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Sunday
Jul132014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 9 Recap

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.A rare TV appearance by Victoria

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?

 

Saturday
Jul122014

Big Brother Gossip Show #404: Sacrificial Idiot

Wow, what a week. From house battles to newfound (but unrequited) love, along with the beginning of Team America (Fuck Yeah!), this was a week full of action. We handle it all, along with much more on this week's episode of the Big Brother Gossip Show! 

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Thursday
Jul102014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 8 Recap

Last night’s episode ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. What appeared to be a semi-normal veto ceremony became tense when Brittany announced she had something to say.

Tonight we find out what was said as we witnessed a screaming match while the voice-over promoting tonight’s show was heard. Apparently, Zach became heated, and even goofy Pow had a few words. Hmmm, can’t wait to hear this!

Let’s not waste any time here. We get a bit of an intro from Julie, and the long recap, and we’re off! We see Brit say she wants to say something, and Zach responds that he’ll be next. Brit wants to explain what she said Pow, “who I thought was my friend”. She says that she knew how Pow was acting around her that she was going to through the veto comp. She didn’t wear her glasses in the competition, for example. Pow then responds that “we all know how (Devin) is. Thank you, but you’re not a good person. I would rather throw my head in a toilet bowl and drown rather than stay with you for another week.” She admits that Devin asked her to throw the comp, but she claims she didn’t.

Devin finally speaks up, and says that she did throw it. They go back and forth on this a bit, and Donny says in the diary room “I’m loving every minute of this veto ceremony. I’m so glad I have a front row seat.” Devin then takes over the conversation, and this sets off Pow. “Your daughter is going to look at this and laugh at you!” Pow, Pow!

Finally, Zach has had enough and pops up. “Fine. My turn.” He says in the diary room it’s time for him to play dirty. “Frankie, don’t feel threatened.” He tells Pow that she sucks at everything, which she agrees with. He tells Devin “there’s not an ounce of truth in your body.” He says there is no chance that he’s going home, as every person on the one side of the couch will vote for him. He’s not so sure about the other couch. “Frankie, I don’t really know, but I hope you vote for me. Caleb, I’m not so sure either.” He adds that he’s going after Devin, as should everybody else in the house. Finally, he asks for a response from Devin, who just says “best of luck to you”.

Devin heads upstairs, acting like he really doesn’t care because he really believes he’s “the biggest target”. Cody says he is also pissed at Devin for putting up one of the bomb Squad members. Amber, though, thinks that Zach may have to go home. Frankie hugs Zach, but asks him why he was “put on blast like that”.

Caleb is now sitting alone in the yellow room, pissed that Zach just threw the bomb squad under the bus. He uses some of his phony beast mode bullshit in his explanation, but I’m not going to use that crap.

Frankie and Zach head into the have-not room. Frankie is “super-pissed”, but Zach is smiling. He tells Frankie that he didn’t mean anything by it, but Frankie isn’t buying it. “Nothing’s changed”, says Zach, but he knows he took it too far. Frankie is still pissed that Zach “ruined my game.”

Now a bunch of people are outside, and Zach and Pow start arguing. Amber walks away, but the two keep going back and forth. Pow still claims that she didn’t throw the competition, but Zach is now starting to piss off Derrick.

Caleb and Devin are upstairs attempting to count, and Devin has it figured out that they have the votes to bounce Zach. This raises a query, though. Who should they replace him with? The bomb Squad HAS to have a full eight members. It’s time to draft Hayden, and he’s brought into the HOH. Devin outs the whole Bomb Squad lineup, and says they all trust him enough to be a part of their team. Hayden pretends to be happy about it, and agrees to it. Or does he? “My number one goal is to blow up the Bomb Squad”, he says in the diary room.

After a commercial break, Zach is now sitting with Derrick, who is giving him advice to just lay low about going after Devin. He just can’t act like that again. This seems to sink in with Zach.

Now we have a Team America meeting, and for some reason they think their forced alliance is a real alliance, and that they should vote as one. NOOOOO!!!! It’s for silly tasks, you dummies! Frankie somehow believes that Devin and Caleb are better allies than Zach. You turncoat! Thankfully, Donny is there to talk some sense to silly Frankie.

Derrick now has a chat with Caleb. Derrick says it’s better to “play it safe” early in the game, but Caleb believes that they can still use Pow to do things for them. Derrick counters that Zach’s desire to get out Devin actually makes the two of them safe. Suddenly, Caleb is thinking it may be better to keep Zach.

Derrick then goes to report to Frankie about Caleb’s decision. Frankie wants to be the one to inform Devin about the house’s decision, though, and runs right up there. Devin is shocked, and says that he’s now out of the alliance. “This is a solo game for me from here on out.” Wait, what? This mess is all your doing! You brought everybody in! Oh yeah, he threw in his daughter a couple of times in this chat, and fake cried in the diary room. You’re a dope, Devin.

Ok, it is now time for the final pleas. First, Julie asks Jacosta to describe the veto ceremony. She has no answer other than “crazy”, while Frankie says it was “insanity”. Devin was asked to rate his reign of HOH, and he says it was a 4 ½.

Pow gives the first plea, and babbles nonsense about being positive. Devin has “five different personalities and they all suck.” She goes on to claim that Zach is just as bad at comps as she is because he is yet to win one. Um, ok then. Julie finally has to shut her up.

It’s Zach’s turn, and he gives shout outs to his family. He says that he loves everybody, but it’s in “the best interest of the house to keep me. None of you are my target. My target is that man right there. If you guys vote to keep me safe, I’ll do everything in my power to make sure he is evicted from this house.”

Voting then begins with Jocasta, who votes to evict Zach. Brittany votes to evict Pow, as does Derrick. Donny, though, votes to evict Zach. With the score tied, it’s time for commercials.

When we return, Caleb votes to evict Pow, as does Amber, Hayden, Cody, Frankie, Nicole, Christine, and Victoria. Pow Pow is evicted, 10-2!

The results are read to the house, and she calmly hugs everybody as she walks out. After that awkward moment while we wait for her picture to go black, Julie asks who Pow blames for her eviction. “Devin. His game sucked, and he made a lot of deals with everybody.” Julie counters with her deal to throw the comp. “Honestly, I have no idea.” Yep, that’s honesty. She’s then asked who she is rooting for, and she answers Donny and Jocasta.

Thankfully, this segment is cut short, and we go right to the goodbye messages. Zach calls her a “huge liar who lies to get out of lies”. Ha! Jocasta tells her that she loves her, and “to stay close to God”. Devin apologizes, and claims he wanted to help her as much as he could. Donny tells her how much he loved her. “You have been the best friend in the house. I’ll never forget you.”

Julie asks about their relationship, and she replies how impossible it seemed for her to be best friends with a 42 year-old man. “How can you not love Donny?”

Ok, it’s now super serious time. Tonight’s HOH competition is the most important of the season so far. Yes, I know. This is only the third one, but it could determine who wins the battle of wits between Devin and Zach. The competition is called “Underwater Polo”, and they must hit a polo ball down the ramp into numbered slots. The two highest scores are the new HOH’s.

Amber is up first, and lands a 17. Cody also ends up with a 17, while Caleb nubs it down to a 21. Frankie’s ball lands in the 24 spot to take over first place. Christine ends up with a four, while Nicole nabs a 29, the highest possible score! Victoria hits the twelve spot, while Brittany gets 16. It’s now Zach’s turn, and he blows it with a 8! Donny’s score is 20, while Hayden ends up in the 17 spot. Jocasta hits a 22, while Derrick slams in a 28! Nicole and Derrick are the new HOH’s!

Before we head to the final commercial break, Julie announces that everybody is now wearing Fitbit’s, and “it’s bound to affect the game”. Interesting!

Well, that’s it for tonight! What did you think of the big veto ceremony fight? Or Pow’s eviction? Or Derrick and Nicole’s HOH wins? Leave some comments for us!

 

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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