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Tuesday
Jul222014

Mid-July Newbie Perspectives

A full year after seeing (and writing about) Big Brother for the very first time, one thing remains abundantly clear: Ash, Scott, and IndyMike -- not to mention most of you -- have forgotten more about this show than I will probably ever learn.

The basics of the game (terms like HOH, POV, comps, have-nots, twists, etc.), when and why competitions and other weekly events happen, and the logistics of evictions are reasonably clear in my mind now.

Strategy is what still kills me. Most of the time I just. don't. get. it. Until I learn to predict with some accuracy what each house guest will do and be able to look two or three moves ahead in the game, I'll still be writing for the Newbie Desk.

At four weeks into #BB16, a few days before eviction #4, I haven't yet found somebody to root for. Useful analysis about these house guests is something I leave to my fellow Big Brother Gossip contributors ... so, settle in for some pre-midweek-show filler in the form of my random thoughts about all the remaining house guests. Hey, don't complain -- you're probably supposed to be working right now.

Amber. The way she handled Caleb's unrequited like (I don't think Caleb is mature enough to grasp genuine adult-level love in which you put the other person's needs before your own) a couple weeks ago was decent. Not Amber's fault that her words bounced off of him. Game-wise, after being more or less accidentally recruited into the Bomb Squad alliance (when Devin invited her without permission), I can't remember her doing much to make me think there's any chance she'll get to the finale. Her budding friend-mance with Cody (despite Caleb's evil-eye) might keep her safe longer than she would on her own.

Brittany campaigning -- er, complainingBrittany. Propz to Brittany for completing her 2400-goal punishment in about 21 hours even if it only earned her sore feet and did nothing to prevent her likely eviction this week. IndyMike pointed out to me at lunch yesterday that her strategy was for sh!t. She could have intentionally given up on the 2400-in-24-hours thing by saying her feet hurt too much to continue, which would have meant being ineligible to play in next week's POV comp ... and basically honestly campaigned that she might not recover in time to be a factor in this week's HOH comp. Voila! Not a threat next week. Would that have taken the target off her back ... or at least affected who they chose to put on the block in place of Victoria? Maybe not, but Brittany might at least have looked smarter. (It feels like I'm missing something else here about Britt's strategy-fail. Hit the comments to fix my analysis-fail.)

Caleb. Simply put, he annoys me. Dude, the girl just isn't into you. She tried to let you down easy. Now you stare at her like a jealous 14-year-old. And do you seriously think that they'll need extra security at airports, restaurants, and shopping malls to keep crowds of adoring fans from crushing you? It doesn't happen even for previous winners, and it sure as hell won't happen when you're the 5th or 6th evictee (I hope! I hope!). Grow up, and live in the now! The Bomb Squad has been defused. Oh, and #STFUCaleb!

Christine. There's something non-sequitur about this one. I can't quite reconcile Christine's ink with her glasses. I know this makes little sense, but there it is. If Christine hadn't also been accidentally brought into the Bomb Squad, would she have been targeted by now? On the other hand, she's found her way to stable ground right in the middle of the crowd, safe for now via the Detonators and (mostly) on good terms with orbiting weaker players (such as Nicole). Isn't this the kind of house guest who slips her way into the finale, because there are always "stronger players" they want to get rid of first?

Cody (right) laments being a wussy (or word which rhymes with that) to Nicole & FrankieCody. One of the two guys running the house, and a member of every alliance they've created. (He's not in Team America -- but that's a stupid producer construct, not a real alliance.) Cody seemed genuinely ashamed on Monday morning when, as HOH, he put Donny on the block as the replacement nominee only an hour after agreeing that nominating Caleb would have been a brave, huge move. If Brittany leaving is somehow better for Cody's game (I don't remember why, but remembering what I had for breakfast is also challenging), all right, fine, but making a gutsy move would have earned him more respect.

Derrick. This guy is an outstanding game analyst, strategist, and manipulator, and it's basically his house. My guess is he'll be around until the end, or close to it. I doubt that a strategic mistake on Derrick's part will result in eviction, but simply being on the unlucky end of chance-based competitions late in the game could set up his downfall. Or if by some twist his allies-to-enemies ratio has evened out later this season and an enemy wins HOH in a double-eviction episode, he could be the unlucky second Julie Chen interview that particular Thursday night. If bad luck doesn't get him first, Derrick's skills will take him far. I'm not actively rooting for him yet, but at this point it wouldn't bother me if he wins #BB16.

Donny. Confession: I'm slightly older than Donny and frequently about as awkward when trying to interact with people half my age. So I should naturally want to root for this guy. But ... ugh ... I just haven't been able to. At least not yet. Early on, I thought he'd be perceived as so out of touch and so useless that he'd be evicted in the first two or three weeks. But then Victoria earned that role and Donny started winning comp after comp. I think that earned him some respect amongst the youngsters. And while they clearly do not see him as a threat to their own games, they like him on a personal level and feel badly when he's pawn'd so much. I can see myself eventually rooting for Donny if he survives long enough. For now, I dislike other players more.

Frankie. When the two-part season premiere aired, I was convinced that Frankie would be the most annoying cast member of all. Most of his diary room sessions drive me bonkers. But the way he interacts with just about everybody on the live feeds seems friendly and genuine. Great social game! I haven't watched any of his YouTube videos. Are his DR sessions simply scripted lines the producers provide on cue cards, performed in his fingers-on-a-chalkboard over-the-top manner per producer directive? Or is that how Frankie is every time he knows he has any camera's full attention?

Hayden. Meh. His whole "Mommy, I want candy! Pleeeease? Can I have candy? Candy, Mom? Pleeeeease?" approach to starting a showmance with Nicole is excruciating. I was astonished in the early weeks at Hayden's cluelessness that all the other jocks had formed an alliance (Bomb Squad) without him.

Jocasta. Like Donny, it feels like I should want to root for Jocasta. But I've been waiting to be inspired by an expression of her learned wisdom. It hasn't happened, and now I don't expect it to. And some of her ... oh, goodness, somebody might be offended by this, and that's totally not my intent ... let's say some of her "spiritual mannerisms" serve only to test my faith in Big Brother. (If you watched this past Sunday episode on CBS, you know of what I'm talking.) Common belief is that God cares about our health and happiness, but nobody can name the biblical chapter and verse which says prayer will help you win a Battle of the Block.

Nicole. She was HOH before being dethroned but didn't want it even that long. If you don't want to get in the game, why did you move into this house? She's the sweet, pleasant, girl-next-door type, but she's not gonna last much longer unless she gets a solid alliance going with the strongest women (how about, say, Christine and Amber) and a strong guy player (who would at first feign loyalty but, if the game drove him to it, could eventually switch true allegiance). This is likely just wishful thinking on my part because I'd like to see a woman win. If the flirtation with Hayden lasts longer than that first made-for-TV kiss (if the producers are so desperate for a showmance, they should have stunt-casted McCranda back), she'll have lost my respect.

This photo of Nicole's broccoli and potato has nothing to do with the game. So it could as easily be a pic of Victoria.Victoria. When Victoria is evicted, which will be soon (and would have been this week, if not for the so-typical Big Brother just-in-time competition win), I hope this young woman gets the psychotherapy that she needs. Her low self-esteem is evident and painful to watch. I feel badly for her. Game-wise, rather than doing something (anything!) proactive to attempt to influence her own destiny, Victoria stays as far away from the sun as possible, way out there in a plutonian orbit. When the heat finally reaches her, is it any wonder that she finds it unpleasant? Dry your tears, dear, admit this game wasn't for you, tell everybody that leaving is what you want, and then you'll have 11 new friends and great new memories of a fun last few conflict-free days in the house. (It'll be boring for chaos-loving live feeders like we all are, but it'll be really good for Victoria's mental health.)

Zach. I'm not a doctor (and I don't play one on TV), but this kid seems kind of bipolar. One of these weeks when he's perfectly safe, he'll go on another unplanned, unexpected "put me up!" rant and be shocked to find himself evicted.

Wild, probably laughably stupid prediction at four weeks in:  Derrick, Christine, and Frankie will become #BB16's final three.

Astonished by how much I haven't learned in a year? Me too, but it's still just a TV show. Tell me the many ways I got it wrong in the comments or at @uselesstraffic. Who do you think will be in the finale? Is it the same people you'd have guessed a month ago?

Saturday
Jul122014

POV Competition Results - Big Brother Gossip Show Tonight!

The Power of Veto Competition was held this afternoon and Donny ended up winning his second one.  Before the competition he pledges to use it to save Jocosta if he won since she wasn't playing due to illness.  Since she couldn't play only five house guests participated; Caleb, Caleb, Devin, Donny and Christina.

 

While its pretty much a lock that Devin will go up in Jocosta's place at the POV meeting, I wouldn't say it is a sure thing that Devin will be the one voted out.  There will be some strong consideration given to getting Caleb out while they have the chance.

We will discuss the possible outcomes on tonights Big Brother Gossip Show along with loads of other things - tune in tonight at 10pm EST - 7pm BB Time via the tuner in the right sidebar or at BigBrotherPodcast.com.

Thursday
Jul032014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 5 Recap 

Here we are with the first eviction of the season. Will it be the goofy “DJ” that speaks in baby talk? Or will it be the blue-haired hairdresser who somehow was voted for “Team America” but annoyed feedwatchers with her constant babbling?

We’ll also see how the show is going to handle the double HOH issue. Will there be separate teams again, or will the competition give the title to the top two finishers?

So let’s get to it after a super super-lengthy recap of the first week of the show. (Is it just me, or have these intros seemed longer than usual this year?) We kick off with the reactions to Donny coming off the block, replaced by Joey. Caleb hugs her, and tells her not to take it personally. She responds that it was a mistake, as it wasn’t what the house wanted. This is dumb. Caleb doesn’t like anybody, particularly a girl, to tell him he’s wrong. He doesn’t think she’s in any position to have such an opinion.

Now Pow Pow is talking to Caleb, and she’s telling him that she wants to stay. Caleb tells her that she has nothing to worry about, as Joey has “dug her own grave”. Pow Pow says she’s decided to just lay low this week.

We’re now shown a bunch of girls laying out in the sun, and Joey has decided that seven is her lucky number because that’s how many votes she needs. Since she was born on February 7, she somehow believes she has a shot to save herself. Silly girl. She works on Brittany and Nicole, and Brittany actually does want to save her. Neither girl gives her any real reason for hope, although Nicole happily reads the diary room script to make it seem like it may happen.

Devin is now asking Victoria (and Amber) who they’re leaning towards keeping in the bathroom. Devin wants it to be unanimous, so he tells Victoria that he needs to vote against the house. “Those who vote against the house will be targets.” This upsets Victoria. “I didn’t come into the house to play Devin’s game.” Others have entered the bathroom, including Zach, who is pissed that he would ask that.

Devin is then shown informing everybody else in different rooms that it has to be unanimous. Frankie responds in the diary room like I’ve been thinking. “As long as we have the votes, what does it matter?”

Joey is still campaigning, though, and now she’s working on Christine, who thinks it may be too early to go against the house. Joey wants to know why this would matter. “You’re the first target”, she responds. She then moves on to Zach, and attempts to work out a deal, but Zach says he’s voting with the house. He wants her to stay, though, and says there is a possibility that Devin and Caleb may change their mind.

Knowing she has little shot, Joey decides to “do something crazy” to hopefully get her votes. She dresses up as a man, Alex. How this will help her I have no clue, and I’m assuming the diary room told her to do this. Dressed in her costume, and then accentuating it with a “bulge”, she goes in and out of rooms yelling and doing other “manly” things like lifting weights. Nobody seems to really care, including the viewers, although once again Nicole happily reads the diary room cue cards. Pow Pow is thrilled, though. “Everybody knows Joey is crazy.”

After the first commercial break, it’s time to show the insanity of Caleb. He’s shown giving Amber lustful looks, and saying she’s “smokin’ hot”. He says he’s had a crush on her since the first day, and we get a montage of silly things he’s said about her. She wants him, you know. Frankie says it “seems kind of eighth grade”.

Cue the piano music, as Amber is now in the HOH room with him. He professes his desire for her, or attempts to, but his plea dies when he says “there’s a certain way you look at me”. Amber is horrified, and the room instantly cools. She thanks him for talking, and exits the room as quickly as possible. Caleb is still clueless. “I’m not going to give up”, he says.

With that over, it’s eviction time! Joey gets to talk first, and she says she’s physically and mentally stronger than Pow Pow. “Pick me. Keep a strong person in the pool.” Pow Pow responds by saying “thanks, Joey, for saying I suck at competitions”. Good one, silly girl. She wants to stay in the house, and “I do have a big heart. I still have a lot of fight in me.” That made more sense than anything she’s said so far this season.

Voting then starts with Devin, who votes to evict Joey, as does Derrick, Frankie, and Cody. For some reason, we then go to commercials. Zach is up next when we get back, and he also votes to evict Joey, as does Brittany, Nicole, Christine, Victoria, Jocasta, Hayden, Amber, and Donny. Yep, Devin got his wish with an unanimous vote.

Julie then announces the decision, and Joey calmly hugs everybody before departing. While we wait for the interview, Brittany is shown crying but nobody talks. Julie begins the interview by asking if she’s surprised it was unanimous, and dumb Joey thinks she had this all-girl alliance. What? Julie carries on with this topic, but Joey is unable to really give anything back. Let’s face it. Joey is worthless as a Big Brother contestant.

Finally, we get to the goodbyes. Frankie is first, and he says how much he loved her. “We’re cut from the same cloth”, but does add that she wasn’t made for this game. Pow Pow says she’s sad that Joey’s gone, but she’s happy that she survived. “I’m going to miss you, but I’m definitely not going to miss Alex.” Nicole gives an ultra-gooey “I loved every second” statement, and Caleb the expressed the Bomb Squad crap. “You just got blew up, baby girl.” Joey says he’s stupid, and says she knew they had this giant alliance. Julie finished by teasing the fact there’s an undercover cop and a brother of a pop star in the house, and that since the Team America player was evicted next week will see two people voted in.

With Joey’s stint over, it’s now time for the HOH competition, and this week there will be a male and female winner. This competition has a “Greek Week” theme, and the girls and boys will compete separately. It’s called “BB Rager”, and they have to walk across a balance beam toa  stack of kegs. They then have to haul “kegs” back to the other side, and stack them. Those not playing are able to throw frisbees at the other competitors.

The girls go first, and Amber jumps to an early lead, and Pow Pow far behind (again). One of Brittany’s kegs falls over, so she’s out of the game. Amber lays down her final keg, and wins!

Before the boys take their turn, there’s another ad break. A long, long ad break. When it finally kicks off, and Hayden sprints to the lead. Derrick is out almost immediately, and Cody is not far behind Hayden. Devin begins to catch up, and Hayden falls as he is running back after his last keg. Cody barely beats Devin to the buzzer, and is the male HOH!!

Or is he? Wait, there may be a problem with the ending. Julie says there needs to be a review of the tape! But first, we find out that Donny is this week’s Team America winner! Yes! Yes! Yes! That’s the only person I want in this awful twist. He’s almost in tears as he reads the announcement.

This final commercial break seems to go on forever. Julie then comes in and announces that Cody’s foot hit the ground before he hit the button. That makes Devin the new HOH!

 

 

Friday
Jun272014

Battle of the Block loss + POV loss = HOH elimination?

Here's exactly how an HOH could find him/herself evicted in the same week this year.

The big twists for #BB16, as you now know, include two Heads of Household (HOH) competitions and then two sets of two eviction nominees. Frankie and Caleb each won HOH (as CBS aired on the Wednesday and Thursday shows, respectively). As live feeders later learned, Frankie put Brittany and Victoria on the block, and then Caleb nominated Donny and Paola.

A new-for-#BB16 competition called the Battle of the Block took place entirely before the feeds went live for the first time this season. The Battle is between the two pairs of nominees. The winning pair is removed from the block (no longer up for eviction), and the HOH who nominated the losing pair is dethroned.

Not that they'd have shown the Battle itself on the live feeds, necessarily; CBS plans to air it during Sunday episodes. But live feeders figured out overnight from house guest conversations that Brittany and Victoria won the first-ever Battle of the Block competition. That means four things:

  • Brittany and Victoria are safe from eviction this week.
  • Since Frankie's nominees won the comp, Frankie is no longer HOH.
  • Caleb is the reigning HOH until Thursday, so he's safe from eviction too.
  • Donny or Paola might be evicted -- unless the Power of Veto competition changes a nominee.

Power of Veto (POV) competitions always include the HOH, the nominees, and for most of the season, additional house guests who get into the comp based on a random drawing of chips.

This season's first POV competitors will include Caleb (HOH) plus Donny and Paola (the nominees who are still on the block) and those whose names were drawn ... which are Victoria, Cody, and Zach.

Frankie was dethroned as HOH and was not selected for the POV comp, so he has no control over his destiny this week.

If Donny or Paola wins POV, obviously he or she will save him/herself. If Victoria, Cody, or Zach wins, one of them could also choose to save either Donny or Paola. Then HOH Caleb will have to nominate somebody new.

Since Frankie isn't even competing for POV, he's not safe and could be nominated. And that, newbies, is how a house guest can go from HOH to eviction all within the same week. Twisted, eh?

Who is most likely to win POV? Do you think Caleb would put Frankie on the block in a potentially history-making move? Who is most likely to be the first one evicted? Hit me up at @uselesstraffic or share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday
Jun262014

Big Brother 16 Cheat Sheet - Feeds Reveal All

We are just past the two hour mark of the live feeds and already we know almost everthing we could want.  Alliances are still being figured out but thats about it.  Here are the highlights of things we've come up with so far from listening to the house guests talk.....

  • Caleb apparently had to choose from the 1st 8 HGs for nominations - he picked Donny and Paola - the first guy and girl eliminated from their HoH competition.
  • Frankie apparently had to pick from the 2nd 8 HGs and chose the 1st two people eliminated from the 2nd HoH competition - Victoria and Brittany.
  • It seems that Brittany and Victoria defeated Donny and Paola in the first Battle of the Block competition so they were un-nominated and Frankie was dethroned as HoH.
  • There was a Have Not competition (I think) today and Hayden, Joey, Brittany and Cody are Have Nots.
  • Power of Veto Competition is tomorrow.  Caleb, Donny, Paola, Victoria, Cody, and Zach are participating.
  • There is a showmance between Hayden and Nicole.
  • Caleb has a BIG crush on Amber.
  • Zach and Frankie seem to have a pretty solid alliance and are working to set up side alliances.
  • The HGs sound like the entered the house either last Thursday or Friday.  I am currently assuming Thursday based on what they said and an outside source that heard that was the correct day.

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