Big Brother 20 recap: Does Sam use her Power App to save one of the Bros?

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On Big Brother Season 20, both sides of the house question whether to keep Winston or Brett, and Tyler finds himself caught in the middle. Sam makes a decision about the Bonus Life, and another houseguest leaves the game.

It’s live eviction night, and it looks like the end of the line for Bros, Winston and Brett. Unless Sam does the smart thing, and uses her Bonus Life before it expires, securing herself an alliance and some safety.

Following Brett’s eviction speech, during which he takes a poke at Kaitlyn, the life coach swears that every “vision seeker,” “clairvoyant” and “spiritual person” in the world will come for Brett.

Karmic bitch slaps aside, the Level Six alliance has to figure out which Bro needs to go, and which Bro gets to stay. Rachel and Tyler see Winston as a bigger liability because he doesn’t win comps, and his poker face sucks.

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They need six votes to get Winston out and hope that JC and Sam — who have voted with them in the past — will work with them again.

On the other side of the house, Rockstar, Haleigh and Bayleigh feel keeping Winston is the best way to go, since his total lack of personality is a plus. He lacks all of Brett’s supposed charm (did the definition of charm change to  “never wears a shirt?”). Pec-flexing Brett has all the charm of a frat boy with a pocket full of roofies.

Tyler’s double-dealing threatens to be exposed. If he stays true to Level Six and votes out Winston, he’ll betray Kaitlyn and risk her wrath. In the Diary Room, Tyler admits Kaitlyn is bad for his game.

Winston swears he won’t campaign against Brett. Strangely, he doesn’t consider tugging at Sam’s heartstrings to secure her vote campaigning. He asks Sam straight up for her vote. Little does Winston know, Sam can give him way more than a vote.

Sam remains non-committal about using the Bonus Life. This should be a no-brainer. If she doesn’t use it, it will automatically go to whoever gets evicted next week. She needs to save one of the Bros who will owe her big time in return.

Instead of spending too much time on all the last-minute scrambling for votes, BB heads to Sam’s hometown to talk to her parents, Kitty and Dan. They reveal just how multi-faceted their daughter is. Sam has worked as a bartender, a waitress and a hairstylist. Kitty brags that Sam is a true artist (she paints and even has an interest in taxidermy) who loves to create things.

Sarah, Sam’s best friend, thinks Sam will win Big Brother because she’s got an innate ability to make people trust her. As far has her Power App goes, Kitty doesn’t think it was the best move for Sam to tell Kaitlyn who Kitty views as a “wild card.” Kitty wants Sam to hold on to the Bonus Life for herself but acknowledges her daughter has a heart of gold and is the kind of person to use it on someone else.

After 25 minutes that confirm how dull the Bros are, the time comes for the live vote. Brett goes balls to the wall, telling Kaitlyn he wants her vote because Rockstar plans to flip the vote and pin it on Kaitlyn moving forward.

Winston decides to remind everyone what a great duo he and Brett make and humbly asks for the votes to stay. Kaitlyn, Rockstar, Faysal, Bayleigh and Haleigh vote to evict Brett, while Rachel, Kaycee, Angela, JC and Tyler target Winston. Sam breaks the tie and votes to evict Winston.

There’s chaos in the house as soon as Winston exits. Kaitlyn makes a beeline for Tyler, obviously confused about how Winston wound up walking out the door, and Rockstar goes on a profanity-laden tirade against Brett.

Winston is shocked. He reveals to Julie Chen that at one point, he was told he by multiple people could relax because it was going to be a unanimous vote. Winston realizes his entire alliance voted against him. On his way out, Winston threw a friendship bracelet — a gift from Sam — on the ground. He doesn’t think Sammy is such a “sweetheart” anymore.

Julie questions Winston about what happens to Brett’s game now that Winston is gone, and Winston feels like Brett will be fine because the entire alliance has his back. Winston hopes there’s a big twist that will get him back inside the house so he can exact vengeance against the remaining members of his alliance, but Winston is gone, Bro, gone.

The power is up for grabs as the two sides of the house compete for HOH. The competition is called “Out On a Limb.” It’s an endurance comp with a woodsy theme. The last houseguest standing will be crowned to new Head of Household.

In what will come as no surprise to the Big Brother live feeders and die-hard fans, Julie addresses the controversy surrounding comments made by JC and Bayleigh. The conversation is question airs on the upcoming Sunday, July 22 show.

Next: Big Brother 20 recap: Is the bromance over?

Will Brett succeed in blowing up Rockstar’s game? Will Tyler’s vote end his alliance with Kaitlyn? Should Sam have used the Bonus Life? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Big Brother 20 airs Sundays at 8/7c, Wednesdays at 9/8c and Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS. Tune in on Sunday, July 22 to see who the new HOH nominates for eviction.