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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 29 Recap

After a couple of weeks of boring feeds and even worse CBS broadcasts, I’m actually a bit excited about tonight’s telecast. Don’t get me wrong. There will be plenty of unneeded filler. The house filmed an ice bucket challenge this week, and there will also be a segment about Christine’s family. (I like her husband, Tim, but these segments are always brutal.)

What I’m primarily looking forward to seeing should happen towards the end of the second segment, which is when Julie Chen first talks to the house. Remember last night’s disastrous “Big Brother on Broadway” segment, designed by Frankie to be a Team America task? Well, the voting lines were opened after the show ended, and Julie has a coded question that will tell them if they passed. He’s completely convinced that “America” will love what they did. Judging by twitter, I’m not so sure. If it goes the way I believe, it could be my favorite moment of the season.

There’s also a bit of doubt as to who is going home. All week long the plan has been for Donny to be evicted, but there were a flurry of conversations about a last-minute swerve. While it appears that Derrick prevented a crisis, Nicole knows what went down. Between that and Cody’s anger over people disobeying his HOH, there could finally be cracks in the giant alliance that has run the house since the very first day.

Enough of my babbling. Let’s head to the footage! Obviously, we start with the nothingness that was the veto ceremony, where Cody again proved that he talks a big game but has no testicle. Remember last night when he suggested putting up Frankie? Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Donny and Nicole are seen sitting outside, talking about how all they can do is enjoy their last few days. Nicole’s voice again grates my brain as she talks in the diary room, but I think she said that she needs to find three votes. Donny thinks his only hope is Team America, “but I don’t think Team America is as strong as America would want them to be”. Preach it, Donny! Both Donny and Nicole go on about how tough they’ve had it in the house.

Meanwhile, Cody is folding his jeans, explaining that he has to send Donny home because he is such a threat. Yeah, right. He heads out the HOH door, and this short scene is already over. Yep, even CBS producers hate Cody.

Back downstairs, Derrick is hiding behind a giant piece of wood, and scares Nicole as she walks by. She takes this opportunity to ask him what he’s doing this week, and he says she should feel safe. She complains that she feels awkward, and feels that nobody is wiling to trust her. Derrick uses this opportunity to get her on his side, but claims to not be so sure that he wants to break up Team America. Derrick says that he’s not sure how the girls will vote (lie), but she should have the votes from all of the boys. “Nobody wants Donny here because he’s dangerous.”

Moving on, Nicole is mending fences with her former buddy, Christine, as they lay out in the sun. “It was so weird when I came back in the house the first thing I did was hurry and try to find you and like hug you.” What a badly constructed sentence! They giggle and continue to babble, and Christine says that she loves her. “I really have no hard feelings for you at all”, says Christine.

Frankie is watching this all go down as he eats, and thankfully his mic is muted as he is the worst chomper ever. He’s now a bit concerned about theri newfound friendship. “Her social game is pretty on point. If Nicole is not targetting Chrsitine, I’m sure she’s targeting me. I may have to rethink this.” Nicole, though, hasn’t forgotten that Christine is the one who gave her the boot.

It’s Frankie’s turn to lay out in the sun, and this time it’s with Derrick. Frankie says he’s pretty sure that Nicole is coming after him, and then lies that he doesn’t want to break up Team America, so he starts working on Derrick to save Donny. “God, I just want Nicole gone”, he says. “I mean, I don’t think I would have been on the block yet if it wasn’t for that bitch.”

They begin to talk about what would happen if Donny survived, and then won the next HOH. Who would he put up? “Cody and Christine”, answers Frankie. Derrick doesn’t believe that Cody would be included. “Who doesn’t like Cody? The kid walks on water.” Wait, what? Frankie thinks this is why he COULD go up. Frankie then babbles in the diary room that America must want Donny to survive, as he’s been put in Team America with him and Derrick. Um, dumbass, he was on Team America before you. They decide the decision must rest with Caleb, but it is probably better for them if Donny survives.

Frankie then heads in and complains that Nicole “has done a pretty good job of integrating”. Caleb looks out, and Nicole is playing pool with the other boys. “We know where she stands with us”, says an unconvinced Caleb. “It’s not a great place”, replies Frankie. “She wants me out of the house.” This seems to wake up Caleb’s feeble brain, as he then realizes there’s a good chance that he would be put up next to Frankie since she’s become friends with Christine again. “We are all too good for her to beat us”, concludes Caleb.

Ugh, the surf music comes on, which means it is Team America idiocy. Frankie reads the card, which explains how Julie is going to ask them about special have-not food. They have to reply, “apple pie”, and if Julie says yes then they have passed. He goes into his pitch on how he “put on a show for America. I hope we did impress you.” You didn’t. He heads into the fire room to explain this to Donny and Derrick. Frankie is confident they’re going to get their apple pie.

Back to the game, as Caleb is talking to Derrick about keeping Donny. “Nicole is a big threat”, he says. Derrick replies that Donny is smart, but Nicole is “smart and athletic”. Caleb points out that Nicole has beat them before in HOH comps...and I then get a weather alert!!! Damn you, KELO!!!

The alerts end as Julie heads to commercials. When we return, it’s time for the moment of truth. Frankie does seem pretty intense as Julie heads to the house for questions. Victoria is asked about her wisdom teeth, and she replies that she’s feeling “amazing”. Julie then announces that this will be the last week of Have-Nots, and Frankie gets the big question! “If you become a have-not, what special food would you like to request from Big Brother?” He replies that “ordinarily, I’d say tofu but that didn’t go over too well. I’ll go with my favorite dessert instead - apple pie!” Julie’s answer is that “I’d say that’s an overwhelming NO!!!”

YES! YES! YES!!! Frankie’s mouth couldn’t be open any bigger...but he quickly recovers. Meanwhile, Donny has a grin. He’s loving it.

Cody is then asked what he’s missing the most by being in the house for so long. “Gotta go with messing with my dad on a regular basis.” God, he’s boring. For some reason, they then get short clips from family members. Why? Oh, I know why. So we can see stupid Ariana Grande, and Frankie overreacting to it. The segment ends with a tearful Derrick talking about his daughter.

We then move on to Christine and Cody’s weird relationship, and their family’s reactions to it. I’m fast forwarding. I have stated my opinion of this already.

It’s now time for the big moment...and I have more weather alerts!!! Damn you, KELO!!!

I get my feed back when Christine comes in to vote to evict Donny, as does Victoria. Frankie is next, and he makes a show at also voting against Donny. Yep, Donny is toast. Caleb fulfills the procedure by voting against Donny, as does Derrick.

We must wait through a commercial break before Donny is given the news, though. He hugs them all, and leaves with a smile to a huge ovation. After a few wasted seconds of house footage, Julie begins by noting that he has tears in his eyes. “I’m a little emotional. I get emotional from time to time. My feellings was hurt and I just seen my brother. All kinds of emotions going through my mind, and my heart. I’ve got a big heart. A very big heart.”

Julie notes that “we saw that”, and asks him who hurt his feelings the most. “No one particularly hurt my feelings. I feel a little let down by Team America. America obviously voted us a team, and they kind of broke that, which I don’t blame them. It’s an individual game.”

Chen interrupts him, and asks if he intended to play alone. Wow, really? “I knew coming in with my age and what I look like that I was going to be different. If I made it past the first week, I could befriend people. I have an art of befriending people.” The crowd cheers, and Julie asks about how he was always on the block. He replies that he doesn’t understand why he was such a target. “Maybe likability is not that good in this game. Everyone that has come out this door...the majority has loved me. That’s not good for the remaining people in the house.” Julie points out that going to be super early was probably not a good idea. He says he had nothing in common with them, so sitting up all night would have been a waste of time. “In the beginning, I tried.”

This is followed up with all of the silly things the rest of the house has accused him of actually being, including a doctor, actor, and ninja. “I am just a simple man, and I WAS a groundskeeper. I resigned my position, and I pray that I get it back.”

The goodbye messages are then played, starting with Christine. She says he is one of the smartest people she’s ever met…”and one of the sneakiest, which is why I’ve been trying to get you out of here since week two.” Caleb says that if he wasn’t eliminated now, he’d probably win the game. Frankie then claims that he’s “100% Team America, but I can’t throw my own personal game out the window in order to save yours.” Derrick says that he tried to get him the necessary votes (lie), and that it “was a pleasure working with you”.

Before he’s sent packing, Donny is told by Julie that the Bold and the Beautiful wants him to make a guest appearance. He’s as flabbergasted as I am. Good for him.

It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Sloppy the Snowman”. It’s one of those where they have to fill up cups, and the first to fill their “snowman” enough to grab their “piece of coal”. There’s also a smaller snowman that will win either “5,000 dollas/5,000 hollas”. They get five grand, but also will be harassed by shout outs. Hmmm, weird.

As you may expect, this comp doesn’t end before the segment ends, so it’s time for me to turn on the feeds. Before I go, though, I need to know what EVERYBODY thought about Frankie’s Team America failure! Tell me! Please!



  1. For all Donny's lamenting about Team America not helping him, he was dead set on telling everyone last week how Derrick was manipulating everyone and that he needed to go. Given the chance, I think he would have done the same thing and voted out either one of the other two.

  2. Oh, and I'm glad Frankie didn't get another $5K; but I wish Donny and Derrick would have.

  3. SUCKED!!! Frankie just wanted an opportunity to wear even more makeup and lingerie instead of actually listening to what donny was saying. I really believe that if they had listened to donny, they would have won that mission for sure

  4. As usual Frankie's ego wrote a check that he couldn't cash.

  5. I love your posts! I noticed Victoria wasn't mentioned once (obviously). I agree with America on annoying Frankie. Too over the top. Agree totally with Nicole's mono voice. Caleb is too full of himself. Hate Christine. Go Derrick!

  6. The wikipedia page has had the HOH winner and the nominations identified since almost from the beginning of the comp. Weird.

  7. I knew Frankie's stupid idea would fail. Devin and Jocasta are the houseguests I've enjoyed watching leave the house. Boring blah season.

  8. Regarding the TA failure: best moment ever. I am sad for Donny but my "annoyance" with Frankie far outweighs that.

    Reading this blog is the best part of Big Brother this season. Watching it on the feeds and TV, not so much.


  9. So, a DE next week w beastmode as HOH! Hoping for some real excitement to come. However, I presume it will b all females on tha block, which is annoying but ready for Christine to meet Julie. I would love to see Frankie backdoored. When will HGs find out about DE, or will that b a surprise??

  10. I thought f*ck yah America ... we finally got one thing right and Allison Grodner couldn't save her golden boy with the pink hair. I figured she would screw with the vote but I'm glad she didn't. I voted my 20 NO votes at CBS. I wonder when Frankie is going to figure out that the overwhelming NO vote was directed at his lame idea. I hope it crushes his lemons if he thinks America doesn't love him. Good writeup Scott, as usual. Can't wait for the podcast tomorrow night.

  11. So happy Frankie's 'production" was a huge flop...AND.. when he was watching the video clip from his family he was waving at them like they could see him.. freakin moron.. I fast forward whenever he is on or usually just erase BB from the DVR now.... I rely on the Saturday night podcast. .. Now that is entertainment!!!

  12. I was so thrilled that they lost the Team America vote. Donny doesn't need the 5K - he is going to be a star on Bold and Beautiful which was awesome. I loved Frankie's face!! He thinks America hates Donny, in reality it is him we all dislike and his reality when he gets out of the house will be sad. Thanks for all that you do to keep us up to date.

  13. I can't tell you how happy I am that they did NOT win the team american challenge!! I do regret Donny not getting money but oh well...I can't stand Frankie. He is a fame whore and I am over watching this disgusting little twerp of a "man" get farther each week. As much as I would have loved to see Donny go all the way, I understand it is a game and at this rate, I hope Derrik wins the money. He has actually played the game well. Can Frankie please please please get voted out this week???

    He is ruining my love for this show.

  14. I'm so happy that Frankie's idea failed. He is so fake and over the top in his reactions. He says to the departing house quests what he thinks they would want to hear, so that if ever he makes it to the end, he would get their vote. The only time I enjoyed Frankie was when he was under the threat of going home. It was great to see him nervous. And I don't give a rat's ass who his sister is, it makes me dislike him even more.

  15. Even though Derrick had no chance of winning the HOH I don't think he should have tried for the 5K. 1. It shows his ally Cody that Derrick isn't even trying to win the competition when Cody can't compete and 2. The other HG's don't know how much side money Derrick has made but Frankie does and I hope Frankie finds a way to use this against Derrick. (I really dislike Frankie but I also really dislike Derrick!). At the very least Frankie should see how money hungry Derrick is and how he disregards his closest friend (Cody) so easily.

  16. The biggest annoyance is that CBS was clearly telling Frankie and Derrick that we would have preferred they keep/save Donny instead of their stupid play BEFORE THEY VOTED, but neither took the hint. I will say that Derrick's goodbye messages are the most genius and manipulative ones I've ever seen on BBUS--he's the only one that seems to remember Jurors pick the winner.

  17. So glad that asshole Frankie got his comeuppance, but I did want Donny to get another 5 grand. They should give it to him anyway. When are these morons in the house going to wake up and get rid of Frankie???? Despise him. Great post BTW.

  18. On a somewhat different tack, Donny said he gave up his job and is hoping he can get it back. Scott, Mike, Ash, if any of you hear if he gets his job back, could you mention it here. It would be a nice bit of feel good news and Donny deserves that.


  19. Iam glad that Donnie is gone but not for the reasons you think.....this kind man deserves some peace and comfort and friendship that the jury house will provide..he also knows how the wind is blowing in the BB house and will advise his fellow housemates of the for that pain in the arse Frankie..maybe production should tell the prima donna that he should get his bony arse out of the HoH bedroom until he wins HoH.....he sure got in a snit when his big TA challenge didn't go his way...the nerve of people actually liking Donnie over him.....what a loser!!!

  20. I really enjoy this blog, but I don't really want to join twitter. I know it's asking a lot, but are there any plans to create something similar for the FOX Utopia show? While I won't go to twitter, I would follow what you all have to say on any blog you might set up to follow that show.

    I always thought -- from the beginning -- that this would come down to an all guy final. Pretty boring.

  21. I think now that Donnie is gone, that America should get to pick a new Team America. That way, we could pick Derrick again but not Frankie to really let him know how America feels! OR - how about a Have Not week in which America chooses the Have Not? And we only choose one: Frankie. Or, how about a vote - not just for America's favorite player, but also for it's most un-favorite player - and that player can win a lump of coal or some similar consolation prize?

    Roberto - I was also reticent about Twitter, but find it very useful now. However, Twitter can never replace blogs. Only so much you can cram into 140 characters. I would also like a Utopia blog to participate throughout the year.

    Fingers crossed that Nicole wins POV.

    Scott, Mike and Ash: If Nicole does NOT win POV, I think you should take off until the live eviction. Give yourselves a break like Hamsterwatch took for himself. Nothing happening anyway and you guys deserve a break!

  22. Derrick always lobbying for jury votes which is why he's the favorite & still never been nominated and on none of their radars. HG never Learn that leaving a nastymmessage never helps any. Derrick even manipulating Caleb on BBAD last night brilliantly, saying how he hasn't won comps & would easilybe beaten in tthe F2 but happy to win 50k....hes just so much smarter than the others. Amazing that he & Frankie are about the same age and F so immature. F has been so mean & nasty these last few days & his delusional ego inflated even more. I wonder of BB will finally not give him the Ariana Grande edit & portray the jerk as he really is. Hopefully his sister remains busy and forgets to tweet her minions to vote for favorite player. And no Frankie, we don't hate you cuz you're gay but because you're a total ass

  23. Roberto, I'm very torn on Utopia.

    I initially was just going to skip the live feed stuff and watch it as a TV show.

    However, last night my twitter feed was alive with all of the antics. Skinny dipping, fights, etc. It was action packed. I downloaded the app today.

    With that being said (to quote Derrick), the prospects of a blog or podcast on the show is unlikely at this point. Doing a three month Big Brother season is tiring enough, but this show is slated to last a year! I just don't see myself making such a commitment to having to know what's going on all the time.

    But everything could change. Maybe if we were able to come up with enough writers and commentators we could make it work.

  24. Wow so EVERYONE hates Frankie. Yet Frankie was the only one smart enough to try to get out Derrick. He tried to take out big targets, but in the end he had to do what was best for his game. Derrick and Frankie are one in the same, good game players. But Derrick is a far better liar and manipulator.
    In the context of the game, how is Derrick any better than Frankie?
    or is it just a personility thing? Or haters because of his sister? Hes playing the game, Derrick has been on easy street because hes a pycho liar and brilliant manipulator. ..scary.

  25. Um, yeah, when exactly did Derrick play up to someone, rather sexually, while talking about euthanizing them slowly? I must have missed Derrick's insane screaming in the face lying sessions.

    Derrick is the better manipulator, in complete agreement with you there. The psycho liar, no, that's your rather unique interpretation of the term 'psycho' (unless there is a term 'pycho' I am unfamiliar with).

    Nice try, but trying to hang dislike of Frankie on his sister doesn't cut it. Yes, his sister is deliberately trying to interfere with the game, which seems fine by CBS because they are so desperate to get the ratings, even though those kids have no interest in the show or the products being sold (and quite likely, in a year, most of them won't care about her, either, but that's up to her to solve). But the Frankie CBS shows is somewhat sanitised because if the real Frankie, the one being suffered through by Scott, Mike, Ash (thank you!) and everyone else who watches the feeds, if he were seen on CBS, he would lose a lot of his appeal.