The Leftovers, as she already identified six of its seven members correctly. He also calls Taylor’s pre-vote speech “surprising and comical” and “nothing but the truth,” considering that Nicole made he believes he could manipulate others, including Taylor, to stay in the game.
And because we’re seemingly destined to never have a live householder competition again, the episode ends with Taylor choosing Alyssa and Indy as her new Festie Besties. Meanwhile, Daniel walks alone to one of the rooms and comments that he should pack his bags right now. Moments before, he had told Nicole in her goodbye message that he would not leave the Older brother home without a fight… but he seems to be feeling a little different now.
Your turn! What did you think of Nicole’s eviction? And who do you want to see win head of the family? Leave a comment below!
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