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Big Brother 14 – Ep 23

It was quite a satisfying episode especially after Britney’s eviction – but I didn’t take notes, for a few reasons, and now that I’m finally able to write about it, well, the details are hazy.  What were those reasons?  Well, first and foremost, Larry was back!  Not that I can’t write or take notes with Larry around, right?  Right.  The other reason was that I threw my back out – this time it feels truly like it’s my back and not sciatica.  But I did that on Friday afternoon and even by Sunday evening, I still wasn’t feeling good enough to want to bother with writing notes.  So now you’re caught up.

Outgoing Head of Household: Frank
New Head of Household: Ian
Pandora’s Box Opened?  Yes, by Ian
Nominated for Eviction:  Frank & Jenn

Episode 23 – September 2, 2012

Ian ended up lasting the longest in the HoH Comp, eventually making a deal with Shane to not target Shane or Danielle.  This ended up of course being the worst possible outcome for Frank since they had their little spat.  But was Frank about to give up?  Not by a long shot.  He boldly made a pitch to Ian that Frank isn’t the best target and that Ian could attack plenty of other floaters first – and wouldn’t it be great if Frank and Ian went back to their old relationship?  Frank admits that he loved Ian so much before Ian’s betrayal… Things could be good again between them.

There was another major event in the episode – the second Pandora’s Box.  Ian, as a student of the game, knew that this could be a bad bad thing.  After deliberations and an editorial cut – Ian decides to open the Box.  Honestly, I don’t know how to really feel about Pandora’s Box.  I think there has been ONE time when the HoH didn’t use it.  And you know Producers must be PISSED when that happens – so I don’t think it’s even possible for an HoH to not use it.  Ian opened it – and his video clue was a Christmas Tree with lots of gifts at the base.  To his benefit, this was not a bad Pandora’s Box….for him.  He got lots of geeky science toys and for Ian, it was just like a great Christmas.  He really is adorable.  The other houseguests?  They got the bad brunt of Pandora’s Box, with the return of Jesse as a Speedo-clad Santa.  If it wasn’t for Jesse’s uber-douchery (as evidenced by his previous stints in Season 10 and Season 11 of Big Brother) and his mostly buttaface, he’d be ridiculously hot.  If someone like Shane showed up dressed like this, I’d freakin’ die.  Let’s go to our happy place to think of Shane as Sexy Santa….alright, better now.

Anyway, Jesse’s arrival was bad for the houseguests – his gifts were organic, natural foodstuffs.  He didn’t just give – he also took…all of their junkfood.  Looks like Jenn’s Veto sacrifice of only having slop the rest of the season wasn’t that big of a sacrifice after all.

Finally, the remaining thing to talk about is of course the nominations.  Ian definitely kept Frank’s idea in mind but when it came down to it, it seemed that vengeance was the name of the game.  He put up Jenn and Frank, explicitly for taking out his BFF Britney.  For Frank, this isn’t anything new.  For Jenn, well, I project that she won’t win Veto and that it’s her turn to go.  After that, if my pattern recognition is in any way accurate – Dan will go next, as it has been coach out then non-coach for the last three cycles.  Let’s see what happens.

I plan on taking better notes tonight to provide a much better recap – the pain is very localized now so I should be good to go.  Here’s hoping that’s actually the case.


HG Comments
Dan – You’re in this to win this and apparently Ian’s on-board with keeping the Quack Pack intact, even after your devastating betrayal of it.  It also seems you’re willing to stick with them over your new alliance with Frank & Jenn.  You managed to play this beautifully.  Well done….this demands a Citizen Kane-style standing ovation.
Danielle – I never would have thought you and Dan were going to stick it out so long.  Your little blush at being Shane’s “girlfriend” though?  You went right back to being Ms. Fatal Attraction 2012.  I worry for Shane yet again.
Frank – Same Shit, Different Day for you.  I’m sure you’ll win Veto.  I don’t even fear for you at this point.
Ian – I’m glad you got a chance to have the HoH and it wasn’t just for a half hour.  Your little Christmas Tree fun was endearing – you really must be hard up for cash with how much each little amount seems to completely make your day.  I think you made the right move with your nominations, as hell, you and Frank were already on the outs.
Jenn – Okay, “Jenn City”, let’s see what you got.
Joe – You were not in this episode, if I recall correctly.
Shane – I do believe I could watch a show in which you flex your biceps for a half hour.  But I was very disappointed in the amount of clothes you were still wearing.  Oh, as for actual BB stuff, good job in making a deal with Ian.  And hey, the Quack Pack lives.  You may be sticking around for quite a bit longer.
Britney – Evicted 7th, 9th out of the House.  2nd Jury member.
Ashley – Evicted 6th, 8th out of the House.  1st Jury member.
Mike Boogie – Evicted 5th, 7th out of the House.
Wil – Evicted 4th, 6th out of the House.
Janelle – Evicted 3rd, 5th out of the House.
JoJo – Evicted 2nd, 4th out of the House.
Willie – Eliminated. Effectively 3rd out of the House.
Kara – 1st Houseguest Evicted, 2nd out of the House
Jodi – Not really Evicted – but 1st out of the House

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