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Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Thirteenth Eviction (22×34)

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One spot remains in the final 3, and either Nicole or Christmas is going to take it. Cody has the only vote to evict this evening, and whoever stays will join Enzo and Cody on finale night. The other falls short and joins the jury.

As Julie introduces the night, we get a segment where Enzo tries to get Christmas to stay in the house in the final 3. Enzo believes that he has a better chance of winning with Christmas in the final 3, since Cody and Nicole are so tight and aligned, and Enzo might be on the outs. Christmas agrees with him, and wants to fight until the end to stay, though she has a belief that she’s done.

Nicole then points out that she has spent 230 days in the Big Brother house over 3 seasons, passing fan favorites like Janelle, and BB18 and BB19 alum Paul Abrahamian. She then believes that if she makes it to the end, she could win again. This should fuel Cody to get Nicole out now, because then no one can have the honor of being the first two-time winner. Enzo even went to Cody and said that Christmas could be easier to beat in the final HOH competitions. Cody then said privately that Enzo is terrible at competitions, which isn’t totally false. He’s got 2 HOH comps, a Veto, and a Safety Suite, so it’s a solid resume.

Oooh, we got a little drama too! Enzo said to Cody and Nicole, “Hey, don’t we make a good final 3?” What he didn’t know, is that Christmas was in the other room, and heard everything. She’s been hurt by Enzo before, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Christmas hasn’t even been campaigning to Cody this week, only to Enzo, buy Cody is the only one with a vote, so she’s going to the wrong person.

As if she heard me, Christmas went to Cody, saying that Enzo is not a loyal person, and that if she stays, she will bring Cody with her to the final 2 no matter what. She did a good campaign to throw Enzo under the bus, saying that he flipped his vote last second during the Triple Eviction, and that he’s been gunning for Nicole ever since. I’m pretty sure this went in one ear and out the other with Cody, but he did acknowledge that she’s putting up a good fight.

Nicole, after daydreaming to herself that she’s winning the game, goes to Cody to campaign. She did a less than average pitch to him, with her main argument being that no matter what, Christmas will not take him to the final 2, and threatened her jury vote with it. This gave Cody flashbacks to BB16, when he had a choice between either the person he knew he could beat, or the person that he was loyal to from day 1. He took the person he was loyal to, and lost.

We then get a new jury house segment, which showed the newest addition of Memphis. Each juror shared who they wanted to join them in the jury house, and of course each one gets to say different opinions of different people left. When Memphis entered the house, the rest of the group was SHOOK. The happiest person there was David, who said that he doesn’t respect him at all, and is more than happy that he’s out. The jurors recognize that Nicole is playing a similar game to that of her winning season, where she laid low for several weeks, then started winning comps. Ian then says that if anyone clips Cody at the final 3, then that person would get his jury vote. David started making a point about Nicole and Enzo’s game, and Dani interrupted him, which was insanely rude, but Kevin jumped to his defense. It’s just so hard, as a fan, to want anyone left in the house to win. Yes, Cody is playing the best game, so he would be a solid win, but the way he did his game hasn’t earned my respect.

Christmas and Nicole then made their final arguments to Cody before he makes his vote. Christmas was SAVAGE to Enzo, saying “Enzo, congratulations on making third place!” This was…accurate. There’s a strong chance that Enzo is going to reprise his BB12 season by getting third place, because the bond between Cody and Nicole might be closer than he thinks. Nicole was pretty easy-going in her speech, just being nice to everyone. Cody then stood and cast his sole vote for….Christmas. No surprise, but he did say that she put up a good fight.

Christmas said a kind goodbye, and walked out to meet Julie. She said that she saw this eviction coming a mile away, but gave a great fight, which is definitely something worth recognizing. She said that she was truthful in her pitch to Cody, and that she would’ve cut Enzo at final 3, and that she could beat any one of them in the final 2. That statement was a stretch, but the confidence is key. The goodbye messages to her spilled all the information of Nicole and Cody’s alliance, and Cody’s final 2 deals with Nicole and Enzo. Cody also revealed the other Wise Guys alliance that was made and that Enzo told him all about it. Christmas wasn’t surprised by this, but respects the gameplay.

We have a final 3! In just 6 days, someone will be walking out the door with $500,000 in their pocket. Before the episode signed off, Julie surprised the final 3 with special messages from home. Cody got one from his girlfriend, Nicole her fiancé Victor, and Enzo his two kids. These sorts of moments are always great to see in games like BB, because they don’t get to see or talk to their families the entire time they’re in there.

Julie then teased a special episode tomorrow, and that the final three-part HOH competition will be set to begin! Voting also opened for the annual America’s Favorite Player competition, where the public awards $25,000 to their favorite player of the season. All I got to say is, Da’Vonne for AFP!

Who I Hope Makes Final 2: 
This is a little hard, but in thinking about total game, I would like to see Enzo and Cody. I feel like if Cody wins the final HOH, he will take Nicole. We’ll see. A lot can happen with less than a week to go!


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Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #3 (23×10)

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Eviction night is once again upon us, and the week has geared up to a vote that only one person didn’t see coming, and it’s the flight attendant Brent, who might be flying his way out of here.

Our radiantly dressed host Julie Chen Moonves welcomed us to the show, already fully aware that Brent is going home. We then got to see Brent talking about how he knows he has the numbers to stay, recalling to an “alliance” between the Aces and Queens team that was made last week called the Mafia. However, it wasn’t a real alliance, since everyone wanted Brent out starting from last week, and with this alliance, he will be staying and Britini goes home.

Tiffany, who’s in this fake Mafia alliance, proclaims that it’s not real, and that Brent is going home, and they’re all lying to his face.

Brent continued his paranoia run by stalking other HouseGuests and trying to talk game with them to ensure that he has their votes. It irritates the others like Derek X. and Hannah, and they hide away in the HOH room.

HOH Xavier has been lying about his real profession (he’s a lawyer), and other HouseGuests are trying to find out if he’s been lying, and Derek F. said “Xavier gives me lawyer vibes.” While Xavier tossed it aside, he knows people are onto him. Lying about professions is always a risky decision, since it’s lyig from the get-go.

With Brent’s fate all but sealed, we get to look at what the others are thinking for the following week. Since every team except for the Kings have all lost a member, people want to even out the final week of teams to possibly eliminate a Kings member. Claire and Tiffany, while being part of the the Royal Flush alliance know that working with the Kings is part of the deal, they don’t want to go much further with Christian and Alyssa’s showmance. Showmances are difficult to get rid of as the game progresses, so it might be in good interest to split them up. Derek X., being the wild card of the Royal Flush, thinks that someone outside of that alliance needs to take the shot at the showmance, that way no one in the alliance looks like the bad guy.

Other teams, such as the Kings, want to get Azah or Derek F., but Xavier wants to protect them both since they are in the Cookout.

For the pre-voting speeches, Britini almost did a rap again, but stopped and thanked the HouseGuests for keeping her around and to hope to always be the light at the end of the tunnel. Brent made some references to the Paul Rudd “look at us” meme, and other inside jokes.

And to no one’s surprise, except for maybe the man in question, Brent was evicted by a unanimous vote. Even Derek F. found himself on the positive side of the vote for the first time this season.

After a weirdly placed commercial break, Julie questioned Brent about why he was evicted now. He continued to express how physically fit he is, and how he was a threat because of that, when he doesn’t really know that he was evicted because of his brash personality. His cluelessness will continue to follow him home. All the goodbye messages to Brent were so shady about his arrogant behavior and there were lots of flight attendant jokes, and it was a great sendoff to Brent. He even said “I had a lot of things cooking in my mental.” No that’s not a typo.

With another week over, it’s time for another to begin as the Head of Household competition gets started!

This competition was a relay of sorts. They had a clock counting down from 25 seconds, and they had to complete pieces of a big puzzle. If the clock was running out, they had to switch teammates and hit a button to reset the clock. The person who finished the puzzle and hit the button is the new HOH.

This was a weirdly stressful competition, with people screaming their faces off to put certain pieces elsewhere, or to run back and hit the button. At the end, there were some technical difficulties, and when they came back, Christian put the last piece in and claimed Head of Household for the week! This gave the Kings their second week of safety in a row, so Xavier, Sarah Beth, and Alyssa get to kick back for another week.

Julie also confirmed that next week will be the first Endurance CompetitionThese are always fun because we get to watch this competition as it happens on the feeds, regardless of time zones.

Who will Christian Nominate?
Since the overall plan failed to get the Kings to lose HOH, one team will become a team of 2 by the end of next week. There have been whispers to get Whitney or Hannah out for next week, so it’ll be interesting to see if Christian follows along with that. It does seem for certain that the Royal Flush will be okay for the week. But I won’t be surprised if Britini gets put on the block for the third week in a row. This will be the first time this season where the nominations could be anywhere, since there’s no collective house target. It should make for a an interesting fourth week!


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Big Brother Recap: A Big Blindside (23×09)

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This week has made me say, “Wow, I love Big Brother” so many times. The things that are happening this week are incredible to say the least. To Frenchie’s disappointment, the show has not gone down in quality since he left. More on that later…

With Brent and Britini on the block, the two nominees share some confusion. Britini, having just survived the block, hates that she’s sitting in those chairs again. She cried her eyes out as HOH Xavier helped calm her down and ensured her that she’s not the target. Brent, on the other hand, genuinely believes that he’s the pawn. He thinks he’s too cool and too hot to be sent home, when he is strongly disliked by everyone in the house, even his own team is ready to vote him out.

Derek F. comforts his fellow Cookout alliance member, Azah, that she needs to stop playing so emotionally, because the game is all about voting people out every week, and people have to be nominated for that to even happen.

Brent meets with Xavier and his team because he wants them to know that he is actually smart and that his “body perceives his intelligence,” and that he is not “pawn material.” He’s really that idiotic, it’s astounding that he thinks he’s even staying in the first place.

Tiffany and Xavier meet up to discuss the Cookout, and how Azah’s empathetic side is making it hard to keep the alliance a secret. They respect that empathy is good in this game, but it’s also very detrimental, and could lead to the destruction of alliances.

Christian and Alyssa decided to make their showmance official by making out under the covers in Xavier’s HOH bed. If I were Xavier I would never let this happen, because that’s a private room! I don’t want any showmances cuddling and kissing there!

When it was time to pick players for the Veto competition, Xavier selected Christian, Brent selected Derek F., and Britini selected Whitney.

The Veto competition was a BB classic with a twist: Bowllerina! The players, dressed in tutus, were given a combination of numbers between 1-6. They then had to spin from a set of floating handlebars to lower a gate revealing pins with the numbers. They had to throw bowling balls at the numbers that do not match the ones they needed to be knocked over. They only had seconds to try and get the numbers before the gate came back up, in which case they had to go back and spin again. They were done in rounds, and the person selected in the order could select their opponent. Odds are, a person they’re trying to get out will always keep going until they’re out.

I love competitions that include you having to pick your opponent. They add such a great element to the game and cause some great confrontations with everyone in the house. Survivor used to have competitions like these but removed them, and I hope these come back for them in the future.

This was the case with the two nominees. Britini selected Brent as her opponent, and they had to knock down pins that weren’t the number 136. Because she knocked over the 6 pin, Britini had to reset, leaving an incredibly dizzy Brent to recover and knock out his fellow nominee.

Xavier was next, and he picked Brent to go again. Brent, still dizzy from the last round, was fumbling around and tripping over his own feet, giving Xavier the opportunity to eliminate him, and Brent instantly vomited.

Derek F. selected Whitney to be his opponent, and Whitney ended up throwing the round to Derek. This made Brent upset because since they’re teammates, she could’ve taken him off the block, which she never was going to.

Christian chose Derek F. to be his opponent, and Christian bowled circles around Derek, making Derek feel very sad and hopeless for his teammate. Britini.

The final round was against Xavier and Christian. Xavier also decided to throw the competition, and Christian was victorious in the Veto competition.

Brent continued to live in his stupidity, thinking that Christian is going to use the Veto, so to ensure that Britini goes home, he started telling everyone to persuade Christian to NOT use the Veto, keep the nominations the same, and send Britini home. Little does he know, that Christian is not going to use the Veto, keep the nominations the same, but they’re sending Brent home instead! Brent even believed that he’s creating the greatest last-ditch effort to save himself in the history of the show when he’s having probably the worst.

At the Veto meeting, Christian held true and decided not to use the Veto, leaving the nominations intact.

Quick Feeds Spoilers:
With everyone focusing on the week ahead, I think we are about to see some crazy gameplay. It’s the final week of the teams, and each team wants to throw it to one another to take out a member of the Kings team so that each team sends someone home. Because everyone’s throwing it, that means the Kings might actually win it. Everybody has different targets, and Tiffany is changing her plans every day to what she wants to do moving forward. The Cookout is thriving, while also slightly imploding because each member has different agendas, but they all want to stick together. We are in for some fun weeks ahead.

Prediction for Eviction:
Brent got one thing right: this is going to be one of the biggest blindsides in BB history because it will be Brent going home tomorrow night. This guy really believes he’s a gift to the game, and he’s truly convinced that he has the numbers to stay when it’s probably going to be a unanimous vote. He’ll be the one blindsided!


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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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