I just realized that it’s “8/8/2016” which is 8 years after “8/8/8” (aka 8/8/2008) which was when NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics began. MAN. That doesn’t feel like 8 years ago, but here we are.
It’s sometimes very strange to consider I used to work at NBC! That’s weird, but it also isn’t. I was talking to Larry yesterday about how my interest in the Olympics is back to the levels it was before I was employed at NBCU, which is basically nil. The only things I do care about….the Men’s Gymnastics Team(s), that’s for damn sure – hello Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton:
Sam Mikulak, fine as hell
Sam Mikulak really coming into his own in the hotness arena
This team is insane.
And Jake Dalton, with the most American name ever, quite the picture of hotness.
The game is evolving, folks! Those twists keep coming and alliances are shifting, in quite surprising ways. And damn, I think there’s either very horny women or horny gay men in control of the season thus far, as there is ample opportunity for these men to show off all they’ve got. Loving it!
This guy is all confidence. Or delusion. Delusidence? Is that a thing? Regardless, Jozea has got it. Not only is he ready to go after Nicole, he tries to foster a rising tide of resentment against her with the other newbies when he lets it slip that he’s been gunning, openly, for Nicole since Day 1. Both Bridgette and Paulie, who are the recipients of this particular rant, immediately ask why he’d do that? Of course, it’s because he’s not afraid of that thing (his words, not mine). Man o’ man….I think this week’s eviction might issue some harsh reality checks for Jozea – or if not this Thursday, soon thereafter. His comments at the end of the episode about him being the heart and joy of the house meaning everyone and anyone winning the Veto will inevitably use it on him….? whooo boy. Revel in it though – why not? You’re not on Big Brother every day, so be that character.
Jozea does end up going upstairs to talk with Nicole, and like her, I was wondering if this was going to be an ugly scene. Surprisingly (?), there’s no emotional outbursts or attacks. I guess we’ll save all those kinds of hysterics for Week 6+, right? Jozea does mention that he didn’t campaign for himself before the nominations as he doesn’t see the point of doing that. If he’s ever HoH, people shouldn’t even bother talking to him and begging, as he’s not going to listen. whoooo boy. You’re a MASTER at this game, Jozea. Never let anyone tell you different.
The Episode Where Alliances Form….
….soon to be followed where that said alliance is filled with sub-alliances that will soon shatter this first alliance. Alright, so first off, DaVonne, playing a fantastic social game, to me at least, is bonding with Zakiyah. Zakiyah confesses that she did have Jozea and Paul’s back before, but she has no idea where their heads are as they’re just playing so stupidly. DaVonne knows this is the time to bring in Zakiyah, which then leads to figuring out a bigger group to get through the first half of the season. That leads us to….
Up in the HoH room, 4 newbies and 4 vets decide to cast their lot together, for at least this episode. I’m jaded enough to know the likelihood of The 8-Pack lasting long is pretty small, but I’ve been surprised before! Gotta say though, I feel a bit bad for Paulie – who is very boldly being left out of this group. As it is now, The 8-Pack consists of: DaVonne, Zakiyah, Tiffany, Corey, Michelle, Nicole, James and Frank. Does Corey have an 8 pack though? For all my lusting of him, he hasn’t struck me as ripped, just tall, cute, and athletic. Paulie and Victor though? Damn. Continue reading The 8-Pack’s First Roadkill→
Well, well, well, we are BACK! CBS felt extra generous this week as we got 2 hours this first episode and I think there’s another 2 hours tonight. I accidentally typed 22 hours and realized I both loved and hated that idea.
I don’t have nearly enough time to run down the contestants in this post as I’d like to get to watching tonight’s episode, but I’m not blind and I AM gay, so let’s hit up the important stuff first:
Let’s Meet PAULIE:
You may see him and be reminded of a previous contestant, and that’s because he’s the smokin’ hot brother of smokin’ hot Cody, from Season 16:
So yeah, this’ll be a great season.
We also have another hit of hotness in the form of Baseball Coach (in my pants) Corey:
Yeah, this is awesome. More to come in this recap, trust.
And oh yeah, you’re not fooling anyone, Tiffany:
Every time you spoke all I could HEAR was Vanessa and when you look at her, give her blonde hair and she’s a carbon copy. You’re so Vanessa’s sister. I loved DaVonne’s DR session in which she was like, “I see you little Poker Player, Hi Vanessa’s Sister!” Love DaVonne. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let the Games Begin!
We did get a bunch of these 12 houseguest’s stories and such, and maybe we’ll get into in tomorrow’s post. But there’s plenty of character for days, so we shouldn’t be bored. And as long as Corey and Paulie hang out for a few months, I’m good. But guess what! 12 isn’t the regular # of houseguests, is it? Continue reading A Big Brother 4 x 4→
Yeah, this show is exactly everything awesome. I smell a new gay anthem…or at least a new song to hear when a stripper is nearby! I’m not sure why I didn’t watch Galavant last night when this was on, but I’m certainly good with this greatest hit from last night. Definitely enjoyed the episodes from the first season, but didn’t imagine it would last to a second because I’m pretty sure the ratings were null. But keep pulling stunts like this? 10 seasons and a movie!!!
Amazing Race 27 – Episode 1: “A Little Too Much Beefcake”
I do declare that quote to be horrendously inaccurate. There’s never enough beefcake, dammit! NEVER. And with these FOINE gentlemen on the race this season, I am quite content:
I have no doubt that by the end of the season, we’ll find out they’re really a couple. Because come on, look at that. Trust that there will be more screencaps of Tanner & Josh. Trust.
Where’d Everyone Travel To This Episode?
Starting Point: Venice, CA Pit Stop for the Leg: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Starting at Venice
I am having an internal struggle about whether to bother profiling the 11 teams, and I frankly don’t really care all that much about them individually yet. You know, here’s what I’ll do…broad categorizations!
Seems Like They’ll Have a Shot:
Cannon Fodder For the Mid-Race:
No Chance In Hell:
So yeah, that about sums up what I’ve got in terms of feelings about these teams. Obviously one of the “No Chance In Hell” teams, the TMZ team, is out after this first leg because they completely blew it at the Detour. It was a little surprising to see that bad of a performance so soon – it’s a freakin’ SLIDE PUZZLE. Come ON. Anyway, I have now jumped the gun. Let’s talk about Venice!
Phil, who I must say I’ve missed since skipping the last season, welcomed our 11 new teams while out on the Venice beach. He immediately told them that Rio was their next destination and also told them that an upcoming “bike race” in nearby Marina Del Rey would determine who would get on the first flight out. Only the winner of that race would be on that flight too. STRESS!
So with his patented eyebrow arch, Phil set our new contestants off into the world, with everyone having a waiting taxi ready to take them to the first challenge.
Turns out, the “bike ride” was actually a water bike. The hotnessDuo, Tanner & Josh, were so hot that they broke their bike and ended up coming in LAST at this point. I suddenly got sad as I was like, of course, the hot guys are going to be stupid and mess up immediately. In the meantime, WeepyMcGee (aka Justin) & Diana took the lead and the win (but just barely as Denise & James Earl were right behind them) and earned that sole spot on the first flight, which was supposed to give them a 30-minute advantage.
Sposeda is the cool way to write “supposed to” and what I’m using here to indicate that WeepyMcGee & Diana’s 30-minute lead evaporated due to flight times down to a 5-minute lead. The other teams got in quicker than expected, so that advantage withered away. They were still in the lead though and got to the clue box first, where a Fast Forward beckoned teams to take the chance.
The Fast Forward would have involved hang-gliders if not for the dangerous winds, and as a hyper-competitive team would be expected to do, Justin & Diana went for it. That of course backfired as the Fast Forward was cancelled and this put them automatically in the back of the pack. Wah wah. Justin should be lucky I was nice and didn’t screencap when he was full-sob. He should feel LUCKY!
Bienvenidos to Rio de Janeiro!
Everybody else ended up racing to a heliport where they would get flown over and around the city. Most were stunned by the sheer enormity of the housing and congestion mixed in with the stunning natural beauty of the area. My friend went there and had an amazing time as it really is like another world. A very fun, exotic world, but completely different from us in the U.S. They got to buzz Christ the Redeemer and that was key to remember, as they were quizzed upon landing to name the landmark.
Off to the Detour!
There were puzzles and there was volleyball. I’m sooooooo glad the HotnessDuo chose volleyball. It was like Top Gun up in here.
HOLY HELL. These two are ridiculous. They came into their own in this Detour and pretty much annihilated it. Also, Jazmine & Danielle came on strong here and made an impression. Unfortunately for them, I like gawking at dudes and not the ladies, so alas, no screenshots of them. But I do anticipate they’ll be around awhile so eventually you’ll see them!
On the sidewalk near the beach, the other Detour option was the slide puzzle. It proved remarkably challenging for most. I don’t get it.
Those who chose this option pretty much all got frustrated at it. But those who persevered and didn’t panic and understood how puzzles work made it through while these two teams here had major issues getting through this. A slide puzzle. a 4×3 slide puzzle. ZOMG. The TMZ girls ended up losing to the Cheerleaders and they noted astutely that they’ll never live this down – the timer in the corner when they finally solved it? 3 hours and 45 minutes. WTF.
Winner Winner, My God They’re Hot
Phil welcomed the HotnessDuo with his Rio co-host and she was appropriately impressed with the specimens in front of her. That’s because she’s not blind. Tanner & Josh not only were first but they also won this season’s Express Pass. Phil explained that it had to be used by the end of the fifth leg (that seems earlier than previous seasons), and when they do use it, they then are required to give it to another team who has to use it in the next leg. Hmmm…strategy! It will be interesting to see how that Pass plays out.
And the TMZ women were so far behind when they finally solved the slide puzzle Detour that they didn’t actually have to go to the Pit Stop as Phil came to them. No non-elimination this leg. Honestly, they showed a super-catty side earlier in the leg and it wasn’t a fun catty – it was mean catty. So I’m not sad to see them go. Best of luck to them back at TMZ though. They’re going to be annihilated.