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Sunday
Aug172014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 24 Recap

Watching the Sunday episode is always interesting. Sometimes it’s even infuriating. Ok, quite often, actually.

As I’ve said before, the Sunday broadcast primrarily consists of footage from a 24-hour period, starting with the conclusion of Thursday’s eviction show to Friday afternoon’s Battle of the Block. Anything not from that time period is either flown in footage from previous days (such as much of the year’s phony Hayden/Nicole “showmance”), or material designed to explain what we’re seeing.

The problem for me is that due to the Big Brother Gossip Show, I’ve already spent hours with these events. If I’m not cutting audio to use on the show, I’m watching and rewatching in order to understand what I’m going to talk about on Saturday night.

My anger is when this material is manipulated to show something different than what actually happened. Quite often, somebody gets a more positive edit, or the wrong person is given credit for something they had a minimal part in the acts.

Tonight it’s quite possible this could happen again. While what actually happened is pretty cut and dry, there is a great possibility the wrong house guest will be shown as a hero and/or a villain. I hope that’s not the case, but we all know how CBS works these days.

So let’s get started, and let’s also pray that there’s no egregious examples of selective editing. Derrick and Frankie are shown winning HOH, and of course Frankie is so excited. The downside is that with so few people left, a few people from his alliance will have to go up and “some feathers will definitely be ruffled”. Caleb still believes the Bomb Squad is in existence, and says that Donny is their number one target. Derrick, though, claims that he will play up to the fact that his pals want Donny and Victoria on the block, but “with that being said (ugh), I don’t want either of them to go home”. Christine’s only hope is the fact that since she sent home her only friend they’ll keep her safe this week.

Donny is now shown feeling sad because he knows he is going on the block. “I’m definitley outnumber, but I’m not out yet.”

In the bathroom, Derrick is already starting to set up what he wants to see happen. He explains to the boys that it’s going to be complicated, and Cody says that he wants to see Zach and Donny up. Derrick replies that they have to make Zach volunteer to be nominated. Caleb adds that somebody has to be next to Zach that will throw the comp, but he wants nothing to do with it. He is the “founder” of the Bomb Squad, after all, so he could be losing trust if they make him go up once again. Cody is also not crazy about throwing a comp. Derrick says they need to have everybody get together to figure out the logistics.

Frankie then enters, and Derrick tells them that they’re going to tell Victoria that she’s safe this week. Frankie thinks that’s a great idea for her “to be safe this week...for now”. Victoria then enters, and is told the news. Obviously, she’s excited.

We move to the fire room, and Victoria runs in and hugs Derrick to say thanks. He says that he just told them there’s no way she’s going up this time. “Really?” She says in the dairy room that she has complete faith in Derrick. “I’m happy”, she tells him. “I love you.”

Frankie and Derrick then go into the hive room to figure out what to do. Derrick tells Frankie that he trusts him more than anybody, and it’s partly due to the bond they have because of their grandfather’s deaths. “I don’t think you’ll ever go against that.” Derrick wants to stay HOH, and Frankie agrees since he’s the only person “I trust 100%”. They move on to who they want next to Donny on the block, and all fingers point to Cody since he’s never been nominated. Derrick’s not that crazy about this idea, though, since he has a final two deal with Cody (and almost everybody else). They again talk about havnig a meeting to decide who is going to “bite the bullet this week”.

Ugh, HOH room reveal time. Excuse me as I fast forward, especially after hearing Frankie hoot and holler because he gets to see his stupid sister, Ariana.

After this awful moment, Donny pulls Derrick aside to talk about the week. Derrick says that he’s not the target of either him or Frankie, and Derrick adds that he is pretty much just telling Donny what he wants to hear. He even throws out the Team America silliness, and eventually Donny concedes that he has to go up.

Speaking of Team America, it’s time for Derrick to get this week’s task. Yep, another waste of valuable air time, as they have to hide pieces of clothing from every house guest. Oh yeah, and create a “nieghborhood watch”. It’s dumb, no matter what Derrick reads from his diary room script. Derrick first tells Frankie about the mission, and then Donny. Wake me when this is over.

We jump ahead to the middle of the night, and the boys are all deciding who is going to go up. Frankie describes how they need to keep Veronica off the block so that they have a backup nominee. To do this, one person has to go up with Donny and throw the BOB.

Zach immediately speaks up and says that at this stage in the game he doesn’t feel comfortable throwing a competition. Neither does an angry Caleb, Christine, or Cody. Frankie says there are “no other options”...and the conversation gets extremely quiet. Zach finally says that they have to play “rock, paper, scissors” to decide, and Caleb still feels that because he’s already done it in the past he shouldn’t have to do it this time. Zach needs to go up, and Caleb promises to keep him.

They finally decide on drawing Skittles. Yep, that’s what this season has come down to. As we described on last night’s Big Brother Gossip Show, they made their nomination plans based on pulling Skittles. They all pick colors, and Christine’s purple candy is drawn first. She’s not happy about this, obviously. Caleb and Cody’s candy pieces are the next two, so they will be the other side. Nobody’s happy that Zach’s piece of candy wasn’t pulled, especially Caleb who doesn’t trust him as far as he could throw a body. “Maybe three or four feet.”

One would think this means we get the nomination ceremony after this, but instead we get some Frankie/Zach romance. I’m over it. Really. There’s no need, especially since Frankie has been the worst friend possible for Zach. It goes on to the boys gossiping about Cody and Christine, which I also don’t need to endure.

Back to game stuff, and Caleb is still bitching about Zach. He knows that Zach doesn’t like him, and because of this Caleb wants him out more than Veronica. He also understands that Zach will probably nominate him if he becomes HOH. Cody chimes in that he wouldn’t mind seeing Zach leave either, and Derrick says in the diary room that he likes the way this conversation is going as he doesn’t want either Donny or Velouria to go home. If Donny wins the BOB, then Caleb wants Zach to be backdoored.

More adverts, and Donny now comes in to talk to Frankie and Derrick. He’s told that Victoria is the true target, which is why she’s being kept off the block for now. He’s also informed of the Skittles draw, and how everybody but him was there for the draw. Donny is not happy by this, and now knows for sure that those two are working together. He’s told to win Battle of the Block, but admits in the diary room that “having my fate decided by color coded candy lets me know that I am expendable by the other members of Team America”.

Finally, it’s nomination time. We already know who they are, so this is just a formality for the cameras. Even the “reasons” are formalities of nothingness. Afterwards, Derrick and Cody head into the storage room, and Cody is informed that they don’t believe the story he was told in the HOH.

One more set of adverts and we get the Battle of the Block that Christine is supposed to throw to ensure that Donny stays on the block. There’s a pitch black building in the back yard, and they must find bones hidden in the box. One team is gonig for stars bones; the other for circles...and some don’t fit at all. The first team to get five bones wins.

As always, we get comment after comment about the importance of this competition, and they are finally led inside. The bell sounds, and they’re bombarded with gunk as they blindly look around. Cody and Caleb decide to work hand in hand, literally, and head to the board whenever they have two bones. Unfortunately, Caleb grabbed a bone that doesn’t fit into the puzzle. Meanwhile, Christine plays dumb while Donny is working hard. Christine thinks this is great, as it’s not hard at all to throw this competition. Donny then gets a bone, and the other boys get their second. The humorous music comes on as Donny fumbles around various objects before finding a second bone. Donny hands Christine a bone, but Caleb grabs it from her. (Hmmm, according to their commentary afterwards, production yelled that Christine can’t hand bones to the other side.)

Ok, this is getting boring. Caleb is continuing to have problems, and is reading way too many production one liners in the diary room. They get their third bone up, but Donny has grabbed his fourth bone. He also now understands that because he is the only one who has inserted the bones that Christine is throwing this competition. He must now hurry to find the winning bone as he’s working alone. Christine hands the boys one more bone, but Donny has found the fifth bone...and wins the competition!

This is clearly the worst result for the boys (and Christine), so we get more commentary on how their plans to throw competitions is just not working for them.

That’s it for tonight! What did you think? I must say that outside of production reportedly yelling at Christine and Caleb during BOB, the happenings were somewhat fairly represented. Do you agree? Let us know what you think!

 

Sunday
Aug102014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 21 Recap (Or Lack Of)

I've wrestled with my brain all day long about this week's Big Brother episodes. If you have followed this site, or listened to last night's contentious Big Brother Gossip Show (and why haven't you?), you understand that what should have been a great week of feeds and broadcasts has been undermined by a production crew that will do anything and everything to appeal to a younger audience that has never been attracted to the show.

Yes, I'm talking about this year's show pony, Frankie Grande. This week featured the best feeds of the season, commencing with the last minute decision on Wednesday night to keep Zach after all. After the HOH comp on Thursday, Frankie burst in on Nicole and Christine to tell them to put up the four boys. She ran to Zach, who then told each of the boys. This led to a desire to immediately go after Frankie, and Caleb volunteered to go on the block with him to ensure they lost the Battle of the Block.

The hilarity of beastmode taking a seat during the competition would have made tonight's show the best ever. CBS would have none of that, though, and conspired with Frankie to make a big reveal about his "famous" one-hit wonder, "megastar" sister. Gross. Us conspiracy buffs also firmly believe that the combo of this plot, along with a long-delayed competition that culminated with a BOB that house guests have said was EASIER to win solo than with a partner, is a complete set up to ensure Frankie's safety.

Tonight's show will be edited in a way that will make you believe that Frankie came up with the idea to reveal his "secrets". He's already been given credit for acts that Derrick and others actually made, and tonight is bound to be pure fiction. Even worse will be Wednesday's episode, as he pulls the boys (and then the girls) aside to tell his story. Anything semi-negative (or non-fabulous) will be edited out, including the anger many stated afterwards. They definitely won't show Frankie saying he's going to sic his sister's online following on Nicole for actually saying something negative about him. It's going to be a nightmare.

I'm beyond offended by all of this, and because of this I'm boycotting tonight and Wednesday's broadcasts. I really don't want the ratings to suffer, but something has to be done to let the network know that we're tired of stunt casting. We're tired of fictional edits. We're sick that the show we love has been turned into the type of horribly-edited trash we usually witness on lower-tiered cable channels. Big Brother is supposed to be a social experiment; not a close cousin to the likes of Honey Boo Boo or Duck Dynasty. 

If you do view tonight's episode, more power to you. I hope you enjoy it. But if you're a loyal Big Brother fanatic, I invite you to change the channel tonight to something...anything else.

Wednesday
Aug062014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 19 Recap

No big intro for tonight, as everybody knows what is going to happen. A beloved personality is about to see his time as the show’s jokester end, and the internet is not happy with this. Let’s just go right to it.

We left off Sunday’s episode with the somewhat surprising BOB victory by Caleb and Victoria (who?). Tonight’s show picks up where we left off, and everybody is heading back into the house after the competition. Frankie chases after Zach, but is waved off as he wants to be alone. “I’m extremely disatisfied at losing today’s Battle of the Block. What makes it even worse is that I lost to Victoria. The game I play in the house definitely puts a huge target on my back. However, it all comes down to that POV.”

Zach comes out of the bedroom, and Nicole says “good job” to him. Jocasta complains that she’s been on the block “four times, but I have to smile and be happy about it”. She loses me at this point, as she goes on to babble about how she has to win POV, like that is possible.

At this point, the punishments must be handed out, and Caleb is already bitching. “This is going to suck.” Victoria replies that she just wants to get it over with, which makes Caleb whine even more. “It’s not your head that’s getting shaved. It’s mine.” He’s also pissed about “being chained to a nincompoop for 48 hours”, along with two more weeks of slop. “With a bald head, I look dumb.”

Meanwhile, Nicole is doing her happy dance with Victoria. She’s also “super excited” to be the first girl HOH to keep her HOH status, but “my real target is Frankie”.

Caleb is still whining, and this time it’s to Zach, who is preparing food. Zach’s response is that he chose slop, but Caleb replies, “I chose to be a winner, and you chose to be a loser.” Zach then says he didn’t chose to lose; “I just failed”. Caleb carries on, and Zach just takes it in stride. “I’m not disagreeing with that.” It’s all about Caleb, you know.

He carries on with the bitching about his hair situation, and Zach says in the diary room “I’d shave my head, armpits, and TOES to not be on the block this week. Surviving is what counts, not your pretty boy locks, you Fruit Loop dingus Bust-a-Fooligan!” Zach gets the last word in, noting ot Caleb that he could possibly be going home before Victoria (who?).

We move up to the HOH room, where Frankie is kissing Nicole’s ass. He wants to know what Nicole wants to see happen this week, and she reluctantly says the she does want Zach to go. He follows it up with who she would pick for House Guest choice in the POV, but Nicole is a bit too smart to give him info. Frankie pushes on, though, and says that he thinks she should keep the nominations the same after the veto. “Soon, it will be all out war”, he adds, but Nicole hopes the blood will be his by the end of the week.

Caleb’s misery is now set to begin, as Caleb and Victoria are sent to the diary room for their Adam and Eve costume. They come out as “Beastmode Adam” and “Princess Eve”, and I must say that Victoria looks pretty good. He tells her he’s thirsty, and leads her to the kitchen. Of course, we also get a bunch of footage of them pestering each other in the diary room.

After the costumes, it’s time for Caleb to be shaved. Obviously, Caleb milks the moment for everything he can. Victoria starts in, and Frankie then has to make it his moment. “Why is this really erotic?” Ugh, he’s the worst, especially as he goes on and on in the diary room about how this turns him on.

Back to the game, as Derrick is laying in the living room with Jocasta and Donny. Nicole is heading up to the HOH, and Derrick reminds us how she had wanted an alliance with the boys. He heads upstairs, accompanied by Cody and Hayden. Nicole tells them that if the veto is used, she’s going to put up Frankie. “But he has to go home at that point.” They believe that Zach will be a “lost dog” without his buddy, and Derrick adds that if the four of them are “loyal to each other we should literally be able to get the other seven people out before we have to think about anything else”. Derrick counts out all of his various alliances in the diary room, and adds that Frankie going on the block actually puts them in a bit of danger.

With the alliance formed, we have to go through the tedious ritual of coming up with a name. It’s, as always, a waste of time, and they finally decide on The Rationale. “It’s so disgustingly cool”, adds Cody.

We move to Nicole sitting in the living room with Christine, who tells her that she believes Zach is safe sitting on the block next to Jocasta. Secretly, though, Christine wants Zach out because last week he nominated her, and she’s also upset that she’s been drifting apart from Nicole. “I don’t know where her head’s at. I need to make sure Zach is still Nicole’s number one target, and if she’s not worried she should be.” Nicole asks who she should put up instead of Donny as a replacement, and Christine says it should be Derrick or Cody. “They wouldn’t be mad afterwards, you know what I mean?”

Christine adds in the diary room that she wants the relationship between Nicole and Hayden to cool off, so she adds that Zach told her that Hayden has been hanging out a lot with Victoria. And, dun dun dun, also possibly made out with her! As Nicole would say, “ohhhhhhhhhmaaaaahgawwwwwwd!” You can’t ruin her Big Brother summer camp with a story like that!

Hayden is then seen heading into the HOH, and Nicole tells him what just happened with Christine. “Is that true?” Hayden denies it, and Nicole calls her a bad friend. Hayden finds it ridiculous, especially when she adds that Christine thinks another boy should go up next to Zach. “She is straight up the worst”, says Hayden, and Nicole adds that she won’t be manipulated by Christine.

With the high school drama over (for now), we head to commercials. Oh wait, it’s not over, as Nicole now tells Zach what Christine said. (Seriously, I don’t know what is worse - Nicole’s whisper-talking or her diary room twang.)

Cody runs to Derrick with the info, and they’re pissed that a “loyal detonator” would suggest such a thing. “That tells me she’s working with somebody”, says the dimwit. They both believe that Frankie needs to go up and go home.

Time to pick the veto competition players. Nicole pulls out Caleb’s name, Zach gets Christine, and Jocasta pulls out Victoria’s name. Zach laughs that he’s playing against a giant group of losers, and if he loses “you can call me the biggest Fruit Loop dingus in Big Brother history”. (Foreshadowing, people.)

Time for filler, as Adam and Eve wander around. Victoria actually handles it pretty well (and with a smile), but Caleb does nothing but whine. Even when she complains about him, she’s in good spirits. I’m starting to like her! The acoustic guitar music comes on as he finally warms up and says “I couldn’t have picked a better partner.” The silly music comes back as he attempts to say nice things in the diary room, though.

Back to the game, as Derrick goes into the side room with the rest of The Detonators. Zach is convinced that he’s going to stay no matter what happens in the veto, but Christine thinks that’s silly as she would never vote for him. Derrick adds in the diary room that by the end of the week he’s going to have to choose between the Detonators and the Rationale.

Once we get through more commercials, it’s time for the veto comp. It’s a solo game where they all have to swing through a picture frame that shows comic book caricatures of each house guest. They then have to grab matching comic book covers and place them in the same order.

Nicole goes first, but I must fast forward as her diary room voice is oh so grating. She finally gets through it, and Caleb is next. Yes, we get a comment on how great his comic book looks. Yes, and how sexy the Amber comic book is. “I may just have to sneak that thing into my room later.” Too bad that the Beastmode who was going to win every single competition is too easily confused by this competition.

Victoria is the third up, and they don’t waste anytime with the silly background music. She plays up to her typical spoiled persona, and is nowhere close to getting them in the correct order. She eventually runs out of time (35 minutes).

Speaking of failures, Jocasta is up next. She again acts like a fool in the diary room, and gives those covers the side eye whenever she drifts past the window. She finishes, and starts singing. It’s disgusting. Christine talks about how much she dislikes Zach as she rushes back and forth past the window. She makes it through the comp with relative ease.

Finally, we get Zach’s turn. He says “it’s time to put on the cape and save the day for Team Zach Attack”. He adds that he feels like he’s like if “Superman, Batman, and Spiderman all had a kid somehow”. He gets the order wrong the first time around, and then makes a quick change. He has two out of place, but can’t figure out which ones are wrong. “I was livid. At this point, Zach Attack changes from good to evil.” He picks up each cover and screams about them, and even throws one at the camera. He’s convinced he had it correct. Zach takes one more swing across the window and sees what he had screwed up. “Leave it up to Victoria to mess up my game, you frickin’ dingus.”

Zach knows he’s in trouble, as he told Nicole to put him up, and then “choked in the BOB”. Plus, he just now screwed up the veto. “I blew it.” He collapses on the platform in tears, as the camera pans away. Nice job, CBS!

More adverts before we go back to the program. Everybody heads outside and marvels at the scenery. For some reason, we’re reminded that Cody loves Zach Effron. Why?

Time for the results. Nicole’s time was 12:20, while Caleb’s was 15:48. Victoria, of course, maxed out at 35 minutes, which doesn’t surprise anybody. Jocasta finished in 14:39, but Christine came in at 11:50. Zach needs to beat that time, but as you may guess, his final time was 26:17. Christine has the POV!  Zach hugs Christine, and says that she’s “the only person who can save me from devastation”.

Christine walks into the room with the rest of The Detonators, and Frankie wonders what Nicole wants her to do with it. Christine lies, saying that Nicole needs to do whatever it takes to make sure Zach stays. Zach then walks in, and high fives Christine. “Thank you so much. I’ve never loved you this much my entire life.” Christine now had to decide how she’s going to ensure Zach’s departure.

Before we get to the veto ceremony, though, it’s finally time for Adam and Even to be set free. They cut the ties, and everybody just walks away as if they don’t care. Yeah, neither do we.

More fluff, as we get the obligatory Hayden and Nicole cuddling scene. Hayden then brings up Christine’s lie, and he decides she should be called “Christine Appleseed, because all she does is plant seeds around the house”. Nicole says that she really felt that Christine would be a person she could trust. “I want Frankie to go home Stso bad.” Either way, Hayden says, “Zach or Frankie are going home.”

As always, the veto ceremony finished the broadcast. Christine goes through the script as necessary, standing in front of the memory wall as everybody says what they hope happens.

The ceremony finally begins, and Zach goes first with a plea as to why it should be used on him. “A grasshopper walks into a bar”, he says, “and the bartender says, ‘we have a drinnk named after you.’ The grasshopper says, ‘you have a drnik called Bill?” Oh Zach.

Jocasta then stands. “I don’t know how I can top that.” She says she’d like Christine to use it, but “no hard feelings”. We know what happens here. Christine does not use the POV.

Christine still wants Zach out. “He’s got to go.” Nicole says something I can’t understand, and Derrick says that The Detonators “may not be as loyal to him as he thinks”. Stupidly, Zach does believe he’s safe, and is going to just sleep the rest of the week. And that is the sound of the coffin being slammed shut on his Big Brother playing days...for now.

That’s it for tonight. Are you pset with Christine? Are you as annoyed with Nicole’s voice as me? Are you starting to sort of like Victoria? Most importantly, your thoughts on Zach? Let us know!

 

 

 

Saturday
Aug022014

Big Brother Gossip Show #407: Pickle Banana

Yes, we were late again this week.

But we had a valid excuse. Our cohost Mike could have easily just skipped this week as he was on the road with his family. Because he's so dedicated to the show, he literally pulled over to the side of the road to join us after making his destination. Please name another internet radio show host who would go to such great lengths!

We had a lot to talk about tonight. We really did need to revisit Amber's evicton, particularly since CBS failed to show a lot of what went down to set up one of the rare "back doors" seen in recent history. We needed to talk about some of the other questionable segments of Thursday's eviction episode, and we obviously needed to fill everybody in on what has happened since Julie Chen signed off without a HOH victor.

Tonight's show covered it all, along with some analysis of what may happen depending on the POV competition that is STILL going on as I write this show intro. Besides the obvious thanks to Mike, I also must thank Colette for her contributions to tonight's show, along with Ash for her hard work in grabbing audio clips.

As always, you can grab this via iTunes (and please leave a review), or stream it via Stitcher. Or, you can...

DIRECTLY DOWNLOAD/STREAM BY CLICKING HERE!!!

Thanks to everybody who listened live tonight on Mixlr, and as always the kind people who help promote us on twitter or Facebook. Please let us know what you think about our little show!