Big Brother Season 19 Episode 24

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

The plan came together in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 23. Even though Matt won the power of veto, he was dumb enough to leave himself on the block, but he’s up against two much larger targets, Cody and Elena. Despite being a physical threat, nobody is worried about Matt because he doesn’t have much else going for him other than a showmance. That vote is the first in a double eviction night.

In addition to Alex having reason to be upset at Elena, Josh has decided yet again that he has less issue with Cody than with somebody else and proceeds to pick a fight with Elena. Last time, Cody was too dumb to play along, but this time, he’s just chilling out back while these loud idiots scream at each other.

But it’s all just talk. Cody uses his goodbye speech to spill the beans about Alex and Jason, two people he foolishly tried to ally with. He had to try something, but something with a chance of success maybe would have been better. In his defense, perhaps they were always going to take the safe route this week, so it was futile.

Paul: Cody
Mark: Cody
Kevin: Cody
Josh: Cody
Raven: Cody
Jason: Cody
Christmas: Cody

By a vote of 7-0-0, Cody has been evicted from the Big Brother house again. He does not say a word to anyone on the way out. As for his goodbye speech, it was just an act. They never really told him anything of use. He just wanted to stir the pot because these people keep going after those in the middle (or worse yet their allies), and nobody is taking a swing at their actual enemies.

The HOH competition is shuffleboard disc sliding to try to get closest the edge. Josh beats Matt and chooses Mark and Elena to compete against each other. Mark narrowly beats Elena and chooses Josh and Christmas. Christmas wins and chooses Raven and Mark. Mark wins and chooses Christmas and Kevin. Christmas wins and chooses Mark again and Jason. Jason beats Mark. Christmas wins again. Then Christmas, who’s been shoving her disc almost to the end, suspiciously comes up way short. Jason wins HOH.

Mark, Elena, Matt, Raven, but pretend that Matt and Raven are with them so that they are too dumb to realize they are taking out potential allies. We know the drill how this is going to go.


The veto competition requires them to solve three puzzles. Jason and Mark are running neck and neck, and nobody else is even competitive. Some of them can’t even solve the first puzzle. Mark wins again. These people keep talking about what a threat Elena is, which I don’t see. Supposedly she’s got a good social game. This guy keeps winning and saving himself.

Veto Ceremony
Mark saves himself.
Matt is the replacement nominee.

Matt, take the hint already. You’re not a team player if you are not actually on the team. He’s not in any danger, but there’s a reason why Jason didn’t nominate somebody else who also would not have been in any danger.

Raven: Elena
Alex: Elena
Mark: Matt
Josh: Elena
Paul: Elena
Christmas: Elena
Kevin: Elena

By a vote of 6-1, Elena has been evicted from the Big Brother house.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 25, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 23

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Alex nominated a group of pawns in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 22, or so the theory goes. She wouldn’t really care if any of them other than Jason leaves, as he on the block alongside two showmance members, Matt and Elena, who she needs to get rid of eventually anyway. For as dangerous as Cody has been seen to be, without a partner in crime, he’s potentially more of a helpful number.

Alex and Paul are discussing their options for who should be with them going forward. Kevin does not make the cut. He continues to get closer to Cody and everybody else, but he assumes they are also on his side and the couples are the danger.

Mark is chosen at random to play in the veto competition. Alex chooses Paul to play (houseguest’s choice).

The veto competition requires them to launch arrows at a map from a slowly spinning platform to try to hit the highest number. Not entirely dumb luck, but luck will be a main factor.

Alex scores a 26. Matt gets 28, and so does Mark. Elena scores 22, and so does Jason. Paul scores 9 and loses the first round. He wins the power of veto. Matt scores 24. Mark scores 18. Elena scores 19, and so does Jason. Alex scores 25, and Mark is eliminated. He wins a trip to Colorado. Elena scores 1. Jason goes out of bounds. Alex scores 12. Matt scores 11. Jason is eliminated and wins the ability to be tandemed together with another houseguest for 48 hours, which he trades for the veto. Alex scores 14. Matt scores 2. Elena scores 7. Matt is eliminated and wins extremeitard, which he trades for the veto. Elena and Alex make a deal tht they won’t curse each other with punishments. Elena scores 17. Alex goes out of bounds. Alex wins $5,000. Elena wins the ability to carry camping equipment at all times, build a campsite, and cook everybody hot dogs for a week. She trades it for the $5,000.

That leaves the power of veto in Matt’s hands. What? I don’t see how Elena can win, so $5k maybe is worth the risk. As the third nominee, if Matt saves himself he cannot be replaced, which would blow up the Cody backdoor plan. With 7 votes to evict, they could potentially make a power move here. They have four potentially easy votes, but they’ll need a fifth to strike a blow to the alliance and make one of Alex’s closest allies go home on her own HOH. They are so concerned about winning veto or preventing Cody from winning it that they don’t think this far ahead. Lucky for them, Cody isn’t thinking that way either and immediately wonders how he can now get in good with the HOH and make Elena go home.

Alex’s immediate reaction to losing the money is that she wants Elena gone.

Cody lets Alex know what he’s told her from the beginning. Even though Jessica may have hated her, he has been trying to work with her from the beginning. And she has been refusing from the beginning.

In addition to the veto, Matt wins an Outback meal and invites Mark, Elena, Paul, Alex, and Jason, everybody who played in the veto competition. Very diplomatic choice. Paul forfeits his spot in favor of his tandem partner Christmas.

They want Matt to use the power of veto to save the only person who is not in immediate danger of going home, Jason.

Veto Ceremony
Matt uses the power of veto to save Jason.
Cody is the replacement nominee.

This is a dumb move on so many levels. Matt has left himself in danger to please people who are not in his side. Still, getting rid of Cody would benefit him because even though they need to work together, they won’t.

This could potentially go either way. What Cody has going for him is that nobody trusts him and so he could flip to either side, whereas they know Elena won’t work with them. Alex says she has the power to make sure whomever she wants to go does, but that’s not true since she only votes in the event of a tie.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 24, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 22

Posted by Shane on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Jessica accepted her fate with no apparent effort to change it and was sent home in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 21. Hopefully now we can be done with the boringly predictable nominations.

Alas, the plan this week is for everybody to play in the temptation competition to ensure that Cody can be sent home, the same plan that failed last week. Matt agrees to throw it so that he is the third nominee.

Noises have been getting played in the house, which they know is a competition, but it’s not what they think it is. They have to remember where they were when the sound went off. I don’t think this is Cody’s to win, and he doesn’t either. He knows he was never in the have not room when the sounds were played, so he’s just going to answer that every time. This is a great strategy… right up until it turns out he was indeed in the have not room once. Paul can’t figure out why he didn’t just answer HOH since he didn’t go anywhere near there at any time last week.

Matt didn’t have a better strategy, but he did do what he was supposed to do. Matt successfully loses. Once again, though, the whole house united failed to meet their goals of winning, even if they were able to lose. Mark wins safety for the week.

Without Mark as a possible pawn, they need someone else who can win something, so Alex is choosing from two of her closest allies, Paul and Jason.


Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 23, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 21

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Mark won the power of veto and was replaced by an irrelevant Raven in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 20. She joins the actual targets, Jessica and Elena, on the block.

Kevin doesn’t seem like he’s doing much, but maybe he is doing more than it seems. He talks with Jessica and gives her his word that he’ll work with Cody if she leaves. When Cody finds out who he wants him to work with, he refuses. I suspect Cody would refuse almost no matter what because there are very few people in the house he trusts even a little. Kevin’s allies don’t trust this plan either.

We now return to the regularly scheduled bickering between Jessica/Cody and Josh. He didn’t want her to go home, but now he says he does.

Jessica’s convinced she is going home, but she has been convinced of that all week and doing whatever she can to ensure it.

Alex: Jessica
Christmas: Jessica
Cody: Raven
Kevin: Jessica
Paul: Jessica
Mark: Jessica
Matt: Jessica
Jason: Jessica

By a vote of 7-1, Jessica has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Between the two, I was expecting her to last a lot longer than Cody did again, but if they couldn’t get one, they were going to get the other.

After leaving, Jessica gets some mean comments from the other houseguests. These people suck at this game. Don’t let the last thing you say to someone as they are leaving the house be negative. Kevin gets it, telling her she has to go to a Pats game with him. If there’s a twist, which there isn’t, she could be coming back into the house and still end up on jury, but they might want to get smarter as we get deeper in the game.

HOH is true or false about quick change performances they watch. Everybody is correct on the first question. Mark, Kevin, Jason, and Paul are eliminated on the second question. Everybody gets the third question right. Christmas is eliminated next. Cody, Elena, and Matt are eliminated next. Alex beats Raven to win HOH.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 22, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 20

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

After Josh won HOH, the entire house failed once again to stop Jessica and Cody in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 19 when Cody won the temptation competition and safety for the week. Jessica made sure she lost that so that she could be the third nominee alongside the other couple Mark and Elena.

Josh wants to let Jessica know that she’s not his target. She and Cody are not helping him get that information out because they refuse to listen to a word he has to say. If they want to be his targets, they can keep acting like this. He may have earned being treated like this, but they are only digging themselves in deeper.

Christmas already told Paul about her temptation that allows her to replace a veto competitor, and he wants her to waste it so she doesn’t have it later. She isn’t listening much but approaches Josh and wants to chat with him about it. They realize that it’s unnecessary, and they think he doesn’t realize she can save it for a better time. That’s the whole point, aside from his vendetta against Jessica and Cody. Paul’s only useful argument is that it’s the week before jury, and they need to get rid of Jessica to avoid her and Cody voting the same way.

Mark chooses Alex (houseguest’s choice) to play in the power of veto competition. Josh chooses Cody at random. Josh gives Christmas the signal to use her power to remove Cody and enter the competition herself. Of course Paul got his way with Josh. Not the first time, not the last.

Now Jessica has decided to attack Christmas as well. These two are making it even harder to make up with more and more people that they may eventually need. They need to find somebody they don’t hate, even if they hate everybody, even if they have good reason.

It’s a good thing that Christmas didn’t use her power so that she could compete because she can’t since the Otev competition is too physical. Cody probably would have done well in this, though it is ultimately a searching task. Elena is eliminated in the first round. As usual, the others team up against Jessica to the extent they can. Jessica is eliminated in the second round. Josh is eliminated next, and Mark has wisely stored up a pile of numbers for the final round. This doesn’t help him as much as it seemed like it would. What does help him is in their final mad dash for the finish, Alex dropped her number, so beating him to the mat doesn’t matter. Mark guesses his answer correctly and wins the power of veto.

Not an ideal situation, but it doesn’t really matter, except that they need another “pawn”. Who’s most expendable? Josh doesn’t even have to make that choice. Matt and Raven volunteer, assuming that Jessica is going home.

Veto Ceremony
Mark removes himself from the block.
Raven is the replacement.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 21, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 19

Posted by Shane on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Paul’s week as HOH concluded in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 18 with nothing happening because Jessica used her hex. Then they had an HOH competition that anybody could win, and anybody did. With Josh at the helm, we’re in for a repeat. Not only does he do whatever Paul does him to do, but Cody is one of the many people he over the top unnecessarily hates.

A few days ago, Josh told Mark he was done being a bully. Those two allegedly at least have an understanding for now, but Mark is an easy third nominee.

After Josh’s win, they are celebrating and discussing how Elena and Mark are also mad. Late to the party, Alex comes to tell everybody that they are mad, to which Josh responds that Mark is sitting right there.

Christmas would like to have a discussion about what they are going to do, rather than letting Paul run what is supposed to be Josh’s HOH. He has already decided to do what he tried to do last week, while Christmas thinks maybe they should get rid of the floaters.

The more Elena talks, the more Josh focuses on her as a potential target. An unexpected decision, but Christmas continues to encourage him to do what he wants.

Last week, not very many people participated in the temptation competition. That strategy has changed after they blew it and let Mark win, though he probably was going to win even if everybody played. Jason, Matt, Raven, Alex, Kevin, Paul, Mark, Elena, Cody, and Jessica all play with only Christmas opting out.

Their challenge is to run through the haunted house and unscramble letters on the windows that correspond to an item. Unique challenge but not much to it. The item is a simple five letter word that can be guessed with a couple of letters, but there are some people who are really freaking out because of the ghosts and have no chance on that basis.

Mark - 7:06
Kevin - 3:11
Elena - 12:31
Jason - 12:07
Jessica - 15:00
Raven - 9:00
Cody - 3:00
Matt - 3:42
Alex - 3:06
Paul - 3:34

Once again, the entire house fails to use their overwhelming odds to get what they want. For the two underdogs, they got exactly what they want. Cody wins and is safe for the week, and Jessica, who was going to do awful regardless, has guaranteed herself a spot in the veto competition.

The nominations are still as obvious as they were at the start of the week, albeit different. Mark and Elena are the two remaining people on the wrong side of the house. Paul thinks they are pawns, and maybe they are. Josh twists the words of a ranting Elena to make it seem like she was trying to get Paul and Alex nominated. Even if he is a liar, she might want to tone it down because she’s giving him the excuse he needs to say she is dangerous.


Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 20, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 18

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm

The entirety of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 17 was spent trying to convince us that Jessica will not use her temptation power. I’m still not convinced. Jason, Jessica, and Cody are on the block. Either Cody is going home, or nobody is.

Matt tells Jessica exactly what my first thought was. What he and Cody discussed that Paul mentioned is no longer relevant. The game has changed a lot since Cody won HOH. Unlike the rather calm Matt who says he doesn’t want to talk about it, Cody does, but he’s upset by the accusation.

Jessica has tried making a really stupid deal with Jessica. She won’t use her power if he helps her get rid of Alex. Sure. He’ll promise that. Duh. He won’t keep that promise, but he’ll make it.

The most compelling argument for Jessica to not use her power is that she and Cody continue to fight, so she may as well just throw him to the wolves. The problem with this is that no matter how much conflict these two may have, I can’t see either of them actually targeting each other. It would be stupid to do that when they have so many common enemies.

Veto Ceremony
Jason is saved.

As the special third nominee, Jason’s nomination does not need to be replaced.

After an episode and a half of trying to dispel the fact that she’s going to use the temptation, we finally get a straight answer. Jessica’s going to use the temptation.

Paul’s got an answer to that: find someone with an even bigger mouth than he has. Time for Josh to be obnoxious. I think I’ve seen this episode before. It quickly gets more and more stupid. Every person in the house gets more and more stupid. Cody and Jessica try to walk away, but Paul just gets his minions to follow them. Can anyone think for themselves? Matt at least calls the way they are behaving embarrassing.

For all the unnecessary drama because they didn’t think anyone would watch if there were not some question, we finally get the expected result. Jessica unveils her halting hex, and the eviction ceremony will not take place.

The HOH competition is dumb luck golfing where they will hit the ball around obstacles and try to land it in the highest numbered slot. There’s no skill or strategy here, and anybody could win. If they even try to plan, the ball just hits an obstacle and bounces elsewhere. Julie’s not happy with the limited attempts at being competent and keeps telling them to be faster. Hey, Christmas, don’t worry that you might fall over because you’re on crutches.

Matt starts with a 6. Alex scores 2. Mark takes the lead with 15. Jason ties him. Cody takes the lead with 21. Christmas ties him. Elena scores 13. Jessica scores 2. Josh takes the lead with 23 to very loud celebration by Paul. They keep calling Paul a vet, but this is yet another sign he isn’t. Raven scores 13. Kevin scores 6.

Josh wins HOH. We’re pretty much going to have a repeat of this week, except somebody will actually go home.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 19, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 17

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Despite Jessica’s vague but true warning that she has the power to keep herself and Cody safe, Paul decided to call her bluff and nominate the couple in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 16. They have been joined on the block by Jason, who lost the first temptation competition.

Pointless awkward argument ensues. At the end of this, Jessica’s not happy with Cody again. He may not be going this week, but she will have to stay in the house after they finally get rid of him for a second time.

Of course, it doesn’t end there. What would a fight in the house be without Josh arguing with someone?

Paul’s starting to realize that maybe Jessica isn’t lying after all. He wants her to just let Cody go this week. It seems unlikely that the result would be anything else, so she is not in any danger. They want to convince her that letting Cody go will magically make them all trust her, and they won’t trust her until he’s gone. So what difference does it make if he leaves now or two weeks from now?

The bromance between Mark and Cody continues to grow as their showmances discuss distancing themselves. They realize that the guys probably are not good for them, but they are shields that will protect them and never turn on them.

We’re spending an awful lot of time on this storyline. Almost the entire episode. Important, but there is no other way to edit this since leading up to this it seemed like a forgone conclusion that the week would be a waste.

Paul chooses Kevin to play in the veto competition, apparently not desiring to choose someone who can win. He then picks Raven at random.

Throughout the night, they were played news reports, which will be used in the fill in the blank veto competition.

Raven: 16
Cody: 15
Paul: 22
Jason: 15
Kevin: 16
Jessica: 12

Paul wins the power of veto. No way the nominations are changing, and this win is largely symbolic, though Paul thinks he will use it as a bargaining chip. I don’t follow that logic because there isn’t any, but he does reveal that Cody said on day 13 that he wanted Jason and Alex to stick around so that they could get rid of Jessica and Raven, possibly true but irrelevant by this point.

Jessica has a proposal. If she doesn’t use the hex, she wants two guarantees. She cannot be nominated for two evictions, and Alex has to go. Paul guarantees her first request. He cannot guarantee the second request, which she wants more. There is zero chance he tries to get rid of Alex until she no longer is of use to him, but he’ll be happy to pretend. If only Jessica knew this is a really dumb request. Safety, that’s fairly easy, there will be bigger fish to fry when Cody’s gone. I don’t know who the target will be after that, but if it is Alex, it won’t be at Paul’s request.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 18, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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