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Another week on Big Brother is coming to an end, and against all odds, Christie Murphy has escaped another week without using her Nightmare Power. Instead, she was able to pull Cliff Hogg III aside and have him put one of her enemies up on the block: Isabella Wang. Like she has with others in the house, Christie dangled her power over Cliff's head, and effectively bent him to her will on a promise that she'll prevent his elimination for two weeks.
It was a huge play for "6 Shooters," who now still have Christie's power in play and will probably get back Jack and keep their team at full strength as everyone likely votes out Isabella. Of course, if Christie's smart, she's going to hold that power for as long as she possibly can, as the latest Big Brother gave the viewers the feeling that she could be one person in the alliance who Jack Matthews and Jackson Michie can do without.
Not to beat the drum about Jack and Jackson and how they deserve to leave (many believe they do), but Christie is certainly safe for as long as they believe her power is for them to use if necessary. Otherwise, she's just the erratic player on the alliance who is always convinced she's going up on the block. Jackson's comments of frustration in the confessional showed he sees that just as much as the Big Brother fans, which may mean he'll eventually target her.
Truth be told, it almost feels as though Christie could make a big move if she wasn't so hung up on Bella, because a majority of the house doesn't seem to like her that much to begin with. Christie could've not used her power, had Cliff put up Bella, but then voted out the controversial Jack with the others who want him gone and taken a major power position in Big Brother.
It would be a wild move that weakens her overall alliance by one, but a wonderful play in Christie's long-game. That vote would surely gain any support she'd lose for betraying the 6 Shooters, and probably make Jackson a lot more of a, still problematic, but compromising team player without his bro to help call the shots. Meanwhile, Christie is still holding on to her power, and could become the new person calling shots for a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, Christie's gameplay has been a bit too paranoid, and chances are she's too blinded by her need to eliminate the mischievous Bella than to make any bigger play available in the short-term. She has to remember her nightmare ability to upgrade the gold power of veto to diamond will end in a few weeks. After that, she may have nothing, so Christie needs to really be thinking about how she can use this power to help herself late-game.
Big Brother fans will see if it's Jack or Bella that goes home in a new episode on CBS, Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for more spoilers and analysis on the competition in the meantime, and frequent updates on what's happening in the world of television and movies.