Big Brother 14 on CBS

2012, TV Show

Big Brother Episode: "Big Brother"

Season 14, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The 14th season begins with 12 new houseguests and four returning players who are among the most successful to ever compete in the house, but the past quartet will play for their own separate prize and not the $500,000 grand prize.
Original Air Date: Jul 12, 2012

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Season 14, Episode 1
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Length: 44:38
Aired: 7/12/2012
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Big Brother Episode Recap: Meet the Houseguests! Season 14, Episode 1

Welcome back for another season of hamster-watching, Big Brother lovers! Who's ready to obsess with me over every strategic move and backstab all summer long? So far I have good feelings about this season, which features the return of four memorable houseguests, all of whom I enjoyed during their original tour(s) of duty. But they're not here to play the game; rather, they will be coaching teams of newbies to the finish line. So, which veterans are back? And who has already been eliminated from the game? Let's get right to it...

But first! Let's do some snap judgments of the new houseguests.

Frank:
Despite his goofy-looking head of hair, Frank seems to be an able physical competitor and someone who can make friends in the game. He also claims to be a master strategist. One downside: His reserved nature during introductions makes some of the houseguests feel like he's hiding something.

Danielle
: She's a Southern nurse, but that's not what she tells her housemates. Apparently, she thinks telling them instead that she's a kindergarten teacher will make her seem more naïve than someone who is working on three degrees. Also, she kicks ass in her cowboy boots just fine, everybody.

Shane: Typical good-looking Big Brother contestant. He flips houses for a living, and in this economy, he's desperate for the $500,000 grand prize.

Jodie: She's a newlywed with five kids. And even though she claims to be quite active at home, she pretty much makes a fool of herself in the first competition.

Ian: He's a chemical engineering student. He says he has the brains to win, and he definitely has the glasses to match. He seems to be a student of the game, but he strikes me as a bit socially awkward at the moment.

Joe: He's a personal chef, which may buy him a few extra weeks in the game if his food is any good.

Wil: "Wil with one 'L'" says he's a typical Southern gay guy who plans to play a mean social game. He's tough, talented, and will "kick yo' booty." Joe rather uncharitably says Wil's the prettiest girl in the house. Whether it was outright homophobia or just a boneheaded comment about Wil's long hair, I'm not sure just yet. But either way, it's kind of uncalled for. Way to leave a bad taste in our mouth, chef.

JoJo: She's straight outta Staten Island, a tough-tawkin' Sicilian with street smarts. If she isn't in at least three catfights, I'll be extremely disappointed.

Willie: He's the brother of Survivor villain Russell Hantz, but he doesn't want anyone to know it. Too bad he looks just like him. At least three houseguests question him about it. Good luck, Willie!

Kara: She's a single model who wants to meet a nice guy in the house. But she's not just about her looks; she fights hard in the first competition.

Jenn: She's a tattooed hard-rocker from Brooklyn who is proud to be Puerto Rican and even prouder to be gay. (Danielle, our Southern nurse, says, 'I've never seen anybody really like her in person." You're making Alabama proud, sweetheart.)

Ashley: She's a mobile-spray-tan technician. She wants to "fill the house with love and energy" and claims she isn't a ditz because she went to a Big 10 school. (I'm not buying it.) Also, she seems to have a thing for... Ian! Hey, opposites attract.

So, which former houseguests will try to coach these guys to victory? First, we have Season 10 winner Dan, who is a state title-winning high school football coach in real life. He should be able to motivate his players, right? He will coach Kara, Jodi and Danielle.

The next coach is Season 12 contestant Britney, known best for making fun of Brendon and Rachel and for being blindsided by the Brigade alliance. She picks perhaps the strongest physical team (Shane, Willie and Jojo), but they also have stronger personalities, which could make them early targets.

Big Brother bombshell Janelle (from Seasons 6 and 7) picks Wil, Ashley and Joe, which doesn't seem to be the strongest team, but is also full of personalities that could bloom.

Finally, Mike "Boogie" is back, and he chooses Frank, Ian and Jenn. This is perhaps the most well-balanced team. He has physical skills in Frank, brains in Ian and a likable social player in Jenn. (Of note: Ian has a crazy man-crush on Boogie. He compares playing alongside him to "walking into Yankee Stadium and playing with Alex Rodriguez."

So it's time for the first Head of Household competition -- and time for another twist! This season, houseguests will have to earn their keys to the house. There are 12 players and 11 keys, which means somebody's going home tonight! Competing in their teams, players have to skip across three Wipeout-inspired platforms to retrieve teddy bears. Once three bears have been brought back to the starting point, the team is done. The coach of the first team will name one of his or her players as the HOH, while the coach of the last team to finish will send somebody home.

There were plenty of nasty wipeouts, particularly on Dan's team. As noted above, Jodi really struggled. Britney's team dominated and finished first, anchored by Shane and Willie. Britney chooses Willie as the first HOH, which both seems predictable but also is a relief to Willie, who thinks the questions about Russell have already made him a target. As HOH, he knows he's at least safe this week.

Boogie's and Janelle's teams were neck-and-neck for second and third, with Frank and Wil also standing out as solid physical competitors. Unfortunately, Dan's team comes up short, and he makes the wise decision to send home his weakest link: Jodi. With five kids at home, she probably didn't need to spend a summer away anyway.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty action-packed opener. I think the returning players are much less divisive than they were a year ago, and I also like that they're not playing to win. (However, the coach of the winning newbie does get $100,000 for his or her efforts.) I think the most interesting element is the side games the coaches might play. Any dealings or strategies they make amongst themselves could seriously impact the way they lead their team. It could also cause quite a bit of argument if the players feel like they aren't being allowed to play their own game.

What do you think of this season's setup? Which houseguests are you rooting for? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Welcome back for another season of hamster-watching, Big Brother lovers! Who's ready to obsess with me over every strategic move and backstab all summer long? So far I have good feelings about this season, which features the return of four memorable houseguests, all of whom I enjoyed during their original tour(s) of duty. But they're not here to play the game; rather, they will be coaching teams of newbies to the finish line. So, which veterans are back? And who has already been eliminated from the game? Let's get right to it... read more

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