Posted by Katherine Recap | "Reality" Competition, Hollywood, TV

There are two different experiences, both called “Big Brother”.

One is the television show Big Brother, as the CBS producers present it to broadcast tv audiences, three times per week. But the other is what is actually going on in the Big Brother house; the experience of the house guests, unfiltered — or at least less filtered — by television editors.

Fetchland presents Ruining Big Brother. It’s less “spoiling” Big Brother and more pulling back the curtain, to ruin our collective illusions about reality television. Enjoy! Or better yet, recoil in horror

Daily BB House Stats:
HOH – Paulie
HOH Nominated – Tiffany, Natalie
Roadkill Comp Winner – Tiffany
RK Nominated – Corey – replaced with Da’vonne
Veto Winner – Corey
Evicted – #1 Jozea #2 Victor #3 Bronte
Battle Back challenge players – Glenn, Jozea, Victor, Bronte +1

July 22nd, Friday CBS will air a special Battle Back episode of Big Brother at 8PM EST.

Have-Nots – Team Unicorn: James, Natalie
Safe team this week – Category4: Frank, Michelle, Paulie, Bridgette

Team Big Sister: Da’vonne, Paul, Zakiyah
Team Category 4: Frank, Michelle, Paulie, Bridgette
Team Freakazoids: Nicole, Corey, Tiffany
Team Unicorn: James, Natalie


Nicole advises Zak like a BFF while face-washing

July 19th was a snoozy day in the Big Brother house with pretty much the only activity going on between the ears of each houseguest. Whether they were napping, strategizing or overreacting, it was all mind game today. The houseguests did play a game of Hide & Seek which turned into a swarming hornet’s nest for clueless Paulie when he hid for a VERY long time in close quarters with Natalie. His claustrophobic hiding choice set off some alarm bells in Zakiyah about Paulie’s affections. His heart’s only supposed to be for Zak. But a tiny pep talk from Nicole in the bathroom during face-washing-time helped, “You’re better than this. Pretend you don’t care. Be confident and strong, etc.” so, Zak powered through the negative side of her emotions to cuddle the night away with Paulie, as predetermined by the BB matchmaking gods.


Stories from houseguest days of yore

At one point during Hide & Seek, Corey walked in on Bridgette in the bathroom thinking somebody might hide in there. Nope, Corey, somebody’s dumpin’ in there. Who would hide in that nasty crevice of crap and pee spray everywhere? Corey’s happyface shrug at this mistake is our featured pic this week. Talk about sorry-not-sorry. He’s the July 19th king of it. After all the Hide & Seeking shenanigans the houseguests sat on the living room couches all together to tell college and high school stories. There was a lot of “dropping trou” and assorted prank chit chat but no real action, at least not outwardly.


Frank bangin’ his head against bricks

The real action was in the whispering rather than these raucous living room stories. Frank continued campaigning for Tiff to stay and Day to go. There was a long kitchen discussion with Paulie but it’s actually all-for-nothing because Paulie remains immovable about getting Tiffany out this week. Frank’s convinced he can get a tie vote for Thursday night and that Paulie (as Head of Household) will be tie-breaker and get Day out. But the truth seems to be quite the contrary. At the same time everybody keeps talking about how Tiffany “seems really comfortable” and “why is she not freaking out?” which are valid observations.


Sayin’ and prayin’ James wouldn’t vote her out

Da’vonne, of course because she’s on the block too, notices Tiffany’s comfort more than anyone and tells Michelle, “Be prepared for a lot of campaigning against me tomorrow,” knowing that it’s likely going to be OK for her anyway. James won’t vote her out, Day says with confidence and even if Frank manages to tie the vote, Paulie won’t likely evict her now. Michelle asks her if Tiff’s campaigning and even Mama Day knows that, “It’s just Frank,” so, he’s not as slick as he thinks. That doesn’t mean he won’t succeed in getting Da’vonne out this week but it seems less likely with each conversation. Another convo that resonated through the house on July 19th was between Natalie and Mama Day. They had a heartfelt back and forth about deep, meaningful life stuff that lasted an eternity and clearly bonded them. Frank tried to use this against Day while campaigning. He argues that this is Mama Day’s way of campaigning but it actually seems that a genuine connection grew between them, not game-play.

Paulie and Paul

Paulie and Paul plotting in private

In the meantime, Paulie and Paul are keepin’ it Bros before Hos in the storage room, whispering and plotting. Paulie talk about “us four guys” keeping it quiet and staying loyal to each other first. He means Paul, Corey, Himself, and James when he mentions the “four boys” and they go through all the houseguests one by one deciding when it’s best to “clip” each one. Paulie also reveals to Paul that he holds a bit of resentment against Nicole for not picking him in the first competition’s team selection and then putting him on the block for her HOH. He also portrays himself in the image of Derrick from Big Brother 16 so he’s going for the long term plan strategy. It’s entertaining… but pompous too. It’s not that easy, bro! We’d like to see some dark horses take the reins and teach him a lesson in humility soon. Maybe Friday? Stay tuned to find out how it all shifts when Big Brother brings back a player in their special episode this Friday with the Battle Back episode.

Best Quote:

When Corey can’t find Paulie and Natalie during Hide & Seek, Paul says he knows the scoop, “Paulie’s in the fishtank”.

– Katherine Recap


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