Big Brother 16, Episode #5: A House That Votes in Fear, Stays in Fear

Hi Readers, I guess you can tell by the title of this BB 16 post where this episode is is heading.  It was kind of disappointing to watch. I just shook my head until the closing credits came on. How did all of this come to pass? Read on, Readers, and you’ll understand.

The Bomb Squad was pushing hard for Joey to leave the House. Devin was strong-arming everyone to vote their way all over the House, and it was leaving a bad taste in the HouseGuests’ mouth.

Joey was doing everything she could to get people to see the wisdom of keeping her in the House longer. Her message was a good one: Don’t vote in fear. Vote for your game, not someone else’s.  She was also trying to make side deals with people,but that was not working, either. Joey then decided to switch tactics to those of the Bomb Squad, with a lighter tone. But in true Joey fashion, the method in which she decided to deliver that message wasn’t the best one to go along with.  She decided to create an alter ego, Alex, in order to have a little fun while campaigning for her safety in the game. Well, Alex was a bit ridiculous, as s/he was running around the House in some of the Bomb Squad’s clothes and make-up for stubble to make her point clear. The HouseGuests found her brash and funny, but did it hurt or hinder her efforts?

Sidetracking before revealing the Vote, Caleb decided to see if a showmance with Amber was in the cards for the two of them.  After some counseling from Frankie, he told her about how he noticed her looking at him a lot, and asked if there was something between them. Amber, shocked out of her mind by Caleb’s comments, politely excused herself from the situation, and awkwardly left him to his thoughts. She wasn’t having anything he was dishing out.

The Eviction Ceremony

When given the time to plead their case, Joey said that she was a stringer player than Paola was, and that people should vote with hearts,not out of fear. Paola said she was a better player than Joey, and if they kept her in the House, she would continue spreading her positive energy around to everyone.  I must have not seen all of Paola’s energy-spreading powers, as I do not watch the live feeds, and all I saw her do since she was nominated was curl up in a ball and sob about her situation.  That’s good editing for you!

It was a unanimous Vote: Joey was the first BB 16 HouseGuest to be Evicted from the House.  This may be foreshadowing how the House will tend to vote until the Bomb Squad is left, I guess.  Joey was so bubbly and positive for her exit interview with Julie Chen. It was sad to see her go.

HoH Comp: BB RAGER The HouseGuests had to move six kegs, one by one, while being on a balance beam.  If you fell off the balance beam, you were knocked out of the Comp. The first to get all of their kegs to the other side of the beam for each round would be the next HoHs. Since two HoHs were going to be crowned in this Comp, the House was split into ladies and gents. While the ladies had their separate comp, the guys were above them, throwing Frisbees at them to impede their progress.

Amber won for the first round, making her the first HoH for the week.  Cody had won for the guys.  Once in the BB Living Room, Julie Chen announced that Devin had actually won for the fellas, as Cody’s foot had touched the ground as he was leaping to pressing the buzzer to show that he had finished the task.

I’m not sure if I’m going to enjoy this week as potentially Amber (who will just do as she’s told) or Devin (who will become drunk off of this power) will be the HoH and have a lot of power over the House. Well, the Floaters had their chance to vote to keep a fighter in the game, but they didn’t want to “rock the House.” Now they have to live with the choice they made. hopefully, someone else will step up and take on the Bomb Squad, or with Devin in power, the Bomb Squad will explode on itself, causing for smaller, maybe even smarter alliances to be formed and battle it out in the House. Come on back to my blog to see just how this week in the BB House!

Until my post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor 27, Episodes #4 & 5: Your Cockiness Was Your Downfall!

Hiya Readers!

Paraphrasing from Jeff Probst, Survivor is a game of knowing when to make big moves that will get to to the end of the game.  Most players of this game make big moves but they may not be at the opportune moment, or let their cockiness get in the way of their judgement, getting them voted out of the game.   Two players have fallen into this trap during these two episodes, and should not have been surprised by the blindside they got at Tribal Council, essentially ending their game.  Who are they, you ask?  Read on and you’ll find out!

Redemption Island (Episode #4)

Jeff Probst introduced Galang and Tadhana to Castaways competing in the three-way duel  – Candice, John and Marissa.  Jeff Probst then asked Candice how she felt to see her husband show up at Redemption Island, to which she said she was upset because there was one person really responsible for sending him there.  Paraphrasing what she said, it was Brad.  Monica, standing by her man, says that more than just Brad is responsible for John being at Redemption Island, meaning the rest of the Tadhana tribe.  Actually, both women are right.  Sure, most of the time, it takes more than one person to vote a person out of a tribe.  But it only takes one person to place a seed of suggestion in the minds of everyone else in the tribe to want to have that person leave as well.  John then said that every time a person had to leave their tribe, Brad “muscled” his opinion around as to who this person should be.

For this duel, the players had to race across a ladder-rope with a key that was attacked to the ladder-rope.  They had to use this key to unlock bags containing puzzle pieces.  They then had to put the puzzle together.  The first two to do this would still be in the game, with the loser having to leave the game.  As well, the winner of the duel will also get to choose a Castaway to get a clue as to where the hidden Immunity Idol was located.

John won the duel.  Candice came second, leaving Marissa to have to say goodby to her uncle, Gervase, as well as to the game.  Jeff Probst asked Gervase what he thought of Marissa’s performance in the game.  Gervase said he was impressed with what Marissa could do, especially since she really didn’t get a chance to play much.  He also said her leaving also gave him more incentive to win the game.

In a strategic move, John chose Monica to receive the clue for the lost Immunity Idol.  They chose her in order to put an even larger target on her back.  Brad immediately told Monica to burn it.  She listened, and threw it into the fire that Marissa dropped her buff into, making this the first time anyone has destroyed a hidden Immunity Idol clue!

Immunity/Reward Challenge

5 members of each tribe had to paddle out inn a canoe to where two crates lay at the bottom of the ocean.  Each tribe had to then bring them back to the beach ad use them as steps up to a platform.  The other two members of the tribe had to then put the puzzle together to get the combination to unlock a flag that signaled the tribe was finished the Challenge.  First tribe to finish would win Immunity, and the choice of a Luxury Reward of an awesome tea and coffee party, or they could trade it for fishing gear.  When Galang were asked to sit two people out, and Tyson wasn’t one of them, Jeff Probst asked why he was competing with his injured shoulder.  Tyson replied that he thought he could, and that he was better than anyone on Galang with 1 arm!  Jeff was shocked, but let Tyson compete.

It was a close battle, but, once again, Galang won the Immunity Challenge, taking their luxury tea and coffee party prize with them.  A sad looking Tadhana had to face Jeff Probst for another Tribal Council, where one of them would then be sent to Redemption Island.

Tribal Council

Jeff Probst spoke to Tadhana about the following topics:

  • Has Tadhana lost firsdt 4 Immunity Challenges because of lack of strength or lack of puzzle-solving ability? – Tadhana flip-flopped about this topic.
  • How Tadhana was going to vote this episode – Jeff Probst asked they were going to vote based on who’s left in the game on the other side. Brad said it would be great to vote people out from those whose “blood” (partner/family member) is gone.
  • Trust – Caleb announced he wasn’t going to vote the way Brad thought he originally said he would.  Ciera was slated to go home, as per Brad, but Caleb didn’t like how Brad was operating, and that he was going to vote for Brad to leave the tribe. Brad started back-peddling, trying to maintain his grip on the tribe.  Brad even said he wasn’t going to write Caleb’s name down.

The votes were cast, and, after a second tiebreaker vote between Ciera and Brad, guess who left the tribe…Brad!  After displaying all of his cockiness, especially after John was blindsided, it was now his turn to feel what it was like to have the rug pulled out from under himself.  Jeff Probst even commented that this may have been the biggest shifts of power in Survivor history, and this may have been one of the biggest move in Survivor history!

Episode #5 – Redemption Island

Castaways on both tribes were very worried about their safety in the game, and they were doing what they could in order to ensure they were not the one voted out.

Redemption Island

Jeff Probst introduced Candice, John and Brad as the competitors in this episode’s Elimination Duel. Monica wanted to take Brad’s place in the Duel, but Brad told her he could handle it.

Each player in the Duel had to create a bridge out of a crate and then cross it. They then had to dismantle the bridge, flip over the bridge pieces, and use these bridge pieces to put the puzzle together. The first two players to finish would remain in the game. The player not to finish would leave the game.  The winner of the Duel would get to give a Castaway watching the Duel a clue to where the location of hidden Immunity Idol on their island.  John was the first to finish the Duel. Luckily, Brad finished his puzzle before Candice could, knocking Candice out of Survivor.  John chose to give Monica the clue for the hidden Immunity Idol, which she burned, again, saying it was too dangerous to have this sort of power. Candice then said goodbye to her husband, and threw her buff into the urn, signifying the end of her game.

Immunity/Reward Challenge

Castaways on each tribe had to take turns racing down a slide, then tossing a ring onto a post. The first tribe to score five points would win Immunity, and could win either a Luxury Reward of a steak and veggie feast, including spices and a wok, or trade it for the fishing gear.

It was a close one, but Tadhana finally won their first Immunity Challenge! Instead of choosing to take care of themselves for the rest of the game by taking the fishing gear, Tadhana chose to celebrate by taking the Luxury Reward. Maybe this boost of confidence may be clouding their judgement!

Tribal Council

Jeff Probst and Galang spoke about the following topics:

  • how hard his Blood vs Water twist was for the players this time around. Galang said it was hard because your decisions could impact your
  • how easy of a vote it would be for Galang to get rid of Laura B because she was the only member of Galang not to be a Returning Player, so she doesn’t share that bond like the rest of them do.

Once the votes were cast, guess what, Readers? Yes, another blindside went down! Laura M was voted out of Galang because the tribe felt she was not trustworthy, was a bit too cocky, and trying too hard to be friendly with every one in their tribe.

Oh, Readers! Brad really dodged a bullet at Redemption Island, and Laura M didn’t see herself being voted out so early in the game.  It seems as though nothing is following the usual routine of Survivor this season.  Will Brad’s fate finally be sealed by losing in he next Redemption Island Duel? Who will be the next Castaway to be voted off of their tribe? What else is in store for the Castaways this season? Find out all of this and more during my next post on Survivor: Blood vs Water!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 14, Episode #5 – Becoming Your Own Worst Enemy/Sho-mance, Anyone?

Hey Readers!

This episode BB 14 may have been the train wreck episode of the season!  You can just see it happening, and then, WHAM! Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

The power has definitely shifted in the BB House.  Since Frank won the HoH at the end of the last episode, Willie has really become persona non grata.  It’s so bad that even those in his alliance, Coach, Brittany, don’t want to be around him.  They feel as though it would hurt their overall game-play.

Willie, hard-headed as he is, didn’t see the problem.  He still only seemed to think that the game is an individual one, and that he didn’t need his coach’s help.  Brittany continued to warn him about how he was perceived in the House, but Willie blew her off, again!  Really, Willie?!  Maybe if you got your head out of your butt for a minute, you might be able to save yourself!

Danielle and Shane are starting to flirt with each other.  It could be game-play, or an added bonus if Danielle can pull it off.  She would have one of the most dominant players helping her through the game.  Shane, on the other hand, just wants some female company.

Boogie warned Ian, again, about his game-play in the BB House.  It was still making him a target to other players.  Ian confided to Boogie that he would like to go on a Slop Date with Ashley.  After consider the news, Boogie was all for it.  He thought it was a great idea.  It would throw some of the creeper persona off of Ian if Ashley would give Ian (the resident nerd) a chance!  Low and behold, Ashley did give him a chance, and they enjoyed witty conversation (had to giggle there) while drinking slop shakes!

At the Coaches’ Competition, Fat Stacks, the Coaches had to transfer bricks of fake money from one stack and make another stack on the other side of a board.  They were all dressed in “Hammer” pants (y’all remember MC Hammer, right?), and they only allowed whoever wore them to move sideways.  After Brittany and Boogie screwed up, Janelle won the competition.  She decided not to trade any of her players, and saved Ashley from being nominated this week.  She also was able to choose the Have-Nots for the week.  She chose Willie, Shane, Jojo and Ian.  Is anyone shocked by these choices?  I didn’t think so.

Willie tried to rally the troops to have someone on his side.  The rest of Team Brittany explained to Willie that, due to his behaviour, they can’t associate themselves with him.  Willie, beginning to see the predicament he lead his team into,  went to speak to Frank in the HoH Room to ask him to stop punishing Team Brittany for his actions.  Frank brushed Willie off, telling him no because they decided to follow his lead.  Willie then announced that he would get himself kicked out of the game before Frank could evict him.  I guess Willie’s brother, Russell didn’t give him a pep talk about the pressure he may face in a game like this.

Willie becomes so frustrated that he called everyone is in the House, how do I put it, an unsavoury word.  Joe overheard and responded to what Willie said, but you couldn’t hear what Joe  said.  Willie bolted after Joe and a “macho man” yelling fight began.  Willie did what he professed he would do, head-butted Joe on the head, and was called into the Diary Room.  It was later announced to the rest of the  BB House that Willie had been ejected from the game.  Even though Team Brittany no longer as to worry about anything Willie does in the game, they know they will be suffering a while longer.

I see, in a weird way what Willie was trying to do.  Sure, it wasn’t the best way to try and save the rest of his team from the wrath of the rest of the players, but he was, I guess in his own way, trying to be noble in the end.  It was just done in a violent and misguided manner.  Maybe he should have stayed, tried to win the PoV, then used it to save whoever was on the block against him, and then he would have been voted out.  He played the power card too quickly, and he allowed it to go to his head.  Let this be a lesson to all you future BB contestants!

Until my next post Readers!

Reese.