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The Night Owl - Thursday Night

Ok, well, Frankie and Derrick are your new HOHs.  I mentioned last night that I thought it would be Frankie and it happened.  The intended target is still Donny, but getting there was more trouble than expected tonight.

After the feeds came back there wasn't really a whole lot of talking done.  Derrick did first talk to Donny and tell him that there would be a chance of him going up if it was what everyone in the house wanted, but that Victoria would likely be the intended target.  He basically just prepped Donny and made sure that he wouldn't be TOO angry if he or Frankie put him on the block.  He talked a lot about Team America stuff etc.. I don't know if Donny bought it or not because he went to bed shortly after the HOH reveal.  He seemed ok with it at the time, but really, what choice does he have?

Prior to talking to Donny, a lot of the members of The Detonators/Bomb Squad/whatever the hell you want to call them now had talked in the bathroom and first agreed without Zach there that he would be the one going up next to Donny and expected to throw the competition to keep Donny on the block, while 2 of their other members went up on the other side to win the competition and achieve safety for the week.  Zach came in on the conversation and agreed that he would do it.

Later Derrick pulled Zach into the Hive Room and talked to him about this past week and about his feelings on the whole thing.  He told him he was proud of the way he played this past week and that he felt like after their talk on Saturday night after the fight, Zach had really not run his mouth much and had done much better with the game.  Zach told Derrick that he really didn't want to throw the competition and he just didn't feel safe doing that at this juncture in the game (Can you really blame him?).  Derrick said he needed to voice his opinion and say everything he felt in the meeting the alliance had planned for later when they were to decide nominations.

Derrick and Frankie had a short talk and decided that while they would tell everyone else they played "Rock Paper Scissors" for who would stay HOH, ultimately they were going to let Derrick stay HOH so that Frankie could play in the competition this coming week which will likely be endurance.

HOH room reveals were then made and Frankie squealed and carried on about his Ariana Grande CD and his Ariana Grande pictures etc.. etc.. Then it was time for the nominations talk.

Derrick told Victoria to stay downstairs for a while and let them talk because she was safe and not being nominated this week.  Zach immediately voiced to the room that he wasn't comfortable going up and throwing the competition.  He asked Christine and Cody what they thought. Christine immediately said "well I don't want to be the one to go on the block!" Cody agreed that he didn't want to be the one to go up and throw the competition either.  BUT, as we all know, it's always Zach's fault, so the anger from Caleb, Christine, and Cody was immediately aimed in his direction.  I mean...he is supposed to completely trust them to keep him in the house even though they almost voted him out twice...right?  There was a lot of threatening by Caleb to Zach telling him that if he were to win the BOB with Donny and not throw it, he would be the target of all of them next week.  Everyone else who didn't want to be nominated was mostly silent, and Frankie kept explaining over and over again how this week was a fool proof plan and that there was NO WAY the person going up and throwing the comp would be going home.  Zach finally agreed that if he was the one to go up he would have no choice but to throw the competition for the alliance, but suggested that they draw skittles and whoever had their color drawn first had to go up next to Donny while the next two colors drawn would go up on Frankie's side and dethrone Frankie.  Christine's skittle was drawn to go up next to Donny. Caleb and Cody's skittles were drawn to go up on Frankie's side.  Zach's orange skittle was never drawn making him not an original nominee this week.

Caleb was extremely pissed off at Zach and went downstairs and talked to Derrick for a while.  Caleb at first really wanted Zach to be the backdoor target this week for not being the one to agree to go up and throw the competition.  Derrick talked him down and explained that they HAVE to get Donny out if they put him up because for one, they don't want him coming after them, and two, someone could be coming back next week who would work with Donny against them. So Donny has to be the target this week unless he wins the POV.

Everyone else filtered into the room after a while and Zach eventually explained to Caleb that he would have thrown the BOB if he had to, but that it would have been emotionally hard for him to do it because he has watched Donny cry to him in the Have Not room and he just didn't want to do that to him. He volunteered and said he would be more than willing to go up against Victoria next week if needed, but that doing it to Donny was hard for him.  Caleb eventually told him he wasn't mad at him anymore and said he was just irritated with how the whole thing went down.

Silliness ensued afterwords and Caleb started beating Victoria with a pillow and dressing up in various props to do Ninja moves and chase Victoria around the house.  Crisis temporarily averted.

When Cody got some alone time with Christine, he told her that he didn't care WHO she went up to in the house, he would never EVER vote her out.  So, I guess they have a final two deal now.  Meanwhile, Victoria was in the other room complaining to Derrick about how Cody and Christine are stuck up each other's asses.  I don't see Derrick letting that relationship go on much longer.  He likes to take Cody's play things away to keep him focused on their final two.

So the plan now is for Christine and Donny to be nominated by Derrick and throw the BOB to Cody and Caleb who will be nominated by Frankie today. Christine is going to pretend to be ill from something she ate and try to sabotage the competition.  Then, when veto is played, if anyone outside of Donny or Victoria wins the POV, they take Christine off of the block and put up Victoria to keep up the charade to Donny that Victoria is the target.  If Donny wins POV the plan of the group is for Victoria to go home, but I have a feeling it would be Zach instead.  The POV will be Zingbot this week, and Zingbot is usually a puzzle, so Donny winning is a big possibility.

Whoever does end up getting voted out will have a chance to get back in the house against Hayden, Nicole, and Jocasta on Thursday night. So really, this eviction isn't that set in stone.  That's pretty much it for the night. Everyone is enjoying silliness and games right now.  It will be interesting to see if Christine is actually able to throw this BOB this week and keep she and Donny on the block.  As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight updates.  Until tomorrow night...


Big Brother Season 16, Episode 23 Recap

The boycott is over, and I’m back!

Tonight should be a pretty predictable episode, as there has been no doubt who is going home since the veto ceremony on Monday. Everything else will be the standard eviction night fare, with the only unusual item to be shown tonight should be the Dallas Cowboys practice session that was attended by Frankie, Caleb, and Christine.

So let’s get this over with, picking up with Christine replacing Zach with Nicole as a nominee. We start off with Cody and Christine heading up to the HOH, and he picks her up in a giant hug. Christine says that with this nomination she has “clearly chosen sides, and at this point I just have to keep my fingers crosses that The Detonators keep me safe and they’re still working with me.” Frankie and Caleb join them in the HOH, and Frankie also hugs her. The boys then wrestle in a frankly homoerotic fashion.

Christine is now outside, and Nicole asks if they can talk. “I’m not pissed. I’m hurt”, says Nicole. She adds that she is upset that Christine didn’t bother to come to her so she could defend herself against what the boys told her. “I deserve to know why I was sitting there.” Christine responds that a “lot of people” told her that the same thing would have happened to her if Caleb and Frankie had not lost BOB. Nicole says that she would have never backdoored her, and that she just agreed to anything the boys said. Nicole doesn’t believe her. “It was her own decision.” Nicole then breaks down in tears, saying she has “literally done nothing” to deserve this.

We move on to some footage that’s a bit out of place. Zach and Donny are in the Have-Not room, and Donny talks about how he’s been alone throughout the entire game. He tears up a bit, and Zach says in the diary room that he feels that Donny’s a great person. “I honestly kind of feel bad for the guy.” Donny says he’s still going to fight, but wonders what it is about him that scares people. “I have no idea”, replies Zach. “I think it’s the beard. Fear the beard.” It’s actually a touching scene, but came from last Saturday when Zach was still a nominee.

Victoria (who?) and Nicole are now laying in bed, and Nicole is blowing her nose in between tears. “I don’t even know why I’m crying. I just feel so terrible.” The two talk about how Christine and Nicole act like they’re married, and Victoria adds that the boys are just picking them off one by one. Nicole desides she needs to try to get the votes to stay.

Ok, a funny bit of footage here. Derrick and Cody are sleeping, and all of a sudden Cody punches himself in the face. He needs to do that more often. He wakes up, looks around, and rolls over.

Nicole has now grabbed Christine once again, and says that she has to make an attempt to stay. They gossip about Donny a bit, and Nicole adds that if she stays she will still be their biggest target. “Honestly, it’s getting through”, says Christine. “Donny, I don’t trust a bone in his body.” She really makes no sense these days. Finally, she says “I wouldn’t be upset if you stayed.”

Now Nicole moves on to Cody with her sob story. She says that she would never go after him or Derrick, but Donny would. Somehow, Cody believes that Donny is “scheming behind the scenes, plus there are rumors that I’m one of his targets.” Seriously, Cody is stupid.

Christine now reports to Derrick and Cody what Nicole said. “We’re (Donny’s) number one targets.” Derrick replies that Nicole is one of the smartest people in the house, but Cody wants to go after Donny. Derrick claims that he has to hear him out. “At this point, I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Yeah, right. That’s a nice reading of the script, copper!

After the first ad break, we get the promo for the upcoming Thursday Night Football. Yep, it’s time for the unlikely trio to visit the Cowboys training camp. It’s a waste of time. They all act hoot and holler like it’s exciting, and Caleb can’t wait to meet Jerry Jones. They get a tour of the facility, and there’s a bit of Frankie showing off. They then meet Mr. Jones, who provides them with some gear. Caleb is excited because Jones told him he looks like a player.

Various Cowboys then meet them and sign autographs, including Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Jason Whitten. The players all put on their game face and act like they know who these loons are, but obviously they don’t. They then view a bit of practice before heading back home. Well, home as in the Big Brother house, and they all read a promo for the upcoming season. A waste of time.

Julie then goes to the living room, and asks Caleb about the trip. He says his favorite person to meet was Jerry Jones. She moves on to ask about the drama in the house, and asks Victoria what was the most exciting part of the drama. Victoria doesn’t get the Ariana bait, though. Instead, she talks about how she cries. Stupid, stupid, stupid! Zach is then asked where things stand between him and Frankie, and he responds that he still hates everybody in the house. “But I hate Frankie the least! We made up, everything’s great, and he’s still my best friend.” Frankie is asked about playing solo in the BOB, and we move on without any mention of Ariana!

More commercials before final plea time. Nicole goes first, and flashes the audience with her short skirt. She thanks all of her friends and family, and then talks about how the game is her dream. Donny then thanks God, and also gives shout outs to his family. He says they’ve all been like little brothers and sisters to him.

Voting then starts with Caleb, who votes to evict Nicole, as does Zach, Cody, Victoria, Frankie, and Derrick. Yes, Nicole is out with a unanimous expected.

Ms. Chen announces the news...oh wait, there’s commercials first. After we return, she finally tells the house, and Nicole again flashes America. Blue panties? It’s a peaceful exit, as she smiles and hugs everybody.

The interview begins with the obvious question about being the first person to go from HOH to eviction. Nicole says “they gave me a lot more credit than what I really did in there...they maybe saw me as a huge threat”. She is then asked if she likes anybody in the house, and she says she loves Donny. The Christine friendship is then brought up, and Nicole says it was probably a smart move to put her up. “I’m  frustrated with her right now. I thought she was my friend. I don’t think very highly of her as a person, but as a game player (it was) a smart move”

Then we get the Ariana question. Ugh. Nicole apologizes to all of Ariana’s fans for trying to get him out. She then says she is looking forward to seeing Hayden, but doesn’t know if they have a future. Asked if it was everything she hoped it would be, Nicole says it was “awesome”.

Time for the goodbye messages. Christine says she was “one of the coolest girls I ever met”, and apologizes for what happened. Frankie says that he “admires your passion and knowledge of the game”, and going against her was “one of the most difficult things about being in this house”. Derrick gives her similar accolades, and Donny says she was the “last, closest friend in the house”, and hopes to remain friends with her. Julie then asks if she would do anything different if she could come back, and Nicole says that she wouldn’t trust so many people. Nicole then gets the news that she may get to go back in.

Now it’s the real moment of truth; the segment of the show that will determine just how interested I will be for the next seven days. Tonight’s HOH comp involves some “scary” images from last night, so we get some footage that begins with Zach teasing Nicole. A zombie then appears in the mirror, and Nicole screams. The rest of the house wanders downstairs to see what happened, and then Frankie and Victoria are scared in the bathroom. “Beastmode was even a little scared”, says Caleb. They all head into the Fire Room, and the lights go of for more “zombies”

A bunch are now in the living room, and the TV suddenly comes on from the “Big Brother System”. It’s a Zombie Apocalypse at the Big Brother house! A bunch of clues are then read off for them to remember for tonight’s comp. “Stay inside and start showmances immediately”, it says at one point.

Obviously, it’s a question comp, and it’s an “A/B” type called “Dead of Household”. Caleb is out on the first question, but they all get the second question correct. Donny and Victoria are then eliminated, which takes my hopes out of this week. Even worse, Zach is the next out! The three remaining players are again correct on the next three questions, but Cody then gets the following one wrong. Derrick and Frankie are the new HOH’s. Ugh, this suck donkey dick.

I’m skipping the final segment, as that godawful redheaded Reilly monster is given some airtime for reasons I’ll never understand. I’d rather even see Jeff again instead of her.

So that’s it! What did you think of tonight’s broadcast? Are you happy that Nicole’s whiny voice is gone? Are you happy that Frankie and Derrick are HOH? Tell us what you think!



The Night Owl - Weds Night

Well, it's eviction eve, and the plan is still to send Nicole home.  She has done a lot of campaigning the last few days, it has mostly fallen on deaf ears. Zach made an attempt to save her Tuesday night after Nicole told him a lot of information about the rest of the house not trusting him and Cody wanting him out, but Derrick and Cody were not hearing it.  I expect that the vote against her will be unanimous.

The night started out with fun and games. Caleb and Zach gave Cody a hard time about how he and Christine cuddle all the time.  They even broke out a demonstration for him making Cody very defensive about the whole thing.  Donny also had a particularly funny moment where he told Nicole that Cody talks in a baby voice and went on to to an impersonation of him.

A little while later Zach and Nicole were bantering in the kitchen about hating each other when BB broke out the old faces in the mirror prank. This time it was Zombie faces and Nicole screamed like a banshee when she saw the first one in the mirror.

After that the HGs all started checking other rooms and other mirrors and the Zombie faces appeared off and on in various places.

When the Zombie faces were finished, BB started making announcements about some kind of state of emergency plague type of thing.  The feeds were cut for each announcement, so I am not sure what they all said, but each time the feeds returned the HGs were all sitting in the living room going over the order of things, the street names, the names of states and cities where the state of emergency had spread, and the things they should be packing. Unfortunately Frankie seems to be the one with a leg up on this competition.  He memorized all of them and studied a lot, so don't be surprised if he is the next HOH. 

Donny on the other hand chose to sleep through the first half of the announcements and then joined the HGs in the living room halfway through because he said he couldn't sleep so he might as well.  I'm kind of hoping maybe he was listening from the Have Not room and memorizing...because otherwise that's a major disappointment to me.

The rest of the night has been spent studying and most of them are going to bed now.  The plan most of the house has agreed on this week is to get Donny out.  Their plan is to have anyone but Donny or Victoria win the 2 HOH spots and then nominate 2 members of their alliance on one side and then one member on the other beside Donny and have that member throw the BOB so that if Donny wins Veto, they can stick Victoria up on the block.

Now, I am doubting the week will go that way.  Donny could win HOH, Derrick won't wan to see Victoria go if it comes down to that because she is his own personal goat, and things flip and change so fast in this house, Zach or Christine, or even Frankie could easily become the target depending on who is HOH. We shall just have to see how things play out. As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight updates.  Until tomorrow night...


Wednesday, the I'm too busy to type a lot update.

As usually happens - Mid-August tends to slow down inside the Big Brother house and my "real" life gets busy.  However I know not all of you are more busy now and depend on this site for updates so I wanted to give you a little something so you don't feel you are missing much.  This will be VERY short but tell you what you need to know game-wise.

Last night Nicole started campaigning, but it looks to me like it is a lost cause.  She continually told those she talked to (Christine, Derrick, Cody, and maybe others) that it made no sense to keep Donny over her because Donny is going after some of them while she would promise to go after Frankie, Victoria and Zach (#1 was Frankie).  Even though Cody seems to keep saying he wants Donny out soon he wouldn't commit to keeping her.  Derrick gave the standard "if you have the numbers I'm with you" answer that should be a clear sign to her that its looking bad.

Derrick did do something that he did with Jocasta (but didn't have time to do with Hayden), he promised to let her know if she was staying or going right before the show.  Think of that as a game move.  One of these HGs is coming back and assuming Nicole goes Thursday both Nicole and Jocasta will have Derrick to thank for letting them know they were going when everyone else was not being honest with them.  So the player that comes back may see Derrick as the only one they can trust and the others still in Jury will see him as the only one that was honest with them in the end.  Its a great move on his part and no one else is doing it.

A lot of the conversation that went on overnight had to do with future plans, I'm not worried about that right now as they can plan all they want but it all changes depending on who wins what.  The important stuff to me at the moment is that Nicole seems to be heading home.  There is still a chance Derrick may change his mind if he feels he can save Nicole, because I think he would prefer Donny leave since Donny is the only remaining HG that constantly talks about Derrick and Derrick/Cody as being strong players (and the only two that have still never been nominated).  There have been 38 chances to be nominated and Derrick and Cody never have been.  Someone in the house needs to throw out that stat.  It says a lot.

This morning in a talk with Frankie Derrick told Christine and Frankie he thoguht the vote would be 6-0 to evict Nicole.  I'm still waiting to hear him waver and the Zach flip last week took place Wednesday evening so anything is possible still.  Just don't expect the unexpected this week.

Two other items....

An interesting idea tossed out by @Sunflo_BB to me via twitter today - will there be another double eviction?  Might CBS bring back TWO HGs with the extra long season (all of Sept this season instead of ending early Sept), and throw in a second double eviction?  While the chances are slim, its fun to think avout.

And finally - there has been loads of chatter on social media about Christine and Cody's flirty ways the last few weeks, some outraged that Christine is close to any male in the house since she is married.  My answer to that is what does it have to do with the game? I feel most of the 'hate' being thrown at Christine and her husband (leave HG family OUT OF IT folks) is because Christine's game is not helping their own favorite HGs game, whomever that might be.  (rief item here: - its worth a quick read and expresses similar opinions on the situation as mine.

Comment away or holler at me at @BBGossip on twitter.  Ash is online at Twitter @ashes2ashes13 - so make sure to follow here there and she will post again soon.  I can't come close to filling her shoes but wanted to give you an update :)