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Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Game Gets Heated (22×06)

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Wednesday’s episode of Big Brother All-Stars has easily been the most intense one this season. Since Sunday’s nomination ceremony, a classic game of he said/she said has been rolling rampant through the house. It’s only week 2, and the nominations have caused a rift through the house that’s already showing the sides of the house and who’s aligned with who. With the Power of Veto on the line, it’s do-or-die for the HouseGuests.

Head of Household Memphis nominated Nicole Anthony, and David (both from last year’s season) for eviction. David was angry because of Memphis’ nomination speech, and scared since he was sent out early last year. Tyler comforted David, saying that he wants him to stay, and plans to work with him in the future. David took comfort in this knowing that for once in his short time playing this game, he has an ally he can go to for help. Nicole and David shared an adorable moment together, hating the fact that they are up on the chopping block together. The former allies hugged and wished each other luck for the week.

While talking strategy in the HOH room, Memphis informs Cody that Janelle has a gut feeling about an alliance forming of Cody, Tyler, Nicole Franzel, and Dani (they don’t yet know about Memphis and Christmas in this group). Janelle is working with former ally from season 6 Kaysar and think this is the majority alliance in the house, and want to try and infiltrate it. Cody jumped on the offensive, trying to inspire the idea to backdoor Janelle or Kaysar, and send them out before they figure out too much. Memphis looked like this information went in one ear and out the other, which is typical of his game.

Before the Power of Veto competition, Tyler discussed the threat that Janelle and Kaysar have in the game, especially if they know about their power alliance. Tyler agreed with the plan Cody proposed, saying that if either nominee comes off, it’s the perfect chance to evict Janelle or Kaysar. Just like last time, it went one ear and out the other on Memphis.

Ian received his punishment for being added as the plus one for the Safety Suite. He had to dress up in a space suit, and a disembodied voice became his “acting coach.” Ian then had to read scenes from a movie, trying to audition for a role in “BB All-Star Wars.” Sometimes he had to do the scenes with partners, by himself, or the middle of the night while everyone was asleep. The voice would yell acting directions of him to do it in different styles. As an actor, I couldn’t help but laugh at his adorable takes on playing “emotional,” when he’s not really an actor. However, Janelle said it best,”this wasn’t a punishment for Ian, it was a punishment for everyone.”

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It’s then time for the Power of Veto competition. This challenge was really straightforward: the players had to balance on a small platform while holding a ball at the end of a pole. If the ball falls off, they are out. Memphis, David, Nicole A., Ian, Tyler, and Nicole F. participated in this challenge, and both Nicoles and Ian were eliminated very quickly, as the pole they were holding looked heavier than average. David had a strategy to yell like he was messing up to try and mess with Memphis, because he knows that Tyler would take him off the block, and Memphis might not do anything. David distracted himself too much and because of that, his ball dropped and he was out. The showdown between Tyler and Memphis was short-lived, and Tyler dropped, giving Memphis the Power of Veto, and all the power for the week.

Skepticism and anxiety rose quickly in the house. Dani joined the fray and tried to convince Memphis to backdoor Janelle and Kaysar, but Memphis thinks it’s better to do what HE wants, and might just ignore his alliance members. Cody thinks Memphis is dumb because when they know they have the power, they can strike at the larger targets, but Memphis is sold that it’s not good for the game. Nicole Franzel is worried about Janelle and Kaysar talking to Memphis, believing they might try and get her out. It’s a huge mess of what’s happening within the house prior to the Veto Meeting.

In the end, Memphis declined to use the Power of Veto, which means either David or Nicole Anthony will be evicted tomorrow night. Dani privately said “Memphis called David a rookie, but he’s the one making the rookie moves,” which was pretty accurate, since Memphis could’ve taken a risk and clearly didn’t. On the other hand, it could be smart too, since technically Janelle and Kaysar aren’t targeting him, just his alliance members. Nicole confirmed that will try and get the votes she needs to stay, but is ready to call a house meeting if he needs to. House meetings are usually when the big fights in the game happen, and everyone has to be present for it.

Now since the nominations were announced and in the hours since the Veto competition occurred, the live feeds have been CRAZY, with both nominees running everywhere, talking to everyone, and trying to get the votes needed to stay in the game. Nicole thinks that Janelle and Kaysar are not actually with her (but they are), David revealed to Da’Vonne that he’s part of a guys alliance (which is DUMB! No one should reveal that!) Janelle is doing damage control with Nicole, everyone else is starting to turn on Kaysar, and everyone is not sure what will happen leading up to tomorrow’s eviction.

Prediction for Eviction:
Nicole Anthony. I think she’s blown up her own game way too quickly. She lost trust instantly between Janelle and Kaysar because those in the power alliance convinced her they’re untrustworthy. She’s to the point of wanting a house meeting in the second week of the game, which is a bug risk, but a huge failure if it was all for nothing. While David is revealing alliances left and right, he isn’t as prominent in the feeds, meaning he probably isn’t talking too much game. I don’t think the vote will be unanimous, but I think it could be a close one, possibly even a tie, in which case Memphis will be the deciding vote. Either way, it’s sure to be a long 24 hours before the eviction.

 


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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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