|Big Brother 3 (US)|
|Season Run||July 10, 2002 - September 25, 2002|
|Returnees|| Danielle Reyes (All-Stars)|
Marcellas Reynolds (All-Stars)
|Previous Season||Big Brother 2|
|Next Season||Big Brother 4|
Big Brother 3 was the third season of the American reality television series Big Brother (U.S.). It began on July 10, 2002 and aired on CBS for 82 days, concluding on September 25. Lisa Donahue was crowned the winner with nine votes from the evicted houseguests, claiming the $500,000 prize.
Season 3 of Big Brother was similar to Big Brother 2. Each week, the Head of Household would nominate two players for eviction. On a live Eviction episode, the other houseguests would vote to evict one member. However, the Silver Power of Veto was introduced in Season 3. All houseguests competed to win the power. The Veto could be used to save one of the nominees from eviction, forcing the Head of Household to nominate another houseguest. The Head of Household could not nominate the Veto winner. If a nominee won the Silver Power of Veto, they could not save themselves, but could choose to save the other nominee from eviction. The Golden Power of Veto was introduced in Week 9. The Golden Veto was similar to the Silver Veto, except that if a nominee won the Veto, they could use it on themselves. Marcellas Reynolds was nominated and won the POV, but famously did not use it on himself and was sent packing. Amy Crews was evicted in Week 3, but in Week 6 the house voted her back into the game and she made it until Week 10.
- Power of Veto: For the first time internationally, each week one HouseGuest will be given the power to save a nominee from eviction with the Power of Veto.
- Second Chance: The first four evicted houseguests fight for a chance to return to the game.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11|
|Day 41||Day 42||Day 78||Finale|
|Lisa||Josh||Amy|| ||Josh||Amy||Chiara||Gerry||Roddy||Amy|| ||Jason||Winner|
|Amy||Rep||Tonya|| || || || || ||Lisa|
| ||Eric||Josh||Amy||Chiara||Gerry|| ||Lisa|
|Roddy||Lori||Tonya||Lisa|| ||Eric|| ||Gerry|| ||Lisa|
|Josh||Amy|| ||Amy||Lisa|| ||Lisa|
|Eric||Lori||Tonya||Amy|| || ||Lisa|
|Key:||Nominated||Rep: Replacement Nominee||POV Holder||HOH||Jury Member||Evicted|
- Note: Amy was evicted for Weeks 4, 5, & part of Week 6, before being voted back into the house
On Day 1, the twelve original HouseGuests entered the Big Brother house. On Day 2, HouseGuests competed in their first Head of Household competition, in which HouseGuests were given a stack of cards with descriptions on them and a wheel with the HouseGuests names on it. One at a time, a HouseGuest would take a card and state which HouseGuest they felt the card best described; they would then take another card and do the same. The wheel would then be spun, and the HouseGuest whose name the wheel landed on had to eliminate one of the two selected HouseGuests from the game. When only two HouseGuests remained in the competition, the eliminated players would vote for which of the two they would most like to see win Head of Household. Lisa Donahue was the winner of the competition. On Day 4, Lori Olsen and Marcellas Reynolds were nominated for eviction, with Marcellas being the target. On Day 7, HouseGuests competed in the "Saving Face" Power of Veto competition, in which HouseGuests shot a set of three balls at a cutout representing one HouseGuest. When a HouseGuests cutout got three balls in it, that HouseGuest was eliminated from the competition. Gerry Lancaster was the winner of the Power of Veto. Later that day, Gerry chose to remove Marcellas from the block, so Lisa decided nominate Amy as the replacement nominee. On Day 13, Lori became the first evicted HouseGuest in a vote of 5-4.
Following Lori's eviction, HouseGuests participated in the next Head of Household competition, in which HouseGuests were asked questions regarding which room a certain item in the house was located. They provided answers by picking up an item that symbolized a distinct room in the house. Marcellas was the winner of the competition. On Day 14, Marcellas chose to nominate Josh Feinberg and Tonya Paoni for eviction, stating that he had nominated Josh for personal reasons and that Tonya was only a pawn. The HouseGuest would later compete in their next Power of Veto competition. Each HouseGuest started the game with one box, and would make deals with one another in an attempt to get their box. When the competition is over, the HouseGuests will open their boxes. The HouseGuest who has the box with the Power of Veto in it would win the power. Danielle Reyes was the winner of the competition. At the Power of Veto meeting, Danielle chose to leave the nominations intact, meaning either Josh or Tonya would be evicted that week. On Day 20, Tonya became the second evicted HouseGuest in a vote of 5-3.
Following Tonya's eviction, HouseGuests competed in their next Head of Household competition. In the competition, the blindfolded HouseGuests were asked eight true-or-false questions. If they believed the answer to a question was true, they would raise their paddle, and would do nothing if they believed the answer was false. The first HouseGuest to reach the end of their rope would win the competition, and if no HouseGuests completed this, then they would be asked a tie-breaker question. Roddy Mancuso was the winner of the competition after he won the tie-breaker round. On Day 21, Roddy chose to nominate Amy Crews and Marcellas for eviction, stating that Amy was his main target. In the Power of Veto competition, HouseGuests were required to play an over-sized version of pool, in which they had to try and knock balls with the face of a HouseGuest on them into the pool, thus eliminating that HouseGuest from the competition. Eric Ouellette was the winner of the Power of Veto competition. He later chose to leave Amy and Marcellas on the block. On Day 27, Amy became the third HouseGuest to be evicted in a unanimous vote of 7-0.
Following Amy's eviction, The HouseGuests competed in their next Head of Household competition. In this competition, HouseGuests were asked questions pertaining to the evicted HouseGuests and Roddy, the outgoing Head of Household. The HouseGuests were given paddles with the face of each of these HouseGuests on them, and one paddle that stood for "none of the above." The HouseGuests must answer the questions by holding up the paddle with the name of the HouseGuest they believe was the correct answer. If a HouseGuest was incorrect, then they were eliminated from the game, and the last HouseGuest standing was the winner. Gerry was the eventual winner of the competition, after beating out Eric in a tie-breaker. On Day 28, Gerry chose to nominate Eric and Lisa for eviction. The HouseGuests later competed in the Power of Veto competition. During the competition, HouseGuests stood on a square on the board, and would take turns taking one step to another square. Once a square had been stepped on, it was flipped over, thus removing it from the game. When a HouseGuest could make no more moves, they were eliminated from the competition. Chiara Jude Berti was the winner of the competition. Chiara later chose to leave the nominations intact, ensuring either Eric or Lisa's eviction. On Day 34, the vote came down to a tie, with both Eric and Lisa receiving three eviction votes. Gerry had to break the tie, and cast the deciding vote to evict Eric from the house. That same night, it was revealed that Lori, Tonya, Amy, and Eric had an opportunity to return to the Big Brother house for a second chance following the next eviction.
Following Eric's eviction, HouseGuests competed in their Head of Household competition. For this competition, the HouseGuests had to take a ball and roll it down a runway in an attempt to get their ball closest to the end. If a HouseGuests ball went off the runway, they were eliminated. Chiara was the winner of the competition. On Day 35, Josh and Roddy were nominated for eviction. Later, the HouseGuests competed in their next Power of Veto competition. In this competition, HouseGuests were shown snapshots of previous events in the house, and HouseGuests must correctly list the events in order of which they occurred in the house. There were two rounds to the competition, and HouseGuests had to get a perfect score in order to advance to the second round and ultimately win. Lisa was the winner of the Power of Veto. Lisa later chose to leave the nominations intact. On Day 41, Josh became the fifth evicted HouseGuest by a unanimous vote of 5-0. Following this, the four previously evicted HouseGuests (Lori, Tonya, Amy, & Eric) had been asked questions about how much of the $500,000 grand prize they would be willing to give up to re-enter the house. Lori chose to give up $50,000 while Tonya, Amy and Eric gave up $250,000, thus eliminating Lori permanently since she didn't give up as much money as Tonya, Amy, and Eric. Since Tonya, Amy and Eric were caught in a three way tie, they were asked a tiebreaker question, which was "Of the remaining 42 days in the game, how many days would you be willing to eat only PB&J?" Tonya said she would go on the PB&J diet for 21 days while Amy and Eric said they would go on the PB&J diet for the remaining 42 days, thus eliminating Tonya permanently as she said she said she would go the least amount of days only eating PB&J. It was then revealed that the seven remaining HouseGuests would vote for either Amy or Eric to return to the house. Amy was voted back into the game after a vote of 5-2.
Following Josh's eviction and Amy's return to the game, the HouseGuests began competing in an endurance Head of Household competition. During the competition, all of the competing HouseGuests sat in a large bathtub filled with dirty water. HouseGuests could not stand, get out of the tub, or sleep, otherwise they would be eliminated. Chiara, as the outgoing Head of Household, would dump various buckets filled with items such as dead squids into the pool. Amy was the winner of the competition. Amy later chose to nominate Chiara and Roddy for eviction. The HouseGuest later competed in the Power of Veto competition. HouseGuests were required to put on their bathing suits and slide on their stomach in an attempt to be the closest one to a line at the end. If a HouseGuest went over the line they were eliminated. Gerry was the winner of the Veto, making him the first person to win two Power of Veto competitions. Ultimately, Gerry chose to leave Chiara and Roddy on the block. On Day 48, Chiara became the sixth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a 4-1 vote.
Following Chiara's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in their next Head of Household competition. In this competition, the HouseGuests were given cubes with the faces of the five evicted HouseGuests, and one space that stood for "none of the above." Host Julie Chen gave the HouseGuests quotes made by the evicted HouseGuests, and they had to determine who made the comment. The last HouseGuest standing without getting a question wrong was the winner. Ultimately, Jason Guy was the winner of the competition. On Day 49, Jason chose to nominate Amy and Gerry for eviction. The HouseGuest later competed in the Power of Veto competition. This competition involved gnomes that the HouseGuests had painted earlier in the week. The gnomes were suspended in the air with three lines attached to it. Each line corresponded to an answer to a multiple choice question. One at a time, HouseGuests answered questions by cutting the rope off of a HouseGuests gnome. If they were correct, then that HouseGuests gnome would fall, and eliminate them from the game. Jason was the winner of the competition. Jason later chose to leave his nominations the same, meaning either Amy or Gerry would be evicted from the house. On Day 55, Gerry became the seventh HouseGuest evicted from the house in a unanimous 4-0 vote.
Following Gerry's eviction, the HouseGuests participated in their next Head of Household competition. The competing HouseGuests were asked true or false questions based on statements that the previously evicted HouseGuests had made. They would hold up one paddle for true, and the other paddle for false. The last HouseGuest remaining in the game would be the winner. Marcellas was the winner of the competition. On Day 56, Marcellas chose to nominate Amy and Roddy for eviction. Later, the HouseGuests competed in the Power of Veto competition. The competition required the HouseGuests to complete an obstacle course in the backyard while balancing a Veto on their head. They were given a fifteen-second penalty for touching or dropping their Veto. It was also revealed that the HouseGuests who came in first and second place would receive a massage. Amy won the Power of Veto, and she and Jason won the massages. On Day 62, Roddy was evicted from the house in a unanimous vote of 3-0.
Following Roddy's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in their next Head of Household competition. HouseGuests were shown clips of previous events in the living room, and had to state what happened next in the situation. They were given three options, one of which was the correct answer. The last HouseGuest remaining without missing a question was the new Head of Household. Jason was the winner of the competition after only two questions. Jason later chose to nominate Amy and Marcellas for eviction this week. The next day, Julie Chen informed the HouseGuests that they would be competing for a "Golden Veto" which would allow a nominee to use the veto on themself should they win the veto. The HouseGuests later competed in the Golden Power of Veto competition. One at a time, HouseGuests came to the backyard to find that there was a floor with eight rows and three faces in each row. There were also numerous lasers shooting across the backyard, and HouseGuests had to avoid them. The HouseGuest who made it across the floor while stepping on the space of the HouseGuest evicted from each week would win the Power of Veto. Marcellas was the winner of the final Power of Veto. On Day 69, Marcellas infamously decided not to use the Power of Veto, leaving himself and Amy on the block. Lisa and Danielle then cast their eviction votes live, with the vote ultimately coming to a tie. Jason then cast the deciding vote and decided to evict Marcellas from the house.
Following Marcellas's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in their next Head of Household competition. For this competition, the HouseGuests were asked questions about the remaining four HouseGuests in the game. They would be asked questions, and had to pick a number from zero to four that they felt was the correct answer. The HouseGuest with the most points at the end would be the winner. Ultimately, Danielle was the winner of the competition. On Day 70, Danielle chose to nominate Amy and Lisa for eviction. Due to the fact that there was no Power of Veto this week, it assured Jason a spot in the final three. On Day 76, Jason cast the sole vote to evict Amy from the house.
Following Amy's eviction, the HouseGuests began competing in the first round of the final Head of Household competition. The first round, saw the HouseGuests sitting in a lifeboat in the center of the pool. In the middle with them was the nomination box, and the HouseGuests were required to hold on to their key without letting go. The HouseGuest who hangs on the longest is the winner of this round, and will automatically advance to the third and final round. Ultimately, Lisa was the winner of this round. On Day 77, Danielle and Jason competed in the second round. Jason was the winner of the competition, meaning he and Lisa would face off in the final round. On Day 78, Lisa and Jason competed in the third and final round, in which the two of them had to complete statements made by the previously evicted HouseGuests based on how they believed the evictees had answered. Lisa won the competition, thus became the final Head of Household. She then cast the sole vote to evict Jason from the house, making her and Danielle the Final Two.
- This is the first (and only) season that in back to back weeks one of the Nominees won the Power of Veto, but decided not to use it.
- This is the first season to feature Power of Veto competitions.
- This season holds the record for the least amount of times the Veto was used: only being used once (week 1).
- However, this is the first of only two seasons where everyone competed in every Power of Veto competition and the only season where the Power of Veto winners could not use it to save themselves.
- This is the first season where a previously evicted HouseGuest returned to the game via a twist.
- This is the last season where the Jury was comprised of all evicted HouseGuests.
- This is the first season to have two females in the finals.
- This is the last season before the sequestering of the Jury.
- This is the first season to feature a 10 person jury.
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