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Big Brother Blog: Mark stays alive, but could be in jeopardy

One of the guiltiest of summer TV's guilty pleasures is the latest season of "Big Brother" on CBS. The show, in which a group of strangers live together in a home under constant surveillance and compete with each other for a chance to win $500,000, has a local twist this year: Mark Jansen of Grand Island is one of the houseguests. This blog will keep readers up to date periodically throughout the summer and track Jansen's prospects for the big payday.

The upshot: The latest week in the Big Brother house was run by Jessica and her newly returned boyfriend, Cody. We previously learned that Jessica was given the final temptation from America, keeping her safe and stopping any eviction for the next four weeks that she may be in jeopardy. Soon after, Cody battled his way back into the game after being evicted the week prior. On Sunday, Jessica was crowned Head of Household by holding up the red light of a cardboard traffic light with one steady hand longer than everyone else in the house. After winning, Jessica made it clear to her housemates that when choosing who to put up on the block in jeopardy of going home, Ramses was a “pawn” in her eyes while Josh – Cody's arch-enemy – was her target to go home. To make things even better for Jessica, she also won the Power of Veto competition by memorizing ingredients to a smoothie recipe and correctly answering questions about what was included better than the rest of her housemates. On Thursday, Jessica and Cody, along with Mark and his girlfriend Eleana, seemed very confident that their plan was in motion for Josh to leave the house. Little did they know, with Paul leading the pack, the rest of the house had rallied together to blindside them and vote out Ramses.

Mark Jansen of Grand Island (CBS)

Mark Watch: After Cody won the Battle Back competition and earned his spot back in the game, Mark worked with Eleana to get back in his and Jessica's good graces, saying “anything I can do in my power to make sure that the original plan sticks, I’m all in. Because I do love you guys.” Despite this approach to mend his broken relationship with them, the rest of his housemates found it irritating, because Mark seems to switch allegiances constantly. His loyalty lies with who has the power that week and Paul is making it clear to everyone else in the house that his game play is going to end up back firing. On top of that, while playing pool with Paul, Mark revealed to him that “there’s a pair in the house that doesn’t stir the pot. This pair stays neutral.” Mark stated that it bothers him a great deal. Without hesitation, Paul immediately went to the “pair” he expected it to be – Matt and Raven. The people against Mark in this game continue to pile up.

What’s next: At the end of Thursday’s episode, host Julie Chen revealed a new twist to the game, which will be revealed to houseguests on Sunday’s episode. Each week, houseguests will have the opportunity to choose if they want to compete in an unknown challenge that will change each week. The way it is played is simple: If you win the competition, you are safe for the week and cannot be voted out of the house. But, if you choose to compete and come in last in the competition, you are automatically put on the block as a special third nominee and could potentially be voted out of the house.

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