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.

Big Brother 16, Episode #4: There is An Art Form to Creating an Alliance. That Isn’t It.

Hi Readers! This episode of BB 16 raised many emotions out of me: happiness, confusion, frustration and anger.  I guess that means that it must have been a good episode to watch.  It really was! So much happened in this episode, and it was hard to keep up with all of the action while jotting it all down.  Certain events happened that I saw coming, while other events made me smack my forehead, wondering if these people know what this show is all about.  If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, continue reading and you’ll see what I mean!

While everyone else was celebrating the end of the first Battle of the Block (BOTB) Comp, Frankie was worried about his position in the House. He knows what the game was like, and he didn’t know where Caleb’s head was at. Caleb, Devin and Frankie were still happy that Donny was still on the Block. Frankie then started shaking his head as Devin’s paranoid thoughts about Donny’s true identity were contagious, as Caleb again to see what Devin saw Donny during the BOTB Comp. They are beginning to think that Donny is some kind of ex-military soldier who is hiding his abilities from the rest of the House so that he’s not voted out.

Later that night, Devin confronted Donny about his “concerns”. Donny told him that he was being completely honest about who he was. Earlier that day, Donny poured his heart out to Devin about how happy he was about all of the support he was getting from the other HouseGuests. Donny didn’t like Devin’s interrogation of his character,so it made him trust Devin and his Double-D alliance less. Devin thought that Donny was saying all of these things in order to gain the trust and sympathy of other players so they will help him during the Poser of Veto (PoV) Comp. The next day, Devin dishes with Caleb about what he heard, and they want Donny out of the House more than ever!

Have/Have-Nots There was no comp this week. Four people had to volunteer for this position of honour. These players were: Joey, Cody, Hayden and Brittany. There were the lovely barrels of BB Slop displayed at the BB dining table, along with slopsicles. The chefs that come up with these new ways to eat slop must be paid handsomely to create such innovative dishes using slop! In addition to the cold showers and delicious menu of slop, Have-Nots also have to sleep in a most interesting room. Usually, this room is made to make its inhabitants sleep and just be uncomfortable, but the producers, I think, went above and beyond their capabilities where this room was concerned. The Have-Nots have to sleep, quite literally, in a cold room. The beds are icy and there is ice everywhere you turn. My jaw dropped when I saw this room, and this is the first time I felt sorry for anyone having to stay there for a week. Well, except for these brilliant volunteers this week.

My girl, Joey, wanted to create an all-girl alliance. It would have been a great addition to the Bomb Squad in the House, but Joey made a huge mistake in her presentation of her suggestion to the rest of the ladies in the House.  She gathered all of the ladies into the BB bathroom all at once and gave her proposal to them.  Where’s the mistake, you ask?  Well, men usually notice when all of the women that used to occupy a space magically went missing at the same time.  As well, women alliances do not go over well in the BB House.  I’m not saying I’m against the idea, I just think it should involve the right people in order to make it work.  Joey even admitted that this was an epic fail in the Diary Room.

Derrick, one of the guys who noticed the disappearance of the ladies in the House, used his police skills to figure out what was going on.  He then reported back to the Bomb Squad that he found out that the women were trying to form an alliance with each other, and that Joey was the mastermind behind it.  Caleb had a new target in the House to get rid of.  Really?! Joey, a woman who tried and failed putting together an alliance is such a threat to you, Caleb?  He just said that the girls were too stupid to put one together.  He was right in the sense that they actually didn’t end up wanting to be create an alliance, but to go after her for wanting to be a part of an alliance is just showing how much of a coward he is, and how threatened he is by a “stupid girl.” It also shows that he is afraid of being challenged in this game by going up against the strong players, leaving the Floaters to battle against.  I’ve lost some respect for him with this move.

PoV Meeting

The Houseguests met in the living room to choose the players for the PoV Comp.  Caleb (HoH), Donny and Paola (Nominees) were automatically a part of the challenge.  The other players’ name were picked out a bag.  They were: Victoria, Zach and Cody. Jocasta acted as the host for this challenge.

PoV Comp: MIAMI LICE

One the HouseGuests were all in their 80s Miami Vice gear, they were lead to the BB Backyard where it had been transformed into a huge tub with tons of suds, a huge head, and plenty of beg-shaped letters floating around.  It was the famous BB spelling comp where the players had to jump in and find letters to create a  word within a specific time period.  The player with the longest correctly spelled word would win the PoV.

After a lot of slipping, sliding and splashing about, the players all had their words ready to share. Her is how everyone did in this Comp:

Zach: WARNING (Correct); 7-letters long

Cody: COMPETIVELY (Worng); misspelled

Caleb: S_ECIALIZE (Wrong); missing a letter

Victoria: PHARMA_IST (Wrong); missing a letter

Paola: (CALTROU) (Wrong); misspelled? Not sure what word she was going for!

Donny:  SPLITTERS (Correct); 9-letters long

For all of the haters in the House who were saying that Donny was a dummy, maybe they should check themselves before they think this way again.  He destroyed the rest of the competitors in this Comp! It was really sad to see that the most of the other players couldn’t put a word together.  With a huge smile on his face, Donny gladly accepted the golden Power of Veto.

Now that there would be an open spot on the Block that would need to be filled, Joey went on damage control around House, trying to make her “mistake” better.  I wrote “mistake” because I don’t think it is right to think that wanting to be a part an alliance in the House is wrong.  It is a part of making it through this game! Anyway, Joey went around admitting it was her who thought of putting the alliance together.  She spoke to Caleb, and she thought she had gotten through to him about not putting her up as Donny’s replacement on the Block.  Caleb only fed Joey what she wanted to hear, as he said he was keeping her in mind as a candidate for the Block.

PoV Meeting

Once the HouseGuests were gathered in the living room, Donny announced that he was taking himself off of the Block.  Caleb then stood and told the House who he was going to nominate in his place.  Surprise, surprise, Readers! It was Joey! She was shocked by the news.  Now It is Joey and Paola sitting on the Block.  The House will decide who will be Evicted in the next episode of BB 16.

I hope you got why I enjoyed this episode so much, Readers!  When a show makes you emote in so many different ways, it can’t be bad!  Joey is getting the brunt of Caleb’s insecurities, and, hopefully, the House will be strong and see that she should stay in the House over Paola who doesn’t do much. Will Joey pull a rabbit out of her hat and get the House to save her over Paola?  Which two HouseGuests will be the next to wear the HoH crown?  Will the Have-Nots be singing the praises of those slopiscles after a few more dreadful days of having to eat them?  Pop back to my blog to find out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 16, Episode #3: Oh, The Perils of Forming an Alliance!

Hey Readers!

Now that the Houseguests have played their first HoH Comps and Julie Chen has told them about the new comp Battle of the Block (BOTB), the Houseguests are in shock and awe over what this can mean for their strategies.  It also is making players think about who they would want to be allied with for the remainder of the season.  Some Houseguests were drawn together by similar interests, while others were roughly pieced together. Some of the Houseguests also learned about some of the perils of having an alliance as well!  Which of the Houseguests is regretting their decision of including certain players into their alliance? Continue on down the page to find out!

After the Houseguests were enjoying some down-time, Devin noticed something written on the BB Living Room monitor: NOMINATIONS TODAY. Soon, everyone in the House started to scramble, solidifying alliances, or trying to figure out whether or they would be safe from the wrath of the HoHs.

The HoHs were also hard at work, thinking about who they would put up as nominees for the first time. They made a deal to keep each other safe, no matter whose nominees won the BOTB. They also decided to create an alliance, and wanted to get some of the other male Houseguests on board. They recruited Cody, Devin, Zach, and Derrick. They called themselves the Bomb Squad. Cody and Derrick were not 100% sold on this idea because they didn’t want to become another Moving Company alliance from BB 15, and dissolve quickly. Caleb had to counsel Frankie on how to give the bad news to his nominees.

Nomination Ceremony

After the keys were pulled, four very unhappy people were left key less: Victoria and Brittany (Caleb’s nominees), and Donny and Paoula (Frankie’s nominees). The reason why they were nominated: Their poor performances during the first HoH Comps. This explanation doesn’t really hold water where Donny is concerned unless they were punishing Donny for falling out of the Comp before all of the ladies did. After the Ceremony, Paoula and Donny pledged to fight to win the BOTB Comp to save themselves from the Block.

Frankie was doing damage control where Victoria, his secret partner in crime, was concerned. He told her he had no idea that Caleb was going to nominate her, and that she was his ally. The truthful part of his statement was that she was his ally.

Devin decided to act alone by enlisting Christine and Amber into the Bomb Squad. After telling them EVERYTHING about the alliance, he then decided to tell the Bomb Squad what he did. Devin, it’s the beginning of the summer. Why would you make such a huge decision like this, well, ever! The other Bomb Squad members were not too pleased with his actions, either.

Devin’s mind was working in overdrive after he was observing Donny interacting with other players after a yoga lesson. He quickly ran to the HoH Room to dish about what happened, and his fears about Donny being this mastermind player who is trying to pull the wool over the House’s eyes. His Bomb Squad members had to talk Devin down, telling him that Donny is no threat to them, and that Devin is over thinking the situation (in other words, Devin is really paranoid right now).

BOTB Comp: THE POURING 20’S

The four nominated Houseguests were in the8r 20’s best as they had to use swings to pass “champagne” to each other using huge fake champagne flutes, then put the liquid into a huge glass glass filled with rubber balls. The first team to have one of the balls fall out would win the Comp, come off the Block, and the HoH that did not nominate them would be dethroned.

It was a downhill battle for Paoula and Donny, as they fumbled for pretty much the whole Comp vs. Victoria and Brittany, who won the game.

Now that Frankie has been stripped of his HoH status, he now began to worry about his status within the Bomb Squad, his alliance with Caleb, and his safety in the game. I would be, too if I was the only guy who wasn’t a jock in an alliance chalk full of jocks. This may actually help his place in the Bomb Squad, as he could be the covert member that no one would suspect of being a part of the Bomb Squad.

Well, Readers, this ends another episode of BB 16. Now that the nominees have been established, they can finally get in with the Have/Have-Not Comp and the PoV Comp. I love these comps because, for the most part, they are the messiest comps to watch, and there’s usually a lot riding on the outcome of these comps. Will Frankie fall victim of being out on the Block due to this season’s new twists? Will Devin’s actions bite him in the butt? Will new alliances form? Who will win the first PoV of the season? Hopefully, all of these questions will be solved in the next episode!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother Season 16, Episodes #1 & 2: Welcome to the Jungle!

Hiya Readers!

They’re in! All 16 of this year’s BB16 Houseguests are in the House battling it out to walk away with the $ 500 000 prize.  All of them were so excited about starting the game, not knowing what laid in store for them this season.  How did they enjoy the new twists Julie Chen and the producers threw at them this season? Read on and you shall see!

NIGHT 1
The producers decided to make the season premiere a two-night event.  They split up the Houseguests so that one group of 8 would enter the House on Night 1 (June 25th) while the others entered Night 2 ( June 26th). As usual, Julie Chen was dressed to the nines in this amazing long red dress while exacting doom on welcoming the first group of Houseguests into the House. These players were: Paoula, Devin, Donnie, Frankie, Cody, Nicole, Amber and Joey.

Once all 8 were in the House and chose their beds, the players got acquainted with each other before the battling began.  Of course, some of the Houseguests were checking each other out for potential “future amusement” possibilities (Paoula and Cody), while others were sizing up their competition or figuring out how they were going to fake out their opponents (Donnie).

Once the Houseguests toasted their arrival in the BB House, Julie Chen popped up on the living room’s monitor to speak with them.  She announced to the Houseguests that one of them would become the first HoH of the season.  They all were excited by this news. She also dropped the bomb on the group that the HoH this season would not be safe as they had been in the past.  Most of the smiles left the faces of the players,wondering whether it was worth it to try to win this once coveted position.

After Julie Chen left the Houseguests to themselves for a bit, the ladies of the House got together and decided to form an all-girl alliance. Devin and Donnie also formed a secret alliance in the Storage Room.

HoH Competition #1: GO FLY A KITE
Julie then then reassemble the group to tell them to get ready for the first HoH competition of the summer. Once in the BB backyard, Julie Chen explained how the first comp of the season was going to work.

Each player was on a rolling log while hanging on to a tether.  The tether was attached to a kite that stayed up so long as they were pulling back on the tether.  It was an endurance challenge where the last person standing and their kite was still in the air became HoH.

While the rolling log and random sprays of “sunscreen”did its best to knock the players off balance, one Houseguest did manage to come out on top!  This is the order that the players dropped out of the comp:
Paoula, Joey, Nicole, Donnie, Devin, Cody, Amber (threw it), making Frankie the first HoH of BB 16!

After the Comp is over, the Houseguests are corralled into living room by Julie Chen.  She had Frankie sit in one of the specific orange chairs, then informs them that a second group of Houseguests will be joining them soon, and that a second HoH will be crowned from this group this week. Julie Chen also told them that there will also be only one of the HoH standing by the end of the week.  This, of course brought shock and awe to the Houseguests as they pondered what this season’s twist will affect them.

Julie Chen then ended the show by announcing another twist to the viewers. It’s Team America. The (American) viewers get to vote in the Houseguests that they would want to form an alliance with. These people would the be in a secret alliance, fulfilling missions chosen, again by the American viewers, in order to win $5 000 each per mission! The first member of Team America would be revealed during Night 2 of the season premiere.

NIGHT 2
Julie Chen wore a cute short hot pink dress to kick off Night 2 of the season premiere of BB 16. The final 8 contestants were ready to join the fun and festivities inside the House. These players are:
Caleb, Brittany, Christine, Derrick, Zach, Jocasta, Hayden and Victoria.

Once all inside the House, the first 8 told the second 8 of the first twist of the season (their separate HoH Comp and 2 HoHs this season). Once the news was out, more of the sizing up(some of the guys on each other), checking out (Caleb on Amber, Cody on Brittany) and strategy-making took place around the House.

Julie Chen then gathered the Houseguests back into the liv8ng room so she could tell them the second group of 8 about the two HoH Competition, and what it means for the game.

HoH Competition #2: OVER THE COALS
It was another endurance comp where the players had to hold on for dear life as they were being spun over the BB BBQ pit. The Houseguest who held on the longest would become the second HoH of the summer alongside Frankie. Here is the order in which the Houseguests literally fell out of this comp: Victoria, Brittany, Jacosta, Christine, Zach, Derrick, Hayden, leaving Caleb,who looked liked he was having the time of his life, as the winner.

Julie Chen then asks the Houseguests to return to the BB Living Room. She told the Houseguests that the HoH will each choose two nominees for Eviction. She also let them in on the second new twist of the game: Battle of the Block. Each week, the two pairs of nominees will battle head-to-head in a comp. The winning pair get to come off the Block. As well, he HoH that nominated the loosing pair of nominees gets stripped of their HoH powers, leaving only one soul HoH to rule the nest (almost quite literally since one of their beds jn the HoH Room is a nest-themed bed).

Julie Chen then let the Houseguests chew on this bit of info and then turned to the audience. She introduced the first member of Team America to all of us. This lucky individual is my Jody! She was pleased to have been chosen and can’t wait to get to work. She then instructed the audience to vote for the second member of this covert alliance in the House.

Well, Readers! That about wraps things up for the premiere episode of BB 16! It had a bit of everything, plus new twists to throw off the players’ strategy a bit. As you can see, the Houeeguests this season were thoroughly introduced to the game that could be like finding your way through a jungle in order to win it! Will actual showmances begin to blossom? How will Frankie and Caleb, who are polar opposites, fair as HoHs? Which HoH will be left standing after the Battle of the Block Comp? Pop back to my blog to find out about all of the action!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.