Big Brother 16 Episode 15 Recap: Zankie Reigns As Zach Runs Wild


It was a Zankie reign in the Big Brother 16 house, but it was Zach who took the power and ran with it this week. Even though he left a pretty big mess along the way.

Sunday night’s episode picked up right after Frankie and Zach won Head of Household. Let me rephrase that: right after Zach won HOH and Frankie had it handed to him by Derrick.

Everyone is comforting Frankie over his grandfather’s death while sweating Zach as the other HOH. They know he’s a wild card and is likely to do anything.

We immediately find out that Zach’s target is Amber because she’s coming for the guys, specifically Zach himself. But Donny and Jocasta feel like they’ll be the next targets along with Victoria. The alliance really thinks they’re pulling something over on people, but they’re not.

Zach decides to feel things out with Caleb. He tells him that he’s afraid of Amber targeting him and that he could be putting her up. Caleb says he doesn’t know if he’d like it, but he’s wearing a little thing with Amber, so it sounds like Amber going up wouldn’t be the worst.

Caleb lets Amber know that she’s on the radar. She tells Caleb that if Zach puts her up, she’ll out the alliance. As if that hasn’t been done before.

Christine and Frankie are talking about how nuts Zach is when he comes in the room and tells Christine that she’s gonna go up and throw the Battle of the Block this week. She refuses. Zach gets really upset with her lack of teamwork and tells her she needs to earn some stripes for the team.

It’s time for a trip to Psychoville with a pit stop to Delusional City. Caleb finds out Amber likes pickles. She finds out he hates pickles and won’t eat one. So she says “what if I said I’d go on a date with you if you ate a pickle?” He takes that to heart, eats a pickle for her (much to her disdain). So they go on a “date” in the backyard. And it’s super awkward and she tells us in the diary room that was her first and last date with Caleb.

Zach is bored and decides to mess with Christine’s game. He plants a lot of confusion and paranoia in Nicole’s mind about Christine. So Nicole goes to her to ask her if there’s anything she wants to tell her. Christine decides to continue lying about working with The Detonators to Nicole. She seems to not necessarily buy the lie, but accepts it. And now Zach is on Christine’s radar.

And every week I forget it exists, but then Team America time pops up and makes me want to quit life. Donny find out that have to get two HGs to fight during an upcoming ceremony. Donny relays the message to Frankie and Derrick and of course they go straight for Zach. And Zach basically hands it to them with what he plans to say to Christine during his nomination Christine. That is if she responds to it. And if he nominates Christine.

It’s time for the nominations ceremony. Frankie goes with Jocasta and Victoria. Now it’s time for Zach’s show. He reveals that he nominated Christine and Nicole. He insults them both and it’s very entertaining, but nothing really becomes of it because Christine and Nicole aren’t good cast members. They’re never going to fight or actually play the game hard, so sorry Team America, you failed.

It did get Nicole to cry. Which is funny in itself. I mean why cry over being called a “Fruit Loop Dingus”? But it worked.

And elsewhere Victoria is crying again because Frankie has nominated her yet again. But that’s OK, she’s getting a pep talk from Mama Jocasta, who is as worthless as Victoria is. So put those two together and they might almost win the Battle of the Block.

It’s time to get to the Battle of the Block. They have to build a wedding cake, climb to the top and stand for 3 seconds. Christine and Nicole win and Zach is dethroned. That means Jocasta and Victoria remain on the block ahead of the Power of Veto competition.



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  1. I like this one too:

    Dani Donato ‏tweeted:

    It’s hard to keep up with all these alliances, all I know is that Donny Victoria Jocasta and Jesus are alone.

      • haahaaa yes Jocasta was in an alliance with Jesus in the beginning…I remember that…I wonder if Donny and Victoria even know that Jesus is in their alliance.

      • Did He? He seems to live in various aspects of people within the house? In Jocasta’s vibrant personality and showmanship… In Donny’s compassion and friendship… In Nicole’s innocence. I see it all around.

  2. What is with Zach? Why is he on the verge of giving up his alliance to Nicole? Is he a stooge for production to make the game more interesting?

  3. The weirdest thing is Gator Zach wearing a Nole hat. I mean I’m glad Zach is finally showing some intelligence and taste but it’s like a buckeye wearing a wolverine hat.

  4. Welp, I guess that’s why they call it “ZACH ATTACK”. Hehe.
    (And by the way, Branden, they had to stand for 3 seconds, not 30 seconds.)

  5. Yeah, I really cant stand Frankie and Zack. Zack is crazy and Frankie, well I dont even know why he wants to win so bad. I’m pretty sure he’s rich. The same alliance keeps wining HOH every week and it’s just becoming predictable. Blah blah wins, puts up Donny, Jacasta, Victoria and someone else. And I love Amber, i dont want her to go! This sucks.

    • I’m fairly certain at least 80% of the cast is fairly wealthy and/or powerful in their everyday lives. This is why the ‘average’ people that actually manage to make it on the show are the heroes nowadays. Unless you’re from that segment of society that wants some model, actor, or celebrity to get their ”big shot” through the show, why wouldn’t you cheer for the person who actually needs this money for important things like paying their rent and/or mortgages, or even their parents medical bills?

      • How interesting. I care very little what someone’s personal life is like outside of the game. I care about who payed the best game being the winner. I’m not saying I’m right and you’re wrong. I just think it’s interesting how we can watch the same show and value completely different things.

    • That is a really stupid thing to say. Everyone in this cast is in a financial position to leave their job for 3+ months that offers a pretty low stipend, so you could argue that they are all pretty well off, financially. Furthermore, what business is it of yours how much money a certain houseguest has? They came here to play a game, and like him or not, Frankie is playing the game. Hard. Too hard. Also, if you had been following the game astutely you would know that getting Amber out instead of an easy target like Jocasta or Victoria while Caleb is still in the house is a pretty non-predictable move and could prove to be a pretty exciting week after the dust settles. If you want to blame someone for boring nominations then blame the twist, not the houseguests who are actually here to compete and go for the HoH.

      Never comment here again.

      • A grand a week is “a pretty low stipend”?

        Must be nice to be able to say that. Most people can’t.

      • Instead of having a stable job to come back to in the great likelihood you aren’t the winner yet abandoned your job for 3 months? Yeah, that’s a pretty low stipend.

    • Frankie claims that he will build schools in Africa, winning the 3rd $5K makes him enough to build one school and name it after his grandfather

  6. Been watching the feeds and Zach is preparing his attack on Amber for tomorrow with Frankie and Hayden giving him ideas. Frankie plans on saying she is going up because that’s what Caleb wants. He plans on being blameless and letting Caleb and Zach take the heat. Really think TA is NOT going to make it and I’m glad if this are the tactics they are going to use. It’s a game but do you have to humiliate someone just for TA to get 5k apiece?

    • I agree that the show keeps pushing for extremes in the hopes of good ratings – but having said that – I admit like most people I like it when a wrench gets thrown into the best laid plans of mice & men.

    • Zach is just a jerkwad and I agree, its not necessary to act this way. I hate the whole TA concept. I wanted fun and goofy stuff not ridiculous or mean.

      • Yea, this TA mission was not very well tought off. Was not something easy to achieve, especially with this cast. I can see Zach make an ass of himself, but I don’t see Amber playing along. Same thing than at the nomination’s ceremony.

  7. Not looking good for Amber and poor thing still has no clue! When your name is being mentioned as being a target like Caleb already told her, you have to use your head. I do not understand what talking to Zach and trying to get reassurance gets her. She should be thinking she is the next target.
    What is bad for her is she tried to have Nicole targeted so, that is one vote
    against her right away. Although, the chances are slim to none—-I hope Frankie puts up Zach as the replacement nominee when Hayden pulls Victoria from the block! It is not too late to get the Detonators. Christine has to flip as her loyalties has done nothing for her! She should be loyal to Nicole and Hayden and maybe, add Donny, Victoria, Jocasta if they can keep it quiet on the down low! That is their best shot! If two of them win HOH, put up Derrick, Frankie, Cody and Zach all at once. That gives them the best chance of sending one of the Detonators home and weakens that alliance as well!

    • Well we can at least be thankful that the detonators are willing to part ways with one of Amber or Caleb. This is good news for Donny, Jocasta, Nicole & Hayden who were targets for Amber & Caleb (still thinking they were in the alliance). ;)

  8. Zach went about the Nom ceremony the wrong way. He should’ve told Nicole she was going up at the advice of Christine. In the HoH room Zach asked her who he should put up and Christine quickly said Nicole and someone else. Him outing Christine probably would’ve given Team America the fight they needed to win the challenge.

    • Oh I don’t think Nicole would’ve fought with Christine just because Zach said so… I think if Jocasta & Victoria were nominated because one of them told Frankie to put the other up – then that would’ve been golden! ;)

  9. Woooow?!! I did not know there’s guys like that who do that (Caleb). This guy shaves his arms? His arms?? Really on National Television?? Wooow? I don’t even know how to respond to that, someone help me please try and explain this to me…

    • yes, Caleb shaving his arms was kind of disturbing, but yet, I have friends that work in the construction business that also shave their arms, but not for looks, though. they shave their arms so mud and grime doesn’t get stuck in the hairs…

    • A lot of body builder guys and guys obsessed with their bodies shave. Athletes do it for less resistance but in this case I think its just to show off his muscles better.

  10. Man I hate to admit but Zack is fantastic. He is great television. Watching him rehearse his attack on Amber he will do tomorrow is hilarious and awesome even if it is unwarranted. I hope he makes it to the end even though I know he won’t.

    • I am really liking Zach, too. I really think he brings back an old school “Howie” feel….

  11. Who does Frankenstein, I mean Frankie have a final 2 with. I know Zack thinks its him. but I dont think that can happen

  12. I understand why Nicole got upset. He hurt her feelings. And he was being an ass. his comments were not necessary. I don’t think it was the comment itself that was the issue as much as the fact that he said it the way he did as if there was something wrong with her. She’s a sweet girl. I did kinda see how strong Christine is and when she told Zach she didn’t believe him it was funny.

  13. I don’t watch the feeds so can someone please answer a question for me if you can. Has Jocasta ever said why she likes those bow ties so much? Is it just an odd fashion thing she happens to like or does it have some meaning?

    • I am going to go out on a limb and say it probably has something to do with the fact that she is a minister….like a priest wears a collar? I guess?…… looks ridiculous but I guess its her thing.

  14. Zach is a little menace, but he makes really good TV. I hate to say it, but without his shenanigans this season might be slightly boring.. with the exception that we have psycho/stalker Caleb to thank for good laughs too! hehe!

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