Wednesday's Big Brother was extra soapy. And no, we don't mean soap opera drama — although there was plenty of backstabbing. No, the soap in question is that which filled the backyard during the season's first Power of Veto competition, which ultimately didn't change up the game very much, unless you consider how the scheming may have impacted the house's alliances. So, who won the competition? And did he or she change the nominations? Let's find out.
I have to admit, I was a bit shocked when, on Sunday's episode, Willie went back on his word to Frank and nominated him against Kara. But I probably wasn't as shocked as Frank. In truth, Willie made a smart move in putting up Dan and Boogie's respective strongest players, but it also made it clear to Dan and Boogie that, as Dan put it, "Team Blonde is a actually a reality." Indeed, Britney and Janelle spend much of the early part of the episode celebrating how well they are running the house and how their team members are mindless puppets. As Janelle says, they are "leading the witch hunt" against Dan and Boogie.
Making things much worse for himself is Boogie. He finally decides to start talking strategy with Britney and Janelle, and he ticks both of them off. First, he asks Britney if Frank wins the veto, if one of Janelle's players would go up in his place, or if Willie would nominate Boogie's other player, Jenn. If that happens, Boogie says he'll "know what kind of game he's playing," which Britney takes as Boogie drawing a "line in the sand" ultimatum. Realizing that chat didn't go as well as he hoped, he approaches Janelle and makes a good point: If Kara goes home this week, all three coaches can attack Dan's only remaining player and make it a three-way race to the coaches' 100,000 payday.
"I hate Boogie so much," Janelle says in the Diary Room, moments before she runs straight to Dan to tell him that Boogie is trying to sell him out. Whoops! Dan is obviously upset ("You don't turn you back on a Renegade," he says, making me wonder what Dan's old buddy Memphis is up to these days) and even though he might keep working with Boogie, her certainly will take everything he says with a grain of salt. Boogie is doing what he can to keep his guy in the house, but it seems his old tricks and schemes are all blowing up on him this time around. Can he adjust his strategy to make it in the long run?
The truth is, the game is about the players, not the coaches. So once the veto players are drawn — Shane, Danielle and Wil will join nominees Kara and Frank and head of household Willie — both Kara and Frank zero in on Shane. Assuming he's an athletic guy who might win the POV, they both offer him deals for the future if he takes them off the chopping block.
As mentioned above, the veto competition is a wet and wild affair. Each player must dig through tons of Big Brother Laundromat soap to find $1.30 worth of coins. They then must toss the oversized coins into a vending machine slot. First one to collect the correct change and throw it into the slot wins the veto. Danielle basically takes a bubble bath the entire time, as she keeps getting lost in the foam. Wil, meanwhile, admits he "can't throw for jack sh--" so no matter how many coins he finds, he doesn't like his chances. Kara also has problems throwing her coins.
So it's basically a race between Willie, Shane and Frank. Shane finds several quarters and quickly racks up a dollar. Although Frank finds a whole stack of dollar coins, he keeps missing his coin slot. Willie finds Frank's stash and makes it a very close. But ultimately, Shane, who I think never missed a single coin toss, reaches his total first and wins the veto.
Both Kara and Frank try to reason with Shane, asking him to take them off the block. Boogie makes perhaps the best case. He tells Shane that none of his team members would put him up next week if he took Frank down. Further, Boogie asserts that by leaving Frank in the game, he pretty much becomes the rest of the house's target in Week 2. Boogie says he used that strategy against Janelle during the All-Stars season, which he won. By always keeping someone else in the line of fire, Boogie reasons, Shane is taking the target off himself.
Ultimately, Shane decides it's too early in the game to really mix things up. He elects not to use the veto because it ultimately may not benefit him. (I guess he's worried about turning his own team against him by upsetting Willie's original plan.) It's a fine notion, but his speech to the house, in which he said he didn't want any blood on his hands, made him seem weak to me. It's a cowardly approach, which certainly may not sit well with those who believe you should play the game all-out.
So, who do you think will go home: Kara or Frank? And when do you think the players will realize that their coaches shouldn't dictate their every move? Sound off below!
Wednesday's Big Brother was extra soapy. And no, we don't mean soap opera drama — although there was plenty of backstabbing. No, the soap in question is that which filled the backyard during the season's first Power of Veto competition, which ultimately didn't change up the game very much, unless you consider how the scheming may have impacted the house's alliances. So, who won the competition? And did he or she change the nominations? Let's find out...