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Thursday
Sep102009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 28 Recap


It’s hard to believe that we’re almost finished with the eleventh season of Big Brother. It seems like just a few days ago that people such as Chima, Ronnie, Casey, and Laura’s gigantic breasts first appeared on our televisions screens.

We’re now down to the final three, and I must admit that I’m ready for the season to end. Not that there hasn’t been some entertainment this season. We’ve had a steady stream of live evictions that were memorable and unpredictable. Even the Tuesday episodes, traditionally the trash bin of silly filler, have had enough material to allow producers to edit them into precise stories that outshine the typical CSI garbage that fills their lineup.

Yet, it’s time to put the show to rest, as the finalists may be the most boring in the show’s history. Yeah, Kevin gives good diary room commentary, and Jordan’s naivety is good for a laugh or two. As for Natalie…um, I can’t think of anything entertaining about her. Sorry, Gnat fans.

But the last few days have been snooze fests on the feeds. Jordan sits outside and tries to memorize the alphabet, Kevin worries about which hoody matches his nerd shirt, and Natalie pats herself on the back for being the most loyal, honest person in the world. I don’t know how anybody can sit through more than a few minutes of this drivel.

At least tonight, CBS is keeping us in the dark as to what’s going to happen. We know that we’ll see tape of Tuesday’s round of the final HOH competition, and we’re supposed to also see round two. Other then that, we have no clue. There are rumors the last expulsion won’t happen until the finale, or that we may actually have a live show on Sunday (I doubt that one, though, since it’s the first NFL Sunday). It will be interesting to see just what CBS has planned for us tonight.

So let’s get started. Oooh, all three are officially lasting until finale night. Interesting. But after that announcement, Julie takes us to where we left off last Tuesday with Natalie, Jordan, and Kevin perched on a giant, rolling log.

This is not exactly exciting material. They’re all shocked by the introduction of the “elements”, and they all babble about how it’s so important they win. Natalie thanks Kevin for sticking to his word, and they flash back to Michelle’s eviction. Kevin goes on about how it was such a “huuuuuuuuuuge” decision. Um, sure. For the second time in two minutes, we hear Jordan babble about how she’s alone in the house. Natalie gloats, but the other two sort of ignore her. “Evil is gone.” Ugh.

Back to the competition, and Natalie is still babbling about Michelle. She needles Jordan about how Michelle can now hang out with Jeff, but Jordan says it doesn’t faze her. “You’re a little instigator.”

The log stops, and the rain begins. We hear Kevin complain again about the cold. Enough. Oooooh, Natalie almost falls, but swings around on her rope and saves herself. Jordan now whines about the “wind”…and then the “real” snow. “Can you torture me anymore?”

After three hours, Natalie starts egging the others to drop. Kevin says that he’s going until the sun rises, but Natalie counters he might as well just drop. She then whispers to Jordan that Kevin’s hand is starting to shake, and that if Jordan falls she’ll drop five minutes later. Natalie adds in the diary room that she’s just playing with Jordan to make her take her if she miraculously wins HOH.

Jordan complains that she’s cold, and Kevin sees that as an opportunity. He tells her to shiver so that she’ll warm up, knowing that it would distract here enough to drop. Sure enough, she falls. “I sort of zoned out because it went forward. I’d say it was a five hundred thousand dollar mistake.” Natalie and Kevin smiled at each other, knowing that their plan is working.

After a bit more self-congratulatory babbling, bickering, and a promise to take her to the finals (as they had promised a few days before), Natalie finally drops. This despite the fact that Kevin says in the diary room that his word means nothing in this house. “I hope this move pays off for me in the end”, says Natalie right before they show her jump. Thank God that’s over.

When we return from commercials, it’s time for Julie to chat with the final three. She informs them that all three of them will make it to finale night. They all yell “what?” over and over. Tonight will be part two of the HOH competition, and part three will be on finale night. The jury questioning will then happen immediately before the vote.

Now it’s time for Jeff to enter the jury house. They all hope that it’s Jeff coming in, and that they hope Kevin survives. Russell asks how he’ll handle Natalie if she’s evicted, and he babbles about how he’ll treat her respect. Ugh. Lydia explains that Natalie has a lot of explaining to do. Oh Lord.

Russell again says he hopes that it’s Jeff coming in, and they all jump for joy to see that it is indeed Jeff. Jeff says coming into the jury house was “nerve wracking”, and Lydia is happy to hear that Kevin backstabbed him. Russell says it’s “validation” that Jeff got burned by Kevin. Jessie can’t wait to inform Jeff that Natalie is 24, and surprisingly they all agree that she has survived by riding on everybody’s coattails.

They then watch the video as Lydia continues on needling Jeff. Jessie notes that Natalie “doesn’t even try”, and Lydia babbles more about how she doesn’t like her. Jeff says he thinks Jordan and Michelle will be the final two. Oh Lord, Jeff.

After commercials, Julie interviews “four of the best players in Big Brother history”. Hmmm, I don’t know if I agree with that assessment, but it is nice to see Janelle, Danielle, and Dick. I could live without Mike Boogie, but whatever. Dick is asked what he did with his prize money, and he says he’s “still playing with it”. Boogie “treated” himself to a Bentley, and kisses Julie’s ass with a baby gift.

They move on to game play. Danielle says that Natalie has played the best game because she “has lied really well”, and “gotten Kevin to do her dirty work”. Janelle says the worst move of the season was Jeff getting rid of Russell. Boogie says the best move of the game was Jeff got rid of Jessie, and Natalie and Kevin’s lie to get rid of Russell. Dick agrees with this.

They move on to Chima, and Boogie agrees that she should have been kicked out but says that people should give her a break because being in the house is very stressful. Dick says she lost sight of the end goal when she lost her mind. He’s clearly not a fan of this year’s final three.

Julie asks who they think is going to win - Boogie, Dick, and Janelle all say it will be Kevin. Danielle babbles about how women can only win if they’re sitting next to each other in the finals. I don’t know if I buy that. Wow, that segment wasn’t as entertaining as I thought it would be.

We move on to part two of the final HOH competition between Jordan and Natalie. The game is called “Heads Will Roll”, and the goal is to put balls with the HOH’s name on them in the correct order. Poor Jordan is not going to do well in this.

Natalie starts by getting all of the balls out. Oh wait, not all of them. She starts rolling them up, but is struggling. She ends the two minutes with five correct answers. I‘m surprised she didn‘t do better, but I predict that Jordan only gets two.

Too bad we have to sit through one more commercial break to get to Jordan’s turn. How is a girl who can’t remember what she had for breakfast possibly remember the order of HOH’s? She also grabs a handful of different balls first, and starts rolling them in, but spends too much time watching the balls instead of grabbing more. At the one minute mark, she does have four, and ties Natalie with five. OMG, she just beat her!!! Wow, she got nine out of ten!!! I can’t wait to see Natalie’s reaction.

Ah, Julie just confirmed that America will be the tie-breaking vote thanks to Chima’s departure from the game. Too bad that they’re making this as confusing as possible, as there are different numerical choices based on who makes the final two.

Kevin appears to be the most nervous to find out who won this round, and is shocked to discover that Jordan won! Jordan’s reaction? “I’m sweating.” She says she’s up for the challenge, and Natalie babbles that she should have won because she knows “everything” that has happened in the house. Yep, make it about yourself, you twit.

And that’s it for tonight!

One final note. I’m not going to bother recapping Sunday’s clip show, as they’re always basically unwatchable. So I’ll see you on Tuesday to see who wins a half million bucks!

Tuesday
Sep082009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 27 Recap


Here we are hitting the home stretch of the eleventh season of Big Brother. Tonight will be an action-packed episode, with a POV competition, a POV ceremony, an eviction, and the beginning of the first part of the three-part HOH competition. The best part about a busy episode, though, is that there’s absolutely no time for silliness such as Natalie’s irrational fear of bugs or Jordan stumbling over simple words. Well, there will probably still be a bit of the silicone babe’s ongoing battle with the English language.

As you may expect, we commence where we left off last Sunday with Natalie’s nominations of Michelle and Kevin. Despite the weight the producers put on the Queen’s dramatic decision to put up her pal Kevin, this is the one week of the season where nominations mean nothing. It’s all about the veto, people! (BTW, once again nice editing to make it look like Kevin really was willing to work with Michelle.)

That doesn’t stop the production crew from forcing the contestants to comment on the situation, of course. Natalie states the obvious about how her target is Michelle, and nominating Kevin is just a ploy. Michelle doesn’t understand Natalie’s (heavily edited) show in the meeting, but all she cares about is that she’s once again nominated. Kevin says he’s in on her ruse, but claims that he’s also looking for a way to get her out.

We see Kevin and Natalie pretend to argue about the nomination in front of Jordan, babbling about how he knows they only had a final five deal. “If you’re not going to act weird, I’m not going to act weird.” Jordan seems to be falling for it, but does say “maybe it’s too good to be true”. Kevin sits next to her, and comments on how weird it is.

Natalie heads upstairs, and says to herself that “I think it went good. Good job, Natalie.” Ugh. She’s now seen sitting in the hot tub with Jordan talking about the other two. Natalie says that she “needs to cover all angles”, and that she needs to be convinced that Michelle needs to go. Natalie drops her fake character for a second, and says Kevin also wants Michelle gone. She adds that Michelle also tried to evict Jordan. For once, Jordan shows some smarts. “I think it’s a little weird how Natalie was talking about Kevin being her main target, and then all of a sudden telling me that it’s Michelle that needs to go.” She says she’s going to live by Jeff’s advice to stick with Michelle.

It’s now late at night, and in the dark Jordan and Michelle are talking about how they need to win POV. Michelle says she knows she can trust Jordan, and if she wins the veto she needs to keep the nominations the same and evict Kevin. They both pledge to help each other to make final three.

Kevin and Natalie, meanwhile, are talking about how they both believe that Jordan is falling for their act, and will indeed help them get rid of Michelle. Kevin complains how the odds aren’t exactly in his favor, and Natalie asks if he’s mad she took the Pandora’s Box deal. “It just sucks that the price was to flip the odds.” Natalie jokes that Jordan only counts as a half player, and that if he was in her position he would have done the same thing. “Everybody would have opened the box.”

After commercials, it’s time for the POV competition. As they walk outside, they all babble how this is a “do or die” situation. The contest is a “block party”, and there’s two stations with things that happened in the house. They have to pile blocks with the other house guests names in the correct order, and the person with the best time wins.

Both Kevin and Jordan are confused by the first block…especially Jordan. Michelle’s strategy was to first lay the blocks on the ground, but she has problems finding blocks with the first two answers. Okay, Kevin’s commentary is officially bugging me.

AS the other proceed through the game, Jordan is still stuck on the first question. Michelle, though, was just stacking with no thought about what’s correct, while Kevin discovers that he has one that’s incorrect. Both he and Michelle basically have to start over…while Jordan is still clueless. Poor girl.

Kevin kicks it into gear, and Michelle claims that she’s getting nervous because she has no idea how the others are doing. It looks like Michelle and Kevin are close, but Michelle has one incorrect answer as Kevin buzzes with the completed answers. Kevin and Natalie are now assured final three, and Michelle knows that this means she’s probably going home. Jordan is also bummed that her destiny is now in Kevin’s hands. Kevin’s overwhelmed with how much he now has to think about. Ugh.

We now move to the live show, and Julie’s interview with the house. She asks Kevin about holding all the power in the house, and he says he’s been losing sleep because of all the stress over this decision. Sure you have. Jordan is then asked how the house has been without Jeff. She says it’s really hard, especially at night when it’s so boring. “I’m sure he misses you, too”, Julie tells her.

Natalie is then asked how tough it was to decide whether to open Pandora’s Box. “It wasn’t too hard at all”, she responds. Yeah, of course, since you had NOTHING to lose. Michelle doesn’t look to interested as Natalie goes on about the situation. We then see the silliness of the visitors who bothered the rest of the house while Natalie was being wined and dined by her boyfriend. Michelle is asked which visitor she hated the most, and she says it was the baby.

After another commercial break, it’s now Kevin’s time to take himself off the block. Oh wait, we have more taped material. It’s right after the veto competition, and Natalie hears Jordan talking about her failure at the game. She asks who won, and after Kevin says it was him she leaps back into the HOH. After babbling about how this is the “best case scenario”, she brings him a bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and a light bulb flashes in Michelle’s big brain. She now knows they’ve been together this whole time. “They’ve just duped me.“ Duh!

Jordan walks away, followed quickly by Michelle. They both have a nice little cry about how they were duped. Meanwhile, Natalie and Kevin jump for joy in the HOH. “Kevin, we’re going for final two.” Natalie babbles about how she’s going to take “all the blood” for getting rid of Michelle. Kevin, though, has to add some doubt to this final two plan in the diary room. Yeah, like we believe you.

Kevin and Natalie go back and forth a bit about how they’ve never broken their word, and although he rolls her eyes when she promises him “on her engagement”, they declare themselves final two.

He still puts up the charade, though, when Michelle asks about them duping her. He babbles about their final five deal that has expired, and Michelle uses the opportunity to attempt to make a deal with him. “I’m not playing for second”, he says.

Now we see Jordan and Natalie in the hot tub, and Jordan says that she really feels like she’s going home. Natalie again reassures her that this is not the case. “Just trust me; I’m not supposed to tell you anything, because Kevin wants to do it, but trust me when I say you’re not going home.”

Ugh, enough of this. Michelle is now once again trying to work on Kevin, and now she promises her jury vote if she stays one more week. “I know if you go against Natalie, you’re going to need all the votes you can get.” Michelle points out that Jordan hasn’t campaigned to Kevin, and he says she really should. In the diary room, Kevin again plays the game and says he’s actually contemplating such a move.

Oh god, we now go to Julie’s interview with Natalie. The first question is about all the lies and deals Natalie has told, and Natalie says that she has never gone against Kevin. She follows up with the lie about her real age, and whether it has helped or hurt her. Natalie claims that it has tremendously helped because the others have thought that she’s a “young, naïve, even immature, not too smart person”. Hmmm, wait until you hear what the jury thinks of this lie.

It’s now eviction time, and obviously Kevin takes himself off the block. Jordan then stands for her final plea, and as usual doesn’t really say anything except that he had already told her that she was safe. Michelle then puts on her devil horns, and babbles that if she was taken to the final two he would be guaranteed the prize money because “I’ve burned so many of the jury members I don’t stand a chance”. She says the decision is whether she can “raise hell against you in the jury house, or raise hell together with you in the final HOH contests”.

Kevin then stands, and, as expected, evicts Michelle. After the meaningless time where they all watch her picture turn grey, Julie begins the interview by asking why Kevin kept Jordan over her. She says that he believes the jury will vote for her in the end, but she really doesn’t know what the jury is thinking. Julie follows up about Jeff’s decision to evict Russell. She says that it was a game changing decision, and that it was the beginning of the end.

This week we do get goodbye messages, and Natalie starts by saying how she has always wanted to see her leave. Kevin hopes that she’s not upset with her (nice jury vote ploy), and Jordan adds that she’s going to “really, really miss you”. Julie finished up by asking why so many people had such strong opinions against her, but Michelle’s response really doesn’t make enough sense to repeat here.

With Michelle’s departure, it’s time for the beginning of the first part of the final HOH. As expected, it’s an endurance contest (“Log Jam”) where they all are standing on a giant rolling log hanging onto their key. As the show leaves, the predictable addition of "rain" is added to the game.

How exciting. See you Thursday to see who is the last person (Jordan) evicted.

Sunday
Sep062009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 26 Recap

When we left Big Brother this past Thursday, Natalie had pulled out a come from behind victory to be the next head of household. Will we see a new subdued, thankful, thoughtful, freshly showered version of the little “Sparky”? Or will the scheming, taunting, and lying be turned up a notch? I think we know the answer to those questions, and for that reason along this hour is going to be a chore.

Not only do we have the reign of Queen Gnat, we’re also going to endure another segment (or two) involving Pandora’s Box. Yeah, that worked so well the first time, even with CBS’ selective editing and commentary from Kevin that “proved” the power of greed. Come on, it proved nothing except that Natalie can find an excuse for any action.

So let’s get started with the aftermath of the Queen’s victory. Oh wait, we’re commencing with Jeff’s eviction. Natalie babbles that she’s been waiting for this opportunity to avenge Jeff’s eviction of her BFF Jessie, and his leaving “felt great”. Jordan, obviously, is in tears and wishes it had been her that had been evicted because he would have done better in the rest of the game. “I’m all alone now, and it sucks.”

We see Kevin’s last second little dig at Jeff as he walks out, but we get no comment. Hmmmm. Oh wait, he’s now telling everybody that if he had “approached me for a vote, I probably would have kept him”. Um, whatever. Natalie really is rubbing off on you. Michelle complains in the diary room that with Jeff gone she “has a huge target on my back because I’m the strongest competitor in this game. I have to win this HOH, or I’m’ pretty sure I’m leaving.” Well, actually you have to win the POV, but that’s another story.

Ok, now we move on to Natalie winning HOH. We don’t hear her babbling about how she did it for Chima, but she’s going on about how she “did it by sticking to my word”. What? Explain this one to me, my dear. “This is the one competition I went in saying there’s no more acting that I’m a weak competitor. I have to make a name for myself in this game.” Um, ok, but that still doesn’t explain how you won a true/false game by sticking to your word.

(Time for a rant here. I can understand the “this is for Chima” garbage if Natalie had won HOH the week after she was booted, but this is FIVE weeks later! How can Chima possibly had waited to inspire her until the week she already had a 33 1/3% shot of winning (or really, 50%, since Jordan doesn’t really count).)

Kevin is not amused by Natalie’s antics. “Natalie celebrates like she won this eight-hour endurance competition. She acts like she’s a strong competitor, but she really hasn’t won anything in this game. This one she lucked out.” He just cares that he’s safe this week, but Michelle is bummed that she “lost to an 18 year-old”. Jordan is also pissed as we continue to see Natalie celebrate.

Natalie is alone with Kevin, and pledges that since he was a part of her still being in the house that they definitely have a final two deal. Kevin’s still not so sure about her, though. “:You’re going to try 100% in the veto, right?” Natalie confirms that she is, mainly because she wants Michelle gone this week. “If we win the veto, we go to the final two.”

Jordan is now laying down, depressed that not only is Jeff gone but Natalie is the new HOH. “Right now, all I want to do is keep my distance from everyone…I don’t want to be a part of any scheming. I just want to be left alone.”

Kevin and Natalie are now seen in the “have” room, and Kevin notes that Jordan is at the very least “hanging in there”. She was, after all, in the lead the majority of the HOH game, as Natalie notes. For some reason, Natalie decides that’s the time to inform Kevin that he’ll be going up. Kevin’s not happy, but this is again a forced dialogue from Kevin, as it only matters who wins POV this week. Nominations are just a formality. But Natalie insists that she’s going to inform Jordan that she’s not really with Kevin. “My goal is to throw the other house guests off, and nominate Kevin for eviction…I’m putting him on the block just as a ploy.” Really, this is unnecessary, but it is funny how Kevin says Natalie already has “HOH-it is”.

And now time for my least favored segment of the week - the unveiling of the HOH room. For some reason, Natalie is in a bikini as she brings everybody upstairs. Yes, this is even more nauseating as usual, as Natalie goes on and on about the blanket her boyfriend sent her.

We’re now back downstairs, and Natalie says she’s going to tell Jordan and Michelle “anything they want to hear”. She then informs them that she is indeed putting up Kevin. “He’s my friend, and I’m going to hang out with him every day…Kevin is a strong, fierce competitor, and if he goes to the finals he will win.” Again, this is nonsensical nothingness, although Michelle has a valid point when she says she has no friends in the jury house. Seriously, these people should consider that fact.

After commercials, Natalie comes out of the diary room with news about a luxury competition. Ugh, more nothingness. Natalie and Kevin pair up for one team, with Jordan and Michelle obviously the other. They head outside in their bikinis to two pseudo-boutiques. Each team has to match five outfits within five minutes, and whatever time is remaining they get to use to pick out clothes for themselves back inside. Time to fast forward, especially when Kevin attacks a dummy to nab an outfit. “This is like a dream-a come true.” Ugh.

With that segment thankfully over, it’s time for Michelle and Kevin to chatter. Kevin claims in the diary room that he needs to think about possibly making a deal with her for final two. Yeah, right. Let me guess that they don’t show Kevin running to Natalie with everything she said. Or the conversation they had previously when they hatched this plan. Yep, I’m right. They don’t. Kevin claims in the diary room that at this point in the game, he’ll do anything to make the finals. Are they just reading scripts in there?

Jordan is now in the pool, complaining that how the game is so stressful to Natalie, who is completely lying about how she’s alone in the game. “I think the only way we have a only shot is if we’re together.“ Again, we don’t see the before and after.

Natalie then heads upstairs, and yes, it’s time for the awful Pandora’s Box segment. She opens the card, which says that releasing the door could result in something good or bad. Please make it bad! Uh Oh! It turns out Natalie’s elaborate story may be correct, as the card says that for the first time somebody may have an opportunity to spend time “with a loved one inside the Big brother House”. She’s asked to look at the screen, and indeed it is her boyfriend. “I will do anything I have to do.”

She then opens a second envelope, which says there’s a price for meeting with her boyfriend. By choosing it, she can’t compete in the next POV competition. WTF? That’s no price. She’s already guaranteed to make the finals. She doesn’t care who actually wins!

Natalie pretends to contemplate the decision, but it’s obvious what she chose. Instead of the 20 minutes she said, though, they got five minutes. And he really did propose to her! Obviously, she says yes, but with ZERO emotion. In fact, she immediately informs him that she “gave up a lot” to meet him. No, you didn’t. The boyfriend tells a boring story about how his father gave his mother a twisty ring when they got engaged. Worst proposal ever!

Oh wait, they did get twenty minutes, as another card says that in exchange for annoying the house she can get an additional fifteen minutes. Well, we know what Natalie chose. More people then come out of the diary room to harass Michelle, Kevin, and Jordan. Jesus, CBS, couldn’t you come up with something worth watching? Natalie claims that the proposal will give her the incentive to win the game. More fast-forwarding.

Everybody heads up to the HOH, and Natalie claims that she “just got screwed royally”. She informs them that she can’t play in the POV because she opened the Pandora’s Box. Natalie says that she didn’t want Kevin to know that she gave up this shot in exchange for time with her boyfriend, so she made up a “little fib”. She babbles a bit about a “final two reversal”, and that if she made it to the finals the votes would be reversed. Kevin immediately knows she’s lying. “So you cannot win Big Brother!” Hahaha, “no wench, please”, he says in the diary room.

When we return from commercials, everybody but Natalie is discussing her bullshit story. Their theories are almost as ridiculous. Natalie comes outside, and Kevin asks her to “break it down”. She pretends to not know what he’s talking about, and requests that nobody ask her any more questions about the Pandora’s Box. Kevin gets up and walks away, and Natalie quickly follows him.

Kevin says he has to get to the bottom of this, and tells her that this doesn’t make any sense. “We all know (you), and if (you) just lost $500,000, you’d be breaking windows. It’s just not adding up.” Natalie admits in the diary room that Kevin’s making sense, so she has to “come clean”.

She then heads back downstairs, and proclaims “y’all just got got by an 18 year-old”. Um, ok. “I know you all believed me, right?” Everybody shakes their head no. Hahahah! She then tells the story of the proposal, but at this point they don’t believe a story that incredulous. “Where do you think I got the twist tie”, she asks. “Right over here”, Kevin responds. She still wants affirmation that she got everybody, but nobody believed the first story, let alone this story. Natalie, though, believes that she saved herself from being in “hot water”. Luckily, we only got the two-minute version of this story, instead of the hours and hours we heard on the feeds.

Thankfully, it’s time for nominations. Michelle says she knows she’s going up, and Jordan doesn’t really believe that Natalie is being honest with her that she’s NOT going up. Kevin is still upset that he’s going up, but isn’t sure that Natalie will follow through with it. Natalie claims that she’s hiding her allegiences and loyalties. Um, yeah.

After bringing everybody in, Natalie shows up in a dumb costume of a bathrobe, sunglasses, a cane, and a crown. Ugh. She has one key to pull, and it belongs to Jordan. She says she nominated Kevin because “you say that the big brother game is like a game of chess. Well, Kevin, I just thought three moves in advance, and you just got duped…I‘m going to try to beat you to the punch and get you out before you get me out.” Oh please, do the other two possibly believe this bullshit.

Moving on to Michelle, Natalie says she was nominated “strictly for personal reasons. I feel you are a backstabber and a liar. You tried to make a deal with me last week, and said if I was to vote to keep Jeff in this house you’d guarantee me in the final three. Michelle, if I make a deal with you, then I’m making a deal with the devil.” Oh Lord.

As the end credits begin, Natalie says she’s “playing the house like a fiddle”, and that Michelle is her true target. Yes, she is, and the whole house knows this! Kevin adds that he’s frustrated with Natalie, and Michelle babbles that “now the devil won‘t be taking you to the final two.”

See you Tuesday for the next eviction!

Thursday
Sep032009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 25 Recap

“Bye bye, love.
Bye bye, happiness.
Hello, loneliness.
I think I'm a-gonna cry-y.

Bye bye, love.
Bye bye, sweet caress.
Hello, emptiness.
I feel like I could di-ie.
Bye bye, my love, goodby-ye.” - Everly Brothers, “Bye Bye Love”

Welcome, my friends, to the breakup edition of Big Brother. While there’s a lot at stake tonight, it’s inevitable that the real focus (at least from CBS) will be the forced parting of “America’s Couple”, Jeff and Jordan. I have no doubt that it’s going to be WAYYYYYYYYYYY over the top (the fact that they did a joint diary room session today is a good indication).

But let’s not forget the actual game. Regardless of which player remain after the eviction (and there’s no chance it will be Jeff), we’re winding down to the finals, so the real focus on the show should be the HOH competition. The winner will be guaranteed to make the final three…one step removed from the finals.

Let the sob story commence with the reactions to Michelle using the POV. Kevin says the veto meeting went “perfect”, and that “if everything goes as planned, Jeff will be packing his bags.” Jeff, obviously, is still pissed that his worst nightmare has come true, and complains that Kevin is “not listening to reason right now” by not agreeing to the deal that he and Michelle gave him. He says he’s “coming right at him if there’s any chance I stay on Thursday night”.

Jordan is also upset, but it’s more because their storybook romance is coming to an end this week. “The only way I imagined me and him on the green chair together is finale night.” Michelle says that since Kevin wouldn’t listen to them, their only shot is to approach Natalie. Again, we hear Natalie talk about how there’s “no blood on my hands”. Her and Kevin celebrate in the “have” room, and that everybody in the jury house is going to love Kevin.

Moving outside, the storybook love filler continues. Jeff tells Jordan to not be sad, and they both complain about how “they” got exactly what they want. Jeff adds that it’s his job to keep her spirits up, and we see him give her a pep talk. “It’s destiny that you were here to meet me, and I was not here to win…you got to think positive…stick with Michelle…stick with Natalie…play both sides and get Natalie out next week.”

Jordan responds that Jeff is the only person in the house that deserves the money because he was the only one who played the game. More importantly, she wants to know if he’ll give her a big goodbye kiss. Oh God.

We now see Natalie in the kitchen, and Jeff talks about how he needs her vote. He approaches her in the kitchen, and she comes right out and says she can’t vote for him. He attempts to talk some “sense” to her, and Kevin is seen supposedly watching them on the HOH screen. Kevin says that his “faith and future is in Natalie’s hands”, and that the stupid Pandora’s Box proved she really can’t be trusted. You think? Jeff continues on with his attempts to sway Natalie, but she says there’s no way she’d burn the “only ally I have in the house”. Unless, of course, he offers her something special.

Back to the love birds. Jordan and Jeff are snuggling in the pool room, and she says she has a feeling she’s going to be following him next week. More importantly, she adds that if Jeff does indeed have the votes to stay, she needs to know so she can wear her best outfit. Oh boy. Jeff adds in the diary room that since their time together is over, he’s looking for any opportunity to kiss her. They then “practice” for tonight’s eviction.

It’s the next day (apparently), and Jeff is again talking to Michelle about somehow making it through the week. They decide to let Natalie know that Michelle will be coming after her if Jeff is evicted. After some more back and forth, we see Natalie in the backyard with Jeff. He says they’ll “guarantee” the next HOH if she keeps Jeff. She does perk up a bit, but says she doesn’t believe Michelle will “lay down” for her. (Note to Natalie - put those legs down!) Funny how they don’t show Natalie attempting to go after the prizes they’ve already won.

After commercials, Julie introduces a wasteful segment on Michelle. Jordan and her discuss Michelle’s husband, and of course we get to meet him. Yeah, it’s the usual “it was love at first sight” testimonial, and conversations in the house are combined with his commentary. He does confirm that she has issues with her memory, and even more clips are shown to prove this. Of course, it’s tough for him to see her break down, but he believes she can win the game. “She’s kicking ass now!”

Now we move on to Julie’s interview with the house. She starts with Kevin and the dumb Pandora’s Box segment. He really is good in these segments, as he says “in any other circumstances, I wouldn’t mind being bent over and handcuffed to a box” but because money was involved he wasn’t so happy. Julie continues, and for some reason we get fish for a sec. Natalie denies that she went against Kevin, but claims that she continued to pick up money so the rest of the house wouldn’t know there was a riddle involving Kevin.

After a compilation of falls from the HOH competition, Julie asks Jeff who had the best fall. He says it’s a toss up, but says that Natalie’s was the most dramatic. Time for one more silly clip, as Natalie goes nuts over the firefly. She just CAN’T believe they showed that! Ugh.

Now we get to see Russell’s entrance into the jury house. Great, more Jessie footage. Lydia’s hair is dyed black, and Jessie babbles in a monotone about how much fun they’re having. Lydia says her “little crush” has gotten bigger, but supposedly nothing has happened between them this week. Yeah, right.

The limo finally (and thankfully) pulls up, and they both hope its’ Jeff. Russell enters babbling “technotronics”, and Lydia is “bummed out!” For some reason, Jessie rips off his shirt (again). Russell then tells the story of how he got backdoored, and adds that he believes Jessie and Lydia were hoping he got farther. Jessie also informs Russell that Natalie is actually 24, and he flips out (sort of). Lydia babbles more nonsense about this dumb lie, and they finally watch the DVD of the previous week.

Jessie actually makes sense, though, when he says that Jeff’s most crucial week is this week. Oh, and Russell also confirms that he would also possibly vote for Jeff if he makes the finals.

Thankfully, this segment concludes, and we move on to Kevin in the HOH. Julie asks about having doubts about Natalie. “I know the word ‘lie” is in Natalie’s name, so I know that she’s a little bit trustworthy…but you know what, I have no choice!” Julie follows up with the possible ramifications of breaking his word with Jeff, and he says he “had to do what I had to do”.

After another commercial break, it’s time for the final pleas. Jordan goes first, and she talks about how this is her “worst case scenario” and that she hopes they vote on who can get them farther in the game.

Jeff babbles about how you have to let “destiny take its course and for my circumstance an 18 year-old (lol) stands in the way of my destiny”. He points out that she has an opportunity to prove her loyalty tonight to not go against their deal last week, and that by keeping him she’d get a free HOH. If she doesn’t keep him, she’s riding the coattails of a “back stabber” who broke the deal he had with them. No mention of Jordan? Hmmmm.

Voting begins with Natalie, who votes to evict Jeff anyway because he evicted her “best ally” Jessie. Michelle then votes for Jordan, which means it’s all up to Kevin. Guess who he chooses to evict? Jeff, despite his “nice desperate” try. He quietly hugs everybody, and gives Jordan a little kiss on the cheek before walking out. Wow, no big PDA moment with Jordan?

After he walks out, Natalie is babbling away about her “word”, and Kevin complains that he was going to be nice “but he was the one who got dirty”. Whatever.

Julie tells Jeff that he got the first standing ovation of the season, but starts right in on whether it was a smart move to go after Russell. Jeff says that he still believes it was, and that “the worst thing that happened to me was not winning that POV”. But why did he align himself with Kevin and Natalie? Again, he just couldn’t trust Russell because “I knew he was coming after me”. Of course, we move on to Jordan. He says he didn’t give her the big goodbye kiss because “I got too fired up.” The crowd groans a bit, and we’re already finished with Jeff. Interesting.

Tonight’s HOH competition is obviously up next, and it’s the circular question “fact or fiction” game. Wow, they really have run out of competitions for this show. The first question is about whether Casey began selling “banana-themed” merchandise after his banishment. Shockingly, Jordan is the only person to select “fact”.

The second question is about Laura’s eviction interview with Julie, and whether she said she was evicted because she was “beautiful”. They all answer correctly. The third question is whether Lydia and Jessie are speaking to each other, and Natalie and Jordan answer correctly.

For question four, it’s whether Ronnie received more coup d’etat votes Chima. They also answer fact, and they all get a point. Question five is whether “technotronics” is actually a word. (Actually, Julie reads off a lengthy definition that I’ll never attempt to transcribe.) Jordan is clearly confused. Michelle is the only one to get this once correct.

The sixth question is whether Chima issued an apology about Russell. Michelle gets this one right, and she’s now tied with Jordan for the lead. The final question is whether Ronnie went to a sci-fi convention dressed in his Princess Leia costume. Natalie is the only person who correctly says “fiction”, which means we have a three way tie.

The tie-breaker question is how many total cans did all five contestants have in their tubes at the end of the game. The correct answer is 91, which means Natalie is HOH! Oh Lord! “Chima, vengence is coming to you”, she yells. Ugh. Somehow she won this competition by “keeping her word”. What? We have a long week ahead of us.

We return to the house, and Julie says the Pandora’s Box event will actually have some sort of ramifications on the game. Sure it will. Oh, and next Tuesday will be a live show for the POV competition! Natalie is already holding court as we finally end the telecast.

Tuesday
Sep012009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 24 Recap

It’s game night in tonight’s episode of Big Brother. Besides the POV competition, a good portion of tonight’s episode is bound to center around a luxury competition called “Pandora’s Box” that is supposed to be a “game changer”. We’ll see if that’s really true, as BB producers like to exaggerate the ramifications of almost anything. Oh yeah, we’ll also see a revisit to the past as the HG’s see some strange creatures lurking behind the mirrors. Exciting stuff, I know.

Let’s start off as we always do on a Tuesday with the (predictable) reactions to Kevin’s nominations of Jeff and Michelle. “In my eyes, Kevin’s really just a snake”, says Jeff. “Let’s go to war, and let the best person win.” Kevin adds that he doesn’t care which of the two goes home, so even if one of them wins veto one of the strongest goes home.

In the storage room, Kevin and Natalie tell Jeff that he’s not going home. Oh really? Natalie says what we’ve all been saying for the last two weeks - that Jeff is dumb for thinking they were serious about a deal.

Michelle walks into the pool room, giggling as usual, and tells Jordan that she “lucked out”. Jordan doesn’t agree, and she thinks “I’ll be gone the next week”…which may be the smartest thing she’s said all season. Michelle says that she “has to win veto”, but kind of catches herself because that means Jordan would go up. She adds in the diary room that at this point she doesn’t trust anybody. The piano music continues as Jordan complain about how it “sucks” that she let Jeff down.

Moving on, the acoustic guitars commence as Jordan and Jeff are talking about how they have to win veto. Jordan says the best case scenario would be for Jordan to win veto, because Jeff would come down and then Natalie would have to go up. Jeff instructs her to try her hardest.

We then see Kevin walk into the HOH, and is shocked to see a door with a question mark. He reads the instructions that tell him to open the door to “Pandora’s Box”, which could lead to something good or bad for the entire house. He’s told to look at the screen, which instructs him to stick his hand in a hole (hehehe) to release $10,000. Dumbfounded, he babbles to himself for a couple of minutes (I’m sure as instructed by the producers) before saying he’s going to do it “because I’m a greedy bitch”. He finally opens the door, and is shocked to find a “total room”. Tentatively, he sticks his hand in the box, and screams when he’s locked in. Of course, that means it’s time for commercials.

Back from the break, we hear Kevin squealing in agony as the rest of the house is downstairs with no clue what’s going on. Michelle and others wander out to find money floating from the sky, as Kevin views from a monitor next to the box. Natalie says somebody should go get Kevin, and also that she’s always wanted “money to rain”. Jordan babbles nonsense about how money doesn’t fall from trees. What? Jeff adds that he’s stuffing it anywhere and everywhere he can.

Kevin is not happy to be stuck in the box as money falls, and after a message appears that there’s a key somewhere in the house to let him he starts screaming for Natalie and Jeff. Natalie appears in the HOH, and Kevin tells her to go look for it. She rushes downstairs, but instead of looking for the key she continues to pick up money. To say Kevin’s not happy is an understatement. “I bet if this was Jessie bent over the box, you’d be quick to help him out.” He’s probably right.

As Natalie continues to pick up cash, Jeff figures out that there has to be some kind of catch. He wanders upstairs, and Kevin wonders how he can entice him to get him out of the box. He yells out that the only way to keep the money is to find the key, because that’s the “only way” they’d help him out.

Jeff continues to pick up some cash, but is also sort of looking for the key. He finally finds it stuffed into the couch. Instead of assisting Kevin, though, he goes back outside to gather more cash. “This house is filled with some greedy folks!’

After seeing the totals of what everybody grabbed, Natalie wanders back upstairs. She believes that there’s an additional $10,000 waiting to be released, and doesn’t believe what Kevin is instructing her. She concludes that she has to steal the key from Jeff to claim the prize. Oh boy. She heads back downstairs, and Jeff immediately concludes that she knows something. She follows him up the stairs, and he’s a bit creeped out. “You’re not going to figure it out without me”, she claims. He finally releases Kevin, and he heads out to nab the few hundred bucks he can grab. Kevin again babbles about how everybody is out for themselves. Well, that was an interesting time waster - at least better than Jeff and Jordan cuteness or Natalie freaking out over bugs.

When we return, it’s POV time! Everybody has astronaut costumes, and they’ll be called out to the yard one at a time. Kevin says the Pandora’s Box contest really showed Natalie’s true colors, so he HAS to win POV. Yeah, right. He’s up first, and sure enough it’s the morph game. Funny how they don’t show the aliens that sort of scared the HG’s earlier that evening.

There’s no need to go through the play-by-play of this game, but we see Kevin sort of struggle to come up with the correct combinations. (It is funny, though, when Kevin gets catty about Laura’s “horse teeth”.) He’s pretty confident that he’ll win this game.

Natalie’s up next, and she likes her odds because the only way she can go up is if Jordan wins. She seems to do much better than Kevin, and she makes a comment about how her and Michelle would make a horrible baby. “I felt confident in my time, and I might come out with a victory.”

It’s now Jordan’s turn, and she says she has to win because Jeff has carried her in the game. As you might expect, she doesn’t do so well…but it’s all because of the alien portion of the morph because she’s really observant. Sure you are, my dear. Funny thing is that she really struggles with the morph of herself and Jeff. She knows she didn’t do well.

Before she begins, Michelle says that she HAS to win because “I’m pretty sure the house is against me”. Her strategy is to immediately jump to the board after pushing the buzzer. She appears to whip through them pretty quickly…except for the last one.

Finally, it’s Jeff’s turn. He repeats Michelle’s “win or go home” mantra, and adds a “do or die” cliché for the hell of it. He also whips through the first couple, but like Jordan he stumbles over the morphing of himself and Jordan. “Obviously, I need to spend more time looking in the mirror.” Poor Laura’s “horse teeth” are again mentioned. I bet she’s loving that right this second.

Everybody is brought back out to the backyard for the results. Kevin’s time is 3:05, but Natalie beat him at 2:55. Jordan, though, took 5:09, but Michelle jumps ahead at 1:52. It’s all up to Jeff. Unfortunately, Jeff’s days are numbered, as it took him 3:01 to complete the contest. For some reason, she starts giggling again, but she adds in the diary room that it proved that she can play this game by herself.

Jordan and Jeff are crushed, as they know that Michelle is going to take herself off the block…which means that Jordan and Jeff will be the nominees. Michelle attempts to hug Jeff, but he tells her to “get away from me”. He adds that it would have been nice for Jordan to “pull her share”, but he has to live “with the consequences”. Oh, don’t be such a sore loser, Jeff.

Cue the acoustic guitars one more time, as Jeff and Jordan are having another pity party. Jordan asks if he wants to be left alone, and he says “it doesn’t matter”. She apologizes over and over, but Jeff says he’s pointing the finger at himself. “I’m not going to talk smack. I’m not going to go out like that.’

Upstairs, Natalie and Kevin are celebrating, and Kevin notes that it’s kind of better this way. He can now tell Jeff that he had his chance to get off the block. “We need to send Michelle home” next week, and Natalie says she’s going to be fighting “100%” so she can be the one to send her home. At this point, even Kevin is rolling his eyes at this weekly pronouncement. “I believe in positive affirmations, but Natalie hasn’t won anything!”

The Jeff/Jordan pity party has moved outside, and Jordan once again sighs that she’s “so mad”. Michelle wanders out, and Jordan heads inside. Michelle says that she’s going to fight for Jeff to stay by talking to Kevin. Jeff is skeptical, but Michelle says without him she doesn’t have much of a shot at winning. Jeff is a bit confused, thinking that Michelle’s idea is to convince Kevin to put up Natalie, but she really means to fight to have Jordan evicted. Hmmmm. He asks her to talk to Kevin for him.

Jordan is now in tears as Jeff joins her back in the house. “I don’t do good under pressure at all.” She adds in the diary room that if it wasn’t for him she would have been gone a long time ago. She wants him to campaign for votes, as she thinks he deserves to stay over her. “I don’t care if you throw me under the bus.”

Operation Save Jeff then commences, as Kevin and Michelle are sitting by the hot tub. She thinks the best final three would be the two of them with Jeff because Natalie has so many friends in the jury house. He claims that he has thought about this very scenario, and being with her is one of his “better scenarios”. They both claim to believe that Natalie is sticking with Kevin only to eventually discard him. Kevin claims in the diary room that she’s making sense, but anybody watching the feeds knows he really doesn’t believe this.

With minutes left in the broadcast, it’s obviously time for the veto ceremony. As Michelle contemplates her decision (what decision?), the rest of the house dutifully comments on what they think will happen. Kevin makes it sound like he’s actually thinking about putting up Natalie. Yeah, right.

Finally, Michelle brings everybody into the living room. Obviously, she does take herself off the block, and Kevin obviously puts up Jordan. Michelle babbles that next week Kevin is her target, and Natalie babbles about how Michelle used “what little brains she has” to take herself off the block. She’s also confident that she’s going to win the $500,000! Jordan says that it “stinks” to be up with Jeff, but she still wants Jeff to stay instead of her. Jeff babbles that its’ the “worst case scenario”, and that if he stays Kevin better watch out next week.

Kevin concludes the broadcast by noting that gay cast members have historically not made good decisions in the house, so he need to make sure he made “the smartest decision”. He’s got a point there.

See you on Thursday for Jeff’s demise!

Sunday
Aug302009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 23 Recap


When we left Thursday night’s episode of Big Brother, the remaining HG’s (except for Jeff) were slip-sliding across the set filling giant bowls with hot chocolate. Tonight we get to see who won the competition, the winner’s nominations, and a twist involving a key that Julie promised could be “game changing”. Of course, every thing that happens on Big Brother is advertised as “game changing”.

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Sorry, Andy Rooney was just on 60 Minutes, and I dozed off listening to his inane rant about people carrying backpacks. How does this man still have a gig?

Thankfully, the Sunday episode of BB has finally commenced with the beginning of Thursday’s HOH competition. Kevin immediately takes a tumble, and babbles about how it’s one “slippery graham cracker”. Natalie notices the cups have a hole in them, and informs Kevin of this fact. We then see footage of everybody taking a tumble, and Jeff says that he’s hoping for a victory from Jordan even though he has agreements from everybody. “According to everybody, I’m 100% safe.” Yeah, we’ll see about that.

Kevin says that this is his time to win because he hasn’t won “jack” yet, and both him, Michelle, and Natalie say if they don’t win they’ll be going home. Michelle adds that it’s especially important to her, as her biggest ally has just been evicted.

Of course, this brings up the footage of Russell’s eviction, and Natalie gloats that Jeff did their dirty work. Sad, but true. Michelle adds that his leaving brought on mixed emotions, and that without him it may “be game over for me”. Jeff adds that he “applauds” Russell for leaving on a classy note. Kevin gloats, but for some reason we have to see Jordan complain that her pits stink. Oh boy. Both her and Jeff also gloat about Russell’s departure. You really shouldn’t, you silly gooses.

Back to the game…and the introduction of “chocolate rain” on the contestants. Jordan stumbles over the word “slippery-er”. Kevin babbles about “consistency and rhythm”, and sure enough, he jumps to an early lead as we see Natalie stumble. Jeff adds that Jordan began at a good pace, but tired quickly and started slipping and sliding. Cue a montage of Jordan falling, and Jeff’s laughter. At one point, she falls right on her implants, and Jeff asks if she “popped a boob”.

Ok, so I’m getting bored with this footage. Kevin’s still in the lead, with Michelle right behind her and the other two falling all over the place. Michelle babbles that she just HAS to surpass Kevin. And we get even more footage of people falling…this time Natalie. She notes that with him so far ahead there’s no need for her to really try hard. At one point, she even drops her cup into the vat, which Jeff says made him lose some respect for her. Kevin’s not too happy about this fact. Please, can we get to the end?

I’m just going to jump to the end. Kevin has his vat filled, but has trouble getting the “marshmallow” out. Finally, he leans in and picks it up with his mouth. There’s a joke there, but I’ll refrain. Both Kevin and Natalie are “ecstatic”, and Jeff hopes they live up to their word. Michelle, though, is devastated to lose this “crucial” competition, and says she must refrain from crying. Too bad she doesn’t succeed at this goal. Will they show that?

After commercials, we see Natalie and Kevin celebrating…along with Kevin talking about putting up Jeff in “order to assure my security in this game”. Michelle wanders in and out of the room, and they both think about how good Michelle is at memory games. “She is smart, dude”, says Natalie.

Michelle wanders into another room, and does indeed break down in tears. Cue the piano music! In the diary room, she complains how she doesn’t have anybody to talk to…and breaks down again in there. “It’s just a game”, she mutters over and over. “It’s just a fucking game.”

Next up is the unveiling of the HOH…and yes, Kevin is excited. They all throw out compliments about Kevin’s boyfriend (husband?), and he says they need to back off. Of course, the letter from him is a tear-jerker. I really do hate this segment no matter who is the recipient.

Back to the game…oh wait, more fluff. Jordan is telling Natalie about her home life. She’s adorable, but again this is nothing but filler. BTW, is it just me or does Jordan’s diary room conversations and wide-eyed look make her look that much more younger and dumber?

Finally, we’re back to the game…or are we? Jordan and Natalie are now talking about their nails, and Natalie says that she hopes Kevin sticks to the plan. Yeah, he is…your plan. Jordan says she has a feeling that she’s going home, and Natalie says that’s not going to happen. Natalie does admit that it’s a good possibility that Jordan and Michelle will be the two put up. Jeff wanders in just as we hear Natalie say in the diary room about Kevin doing her dirty work so she has “no blood on her hands”.

At that moment, Natalie is called into the diary room, and Jordan fills her in on the conversation. “I have a feeling he might put me and Michelle up and backdoor you.” Jeff says Kevin better not break his word, and that he’s not supposed to go up at all…even if the veto is used.

After commercials, we have more filler as Jordan doesn’t know her fruit. Yes, they’re arguing about peaches and nectarine. Jordan finally asks Natalie to defend what she’s saying, but again the silly southern girl is wrong.

The next filler material is about a dragonfly buzzing around the pool, and Natalie going nuts as Kevin hunts it. Natalie tells us in the diary room how she’s afraid of bugs. Hmmm, how can somebody so afraid of showers be also afraid of bugs? Ugh.

Now Kevin is talking to Michelle how he wants to talk to everybody to “see where their head is”. She kind of blows him off, and says she’ll understand any decision he makes. Natalie walks in, and they talk about how it’s three to two (Jeff, Jordan). This disintegrates into a bit of an argument as Natalie says if Michelle had won she’d have put up Kevin and Natalie. Ooops, Jordan is also in the room, and she asks if she should leave the room. Jeff has also walked in, and we hear in the diary room that Natalie went off on Michelle to throw off Jeff.

After Natalie walks away, Michelle breaks down again. Natalie alerts the rest of the house of this fact, and they all take their shots at her. Interesting choice of footage, CBS. Are you suddenly trying to make us all love Michelle? Jeff asks if she’s this week’s intended target, and both Natalie and Kevin say the words to make him believe this to be the case. Kevin adds some lies in the diary room that everybody would love him to give her the boot.

OMG, more filler? Now Jeff is babbling about how he loves “chicks in sweatpants”. Kevin says in the diary room that he “created” a little game show about Jeff, and of course almost all of the questions he asks does not relate to Jordan. Ok, this filler is a bit funny…especially Jordan’s silly facial reactions.

Back to gameplay - now Michelle is up in the HOH with Kevin to see “where (her) head’s at”. Kevin says he can never figure out what she’s thinking. Michelle says that the “one thing she was true about” was her relationship with Jeff and Jordan, but they were the ones who went against her. Kevin wonders in the diary room if it’s smarter to get rid of a person who is alone, or break up a duo.

Now it’s Jeff and Jordan’s turn in the HOH, and Kevin tells them not to worry. “Anything that I do is not personal”, he tells them. Jordan says if Michelle survives the week that she’s going after Kevin, and Kevin agrees that she’s a threat. Jeff adds that she never shares anything with them.

Jordan leaves the room, and Jeff stays to verify that Kevin is living up to his deal. “I fulfilled my end of the deal.” Kevin responds that he’s not going to like what he has to say, and of course he doesn’t when informed that he’s going to be nominated. Jeff wants Jordan to be put up, but Kevin is worried that he’d win HOH and Kevin would have to put up Natalie in her place. Kevin adds that Jeff is not his target, and in the diary room also says it’s a “risky move”. Nice little edit on Kevin’s “I don’t know what to do” comment immediately after Jeff’s departure.

And it’s now time for nominations, and after everybody babbling about being worried (except for Natalie) Kevin calls them into the house. Wait, after the footage we just saw, Jeff still thinks he’s not going up? Something tells me somebody screwed up the editing. The first key drawn is Natalie, followed by Jordan. Jeff and Michelle are nominated!

Kevin gives the clichéd “strategic, not personal” speech, and as we the show ends he says that he “had” to put up Jeff. “If he wins the veto, then I’m screwed.” Michelle isn’t surprised because, as we all know, she’s alone. Jordan says she feels bad for Jeff, and that she “needs” him here. Jeff is clearly pissed because he broke his word, and that he needs to “step up” his game and win the veto.

See you Tuesday for the veto competition…and the “Mystery Door”!

Thursday
Aug272009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 22 Recap


Wow. Every time that I think an eviction episode is going to be a somewhat lackluster event, something happens during the week to add some extra tension. This week it’s Jeff’s (not so) surprising use of the POV to take down Kevin and replace him with Russell.

Since then, the house has been on edge and full of paranoia. There were two lengthy arguments involving not only Jeff and Russell, but also Jordan, but everybody seems to be questioning not only those they don’t like but even their best friends in the house.

So tonight promises fireworks. Besides the fights described earlier, Russell has been bragging all week that his plea to stay will top the infamous theatrics of Chima, Ronnie, and Casey. We’ll also see the reunion of Lydia and Jessie in the jury house, although I’d put up a lot of money that within hours she was back in his arms. Obviously, we’re going to conclude with the latest “most important HOH competition of the season”. Isn’t that what they say every week?

Here we go with the reaction to Jeff’s use of the veto (after Julie’s intro, of course). “Let the weirdness begin”, Jeff says as he closes the veto box. Yeah, Kevin and Natalie are both more than pleased, and Jeff still believes that they’ll stick to their promise to not put him up.

Russell is the last to get up from the meeting, and we hear him talk in the diary room about how now everybody knows you can’t trust Jeff as he walks into one of the bedrooms. “They picked the wrong fucking guy.”

Meanwhile, Kevin is thanking Jordan in another room, and Natalie warns her that Russell is going to work them. Natalie says in the dairy room that they still plan on going after Jeff next week. We then see the two of them do a victory dance in the storage room. You gotta hand it to these silly twits for their admittedly “bold-faced lie”.

Oooh, serious music is playing, which must mean a fight is coming. First we see Michelle breaking down in the pool room with Russell. Strangely, he’s the one reassuring her. “Seriously, I hope you win.” They hug, and we hear Michelle talk about how they’ve bonded even though she doesn’t really like him. Interesting. Russell adds that he feels like he let her down.

Russell is now seen sitting outside, and Jeff says he’s going to go “face the music”. He wanders outside and asks if he wants to talk about it. “You got to know it’s a smart move.” Russell reminds him of their final four deal, and Jeff throws out that he went against him by having a final two deal with Michelle. It escalates, and is silly…especially when Russell promises to punch him when he enters the jury house.

Shit-stirrer Natalie runs upstairs to tell Jordan what’s going on, so she sprints down as the two continue to promise to punch each other. She starts in, and Russell bitches about how she’s Jeff’s “lapdog”. “Does she always fight your battles?” Hehehehe. Gotta love Natalie’s sly smile as she watches what she created. Jeff somehow believes that Russell’s outburst helped him. I’m not so sure about that.

A bit later, Russell and Kevin are playing pool, and Russell believes that he can get Kevin to switch his vote. “Who would have thought the one kid I thought was completely worthless holds the key to my existence in the big brother house.” Kevin plays along as Russell talks about how he’d be target #1, and Kevin’s voice over attempts to give us a bit of doubt that he’ll stay loyal to Natalie.

Moving on, everybody is outside once again (two days later), and Russell is babbling lines against Jeff once again. Jordan warns Jeff to not respond, and then those two go after each other once again. She ends up so upset she charges after him and thrust her lovely chest into his. Oh god, they did show him call her a fatty. I thought for sure they’d edit that out. Again, Natalie has a nice little smile as she observes.

This should be good - the Jessie and Lydia reunion. Ugh, Jessie is in a pink leotard working out. God, I don’t miss him. We get to see him watch the goodbye messages, including Lydia bitching about how she was treated. Jesus, enough with the Jessie story.

Jessie says he hopes it’s Jeff coming in because he’s “such a ding dong”, but instead it’s obviously Lydia. She hugs him, but says she’s “so fucking mad” at him. Yeah, this is going exactly as I predicted, especially as she describes how she wanted to not only kick him but hug and kiss him.

She fills Jessie in on how Chima was kicked out (or left, depending on who you believe). They watch the video of the infamous microphone incident, and then on to Jordan winning HOH. Wow, Jessie admits what I’d been thinking all along - that if Jeff makes it to the end he may have his vote.

It’s now time for Julie to interview the house, and she starts in with the ‘weirdness” in the house. Russell has changed his tune, saying it was “part of the fun of the game”. Good for Julie to call him on that bullshit, but we quickly move on to Jordan. Her response makes little sense, as usual, but says she’s never been as mad as she was when Russell called her fat.

Kevin is then asked about whether he was surprised about being taken off the block, and he makes a pretty good crack about Jeff having a “secret crush” on him. Back to Jordan, and how she pushed Jeff away from a victory kiss. Again, she babbles nonsense. Good thing she’s cute. Jeff is asked if he faces that kind of rejection in the real world, and a bit more nonsense. We conclude with Michelle babbling about chitlins and churros. Julie announces that from this moment on, the “have not” stuff is over…although there may be more “surprises around the corner”.

When we return, it’s time for the HOH interview with Jeff. She begins by asking about blindsiding Russell, and Jeff says that with the numbers dwindling it was time for him to go because he was talking about going after him. “I had to make the move now.” He thinks it’s going to make his game (yeah, right), but that it also puts a target on him. She then asks if he’s confident that Natalie and Kevin will keep their word, but he responds that he still controls his own destiny. Finally, she asks about the bickering with Jordan, and he laughs that it’s sometimes frustrating to get her to focus on the game.

So here we go with the final speeches, and Natalie goes first. She thanks CBS for some reason, and goes into the usual “opportunity of a lifetime” cliché. She boldly says thanks to the rest of the house since they’ve all pledged to evict Russell.

Russell gets up and babbles about how he’s had a great time in the house, and tried to incorporate all of the prior villains (Dr. Will, Evel Dick, etc.) into his game. He tells them all good luck, and that “personal attacks are part of the game”. So much for the fireworks, dammit!

The voting begins with Jordan, and you know that she wants Russell out. Will Kevin make a bold move and keep him? Nope. Michelle is the last vote, and she also votes to evict her buddy Russell. It’s the first unanimous vote of the year…but they have to sit through commercials to hear the verdict.

When Julie finally does deliver the results, she attempts to make it sound like Natalie was evicted (they always do that once or twice a season). Russell hugs her first, and is actually gracious to everybody. Interesting!

Little of interest is being said as we watch the house react to Russell’s departure, and then Julie jumps right in with his classy exit. Again, we hear Russell’s theory of being a composite of former dynamic players. Whatever. She asks about Jeff turning against him, and he sort of blames it on Michelle. He also claims that he was going to uphold his final four deal, and then team with Michelle for the final push. Surprisingly, Russell acknowledges that it was a smart move on Jeff’s part.

The goodbye messages start with Jeff bitching about how “unclassy” Russell acted, and that he was a “threat” to women. Oh boy. Kevin admits he was scary, but does say he ended up being an easy guy for him to talk to. Natalie and Michelle babble nonsense, and Jordan bitches about being “disrespected…I strongly, strongly dislike you with a passion”.

You know what’s next - the “most important HOH competition of all time!” This week’s game is entitled “The S’more the Merrier”. They have to walk across a “graham cracker”, and fill a cup with hot chocolate. The winner is the person who can remove the marshmallow from their cup. What a dumb competition.

Kevin comes close to falling, which makes Jeff laugh off camera. Oh, this is going to take awhile, as they have to fill a 16 gallon bowl with 8 oz. cups. That’s it for tonight, except that Julie says there will be a “huge” HOH twist! Sign up for the live feeds now to see who wins!

Tuesday
Aug252009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 21 Recap


Another Tuesday, another episode of Big Brother. I must admit that I’m not too excited for tonight’s episode, outside of the veto ceremony at the end of the show. Otherwise, it’s going to be nothing but filler and paranoia. Lots of paranoia. Seriously, I bet almost all of them (outside of one or two discrete shit-stirrer) are going to look like fools tonight.

You know the drill - after an over-extended recap we finally start with the reaction to Jeff’s nominations of Natalie and Kevin. Before we get to that, though, we hear Jeff whine because nobody (in other words Russell) thanked him for not putting them up. We hear again that he may end up putting Russell up. Kevin says he’s not bothered by being put up, and Natalie brags that she’s used to it because she has the record for being on the block.

Russell now heads into the pool room to talk to Jordan, who vanishes as quickly as she can. Russell notices that she doesn’t seem to want to talk to him, but she responds that he’s just being paranoid. In the diary room, Russell admits that he’s surprised that he wasn’t put up but knows that there’s a good chance he could get backdoored.

We now see him heading outside with Jeff, and tells him he appreciates that he stuck to his word. He tells him that he owes him one, and that he will never put Jeff up. Jeff says in the diary room that he doesn’t trust Russell, though, mainly because he voted to keep Jessie after Jeff used the mystery power. In case we forgot about that, CBS shows us again. Yet Russell keeps on, laughing at how the two who had the first fight are now the best friends in the world.

Meanwhile, Kevin and Natalie are buttering up Jordan, claiming that they have played a more loyal and truthful game than anybody in the house. Oh please! Jordan says that the only thing she was worried about was their reaction to getting rid of Lydia. She adds in the diary room that even though they’ve been on the other side the whole game, she now trusts them more than Russell. Both of them perk up when Jordan says she’d love to see Russell leave the game this week.

Moving up to the HOH, Jordan is now reporting to Jeff this conversation. They’re watching the spy cam, which shows Michelle staring at the wall of pictures, and paranoia creeps right on in. “She’s probably looking at my picture”, complains Jordan. Jeff says she’s just studying for a competition, and that she should do the same. They actually have a useless argument over it! So useless, in fact, it’s not worth notating the conversation.

Russell now comes up to the HOH…and the sleeping trio (Michelle, Jeff, and Jordan) don’t answer. When Michelle comes outside, Russell asks her what’s going on. They both have a nice little paranoid pity party. For the 20th time already, we hear that this veto competition is SOOOOOOOOOOOO important. We get it, CBS!

After a commercial break, we know that it’s filler time before a word is even said. The awful acoustic guitar background tells us all we need to know. Sure enough, it’s time for Kevin to talk about life as a gay guy. It’s nice and kinda funny, but there’s no need for it. Well, there’s a need because there’s not much material to fill an hour.

Back to the game - Michelle is asking Jeff and Jordan what’s going on this week, and Jeff responds with a question about how Russell is doing. Michelle says that Kevin needs to go this week, with Natalie going next week. Michelle adds in the diary room that she’s not really feeling their alliance anymore, and Jeff says that “I can’t even talk to her”. He rehashes the conversation with Jordan, and they both agree that she’s “being sneaky”. Yes, time for another tiff between Jeff and Jordan. She says in the diary room that she “don’t like this Jeff”. Jeff adds in the DR that he gets “all the blood on my hands” for what they both do. Michelle returns during this conversation, and for some reason hugs Jordan. Time for another little tiff.

They eventually talk game, and Jordan complains that Michelle is spending a lot of time talking to Russell. Um, why wouldn’t she? They’re all on the same team! Jeff pounces on Michelle using the word “we”, and informs her that she’s not safe if she’s on his team. What?

Jordan is now seen downstairs talking to Natalie and Kevin about Russell. She confirms that one of them will be going off the block. When Jordan leaves, Kevin points out that they are the last two of their alliance. In the diary room, Kevin adds that they are willing to say anything to save themselves, and if Jeff and Jordan are dumb enough to believe them “the first chance we get we’re going to stab them in the back”.

Finally, the all important “most important POV of the game” is about to commence. The HG’s head outside to see the backyard transformed into a jungle-ish setting, which leads Jeff to ask if Casey is going to be around. Sure enough, Banana Man is back in the house! Or at least his voice, “rapping” the instructions to the game. Jordan is confused by the name of the game - “Otev”, or “veto” backwards.

So the game is played by answering questions that Casey raps. Ugh, the one thing about Casey that I hate! They have to race and find a banana with the answer on it, and the last person to find it in each round is eliminated. After listening to everybody again talk about how important this competition is for their survival, the first question is asked. Jordan falls on her butt (nice),

The game is made more difficult in the fact that they have to race up a slick platform. Natalie has problems making it up, and Jeff jumps ahead of her. Michelle and Jordan are having problems finding the right banana, but Michelle finds it first. Once again, she falls in a competition before finally pulling herself up. Jordan finally gives up, and slides down on her ass. She complains that Jeff is going to be pissed at her again.

The second rap is about Jessie, and Michelle says that because of the first round she knew exactly where a Jessie banana was lying. Natalie is the last one up the platform, and she is pissed that she again lost. “This is a competition I should have won!” Ugh. She continues to complain as she takes her seat next to Jordan.

Round three is about Laura’s eviction, and all I can say is they are really extending the time of this game. Do we really need to see every second of every round (oh, I know it’s still being edited, but you know what I mean). Russell is the last up this time, and is eliminated. He says he’s “praying that somehow Michelle brings home the veto”.

Now we hear Casey rap about himself, and Kevin makes a nice little joke about how it must be Casey because the riddle included the term a “fruit” and he’s still in the house. Yet Kevin is the last one up, leading to a battle between Jeff and Michelle.

The final round is about Braden, and Russell babbles about how he feels pretty safe. Jeff is babbling that he had found it when he really hadn’t, which Michelle says annoyed her. Jeff adds that he knows she “gets rattled pretty easily”, but Jeff beats her to the top with the correct answer. Jeff has won the POV! More useless babbling ensues. Yeah, we know Russell hopes the nominees stay the same, and others hope Jeff uses it. Natalie, in particular, has a grating voice tonight.

When we return, Kevin is congratulating Jeff, who asks if he believes in him now. Kevin says he wants to come off the block, and Jeff says his wish may come true. Michelle then enters, and she also congratulates him but adds “it doesn’t matter which one of us won”. She continues to kiss his ass a little more as they head out with snacks.

Russell now comes into the pool room to talk to Michelle, and says he’s going to be “fucking pissed” if he’s put up. Michelle complains that one of “them” (Natalie and Kevin) needs to go home. Russell says that he hasn’t directly asked Jeff if he’s going up, but if he does there will “be hell in this house”.

Jordan is up in the HOH, and babbles about how she’s been praying to God every night that her and Jeff do good in the house. Ugh. Somehow, God has told her that either Michelle or Russell needs to go. Double ugh.

Jeff is next seen talking to Kevin and Natalie, and they want to know if the plan is still in effect. Jeff wants some assurances, and that he can’t be put up if he saves them. How can he possibly believe them? After they move into the kitchen, Natalie immediately says they HAVE to put up Jeff next week. So much for complete honesty and loyalty!

Russell is now outside alone, and Michelle joins him. Russell again complains that he has no idea what is going on. Yeah, it’s the same conversation we just saw them have, although Russell is pretty accurate when he points out that Jeff would be digging himself a big hole by putting up either Michelle or himself.

Finally, it’s time for the veto meeting. Oh wait, we don’t. Jordan says she’s going to sleep downstairs to give Jeff some space. After a little bit of back and forth, Jeff reassures her that he cares about her. More sweet music as Jordan talks about how Jeff has been so great to her, and we see them kiss each other goodnight. What a sweet happy ending to tonight's secondary plot.

Now we get the meat of the hour. After a rehash of the same things we’ve heard for the past hour, Jeff calls everybody into the living room. Both Natalie and Kevin babble the usual pleas, and Jeff then announces that he’s going to use the veto on Kevin. Jeff then announces Russell as the replacement nominee! He then babbles again about the Jessie vote, and that he was getting too close to Michelle (ugh). “You’re the stronger competitor in my eyes. This is the Big Brother game, and it’s going to be a weird couple of days”.

Obviously, Kevin is ecstatic. Jeff knows that there’s going to be fireworks the next couple of days, while Michelle says she needs to separate herself from Russell. Yeah, Russell is pissed, and says that Jeff is an idiot. “Congratulation, you’re up next.”

That’s it, folks! Tune in for the fireworks on Thursday!

Sunday
Aug232009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 20 Recap


Yo yo yo, my fellow Big Brother fans. Yes, it’s another Sunday evening episode, which means that there won’t be too much exciting news. Sure, we’ll see the results of the semi-endurance competition that began as time ran out on Thursday’s episode, but outside of that we’ll have the usual HOH room reveal, a bit of scheming, and the nominations.

So we begin with the HOH players on top of a platform, attempting to drop cans into a pair of tubes. Jordan says it’s nervewracking, but that Jeff needs to win as he’s the only one she trusts. Kevin says it’s important for him or Natalie to win, as they’re the only ones left. Russell and Natalie pretty much repeat what we already heard.

We then see a flashback of Lydia’s eviction, and Kevin is sad that his best friend is gone. Natalie adds that the goal was to somehow get rid of Russell, but since that didn’t happen she’s “going to make friends with people I don’t consider friends”. Yeah, we know, and those that fall for it deserve everything that happens to them. (I’m talking to you, Jordan and Jeff.)

We continue with more reaction to Lydia’s eviction. Russell laughs at how Lydia didn’t hug anybody but Kevin, while Jordan babbles about how she was such a drama queen. “She made our lives here a lot tougher than they should be.” Kevin apologizes to Natalie for voting against her.

Back to the game. Kevin is now in the lead until Michelle ties it at four apiece. Poor Natalie is in last place. That’s when the sliding boards begin to move, and they all complain about how hard the game has become. Kevin and Jeff are now fighting for the lead, but Russell’s stomping around is causing problems for Jeff.

Natalie and Russell are starting to catch up to the other three, and Natalie again describes how tough it is to drop cans into these tubes. Jeff adds that he came up with a strategy of pulling the tab to somehow aim better. As they continue to play, Jordan reads a card that states the two players with the lowest number of cans will be this week’s “have nots”. Kevin says that “put a little fire underneath my feet”.

It’s still between Kevin and Jeff when we see Kevin nail two at once. We see a nice little score when a can lands on the platform, and somehow drops in anyway. Russell has now jumped into second place when Jordan reads another card about how special gold cans get to close down other players for 60 seconds. Michelle opts to not use them so that she doesn’t become a target. Russell does not have that issue, and will do anything to win.

Kevin is well on his way to winning when Russell opts to use a gold can to freeze out Kevin. He makes it, but Kevin is still confident he will win. Jeff says that he has “gotten into a rhythm, and catches up during that time. Meanwhile, Kevin has decided to try to use two gold cans to stop Russell, and indeed makes one. Jeff says that this actually helped him, as without Russell’s stomping around he was able to focus.

Jeff and Kevin are indeed tied at 22, and Kevin says it caused him to “step it up”. Kevin grabs two gold cans to use on Jeff, but misses both. Jeff makes another one to tie him, and after we see Kevin miss two, Jeff finally makes the winning card. Jeff is HOH, with Michelle and Russell this week’s “have nots”. Jeff and Jordan are obviously ecstatic, while Kevin and Natalie are bummed because he knows he’s going to be nominated. Russell says that he “should” be happy, but because he’s the “strongest competitor in the house” he’s worried. To add some phony drama, Jeff says it’s time to make a bold move. Yeah, right.

After commercials, we see everybody babbling in the kitchen about making it to the final six. Natalie remarks that everybody but her and Kevin have been HOH. “We’re losers, big time.” Jeff notes that he was “right there”, but Kevin complains that he always chokes. In the diary room, Kevin hopes to continue to play the “floater game”, and convince Jeff that there are bigger players to go after.

Natalie and Kevin have moved into one of the bedrooms, and even though she lost Natalie is happy that she beat Russell. “I’m so upset at myself”, says Kevin. “Now I’m fucked…please Jeff, nominate Russell.” They decide to go to Jeff and Jordan with a final two deal. “We’re loyal, and he can tell Russell and Michelle aren’t.”

Before they can talk about such a deal with Jeff, we have to endure the HOH room reveal. Jordan says that Jeff’s childhood haircut reminds her of “dumb and dumber”. Um, yeah, Jordan, I’m sure that makes you feel right at home. Kevin adds that every picture is “various stage of Jeff hotness”. The letter is like all, the family loves him and watches every week. We get it, BB.

With one fluff segment over, we move on to another one, as Jordan hints that she’d like Jeff take her on the Hawaiian vacation he won. Yeah, CBS, push the showmance angle. Jordan babbles nonsense in the diary room about how men think with their penises and not their minds, and that if she went to Hawaii all they’d do is kiss and cuddle. Sure you would.

On to gameplay - Michelle and Russell are heading up to HOH because Russell wants to know where he stands with Jeff and Jordan. Jeff brings up what Kevin lied about Russell wanting to split the couple. Russell says that “they” are going to say what they need to say to “make a last stand”. He wants to know what the advantage would be to do that, and asks Michelle to verify that this conversation never happened. She really doesn’t answer in a way to help Russell, but he does make good points on his own.

Once they’ve left, Jordan tells Jeff that she doesn’t trust either of them. She believes Kevin and Natalie over them, and they decide to head outside to talk to Russell again. Jordan heads right to Russell, and they have the same argument they just had. In the diary room, Russell says he has thought about going after Jeff, but that he never told that to anybody. Jeff complains in the diary room that he never got the answer he wanted. Um, you did if you had listened.

Time for more fluffy material. Jeff is watering the plants in the backyard, and Michelle is acting like she cares. At least we get a pic of Jordan in a bikini enjoying the “garden boy” without a shirt. Kevin also enjoys watching him “water with his hose”. Ugh.

As if that’s not enough fluff, we get the big reveal of what the have nots get to add to their slop diet - churros and chitlin. Both Russell and Michelle are not excited, but Kevin is bummed that they got something worthwhile to eat when he was forced to endure squid and squash.

Ok, back to game play. Wait, never mind. Natalie is telling everybody that she was a professional poker player, and she adds in the diary room her lie about not being 18. If Jeff had any brains, he could put two and two together. Unfortunately, he’s just a hot gardener. Natalie makes a crack about Russell’s game play, and they end up going off on each other - live and in the diary room.

Russell is now seen talking to Michelle, worrying that Jeff is going to “flip the script”. Just cue to a few paragraphs ahead to see how this conversation goes, but Michelle decides to head upstairs to find out what’s going on. Russell tells her to “go for it”, but in reality he should be with her as Michelle is not good at this part of the game. Jeff adds the usual “I’m the HOH; the decision is mine” babble. Michelle goes back down and tells Russell the “plan’s on”. Russell says that he still suspicious, though.

Time for yet more fluff. Jeff and Michelle are babbling about tans, and Michelle’s job as a neuroscientist. Michelle says in the diary room that everybody in the house is clueless about what she does, and we see more filler as she explains to Jeff what she does. Wake me up when this is over.

Back to game play - we see Natalie and Kevin corner Jeff in the backyard, and we hear Natalie talk about how with nominations coming up she needs to come up with a proposal to stay off the block. Kevin starts with a nice lie about how they’re strategy has always been to be truthful. Oh god, please tell me Jeff doesn’t buys into this crap. Natalie adds that a deal with them would at least give them people worth trusting, instead of people who are “shady”. She adds that she also heard what Kevin had reported, and Jeff says that he does believe them. Despite this, though, he says that he’s going to put them up but will take one of them off to backdoor Russell.

As you may expect, Jeff runs into the bedroom to inform Jordan of this new plan. “Or I could put up Russell and Michelle. And be like, ‘something going on between you two. I don’t know what it is. You guys didn’t come clean with me. One of you guys has got to go.” He would then tell Michelle that she’s not the target. Jordan wants Russell out, but she questions whether they can trust Natalie. Good point, my silly little southern minx. “I trust Natalie”, she finally adds. Nooooooooo!

So it’s finally nomination time. As the script always reads, Jeff stares at the wall of pictures while everybody babbles about how they’re not nominated.

Interestingly, Russell says the smart plan would be to put himself and Michelle up. The first key pulled, though, belongs to Russell, followed by Michelle and Jordan. Yes, Natalie and Kevin are nominated!

Jeff jokes that he nominate them because he didn’t like them, as Jordan says that he doesn’t tension. Nobody really says anything worthwhile in the last quotes of the night, so I’ll sign off right here. See you Tuesday!

Thursday
Aug202009

Big Brother - Season 11, Episode 19 Recap


Welcome to another eviction episode of Big Brother! I probably should have included the word “live”, since unlike last week we are back to viewing the developments as they actually happen. Not just an eviction, either, as the house has yet to play the veto competition, let alone have the veto meeting. Add to that the start of an endurance HOH comp, and we have a full sixty minutes of action. Of course, tonight’s show would have been even more action-packed if Chima hadn’t ruined the yearly double-elimination special.

This is also the rare episode where we have no idea what’s going to happen. Even without the veto competition, we really have no clue who will be going home tonight? Did Russell’s pleas to Jeff and Jordan thaw the growing coldness between them? Is Natalie still Jeff and Jordan’s new best friend? Can Lydia survive another spell in the nomination chair?

After Julie’s intro, we start off with the reactions to Jordan’s nominations of Lydia and Natalie. After high-fiving Natalie, a pit-stained Lydia bitches about being nominated for the fourth time. “This is just a poopy feeling.” Oh boy. Natalie says the game has “changed for the worst for me. I’m outnumbered. I have no true friends at all in this game.” She threatens to go after Michelle after she wins the veto, but Michelle plans to play as hard as possible to win the veto. Meanwhile, Jeff calls the attempt to get out either Lydia or Natalie a “clean up operation” because they were both close to Jessie.

Jordan goes into one of the bedrooms with Natalie, and after asking if she’s crying, tells her that she’s “just a pawn”. She claims that she has nothing against her, but in the diary room Jordan says she has the right to change her mind at any time if it would be better to eliminate Natalie.

As always, Kevin has to cheer up Lydia, but Natalie comes in and whispers to Kevin what Jordan just said. Both Lydia and Natalie complain that they’re awful at competitions, and “I never lie” Natalie lies that she doesn’t believe she isn’t the target. “We just have to win the veto and take ourselves off.” Kevin complains that Lydia never listens to anything he says, so he thinks that using the veto on Natalie might be his smartest move.

We move on to another bedroom, where Michelle and Russell are chatting about being “lone wolfs”. Russell says that if she’s ever up, he’ll use the veto on her because they’re both playing the same game. Russell is worried about Jeff going against him, and at that very moment Jeff walks into the room. Russell says that the two of them are even, and if Jordan was smart she’d go after either him or Michelle.

We move back into the other bedroom, and Natalie asks Lydia how many times she hooked up with Jessie. Lydia won’t answer, but Natalie says that she knows. She eventually spills the beans about their “good times”, as we see footage of Jessie’s tent. Natalie says that’s why she didn’t like her, but the room gets a bit chillier when Kevin says that he was playing both of them - with Natalie being plan A and Lydia being plan B. Kevin complains in the diary room that the two women needed to has this out on their own, which they indeed do in another room. They both conclude that Jessie was an ass.

It’s now the next morning, and to make it so none of them go home he says they have to create a “complete fabrication”. Natalie’s idea is that they overheard a conversation between Russell and Michelle for a final two deal. “If this plan works, I am a genius”, claims Natalie. I hate to admit this, but she’s right. They also stupidly come up with a name for their plan, but I’m not going to waste time with it here.

Kevin begins the operation by talking to Jeff, although he says that it’s hard for him to lie. He claims that from this point on he’s going to be looking out for Jeff, and then tells the phony story of the overheard conversation. “Russell said that next week was important because we have to split up the couple. After he’s gone, us two can go all the way to the end.” Jeff stupidly tells Kevin that they were thinking of going after Russell next week, but they may have to do it this week. Even Kevin admits that Jeff is an idiot for believing this.

Jeff runs upstairs to inform Jordan of this conversation, but Jordan says she thinks that Michelle was just listening. Jordan still wants to evict Natalie, but Jeff says they may have to backdoor Russell. For once, Jordan is the voice of reason, pointing out that they need the numbers. Jeff asks if she thinks Kevin would lie. As Jordan says no, we see Kevin jumping for joy with the other girls.

It’s now time for Julie’s insipid talk with the house, and she starts with asking Jeff about the mystery power. He says he has no regrets, and that it was good game play. Kevin is then asked about feeling guilty for “HiroChima”’s expulsion, and he says that he felt he could do more to calm her down. Lydia is then asked about shedding tears over Jessie, and she emphatically says she’s completely over him. “Let’s just say that if I get put in the jury house, he’s got one angry pink-haired lady for a week”. I say she protests a bit too much. Julie jokes that she almost wants to see this happen. Jordan is asked what she thought was the best part of being HOH, and she predictably says the letter, pictures, and being able to take a bubble bath.

After commercials, we see Natalie claiming her HOH competition prize of the phone call from home. It’s sweet, but let’s get to the real stuff!!!

Ok, here we go with the veto competition, with everybody but Russell playing. The game is called “Before and After”, and they have to step ahead or behind based on two events that Julie describes. Everybody gets the first question correct, but Lydia, Jeff, and Natalie are eliminated on the next question. Everybody is correct again, but Kevin is eliminated on the next question. Jordan and Michelle are the only ones left, and they both are right on the next four questions, so Julie has a tie-breaker question of how many truffles were in the giant mud pit. Jordan guesses 60, and Michelle guesses 50. The answer is 104, so Jordan has won again!

It’s on to the veto ceremony, and Natalie and Lydia both spout silliness before Jordan decides to NOT use the veto. One of the girls is going home!

After commercials, we go right to the final speeches. Natalie goes first, and she talks about losing her two best allies but really wants to stay. “I have no alliances; no deals.” Lydia then says to vote for whomever will get them the farthest in the house.

Voting now starts with Russell, who votes to evict Lydia. Michelle also votes to evict Lydia, as does Jeff. Kevin, though, votes to evict Natalie. It’s 3 - 1, with Lydia off to spend a week with Jessie!

When Julie announces the news, Lydia doesn’t act too surprised. She hugs Kevin, while Natalie hugs everybody else for keeping her. Lydia’s not too pleased, though, as she almost sprints out the door in her Captain Unitard costume to loud applause.

Instead of watching the house react to Lydia’s departure, we head right to commercials before Julie’s interview with Lydia. Let me guess - lots of Jessie question. Not at first, though, as Julie asks why she snubbed everybody but Kevin. She says that Kevin is her only friend in the game, and that “everybody else can kick rocks” (what does that even mean?). Julie then asks about bonding with Natalie, and Lydia says “that was tough”. Good one! “I got a kid sister that I really didn’t want.” Julie notes that she seemed to throw in the towel in her last speech, and she admits that to be the case but it was worth it because instead of a half million she got a new best friend. Hmmmmm.

Julie then moves on to talk about Chima, and whether she was partly to blame for her eviction. Lydia agrees because her leaving really changed the game. “Having that strong female gone really weakened me.” She also is asked about Michelle, and Lydia babbles about “true colors”.

Ok, here’s the predictable question about Lydia being alone with Jessie for a week. “He’s going to need ice packs. He played Natalie and myself like a fiddle.” I bet they make up within an hour.

Finally, we move on to the HOH competition, and the players are on a ledge for a game called “Can Do”. they have to toss cans into a barell, and the first to get 24 cans wins. If nobody gets to 24 within an hour, then the person with the most wins. So much for an endurance competition. Kevin is the first to get a can in his tube shortly before we head to the final set of commercials.

When we return, Julie introduces a dumb “Mashup Video” contest, and Kevin and Michelle are tied with 4 cans a piece, with Jeff close behind at 3. To make the game harder, platforms start moving in and out. Yeah, exciting stuff, but that’s how we end tonight!