Big Brother Season 19 Episode 6

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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 5

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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 4

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.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 3

Megan had a bad night in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 2. First Josh seemingly randomly started shouting at her and then did so again. Then Cody told her he nominated her alongside Jillian because he doesn’t like her, though his tune would have been different if he found her attractive.

The showmances are out of control for so early in the season. Mark and Elena, Jessica and Cody, and Matt and Raven have already hooked up.

Cody must nominate have nots, but he doesn’t have to since enough people volunteer. Josh, Ramses, Megan, Jillian, and Paul volunteer. Those were going to be his targets anyway.

Jessica calls Alex PaoPao after BB16’s Paola. Megan brings word of that to Alex, changing the name to Panda and complaining that Jessica must be a racist. If Megan’s trying to make friends, making fake accusations of racism aren’t the way, even if it is all just a misunderstanding. After Jessica and Alex chat, it looks like Megan may have just blown up one of the few relationships she did have. Alex is even more vocal about hating her now than any of the others have been.

As hours pass and people start questioning where she went, they are eventually informed that Megan has left the game. We see this sort of thing all the time on Survivor, but it’s rare on Big Brother. The producers usually guilt people into staying. Dick is the last person I remember leaving six years ago. They provide the explanation that she is leaving “due to an urgent personal matter” (the standard BB explanation), but it seems pretty obvious what happened. This makes sense. She was a dead woman walking with not only people not getting along with her but seemingly outright hating her. Probably didn’t see much point in sticking around and suffering and potentially sticking her foot in her mouth again.

Megan was the target and is gone, so Cody must nominate a replacement. He is very satisfied with that result. His allies want to get rid of Alex, but he respects her as a competitor.

Paul takes the have not temptation, which gives him a 50/50 chance of either getting out of it or extending it. This gamble pays off for him.

The den of temptation is now revealed to the houseguests. Is it even a question who gets the first one? People are going to vote for what they know, which means one person. Paul is tempted with safety for the first three weeks, which he accepts, a secret unless he is nominated. The consequence is to put one person to be revealed later in danger for those three weeks.

Cody offers Alex the chance to come over and play nice. She’s not playing that game. Rather, she is honest and tells him she would break up his group if she won HOH.

Nomination
Alex

I don’t know what she was trying to accomplish, and Alex may have just sealed her own fate.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 4, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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.