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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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)?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Big Brother fans! How many of you are feeling down and depressed (and not from COVID or politics)? How many wanted more from this season in the form of distraction and enjoyment? Believe me, I expected more out of an All-Star season than what we have gotten. Plus, Big Brother #22 has come down to the Alliance plus One (Enzo). Cody has final deals with all (even Christmas I think) and this has to have been the most non-action week in Big Brother history. I expected fireworks and got none! I expected Christmas to scream! Didn’t happen and I’m not sure how much will be shown on discussions that we have heard on live feeds. Not that there was much but we could hope.
It came down to who Cody nominated and that, of course, was Tyler and Christmas. Up until yesterday, I was sure Tyler was going. When Memphis started saying they couldn’t send Christmas out on her child’s birthday, I got suspicious of whether the wind would change. That may have happened, but it won’t change the course of this season because the damage has been done. In fact, it looks like Cody and Enzo are scared to go against Memphis in the hopes that he gets Nicole out. Expect the last few weeks to be even duller than this week.
Pre-Game and Power of Veto
After a recap of everything most of you saw Monday (we had football), it’s time to get to the real show. We do know now that Memphis swore he doesn’t have an alliance with Christmas (wink, wink). Nicole is excited about the noms but wishes she had done it. Like she’s really been playing this game. Cody wants Christmas out but Nicole wants Tyler out due to his getting Dani out. Christmas, for Cody, is obvious since she’s in the “other” Wise Guy alliance. Christmas actually said “they swung, they missed” and it is everyone for themselves. Wait! That’s how Tyler has had to play all year. Enzo talks to Nicole (who is wearing boots – what gives). Enzo knows he’s the reason Tyler and Christmas are on the block. Oh shoot – another “meow meow” in the diary room.
Tyler talks to Enzo who is playing dumb. Does Enzo really admit in Diary Room that he’s dumb? No – he thinks he’s smart and will lie regardless. Christmas meanwhile is talking to Cody about the noms. Christmas uses the usual “I’m not taking this personally” but about to break into tears. Oh, it’s nice to see that she can cry on cue like Nicole. Cody isn’t buying it. Of course, he knows that Nicole pulls the same stunt. Wait – isn’t Enzo in the pregame also. No way would he vote out Christmas who will go next week. Do I have time for a nap?
Oh great! Don’t tell me the rest of this before PoV is going to be Tyler/Christmas pleading. Tyler talks to Memphis and gets no response. Memphis talks about unconditional love for children in a Diary Room after talking to Tyler. Memphis has unconditional love for his kids yet he left his children to play this game(I could insert political reference but won’t). Memphis is playing for America’s Favorite Player. No way can he get that. Could we vote for Mooch from Celebrity Apprentice Two to get that this season! Now, we see the real Memphis after his talk with Christmas. He’s not going to be there for Christmas and comes across as scum. Tyler does try Enzo but I think he knows that there is no chance. Well Tyler did tell Enzo that the original plan was to get Enzo out instead of Dani and tell him about The Committee
The POV is set up as a picnic. This game is called “Snapshot Shuffle”. They must place the photographs of previous house guests in the correct order in chronological order. The time limit is 25 minutes. Nicole tells us it is hard and the pictures have four people in them. They must see what’s different. She must make it look like a story. Memphis has a real “hate” on for Tyler. He wants to win just so Tyler won’t. Enzo and Tyler apparently time out. (Okay – my mind did wander during the POV because it was BORING). Cody doesn’t want to name a third person. Wimp! Yes, I called Cody a wimp. He has no one to get instructions from now that he has no contact from his puppet master. (Good thing I’m taping the Masked Singer, isn’t it?) Oh, time for results. Cody did this event in the time of 4 minutes and 57 seconds. Cody congratulates himself. Oh, why aren’t I surprised!
After POV Game and Plea Deals
Hey – I use one of Twitter’s terms for Christmas and didn’t mean to do it! Christmas makes a plea to Enzo to help her stay. Tyler is worried. Cody and Enzo meet and discuss how Tyler and Christmas are throwing everyone under the bus. Now Cody is ready to target Tyler because he revealed “The Committee” to Enzo. Cody at this time, forget all alliances. You know, if I was Tyler, I’d be glad to get out of this crazy house where the game is being staged for only a few to win!
They’re back In the HoH room talking (Enzo, Cody, and Nicole). Wait a minute, was Nicole mirroring Dani. They must be hurting for material to show that “so-called” comedy routine. Cody does make one more pitch to Cody but is it too little, too late. All I’m hearing from Cody is talk, talk, talk. He has finally wised up about jury management. Honestly, with anyone but Tyler, I’m not sure how Cody will fare.
Okay, raise your hands if you think there will be a change in the nominees. He doesn’t allow them to plead their case and does not use the power of veto. He adjourns the meeting and we get the usual sign off.
How to Make BB Better
There’s been much talk on Twitter about what would bring viewers back to this game. In my honest opinion, the show needs to change directions and casting decisions. Honestly, I would love to see them play a 1984 version of BB where there is a person upstairs dictating what the houseguests did. Could you imagine if Evel Dick was the Big Brother representative who tells the others what to do? He could even make each do housework oh my! And Evel wouldn’t take any pregame alliances. He’d out them right away.
See you tomorrow when most likely Tyler leaves. Wonder what filler we’ll get then?
Okay, Big Brother #22. Which of you decided it was important to tell the houseguests through Dr. Will that it’s a triple eviction. You had the Big Brother fans excited that the houseguests had no clue! You had us happy for once that Cody and Nicole couldn’t come up with a plan! Finally, we’d see the alliance disintegrate with a fight breaking out. Then the Big Brother powers that be sent Dr. Will out with a clue that told them to expect a triple. We were stuck with live feeds of Enzo getting mad at set plans and Dani and Cody trying to figure out a pecking order. Once more, Cody and company have it in their heads that they can control the eviction level. And, every time I checked today, no live feeds at all. No wonder the show ratings last night were so bad compared especially to The Masked Singer which surprised all with an unexpected exit (due to costume).
Introduction — or Whatever
Julie looks happy since it’s the first time in 20 years that they’ve had a triple eviction. I’m not recapping the recap. We know already Cody is HoH, Kevin and David are on the block, and Cody and Dani seem to think they are going to an automatic final two (wait what happened to Nicole?). We also know Cody won PoV and kept the nominees as the same.
Julie does tell us that in less than a month, we won’t have to suffer – I mean root – for our players to win. Tonight, we will see two HoH comps, two nominees, and two PoV play out. But, we can see Dr. Will’s message. Oh, do get more of Cody’s bravado.
As of the very first of the show, we get Cody talking and talking. It’s bravado time. Finally, we hear Dr. Will and he’s on television (in the back yard). Will talks about how awesome he was in the game. He’s telling them the clue with numbers (one, two and three) and they first appear clueless. Quickly the figure out that double eviction (and I thought they were dumb). Team plans are now shot but Dani is not sure what he wants them to know. David figures out the three moves and so does Memphis but maybe they don’t get the timing. And who do you take out if you win HoH. I’m already bored.
Please Big Brother, please. Stop the over-analyzing by these clowns – I mean contestants. It always comes back to the same thing: who do we eliminate first. Will Tyler convince Dani to work with him? Is he lying (of course, he is)? Tyler realizes that all “hell is about to breakthrough. Buckle up.”
Julie says keep the triple a secret between us. Julie, someone already has told them. Julie confirms it is a double eviction to the house and then gives the nominees a chance to sway votes. Kevin is first and he talks about Black Lives Matter. He seems to use the idea “I can help you” (which is a lie). David talks about making it further than before. Everyone seems ready to get it over with (so do we). Now it’s time for the voting and first up is Enzo. Kevin is evicted by a vote of six to nothing. Yea! They stayed true to their team!! Julie reveals that Kevin is out. Kevin does say something (I think about no hugs or goodbye) and he walks out. Angry loser (who knows). Dani and Nicole don’t walk him to the door. The Mean Girls are at it again.
Julie asks Kevin why he didn’t hug anyone. He calls the house “fake.” On finale night Kevin said he would see if he hugs anyone. Kevin tells Julie it was hard to break through the alliances. The reason David was kept was no one was afraid of David. Kevin does say he felt safe for only six days. It’s different from the last time because Kevin was never nominated (especially five times). Julie asks if his talk with Cody was the tone he wanted to use. Kevin admits he was playing on his emotion. Julie asks about the deep conversations and tells Kevin that the conversations inspired people. Kevin wanted to represent the community he belongs to because they’re important. Kevin, you did help people. He does get goodbye message from David (who felt that he was there for him), Enzo (he was out of Enzo’s league), Dani (jury points by wanting him to stay but the alliance didn’t), and Cody (you were better than the other person on the block). Kevin is grateful and we should be also because he was at least true to himself.
Head of Household 1
It is a question and answer comp called “It’s All About Will.” Evidently, his two (yes only two) appearances are the basis of this comp. Four leave on the first question and it comes down to Enzo, Memphis, and Christmas. Memphis is HoH and now must nominate two people.
Nominations and Power of Veto 1
Dani and Nicole look confident. Memphis faces his housemates and nominates David and Nicole. Well, well! Nicole is a surprise. Nicole looks upset. And It will be a competition without Dani and Enzo. The competition is called “Ice in My Veins.” They must cross the balance beam, solve the puzzle on the other side, and then return. Well, no one falls off the balance beam going over. Christmas thought hers was done but had an error. Then Christmas and Nicole race back. Christmas is announced as the winner but did she? Must have because Nicole is really pleading her case and spilling things to Christmas. Christmas is talking to Memphis as the commercial plays. The PoV is clarified. Nicole did hit the button first but the puzzle was wrong. Dani looks worried. Pleas: Nicole is glad Christmas won. David congratulates her and asks her to stay. Christmas chooses not to use the veto because of the turbulence in the game.
The Second Vote and Eviction
The eviction speeches consist of everyone surprised that Julie reappears. Was there something else there? We’ll never know. Nicole is first and she’s talking fast. She’s helping games, please keep me. Thank you. David is next and he points out that Nicole has won already but he will stay and play and help people. The voting begins with Cody. By a vote of three (Cody, Enzo, and Dani) to two (Christmas and Tyler), David is evicted from the game. And the fun may finally have begun. David leaves quickly.
Julie invites him to come on out. Nicole looks mad that she got two votes but Tyler hugs her. Dani is wringing her hands again (in shock or despair, she is evil). Memphis and Tyler talk triple. David was a little late coming out due to gathering his emotions. Julie asks how he is feeling and he tells her he feels vindicated after last year. Julie mentions the triple eviction which was behind her in a scene all saw in the house. Julie asks why he played. Did David want to make statements, to show he could play or make money? David wanted to prove he could play and he is proud of winning a comp that took him out last season. Julie talks about the money. She asks if going for the money caused the eviction. David says while it could have. David feels that the game is fun but also a pressure cooker. Julie asks about the wrong assumption made that he voted out Ian, David said it was a great move for Nicole to do what she did. His final thoughts are that he was vindicated even though he didn’t win the money.
Head of House #2
Julie calls all into the living room to start the second Head of Household competition. Now the game is really afoot. Julie tells them they’re not done yet and Memphis is rubbing his face. Julie says that they all listened to Will and had planned three moves ahead. Julie announces another week of BB and the third headed to jury.
This HoH is different. All left in the game have an alliance with one or more people. Which person are they true to the most. Outside, it’s another question and answer game that Memphis cannot play. The name of the game is called “It’s About You.” Julie will read statements about events that took place earlier in the season. They must determine if the statement is true or false. The questions begin and no one wants to lose. Cody, Christmas, and Tyler have made it to the final three. Cody is showing he is smart after all. Tyler wins Head of Household so he is safe from Dani’s line up of sixth. Dani does try to tell Tyler that she’s not coming after him so he won’t put her up. She’s pleading basically for her game. Will he believe it? Oh great! Now it’s Nicole’s time. She swears she’s not coming after him at all. I don’t think he believes either her or Dani. He’s had his eye of those two for a long, long time.
Nominations and Power of Veto
Cody tries to have one last word with Tyler as they got called for the Nomination Ceremony. Tyler nominates Dani and Nicole and apologizes. Both are upset. Each can still save themselves in the POV. If looks could kill, Dani’s looks would kill Tyler.
The Power of Veto competition is called “Feet to the Fire.” They must race across the balance beam, get their fire puzzle piece by piece and return to rebuild it. Once finished, they race back and hit the buzzer. Memphis cannot play. Both Christmas and Nicole fall off. Tyler is fast! Tyler wins the Power of Veto so I figure nominees will remain the same. When Tyler needs to win, he does. So, how will the vote go? Memphis and Enzo seem closer to Christmas so with them it could go either way. Christmas feels closer to Nicole as she has built a relationship there. Cody is the wild card. He has a pre-game with Nicole but had Dani in his ear.
Veto Meeting and Vote
Tyler is asked does he want to remove a nominee. Nicole tells Tyler she would love to come off the block. Dani is talking to family and will not waste her time making a plea to Tyler. Tyler tells them that he will not use the veto because I think, he knew Dani wanted him out and Nicole just doesn’t have a relationship with him. And the alliance falls. Should we celebrate yet?
Dani and Nicole as hugging each other and both are crying. All return to the living room and Dani wipes her eyes as she returns. She brought Nicole a tissue so the Mean Girls are still friends. Nicole’s plea is that she doesn’t know what to say. The experience has been amazing. She thinks Dani’s awesome and still has fight. Dani says that Christmas and Tyler in the final two. She says that if she stays and wins Christmas and Tyler will go up. Boy, can we say vicious nominee? Cody is first. The vote comes down Cody, Memphis, Christmas, and Enzo all voting to get rid of Dani. Dani doesn’t allow anyone to say anything to her but does take a hug from Nicole. No, she does hug some of them. Nicole is lying on the floor and looks exhausted.
Julie asks why no hugs for Christmas and points out that all are calling her a legend. Dani knows that Christmas didn’t like her. Dani relied on a social game and is most upset that she didn’t get a vote from Cody since they had sat up plotting many nights. Dani thinks that not having a relationship with Christmas might have been her downfall. She felt good with Memphis, Cody, and Nicole but never felt good with Tyler. She thinks Nicole is the one they are the least afraid of right now. Dani feels that the alliance may have had something to do with her exit and how she was playing. She thinks Tyler and she turned against each other because Tyler wanted to leave. It messed up her game and Tyler’s also. Julie asks her if she has respect for those remaining. She respects Tyler for playing but doesn’t respect him for wanting to leave. She thinks he should have stayed home. Dani feels this season has been the most fun that she’s ever had.
Remember, next week the game moves to Monday/Wednesday/Thursday. The gang will only face one eviction and the last we see of them is a relaxed group.
It’s time for Big Brother All-Stars. My brain: So what? My conscience: You know you are blogging it? My brain: Well everyone knows what happens. Does anyone care? My conscience: One person may have a need to know. Besides, you need the distraction and also the opportunity to comment. Besides, tomorrow night. three will go. My brain: Oh, that’s right. Maybe we will get rid of some problems tomorrow. I’ll do it.
That’s about the stage I’m at regarding Big Brother this season. There’s no one to pull for. Cody has deals with everyone. Even the ones I had hoped would put him up has a final two. I think with the shyster. Tyler has a clue and I only hope that someone else has because otherwise, the ones we don’t want to win will bulldoze their way to the end. Just a reminder that David and Kevin are the noms because Cody played it safe.
After the Noms
Oh, that’s right. OTEV is tonight. It may not be as bad as I thought. Cody seems proud of himself. Kevin, on the other hand, is sarcastic. He has every right to be. David tells Tyler not to say anything, he knows. David knows that he’s not the target but the pawn. He should! It’s been that way for a while. Tyler is sitting quietly waiting to see how it plays out.
Later Dani and Nicole talk about who should go (like they have control?). Dani wants Christmas up and now and Nicole is now down with it. She’s changed her mind since the talk with Cody? Of course, she has. Does everyone see the Mean Girls at work here? And what are Nicole’s real feelings? I think she’s using Dani and Dani doesn’t realize it. Dani also wants Tyler out. Oh, and let’s not forget that Nicole is still feeling guilty over Ian (really – cry me a river, Nicole). Later Nicole and Christmas talk saying there is a war about to start. Is Nicole actually sincere or just spreading some Christmas joy to Christmas? Oh, Nicole thinks Christmas needs to know that Dani is targeting her to help Nicole’s game. Well, win something Nicole, win something. (Note: Dani gets the evil queen look again – why am I channeling Once Upon a Time).
Christmas is bonding with Memphis (oh, great – this is worse than I thought). Memphis is determined to keep the noms the same or he knows that one of his alliances (read Christmas) will go up. Christmas isn’t dumb, she knows that Cody plans to get her out. The Committee is toast. Kevin and David also have a talk about it but what good does it do? Neither has won a POV so far and I don’t see it happening now (especially if money is involved). Enzo talks to David and tells him not to worry. I think Enzo things he’s closer to Cody than Nicole and Memphis. The only one closer to Cody is Derek! We do get another good conversation about the culture in our world today between Kevin and David. Hope people are listening.
Okay – I’m not into following the alliance talk in Cody’s room. Dani tells us in a diary session that Cody isn’t the brightest but no one, in my opinion, can be as dumb as they’re portraying Cody. Luckily for us, we get the Veto Competition to pick and don’t have to listen to them anymore. The players are drawn with Cody picking Nicole (and she wants to win to protect Christmas so to get Dani out). Kevin picks Tyler (who has played in every game and it makes Christmas mad). David picks house guest choice. He chooses Enzo. Poor Christmas is left on the sidelines in a very bad mood, a temper showing, and a big mouth. Tyler talks to her and asks if she is mad and she says no. All the alliance guys try to make her feel better. Later, Enzo, Memphis, and Cody confer. Cody wants the noms to remain. Enzo is ready to back door someone and he doesn’t want to listen to Cody. All alliances are teetering.
The veto area has ETOV on the balcony above them. This time he is green and psychedelic. He’s talked to Dr. Will (who we haven’t seen) and the game begins. It involves tie-dye t-shirts and it revolves around contestants (like Sgt. Keesha). Inflatables are filling the play areas with others that fall. There’s also a $10,000 prize. Who will go after that (as if I don’t already know)? David is excited as he’s never seen this. Oh, and the t-shirts are folded (and buried) with all the beach items on them. Nicole wants to prove she’s a good ally and start building her resume for the final two (presumptuous isn’t she)? Since OTEV is harder to understand this year, I will just give you the eliminated house guest.
Eliminated round one is David. Don’t worry! He took the $10,000 and earned the ridicule of Cody, Dani, and Christmas. Note: We see that Nicole had problems throughout this comp with climbing the slide (I lost count at four).
Eliminated round two is Tyler who picks up an inflated cow named Moo-lan.
Eliminated round is Kevin who is beaten by Cody. By the way Kevin can’t stand him (Cody, I guess).
Eliminated round four is Nicole who can’t get up the slide (and they make a joke out of it) leaving Enzo and Cody in the finals.
The winner of POV is Cody. Of course, it is! Enzo wanted to create chaos but Cody doesn’t want it. Enzo heads up but Cody beats him. Cody wins the competition.
Houseguests take t-shirts and beach balls as they leave the OTEV area.
Enzo in Diary Room complaining about David taking the $10,000. None of the houseguests seem happy for David but will it change their votes and let them keep Kevin. Cody tries to explain this to David about having a target on his back now. For some reason, Cody still wants Kevin out.
The PoV ceremony is held. Cody apparently doesn’t give them a chance to plead their case and he adjourns the meeting without those on the block saying a word. I wonder if this was because of a lack of time or if it really happened? David feels that he may have made a mistake and Kevin sees it as a door opened for him to stay. Does it really matter with three leaving tomorrow?
I’m not even going to make a prediction on what will happen with three evictions? We’ll all have to watch to find out. And I’m betting feeds go down early to prepare for this!
Big Brother #22 fans, hold on for a slow then wild ride. We know that it will be a slow week (aren’t all of them) and the chances of Kevin or David winning are slim and none but by Thursday some of these folks will be fighting for their Big Brother lives. And as the alliance plus one starts to sink slowly into the past, which one will come up with a plan to stay ahead of the rest. The pregamers may have set up two to go to the end, but it doesn’t’ mean they will. In fact, I think several who were not pregamers have figured out what is happening and at least one is using it for their own purposes. We’ll hopefully see the disintegration of mob rule and every person for themselves by the end of Thursday’s two hour show.
HoH Is on the Line
Thursday, we have no clear to what the HoH would be. The competition didn’t immediately start and we’re left with Dr. Will on the balcony at the apartment next door. He tells them to get ready for a wild week but you know he will not be there (in that “apartment”) all the time, right (wink, wink). As they wait in the house, we go to credits.
Head of Household (HOH) competition will be hosted by Dr. Will Kirby (NOT! No Will to be seen). Previous reminders are of the “Wise Guy” alliances and Dani’s power. For that to be brought up, we know it plays into the game which means Memphis. Whee! (And yes, from the feeds, I knew he played.) Enzo isn’t shy and tells all that he’s going for the money but will he be the only one? Nicole though gets a Diary Room and tries to make herself look good by talking about being true and not voting Da’Vonne out. Of course, Nicole goes on a fact-finding mission to Christmas who is buying a clue on how Nicole works. Now the mean girls, Dani and Nicole, are together and start scheming. Dani tells us that she has to start worrying about herself and will lie to Nicole if she needs it. Of courses, Nicole has been lying all the time. These two are just alike.
Dani tells us that she’s debated whether to use the power. While she doesn’t want anyone to know she had the power, she wants it used so she offers it to Memphis. Memphis isn’t happy because he didn’t want to be HoH again, but agrees. Cody and Nicole talk and Nicole tells all. This means that Cody now doesn’t know what to think of Dani and wonders if she’s playing by herself. Huh! Of course, Dani is playing only for herself but she does decide that she wants The Committee to think it is for them. And as the television announced “The Replay” Power has been used, we know the game is on.
Tyler is first to go out and find “Going for the Green.” No Dr. Will to explain so Tyler gives us details. They each get three shots and there are two sides – money and HoH. You can try both sides and you get the lowest score unless you designate otherwise.
Tyler – Cash – a 3, HoH – a 14.
Memphis – takes an 18 for HoH
Nicole – takes a 10 on HoH.
David – I think he got a 0 but honestly can’t remember.
Dani – goes for money and ties with a 3 with Tyler. She’s mad that she has to share the $10 grand.
Kevin – takes an 8 (I think) as his last balls go out of bounds.
Christmas – scores an 8 on the HoH side. She wants to put Dani and Nicole up for eviction.
Enzo – scores a 4 on the money side.
Cody – scores a 2 and is crowned HOH.
Christmas isn’t happy and it is noticed by Dani and Cody. Cody is ecstatic for as the weeks continue, it will only get more hectic.
While Dani and Tyler talk, neither admit to winning money. I wonder if they didn’t show us anything because of the stories Dani told us on live feeds. While Dani hasn’t said she won money, she does try to get people to accept that Tyler won because he can’t get his story straight. Dani is so good at lying. When she, Nicole, Cody, and Enzo are talking in the HoH, all mention how Christmas looked mad after the competition. When Enzo leaves, Cody asks what to do. Dani wants Christmas out because she’s insane. Dani says that Christmas scares her. Okay, Dani dear, you lie and scare people watching live. So Dani wants Cody to take a shot at Christmas. By the way, Dani dear, your lipstick matches your villain role. I wouldn’t call you Malificent but maybe Cruella.
Filler ensues but we do see Enzo telling Cody about the second Wise Guy of Memphis, Enzo, and Christmas. Now Memphis and Christmas are on Cody’s radar. Is Enzo destroying their game? Most would say yes, but I see it as covering his game. Enzo really wants David to stay and pitches Christmas as being a nominee. Cody is planning David and Kevin because he really wants Kevin to go. His order of eviction is Kevin, Christmas, and then Dani. Wow! Dani is now up where she put Tyler. Cody doesn’t trust Dani and is the least aligned with Christmas. In his talk with Nicole, Nicole tells him by putting up Christmas, he is doing Dani’s dirty work and it isn’t fair. So we now know that Nicole is aware of Dani’s evil side. Cody sees it as a way to get them to the final two. Nicole says that she’s got a rocky relationship with Dani about Da’Vonne and Ian. Cody sees that Nicole is upset about her allies going up. Cody doesn’t have any problem putting Christmas up as he sees it ultimately will get him and Nicole to the final two. Nicole tells him to be ready for all to blow up if Christmas goes on the block.
Kevin tells us he doesn’t want to talk to Cody but goes up. Kevin flat out asks Cody not to put him up because there are bigger threats. Kevin will not give Cody names and then his speech destroys any chance he had with Cody. Kevin tells Cody that his jury vote will be determined by who put him up or/and targeted him. That seals his fate with Cody. Cody uses a heavy hand on Kevin. Whoops! Cody, your actions have just lost Kevin’s vote.
Cody calls the group to order. He nominates Kevin and David. Kevin laughs while David has no facial expression at all. Cody nominated Kevin because of the conversation. David goes up – well, I’m not sure why but Cody says he gets to play veto. Cody tells us that he feels that it may not too early to put someone up later if one comes off the block. Really, you are supposed to get out the strong ones Cody. Kevin knows he has to rely only on himself. He must win veto. David knows that he must win veto so he can celebrate. Enzo isn’t happy because Christmas isn’t up. He does know that there will be more blood, crying, and drama as time goes on.
OTEV is back on Wednesday. Yeah, I know who wins but won’t share now. More then.
Big Brother 22 fans! We may be in for a bumpy ride on tonight’s eviction episode of Big Brother. As many may know, the feeds were down for almost 24 hours. During this time only things we know is that COVID tests were done and a wall yeller came. Rumors and questionings persisted on Twitter and Facebook until feeds returned. When they did, the only thing I could see were happy house guests playing charades (which we did not want). We do know that there is one power that can be used by Dani and it was offered to Memphis. I honestly believe that some type of drama occurred and hopefully, we find out tonight! Oh, and we have a ‘Big Brother superstar’ that will show up for an event. Does anyone really care who it is or what the new twist will be?
Before the Eviction
As we hear “previously on Big Brother” I know we first get the recap. But wait! Before we get Julie telling us what the all-stars are going to miss and one is missed opportunities. Well, of course, that’s true for everyone. Boy! Da’Vonne is going to be bitter once she’s in the jury house.
Julie returns to welcome on Day 51. Julie thinks that whoever is left after tonight’s eviction will become valuable to whatever members are left of The Committee. Why did I phrase it this way? I see The Committee as fracturing because of Dani and Nicole’s perceived actions. Let’s face it! Being chosen for Kevin and Da’Vonne made them look like allies to their other alliance members. Memphis now thinks that getting rid of Da’Vonne is best because of Dani and Nicole. You mean he can change his mind! Christmas is also suspicious because of the veto. Kevin knows his chances are 50/50 to stay. Da’Vonne is not going to go quietly though. She’s going to make everyone sorry which doesn’t brood well for the week. She thanks Kevin for being there for her as she packs. Da’Vonne says she tried to focus this season on the bigger picture. Honestly, it was a good plan but came off as vindictive again.
Dani comes in to check on the nominees. Dani is sympathetic because she’s losing a number in Da’Vonne. Da’Vonne knows the guys are waiting for her to start a campaign. Don’t worry Da’Vonne. Dani is going to do what she can for you to stay.
Kevin buys a clue and goes to talk to Memphis but again, I’m not sure what Kevin really thinks. Kevin is really too nice a guy to play. This scenario happened last time also. Kevin does say that Dani and Nicole are with Da’Vonne. Memphis confirms that Kevin’s thoughts are going in the right direction. Da’Vonne’s speech helped prove it. Memphis does hint that Kevin has a chance but now Kevin is over analyzing and thinking does Memphis have a diabolical plan. Da’Vonne is so smart, she should have thought of this earlier.
Talking to Nicole, Da’Vonne wants to know if Nicole would be honest. Okay – no comment. Nicole feels she’s dug a hole she’ll never get out of but she’ll admit all to Da’Vonne . My question is this: You dig a hole for yourself every year! What makes this year different? Da’Vonne is still suspicious about David but Nicole is in the mix also. Da’Vonne you shouldn’t have frozen David out.
In the yard, Da’Vonne’s talks to Christmas (did she call her OJ girl). ole focus on Dani so much. Christmas smiles and nods. Enzo and Memphis talk and decide to have two side alliances beside the one they have with Cody (The Wise Guys). Later Memphis talks to Christmas and Enzo enters. Meet the Wise Guys II. While Christmas makes them admit that she’s not a guy, she also hasn’t forgotten that she’s in a final two with Tyler. The Wise Guys II is her back up.
Dani and Christmas are talking about how to keep Da’Vonne. Dani is pulling all the punches with Christmas who smiles and nods. Christmas immediately talks to Memphis about the conversation and suggest pulling David in with some type of safety. It falls to her to have the meeting. David listens but doesn’t really commit to anything. David has already seen everything that Christmas says. He knows he could easily be a fall guy if things go wrong.
Julie joins the house guests and gives each a chance to address their house guests. Da’Vonne is first and she is long-winded telling about her love of the game, being there for a purpose, strong women need to wing, and her love of God. Enzo looks like he’s zoning out. Could this speech be why the feeds were down She mentions Nicole and her vote for Ian. For someone who loves God, she sure is an angry person! Kevin has to be brief. He talks about votes and thanks Memphis for listening – look no one could get all of these speeches. Tyler is the first to vote.
Julie reveals the vote to the house guests. By a vote of five (the guys and Christmas) to two (Dani and Nicole), Da’Vonne is evicted from the Big Brother bubble. Da’Vonne hugs all and puts on a brave face through the sniffles. She blames Nicole for being the reason it took her so long to leave. Kevin holds the door as Da’Vonne exits the Big Brother House.
On stage, Julie greets her and they talk. Julie asks how Da’Vonne feels and the reply is “relieved.” I guess I would be too. Da’Vonne mentions that she’s sick of her housemates and tired of dealing with them. Julie wants to know why to keep Kevin. Da’Vonne sees Kevin as a puppet (and admits it). Julie shares the goodbye messages. First up is Kevin telling her that she made his time bearable. Tyler tells her about the alliance (with Nicole and Dani) and that he couldn’t keep her because he was her target.
David’s interview, as usual, rambles. Finally! Nicole comes clean in her goodbye (and starts to cry on cue). Da’Vonne is asked about Tyler’s message and she knew something was going on but didn’t expect Dani and Nicole. Julie then turns (on) Nicole. Da’Vonne doesn’t know where she stands with Nicole. She sees Nicole as not being honest. Da’Vonne’s final thoughts are: she loves the game, she loves being black and she’s ready to go. She said other things but I honestly couldn’t get them all.
The New House Guest and HoH
Julie gathers the houseguests in the living room. She starts to give them the news on the twist and lets someone they all know does it. Yes! It isn’t Derrick, Dan or Jessie. On the balcony, next door is Dr. Will. Oh, this could get good quick. What better neighbor could they have! He’s going to put his little spin on the game. They can go for a power or a prize. The decision is up to them. Julie admits the houseguests are clueless. No answers tonight whether they take power or prize and whether Dani will give Memphis the chance to play again.
Julie tells us to watch Sunday for who wins HoH and the power twist. Also, OTEV returns on Wednesday. And get this! A Triple Eviction next Thursday night. I believe it is a two-hour show.
As the show ends, Cody and Dani are talking in one of the bedrooms and she’s not happy. He apologies that he hurt her. Meanwhile, Nicole isn’t happy either but that devious light in her eyes you can tell she’s trying to figure out what is better – power or prize. I bet, for her, it will be whatever will advance her in the game (or she was told to talk by her mentor)
Hello, Big Brother #22 fans (or hangers-on). If you hope for drama, on a scale of 1 to 4, I would say we’re at a 2.5 to 3 to see at least some drama tonight. It’s been rather tame with the Big Brother #22 gang or at least it was until last night. If you have (or follow) the feeds, you know they are down (and I checked at 7:00 PM Eastern). No one knows why but they went down after a yeller started on the street. And are you ready for Zingbot? He’s due back tonight.
Big Brother fans, remember the nominees – the usual suspect, Kevin, and Da’Vonne. Memphis may see this as a power move as Da’Vonne is tight with Dani, Nicole, and Christmas but as proved last week, they stayed true (at least for a week) to the alliance. I honestly believe that Tyler is playing it cool and “true” to the alliance but I’m not sure if he’s still willing to buy all the baloney they try to feed him. David may finally be getting the hang of the game but is it too little, too late?
After the nominations, Da’Vonne’s face tells you that she’s not happy. Da’Vonne tells us that she thinks the house thinks she saved Ian and then she starts cross-talking. Kevin is mad because he’s up for the fourth time and he is annoyed. It’s so bad he goes to see Memphis. Memphis gives him a bunch of bull but he does tell Kevin he would rather see him safe. Remember, Memphis wants David out.
Dani and Cody talk about Da’Vonne being up. Whisper, whisper – Dani is upset because Da’Vonne is up. She says that she told Da’Vonne that she’d be okay. Cody thinks that it’s where Da’Vonne should be due to her actions.
Da’Vonne and Kevin talk about why they are up. Da’Vonne knows it is an alliance. The second reason is to back door Kevin. Let’s hear applause for Da’Vonne! They still want who didn’t vote for Ian and they’re eyeing Nicole and David but Da’Vonne puts the blame on David. Kevin says he has had a good season as he got to play Big Brother again and made Da’Vonne as a good friend.
Big Brother #22 has Memphis call all to pick nominees for veto. Memphis chooses Tyler. Da’Vonne selects house guest choice and picks Nicole. Finally, Kevin gets another house guest's choice and picks Dani. Oh, so there are four alliance members and three have been told by their leader to throw the veto so he (Memphis) can back door David. Tyler’s not trusting anyone now because of Dani’s actions last week. Dani tells Nicole she plans to win and take Da’Vonne off. Boy, Memphis is strict when he tells Dani, Nicole, and Tyler to blow the competition. What can he do if they win? Tyler isn’t happy and doesn’t plan to let him put up David. Nicole and Dani are confused. I guess they haven’t learned to follow their inner feelings like Tyler. Memphis even tells Kevin and Da’Vonne that he has set it up to win because he wants to back door David. This man isn’t to be believed!
The Return of Zingbot and Power of Veto Competition
Zingbot is on the balcony next door and wakes all up. He’s now the “Tiger Zing” and I’ll be honest. I have the hardest time understanding him. I’ll try my best to give you the zings.
David – Zingbot can’t believe he’s there because he isn’t an all star...
Enzo – Zingbot gets him for still using “meow, meow.”
Cody – Zingbot calls him a perfect 10 but that is his IQ.
Dani – Zingbot called her an old pro her first season but just old this time around.
Christmas – Zingbot gets her for her name – a season that causes stress and is annoying.
Kevin – Zingbot’s zing was the hardest one on this but it had something to do with his agreement ring.
Tyler – Zingbot got him for being okay with losing $500,000 but getting a girl and called him a liar.
Da’Vonne – Zingbot got her for the number of reality shows (three times Big Brother, two times The Challenge) by asking her which reality show she planned to lose next.
Nicole – Nicole tries to hide but Cody drags her out. Again it was hard but I caught the words bride, whine, and cry. Zingbot did add something that got bleeped.
The challenge is called the Tiger Zing Sanctuary. They must return three tigers to their cages and then ring in. It’s a time competition and Tyler usually aces these. As the houseguests return to the house to wait for the start of the competition, Christmas gives Zingbot the finger. Now Christmas! Was that a very Christmasy thing to do?
As the competition starts, Zingbot takes shots from above. Da’Vonne goes first and seems confused from the start. She’s followed by Memphis, Nicole then Dani (who both plan to take Da’Vonne off the block), Kevin, and Tyler. Tyler is fast in this competition and looks confident. The times are:
Kevin – 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
Memphis – 3 minutes, 29 seconds.
Dani – 4 minutes, 22 seconds
Da’Vonne – 6 minutes, 53 seconds
Nicole – 4 minutes, 22 seconds (unsure on this one)
Tyler – 2 minutes, 55 minutes.
Tyler has won the Power of Veto and Da’Vonne’s bad-mouthing of him continues.
Memphis is mad at his alliance and tries to talk Da’Vonne down with promises. She knows that the rest of the group was in an alliance and I figure she’ll pin it on Tyler. Meanwhile, Memphis lectures Tyler on using the veto but Tyler is not going to do it. This is Tyler’s game and he won’t let Memphis or anyone else control it. He let’s slip that he’s been on the block and has no reason to send David home. Memphis is mad because he doesn’t know where he stands with David. Then, he uses the reason that Tyler should do what he wants because Tyler owes him for last week. Tyler decides to drop a mini-bombshell on Memphis and tells him that there was a reason that both Dani and Nicole were picked to play veto. He tells Memphis that they’re not to be trusted because they had a side alliance with Da’Vonne (which technically they do). Now Memphis is questioning Dani and Nicole’s allegiance to the group.
The Power of Veto Ceremony
Tyler calls everyone together. He gives the nominees a chance to speak. Kevin is first and he uses the “you were here last week and I hope you use it on me” speech. Da’Vonne addresses Tyler and calls out Christmas and the others. She complains that they will waste their chance for a bigger opponent on her. Dani’s uncomfortable but should have expected this. Tyler announces he will not use the veto and ends the ceremony. By the way, this speech was brutal in its original form.
Results: Memphis tells us that at least Nicole and Dani have been outed to him. Tyler thinks it’s funny but he’s still there. Kevin will survive because he’s the Big Brother phoenix and will rise again. Christmas thinks that Da’Vonne has no clue what is going on. Da’Vonne says there was never a chance for it to be David or Tyler but she is a fighter.
Tomorrow night will be the vote out and a Big Brother legend” returns to kick off a new twist. Oh great! Will Dan or Derrick come back to further mess with the game?
Some Personal Observations:
No one knows why the feeds have been down and seem to be gone until after tomorrow. Probably set up but could it be because something happened last night. Another yeller made an appearance and feeds went bye-bye.
And a note to Dani. In the past, you made reference to Jeff Schroeder doing his “television show” and interviewing D-rated celebrities. What do you think Big Brother stars are? I think you fall into the “D” category.
I know that in television you have to create a tease for viewers so they'll feel the need to keep watching. But I'd love to have someone at Discovery explain their theory behind the weird tease that opens up every episode of Expedition On The Edge. Each episode begins with a tease that essentially gives away the biggest surprise of the upcoming hour. So you spend the the hour waiting for the moment to arrive, viewing every scene through the lens of "hey, maybe THIS is why that happens!" It's an odd way to structure a reality show and it does a disservice to this one, which is otherwise a really compelling adventure series centering around a probably ill-advised effort to get a sailing ship through the Northwest Passage.
This week's episode is not-so-subtly named "It All Falls Apart" and the opening tease seems to show Captain Clems having a bit of a meltdown and leaving the expedition. Now he has already shown some severe interpersonal challenges when it comes to dealing with the crew. But completely leaving the expedition? I'm guessing the scenes that were shown are only part of the story. But I would have been fine not seeing them and as I said, the entire tease does a disservice to the show.
As the episode begins, it's day 77 and the Infiniti has been stuck in Demarcation Bay, waiting for the winds to change and push the ice far enough north for the ship to make it the 1,000 miles to the next stop at Cambridge Bay. It's then another 3,000 miles through the Northwest Passage to Alert, which is farther north than anyone else has ever sailed without getting stuck. One of the crew mentions again that more people have been to the top of Everest than have successfully traveled through the Northwest Passage. And none of them accomplished that feat in a sailing vessel.
There is a real possibility that the Infiniti could get stuck in Demarcation Bay for the winter, so Captain Clems and the crew decide to risk a weaving sprint through the ice in hopes of getting to Cambridge Bay. The open sea is technically not that far away-only about 60 miles. But that's a long distance when you are talking about navigating through seas packed with ice in a boat that's not designed to deal with this type of environment.
The Infiniti makes it part of the way to the open sea but gets stuck. So the ship begins to backtrack in an effort to find a way through and one of the crew shows a map of the ship's movements, which spins and twirls around as if some child had just scrawled a path with a crayon. In the end, the Infiniti ends up back at Demarcation Bay, with the crew worn out and emotionally spent. While they wait again for the ice to clear, some of the crew decide to go exploring on shore. Which might not be the brightest move, given that it's polar bear country and the only thing they have with them to defend themselves is a flare gun. Actually, the phrase "This might not be the brightest move" could be an unofficial slogan for the entire expedition.
They explore the shore and don't find any treasure. But they do find a whalebone the size of a small car and a bit more troubling, a human skull half-buried in the sand. But unfortunately for the crew, that will be the lone piece of excitement for awhile.
It's now Day 90 and the Infiniti is making a second attempt to break through the ice. It's dangerous and there is a chance they could get stuck in the ice in the ocean, which is truly the worst case scenario. But everyone is going stir crazy and they have the sense that if they don't try again, they'll be stuck in Demarcation Bay for the winter.
The captain and crew of the Infiniti weave and pick their way through the ice, but the wind has picked up to 35-40 knots. That blows the ice pieces around in an even more unpredictable way. And add to that frustration, the ship is so close to open water that they can see Cambridge Bay off on the horizon. But that seems impossibly far at this point. And inevitably the Infiniti gets stuck in the ice with open seas only about a mile away.They manage to finally free the ship and are forced to return once again to Demarcation Bay.
It's now Day 112 and the Infiniti has been stuck at Demarcation Bay for more than a month. It is the iciest summer in memory. They are only a third of the way through the Northwest Passage and they went from being way ahead of schedule to being late. It's August and they have no idea whether they will be able to break through. The crew is going a bit crazy and they have noticed the effect the situation is having on Captain Clem, who is becoming increasingly angry and withdrawn. And as a side note to Captain Clem. Maybe this situation is why it wasn't a good idea to bring your entire freaking family including two young kids on this "Gilligan's Island in the Arctic" expedition!?!
They receive an update from their "ice guy," who suggests they might want to think about staying at Demarcation Bay for the winter. Aside from the fact that I suspect some people might be killed while they sleep, I'm pretty sure they don't have the supplies to last them another 9 or 10 months. So they decide to try one last time. Because what other choice do they have?
It's Day 113 and the Infiniti tries it's "Great Escape: Part Three." And go figure, it doesn't go well. The winds from the West pick up, which not only puts more ice in the path of the Infiniti, but it has also pushed the ice into the entrance of Demarcation Bay. So the ship couldn't return to that safe harbor if they wanted to. Even climbing up to the crow's nest at the stop of the mast they can't see far enough to get a sense of whether or not there's a path forward. So they decide to use their drone to get a better view.
At this point, the Infiniti is about 5-8 miles away from open water. It looks hopeless. And then suddenly on Day 115, the Infiniti is free and headed to Cambridge Bay.
It's Day 122 and the Infiniti makes it to Cambridge Bay, which is 1,800 miles from Alert. They hope to get some food and refuel. But as they do that, they receive a warning email from the Canadian Coast Guard. The message reports heavier than expected ice and strongly suggests "pleasure craft" not attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage. Of course, Captain Clem laughs off the warning. But he does makes the somewhat reasonable observation that going back is likely no safer than moving forward. And no one wants to winter in Cambridge Bay.
Based on interviews, much of the crew seems to think moving forward would be reckless and potentially deadly. As far as they know, every other ship has listened to the warnings and turned around. The charts show large packs of ice everywhere in their path and the ice is already beginning to reform a month ahead of schedule. There is a real possibility the Infiniti could get stuck. And not only would they run out of food, the pressure from the ice would likely crush the ship's hull. And as several members of the crew note, if all of that wasn't bad enough, the Infiniti isn't properly insulated. So there is so much condensation in the air of the cabins that the bunks are wet with moisture and you can wipes huge amounts of "breath water" off of windows and nearly any slick surface in the crew's quarters.
The level of pressure is high on everyone, but particularly on Captain Clemons. He's leveraged everything to make this trip and if it doesn't succeed, he'll likely lose everything. Spending 9 or 10 months waiting it out in Cambridge Bay isn't an option. But one of the crew estimates there's a 90 percent chance the Infiniti will get stuck in the ice if it continues and that seems like a reasonable assumption based on the ice charts and changing weather. The captain doesn't know what to do and he's falling apart in front of the crew.
Ayack, who is the first mate and who has clashed repeatedly with Captain Clemons decides to leave the expedition. His exit sends the Captain into a spiral where he is in near tears, explaining that he has tried to hold things together and that he just can't do it anymore. "I just can't go on" is the last thing viewers hear before the episode ends.
It's a dramatic end, but I'm left with the same question I had at the beginning of the episode. Why give away this dramatic twist ahead of time? There are other things that could have been teased and still made it compelling enough to suck the viewers into watching. It's like teasing a pre-recorded sports event by giving away the final score in the first 30 seconds of the broadcast.
Regardless of my frustrations, I'll be back next week. And since this week's episode ended with no tease at all, at least we enter next week's episode with a bit of ignorant bliss.