Big Brother Recap: Did a Surprise Power Derail Christie's Nominations?

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The first nominations episode of the summer brought some much-needed drama to the Big Brother house. 

With Christie being both the HOH and part of the biggest alliance in the game, there were a lot of questions about what she would do. 

Christie Murphy on Big Brother Season 21

Kathryn emerged as a huge nomination target from the get-go.

She's too paranoid, and the other players are starting to wonder whether she has what it takes to be part of the game. 

Ovi, on the other hand, is trying to make conversation with Christie, and it just feels forced.

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He never had much to say to her before she won the competition, but then everyone started to notice he's being nice to everyone. 

That's a typical trait for someone who wants to play both sides of the house. From a gameplay standpoint, it's a good one, but he's in trouble now that people are on to him. 

Ovi Kabir on Big Brother 21

But Ovi is doing scheming behind closed doors, listening to everything that's going on, and that's how he heard Nick and Tommy talking about an alliance, and the word "eight" came up in the conversation. 

Christie is confused about who to nominate, and it's understandable. The first HOH can set up a target for the summer, and Christie could become the biggest target in the game in the weeks to come. 

She wasted no time in telling Kathryn that she could be taking a trip to the block, and Kathryn was mad, primarily because she was being told that she would be a pawn. It's a lame excuse at this stage of the game. 

Analyse Talavera  - Big Brother

Ovi turned to Analyse with the information about the "eight." That was his first big mistake:

Analyse, and Tommy have joined the Power Six, so this was just building a case to have Ovi put on the block. 

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The season's first Whacktivity competition may well change the game, however. Ovi managed to win the "Nightmare Power."

It gave him the power to wake the houseguests up in the middle of the night, and force the HOH to choose two new nominations, rendering the previous two safe. 

It's a huge power and one that Ovi knew he had to use wisely. 

Ovi Kabir - Big Brother

In a dumb move, he turned to Jack, Jackson, Christie, and Analyse to try to start a brand new alliance, fully knowing that they could be in an alliance without him. 

It's problematic, and he could have cost himself his place in the game. 

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Christie had some big decisions to make about her nominations. She had an issue with Kemi because she did not want to play the game as much as some of the others. 

In the end, though, she goes with Cliff and Kathryn. Targeting the oldest person in the house is not cool, but there's still a POV competition, and, of course, Ovi's power. 

Cliff Hogg III - Big Brother

The game is in session, and it looks like there are going to be some big changes on the horizon. 

What did you think of the twists?

Head on over to Big Brother Spoilers to find out what happens next. 

For now, we have until Tuesday to wait for a new episode. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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