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Sunday
Aug172014

Does CBS Condone Abusive Behavior?

I'm no fan of Big Brother Canada, but they have had a feature each of their two seasons that livened up the slower days of the week. Various people were given top secret tasks, and if they succeeded they (or the whole house) were given a reward. 

Team America was clearly created as the US version of this concept, and it's been a failure from the beginning. The tasks have been stupid, and unlike the Canadian counterparts they have possibly compromised a house guest's game. Zach has been the Team America whipping boy, and while some of the antics have been entertaining, it really hasn't been in his best interests.

On paper, this week's Team America task could have been as harmless as the Canadian concept, but not when there is a vile creature such as Frankie in the house. To recap, Team America needed to steal an article of clothing from each of the cast and hide them. They were then to start a "Neighborhood Watch" to prevent more thefts in a 24 hour period. With the right people, this could have been fun, particularly since Team America was NOT supposed to assign the blame to anybody.

Over the last two days, the trio has been quietly grabbing items, and earlier today finished that part of the mission. The plan was to institute the second part later tonight, but unfortunately various people discovered the "thefts".

Almost immediately, the fun disappeared. A house meeting was called, and chaos erupted. Caleb was especially upset over his stolen cowboy boots, and the attention went to Victoria as the culprit. Caleb got in her face and began screaming at her. 

The blame quickly moved to Zach, egged on by Frankie. It's ugly. It's hard to watch. I turned it off multiple times. It's the worst thing I've ever seen on Big Brother. Take Aaryn's bed-tossing incident times ten. Even when he's in a room alone with Zach, Frankie eggs it on, and adds sexual overtones to the action. 

This is not a "I love Zach" post that says he's never allowed to be nominated or evicted. I have stated many times that I don't care who wins, but I don't like when production turns a blind eye to their own interference being used as justification for an eviction. The fact that Frankie continues to cross that boundary of taste could be described as sexual harassment. Imagine the uproar if it was one of the guy's pushing for oral sex from Nicole or Amber. That would not fly, but somehow Frankie is allowed to do it.

It's disgusting, and Frankie is easily the worst human being to ever be cast on the show.

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!

 

Saturday
Aug162014

Big Brother Gossip #409: Conspiracy Corner

Last week, the three of us talked about the Big Brother conspiracies we beleived happened surrounding Frankie's BOB win, and his big reveal. This week, we concentrated on the varous conspiracies some of the house guests now believe surrounding this week's BOB.

Besides that, we also talked about Frankie's new diva status, his dramatic bath on Thursday night, his HOH win on Thursday, and his POV win that occurred during tonight's live broadcast. Ooof, sounds like tonight is a show all about Frankie. (It's really not.)

Grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...

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Thanks to everybody who listened live on Mixlr, and also thanks to Ash for not only her help with the audio clips but for providing some of the "zings" from the Zingbot. Of course, great thanks also go to Mike and Colette for a great show!

Thursday
Aug142014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 23 Recap

The boycott is over, and I’m back!

Tonight should be a pretty predictable episode, as there has been no doubt who is going home since the veto ceremony on Monday. Everything else will be the standard eviction night fare, with the only unusual item to be shown tonight should be the Dallas Cowboys practice session that was attended by Frankie, Caleb, and Christine.

So let’s get this over with, picking up with Christine replacing Zach with Nicole as a nominee. We start off with Cody and Christine heading up to the HOH, and he picks her up in a giant hug. Christine says that with this nomination she has “clearly chosen sides, and at this point I just have to keep my fingers crosses that The Detonators keep me safe and they’re still working with me.” Frankie and Caleb join them in the HOH, and Frankie also hugs her. The boys then wrestle in a frankly homoerotic fashion.

Christine is now outside, and Nicole asks if they can talk. “I’m not pissed. I’m hurt”, says Nicole. She adds that she is upset that Christine didn’t bother to come to her so she could defend herself against what the boys told her. “I deserve to know why I was sitting there.” Christine responds that a “lot of people” told her that the same thing would have happened to her if Caleb and Frankie had not lost BOB. Nicole says that she would have never backdoored her, and that she just agreed to anything the boys said. Nicole doesn’t believe her. “It was her own decision.” Nicole then breaks down in tears, saying she has “literally done nothing” to deserve this.

We move on to some footage that’s a bit out of place. Zach and Donny are in the Have-Not room, and Donny talks about how he’s been alone throughout the entire game. He tears up a bit, and Zach says in the diary room that he feels that Donny’s a great person. “I honestly kind of feel bad for the guy.” Donny says he’s still going to fight, but wonders what it is about him that scares people. “I have no idea”, replies Zach. “I think it’s the beard. Fear the beard.” It’s actually a touching scene, but came from last Saturday when Zach was still a nominee.

Victoria (who?) and Nicole are now laying in bed, and Nicole is blowing her nose in between tears. “I don’t even know why I’m crying. I just feel so terrible.” The two talk about how Christine and Nicole act like they’re married, and Victoria adds that the boys are just picking them off one by one. Nicole desides she needs to try to get the votes to stay.

Ok, a funny bit of footage here. Derrick and Cody are sleeping, and all of a sudden Cody punches himself in the face. He needs to do that more often. He wakes up, looks around, and rolls over.

Nicole has now grabbed Christine once again, and says that she has to make an attempt to stay. They gossip about Donny a bit, and Nicole adds that if she stays she will still be their biggest target. “Honestly, it’s getting through”, says Christine. “Donny, I don’t trust a bone in his body.” She really makes no sense these days. Finally, she says “I wouldn’t be upset if you stayed.”

Now Nicole moves on to Cody with her sob story. She says that she would never go after him or Derrick, but Donny would. Somehow, Cody believes that Donny is “scheming behind the scenes, plus there are rumors that I’m one of his targets.” Seriously, Cody is stupid.

Christine now reports to Derrick and Cody what Nicole said. “We’re (Donny’s) number one targets.” Derrick replies that Nicole is one of the smartest people in the house, but Cody wants to go after Donny. Derrick claims that he has to hear him out. “At this point, I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Yeah, right. That’s a nice reading of the script, copper!

After the first ad break, we get the promo for the upcoming Thursday Night Football. Yep, it’s time for the unlikely trio to visit the Cowboys training camp. It’s a waste of time. They all act hoot and holler like it’s exciting, and Caleb can’t wait to meet Jerry Jones. They get a tour of the facility, and there’s a bit of Frankie showing off. They then meet Mr. Jones, who provides them with some gear. Caleb is excited because Jones told him he looks like a player.

Various Cowboys then meet them and sign autographs, including Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Jason Whitten. The players all put on their game face and act like they know who these loons are, but obviously they don’t. They then view a bit of practice before heading back home. Well, home as in the Big Brother house, and they all read a promo for the upcoming season. A waste of time.

Julie then goes to the living room, and asks Caleb about the trip. He says his favorite person to meet was Jerry Jones. She moves on to ask about the drama in the house, and asks Victoria what was the most exciting part of the drama. Victoria doesn’t get the Ariana bait, though. Instead, she talks about how she cries. Stupid, stupid, stupid! Zach is then asked where things stand between him and Frankie, and he responds that he still hates everybody in the house. “But I hate Frankie the least! We made up, everything’s great, and he’s still my best friend.” Frankie is asked about playing solo in the BOB, and we move on without any mention of Ariana!

More commercials before final plea time. Nicole goes first, and flashes the audience with her short skirt. She thanks all of her friends and family, and then talks about how the game is her dream. Donny then thanks God, and also gives shout outs to his family. He says they’ve all been like little brothers and sisters to him.

Voting then starts with Caleb, who votes to evict Nicole, as does Zach, Cody, Victoria, Frankie, and Derrick. Yes, Nicole is out with a unanimous vote...as expected.

Ms. Chen announces the news...oh wait, there’s commercials first. After we return, she finally tells the house, and Nicole again flashes America. Blue panties? It’s a peaceful exit, as she smiles and hugs everybody.

The interview begins with the obvious question about being the first person to go from HOH to eviction. Nicole says “they gave me a lot more credit than what I really did in there...they maybe saw me as a huge threat”. She is then asked if she likes anybody in the house, and she says she loves Donny. The Christine friendship is then brought up, and Nicole says it was probably a smart move to put her up. “I’m  frustrated with her right now. I thought she was my friend. I don’t think very highly of her as a person, but as a game player (it was) a smart move”

Then we get the Ariana question. Ugh. Nicole apologizes to all of Ariana’s fans for trying to get him out. She then says she is looking forward to seeing Hayden, but doesn’t know if they have a future. Asked if it was everything she hoped it would be, Nicole says it was “awesome”.

Time for the goodbye messages. Christine says she was “one of the coolest girls I ever met”, and apologizes for what happened. Frankie says that he “admires your passion and knowledge of the game”, and going against her was “one of the most difficult things about being in this house”. Derrick gives her similar accolades, and Donny says she was the “last, closest friend in the house”, and hopes to remain friends with her. Julie then asks if she would do anything different if she could come back, and Nicole says that she wouldn’t trust so many people. Nicole then gets the news that she may get to go back in.

Now it’s the real moment of truth; the segment of the show that will determine just how interested I will be for the next seven days. Tonight’s HOH comp involves some “scary” images from last night, so we get some footage that begins with Zach teasing Nicole. A zombie then appears in the mirror, and Nicole screams. The rest of the house wanders downstairs to see what happened, and then Frankie and Victoria are scared in the bathroom. “Beastmode was even a little scared”, says Caleb. They all head into the Fire Room, and the lights go of for more “zombies”

A bunch are now in the living room, and the TV suddenly comes on from the “Big Brother System”. It’s a Zombie Apocalypse at the Big Brother house! A bunch of clues are then read off for them to remember for tonight’s comp. “Stay inside and start showmances immediately”, it says at one point.

Obviously, it’s a question comp, and it’s an “A/B” type called “Dead of Household”. Caleb is out on the first question, but they all get the second question correct. Donny and Victoria are then eliminated, which takes my hopes out of this week. Even worse, Zach is the next out! The three remaining players are again correct on the next three questions, but Cody then gets the following one wrong. Derrick and Frankie are the new HOH’s. Ugh, this suck donkey dick.

I’m skipping the final segment, as that godawful redheaded Reilly monster is given some airtime for reasons I’ll never understand. I’d rather even see Jeff again instead of her.

So that’s it! What did you think of tonight’s broadcast? Are you happy that Nicole’s whiny voice is gone? Are you happy that Frankie and Derrick are HOH? Tell us what you think!