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'Big Brother 23' Recap: Christian For The Win -- 08/01/2021

01 August, 2021

Big Brother fans were surprised that Christian won the HoH this week. The plan was to throw it to someone who would put up the pair of Christian and Alyssa. So what happened? Christian, and his competitive nature, saw he could win, so he did. Unfortunately, this set up the showmance with the perfect opportunity to continue their romance and this time legitimately in the HoH bed. It also meant that the plans that the Royal Flush made were null and void. All strategies and alliances may be null and void soon with the number of alliances that exist in the house. Maybe next week the dynamics will heat up some more as it looks like teams dissolve at the eviction Thursday. Will the alliances last? I can't wait to see.

HoH Aftermath
The HoH, as you may remember, was a puzzle surfboard. I'm not sure what was going on, but it seemed to the houseguests to be more complicated than it looked to the fans. As the only alliance of four left in the house, Christian and Alyssa were happy. They were safe and had heard rumors that they were going on the block. The King's target from last week was Whitney, but Xavier thinks she needs to stay. So with the power in their court, who will Christian put up to leave on Thursday night.

Christian and the members of the King's team celebrate, but Xavier, a member of the group, is worried. Tiffany now is all for Royal Flush because she's a member with Christian and Alyssa, so she feels safe from the noms. The Kings meet in the Storage Room for ANOTHER celebration, and Alyssa is happy. Alyssa calls their showmance a "social game." Wink, wink, keep believing that, Alyssa.

Meanwhile, Derek F. and Azah are talking. While Derek F. thinks they are coming for the Jokers, Azah feels safe. Azah tells him to act happy. Claire feels safe because of the Royal alliance. Meanwhile, Derek X. is worried about Hannah and Whitney. He's safe due to the Royal Alliance, but they're not. Hannah thinks she's okay, but she really doesn't have anything in common with Christian. Derek F. feels defeated, but Whitney tries to encourage him. Whitney wants Christian out. He's the last of the three that was on her exit list.

Yeah – no HoH reveal, but we see Christian and his team gather to discuss their target. Alyssa really wants to keep Whitney for next week. Xavier and Christian don't care. Alyssa wants Hannah out because she knows the game and pushes like crazy. Sarah Beth wants Whitney. Xavier doesn't want Hannah up. Xavier pushes Britini, but Christian is saving her for the renom. So the top three for choices are: Whitney, Hannah, and Britini.

Derek F. and Whitney discuss workout outfits, and Derek F. questions Whitney's choice. Whitney has had some questionable outfits, but this one is mild. The outfit question goes to all with Alyssa saying that she doesn't like it (most agree). In the hammock area, Derek X. talks about family and China. Azah understands Derek X.'s feelings. Both respect their heritage, but they love the American life. This discussion goes over Whitney's head.

Wild Card Competition
The Wild Card Competition is up. The Kings can't play, and Claire is up her team. Whitney must play for her team. The Jokers must decide between Azah and Derek F. with Azah playing. Christian in Diary Room tells us that Whitney cannot win. The game is called "Lights Out" (I think). On entering the room, they are all dressed up in party clothes. This game involves rolling a ball (an olive) down a curving ramp to the cup to make a martini. The lights will go off periodically throughout the game. While Azah goes slow, Whitney has problems. Claire uses math and wins the game. Her prize is either a week of safety for her team or two weeks of safety (to jury) for herself. After much conflict, she takes the two weeks. Tiffany is happy for Claire, but it could jeopardize Tiff's game.

The Royals meet to discuss the nominations. Christian wants to make sure all are on the same page. All feel Whitney makes sense, but the second choice is all over the place. Hannah is discussed because Sarah Beth wants her gone due to Hannah's knowledge of the game. Others suggest Britini from the Jokers. Tiffany sees Britini as a legitimate choice because she could put up their teams due to two weeks on the block. Xavier doesn't want Hannah up but has to move carefully due to the Cook-Out alliance. Jealousy is huge on Sarah B.'s part. Tiffany doesn't want to see Hannah on the block, so the target needs to stay on Whitney. Christian tells them those are his three choices, and Tiffany takes the blood off her hands by reminding him that it is his decision to make. 

Later Christian meets with the Jokers, who promise to work with them. I guess Christian doesn't realize the showmance clause? Xavier is not happy because it makes it harder to protect the Cook-Out. (Little do they know, teams are almost over). Christian talks to Hannah and tells her about the pawn situation. Hannah calls it hinting, and she's looking for a way to protect herself. Hannah mentions the Jokers. Reasoning with Christian is like reasoning with a two-year-old. He admits that he needs to decide whether to put her up or not.

Nominations Ceremony
At the Nominations Ceremony (please bring back the critical wheel), Christian turns the keys revealing Whitney and Hannah. Whitney and Hannah are up because his team would have been up if they had won. Now his squad needs to figure out the target. Hannah is already gunning for Christian and Alyssa. Whitney doesn't know why she was thrown on the block. Xavier is upset because a Cook-Out member is up but will do all he can to protect her. 

Okay, here's the things these house guests should be considering. How much longer can the teams last? They should realize that it's coming as the option for Claire was jury. Can you count on your original four team members to stay loyal or leave you high and dry? Just how many alliances will hold together as the jury comes into play? Could it happen Thursday (and we know it must as it is an endurance comp)? 

'Big Brother 23' Recap: Eviction (Blindside) Night -- 07/29/2021

29 July, 2021

When we last saw Big Brother, all were celebrating the potential exit of Brent. Brent has been annoying everyone from week one. Considering how he acted that week, Brent really thought that the HoH that Frenchie got was his. Big Brother doesn’t work that way. Last week Frenchie left. This week it looks to be Brent. Plus Brent evidently didn’t pay attention during the “sensitivity” training as he actively sought a showmance. I honestly think Brent is only “in love” with one person – himself.

Remember, the last thing we saw last night was Christian not using the Power of Veto. Julie told us that Brent was excited for the first big blindside this season. The bad thing, she says, is it on him. Blindside started at the end of the Power of Veto, and we are off to the show.

Julie has information about creating and pulling off a blindside – keep it a secret. Christian thinks it’s smart he kept the nominations the same. Xavier hugs Brent but is excited that he is gone. Britini is going to lay low. Will any house guests tell Brent the truth? Of course, someone will slip up. It always happens, but will Brent’s ego allow him to believe it is happening? While Brent feels secure with his “The Mafia” formed last week, he assumes he has the numbers. While all feel somewhat uneasy about the decision, they do have to laugh behind his back after he makes his rounds. Brent is trying not to be paranoid. 

In the kitchen, the crew is laughing at their pictures. Derek F. thinks that Xavier works in government, as a lawyer, or with the FBI. Xavier denies it. Derek F. is beginning to upset Xavier, who tells us in Diary Room that he hopes Derek F. will shut up. Derek F. admits that it is the way Xavier talks, and Xavier tries to play it off. Upstairs, they watch as Brent moves around the house, trying to find people. When Brent talks to Whitney, she tries to warn him, but he does not believe her. Whitney says he’s too oblivious to what she’s trying to say. 

HoH is discussed, the players feel that one of the Kings has to go to make the teams equal. Derek X. feels safe because he’s in the “Royal Flush” alliance and his team’s alliance, but he can’t take the shot. Alyssa wants to win since she hasn’t won anything. My question is: how are you so sure you will win? Someone would have to throw it to you. Tiffany would love to see the showmance broken up. Are they finally beginning to see things as individuals? No, it’s too early yet. 

The Live Eviction (and Possible Blindside) 
Julie goes to the living room, and Britini is up first. She’s rapping again but stops and does a traditional exit speech. Brent does his shouts out and jokes with the house guests. He tells them he is a man of his word. He makes a smart response and says he will still be there. By a vote of 11 to 0, Brent is evicted from the house.

When Brent reaches Julie, he looks – er — bland. It’s not like he knew he was going, but he did think he was safe. I’m beginning to believe he has only one facial expression – the one we always see. Brent thinks he was a threat, and people saw it. He’s looking smug on camera for Julie. His personality and others game took him out. Asked about Derek X.’s game which is similar, Brent says that their game was different. Julie asks why did you lobby for the blindside not to be used? Brent thought he’d be safe if the veto wasn’t used. 

Brent blames the other house guests’ gameplay. He also says he tried to pull Frenchie away from his decisions, but Frenchie wouldn’t listen. Brent thought he had 6 to 5, and Julie wants to know why. Brent felt the vote would run team lines. Julie plays the goodbye messages. Xavier says no hard feelings. Hannah tells him that his arrogance sent him home and gives airplane instructions. Derek X. said the house target shifted. Once it starts, Derek X. could stop it. Allyson says that Brent thought she was wrapped arround his finger, but she had him wrapped around her finger. Tiffany tells him that the Jokers and three Aces sent him out the door. 

HoH Competition
Will the house still have targets, Julie asks? Next up is the HoH competition. Tonight’s comp is “Peer Pressure.” They will play as a team. They must complete their surfboard puzzle as a team. Each player has 25 seconds to put a surfboard together. If they don’t race back and change players, they are out. The first team to finish wins HoH, and the last player will be HoH. Jokers are doing great, but it is the Kings that win. That’s the one team no one wanted in the HoH room. Christian will be HoH.  

Julie tells us that Tuesday will be the last Wildcard competition. Personally, I’m glad about that. Next week for the HoH, we have endurance, and we will be able to watch it on live feeds. Does anyone believe that? It’s been promised beforel

'Big Brother 23': Can You Keep A Secret? - 07/28/2021

28 July, 2021

Big Brother 23 has the most diverse and unique cast this year that I’ve seen in a long time. They not only seem to get along genuinely, but they also seem to work well as teams, alliances, and the revenge machine. They may not be showing the team aspect that well, but hey, they’re all in other alliances with each other. And the alliances – well, no one seems to be able to keep them straight as they keep popping up. With Brent and Britini on the block, Brent is sure he is safe. Is he? Brent as pawn, it cannot be? He’s done too much damage as Frenchie’s number two man to just assume safety.

It’s Time for Big Brother
After the recap and the nominations, Xavier admits his options for the nominations were limited to three (Whitney, Britini, and Brent). Derek X. and Tiffany teamed up against Britini, so she didn’t win the Wild Card which made Azah upset. Oh, and we’re given a taste of the Power of Veto game, the spinning ballerina. Did I mention the entire house wants Brent gone?

Britini is in tears and runs to her bedroom after noms. Brent doesn’t look happy and feels Xavier has only hurt himself as HoH. The house is consoling to Brent, but do they mean it? Brent is so dense (stupid). He has no clue that he’s the target, and Xavier wants to keep it that way. 

While trying to console Britini, Azah feels that something is going on that has been kept from her. When Xavier arrives to talk to Britini, she leaves. Xavier tells Britini that she’s safe and was the best choice to go up against Brent. I honestly wonder how Xavier would feel as a pawn. Meanwhile, Brent is meeting with his team of four. There is no strategizing because Brent knows he is safe. He has their votes (and others). Hannah can’t stand him because of his being so touchy with her. Whitney tells us it was so hard not to let him know he was gone. (At this point, even his team wants him gone.)

Brent is meanwhile being discussed throughout the house. The plan is that Brent is the real target, and Hannah tells us that she’s willing to take him out because she can’t stand him because of his actions (and wanting a possible showmance). Whitney says it is hard to lose a team mate/alliance member, but she also wants him gone. (Does anyone want him to stay? According to Twitter, the answer is no.)

Derek F. and Azah try to build Britinit’s spirits. Azah doesn’t like what happened and feels like she’s manipulating people. No matter how much Team Joker talk, Britini, and Azah are still hurt. Derek F. thinks that Azah doesn’t understand the game. Meanwhile, Xavier talks to Brent to build up his confidence. Brent says he understands why he is up, but Brent says he’s not as dumb as he seems. (Really! I’m beginning to think you are as dumb as we think you are.) Brent tells Xavier that he knows he is the target and Xavier is covering the plot. Brent believes he has strong alliances and friendships, and he will win the vote. I will admit, I’ve called him Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) in a previous post, and I stand by that. His actions speak louder than words, and he is clueless. 

Azah won’t let it drop. She meets with Xavier, who is upset that Britini was in tears. He tells us that he is keeping the Cook Out alliance in the clear. Azah talks to Tiffany and tells her it was obvious what was going on during the Wild Card competition. Tiffany is fast becoming this season’s “Janelle” due to her gameplay. She has no sympathy but now knows that Azah sees things and plays emotionally. She will keep her eye on Azah. Is Tiffany getting paranoid on us? She might lose her queenship.

Showmance Update
Christian and Alyssa is trying to come up with a showmance name (and I won’t even mention what they said since it was dumb). Alone in the HoH room, Christian decides they need a make-out session and she’s not adverse. Xavier walks in and sees them on the HoH bed. He’s not happy and basically breaks it up. As he says: “Use the couch and leave the bed to me” (paraphrased, of course).

Power of Veto Competition
Xavier breaks up the yoga class to pull contestants for the veto competition. Xavier pulls the house guest’s choice and takes Christian. Brent gets Derek F. (although Brent hoped for a teammate). Derek F. wants to show he’s a competitor. Britini choice is Whitney, who is excited to play. Whitney wants to win to keep Brent, her teammate, on the block and out the door. Hannah tells us that Brent’s ego is so big (think Gaston from Beauty and the Beast). Xavier and Hannah talk, and he changes his view of her. She’s intelligent and observant. 

Sarah B is hosting the veto comp called Room de Rumble (I think). It’s the bowlerina/tutu game but different as there are lounge chairs on the path to the bowling alley. They bowl against each other to determine what room the party is in, knocking down numbers after spinning for 15 turns. If they hit the wrong numbers, they must reset.  

Britini is first and takes on Brent, who wins that round. Next up is Xavier, who doesn’t give Brent a rest. Xavier wins, and Brent is so dizzy he is sick. Brent is out. Next up is Derek F, who takes on Whitney. Whitney really wants to win to deny her teammate (Brent) the Power of Veto. That relationship disappeared fast. Derek F. wins after a long round and is taken on by Christian, who wins. Christian beats Xavier to win the Power of Veto. Xavier isn’t upset about losing. His goal now is to take out his target. 

After the PoV game, Brent talks to Hannah. He starts planning Britini’s exit. He knows he has his team and can get the other team of four on board to keep him. He thinks he can get enough votes that Britini leaves by a 9 to 2 vote (wait, is that right?). He talks to his “allies” as if he knows he’s safe, and they play along. Brent is proposing the blindside that the rest have already planned for him. Later in the HoH, Xavier and the rest find out Brent’s story from Kyland and have a good laugh. The BB history will be made by Xavier and company and not Brent. Xavier does tell us in Diary Room that he feels sorry for Brent and maybe should have the veto used – NOT. He’s happy that Brent is going out the door.

Power of Veto Ceremony
Christian calls all for the veto meeting. No pleas again from the ones nominated. What gives with this? Is this a new twist for the audience? Christian tells them he will not use the power of veto and adjourns the meeting. 

In the Diary Room, Christian tells us that he will have no blood on his hands. Britini is tired of being a pawn, wants Brent gone, and revenge. Brent says he can’t ask for a better scenario and will make Big Brother history with the best blindside ever. Xavier acts as an air attendant and tells Brent to exit the plane.

This has been the funniest week ever on Big Brother. It wasn’t a train wreck to watch. For someone to not sense what is going on is unbelievable. So tonight’s questions are:

Will Brent still not realize he was played? Will he be able to stay?

Has Queen Tiffany overplayed her game with the Cook Out crew? Has it hurt her potential as this season’s Janelle?

Who will be the next HoH, and will they seek revenge or get rid of a showmance?


'Big Brother 23': Why Brent’s Been Bothering Me

27 July, 2021

Yesterday, I took a break from watching some live feeds to contemplate why Big Brother 23's Brent bothered me so much. During Frenchie's week as HoH, I just thought it was because he was trying to run the HoH. Okay, to be honest, he did run Frenchie's HoH. Of course, he took no blame for the final outcome. When I went on Twitter last night and saw one of the pictures, I finally figured it out. Brent reminds me too much of the character Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast."

I am a graduate who is proud of her AB in English. My period of study was the Renaissance and the 1960s. I have written papers for pop culture on fairy tales and "Once Upon a Time." Why did it take me so long to realize this comparison? Mainly it is because we, as fans, don't look for such things. Last night, the more I looked at that picture, the more it bothered me. Then it struck me! I had read seen the story so much that the image was lurking. All it took was a glimpse of reading something about "Once Upon a Time" that made the picture clear.

The more I thought of it last night , the more I realized that in many ways, Brent IS acting like Gaston. For those who cannot remember his character from the Disney movies, Gaston was the "man about town" who all the girls wanted. He wanted Belle, who would have nothing to do with him because of his arrogance (ignorance). To make matters worse, he was always preening around and talking about how handsome/smart/strong he was. When Belle went to the castle, Gaston turned the towns' people against the Beast to storm the castle and "Kill the beast."

So here is why I see Brent as Gaston in the story of Big Brother 23. Listed are five reasons that come to mind:

First, Brent came in and seemed to want to immediately play the game. Gaston thought he knew it all but didn't. Brent thought he knew how the game should be played and wanted to be HoH in place of Frenchie. He encouraged some of Frenchie's worse decisions. Brent got people behind him using "it's best for the alliance." What Brent wanted though, was opposite to Frenchie's stated purpose, and this came back to haunt Frenchie. Brent proceeded to get Frenchie in trouble with the nominations. What Frenchie had planned went counter to Brent's grand scheme. Thus, Frenchie had to change his nominations, and Brent got out a target that would only help Brent's game. To him, Travis was a threat not only in looks but in competitions.

Second, Brent never took any blame for the aftermath of Frenchie's HoH. He passed his part off on as Frenchie's actions. The problem with this is that it comes back to haunt you. Brent could have said something to help Frenchie when all planned to vote Frenchie out. He could have given a vote to Frenchie. Instead, to keep his image as the perfect alliance(s) member, Brent never took any blame and sold Frenchie down the river. It was no more second in command for Brent. He was taking the reins just as Gaston did in stirring up problems in town. In the process, he has tried to form more alliances.

Third, he's a ladies man. Brent thinks that all women love him. If they don't, they are not worthy of his attention. Brent thinks ladies should be rushing to listen to him and do his every whim. When he doesn't get the attention he craves, Brent thinks it's not his fault. Everyone needs to be amazed by his plans. For those who aren't they are unworthy of his consideration, and he ignores them.

Fourth, Brent's Belle: Brent has tried to make inroads with Alyssa, but she teamed up with Christian. He turned his attention to Hannah, who is not happy with said attention. If you remember the opening of "Beauty and the Beast," you know that Gaston was so obsessed with Belle that nothing or no one turned his attention away from her. Belle wanted nothing to do with Gaston, just as Hannah wants nothing to do with Brent. No matter that Hannah (Beauty) turns away, walks away, says no, here Brent comes. Even feigning sleep doesn't work. Brent is so wrapped up in his fantasy of greatness and control that he is obvious to what is really going on around him.

Finally, Brent's town. Just as Gaston thought that he was in sole control of the town, Brent believes he has the house (except for the Jokers) dancing to his tune. He walks in and makes the conversation about his grand plan. Brent thinks that he is the only strategist in the house. Any strong male who seems to be a target. The only difference is that Gaston could get the town's people to try and "kill the Beast." Big Brother 23's house guests have their own plan as of Monday night. They're going to get rid of Brent by voting him out. They didn't use the veto on him while still implying he's safe (in a vague manner). Just like in "Beauty and the Beast," the supposed hero has turned into the villain and the townspeople have had enough.

I know there isn't a specific Beast in the Big Brother house, but it is sometimes interesting to see the houseguests as characters in books and movies. This time, a chance memory stirs the need to address an issue. As a "Once Upon a Time" lover of Belle and Rumple (the Beast), I hate to make the comparison, but it is lodged in my brain. Does anyone else agree? Can you see Gaston in Brent's character?

'Big Brother 23': Xavier Takes Control -- 07/25/2021

25 July, 2021

Big Brother fans have had an interesting two weeks so far. It started with the mad frenzy of Frenchie and then the determination to get rid of Frenchie under Kyland. Both times Derek X. came into play. So with the crowning of Xavier as Head of House, what will we get this week? Hold on to your seats. We’re only seeing a small amount of it tonight.

HoH Competition Aftermath
With Xavier winning the key, people must regroup. Alliances are in shambles, and only the strong (or unknown) will survive. With Frenchie outing the Slaughterhouse and its members before his exit, do they even have a chance to survive? What about its members? And the one that seems to be sweating the most is Brent.

So the Kings and Queens suggest working together, but will that work? Brent now assumes he is safe as his team is working with the other four-member squad. There is safety in numbers. Of course, it was an easy win as two gave it to him (Xavier didn’t look happy). Xavier feels good, and he wants the right person to leave (Brent). Britini is happy that she’s not on the block and feels Xavier won’t put her up. Brent feels safe because he and Xavier have been together since day one. Meanwhile, Derek F is upset, but he’s still working with the Cook-Out crew, so he feels good. Oh, and showmance report: Christian and Allyson don’t care anymore and who their growing affection in front of Xavier as he hasn’t expressed an interest in getting showmances out.

The Kings and Queens express relief at being safe, but how safe is safe in the BB House. And within the Royal group, you have a separate group called the Royal Flush that seems to be made up of the smartest people in the house. On the Jokers, Azah is worried, but Britini feels fine.

Brent meanwhile continues flirting with Hannah, and his talk is annoying her. He’s talking all the time about the need to take out a girl and how good he is. He tries to flirt with Allyson and moves on to Whitney. How many girls can he hit on in one day? Xavier knows he is rubbing people the wrong way, plus he was associated with Frenchie. Tiffany sets him up by asking Brent if he has ever had a friend who is a girl and he says he hasn’t. There goes another ally.

Xavier and Tiffany discuss putting Brent up. She’s worried that Xavier isn’t comfortable with the nomination. Xavier and Tiffany discuss options: Brent, Whitney, and Britini (due to new alliances). Xavier likes Britini and Tiffany tells him to listen and not speak. I personally love how Tiffany talks to the camera. She does tell us about the game. Tiffany also proves she knows to watch her back because some will cut her throat.

The most popular guy in the house seems to be Derek X. He gets along with all the girls, and Derek F. is comfortable with him. Brent meanwhile isn’t. Christian feels ashamed because he is going against the advice of “no showmance” (with Allyson). They are cute together and cuddle all the time.

Wild Card Competition
Derek X. and Hannah have a meeting about Brent. She wants Brent gone. Hannah does admit that she and Derek X. did throw the HoH competition leaving it to Xavier to do the dirty work. Hannah also wants Whitney out. Derek X realizes that he must play the Wild Card Competition and throw it to prevent Brent from being safe. Evidently, they all have forgotten that there is a choice to take the reward of winning the comp or not. So far, no one has taken the reward. 

The teams choose who will go into the Wild Card Competition. Tiffany (Queens) is playing and making her move. Derek X. (Aces) will play, as will Britini (Jokers), to prevent her from going up. Derek is going to try and make sure Tiffany wins because it is best for the Royal Flush.

This week, the competition is called “Unlucky 13”. The players must walk a balance beam and place cards to make 13. If you go over, you are out. Derek X. and Tiffany are mainly playing to keep Britini available to go on the block. Derek X. is determined that Tiffany will win. As the game starts, it is very obvious to all what Derek X. and Tiffany are doing to Britini. 

Tiffany wins and is faced with the decision. If she accepts the “reward,” one of each team that played will be safe based on chance. Tiffany chooses not to get the reward. (So this Wildcard Competition has been a bust from the start.)

The aftermath of the Wildcard Competition
Xavier now knows that the plan can go into effect. It is a safe bet that Brent will be on the block, but who will be the pawn? (everyone in the house is against Brent). In the Diary Room, Brent still feels safe. Tiffany and Xavier talk, and to them, the only non-obvious (sure, wink) option is Britini. Azah, meanwhile is upset because it was obvious that Britini was a target. Xavier feels that Britini is the safe choice to go up against Brent. Xavier talks to Azah, who asks to be put up instead to be fair to Britini. Xavier respects Azah, but the options are few. Xavier will not put Azah up as they are in the Cook-Out together.

Xavier talks to Brent about going up. Brent is upset and says he is not going up. Xavier tells Brent he is the pawn to get someone else out. Xavier thinks that if Brent blows up, it will be at him. Brent is upset because he doesn’t think he’s a threat. Xavier does play the trust card, yet Brent implies that he is too good to be a pawn. I’d put him up for just saying that.

Nominations Ceremony
Xavier calls all in for the Nomination Ceremony. Whitney wears her hoodie (she must think that keeps her safe). Xavier does the ceremony with Brent and Britini’s pictures appearing. These guests have straight faces during this ceremony (all knew), and Britini breaks down. Brent is up because Tiffany didn’t take the Wild Card. Britini is up because she’d put Xavier up if given the opportunity. Xavier hopes that he or the right person wins Veto so Brent will go home. Britini is going to play strong (she’s done being a pawn). Brent is going to win and really become a threat when he leaves the block. Azah tells us that her heart is broken because Britini went up again.

So on Wednesday we find out who wins the Power of Veto (heck, I already know from feeds). Here’s are the things to ponder.

Who will play the Power of Veto?

Will the Veto be used?

Will Brent or Britini lose their cool?

'Big Brother 23': And Another One Bites The Dust (And All Hope It Is Frenchie) -- 07/22/2021

22 July, 2021

So Big Brother fans are almost all aligned on who should leave tonight. After a messy week one where Frenchie only missed Derek X. in an alliance, it looks like he is on the way back to the farm by the end of week two. Can he pull a switch of targets? Will he have pity votes that will keep him safe? Will the door hit him on the way out? And who will be the next one to go? Two Slaughter House members have a target on their back, but Brent wants a girl out? I believe it will all come down to the next HoH and which of the many alliances they are in.


Eviction Night and the Recap

Okay, I'm not going into the reminders. They just seem to kill time. I will say that Big Brother reminds us of Frenchie's fall from power, alliances discovered, and tears shed. We're reminded of the Slaughter House and Cookout and Frenchie's paranoia blowing up his alliance. Kyland put Frenchie and Britini up. Derek X. did not use the Power of Veto. Big Brother's announcement was: "Is Frenchie fried?" Did they have to go there?


Julie welcomes us to day 16 and says that Frenchie had the wildest HoH in the history of Big Brother. (Julie, you need to be on Twitter more!) Then she tells us that Frenchie is working to stay in the house (of course, everyone on the block does that). Derek X. wants Frenchie gone and feels terrible about not taking Britini off but didn't want Kyland to have to make another nominee. Even Frenchie knows "no one in their right mind" would vote against her. Luckily, Britini sees that too and tries for the low profile.

Frenchie starts his "redemption/stay safe tour" with Derek F. and Tiffany. TIffany deserves the eye-roll award. He eventually makes his way around the house, only hearing what they want him to hear. In the Diary Room, he enacts dying only to come back to his life. If Dan G. did it, so can he.


Julie's Announcement on Alliances (House of Cards)

Last night the alliances started reforming. Sarah Beth and Kyland share their personal history and seem to have gotten close. (He doesn't make her feel awkward. Kyland meets with the Slaughter House with Derek X. It looks like all but Brent thinks the alliance is dead. Brent starts trying to charm people to stay safe while Whitney keeps her distance. When the Slaughterhouse met, the remaining members didn't offer Kyland safety but that's not stopping Christian and others from doing it. Kyland does acknowledge to Christian and others he has two people he thinks should go and the rest agree that those two are Brent and Whitney. The Kings and Queens feel safe going into next week. Meanwhile, Christian talks to Alyssa about how Brent is conspiring only to have him arrive to talk to them. Brent is still saying a girl needs to go. In his mind, there is still a Slaughterhouse. Christian will say what he thinks Brent wants to hear, but it doesn't mean Christian will do what Brent wants.


Nominees and the Vote

Julie gives each a chance to sway the vote. Britini is first and uses a rap to thank people for letting her be and experience Big Brother. Frenchie tells the house guests that he knew he would have crazy experiences and play the "country" card. He has a friendship with all (yeah, right). He wants to keep the friendships going. The voting begins. Claire is first. By the time the cycle plays out, the votes are Frenchie 11, Britini 1 (made by Derek F.). Frenchie has lost the vote and will be going home. Will Frenchie leave with class? Frenchie knows he is gone and hugs Britini. No one else waits for a hug, but they do a "friendship circle" and he expects them to do amazing things and be amazing people. Is Derek F. crying? 


Frenchie and Julie

Out the door he goes and on to the Julie questions. She thanks him for keeping it classy as he exited the house, and Frenchie tells her he is worried about her questions. Julie wants him to tell us how he did as HoH. Frenchie tells us his wife told him to come to Big Brother and change the game. He made it his point to keep "people of color" in the house, and he hopes future house guests follow his lead. (Wait! Is that why he wanted Kyland and Derek X. out?) Julie asks about outing the Slaughter House. Frenchie tells us that he formed it with the group of people he selected to keep them close. They made him nervous, and he felt he did the right thing as he proved with some of them that they were what he had expected. Julie asks about the "double of nothing." Frenchie is not sorry he didn't take the two weeks' safety. He wanted to see his kid's photo because he's a dad first. 


Julie plays the messages. Tiffany wants him to know that she respected him but if he continued, no one else could have won. Brent didn't think Frenchie had a shot at winning, and Frenchie betrayed Brent first. (My question to Brent is when?) Britini apologizes that he had to leave while Derek F. called him his best friend and promises to play for both of them. Frenchie is shedding tears over Derek's F.'s comments and tells Julie that Derek F. will be his friend for life. They may come from different walks of life, but they are connected now. 


Head of Household 3

Outside, the house guests are told that the HoH is consists of two videos that Tom Green of Celebrity Big Brother has made in Ottawa, Canada. He will be doing two "man on the streets" question/answer game called "Tom Talks Big Brother." They will answer questions based on the videos. If they answer correctly, they are safe. If the answer is wrong, they are out.  

After the first video, the questions start. The first question sees Derek F., Britini, Brent, Christian and Tiffany leave. Second question is missed by Azah. All get question three correct. Onto video two and a few people who know the game. Question four sees Whitney and Claire leave the game. The next question gives us a winner. It is Xavier crowned the new Head of House.


Now, what will Xavier do? New alliances were formed last night but, after Kyland, Brent was there first trying to make an impression. Xavier is a member of the Cookout but will he keep them safe. As we watch the celebration, the manipulation starts (especially with Brent).


As the show concludes, Julie talks to the house guests again. After congratulations are given to Xavier, she reminds his team, the Kings, that they all are safe. He tells us that he's looking forward to the HoH rewards, especially the bedroom and private bath. Britini is asked if aher rap helped convince others to let her stay. She tells Julie that it only took 10 minutes to prepare, but she's been practicing since Sunday.


So… will the Wild Card be used? Will it throw a wrench into Xavier's nominations as its ripples go through the house? I really want to see where Xavier's head is at regarding nominations. I think he, as a lawyer, will play a game that Brent doesn't understand. Will he keep his Cook Out crew safe, or did he buy into any of the alliances last night? We'll start getting answers Sunday night (if you don't have live feeds)!

'Big Brother 23' — How To Ruin The First Week

20 July, 2021

Big Brother 23 has only just started, but I feel like I have lived through a battle zone. The first week usually has people beginning to meet, make foolish final twos, and starting alliances. Very rarely in Big Brother’s history (or since I began watching in season 8) has an HoH on week one set out to make a name for himself and turn the first week into week five or six. Unfortunately, Frenchie wanted to be the best player of all time and made some of the dumbest moves in week one. 

So what did Frenchie do wrong? I mean, every Head of House gets a case of HoH-itis, but Frenchie’s was over the top. So to help future players, let’s use Frenchie’s reign (of terror) to figure out what not to do.

Number One: Never make a blanket promise of immunity. Let me define this better. Never make a blanket promise if it includes all women and minorities (or People of Color). Usually, by making this promise, you cut your potential nominees by half, if not by more. In this case, over three-quarters of the house would not have been on the block. Frenchie stood no chance with nominees, and he should have been smart enough to know it. He should have had a second plan for what to do if his plan failed.

Number Two: Never state your ideas on nominees to a wide assortment of people (in other words, the house). By giving the blanket “I’m not nominating a woman or a POC,” Frenchie set himself to be manipulated if anyone was smart. In this case, good old Brent stepped in and decided to play Frenchie’s second in command. It didn’t matter to Brent who Frenchie put up as long as it wasn’t him. Frenchie was already limited to two or three people by day two, and his big mouth had sunk his HoH.

Number Three: If you are playing in teams, consult said team. Frenchie was captain of a team of four. The only one of the four that he talked to was Derek Frazier (Derek F.), and Derek F. was kept out of the loop on many issues. The girls didn’t know anything until after Frenchie and Brent had made decisions and brought it to the “Slaughter House” (who didn’t contribute either). It’s best to trust your team instead of a member of the opposition, Frenchie.  

Number Four: Know your second-in-command’s capability. Brent got in Frenchie’s ear and just wouldn’t let up. Then, in the end, he couldn’t live up to his promises. Brent lost the HoH to probably one of three people Frenchie wouldn’t want to see at the top of the food chain. If you need a second, go for one like Frankie Grande, who listens and reports.

Number Five: If creating an alliance, be aware of the size. Also, in the case of a big alliance, it’s best to know more about your alliance and what they can contribute or who else they are working with before you do so. Include women and POCs as they can feel out their allies. If it’s all talk, what good is an alliance? If you won’t listen, then it’s on you.

Number Six: If you want to listen to conversations, develop relationships. Listening at doors in the BB house is always noticed, which means that you are a known snoop. Again Derek saw Frankie’s value and had him as a source.

Number Seven: Don’t make promises you won’t keep! You made a blanket statement about nominees, then couldn’t keep it. Frenchie, the audience, and live feeders saw what happened. We know that you outsmarted yourself on day one. You wanted to be known as a man of your word only to show you were a liar.

Number Eight: Everyone wants a final two because this is Big Brother. You need to be sitting in the chairs at the end of the show with someone you can beat. You made so many final twos, Frenchie that it came back to bite you. Of course, if you could be trusted, everyone would have been of the “ride and die” school with you because they could beat you.

Number Nine: If it is teams, work with at least one additional team. Yeah, Frenchie had some members from outside his group, but he never realized that he should have gone with only one additional team. By aligning yourself with another team of four, you would have gotten so much further in the game. 

And while I could give more pointers, I am going to end with this.

Number Ten: Never put your eggs in one basket on who you want out. In your case, you targeted Kyland and said Derek X. would be your second target. You never had a target three because everyone else in the house was in one of your alliances or a final two with you. When Derek X. won the Power of Veto and took Kyland off, Frenchie was left with no person to put up. His word became worthless. By commenting who you wouldn’t nominate, having as many side alliances as Frenchie had, you can’t win, and you are sure to be nominated the next week.


I honestly feel that Frenchie, who claims to be a super fan, really is not one. If he were, he’d be aware of how his plan would have failed. Plus, his personality and need to control everything set him up to land on his face. Seeing the result of all this has been entertaining in itself. The man was placed on the block week two and so far has done everything but self-evict. Wait, he even threatened that. Frenchie, if you see this, I’d advise you not to go on Twitter when you get out. You may find people haven’t been as kind as I have tried to be.

COVID Test Sends 'Big Brother' Off Show Before Premiere

05 July, 2021

Professional dancer Christie Valdiserri is the first person to exit season twenty-three of Big Brother, days before it was set to premiere.

In a video message she posted on Monday, Valdiserri revealed she has tested positive for COVID-19 and said she had "no idea how I got it."

"I have the vaccine, and I’ve been following all the guidelines up to this point," she said. "I have absolutely no symptoms, I feel perfectly fine. So I’m really grateful for that, but it’s really frustrating because I won’t be playing on Big Brother this summer."

Valdiserri will be replaced by Claire Rehfuss, a 25-year-old artificial intelligence engineer from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Big Brother returns for Season 23 on Wednesday, July 7th, with a live, 90-minute premiere at 8/7c. The show will then air on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning July 11th at 8 pm.