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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!

Thursday
Aug142008

Big Brother Season 10, Episode 14 Recap

Welcome to eviction night, aka the evening our weeklong nightmare of Michelle as HOH is over. Of course, it could be even worse in an hour if one of a couple of different suspects ends up taking her place in that hallowed room.
Before we get to that, though, we have a lot of material to endure before we find out who is the next HOH, and the contestants have done a great job at creating material designed to make us question who will be evicted this evening. I wonder if CBS had a hand in raising these inquiries. Oh no, they’d never manipulate a game show.
Let’s jump right in with the reactions to Jerry’s insane POV speech. Libra is actually quite funny when she sarcastically asks if Jerry had received the “Big Brother manual. Big Brother is not a game of honor, trust, and loyalty. This is not the Marines.” Renny adds that “the Colonel” ends up looking worse than Dan when he personally attacks others like he did.
Dan stands up, and babbles about how people can believe whatever they want, which makes Libra repeat the phrase “it’s a game” over and over as she walks away.
We now see Memphis in the HOH with Michelle holding his hands over his head in disbelief. “What was that all about?” Michelle lies and acts like she was worried he was going to use the veto, but feed watchers know he rehearsed his speech with her right before the ceremony. “It was just unnecessary”, he adds. “I think it was unnecessary.”
Libra walks into the spa room, where Dan and Keesha are hanging out, and apologizes for some reason for Jerry calling him a “Judas”. Dan acts like he’s depressed in the diary room, but suddenly screams out that “it can’t get any BETTER for me”. Well, not really, Dan, as the entire house believes your America’s Player. He believes the entire house has sympathy for him…which they don’t. Well, they probably did during his speech, but in this season that’s all forgotten within minutes.
At the end of this conversation, Keesha says that she’s not going to hate Michelle if she gets evicted, leading Libra to say “you’re not going to get evicted. I can bet my last dollar on it.” I guess it’s time to jump to a conversation that puts that statement in doubt, especially after Keesha responds with “that’s what Jessie thought, too”.
Oh yes, Big Brother’s editors don’t disappoint. April is now seen bitching to Ollie how she “can’t trust Keesha as far as I can throw the bitch”. Yeah, that wouldn’t be too far for that scrawny little twit. April points out that she is just as much at fault as Libra in the Jessie eviction, and Ollie does his usual game of agreeing with anything she says. At least in this case there’s some truth in the statements. (BTW, nice cam angle on Keesha in a bikini.)
Memphis and Dan are now seen sitting outside, and they complain to Keesha about how bored they are. Keesha babbles something about needing somebody’s back, and Memphis responds that “I’ve got your back, darling…I’d jump in front of a bullet for you”. Oh, I bet Christine wishes that was directed at her. After she goes back in the house, Memphis points out that they have free sailing “for at least two weeks” if they follow Keesha and Renny. Dan agrees, and says he has some dumb names ready for their alliance. They both agree that Renny is the wild card of their group.
Now we cut back to Ollie and April snuggling in the bedroom, and continuing to plot Keesha’s demise. They know they have Jerry’s support in anything they do, and decide to ask him to vote out Keesha. “He’s going to attach himself to people so he can be a swing vote. He’s playing both sides.”
Ollie then approaches Libra and asks if she wants to “still be here”. He tells her that they want to flip the house again because “Keesha is getting way too complacent”. (Is that the proper use of the term?) He asks her if she’s close to Dan, but she replies that she doesn’t know where she stands with him.
After a dumb analog about being a heart attack patient and Dan’s her defibrillator, she approaches Dan in the kitchen. April’s stripper heels walk a few feet away, and Libra makes her pitch. After complaining that he’s talking to loud, Libra talks about possibly having a “ninth life”. Dan says he needs more information, and Libra says there could be once again a split vote. In the diary room, Dan acts like he’s considering the offer, especially since Libra being in the house would remain a huge target. Still, he’s pretty noncommittal.
Oh boy, for the first time in this season we get the useless diary room discussions on both nominees. I don’t really miss this feature, and true to form it’s really a useless repeat of everything we’ve heard from everybody all week. I do cringe when April complains how she “feels bad for America” because they have to listen to Keesha’s voice. Well, I’m no fan of it either, but April really needs to stop believing she’s America’s Angel.
After the break, we go to a puff piece with Libra’s family. What’s interesting is that as an intro they’re using the conversation she had with Dan that started the conspiracy theorists believing that Dan and Libra were brought into the house together as a team. Libra’s husband is shown giving one of the twins a bath, and talks about how he encouraged her to sign up for the show “to have an experience”. He goes on to talk about how Libra’s mother is such a help, and (after a short statement from her oldest child) we cut to footage of Libra crying over her kids.
We then see the family watch her win the Hawaiian trip, which the husband says “was a good choice”. He’s not happy, though, when they show the clip of Michelle saying her kids should be taken away. “Nobody should ever wish something like that on a mother. It’s as cold as you can get.”
With this segment over, we finally join the house in the living room. Wow, Dan gets the first question of the night. Hopefully, this will stop the whispering about how the fact that he hasn’t received any previous questions is suspicious. Julie asks him about how his faith influences his gameplay. Jerry looks on as Dan admits that he’s made some mistakes, but the “first thing I do when I get out of here is to go to confession”.
Jerry’s up next about his veto speech, and he admits that some of his speech was the “heat of the moment”, but that he still feels that “religion became a prop”. Dan responds that being called a Judas didn’t bother him; he just wishes as a teacher he had been called “Mr. Judas…the only thing I can do in this house is forgive him”. Jerry’s clearly not happy with that retort.
Memphis is up next, and is asked why he acted shocked when the Judas question came up. I don’t really get what he’s saying, but he questions whether Jerry knows the Judas story, and that Judas ended up hanging himself. “As long as Dan doesn’t hang himself, I’m cool. When personal attacks come out, the instinct for me is to stand up for people that I care about.”
Renny is now asked who has surprised her the most since they entered the house. “I think they’ve all surprised me. They’re really a wonderful bunch of young people.” Now that’s a nice, seemingly prepared speech.
It’s now time to mute the television, as we talk to Michelle in the HOH. Wait, you mean I can’t do that? Ugh. Julie points out that she’s been hanging around April lately, so what’s the status of her relationship with her? After wishing her parents a happy anniversary, she goes on about how she feels bad for her because her word “got broken with me last week…she knows that I actually keep my word in this house”. Oh boy.
Next up is a question about the more hateful things she has said in the house, including statements about Libra’s kids and how Dan was going to burn in hell. She says she regrets what she said about Dan, and that she doesn’t think Libra’s a bad mother. “There’s just decisions she’s made that could have been different. I would have taken the letter, and I don’t even have any kids.” (Insert Scott eye roll here.)
The segment ends with Michelle talking about how great it was to get a letter from home. Yes, she loves them and misses them…as does every contestant.
It’s now eviction time, and Keesha gets to make her final statement first. “If you do evict me, there are no hard feelings. Even though there have been crazy moments in this house, I have loved every last minute of it.” (That’s not what you said last Saturday evening as you were screaming outside.) She goes on with taking responsibility for her actions last week.
Libra follows with how “crazy” the game is, and that “each week it changes on a dime”. She still stands “proud and tall” with what she did last week, but stumbles on the next couple of sentences. Once again, a nominee basically copies Angie’s speech from two weeks ago about playing the game “for your self”.
The voting now begins Renny, who votes to evict Libra, as does Memphis. We now go to commercials, and when we return Jerry votes to evict Libra. I guess the plan to swerve the house isn’t going to happen. Dan, Ollie, and April also cast votes to evict Libra. It’s unanimous.
Libra seems to take it well, and hugs everybody as she walks out. “Have a good time, and enjoy this game.” After useless footage of the remaining houseguests standing around, Julie begins the interview by asking a laughing Libra about her alliance. She says they were explosive because they were all so similar. “We wanted to push the envelope all the time”. Outside the house, she says they’d all get along fabulously.
Julie moves on and asks about the theory that she was the mastermind behind every eviction. “They gave me a lot of credit. I deserve some of it, but not all of it.” She admits that her role in the various scenarios did eventually catch up to her.
Next up is the inevitable questions about leaving her newborns. She talks about the “paradox” of “leaving your family to help your family”, and how she felt she needed to go “against the norm”.
Ollie begins the goodbye messages by complaining about her going against April’s wishes last week. April then continues this theme, saying that going against her “came back to get you”. Renny says that also being a mother created a “special bond” between them. Jerry, of course, whines. There’s no need to recap his gibberish, so we end with Keesha’s Hallmark statement about how she’ll never forget her. That’s the best you can do?
It’s now HOH time, and it’s called Diary Room Confessions. Oooh, the game involves Julie reading things that one of the previously evicted people said, and they have to guess who said it. Well, the first question’s a gimme, as it involves a nap that paid off. Yet, nobody buzzes in, and Julie is forced to repeat. Renny finally buzzes in, and gets it right. She chooses to eliminate April, who is not happy at all about this. (Smart move.)
The next question is who said “the player got played”? Dan buzzes in, and correctly says it was Brian. He eliminates Jerry. (Another smart move!) The third question is about loneliness, but Ollie buzzes in before the question is finished and makes an incorrect choice. I now love this competition!
Memphis buzzes in on the next question, but is eliminated by saying the answer was Steven. The next question involves somebody who called Jessie a tool, but Dan is incorrect with his guess of Angie. (Blowing another HOH, Dan?)
It’s now down to Keesha and Renny, and the final question is about one of Jerry’s speeches. Renny buzzes in, and correctly guesses Brian. Renny is HOH! The studio audience goes nuts! Three people in the backyard aren’t happy, though!
We get a final look at the house, and Renny is alone in the bedroom collecting her thoughts. April and Ollie, meanwhile, look worried. They should!