Big Brother 16 Episode 3 Recap & My Thoughts

105008_d0190bWhen I watch Big Brother on CBS I watch it without visiting any spoiler sites, without keeping up with the twitter feeds or after dark. I simply watch the show as it airs on CBS.  That is the recap you will get from me. The unbiased, undiluted view of Big Brother Season 16.

The HOH Room:

Episode 3 aired last night and it was full of surprises just as we have already come to expect out of the Season of the Twists! The show began by revealing the changes in the Head of Household (HOH) room.  With two houseguests getting the title of HOH this season that would need a new and improved HOH room.  I guess it crossed my mind before, but at the same time I didn’t think anything of it until Frankie and Caleb came bounding onto the television announcing the familiar call of, “who wants to see my HOH room!”  There may be two people holding the title of HOH, but there is one room to share.

This season of Big Brother has gotten larger and so has the HOH room.  The new room has two sleeping rooms, to sitting areas and one very nice bathroom.  Nothing really all that exciting.  The houseguests weren’t any more exciting than the room itself once up there either.  It’s too early in the game for the regular reading of the HOH letters from home.  If you are home sick after week one you might as well give up now!

Joey explaining the pressure of having two HOHs this year! Her face says it all!
Joey explaining the pressure of having two HOHs this year! Her face says it all!

What I did get out of the HOH room scene was that the houseguests are aware that this season requires a lot more sucking up.  As Joey said, contestants have, “to do a lot more song and dance because there are two HOHs, 4 nominees and twice the chance of going up on the block.”

Jocasta Odom:

This is one houseguest I can’t take my attention from, because she irritates me so much!  I would say what I normally say, “I don’t know why though.”  But for once I completely know why someone is irritating me.  Yes, her ties are annoying.  Yes, to me her constant need to discuss religion is annoying.  I think she has a right to her beliefs and I support that right completely.  I just don’t need to hear about her prayers every time she is on the screen.  What really is irritating me though is how clueless she is.  She seems the most lost when it comes to figuring out how to play the game this season. She flat-out noted this in the diary room in commentary the editors decided to splice in at the beginning of the show when the houseguests were going to tour the HOH room.  We didn’t need her to explain that she is lost though.  It can be seen by the simple fact that none of the other houseguests seem to be paying much attention to her.  She doesn’t have an alliance and as far as friends go, she doesn’t seem to have any of those in the house yet either.  Maybe those of you watching to the live feeds have a different impression, but as I said, I only watch the show as it appears on CBS.

Paola, a houseguest who I thought was going to be strong but now am thinking isn’t, slyly asked Jocasta if she thought there were any alliances yet in the house.  We know Paola is aware of two already since she is in two alliances, but Jocasta seems to be clueless without any idea of what is going on around her.

Sorry Jocasta but everyone else in the house seems to be in one or more alliances already and has left you behind.  First there is the alliance of Nicole and Christine.  I’m not sure what they call themselves, but I am going to call them Clueless.


The show took a turn for the random by letting us watch all the house guests in the yard.  This featured Nicole and Christine in a very intimate conversation about trust.  The new nerd alliance, Clueless, was officially formed.  I like both girls as far as their personalities go.  They are quirky and cute.  What more can you ask for? Oh yea, some entertainment.

Simply put, I was so bored of their conversation. The only thing remotely entertaining was the fact that they seemed pretty clueless, hence my choice of name for them.  They think they are better than the other girls in the house because they shop at Wal-Mart and can talk about things other than makeup.  It irritates me when people make commentary like this.  Just because people care about their appearances doesn’t make them dumb.  You may be able to talk about other things besides makeup but your conversation noted how attractive the cast is.  You are pretty much on the same level as everyone else.  They seem to be a bit close minded, but that’s okay.  They will be floaters throughout the entire season kept around with Jocasta until the more powerful players need to cut someone without putting a target on their back.

The Bomb Squad:

Frankie and Caleb decided to try to work together early in the episode.  This was predictable since they are both HOHs as of the start of the episode.  Caleb felt confident in their decision to work together as did Frankie, but they quickly realized that an alliance of two wasn’t good enough.  There is strength in numbers so Caleb and Frankie invited Devin and Derrick into their new alliance.

The thought was to make it an all guys alliance and Devin pounced on the opportunity. He immediately wanted to bring Cody into the mix. Derrick on the other hand was more hesitant.  While he entertained the conversation and went along with the guys he had a different tune in the diary room:

“To trust somebody with your life in this game is ludicrous.”

I couldn’t agree more.  He displayed hesitation as well he should have.  I said it last week and I will say it again.  Early alliances are a waste of time.  You don’t know who you can actually trust.  I know that I am not good at judging people at first glance.  I don’t think many people are. It takes time, energy and effort to learn if someone is trustworthy or not.

The Bomb Squad was rounded out with two additions.  Cody, at Devin’s delight, and Zach.  Zach came at Zach’s own delight.  He felt he was needed in the strong guy alliance because he is also a guy who brings the added bonus of brains.  I think I just vomited inside of my mouth.

Frankie seemed very excited about his alliance of men.  He had a plan to infiltrate a jock alliance before even entering the house and this fell right in line.

They think they have brains, strength, numbers and stealth on their side.  Caleb prematurely declared, “the girls in this house are not smart, nowhere near to pick up on anything” when referring to The Bomb Squads ability to stay a secret among the 6 members.

Well, I agree.  The girls in the house haven’t shown me much brains or balls yet, but I think they have it in them.  If they don’t have it in them then they can count on Devin to ruin the guys master plan.  Devin, what were you thinking?

As I said, Devin seemed a bit too eager to join a guy alliance.  Probably the most eager out of everyone.  What I saw in his face was the excitement of a child.  It hit me, he is a super fan who has just had the best thing in the world presented to him.  He feels strong and in control.  To his own detriment, he let it go to his head.  It’s my opinion that the creation of The Bomb Squad is the downfall of Devin.

Shelly Moore, Big Brother 13
Shelly Moore, Big Brother 13

First he has already backstabbed one of his first alliances with Donny. He is still playing Donny, but none-the-less has outwardly stated that he doesn’t have Donny’s back like he is leading Donny to believe.  He also runs the risk of becoming that annoying parent of this season.  Remember Shelly Moore from Big Brother 13?  It’s cute to say you are in it for your children once or twice, but don’t make a habit of it. Sympathy from the viewing audience can quickly turn to annoyance if you aren’t careful.

Oh Devin, I don’t think he will make it far enough in the game to annoy the audience though.  He let his excitement get the better of him.  Yes, making big moves is how you win the game, but it’s not the only thing you need to win the game.  You need to think strategically, never screw your alliance, and never get caught in a lie.  He screwed his alliance.

As fast as the alliance was formed it started to see shock waves when Devin decided to make big moves without consulting his alliance first. While Caleb was sleeping peacefully at 4:30 am he was woken abruptly by Devin who informed him that he:

  1. Thought there should be girls in the all guys alliance to get intel from the other side of the house; and
  2. He thought those girls should be Amber and Christine; and
  3. He told them about the alliance, who was in it and all of their secrets.

Christine and Amber didn’t know how to respond or what to think. Christine went as far as thanking him for letting them know… but he probably should have.  Like Cody and Derrick, the girls went along with the alliance to save face.

Later in the morning when the others are awake Devin walks in and let’s Derrick and Franking know about the new members. He didn’t ask he informed as if he were the captain.  You could see agitation written all over Frankie and Derrick’s faces.  Cody walked in and immediately showed his frustration with Devin bringing in half the house into the squad.  He refers to him as a loose cannon.  He is.  If he doesn’t get back doored this week then he will be out soon enough.  No one can trust him and as Derrick said, “he is putting a large target on his back.” By the end of the episode I think every member of The Bomb Squad was questioning why they had ever decided to work with Devin.

The Nominees for Eviction: 

Brittany and Victoria at The Battle of the Block Big Brother Bash after being nominated for elimination by Frankie.
Brittany and Victoria at The Battle of the Block Big Brother Bash after being nominated for elimination by Frankie.

Pretty much, both Caleb and Frankie want to make as little waves as possible in the first week of evictions.

Frankie wants to put up the first two people who fell in the second competition.  Brittany and Victoria were nominated.  Frankie claimed it was because they were the first two to get out of the second HOH game.  Victoria was livid.  Frankie and her decided on night one to work together.  If he didn’t want to make waves, then putting her up wasn’t a smart idea.  He tried to pull it off, but his efforts were fruitless.  She didn’t buy it and their allegiance to each other has ended, even if he doesn’t realize it yet.  Luckily for him, he doesn’t really need her.

Paola and Donny preparing for The Battle of the Block after being nominated by Caleb!
Paola and Donny preparing for The Battle of the Block after being nominated by Caleb!

Caleb argued for one guy and one girl being nominated by both to keep suspicion of their being a guys alliance to a minimum.  He nominated Paola and Donny. Donny handled it with grace knowing they hadn’t had a chance to bond and he was the first guy to fall in the HOH challenge.

The Battle of the Block:

The game this round was The Big Brother Bash.  On go they had to start swinging in large . One side had a vase full of berries in it and the other had a champagne fountain.  One team member must catch champagne in a champagne glass, swing to meet their teammate in the middle and pass the champagne from their glass to their teammate’s. The first team to fill up their vase so a berry falls out would win.

Victoria and Brittanywon taking themselves off the block and dethroning Franking as HOH.  Dethroning sounds so painful! Regardless, I want to see Brittany go farther in the game and Frankie seems plenty safe so I am happy with the results of the game.  Donny and Paola remain on the block.  Caleb remains HOH.  All we have left is the veto competition!

Will Paola or Donny win and get taken off the block?  We will find out soon enough!