After a severely disappointing Sunday outing, Big Brother wins me back over with an extra explosive episode. And it wasn't even Chima's exit that had me reeling. Though the show did finally air what happened in Chima's final moments, it was the sudden HOH competition and a drunken Lydia that turned the rest of the episode into one long shouting match. You know my weaknesses, Big Brother. So, how did it all go down? Let's find out.
Tonight's episode might best be described as a lesson in self-destruction and delusion. The victims: the same girls who cried in their wine when Jessie left the house. The first to crack was Chima, who after learning she was nominated lost the will to play the game. What's more, she wouldn't "give them the satisfaction of voting me out." She refused to wear her microphone and at one point threw it in the Jacuzzi. Despite warnings from Natalie and Kevin, she continued to tell the producers to, um, well, do foul things. Her excuse: I'm just defeated. Then she was conquered by Big Brother. When Chima refused to go to the diary room (something the show reminded us was a pretty usual occurrence for Chima), executive producer Allison Grodner called her in and basically showed her the door.
The official word given to the houseguests was that Chima violated multiple rules, including the destruction of production equipment. Therefore, she was expelled. Lydia and Natalie pack her things, Kevin sobs, the other team (and America?) stands and cheers.
Next in the line of dominos is Natalie, who instantly blames Chima's breakdown on Michele stabbing her in the back. She claims none of Chima's actions were of her own choosing, but a reaction to the terrible situation she was put in by Michele's betrayal and Big Brother taking her HOH power away after Jeff used the coup d'etat. Natalie is so far gone that she even says the microphone slipped out of Chima's hand. Get real. For the first time, Natalie actually acted like she was as young and clueless as she has lied about all season. Fortunately for Natalie, Kevin tells her she is being ridiculous, and she agrees to use her anger for "vindiction." Someone get the houseguests a dictionary.
Michele reveals that since one of her nominees has left the game, her HOH reign is over after only two days. (Since Chima was her target, she takes it in stride.) The house is bubbling with excitement, particularly Natalie who thinks she's earned a chance to stick it to those terrible meanies who sent her best friends packing in a matter of 48 hours. (Boo-frickin'-hoo.)
The HOH competition (which was originally supposed to be the POV competition, as the players were practicing before Chima's meltdown) challenged the players to get a hole-in-one on a mini golf green. If you missed the hole, the ball went into a windmill which had different points assigned to different sections. Each round, the person with the most points is eliminated, but gets to choose a prize, one of which is the HOH key. And, of course, whoever wins can choose to steal any prize they want.
Lydia is eliminated first, and as luck would have it, she pulls the HOH key. Natalie goes out next, and gets a Hawaiian vacation, which she doesn't trade in because she knows she will lose it anyway and wants to take her chances on the beach. But then, Russell is eliminated and takes the vacation, trading in the process a call from home. (Natalie gets emotional because she hopes to hear from her dad, and while it did seem a little over the top, Russell was way over the top in his rudeness to her. "I didn't do it for you, keep crying." Ouch.)
Kevin goes out next and wins $5,000, which leaves Jeff and Jordan. Jeff decides to give the win to Jordan and shanks his last shot. He earns a spa treatment, which he trades for the Hawaiian vacation. And Jordan wins a Captain Unitard uniform, which she of course trades to become the new Head of Household.
Lydia, who had been sipping mimosas since she was eliminated, perhaps thought she was going to sneak away with the HOH key, and goes off on Jordan. She warns her not to be a "ho puppet" because Jeff will cut her loose in the end. Jeff says Lydia is floating through as well, and that she should think about who on her team is going to cut her loose. The houseguests argue a bit and Lydia starts slinging more insults, including blaming them for evicting Jessie again and saying Jeff wouldn't be anywhere without his "coup de crap power."
Lydia's drunken behavior continues as she pours Michele's beer down the drain. She and Michele yell a little before Lydia tells Jeff and Russell to evict her if they want any peace in the house. Jeff tells her to get comfy, because Natalie is the target. Much more shouting of stupid things occurs, especially as Lydia talks about how mean Jeff & Co. are being to the other team. Jeff explains that it's just a game, and none of his team pouted when they kept losing friends week after week. Lydia refuses to be in the room with Michele, challenges her to prove "who is the bigger woooooooooman (she was clearly hammered), and then tells Jeff she will only talk to him in the diary room. Jeff lets her go and Lydia cries that she misses Ronnie, Chima and Jessie.
Jeff then takes out his frustration on Natalie and Kevin for not "talking her off the ledge." He says he doesn't understand why they don't try to control their friends because he is sick of biting his tongue time after time. He threatens to go off, and begs them to intervene next time, but Natalie insists you can't change people's feelings or behavior. (I give Jeff props for trying to make the house a civil place, despite his distaste for some of his opponents.)
Jordan sees her HOH room, and she cries as she learns her mom was able to buy a new house. Jordan and her mom have shared a bedroom for the last two years and Jordan was hoping to win the game to buy a new house. Jeff said Jordan's emotion reminded him whey he likes her so much and that he's happy for her. Everybody now: awwwwww.
Lydia puts on the unitard. And she dies her hair bright pink. I can't force myself to care.
Jordan has to make her new nominations, and surprise, Natalie and Lydia are on the block. Jordan says she is giving Lydia the chance to leave after she clearly wanted it, but Jordan confesses in the diary room that she really wants Natalie gone. Natalie says she can smell the money and will do anything to win the power of veto.
We will have to wait until Thursday to see who wins the POV, whether or not it is used and who is ultimately evicted. And of course, we crown yet another HOH. The only question left hanging is still what the show will do with Chima's slot in the jury house.
What did you think of the episode? What do you hope the show does for the seventh jury vote? Are you glad Jordan won HOH? Can you believe how insane the house has made Lydia and Natalie? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
After a severely disappointing Sunday outing, Big Brother
wins me back over with an extra explosive episode. And it wasn't even Chima's exit that had me reeling. Though the show did finally air what happened in Chima's final moments, it was the sudden HOH competition and a drunken Lydia that turned the rest of the episode into one long shouting match. You know my weaknesses, Big Brother
. So, how did it all go down? Let's find out.