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Big Brother #14, Episode 12 Recap

“How does it feel

To treat me like you do

When you’ve laid your hands upon me And told me who you are

I thought I was mistaken

I thought I heard your words

Tell me how do I feel

Tell me now how do I feel” – New Order, “Blue Monday”

From an album, Power Corruption and Lies, that could also be the title of tonight’s episode, “Blue Monday” was the breakout track for a band that before that moment lived in the shadows of their former incarnation, Joy Division. Ignored by music critics, this track made them international superstars.

While not nearly as talented as any member of this band, tonight’s episode is Danielle’s “Blue Monday”. Ignored by most of the house, and laughed at by the live feed viewers, the nurse/teacher/would-be Miss Alabama’s reign as HOH was seen by EVERYBODY as nothing more than an opportunity for others to do their dirty work under her name.

Yet tonight’s episode sees the girl with a thousand diseases take control of the house and use it to make the biggest move of the season so far. Sure, her reasoning was more catty than strategic, but tonight’s show does end with her accomplishing something that arguably nobody else would have dared attempted. The question remains, though, will this ultimately be a good move?

Before we get to the shocking conclusion, we have lots of filler to sit through, starting off with the reactions to Danielle’s nominations of Frank and Wil. For once, there is a funny comment in these diary room statements. “All good southern girls go to heaven”, says Wil, “but nasty southern belles go to hell.”

Danielle explains that Wil is just a pawn, because she wants Frank out the door. Frank, though, says he’s been “dodging bullets” all season, and just wants to save himself in the veto. “Then I’m going after Dan and Danielle.” Dan, though, just wants to keep the nominations the same.

Wil heads up into the diary room, where he hugs a crying Danielle. He says it is ok, but he is still worried as most pawns end up going home. He even tries to tell her it is a relief, as “I’m not really cut out for this game”. Danielle reassures him that everybody indeed loves him.

Frank and Boogie are now in their usual spot in the house, in the nomination chairs laughing at their misfortune. “I think it’s the hair, dog”, says Boogie. Beneath their jokes, Frank says he’s frustrated. They both complain about how they’re so over Danielle, Dan, and Janelle. Hell, they’re over everybody, actually. Adding to their paranoia, Boogie thinks there is a chance he’s being set up to be backdoored.

Now Janelle heads up to the HOH to supposedly use the bathroom, but instead whines to Dan about Boogie. We talked about this on last Saturday’s Big Brother Gossip Show, so there isn’t much need to go through this conversation…just like the next scene of Dan confronting Boogie about his attitude towards the other coaches.

After commercials, Ian comes into the HOH to talk to Danielle and Britney because he’s “feeling really alone...I’d like to be in one of the (groups)”. Britney asks if he would be willing to vote out Boogie at some point, and he says that he would do just that. Britney adds that he would have to be 100% committed to any group he adds, and she does admit in the diary room that she’s not completely sold.

Dan now joins the conversation, and says that he really likes Ian. “Are you truly reset and away from Team Boogie?” Ian admits that he does like Frank a lot. Truthfully, the conversation ends with little settled.

Time to pick veto players – Danielle pulls out Shane’s name, Frank gets Jenn, and Wil gets Ian. Boogie is not happy, as he is “basically alone”. Yes, Boogie’s other two players are in this event, but neither Ian or Jenn “have shown much competition prowess”. The host for the competition will be Dan.

Frank runs into Janelle in the bathroom, and asks her if she still believes he wants all the coaches out. A disinterested Janelle says she has no idea what he wants as they have never talked, but does follow up with that very question. She says that she “definitely wants to work with a strong player, as I have no one”. Silly Britney wanders downstairs and is shocked to see Janelle actually talking with the very person she wants out, and scampers back upstairs to tattle.

Oh how the tide has turned, as Danielle gets to jump back on the anti-Janelle bandwagon. “She infuriates me.” Dan is upset because he wants to unite all the coaches, and is pissed that Britney is making such a big deal about “one talk”.

It’s now veto competition time, and the backyard is in a baseball theme. Danielle’s panties are immediately wet because she thinks Shane looks “so cute” in a baseball uniform. “I hope I can focus on my game.” Please gag me with the fake relationship shit.

To play this game, a ball rolled down a ramp into a diamond-shaped structure. At the end of each round, the lowest score is out. They then get to go claim their prize, but future “losers” get to take whatever they have “won”. Yes, it is a variation of a comp that happens every single year.

Ian has decided that he is going to throw this comp, as he has no clue yet who he is working with. He then rolls a three, but Shane only gets a two. Jenn, who says she actually wants to win this game, rolls a nine, and Danielle gets a four. Wil ends the round with a six, which means that Shane is out in the first round. His prize is the veto, but at least he is smart enough to realize he won’t be holding onto it long.

In the second round, Ian scores a perfect twenty. Jenn gets a six, as does Danielle. Will nabs a five, while Frank hits a nine. Wil is now out, and his prize is a “veto ticket”, which guarantees that he plays next week. After a handful of Cracker Jacks, he does trade for the veto.

For the third round, Jenn gets a two, Danielle nabs a ten, and Frank’s score is a four. Ian’s roll if a five, which makes Jenn this round’s loser. Her prize is a Maui vacation, and she elects to keep it. Britney isn’t impressed.

Round four kicks off with a nine for Danielle and Frank, while Ian only gets a four. He’s now out, and his prize is a “dog’s life”, where he has to wear a dog costume and do nothing but stupid dog tricks. He’s already smiling, and does elect to keep the prize…which infuriates Boogie.

In the final round, Frank rolls an eight…but Danielle beats him by rolling a ten! Frank’s prize is five grand, but he trades for the veto. Danielle’s prize is a “spiritard”, but obviously she trades it for the veto. Yes, Frank has to wear this year’s version of the “unitard”. Frank is bummed, but Boogie claims he still has some tricks up his sleeve.

After the comp, Boogie and Dan head into the lounge to chat. “I just got beat by a sorority girl in a POV”, complains Frank. They talk about how no matter what they do, they have to get Dan on board for any plan. “I wish I could talk him into putting up Janelle”, says Boogie. “I want Janelle out of here.” They know this will take work, but they’re going to do their best.

First, though, we have to endure the filler for this episode – the “spiritard” and the dog costume. Yes, Ian, you are the Big Brother house pet. Actually, you have been all season. Yes, hilarity ensures.

Ok, back to the game, as Jenn and Dogboy head into the HOH. Oh wait, Jenn just brings the puppy up to the room, and then leaves so he can “solidify my alliance” with Dan, Shane, Britney, and Danielle. Dan screams that he loves the idea, but we have to sit through the idiocy of picking an alliance name. Their decision? The Quck Pack. Shoot me now.

Hilarity finished, Boogie now comes in the HOH to talk to Danielle. He wants to take out a really, really, really dangerous player out, and Danielle’s eyes light up when she finally figures out that he’s talking about Danielle. This way, next week when she can’t play she has “five warriors”. Danielle says she worries that Boogie will turn against her, but Boogie claims it would never happen.

Boogie then has the same conversation with Dan, and he knows that this will take more work. Funny thing is Janelle walks into the HOH just as they start the conversation. Boogie launches into how she will never “be workable”, and that he feels like he is “selling water in the Mojave desert”. Janele returns, but this time she is with Britney. Boogie tries to give the girls the boot, but they won’t budge. Janelle, though, is now rah rah Boogie, who outright says he doesn’t trust her. He isn’t willing to send Frank home to work with people that “have done nothing for me”.

Dan tries to mediate, but Boogie says he can’t trust Joe. So why not put up Joe in place of Frank? Janelle doesn’t respond, which Dan screams in the diary room it indicates she is lying. After this stalemate, the girls leave and even Dan admits that the coach alliance is never going to work. “It’s about time the two winners of the game got back on the same side.” Frank joins them in the HOH, and they celebrate their new partnership.

After the last commercial break, Danielle comes into the HOH and Dan tells her the story of what happened. Britney and Shane also join in…and eventually even Ian comes in. They go around the room to see what they think, and Ian says that while Boogie wouldn’t nominate any of them Janelle would have no problems with anybody in that room. “I think that it is much safer to get Janelle out of here because she’s much more likely to win HOH.” Wow, Ian. That is your biggest statement of the season. Danielle and Dan vote the same, while Britney and Shane are undecided.

Frank and Boogie now join the crew, and Britney says that she is worried what will happen if either Jenn or Wil win HOH. Once again, a name is more important than anything else, and they settle on “The Silent Six”. Gross.

But here comes Janelle! She knocks on the door, but nobody responds. Classy.

Finally, it is veto ceremony time…thankfully cut short so we could get that last scene in. Danielle calls everybody in, and we don’t even get the pleas from the nominees. “I have decided to use the power of veto to save Wil. This is nothing personal. It’s completely strategic.” Her replacement nominee is Janelle!

Britney pretends to be shocked as Danielle shuts the wooden veto box. Makeup-free, she gloats in the diary room, while Janelle complains that she felt so safe she didn’t even bother to put on makeup before the ceremony. “I would have put on a cute outfit, and actually washed my face and hair. I have no idea what happened, but I’m not going to go down without a fight.”

The show ends with Boogie and Frank doing their idiotic Chilltown II crap. Dammit, Boogie, just when I like you again.

So…what did you think of the show? How about those new alliances? Will Janelle leave the house tomorrow? Let us know your thoughts!

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