"Throughout the history of PokéBeach Big Brother, the game has been characterized by its sets of friends and enemies... And this season is no different: a season composed entirely of All-Star competitors from PBB’s past, all with different relationships and experiences in this game. Will you keep your allegiances, reconcile with your past enemies, betray your friends, or do a combination of these? Only time will tell." - NinjaPenguin, BB8
|Big Brother 8: Friends & Enemies|
|Season Run||March 5th - April 26th, 2020|
|Previous Season||Big Brother 7: Sweet Sabotage|
|Next Season||Big Brother 9: Arcade|
Big Brother 8: Friends & Enemies is the eighth installment in the PokéBeach Big Brother series. It is the 2nd All-Star season (following BB5), and is a season that brought some of the strongest, most memorable players back to the house to play once again. It concluded with Lorde beating out Flour, becoming the first two-time winner in a unanimous 5-0 vote.
Twists and Mechanics
- Rhythm Rockets
- Achievement Unlocked
- Grid 16
- Nightmare Runner 2
- Feed the Beet Plus
- Dolphin Olympics 2
- Hasee Bounce
- Choppy Orc
Week 1 began with a pair of twists. First, every houseguest was barred from communicating privately with one of their past allies through the Spotlight twist. Second, the houseguests placing in the top half of the first HOH competition were saved through the HOH Division twist. Violet won the first HOH competition, Love, and Brave, Lorde, Jade, Ephemera, and Mirdo managed to save themselves through their scores. Violet chose to nominate Mae and Flour as pawns, as they were the only players eligible to be nominated as pawns that she was not aligned with. After winning the Rhythm Rockets Power of Veto competition, Violet took Flour off the block and nominated her real target, Hermes, whom she saw as a threat after his dominance in BB5. Although Hermes saw the backdoor coming, his lack of time and an unfortunate draw for the POV competition meant that he was unable to prevent it, and his lackluster social game and status as a threat meant that he was eliminated by a 9-0 vote.
After Hermes was evicted, the Houseguests were presented with a new competition, Read the Hecking Post, where they had to answer questions about a story that was posted at the beginning of the first week. Lorde won this competition, and immediately set a plan into motion. She told the other houseguests that they could each allocate five chips to their fellow houseguests and the houseguest with the most chips would be nominated. Violet, afraid of getting backdoored, had her allies all place chips to nominate herself and mirdo, so she could win the POV competition to get off the block. Lorde, meanwhile, manipulated other players in their chip placement so that the backdoor was not Jade, as Violet expected, but Ephemera, since they had told Flour that Lorde was one of their targets. After Violet won the Achievement Unlocked Power of Veto, Ephemera was backdoored and evicted by a unanimous vote, since nobody saw them as a close ally, with Lorde getting to use her chip system to learn information and backdoor her largest target without getting any blood on her hands.
With Week 3 came the end of the Spotlight but a new twist, Temptation Week, began. First, in the much-protested Grid 16 Head of Household competition, houseguests were able to choose between compete for HOH or secretly giving up their power to compete in competitions that week for the Backdoor Blockade, a power which allowed its holder to be able to prevent themselves from being backdoored and in the process evict the remaining player on the block. Mae, Jade, and Raven all opted for this temptation, with Raven secretly winning the Blockade. Meanwhile, Violet won the Head of Household competition, and after learning from Jade that she had chosen the temptation and could not compete in the Power of Veto competition, she chose to nominate Mae and him in order to break up a duo and other center of power in the house. Violet got the fastest time in the Power of Veto competition, Clockwork Cat, but was offered a temptation to give up the veto for the Bag of Bounty, which she accepted, meaning Alfze won the Power of Veto. Alfze used the veto on Mae to preserve their relationship and Mirdo volunteered to be a pawn and was nominated. At the vote, both Jade and Violet were confident the vote would go their way, since Jade had the Glycerine S.O.A.P. alliance with Alfze, Brave, and Mae and good relationships with Lorde and Flour after cooperating on the Ephemera backdoor, and Violet had the Azalea alliance with Lily, Raven, Lorde, and Flour (which was created by Lorde after gaining her information from Chip Week) and had pocketed Alfze. In the end, Violet prevailed as Lorde and Flour voted to evict Jade to appease her and Jade was evicted by a 5-2 vote, with only Brave and Mae voting to keep him, but as she was leaving Jade instructed Brave and Mae to work with Lorde and Flour going forward.
At the live Parroting Head of Household competition, which Mirdo won, the houseguests were surprised by the announcement that Mirdo would need to make his nominations live as well. Under pressure, Mirdo chose to nominate Flour and Mae, nominations which shocked his fellow houseguests. After one of his closest allies Violet erupted at him in frustration at the nomination of Flour, Mirdo spoke to Lorde about his distress and she saw an opportunity to make a move. After winning the Fibbage Power of Veto competition and saving her closest ally Flour, she used the information she had accumulated from Azalea about the Backdoor Blockade, Bag of Bounty, and discussion about Mirdo to convince Mirdo that Raven and Violet were manipulating him and consequently Mirdo backdoored Violet. In a tense vote, Lorde, Flour, Brave, and Mae united in the La Revolución alliance to save Mae, while Raven, Lily, and Alfze voted to save Violet. Mirdo, as the tiebreak vote, chose to evict Violet, ending her grip on the game.
After the dramatic vote of Week 4, Raven and Mirdo had a huge argument, through which Raven lied to Mirdo about his vote to convince him that Lorde and Flour had just manipulated Mirdo to get rid of Violet while breaking up the Raven-Mirdo duo. Mae won the Head of Household competition, Crazy Taxi, and chose to nominate Brave and Lily in a bizarre attempt to play the middle. After Mae also pulled out a win in the Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better competition, she chose to save Lily and concocted a plan to have Raven use the Backdoor Blockade as she nominated him, thus sending home her closest ally Brave automatically. Before that move went through, however, it was revealed that Mae was cheating and had been reading audience chat ideas, which had been intentionally manipulated after suspicion of her cheating to catch her by making her do bizarre moves, and she was removed from the game.
By Week 6, the house was firmly divided into two sides, with the remaining members of La Revolución on one side and the revived Raven-Mirdo duo on the other, with Raven pocketing Lily and Mirdo pocketing Alfze. Lorde won the Feed the Beet Plus Head of Household competition and nominated Raven and Alfze due to them being on the other side of the house and former allies of Violet. At the Logic Puzzle competition, Raven edged out Lorde to save himself, and she chose to nominate Lily in his place due to having some degree of a game relationship with Mirdo after the events of Week 4. At the eviction, Flour convinced the other members of La Revolución to evict Lily, while Raven and Mirdo split their votes, causing Lily to be evicted by a 3-1 vote but unifying Mirdo, Raven, and Alfze as a group of three in the game.
At the Bowling Masters competition, Lorde’s coaching helped Flour win HOH, allowing La Revolución to extend their winning streak. Flour chose to nominate Mirdo and Raven due to being the strongest competition threats on the other side of the house, and was soon proven correct when Mirdo won the Dolphin Olympics 2 Power of Veto and saved himself, leading Flour to nominate Alfze as the other member of the opposing side. It seemed to be the end for Raven, as the votes of Lorde and Brave in La Revolución would guarantee his eviction, but he managed to flip Brave to evict Alfze due to lingering distrust between Brave and Lorde after Lorde’s betrayal in BB4. However, Flour and Lorde worked in tandem to help expose to Mirdo that Raven had lied to him throughout the game, and Raven and Mirdo had another explosive argument, after which Mirdo swapped his vote to evict Raven. Frustrated by the game, Raven chose to walk from the game hours before he would have been evicted.
Desperate to win HOH for his alliance, Mirdo narrowly edged out Lorde in the Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe HOH competition and nominated Lorde and Flour due to seeing them as controlling the other side of the house. At the Ice Cream Machine Power of Veto competition, Lorde managed to achieve victory and save herself from eviction, with Mirdo nominating Brave in her place as the only remaining member of the other side. At the eviction, Lorde managed to use a rapidly transforming set of reasons to manipulate Mirdo into thinking that it was in his best interest to evict Brave instead of Flour. Unaware that Brave was planning to flip on Lorde, Mirdo bought that argument and got Alfze to swap his vote, causing Brave to be evicted by a 2-0 vote.
At the beginning of Week 9, the two sides of the house were once again even, with Lorde and Flour being against Mirdo and Alfze. Lorde cruised to victory in the Hasee Bounce HOH competition, and chose to nominate her rivals Alfze and Mirdo. At the live Power of Veto competition, the houseguests had to solve a new puzzle, Web of Lies, and figure out a code to win. Lorde achieved another victory and kept her nominations the same, allowing her ride-or-die Flour to evict Mirdo, leaving only the weakest houseguest at competitions, Alfze, to oppose them.
At the final Head of Household competition, Lorde emerged victorious in Part 1, having shattered the past record in the Multitask 2 competition. Flour then followed up her victory by winning Part 2, Choppy Orc, with the help of Lorde’s coaching to bring both members of the duo into Part 3 of the competition. Lorde won the final Know Your Jury competition and chose to evict Alfze, having made it to the end of the game with her closest ally and in the process making her the first three-time finalist and Flour the second two-time finalist in PBB history.
At the finale, Lorde chose to emphasize her big moves, major social presence, and ability to take advantage of opportunities to steer the course of the game in her case, while Flour argued that his under-the-radar strategic game and loyalty made him the deserving winner. In the end, the jury all sided with Lorde, unanimously voting for her in the jury and making her both the first two-time winner and the first winner of a Perfect Game in PBB history.