On Wednesday's episode of Big Brother 12, the competition got super-serious, even if the houseguests also got a little silly. With their lives on the line, nominees Enzo and Ragan battled it out in this season's most physical veto competition. But because the house gets pretty dull as the numbers dwindle — especially when everyone gets along — Big Brother subjected the houseguests to their final two Pandora's Box punishments, which just made everything a little bit goofy. So what were the punishments? Who won the veto? And how were the nominations affected? Let's find out.
After Lane's nominations are revealed, Enzo is a little ticked that he is sitting next to Ragan instead of Britney. He begins to question Lane's loyalty to him, which Ragan also notices. Ragan sees Enzo as the "bottom rung of the ladder" of the Brigade alliance, and since Ragan rightfully feels completely alone in the house, he even plots to sway Enzo into an alliance, should they both somehow survive this week's eviction.
So Ragan again goes into hardcore study mode and even pumps a little iron. (As always, I am annoyed by the blatant "Eye of the Tiger" knockoff music the show plays during segments like these. It was even punctuated in this episode by Ragan comparing himself to Rocky Balboa. Seriously, either pay for the real song or do something else.) In any case, it's a good thing Ragan worked out, as he would need some extra strength in the veto competition.
For the competition, Big Brother revived Otev, this time in the form of a Broadway-singing clam. He would sing a song about two evicted houseguests. The players then had to find CDs hidden in the backyard that corresponded to the names. They were, however, mashed up, such as "Mathy" (Matt and Kathy) or "Rasten" (Rachel and Kristen). Once the CD is retrieved, the houseguests must return to Otev, but each round, the person without a seat — aka the last one back to the podium — is eliminated, unless someone else's CD is wrong.
And that's just what happens in the first round. Although Ragan returned to the podium last, he was spared because Lane brought back the incorrect CD. ("Everything is big in Texas, except for Lane's brain," Hayden quipped in the diary room.) Hayden and Britney, who calls the competition a "suckfest," are the next to be bumped off, which leaves the two nominees to battle it out. When the final clue is given, both Enzo and Ragan know exactly where the correct CD is, and the result is a physical mad dash to victory.
Ragan and Enzo basically slide off the podium on top of each other ("Ow!" Ragan cries), and because Ragan has the edge on Enzo, The Meow Meow dives over Ragan to grab the CD. Thanks to Britney's diary room demands, we get to see the clip in slow-mo a few dozen times. Enzo returns to the Otev first, and wins the power of veto. Ragan throws his CD at the clam, which also hits Enzo in the head. (We also see this in slow-mo a few times). Then Ragan spends the rest of the day sulking while Enzo gloats about finally winning something in the Big Brother house.
Comedy break! After watching Enzo have an official "shunning" ceremony for his penguin costume (which was actually much funnier than the edited-down version CBS showed), Big Brother has fun with the houseguests. After Lane opened Pandora's Box, the houseguests lost all their cups and utensils for a week. Their second punishment requires every player to wear a sock puppet for 12 hours, and every time they speak, they must do so with the puppet. Kudos to Britney, who filmed some of her diary room sessions using only the puppet.
The final punishment required the houseguests to shake their groove thangs. For 12 hours, when music played randomly through the house, the houseguests had to drop everything they were doing and dance. Enzo and Britney seemed to embrace the punishment the most, the former even doing some Jersey fist-pumping in the shower. Lane and Hayden looked like absolute idiots, but wasn't that really the point anyway? Also thrown in for laughs: Enzo's ridiculous lack of understanding about the game of golf. My favorite lines included him calling the clubs "sticks" and wondering why you had to have nine different clubs to play. "Why not just have two sticks, so if one breaks you can use the other?" he says.
So Lane is left to decide who to put up on the chopping block in Enzo's place. Hayden doesn't want to be a pawn at all, but Lane feels pressure to honor his side alliance with Britney. Hayden and Enzo actually consider the opportunity to backdoor Britney if Lane puts her up, to have the united front of the Brigade against Ragan.
Unfortunately for the Brigade, Britney works her magic on Lane, telling him that Hayden would beat Lane in the final two. She makes a well-made argument, but doesn't Lane see that Britney would almost certainly beat him in the Final 2 as well? I suppose Lane is thinking the Brigade will vote for him, but not if he crosses them all on the way to the finale.
In the end, Lane does nominate Hayden in Enzo's place, which pretty much seals Ragan's fate. However, Lane confirms in the diary room that he is definitely taking Britney to the finals if given the choice, so the Brigade members better watch their backs next week.
Do you think Ragan has a any chance of escaping eviction? What do you think about Lane and Britney's deal? Do you think Enzo played too rough in the veto competition? Share you comments below.
On Wednesday's episode of Big Brother 12, the competition got super-serious, even if the houseguests also got a little silly. With their lives on the line, nominees Enzo and Ragan battled it out in this season's most physical veto competition. But because the house gets pretty dull as the numbers dwindle — especially when everyone gets along — Big Brother subjected the houseguests to their final two Pandora's Box punishments, which just made everything a little bit goofy. So what were the punishments? Who won the veto? And how were the nominations affected? Let's find out...