Maggie came back to win the next Head of Household that evening and vowed revenge on Kaysar for eliminating her partner. She nominated James and Kaysar, but was forced to replace James with Janelle when Sarah used the Power of Veto she had won to remove James. Kaysar, the founder of the new Sovereign Six alliance, was eliminated in a 7-1 vote.
At the beginning of week 5, a new twist was revealed to America and to the houseguests. As had been done in the third season, one of the evicted houseguests was voted back into the house. This time the viewers were asked to vote online or by text messaging for either Michael, Eric, or Kaysar to return to the game (Ashlea would also have been eligible to be returned, but she disqualified herself by voluntarily leaving sequester due to an illness in her family). However, the returning houseguest would not come back until the next week leaving Howie, who had won that week's HoH competition, one chance to eliminate an enemy. This week was the turning point in the game, because Maggie was able to convince Howie (against his partner Rachel's better judgement) that James and Sarah were betraying their alliance and were immediate threats to everybody in the house. Howie was convinced and nominated the pair, ensuring that one of them would be eliminated no matter what happened. Fans of the show regarded his nominatation of his own alliance members (who had intended to be loyal to him) as being, at best, a very poor decision. His own statement at the time was "this will either be the greatest move in Big Brother history or the dumbest", demonstrating his own lack of confidence about what he had done. James ended up winning the Power of Veto again and removed himself, and Howie nominated Ivette in his place. Sarah was then evicted in a 6-1 vote.
At the beginning of the sixth week, Chen announced that over 5 million people had voted and that Kaysar would rejoin the house with 82% of the vote. In the next HoH competition, Jennifer survived the longest competition in Big Brother history, a fourteen hour endurance challenge, by outlasting and deceiving the newly-returned Kaysar. She swore on her life and pretended to shed tears in order to convince Kaysar that she would nominate two members of her own alliance in order to backdoor James, a common enemy in the house, even though this would work against her strategically. She broke her promise and nominated two members of the Sovereign alliance, Janelle and Rachel, two of the strongest players in the game. When Rachel won the Power of Veto and saved herself, Jennifer nominated Kaysar instead of previously agreed upon James. This led to the confrontation between Howie and April when he claimed that she was full of lies and accused her of pulling the strings in her alliance. Following Kaysar's eviction, Howie and Janelle spent a good portion of their time during the week directly yelling insults and verbal attacks at members of the Friendship while they casually passed by. On this occasion, Big Brother producers chose not to intervene. These events widened the split in the fan base, creating a sharp division between those who empathized with how The Friendship was being treated, and those who supported the Sovereign Six.
In the seventh week, another twist was announced by host Chen. The houseguests were informed that the week would not follow the typical schedule, but would instead be accelerated in order to accommodate a double eviction. Less than 48 hours after the live Thursday night broadcast, another houseguest would be evicted. After a brief trivia competition, Janelle emerged the victor and was told that she had to immediately nominate two houseguests for eviction. She nominated Jennifer, the previous HoH who betrayed the trust of the Sovereign alliance, and Maggie, the figure head of the Friendship alliance. Amassing further power, Janelle seized the Power of Veto and in a move that shocked the nominee herself, used it on Maggie and nominated Ivette, guaranteeing Jennifer's future eviction. The next HoH competition was once again won by a member of the opposing alliance, Beau, jeopardizing remaining Sovereign members Janelle, Rachel, and Howie.
As Head of Household, Beau chose to nominate Howie and Rachel, two strong secret partners. This shocked some members of the house because Beau was known to dislike Janelle. James, again, was victorious in the Power of Veto competition setting a Big Brother record for most vetoes won. James did not use the Power of Veto and in a 5-0 vote, Rachel became the 8th houseguest evicted from Big Brother 6 because she was considered too strong a player and the bigger threat.
The next week April, another member of the Friendship, won HoH, breaking the alternating trend and jeopardizing the Sovereign alliance. She nominated Howie and Janelle as pawns to finally evict outcast James who had been trying to play both sides since Sarah's eviction. April then consolidated her power by winning the Power of Veto. True to her word, April used the power of veto to save Janelle and put up James, leading to James' eviction.
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