August 16, 2005 11:19 PM by Joe Blackmon
Big Brother 6 fans rallied to vote Kaysar Ridha back into the house. They spent money casting text votes. They spent time casting Internet votes. An overwhelming 4.1 million out of 5 million votes were cast to bring Kaysar back. But with one great big lie, all the best efforts of 82% of the Big Brother 6 America’s Choice voters were quickly undone.
In order to convince Kaysar to allow her to win the head of household competition, Jennifer Vasquez swears on her life that she will put up two members of her own team and then back door James Rhine. But Jennifer quickly goes back on her word and puts up two members of the opposing team. However, Jennifer still insists that she will honor the principal of her deal and back door James.
During the power of veto competition, every thing still looks to be going according to plan as James doesn’t even get the chance to compete. The power of veto competition is a “coaster challenge” where Big Brother houseguests toss coasters featuring evicted houseguests and score points by landing the coaster on a ring representing the week the pictured houseguest was evicted. Big Brother throws an interesting wrinkle into the competition (perhaps to discourage future back dooring) by adding a rule that if no one scores a point in the “coaster challenge” then no one wins the power of veto. However, plenty of points are scored, and Rachel wins the power of veto with six points.
Then, “The Friendship” team starts to turn. Angry over America’s failure to vote Eric back in the game, Maggie declares “this is our game not America’s.” Maggie also adds “They pissed me off by not putting Eric back in here. Damn you America, I had Kaysar evicted and he still came back.” Jennifer discusses with all her team members who she should nominate but still assures Kaysar again that she is sticking to the plan.
As anyone would expect, Rachel uses the power of veto to save herself. Then the game takes a sinister twist as Jennifer nominates Kaysar instead of James. Even James is left gasping and can’t belive he is safe. Jennifer then gloats, “I broke my word, duh. That’s a part of the game. It does not say anywhere in the rule book that you can’t lie and promise someone something and then break it later.” An angry Kaysar states “Forget integrity, forget honor, forget the deal. They wanted me out. They’ve just proven themselves to be cowards.”
While lying is common place in the Big Brother house, Jennifer’s lie was one of the most blatant in Big Brother history as it was told as part of a deal in the head of household competition. TV Guide and Battle of the Network Stars recently conducted a poll where Omarosa was voted most hated reality TV star of all time. Jennifer’s move in betraying perhaps the most popular Big Brother houseguest ever might very well change the outcome of that poll if it was conducted today.
While it certainly was in “The Friendships” best interest to eliminate Kaysar, it probably wasn’t in Jennifer’s best interest. By going back on her word, she has become the number one target of the opposing team. Maggie and Ivette were bigger targets before Jennifer painted a bullseye on herself. In Big Brother, part of the strategy is avoiding becoming a target. If Jennifer had stuck to her word, then she would have been safe regardless of which team had won head of household.