When Deke first entered the house he was immediately targeted by the first HOH, ireally. While seemingly having no hope of surviving, Peyton saved him with the first POV, thus saving him from being the first evictee. In the second week he saved Peyton with the POV who basically carried him through the competition by sabotaging ireally. Deke was called out for having multiple deals in the house. While he was able to float his way to almost Jury, he was unable to save himself against ireally in the eviction, and was evicted in a close 4-3 vote.
Deke later returned to Big Brother 8 for another shot at winning. He entered the house as a vet and straight away 2 of his closest allies, Dani and Official were evicted. He was initially used a pawn week 1 after losing HOH and was saved by Morgan after she won the POV. On week 2 he was named as a nominee again, although this time Morgan decided to keep the nominations the same. The house decided that Deke was a bigger threat than Mike and they sent him out in a near unanimous vote of 13-1 placing him in 17th.