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'Big Brother 12' Season 12, Episode 29 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 13th 2010 4:30AM
Brenchel in the hammock on 'Big Brother 12'['Big Brother 12' - 'Never Seen Before Footage Clips']

Yes, it's that time in the 'Big Brother' season. You know, the final hamsters are trapped in the house, possibly pulling a Donner Party due to boredom, and we get treated to the old walk down Memory Lane. Ah, but we've been promised "never seen before footage"!

How exciting is that? Whatever do they have in store for us? Perhaps we'll see more of the jury house. Maybe they'll show us cat fights we've never seen before! Out of the hundreds of hours of filming the captive hamsters, they have to have lots of fresh goodies on the cutting room floor.

Or not.

Oh, why do they do this to us? It's all so phony and very little we haven't seen before, too. The remaining three doofus dudes were treated to a champagne and lobster feast, then shuffled from room to room to reminisce and perhaps pine a bit for the days when the house actually had some action. It was obvious that they were prompted for each memory. I'd say scripted, but it's unlikely any of them would be able to remember any lines.

Almost all of the clips shown were things we've already seen -- Brenchel issues, Rachel done gone crazy, the Ragan and Britney vs. Brendon "neanderthal" battle, the Kristine/Rachel cat fight ... I could go on and on. I don't believe the Kristine eating the spider footage ever made the show, but I saw that on the feeds. And, yes -- there was expanded Zingbot bad joke footage. Sorry, I found the Zingbot rather sophomoric and annoying the first time around. I didn't need to watch it again.

Of the replayed footage, it was fun to watch Ragan mimic Rachel in their cat fight. Also, the expanded bit on mocking Rachel's laugh with everyone doing impressions in the diary room made me smile. But I don't know ... she might consider it flattery, you know. No, Rachel: They're not laughing with you, they're laughing at you. That's not such a good thing.

Another actual "unseen footage" bit was the "that's what she said" bit. They could have left it out of the show. On the live feeds, it was as annoying as the constant "it is what it is" or Enzo's "yo" in every sentence. At least they picked up on the only funny thing about the line -- the fact that Lane didn't understand the joke. Then again, there's a lot Lane doesn't understand. What they didn't show is how crude and vulgar Ragan was with the line.

It seems to me that they could do something better with the finale stretch. First off, it's too long. While the live jury questioning is a great idea for the finale show, there's just too much wasted time going on right now. One of my blog readers came up with the idea that, if production feels they need to have this stretch, the final three should do something worthwhile -- care packages for soldiers, make something for children in hospitals or some other worthy cause.

Another idea would be to either shorten the season with a special Sunday finale, or, switch up the double eviction to just before the final three. But this is pitiful, just as it has been every season, whether it's two or three hamsters stuck in the house with no game, no competitions, no nothing going on. While it's worse for live feed viewers, the gap is rough on the show fans as well. By the time the finale comes around, some of the interest is gone. Fix that, CBS.

Have you any ideas for improving interest in this final stretch of the show? Maybe throw live badgers in there with them? Or, at the very least, maybe a show with jury house clips might sustain our interest instead of this yearly "we've already seen most of this unseen footage" episode. What do you think?

The 'Big Brother 12' two-hour season finale airs Weds. Sept. 15, 9PM ET on CBS.

How does this season rate with you?
I loved it!47 (15.7%)
I hated it!23 (7.7%)
Wasn't the best, but not the worst either.124 (41.3%)
Saddest final three ever.105 (35.0%)
Other -- you tell us in comments!1 (0.3%)

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The saddest thing about this season it that it got the best ratings ever for BB which means there is no motivation for the producers to make the show actually good next year. They'll probably decide that making it as boring as possible is the best way to get viewers and the whole cast will be clones of the unbearable final four.

September 13 2010 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Once again, I liked the show. It doesn't matter to me who lives in the house. The game always justifies my point-of-view viz human beings. I never root for anyone; I don't care who wins. I watch the game to observe human behavior and I'm never disappointed. While it's true that some seasons are more interesting than others, this season had some great moments. And Britney is so beautiful! I love Big Brother!

September 13 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alas, another voyeur. I too enjoy watching those smiling faces on Day 1 go to all the fighting towards the finale. I have watched every Big Brother since 2000, I think. Do you know which BB didnt finish or finished early but off-air? There have been some different scenarios such as the "twins" and "ex,s".

September 15 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This season had so much potential, but I think it fell flat in a lot of ways. The best part of the show is blind-side eviction votes and battles between different sides (alliances) of the house. This season we didn't get that. We got boring unanimous votes, a dominating secret alliance that no one else in the house picked up on and an annoying show-mance. I'll be glad when this season is finally over...

September 13 2010 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Easily the worst season yet because of the lack of diversity in casting. Often my favorite doesn't win and is ousted early. I had no favorite this year because they all suck. That's what CBS needs to fix more than anything.

As for the final stretch, I don't see why the show doesn't end on Sunday... but if they want that extra episode, why not show us Britney arriving at the Jury house and show the beginning of their deliberations prior to the questioning? Then again, I think it would be more interesting to eliminate the double eviction entirely and have them go into a final three. That really screws with Survivor jury votes sometimes, it would be interesting to see that applied to BB. It would also leave 3 people in the house, which is vastly more interesting.

September 13 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I haven't watched regularly since Rachel left. No one else in the house was interesting.

September 13 2010 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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