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Big Brother Recap: The Cluckster (23×29)

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We’ve made it: one Double Eviction down, another one to go. However, the Cookout doesn’t know that yet, but they do know one thing; they have accomplished their goal by getting all of their members to the final six in one piece. History has been made, and Big Brother will get its first Black winner in 20 years.

The next question is: Now what? No matter what, they have to turn on each other.

The beginning of the episode recapped the Double Eviction. They showed a conversation that was made when Kyland was put up as a replacement nominee next to Alyssa. He knew that he wasn’t going home, but part of Kyland was filled with paranoia at the time. Tiffany had to pull him aside and tell him that he’s safe, and there was no way that the Cookout would collapse right when their goal was in their grasp.

Kyland was shocked that Hannah put him up on the block, and complained to Tiffany about his distrust of Hannah. He thinks that maybe he was going home during the Double, and that everyone is going to start playing for the jury.

Xavier and Tiffany began talking about the threat levels with the final six. They both agreed that all of them have different degrees of threat levels, and any one of them could win. In the Diary Room, Xavier said that he wants to get Tiffany out first because he hasn’t respected any of the moves she’s made, when it was Tiffany who created the Cookout, and took out her own ally when she could’ve flipped the switch on him.

Hannah tried to apologize to Kyland about putting him on the block, and he said that he was cool with it, but he secretly took it personally (like the Michael Jordan meme).

Right before the HOH competition, Derek told Xavier that he wants to win HOH and target Tiffany, then begged Xavier to throw the competition to him. Xavier said he would see if he would depending on the competition, and if he thinks Tiffany will win.

The HOH competition began, with five Cookout members fighting for the power. This competition was introduced by weird looking guy dressed as a chicken called The Cluckster. The players were locked in cages, and had to navigate eggs outside the cage through a chicken wire maze. Once they reached the end of the maze, they had to roll the eggs down a ramp to knock over three levers. If the eggs fell or broke, they had to start over with a new egg.

Eggs were falling and cracking everywhere, with players revealing in the Diary Room with who they wanted to win. Tiffany said that she, Hannah, and Kyland created a final three deal, which Kyland may not adhere to, because he made a final two deal with Xavier.

The only people to get on the board were Azah, Xavier, Kyland, and Derek, with Derek tying Kyland with two levers down, before losing an egg right before knocking over the third one.

Although he planned on throwing it to Derek, Kyland decided not to throw it, and knocked over the third lever, earning his third HOH of the season. While everyone was happy for him, there was some hesitancy from everyone, especially now that the reality is setting in that they have to go after each other from here on out.

Kyland himself even felt at odds winning the power, knowing that he’s the first person who has to take a shot at the Cookout, but for real.

Despite this “final three” made, Kyland told Xavier that he wants to go after Tiffany or Hannah, since they pose big jury threats, as well as the possibility of winning comps to keep themselves around, and target other people. Xavier fully agreed with Kyland, continuing to skate by without getting a whole lot of dirt on his hands.

Tiffany told Kyland that the only competitor that needs to go now is Xavier, because he will sweep the jury clean, but she wants to bring Kyland to the end because he’s a really good competitor, and it would be a fair final two. Kyland agreed that Xavier is a big threat, but acknowledged that Tiffany is just a strong competitor. This is true, but Xavier has been throwing competitions all season, and we have seen what he’s capable of doing, so it should be a no-brainer that Xavier is the biggest target in the game.

Even a conversation with Hannah lead us to believe that Kyland would maybe decide to target one of the biggest threats in the house, but Kyland knew that he would be breaking deals that he’s made with people no matter what he did.

At the Nomination Ceremony, Kyland decided to forget about the recent final three deal, and nominated Tiffany and Hannah for eviction. Kyland said that these nominations were because of a loss of trust, and he has lost trust with the two of them.

Tiffany said that Kyland is the “smartest idiot” she’s ever met, and prepares to compete hard for this week’s Veto.

Best Player of the Episode:
I’m giving this to two players this week: and its Hannah and Tiffany. Yes, they may be nominated for eviction, but their reads on the house are better than the delusion-filled men of the game. They know the threat level that Xavier has, and are trying their absolute hardest to get him out if it’s the last thing they do…and it might be.

Worst Player of the Episode:
This is ALSO going to two people, and it’s going to Kyland and Xavier. These two are so full of themselves, they’re taking credit for moves that they didn’t orchestrate. Xavier also celebrated that he’s not on the block again, but didn’t think it was an issue always nominating Britini when she was still in the game. Make it make sense!


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Big Brother Recap: Two Jokers and a King (23×35)

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Azah, Derek, and Xavier. The final three that not everyone saw coming. One of them will walk away with $750,000.

But before we get there, we have to do an annual tradition: the recap filler episode.

This is the episode where the final three reflect on their time on the house, and we see them eating a very staged dinner, saying very scripted things about things that have happened in the season. This would transition into showing montages of these specific moments. However, I was kind of excited for this one, because this season was full of fantastic people, with outstanding personalities that made this season so memorable.

Before all of that started, the finalists reacted to Kyland’s controversial exit, and Xavier was commended for keeping his cool while Kyland went on and on about Xavier’s nephew. It was incredibly admirable that Xavier stayed strong and calm, despite the fact that he was about to punch Kyland in the face. It’s a move that is going to bite him in the butt after the game is over, and according to Ky, he doesn’t regret saying those things.

Kyland’s gone, so it’s way more important for the final three to celebrate! While they dined on steak and potatoes, they talked about some of the people who left the show early. The biggest topic being the farmer himself, Frenchie. We basically got the whole rundown of Frenchie’s Funhouse, where he made the super Slaughterhouse alliance, destroyed the Slaughterhouse, tried to recreate the Slaughterhouse six more times, and targeted basically everyone in the house. Oh yeah, and it was only week one. It was great to reflect on him, because he was the craziest player that the game has ever seen, and it was fun to reflect on his crazy two weeks in the house.

We got to see the cast’s failed attempts at cooking, with the nightmare scenario being Hannah putting beans on rice.

There was a segment of everyone playing jump scares on each other, where people jumped behind couches, from behind walls, or sneaking up to others and scaring them. They showed each scare twice: once in real time, and once in slow motion.

With this regular episode also showed two regular staples: Diary Room exclusives. Diary Room sessions give the viewers the chance to know the contestants thoughts during the game, but there’s so much that they have to give us for the sake of fitting everything into an hour, so this gives us some of the leftovers! There’s always a montage of crying, because let’s be real, if you don’t cry in the Diary Room, you haven’t played Big Brother! The second montage is always when the players come into the room to ask the people behind the cameras for food, clothes, or any other amenities that they might want. Like every year, there’s usually an infestation of ants somewhere in the house, and the most popular request was for ant spray or bug spray.

The final three also reflected on the Cookout, and the impact that it had on the season. We got to see a segment of the famous alliance talk about how their life experiences being a person of color has fueled their fire to come to the game and make a change. It further solidified that this alliance has worked so hard to get this message out, and put an end to all of the stereotypes and norms that this game has seen in its 23 seasons.

To give them one final push to the end of the game, they were treated to video messages from home. Derek’s mom, Xavier’s parents and younger brother, and Azah’s parents sent a video to them congratulating them and wishing them luck as they enter this final stage of the game.

Part one of the HOH competition will play out on Sunday, with Wednesday’s finale soon approaching!


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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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