Big Brother Season 19 Episode 11

Posted by Shane on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm


Jason won the power of veto in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 10, but despite his initial gut reaction and Paul’s belief that he is a mastermind, he ended up leaving the nominations the same because the HOH did not want to play along with the concept of a safe but still expendable pawn. Leaving Jessica on the block the week after her showmance went home seems a little dumb if she is not the target, but Dominique apparently does not have a plan or a desire for self preservation.

Dominique continues to go off on her allies, and it doesn’t make any sense. For her part, Jessica is at least making an effort to repair the relationships she broke, which people keep making clear they do not have an interest in.

The boys are doing what would typically be an innocent activity. They are playing pool. Except Josh is involved. Shouting match ensues. Normally even if things got a little out of control, it would end there, but this is Josh. He wants nothing to do with Mark ever again. Then he dares anybody else with something to say to speak up. What’s Jessica got left to lose? She’ll poke the bear.

They are at least aware that you can only do one twist a week for so long before you have to get rid of it and just let the game play out normally, so this will be the final den of temptation. Jessica has been tempted with the halting hex. I’m surprised she ranks high enough to get the votes considering the game she has played, but she is a lone wolf whose use of this temptation would easily throw a wrench into Alex’s questionable nominations and subsequent refusal to listen to those surrounding her.

This power allows Jessica to halt any of the next four live evictions. There may be some benefit to saving it, but she’s still at risk this week no matter how off the tracks Dominique has gone. It may be better to just save it in what seems like a slam dunk week because if she survives this, she’s still rather high on the list of future nominations where she may not be up against such a favorable opponent.

Jessica opts not to use her power this week. A little risky, but I think it’s the right move. She’ll have more chances to use it, and little does she know there’s a very good chance Cody will return.

Votes
Josh: Dominique
Kevin: Dominique
Mark: Dominique
Christmas: Dominique
Jason: Dominque
Raven: Dominque
Matt: Dominique
Elena: Dominique
Paul: Dominique
Ramses: Dominique

By a vote of 10-0, Dominique has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Cody may have started her down this path by going down swinging, but Dominique ensured the result by wrongly and repeatedly attacking her own team when really she was only right about Paul. She promises to keep her mouth shut if she returns.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 12, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 10

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm


Alex won HOH and seemed to become Paul’s puppet in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 9, nominating Jessica and Dominique, though regardless there is some sense to her choices.

Dominique knows that Paul is involved but blames Elena as well when in reality Elena wanted to keep her (and everybody else in the house) safe. She later confirms with God that Paul is the problem.

Alex chooses Kevin at random to play in the veto competition. Dominique selects Christmas. Jessica picks Jason as houseguest’s choice.

Kevin’s kind of irrelevant. Christmas may be as well with a bum leg. Jason could be a threat to win, and the key thing about that is this choice Alex considers him her ride or die. This should be a hint to her. She probably will never like Jessica, but taking her out would be a potential number gone. Kevin and Jason further emphasize that and make it very clear that they should remove Jessica from the block if they win because she is a target no matter what the plan is.

Christmas is unable to participate in the veto competition. They will be required to walk back and forth a suspended beam 50 times in a row without falling. We know Kevin won’t win, but otherwise, a balance competition is hard to call. Knowing he has no chance, Kevin eventually takes the temptation, which is just a troll prize of $27.

Otherwise, it could potentially be anyone’s game since all it takes is one slip to go back to 0, but Jason and Alex are looking pretty strong with Jason running just a step ahead of Alex. This is critical for them because they both have completely different plans. Jason wants certainty while Alex wants to try to appease the side of the house she’s working against. Jason wins the power of veto.

Paul doesn’t like Alex’s nominations either. He wants Jessica removed, too. I’m not sure to what extent he’s really her puppet master, but he isn’t leaving her with much choice as yet another voice saying the nominations need to change.

Mark is warned that he is going up as a pawn. He very strongly yet very poorly objects.

Dominique’s only hope is to warn Jason that Paul is a snake or at least indicate that someone is a snake. Could be a man, could be a woman, could be an actual snake for all I can tell from this conversation.

Continuing to talk in riddles, Dominique eventually tells Alex that Paul is the snake, sort of, and calls a house meeting to discuss/argue.

For all of Paul’s manipulation, Jason has no interest in his plan. He wants to either keep things the same or nominate the person he considers more safe, Raven, because unlike Mark she would not be considered a threat. The problem is convincing Alex of that because if Jessica comes off the block, Alex wants to follow Paul’s plan, not Jason’s.

Dominique doesn’t end things there. At the veto ceremony, she calls Paul a snake again, which he embraces, but she also calls her apparently now former allies his minions, specifically Elena.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

Perhaps not the brightest move, but Dominique is working overtime at sinking herself, so maybe they can just sit back and watch her self destruct.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 11, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 9

Posted by Shane on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm


Cody predictably got voted out of the house in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 8 after playing one of the worst first weeks ever.

Elena says that she or her side of the house win HOH this week so that they can go after Jessica. I don’t think these people know how sides work.

Paul orchestrated the out of left field votes for Ramses for the sake of creating chaos, but I would hope nobody is dumb enough to fall for something so obvious. Clearly, there was only one person who continued to support Cody until the bitter end.

Josh is the first one to fall in the HOH competition after 21 minutes. Mark is next 7 minutes later. Raven drops at 45 minutes. Ramses lasts just over an hour. Kevin is right behind him. Matt is next. Jessica falls at 86 minutes, and Dominique makes it obvious that that’s all she was waiting for. The three who remain on the wall agree to keep each other safe. Jason drops. Not content with this deal, Elena asks for protection not just for herself but for everybody she wants to be kept safe. Oh, another one of these ridiculous keep half house safe deals. Elena jumps. Alex wins HOH.

Jessica would be the easy target, but she’s completely alone because her mouth and her showmance sunk her with everybody.

Who does Elena want to keep safe? Herself, Raven, Matt, Mark, Dominique, and Paul. These people don’t get the concept of a logical deal. You can’t ask for that many people to not be nominated and expect it to actually happen. Maybe if you ask for yourself and Mark, that would be reasonable.

Christmas returns from surgery. She will need at least 6 weeks in a cast but will eventually need another surgery.

Dominique suspects that she and Mark are potential targets. She is correct about that, but she is incorrect that those warnings are coming from Elena. This all started when Cody told Christmas and Paul that those were the two people who knew about his nominations. Though Christmas has been out of the house, Paul has been working hard on pretending to be in an alliance with Alex.

Nominations
Jessica
Dominique

This nomination goes against Elena’s absurd deal, but it can easily be explained away.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 8

Posted by Shane on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm


Paul won the veto in Big Brother 19 Episode 7 and pulled Josh off the block, successfully finalizing his backdoor plan in spite of himself and nominating Cody alongside Alex and Ramses.

Can we not pretend there’s a chance anything happens other than Cody going home?

Christmas needs to have surgery on her foot. She has decided to stay in the house anyway, losing what would have been presumed to be her biggest asset, ability to compete in challenges.

Jessica is finally realizing that being attached to Cody is stupid seeing as he is a dead man walking. She attempts to talk to Christmas, who has no interest.

Cody blames Mark and Dominique for his decision to nominate Christmas. May as well blow up their games now that his is done. He suggests that she work with Alex and Jessica because they are strong females like her.

Then the house gathers for a talk show. Dominique says the obvious about there being alliances in the house. People pretend to be surprised by this statement. Cody follows this up by repeating that people knew about his plans as HOH.

Surprisingly, there has been no mention about how Ramses wasn’t an idiot willing to throw veto or how Alex is a threat. This has been a straight episode about what everybody already knew with no “clever” editing.

Votes
Jessica: Ramses
Kevin: Ramses
Christmas: Ramses
Raven: Cody
Dominique: Cody
Mark: Cody
Jason: Cody
Josh: Cody
Elena: Cody
Matt: Cody

By a vote of 7-3, Cody has been evicted from the Big Brother house. He looked like he might have potential for about one episode. Then he actually started playing the game. Really poorly. He played this big stupid individual game way too early despite having a massive alliance that would have protected him certainly longer than one week.

Julie reveals that he will have a shot of getting back into the house. Cody, Cameron, Jillian, and next week’s evictee will get a chance to compete to return. He’s certainly a threat to win that considering his competition so far. Even after one more week goes by, I don’t know that it matters seeing as he burned every person in the house, some because of stupid twists but some because he wanted to make a big move too soon and without getting any input from anybody in his alliance.

The HOH endurance competition will require them to hold on to a wall.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 9, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 7

Posted by Shane on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm


After Paul won HOH in Big Brother 19 Episode 6, his allies talked him out of his stupid plan to nominate two of them as pawns and instead target two people from the other side (as if there are two sides), Josh and Alex, but they were all surprised to see Ramses nominate himself.

Paul asks for Ramses to throw the veto, and in return, they will keep him safe. Uh… if he wins the veto, he can keep himself safe. Try making a compelling offer. Lie to him about next week if you need to because it’s obvious he will be a target then unless his dwindling group wins.

As punishment for Christmas accepting temptation, Cody, Jessica, and Jason must dress like toads and hop around all week. Jessica immediately assumes that Christmas must have won. Her attitude would seem more petty if she weren’t correct, although the reality is almost any other houseguest would have made the same choices.

Paul selects Elena at random to play in the veto competition. Matt is also chosen. That worked out as well as could be expected for the majority of the house, aside from Ramses throwing a wrench into the works, though realistically the odds of Ramses winning are slim.

Paul keeps pushing Ramses about veto. He keeps making the same awful offer to keep him safe this week. He eventually gives in and says he’ll owe him. At least that very vague promise is an improvement.

Their challenge is to answer questions that show how much they are paying attention at this airport they are at. If they answer incorrectly, they will have to complete simple challenges to advance. Most of them aren’t paying attention at first because they don’t know that’s the task. Alex is the only person to not get the first three questions incorrect. Paul at least learns from his early mistakes, unlike everybody else.

Josh - 7:48
Ramses - 7:44
Elena - 22:35
Matt - 11:32
Alex - 16:38
Paul - 4:37

Paul wins the power of veto, saving himself from some otherwise terrible gameplay. Ramses tries to play it off like he threw that. Nobody is going to believe that, even the home viewing audience that sees him just picking random answers and not even trying at that part. You want to see throwing? Speak to Elena. Better yet do middle of the road like Matt.

Now everybody pretends that this was the last straw for Ramses, as if they weren’t going to target him next week. Oh, and maybe Paul will leave the nominations the same so that Ramses will go home instead of Cody. The odds of that happening are exactly 0. No need to fill the next few minutes with fake drama.

What would a veto ceremony be without Josh running his mouth for no reason? His only saving grace is that people hate Cody so much they may choose to be amused by this creepiness.

Veto Ceremony
Paul saves Josh.
Cody is the replacement nominee.

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

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 6

Posted by Shane on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm


The conclusion of Cody’s failure as HOH happened in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 5 when Jillian was eliminated instead of Christmas.

Mark tells Cody that he couldn’t vote against the house. Cody assumes that Josh must be one of the other votes. He also incorrectly assumes that he can trust Kevin.

This HOH competition is one where nothing building up to the finale really matters, though practice may make perfect. Almost everybody in the house begins to pass their shots to Paul. Not sure how he became the chosen one. With several times as many shots as anybody else, the strategy works. Paul wins HOH.

Not content with merely having played an awful first week as HOH, Cody continues to dig his hole. First he goes on the offensive against Ramses, one of the few people who voted with him or at least with his best friend, then he gets even more hostile toward Josh. It’s almost like he has given up because whatever happened last week, he still should be trying to create a path forward rather than burning everybody even more. Jessica’s not doing much better. They continue to berate Josh like what kept happening to Megan before she quit.

It doesn’t end there. When someone shouts “Who wants to see my HOH room?” you’re supposed to put on a fake smile and pretend to be interested. Not Jessica. She hides in the diary room instead. Cody at least goes upstairs with an angry look on his face for a few minutes.

Paul doesn’t want to just play it straight and nominate people he actually wants to be sent home. Rather, he proposes to put Matt and Raven up as pawns. Such a rookie strategy from someone who’s supposed to be a veteran. His allies object and ask why he doesn’t put up two people from the other side, assuming there are still sides.

The den of temptation is back again. Two years ago they tried BB Takeover, a twist every single week, and dropped it after about two weeks after realizing it was stupid. I think we’re stuck with this one.

Christmas is the one who receives this week’s temptation. She will be able to choose any veto competition she wants to play in at any time. Nowhere near as powerful as Paul’s temptation.

The consequence of this reward is that she can turn three people into vetoads this week: Jason, Cody, and Jessica.

Realizing that his original plan was stupid, Paul has two new pawns, Alex and Josh. Still not a very smart plan, but the twist helps.

Nominations
Ramses (nominates himself)
Josh
Alex

Ramses using his curse to nominate himself is wise because the house may not still be out for blood next week. The wrench this throws into the nominations is that Ramses cannot be replaced if he pulls himself off the block, meaning that Paul’s original nominations would stand. This is why you make sure the people on the block are actually people you want to go home. At least he realized he should nominate people he thinks are disposable.

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

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 5

Posted by Shane on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:55 pm


The wheel of almost everybody in the house being safe continued to spin in Big Big Brother 19 Episode 4. Alex pulled herself off the block after winning the veto, then Paul saved himself with his pendant, making the final nominations Christmas and Jillian.

I don’t get who these nominations benefit. Paul perhaps because he is saved by one of the many lame twists.

The rest of Cody’s group doesn’t know anything, but they are still facing the fallout of his actions. The easiest resolution may be to just cut ties with him completely and leave him out there to be eaten on his own.

Cody blames the game for ruining his game. He has a point to an extent. Having to nominate five people week one is stupid. But he had less chaotic options that would have been boring and predictable but at least not against people who thought they were his allies.

Mark and Jessica still trust Cody. Jason may be willing to come over to their side, if only for as long as they are in power.

Every morning, Jason and Christmas dance around the house. One slip, and Christmas is pretty sure she broke her foot. She’s worried she may have to leave the game. Even if she doesn’t have to medically evac, people may want to vote her out rather than keep her in the game to suffer or get taken out eventually anyway. If she does get taken out for medical reasons, then Cody can nominate a sixth person. It’s absurd that is even a consideration.

Ultimately, though this may sway some votes, she seems capable of staying in the house, albeit as a much weaker physical player for weeks, perhaps the entire summer.

Votes
Jessica: Christmas
Jason: Christmas
Kevin: Jillian
Matt: Jillian
Raven: Jillian
Paul: Jillian
Ramses: Christmas
Dominique: Jillian
Alex: Christmas
Elena: Jillian
Mark: Jillian
Josh: Jillian

By a vote of 8-4, Jillian has been evicted from the Big Brother house. I’m not sure this was a good move or a bad move, but the way Cody played his hand this week, maybe there was no good move. Nobody wins here, except maybe Paul, who has it in his head that his three weeks of safety means that he can just stir the pot without consequence. Maybe he will have better luck than Neda from Big Brother Canada, who was evicted an hour after her safety expired.

The HOH competition is a promotion for Candy Crush, a new show. This is the sort of thing we get instead of two seasons of The Amazing Race. Their challenge is to search for candy containing tickets and redeem those tickets for balls to take a shot and try to hit the center. If this is anything like the Candy Crush game, they’ll need to pay money to advance very far.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 6, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother Season 19 Episode 4

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm


Megan finally quit the game in Big Brother 19 Episode 3 after multiple people attacked her, some self-inflicted and some just people being mean for no apparent reason. Her replacement on the block was the much more dangerous Alex.

Jessica believes that Cody got emotional about nominating Alex, which she thinks is cute… except when it’s aimed toward Alex.

Alex perhaps realizes it was stupid of her to tell the truth to Cody that she was going to come after him, but she knows the girls on his side don’t like her. Not because they are racists. She’s a geeky gamer girl who doesn’t fit in that clique.

Because Paul accepted a temptation of three weeks of safety, someone will randomly be cursed. Since the number two was chosen, that will be whoever is the second person to enter the den. Ramses must place himself on the block as a special third nominee at one of the next three ceremonies.

Cody randomly selects Matt to play in the veto competition. Alex chooses Raven. Jillian picks Jason, who wants to save Alex.

Their goal for the veto competition is to stack starfish, which they may do for as long as they can keep water in their timers. Raven accepts the temptation, which will allow her to not be a have not for the rest of the season at the expense of losing the competition she probably didn’t even want to win all that much. Matt accepts a score of 10, hoping everybody else will bust. Unlikely. Jason scores 14. Seeing Alex is going to win anyway and not minding that, Cody gives up. Alex scores 16. Jillian scores 10. Alex wins veto.

Cody could have played that a lot smarter. It’s obvious he threw it when he scored a 2 after knocking down his stack and then standing there rather than running back and refilling his time. His defense is that he probably wasn’t going to win anyway, but he stopped even trying.

Paul approaches Cody to have a conversation. So he thinks. Instead, Cody continues brushing his teeth and says nothing. This is weird, no matter how selectively edited it is. Christmas tells Paul he’s not alone. Cody behaves that way with everybody. I’m not sure that’s really true, not with his inner circle, but this is behavior we keep seeing.

He is more willing to discuss something with Jason. He asks for safety. For seven people: the couples and Dominique. Not at all unreasonable. The names he leaves out are the two who were just chatting with each other, Paul and Christmas.

Veto Ceremony
Alex saves herself.
Cody nominates Paul as the replacement.

Except Paul is safe because of the temptation. This is getting ridiculous and stupid. Cody has nominated four people already and now has to name a fifth, 1/3 of the entire cast.

Cody chooses Christmas as the replacement nominee. He’s hanging people “on his side” out to dry while leaving the other admittedly not very threatening side safe.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 5, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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