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Big Brother, Episode 19 Recap

Here we go once again with an episode that could be somewhat shocking. Yeah, I know this has been stated before, and generally we’ve been disappointed. Take last week’s episode. Evicting Rachel was supposed to be a moment that would live large in Big Brother history. Thanks to Enzo’s last-minute alert, though, it went off without any of the expected emotional outbursts.
Tonight, we have the perfect storm for craziness. Ensuring that Matt would indeed have to use his DPOV, they cajoled Brendon into choosing Pandora’s Box, and brought Rachel in to stir up the pot. Although Brendon was initially leaning to putting up Britney to replace Ragan, Rachel’s pretzel note (along with Kathy and Enzo’s recap of her visit) pushed him to do exactly what producers wanted. (I’m sure there was further pushing in the diary room).
Conventional wisdom says that Matt will do the safe move, and just replace himself with Kathy. Yet he’s had suspicions about his buddies in Der Bergade ever since Brendon won HOH, and many have predicted that he may make a bold move. A half-hour before broadcast, feed viewers witnessed Enzo once again tipping off the nominee that the house has decided to evict. Will that be the final nail in Enzo’s coffin? It would certainly be an explosive moment, but as I previously stated we’ve been disappointed before. At the very least, we’re going to see an extremely worried look on Enzo’s face (along with Brendon and the rest of the house) when Matt pulls the veto out of his pocket.
Before we get to that moment, though, we have to waste a few minutes on what has happened since Ragan pulled himself off the block. Truthfully, little has happened, but I’m sure CBS will find some way to fill these early segments.
As always, we proceed with the reactions to Ragan’s game-saving move and the selection as Matt as replacement nominee. Lane is unhappy that he’s up against someone from Der Bergade, but he just has to stay. Brendon again talks about how he’s doing what Rachel wants. “When Rachel sees Matt walk through that door into the jury house, she’s going to know that I love her and that I’m keeping my promise to her.” 
Britney says she’s sorry to Matt, but he says “it’s not over yet”. Enzo says he’s not happy that two member of Der Bergade, but since Matt is friends with Britney and Ragan it may be time for him to hit the road.
Time for tears, as Ragan is sad that it’s because of him that his BFF is going up. “It makes me just sob.” We then see him tell Matt that he “just has to stay”. Matt feels bad for Ragan, but he can’t let him know that he has the DPOV. Ragan encourages him to be extremely social all week. “If you stay, the look on (Brendon’s) face will be priceless.” Matt replies that “it would be all the reward in the world”.
Matt is then in the storage room with Hayden and Enzo, and asks them to let him know if they’re going to evict him. He says it’s a “unique” way to look at his alliance, and that if they turn against him he may have to have a new alliance. Hayden informs Matt of Rachel’s message to Brendon, and that it was Kathy who told him. Matt is pissed that Kathy wouldn’t inform him of that message, and makes her a “prime target” for being the target of the DPOV.
Lane is now in the pool with Hayden and Enzo sitting around. He asks them if Matt has tried to get their vote, and Enzo says that he’s not getting it. “We used to be tight….blah blah blah Ragan now. I have to do what is good for me right now…and Der Bergade.” They go over the votes, and Lane appears safe. Lane is just worried about Britney’s vote. 
Enzo is now in the have-not room with Matt, kissing up to him by saying “this sucks…it’s the toughest decision that I have to make”. He asks Matt if he would still want him to win if Matt is evicted. WTF? Matt is incredulous at this question, and says he has to “consider that when I make my replacement nominee”. 
Ugh, saboteur time. This time, Shane from Facebook wants Ragan to leave a note saying “I know your secret”. Obviously, not knowing the true ramifications of it, Ragan says he’s excited about it because it’s like something from a horror movie. He puts said note under Enzo’s pillow, and many hours later he finds it. “What the fuck is this?” He’s worried that somebody now knows about Der Bergade, but instead of silently stewing he shows it to everybody. The fact that Kathy made his bed makes him (and almost everybody else) think she’s the saboteur. Yeah, Enzo is pretty proud that he figured out that “da Sheriff is the saboteur”…primarily because it was signed with a “s” (for sheriff). The only bad thing about this is that Matt says he may now target her because it would make him the “hero” of the house. Ragan, of course, is thrilled that nobody believes it’s him…and he’s now won $20,000.
Time for Julie to talk to the house. Britney is asked about Rachel’s return. “It was very surreal.” She was sleeping at the time, and says she was still dazed when she first laid eyes on her. Ragan is asked if he has any regrets for his fight with her. “Absolutely not. My integrity is not for sale, and if I see somebody is taunting me or trying to bully me I will respond. Being quiet is not worth five hundred thousand dollars.”
For some reason, Lane is asked just what he would want his mother to send him. “Muscle milk. I’m tired of the soy protein.” Um, ok. He says it tastes like “Thanksgiving food”, and Julie responds that she’ll pass. 
The house is then asked about the saboteur, and they all believe it is still in the house. She says that is the case, but their “reign of terror is officially over”. They are all happy about that.
Oh great, we get to see Britney and Lane’s families. Britney’s family all laugh at Britney’s cattiness, and says she has no problem with her relationship with Lane. Not much else is said, so we move on to Lane’s family. His mother says that if you look him up in a dictionary, it would say “meathead jock who loves puppies”. I think I like this woman! She claims, though, that he’s “edgy and so complex”. Really? She believes that Lane really likes her. Lane’s brother agrees.
Time for the moment of truth. Julie has Matt plead his case first, knowing full well what is about to happen. He says that he knows that Brendon has had his sights on him all week, but doesn’t know why. “I gather from your convoluted veto speech it involved your girlfriend who is not even here anymore wanting me out…or something else involving you and your inability to make your own decisions. You have to rely on past houseguests and pretzel messages. Either way, here I sit on the block like a chump, ready to go home. I’m sure you’re beaming with delight, as you well should be. With that, Brendon, I say congratulations. Congratulations on coming so close to achieving your goal, but better luck next time, you big dummy, as I’m going to use the diamond power of veto tonight to save myself from the block.”
He puts the DPOV around his neck, and Julie confirms that he received it last week when he opened Pandora’s Box. Britney yells “what” as Julie says it also gives him the power to replace the nominee. Brendon and Ragan are safe, though. When told it’s now time to do just that, he complains that he can’t put up the person he wants to use it on. “At this point in the game, I just need to get the house as competitive as possible…there’s cleanup that needs to be done next. Kat, I’m sorry. Nothing personal. Got a job to do.” Noooooo! That’s the easy way out!
Lane then gets to plead his case, and he says hi to his family. Not much else is said. Kathy then gets up, and says she loves everybody, and that she’s ok with what Matt did. She talks about her morals and values, and that she’s not going to “lie, cheat, or steal in here”. Hmmmm.
Voting now starts with Hayden, who yells “grenade”. He votes to evict Kathy, as does Enzo, an excited Ragan, Matt, and an also excited (and dancing) Britney.
After commercials, Kathy is informed of the decision. She seems to know what’s coming, and calmly hugs everybody before her departure. “Be good to each other. Who is in charge of my fish?” As we wait for the interview, we see everybody still in shock over the DPOV. Brendon is not happy, obviously. 
Julie asks what Kathy is thinking right now, and she complains that she didn’t have a chance to “faaaaaht”. I think that means “fight”. She thinks that Matt put her up because he’s closer to Britney and Ragan, and the other guys. Plus, she’s the outsider in the house, but it hurts that she didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Julie follows it up by asking about her awful performance in the POV, and she claims that she did just slip and fall. Sure, she did.
It’s HOH time, and not surprisingly after two endurance comps, it’s a question game. The genesis of it was a “Big Brother says” game that went on yesterday. Silliness. Each question is about one of yesterday’s commands.
Ragan and Hayden are immediately out on the first question. Matt is out on the second one. Wait, Enzo is still in it! All three are correct on the next one. Lane is now out, leaving it between Britney and Enzo. They both are correct on the next question, but both are incorrect on the following one. Finally, Enzo’s answer is incorrect, and Britney is the new HOH!
Uh oh, Julie says she’s not the only one with power next week. What does that mean? Before we find out, Julie congratulates Britney on winning HOH. “It’s already gone to my head.” Matt is asked about how difficult it was to keep the DPOV a secret. “It was horrible, Julie. I’m no good with secrets.” Oh really? Ok, next week is double eviction night. Yeah, that was expected, as it usually is at this point…and the house has been expecting it for the past two weeks. 

Will Matt Shake Things Up?

Enzo just informed Matt that he's going to vote against him. Will that be the fuse that pushes Matt to pull off a shocking DPOV? On one hand, it's not as much of a betrayal as the conversations Enzo has had with Hayden and Brendon. One of Der Bergade has to get his vote. But Matt has also appeared to notice the cracks in his alliance, and he does have a knack for making dramatic moves.


Big Brother, Episode 18 Recap

You can count me as one of those who was pleased with Rachel’s eviction last Thursday. Surely that meant that, outside of short jury house segments every Thursday, I would no longer have to deal with her fake laugh, annoying voice, the self-absorption, and a Big Brother production team that tended to focus solely on her and her “soul mate”. 
Alas, I was wrong, as CBS viewers will see tonight. In a move that had the blog and twitter communities in an uproar, Rachel did indeed return to the Big Brother house less than 48 hours after her eviction. Even days after her second departure, fans of the live feeds are still debating about her various activities in the house, and whether Brendon received an unfair advantage by her actions.
It will also be interesting to see just how her return is edited into the show. She was back for approximately 21 hours, but tonight’s episode also has to show the reaction to Brendon’s nominations, the POV competition, and other events leading up to the veto meeting that will close the broadcast. Plus, they will also have to show what Brendon was doing during the time he was swapped out for Rachel. With this material being essential to the broadcast, Rachel’s time just has to be edited down to a segment or two. 
So what will remain on the editing room floor? I’m sure her verbal spat with Ragan will be a big part of her segments, but will Rachel’s anti-homosexual comments be yanked? Will Enzo be shown following her around like her new best friend? Will the message that she left for Brendon with pretzels make the cut? How will they cut around the constant flashing of her panties under her micro-mini?
As Julie would say, though, but first…we have to see the reaction to Brendon’s (somewhat) surprising nominations of Ragan and Lane. Ragan says he’s “devastated”, and is about to “have a level five meltdown”. He claims his biggest problem with going up is the possibility of being sent home by Brendon. Lane is just confused as to why he’s nominated. “His brain is with Rachel, but he left his body here in the house.” Brendon explains that Lane is just a pawn, and that he put up Ragan “for the fact that he was a part with Rachel going home”. He adds that although Britney and Matt are also his enemies, he didn’t put them up because “at least those two fight to be here”. Britney, though, still believes that she is the real target, and won’t feel safe until after the POV meeting.
Sad, whining time, as Ragan is crying in the have-not room…and not just because he may go home. He’s also worried that if he saves himself, then one of his best friends will be going instead. Lane is also off by himself, and Brendon comes in to let him know that he has no intentions on having him leave the house. If Ragan goes off the block, it will be Matt or Britney that replace him.
Needing time for the Rachel segments, we jump right ahead to the choosing of the veto players. Both Ragan and Lane promise to “fight for their lives”, and Ragan also has to worry about losing the twenty grand Saboteur prize. 
Brendon picks the first player, and it’s Enzo, who goes on about how it’s now time for him to start winning. Yeah, right. Ragan pulls Kathy’s name, and Lane gets house guest choice. He chooses Hayden. Only Britney and Matt don’t play, the very two players that Brendon wants to target. Ragan repeats once again how much he needs to win.
And it’s veto time. Everybody is lying around the house when an “alien” struggles to fit through the diary room door. The “Zingbot 3000” wakes up the house, and makes some silly joke about everything being “big in Texas”. The jokes continue as the robot gives the house instructions on the POV. 
They all follow the robot outside in their own robot costumes. Hayden is stoked. “This contest is going to be a blast.” The contest has the house grabbing puzzle pieces and walking across a balance beam. They then have to spell the word veto. If a person falls, they’re eliminated. 
Before it begins, though, we have to hear everybody talk about how important it is to win…except for Kathy. “I’m taking my tiiiiime.” Britney is furious. I don’t care what anybody says. I love her catty diary room comments.
It’s very dull to listen to them all strategize or comment on the game, except for Kathy complaining that she felt “seasick” on the revolving platform. Lane also adds that it’s just like “do se do” in Texas. Not surprising, Kathy falls off. Britney is even more furious. Ragan has the game figured out, though, and quickly wins the POV! Yes, he’s very happy that he survives AND wins the undeserved twenty grand. Brendon doesn’t really care, though, as he now just has to replace him with either Matt or Britney (who is not happy at all with having to deal with Brendon). For some reason, Lane is worried that another member of Der Bergade will go up. Oh yeah, Matt is still technically a member of this sad group.
After commercials, it’s time for the sad sacks to whisper. Ragan believes that whomever goes up in his place will still be able to nab the necessary votes to survive. Matt leaves to make breakfast, and Ragan informs Britney how much he adores her. Yes, he tears up again…as does Britney. He adds how much he also loves Matt. 
Meanwhile, Enzo and Hayden are also whispering. Hayden acts worried about Matt going up, but Enzo thinks that Der Bergade will be even stronger if Matt is evicted. Interesting theory, as he’s the only member of these sad sacks who has accomplished anything. In the diary room, Hayden adds that he actually doesn’t want Matt to stay, as he’s smart and competitive. “He has votes on that side of the house that we don’t have.” They both laugh at how well this will work for them.
Ah, it’s now nightmare time. Brendon walks into the HOH and discovers Pandora’s Box. After reading the notes about an ocean paradise (along with a video of his girl, Rachel), he obviously decides to accept because he thinks he’ll get to see Rachel. Yeah, nice job in ensuring the desired outcome, Big Brother.
He still believes that he’s going to see Rachel when he opens the last envelope, which outlines that he’ll be whisked away to a “private mansion in Malibu for a 24-hour vacation from the game”. Yes, Brendon, we know you miss her. He puts on the blindfold and walks out the gold door.
Supposedly at the same time as his departure, the Big Brother doorbell rings. Yes, it’s the red headed monster. “I’m back, bitches!” The house is stunned, particularly Britney and Rachel. “When I saw Rachel, I wanted to throw up all over myself”, says Britney. Rachel’s first words are directed at Britney. “Are you shocked, or are you pissed?” She also tells Ragan to fuck off, and that he has to be nice to her. “No, I don’t.”
Kathy informs Rachel that Brendon is HOH, and she runs up to see him. Oh no, he’s not there. Britney immediately figures out that Brendon unleashed her on the house. Ragan says at least there are friends in the house. “Count your friends in the house. Done already?” They’re both pretty ridiculous as they throw shots at each other. Enzo, of course, loves it because it doesn’t involve him (although he adds that he’s friends with everybody in response to Ragan’s claim that everybody hates her).
Rachel is momentarily silent, until Britney asks about the jury house. Ragan has walked off, but has returned when Rachel asks who is nominated. She’s filled in on both the nominees, and Ragan’s POV victory. “You won one thing. Good job, Ragan.” Ha!
Uh oh! “Do you have to be the biggest bitch because you’re gay?” Oh no she di’nt! He responds that she’s a monster, and she says she’s a good person. And yes, this goes back and forth…and yes, we’re reminded that Rachel is smart and has a chemistry degree. They ultimately promise to make each other’s 24 hours as miserable as possible.
After a commercial break, the HOH room is unlocked, and Rachel rushes upstairs in hopes of seeing Brendon. Instead, we cut to his oceanside vacation. She pounds on the Pandora’s Box door, screaming his name. At the same time (supposedly), Brendon is screaming her name at the mansion. Kathy has this great idea to look in the backyard for clues, which obviously is fruitless.
Brendon finds an envelope, and it says that Rachel is enjoying her vacation “somewhere else”. “Well, that sucks”, he responds. We then see him swimming, eating, and getting a massage. 
Meanwhile, Rachel decides to make some cookies, and is told that Britney, Ragan, and Matt are on slop this week. “Oh, that sucks.” She immediately heads outside to inform Ragan about the “really big, soft, gooey cookies. Do you want some?” Yeah, it’s on again, as everybody looks on. It’s really useless, although Ragan has the upper hand. In fact, at times she’s sort of speechless. 
It’s now time for Rachel to leave, but not before leaving Brendon a little message. Using pretzels, she spells out “I (Heart) you, Matt”. Well, we only see Matt’s name. She heads back downstairs to say goodbye to everybody, and brings Kathy upstairs to show her the message to make sure that Brendon sees it. Kathy hugs her, and the wicked witch is gone!
Kathy heads back into the bedroom, and informs Hayden and Enzo that she wants Matt out. “It’s craaaazy”, says Enzo. Brendon then returns, and immediately sees the message. He says that she “made the situation (regarding nominations) easier”. He informs the house that he’s back, and they fill him on the events of the past day.
Britney then heads upstairs with Brendon, and he admits that he’s been going back and forth between her and Matt. He says that he’s just double-checking to ensure that he’s not going to be put up by her the next week. “Yes, 100%.” She again lets us know it’s a lie, and that she’ll say anything to stay. 
It’s Ragan’s turn, and he tells Brendon that playing alone will be good for his game. He doesn’t want Matt to be put up, though, but says he doesn’t want to throw Britney under the bus. He also warns him that if Matt is put up, “there’s a huge possibility that Matt will remain in this game”. Brendon responds that if he puts up Matt, “it’s for Rachel”, and that putting up Britney would be because he doesn’t trust her. Guess which way he goes?
Before nominations, though, we have to waste a couple of minutes with Saboteur garbage. This time, the sab claims there is a competition the next day, and that they should all get some sleep. Apparently, they do just that, but the Sab keeps waking them up with new messages. It’s as useless as it sounds. Kathy enjoys talking back to the screen, though. The final message informs them that there is no competition. Only Ragan believes it was “an awesome sabotage idea”.
Finally, it’s veto ceremony time. Ragan, of course, is still sad that by going down one of his friends will go up. Everybody is brought into the house, and Ragan goes through the script before saying that he’s taking himself down. Brendon gets up, and after again mentioning Rachel he puts up Matt.
Ragan once again say he’s “heartbroken” that he’s responsible for Matt’s nomination. We get it! Enzo complains that two of Der Bergade is up, but that “it may be time for Matty to be whacked”. Britney, though, is relieved. Lane, though, says that although he used to look at Matt like a “brother, now that we’re up against each other I have to look at him more like a stepbrother. I have to do what I have to do to stay in the house.” Matt, though, isn’t worried as he has the diamond power of veto, and can’t wait to see Brendon’s face when he uses it.
And on that note, it's time for me to eat. Until tomorrow - cya!

Enzo Finds The Note - House Suspects Kathy

A quickie post this morning, last night @ 8:25pm Ragan slipped a note under Enzo's pillow that read "I KNOW YOUR SECRET!" - obviously a 'saboteur' thing. 

Enzo didn't find it until 3:45am - over 8 hours after it was planted by Ragan.  He showed it to Kathy why was sleeping in the room and then showed it to everyone else except Brendon who was asleep in the HoH room.

Everyone except Kathy and Brendon then sat up for another hour discussing who the Saboteur might be and came to the conclusion that is has to be Kathy. They managed to find tons of instances where she has acted strangely over the last couple of weeks and of course Ragan was right in there suggesting things he has noticed.

Matt is fully on board with the idea that Kathy is the Saboteur - he even thinks that Kathy lied and blamed Rachel for the 'Pretzel' note that Brendon found when he returned to the house on Sunday. That note implied Brendon should nominate Matt (which he did).  Matt has been fuming about the Pretzel Note since he was put on the block so now that he thinks it was Kathy acting as the Saboteur I imagine the odds of her going home on Thursday just increased significantly.

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