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Sunday
Aug242014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 27 Recap

Well...Zach is gone and Nicole is back. Tonight we’ll see the ramifications of that switch out, the HOH competition, lots of filler, and nominations. With Battle of the Block over, this will be a return to the Sunday format of previous seasons. While I’m thankful that the awful dual HOH’s is finished, at this point in the season it’s going to be harder and harder to sustain my interest.

We start off tonight’s broadcast with a flashback to Thursday’s comp that brought Nicole back to the game. Jocasta hugs her, and Nicole yells in the diary room how excited she is to return. Hayden hugs her and whispers that she needs to go after Derrick and Cody. Oh, how I wish that could happen. Derrick says she is not his “number one choice to come back in the house”, and Frankie talks about how phony they acted about her coming back. “We can’t wait to get her and Donny out of the house.”

She hugs Donny, who is ecstatic. “She’s a good friend of mine. She’s someone I can work with, and she also is a very smart person. Maybe the other side will see her as a bigger threat than me, and go after her again.” Jocasta hugs her again, and tells her to stick with Donny. “I want you to win. I want you to win, baby. You hear me? I’m going to pray for you every night.” Will she speak in tongues again? Wait, she kisses her on the lips! Oh, you naughty devil, Jocasta!

Back inside, Christine is not happy. How unusual. Caleb is upset at the audacity that there are now two people who will work together. “It makes me mad”, replies Christine. Um, there are six of you. Shut up! Of course, Christine has reason to be mad, as she is the reason that Nicole was evicted.

Frankie, Cody, and Caleb are now in the fire room, and Cody is also paranoid that Donny is actually going to get some help. “He’s got somebody he can walk and whisper with.” Just idiocy, Cody. Derrick comes in the room, and gives Cody and Christine a pep talk. “We have to stay united. There’s a chance she can win HOH, but that’s a worse case scenario. That being said, she is going to try to wedge herself back in.”

Sitting at the table, Donny fills in Nicole about how Christine threw the last Battle of the Block, and how she handed a bone to the other team. He also tells her about the skittles fiasco. He’s happy to have a friend again, as “every one of them is against me”. Victoria is listening to all of this, and as she walks away Donny makes a crack about how “she doesn’t know she is here. She has no clue.”  Nicole remarks that Victoria is just going to report everything he just said, but Donny replies that it doesn’t matter.

The boys are stil in the fire room, and they’re now paranoid about Christine. “If anybody is going to start blabber, it’s probably going to be Christine”, says Derrick. Victoria then walks in and fills them in on what she heard. Derrick tells her that nobody has anything to be worried about, and Cody complains in the diary room how Donny has been trying to get them to turn on each other. The audacity of that man! We see a flashback to his conversation with Cody from earlier in the week, and Cody then running to Christine with the info. Derrick is pissed about that. “I’m not going to watch him destroy my game.”

Nicole then fills in Donny on how Derrick and Cody are her targets. Caleb then walks into the room to check on soem food he’s cooking. After he leaves, she reminds him that they have to win HOH. “Game on.”

Caleb returns and reports on the nothingness he witnessed. Derrick then instructs them to never talk to them alone. “We stick together, we win HOH, we put them up together, and we’re back to where we were.” He goes on to say how if they win HOH this will be an easy week for them...and the audience sighs because this means a boring week.

We head to commercials, and when we return it’s time for filler. Old filler. Frankie is preparing fish, and Caleb does some Steven Segall moves. Come on. This is dumb, especially with the added sound effects.

The silly music then comes on, which means it’s HOH competition time. it’s a boxing themed comp, complete with phony Rocky music. Even worse, Frankie is the host so he turns up his idiocy that much more. The comp works with past house events, and they must figure out which day each event happened, using a combo of five and seven point “punches”. If they’re wrong, they have to start over.

We get the usual “I have to win this” diary room comments, and the first round then begins. Oh yeah, and Christine gets the honor or repeating the rules we just heard from Frankie. Why do they do this? Everybody has trouble with the first question, especially Victoria (surprise, surprise). Christine gets the correct number the quickest, and it’s finally down to Victoria and Nicole. Somehow Victoria gets it right, and Nicole is out. She’s obviously embarrassed to lose to Victoria.

The second round is about Joey’s alter ego, and is then lost by Victoria, who makes an obvious joke about how nobody even remembers Joey. Next up is Brittany’s soccer event, and it’s between Caleb and Christine. Caleb gets it right, and Christine is mad again.

Round four involves Pow Pow, and Donny is first, followed by Cody. Derrick is next, which means Caleb is out. It’s now between Donny, Derrick, and Cody. Devin’s nomination is the next question, and Donny is the first to get it right, followed by Cody. Derrick is now out.

It’s now down to Caleb versus Donny. After we sit through commercials, and the entire cast talking about how important this comp is once again, he question for the finale involves Amber winning Battle of the Block. Cody and Donny both get it wrong initially, and have to keep returning. Finally, Cody hits the buzzer just before Donny, and the Detonators go nuts. Derrick loves this, because that blood they’re all so scared about will belong to Cody instead of him. Nicole and Donny both know they’re in trouble.

Back in the house, the boys celebrate...and complain more about Christine. Yes, Derrick is starting the process of getting rid of Christine. We like to call that the Britney move.

Nicole and Donny are in the kitchen putting on their sad faces. He thinks that Nicole needs to go talk to Cody, but she doesn’t think it will do any good. Cody then walks in and Donny congratulates him.

Time for more filler, as we have to endure Cody’s HOH reveal.

After it’s over, Nicole then attempts to talk to Cody in the HOH. She tells him that she feels awkward and helpless. He tells her that he wants Donny out, and that he’s the one responsible for evicting her and Hayden. She doesn’t want to talk about that, though, and tells him that he has to worry about Frankie and Caleb. “You have to make a big move in this game...it would be good to keep me around so I can do work for you. You know I have nobody.” She promises not to run to Donny with any info, and Cody pretends to act like he’s contemplating doing just that.

Derrick then comes into the room to give Cody his marching orders. He informs Cody that eventually Nicole is going to come to him with an offer, but he must ignore her although Donny is this week’s target. Cody then says he’d rather have Nicole around than Christine because she is more unpredictable, plays both sides, and does nothing for them. Interesting!

After more commercials, we immediately know that filler is coming with the clown-ish music that introduces the segment. It’s Caleb, Frankie, and Victoria talking about how Derrick has changed since they came in the house, and Derrick talks about how his whole game plan is as an undercover cop. “BB Jump Street.” Seriously.

With that over, it’s time for Nicole/Hayden filler, even though he’s not in the house. She’s being interrogated by the others on how much she likes him. He would make her breakfast in the jury house, and how they kissed. What isn’t shown is how she admitted that they were forced to kiss for the cameras.

Donny is then shown walking up to the HOH, and he shrugs his shoulders as it to say it’s worth a try. Cody is sleeping, though, and Donny turns on the light to wake him up. He apologizes but says that he has to talk to him before nominations. He asks if he should expect to be nominated, and reminds him of what they talked about earlier this week. “They’re going to keep Victoria because she can’t win.” He really hopes that he won’t be nominated, and promises to help him if this happens. He continues on about how he and Nicole has done nothing wrong but comps have been thrown and “deliberately done bad things” to them. Cody admits in the diary room that Donny is making sense, so maybe he needs to consider the offer. Really, he said that, although it was clearly scripted by production.

Finally, Donny is shown outside talking to Derrick. He asks if there’s a Team America mission yet, and Derrick then asks him what he thinks about the whole game. Donny says that at first he was into it as they talked about being together. Derrick then admits that they all find him to be a target as he’s “extremely intelligent”, and that he’s torn because it is actually “in my best interest for you to stay here”. Two weeks ago, though, Donny said he was here for himself and not for Team America. Donny reminds him that he was outnumbered then, too, but Derrick claims that it’s “been eating me alive”. They both say they love Team America, and Donny says it’s “all” he has. Derrick then says that he’s also been hearing that Donny has been targeting Derrick, and also claims in the diary room that he could save Donny if he wanted. His social game, though, is making him want Donny out. Donny also admits in the diary room that he doesn’t believe anything that Derrick is selling him.

It’s that moment that everybody knows what’s going to happen. Despite what Cody claims in the diary room, we know who the nominees are going to be. Yep, it’s Donny and Nicole. Shocker! Cody gives his usual “I love you as a person” bullshit reasons, and that Donny has been talking out of line, and that’s it.

They all give the usual “I want to win veto” comments and the episode is over! What did you think? Are you a believer of Caleb’s ninja skills? Or the potential of Christine screwing over the man she plays with every day? Will Donny survive? Tell us what you think!

 

 

Sunday
Aug172014

Does CBS Condone Abusive Behavior?

I'm no fan of Big Brother Canada, but they have had a feature each of their two seasons that livened up the slower days of the week. Various people were given top secret tasks, and if they succeeded they (or the whole house) were given a reward. 

Team America was clearly created as the US version of this concept, and it's been a failure from the beginning. The tasks have been stupid, and unlike the Canadian counterparts they have possibly compromised a house guest's game. Zach has been the Team America whipping boy, and while some of the antics have been entertaining, it really hasn't been in his best interests.

On paper, this week's Team America task could have been as harmless as the Canadian concept, but not when there is a vile creature such as Frankie in the house. To recap, Team America needed to steal an article of clothing from each of the cast and hide them. They were then to start a "Neighborhood Watch" to prevent more thefts in a 24 hour period. With the right people, this could have been fun, particularly since Team America was NOT supposed to assign the blame to anybody.

Over the last two days, the trio has been quietly grabbing items, and earlier today finished that part of the mission. The plan was to institute the second part later tonight, but unfortunately various people discovered the "thefts".

Almost immediately, the fun disappeared. A house meeting was called, and chaos erupted. Caleb was especially upset over his stolen cowboy boots, and the attention went to Victoria as the culprit. Caleb got in her face and began screaming at her. 

The blame quickly moved to Zach, egged on by Frankie. It's ugly. It's hard to watch. I turned it off multiple times. It's the worst thing I've ever seen on Big Brother. Take Aaryn's bed-tossing incident times ten. Even when he's in a room alone with Zach, Frankie eggs it on, and adds sexual overtones to the action. 

This is not a "I love Zach" post that says he's never allowed to be nominated or evicted. I have stated many times that I don't care who wins, but I don't like when production turns a blind eye to their own interference being used as justification for an eviction. The fact that Frankie continues to cross that boundary of taste could be described as sexual harassment. Imagine the uproar if it was one of the guy's pushing for oral sex from Nicole or Amber. That would not fly, but somehow Frankie is allowed to do it.

It's disgusting, and Frankie is easily the worst human being to ever be cast on the show.

Sunday
Aug172014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 24 Recap

Watching the Sunday episode is always interesting. Sometimes it’s even infuriating. Ok, quite often, actually.

As I’ve said before, the Sunday broadcast primrarily consists of footage from a 24-hour period, starting with the conclusion of Thursday’s eviction show to Friday afternoon’s Battle of the Block. Anything not from that time period is either flown in footage from previous days (such as much of the year’s phony Hayden/Nicole “showmance”), or material designed to explain what we’re seeing.

The problem for me is that due to the Big Brother Gossip Show, I’ve already spent hours with these events. If I’m not cutting audio to use on the show, I’m watching and rewatching in order to understand what I’m going to talk about on Saturday night.

My anger is when this material is manipulated to show something different than what actually happened. Quite often, somebody gets a more positive edit, or the wrong person is given credit for something they had a minimal part in the acts.

Tonight it’s quite possible this could happen again. While what actually happened is pretty cut and dry, there is a great possibility the wrong house guest will be shown as a hero and/or a villain. I hope that’s not the case, but we all know how CBS works these days.

So let’s get started, and let’s also pray that there’s no egregious examples of selective editing. Derrick and Frankie are shown winning HOH, and of course Frankie is so excited. The downside is that with so few people left, a few people from his alliance will have to go up and “some feathers will definitely be ruffled”. Caleb still believes the Bomb Squad is in existence, and says that Donny is their number one target. Derrick, though, claims that he will play up to the fact that his pals want Donny and Victoria on the block, but “with that being said (ugh), I don’t want either of them to go home”. Christine’s only hope is the fact that since she sent home her only friend they’ll keep her safe this week.

Donny is now shown feeling sad because he knows he is going on the block. “I’m definitley outnumber, but I’m not out yet.”

In the bathroom, Derrick is already starting to set up what he wants to see happen. He explains to the boys that it’s going to be complicated, and Cody says that he wants to see Zach and Donny up. Derrick replies that they have to make Zach volunteer to be nominated. Caleb adds that somebody has to be next to Zach that will throw the comp, but he wants nothing to do with it. He is the “founder” of the Bomb Squad, after all, so he could be losing trust if they make him go up once again. Cody is also not crazy about throwing a comp. Derrick says they need to have everybody get together to figure out the logistics.

Frankie then enters, and Derrick tells them that they’re going to tell Victoria that she’s safe this week. Frankie thinks that’s a great idea for her “to be safe this week...for now”. Victoria then enters, and is told the news. Obviously, she’s excited.

We move to the fire room, and Victoria runs in and hugs Derrick to say thanks. He says that he just told them there’s no way she’s going up this time. “Really?” She says in the dairy room that she has complete faith in Derrick. “I’m happy”, she tells him. “I love you.”

Frankie and Derrick then go into the hive room to figure out what to do. Derrick tells Frankie that he trusts him more than anybody, and it’s partly due to the bond they have because of their grandfather’s deaths. “I don’t think you’ll ever go against that.” Derrick wants to stay HOH, and Frankie agrees since he’s the only person “I trust 100%”. They move on to who they want next to Donny on the block, and all fingers point to Cody since he’s never been nominated. Derrick’s not that crazy about this idea, though, since he has a final two deal with Cody (and almost everybody else). They again talk about havnig a meeting to decide who is going to “bite the bullet this week”.

Ugh, HOH room reveal time. Excuse me as I fast forward, especially after hearing Frankie hoot and holler because he gets to see his stupid sister, Ariana.

After this awful moment, Donny pulls Derrick aside to talk about the week. Derrick says that he’s not the target of either him or Frankie, and Derrick adds that he is pretty much just telling Donny what he wants to hear. He even throws out the Team America silliness, and eventually Donny concedes that he has to go up.

Speaking of Team America, it’s time for Derrick to get this week’s task. Yep, another waste of valuable air time, as they have to hide pieces of clothing from every house guest. Oh yeah, and create a “nieghborhood watch”. It’s dumb, no matter what Derrick reads from his diary room script. Derrick first tells Frankie about the mission, and then Donny. Wake me when this is over.

We jump ahead to the middle of the night, and the boys are all deciding who is going to go up. Frankie describes how they need to keep Veronica off the block so that they have a backup nominee. To do this, one person has to go up with Donny and throw the BOB.

Zach immediately speaks up and says that at this stage in the game he doesn’t feel comfortable throwing a competition. Neither does an angry Caleb, Christine, or Cody. Frankie says there are “no other options”...and the conversation gets extremely quiet. Zach finally says that they have to play “rock, paper, scissors” to decide, and Caleb still feels that because he’s already done it in the past he shouldn’t have to do it this time. Zach needs to go up, and Caleb promises to keep him.

They finally decide on drawing Skittles. Yep, that’s what this season has come down to. As we described on last night’s Big Brother Gossip Show, they made their nomination plans based on pulling Skittles. They all pick colors, and Christine’s purple candy is drawn first. She’s not happy about this, obviously. Caleb and Cody’s candy pieces are the next two, so they will be the other side. Nobody’s happy that Zach’s piece of candy wasn’t pulled, especially Caleb who doesn’t trust him as far as he could throw a body. “Maybe three or four feet.”

One would think this means we get the nomination ceremony after this, but instead we get some Frankie/Zach romance. I’m over it. Really. There’s no need, especially since Frankie has been the worst friend possible for Zach. It goes on to the boys gossiping about Cody and Christine, which I also don’t need to endure.

Back to game stuff, and Caleb is still bitching about Zach. He knows that Zach doesn’t like him, and because of this Caleb wants him out more than Veronica. He also understands that Zach will probably nominate him if he becomes HOH. Cody chimes in that he wouldn’t mind seeing Zach leave either, and Derrick says in the diary room that he likes the way this conversation is going as he doesn’t want either Donny or Velouria to go home. If Donny wins the BOB, then Caleb wants Zach to be backdoored.

More adverts, and Donny now comes in to talk to Frankie and Derrick. He’s told that Victoria is the true target, which is why she’s being kept off the block for now. He’s also informed of the Skittles draw, and how everybody but him was there for the draw. Donny is not happy by this, and now knows for sure that those two are working together. He’s told to win Battle of the Block, but admits in the diary room that “having my fate decided by color coded candy lets me know that I am expendable by the other members of Team America”.

Finally, it’s nomination time. We already know who they are, so this is just a formality for the cameras. Even the “reasons” are formalities of nothingness. Afterwards, Derrick and Cody head into the storage room, and Cody is informed that they don’t believe the story he was told in the HOH.

One more set of adverts and we get the Battle of the Block that Christine is supposed to throw to ensure that Donny stays on the block. There’s a pitch black building in the back yard, and they must find bones hidden in the box. One team is gonig for stars bones; the other for circles...and some don’t fit at all. The first team to get five bones wins.

As always, we get comment after comment about the importance of this competition, and they are finally led inside. The bell sounds, and they’re bombarded with gunk as they blindly look around. Cody and Caleb decide to work hand in hand, literally, and head to the board whenever they have two bones. Unfortunately, Caleb grabbed a bone that doesn’t fit into the puzzle. Meanwhile, Christine plays dumb while Donny is working hard. Christine thinks this is great, as it’s not hard at all to throw this competition. Donny then gets a bone, and the other boys get their second. The humorous music comes on as Donny fumbles around various objects before finding a second bone. Donny hands Christine a bone, but Caleb grabs it from her. (Hmmm, according to their commentary afterwards, production yelled that Christine can’t hand bones to the other side.)

Ok, this is getting boring. Caleb is continuing to have problems, and is reading way too many production one liners in the diary room. They get their third bone up, but Donny has grabbed his fourth bone. He also now understands that because he is the only one who has inserted the bones that Christine is throwing this competition. He must now hurry to find the winning bone as he’s working alone. Christine hands the boys one more bone, but Donny has found the fifth bone...and wins the competition!

This is clearly the worst result for the boys (and Christine), so we get more commentary on how their plans to throw competitions is just not working for them.

That’s it for tonight! What did you think? I must say that outside of production reportedly yelling at Christine and Caleb during BOB, the happenings were somewhat fairly represented. Do you agree? Let us know what you think!

 

Saturday
Aug162014

Big Brother Gossip #409: Conspiracy Corner

Last week, the three of us talked about the Big Brother conspiracies we beleived happened surrounding Frankie's BOB win, and his big reveal. This week, we concentrated on the varous conspiracies some of the house guests now believe surrounding this week's BOB.

Besides that, we also talked about Frankie's new diva status, his dramatic bath on Thursday night, his HOH win on Thursday, and his POV win that occurred during tonight's live broadcast. Ooof, sounds like tonight is a show all about Frankie. (It's really not.)

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Thanks to everybody who listened live on Mixlr, and also thanks to Ash for not only her help with the audio clips but for providing some of the "zings" from the Zingbot. Of course, great thanks also go to Mike and Colette for a great show!