Big Brother 11: Eviction #6, HoH #7, Nominations #7
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Aug 19th 2009 1:08AM
(S11E18) If you're a Big Brother aficionado, this single episode is bound to be one of the biggest classics of the series. I'm talking absolutely brimming with moments which will be referred to for years to come. Remember the classic Dustin face upon eviction? This is better than that. Evel Dick dumping ice tea on Jen? Child's play, I say! For once, the television-show-only viewers get a taste of what the live-feed-watchers have seen this season. It's not pretty. It's actually a rather depressing look at humanity. But it's entertainment.
The show had already planned a double eviction for this Thursday. Now they don't have to worry about going overtime with the live show. One of the hamsters took it on herself to get the eviction going early. I'd say she did it with class, but that was far from the case.
Chima, Natalie, and Lydia don't think it was fair that Jeff was given and used the coup d'etat to get Jessie evicted. I personally feel it was unfair that Jessie was not only back in the house for a second shot, but was given power on a silver platter ... for doing nothing. That set us up for a lopsided start while the cliques bit was already skewing the show. To me, this evened things out a bit.
I just don't know what it's like to be Chima. Sure, I understand she felt betrayed by Michele. I know she thought Michele would do her bidding. I don't know what kind of life Chima has led, in order to believe that she doesn't have to follow rules and that no one can dare challenge her. She's a bit like a female version of Anthony Fremont in an old Twilight Zone episode. I expected her to yell that people were thinking bad thoughts about her and start sending hamsters off to the cornfield.
Instead, she refused to wear her microphone, a violation of the show's rules. When it was brought to her, she chucked it into the hot tub. We're talking a $5,000 piece of equipment. She spent the evening flipping off the producers, fussing, whining, and (of course) being the special snowflake she is. Even Lydia tried to be a voice of reason to no avail. That was scary in and of itself.
Finally, after executive producer Allison Grodner herself called her to the Diary Room, she went. Now, on the Internet, she's claiming she quit. I realize that there might be some editing. She did talk of quitting. But this was more along the lines of "You're fired." She didn't get the time to say, "No! I quit!" She went into the room and Allison told her there was no need to take a seat, there's the door. I'd say she would follow it with "don't let it hit you on the way out," but this has to be a ratings boom for the show. Allison probably appreciates drama.
Then, wham, zham, zing ... Michele's reign as HoH is over and they're ready for a new comp. Miniature golf based, this is the comp in which as each person is eliminated, they get to claim a mystery prize, one of them the HoH key. As people are eliminated, they can swap prizes with those eliminated before them. Lydia and Natalie are still all sulky and fussbudgets, Kevin is a nervous wreck, and the rest of the hamsters are still a bit shell-shocked. Here's what went down in a hurry:
- Lydia was out first, chose the HoH key.
- Natalie out next, chose Hawaiian vacation.
- Russell out, chose phone call from home. He took the Hawaiian vacation, gave her the phone call.
- Kevin out, got $5,000.
- Jeff threw the comp to Jordan, got a spa visit at the BB house. He took Russell's Hawaiian vacation, so Russell gets a massage.
- Jordan got the latest version of the unitard which she swapped with Lydia for the HoH key.
I realize that bad behavior is almost the norm for reality television shows. But this group is going above and beyond. Chima's reaction to the stress shows the girl has issues. Lydia went from the voice of reason with Chima to Chima, Jr., at the comp. She got drunk, was screaming obscenities and totally being a poor sport. That said, it gave Jeff the opportunity for one of his best lines all season -- "Take it easy, Mrs. Roper."
In regard to Natalie, her lie is that she's 18. She can pass for it so well because she acts like some kid from the streets. Alas, out of the three girls, she's the one who's probably the most stable. I feel sorry for Kevin. He thought he set himself up with a solid alliance. Instead, he's in a Hieronmous Bosch painting.
Then it's time for Jordan's nominations. Who else? Natalie and Lydia. Although Lydia is doing a mix of trying to get kicked out and saying she wants to leave, Jordan's target is the better game player -- Natalie. As Jeff says, "Lydia is broken." And now, Chima is closed.
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