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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.

Thursday
Aug212008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 17 Recap

It’s shaping up to be a sad, sad evening for us Big Brother fans, as those mean houseguests are all set to give the boot to America’s Princess. Yes, I’m talking about April, the prettiest girl in the house, who is bound to jump right out of reality television and onto the covers of People, Cosmo, and Maxim.
Oh, who am I kidding? This is a triumphant night, as we finally will be rid of her pale, smug face. After weeks or orchestrating almost every move in the house, yet not acknowledging any of her shenanigans, she’ll (hopefully) finally discover that America does not lover her after all. (And with Jerry also on the block, expect extremely dumb statements before the vote.)
Before we get to that, though, we have to begin the show as we always do – the reactions to Dan’s decision to not use the veto. Wow, the glimpse of the house is sort of strange tonight. Everybody looks pissed off about something. Something must have gone down in the last couple of hours.
Back to the ramifications of the veto meeting – Dan’s pretty proud of himself for bringing up the money situation, but April feels she did no wrong as she never offered him a specific amount of money. Jerry says he made no monetary offers, and is “surprised that April offered him money”. He says he’s going to stay calm since Renny has said that April is her target this week.
Drama Queen Michelle has to make a big deal how “once again, (it’s) another crazy veto meeting! Who offered Dan the money? Was it April, or was it Jerry?” She’s going to get to the bottom of this, though, and make sure that person is GONE! Ugh, I swear she didn’t get any farther in school than Jethro Bodine.
Michelle immediately starts grilling the people in the house, but for some reason begins with Renny. “Talk to him”, is her response. Keesha’s standing right next to her, so she repeats the question and gets the same response. As usual, she goes round and round, repeating herself over and over.
She moves on to Dan, and babbles about how he “called out them”. Wouldn’t it be “called them out”? Dan says he didn’t say it to expose them, which perplexes Michelle. Keesha and Memphis come in, and Keesha says she thinks that both Jerry and April offered bribes. Michelle says she saw April’s face, and the look she gave meant that it wasn’t her. Um, no, you silly twit. She was the one who did it, and thought she was going to be exposed. For somebody that’s always supposedly figuring out what’s going on in the house, she really has no clue. In the diary room, she again repeats how she thinks it was Jerry, and that he “needs to leave the game”.
Dan is now in the pool with Keesha and Memphis lounging nearby. Keesha tells them that there is “no way” she can change her vote. “I can’t have April stay”, she says in the diary room. She says she’d be an idiot to let her stay. Memphis agrees, even though he “can’t stand Jerry…people need to start assuming what’s going on, and believe what’s in front of you.”
It’s now night time, and April is now feeling sorry for herself. “I haven’t done anything. They have no reason to put me on the block. None. Zero. I haven’t done anything to them. I haven’t turned on them. Nothing, but do dishes and make cakes and give people stuff.” Now that’s an award-winning speech. For the first time ever, Ollie looks somewhat disinterested, but that quickly changes as he begins agreeing to every insane thing she says about how Dan and Michelle should welcome her presence with open arms. It’s all because Keesha’s jealous of her, she says, and “America” would look poorly at Dan if he didn’t vote for her.
In the bedroom, Ollie and April now grill Michelle about what the others are planning on doing with this eviction. “Not one person has said anything to me.” Um, they usually can’t get a word in when you’re around. Ollie tells Michelle that “keeping her here is the best for you”. Michelle agrees, especially after they say they’ll never put her up.
Ollie is now shooting baskets with Dan, and Ollie makes his case to keep April around by telling him how much they like him, and that he’s never been a target. Um, how about last week when you were so pissed about the Jessie vote? Ollie promises Dan that they won’t put him up. Hey Ollie, if you get HOH you do have to put up two people. Stop making promises you can’t keep.
Now it’s April’s turn. Ugh, what’s a repeater? She starts by asking if Jerry offered him some money, and then in turn says she’ll give him cash for his vote. He’s, as usual, non-committal, but says he’ll think about it. April suddenly does feel a little more comfortable.
After a commercial break, we get to hear from April and Ollie’s families regarding their “showmance”. Oh boy. This could be interesting if they did an honest segment, but I know this will be completely sugar-coated. After some sappy love-talk in the pool, we head to Ollie’s church in Des Moines. Yeah, we get it – he’s full of morals, principles, and integrity. Oh God, April says that Arizona has “millions of me”. Remind me to never visit.
That’s the cue to visit April’s family. Her sister “awww’s” at some of their pillow talk, and we hear how they were inseparable as kids. She does admit that April was the dominant twin, which seems pretty obvious even after just ten seconds of her sister talking. Wait, she’s attracted to Ollie because “he’s a lot like me”? Oh, and thank you for explaining what a showmance is. Sheeesh! Why don’t they show Ollie’s father the late-night footage? Now that would be great TV! Instead we get the phony marriage proposal.
Thank God that’s over. We go to the living room, and I guess it’s not a surprise that Julie’s first question is to Ollie. For some reason, though, it’s about the stupid crows. Dammit, there are better things to ask him! Oh well, it seems to cut the tension in the room a bit.
Dan is next up, and Julie congratulates him for winning the veto. Yeah, he was excited to win. We get it. Renny’s reaction to the pictures is the next question, and she breaks down again by talking about seeing her parent’s pictures. To round off this game of softball, Jerry is now asked how he handles being on slop. He babbles about having an “open mind”. Say what?
Oh wait, there’s one last question. Memphis is asked who he would bring back if he could. His answer is Brian, “just for giggles”. What about Angie? I’m sure this question will get everybody talking later tonight.
Renny is now up in the HOH, and the first question is about how she became such a serious competitor after winning HOH. Does the rest of the house underestimate her play? “I hope they have”, she answers. “I have different sides to me, but what you see in this house is the real Renny.” Like all of the HOH’s this year, she continues on long past when she should conclude her thoughts.
She’s next asked about Memphis, and she admits she’s “been wary of Memphis from day one. I really would like to see him go. I believe he thinks he has the game won already. He’s a shrewd man.”
Renny returns to the living room, and April is up first with the final speech. She babbles about how grateful she is to have met everybody, and she’ll “treasure every single moment”. Again, she copies Angie’s speech about playing for them selves.
Jerry then gets up, and says he’s enjoyed his stay in the house despite the slop. If evicted, he’ll depart with no “sorry grapes”. Again, we hear about how he always keeps his word.
Keesha begins the voting, and obviously votes to evict April. Memphis does the same, but Ollie votes against Jerry. Dan acts like he’s going to say Jerry’s name, but catches himself and votes against April. Michelle is the final vote, but as with everything she’s done in the house, it’s meaningless. She votes against April anyway.
When we return from commercials, Julie announces the decision. She handles it better than expected, although I thought she was going to trip over her stripper heels. We see a few seconds of everybody doing nothing in the house, before we begin the interview.
Julie’s first question is about her relationship with Keesha, but April claims she has “nothing bad to say” about her. “My first instinct was to trust her, but then she turned on me.” She claims to have no idea why Keesha turned on her.
Of course, we have to hear her gush about Ollie. She hopes she wasn’t evicted because the two of them isolated themselves from the rest of the house. She claims they’ll remain together after the show, and the marriage proposal was a “joke”. Again, why not show some “special” footage.
In the goodbye messages, Dan says that her ambition and relationship with Ollie hurt her. Renny tells her that she’s an “amazing woman”. Keesha babbles how they never found their “middle ground”, and Ollie promises that she’ll be his “main motivation”. He adds that when they see each other after the show he wants to know if she’ll be…his “first girlfriend”. The answer is yes. Ugh.
As you may expect, it’s now time for the HOH competition, and as predicted it’s an endurance competition. The contest is called “King of the Jungle”, and the winner is the person who lasts the longest on their “jungle vine”. Dan appears to be the smartest person here, as he’s bundled up in a jacket to protect himself from the “rain” that’s being poured on them. Dumb Michelle complains about her hair, and we then see the vines being moved.
Oooh, Julie ends the show by telling us that next week there will be a double eviction. That will be fun. Please make it Michelle! Hahahaha! We end with the sound of birds, and Ollie looks worried. The vines then begin swinging violently into the "jungle". This contest probably won't last too long.

Tuesday
Aug192008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 16 Recap

Ah, here we are with the second episode of Renny’s Rules. What a wacky, somewhat unpredictable week we’ve had. Look for tonight’s episode to be pretty similar to Sundays…with one other person actually playing the part of the doubting Renny.
Of course, we must start with the reactions to the nominations. April’s devastated look is priceless. It really should be made into a t-shirt. Jerry reminds us once again that he’s a former Marine, and that experience has somehow gotten him this far in the game. Renny tells us that although Jerry’s on the block, “April is my target…(she) is a big threat in this game”.
April explains that although everybody says they’re not taking the game personally, people really do. “This whole game is personal. I’d be a liar if I said it didn’t hurt.” Well, I’ll call you a liar anyway. Luckily, she has Ollie, who believes it was his conversation with Renny that saved him from the block, to comfort her.
Memphis and Dan are not happy that Ollie isn’t up against April. “Renny had a shot to break up the most powerful couple in the house”, complains Dan, “and she didn’t. There’s something strange about these nominations. It leads me to believe that Renny made some sort of secret deal with Ollie.”
In the storage room, the two boys babble about doing whatever it takes to ensure that April is evicted. “Neither of them can win POV”, says Dan, “or one of us will go up. She is not putting Ollie up.”
The sad piano music hits as April begins to feel sorry for herself. Ollie says he’s going to win POV, because then neither of them will be up on the block. “A lot can happen from here. They couldn’t have put a better person up for you to go against.” He tells her that she can’t remain in this funk if she’s going to survive, but April tells him that “they need to see me upset for a couple of minutes. I have to look vulnerable to these people right now.” They end up having a silly little spat.
Upstairs, Renny welcomes Keesha into the HOH. Keesha asks how she’s doing, and Renny tells her that she did what SHE wanted to do. “I like Ollie, so I couldn’t see putting him up on the block.” Keesha looks a bit perplexed…but then again, when doesn’t she? Keesha says she’s worried that if either of the two wins the veto, then she, Dan, or Memphis could end up going up. It doesn’t help when Renny says “people shouldn’t really feel safe”.
Ugh, they’re playing silly background music, so you know this will be a silly segment. It’s Jerry babbling nonsense about being so bored that he’s talking to himself. Yes, we know you miss your family (and your puppy), but so is everybody else.
Wow, it’s already time to start the veto competition segment. Dan says the “one name I don’t want to see come out of that bag is Ollie, because that gives April a shot to come off the block”.
Renny pulls a name first, and it’s Dan. Ollie says it’s a “necessity” that he is one of the other two names drawn. April picks Keesha, though, and Jerry gets…you guess it, Ollie. April can’t hide a smile. Renny then picks the worst person to host the contest – Michelle.
We now see April’s blurred-out ass pounce on Ollie as they celebrate. “I don’t think they’re too happy about that”, says Ollie. You think? “Please be something physical.” April practices her little princess routine. “Come on, fate. Fate, fate, fate.” Ugh.
Meanwhile, Dan, Memphis, and Keesha are complaining about Ollie’s name being selected. “The worst case scenario is Ollie winning”, says Mr. Obvious Dan. All three are worried that they could go up, especially Memphis. “I said from day one that that woman is a loose cannon.”
After commercials, we finally have the competition, and it’s some sort of haunted house theme. Ollie immediately freaks out when he sees a live python. Actually, he freaks out more when he sees a crow. “I came this close to wetting my pants.”
Part of the set includes voodoo dolls representing each of the contestants. Renny says she’s not crazy about “seeing pins sticking in me. I know some people in New Orleans who do that. Voodoo is quite real.”
Manchelle then attempts something that’s clearly tough for her to accomplish – read the rules. Everybody has five minutes to look at the entire set, and Dan says he “knows it has something to do with numbers”. April sticks her hand in a case of cockroaches, but Keesha says she couldn’t do it. Jerry says he’s going “to fight like hell to win, because I’m a scrapper. I’m like a street fighter.” Are you? April also babbles nonsense about Ollie saving her. Why don’t you concentrate on saving yourself?
Everybody then stands behind their podiums to answer questions regarding the set. It’s a bit convoluted, as they all have to write a numeric answer, and then decide to “play” or “fold”.
The first question is about the length of the python. Ollie, April, Dan, and Keesha all bow out of this question, and Renny is out as Jerry is closest to the correct answer. April says “it was extremely exciting” seeing her drop out.
The next question is about how many pins are stuck in all of the voodoo dolls. Ollie folds, but says he maybe should have stayed in. Dan also folds, and April is now out. It really is all on Ollie’s shoulders.
The number of cockroaches in the tank is the next question, and Keesha says the “only way we knew how many were in there is if we stuck our hands in there”. Yes, she’s in trouble with this question.
Dan acknowledges that his entire game play has been to throw competitions, but he HAS to win this one. Unfortunately, Jerry is only one correct answer away from taking the veto. Jerry folds this time, because he “didn’t want to risk getting knocked out”. Hahahaha! Jerry would have won if he had stayed in this round. Dan gets the point, and Keesha is knocked out.
The next round is about the amount of “blood” in a bunch of containers. Ollie knows immediately that he screwed up since his amount was way above the other two. Dan stays, but Ollie and Jerry bow out. Jerry and Dan are now tied. Poor Ollie is bummed tha this little angel is not happy.
We move on to a question about the number of nails on a bed of nails. Dan’s answer is way below the other two contestants, but all three stay in the round. Dan wins the veto with the closest answer! Jerry says he feels “disheartened”, as does Ollie (“I let her down”). April says she’s now willing to do anything to get Dan to use the veto, but Dan says it’s been his “goal” to break up her and Ollie. For some reason, though, he thinks he may “have to use the veto to get the job done”. Oh come on, Dan, just leave them as they are so we can get rid of April.
After the commercial break, we see Ollie apologize to April, with silly Manchelle adding her two cents. When Michelle leaves to take a shower, the two cuddle but are interrupted by Jerry. They decide to approach Dan, and promise him he won’t go up next week. April ups the ante by saying she’s “going to say, ‘I have $5000’”. In case we forgot, BB thoughtfully shows us a replay of the competition where she won that money before returning to them snuggling.
Dan still wants to use the veto on Jerry so that Ollie can be put up. He arranges to meet with Jerry in the storage room, where Jerry sort of apologizes for last week’s infamous “Judas” comment. Jerry says that if he survives the week, his loyalties next week will lie with those that save him. Dan says he’s considering using it because it will “turn an enemy into a friend”.
Dan’s now outside with Memphis, and they’re again discussing why Renny didn’t put up Ollie. They’re both worried that if Ollie wins HOH next week, they could go up, and Memphis complains that he’s a wild card that can’t be read. Again, Dan reiterates the he wants Ollie put up this week, and in the diary room he says that he’s the one who should go this week because “with bleached-blonde hair, you can see (April) a mile away”. What in the world are you smoking, preacher boy? Ollie hasn’t achieved anything in the game; April has been as much behind every eviction as Libra was.
It looks like he’s about to move on with his plan under the guise of having his hair cut by Renny, but it’s really just another silly segment. He aggravates her, though, by asking if they can say a prayer first. He attempts to get info from her on what she’s going to do, but Renny says “I’m the hairdresser. I don’t need to explain to you what I’m doing.” Dan rambles on in the diary room about how his hair is his “prized possession”, but I don’t think anybody’s buying that. We then see him pray as Renny uses the razor.
Now we have more useless footage, as we see them all amazed and shocked because the table has been exchanged for a smaller version. They all babble about how much the game changes every week. Yeah, we get it.
Finally, some game play. April approaches Dan as he’s sitting in the pool, and she stretches her legs while giggling how much she’s always liked him. Ugh. Dan tells her that he’s always “open to suggestions”. Well, we know April likes to open herself quite a bit, too. At least to Ollie she does. April goes on about how she likes to “always be nice” and similar nonsensical lines, and asks if he’s thought about using the veto. Dan responds that he’s not 100% sure of anything, and after talking about how Jerry gave him the perfect reason to boot him, April says that neither her nor Ollie would go after him, and that she has money she can give him.
Talking to Memphis, Dan says he needs to talk to Renny to find out who she would put up if he did use it. He heads up to the HOH and asks Renny if she made a deal with Ollie. She just responds that she “likes” Ollie. He follows up by asking who she would put up if Jerry was taken down. Renny’s not happy with these questions, and tells him that he would be looked at as a traitor if he did that. Funny thing is they don’t show Dan informing her of April’s bribe, as we all saw in the feeds.
It’s now time for the veto ceremony, and as Dan participates in the scripted portion of the segment we hear from April that her biggest fear is that he uses the veto on Jerry. “More than likely, Ollie would be placed next to me, and I would definitely go home this week.”
Jerry adds that he doesn’t feel safe this week, but he doesn’t believe Dan will use it on April. Obviously, he’s hoping he uses it on him.
Jerry goes first with his speech, and we hear again how he’s 75 years old, and is “set in my ways”. He repeats his line about how in extreme situations he has a “street fighter mentality, and in fact can get nasty”. Once again, he apologizes for the Judas comment.
April doesn’t add much in her speech, basically just congratulating Dan for winning the veto, and “respecting” Renny’s wishes about being nominated.
Dan’s speech begins with thanks for both of them approaching him before the ceremony. “You actually talked to me.” He adds that “one of you did bring an interesting proposition, which did involve money”. Since money is tight, he says he did consider the bribe, so he has decided to…long pause…long pause…”not use the veto”.
In the final diary room segments, Dan says he threw the bribe out there “I wanted to put some doubt in people’s minds about the offering of the money. The more paranoia in the house, outside of me, the better.”
Having never met a cliché that he didn’t like, Jerry talks about being in the “eye of a storm”. For some reason, he thinks the game “will get very violent very soon”. What does that even mean?
Since Plan A didn’t work, Ollie says they have to move to Plan B and “work the mouthpiece”. Oh boy, I could have fun with that line. April once again thinks she’s addressing America, and says she’s going to do what she has to do to survive. “I’m going to be a total bitch!” What a fitting way to end the show.

Sunday
Aug172008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 15 Recap

Welcome to Renny Week; seven days that should be pretty calm and predictable. “Should be” are the key words, though, as any time you put wackos like Michelle, Keesha, April, and Jerry in a house together things could change at any moment.
We begin, as expected, with the reaction to Libra’s eviction. Will somebody cry out, “ding dong, the witch is dead”? Keesha admits that she’s not liked by everybody, but it still feels good to be kept in by a unanimous vote. April claims that she wasn’t sure if she had the four votes, so it made more sense to play it safe.
Michelle, though, has to make it all about her, complaining that she was the one person who didn’t get a hug from Libra as she walked out the door. “Too bad – she took out Jessie so she deserved to go home.”
After Libra’s exit, Keesha wanders around thanking everybody. Jerry, of course, has to make sure she believes it’s because of him. “I told you.” Renny has suddenly become paranoid because every name around her picture has been eliminated. “It makes me look like a target. It stands out.”
We move on to the HOH competition, and we see Renny’s win. Keesha jumps up and says, “give me a hug, Renny”, but a sprinting Michelle jumps in front of her to congratulate Renny. In the diary room, Renny says that the promise of pictures of her mother inspired her to win the contest.
Keesha finally gets her hug, and is ecstatic in her diary room interview. Actually, she even uses the word “ecstatic”, which surprises me. April, however, is not so happy, and she admits in the diary room that she’s probably going to be on the block this week. “This is where the game begins.”
Memphis is almost as happy as Keesha. “Renny winning is the best thing that could happen for me. It’s perfect, perfect, perfect.” Renny is not happy, though, when she overhears Memphis’ plan to move into Keesha’s room. “You get to talk a lot in those rooms – discussing the game every day while I’m upstairs. I believe that Memphis can charm Keesha. It does make him a threat.” She gives Jerry a disgusted nod as he tells her, “good job, kiddo”.
April and Ollie are now seen in the living room, and Ollie seems more upset than April. “Smile”, she says. “It’s just a game.” Jerry joins the two (as usual), and April notes that everybody in the house is noticing his constant presence with the pair.
Meanwhile, Memphis and Keesha are both talking about how Renny’s win allows them a sigh of relief. He tells her that “we could easily make a run for this game”. Oooh, maybe Renny’s not so crazy for being paranoid of these two together.
To rid themselves of Jerry for at least a few minutes, Ollie says he’s tired and asks April if she’ll lay down with him. They walk past Memphis and Keesha, which causes Memphis to ask if he thinks those are the two Renny will put up. Keesha nods an emphatic yes.
April is now in her usual position, straddling Ollie, while complaining about Jerry. She says she’s going to “let it all out if I’m put up against him”. With the three minutes up, Jerry walks in on them. The pretend to sleep so they don’t have to chat with him, but April whispers that both of them need to talk to Renny later. “I really hope she puts me up against Jerry”, she tells him. Ollie adds in the diary room that the plan is to do everything they can to get Jerry put up. So much for alliances.
Renny is sitting in the bedroom with Keesha when Memphis walks in and playfully gives her a shove. They both giggle, which enrages Renny even more. After he walks out with laundry, she asks Keesha what “his story” is. Immediately, Keesha is worried that Renny may not be putting up April. Renny asks if he has promised to take her to the end, and Keesha says no. (Oops, that’s a lie.) Keesha does admit that she’s working to get people “on my side”, but Renny warns her that “he wouldn’t take you to the end, because he wouldn’t win against you”. Keesha responds that nobody would take her to the finals, but Renny quickly corrects her that she would.
In the diary room, Renny says “I’m not a stupid person. I see a lot that goes on.” She tells Keesha that Memphis is a threat; that he’s “very sly…he’s like April”. Keesha agrees, adding that the only difference is “he’s quiet about it”. In the diary room, Keesha admits that she’s getting worried about Renny, and that she needs to “keep her targets on one side of the house”.
After a commercial break, we have the segment that normally I detest – the opening of the HOH room. But as I said the other night as I watched on the live feeds, this is the one time when the tears and sentiment appear to be legit. In the diary room, Renny says she really wishes her parents were alive to see her on television. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see her struggle with the key, but we do see the tears as she immediately catches a glimpse of her mother’s picture.
The boys wait outside to let her have a minute, but it’s not surprising that April and Michelle (along with Keesha) are there to console her. The rest of the house file in, and Jerry says he’s surprised to see a different side of Renny. “She’s so much of a clown, yet there’s a very serious side to her that I hadn’t really seen before.”
After the tears are over, it’s tonight’s wasteful silly segment. April has a stuffed animal, and we get to see everybody play with it. The only good part of this segment is Renny kicking it around. I could be wrong, but I think this segment was from days, if not weeks, ago.
I guess that segment is a segue so we can see just how sad she is knowing she’s probably going up on the block. Ollie asks her if she thinks of him as a friend and not a boyfriend. April doesn’t know how to answer that. This segment could have been filmed any day at any time. Well, it couldn’t be filmed at night, because few words are spoken except where Ollie is supposed to make his “deposit”.
We’re now back in the HOH, where Renny is telling Michelle how much she likes her. “You know that you’re talked about, but I still like you.” Having buttered her up enough, she asks Michelle if she’ll be put up if she wins HOH next week. “Absolutely not.” Michelle claims she’ll swear on the Bible and/or her parents, and that she hasn’t “broken her word” in the house. Renny admits in the diary room that she was working on “reeling her in”, and we see her admit to Michelle that “April has a big target on her back”. Yeah, Ollie hits that target every night.
Renny goes on to say that she’s not comfortable with how some people are starting to act in the house. “Good guys finish last, right? So I’m going to have to sort of get mean in this game”. Michelle eats it all up.
It’s now food competition time, and it’s described as the “Big Brother version of rock/paper/scissors”. The only difference is that it’s done with their mouths, with crickets, pig ears, and slop as the food they will eat if they win the round. Dan wins the first round by selecting crickets, and after saying a prayer he downs the dozen or so on the plate.
Michelle wins the next round, and must do the same. She gobbles it down in seconds, and unfortunately we get a look at her wide open mouth after she’s finished. Jerry then defeats April, and must eat a plate of slop. Damn, this should be easy for him…but it’s not. His teammates, including Memphis, are not happy with his performance, but Jerry eventually downs it all. Or does he? He struggles, but finally does finish.
It’s now Dan and Memphis once again, and this time Memphis must eat pig ears. No problem, although Memphis has trouble swallowing it. Michelle wins the next round, and she gets her favorite delicacy – pig ears. Ugh, I hate the fact we have to witness her chomping away. “Mom, that one was for you.”
April also wins by choosing pig ears, but she says because she’s a vegetarian she “hasn’t eaten pork since I was 13 years old”. Jerry hopes that she can’t finish them, because he’s been on slop for 18 days. April has no problem, and the team of her, Dan, Keesha, and Michelle are not on slop for the week. Too bad for Memphis, Ollie, and Jerry…but America has voted they get one treat. Unfortunately for them (and hilarious for us), it’s lollipops. Ollie claims to be excited.
Time for another wasted segment – Ollie is scared of birds. Again, this is ancient footage. Yes, it’s funny when he sneaks back inside when he sees them, but I could still live without out it.
Ok, time for actual game play. Dan comes up to the HOH, and asks Renny if he’s in danger. “I may need you to go up as a pawn.” She tells him that she’s trying to after “the trio without making too many enemies”. Dan’s not happy with this plan, but she “has to do what she has to do”. He reminds her that he, Memphis, and Keesha are definite votes towards whomever she wants out.
They’re now joined by Memphis, and he says “get the hell out of here” when she asks him the pawn question. “I’m not ok with being a pawn for anybody. It’s not a risk; it’s a mistake.” Memphis pushes for April and Ollie to be put up, because Jerry is the weakest of the three, and he points out that he and Dan would be Jerry’s targets if he somehow wins HOH next week. Renny points out that “he put my ass on the block”.
Now Keesha and Michelle come in, and Renny also asks them if they’re willing to be pawns. Renny repeats what she’s already said twice, and again Memphis points out that there’s now way there will be a split decision regarding Jerry, April, or Ollie. Renny is suddenly concerned about Ollie’s thoughts, and sends Michelle to get him.
Once Ollie appears, Renny begins to question him but eventually sends the rest of the crew out. She won’t say who she’s putting up, but informs him that a lot of people want to see April gone. Ollie says if that happens, he’s not “throwing in the towel. We’re not here just to make a relationship.” Why have you yet to show that, Ollie? Renny admits that she wants Ollie to stay, but Ollie makes a pitch at putting anybody but April up…including Jerry.
So it’s now time for Renny’s nominations, and I’m again surprised at what we’ve seen tonight. Instead of the silly stuffed animal and/or “Ollie loves April” segments, we could have seen April’s pleas to Renny, or Ollie’s second, last-second attempt to save themselves.
Oh well, as Renny looks at the wall of pictures, we get to hear Dan once again talk about how you never know what’s going to happen. April admits that she expects to be put up, but “it’s hard to swallow since I am such a nice person.” (Hey anonymous April lovers, please read that last line.) Ollie is also worried, and has finally realized that “being attached to April is not playing out well in my corner”.
Keesha says she’s also worried because of all the talk about putting Memphis up. “I love Renny to death, but her thinking sometimes is completely off the wall.” Memphis again adds that putting him up as a pawn is a “mistake” unless “you want to make me as an enemy”.
As she puts the keys in, Renny tells us that it’s “time to shake up the house a little bit…nobody’s going to make decisions for me”.
Finally, the keys are pulled. Dan’s comes out first, followed by Keesha, Ollie, Memphis, and Michelle. The nominations are Jerry and April. Tell me how that “shakes up the house”.
Renny says she nominated April because “you are the most ‘tough-cooking’ woman I’ve ever met”. April is clearly not happy…but who would be? She tells Jerry that he’s up because he put her on the block way back in week one.
Keesha doesn’t understand why she put up Jerry instead of Ollie, but Renny again tells us that it’s “payback” for the first week. Jerry also states the obvious, saying that it’s not a good feeling to be nominated. “Man, they turn on you in a second.” Of all people, he should know that. “My attitude is big boys don’t cry.”
April says that she excited that Ollie wasn’t put up against her. “I’m hoping that people will start seeing that Jerry is a floater, and to possibly get him to blow up on somebody.” That may be the smartest thing she’s said all season.
We’re now finished…see you Tuesday!