He came. He saw. He was denied a double win. Dan Gheesling was praised by viewers for his master gameplay but criticized for his ruthless approach. In the end the jury sided with hurt feelings and it ended his incredible journey. Dan might not have won the Jury over but he won our poll on who should have won after the Jury votes were revealed.
Today I had the chance to talk with Dan and get his thoughts on the Big Brother season and how it all turned out. Read on for what he had to say.
Big Brother Network (BBN): I called it a mistake at the time, so prove me wrong. Why didn’t you let the Frank and Jenn evictions go to a tie and force Ian to handle their evictions?
Dan Gheesling: That’s a great question. At the end of the day, especially with the Frank thing, I had just pulled off that move to get Britney out of the house and I couldn’t afford to lose any ground with the Quack Pack. So I figured if I threw my vote that way it would definitely jeopardize my position in that alliance in the house. The same thing with Jenn. I told Jenn right before the eviction that she was going home no matter what and I said I hope she understood why I had to do what I had to do.
Doing that [forcing a tie-breaker] wouldn’t really gain me a lot of ground with Jenn and Frank’s vote because eventually they would have found out in the Jury anyway. My whole goal was to get to the Final 2, get one of those seats, and get my shot at talking some people in to throwing a vote my way. Had I not done those things, had I thrown a vote that way, maybe I don’t get to the end. Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t. My goal is just to get to that seat because I figured I’d have a shot at talking my way in to the half-million.
BBN: Speaking of the Final 2, a lot of readers thought you’d have a better chance against Danielle. From what we heard from the Jury it seemed like they were dead set against you, but do you think you would have done better against Danielle?
Danielle Murphree nearly made it to the very end of Big Brother 14 before being cut just short of the Final 2 after her coach and ally Dan lost to Ian in the final HoH competition. Today I had the chance to talk with Danielle and ask her about the game, some of her questionable moves, and what’s in the future for her. Despite falling just shy of the money Danielle was in great spirits and didn’t hold back.
Big Brother Network (BBN): Despite everything Dan did you kept going back to him. Why did you keep being willing to forgive him and try again?
Danielle Murphree: He would make the comment that he hadn’t done anything to hurt me in the game. When I would try to recall, I was still there. He hadn’t hurt my game and had never voted to evict me. I wanted to believe he was a good person because I kept thinking back to season 10 and how he played then and was a good guy. I was completely “Mist-ified.”
BBN: It was hard for viewers to separate fact from fiction when it come to some of your stories. Some of the things you said about conversations with HGs that weren’t really accurate. Was that a strategy you had or were you just playing with the other HGs?
Danielle Murphree: You’re going to have to give me an example.
BBN: When you came back and said Janelle was yelling at you but we saw it was a very calm conversation. Or when you said you made Ian cry the other day and that didn’t really happen.
Wow! What a season! Big Brother came to an exciting conclusion last night after 10+ weeks of incredible action and while I might have been disappointed in the results it was still an amazing ride. In the end the whole thing felt like BB4 where the villain loses out to the better liked HG, but it’s a game and that’s just how things go sometimes.
Congratulations to Ian. He played a hell of a game. Ian won a lot of competitions and did it when it mattered most for his survival. I was disappointed in his indignant attitude last night during the final speeches and even later in the backyard interviews. He had just walked out with with a half-million dollars over Dan but couldn’t keep himself from calling Dan “slimy” and a “scumbag” despite the same “scumbagging” moves like blindsiding Shane being what kept Ian in the game. In the end it was his likability among his fellow HGs that snagged him the win. It was a style that worked, so good for him.
Clarification: I don’t think Ian played a bad game. He made a lot of good moves and really did play a great game. I just feel that Dan played a greater game.
Then there’s Dan. Master of the Mist. Puller of the strings. Dan got second despite pulling the biggest moves of the season. Sigh. His efforts to remind the Jury that this was a game fell on deaf ears. Despite watching the big win slip through his fingers Dan left the house with a positive attitude and praised Ian for his win. Dan, you may not have won the Jury but you created the most entertainment for us to write about this season, so thank you for that. And don’t beat yourself up with the “should I have taken Danielle” scenario. You would have lost that 6-1 as well as we learned from the Jury.
On Wednesday night, the super fan beat the former winner and took home the Big Brother 14 prize. Yes, Ian Terry was crowned the winner of Big Brother, taking home the $500,000. Dan Gheesling walks away with the $50,000 second-place prize.
Earlier in the night, we got to see the end of the first round of the final Head of Household. We saw that Dan asked both Ian and Danielle to throw it (separately of course) and they both obliged. Dan won the first round and moved on to the final round.
In the second round, it was Ian vs. Danielle. And in case Danielle couldn’t pull off the win, Dan had to come up with a plan. He had to keep Ian thinking they’re Final 2 deal is solid while having Danielle to ruffle his feathers. They basically need Ian to throw the final HoH so Dan can win and take Danielle to the Final 2 instead of Ian.
We’re about to find out who won Big Brother 14 as the Jury is nearly set and will soon cast their votes. Before we get to the voting we’ll have to wait through the final Head of Household competition. Two of the three portions have already played out so we’ll be watching just the third part live before moving on to the jury and votes.
While we wait I wanted to give a BIG thanks to all of our readers this summer. Thanks for joining us each day to discuss what was going on in the house and a special thanks to everyone who signed up for the Live Feeds through our links and banners. All of you make this site possible and it’d be nothing without you. Okay, now on to the winner.
We learn that yes, Dan convinced both Danielle and Ian to drop during the first round. Ian agreed to this minutes before the live eviction as part of his deal to evict Shane rather than Ian. He then talks Danielle in to doing the same.
Big Brother 14 – Final HoH: Round 1
Big Brother 14 – Final HoH: Round 2
We finally get some time with the Jury. This deliberation will be fun. No big surprises here. Jenn is very pro-Dan while Joe and Frank are pushing hard against Dan. From their comments it sounds like Dan would do better against Danielle, but he may be in big trouble against Ian.
Now on to the live portion of the show. The winner of round 3 will decide who is the final evicted HG and who moves on to the Final 2. Lots of pressure here.
Big Brother 14 – Final HoH: Round 3 – Dan vs. Ian
- Round 1: Both get it right.
- Round 2: Both get it right.
- Round 3: Ian gets it right.
- Round 4: Ian gets it right.
- Round 5: Ian gets it right.
- That’s it. Ian wins the round.
Ian wins the final HoH! He’ll get to decide whether to take Dan or Danielle to the Final 2.
Big Brother 14 – Final Eviction
- Ian decides to evict Danielle.
After the jury interrogates the Final 2 HGs they each get to place their votes. It takes at least 4 out of 7 votes to win the big prize.
Big Brother 14 – Jury Votes
It all comes down to this. Tonight on Big Brother the season 14 winner will be crowned. Either Dan, Danielle, or Ian will win over the jury and be awarded a half-million dollar prize. I’ve already taken a detailed look at who I think will end up in the Final 2 and who has the best shot at the money, so I’ll skip that here, but vote for who you think will win.
Tonight’s show will last a full 90-minutes and start at 9:30PM ET/PT after the premiere of Survivor Philippines. Did you know we’ve got a Survivor fansite too? Join our Survivor Facebook and Twitter groups so you can get those updates and discussions all season. As part of tonight’s Big Brother finale we’ll get to watch the rest of the first part of the final HoH, the second round, and then third round will play out live.
Once the Final 2 HGs have been decided they’ll present their cases to the Jury and vie for the four votes needed to win. As for the Jurors we’ll get to watch their prerecorded deliberations from earlier this week back at the Jury House. Those can usually get pretty heated so I’d expect some sparks to fly. Once we get better insight from that debate it should help shape our expectations for tonight’s vote.