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Big Brother - Season 11, Episoode 2 Recap

Welcome back, my friends! It’s time for episode two of the season, and the producers have a ton of material to show us. We’re going to see the reactions to Jessie’s entrance into the house, the ramifications of losing the HOH competition, and the initial reactions to each other that leads to what we’ve been reporting here since the feeds were turned on Thursday night. Oh yeah, and we’ll see Jesse’s nominations (and rumor has it we’ll see the veto completion, but I doubt that).

Ugh, same opening as always. Isn’t it time the production team hired some new blood? Oh, silly boobalicious Laura - “nine out of ten girls hate me because of the way I look”.

After the recap, we do indeed see Jesse enter the house amid a few incredulous screams. Lydia and Kevin aren’t so excited, though. “I hate Jessie”, complains Kevin. “A meathead. A guy I couldn’t connect with.” I now have a new opinion on Kevin. Lydia says that somehow she needs to find common ground with him.

Ugh, Jesse really hasn’t changed. Bragging away in the diary room, stripping off his shirt. Get over yourself, dude. Russels is happy, though, because he’s a “pretty neat cat”. Natalie, meanwhile, sees Jesse as an advantage for herself and her team. Ronnie is also excited because he “knows his weaknesses. I’m stronger than Jesse. I can outthink Jesse.” Oh boy.

Lydia attempts to make small talk with Jesse, which leads Russell to complain how she’s kissing up to him. Meanwhile, Ronnie brings in Michelle and Chima to suggest bringing in the “athletes” to carry through the game. Really, Ronnie? You’re going to carry Jesse and Co.?

Jeff has a conversation with Jesse, who claims that Jeff knows each other more than he does. Um, they just met an hour or so before he came into the house. Jeff’s not so crazy with the idea of reporting who is talking about him.

And now we go to the boring “who wants to see my HOH” segment. Kevin says it’s “super zen”, and Casey is envious because Jesse didn’t have to do anything to get into it. Ugh, I hate when Jesse talks like people are ten years old. He just hates that everybody is envious of him.

Ronnie is now in the bedroom with Jordan, Michelle and Lydia complaining about how he hated high school because he played video games. Michelle complains that in high school people spread rumors that she was a lesbian. Isn’t that because you’re so smart? Jordan can’t relate, and says she treated everybody the same, even if they had tattoos or had glasses. Sure you did. Ronnie thinks that this clique split can show America how everybody is really the same. God, did CBS script that for him?

So now Ronnie is waiting for Jesse upstairs to ensure his safety. He immediately throws Michelle and Chima under the bus, saying they have “no gameplay”. He guarantees those three votes to anybody he wants out the door. Again, we hear Ronnie talk about how this game is an “opportunity” to work with the kinds of people who hated him in high school. Oh Lord.

After a commercial break, we see Lydia and Kevin complaining again about how much they hated high school…and how tough it is to deal with people like Jesse. They’ve both been judged too much in their lives. I guess having tattoos is just like being gay. “There’s more than meets the eye”, she says.

Now it’s Russell’s turn to kiss Jesse’s ass, and they immediately form a mutual admiration society. Russell immediately says that Lydia should be on the block because she’s so smart. Russell says in the diary room that the two of them together are unstoppable.

Jesse now plays chess with Natalie with a crowd gathered to watch. Laura asks who the hottest guy in the house, and Kevin says it’s Jeff. It’s clear what name Jesse wants to hear, and Laura doesn’t disappoint. I have to give Jesse credit - he saw right through it as a “desperate attempt”. Jesse beats Natalie, and then brags how nobody can beat him. They all pretend to eat it up, and Natalie’s flirtations continues. It’s obviously working, as Jesse says in the diary room that he can see a “lot of my attributes” in her.

Now we see them together in the HOH bed, talking about who they should align with. They both agree on Ronnie, since he’s no threat, and we now see Ronnie telling Chima how he set it up for them. Oh god, cliché time. “Actions always speak better than words.” Again, it’s a “great opportunity”.

Ronnie and Chima then interrupt Natalie and Jesse, and Natalie asks them about being a pawn to “hide the brains alliance with the athletes”. Really, in the first week you want to hide alliances. Chima is obviously not comfortable with this idea, but Ronnie is smart enough to know that all too often the pawn ends up going home.

Jesse gathers the troops after another commercial break to announce the details of what used to the food competition. The clique who loses the competition now loses more than just food. It’s a “have and have not” competition now. Kevin’s not happy, but everybody does have fun caking on their “war paint”, especially Lydia.

They’re even more impressed by the “rave-like” setup outside. The athletes aren’t playing, so they get to “chill” in the VIP area. There’s neon lights that spell the word “have”, and using pipes they have to light it up. The last-place clique is the first “have nots”. Ronnie’s “fairly confident” because he’s a smart guy. Yeah, but you don’t have a Phd.

So the game commences, and Jordan has no clue with the instructions she’s being given. Casey’s team seems to do well because, as Lydia puts it, he “has that teaching and coaching ability”. The brains aren’t doing so well, though, even with Ronnie’s plan to work in a “linear” fashion.

Casey says he saw they were doing well, and that the other teams weren’t doing well at all. “It was a complete mess”, explains Michelle. Casey’s team fit’s the final piece and celebrates their win. Braden says that he was looking at the game like it was a bunch of “Lincoln logs”, and they indeed are ahead of the brainiacs. Ronnie, meanwhile, is creating nothing short of a mess. Needless to say, the Populars come in second place.

With the game over, Jesse describes how not only are they on slop but they get cold showers and must sleep in the “have not” room. Chima’s pissed, saying she can’t deal with it. Michelle complains how she’s such a sore loser.

They walk back into the house to see a huge pot of slop, and the “barren” room they must live in. “By the end of the week, I will be in a straitjacket”, complains Chima. Ronnie is fairly upbeat, while Jesse brags about how hot he looks in his pink tights. Ugh. Chima can’t live in such circumstances, she says, and just wants to go home now. Casey laughs in the diary room about how the “princess” is acting.

We return from commercials with the footage we saw Thursday night on Showtime - the “bikini competition”. Oh yeah, it’s very nice. Laura eats it up, but outside of her oversize breasts Michelle is just as hot. Jesse immediately realizes that she’ll use her “assets” to survive in the house, but “whatever she’s selling, I’m not buying”. (Funny thing is, that’s the only time I’ve seen Laura smile, let alone wear something provocative.)

Jesse is now alone in the kitchen with Laura, who again attempts to flirt with Jesse. She asks him if he can tell who are the people just kissing up to him. Um, yeah, he does, and it’s you, my dear. Laura complains in the diary room about how he doesn’t seem to want to talk to him, but clearly it’s because it’s a “school boy game, and it’s going to get him attention if he’s rude to me”. No, dummy, it’s because he can see through you.

Jesse is now upstairs with Natalie and Lydia, who offers to give him a massage. “That’s definitely a way to get closer to him, and talk to him”, she explains. Again, we hear Jesse talk about how everybody is going to kiss his ass this week since he’s HOH. She admits in the diary room that she’s being nice to him to find out where she stands with him.

After showing a sign that says “nominations today”, we cut to Natalie, Jesse, and Russell debating the nominees. Natalie, the spokesperson for Team Jesse, explains how somebody from the Brains is definitely going up as a pawn. Right now, it’s between Laura and Lydia. Russell wants Lydia because she’s “playing the game” whereas Laura is doing nothing. Russell claims he’s “running the show from the backgrounds”. Um, yeah. Jesse claims in the diary room that he’s going to do what’s best for Jesse instead of listening to them. Are ya?

It’s now nomination time, and again the script hasn’t been changed from previous seasons. Laura is worried, but says if “Jesse is playing hardball, he’s playing with the wrong girl”. Ronnie is hoping that Chima is indeed the pawn, while Lydia believes she’s safe. Russell again claims that he’s running the show, while Braden babbles in surfer speak.

Jesse babbles some more about loyalty and retaliation. It’s really no different than we heard from him last year. He then announces it’s time for the ceremony, and we see (in order) Michelle, Braden, Kevin, Ronnie, Jordan, Laura, and Casey pull their keys.

Jesse admits that he doesn’t have much to go by since this is the first week, and really doesn’t give any other excuses. Chima knows that pawns “have a tendency to go home”, and Ronnie brags how the nominations are “the best thing ever!”. Lydia is tearful because there’s no reason for her to go out this early. Braden babbles more surfer speak. Can somebody please translate? Jesse babbles some more Jesse-ism, and then we conclude the episode. Funny how NOTHING from the commercial was used!!!

See you all Tuesday!!!


Boring Day

There's been very little game talk, post veto meeting. Braden did interrupt a conversation between Michelle and Ronnie to beg for their votes. After he walked away, Ronnie bitched for a few minutes to Michelle and Natalie about this. Why shouldn't he campaign?

For the most part, everybody is just hanging out talking about their lives. Lydia is currently bitching to Casey about various things, but even she's been pretty low-key today.


Early Takes On Each HG

Since we’re a couple of hours away from the second episode of season 11, I thought I’d spend a little bit of time with some quick thoughts about each of the house guests and this season‘s format.

We’ve now seem them in action for almost three full days, but there are certainly still a lot of questions that may be answered with tonight’s show. Why are so many people against Braden, for example? How did Chima and Lydia end up on the block? And does the house really hate Jesse as much as the commercial indicates?

Let’s start with the “high school clique” format that divided everybody into “jocks”, “outcasts”, “populars”, and “brainiacs”. Barb said it best during the first episode when she said, “this completely justifies them choosing houseguests based on stereotypes”. It’s done every year, obviously, but now they don’t have to accept the criticism that shows of these types inevitably receive.

In my view, not only does it justify the casting it also seems to justify some of the attitudes and actions of some of the contestants. Every year, there are a handful of people who come into the house firmly believing that the game belongs to them and their views should rule the entire house. Generally, these are the would-be models and shirtless weight lifters who are just too beautiful to ever be nominated.

Even the setup of the first HOH competition was geared to give these people the initial advantage. There couldn’t be a single person watching who thought that anybody outside of Russell, Natalie, Jeff, or (maybe) Braden would win that “wedgie” contest.

Since that moment, though, these cliques have completely broken down. Yes, they’ll still have a place in the game since it’s tied to nominations, but everybody has formed their own personal bonds outside of their forced groupings.

As for the "green" theme, I have a feeling that outside of cheesy production pieces during the CBS broadcasts and some of the competitions, there's not a contestant who will give even a thought to this part of the game.

Now on to the individual contestants:

Braden. I don’t get the antagonism towards him. In the 65 hours or so the feeds have been live, I’ve seen him utter maybe ten sentences, and none of them have been substantial. His biggest digression appears to be that he’s close to Jeff and Jordan. Ok, he has creeped out Laura, but I don’t think that’s especially hard to do. I do believe that his “surf boy” personae is a bit of an act, and if he miraculously survives this week he could end up being one of the better players.

Casey. As much as I hate his phony “homeboy” routine, I’ve actually warmed up to him a bit. He had a nice conversation last night where he stated he didn’t believe in the “voting with the house” cliché of past seasons, and I applaud him for that. He does seem to float around from group to group, but it’s more of a “hang” thing than an attempt to gain and use information.

Chima. The best part about this woman being nominated is that it has quieted her constant cackling. I get the impression that she has a serious esteem problem, and constantly needs to be reminded how awesome/beautiful/smart/witty she is. I really don’t see her lasting long at all, especially if she continues to play the victim.

Jeff. For the first day or so, I thought he had the inside track to possibly win the competition. He appeared to be pretty laid-back, and seemed to be just having fun hanging out until it became time to actually play the game. Unfortunately, he offended Jesse and Natalie by not worshipping their “awesomeness”, and yesterday Russell showed how easy it can be to set him off. He’ll survive next week only if one of his “friends” or teammates wins HOH.

Jesse. Oh boy. I think I wasted way too many words last year on Jesse, so I’ll keep it short. He’s been less annoying so far this year, but as I noted last night this has more to do with his abrasive bedmate than his own personality. I predict that he’ll flame out rather quickly, just as he did during his season.

Jordan. Oh, how I love this girl. She’s beautiful and sweet. Did I add that she’s beautiful? Unfortunately, though, she’s a terrible player, and will only last as long as there are bigger fish to fry. Hopefully, we’re weeks away from that.

Kevin. The biggest surprise of the game. Judging from the pre-show hype, and the first episode, I thought he’d be way over-the-top. Instead, he’s been extremely low-key, and more than anybody he makes an effort to have off-game discussions with every single person.

Laura. Easily, the biggest disappointment of the game. All we heard before the season began was how she’s the life of the party who would live the entire season in her bikini. Alas, said bikini has not yet appeared, and she’s easily the most judgmental against the other women. She has warmed up a bit to Lydia and Jordan in the past couple of days, but the constant scowl on her face clearly shows that the situation is nothing like she originally planned.

Lydia. It hurts me to say anything negative against our little alt-rock princess, as she reminds me of my best friend in the world. But she has played the game way too hard, although in her defense some of this has to do with the fact that she’s on the block.

Michelle. Originally, I was not a fan of the self-described smartest person in the house. But those statements were all in the diary room, and while she’s primarily in the background on the feeds she appears to be doing her best to fit in. I don’t see her winning the game, but she has a good chance to make a nice run towards the end.

Natalie. An unmitigated disaster. On the very first day, she lied about her age and she just doesn’t have the intelligence to keep up the charade. Just this very day, she’s made a handful of comments that should alert anybody that she’s just not 18. But that’s just her smallest problem. She just can’t keep her mouth shut, and although her and Jesse claim that they hang out in the HOH room so they don’t have to constantly talk about the game, that’s actually all she does 24/7. She also has no capacity to keep any secrets, so anything that is discussed with Jesse immediately becomes common knowledge. Oh, and everything anybody says is somehow a directive aimed at her.

Ronnie. Supposedly, this ultimate computer geek is a real fan who subscribed to the feeds in earlier seasons. Well, you can never tell by his actions. As hard as he tries to fit in with those in power, they seem to just sort of ignore anything he has to tell them. Yesterday, he made a huge mistake in telling Jordan about the Braden situation, and has spent the last 24 hours trying to hide his error. He’ll last awhile for the simple reason that he’s not really much of a threat, but his paranoia and conspiracy theories (along with the lack of physical skills) will ultimately be his downfall.

Russell. While it’s nice that Jesse has somebody to flex with, Russell is a ticking bomb that is bound to go off at any time. If he can hold that anger in check, he could possibly make a serious run, but I predict a Jesse-ish meltdown if he’s even nominated.


POV Results - Russell uses it.

Dude, just got the news that Braden is now on the block after Russell saved wicked Lydia from the chopping block.