Big Brother 11 Episodes

2009, TV Show

Big Brother 11 Episode: "Big Brother 11"

Season 11, Episode 30
Episode Synopsis: Jordan and Kevin face off in the final Head of Household competition. The winner evicts one person from the game. Next, the jury members question the last two players and vote for the winner. Following the selection, the cast members discuss their time in the house. Julie Chen is the host.
Original Air Date: Sep 15, 2009

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: We Have a Winner! Season 11, Episode 30

After another summer of scheming, back-stabbing and fighting, we come to the Big Brother 11 finale. After a final battle between Kevin and Jordan, the final head of household is crowned and the final two is sealed. Plus, Jeff rules over the jury house, Julie Chen wears what looks to be a Snuggie, the entire cast is reunited and a winner is crowned. Who walked away with $500,000 and who did America vote as the favorite houseguest? Let's find out.

I have complained that the past couple one-hour season finales were too short, but this year I found myself losing interest around the 90-minute mark. I think it was because I knew all the jury segments that were pre-taped could only end the way they did: with the gang deciding they couldn't decide a thing until the finale. Still, Jeff ran that meeting like he was king of the universe. And even though he talked a lot of smack (telling Lydia to get back in her spaceship, for example), it only made me like him more. He also cracked me up with his line to Lydia when she said Kevin was a master schemer for voting out Jessie. "It was a vote; he wasn't sitting there twitching his mustache," Jeff says. Love it.

Back in the house, we see how the last few days play out. Natalie, who is now completely powerless, plays best buds with both houseguests. But even though she thinks she's worked her magic, Jordan and Kevin seem pretty comfortably set in an agreement to take one another to the end. Kevin especially wants to take Jordan, because he is afraid of Natalie having too many friends in the jury house. (More on that later). But Jordan ponders betraying Kevin, because she feels he would win votes because he was more of a competitor, whereas Natalie played similarly to Jordan.

All in all, I think based on what the houseguests knew (it's easy to forget that Kevin doesn't know the jury has flipped on Nat), that both Kevin and Jordan were both right with who they thought they would have the best chance of beating. Even as much as I hate the idea of Natalie in the final two.

So who would get to make that choice? In the final phase of the HOH competition, Kevin and Jordan have to correctly finish the jury members' thoughts about the game. Best out of five wins. They each blew some questions I thought they should have easily gotten correct, but at the end of the competition, they were tied. (Ooo, drama!) Julie asks the tie-breaker, and Jordan — purely on a guess, I'm convinced — is the closest to the magic number, making her the final HOH.

Jordan makes the first of her many far-too-long speeches of the night before ultimately sticking to her plan and evicting Kevin. To his credit, Kevin may be the most gracious loser I've seen on this show. Losing is never easy, but it's especially hard when you were that close to the money. But this season, the players all got played, so I guess it was fitting.

The reunion of the cast was a decent affair, though Ronnie talked more than I cared to listen, but he did out Natalie as the game's biggest rat. He also apologized to Michele, and she accepted. Laura bashed Chima's attitude, Casey told Jeff that he "got got" by Kevin and Natalie when he backdoored Russell and Braden...well, Braden just looked stoned. Jessie and Lydia got called out on their "platonic" relationship, and the funniest line of the night came from Russell, who said he was unaware of their sexy time because he "was probably busy yelling at somebody."

The jury Q&A was painful. Jordan, who I thought had a real chance to win, didn't do herself any favors with her rambling incoherent answers. Then again, that's just Jordan. And that "I just played as myself" mentality did show through as a weak, but still viable strategy. And, as she said, she did earn her spot in the finals without any coattails. Natalie's answers didn't ramble, but they were just as useless. Plus, it was more of the same "I stuck to my word" nonsense that I am sick of hearing.

When the votes came in, I was honestly expecting a 3-3 split, with America giving Jordan the win. However, Natalie's "best friend" Jessie delivered the biggest shock of the night by voting for Jordan. And from there it was pretty much a cakewalk, as Jordan won 5-2. Kevin and Russell gave Nat their votes, which I expected. I still don't love that she's walking away with $50,000, but I think seeing her face when Jessie didn't vote for her will make up for it.

Julie says that, in a vote that wasn't even close, Jeff is America's favorite houseguest, so he adds another 25-grand to his winnings. I think even though he went out early, Jeff was the real winner of this season. America fell in love with him, and I think he will be one of the BB players that people remember for a long time.

Jordan says she's going to put a down payment on a house for her family, and give money to her cousins for college. And maybe buy a car. I usually prefer seeing "players" win this game, but I also love a good underdog story. And that's what Jordan was this season. Congratulations to her!

What did you think of Jordan's win? Were you happy with the season overall? Are you already counting the days until next year's game starts up? Share all your thoughts (plus questions you might have for the final three!) in the comments below.

Thanks for following the blog all season. Seeing the (mostly) fun interaction you guys have every week makes my job all the more fun. See you next summer!

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After another summer of scheming, back-stabbing and fighting, we come to the Big Brother 11 finale. After a final battle between Kevin and Jordan, the final head of household is crowned and the final two is sealed. Plus, Jeff rules over the jury house, Julie Chen wears what looks to be a Snuggie, the entire cast is reunited and a winner is crowned. Who walked away with $500,000 and who did America vote as the favorite houseguest? Let's find out.

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