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Would Danielle's HoH reign claim a favorite or a former Coach?
I'm still confused at what Danielle did on Wednesday (August 8) night's "Big Brother." It was either brilliant or stupid. Well, it wasn't brilliant, I don't suppose. But it needn't necessarily have been stupid. But if we're being honest, what are the chances that anything Danielle does in this game isn't at least somewhat scatterbrained?
So Danielle and The Quack Pack made nice with Mike Boogie, at least somewhat, and seemingly targeted Janelle for eviction this week, though 21st Century William Katt Frank remains a candidate for eviction of Mike Boogie slips up and behaves suspiciously around the core alliance, which seems somehow unlikely given that once you're willing to believe a word Mike Boogie says, you've pretty much committed to being his dupe.
Seriously. Who trusts Mike Boogie? About anything? At any time?
Click through to see if Mike Boogie gets his way, or if his bromance with Frank is put on ice...
It's time to fight for the POV, but will it change the game?
Well, Frank is on the block yet again. There's no way he can survive another week, can he? It seems the majority of the house wants Frank out, Danielle is firm in her convictions and as Danielle tearily assures Wil, he is far too beloved to be at risk for going home. But if we know anything about "Big Brother," it's that the Chenbot has to tell us each week there's a shocking twist or a shocking surprise or something shocking so that we'll tune in -- and this week was actually, well, a little shocking. Color me shocked.
Some guest stars bite the dust and Salome dances for Bill
If last week's cliffhanger was a bit ambiguous -- did Bill's suggestion to blow up all the Tru Blood factories signal a genuine shift to the dark side, or did he have something bigger up his sleeve? -- this week seemed to erase any doubt that Bill has indeed lost his damn mind. (Or he's playing an incredibly savvy long game.) And that's just one way that the floundering series stepped up its game this week.
For a show severely overstuffed with storylines and characters, "True Blood" can seem maddeningly slow going. It doesn't help that the multitude of plot threads vie for slivers of screen time week after week. But "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" kicked off the season's final third by giving us real progress on several fronts.
In celebration of the forward momentum, I'm departing from the usual Good/Bad breakdown to focus on the four storylines the episode advanced in meaningful ways:
It's a whole new game with the coaches joining in
Well, here we are back at the "Big Brother" house, and the game has reset. This couldn't have been a major surprise to anyone, as America was presented with the choice of mixing things up by adding a twist to the game, or watching the show limp along with nary a bump in the road. Plus, given that only one of the four coaches had to hit the reset button to activate the change (and there was no time for any discussion), there was no way that wasn't going to happen. But hey, twists are always a good thing, unless you're one of the hamsters who didn't dodge eviction last week.
The Houseguests make a decision and America makes a choice
It's going to be a busy Thursday (August 2) night on "Big Brother."
First, we have to find out if the hamsters are going to vote to evict 21st Century William Katt Frank or Screaming Red Tomato Joe. [I sure hope it's Joe going home.]
Then, we have to learn if America voted to have the four Coaches reenter the game as players.
Tonight could change everything!
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The POV contest results in an unexpected play
Ah, the house is in turmoil as the POV contest looms and Janelle faces the prospect of being the last judge to face losing a wee hamster. Really, it's a surprise that Janelle hasn't lost anyone yet, as her players are all such obvious floaters. Although everyone keeps talking about how Wil is physically capable of winning a physical challenge, I think this is only possible if Shane and Frank both break their legs and perhaps get electrocuted. Even Joe seems to have more of a chance, though he might suffer a massive coronary in the process. The guy really is like a walking "this is your heart on cholesterol" commercial. But I'll give the guy credit; he REALLY wants to play. Personally, I can't imagine why he wants to be surrounded by a bunch of whiny kids who spend all their time braiding hair and running up and down the stairs, but maybe his kids at home are just too mature or something.
Also, Alcide gets frisky, Jessica's in chains and Sam sees double
"True Blood" has already passed the point of no return to salvage this season. We're stuck with the storylines we've got, and most of them are lemons. But at least now that we're heading into the final four episodes the writers will be forced to stop dragging their feet and start delivering some payoffs.
That was sort of the case tonight, as we saw some real progress in Terry's ghost story and Sookie and Jason's investigation into their parents' murder. There was also a bit of closure for Jessica and Hoyt, the return of sassy Lafayette and a good old fashioned "True Blood" sex scene (something that's been surprisingly rare this season).
Let's break it down:
The Coaches' Challenge changes everything
So, JoJo's gone, Shane's HOH and Danielle is feeling lucky. I think she'd like to assist Shane in feeling lucky, as she has overcome her resentment toward JoJo (hey, she's gone, why bother?) and is feeling pretty forgiving toward Shane. Or at least it seems that way after she gives Shane a big, sticky hug. Time for showmance!
Who was Frank able to boot at the end of his HoH reign?
We're only two weeks into the "Big Brother" season, but thanks to the pre-game elimination of Jodi, Willie's borderline insanity and Kara's run-of-the-mill ousting, we're already three players down. If 21st Century William Katt Frank is able to complete his Head of Household reign by booting either Danielle or JoJo, we're going to have four players out in two weeks.
Does anybody else sense a "shocking" twist coming? Perhaps the shocking twist that we've all foreseen since the premiere?
Two hamsters are on the block, but will the POV save one of them?
My, how things have changed! Willie's gone, Britney's remaining teammates are on the ropes, Janelle's working with Boogie Mike, whom she loathes, and Frank is the king of his domain. Aren't you glad none of these people are in politics? They'd have blown up Switzerland, joined forces with North Korea and declared war on Mexico, just for kicks.