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Wednesday
Jul092014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 7 Recap

Before we get into tonight’s episode, I have to apologize for the lack of Sunday recap. I travelled up to Minneapolis with my extended family to view a Twins game, and although I planned to do a writeup after I returned I just never got around to it.

I did watch Sunday’s broadcast, though, as I got ready to go out for dinner. Really, there was nothing revealed on the show, although I was a big upset with how much footage they used that didn’t fit into the timeline. Come on, the “lotion” segment was from the first night of the feeds!

It did kind of make sense to utilize it, though, as an attempt to explain just why Devin has it out for one of his nominees, Brittany. We will see an interesting twist to that relationship tonight, however...along with some other surprises (if the footage is accurately edited, that is).

Let’s get on with it. After the usual lengthy recap, the episodes kicks off with the reaction to Nicole and Hayden’s Battle of the Block victory. They all walk into the house, and Devin is already acting like the King of the castle, happy that “Pow Pow did her part by throwing the competition...I’ve been pulling so many strings in this house, I consider myself the puppet master.” Ugh.

Nicole, Hayden, and Christine head into the storage room to jump around in celebration, complete with bad sound effects. “Don’t mess with us, I guess”, says Nicole in the diary room.

They head back out acting cool, and hug Amber, who hopes she’s still safe this week. Of course, Caleb also wants to hug her. Creep.

Brittany is now telling Pow Pow that she thinks she’s going home. She knows she’s Devin’s target, but is not done fighting.

Hayden and Pow are now up by the HOH room, and Devin apologizes for putting in the position where he could possibly be going home. He stupidly informs Hayden that Pow Pow was in on the plot, and threw the competition. You’re such a dummy! Why would you openly say that? Pow Pow adds that she “could have dominated that” competition. Um, no. Hayden finds that comment hilarious. Devin then hugs Hayden and babbles that he’s going to ensure Hayden stays as long as everybody. Hayden is as creeped out as the girls.

Hayden is back down with Nicole, and she’s talking about how happy she is that they’re now safe for a week. He’s still worried, though, that the story of Pow Pow purposely losing will become public knowledge. “The last thing we want to be is associated with Devin’s evil genius plan.” As she walks away, he jokingly asks if they can now kiss.

Zach now tells us in the diary room that there are two subdivisions in the bomb squad. One is the supporters of Devin, “aka the idiots”. Then “there’s the non-supporters of the dictatorship. The firm believers that Devin is insane.” He’s talking to this group, and can’t believe that Brittany is the target. They’re tired of doing Devin’s bidding, and want Brittany to stay. “Next week”, says Zach, “one of us is HOH, and we’re backdooring Devin.”

Time for filler, as Caleb flirts with Amber. Devin and Frankie look on in disgust. Devin thinks that she’s just playing him, and that he’ll eventually pick Amber over him. “You don’t mix business with pleasure.” Derrick and Christine are also with Caleb and Amber, and they also talk about keeping Brittany. We then get a flashback of Devin being verbally aggressive to Amber. They all believe that Devin is a problem, and Caleb promises to “protect my queen”.

A bunch of boys are now playing pool, and Devin walks out. Caleb mentions that some girls are starting to feel uncomfortable around him, and that many want to keep Brittany instead of Pow. Devin’s not happy. “That’s stupid. Who’s a bigger threat to the alliance?” Instead of recapping may I point you to our latest Big Brother Gossip episode? It’s all covered there in fuller detail.

Devin finally heads inside, babbling to himself about how he’s always got Caleb’s back. “You’re a lovestruck puppy. Whatever. I don’t even care.” He continues on while the other boys play pool, before again wandering back downstairs to start the fight over and to say “there’s no more alliance”.

Thankfully, we have commercials, and we come back to bare feet walking around the house. Then Frankie and Derrick walk in to discover they are the newest additions to “Team America” (fuck yeah). They’re both thrilled. To find out who the other members are, they are to hang out by the weight bench at 9 pm and say “bald eagle and apple pie”.

Sure enough, most of the house is outside around nine, and Derrick is asking people about their favorite desserts. Frankie answers “apple pie”, and then asks about favorite animals. Caleb doesn’t have the answer, but thinks he has a ton of info about bald eagles. They still don’t know the identity of the third member, but Derrick has figured it is Donny. He sits next to Donny and asks the dessert question, and the gang is now all together!

It’s now time to pick the veto players. Devin pulls Zach’s name, Brittany gets Derrick, and Pow Pow pulls Amber. Devin is sort of happy because there are three Bomb Squad members, but is unsure because of what happened last night. Caleb is then shown heading up to the HOH room, and he apologizes to Devin. (Ok, let me interject here. Before this conversation, Caleb was involved in a conversation where they indeed decided to save Brittany. He then ran up to narc on the others, and that chat started with this apology.)

Devin then does what he does best - he lectures Caleb. We do see Caleb saying that people are talking that Devin may not have the votes he wants. But AGAIN, we’re not seeing what transpired just ten minutes before this where Caleb pledge to go with the save Brit campaign! They finally hug it out, and Devin continues to lecture.

Uh oh, in the hug Caleb lets slip that people have mentioned putting Devin up in the future. “Who said put me up?” Caleb stumbles and says “everybody”. Devin isn’t surprised, but thought the Bomb Squad would have his back.

He sends Caleb down to get the rest of the Bomb Squad for a meeting. It’s time for a much-shortened version of a Devin lecture. “It’s time everybody puts on their Big Brother face, their big boy pants, no emotions, let’s do this already.” Wait, what does that even mean? “We’ve got to get on the same page every week on who we’re sending home. This is not a one-person dictatorship.” He says that 50% of his reason to get rid of Brit is personal, and outs Pow for throwing the competition. He asks who everybody wants to boot, but the girls clam up. This infuriates Derrick, as they’re the ones that talk the most in public about this.

Finally, Zach speaks up, saying that Pow is “by far the weakest player I’ve ever seen on Big Brother in my life.” He says he likes Brittany more, so he wants her to stay. The room goes quiet. “What are you talking about”, asks Devin. Zach adds that it’s impossible for all eight people to agree on anything, and Devin responds by asking who wants him gone.

Zach immediately knows he’s in trouble, and stick around to explain to Devin that he’s “with him until the end”. He admits that he had said at some point that he wanted Devin gone, so he now knows “who the weak link in the alliance is. Now my trust is broken.”

After more commercials, it is now time for the veto comp. Before they head out, we do see Devin telling Pow that if he wins he’s pulling her down. Zach thinks that’s ridiculous. “He has one person’s back, and one person’s back only, and that’s his own self’s back.”

The comp is in a futuristic, outer space setting, leading Frankie to make a floating ball joke. The competitors are dressed in space suits, and the planets are named after “Big Brother icons”. Devin says he hopes to get one named after him. Yeah, like Dipshit?

The “mission” is to hang the ten planets on a device in a way that balances without touching each other. There’s a lot of useless chatter, and silly music as people like Amber, Pow Pow, and Brittany have trouble. Zach comes close before his balls fall. Derrick is also doing well, but remember, Devin is a self-proclaimed “born competitor”. He does kick it into gear and wins Veto! Will he save Pow Pow as promised, though? We’ll find out in about ten minutes (or three days ago if you watched the live feeds).

When the show comes back, Zach is saying that he must now show Devin that he’s completely with him. He heads into the HOH to congratulate him, and Devin asks which of the two he’s going to vote out. Zach says it doesn’t matter, and then asks what’s wrong. Devin replies that he no longer trusts him. “I think he’s just telling me what I want to hear”, Devin says in the diary room. “That doesn’t fly in my book.” Zach wants to continue to talk, but Devin kicks him out.

Zach then reports what happened to Frankie, who asks him if he’s surprised. “What did I say that was so bad?” Frankie says he disagreed with him. Zach felt that it would help make them build trust, and Frankie now is wondering if their alliance is going to work if Zach blows up their game. They hug it out, but Zach doesn’t know how he’s going to get out of this mess.

Brittany then heads into the HOH to talk to Devin. She says that she wants to stay, and it’s now time for her to get a Devin lecture. She throws out the “parents” line, and the sad, piano music pops up. “It’s harder for us, and we have to fight harder. We have a lot more emotions and stuff that are going through us being parents. It’s not worth me missing out on everything.” Devin admits that she’s saying the right things, and “it touches my heart”. Devin demands that if she is saved, she must be loyal to him the rest of the game. She agrees, although she admits it “leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach”. He continues to lecture her, and then tells her that Pow Pow threw that earlier competition. Why does he do that???

(BTW, this is another case of bad editing. This conversation, I mean lecture, went for over 90 minutes. Seriously, this girl deserves the world for putting up with him.)

Now we’re back to Zach versus Devin. Zach is sleeping in the living room, and Devin comes up to complain that he’s mad at him. “I’ve only been honest with you”, replies Zach. Devin again says that when he said this stuff he didn’t mean it, and Devin demands that he come to him whenever things like this are said. “If you want to put me on the block, then do it.” Devin claims that he had never thought of doing that...until now. Yeah, right. “If it’s really what he wants, then I might just have to give it to him.”

It’s now the moment of truth. Will Devin save Pow Pow or Brittany? Will he put up Zach? Or maybe somebody else? Nobody knows...or that’s what they dutifully say to the cameras.

Devin asks for the nominees to talk, and after Pow Pow says “it’s probably the only time I’m going to shine”, she pulls her jacket down over her shoulders and poses. What the hell was that about? Brittany says she’s not a threat, and has done nothing to back stab anybody. She concludes by saying her target is sitting next to her.

Devin then says he looks at Brittany as a huge threat, but now thinks she’s a great woman, person, “and an even better mother”. He won’t let a “single mother of three” sit on the block, so he pulls her down.

For the replacement, Devin puts up Zach!

It looks like the show is over at this point, but suddenly Brittany asks to say something. She stands up in slow motion...and then we hear from the announcer that “all hell breaks loose post-veto meeting” Ooooooh!

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Were you feedwatchers as upset as me seeing how they picked and chose their footage? What about Zach’s meltdown? Or semi-meltdown, as most of it will be shown tomorrow night. Let us know what you think!

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

Monday Fireworks Destined For Cutting Room Floor?

Those who have watched the live feeds the last 48 hours understand that there’s enough explosive footage to fill a full week of CBS broadcasts.

Unfortunately, that won’t be the case.

Everything that happened late Saturday night and all day Sunday will be narrowed down to one or two short segments that will air tomorrow night. The post-veto ceremony fireworks from Monday will be squeezed down to a similar amount of time to open Thursday’s eviction episode.

That’s insane.

All of us on the Big Brother Gossip Show have complained about this for years. In case you’re sort of new to the show, here’s a breakdown of what comprises each episode:

Sunday: HOH competition highlights and reactions, HOH room reveal, nomination discussions, nominations and reactions, Battle of the Block. (They also tend to squeeze in some silly filler.)

Wednesday: Battle of the Block reactions, Veto strategies and pondering on possible replacement nominee, Veto competition and reactions, further strategizing, Veto ceremony.

Thursday: Veto ceremony reactions, nominee’s attempts to survive the week, live final pleas, vote and eviction, HOH competition (or start of it).

In other words, half of this week’s footage was filmed in a 24-hour period, outside of the out of context material that was inserted into this past Sunday’s episode. That’s another complaint for another time.

Granted, the holiday weekend sped up the activities in the house to give the crew some time off. Even on a normal week, though, the Big Brother Gossip Show goes on air knowing everything up to the final few minutes of Wednesday’s episode.

It’s a crime that so much important material will never be seen by the national audience. Everything that happened yesterday is vital to what happens the rest of the season. It’s time for Big Brother producers to throw away the templates they’ve now used for over a decade, and use some fresh ideas on how to present the real story of what is happening. Maybe it's also time for CBS to use one of their other channels for a daily version highlighting the events of the day, ala Big Brother Australia and UK.

To be fair, this is an unusual season. We’ve had seasons where the week basically ends at the veto ceremony. It’s clear at that moment who is going home, and producers have had to be creative to put together Thursday’s opening segment in a way that gives hope to fans of both nominees.

Maybe as this seasons quiets down, this will be the case again. I have my doubts, as both weeks have seen some serious activity go down. The footage of Brittany standing up to Devin (along with his house meeting) should have been a part of last week’s broadcasts instead of being edited into Sunday’s episode.

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Wednesday
Jul022014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 4 Recap

The first regular Wednesday episode of the season is always one of the most interesting. While the first two broadcast consist of footage shot before the feeds are turned on, it’s the first Wednesday of the season where we can judge how producers are editing the actions of the house.

I’m intrigued in how almost everybody in the house will be characterized. Will Victoria continue to get the “spoiled princess” edit even if she’s never really acted like that in the house? How will those who have done nothing on the feeds (Jocasta, Pow Pow) be portrayed? Most importantly, just what are they going to do with the Amber and Caleb saga? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go back and read Ash’s posts, or listen to last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.)

We begin tonight’s episode with the aftermath of Brittany and Victoria’s Battle of the Block victory. Everybody is still in their Battle outfits of 20’s clothing, and champagne is opened. The two winners celebrate, and “it feels amazing”. It’s also time to make us believe that safe people may end up being nominated, as Frankie claims to think he’s no longer safe. “I have no power this week. No power means you could get backdoored.” Caleb, obviously, is thrilled. “I’m still sleeping in the penthouse, baby.”

Donny is now shown changing clothes, and he says losing “sure does stink”. His “pal”, Devin, comes into the room, and tells him that he was “amazing”. Donny wanders into the other room to console Pow Pow, who feels like she lost it for them. She’s right. Donny tears up a bit, and Pow Pow says it makes her feel bad. “These young kids caring about me got me emotional”, he says in the diary room. I hate to think about what will happen when he discovers what Devin has done to him. To bring on more sentimental thoughts, the acoustic guitar comes up as we hear Pow Pow talk about how selfish she was before this game started, and how Donny is making her change her ways.

Devin and Caleb then go up to the HOH room, and celebrate with an almost-naked Frankie. They all still believe that Donny is actually a genius, and because he was good at pouring champagne he’s a real threat. Amber then joins the crew, and Devin says that his “charm and charisma” is what is leading the group. Say what???

Devin is now shown consoling Donny. Oh for fucks sake. Donny again talks about how he’s feeling a bit melancholy because everybody cares about him so much. “It touches my heart.” He wants Devin to tell them all that he’s “not pouting because I lost”. Devin thinks it’s all an act, though, because Devin is a complete buffoon. He hugs Donny anyway, but refuses to do what he’s been asked. “I think he’s a great actor.”

Filler time, as we have to sit through Nicole and Christine believing the house is haunted. This is ridiculous. I know many viewers are charmed by Nicole, but she’s a waste of space.

This is followed by a crowd in the HOH wanting Donny to put on high heels. He talks about his socks a bit, and then Amber says she’s off to go to bed. “I’m coming, too”, replies Donny. Can’t say I blame him. This pisses off Caleb, who immediately claims Donny is “ex-military. I knew that the minute he pulled his socks off”. Wait, what? Even Frankie thinks this is ridiculous. “Now he’s saying Donny is Super Soldier. What’s next, Devin? He’s Justin Bieber in a beard? Is he Ariana Grande’s brother?” Caleb adds that he thinks he’s a “killing machine”, while Devin thinks he’s ex-Navy Seal. Stop this. Please stop this. It’s the worst thing ever.

After commercials, Devin and Donny are in bed, and Devin asks if he’s been telling the truth. “My guts tell me there’s something off with Donny”, says Devin, “and I just want to give him an opportunity to come clean.” Seriously, please don’t feature Devin in the show anymore. He is making Cowboy look like a nuclear scientist.

Donny asks why Devin is asking this, and Devin’s response is that he believes Donny was in the military. Donny replies that he always wanted to be in the military, and says in the diary room that he finds the question very strange. He then talks about his job, and says if he wins HOH he can prove it by the pictures. “He made me feel like I was doing something wrong.” Donny tells Devin that he’s a good guy, and that he’s all that he has in the house.

It’s not time to reveal who is on slop this week. Yes, another one of my favorite segments. As the HOH, Caleb has to choose this week’s Have-Nots. Hayden, Joey, Brittany and Cody all volunteers. That’s pretty stupid, kids. We’re then introduced to the frozen room, and Hayden claims that he thinks it’s great.

Out of the blue, Joey is in the bathroom with a bunch of other girls, and she wants to expand El Cuatro. Too bad that she gets zero response, and Jocasta says it’s ridiculous to have an eight-girl alliance. Tell that to the Bomb Squad! Joey continues to make her point, but Amber isn’t thrilled. After all, she is in that boy’s alliance. Finally, she walks out, and Joey is upset. “It was an epic fail.”

It’s now time for this week’s token Derrick appearance. He saw the girls gather in the bathroom, and because he’s a cop he knows “something’s up”. He heads upstairs to tell Devin and Caleb, and they start to wonder who is in charge of this girl’s alliance.

Amber is brought upstairs, and she’s questioned about it. Amber doesn’t want to narc on them, but does let it out that it’s Joey. Amber says that when they’re talking, she just listens and “absorbs”. Caleb can’t let that happen, obviously.

Once another set of commercials air, Joey is complaining that she’s suddenly starting to feel like an outsider. In case you didn’t understand her point, we see footage of people walking past her without talking, or paying her no attention while they’re all sitting around. She decides that coming clean is the best idea, and goes upstairs to play chess with Devin. She tells him everything as he stares her down, and he calls her “the worst player in Big Brother history”. No, she’s in second place. You’re the worst, my friend. Wait, I may change my mind, as Joey now says that it was smart of her to get that off her chest. Um, no.

It’s time to pick the players for the Veto competition. This has not changed from last year, and that includes the script. Caleb pulls out Victoria’s name, while Pow Pow gets Zach and Donny gets Cody. Another aspect of this that hasn’t changed is the usual “I have to win this” script as the segment ends.

Pow Pow is now shown crying in the bedroom because she doesn’t think she has a chance to win with people like Zach and Cody in the competition. Jocasta tells her that it’s “unacceptable” to give up, and starts praying for her.

And with that we jump to the veto competition, which is called Miami Lice. Everybody is dressed like Miami Vice characters, and we get lots of cheeseball shots. There’s a giant tub, and one must dig through the “lice” to find letters. These letters are then to be used to spell a word, and the winner is the person with the longest word in the quickest amount of time.

Even though Jocasta just read these rules, we have to hear them again from Pow Pow. We almost must endure Princess Victoria reading the script about how this dirty pit is not the Miami she knows. Caleb mentions that he’s smart because he graduated from high school, and Donny makes another funny.

Zach actually has a strategy, but Cody doesn’t quite have one. Caleb wants to spell “specialize”, but can’t find a “p”. Donny, meanwhile, is taking his time picking up the letters he wants, and he says it’s because he doesn’t want to “wear myself out”. Pow Pow wants to spell “calculators”, but can’t find a “C”. “Worst pool party I’ve ever been to.”

Zach is the first to hit his buzzer, and is convinced he’s going to win. Donny is next, followed by Cody, Pow Pow, Victoria, and Caleb (the smart one). Zach’s word is “warning”. Cody spelled “competively”, which is disqualified. Caleb’s word is almost “specialize”, but he had no “P”. Victoria tried to spell “pharmacist”, but had no “C’s”. Pow Pow obviously didn’t spell “calculator”, or anything else for that matter. So it’s all down to Donny, who must beat Zach’s seven-letter word.

Guess what? Donny did just that, with the word “splitters”, but we don’t find this out until after the commercial. Donny is the Veto winner! “Fear the beard, thug!”

Frankie then heads into the HOH to talk to Caleb, and he wants to now go after Joey. How dare she try to start an alliance! Joey is aware of this, though, and heads up to talk to Caleb and Frankie. She apologizes, but this goes as well as expected. “You tried. No one was on board, so you failed.” Caleb adds that “it’s way too early for that”. What? He does inform her that coming clean was a good move, though, so Joey thinks she still has hope. Nope, you don’t.

There’s one more commercial break before we see the veto ceremony. Donny handles the same little cliched format as in previous years. He puts on his veto necklace and surveys the wall of photos. There’s the usual diary room comments from nominees, potential nominees, and the HOH, and then the cast is brought into the house. Obviously, he takes himself down. Caleb then gets up, and babbles for the millionth time about not wanting “blood on his hands”. He then puts up Joey. Funny how we saw none of the “what the house wants” silliness that filled up the feeds for two days, but it was mentioned in Caleb’s speech.

After a few more diary comments, the episode is over. What did you think? What was left out? Where was the Caleb obsession with Amber? Tell us what you think?





 

Monday
Jun302014

Why Did Devin Shepherd Really Quit Baseball?

From the very start, I’ve been a bit suspicious of Devin Shepherd’s claim that he left a potentially lucrative professional baseball gig for his daughter. It just never made sense. The financial security alone should have potentially made up for time spent on the road with the team. Plus, six months out of the year he would have few obligations but to spend time with her.

Thus it was no surprise that out of the blue on Friday afternoon, Shepherd opened up a little bit about his baseball career. While not completely forthcoming, Shepherd did fess up to having spent multiple stints in rehab, which I talked about on last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

I was still curious about what exactly happened with Shepherd, so after the broadcast I hopped on the ol’ Google machine and found his minor league stats. Take a look at the year 2009, as we’ll be discussing that in a bit.


 

At the same time as I was doing some research, my buddy Ed (@BrophE) at TVFishbowl (@BBTVFB) was doing the same. Notice Ed’s discovery that Devin admitted on the feeds to being convicted of DUI at the age of 22.

I then sought out the advice of a couple of friends in the sports community. Since Shepherd was originally drafted by the Twins, I went to Argus Leader sportswriter Matt Zimmer for comment. “I only remember him because he did not sign with the Twins after they drafted him in the fifth round. That’s pretty high, (and) rarely do guys drafted that high choose not to sign.”

Another friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Big Brother fan who works for one of the national cable sports networks. He says this was a poor decision. Instead of going to the Twins, Shepherd went to college, which cost him “around $300,000” in guaranteed money.

His college days began at Oklahoma University. “He got kicked off the team, and then went to Southern Nevada”, says my source. When he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, he dropped all the way down to the 11th round.

But what about that missing year of suspension? According to my source, I jumped the gun when I alluded to steroids on the Big Brother Gossip Show. If it was a PED (performance enhancing drug), “that would be (publicly) listed. In 2009, miior leaguers get 50 games for their first PED detection, and 100 games for their second. It’s kind of unlikely he failed two of these tests in one year.” He believes it could have been a street drug such as coke, particularly due to the fact that it does coincide with a rehab stint. (Other sources list his departure as being for “family reasons”, but Baseball America is considered the best for minor and amateur baseball information.)

After being released by the Cardinals in 2010 while batting .171 in Palm Beach, Shepherd did attempt to continue a pro career in independent leagues. “The independent leagues don’t have any team affiliation”, says my source, “and he was OK but not great. They don’t make a ton of money in those leagues. Most teams have a $70,000 salary cap. Players live with host families and make $600-900 a month.” This is around the time his daughter was born, so he was certainly under some pressure to give up his sports dream. “In his head, he probably thinks he gave up a career for her.” Zimmer is more blunt. “He’s out of baseball because he wasn’t any good.”

As we wrapped up our chat, my buddy had one more reason for not buying the story that his rehab stints were for anxiety. “I can't see him being in rehab in 2010 for social anxiety. The guy has told lie after lie. If you have social anxiety, would you go on Big Brother? I know I wouldn’t.”

 

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