He finally got to play his own game without Christie, but then Tommy was evicted on Big Brother 21 just one week later. The votes were up to Cliff and Nicole on Thursday night's episode, and they chose to keep the showmance in the game instead of Tommy. It was maybe not the smartest decision for a host of reasons, and fans are pretty upset with how things went down.
Tommy had promised loyalty to Nicole and Cliff and pledged to throw the HoH to them if they kept him in the game. Michie and Holly, meanwhile, will only ever be loyal to each other. Whereas Tommy would have picked Nicole in the Final 2 had he made it there, if Michie and Holly are given the power, they'll pick each other.
Initially, Cliff and Nicole were leaning towards keeping Tommy, because having a showmance in the final stages of the game is a huge threat. But then Michie made up a bunch of complete lies about how Tommy was still loyal to him, and it scared Nicole and Cliff enough that they voted Tommy out. That house meeting/fight will air on Sunday's episode, and from the looks of the teaser, it's going to be pretty hard to watch. (Also, Cliff and Nicole may think Tommy is loyal to Michie, but Holly is definitely loyal to Michie. Wouldn't it be best to get out the sure thing?)
Michie has not been a fan fave this season, and seeing him and his showmance partner Holly advance when Cliff and Nicole could have split them up upset a lot of fans.
Some Said They Were Done Watching
It's hard to watch people make moves you don't agree with on this show, or to watch your fave get sent home. Sometimes it gets to the point where you're just done.
Others Just Felt Bad For Tommy
It would be one thing if Tommy had done the stuff Michie said, but to go up against complete lies is tough. Tommy was sobbing in the clip fans were shown of the fight. It was honestly hard to stomach, so Sunday's show is going to be a doozy.
Most Fans Thought Cliff And Nicole Made A Bad Game Move
Nicole is the HoH, so she's safe for now. But even if she puts up Michie and Holly, there's still a chance that Cliff could go home. If Holly or Michie win the Veto, Cliff would have to go up in their place, and Holly or Michie would cast the deciding vote — sending Cliff packing. Michie has won a ton of Vetoes this season, so his odds of winning are looking good. If he manages to stay, and he or Holly win the next HoH, you can bet they're gonna choose each other to go to Final 2, leaving Nicole and Cliff in the dust.
They could have won if they'd picked Tommy, but Nicole and Cliff fell for Michie's manipulation. It may have been a $500,000 mistake, and fans are over it. Maybe next season the cast will make some better decisions. But now, Nicole and Cliff's fate could be sealed.