Big Brother 10: PoV Competition #1
(S10E02) "You have to know the story of King Solomon." - Jerry
Jerry didn't want to be the first head of house on Big Brother 10. He was voted to the position and had no choice in the matter. But is he in a position akin to King Solomon offering to tear a baby in half to settle matters? I can only think he takes this all very seriously. It's all fun and games until someone gets evicted, right?
Read on past the jump for my full review of tonight's episode.
I know it's only the second episode and I may be going out on a limb here, but this is what Big Brother should be every season. No silly "twists" with people knowing each other. Strangers in a house duking it out (well, strategically duking) and long term relationships nonexistent. Yep, that's how it should be! And that's what we're getting this season.
While they are starting out things a bit differently this season, the inevitable recaps still lead off the show. Black and white to color, then recapping the end of the recap in black and white only to fade back into color in the present day. Or, to be more specific, whatever day they want the show viewers to think it is. Only Wednesday's eviction shows are actually live. They like to trick the viewers with the editing. This year the production staff even tricked the live feeds audience when they premiered the show and feeds after the houseguests had already been in the house for nearly a week. More about that later. If I tell you now, I might have nothing to recap later!
On Sunday we saw Jerry nominate Jessie and Renny at Brian's behest. Brian played the military card to gain Jerry's trust and promised an alliance to the end. Jerry bought the goods, but they were more the ways of a con man than any sort of fine upstanding military brother. We know Brian and Dan were scheming. We know that Brian thinks he has Jerry wrapped around his finger. Ah, but in the beginning of the show the announcer promised us a betrayal would turn the house upside down. Could it be Brian-related? Do wishes come true?
The story of Solomon
The nominees, Renny and Jessie, are at odds as they each blame the other for their predicament. Renny fusses about Jessie being immature; Jessie thinks it's entirely Renny's fault that he's nominated. She tells us in a Diary Room segment that he's a punk. He just seems to think she's a nutjob although he didn't quite put it that way.
Jessie decided he just had to go to Jerry to ask why he was nominated. Jerry had just been reiterating to Michelle that his nominations reflect the controversy in the house. He turned to Jessie and compared the situation to the story of King Solomon. Now, all that did was befuddle muscle-bound Jessie. Huh? What does ripping a baby in half have to do with nominations? I'll personally say it was a bit of a stretch on Jerry's part, but at least I understood the reasoning behind it. (Although I know Brian is really behind it!)
Then it was back to the Renny and Jessie Fussing Show. While pouting at the table, she insisted he's the immature one. He said he was ready to talk, then walked away. She accused him of walking away and not discussing the matter, he walked away again. I think both of them deserve to be sent to the time out corner. Meanwhile Brian, Dan, and Ollie gleefully celebrated their victory and are sure that their choice for eviction -- Jessie -- is on his way out.
A Head of House room gathering
Although folks are all hot and bothered, or at least Jessie and Renny are, the whole house decided to gather in Jerry's HOH room to imbibe wine. Or, maybe that would be whine. Sure enough, Renny started with Jessie once again. But she did have a point. On Sunday's show she did apologize to Jessie when he complained to her. She apologized again in the HOH room and he fussed that it took her a day and a half to apologize. So, instead of a good time being had by all, it turned into another fussfest between Jessie and Renny. Poor Jerry.
Brian gets even cockier
Brian is sure he has Jerry in his pocket. So what's to stop him from thinking he has the whole house to manipulate? Running from one housemate to another, he assures them they'll be safe for at least a few weeks if they vote to evict Jessie. According to Brian, Renny will self-destruct on her own and poses less of a threat. I think he's probably right about that. But it seems all Brian really wants to do is to is to act on his own desire -- vote out Jessie.
Brian went from Michelle and Ollie onto Angie. He gloats to us in the Diary Room. But when he hit Angie, he told her that Jerry has done everything he's wanted him to do from the start. Red flag, Angie! He worked on Steven. He worked on Memphis. He came away from Memphis thinking he didn't have him on his side. Aha, a new target for the Brian/Dan machine down the road! Why, Brian has gotten so cocky he even told Dan that he's personally responsible for saving him this week. Could that be a red flag for Dan? And will Ollie's budding showmance with April interfere with his alliance with the cocky Brian? I guess we'll see!
The Power of Veto competition
The rules remain the same -- the two nominees, HOH, and three names chosen at random compete. Jerry chose Memphis, Renny got Michelle, and Jessie got April. Jerry selected Angie to host the event. They had to don their sleepwear and head out to the yard. Once there, they saw a huge bed with tons of toss pillows, They were told that there were five colored veto bears inside the toss pillows. They had to find pillows of their sleepwear color, find their bears one by one, and put them in jars. The first one to gather all five of their bears wins.
The hitch? Well, think about it. What do bears like? They like honey! The players had to go under a barrier through a pool of honey to get back and forth between the bed and the jars. The second hitch? There they were, covered in honey ... and the pillows were full of feathers! It was like being tarred and feathered, but with honey. I loved it.
But as I watched I realized that I, along with all of the live feeds viewers, was set up by production this year. I was duped on the live feed! In watching the comp, I could tell there was no way Jerry would win. Yet when the feeds went live on Sunday night, they focused on Jerry's picture on the Memory Wall with the veto necklace hanging from it. Argh, I feel so stupid. I should have realized that once the veto is used it no longer hangs on the picture. At least I'm not the only one who fell for it. Yet I hang my head in shame and offer my profuse apologies to those who read the feeds reports and expected a Jerry win.
It was a Jessie win. Had it not been a Jessie win, Memphis would have had it ... or Michelle. The only one worse at the game than Jerry was Renny. She only wanted to get one bear for a keepsake or for America. Lofty goals on that women, eh?
A Head of House room revolution
With Jessie winning the PoV, it was obvious to Brian that he needed to implement his Plan B. Who does he consider his next biggest threat? Why, it's Memphis! He hits Jerry up with the plan. Gullible Jerry is still in Brian's evil watch pocket. He agrees, but wants Memphis to think that Renny is the actual target.
Brian, still full of perceived power, decided he'd run around and get everyone to vote out Memphis since he couldn't vote out Jessie (sure to save himself). Aw, it all fell apart on him. First it was the girls seeing through him as they compared notes. Why should they do his dirty work?
They went on to gather Ollie and Memphis in their plan -- expose Brian to Jerry and get him to nominate Brian in Jessie's place. They practically bushwacked Jerry and stormed the HOH room. All talking at once about the evils of Brian, it was Jerry's turn to look befuddled. He finally decided he couldn't fight the masses and agreed to consider nominating Brian. Poor Jerry.
The PoV ceremony
Jerry, feeling he shamed his own military background by betraying his alliance to Brian, wore nothing with a military insignia. No Semper Fi here now. Brian and Dan weren't privy to the majority of eight scheme. Brian was still cocky. Well, he was until Jessie took himself off the block and Jerry nominated him in Jessie's place, that is. His jaw dropped a bit then.
Jerry was honest in telling exactly what happened and why Brian was going on the block. It's sad to think how accustomed I've become to the devious game rather than an honest one. It was a bit refreshing, methinks. In final Diary Room segments, Brian is once again cocky claiming he had tricks up his sleeve. I can't help but wonder if he's got Bullwinkle's wrong rabbit hat instead.