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Big Brother 10: PoV Competition #1

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 16th 2008 1:34AM
Jerry is the first HOH of the BB10 season
(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!)

Renny, nominated for eviction on Big Brother 10

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 thinks he runs the Big Brother 10 house

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.

Who should be evicted?
Brian272 (80.5%)
Renny66 (19.5%)

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only losers win big brother in the first week

July 16 2008 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

TG Brian in on the block! That was great! He def was playing all sides and e/o knew it was time to get him out.

July 16 2008 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Goebel

I enjoyed the show from minute 1. The thing I love about big brother is seeing egos crushed and people surprised and shocked by changes. Have thee people never seen the show? If you go around being cocky, you're going down. I have never seen somebody as cocky as Brian was in the first 15 minutes, promising mafia like deals and "all I ask is that you might do me a favor in the upcoming weeks".

I'm the king... I'm on the block. What just happened?

July 16 2008 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jeff Goebel's comment

In my life experience I've learned that cocky people don't even know they're cocky. They just think they can manipulate everyone around them and nobody knows because they're the smartest one. That's exactly how Brian played the game. He figured he was smarter than everyone else and they would just buy what he was saying and wouldn't talk to each other because Brian is the ruler. I just love watching people like him get what's coming to them!

Loving this season of BB!

p.s. I could see why everyone though Jerry won the POV because of where the necklace was hanging, but if you look back to past seasons the necklace always hangs on a block next to the upper right picture. There's a spot for it there. I looked at pics from season 7 forward and the block has always been there.

July 16 2008 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jerry wasn't trying to backdoor Brian, he was merely pushed into a corner by the eviction voters... he didn't want to do it, but he really didn't have a choice. Unless he planned to win veto or HOH week after week, he had no choice but to nominate Brian.

July 16 2008 at 5:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I kinda liked thinking Jerry was gonna win and then Jessie winning. You're keeping us on our toes Jackie. Better to happen now than later though. I was disappointed with the way Jerry announced Brian as his replacement nominee. He should have given the reason after he announced Brian as his choice so we could see the blindsided look on his face. That is the best part of a well-played back-door.

July 16 2008 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Belden

You kind of glossed over the two parts of the episode that I enjoyed best.

First, the confrontation between Ollie and April. Ollie is my early favorite in the game and so I really enjoyed seeing him at work. I was glad to see that he didn't lie and try to pull one over on anyone (despite what the girls may have thought) and then he took this and twisted it around to really be the one to lead the rest of the house against Brian. It shows that he can play the game this early on and has a good chance this summer.

Second, the confrontation with Jerry. I loved the excuse to get him to go up to his room, but I really loved the fact that he was in a room with eight or nine other people and still stood his ground. Whether he was right or wrong about his blind trust in Brian, when everyone was telling him what to do he called them on it. And obviously he knew what he had to do, but he still told it like it was when he was nominating Brian saying that he didn't have a choice.

I'm already enjoying this season after only two episodes. Maybe we just haven't gotten to know them well enough yet but it looks like most of the house might be able to actually play the game intelligently.

July 16 2008 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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