"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: A new HoH takes control of the game

Are McCranda's days numbered?

While every HoH competition is important, and CBS likes to sell us on the idea that This Is The Most Important HoH Competition EVER, I will admit that this week's HoH competition is, yes, pretty important. If Amanda or McCrae win, well, I'm still not sure they'd make it to the final four but it would certainly increase their chances. If almost anyone else wins? Well, I'm pretty sure everyone else in the house wants to put McCranda on the block together. The question is whether or not anyone has the guts, especially after Amanda's full-bore crazypants attack on Elissa. While everyone wants to win the prize money, I'm not sure having to listen to Amanda honk insults at you for days on end is a fair trade off. 

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Julie Chen goes for the jugular

It's a showdown for one hamster and the host

I'll be honest -- I usually find Julie Chen's interviews with the hamsters pretty tedious. Lots of puffball questions, lots of useless fluff. Of course, this season of "Big Brother" has lent itself to more serious discussion, but that didn't mean I ever expected Julie to call anyone on the carpet. But, as we know, expect the unexpected on "Big Brother." 

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Amanda get back doored?

Is Elissa ready to make a big move, or will McCranda rule again?

It's weeks like this one when I wish I had Time Warner cable. Without a way to watch CBS, I would be spared the sheer frustration of "Big Brother" when monsters embed themselves in the house like nasty, vindictive termites. I guess I could be sanguine about episodes like this one, and remind myself that sometimes bad behavior gets rewarded and even crappy people can have good luck. But that doesn't make me want to toss my remote control into traffic any less. 

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'Big Brother' recap: Which jury member returns to the house?

Thanks to a tough double competition, the game dynamic shifts

This week I decided to check the Interwebs find out what was happening in the Big Brother house, and though that spoiled any element of surprise for tonight's show, it was worth it. Given this week's double competition -- half of it dedicated to bringing a jury member back to the show, the other half set to determine who would be HoH -- I felt it was better to be prepared.

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'Big Brother' recap: A hamster is cut but has a shot to return

We find out what they're really saying in the jury house

Well, we can pretty much check out for at least half of this episode, as we all know what's going to happen, don't we? Helen is the target, and no amount of wheedling or crying is likely to save her. Well, unless another hamster throws his or her sound pack or tries to drown McCranda in the bathtub. That sounds tempting, but alas, unlikely.

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn turn on her alliance?

Everything's riding on a tough veto competition

While Aaryn may be HoH this week, let's face it: the house belongs to McCranda. Actually, let's be honest. The house belongs to Amanda, who apparently has all the hamsters under her sway like the Evil Queen on "Once Upon A Time." If this were a fairy tale, of course, Amanda would end up bursting into flames or having her heart ripped out. Alas, it isn't going to happen. But that would be killer ratings, CBS, so don't rule it out!

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'Big Brother': Is Aaryn or Amanda really in control of the house?

Will this week be the time for a Big Move?

I am already sick of hearing the announcer saying 3 a.m. That's all. 

Anyway, most of this episode is dedicated to Amanda acting smug, Amanda whining to McCrae, and Amanda gloating over how well she's running the house. I'm not sure why everyone is so happy to let one half of a showmance dictate every move on the show, given that the other players might have a shot at making a final two deal with anyone else, but I guess Amanda's bullying persona has somehow clicked with the rest of the players. I'm wondering if she's worn down the hamsters with her throaty smoker's voice yelling or if they're so tired of her they just want to give up. I will say McCrae has the glassy-eyed stare of a man who's seen too much.

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'Big Brother' recap: It's Operation Bring the House Down!

Jessie decides to mix things up and fighting ensues

It's time for an elimination, and unfortunately the whole CBS/Time Warner nonsense has forced Dan to recruit me for Thursday. Before we begin, send good thoughts his way. A day without CBS and its affiliate stations is, in many ways, like a day without sunshine. Or at least an evening without "Big Brother." Or something. 

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'Big Brother' recap: Will McCranda take control of the house?

Andy is the HoH, but will he do what he's told?

It's hard for me to believe, but Amanda has somehow morphed from a fun, occasionally charming presence in the house to an entirely annoying, bullying monster -- and it looks like she's calling all the shots. As one half of McCranda (a two-headed creature that occasionally bickers with itself), she has no problem pouting, coercing and letting personal vendettas rule her decision-making. I'd call this bad game play if it wasn't proving itself so effective. 

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'Big Brother' recap: What happens after the double elimination?

Everyone weeps, but was sending Judd home the right move?

I never thought we'd reach this part of the competition and Gina Marie, Amanda AND Aaryn would still be in the race. But, go figure. Candice and Judd were sent packing on Thursday, and we're now left with a smattering of smart power players, bullies, floaters, idiots and racists (some contestants, of course, fall into multiple categories). Yay!

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