Big Brother 8 aired on July 5, 2007, on the CBS network with the finale ending on September 18, 2007.
Season 8 was slightly different than the other seasons of Big Brother where 11 house guests entered the house while 3 other house guests watched via the spy screen in the HOH room. Dick, Jessica and Dustin were able to spy on the other house guests as they got to know each other. The separation was part of this season’s twist where 3 groups of enemies were pitted against one another. The twist revealed that Dick and his daughter Daniele were estranged, Jessica and Carol were former best friends, and Joe and Dustin were ex-boyfriends.
The 11 house guests were then put into pairs for the first HOH competition. The pairs consisted of Eric & Kail, Jameka & Joe, Jen & Zach, Mike & Daniele, and Amber & Carol. With an odd number of house guests, one had to sit out the first HOH competition which was Nick. This first HOH competition was called “Mushroom Madness” where the pairs were split up, one would answer true/false questions and the other sat on a mushroom top that spun faster and faster for each wrong answer their partner gave. Eric and Kail successfully answered the most questions right and stayed on their mushroom the longest, winning the first HOH competition. Following the first HOH competition the 11 house guest were told that the 3 house guests up in the HOH could not be eliminated the first week. In addition to not being in the running for eviction the first week the house guests learned that the 3 house guests in the HOH room were going to decide which house guest, Kail or Eric would become the head of household. Dick, Jessica and Dustin all decided that Kail would become the first HOH as she was the one to ride and stay on top of the mushroom. As the 11 house guests re-entered the house from the backyard, the other 3 house guests came down from the HOH room to introduce themselves. At the end of the first episode the viewing public learned that Eric had been chosen to be America’s Player, who would attempt to complete tasks chosen by the viewers through a voting system.
Week 1 – The house guests competed in a food competition called “Butter Me Up” where the house guests were divided into two teams (Red team: Amber, Dick, Jen, Dustin, Carol, and Mike against the Blue team: Daniele, Jameka, Nick, Eric, Zach, Joe, and Jessica). The red team won the food competition winning the ability to eat food for the week, while the blue team was only able to eat slop. A couple days later as HOH Kail nominated two house guests for eviction: Carol and Amber. During the power of veto competition called “Hide & Seek Veto”, Daniele won. Over the course of the next few days the house guest Jen was starting to get on the other’s nerves and Daniele considered using the POV to backdoor her but ultimately chose not to use it leaving the nominations the same. On day 12, Carol was the first house guest evicted from the big brother house by a vote of 10-1.
Week 2 – During the HOH competition “Majority Rules”, Jen won by correctly answer the most questions on how the majority would answer the questions. The following day the house guests were divided into red and blue teams to compete in the food competition called “Name that pie”. The blue team won, making the red team (Daniele, Jessica, Amber, Joe, Jameka and Kail) eat slop for the week. On day 14, Jen nominated Dick and Daniele for eviction, adding that they were the most negative people in the house. During the Power of Veto Competition called “Cutthroat Christmas” Daniele won, in addition Dick won a Plasma TV, Amber won the punishment of being handcuffed to another house guest, Mike won a date with another house guest, Joe won a slop pass, and Jen won the punishment of wearing the red unitard for the week. During the Power of Veto Ceremony, Daniele used the veto and Jen nominated Joe as the replacement nominee. On day 20, by a vote of 9-1 Joe was the second person evicted from the big brother house.
Week 3 – In the HOH competition called “Getting Schooled” Dick won by correctly answering the most true/false questions regarding school subjects. The next day the house guests competed in the food competition called “Mission In Pasta Bowl”. The following day Dick nominated Kail and Jen for eviction. In the power of veto competition called “Mad Hatter”, Jen won and during the veto ceremony she used the POV to save herself. Dick then nominated Mike as the replacement nominee. By a vote of 7-2 Mike was evicted from the big brother house.
Week 4 – In the HOH competition called “Eliminator” Dustin won by correctly answering a series of questions regarding the first three evicted house guests. On the next day the house guests competed in the food competition called “Humpty Scramble” where the first team to put their puzzle together got to choose which five house guests would be on slop for the week. Jessica and Jameka finished first and picked Jen, Kail, Dick, Zach and Nick to be on slop for the week. As HOH Dustin nominated Kail and Jen for eviction which happened to be the second week in a row they had been nominated. During the power of veto competition called “Vincent Van Veto” Jameka won. Following the competition Jameka and other house guests suspected that Jen had thrown the competition for Jameka to win. Dick confronted Jen about throwing the competition and she denied it. During the power of veto ceremony Jameka used the veto on herself and Dustin nominated Nick in her place. Part of the reason for nominating Nick was due to Eric convincing everyone that Nick was the mystery vote for Kail the week prior when in fact it was Eric’s America’s Player vote. On day 34, Nick was the fourth house guest evicted from the big brother house by a vote of 6-2.
Week 5 – In this week’s endurance HOH competition called “Times Up” the house guests had to hang upside down on pendulums. After 2 hours of hanging upside down, Kail let go in an agreement for safety letting Daniele win the HOH. On day 35, Daniele nominated Jen and Kail and told Kail privately that she was just a pawn. Daniele suspected that Eric was the mystery vote for Kail two weeks prior which resulted in her best friend Nick being evicted. In the Power of Veto competition called “The Numbers Don’t Lie” Jen won by agreeing to wear the big brother bunny suit for 120 hours. Zach, Kail, and Daniele agreed to dump smelly funk on themselves 24 times every hour, in addition to having to eat slop for 720 hours. She also agreed to only accept half of the prize money if she won big brother 8. Kail and Jameka also gave up their right to compete in the next 5 HOH competitions. During the power of veto ceremony Jen used the veto on herself and Daniele nominated Eric as the replacement nominee. By a vote of 4-3 Kail was the fifth house guest evicted from the big brother house.
Week 6 – In the HOH competition called “Let’s Make a Duel” Jessica won by correctly answering the questions on which statements were made by the evicted house guests. During the food competition called “House of Rock” Dick, Dustin, Daniele, and Jen lost making them eat slop for the week. Dick had found a slop pass during the competition and gave it to Jen to win her vote. During the nomination ceremony Jessica nominated Dick and Daniele for eviction. On the following day the house guests competed in the power of veto competition called “Shot for Shot” where Dick won. On day 45, Dick made a surprising move and opted to use the veto not on himself but to save his daughter Daniele from eviction. This is the first time since big brother 3 that a house guest on the block did not use the veto to save themselves. As HOH Jessica then nominated Dustin as the replacement nominee. As America’s Player Eric was tasked with campaigning for Dick to stay and by a vote of 4-2 Dustin was evicted from the big brother house.
Week 7 – In the HOH competition called “Strange Visitors” the house guests were asked question about the visitor they had received the night before where a number of strange characters, including the Mad Hatter came into the house. During competition the house guests were asked questions about the visitors where Daniele correctly answered the most questions right. Following the competition, Daniele and Dick made an alliance deal with Jessica and Eric calling themselves the “Little Julie Chens” alliance. As the HOH, Daniele nominated Jameka and Amber for eviction. For the food competition called “Slop Pong” the blue team (Daniele, Amber, Jameka, and Jen) lost. As Daniele was the HOH for the week she was not put on slop like the others. During the power of veto competition Daniele won the golden power of veto, in addition to her and Amber winning an opportunity to go on the reality game show Power of 10. In the power of veto ceremony Daniele chose to use the veto and took Amber off the block and nominated Jen as the replacement nominee. In an act of defiance Jen ate food while on slop and was given a penalty nomination, in addition to starting a fight with Dick where she was burned by his cigarette. Jen later destroyed all of Dicks cigarettes by pouring bleach on them. On day 55, Jen was evicted from the big brother house by a vote of 6-0.
Week 8 – In the HOH competition called “Tanks for the Memories” Jessica won by correctly answering a series of A or B questions. The following day the house guests were treated to a Luxury Competition where they were split up into a men’s and women’s group. The women won a two minute shopping spree. As HOH, Jessica nominated Zach and Amber for eviction. In the power of veto competition called “Catscratch Veto” Eric won and during the power of veto ceremony he chose not to use it. As a result Amber was evicted from the big brother house by a vote of 3-1.
Week 9 – In the HOH competition called “Big Brother Tea Party” Zach won and nominated Jessica and Jameka for eviction. On day 64, Big Brother alumni Janelle entered the house to host the power of veto competition called “Janelle-O-Vision”. Daniele won the veto, making it her fourth POV win and during the POV ceremony she chose to not use the veto. On day 69, Jessica was evicted from the big brother house by a vote of 2-1. Following her eviction the house guests were informed it would be a Big Brother Fast Forward / Double Eviction night. In the next HOH competition called “Before or After” Dick won and had to immediately choose two house guests for eviction, where he nominated Jameka and Eric. Right after nominations the house guests competed in the power of veto competition called “Niagara Balls” where Zach won. Zach decided not to use the veto and subsequently during the second eviction of the night Eric was evicted by a vote of 2-0.
Week 10 – In the HOH competition called “Picture This” Zach won and nominated Dick and Daniele for eviction. During the power of veto competition called “Big Brother Decoder” Daniele won making it her fifth veto win. During the veto ceremony Daniele used the veto and saved her dad Dick instead of using it on herself. As the sole vote Dick then voted to evict Jameka from the big brother house.
3 Part HOH Competition:
- HOH Part 1 Dick, Daniele & Zach competed: Zach won.
- HOH Part 2 Dick & Daniele competed: Dick won.
- HOH Part 3 Dick & Zach competed: Dick won.
- Dick then won Big Brother 8 by a vote of 5-2, winning the grand prize of $500,000.
- Daniele won the runner up prize of $50,000.
- Eric was chosen by America as America’s Favourite Player, and was awarded the $25,000 prize.