Big Brother Recap: Spelling Disaster

Let’s call Big Brothers‘s P.O.V. episodes “Whisper Wednesdays,” because we just spent a whole hour watching housemates spoon, giggle, and murmur strategies. Teehee! Conspiracies! Guh-her! Pillow fight! Backdoor betrayals! Wee! Whatever, fine by me. Season 13 needs shaking up, and the strange rift growing among the veterans (even in whispers) is turning Big Brother 13 into something of a nail-biter. Finally.

Last time, Rachel renominated the oh-so-targetable duo of Adam and Dominic. I’m not prepared to let go of Dominic, who remains one of the game’s more fascinating players, but I’m doubly prepared to sack Adam, whose fabricated obsessions with metal and Beverly Hills 90210 render him a worse nuisance than Brenchal’s fights. And their fights make a hoarse brench sound! Sad, Adam.

Following that nomination at the top of last night’s episode, Rachel approaches the nominated duo and suggests working out a deal. Dominic and Adam mutter and seem compliant, but it isn’t until later when Dominic works out a separate plan with Rachel to throw the P.O.V. challenge and set up Adam for elimination that a scheme seems set. Hooray! It’s like I’m in the Dominic-Rachel alliance, waiting for Brillo-bearded Adam to surrender to my manipulations.

We soon watch as unlikely companions Dominic and Daniele tease each other and flirt like — what else — dumb Sims. Even dumb Adam is taking notice. Daniele confesses, “It’s a love-hate relationship. He loves me, and I hate him.” A regular Woody Allen hiding in Daniele’s bunny cheekbones, I tell ya! Ratatat-tat with the punchlines! For some reason, Daniele is steadfast in her commitment to Dominic, and when Brendon and Rachel tell her they won’t switch his nomination and backdoor Jeff and Jordan, little Daniele puffs up like a ptarmigan. The grace of her Golden Key immunity is wearing off, and the next leg of the competition will be a rough one for Daniele if she can’t exert more influence.

P.O.V. Challenge: Jeff and Jordan are the third team drawn for this week’s P.O.V. game and Porsche is chosen as host. After all, she’s a “VIP cocktail waitress” and emceeing should be her strong suit. Except for having to read. Right.

The game takes place in a humongous bathtub where three teams will pull at “leg hairs” on a giant dummy. Those giant hairs (more like Noodle tubes for doggy-paddling children) feature letters of the alphabet on the “root,” and the teams must race to retrieve the most letters and arrange them to spell the longest word. Jeff’s inclusion is hilarious because he tried spelling “technotronic” during a similar challenge in his original season. Couple things about that: 1) He not only spelled it wrong, but 2) Technotronic is the Belgian band that sang “Pump Up the Jam.” It’s not a word. Failing is always a multifaceted treat when Jeff does it.

Except in this game, Brendon races to the lead by spelling the 13-letter-word “UNDERSTANDING.” Very impressive! It’s everyone else who is braindead this time: Rachel writes “MOUISTURIZING,” which reminds me of my new nickname, Louis-turizing. Jordan spells “LITTLE,” opting not to spell the longer “FARTING” because it’s embarrassing. More embarrassing still? She could’ve spelled “RAFTING.” Adam spells “FRACTIONS,” but he doesn’t spell it as fast as Jeff, who spells “EXPRESSES.”
But Brendon takes the victory with “UNDERSTANDING,” and it’s now official: The P.O.V. power remains in Brenchels’ possession.

This bums out our man Dominic, who remains likable. Look at his unobjectionable shorts! His lame social skills! And the fact that he befriends women who call him a virgin on national television (as exhibited last Thursday)! What’s there not to like about this guy? I say nothing. Yet. But sadly, Dominic’s not sure that Adam will be voted out, so he bugs the little-seen Shelly and requests her vote. Is this “good gameplay”? Try “phenomenally terrible gameplay,” because Shelly, Big Brother‘s own personal Jerri Blank, takes advantage of Dominic’s confidence and immediately informs Brenchal of his two-timing dealmaking. Shelly, you minx! When Rachel catches wind of Dominic’s backstabbing, she squeals, “I can’t believe it!” But I can, because this is Big Brother. Betrayals happen, Rachel. She and the other veterans suspect that Daniele is behind Dominic’s machinations, and they rally around the idea of destroying her as the episode closes.

So, ooh, where does this leave us? Is Shelly an insane turncoat? Will Brenchal screw over Dominic and vote him out tomorrow? Is Daniele’s game over too? Will Lawon and Kalia ever play this game? Hit me in the comments, read me regularly at, and follow me on Twitter @louisvirtel.

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  1. bbfanjb says:

    UMMM…Jeff didn’t win POV, that was BRENDON.

  2. Betsy says:

    Brendon actually won the POV. He also won his season’s spelling competition.

  3. nomadreader says:

    Stop with the Brendan/Jeff confusion. Please.

  4. Sivat says:

    I am worried for Daniele. She’s my favourite player this year, and I hope she doesn’t exit next week.

  5. Daniel says:

    Brendon (or Brendan or just stupid-guy) won with the same word as last year, didn’t he?

  6. Done says:

    Every TVLine BB recap I’ve read this summer has had at least one pretty significant factual error. I think I’ll stick with EW.

    • Marissa says:

      Haha, good luck with that. As for me, I’ll stick with the far more entertaining TvLine recaps.

    • timshel says:

      Agreed, Done. Not to mention that he can’t seem to pick between spelling it Brenchel or Brenchal. Just the worst recaps around.

  7. AR says:

    I’m bored with this season. I don’t like the twist with the couples or the vets’ dominance of the game so far. I guess that what happen to an aging reality show… it get BORING eventually.

    • Sivat says:

      The vets dominating is the only good thing about this season! The newbies are totally unlikable and unrootable with Porsche being the one exception.

  8. Jonathan says:

    Just get it right noobs or at least fix it after the first couple of responses tell you to. Weak a

  9. BRETT says:

    I’m a fan of Brendon and Rachel, so that’s why I suppose I’m loving this season. However Jeff and Jordan are quickly losing me as fans. Can’t wait till next week – there was a huge blowup in the house this week and everyone was put on blast, especially Kalia and Daniele. Daniele talked too much and it may just have ruined her game.

  10. Laurel says:

    Danielle may of shot herself in the foot by overplaying. A classic ROOKIE mistake, playing too fast too soon.
    I didn’t expect a Vet to make that mistake.

    The HOH is going to BRUTAL tonight.
    If it’s an Endurance Comp as so many are predicting I doubt that we will see a lot of HG’s throwing in the towel early like they did last year.
    Except for Lawon he’ll jump within 10 minutes. lol

    I think most of the HG’s are really going to battle it out for HOH this week.It should be a really good Endurance Comp.

    I hope Shelly wins it.

    I wonder what the NEW twist is going to be ?
    Some say new teams but I hope not. That is getting old.
    I hope they get rid of the Gold Keys and the Teams.

  11. Sivat says:

    I hope Daniele wins HoH to secure her safety in the house. I also hope the twist involves putting the remaining houseguests in randomly-selected pairs. Imagine Rachel and Jeff vs. Adam and Brendon vs. Jordan and Lawon vs. Daniele and Porsche vs. Shelly and Kalia!

  12. Sean says:

    Did you see Danielle’s ripped jeans? Look, I know that’s what the kids are doing these days, but that was ridiculous…there was more rip than jeans. Maybe the extra draft in those pants caused her to be overly aggressive with her strategy suggestions, but she clearly tipped her hand, and it became clear to all 4 of them that the only one who could benefit by them turning on each other would be Dani.

    I hope you’ll check out the rest of my recap at, or you can just click my name.