Big Brother 12 Episodes

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Big Brother 12 Episode: "Big Brother 12"

Season 12, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The Power of Veto competition is held.
Original Air Date: Jul 21, 2010

Big Brother 12 Episode Recap: Power of Veto Competition/Ceremony 2 Season 12, Episode 6

This episode of Big Brother was full of tears. Monet and Britney sobbed over being nominated by Rachel, while Rachel sobbed to Brendon (who we've already seen get emotional a couple times this season) about not being liked by the rest of the house. Meanwhile, Matt showed some fake emotion as he lied to his fellow houseguests about his wife having a rare leg disease. And me? I just cried from laughing at Monet's shoddy math skills. (Sorry, sweetie, but 60 times 60 doesn't equal 1,200). But, by the end of the hour a veto was won and the nominations were changed. So, what went down? Let's find out.

After Rachel's nominations were revealed, Monet and Britney had a little pity party for themselves, which mostly involved them inflating their own goodness while further trash-talking Rachel. They both claim to have been nothing but nice to Rachel, and they feel her nominations are personal rather than strategic. Moments after saying she wanted to punch Rachel in the face, Monet tells Britney, "I've never said anything bad about [Rachel]." At least she realizes the ridiculousness of the statement, and corrects it. "Well, I haven't said anything bad to her." And then Monet calls Rachel a hooker.  And later, she refers to her as a "skanky ass bimbo stripper." Britney gets in on the fun, saying STDs go airborne every time Rachel wears a skirt. So nice!

Britney takes her crying game on the road, and lays it on the line for Rachel. She swears on her engagement that she has no alliances in the house, and she tells Rachel she was hurt by the implication during her nomination speech. Rachel makes it clear that Monet is the primary target, which calms Britney momentarily, but she also doesn't want to lose Monet as an ally in the game. When Rachel tells Brendon about her conversation with Britney, Rachel tears up, and Brendon comforts her by warning her not to let the emotional aspect of the game wear on her this early.

After his weird paranoia act on Sunday's episode, Matt changes gears and tells all the houseguests (sometimes tearfully) that his wife has a rare leg disease. (He says in the diary room that he looked up online before he left). While he's telling the houseguests that there is a .9-in-a-million chance of getting the disease and that bad cases end with your leg being cut off, he's laughing in the diary room about the sympathy he's earned. Ragan, in particular, applauds Matt for playing for someone other than himself. (Also, Matt thinks "shoe salesman" Andrew is an easy mark, but insists in the diary room that as a podiatrist, he's never heard of the disease.) In any case, Matt promises to give money to the foundation for the disease if he wins by exploiting it.

Veto time! Rachel, Monet and Britney are joined by Brendon, Lane and Enzo in the competition. In the backyard, host Ragan informs the players that they have entered the Big Brother "stock" market. Basically, all the players put themselves in stocks while holding a briefcase. The goal is to drop your briefcase as close to the one-hour mark as possible without going over.  (Lane is exasperated: "I've never been 'contrapped' in a one dollar bill before!")

Brendon and Rachel try to count the seconds, as does Monet, but her math, as mentioned above, is a little fuzzy. Enzo just thinks of how long it takes to drive to the Jersey Shore. (Of course he does.) And Britney's plan is to drop at around 55 minutes to be sure of not to go over. When she drops out, everyone is shocked, thinking she dropped much too early.  Enzo and Lane drop soon after, followed by Brendon who thinks he's nailed it. Rachel then stares down Monet, almost daring her to hang on. (Rachel says, smartly, that even if she went over, she knew she was forcing Monet to also go over, and thus, keeping one of the nominees from winning.)

So, it turns out that Monet and Rachel were about 15 minutes over the hour, and Brendon was also over by 6 minutes. Lane is also disqualified for going over one minute, which leaves Britney and Enzo. Enzo was over by a mere 14 seconds, which gives Britney, who dropped at 52 minutes, the win. Lane is again exasperated: "The Brigade truck just blew another tire. We're losing gas!"

With her safety secured, Britney makes a play to also keep Monet in the house. She and Monet both tell Rachel that if she puts up Andrew, the house will take him out and Britney and Monet will not come after Rachel. Rachel views the idea as a win-win, because she thinks Andrew will stay. Thus, she will earn and Britney's trust, but still get Monet, her primary target out of the house. Brendon is not a fan of Rachel's plan, and when she also gauges house support by asking Matt and Ragan, Matt throws a curveball. He says if Rachel really wants Monet out, he would make a better pawn. Rachel is torn, and still wants to put Andrew up, which leads to a mini fight with Brendon, who says Matt's willingness to go up is fishy.

Yes, let's talk about Matt's strategy. He keeps talking about how he's sticking his neck out for the Brigade and how loyal the move is, but to me it seems cocky. He's doing this because he knows the Brigade has his back, which in my mind would potentially reveal the alliance to the rest of the house. Sure, they can all vote for Monet as though they're following Rachel's wishes, but it still seems too bold a move for a guy who hopes everyone believes he's flying solo.

Anyway, at the veto ceremony, Rachel indeed nominates Matt in Britney's place, and she makes it clear to the houseguests that Matt is just a pawn. Monet scowls, somewhere Lane surely said something with aw-shucks exasperation, and Kathy and Kristen were silent. (Seriously, did we even see either of them in this episode?)

Who do you think will be evicted? Do you think Matt's plan is smart, given Big Brother's history of eliminating pawns? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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This episode of Big Brother was full of tears. Monet and Britney sobbed over being nominated by Rachel, while Rachel sobbed to Brendon (who we've already seen get emotional a couple times this season) about not being liked by the rest of the house. Meanwhile, Matt showed some fake emotion as he lied to his fellow houseguests about his wife having a rare leg disease. And me? I just cried from laughing at Monet's shoddy math skills. (Sorry, sweetie, but 60 times 60 doesn't equal 1,200). But, by the end of the hour a veto was won and the nominations were changed. So, what went down? Let's find out.

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