Double Eviction and the Carrot and the chef have left the building!

A look at the Final 7

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.

Frank and Joe sit on the block for the first of two eviction in the second double eviction week on Big Brother 14.

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.

The POV is one of the most powerful weapons in the big brother house

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 WINS THE POWER OF VETO!

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!

Goodbye Chef Joe!!! Good Luck with MadLoveCooking and you will always have a friend at Slop Du Jour!

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Wil has Been Evicted!

Wil leaves the house by a vote of 6-2

Last night was eviction night in the Big Brother house.  Wil, a 24-year-old marketing consultant from Kentucky, was evicted from the house in a 6-2 vote after being placed on the chopping block by fellow house-guest Frank Eudy, the season’s fifth Head of Household.

Joe gives his all in the competition, but maybe Joe’s best asset is cooking.

The jam-packed live Thursday show went quickly from the exit of Wil, to the Head of Household competition, which was a re-vamp of a past seasons comp.  The swamp theme made for a slippery slope up a hill to a barrel of liquid (the house-guests said it smelled like oil, but they wished it was moonshine) where they would “dip” a cup and carry it to a set of containers of three sizes.  There were also prizes that were to be awarded when each container was filled and the ball floating inside was removed for the win.  The largest container prize was HOH, the next size down was worth $10,000 in cold hard cash and the last and the smallest jug had to be filled for “safety”.  This was explained by Mrs. Julie Chen during the live show, but questioned when won, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Ashley is on her knees attempting a win… will she make it!?

Each contestant could begin filling the jugs in any which way they wanted, and as the live show came to completion it was more than evident which players were going for what prize.  The competition had many spills but in the end Brittney filled the small jug for safety, Mike “Boogie” filled the second jug for $10.000 and finally Shane was able to knock it out and fill the HOH jug and retrieve his ball first for the biggest prize and his own room for the week!

Congrats to Shane… who will he nominate… Stay tuned for more information and Tune in to CBS for the show Sunday!

Shane for the win!

Janelle Gone and Frank (or is that Boogie) In Power

Janelle is one of the best players to ever be in the BB house.The powerhouse Big Brother player

Janelle has been evicted.  Very sad to a Big Brother long time viewer as Jedi Janie was one of the best players (In my humble opinion) to ever grace the BB house.  Janelle uses her beauty, brains and brawn to play the most complex social and physical game and has come so close to the win, but never quite makes it.  This year, she did not even make the jury.  It is (I guess) some concession that she entered the house as a coach and was only looking to take the $100,000 prize this time around, but got pulled into the game when 3 of the 4 coaches elected to join the game last week.  I am sure my theory of, did not expect it anyway, will not ease her frustration of being foiled by BB again.  Goodbye Jedi Janie, you are a great player, and a contender for America’s Favorite player on Finale night!  Minneapolis is lucky to have you!

Frank and Britney battle for the HOH in the Final question of the competition.

The HOH competition took place after Janelle’s blind side eviction, and was a competition of knowledge, quick thinking and being able to put two and two together real fast.  The questions were descriptions of either, VETO, HOH or from a coaches competition.  Britney put up a good fight, but in the end lost to Frank, and he became HOH for the second time this season.  The Nominations  have taken place and Joe and Will are once again on the block for elimination.  Stay tuned to see what happens next in the BB house.  

Stay tuned for the nominations and results of the have, have not competition!

Press the button and begin again…Welcome to Big Brother 14!

America’s Vote… Big Brother’s way of game manipulation

Going into Thursday nights live eviction show, it had been a 1 in 7 chance for the house-guests to win a half a million dollars.  Now its back to a mere 1 in 12 shot at the coveted prize.  How did this all happen in 15 minutes into the live show?  It is Big Brother and expect the unexpected is the key to the game.

During the live show and because of America’s vote, the coach’s were given the choice to get back in the game or remain coaches.  If any one coach depressed the plunger the scheduled eviction of either Frank or Joe would be cancelled, and the game re-set and all 12 house guests would become equal players.

All the coach’s accepted except for Boogie, and the eviction was cancelled.  This means a total re-set back to 12 players, and a new start to the Big Brother 14 season.

Because of the oddity of the twist, all house guests were allowed to compete in the “Walk the Plank” competition for HOH, which was an endurance contest in which each house guest perched on a plank on the BB ship and moves and water is dumped on them and they are occasionally splattered with seagull droppings.

The house guests compete in HOH for control over who is nominated for eviction.

Right before the competition started Dan told Boogie that without the twist Frank would have gone home. This is shocking news for Boogie because it is known to him that certain people (Wil and Danielle) have been lying to him for the last week. A win for Boogie is huge if he wants to stay in the house.

Standing on a small wooden plank while holding onto a metal bar, it seems obvious that this competition is geared toward smaller petite individuals. It was at about 1 hour that people started falling (maybe jumping) off.  The First was Boogie, followed by Jenn and Joe around the 70 minute mark. Ashley fell off 40 minutes later, followed by Dan.

Shane, Wil, Janelle, Brittany, Ian, Danielle and Frank still hung on and were giving their all to win HOH.  It is really everyone vs. Frank because a Frank win means a Boogie win. Frank falls off and everyone seems relieved.  Wil and Shane decide to jump off together (although Shane hesitated just slightly at 3!) leaving Janelle, Brittany, Ian and Danielle left in the competition.

The final 3 are Ian, Danielle and Brittany with Danielle appearing rock solid.  Ian starts to make a deal with Danielle and this upsets Dan. Dan puts on his coaching hat and gives a great motivational speech to his solo player, Danielle.  Boogie and Frank go off into the house and leave Ian hanging on the wall all by himself .

Ian with his last bits of strength held on to  make a deal to protect himself this week.  Brittany then asked Danielle for safety which she offered quickly and Danielle became the first female HOH of season 14.

In honor of this weeks lack of have-nots, and famous BB twist, I’m going to share with you readers my favorite recipe for Knotted Pretzels!  If the house guests were have nots this week, they could surely make this to help ease house boredom.  You can make it for a snack while you indulge in the feeds!  Happy BB viewing!  Stay tuned for more Slop Du Jour and news on what’s cooking in the Big Brother 14 house!

Make any shape you can think up, just remember to follow the directions!

Knotted Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Cooking spray (to grease bowl)
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 egg yolk with 1 Tablespoon water
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Flaked Sea Salt, Pretzel Salt or Kosher Salt

Directions
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, sugar, salt and water.  Stir until yeast is dissolved.  Using the dough hook attachment, add melted butter and flour and knead/mix until the dough comes together and pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.  If dough continues to stick, add flour 1 teaspoon at a time until dough becomes smooth.  Once dough is smooth, knead with dough hook on medium-low speed for about 5 minutes.  Form dough into a ball and place in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Line two cooking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mat and set aside (near stovetop…this is where you’ll place the pretzels immediately after boiling.  Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a large stock pan, and add 2/3 cups of baking soda.  Reduce heat to maintain a low simmering boil.

Flour a working surface, then separate dough into eight equal sized balls.  Roll each ball into 22-inch long strips.  Form each strip into a pretzel shape.  Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Working one at a time, drop pretzels carefully into boiling water.  Allow to boil for 30 seconds.  Remove from water using a large slotted spoon and place onto parchment covered cooking sheet.  Repeat with remaining pretzels.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg yolk and 1 Tablespoon of water.  Use a pastry brush to brush boiled pretzels with the egg wash.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until dark golden brown.  Remove from oven and move pretzels to a wire rack.

Melt 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter and liberally brush each pretzel with butter, then sprinkle with salt.

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