I’ve spent the Big Brother summer dissecting and judging the game and its players, but now as the season wraps up I thought it’d be fun to look back at what’s made these HGs memorable. Sure, I’ve given them plenty of grief, but overall they’ve done a great job and given us lots to discuss.
Tossing tomatoes at the Big Brother stage is part of the routine but the season is almost over so let’s give them a round of applause and look at some of their best moments of Big Brother 16.
Joey Van Pelt – Oh Joey, you were our first goodbye of the season and you went out in grand fashion. It’d be tempting to say her “Alex” adventures were her moment, but I have to go with her decision to make a full head-on attack at Devin.
Joey pulled Devin in to the Hive and explained to him his fate, according to Joey. Caleb had said he’d evict according to the House’s wishes and in her eyes the House wanted Devin gone. She told Devin in no uncertain terms that she was gunning for him and he’d be going home. It was a bold and daring move but oh boy did that turn out poorly. Joey was gone just a few days later, but she went out swinging.
Paola Shea – I thought Pao Pao would be our firecracker this season but her time was cut short in the second week. I nearly went with her swing performance in the first Battle of the Block, but then I remembered that other comp.
Before there was “technotronics.” Now there is “caltoru.” Paola’s attempt at spelling during the Veto comp left us scratching our heads but laughing along with her the whole time. It was memorable enough for Pao to get a (questionable) tattoo and enough to make our list too.
Devin Shepherd – Devin came to win with loyalty and honesty. Instead he left Week 3, but not without some serious entertainment for us. Yes, the #DevinHasADaughter became a thing and we heard about it every thirty seconds, but he was a heck of a competitor and his house meetings were crazy. I think Devin would have made a huge splash on the season if he had stayed longer, but it didn’t work out.
Devin’s tearful House Meeting was a standout but my favorite memory of Devin has to be him hiding behind the HoH door as Joey’s “Alex” rampaged through the house. His wide-eyed scared look over someone half his size was hilarious and showed he had a fun factor to offer up too.
Brittany Martinez – I can’t believe Brittany left all the way back in Week 4. Was it really that early in the season? Wow. She was a last minute addition to the cast and new to the BB world but she played her heart out. Maybe she played just a little too hard though when she didn’t know how to keep her head down and soon her overactive gaming made her a target for Derrick. We all know what happens when Derrick starts to worry about you.
Top highlight for Brittany has to be her 2400 goals in 24 hours. No way did I think she would finish it nor did I think she should considering she was a lock for eviction. All the same she did it, silenced her critics, and I think we were all thoroughly impressed.
Amber Borzotra – As the season’s typecast model I didn’t think her odds were good, but I never saw this coming. Despite having three comp wins to prove her competitive abilities there was no way she could overcome the obstacle of Caleb’s obsession.
Amber’s game was effectively ruined by Caleb’s non-stop staring, dreaming, conversations, and eventually his retaliation over a fictional betrayal. Rather than pinpointing a single event I’d have to say Amber’s memorable highlight would be how she handled the bizarre situation. Caleb pushed and pushed but she never gave in, repeatedly said no, and still never got pissed off. I don’t know how she did it.
Jocasta Odom – Jocasta didn’t get a lot of featured time on the show or on the Feeds, but she was an interesting character all the same and especially when she wasn’t feeling ill. Of course that didn’t leave much time otherwise.
Favorite thing about Jocasta would have to be her expressions. She gave us some hilarious looks in the season’s “Face Off” competition whether it was her eye-rolls or the classic “not judging, but totally judging you” expressions. She was a gif-er’s dream come true.
Hayden Voss – Had he been pulled in to the Bomb Squad sooner we might have a Derrick and Hayden finale instead of Cody, but he ended up on the other side of things and then got distracted by Nicole. Overall though Hayden was a cheerful, happy, shiny Houseguest and that’s rarely a bad thing.
Hayden’s Teddy Spanks was my favorite memory of him from BB16 even though it’s a character that existed well before that. Too bad he didn’t consider sharing that when I asked him what he’d bring to the house that no one else would. Now if only we could have done something about his screaming voice.
Nicole Franzel – “I don’t knoooooow” how to narrow this one down. Nicole was a lot of fun but the extending words out an extra five syllables got to be a bit much at times. All the same Nicole was adorable and a heck of a competitor. Nicole fought her way back in to Big Brother but no one was willing to work with her except Donny which was as effective as jumping off your sinking ship on to the Titanic.
For Nicole I’d have to go with her costumes as her highlight. She “earned” both the Frogtard and Germitard and owned them both. I’m not sure anyone else in there could have pulled those off as well as she did and as a superfan I bet she secretly loved the opportunity.
Zach Rance – Easily the entertainer of the year for most Big Brother fans. Zach knew he was there to put on a show and he went full bore even when it was sinking his own game. Of course many of those moments were as a tool of Team America pocketing cash as the cost of his survival. Grrr.
Hard to narrow things down to one event, but Froot Loop Dingus is a phrase any fan of the season will know and remember. At first a silly, over the top attack at Nicole the words became his catchphrase and even part of his return to the house. Nicole cheerfully gave him a box of the colorful cereal and he poured it all over the room just as he did upon his eviction exit.
Donny Thompson – Donny won over America and he kept winning over the Vetoes. He shocked me and most of the house with his constant Houdini escapes from the block as they tried and tried to get this super genius, military general, and ninja out of the game.
There were many fun moments with Donny even though he wasn’t on the zany level of Zach. I’d have to narrow this down to Donny’s defining moment where he not only won the Veto in Week 3 to secure Devin’s fate when the rest of the house couldn’t but he went on to rescue Jocasta to save her in the process. This event showed he was a strong competitor and had a huge heart, a perfect combination to make him a fan favorite.
Christine Brecht – Christine took a lot of heat early in the game and it took me awhile to figure out why. I didn’t find her gameplay very interesting so I just wasn’t noticing her much but I soon saw the “mean girl” reputation in action. She claimed to “hate” nearly everyone while flipping on her close allies at every turn to support another alliance that cut her the second they didn’t need her.
Christine will likely be remembered for her constant pawing of the young, good looking Cody though she later claimed it was all part of her strategy… While I’m fairly sure that’s how Christine will be remembered it’s worth noting she did have several strong wins this season including a Veto victory that shut down one of the early plans to evict Frankie. What a shift in the season we might have seen had Christine not kept herself and possibly Frankie out of danger that week.
Frankie Grande – When I first met Frankie I thought he was a little over the top, but potentially entertaining. By the time he left the house I couldn’t get him off the Feeds fast enough. Frankie tried to turn the entire season in to the Grande Show promoting his sister and her fame while claiming to be an entertainment mogul himself. It undoubtedly earned him fans, but was too much for many of us.
Frankie will likely be remembered for the “overwhelming no” his Team America apple pie and “Broadway!” play received, but Frankie also had a huge string of competition wins this season especially his BotB win that kept him safe in the second straight week of HGs targeting him for eviction. Yes, his numbers were inflated by the opportunity the BotB gave for back to back HoH comps and BotB participation, but his drive to win and success rate were significant and quite an achievement.
Caleb Reynolds – Caleb could have been remembered for his fierce loyalty and silly delusions combined with a strong competitive record. Instead he threw away the first half of the season in pursuit of Amber who didn’t want a thing to do with him.
From even before the time Caleb entered the game he was Amber-sessed. Having seen her at the airport he prayed to have 90 days with her in the game. But forget about the game, he came here for love and it made a fool out of him while demolishing Amber’s own chance at the game. Once she was gone Caleb said he was free to be himself and I wish that was the Caleb we had in there whole season. That Caleb I thoroughly enjoyed with his Judy Chops, crazy stories, and endless Beast Mode moments.
Caleb’s highlight moment would likely have to go to his Battle of the Block sit-out where he tried to sabotage Frankie’s game but instead ended up easing the challenge for Frankie in the process. It was a valiant effort but failed miserably and put Frankie on high alert that he was now a major target.
Victoria Rafaeli – Victoria knew the Big Brother game but she sure didn’t know how to play it. Or at least how to win at it. Victoria made it to the finale but not by her own efforts as she claimed. Victoria managed to never, ever win a single individual competition. Not one. Not even that Veto which Caleb won and then gave to her in exchange for $5K. Derrick dragged his favorite pawn along the way and soon we’ll find out if he’ll keep her or have her sent to Jury.
We didn’t get much from Victoria but there were a few moments. Her medical emergency was a tense few hours but I’d prefer to give her highlight of the season to the crows. Victoria’s story of the crow that tried to steal her as a baby was just bizarro and a fitting “What?” sort of thing for her BB16 profile.
Cody Calafiore – I don’t want to say anything bad here about Cody because he might want to call me out over it. Nevermind. All season we’d hear tough talk but no walk from Cody. Luckily for Cody, he didn’t need to do more than talk a big game for most the season while staying under the radar and relying on a social game that was largely physical with the women and “brah” with the guys.
Cody played an overall strong game and lucked in to an incredible partnership with Derrick that helped get him far in the season and likely a seat in the final two. He managed to dodge the block until Week 8 and after that his game came alive with five of his six comp wins and a shot at the F2.
Is it safe to say Cody’s most memorable move was slapping himself in the face? That’s probably not a good sign. At least it was probably his funniest moment!
Derrick Levasseur – When meeting the entire cast preseason I was very excited about Derrick. Here was a guy who knew the game, came across very intelligent, and seemed to have a solid game plan. He didn’t disappoint. Having come fresh off Survivor I wondered how he’d play down his cop background following Tony Vlachos’s win and it certainly became a frequent topic outside the house but never inside.
Derrick will be remembered as the mastermind of the season. He controlled the game nearly every step of the way, but never let things get personal or directly ugly between his game and his competitors. Masterful Jury Management, solid win record, and plentiful strategic moves combined makes this one look like a lock for Derrick. Anything less will be a huge letdown for this fan.
It’s been one heck of a long, long Big Brother season, but the Houseguests made it through and they kept us entertained along the way. What else could we ask for? Sure some more heated exchanges and a handful of blindsides would have been nice, but I think we watched another great season of Big Brother.
What will be your favorite memories of the Big Brother 16 cast?