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Wednesday
Aug052009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 12 Recap

Here we go with another Tuesday episode of Big Brother. Tuesday’s are always very predictable, as we know we’re going to see reactions to the nominations, the veto competition, and the veto ceremony. Oh yeah, and lots and lots of filler. I expect one segment to concern the “mystery power”, and everybody’s theories as to what it means and who has or will win (voting actually ends tonight).

It’s really too bad that the TV deadline for this episode can’t be pushed back a few hours, as once again there was plenty of excitement in the hours after the veto ceremony. Just like the Ronnie fiasco a couple of weeks ago, all of this action will have to be squeezed into one short segment that will open Thursday’s eviction show.

So here we go with the reactions to Russell nominating Ronnie and Lydia. Russell says he put Ronnie up because he “wanted to see where everybody’s loyalties lie, and who they’re going to side with”. Ronnie knows that Russell wants him evicted, but “I do have allies. I’ve risen from a worse scenario than this before, so who knows what the future holds.”

Jeff is happy that Russell held up his end of the bargain, and says that he and Jordan are just going to lay low this week. Lydia, though, is upset because “I used to be in an alliance with Russell. Now Russell has nominated…and I have no idea where I stand at the moment.” She’s seen in her bedroom acting sad, and Kevin comes in to give her a pep talk. (Cue the acoustic guitar.) It doesn’t really work because “no matter who you are up against it doesn’t feel good”.

Ronnie is now seen walking up to the HOH to convince Ronnie to save him. “If I have to cry in order to get some success right now, I have no shame in doing that.” And cry is exactly what he does as he admits to the conversation with Lydia. “I have never gone against you. I have never done anything to even try and damage your game in this house…I want us to keep the team together to get Lydia and Kevin, those stupid floaters, out of this house.” Russell tells him that he made some good point, but in the diary room admits that he knows it’s all fake tears.

Chima now enters the HOH to flirt. She does her usual laughing at her own jokes, but eventually tells him that she thinks Lydia should go home. Russell says that while he does want her gone, he wants Ronnie to leave first. She asks him why she hates him so much, and he gets a bit heated as he complains about all of his lies. “This is your week, and I’ll do what you want”, she finally concedes.

Now we see Natalie whispering to Jessie about how Lydia thinks she’s safe, and how she wants to break them up. In the diary room, Jessie says that he thinks Ronnie is a “stand up guy”, and we cut to him talking about this to Jessie. For some reason, Chima exclaims that the plan she discussed with Russell is to vote Lydia out. “The hell we did!”, he responds. The two of them argue about this for a bit, as Jessie looks bored (and concerned). Natalie explains that while they want Ronnie to stay, they have to work on this “on the DL”. Um, no. Everybody knows that you want him to stay, Natalie…even Jordan.

After a commercial break, we see Michelle and Natalie chatting while playing pool. Natalie thinks that she’s the key to keeping Ronnie, and talks to her about how Lydia has “weekly alliances”. She’s not buying it, and tells her that she doesn’t trust Ronnie. “So far I’ve been laying low,” she says in the diary room, “but this week I have to calculate where my safety is.”

Jessie enters the pool table area, and Michelle asks him about the situation. Jessie confirms that she’s the deciding vote, and Michelle complains that it’s too hard to be in the middle.

We move on to the choosing of the players for the veto competition. Ronnie says his worst case scenario would be Kevin, Jordan, or Jeff, as none of them would use the veto to save him. Lydia says that she’d like to see Kevin’s name because he’s her “sugar bear”. Ugh. Russell picks Michelle’s name, which doesn’t please Natalie. Ronnie pulls out Jessie, while Lydia does indeed get Kevin. Russell picks Chima to be the host.

Immediately, we cut to the competition, and there’s a bunch of Roman statues, including a live male model who Kevin wants to “touchicus”. The players get five minutes to study everything in the backyard, and Kevin says he immediately knows that it’s a counting contest. It is funny, though, when Ronnie sticks his head into a box of rats.

After they all talk about the best case scenarios, the contest begins. They have to guess a number value for each question, and then after seeing everybody’s guess they can decide to stay or fold (there’s a variation of this game every year). The first question is how many jewels are on the emperor’s chariot, and everybody but Jessie folds. Funny thing is that Kevin was only a point off from the correct answer. Ronnie’s obviously happy with this result.

For the second round, they have to guess the number of arrows in a shield. Russell, Jessie, and Kevin stay in this round (after we hear Ronnie’s strategy of folding in every round), and the winner this time is Russell. Kevin is out because he was farthest from the correct answer - Lydia is bummed.

In the next round, they have to guess the number of grapes. Russell, Lydia, and Jessie stay, and Russell again wins a point. “Get ready to pack your bags, boy”, he snarls at Ronnie. Lydia is now eliminated, and she hopes that she can trust Russell.

Next up is the number of belt marks of the gladiator, and Michelle is the only one to stay in this round. “Let’s see how many marks were on the hot guy’s belt”, Chima says, and it turns out that Jessie would have won that round.

The rat cage is up next, and Michelle says she went with a “way lowball number to throw everybody off”. When Ronnie guesses 125 rats, Russell asks if he included himself. Zing!!! Michelle is the only one to stay in, and this time Ronnie would have won. Michelle and Russell are now tied with two votes, and she brags that she’s much smarter than Ronnie.

Now they have to guess the number of feathers on a helmet, and Michelle and Jessie are the only two to stay. Jessie says the only reason he stayed was because he was tired of Michelle getting “free points”, but Michelle is closest and wins the POV! She claims that she now has more power than the HOH, and I guess she’s right. Lydia is still worried that Ronnie will get into people’s heads, and he says that “everybody has a price” and will find out what Michelle’s price is to use the veto on him. Good luck with that.

Sure enough, after a commercial break Ronnie begins working on a clearly disinterested Michelle. “I’m not above begging”, he says. “I don’t know what I can do, but I swear I’ve been nothing but honest with you”. Oh Lord.

Later that night, Michelle comes out and asks Russell to go inside to talk. Chima shakes her head as they walk away, and Natalie says that she thinks Michelle is “shady”. Inside the HOH, Russell talks about how he doesn’t have “anyone as a team, and I think you’re in the same boat”. She says she wants to be on his team. “If you’re down, I don’t think anybody would know.” Meanwhile, Jessie and Natalie make their way to the HOH, and invites them to play chess. Russell complains that the two of them are always keeping tabs on him. “(Natalie) can’t win anything. She’s skated around on the back of me and Jessie”. While this is going on, Natalie is trying to get Jessie to go back into the HOH, and Jessie says he’s worried that they may use the veto to put him up.

Now Natalie is outside with Ronnie, telling him that Michelle won’t be using the veto on him. “Your only hope is to possibly convince her.” He says he has tried “compassionately and very politely”, but now is the time for him to be more forceful. Ronnie says that Kevin and Lydia have no allegience to anybody, and that if he leaves the house Jessie and Natalie blame her for his eviction. “You will be evicted if I leave that door, and you will not make it to the final two.”

After commercials, Ronnie, Chima, Natalie and Kevin are laughing in the kitchen as Russell walks in. “Schemers”, says Russell, and Chima’s smile immediately disappears. They sarcastically banter back and forth for a bit, and Chima says that Lydia is his “girlfriend…actually, no, it’s Michelle that’s your girlfriend”. Kevin says he had a good conversation with Michelle the previous night, and Chima adds “so did Russell”. It’s a bit uncomfortable for the others, and Russell says in the diary room that she’s “become the possessive girlfriend that I’ve always dreaded”.

Russell heads outside, and immediately tells Jeff the entire conversation, including a line about how Chima should become a comedian. “I should have put her ass up instead of (Ronnie).”

Natalie is then seen heading upstairs to talk to Jessie in the HOH, and is followed by Chima. Jessie then relays the story as he heard it, and Chima says Russell just doesn’t like hearing the truth. Now, we jump to Chima talking to Ronnie, and he explains that it would not be surprising if the veto is used on Lydia to get Jessie or Natalie on the block. “She’s book smart, but she has no common sense”, he complains. Russell again overheard Ronnie talk about him - this time it’s that he’s “not as smart as he thinks he is”. This time, Russell walks in to let them know he heard everything. Oh Ronnie, your big mouth is really the end of you.

Natalie comes in to inform them what they already know, but Chima plays innocent and claims that Russell is just paranoid. Jessie also comes in and apologizes for Ronnie for failing at saving him, but Chima is throwing a big target on herself by carrying on. She continues to babble, though, as Russell heads upstairs, and he says in the diary room there’s no reason for him to keep her. (Nice edit to give us some doubt as to what will happen in the final segment.)

It’s finally time for the veto ceremony, and as usual we all hear the usual blabber on what Michelle should do. Michelle finally calls everybody in, and Ronnie is given the first opportunity to “lie…I mean speak”. Good one, Michelle. His speech is very underwhelming, as is Lydia’s. Of course, Michelle doesn’t use the veto, although she words it in a way to make it sound like she is going to use it.

Michelle babbles that she hopes she’s now on the winning team, and Russell says he considers he a “new ally”. Lydia doesn’t feel confident, and hopes that Ronnie doesn’t have the “mystery power”. Ronnie claims that he’s meaner when times get tough, and that he has some moves that nobody has seen yet. Yeah, right.

See you Thursday!!!

Sunday
Aug022009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 11 Recap

Here we go with another Sunday night episode of Big Brother. Truthfully, don’t expect much tonight, especially if you’ve been watching the feeds. Most of the episode will revolve around Thursday’s endurance competition, and then we’ll see the usual unveiling of the HOH room, a bit of scheming, and the nominations. It’s doubtful they’ll have time for much beyond that.

Well, there are a couple of other issues to deal with - namely Casey’s explosive exit and the announcement that the cliques are (thankfully) over. Oh yeah, and the “mystery power”.

Surprisingly, we start with the HOH competition, and Chima’s complaints that the “never knew the diploma would hurt so much. Can I just get my GED?” Russell says that he needs to win this competition.

We jump from Russell’s quote to the announcement that the cliques are ka-pewie. Jeff says that he never felt like he was part of the clique anyway, so now it’s time “for me to take my shot at them”. Natalie wasn’t happy, though, because she was “looking really pretty” by the existence of these cliques.

Chima, though, couldn’t be happier. “I’m very pleased to say see you later, dorks.” That may be the funniest thing she’s said all season.

Back to the HOH comp, and the entrance of rain on their swinging contraptions. Jordan complains about being cold, but you can hear Ronnie yell about how he’s used to it since he had cold showers all week. That little pit bull Natalie, though, isn’t having such an easy time. “The longer it was spinning the dizzier I got…it was an amusement park ride from hell.”

Jeff continues to babble clichés about do or die, but throws in a line about Casey. Yes, we now go back to Casey’s argument with Natalie and Jessie as he left. Jeff says it was “bittersweet” to see him leave, and we hear Casey’s awesome line about making Jessie a sandwich. Natalie complains that he didn‘t “leave with any dignity or class“, while Russell raises questions about who was the one vote for Casey (which was him).

Back again to the HOH competition, and Jessie complaining about how he didn‘t get to compete. He goes over those who he knows will work for him, but adds that Russell is a “loose cannon“. Kevin is the first to fall at the 21st minute mark. He says that he doesn‘t care who is “ashamed“ of him; it just feels good to be off the swings.

Shortly after that, for reasons only she knows, Lydia asked Kevin if he would hater her if he dropped. Which she then does at the 25 minute mark. Jessie‘s clearly not happy, but has Kevin pick his “graduation present“. His prize? $5,000! He’s happy, but hopes he’s not targeted because of it. Lydia then chooses her gift, and receives a 42” flat-screen TV. Jessie is still not impressed. “You didn’t try at all! I’m not going to look past that at all.” Russell adds that he doesn’t care about the prizes; he just wants to win.

The speed of the wheel increases, and Ronnie complains about hearing people puking. He then drops at the 46-minute mark. Natalie continues to strugggle, and she then drops at the 49-minute mark. “I got to the point where I thought I was going to faint and pass out.” Jessie is really depressed now. “All of my eggs are now in the Chima basked.”

Ronnie then chooses his prize, which is nothing!!! (Yes!!!) Natalie’s prize is also nothing!!! (Double yes!)

The water returns, and Jeff talks about how he knows it will be a long night, but either himself or Jordan MUST win. Jordan’s having problems, though, and she tells us how her upper thighs are getting “numb” (just like your brains, my sweetie?). Jordan does fall at the 1 hour, 37-minute mark. “When I fell, I was pissed…I felt like I let (Jeff) down.” Jordan gets the last prize, and it’s the ability to pick the “have nots” for the week.

So we’re down to Michelle, Chima, Jeff, and Russell. Michelle says she feels as if she doesn’t have any friends in the house, so she has to win “for my safety”. Chima is flying all over the place, and was even upside down at one point, which impresses everybody. She says she’s holding on not only for herself, but also the fate of Jessie and Natalie.

Chima continues to get battered around, though, and finally at the 2:22 mark she’s down. Jessie says her falling made him feel “like I pulled my parachute and nothing came out. The end very well may be near.” Meanwhile, again Michelle says she’s going to hang on for everything she can to control her own fate, while both Russell and Jeff say they just can’t give up.

After commercials, we see the contraption at a standstill, and Jessie’s giving Russell advice to tell Jeff that if he wins he’ll put up Ronnie. He proceeds to ask that very question, but says if Michelle drops they’ll talk. Jessie says that he just wanted Russell to know that he’s on his side. “Whatever the deal is, just make sure that Jeff is the one that falls”, he says in the diary room.

So the wheel begins spinning again, and Michelle tells us the battering ram (diploma) is hitting harder. Yes, she then falls at the 2:41 mark, almost showing the world her brainiac lower body. Russell also complains about how hard the diploma is hitting them, and how the rope is tearing up their hands. Jordan gives Jeff some encouraging words to “play it out”, but the two of them talk about how they both want Ronnie out.

In the diary room, Russell talks about how he firsthand heard Ronnie talk about him…and we see a flashback on when Russell eavesdropped on a conversation between Ronnie, Lydia, and Kevin. “I know everything that comes out (Ronnie’s) mouth is a lie”, says Russell.

Russell and Jeff continue to negotiate, and Russell says that he has his word. Jeff says that all he’s really worried about is that himself and Jordan are both safe. Jeff is a bit hesitant, and Russell has everybody go inside while they continue to talk. “It’s strictly between you and me…all I want is a letter from Pop.”

Russell swears on his father, and Jeff finally decides to drop at the 3:38 mark. “I have a newfound respect for Jeff”, Russell says. “Anyone who can compete on my level I’ll tip my hat to.” Ronnie is the first to shake Jeff’s hand, which is quite comical in its own way, while Jessie slips the HOH key around Russell’s neck. Russell is happy that he can “finally do whatever the hell he wants.”

Immediately after the HOH comp is over, Jordan has to decide who will be a “have not”. She say she doesn’t want a target on her, so she put everybody’s names in a hat to draw. The first person drawn is Natalie, who says she’s not too upset because she has a slop pass. The second person drawn is Kevin, and then Jessie, who is obviously pissed. “Good job. You know there’s no way I’d lose a food competition.” He complains enough about it that Lydia calls him a big baby. It’s interesting that they don’t show Lydia offering to take it for him.)

Jessie and Natalie are now camping out on a couch, talking strategy. He tells her that the deal is that Ronnie’s supposed to go home, but that “he doesn’t control everybody’s votes”. Natalie asks if he even wants that to happen, but Jessie says he doesn’t know.

Jordan is now asking Jeff about their deal, and he informs her that she won’t be going up. Meanwhile, Russell enters the room just as Natalie is complaining about the prizes they won. Jessie promises in the diary room that they won’t be around much longer if “I have anything to say about it”. Russell is smiling as he talks in the diary room about how those two are pushing him to put up Lydia and Kevin. “I’ll listen to what they have to say. I’m not going to do whatever they want.”

Ronnie is now in the room with Jessie and Natalie, asking about the deal that was made between Jeff and Russell. He wants them to inform him if they find out part of the deal is to put him up, and Natalie quickly adds that they do indeed want him to stay. Ronnie says that he has hope that America will see that he’d use the “power in a wise fashion”. Yeah, sure they would think that. Vote Jeff!!! We then see a flashback to Julie’s announcement of the “mystery power”, and Ronnie says he’d “lovvvvvvvvvvve to wield the power like a JedI knight”. Ugh, make it stop!

And now we finally get the introduction of the HOH room segment. Yep, it’s like it always is - everybody gawks at the photos, and listen to Russell read his letter. They’re all touched. Russell says it was inspiring to him, and he hopes he’s making his father proud.

Now Jeff is up in the HOH with Russell, and they slap each other on the back about their comp performance. Russell says that he’s going to stand up to his word, and Jeff says the letter from home shows that Russell is a standup guy. Russell adds that he’d like to partner up with him, and they’d be unstoppable. Jeff says he was thinking the same thing, but they’d have to keep it quiet.

When we return from commercials, everybody is stuck inside and come in to see the mystery food that the “have nots” will be eating all week - squash and squid. Ronnie says he’s going to vomit from the smell, and nobody is happy with this “buffet”. Natalie makes sure everybody remembers that she has a slop pass. Jessie is still not happy being a “have not”.

Lydia now comes up to chat with Russell in the HOH, and she immediately asks if it is ok to jump in his bed. Typical Lydia! “I’m going to do whatever it takes so he shouldn’t have a reason to put me up for nominations this week”, she says in the diary room. She babbles about how he’s turned into a “nicer, sweeter, adorable person” since winning HOH. He doesn’t seem to buy it at all, but perks up a bit when she informs them that Jessie and Natalie had said they’d put up Russell if he could. “They say that you constantly lie to them.” (Funny they don’t see her offer to perform special favors for him.)

Now it’s Jessie’s turn to visit…and seconds later Natalie and Chima join in. He immediately tells them that Lydia sold them out. “That’s what that bitch said?” responds Chima. Jessie warns him to not let her drive a wedge between them, and Chima says it pisses her off how people lie once you begin HOH. “She’s such a bi-polar drama queen.”

Oh great, now it’s Ronnie’s turn to grovel. He tells Russell that he hopes that he’s not part of the deal with Jeff because when he was HOH they were “chirping in my ear” to put up Russell. “I really put myself out there…I never wavered from that for a second.” Oh, really? Ugh. Russell asked who Ronnie would put up, and he says Lydia and Kevin. They both agree that those just floating in the game don’t deserve to be there, but Ronnie flat out asks if he’s in any dangerous. “Oh no.” Ronnie still thinks he’s a good manipulator, so he thinks he has some hope.

It’s finally nomination time, and you again know the drill. Russell looks at the wall of pictures, and everybody comments on whether they should be put up as he inserts the keys. The crew is gathered, and the first key pulled belongs to Jeff, followed by Jessie, Jordan, Chima, Michelle, Natalie, and Kevin. Ronnie and Lydia are nominated! Russell tells Ronnie that he was put up because he “slapped me in the face when you went behind my back and talked with Lydia and Kevin in that room. I was actually the one that was behind that door listening, and I heard verbatim what you said. You’ve lied to every single person in this game, and you’re a snake. Well, if you’re going to catch a snake, you gotta be a mongoose.” Finally, a memorable nomination speech!!!

Jeff is happy with the nominations, but Lydia is not happy. “I’m going to fight like H-E-double hockey sticks. I’ll do whatever I have to do to make sure I stay in this house.” Russell adds that he hopes Ronnie doesn’t get this mystery power and “turn us all into frogs…I can only hope that he goes home”. Ronnie babbles nonsense about how he’s the “king snake”, and many times the king snake “kills the mongoose”. Um, yeah.

And that concludes tonight’s recap. See you Tuesday!

Thursday
Jul302009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 10 Recap


Welcome to a night that CBS has promised will include a “game changing” announcement. Most people are assuming this means that we’ll see the dissolution of the cliques, but for once I’m really hoping the producers truly make an unprecedented move that we’ll all be talking about for day. Yeah, I know - wishful thinking.

Of course, we’re also going to see a live eviction, and a HOH competition that everybody predicts will involve endurance. The HG’s have been on lockdown since early last night, and it’s usually been at this point in the season where they do have such a competition. Again, I’d like to see a little innovation.

Julie opens the show by announcing tonight is “graduation”, and the cliques are over. They’ve all sort of figured that out anyway, so it won’t be as big of a shock to them as CBS hopes. Wait, the power lies in our hands? Uh oh, this should be interesting.

Here we go with the footage from the rest of this week, and we start with the reaction to the nomination of Casey to replace Michelle. Both Casey and Jeff are pissed that Ronnie wasn’t nominated, and babble what you would expect about “Teflon Ron“ Ronnie is getting a bit too excited as he brags about how he survived another week.. Jessie says he put Casey on the block because he’s a bigger threat and is coming after him. Um, ok Oh, I must say I still love that footage of Jordan complaining about Ronnie staring at her.

After the ceremony, Casey heads outside and Jordan apologizes. “It’s all good, man - season of the dork”. Jordan then complains about the smiling looks she was getting from Ronnie. “I just wanted so bad to tell him off”, she says in the diary room. “The only reason you are still here is because you are Jessie’s bitch”. God, I love this girl.

Casey adds that Ronnie got him by using the “Ronnie jedi mind trick”. “They got rid of Laura because she wasn’t a sheep. Same for me…people have short memories in here.” Jeff then comes out, and says “they’re all off in a corner somewhere” when Casey asks if they’re celebrating. They then bitch about the “zinger”, which really wasn’t nothing more than a silly one-liner - “move your feet, you gotta new seat”. Really, it was Jessie attempting to be clever…and I mean attempting. Jeff goes on, though, about hiding behind your sunglasses.

Time for something to disgust everybody. We see Lydia wandering up to the HOH in the middle of the night, and crawling into bed with him. “I like to watch Jessie sleep”, she says in the diary room. “Sometimes he moves, and he smiles…or his face has different expressions on them. Maybe Jessie’s dreaming about baby unicorns (yeah, right). Maybe he’s dreaming about, I don’t know, riding his motorcycle. But it would be nice if he was thinking about me.” Please gag me now. “Because he’s asleep, I could snoop. I could play practical jokes on him.” (Or you could use your mouth or hands on him, as you have done countless times.) “I really hope Jessie never makes me mad, because I could pretty much do whatever I wanted. Maybe while he‘s sleeping I could get revenge.” A nice edit then shows her leaving without having any inter…uh, action with him.

Thankfully, we move back on to gameplay. Jordan is looking fine as usual while sunbathing, and she says in the diary room that she’s not going to do any campaigning because Casey’s honesty will “get himself in a little bit of trouble…I’m the greatest pawn ever.”

Yet Casey does attempt to gain some momentum. Kevin is outside with him, and he talks about how it must suck to do whatever Jessie wants him to do. Kevin doesn’t really respond, “I’m just amazed that there’s no outrage over Jessie having some sort of deal.” Kevin perks up a bit, and asks if he has the votes, adding that Chima is his “weakest link in the chain”. Casey doesn’t agree. “Lydia is in love with Jessie. He could be laying in bed with another bitch, and she’ll make him breakfast”. Kevin claims that she would indeed vote for him ‘if you have the numbers”. Casey adds that if he stayed, he could go after them without Kevin getting any of the heat. We all know that Kevin loves anybody but himself to do the dirty work.

Casey now begins working on Russell, who asks if he’s talked to “your boy” since being put up. Casey informs him that he’s number four on that team. “I’m number two.” Casey puts up a convincing argument that Jessie would never put up Natalie before him, and probably also Ronnie. “You don’t need those dudes. I think you, me and Jeff could do some damage.” Russell says that Casey is giving him some good points, and that “it’s a huge gamble that could pay off”. Yeah, sure.

Wow, that’s all of the previous day’s footage we’ll see tonight? Interesting. We come back from commercials to Julie talking about Jeff and Jordan’s “relationship”. What about Lydia and Jessie? Or Natalie and Jessie?

You know what’s seen here - lots of footage of Jordan and Jeff looking adorable. We then head to Jordan’s hick town to watch her family view “footage” of her on the show. There’s no real need to go through what’s said here, but Jordan’s mom does seem to like Jeff.

Then we move on to Jeff’s hometown, and they all laugh at the “technotronics” line. Dad says he’s acting just like he does at home, and his mom laughs at how he’s never been good at spelling. After some more adorable footage, both families say they like the two of them together. Both mothers are a bit over the top, hoping that they do “make babies”.

After this package is over, we move on to Julie’s interview with the house. Of course, she immediately goes to the “200 pound banana in the room”. Casey jokes that the banana suit “makes it easy to choose what to wear, and it shows off my tan”. She moves on to Ronnie, and how last week it looked like the house was against him. She wants to know if he’s surprised he wasn’t nominated, and he babbles the standard line about “actions showing people‘s true colors”. Julie presses for some names, and he just goes on about how “they know who they are”. God, please make it stop.

Julie moves on to Lydia, and her tensions with Natalie. As the camera moves to a bug-eyed Jessie, she asks if their fight was really over beds. Lydia plays dumb, which she’s great at doing. “It was about beds. It wasn’t about anything else.” Oh please. Julie doesn’t buy it, and moves to Natalie. “There was more brewing”, she adds, but refuses to bite when Julie keeps going. “I plead the fifth”, Lydia finally says. We end the segment with footage of Michelle falling into the mud pit…with little comment but a thank you from Michelle.

Oh great, here’s Jessie in the HOH room. Her first question is about Lydia and Natalie, and Jessie claims that they’re relationships are all “platonic”. Oh God. He then denies they’re fighting over him. She keeps going, asking if these relationships are real. Jesus, Julie, stop it. And one more question - are they playing him? Julie, please. Some of us have yet to eat tonight. He does admit it’s a possibility. “Everybody’s in here for a reason - to win a half million dollars”.

It just won’t stop. Julie’s final question is which of these women he’d like to be stranded on a desert island. “I’m going to have to plead the fifth.” My god, even Julie says his answer is lame, but again carries on.

Thankfully, this segment is finally over, and it’s time for the final statements. Jordan goes first, and is just adorable as she says she doesn’t have anything to say except she hates going against one of her best friends in the house.

Casey then stands up and apologizes to letting people down. “The reason I’m in this position is because two house guests stabbed me in the back - Ronnie, the manipulative dorkapotamus with the God complex, (and) Jessie, the self-absorbed smedium-wearing egomaniac with the personality and IQ, oddly enough, of a banana. Both of these guys stabbed me in the back, and they’ll do the same to the rest of y’all. It’s funny that you (Ronnie) talk about actions..after what you did to me.” Go Casey!!!

So the voting begins, and it’s as expected. Jeff goes in first and votes to evict Casey, as does Ronnie (ugh) and Natalie. After commercials, we see Chima vote to evict Casey, but Russell votes to evict Jordan!!! Michelle, though, votes to evict Casey, as does a mustachioed Lydia (ugh) and Kevin.

When the house receives the news, Casey tells everybody to “knock them dead” as he hugs everybody. “Your word is mud”, he says as he walks out, and Natalie gives him some lip back. This goes back and forth a bit, and he asks her if she’s “his pitbull. Go make him a sandwich.” Oh man, I love this!!!

After he walks out, Lydia hugs Natalie as she babbles more about Casey not living up to his word. She’s also pissed about the stray vote. Um, Natalie, you did the same last week. There’s lots of bleeping going on during these couple of minutes.

Julie starts the interview by saying he went out “guns blazing”. “I had to”, he responds. “You can only take so much. People are on you, and it’s hard to take some of that stuff for weeks at a time.” Julie points out that Jessie was turning red, and he says that he should. “He doesn’t impress me in very many ways. He didn’t win the first HOH, and the one he won I think was luck.”

Julie then asks about his gameplay, and how he got played by Ronnie in the first week and that this week everybody would be “down with the plan”. He admits he made a mistake in “being too trusting”. When Julie points out signs that Ronnie was becoming pals with everybody again, Casey says his big mistake was in trusting Jessie.

We end, as usual, with the goodbye messages. Russell claims that he tried to come up with the votes, while Ronnie is gloating (as usual). Ugh. Jordan tells him how awesome he is, and then Natalie babbles how she really is 24, not 18, and with a college degree…and that’s why he’s sitting out there while she’s still in the house. Um, no. This goes on like it normally does, and gets less interesting as the segment drags on. Julie thanks him for his honesty, and after informing Casey that the cliques are done we’re done with Casey. “And that’s not all.”

Julie informs the house guests that they need to gather in the living room, and Natalie babbles “no more cliques”. See, I told you it was no surprise. Julie goes through with the dramatic speech anyway, and continues on about how one of them will soon be granted a “mystery power” which can be used in the next two weeks. Yeah, yeah, yeah, this could change the course of the game, and only the person who has it will know they have it. Please don’t let it be Ronnie!

She can’t tell the house guests who will have that power, as it will be a vote by America. Winning HOH and veto is supposedly more important this week than ever, as it’s the only way to guarantee safety. She then tells a stunned group to head outside.

Julie then explains to us that the mystery power is the “coup d-etat”, and the winner of that power will have the ability over the next two live evictions to overthrow the HOH by replacing one or both of the nominees. This could be interesting!!! I may even vote…for silly little Jordan!!!

And here we go with the new HOH, and sure enough it’s an endurance competition. It’s the hanging on a swing comp that we’ve seen in previous seasons. There are also six envelopes to entice people to drop out early; with one containing $5000.

A giant diploma is entered, though, that they crash into as they’re swinging around. Yeah, this won’t take long.

We get one final look at the house, and Chima says she’s dizzy. Sure enough, they introduce “rain”, which I’m sure pisses off Natalie since she didn’t get to use her trash bag costume. And that concludes this week’s live eviction episode!!!

Tuesday
Jul282009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 9 Recap

“ello kiddies
Whatcha gonna do when your heads exploding
So you missed some school
You know that schools for fools
Today money rules
And everybody steals it “ - Cheap Trick, “Ello Kiddies”

I have no idea why that song popped into my head, but I guess it’s somewhat fitting for tonight’s episode. Or maybe not.

Tonight’s broadcast should be more action-packed than the usual Tuesday evening telecast. Besides the reaction to Jessie’s nominations, we’ll be seeing the POV competition, some scheming, a sudden realization by one player, and the veto ceremony. Oh yeah, and a contestant in a funny costume. If there’s time, there may even be some more footage of the Lydia/Jessie/Natalie triangle…but I have a feeling that this may be saved for Thursday as the real action has been heating up all day today.

So here we go, and there’s no surprises in the reaction to the nominations of Jordan and Michelle, who talks about how they’re supposed to be “pawns to backdoor Ronnie”. Note to any future BB contestants - it’s impossible to have double pawns! Natalie hugs Jordan, and whispers to her that she’ll “be fine”. Jordan repeats what Michelle says, but adds that she doesn’t trust Jessie.

Jessie says he didn’t put up Ronnie because “he really hasn’t hosed me yet”, and that by being both a target and an ally he’s an “asset” for him.

Jeff comes into the bedroom to console Jordan, and she tells him that Natalie says she’s safe. They both still think that whomever wins veto will pull somebody down, and Ronnie will be gone. Jordan’s not so sure this will happen. Michelle then comes in just as they’re both walking out, but Jeff sticks around to also boost her confidence that Ronnie will be the one leaving.

Michelle adds that she doesn’t really believe anybody will stick their necks out for her, and we then see her talking to Ronnie. He’s still playing the sad puppy dog game, and tells her that it should have been him that was nominated. He claims that if he played and won, he’d use it on her. She’s way too smart to believe that, and says she won’t be picking him. “No offense.” She then walks out and tells the house about this conversation, and everybody has a good laugh. Well, everybody but Russell.

Now we see Ronnie walking into the HOH, and he immediately asks Jessie (and Natalie) if he’s still safe. Jessie lets out a loud sigh, and then asks where his loyalties lie. Guess who he points at? “Ronnie inside this house is like a convicted felon”, says Jessie, “but I hope he still has his best interests in mind.” He tells Ronnie that Casey, Jordan, and Jeff are the ones who want him out. Natalie adds that “you never directly screwed us”. Ronnie leaves with a horrific rendering of the “you’re my brother from another mother” cliché to both Jessie and Natalie.

Chima is now up in the HOH, and Jessie’s asking her how Ronnie’s banishment would benefit her. “I’m not going to make an alliance convenient for that week”, says Jessie, and then tells her that he wants to actually backdoor Casey. Chima agrees that this would actually be better for her than somebody on her team.

This scenario is now repeated with Kevin and Lydia, and as you may imagine they also agree. Wow, Jessie is good this season…so far.

After a commercial break, we get some filler from this past weekend when the house played Truth or Dare. Kevin is dared to go snuggle next to a sleeping Jessie, and hilarity ensues when he wakes up. Ronnie is then dared to go hug Casey. More hilarity ensues, but Casey’s pissed that everybody is now having fun with Ronnie. “Maybe he’s making his way back into people’s hearts.”

A bit later, Kevin asks a scowling Casey why he seems upset, and Casey responds that he didn’t like “being the butt of the joke”. Russell says “everybody was the butt”, but Casey says to never send “a rat to hug him again”. This is a big mistake, as the mood of the entire room darkens.

Jessie now gathers everybody to pick players for the veto competition. The worst case scenario for Jessie is that Casey wins, but Casey still believes that eliminating Ronnie is the plan. Jessie pulls out Jeff’s name, Michelle nabs Casey (which obviously upsets Jessie), and Jordan gets Chima. The host is obviously Natalie, which doesn’t sit well with Lydia.

Casey and Jordan both talk about how it “worked out perfectly”, and Casey adds that it doesn’t “matter who wins now. You can have it.” Oh boy. Meanwhile, Jessie and Natalie are clearly worried upstairs. Natalie says the “best case scenario would be you”. “Then his fate would be sealed”, responds Jessie as the ominous music builds to a crescendo.

After commercials, the veto comp begins. Everybody has to wear pink pig suits, and Jordan complains it “smells like poo” as they walk out to the backyard mud pit. “I like to get dirty”, she adds. I do love this silly girl!

Inside the pit are a bunch of truffles, which has cards with point values inside. They have to keep what they believe are the four highest truffles, and the winner is obviously the one with the highest total score. But…there are also prizes hidden in the pit, but if you choose a prize you receive one less card that goes towards your total.

After they all talk about how they want to win the veto (except a confident Casey), they swing into the pit. Yeah, the mud is “nasty”, but it’s a “do or die situation”. Michelle said this, but I bet any of them probably said this in the diary room. Jordan thinks there may be poo in the pit, but she doesn’t care, while Chima says that she doesn’t get dirty. “I didn’t even play in the dirt when I was two. This is not fun for me.”

Casey makes a serious mistake, when he decides to keep a margarita party instead of a points card to go with the “ten” we can see on his board. “I like throwing parties, and making the other house guests feel good can do nothing but bring positive vibes my way.” Uh oh. Silly Jordan tries to explain the strategy of what numbers to keep, and even she’s surprised that she sort of makes sense.

The game finally ends, and Natalie adds another “temptation”. Choosing one of six envelopes can either add or subtract points, or may be an additional prize. Michelle goes first, and chooses an envelope because she fears she had the lowest numbers. Casey also nabs an envelope, while Chima declines. Jeff also chooses an envelope, but Jordan declines because it “might be bad luck”. Jessie also chooses one, and Natalie claims that the one he chooses would have been the same one she’d pick. Um, sure it was.

Jessie has a prize of $2500, and his other cards add up to 26. The envelope added five points to make it 31. Jordan’s score is then revealed, and her total score is 24. Jeff’s points adds up to 27 points, but his envelope contains a -5 card, which puts him at 22. Chima’s cards add up to 25 points. Jessie’s still in the lead.

Casey reveals his cards next, and the house is excited about his margarita party. Jessie has a nice laugh over it, however. Casey’s cards add up to 22 points, and we see that the top of his card has the letters B and A. He thinks it’s a trip to the Bahamas, but instead he “won” a banana suit that he has to wear for a week!

Finally, we get to Michelle, the last player. Her total points add up to 28 points, so she needs four points in her envelope. Inside was a card for seven points, so she wins with 35 points! She’s pleased that finally she showed the house she can compete. Unfortunately, she falls into the pit when she attempts to swing across it to get her veto. Now that’s funny.

After another break, we see Casey being called into the diary room to get his banana suit. He talks about how he didn’t need to win, but wanted to win some prizes. He’s not happy at all with his “prize”, especially when everybody else laughs.

We now see Michelle entering the HOH to talk to Jessie, and he immediately asks who he wants her to see be put up. She doesn’t really want to say, and Jessie tries to say that the house doesn’t necessarily want to see Ronnie be put up. He tells her that if they were to join forces, nobody would suspect a thing, and that they could still wander around like they don’t like each other. Michelle quickly figures out that he’s now targeting Casey, but claims that eventually she’ll be trying to get Jessie out of the house. Yeah, sure.

Now Kevin and Lydia are alone in the HOH, and Kevin is pointing out how Jessie is always sleeping in the same bed as Natalie. Good observation, genius. Of course, this sets off Lydia, who complains how it’s always about how she has to approach him. Kevin advises her to tell him to cut ties with Natalie, and that the athletes are always asking them to do their dirty work. “Why don’t we keep Casey”, he asks. “If he stays, he’s going to gun after the athletes.” He actually makes sense, but of course he’ll never do anything to actually follow through with that plan.

Michelle is now in the bathroom with Lydia, and she asks who she thinks Jessie will put up. Lydia tells her that she thinks it’s going to be Casey. “I just have a bad feeling that Ronnie is talking to him.” Michelle points out that it’s a numbers game, and Lydia adds that she hates people that believe they’re always safe. Quick cam shot to Natalie, in case you missed who she was talking about. Jordan walks in, and Lydia informs her that it might be Casey.

Jordan walks away to tell Jeff, who is not happy. “If he keeps Ronnie, he’s a fucking idiot.” We jump ahead to later in the evening, and Jeff informs Casey of these rumors. Casey asks what he did to deserve that, and jumps up to go talk to Jessie.

Inside the HOH, Jessie is confronted, and all he has to say is “the right guy is going out the door”. Casey asks if that’s him, and Jessie’s response again is the “right guy”. Casey tells him that he’s never said anything about going after him. “There’s ten people in this house, and you’re number ten on my list.” Jessie says in the diary room that Casey gave him “some food for talk”, and that he has to make the right decision at the right time. Yeah, way to add some phony drama.

Finally, it’s time for the anti-climatic veto ceremony. You know the drill - Michelle looks at the wall of pictures, while everybody else talks about who should be put up. Michelle talks about how she’s enjoyed her time, and her win proves she can compete. She obviously uses the veto on herself. Jessie then gets up to choose a replacement nominee, and babbles about “enjoying the fruits” of his victory. He then tells Casey that he’s the replacement. Jordan catches Ronnie staring at her, and asks why he’s looking at her like that. He denies it.

As the concluding music fires up, Jessie explains that Casey is one of those who “hates those are on top”. Ronnie then brags about how “the force must have been with me…this is my house, and I’m not going anywhere”. Jordan says it sucks always being nominated, but she’s going to win the next HOH. Casey complains how Ronnie clearly has Jessie wrapped around his fingers and is “playing him like he’s a video game. I didn’t think that Jessie was that dumb. Apparently, he is. That said, we may see an angry, fighting banana this week.”

Oooh, a huge announcement will “turn the game around” on Thursday. Is it the end of the teams?