Welcome back, HouseGuests! It’s time for the season premiere of Big Brother! Tonight, 16 brand-new players moved into the Big Brother house to compete for half a million dollars (or is it that much?)
Julie Chen Moonves once again welcomed us without an audience. I’m sure COVID protocols are still in place, but not even a masked group of people. Julie teased that there are more risky decisions are going to be in play this season, as well as an increase to the overall prize money! We got some great “get to know you” videos of the players this season, and it gave me the thrills of a new season starting.
We welcomed the HouseGuests in groups of four, where each group competed in a competition that will advance them to the first HOH competition.
The first group: Travis, Derek F., Frenchie, and Xavier went to the backyard and had to recreate an image in front of them with Plexiglas pieces that had differences from the image they were creating. The person to recreate the image perfectly got to compete for HOH, as well as a power that could change the game!
This one seemed like a three-way tie: Frenchie, Derek F., and Travis were all close, but a last-second double-check gave Frenchie the go-ahead past Derek to win!
The second group of women consisted of Azah, Britini, Alyssa, and Whitney. The competition is the same, however, Azah revealed in a pre-recorded Diary Room session that she wants to throw the first competition so that she can target the person who wins the first competition. Smart move, Azah! This was a little hard for her to throw because her opponents kept getting the image wrong. However, Whitney won the competition, sending her into the next round!
The third group included Kyland, Christian, Derek X., and Brent. This one was fairly anticlimactic: the four guys were pretty even for most of the competition. But it was Christian, who solved the image on the ground before putting it on the frame, pulled ahead, and won the competition!
The final group contained Sarah Beth, Hannah, Claire, and Tiffany. This one was also incredibly close, but Claire managed to push ahead of Tiffany and win the competition! Having gone to high school, I couldn’t stop cheering!
Julie now introduced the Team Twist. The four winners of the first competition (Frenchie, Whitney, Christian, and Claire) will draft teams of four. These teams will last for four weeks but could be shaken up during that time. Each captain would watch a short video of two HouseGuests giving a fun fact about themselves, and the captain would make a selection based on the videos. A real first impression, I should say. The teams were named after card houses because the game is casino-themed. The teams are as follows:
Jokers: Frenchie, Azah, Britini, Derek F.
Aces: Whitney, Brent, Derek X., Hannah
Kings: Christian, Alyssa, Xavier, Sarah Beth
Queens: Claire, Kyland, Tiffany, Travis
Now that the teams are set, it’s time for the first Head of Household competition! Teams competed together, and if they won, then their captain would become the first Head of Household! Not only that, but the whole team will be safe for the week as well! Sadly, the last place team will be the first Have-Nots, meaning cold showers, and a week’s worth of slop.
For this challenge, the captains had to build a house of cards puzzle while the teammates had to hold the puzzle up on a platform held by a rope. If the puzzle falls, they have to start over, and giant card obstacles could get in their way.
Christian almost won the competition, but his team kept dropping the puzzle pieces before he could hit the finish button. It happened two times before Frenchie and his team won, and he became the first Head of Household, with Azah, Britini, and Derek F. save for the week!
Claire and Whitney’s teams finished second and third respectively, meaning Christian’s lead was decimated, and him, Alyssa, Xavier, and Sarah Beth are the first Have-Nots of the season.
Julie then announced that the prize has risen this year from $500,000 to $750,000!
Frenchie was then given a Double or Nothing offer. He could give his team two weeks of safety by competing in a challenge: toss two oversized dice onto a table in 45 seconds. Win, his team gets two weeks of safety. Lose, then he loses the right to be HOH, and Claire gets the title. This offer was very bold for day one, and Frenchie was smart enough to not take it. That didn’t stop Julie from making Frenchie do the challenge anyway, which he WON. So if he took the risk, his team would’ve had safety for two weeks. More on that in a second.
Julie teased for that in next episode that there will be the first-ever Wild Card competition. We don’t know what this entails, but it’s sure to shake up the game early.
Continuing her streak of random sayings, saying “remember to always exercise empathy and wisdom.” The intention is there, but she started doing these last season, and no one knows why.
This premiere was FANTASTIC! Everyone is so much more interesting than the last 2 years, with a lot of great personalities. People are already lying about their occupations to one another! It’s fantastic! I hope this continues as the season moves along.
Who Will Frenchie Nominate?
It’s impossible to tell so early on! Once feeds are up, and relationships begin to form, that’s when the fun will really begin.
What did you think of tonight’s jam-packed premiere? Leave a comment below!
Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #2 (23×07)
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.
Big Brother Recap: Smells Like French Toast (23×06)
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.
Big Brother Recap: A New Week Begins (23×05)
Frenchie’s Funhouse is over. Travis has been evicted. Kyland is the new HOH. Everything’s normal, right? Right?? Not necessarily. The shift in power means a shift in gameplay, and the house is still in disarray, with Frenchie at the center of it all.
After the show’s three minute long recap (way too long), the house was discussing who threw two rogue votes on Alyssa. Derek F. revealed in the Diary Room that he threw a vote as a joke, because he wanted anonymously stir the pot. Tiffany revealed that she made a deal with Frenchie that if she threw a vote on Alyssa, Frenchie cannot tell a soul it was her. Tiffany knows she won’t tell anyone it was her, so she has the leverage over him. Tiffany even caught Frenchie talking to Brent and Whitney running his mouth about the votes.
Nervous about Frenchie spilling the beans, she goes to Kyland and warns him that Frenchie is not a man of his word. However, Kyland reveals (with the footage to prove it) that right before he was sent out the door, Travis told Kyland everything that Frenchie promised and didn’t hold onto.
Unlike with the previous HOH, Kyland got to have his “who wants to see my HOH room” moment. This is a large montage where the whole cast will see the HOH room. The room doesn’t ever change, just the personal items and a letter from home. This was heartwarming to watch Kyland miss his family so much and what being in the game means to him.
I also need to acknowledge that Tiffany showed a strategy that she uses with Azah, where she pretends to cry and Azah pretends to console her so she can eavesdrop on any conversations that might be happening around. It’s a strong strategy that works out well for Tiffany and Azah, but hopefully they don’t overuse it.
Tonight’s episode brought the second Wild Card Competition. The Queens team, Hannah, and Christian were all not allowed to compete, since the Queens are safe, and Hannah and Christian already played. Frenchie wanted to play for the Jokers team because he wants to stay safe, because he feels everyone is coming for him (and he’s right). For the Aces team, they left it up to fate, and Brent was selected to play. Sarah Beth decided to volunteer for the Kings team, because she wanted the chance to take a chance at leaving Frenchie vulnerable.
After a hesitant conversation with Kyland, Frenchie gets a feelings that Kyland may not want to be in the Slaughterhouse alliance anymore.
This sends Frenchie into the beginning of his week-long downward spiral. He stormed to Brent saying that he’s done, he bombards into Whitney’s room saying he’s done with the alliance. He gets one bad read, and he disintegrates his entire game, and the ones he’s said he’s aligned with. Even Brent said that if Frenchie were a passenger on a plane he’s a flight attendant on, Frenchie would be escorted off the plane by the police. The destruction of Frenchie’s game has been mind-boggling to watch on the feeds, because he doesn’t have any fun and gets mad when other people are playing the game the way they want to play it.
With a mystery offer on the line, it’s time for the Wild Card competition! The players were put in separate “art galleries,” and they were shown paintings and then a had to answer a random question about the colors on the painting. They had to be the first to get the question right to get a point, and the first person to three points won the competition. The players would know they got a question right if they got doused in paint. It was a tie between all three players after three rounds, but it didn’t matter, because Sarah Beth’s quick thinking and fast memorization, she was blasted with paint, making her the winner of the competition.
The Wild Card decision that came with this win, however, was a very brutal one. In order to have safety for the week, Sarah Beth had to trade places with someone on the Queens team, meaning selecting either Claire or Tiffany to go to the Kings team. If she trades, the person traded will be vulnerable.
It’s a very daunting decision to make, but Sarah Beth knew that if she traded, she would lose trust in a lot of people in the house. Plus, she has a final 2 deal with Kyland, so there’s no need to trade around. Finally, the power isn’t in Frenchie’s hands, and that’s what convinces Sarah Beth to NOT take the safety, and stay with her team.
With nominations looming, Tiffany sits with Kyland to go over everything. She subtly suggests that Frenchie should be the main target, with Brent or Whitney as the second and third. not only that, but we got to see almost every other HouseGuest sit with Kyland, throwing Frenchie’s name under the bus. It was WILD to see everyone in the former Slaughterhouse turn on its former leader so fast.
Britini also throws out Frenchie, but Kyland was getting a bad read on her, thinking that she might be holding back a little extra information that she was giving, making him a little suspicious.
The Nomination Ceremony commences, and Kyland throws Britini and Frenchie on the block to begin the week. Kyland feels that Britini is a little too loyal to Frenchie considering they’re on the same team. Britini is furious because she feels guilty by association, and not aligned with Frenchie at all. Frenchie is not surprised, but said he’s never going to quit.
For the feeds people, Frenchie said he was going to quit the game yesterday, causing the feeds to go down for an hour. So…what was that about not quitting?
Best Player of the Episode:
Tiffany. We got to see a lot of her strategy, and the way she’s able to mingle through different groups of people is incredibly strong. I think we’re watching the growth of a phenomenal Big Brother player.
Worst Player of the Episode:
For the second week in a row, Frenchie. The man has all but ruined his game, and everyone around him is trying to not associate with him anymore. The way he plays is aggressive, and remains furious at people who try to play it their way. He’s also made way too many promises that he never kept.
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