Big Brother Season 19 Episode 2

We started in typical excessive twist fashion in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 1, finishing with the rapid eviction of Cameron.

Paul calls them stupid for getting rid of the nerd rather than the competition beast. When he puts it like that, maybe it doesn’t sound so bad. They took out a potential strategist while keeping a massive target/shield.

Now we find out the votes. Matt, Mark, and Cody voted for Jillian; Jason and Josh voted for Christmas.

Megan is worried, correctly, that the votes came from the guys. Josh knows for sure that the girls are forming against them because, as one of the first eliminated in that competition, he was privy to the discussion where Megan said the strong guys need to go.

Josh wasn’t even on the block and hasn’t really had to do anything at all, but he’s already breaking down about how hard it is.

Now they are greeted by Paul’s best buddy Nicole to host the HOH competition. Kevin has no idea who she is, but everybody else is excited.

They divide into teams.

Orange: Jason, Alex, Christmas, Ramses
Yellow: Elena, Jillian, Kevin, Josh
Pink: Dominique, Jessica, Cody, Matt
Blue: Paul, Mark, Raven, Megan

One player from each team will race across vines to retrieve an apple. They are offered temptation in the form of individual safety, but that will come at the cost of their team being eliminated.

Kevin has to throw HOH because he took the money, which means he’ll need to take down his team with him. No need to worry about all that. Josh immediately grabs the golden apple, safety for him, elimination for the yellow team. He’s paranoid that people are gunning for him. If they weren’t before, they are now, even if they have to wait a week.

The other teams are running pretty close to each other. Pink team wins on the back of Cody’s strong performance. Blue places second with Mark finishing despite injuring himself.

Not content with just screwing over his team, Josh follows up his competition loss by going after Megan and calling her a snake.

One person from each of the top two teams must now balance apples on trees. Paul and Cody compete against each other. Cody wins HOH.

Yelling at her during the competition wasn’t enough. Josh goes after Megan again when they get back inside the house. I would say he’s losing it if he had something to lose in the first place. He explains that it is just strategy, blowing her up to make her the bigger target.

It seems there is a gender split, but Cody has a different idea. He doesn’t like Paul or even want to try.

Cody, Mark, and Matt form an alliance. Perhaps not the brightest alliance but one of the most physically strong.

Megan attempts to have a conversation with Cody. Good luck with that. She has about as much success as Paul did earlier. He eventually makes his intentions clear in the diary room. He wants to work with the pretty people, not the outcasts.

Nominations
Jillian
Megan

He tells Megan he nominated her because he doesn’t like her. This guy could use some lessons in tact.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 3, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 1

16 new contestants are ready to enter the Big Brother house for season 19 (the lame web series counts as a spinoff).

Alex Ow (28)
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Current City: Camarillo, CA
Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep

Cameron Heard (24)
Hometown: North Aurora, IL
Current City: Woodridge, IL
Occupation: Microbiologist

Christmas Abbott (35)
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Current City: Raleigh, NC
Occupation: Fitness Superstar

Cody Nickson (32)
Hometown: Lake Mills, IA
Current City: Plano, TX
Occupation: Construction Sales Rep

Dominique Cooper (30)
Hometown: Tuskegee, AL
Current City: Woodbridge, VA
Occupation: Government Engineer

Elena Davies (26)
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Current City: Dallas, TX
Occupation: Radio Personality

Jason Dent (37)
Hometown: Humeston, IA
Current City: Humeston, IA
Occupation: Rodeo Clown

Jessica Graf (26)
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Current City: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: VIP Concierge

Jillian Parker (24)
Hometown: Celebration, FL
Current City: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep

Josh Martinez (23)
Hometown: Miami, FL
Current City: Homestead, FL
Occupation: Hair Care Sales

Kevin Schlehuber (55)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Current City: Boston, MA
Occupation: Stay-at-home dad

Mark Jansen (26)
Hometown: Grand Island, NY
Current City: Grand Island, NY
Occupation: Personal Trainer

Matthew Clines (33)
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Current City: Arlington, VA
Occupation: Renovation Consultant

Megan Lowder (28)
Hometown: Cathedral City, CA
Current City: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Dog Walker

Ramses Soto (21)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Current City: Grand Rapids, MI
Occupation: Cosplay Artist

Raven Walton (23)
Hometown: DeValls Bluff, AR
Current City: DeValls Bluff, AR
Occupation: Dance Teacher

Julie starts off by warning that they will be tempted and punished more than ever. Hopefully we can get through the night without at least three twists.

Mark’s a gym rat, but he also quickly offers to teach people how to play chess, one of the few diversions they have inside the house.

Kevin has seven kids, and some of them are older than some contestants since he has 18 years on the next oldest contestant.

Christmas doesn’t know if she’s into older men, but she’s digging Matt’s silver hair. Little does she know he’s actually two years younger than she is. She may have some competition, though.

Meanwhile, Cody and Josh are immediately attracted to Jessica, whose boobs have been on display since her initial interview. She feels the same about Cody.

Ramses, Megan, and Alex immediately bond over being normal people (sort of) who are superfans.

Dominique does not reveal she is a nuclear engineer.

The summer of temptation starts right now. They will be tempted by money, safety, and power.

It begins with an offer of $25,000. When the light in front of them turns green, the first person to press his or her button will win the cash, but they will also face consequences. If nobody takes it, nothing happens. It doesn’t take long before the light flashes, and Kevin wins. Most of the house is not tempted, but six others joined Kevin in pressing their buttons.

As the winner, Kevin is not eligible to win the first HOH. Why would he want to anyway? There will also be a house punishment.

Ramses blames Cameron. Jason blames one if the girls, any of them.

What is their punishment? “Your boy” Paul from last season is back. Julie tells us he’s a fan favorite.

Jillian joins Megan/Ramses/Alex as a “group of people considering strategy,” not to be confused with an alliance.

Paul isn’t there to just be a 17th player. He’s going to take someone’s place with the first elimination happening tonight.

That leads to the second temptation of the night, safety. If they want to stay in the game, they will need to tempt Paul. He will hand out friendship bracelets to eight houseguests of his choice, who will be safe from this first eviction.

They are all given a bit of time to try to sweet talk him. Cody spends his time not talking. Christmas pretty much gives him a list of reasons to not keep her. Josh acts like himself, not a favorable move. Matt would love to play with him or against him, whichever.

Safe
Paul
Kevin
Raven
Dominique
Mark
Jason
Jessica
Ramses
Elena

The other eight will have to compete to survive. They will hang on to a trapeze. Upon falling, they must pick an apple, half of which are good and half of which are bad. Throughout the competition, Julie will read clues to guide them, making it not entirely dumb luck, just mostly.

Jillian is the first to fall after 3 minutes. Megan lasts about twice as long. After hearing the next clue, Josh jumps down because it gives him a 50/50 chance. Cameron drops next, but he has forgotten both clues. Christmas drops at 22 minutes, despite seeming like the biggest threat to take the win here. Matt is next, lasting 50 minutes longer than she did. Cody tries to make a deal with Alex, which she promptly refuses. After an hour and 25 minutes, however, she falls. Impressive showing for what would seem to be a meek gamer. Cody wins, securing his own safety.

Safe
Cody
Alex
Matt
Josh
Megan

Nominated
Christmas
Cameron
Jillian

I don’t know what to make of that. I’m not sure any of those three would be on the block if it were based on first impressions.

Before we get to that, the final temptation is power, which will only be offered to the three of them. They can leave it in the hands of the house, or they can participate in a competition.

Votes
Jillian: Vote
Cameron: Competition
Christmas: Vote

By a vote of 2-1, they have turned the power over to the house. With three votes already established, I don’t think Jillian has anything to worry about. As far as Christmas, she looks like a massive target, but she is trying to pretend like she is not. Still, Cameron seems like the least socially adept of the group, which is a problem with a vote based on first impressions.

For some reason, the votes are being kept secret from the viewing audience.

Votes
Christmas: 2
Cameron: 8
Jillian: 3

With 8 votes, Cameron has been evicted from the Big Brother house.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 2, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.