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 (US). 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 Sliver Power of Veto, in that case the Head of Household would name a replacement nominee. The Silver Power of Veto did not allow a nominee to save themselves, but a Golden Power of Veto was introduced at the final 5 as the final veto in the season, which, unlike the former; allowed a nominee to save themselves from the block.
- Previously Evicted Houseguest: After the fifth eviction, the first four evicted houseguests fought for a chance to return to the game though competitions and then by a house vote.
|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||Vote to Re-Enter||Jury Member||Evicted|
- Note: Amy was evicted for Weeks 4, 5, & part of Week 6, before winning her way back into the house.
On Day 1, the twelve original houseguests entered the Big Brother house. Lisa Donahue was the winner of the first Head of Household competition. On Day 4, Lori Olsen and Marcellas Reynolds were nominated for eviction, with Marcellas being the target. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Gerry was the winner of the competition, after beating out Eric in a tie-breaker. On Day 28, Gerry chose to nominate Eric and Lisa for eviction. 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. 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. Lisa was the winner of the Power of Veto and later chose to leave the nominations intact. On Day 41, Josh became the fifth evicted houseguest by a unanimous vote of 5-0.
Round 1 (Re-Entry)
Shortly following Josh's eviction, 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 Amy's return to the game, the houseguests began competing in an endurance Head of Household competition. Amy was the winner of the competition and later chose to nominate Chiara and Roddy for eviction. Gerry was the winner of the Veto, making him the first person to win two Power of Veto competitions in Big Brother history. 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. 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. Jason was the winner of the competition and 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. 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. Amy won the Power of Veto, and chose to leave the nominations intact. 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. 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. 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 casted their eviction votes live, with the vote ultimately coming to a tie. Jason then casted 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. 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 casted 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. 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, which Lisa won, thus becoming the final Head of Household. She then casted 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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