BB16 Episode 28 – August 27, 2014
You honestly didn’t think I’d talk about anything pertaining to Victoria’s wisdom, right? Â Because as anyone who is watching this can attest, she’s absolutely the Goat of this season. Â She’s doing nothing, and it’s paying off brilliantly for her. Â EVERYONE in that house knows that if you bring Victoria to the final 2, you’re going to beat her. Â Sure, she’ll get $50K, but you’re going to get $500K! Â Unfortunately, this Victoria’s Wisdom Teeth were the only interesting element of this episode.
Donny Hopes For a Miracle
Donny is the one who gets the Team America notification about the challenge being up to them. Â He immediately thinks that the BEST idea is of course to keep Team America in the house. Â Naturally, Derrick and Frankie aren’t all that into his idea, for obvious reasons. Â We do have another go at Derrick talking to Donny about him not being the best target this week, but also points out that sitting next to Donny is a guaranteed game-killer. Â So Team America is NOT going to go for the Save Donny mission, but I’ll get into that a little later.
In the meantime, we get some footage that potentially indicates that Donny or Nicole have a chance when we see Cody and Derrick strategizing about replacement nominees. Â Much like last episode’s sessions, the focus is on Christine and Frankie. Â Neither of them are trustworthy and it’s likely they’ll turn first, so why not turn on them first? Â Derrick focuses Cody on staying on Donny, who has the potential to really do damage.
While watching these sessions, I knew the editors were fucking with us. Â ESPECIALLY knowing that Cody doesn’t have the stomach for true game-changing moves. Â It’s a fault and a smart way to play – Cody will get rid of a threat (Donny really is a threat to them), but he’s doing “what the house wants” and that is rarely ever rewarded. Â Leadership and gutsy moves that work are rewarded. Â Remember who a lot of the jury members are going to be – and if you can claim that you took one of the jury members’ hated enemies out (i.e., Frankie or Christine in Cody’s case; Derrick or Cody for anybody else) you get a LOT of points. Â Alas, that’s not Cody’s mindset. Â He keeps SAYING he wants and needs to make a move, but never pulls the trigger. Â If he makes it to the Final 2 (highly unlikely as that is with Derrick keeping Victoria around), he still loses as he always did what the house (err, Derrick) wanted.
Victoria: 0, Wisdom Teeth: 1
So the main drama in this episode revolved around Victoria’s medical emergency: Â girlfriend’s wisdom teeth were coming in! Â That sounds like a terrible thing to have to go through, so I am certainly NOT mocking Victoria’s physical ailments. Â Her strategy (or more accurately, lack of strategy) and non-existent gameplay are certainly ripe for mocking though. Â Even Frankie, who is hoping his friend’s blinding pain isn’t terrible, is really hoping it isn’t terrible enough to remove his easily-controlled vote from the game.
So Victoria wanders into the bathroom and a few moments later, Nicole hears a loud thud as Victoria collapses to the ground. Â That’s kinda scary. Â Now, I have to ask at this point…why didn’t Nicole jump into action? Â Obviously she doesn’t have any medical supplies necessarily handy, but there are certain things I’d think a nurse would still be able to do as triage to help someone out. Â She is a fresh graduate so perhaps that instinct hasn’t developed just yet. Â I’ll give her a pass.
EEK. Â I know from ridiculous pain from my sciatica days. Â It’s so frustrating when you realize that your back muscles interact with everything you do, from standing and sitting and lying down to sneezing. Â The one thing that wasn’t impacted was eating, which is probably where Victoria’s main medical problem came from. Â The severe pain in her teeth likely led to dehydration since she probably didn’t eat or drink as much as she should. Â Luckily doctors were there almost immediately and took care of her.
Again, I’m certainly not her biggest fan in the game and think a nice seat in the Jury House is calling out for her, but as a person, I’m glad she’s doing better. Â Who am I kidding though? Â She’s headed to the Final 2 unless the rest of the house wises up to Derrick’s machinations.
The Counting-Things Veto
This particular game inÂ Big Brother can usually be a bit more fun, but when you’ve got nearly half the ones playing who don’t know a bit about the strategy of the game, it’s very frustrating to watch. Â Sure, it was funny to see the confident Frankie eliminated first, but then to watch as Donny and Nicole completely fucked themselves by not even playing the last few rounds? Â UGH. Â They truly deserved to lose.
So yeah, Cody ended up winning fairly easily as Derrick and Christine knew exactly what to do to make sure he won; all they had to worry about was Donny and Nicole, which turned out not to be a worry at all. Â UGH.
Team America Challenge: Â HouseSwap, the Play
So Frankie’s idea for the Team America Challenge, instead of Operation Save Donny, was to put on a play. Â He gets his way, putting on HouseSwap, in which the 8 current houseguests take on the role of one of the 8 evicted houseguests. Â We only get to see 5 of the performances, with Christine, Cody and Nicole not shown. Â Some were pretty good, especially Derrick as Jacosta (“Thank you Jesus!” and Donny as Devin, perfectly imitating Devin’s ever-present open smile.
Frankie as Joey:
Derrick as Jacosta:
Victoria as Amber:
No Vetoes For You!
In the end, Cody decided not to use the Veto on anyone, meaning Nicole or Donny are headed out the door tonight. Â It’s likely Donny, but Derrick may course-correct and decide Nicole should go. Â The important thing here is that Derrick is making that decision and the house will go with it. Â The question is, will the remaining houseguests figure this power structure out before it’s too late to do something about it?
Personally, Derrick deserves the win, but I am hoping for an interesting season home stretch and as it is playing now, it looks like the next few weeks aren’t shaping up to be surprising in the slightest! Â But I will always hold out hope that the producers know the right curveballs to throw.
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