Big Brother

Season 3 Episode 17

BB3 Ep #17

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Aug 15, 2002 on CBS
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JOSH JAMS, AMY ARRIVES & THE HOH SOUP'S ON! Josh finds solace in the company of the lizards, who "inspire him to fight harder" to stay in the game. At the very least, he enjoys being around the lizards because they don't twist his stories around and use them against him like he feels the other HouseGuests do. Josh talks to Gerry and suggests that this is the best opportunity people will have to evict Roddy. Gerry tells Josh that discussions along those lines have taken place between some of the HouseGuests "outside of the clique." Roddy senses something in the air, and says in the Diary Room that he hopes he doesn't go. Danielle, who was leading the charge to evict Roddy, talks to Lisa about getting him out, then turning their attentions on Chiara. Lisa says she's leaning more toward evicting Roddy than Josh at this point. Gerry talks to Marcellas, letting him know that Josh was going to approach him about voting against Roddy. Marcellas tells Roddy what Josh is up to, and Roddy approaches Josh on the basketball court in front of all the others. Roddy confronts Josh about campaigning after swearing that he wouldn't do it. Josh is upset that Chiara had secured votes for Roddy before the nominations, and blames Roddy for having his campaigning already done for him. He also denies approaching anyone about voting Roddy out, but says that people came to him with that information. Marcellas then enters the argument, telling Josh that his own behavior is the reason he's been nominated, not any collusion between Roddy and Chiara. He also harshly tells Josh that none of the other 11 HouseGuests will ever want to see him again after the game is over. Josh goes to the Diary Room and laughs the argument off. He says he "got caught stealing home," but vows to continue fighting to stay alive. Host Julie Chen talks to the HouseGuests in the living room about the turbulent events of the last week. Roddy tells Julie that there are no hard feelings stemming from his argument with Josh, and that they had made up as soon as the last word was spoken between them. Josh kids Roddy, saying that he was "peacocking" and putting on a show for the ladies back home in New Jersey. Marcellas says that he doesn't have any vested interest in which HouseGuest returns tonight, sarcastically adding that his best friend "was ripped from my arms on national television." In his final words to the group, Josh thanks everyone and asks that they don't judge him on his actions in the House, that he was only doing what he thought he needed to do to win the game. Roddy tells the group that if he walks out, they all "walk out together" and that they are all welcome in his life whenever. PRELUDE TO VOTING The nominees this week represent a tough decision for the HouseGuests. Lisa is tired of feeling like Josh's "babysitter" and resents his "extravagant behavior." But she also thinks Roddy was the "mastermind" behind her nomination alongside Eric. Marcellas regards Josh as "one of the vilest people I've ever met," but might not be able to ignore the fact that Roddy is vulnerable. Jason enjoys Josh's "life and energy," and feels that evicting Roddy might be in his own best interest. Gerry and Danielle both look at Josh's position in the House in strategic terms. Gerry feels like Josh's outgoing nature allows him to continue to fly below the radar. Danielle sees Josh as someone she can use to serve her needs in the game. Gerry thinks of Roddy as "a master strategist," and Danielle says she "doesn't have a chance against him." The HouseGuests still in the game are anticipating the imminent return of one of the evictees, but aren't entirely happy about it. Josh says that putting someone back in the House would be like adding a third lizard to the cage. He says it would be unfair to cut down on the space they've established for themselves. Gerry doesn't mince words saying that he's "pissed as hell." Lisa wants Eric to be the one who comes back, but Gerry is terrified of his return, fearing that Eric will target him for eviction as revenge. Everybody in the House seems to want someone different back, but Jason thinks that no matter who returns "they'll be ganged up on" by the others. JOSH EVICTED, 5-0 With the HouseGuests gathered in the living room, Host Julie Chen announces that Josh has been evicted, 5 votes to zero. Josh feigns surprise, but responds good-naturedly. All of the HouseGuests come together in a group hug, then Roddy and Jason escort Josh to the door at Josh's request. In the studio with Julie, Josh says his strategy going into the House was to position himself as a person people would want to stand against at the end, then take his chances. When the alliance he constructed broke down in Week Two, he says he had to "scratch and pull" to survive. Julie tells Josh that just two days before, it appeared that he had the votes needed to stay in the House. Josh is momentarily stunned, but says he doesn't think that would have panned out, that people would have "feared repercussions" if they evicted Roddy. Josh adds that some of the animosity on display in the House was "for show," and that he treasures the time he spent with everyone he met in the game. Josh is reunited with his girlfriend Merritt, hugging her tightly as she comes in the studio. WHO'S COMING BACK? The four evicted HouseGuests--Lori, Tonya, Amy and Eric--have the opportunity to return to the Big Brother House. Lori enters the studio first and sits down with Julie Chen. Julie asks her what she'd be willing to do to reenter the House; more specifically, how much of the $500,000 grand prize would she be willing to forfeit for a chance to go back in right now? Lori says she'd be willing to give up $50,000 of the grand prize. Julie hands Lori a contract and asks her to sign it, making it a legal agreement. Lori fills in her $50,000 answer, signs the contract and hands it back to Julie. Tonya comes in next and, sitting one-on-one with Julie, says she'd be willing to give away half the money for reentry into the House. She signs her contract as well. Amy and Eric both also say they'd give up half of the prize money to go back in. The four evictees are brought together for the first time since their eviction, and Julie tells them that Lori is eliminated from contention and will be going home. As a tiebreaker, Tonya, Eric and Amy were asked how many days, out of the remaining 42 in the game, they'd be willing to eat only peanut butter and jelly. Tonya answered 21 of the days, but Eric and Amy both say 42, eliminating Tonya. With the two finalists reached, Julie rips up their contracts and tells them if they win, they'll get to keep the full prize, and they won't have to eat PB and J for the remaining 42 days in the House as they had agreed to. The final decision on whether Amy or Eric returns to the House will be voted on by the seven HouseGuests still inside. With each of the HouseGuests in different rooms inside the House, Julie asks them one at a time to raise a red paddle if they want Amy back and a black paddle if they want Eric. Roddy votes first, raising a black paddle for Eric. Danielle and Marcellas both vote for Amy, with Marcellas putting his black paddle on the floor so there's no mistaking his intention. Chiara ties things up at two with a vote for Eric. Gerry pushes Amy ahead by voting for Amy and then Lisa, shockingly, clinches Amy's return by raising her red paddle. Jason, with the last vote, also votes for Amy to return. Amy hugs Eric, then rings the doorbell to go back inside. The HouseGuests, unsure of who's returning, all scream and yell and hug the prodigal HouseGuest as she comes back to their ranks. THE NEXT HOH With Amy once again eligible for the HoH title, the HouseGuests all change into their swimsuits and head into the backyard. There they find an oversized bathtub filled with water. After removing their microphones, all the HouseGuests sit down in the tub. If they stand up, they're disqualified. The last of them to exit the tub will become the new HoH. Then, however, the ante is upped considerably. Chiara, the outgoing HoH, removes a card from the first of many "Mystery Buckets" lined up alongside the bathtub. Signifying the need for the HoH to have their fingers on the pulse of the 8 remaining HouseGuests, Chiara pours 60 whole squid into the tub. Roddy immediately leaps out, eliminating himself from contention for HoH. The episode ends in a cliffhanger.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Julie Chen (I)

Julie Chen (I)

Host

Chiara Berti

Chiara Berti

BB3 Days 1 - 71 (9th Evicted)

Josh Feinberg

Josh Feinberg

BB3 Days 1 - 41 (5th Evicted)

Jason Guy

Jason Guy

BB3 Days 1 - 78 (11th Evicted)

Roddy Mancuso

Roddy Mancuso

BB3

Lori Olson

Lori Olson

BB3 Days 1 - 62 (8th Evicted)

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