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'Big Brother 12' - HoH #1 Season Premiere Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 9th 2010 12:10AM
Julie Chen talks to the houseguests on 'Big Brother 12'(S12E01) It's the moment we've all been waiting for ... the season premiere of 'Big Brother 12' complete with a saboteur in the house! Everything is in place for yet another summer of guilty pleasure voyeurism. Our favorite ChenBot (Julie Chen) is back hosting, yet without glitter for this season's premiere. Some things never change, though. I clocked her first "but, first ..." of the season two minutes into the show.

Ah, but we need to get into the skinny, don't we? The first impressions of the new hamsters in action, the first Head of Household competition and, but of course, that saboteur twist. Read on!

First, I want to thank CBS for going a solid 15 minutes before the first commercial break as we got to "meet" the new house guests. It's going to take me a few shows (and some good live feeds) to get a handle on the 13 hamsters. The season premiere is always more of an introduction to the cast than anything else. Already, there's one on my nerves -- Rachel, Boobs Galore. Between her annoying laugh, her constant sexual references and her flotation devices, it wouldn't upset me in the least if she was the first hamster evicted. How about you? Anyone out there thinks she's all that?

I have some reservations about Matt, too. He's the one who keeps mentioning to us how smart he is and that he's a MENSA member, blah-blah-blah. Can it, Matt. If you're not telling them, don't bother going on about it to us. We'll be the judge if you have any brights. After all, we're the fans! It's kind of a sad statement that most of the ones with advanced degrees are hiding that information. Both Ragan (a college professor) and Andrew (a podiatrist) lied about their jobs. Brendon, working on his Ph.D., only mentioned his swimming coach work. On the other hand, Kathy went ahead and told them all that she's a deputy sheriff. I'd be more reluctant to admit that figuring they'd all be leery of me.

Was it a good move for Julie to announce the saboteur twist? I think it was. Paranoia will set in and the hamsters are going to be on edge from the moment she announced it. As they've already been in the house for nearly a week before the show, I'm not sure of the timing of her announcement to them. She told them that if the saboteur lasts five weeks in the house, he or she will win $50,000 and that they're not in the game for the half-million. I've heard elsewhere the latter is still a bit up in the air. I guess it will depend on circumstance.

In watching the reaction of the house guests, I don't think anyone gave it away that they're the saboteur. Lane was quiet, red-faced and suspicious-looking. But I don't think he's the one. I think that's just how the guy is in real life! I still stand with my Matt prediction. No, I have no inside information on it and the feeds haven't gone live yet as I write this. Brendon is a possibility, I guess.

Sure, the Head of Household competition had some sexual innuendo about it. Huge wieners with women (and men) riding them across a grill? I can't help but think this is a hint of what's yet to come. It did give us the soon to be classic line "I lost my dignity on a slippery wiener." Sexual innuendo aside, the way they worked the comp was new and intriguing -- two teams of six, ride the dog across, first across on the winning team won $10,000, second $1,000, third $100, fourth $10, fifth $1 and the last across on the winning team won HoH.

Andrew volunteered to be the mascot, which ended up with him in a wiener suit but safe from eviction this week. Viewing the comp, he made a wise choice. The teams finally figured out they had to work together to get their people across because 'BB' was squirting ketchup and mustard on the dogs. I'm not sure if Hayden realizes that the first HoH generally gets a huge target on his back. The kid wanted it bad and ended up getting it. All Britney got was a twisted banged-up knee. Money won the big money, the 10 grand. Some, like Kristen, were very impressive. Others, like Kathy and Britney, were horrible at the comp. Right now, we have no indication who Hayden might target for eviction.

Then there's the saboteur. Julie returned to tell viewers that you can check out, make suggestions and vote for what the saboteur might use online at the CBS website. But does the saboteur wait for us to chime in? Heck, no! He (or she) has a padlock and uses it well! After turning off the lights throwing the house into pitch darkness, the saboteur padlocked the storage room, thus making all the hamsters eat 'BB' slop for the time being. A few were roaming around and Andrew even decided to shake up the others by throwing a pillow. So now Brendon (who thought it was lights out for bed) and Andrew are suspect.

All in all, although I'm retaining my right to grouse about the lack of diversity this season, I'm very pleased with the premiere. Your thoughts? I can't comment on the new live feeds format as they're still playing the theme music and the "we'll be right back" message as I get this written. They've gone from the stand-alone RealPlayer to Web-based Flash. That's not really affecting me, but it's going to be hard on slow connections and iPhone 'BB' addicts. Please feel free to comment on the technological changes with the live feeds, but no spoilers from them here.

How did you like the premiere?
I loved it -- great twist, interesting hamsters!111 (41.7%)
I hated it. It's going to be a long, boring season.8 (3.0%)
What? 'Big Brother' is still on the air?9 (3.4%)
Let me watch a few more episodes and get back to you.133 (50.0%)
Other -- tell us in comments!5 (1.9%)

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Why a web based player? I miss the full screen that Real Player offored. This is really not fair since I am paying for superpass and now it's pooperpass. I know, bad pun. But I'm mad. put it back the way it was, so we can have full screen, or are you just being greedy?

July 10 2010 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's Italian guy (I don't remember his name right now) but if you notice they just kind of threw him in in the beginning, didn't show him getting a key or anything like that, just "hey, here's this guy thats a walking stereotype". he even said that he wasn't telling anyone his strategy.

July 09 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What? Rachel is sexy? Sleazy is more like it in my humble opinion. The premier was okay, but it will take awhile to put names to faces and figure out who really has game and who is there just for the "fun". So glad you are reporting here again, Jackie!

July 09 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The jury (as in my mind) is still out on favorites for the season... I watched a little of BB After Dark, but I'm not into the live feeds. I think they edited the whole blackout to mess with us (since they want us guessing too until next week), and I agree, I think "the Sab" is Matt. I'd bet anything against Andrew as "the Sab", because he's being an idoit about the pranks, etc. and there's no way he'll make it 5 weeks doing the things he's done so far.

July 09 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was a good first episode. Rachel is indeed annoying, but sexy as hell as long as her mouth is closed. Actually, I think all of the women are pretty sexy in their own ways.

I think Hayden knew that a target would be placed on his back if he was the first HOH, but he also knew that he didn't want someone from the other team getting it.

As for the saboteur, I know there were 2 guys wandering around during the black out, but I'm still leaning towards a woman. I'm going with Annie.

July 09 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Atticus Draco

>Actually, I think all of the women are pretty sexy in their own ways. <

The whole cast could be a casting call for a porno!
Even the cop,, "MILF Sheriff takes on 3 Studs"
WHAT?!,, you know its true,, that would work

July 09 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Rachel and Andrew are tied for the most annoying.

Got some eye candy going on...Nice! Im favoring the swim instructor.

Have no clue on who the saboteur could be.

July 09 2010 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

if Andrew isn't the saboteur, he picked a stupid time to pull off his hijinks during the "BLACKOUT" throwing pillows at his fellow houseguests than laying behind the couch closest to the storage room that the real saboteur padlocked -- I am watching the live feeds and Britney made cookies and they were kosher so Andrew could make like the cookie monster on them but than he got miffed because Annie turned around and made pizzas on the cookie tray now suposedly Andrew can never use that tray for kosher foods -- Also it seems the saboteur struck again at some point as a X was made with tape and placed over Britney's pic on the memory wall -- I don't think I spoiled anything here but now I am going back to watching the 24/7 live feeds at 1:04 a.m. BBtime the houseguests are all outside on the patio chatting away with Andrew just now being called to the diary room

July 09 2010 at 4:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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If Andrew IS the saboteur, he picked a really stupid time for his hijinks. Now everyone suspects him right away.

July 09 2010 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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