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Turning Tides

It can often be said in the Big Brother House that the success and failure of any player’s game shifts each week much like the tide rolls in and out. Going from the zenith of power to the nadir of helplessness isn’t just a possibility, it’s an expected and somewhat regular occurrence. The years are littered with the corpses of gameplay that took “tragic falls” from one week to another, and many a player has felt the sting of Julie’s Boudoir a mere 7 days after being in “total control” of the house.

Rarely, however, has an alliance felt such a stinging rebuke as Britney’s team did in the past 7 days. From having three strong players and an alliance with a power trio to having one player remaining, Britney’s tenure as coach can only be described as having one major success so far. But what a success it is, folks.

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Shane Off, Danielle Up

In the late morning Veto Ceremony today, Shane took himself off of the block and Frank named Danielle as the replacement nominee. Now, with JoJo and Danielle sitting in the nomination chairs, the house has to decide who to send out the door. Jo Jo, the spunky Staten Islander who talks big game and well… talks. Or Danielle, the Southern Belle, who in Real Life is a Nurse at 23. However when she says it, it sounds an awful lot like ‘Kindergarten Teacher’.

There are many reasons to keep and evict both, but it seems that the house is still reeling from Willie’s Hantzheadedness, so the target still firmly remains on his former ally JoJo. She was target #2 on the BB Hit List after the chips fell over Willie’s explosion.  Added to that is the fact that JoJo is viewed as more dangerous player in the game physically and has more of a chance in the HOH endurcance competitions.

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Order From Chaos.

After two weeks of complete disarray, Thursday’s Big Brother live show served as a return to the normal order of things. The previous HoH (Willie) was removed from power, and in a standard trope of reality show it looks like he will get his comeuppance under the reign of the new HoH. To say that Willie’s reign was a disaster is only half-right. When one looks at the overall picture, it is at best a mixed bag. Willie’s original target was removed, his nominations were kept the same and he survived the week without getting thrown out of the house.

On the flip side? Well, the entire way that he went about things could be best described as a clusterfrack. Willie bullied and bashed his way through his HoH reign as few had before him- the closest comparison to this power trip would be BB11’s Ronnie. Willie blew up alliances, nominated people he was allied with, destroyed a Coach’s alliance between Britney and Janelle and essentially made it easy for a power change to go from the Blonde Ambition Alliance to Chilltown 3.0.

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Veto Not Used – Frank & Kara Nominees

In an unsurprising Veto ceremony this afternoon, Shane, the winner of the first Veto Competition of the summer decided to not use the Power of Veto to change Nominations, leaving Model Kara and Unemployed Frank on the block.

With the votes still up in the air and deals being made between everybody and their (Russel Hantz’s) Brother, what will ultimately happen on Thursday is unknown. It seems alliances are being made, including but not limited to, a potential ‘Brigade’ between Frank, Shane and Willie under the tutelage of Mike Boogie himself, a one week deal with Willie and Kara, and Britney and Janelle’s alliance of their teams, but which one is a true long-term game busting deal is a huge question mark for us viewers.

With the game only in its first week, the amount of game play, deal making (and obvious future deal breaking) happening this soon is a feedsters paradise. The inclusion of legendary players as coaches has turned up the speed of the game from zero to sixty in less than eight days. While it is great for us as viewers, the long term effects of such strenuous game play so early is already starting to show on the stress levels of some of the newbies, and the coaches themselves have mentioned numerous times that this first week has much more happening than their previous seasons.

One thing is for sure – things are heating up fast in the Big Brother house!

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Day One Recap and Veto

When the feeds came on last night all we knew was there were only 11 players and Willie, the latest Hantz to grace a CBS reality series, is HOH. That soon changed when 5 minutes after the feeds start Super Fan Ian, catering to us fans, slipped in to the vortex of a Have-Not Room and gave us an update.

Willie nominated Playboy Model Kara, from Dan’s team, and Boogie’s Unemployed Beach Bum Frank for eviction, He (Ian), Shane, Ashley and Daniele are Have-Nots and the Veto would be played today. Willie, Frank, Kara, Shane, Daniele and Wil would be the competitors.

The mysterious new competition Julie closed out the episode with was mentioned multiple times during the night, making it clear that a Coaches Competition took place before nominations and was won by Boogie. He won the power to save one of his team from being nominated for the week and thinking that Frank was safe, he gave ‘immunity’ to Ian.

In another development, it seems that the Pandoras Box room is now a full bedroom for the Coach of the reigning HOH, and it allows a more private place to speak if the HOH room is too busy.  Britney and Janelle are sharing the room making it clear that they are tight in the game. No surprise there since Britney has idolized the former player since her debut in season 6.

With the house already divided by the Coaches, Janelle and Britney teamed up quickly and Boogie and Dan seemed to be working together, the lines have already been drawn. Not sure how long it will be before the players openly defy their coaches and send the game into a tailspin, but with lots of game play in the first week, it can only get better.

Deals are being made all around and an alliance was revealed between Willie and, ironically enough, Frank, who he had just nominated for eviction. The majority of last night was spent by Britney and Janelle trying to pound the fact that Frank is a major competitor and more of a threat than Kara, then stating that it was a useless conversation until the Veto was played, then starting the same conversation over again a minute later. By the wee hours of the morning they laughed their butts off every time they mentioned it. The Dynamic between Britney, Willie and Janelle is pretty priceless, and when Wil is in the picture nobody can keep the funny out of a conversation.

On to the Veto….

When the feeds came back it was obvious that it was a slippery competition; all of the participants were freshly showered and clean. Helped out by the copious amounts of dish soap they apparently had to dive through to retrieve coins to fill their ‘bank’.  A fresh competition, according to Ian and Britney all of the competitions so far this season have been new. Climbing through things, sliding, finding and tossing coins seemed to be the nature of this particular game.

And of course in Big Brother there is always someone playing dirty. Hiding coins from other competitors was something that was being talked about in the HOH Suite, and apparently they were the targeted party. If some sabotage did go on, it should be fun to watch since it failed spectacularly and their side won anyway.

Shane ended up proving himself a good choice for Britney by winning the first POV with a total of $1.30 in his bank, and was closely followed by Willie who scored the same amount of change, but was behind in time. It all now rests in the hands of Shane, the quintessential good looking all American man. As a member of Britney`s team he is in a strong position this week with his alliance in power and the Veto in his hands.

With it only being week one, the chances that he`ll go against what his team has said is slim, but anything can happen before the Veto ceremony, so we`ll have to keep an eye on all the gameplay between now and then. If a target is placed on someone else’s back on the opposing side, it is entirely possible that it will be used to take (most likely) Kara off the block and Willie will place that unlucky person up in her stead.

Stay Tuned Ladies and Gentlemen – the game has just begun.