Big Brother 11 Episodes

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Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: The Power of Veto competition is held.
Original Air Date: Aug 4, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: August 4, 2009 (Veto Competition/Ceremony 4) Season 11, Episode 12

Russell's plan to eliminate Ronnie the Rat has only one veto competition standing in its way. But even before Ronnie learns how it will shake out, he goes to desperate lengths to secure his safety. Meanwhile, Russell cooks up a brand new alliance (and rubs a few people the wrong way in the process) and Michele finds herself stuck between the two sides of the house. So, did Ronnie save himself yet again, or is his fate all but sealed? Let's find out.

The episode begins with the nominees reacting to Russell's nominations. Ronnie is confident that he can overcome this challenge as he has others in the past, and Lydia finds herself questioning where she stands with Russell. For his part, Russ says he put up Ronnie from the get-go just to see where everyone's loyalty lies. And his plan worked perfectly, but we'll get to that later.

Ronnie says he's not above crying to save himself, and so he does just that...or at least he tries to. Let's just say there's no Oscar in the Rat's future. He plays the "let's get rid of the floaters" card and offers Russell all but his left kidney to stay in the game, but Russell sees right through Ronnie's performance and says he has zero sympathy for the dork-master. "I'm more than happy to put the tombstone on his grave," Russell says. Ouch.

Not everyone in Russell's team feels the same. Chima first tries to pull Russ over to the Lydia bandwagon, but while he admits he's fine with losing Lydia, he wants to take Ronnie out first. Jessie also views Ronnie as an asset, and he and Natalie chime in to support Chima, also to no avail. Russell's thinking: I gave him enough chances and he burned me every time. Makes sense to me. Let's move on.

So, Jessie and Natalie start working on Michele, who ever so conveniently becomes the swing vote this week. They know nothing is set in stone until the POV ceremony, but they still remind Michele that Lydia makes weekly alliances with whoever is in power and throws people under the bus.

Michele doesn't have time to think about all that because she's too busy being selected to play in the POV competition alongside Jessie, Kevin, the nominees and Russell. The game, though it had an Ancient Rome motif, was basically the same as one of last year's games. The basics: Guess the number of items being shown to you. Then based on how your guess compares to everyone else's you either stay in the game or fold. Folding doesn't get you any points, but you don't get eliminated. If you stay and are the closest to the actual number, you get a point; if you are the furthest away, you are eliminated.

I won't go into all the details, but Ronnie's fold until people drop out strategy was doomed from the very beginning. (I did like seeing rats in the game and Russell teasing Ronnie about it.) After a few early rounds, Kevin and Lydia are both eliminated, and Russell leads with two points. However, the guys get nervous and fold two rounds in a row while Michele stays, which ties her with Russell. (Loved her fake out on the rat question, as she low-balled on purpose knowing they would trust her lab expertise.) In the final round, only Michele and Jessie stay in, and Michele is closest, earning her a second consecutive power of veto. That and the swing vote now make her a powerhouse this week.

The last half hour of the show was almost all posturing, as I felt from the very beginning Michele would never, ever use the veto to save Ronnie. Here's a fast-forward version of what went down:

Ronnie immediately begs Michele, but she doesn't care. Michele and Russell have a long talk in the HOH room, during which they form an alliance and Jessie and Natalie get super suspicious and pace around the house. Ronnie gets more aggressive and threatens Michele by saying if she eliminates him, his allies will come back at her hard, and she will most certainly never survive to the end. Chima teases Russell about his convo with Michele and he gets angry, even saying maybe he should have put her up. Jessie tells Chima, and Chima and Ronnie diss Michele until Russell gets paranoid about the duo talking. Figuring Michele had already made her mind up, Jessie warns Chima not to "go down" with Ronnie just by taking his side against Russell's. Russell tells the diary room that there's no point to keeping Chima if she's not on his side.

So could he possibly put her up? Nope, because Michele, after hearing the two weakest "save me" speeches ever from Ronnie and Lydia decides to leave the nominations as they are. However, Michele is aware that a line in the sand has been drawn and she hopes she's on the right side. Russell is proud of his new alliance, but I already see a triangle similar to Adam-Ryan-Sheila from Season 9 brewing here, should Russell, Jeff and Michele go deep in the game.

But wait, Ronnie still has a few moves to make in the house. Is this guy completely loony? He's only got one prayer, and that's being awarded the coup d'état. Although I really don't want to see him win it, at this point, it might be the biggest game-changer possible. Popular opinion suggests Jeff will win it, and he has no need to use it this week. With more and more power being gained by his side of the house, the likelihood of him needing to use it next week is smaller than it was a week ago. Ronnie, however, would totally upset the order in the house. I'm just saying.... Then again, it could go to someone else; we'll just have to find out.

So, are you glad Michele won the POV? Who do you think will get the coup d'état power? How many more partnerships do you think Russell might make? Who's going home? Share your thoughts below and check back for eviction results and the fallout from the coup d'état reveal.

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Russell's plan to eliminate Ronnie the Rat has only one veto competition standing in its way. But even before Ronnie learns how it will shake out, he goes to desperate lengths to secure his safety. Meanwhile, Russell cooks up a brand new alliance (and rubs a few people the wrong way in the process) and Michele finds herself stuck between the two sides of the house. So, did Ronnie save himself yet again, or is his fate all but sealed? Let's find out.

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