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Thursday
Jul172014

The Night Owl - Weds Night

As expected, today and tonight was a mixture of mini-scrambles and chats about the upcoming eviction, HOH competition, and who people within various alliances will nominate if they should win. 

Now that The Detonators alliance is solidified, there were a lot of chats between various members of that group about who to put up if two of their members should win.  All of them are a combination of people like Victoria/Jocasta/Brittany/and possibly Amber or Donny.

Donny had an interesting conversation with Caleb at the chess table tonight where he told Hayden that he trusted him completely but that Zach and Cody like to hang out with "the enemy".  Donny seems to consider the enemy to be Derrick.  He told Hayden that he knows that Derrick had to know that he was going to be nominated and that it wasn't just Nicole's decision this past week.  He also said he wouldn't mind seeing Derrick feel the block a little bit.

Derrick and Cody (now called The Hitmen) had a few discussions about who they would prefer up and out this week and also in the future.  The both agree that this week either Jocasta or Victoria or Brittany can go and that Donny could also go if they got the chance to send him out because they feel like that would leave Brittany and Jocasta pretty powerless. As far as future plans, they say after they get down to just the 5 in their alliance, they would like Frankie to be the first to go.  Derrick says Frankie makes him nervous with his game. (please please please let them go after him soon!)

Speaking of Frankie... Zach was back to his old bad habits of telling Frankie too many things tonight.  When Frankie pointedly asked him what the name of his alliance with Cody and Derrick was, he told him it was called Los Tres Amigos.  I'm pretty worried that Zach's trust in Frankie will be a big part of his demise in the game if he doesn't knock it off.  The two of them also had a really late night/early morning chat about alcohol and weed use and withdrawal.  It appears for now they are holding to their final 2 deal.  I don't expect Frankie to stick with that at all though. For the record, I also can't read Zach at this point when it comes to Frankie.  He agrees each and every time someone mentions wanting him to go soon and even adds his own reasons for not trusting him, but he still gives Frankie more info than he needs to when talking to him. I can't tell if he really does trust Frankie, or if it's just bad game play and saying too much on his part.  Either way, I hope it doesn't kill his game for him.

 

As far as game talk goes, that is mostly it. However, there were some insanely funny moments over the course of the night as well.  I am not even sure how the conversation started or how Zach ended up trapped with Caleb in the HOH room, but what followed was one of the most hilarious conversations I've heard in a while.  Caleb is very VERY sure that he is going to be very VERY famous when he leaves the BB house.  This hasn't been a secret or anything, but he really laid it all out there tonight.  There was much talk of airports and restaurants being alerted before he arrives in his limo and the appearances he will be willing to do.  Events like "Go hunting with the Beastmode Cowboy from BB 16", and let us not forget that when he comes into any town now, it will be on the front page of the paper.  There was also a lot of Amber talk in there about how he is done with her (and yet can't stop talking about her) and how he thinks she and Cody are the ones in a showmance right now.  I really don't know how Zach kept a straight face listening to all of this, but if you have the feeds, I highly suggest flashing back and listening to at least a little of it.  I believe the convo was around 11pm BB time.

I should also mention that before that conversation, there was a titilating conversation about Caleb's breasts being sore (see what I did there?) and going to the medic to have his estrogen levels checked.

After Zach escaped the conversation with Caleb, there was more hilarity down in the bathroom area when a few of the various HGs were sharing their "numbers"..sexually speaking, and being silly in general.  The most amusing part of the conversation was that it was in stark contrast to the literal Bible study going on merely feet away in the Hive Room. During this conversation, Christine and Zach also agreed that they should see if they could get the house to cheer louder than the audience when Devin walks out the door tomorrow night. 

That's about it for tonight. Everyone seems to be winding down for bed.  Most of them think today will bring an endurance comp.  I really don't know if it will or won't.  Usually we can tell in advance what kind of comps are likely to be coming, but this year with the two HOH twist, it's hard to know how they will play it.  I wouldn't mind seeing a good endurance comp, though I fear that Frankie may win one of the HOH spots if that happens... I hate to admit it, but he has the want to win one and I'm pretty sure he has the ability.  What I would LIKE to see happen would be some controversial HOHs and some controversial nominees so that we get a more interesting week.  With this safe easy get Devin out week, we didn't see very much action. 

We shall see what tomorrow brings after eviction. I still expect Devin to definitely go with a vote of either 11-0 or 9-2 if Christine and Nicole throw their wonky votes.  As always you guys can follow me @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight updates. Until tomorrow night...

 

Wednesday
Jul162014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 10 Recap (Bizarro World Version)

According to the comments section of my last recap, I’m a bit too negative in these reports. I apparently don’t like anything, and needlessly criticize everything.

These are not new complaints about my style. I’ve long understood that I’m a sarcastic creep. In response to this latest round of allegations, though, I’m going to try something new tonight. Since tonight’s episode is looking to be a bit predictable, I’m going to take a positive approach. There will be no snide comments. Nobody will be described in a negative light.

Let’s see how this works out.

The broadcast begins with the reactions to the Battle of the Block victory by Amber and Donny, and Nicole’s “disappearance”. Will she reappear? I sure hope so!

Oh there she is, back in the house in a frog costume! The house rushes in and laughs and laughs! She’s still worried, though, as she’s no longer safe this week. Hayden calls her a “cute frog”, and he’s a bit confused as usually he’s hitting on “hot girls but now I have to hit on a hot frog”. (This new method of reporting is already very tough.)

Derrick is obviously happy, and can’t wait to put up Devin. He’s just worried that Devin may play in the veto competition. Devin knows that he’s “solo in this game”, and that he’s the target. “I may be down but I’m not out.”

Frankie is now talking with Amber and Donny, telling them that they’re a great team. “It’s amazing what you can do when you combine a model with a country boy”, says Donny. “I even got a little kiss out of it. But I don’t want anybody to get the wrong idea. We’re just friends.”

Donny is still smiling on the living room couch as we now see Caleb leading Jocasta out of the diary room. She’s apparently deathly ill, and everybody rushes to see what’s wrong. She tells us about how she’s had stomach issues, and the heat of the competition made her immediately sick. We even get a toilet cam shot to show us just how sick she is. “I’m still on the block, and I guess I should be concerned about that. l’m not. I’m concerned about feeling better, and being able to walk without somebody helping me.” Poor girl. Just say no to laxatives!

Luckily, Caleb was there to save the day! We see him help tuck Jocasta into bed, and he is so concerned about her...and everybody else. “I wanted to make sure an ally, a friend, and Amber were safe, so I threw it. Hopefully, it doesn’t come around and bite me in the butt.”

Unfortunately, Caleb is also sad. We see him sitting outside in Amber’s slippers, telling her that he threw that comp for her. She didn’t want him to do that, though. “As a matter of fact, I told him not to. Not he thinks I owe him something or (he) expects something from me.”

Caleb says that she could be his date for the finale, and Amber comes right out and says no. “What else do I have to do?”, he replies. He doesn’t think she understands what he did for her, and she should appreciate that. Amber says that she doesn’t want to hurt his feelings, but she’s not going to change her mind. “If you’re not my date to the finale, I’m going to be mad”, he finally says.

Oh look, we get some more frog suit footage. Isn’t Nicole so cute? It looks SOOO much fun. Hayden even wants to kiss the cute frog, which impresses Brittany.

That was short and sweet, as we move to romantic music. Oh look, Cody is giving Amber a massage. How will this go over with Caleb? She says that Cody is “one of my favorite people”, and he replies that he gets “death stares” from Caleb whenever he gives her attention. She says that she just doesn’t think of Caleb in that manner, and is getting tired of the situation.

Caleb then walks out of the bedroom, giving that death stare as he walks by. “This is driving me crazy”, she says to Cody. “This is why I wish I had come in here at 350 pounds.” Caleb continues on up to the HOH. He’s not happy that a member of his alliance “put his hands on my home girl.” The “beast mode cowboy” is not happy with this.

The two move out to the chess board, and Caleb says that he thinks Cody has something going with Amber. “With this kid’s ego, he’ll come after me out of spite”, says Cody in the diary room. He tells Caleb that he would never go after another man’s girl, but Cody still thinks he’s automoatically Caleb’s main target.

Derrick then gives some advice to Caleb in the HOH, and is joined by Cody.They just have to get Caleb off the block, but Caleb walks out as quickly as possible. Talk turns immediately to possibly getting out Caleb instead. “This is our only shot to get him out”, says Cody. They both agree that Caleb is blinded by his obsession with Amber.

After some wonderful promotion of CBS broadcasts, it’s time for the Team America segment. Remember, the three Team America members have decided to create a rumor that Zach is related to last season’s Amanda. Donny starts off by talking to Nicole about this story, who then goes on to relate it to Christine. Derrick tells the same story to Caleb, who rushes off to tell Amber (just as Derrick planned).

The “crown jewel” is to tell Zach about the rumor, knowing that he’d rush off to tell EVERYBODY this story. He’s asked if it’s true, and after a delay he laughs and says no. He does as expected, though, and rushes around to tell everybody. He even claims that it’s true, which Nicole believes. Oh wait, there’s Victoria! She also believes the story. Good to see her on this episode!

Oh no, Jocasta is still sick. Donny is now taking care of her, leading her from the diary room back to the bedroom. “The poor thing is not going to be able to play in the veto competition”, says Donny.

It’s time to find out who is going to play, though. Because of Jocasta’s illness, there will only be five players. Derrick pulls the first chip, which belongs to Christine. Caleb then pulls out the worst possible pick - Devin! Derrick then pulls out Donny’s name “on Jocasta’s behalf”.

As you may imagine, Devin couldn’t be more pleased “to fight for my life”. Caleb says he “better bring his A game”. Derrick pulls Donny into the storage room to find out what he’d do if he won the veto. He tells Donny that his goal is to get out Devin, but Donny interrupts him to say that this is the third week that he’s “been out of the loop”. He adds in the diary room “that I’m not ready to show my cards yet”. Derrick admits that he’s still concerned that Donny has that “Double D” alliance with Devin.

After some more great commercials, it’s now time for Derrick of all people to “go into Beast Mode”. He paints his face, and the Rocky theme comes on as Devin and Caleb also get mentally and physically ready.

The funky music comes on, which means it’s veto competition time! It’s a Vegas casino setup, and Hayden reminds us that the “house always wins in Vegas”. The comp is called “Tumblin’ Dice”, and they have to roll some giant dice to match the number that comes up on a roulette wheel. Sound confusing? Yeah, it’s hard to explain in print.

The first pair to go against each other is Christine and Devin. They must go for the number four. Christine has trouble figuring out how to end up with that number, so obviously Devin wins.

Derrick is the next up, and he also challenges Devin. They must roll around and end up with a two, Derrick seems to take his time. In fact, at one point he was two moves away from winning before he started doing some wacky robot moves inside his dice. Devin beats him by a hair.

It’s now all up to Donny, which worries everybody!

But first, we get some more great CBS promos! Can Donny steal a victory from the professional athlete? He just wants to make his family proud. Devin and Caleb both still don’t believe he’s just a groundskeeper. While watching the other rounds, Donny says that he’s figured out how to win if it’s a 3, 4, or 5. Too bad it comes up a six! Devin goes out a full speed, but Donny takes his time because he has to “figure it out as I go”. Devin gets to the base, but he’s not at the right number, while Donny continues to go at his own pace. He then suddenly wins, and the entire house cheers! “I knew you weren’t a janitor”, says Caleb.

The competition is not over yet, though. The final round is Donny versus Caleb, and they must race to a two. Donny says that he already took out “one big bully. I want to take out both big bullies.” It doesn’t take long for Donny to completely smoke Caleb. “That was hashtag old man beatdown”, he says.

What will Donny do with that veto, though? We’ll find out after one more incredible commercial break.

It doesn’t take long for us to find out, as right after the adverts we see Donny race to Jocasta’s side. “Somebody’s not going home”, he tells her. She starts crying as everybody rushes in to console her. “Winning this veto for Jocasta means the world to me”, says Donny. “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” She says this moement made her feel a “hundred percent better”. I bet she felt two hundred percent after Cody came in and did a semi-striptease for her.

Devin is now seen in the have-not room all by himself. He says he doesn’t want the others to see him feel emotional, but all he’s thinking about is how he let down his daughter. “Every daughter looks at their father like a superhero. I wasn’t her superhero.”

Although we know what happens, Donny must still go through the veto ceremony motions. He even acknowledges that everybody should know what he’s doing, but the “house is so paranoid”. He brings everybody into the house, and announces that he is indeed saving Jocasta. “You were too sick to compete, and all I want is for you to get better.” She again breaks down in tears. Heavy wails, in fact.

Derrick has to name a replacement nominee, and as one would expect, it’s Devin. “On behalf of all the houseguests, Devin take a seat.”  

With that the episode ends, and I can now break out of this nice-nice persona. Can you now see why I do what I do? You can read a recap such as this on a million other sites. Don’t you like a little spice and opinion in these types of articles? There’s no way I can continue to write in that style. If you don’t like my opinions, please let me know and we can have an open discussion. Isn’t that what Big Brother fandom is all about?

 

 

Thursday
Jul102014

The Night Owl - Weds Night

Well tomorrow is the big eviction day, and for the first time in a really long time, I can honestly say I'm not totally sure where the vote lies.  I Think I have a general idea, but that could all change in the next few hours since these people flip flop like no other cast I've ever seen before.

I left off Yesterday morning with Brittany and Jocasta walking around sulking and fuming after what Devin told them and everyone else scrambling to figure out how to cover their asses.  When I woke up today Brittany had been working her ass off to get everyone not in the Bomb Squad to understand how much of an outsider they are.  She told the stories and her theories over and over and over.  I'm fairly certain she caught something up in Devin's room because she just could not stop talking today. But ultimately at the end of the day, she and Jocasta were the only ones really into what she was selling about "the outsiders". 

Most other people not in the BS knew about the BS already on some level and knew that it had pretty much split and that none of them were really sticking together as an 8 person alliance.  So most people like Nicole, Hayden, and Victoria just heard her out and then went and told people like Christine and Devin about Brittany's attempts at an uprising.  I commend her for playing the game and trying to rally people, but I think she lost a lot of credit with people for the way she went about it. She basically embodied a female Devin for a while and told everyone how "The good people need to win" And "A parent should win Big Brother" and my favorite "I don't know what low lifes with no kids like Zach are even doing here. The money means so much more to us parents."

Donny is the only person that I really have NO read on the standing of.  Supposedly he is Team America with Derrick all the way, but he supposedly is also now with Jocasta and Brittany.  His vote tomorrow will likely go to keeping Paola as a sympathy vote for his friend, but it speaks volumes of his poker face that I have no idea where he really stands on things.  He is a smart guy.

Jocasta is also, as of now anyway, voting to keep Paola in the house. She is still stuck on it being her duty to Paola to vote against the "violent woman hater".  But really, more than anything today, Jocasta just talked about how much she needs to "poo poo".  Apparently that's her biggest issue right now.

Early in the night the HGs got a practice HOH game in the backyard.  It's some kind of golf/croquet type of game where they will likely be trying to hit a ball at targets that get them points or something.

During the end of the practice session Zach talked to Brittany and she told him that she didn't know who to trust, but that no matter what she was voting Paola out and keeping him.  After everyone came back inside and the lockdown continued, Cody, and Derrick tried to clear the air wtih Brittany and Jocasta for a while..or cover their asses at least.  Brittany believed some of it but not all of it and Jocasta, from what I could tell, believed none of it....though most of what they said was true.

A lot of the former/remaining members of the BS have been worried about becoming huge targets today and have been trying to get the focus more on Caleb, Devin, and Amber since most of them want those 3 gone also. So, while Derrick, Cody, Jocasta, and Brittany were talking in the Hive Room, Zach decided to pull Amber into the pantry and set her off by telling her he had heard that a lot of people were mad at her/after her since she has been working with Caleb from day one. 

It worked. Amber immediately busted into the Hive Room to announce that she has NO alliance and that she is on her own playing her own game and that Caleb in an alliance with her.  Then she went and did the same thing in the bathroom.  Brittany felt like the comment was aimed at her and asked Amber that, and Amber started crying.  Caleb didn't want to see "his princess" upset, so he went and basically said the same thing Amber said except in a very forceful and Caleb like way to the Hive Room crew.  When he mentioned that things could be misconstrued...like Jocasta and Cody sitting together could be thought of as a showmance, Jocasta decided she had had it.  She first argued with Caleb. Something about "Not when my husband isn't here so I can defind it" or something like that..  And then SHE too ran off crying. 

Caleb then went to the bathroom where Pao, Zach, and Donny were sitting and went off to them about the Amber thing and about Jocasta.  They convinced him maybe he should apologize to Jocasta. He did, and within 5 minutes the whole thing was over. BUT, it did put an even larger target on Amber when she started acting so erratically.

While Amber sat around telling people how she thought it was stupid to let the game get in the way of friends because friends are more important to her (she still doesn't know she is on Big Brother), Christine made her rounds with Zach, Frankie, Nicole, Hayden etc..  To make sure everything was basically covered.  Zach and Christine also took a moment to form the "We Hate Devin" club after discussing what Zach had done to set Amber off.

There was more scrambling around and chatter, but as of NOW, I think this is where the vote stands: Pro Zach: Cody, Derrick, Caleb, Christine, Nicole, Victoria, Amber, Hayden, Brittany, and Possibly Frankie.  Pro Pao: Jocasta, Donny.

But these people cannot seem to hold their crazy in for any length of time, so during the time the feeds are down tomorrow before the show, all of that could change.  I'm calling it an early night because most of them have either gone to bed or are headed that way.  There is just some chatter now about what they will do if they win HOH.  Derrick has been talking with Zach, Cody, and Hayden about either putting up Brittany because of the way she is acting, or possibly putting someone like Devin on one HOH's Noms and Amber on the other so that when one of them is on the block no matter what, and if that one wins veto and comes off, Caleb goes up.  There are lots of plans being tossed around and most of them involved getting rid of Devin or Caleb, but it all depends on who gets HOH and this one is really a crapshoot.  As always you guys can follow me @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight updates. Until tomorrow night...

Monday
Jul072014

The Night Owl - Sunday Night

I realize I've said it almost as many times as Devin has told us he has a daughter, but Devin being HOH AND having the power of veto really might be the most awful thing ever.  At least from my perspective.

Let's see... Where do I start?  I woke up today to the news that Zach was being considered for the replacement nominee if Devin takes Brittany down.  It seems yesterday's little tiff where Devin told him that he didn't trust him was just the start of things to come.  Between Devin's determination to put someone out that won't kiss his ass, Frankie being Frankie and talking shit about everyone and especially Zach, and Zach not helping himself at all, unless something drastic happens, he is going up and likely going home. 

There was a meeting of the minds of the BS minus Devin and Zach where Derrick and Caleb both talked a lot about keeping everyone together and how it would be stupid for them to start getting rid of their own alliance members.  Derrick suggested they get Zach up and awake and tr to get him to talk things out with Devin.  Zach, who might be the worst person on slop I've ever seen, hadn't eaten or slept, or drank anything for quite a while, but was raised from the dead to talk to Devin.  It. Did. Not. Go. Well. 

There were about 4 rounds of conversations/heated discussions.  In each one, Devin was Devin and was expecting a bow down to me and apologize for ever having questioned me type-o-thing, and Zach just wasn't having it at all and jumped in between making very little sense and saying things like "I just don't care anymore. Nominate me and send me home."  Which made Devin even more determined to do so.  Then Zach went back to sleep.

Derrick and Cody worked on pep talking Zach throughout the da trying to explain to him that he just really needed to eat/sleep/suck it up/and tell Devin what he needs to hear at least until after the nomination ceremony.  I don't know if any of that really sunk into his head or not.

Between socializing and regular house stuff, the day and night basically alternated between Frankie feeding Devin's want to put Zach up and out, Frakie ratting Zach's secrets to other people in their alliance, and Derrick and Cody trying to rally Zach and get him to save himself.  Surprisingly, even Caleb has been trying...to not much avail.

Later in the evening we learned about the new Team America players.  In addition to Donny, we also have Derrick and Frankie.  I personally am not excited about this twist.  It makes Frankie want to Frankie it up for the cameras even more (which I'm not a fan of) and it immediately made the three of them agree that they are in a final 3 alliance.  Donny seemed really sincere about his commitment to it, Frankie seemed like Frankie..which means he will probably do the tasks and get the money but not care that much about the alliance in general, and Derrick (who I am the most worried about) was really excited that America likes him and seems sincere at this point about making this alliance and the Team America stuff into his game. 

I hate it for Derrick because up until now, he has been playing a nearly flawless game, and I feel like this will screw him over royally. I hope I am wrong though. I really hope this doesn't affect him and he continues to play his own game in addition to Team America tasks.

Speaking of Derrick, this guy has the patience of a saint...or a real parent (yeah I'm looking at you, Devin).  He finally managed to get Zach out of bed and put a few bites of food in him in hopes of getting him to rally and try to save himself, but his efforts didn't go all that well and Zach went back to sleep.

Since then, Devin has been going in circles talking to Frankie and Christine about how he wants to put Zach up and out because he thinks he has "gone rogue".  Caleb and Cody on the other feed have been chatting about how they don't think that is what is actually happening.  They still think Victoria is going up. Sigh...

I am calling it a very early night because one, I'm really tired, and two, I really want to be awake for the veto meeting tomorrow which should bring a LOT of fireworks if Zach is actually put up.

At this point, unless Zach wakes up and rallies tonight or in the morning, I don't see him saving himself, and once he is on the block, he will likely implode and try to expose The Bomb Squad..or at least Devin, and that won't help his case to stay any.  It makes me sad, because I really do love Zach for feed entertainment.  He is probably my favorite so far this year.  I do hate it when they self destruct and give up though.  So we shall see what happens. As always, you guys can follow me @ashes2ashes13 on twitter for more overnight updates.  Until tomorrow night...

 

Sunday
Jul062014

The Night Owl - Saturday Night

Veto was played tonight and Devin won.  Anyone surprised? No? Me neither. That's just how things go in the Big Brother house.  Immediately after the veto competition the house got pretty lively.  Devin started scrambling around asking people (Frankie and Caleb if I recall correctly) if he should make a deal with Brittany and pull her off the block instead of Paola, even though he promised the veto to Paola, to appease the rest of his alliance planning on keeping Brittany.  Then he started calling people in his alliance into his room one by one to ask them "between Victoria and Brittany, who would you vote out?"  Derrick then got even more paranoid after realizing people really did want to keep Brittany in the house.  Zach then came into the room and Devin told him that he flat out didn't trust him right now.  Zach asked if they could talk it out, and Devin said no.

Devin then had Brittany summoned to his room to try and make a deal with him.  The conversation started with Devin snapping at Brittany and trying to put her in her place.  Then he went on and on and on and on and on and ON about everything he thought about her..and about himself of course.  He thinks she is paranoid and gaming 24/7 and he is a dad. Blah...Blah... Blah..  For most of the talk Brittany looked like this:

Once Devin got around to the part about possibly using the veto on her, Brittany did tell Devin what he wanted to hear.  She told him she would keep him safe until jury and that she would work with him. She basically told him whatever she thought she needed to in order to try to save her ass.  By the end of the conversation Devin was promising to hang the veto around her neck this week and save her by replacing her with Victoria.  I will personally believe that one when I see it.  Two days is a long time and Devin does a lot of damage every minute that he is awake.  If he does actually use it on Brittany, great! I do however think Brittany has a decent chance of staying in the house even if she remains on the block though.  Derrick, Cody, and Zach are pretty determined to keep her, and Victoria would likely keep her as well provied she isn't on the block.

After the conversation with Brittany, Devin had a conversation with Victoria.  He talked down to her quite a bit.  I know it's shocking to hear that Devin talked down to someone, but it happened.  I didn't pay as much attention to this conversation, but from what I could tell, Devin basically told her nothing, and Victoria cried a lot and then went away mad. 

Meanwhile, Zach started what proved to be a long, slow, all night meltdown. He started by freaking out to Frankie in the pantry about Devin not trusting him and saying that the wanted to make it right.  Frankie wasn't a lot of help as Frankie is mostly loyal to Frankie and a little loyal to Christine.  He basically told Zach to keep his mouth shut and to suck it up and lie to Devin and Caleb when he needs to. Brittany then came in followed by Paola who got her head bitten off by Zach because he now knows that she threw the BOB competition for Devin.

Whether it was the being on slop, the Devin thing, or just having a bad day in general, Zach continued to decline and ended up sharing a little too much with his fellow have not Victoria (Devin made Victoria, Zach, Derrick, and Brittany have nots) when she came to bitch about Devin.  They ended up having a long long conversation which I have no doubt Victoria will relay some of the details about if she needs to because she gets nominated.

Finally, at the point when Zach was ready to call a house meeting and blow up the bomb squad, Derrick got a-hold of him and slowly slowly slowly talked him down from his self destruction.  Derrick is proving to be a fascinating character and a really really good game player.  He drops seeds where he needs to and knows exactly how to talk people down and get information out of them.  I know some of that has to do with being a police officer, but I think a lot of it is just him.

While Derrick talked to Zach, he planted seeds with him about the idea of voting out Paola even if Victoria is put up next to her because it would be better for them and worse for Devin to take away somoeone who is throwing competitions for him and voting the way he wants (if she ever got the chance to vote).  He then told Zach they needed to feel out Brittany and see if he could figure out whether she was sincere about her deal they both know she made with Devin.

Devin eventually got Brittany alone out by the hammock and started to pick her brain.  In a truly amazing conversation (imo anyway) Derrick just pulled that deal and conversation Brittany had with Devin right out of her. Instead of outright asking her, he just told her that he knows that she was either offered, or she took a deal with Devin.  Then he told her she could just tell him if he was warm or cold if she wanted to and he word for worded the deal he knew Devin must have made with her.  Brittany admitted it without saying the actual words and Derrick told her not to say anything because that is "information  you take to your grave."   He then told her he would do damage control for her because the other people in the house suspect a deal already and will know she made a deal if he pulls her off the block.  The conversation was really impressive.

At first I didn't know if Derrick was going to tell Cody and Zach about the deal or not...and he still might, but when he played pool with Cody he told Cody he was positive Brittany was going to come off the block, but that he had absolutely no basis or information to back it up with.

Later on, Cody, Derrick, and Zach met at the hammock and talked about how to go against the Bomb Squad without having to call a meeting or expose them openly.  The three of them want to get rid of Devin and Caleb and are hoping to gain power next week so they can backdoor Devin (provided he doesn't play for Veto.)

So that's where things stand as of now. Most of them are asleep and starting to wind down. The Veto meeting probably will not happen until Monday which leaves plenty of time for scrambling and screwing up of deals as well as fireworks from Devin, Brittany, or Zach if he doesn't pull it together.  As always, you guys can follow me @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight updates.  Until tomorrow night...