Wednesday's episode of Big Brother 13 offered another hour of insanity, and no, I'm not talking about the "shocking" reveal we've known about for a week. Yes, Evel Dick is out of the game, and while that surprise did send shockwaves through the house, tonight's winner of craziest gameplay is none other than our horny church deacon Keith. (Although the temper tantrum thrown by every member of the veterans' team but Jeff was a close second). Oh, yeah, and there was a veto competition and ceremony. So, who won? Did the nominations change? And more importantly, will there even be an evicition? Let's find out!
But first... a note about this season's recaps. As you may have noticed over the weekend, I did not recap the nomination episode. As I did last year, I am planning to only recap the Wednesday and Thursday episodes. When big things happen on Sundays, I will still be sure to comment on it, but for now, two shows a week is about all I can commit to doing. But the comments section is always open for you guys to pick apart each and every move the houseguests make!
So, Head of Household Rachel, at the urging of Evel Dick, nominated Porsche and Keith. This season's first secret (and terribly named) alliance, "The Regulators," consisting of Dominic, Keith, Lawon and Cassi, is thrilled by this development, as they want to get rid of Porsche anyway. But Porsche, who apparently didn't understand Dick's proposal to give her the golden key also meant she would be nominated. So, she whines about being betrayed and cries in the HOH room, saying she can't throw the veto competition for fear of being sent home. Clearly she has no idea how this game is played. Brendon, Rachel and the rest of the veterans are troubled by Porsche's response and fear that she's a "loose cannon."
Meanwhile, Regulators Dominic and Keith do a victory dance, as Keith proclaims his own plans to throw the veto competition. He wants the nominations to remain the same so he and his fellow regulators can vote Porsche out. Here's where his math is fuzzy: He's yet to secure the votes of the four newbies who aren't Regulators. Without them, he doesn't have "the numbers" to stay if the veterans want to save Porsche, as we know they do. Strike 1, Keith.
Next, OH MY GOODNESS, Dick went home. SHOCKER! Sorry, but I just think it's lame of CBS to draw out this week-old news until tonight's episode, especially given that the show didn't offer a single drop of extra information about the "personal matter" that required Dick to leave the game. As a result, Daniele gets the first golden key, and she proceeds to cry about not being able to compete for four weeks. She will, however, vote each Thursday.
Daniele's tears were nothing, however, compared to her teammates' hysterics. When Brendon finds out that Keith was smiling about Dick's untimely exit, Brendon loses it. His team has to beg him not to go downstairs to make a scene. When he stays, they all start freaking out about how unfair it is that they are now a man down. And with Daniele not competing and Rachel and Brendon unable to compete next week, they have only Jeff and Jordan to compete. The Veterans' translation: We're all going to lose!
Jeff, however, gives the night's most inspirational speech, urging his team to "knuckle up like Rocky" and not resort to boo-hooing in Week 1. "If you think you can overcome and win, you will," he says." That's a much different sentiment than this.
Sensing the veterans' weakness, Keith decides to go fully out of his mind. He calls most of the newbies in for a meeting to "out" Kalia and Porsche as the people who are buddying up to the veterans. "I'm gonna be the hero; I'm gonna save the day," he says, as he tries to win votes by making Porsche look bad. Why he even brought Kalia into the mess, I have no idea. Nor do his fellow houseguests, who all agree that he is a ticking time bomb who has lost it. Nothing is really accomplished by all of this, except that any non-Regulators who were thinking of sending Porsche out, maybe have second thoughts. Keith still thinks he has enough votes to stay. Strike 2, Keith.
Porsche checks in with the veterans: She's more than ready to throw the competition and get rid of crazy Keith. Strike 3, Keith.
Keeping with the "heroic" theme, the veto competition, hosted by the ever-annoying growl of Adam, requires the teams -- HOH Brendon and Rachel, nominees Keith and Porsche, and Jeff and Jordan, who were chosen at random -- to complete a puzzle. The players were all connected via pulleys, so when a teammate went to get a puzzle piece, the other would fly through the air. Fun!
Jordan again proved to be anything but bright, as even Porsche and Keith performed better, despite the fact that both of them were trying to throw the competition for their own reasons. Ultimately, though, it was Brendon and Rachel who won, claiming "all the power" in the house for the week. They feel so empowered that they trot each of the other newbie couples up to the HOH room and ask for promises from each duo. If the duo agrees to keep Brendon and Rachel safe, they won't change the nominations.
Kalia rightly describes the whole scenario like going upstairs to see the Godfather, and Brendon takes the whole thing way too seriously. "I can offer you advice on how to play if you win HOH next week,"" he says. Another gem: "It's not rocket science, but if it was, I'd still be good at it!" What a keeper, Rachel.
Ultimately, Brendon and Rachel keep the nominations the same. Porsche is thrilled that she is going to be saved by the veterans. Keith is thrilled that he's going to be saved by the Regulators and some other newbies. The truth is that I don't know how anyone on the newbie team is going to vote, so the very first eviction could be much more interesting than originally thought. (Especially since, you know, there will be an eviction. Many perhaps assumed that Dick's exit would render this week's nominations null and void. I suppose that could still happen, but I hope not.)
So, what did you think of the episode? Is Keith the stupidest player ever? What did you think of the veterans' meltdown? And who do you want to see evicted? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Wednesday's episode of Big Brother 13 offered another hour of insanity, and no, I'm not talking about the "shocking" reveal we've known about for a week. Yes, Evel Dick is out of the game, and while that surprise did send shockwaves through the house, tonight's winner of craziest gameplay is none other than our horny church deacon Keith. (Although the temper tantrum thrown by every member of the veterans' team but Jeff was a close second). Oh, yeah, and there was a veto competition and ceremony. So, who won? Did the nominations change? And more importantly, will there even be an evicition? Let's find out...