Now that we’re a few weeks into the season, we’re starting to get into the swing of things. We pretty much know what is going to be aired on Sunday nights, and it’s really not that much different from the template of earlier seasons. Instead of a Have-Not competition, we now have the Battle of the Block, and that segment has been flipped with the nomination ceremony, which now happens earlier in the episode.
Honestly, to really understand what happened in those 24 hours after Thursday’s live show ended, just go download the latest episode of the Big Brother Gossip Show. Outside of footage from the noms and competition, everything that is shown tonight was discussed on last night’s podcast.
So let’s get going tonight’s broadcast, starting with the reaction to Derrick and Nicole’s HOH victories. Derrick dedicates his win to Team America (Fuck Yeah) and his “boys in blue”. Nicole acts happy, but admits that she didn’t want to win. She wasn’t on anybody’s “radar”, but now that she has to actually make a game move she could be targeted in the future. (Sorry, but I feel she’s worthless.)
Zach is seen heading into a side room and collapsing. “The Zach Attack is back”, he says in the diary room. “There’s 150% chance Devin is the next one out the door.” Devin, meanwhile, says that in the days leading up to the eviction, he was feeding little tidbits of information to hopefully move the target to other Bomb Squad members. We then get flashbacks of Devin telling Jocasta and Brittany about the Bomb Squad, followed by a similar chat with Donny. “I was flabbergasted”, says Donny. Devin thinks he’s smart to be the first one to inform everybody, although he truly wasn’t the first (others had done the same thing).
Devin now pulls Derrick into a room to tell him that he doesn’t want to be backdoored. He just wants to be put up. Derrick says he is struggling not to laugh at this, as there is no way he’s going to let Devin have two opportunities to save himself.
Derrick continues to make his rounds, as he now gets “advice” from Caleb. Derrick repeats what Devin just told him, and Caleb agrees it’s “the end of the road for him”. Meanwhile, Nicole is talking with Christine, who is now fully in line with her and Hayden since there’s no more Bomb Squad. Of course, she now also has to babble about her association with those jackasses. Enough with the Bomb Squad! We get more flashbacks of the expanded formation of the stupid group, and Nicole laughs at Christine’s story. She asks if they knew anything about their little group, and Christine tells her “you’re gold”. “That’s a stupid name”, says Nicole, who says she has no choice but to continue to trust Christine.
The cutesy music comes on, which obviously means it’s “who wants to see my HOH room” time. Blah. Wake me when this is over.
Cheese moment over, it’s time for Derrick to kiss Nicole’s ass as he informs her what she’s going to do. He says it’s great that the two of them finally get to chat, as they’re both superfans. He tells her that his main target is Devin, but Nicole replies that she’s scared to talk to him. Finally, Nicole says she wants to work with him, but we get the dreaded “no blood on our hands” cliche. They go through who they don’t want to put up, and Derrick finally puts Amber’s name in her head. Derrick knows that if Amber goes up, Caleb will want to go up in response. Jocasta’s name comes up because she may be a vote for Devin, but the fourth name is still in question.
After a commercial break, we get some fluff as Hayden and Nicole flirt. Awful. This is godawful. CBS even hash tags it their first date. Move on. Now.
Back to the game. Caleb comes up to the HOH, and Derrick informs him that Nicole is putting up Amber. Devin is still the goal, but Amber is going up because she had put up Nicole earlier this season. Dumb Caleb jumps to the bait, and does exactly as planned because of the dreaded “action speaks louder” than words cliched. “The guy’s a stud.” Ugh, go away. You’re worse than the other fake relationship.
Caleb rushes downstairs to tell his lady what he’s doing for his princess. “I told him to put me up to throw it to keep you safe.” Ugh, you’re a moron. He wants her to tell her if that’s ok, but she says she doesn’t want him to do that. No means yes, though, in Caleb’s feeble brain. He even replies that Amber’s sister is sitting at home thinking she “needs to marry that guy”. Amber’s response? “You’re dumb.”
Nicole now decides to talk to Donny. She tells him that she is probably putting up Amber, and Donny says that’s a good idea. He asks who Derrick is putting up, and is surprised to hear that it’s possibly Caleb. She wants to know who else she put up, and Donny hints that Christine should go up because she was also in the Bomb Squad. “You do what you need to do”, he finally says. “Is your buddy your buddy?”
Donny now informs the plan to Jocasta and Brittany. Amber walks into the living room and hears the conversation, and runs upstairs to tell Nicole and Christine. Those three are obviously now working together is her conclusion, and Nicole is now pissed about Donny. “He’s the one stirring things up”, and she tells Christine what Donny had told her earlier. Hmmm, there’s some stuff missing from this, such as Victoria actually being the original fourth nominee, but was dropped because she freaked out.
After more commercials, Derrick and Nicole read through the HOH script and go through the motions of placing the keys before heading downstairs. Nicole goes first, and her nominees are Amber and Donny. She tells Amber it’s because she nominated her before, and she says she was given last minute information on Donny that caused her to put him up.
Derrick then nominates Jocasta and Caleb. His reason for Jocasta is because she’s been described as a floater, but he knows that’s not the case. He then informs the house that Caleb has volunteered to go up, so he’s honoring that dumb request.
After the ceremony, Devin walks by Nicole saying “the back door is the only door”. He adds in the diary room that usually being nominated is a bad thing, “but in my case it would have been a good thing”. They’re scared of him, obviously, so they’re pushing him out the backdoor. Donny says that he was surprised by his nominations, especially after their earlier conversation.
More fluff, as Hayden wants to give Nicole a hug. She jokes that she wants to self-evict, and is sad that everybody is so upset at her. She wishes that she had not nominated Donny.
Derrick is now seen talking to Frankie and Zach about Devin. He’s “making a stink”, reports Frankie. At that very moment, Devin rings the HOH bell. “It’s all good, bro. I already know what’s up. Why would you let me compete twice.” He says in the diary room that he’s trying to make amends and show some class. Yeah, right. Derrick’s not buying it, either.
Time for more fluff, as people ask about Frankie’s family. You know, we almost went a whole episode without a mention of Frankie’s famous sister. Oh look, Victoria also makes an appearance for the first time this episode. (BTW, you can tell this is old footage because Amber’s hair is straight.)
If that wasn’t bad enough, it’s time for more fluff. The Team America mission is announced to Derrick, and they have to convince three people to spread a rumor that somebody in the house is related to a past Big Brother contestant. Derrick runs into the storage room to inform Frankie and Donny. Frankie thinks it’s going to be easy, and they decided the rumor is that Zach is related to Amanda from last year.
Now Nicole is crying because of her nomination of Donny, and the “pretty” piano music comes up as she apologizes. He tries to cheer her up, and he says that he’s not mad. Nicole then explains why she did it, and I’m officially tired of this conversation. I’m so over Nicole.
And it’s now time for the Battle of the Block. It’s a Harry Potter-ish theme, and Donny is impressed with the hedges. He’s a groundskeeper, you know. The nominees must run across the yard to grab puzzle pieces, and they are then handed to the other person who is being lifted up and down to put them in place.
We get some unnecessary descriptions and pleas before the contest begins, and the silly commentary continues on. We learn that Caleb is a natural competitor, Donny loves puzzles, and Amber hates puzzles. Jocasta is having problems, though, so Caleb doesn’t actually have to throw this comp (although he later claims he did).
Needless to say, Donny and Amber indeed win the competition, which means that the two nominees are Jocasta and Caleb, Derrick is now the sole HOH, as Nicole is (thankfully) dethroned.
So after some cheesy effects to make it appear as if Nicole disappeared, that’s it for tonight. Frankly, I was less than enchanted with this episode. What did you think? Are you getting tired of Nicole’s whiny attitude? Or Caleb’s cocky idiocy? Will Devin go home on Thursday? Tell us what you think?