Big Brother Recap: Sweet 16

There’s a reason why Big Brother has held onto its signature “Expect the unexpected” catchphrase for 16 seasons.

After Wednesday’s debut introduced some of the franchise’s most superficial, polarizing contestants to date, it was hard to believe that Thursday’s second batch of contestants could be any less appealing.

But in the spirit of CBS’ reality series, there’s always a twist. And on the second night of BB‘s two-part premiere, we learned that some of these new contenders could, in fact, be worse than the group we met just 24 hours prior.

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Once again, let’s first break down this group of contestants, high school yearbook-style:

Every few seasons, there’s a contestant who just can’t keep his cool long enough to get evicted the traditional way, opting instead to get escorted out by the producers for threatening a housemate/destroying equipment/something equally as absurd. This season, my money’s on Zach, who needn’t say anything more than this lovely sound bite to seal his fate as the season’s house jerk: “I’m annoyed by people who eat, people who sleep, people who breathe, people who live.” Smooth talker!

The 23-year-old barista was utterly precious as she cried upon receiving her BB house key. But her poor showing in the HoH competition (more about that in a minute) and general wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly demeanor make her a lock for an early eviction.

She didn’t get much screen time during Thursday’s second hour, but it seems this modest mom of three wouldn’t be able to resist, say, a phone call from home?

I’ll admit, I’m cheating a bit on this one: Prior to the Season 16 debut, Caleb was already making headlines for racist and homophobic comments. Now that we know he’s ultra-conservative and doesn’t back down from a challenge, I’d be unsurprised to see Caleb joining the Big Brother Hall of Shame.

Much like the Season 12 champ also named Hayden, BB‘s resident pedicab driver is refreshingly laidback, with just enough physical prowess and street smarts to help him coast into the finals — without anyone knowing how he got there.

As this Florida-based photographer so charmingly puts it, “Victoria gets what Victoria wants.” But in the event that Victoria doesn’t have the privilege of hot showers and decent meals at some point this summer, the Diary Room will surely be in for an earful.

I have no doubt that Jocasta’s religious devotion will be a cornerstone of her time in the Big Brother house. But when Jocasta gave us a glimpse into her life before God — “I’ve done a lot of people. I’ve done men, I’ve done women.” Was I hearing that right?! — we also got a sneak preview at who could be the season’s most surprising schemer.

Perhaps it was his lack of screen time, or the fake “parks and recreation coordinator” job he gave himself instead of telling the HGs he’s really a police sergeant. Either way, this 30-year-old Rhode Island native had me saying, “Who?” during each one of his confessionals.

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After the second group of eight enters the house, Wednesday’s initial Crazy Eights alliance quickly begins to fracture. Frankie and Victoria bond over their shared love of pink (always a solid foundation for friendship), while Paola feels out Caleb to determine how big of a threat he really is.

The HGs make their way to the backyard for the second Head of Household competition, a luau-themed endurance challenge that requires contestants to hang onto a giant rotating barbecue spit, all while getting doused with barbecue sauce that makes the whole thing look like a scene from Carrie. (Side note: Did anyone else think this HoH challenge was way more difficult than the first one that Frankie conquered? At least the first eight contestants got to stand.)

Ultimately, the competition comes down to Hayden and Caleb, with Caleb walking away as the week’s second HoH. Unfortunately for the masters of the house, Julie informs them that only one will be ensured safety for the entire week. This season, both Heads of Household will nominate two houseguests — a grand total of four potential evictees — and a new competition called “Battle of the Block” will pit each pair of nominees against each other. The nominees who win the competition will come off the chopping block, and they will dethrone the HoH who nominated them, making the former leader just as vulnerable to be nominated. It’s a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me, and way more exciting than the Golden Power of Veto — which, by the way, is that still a thing?

Oh, and don’t forget the Team America twist! The first houseguest to be recruited to our secret alliance is Joey, who is thrilled about the challenge that lies ahead. Voting is now open to choose the next member of Team America, so head on over to to choose your ideal puppet.

Now that you’ve met all 16 contestants, who are your early favorites? Which Head of Household do you want to see dethroned this week? Sound off in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. abz says:

    I don’t get how this Team America thing works. We won’t find out who all 3 are for another two weeks, but what if one of them ends up being evicted before the alliance can even begin?

    I already don’t like Zach or Victoria. Both perfect each other. Each obsessed with themselves. They can join Paola and Frankie on the list of annoying people on BB16

    • Britt says:

      -They probably will use the person with the second amount of votes for that week or America will have to vote again.
      -She looks nothing like Whitney Houston.
      -I don’t know if I like this Battle of the Block.
      -Not a fan of Caleb, Zach, Victoria, and Paola, but that could change.

      • Britt says:

        Also I’m 24 and wish we had more variety in the contestants. Most of them look like models and bodybuilders. I just wish we had a better mixture of ages and less people looking for a showmance.

        • abz says:

          I agree with you. I wish there was more of a variety as well. Almost every season is the same. The jock/athletic guys, the stereotypical gay guy, ditzy blondes, the one black guy and girl, and a few models. Why not have people of all different types of ages, sizes and looks. Oh and in the selection process, eliminate anyone who specifically says they’re looking for a showmance. I’m sure there are a lot of them.

        • James says:

          To be fair, Devin is the most ripped out of the guys, followed by Caleb. Cody has an atheletes body while the rest of the young ones are average. Donny is certainly the most average of them all. But remembering what happened with Howard last year, Devin’s particular physicality is not gonna help him win in a lot of endurance and physical challenges not related to strength.

          We have quite a lot of married people and single parents this year compared to the last couple of seasons so i’m certain most if not all of them are going to play to win knowing what’s at stake.

  2. jj says:

    jacosta is an auto favourite for me, she’s a minister from lovejoy, georgia and as a simpsons fan I can’t help but like her since her nickname can literally be reverend lovejoy

  3. DavidSask says:

    How is the show going to do the new format as the cast starts to dwindle?

    • webly3 says:

      My guess is that each HOH will only nominate one person each when it gets down to the wire.

    • Mike R. says:

      More than likely like all season twists, it will end after 4 or 5 weeks, and will be back to just regular Big Brother.

  4. Anne says:

    Caleb is a despicable person. Absolutely revolting.

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  6. Newo says:

    Caleb is already creepy stalker level obsessed with one of the girls (via live feeds), i can see this going very very badly for the show.

  7. Dan the critic says:

    How could America vote for Joey. She is an annoying liberal.

    • James says:

      Left, right, center, forward, backward, up, down, northeast, southwest, liberal, Liberace, republican, democrats, socialists, sosy girls, diplomats, public servants.

      They all sound the gibberish to me.

  8. Alpha78 says:

    I want Derrick 4 Team America