Big Brother 11 Episodes

2009, TV Show

Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 26
Episode Synopsis: Nominations for eviction are revealed.
Original Air Date: Sep 6, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: September 6, 2009 (Nomination 9) Season 11, Episode 26

With Jeff gone, Big Brother 11's Final 4 is made official, and for the first time in several seasons, the possibility of two women going to the finals is a possibility. However, head of household Natalie seems set on taking Kevin to the end with her, should she get there. But who would she nominate, and how would her HOH decisions put doubt in Kevin's mind? Plus: How does Natalie's visit to Pandora's Box affect the game? Let's find out.

The episode begins with Jordan trying to cope with Jeff's exit from the game. She isn't hysterical, and certainly doesn't put on the show that Natalie, Chima and Lydia did when Jessie got the boot. But she is clearly upset to have lost her friend, and I share her disappointment. But it's a game so let's move on.

Natalie, who has always been hard for me to stomach this season, was instantly annoying when she won HOH. Kevin notes that her celebration was way over the top, and I couldn't help but think that, for the first time this season, she was acting like the 18-year-old she purports to be. (Not that I think she was intending to do so.) She is clearly drunk with power, and, as Kevin puts it, has come down with a case of HOH-itis.

Worse for Kevin, Natalie wastes no time telling him that she has to put him on the block to hide their Final 2 deal. Obviously, Kevin is no fan of the idea, but Natalie puts it into effect by telling Michele and Jordan her plans. They are both floored, playing into Natalie's trap perfectly. I am disappointed in Jordan most, as she seems convinced that Natalie would take her to the end. Sure, she might actually do that, but Jordan should know she hasn't a chance of beating Natalie.

The scheming pauses for just a bit as the houseguests compete in a luxury competition. They earn a three-and-a-half minute shopping spree, and everyone is glad to get some new threads. (I may be the happiest of them all — if I see Michele's purple hoodie or Kevin's cut-off shorts one more time...) Kevin also destroys a mannequin along the way, which is chuckle-worthy.

Then, Natalie is faced with a choice: She can go inside Pandora's Box and visit her boyfriend, but she has to give up the chance to play for the final power of veto. Natalie is guaranteed safety, but she wonders if she should pass up the chance in order to fight to keep Kevin safe, especially since she plans to nominate him. Of course, boyfriend ultimately wins out, and Natalie gets some alone time.

During their quick visit, Natalie's boyfriend pops the question (with a twist-tie ring!) and she accepts. I don't think I've ever seen someone less excited by an engagement as Natalie is. She opts for 15 more minutes of quality time, which sets loose some unwelcome visitors on the other houseguests. The costumed annoyances are kind of lame, but it was worth it to see Kevin scream every time he saw a new one appear.

Natalie decides not to tell the other houseguests that she got engaged, and instead makes up a story that makes it sound as though she can no longer win the game. Everyone is a little confused, and Kevin calls Natalie a liar outright. She finally admits what really happened, including the fact that she gave up the chance to play in the veto competition, but the houseguests are still (understandably) unsure about whether Natalie can be trusted.

Kevin is especially worried, asking that if Natalie lies about good news like getting engaged, then why wouldn't she lie about everything else? So, he cuts a side deal with Michele, saying they need each other to get Natalie out, and have a better chance together than either of them does individually with Jordan.

Unfortunately for the new duo, when nominations roll around, Natalie puts them both on the block. Dressed like a king with a robe, crown and scepter, she makes her announcement. She tells Kevin that he is too strong of a player, and that in the chess match that is Big Brother, she was thinking three moves ahead. (It was probably a planned speech based on what we need, but it still had to sting.) As for Michele, Natalie says it's all personal. She views Michele as a backstabber and says she didn't make a Final 2 deal with her because it would be like making a deal with the devil.

Again, I can understand how some of the houseguests could believe Natalie is 18 after seeing how she has acted since winning HOH. But I find her even more off-putting than usual. And as much as I feel Michele is slightly odd, I hope she follows through on her word to come off the block and take Natalie out. In any case, I am thankful that the next eviction is Tuesday, because I don't think I could take seeing any more of Natalie ruling the house.

What did you think of the episode? Have you had your fill of Natalie? What did you think of her engagement? Who do you want to see win the veto? Share all your thoughts and check back to see the results of the veto competition as well as who leaves the house next!

 

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With Jeff gone, Big Brother 11's Final 4 is made official, and for the first time in several seasons, the possibility of two women going to the finals is a possibility. However, head of household Natalie seems set on taking Kevin to the end with her, should she get there. But who would she nominate, and how would her HOH decisions put doubt in Kevin's mind? Plus: How does Natalie's visit to Pandora's Box affect the game? Let's find out. read more

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