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Big Brother Season 16, Episode 2 Recap

Last night, we were introduced to eight new contestants, viewed a HOH competition handed by Amber to Frankie, and heard some (but not all) details about various twists. Tonight, we do it all over again, and hopefully by the end of the hour a LOT of questions will be answered about the dual HOH winners.

Julie opens in the studio last night, and just in case you forgot what happened 24 hours ago, we get a recap of last night’s show. Why do they do this?

It’s now time to meet the next group of eight house guests. We start off with Victoria, the photographer. She’s from Israel, and moved to America when she was eight. She’s “orthodox, but we don’t dress it”. She says that it’s easy for her to manipulate guys. “Victoria gets what Victoria wants.”

Up next is Caleb, a good ol’ boy who calls himself a “mextrosexual country boy”. Some days he wears cowboy boots, but other days he whips out the hair gel. “Next thing I know, I look like Robin Thicke out there.” Sure you do.

Third up is Brittany, who is flaunting her body in a swimsuit as she talks about how she just escaped a ten year marriage. Big Brother is going to be the start of a “whole new start”. Actually, the last word was cut off thanks to crappy editing. She has three kids, who are so important that she’s going to leave them for three months.

Christine is next up, and we meet her while she’s working as a barista. She loves her job because she gets to meet so many people, and knows everything about everybody that comes in. She’s married, but instead of the short, chubby guys she generally dated, her husband is super-skinny. She’s also a huge Big Brother fan, and she thinks that everybody is going to trust her because she’s so nice.

Everybody thinks Derrick is a college kid, but he’s actually a cop that has worked undercover in the past. He says there’s “nothing in the house that can throw me off my game”.

Zach is a recent college grad, and he’s currently unemployed. He says he doesn’t need any friends. “They serve no purpose.” He’s looking forward to lying, and lying some more in the Big Brother house. “I tell people how it is, and I don’t care what the consequences are.” We see a picture of him with a black eye after he did such a thing.

Jocasta is shown preaching as she’s introduced. “I’m your minister, and your motivational speaker from the church house.” She’s a mother of two, and she’s an “awesome mom because God gave them to me”.  

The pedicab driver, Hayden, is next. He’s the “goofy, funny kid” everybody is going to love. “I’m going to be friends with everyone.” He believes that people will underestimate him because he looks like a hippie, but he was actually on the dean’s list. Then why are you driving a pedicab?

Just like last night, we now get the fake footage of everybody having an hour to pack. This is worthless, except for one nice little tidbit. “My past is my past”, says Jacosta. “I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve done a lot of people; men, women. But God made me (and) transformed me into the person I am.” Hmmm, does she have a wild side? Oh, we also find out that Christine is a nudist, and wishes she could live naked on Big Brother.

Like last night, we now see them on stage being given the “expect the unexpected” speech from Julie. They all act shocked to find out that the other eight are already in the house, and that there’s already a HOH. Julie goes on to inform them that there will be one more HOH crowned tonight, but “by the end of the week there will only be one HOH standing”.

Jacosta, Caleb, Christine, and Hayden are sent into the house first, and it’s the usual screemfest that you would expect. Christine is excited to be on her favorite show, but Caleb is more excited about the “hotties”. He especially likes Amber, who he says is “taking a big bite of my cake right now”. Jacosta is most concerned about where she’s going to sleep, and rushes around to find a suitable bed. “”Who the heck am I sleeping with?”

Oh God, Hayden tells Devin that he looks like the Rock. This is something he said about himself last night, and I just don’t see it! Hayden also thinks Amber looks like Whitney Houston (wtf?), and that Cody looks like John Travolta. Somebody get this guy some glasses!

The other four are now sent in by Julie, and it’s not much different than the earlier entrance. People jump up and down, and there’s screaming. Zach seems confused but “I don’t give a damn about meeting these people”. I think I do like him. Frankie, meanwhile, bonds with Victoria, who loves him because he has pink hair and she’s wearing a pink dress. Yes, that’s what she said. Nicole is worried that the new people are going to change the bonds that have already been established.

They all move into the kitchen to introduce each other over jars of champagne. Victoria thinks she’s the hottest girl in the house, while Joey loves Christine. Derrick lies about his job, saying that he works in Parks and Rec. In the diary room, Donny admits he’s going to have a hard time remembering the names of the new people. Cody, meanwhile, is shocked to find out that Brittany’s hot body has bore three kids. Red flags go up to Frankie over Cody’s country background.

After commercials, the bonding continues. The pink twins talk about religion, and Frankie says that he’s doing it because he needs a friend on the “other side” of the house. They agree to work together. Pow Pow wants to find out more about Caleb to see if he’s a “threat to my game”. She tells him that she’s a “really straight up person”, and Caleb replies that he knows hot to read people. He says that he is going to win the upcoming HOH because he’s not the type to throw competitions. Pow Pow is worried.

As a bunch of them are sitting around trying to think of something to do, Donny suddenly unveils his special talent! No, not that type of talent. He can imitate a cricket! He claims in the diary room that he’s “distractin’”. He claims that he doesn’t want people to think he’s good at the game. “I want people to think I’m funny.” Interesting.

Frankly, I’m kind of tired of these nonsensical conversations, although Zach and Frankie already seem to have some issues with each other. Actually, I kind of love the Zach is poking a bit at him. “Zach, here’s an idea for you”, says Frankie in the diary room. “Maybe you shouldn’t be pissing off the new HOH in the very first conversation you have with him.” I love it!

After another commercial break, it’s now time for the second HOH competition. Jacosta is shown praying before she heads out to kick some ass. They walk out to a setup that is pretty similar to last night’s. It’s that same revolving barrel with a different background. This one has a pig roast, tiki party background, and it’s called “Over the Coals”. They’re draped around the “spit”, and the last one hanging onto it is the winner.

Cue the cheesy music as they start revolving, and this is a competition that is definitely designed for big, tall people. Victoria is the first to fall, mainly because she’s “too pretty” to do this competition. Frankie is bummed.

Julie cuts in to announce that a “BBQ isn’t complete without a little BBQ sauce”. Brittany almost immediately falls after they squirt the sauce all over them, followed by Jacosta and Christine.

Now it’s only the guys left, and Zach purposely drops. Derrick goes next, and he says that he “proved” he’s a strong player but didn’t have to get blood on his hands. It’s now between Hayden and Caleb, and they’re still at it as we go to a break.

We return to the two of them spinning and spinning, and Caleb starts showing off. Finally, Hayden falls, but I’m impressed. Caleb hugs him, and tells Hayden that he’s safe this week.

Julie has them all head back to the living room, and Frankie says that he knows that he now has to work with Caleb. Julie then tells them that every week there will be two HOH’s who will each nominate two people. “In a Big Brother first”, there’s a new comp called “Battle of the Block”. Frankie’s two nominees will battle Caleb’s two nominees, and the winning duo will be safe from nomination. The losing HOH will be dethroned, and can be then put up in a veto situation. “You can go from being HOH to being evicted”, Julie explains. Obviously, they’re all shocked. In case you’re unclear of that, we get a run of people in the diary room telling you that exact thing.

After one last break, Julie again explains the America, Fuck Yeah twist. The winner of the first online vote, and the first to Team America, is then shown coming into the diary room. Shockingly, it’s Joey! Wait, Joey! Nothing against her, but why would people vote for one of the most anonymous people in the house! Oh, and every mission they win the Team America threesome will get five thousand bucks.

We get a bunch of promos for live feeds, Jeff Schroeder, and Big Brother After Dark before Julie wraps up the show. That’s all folks! What did you think of the episode? Do you like the HOH twist? What about these eight fools? Tell us what you think!



Big Brother Season 16, Episode 1 Recap

We’ve all watched Julie Chen hint at the twists. We’ve taken a look at the interview videos, and made fun of the backyard “group” pictures.

It’s now finally time for the game to begin. It’s time for the twists to be explained (or some of them, at least), and it’s time to truly meet this season’s collection of freaks, cretins, models, and recruits!

Well, some of them at least. For tonight’s show we’re only going to meet half of the cast, as the “twistiest twists” are so shocking it’s going to take two days to explain! Well, we shall see about that, as I’m one of those who are generally let down by these types of production games.

So let’s get those season off to a start!

Strangely, Julie Chen starts the show inside the house, just outside of the hallway. She goes through the usual lines of “no cellphones, no internet, etc.” before heading onto the Big Brother stage. She goes through all of the catchphrases before we get to the phoniness of the first eight house guests receiving their keys.

We first meet Paoloa, a DJ from New York. She says her DJ life has helped her develop a thick skin, “so bring it”. We get a bunch of shots of her partying while she talks about how she hoeps there are “hot guys because I plan to manipulate them...even the ugly ones”

We then meet Donny, our resident Duck Dynasty hick. His brush to fame is that he was “Kelly Pickler’s janitor when she was in high school”. Ok then. He goes through his usual boring day, and his dad says to “not take any wooden nickels”. He says that he’s not as dumb as the others will think he is, “but I ain’t as smart as I think I am”.

On to the beefcake, as a shirtless Cody is next. He knows he’s going to be great at physical challenges, and he’s close to his family. He also wants to meet cute girls.

And now the season’s nightmare. Frankie Grande overdoes his Hollywood 101 reality show acting as he jumps for joy after “finding” his Big Brother key. He is shown dancing around a New York City street as we hear about how he’s a Broadway performer. “And I happen to be the brother of one of the most famous people on earth.” Ugh. We then have to endure her song as they flash back and forth between pictures of him and his sister. He says he’s not going to tell anybody about his famous sibling, but has to add that he’s the “queen of YouTube”.

Thankfully, we now move on to Amber, and after a spread eagle shot on a rock climbing wall, we get a bunch of bikini pictures. She’s an athletic country girl, which gives us an opportunity for more camera shots of her ass. She also likes to shoot guns and ride dirt bikes. “You don’t have to worry about my dad. You have to worry about me.”

Speaking of country girls, we then move on to Nicole driving a tractor. She says she’s quirky and talks weird, and we get a lot of down home shots of her doing small town things. She’s a super fan who has been watching since she was eight, and says that she’ll have to lie if necessary, despite what her parents say.

Next up is Devin in a batting cage, just so we know that he used to be a professional baseball player. Professional as in the minor leagues, that is. “Now I’m a full time dad.” He says you can never “underestimate a full time dad”, and that his athletic ability will help him win. “If that fails, I’m just going to go to the charm”. Oh yeah, and he says he looks like the Rock.

Finally, we head to Seattle to meet Joey, a makeup artist with a pseudo-alternative hairstyle. For some reason, we hear that she’s a liberal. Way to create a fanbase, girl! She wants to find some “hot liberal men in the house”. What the hell is this?

With the introductions over, they’re all “told” that they have one hour to pack. Come on, CBS, we’re smarter than that! Yeah, I’m no fan of watching them pack, especially having to listen to them talk nonsense. Frankie, in particular, with his whining about not being able to keep up with his sister’s career (including a phone call to her). Did you know she’s famous?

They’re all now shown on Julie’s stage. After going through a few of the usual catchphrases, she tells them they’re going to be on the “most twisted summer ever”, and the “most grueling and outrageous social experiment”. She notes that there’s a reason why there’s only eight of them, but they’ll be told later why.

After some canned applause, four (Cody, Amber, Donny, and Joey) head inside. Joey is the first in, and the two girls rush in to claim a bed. The boys take their time, and we get some down home talk from Donny. They reconvene in the kitchen to introduce themselves, and Cody loves Donny’s voice.

A bad cut takes us back to the stage, and the other four now run in. Paoloa is first with this crew, and Nicole says all she can think about is not peeing her pants (because that happens when she’s excited). Frankie and Joey compare hair colors, and there’s an awful attempt at a bad joke.

The eight then go tour the house, and they are questioning why there are only eight of them. Paloa knows this has to mean a twist.

The girls find the champagne, and introductions are then made. Cody is impressed with “Pow Pow” (Paola), and Frankie says that it’s an immediate red flag when Pow Pow says she’s a DJ. “She definitely knows who Ariana Grande is.” Ugh, really? “This girl could know who I am.”

The hayseed music kicks in when Donny introduces himself, and Nicole says she loves his outsider appeal. Pow Pow and Frankie both love Cody, though! “He’s so hot.”

Frankie claims to be 28 (he’s 31), and says he’s a Broadway chorus boy. Joey says they’re perfect “peacocks”. Devin jumps right in with the fact he’s a single dad, and that he had to quit baseball because of her. Amber loves him. “He’s tall, dark, and handsome. Just my type.”

Amber, Joey, and Nicole continue on with the introductions, but it’s not too exciting. Devin, though, thinks Joey is “smoking hot. She’s a ten!” Donny thinks he wants to work with Nicole, but can’t remember her name.

In case you forgot, there’s another eight people coming in. Devin says he wants to “circle the wagons” to be ready for them. Donny reads off an obviously-prepared toast about High Definition, and we head to our first commercial break.

When we return, Devin is telling Amber, Frankie, and Paola that they “have to stay tight” no matter what happens. They bring the other four in, because Devin wants these eight to be the first super-alliance of the season. Sure, that will work, and Joey admits in the diary room that she’s not too sure about this idea. Frankie, though, loves the idea, and wants to name them the “Crazy eight”! Devin then takes off his shirt, as do the rest of the boys for some crunches. What the hell? At least Donny is smart enough to refrain.

Devin and Donny are now alone, and Devin asks if he’s a fan of the show. Donny replies in a loud whisper, complete with a little lunge towards Devin, “every season”. He doesn’t want the rest to know, and Devin claims that he will keep the secret. His great plan is to have a secondary, top secret alliance with somebody nobody would expect, and Donny fits that category. Donny is so happy he feels like he won the “best beard contest at the county fair”.

Frankie and Cody sit down to play some chess, and Pow Pow comes up to hang out. “Is this the HOH room”, she asks as she walks by the door. “Oh my God, chess!” She doesn’t want any guys to form their own alliances, ala the Brigade. “I want it to be all about girl power this year”, she says.

She runs downstairs to tell the other girls, and they all agree a girl needs to win this year. “It is time for a girl to win, and that girl needs to be me”, says Amber. Pow Pow believes that Frankie and Cody will form an alliance, and they all admit their plan was to create Big Brother’s first all girl alliance. Yeah, with a little prompting from CBS. Pow Pow even has a name for the final four of girls - El Quatro. Nicole just wants to know what El Quatro means.

Julie then calls everybody together into the living room. Julie hints that more people will be coming in shortly, but one of them will be the first HOH of the season. Julie goes through the usual rules of being HOH, but adds that the HOH is not safe. Remember, it’s the “most twisted summer ever”. She repeats that HOH is not necessarily safe, and the backing track of drums increases in intensity. Frankie is confused. “There’s got to be something else”, he says, and Cody says he’s panicking.

After commercials, Pow Pow and Cody are talking. “In the real world, I can get any guy I want”, she says in the diary room. “But being in the Big Brother house, you have to really be careful because you don’t want to be a target if you’re going to start a showmance.” This doesn’t stop her from flirting with Cody a bit, though. “Cody is such a cute, good guy that I want to just go into bed with him. That would be cool.” Hey, this is the first filler segment of the season!!! (Oh wait, maybe the second after the key segments.)

Julie then calls for the house guests once again. She tells them to put on their swimsuits, as it’s HOH competition time. It’s a beach theme, which gives Frankie the opportunity to read the script that “it’s not an ordinary day at the beach”.

This is the clip that we got to see online last night, and “Go Fly a Kite” is a balance act on a rolling beam. If their “kite” falls, they are out. Cue the surf guitars! We get the usual diary room nothingness from most of them, but it is funny that Pow Pow falls immediately after saying her goal is to “stay focused”.

Joey is shown struggling, but surprisingly it’s the athlete who says the competition is hurting him. Joey falls next, though, and then “sunscreen” is sprayed on them. Nicole then falls, and we get some more footage of Pow Pow fantasizing about Cody. Donny almost falls, and then the platform changes directions.

After more commercials, Donny does indeed go down, followed by Devin. Frankie now believes that he can win. Cody now falls, and its now between Frankie and Amber. Keeping in mind what Julie said about the HOH not being safe, Amber just drops her rope and falls. Frankie is the first HOH of the season! Afterwards, they’re all still talking about what Julie said, and Frankie wants everybody to have his back. They all agree. “I’m freaking the Frankie out!” Ugh, please.

It’s time for Julie to explain this twist, and she calls everybody into the living room. She explains that a second group of eight will be coming in, and one of them will also be a HOH. “By the end of the week, only one HOH will be left standing”, she adds. “I’ll leave you with that.”

They’re all completely confused by this, especially Cody. Silly Joey thinks there’s another house.

Julie then explains what “Team America” means. The winner of the online vote for “who would you like to team up with an alliance” will be a part of a secret three-person alliance “controlled by you, America”. Over the next two weeks, the public will vote on these other two people, and they’ll be sent on secret missions. Tomorrow we will find out who won the first vote.

We get a little montage of the other eight before we end tonight’s show. Oh, and we hear the name of a certain redheaded monster from Frankie as they continue to babble as the credits roll.

So that's it for tonight. What did you think of the episode? Or Pow Pow? Or the nightmare that is Frankie? How about those twists? Let us know your thoughts!



Those Strange Cast Photos

Last night, CBS threw us a couple of bones in preparation for tonight's debut. First off, we got a little taste of the first HOH competition, apparently featuring the half of the house that we will see enter tonight:

A little bit later, they released photos where the cast is separated by gender:

There's so much weirdness in these shots. Clearly, the person in charge of photohopping needs a little more training. Look at Frankie's neck. Or lack of neck. Caleb, meanwhile, appears to have the neck of a giraffe. Having Frankie and Cody do some weird sort of scizzors thing isn't the greatest idea ever, either.

As for the women, a couple of things stand out for me. First off, they appear to be allowing smaller bikinis than in recent years. And what's up with the bow tie? Amber's legs also appear to be simply drawn on to the shot.

Finally, we got a full cast pic:

The "work" on this shot make the previous two look like art! None of these people appear to be in the same room as each other. And what's up with Caleb's pink shorts and cowboy boots combo? Not only were these people together when the pic was shot, but the background is clearly a green screen piece of trickery!

At least we were given a couple of bones before tonight's episode. Any thoughts on this montrosity? Does it make you any more excited for the season? Tell us! Now!


Grodner Speaks...But Says Little!

This week’s Hollywood Reporter features an interview with Big Brother executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. Neither revealed too much about what to expect this season, but here are some of the highlights of the conversation:

Impact of Last Year’s Controversies: “No, there's nothing different”, says Grodner. “This is a social experiment and we take people from all over the country — we're looking for great people, we're looking for a unique mix of people, there's diverse backgrounds, there's diverse personalities, points of views. I think it's really hard though for the cast coming in to this season to not be affected by last season.”

Battle of the Block: “It's a weightier competition than a Have and Have Not competition for sure”, says Meehan. “Battle of the Block is definitely going to shift and change the power in the house, so our Sunday episode has a lot of new elements because of this new challenge and the effect the challenge will have on the game.”

Dual HOH’s: According to Grodner, “in this case, they're two HOHs and each one will be nominating two people for eviction — a total of four — and they're operating independently. They are ultimately going head to head in this competition with Battle of the Block, where one is going to end up in power and one is going to end up not in power.”

HD/Additional Cameras: Meehan says, “we added more cameras where story typically happens, so we have better coverages of areas. We adjusted height so we're in the action a little bit more. We were able to do things that improve the show and the viewers' experience of watching the show.”

Plans For All-Stars: “We're in season 16”, explains Grodner, and “our last full all-star [season] was seven, so I'm sure there's one in the near future. [Right now] we're building up more all-stars.”

This Year’s Cast: “What's fun about this cast is they're like onions”, Grodner claims. “They're one thing on the surface and each one of them has some things that are unexpected...There are some very likable people this season of this bunch, as well as a couple of villains. You need some real gamers in there and we do. And a lot of them are fans.”

I’d love to hear what you guys think of this interview! Do you agree with her views on the cast? How about the concept of another competition on Sunday nights? Tell us your thoughts!


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