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Big Brother All-Stars Review: Power Unleashed (22×17)

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We are now a little over a month into season 22 of Big Brother, and yes, it’s been rather boring. But maybe we needed this boring part to get to some possible excitement! It all started tonight with the rest of the Head of Household competition, and into this weeks nominations.

The episode picks right after the eviction of Bayleigh, with the BB favorite wall endurance challenge, where they have to hold onto a wall that tilts back and forth, while being sprayed with freezing cold water. The last person standing on the wall wins Head of Household for the week. This wall seemed to be different compared to previous editions to this challenge. The wall seemed to tilt at a steeper angle than ever, probably to speed it up.

It was also revealed that the first three people to fall off the wall were to be Have-Nots and eat slop all week.The first person to fall off of the wall was Da’Vonne; she decided to fall off first because she’s known for not wining competitions, and fell on purpose to keep up that title, as well as feeling slightly safer in the house now that her closest ally is out. David fell off second, and Ian third, so the three of them will be sleeping rather uncomfortably this week.

Memphis only wanted to not be a Have-Not, and jumped off right after Ian. Enzo changed his grip once and fell off, and Kevin struggled staying on after being sprayed with the cold water way too much, leaving the remaining players Cody, Nicole, Dani, and Tyler as the last ones left fighting for power. Dani announced in the Diary Room that she does not want to win HOH, but doesn’t want Tyler to have it, since she learned Tyler threw her name under the bus to Bayleigh. Dani only wanted to last longer than Tyler. Well she didn’t have to wait long, because Tyler fell off soon after. Dani was going to throw the competition after that, leaving Cody or Nicole to win, but Nicole and Cody said they didn’t want it and felt safe, and jumped off. Cody even said in the Diary Room after that he never wanted to win because he’s already won, and it was time someone else got blood on their hands. Dani wins HOH, which is bittersweet, because she doesn’t want to nominate anyone, but she gets to see pictures of her daughter, and letters from her husband, former BB13 player Dominic.

After the competition, Dani runs to Da’Vonne, and tells her it’s going to be a good week. When Day approached her in the HOH room, Dani said that she is considering targeting Tyler. Day is happy to hear this, since she’s been saying that from day 1, because Tyler is the biggest target in the house, and has a high chance of winning it all at the end. When Cody starts talking to Dani about what she might do, Cody starts mansplaining what she should do, rather than her making her own decisions. Dani also starts thinking about nominating David and Kevin, since she doesn’t talk much strategy with him. The second she brings up Tyler’s name, Cody jumps on the defensive, saying she’s GOT to nominate David and Kevin, and they are targeting her (which is false). What worries Dani the most is what if David or Kevin comes off the block with the Veto, because then she’ll have to hurt someone’s feelings and replace them.

The episode then had a pointless segment where Dani pranked Cody where she hid under a lot of pillows, then had Da’Vonne bring Cody into the room and she scared him. It was a pointless moment to watch and it’s a solid 90 seconds of life that I wish I had back. I miss you, those particular 90 seconds.

Kevin then had a great moment where he was talking about how he hopes he’s making the LGBT community proud, as he’s a gay man. He said the last time he played, he got poor reception from his community, and said that a lot of them were giving him stereotypes of how he acts. He said that those don’t matter, and everyone has feelings and different ways of expressing themselves. It was a great, genuine, honest moment from Kevin, and it’s a great way of showing that Big Brother is working to be more inclusive with the people they bring on.

Kevin goes into Dani’s room to see where her head is at. Dani informs him that she is going to nominate him, with the hope of him being a pawn to target someone else. Kevin is hesitant, reciting the age-old BB line “pawns go home,” which is true, but Dani wants to keep him as safe as possible.

At the nomination ceremony, Dani sticks true to what the guys in the Commission alliance wanted, and nominates David and Kevin for eviction, saying she doesn’t speak game with them, and therefore doesn’t know where their loyalties lie. Now the thing that people don’t realize is that David won the Disruptor power in the BB Basement competition, meaning he can take himself off the block if he wants. He will most likely reveal this power in Tuesday’s special episode, but that will cause the one thing that Dani doesn’t want: put up someone else for eviction.

Best Player of the Episode: 
Ian. Man, I love Ian so much. He’s drastically changing his game compared to his winning season: staying quiet, but informed on everything that happens in the house. I think he’s being smart, and forming solid relationships with people who he needs to be, like Tyler, Dani, and Enzo.

Worst Player of the Episode: 
It’s kind of a combo of Christmas, Cody, and Memphis for me. Each of them think they’re the ones in power for different reasons and it’s just laughable at this point. I’ll let them think whatever they want to think.


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Bill Wetherbee is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a degree in Theater! Currently based in New York City, he loves to learn everything about the TV/film industry, watching everything that's trendy, and analyzing his favorite reality shows, Survivor and Big Brother! Twitter/Instagram: bill__wetherbee

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Big Brother Recap: Pawn Material (23×08)

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Big Brother has entered week 3, and with the most chaotic player in history gone, the game might actually head down a new direction. Xavier holds all the power, and we got to see a little bit of insight into his reign, plus the third Wild Card Competition!

Xavier is the HOH this week, and he has a lot of promises that he plans on keeping. He’s in the Royal Flush alliance with the Kings and Queens teams, plus the Cookout alliance. These make his only nomination options Britini, Brent, and Whitney. Everyone wants Brent gone, and we were shown a montage of him saying a lot of weird, sexist things about women, as well being way too in love with himself. This gets to the point that even his team captain, Whitney wouldn’t mind if he walks out the door this week. Hannah even got a fantastic Diary Room session where she totally hated on Brent’s uncomfortable behavior.

Tiffany took the opportunity to try and persuade Xavier to put up Brent and Whitney, since they’re on the same team, and Britini was just on the block, and it would be cruel to put her there two weeks in a row.

It isn’t a BB season without a couple of showmances. The two that are currently forming in the house are Derek X. and Hannah, and Christian and Alyssa. The latter group has been more indiscreet than the former, since they’re being caught cuddling and talking together, plus they started making out secretly on the live feeds.

Hannah reveals that she and Derek X. threw the HOH competition so that their team wouldn’t be safe, making Brent vulnerable. Nothing brings players together more than one collective target. It gets to the point that everyone is throwing competitions just to leave one person available for eviction.

Brent’s arrogance and behavior has skyrocketed him to target number one. He had Diary Room sessions of him saying that he feels safe with Xavier in power, and he wants to revive the Slaughterhouse that imploded last week (wow, Frenchie hasn’t even been gone a week).

With Christian, Alyssa, Sarah Beth, and Xavier safe for the week, they were not allowed to play in the Wild Card comp for the week. Hannah, Kyland, and Brent have all played before so they were also not allowed to play.

Tiffany volunteered for the Queens team, because she wants to make sure that the safety does not fall in anyone else’s hands. Britini volunteered for the Jokers team, since she was on the block, and feels like she needs the safety. Derek X. volunteered for the Aces team for the exact same reason as Tiffany, so that no one can get the safety that could possibly keep Brent safe.

Before the competition started, Derek X. talked to Tiffany and let her know that he wants to throw the competition to her, so that Britini doesn’t get the safety and possibly remove herself from being placed as a potential pawn.

For the Wild Card competition, called “Unlucky 13,” the players had to take giant playing cards across a wobbly balance beam to a station of one of the other players, where they had to make the cards equal 13 on someone else’s station. They could place cards on their own station, and also replace cards so that their scores could go away from 13. It was pretty obvious that Tiffany and Derek X. were going after Britini, which she noticed rather quickly. The high-stress situation of the competition made everyone’s math skills go out the window. It was a two against one game; I almost felt bad for Britini when Derek X. replaced the last card, eliminating her from the competition.

After Britini was gone, Derek X. quickly slowed down his pace, giving Tiffany the victory in the Wild Card competition!

Winning the comp means that Tiffany gets the choice that comes with it. To earn safety for the week, she would’ve played a game of chance that would’ve made one person from every team safe for the entire week. She was not told what the game of chance was, but it did not matter, because Tiffany declined the offer, leaving everyone vulnerable, especially Brent.

The person who was the happiest with Tiffany’s decision was Brent, because he is living in ignorance, thinking that he is the safest.

Azah was confused about why Derek X. and Tiffany were targeting Britini in the competition, and approached Xavier about it. Xavier said that Britini is the easiest pawn, because she isn’t a big threat at all compared to Brent. If he puts up Brent and Whitney, Brent will know immediately that he is the main target, and they want that secret under wraps for the moment.

This sent Azah into a flurry of anger, saying that it’s unfair to treat someone as a constant pawn where there are other people to put up. She then volunteered herself to go up on the block next to Brent. Xavier was very adamant that he was not putting anyone from the Cookout on the block, ever, and let Azah know that he doesn’t want Britini gone, but putting up Whitney would be way more suspicious.

Right before nominations, Xavier talked to Brent to try to convince him that going up on the block gives his “alliance” with him will work to get Britini out. Brent hates the idea, saying that he’s not pawn material, and that he would do more damage than good to the overall game.

The Nomination Ceremony begins, and Xavier turns the keys of Brent and Britini as the official nominees to start the week. Xavier had a different kind of nomination speech, implying to the whole house that Britini is the target. Britini was clearly angry and upset, and Brent threatened to show what he’s really capable of in competitions, as we eagerly await to see the Veto Competition this Wednesday.

Best Player of the Episode:
Once again, Tiffany takes the top spot of the week. She won a competition that she needed to, and she is doing a fantastic job of knowing what each side of the house is feeling about different situations. This gives her the chance to look at all possible options as she progresses in the game. We are watching a BB legend in the making.

Worst Player of the Episode:
I can’t say Frenchie anymore, can I? The farmer’s presence is still felt around the house sometimes. Oh, well. The worst player of the episode is actually two people: Brent, and Azah. Yes, my winner pick is in this category because she is playing more emotionally than she is strategically, and then volunteered herself to be on the block, which is never something anyone should do, ever.

Brent is just genuinely clueless right now, both on the episode edit, and the feeds. He is currently living in a fantasy that he is safe, and if he is still on the block come Thursday night, he won’t be the one going. This is coming from the guy who still thinks that the Slaughterhouse is still a thing, when its founder just walked out the door. Sometimes I question whether or not Brent even knows the game he signed up for.


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Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #2 (23×07)

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16 days into the game, and this season has been better than the entirety of last year. Frenchie’s first HOH reign will go down in the BB history books as one of the wildest use of power the show has ever seen. Julie even said this was the most “enormous fall from power” she’s ever seen. And it came to an end on tonight’s live eviction.

The opening minutes of the show showed two very different nominees. Frenchie continues to flop around, saying he’s given up, while also referencing the infamous Dan Gheesling’s strategy of moping around while he’s on the block. He’s not very good at acting, and he tries to campaign to a lot of the house. On the other hand, you have Britini, who’s optimistic personality has gotten onto the good sides of the house, as they all talk about how much they love her. Sometimes you have to just be yourself and ignore the game, and odds are it’ll save you.

Sarah Beth opened up to Kyland tonight about her relationship with her father, who passed away from COVID last year. I’ve grown to really like Sarah Beth as the game has progressed, and her opening up about her story helped us see the real Sarah Beth; she looks like such a down-to-earth person.

With the eviction pretty much secured, Kyland starts to think ahead to the future. With the Slaughterhouse, well, slaughtered, the soon-to-be outgoing HOH gathered all the teams together to see where everyone’s head are at, and the formation of a brand new alliance was born. The Kings and Queens team formed together to make the Royal Flush. Consisting of Kyland, Claire, Tiffany, Christian, Alyssa, Sarah Beth, Xavier, and the wild card of Derek X., this group is ready to take on the post-Frenchie game. The general consensus lands on Brent, who over the last week has been shown to be a real sexist. His belief is because two guys are targets, then two women should be targeted, just to “even it out.” That’s the mildest part of what he’s done, compared to the feeds…I agree he should be the next target.

Britini rapped her eviction defense speech, which was something we’ve never seen. It certainly was interesting, but I hope that doesn’t become a trend. Frenchie kept his speech fairly tame, saying that he wants to stay and continue the memories so far. Not much of a defense from the messy country boy, but he knew he was done.

The votes were made, and the votes were counted, and shockingly Britini went home!!

I’m just kidding, but wouldn’t that have been insane? I would’ve thrown my computer out the window if that were the case.

Derek F. decided to ruin his game and throw one vote, making him the only person who has yet to be on the majority side of the vote.

By an 11-1 vote, Frenchie was the second person evicted from the house. The man kept it classy, making everyone do a group hug, then proceeded to hug everyone. Julie asked him about his gameplay, and he proceeded to do his usual pandering, saying he wanted to not send the old guy home first, because he wanted to “make a change, and not send the old guy home first. Oh well, guess the old guy can go second!

Kyland is officially no longer HOH, and it’s time to crown a new one! This competition was the first question and answer competition of the season, and it featured comedian and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Tom Green doing a Billy on the Street like videos, talking to people on the street about the show. The players then had to answer questions based on the videos, and if they were wrong, they were out. It came down to Derek X., Hannah, Alyssa, Sarah Beth, and Xavier, but one questioned caused all but one to be eliminated, and now Xavier is the new Head of Household! This also means the entire Kings team is safe, leaving Christian, Sarah Beth, and Alyssa immune for the week.

Before signing off, Julie revealed the new Wild Card twist could throw the teams into disarray, but didn’t fully disclose, because we have wait until Sunday to know the full details.

Who will Xavier Nominate?
He’s part of the Royal Flush alliance mentioned earlier, so it’s possible that he’ll continue on the path that everyone wants, and target Brent. There’s also a target on Whitney’s back from the Frenchie association, so it could be the two of them. I personally would even consider Derek F., but with him aligned with Xavier in the Cookout alliance, his safety seems pretty secure.


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Big Brother Recap: Smells Like French Toast (23×06)

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Frenchie’s two weeks in the Big Brother have been nothing been chaotic; probably the most chaotic in the show’s history. I personally have never seen a quicker rise and fall of a player ever. The show’s edit is only a fraction of what we get in the feeds. But that could change when the Power of Veto is up for grabs.

After being nominated, we got to see the reactions of the nominees, Britini and Frenchie. Britini cries in utter confusion, not realizing that by her not throwing Frenchie under the bus to Kyland, that gave the HOH the wrong impression. Frenchie, fully aware he is the target, even insists that if he wins the Veto, he’s going to use on Britini. He knows that if he stays, everyone will be gunning for him.

Not only that, but he tried to take himself out of the game, and has gone on rants by himself thinking he needs another chance at playing the game on a future season. Yeah, uhm, don’t see that happening at all.

Frenchie and Britini both talk to Kyland separately to talk about the nominations. Kyland bluntly told Frenchie that he’s the target and that there is no other plan but to get him out. Kyland then informed Britini that she’s only on the block because she didn’t say throw Frenchie’s name out. Britini then told Frenchie that everyone threw him under the bus.

Frenchie’s downfall continues as he then “admits” the Slaughterhouse alliance (that HE created) to everyone in the house. He starts posing all of these empty threats to everybody that this big alliance is running the house, and he was a part of it before they turned him away. But because he’s been playing so horribly, everyone knows that Frenchie is the epicenter of all of these alliances. The man is trying to stir the pot, in the pot that has already been stirred…by him.

The Veto players for this week were Kyland, Frenchie, Britini, Derek X., Alyssa, and Claire. These selections didn’t bode well for either nominee, as none of the randomly drawn players would help them out if they win.

For this Veto competition, players competed separately and had to catch a bucket of suntan oil from giant sprayers, and fill up a container to retrieve a whistle at the bottom of it. The sprayers were set in a predetermined order, so they had to memorize it to get the most oil, and whoever had the quickest time was the winner. As the oil got everywhere, it made the floor slippery, which caused for some good wipeouts. Kyland had a good strategy, using his body to catch any lotion that missed the bucket, Britini however, figured out the pattern rather quickly, and was able to fill her container quite quickly from there. Derek X. and Claire didn’t have high stakes, feeling very safe with Kyland in power. Frenchie looked like he was slipping and sliding on purpose, to play it up for the cameras.

Everyone did a pretty good job, with the highest time being Alyssa with 7 minutes. However, it was Derek X., who had 4 minutes and 40 seconds, giving him his second Veto win of the season! Great on him for proving to be a big comp beast.

Frenchie has all but given up, and his team rallies around him to raise his spirits. Sure it was good for team spirit, but Frenchie ruined their game, so, it was kind of counterproductive in my opinion.

Derek X. calls the Veto Meeting to order, and it was a no-brainer, and he did NOT use the Veto, leaving Britini and Frenchie on the block for eviction night.

Prediction for Eviction:
You’re kidding, right? This is a question I’m really getting right now? Frenchie. I don’t think it’ll be a unanimous vote, as I think Derek F. will throw one vote on Britini so he never betrays his Final 2 deal. It was an entertaining two weeks with a personality like Frenchie in the house, but for the sake of the game, he’s gotta go.


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