Saturday, August 27, 2016

Big Brother Gossip Show #611: Frickin' Bullcrap

Frickin' Nicole won via a bullcrap move by James. Literally, he literally dropped to let her frickin' win. We literally talk about this and so much more on tonight's show. In fact, there's some fabulous clips of James showing the insecure side of his personality to Natalie. Plus, Nicole and Corey get into a minor tiff over the rules regarding Corey's inexplicable America's Care Package>

While not as annoying as Natalie's constant whine last week, this was another tough week of gathering clips from the live feeds. Have you ever tried to sit through a Nicole conversation? Yeah, it's not easy, but Scott, Mike, and Colette suffer for your entertainment.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Big Brother Season 18, Episode 31 Recap

Before we begin tonight’s broadcast, I owe you folks a bit of an apology for not recapping the last couple of episodes. I needed a break, especially after spending all of Saturday putting together a megamix of Natalie. I never need to hear the phrase “my HOH” ever again, and both episodes this week included plenty of that insanity. Plus, somehow CBS is copying my Big Brother Gossip Show outlines these days, so you can just get an audio recap by downloading last week’s show.

One other note before the show starts. The feeds were extremely boring this week. Nothing happened. I mean absolutely nothing. Then a couple of hours before this broadcast begin, there was finally some excitement. Last night, Victor and Paul hatched a scheme to hopefully save Victor, and as the feeds went down it looked like there very well may be a true blindside. If it does happen, it’s the most ingenious game move in years. And if it is successful, I’m officially going to root for either of those two to win this season. Who would have ever believed I’d say that even just a couple of weeks ago? This all happened so close to showtime that little of it likely to be shown. If it is, give the editors some kudos.

We’ll find out soon enough, as we begin the proceedings with the reactions to Paul predictably using the POV on himself. Victor says he’s trying to feel optimistic, and he knows that he has to work on James. The scene then moves outside where James asks Corey how he’s going to remain in the house. “The same as last week.” Yep, just lay around with Nicole. James says it’s “tough” to actually have to make a game decision. Paul looks out the window and sees the four of them talking. “I don’t like the way (they’re) talking.” He wants to know why “they’re kumbayah-ing in the backyard”.


Victor then walks outside to put his clothes in the dryer in order to break up the conversation. When he walks back in, he tells Paul that the conversation definitely changed when he came out. “If it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go but I’m going to fight.”

Victor and Paul know they have to figure something out. Victor is going to make a last pitch. Paul suddenly decides to become buddy-buddy with Nicole and Corey to create enough distrust and paranoia to make James change his mind. It’s a brilliant Hail Mary.

Part one of the plan is for Paul to spend as much time with the pair, and make sure that Michelle, Natalie and James notice. It seems to be perfectly working. Victor then heads up to the HOH, and they all say it’s “really weird” that Paul is hanging out with them. Victor claims that Paul has been ignoring him the last couple of days. He’s “pissed” that Paul is playing both sides. Michelle and Natalie are eating it all up, and tell Victor that Paul has said nothing to them about saving him. Victor points out that the three of them will be the new targets if Paul is aligned with them. James now thinks he could be a good weapon to get out Paul. “I can forgive but not forget. I can use that line one more time.”


Oh my, now we get some jury house footage. The three jury members are preparing dinner, and having a great time (to Day’s surprise). They wonder who is running the house, and Bridgette says she hopes she helped change the house’s mind about Paulie.

The car then pulls up. Zakiiyah wants to give him “a piece of my mind”, and Day wants some popcorn. Paulie walks in to cheers from the three girls. Bridgette says him coming in to the jury has made her day. “Hey, I make a lot of people’s day”, he responds. Ugh. Zakiyah claims she doesn’t want to be around Paulie, but she’s glad he was evicted. Paulie doesn’t help himself by claiming this was a “season of catty and petty women”. Double ugh.

They then watch the video from the week, and Paulie explains how he didn’t think he needed to win that HOH because “we had won everything”. Day is truly loving every second. “Class class class”, says Paulie. The girls are continuing to laugh while Paulie complains about “sore losers”. Triple ugh. Day says she’s excited because the remaining people are those she wants to see win. Bridgette adds that she has lost all respect of Paulie, and he calls her close-minded. Quadruple ugh. Bridgette says she’s not against all men. She’s against him. Paulie again babbles about catty women.


The eviction is shown, and the three girls click their coffee mugs. Bridgette continues to go in on Paulie as a cocky asshole. He claims they don’t respect the game if they don’t respect who played it the best. What’s the word for five ughs? Zakiyah then adds if he was playing her. Paulie says they should just “let bygones be bygones”, and complains that she “played the victim”. She even calls him a bitch! YES!!! They then go back and forth a bit more. “Do not play me”, she yells. “Resort to name calling”, he says. “You’re a classy girl.” Bwahahaha!

It’s now time for the eviction. Victor gets the first final “brief statement”. Paulie got a long statement last week. He talks about his loyalty to his friends. Corey mumbles, but I can never hear anything he says.

Voting then begins with Nicole, who obviously wants to save Corey. Paul is next, and he votes to evict Corey. What will James do to break the tie???? He votes to evict...Victor??? Oh for fuck’s sake. So much for today’s potential blindside fun.


There’s a ton of loud hugs before Victor leaves the house for the second time. Julie begins the interview by asking about their last-second plan. He thinks he was booted because he’s a stronger competitor than Corey. She then asks about how the plan changed last week to get out Paulie. He says he was “honoring the guys as much as I could”. When he heard that Paulie had another alliance, he just had to go after him.

He also thinks he did a better job aligning himself this time around. He was the brawn, and Paul was the brain. He hopes that Paul wins the HOH and America’s Care Package, and also hopes that James is the next person evicted. The goodbye messages then start with Michelle saying she wanted Paul evicted instead of him. James says he’s “really sorry”, and it was a “game move”. Paul says he was excited to have him back, and he’ll miss having him around. Natalie also says that her target was Paul. Julie then informs him that he gets one more chance to go back in the house. He is shocked.


We still have over 20 minutes left in the show, which means we will actually see the beginning of a HOH competition for what seems like the first time this season. It starts with us going back to the jury house, and Paulie babbling and babbling. Unfortunately, now they’ve all made up. “I have been out of the way of Paulie, and Paulie has been out of the way of me”, says Zakiyah. Paulie says that he hasn’t had a chance to talk to Zakiyah, but he has to “respect” her opinion. Wait, Paulie is going to respect a woman???


The doorbell then rings, and Day brings in a package from Big Brother. Day reads the card, which says a jury member will be returning to the house. Bridgette then asks who will be the final jury member, and they hope that it’s not Victor. Paulie says it doesn’t matter. You have to beat the best anyway. Oh please. “I want to succeed more than I want to breath, and I think that statement there sums up exactly how I feel about the opportunity to get back in the Big Brother house.” Day rolls her eyes as he continues to talk about heading right back into the HOH. “When it’s game time, your boy turns up.” Die, please. Die.

Everybody is then shown on stage, and Victor is then brought out to join them. Julie explains once again that one of them has a chance to win again, and then the house is told to gather in the living room. She then explains that besides an endurance competition there’s another returning jury member. Stupid James was convinced this could not happen. Ha! Plus, if the winning jury members outlasts everybody they’re the new HOH. The jury is then let back into the house to screams and hugs.

After the adverts, it’s time for the endurance HOH to begin! As expected, it’s that “standing on the wall” competition that they tend to do every year at this time. This year it’s called “Welcome to Loch Ness”. After instructions, the comp begins before one last commercial break. On that last glimpse, the conditions become a bit more intense as the “monster” begins spraying them to go along with the wall moving back and forth.


So what did you think? Are you as mad as I am that the blindside didn’t happen? Are you tired of Paulie? Who do you want to see go back into the house and/or win HOH? Tell me!


Monday, August 22, 2016

James and Nicole discuss giving each other money.

Here is a quick recap of some chatter that James and Nicole got called out for early Monday morning.  This isn't the first time this has happened on Big Brother and I'm sure it will happen again, but frankly we now know that if James or Nicole is in the final two, they likely have 3 votes for sure (from Corey, Natalie and whichever isn't in the final) since they talked of sharing their winnings.

You can see all these things for yourself using the flashback feature of the Big Brother Live Feeds.

Sunday 1:08pm Nicole and James both say they'd give each other gifts or $$ or plane tickets if they won... referred to it at one point as a 'care package' - the sum of $10,000 was also mentioned.




Monday 1:42am James tells Natalie that "Nicole said..... I'm not using this as strategy but me and Nicole agreed that if we both win everyone in our four group's (meaning James Nicole Natalie and Corey) gonna be gettin a little care package...."  Nat asks what he said he starts to repeat and it cuts to fish.


Monday 3:49am Nicole comes to HoH from DR and tells James in front of Natalie, Michelle, Victor and Paul that she has to say she won't buy him anything.  She leaves - the others start to discuss and again it cuts to fish.  When feeds return James is in the DR.




Monday 3:55am James comes back from DR and says he can't buy anyone anything - says Nicole was talking about buying stuff for everyone - which is not accurate because she said she'd get stuff for James, Corey and Natalie - not 'everyone.'



Again, right or wrong, some version of this happens almost every year so its not new.  I just find it interesting, and to me it 'taints' the game.  No real penalty seems to have been put on Nicole and Jame and Nicole even acted like a scolded child forced to make a halfhearted apology.

In other news the POV was used today and Paul is now safe and Corey is nominated in his place.  I'd bet on Victor getting voted out on Thursday but Victor fans should remember that if evicted he will have a shot to return in a competition vs the other Jury members.  Last season it was an endurance competition that saw Johnny Mac win his way back into the house and Vanessa win the HoH part of the competition.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Big Brother Gossip #610: Nat's Dark Magic

The sacrifices we make for the sake of this show. This past Friday morning, Colette Lala woke up at an ungodly early hour. The feeds were lively, however, so instead of trying to fall asleep she kept her Roku on. Within the next hour, this sweet, lovely Big Brother Gossip co-host was transformed into a wicked harlot who routinely sacrifices virgins in her living room.

What caused this transformation? Natalie's evil dark magic that she unleashed after her unexpected HOH victory. During the course of an hour, this high-kicking, squealing twit's constant refrain about her competition win was enough to put a spell on anybody. In fact, it turned Scott into an even crankier douchebag after sitting through the clips that Colette requested be turned into a megamix for the show.

So we're alerting you to be careful when you get to that segment of the show. If you can make it through those four minutes, you're sure to be entertained by Nicole's slithering snake antics, Paul's confrontations, and everything else that this goofy cast did the last few days.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Big Brother Season 18, Episode 27 Recap

Ending a fun week of Big Brother is the hopeful departure of an egomaniac who believes he was “bred” to compete on this show. An egomaniac who doesn’t believe he should have to endure heading to jury. An egomaniac who spent the entire week campaigning by saying he would never campaign against his friend.

Yes, I’m talking about Paulie Calafiore, one of my least-favorite Big Brother contestants of all time. The weeks where he and his crew were in charge of the house were some of the most unwatchable weeks ever, which is why his downfall this week has been so enjoyable.

Of course, we’re still not safe. It’s quite possible that his constant pleas finally created a last second change of heart (doubtful). There’s a good chance that he has the “return ticket” that lets him come right back into the house (oh please no). If he doesn’t, it’s also likely there will be some other sort of competition to bring back a jury member.

Let’s sit back and watch the tears flow once again. The POV ceremony has just concluded, and Victor is so happy he can scream. And he does. Corey mumbles something, but I still can’t understand what he’s saying. Paulie claims he’s not going to campaign against Corey, but we all know better. “There’s really nothing I can do.”

Paul walks into the bedroom and fist-pumps James. “I didn’t even give him a hug”, says James. Victor joins them, and asks if he gave good stuff. Natalie joins them with all smiles. Paul says that he has to go for his own “behaviour in the house, for his own mental health, and for the sanctity of our health.”


That won’t stop Paulie, though. He chats with James outside, starting by saying he’s not going to campaign. “I’m not what’s best for everybody’s game. I took a big sacrifice to come here.” The tears come out as he looks at a butterfly. Oh please. James is a big teddy bear, though, and “even Paulie deserves some sympathy”.

The Zingbot voice then comes on, which means that Paulie is supposed to go make a pie. He says he’s not going to do that, which makes even Nicole complain. The zinger continues on, and Paulie starts jogging in the backyard. Michelle is happy, because maybe she’s “not the biggest baby in the house”.


He finally heads into the house, and Corey tries to talk him into following the rules. “I can’t sit here and watch you do this all week”, he says. Again, the tears come out. “Ok, we got screwed”, says Corey. “Didn’t turn out the way we wanted.” The sad piano music comes up, and Corey says he doesn’t want him to break his heart. Oh please. “It’s ok to have emotions about it. Your parents are watching right now. They’re saying stay strong. Cody is sitting there saying don’t be soft.” Paulie (supposedly) has a change of heart, and gets to making his pie. “I’ve got to get my mind back in the game.”

Cody then has a chat with Natalie. If he can get to her, maybe he can stay. She says her “heart hurt a lot” with the things he said last week, and Paulie says “I get it”. He claims he focused the hurt he saw on Zakiyah on her, but Natalie knows this is just for strategy. The fake tears come out again.

Paulie now moves on to Paul. “Are you convinced that everybody wants you gone?”, asks Paul. “Come on, bro”, replies Paulie. “I’m here.” Paulie only needs three votes to stay, and the fake tears may end up saving him. He tries to get Paul to give him a sympathy vote, and again says he won’t campaign against Corey. Paul did give Victor a sympathy vote in the second week, so he may do that again as he doesn’t break the rule of “friendship”. Don’t do it!!!

Once again, he works on James. He says if he can get his and Natalie’s votes, he can swing it. He’s waving his flag as he does it (part of his task), and James begins giggling. Paulie says he can be used to take out Paul, and James says “it sounds good”. James claims that he doesn’t know what to do. (Bullshit.)

Finally, he sits with Paul, James, and Natalie. “It’s the only chance your boy’s got and I’m going to do it.” James babbles that it’s all Natalie’s decision, and Paulie says he’ll do whatever they want him to do. He’s going to do a “lay on a grenade type thing” the following week if they see him, and he’ll never screw them over. Yeah, right.

It’s now time for me to take a poop, as Brendon and Rachel are on my TV. Seriously, why? I don’t care that they had a baby. Good for them.

But I will gladly watch this next bit of filler. We’re heading to the jury house!!!! This could be popcorn-worthy. Day is hanging out all alone, and her biggest regret is that once again she didn’t know how “to keep my mouth closed”. The limo then shows up, and as we know it’s Zakiyah. Day had hoped it would be Paulie or Nicole, though, so she yells “nooooooo” when Zakiyah walks in. Of course, Zakiyah doesn’t know what she would have done differently. Exactly. You had no game play. Zakiyah explains that it was her connection to Paulie that caused her downfall. They watch the week’s highlights, and both agree that it was “very sketch” when Paulie dropped right after Zakiyah. Day really has a side eye when she discovers that Paulie had won the week’s veto but didn’t use it on her. “If that ain’t a damned wake up call, I don’t know what is.” Day knew he was shady. James was also a bit shady in their eyes.

The next limo shows up, and they hope it’s not Michelle. Instead, it’s Bridgette (as we knew). She’s happy that she “blew the house up before I left”, and they then watch the highlights of the week. They’re shocked that Corey actually won something, and Day mentions how they all actually wanted the same people out. Bridgette explains how Michelle thought she was heading out, and they all cheer at her outburst. “She’s playing a little dirty, but she’s playing it”, says Day. Bridgette really hopes that she blew Paulie’s game up (as do we).


It’s finally eviction time. After Julie announces that tonight is the last night that the ticket twist exists, Paulie gives the first speech. Ugh, he sucks. He just plays up to the family and friends, and then goes down the line to say good things about each of them. Why is he being allowed to go so long??? He finally grabs Michelle, and she almost gives a crotch shot as he kisses her. Corey then just mumbles as he always does, ending by calling Nicole the “sweetest, cuddliest, most harmless snake I’ve ever met”.

Voting then begins with Michelle, who votes to evict Paulie, as does Paulie, James, Natalie, and Nicole. It’s unanimous. Paulie is out the door. They’re all hugs as Paulie heads out the door. He lifts Julie off the ground, and I wish security had tackled him at that point.

The cameras are turned back on in the house as Julie opens his envelope. It’s not the return ticket!!!! Yes!!!! Yes!!!! I refuse to listen to her questioning of Paulie. Let’s just get to the HOH competition. Seriously, I can’t deal with his arrogance.

Instead of a competition, though, we get to find out who had the round trip ticket. They extend this as long as possible by having each of them open them individually. It’s actually Paul who has it! That makes sense, as he was the first one who got into the tunnel.


Wait, there’s no HOH competition tonight!!! What the hell??? After one final commercial break, Julie talks about tomorrow’s filler episode, which also includes the beginning of the next HOH competition. Julie also announces that the first five jury members will compete to come back to the house. Oh no. We may not have seen teh last of Paulie.

So what did you think? Are you happy Paulie’s gone? Are you excited to see the reaction he’ll get in the jury house from Day and Zakiyah? Are you mad that we no longer seem to have HOH competition to close the show? Talk, people!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Big Brother Season 18, Episode 26 Recap

Tonight is going to be fun. Besides the fact that Victor and Paul completely outmaneuvered Paulie on our previous episode, tonight we have the return of the Zingbot. Sometimes that’s not such great news, but these clowns have provided plenty of potential gags for the old gimmick.


The show starts where Sunday left off, and the “shocking” nominations of Paulie and Corey. Nicole remarks to Corey that Michelle is “smirking. She was laughing, I think.” Oh shut up, Nicole. Victor says in the diary room that he’s been doing Paulie’s “dirty work” for way too long. He walks up to Corey and says “it’s a game”. Corey babbles something but he’s too dull to understand.


Paulie heads into the bathroom. We also see him crying in the diary room. He says that while people say this is just a game, “when you’re a born, bred competitor, champion, a game you put your passion behind it. Now it’s full on beastmode.” Oh please.


He heads back into the kitchen with a smirk on his face and asks Corey “are you good, homey”. He then asks why Victor did what he did? There were five of them that were pledge together (yes, that means you weren’t a part of that, Nicole), and now two of them are nominated. Corey says he could have nominated him the day before, but Victor could have done the same thing a week before. Paulie claims he’s not mad, and then asks if the plan is to evict the other one if one saves themselves in POV. He wants Paul and James to answer, and they don’t know what they’re going to do.



Paulie then launches into a silly tirade about loyalty, and uses Zakiyah as an example. Well, that’s not a good one, crybaby. Paul points out that since only one person can win the game, “eventually this was bound to happen. Swallow that pill and move on.” “Dude, the pill is swallowed”, Paulie answers. Well, it’s not, as feed watchers have seen since this moment. Victor responds that he was evicted on week two, so he was following his strategy.


Nicole had by now walked out, and she’s telling the girls the boys are arguing. “So there’s an all-boys alliance”, asks Natalie. Nicole thinks that her and Corey are just “guilty by association because we like to talk to Paulie. It sucksssssss.”


In the bedroom, Paulie is still asking Paul the same questions over and over. He continues to lie and say he didn’t know Paulie was going up. Paulie then asks if Paul would pull him down if he won POV, and Paul is very vague. Yep, Paulie, you now know you’re “alone in this house”.


Paulie then heads into the bathroom where Corey is washing his hands. The sad piano music comes on as Paulie says he’ll hand the POV to Corey if he wins. The tears start as Paulie says “you’re my homey, bro.” Ugh, this is awful.


It’s already time to pick POV players. Victor pulls Paul’s name, but there’s dead silence when Paulie grabs “houseguest choice”. He gives a little look to Michelle, who begins giggling when Paulie says “wanna play?” He asks if she’ll save him, and she says no. Paulie then chooses Nicole. Corey then pulls the chip for James.


In the bedroom, Paul then tells Michelle, Natalie and James that they should rattle Paulie before the POV. “Call his shit out.” Nobody is scared, or so they say. It all begins in the kitchen with Paulie asking Paul why he looks so serious. Nobody responds, so Paulie asks if he’s pissed. Paul complains that while he had his back, Paulie “clearly don’t have mine”. Paulie claims that he did indeed have his back every time he was on the block, and Paul continues to put on a grand performance. Michelle then pops up about how Paulie has “tried to manipulate everyone”. He points at Michelle as the real “manipulator and liar”. She raises her arms in the air to celebrate. James calls Michelle a “straight shooter”, and she says she was smart enough to see he was full of shit. Oh this if funny, especially when Paulie brings up the Detonators for the 100th time. “You’re never going to be Corey and Derrick”, replies Michelle. POW!!! James then brings up how Paulie treated his woman, and Paulie says he was just joking around. “James is not blinded by my boobs”, says Natalie. “He likes me the way I am.” In the diary room, Paulie claims everybody is taking a page out of his “playbook”, and that they’re afraid of him. Yeah, right. This will motivate him to win the POV.



After commercials, the Zingbot struggles to enter the house as everybody is napping. “Wake up, everybody!” Michelle is excited, and runs to hug it. Natalie also hugs it, and asks for it to “not be mean to me”.


The first zing goes to Corey - “What do you call the man who sweeps Nicole off her feet and sends her heart aflutter, and makes her hear wedding bells? Hayden!” POW!!!


Victor - “I was trying to think up the perfect word to describe you. And I realized it is best said in Spanish. Tu el Douchebag.” (Or something like that.)


James - “You love to scare people in the house. However, this summer the people you’ve scared the most are Natalie’s parents. The son-in-law they never wanted.”


Paulie - “Everyone who says that you’re a less attractive and less charming and all-round lesser version of Cody is correct. A poor man’s Cody.”


Michelle - “I have a B.B. baby announcement. It sleeps all day, cries all night, and can’t stop throwing up. Please welcome Big Meech!!”


Natalie - “We all know you’re not the brightest bulb but luckily what you lack in smarts you make up for in armpit hair.”



Nicole - “Watching you on BB16 was a little tough. You threw your game away for a showmance. You were terrible in comps, and ultimately had no chance of winning it all. Oh wait, that’s this season!” YES!!!!


Paul - “You have a lot of catchphrases. Pissed. Friendship. Your boy. I’ve got a catchphrase everyone will get behind - shut the fuck up!” You naughty zingbot!!!


Zingbot now says he’s running for President, and it’s time for the POV competition. “Make America Zing Again!” It’s the good old prize competition. In each round, they launch a sandbag onto the map of “delegates”. The person with the least delegates is eliminated but they then get to pick a prize. They can then swap it for somebody lower than themselves.


In the first round, Paulie is the first to go. He scores 32, and ends up with the highest score in the round. Paul is eliminated, and he temporarily has the POV. Worthless Nicole is the next out, and her prize is to be part of the “secret service”. She obviously trades Paul for the POV. Corey is the next out, and his prize is a vacation to any American destination. Nicole doesn’t want him to trade, but he does anyway. Paulie then overshoots the target, and he’s now out. He “wins” a “Patriot-tard”, which he then trades with Corey for the POV.


The final round sees James versus Victor, and it really doesn’t matter who wins. James’ shot is off the board, so Victor wins with a 5. James’ prize is $5000, which he keeps. Natalie jokes he can just give it to her. Victor’s first place prize is “apple pie”, which he obviously trades with Paulie for the POV. Time for more tears from Paulie.


Back in the house, Corey is called to the diary room for his “Patriot-tard”. Yes, Nicole, we know you like it. Ugh. Paul is then called in, and comes out dressed as a secret security agent. He actually is much improved with this look. He has to pat everybody down whenever he gets a “red alert”. This is actually a good gimmick for him. Well, they do let this segment go on way too long. Paulie is the last to dress up, but we don’t get the two hours he spent claiming he’d never do it. They show him baking a pie, but since he’s a poor sport they haven’t made him do this too much throughout the week.


The one time they did show it becomes uncomfortable as he tears up once again. He then cries again in the diary room. Natalie hugs him, and he cries some more. Enough.


We end the show with the POV ceremony, which obviously is a bit anticlimactic. At least we didn’t have to watch Paulie begging to have one of them taken down. The meeting is sort of funny, though, as the red alert sounds as it begins. Even crybaby Paulie giggles. Victor gives a little speech that ends with Paulies line from week two that “I can forgive but never forget”, and he announces he’s not using the POV. (Duh!)


Victor says he feels amazing to be able to say that. Corey mumbles a bit. Paulie doesn’t want to campaign against Corey, so he has to come up with a way to keep him in the house.

That’s it tonight!!! Did you enjoy the Zingbot? Are you happy that the nominations stayed the same? Do you agree that the dreaded Waaaaaaaamber from season 8 has been replaced by “Bawlie”? Tell us your thoughts!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Big Brother Season 18, Episode 25 Recap

What a difference a week makes!!! Last week I was ready to completely write off this season. The girls were weak, and the bro’s were driving me nuts with their backslapping misogyny.


Then halfway through the week there was a glimmer of hope when a loose gathering of previously unconnected people turned the game around by voting out Zakiyah instead of Michelle. Yet it still didn’t look good for “our side” when Corey won the double eviction HOH and POV, leading to Bridgette’s departure.


The tide has continued to turn, though, and you’ll see just how that happened on tonight’s show. If correctly edited, this episode will be a guaranteed smile for those tired of Paulie’s dictatorship.


Tonight’s show begins with Julie Chen signing off on Thursday and Michelle in the nomination chair crying. Paulie mouths off to her and Natalie, and then Nicole starts in on Michelle about what she said during her speech. “It’s going to be very, very awkward, and a long week”, says Michelle. She notes that they are down to three girls, so she yells out, “hey Natalie and Nicole...final three?”



Natalie then talks in the diary room about the craziness of the last 24 hours, especially between her and Paulie. It starts with Natalie asking Zakiyah to help pick out her eviction night outfit, but it’s really for Natalie to inform Zaliyah how Paulie is using her. There’s footage of him flirting Natalie and making comments about her “latin booty”. She also says that he’s part of the decision-making that led to her being on the block. “If he was really protecting you and he wanted you in the game, he would have used that veto.” Zakiyah says she appreciates Natalie telling her everything.



Zakiyah then asks to talk to Paulie, and repeats everything that Natalie just said. “I got frickin’ attacked.” In his usual cocky way, Paulie denies everything. “She’s the one that always drops hints” that she wants to date or marry him. He’s pissed that just when things were going good with the two of them, Natalie “decides to stir the pot a little more”. He says that if he wanted Zakiyah gone, she would be dead meat. “Is that supposed to make feel good?” He goes on to talk about how much he hates Jersey girls.


Back in the bedroom, Natalie decides to let James know about the moves Paulie has made on her. “There you go. That’s your friend.” She now wishes she had told him before, but “it’s not a really big deal”. “It is a big deal”, he replies.


In the have-not room, James questions Paulie about Natalie’s comments. He says that he compliments all the girls, and doesn’t deny the date line. “In all actuality, I would never go after Natalie...because Jersey girls can eat up Southern boys for breakfast, lunch, and dinner”. He’s pissed, and is going to go after her head on. As Natalie is going to bed, Paulie comments on how Michelle is going home tomorrow and “you’ll be going home next”. It’s not a threat, though. It’s a “promise”. She says she’s honest, but he replies “you’re about as fake as the things on your chest”. They go back and forth a bit more before Natalie finally enters the bedroom.



She then lets Bridgette, James, and Paul know about what just happened, and Bridgette’s mouth drops when she hears the fake breasts line. James is also not happy. “You treat a woman with respect even if you get upset and this is not ok.” He’s going to go talk to Paulie about.


He does head to the HOH with Bridgette, and James asks what just happened. Paulie admits to the fake breasts line, but is not apologetic at all. James reminds everybody that it’s a game and not make it personal, but Paulie says Natalie has been hitting on every single guy in the house. Bridgette if offended that he talked about her boobs. “It was a metaphor for her personality.” Bridgette’s not impressed.



Zakiyah leaves the room and tells Natalie about what’s happening upstairs. Natalie jumps out of bed and rushes upstairs. “What’s going on?” She wants to know why he spoke to her like that? He then repeats the “certain way” she acts around the house, and she does say she’s flirtatious. She adds that Paulie is the only one that makes her feel uncomfortable. “I’m sorry but you need to get over yourself”, he says. “I genuinely love James. He showed me how to love a man.” Well, let’s not go too far. It keeps going for a bit before James and Natalie leaves the room. Paulie and his pal Corey laugh, but the rest of the room is kind of shellshocked. Paul is pissed. “He’s a ticking time bomb.” Paulie tells Bridgette that he “if you’re trying to make feel bad, I feel nothing”.


So that’s the end of the first segment, which I wrongly predicted on last night’s Big Brother Gossip Show would not be aired on tonight’s show. Oh well, I’m glad they did!


After commercials, it’s right after the double eviction episode a number of people are hanging out in the kitche. Paulie comes downstairs and says he wants to talk. We now go back in time to 90 minutes before showtime, when James informed Paulie, Corey, and Nicole that Michelle is indeed staying. “I’m clipping your girl.” He thinks that letting them know beforehand will work better for him in the long run. I’m not sure if that’s the case, but Paulie is pissed. “Those girls put this together?”


Paulie storms out of the room and asks Paul when he was going to tell him about the Michelle plan. Paul plays dumb and says that James is going to eliminate his vote. He holds his ground, though, that he knew nothing about it. “Why are you coming hard on me like that?”


Returning to the other room, Paulie asks James if this is a direct shot at him. “You just blew a lot of shit up to protect three fucking girls. One that’s fucking playing the shit out of you. And America ain’t saying you’re standing behind your girl.” Again, we hear the Jersey girl bullshit. (Last night’s show has 3 minutes of that garbage.) Paulie then threatens James that he needs to win this HOH.



Back to the time where this scene started, Paulie is actually apologizing to James for getting caught up in the heat of the moment. “I was pissed, and I get heated.” James says he’ll forget on a personal level, but never on the game level. Wait, is that backwards.


In the storage room, Victor and Paul celebrate. They have figured out that they are the two middlemen between two three-person groups. They can just run to which ever side works best for them, and they then play around at jumping from side to side.


Paul now tries to talk to Paulie, but he’s not buying it. The only person that has Paulie’s back is Corey. Paul just wants to “move forward”, and says he wants Paulie to think they’re good at the moment. They’re not.


It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Hollywood Squirrels”. It’s a question comp, and two at a time face off. There’s a grid of squirrel pics and they have to pick the correct squirrels. One person is eliminated each round until there’s only one person left. It’s James and Michelle in the first round, and James wins. He then chooses Paul and Nicole to go after each other, and that makes Nicole whiiiiiiiiiiiiine as usual. It’s not surprising that Paul wins as Nicole is the worst competitor ever. Natalie is lined up against Victor in the next round. Again, it’s not surprising that Victor wins this round. He then picks Paulie and Paul for the next round, and Paul wins. In a pairing of James and Victor, James is now eliminated. The final round is now Paul versus Victor, a “win-win situation”. Paul wants Victor to win, and he does. Paulie thinks he can now just sit back and cruise. Well, that’s not the case.


They all head back inside, and Victor knows he and Paul will now have to pick one side. They head into the bedroom, and Paulie again talks about how it would be an easy week. Michelle is obviously who has to go home, but Paul and Victor have no plan to do that. In fact, they now sit in the bathroom and discuss putting up Paulie and Corey. “One of them is guaranteed to go home.” Victor is a bit unsure, but payback sure does sound good to him. (Remember, Paulie backdoored Victor a few weeks ago.) They want to talk to James, though, to ensure this plan works. James is brought into the discussion, and is told “they’re playing us for fools”. James agrees, and Paulie watches as those three exit the other bedroom.



After more commercials, most of the house is napping when it’s time for the America’s Care Package segment. This one is depressing, though, as it’s been awarded to Nicole. Why “America”???? Ok, it was funny when it landed on Natalie’s head. Nicole has one the power of “super safety” which means she can’t be nominated, but must wear a “super safety” costume. Of course. She’s the queen of dumb costumes.


Back to the game, and James now informs Natalie that Victor is putting up Corey and Paulie. “Thank God.” She loves that the person who is the biggest threat and biggest competitor is going up. Those two walk in, and Natalie says she’ll work on Michelle. “Friendship, bro”, says Paul.


It’s the moment of truth. Will Victor actually come through? (Too bad they didn’t show footage of Paulie working on a speech he planned to interrupt the ceremony to say.) Everybody gathers at the table, and Victor turns the keys for...Paulie and Corey!!! “Paulie, you’re the strongest competitor in this house, and if I have a chance I have to go for it the same way you would. Corey, you’re just guilty by association. If you put a plan in place to take me out, you’d follow suit and it would be me going out. I still love you as people, but this is a game.”



Victor says his nomination proves “I can forgive but never forget, and payback is a bitch.” Paul says, “ohhhh, look who’s blindsided? I guess you shouldn’t have been scheming behind my back. Sorry, Paulie, but you dug your own grave and I threw ‘PP’ in there with you.” He then does a blindsided dance. Corey says something, but it’s too much of a monotone to figure it out. Natalie says “justice is served...have fun fist-pumping your way back to Jersey, Paulie. Peace out.”


We end with a tearful Paulie crying that “I’ve been with that kid (Corey) since week one. That was my everything.” He’s a competitor, though, and he knows he’s going to win the veto. “If I come down, then he’s going home. It almost makes me not want to win it just to keep him here.”


OOOOOOOH, this was a great episode. What did you think? Are you happy that the tides have turned? Did you touch yourself when Paulie cried like one of my Big Brother Gossip co-hosts? Let me know your thoughts!!!