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Wednesday
Jul022014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 4 Recap

The first regular Wednesday episode of the season is always one of the most interesting. While the first two broadcast consist of footage shot before the feeds are turned on, it’s the first Wednesday of the season where we can judge how producers are editing the actions of the house.

I’m intrigued in how almost everybody in the house will be characterized. Will Victoria continue to get the “spoiled princess” edit even if she’s never really acted like that in the house? How will those who have done nothing on the feeds (Jocasta, Pow Pow) be portrayed? Most importantly, just what are they going to do with the Amber and Caleb saga? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go back and read Ash’s posts, or listen to last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.)

We begin tonight’s episode with the aftermath of Brittany and Victoria’s Battle of the Block victory. Everybody is still in their Battle outfits of 20’s clothing, and champagne is opened. The two winners celebrate, and “it feels amazing”. It’s also time to make us believe that safe people may end up being nominated, as Frankie claims to think he’s no longer safe. “I have no power this week. No power means you could get backdoored.” Caleb, obviously, is thrilled. “I’m still sleeping in the penthouse, baby.”

Donny is now shown changing clothes, and he says losing “sure does stink”. His “pal”, Devin, comes into the room, and tells him that he was “amazing”. Donny wanders into the other room to console Pow Pow, who feels like she lost it for them. She’s right. Donny tears up a bit, and Pow Pow says it makes her feel bad. “These young kids caring about me got me emotional”, he says in the diary room. I hate to think about what will happen when he discovers what Devin has done to him. To bring on more sentimental thoughts, the acoustic guitar comes up as we hear Pow Pow talk about how selfish she was before this game started, and how Donny is making her change her ways.

Devin and Caleb then go up to the HOH room, and celebrate with an almost-naked Frankie. They all still believe that Donny is actually a genius, and because he was good at pouring champagne he’s a real threat. Amber then joins the crew, and Devin says that his “charm and charisma” is what is leading the group. Say what???

Devin is now shown consoling Donny. Oh for fucks sake. Donny again talks about how he’s feeling a bit melancholy because everybody cares about him so much. “It touches my heart.” He wants Devin to tell them all that he’s “not pouting because I lost”. Devin thinks it’s all an act, though, because Devin is a complete buffoon. He hugs Donny anyway, but refuses to do what he’s been asked. “I think he’s a great actor.”

Filler time, as we have to sit through Nicole and Christine believing the house is haunted. This is ridiculous. I know many viewers are charmed by Nicole, but she’s a waste of space.

This is followed by a crowd in the HOH wanting Donny to put on high heels. He talks about his socks a bit, and then Amber says she’s off to go to bed. “I’m coming, too”, replies Donny. Can’t say I blame him. This pisses off Caleb, who immediately claims Donny is “ex-military. I knew that the minute he pulled his socks off”. Wait, what? Even Frankie thinks this is ridiculous. “Now he’s saying Donny is Super Soldier. What’s next, Devin? He’s Justin Bieber in a beard? Is he Ariana Grande’s brother?” Caleb adds that he thinks he’s a “killing machine”, while Devin thinks he’s ex-Navy Seal. Stop this. Please stop this. It’s the worst thing ever.

After commercials, Devin and Donny are in bed, and Devin asks if he’s been telling the truth. “My guts tell me there’s something off with Donny”, says Devin, “and I just want to give him an opportunity to come clean.” Seriously, please don’t feature Devin in the show anymore. He is making Cowboy look like a nuclear scientist.

Donny asks why Devin is asking this, and Devin’s response is that he believes Donny was in the military. Donny replies that he always wanted to be in the military, and says in the diary room that he finds the question very strange. He then talks about his job, and says if he wins HOH he can prove it by the pictures. “He made me feel like I was doing something wrong.” Donny tells Devin that he’s a good guy, and that he’s all that he has in the house.

It’s not time to reveal who is on slop this week. Yes, another one of my favorite segments. As the HOH, Caleb has to choose this week’s Have-Nots. Hayden, Joey, Brittany and Cody all volunteers. That’s pretty stupid, kids. We’re then introduced to the frozen room, and Hayden claims that he thinks it’s great.

Out of the blue, Joey is in the bathroom with a bunch of other girls, and she wants to expand El Cuatro. Too bad that she gets zero response, and Jocasta says it’s ridiculous to have an eight-girl alliance. Tell that to the Bomb Squad! Joey continues to make her point, but Amber isn’t thrilled. After all, she is in that boy’s alliance. Finally, she walks out, and Joey is upset. “It was an epic fail.”

It’s now time for this week’s token Derrick appearance. He saw the girls gather in the bathroom, and because he’s a cop he knows “something’s up”. He heads upstairs to tell Devin and Caleb, and they start to wonder who is in charge of this girl’s alliance.

Amber is brought upstairs, and she’s questioned about it. Amber doesn’t want to narc on them, but does let it out that it’s Joey. Amber says that when they’re talking, she just listens and “absorbs”. Caleb can’t let that happen, obviously.

Once another set of commercials air, Joey is complaining that she’s suddenly starting to feel like an outsider. In case you didn’t understand her point, we see footage of people walking past her without talking, or paying her no attention while they’re all sitting around. She decides that coming clean is the best idea, and goes upstairs to play chess with Devin. She tells him everything as he stares her down, and he calls her “the worst player in Big Brother history”. No, she’s in second place. You’re the worst, my friend. Wait, I may change my mind, as Joey now says that it was smart of her to get that off her chest. Um, no.

It’s time to pick the players for the Veto competition. This has not changed from last year, and that includes the script. Caleb pulls out Victoria’s name, while Pow Pow gets Zach and Donny gets Cody. Another aspect of this that hasn’t changed is the usual “I have to win this” script as the segment ends.

Pow Pow is now shown crying in the bedroom because she doesn’t think she has a chance to win with people like Zach and Cody in the competition. Jocasta tells her that it’s “unacceptable” to give up, and starts praying for her.

And with that we jump to the veto competition, which is called Miami Lice. Everybody is dressed like Miami Vice characters, and we get lots of cheeseball shots. There’s a giant tub, and one must dig through the “lice” to find letters. These letters are then to be used to spell a word, and the winner is the person with the longest word in the quickest amount of time.

Even though Jocasta just read these rules, we have to hear them again from Pow Pow. We almost must endure Princess Victoria reading the script about how this dirty pit is not the Miami she knows. Caleb mentions that he’s smart because he graduated from high school, and Donny makes another funny.

Zach actually has a strategy, but Cody doesn’t quite have one. Caleb wants to spell “specialize”, but can’t find a “p”. Donny, meanwhile, is taking his time picking up the letters he wants, and he says it’s because he doesn’t want to “wear myself out”. Pow Pow wants to spell “calculators”, but can’t find a “C”. “Worst pool party I’ve ever been to.”

Zach is the first to hit his buzzer, and is convinced he’s going to win. Donny is next, followed by Cody, Pow Pow, Victoria, and Caleb (the smart one). Zach’s word is “warning”. Cody spelled “competively”, which is disqualified. Caleb’s word is almost “specialize”, but he had no “P”. Victoria tried to spell “pharmacist”, but had no “C’s”. Pow Pow obviously didn’t spell “calculator”, or anything else for that matter. So it’s all down to Donny, who must beat Zach’s seven-letter word.

Guess what? Donny did just that, with the word “splitters”, but we don’t find this out until after the commercial. Donny is the Veto winner! “Fear the beard, thug!”

Frankie then heads into the HOH to talk to Caleb, and he wants to now go after Joey. How dare she try to start an alliance! Joey is aware of this, though, and heads up to talk to Caleb and Frankie. She apologizes, but this goes as well as expected. “You tried. No one was on board, so you failed.” Caleb adds that “it’s way too early for that”. What? He does inform her that coming clean was a good move, though, so Joey thinks she still has hope. Nope, you don’t.

There’s one more commercial break before we see the veto ceremony. Donny handles the same little cliched format as in previous years. He puts on his veto necklace and surveys the wall of photos. There’s the usual diary room comments from nominees, potential nominees, and the HOH, and then the cast is brought into the house. Obviously, he takes himself down. Caleb then gets up, and babbles for the millionth time about not wanting “blood on his hands”. He then puts up Joey. Funny how we saw none of the “what the house wants” silliness that filled up the feeds for two days, but it was mentioned in Caleb’s speech.

After a few more diary comments, the episode is over. What did you think? What was left out? Where was the Caleb obsession with Amber? Tell us what you think?





 

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