No matter who you're rooting for this season, it's hard to argue that the moves made on tonight's Big Brother were anything other than masterful. With his back against the wall, Dan and the Quack Pack devise a strategy to perhaps win the veto and keep the entire alliance safe. But Dan has even bigger plans. So who won the power of veto? Did the nominations change? And who hosted the first-ever (at least in my memory) Big Brother funeral? Let's find out.
After Frank basically declared war on Dan and nominated him alongside Danielle, Britney and Dan formed a strategy for the veto competition. Basically, Shane or Britney must win the veto, thus ensuring their own safety if they took Dan off the block. With fellow Quack Packer Ian also possessing a special veto this week, he could then take Danielle off the block. In that perfect scenario, the Quack Pack would control the votes, and no matter who the replacement nominees are, the five Quack Pack members would remain in the house. However, that means Dan and Danielle must throw the competition.
Just before the veto, Jenn decides to have a chat with Frank. She basically points out that they both are basically alone in the game and suggests they form a partnership. Frank seems open to it, but Jenn hasn't really been much of a factor in the game thus far. However, after she is chosen to play in the veto competition, that may not be true anymore.
The veto competition was sponsored by the Draw Something app. Players had to guess 10 user-submitted drawings. Each drawing was valued at a different point level, but in order to earn the points, the houseguest who guessed the drawing had to submit to some sort of punishment. If a player balks at the punishment, you're out of the game. Also, if someone incorrectly guesses a drawing or helps another player in any way, he or she is also eliminated.
First up, Frank correctly guesses the drawing of "avocado," and dunks himself in a huge vat of guacamole in order to earn the two points. Dan, who confesses in the Diary Room that he isn't throwing the competition because he wants to guarantee his safety, correctly guesses the next drawing, "hunger," and has to eat a couple vile Big Brother dishes (Ick Sticks and Veto Sushi) in order to earn five points. He does so, which angers Britney, who doesn't know why Dan is abandoning the plan.
Jenn guesses the next drawing ("clock") and has 90 seconds to burn her clothes, which earns her four points. Britney correctly guesses "shackles" and chooses to be chained to Danielle for 24 hours to earn six points. Frank then goes on a roll, correctly guessing "shower," "carrot" and "bench." He then earns a total of 20 points by submitting himself to periodic chum showers, wearing a carrot costume for a week and volunteering to sit out of the next head of household competition for which he is eligible to play in. He clearly doesn't want Dan to win that veto, and for his efforts, he now has 22 points.
Danielle guesses "spots" and earns six points by letting the houseguests throw paint on her. Dan then guesses "trip" and subjects himself to 24 hours of solitary confinement in order to win 8 points. Again, Britney is fuming, which perhaps leads to the next debacle. She rings in for the drawing of "summer," but when she has a brain fart, Frank whispers the answer to her. As such, Frank, who probably could have held on to win, is eliminated. (Also, Shane sucked at this game. Guess we know he's more brawn than brains, no?)
For the final clue worth 15 points, Britney again rings in first, but she can't figure out the drawing for "ticket" and is eliminated. Jenn rings in next, and correctly guesses. However, in order to earn the points and win the game, she must volunteer to go on a slop diet for the rest of the summer. Dan pleads with her not to do it, and therefore give the game to him, but Jenn takes the punishment and wins the power of veto. Frank, realizing Jenn's desire to get Dan out matches his own, agrees to take her on as a partner.
After Dan comes out of his solitary confinement, everyone notices him acting a little strange. He then calls a house meeting, which, because he assumes he will be voted out, he claims is his Big Brother funeral. He basically pays everyone huge compliments and makes everyone in the house cry. That is until he gets to Danielle, the person he's been closest with in the game. He notes that he thought she was an ally worthy to go all the way like Dan's past ally Memphis. But then he says "you know what you did" and claims she is "dead to him in this game" and can "never earn his trust back in the game."
Naturally, Danielle is both shocked and heartbroken, but Dan soon enough reveals it was all just a ruse and part of his master plan he cooked up in confinement. He tells Frank in private that he has no power, but he does have information. Dan then tells Frank exactly what happened to Boogie, explaining about the Quack Pack and how Ian masterminded Boogie's demise. Dan then proposes the most unlikely scenario anyone in the house could dream up: Dan and Frank working together.
Frank thinks it's brilliant and says he could probably get Jenn on board to use the veto on Dan. Dan says he can convince Danielle his performance was just that and get her on board the new four-person alliance. Because Ian has a veto, Frank can't put him up in Dan's place, but Dan suggests that Britney is an even better target. Without her, Shane is alone and Ian is alone, and if Britney stays, no one in the house will target her. Frank agrees to the plan, and he and Dan make a Final Two deal, which Dan swears to on the Bible and his wedding ring.
Next, Frank brings Jenn up to speed, and although she's shocked, she is down. Danielle is furious at Dan when he reveals his duplicity, but Dan insists his whole charade was the only way he could keep them both safe. "Couldn't you give me some forewarning," she asks. "Then you wouldn't cry," Dan retorts. Danielle says he's a sick person, but she seems happy enough to go along with the switcheroo.
At the veto ceremony, Ian chooses not to use his veto as a sign of good faith to Frank, with whom he is trying to rebuild trust. But when Jenn shocks the house by taking Dan off the block, Frank drops the hammer on Ian. He tells him he's angry about the way Ian betrayed him and Boogie last week, and even though he can't nominate Ian, he can take out his strongest ally. Boom! Britney goes up, Ian looks like his world is crashing down and Dan has pulled off a masterful turnaround.
Britney cries hysterically in the diary room, saying she has no fight left. Ian swears vengeance on Frank while Jenn tells America she finally made a big move and is not a player to be underestimated. We'll see how long this new alliance lasts. But I wonder: Will Britney actually go home? Dan and Jenn will definitely vote her out, but Ian and Shane might vote to keep her, even though Shane has a showmance with Danielle. That makes Joe the swing vote. Can Dan and Frank swing him their way? Time will tell!
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No matter who you're rooting for this season, it's hard to argue that the moves made on tonight's Big Brother were anything other than masterful. With his back against the wall, Dan and the Quack Pack devise a strategy to perhaps win the veto and keep the entire alliance safe. But Dan has even bigger plans. So who won the power of veto? Did the nominations change? And who hosted the first-ever (at least in my memory) Big Brother funeral? Let's find out...