Big Brother 16 Episode 13

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Following the nominations of Victoria & Brittany and Jocasta & Amber in Big Brother 16 Episode 12, Jocasta & Amber won the battle of the block, leaving Victoria & Brittany in danger of going home. I’m not sure anyone would care about either of them getting evicted.

Jocasta thinks God saved her. Amber talks about how the boys are in trouble if they keep putting her up. Oh really? I have not seen any sign of trouble yet.

On the other side, there’s Brittany and Victoria, both of whom feel like they are alone don’t trust anybody, an accurate sense of what’s happening.

Then we have the ongoing love triangle, for lack of a better term. Caleb won’t take the hint that Amber does not plan to return the affection he has for her. Cody and Amber, they actually are getting closer. The further Caleb pushes on this issue, the more reason Cody has to nominate him. Of course, if you look at these weak nominations, it does not seem he will act on that impulse.

Cody selects Zach at random to compete in the power of veto, Victoria chooses Nicole, and Brittany picks Caleb (houseguest’s choice). Yeah, Brittany’s choice is not at all suspicious. Now Caleb has some damage control to do, admitting he was talking to Brittany for a while about how she deserves to stay over useless Victoria.

A little late for soccer fever, it’s time for the BB Cup. They will use a fake foot to try to land in the bucket with the highest amount of points.

As a former pro soccer player, not that it matters here, Cody says that if he does not win, he’s an idiot. He is the first one out and claims the power of veto as his prize. There is some degree of skill required here, but it’s mostly luck, as with most of the competitions on this show. Brittany scores a 0 and is out next, picking the penalty kick (10 kicks in the butt at random for the next 24 hours) as her prize, which she trades for the power of veto. Zach is the third one out and picks a German vacation. Nicole is out next, and her punishment is 2400 soccer goals in 24 hours (or else she will not be able to compete for the next veto). She trades that to Brittany for the veto. Victoria chokes in the final round and scores a 0. Her prize is $5,000, which she trades to Nicole for the veto.

Caleb claims the Germitard, which he trades to Nicole for the $5,000. That leaves Victoria holding the power of veto. She made what seemed like a dumb choice, but it paid off, saving herself while increasing the size of the target on Caleb. Still, as far as Victoria is likely to get in this show, I’m not sure she’s not better off just grabbing the $5k.

Cody coninues talking about how he wants to nominate Caleb. Zach is thrilled with this idea. Frankie would like these people to stick to a plan.

Zach has done the math on Brittany’s punishment. 2.5 goals per minute for 24 hours straight. Still, this is Big Brother. It’s not like they have anything else to do in that house but talk and talk and talk some more. After 12 hours, she’s down to 1000, so she’s actually on track (but in pain). In the end, after much suffering, she accomplishes her goal. Oh, and Cody and Nicole had punishments, too, but they paled in comparison. Cody kept getting woken up so he could kick himself in the butt at the speed he chose, while Nicole had to get dressed up in the least humiliating tard costume ever but had to carry around a sausage and beer like all Germans do.

After talking with Donny, Cody says he has made the final decision to nominate Caleb. But he will be completely fine if they don’t vote him out. Frankie wakes Derrick up in hopes that perhaps the most level headed member of the Bomb Squad can talk him out of this.

At the veto ceremony, Victoria obviously removes herself from the block. It’s just a question of the replacement nominee, which seems to be settled on either Donny as a pawn or Caleb as possibly maybe a target. Cody names Donny as the replacement. Not terribly surprising that all that talk did not amount to anything.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 14, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 12

Posted by Shane on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm

There was neither a lot of surprise nor tears when Devin was unanimously voted out of the house in Big Brother 16 Episode 11.

We return to the HOH competition that barely got under way at the end of Thursday’s show. Caleb has a theory that his man hands will hold him up, but Victoria is useless regardless of the size of her hands. Brittany & Jocasta take an early and large lead, but then Frankie & Cody come up with a good strategy to keep two eggs in play at all times. Eventually, Zach & Amber take the lead with Frankie & Cody right behind them. Brittany & Jocasta have now fallen out of it despite being three eggs ahead at one point. In the dash to the end, Frankie & Cody are HOH.

Whatever talk there is about the Bomb Squad being dead, nobody really seems to commit to that. The assumption is that the non-Bomb Squad members will be nominated. With Caleb and Amber being part of their own drama, the remaining five propose a new alliance, The Detonators. Had anybody else been in the room at the time, they probably would be part of this alliance, too.

So now Team America gets its second assignment, and this one is stupid. They must get a physical threat nominated. It must be a Bomb Squad member because that alliance was pretty much made up of physical threats. They can work around that problem and pretend they’re still following the task, even though their resolution is not what anybody had in mind when voting. Amber is the strongest girl, and she’s not in their new alliance. This is good in that it does indicate they cannot be completely pushed around by America, at least not yet. This time, Caleb’s not going to be dumb enough to volunteer himself to try to save her.

Brittany was going to be nominated anyway, but when she talks about all the other girls chasing Cody around, she made sure of it.

Cody’s Nominations
Victoria & Brittany

Frankie’s Nominations
Jocasta & Amber

Who’s the target here? Because these are pretty weak and pointless nominations. Perhaps that’s the point. It’s week 4, too early for making really big moves, so why not just coast through the week and get rid of somebody like Victoria who the entire house does not like?

Joey brought up a female alliance weeks ago, which got her voted out of the house. Now Amber is upset about being a pawn for all these guys and would like to see some of the girls start working together before they get picked off one by one.

In the battle of the block, they will participate in a life-sized chess match in which they can move the same way as a knight would, knocking the squares they land on out of play until they run out of moves. Jocasta’s strategy is to pray, which does not work. Brittany is knocked out next. Victoria is the last one eliminated. Amber & Jocasta have won the battle of the block, dethroning Frankie. I’m not sure what would have happened if there were another outcome because that was some weird crying Jocasta was doing.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 13, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 11

Posted by Shane on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

After Devin lost the veto competition, he was put up on the block as Jocasta’s replacement in Big Brother 16 Episode 10. Whatever enemies Caleb may be making, it seems more than just wishful thinking for Devin if he hopes to survive the night.

No matter how much Amber may be putting Caleb into the friend zone, at best, he has no interest in taking the hint. Though he realizes that the actual target is still Devin, Cody wants to at least make sure people know that Caleb is so blinded by Amber that he’ll pretty much do anything she says. Not that they need much convincing because it’s pretty obvious. At least, unlike Devin, Caleb is predictable.

It’s hard to root for either Devin or Caleb. The only positive thing is that they make for good TV, but they are both playing ridiculously stupid games.

Jocasta: Devin
Donny: Devin
Nicole: Devin
Hayden: Devin
Zach: Devin
Cody: Devin
Victoria: Devin
Frankie: Devin
Amber: Devin
Christine: Devin
Brittany: Devin

By a vote of 11-0, Devin has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Hardly surprising. He played too hard out of the gate, making decisions that were just weird.

For the HOH competition, they have been paired at random by drawing numbers. Before Julie even explains it, it’s obvious that this is going to take a while. They are put into a cage and must work together to move eggs from one side to the other.

Their last task was pretty much irrelevant, but this week, Team America has been tasked with getting someone they believe is a physical threat nominated. That pretty much means a member of the Bomb Squad alliance, and Caleb seems to be the most logical choice.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 12, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 10

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Caleb got himself nominated on purpose so that he could “save” Amber in Big Brother 16 Episode 9, as he and the heretofore (and still) invisible Jocasta lost the battle of the block to Amber and Donny.

At the end of the last episode, Nicole “disappeared”. The reason? She has to wear a frog outfit for a week. That was as lame a cliffhanger as I’ve ever seen.

Amber never asked Caleb to throw the competition. On the contrary, she asked him not to. Now she thinks he expects something in return. He does. Meanwhile, Cody and Amber are getting closer, a fact not lost on Caleb.

Jocasta was not feeling well before the competition, and now she’s falling apart, throwing up, and requiring assistance to get around the house.

Team America accomplishes their first task, managing to convince several people in the house that Zach is related to Amanda. I think they may have even convinced Zach of this.

Due to illness, Jocasta will not participate in the power of veto competition. Derrick selects Christine at random, Caleb chooses Devin, and Donny is also picked.

Since he will be competing, Derrick tells Donny who his target is. This target is news to Donny, no matter how obvious it is. In return, he does not plan to share his game with Derrick, who has been keeping him out of the loop for three weeks now.

Oh bloody hell. It begins. This week’s Team America mission was mildly amusing but ultimately harmless. Next week, they will have to nominate whoever (by category… a floater or a physical threat) they are told. This predicably sucks.

The veto competition pits players against each other one pair at a time. They hop inside giant dice and must figure out how to roll them so that the number matches the randomly drawn number when they return to their starting spots.

Christine challenges Devin and loses. As much of a puzzle as this is, some muscle is not going to hurt any. Derrick can now select whoever he wants. So he chooses Devin. Lame, but the irony is that, although he he likely to be worn out more quickly, he is also getting plenty of practice. Devin wins again. Donny selects Devin as well, and by some miracle, Donny wins. Donny then wins again to claim the power of veto against Caleb, who says he is not the brightest crayon in the box.

Immediately upon returning inside the house, Donny tells Jocasta she is not going home. In her place, Devin is the replacement nominee as planned. Though it may seem a foregone conclusion that Devin is going home, there are plenty of people who would not mind seeing Caleb go either, including members of his own alliance such as Cody and Amber.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 11, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 9

Posted by Shane on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Despite Zach’s blow up at the veto ceremony, the house got together and decided in Big Brother 16 Episode 8 to eliminate the truly big threat… Paola.

Derrick and Nicole won HOH following the eviction. Derrick seems happy to be in this position. Nicole, not so much. That competition was so lame that the only way to win it was completely by accident.

17 hours before the eviction, Devin revealed the entire Bomb Squad (the alliance that now includes 3/4 of the house) to Jocasta and Brittany. An hour later, he told Donny.

Now that Nicole is HOH, Christine has decided to tell her about the Bomb Squad as well.

When they get together to discuss nominations, Derrick and Nicole basically have just a list of people who they don’t want to get rid of. Nicole would appreciate a professional pawn like Paola right about now. Devin is the target this week, but they don’t want to give him two chances to save himself. Derrick suggests nominating Amber because Caleb will volunteer to be nominated and throw it. As predicted, Caleb believes he can impress Amber by doing just that. The end result in this scenario is that Caleb would then be on the block against the other nominee.

Donny has a warning for Nicole. She may want to deal with that eight person alliance because if she doesn’t, they’ll still be in the minority next week. During this discussion, thinking she can trust him, she tells him the nomination plans, which are then shared downstairs with others.

Nicole’s Nominations
Amber & Donny

Derrick’s Nominations
Jocasta & Caleb

Nicole’s nominations are just… weird. Why make an enemy out of Donny when there are no plans for him to stay on the block anyway? If you’re going to nominate him, at least give him a heads up, and don’t say that you’re nominating him based on some last minute information. Following the nomination ceremony, she begins second guessing herself. After some drama, they kiss and make up.

The very first mission for Team America is to spread a rumor that someone in the game is related to a past Big Brother contestant. They come up with a plan that Amanda from season 15 is related to Zach because they are both from Florida and both are loud.

The battle of the block requires teams to solve a puzzle while one of them is suspended in the air. Derrick hopes that Caleb can throw this with subtlety, as if half the house does not know already, including Caleb’s partner in this battle, Jocasta. Donny says he’s good at puzzles, but Amber admits to being lost. As planned, Donny and Amber win the battle of the block.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 8

Posted by Shane on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

After Devin pretty much told everyone that he was going to keep them safe, he ended up removing his original target Brittany from the block and replacing her with fellow alliance member Zach in Big Brother 16 Episode 7. We now rejoin the chaos already in progress.

As the veto ceremony concludes, Brittany asks to say something. The reason she said Paola is her target is that she threw the competition. C’mon, it’s Paola. What are the odds she will win anything? Granted, this is Big Brother, and even the people from season 6 were able to win competitions. Still, though, the odds are pretty good that she did not throw it and would not have won even if she did.

Then Zach blows up on Devin and, well, everybody else. All Paola needs to do is keep her mouth shut and let him keep digging. Zach’s rant has caused the person who seemed to be his closest ally, Frankie, to question why he should trust him again. Later, Zach goes off on Paola about throwing the competition.

Devin (with Frankie standing by) reveals the alliance to Hayden and invites him to join in Zach’s place. Hayden basically thinks he has no other choice, so why not play along? Devin promises him he will not put up another alliance member. Again.

The main person who still trusts Zach and goes to battle for him is Derrick. He talks Caleb into it, and it seems they now have the votes to keep Zach. That would make the Bomb Squad a 9 person alliance. Except now Devin says he’s out and on his own. Hasn’t he been since the beginning?

Jocasta: Zach
Brittany: Paola
Derrick: Paola
Donny: Zach
Caleb: Paola
Amber: Paola
Hayden: Paola
Cody: Paola
Frankie: Paola
Nicole: Paola
Christine: Paola
Victoria: Paola

By a vote of 10-2, Paola has been evicted from the Big Brother house. What a complete waste of a week from Devin, and not just a wasted week but a week in which he kept piling the blood on his hands for no apparent reason. Most people went with the majority, whereas Jocosta and Donny went with their friend. I’m not sure whether this result was the right decision or not. Zach can be a useful ally, but he needs to stop putting both his feet in his mouth, which I don’t see happening. He keeps saying whatever comes to his mind without really thinking, and though he does not mean any harm, the harm keeps happening. Paola tells Julie she’s not sure whether she threw the competition or not.

The HOH competition is underwater polo (without any water). They will have a single shot at getting their balls into the highest numbered slot. Amber scores 17. Cody ties her. Caleb takes the lead with 21. Frankie takes the lead with 24. Christine is eliminated with 4. Nicole takes the lead with 29, the highest possible score. Yeah, this is a challenge even Paola could have won. Victoria is eliminated with 12. Brittany is out with 16. Zach is out with 8. Donny follows with 20. Hayden scores 17. Jocasta gets 22. Derrick scores 28. Nicole has won the challenge and is the new HOH. Having placed second, Derrick is the other HOH.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 9, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 7

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Devin nominated Paola & Brittany, and Amber nominated Hayden & Nicole in Big Brother 16 Episode 6. Hayden & Nicole won the battle of the block, leaving Brittany and her big mouth on the block against Paola, who may or may not have thrown the challenge.

Zach, Derrick, Christine, and Cody want to prove that Devin is no longer running the house. For no other reason than to prove a point apparently, they want to get rid of Paola, the weakest person in the house. Amber has issues with Devin as well, and that means by default that Caleb will take her side.

Frankie sits by and watches Caleb and Devin attempt to have a battle of wits. Devin’s final conclusion from this battle is that there is no more alliance. Granted, it’s not as if Devin has a lot of options. His irrational behavior has alienated a lot of people. It’s a miracle his own alliance was not smart enough to dump him last week rather than take the risk.

Two more people have joined Team America: Frankie and Derrick. They have incentive for doing these idiotic potentially game ending tasks. For every mission they accomplish, each person will receive $5,000. These are interesting choices for me. I was thinking America hated the Bomb Squad (or at least enough of it) and would try to blow it up, but the team is represented by two members of that fragile alliance.

Devin chooses Zach at random for the veto competition, Brittany chooses Derrick, and Paola selects Amber.

Caleb apologizes for how their previous discussion concluded. He’s going to pretend like there is nothing wrong with Devin for now. Devin will do the same. One thing that comes out of this discussion, perhaps just because of a slip of the tongue, is that people want Devin out of this house.

So you know what that means. House meeting. Because the last one went so well. The women refuse to open their mouths. Zach acknowledges that Paola is the weakest player ever, but he likes Brittany better. Nobody cares to assist Zach with getting his foot out of his mouth, and he does not help himself by admitting that he suggested that Devin needs to go.

Before the veto competition begins, Devin tells Paola that he will pull her off the block if he wins, which would be a smart move because it would thwart his alliance’s plans and not even give them the opportunity to consider them. Of course, he needs to make a smart replacement because someone like the completely invisible Jocasta (this is the first time I have mentioned her name except during the introductions and voting) will not help him any.

Their task is to balance ten planets on their mobiles at the same time. I think we can safely count Paola out of this competition. Brittany is equally useless. Zach is doing pretty well, but Derrick and Devin seem to be the only ones with any chance. Devin wins the power of veto. I’m somewhat happy with that result just because it pisses a lot of people off who should have thought about going against this guy before he won HOH rather than after.

Zach now realizes he’s screwed because Devin makes it clear he does not trust him. Frankie can’t figure out why these idiots keep telling people the truth.

Brittany has been stupidly vocal about how evil Devin is pretty much since he won HOH, but now she finally realizes that she has to make a deal with the devil. In response, he tells her that Paola threw the competition (because she’s such a competition threat).

Devin has promised to use the veto on Paola. He has also promised to use the veto on Brittany. And he had previously promised not to nominate any of his alliance members, such as Zach. He’s about to break at least one of those promises. At least somebody in this house is lying. Not particularly well, but lying the nonetheless.

Devin uses his power of veto on Brittany, who says that Paola is her target. His reasoning is that she’s a single mom. Oh, now nobody’s going to buy that. The replacement nominee is Zach, which only sucks because he has surprisingly become likeable after making a really bad first impression.

That went about as badly as can be expected, and the teaser for tomorrow’s show warns that all hell is about to break loose. I was looking forward to Brittany’s ouster, too, because she’s just really dumb at this game, or at least she was toward the beginning of the week.

With 12 votes this week, Devin either needs to convince someone in his alliance to flip on Zach, or he needs to convince every single other person to go against him. Either that, or Zach can just keep telling the truth.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 8, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 6

Posted by Shane on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Following Joey’s eviction in Big Brother 16 Episode 5, Amber and Devin won HOH, ensuring the continued dominanace of the Bomb Squad for at least one more week.

It doesn’t really seem to matter for Cody whether he is HOH or not, but he makes a valid point. Devin is a ticking time bomb. Speaking of which, he goes into the room to tell Donny everything, while Zach is laying there “sleeping”. Then Devin calls a house meeting to tell everybody he was the mastermind behind the nominations but wants to be honest going forward. The fallout of this is that Caleb and Frankie now look like liars following their nominations. As the first person to mention this, Brittany has become Devin’s target.

Hayden has a crush on Nicole, and unlike Caleb, he actually has a chance. Christine is onboard with bringing him into their alliance. Like Devin, Christine is pretty much working with the whole house, except everybody does not know it.

There is discussion about putting up a member of the alliance, which is dumb. Don’t nominate somebody unless you are prepared for them to go home.

Devin’s nominations
Paola & Brittany

Amber’s nominations
Hayden & Nicole

Brittany is clearly Devin’s target, and now it is personal, as neither of them like each other. Not having learned from this, she’s going to keep running her mouth. Regardless of whether what she’s saying being true or not, there is no compelling reason to eliminate any of the other three nominees. Paola’s just a weak pawn there to lose another competition, and Hayden and Nicole were both random choices in Amber’s attempt to not make it obvious she’s working with the guys. As if it matters, Devin asks Paola to throw the competition.

One minute, Zach says he’s straight. The next, he’s cuddling with Frankie. Their celebrity couple name: Zrankie.

For the power of the block competition, they will need to look at photos, most of which are nonsense, and pick out the ones that actually match the questions. Brittany answers the first question incorrectly and must wear beer goggles for the rest of the game, which will supposedly make it so she can barely see any more. Paola is correct on the second question and assigns the hangover cure punishment to Hayden. Brittany answers the next question incorrectly after listening to Paola, and her punishment is to do a cannonball in the pool. Paola is incorrect again and is assigned the leaky beer helmet as a punishment. Brittany answers correctly and gives a swirly to Hayden. Hayden answers correctly to win the power of the block competition, saving himself and Nicole and keeping Amber safe and without any blood on her hands.

I’m not sure what to make of that challenge. Any idiot could have won that, so it’s hard to say whether it was thrown. In the end, the target remains clear and will only continue to grow.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 7, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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