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Tuesday
Aug192014

Tuesday Update - Better Late Than Never

Writing this up for posterity because really nothing has gone on today of note, however the last update was posted before the Power of Veto meeting on Monday so I wanted to note those results and mention the one big overnight result happening.

On Monday Zach knew the POV was going to be used and indeed it was.  Frankie ended up doing some poetry as he put Zach up  - I am sure CBS will highlight it.

The big even of the night happened close to midnight and I am going to keep it pretty brief and give you some times to go watch for yourself.

Monday - 10:55pm We see Victoria talking (super quiet whispering) with Cody and Christine.  She seems to be implying she wants to do something with Zach's "Signature" pink baseball cap.  They way she talks she has consulted with production and has been told what she can and can't do.  She feels like Zach has been harassing her and she wants to get him back.  Words alone won't do the trick so she intends on taking something from him the will really hurt.

An hour later - about 11:57pm she grabs the pink cap and runs off with it - we hear her call to Christine for a knife and the feeds cut to fish.  When they return 2 minutes later she is back sitting in the kitchen and we don't know exactly what happened.  About 12:07am Tuesday we hear that she cut the hat up and the next hour or more we watch Zach realize the hat is missing and he quickly figures out Victoria has done something with it.  She never tells him what she has done and also won't agree to give it back.

Now a note about the cap.  If the discussion from 8/12 at 2:31am is to be believed, Victoria brought the cap into the house and let Zach have it (before the feeds began we believe).  In that convo Zach seems to confirm with her that he can keep the cap and she doesn't want it back. I guess however production must consider it still 'owened' by Victoria.

The last bit to relate took place just before 12pm today - I think the time is around 11:57pm.  Victoria is alone and she grabs some foil - pulls what we see is a completely shredded pick cap out of her basket in the bathroom, wraps it in the foil and puts it back in the basket.  Not sure if she plans to show it to him later or just doesn't want to try to throw it away while he is in the house.

So there you go - our latest "Gate" - this one being "Hat Gate."

Monday
Aug182014

Monday Morning. POV Meeting Today - Team America sinks Zach.

Scott wrote up a good recap of most of the Team America crap from Sunday afternoon / evening so I won't dwell on it much.  I will just say that Team America's challenge to do a neighborhood watch continues as Derrick and Caleb are sitting up awake to protect things that aren't going to be disturbed.

The long and short of it is Zach will be going up later today in Caleb's place.

This was going to happen with or without the Team America fiasco, it just so happen that Derrick and Frankie (Donny is just along for the ride) decided to use thier challenge as a way to make everyone turn on Zach just a little bit more.

Zach's problem is he is impulsive and when confronted with something he is inocent of, rather than deny it he will get a smug look on his face and embrace it.  He said he was indeed Amanda's cousin when Team America accused him of it (Frankie brought it up again last night), he has said time and time again he may be gay (told Victoria he might be bi just that yesterday morning in what many saw as a joke since Vicky is extremely gullible).  The impulsiveness really cost him yesterday though as he, on a whim, took the cue ball from the pool table, put it inside Nicole's sweatshirt he was wearing, and hid it in the bathroom (Sunday 7:53pm), but Caleb saw him take it and called him out on it.  He has since denied he is a 'Saboteur' but the damage has been done.

Frankie did eventally tell Zach that he is indeed going up on the block today and being voted out this week (Rule check Big Brother - isn't that against the rules?).  Zach took it very well and told Frankie he'd be a fool not to put him up over Victoria who is no threat.  Interestingly enough Frnkie said he wouldn't consider putting up Derrick, the third option, because Derrick has nothing against him to deserve it.

Zach eventually went to bed but around 12:38am was apparently called to the DR by production.  It was blocked on the feeds but Caleb told several people about it over the next few minutes because he felt it was strange that BB said something like "Zach, you doing alright?"  Caleb felt he was being called in to get a new assignment as the 'Saboteur' - I'm guessing BB is a bit concenrned that Zach is upset after having the entire house yell at him all night for doing things he knows he didn't do.

I personally don't want this task to succeed.  My hope is Big Brother won't give them credit for "taking" Frankie's glitter and Christine's stuffed bear as I don't consider those articles of clothing as laid out in the rules Derrick read on Sunday's show.

Thats all I have for now.  As I type Derrick was alsone and now seems to be trying to get someone else up.  Team America can't be alone in the Night Watch task.

 

Sunday
Aug172014

Does CBS Condone Abusive Behavior?

I'm no fan of Big Brother Canada, but they have had a feature each of their two seasons that livened up the slower days of the week. Various people were given top secret tasks, and if they succeeded they (or the whole house) were given a reward. 

Team America was clearly created as the US version of this concept, and it's been a failure from the beginning. The tasks have been stupid, and unlike the Canadian counterparts they have possibly compromised a house guest's game. Zach has been the Team America whipping boy, and while some of the antics have been entertaining, it really hasn't been in his best interests.

On paper, this week's Team America task could have been as harmless as the Canadian concept, but not when there is a vile creature such as Frankie in the house. To recap, Team America needed to steal an article of clothing from each of the cast and hide them. They were then to start a "Neighborhood Watch" to prevent more thefts in a 24 hour period. With the right people, this could have been fun, particularly since Team America was NOT supposed to assign the blame to anybody.

Over the last two days, the trio has been quietly grabbing items, and earlier today finished that part of the mission. The plan was to institute the second part later tonight, but unfortunately various people discovered the "thefts".

Almost immediately, the fun disappeared. A house meeting was called, and chaos erupted. Caleb was especially upset over his stolen cowboy boots, and the attention went to Victoria as the culprit. Caleb got in her face and began screaming at her. 

The blame quickly moved to Zach, egged on by Frankie. It's ugly. It's hard to watch. I turned it off multiple times. It's the worst thing I've ever seen on Big Brother. Take Aaryn's bed-tossing incident times ten. Even when he's in a room alone with Zach, Frankie eggs it on, and adds sexual overtones to the action. 

This is not a "I love Zach" post that says he's never allowed to be nominated or evicted. I have stated many times that I don't care who wins, but I don't like when production turns a blind eye to their own interference being used as justification for an eviction. The fact that Frankie continues to cross that boundary of taste could be described as sexual harassment. Imagine the uproar if it was one of the guy's pushing for oral sex from Nicole or Amber. That would not fly, but somehow Frankie is allowed to do it.

It's disgusting, and Frankie is easily the worst human being to ever be cast on the show.

Sunday
Aug172014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 24 Recap

Watching the Sunday episode is always interesting. Sometimes it’s even infuriating. Ok, quite often, actually.

As I’ve said before, the Sunday broadcast primrarily consists of footage from a 24-hour period, starting with the conclusion of Thursday’s eviction show to Friday afternoon’s Battle of the Block. Anything not from that time period is either flown in footage from previous days (such as much of the year’s phony Hayden/Nicole “showmance”), or material designed to explain what we’re seeing.

The problem for me is that due to the Big Brother Gossip Show, I’ve already spent hours with these events. If I’m not cutting audio to use on the show, I’m watching and rewatching in order to understand what I’m going to talk about on Saturday night.

My anger is when this material is manipulated to show something different than what actually happened. Quite often, somebody gets a more positive edit, or the wrong person is given credit for something they had a minimal part in the acts.

Tonight it’s quite possible this could happen again. While what actually happened is pretty cut and dry, there is a great possibility the wrong house guest will be shown as a hero and/or a villain. I hope that’s not the case, but we all know how CBS works these days.

So let’s get started, and let’s also pray that there’s no egregious examples of selective editing. Derrick and Frankie are shown winning HOH, and of course Frankie is so excited. The downside is that with so few people left, a few people from his alliance will have to go up and “some feathers will definitely be ruffled”. Caleb still believes the Bomb Squad is in existence, and says that Donny is their number one target. Derrick, though, claims that he will play up to the fact that his pals want Donny and Victoria on the block, but “with that being said (ugh), I don’t want either of them to go home”. Christine’s only hope is the fact that since she sent home her only friend they’ll keep her safe this week.

Donny is now shown feeling sad because he knows he is going on the block. “I’m definitley outnumber, but I’m not out yet.”

In the bathroom, Derrick is already starting to set up what he wants to see happen. He explains to the boys that it’s going to be complicated, and Cody says that he wants to see Zach and Donny up. Derrick replies that they have to make Zach volunteer to be nominated. Caleb adds that somebody has to be next to Zach that will throw the comp, but he wants nothing to do with it. He is the “founder” of the Bomb Squad, after all, so he could be losing trust if they make him go up once again. Cody is also not crazy about throwing a comp. Derrick says they need to have everybody get together to figure out the logistics.

Frankie then enters, and Derrick tells them that they’re going to tell Victoria that she’s safe this week. Frankie thinks that’s a great idea for her “to be safe this week...for now”. Victoria then enters, and is told the news. Obviously, she’s excited.

We move to the fire room, and Victoria runs in and hugs Derrick to say thanks. He says that he just told them there’s no way she’s going up this time. “Really?” She says in the dairy room that she has complete faith in Derrick. “I’m happy”, she tells him. “I love you.”

Frankie and Derrick then go into the hive room to figure out what to do. Derrick tells Frankie that he trusts him more than anybody, and it’s partly due to the bond they have because of their grandfather’s deaths. “I don’t think you’ll ever go against that.” Derrick wants to stay HOH, and Frankie agrees since he’s the only person “I trust 100%”. They move on to who they want next to Donny on the block, and all fingers point to Cody since he’s never been nominated. Derrick’s not that crazy about this idea, though, since he has a final two deal with Cody (and almost everybody else). They again talk about havnig a meeting to decide who is going to “bite the bullet this week”.

Ugh, HOH room reveal time. Excuse me as I fast forward, especially after hearing Frankie hoot and holler because he gets to see his stupid sister, Ariana.

After this awful moment, Donny pulls Derrick aside to talk about the week. Derrick says that he’s not the target of either him or Frankie, and Derrick adds that he is pretty much just telling Donny what he wants to hear. He even throws out the Team America silliness, and eventually Donny concedes that he has to go up.

Speaking of Team America, it’s time for Derrick to get this week’s task. Yep, another waste of valuable air time, as they have to hide pieces of clothing from every house guest. Oh yeah, and create a “nieghborhood watch”. It’s dumb, no matter what Derrick reads from his diary room script. Derrick first tells Frankie about the mission, and then Donny. Wake me when this is over.

We jump ahead to the middle of the night, and the boys are all deciding who is going to go up. Frankie describes how they need to keep Veronica off the block so that they have a backup nominee. To do this, one person has to go up with Donny and throw the BOB.

Zach immediately speaks up and says that at this stage in the game he doesn’t feel comfortable throwing a competition. Neither does an angry Caleb, Christine, or Cody. Frankie says there are “no other options”...and the conversation gets extremely quiet. Zach finally says that they have to play “rock, paper, scissors” to decide, and Caleb still feels that because he’s already done it in the past he shouldn’t have to do it this time. Zach needs to go up, and Caleb promises to keep him.

They finally decide on drawing Skittles. Yep, that’s what this season has come down to. As we described on last night’s Big Brother Gossip Show, they made their nomination plans based on pulling Skittles. They all pick colors, and Christine’s purple candy is drawn first. She’s not happy about this, obviously. Caleb and Cody’s candy pieces are the next two, so they will be the other side. Nobody’s happy that Zach’s piece of candy wasn’t pulled, especially Caleb who doesn’t trust him as far as he could throw a body. “Maybe three or four feet.”

One would think this means we get the nomination ceremony after this, but instead we get some Frankie/Zach romance. I’m over it. Really. There’s no need, especially since Frankie has been the worst friend possible for Zach. It goes on to the boys gossiping about Cody and Christine, which I also don’t need to endure.

Back to game stuff, and Caleb is still bitching about Zach. He knows that Zach doesn’t like him, and because of this Caleb wants him out more than Veronica. He also understands that Zach will probably nominate him if he becomes HOH. Cody chimes in that he wouldn’t mind seeing Zach leave either, and Derrick says in the diary room that he likes the way this conversation is going as he doesn’t want either Donny or Velouria to go home. If Donny wins the BOB, then Caleb wants Zach to be backdoored.

More adverts, and Donny now comes in to talk to Frankie and Derrick. He’s told that Victoria is the true target, which is why she’s being kept off the block for now. He’s also informed of the Skittles draw, and how everybody but him was there for the draw. Donny is not happy by this, and now knows for sure that those two are working together. He’s told to win Battle of the Block, but admits in the diary room that “having my fate decided by color coded candy lets me know that I am expendable by the other members of Team America”.

Finally, it’s nomination time. We already know who they are, so this is just a formality for the cameras. Even the “reasons” are formalities of nothingness. Afterwards, Derrick and Cody head into the storage room, and Cody is informed that they don’t believe the story he was told in the HOH.

One more set of adverts and we get the Battle of the Block that Christine is supposed to throw to ensure that Donny stays on the block. There’s a pitch black building in the back yard, and they must find bones hidden in the box. One team is gonig for stars bones; the other for circles...and some don’t fit at all. The first team to get five bones wins.

As always, we get comment after comment about the importance of this competition, and they are finally led inside. The bell sounds, and they’re bombarded with gunk as they blindly look around. Cody and Caleb decide to work hand in hand, literally, and head to the board whenever they have two bones. Unfortunately, Caleb grabbed a bone that doesn’t fit into the puzzle. Meanwhile, Christine plays dumb while Donny is working hard. Christine thinks this is great, as it’s not hard at all to throw this competition. Donny then gets a bone, and the other boys get their second. The humorous music comes on as Donny fumbles around various objects before finding a second bone. Donny hands Christine a bone, but Caleb grabs it from her. (Hmmm, according to their commentary afterwards, production yelled that Christine can’t hand bones to the other side.)

Ok, this is getting boring. Caleb is continuing to have problems, and is reading way too many production one liners in the diary room. They get their third bone up, but Donny has grabbed his fourth bone. He also now understands that because he is the only one who has inserted the bones that Christine is throwing this competition. He must now hurry to find the winning bone as he’s working alone. Christine hands the boys one more bone, but Donny has found the fifth bone...and wins the competition!

This is clearly the worst result for the boys (and Christine), so we get more commentary on how their plans to throw competitions is just not working for them.

That’s it for tonight! What did you think? I must say that outside of production reportedly yelling at Christine and Caleb during BOB, the happenings were somewhat fairly represented. Do you agree? Let us know what you think!