Big Brother 14 HouseGuest Jenn Arroyo fell victim to a surprise eviction this week when she was voted out unanimously by Dan and Shane. Going in to the game Jenn faced an uphill battle as she was a complete Big Brother novice. After a slow start she managed to get involved in some big plays though it’s hard to say they were all in her best interest.
An explosive show on Thursday began with the gathering of the house-guests, and the announcement of the show’s surprise double eviction ( the second of the season!) as it stood with Ian as reigning Head of Household his nominations were made and Joe and Frank sat on the block waiting for their fate.
When Julie Chen announced to the house guests that this week would also be a double eviction I was surprised not to see more scrambling for last second votes. I think it was really because Frank was under the impression that he was safe this week, due to Dan’s very effective plan of ruthless lying. There is some great controversy growing over this and Dan’s choice of “swears” on his Bible. Dan has made it quite clear in his publicly aired Diary Room sessions that he is willing to tell lies in order to support his family and would continue to do so for the win. As in all seasons of Big Brother, each player makes choices based on their own belief systems, but really should consider how each “move” or “lie” could affect them after the game. I always hope that viewers will understand the spirit of the game, and when it’s over, will remember that each and every house-guest is a player in a game and half the fun is the drama.
When all was said and all votes were cast, Frank was evicted from the house, by a vote of 3-1 and left only hugging his ally Jenn who had cast the one vote for him to remain. Frank will join, Britney and Ashley in the Jury house in sequester for the finale show. I personally was not sad to see Frank go. His 9 lives were well used up and his live feed personality was quite different from the one edited for the CBS shows.
After the eviction, the house-guests immediately sprang into action for the double eviction. For the HOH competition, everyone moved into the back yard and took their positions for a quiz type competition. The contest is a “quiz” type and Julie reads quotes from evicted HGs and the players need to identify who said it. Whoever gets the most right in seven questions wins the contest and the coveted HOH. After a series of questions, there is a three-way tie with Jenn, Dan and Danielle, so it goes to a tie-breaker question and DAN is declared the winner!
Its time for the nominations and before Dan even has a chance to name the HG’, Joe takes a seat in the nomination chair. This somewhat breaks the tension then in a somewhat shocking maneuver, Dan officially nominates Joe and Ian for eviction, marking the first time Ian has been nominated all season. This also marked the fifth time Joe has been nominated.
Next is the power of veto competition, and to guarantee safety, the HG’s must work a plastic type shark fin through a massive maze, remove it and run back to the button hit it to win. It’s a close race, except for Shane who never seems to get out of the starting gate with his fin. Ian quickly moves his fin through the maze and while the others are still struggling Ian smacks his button for the win!
Ian uses the power of veto and saves himself, of course. Dan nominates Danielle which is a shock to her, but she takes Dan at his word (which is not golden, as we know) and only over-reacts slightly. Obviously Dan wants Joe out, and he was worried that if he nominated Jenn, everyone would’ve voted her out. Dan is playing with fire right now, but this is probably the smartest move to get his way because there’s NO WAY Shane and Jenn will vote out Danielle. But still, Dan literally just nominated two people he has Final 2 deals with. The gasp from the audience when he did it was priceless.
JOE IS EVICTED 3-0 and its the first unanimous vote of the season. Joe is a very good sport, as he’s the most excited person walking out the door all season. Joe talks with Julie and blames the “showmance” for him getting evicted, making jokes about how he couldn’t offer Shane the same things Danielle did. He also claims his “strategy” was to lose competitions on purpose. We say goodbye to Joe with a hearty THANK YOU for all the cooking and recipe sharing he did with the live feed watchers and Slop Du Jour this year!
Its true, Britney has left the Big Brother house. By a vote of 5-1 the house guests chose to send the 3rd coach packing, however this time the bag was packed for the second member of the Jury. Britney was a tough player this year, and even having Willie (who was expelled by BB for breaking violence rules, back week 2) as a team member managed to survive until all but one of her players was gone. She will be missed, as the last 7 members of the house lack the normal “spirit” that people like Britney bring to the house. As America’s favorite house guest in the past, she has a chance to again take home the $25,000 cash prize! Stay tuned and vote for your favorites!
After the eviction, the House guests went straight to an endurance competition called “Around the Sun” in which the players had to stand feet on a round (very small) disc hanging from long ropes, and be swung around while hanging on and staying on for the longest. The sun of course sprayed them with “tanning” spray and later a “comet” that looked more like a caveman club to me, would pummel and twist the competing house guests. America tweeted out to CBS during the live show, and the first house guest to be eliminated from the competition would be given (based on the viewer vote) either a punishment or a reward. America decided to levy punishment on Joe, who fell from the ropes after only two minutes (on a personal note, this was before the live broadcast had even ended, Jenn was soon to follow. Joe was punished with 24 hours of hula hoop boot camp (he had to get up and hula hoop whenever a song comes on for the next 24 hours). The contest came down to Shane and Ian, ( it was pretty obvious that Ian had the right stuff to win) and Shane’s muscles could not hold out and he made a deal with Ian for safety for the week and dropped.
Pandora’s Box was offered to Ian, and after seeing a Christmas tree with presents under it, he accepted and opened the door to find many fun cute toy type gifts ( which are perfect for Ian, and he loved them all) and $1000 in cash ( of which he did not mention to the other house guests). As with all Pandora’s box’s, there is something unleashed ( good or bad) on the house. Jessie Claus ( Jessie is a notoriously disliked past house guest) and his return to the house was definitely a negative. Jessie took all the “unhealthy” food out of the house, and replaced it with his idea of healthy food. The house guests were not happy with the visitor nor with his presents, but played along like good sports. It seems this week instead of have-nots, we have a house full of health nuts!
At the nomination ceremony Ian gave easily the best nomination speech of the season. He was frank (pun intended) and honest, and he spoke with the most confidence I have seen from him all season. He even looked both Frank and Jenn in the eyes when he was taking to them, which hasn’t been done a lot at the nomination ceremonies this year. Here’s what he told Frank and Jenn when their keys were not pulled from the box, “Frank, you are a phenomenal competitor in this game. And I downright respect you for it, but you’re a huge threat and that is definitely an issue I have to look at going down the line. Jenn, you have played a remarkable social game so far and you’re also a threat. And I just have to keep these types of considerations in mind when moving forward and nothing personal, just strategy.
Because Julie Chen announced it to the viewers, we are expecting a double Eviction this Thursday. The house guests are not expecting it, but have an idea another double eviction or a fast forward might be coming and have been running around making final 3 and 2 deals with each other. Everyone seems to have more than one deal, and this weeks nominations are no exception. Tune in for tonight’s show to see who will win power of Veto, and possibly save Jenn or Frank from eviction. See who will be put up on the block if the power of Veto is used tonight at 9:00/8:00 Central on CBS!