While many fans have been hoping for Sam to enter the house to confront Steph over her romance with Jeremy McConnell, show producers and Emma Willis had ruled out an appearance from her boyfriend, claiming it would be "inappropriate" to air.
However, this week's shopping task had many hoping Sam would ring Stephanie instead, but it was actually her dad that was on the other end of the call.
Housemates were told their family and friends would be phoning the house in a new task, and it was their job to correctly identify who each person was calling for and how they are related to that housemate in a series of yes and no questions.
Darren has spoken to his wife, Gemma Collins got to chat to TOWIE's Bobby Norris and Scotty T had a chinwag with Vicky Pattison. Today, it was Stephanie's turn and the former Hollyoaks star broke down in tears when she realised her dad was on the phone.
The 22-year-old was overcome with emotion as he told her how proud he was of her.
Stephanie's dad said: "You've made us so proud. We're missing you so much and we can't wait to see you. Guess what, we don't want to see you too soon, stay where you are."
Referring to her situation with Jeremy, Steph told her dad she needs to follow her heart and reassuring, he said: "We know you've had decisions to make and that's not easy, but that's life babes. We all have to go through that."
Offering Stephanie some advice, her dad then added: "Give your head a wobble and stay in the Big Brother house until that journey is at the very end.
"Stephanie don't forget who you are and where you come from, keep your dignity at all times. There's no secrets in that house we've seen everything and we've heard everything...
"You're a fighter," he continued. "Look for the rainbow Stephanie and feel the angel on your shoulder... Stop beating yourself up. We're all going to be there for you."
Stephanie then asked her dad if she should keep being herself, he said: "You are what you are, hold your head up high and keep going."
Stephanie faces eviction tonight alongside Jeremy and Tiffany Pollard.
Watch Stephanie's phone call here.
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