Big Brother Recap: Bombs Away

Big Brother 16 Devin Evicted

One would think, after 15 previous seasons of Big Brother, that this summer’s contestants would have known better than to form an eight-person alliance within the first week.

But I suppose that’s why they call it “wishful thinking.” Alas, the Bomb Squad was inevitably poised to blow up during Thursday’s live eviction episode, with alliance members Devin and Caleb sitting side-by-side on the chopping block.

But first — sorry, I had to — let’s break down how this week in the BB house unfolded.

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THE WEEK SO FAR | Operation Backdoor Devin was in motion since even before Paola’s eviction, and Derrick and Nicole becoming HoH kept things running smoothly. Jocasta and Caleb were nominated on Derrick’s end, while Nicole put up Donny and Amber. Caleb’s lovesick obsession with Amber went from Original Flavor Creepy to Super, Super Creepy, and he openly admitted to throwing the Battle of the Block competition in order to save “his queen.” (Relatedly, is CBS’ Stalker looking to cast any newcomers this fall?)

In a Power of Veto challenge that was a liiiiittle too close for comfort, Donny bested Devin, all but ensuring that Devin would be sent packing by week’s end. Jocasta — who couldn’t compete for the POV at all, due to heat exhaustion — came off the block, Devin was named the replacement nominee and those of us watching at home marveled, “Is something in the Big Brother house actually going according to plan?!

THE STRATEGY | “Not so fast!” say the Big Brother producers. In a slyly edited segment skewed in Devin’s favor, the houseguests weigh the pros and cons of sending Caleb packing instead. Their points are all extremely valid: Caleb isn’t adding much to anyone else’s game, and his tunnel vision for Amber could be detrimental in the long run. Perhaps it would be wiser to evict the so-called “Beast Mode Cowboy” and keep uber-target Devin in the house?

In the meantime, BB11 alum Jeff Schroeder pays a visit to Donny’s adorable family in Albemarle, N.C., where they discuss his kind heart, his potential to win the whole shebang and how much they hate his shorts. (And yet, no word on whether Jeff and fellow BB alum Jordan are getting married anytime soon? You disappoint me, Jeff. Even if you did have me making googly eyes at my TV screen the whole time.)

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THE VOTES | In Devin’s defense, the guy gives a pretty solid speech before his fellow HGs vote, pointing out Caleb’s Final Two deal with Amber as incentive to stay in the house. Caleb, meanwhile, can’t even be bothered to button his shirt for the occasion, which is charming. Ultimately, though, all thoughts of evicting Caleb seemed to be fleeting: Devin is evicted unanimously (11-0!), and as soon as he’s out the door, his fellow houseguests are celebrating so hard that it’s tough not to feel a little bad for the dude. Only a little, though.

Of course, I don’t mean to add insult to injury when it comes to Devin’s eviction. After all, the guy does have a 2-year-old daughter at home who could have benefited hugely from Dad bringing home $500,000. But, as a longtime BB viewer (who can safely admit she’s too emotionally invested in this show), I find it hard to sympathize with those who play the game so aggressively. Devin wasn’t the good kind of BB schemer, like Dr. Will and Dan Gheesling before him. He played a sloppy social game, used his daughter as a convenient manipulation tool and, frankly, was a bit of a bully. I won’t be sad to see him go, but it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t bring home the bacon for his family.

TO BE CONTINUED | In the backyard for this week’s Head of Household competition, contestants are paired off and must work together to weave 12 eggs through a fence, into a basket at the other end. Pairs are as follows:

* Victoria and Christine
* Caleb and Nicole
* Brittany and Jocasta
* Amber and Zach (which must be making Caleb seethe — but at least it’s not Cody!)
* Donny and Hayden
* Cody and Frankie

The competition won’t be finished before episode’s end, but Cody and Frankie are tied with Amber and Zach for the lead when Julie checks in. Until Sunday, it seems! (Or, for those with the live feeds, until later!)

Were you as glad as I was to see Devin walking out the door? Which pair would you like to see become co-Heads of Household? And how much longer will Victoria wait to do anything noteworthy? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Kate says:

    What I was snickering the most about in the editing of the maybe Caleb was sort of outlined by that Donny and Cody discussion. Which I actually think took place last week the morning after the Zach explosion at last week’s veto. It was the last real glimmer that Donny could have protection from the boys because Cody likes him and he trusted Cody. Donny is still apparently holding onto the idea that Cody can be brought around or hasn’t made any firm plans, I won’t spoil because for some reason they have decided not to show some of the five billion overlapping alliances but at the core of that is a two some who have guided the game the past two weeks and he is the charm portion of it. So, you know, Cody can’t really be brought around as he tends to bring the recruits in.

  2. para says:

    Just check Wikipedia for results

    • Alex says:

      Many more details and lots of interesting information can be found at tons of BB sites. Morty’s and BB Network are good ones. Wikipedia stinks in comparison. The entries are poorly written and lack depth.

    • Tenney says:

      Jokersupdates and hamsterwatch recap what is going on in the house at all times. I know that jokersupdates has already posted who won HOH.

  3. smiller2080 says:

    Devin kind of grew on me this past week. He had a feeling that he was going home, so he tried to right his wrongs. While I won’t necessarily miss him, I couldn’t help but think they should’ve voted out Caleb. Maybe that’s what will happen this week if Team America decides to follow through on their mission of getting out a physically strong competitor. On another note, I loved Jeff’s visit with Donny’s family.

  4. abz says:

    Can Jeff Schroder just go away already? Wasting time on that segment when they could have aired more footage for those of us who don’t have the live feeds or BBAD. Yeah, the POV episode and Live Eviction episode air one day after the other, but in reality there are several days in between the POV day and eviction day yet they only give us like 15 minute of footage on Thursdays so much of which was showmance nonsense with the rest of it being mixed with HOH, eviction, and annoying Julie constantly wasting air time by telling us what’s coming up. Sorry for the rant.

    • Oracle says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Jeff somehow became the new ‘face’ of Big Brother. He’s as vanilla and cheesy as it gets. I’d so prefer a Mike Boogie or someone with a real character. He’s just a cheeseball with a grin who thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips. It was SO lame when he put on Donny’s clothes and Donny’s Dad looked like he wanted to send this city boy out of his house faster than a Watchtower written by Barack Obama.

    • xwiseguyx says:

      I agree about Jeff, but there isn’t much of interest with this year’s houseguests to televise, unless you want to see Nicole and Christine cuddle with Frankie.

      • Zayne says:

        I strongly disagree. They could have shown The HitMen alliance form, or The Detonators. They could have shown pieces of any of the entertaining conversations the houseguests have had since the PoV comp. I’m glad I have the live feeds because the actual episodes of the show have been very poorly edited this season.

  5. Sean says:

    Are they ever going to do a quiz hoh again?

  6. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Well, I saw the live feed last night after the episode and I think Frankie and Cody are the new HOH. As for the eviction I’m glad DEVIL Devin is out! He played his cards all wrong sheesh the game wasn’t even starting and already struck with paranoia. Now Caleb (his fine ass) LOL…..If he keeps up w/ all this Amber/Cody BS he’s out especially w/ the new Team America challenge about ‘a physical threat’ so I think he might next week.

  7. TeeOh says: