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Sunday
Aug312008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 21 Recap

Well, here we go with a special holiday edition of Big Brother. What’s special about it? We’re going into this without knowing the new HOH (unless, of course, you’ve been watching the live feeds).
So we’re (hopefully) looking at an action-packed episode tonight. We’ll have the HOH competition, some campaigning, and the nominations. Oh, and lots and lots of reactions to everything that happened last Thursday. Oops, it’s not so action-packed after all. Look for lots of recaps and reactions, I guess.
Obviously, that’s where we begin, starting with the news that the show was a double-elimination. Dan says that his only hope on hearing the news was that his alliance would come out unscathed. Yeah, we know, Dan, you’re above using such an obvious cliché.
We now see once again Michelle’s eviction. What a great moment. Jerry also states the obvious (as usual) when he says that Michelle’s departure meant that any alliance he may have had is dwindling. Keesha “can honestly say” (how many times have we heard those three words this year?) that she felt bad for Michelle, but “I was one of her biggest targets”. Renny says she wanted to give her a vote, but she’s loyal to her alliance. Ollie claims he’s going to avenge her eviction.
After she walks out, we hear Memphis say “thank God” she’s gone, as Ollie sprints away from the crowd. “The things that came out of her mouth were ridiculous. She’s a complainer; a pain in the ass. She thinks she deserves this money more than anybody in this house.” Keesha babbles about how there’s no time to think about her eviction.
It’s time to move on to the first HOH competition, and Memphis laughs when the tie-breaker between Jerry and Keesha involves numbers. “She’s not going to be able to this math. We’re screwed.” Yet Keesha does win, and she’s excited. “I just needed it so bad, for me and my teammates.”
Dan’s also happy, obviously, especially since he thinks he knows who she is going to nominate. Keesha does exactly as expected, nominating Jerry and Ollie. Before replaying the veto competition, we again hear Jerry talk about how “you never feel safe” when you’re on the block. Is this old footage again? He says he just kept telling himself to “play your hardest” and “keep your composure”. Ollie repeats the usual “my back’s against the wall” b.s.
As you probably know, Dan won the veto competition, and he goes on about how “nobody’s dumb enough to think I’m a week player at this point”. He accepts congratulations from Jerry, and rounds up Memphis and Keesha to find out who they want to see go home. Keesha says “Ollie”, and Memphis says it’s the “best scenario” that could happen. Dan informs Renny of the decision, and he runs into the bathroom to celebrate with Memphis. “We’re taking them out one by one.” Meanwhile, Ollie is in the bedroom, clearly upset.
After Dan announces that he’s not going to use the veto, Ollie whispers to Jerry that “we don’t have a week to campaign”. Jerry laughs and says “life is short”. Ollie is then sent packing, and sprints out the door. Dan says in the diary room that “I couldn’t have written a better script for myself. Michelle left, and Ollie leaves about an hour later…the only person we have left to get out is Jerry.” Jerry whines that he wants everybody to talk to him over the next week, and everybody but Renny leaves the room. Renny is tired of him within seconds, as Jerry goes on and on in his analysis of what just happened. “We have nothing in common,” she says in the diary room. She finally gets away from him, and Memphis promises to try to keep him away from her. They all celebrate as we see the lonely old codger unpack his suitcase.
They’re all getting a bit too cocky, though, which is clear when we hear Memphis say it’s now a “cakewalk to the final four”. In fact, they all laugh when Renny says “he may win the game…you can’t get rid of him”. Trust me, there’s some foreshadowing here.
I guess there’s still time for useless segments, as we now see Renny confused over time differences between California and her home town of New Orleans. She seems to think that when it’s 8:00 in L.A., then it’s 6:00 at home, and gets angry when Dan laughs. Oh boy, this goes on wayyyyyyyyyy too long. Finally, she gets it right, and they all have a good laugh.
For more idiocy, we have a segment where they all make fun of Keesha’s laugh. “It’s definitely one of a kind”, says Memphis. Dan adds that the only time he’s heard laugh like that is when he was “walking by the hyenas at the zoo”. Please, spare us! I must laugh, though, when she wakes up Jerry with that awful racket, and his imitation is horrendous.
Finally, we get the HOH competition. It’s a carnival setting, which Renny says brought back memories of a child. Really, it’s just an oversize recreation of skeet ball. Memphis, Dan, and Jerry all say they need to win it.
First we have commercials, and then we finally get to see the competition. Instead of the usual skeet ball game, the score they get has to correspond to a question regarding the specific day something happened in the house. Renny says she’s only played the game once or twice, and her first roll is godawful. Memphis says he doesn’t remember any days, so he broke it down into weeks and went from there. Dan is confident he can get the first one correct, as it had to do with Jerry’s “Judas” comment.
Dan takes the lead on the first question, and the second question is when the “aliens” appeared in the windows. Jerry says his roll was “off”, and Dan is still in the lead in the second round.
The third question is the day that Brian was “blind-sided”, and Dan is still in the lead. For the fourth question, it’s the day Brian came back to host the veto competition. Jerry almost hits this question perfectly, but Jerry is catching up. Dan’s upset that Dan is doing so poorly.
Next up is the day of the earthquake, and Jerry hits the exact number. Dan’s still winning, but is only two points ahead of Jerry, who is beginning to gain confidence. The next question is the day Jessie was evicted, and Dan’s roll bounced ten away from where he aimed.
We’re now on the final question, and Jerry is in the lead by six “penalty” points. Memphis is bummed. This question is what day the house was given lollipops, and Dan says he needs a big play. He rolls exactly what he wanted, and it is the perfect score, but Jerry is only four off. Jerry wins! Yet again we get to hear about how he’s a survivor, while the others are clearly disappointed. “My heart sank into my stomach”, Dan says in the diary room, “and I know it’s going to be a rough week. I put Jerry up; I’ve double-crossed him twice. I have a pretty good feeling I’m going up on the block.” Keesha just adds that it sucks.
Sitting in the kitchen, Jerry says he has no idea where he’s going with this, so “just talk to me”. Yep, Jerry’s using this win to gain companionship. Keesha doesn’t buy it, and tells Memphis that “you always have in mind who you want to put up”. Dan joins them, and says he thinks it will be “me and Renny”. Memphis points out that all of them have fought with him, but he’s not going to make a deal with him. “He’s a loose cannon.”
Now it’s time for my (least) favorite portion of the Sunday show – the entrance to the HOH room. They all act excited, but Memphis sets it straight that they “all have to pucker up” with Jerry as HOH. Even Jerry knows it’s all an act as he shows off his pictures and knick-knacks. Everybody falls asleep as he tells a lengthy story about a stuffed animal named “Hissy” that’s in his box of treats. Dan says it best – “at the end of a long day the last thing you want to hear is a story from 1935”. Yet he knows that “staying awake may be the difference between me winning $500,000 and being sent home this week”.
With storytime over, Keesha heads back downstairs and starts strategizing with Memphis, who admits in the diary room that he’s “covering his bases” as he tries to win over all three of them. He informs her that he has no plans to ever see any of those other people again, and that’s why “I need you here”. I think he learned more than just how to make drinks in his previous career as a “mixologist”.
There’s lots of extra time to fill tonight, so now we get some footage of Renny sleepwalking. “Renny is completely off the reservation”, observes Memphis. Keesha adds that Renny is “completely hilarious, no matter what time of day it is. Even in her sleep.” She babbles more nonsense, much to the amusement of Keesha and Memphis. The next morning, Renny doesn’t remember any of it, and doesn’t believe Keesha whwen she explains how the candy got in her bed.
Back to gameplay – Renny is lying down and Keesha comes in clearly upset. Renny first asks what’s wrong, but immediately goes on to ask what she thinks “The Colonel” is going to do. Keesha thinks it’s the two of them, but Renny thinks the two boys would be his best bet. Keesha says she’s “really going to need you this week; probably more than ever”. Renny is convinced that Memphis WON’T be going on the block.
Meanwhile, Dan and Memphis are having a similar conversation in the backyard, and Dan advises him to say yes to anything Jerry offers. Memphis says that he’s going to point out that Dan put him on the block. They continue to debate whether it’s worth making a deal. Memphis says that no matter what, they both can’t be on the block.
Memphis heads upstairs to talk to Jerry, who says he’s been lying awake for hours and hours trying to figure out what he’s going to do. Memphis says that he wants to stay off the block, and work with him to decide who goes home. Jerry comes right out and says he wants to make a deal with him to go to the final two. Memphis says he’s willing to do that because he “wants to go head to head with the best person in this game, and right now that’s you”. Oh boy. Jerry says he’s going to put up Dan, and that one of them has to win the veto to ensure that Dan stays on the block. “He doesn’t deserve to be here”, Jerry adds.
Memphis agrees with the plan, even saying that he could never trust Dan. Wow, he really is saying everything Jerry wants to hear. Jerry says in the diary room that he is starting to really trust Memphis because he’s never seen him make any promises. “See, I’m not vindictive”, Jerry babbles as Memphis starts to leave the HOH. Memphis says in the diary room that the entire conversation was a farce to “keep the Renegades alive to next week”.
We’re now finally at the end of the show, so we see Jerry read the HOH script and stare at the pictures. Memphis says that he was initially very scared when Jerry won HOH, but now thinks he’s going to “escape” the week. Dan says he’d be “shocked” if he’s not put up, and Keesha and Renny both say something similar. Jerry claims that his decisions are not “personal in nature”; it’s all to “further his game”. Yeah, right.
The first key that Jerry pulls belongs to Renny, and the second key is Memphis. Yes, it’s Keesha and Dan on the block. Jerry says that both of them have nominated him in the past, and that in Dan’s case “it’s a matter of trust”. Keesha was put in because she’s won two HOH’s and a POV. Jerry says in the diary room that his plan is to get Dan out, and that Keesha’s just a pawn. “Renny is very loyal to Keesha. I think she’ll vote to keep Keesha in the house if they play any games with me.”
Dan is happy that it is Renny next to him, as it offers an opportunity for both of them to survive the week. The best case scenario would be for Memphis to win, as “he can take me off” and remain safe. Guess what Keesha said? Yes, it “sucks”, but she’s going to fight. Memphis says that since he has deals with everybody but Renny, the goal is “to get her out of here”. MMMM, we end with a nice shot of Keesha’s lovely cleavage.

Thursday
Aug282008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 20 Recap

Ok, I’ll admit that Tuesday’s episode didn’t quite live up to the hype. Blame that on the editing that almost made Michelle look cool, calm, and collected. Tonight then has to be the night where we see seven people go insane, right?
Probably not, as it is double eviction night, which should limit the amount of time available for Ollie and Michelle’s meltdown. You think CBS would have pushed back the festivities if they had any clue what was going to go down? Seriously, they could have spent a whole hour on the reaction to Dan’s silly veto meeting shenanigans.
Here we go! Wow, we are going to see SOME of the explosive action. Ollie speaks first, and this had to be much later in the day as he’s pretty calm as he complains about Dan “disrespecting me and mocking me”. Dan says that it was “my goal to cause utter chaos and confusion by the time the ceremony was over so there would not be a target on my back”. I’m not sure if that plan really worked to achieve that goal.
Jerry still looks confused, but does say in the diary room that “Ollie put a lot of faith in a man that could not keep his word. My plan is to do and say absolutely nothing.” A good plan, if only he would have followed through with it. Well, he did in some respects, as Dan never heard his constant babbling over the next three days.
Michelle is now seen completely losing it. So many words are bleeped that I can’t even follow what she’s saying, other than that Dan is a plant. “Don’t play me like I’m a fucking idiot. I’m sitting in the nomination chair because of roulette? You’re fucking with the wrong person!”
Dan is shown walking outside with Memphis and Keesha, babbling something about if you “make an omelette you have to break some eggs”, while Jerry and Ollie console Michelle. Ollie is convinced that Dan is a plant. “I’m gonna call him out. Let’s do it.”
Ollie heads outside and tells Dan he needs to “tell some stories”. Keesha responds that “I know you two (Ollie and Michelle) turned on me”. Michelle is walking out at that very moment, and goes ballistic. Keesha just laughs and says, “I’d be crazy to be mad at (Dan)”. Michelle adds that Dan’s football picture is fake. Yeah, ok.
Ollie informs everybody of the three-part deal that they already knew about. Dan decides to walk away, and babbles about how those that light fuses never stick around to watch it blow up. Ollie continues to tell the story of the deal. “I was in control this week. I was HOH.” Memphis responds that all he cares about is that he’s off the block, and in the diary room shakes his head at Ollie’s conspiracy theories. (Of course, they don’t show Ollie calling Memphis a faggot.)
Keesha asks if it was supposed to be her on the block if it was up to them. “Pretty much, yeah” replies Ollie. Memphis finally asks Ollie why he doesn’t think they know all this. “I could care less if you knew it or didn’t know it. Just know who you’re working with.”
Ollie now heads upstairs to ask why Dan “played me for a fool”. Dan’s response is that it’s just a game. “If you like to play games, you could have stayed home and played Monopoly. You test my manhood, and you disrespected me in front of millions of people, and you think it’s a game?”
Ollie heads out, and now it’s Renny’s turn to yell at Dan. “Do you honestly think that was all necessary? I’m getting too old for this shit.” They all then watch Ollie toss things around, including candy, a lamp, and some weight gear.
Michelle now comes up, and after being warned that Dan doesn’t want her to yell, repeats over and over “why did you do that to me? Out of all the fucking people, why did you put me up? I’m the only person in this house who hasn’t screwed you.” Oh boy. “It’s not fun getting backdoored for something you didn’t even do.” Come on, Michelle, you’re playing a reality show game. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see her yell at the camera crew to not film her.
We now go to the house, and Julie informs them that it’s double eviction week. Ollie claps for some reason. We head right to the final statements from Jerry and Michelle. Jerry babbles about ups and downs, and if he’s sent away it’s a “bump in the road”. He goes on with more silliness.
Michelle then gets up, and talks about how grateful she is to be here, and once again copies Angie’s speech from over a month ago about voting for your self. Ugh. She claims she loves all of them.
The voting now begins, and Keesha votes to evict Michelle, as does Memphis. Ollie votes to evict Jerry, and a clearly unhappy Renny votes to evict Michelle. It’s 3-1 against Michelle! Thank God!
Julie announces the vote, and Michelle is calm as she hugs only Jerry, Keesha, Renny, and Ollie. Sorry, Dan and Memphis! Ollie runs out to grab some gloves for the HOH, and we quickly return to Michelle. Julie asks why she became the target. Michelle believes that she was targeted the whole time, and repeats the whole plant theory. (Get over it.) “One plus one does not equal two to Dan”? What does that even mean? Julie does a surprisingly great job at deflating her by informing Michelle that Dan was not a plant. “Then he’s crazy.” Julie asks “crazy smart”, and Michelle says no because “he’ll be sitting here in a few minutes”. I suddenly want Dan to win this game.
Oh, and now we learn that Michelle was sent out because he was “petrified” of her. She claims that she’s been “very, very calm”. Oh really? “Dan tried to say he was sorry after, but he can take his sorry and put it you know where.” Now that’s classy. Thankfully, this segment is over.
We move on to the HOH competition, and, as expected, it’s a question competition. The game is “Big Brother Headlines”, and everybody has to pick which house guest viewers chose would fit some phony headlines, and taking a step up or down depending on the answers.
The first “headline” is who America picked “gets lost on his way home from work”. The answers are either Jerry or Keesha. Keesha is the correct answer, and everybody gets a point except Renny. The second question is about comedy tours, and whether it would be Dan or Renny. Renny is the correct answer, and everybody but Memphis gets a point.
The third question is about being a hero for saving a family from a burning building – Dan or Ollie. The correct answer is Dan, and only Jerry gets a point. Next up is who would be entrusted with national security secrets – Jerry or Memphis. Again, everybody but Memphis gets a point. Dammit, Memphis!
Headline five is about whose life story would be a feature film – Jerry or Renny. Renny is the only one with the correct answer this time. The sixth headline is about being arrested by the fashion police – Memphis or Ollie. Jerry and Keesha are the only ones correct this time.
The final “headline” is about beating Jessie in arm wreslting – Dan or Keesha. Good question! Renny, Memphis, and Keesha are the victors. Jerry and Keesha are tied! They have to answer with a number for the final question. Oh god, this is not the right pair for this. How many lollipops were displayed is the question – they both answer 100! The second tie-breaker is if you add the times in “One Giant Leap” is the total time. Jerry guesses 320, and Keesha goes with 500. The correct number is 1,556. Keesha wins!
After commercials, Keesha is asked for nominees, and chooses Jerry and Ollie because the others stood behind her all week. We go right to commercials, and when we return it is time for the veto competition. This one is called veto in a haystack, and the winner is the person who finds two veto medallions the quickest. Ollie leaps ahead of everybody, but Dan finds one first. Renny, Memphis, and Keesha aren’t too far behind. Dan immediately grabs the second one, and wins the veto! I think Ollie may be toast!
We come back to see Keesha and Jerry laughing about having the same guess on the first tie-breaker. Julie rounds them up for the veto meeting. Jerry pleads his case first, but says he “said it all” the first time around but he’s held up with everybody. Ollie spits out a piece of hay before beginning, and babbles that “it is what it is. Dan, you like to play a lot of games. Let’s play another game, and hopefully I’ll be lucky.” Despite appreciating Ollie’s humor, he obviously decides to not use the veto. We see Dan and Memphis walking away as Julie tells us that one of them will be evicted when we return.
We come back to the living room for the voting. Dan votes first, and chooses to evict Ollie. Renny is next, and also votes against Ollie. Memphis is next, and you can guess how he votes. It’s now Jerry against four other people. Ollie knows he’s the one evicted, and sprints out the door before it’s even announced.
As we wait for the interview, we hear Jerry ask that everybody just “talk” to him. “I’ve had no sour grapes, and I never had had them.” Oh really? Too bad we can’t show them some tape from the last few days. “Hell, I could have won the HOH.”
Ollie says he knew when he heard it was 3-0. “It was my turn, I guess.” He complains that he didn’t compete as well as he wanted to. You think? You didn’t win anything! No HOH; no veto. Yet he’s thankful for the opportunity. He admits that he was upset with Dan, but says he was more confused than upset. “I don’t know if that’s the best decision for him.” Ooooh, good question from Julie, as she asks if Dan’s betrayal is any different than what he did to Brian in week one. Somebody please explain to me Ollie’s nonsensical answer. He says he was more upset that he involved everybody in the house in his plan.
After one good question, though, Julie has to jump into TMZ territory by asking about April. Ollie says that he hopes for a “bright future” with the silly girl. “I plan to keep her around as long as I can.”
Wow, we don’t get to see who the new HOH is. I guess I’ll be watching the feeds…if they decide to show them. As we see the final shots of the house, it is simply amazing how Jerry is sucking up to those “terrible” people.

Tuesday
Aug262008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 19 Recap

In 1975, Neil Young famously sang, “Tonight’s the Night”. Yes, I know Rod Stewart also had a song with that same title, but let’s ignore that travesty.
But tonight is the night every fan of Big Brother should be watching. Depending on the edit, it could be the most epic episode in years. In fact, with Thursday’s episode featuring a double eviction, there’s a fair chance that we’ll actually see the fallout from the explosive veto meeting that was held yesterday.
There’s so much material, though, that it should be interesting to see how they structure tonight’s show…especially since they have to waste a segment on one of the houseguests receiving a phone call from home. Otherwise, we’re going to see the reactions to the nominations, some campaigning, the veto competition, more campaigning, a plot to shake up the house, and the actual veto meeting. It’s impossible to fit all the fun into 47 minutes.
So here we go with the reaction to Dan’s nominations. Ollie says he “couldn’t be in a better position right now. I get all the good stuff that comes with being HOH. I get to call all the shots, but my hands are clean.” Memphis is still pissed, though, and waves off hugs from Renny and Michelle. “I think Dan’s plan is crap.”
He does shake Jerry’s hand, though, and we once again get to hear about how Jerry is a “fighter”. Yes, we get it. Dan babbles about how the nominations will look to Ollie like he’s doing as he wanted, but will hide the awfully-named “Renegade” alliance. “Any risk I take in life is very calculated.”
Memphis follows Dan up to the HOH, and is asked if he’s really pissed. Memphis confirms it, and adds that he’s “taking a huge, huge risk”. Dan tells him to keep playing it up that he’s pissed, and Memphis says that won’t be a problem.
Dan now adds the bombshell that Ollie gets to pick a replacement nominee if the veto is used. Memphis can’t believe it. “What the hell were you smoking when you were up there?” Dan replies, “that ain’t happening”. He adds that if Ollie wins the veto and takes down Jerry, then “Michelle is going home”. In the diary room, Dan adds that Ollie is dumb to believe that he would send one of his own home.
Keesha is sleeping, but Dan wakes her up to ask if he made a mistake. Keesha won’t comment, but does admit that she doesn’t think “it will go the way you want it to”. Renny (literally) bounces in at that moment, and Dan repeats the question. Renny and Keesha have now finally figured out that Michelle and Ollie are together. Wow, that only took two weeks.
Keesha asks what happens if Jerry comes down, and Dan responds that neither of them will go up. Renny’s a quick one, that’s for sure. “You’ll have to put (Michelle) up!” She adds that if he puts her up, she’ll come back and “xxx you in the ass”. Hahahahaha! She’s not any happier when Dan once again says that they just have to trust him.
It’s now that evening, and Ollie is now telling Jerry and Michelle the third part of the deal. Michelle says that “it’s a pretty good deal”. Um, yeah. Jerry’s not so confident. “I think that’s a terrible deal that Ollie made with Dan. I don’t trust anybody in this house that they will live up to their end of a bargain.” There, my friends, is the smartest thing Jerry has said all season. Hats off to you, my friend.
Jerry also points out that they don’t have the votes, since Dan would break a tie vote. “He has us by the balls.” Ollie doesn’t agree. “We got the game in our hands right now.” If Dan doesn’t follow through, Ollie promises that “hell will be unleashed on him”
After commercials, it’s time for “America’s vote”. CBS put up a poll to see who would receive a phone call, and you can see Renny and Jerry’s eyes light up. Luckily, we can’t see Manchelle’s eyes, as she has her hands in front of them praying that she wins. Keesha doesn’t show much emotion, but cries in the diary room about the prospect of talking to her parents.
Michelle runs off into the bedroom to cry, and Renny goes in to comfort her. Ugh, we get to see her cry some more in the diary room. “OMG, I would be so grateful to America, because I think of everybody in the house I’m the one that’s by them self the most.” Jerry also comes in to cheer her up. Jerry also cries in the diary room while talking about how he hasn’t been away from his wife for this long.
It’s now the following morning, and a phone that has been placed in the living room begins to ring. Michelle is putting on jewelry, and after gathering everybody in the living room starts wondering if they should answer it. Ugh. Finally, she does, and it’s Jerry’s daughter. The phone is handed on one end to Jerry, with his great-grandson grabbing the other end. He completely breaks down when his wife takes the phone.
Michelle then starts to cry as Jerry concludes the call. Funny thing is that some people were bitching afterwards that he didn’t tell his wife that he loved her, when he clearly ended the call that way. (We also don’t see Michelle’s temper tantrum that she threw the rest of the day because she didn’t get the call.)
With the sap portion of the show out of the way, we now see Memphis join Keesha and Dan in the HOH. Keesha asks if Memphis thinks Michelle would vote him out. “If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I would have said no. If you had asked me last week, I would have said I don’t think so. You ask me this week, and I have no fucking clue.”
Keesha then asks who Michelle would have put up if she had won HOH. “Not Ollie”, says Dan. They quickly figure out that two of the four of them (including Renny) would be up in that scenario. Memphis answers Dan’s question about the best scenario with “Michelle goes home”. Dan says in the diary room that Michelle is a “tough competitor”, so why should he not send her home? For that to happen, though, somebody has to win veto.
It’s now time to pick players for the veto competition. Dan pulls out Renny, Memphis gets Keesha, and Jerry gets “player’s choice” and picks Michelle. Dan’s not happy, but Jerry explains that it’s his best move since Michelle would remove him from the block, and Dan could not put up Ollie.
Obviously, Ollie’s not happy that he wasn’t picked, so he heads upstairs to “reassure the deal”. Dan says that Ollie “must be crazy” to think he’s going to follow through with the third part of the deal.
For the actual competition, everybody is dressed up as astronauts, and brought out onto a set that looks like Mars. Silly Big Brother. Dan babbles about how he always wanted to be an astronaut. Think that was scripted?
The contest involves “floating” across the surface and picking out puzzle pieces. The winner is the person who puts their puzzle together first. There’s two heats, though, and the winners of each will face each other for the veto.
Dan says that (as usual), his plan is to not win. He wants Keesha to win the first heat. Michelle babbles that she’s “hanging on a thread”, so she has to ensure that she survives by winning veto. She goes on and on about how she was making herself move across the fastest, but it’s really not that interesting. Dan explains her best – “what she has in strength she lacks in brain power”. Hahahahahah! Hahahhahaha!
Sure enough, she struggles with the puzzle, despite the fact that she claims she’s “really good with puzzles. That’s what I do at home all the time.” Didn’t some other twit make that same claim last year?
Keesha, meanwhile, says that she figured out the puzzle right away, and she’s way ahead of the other two when she gets the last piece in place.
The second heat features Memphis, Jerry, and Renny. Memphis knows he has to win it, and Jerry also again says “my life is on the line”. Renny is having fun, especially since she gets to wear a costume.
Jerry’s age is clearly a hindrance, though, as we see him struggling with the pieces. Again, though, he’s great at puzzles in his own mind, even though Memphis is waaaayyyyyy ahead of him. Yes, Memphis wins.
In the final heat, Ollie says he’s happy because he “knows” he gets a final say in the veto meeting. Dan also is happy, saying “I couldn’t have orchestrated this thing any better”. Keesha struggles this time around, and Memphis easily wins. Ollie still thinks that Dan has to replace Memphis with either Renny or Keesha, and giggles in anticipation. Dan promises that they’ll be shocked with what actually does happen.
After commercials, Dan and Memphis celebrate by bouncing around the HOH. Memphis asks if Michelle is still the target, but is concerned by the hostility that will be created if Michelle is nominated. Oh, if you could only see the future, Mr. Mixologist.
As they continue to talk, Keesha rings the bell. Dan now informs her of part three of the deal. Renny also comes in just as Keesha figures out that either her or Keesha are now supposed to go up. Renny can’t believe her ears, and Memphis jokes that “Dan is not very good at negotiating”. Dan tells them that they can’t let Ollie know what he’s going to do, and that they “better have my back” when it goes down. “You’re going to need protection”, laughs Renny.
Later that night, Ollie asks to talk to Dan. He says in the diary room that he’s now not completely sure that Dan will follow through. Dan tells Ollie that he’s trying to talk Memphis out of using the veto, and Ollie responds that he wants Keesha to go up when the veto is used.
It’s now almost time for the veto meeting, and we see Dan watching the spy cam in the HOH. He says in the diary room that “no matter what happens, somebody is going to be mad at me. In order to take the attention off me, I’m going to have to cause drama and fights between everyone else in the house.”
He decides to turn the veto ceremony into a game, and calls Michelle up to the HOH. He says that in the veto meeting, he’s going to ask everybody who they think should be the replacement nominee, and that he wants each houseguest’s name brought up. “That’s going to make an enemy, possibly, out of the person sitting across from them.” Hmmm, that’s an interesting theory. He asks Michelle who she would want out, and she says Keesha. He then cons Ollie into promising to say Renny.
Renny and Keesha are then brought up and asked the same question. Keesha agrees to say Michelle, but Renny’s not happy with this plan. “I think it’s a copout. You really don’t want to make a decision, so you’re making it look like Keesha and I are doing it for you.” He then tells her that Ollie and Michelle are going to say their names, and Renny now gets fired up enough to say that she’ll do it. Dan thinks that he’ll be able to sit in the HOH and watch the fireworks that ensue.
We now get to see Memphis perform the scripted portion of the ceremony. Ollie still thinks he’s “in the driver’s seat”, while Dan says when he woke up he knew he had to stir things up to take some of the “eyes off me”.
Everybody is brought in, and after Jerry babbles about how he doesn’t expect Memphis to use it on him, Memphis indeed takes himself off the block. Dan then gets up, and says how as HOH he’s already made two people mad at him, and now a third. But…”everybody in this house knows I like to have some fun, and I have fun by playing games. Right now, we’re going to play a game - a very high stakes game that I like to call ‘replacement nominee roulette”. You can see the blood drain from Ollie’s face. Oh wait, actually it’s going back into his head as his rage intensifies.
The rules are that Dan is going to ask everybody to truthfully name who they want as the replacement nominee, and if anybody refuses to answer then they will go up. Michelle is first, and names Keesha. Ollie says Renny, and Keesha then says Michelle “since my name was thrown out there”. Renny does the same to Ollie. Jerry sits confused.
After babbling about gambling and losing bets, Dan says that Ollie lost the bet so Michelle’s on the block. WTF? Even after knowing how this went down, I’m confused. So is everybody else.
Michelle is completely confused. “How did I get backdoored for somebody else’s veto? I swear to God that if I find out he’s a plant (Dan), which I know he is…seriously, do you think I’m stupid? Do I have stupid written on my head? If you don’t think that I don’t know what the fuck is going on here. Then you have another thing coming.”
Dan is now seen patting himself on the back in the diary room. “Wow, I surprised myself with that one. I’ve been playing this game very passive, laying low, but when the opportunity presents itself to take a big shot in this game, you have to take it. I just lit a fuse to the dynamite, and I walked away.”
Ollie is seen throwing a bottle, and in the diary room he says “if he wanted a circus, he got a circus. He’s done nothing in this game but piss people off. For him to disrespect me in the way he did, I’ll guarantee you that it’s rectified before I leave here.” During that statement, we see him smash an outdoor light fixture.
Wow, I really wish that we could have seen more of Michelle’s rants, especially when she screamed at the cameras to stop filming her. They BETTER show more of this on Thursday!

Sunday
Aug242008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 18 Recap

Welcome to a Big Brother episode that promises to be one that will make you shake your head in disbelief at least once. The over/under for my head shakes is five, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it reaches a full dozen.
We start with the beginning of the HOH contest, and Ollie is perplexed with Julie’s last statement before they’re swung into the padded wall. “What’s she talking about?” Memphis says he needs to win, but he’s comfortable with either Dan or Keesha winning. Ollie also says it’s a “do or die” situation, and then quotes a Tupac song that describes how he’s “all alone” in the house. That’s a phrase you may hear a few times tonight.
Instead of the person you expect to lead into the reaction to April’s eviction, it’s Michelle babbling about revenge that leads to replay of her leaving the house. Ollie whines about how April “is one of the only people I’ve let get close to me in my entire life”. Oh, please. We get it; you’re upset that the booty calls are over. Why don’t you hook up with Michelle? Ooooh, perish that visual.
Obviously, Keesha was happy to see her leave, as was Renny. “As far as I’m concerned, my HOH reign was a success.” Dan adds that her $5,000 bribe was a joke. “I’m not here for five thousand. I’m here for five hundred thousand.”
We see April whisper to Ollie that she’ll miss him, and Keesha wonders how he’ll handle the house without her. He says that his plan “is to go all the way to the end”. Um, yeah. That’s the point of the game. “I don’t think I’ve performed up to par to this point of the game, and I now have to take it to the next level.” That’s the most honest sentence you’ve had all season.
We’re back to the HOH competition, and Memphis and Keesha both babble nonsense. Dan adds that while they’re having fun, it’s still a serious game. Jerry, though, is not handling this game well and he complains about the rope “cutting into his groin”. I really don’t need to hear about that. Dan babbles something about the position of his legs helping the crotch and leg problem.
Jerry’s had enough, and he leaps to the ground. Poor old guy. He reminds Renny again that he’s 75, but “I did pretty good”. No, you really didn’t, considering you were the first down after only 30 or so minutes.
It’s now time for Michelle to complain, as she gets hit by a balloon that the others are tossing back and forth. “The innocent bystander is the one who always gets hurt.” Memphis says she needs to chill out.
We jump ahead to an hour into the competition, and Keesha suddenly drops. Memphis is not happy. “I counted on at least a decent effort from her.” She’s also upset, and hopes that Ollie and Michelle “fall on their behinds”. Her and Renny both notice that Dan’s got a serious look on his face.
We continue to see them slam into the wall, and those on the sidelines notice that Michelle’s beginning to struggle. Of course, she needs to exaggerate her pain. “It was like hitting a cement wall every time.” After another hard hit, she drops off and collapses. Well, she claims that she was “ripped off my seat”.
Ollie knows that he needs to win, and Memphis is now convinced that it’s going to work out for them. At the three hour mark, Michelle notices that Memphis is starting to struggle, and we hear him complain about the pain in his legs. Yep, moments later he falls.
It’s down to Dan and Ollie. “I won’t go home”, says Ollie as we head to commercials. When we return, Dan says that he’s “feeling pretty good” because Ollie is shaking whenever they are hit by rain. He tells Ollie that the only reason he’s still up there is his girlfriend, Monica. “I love my peeps, too, though”, Ollie responds.
Dan then asks “what do you want?” Ollie says that he wants to win, and he won’t put Dan up. Dan’s counter-offer is that he promises Ollie won’t go up, even if somebody wins the veto.
They continue to negotiate, so Dan asks “what else can I give you?” Ollie just answers “myself”. Dan claims that his goal is to appear weak, and the best way to do that is to hand Ollie all of his HOH power. “The blood this week will all be in his hands.” Um, you’re a dope.
He does just that, telling Ollie that he can protect somebody, pick a nominee, and choose the veto. WTF? Ollie can’t even believe it. In the diary room, Ollie is all smiles. Wouldn’t you?
Ollie throws out Michelle’s name, and Keesha is not happy with what she’s barely overhearing. Ollie jumps down, and in the diary room announces that we’re looking at the week seven HOH, but “I just don’t have the title, or the pictures in my room. But right now I’m calling the shots.”
Dan says in the diary room that he knows he made “one of the worst deals in Big Brother history…and I couldn’t be more excited. I feel very confident that it’s going to all work out for me in the end.” We’ll see about that.
Keesha and Memphis head into the storage room, and she informs Memphis that he “made a funky ass deal”. Memphis thinks that Dan will put up Jerry and Michelle, but Keesha’s not so sure. See, she’s not so dumb after all!
Meanwhile, Ollie is telling Michelle everything about their deal. Everything…which he wasn’t supposed to do. At first, Michelle just thinks that the deal was for Dan to be safe next week. “Nothing about next week. It’s all this week.” Michelle’s eyes almost pop out of her head. Seriously, it was similar to a Looney Tunes cartoon.
Dan admits to Memphis that he made a bad deal, but promises to tell him about it later. Memphis heads into the bedroom, and informs Renny and Keesha that he did indeed make a deal. In a diary room interview, Memphis says that he’s pissed off because he thought that his alliance with Dan was solid.
After more commercials, we get to see Dan’s HOH room. It’s a bit of a letdown after Renny’s emotional entrance last week. They all notice Monica, though, which leads Memphis to talk about how she’s got a “pretty tight chain” on him. “You wouldn’t catch me dead with a ‘taken’ shirt on.” Dan adds that the pictures of her are a reminder as to why he’s in the house. He uses the letter from her to “turn on the fake tears”. Well, he turns them on a bit too much if you ask me, but Renny is touched that he’s such a “sensitive person”.
I guess it’s time for a cheesy segment. Everybody is lying around in the living room, and Renny is perplexed that Dan can’t answer a “simple question” about how many women he’s dated. Is this old footage?
After that segment is finally over, we move on to Ollie visiting Dan in the HOH. Before he answers, Dan grabs a beer out of his fridge and says “a little bribery” to the camera. Ollie wants to reiterate the deal they made in the competition, and they both agree on Jerry. But Ollie also wants Memphis up, and Dan admits in the diary room it’s a “huge risk”.
Memphis is now shown joining Dan outside, and the first thing he asks is if Ollie was trying to get him put up. Dan sighs, and finally informs him of the deal. “He might as well be HOH”, complains Memphis. “You’re doing exactly what he wants to do, and he gets to play next week.” Dan tells him that he just has to trust him.
Keesha now joins Dan in the HOH, after we hear that “all I need is two votes”. He says he has to ensure those two votes before he puts his good friend “in the line of fire”. Keesha is asked about “solidifying” the four of them as an alliance, and she says they are the only four she cares about anyway. She admits, though, that she can’t promise that Renny will keep Memphis to the end.
Right on cue, Renny heads upstairs, and Dan jumps in on making the four “official”. Renny wants to know exactly who is the “final four”? She comes right out and says she doesn’t trust Memphis, but eventually agrees to the deal. Dan admits that Renny is the loose screw of his plan, but ends up asking her to come up with a name for their little club.
Memphis is still not happy, and tells Dan that he can’t understand why he should be put up. “Why would you put the only person in your alliance on the block? Especially when you don’t control it.” Dan responds that he has it under control.
Before we head to the final commercial break, we see Dan talking to his picture of Monica. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Dan is performing for the cameras here, as he “debates” doing what he’s supposed to do, or putting up Ollie and Michelle.
As Dan stares at the wall of pictures, we hear both Michelle and Memphis whine about Dan’s deal. What they both say has been heard earlier in the show, so there’s no need to repeat it here. Ollie also repeats what he said just a few minutes ago, and then Dan says exactly what the script wants him to say as we see him put in the keys.
Before he pulls the first key, Dan informs everybody that a deal was struck the night before. Dan, everybody already knows that. The first key belongs to Ollie, and the next ones pulled belong to Renny, Keesha, and Michelle. Dan tells Memphis that a “lot of people wonder where you stand. Some people may look at you as a vagabond. I may call you a renegade. We’ll find out.” He tells Jerry that this nomination has nothing to do with the “Judas thing”, and goes on to babble nonsense about “first downs” and “game overs”.
Jerry’s reaction is the same as last week – “it never feels good to be nominated”. Ollie says that although everybody knows there is a deal, they don’t know “how much power I have” (yes, they do). Dan babbles about “calculated risk” and their “hidden Renegade alliance”. Ugh. We see Memphis refuse a handshake as he adds how pissed that he is. “If my faith relies on Father Dan, then God help us all.”
So that’s it for tonight’s episode, but I have to add a major complaint. I’m shocked at the edits that some people received tonight. Sure, for the sake of the plot they didn’t include Memphis talking with the other three in his alliance. Fine, I get that. But what I don’t get is that ever since the HOH competition, we’ve heard nothing but hate speech from Ollie, Michelle, and Jerry. None of that was shown tonight. In fact, Michelle and Jerry were almost absent from the whole show. Maybe in place of some of the other unnecessary segments we could get one of Michelle and her wild theories. People need to see just how bonkers she is.