The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 2

Posted by Shane on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Zina and Vanessa lost the challenge and were the first people who went to Comeback Canyon in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 1. Losing that weigh in, Zina was sent home. Then Andrea was voted out because she said she wanted to quit, and she joined Vanessa.

I had counted this show out, and perhaps that’s how the chips will end up falling. However, last week’s ratings were not terrible. Actually, going up against football, they were pretty good, and they were awesome compared to the dreadful comedy block last year. Maybe it won’t be so bad after all. Until they cut it down to 1 hour per week. I’m not sure the last time I have regularly watched something on a Thursday. Probably back before Survivor moved. I have tried watching some of the ABC dramas, and everybody knows how quickly those get cancelled. One season. Maybe.

Blake decides she does not want to talk about her feelings. Dolvett kicks her out of the gym. Later, she reluctantly agrees to talk.

Their challenge is an obstacle course in which they must bust through walls (work, fear, responsibility, and food). The winning team will be guaranteed use of the gym this week. Mike will sit out for medical reasons. Sonya will sit out for the white team. Blue team has a slight lead, but they fall behind on the third wall. Red and white teams are neck and neck at the finish. White team wins by seconds. Blue is not close.

The white team can pick one other team to join them in the gym. Rondalee wants to bring the stronger team, but she is outvoted. The blue team will be joining them in the gym. They take offense to this decision.

Between red team’s big win last week and their inability to use the gym now, they have an uphill battle.

In addition to the typical you have pre-diabetes/sleep apnea talk, Dr. H has a new tool. He can scare them by showing them what they will look like if they keep gaining weight at the pace they are going. We find out that multiple people have parents with life threatening weight issues that they regardless have refused to learn from.

For Rob, he breaks out a wheelchair, which causes him to storm out of the room shouting. Either he can lose weight, or he will end up like his father.

Toma accepts that he needs to get through the grieving process of his father in order to lose the weight.

Now we go back to Comeback Canyon for a weigh in. Oh yeah, Bob’s still on the show, and he no longer has that weird moustache.

Vanessa: 347 pounds (-5, 1.42%)
Andrea: 224 pounds (-6, 2.61%)

Andrea easily wins the weigh in, and Vanessa has been eliminated.

Now back to the ranch.

Blake: 227 pounds (-8, 3.40%)
Emmy: 249 pounds (-5, 1.97%)
Mike: 352 pounds (-9, 2.49%)
Jordan: 293 pounds (-8, 2.66%)
Scott: 333 pounds (-10, 2.92%)
Rob: 438 pounds (-12, 2.67%)
Red Total: 1892 pounds (-52, 2.67%)

Toma: 308 pounds (-8, 2.53%)
Sonya: 253 pounds (-7, 2.69%)
Rondalee: 258 pounds (-8, 3.01%)
Matt: 353 pounds (-10, 2.75%)
Woody: 376 pounds (-12, 3.09%)
JJ: 366 pounds (-12, 3.17%)
White Total: 1914 pounds (-57, 2.89%)

Gina: 222 pounds (-6, 2.63%)
Lori: 287 pounds (-5, 1.71%)
Chandra: 325 pounds (-9, 2.69%)
Jackie: 273 pounds (-10, 3.53%)
Damien: 367 pounds (-14, 3.67%)
Blue Total: 1474 pounds (-44, 2.90%)

Why is new trainer guy (Jake’s cousin, whatever his name is) picking apart Gina for losing 2.63% but excited by Chandra’s 2.69%? This is why we go by percentages, not raw numbers.

Nobody did particularly badly this week, especially for week two, but the white and blue teams managed to edge ahead of the red team. As The Biggest Loser on the losing team, Blake is safe.

Scott: Emmy
Jordan: Emmy
Rob: Emmy

With 3 votes, Emmy is not The Biggest Loser. The team voted based on numbers, as Emmy was the smallest loser both last week and this week.

From her starting weight of 366 pounds, Vanessa is down 45 pounds to 321 today.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 3, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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America’s Got Talent Season 9 Winner

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I had to stop watching AGT last year about half way through because I was having trouble with my ears and never realized until then just how obnoxiously loud this show can be, but I have since gotten back into it and been following along for this season.

I really liked the magicians. Too bad we’re left with mostly lame singers that nobody will remember in a month (Jackie Evancho is the only exception to this trend), one of whom will probably win like every year in a show that ultimately devolves into American Idol with some variety thrown in. At least it’s not as bad as New Zealand’s Got Talent, where every single act in the finals was a music act.

The remaining final six contestants with a shot at the “$1 million prize” are singers Quintavious Johnson, Miguel Dakota, and Emily West, band Sons of Serendip, acrobats AcroArmy, and lone surviving magician Mat Franco, not coincidentally the most attractive one of the lot.

Anybody expecting any results before 90 minutes into the show is presumably disappointed. Makes more sense to just read about it online.

In sixth place is Miguel Dakota. I’m comfortable with any of the others advancing, but I have been fast forwarding him because I have been over it.

In fifth place is Quintavious Johnson. I had thought he would finish higher than that, but the other competition ahead of him is pretty stiff.

In fourth place is Sons of Serendip. Of all the singing acts, this is the one that stood out most to me, between the singer and the unique blend of instruments you don’t usually see people playing.

In third place is AcroArmy. I never quite felt as impressed with them as I was with Britain’s Got Talent Series 4 winner Spelbound, but they were an amazing act and really the only one in the finals that kept getting better and better as the season progressed.

The America’s Got Talent Season 9 winner is Mat Franco, leaving Emily West as the runner up. I did not see that one coming. His act was certainly top notch, but I’ve gotten so used to people voting for chicken catchers just because they can sing, although to be fair, that has not happened since before Howard joined the show and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. won (bet that’s the first time you have heard that name since 2011). As for Emily, as singers go, she was one of the more polished we have seen on this show.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 38

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Frankie was evicted in Big Brother 16 Episode 37 after the stupid button he was so excited to press backfired. Then Derrick won HOH.

Even on his way out, Frankie delusionally tried to convince the others that he single handedly will be the determining factor behind who wins the game. Apparently, he also has millions of followers. I’m pretty sure the jury have already made up their minds.

Victoria already knows she’s going on the block because she’s the professional pawn, and Caleb agrees that he doesn’t care if he is put on the block, not at all suspicious that Cody and Derrick are the real alliance. Of course, it really does not matter all that much because the veto winner is the person who will send someone home, unless Derrick wins.

Victoria & Caleb

The final veto competition of the season is the standard match evicted houseguests with two corresponding clues. Derrick has no interest in winning because he certainly does not want to be the one to tell anybody he won’t be saving them. We can count Victoria out as usual. It doesn’t even matter what the competition is to do that. This leaves the battle between Caleb and Cody. Caleb is likely fighting for his life, but he may be dumb enough to save Cody if he wins. Cody seems pretty confident he will win, while Caleb is pretty confident he won’t. That’s how it turns out, as Cody wins the power of veto.

Cody: Caleb

By a vote of 1-0, Caleb has been evicted from the Big Brother house. For whatever reason, before voting, Cody reveals his final two alliance with Derrick. I’m not sure Derrick’s hands are quite as clean as he may want now. Perhaps that’s why Cody did what he did.

Caleb’s parents say he believes strongly in loyalty, but they know he just made a dumb move (that he still defends) and stayed loyal a week too long, ironically by eliminating the person who would have been the most loyal to him, Frankie, who also eliminated the person most loyal to him, Zach. This has just been an ongoing theme of stupid… when they weren’t picking off the hapless girls. As much as I’d like to say Derrick is a strong player, much of his dominance comes from being surrounded by idiots.

The schedule is getting a shake up again. It’s almost like The Biggest Loser. Just stick it in whatever random time slot you can because something more important needs the better time.

The waste of time recap episode will air on Friday, the same night as the other John de Mol show Utopia, which last night I found watchable now that they have gotten rid of the convict. I think the editors have finally learned that people may respect conflict but don’t want it to come from deliberately pushing unstable people to get them to react violently. Too bad they have probably alienated half their potential audience with the first disastrous week.

Then the follow up episode with the finale will be on Wednesday after the 90 minute premiere of Survivor.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 40, where we will find out who the Big Brother 16 winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 37

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Do over week started in Big Brother 16 Episode 36 with Caleb winning HOH and nominating Frankie because Derrick and Cody told him to do so.

Frankie knows Caleb’s attempt to explain his nominations is… lies. Eventually, it comes out that they think he may make a big move. A big move like he did not make last week when he was HOH and also held the power of veto. Cody and Derrick are upset that the finger has been pointed at them. The finger was supposed to be pointing only at Caleb.

Team America is over. Let’s hope a nail is put in the coffin of this stupid twist for the future. They do receive a final set of instructions. If they win the game, they will win an extra $50,000.

The veto competition is the mixed up faces competition from last week, which Frankie won with a time of 5:54. The only person who even came close was Derrick. The pictures are new, including one with six faces instead of three.

Cody barely beat Victoria last time, but he puts up a seemingly impressive time of 2:21. Caleb completely screws up on the second picture, forgetting to turn off the first set of names, so there is no way he is recovering. Victoria is about as competitive as you would expect from Victoria. Frankie quickly falls apart, and his hope to save himself is dashed on the second picture. Derrick comes close but not close enough. Cody wins the power of veto. That goes to show how important being able to study for a competition like this is. Of course, anybody smart would know that this competition is coming like it does every year.

It goes without saying that Cody does not use the veto.

Because Cody and Derrick are the only votes, Frankie’s only play is to tell them Caleb is his target. I don’t think they are going to fall for it, whether it is sincere or not.

Cody: Frankie
Derrick: Frankie

By a vote of 2-0, Frankie has been evicted from the Big Brother house. It’s hard to feel sorry for him since he did the same thing to Zach with seemingly less reason. He is probably the happiest evictee ever. I’m not sure how Caleb just helped himself by keeping that duo together along with a dud that everyone would love to go up against in the finals.

The final four HOH competition is before or after. Everybody gets the first and second questions correct. Victoria and Cody get the third question correct. Everybody gets the fourth question correct. Cody and Derrick are correct on the fifth and sixth questions. Derrick gets the seventh question correct, tying him for the lead with Cody. The tie breaker question is the number of seconds in the juror luxury competition. Julie needs an answer right now. Well, perhaps you should have given them chalkboards instead of making them flip and flip and flip numbers because I guess you are trying to promote football. In the end, Derrick wins HOH.

This works out perfectly for him. Just nominate Victoria and a “pawn”. He can’t get any blood on his hands because the veto winner is the one who has to decide who goes home.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 38, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 36

Posted by Shane on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Unsurprisingly, last week was revealed to be a big stupid waste of when we learned in Big Brother 16 Episode 35 that the reset button meant that everything would be done all over again. We start off with the seed challenge that is exactly the challenge we watched last Sunday.

Frankie wants everything to be done exactly the same as it was last week. He’s alone in that thinking. Now they are talking about getting rid of him. Oh, this again?

We already know Victoria won’t win this challenge, but the other two have had one shot to practice playing it. The only difference here is that the rain is flowing a lot faster. Victoria falls out of it early. Cody and Caleb jump ahead of Frankie. Close to the end, Cody drops a seed. Caleb hangs on to win HOH.

Cody wants Caleb to be man enough to put Frankie on the block because he wants him out of the house. Perhaps he should have done better in the challenge then.

Caleb doesn’t want to put Frankie up on the block, knowing all week that he’s the target. He’s hoping Derrick will volunteer, and Derrick’s immediate response is that he now wants to get rid of Caleb. They try to convince him that Frankie will get rid of one of them, despite his HOH last week in which he targeted Victoria.

Victoria is still pretending she hates Derrick, which apparently they both think will help his game. I know she has no chance to win, but she’s been given a second lease on life in the BB house. Why is she still playing as she was last week when she was defeated?

The jury returns to make a mess out of the house, the one that already smells. Jury members will be participating in the luxury competition, and those remaining in the house will be able to bet on who wins.

Cody: Zach
Derrick: Donny
Victoria: Hayden
Cody: Nicole
Caleb: Jocasta

Nobody picks Christine.

Their reward will be $5,000, for both the jury member and their fellow houseguest. Donny thinks perhaps this will make up for the money that Frankie made them lose with the play. Of course, America would not have voted against with them if not for Donny’s plea and stupid plan, so that one turned out about as well as he made it.

Their task is to tear the house apart looking for knock out pucks, which they can use to get rid of fellow competitors. Jocasta eliminates Christine. Nicole goes after Zach. Then she targets Donny after debating about it for half a minute. Why are these people watching it yelling so much? Shut up already. Nicole then knocks out Jocasta. Hayden now has a choice to eliminate himself or not, and Nicole tells him to not be an idiot. Hayden and Victoria are the winners.

Frankie’s plea to Caleb is that he should not get rid of the biggest target because that makes him the next big target.

Victoria & Frankie

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 37, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 1

Posted by Shane on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I think we’re on the last leg of The Biggest Loser with season 16, dubbed Glory Days. It seems to have been sent to die up against CBS football in the same time slot as last year’s absolutely disastrous NBC comedy lineup after having been battered around ever since The Voice came around.

Jillian Michaels quit again, and Bob Harper has been moved (downgraded?) to trainer at Comeback Canyon, where the contestants will be given a second chance. New trainers Jessie Pavelka (Jake’s cousin) and Jennifer Widerstrom join Dolvett Quince at the ranch. You really can’t help but be disappointed seeing this lineup of trainers. The cast of 20 is made up of former athletes, a few possibly very famous but most using the term loosely.

·Andrea Wilamowski (Former high school cheerleader; currently Vice President of Operations, Detroit Pride Cheerleaders), 43, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
·Blake Benge (Former high school soccer, track; currently student), 18, San Clemente, CA
·Chandra Maple (Former high school softball, basketball player; currently optometric technician), 26, Dodge City, KS
·Damien Woody (Two-time Super Bowl champion; currently an ESPN analyst), 36, Mendham, NJ
·Emmy Lou Munoz (Former high school softball, volleyball and track and field; currently teacher), 32, Woodson, TX
·Gina Haddon (Former cheerleader; currently make-up artist/photographer), 41, Rowlett, TX
·Howard “Woody” Carter (Former Arena League football player; currently car salesman), 46, Las Vegas, NV
·Jackie Pierson (Former high school basketball MVP; currently clinical care coordinator), 36, Pacifica, CA
·John “JJ” O’Malley (Former Arizona State University football player; currently bouncer), 22, Scottsdale, AZ
·Jordan Alicandro (Former high school baseball player; currently regional sales manager), 32, Surrey, BC, Canada
·Lori Harrigan-Mack (Three-time Olympic gold medal winning softball player; currently director of security for a Las Vegas hotel), 44, Las Vegas, NV
·Matthew Miller (Former high school football player; currently business entrepreneur), 31, Grove, OK
·Mike Murburg (Former Princeton University football player and wrestler; currently an attorney representing the disabled), 58, Darby, FL
·Rob Guiry (Former rugby player; currently Head Rugby Coach, 26, Western New England University), Springfield, MA
·Rondalee Beardslee (Former high school basketball, football and softball player; currently nursing student), 28, New Lothrop, MI
·Scott Mitchell (12-year NFL veteran quarterback; currently bill collector), 46, Mapleton, UT
·Sonya Jones (Former All American softball player; currently PE teacher/coach), 39, Springfield, IL
·Toma Dobrosavljevic (Former high school soccer, football, volleyball, baseball player; currently senior project manager), 33, Addison, IL
·Vanessa Hayden (Former WNBA basketball player; currently a child welfare specialist), 32, Orlando, FL
·Zina Garrison (Gold medal winning tennis player; currently professional tennis coach), 50, Hyattsville, MD

We kick off with the first weigh in. Kind of. Geez, you have 2 hours. Why are we rushing through this? They’re going too fast for me.

Andrea: 244 pounds
Blake: 251 pounds
Chandra: 341 pounds
Damien: 388 pounds
Emmy Lou: 260 pounds
Gina: 242 pounds
Jackie: 291 pounds
JJ: 392 pounds
Jordan: 323 pounds
Lori: 301 pounds
Matthew: 386 pounds
Mike: 399 pounds
Rob: 483 pounds
Rondalee: 280 pounds
Scott: 366 pounds
Sonya: 283 pounds
Toma: 336 pounds
Vanessa: 366 pounds
Woody: 398 pounds
Zina: 263 pounds

At the first workout, JJ is unable to finish, falling on the ground before it’s over. Lori is extremely emotional during this workout (and after). She later reveals that she has had seven miscarriages.

The two people who finish last in the first challenge will be eliminated. No weigh ins. No second chances. Until they meet Bob. Those who finish will be allowed to choose their trainers when they reach the top of the hill. Their task is to go uphill in the sand while pushing a ball.

Dolvett (Red): Scott, Jordan, Blake, Emmy, Rob, Mike
Jen (White): Rondalee, Toma, Sonya, JJ, Woody, Matt
Jessie (Blue): Lori, Gina, Andrea, Jackie, Damien, Chandra

Collapsing at the finish line, Zina does not complete the challenge. Vanessa also falls further down the hill, and she is likewise eliminated.

They are brought to the middle of the woods, and it’s here they get the best surprise since Jillian came back the first time. They meet Bob for another chance. Each week, he will be training two people. The Biggest Loser each week will stay, but the other person will head home.

Vanessa is coming off a hamstring injury from the last challenge, but Bob knows her problem is mostly mental.

Back at the ranch, Mike is also injured. He’s on crutches following his walk to the gym. Still, he seems to be in relatively high spirits. His son died, but he plans to introduce us to him by being like him.

Then there’s Andrea, who is talking about throwing in the towel. If they lose, she’ll tell them to send her home. At least this attitude does not last long for now.

Damien, the blue team’s lone male member, has exactly the opposite philosophy. He wants to prove that he can’t be broken.

The very first Comeback Canyon weigh in will determine which of these two is going home for good and which is going to stay at the canyon to compete again next week.

Zina: 255 pounds (-8, 3.04%)
Vanessa: 352 pounds (-14, 3.83%)

Despite Zina seeming to have the better attitude, she is not The Biggest Loser.

The weigh in with just Bob and two contestants is a lot more subdued than most, and they can’t drag it out for very long.

At the ranch, we return to voting. Good. That’s how this show should be. I grew tired of the format they tried recently, and the save introduced last year did not help any.

Sonya: 260 pounds (-23, 8.13%)
Matt: 363 pounds (-23, 5.96%)
Rondalee: 266 pounds (-14, 5.00%)
Toma: 316 pounds (-20, 5.95%)
Woody: 388 pounds (-10, 2.51%)
JJ: 378 pounds (-14, 3.57%)
White Total: 1971 pounds (-104, 5.01%)

Emmy: 254 pounds (-6, 2.31%)
Blake: 235 pounds (-16, 6.37%)
Jordan: 301 pouns (-22, 6.81%)
Scott: 343 pounds (-23, 6.28%)
Rob: 450 pounds (-33, 6.83%)
Mike: 361 pounds (-38, 9.52%)
Red Total: 1944 pounds (-138, 6.63%)

Gina: 228 pounds (-14, 5.79%)
Andrea: 230 pounds -14, 5.74%)
Chandra: 334 pounds (-7, 2.05%)
Jackie: 283 pounds (-8, 2.75%)
Lori: 292 pounds (-9, 2.99%)
Damien: 381 pounds (-7, 1.80%)
Blue Total: 1748 pounds (-59, 3.27%)

It seemed like the blue team were the underdogs coming into this, and they fell apart on the scales. As The Biggest Loser for the losing team, Gina is safe.

Lori: Andrea
Andrea: Damien
Damien: Chandra
Chandra: Andrea
Jackie: Andrea

With 3 votes, Andrea is not The Biggest Loser. She may have put up a big number on the scale (very close to the best on her team), but her earlier talk about wanting to quit has come back to bite her, even if she has since changed her mind.

From her starting weight of 263 pounds, Zina is now down to 223 pounds.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 2, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 35

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Frankie won veto in Big Brother 16 Episode 34, allowing him to keep his nominations of Cody and Victoria the same.

Derrick has Victoria tell Frankie that he’s voting her out, complete with fake crying. Frankie falls for it. I don’t get how this helps her. Apparently, Victoria doesn’t care if she goes home, as long as Derrick wins.

For his birthday, Zach receives a new pink hat from the jury house. I guess the effects of Victoria’s destruction of her own property did not last very long.

Everybody is thrilled to see Christine. They blame her for getting them out, but they also blame Derrick for running the house, though in his case they don’t dislike him. Frankie is also getting a lot of credit. The other two aren’t mentioned.

It took us long enough to get to this point, but it seems pretty clear the boys have decided to stick together rather than making a big move.

But we won’t bother with that. The button countdown clock has finished counting down.

They will now start replaying the entire week. Well, that was a waste of time, more than usual. Everything will be done again, even the competitions. And Cody, he gets to wear the dinosaur costume.

The thing about this competition is that it was pretty close last time, especially between Caleb and Frankie. Cody was coming on strong at the end. Victoria lost by a longshot as usual.

After they wasted the first half hour or so of the night for no good reason, there is not going to be enough time to complete the HOH competition. Another 5 minutes, and this will be over. Looks like anybody’s game, except Victoria.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 30, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 16 Episode 34

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Frankie won HOH and nominated Cody & Victoria in Big Brother 16 Episode 33, but all of this is just a waste of time anyway since the house opted to press the reset button.

Now we get a montage mocking Victoria, who has been a disaster both socially and competitively but nonetheless has still managed to stumble her way into the final five because nobody considers her a threat.

Caleb is going to be honest with Cody. I think we know where this is going. He acknowledges he did consider the possibility of getting rid of him. Well, then, I guess that makes Caleb the new target. It’s not like they can get rid of Frankie this week like they want.

All players will play in the veto competiton. I assume it’s the mixed up faces challenge. It is, and they are dressed like freaks (actual freaks). No doubt Victoria is going to lose because that’s what she does, but overall there is no indication how they are doing.

Cody - 12:14
Caleb - 8:39
Victoria - 17:18
Frankie - 5:54
Derrick - 6:17

Frankie wins the power of veto. I can’t see a reason why he would choose to get rid of Caleb over Cody, though he could in theory nominate either Caleb or Derrick and ensure that an actual threat goes home.

Team America has been pretty lame, but the missions keep on coming anyway. Their mission is to convince people that there is a rodent in the house and keep them up all night. Having just been made fun of by Jeff and Jordan for being slobs, they just finished spending hours cleaning the entire house, but people buy their story regardless.

The silly part about this is that you can’t “catch” a mouse/rat. You have to trap it. So Caleb makes a homemade trap. Then there’s Cody, who has seen too many cartoons and thinks rodents like cheese. In the end, the mission is accomplished because all they need to do is run around and freak out for a few hours.

For all his talk about all his power, Frankie unsurprisingly does not use the power of veto.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 16 Episode 35, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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