Big Brother Recap: Four the Win

Big Brother 16 Final Four

In the world of professional basketball, there are few milestones more exciting and nerve-wracking than the Final Four.

In the world of Big Brother, the Final Four is just as pivotal.

If it’s not enticing enough that this week’s Head of Household is eligible to play for the crown again next week, what makes the Final Four unique is the sole eviction vote (usually cast by the Power of Veto winner). Aside from the finale, this week in the BB house boasts the highest stakes of the summer.

How did those pivotal moments shake out? Let’s recap:

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THE WEEK SO FAR | Although this summer’s Rewind twist threatened to have all of us at home experiencing deja vu, the post-button-push events found Caleb winning Head of Household instead of Frankie, while Cody absolutely crushed his competition in the Power of Veto challenge. And even though everyone who has sat next to Victoria on the past few eviction nights has gone to the jury house instead of her, Frankie still clung to hope that his fellow alliance members would spare him this week. (Which they didn’t. On Tuesday, Derrick and Cody both voted to oust the less-famous Grande sibling, and Frankie left the BB house in a flurry of pink hair and glitter.)

And that brings us to Thursday’s live broadcast, featuring the second eviction of the week. Newly minted Head of Household Derrick makes the obvious choice to nominate Victoria (who’s still pretending to hate him), and in true puppet master fashion, slyly convinces Caleb to volunteer as tribute for the chopping block.

But it’s hardly the nomination ceremony that matters this week; all the power really lies with the Power of Veto competition, which this week allows CBS yet another opportunity to plug its fall line-up. (Tonight’s promoted show: Stalker, which is incredibly fitting for Caleb and maybe a little too spot-on for real-life cop Derrick). Contestants must use photos of evicted houseguests to connect certain events that happened throughout the summer. Derrick deliberately takes his time, not wanting the responsibility that comes with this week’s POV win; Victoria feels fairly confident, only to have about half of her answers wrong when she first locks them in; and Caleb’s feelings on the competition can be summed up by this Diary Room confession: “I’ve never been good at webs.”

I don’t know what that means, but it makes me incredibly intrigued by Caleb’s past.

It’s not all that surprising when Cody walks away with the Veto win, making him the only vote to send either Caleb or Victoria home. (This TVLine writer has never been a huge Caleb fan, but I have to admit it’s a little sad to see him prematurely celebrating his Final Three status, when Cody has no intention of keeping him around.) And, as planned, Cody does oust Beast Mode Cowboy, after giving a surprisingly honest speech about the Final Two pact he’s had with Derrick since the second day of the summer. (Derrick seems totally cool with Cody’s confession, and I can’t imagine the two of them didn’t discuss it beforehand, but I also wonder if Derrick was just accidentally outed as someone who’s playing both of his Final Three companions.) Still, Caleb takes the eviction like a man, and spends his last few on-camera moments flexing his muscles and blocking Julie Chen’s line of vision. Should we have expected anything less?

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Other highlights of the hour:

* In a series of flashbacks that take place before Frankie was booted, Frankie goes to Derrick in search of the truth: Is he getting evicted? Or is he safe? Derrick confesses that Frankie will be getting ousted, prompting the pink-haired competitor to take to the HOH bedroom and tell his former allies that he will single-handedly decide who wins this season of Big Brother. Cody tells Frankie he’s “not f—king Jesus” (amen!), while Caleb gets personal and says he would destroy Frankie in the Final Two. (Eh… not so sure about that one.)

* After a series of the usual “holla!”s from evicted houseguests play on the loudspeaker, Derrick gets an unexpected shout-out from his wife and infant daughter. It ranks in the Top 5 Cutest Things I’ve Ever Seen, no doubt.

* Big Brother checks in with Caleb’s parents, who seem way more grounded and self-aware than Beast Mode himself. Amid a series of sound bites showing Caleb talking himself up (“I’m almost 7 percent body fat”; “I was asked to do porn once”; “I could write a book, and it would be a No. 1 best-seller.”), Caleb’s mom and dad admit that their son likes to, er, stretch the truth a bit.

OK, your turn. Were you surprised to see Caleb leave the house before Victoria? Who stands the best chance at Part 1 of the final HOH competition? Which of Caleb’s tall tales made you laugh the hardest? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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. King says:

    I agree with Caleb he would destroy Frankie if they were in the finals since Nicole, Hayden, Christine and Cody hate Frankie I couldn’t see them voting for him (except if he were against Victoria). I also could also see Donny voting for Caleb over Frankie. And Victoria too! Too bad Caleb fell under Derrick’s spell and ousted Frankie. It was a dumb decision.

    • AlsoMaggie says:

      I’m sure Caleb is regretting it but I’m not so sure Frankie would have been any more loyal at the end. Frankie would have at least gotten Cody out, who I cannot stand.

  2. Kate says:

    What was most curious is how much anyone paying attention to the feeds as much as we knew about Caleb that this whole week and then this episode especially found ourselves feeling bad for him and having to repeat in our heads…Amber, Amber, Amber.

    I was surprised Cody was that honest in his speech (but from what seems to be going on now, they are telling Victoria absolutely everything that has gone on this summer and making themselves as the most stand up of all of the various alliances and she is taking it all well). Its always dangerous to do that because even if the jury hears all of that (which they might not) because they might let that sit for awhile.

    • dan says:

      As Cody was giving his speech before evicting Caleb, you could see Victoria slowly realizing that she has been played by Derrick. It looked like Victoria was more upset by Cody’s revelation than Caleb was. However, without watching any feeds and not knowing any spoilers, I guess it is possible that whoever wins next (assuming it is Cody or Derrick) will still take Victoria to final two. If Victoria wins the final HOH that would be THE most shocking event of the season!

  3. Goodbyenoway says:

    I’m a gay man and I’m embarrassed by Frankie. He’s grotesque. Shame on CBS for not showing the viewers the real Frankie that is seen on the live feeds. They must have a deal with his nobody sister.

  4. DarkDefender says:

    I only half watched this show all summer (catching it most nights, but not DVR’ing it).. I am surprised at how together and great Derrick is playing the game. I don’t think I’ve seen him make one misstep in the times I have watched.
    I can’t stand Frankie.. He is way to self aggrandizing (pun intended). I can’t believe he was shocked to get the boot after he had to “drop the bomb of his sister being Ariana Grande” just to survive in the game earlier in the season – which was no suprise it worked as long as it did, because let’s face it all these kids want is to be famous and he already knows someone “famous.” I also hate that CBS seems to be pushing for him to get fan favorite (I’d give that money to Donny).
    I think if Cody is playing to win he (like Derrick) has to take Victoria to the end. I think she is a lock for 2nd place and who ever takes her will win. If Derrick and Cody go to the end, I think Derrick should win, but Cody is probably more liked by the jury and if they are bitter he would probably win over Derrick.

    • AlsoMaggie says:

      Remember when Derrick and Cody were going to join up with Nichole and Hayden to oust a Bomb Squad member but Caleb told them it was a mistake because it made equal numbers for guys/gals and Christine could switch. So yes, Derrick has made missteps.

  5. Bob Smith says:

    Derrick continues playing an awesome game. So far, his gameplay remains flawless. Caleb, on the other hand, was clueless.