Friday, August 31, 2012

If You’re Not Watching: America’s Got Talent

I.Y.N.W. : AGT

(Every Friday in this post I will write and link a video of something that if you’re not watching you are missing out on. Whether it’s a reality TV show, a network drama or a half hour sitcom I will let you in on all the stuff you’re missing on TV while you’re out having a life.)

This week’s edition of “If You’re Not Watching” centers around one performer on the never consistent reality talent show, America’s Got Talent. Now, I bet you’re asking “Why would I tune in to a complete season of America’s Got Talent for one performer?” And to that I would answer “Well why you got to be such a cynical bastard?” (I like to answer questions with questions.) In all seriousness though there is a good chance that you wouldn’t tune in for a whole season to catch a single performer that’s why I suggest figuring out when William Close will be performing and tune in or at least TiVo it.

 “Who’s William Close?” is probably what you’re asking. Good question! Well he is a 42 year old musician and inventor. His main musical instrument/invention is called the Earth Harp, which is a giant Harp that extends from the stage over the audiences heads and into the rafters. Not only is it mesmerizingly massive its sound is familiarly beautiful with a mix of a guitar and piano sound.

The Earth Harp is not the only reason I am suggesting that you check this guy out, there are many more. There are the many other strange instruments you will see in any one of his performances. He has extremely capable musicians and singers backing him up and his performances are always so well put together that the whole vibe comes through extremely well on TV.

Here are some of his videos from this year’s America’s Got Talent:

America's Got Talent Semifinals
(Performance at 1:30)

America's Got Talent Quarterfinals
(Performance at 1:20)

America's Got Talent Auditions
(Performance at 2:10)

Big Brother Recap: Episode 22

The Best Player of All Time, the Battle and the Brigade

Julie Chen opens the 22nd second episodes with quotes from the New York Post (“[Dan is] the best Big Brother Player of all time.”) and Entertainment Weekly (“[Dan’s] Hail Mary was like watching Paul Newman in The Sting or George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven.”). Ok, so yeah, Dan is a terrific Big Brother player. He’s easily in the top five all time, but best ever? The greatest to play in 14 seasons because he cried and got easily influenced Frank to change his alliance? I don’t agree at all what about Dr. Will, the Brigade or Janelle. I guess we will have to wait to find out if Dan can dodge a second week of having the target on his back after staging his own “Big Brother funeral.”

What I do know is that Dan has weekend himself in this game going forward. He alienated Ian and Shane, Danielle has to pretend not to be with him after what he did to her, and I really have to believe that Frank doesn’t trust him and is only stringing him along to keep a big target in the house. (But then again, has Frank really proven he’s not just going to get double crossed every week?) Besides that he is the only one still in the house that has won Big Brother before and that is going to leave a big target on him. It’s only a matter of time before Frank and Dan are eliminated and we get the final four of Shane, Jenn, Joe and Ian. (How boring would that be? The answer is ridiculously boring, and I would possibly stop writing these just to save myself the time.)

When we actually get to the game we see clips of what happened after the veto ceremony (Jenn used the Veto on Dan and Frank nominated Britney in his place). Britney, Ian, and Shane are all sitting in the living room shocked. Danielle is with Britney pretending not to know why that just happened while Dan celebrates by himself in the arcade room and Frank and Jenn go to the HoH room to try and relax while the rest of the house freaks out.

In a huff, Ian goes to the HoH room to confront Frank. He asks Frank what happened and Frank tells him that Britney is gone so that Ian would be alone in the house. Ian gets upset and starts at Frank telling him that it’s all “Bullshit!” Frank tells Ian that if he’s going to raise his voice he can get out of his HoH room. Ian storms out gladly.

Brit takes a second from trying to calm down the little ball of dust know as Ian and goes to see Dan. He tells her that it wasn’t personal and that she has to “talk to the HoH” because “all I know is I’m safe.” Wow, weren’t you with Britney in an alliance a day ago? Didn’t you tell her you two had a bond that no one else would understand? And now you won’t even tell her that she is going home. That’s cold. Britney leaves the arcade room in tears, “It is just a game but in the end Dan it’s important to me how you treat people.” She went on to add “it’s important to me as a jury member.” (She’s knows she’s going home Dan, be a man.) She then goes up to the HoH where Frank, the carrot man, and Jenn “City” are talking. She decides to try and compliment her way to safety? She tells Frank while in tears, “You are very good at this game Frank.” She throws a last ditch effort out to try and get Frank and Jenn on her side but it doesn’t seem to work that much.

A little later on Frank walks by the couches and Shane tries to let Frank know that he knows it was a tough decision but he’s ok with it, when Ian starts at Frank again. Ian starts in about how Frank had several days to make his decision to re-nom Britney and he only had “30.6 seconds” to make his decision to put Ashley and Frank up on the double eviction night. Frank doesn’t argue instead takes a different approach and just points out to Ian that everyone in America is seeing who he really is and that he isn’t an innocent bystander but a sneaky partaker. When Ian runs out of things to say to defend himself he turns to the other house guests and screams “If anybody in this house takes him to the end, you’re a fool. You sit next to him in the final two, he wins 7-0. (Frank should have pointed out that if he is in the final two then Ian would be in the jury and in order for it to go 7-0 Ian would have to vote for Frank to win over everyone else. That would have messed up Ian’s whole speech and given Frank an out on the whole Frank automatically wins in final two stories.) As the argument winds down Frank makes a joke and walks away only to have Ian be the strong, morally good guy that he is and flash the bird to Franks back (big man Ian, big man).  

After the first commercial we see Britney’s strategy. It’s to bash Dan to the other houseguests as much as possible. She criticizes him, she mocks him and she even does fake imitations of him telling her that her Big Brother life is over. Frank and Shane sit there awkwardly, Ian listens attentively and Danielle has a towel over her head so Britney can’t see her eye rolling.

We get peak of the insight behind the least interesting alliance this season when Joe and Shane decide to talk strategy. All Joe has to offer to the conversation is continuous ass kissing telling Shane “All I can do is follow your lead.”

Julie comes back live and talks with the house guest. She asks Ian about the vibe in the house (tense), asks Jenn how easy the decision to use the Veto on Dan was (tough), she asks Dan how it feels to be safe (good) and finally she asks Shane why he cried so much at “Dan’s funeral” (he blames the girls).

Before the eviction ceremony we get a special taped segment with the guys for the Brigade (the four man alliance that eliminated Britney in her first season). They are all there Hayden, Lane, Enzo and Matt. Here are a few quick notes in from there interview:

·         “We did do Britney dirty.” – Enzo
·         Matt dressed up as the “creepy Britney pageant picture” for Halloween.
·         “Two words to describe [Brit], high maintenance.” – Hayden
·         “The Quack Pack against the Brigade, it’s like the Mighty Ducks versus a tank.” – Enzo
·         All of the Brigade are “team Brit”.

Julie takes a minute before the evictions to talk to Frank in the HoH room. She asks him about aligning with Dan and making a final two deal. Frank says that he wants to trust Dan especially after finding out it was Ian that was behind everything and not Dan. She also asks him about his relationship with Ian going forward and he plainly states that if Ian wins HoH then he will have to look at trying to get back on his side.

J-Chen is back for the eviction ceremony and tells the two nominated house guest they have a chance for to address the house one last time. Danielle get’s up and tells everyone how she will lose it and stab every one of them if she is evicted. (She doesn’t actually say that, really she just says “I love y’all” a couple times. But didn’t you believe she stabbed someone for a second. She’s crazy.) Britney gets up and gives a couple shout outs to family and friends and then takes the last couple seconds to bash Dan. She starts with a slight jab at Dan’s Funeral saying “I don’t have the time or a big enough ego to stand here and host my own funeral.” She continues with a few pleasantries to the house and the finish with a quote for Dan that Jerry (BB10) used when he was backstabbed by the one and only Dan, “You’ll always be Judas to me.”

The votes go as planned with a four to one in favor of evicting Britney. She gets up hugs Danielle, Shane and Ian (Ian slips her a pair of the sunglasses he’s been giving to every players that gets evicted). When she gets outside all the fans cheer like crazy and she takes some time high fiving and shaking hands with fans.

Brit sits down with Julie for the farewell interview and the first question is about Dan. Britney answers rationally saying she understands what he did and how it aided his game but that she is not happy about it. Then Julie asks if Dan is pure genius or pure evil? Britney’s instant answer is “Both!” She goes on to talk about her alliance with Ian and the fact she had to cover for him a big reason why she was targeted. As always they end with some house guests sending Britney farewell messages. The best one this week is Ian saying “I will get that hairy orange beast!”

The episode ends with an endurance HoH competition. The house guests will have to hang on to a rope while standing on small wooden disks and being spun around a giant fake sun. Not only that but the fake sun will spray them with what looks like tanning lotion and a giant penis shaped meteorite will come out every so often and hit them when they pass. The person that stays on the longest will win HoH and the first person to fall will earn a surprise punishment.

Before the show closed we saw Joe sitting on the sidelines (he fell off during a commercial) and as the credits role Jenn gets hit by the meteor penis and falls leaving four players still playing for the HoH.

With Frank not eligible to play the next two HoH’s, he’s main ally out withtin the first ten minutes of the HoH competition and his new arch nemesis still in contention for the head of household if does not look so good for Frank. We will just have to wait to see what happens with the HoH and nominations on Sunday. Not only that but next Thursday’s live show will be another double eviction night which means major moves are going to be made in the upcoming week.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Big Brother Recap: Episode 21

The Season of the Alliance

The Quack Pack, Silent Six, the coaches, the newbies, Janelle’s team, Boogie’s team, Janelle and Britney, Chill Town, Dan and Danielle, DDBS (Dan, Danielle, Brit, Shane), Joe and everyone. That’s just some of the alliances we’ve had this season and most of them are all but expanded (Joe is still around making deals with everyone) and for that reason we are bound to see a lot more teaming up, breaking up and then teaming up again this season.

Since Frank is HoH and all by himself, last episode he nominated his biggest rival and main target Dan and plans to get him out this week. The only thing that could stop him is how the house votes, so while Dan plans a way to save himself, Frank will be trying to get the votes to make sure Dan goes home.

This episode starts with Dan and Danielle reacting to their nominations in the diary room “Like, how do you try to even campaign against the one person you didn’t want to play this game without?” Dan is a lot less dramatic about it saying “The thing that Frank doesn’t know is I got a trick up my sleeve. I’m hoping I can pull Ian to use the Veto on me and save the day for me, one more time.”

Frank gets his time in the diary room and says “Dan’s been doing a lot of swinging and missing when it comes to trying to get me out of the house this summer. Me, on the other hand, I wanna just take one shot at him and knock it out the park.” One shot Frank? Isn’t this the third time you’ve pushed for Dan to go up, hasn’t he been target all summer?

Before we find out who’s playing in the Veto competition this week, Dan and Danielle are outside strategizing. They discuss the best case scenario - Britney or Shane win the Veto and then Ian and the other Veto holder will use the power to take Dan and Danielle of the block, leading to Frank having to nominate Joe or Jenn next to the fifth member of the Quack Pack and the QP having the votes to control eviction - but they never talk about what they will do if Frank wins or even if one of the floaters wins it. Wouldn’t you plan for the worst case scenario first?

The Veto players this week are as always the HoH and the two nominees, Frank, Dan and Danielle, and then the players selected by random draw, Shane, Britney and Jenn. (Jenn is in another individual competition? She has been in almost everyone and still hasn’t won anything. What a joke.) Frank also picks Ian to host the Veto competition.

During the Veto player selection we see a diary room interview about Dan’s plan in the Veto competition that pretty much sums up how he plays the entire game. He said “The plan is to keep all five quack pack members safe. To do that I have to throw this competition to either Britney or Shane and that’s not happening. The only person I trust in this game is myself. If me winning this Veto means a Quack Pack has to go home, then so be it.” Does this mean Dan is going to actually try in a competition?

The first new alliance of this episode is created when Jenn “City” (what?) goes to Frank  and tells him that he’s not “rolling by himself.”

The veto competition this week is sponsored by Draw Something, the telephone app. If you’ve ever played Draw Something on your phone you know how to play this Veto competition. Viewers from all over sent in their own drawings to Big Brother for this competition. The main objective is to guess what is being drawn on the big screen in front of them. They are given the number of letters in the word and a bunch of letters that could be in the word (just like the phone app). The first contestant to buzz in and give the correct word wins a chance to get the points. In order to get the points though, the contestant must accept a punishment (the picture is a clue of the punishment) to earn the points. The player with the most points after ten pictures is the winner and gets the Golden Power of Veto
Here: are the Quick Veto Notes:

·         Ian looks like even more of a dork in his beret and sweater vest.

·         Ian makes a note (or the editors made sure to put that in after words) that you cannot help the other contestants and if you do you will be disqualified.

·         The first picture is an avocado. Frank buzzes and answers correctly. His punishment is to be dyed green; he accepts (“Perform it, yo!”) and earns two points.

·         Drawing number two is “hunger”, Dan answer first and gets it right. In order to earn five points he needs to eat two of four trays of gross looking food (each tray had something different). Dan ate the Ick Sticks and the Big Brother sushi netting five points.

·         Jenn answers first for the third drawing, it’s a clock. She has 90 seconds to take off her clothes and burn them for four points. She is super excited and suggests that she’d be willing to be butt naked (no thanks Jenn). She easily gets four points.

·         The forth drawing is worth six points and Britney buzzes in first. The drawing is of a shackle and she gets it right and accepts being chained to a house guest of her choice (Danielle) for 24 hours. Brit gets six points.

·         Drawing five is of a shower and Frank answers first. His punishment is to have a chum shower every time a bell goes off for the next 24 hours. He accepts, earning seven points moving his total to nine.

·         Frank gets the next one right too earning three points for wearing a carrot costume for a week. His total is now 12.

·         The seventh drawing is of a bench, it’s worth ten points but you have to sit out the next HoH competition. Frank answers it first and accepts the punishment, meaning he has 22 points in the Veto competition but won’t be playing for HoH in the next two HoH competitions.

·         The eighth rounds picture is ‘spots’.  Danielle answers correctly and for her punishment accepts having her other houseguests splash her with paint for two minutes. She earns six points.

·         The ninth picture is “trip”, which means the person who answers will be sent on a trip to the Big Brother 24 hour Solitary Dance Party. Dan answers correctly earning him eight points and add to his total bringing it to 13 overall.

·         The tenth and final picture is of summer and is worth 11 points. Britney buzzes in first but can’t think of the word.

·         Frank whispers the word to Britney and is DQ’d from the game. Frank had the lead, the only person who could have beaten him by points was Dan and he still has to do all the punishments. Worst move by Frank so far.

·         The (second) last picture is still worth 11 points and now anyone has a chance to win the Veto. The picture is of a ticket and Jenn answers correctly meaning that Jenn has 15 points and wins the Veto. (WHAT? Jenn won a competition?) She also accepted to take a slop pass for the rest of the summer.

·         In a diary room celebration of her first win Jenn yells “Awh! Shucky, Ducky Now! Looks who’s got the gold.”

After the competition Frank and Jen come together and solidify their alliance. Jenn reiterates to Frank what she said earlier, that he is not alone in the game, and makes sure he realizes she is sincere.

Dan breaks down in the diary room after losing the Veto competition. While in between sobs he says “In the end, there are three things I love in life my wife and my family, coaching and playing this game.” He enters the 24 hour Solitary Dance Party after the competition and seems to be ok with the fact that he has 24 hours to be alone and scheme.

Over the next couple minutes we get quick looks at everyone’s punishments. Britney and Danielle awkwardly use the washroom with the other standing just outside the door because they are chained together. We see Frank wearing his carrot costume and then having to jump into the chum bath every time the bell sounds, even when he’s sleeping.

I guess the 24 hours goes quickly because we are now shown the houses guest banging on the door of the Have-Not room to wake Dan up and let him know he can come out now. When Dan comes out though, he looks pretty beat up and the smell in the Have-Not room leaves everyone believing that Dan got sick over night. Dan walks around the house like a zombie and then he lets everyone know that when he feels better he would like to have a house meeting.

At the house meeting, that Dan calls his “Big Brother Funeral” (he wears all black), he starts by saying something nice about all the houseguests.

Joe: Joe, being around you, you taught me a lot about how to be a good husband.

Shane: You know Shane’s walking, living proof that there actually is a Captain America. You’re such a good dude, I just appreciate our friendship.

Jenn: The one and only Jenn “City”. You’re the first lesbian I’ve ever met and I just want you to know just how much you’ve touched me.

Britney: I know that we’re always going to have this bond that maybe only you and I understand as new people being married in this house and being separated from the people we love.

Ian: The more and more I was around you the more you remind me of myself because you love this place with everything its worth. And you, you single handily made this experience for me.

Frank: There’s a couple things I’ve said about you that I’m not proud of, you know, there’s something in the bible I want to read to you upstairs and apologize to you face to face in private.

If you’re paying attention you’re right Dan hasn’t said anything to Danielle yet, he saved her for last and I’m sure it will be the most emotional and heartfelt.

Danielle: The last time I played this game I learned a lot of tough lessons early on, and I learned that you gotta find one person and put 100% of your trust in them. I thought I picked you and you would have similar qualities to Memphis Garret and, through my own fault, I was wrong. We don’t need to get into it right now but in this game you’ll never earn my trust back. You know what you did and in this game you’re dead to me. So don’t come to me and ask about ‘cause it’s over.

BOOM! Dan just dropped a bomb on Danielle in front of the whole house and no one knows why. All Danielle can do is sit there and cry, while Dan and Frank go upstairs so Dan can apologize and the rest f the players stand around dumb founded.

In a diary room interview with his hair all slick back we see Dan looking like an evil villain and he explains what just really happened, “Did I really go crazy in solitary confinement? Or did I come up with a master plan to get myself out of this mess?” OOOOOHHHH!! Yeah, that makes more sense Dan doesn’t seem like the kind of person to all of a sudden sprout feelings, he was just playing everyone. Danielle isn’t going to be too happy when Dan lets her know this is the second time he has made her cry for the good of his game.

Dan has just created one of the best diversions in Big Brother history, while the house guests are downstairs trying to figure out his motives for the speech and at the same time trying to console Danielle he is upstairs with Frank letting him on everything. Dan tells Frank that Ian was the guy spreading all the info about Boogie and that Britney and Shane wanted to win the veto in order to mess with Frank’s nominations.  All this truth telling from Dan is just his way of trying to get back on Franks good side and surprisingly it works. Not only that we have our second and third alliances of the episode formed. Dan and Frank decide to make a final two pact and also plan on bringing Danielle and Jenn in on it. Now all that has to be done is Frank has to convince Jenn to use the Veto on Dan so he can nominate Britney and Dan has to get Danielle back on his side after blowing her up in front of the whole house.

Dan brings Danielle into the arcade room to do damage control. He tells her that in order to save them both he had to make her cry in front of everyone. Danielle starts crying again saying “You broke my heart. You humiliated me in front of the whole house.” She stops crying almost on command and asks him if he could have at least given her a heads up and he says no “Because then you wouldn’t have cried.” Danielle can only reply with “You are one sick person, Dan.”

Now that Danielle is on board all Frank needs to do is get Jenn on board. Frank tells her everything that Dan told him about Ian and Britney. Jenn is on board to go after Ian next week but she is hesitant about using the Veto on Dan because she doesn’t really trust him but Frank assures her that he and Dan both have her back and that’s good enough for her.

At the Veto ceremony both Ian and Jenn have a chance to use their Vetoes. Ian is up first and decides not to use it because he wants to build up trust with Frank. On the other hand Jenn does use her Veto, making probably the only move she has made all season. Knowing this was all going to Frank had a nice little speech planned out when he replaced Dan with Britney on the block, He said “Ian, you voted Mike out last week and then put me and my other closest ally up on the block. She went home. You won the veto so I can put up. I got to do the next best thing and put your closest ally up on the block, you made apparent who that is, so according to a not so wise young man ‘Britney pop-a-squat.’”

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Big Brother Update (Aug. 26 – 28) (Spoilers)

The Packs Last Quack

Last week the Quack Pack seemed to have everything under control until Frank decided to nominate Dan alongside one of his allies, Danielle. Dan decides that he will not go down without a fight, which coincidentally starts a couple of other fights between house guests. Frank sees a chance to change the game up and now that he’s aligned with Jenn (Veto holder) and has scared Ian into not using his Veto he can pretty much do whatever he wants the next couple of days, but what will he do?

Aug. 26

·         Frank takes a chum bath. (It’s his punishment from the last Veto competition.)
·         Franks wants to be in the final three with Shane and Joe. He thinks he has the best chance against Shane in the final two.
·         Ian and Jenn agree not to use the Veto’s.
·         The 24 hour punishments are over. Dan is let out of isolation and Britney and Danielle freed of their chain.
·         Dan pretends to be sick and set in motion his master plan.
·         Joe tells everyone that Dan must have thrown up in the Have-Not room because it smelled like puke.
·         Dan gets all the house guests together and has a “funeral” for himself. He talks about how he wants to have fun for the rest of his time in the house and he says some nice things about each house guest. The only house guest he doesn’t have something nice to say about is Danielle, who he completely blindsides with “In this game, you’re dead to me. You know what you did.”
·         Immediately after the meeting Dan goes to the HoH room with Frank and tells him all about the Quack Pack and how Ian played a big role in voting Boogie out. He also tells Frank that he is mad at Danielle because she didn’t throw the Veto comp in order for Dan to win.
·         Danielle freaks out because she doesn’t know why Dan is mad at her. Dan brings her into the lounge and tells her it was all a ploy and that he thinks he just saved both of them in this game.
·         Frank and Jenn decide that she will use the Veto on Dan and Frank will replace him with Britney.
·         Britney is suspicious and thinks Dan may have turned the game in his favor and Jenn might use the Veto so that she will be nominated and then evicted. (She doesn’t know how right on she is.)

Aug. 27

·         Ian did not use the special Power of Veto.
·         Jenn used her Power of Veto to take Dan off the chopping block. Frank replaced him with Britney.
·         Ian and Frank have a screaming match in the HoH room. Multiple F-bombs are exchanged and the other house guests are shocked at Ian.
·         Later on when Frank walks by a couch that Ian is laying on, Ian loses again. Screaming at him and telling the other house guests they are idiots if they take Frank to the final two. Frank cracks a Joke about being dressed as a carrot.
·         Ian and Frank poke fun at the exchange they had earlier. Ian is pretty tipsy since he has been drinking since the Veto ceremony ended.
·         Ian is voting to keep Britney and Shane, Dan and Jenn are all voting to keep Danielle at this point. Joe hasn’t decided which side he will float with yet, he has to make sure he’s voting with the majority.

Aug. 28

·         Joe and Frank plan a final two alliance and Frank tells Joe he has to win HoH this week because Frank cannot compete. Joe wants to win HoH so he can get a spice rack. (I’m glad to see you got our priorities straight Joe.)
·         Britney reminds Dan of the pact he made to the Quack Pack telling him that he swore on his wedding ring. He doesn’t remember that.
·         Britney and Danielle have a little bit of an argument. Britney really doesn’t like how Danielle is playing the game and Danielle makes up a story about how she won the season of Big Brother that was filmed in her neighbor’s house back home. (She didn’t actually say that, but Danielle is so boring and she lies about everything anyways I thought I would make her lie a little better.)
·         Ian tells Britney that Shane and Joe are not voting for her to stay. She starts crying but thanks Ian because she would rather know then not know.
·         Britney and Ian start drinking. Ian is drinking beer and Britney is drinking all the wine.
·         Ian, filled with liquid courage, tells Frank that he has a terrible social game. Frank does not take it very well and gets visibly upset.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Big Brother Recap: Episode 20

Double Eviction Hangover

I’ve never had a double eviction hangover (DEH) but I imagine it’s pretty jarring. You wake up with a headache, nauseous, and have an awkward feeling of shame but you’re just not sure why.  I’m guessing that’s how Ian felt after planning, and pulling off, the eviction of his former coach and then ousting one of his closest friends and “flirt-mance”, Ashley, from the show. However he really feels about everything he’s done if he is evil as he says he is then he has to put that aside and make some more of those cutthroat moves in order to win this game. How will he react to what he’s just done and who else in the house has a DEH that could affect their games?

This episode starts off with some clips from the infamous double eviction night.

After Mike Boogie’s eviction we get to hear some great diary room quotes from people. Dan explains why Mike was evicted “He was too close to Frank and that’s why he had to go.” Then we heard from Frank “It’s not going to be easy for me without Mike here.” And even the man who masterminded the whole thing, Ian, “My heart ached for Boogie, all day, knowing I was going to have to vote him out tonight.”

We are then shown what happened when they were waiting for the HoH competition after Boogie had left. Frank let Ian know what he thought about his actions, “No backbone. He gave you $3,000, he saved you the first week and you can’t even give him a vote.” He kept going after Ian too, “At least give him a vote, give him your respect, give him your loyalty.” All Ian can do in the face of the giant with the curly hair is put his head down and apologize profusely.

Then we are fast forwarded to after the double eviction HoH competition. Ian lets the diary room in on the fact that he was trying to throw the competition saying “The Quack Pack is going to want me to go after Frank, but I don’t want to be the one to do it.” (Oh, how very evil of you Ian.) We are then treated to everyone quickly trying to get a couple seconds with Ian before he nominated two people. After one person would leave the arcade room Ian would follow them out just to be grabbed by someone else and dragged back into the arcade room. (Why didn’t he just stay in the arcade room until he was called back by Julie? This kid is jumpy.)

The first person to meet with Ian is Dan; Dan just wants to reassure Ian that they have his back and that he needs to relax. Ian just tries to get out of there as fast as possible.  As soon as they leave Frank grabs Ian and pushes him in to the arcade room, “Get in There”. It’s hilarious to see Frank manhandle Ian. Frank asks if he’s going up and Ian counters with “Are you gonna **** me, after that vote?” Frank says no he will not, Frank then throws out the “I still have your back if you have my back” line and tries to get Joe nominated (“at least”).  Ian tries to make a second exit only to be stopped by Britney and Shane. When Britney walks in she takes over and whisper-yells “You got to do this, man!” She tells him it has to be Frank and Ashley going up. When he leaves this time he is upset with Britney because she is telling him that he has to put up Frank and Ashley. (Yeah, it’s not like you could do anything else, right Ian?) Ian storms out of the arcade room this time to be stopped by the lovely and empty headed Ashley. She asks to talk to him but when they get in the room she says “Congratulations. I don’t really have anything to say.” Ian is so caught up in what is going on he is rude to her and kind of just forces his way back out of the arcade room without letting her ask or say anything else. That’s how you get the ladies Ian. On the fourth exit of the arcade room Ian is asked for a meeting by Joe, he obliges but has gotten increasingly rude as these two minutes have passed. “What do you want? Now!” Ian is getting angrier and angrier “You gonna ******* screw me over?” Joe says no and gives Ian his word that he’s safe for a week (which week?).  

They replay Ian nominating Ashley and Frank and we get a diary room interview from Dan being pumped about Ian’s play “Now it’s apparent what teams he’s on and where he’s going in this game.”

Frank again let’s Ian and everyone in the house know how he feels about the Big Brother expert “You’re a puppet yo!”

After the veto competition and ceremony recap we see Frank try to campaign for Ashley to get Joe out but it doesn’t work even after Frank drops the “You float like a ******* bob on a fishing pole” line. (What a classic line.)

Ashley is sent home and Frank is not happy and lets everyone know, “I’m not gonna lie to you Ian, you’re a terrible person.” Wow, that’s a little harsh. He kind of just yelled in everyone’s general vicinity for a while after that. He targeted Ian and Dan mostly, though, telling Dan he should be ashamed of what he made Ian do. Ian doesn’t take be yelled at very well and kind of just paces around the house while Britney begs Frank to leave Ian alone because Ian can’t emotionally handle it.

We are now back at stuff we haven’t seen that occurred after Sunday’s live episode. Ian is in the bathroom having a pity party saying stuff like “I’m a shitty person” and “I’m going to burn in hell.” Dan tries to calm him down by telling he’s not a bad person and even soliciting his sister “I’d hook you up with my sister, that’s how much I think of you. And I don’t tell anyone that.” Dan even goes so far as to tell Ian that he is a renegade (a secret alliance Dan had in another season) and that seems to cheer him up.

Before the HoH competition Frank tries to get Britney, Shane and Danielle on his side by telling them he is going after Dan next. Danielle doesn’t take the hypothetical talk very well and starts crying and tells Frank that she can’t go against Dan and Frank understands. They hug and go their separate ways.

Britney and Shane decide to make the deal with Frank to save them next week even if they still consider Quack Pack their main alliance and plan on stabbing him in the back.

HoH time! The competition is one that takes patience and dexterity. (Sorry Joe, better luck next time.) Using two ropes, connected through a pulley to a plank of wood, they will lift a ball and try to dodge certain holes in order to land in a specific hole. The first round is the ranking round; each player will get a turn to score points. The players with the highest one round score will be ranked number one in the next round. The player who scored the second highest will be number two and so on. In the second round competitors will face off head to head to try and lift there ball to the hole marked with the arrow on the game board. First one to get their ball in the top hole wins the match. The player ranked number seven will play against number six. The winner stays and plays the next highest ranked player until the number one ranked player wins or is beaten.

Here are some quick notes:

·         Rankings after the first round #7: Dan, #6: Frank, #5: Jenn, #4: Britney, #3: Danielle, #2: Joe, #1: Shane
·         Frank beats Dan.
·         Frank beats Jenn.
·         Frank beats Britney.
·         Frank beats Danielle.
·         Frank beats Joe.
·         Frank beats Shane.
·         Frank wins HoH!
·         Frank gets to pick one Have-Not for the week, he picks Dan. (Dan’s first time ever being a Have-Not)

Not very long after the HoH competition, Frank and Britney meet up in the HoH room and he tells her that he will nominate Dan and Danielle this week. His honesty is met with what I presume to be a lie from Britney when she agrees to work with Frank until the final four or that she won’t put him up for eviction for “a long while.”

Later on Frank goes into his HoH room to see the big golden question mark that only means one thing, Pandora’s box! This season it seems that Frank can choose to enter or not enter a room full of small boxes that have a combined $10,000 in them. If he chooses to enter the room though something will be unleashed on the house, which could be good or bad for him.  He’s goes into the room to find out that he can only open three boxes but gets to keep all the money he wins. He also finds out that he will be locked in the room for an hour. (The boxes he chose had $1.05, $7.11 and $3,333.33)

With Frank locked in the room the other house guests are let in on the secret that there is another Veto power this week and they will all get a chance to use the claw game in the arcade room to retrieve the Golden Ball of Veto. But in order to play the claw game they will need to find quarters. The houseguests start running around the yard trying to find quarters with no luck. All of a sudden balls start to fly into the backyard from over the wall. The players all realize that only some of the balls have quarters in them and it starts to bring out the worst in some of the players. Dan lies to the other players about getting the ball so they will stop searching, he’s hoarding all of the balls with the coins in them and he slams the door on people’s faces when trying to use the claw game. Brit is willing to rip people’s arms off for the veto and Ian is scheming in order for someone else to get the Veto ball in the right place for him. His strategy works and Ian wins the mysterious Golden Ball of Veto. (When he wins he yells something and then throws up double middle fingers. Who is this guy?)

When Frank is finally let out of Pandora’s box he realizes what happened and starts planning on ways to deter Ian from using the power. Britney comes up with the idea to threaten Ian with her being nominated if he uses it to take Dan off the block. And since Ian is the easily threatened person that he is caves into the demands and tells Frank that he won’t use the Veto on Dan.

At the nomination ceremony Frank goes through with what he has been planning all a long and he nominates Dan and Danielle for eviction. He dedicates his nominations to Mike and Ashley and then explains them by saying, “As far as you Dan, you tried to get me out for a few weeks now, I passed up on two opportunities, I can’t pass up on a third. Danielle I’m sorry, you’re just a victim of circumstance.”

With Dan and Danielle nominated, Ian holding a power of Veto and another possible Power of Veto up for play the Quack Pack still has a chance to save both of them but it’s not looking promising. As for Frank, he will be alone after this week and next week will not be able to play in the HoH competition (as outgoing HoH) and has to make a big move right now in order to save his butt. We will have to wait until Wednesday to find out who wins the other Power of Veto and if they choose to use it or not.