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Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Second Eviction (22×07)

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Week 2 of All-Stars brought hesitant gameplay, aggressive gameplay, rudeness, confusion, and lines starting to form. It all ended tonight with the eviction of season 21’s Nicole Anthony and David.

It was interesting to note how the paranoia that Nicole was feeling in the feeds was put on the down-low. She was scared and ready to blow up the house with a house meeting, ready to call everyone out, but this never happened. I know there’s so much to edit into a short one-hour show, but it was pretty daunting to see the stress that was taking Nicole to the point of blowing up her game.

Before the eviction, it was shown that David was trying to campaign with Da’Vonne and Bayleigh, and barely saying anything while saying everything at the same time. Da’Vonne would ask David if he was aligned with Cody and Tyler, he simply said “I have my lifeguards, but I’m not able to really say anything.” What the HECK, David?! If you don’t want an alliance exposed, you LIE: say “no I’m close with Tyler and Cody, but no alliance has been formed that I’m a part of.” It’s easy to sneak around the question, and hopefully get some votes to stay in the game.

Nicole Anthony believes that power duo Janelle and Kaysar (the BB community has adopted the term Jaysar), are stringing her along to only use and manipulate, when the two are trying anything and everything to keep her in. Janelle believes David is only being used as a number for the power alliance and will coast his way to the end of the game. Other HouseGuests like Dani and Nicole Franzel were trying to manipulate Nicole Anthony to target Jaysar in the future. This rumor mill was causing so much stress in the house, that it brought Janelle to tears, which is rare, considering she is one of the strongest players to ever play the game.

Our host Julie Chen Moonves now transitions the show to the vote and eviction. David and Nicole had great pre-vote speeches, and Nicole called out Memphis for targeting her for no reason, when there are plenty of targets available. Personally, I found that a great move; for all we know, the pre-vote speech could be the last words said to everyone, so go big or get evicted!

Once the votes were counted, Nicole was evicted from the house, by a 10-2 vote. The dissenting votes were made by Enzo and Kevin. Kevin was aligned with Nicole from day 1, but Enzo was never shown talking to Nicole, so Enzo must have had some sort of strategy in voting for David.

After Nicole’s short interview with Julie outside the house (also, why does the HouseGuest have to wear a mask when they are technically quarantine, but Julie does NOT? I don’t know, that’s been bugging me), it is time to crown a new Head of Household. Memphis is not allowed to compete (thankfully), so it’s anyone’s game.

For tonight’s competition, the players to slide mugs down 3 counters divided into numbers 1-5. Whichever section the mug lands in, they will get that number of points. Whoever has the highest score in the quickest amount of time wins HOH for the week. Once everyone went, it was season 20’s Tyler who scored 12 points the fastest, and is the new Head of Household for the week!

Who Will Tyler Nominate?
This is tricky. Tyler has made final 2 deals with pretty much everyone in the house, so obviously, he has to break some of those deals for his nominations. He definitely won’t nominate David, since he’s been his biggest ally, and he also won’t nominate Cody. Over the last several days on the live feeds, he has started to grow suspicions that Memphis may not really want to work with the power alliance that has been formed. Either that, or he will go after Janelle and Kaysar. Everyone wants them out, so it’s quite possible that he will target them, or try to backdoor one of them. Regardless, more will be revealed soon, as well as the final Safety Suite competition!

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Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #13 (23×34)



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Four became three tonight, as one more person was sent out the door, paving the way for the final three players to begin the battle for the final HOH competitions.

Tonight’s episode picked up where last night left off: the fallout of Xavier winning the Power of Veto, and trying to convince Derek to use his sole eviction vote to take a shot at Kyland. Derek has been conflicted about his personal relationship with Kyland as an excuse to not take him out, when Xavier and Azah will guarantee Derek a spot in the final two. It’s gotten to the point that Xavier has been thinking about using the Veto on Azah, because he knows that Azah would vote out Kyland.

There was also a lot more delusion than normal with Derek. He’s been thinking that he’s dragged Azah to the end, and “did more behind the scenes than any of us know about.” Does Derek know that we see everything he does on the live feeds? He’s been the one that’s been dragged through the game. He got into a fight with Azah about who’s done more in the game, and compared to Derek, Azah has done significantly more than Derek. She’s actually WON competitions. He’s been saying some very degrading things as well about Azah (as well as all of the women), which has been brutally awful to see both on the feeds, and on the edited episodes.

The jury continued to grow, and we watched Tiffany and Hannah join the jury house. Tiffany revealed the plot of The Cookout, exposing that she was behind it all, and the duo master plan that she set in tact. The jury absolutely loved her plan, even saying that they would’ve voted for her to win. It’s time for the campaign for Tiffany to win America’s Favorite Player!

Hannah arrived and showed the details of her quick eviction with how Azah’s gameplay wasn’t the way it really should’ve gone. Sarah Beth criticized Azah’s HOH reign too, saying that not taking the shot at Xavier or Kyland was not helpful to her overall game.

Julie then began the final Veto Meeting, where Xavier decided NOT to use the Veto, meaning Kyland and Azah had to pitch to Derek to keep them in the house.

Azah said she wanted to work to build the personal relationship with Derek, while Kyland said that he stayed committed to his deals, and hoped Derek did the same.

Derek then stood up, said that he needs to put game over personal feelings, and voted out Kyland with the sole eviction vote. Kyland was clearly upset and blindsided as he left the house. Before he left, he started trying to ask Xavier why he was voted out, and Xavier said that it’s the game.

Then the unthinkable happened. Kyland brought Xavier’s nephew into the conversation. Xavier has been looking out for his nephew and caring for him since his brother died. Kyland said that because of this, his nephew will grow up without a role model, and he’ll grow up learning to step away from challenges, and he won’t live up to his namesake (Xavier’s nephew is named after Kobe Bryant). Xavier looked like he was ready to sock Kyland in the face, telling him to stop talking about his nephew, but Kyland wouldn’t stop talking. It got to the point that Julie had to yell at Kyland to get out of the house before things got messy. Kyland tried to find other excuses to leave, but he wouldn’t, until Xavier merely said “Walk,” and Kyland left for the last time.

Julie did not discuss what happened during his exit, just asked him general questions about the game, that as per usual, he didn’t really answer well at all. Before signing off, Kyland exclaimed that he wants to play again, and wants to come back for a future season. I think after that exit, I highly doubt Kyland will step foot in that house again.

Now I have seen every episode of this show. I’ve seen all the fights, all the crazy blindsides, all the controversial people and moments that have gone in and out of those doors. But I have seen NOTHING like Kyland’s eviction. It’s one thing to leave the house bitter, or to try and find out why you were blindsided, so you don’t head to the jury bitter, but this was on a completely different level. Never have I seen someone bringing in a family member to try and destroy someone’s character in the game. That was absolutely disgraceful by Kyland, and I hope he never plays this game again. I’m sure he’ll regret saying that later on, but he’s got a lot of explaining to do once he’s out of the game. It’s completely unnecessary, and he better own up to it.

Back to the final three: Derek, Azah, and Xavier. One of them is walking away as the winner in next Wednesday’s finale. Over the next several days, they will do the first two parts of the final HOH competition, with those being shown to us over the coming days. We’re almost done. Stay tuned!

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Big Brother Recap: The Final Veto (23×33)



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A lot of untrustworthy feelings are circulating throughout the house. With one week left in the game, the final four battled it out in the final Veto competition to secure their spot in the final three.

Kyland and Azah are sitting on the block, and Kyland is filled with paranoia, as he usually is no matter what is going on in the game. He feels safe, but if he’s sitting on the block on eviction night, Derek is the sole vote, and Derek could take that shot at him. Azah is incredibly worried that her best friend will send her home, so she knows that winning the Veto is more important than ever. Derek wants to honor the final three deal that he made with Xavier and Kyland, but Xavier has been hinting at the possibility of making a final two with Derek, so they can get Kyland out of the game. He’s a big competitive threat, and a lot of the jury likes him, so it would be a big move to eliminate such a big target.

Derek told Azah he is unsure of what to do because of these deals that he made with Kyland and Xavier, but then Kyland went on a long-winding rant to Derek about getting Azah out now. He was also practically inferring to Derek that he would want to take Xavier to the final two, and not him. They got into quite a big argument about this, and it began to give Derek some doubt about this final three deal.

We got a weird segment about how Xavier was noticing that Kyland deep smells everything, especially food. It was disgusting, because the editing turned up the sniffing sounds to their maximum volume so you could hear the gross sniffing as Kyland was smelling food.

For the Veto competition, the players were given an even of something that happened in the house. They had to take different colored balls with numbers on them (1, 3, 5, 10) that represented a different day in the game, and had to balance their value at the end of a see-saw. Once they had the correct number, they had to buzz in. Whoever rang in last received a strike, and if you get two strikes, you’re out of the competition. It was all about speed, but mental agility, since they had to remember the correct day that things occurred.

Such prompts included: the day that OTEV happened, the day that Christian won his second Veto competition, or the day the oven caught on fire.

Kyland knew the answers, but he was moving too fast and kept knocking the balls off the end of the see-saw, so he had to keep starting over. Because of how sloppy he was playing, he ended losing two rounds straight, and was eliminated quickly. I have to give these players credit, because everyone knew every answer, it just came down to ringing in at the right time, as well having good balancing skills.

Azah was also eliminated fairly quickly, bringing it down to Xavier and Derek. At the time, Derek already had one strike and Xavier had none, meaning Derek had to win two straight rounds to win the competition. However, Xavier turned it out to win the final round, giving him all of the power this week as HOH and Veto holder.

Kyland was incredibly upset that he didn’t win, and now worried that he might be going home, so he tried to talk to Xavier about the Veto. However, Xavier immediately said “let’s relax the rest of the night, let’s not talk game.” This sent Kyland into another huge fit of paranoia again, because that’s the type of thing someone says when they’re going home.

The Veto meeting was not held tonight, as I’m fairly certain they will show it live on the eviction show, or right before the eviction. Then we’ll be down to the final three!

Prediction for Eviction:
Xavier has said on the feeds that he does not plan on using the Veto on anyone, giving Derek the sole vote this week. That’s honestly pretty scary, since both nominees have no idea what’s going on in his head. However, I think that he will be persuaded by Xavier, and send Kyland out the door. It will earn some respect from the jury, and it gives Xavier the leeway he needs to get to the end, and most likely win.

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Big Brother Recap: The Final Four (23×32)



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The dust has barely settled on last night’s disappointing Double Eviction, and we already had another episode to take care of that showed the fallout of the Double, as well as the latest Head of Household competition.

We started the episode showing everything that was happening during commercial breaks in the Double Eviction. Hannah was fighting to stay, saying that she’s a strong competitor, and Kyland wanted to play with strong competitors. Kyland and Xavier, who have a final two deal, wanted to stay true to their final three deal that they made with Derek.

Derek was freaking out the whole time, saying in the Diary Room that he deserves to be in the final two, because of all the moves he made to get there. Well…he didn’t make any moves, and barely deserves to be in the final four. He thinks that the other guys have pulled a fast one on him, by nearly evicting him from the house, rather than keeping nominations the same and evicting Hannah anyway. Derek’s delusion continues to astound me, and I can’t even believe that he thinks he deserves to win.

Azah was not entirely sure that sending Hannah out the door was best for her game, which is clearly obvious, since she’s playing for fourth place at this point in the game.

With four people left in the game, this HOH was the most crucial one of all, since it’s a guaranteed spot in the final three, and the ability to compete in the final HOH competition to end the season.

This competition was themed around the new CBS show, CSI: Vegas, with the winner of the competition getting a special sneak peek of the show.

The players went one at a time in a crime scene. They had to use a blue light to find pieces of evidence like a fingerprint, chemical markings, tire tracks, DNA, and footprints. Once they found it, they had to memorize the details of the evidence, and match it on a wall that had a bunch of the same evidence pieces with small differences. Whoever found all the pieces the quickest won.

It was just the men competing, since Azah was ineligible. Kyland only took one try to find everything, but he took too long to find the specific parts of the fingerprints. Derek had a strategy to focus on one at at time, which everyone followed. Xavier found the specific details in the fingerprints, which everyone couldn’t quite figure out.

That was all that mattered, because Xavier won the HOH competition, finishing it in just over 10 minutes. Xavier won his second HOH competition of the season, and a guaranteed spot in the final three.

Kyland was incredibly angry at himself for not winning, since he gets paranoid about…everything. Xavier has a final two deal with Derek and Kyland, but feels more loyal to Derek, since the deal was made on day 13, and he knows that he would sweep through the jury sitting next to Derek, and instantly be $750,000 richer.

While thinking over his options, Xavier realized that it’s possible that Kyland should be the target, because he knows how strong Kyland is, and then Derek gets all the blood on his hands by voting him out. Derek isn’t entirely sure if this is the best idea, since Kyland is part of that final three deal he has with Xavier, but if it gets him closer to the end, it may be time to cut Kyland out of the game before its too late.

At the Nomination Ceremony, Xavier nominated Kyland and Azah for eviction. It’s Day 72, and Azah has found herself on the block for the first time, which is actually pretty insane, because it’s rare someone gets so far in the game without getting nominated at least once.

The nominations do not hold a whole lot of power this week, as the Power of Veto practically decides who the sole vote will be for next eviction night. That competition’s results will be on the feeds, but the competition will be played in full after the long-awaited premiere of Survivor next Wednesday.

Best Player of the Episode:
This goes to the latest HOH (and most likely the winner of the season) Xavier. He knows the threat level that Kyland has, and he will let Derek take the shot at Kyland without ruining his relationship with him, pulling the strings along the way.

Worst Players of the Episode:
Derek, Kyland, and Azah. All three of them are filled with delusion that they are the strongest players in the house, while they are all going to lose to Xavier. Derek believes he founded The Cookout (when he didn’t), Kyland thinks he’s a social mastermind (which he isn’t), and Azah hasn’t fully started playing this game until last night. I know she’s my winner pick, and I’m proud of her for making it this far, but Azah the Big Brother player hasn’t lived up to my expectations sadly.

With the evictions of Tiffany and Hannah, it’s hard to really find people to root for in the game, even though there’s still two full weeks left, but we’re almost there!

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