Donny Thompson is easily one of the most aware and observant Houseguests on Big Brother 16, but unfortunately that knowledge has been coupled with a stunted social game and lack of true alliances. With the writing clearly visible on the wall and those same walls closing in, Donny made a valiant effort to find an ally this week. Unfortunately, his options weren’t too receptive.
On Tuesday Donny caught up with Cody while everyone else was asleep. Flashback to around 10:20AM BBT 8/19 to watch their lengthy talk. I was highly doubtful of its potential, but what else has Donny got to lose? Donny did what he could to try and convince Cody that he was being used as a pawn in Derrick’s game and Derrick has F2 with everyone in there. Donny also points out that Frankie has Caleb under his control.
Cody leaves and whispers under his breath that Donny is wrong about everything. Actually, he was pretty darn spot on with most of it. Later that night Cody told Derrick that he needed to tell him about his talk with Donny. But then the weird thing was he never gave Derrick the details, he just let it go. Well, at least on Tuesday he did.
Wednesday afternoon around 12:20 PM BBT Donny sits with Christine and has a very similar talk with her. I have even less faith in the potential here. Donny gives her his reasoning on why she should team up with him rather than going out on the bottom of the totem pole.
Let’s be honest. Christine has no one here. She thinks she has Cody, but Cody is much tighter with Derrick. She thinks she has Frankie, but Frankie would definitely pick Caleb over her. Christine is the odd-HG out and she’s lining herself up to be Britney’d. She doesn’t see it though.
Not long after (2:35PM BBT) Christine runs to Cody, jumps in his bed with a big hug of course, and then tells him everything. It’s only at this point that Cody reveals he’s had the same talk with Donny. Derrick is sleeping in the bed next to them and around 3:10PM BBT they tell Derrick what’s been going on.
Alliance Meeting time! Jump to 3:32PM BBT as Derrick, Cody, Caleb, Frankie, and Christine gather in the HoH room to discuss. Cody spills all the beans but it’s interesting that he uses the cover story that Donny suggested in case anyone came out back on Tuesday: he just got up to brush his teeth.
Along the way Frankie mentions that he had a similar talk earlier on Wednesday as well. In that talk Donny told Frankie he hoped Frankie would get to the F2 so others would have a chance at America’s Favorite Player and the $25K prize with it.
The eventual decision is that they should not call out Donny on his efforts. That gives me a glimmer of hope that someone in the group thinks maybe there’s some remote chance they might need to make the leap, but I’d say that’s a very, very small hope.
In a fun wrap-up to the alliance’s get together Donny pops in on the group and they all scatter just as fast as they can like someone turned the lights on in the basement. It’s incredibly obvious as he walks in to the HoH room (wisely he didn’t wait to knock). “What in the world is going on?” says Donny as he arrives. Hah! He knows exactly what’s going on.
This really didn’t do anything to hurt Donny’s game. He’s the target and he knows it. Donny also knows he can’t likely get to F2 if it means having to win HoHs and PoVs back to back every week. It was a good thing to try and I certainly don’t fault him for it.
When tonight’s twist hits we’ll see who is coming back and they will have to team up with Donny. If one of those two can wrestle control from the larger alliance then we could get some fireworks this week. Fingers crossed for some fun on the Live Feeds this weekend!