Big Brother 11 Episodes

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Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Nominations for eviction are revealed.
Original Air Date: Aug 16, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: August 16, 2009 (Nomination 6) Season 11, Episode 17

Jeff's decision to use the power of coup d'état rocked the house even more than I ever expected, creating an even huger rift between the house's two factions in the process. Those loyal to Jessie, namely Chima but also Lydia and Natalie, spewed all sorts of venom at Jeff for making the best move he could in the house. Ultimately, HOH Michele picks a side and her nominations go a long way toward giving her allies the advantage in the house. How did everything shake out? Let's find out.

First, a note about some big changes in the house. It's already been reported by yours truly on our site, but since it hasn't been addressed on the show (seriously, CBS?) I won't speak too much about the crazy events of the past few days. I will share my general displeasure at how CBS is handling it below, so consider this your spoiler warning now. But first, on with the recap.

Via flashback, we learn that Jeff started taking attacks from all sides even before Jessie was evicted. Sitting in the living room during the voting and commercial breaks, Chima tells Jeff she didn't know he "was stupid enough to use the mystery power." She calls him disloyal, claims he has broken his word and has taken the target off Russell's back and put it on his own. Jeff's response: It's a game, I made a move, and you're bitter because now you don't have all the power. That pretty much sums it up.

But Chima & Co. are more than just bitter — they are simply heartbroken that Jessie is gone. Natalie, Lydia and Chima all cry multiple times, and the whole gang is basically in hysterics when they break out Jessie's bottle of wine and toast Mr. Pec-Tacular. (Can you hear my eyes rolling?) At least Kevin sees how silly they are being and makes fun of them in the diary room.

The one thing the houseguests do agree on is that with Michele in power this week, anything can happen. Chima and friends want to try to convince her to put Russell out, based on his altercations with Michele last week. Russell, on the other hand makes apologies to Michele, and it seems they are back on good ground with one another. (Michele notes that he is still a sneaky snake, though, and that she'll be watching him.) In truth, Michele tells Jeff, Jordan and Russell that she wants Chima out, and they are all ecstatic. It may be a bit premature, but they all seem set on going to final four together, and I for one can see it happening.

Michele's HOH room is pretty boring. She gets some stuffed rats, which may be this season's official mascot. Also, Michele as a blonde totally shocked me. I think the color she has now works much better for her.

At the Have and Have-Not competition, the houseguests pair off and slide into an oversized gooey casserole before matching actual casseroles in order to earn eating privileges and luxuries. The contest features much more bickering between the two sides of the house, but ultimately, they win food every day except Monday and two luxuries: hot showers for the whole week and a BBQ grill.

This is where I become a little furious. The producers decide to fill out the hour with a set of clips dedicated to Lydia's silly stuffed unicorn, Dae Yum Yum. I'm all for little quirky character pieces, but when I know some major drama has gone down in the house, I want to see it. Jordan and Jeff's "engagement" wasn't much better.

Natalie and Chima both make their appeals to Michele to take out Russell, but she pretty much tells them from the outset that they will not like her nominations. Although Michele admits that she was tempted to change her mind a couple times, at the nomination ceremony, she sticks to her guns and nominates Chima, who she calls a fierce competitor that could make it to the end, but one who would not take Michele along with her. Natalie is her second nominee, basically just because.

Natalie vows to come out guns blazing, Russell laughs in Chima's face and Chima curses in the diary room because she just doesn't care anymore. And blah, blah, blah. (OK, one final spoiler alert!)

Chima has been kicked out of the house, and I don't see why it couldn't at least have been mentioned tonight. There is still enough drama with how that affects this week's cycle (namely the double eviction plans and what happens to the jury house) to drum up enough drama for Tuesday night's show. The fact that the producers threw in the teasy line at the end was just a slap in the face. I think seeing the blow-up would have made a much more interesting show than Lydia's stuffed animal. Sigh.

So, what did you think of the episode and Michele's nominations? Those of you who know what happened this weekend, feel free to share your thoughts on the situation, but do respect those who are perhaps trying to avoid spoilers. Talk it up in the comments below and check back to see how the rest of the week develops given the unusual turn of events.

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Jeff's decision to use the power of coup d'état rocked the house even more than I ever expected, creating an even huger rift between the house's two factions in the process. Those loyal to Jessie, namely Chima but also Lydia and Natalie, spewed all sorts of venom at Jeff for making the best move he could in the house. Ultimately, HOH Michele picks a side and her nominations go a long way toward giving her allies the advantage in the house. How did everything shake out? Let's find out.

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