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Sunday
Aug262012

Big Brother #14, Episode 20 Recap

Pandora. It’s not just a crappy online music service that plays nothing but the Captain Obvious tracks. Nope, it’s also a Grodner favorite that appears at least once every Big Brother season; quite often involving her favorite pet, Jessie. It’s become such a BB cliché that all this week the current cast was predicting that it was going to happen any day now.

Pandora’s Box would probably not be as criticized by Big Brother purists if it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Hell, at this point we’d be happy if the ramifications were minor. Instead, what happens due to this silliness completely changes the show. Last year, Rachel was on her way out the door when she was suddenly rescued by one of Grodner’s tricks. She went on to win the season.

Tonight is the night that Pandora enters this season. Who will it help? Who will it hurt? Big Brother fans on twitter seem to be split between those who believe production is assisting Frank and those who think Dan is getting a bit of an edge. With Frank as the new HOH (spoiler alert!) and Dan being his primary target (another spoiler alert!), we may see tonight just who Grodner favors.

Before we get to Pandora, though, we have quite a bit of material to get through, especially since the double eviction show ended without a new HOH. We start off by going back to Boogie’s eviction, and Ian’s comments to him as he walked out the door. Ian says that he “respected and admired him so much that he couldn’t let him walk out there blindsided”. As he hugs Frank, Boogie whispers that Ian can’t be trusted. As he walks out, Ian’s last words to Boogie are “get to steppin’, buddy” (a reference to the All-Stars season).

With Boogie out the door, Frank begins needling Ian about not voting for him…but we jump ahead to Ian winning an HOH that he says he tried to throw. Well, you were up against Danielle in the final round. That doesn’t make it easy. “The Quack Pack needs to go after Frank, but I don’t want to be the one to have to do it”, he explains.

Dan pulls Ian into the lounge to give him a pep talk, and as they walk out Frank orders him back. “You gonna put me up.” Ian asks if he’s going to fuck him over if he doesn’t, but Frank seems to accept the bullshit he feeds him. As if that’s not enough, then Britney and Shane corner him with their demands. For the first time ever, I feel for this dweeb! Ian, though, wants to backdoor Frank instead of a straight up nomination.

He finally gets out of the room, but now it is Ashley who wants to talk to him. Unfortunately, all she can say is “I don’t know what to say”. Ugh. They hug and walk out, and now it is Joe’s turn! Ian does talk a bit tough to Joe, demanding a week from him for not being nominated.

Now we finally get to the noms, and he puts up Frank and Ash. Dan is more than pleased, and leaps in joy in the hallway. Frank, though, isn’t so happy and yells out that he’s a “puppet”. That means the POV is a “life or death situation” for Frank…and, of course, he wins. “Good decision, Ian!” Ian stands by his original idea of backdooring Frank, as Frank continues to storm around the house bitching.

Once again, Frank pulls Ian into the lounge area, and this time they say Joe is their target. “We got the votes, I think.” Frank does indeed use the veto on himself (obviously), and Ian puts up Joe. “Hop a squat, man.” Joe’s not worried, though, even as Frank yells that he deserves to go more than Ashley.

Joe versus Frank continues on, as Frank complains that Joe has done nothing so far in the game. Valid point, but that doesn’t stop Ashley from being evicted…which leads to more screaming from Joe. Ian is depressed about this event, and Frank knows that since he was the only vote for Ash that means everybody is against him.

Frank is still screaming at Ian, even as Britney attempts to butt in. “Please don’t make him cry.” Ugh, this is getting old. Blah blah blah blah blah! Thankfully, it is commercial time.

When we return, Ian is feeling sorry for himself. “I’m a shitty person, dude.” Dan attempts to cheer him up, and says that he will set him up with his sister. Ian, though, thinks he’s “going to burn in hell”.

Meanwhile, Frank grabs Shane and Danielle for a chat. Shane claims that he believed Ian was going to nominate him, but Frank says in the diary room that he needs to make some new friends. Ian and Britney then walk in, but Frank sends Ian out. He then apologizes to everybody “except for Dan”. He is to blame for everything, you know. He says that he wants to put up Dan and Joe if he wins HOH, but if they’re not with him he’ll have to put Shane and Britney up “because you’re the two strongest players”.

For some reason, Danielle begins bawling even though none of this was directed at her. She wants to talk to Frank alone, so Britney and Shane leave. She says she has nothing against Frank, but she can’t do anything against Dan. At the same time, Britney and Shane talk about possibly working with Frank, but she doesn’t want anything to do with that but may have “no choice”.

Britney then goes into the storage room with Frank to announce they are now down with him. She does want Frank out, but she knows she may have to “adjust her game with the ebb and flow of this house on a daily basis”. Frank just hopes that he will not once again be stabbed in the back.

It is now HOH comp time, and it is the Labyrinth ball game. There’s more than just the HOH up for grabs, though, as the winner also gets to pick the one Have-Not for the week. To play the game, they have to pull on two strings to move the ball around the labyrinth into the hole with the highest score.

Danielle goes first, and scores an 8. Frank gets a 5, while Shane gets a 17, Jenn a 6, Joe a 10, Britney a 7, and Dan narrowly misses a 20 but ends up with a one. They are now ranked, and go one-on-one against each other from the bottom to top seeds.

This first round is Dan versus Frank, and it is a race to get the ball around holes to the top. Dan’s ball drops out of the labyrinth, so he races to grab it to start over. Frank, though, is too far ahead and he wins.

Frank basically has to play the entire house, however, and he now goes against Jenn. This is an easy win, and he then faces off against Britney. Once again, he easily wins, and Frank says he’s gaining confidence. The next round is against Danielle…and you know how that turns out. Joe is the next victim, leaving it all up to Shane to save the day for the Quack Pack. After commercials, Frank gets the HOH by easily defeating Shane…and Dan is in trouble.

Dan’s bad week begins by Frank selecting him for the week’s Have-Not, his first in Big Brother history. Ian, however, realizes that he may have to do some sucking up since two people are actually nominated. Britney beats Ian to the kissup session, though, and Frank comes right out and says that he is putting up Dan and Danielle. Britney couldn’t be happier, and she says that she will vote to keep Danielle. They even make a final four deal.

It is Pandora time, and you can tell that even Frank knows that by the dumb grin on his face as he enters the HOH. Guess what? He does open the box…as does everybody in Big Brother history. Inside the room, is a bunch of dollar signs, and he has to open three cubes to win up to ten grand. His first choice is only for $1.05, and his second one is $7.11. The third one, though, is a big winner - $3,333.33!

Meanwhile, at the same time the doors open for the rest of the house. A card is read that states there is a second veto in the house, but they need fifty cents. They start searching around the backyard until suddenly balls start falling from the sky. Dan grabs a few balls, and attempts to snag the veto. He fails, but lies that he did indeed win it. Wait, I thought Saint Dan didn’t lie!

Ian wants the veto just as bad as Dan, but his first attempt is also a failure. Britney hears some coins around Joe’s foot, and the two of them fight over the ball with the coins. Britney wins this little battle, and she actually has the veto for a second before it drops. Dan, meanwhile, is getting a bit aggressive in this competition, pushing people out of the way and slamming doors. Ian comes back in, but decides to wait for another person to place the ball in a better spot. Finally, Ian does indeed win the veto!!!

Frank is finally let out of the HOH, and takes a look at the backyard. Frank claims he really doesn’t know what to do now that Ian has won this veto. They go off for a little chat, and, as expected, Britney closely follows. He wants to ensure that Ian will not use his veto on Dan. “Do what you want to do” is all Ian says to him. “Can we just chill for now?” Britney thinks he should be put up so that he HAS to use it on himself, but she also says that if he threatens to put up Britney in his place Ian probably wouldn’t use it to save Dan. In the diary room, Britney claims she’s saying this to ensure that the entire Quack Pack could survive the week. Hmmm, I don’t know about that.

Ian comes back into the room, and they tell him this new little threat. In the DR, though, Ian says that he is just going to do “what is best for me”. Frank is confused, but Ian says that he “just gets scared” whenever he has to make a move. True dat.

So we are already at nomination time, and the first key pulled is Jenn, followed by Ian, Joe, Britney, and Shane. Yes, Dan and Danielle are this week’s nominees. Frank dedicates the noms to Mike and Ash, and says that he can’t pass up his third chance at getting him, while Danielle is “just a victim of circumstance”.

The show ends with the usual tears, threats, and promises from all involved. What did you think of tonight’s show? Is this really the end of Saint Dan? Tell us what you think!

Thursday
Aug232012

Big Brother #14, Episode 19 Recap

We gather here tonight to say goodbye to a legend. Well, a self-proclaimed legend. A man whose third tour of Big Brother duty will end tonight, thanks to a hammock-shaking dweeb who took to heart the lessons of his coach.

That's right - after tonight there is no more Chilltown II. No more badly scripted joint diary room cliches. No more tween outfits that look silly on any adult, let alone one in his early 40's. Mike "Boogie" Malin will be making his final exit tonight, and it is unlikely that we will ever seen him again outside of this season's finale.

But that's not all we'll see tonight, as this is a double eviction show. Or Fast Forward, or whatever cutesy name Grodner has Chen proclaim this annual event. Besides Boogie's eviction, there will be an HOH comp, nominations, a veto comp/meeting, and a second person leaving the house. One more HOH competition will probably close the show, although the results will likely not be known until the feeds come back on.

Before we get to all that, we do have one segment designed to make us believe that Boogie may not be going. Like last night's episode, there is actually a plethora of usable footage, and it is too bad that all of this is going to be summed up in a five minute segment. For more on what actually happened, be sure to tune in to this week's Big Brother Gossip Show.

Back to tonight's show, and the opening segment that shows Shane "shocking" the house with by putting up Jenn as his replacement nominee. Both Jenn and Boogie are clearly fuming as Dan offers a handshake after the ceremony, but Boogie tells him to "save it". Jenn admits to generally just laying back (obviously), but she is now "going to be a force to be reckoned with".

Frank, meanwhile, admits that he's happy to be off the block, but is pissed that Boogie may be leaving. He joins Boogie in the bedroom, where he is still going off on Dan's handshake attempt. Ian then wanders in the room, and says that it is "not going to be an easy decision" to choose between his two teammates. Boogie is pissed, but Ian immediately defuses it. "I have to make sure...that he doesn't find out that I'm working against him", he explains in the diary room. (By the way, it is already amazing how much material they're not using.)

Dan now wanders into the living room and kitchen, but neither Boogie or Jenn even acknowledge him. Britney heads into the lounge to gossip with Ashley and Danielle about how uncomfortable it all feels. Boogie then starts poking at Shane, who does his usual runaround, incomplete sentences, which causes Frank to say "stuff your sorries in a sack, man". Boogie adds that he just "looks like Dan's bitch right now". The girls in the other room are shocked because Boogie is "terrorizing the house".

The conversation goes back and forth, while Dan lays in the living room reading the Bible. We just ahead a few minutes, and Boogie is now sitting next to Dan throwing some more wisecracks. Jenn then enters the room, and she begins participating. Oh, in case you forgot, Dan has to remind us in the diary room that he's taking all this heat for Ian. Boogie adds that the others should remember that if Dan makes the final three he'll probably throw that last competition so he won't have to make that fatal decision.

We jump ahead to Jenn and Ian in the bedroom, and she is still reeling about being nominated. "They're going to have meet a new Jenn City, and she's just arrived". The footage jumps to her interrogating the rest of the house, saying how she's a "wild card" that is going to "go out kamikaze style". Ian, though, points out in the diary room that since she's just a pawn she needs to chill out.

So that's it for the entire first three days of the week, as we go right to the announcement that tonight is a double eviction (which they already know, btw). The second evictee will also be the first to enter the jury.

It is final plea time, and Jenn goes first with a pleasant enough speech that asks them to vote to "keep your trusted and loyal homie, Jenn City". Boogie starts off by thanking his business partner and his child, and then goes right to pleading Joe for his vote. For some reason, he ends with a shoutout to the New England Patriots.

Voting begins with silly Ashley, who votes to evict Jenn. Britney is the second vote, and as expected she votes to evict Boogie. Joe then enters, and Boogies' plea doesn't work as he votes to evict Boogie. Frank then ties it by voting against Jenn, but Dan, Ian, and Danielle all vote against Boogie. Boggie is out by a 5-2 vote!

Julie announces the results,, and Boogie calmly says goodbye. Ian apologizes, and hands him what appears to be sunglasses. When he hugs Frank, he loudly tells him that Ian is not to be trusted. "I know that already", Frank replies.

Boogie departs, and Julie starts off by asking what Ian told him. "He said that I will be seeing some things that I won't like. Apparently, I didn't get his vote. He referenced something I said to an evicted house guest during All-Stars, which was 'get to steppin', and he said it with a bit of conviction in his voice. He might be playing for the other side."

Boogie adds that he is pretty shocked by this, and that no one is to be trusted. He loves the kid, but if "he did me wrong, it is just going to reflect on him". The final goodbyes start off with silliness from Frank, but Britney imitates the Chilltown phone gimmick. "Oh hey Janelle, Boogie is not here." That's the Britney I love! Dan says that he has a high respect for him, and that he wanted to work with him. It wasn't him that "ratted you out". No, it was Ian, who talks about how he has been watching him since he was ten. While he does have "respect and admiration for how you played this game", he admits to the Quack Pack alliance. "This week, I masterminded your demise. I learned from one of the best, and that is why you're sitting with Julie right now." Boogie claps for him, and tips his hat. "The Quack Pack? Ohmigod!"

It's now time for the HOH competition, and it is a "Before/After" question competition. Julie reads off an event, and they have to pick if it happened before or after the second one she reads. The first question is about the lemon/limes and the zingbot, and Ashley is immediately out (shocker!). Willie's expulsion and Janelle's first coach win is the next question, and now Joe, Dan, and Jenn are out. The third question is the breaking news bulletins versus Jojo hosting a competition, and Frank screws up and is out! It's the game reset versus candy canes, and they all pick "before". The fifth question is about Wil's speech, and now Britney is out.

It is between Danielle and Ian for the tie-breaker. Julie asks how many seconds it took for the lime team to win. Danielle guesses 1200, while Ian goes for 1000. Ian is the new HOH!

Everybody rushes in as we go to commercials, and when we return Ian is shown making a one-week deal with Joe. Julie calls for them to gather in the house, and a nervous Ian puts up Frank and Ashley. "I'm really sorry, guys."

After yet another commercial, it is time for the veto competition. It is basically this year's version of the infamous comp from last year that saw Jeff laughingly screw up. They have to find clovers in a big pit of balls. After two found clovers, they get to grab the veto.

Ian is the first with a clover, followed by Frank and Joe. Danielle and Shane then both find one, but suddenly Frank finds the second one AND the veto. He has saved himself once again!

Shockingly, Frank does indeed use the veto after we had to endure him wondering about Ian's next move with Shane and Britney. Ian replaces him with Joe ("pop a squat").

CBS is clearly paying a lot of bills tonight, as we have yet ANOTHER commercial break before the next round of final pleas and voting. Ashley goes first, and she is obviously on Xanax. She is slurring her words as she babbles about how she has been underestimated. Seriously, I can't understand her. Julie finally shuts her up. Joe then gets up and doesn't speak. It's all hand movements. Yeah, you're really funny.

Jenn is the first vote, and she votes to evict Ashley, as does Shane and Britney. Frank, though, votes against the "terrible chef", but Danielle seals the fate by voting against Ashley. For the record, Dan also votes against Ashley. What a waste of a double eviction night! Ashley meanders through her hugs and out the door. Just awful.

Before the dumb interview, we get a peak in the house as Frank is wandering around complaining about everybody. Julie interviews Ashley, but I have no idea what she is saying. Thankfully, it's a short interview...and the show is over.

Your thoughts? Are you happy Boogie is gone? Or that Frank is still there? Most importantly, what types of meds is Ashley on? Let us know!

Wednesday
Aug222012

Big Brother #14, Episode 18 Recap

I'm sure this will shock a good percentage of you readers who are tired of my negative attitude this season, but I'm actually kind of excited to see tonight's episode. There was a ton of activity in the house between Friday night and late Monday morning, the time frame this episode covers, so we shouldn't have ANY filler (but probably will).

So much happened, in fact, that it is inevitable that some quality material just won't be used, particularly from the post-nomination fireworks that went on throughout most of Friday night. Sadly, this will also happen tomorrow night, as three days of explosive actions and paranoia will be dwindled down into one short segment before the "fast forward" activities commence.

Let's jump right into tonight's show with the emotional fury that kicked off immediately after Shane's (not so) shocking nominations of Frank and Boogie. Shane explains that he had to go after them after he heard that Boogie and Frank were coming after them, but Frank calls Shane his "best friend" and he feels "blindsided". Really? Boogie's response? "Shane done lost his mind!" He still thinks that there is a chance both of them will stay. Ian, meanwhile, is beyond happy but hopes that nobody discovers he had a part in this.

Frank heads into the bedroom to talk to Boogie, and they decide that it was Britney, with the backing of Dan. Boogie says he has nothing to lose, so "I'll blow the whole thing up". Frank reiterates that Dan definitely has something to do with this.

They head out, and ask to talk to Shane. This is a mind-numbing conversation, as Shane talks about how his name had come up in conversations from others. "Are you claiming that you know something beyond what the whole house knows?", asks Boogie. Shane throws out Joe's name as their source (which isn't quite how the conversation went), and that combined with the cube with the question mark in the arcade game is why they went up.

Boogie is furious, and Frank presses Shane until he does throw out Britney's name. Apparently, she influenced him to make a "big move...obviously, I don't have a good social game". "Yeah, we know", says Boogie. Shane basically lets the entire cat out of the bag, and the conversation finally ends with Boogie saying they could work together again if he "fixes" this.

Britney now comes up to the HOH to find out what was said about her, and Shane stupidly tells her all. Seriously, we covered this all on the last Big Brother Gossip Show. Britney is obviously not happy, and lets him know it...and she now "has to run downstairs to do damage control".

She heads into the bedroom to talk to Boogie and Frank, and honestly we had a better clip of this conversation last Saturday. Boogie brushes her off, saying "you're using him as your puppet". Boogie does try to get more info out of her by asking who else was giving Shane info, but Britney continues to just deflect all the blame away from her. Shane walks into the room, but Britney tells him to leave...and then she claims that a "super reliable source" gave the info. Frank comes right out and says it has to be Dan.

Conversation over, she heads into the lounge and whines to Shane that she "quit her job and left her husband" to come here, and it's not right that he threw her under the bus. Shane backtracks a little bit, and says that he couldn't let it out that the others (Dan and Ian) were also involved. "Did you want me to throw everybody under the bus?" Britney actually makes the most sense here, but that's mainly because Shane's under-100 IQ makes it impossible for him to create a coherent sentence.

Ian now walks into the room where Frank and Boogie are sitting, and they stupidly let him know that they believe Dan is the person who "convinced Britney and Shane to take a run at us". Ian plays along, claiming Dan is a "wolf in sheep's clothing". Oh, Ian is loving every second of this.

After commercials, Boogie and Dan are lying around in the bedroom, and Boogie is being not-so-subtle with his wisecracks. Dan claims that he would not do anything against them, and Boogie points out that last week's targets were more dangerous than Wil. Dan screams in the diary room that he can't expose Ian, but also denies that he had anything to do with the nominations.

Dan then heads up to the HOH, where Shane is talking to Frank and Britney. Boogie follows them to have "an open forum". Dan says to "fire away and I'm sure we'll answer honestly", which made me choke on my whiskey a little bit. I guess Britney has been taking diary room lessons from Joe and Dan, as she now screams.

This meeting finally ends with Boogie saying that Dan's silence says everything, but Dan swears on his wife that he's not lying. Frank laughs, saying he has lied to him before, but he's supposedly not this time. Boogie isn't buying it. "I think I got it."

Once Frank and Boogie leave, Dan complains that he can't keep "taking the heat for that kid", but Britney says Ian has been giving them great info. He says that he'll take heat for the group as long as that kid appreciates it. "Otherwise, I'll throw him to the wolves. I don't care."

It is now time to pick veto players, and this should be interesting as there are TONS of rumors over what happened here. Shane picks first, and gets Jenn. Boogie then reaches in the bag, and pulls out the House Guest choice pin. He chooses Ian, but Ian doesn't know he's being chosen because he probably won't win not because he still thinks he's an ally.

A long shot is then shown of Frank reaching into the bag, and he also gets HG choice...and chooses Ashley. Now here's where the controversy lies. He had originally pulled out Ian's chip, but Ian was already in the game. He pulled a second time, and this time got HG choice. Reportedly, CBS asked for a second take, and Frank palmed that chip to make sure CBS got the proper shot. Is that how it happened? I guess we'll never know. Either way, both Boogie and Frank are happy because Dan isn't in the competition.

They head outside to "Big Brother Candy World", which pleases that dumb hippy Ashley. They get five minutes to stare at all of the exhibits, and even Shane has figured out that it is a "counting game". Ian, meanwhile, knows he has to throw it as a win will create an expectation to save either Frank or Boogie.

So the game goes like this - they have to make guesses on the number of items, and the winner is the person closest to the correct answer. The first to "win" three lollipops wins, and the one farthest from the answer is out.

The first question is a candy chick mural, and, of course, whenever they have diary room commentary form Ashley you have to have the "silly" music. Frank, Shane, and Boogie "stay" in this round, and Frank wins the first lollipop. Boogie is already out.

In the second round, it's a lollipop tree, and after more stupidity from Ashley, it is between Frank, Shane, and Jenn. Frank wins once again, and Jenn is now out. The third question is a giant vat of candy hearts, but this time Frank folds. It is between Shane and Ian, and this time Ian is out of the game (but he's obviously not too upset).

For the fourth round, it is candy heart drops on a wall, and Frank again folds. It is between Shane and Ashley, and this time Ashley gets the lollipop...but Shane is now eliminated. If Frank had stayed in, he would have won.

Instead, it is now between Ashley and Frank, which causes Dan to yell some more in the diary room. We have a giant gumball machine, and dumb Ashley folds to give Frank the automatic veto (which he would have won anyway since his answer was closer). Yes, Dan and pals, we know it is your "worst case scenario".

After another round of commercials, we move to the token appearance of Jenn for tonight's episode. She's sitting with all of the "floaters", and Boogie says that he needs to rally the troops to go against Dan, Britney, and company. "I've got to get these guys fired up." He tells them all about how Dan works on them not by competitions, but by his social game. Jenn says that Boogie is making sense if she is to have any chance of winning the game.

Boogie is now seen in the HOH with Britney, making amends of sorts. He thinks that if he can get her trust, maybe he can get Dan on the block. "Part of my problem right now isn't going home or losing the game, but losing friendships." Oh Lord. He "does a Janelle", by adding fake tears as he talks about hoping that she continues to work with Frank, but Britney isn't buying it. "Come on, Boogie. Tears?"

Oooh, a second Jenn appearance...as she is now talking with Jenn. She points out that Dan is "the most dangerous player here", and that he should think about the long term.

One more attempt from Boogie, as he heads upstairs once again for a final talk with Shane. "Dan is such a scary person to leave in this game." He gives Shane a history lesson on how Dan lets everybody else do his dirty work, and Shane claims that he has been thinking about this. Meanwhile, Danielle is freaking out to Britney that this conversation is taking so long. Boogie, though, is hopeful that being the last person to talk to the "idiot savant...minus the savant" will be the voice that makes it happen.

So it is now veto meeting time, and after all of the background conversation on who it should be that replaces Frank, Shane gets up and puts up...Jenn. Boogie is obviously not happy, nor is Jenn as she almost rejects a handshake from Dan and says she is now fired up. Boogie claims he still has hope, though, as he believes he has a couple of votes. One of those votes, however, is Ian, who has a "hand in his going home".

That's all, folks! What did you think of tonight's show? Did they accurately show most of what happened this past weekend? Was the nomination of Jenn a smart move? Tell us. Tell us now!

Sunday
Aug192012

No Recap Tonight

Due to a combo of technical difficulties and a trio of family birthdays, there won't be a recap tonight. Tonight's episode is primarily the "Slip-n-Slide" endurance comp anyway, which we fully covered as it happened this past Thursday. For more details on the post-HOH activities, listen to our latest Big Brother Gossip Show episode!