Big Brother Season 19 Episode 14

The entire house set out on a mission to prevent Jessica and Cody from winning HOH in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 13. So it came as no surprise that Jessica won. She then proceeded to nominate Josh for being obnoxious and Ramses as what she called a pawn. I don’t think either of those furthers her cause, but I guess she can only fight one battle at a time.

Jessica acknowledges she’s going after floaters this week in attempt to rebuild alliances. There’s a problem with that. They hate you. The odds seem better of establishing something with an alternate group, although the alternate group isn’t any more impressed.

Somewhat realizing that this could blow up in her face, Jessica asks whether Josh is going home. Now you ask that? That’s a question you ask before nominations, not after. Paul won’t even give her a straight answer.

Paul insists that Josh will never, ever, ever go against his side, whatever that is. Have you been paying attention? Josh could turn on anyone at the drop of a hat with over the top reactions. I don’t think he is very dangerous, but he is very unpredictable.

Jessica selects Cody to participate in the veto competition as houseguest’s choice. Josh chooses Jason at random. Ramses picks Christmas. The only hope for Josh is that Christmas can actually play and that she can be swayed by Paul.

The veto competition requires them to mix drinks by reviewing a list of items in a sequence and following the instructions such as pour the middle ingredient. Christmas is eliminated in the first round. Jason, Ramses, and Josh are eliminated next, leaving only Jessica and Cody and pretty much ending the competition. Jessica beats Cody to win the power of veto.

That’s a good thing because she controls her own fate, but her initial nominations were pretty poor and are in need of review. She really doesn’t think she needs to use it, but she’ll just ask everybody about the vote. All they need to do is lie convincingly. Her first conversation is with Raven, who acts very strangely. She’s starting to realize that they could easily screw her over by not doing what she wants, which they have no reason to do. Cody advises her what he would do. We saw how well what he would do worked when he was HOH.

Her proposed alternative is to nominate Alex, not one of her former allies who she doesn’t trust and are making her question her decisions. Granted, she shouldn’t trust Alex either.

Based on Paul’s advice, Josh is pretending like he is defeated and thinks he’s going home. This should be another red flag. It’s too easy and too soon for him to be behaving like this. From what we have seen this season, this is so far out of character for him that it would be dumb to believe it.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

This will not end well. I don’t think it was going to end well regardless. Yet another wasted HOH. The only particularly successful HOH was when they all united to take out Cody, who then returned the following week anyway.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 15, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 13

Cody won his way back into the house in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 12 by winning the battle back competitions.

10 minutes before the live eviction, Josh informed Jessica in front of the whole house that she is his target. Why does this guy keep doing this nonsense? He can’t drop anything. Just keep digging without provocation.

In addition to Josh, Jessica informs Cody that Paul, Christmas, and Alex are her targets, but otherwise she has repaired the relationships. I don’t think it’s quite that easy.

The HOH competition requires them to hold up a disc with a long tube. Kevin begins to explain his strategy, but before he can finish, his disc falls after 17 seconds. Mark is right behind him. Paul also falls in under a minute.

Each person that drops can pick a person to punish with various distractions, and there is no rule saying they can’t all punish one person, Cody. Jason falls after 2 minutes. He has a different strategy than the first three, punishing Jessica instead. Elena has not talked for 4 whole minutes and can’t take it anymore, returning to punish Cody. Matt is next. Raven drops at 17 minutes as the times start to get a little more respectable. Josh follows at 38 minutes, and after giving his punishment to Jessica, he proceeds to yell insults at Cody, which for some reason everybody finds hilarious. It’s not.

Cody finally drops at 1 hour and 24 minutes. He punishes Ramses, the most surprising person still left standing. Ramses drops after 1 hour and 49 minutes. Standing on one leg, Christmas has managed to outperform just about everybody else, but she drops at 2 hours and 52 minutes. Jessica wins HOH.

When the last four were standing, Jessica and Cody offered to keep Christmas safe. She did not accept the deal or counter with one of her own because she didn’t want to lie, but Jessica says she will honor it.

She further tries to establish support from Matt and Raven. Did she not see them on the bench dying laughing while Josh was berating them? Mark and Elena also play nice, but Mark is someone they will not trust.

Josh is an obvious nomination, but he’s not a threat, no matter how obnoxious he is. The other obvious nomination is Paul, who has demonstrated that he can be a threat, but he has a lot of support and probably wouldn’t go even though he should.


Ramses is the pawn, not the best idea when you only have one guaranteed vote, no matter how non-threatning Ramses may be.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 14, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 12

Dominique became the fourth person evicted in Big Brother 19 Episode 11, completing the cast for tonight and joining Cameron, Jillian, and Cody for the chance to battle back into the house. If this is all about who can win competitions, Cody has been given such lopsided odds and could not have asked for a better group to compete against, but Julie suggested it won’t be quite so simple. If it’s a popularity contest, I still have to go with Cody between these four choices because people seem to be warming to him and Jessica despite his awful start.

As it turns out, it is still a matter of winning competitions, but with a twist. All of them will compete in the first competition, the two winners will move to the second competition, and then the house will vote someone to compete in the final challenge and try to defend the winner of that from entering. Still heavily favors Cody, but he could have a worthwhile challenger coming his way.

The first competition is a maze race. They must maneuver their ball through a maze using a rope and pulley system. Hard to say who could have an advantage in such a challenge, and even if they get almost to the end, one slip could cost them the game. I would have to give it to the guys if only because neither of the girls is much of a challenge threat, not that Cameron is either as we saw when he got eliminated on night one. As Jillian is the first to drop and then drops again, it’s becoming apparent she is not going to win. Cody is the first person to finish. Cameron was the second person to drop, but Dominique has been going so slow and steady that it doesn’t seem like she will ever finish. Cameron places second.

The next competition will have them catapulting balls at a billboard to knock out panels. This one again should be very easy for Cody when you consider it’s a game of shooting mixed with a bit of running, but Cameron is doing surprisingly well and is in the lead from the beginning. With Cameron ahead 6-3 and then 7-4, Cody finally figures out the technique. After a strong run, Cody grabs the lead 8-7, and ultimately Cameron never scores again. Cody wins and is the last evictee standing.

The next challenge against the houseguests’ choice will be a repeat of one of these two but modified. Even with those modifications, I don’t see how Cody can lose. He will be up against a stronger competitor, but he gets to pick the challenge, both of which he has already practiced and won. He chooses the maze, which will be replaced with a different maze, but still the same technique is what will win, something that requires time to learn unless you have already learned it.

Mark is angry because he fears that someone is going to come back who he turned his back on, but Jessica assures him he’ll be fine if it’s Cody. Cody said he will listen to Jessica more if he returns, and unless he wants to end up right back out the door, he needs to listen to someone. Still, other than Jessica, I don’t think anyone really wants any of these people to return.

They don’t have much time to discuss strategy before the vote, but they clearly have enough time to come to a consensus while Julie’s talking since she does not prohibit discussion.

Everybody votes for Paul. Not the best choice if they are looking for the strongest challenger, but he is a middle of the road competitor they can all agree on. He has no chance of winning, though to be fair I don’t think anyone does.

It wasn’t even close the first time Cody won this, and now he has the advantage of practice. Paul’s only hope is that he learns fast and Cody makes a mistake. Paul makes a competent effort, but Cody wins easily and is back in the house.

Jessica is alone in her excitement, immediately jumping into his arms, and also providing a warning to not do anything crazy until they can discuss what has happened.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 13, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 11

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.

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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 10

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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 9

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.


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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 8

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.

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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 7

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.