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Thursday
Aug282014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 29 Recap

After a couple of weeks of boring feeds and even worse CBS broadcasts, I’m actually a bit excited about tonight’s telecast. Don’t get me wrong. There will be plenty of unneeded filler. The house filmed an ice bucket challenge this week, and there will also be a segment about Christine’s family. (I like her husband, Tim, but these segments are always brutal.)

What I’m primarily looking forward to seeing should happen towards the end of the second segment, which is when Julie Chen first talks to the house. Remember last night’s disastrous “Big Brother on Broadway” segment, designed by Frankie to be a Team America task? Well, the voting lines were opened after the show ended, and Julie has a coded question that will tell them if they passed. He’s completely convinced that “America” will love what they did. Judging by twitter, I’m not so sure. If it goes the way I believe, it could be my favorite moment of the season.

There’s also a bit of doubt as to who is going home. All week long the plan has been for Donny to be evicted, but there were a flurry of conversations about a last-minute swerve. While it appears that Derrick prevented a crisis, Nicole knows what went down. Between that and Cody’s anger over people disobeying his HOH, there could finally be cracks in the giant alliance that has run the house since the very first day.

Enough of my babbling. Let’s head to the footage! Obviously, we start with the nothingness that was the veto ceremony, where Cody again proved that he talks a big game but has no testicle. Remember last night when he suggested putting up Frankie? Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Donny and Nicole are seen sitting outside, talking about how all they can do is enjoy their last few days. Nicole’s voice again grates my brain as she talks in the diary room, but I think she said that she needs to find three votes. Donny thinks his only hope is Team America, “but I don’t think Team America is as strong as America would want them to be”. Preach it, Donny! Both Donny and Nicole go on about how tough they’ve had it in the house.

Meanwhile, Cody is folding his jeans, explaining that he has to send Donny home because he is such a threat. Yeah, right. He heads out the HOH door, and this short scene is already over. Yep, even CBS producers hate Cody.

Back downstairs, Derrick is hiding behind a giant piece of wood, and scares Nicole as she walks by. She takes this opportunity to ask him what he’s doing this week, and he says she should feel safe. She complains that she feels awkward, and feels that nobody is wiling to trust her. Derrick uses this opportunity to get her on his side, but claims to not be so sure that he wants to break up Team America. Derrick says that he’s not sure how the girls will vote (lie), but she should have the votes from all of the boys. “Nobody wants Donny here because he’s dangerous.”

Moving on, Nicole is mending fences with her former buddy, Christine, as they lay out in the sun. “It was so weird when I came back in the house the first thing I did was hurry and try to find you and like hug you.” What a badly constructed sentence! They giggle and continue to babble, and Christine says that she loves her. “I really have no hard feelings for you at all”, says Christine.

Frankie is watching this all go down as he eats, and thankfully his mic is muted as he is the worst chomper ever. He’s now a bit concerned about theri newfound friendship. “Her social game is pretty on point. If Nicole is not targetting Chrsitine, I’m sure she’s targeting me. I may have to rethink this.” Nicole, though, hasn’t forgotten that Christine is the one who gave her the boot.

It’s Frankie’s turn to lay out in the sun, and this time it’s with Derrick. Frankie says he’s pretty sure that Nicole is coming after him, and then lies that he doesn’t want to break up Team America, so he starts working on Derrick to save Donny. “God, I just want Nicole gone”, he says. “I mean, I don’t think I would have been on the block yet if it wasn’t for that bitch.”

They begin to talk about what would happen if Donny survived, and then won the next HOH. Who would he put up? “Cody and Christine”, answers Frankie. Derrick doesn’t believe that Cody would be included. “Who doesn’t like Cody? The kid walks on water.” Wait, what? Frankie thinks this is why he COULD go up. Frankie then babbles in the diary room that America must want Donny to survive, as he’s been put in Team America with him and Derrick. Um, dumbass, he was on Team America before you. They decide the decision must rest with Caleb, but it is probably better for them if Donny survives.

Frankie then heads in and complains that Nicole “has done a pretty good job of integrating”. Caleb looks out, and Nicole is playing pool with the other boys. “We know where she stands with us”, says an unconvinced Caleb. “It’s not a great place”, replies Frankie. “She wants me out of the house.” This seems to wake up Caleb’s feeble brain, as he then realizes there’s a good chance that he would be put up next to Frankie since she’s become friends with Christine again. “We are all too good for her to beat us”, concludes Caleb.

Ugh, the surf music comes on, which means it is Team America idiocy. Frankie reads the card, which explains how Julie is going to ask them about special have-not food. They have to reply, “apple pie”, and if Julie says yes then they have passed. He goes into his pitch on how he “put on a show for America. I hope we did impress you.” You didn’t. He heads into the fire room to explain this to Donny and Derrick. Frankie is confident they’re going to get their apple pie.

Back to the game, as Caleb is talking to Derrick about keeping Donny. “Nicole is a big threat”, he says. Derrick replies that Donny is smart, but Nicole is “smart and athletic”. Caleb points out that Nicole has beat them before in HOH comps...and I then get a weather alert!!! Damn you, KELO!!!

The alerts end as Julie heads to commercials. When we return, it’s time for the moment of truth. Frankie does seem pretty intense as Julie heads to the house for questions. Victoria is asked about her wisdom teeth, and she replies that she’s feeling “amazing”. Julie then announces that this will be the last week of Have-Nots, and Frankie gets the big question! “If you become a have-not, what special food would you like to request from Big Brother?” He replies that “ordinarily, I’d say tofu but that didn’t go over too well. I’ll go with my favorite dessert instead - apple pie!” Julie’s answer is that “I’d say that’s an overwhelming NO!!!”

YES! YES! YES!!! Frankie’s mouth couldn’t be open any bigger...but he quickly recovers. Meanwhile, Donny has a grin. He’s loving it.

Cody is then asked what he’s missing the most by being in the house for so long. “Gotta go with messing with my dad on a regular basis.” God, he’s boring. For some reason, they then get short clips from family members. Why? Oh, I know why. So we can see stupid Ariana Grande, and Frankie overreacting to it. The segment ends with a tearful Derrick talking about his daughter.

We then move on to Christine and Cody’s weird relationship, and their family’s reactions to it. I’m fast forwarding. I have stated my opinion of this already.

It’s now time for the big moment...and I have more weather alerts!!! Damn you, KELO!!!

I get my feed back when Christine comes in to vote to evict Donny, as does Victoria. Frankie is next, and he makes a show at also voting against Donny. Yep, Donny is toast. Caleb fulfills the procedure by voting against Donny, as does Derrick.

We must wait through a commercial break before Donny is given the news, though. He hugs them all, and leaves with a smile to a huge ovation. After a few wasted seconds of house footage, Julie begins by noting that he has tears in his eyes. “I’m a little emotional. I get emotional from time to time. My feellings was hurt and I just seen my brother. All kinds of emotions going through my mind, and my heart. I’ve got a big heart. A very big heart.”

Julie notes that “we saw that”, and asks him who hurt his feelings the most. “No one particularly hurt my feelings. I feel a little let down by Team America. America obviously voted us a team, and they kind of broke that, which I don’t blame them. It’s an individual game.”

Chen interrupts him, and asks if he intended to play alone. Wow, really? “I knew coming in with my age and what I look like that I was going to be different. If I made it past the first week, I could befriend people. I have an art of befriending people.” The crowd cheers, and Julie asks about how he was always on the block. He replies that he doesn’t understand why he was such a target. “Maybe likability is not that good in this game. Everyone that has come out this door...the majority has loved me. That’s not good for the remaining people in the house.” Julie points out that going to be super early was probably not a good idea. He says he had nothing in common with them, so sitting up all night would have been a waste of time. “In the beginning, I tried.”

This is followed up with all of the silly things the rest of the house has accused him of actually being, including a doctor, actor, and ninja. “I am just a simple man, and I WAS a groundskeeper. I resigned my position, and I pray that I get it back.”

The goodbye messages are then played, starting with Christine. She says he is one of the smartest people she’s ever met…”and one of the sneakiest, which is why I’ve been trying to get you out of here since week two.” Caleb says that if he wasn’t eliminated now, he’d probably win the game. Frankie then claims that he’s “100% Team America, but I can’t throw my own personal game out the window in order to save yours.” Derrick says that he tried to get him the necessary votes (lie), and that it “was a pleasure working with you”.

Before he’s sent packing, Donny is told by Julie that the Bold and the Beautiful wants him to make a guest appearance. He’s as flabbergasted as I am. Good for him.

It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Sloppy the Snowman”. It’s one of those where they have to fill up cups, and the first to fill their “snowman” enough to grab their “piece of coal”. There’s also a smaller snowman that will win either “5,000 dollas/5,000 hollas”. They get five grand, but also will be harassed by shout outs. Hmmm, weird.

As you may expect, this comp doesn’t end before the segment ends, so it’s time for me to turn on the feeds. Before I go, though, I need to know what EVERYBODY thought about Frankie’s Team America failure! Tell me! Please!

 

Wednesday
Aug272014

The Night Owl - Weds Night

 So there isn't a whole lot new and hasn't been a whole lot new to report this week, but since it's the night/morning before eviction, I thought I would least bring you all up to speed in case you've been hiding under a rock from the live feeds and shows and don't have any idea what is going on.

Tonight after the CBS broadcast of the POV show, there was an almost vote flip on the feeds.  All week long the HGs have mostly been ok with Cody's wishes to vote Donny out and keep Nicole.  Tonight Caleb, in his typical 18th hour wisdom kind of way, went to Derrick and talked to him about how he thought Nicole might be the bigger threat since she is both physical AND mental and he feels like Donny is just mental.

Derrick and Frankie had previously tried to sway the votes a little to possibly keep Donny, and so they were on board for what Caleb was saying.  Caleb and Frankie talked alone in the storage room for a bit about how it's better for Cody's game to keep Nicole because Cody is in god with Nicole and Christine, but for their games it would be better to keep Donny.

Caleb and Frankie took the idea to Cody and he would hear none of it.  Derrick later entered the conversation and dropped small hints that he might like for Nicole to be evicted over Donny.  Cody was still hearing none of it. 

After the conversations with Cody, Derrick explained to Frankie and to Caleb that if they go against Cody's wishes and vote out Nicole, it will cause a house split and Cody/Christine/Victoria.  Frankie was reluctant to change back to voting out Donny because he feels Nicole is after him, but he eventually conceded and agreed to vote out Donny with the rest of them.

The rest of the night was pretty bland just like the first part of the week, but we did have an almost flip there for a little while.  I expect tonight for Donny to be evicted in another unanimous vote.  Team America will also learn from Julie if they passed of failed their task by putting on the Big Brother Broadway play (instead of saving Donny).  Per Frankie's instructions from the DR, Julie will ask one of them if they could have any have not food what would it be.  They have to answer "Apple Pie".  If they passed Julie will say "wish granted."  If they fail she will say "Sorry can't do that" or something to that effect.  I personally voted no and I am hoping for a fail. I've felt like the Team America twist has ruined SO much of the game this year, and on top of that, it's insulting that Frankie would think that we would pass them on putting on a "Broadway Play" instead of making an attempt to save Donny.  I feel like Donny pretty much said he as much when in his DR he said "I think my idea would have been better.. what do you think, America?"

The upcoming week after Donny's eviction will depend on who gets HOH tonight, but unless Nicole wins, it's not likely anything unusual will happen and we will likely have another really boring week.  If Nicole wins I feel like she will put up Frankie and probably Christine.  Otherwise, if anyone else wins they are planning to put up Nicole and Victoria and if either come down, they will put up Christine in her place (unless Christine is the HOH).  Yawn..  Until next time...

Wednesday
Aug272014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 28 Recap

This will probably be a shorter than usual recap, as there are some things going to be shown tonight that I have zero interest in sitting through. I’m not going to be negative about them...oh wait, yes I will. I’ll rant a bit, but I just don’t see the point in screeching about these segments at length.

So let’s get going with the reactions to Cody’s (predictable) nominations of Donny and Nicole. Cody starts by talking how Donny is his number one target this week. “This guy has been slipping off the block a lot, so we need to make sure that he won’t slip off the block yet again.” We see Donny shaking Cody’s hand and telling him, “I would never target you. I’m by myself.”

Cody goes on to say that he had to put up Nicole “to appease my entire alliance”. No, you didn’t. Donny adds that he would have “been more surprised” if he wasn’t on the block. Frankie hugs him, and reminds him he’s the “veto king”. “It’s extremely important”, Donny adds, “to win veto this week. If I don’t, I’m probably going home.”

We must now endure Nicole’s voice, as she talks about feeling “deja vu all over again” by being on the block after we see footage of Cody hugging her. She heads into the bathroom and hugs Donny.

In the living room, Caleb complains that Donny is now going to “get Nicole to get us all to turn on each other”. Caleb is still not convinced Donny is just a groundskeeper. “He’s a genius.” Oh Caleb, you’ve been living with him for two months now. Stop it. Caleb goes on to tell Cody and Derrick how his eyes are constantly moving around the house. “Why?”, asks Cody. It’s because he’s a genius. “He’s so smart he’s thinking when he’s not thinking.” Um, ok. Caleb is a dummy, and is now convinced Donny worked with intelligence in the Army. “I just read people very well.”

Derrick now heads into the HOH, and Cody asks him about putting up Frankie if Donny comes down. “You’re talking big boy moves”, replies Derrick. Yeah, this idea is immediately flushed, despite how long they broadcast the ensuing conversation...and Cody’s scripted diary room.

The surf guitar comes on, and this means the latest Team America (Fuck No!) segment. Donny reads the card that says that Team America must create their own mission, and America will vote on its success. What a terrible idea.

Donny thinks the mission should be something to keep all of Team America together. He takes Derrick into the storage room and explains this week’s scenario. He adds his great idea, and Derrick replies that they have to get Frankie on board. In the diary room, Donny says that he believes America would want the three to stay together.

Moving on to Frankie, Donny again explains how they could make this work to save Donny. They could throw the veto comp to Donny, or win it and now use it but agree to vote out Nicole. “That’s so interesting”, replies Frankie.  

Oh wait, there’s Veronica. Or Velouria. or whatever her name is. She’s wearing sunglasses to cover up the fact that her face is swollen. She’s having “horrible pain” from her wisdom teeth, and opens her mouth to show Cody. There’s more footage of her whining in pain, and she believes she’s “gained 50 pounds in my cheek”.She’s called to the diary room, and Caleb yells at her that she looks great. As soon as she’s in, though, he starts making fun of her. Classy, Beastmode!

Christine and Derrick are now talking about how she may not be able to compete in the veto, and Victoria waddles past the two. “Hello, beautiful”, says Christine. Nicole asks how she’s doing as she heads into the toilet, and then you hear a crash. Nicole goes to see what’s going on, and finds her laying on the floor. She yells for Derrick, and they pull her out of the toilet. Production tells them that help is on the way, and you see medical staff coming in as we head to commercials.

Medics are dealing with her when the show comes back, and Nicole says she’s not used to dealing with people she knows as a nurse. Veronica is given oxygen, and carried into the diary room as the sad piano music comes on. Donny says he was very scared for her. “I said a little prayer for her.”

As the acoustic guitar music is introduced, Veronica walks back into the house. She says that she’s feeling a little better, and Donny says he was worried about her. “I am thankful for everybody who came and helped, and was concerned. It really showed how much my Big Brother family do care, and how much they do love me.”

Frankie and Derrick now talk about Donny’s idea. They’re not crazy about it, obviously. “I’m not doing that”, says Frankie. In the diary room, as he’s putting on makeup he claims that “America” would never want them to save Donny. You really are clueless, brother of famous pop star.

Derrick wants to do something funny instead, and says that since Frankie is the creative one that he should come up with something. No!!!!! “I’ll figure out something fun.”

Before we get to that idiocy, it’s time to pick veto players. Cody picks Christine, Nicole gets Derrick, and Donny gets Frankie (the one he didn’t want). Of course, Frankie overreacts as he knows this is a segment that will make TV.

Donny then heads into the fire room to talk to Derrick, who pretends to be torn about Donny’s future in the house. Donny talks about how alone he is in the house, and how everybody is so paranoid about him. “I’ve done nothing to none of them.” Derrick pulls out all the stops, and tells him how he’s such a special person that would get all of the money if he’s final two.

Frankie then walks in, and his idea for Team America is a Big Brother play. Ugh. This is awful. He explains why saving Donny wouldn’t work, but Donny counters how their two votes are almost enough alone to save them. “You sent Nicole before me the first time. You can just send Nicole home again, and send me home next and we’ll all get $5,000.” Frankie’s response is that they could just put on a play and make that money. Ugh. In the diary room, Donny talks about how Frankie has “never been on the Donny level in his life. Here’s an opportunity to work for America, and he wants to put on a play. I guess Operation Save Donny is just something they’re not interested in.” Preach on, Donny.

Derrick attempts to save face, and tells Donny that it’s not a done deal that Donny is going home. Donny asks what kind of play they could put on, and Frankie says to just leave it to him. Frankie leaves, and Donny thanks him for their chat. Derrick, always looking for a jury vote, lies to Donny and says that clearly Frankie isn’t as on board as he is. “I’m not sold on sending you home.” Yeah, right. I don’t buy the tears either.

More commercials before it’s veto comp time. Before it begins, Christine and Frankie talk about the annual “Stay and Fold”. She wants to throw it to somebody that is “good with numbers”, which, of course, means Frankie. Christine then tells Cody and Derrick the plan.

It is indeed that competition, tied to an awful new CBS show called Scorpion. Caleb reads the show’s promo text, and then the competitors get to look at the various things they’re going to be guessing.

They all read their diary room scripts about the importance of this comp, and then the game starts. The first question regards the number of pinwheels. Frankie reminds us how amazing he is at numbers for the fourth or fifth time, and I’m already bored as we go down the line with their answers. Everybody folds except for Donny and Frankie. The great news is that Frankie is the furthest from the correct answer, and the math wizard is out! (Have I said that I hate Frankie?)

The second question regards espresso cups, and everybody but Cody folds. Next up is the number of pieces of fruit, and everybody but Cody folds  again. He now has two of the needed three “passes”. The fourth question is about donuts, and this time they all again fold!!!! Cody is the winner of the veto! What the hell??? Oh yeah, and they also get to watch this awful TV show. Cody picks Nicole and Donny since he nominated them and made them have-nots.

Time for me to take a bathroom break, and maybe have a smoke as it’s time for the extended CBS promo for that awful show. Be back in a few minutes!

Oops, time to go take a dump as it’s followed by Frankie’s play. Nope, I have no interest. Please go to cbs.com and vote no for this week’s Team America!

It’s finally over, and Derrick is upset that he hasn’t been able to tell Cody what to do for two days. He gets him alone, and says that they need to separate Christine, Frankie, and Caleb. Cody again claims that he wants to use the veto to put up Frankie, and doesn’t trust Christine at all. Cody, as usual, talks tough in the diary room, saying that he doesn’t want to look weak by not taking a shot when he can. What a loser. You don’t even have to see the last few minutes to know what he ultimately did.

The answer to that last sentence happens after the final commercials of the evening. Cody stares at the wall and again talks about big decisions...and then ultimately does nothing. It’s the story of his season. There’s some more blah blah blah, and that’s it.

So you’re all going to head to CBS.com and vote no on Frankie’s terrible play? And send some condolences to Veronica’s wisdom teeth. Otherwise, what did you think of tonight’s episode? Tell us your thoughts!

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

Tuesday - catching you up.

Very briefly - here is what has happened since the last update...

Zach is still out of the house.

The POV was NOT used on Monday so Donny or Nicole is leaving Thursday.

Monday night Frankie and Derrick started putting out feelers about possibly keeping Donny (he's been the target to go home).

Frankie implied at 9:06pm last night to Derrick that the DR was interested in them trying to save Donny.

By the end of the night it appeared they were giving up on the idea, that some HGs (like Cody) were too gung-ho to get Donny out.

Other than that? Not much has been going on.  It is still possible that they change things up and keep Donny, its also possible that production hinted at the thought of keeping Donny as a way to get the HGs to discuss it so they had some video to show on Thursday's show before the vote.

I expect the next two days to be very very quiet - then again I was surprised last night when I saw that there was work afoot to save Donny so you never know.

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