Big Brother Recap: All for One

Big Brother 16 Amber Evicted

The Big Brother house should have a sign on its front door that reads “No Girls Allowed.”

Of the season’s first four evictions, three of the booted contestants have been ladies (and the only guy to be sent packing has been Devin, Dastardly Tyrant of the Land). And Thursday’s live eviction episode was no different; two women sat side by side once again, one of them much more at risk for leaving than the other.

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THE WEEK SO FAR | I know Zach and Frankie have taken to calling their bromance “Zankie” — after all, it rhymes with “hanky” and “panky,” both activities that Zach seems increasingly interested in doing with his best friend/closest ally in the house. But wouldn’t “The Odd Couple” be more appropriate? When the pair became co-Heads of Household following Brittany’s eviction, Frankie remained cool, calm and totally savvy in his gameplay, while Zach went on an utterly heinous power trip. He nominated Christine and Nicole (with the ultimate goal of ousting Amber by week’s end), and insulted the latter during his nomination ceremony. (Not that being called a “Fruit Loop Dingus” by Zach is actually something to be upset over, but your heart has got to be tinier than the Grinch’s to insult sweet Nicole, who doesn’t even know who Hansel and Gretel are! Not cool, Zach Attack.) Fortunately, Christine and Nicole won the Battle of the Block competition, leaving Jocasta and Victoria as the only nominees. Hayden triumphed in the Power of Veto challenge, kept a promise to Victoria that he would remove her from the block and Amber promptly went up in her place. Oh, and Caleb suffered through eating a pickle just to score a backyard date with Amber. (Perhaps the most awkward date in the history of ever? Decide in the comments.)

THE STRATEGY | After Amber becomes the replacement nominee, it becomes less about how the house will vote and more about why Amber’s on the block in the first place. She tracks down Frankie, who mumbles something about Caleb’s passion, and the following he-said-she-said goes down: Amber cries to Christine about how Caleb is messing up her game and quickly becoming her main target; Christine, hoping this will persuade her alliance to keep Amber, runs to The Detonators with the news — aaaaand it totally backfires, giving the men of the house (and Caleb himself) all the more reason to evict the model-turned-esthetician.

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THE VOTES | …And evict her they do. All nine voting HGs choose to oust Amber — even Caleb! — and she promptly exits without giving anyone a sugary sweet goodbye hug. And although Team America was given the task of voting against the majority, then publicly accusing two fellow housemates about their votes, Donny and Derrick decide they just can’t go through with it. And who can blame them? Derrick and Donny (and Frankie, though he wasn’t eligible to complete the challenge this week) have all played a smart game thus far. Ruining it for $5,000 couldn’t possibly seem worth it — at least, not when there’s a much bigger prize with two more zeroes waiting at the end of the summer. (Oh, and for the record, Amber claims in her post-eviction interview that Cody is like a brother to her. I think she might be using the Cersei and Jaime Lannister definition of “brother and sister,” no?)

LOSING YOUR MEMORY | In the backyard, the Head of Household competition tests the HGs’ knowledge of short video clips they studied earlier in the week. And apparently, they crammed for this test: Julie runs out of questions to ask, and there’s still five contestants in the game. So…. until next time, it seems? This is the first time that a quiz-themed Head of Household competition hasn’t finished in time — expect the unexpected, indeed.

OK, your turn. Were you happy to see Amber leave the house? Who are you hoping to see become Heads of Household? Can you stand the wait until next week’s live double eviction (!)? Hit 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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20 Comments
  1. Dan says:

    How exactly does a double eviction work?

    • Karen MT says:

      As Julie said, it’s a full week in one night. They’ll do an early eviction, and in the same episode they’ll do the HOH, BOB, POV and the second eviction before the hour ends. Considering there’s an extra competition, it’s going to be crazier than the past years’ double evictions.

      • jasie says:

        I don’t think in the double eviction that they will do the two hohs so there won’t be a BOB. I think this will be the last week for two hohs.

        • Jerry says:

          I agree. Last season’s double eviction week saw the end of the twist of MVP, and the start of the jury. Personally, I would love to see the end of two HOHs, because you know Victoria and Jocasta will on the block all the time (even if non-Detonators win, I am very sure both of them will be up, just so the HOH have a higher chance of retaining the HOH). Also I don’t think BB has enough time to cramp 3 competitions and 2 evictions and 2 ceremonies in an hour, considering other double evictions ended just on the dot.

          I would also love to see a jury of nine like last season. It’s always better to get a bigger jury, just so that means more bitterness and drama (hopefully) as a viewer.

  2. jason says:

    I always love the double eviction episode, but that is also when I start to lose interest. #teamzach

  3. Angel says:

    If you watch live feeds, you’ll see Nicole isn’t sweet. She’s catty and jealous and insults the other girls behind their backs constantly.

  4. Rlr says:

    Won’t watch anymore now that AMBER’s gone. Only idiots remain!

  5. DavidSask says:

    I would rather have Amber in house than many of other females. Her game was destroyed by Calab and its not fair as she was forced to like him and that is revolting situation to me! The other house mates had no sympathy but had they been in that situation their egos would not be as they are now!!!

    Zac although bringing a new gay story to big brother is not very likeable and its time for him to go soon if he doesn’t dial it back majorly! Having said this eventually Frankie is going to get busted for playing EVERYBODY!!

    • Rook says:

      I felt sorry for Amber, her game was really destroyed by Caleb. It did seem like the other players turned against her for not having feelings for him. But she handled it very well when she could have blow up others games and when Zach yelled at her. It was classy and respectful.

  6. wrstlgirl says:

    YES!! First Brittany and now Amber. Very happy indeed. All these people feeling sorry for Amber because Caleb ruined her game. I felt bad for her too until I started watching the live feeds and she completely led him on, A LOT! What you saw on air was really edited in her favor. Just like Nicole is getting the nice girl edit. I’m not saying that Caleb isn’t a love sick delusional puppy but she used him when she needed him so I’m glad she got the boot. I love Zankie (hate pet names but this one is cute). And as far as Zach being an a-hole. Well he certainly is making the game entertaining and he tells everybody he’s an a-hole and most know not to take him to seriously. Again editing. What you see on the live feeds or twitter spoiler real time updates is way different that what you see on TV. And often times better.

  7. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Nicole is DEF. going to put up Victoria cause during on 1 of the live feeds this week she saw her and Hayden talking and he (hayden) had his arm around her. Nic thought she saw him kiss her when really they were talking about the game. So there’s some jealously and she (Nicole) admitted that she likes Hayden. As for the double elimination I WANT to see Victoria and Zach OR Caleb to go.

  8. Jamey says:

    Does anyone else think Zach looks and acts like a previous houseguest?? Anyone remember Dr. Will??? I wonder, since they are both from Fla if there is any connection there. They kind of are playing the same kind of game too. Except Zach is much more a meathead about it. He seems like he knows he probably won’t win, but is trying to ensure he can come back in future seasons as maybe a villain?? Just a thought!

    • Shannon says:

      i have watched bb since the beginning n Will Kirby is still my fave player. I thought the same thing when i seen give everyone the i hate u all speech :)

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  10. Zayne says:

    There’s one in the comments every freaking week. TV Line, delete this inconsiderate jerk’s post please. You guys need to moderate these more or say something in the article about not posting feed spoilers.

  11. Matt Webb Mitovich says:

    It’s been handled.Mgmt.

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