When Big Brother 16 is over, we will say this was the season of Coulda Shoulda Woulda. So many big moves planned – and so many safe moves prevailed. People get mad when recruits/non fans are cast, and this season had a lot of superfans (ok, we’ll call them big fans) – and they know that sometimes the best move made are the ones not made.
Fans at home always love to see the big moves because that makes the game exciting to watch, but those big moves could also work against the players in the long run. Remember, the people playing do not have all the info we do, so they are playing based on perception.
Also before I get to the ratings, I also want to say that the Big Brother HG’s have been locked up for 77 days now – away from their loved ones for about 84 or so. While I do not agree with all the things that some of the players say & do – anyone who has never been locked up like that cannot imagine what kind of mindf**k it is. The intense pressure that they are under sometimes brings out the worst in people.
As fans, we are not under the same pressure, so I ask that you think about that before spewing vile comments back at them. We are not forced to watch, we are not forced to listen, we do it because we want to. These people will have to pay for their actions & words when they get out. At the core, Big Brother is a social experiment, both inside & outside the house.
Rant over – now lets see who gets bacon this week – and who gets tofu!
Frankie – 3 strips of Tofu – my pre-ranking rant was based mostly on Frankie. He has gone over the top too many times now for us to ignore, and it’s starting to get to the point where it is truly damaging his game. He was one Beast Mode Conscious decision away from getting backdoored this week. The whispers are getting louder and he sees it coming, but yet instead of trying to mend relationships, he seems more content on playing the villain role.
Does he really think that he will be able to turn those frowns into smiles on the jury member’s faces? They are the ones that truly decide his fate. I would give him an extra strip or 2 of Tofu for not volunteering to be a Have Not this week – but as we have seen, he loves Tofu, so no reward for him.
Derrick – 2 strips of Tofu – while it has not come back to haunt him yet, going for the $5000 Dollas & Hollas during this week’s HoH competition, Derrick has given the rest of the HG’s an excuse to boot him. He is still the mastermind of the house, and the rest of the players do not realize it. They also do not give him credit for it, and perhaps he has been too subtle in his actions – that the jury would not vote for him at the end. Every move (or non move) this season has gone through him, he’s been so deep undercover – if he tries to take credit for it later, will people believe it? Now is the time for him to implement an end game before it’s too late.
Victoria – 1 strip of Tofu – just like her game most of the season, I dont really have much to say about Victoria this week. The $50K insurance policy is still there, back on the block & in no real danger of going home. She should be getting her popcorn ready to watch the final members of the Bomb Squad go after each other after this week. I just fear that something odd will happen during the Double Eviction tomorrow night, and she may be the victim of a knee jerk decision & be sent home.
Cody – 1 strip of Bacon – welcome to the silly costume club Cody. While not as cute as, I dunno, and Elf Suit, the Dinosaur Suit cements his place in BB History. He has still been more of a follower than a leader this season, but is in pretty good shape going into the final few weeks.
Caleb – 2 strips of Bacon – yes, I know last week I gave Cody the Tofurkey award for failing to make a big move with his HoH again. This week the same could have been said for Caleb – but Caleb has been the most loyal person all year long. The HoH competition he won is really hard. It takes a lot of energy to keep going for that long, and getting up from falling over and over.
The one thing that gets lost in all of Caleb’s odd behavior, is he never makes a quick decision. He always thinks things through – sometimes over thinks them, but still he is always thinking what’s best for him. As the rest of the group starts to question each other – Caleb’s name has stayed out of their mouths. I would have given him more bacon, but making Nicole a Have-Not was just mean (although good for his game, get your target as weak as possible!)
Christine – 3 strips of Bacon – early in the game I praised Christine for keeping herself safe on all sides by playing a good social game. She has never gotten too emotional even when things went wrong. Every other HGs has broken down at some point – but she just takes it all in stride. After being nominated next to Nicole, she understood why & was fine with it. How did she respond, by winning the Veto and removing herself from the block.
At this point in the game, The Veto is even more important than HoH. For those keeping score at home, this is her 5th win & 2nd Veto. A pretty good resume being built – and while her goodbye messages have ruffled some feathers, a few more wins, and she can build a great case to the jury.
That brings us to the Tofurkey of the Week – and I sadly have to give it to Nicole. People would KILL for the chance to get on Big Brother… and not only did she get on, she got voted out… played her way back in… only to lose all 4 competitions since she has been back & will be walking the plank AGAIN tomorrow. She is such a sweetheart in the real world and cannot fathom how mean & nasty people can be fighting for $500K. She uses logic in her pitches – and as we have seen every season, logic does not always translate into good gameplay.
You need to be able to put your morals aside sometimes if you want to win. You need to kiss ass, but not come off too much of a kiss ass. Once she got back in the house, she had a target on her. Not realizing just how tight this group has been for so long, she was unable to find a way to drive a wedge between them. Her only shot was to win some challenges. All of her BFF’s are in the jury house – so at least she can spend the next 3 weeks not stressing anymore.
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