- Big Brother US version:
- Anyone who volunteers to go up on the block and be evicted; unless the attempt to knock someone out of the game via backdoor is very transparent and has the numbers behind it, and no one equipped with items that could influence the eviction chooses to interfere, it seldom works out well. Lawon and Dustin come to mind note .
- During the "counting" Veto competitions (in which the houseguests must guess how many of a certain item there is), there's always someone who guesses a ridiculously high number that has no chance of being correct, as well as someone who folds during the last round (meaning they're guaranteed not to win). Ashley from BB 14 deserves special mention for doing both of these.
- People who self-destruct their game because they run their mouths and earn themselves a Hate Sink. The best thing to do is study the housemates passively and be careful around those who are moody, and if someone doesn't like you, just be chill and get people to see you're not an ogre. It would be best not to rile up the other housemates. Give people space when they need it, and just not say anything that could piss off anybody else. As long as a contestant stays civil and fairly quiet and docile, they won't incur the wrath of others. As for making a big impression on the jury, playing the game fairly and honestly is the best move to make. But then you have people who must satisfy a need to snip at everybody when their nerves are being worn on as a vent instead of holding their tongues, and it invariably leads to infighting- at which point, the rest of the contestants will want the nuisance out of the game just to restore peace to the walls of the house. Nice guys finish first, jerks sink right to the bottom.
- Marcellas (3) and Amy are both up for eviction. Marcellas wins the Golden Power of Veto, giving him the power to guarantee himself a spot in the Final 4.
You'd expect: Marcellas decides to save himself.
Instead: He declines to use the Golden PoV, stating he doesn't want to force Jason (the current Head of Household) to choose who to put up in his place between the two remaining girls. Marcellas ends up being evicted, by a vote of 2-1, the 1-1 tie being broken by Jason. And what reason does Jason give for evicting Marcellas? He didn't use the Veto on himself.
"What were you thinking?": As soon as Marcellas sits down for his post-eviction interview, Julie smacks him over the head with her interview cards.
- Big Brother 4's producers themselves get one for the very poorly thought up decision to place a group of people who are reeling from broken engagements together with their exes.
You'd expect: The producers to tell these people right away what they were getting into so nobody is there with their ex against their will.
Instead: It turns out to be a surprise twist to both male and female exes entering the house, and it obviously creates a very bad stir.
Worse: One contestant, Scott, cannot bear to be put beside his ex, Amanda. After a few days, he slips into an extreme state of depression, begins ratcheting between moods at the drop of a hat, and finally has a genuine mental breakdown and goes ballistic, trying to wreck up the living room, terrifying his housemates. He ultimately leaves the game due to falling apart at the seams because he's being forced to accept that his ex has gone on with her life, but he's been stuck standing still since they split up.
Result: You get what is widely regarded as the most unhappy house of the entire run of the US version, with everybody in a state of malaise due to being stuck in the awkward proximity of their exes and a season that is just one drawn out moment of cringe and regarded as a disaster among the fans. Everyone behaves so unpleasantly it's a wonder they didn't just throw out the entire competition and apologize for overlooking basic human decency by, well, not pouring salt in old wounds.
- (6) In Maggie's HOH, James promises Ivette that he will target Howie & Rachel when he win HOH. After the POV competition, Ivette went to James for assurance.
You'd expect:: James keeps his promise, and throw next HOH just to cover his bases.
Instead:Without hesitation, he decided to tell Ivette his plan into targeting Maggie, thus losing Ivette's trust on him.
What's worse:He made the promise while swearing to the Bible. This, along with Ivette telling everyone, made him extremely untrustworthy with everyone.
- After Kaysar was successfully voted off in Maggie HOH, Howie won the next HOH:
You'd expect:Have a meeting with his alliance (Janelle, Rachel, James and Sarah) first before nominating and targeting a member of the Friendship, preferably Maggie, the leader of the alliance.
Instead:He makes numerous deals with everyone, including Maggie without permission from his alliance. She then manages to convince him to to put up James and Sarah, thus losing his alliance numerical advantage.
- Then the Pressure Cooker HOH comes in, and it is now down to Jennifer (Friendship) and Kaysar (SOV). Jennifer begs for Kaysar, who'd returned to the competition, to let her win the HOH, so that she can help evict James, everybody's target.
You'd Expect: Kaysar to tell her to let it play out and see how it goes and probably win, since believing someone from the other alliance is too risky.
Instead:Kaysar just gives Jennifer HOH, thus giving Kaysar the unexpected revolving door treatment.
- Then Jennifer won the Pressure Cooker HOH.
You'd Expect: Obey everybody's orders and take James off. Since the Friendship still holds the majority and she will be targeted later over higher profile targets like Maggie and Ivette in the house.
Instead: She broke the promise and nominated Kaysar after the Veto ceremony. Thus, making herself the biggest target for the SOV instantly, and will have a hard time winning votes from the SOV members if she somehow made it to the finals. She is then evicted at Janelle's HOH reign.
- Then Janelle wins her first HOH, then wins the Veto, currently the nominated candidates are Maggie (the leader of the majority alliance) and Jennifer (a high profile target after the events of the last week also from the majority alliance).
You'd Expect: Janelle to realize that April and Ivette have a hard time working with each other without Maggie. Plus, Maggie is harder to be voted off than Jennifer. She is now in a position where she can take one of two options. She can either not use the veto, which keeps the nominations the same, securing April's (Jennifer's partner) vote against Maggie, or use the veto on Jennifer and put Ivette up, securing both Beau's (Ivette's partner) and James' (Ivette's ally) votes against Maggie. She then needs two votes (one if she takes the second option) to cause a tie, which she can then break and evict Maggie, and one more to evict without a tiebreaker vote. She can get two votes to evict Maggie from her alliance members, Howie and Rachel. The third vote (if she takes the first option) comes from James, who is going after Maggie anyway. By a vote of 4-3 (if there's a tie) or at least 4-2 (without a tie), Maggie is evicted. After that, The Friendship has no leader capable of making strategic decisions & the glue that sticks The Friendship together, making it easier for a SOV member to win.
Instead: Janelle vetoes Maggie instead and Jennifer is evicted 5-1. After this move, Maggie is totally untouchable for the SO Vs until the Final 3.
- The Final 3, when Ivette (Friendship) and Janelle (SOV) are competing in the Final HOH
You'd Expect: After Janelle outright saying that she would take Ivette to the Final 2 before the competition started, Ivette to try and throws the challenge and let Janelle evict Maggie without letting Maggie know their deal. Since the jury would consist of 4 Friendship members (Jennifer, Beau, April and Maggie), 2 SOV members (Howie and Rachel) and James, Ivette would have had the winning edge against Janelle.
Instead: Ivette does her best and wins the Final HOH, and has to take Maggie to the Final 2 due to a promise the group had made (where if one member of the Friendship betrays another at the end, they vote for the other person in the final 2). Maggie then wins 4-3.
What's worse: She also gave a rather nasty message to Rachel in her goodbye message. Which prompted Rachel to convince Howie (who is Rachel's partner) to vote for Maggie instead. Since Howie was convinced by Maggie to nominate two of his alliance members, it was even easier for Rachel to convince him.
- In Big Brother 8, Dick and Jen were the last two people standing in a Veto competition where the other contestants can make an attempt to distract the competitors and have them be eliminated. Keep in mind that Dick was the Head of Household and Jen was one of his nominees that week. When it was only them around, Mike attempts to distract Dick as much as possible in hopes that he gets eliminated from the competition and once Dick realizes what he was doing, he ended up telling him that if he attempts to get Dick eliminated from the competition one more time, then he will eliminate himself from the competition and make Mike his replacement nominee.
You'd Expect: For Mike to shut up and not try to get Dick eliminated from the competition anymore.
Instead: Mike states he does not care and afterwords Dick did exactly what he stated. He then went on to get evicted from the Big Brother house that same week.
- Around the final five of Big Brother 8, Dick won Head of Household again and nominates Eric and Jameka for eviction. The Power of Veto winner was Zach around that time.
You'd Expect: For Zach to use it on one of the nominees forcing Dick to nominate his own daughter Daniele. He then should try to get Daniele evicted afterwords.
Instead: He doesn't use the Power of Veto and waits until he wins the Final Four Head of Household as an attempt to get rid of one of the Donatos despite how the Power of Veto holders are way more power then the Head of Household at the Final Four.
- Jacob (9). In the first week, the house guests were paired into "couples". The couple that won the first competition (Jen and Parker) was named the "Power Couple", and they cast the only eviction vote. Whatever couple they wanted gone, was gone.
You'd expect: Jacob to kiss up to the Power Couple and try to align with them. Or at the very least, keep his head down and try not to cause trouble. Adam and Sheila were already causing enough drama that it looked like they would be going home, anyway.
Instead: He goes around telling everybody, including Parker's partner, Jen, that "Parker is a snake" and "he seems gutless... heartless." He adds, "He's in here for the money," and just for good measure, "Wait till I get HOH, his ass is out." He never even considered that Jen would tell her partner what he'd been saying! Naturally, he and Sharon were sent packing, entirely because of his idiocy. His partner, Sharon, did get to return to the game a few days later because of a twist, but it's still unforgivable.
- We have maybe the shining example with Chima (11). She has to obey the rules of the game just like anyone else does. That includes little things like wearing a body mic at all times (aside from showering) and participating in Diary Room recording time when the announcements are made to do so. And after a massive tantrum when the Coup D'Etat is used against her, she could care less about the house.
You'd expect: Chima to have enough sense to actually follow the dang rules.
Instead: She behaves like a total diva her entire time in the house, making numerous rule breaks, and back-talks the polite nudgings of the announcer reminding her to do what she's told, choosing to do what she wants to do, refusing to obey instructions, covering up the cameras with blankets, threatening violent acts if Russell wasn't evicted, and even swearing to bring the FCC down on the game by having a fit so bad that it will result in such unless she's placed in a fish tank to contain her for an hour. She tosses her body mic into a pool, willfully destroying a piece of vital production equipment (and is presumably fined for ruining it and likely refuses to pay the fee), and still has to exchange it for a new one in the storage room, and ignores her houseguests' attempts to give her a new one. Chima simply hops in bed and becomes a swirling vortex of insolence. It finally culminates in the executive producer Allison Grodner addressing her personally instead of the announcer, who has realized Chima is going to bitch the walls of the house down if she stays inside any longer. Grodner urges Chima to make her way to the DR, and when she finally goes to the Diary Room, instead of even getting to sit down in the chair, she's met by a group of people who escort her out of the house. Allison sounds very on edge and uncomfortable in having to directly speak to Chima, and later, the houseguests, regarding what is now going to happen.
Result: Chima is expelled from the game for multiple rule violations and BANNED FROM BIG BROTHER. And to show just how bad her infractions were taken, she did not get to return to the house to pack her things and she was not invited back to the jury and the vote was given to America in her place.
- In Big Brother 11, Jeff played in a Veto competition to find Scrabble-like pieces and use them to spell out a word.
You'd expect: For Jeff to attempt to correctly spell-out an actual word.
Instead: He ended incorrectly spelling out "Technotronics" (which is not an actual word) as Techtronics.
What's worse: Had he removed a the R in the misspelled word, he would of spell out "tectonics" which is an actual word and has more letters then Russell's seven-lettered word "shotgun" thus would of ended up winning the Power of Veto.
- Brendon and Rachel (13) returned with 2 other veteran (and more well-known) couples that could potentially shield them. Given their (really negative) reputation in their original season:
You'd expect: They would realize that they shouldn't be putting a huge target on their back and actually try not to get people to hate their guts and want them out not just because they're annoying but because they're threats.
Instead: Although they did learn to be more sociable to everyone in high pressure, Rachel still had the same mindset that makes her eliminated before, throwing the word "Floater" around without knowing what it really means, accusing everyone of having "Bad gameplay", and only has allies out of a couple sycophants (Porsche and Shelly) and two people who happened by fate to be put in a similar group to them (Jeff and Jordan). Brendon proceeds to immediately start playing hard from week one and paints a huge target on their back. Then, after Daniele flips for greener pastures, he tries to get her back on their side to save himself and Rachel... and tells Daniele that if he or Rachel made it to the finals that one of them would win. He apparently never took into consideration that Daniele is another returning player, finished in second place in season eight, and that he essentially told Daniele to align herself with him and Rachel because they could win in the finals. Essentially, he was telling Daniele why she should evict them, as that is the exact opposite type of thinking you want to encourage.
- Daniele (13) flipping to the newbies, it changed the entire game and made it more interesting. But she flipped too quickly and openly (in a time where the vets still have not fully unified), causing her allies (the vets) at that time disliked her and probably will not vote for her at the finals. And if you considered that the vets were as able to win competitions in an even pace and the newbies can pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on her at any time after all the vets have been eliminated..
- The newbies had a golden opportunity to vote out another veteran. instead, Kalia decided to TRUST Rachel & Jeff, even though Rachel said 'to her FACE' that she'd target Danielle, followed by Lawon asking to be evicted, thinking he could beat whoever came back. "Win-nothing" Lawon, against either Cassi, Dominic or Brendon, allowing the veterans a chance to retake a majority. To be fair, Lawon asked to be voted out and there was no way for them to have known it'd be a challenge.
- In the final five, Adam (13) won the veto and could use it on either Kalia or Porchse (who are both nominated) forcing Rachel who won HOH to nominate Jordan which gives the newbies a shot at evicting another veteran.
You'd Expect: Adam to use the veto and Rachel would be forced to nominate Jordan.
Instead: Adam fanboys over the vets and does not use the veto out of respect for them.
- Willie (14) is pissed off that he's on the losing side of things after finding himself powerless.
You'd Expect: Willie to simply go blow off some steam out in the backyard and steer clear of everybody until he's not surly anymore.
Instead: Willie stays in the vicinity of the people agitating him and shoots his mouth off in front of everyone, calling the house a bunch of c*nts.
Worse: Joe counters the insult by calling him the only c*nt in the house.
Worst of All:: Willie's temper cracks and he barrels down on Joe, completely out of control and demanding a fight out of him, followed by Willie inflicting a HEADBUTT.
Result: Willie is AUTOMATICALLY expelled from the game for violating the nonviolence clause of the houseguest contract.
Irony: There is a clip of Willie post-expulsion online answering questions for another show in web video format, where he calls Chima a c*nt... the very same houseguest who got herself expelled in a similar way he did.
- Dan (14) needs to win the Coach's competition, which allows you to save one player, or trade them for another.
You'd Expect: That he would realize the stake he's at (being down to one player, and if Danielle goes, then he's eliminated from the "Coach's game.") and would try to win the coach's competition, giving him the power to either save Danielle from nomination or trade her for another player, thus throwing a wrench into the plans on who to get rid of
Instead: He throws it, allowing their Plan B to remain unfazed, then when Danielle isn't even picked to win the Veto, just manipulates her emotions.
- In the same competition, Boggie. He finished the competition but either out of ignorance or pride, hit the ground before he touched the button.
- Just why the whole cast decides not to evict Danielle (who is the only member of Dan's team at that time) when given the chance (which when she is evicted, Dan (now with no team members) will be gone as well)?
- Boogie was in a competition where the players have to fill up jars of honey. Having known that he's a target for eviction and the jar contains choices that will grant him safety, a HOH and a $10,000 prize
You'd Expect: Boogie would go for safety or the HOH.
Instead: Accepting his fate that he will be evicted, Boogie decides to just fill up a jar to get $10,000.
- Cody (16), he won the Final HOH, which meant that he was able to choose who he wanted to take to the Final 2. His options were either the biggest threat and most dangerous player in the game yet his closest ally (Derrick) or someone is considered to be a coattail rider and got dragged to the end but whom Cody doesn't like (Victoria).
You'd Expect: Cody would choose Victoria.
Instead: He chose Derrick out of loyalty, and wasted no time evicting Victoria. When it came time for the jury to ask the two of them questions, Cody was both shocked and surprised to hear how the jury really viewed him, Derrick's loyal lapdog or puppet. Cody ended up losing to Derrick in a 7-2 jury vote.
To Be Fair: He is still friends with Derrick, and still won $50,000.
- Shelly (17) has been behind almost every eviction in the house, knows that the house is catching on to her and her showmance Clay, and knows where the line is drawn between houseguests that trust her and those that don't. After helping to evict Jason, who was friends with most of the people on the other side of the house, she competes in an endurance comp for HOH.
You'd Expect: She'd stay on the wall and wait it out until she'd won, since she's done well at endurance comps before, and because she's the last person in her alliance to be up there.
Instead: She makes a deal with James to protect her and Clay, despite the fact that James was obviously going to go after the two of them regardless, and then throws the comp. To make matters worse she brushes off Vanessa's attempts to console her, turning Vanessa against her and making the latter support James when he decides to put Shelly and Clay beside each other on the block, having really no reason to keep his promise for idiocy. Clay and Shelly are subsequently evicted, one after the other (Clay is the last houseguest to go straight home, and he has no further involvement with the game, while Shelli became the first juror, but missed out on an opportunity to reenter the house), breaking their Sixth Sense alliance and resulting in them needing to regroup.
- Later that season, Austin and Liz wind up on the block courtesy of Steve, and the Austwins plot out the Veto to have Julia win it, since she could then remove her sister from the block, and as the Veto Holder, she cannot be backdoored, forcing Steve get the blood of one of his alliance members (most likely Vanessa) on his hands. The Veto comp is another pick-your-opponent challenge, and Julia has won a duel, gaining the next choice, while Vanessa attempts to convince her to not go after one of her intended targets.
You'd Expect Julia to blow Vanessa off, knowing what the Austwin plan is and the fact that they need to look out for themselves.
Instead She listens, and challenges Austin, blowing their plan and forcing him to win the Veto instead. They realize the trick Vanessa played on them, but Austin ends up removing himself from the block and Steve puts BOTH TWINS on, with Julia paying for this bad move with her game; she campaigns to keep Liz safe, and gets evicted 3-0.
- Big Brother 18: Paul won HOH and has a huge opportunity to get out Bridgette who he's been targeting for a while. However, Paulie (who was aligned with Paul at the time) wants Da'Vonne to go home after he found she was targeting him.
You'd Expect: Paul to ignore Paulie so he can target Bridgette and she would be sent home.
Instead: Paul listened to Paulie and gets out Da'Vonne instead of Bridgette.
What's worse: This move hurt him in the Final 2 where Da'Vonne was unimpressed with this move and caused her to vote for Nicole over Paul in a close 5-4 vote. Da'Vonne also stated that she never went after Paul and she also added that she was upset at his poor judgement. Many jurors that voted for Nicole cited this move as the reason for voting for Nicole over Paul.
- Paulie won the POV and has the golden opportunity to veto his showmance partner Zakiyah off the block and convince the house to go after another houseguest that is not in his alliance.
You'd Expect: Zakiyah is vetoed and another houseguest goes home.
Instead: Paulie doesn't use the veto and Zakiyah went home that week.
What's worse: Bridgette blew up Paulie's game and got him sent out of the house the following week. When Zakiyah got to the jury house Da'Vonne told her Paulie was against her by not using the veto on him causing them to have a huge argument (they did make up later).
** It is the final 7, and Nicole has won HOH. She has nominated Michelle and Paul. Michelle, believing that Paul is the target, feels comfortable (even more so when James encourages her not to campaign as he believed Nicole had his back), unknowing to the fact that Nicole made an alliance with Paul.
You'd Expect: Michelle to at least talk to Nicole and try to campaign to stay.
Instead: At the eviction, the vote is tied 2-2. Nicole breaks the tie, sending out Michelle, who was absolutely shocked.
- From the same season, it is the final five. Paul and Victor have a final four deal with Nicole and Corey.
You'd Expect: They would be wary about this naturally.
Instead: Nicole and Corey target them and Victor goes out. They are shocked.
- Paul wins final head of household - he can evict Nicole, or James. He can evict someone who has hidden behind people most of the game, or someone who has made moves and avoided nomination for over 90 days.
You'd Expect: He would take James.
Instead: He takes Nicole - and finishes in second.
- Big Brother 19 has just started and nobody is out for blood. The first POV challenge is underway, and the first stage is a team competition. There is a catch: if someone takes a golden apple, they gain safety for the week, but their whole team is disqualified.
You'd Expect: Nobody to take the silly apple because why would you do that when nobody's after you yet? It's a gameplay suicide button!
Instead: Paranoid Josh takes it.
Worse: He starts screaming, cussing, and carrying on that no one is going to eliminate him.
Even Worse: This sets in motion a chain of events that dooms Jillian's game.
Result: Josh cements himself as emotionally disturbed among the houseguests.
- Ramses (19) is trying not to get on Paul's bad side and win friends in the house. He also has been cursed by Paul's choice to take the Pendant of Protection and must put himself up a special exclusive third nominee elimination in the upcoming three weeks after Paul took it. The problem is, if he wins a Power of Veto competition, he can take himself off the board and lock in the pawns Paul is trying to use to backdoor Cody by winning the POV and swapping one out for his real target, allowing Cody to revive his game.
You'd Expect: Ramses to steer clear of Paul's coup against Cody by not putting himself up as a nominee when he has two more weeks to burn.
Instead: Ramses springs his curse and proves to be a Spanner in the Works to Paul, furthering the rift between them.
Worse: He walks into a room with Paul, then hastily darts back out the door, making it painfully clear he's trying to avoid the man. Even Paul says, "What an idiot!" verbatim about this incident in the Diary Room.
Even Worse: Ramses doesn't really trust anybody in the house, and Paul knows it. Paul tries to talk Ramses into throwing the POV challenge with the guarantee he will owe Ramses one. Ramses initially tries to adhere to an honor code where he promised his family he would not throw a challenge, but decides rather half-heartedly to throw it anyway. He still ends up with the second-best time out of anyone else while trying in earnest to fail, only beaten by Paul. Paul calls BS on this, assuming Ramses was playing to win, and now Ramses is stuck up the creek without a paddle. Even though Paul is able to get Cody on the chopping block as planned, Ramses has painted a huge target on himself for simply getting in the way.
Worst of All: Ramses blew up his gameplay all because he was too paranoid to sit still and avoid attracting attention to himself. And Cody still made it back into the game through the Battle-Back Showdown, after defeating Paul, Jessica won the next HOH following this, and put Ramses up as a pawn next to Josh. He ended up being voted out when Paul got the house to flip. In short, Ramses annoying Paul was the reason he was kicked out. And because Cody undid his eviction, Ramses was technically the next to go after the fact he annoyed Paul.
- Big Brother 19, a corollary to the above. Jessica wins the Head of Household, and wants to go after Josh and eventually Paul. she also wins the power of veto, giving her full control over the nominations. However, she's been rattled by the house getting increasingly nastier with her and fears their retaliation if she puts up a big target.
You'd Expect: She would nominate Josh and someone on his side like Paul, Raven, Alex, Jason, Christmas, Matt, or Kevin...
Instead: She nominates Ramses and Josh... and then doesn't take him off the block. She debated long and hard over doing so, but when it came down to it, she choked.
Result: Paul obviously works over the house to flip the vote.
- Big Brother 19, a corollary to the above. Jessica wins the Head of Household, and wants to go after Josh and eventually Paul. she also wins the power of veto, giving her full control over the nominations. However, she's been rattled by the house getting increasingly nastier with her and fears their retaliation if she puts up a big target.
- From the same season, the entire house proves to be among the stupidest series of houseguests since Big Brother 16.
You'd Expect: That since Paul, as a returning player, is subject to mysterious twists of luck, and even got the first temptation that gave him several weeks immunity, they would know that they would be cast as pawns in the show that lets Paul win, and the second his immunity is up, get him right out.
Instead: They align with him in a big group, multiple people making a "Final two" with him.
Worse: Paul is actively rotating between alliance and trying to pick people off without drawing attention to himself, hoping the sub-alliances will implode and the hangers-on will either be forced to rely on him to further themselves through the game or less likely to beat him in the competitions/jury vote. The head of households state multiple times to the evicted player "You weren't my target", and nobody sees anything wrong with this.
- Alex, Paul, and Jason try to cast a rogue vote at an eviction block pawn, Matt, that makes Kevin look bad in 19. The duty ends up passed onto Jason.
You'd Expect: Only Jason to cast his rogue vote.
Instead: Alex botches her vote by having a deer-in-headlights moment on live TV and also votes for Matt.
Result: Two rogue votes looks suspicious as hell and gets unwanted attention, and gets a rise out of Kevin when he gets questioned that leads to Alex and Jason getting into deep trouble.
Worse: Alex becomes even more determined to get Kevin out of the house and forces Jason into a plan that he doesn't like, and he ends up turning against his own alliance in a very unpleasant Catch-22 situation when he wins the Power of Veto and would rather send a showmance packing over Kevin, and chaos erupts as houseguests start crying foul at Jason and Kevin. When Matt goes home, Jason is ultimately targeted over Kevin and taken out in a blindside orchestrated by Paul and Christmas.
- Jason is supposed to target Matt and Raven as Paul's ally, but Alex, his closest ally, wants him to target Kevin, and Paul claims this is what he wants, too (when in reality, all he wants is for Matt to go out this week). He also promises to Raven that she's going to be taken off the block in a passing whisper. Jason later wins the Golden Power of Veto.
You'd Expect: For Jason take Raven off the block and put up Kevin.
Instead: Jason lets his friendship with Kevin interfere with his responsibility and doesn't use the Veto as planned. This, after willfully working to win this POV.
Worse: When Matt and Raven are about to have a falling out with him, Jason delays the inevitable cowers in the Storage Room and spends most of the rest of the day trying to avoid them.
Even Worse: When Jason finally mentally prepares himself to handle their wrath, Matt and Raven call him out on not delivering on his promise, and further questioning on their part on if he remembers that he told Raven she'd be taken off the block reveals that he ENTIRELY FORGOT that he promised her that.
Result: Paul uses this as his chance to get Jason out of the house after Matt gets evicted by playing up his apparent untrustworthiness next to his competitive threat to Josh and Christmas, manipulates all his allies, including his backstab targets, to all throw the next HOH to Christmas while Jason is ineligible to compete, then instigating a tie (Paul and Josh versus Alex and Raven) that Christmas uses under his instructions to blindside Jason with when she breaks it.
- The Big Brother 19 house is widely considered to be one of the stupidest houses to ever play the game. One notable instance that happened multiple times, culminating in the week 10 eviction.
You'd Expect: That since people were asked to be on the block or were nominated as a pawn and kept nominated on Eviction day, that would be a red flag, since being nominated means that there is a possibility of being evicted
Instead: Matt and Jason end up evicted, and they're shocked when it happens.
- Paul browbeats Josh into helping to evict Jason during the second Double Eviction Week of 19. Josh clearly hates the idea and is brought to tears in the act of carrying out the deed, knowing that this will upset Jason (which it does), because it is a backstab that will leave blood on his hands. Then, Alex subsequently wins the HOH and puts Kevin and Raven on the block. As luck would have it, Josh then wins POV. Josh also mentioned he could (emotionally) blow up the house if he needed to.
You'd Expect: Josh to detonate Christmas's game, who is treating him like shit and forcing him to play in a way that he hates, causing Alex to be moved to put her up for eviction, and then use the Power of Veto on Kevin. Then Josh could subsequently go to Kevin and bury the hatchet for their previous spats. Paul would be much harder to sell as a target than Christmas to either Kevin or Alex and incredibly hard to gun for first, and Raven has acted unreliable, so if Josh took her off the block, chances are he wouldn't have the force needed to topple Christmas. Given that Josh was crying all throughout the night in lament, Kevin would probably sympathize with Josh, understand Paul is a threat and the reasoning behind going after Christmas (take out his number two, then take out the big guy himself next week) and help him execute a two-vote knockdown against Paul's lone vote for Raven, with Paul unable to vote for Christmas or else it would look bad. Josh would then be able to rat Paul out to Alex and Kevin and Raven with ease and all of the alliances would be broken. Paul would then spend the next week freaking out and scrambling to pull all the pieces together.
Unfortunately: This, being the second eviction of a live hour-long episode that is now down to its last twenty minutes or so, gives Josh barely any time to cool off from the previous vote, and he has preciously little time to plan ahead.
Instead: Josh finally suffers a complete emotional meltdown and cannot bring himself to use the Power of Veto because he is afraid of how his own "final three" allies will erupt on him. The live studio audience even groans in agony upon hearing this because they want to see Paul get played, having seen from night one just how much of a snake he can be.
Worse: While Josh goes rouge and votes for Kevin, who he dislikes immensely, Paul and Christmas, as they had planned from the beginning, go after Raven.
Result: Raven is evicted, and the entire house is in a state of sorrow and tears for the better half of the evening, with Josh retreating to his favored hideaway, the lounge, and sobbing inconsolably.
To Be Fair: Josh chose to side with Christmas in keeping Kevin in the game and voting out Raven, thus polishing off everyone who was in a showmance. He also became extremely close to Christmas as a personal friend, and wouldn't dare betray her (when he did vote her out at the Final Three, it was only because she was okay with it and chose to be the sacrificial evictee over Paul, who had gotten further than her in the final HOH and she felt it was fairer to let him go on ahead to the Final Two). Also, there was no way Josh could have called on Alex to invoke a tiebreaker because an odd number of people got to vote in the live eviction, and Josh is on bad terms with Kevin, doesn't really have much help from Raven, and is being controlled by both Paul and Christmas, those last two being his "alliance". And now that the house is down to the final five, the scales are balanced so that if Josh wanted to, he could flip on his own alliance, put them on the block, and call upon Alex and Kevin to be his numbers when it is much more stable.
Saving Grace: Josh resolved to win the very next HOH (and he did) and use that power to mount an unholy vengeance. And even if things don't go well, Josh plans on stopping Paul from making it any further than the final three- and by hiding his true motive while working under Paul and waiting for a moment when Paul has no chance of stopping him, is currently doing the smartest thing anybody new to the game this season has thought up. And instead of going after Paul directly, Josh does the one thing that ultimately- he rats out Paul in EVERY SINGLE GOODBYE MESSAGE to the people he was made to evict. This ultimately secures his victory over Paul by one vote because his game is honest to the end.
- Paul and Josh are competing in the final leg of the final HOH Competition in BB 19, and a question about Alex comes up. They are asked what they think Alex said made worst moves in the game. It's either A: Herself, or B: Jessica.
You'd Expect: Paul to answer "B", because Alex is the type of person who is too vain to own up to her failure in the house, and obviously hated Jessica's guts.
Instead: Paul answers "A" (probably assuming rather arrogantly that Alex regrets her own stupidity after he played her like a fiddle) while Josh answers "B", causing Josh to pull ahead with enough points they don't even need to go to the final question (about Kevin), because Josh now has enough of a lead that he wins automatically.
Result: Paul has no control over his fate in the game anymore. He could've gone to the end with Christmas, but must go to the Final Two with Josh (because Christmas has decided to take third and bow out gracefully, albeit tearfully), and Josh turned out to be his worst nightmare. Because of what he did in the background to blow up Paul's game, Paul looks like a fool in front of most of the jurors while Josh looks like a genius. As a result, Paul suffered the same fate as Vanessa Rousso when she bombed a trivia question on Johnny Mac at her final HOH competition in Season 17- the Big Bad is punished for getting rid of one of their biggest targets in the house in an obsessive, vicious, and unsportsmanlike pursuit (Jessica), only his case is also Laser-Guided Karma for backstabbing Alex.
- Paul himself. His plan is to evict a threat (Jason) without it being traced to him. However, this plan involves a tied vote... and the tiebreaker is Christmas, his number one ally.
You'd Expect: That in order to not annoy Alex, someone who he is afraid of, he would maybe consider tossing Kevin.
Instead: Christmas casts the tiebreaker vote, and Jason immediately traces it back to him. Furthermore, Paul, having thrown the HOH competition himself to get Christmas as HOH, does not take the heat for this blindside, but due to winning the Golden Power of Veto and electing to not use it, Jason is able to finally connect the dots upon being evicted and recognize he's been played for a sucker (after spending the night of the eviction thinking it was just playing up the drama for good TV, as revealed in his exit interview on the live feeds... how gullible can you be?).
Worse: In the act of targeting Jason, Paul broke Josh, his number two ally, by forcing him to go through with a coup he really didn't want to enact, and once Alex wins HOH and tries to get Kevin out, Paul hijacks the vote and gets Raven out because all of his allies are the ones voting- and even while Josh is feeling too low to have the heart to help evict Raven, Paul is able to use Christmas to get the majority of the three. Paul thus makes the night even more painful by getting Raven out, worsening Josh's already downhearted state of mind, and when Josh wins the very next HOH, Josh is highly inclined to take Paul out of the game. It takes a lot of talking down and skillful reasoning from both Paul and Christmas to make him simmer down.
Even Worse: When Paul has an opportunity to evict Kevin without getting much blood on his hands, he prunes Alex herself directly. Paul actually cannot bring himself to do it behind her back because, as her friend, he himself is against this, but wants to take her out of the game much in the same way he did to Jason- before she surpasses him. Alex spends every waking moment after the betrayal HATING the living daylights out of Paul for doing this to her, perhaps even worse than if he did it covertly, and continues to hate him through her eviction and long after it is over, on the Jury, and finally throws it back at him when she casts her vote.
Result: Alex and Josh both effectively kill Paul's game. Josh commits the ultimate below the belt move and explodes Paul's game through the goodbye messages to the Jury. As in the one thing not even Paul is able to know about until the end of the game, which takes him for a shock when he realized Josh managed to outplay even him, and ends up being one of the most ingenious power plays in the history of the show. The Jury is left feeling so embittered by Paul's lies that once again, they get thrown back in his face and he suffers another 5-4 loss. Why? Alex (much like Da'Vonne) flipped on him for stabbing her in the back while Josh had the integrity to come at her from the front, and the other four votes came from half a showmance (Cody, whose partner Jessica went out the week before Jury started), the showmance Marlena (Mark and Elena), and Jason (Alex's closest ally) who were fed up with him after he plotted to kick them out.
- From Over the Top, a twist brings about two power of vetoes awarded to the top two finishers in the veto competition. With three left and Justin up, Justin essentially chooses who wins the first Veto by merely saying who he would like to compete against in a speed-Pentomino-puzzle competition
You'd Expect: That he would ensure that Danielle (who was already nominated, and by the viewer vote, meaning that if she were taken off then the head of household could not name anyone as a replacement) would get the veto by choosing to compete against Alex, who is not on his side of the house.
Instead: He picks Danielle, essentially giving Alex a veto that she was not gong to use, and removing a vote from his side of the house on eviction night. He then proceeds to win the veto, not throwing it to Danielle at all.
To Be Fair: Justin probably figured that since Alex proved to be very good at the pentomino puzzles, there was no way he could beat her - and that if Danielle was taking the block, the focus would be on Kryssie (Since under that circumstances, Scott's target, Shane, wouldn't be able to be nominated), and that if Alex were to use her veto, he could have gone up since a veto did not make him immune.
- Big Brother Canada:
- The entire Big Brother Canada house during a task Peter is given. The task basically consisted of Peter planting some of Tom's items and changing his black and white picture, with a coloured one. Everyone goes into panic and Emmett and Jillian assume they have to find all the items as part of a game. Naturally, this is Played for Laughs.
- Alec and Peter. Alec for one throws a veto to keep Peter in the game. Arisa immediately tells him "Why did you do that?". Then during the second double eviction... Peter wins veto. He has such an opportunity to throw a wrench into Jillian and Emmett's plans and use it, forcing Emmett to put up Andrew. However, he doesn't and evicts Topaz. He paints a huge target on his back and proceeds to remove any possible ally.
- In the final four, Emmett has the final power of Veto. He and his ally Jillian are pretty much bound for the Final Two at this point.
You'd Expect: That he would take the sure bet and evict Gary, who had shown himself to be capable of winning competitions and who had time to schmooze to the Jury.
Instead: He tells Talla that he's evicting her, and does it. Subsequently, he put himself in the final three with Gary, who was capable of winning competitions. Gary proceeded to win the final Head of Household and evicted Emmett. And had it not been for Topaz's misunderstanding the rules of voting at the end, would have won.
- In Season 3, everyone is Head of Household, and make nominations on the first day based off of first impressions. Whoever wins Power of Veto gets to name the replacement nominee. Sindy (With an S) does this.
You'd Expect: Since she's there to win the game, she'd put up a physical threat or maybe another mental threat like Naeha.
Instead: She nominates Pilar.
- From the same season, Jordan nominates himself to go on the block as a pawn to disguise his and Zach's alliance. This is commonly seen as a bad move from the start (pawns go home), but it goes further.
You'd Expect: He'd compete hard for the Veto to take himself off, since that's what anybody nominated would do.
Instead: He throws the Veto, trusting that somebody else will take him off. Unsurprusingly, Zach decides he'd rather keep the nominations the same, and Jordan is evicted soon after. To his credit, it wasn't a unanimous vote (Godfrey was the target all along) but putting yourself in danger of eviction is still one of the dumbest things ever.
- Season 3 has been a veritable conga line of these: Bobby doesn't realize he's the target, but in order to keep himself safe, he invents a fake veto.
You'd Expect: That he would keep his mouth shut about it.
Instead: He tells everybody about having it, and then volunteers to get nominated. To be fair, he at the very least tried to compete in the veto.
- During the triple eviction, Brittnee wins head of household, nominates Pilar, Kevin, and Zach. Bruno wins veto, and takes off Zach. The votes go to save whoever is left.
You'd Expect: That if any girl had to go, she would nominate Ashleigh, since that would remove a potential ally for the Diaper alliance, and securing an ally, and that Sarah would vote to save Willow, since Willow had grown to be her closest ally.
Instead: She nominates Willow, and Sarah votes to save Pilar, resulting in one of her closest allies besides Brittnee leaving and keeping someone who would follow Zach to the end.
- Godfrey wins the final Head of Household, the only one he's ever won. He has a choice between taking Ashleigh or Sarah.
You'd Expect: That Godfrey would take Ashleigh, who had a strong finish (Three consecutive veto wins) but ultimately was never gunned for and seen as following Zack's lead the entire game
Instead: He takes Sarah, getting a crushing 7-2 loss in the jury vote.