It’s Big Brother 16 Episode 12 Recap Time!

It’s a new week in the Big Brother house and things are… well kind of boring, but moving along.  To start I should note that Devin Shepherd, the devil with the mile long grin, was voted out of the house last week in what was a highly anticipated move by the house.

Devin tormented houseguests and annoyed viewing audiences as he stomped around the Big Brother house like a tyrant regardless of his being the Head of Household (HOH) or not.  Now that he is gone maybe the house can realign itself and become interesting once again.

Sunday’s mark the announcement of two new HOHs, four nominees to the block, the Battle of the Block competition and a lot of behind the scenes drama.  This week delivered on most of those things.

In rather lackluster HOH competition two of my favorite houseguests took the HOH titles, Cory Calafiore and Frankie Grande.  After passing a dozen eggs along chicken wire the pretty duo came out on top edging out their fellow houseguests. This not only means that both of them are probably safe for the week, but both of their pretty faces will get a lot of screen time this week. I know I’m not complaining!

Team America: Another interesting twist this season that also seems to be getting a bit boring is Team America.  As Donnny, Derrick and Frankie continue their secret alliance that was decided on by fans of the show they must also keep their own individual games in mind.

This week America challenged the trio to nominate a houseguest who is seen as a physical threat.  The trio immediately pegged Amber as a physical threat and added her to the nominations. It was a pretty weak decision because there are much stronger players in the house, but at the same time it was the safest decision. The strong competitors in the house include:

  • Caleb
  • Frankie
  • Zach
  • Cody
  • Amber
  • Hayden

The only person on that list that could have been nominated next to Amber as a strong competitor could have been Hayden. There was no reason not to nominate him besides a fear of retaliation. That’s why I see the choice of Amber as a weak one. There were few options, but they went with the easier of the two.  I still hope that Caleb gets back doored in the end. The only issue with that is that the game will continue to lose the exciting personalities on the show.

Nominations: Initial nominations are often boring.  You can’t do much with your initial nomination because you don’t want to piss anyone off who might end up staying in the house. With two chances to pull yourself off the block this season after the initial nominations it’s no wonder that weaker competitors get nominated on Sunday’s.  This week was no different.

Cory nominated Brittany and Victoria.  Victoria is the houses new Pow Pow,  doesn’t win many competitions and isn’t much of a social game player either.  Nicole asked last week, “where is Paola when you need her?” Well, she manifested in the form of Victoria… except I do think Paola could have been a good competitor if she had been given the time.

Photo compliments of CBS.com.  Amber and Jocasta
Photo compliments of CBS.com.
Amber and Jocasta

Frankie played it pretty safe, while also playing strategically.  His nominations consisted of Amber and Jocasta.  Amber has been unintentionally stirring up drama among Frankie’s alliance so it makes perfect sense to me that he put her up.  She distracts Caleb, distracts Cody, causes tensions between Zach and Cody and to top it all of is a fierce competitor. So fierce that she took herself and Jocasta off the block by winning the Battle of the block!

Battle of the Block: When the Battle of the Block competition was added to the Big Brother game this season I really thought it would liven up the show.  No more nights with nothing but watching the houseguests attempt social games.  Now every episode has a competition.

It turns out that the Battle of the Block is kind of a boring and pointless game. It does add a twist, but the initial excitement around it has dissipated.

None-the-less we do have the added competition. This week we saw the four nominees for eviction compete on a chess board where they were required to move around the board like a knight in a chess game. Jocasta worked her way into a corner pretty quickly, it looks like preying isn’t the best strategy for winning a competition in the Big Brother House.  She is lucky Amber rocked it out saving the both of them. Jocasta went into some type of tongues at the end. I don’t even know what was coming out of her mouth.

If there was a God he would send her home so that we don’t have to watch her any more. She seems like a nice person, but totally annoying on television.

That leaves us with a few other interesting tidbits about Big Brother 16.  Check out my future BB16 blogs this week that will discuss:

  • Zrankie is still alive and well, stay tuned for a new post catching you up on the show-man-mance.
  • Cody has a past in modeling for the gay favorited underwear brand CN2.
  • My two blogging passions collided last week when Big Brother partnered with FitBit!