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'Riverdale' Recap: Time Jump Into Purgatory - Chapter 80

Written by 10 February, 2021
Last modified on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 21:57

'The Curse Of Oak Island' Recap: 02/09/2021

Written by 09 February, 2021

We are now beginning episode thirteen of the eighth season of The Curse Of Oak Island and not to be underselling any possible discovery this week, but the title of this episode is "The Fellowship Of The Ringbolt." Instead of something more treasure-like such as "The Fellowship Of The Massive Chests Of Pirate Gold."

As always, the tease at the top of the episode sounds promising. A couple of things are uncovered in the swamp by metal detection expert Gary Drayton, including what I assume is the "ringbolt" mentioned in the episode title as well as the lock for what is later described as belonging to a "large box or chest." And apparently they discover more wood in one of the money pit drill holes. And awaaaaay we go.....

At the start of "another exciting day on Oak Island," Rick Lagina is showing Tom Nolan the team's progress so far in the swamp. They have uncovered what appears to be two massive stone roads in the Southeast corner of the triangle-shaped swamp. One of which may be leading directly to the original money pit treasure shaft. Tom Nolan is also a landowner on Oak Island, but he is also the son of the late treasure hunter Fred Nolan, who spent nearly 50 years trying to find treasure on the island. He was convinced there was something of value in the swamp, but son Tom admits that his dad probably wasn't expecting to find stone roads.

The team has brought in archaeologist Dr. Aaron Taylor to oversee the excavations in the swamp. He tells Rick Lagina and Tom Nolan that his best guess is that the stone road was built and used as a way to transport some sort of containers or other large items to the uplands are where the money pit is located. He also has found small bits of coal mixed in with the stone road and some areas appear to be supported by wood stakes or timbers.

Later that afternoon, Rick Lagina and members of the team are in the War Room to discuss a piece of metal that was discovered recently in the digs of the money pit. They are receiving a report from Dr. Christa Brosseau, who has been able to shed some light on the age of the item. The item was found in the borehole known as C-9 and it was found with a number of pieces of wood. The hope is that it can be dated accurately enough to show it might be part of the so-called "Tupper Shaft." The shaft is named for Adam Tupper a member of the Trurow Company, who constructed a shaft in 1850 just ten feet NW of the original money pit. 

Her tests have determined the square nail was made after 1840. So while it doesn't prove they've found the Tupper Shaft, it certainly is a promising sign. Although, pretty much every episode has one or two promising yet not quite definitive moments.

Back at the money pit the next morning, Oak Island Project Manager Scott Barlow, geologist Terry Matheson and surveyor Steve Guptill are supervising the team's core hole drilling operation in borehole CD-8.5. They are hoping to confirm that they have located the Tupper Shaft. When they pull up a core that runs from only 18-28 feet down, it includes a significant amount of stacked lumber. It certainly appears to be a slice of a wall of some kind. 

Later that day, Oak Island historian Doug Crowell and Scott Barlow travel 50 miles from Oak Island to meet with blacksmithing expert Carmen Legge. They brought the item which appears to be some sort of a latch that was found by Gary Drayton on Lot 13. Legge says it appears to a higher end double-bolted lock, used to secure a large box or trunk. (Cue narrator: "A large box? Like the boxes that might have been used by the Knights Templar?")

Later that afternoon, Scott Barlow joins Rick Lagina and geoscientist Dr. Ian Spooner at the dig in the swamp area. They are continuing to uncover the mysterious stone road and they find a number of pieces of wood buried under the road and intertwined with the stone. Which is good news, since they can carbon date the wood and hopefully put some sort of specific construction date to the project. 

The following morning, Craig Testor, along with metal detection expert Gary Drayton, join the excavations in the swamp. As Drayton examines the dirt that is being uncovered, he discovers what appears to an old lock. 

The next day, Marty Lagina and his son Alex arrive at the old homestead of Samuel Ball, who owned Lot 25 from the late 18th Century to the mid-19th Century. Laird Niven has been supervising an excavation of the site once owned by one of Oak Island's most controversial figures. Born a slave on a plantation in South Carolina in 1765. He escaped at age 11 and made his way north. He eventually won his freedom when he joined the British military forces during the American Revolution. After the war was over, he traveled to Nova Scotia, where he bought a lot on Oak Island for a reported eight pounds. 

Although Ball was known to be a simple cabbage farmer, he somehow managed to become one of the wealthiest people in the province. He ended up owning 36 acres on Oak Island and several more on the mainland. Leaving people to wonder if he found some or all of the Oak Island treasure.

The Ball homestead has been designated a protected historical site by the Canadian government and Niven has obtained a special permit to dig at the location. The excavation is in its very early stages, but Niven has discovered a number of expensive pottery shards that date back to Samuel Ball's lifetime.

Meanwhile, back at the swamp, members of the team are continuing to work and determine where the stone road is headed. And as they search, Gary Drayton discovers some mysterious piece of winding iron. It could be a decorative handle or perhaps even a bracelet. And a bit later, Drayton uncovers a large hand-forged ringbolt. The ringbolt discovery is interesting, because when Fred Nolan was surveying the island during his searches in the 1960s, he discovered three large boulders near the edge of the swamp that large ringbolts driven into them. At the time, he believed someone had used the ringbolts to anchor a ship that had entered the swamp area back when it held more water.

Craig Testor, Rick Lagina and other members of the team arrive at the swamp to see the ringbolt. Laird Niven suspects it can easily be dated back to the 18th Century, which certainly fits into at least one of timelines for treasure being deposited on the island.

But with that, the episode ends and there are no teases for next week's episode. So let's meet here again next Tuesday?

Last modified on Thursday, 11 February 2021 02:02

'Riverdale' Recap: Graduation Day - Chapter 79

Written by 03 February, 2021
Last modified on Wednesday, 03 February 2021 21:43

'Riverdale' Recap: Chapter 78 — Archie Comes Full Circle And Meet The Auteur

Written by 27 January, 2021
Last modified on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:12

'The Curse Of Oak Island' Recap: 01/19/2021

Written by 19 January, 2021

We are now beginning episode eleven of the eighth season of The Curse Of Oak Island and not to be pessimistic, but the title of this episode is "Rocky Road." Sadly, I don't think this refers to ice cream.

As always, the tease at the top of the episode sounds promising. Some sort of "high end" gold coin is found in the swamp and wood is found deeper than expected in one of the bore holes. Could the team finally be on the trail of the money pit (for the 43rd time?).

At the start of "another exciting day on Oak Island," Rick and Marty Lagina, along with their partner Craig Tester, Terry Matheson, Charles Barkhouse and other members of their team continue a drilling operation in the Money Pit area. The team is looking at a core sample which appears to include a large hunk of a wooden beam, found at a depth of 165 feet. The current drill hole is about ten feet from the hole called "OC-1," which was drilled a year ago and found pieces of wood at a depth of about 150 feet. The wood was later dated to 1706, which could make the pieces part of the original money pit. The team decides to drill another 10-15 feet, to see if they hit other wood samples or the bedrock.

The next core goes down to 185 feet and is a lot of wet clay with some small wood pieces mixed in. That level is too deep to be part of any searcher tunnel and is in fact deeper than the team expected to find anything. The deepest shaft or tunnel of any kind is the so-called "Hamilton Shaft," which went down to 170 feet. Craig Tester decides the best thing to do is go a bit deeper to see if they uncover anything else. In the meantime, he heads over to the swamp.

In the triangle-shaped swamp, Rick Lagina, Dr. Ian Spooner and metal detection expert Gary Drayton continue searching for valuable clues along the mysterious stone-paved pathway discovered earlier this year in the southeastern corner of the swamp. Archaeologists Liz Michaels, Dr. Aaron Taylor and Miriam Amirault - along with Jack Begley - continue working to clear mud and muck off the surface of the feature.

As Gary Drayton examines the mud with his metal detector, he makes a potentially interesting find: a gold-colored knob of some sort. But what is it from?

Later that afternoon, Craig Tester meets with Marty Lagina back in the War Room to update him on the latest information from the drilling at the Money Pit. After some conversation, Marty advises Craig to keep drilling deeper, because wood splinters that size could be part of the collapse of the money pit. Or could be part of the money put itself.

The archaeologists are now wrapping up work at the mysterious feature that has come to be known as the "serpent mound." Initially, the thought was that it had some sort of religious significance, but some of the team now believe it is actually spoils from the construction of the nearby money pit. But the team has already found several interesting items in the mound, including an old nail that matched one found when the OC-1 hole was dug, as well as burnt charcoal that was dated back to the 1300s.

Despite those discoveries, the consensus seems to be the serpent feature is a spoils pile from the dig. And given that, Rick Lagina believes the team should focus now on the features that have been discovered in the swamp.

Then there is this odd sequence at the money pit area where Rick Lagina shows up and Craig recounts what they've discovered so far. Which is odd, since earlier in the episode Craig headed to the swamp and spoke to Rick. And the archaeologists who were at the swamp were then seen at the serpent mound with Rick. Honestly, the sequencing of these scenes feels more like a reality show version of "Inception."

Later, several of the team examine the final core from the hole, which goes down to a level of 210 feet. Unfortunately, no more evidence of human activity is found. 

While they shift the drill to the site of the next hole in the money pit area, Charles Barkhouse joins Rick Lagina as they meet with rare coin and artifact expert Sandy Campbell at the Oak Island Interpretive Center. He's there to give his analysis of the gold-colored object found by Gary Drayton in the swamp. Campbell puts the knob in an ultrasonic cleaner, which uses water and sonic pressure to gently clean objects without damaging them. 

In the end, he tells the duo that it is not gold, but brass. But the item was probably a high-end product and likely used on some sort of a jewelry box. But what was inside the box? And why was it found three or four feet below the surface of the swamp?

Later that afternoon, Gary Drayton is detecting items in the swamp and finds a bunch of possible hits. But what they find are some large timbers located next to the stone pathway with large iron fasteners attached to them. Looking at the timbers, Drayton speculates that it could be part of a ship dock that was attached to the stone pathway. 

And we're done for an other week. The tease for next week includes Craig Tester saying they have discovered a shaft that was reported to be located ten feet from the treasure vault. The second reveal is that some unknown item has been dated back to 1492.

See you next week.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:17

'The Curse Of Oak Island' Recap: 12/29/2020

Written by 29 December, 2020

We are now beginning episode eight of the eight season of The Curse Of Oak Island and even for this show, the season as been spectacularly slow-moving. Granted, some of the problem is due to the delays caused by the pandemic. The search season began late and some of the projects the team wanted to do would have required too much time to complete before winter began.

But as much as I would like these to be some hidden treasure trove, this season has seemed to primarily be filled with episodes where a relatively small "discovery" is turned into a breathless event. "Hey, look, it's a mound of dirt! Just like the Knights Templar used to build!"

Tonight's episode is entitled "High On The Bog" and while I can't claim to be a psychic, I suspect the swamp will be involved in some way.

It's nighttime on Oak Island and the Laginas along with their team have gathered in person and remotely to hear the latest presentation from geographic information systems expert Erin Helton. She has previously examined papers and a 14th-century map collected by the late Oak Island researcher Zena Halpern and used that information to lead the team to several large boulders that she suspects had been used as markers. Now that the location of those boulders have been confirmed by the team, she believes she can use those boulders as a way to lead the team to the location of the so-called "money pit."

Helton tells the team that she doesn't believe they should continue to dig in the money pit. She believes it's a booby-trapped entrance and that the location of the vault is somewhere else. She believes they can use directions she's discovered to lead them to the location of the treasure. She lays out her theory, based in part on other material that had been collected by Zena Halpern: the La Formule Cipher. The paper is a cipher comprised of mysterious symbols, which reportedly match symbols found to have been carved on the legendary 90-foot stone.

Back in 2016, the Laginas had paid a computer science to decode the La Formule Cipher and Helton is using that translation as the jumping-off point for her translation. And by following the directions across the island instead of downward at the money pit, she arrives exactly as the location known as "Cone E" on Nolan's Cross. Even more impressive, if you overlay the corridors drawn on the 14th-century map collected by Zena Halpern, you arrive at the exact same spot. 

The Laginas are impressed enough to bring out a crew the next day to dig some exploratory holes based on Erin Helton's new theory. Rick Lagina and the small team are drilling at a location Erin believes is the site of a hidden underground corridor that might lead to the location of the true money pit. Nicknamed "EJZ-1," is is located at the edge of the clearing where many different people had dug searching for the treasure.

While drilling continues at EJZ-1, at the Oak Island Research Center, Rick Lagina, Charles Barkhouse and Craig Tester are meeting with numismatist Sandy Campbell. While searching on Lot 15 seven weeks ago, near a structure believed to be a 16th-century pine tar kiln, metal detection expert Gary Drayton and Jack Begley found an old coin unlike any they had ever discovered on Oak Island. The coin is thin and flat with a square old punched in the middle. 

After examining the find, Campbell tells the group that it is clearly a Chinese Cash Coin. And while the coin is too worn to identify more specifically, based on the way the edge of the coin was created, Campbell estimates it could be 1,100 or 1,200 years old. In other words, it was manufactured somewhere between 400 and 900 A.D. But how did it get to Oak Island? Campbell tells the group that he is surprised by the find, given that while English, Spanish and French explorers brought their coins with them on their travels, the Chinese typically did not. Campbell's best theory is that it came to the island in someone's pocket. They had likely been to the Far East and collected the coin as a good luck piece.

Following that piece of interesting news, Rick Lagina heads back to the money pit area to check on the progress of the drill holes at EJZ-1. But after a lot of back-and-forth conversation and the examination of some material brought up in the holes, the bottom line is that they haven't found anything yet.

The following day, while the drilling continues at EJZ-1, metal detection expert Gary Drayton and Peter Franetti arrive at the southeastern corner of the swamp. It is currently being drained in preparation for a new excavation and the duo hope to find some items that had previously been buried under the muck. Their first find is an old iron pin, probably used for construction on a ship or wharf and almost certainly dating back to the 1700s or earlier.

Later that day at the money pit, surveyor Steve Guptill, Oak Island historian Charles Barkhouse and geologist Terry Matheson continue to examine the bore hole material from EJZ-1. They haven't found any evidence of Erin's proposed tunnel, but when Rick Lagina arrives Guptill makes a suggestion. Last year, the team dug up woof dated back to the early 1700s at a money pit location known as OC-1, which is located a few meters east of RF-1, which they used as the starting point to determine where to dig. If the team uses OC-1 as the starting point, that might give them the location of the tunnel. But until Erin can examine the new theory to map a new location, the drilling is on hold.

On nearby Lot 15, Marty Lagina's son Alex Lagina joins archeologist Dr. Aaron Taylor and archaeologist Miriam Amirault as they continue to investigate a mysterious, serpent-shaped mound. Dr. Taylor has discovered a bit of a charcoal layer in one portion of the mound and by testing the charcoal, he should be able to determine when the material was burned. 

Meanwhile, back at the swamp, Gary Drayton and Peter Franetti continue their search for more evidence of a possible hidden ship wharf. While digging for metal, the two men discover a layer of hand-hewn boards that Drayton thinks might be the entrance to a tunnel or shaft. They call Rick Lagina and island archeologist Laird Niven to come and examine the find. Niven seems to think it could be a slipway, similar to what was found in Smith's Cove. No one is entirely sure what the feature might be, but there also appear to be sort of iron nails attached, which could help the team date the feature.

While the discovery is noteworthy, it also could potentially force the team to reevaluate their current plan to build a cofferdam in that corner of the swamp similar to the one they build two years ago in Smith's Cove. If there is indeed the remains of a slipway in that location, driving large sheets into the ground to build the cofferdam could destroy unseen wooden features. They ultimately decide to dig in the area in an effort to discover what might be there before the arrival of the metal sheets.

The tease for next week shows the discovery of more wooden features in the swamp, a new discovery by Gary Drayton and Craig Tester announcing the dating of some unseen object to 1320 to 1440.

See you next week.

Last modified on Wednesday, 30 December 2020 00:07

'Big Brother' 22 Recap: Nicole Didn’t Reign Supreme (10/15/2020)

Written by 15 October, 2020

Good evening all and welcome to Big Brother #22.  Well, we’re down to the final five (yes!).  The only problem is:  Who will leave the house tonight.  During Wednesday evening, they kept flipping their thoughts and when I checked Twitter after 5:00, the system had crashed.  So, I’m not sure where they decided to place the vote tonight.


After another retell of the “Wise Guys” and the same old repetitive, boring themes, we get a recap of the week.  Since it’s boring – er – been told before, I won’t waste the space again.  Since Enzo and Cody played “waffle ball” last night with who to go, I just want to get to Tyler’s arrival at Jury House and forget about these clowns.  Wait a minute!  Kaysar is surprising these house guests.  It may be good after all. 

Julie welcomes all and tells us that the “Root” alliance controls the vote.  If you don’t know, that’s Enzo and Cody.  Julie asks which “wise guy” is the wiser and I’m thinking:  wise guy, Julie, don’t you mean “clueless.”  Christmas promises to do the dirty work for Nicole.  Memphis feel confident that they’ll keep him around.  Enzo is happy that Nicole didn’t use the PoV. 

Oh, and they’re eating — again.  Girls sharing ideas.  Later, Cody and Memphis playing pool.  Memphis of course squeals to Cody that Christmas planned to back door him.  I guess that Memphis hasn’t learned yet that talking like that shows what you would do.  Of course, since you did it too, Memphis, Cody knows all about it.  Memphis then tries to play Enzo and get that vote.  (Can I take a nap now?)  So who is the more gullible and liable to give Memphis a vote?  Well, we’ll have to put up with more filler to find out.

Jury House

Tonight, Tyler joins the jury.  Dani thinks it will be Tyler and he joins the group.  Dani calls jury the ‘grave yard of hopes and dreams.’  Tyler tells them he’s ready to share.  He has a video which all watch.  They’re surprised at Tyler’s time at the PoV.  Tyler tells them about his final deals.  Dani is analyzing it and I think she is disgusted.  Kevin says that he’s changing his view of who is running the house and it’s Cody.  Da’Vonne sees Enzo playing strategic.  Da’Vonne asked Tyler about the “Black Lives Matter” issue.  She asks was it strategic.  He says it wasn’t strategic.  He was upset about them being up and saw it as being sold out (I guess by the others).  Da’Vonne and Tyler make peace with a hug.  Da’Vonne is happy that Tyler was sincere and that makes her sure of where his heart was.  They’re both happy that it has worked out between them.  He’s hoping for a great friendship.   By the way, their view is beautiful.

The Jury House gets a message which Dani finds in the back yard.  They have a video of their “lives.”  Kevin gets a message from his husband.  David gets a message from his puppy (and dad).  Ian gets a message from Mary Ellen.  Da’Vonne gets to see her daughter who tells her that she misses her.  She immediately breaks down in tears.  Dani offers comfort.  Tyler is next with a video from Angela.  He breaks down and she sends love and encouragement.  Finally, Dani gets to see Dom and her daughter (and dogs).  The little girl is talking and telling Dani they miss her.   Dani cries also.  (Wonder if this means the BB house won’t see theirs???)


Well, no Kaysar yet but he’ll be involved in the HoH.  Julie goes to the house and talks to the nominees.   Christmas gives the usual.  Memphis asks to be kept around (and joked so he could restart Cody).  The voting starts with Cody first.  By a vote of two to zero, Memphis is toast (I mean gone from the house).  Memphis last words in the house were:  “Good luck!  You’re going to need it.” 

He joins Julie on stage where she asks him if he was blindsided and he admits he was.  Memphis tells Julie that he came in this time meaning to win.  He feels that they cut him because they didn’t see him as an asset.  Julie asks if he made the right decision for his game.  He thinks he should have made it to final three.  It’s a game, Memphis tells us, but he feels blindsided.  He kept true to the alliances to the end.  Memphis said he wouldn’t take Christmas to the end but Cody for he felt he would beat him.  His good-bye messages from Christmas was that she loved playing with him.  Nicole’s speech is general so no big reveal.  Enzo said it would have helped his game but others wanted him gone.  Cody tells him that he found out about the two Wise Guys group and had been working with Enzo since day one. Memphis tells Julie he had a game plan that he wanted to stick to but in the end it didn’t work out for him.  (By the way, if anyone wants to start an alliance, now may be the time.  They mentioned that the show would have ANOTHER season to bore us to tears!)

HoH Competition

Kaysar is helping in some way with the HoH competition.  This may be interesting so here we go.  This week’s HoH starts in the living room.  All are told to gather and Julie congratulates them.  She tells them that a former All-Star has news.  He’s outside at a chess board.  Kaysar announces a game they played during his season. It’s called “Knight Moves.”  They will be on the chess board.  Winners will play in the next HoH also.  Cody looks scared.  They’re told the competition will begin shortly (hopefully after they go to bed!). Hmm! Maybe this is why they only got a backgammon board. He! He!

Last modified on Thursday, 15 October 2020 22:12

'Big Brother' 22 Recap: Will Nicole Be The Queen Of All? (10/14/2020)

Written by 15 October, 2020

Big Brother #22 All Stars is down to five.  And these five are among the most boring house guests I’ve ever seen.  I actually hope Christmas makes it through this week to bring a little action to the house next week.  Otherwise, the final four will drive us all to sleep in no time.   The one thing that will liven this episode up is that it is “BB Comics Night.”

Okay, as to feeds, it echoes what I’ve seen so far in the house.  Nothing much is happening except that Memphis and Christmas are still on the block and both are saying they’re going to cause trouble if they go to jury.  Who cares? I honestly wish the cameras were in the jury house and not here.  There has to be more action in the Big Brother Jury House than in the Big Brother house.  At least the conversations would be better with no one talking about how good they are.  Oh well, it’s on with the show.

Opening Recap and Pre-PoV

Show of hands! How many of us have seen this rehash before?  Oh, that’s right, at least once a show for what three weeks.  Oh well, it’s boring.   And did we really need to see all the celebrations after Nicole won the HoH.  (Does Nicole always look like she’s about to cry?)  Oh great, we get Memphis in all of his arrogant glory tonight.  While Nicole reassures Christmas, we all know that things change in an instance  with this crew. 

Later in the HoH room, Nicole and Enzo are watching Memphis exercise and laughing.  And even after making fun of Memphis, they call him the head of the snake.  Later Memphis talks to Cody about what’s going on and Cody is telling him one lie after the other.  Cody is ‘not going to put his neck out for” Memphis.  And that from someone in a final two agreement with all left in the house!  Oh more filler.  Enzo trying to use a teapot to make tea (can I take a nap, please).  Christmas is also so clueless that she is trying to figure out a way to keep a “Wise Guy” alliance together.  Is Christmas still trying for a girl final two.   Nicole and Enzo are laughing at Christmas (and they gave them a sharp knife!)

Whoops missed Cody’s talk watching baby pandas on a slide.  Did I miss anything.  Sounds like they’re sharing “pity me” stories.  Everyone has one guys and we’re not playing for $500,000.  Oh well, to each their own.  Christmas wants it for her child.  Cody wants it for his life with his future wife.  If the gang isn’t up in the HoH room, Nicole seems to spend her time in bed (at least it is alone this year).  Nicole has decided to “use” Christmas to get to the finals.  Ah, the whooper.  Christmas doesn’t want to tell a lie.  This is BB.  Everyone lies!  I’m not even going there with Enzo and the cow’s conversation.

PoV Competition

At last it is veto time.  BB Comics are up and some of the comics really don’t make sense.  Each will wear a “super hero” cape as a costume (skimpy on the costume this year?).  Each hit the buttom and slide down the zip line to view the pictures.  Then they must put up the correct I of the comics.  Oh, there are duplicate covers.  The one who does it in the shortest time win.  I’m not even going to try and describe these.  Between the choices, there are some minor items that incorrect.  And what’s this.  Keesha’s is “birthday girl” as her character yet they evicted her on her birthday.  Wasn’t Loyal’s birthday the reason they didn’t evict Christmas?  And It is poetic justice that Nicole hated her comic character. 

The PoV winner is Nicole (11 minutes, 25 second) and Memphis loses with a time of 31 minutes, 56 seconds.  Christmas is trying to figure a way off the block 9lik that will happen).  Memphis doesn’t think that Nicole will take anyone off the block.  And since Christmas lost, she should be the one who goes.  Memphis!  Your time was worse!  And the waffling has begun with Cody and Enzo talking about who should stay and who should go.  Cody has a final two with Memphis.  Christmas goes to Nicole and ask for a deal before the PoV Ceremony.  She also plants seeds about the boys keeping Memphis.  Christmas has locked n that Cody might have deals with everyone.  Nicole admits that she could win against Christmas so Nicole definitely wants Christmas to remain in the game.

PoV Ceremony

Nicole calls all to the PoV meeting.  She has decided not to use the Power of Veto (big surprise, not).  Nicole tells us that she has to keep Christmas and hides in the storage closet for a while.  Memphis feels safe due to the “Wise Guy” alliance.  Cody tells us that Enzo and Cody are voting so they must do what is best for them and not her.  Christmas knows it is a long shot but she’s going to stay and cause major damage next week.

So watch tomorrow and see who gets evicted (that is if you don’t need a nap or don’t fall the sliding panda bears on Twitter.)

Last modified on Thursday, 15 October 2020 22:13

'Big Brother' 22 Recap: You Are Not Going to Believe Who Won! (10/12/2020)

Written by 12 October, 2020

Oh, it’s time for another episode of the newest soap – “Big Brother 22”. Of course, we should also add “the show that didn’t live up to the hype.” Just a reminder, we have lost the last one with a brain cell as Tyler was shown the door on Thursday night. He had figured out much of Cody’s game but not all of it and so was caught off guard with Enzo’s lack of working with his scheme to get Nicole out. Enzo is supportive as long as Cody is giving the orders. But anyway – we all know the inevitable is going to be at least Cody (a pregamer) in one of the two finalist chairs. As with other Big Brother seasons over the past few seasons, we have seen calculations (and laziness) like usual and that turns the season from being enjoyable to being boring.

Social Media and the Live Feeds

The most exciting thing that I saw was on Twitter. I saw a post about Big Brother made by a former winner (let’s call him D) saying that he did not participate in any pregame. So sad for his ego because no one believed him. It actually wasn’t helped that later that same night not only was D mentioned in a conversation between Nicole and Cody but we also learned that there were some other pregamers involved. Both Cody and Nicole’s moms are friends and apparently talk every day. Yep – according to the two, this also included gameplay.

And we also had hints of a showmance, even though it is late in the season. It seems Christmas and Memphis may have/have not kissed. While the majority of Twitter think they did, others say they didn’t. I have no opinion as I didn’t see the clip. Honestly, I still have the feeds but have given up on them. This isn’t what I expected for this season. And CBS is losing live feed fans as they are tired of these house guests and only seeing stars (they don’t really mind the puppies/kitties until the three-hour mark).

And now on to the Show

You can tell they don’t have much to show when they have to go back to the start of the season and show the alliances. Yep! That’s what we got to start the show tonight. Finally, we do get some history that is from the “three evictions” event then a move to last week. Now the new stuff is beginning with the HoH competition.

Christmas and Nicole seem to have an edge in this competition. Of course, we get Cody’s input because he is an expert and a possible nomination. Truthfully, I’m tired of hearing his analysis. He always slants it in his interest and not what is going on. Enzo tells us that this game of pumpkin slinging (as I call it) is causing his back to hurt. We do get Nicole bragging on herself (although) she did lose a pumpkin at least once. By the way, this game isn’t going as fast as most of the past HoHs have. So we do see all losing their pumpkins from the teeter-totter eventually. In Diary Room, Cody complains about Enzo’s lack of ability at playing. He’s also mad because Christmas at one point was ahead of the rest. As the competition continues, Memphis, Christmas, and Nicole (who needs a miracle) handle this game very well. Christmas looks at the others and loses concentration. She lost one ball which means she must restart with all the pumpkins. She only has herself to be mad at. Memphis doesn’t want Nicole to win but does lose a pumpkin so Nicole has a clear path to the win. Nicole wins the HoH competition and she is so happy. She got her miracle and we get another boring week! Does anyone want to guess who the nominees will be (hee hee)?

After HoH

Christmas does have a good cry in the bedroom but Nicole has no sympathy for Christmas. In Diary Room, Christmas tells us that she feels like she’s failed. The guys aren’t to be seen in the early shots. Finally, it is Memphis who goes in to hug Christmas (no kiss to me yet). Nicole, Cody, and Enzo are so happy that it is ri-di-cu-lous. Christmas and Memphis both seem to be disappointed and did I hear Christmas say: “I don’t care.” When Tyler had that attitude, she blew a fuse.

First Enzo, Cody, and Nicole celebrate in the bathroom. Now Enzo and Cody are celebrating in the storage room as Enzo realizes he won’t have to get his hands dirty. Really, Enzo. I think most people in the jury, if they have a brain, will know you have been working with Cody. Memphis assumes that he’s safe but Cody has turned on him. Cody sure does protect his friends, doesn’t he?

Cody, Nicole, and Enzo talk about the nominations. They decide that Memphis and Christmas are going up and Enzo wants Memphis to go because of his arrogance. Yes, Memphis is arrogant and the three of them are normal. (All who agree, show of hands.) To hear Nicole’s Diary Room, she’s done all the work herself. Oh, we get to see Christmas walk in on Enzo in the bathroom. Guess Enzo doesn’t know how to lock the door. Oh, it’s his relaxation room. My head is hurting now.

Nicole’s HoH Room

Wait a minute, it looks like it always does. Did we get to see the other reveals – I don’t think so? Nicole gets family pictures and a big basket. Victor wrote the note. Cody, in Diary Room, basically calls Victor a wimp because he’s not the way he was before (shirtless, bodybuilding, long hair). Nicole is happy to have a letter (but later on the feeds, she thinks something is wrong because of the wording in the letter). 

Christmas does go up to talk to Nicole. Nicole plans to get information (What – there’s only five left). Christmas thinks that it is in Nicole’s best interest to keep her. Christmas dear, Bless your heart! You didn’t know that Nicole’s pattern is to get rid of all girls? The one thing Christmas did that hurts her is telling Nicole she wants Cody out. Of course, Nicole shares the information with Cody. Like, duh – that’ was to be expected. (I think my IQ is being challenged as I write this.) (ARE they really talking about their teeth and their feet? New low producers!) On the day of nominations, Memphis apparently makes a plea that sounds like a final two deal. He denies having others. (By the way, it looks like all Nicole does is eat cereal out of that green bowl!) By the way, producers, stop the bathroom garbage, okay. 


Nicole has made her nominations and the ceremony is held. Nicole (no surprise) nominated Christmas and Memphis. The reasons given are because it is final five and they won’t further her game. Why not just say – I’m going to win so forget it.

Wednesday will be POV (the BB Comics).

Thursday will be an eviction.

Does everyone else feel that the season can’t end soon enough?

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'Big Brother' 22 Recap: And Cody Troops On (10/08/2020)

Written by 08 October, 2020

Good evening Big Brothers #22 – ahem — fans. Anyone have any doubt on who is off the show tonight. I will be honest! Unless the powers that be at Big Brother comes up with a way around this, Tyler is toast tonight with Christmas out the door next week. This leaves the door open for the two pregamers and their associates (Enzo and Memphis) to be in the final four. Does anyone care? I honestly got mad when I heard the word pregame.

I will say, the only thing of interest on the live feeds were the number of times they changed their minds. I have a new opinion of Nicole. She was sent in the house to try and muddle the thoughts. She hates Tyler then hates Christmas. She makes the guys change their minds. And she was supposed to be in the final two.

An Idea for Any Future Season

Last night, at the end of my post, I suggested that they institute a new scheme for Big Brother. They need to play the game more like Orwell’s “1984” and control what the house does. This way, the pregamers can not set up alliances that make the season boring. Changes are needed in both the way the game is played and how they cast the show!

Pre-Eviction Night Filler

As Julie welcomes us, she tells us that it is day 65 and Julie seems to think they should have taken Whiner – I mean Nicole — out. Julie said the question is: Who has whose back? Cody tells us that he can’t take out Enzo, Memphis and Nicole are too close and Tyler is the plan. So this raises the question: Just who do D and D want to win? Tyler feels he can get Memphis and Nicole (yeah, right). Christmas tells us she has spent three months away from family and child and she’s going to win this game (yeah, right). Nicole does talk to Enzo and Cody about Christmas being “too happy.” Maybe I should do a waffle count. Memphis is only playing for Memphis. Tyler knows he’s gone (I think). I will give it to Tyler, he does keep trying to stay. Of course, the four are such good liars, who knows. And with all the train wrecks coming off the tracks who can follow the plot lines or the voting. (Of course with feeds down when I watched, who knows what is going to happen.

Jury House

Suggestion: Big Brother, to retain fans, why not move the camera and game to the Jury House? You would get more action and discussion than what we are seeing in the Big Brother house now. And it would be more entertaining as each of these houseguests have different views!

Yes, we get the Jury House. Ian is bored and has spent the time alone naming the turtles. He greets Da’Vonne and they hug. Da’Vonne tells us that she is relieved to be out of the house and has a story to tell. Oh good, alliances are being spilled and Dani Is obviously in everything. Da’Vonne spills that Nicole is the one who voted Ian out which surprises him. Ian is not holding it against her. 

Next up is Kevin and Da’Vonne is surprised. Kevin tells us his eviction felt like a weight lifted off his shoulders. Kevin spills about the triple eviction. Next in is David as Kevin tells the others who he thinks will be there. David does get hugs. Da’Vonne is excited to see who will be the third evictee.

Dani is the final juror to enter the house. Dani is a little upset when she walks in and everyone is in shock. She thinks the main reason is that she was playing with/against Nicole and got played. Dani is not talking anymore that night but the next day spills the tea with a video. While Da’Vonne gives David grief for taking the money, Ian doesn’t blame him. David thought he had Tyler. While Dai doesn’t really say it, I am wondering if Dani and Nicole will be close again? Da’Vonne explains that Cody was using both and eventually Dani was out. Da’Vonne is glad she wasn’t in the house for the triple eviction. Dani feels sad and disappointed but is not bitter. 


Julie says the houseguests have been discussing the eviction all day. Julie gives them a chance to plead their case. Christmas is first and tells her son a happy birthday. She asks the house guest to think about what type of player she has been since day one and on and on she goes. Tyler sends love to Angela and he tells the rest that he’s thankful to be there. He tells them he is not done and he can help them. And the votes start with Enzo first. By a vote of 3 to 0, Tyler is evicted from the Big Brother house (as if there was any doubt). This leaves us with a potential final four that really has no potential for giving us an America’s Favorite Player. 

Tyler leaves the house with a smile. He knew it was coming and does get hugs. I so hope Christmas gets HoH and shakes this crew up. Julie greets Tyler with an air hug and tells him she thought it was his year. She wonders why Tyler told the remaining guests that they’ll regret getting him out. He tells Julie he wanted to scare them (little does he know what Christmas can do). Tyler does seem okay with leaving and Julie wants to know why Enzo and Cody didn’t take him further. Tyler is right in his answer. He thinks they saw him as a threat. He also felt that Nicole has a stronger hand than she is showing (I told you he knew more than he showed). When he put Nicole up, he honestly thought that Enzo would vote her out. Tyler liked David and fought for him. He tried to work with him. Julie does ask Tyler if he wanted to leave. He said there were times that he wanted to leave but after all that, he thinks it sets a tone for him (in his life maybe). The messages were all about the usual and come down to this. They (a) had other alliances and (b) Tyler was too strong a player. As of now, Tyler had no final thoughts.

HoH Competition

Tonight’s HoH is called Smashing Pumpkins. They must move pumpkins from one basket to the other via teeter tootle. If they fall off or drop a pumpkin, they must start again with all. When a pumpkin gets in the teeter-totter, the pumpkin goes up in the air.

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