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Saturday
Sep202014

Big Brother Gossip Show #414: Finale

Thankfully, this season comes to an end this week, so tonight's show is our big finale. We talk about the evictions of Frankie and Caleb, the first two of three final competitions, along with some overall thoughts of the season.

While all three of us are disappointed with the season, we feel that this is the best season of the Big Brother Gossip Show. For that I thank Colette and Mike, along wth Ash for her help with audio. We all thank all of you for listening to us this season, and we hope we entertained you.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 38 Recap

Today was such a beautiful day! The reason for such a perfect day? It really has to be the fact that today is Day 1 AF (After Frankie). Last night, our summer long nightmare finally ended as Cody and Derrick finally had the guts and smarts to eliminate the most annoying presence in Big Brother history. Good job, boys, even if Caleb’s big mouth threatened to ruin the evening.

So tonight we narrow the field down to this season’s final three. Who will survive? We know that Derrick has a place in the finals thanks to his HOH victory last night. Will Cody have called somebody out for the last time this year? Wait, he’s only threatened to do that. Will Caleb go beastmode on somebody’s ass? Will Victoria pull out the most shocking veto win of the season? Let’s find out!

After Julie’s intro, tonight’s episode commences with a look back at the moment Frankie left. They all kind of make fun of him, and Derrick explains that “it was tiem to let him go”. We then see Frankie ask Derrick about whether he’d stay 5 ½ hours before the taping. Derrick tells him that he’s going, and adds he can’t lie to him. Hmmm, complete with “tragedy” music. Frankie begins crying, and thanks Derrick. When told he’s “the best player in the game”, Frankie replies, “I know.” Ugh.

It’s now four hours before the eviction, and all of the boys are telling Frankie why he’s being evicted. Wait, why are they showing this? Our national nightmare is supposed to be over! As always, Frankie makes it about himself and says that by evicting him they have “created the most powerful person in this game”. Oh Lord. He’s being “reconnected with his millions of followers” (wtf?), and the jury. “Let’s face it. Whose the most convincing speaker in this house?” Victoria? Oh, it’s Frankie, who will “singlehandedly pick the winner of this game”. Caleb tells him to shut up, and Cody also disagrees. “You’re not Jesus in this house.” Caleb points out that everybody in the house has also been playing, and thinks he’d “smoke him” if they were the final two. Ok, now this is getting good. Derrick perks up, and says that he respects all of them as players.

We jump ahead to Derrick’s HOH win, and he’s (obviously) “ecstatic”. Back in the house, Cody is frustrated that he lost due to the last question. He just has to win the POV.

Derrick is upstairs, and the hollas begin playing again, including some from his wife and daughter. Cue the piano music! Obviously, he’s a proud papa, and it’s actually a nice moment.

The boys leave, and Derrick tells Victoria that she doesn’t have to campaign to him. He then talks in the diary room about how he has to say the right things to all three of them, as he’s promised final two deals with them all. Derrick reminds her that they still have to pretend to hate each other, and that she has to go on the block again. Victoria is proud of her work as an actress, and is confident that she’s not going anywhere.

Cody then comes up, and Derrick decides to let him decide if he goes up this time. He’s reminded that they have to win the veto to ensure they are final two. Caleb is going to be the target.

Caleb comes up, and he has to convince him to go up this time. “It doesn’t matter who I put up.” This is an unfair meeting of the minds, and Derrick talks circles around Beastmode’s feeble brain. “I don’t care, man”, he finally says. “Put me up if you want.” Ha! That didn’t take long.

With that, we move to the nominations ceremony. Yep, it’s Victoria and Caleb, who pretends to be mad and gives a fake karate chop to Derrick. There’s some dumb speeches, and Derrick tells Caleb to “crush” the veto. Let’s move on to the important stuff.

After commercials, we get some filler idiocy about Caleb. You know, the usual stuff about how he is going to be famous. We then go meet his family. Fast forward time.

More commercials, and we then get the veto competition. Oh wait, it’s the “most important veto comp of the summer”. You know, more important than last night’s, or the week before. This comp is a promo for the upcoming terrible show, Stalker, so it should be a natural for Caleb. They all have a “crime board puzzle”, and they have to match the clues to pictures of the cast. The first to put all the photos in the correct spot wins.

One doesn’t even have to really watch to know what happens here. Derrick is going to throw it, while Caleb and Victoria don’t have the brains to complete it. Yep, this is Cody’s to win...and he does. (BTW, the diary room voice overs are painful to endure.) Caleb, though, still believes he’s safe.

Then there’s another wait to promote the horrific CBS fall lineup before we get to the veto ceremony and eviction. Wait, we get more house footage before that??? Come on, let’s get to it!

The boys jump around in celebration, and Caleb is convinced that he’s staying. Derrick is starting to feel guilty, but he says that the “loves his family a bit more”. Caleb continues to babble on about loyalty after Derrick walks away. Cody says in the diary room that he’s not really paying attention, as Caleb is “no longer needed”.

And there’s even more commercials!!! Hey Ms Chen, can we hurry this along? Ok, here we go. Hahaha, they have audio issues and can’t hear Julie! This is awesome! It’s fixed, and it’s clear that Caleb now understands what’s happening. He’s not happy.

There’s no actual veto ceremony as there’s no replacement nominee available. Victoria is asked if she has anybody left to thank after nine nominations, and she doesn’t quite get that it’s her turn to stand up. It’s her typical useless speech. Caleb starts off by thanking God, and the troops and family. “At the end of the day”...blah blah blah. He talks about loyalty, and how they’re safe because of him. Victoria shoots him an evil glance when Caleb says that she hasn’t had a chance to show loyalty as she has yet to win anything. POW!!!

Cody is then asked to make the sole vote, and he says that both of them have been loyal to him. He then says that Derrick made a final two deal with him on day two called the “Hitmen”, and that they’re decision on who to evict is to help make them get to final two. Caleb is then evicted.

An obviously angry Caleb hugs everybody, and heads out to cheers. Julie asks what’s going through his mind, and Caleb says that you “have to expect things of this nature to happen”. He throws out a “Beastmode”, and Julie asks why he’s most disappointed in Derrick. Again, the answer makes no sense. Julie follows it up by asking if loyalty, including volunteering to be nominated four time, “cost” him the game, and Caleb says that’s possible. He’s also asked if he regrets evicting Frankie, and Caleb (thankfully) says no way, and that he “showed a lot about his character that day”. He “tooted his own horn” the whole game.

Goodbye messages are then played, and Caleb is gone. Goodbye, Beastmode. It’s been an experience.

There’s a few minutes left in the show, so we go back to the house one last time after Julie runs through the schedule of the last two episodes. Oh wait, there’s no chatter, just a camera as they open a bottle of champagne to celebrate making the final three.

So that’s it! Are you happy with the eviction of Beastmode? Were you annoyed that somehow they found room for more Frankie footage? Tell us what you think!

 

 

Tuesday
Sep162014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 37 Recap

Hey kids, I’m back!!! I won’t bore you with the details, but I greatly enjoyed my days away from this mess of a Big Brother season.

It’s not just my little birthday vacation that has me invigorated tonight, though. No, tonight is the night where we are finally rid of the season’s biggest nightmare. It’s going to be glorious to see this person’s entitled ass walk out the door.

In case you’re not aware, this is not actually a live eviction. It was recorded last night in real time, as if it was really live. Let’s clear up why this happened. It’s not to protect Frankie. For almost ten years, the reduction from five to four players has been pre-taped. The reason is simple. After this episode’s HOH competition, they have a veto AND the first part of the finale comps to set up. It is almost impossible to do this in 24 hours. This extra day allowed them to film the veto comp today to air on tomorrow’s episode. Got it?

So let’s get going where we left off on Sunday night with Caleb’s nominations of Victoria and...yes, Frankie!!! Caleb explains that while he loves Frankie, this is a game and he has to “knock him out” before he “swings at me”. Frankie tells Caleb that it was a “good speech”, but says in the diary room that he’s “completely shocked...I feel totally blindsided”. Victoria hugs Caleb, who tells her she “has a heart of gold”. She’s suddenly a bit cocky, bragging in the diary room that she’s going to make it to the final four. Derrick, of course, is pretty proud of how he put that scene together. “Now we have to win the veto, and we can send Frankie packing.”

Caleb now walks into the bathroom and asks Frankie if he hates him. Frankie replies that he just doesn’t understand why he was nominated, and Caleb (stupidly) explains that after looking at all of the scenarios this was his best move. Cody has been on the block for a full week, while Derrick hasn’t been able to play in either of the two HOH competitions. “I didn’t feel it was fair to put him up there.” Frankie counters that by saying that Derrick has never been nominated all season, and I must say that’s a fair arguement. Caleb goes on to say that he needs to win the veto, and that Derrick will then be put up so Victoria goes home.

Meanwhile, Derrick and Cody are talking about the importance of the upcoming veto competition. Derrick says if they win, then the two of them will be the final two. Cody wants to keep the plan to boot Frankie quiet from not only him but Caleb. Derrick then walks out, and Cody begins pumping himself up. “I have to fucking win veto!”

Frankie is now seen playing pool with Caleb. He tells Caleb that he knows he’s being tested by the nomination, and Caleb says that’s not the case. “I have no reason to test you.” Frankie then asks if there’s another reason for his being nominated, and dumb Caleb then tells him about his (or Derrick’s) worry that he would pull down Victoria and put one of the boys up. “I could have done that last week”, Frankie squeals. Caleb then adds that this was the scenario brought up, and Frankie wants to know how this happened. “Just me, Derrick, and Cody talking. Who do we think would make a big move like that, and you were the one we thought would do it.” Dumb Caleb. Dumb Caleb.

Frankie then goes on a pity party about how he’s done so much for them. As Caleb continues on about how it was a “spur of the moment” decision, Cody walks out. Caleb fills him in, and Cody is pissed. “If you want to make a big move, you don’t run and tell the person after you do it”, he says in the diary room. “If Frankie manages to pull himself down, he’s going to be gunning for all of us.” Derrick also joins them, and he’s also pissed as he would definitely be going up if Frankie wins the veto. “Thanks, Caleb.” Derrick does his best damage control as Frankie goes on about how he’s “proven himself...I’ve been nothing but loyal and honest”.

Back inside, Frankie makes a show at using a flour tortilla to study the faces on the memory wall for the upcoming “morph” veto comp. Derrick explains that because it’s a rewind week, they know exactly what to expect and can prep for it. Frankie knows he’s the target, so his “entire game is on this veto comp”. Since he won last week, he’s certain to win again. We then hear the other boys talk about how they have to win before we go to commercials. Meanwhile, Victoria looks at a bag of bread.

It’s obviously now time for that moment of truth. There’s really no need to go through everything that happened, especially the awful play by play, so let’s just go to the conclusion. Cody goes first, and his time is 2:21. Caleb has difficulties, though, because he forgot to turn off some names. Victoria starts off well, but then has trouble (as expected). It’s now Frankie’s turn, and he becomes frazzled on the second morph. His time then runs out, and he says “I’m wrecked”. Derrick is the last one up, and he believes that it’s Frankie that has the low time. He races through them, but runs out of time. He’s now worried.

Everybody heads out, and Derrick finds out that Cody won “the biggest comp of the summer”. Aren’t they all? Frankie knows he’s in trouble, but still has hope that the boys will “keep to their word”. Will they?

After more commercials, it’s time for the veto meeting. Yes, this is anti-climatic, despite some rhetoric from Frankie. Cody keeps them the same. Big surprise. Frankie’s not happy, but he’s “going to preach loyalty the rest of the week. Are you going to choose greed, or are you going to choose honor? The choice is yours. You will be judged” WTF?

Frankie is now shown playing pool with Cody, and says he’ll “never make the mistake of keeping (Caleb) safe again”. What Caleb did was just not cool. Derrick joins them, and asks when they believe Caleb is going to decide to keep Victoria. In the diary room, Frankie says that he’s going to convince the two boys that his target is now Caleb. They simply agree to whatever he says, and we head to more commercials.

Here we go with that moment we’ve been waiting for all season! Victoria gets the first final plea, and she says nothing of interest. Frankie dramatically thanks his family, especially his awful famous sister, before becoming even more dramatic about how he knew he’d be a “huge target”. Sorry, i can’t go on any longer with this. Let’s just get to the vote.

Cody is the first vote, and we know he votes to evict Frankie, as does Derrick. As the WWE yells whenever Daniel Bryan enters the ring - “YES! YES! YES! YES!”

Julie announces the great news, and Frankie demands that they all “line up for speeches”. He returns the king chess pieces to Caleb, tells Victoria to “please try to win something”, instructs Derrick to “please don’t kill my fish”, and tells Cody that “I’ve had better”. He says that he loves them all, and is out the door with a handful of glitter. Ugh, that’s reserved for Colette Lala.

Time to fast forward, as I can’t endure an interview with Julie. Seriously, the little I heard was complete bullshit.

Ok, let’s get to the HOH competition. It’s the “before/after” comp, where they have to step ahead or back depending on the answer. There are seven questions, and the person with the most correct wins. Derrick almost misses the second question, but quickly corrects himself. He then falls behind on the third question, but Victoria gets the fifth question wrong. She also gets the sixth question wrong. For the last question, Derrick is one point behind Cody, who gets this one wrong. It’s now tied, and we get a tie-breaker!Only Colette Lala is allowed to have glitter

The tie-breaker is a number, and it’s the number of seconds it took for the luxury competition. Derrick guess 420, while Cody slowly picks 680. The answer was 462, which makes Derrick the new HOH!!!

After a little bit of nonsense from Julie, the episode ends. We’ll be back tomorrow with another eviction. Until then, let us know what you thought about tonight’s episode! Are you happy Frankie’s gone? Well, that’s all I really want to know about, but you can talk about anything!

 

Thursday
Sep042014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 32 Recap

Even in the most tepid seasons, double eviction are quite fun. Tonight should be no exception, especially if the ringmaster doesn’t get his way. Or, even better, a certain relative of a famous pop star walks out that door.

Adding to the suspense, Julie Chen (or her assistant) tweeted out an ominous picture of a button inside a glass box, along with the promise of a “new twist”. Yesterday, the feeds had gone down for a few hours as the Have-Not room was cleared out. Could there be a special deal where one trades safety for a certain time (24 hours or so) locked in that room?

There’s other business to attend to before we get to that moment, including the boring and predictable nomination of Victoria to replace Christine as the second nominee to sit next to Nicole. For some reason, we start off with Frankie and Caleb talking about what they want to have for dinner. Oh, they’re doing it to torment Nicole, who is a Have-Not. She’s not happy. “I just feel like they’re heartless...I’m just so pissed.”

She heads into the fire room to break down in tears with Nicole. “It’s sad that this girl is so willing to make big moves than big Beastmode because he wants this five foot two, blonde girl who is alone in the game out of the house. How does it benefit him? I don’t know.” Victoria replies that she thought he was going to put up Frankie, but Nicole says he didn’t “because he’s a wimp”.

Up in the HOH, Caleb is talking to Frankie. He doesn’t want to hide anything from Frankie, so he (stupidly) admits that he gave some thought to putting up Frankie. This may be the dumbest conversation of the year. Caleb, if things don’t work as planned tonight, Frankie will probably dump your ass, despite what he says in this chat. His diary room reasoning is that he didn’t want somebody else telling him, and he does save himself a bit by including what the others said. Oh wait, he does throw Cody under the bus. Maybe it wasn’t so dumb after all. Frankie concludes it by saying he is Caleb’s “biggest ally in the house”.

After some dumb dinosaur moves by Cody (why?), Derrick runs into Frankie in the bathroom. He asks him if he’s ok, and Frankie tells him that he knows about the previous night’s conversations. “It wasn’t anything serious”, Derrick lies, but then informs him that “he (Caleb) brought it up”. He says it’s all due to the fact that he’s paranoid all the time, and says he was never really concerned about it. Frankie doesn’t agree. “I’m not stupid. He was seriously considering it.” Derrick now has some work to do.

They head into the kitchen, and Derrick asks if he really thought he was in jeopardy. When Frankie says yes, Derrick responds that he doensn’t agree. Frankie then says that “if I do go out of this game, I want the knife to come from the front”. Derrick says that he has nothing to worry about from him, but Frankie says in the diary room that he’s not buying it.

In the bathroom, Derrick tells Cody what’s going down with Frankie. Cody thinks Caleb is an idiot, but Derrick downplays not only what Caleb told him but Frankie’s reaction. Cody says in the diary room that Frankie is still his main target. Derrick says that Christine has to go home next, but if she saves herself again then it has to be Frankie. “That’s why he should have fucking went home”, replies Cody. You dummy! Last week, you were HOH AND POV holder! You could have done this!

That’s it with old footage, as Julie now tells the house that it’s another double eviciton night (which they alerady knew anyway). Only Frankie pretends to be excited by the news. Anything to get on TV, I guess.

We jump right to final pleas, and Nicole thanks her family and then babbles about “forgetting to leave my heart at the door”. She thanks Victoria for being a “great friend”, and then tells the rest of them to “stop playing Big Baby. Let’s play Big Brother, and make some big game moves.” Good for her!

Julie says “well done”, and then Victoria flashes her panties before thanking her family. She says that she loves them all, and wants to stay in the house. Typical Victoria nothingness.

Voting then starts with Christine, who votes to evict Nicole, as does Derrick, Frankie, and Cody. As expected, Nicole is evicted for the second time. She hugs them all, and heads out the door.

Julie starts the interview by asking about the difficulty in returning to the game. Her reply is that the first HOH threw her off as she didn’t remember any dates. She is then asked about her thoughts on the final six, and Nicole says they’re all good and has no idea who is going to be in the finals. Julie follows it up by asking who will be the first to be targeted, and Nicole thinks it could be Frankie and Cody. Ugh, Julie also has to ask about Hayden. Nicole says “better than before”. Julie wraps it up by asking who she wants to see follow her tonight, and Nicole replies “sorry, ladies, but probably Cody and Christine”.

After commercials, it’s HOH comp time, and not surprisingly, it’s a question comp called “What the Bleep”. A series of videos from evicted houseguests are played with a word bleeped, and they have to say true or false to what Julie says could be the bleeped word.

The first question is from Donny’s HOH letter, and Derrick is the ONLY person who gets it right. Really??? What the hell??? (I don’t think he wanted to win this comp.)

When we come back from commercials, Derrick is alone in the fire room. Victoria is shown coming in to talk to him, and he hugs her as he tells her that she has to go up. His target is either Christine or Frankie. Christine then comes in and hugs him, and tells him to “do whatever you want”. Caleb comes in next, and he tells him the Christine/Frankie plan. “Let’s do it”, he says to the camera that’s not on his face.

Julie calls everyone (well, only Derrick is not in there already), and he has to now nominate. He says that after talking to everybody he’s not going to make any waves, and this means that Victoria and Christine are nominated. “Nothing personal; going with the house.”

There’s another series of adverts before the veto competition. This one is a maze (big shocker) called “Mazed and Confused”, and they have to navigate a ball through three “crop circle mazes”. Frankie is the first to the second maze, followed by Christine, Caleb, and Cody. Frankie gets to the third maze (dammit), and jumps way ahead. Yes, he wins. Ugh, our big chance to be rid of him for this season!!!

There’s lots of dead air before the commercials, which also seem to go on FOREVER, before we get to the veto ceremony. We come back to see him talking to Derrick, and it’s a tedious, self-important convo on both sides. Derrick wants safety for next week, and Frankie sort of tells him yes. Julie announces just one more minute before the ceremony, and Caleb and Cody both run in. It’s worthless. Come on. Let’s just get to it!

Finally! Julie struggles with reading the rules, and we have to get through the pleas before the actual decision. Neither Christine or Victoria say anything worthy of repeating, and Frankie announces that he’s not using the veto.

There’s even MORE commercials before we get to the voting. Ugh, they have to plead some more. Christine says “Tim is hot” and she misses him. She giggles and says basically nothing, as does Victoria. Seriously, why are they doing this?

Voting FINALLY begins with Frankie, who votes to evict Christine, as does Caleb and Cody. Another boring unanimous vote. CBS pumps up the dramatic music, but it does nothing to create any real tension. Julie announces the vote, and Christine heads out without any hugs or goodbyes. You’ve just been Britney’d, girl. Wow, she was booed as she walked out, and the house heard it! Frankie says that it was indeed proof that “we made the right choice”.

Julie asks why she didn’t say goodbye to anybody. “These were your Detonators.” Christine replies that she was expecting it. Julie then asks if she regrets turning on Hayden and Nicole. She does regret it, but she says that doesn’t mean that she would have lasted longer. The subject of Victoria is brought up, and Christine says that since she’s terrible at competitions they know they can beat her in the final.

Cody is then brought up to a few hisses in the audience, and Christine says that they were just friends. “He had a hilarious personality. I thought he was really funny.” She is mad that he voted her out, but she’s mad at them all for that. That’s it for Christine!

Before we head out, Julie shows us the mysterious button. If it’s pushed in the next few days, then whatever happens this week will be stopped. The nominees will come down, and the final week will be replayed. I guess my prediction was wrong, but it made more sense than that silliness. Ugh, and Jeff and Jordan will be on. The final moments then feature the house looking at said buttong.

So we’re now finished. What did you think? Are you happy that Christine joined Nicole out the door? Are you disappointed that Frankie won veto? Talk it out, my friends!