Yes, screeching drama queen Rachel is gone, but a bigger drama queen remains – her annoyingly metrosexual boyfriend. Medieval Times knight wannabe/possible “Oprah” addict Brendon has vowed revenge on the house. And apparently, some of the housemates don’t realize what a big wuss he is, because they’re skittering around the house like terrified silverfish. Don’t worry hamsters, now that Rachel’s gone, Brendon is as likely to curl up in a fetal position and cry as he is to kick someone’s butt.
Thursday's (Aug. 12) "Big Brother" elimination episode offers a win-lose situation. On one hand, either Rachel or Brendon is going home, which means that the show's most annoying showmance will be torn asunder and relative sanity can once again rule in the house. On the other hand, Brendon and Rachel are good for drama, even if that drama sometimes takes the form of Rachel irrationally ranting and Kathy on Wednesday's show for having the temerity to be happy about a successful performance in a challenge. Losing that lovey-dovey romance? Good thing. Losing that drama? Probably not ideal...
Who actually went home? Click through for a minute-by-minute recap of the festivities from the hamster house...
Can you believe it’s the end of Season Seven? And that the winner is about to be named? And it won’t be Alex? Excuse me while I take a moment… anyway, it’s been a long, strange season of injuries, crying judges, National Dance Day plugs and some really great dancing. Looking at the final three, it’s hard to say which one was better or who’s more likely to take home the $250,000 prize. But, as it’s a two hour marathon of endless timewasters and some good dancing, let’s just get to it, shall we?
[Full recap of Thursday's (Aug. 12) "So You Think You Can Dance" finale after the break...]
As much as I’m not enjoying the direction that “BB” seems to be going in (MATT? HOH AGAIN?), I am thrilled about two things. One, Ragan is the saboteur, and Jeff and Jordan are visiting the house. I can only hope they’re staying, as the only other power couple seems to be on their way out. And as annoying as I find both Rachel and Brendon, they’re awfully entertaining in a tragic, car accident kind of way.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Aug. 11) "Big Brother" after the break...]
It’s the beginning of the “SYTYCD” finale! It’s down to Lauren, Kent and Robert. And not one of them has a pulled tendon or broken rib or anything! This week! That we know of! But Cat did just say everyone’s going to dance four routines and a solo, so the night is still young. Before we begin, though, it’s nostalgic montage time! Weeping judges, drippy music, cheering crowds! This is like a movie trailer or a moving Hallmark card, but really, I’m not sure if a season of reality TV, no matter how compelling, should be distilled into a musical montage that should make you pine for the good ol’ days of… “SYTYCD” auditions. Unless, maybe, you were at the auditions. But that’s different. Anyway, let’s get to it. After all, there’s a whole hella lotta dancing coming down the pipeline tonight.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Aug. 11) "So You Think You Can Dance" finale performances...]
Hitch up your coveralls and whip out yo fangs, it’s another episode of True Blood, y’all. When we last left our cast, Sookie was screaming, because she’s Sookie, and Vampire Bill was brooding, on account of how he’s Vampire Bill, and everybody was in the hospital, because Bill done chewed on Sookie’s neck in a manner unbecoming to a southern gentleman.
In the hospital room, Sookie doesn’t know if she can forgive Bill for sucking on her like he did, and possibly taking her “light” in the process. They both cry. Vampire Bill cries because he cannot lie in the sun with Sookie; Sookie cries because she and Bill just cannot manage to have a good time despite being on a cool show like "True Blood." Finally, Vampire Bill takes his vampire leave. Before, it was over between them, but now, it’s like OVER over.
[Full recap of Sunday's (Aug. 8) "True Blood" after the break...]
Well, Rachel’s latest reign as HOH is coming to an end, which means things are about to get sticky for the couple the hamsters love to hate. Rachel, of course, has her fingers crossed that her knight in a shining Speedo will save the day and win the HOH competition, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Brendon hasn’t exactly wowed anyone in the endurance competitions, which makes me think he might be a really crappy swim coach (“Okay, guys, backstroke! Unless you want to doggie paddle? Aw, heck, everyone get some pool noodles and relax!”) and not quite the big, strong he-man Rachel thought he was. But really, Rachel’s no prize, either, so really, they’re an ideal couple, if you ask me.
After last weekâ€™s rough challenge, and the judgesâ€™ odd reactions (Casanova is still here? Wha?), Iâ€™m bracing myself for another difficult episode. What could possibly happen this week? Designing ball gowns out of gum wrappers in less than an hour? Using homeless people as models? Who knows, who cares, itâ€™s time for another episode of â€œPR,â€ letâ€™s get to it!
[Full recap of Thursday's (Aug. 5) "Project Runway" after the break...]
Aaack, the Big Brother house is about to become Heartbreak Hotel, or maybe the set of a Shakespearean tragedy, or perhaps a pale imitation of “Rock of Love” without the strippers and drunken vomiting, but in any case, it’s going to be sad and possibly bloody. The Hayden/Kristen showmance is going to be torn apart, and I’m very curious to see how these lovebirds handle the stress. I’m guessing lots of making out to be followed by backstabbing, but you never know.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Aug. 5) "Big Brother" after the break...