Big Brother

Season 2 Episode 2

BB2 Ep #2

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jul 07, 2001 on CBS
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Heavy is the head that wears the crown. The dark reality of having to nominate two of his housemates comes crashing down on Head of Household Mike. His scattershot focus on whom he's going to nominate ranges from Kent ("I'm getting sick of hearing Kent's voice") to Autumn ("She's getting on my nerves"), from Hardy ("I like him, but he's expendable") to Nicole (calling her his "number one AND number two choice"). Nicole has others in the house upset as well. People say they're tired of her loud and opinionated ways. And she feels the pressure, too. She laments not being able to get to know Mike (calling him "Slim Shady"), and thinks that will count against her when the time comes for nominations. Meanwhile, Bunky is coming out of the closet to the others, starting with Autumn. He shows her a family picture of him and his husband. He's afraid of being evicted by the guys when they find out, and is relieved when Autumn is supportive. Knowing Nicole is under the gun, Bunky approaches her about getting a "6 girls and a gay guy" alliance together to vote out the men. They both agree that Will would be their first target if they all voted together. With the first Luxury Competition looming, Nicole becomes a focal point once again. She tells of her "phobia about bathing in other people's dirt," an issue that keeps her from enjoying the house pool. That phobia is about to get a workout. In the backyard is an inflatable pool filled with mud. Hidden in the pool are 24 keys, 12 blank and 12 with HouseGuest names on them. Mike, the HoH, will jump into the pool. When he finds a key, that key's HouseGuest comes into the pool to join the search. When all 12 name keys are found, the HouseGuests have to pile out and back to their starting positions, in under 6 minutes. If successful, the HouseGuests win access to the backyard hot tub. If not, the tub is locked for 2 weeks. The group is successful, due in no small part to Nicole. Despite her phobia, she doesn't hesitate to leap into the pool when her name is called. Even her most avid critics recognize that she's making an effort to bond with people she's offended. "I came on too strong. I want to get to know people," she says. She reaches out for a "one on one" with Hardy and sets aside time to bond with Justin. Most importantly, Mike notes: "Nicole made great strides in trying to connect with everyone." With Nicole out of the crosshairs, Mike turns his attentions to Kent. As Will notes, Kent "snores like a freak." It sounds funny, but his booming snores keep everyone from getting their beauty sleep. To compensate, Hardy stays good-looking by exercising intensely in the backyard. Jumping rope, lifting weights, more jumping rope, Hardy keeps in shape with a regimen that would make Schwarzenegger proud. Kent and Nicole don't help their causes that night when the rest of the HouseGuests pile into the hot tub to let off some steam. Mike devises a game where strawberries and whipped cream will pass mouth to mouth around the hot tub. Kent and Nicole choose not to take part in the game, leading to a perceived 10 on 2 conflict. Nicole says she has "too much respect for her life and husband to turn into someone's plaything," while Kent feels like the "quintessential voyeur" watching them play their sexy game. While Will and Shannon start to get closer to one another, sharing company and a bed at the end of the day, Autumn is alienating others. Hardy refers to her neediness issues. Autumn cries in her bed, then later says outright: "I try not to be a big whiner." Mike, who has the most important point of view in the house, warns that "Autumn better watch herself in the next 16 to 24 hours. She comes on strong, like a child." On the opposite side is Sheryl, whom Krista calls the "sweetie of the group." Nobody has bad words about Sheryl. It's time for the first nominations. There are 12 keys, one for each HouseGuest with their name on it. The Nomination Box has 12 slots. Mike puts the keys of the 10 safe HouseGuests into the box and the two nominated keys into a velvet sack. With the Nomination Box in the center of the dining room table, the HouseGuests gather around. Mike pulls the first key, Bunky's, meaning that Bunky is safe from nomination. One by one, the HouseGuest keys are pulled, revealing Sheryl and Nicole as the first two nominees for eviction. Mike says he picked Sheryl because she's the "most likeable" person in the house and by "putting someone who is likeable against someone who's not" he's being a one-man jury in stacking the deck against Nicole. But Kent says Sheryl is a definite threat to win the game, meaning Mike's plan might backfire. Either way, Sheryl's not at ease with the nomination. "I don't think anything is safe or sacred," she says. Nicole sees right through Mike's nomination strategy, saying that she feels a war coming in the house. What kind of strategy will she use to escape eviction? How will the tension change the house dynamic? How will Sheryl try to appease those who see her as a threat?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Hardy Hill

Hardy Hill

BB2 Days 1-64

Mike Malin

Mike Malin

BB2 Days 1-33

Justin Sebik

Justin Sebik

BB2 Expelled, Days 1- 10

Will Kirby

Will Kirby

BB2 Days 1-84 (BB2 Winner)

Nicole Nilson Schaffrich

Nicole Nilson Schaffrich

BB2 Days 1 - 78

Sheryl Braxton

Sheryl Braxton

BB2 Days 1 - 8

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