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Wednesday
Sep032014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 31 Recap

As I stated in a post earlier today, tonight’s episode is a tease. A huge tease. There will be a few moments where the vast majority of you will cheer, and will actually be excited for the last few weeks of the season.

Don’t get too pumped, though, as there will be an almost instant deflation. A devastating turn of events. I’m getting upset just thinking about it.

So let’s get this over with it, starting with the nominations of Nicole and Christine. Caleb says that Nicole is the actual target, and if she somehow stays she’s going to come after him “or one of my boys”. All Christine has to do, he adds, “is sit up there and look pretty”.

Derrick heads into the storage room with Caleb, and immediately gets a stupid “holla”. Caleb explains that although he’s a “country boy” and Nicole’s a “country girl”, they’re both playing completely different games. Derrick agrees, but in the diary room confides that he actually wants Christine to head out the door. “Frankly, I’m not a big fan of her.” He’s now just waiting for the results of the veto competition to make this happen.

We move on to Christine alone in the fire room. “I hate them”, she says about the boys. “I’ve done so much fucking crap for the stupid Detonators and stupid Bomb Squad, and every time I fucking get put up on the block or screwed over. I’m so tired of it.” She has to win the veto, obviously.

Nicole now comes into the storage room to get some consoling from Derrick. First, we get her godawful diary room whine. She complains that it’s even harder to make it in the game after coming back into it. Derrick tries to convince her that he’s actually her allie, and the triumphant music comes up as the tears disappear. “Anytime you want to talk, I’m here”, says Derrick.

Upstairs, Cody and Caleb are having a meeting of the mind(less). They’re going through the scenarios surrounding the veto comp. Caleb says that Victoria will be the replacement nominee, but then adds “I’ll ask D(errick) to see what he says.” Yep, there’s everything that’s wrong with this season. Think for yourselves!!!

On cue, Derrick heads into the HOH. Caleb asks what would happen if Christine was able to save herself using the veto. Would she now come after him? Derrick replies that she will indeed be pissed, but she has to know that none of the guys are taking her to the end. He says that it wouldn’t bother him if Christine ended up going home if Nicole saves herself. He also reminds Caleb that Christine almost beat him in the HOH comp, and that Nicole is emotionally done even if she stays.

In the have-not room, Nicole is talking to Victoria. Nicole says that in the last few days they’ve gotten really close as they supposedly have the same views on those left in the house, and she wouldn’t know what to do without her companionship. They gossip a bit about Christine and Cody, and Victoria says she doesn’t like her. She goes on to say how stupid these people are to see her as a bigger threat than Christine, as she has nobody to work with. If Victoria wins the veto, Nicole hopes that she uses it on her. Victoria just shakes her head yes, but is more unresponsive to the idea. “I will not go down without a fight”, concludes Nicole.

More “hollas” for Derrick as he heads into the HOH. They talk about how hard it’s going to be in the final week, and Caleb spouts a lot of obvoius stuff. Derrick does his usual job of greasing up Caleb’s ego while also digging out some info. Derrick describes how he’s doing this in the diary room. After stroking his ego, Derrick then talks about how awful he is at competitions. “I think any one of you would beat me.” The third step is to throw a dig or two at the other competitiors, and for this exercise it’s Frankie and Cody. He tells Caleb that it would be a close fight between him and those two, unlike the ease he’d beat Derrick. Caleb eats it all up, and says that if he is the final HOH he is definitely taking Derrick. Mission accomplished. “That, people, is how you win five hundred thousand dollars.”

Now we see Christine talking to herself as she slowly walks upstairs to the HOH. “The last thing I want to do is hang out with these ‘Abominators’. They just put me on the block!” She heads in anyway, and Caleb says that if any of them win the veto they’re going to pull her down in favor of Victoria. Derrick, obviously, doesn’t agree with this, but is still keeping quiet.

(BTW, I just noticed that it’s not until this moment twelve minutes into the show that we’re forced to endure Frankie. Great job, producers!!!)

After commercials, we get to pick veto players. It’s kind of a wasted segment, though, as all but one person gets to play. To keep it short, and to ignore the “I have to win this” speeches, it’s everybody but Frankie that plays this week...which annoys him. It annoys him so much that he checks to see if he actually has a chip in the bag. “Unbelievable.”

Back upstairs, the boys talk about how nervous Frankie is starting to act. Caleb announces to both Cody and Derrick that he will always pick them over Frankie. Cody adds that he’s not the biggest fan of him, either, which leads to another “Derrick teaches us moment”. I’m already tired of this.

He’s now going to show us how to get the conversation “back on track”. Christine, obviously, is the real threat here, so he needs to deflect the chat away from Frankie. He points out that if Nicole saves herself, it’s actually Frankie she’s going to go after next week instead of Caleb, but if Christine stays Frankie will be safe. They all decide at that moment that if Nicole comes down then Christine has to go home.

It’s now veto comp time, and it’s a bomb-squad theme. The worst part about Frankie not playing is that he’s the host, and anytime he gets the hint of screen time he’s at his worst. Yes, it’s unbearable, especially his diary pun about “dropping an anvil” on Nicole like in the cartoons.

The comp involves videos that tell the players which wires they need to cut. If they do it wrong, their “bomb” will explode and they will be “blown out of the game”. The first person or persons out will have to wear a dinosaur outfit. Why, I don’t know.

We hear three different sets of instructions, along with the usual Nicole whine, before we begin. Oh yeah, we also get Mr. Perfect Derrick talking about his photographic mind. I guess tonight is when CBS officially crowns Derrick as the greatest Big Brother player ever.

Just after Cody says he’s confident about the game, his bomb blows up and he’s the first out. Yep, he has to wear the stupid costume. For some reason, this is also explained three different times. In the second round, Nicole attempts to create a song to help her remember the order of wires. “I have a terrible singing voice.” No, my dear, it’s your diary room voice that’s terrible. Ear-splitting, in fact. Ugh, they also have Caleb doing comedy bits here. Everybody is correct this time around.

For round three, though, Caleb goes out. Derrick doesn’t want to win, so he’s just sticking around long enough to look good. Before round four, Victoria talks about how good she’s playing, which obviously means she’s the next to go out...along with more scripted diary room comedy bits. They all get the next one right, and we head to commercials. Why can’t they just end this now? This is a terrible competition, and featuring even worse production on the retells.

When we return, Derrick cuts the wrong wire, but of course he tells us ahead of time that’s according to plan. Nicole’s bomb also blows up, which means that Christine has won the veto. Now what are you going to do, Derrick?

They all notice that Frankie ran and hugged Christine when she won. Caleb says that he may have a new replacement nominee. I don’t even really here what is said for the next couple of minutes, as my ears are still ringing from Nicole.

With the girls in the bathroom, Caleb reports that Frankie was whispering something into Christine’s ear. Apparently, he stopped as soon as he saw Caleb approach. Caleb wants to find out what was said. “It doesn’t really settle well with me.” (Yep, here’s our few minutes of hope.)

Cody raises the question to Christine in the kitchen, and she says that he said that if he had been allowed to play he would have made it as far as her in the comp. Cody says he may be able to use this as ammo.

Filler time, as the diary room calls Cody in to get his dinosaur costume. Fast forward time!

Back to the game, as Dinosaur Boy joins Caleb in the HOH. He reports to Caleb the story on how Frankie was bragging about how great he would have been in the comp. Caleb is pisse.d “What’s his deal?” Cody babbles about how he’ll probably take somebody like Christine to the final two, knowing that Caleb would probably take him. Got that?

After another commercial break, Caleb is talking to Derrick and Christine about how scared he is about Frankie winning the next HOH. He firmly believes that Frankie will cut him and/or Cody loose. In the diary room, he adds that if he makes this move, he needs the support of the entire (non-existent) Bomb Squad. Christine says that she can’t stand Frankie, and would “love for him to be backdoored”. Derrick explains in the diary room that he’s torn as to what to do. (BTW, all through this conversation we get shots of Frankie applying makeup.)

Back inside, Derrick and Cody carry on with this topic. Cody thinks it’s possibly better to keep Nicole over Frankie this week. He believes that if Frankie does win HOH, it won’t be Caleb on the block. It will be him and Derrick. A non-committal Derrick final says that he’s on board with any decision.

Sleeping in the Have-Not room, Nicole complains about the game mentality in the house. At some point, somebody has to actually make some big moves. She tells Derrick that she believes he’s playing the best, most strategic game ever. “You’re the closest thing to Dan I’ve ever come across.” Ugh, really? Derrick loves this, but wants her to keep this quiet.

This compliment so unnerves him that he heads up to the HOH to stop the “Evict Frankie” movement. He says he’s down with sending Frankie home, but creates the needed scenarios to ensure that Nicole is back to being the target. (Seriously, it’s not hard with this collection of no-minds.) Caleb reads the diary room script that says he’s now confused as to what to do, and we head to the show’s final commercial break.

Let’s get this over with. Christine looks at the memory wall, babbles a bit, calls the house in, and takes herself down. They all say what production wants to hear, and then Caleb puts up Victoria in Christine’s place.

That’s it. I’m angry. I swear that CBS allowed interns to put this together. It was horribly edited, horribly scripted, and just a garbage show. I apologize to those who hate my negative recaps, but I’m tired of this idiocy.

Do you agree? Should Frankie have been put up? Are they going over the top with their “Derrick is a genius” edit? Tells us what you think!

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Big Brother 2014: What Went Wrong?

It’s pretty clear that the sixteenth season of Big Brother is a failure. In all of the years I’ve been watching, blogging, and/or podcasting the show, I’ve never found so much apathy in the fan base. My twitter feed used to overload during network broadcasts, and it would take an hour to catch up with the overnight posts in the morning. I now see more Utopia updates in my timeline than anything Big Brother-related.

What went wrong?

It’s easy to blame Frankie. He is in my opinion the worst person ever cast on the show, and even mainstream websites are starting to report on his diva ways. As I’ve stated before, since he outed his famous sister and his own supposed online celebrity status, he’s strutted around the house like it’s his personal stage. Everybody else is just an extra to the Frankie show.

It’s also easy to complain about the twists. We were promised the “most twisted season ever”, but there were really only two twists, and both the dual HOH’s and Team America were disasters. Otherwise, it’s been the same competitions and the same returning player gimmicks that we see every year. When the contestants whose only knowledge of the game is the DVD’s provided to them before the season starts know what’s going to happen every week there is a problem.

That still doesn’t fully explain why fans are leaving in droves.

The real answer is a bit more subtle. Like a high school boy mesmerized by his classmate’s short skirts, week after week we’re being teased mercilessly. Every Sunday or Monday, we have a glimmer of hope that the season will be saved. For a few hours, or a day or two, there’s a strong possibility of a big move.

Week after week feed watchers are played like fools.

Typically, it all begins with an idea that it’s time to blindside a so-called strong player. Hours of conversations are held; scenarios are played out. Quite often, the decision is made to make the big move.

Just as quickly as the idea is sprung, it’s deflated. A “voice of reason”, aka Derrick, decides it’s not the right time to make this move, and some combination of Victoria, Nicole, Donny, and Jocasta have remained on the block. From Monday afternoon to Thursday’s eviction, there’s been little worth viewing.

Most viewers can be ok with this type of turn of events once or twice. We’re now at weeks and weeks of this exact same scenario. I’m tired of it, and I know I’m not alone.

What is sort of funny about this lame season is that a lot of the blame goes to a player who was dispatched the second week of the season. Remember how we laughed and laughed when Devin (who?) created that alliance that included almost the entire house? It’s because of his work that a group of five have controlled the house ever since. They’ve been a part of every week’s HOH, and have orchestrated every set of nominees. Even when their plans don’t work out, they’ve been able to regroup and ultimately end up with that combo of noms I already mentioned.

This week was no different than the week before, or the week before that. As you’ll see on tonight’s broadcast, Caleb had a moment of clarity on Sunday, and for a few hours it looked like our long summer nightmare could be dispatched. Frankie was all but guaranteed to be evicted, but Derrick (along with some paranoia-inducing chatter from Frankie) convinced Caleb it wasn’t the time to do this. When will it be?

It’s really time for CBS to step in and fix the show. Forget about “twists” or stuntcasts. Stop recruiting in bars. Don’t call a person a “superfan” just because she made t-shirts of the cute, nerdy boys. Find people who have some knowledge of the game, but not enough that they’ll be too guarded to let loose on the live feeds. Mix up the competitions. Do something to fix this mess, as it’s looking more and more outdated every year!

 

Thursday
Aug282014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 29 Recap

After a couple of weeks of boring feeds and even worse CBS broadcasts, I’m actually a bit excited about tonight’s telecast. Don’t get me wrong. There will be plenty of unneeded filler. The house filmed an ice bucket challenge this week, and there will also be a segment about Christine’s family. (I like her husband, Tim, but these segments are always brutal.)

What I’m primarily looking forward to seeing should happen towards the end of the second segment, which is when Julie Chen first talks to the house. Remember last night’s disastrous “Big Brother on Broadway” segment, designed by Frankie to be a Team America task? Well, the voting lines were opened after the show ended, and Julie has a coded question that will tell them if they passed. He’s completely convinced that “America” will love what they did. Judging by twitter, I’m not so sure. If it goes the way I believe, it could be my favorite moment of the season.

There’s also a bit of doubt as to who is going home. All week long the plan has been for Donny to be evicted, but there were a flurry of conversations about a last-minute swerve. While it appears that Derrick prevented a crisis, Nicole knows what went down. Between that and Cody’s anger over people disobeying his HOH, there could finally be cracks in the giant alliance that has run the house since the very first day.

Enough of my babbling. Let’s head to the footage! Obviously, we start with the nothingness that was the veto ceremony, where Cody again proved that he talks a big game but has no testicle. Remember last night when he suggested putting up Frankie? Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Donny and Nicole are seen sitting outside, talking about how all they can do is enjoy their last few days. Nicole’s voice again grates my brain as she talks in the diary room, but I think she said that she needs to find three votes. Donny thinks his only hope is Team America, “but I don’t think Team America is as strong as America would want them to be”. Preach it, Donny! Both Donny and Nicole go on about how tough they’ve had it in the house.

Meanwhile, Cody is folding his jeans, explaining that he has to send Donny home because he is such a threat. Yeah, right. He heads out the HOH door, and this short scene is already over. Yep, even CBS producers hate Cody.

Back downstairs, Derrick is hiding behind a giant piece of wood, and scares Nicole as she walks by. She takes this opportunity to ask him what he’s doing this week, and he says she should feel safe. She complains that she feels awkward, and feels that nobody is wiling to trust her. Derrick uses this opportunity to get her on his side, but claims to not be so sure that he wants to break up Team America. Derrick says that he’s not sure how the girls will vote (lie), but she should have the votes from all of the boys. “Nobody wants Donny here because he’s dangerous.”

Moving on, Nicole is mending fences with her former buddy, Christine, as they lay out in the sun. “It was so weird when I came back in the house the first thing I did was hurry and try to find you and like hug you.” What a badly constructed sentence! They giggle and continue to babble, and Christine says that she loves her. “I really have no hard feelings for you at all”, says Christine.

Frankie is watching this all go down as he eats, and thankfully his mic is muted as he is the worst chomper ever. He’s now a bit concerned about theri newfound friendship. “Her social game is pretty on point. If Nicole is not targetting Chrsitine, I’m sure she’s targeting me. I may have to rethink this.” Nicole, though, hasn’t forgotten that Christine is the one who gave her the boot.

It’s Frankie’s turn to lay out in the sun, and this time it’s with Derrick. Frankie says he’s pretty sure that Nicole is coming after him, and then lies that he doesn’t want to break up Team America, so he starts working on Derrick to save Donny. “God, I just want Nicole gone”, he says. “I mean, I don’t think I would have been on the block yet if it wasn’t for that bitch.”

They begin to talk about what would happen if Donny survived, and then won the next HOH. Who would he put up? “Cody and Christine”, answers Frankie. Derrick doesn’t believe that Cody would be included. “Who doesn’t like Cody? The kid walks on water.” Wait, what? Frankie thinks this is why he COULD go up. Frankie then babbles in the diary room that America must want Donny to survive, as he’s been put in Team America with him and Derrick. Um, dumbass, he was on Team America before you. They decide the decision must rest with Caleb, but it is probably better for them if Donny survives.

Frankie then heads in and complains that Nicole “has done a pretty good job of integrating”. Caleb looks out, and Nicole is playing pool with the other boys. “We know where she stands with us”, says an unconvinced Caleb. “It’s not a great place”, replies Frankie. “She wants me out of the house.” This seems to wake up Caleb’s feeble brain, as he then realizes there’s a good chance that he would be put up next to Frankie since she’s become friends with Christine again. “We are all too good for her to beat us”, concludes Caleb.

Ugh, the surf music comes on, which means it is Team America idiocy. Frankie reads the card, which explains how Julie is going to ask them about special have-not food. They have to reply, “apple pie”, and if Julie says yes then they have passed. He goes into his pitch on how he “put on a show for America. I hope we did impress you.” You didn’t. He heads into the fire room to explain this to Donny and Derrick. Frankie is confident they’re going to get their apple pie.

Back to the game, as Caleb is talking to Derrick about keeping Donny. “Nicole is a big threat”, he says. Derrick replies that Donny is smart, but Nicole is “smart and athletic”. Caleb points out that Nicole has beat them before in HOH comps...and I then get a weather alert!!! Damn you, KELO!!!

The alerts end as Julie heads to commercials. When we return, it’s time for the moment of truth. Frankie does seem pretty intense as Julie heads to the house for questions. Victoria is asked about her wisdom teeth, and she replies that she’s feeling “amazing”. Julie then announces that this will be the last week of Have-Nots, and Frankie gets the big question! “If you become a have-not, what special food would you like to request from Big Brother?” He replies that “ordinarily, I’d say tofu but that didn’t go over too well. I’ll go with my favorite dessert instead - apple pie!” Julie’s answer is that “I’d say that’s an overwhelming NO!!!”

YES! YES! YES!!! Frankie’s mouth couldn’t be open any bigger...but he quickly recovers. Meanwhile, Donny has a grin. He’s loving it.

Cody is then asked what he’s missing the most by being in the house for so long. “Gotta go with messing with my dad on a regular basis.” God, he’s boring. For some reason, they then get short clips from family members. Why? Oh, I know why. So we can see stupid Ariana Grande, and Frankie overreacting to it. The segment ends with a tearful Derrick talking about his daughter.

We then move on to Christine and Cody’s weird relationship, and their family’s reactions to it. I’m fast forwarding. I have stated my opinion of this already.

It’s now time for the big moment...and I have more weather alerts!!! Damn you, KELO!!!

I get my feed back when Christine comes in to vote to evict Donny, as does Victoria. Frankie is next, and he makes a show at also voting against Donny. Yep, Donny is toast. Caleb fulfills the procedure by voting against Donny, as does Derrick.

We must wait through a commercial break before Donny is given the news, though. He hugs them all, and leaves with a smile to a huge ovation. After a few wasted seconds of house footage, Julie begins by noting that he has tears in his eyes. “I’m a little emotional. I get emotional from time to time. My feellings was hurt and I just seen my brother. All kinds of emotions going through my mind, and my heart. I’ve got a big heart. A very big heart.”

Julie notes that “we saw that”, and asks him who hurt his feelings the most. “No one particularly hurt my feelings. I feel a little let down by Team America. America obviously voted us a team, and they kind of broke that, which I don’t blame them. It’s an individual game.”

Chen interrupts him, and asks if he intended to play alone. Wow, really? “I knew coming in with my age and what I look like that I was going to be different. If I made it past the first week, I could befriend people. I have an art of befriending people.” The crowd cheers, and Julie asks about how he was always on the block. He replies that he doesn’t understand why he was such a target. “Maybe likability is not that good in this game. Everyone that has come out this door...the majority has loved me. That’s not good for the remaining people in the house.” Julie points out that going to be super early was probably not a good idea. He says he had nothing in common with them, so sitting up all night would have been a waste of time. “In the beginning, I tried.”

This is followed up with all of the silly things the rest of the house has accused him of actually being, including a doctor, actor, and ninja. “I am just a simple man, and I WAS a groundskeeper. I resigned my position, and I pray that I get it back.”

The goodbye messages are then played, starting with Christine. She says he is one of the smartest people she’s ever met…”and one of the sneakiest, which is why I’ve been trying to get you out of here since week two.” Caleb says that if he wasn’t eliminated now, he’d probably win the game. Frankie then claims that he’s “100% Team America, but I can’t throw my own personal game out the window in order to save yours.” Derrick says that he tried to get him the necessary votes (lie), and that it “was a pleasure working with you”.

Before he’s sent packing, Donny is told by Julie that the Bold and the Beautiful wants him to make a guest appearance. He’s as flabbergasted as I am. Good for him.

It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Sloppy the Snowman”. It’s one of those where they have to fill up cups, and the first to fill their “snowman” enough to grab their “piece of coal”. There’s also a smaller snowman that will win either “5,000 dollas/5,000 hollas”. They get five grand, but also will be harassed by shout outs. Hmmm, weird.

As you may expect, this comp doesn’t end before the segment ends, so it’s time for me to turn on the feeds. Before I go, though, I need to know what EVERYBODY thought about Frankie’s Team America failure! Tell me! Please!

 

Wednesday
Aug272014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 28 Recap

This will probably be a shorter than usual recap, as there are some things going to be shown tonight that I have zero interest in sitting through. I’m not going to be negative about them...oh wait, yes I will. I’ll rant a bit, but I just don’t see the point in screeching about these segments at length.

So let’s get going with the reactions to Cody’s (predictable) nominations of Donny and Nicole. Cody starts by talking how Donny is his number one target this week. “This guy has been slipping off the block a lot, so we need to make sure that he won’t slip off the block yet again.” We see Donny shaking Cody’s hand and telling him, “I would never target you. I’m by myself.”

Cody goes on to say that he had to put up Nicole “to appease my entire alliance”. No, you didn’t. Donny adds that he would have “been more surprised” if he wasn’t on the block. Frankie hugs him, and reminds him he’s the “veto king”. “It’s extremely important”, Donny adds, “to win veto this week. If I don’t, I’m probably going home.”

We must now endure Nicole’s voice, as she talks about feeling “deja vu all over again” by being on the block after we see footage of Cody hugging her. She heads into the bathroom and hugs Donny.

In the living room, Caleb complains that Donny is now going to “get Nicole to get us all to turn on each other”. Caleb is still not convinced Donny is just a groundskeeper. “He’s a genius.” Oh Caleb, you’ve been living with him for two months now. Stop it. Caleb goes on to tell Cody and Derrick how his eyes are constantly moving around the house. “Why?”, asks Cody. It’s because he’s a genius. “He’s so smart he’s thinking when he’s not thinking.” Um, ok. Caleb is a dummy, and is now convinced Donny worked with intelligence in the Army. “I just read people very well.”

Derrick now heads into the HOH, and Cody asks him about putting up Frankie if Donny comes down. “You’re talking big boy moves”, replies Derrick. Yeah, this idea is immediately flushed, despite how long they broadcast the ensuing conversation...and Cody’s scripted diary room.

The surf guitar comes on, and this means the latest Team America (Fuck No!) segment. Donny reads the card that says that Team America must create their own mission, and America will vote on its success. What a terrible idea.

Donny thinks the mission should be something to keep all of Team America together. He takes Derrick into the storage room and explains this week’s scenario. He adds his great idea, and Derrick replies that they have to get Frankie on board. In the diary room, Donny says that he believes America would want the three to stay together.

Moving on to Frankie, Donny again explains how they could make this work to save Donny. They could throw the veto comp to Donny, or win it and now use it but agree to vote out Nicole. “That’s so interesting”, replies Frankie.  

Oh wait, there’s Veronica. Or Velouria. or whatever her name is. She’s wearing sunglasses to cover up the fact that her face is swollen. She’s having “horrible pain” from her wisdom teeth, and opens her mouth to show Cody. There’s more footage of her whining in pain, and she believes she’s “gained 50 pounds in my cheek”.She’s called to the diary room, and Caleb yells at her that she looks great. As soon as she’s in, though, he starts making fun of her. Classy, Beastmode!

Christine and Derrick are now talking about how she may not be able to compete in the veto, and Victoria waddles past the two. “Hello, beautiful”, says Christine. Nicole asks how she’s doing as she heads into the toilet, and then you hear a crash. Nicole goes to see what’s going on, and finds her laying on the floor. She yells for Derrick, and they pull her out of the toilet. Production tells them that help is on the way, and you see medical staff coming in as we head to commercials.

Medics are dealing with her when the show comes back, and Nicole says she’s not used to dealing with people she knows as a nurse. Veronica is given oxygen, and carried into the diary room as the sad piano music comes on. Donny says he was very scared for her. “I said a little prayer for her.”

As the acoustic guitar music is introduced, Veronica walks back into the house. She says that she’s feeling a little better, and Donny says he was worried about her. “I am thankful for everybody who came and helped, and was concerned. It really showed how much my Big Brother family do care, and how much they do love me.”

Frankie and Derrick now talk about Donny’s idea. They’re not crazy about it, obviously. “I’m not doing that”, says Frankie. In the diary room, as he’s putting on makeup he claims that “America” would never want them to save Donny. You really are clueless, brother of famous pop star.

Derrick wants to do something funny instead, and says that since Frankie is the creative one that he should come up with something. No!!!!! “I’ll figure out something fun.”

Before we get to that idiocy, it’s time to pick veto players. Cody picks Christine, Nicole gets Derrick, and Donny gets Frankie (the one he didn’t want). Of course, Frankie overreacts as he knows this is a segment that will make TV.

Donny then heads into the fire room to talk to Derrick, who pretends to be torn about Donny’s future in the house. Donny talks about how alone he is in the house, and how everybody is so paranoid about him. “I’ve done nothing to none of them.” Derrick pulls out all the stops, and tells him how he’s such a special person that would get all of the money if he’s final two.

Frankie then walks in, and his idea for Team America is a Big Brother play. Ugh. This is awful. He explains why saving Donny wouldn’t work, but Donny counters how their two votes are almost enough alone to save them. “You sent Nicole before me the first time. You can just send Nicole home again, and send me home next and we’ll all get $5,000.” Frankie’s response is that they could just put on a play and make that money. Ugh. In the diary room, Donny talks about how Frankie has “never been on the Donny level in his life. Here’s an opportunity to work for America, and he wants to put on a play. I guess Operation Save Donny is just something they’re not interested in.” Preach on, Donny.

Derrick attempts to save face, and tells Donny that it’s not a done deal that Donny is going home. Donny asks what kind of play they could put on, and Frankie says to just leave it to him. Frankie leaves, and Donny thanks him for their chat. Derrick, always looking for a jury vote, lies to Donny and says that clearly Frankie isn’t as on board as he is. “I’m not sold on sending you home.” Yeah, right. I don’t buy the tears either.

More commercials before it’s veto comp time. Before it begins, Christine and Frankie talk about the annual “Stay and Fold”. She wants to throw it to somebody that is “good with numbers”, which, of course, means Frankie. Christine then tells Cody and Derrick the plan.

It is indeed that competition, tied to an awful new CBS show called Scorpion. Caleb reads the show’s promo text, and then the competitors get to look at the various things they’re going to be guessing.

They all read their diary room scripts about the importance of this comp, and then the game starts. The first question regards the number of pinwheels. Frankie reminds us how amazing he is at numbers for the fourth or fifth time, and I’m already bored as we go down the line with their answers. Everybody folds except for Donny and Frankie. The great news is that Frankie is the furthest from the correct answer, and the math wizard is out! (Have I said that I hate Frankie?)

The second question regards espresso cups, and everybody but Cody folds. Next up is the number of pieces of fruit, and everybody but Cody folds  again. He now has two of the needed three “passes”. The fourth question is about donuts, and this time they all again fold!!!! Cody is the winner of the veto! What the hell??? Oh yeah, and they also get to watch this awful TV show. Cody picks Nicole and Donny since he nominated them and made them have-nots.

Time for me to take a bathroom break, and maybe have a smoke as it’s time for the extended CBS promo for that awful show. Be back in a few minutes!

Oops, time to go take a dump as it’s followed by Frankie’s play. Nope, I have no interest. Please go to cbs.com and vote no for this week’s Team America!

It’s finally over, and Derrick is upset that he hasn’t been able to tell Cody what to do for two days. He gets him alone, and says that they need to separate Christine, Frankie, and Caleb. Cody again claims that he wants to use the veto to put up Frankie, and doesn’t trust Christine at all. Cody, as usual, talks tough in the diary room, saying that he doesn’t want to look weak by not taking a shot when he can. What a loser. You don’t even have to see the last few minutes to know what he ultimately did.

The answer to that last sentence happens after the final commercials of the evening. Cody stares at the wall and again talks about big decisions...and then ultimately does nothing. It’s the story of his season. There’s some more blah blah blah, and that’s it.

So you’re all going to head to CBS.com and vote no on Frankie’s terrible play? And send some condolences to Veronica’s wisdom teeth. Otherwise, what did you think of tonight’s episode? Tell us your thoughts!