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Sunday
Jul202014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 12 Recap

When we last saw the Big Brother cast, they were paired up in teams and were transferring eggs through chicken wire. Tonight’s episode is bound to be jam-packed, as we will be shown the “highlights” of that competition, the reactions, nominations, and the Battle of the Block competition.

Forgive me, my friends, if tonight’s recap isn’t as thorough as usual. I’m a bit distracted tonights, as I should be in Lousiville, KY for a music festival featuring The Replacements. They are hitting the stage at the exact same moment as Big Brother starts, and my phone is bound to be going off left and right with reactions and setlist updates.

I must still laugh at CBS milking this phony plot to evict Caleb last week. There was NEVER any possibility of that happening. Oh well, let’s ignore the rest of the intro recap, and go right into the HOH competition. Honestly, this is not one of the more exciting comps to watch, let alone design. That doesn’t stop CBS from giving us diary room segments from almost the entire house describing how it works. They all “have” to win, you know, although for some of them it’s only to see their kids.

Victoria isn’t doing well, and Caleb’s “man hands” make him useless. Yeah, that’s the reason. Jocasta and Britney appear to be doing pretty well, however, with Donny and Hayden right behind them. Oh wait, Zach just told Amber he loves her. I hope Caleb didn’t hear that! Frankie and Cody say they started off just moving one egg at a time, but quickly realized they need to each be working on an egg at the same time. Really, it took you that long to figure that out?

Britney and Jocasta slow down a bit, and Frankie and Cody pass them up, with little help from Derrick’s non-stop encouragement and advice. This pisses off Donny, as he is also in Team America with Derrick.

Silly music comes on Victoria continues to drop eggs. Christine makes a comment about makeup, and the rest of the house make horrible puns about her performance. Please, knock it off.

Zach and Amber jump into the lead, with most of the house (except Victoria and Christine) right behind them. We get some more “I have to win” comments from the likes of Zach and Amber, and they do look like they’re going to win. Cody says it’s time to step it up as they go down to the final egg, and they finally place get their final egg across the fence. Cody and Frankie are the new HOH’s.

Yes, there’s a lot of footage of Frankie celebrating, and Cody claims to be wondering if Caleb could possibly be his target for the week. At the same time, Caleb and Derrick both talk about how this should be an easy week for them. Derrick adds that although the Bomb Squad is no more, the remnants of that alliance are still strong.

Zach rushes into the room to congratulate Frankie, starting off with how he wants to “bang” him. Yep, that’s a way to Frankie’s heart. Zach already knows who he thinks should go up, but wants to find out who will be the fourth nominee. Frankie doesn’t want to talk about that yet, though.

Donny and Brittany are now eating ice cream, and she tells him that she doesn’t feel safe right now. You think? She knows the “Bomb Squad still kind of exists”, which means she’ll have to go up. She starts crying, and says she “feels uncomfortable whenever somebody becomes HOH”. Donny gives her some words of encouragement, but even he says he’s worried.

Ugh, it’s the “who wants to see my HOH room” segment. You guys know my feelings on this segment, especially given that Frankie is involved. Seriously, this sucks. Plus, we get more Ariana Grande chatter. Go away.

With that useless junk over, it’s back to more game talk. Five people are in the HOH room, and Zach notes that the current combo of people in the room is kind of “funny”. Derrick doesn’t get his reference, but it’s pointed out that it’s what is left of the Bomb Squad, minus Caleb, Amber, and Devin. Wait, they don’t consider Caleb part of their alliance any more? Um, no. These five (Frankie, Cody, Christine, Derrick, and Zach) are the new alliance, and they call themselves the Detonators. Yeah, exciting.

We come back from commercials to some fluffy filler, and it’s about the hotness of Zac Effron. But it’s three guys talking about him. I don’t get it. We even get diary room talk from Cody about the hotness of this actor. Why?

Woof, thankfully that’s over. Too bad it’s replaced by Frankie screaming over getting the next Team America (Fuck Yeah!) mission. They have to push the nomination of a “physical threat” to be nominated this week. It’s completely stupid, and we talked about it last night on the Big Brother Gossip Show. Footage is shown of Frankie running off to tell Derrick, and they decide Amber is the biggest female physical threat of the house. Hmmm, Derrick says the Team America alliance is their main alliance. Tell Donny that, kids. Well, they do tell Donny about the mission, but they clearly don’t really consider him a part of their group.

It’s time for the main theme of the week - Brittany whining. She has cornered Frankie, and claims to be the “old girl” in the house. She doesn’t throw herself at Cody like the other girls, and Frankie runs right upstairs to tell him. He’s insulted that she would insinuate that he would make his nominations based on flirting. “It’s insulting.”

The next scene is Cody sitting in the kitchen with Brittany. She has been up all night (this was early morning), and she is telling him that she’s “kind of over it”. She can’t deal with the “fakeness and lies. Maybe I’m just like too old for it.” He responds with the accusation he heard from Frankie, and Brittany doesn’t deny it. This doesn’t go over well with Cody. “It’s making my nomination process a lot easier.”

There’s more adverts, and we get back to Frankie and Caleb hanging out in the HOH bed. At the same time, Amber is hanging out with Cody in the other HOH bed. She gets up and kicks the door shut, and Caleb immediately starts freaking out. Cody mentions this, and Amber tells him that he’s her best guy friend. In the diary room, Cody claims to be thinking about putting up Caleb.

Zach is now making fun of Victoria in front of a number of people. Uh oh, it’s “bedgate” time, as nobody wants to share a bed with her. The problem is that Victoria is so high maintenance, and keeps people up at night. It is silly, but was a main topic of discussion for close to 24 hours. Brittany gets especially riled up after a comment from Victoria, and pulls her aside in the bathroom. “Oh really, it’s that much of a big deal to sleep with me?”, Victoria says in the diary room.

We now see the “Nominations Today” sign on the TV, and Amber pulls Frankie into the storage room to see if she’s going up. She’s not happy when she finds out that she is going to be nominated. Frankie assures her that she’s going to be safe, and we get the stupid “no blood on my hands” line from him. Amber wants to know why she’s the pawn every time instead of Christine, or why none of the guys have to take their turn.

There’s more commercials, and we get to the nominations. Frankie and Cody both talk about their mindset (including Team America), and the house is then brought in. Cody goes first with his nominations, and they are Victoria and Brittany. He says he’s doing it “based only on not knowing where you guys are at in the game”.

After an over-dramatic flip of the head, Frankie announces Amber and Jocasta as his nominees. He pumps them both up, and says he loves them both. At the end of the day, he doesn’t really give any reasons.

Brittany is really pissed, but it’s mainly because she was compared to Victoria, who does nothing in the house. Jocasta says she’s “determined to fight in Battle of the Block”. Victoria just talks, but makes no sense.

Victoria takes Cody into a room, and tears up even though she says she doesn’t care. Cody says she’s not really a target to go, and says in the diary room that it “takes a huge toll” to make people sad.

Derrick and Frankie celebrate the Team America victory, but again they do it without their third member, Donny.

Christine is talking to Amber in the bathroom, and Amber complains how the boys never have to do their share of playing the pawn. “Why can’t any of the other guys step up?” Amber says she wants to talk to her and Nicole to ensure their safety and maybe go against the guys, and adds in the diary room that she “really trusts” Christine.

They’re joined by Jocasta and Brittany, who is still fuming about being compared to Victoria. “I’ve sacrificed everything just to be put on the block every week, and to be compared to somebody who is not even trying.” Yes, this is pretty accurate, as Brittany as whined about being “deserving” all week. The segment ends with Victoria uncomfortably walking into the bathroom.

The finale segment is the Battle of the Board, and it’s a giant chess board. They all have to move like a knight in chess, and wherever they land becomes their square that nobody else can stand on in the future. The last team standing wins.

Brittany says she has to win to “change things”, and Amber is still whining about being a pawn. Jocasta then makes the first move. It’s not exactly an exciting game, and the four girls also have no clue. Jocasta even says that her only game plan is “prayer”.

Victoria immediately begins frustrating Brittany, but it’s Jocasta who traps herself and gets knocked out first. Caleb says that he bets Amber wishes he was her “knight in shining armour”, protecting her in the game. Amber doesn’t need him, though, as Brittany is the next to be eliminated.

Then the weirdest thing happens. Out of nowhere, Jocasta’s jaw begins to shake. Her entire body quivers, and she begins speaking in tongues!!! I’m not making this up! It must have spurred on Amber, as she makes the final move that knocks out Victoria! Jocasta continue sto speak in tongues, as tar and feather is dropped on Frankie. Oh yeah, in her diary room commentary, Jocasta made it sound like she was the competition queen! She was out almost imediately!

There’s some final diary room comments as the show goes to credits, but you can probably guess what is said. It’s no different than usual.

What did you think of this episode? Were the games as underwhelming to you as they seemed to me? How about Jocasta’s antics during Battle of the Block? Let me know your thoughts!

 

 

Reader Comments (4)

The Battle of the Block comp was a revamp of the "Knight Moves" PoV comp from BB6. While the comp on BB6 was played with a stroke of strategic genius, to put an end to Cappy's game, this incarnation was played by a bunch of nitwits, and according to some of the guys on the feeds, the women had no concept how it worked and the guys had to explain to them multiple times how it worked.

This episode was so full of filler, it could have been aired as a 30 minute episode. The bright spot was Jocasta talking in tongues!

I am not happy with how the season is playing out so far. I get the strong feeling we will wind up with another "Brigade" type of alliance, that dominates the entire game. In other words, boring as Hell.
July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRichard H. Shores
Agreed on all counts, Richard! :)
July 20, 2014 | Registered CommenterScott
There are several useless people in the house this year, but Jocasta is the absolute worst. None of these girls play chess or know how to make chess moves, so don't blame the guys because the girls are getting railroaded. They don't try because they don't have a clue how.
July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
While I really like the house guests alot this year, the game play is less than stellar. I feel like they put all these really nice, non confrontational people in a house to make up for last years racist fiasco. There needs to be some drama because Caleb semi stalking Amber, Brittany and whatever she is up to and Zach being Zach is just not enough. With that said, I love Zach and at least he makes it interesting.
July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith
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