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Big Brother All-Stars Review: And The Nominees Are… (22×02)

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Since the premiere of Big Brother All-Stars last Wednesday, the players have hit the ground running. The live feeds were filled with game talk, personal talk, and games of charades (no, seriously, they were playing charades). On tonight’s episode, a lot of speculation was confirmed, as well as the reveal of the new Safety Suite twist, and the first nominees for eviction were announced.

The episode began with the HouseGuests greeting each other again, and it was already easy to see who might team up. Janelle Pierzina and Kaysar Ridha played together on seasons 6 and 7 (the first all-star edition), and worked together well in both seasons, but made it clear they had not been in contact personally since then. Nicole Franzel and Ian Terry were nervous early on as the only winners there that they might be booted off early. So far, there doesn’t seem to be an early alliance made, because as we know in Big Brother, no alliance is official until it has a team name. What I’m seeing currently is that Tyler Crispen and current Head of Household Cody Calafiore have already been talking a lot both on this episode and the live feeds, giving the assumption that they are teaming up. Both of these guys finished as the runners-up on their seasons, so it makes sense that they would team up together and work with a strong and like-minded player. Cody also had frequent conversations with Nicole Franzel (season 16, winner of season 18) about being a secret duo: Cody rallies the guys together and gives information to Nicole, and Nicole does the same with the girls. I don’t really think this will work at all, since there are so many clashing personalities within the cast, that they won’t form all guys or all girls alliances.

Janelle approached Cody in his private room, and asked about what he was thinking for his first nominations. The first eviction always shows where the lines are drawn in the house, and with a cast full of all-stars, the lines could be anywhere. Cody was honestly an awful liar during this conversation, saying that he doesn’t think certain people are threats, and that he has no plans to possibly nominate Janelle or Kaysar for eviction. It then cut to Cody in the Diary Room where he said that he knows Janelle and Kaysar have worked together and are a strong force and clearly wants to nominate them. Kaysar had a similar experience with Cody, and saw right through his lies, saying that he knows Cody wants to take care of the threats now, especially with a powerful duo like him and Janelle.

The HouseGuests gather together to learn of the Safety Suite twist. For 3 weeks, if someone doesn’t feel safe, or just wants to guarantee their safety, they can go into this room, and participate in a competition. If they win, they will be guaranteed safety for the week, AND they can have a plus 1, giving safety to one other person. If multiple people go in, and they lose the competition, they will be given a punishment (a funny costume, have to eat slop etc.). The thing is, they are only able to go in ONCE. So, if they go in and play, that’s it. One thing that isn’t made clear is if they lose the competition rather than win, could they still go in and try and win? That wasn’t made specific which I hope gets answered very soon.

Panic almost instantly ensued in the house, as no one was sure if they wanted to play in the first Safety Suite Competition, which is fair! If they go in, there’s an instant target on your back, and they could be seen as paranoid, or not wanting to work with other to insure safety for themselves. A clock appeared, giving them one hour to make their decision, and with less than 10 seconds to go, Kaysar and Janelle entered the Safety Suite, believing that Cody was going to nominate them for eviction, and surprise, surprise, Cody openly swore and became furious that his 2 targets went to compete for safety.

Inside the Safety Suite, Kaysar and Janelle competed in a competition that was pretty much Bop-It combined with DJ Hero (you know, the Wii game spin-off of Guitar Hero?) A remixed version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” played (and it sounded like it would be played nowadays in every pre-school), and the two had to press corresponding buttons to recreate the song. If they messed up, they had to start over, and the fastest time won. In the end, Kaysar finished in half the time Janelle did, granting him safety, and gave his plus 1 ticket to Janelle, making Cody even angrier, because now he has to completely reset his game, and his nomination decisions.

It should be noted that Janelle’s punishment for losing the Safety Suite competition is to wear a gigantic star costume that lights up like a Christmas tree for a week, and honestly, she pulls it off flawlessly.

When talking to Nicole Franzel in his room, Cody begins to think about what to do with his nominations. He said that he hasn’t really talked to Keesha Smith (season 10), and Kevin Campbell (season 11), and felt that Keesha could be pretty strong socially and in competitions, whereas he doesn’t know how Kevin plays. More often than not, players who don’t interact too much with the Head of Household usually goes up for eviction, plain and simple.

Cody calls everyone to the first Nomination Ceremony, and keeps true to his word, nominating Keesha and Kevin for eviction. Keesha didn’t seem too surprised, but Kevin certainly was, and he was on the verge of tears. He said to Cody before the nominations that he’s always struggled talking to people that he likes and thinks are cool, and it was super adorable, and Cody was nice back and just walked over Kevin. The first eviction is always a hard one because they’re only in the house for a week, but someone’s got to go, and in a season of all-stars, they will compete to the end. On Wednesday, it will be revealed who won the Power of Veto, and if it will be used to remove their nominations, and I will also be checking out the live feeds to see what sorts of updates will be occurring in the house in this constantly changing game!

Best Player of the Episode:
Kaysar: He was bold enough to not only be the first to go into the Safety Suite, but win and save himself, and his ally from being put up, which he knew they would be. At the end of the episode, Kaysar privately said in the Diary Room, “I’m going to take them all down, and I’m going to enjoy every moment of it!” That sent SHIVERS down my spine seeing the confidence he’s already bringing to his game.

Worst Player of the Episode:
Cody: I have to give this to the HOH of the week. He was being a pretty bad liar to his targets and tried to not get too much blood on his hands for the first week, when he clearly upset someone who opened to him. I also believe he is aligning himself with the wrong people in Nicole F. and Tyler. I want to see how those alliances play out, but for right now, he isn’t broadening his horizons with different players with different strategies.


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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 All-Stars Review: Another Boring Week (22×20)

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I really truly thought that after last week’s insanity, maybe, just MAYBE, we could get another one just like it, where the possible target could be someone in the Committee alliance, but it doesn’t seem so. Controversy surrounds the house, and it causing the place to implode in completely boring fashion.

After BB14 winner Ian was sent packing by a 5-3 vote, confusion ran around the house, leading to the 3 dissenting votes wondering who flipped. It was revealed that David, Kevin, Da’Vonne, and Nicole teamed up to try and tie the vote, causing Dani to break the tie. However, with Nicole being a part of the Committee, as well as a mean person to her friend in the house, voted to evict Ian. Kevin was nervous that David might be lying to keep Ian since he likes Tyler so much, but David only wanted to tie it so that all the blame could go on Dani, making Dani and Nicole furious with David. They plan to convince the rest of the house that David was the one that flipped, rather than Nicole

This week’s Head of Household competition was a 3D puzzle of a fire hydrant. Kevin, Day, and David know that they could be set up on the block if they don’t win, so it comes down to this puzzle. Dani says that she didn’t use her power to compete for HOH again because she wants to sit in the shadows and spread seeds around, rather than be in the forefront. The only people who seemed to be doing well on the puzzle where David, Memphis, and Tyler. After failing and misplacing pieces, Memphis put the puzzle together the fastest, and became the new Head of Household. Dani didn’t see too enthused to hand the key to him, but she knows that she’s safe.

Before moving on to the rest of the episode, I just want to say that Memphis does not deserve to win this game. He was overheard on the feeds saying various racial slurs about some of the HouseGuests. After last season’s fiasco, it’s insane that nothing has been done about this. The fact that a week after open racism as said in the House, he gets all the power, is just so stupid. I don’t have much to say about it anymore, other than I hope that CBS does better in their casting.

When the competition was over, David, Day, and Kevin are the most nervous, considering they do not talk a lot of game with Memphis in the first place (Memphis also doesn’t try to talk to them…). Da’Vonne believes that David was the one who did not vote to his word, confiding in Nicole about this, even though it’s Nicole who flipped.

Nicole has revealed on the live feeds that she couldn’t care less about Ian, pretty much pretending to be his friend, and making fun of him behind his back. Yet the edits make her look like a deceiving and great player and making Day and David look stupid. I’m over the edit on the show this season. I’m just done with it.

Day and David continue to fight over the “rogue vote” that David cast. Day doesn’t believe him at all when he says that he voted out Tyler. It turns into a game of he said, she said, since Nicole says she kept Ian, but didn’t. This causes David to have a mini breakdown, screaming that even no one who looks like him believe him in the game. It’s kind of insane how David, who is the most inexperienced in the game, knows that he’s set up, but it’s sad seeing that no one will believe him.

What follows next was the selection of the Have-Nots. Da’Vonne selected Christmas, and Christmas was angry and confused as to why she was picked….Does she not realize that she nominated Da’Vonne and almost sent her home?! She assumed she was going to pick Kevin, and I’m confused why she would POSSIBLY think that. David selected Cody, and he was sad because he was about to eat some tacos that he made for the house.

There then was a segment where Christmas, Nicole, and Dani were chilling in the hot tub, and Nicole slipped and fell out. It was insanely pointless and I didn’t need to see it.

While Kevin and Da’Vonne were wondering who Memphis was going to nominate, David walked into the room, causing Da’Vonne to immediately leave the room. It was super uncomfortable, and I hate that they don’t understand that David is telling the truth.

Memphis reveals in the Diary Room that he wants to target David, but only through backdooring him in case he wins the Veto. Memphis makes a deal with David to try and make it happen, by saying he wants to go after someone else, not play the Veto, or keep the nominations the same. David believes him, but it’s a clear lie.

At the nomination ceremony, Memphis says he didn’t tell anyone his plan, because he’s scared that someone in his alliance will spread it around. He nominates Da’Vonne and Kevin for eviction, which is the first step in his plan to backdoor David, since he’s not in the Committee (neither are Day and Kevin). So he’s only going after the people of color left in the house, and I’m livid. The show has always been controversial for its treatment of people of color, and here is a prime example. Before the episode ended, the announcement voice said that ZingBot will be making his yearly appearance in the house to roast the House! Hopefully he’ll rip them to shreds.

Best Player of the Episode: 
Probably Enzo. He’s in a good position in the house, and I think he’s playing a solid game.

Worst Player of the Episode: 
Memphis. I don’t like the way he’s playing, and it’s getting to a point where I want the production team to take him out. He’s being hateful on the feeds, and it needs to be taken care of.


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Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Sixth Eviction (22×19)

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A former winner and a BB legend face their Housemates, and one of them will be evicted from the Big Brother house and become the first member of the jury. Things have been crazy the last 48 hours in the house, and NONE of it made the CBS edit, which lead to an anti-climatic eviction, and further proof that the power alliance called the Committee take no chances in the game, leading this to be the most boring All-Star season of any show ever.

Winner of BB 14, and BB 20 runner-up Tyler sit on the block, after David used his Disruptor power to remove himself, and Da’Vonne used the Power of Veto on Kevin, leading to these powerhouses facing eviction. Dani said from the start of her HOH reign that she wants to possibly backdoor Tyler, but all the powers and Veto wins messed up her goal, leaving her to nominate 4 total people this week, which is a lot of pressure. Ian was already a target for The Committee, since he was not in the alliance, and as a former winner, it’s an easy target. However, Dani didn’t want to send him out right away. Ian knew that he only needs 4 votes to cause a tie, so he has been campaigning hard to everyone to possibly cause a rift and force a tie. I consider Ian one of the best players of all time, and he is good at campaigning, so I was hoping something would come out.

CBS then aired a segment where they show the other winner in the house, Nicole, cry hard over the fact that her best friend might go home. It was never shown that Nicole was one of the people making fun of Ian behind his back, making herself cry before going into a room with him, and lying to his face that she was going to keep him. Nicole is a bold-faced liar, and yes, that’s a part of the game, but she’s being rude behind his back to the point of attacking him personally. Thank the live feeds for exposing the 99% of what we don’t see on the edits.

Ian is convinced that he has the 4 votes needed to tie the vote, and have Dani’s support if she has to cast the deciding vote. Dani thinks in the Diary Room that if she had to break a tie, she actually might send Tyler packing, since he is more likely to win the entire game compared to a previous winner. She also talks to the rest of the Committee to possibly keep Ian, but Cody, Enzo, and Memphis are not phased by this and are more than willing to vote out the former winner before an alliance member. Okay, guys, just keep telling yourselves that until you see Julie give Tyler a check $500k.

At the live vote and eviction, Ian spoke about having more to give to the game that he loves so much, and Tyler plugged his jewelry company and his girlfriend’s cookbook. At the end of the vote, Ian was evicted on a 5-3 vote. Da’Vonne, David, and Kevin were the 3 votes. Nicole distributed more fake tears to vote out Ian, then quickly regained her composure and went back to the group. Ian hugged everyone, wished everyone luck, and joined Julie outside the house, mask and all. Julie gave Ian a really uncomfortable eviction interview, pausing every few words, and stopped mid-question, and changed questions. Not sure if she was given the right set of question cards or technical difficulty, no idea, but it was odd and I felt bad for Ian. He will be the first member of the jury, and will be in the jury house where he and 8 others will vote for the winner at the end of the season.

Before the Head of Household competition, Julie revealed that Dani did not use her BB Basement power, which could give her the ability to play in the next HOH competition, so she is not competing for power. Good move by her, especially with the week she had. For the competition, the players have to make a 3D puzzle of a fire hydrant, but they have to run back and forth to get pieces. The winner was not shown on the episode, but it will be announced on the live feeds shortly.

Right as she was signing off for the night, Julie revealed that next Thursday, a Big Brother legend will be moving into “the neighbor’s house,” which could really mean anything. I’m hopinIg it’s a legend that could mess with the game, or break up the Committee, cause I’m bored of them.

Who Will Be Nominated? 
It all depends on who wins the HOH competition. If it’s anyone in the Committee (Memphis, Tyler, Nicole, Enzo, Christmas, Cody), then they will put up a combination of David, Da’Vonne, and Kevin (eye roll, for several reasons). I hope it’s either one of the those three, because that can send the house into disarray and I would love to see that happen (cough, cough, MEMPHIS).


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Big Brother All-Stars Review: Power Everywhere (22×18)

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Week after week, this season of Big Brother has been nothing but a load of…well nothing. The Committee alliance is boring, all of the people who deserve to be there keep getting evicted, and it seems like we can’t catch a break…until this week! For once, there was nervous gameplay happening, a complicated Veto meeting, and confusion in the house.

Dani, as Head of Household for the week, nominated David and Kevin for eviction, feeling like now wasn’t the time to go after her real target, Tyler. However, David had a trick up his sleeve, and used his Disruptor power to secretly take himself off of the block. I liked that it was kept anonymous, and let the ominous Haunted Mansion lady voice spill the beans on the new power. David (attempted to) produce fake tears when he was taken off the block, trying to hide the fact that he won the power. Dani had to immediately nominate someone else in the now empty seat. Unsure with the pressure of the powers, she set her sights on Tyler, and up he went next to Kevin.

David made his horrible acting debut even worse when he started walking around, fake crying, and asking everyone if they had that power. Naturally, everyone saw right through that, proclaiming that David had the power and used it to save himself.

Nervousness ran through the Committee alliance, because Tyler is a member, and he’s on the block. Cody and Enzo are nervous that Dani has no allegiance to the alliance, and wants to cannibalize in on the group. Tyler had a feeling that this was coming, and was excited to work for the Veto so he can take himself off. Lest we forget, Tyler was apparently trying to self-evict last week, now he’s okay!

For the Veto competition, Dani, Kevin, Tyler, Da’Vonne, Ian, and Enzo were chosen to play to take someone off the block. They did a really crappy lead in, where Nicole shocked the Veto players with a laser, shrinking everything around them. There were some awkward special effects, and awful play-acting with the remaining HouseGuests. For the actual competition, the players had to stack 15 miniature beer cans into a pyramid with giant tweezers. Whoever stacks it first, wins. When the competition started, it was clear there was a learning curve to this. The cans were super sensitive and could be knocked down easily. Tyler literally breathed and his stack collapsed. There were constant lead changes, with Dani looking to win, but placed a can down too hard. Then Kevin had a lead, and he slipped up. But at the end of the competition, Da’Vonne was the quickest with the tweezers, and won a mini Power of Veto!

Dani told Da’Vonne that she wants the nominations to stay the same, because she wants to target Tyler, and she doesn’t want to nominate a fourth person in the same week. Da’Vonne said in the Diary Room that she doesn’t want Kevin on the block, but doesn’t want to be told what to do in the game, whether or not they are aligned. Christmas talks to Dani that should Da’Vonne use the Veto, the only two people that she can nominate without causing strings to break in the house is Enzo or Ian. Dani agrees with this, but is angry because she doesn’t want to put up Ian, but feels like she can trust Enzo more. Cody weighs in saying that it should be Ian, since he’s won before, and Enzo is a loyal guy. Nicole was nervous when Dani told her this idea, because she’s making sure that the two winners can make it as far as possible.

At the Veto meeting, Da’Vonne decided to use the Power of Veto on Kevin, and saved him from eviction. Dani now had to nominate her fourth person of the week, and decided to send the former BB14 winner sitting next to Tyler. Dani called Ian “the ultimate pawn,” but in a game where pawns go home, it’s highly possible that Ian won’t be sticking around much longer. It’s a house divided right now, and it’ll all come to a head this Thursday for eviction night.

Prediction for Eviction: 
This is the first one that I feel like I won’t get right. I love Ian, he’s one of my favorite winners; and although I don’t like Tyler’s actions so far in this game, he’s playing very well. There’s fair choices in keeping and evicting both, but I am going to select Ian. I just don’t think he has the votes to stick around. Nicole and Ian are both campaigning in the house as this is posted, and they will likely continue to do so until the last second. With 8 people voting, there could be a tie, which means Dani casts the deciding vote, and she could go either way. I think Nicole, Da’Vonne, and Kevin will vote to save Ian, but I think the rest of the Committee will say otherwise.


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