Christine HOH, Zach Wins OTEV

Yesterday Frankie won the BotB, without Caleb (also winning an outside-the-house football excursion for himself, Caleb and Christine), sending Nicole back downstairs. With Christine the sole HOH and Donny and Zach potentially facing eviction, Saturdays Veto Competition was the only way to be sure of their safety. Playing along with Christine, Zach and Donny were Nicole Caleb and Derrick who got to experience the classic OTEV competition.

This time, Gilbert Godfrey seemingly voiced the almost cruel (according to the housemates) God of Veto, Otev and sent the players searching for their fallen housemates names in an obstacle filled swamp course. Action abound as there were dives, crashes, and Zach and Caleb tussling, the latter throwing the former away by the neck, apparently.

Zach came away the winner and will, of course, be saving himself come Mondays Veto Ceremony, meaning Christine will be naming a replacement nominee so sit beside Donny on Thursday. As of now signs point to Victoria being the pawn yet again, since it’s believed Donny is now the target. That could change, though. Stay tuned.

Victoria Used Veto – Brittany & Donny Nominated

When Victoria won the Veto this week, everybody knew that there would need to be a replacement nominee. With Cody as HOH and most of the house in some alliance or another with him, the choices were quite limited. With the opportunity ripe for a backdoor, Zach and a few other housemates tried to convince Cody to target and get rid of Caleb, the biggest threat to Cody’s game.

However, Brittany remained the target for the majority of his alliance members as she is more of a threat to their games, and Cody was convinced to make a move to benefit them, not himself. When the feeds returned to show Donny sitting next to Brittany, it showed how little Cody understands this game, and I’ll be laughing when Caleb is instrumental in evicting him. It’s just a matter of time.


Cody HOH – Victoria & Brittany Up – Victoria Wins Veto

Frankie and Cody moved in to the HOH room on Thursday night, after being the first to collect 12 eggs in the team chicken wire competition, Devilled Eggs. Frankie was dethroned, yet again, the next day as his nominees Amber and Jocasta won the Battle of the block against Brittany and Victoria, leaving Cody as HOH. With only the Veto between them and facing eviction on Thursday night, Britt and Victoria knew they needed to pull out a win.

In a World Cup dominated by Germany in Brazil, so it was in the Big Brother House. This weeks Veto was the always anticipated Prize/Punishment, with Cody, Brittany, Victoria, Nicole, Caleb and Zach as the lucky (or unlucky) players and Frankie as the Host. I’m looking forward to seeing him in his element, and I’m expecting an accent.

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Donny Vetos Jocasta – Caleb and Devin Nominated

Today at the Veto Ceremony, Donny used his power to save his recovering friend off the block. After feeling ill and dehydrated after playing – and losing – in the Battle of the Block Competition, she was unable to compete for herself in Veto. Donny, as her close friend promised to win for her, and when he proved victorious, a touching scene went down off-feed. Fondly recalled by the house guests, Donny dashed to Jocasta’s bedside, waking her with the news she was safe and would be around for another week. She cried. He cried. I can’t wait to see it.

With a nominee now needed, Mission: Get Devin Out was a GO and Derrick was one step closer to achieving his goal when he placed Devin on the Block. With the rest of the week still ahead with the long empty days, there’s not much to do, except gameplay. Devin seems to have given up for now, though if he catches wind of any plan to flip to evict Caleb, he’ll surely campaign.

What exactly will happen when the votes drop on Thursday is up in the air, though my thought is Devin will not be able to avoid the axe.

Whatever happens, I’ll have a great time watching.

Jocasta & Caleb on the Block – Donny Wins Veto

Nicole was dethroned in this week’s Battle of the Block competition when her nominees, Donny and Amber, finished their puzzle first. Leaving Derrick the sole Head of Household with his nominees Jocasta and Caleb facing eviction this week. Unlike weeks before, because of her loss, she is now in a frog costume for the remainder of the week; the cutest frog I’ve ever seen.

With Operation: Backdoor Devin firmly in place, there was only the Veto competition to get through, or more specifically, the drawing of the players. For a true backdoor, the intended target must not be nominated or chosen to play in the Power of Veto competition, having no way at all to save themselves. Of course, that much hoped for plan didn’t quite work out when Devin was chosen to play by Donny, who was chosen to draw for the ailing Jocasta.

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Devin Uses Veto on Brittany – Paola & Zack Nominated

Week two in the Big Brother house seems to have reached a new level of crazy, especially for this early in the season. Devin is now sole HOH – and he knows it. To say the power has gone to his head would be an understatement, not only has he been giving orders left and right, he also convinced Paola to throw not only the Battle of the Block competition, but possibly the Veto, too. Of course, the fact Devin promised to take Paola off the block should he win Veto probably made her feel even more secure. Not only did he give his word to her privately, he also declared it in front of everybody before playing the competition.

This Veto competition was based on balance, with housemates having to build a balanced mobile of the planets.  Devin was the first to balance all planets, so with all the power at the tips of his fingers, he had a big decision on his hands. He could keep the nominations the same, targeting Brittany, who he claimed was his target. He could keep his word to Paola and save her from the threat of eviction, forcing himself to nominate either another pawn, or, another target.

Or… He could totally backtrack; make ‘friends’ with Brittany and blow up the Bomb Squad.

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Donny Won Veto – Paola & Joey Nominated

The first Veto has come and gone in this twisted season, bringing back the standard Longest Word challenge. With Danny and Paola still nominated after losing the Battle of the Block Competition to Victoria and Brittany, they had this one chance to secure their safety. The players for the first Veto were Caleb, Donny, Paola as HOH and nominees and Victoria, Cody and Zach were randomly drawn.

This year the players had to swim to find their letters, so I’m sure they kept cool. Donny did keep a cool head, spelling the nine letter word “splitters” which after what sounds like a game full of almost words and missing letters took home the Veto, saving himself.

With a new nominee having to be chosen, Team America member Joey found herself the target. You see, there was this girls alliance thing that she made, and like the rest of them, it didn’t work. Then she talked about it. Oops. Donny obviously took himself off the block, and sole-HOH Caleb replaced him with Joey, who it looks as if may be the first person evicted in season 16. So America could be one member down before we even know who the rest are.

Sabotage, I tell you!

Amanda Wins Veto, Saves McCrae – Andy Up

It was Baby Zing-Bot’s first Birthday in the Big Brother House, and to celebrate, a special Power of Veto was played. With the house finally turning on Amanda thanks to HOH Elissa’s budding plan to backdoor her, it was only appropriate that her new target would pull off her first competition win in the game.  Yep, Amanda finally won something, and so, she saved not only herself, but used the power to save her main pizza boy, McCrae, ensuring they’d have at least another week to sneak around, suck face and do the nasty.

With Aaryn as the original target for Elissa’s HOH, now she had the choice of who to put up beside her. GinaMarie, who she promised wouldn’t go up, Spencer, the go-to nomination-seat filler, Andy, he of questionable loyalty, or the returnee Judd.

In the end it was Andy’s flip flopping that landed him on the block next to Aaryn, and with two of the three “A’s” of the 3AM alliance on the block, Amanda and McCrae are trying to save their power player Aaryn, who has shown herself to be a beast in competitions. Andy, however useful as a middle man between the now in Jury Helen’s alliance, hasn’t shown as much competency in competitions and is therefore more of a throwaway member of that alliance.

It all really comes down to the numbers, with three votes needed to evict this week, it’s in the hands of Spencer, Judd and GinaMarie as to who goes home this week. Aaryn is looking like the most likely to be evicted come Thursday, however things can always change in the last hours before a vote – so who really knows?

Andy Wins Veto – Doesn’t Use It

So, Andy proved this week he can win a couple competitions, taking the Veto this week home to his HOH room. With Spencer and Jessie being his nominees the chance for making a big move in the game was at his fingertips, but as you’d expect, he played it safe. This season in the Big Brother house the theme seems to be “Don’t rock the boat, baby” and Andy, being Andy, decided to ‘go with what the house wants’ to not upset the balance (Amanda).

Having played ‘both’ sides of the house (Helen and/or Amanda) since the beginning, he has kept both thinking he’s working for them. His true loyalty was tested while he was in power, Helen brought forth a potential plan to backdoor Amanda – he squashed it immediately; it couldn’t happen without him, of course. It also showed that at this point in the game he considers Amanda his stronger ally.

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Spencer Wins & Uses Veto – Howard, Candice & Amanda Up

Yes, you read it right – Spencer won something! In a veto puzzle challenge against Howard, America’s nominee (Amanda), Aaryn, Jessie and Candice. So the perv gets to stay another week, and someone has to go up in his place.  With Howard being the main target by Helen, through Aaryn, no biggie really, except that the obvious replacement is Candice, who started as besties with Helen and is an obvious vote for Howard to stay.

Candice, post-veto/pre-ceremony scrambled to stay off the block, cornering Helen and asking her to get Aaryn to reconsider Howard as the target. If she had made the conversation a game chat, instead of getting teary about Howard leaving, not really campaigning for herself and delving in to emotional blackmail, it wouldn’t have gone so bad. As it was, it made Helen SMOKE a CIGARETTE.

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