Big Brother 21: Cliff Hogg III’s best moves

Cliff Hogg III, houseguest on the CBS series BIG BROTHER, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Cliff Hogg III, houseguest on the CBS series BIG BROTHER, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /

Now that Big Brother until next year, it’s time to take a look back at the season that was. Now, we are reflecting on the cast of Big Brother 21’s best game moves. The next person we will look at is Cliff Hogg III.

Cliff Hogg III was the 8th member of the jury on Big Brother 21. He was known for his positive attitude, strategic deal making, and his social prowess.

Cliff started off Big Brother 21 in a weak position. On Day 1, he ran for Camp Director and didn’t receive a single vote. He was on the outside of the Gr8ful alliance, looking in. Camp Director Jackson Michie banished him on Day 1, but he returned to the house.

Cliff was then nominated for eviction on week 1 alongside Kathryn “Kat” Dunn. When Sam Smith won the Power of Veto that week, he used it to save Cliff. Ovi Kabir was nominated in Cliff’s place and Ovi was evicted 12-0.

In week 3, it looked like Cliff had integrated himself somewhat with the majority alliance. He’d even formed a side alliance with Nicole Anthony and Ovi (who was in Camp Comeback) called “Fellowship of the Zing” with the intention of undermining Gr8ful.

However, Christie Murphy overheard Cliff’s strategy talk with the cameras and this made him a big target. He was nominated in week 3 alongside Jessica Milagros. When Kathryn “Kat” Dunn won the Power of Veto, she used it to save Jessica. Nicole Anthony was nominated in her place. Nicole was HOH Nick Maccarone’s target that week. On eviction night, Cliff was blindsided in a 6-4 vote. However, he returned to the Big Brother house after winning the Camp Comeback Competition.

Shortly after returning, Cliff won HOH and the tides started to turn. Cliff nominated Jack Matthews and Michie for eviction, with the intention of evicting Jack. However, Michie won the Power of Veto and Christie had the Panic Power in her back pocket. The Panic Power would allow Christie to turn to the Golden Power of Veto into the Diamond Power of Veto. Knowing this, Cliff made a deal with Christie to keep Christie from using the Panic Power. Isabella “Bella” Wang was the replacement nominee as a result and evicted in an 8-2 vote.

Cliff was able to stay safe for 2 weeks after his HOH reign. During week 6, Cliff formed the Cliff’s Angels with Kat, Nicole, and Jessica. The four targeted Jack Matthews and were able to get him evicted after Jessica won HOH and POV that week.

In week 7, Cliff was nominated for eviction by HOH Tommy Bracco. This time, he was nominated alongside Kat and Christie (who was nominated through losing America’s Field Trip). However, Tommy’s target was Kat. Just before the eviction, Nick made a deal with Cliff to keep him safe and target Michie later. Cliff took the deal, upsetting Kat. However, Kat was evicted in a 6-1 vote.

Michie ended up finding out about the deal Cliff made with Nick but Cliff didn’t become a target as a result. Instead, Michie and Holly Allen made a final 4 deal with Cliff and Nicole. This kept Cliff and Nicole safe all the way until the final 4.

Along the way, Cliff volunteered to be nominated in week 10 as the replacement nominee to throw the scent off of his alliance. He stayed in a 4-0 vote. On the backend of week 10’s Power of Veto Competition, Cliff won the Power of Veto and kept nominations the same.

The turning point in Cliff’s game came at the final 5. He had been nominated for eviction alongside Tommy. When Nicole won the Power of Veto, she used it to save Cliff. This meant Michie’s showmance Holly had to be nominated in Cliff’s place. Nicole and Cliff made a deal with Tommy that Tommy would throw final 4 HOH and go after Michie.

However, Michie overheard this and used the information to lie about Tommy. Cliff and Nicole didn’t believe this. However, Cliff still wanted no part of keeping Tommy as he felt he had a better chance if Holly stayed. Holly made a deal with Cliff and Nicole to keep her in the game by offering to throw HOH and POV. Cliff and Nicole took this deal and Tommy was evicted 2-0.

After Tommy’s eviction, Cliff cemented what he thought was a final 2 with Michie. However, Michie wanted no part of it. Michie felt burned by Cliff and Nicole after they even thought about betraying Holly.

At the final 4, both Cliff and Holly threw the HOH Competition to Nicole. Nicole nominated Michie and Holly for eviction. However, Michie won the Power of Veto that week and had the sole vote to evict as a result. Michie chose to evict Cliff. Cliff became one of only two players to be evicted from the Big Brother house 3 times in a season. The other was Big Brother 18 fan favorite Victor Arroyo III.

On finale night, Cliff gave his jury vote to Michie. He was also one of three finalists for America’s Favorite Player. However, he lost to Nicole.

Cliff’s best moves of Big Brother 21

Cliff had two good moves during his time in Big Brother 21. The first one won’t be popular with the fans but it is smart when you take the time to thoroughly examine it.

The first good move he made was the deal with Christie in week 4 to avoid having Christie use her Panic Power. If Cliff makes this deal but goes back on it and nominates Christie instead of Bella, he’s a huge target the following week with no means of protection. Cliff wasn’t exactly a competition beast and likely nobody else would’ve saved him at that point.

Cliff’s other good move was his final 4 deal with Michie, Holly, and Nicole. That move got them all the way to the final 4. If you’re at the final 4, you have a chance to win. At that point, Cliff was likely the front-runner to win the game too. I feel if he had gotten to the final 2, he would’ve beaten anyone, even Michie. His social game was that strong.

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