The Daily Bongo

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 -- Evening

POV and Scheming
The Big Brother show started with a recap of the past week. Let's see how much scheming they'll show tonight. Porsche tells everyone about opening Pandora's box. Porsche regrets opening Pandora's Box, and she is responsible for unleashing havoc on the foursome. Kalia asked what was the enticement, and Jordan said "money." Rachel was very excited that both Rachel and Jordan could have safety this week. Rachel tells Jordan that they have the power to take over their future. Rachel tries to explain what a good deal it is for them. Jordan is thinking about what Porsche got. Rachel explains that they should forget that and just concentrate on doing it. As Rachel said, they can put up Shelly and get rid of her. Kalia can't believe that Porsche ruined the game over $5000. Shelly is quiet because she realizes that her ass is on the line. Shelly thought she was looking good for the week, but it really sucks for Shelly. The four keep on reminding themselves about how they are four and Rachel and Jordan are just two. When they were alone, Porsche told Kalia that she also got $5000. As HOH, Porsche wants either Rachel or Jordan to go home. As Jordan says in DR, all that matters is the veto, and Jordan really hopes that she or Rachel wins the veto. At the nomination ceremony, obviously, Rachel and Jordan go on the block. Rachel and Jordan just smile because they just have to win the POV. Shelly says in DR that she and Adam have to go all out to win the veto to keep themselves safe. However, Rachel already knows that she is going to win the veto and take Rachel and Jordan off the block.

Rachel tells Jordan that she thought it was funny how Porsche said that they didn't talk to her. Rachel wonders if they should go to talk, and Jordan said to wait. Jordan thinks it's funny that it's down to her and Rachel as the last standing vets. Jordan and Rachel talk positively that if they try really hard, they will win. As Jordan says, you aren't safe unless you have the veto. Jordan goes up to talk to Porsche and Kalia. Jordan said that they are all on a clean slate. Jordan said that Rachel, Porsche, Kalia, and Jordan have been carrying Adam and Shelly. As Rachel said, they should support Jordan and Rachel because they would then have safety next week. Jordan said they can think about it, and it's cool if they don't. Porsche said her and Kalia should just take the offer because regardless of the veto outcome, they are in a good spot. Next, we see Jordan and Shelly in the bathroom together. Shelly says hello, and Jordan ignores her. Shelly said that they used to be so close, and not Jordan won't even look at her. When Adam and Shelly are outside, Adam asks Shelly if she is okay, and Shelly said that she is getting blamed because of her actions last week, but she wasn't the only one. In DR, Adam said that Shelly is trying to play the victim, when she put the target on her back. Shelly cries and says her alliance is with her husband and daughter, and that she isn't going to let Jordan and Jeff get in between it. Shelly claims, emptily that she will fight for the veto and will fight to get Rachel and Jordan out of the house.
POV competition, hanging from dummies
It's time for the veto competition. Out in the backyard, there are sky diving looking dummies with the face of their previous partners. Each house guest has to grab onto the dummy looking like their partner. The last person remaining on the dummy wins. As they hold on, the dummies are lifted. Rachel notices that everyone is holding on with her arms, but she wraps her legs around, and holds on really tight with her legs, just as she usually does. Adam was slipping from the first, and fell off with 4:35 on the clock. Adam said that it was an embarrassment. He said that he lost weight to be in shape, and he wasn't able to compete. Jordan was out at 8:36 because as she said, she's not one to tolerate pain. As Rachel said, it was then one against three because Rachel had to win. Jordan hopes that Rachel isn't pissed. Kalia farts, and Porsche thought that Kalia was trying to use it to propel herself up the dummy. Shelly claims that her back and arms are hurting. Jordan whispers to Rachel, and Shelly falls off at 12:02. Rachel tells Porsche that people get off scott free while they do all the work. Porsche's body is sore, and she sees Rachel comfortable. Then at 18:33, Porsche falls. Now it's just up to Kalia to combat Rachel. Rachel still looks comfortable, but she feels herself slipping. Kalia said that she can't fall off either. Shelly was begging for Kalia to hold on. Rachel tells Kalia that she is going to hang onto Brendon for ever. Kalia mocks Rachel in DR. "Brennon, I'm going to hand on to you." At 32:09, Kalia drops off, and Rachel wins the POV. Rachel was so excited. As she said, this is for Brendon and Jeff. Jordan said that Rachel did a great job, and they get to stay in the house for another week. Porsche realizes that it's now Shelly and Adam on the block. Shelly was devastated because she sucks, saying that Rachel was on Brendon's back, and that's where she likes to be.

Rachel and Jordan celebrate Shelly limps into the house, making it seem like she is injured. Rachel and Jordan go into the storage room, and jump and celebrate Rachel's win. Jordan tells Rachel that she did great, and that Jordan sucks as a partner. Jordan warns Rachel not to believe Shelly when she campaigns. Adam said that he was aligned with Jeff and Jordan, but joined the newbies this week, and that makes him nervous. Jordan tells Rachel that she is proud of her, and that they will get HOH. Jordan said that Shelly was crying, and Rachel says in DR that she wants to get rid of Shelly because of her lies and drama. Meanwhile, Kalia and Porsche are in the glums because they can't get rid of them. Kalia said that she's never broken her word with Jordan, so she hopes to pull Jordan from Rachel at some point. Kalia tells Porsche that Shelly and Adam don't do anything and don't win competitions. Shelly goes to talk to Jordan and asks for five minutes. Shelly says that she is truly sorry to have hurt Jordan. Jordan said that she should apologize for what she said in the purple room. Jordan said that she stuck up for Shelly 100% and felt that Shelly stabbed her in the back. Shelly said that her goal was not to do what happened. Shelly claims that she realized that she was pushing Jordan and Jeff ahead of her family. Shelly said that she was going to make a game move for her family. Shelly claims that she knew there were consequences, and she paid them. Shelly said that if it came to final two, Jordan would take Jeff over Shelly. Shelly said that she understands, and that she respects Jordan if she did something like that. Jordan admits that she was at her breaking point, and that Shelly stabbing her in the back, hurt her to the point that she can never trust Jordan again. Shelly tries to sweet talk Jordan saying that Jordan has much to often. Jordan says that she will forgive Shelly, but she won't forget. You go, Jordan!

Shelly goes and talks to Rachel and Jordan saying that she wants to help Rachel and Jordan get to where they want to go. Rachel said that if Shelly is true to her word that they need to win HOH, ad it would help to have three of them competing. Shelly claims that she doesn't want Kalia or Porsche in the final. Shelly claims that she wants to help Jordan and Shelly get further in the game. Jordan said that Shelly is promising them the world, but they have to think about it. Shelly said that she has to do whatever she has to do to get to the final three, because then she would be back in the game. As Shelly says in DR, if they take her, she would do everything in her power to not give them the money. Rachel is happy to take herself and Jordan off the block. If Rachel and Jordan have any smarts, they will get rid of Shelly this week and keep Adam. It's time for the veto meeting. Rachel said that she feels as if she and Jordan have been fighting hard in this game, they fought hard for veto, and they are going to continue in the game. Adam and Shelly are officially on the block. Adam says that he will do anything he can to stay in the house. Adam says that he is going to fight because the end is near. Shelly also says that she will do whatever to win. Rachel is so happy because they can decide who goes. Jordan says she and Rachel had to start thinking better and not make decisions based on what someone is telling them, but on what is best for them.

Monday, August 29, 2011 -- Evening

Obvious Happens
Rachel used the POV to remove herself and Jordan from the block. Of course, that means that Shelly and Adam are up in their place. Shelly has been trying to scheme her way into the good graces of Jordan and Rachel saying that she is 100% on their side, and they can trust her. Meanwhile, Rachel and Jordan have been making plans with Adam for the final three. Sounds to me like Shelly will be on her way to jury on Thursday.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 -- Evening

Big Brother Show Recap
The fans without the live feeds finally get to see some of the action that has been going down in the Big Brother house this weekend. The BB show started with Rachel going to talk to Jeff the night before the eviction. Rachel tells Jeff that Shelly told Rachel that Jeff threw the veto competition. Jeff denied it. But Jeff was really hurt because he had such trust and such close conversations with Shelly, and it hurt him. Two hours before the eviction, Jeff said that he had enough of Shelly being buddy buddy with Daniele. So Jeff said that he didn't like Shelly being back and forth so much. 90 Minutes before the eviction, Shelly asked Adam what was going on. Adam said that he was voting out Daniele. Adam tells Shelly she needs to vote for Daniele because they need to get to final four. Adam does tell Jeff that Shelly was asking what was wrong with Jeff. Shelly then goes to confront Jeff saying that she doesn't like talking behind her back. Then Adam outs her. Shelly says that Adam is the person who has been running back and forth. Shelly tries to claim that she was just going to show that Adam was the fluky vote. Sounded like Shelly was going to blame Adam after the vote. Shelly admits that she is trying to lie her ass off so that she can calm Jeff down so she stays in good. One hour before the eviction. Adam tells Jeff, Jordan, and Rachel that Shelly is campaigning to keep Daniele. Shelly tries to claim that Adam is a liar, but Jeff says that he didn't know about the plan until Shelly left it out. Adam confronts Shelly and demands that Shelly say why she wanted to keep Dani in the game. Shelly then says that she wanted to keep Dani in the game so that Dani can get rid of Jeff and Jordan. Jeff confronts Shelly about telling Rachel about throwing the competition. Rachel left the room, because as she told Porsche, she didn't want the tension of the fight. Jeff tells Shelly that she can explore any options she wants since Shelly obviously wants to play all sides. As Jeff walks by Shelly, he comments about how it hurts, and Shelly tries to claim it hurts her. But as Adam says, Shelly was caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

Shelly did not like that she had to have the blowup with Jeff and Adam during a double eviction night. As Shelly said, she's "ascared." She's also illiterate. Kalia felt sad to see Daniele go, but Jeff didn't feel sad to see Daniele go. Shelly said that she has to deal with the consequences. Jordan realized that she had to win the HOH to protect Jeff and Rachel, and as Shelly said, she has been betrayed by Shelly. Kalia says in DR that she had to make the HOH a good one. Shelly says that she has to make this HOH matter. Jordan says that she realizes that Jeff is super disappointed. Adam feels that he let his team down. Shelly tells Kalia and Porsche to put up Jeff and Jordan. Kalia says she has a deal with Jordan to not put her up, and wants to put up Jeff and Rachel. Rachel said that, of course, Kalia would put up Jeff and Rachel because Kalia is afraid of them both. Porsche thanks her dad for taking her to the ball pit. Rachel was sure that she was going to be the person voted out of the house. Porsche said that even though Jeff used the veto on her, she's not going to use it on him. Jeff tells Jordan to stop crying. Jeff tells Porsche bravo for doing something that someone else in the house would want. Adam tells Jeff that it will be a tie. Jeff talks to Shelly, but Shelly says that Jeff didn't trust her. Shelly claims she's hurt that Jeff didn't trust her. Duh! Shelly was stabbing Jeff in the back. Rachel was shocked that Jeff was evicted because Jeff was the strong person in the alliance, and now it's just her and Jordan. Jordan says on a scale of 1-10, her anger against Shelly is a 20. Shelly tries to pat Jordan's back, and Jordan tells Shelly not to touch her. Kalia and Porsche try to console fake Shelly because she's upset that Jordan is mad. Adam had a plan to stick together with Jeff, and Adam is really upset that it fell apart. Adam is in the purple room all mad, and Jordan and Rachel come in. Jordan says Kalia and Porsche are in the end, and they floated. Jordan cries about being so stupid to trust Shelly and giving her the phone call home. Shelly tries to pretend that she is good to everyone, and that Shelly has to keep an eye open for her family. Shelly tells Kalia and Porsche that she had to make a decision for her family. Jordan said that she looks like the biggest idiot for saying nice things about Shelly. Then Shelly goes into to yell at Jordan saying that Jordan doesn't realize how good a person Shelly is, and that Jordan is mad about Jeff. Shelly says that Jordan doesn't know her very well, and Jordan agrees. Jordan starts yelling that she is upset over Shelly's betrayal and for being stupid enough to be nice to Shelly. Shelly says something about doing things for her family. Rachel does the mature thing, and grabs Jordan's arm to take her away from Shelly and the others while Jordan says that they all were for Daniele like Daniele was so great thing because Dani's dad won BB four years ago.

it's time for the HOH competition. There are snakes in the BB yard, and Rachel says that it's appropriate because Rachel and Jordan are surrounded by snakes. Jordan admits that she is upset and trying to be calm. Jordan goes first and gets 18. Porsche is next, and she was really good in the practice. She gets an 11. Rachel is next and gets a 13. Shelly gets a 16. Then Adam goes and gets a 4. This gave rankings for the house guests to battle it out for HOH. Adam goes against Porsche. Adam gets 10 and Porsche gets a 14. Porsche moves on. Then it's Porsche against Rachel. Porsche goes first and gets a 20. Rachel has to get snake eyes to win (go all the way on the board). Rachel gets a 7 and is out. Rachel admits that she blew it because she put so much pressure on herself. Shelly comments about how Rachel made a spectacle of herself by crying. Shelly tells Porsche to get a snake eye because Shelly wants to throw it for Porsche. Jordan wants to go against Shelly, beat her, back stab her and throw her out of the house. Shelly hugs Porsche for getting a snake eye. Shelly has to also get a snake eye, but she does this freak thing with her tongue, like a snake, and Shelly is out early. It's not down to Porsche and Jordan. Porsche feels really confident about being Jordan.

Rachel is hoping that Jordan can keep her head and beat Porsche. Porsche feels that she is fighting for the newbies, and she gets a snake eye. Jordan is next. Rachel said it was watching the ball in slow motion. Shelly was looking anxiously to see Jordan lose. Jordan dropped the ball three quarters of the way down. Shelly celebrates with Porsche and Kalia. Rachel cries with Jordan. Jordan says that she and Rachel lost everything. Rachel cries and tell Jordan that she tried. Rachel and Jordan are so upset, and Kalia and Porsche dance like ungainly crazy kids. Shelly tells Adam that she didn't want to say I told you so. Adam says that he has to go with the newbies and not be a target. Jordan said that she doesn't know what's wrong with them, they can't win a competition. Jordan says she gives up because she has a dark cloud over her head. Jordan says that she cried so much, she can't cry anymore. As Jordan says, day 53 will go down in the records as her worst day, losing every competition, finishing second.

Don't despair! BB has a plan to help Rachel and Jordan. Porsche goes into the HOH room, and there is a Pandora's box. There are two cards, numbered 1 and 2. Porsche says two boxes with $5000 and champagne with two glasses. Porsche opened Pandora's box, and she realizes that she gets $10,000 and has to split it. She has to take envelope 2 down to the house guests. Porsche goes and gets everyone in the living room. Porsche opens the envelope. Porsche admits that she opened Pandora's box, and for one week, the duo rules apply for one week. Rachel realizes that with her and Jordan as a pair, they can remove themselves from the block. Porsche asks Kalia to be her partner. Rachel asks Jordan about being a team. Porsche that was the worst thing to open the box. Rachel is so excited because she thinks that she can save her and Jordan. Jordan said that she felt hopeless, but that now there is a chance for Jordan and Rachel to stay in the house together.

Rachel and Jordan safe for the week

Saturday, August 27, 2011 -- Late Evening

Rachel Wins Veto; Rachel & Jordan Safe
It seems that Rachel may have won the veto. The way I understand it from the feeds, since they are playing as teams, Rachel will take both herself and Jordan off the block. Adam and Shelly will go up as the replacements nominees (since there is no one else left). Then Rachel and Jordan will vote out Shelly. Now that's what I'm talking about! People complain about CBS production influencing the show and how the house guests play. Well, all I have to say is that in this case, I'm happy for the interference. it will definitely make the show a lot more interesting with Rachel and Jordan remaining in the game. I'm pretty sure that Jeff and Brendon will be extremely happy to see Shelly entering the Big Brother house. To think that Shelly did what she did to get further in the game, and it will result in her leaving the game sooner rather than later.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 -- Evening

Teams Are Back
Another twist in the Big Brother house. Porsche opened Pandora's Box. Opening it brought back the team concept, and resulted in Porsche (and new teammate Kalia) getting $5000 each. Rachel and Jordan are teamed, and Shelly and Adam are together. It sounds as if they will compete in the POV, and the best news is that if either Rachel or Jordan wins the POV, the team comes off the block. This is probably the hand of the Big Brother producers to try to keep both Rachel and Jordan in the game. After all, if the show becomes Kalia, Porsche, Shelly, and Adam, people will probably stop watching. BTW, Porsche did put Rachel and Jordan on the block.

Friday, August 26, 2011 -- Morning

HOH Results
The HOH competition was sometime last night. Porsche won. What the heck?! The girl has done nothing for most of the season, and then out of nowhere, she wins the POV and HOH in less than 12 hours. It seems that the plan will be to put up Rachel and Adam. Then if Rachel wins the POV, they will put Jordan up in her place. The goal is to get rid of Rachel or Jordan. What they didn't think about is what would happen if Jordan wins POV and takes Rachel off? I keep on rooting for Jordan to win, and she hasn't won recently. So it might be wishful thinking to hope for that now.
Cover of Summer of the Dragon by Elizabeth Peters
Summer of the Dragon
I've been devouring books this summer. Part of the reason is because I haven't been as mobile since I had foot surgery at the end of June. I've been reading romantic suspense books, and who better to read than Elizabeth Peters. Ms. Peters is the author of the Amelia Peabody mystery series. Summer of the Dragon is one of the few standalone mysteries that Peters wrote earlier in her career. I love the heroines in Peters' romantic suspense books. They tend to be very atypical. In this case, DJ Abbott is outspoken, a hardy eater, and more than capable of taking care of herself. When DJ goes to Arizona to work with Hank Hunnicutt, she finds herself surrounded by some of the scientific lunatic fringe. Hank is one of those rich philanthropists who funded psychic research, reincarnation, treasure hunters, and alien searchers. And when I say alien, I don't mean illegal aliens, but outer space aliens. The dialog in the book is fast paced and hilarious. There are two handsome men vying for DJ's attentions, to a degree. Tom comes across as hostile and arrogant. That's a sure sign in a Peters book that he's the real hero. I love the character interactions. The mystery might be a bit light. I figured out who the bad guy was fairly early in the book, but it might be because I'm familiar with the types of villians Peters likes. Summer of the Dragon is an entertaining book, and a perfect read for a summer afternoon on the beach or on the porch swing.

Jordan and Shelly fight as Rachel acts as peace keeper

Thursday, August 25, 2011 -- Late Evening

When the live feeds come back, Jordan and Shelly are fighting, and Rachel is trying to calm Jordan down. I think that Rachel understands how Jordan feels, and I think that Rachel liked Jeff and Jordan as people. Shelly, however, cannot leave the game soon enough for my liking. After all the things Jeff and Jordan did to keep her safe, and Jordan giving up her phone call home. I think that Shelly is an ugly person, inside and out. Rachel is now trying to calm Jordan down and get her prepared for the HOH competition.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 -- Evening

Double Eviction Night
Get ready; it's a double eviction night in the Big Brother house.

Tonight's show started Julie rewinding the past week. Jeff was looking very upset. It seems right before the show started, Jeff, Shelly, and Adam were yelling and Shelly was outed. At least that was tweeted by Alison Grodner, producer and writer of Big Brother. The BB show had clips of the post veto meeting action. Rachel said that Daniele was super arrogant and horrible. Kalia just wanted to hang low and lose her best friend. Jeff said that if Daniele stays in the house, that means his alliance flipped on him. Well, the first person to flip on Jeff was supposedly his and Jordan's friend, Shelly. Daniele knew that she had Porsche. Daniele says that for sure, Jordan and Rachel will be the final two. Shelly buys it because Shelly isn't the brightest. Daniele tells Shelly that she is screwed. In DR, Shelly says that she has to stab Jeff and Jordan in the back because she won't get any money. Shelly cries over that. Then Shelly goes to Adam and says that if they make a deal with Dani to not put them up because then Shelly and Adam will make it to final two. Adam tells Shelly that he can't trust Daniele 100%. Adam believes that he can trust Jeff and Jordan. Shelly says that they won't make money if Jeff and Jordan aren't split up. Adam is helping Jeff with his exercises. Shelly tells Daniele that he doesn't think that Adam has a deal with Jeff. Shelly tells Daniele that she told Adam he has no chance in the final three. In DR, Daniele says that dufus Adam is the deciding vote, and that he thinks with Jeff's brain, not Adam's brain. Then we see the ball with a snaking curved board, and Adam and Jeff practicing. Shelly then works Rachel and tells Rachel that everyone was telling her that Jeff threw the cornhole game. Rachel said that hearing that Jeff threw the game that sent Brendon home really angers her. Shelly acts very unsure of where she heard it. Rachel then goes to Dani and asks if Jeff threw the competition. Of course, Daniele says that Jeff did throw it. Rachel says that keeping Daniele might be a better game move because Jeff and Daniele will be at odds. Dani tells Rachel that she has Shelly and Porsche. Rachel tells Dani not to tell anyone about the deal, and Rachel will keep her. Julie told us that the house exploded when Jeff found out that Shelly had flipped. Julie also tells them that tonight is a live double eviction. Dani says that she is so honored to be back, and then she thanks CBS production for getting her into (and keeping her?) in the game. Dani also tells people that she is saddened that people are too shallow and want to ride Jeff and Jordan's coattails and writing Jeff and Jordan a paycheck.
Time for the vote: Daniele is evicted. Daniele hugs Porsche, Kalia and tells Shelly that she loves her. No one else hugs Daniele. The house guests get ready for the HOH competition. I hope that Shelly loses. Julie says that it's a shocker. Dani said that she thinks everyone in the house is there to push Jeff and Jordan ahead. She especially blames Adam. Dani claims that she is not a coaster but a fighter, and that she was bored. Dani claims that she would not have gone against Jeff and Jordan. Shelly appreciates her recent friendship and love with Dani. Jeff says that he wishes he could play with Dani, but he couldn't trust her. Rachel said that she could care less about Dani's stupid jury vote. Rachel says that Dani doesn't compare to Dick at all as a game player.

HOH competition. It's a question and answer game. They have to guess if the event took place before or after a second event. Last person standing is HOH. Everyone got the first question right. Adam was eliminated with the second question. Porsche, Rachel, and Shelly are eliminated. It's down to Kalia and Jordan. Kalia is HOH when she gets the question. Kalai celebrates and schemes with Shelly and Porsche as we go to commercial break. Kalia comes out with her new best friend, Shelly. Kalia said that she was so nervous she was shaking. Shelly is such a snake. I hope she gets her comeuppance. Kalia says that she is sticking to her word, and her nominations are Jeff and Rachel.

Time for the POV competition. Shelly, Adam, and Porsche were randomly chosen to play in the POV. The first person to find two yellow clown shoes in a long row of balls, returning them one at a time, and then getting the POV symbol, wins the POV. Rachel has found one clown shoe. Shelly, Porsche, Adam, and Jeff find shoes. Kalia is looking for food. Porsche finds the second shoe, and gets the veto. Porsche won the POV. Shelly and Porsche hug. Shelly is really acting like a mannish snake. I really hate Shelly right now.

Shelly is bonding and laughing with her new best friend, Porsche. I understand that it is a game, but you don't go around saying you are someone's friend and then backstab them. POV ceremony. Rachel tells Porsche that it was a good job winning POV. Rachel tells Porsche that she should make a good game decision. Jeff says that his actions speak for themselves. Jeff tells her that he used his veto on her, and then said Porsche's hair was nice. Porsche said that Daniele would not want Porsche to use the veto.

Jeff tries to talk to Shelly during the break, but Shelly is obviously against Jeff. Rachel tells everyone that they have to make the best decision for their game, and she respects them as game players. Jeff tells Shelly out of respect for him and Jordan to vote for her. Jordan is crying quietly.

Time for the vote: It's a tie, and up to Kalia to cast the deciding vote. Kalia evicts Jeff. You can hear a gasp from the audience. Jordan cries and Jeff gives everyone a hug. Rachel and Jordan cry together, and Rachel consoles Jordan. Shelly is also crying, and Porsche is consoling her. I hope that Rachel or Jordan wins the HOH and boots Shelly's ass out. Jeff thinks that he has to make a big move, and he had to step up and do something. Jeff said that a couple of people finally woke up today and won a couple of competitions. Jeff tells Julie that he is a little fired up because of what just went down in the house. Rachel and Jordan cry alone on the couch. Shelly is crying elsewhere. It's fake though because Shelly is a snake.

Rachel and Shelly plotting to maybe keep Daniele

Thursday, August 25, 2011 -- Late Afternoon

Shelly Flips Rachel?
Last night, Shelly started to plant seeds against Jeff and Jordan with Rachel. Shelly told Rachel that Jeff threw the POV competition that led to Brendon going on the block and being sent to jury. Rachel then talked to Daniele who said that Jeff threw the competition as she asked. Later, Rachel confronted Jeff about it. It really did seem by this morning as if Rachel would be voting to keep Daniele. However, this afternoon, Rachel seems to be flipping back, telling Shelly, as we can see in the screen capture here that she didn't think she could vote for Dani. Rachel agrees that it is a power move, but she's not sure that it's the right power move for her. It might be a stupid move. All I know is that I'm really unsure about what will happen. They have to know that a double eviction is going to happen tonight because they have been talking about it. It happens every season at the end of August. The only problem that I have is that it seems that the CBS production crew may be coercing people in Diary to do certain things that would influence the game. CBS wants to keep Daniele in the game. In fact, a few days ago, Dani told Kalia and Porsche that two CBS production folks would quit if she were sent to jury now. It's really annoying to think that production may be taking a hand in influencing the results.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 -- Evening

Shelly campaignin for Daniele
Shelly Flipping
Over the past few days, Shelly has flipped from being on Jeff and Jordan's side to backing Daniele. Shelly has been campaigning hard to get Daniele to stay in the game. She's been harassing Adam to vote out Kalia. Porsche has also gotten into the act, telling Adam that she can introduce him to Janelle if he evicts Kalia. Then Daniele said that Evel Dick will love Adam, be his Facebook friend, and play trivia with him, if Adam keeps her. Adam told Jeff about Daniele pressuring him to evict Kalia, but he hasn't told Jeff about Shelly. It will be interesting to see how things turn out tomorrow for the double eviction show. You have to give some credit to Shelly for trying to play the game. What I am finding hard to believe is that I think I'm starting to like Rachel. I think that Brendon is a very bad influence on her behavior. This time, with him out of the house, she has been much more in control of her negative emotions.
POV Show Recap
The BB show started post nomination. Porsche thinks that she is the biggest threat on the block, and has to win the veto. Kalia says that she's been the one who has been playing and busting her butt. As Kalia said, she didn't just hang out in a bikini. Daniele talks in DR about being backdoored, although she really can't be because she can compete in the veto. Dani then ask Kalia how it is to be on the block, and Dani whispers that she is the only one who wasn't on the block. Dani wants to win the veto, take Kalia off, and make Jeff put up one of his own alliance. Dani then goes to talk to Porsche. Porsche asks if Dani would take one of them of the block. Adam asks Jeff about nominating Daniele. Jeff said that he wanted to up up floaters first to show them that they can't get to the end without doing anything, like Jordan in her season. Jeff tells Adam that you are HOH one day and then down to the bottom the next. Adam tells Jeff that if he wins POV, he will want feedback on how to use it. Rachel then talks to Dani in the kitchen, asking why Dani is so depressed. Rachel asks if it is because Dani is turning 25. Rachel said that "once when she turned 25, she was sad, but she got over it." Rachel keeps on antagonizing Dani. Rachel admits that she wants to make Dani's life miserable in the house. Dani goes outside and tells Jordan that Rachel is bugging her. Then Rachel comes out, and Rachel, with the fakest smile, asks Dani if she hates Rachel, and if Dani is okay. Dani gets up and goes inside again, and Jordan jumps on Rachel asking what she did to Dani. Rachel says that she was just concerned about Dani and trying to make her feel better. Now this Rachel is really entertaining. I can find myself rooting for Rachel if she continues like this, and wins HOH.

It's time to pick players for veto. Jeff, Porsche, Kalia, and Daniele will automatically be playing for veto. Jeff picks Jordan, Porsche picks Adam, and Kalia has house guest's choice, picking Shelly. Daniele was happy that Rachel wasn't in the veto competition, because she didn't want to be beholden to Rachel. Next clip shows Jordan stripping off her unitard, and giving pieces to people. Later, up in the HOH room, Jeff and Jordan watch the spycam. They make fun of Porsche following around after Dani. Jeff says that the pair is being mischievous. Jordan corrects his pronunction, calling it mis-CHEEV-e-ish. Unfortunately, Jeff's pronunciation was the correct one (mis-CHI-vish). Kalia and Dani talk about the veto. Kalia tells Dani that it might be something Dani is good at. Dani wants to win and take someone off. Kalia says that she never had to play to win the veto. Dani tells Kalia that she has to win, or she goes up.

That annoying Zingbot comes back into the house. Adam was wondering what dirt the Zingbot had on him. Jeff said that he worries about what the Zingbot will say to "Big Jeff." He really has to lose the Big Jeff thing. I can't understand the Zingbot. It makes a lame joke about Jeff's soul patch, then something about Rachel using the f word every other word---fiancee. Then the Zingbot said that Dani was just riding her dad's coattails. Then the Zingbot called Adam Uncle Fester because of his hairy ears. Then the Zingbot calls Shelly a dude. Kalia gets called on sleeping all the time. The Zingbot tells Jordan that Jeff hasn't asked her to marry him yet because he knows that Jordan can't answer questions. Basically really, really lame. Now it's time for the veto competition. Dani makes a "zing" about Rachel wanting to compete because Rachel thinks that she is a scientist, but making mai-tais makes her a waitress. The competitors have to build a robot, putting on four sides to the robot. Basically, it's a puzzle game. Dani says that she needs to win because she doesn't trust Jeff, and because she wants to save Kalia. Jeff wants to win the POV so the decision is 100% his. Jeff said that it was hard to get your pieces figured out and build into the correct shape. Adam admits that he is just not going to compete. Dani is taking one piece and taking it around the whole robot. Dani and Kalia both think that all the pieces look alike. Shelly doesn't want to win the veto because she doesn't want to upset Jeff. Funny how she is campaigning for Dani now. Jeff claims that he hears snoring from a couple of rows over, and thinks it's Kalia and Porsche sleeping. Then we get some zings from the house guests about the others. Only Jordan gets it wrong, and zings herself for not being able to do puzzles. Dani was claiming that she threw the veto competition in the live feeds, but she was really trying to win. Jeff was the first one to finish the robot puzzle, and he won the POV. Kalia and Porsche talk in DR about how to convince Jeff to keep them. Dani wants to remain off the block. Jeff admits that he has a huge decision to make.

Kalia talks to Shelly, and Shelly claims in DR that even though she has a final three with Jeff and Jordan, she has to play the other side to keep herself safe. Kalia thinks that her and Dani would make a better team than Kalia and Porsche. Kalia said that he's afraid that Jeff will take Porsche off. Kalia just hopes that Jeff sees Porsche as the ultimate floater. Jeff talks to Adam and Shelly. Jeff doesn't want to tell anyone anything because he has a lot of thinking to do. Shelly says that Kalia is freaking out because Kalia thinks that she's the target and not Porsche. Dani is talking to Porsche. Porsche says that she has to make a deal for herself. Dani says that if it is down to Dani and Porsche, Porsche will stay. Porsche said that she has no deal what Jeff is thinking, but she wants to make a deal to stay in the house. Dani tells Porsche that Kalia will fight to stay in the house. Jeff talks to Porsche in the kitchen. Porsche doesn't want to pack or be the only one in the house with Brendon. Porsche offers Jeff one week. Jeff says that he doesn't know, but they will see what happens tomorrow. Jeff tells Porsche that she just doesn't talk to people. Kalia goes up to the HOH to talk to Jeff, humbled and hat in hand. Kalia says that she hopes she's not Jeff's target. Kalia says that it bothers her to know that she could be eliminated while someone, like Porsche, who does nothing, will stay while she goes out. Jeff tells Kalia that they can talk after this game. Jeff tells Kalia that they should just consider themselves even after this. They both slapped each other on the wrist. Then Jeff goes into the purple room to talk with Dani. Jeff wants to know what Dani would offer him. Dani said to get rid of Porsche, keep Kalia, and they have a final four deal. Dani says that she has honored her word with Jeff. Dani says that if she is put up, she will fight to stay. Dani says that everything she has said to Jeff in the past three weeks is true. Jeff says that if Dani stays, he wants to make sure they are on the same page. Dani tells him that he has her word.

Jeff is really annoying about referring to himself in the third person as Big Jeff. He says that Big Jeff has a big decision to make. Rachel doesn't know what is happening because Jeff is keeping quiet. Porsche doesn't want to go to jury. Kalia thinks that she has the votes over Porsche, but would definitely have the votes if Dani comes up. Dani claims that if Jeff puts her up, it will be his biggest regret of the game. Time for the veto meeting. Porsche would like to come off the block so she can play the game and have a chance to win something. Then Porsche says she likes her hair. Kalia said that she respects Jeff's decision. She does say that if she stays in the house, Jeff will have more red velvet cake. Jeff uses the veto on Porsche and tells her it is strictly a strategy move. Then Jeff names Dani as the replacement. Dani says "let the good times roll." Jeff said that he didn't have trust because Dani wanted to back door Jeff. Jeff said that Dani said that she didn't regret wanting to make a move to put Jeff up. He hopes that if Dani leaves she has a different opinion for Julie. Dani says Jeff will regret it. Rachel is excited to have Dani on the block because no one comes between Rachel and her alliance. Kalia thinks that if Dani leaves, it might make Kalia's game stronger.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 -- Evening

HOH Competition
The Big Brother show started where Thursday's show ended, with the start of the HOH competition. Porsche said that everyone was going slow at the beginning of the competition. Jeff said that it was a must win for him because the target on his back has gotten bigger. During the competition, Shelly kept on muttering "Josie" and said in DR that it was a must win. Daniele realizes that Kalia or Porsche has to win to keep her safe. Rachel feels that she has no one because Brendon went out on a 5-1 vote. Shelly thought it felt great that she was not evicted. Jeff says that Rachel should dry her tears and start to get things together. Rachel says that everyone should watch out because she is on their back. Daniele thinks it's great that Brendon is out of the house because it makes her journey to the $500,000 that much easier. Daniele says that she doesn't think that America likes that part of Brenchel. Although she tells Rachel that she never said that America doesn't like Brendon. Well, we really don't. Porsche said that she wanted to win HOH to show she can even win a competition. Shelly said that she is probably the only one who knows what a dish washer looks like because the other house guests don't clean. Then we saw a variety of clips of the house guests slipping and sliding all over the place. It's amazing that someone didn't get seriously hurt. Jeff was choking on the bubbles. Then Jordan fell into a big pile of suds, and you couldn't see her. Shelly helped her up. Jeff said that Jordan was a really cutie in that humilitard, but he couldn't think of it because he had to win. Kalia was doing the worst, and Daniele told Kalia that she had to pick it up. Kalia said that Daniele sucked as a cheerleader. Jeff was in the lead with Porsche and Rachel tied for second. Jordan said that the sudsy bubbles slowed her down because she couldn't see. Adam said the same thing, and then he took a really hard fall. He said that he was okay. Kalia noticed as she was not competing that Jeff, Porsche, and Rachel were doing well. Porsche was doing it to save her alliance, and Rachel wanted to win for Brendon. Jeff said that he can't trust either Porsche or Rachel winning the competition. As he says, "Big Jeff has to win." The Big Jeff bit sounds really weird and lame, and Jeff really should stop referring to himself in the third person!

Daniele made it sound like Jeff, Porsche, and Rachel were really close, which wasn't really the case. Jeff said that he's on autopilot to win with competition. he was really focused, and clearly ahead of Porsche and Rachel. Rachel admits that she has to root Jeff on, and show that she is totally on the Jeff bandwagon. Porsche makes jokes about washing machines having a pause button, and turning off the Jeff machine. Jeff said that it felt awesome to wint the HOH key. That keeps him and Jordan safe. Jordan said that she and Jeff can relax and have fun this week. Porsche wonders how many times a girl can get second place. Rachel says that Porsche, Kalia, and Daniele did not look happy. Rachel claims that at least she tries to look happy. Daniele talks to Jeff, and Jeff said that Daniele might think she is safe because of earlier conversations, but that he will do what is best for him at this point of the game, and if getting Daniele out is best, he will do it. Daniele realizes that her alliance is in trouble. Rachel tells Jordan that she is sad and misses Brendon. Jordan assures her that Brendon is in jury. Rachel is hoping that the tension between her, Jeff, and Jordan is over because she needs her alliance. Shelly tells Kalia and Daniele that she sucks at competitions. The three talk about how great it is that Brendon is out of the house. Shelly says that she's fed up with Rachel. Shelly tries to joke with Jeff in the bathroom while Rachel gives Shelly the eye because she doesn't believe that fake Shelly should be there over Brendon. Kalia and Daniele talk, and Kalia doesn't think that she will be safe with Jeff as HOH, and she thinks that he will put her up just as she put him up. Daniele is hoping that Jeff and Jordan will go through with their part of the deal, but also tells Kalia that the vets have the numbers in jury so one of them making it to the end, might get those votes.

"Who wants to see Big Jeff's HOH room?" Jeff tells everyone to put a fake smile on their face and come up. Then he tells everyone to get happier and happier. Shelly thought that Jeff's HOH room was awesome. Jeff's little niece wrote him a note, and Jeff said she writes congratulations like him. It was cute. Jeff felt even more motivation from getting the letter from home. Jordan takes a box of cereal downstairs to win HOH. Rachel is the only one left in the HOH room. Downstairs Shelly comments on Rachel being upstairs. Jordan take Jeff's Lucky Charms back upstairs. Then Shelly said that she is going to go upstairs and light into Rachel. Shelly tells Rachel to stop rolling her eyes and giving the looks of death at Shelly. Shelly tells Rachel that either have to solve it or not be together in the alliance. Jeff quickly says they are both in the alliance. Rachel says that she hasn't been talking about Shelly. Shelly says, let's have a clean slate then. Jeff and Jordan say that is good, and that they have to stay together. In DR, Jeff is proud of Rachel for the first time because Rachel bit her tongue. As Jeff said, something he is telling Rachel must be sinking in. Jeff cooks every day in the house, and Shelly only eats a toasted muffin or peanut butter. Shelly never saw hummus, guacamole, pita chips, or pears. Daniele thinks it's odd that Shelly has never heard of any of these things like coconut water. Finally it's time for the Have and Have Not. The house guests come into the kitchen and see hard boiled eggs and jalapenos. The Have Nots have to eat that with slop. Jeff said that Daniele and Porsche have never been Have Nots, so they are now. And Kalia, their buddy, can join them. Kalia, food hog, complains that she can't eat jalapenos. Daniele tells Porsche that it is fair since they haven't been on slop, but that she doesn't do very well on slop. Daniele says that she gets tired, irritable, and slow thinking on slop. Good news for the Thursday double eviction episode. Kalia, Jeff, and Rachel are sitting outside, and Kalia asks if she can speak to Jeff for a second. Rachel acts like a normal person without Brendon in the house. Kalia tells Jeff that Rachel threw Jeff under the bus. Jeff says in DR that everyone does that, and it really bothers him when people do that. Jeff tells Kalia that he already told her that Kalia put a target on her back.

The dining room table was exchanged for the small one that only seats eight people. Everyone celebrates the small table. Jeff said that's great that others celebrate because his goal is the table for two. Jeff tells Daniele that they are good, and asks her to keep quiet about it. Jeff asks Daniele if she will use the veto if she wins. Daniele says that Kalia would expect her to use it. Jeff says that he wants to make Daniele feel as safe as possible because he doesn't want her to stir up the house. Porsche comes up to Porsche, and tries to talk game for the first time in 49 days. Jeff thought it was hilarious that Porsche was finally talking game. Porsche tells Jeff that she doesn't want to go up, but talks about playing veto. Jeff asks Porsche if she wants to go up. Porsche says no. Jeff says if she ever wants to come back to talk game, he's there. Jeff and Jordan talk about Daniele maybe throwing the veto. Jordan says that it would be interesting to get Dani out this week. As Jeff said, he might want to put Daniele up, but maybe not at first because he doesn't want to let Daniele know in advance that their deal is off.

Porsche doesn't think she is Jeff's biggest target, but sometimes, the pawn goes home. Kalia thinks she is getting pay back for putting Jeff up. Daniele is hoping that Jeff and Jordan are still on her side. Jeff says that he is going to do the big moves that he thinks are good for him and Jordan. Time for the nomination ceremony. The first key to come out is for Rachel. Then Shelly, Adam, Jordan (she gets the key stuck on her dunce cap), then finally Dani. Jeff tells Porsche that he wants her to prove that she is there to play and win. AS Jeff said, Porsche just talked to him for one minute in 49 days. Jeff tells Kalia that he was going to put her on the block after the time she put him up. Dani doesn't think things look too hot because she can still get back doored. Kalia said that she is going to battle even more. Jeff thinks that the first thing Kalia and Porsche will do is take a nap. Jeff's goal is to get rid of Dani so that Kalia and Porsche go into a corner and start crying.

Saturday, August 20, 2011 -- Late Evening

Jeff Wins POV
Jeff won today's POV challenge. Surprisingly, it seems that it was a puzzle, and Jeff still managed to win. It will be interesting to see if he keeps the nominations as they are, or if he backdoors Daniele.

Friday, August 19, 2011 -- Early Afternoon

Jeff is HOH
Jeff won the HOH competition within an hour of me signing off for the night. It's likely that he will put up Porsche and Kalia for eviction.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 -- Late Evening

Fish Bowls in HOH competition at midpoint
HOH So Far
The HOH competition has been pretty much neck and neck so far. it does look as if Jeff might have a slight lead. He has the purple liquid. The colors in the competition are: I'm rooting for Jeff. If he can Jordan can make it through next Thursday's double eviction, they might be okay for the rest of the competition. Fingers crossed! I'm going to bed now because I have an early morning, so I'll update on the HOH tomorrow.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 -- Evening

Start of the slippery lane HOH competition
Brendon Out Again!
I can't wait for tonight's episode of Big Brother. It looks like Brendon will be evicted tonight, becoming the first member of the jury. AND it looks like the producers spent the past day getting the BB backyard ready for another endurance competition.

The show started with Julie Chen's analysis of the game this week. Post veto meeting, Brendon says that he didn't get voted in to just get evicted again. Oh yes, he did. For some reason, Brendon thinks he has the votes. Daniele says that Kalia's HOH was a disaster, and Daniele is trying to remedy it. Rachel says that Daniele is going to have two enemies in the house now. Wrong! Only one because Brendon is getting voted out. Then we see Rachel doing some fake crying, with trembling lips and no tears. Rachel says that Shelly had an evil grin when Daniele put Brendon up. Brendon tells Rachel that if Jeff and Jordan flip, they are done. Brendon says he has Rachel, Jeff, and Jordan, and now he just needs Adam or Porsche. Shelly tells Daniele that she got a glare from Rachel when Brendon went on the block. Daniele tells Shelly that she shouldn't pull a Lawon because Brendon is going home. Brendon and Rachel talk to Adam. Adam tells Brendon that getting Brendon out now makes it easier for him in the future. As Adam and Brendon say, the women have been winning the HOH while the men win the POV. Brendon is trying to explain to Adam that the men have to stick together. As he said, if Brendon leaves, it will just be two men, Adam and Jeff. Adam says in DR that the only object in keeping Brendon is that Brendon is a bigger target in the house. Adam leaves Brendon and Rachel outside. Then Rachel starts following Porsche and asks Porsche where she stands in getting rid of Brendon. Porsche says that Brendon will be hard to get rid of in future, so she is voting Brendon out. Porsche says that the last time she voted for Brendon, Rachel just hung out with Jeff and Jordan. Rachel says that Shelly will get HOH and put up Porsche. Jeff asks Shelly if she is ready to go home. Shelly asks if Jeff is voting her out. Jeff says that Brendon is a bigger target, but Shelly is an ally. Shelly says she has been trojan horsing trying to get information. Shelly says that she is stopping that now because she wants to keep the alliance with Jeff and Jordan. Jeff and Jordan say that they have to keep an alliance with Rachel, and make sure they are all on the same page. Then Jeff and Jordan talk with Daniele. Daniele says that she's not sure where she stands with the couple. Daniele admits that Jeff was her big target a few weeks ago. Daniele says that they are no longer her target. Jordan tells Daniele that Daniele was playing the game and it backfired. Daniele says that she is willing to work with Jeff and Jordan. Daniele says that whatever Jeff and Jordan want, Daniele will agree with. Jeff and Jordan say that there are floaters, and they have to get rid of those folks first. Jeff says that no one would ever expect Daniele and them to be in an alliance. Jeff says it is like making a deal with the devil, and his mind is just racing. Rachel starts questioning Jordan about her vote. Jordan tells Rachel and Brendon that if they have the votes, Jordan will vote for Brendon. As Jordan says, she doesn't want to go against the house. Rachel and Brendon call it the worst alliance. Jordan tells Brendon about the conversation. Jeff doesn't like that the pair bullied Jordan. Jeff tells Rachel and Brendon that if Jeff and Jordan vote with them or against them, Brendon is still going home because they are not the deciding vote. Jeff says that dealing with Rachel is like dealing with a little kid. Jeff tells Rachel that they will have a problem getting along if Rachel just keeps on giving him faces like Jeff did something wrong. Jeff tells Rachel that he can tell by her body language that she is not happy with Jeff, but that he's not the problem.

Back in the living room talking to the house guests. Shelly talks about her phone call from home. According to the live feeds, Shelly only had 12 hours of solitary confinement, not 24. Shelly says that it meant so much to her to hear from her family. Shelly says that she felt like a winner because she heard her family and recharged her batteries. Brendon is asked why America chose to put him back in the house. Brendon thinks it is because America wants to see a competitor win. More like wanted a target other than Jeff. Rachel says that she feels like she is riding on a roller coaster, and she is going to hold up and compete her heart out. Julie tells them that the evictee will be the first member of the jury. After the living room talk, we got see Shelly's daughter Josie. Shelly got married in 2001, at 31, and she and Tony had their baby. We found out from Tony that Shelly was voted homecoming queen in high school. Josie is 8 years old, and we got to hear how Josie misses her mom. Shelly talks about how she has raised Josie to not lie. Josie says her mom needs to stop lying and pick a side. Josie is on Jeff and Jordan's side. Tony says that the house is starting to get to Shelly. Josie says that if her mom can get her relationships back in the house, she'll be okay. Then Josie tells her mom that she loves her. Aww, cute!

Julie talks to Daniele, in bright pink lipstick, about Brendon coming back into the house. Daniele said that it was horrible. She tried to go with her gut, and she thought that they should have voted out Rachel. As she said, Adam flip-flopped, so she changed her vote. Daniele says that she needed to guarantee that Brendon go because he is the biggest threat. Daniele thought that she would go with the Brenchel deal if he stayed in the house. As she said, there was never a deal not to put one of them up for the replacement nominee. So Daniele did stick with the Brenchel deal. Now it's time for the nominees to plead their cases. Shelly says that this week they learned there are ups and downs. The things that make you successful in life, don't make you successful in the game. Shelly thanks Jordan and says that she is invested in the rest of the house guests. Brendon thanks the UCLA folks, and says that the next five years will be devoted to cancer research. Brendon tells the rest that his vote will go to the strongest competitor. Brendon tells Daniele that she will always be Judas to him.

It's time for the vote: Brendon will be evicted and go to the jury on a vote of 5-1. Brendon tells everyone that he will take the best room and warm up the jury house for everyone. Brendon consoles Rachel, and Rachel whispers that she is going to win. Brendon is greeted by screams and cheers. Rachel just stares at nothing, looking really pissed. Julie says that we saw Brendon and Rachel's deals. Brendon says that he may have kept his deals with Daniele, but he's not sure that they would have kept the deal. Brendon says that Rachel is going to win HOH. Brendon says that Rachel is going to try to stay good with Daniele and Jeff and Jordan. Daniele tells Brendon that she will have to evict herself if Brendon comes back. Kalia says bye to Brendon. Jeff said that he would rather have Brendon in the house than Rachel because Rachel is really hard to get deal with. I love that Jeff asked for the Rachel instruction manual. Rachel tells Brendon not to hate her because she is going to go farther than he did last time.

We saw a preview of the HOH competition as the house guests were gathered in slippery lanes with a huge fish bowl at the end. It's one of those take liquid from the barrel, across the slippery lane, into the fish bowl. The first to fill the fish bowl (and probably get a ball out) wins. Let's see if that is the game after the commercial break.

Back to the BB house, and we find out that it is indeed the usual slippery lane, remove the ping pong ball game. This should go on for a few hours. I am rooting for Jeff, and I thnk that he might be the strongest competitor in this game. Jordan will suck because she has no balance. As they compete, more soap comes down. Mostly in Shelly, Jordan, and Porsche's lanes (the middle of the lanes).

News is that next Thursday's eviction will be a double eviction night. After the soap, the house guests get sprayed with water. Go Jeff!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 -- Evening

Adam's POV
The Big Brother show started this evening with the finish of the nomination ceremony with Shelly and Adam on the block. Shelly tells Adam that she is furious. Adam says that he's the most nominated person, and he has to win the HOH. Rachel is excited about not being nominated. Shelly says she is so angry at Rachel that she can't see straight. Daniele says that this is a win-win for her. If the nominations stay the same, Shelly goes home. If not, then Brendon goes home. Shelly and Daniele talk. Daniele says that she wants to backdoor Brendon. Shelly says that Rachel and Brendon are troublemakers. Shelly says that Porsche said that Rachel was telling folks that Shelly and Rachel had a final three. Daniele looks Shelly in the eyes and says that Shelly is safe, then when Shelly leaves, Daniele says she sucks at lying. Rachel and Brendon celebrate not being nominated. Adam goes to talk to Daniele. Daniele tells Adam that he is a pawn, and that she wants Brendon to go home and that not putting him on the block keeps him away from the veto. Shelly brings Rachel, Jeff, and Jordan together and says that Porsche is saying that Rachel and Shelly has a final three deal. Brendon gets Porsche. Shelly asks Porsche about Rachel saying Shelly has a final three. Porsche says that Rachel didn't trust Shelly to make the final three. Rachel claims that Shelly said that if Shelly voted out Jordan, she would have a final three with Brenchel. Rachel keeps on at Brendon that he has to support her and say that it's true as Shelly keeps on vehemently denying it. Brendon says that Rachel is telling the truth, and Shelly calls them both liars. Shelly also tells Rachel to stop squinting at her, that Shelly wasn't going to be intimidated by Rachel.

Shelly goes outside to smoke with Adam, and Jeff comes outside. Jeff asks why Shelly is upset, and Shelly says it's because Rachel is telling Jordan that. Jeff tells Shelly that Jordan doesn't believe Rachel. Shelly really starts to cry because she says that she feel so much for Jordan. As Jeff talks, Jordan just sits there and eats as if no conversation is going on. Time to pick players for the veto competition. Adam doesn't want Rachel or Brendon to play. Shelly wants to win. Daniele picks Jordan. Shelly picks Kalia. Adam picks Jeff. Shelly said that Brendon and Rachel's faces were priceless. Porsche is the host. As Shelly says, the only two sitting are Brendon and Rachel. Shelly says in DR that they should enjoy the view. Porsche comes in while Daniele and Kalia are talking. Daniele says that this is a great week with no Brendon and Rachel in the veto, and that is Shelly wins, she will strangle Rachel with the veto.

The POV competition was to throw a bag into the corn hole. The person with the highest score is eliminated. When you are eliminated you get a prize. Players eliminated later can take prizes, including the veto, from house guests that are eliminated earlier. Jeff said he and Jordan are in a sticky situation. If he wins, Shelly will want him to take her off, but then Brendon and Rachel will not want to go up. Shelly is eliminated first and got the POV. Now everyone who comes after her can take the veto out of other hands. Jordan is out next and got 24 hours of solitary confinement with a phone call from home. Jordan said that she would take the solitary, then Jordan asks Shelly if she would rather have it to talk to the folks from home. Jordan gave it up to Shelly, and Shelly cries because she said that she won't forget what Jordan did. Jeff said that Jordan is a angel on Earth who would make anyone happy even if it makes her sad. Kalia is out next. She has a Caribbean vacation. Kalia is sticking with the vacation. Jeff asks in DR if Kalia needs a vacation from taking a nap all day. Daniele convinces Jeff that she is not targeting him because she wants Jeff to throw it for Adam. Daniele is out next, and she gets a ticket to compete in next week's veto. It is down to Jeff and Adam. Rachel wants Jeff to win the veto. Jeff threw it, and won $5,000. Adam won a humilitard. Adam tells Jordan that he's very sorry, but he has to take the veto from her. Adam now has the veto. Jeff says that he went with a decision to let Adam win. Rachel says it really sucks that Adam is going to pull himself off the block. As she said, she is going to have to work really hard to keep her and Brendon off the block.

Rachel tells Brendon in the storeroom that she doesn't want Brendon to go on the block. Brendon tells Rachel to just stop. Rachel says that this is the worse case scenario for her, and she is afraid her fiance is going to be backdoored. Daniele tells Jeff that he wants Brendon out. Daniele assures him that Jeff is not on her radar. Jeff really wants Rachel to leave. Daniele is afraid that Shelly will go instead of Brendon. Daniele says that she wants Brendon got. Jeff really can't stand having Rachel around. Daniele said that she wants Brendon go. Jeff and Daniele hug, and Daniele says that she feels much better. Shelly goes into 24 hours of solitary confinement in the Have Not room with bread, water, and slop. Shelly cries because she would give anything to see her husband and daughter, to see them or hear their voices. As Shelly says, the person who gave up this prize, doesn't get anything good. Jordan comes out in her green unitard, pink tutu, pigtales, and a propeller beanie. Adam loves that the propeller goes around every time Jordan walks around. Daniele tells Kalia that Jeff assured her that he will vote out Brendon. Daniele says that she is to deny ever making a deal with Brendon and Rachel. Shelly gets to talk to Tony and Josie (husband and daughter). We got to see the family as they talked to Shelly. Shelly cries and Josie cries about how she misses her mom. Josie tells her mom that she got the teacher she wanted. Shelly cries some more, and she thought that the family sounds so fantastic. Shelly says that she got something so fantastic, and that might be her secret weapon. Daniele comes to the door and tells Shelly it is three more hours, but they are all there with food, drink, and a cigarette. Rachel asks Daniel what she is thinking. Rachel says that she and Brendon have to keep themselves off the block. Brendon says that you can't believe that the others have your back. Daniele tells Rachel and Brendon that she has no deal with Jeff, and has only talked to Jordan three times in the house. Rachel says that Jeff is trying to get a Jeff army, and that he is just wracking up money. Brendon and Rachel say that they will be 100% loyal to Daniele. Rachel squints at Daniele. Poor Daniele having to put up with this!

Time for the POV ceremony. Adam says that it feels good to feel safe in this house. Brendon says that Daniele would be really stupid to not take Brenchel's offer. As Daniele says, putting up Brendon gets rid of his threat. If she puts up Jeff, she would have Brendon and Rachel on her side. Jeff admits that he might be the replacement nominee. Adam is using the POV on himself, and says he's glad to come off the block. Daniele says that Big Brother is a game of many twists. Daniele says we have a zombie in this house that we just can't kill, and then puts Brendon on the block. Brendon and Rachel look miserable. Shelly says that Brendon and Rachel will lie and scheme to stay in the game. Brendon says that nominating him doesn't send him home. Daniele says "now we have to deal with the zombie bride." Jeff says he really trusts Shelly, but Brendon is a strong competitor. We'll find out tomorrow that Brendon goes home, and who the new HOH is.

Monday, August 15, 2011 -- Evening

Brendon on the Block, Again!
Although it looked as if Brenchal might have succeeded in throwing Jeff under the bus and had convinced Daniele to put him up instead of Brendon, that's not what happened today. Adam removed himself from the block, and Daniel put Brendon up in his place. Now the question becomes if Jeff and Jordan will keep Shelly, an ally, or keep Brendon, because he's a bigger target. We won't know until Thursday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011 -- Evening

HOH Competition
The Big Brother show was delayed for an hour because of the PGA Championship. The show started with the usual recap of the Thursday's episode. We got to hear how Rachel was excited that Brendon would be battling Lawon and winning. Kalia and Daniele were upset that got Lawon out of the game because they should have put Rachel out and had her against Brendon. Kalia feels bad that Lawon was evicted and that she put him out. Brendon and Rachel thank America for voting in loser Brendon. Jordan is happy because she doesn't have to babysit Rachel anymore. Daniele said that she fought so hard in this game to get rid of Brendon and Rachel to just return to square one. Jeff says that's he's stoked about Brendon being back and possibly one of them winning HOH. Rachel, Brendon, Shelly, Adam, Jeff, and Jordan go into the purple room jump around in happiness in a love circle. Jordan says that they are a trustworthy team. Kalia walks around saying she hates this place. Kalia, Daniele, and Porsche complain about Brendon coming back into the house. Porsche says that she now only has two people in the game who support her: Kalia and Daniele. Daniele says that everyone was just cheering for Brendon when they said they hated them. She thought it was so fake. Jordan tells Brendon that she watched Rachel, and leaves the purple room. Then Rachel straddles Brendon. Disgusting! Blah! Then Rachel tells Brendon that Kalia and Daniele were threatening her. Rachel tells Brendon that Shelly is in a final three with Jeff and Jordan. When Shelly and Jordan were talking in front of a sleeping Rachel, she obviously wasn't sleeping. Adam and Shelly whisper in the kitchen about how they have to win HOH. Kalia says that Brendon's voice annoys her. Kalia tells Daniele that she can't stand being there with that voice. Daniele says that it's imperative that she win HOH or she will go home.

Time for the HOH competition. The house guests go into the backyard, and there are objects in the yard for each state. It's a counting game. Daniele says numbers are like a foreign language to her. The player who guesses furtherest from the actual count will be eliminated from the game. The first question is a guess about the number of beaded necklaces on a tree. Rachel has the worst guess and is out in the first round. Daniele thinks the game is starting out great. The next guess is how many pepperonis is on two huge pizzas. Jordan is the farthest out, and it out of the competition. The next guess is how many olives in a giant martini glass. Brendon is out on that one. Daniele and Kalia celebrate Brendon getting out. Next is a guess on how many playing cards on an the table. Jeff is eliminated. Daniele can't believe how the vets are losing. Next is a guess of how many baseballs are in two giant gloves. Shelly is eliminated. Daniele says that she has to beat Adam or go home. Commercial break.

Adam admits in Diary that he was the last of the six just dancing in the purple room. The next guess is about the number of rivets on a propeller. Rachel can't believe that Adam is still competing because he is not one of them. Daniele makes fun of Adam not winning in her Diary. It's down to Daniele and Porsche. The next guess is the total number of gold coins in the chest. Daniele realizes that if Porsche wins, Rachel will run to Porsche. Daniele wins, and flings her chalkboard. Daniele says that she's ready to take the house by storm once again. As Kalia says, the house is a roller coaster. Rachel is really unhappy that Daniele won. Rachel mocks others answers. Jordan leaves Rachel and Brendon in the Have Not room. Rachel tells Brendon that she had a deal with Kalia and Daniele, and Rachel wants Daniele to put up Shelly. Daniele said that she would have loved to have seen other people's face. She wants the others scared to death of her. Porsche, Kalia, and Daniele are celebrating until Rachel shows up and congratulates Daniele and thanks them for voting for her. Daniele and Kalia climb into bed. Daniele says that she would really like to trust Porsche now. Daniele said that Shelly acted like she was on Daniele's side, but then Shelly acted so excited to see Brendon. As Daniele says, "good luck with that."

Jeff tells Jordan to interview with Shelly. Jeff thinks that it would be a good practice for Jordan because she will want to leave her current job some time. It seems Shelly interviews people. Jordan doesn't seem to know the answer to any question. My favorite is that Jordan says she's her own mentor. Jordan says she would answer the question about looking for a job by saying you can't be a receptionist forever. Jeff said he would hire her because she is cute. Adam goes to Daniele's HOH room, and says that it's obvious that he is with the other side, and he has to made some sort of deal. He says that if he wins HOH, he won't put her up. Dani said that if you aren't with her, you are against her. Shelly goes up to HOH. Shelly said that Dani sounds frustrated, and wonders if Dani is frustrated with her. Shelly, when queried about celebrating with Brendon, said that she was just trying to save herself. Shelly says that she feels intimidated by Dani and Kalia. Shelly said that she thinks Dani is a great girl, but she doesn't know what to do when she comes up there. Then Shelly asks if she can talk to Dani alone, and sends out Kalia. As Shelly says, Dani knows how to win and protect herself. Dani tells Shelly that she likes her. But as Dani says in Diary, Shelly is ass kissing, and Dani doesn't buy any of it. Then we have Kalia and Porsche whispering about Shelly asking Kalia to leave when she was talking with Daniele. Shelly overhears Porsche and Kalia, and calls them on it. Porsche says that she hears a lot too. Shelly says that the moral highroad is hard in this game. Shelly says that she has tried to do the right thing, but that gets you nowhere. Porsche says that Rachel told her that Shelly wanted a final three deal. As Shelly says in Diary, she doesn't have a final three deal with Rachel. Shelly says that she won't let Rachel take her class away from her. Then Brendon and Rachel go up to talk to Dani. Dani welcomes back Brendon. Dani says that if they can convince her in any way that she should keep them. Brendon said that Dani is the biggest target. Brendon says he thinks they are at wash. Brendon and Rachel tell Dani that they can have a final three deal and just keep it between themselves. Brendon asks if they make a deal if Dani would trust them. Dani says not 100%. Brendon says that they have to stick together because they are the only winners, and they have to eliminate the losers. Well, if they are winners, won't they automatically get rid of the others? Rachel tells Dani that Shelly is trouble and has a final three deal with Jeff and Jordan. Rachel tells Dani to put up Shelly and Adam. Brendon and Rachel say that it's a trust. Dani doesn't know what she will do, but she rolls her eyes after Rachel and Brendon leave.

It's time for nominations. Shelly says that she is so angry, and hopes that Daniele remembers there are still two snakes in the grass. Adam says that he had an opportunity to make a move, and might have to go back on the block. Rachel doesn't know if Daniele will stick with the Brenchel deal. Daniele doesn't know what to do. Should she trust Brendon and Rachel, or go after Brenchel? We hear her say over and over that she doesn't know what to do. Shelly tells Jordan that Rachel outed all their secrets. Shelly also tells Jeff, and says that she can't even look at Rachel right now. The ceremony starts. The keys pulled in order are: Kalia, Porsche, Jordan, Jeff, Rachel, and then Brendon. Jeff sounded a bit shocked at pulling out Rachel's name. Shelly and Adam are nominated. Dani admits that everyone is thinking that everyone is wondering what is going on. Dani said that at the end of the week, she needs to make sure that what happens, happens. Shelly cries in Diary about Rachel blatantly lying. Adam admits that he has to win the veto so he doesn't see Julie Chen. Dani said that either things will stay the same, or she could win the veto and backdoor Brendon.

Jordan in her unitard

Saturday, August 13, 2011 -- Evening

The POV ceremony was held this afternoon. Last night, Daniele nominated Shelly and Adam for eviction. Supposedly, she wanted to backdoor either Jeff or Brendon. In response to the nominations, Evel Dick tweeted that this was the third week of wasted nominations. Boy, I just can't imagine having him as a father. Makes me feel for Daniele. All I've been able to figure out so far is that Jordan has to wear an "I'm with Stupid" unitard, Shelly is in solitary confinement with bread and water, Jeff might have won some money, and no word on what Daniele, Adam, or Kalia (the other POV competitors) got. I hope that Jeff or Jordan is not backdoored. If the folks there have any sense, they would definitely try to break up the Brendon and Rachel show.

And it appears that Adam won the POV. He will definitely take himself off the block. Daniele should put Rachel up in Adam's place.

Friday, August 12, 2011 -- Evening

Dani is HOH
The HOH competition was held last night, and surprises of surprises, Daniele won. Sometimes you really do have to wonder if CBS scripts the show to make certain things happen. I know that people on the Internet are wondering if the Brendon vote was real, or if it was CBS just trying to give Brendon another chance. Now Daniele has been scheming, and her plan is to put up Shelly and Adam, then backdoor...Jeff! Yep, it seems that Daniele is willing to make a deal with Brenchel to keep herself safe next week. Boy, I did like Brenchel and Dani, and I'm sure that one of my favorites will be leaving this coming week.
Voting Breakdown
According to CBS, the breakdown of percentage in American's vote was:
  1. Brendon - 39.5%
  2. Dominic - 31%
  3. Cassi - 28.5%
  4. Keith - 1%

Thursday, August 11, 2011 -- Evening

Rachel expressing shock at the twist
Exciting Night in the Big Brother House
I have soooo been looking forward to tonight's Big Brother episode. Who will come back? What will the HOH competition be? Who will win HOH? Can we mock Lawon?

Tonight's show started with Julie's recap. All the house guests are wearing athletic clothes for the HOH competition. Could it be endurance? Julie mocked Lawon because Lawon will not be getting a special power as he expects. We get to see the reaction of the house guests to Lawon going up on the block. Rachel couldn't believe that Lawon went up on the block. As Rachel said, it's a miracle. In DR, Lawon loved that he was nominated because he is 99% sure that he's coming back with super powers. Jeff doesn't know if Kalia is really smart or stupid for putting up a member of her own alliance. Jeff thinks that it's really stupid. Lawon put on some poor and shabby acting skills because he didn't want people to know that he volunteered. So Lawon tells Shelly that he didn't volunteer. That gets Shelly thinking because why did he offer that he didn't volunteer. Shelly says that when Lawon lies, he gets this bad boy attitude. Shelly says that it seems fishy because why would you put up your alliance member. Lawon then says "if I go out of the house..." to which Shelly says, why would you even think that because you are up against Rachel. Shelly queries Kalia and gets confirmation of a sort that Lawon volunteered. Shelly called Lawon a bad actor. Shelly tells Jeff and Jordan that it is an act. Shelly thinks Lawon is a bad actor. Shelly calls him Lawonderful. Jeff says in DR that he doesn't care how Lawon acts because Jeff's side has the numbers. Meanwhile Rachel goes up to talk to Kalia and Daniele, and Rachel asks them about keeping her. Rachel says that she only has two votes. We aren't seeing that Jeff and Jordan told Rachel that Lawon volunteered to go up and get evicted. Dani says that she can change her game to keep Rachel. Kalia says that she can control Shelly's and Porsche's vote. Rachel then goes to Jordan and tells her about the talk with Kalia and Dani. Rachel doesn't tell Jordan that she made a deal with Kalia and Dani. Shelly tries to tell Rachel that Dani and Kalia are trying to play her. Shelly realizes that Rachel made a deal with Kalia. Shelly realizes that Rachel is not to be trusted because she would do anything to stay in the house. Shelly tries to play both sides by discussing little things with Dani. Shelly asks Dani if she suspicious of Lawon. Shelly tells Dani that she thought from Rachel's actions that Rachel made a deal with Dani. Dani is outraged that Rachel can't keep her mouth open. Dani tells Kalia that Shelly thought Rachel made a deal with them. Kalia and Dani talk about Rachel ruining the deal. Dani says that Rachel just has a big mouth. Kalia said that she really doesn't want Rachel to stay, but wonders about the twist. So then Dani and Kalia start to think that they should not vote out Lawon, but evict Rachel. Unfortunately, they don't realize that they don't have the votes.

Time to talk to the house guests. Julie asks if the twist has affected Daniele's play. Dani says that you can't play the game based on expectations. Julie asks Shelly about everyone crying. Shelly said that it's a pressure cooker, and everyone is crying. Shelly says that they will have to get Adam crying really soon. Then Jordan says that she thought that she lost the Have and Have Not. As Jordan says, she's been eating slop and sleeping in that bed for 14 days, so she's grumpy. Jeff said that it gets hard in the second half because you think everyone is talking about you. Jeff said that he's sitting back and watching other people let the emotions get to them. The story segment is last season's house guests talking about Rachel. Ragan talks about Rachel. We got to see how Ragan and Rachel interacted in the house. It seems that outside the house, they get along really well. Ragan exercises and drinks with Rachel, and Ragan is going to be in Rachel's wedding party. Matt Hoffman comes in, and it seems that he is really good friends with Ragan. Matt says Rachel can cry without tears. Ragan said that Rachel is crybernating. That's Rachel crying and not being sassy. As Ragan said, Rachel never played in the house by herself. We say Rachel talking to Brendon with acne cream all over her chin. Ragan said that Rachel is like the killer at then of the slasher movie who can always come back with one more scare.

Back from the commercial break, and Julie talks to Kalia in the HOH bedroom. Julie asks about Kalia's biggest challenge as HOH, and Kalia says it was the twist that really was hard. Julie asks if Kalia is happy with her replacement nominee and how things have gone. Kalia said that she will feel responsible if Lawon doesn't come back in. Kalia tried to make it up with Jeff and Jordan because she connected with them the most, and she misses the initial friendship with them. Rachel talks about missing Brendon, that they will do the right thing, and reminds them of the twist. Lawon said it was a great summer, and that he loves all of you all. Lawon said, whatever happens, happens. Idiot!

It's time for the vote: Lawon is evicted for his absolute stupidity. Julie lets them know that by a vote of 6-0, Lawon is leaving. Lawon gives Rachel a kiss and hug. Everyone is told to take a seat. Lawon is told that it won't be easy to get back into the house. Lawon has to battle his way back. Everyone is told that the evictees were sequestered. Rachel's mouth is agape! Hilariously agape! Lawon will have to head to head with the person picked by America. We see all four of the evicted house guests. Keith finally gets to see who left after him. Keith is just stammering, and outing the alliance. Cassi didn't think Brendon would be there. Dominic says that he wants to be back really bad. Brendon said that it would be nice to be back. The evictees were told about the nominees: Lawon and Rachel with Lawon evicted. You could see that they are all shocked with the stupidity of the eviction. Commercial break, then we find out who is voted into the competition by America.

Who got America's vote? Two million votes were cast. Keith and Cassi are out. It was a close match between Brendon and Dominic. Brendon got more than one million votes. The competition is Brendon and Lawon. There are going to be 150 balls dropped into the yard. They have to pick the balls with the names of the 14 house guests. They have to get the balls into the incline. Brendon gets first ball in, and is ahead. Rachel is giving Brendon tips on what to pick out. Lawon has 2 balls to Brendon's 7. The person to complete them first, or to get the most balls in three minutes comes back in. One minute left. Daniele looks really pissed. Brendon is in the lead with 12 to 6. Brendon has all 14, and hits the buzzer. People keep on telling Lawon to go on. Brendon easily gets back into the game, and Lawon is shell shocked and has to go home. Lawon is such a loser. He never had a chance!

No time for the HOH competition, which will probably be held on the live feeds. Rachel updates Brendon on the past week. Daniele looks unhappy, and Porsche looks confused. Probably trying to figure out what just happened.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 -- Evening

Witnessing Lawon's Stupidity and Lack of Game Play
Time for Big Brother. The show started with the aftermath of the eviction ceremony. Shelly tells Rachel to not chase Daniele after the eviction ceremony. Kalia said in DR that Rachel's behavior after the ceremony is the reason why she was nominated. Jeff was pissed about his nomination, and thought Kalia was stupid to put up two strong players. Dani said Kalia can get blood on her hand while Dani washes hers. Shelly gives Rachel a pep talk, telling Rachel to calm down. Shelly says that Brendon wouldn't want Rachel to act that way. Rachel is upset that Kalia made personal attacks about her, while Shelly keeps on trying to remind Rachel that it's just a game. Shelly says that Rachel is acting like a child but on a personal level, she doesn't like to see someone self-destruct. Then Rachel goes to pack to leave, and Jordan stops her saying that Rachel needs to stay in the game. Poor Jordan has to put up with Rachel fake crying and complaining about being separated from Brendon. As Jordan says, Brendon used to take on the role of managing Rachel, but now it is up to Jordan. Jordan says it's hard work. Jordan tells Rachel to ignore all of them, to fight to win, and stay in the game. Daniele and Porsche are in the candy room, listening to Rachel crying and complaining. Porsche said that she had to distance herself from Rachel because of how she acts. Dani admits that she really likes Porsche now that she is separated from Rachel. Kalia and Dani talk about how hard the game is. Kalia admits that it's hard to be a player and not a floater. Kalia tells Dani that in her gut, Kalia believes she can win the game, and that she can play the game. Kalia wants to play the game. Dani and Kalia are in the HOH while others talk in the kitchen. Jeff said that he wants to go to war. He wants to fight his battles. Kalia realizes that Jeff is talking about Kalia following Daniele and just doing what Daniele wants. Well, that is what Kalia is doing, exactly what Dani wants. Dani tries to comfort her. Kalia said that by playing the game, she now has Jeff coming after her. Kalia admits that she has to do something to get Jeff and Jordan to know that she is not after them.

Time to pick players for the veto. Jeff is hoping Dani isn't picked, and Rachel realizes that she has to win. Kalia picks Adam. Jeff picks Shelly, and Rachel picks house guest choice. Rachel picks Jordan. Dani just gives Rachel mean looks. Kalia picks Porsche as the hostess for the show. Jeff, Shelly, and Jordan go to talk. Shelly tells them that she wants them to stay together. Jeff and Jordan tell Shelly that they just want to make sure that she's on the same page. Jordan is crying because she's trying to pep talk Jordan. Jeff tells Jordan that they must be all on PMS because they are crying so much. Jeff says he's on the block, and all the woman are acting crazy. Shelly is crying in the purple room. Jeff tries to make everything clear with Shelly. Jeff assures Shelly that he is with her, he just wanted to make sure they were on the same page. Jeff made Shelly pinky swear. Jeff said he would even go down and let Shelly win. That he was okay with that. When Shelly says things are okay, Jeff asks if she wants to make out. The Veto competition had all the house guests dressed in togas. Rachel is complaining because the whole house is against her. Jeff said that Lawon was really pimping his toga and looking good. The game? They had to roll a ball up a slope, and then catch it before it came down on the slope on the other side. Every time the ball passes the center, the counter goes up one. The first person to get 300 points wins veto. If the ball drops, the counter goes back to zero. Jeff wants to win to get off and go after Kalia. Jordan wants to win to keep herself and Jeff safe. Kalia and Shelly want to keep Jeff safe, and Adam wants to keep himself safe. Rachel is trying to go for speed and accuracy and kept dropping the ball. Jordan was having trouble getting the ball up the slope. Adam was leading with 140 and Jeff with 134. Jordan lost her points at 59. Kalia took a break because Jeff was doing well. Shelly stopped when she was at 98 and the guys were in the 200 range. Dani didn't want Jeff to win, and she didn't like Kalia standing around and cheering on Jeff. Dani thinks that Kalia is bowing down to Jeff. Kalia wanted Jeff to win over Adam. They were neck and neck. Adam was 14 from the end. As they were getting close to 290, Jeff was having issues getting the ball up the slope. Less than 14 points for each, and we go to commercial break.

Jeff says he has to win the veto. Both are tied at 291, then Jeff gets ahead by one point. Jeff got to 300 just a four points ahead of Adam. Jeff says it feels great to get his first victory when he was on the block. Rachel complains about how it sucks, and that she has to make a deal with Kalia to put someone up Rachel can beat. Meanwhile, Kalia doesn't want to make any more enemies. Rachel tells Jordan that she will be going home, and Jordan says, you don't know anything yet, and anyway, she'll come back. Jeff says that his 5-year-old niece handles losing better than Rachel. Jordan tells Jeff that he did a good job. Jordan thinks Kalia will put her up and says that she doesn't care, it will be like war. I feel so bad for Jeff and Jordan dealing with Rachel. Then Kalia talks to Jeff and Jordan about how she did want Jeff to play and win the veto to take himself off. As Jeff said, if Rachel won, then he was going home. Jeff asks Kalia if the risk was worth the reward. Kalia said that she didn't realize that Jeff would be so upset. Jeff says that Kalia made him dance for his dinner so Kalia should expect some dances back. Kalia said that she will not put up Jordan. Jeff says that he will take that into account. Jeff tells Kalia to do whatever she has to do.

Adam turned 40 this weekend, and he asked people if they would like to see him shave. Everyone goes to watch. Shelly says that Adam doesn't look like himself, and he doesn't. Rachel asks to talk to Kalia in the HOH room. Rachel tells Kalia that she knows what Rachel is capable of. Rachel tells Kalia that by making a deal with Rachel can repair bridges with Jeff and Jordan. Rachel tells Kalia that she will be going after Daniele. Rachel says that she understands that Kalia is Daniele's friend. Kalia thinks it's a chance to get in Rachel's good graces by putting up someone that Rachel can beat. Kalia says in DR that she has to think of her own game instead of playing for Daniele. Kalia said they have to keep the twist in mind. Kalia tells Dani that she can't get out of Dani's shadow unless she makes her own bold move. Dani says not to be rude, but it's the wrong decision. Kalia said that she wants to keep them safe. Dani said that what's the point of the week if they don't get rid of Rachel. Dani says that she doesn't trust Rachel, but she trusts Kalia and doesn't think that she's making the right decisions. Dani tells Kalia to think about what she is saying, and Dani will think about it, and they will talk later. Kalia talks to Lawon, Porsche, and Dani. Lawon tells them that they should put him up, and that he will come back with special powers. Dani is surprised that Lawon put himself up. Dani is hoping that Lawon will walk out to only come right back in. Kalia is shocked that Lawon not only asked to be on the block, but asked to be put up. Dani says that they will still go after Rachel, and if he comes back, good. If not, whoopsie! Kalia thinks that's wonderful because then she won't have anyone in the house against her. We then get a commercial about voting for one of the evicted house guests to battle what will be Lawon, more than likely, tomorrow. We all know that there's no way that Lawon will win, so this is probably the stupidest move ever in the BB house. It even beats Marcellas not taking himself off the block in Season 3, and getting voted out. It's even more stupid than Howie putting members of his own alliance on the block.

We don't see that Shelly found out about the plan and telling Jeff and Jordan about Lawon. It's time for veto ceremony. Kalia says that putting Lawon out of the house will get Jeff, Jordan, and Rachel as allies. Lawon thinks that he is going to do a well acted performance to look like he is taken aback and upset over being nominated. Well, based on the live feeds, he even does a poor job on that. As Lawon says, people will think he's gone crazy. We already knew that. Jeff takes himself off the block, and Kalia says she had no idea of how hard this would be, but that she has decided to nominate Lawon. Lawon tries to look upset, but fails. Everyone else in the room beams and smiles. Jeff thinks Kalia is an idiot for putting up someone on her side and a floater. Jeff says he may forgive, but he won't forget. Lawon very stupidly says that he is going come back with super powers. Rachel says that she doesn't think that Lawon realizes he's on the block. She said that Lawon probably thinks he just has a big comfy chair to sit in.

Monday, August 8, 2011 -- Late Afternoon

Stupid Move!
Late last night, Lawon rather stupidly offered himself up for the block. Lawon's thought process was that he would be on the block, get evicted, and then with the twist, come back as HOH. Little does Lawon know, but he will have to compete with Dominic (who is leading all the polls to come back into the house) to come back into the house. Since Lawon sucks at competition, Dominic will come back in. It seems that Shelly, Jordan, and Jeff are thinking they might evict Lawon, although Rachel may be the better eviction choice based on our knowledge of the twist. Based on what they know, the best bet would be to evict Lawon, so at least, they get to keep some of the vets number.

Sunday, August 7, 2011 -- Evening

BB Nominations Show
Tonight was the Big Brother nominations show. The show started with Brendon's eviction. Jordan feels bad because Rachel and Brendon kept Jeff and Jordan safe. Daniele says that she wants to send Rachel out the door next. Rachel claims that Daniele started a war because she would do anything possible to make sure Daniele goes home Another other than win HOH. Jeff admits that Brendon leaving puts a bigger target on Jeff's back. Jeff wants to put the target back on a newbie. Lawon says something stupid about the newbies showing the vets that they can play. Then we see Kalia win and scream over her win. Kalia said that it is amazing to win HOH, and Kalia was glad to show Dani that her alliance can fight. Dani was happy with her protege. Rachel admits that Kalia is Dani's number one buddy. Rachel knows that she'll get nominated. Porsche then put up Jeff and Shelly which makes Jeff and Jordan think that Porsche's on the other side. Porsche claims that she didn't mean it but that she is glad to be cool with Kalia. I think that Porsche is just dumb and didn't think. While Kalia celebrates in the storage room, Rachel sobs in the Have Not room. Porsche goes to tell Dani and Kalia that Jeff is mad for Porsche picking two from the same alliance. Then Porsche goes into ton console Rachel who is still sobbing. Rachel thanks Porsche for being her friend. Jordan tells Rachel not to stress, and then tells Rachel that you probably didn't want to win HOH because you can't get your target out. Porsche leaves, and then Jeff comes in. Jeff, Jordan, and Rachel talk about Porsche eliminating someone from her alliance. They talk about the twist of the nominee coming back. Rachel says the pity party is over. Jeff tells Rachel to stir things up, and Jordan says not to act scared. Then it's the time to see Kalia's HOH room. Kalia sobs over her pictures of her mom and family. Jeff comments that Kalia starts sobbing like they were in a morgue and someone was in a casket. Shelly says that she understands Kalia's emotions, and then Shelly starts crying over her little girl. Dani and Kalia talk in the HOH room. Dani consuls her to just listen and not tell anybody anything. Rachel shows up, and says that it's hard to be HOH. Dani just rolls her eyes, and then Rachel asks Dani if she can speak alone to Kalia. After Dani leaves, Rachel mentions that they obviously aren't best friends. Rachel tells Kalia that she will not nominate her if Kalia doesn't nominate her. Rachel says that she respects Kalia now. Rachel keeps on talking about respecting Kalia. In DR, Kalia says that it would be a twist to work with Rachel. Then the pair hug, and Rachel leave. Kalia says "Humble Pie tastes good, doesn't it, little girl?"

Kalia tells Shelly that she came from a middle class family, and that empowered her. Then Shelly asks if Kalia was discriminated against. Kalia said that people make comments on how well spoken she is, that all black people are supposed to sound like they come from the hood. Finally, it's time for Adam to take off his elf suit. He does a strip tease of the elf suit and happily claims to be free. Kalia is sleeping in the hammock, and Shelly says that she can crawl up there and hit Kalia's leg and scare her. Shelly does it and scares Kalia. Back in the HOH room, Dani and Kalia talk, and Kalia says that she's really nervous because if she puts up Jeff and Rachel because one, if not both, stay. Kalia says she'll tell Jeff that she is putting him up so he can win the POV and keep Rachel on the block. Dani says that she's happy to have blood on her hands, but having a week where she doesn't have to have her hands bloody is awesome. Dani reminds Kalia to keep the twist in mind.

Time for the Have/Have Not competition. The competition is to have a person from each team to put three items into a blender with milk, and then the person from the other team has to guess what the three items are. If both guess the same number of ingredients, the pair had to chug it. Person who finishes first, wins. Jeff and Lawon go against each other. Both name two ingredients, so it's time for a chug-off. Jeff wins the chug-off saying it's like drinking warm beer from your best friend's shoe. Between Shelly and Porsche, Porsche guesses more. Jeff told Shelly to guess canned yams, but she didn't want to do it. Then it was Jordan against Dani. Dani and Jordan tied by guessing the same number. So it was a chug-off. Daniele got it so Red (Porsche, Lawon, Dani, and Adam) were haves. Jordan, Jeff, Shelly, and Rachel were Have Nots, and Jordan cries because she lost for her team. Jeff says it sucks to see someone so good and pure crying because she couldn't help her team. The Have Nots get to eat catfish and coconut with her slop. Jordan wondered if you eat or drink coconuts. Jeff goes to Jordan in the Have Not room. Jordan cries about not guessing the sauerkraut, and that they are Have Nots. Jeff tells her it's not big deal. Then Jordan cries about Porsche just floating by and doing nothing, and Porsche's not a Have Not. Jeff tells her that they can do it, and it's no big deal. However, Jordan is not happy that she and Jeff have been battling since the first week while others float and eat. And Jordan is sure that Jeff will be on the block.

Kalia asks to speak with Shelly in the HOH room because she's trying to figure out who Shelly is playing with. Kalia asks Shelly to be honest. Shelly says that she will be playing with Kalia, and won't put up Kalia. Shelly wonders if Kalia and Dani would want to go to the final three with her. Shelly admits in DR that she would prefer to go to final three with Jeff and Jordan, but she has to make a deal. Jeff and Jordan come up to talk with Kalia. Jeff asks for what Kalia is going to do. Kalia said that Jeff isn't her target, but she wants to put Jeff up so he can play for the veto. Jeff says that if Rachel wins veto that Jeff would go home. Jordan tells Jeff that Kalia and Dani don't care that if Rachel wins that Jeff is going home. Jordan says she knew that Jeff would go up, and that it's stupid to put up two strong people when one of them can come back, and both will be after her. Jordan then says, she's in a bad mood and leaves. Jeff tells Kalia that if he gets evicted that he will 100% come back to get her, and tells her that he was never after her before, but now he will be after her. Jeff tells Kalia she listens to too many other people. Jeff leaves saying her meet her in the veto. Jeff and Jordan are rightfully pissed because there are a few people not playing, Porsche and Lawon are prime examples. Kalia cries in DR saying that she doesn't know what she will do, because she didn't expect Jeff to be so pissed at possibly being evicted this week.

Jeff is confident that nothing got across to Kalia. Jordan says that she thinks she, Jeff, and Rachel will be the people targeted because everyone listens to Rachel. Rachel says that Kalia will be sorry for picking on Rachel because Rachel will battle back. Kalia isn't sure what to do, even as she picks out keys. It's time for the nomination ceremony. Daniele complains that Rachel is sitting to close to her. Rachel says she's not, she's just in her chair. Adam's key comes out first, followed by Porsche (Jeff smiles at that one) then Daniele, Jordan (who says that her key should have stayed out because she is going to be on the block after Jeff or Rachel, Kalia just looks stunned), then Lawon, and finally Shelly. Kalia said that the cattiness and talking behind someone's back is rough, and that she was going to stand on her own. Kalia claims she isn't influenced by others (Dani, basically). Rachel tries to talk to Dani, and Dani said that she doesn't want to talk and that Rachel is a train wreck. Kalia said that Jeff yelling at her wasn't going to keep him off the block. Dani said that if Rachel comes off then Jeff goes home, and Rachel says that she will fight tooth and nail to come back into the house and hunt Kalia down! Good stuff!

Saturday, August 6, 2011 -- Evening

Yah! Jeff
Kalia caused a tons of drama by telling Jeff and Jordan prior to the nomination ceremony that she was nominating Jeff. That's a no-no in the Big Brother world, but CBS ignored it. Jeff and Rachel were nominated late on Friday, and then the veto competition was earlier today. Fortunately, Jeff won, so he will come off the block. The question is who will go up in his place, and the talk in the house seems to point to Adam (since Kalia has a pinkie swear with Jordan not to put her up). The question might be who to vote out. If Rachel is voted out, she will probably beat the person who is voted to compete to come back into the house. We'll have to see how this all plays out.
Airs Above the Ground
cover of Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart I just finished reading Mary Stewart's Airs Above the Ground. The story was one of her better thrillers. Vanessa March is the heroine. She's married to Lewis March. They have an argument about his business trip, which resulted in a postponement of their summer vacation. Although Lewis was supposed to be in Stockholm, Sweden, Vanessa learns through a cinema news clip that Lewis is actually in Austria and somehow involved in a fire at a traveling circus. Vanessa offers to chaperone 17-year-old Tim to Austria and plans on tracking down her husband. Stewart does a great job in getting the reader involved in Vanessa's affairs, and wondering what is going on with Lewis, who is masquerading as Lee Elliot. Obviously Lewis is working undercover, and Vanessa and Tim get involved in the mystery, and solve one of their own, discovering an old Lipizzaner stallion at the circus. It seems that one of the old hands, who was killed in the blaze that brought Lewis to the circus had stolen the horse from the Lipizzaner stables. I enjoyed the story immensely, and couldn't put the book down. Airs Above the Ground is a thrilling story that I highly recommend as a start to the Mary Stewart romantic suspense oeuvre.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!
Today was the 100th anniversary of Lucille Ball's birth. Ever since I was a child, I have loved to watch Lucy. I could watch the shows over and over again. Fortunately for me, two stations have Lucy marathons this weekend. Hallmark Channel is showing a slew of I Love Lucy shows all weekend. They are not repeating any episodes, as the Hallmark Channel has done with their past Lucy marathons. One of the local retro TV channels has a variety of I Love Lucy and The Lucy Shows episodes on. I have been in seventh heaven, flipping back and forth between the shows.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 -- Evening

Bye, Bye Brendon!
Rachel blubbering like a fake There has been plenty of drama in the Big Brother house. Rachel went psycho, and started yelling at Daniele for mentioning Shelly in Daniele's HOH blog. Dani had mentioned to Shelly that she had said something nice about the Shelly's daughter. Rachel totally ripped into Daniele, and then started yelling at Shelly that Shelly was being used. Then Rachel went into her poor sport crying jags, as can be seen here. Rachel blubbered for over 24 hours, and it was so bad that the BB shrink was called in to see her. I think that it's all poor sportsmanship. Brendon and Rachel are poor winners and poor losers. They brag and boast when they win, and cry and blubber when they lose. Everyone is mean when they don't realize the wonderfulness of the pair. I mean really, shouldn't everyone just let Brendon and Rachel be the final two? All I know is that Rachel sickens me, and i don't feel any sympathy for her poor behavior.

Now onto tonight's eviction episode, with a special appearance by Evel Dick. Julie gives us the usual recap of the situation, making it sound like there is a possibility that Jordan might go home. Brendon thought it was a no brainer to use the POV on Rachel. Daniele was really happy that Brendon kept himself on the block. As Daniele says, Jordan doesn't threaten anyone. Brendon would trample old women and babies to get prizes. Jordan even said that she feels she has more people on her side against Brendon. Jordan says that she hopes people tell her that she is getting evicted because she has an eviction dress that she wants to wear. As Jordan said, it would suck to be evicted and not wear the dress. Typical Jordan. Next up is Rachel blubbing because Brendon is going home. He claims that it's not 100%, and then Brendon smirks about his "bomb" dropping. Then Rachel calls Brendon her knight and wonders who she is going to jump on when she wins HOH. OMG! Shelly, Jordan, and Jeff met to ask if Brendon and Rachel planned it. Jeff says that he doesn't know how he is going to deal with Rachel when Brendon isn't around. As Jeff says, when every fruit and veggie reminds Rachel of Brendon, what will he do. Daniele says that she will be in deep trouble if Jordan goes home. Daniele really wants Brendon out, and wants Kalia or a newbie to win HOH. Brendon realizes that he needs four votes to win. Brendon starts working on Shelly, Adam, and Porsche. Porsche says that her plan was never to get rid of Brendon. Rachel calls Daniele the Wicked Witch of the HOH. Then Rachel tells Adam that if he keeps Brendon, he will be safe for the rest of the game. Huh? Final two for Adam. Brendon tells Adam that Rachel will come after him if Brendon is voted out. Shelly says that she has to think of the best move to get herself to the end of the game. Later Daniele whispers to Adam about keeping Jordan. Adam tells her that Brendon and Rachel are trying. Adam isn't sure how he will vote. Kalia joins Daniele in the HOH house, and eats Daniele's food. Daniele decides that she wants to get Porsche as a safety vote and to stick it to Rachel. Porsche says that she wants to be Rachel's friend. Daniele says that she wants to have Porsche on her side. Daniele reminds Porsche that Rachel would do anything and sell anyone out. Rachel comes in, puts a damper on the atmosphere, and the Rachel says that it drives her insane that Porsche is hanging out with Daniele. As Rachel says "why doesn't Porsche take a knife out and gut me?" How psycho! Then Porsche tries to tell Rachel to stop acting so sad because it's making everyone feel uncomfortable, and then Porsche says, act like a normal person because you have to interact with people. Then Rachel goes psycho, yelling at Porsche saying she was going to be alone in the house. Then Rachel goes on her pity party, acting like a psycho bitch, and saying that she was never going to get a job, and that she ruined Brendon's life, etc. Brendon then starts to cry with Rachel in the hammock. Of course, this happened after Rachel lit into Daniele and Shelly, but we don't get to see any of that psychoness.

Next up Evel Dick with his analysis of Daniele's play, and a teaser about how we can impact the game, but getting to vote one of the four evicted house guests back into the house.

Julie talks to the house guests. She starts with safe talk about Adam being dressed as an elf. Adam does an elf dance. Then Julie turns to psycho Rachel. She asks about Brendon using the POV on Rachel. Then Rachel blubs on about how much she loves Brendon and how much he loves her. Julie asks Jeff about Jordan getting voted out. As Jeff said, he can't imagine the house without Jordan because she's always been in the house when he was there. Then it was on to Evel Dick's view of Daniele's play. We see Brendon saying that Daniele isn't playing as well as Dick. Evel Dick says that he would not let Daniele play this bad of a game. Dick claims that Daniele is desperate to play better than Dick. Daniele says that she can play better than Dick. Dick says that Daniele is doing the same thing with Dominic as she did with Nick in season 8. As he says, "instead of Nick, it's Dominic." Dick claims that Daniel should have waited to final eight to get rid of Brendon. Then we hear Dick say that Daniele made stupid moves. The one nice thing Dick says is that Daniele is competitive. All I have to say is that I can understand why Daniele hasn't talked to her father in the past few years.

Julie talks with Daniele about making a big move by targeting Jeff. Daniele said that she might regret making the move maybe two weeks too soon because she wound up losing Dominic. Daniele said that Dick might think that she's insane, but that he's sure that he supports her. Daniele said that she doesn't think that Rachel will be able to play with Daniele because Rachel takes everything person. As Daniele said, Rachel probably thinks Daniele broke up a marriage instead of playing a game. It's now time to talk to Brendon and Jordan. Brendon is first, and he says some stupid stuff about Rachel's family and his. Brendon then starts blubbing. Rachel blubs. What a pair of idiots! The Jordan tells everyone is a long week. Jordan said that she came to spend the summer with Jeff, and tells everyone she loves them, and to vote as they want.

It's time for the vote: At least Brendon got two votes. Julie says by a vote of 5-2, Jordan is safe. Then Brendon says he has a gorgeous fiancee. Then they hug while Rachel blubs, and Brendon twirls her around. The house applauds Brendon as he leaves. Then Rachel cries all over Jordan. Julie asks Brendon about saving Rachel instead of himself. Brendon blubs and says that it was love. Julie asked Brendon if it was game play that Rachel would had a better chance of going home than him if she stayed. Funny coming from the guy sitting by Julie. Brendon says that Daniele is living in her dad's shadow. Brendon thinks Daniele will be out in a few weeks, and that Rachel is gunning for her. Then we see Kalia do some pretend blubbing. Kalia said that it wasn't rocket science to get Brendon out. Then Jordan is very funny and says she wants to be at the wedding because Jeff won $10,000 and can give them a good present. Then she says "we love you Brendon." Daniele tells him about the he should have used his tongue with more than one person, and maybe he might have gotten other deals going. Rachel blubs. Julie then calls the house guests into the living room, and says that the next person evicted might be able to get back into the game. Then we hear about America's Vote and how we can vote one of our favorites from the four previous evictees to battle next week's evictee. Unfortunately, tons of people found out about the vote yesterday when CBS accidentally had the voting pages live.

The house guests face off two at a time. The answer to the question will be either Keith, Cassi, or Dominic. It's one of those typical HOH elimination games. Jordan and Kalia face off first. Kalia got Dominic, and Jordan is eliminated. Rachel and Lawon are up. Rachel answers Keith and gets rid of Lawon. It is now Kalia and Adam. Kalia got Dominic and eliminates Adam. Rachel and Porsche go up. Rachel was eliminated when she guessed Dominic instead of Cassi. Rachel swears and Julie reminds her to keep it clean. Jeff and Shelly are up. Shelly got Cassi and eliminated Jeff. Kalia and Porsche are up. Kalia guesses Keith which is right. It's now up to Shelly and Kalia, and Kalia gets the HOH! Finally a newbie gets HOH. I am so glad that Rachel is out. Kalia cries with happiness. Rachel just stands around crying and feeling sorry for herself. I bet she thinks she was cheated out of the HOH some how.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 -- Evening

POV Episode
The Big Brother show tonight started with the nomination ceremony. Brendon assures that he will win the POV, and Jeff is glad that wasn't on the block. Then we see Rachel crying in the DR claiming that Dani didn't pull a power move. Rachel said that if Dani thinks Rachel pulled the first sword, then Rachel will come after Dani with Excalibur now. Jeff and Jordan go to talk to Brendon and Rachel to make them feel better, then we have hugging from Rachel and Brendon. Brendon tells Rachel that if he wins, he will pull her off. Then we see Brendon crying in the DR, saying that Rachel is his best friend. Brendon says that he wants to win POV so he can take her off and keep her safe. Rachel and Brendon cry and say they will be a team together. Then Rachel straddles Brendon. Brendon says that he will cure cancer, patent it, and they will make money for the rest of their lives. What a pair of psycho losers! Jordan was shocked that one of them didn't go on the block. Jeff explains that they could go on the block if someone wins the veto. Jeff says that if it were Jordan, no one would vote against her. Rachel and Brendon go in to talk to Brendon and Jordan. Jeff says that he thinks that they will be backdoored. Dani goes in to talk to Rachel to tell her that things are personal. Dani is trying to keep her back covered in the game. Rachel said that it seemed personal. Dani said that Rachel made deals with her and Dominic, and then Rachel throw Dani under the bus with Jeff. Rachel says it's personal again and that Dani is making a great mistake. Rachel says in DR that Dani is such a mean girl, basically because Dani and the others in the house, don't realize that they should do everything so Brendon and Rachel are in the final two. All I have to say is that I hope that Rachel does NOT win HOH next week!

Time for the veto competition. It's Dani, Rachel, and Brendon. Then Dani picks Jeff. Dani was happy to pick Jeff to play. Then Rachel picks Adam, and Brendon picks Porsche. The host is Lawon. Jeff and Jordan go off to talk. Jeff wonders if Rachel or Brendon thinks Jeff would take one of them if he won POV. Jeff mentions that he won't use the veto and also says that if he won HOH, he would consider backdooring Daniele. The competition was various pieces of previous competitions. The competitors have to pick the time that they would complete a task. If the person bids with the fastest time and completes in that time, that person wins that phase. The person with the lowest time in the phase is out. If the person can't complete the task in that time, he/she will be out. Last person standing gets the veto. For the first task of walking on the balance beam and chewing gum, Rachel wrote the fastest time. If she does it, she is in, if not, the Adam with the slowest time loses. We had to hear Brendon cheering Rachel on. Kalia said that must be what it's like in bed with Brendon and Rachel, with Brendon cheering Rachel on. She finishes in time, and Brendon gets all excited. Adam is out. For the second task, a puzzle, Rachel picks the fastest time, and Porsche the longest. But Rachel doesn't finish in time, and she's out. Dani says one half of Brenchel down. Then it's hair plucking from the foot, and spelling an 11 letter word. Jeff doesn't want to spell it. Daniele had the fastest time, and Jeff the longest. Dani doesn't complete it and got eliminated. Her strategy was to get Brendon out, but she failed. Then it's the cow outfit transferring milk. Jeff had the lowest, and Porsche the highest. Jeff tripped, and it wasn't looking good. It was really close...and we had a commercial break.

Jeff was just one second late in completing the task. He was so close. Daniele was really unhappy when Jeff lost because she didn't want to have to put anyone else on the block. Last was the golf competition, picking a time to get the ball in the hole. Brendon picked 33 seconds, the lowest time. RAchel was cheering him on and with two seconds left, one of Brendon's balls go in the hole. Then we had to see Brendon act all superior about winning the veto, and Rachel ran and leaped and straddled Brendon. Jeff said that he put himself and Jordan in jeopardy this week. Daniele doesn't want another enemy in the house, so it's really hard to have to pick another person. We had to see Rachel and Brendon celebrating, and Brendon says he is going to use the veto on her. There's more crying, and Brendon says to tell everyone that he is going to use the veto on himself because he doesn't want Daniele to make a good pick. Brendon doesn't want to Jeff or Jordan because he wants his play to go off without a hitch. Jeff tells Jordan that they are sunk. Jordan tells Jeff that he would have won. Jordan says that one of them has to stay on the block, so one of them will go. Jeff said, but what if Dani wants to backdoor him. Jeff says he wants to talk to Dani about their deal. Kalia is talking to Dani about the competition when Shelly shows up, and asks Dani who she wants to go home. Shelly asks Dani what she wants again, and Dani says that it's their choice, so she doesn't have any say. Then Shelly says, don't put me up. Daniele realizes that Shelly is playing all sides of the house. Kalia thought that Shelly was with Jeff and Jordan. Dani said that she would be willing to make a deal with Jeff. Dani wants to put Jordan up because everyone in the house has to see Jordan as less of a threat. Dani says that she wants to talk to them about her plan.

Jordan and Jeff go to talk to Dani. Dani tells them both that from her heart, she wants to keep both of them. Dani wonders if Brendon is saying that he is taking himself off because he's trying to pull a game. Dani is hoping that Brendon stays up. Jordan volunteers to go up as the pawn. Dani says that she's afraid that Jordan would go home against Rachel. Jordan says that if anyone else went up against Brendon, that person might be going home. Jeff and Jordan go to Brendon, and ask if he will use the veto on himself. Brendon lies. Brendon tells Jeff and Jordan to volunteer up Lawon as a person to go up against Rachel. Tehn Rachel and Brendon go up to Daniele. Brendon asks if Dani would play with them, and put up a floater. Brendon claims it would be a clean slate if Dani puts up a floater to get voted out. Brendon says if Dani doesn't do what he says, he will win HOH next week and take out Daniele. Brendon says that if they make it to the final four, one of them would win the $500,000. Dani is looking at the pair as if they are roaches, which they are!

Brendon thinks it's awesome that he fooled everyone and that Rachel will be safe this week. Dani still thinks that Brendon is taking himself off the block, and wonders if she would have the right selection. Jeff is nervous about Jordan going against Rachel because Rachel wold do anything to stay. Time for the veto meeting. Brendon has Rachel tell him why he should use the veto on her. She says that he should use the veto on himself. Brendon says that he will use the veto on Rachel. People look slightly shocked, Rachel tries to look surprised, and Dani looks smug and happy. Dani said that is she didn't win HOH, she would be up. Dani said that she doesn't want to make more people mad at her, but then tells Jordan to take a seat. Rachel really starts to cry then. Brendon thinks that he tumbled down Dani's house of cards. Dani says that she is so happy because her number one target is still on the block. Jordan said that Brendon must have thought it was the sweet thing to do. Jordan is so cute and says that she is the pawn, but wait, pawns go home sometimes. Jordan is just so cute. So now it is down to eviction night tomorrow, where Evel Dick will make an appearance.

Monday, August 1, 2011 -- Afternoon

Cover of Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart
Thunder on the Right
I have been reading through Mary Stewart's romantic suspense books, and just finished Thunder on the Right. I had never read the book before. Back in my teens when I first read the books, this one was not available in the library. As it is now, this was the only copy in the whole library system. I imagine it's because Thunder on the Right is not one of Stewart's best books. The book follows Jenny Silver to France, where she is going to meet her cousin, Gillian, at a convent. Jenny wants to know why her cousin wants to join the convent, but when Jenny gets there, she finds out that her cousin is dead. Jenny is shocked, and becomes suspicious about whether the dead girl was her cousin. As she was dying, the dead girl did not mention Jenny or show any signs of being colorblind to yellows and blues. When Jenny hears that the dying woman's favorite flower was blue, Jenny is sure that her cousin did not die. Dona Francisca, a hanger-on at the convent, adds an air of evil by hovering over the drama. Dona Francisca was the only person, beside young Camille, an orphan at the convent, who spent time with Gillian. Also in the village is Jenny's erstwhile boyfriend, Stephen. The poor guy is in love with Jenny, but she sees him as her older brother, someone to turn to when she gets into trouble. The story was good, and I enjoyed reading Jenny's attempts to locate and save her cousin. However, the book was tedious to read. The descriptions were a tad overboard, and paragraphs were spent on describing the flowers and scenery in great detail. This is the only of Mary Stewart's romantic suspense novels that is written in the third person, and most readers find it to be the most mundane of her books. Mary Stewart said in Contemporary Authors, v. 1, 1967 that Thunder on the Right was her least favorite book:

I detest that book. I'm ashamed of it, and I'd like to see it drowned beyond recovery. It's overwritten. It was actually the second book I wrote, and for some strange reason I went overboard, splurged with adjectives, all colored purple.

I don't think that I would go as far as Stewart has in her comments. However, I can understand how she would feel about the book. Thunder on the Right won't be the first on my list to re-read.
Jordan on the Block
Brendon removed Rachel from the block in the POV ceremony. That was what we all expected, even though Brendon has been very vocal on the livefeeds that he would be taking himself off the block. Daniele put up Jordan in Rachel's place. Daniele wanted to make sure that Brendon would be the one going home, and she thought that by putting Jordan on the block, Brendon would be more likely to be voted out. We'll have to see if that logic holds this coming Thursday.