Big Brother #23 – The Final Four HoH (9/17/21)

Big Brother delivered an interesting season 23.  The house guests were smart, savvy and came to play.  Let me say to the Big Brother production team, kudos to the casting director.  You did an excellent job of finding people who wanted to play and not get a career from the show.  To the Big Brother executives who thought up teams, I have one question:  Why?  While the concept has been used before, this time it hid the tree amid the forest.  The Cookout succeeded because the house guests had their head so buried in team alliances that they kept playing teams after they ended.  If there is one thing that caused the Cookout to be successful, it was the team concept was lodged to much in Claire’s, Sarah Beth’s and Alyssa’s thoughts.  While good for the Cookout, it was bad for the others.  With Xavier, Kyland, Derek and Azah to fight it out, it comes down to which one wants it the most. 

HoH Game Begins

With the exit of Hannah and Tiffany, Azah is left on her own.  She must beat three men to make it to the final.  While Azah has been in a big alliance, she’s been playing an invisible game.  Will that help her or hurt her.  Derek, on the other hand, just can’t win a competition while Xavier and Kyland have consistent wins.  Of those two, Kyland has a disadvantaged because he over-thinks and over-speaks every question asked and statement made. 

After the recap and the sad reminder of Tiff’s and Hannah’s eviction, we get what happened afterward.  Diary Rooms are interested.  While Derek is happy that he got to stay, he knows that Xavier and Kyland are only loyal to each other.  Xavier tells us that he hated to see Hannah go but it was the best for his position in the house.  Kyland is Kyland and only thing I get from him is that doubles are notorious and whatever.  Azah wanted Hannah to stay and Kyland should have told her he planned to use the veto.  She feels like she’s been played.

Hannah before her exit could see the writing on the wall.  When Derek was put up beside her and the commercial happened, she talked to Kyland and Xavier and asked for their vote.  She reminds them they had said they wanted to go with a strong player, and she meets that bill.  Xavier told Kyland that Azah didn’t want it used but Kyland, as always, goes his own way and ticks off people (Azah and Derek).  Xavier does tell us in Diary Room that from now on, his every step must be calculated and perfect.  Even after the eviction, when Xavier and Kyland talk, Kyland wants only them to control everything.  Later Derek tells Xavier that he’s upset about the nominations and that neither Xavier or Kyland talked to him.  Xavier says Kyland’s using the Power of Veto raised a flag with Derek which isn’t good.

HoH Competition

The HoH will be based on CSI: Vegas (which I haven’t watched in years). Don’t ask me which actress was on the screen because I missed her name.  They will have five clues they must find which are hidden on the wall in a “museum”.  They must use a special light to find the clues.  Once they find a clue, they must match it to the correct graphic cards on the clue wall.  They must be careful because there are multiple suspect cards to choose from.  After they find all clues, they must ring in and see if they are correct.  If not, they must go back and check the clues again.  Derek is first, followed by Xavier and Kyland.  Kyland has problems finding the last clue.  With a time of 10:18, Xavier is the new Head of Household. 

In Diary Room, Xavier doesn’t look happy.  Derek feels like he has lost.  He likes to be a leader but hasn’t been one this season.  Xavier walks through an empty bedroom saying “we needed to beat Kyland.”  Kyland, meanwhile, really wanted this one.  It’s surprising that Derek goes to comfort Kyland.  Meanwhile, Derek realizes it all comes down to the Power of Veto.

Xavier visits Azah and tells her she is going up.  Azah asks Xavier about a final two and he lies but does say maybe to Derek.  Of course, he’s lying.  Azah doesn’t know how she feels about Kyland and Xavier.  She knows that she and Derek will be separated by the end of the week.  Xavier’s noms will determine if she feels played.  With the talk with Derek, Xavier asks for trust.  From now, I’ll only put things of interest up in the one-on-ones because they are usually edged with lies.  Xavier knows that Derek could hurt him in jury.  Derek tells us that it hurts to think of sending home Kyland.  Derek puts it simply:  someone has to go. 


It’s time for nominations. Xavier’s choices are Azah and Kyland which surprises all.  Azah is up because she’s never been nominated.  Kyland was nominated for his wins.  The real power though lies in the POV  Azah is shocked that hitting the block could put her against Derek.  Derek realizes that his game is still in danger.  The veto is life and death.  Xavier knows this is what determines who makes it the final three.  Xavier says that Kyland needs to go this week and it’s the chance to do it.  Kyland tells us that game relies on winning PoV.  And I zoned out during his long winded speech. 

How will win?  I will be unable to cover the PoV which is Wednesday at ten.  Special time so be sure and watch.

Big Brother #23:  Which Queen Will leave Durimg the Double Eviction

And so it begins on Big Brother!  For all the weeks the game has been played, the Cookout remained hidden and kept itself together.  I have my ideas on why this happened and the biggest belongs to CBS and the team concept.  The teams just couldn’t let it go!  But I digress.  Tonight, we will see the first Cookout member leave the house to jury.  Will it be Tiffany or Hannah?  Does CBS have a secret up it’s sleeve?  Twitter has been hoping for a battle back between the two evictees tonight but I don’t really see it.  It would have to include the other five who went before and are in jury now.   We’ll have to wait until the two hours play out to see what they have in mind for tonight’s episode(s).  By the way, remember feeds have been down since early Wednesday so no one knows what has gone on in the house.

Post Power of Veto

Julie reminds us that the Cookout alliance made it to the final six.  After a recap that reminds us of the men’s alliance (with the sub-alliance of The Gentlemen), we are reminded that Kyland/Lyland had a final three with Tiffany and Hannah.  He’s true to the men though and not the ladies.  By leaving them on the block, Lyland went against his word to the ladies.  Can he be trusted?  Of course not!  This is Big Brother. 

Julie states it frankly: “It’s every man or woman for themselves.”  Julie then moves into what happened after PoV Ceremony.  Kyland didn’t change noms because by taking Tiffany off, she would stay and he didn’t want to have a hand in that dangerous situation.  Tiffany tells us that she’s going to work hard to stay.  See how loyal she is?  Later as the two play chess, they discuss the summer and the success the Cookout has had.  Later.  Tiffany tells us that the group has accomplished so much this season by getting all to the end. 

Tiffany starts the campaign by talking to a sleepy Azah.  She explains that Hannah is cut-throat and that’s why she needs to stay.  To Derek, she uses the argument that Hannah wants him gone then turns around and does the same spill to Xavier.  Little does she know that Derek and Xavier compare notes and realizes she just substitutes names to satisfy whoever she is speaking with.  The discussion of going to Vegas comes up and I don’t think that Derek wants to go if Brent is there.

Elimination Ceremony

Julie congratulates the Cookout for making it to final six and having a PoC this year as a winner.  Julie asks Tiffany why this alliance was so important to which Tiffany said that she wanted to insure that one of them made it to the final six.  They all the same goal and it was an amazing feat.  Xavier gets asked how he felt when he realized they done it.  He tells Julie that it was groundbreaking.  Their hard work paid off.  Derek tells Julie that it was hard and a challenged but well worth it.  Hannah admits to Julie that it was hard to see Derek X. leave the house but the mission they were doing was more important.  Kyland talked and talked and said that personal game on one side and mission on the other and he hated betraying Sarah Beth.  Azah barely could answer the question because of Kyland but she tells Julie they made history as the first six person to make it in tack.

Jury House

Julie sends us to the Jury House and they are discussing who is coming in the door.  They think if it is Sarah Beth, a man won HoH.  Well is it Sarah Beth and Derek X. admits he didn’t want her to win but to go a little further.  Watching the video, we see a more confident Britini as she has a good read on the game.  They figure it will be Claire or Alyssa as the next house guest to come and are surprised to see Sarah Beth.  Sarah Beth realizes that there is a large alliance working together that is making it to the end (the Cookout). It will be the first PoC person winning and the first alliance that makes it in its entirety.  The next week, they welcome first Claire and then Alyssa.  Claire is hurt because it is Tiffany who sent her out. She had hoped that Lyland would leave.  Her good-bye messages talked about an alliance and something bigger.  Alyssa’s video is watched and she had hoped that she could win and Kyland would be the replacement.  She knew something was different because of Xavier’s PoV speech and the good-bye messages about alliance and mission.  Britini thinks Lyland is the biggest problem and whoever takes him out gets props from her.  Derek X. is surprised that Tiffany sent Claire out.  Claire was hoping Xavier would go.  Her messages of bigger purpose, alliance and respect.  While Alyssa didn’t see it coming, she respects what they did.  Britini declares that the game has officially begun since it’s just the alliance left.

The First Vote

The house guests make their pleas.  Tiffany tells the house guests that their names will always be paired together.   Hannah wishes her dad happy birthday and is so proud of the Cookout for playing together. The voting starts with Derek first.  By a vote of three to zero, Tiffany is evicted from the game.  After Julie reveals the votes, Tiffany doesn’t look surprised and hugs all.  She tells all of them to have fun and does their Cookout cheer as she walks out to meet Julie. 

Julie asks TIffany why is she sitting on stage with her.  Tiffany feels that she had a final two with Lyland week two but it looked like she kept changing her mind.  Tiffany admits that the Swing HoH win didn’t help.  She also tells Julie that she’s a risk taker and would rather ask for forgiveness afterwards. Julie calls her a master strategist and Tiffany agrees.  While she wanted to win, the mission was important.  They had to control the game.  Tiffany had to come up with a way to win and one morning, she got the chess board and figured it out in five minutes.  It was hard to play for herself and for the PoC goal.  She could have gone against the group by not putting Claire up, but it was a bigger mission.  Tiffany is surprised by the double elimination.

Second Eviction Begins

Julie calls everyone back to the living room and congratulates them on making it to final five.  Then she says second eviction and they go into shock.  Everything happens soon in the back yard.

THe HoH competition is “BB Ballers.”  Two rounds will be played.  Round one has each house guests with 12 balls.  They must retrieve a ball and roll it up the ramp to knock 12 silver balls off the game field.  The first two who accomplishes this will be in a playoff.  Xavier and Azah advances and now must roll 10 balls up the ramp and get them to stop on the grass.  If it is a tie, they will have to answer a question.  They must roll at the same time.  While they both have problems at first, Azah wins her first HoH of the season by beating Xavier five to two (or was it three).  Derek hugs her and all head into the house.  Looks like Azah will put up Hannah because she can’t touch Derek unless as a back door.  Hannah isn’t the target.  Lyland is going up also, it appears.  No wait!  It’s Xavier.


Azah is asked to nominate the two house guests who will be up for eviction.  Azah tries to keep her promises.  She puts up Xavier and Hannah and one of them may be the next one eliminated.  Next up the Power of Veto game

Power of Veto

The Power of Veto game is a Big Brother classic game, “What the Bleep.”  They will watch videos with a bleeped-out word or phrase and Julie will supply an answer.  They must decide if it is true of false.  It comes down to Kyland and Xavier as the same correct answers.  When the tie breaker is asked, Kyland wins and Azah may have to replace him as a nominee.  The tie breaker question is:  In seconds how long was the “cluckster competition” from start until BB declared Kyland the winner. 

Power of Veto Ceremony

Of course, Kyland uses the Power of Veto on Xavier leaving Derek as the only option.  He assures Julie that he’s okay with it.  Azah seems upset.

Eviction Two

Each make a plea and Hannah says please keep me.  Kyland is first.  By a vote of two to zero, Hannah is going to jury.  Kyland was torn by his decision, but he felt he needed to give his vote to Derek.  Hannah is upset but hugs Derek first and then the rest.  She tells Kyland:  “It’s okay.”  Asked about hurt feelings, Hannah tells them, “not at all.”

On stage with Julie, she tells Julie she can’t believe she’s out.  They watch Azar and Derek cry.  Kyland takes it worse than Xavier.  Julie asks when Azah nominated her, she looked shocked.  Hannah felt that Azah would target Kyland because she had said she would.  Hannah believes the men are working together and Azah doesn’t realize it.  Hannah didn’t think she was the target but thinks Azah wasn’t aware of Kyland and Xavier’s deal.  Julie asked why she felt that her only path to the end was with Tiffany and Hannah admits that she just didn’t have the same relationship.  She felt Azah just didn’t know how close the guys were.  Julie asked Hannah if it was difficult keeping the six together.  Hannah felt it was hard because she did have two other alliances.  In the end, Hannah’s purpose was to get the six to the end and a PoC as the winner.  There was no “ifs, and or buts.”  Hannah feels like a winner.  When she entered the house, she wanted to play ruthless but when she saw the other five, she knew that they should play for a final six.   As the show ends, each of the remaining BB Cookout members are contemplating the game (in separate rooms?).

Tomorrow night (Friday, September 17) will be the HoH competition.  No episode on Sunday due to the Emmy Awards. Finale night is September 29th.

Big Brother #23:  Action Heroes Unite (9/15/21)

Tonight, Big Brother promises we will get the Power of Veto Ceremony.  For anyone watching feeds (or reading Live Feed Updates), we know it is BB Comics.  For the Big Brother fan, these have become fan favorites during the past few years.  So whose comic cover will be the best?  Can Hannah or Tiffany pull off the PoV and save themselves?  Will Derek “prove” himself today and finally win a competition.  The cover is up to you to decide!  No jokes please.

Pre-Competition and Players

Tonight, will be the first time that all get to play in the POV.  The Cookout has scored a win by getting all members to this point.  The question is:  who can win and will fights occur before the eviction.  Here we go!

We’re reminded that Lyland is playing both sides:  the guys and gals (minus Azah).  That may come back to haunt his HoH. Oh, it did.  He put up Tiffany and Hannah.  I wonder if they’ll share the HoH bed with him again?  Oh, and only two weeks remain before a winner is crowned.

After the nominations, Kyland tells us that since he can’t trust Tiffany, she’s up.  Tiffany does feel betrayed.  She felt the final three was sealed.  Derek is just happy that Tiffany is FINALLY on the block.  He’s wanted this to happen like forever.  Xavier is glad that Lyland honored the agreement (and yes, I still call Kyland by my nickname for him, Lyland).  Hannah feels he’s thrown her for a loop and wants to talk.  Lyland tells Hannah that she’s not the target.  She’s up because she is close to Tiffany.  Lyland says Tiffany and Xavier would never move forward together which confuses Hannah as always.  She does realize that the guys are working together.  You mean it took you this long to realize it?  Hannah is sure that if it comes down to Lyland and Xavier, Xavier will win but she’s going to fight to stay. 

Derek tells us that he feels bad for Hannah, Tiffany and Lyland.  It’s not going to be easy.  Xavier tells him that it is hard but there has to be targets.  Xavier tells us from jury management scenarios, he’ll win against Lyland and Derek.  Derek worries that Lyland may try some “tricky stuff” but hopes to make it to the end.  Meanwhile Tiffany and Hannah didn’t expect the nominations.   Tiffany has realized that since Claire left, she only has Hannah.  Hannah decides to approach Azah and she’s going to push Azah to win the veto and take one of the women off.  During this talk, Hannah tells Azah that she doesn’t want the guys to control the game.  I’m afraid that she’s left Azah out for too long.  Azah tells us that she wanted the women to work together at the start, but she got close to Derek and Xavier.  Tiffany does send us a message via her camera chat but in Diary Room she tells us that it will be life changing for her and her son.  She wants to win the veto for a birthday gift to him. 

News Break

Four American have launched successfully into orbit on the SpaceX rocket.  Of course, I couldn’t see it because of clouds.

The Veto Competition

The competition will be done one at a time.  As always in Big Brother (BB) Comics, they are dressed as super heroes, swing on a zip line and observe comic book cover titles, and then must put them in correct order on a “web page” (computer image).  They must also be careful because one little detail could be wrong so the correct cover must be chosen.  If you are wrong, you will get a buzzer.  Note:  Notable comics include Derek X. in his herald’s costume, Derek F. snoozing, Xavier ripped with an “X marks the spot,” Sarah with her breath.   

Looks like Derek is first.  He’s looking forward to this comp and gives us a good explanation.  The way he suggests for the game to be played is that you get the covers in the right order then start looking for differences.  To explain this it would take forever and good covers are available online now.  When you hit the buzzer, you are told if you are right or wrong.  If you are wrong you must figure out which is wrong.  Derek actually does a good job.  He’s followed by Kyland who does very well as does Azah.  Xavier and Tiffany both have trouble so they’re not adding to their resume.  Finally is Hannah.  She takes her time and gets all right on the first try.  How will times play into this?

The times are in with Derek’s time of 14:05 revealed first.  Hannah was right behind him with 14:06.  Xavier (20:56), Azah (20:22) and Tiffany (40:00) haven’t done as well.  It comes down to Kyland who score of 11:64 wins.  I guess his love of comics paid off.  Derek is so happy to finally come in second.  Wait, doesn’t he now have two second places.  He tells us in Diary Room that he’s afraid he may now be considered a threat.

After costume pictures, Xavier and Kyland run scenarios.  When it looks like he may be changing his mind and HoHitis is taking over, Xavier reminds him that by putting up Derek, Derek would leave.  Tiffany does have a plan and it involves visiting Kyland and promising the moon.  No, she promises she will take him to the end and be true only to him.  Right, Tiff!  You said you wanted a Cookout woman to win this year.  She even uses that her ego/pride got the best of her and now she’s willing to put it aside.  Hannah uses a different strategy and only offers one week safety and the use of veto in the final three.  In Diary Room, Kyland says the offers are enticing but he’s not really buying it (I think).  Kyland wonders if he can trust Hannah to vote Tiffany out (of course not).

Power of Veto Meeting

Kyland calls them all in and announces he will not be using the Power of Veto.  He apologizes and wishes both the best of luck.  In Diary Room, he says he’s not happy doing this but he wants Tiffany to go home because it is the best thing for his game.  Hannah is upset she’s on the block against Tiffany.  They need only two votes but Hannah’s is going to get those.  Derek is so glad she’s leaving.  He uses the card analogy that she’s a queen but he’s a joker and joker’s have the last laugh.  Tiffany tells us she will have the votes she needs.  She came up the plan to keep them there for the game and she’ll come up with another plan to stay

Note on Schedule

Remember, tomorrow is a two hour episode.  (Live feeds have been down all day and won’t return until tomorrow night after the show airs in Pacific Time.)  We will get another episode on Friday but none on Sunday so be aware of the schedule change.

Big Brother #23:  The Cookout Begins the Fight  (9/12/21)

Big Brother fans!  Can you believe it?  One complete alliance of all members has made it to the final six.  First, I don’t recall that ever happening.  Add to that that the group is PoC.  The diversity this year paid off in the Big Brother game (even with the complaints) but I feel that they owe much to two things:  production’s decision to split the group into teams and Frenchie’s statement that no PoC or woman would be evicted week one.  By the time those waves ended, the game was down to people who kept the team mentality and those who had a broader game in mind.  It was the group with the broader game (overlooking teams) that made it.

After the Double

After Claire and Alyssa left, the Cookout members could use their alliance name and celebrated.  Big Brother though wasn’t through with their week in one day and HoH loomed before them.    Hannah tells us that going into the double the plan was for one of them to win HoH, nominate Alyssa, win PoV and evict Alyssa.  She’s so happy because at 21, she’s been on her favorite television show and made it to the final six.  Both Tiffany and Azah also celebrate the win in the bedroom.  There was one problem before the final vote.  When Xavier won PoV, he took himself off.  Kyland/Lyland was going up but he wasn’t happy.  He thought Tiffany or Hannah should go up since neither had been on the block.  Hannah was HoH which left Tiffany and she wasn’t going up.  Tiffany didn’t want Lyland up but better him than her. 

Even as the celebration happens at the end of the show, Tiffany’s brain is going (look at her eyes).  Derek tells us they stuck together and got all of them to the final six.  Tiffany says it is every man for himself (but she’s been playing more that way than the others lately).  Xavier says that their time and effort paid off to get everyone so far but he’s determined to be in one of the seats on finale night.

Tiffany starts damage control with Lyland.  She tries to explain her reasoning for staying off the block and get him to agree with her on the plan and have no issues.  Tiffany, you just told us that everyone must play for themselves from now on.  While Tiffany thinks things are calm, Lyland has changed his mind about taking her to the end.  He sees Tiffany as trying to do jury management.  Tiffany has cornered Xavier upstairs to try her mist on him regarding Claire.  While he listens, he’s not buying her tale.  In the Diary Room, Tiffany admits she feels like people see her as a threat.  While she thinks Xavier won’t come after her, she’ll send him to jury.

Lyland and Hannah are talking because Hannah needs to do damage control for putting him on the block.  They talk and she tries to smooth things over.  Lyland tells us in Diary Room that he doesn’t want to work with her in the long run.  Hannah’s excuse is the “I was rushed” (as if Tiffany and she hadn’t planned it before hand).  Next up is Xavier and Derek’s talk and it’s about Tiffany’s actions.  Derek will take a shot at Tiffany and in Diary Room tells us he’s ready to get it done.  Kyland and Xavier talk and congratulate each other for still being in the house.  They talk targets and taking care of each other if in the nomination chairs.  Lyland in Diary Room tells us he has started making decisions on who he wants to go against at the end.  It has to be a contender and that is Xavier.  So Xavier and he made a final two deal and name themselves “The Gentlemen.” 

HoH Competition

As they wait for the HoH, Tiffany tells us that she needs to win and stay safe because she doesn’t know who will take a shot at her.  Lyland says that the first HoH of the group must make a decision on who will go out first.  Hannah just doesn’t want[LM1]  it to be her.

The HoH competition is set up in the backyard.  The house guests (the heroes) are being held captive by the super chicken.  It’s the egg up the chicken wire wall and into a slot competition and I didn’t hear the name.  It looks easier than in the past, but they must roll their eggs down a ramp and knock three levers down to get free.  Hey, everyone!  After all our complaints about Derek not being able to win, he does knock down the first lever.  Of course, Lyland wins but it should be noted that Derek had two to Xavier and Azah’s one lever.  And how many did Tiffany knock down – zero.

After the competition, Tiffany meets with Lyland to start her pitch.  She wants to remind him of their deal to go to the end together.  In a later meeting, she pushes a larger target (Xavier).  Hannah also tries to do damage control as she nominated him for jury.  She also pushes for a final four and Xavier to be the target. Lyland has made the deal with Xavier and he knows that there may be a line drawn in the sand. 

Lyland knows Derek is worried and upset with his performance.  Derek is in the “have-not room” and Lyland comes in to talk.  Derek is trying to figure out how he can continue with his game because he’s not a threat and can’t win anything.  Lyland admits he knows how much Derek wanted to win but it just didn’t happen.  Later, Xavier and Lyland meet to discuss the nominations.  Tiffany and Hannah are the top of the list.  Azah will be the third nominee and pawn.


Lyland knows that this nomination ceremony will be the first Cookout member eliminated.  It’s a tough decision but he has to put up two people.  His nominations are Tiffany and Hannah.  The reason for this is because of a loss of trust.  Lyland tells us that he used to trust Tiffany but he doesn’t feel safe with her in the game.  Xavier is happy that he didn’t go up after four weeks on the block.  Hannah is shocked and sad because she’s up against her number one ally.  Tiffany is mad.  They had a deal, and he didn’t trust her.  “It was suppose to be Xavier.”  She wants to win HoH next week and take control.

So who will win the Power of Veto and will Hannah or Tiffany be taken off the block.  Be sure and watch Wednesday night.  Also, don’t forget that Thursday we get a two-hour episode.  Since we haven’t seen jury, I’m sure it will be a part of that two-hour episode.

Big Brother #23:  Double Eviction Looms  (9/9/21)

As the double eviction looms, Big Brother fans are left with the possibility of losing Claire tonight.  Not only that, but a Cookout member could leave before the end of the hour.  It seems strange, in the Big Brother universe, that a group of six has made it to eight.  Their dedication to each other is one of the most powerful I’ve ever seen but I digress.  The drama is ramping up and we should all prepare ourselves for a blow-out episode.

Pre-Vote and Eviction One

I’m not sure how much of a recap we’ll get tonight.  They have so much to cover in a double eviction but I’m sure there will be something. Personally, I want Jury House and Sarah Beth’s arrival.

And I was right.  We get a recap (and bad edit for Tiffany).  Oh, they reverse the reveal of the Cookout by Tiffany with the nomination.  Julie Chen Moonves reminds one that a Cookout could go to jury.

Claire is probably the first evictee but plans are being made for the next one.  Alyssa wants to set up a blindside for Tiffany.  Claire tells us that her leaving “sucks” and she has an uphill battle to stay.  While this is a hardship for Tiffany, it had to be done.  Xavier, Derek and Azah talk about the next eviction.  Alyssa realizes that all the people left will be People of Color (she’s half Hispanic as she tells them).  Basically, the four of them all have a reason for Tiffany to leave.  Xavier, Tiff’s closest ally, hasn’t liked her play this week.  Hannah and Azah are conspiring about a sympathy vote.  Hannah is setting it up to blame Lyland for the 4 to 1 vote.  Hannah needs to keep she, Tiffany and Azah safe.  Alyssa seems okay to put up Kyland (Lyland) but will she. 

The First eviction has started.  Julie announces that tonight is a double eviction and Lyland looks slightly worried.  Xavier and Claire can make their speech.  Xavier says that they should think of the benefits for keeping them.  If he does go, Alyssa will have his vote.  Claire makes a case that Xavier will win the game if he stays.  In fact, he’s playing a “damn fine game” and she’ll tell the rest of the jury just that. 

The voting starts.  First up is Alyssa.  She votes to evict Claire.  Hannah will vote to evict Xavier and blame Lyland (if necessary).  With a vote of four to one, Claire is evicted from the Big Brother House.  Julie makes the announcement and she doesn’t wait for goodbyes.  That will happen on finale night. 

Julie welcomes Claire and mentions the exit.  Julie asks about Tiffany’s nomination.  Julie says you said “I get it” and Claire agrees.  People of Color always leave early.  She will never be mad at Tiffany for doing it.  Asked by Julie about calling out/messaging Xavier, Claire says she thinks he’s playing the best game of all that remain.  Claire’s final thoughts are that she has had so many highs and lows and she loves the Big Brother game.  She has no regrets.  And made a classy exit.

Head of Household

Now, for the week in an hour.  Julie joins the house guests and Tiffany looks worried.  This is the BB Comics Week.  All will be themed around BB comics.  This one is “Crash, Boom, Pow” and each will be shown series of images based on comic books with crash, boom, and pow.  They have six tiles.  One point for each correct answer.  The one with the most correct answers win.  While Derek does relatively good, it is Hannah who wins her first Head of Household and must nominate two.

In the house, Hannah holds quick meetings.  I hear Lyland and it looks like he wants Derek gone.  Alyssa congratulates her and Hannah tells her she will be nominated.  It’s not personal but best for her game.

Live Nomination Ceremony

Hannah tells all that this isn’t for anything but to help her game.  Xavier and Alyssa are the noms and we’re heading to live veto competition.

Veto Competition

The Veto Competition will involve all but Lyland (selected to sit out by draw) will play.  This game is called “Logo, Let’s Go”.  They must race to complete a BB Comics puzzle.  They have their first piece locked in and must build off of that.  They must do the puzzle and hit the buzzer.  Did Xavier get a chance to practice?  He finishes the puzzle early and won the Power of Veto.  He’s told to strategize and head inside.

Power of Veto Competition

Tiffany, Hannah and Xavier have a quick meeting.  I’m sure Tiff is laying down the law.  Alyssa is making a plea but would Xavier be stupid enough to use it on Alyssa (of course not).  I couldn’t make out all that was said, but Alyssa spilled some information.  The real question is who will Hannah call to replace Xavier? Probably the choice falls to Derek.

The ceremony begins and Xavier, as expected, removes himself.  Hannah has decided to put up Kyland.  What!  I’m shocked.  Lyland and Tiff has a final two (as he has with everyone else).  Alyssa and Derek off screen together (to talk maybe).  I’m not sure if Xavier was with them but he did a nice speech to her before saving himself.

The Second Eviction

Kyland is called first to make a speech to sway votes.  He tells them he respects their decision.  He’s short!  Alyssa tells all keep her and have a chance to win the game or keep Kyland and do what he tells you to do so he can win the game.

The voting starts with Azah.  Wow!  Xavier wants Lyland out.  The final vote is three to one and Alyssa is evicted from the house.  She does hug all as she leaves.

On stage, Julie welcomes her and they watch an upset Xavier get a hug from Derek then Kyland, Tiffany and Azah.  What no Hannah?  Oh, she’s giving Lyland a hug.

Julie says she didn’t look shocked.  Alyssa feels lucky she didn’t leave last week.  When Julie asks about feeling betrayed, Alyssa feels betrayed by Hannah and Claire.  Both wanted her out and Alyssa just talked too much this week.  Julie asks if she trusted Xavier and anyone else.  Alyssa doesn’t really name any names but those she didn’t trust – Hannah.  Would she have taken Xavier to the final two, Alyssa doesn’t hesitate!  She would have taken him to the final three only because anyone sitting beside him will lose.  Once again, Alyssa talks about being glad that she was on the “Kings” team.  Doesn’t realize that teams are over (and have been for Cookout members for a long time).  No mention of the Cookout is made. 

Julie asks Alyssa to leave because she can’t hear what Julie will tell us.  The Cookout are the final six.  Only one will win.  Next week will feature a special two hour double eviction episode.  As the show ends, the Cookout celebrates with a group hug and cheer.

Oh, and Julie announced on Twitter today that there will be another Celebrity Big Brother this winter.  Who wants the top salary and who will be asked to play?

Big Brother #23:  And Tiffany’s Hits Keep Flying  (9/8/21)

Big Brother fans will remember that on Sunday’s taped show, Tiffany won the HoH.  This set up a wild ride for Xavier who found himself on the block opposite Alyssa, his pawn.  Now the stage is set for a repeat of last week’s show or is it?  While there isn’t a secret HoH to spoil the plans, the Power of Veto is coming in to play along with Zingbot’s return.  Let’s sit back and get ready for the show.  And with it being a double eviction tomorrow night, I hope the house guests know what’s going to hit them!

Post Nominations

Tiffany doesn’t care if she has made the others mad.  It’s her HoH and she’ll do what she wants.  Question for CBS?  Yes, I know Tiffany has come off as rather conceited and doesn’t want to be on the block at all during this game, but are you giving her this edit because you are tired of her or to show what’s she capable of to America?  Xavier is frustrated but Claire is happy.  Later, when Xavier is shooting pool, Alyssa comes up to talk about PoV and the next eviction.  Who would Tiffany put up?  Hannah’s name is mentioned.  Xavier is coming for Tiffany while Tiffany is trying to arrange something so she doesn’t have to nominate a third person this week.  The only one left is Claire and she’d have to choose between her plus one and Cookout members.  Tiffany thinks her mental powers will take care of the PoV situation.  As PoV is nearing, Alyssa talks to Derek about playing for her since she took him off the block.  He agrees but we all know he won’t do it.  He admits he’s scared of what Tiffany could do.  Later in the HoH room, Derek and Xavier talk scenarios.  While it is going to be individual’s game soon, Xavier sees it as Tiffany is already in that mindset and is ticked off by her actions.  The big question is:  will Tiffany honor the Cookout to final six or keep Claire close.  Personally, I think she has set herself up for eviction.  Xavier thinks she’s “ruining her game” which he wants to do anyway.  Derek likes messy play but not this week.  Are the two of them not trusting Lyland (Kyland) now? 

Why is it that Azah and Derek are the only two who seem to do any cleaning?  Azah though seems to like to sing the songs they have made up this summer like “Do What You Want to Do.”  Then we get a Diary Room with Derek trying to sale the BB #23 album featuring songs like “Big Blue Couch,” “I’m on the Block Again,” and many more.  Yes, they had fun with this but did we need this Diary Room.

Power of Veto and Zingbot

Tiffany is happy because it’s time to pick PoV players.  The three players will be:  House guest choice Hannah (Tiffany), Derek (Xavier), and Azah (Alyssa).  None of these will change the nominations if they win so Xavier and Alyssa must win on their own.  Claire, Hannah and Lyland aren’t playing.  Oh, and Derek lets Lyland know that about his crush. 

All go outside and Zingbot is on the balcony.  While they can’t wait, we know what is coming and prepare for the zings that can’t always be understood. Hannah can’t wait to “get her feelings hurt by this robot.”  Zing calls them losers (as usual).

First is Alyssa who Zingbot calls dim even though she lives in Florida.  Xavier is next with a zing about his secret of crushes — on himself.  Tiffany is called old as in ‘four score and seven …”  Claire gets referred to as “Big Foot.”  Hannah gets a knock, knock joke about being invisible.  Derek gets a zing about his bathroom use.  Azah is told by the Zingbot that she’ll never get a date with Xavier.  The last, and most accurate, is Lyland.  He gets compared to a babbling brook because he will never shut up.  In Diary Room, all agree with the Zingbot on Lyland’s zing. 

The Power of Veto begins and all 21 small cocktail glasses and twizzers start to go.  Called “Micro Cocktails,” each player must stack rows of small cocktail glasses using tweezers through a window.  The first to stack the five rows will win (total of 21 cocktail glasses).  Oh no, this is the one that Tyler got so frustrated with.  Xavier wants to win so he can see what Tiffany will do.  Alyssa knows it means she has to win to survive.  While it looks like Derek might actually win, he knocks his down and must start over.  As the game continues it looks like Alyssa and Tiffany are neck and neck.  In the end, Alyssa puts her last glass on the top and wins a PoV bracelet.  Tiffany is upset and faced with her worse possible fear, replacing Alyssa with a nomination of Claire.

In Diary Room, Tiffany is upset with herself, but Xavier is laughing at her dilemma.  Karma is what he’s really thinking as he celebrates.  Later Xavier meets Derek and Azah in the bedroom and all worry about whether Tiffany will follow through with the plan or play selfishly and keep Claire off the block.  Derek says that if she does, Tiffany will lose four votes.  In the HoH bath, Tiffany and Hannah talk and Tiffany feels hurt.  Tiffany wants Claire for personal game and friendship but if she goes against Cookout, her chances of winning are gone.  Claire has to be told that she’s going up without ruining their relationship (a a vote for Tiffany in the finals). Hannah goes back to talk to Derek and Xavier who secretly have admitted they will flip the house if Tiffany goes back on her word.  So Hannah is giving info now?  Xavier is worried about how Tiffany will tell Claire and what Alyssa will learn.

Tiffany talks to Claire and admits she has an agreement with Lyland, Derek, Azah and Hannah to keep them safe.  She can’t put any of those four up (notice she didn’t add Xavier there).  That means she has to put up Claire which upsets Claire.  And we get a big bleep space and tears from the both of them.  Tiffany tells us that she didn’t want to lie and will be as honest as she can.  She has her own personal feelings about how to play the game.  Now Claire cries.  In Diary Room, Claire says she can’t be mad.  She gets the reasoning.  Claire even knows the reason (PoC) and how they always leave early. 

The Power of Veto Meeting

PoV meeting is held and of course Alyssa uses it on herself.  Tiffany must now put up Claire or a Cookout member.  She tells all it is difficult but Claire is her choice.  As the meeting ends, we get Alyssa telling us that she’s proud of herself.  She’s declared Tiffany as her target.  Tiffany wants to keep Claire safe but doesn’t think there is any way she can save Claire.  Claire is going to go out as a fighter and will do everything she can to stay.

Double eviction tomorrow and it will be good.  Hannah has been working on getting sympathy votes from everyone for Claire.  If she gets enough, Xavier will be gone.  Oh, think of that delicious ending.  So that leaves the following questions.  Will the Cookout be safe?  Will Xavier accidentally leave early?  If Xavier exits, whose game will he take out?  Who will win the HoH and nominate to be the second evictee?  Tune in tomorrow to find out whether the Cookout ends.

Big Brother #23:  Who Did the HoH Swing

Big Brother #23 is counting down to a double elimination this week.  So far the Cookout has survived but can they survive a double elimination?  If they make it through two more pawns going (Claire and Alyssa), which of the Cookout is the most expendable.  With Tiffany, Xavier, Lyland – er Kyland, and Hannah playing hard, can they win or will Azah and Derek make it to the final two?  Note:  from now on I will refer Kyland to Lyland.  He’s very good at lying and being sly.

HoH Competition

After the exit of Sarah Beth, the HoH begins.  Interesting we are reminded of the final three between Kyland, Xavier and Derek.  We’re also reminded that Lyland (Kyland) and Tiffany has a final two alliance.  I am so tired of Lyland.  He’d be my first Cookout member out.

As we rejoin the competition, we are treated to more of the HoH competition.  Kyland is upset losing Sarah but he has another plan and Tiffany is happy that Sarah is gone.  Twitter went crazy Thursday because we didn’t see Derek fall but we get it tonight (he only last 1 minute 42 seconds).  Alyssa takes a hard hit and getting dizzy as the rope spins faster and faster.  Down she goes and she’s sick.  Tiffany is surprised that Alyssa is out as the group gets sprayed by three circus people with water/slime seltzer bottles.  Claire has to throw the game so she drops. 

In a flashback, we’re shown Lyland taking information to Hannah and Tiffany.  In addition, the Cookout had promised to drop if Derek or Azah made it to the finals.  As we return to the game Hannah goes down followed by Xavier.  This leaves Azah, Tiffany and Lyland in the game.  The agreement had been made to let Azah win but neither Lyland or Tiffany will fall.  Azah finally falls and I guess Tiffany and Lyland have shown their true colors.  Lyland wants Tiff on the block with Claire but Tiff isn’t having that and they keep swinging.  Cookout is beginning to turn as Lyland finally falls and Tiffany wins AGAIN.  It’s every man for themselves even if it hasn’t reached just Cookout members yet.  This is Big Brother! 

As this battle of wills has played out, fellow Cookout members are seeing a side of these two and Tiff’s loyalty is being questioned.  Tiff says Lyland wants wins for his resume.  Lyland says she may be in a situation where she has to put up Claire and he’s finally let’s her do it.  Tiffany celebrates again.  She celebrates winning twice in a row (but isn’t it three times since she controlled the noms from Claire’s?).

After HoH

Lyland doesn’t understand why Tiff wouldn’t fall.  Maybe it’s because you (Lyland) planned to put Claire and Tiff up.   TIffany is trying to ‘build her resume’ for the big finale (which you shouldn’t count on because this type of game can backfire!).  Lyland is scared that he is at risk.  He sees Tiff as selfish (but he’s not).  I’m sure Azah sees both as selfish.  Azah is happy she’s safe but is upset at Tiff’s not keeping her word.  TIff throws the blame for her not dropping at Lyland.

Alyssa is upset she’s on slop because she can’t eat it.  She’s scared of losing more weight after being on it for three times.  She is also not Tiff’s ally so she’s scared of going up.  Xavier is upset that the Cookout’s plan is shot.  He’s on the block for a third time but Tiff and Claire celebrate in the bathroom.  Tiffany is getting a little too arrogant to win this!  Claire figures that she and Tiff will make it to the final two. 

Lyland goes to talk to Tiffany again.  They’re arguing over who wanted it more (Azah wanted it more). Lyland tells us that Tiff wanted to win.  Okay, I’ve just zoned out again.  Please someone take Lyland out.  Tiff talks to us and she’s in the “someone had to win” mind. Couldn’t it have been Azah? Tiff says she’s keeping her pawn safe as long as she can.  She’s sure that Claire will be safe until next week and she celebrates her success AGAIN of getting Sarah Beth out.

Derek and Azah have a talk.  He feels like he’s the weakest person and Azah offers support. She reminds him that he created the alliance and helped pull it off.   He’s been trying but as he tells all, physical feats are not for him.  It happened in high school with physical ed but his dad told him to keep swinging and trying.  Hannah comes in and says that Lyland just wouldn’t quit.  She’s not too happy that the plan has changed but at least no one is looking at her.  When Xavier to talks to Derek and Azah, he’s not happy with Lyland or Tiff.  Azah tells us that she is tired of putting her game for the Cookout while others play for themselves.  She’s frustrated but must trust the process and so is Xavier.  I think he’s favoring an alliance with Derek and Azah (wonder just how much Derek is sleeping and how much he’s listening and strategizing while ‘sleeping’).

Xavier and Tiff meeting and Xavier tells her that Claire needs to go.  Tiff apologizes because she plans for Alyssa to go up which means that Xavier also goes up.  Tiff is HoH and not that sorry.  Can we say arrogant.  I liked her week one but not so much anymore. My opinion: until recently, Tiff’s been relying on Xavier or Lyland to get their hands dirty and throw no suspicion on her.  Xavier tells us he is tired and he’s been playing for the Cookout.  Now Tiff can get blood on her hands and Xavier has the chance to mess with Tiffany’s doom.

It’s HoH Time!

Oh no, another HoH reveal.  Do we have to do that again? Derek says he’s excited but he’s not.  He calls Tiffany selfish.  Derek will play like he cares but he doesn’t.  As everyone enters and does the usual, Derek and Xavier end up sitting on the bed.  They’re the first to leave and go downstairs to talk.  Xavier said it should have been Derek and Azah since they have never won.  Tiffany is selfish and then Lyland comes in.  Upstairs Tiff, Claire and Hannah watches and I’m sure they wanted to know what was said.  Alyssa and Azah is in the bedroom where Alyssa tries on Azah’s dress.  It fits.

Later Claire and Tiff meet to discuss strategy.  Tiff feels she is on Xavier’s and Lyland’s radar (oh really).  Tiff tells Claire that they need to align with Hannah and Azah.  If Claire wins HoH, Tiff plans for her to take out one of the guys.  I knew this!  She’s not as smart as she thinks.  Claire agrees and says that the guys will be on the block because they will stick together. 

Tiffany talks to Alyssa about going on the block.  If I hear “it is what it is” from Tiff again, I swear I’ll never say it.  Alyssa knew that Tiffany would take a shot and Alyssa feels that Tiff has many friends in the jury house (I’m not so sure Alyssa).  Alyssa goes through the votes and how each would stand against her.  Alyssa, don’t do that!  Tiffany thinks that everyone knows she’s not the mastermind.  Tiffany says Alyssa’s math adds up and Tiffany is thinking of sitting next to her in the end.


Tiffany calls everyone to nominations.  The usual spill is made and we see Alyssa and Xavier on the board.  Well, at least they play for PoV.  The reasoning is that it is a game move (and not personal) due to them being strong competitors.

Tiffany say they may have wanted Claire gone but it’s Tiff’s HoH and she’s there for the money.  Alyssa hoped her pitch would work but it didn’t.  She tired of the “fake smiles and laughs”.  Xavier tells us third week of the block because Tiffany decided to win HoH.  He can play friendly but also blow Tiffany’s game.  I think Tiffany better look to self-preservation and not have too big a case of HoHitis.

Wednesday, we get the PoV game.  Will Tiffany’s plan work or will a new strategy be devised.  In other words, will Claire have to go up!  Will Tiffany play true?  Will Xavier use the double eviction Thursday to get Tiffany out.  Stay tune, Big Brother fans!  It’s about to get down and dirty.

Big Brother #23 – Will Sarah Beth Leave? (9/2/21)

Tonight’s Big Brother will cap an interesting week.  Not only has Kyland and Sarah Beth been on the block but Kyland has been determined to “save” Sarah.  In do,ing so, he has alienated many of his alliance members.  Remember the Big Brother Cookout crew agreed to take each other to the final six even if it meant giving up their shield,

After the Veto

Julie mentions that the Cookout has been “kept under wraps” but they will be able to continue.  After the recap, we’re reminded that Sarah or Kyland will leave.  Oh yes!  Jury House and Britini and Baby D. start piecing things together.  It may start getting real folks!

On Day 58, the Cookout is safe so far.  Kyland though is not as popular as he once was with his fellow alliance members.  Julie reminds everyone that it has been a crazy week.  Hannah said she’s chose not to use the veto on Kyland because he would try to save Sarah Beth while Xavier is loyal.  Tiffany does not understand what Kyland is up to.  Claire is glad to see both still on the block.  Kyland is rambling again. Sarah is philosophical.

As Sarah sits alone, Xavier, Claire and Alyssa talk.  What about?  Oh, Alyssa comments about how there will be no white men on the jury.  This upsets Xavier because of what Alyssa said and to whom.  He goes to the bathroom for a talk to himself.  Now, they must look at Alyssa leaving next.  Only problem is she said it to Claire.

Azah and Xavier are making dinner as the rest are in the backyard.  Hannah and Derek are in the hammock with Tiffany nearby.  A bee swoops down and Derek moves quickly off the hammock causing Hannah to fall and hit her head.  Meanwhile, Xavier goes out to check leaving Azah and Claire in charge of dinner.  While Hannah’s head hurts and she goes to Diary Room, there is no harm done.  Dinner isn’t that lucky as the steaks in the oven catch fire.  The BB House is saved by the fire extinguisher but Xavier said what is going on?  Hannah doesn’t hold a grudge against Derek as she laughs at him.  (I think they need to throw in the ghosts right about now.)

The (unofficial) Cookout has an accidental meeting in the bathroom.  They do have to wake Xavier up.  They confirm the alliance name of Cookout.  (Hey guys!  We’ve been calling you this since week one.) 

While Kyland, Derek, and Xavier confirm their final three in the “have not” room (why there?), Lyland (I mean Kyland) isn’t into that group.  He meets with Tiffany to figure out how to get rid of the guys.  Xavier or Derek (or is it the other way around) must leave before Kyland and the ladies.  Tiffany will sit next to Kyland in the finals (he thinks).  They pinky swear but Tiffany seems more confused and unhappy.  (Kyland will be gone before he knows it!)  Kyland has no loyalty.

Jury House

At Jury House, Britini is seen “fighting a statue” only to be surprised by Derek X.  She had thought that Alyssa, Sarah or Kyland would be next.  Derek hugs her and has a video for them to watch.  He regrets doing certain things to stop what happened.  After the video starts, Britini quickly catches on that Derek X was the backdoor plan for the week.  Derek tells her that America saw it and that’s why they both got what they got in the High Roller’s games. Do we really need this reminder?  As they discuss the week, Derek reveals the pact (left in Kyland’s message).  They decide that Kyland, Claire, Xavier, Hannah, Tiffany, and Derek belong in the group but Britini doesn’t think it is Derek.  Britini and Derek X will figure this out.

Live Vote Eviction

Sarah makes her case first.  She has offers to make.  She warns them they may regret the decision to evict her and must make the choice for their game.  Kyland has started.  He apologizes if the one-on-ones were too long (I’m sure he’s sorry—NO).  The voting starts.  The secret HoH will vote but will only be counted in the case of a tie.  Derek votes first for Sarah Beth.  Tiffany votes to evict Kyland.  By a vote of 5 to 1, Sarah is headed to jury (with Claire’s Sarah vote not counting). 

Sarah joins Julie as her picture turns gray (which causes people to laugh or pretend cry).  Julie wants to know why she got evicted.  Sarah thinks she was a threat and others didn’t know they could trust her.  She thinks they wanted Kyland by himself in the game.  Julie asks if she regretted her HoH and eviction of Derek.  Sarah regrets not playing more loyal to Tiffany and Claire.  Ask about her closeness to Kyland, Sarah said that it was easy to play with Kyland and it wasn’t personal.  She was grateful for his support.  When asked about the secret HoH, Sarah guesses Claire as the secret HoH.  She also knew Tiffany was the single vote for her (thanks again Kyland). 

In the good-bye messages, Claire admits to being the secret HoH and it was nothing personal.  Claire tells her that she was the secret HoH and it wasn’t personal.  Hannah says that she knew Sarah threw her under the bus.  Azah has to vote her out of further a mission she’s on.  Kyland mentions the alliance and BB doesn’t allow it to be played.  He doesn’t want to lose his relationship with her.  Julie asks for final thoughts.  Sarah said it was good game play on their part and knows Azah was a part of it.  She respects them.  Asked if Kyland will be a friends for life, Sarah says she has made many friends for life.

The HoH Competition

The HoH Competition in the backyard is called “The Flying BB-ions”.  Julie says that Claire will compete but must throw the competition before the end.  The game is the “swing game.”  They must stand on a platform, and it will circle the yard.  The elephant statue will release bubbles (and maybe something else).  As they are raised in the air, you see that they are having a real problem with Derek’s place.  The first three off wlil be “Have Nots” for the week.  As the show ends, Derek has fallen off during the commercial and isn’t happy.  As two circus performers appear, Alyssa falls.  The performers have spray bottles and seem to be spraying the house guests.

Next Thursday is a double eviction with another the following week.  (Sorry folks!  No triple eviction this year.)  Stand by.  I somehow think Alyssa is in trouble.

Big Brother #23 – Secret (Really) HoH (9/2/21)

Well Big Brother fans!  It’s another Wednesday night and what can we expect.  Tiffany lost her HoH power.  Kyland, Sarah and Xavier are on the block.  Will the Power of Veto be used to save one of them?  Can the Cookout continue their path to final six?  So far, it looks like they may.  But what does the future hold?  And are they ready for what the POV game is tonight?

Pre-Power of Veto

Tonight’s Power of Veto is going to be interesting.  Will they allow seven people to play or will the HoH sit the game out?  Oh, that’s right they have a secret HoH now.  Can Xavier be teamed with someone?  And we are off.

After the recap, we move into the program.  Tiffany is okay she lost the HoH room and she knows Claire had to be the one who won.  She also knows that Claire wants Sarah out as  much as she does.  Claire likes being the secret HoH.  She left nominations as Tiffany had them because it made sense.  Later Tiffany talks to Kyland about the nominations and he tells us that – whatever (sorry, I zone out when Kyland mumbles).  Xavier feels okay with the competition and results.  Sarah meanwhile knows her game is in trouble.  She hates for Kyland to leave but it can’t be Sarah Beth!  (Why not?  The object is to get everyone out.

Tiffany goes up to move her “stuff” with Hannah and Claire comes up.  Tiffany doesn’t want anyone in Claire’s ear so she and Hannah will have to keep Claire close because they figure she has the power.  Claire wants credit and so I have to wonder if she’ll tell the rest of the house. 

Kyland finds Sarah Beth upset in the bedroom.  She thinks him that both of them are unlikeable (oh, really).  Kyland reminds her of all that are already out.  He hates to see Sarah Beth in pain.  Their only hope is to win Power of Veto.  Say what Sarah Beth?  Have you been taking double talk lessons from Kyland.  They discuss “house guest choice” and she doesn’t know who to ask!  She doesn’t trust anyone.

Power of Veto

Since this is an anonymous HoH, Xavier announces veto.  Only six will play, each of the nominees and three additional players.  They draw for the veto players and Xavier picks first as the special nominee.  He picks Alyssa (who he wanted).  Sarah Beth hopes for Derek and gets Claire.  She’s glad since she was secret HoH and now gets to compete to get all the power.  Kyland picks Hannah who is excited to play and win the power for herself.  After the ceremony, Tiffany and Claire talk about what to do if PoV is won.  The only option would be Alyssa. 

The Power of Veto game is going to be based on the new movie musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” and Ben Platt shares a trailer with the house guests.  The PoV winner will get an advanced screening of the movie with three guests.  The backyard is set up like high school and the instructions say BB is like high school.  Not really this year but I digress.  They must line photos of the evicted house guests in chronological order to tell a story.  Britini’s homework gets eaten by the dog and Brent gets hit by a dodgeball are two funny pictures.  The game, “We’re Nuts for Benny,” will be timed.  It seems like all will have trouble but both Hannah and Sarah Beth gets them done quickly and  on the first try.  The times are:  Kyland 5:25; Claire  6:27; Alyssa  8:14; Hannah 4:59; Xavier 8:29; Sarah Beth 5:22.  The winner is Hannah.  She gets to see a movie (which she really wanted).  Claire is upset because she might have changed the nominees.  And Sarah Beth cries again. 

Sarah Beth tells Kyland she was so close but couldn’t win.  He tells her not to worry.  He thinks Hannah will take him off and whichever stays will win the HoH next week.  Kyland would love to be taken down but he’s confident that he will stay (and again I tune out).  Sarah is going to try and get one of the two of them off so they can campaign to get Xavier out. 

Power of Veto Movie and Meeting

Hannah asks Kyland, Sarah and Xavier to see the movie with her.  Derek is upset because he really wanted to see the movie.  The movie will be screened in the HoH room where snacks await.  As they sit on the bed, the movie runs.  I’m not sure Kyland likes it but he does cry by the end.  Xavier feels that Evan’s story hits home.  This is good promotion for the movie (or so the house guests say).

Kyland talks to Claire about her thoughts on who to evict.  Claire won’t tell him she’s got the secret HoH but wonder if he’s trying to save Sarah.  She doesn’t like that at all.  Of courses, Claire tells Tiffany that Kyland is pushing for the PoV to be used on him.  Tiffany’s not happy with Kyland and tells us that the Cookout members agreed to pick a partner and to sit beside them.  I think Kyland’s just been moved up in the eviction order of the Cookout.

Kyland then approaches Hannah to use the veto on him and she can’t figure out why.  She plans to use it on Xavier and tells us that he’s not following the plan.  I’d be running from the yard with all the talk, talk, talk Kyland’s doing.  Kyland isn’t making sense to Hannah and she knows he wants to take himself off so he can save Sarah.  Kyland, you just sealed Sarah’s fate.

The ceremony begins with Hannah using the power of Xavier.  Since he was a special nominee, there will not be a replacement for him.  Kyland looks upset but what can he say.

In the final Diary Rooms, Hannah tells us that she’s upset that Kyland asked her to pull him down and was sketchy.  Kyland feels for Sarah and his plan didn’t work.  It sucks.  Sarah complains.  She came to win and she will definitely try to stay.  I think your fate is sealed, Sarah.  Tiffany says that Kyland is sitting beside Sarah like they all promised.  Basically, Kyland, get over yourself.

Who will leave?  Will the Cookout team stay in power or fall?  It should be endurance tomorrow night.   Be sure and watch at 8:00 P. M. on Thursday.

Big Brother History:  Alliances through the Years

When I thought of this piece, I had decided to lay out all the Big Brother alliances since season one.  When I started my research, I found a site called Big Brother Wiki ( that had done a very thorough job of chronicling this history.  I want to thank them and made me limit this piece to famous alliances.  Season one did not have any alliances as the show was so new.  I will not do All-Star years unless something significant is noted. 

Let’s begin with the most famous alliance which has been on multiple seasons — Chill Town.  Chill Town was created by Mike “Boogie” Malin and Dr. Will Kirby.  They were the only two members who clearly knew the game play.  In season two, Boogie and Will used Shannon Dragoo with Krista Stegall, and Justin Sebik (who was expelled for threatening to kill Krista).  Chill Town would show up again during the first Big Brother All-Star season (Season 7) with Will and Boogie working with Jase Wirey, Janelle Pierzina, and Erika Landin.  Season two saw Will win while Mike “Boogie” won season 7.  Today, their friendship is no more as Will has a restraining order (and other court cases) against Boogie.  Chill Town resurfaced when Coach Boogie recruited Frank Eudy in Season 14.  Boogie was a coach and with Frank started a new version with Britney Haynes, Dan Ghressling, Danielle Murphee, and Shane Meaney.  Ian spoiled the season for Dan.  So no Chill Town member won season 14

Season Five saw two big alliances that featured biological siblings of Mike Ellis and Nakomis Dedmon.  The Four Horsemen, consisted of Drew Danie, Jase Wirey, Michael Ellis and Scott Long and had the eventual winner, Drew.  The Pinky Swear Alliance  worked against the Four Horsemen with some success.  It consisted of Nakamis Dedmon, Adria Klein, Diane Henry, Karen Ganci, Natalie Carroll and Will Wikle.  While the Horsemen thought they ran the game, The Pinky Swear started the infamous backdoor. 

We’ve heard of several people during several years using the term “friendship.” Big Brother had its first Friendship in Season 6.  Consisting of Maggie Ausburn, Ivette Corredero, April Lewis, Beau Beasley, Eric Littmann, and Jennifer Vasquez, they were a powerful force in the house.  The counter group, The Sovereign Six, consisted of Janelle Pierzina, Howie Gordon, Rachel Plencner, Kaysar Ridha, James Rhine and Sarah Hreisa.  Many of Sovereign Six would play as S6 in All-Stars.  Maggie Ausburn of Friendship was the eventual winner of the season.

Season Eight (the season of Evel Dick) saw The Late Night Crew (LNC).  This dominant alliance included Dick Donato, Danielle Donato, Amber Sivavus, Dustin Erikstrup, Eric Stein, Jameka Cameron and Jessica Hughbanks.  Dick, as Danielle estranged father, stated multiple times during the season that he wanted Danielle to win.  LMC would eventually turn on each other leading to accusations and the infamous cigarette/burn fight.  When Evel Dick found himself on the block with Danielle, he won POV and took Danielle off.  Dustin went up, assured he would be safe, only to have Dick sway the votes with America’s Player, Eric, voting to please the audience.  Evel Dick would be the winner of season eight.

I hate to mention the Writer’s Strike Winter season because it was one of the worse every shown on television.  Team Christ was the major alliance and consisted of Natalie Cunial, Sheila Kennedy, Ryan Quicksall and Adam Jasinki.  All members of the group made it to the final five with Adam winning on a six to one vote.

The Renegades was an alliance formed with Dan Gheeling, Memphis Garrett, LIbra Thompson, Renny Martyn, and Keesha Smith during season 10.  Dan served as America’s player for one week and completed his tasks.  He also ended up winning the season and becoming an author and commentator.

Season 11 is the season of the unnamed alliance.  The season started with four groups (Athletes, Populars, Brains and Off-Beats) and the return of Jessie Godderz (Mr. Pectacular).  It was also one of the most controversial as Jessie would form an alliance of Natalie Martinez, Kevin Campbell, Lydia Travera, and Chima Simone.  While never having an official name, the players did control much of the action of the game with their plans to take out the rest.  This lasted until America awarded Jeff Schneider the coup d’etat and he used it during Chima’s HoH.  At that point, the power shifted, and Jessie was put on the block.  With Jessie’s eviction, the drama wasn’t over as his parnters (in crime) held a wake and Chima refused to play the game.  She threw her mike into the pool and was evicted.  America would cast the final vote.  While Natalie was sitting beside Jordan Lloyd in the finals, Jordan won the house vote denying this team a win.

Season Twelve saw The Brigade (Bragade) as the dominant alliance.  Consisting of Enzo Palumbo, Matt Hoffman, Lane Elenburg, and, in her mind, Britney Haynes, the group would turn on member, Matt, who was considered a threat.  Hayden, Lane and Enzo would go to the final three.  The winner of this season was Hayden.  Considered one of the greatest alliance of the show’s history (due to their dominance), the final three also, to me, made it boring for viewers as there was no action in the last week.

Season 11 of Big Brother saw the emergence of The Newbies (those who had never played) which formed when the executive producers introduced former players called the Dynamic Duos (The Vets).  The Newbies up of Cassie Calvin, Porsche Briggs, Lawton Exum, Dominic Briones, Shelly Moore, Keith Henderson, Kalia Booker and Adam Poch.  This group did not last throughout the game with The Regulators forming with Cassie, Dominic Kei,th and Lawton defecting from the original group.  Meanwhile, the Dynamic Duos (Dick Donato, Danielle Donato, Jeff Schneider, Jordan Lloyd, Rachel Riley, and Brendon Villegas) were put at a disadvantage near the start of the competition when Dick had to leave for health reasons.  Rachel from the Dynamic Duos would win but Porsche Briggs also took the second  place prize. 

The most remembered alliance of Big Brother 14 was The Quack Pack.  Known for their signal “quack,” the team was made up of Dan Gheesling, Britney Haynes, Ian Terry, Danielle Murphee, and Shane Meaney.  Dan thought he was in control of the game but came in second to fellow alliance member, Ian.

The alliances of Season 15 are not as memorable to me.  3 A. M. consisted of Aaryn Gries, Amanda Zuckerman, Andy Herren and McCrae Olson.  Both Aaryn and Amanda had negative press due to racial comments made in the house.  And speaking of the house, Area 51 (or The House Alliance) was formed by almost the entire house.  The season’s winner would be Andy Herron, a member of 3 A. M.

Season 16 of Big Brother saw The Bomb Squad emerge.  The mastermind of this group, Derek Levasseur, would be the winner of the season.  He was joined in the group by Amber Borzotra, Caleb Reynolds, Christine Brecht, Cody Calafiore, Devin Shepherd, Frankie Grande (brother of singer Arianna), and Zach Rosen.  Marred by Caleb infatuation with Amber and Zach’s strange actions, Derek was kept on his toes.  Frankie, his second in command, would be the eyes for Derek as he could move throughout the house as everyone’s friend.  Due to the Bomb Squad’s success, other groups like the Crazy Eights have dimmed.  This season also saw Team America with Joey Van Pelt (who left early in the game, Frankie Grande, Derrick Levesque, and Donny Thompson.  Donny, who was America’s Favorite Player, was sabotaged by Frankie Grande with Derrick’s help.  Derrick and Frankie were told that as the surviving members of Team America the one who made it to the end would win an additional $50,000.  Derek Levesque would go on to win $550,000. 

Big Brother 17 saw the rise of Sixth Sense which had as it’s members Austin Matelson, Clay Honeycutt, Julia Nolan, Liz Nolan, Shellie Poole, Vanessa Russo (professional poker player), with affiliates of John McCrae and Steve Moses.  While Vanessa did the planning, Austin was supposed to win comps.  Vanessa had to use her poker skills to stay the course of the season but in the end, Steve Moses won the season.

Season 18 saw Nicole Franzel make her mark. Joined by Cory Brooks, Da’Vonne Rogers, Frank Eudy, James Hurling, Michelle Meyer, Tiffany Rousso, Zakiyah Everette, Paul Abrahamian, and Paulie Calafiore, the group was dominant picking off the rest of the house guest.  Paul would try to control the game and would sit next to Nicole who would become the winner of Season 18.

Season 19 was highlighted by Paul Abrahamian and his friendship bracelets return.  A member of The Team (unoffical name given by member Cody Nickson), the group consisted of Cody (and his showmance) Jessica Graf, RavemnWalton (and her showmance), Matt Clines, Mark Jansen (and his showmance), Elena Davies, Christmas Abbott, Dominique Cooper, Alex Ow, Josh Martinez, and Kevin Schlehuber. Paul played the game by trying to build friendship with others but Cody caught on quickly.  This group would splinter.  When it came down to the final two, Paul set next to Josh who he thought had no chance of winning due to his antics.  Paul was handed his second loss when Josh was named the winner.

Season 20 saw Level Six in control.  The alliance members were Angela Rummans, Tyler Crispin, Winston Hines, Kaycee Clark, Rachel Swindler, Kaycee Clark, Brett Robnson, J. C. Moundeux, Kaitlyn Herman, Sam Bledsoe.  While Kaitlyn went out due to an inability of put a easy puzzle together, it would be lifeguard Tyler who would read the house accurately.  Unfortunately, his reading wasn’t very accurate as he came in second to fellow alliance member Kaycee Clark. 

Season 21 had Unde9able as the dominant and most controversial team in Big Brother history.  It’s members included Analyse Talquera, Christine Murphy, Holly Allen, Isabella Wang, Jack Matthews, Jackson Michie, Nick Maccarone, Sam Smith, Monny Braco, and Kathryn Dunn.  This alliance was dominant but also controversial.   Two members, Jack and Jackson (Michie) were told to watch their speech as both made racial comments.  When Jack left the game, he was called out on stage by Julie Chen Moonves and he apologized saying he wasn’t that type of person.  Jackson, after being warned, seemed to pull away from the group with his showmance, Holly.  The eventual winner, Jack was faced with questions about his statements on the final show before winning the prize.  His stunned look on the stage wasn’t about winning but having his statements brought home to him.

Season 22 seemed to be the season of “friendship” since it was an all-stars season.  I am not going to mention any alliances here because according to Twitterverse, the game was decided prior to contestants entering the house.

Season 23, the present season, was hurt from the start by the team concept of Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jokers.  Most house guests thought that those teams would get them to the finale.  While Frenchie started The Slaughterhouse (and its sub-alliance of The Butchers) and Royal Flush developed out of a combination of Kings, Queens, and one Ace member, it has been The Cookout that has run the game.  The first season with a strong POC cast, they quickly formed together with Azah Awasum, Derek Frazier (son of boxer, Joe Frazier), Hannah Chaddha, Kyland Young, Tiffany Mitchell, and Xavier Prather to keep the crew together until the final six.  To do this, they paired up with someone from their “card” team.  At present, this group is running the game as they have slowly but surely picked off everyone else.  Can they keep it together to win?  We have a few weeks before we  know.

So did I leave any big alliances out?  Did I get your favorites?  There are been so many in the history of the show, I’m bound to have missed a few.