Big Brother 8: Live Eviction #9 and HoH Competiton #10
(S08E28) Well that was a whirlwind of an episode!
My head is still spinning from all of the events that unfolded tonight, and I had the luxury of watching it from the comfort of my couch.
I can only imagine the stress and anxiety the actual people playing Big Brother must have experienced while condensing a full weeks worth of events into 60 minutes with commercial breaks.
Ultimately, I think the increased pace of tonight's show proved to be detrimental to a contestant like Eric who used the downtime to carefully manipulate and maneuver his way through the game.
Without the aid that the downtime provided, Eric never quite seemed to get his footing tonight.
America's Player - Which of the two nominees should Eric work to get evicted?
America selected Jameka which happened to fall right in line with what Eric wanted to do considering his lover was the other person on the block. We moved directly into the eviction ceremony.
Eviction Ceremony #1
Here's how the votes played out:
Eric - Voted for Jameka per America's mandate then learned that he's still under America's control tonight despite the expedited schedule. After the HoH competition Julie would ask one houseguest to lead everyone back into the house. That's who Eric would target for tonights' eviction. He seemed a bit shocked by the revelation as you can see below.
Dick voted to evict Jessica.
Daniele also voted to evict Jessica.
By a vote of 2-1 Jessica was evicted from the house.
During Jessica's exit interview with the Chenbot we learned that her feelings for Eric inside of the house were completely sincere. I was happy to hear that as it would have been incredibly cruel if she'd just been playing him all along ala Mike Boogie from the All-star season of the show.
In Eric's parting message to Jessica, he was all puffy faced and his eyes were red. I felt really sorry for him. At least Jessica didn't seem to harbor any hard feelings considering Eric was inadvertently responsible for her getting voted off the show.
Head of Household Competition - Before or After
The HoH competition ended up being between Eric, Dick, and Daniele because Zach was HoH last week and because Jameka is forbidden from participating for one more contest.
Julie read two events that occurred in the house this Summer. The contestants had to select if the second event Julie read came before or after the first event.
In the interest of time, I'm not typing out all the questions tonight. Daniele answered five correctly, Eric answered five correctly and Dick answered six correctly making him the new HoH.
The Chenanator instructed Daniele to lead the group back into the house which meant America wanted Eric to target her for eviction. I was with America on this one because I'm ready for Daniele to get her stroll on. Unfortunately, because Dick won HoH, there is exactly a 0% chance he'll put his daughter on the chopping block.
Eric made a halfhearted effort to target Daniele by talking to Jameka and he even playfully joked with Dick about putting Daniele up. At least he made an effort.
Not even five minutes later Julie called the group back into the living room and Dick was forced to nominate two players for eviction.
Dick stayed true to his promise to Zach from last episode and put Jameka and Eric up for eviction. No surprises here.
Power of Veto Competition - Niagara Balls
5000 rubber balls (787 pounds of rubber) started pouring down on the contestants. They were instructed to only go after the green balls. The first person to collect eight green balls and hit their button would win the highly coveted PoV for the night.
There was a bit of a controversy during the competition because Jameka had a blue ball inside of her cylinder and Julie was on the verge of disqualifying her.
It didn't end up mattering because Zach was the first to collect eight balls and won PoV. During the PoV ceremony Zach opted to maintain his oath to Dick and Daniele and didn't use the power. Again, no surprises with this decision.
Eviction Ceremony #2
With Eric and Jameka up for eviction and Daniele and Zach being the only two people voting it was clear to see what was about to happen.
Zach voted to evict Eric.
Daniele voted to evict Eric.
By a vote of 2-0 America's Player was the second person to get evicted tonight, and just like that the Eric/Jessica alliance was decimated. I said it before and I'll say it again - it was foolish for Eric and Jessica not to target the Donato Due when they had the chance last week. It was a costly mistake but now they'll know better for next time...oh wait, there is no next time.
At least Eric gets to rejoin Jessica in the sequester house. With a little luck, maybe he can actually make it to second base this time.
Finally, during Eric's exit interview Julie let him know that he'd won $40K accomplishing his America's Player challenges. Eric also mentioned that his feelings for Jessica were very much sincere, and that he was proud to have made it this far despite having a pretty big disadvantage with the entire America's player thing.
I'm convinced Eric would have won this thing if the whole America's Player thing never happened. If there's another All-star season, I implore CBS to put him in it. He deserves a fair shot at winning the game.