Wednesday's Big Brother crystallized what perhaps should have already been clear: This is Shane's season. After another dominating performance, he had everyone in the house looking to cut some sort of deal. But did their pleas fall on deaf ears? Let's find out.
I honestly didn't think Joe's diary room sessions could get any louder. I was wrong. After learning he was on the chopping block, he took his ridiculous rants to a whole other decibel level. Luckily, the soft-spoken Janelle quickly told both Joe and Ashley that they need to immediately go into brown-nose mode and not let Shane think he's got them down. Cue another rant from Joe about Janelle's "womanly advice" about "love and rainbows." He's a man, dammit, and he's going to tell Shane how he really feels!
Well, sort of. He first tries to tell Shane he wants to work with him in the most awkward conversation ever. But when Shane says Joe should have been saying things like that two weeks prior, Joe (again) loudly rants in the diary room about Shane's out-of-control ego and tells Shane that there's no way Joe won't win the veto. Shane should evict Joe just for some peace and quiet at this point.
Janelle's master plan is for one of her two nominated players to win the veto so she can then convince Shane to screw over Boogie by back-dooring Frank. Janelle's odds in the veto competition get stronger when Ashley chooses him to play in the veto game after she draws a "houseguest's choice" chip. Shane draws Danielle, which he's happy about since she'll go along with his plans if she happens to win the veto. And Joe, hilariously, draws the one person he doesn't want in the game: Frank. And -- you guessed it -- he yells about it.
The veto game -- set in the Big Brother circus -- forces the players to dress as clowns and keep two balls in motion on two separate ramps. If either of a player's balls hits the ground, he or she is out. Ashley employs what she calls the "Gentle Push" technique. The method -- shockingly! -- involves pushing each ball gently with your hand, Ashley explains. Glad she cleared that up. Wil is the first player to go out, and he's soon followed by Joe. (Hulk smash!) Frank then drops out, as does Danielle. Seems Ashley's technique is working, but eventually her gentle pushes are a little too gentle, and one of her balls drops too soon. So, for the third week in a row, Shane is the power of veto winner.
Joe is frustrated that he now has to "bow down" to Shane. But first, Janelle takes her whole team (sans Joe) upstairs and promises Shane safety from all nomination if any of her players win. In exchange, she wants him to back-door Frank. To prove she's serious, Janelle says she's willing to promise Shane's safety for more than one week, and even tells Britney to take her engagement ring. If Shane goes home in the next three weeks, Britney can keep the ring, Janelle says. (Um, crazy!) Britney gives it back, but they have clearly been swayed a bit. (Also: Britney's impression of Joe was easily the best 30 seconds of the episode.)
Speaking of Joe, he comes to make his own deal after the fact. He vows to go to the end with Shane and will even turn on his own team if he needs to. He swears on his wife, kids, life, etc. that if Shane saves him, he will be the most loyal ally Shane could imagine. Shockingly, he didn't yell during this portion. He was using his emotional, sincere voice, guys.
Dan had the sushi/cocktail party that he won in the coaches' competition. But Wil had a party all his own in the house because it was his birthday. Everyone was drunk, and after the sushi party ended, a game of spin the bottle ended. Ian and Ashley awkwardly kissed ("She was probably the hottest girl I've kissed," Ian says, while America says, "no crap!") and then Shane and Danielle kiss. Their showmance is official.
Unsure how Shane should proceed at the veto ceremony, Britney asks Ian if he would keep Shane safe next week if he wins HOH. Ian is cagey, which makes Britney fear that Boogie is going to screw Shane over. When Shane asks Frank about it, Frank insists that Ian is Boogie's puppet and that Boogie only talks to Ian about big game moves at certain times. So, Ian's hesitance is nothing to worry about, Frank argues. He'll do what Boogie says and Boogie wants to keep Shane.
Apparently, Shane doesn't feel comfortable. Because when the veto ceremony begins, Shane quickly takes Ashley off the block and puts Frank up in her place. This is an odd move in my mind. By saving Ashley, Shane voids any deals Joe was willing to make. If he was going to back-door Frank anyway, why not at least get some Joe loyalty out of it? Plus: The house might want to get rid of Loudmouth McGee more than Frank. Shane argues that he wants Frank to believe he's not he target when he actually is, which I guess makes sense. But basically, whichever player survives the eviction is probably coming after Shane.
So, what do you think of Shane's dominance? Did he make the right choice with the veto? And are you as sick of listening to Joe as I am? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Wednesday's Big Brother crystallized what perhaps should have already been clear: This is Shane's season. After another dominating performance, he had everyone in the house looking to cut some sort of deal. But did their pleas fall on deaf ears? Let's find out...