So, after last night’s crazypants episode, we’re in for one that’s just going to be, well, depressingly predictable. The diamond power of veto is getting played tonight, and I’m pretty sure we can all guess exactly what’s going to happen, especially as far as who’s going home (Gimme a K…). You know, it seems patently unfair to me that Matt gets a game changing prize out of Pandora’s Box and all Brendon pulls is essentially a massage and a nice dinner. However, Julie says we should never underestimate the power of the pretzel. Okay, Julie, surprise me, because otherwise I’m tempted to take a nap.
Goodness knows, this would be bad reality TV if “PR” didn’t try to milk as much drama out of Ivy’s fainting spell as humanly possibly, so what we ended with last week is what we start with this week – Ivy and the paramedics. So, what the heck is wrong with Ivy? Valerie points out she drinks too much Diet Coke and smokes a lot. Gretchen hopes she’ll be okay. Because Ivy is no threat to her. Ultimately, it seems like no big deal, because Ivy is suffering from that persistent ailment of celebrities and reality TV contestants, dehydration. In other words, lots of sturm und drang about nothing.
So my colleague Dan tells me that tonight’s episode is supposed to be all kinds of crazy… and lo and behold, the promo to the show reveals that RACHEL is back. What? How exactly is BB rationalizing that move? Part of me thinks, yay, lots of screaming! And the other part of me thinks, ugh, lots of screaming, because Rachel may be dramatic and mentally unstable in the way that makes good television, but she’s also ear piercingly shrill in the way that makes permanent deafness and migraine headaches. But oh well, she’s back, so let the games begin!
OK, so Sookie and Vampire Bill are back together. I would predict an afternoon wedding in June, with pecan pie for all, but, you know, that pesky sun might fry a few folk -- say, the entire groom’s side.
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...]