Just when I think I have the Big Brother 13 house figured out, it takes a dramatic turn. I’ve followed the live feeds and was certain I knew what would happen in the Power of Veto ceremony, but then things took a turn.

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains Big Brother 13 spoilers.

Brendon won the Power of Veto and used it to save Rachel!

Jordan was nominated in her place.

Now you might think Brendon saving his fiancee isn’t a big deal, but it is. Ever since he won the Veto, they’ve been telling everyone (including Jeff and Jordan) that Brendon was saving himself. Everyone in the house was planning for Rachel to still be on the block. But with Brendon saving her, it throws everything into chaos.

The funniest part is that it couldn’t have worked out better for Daniele because she actually wanted Brendon gone, and now it looks like it’s going to happen. It’s a safe bet that Jeff, Kalia, Lawon, Shelly and Adam will all vote to evict Brendon, and Porsche will probably just go with the house.

Last night Brendon and Rachel tried to make the case to keep both of them, but Daniele isn’t that stupid. They said they’d go back to the veterans alliance and forgive everything, and they were probably telling the truth, but Daniele would still be in a bad position because she’d be gone once they reached the final five if she didn’t win everything. What Brendon and Rachel don’t understand is that Daniele isn’t playing to go far, she’s playing to win. She doesn’t care if she’s evicted next week or if she finishes in third place, both would be equally unacceptable outcomes for her. Getting rid of Brendon now might make her a bigger target in the near future, but it gives her a much better shot at making the finale at the end.

In the end, while I don’t think Brendon would’ve done that well by himself (as we saw last season), I think Rachel is even worse off. Jeff and Jordan don’t really like her as much as they like Brendon and will be less likely to stay true to her for the rest of the season, and while Rachel might be the HoH Queen, she has never won a PoV by herself. But I’m also excited to see how Rachel plays this game without Brendon, because it’s something we’ve never seen before. She hooked up with him right away last season and was evicted first, so Rachel as a solo player is an unknown variable.

Whatever happens, this week’s HoH competition is going to be fierce and if Rachel wins, she will be gloating more than ever before.

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John Kubicek

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John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.