Big Brother 14 Week 2 Episode 2 Recap: Nominations and Power of Veto
Jul 25 2012 10:01 pm ET
Wednesday's Big Brother 14 features all the stuff that couldn't fit into Sunday's insane episode. We have nominations, the Power of Veto competition, and the PoV ceremony. Will Team Britney survive the fallout from Willie's antics and expulsion?
Previously on Big Brother 14: Sherman Hemsley died and there was a brief tribute before the show started. Was he a huge fan or something? Anyway, Willie's reign of terror came to a close with Frank not only escaping eviction but becoming the new Head of Household. Willie's case of the Mondays continued after Janelle won the Coaches' Competition and sentenced Team Britney and Ian to the Have Not Room for the week. The last straw for Mr. Hantz was JoJo and Shane trying to distance themselves as much as possible from him. Willie was itching for a fight and Joe inadvertently became the scratch. After Willie physically attacked Joe, he was expelled from the game.
We rejoin the house on Day 14 just moments after EP Allison Grodner updated the cast on the show's anti-violence policy (they're so against it, they won't even show it on TV or the live feeds). Ian gives Britney a hug, then recaps his experience of the fight in the Diary Room. As you may recall, Ian had just exited the shower when the two biggest guys in the house started tussling. His first instinct was to break up the fight, but then Ian's sense of self-preservation shot fear through his system, which was probably the smartest move. Britney shares in her own DR session speculation that her team will likely get punished for Willie's antics. Shane is probably in the most danger.
Up in the Head of Household suite, Mike, Janelle and Frank do a happy dance. Not only is Willie out of the game, but Frank still gets to nominate two people. However, since Willie was the main target this week, it is time to come up with a new plan. Mike suggests nominating Danielle and someone on Janelle's team and then backdooring either Shane or JoJo. Frank is intrigued but noncommittal.
Shane and JoJo grouse in the living room. Neither likes the fact that Willie's antics are going to impact each of their games. JoJo heads upstairs to pull out Frank for one-to-one chat. They head to the side lounge (which they call the arcade) to talk. Frank listens to JoJo prattle on about how she deserves to stay because of her loyalty, but Frank says she voted against him even when it was obvious that aligning with WIllie was a bad idea. JoJo keeps talking, but she keeps digging herself into a deeper hole.
TIme for nominations. Ashley is immune thanks to Janelle's win in the Coaches' Competition. With so few people in the house at this point, it doesn't take long to get through Jenn, Ian, Joe, Wil and Danielle removing their keys. JoJo and Shane are up for eviction. The ceremony ends, but Danielle is concerned she will be Plan B if either of Team Britney's members get Vetoed.
After more grousing by Team Britney, we move ahead to the Power of Veto player draw. Frank selected Ian, Shane drew Ashley and JoJo drew Wil. Joe will host. Before we go to the contest, we learn a bit about what Ashley looks for in a guy. It's a lengthy but fair list: 5 or so years older than she, owns his own business, likes to eat food, watch movies, play board games, has a sense of humor. Ashley was my pre-show pick to win this whole thing and I do not regret that choice for one single moment.
The backyard opens and it is set up like your favorite faux-Mexican restaurant. While the spectators enjoy margaritas, the PoV players are dressed in tortilla chip costumes. Hidden in giants bowls of salsa, cheese, beans and guacamole are items from a giant menu. There is a master menu with 16 items and each player needs to match both the items and positions on their own menus. The player with the most correct matches in the shortest length of time wins. There's lots of slop flying around and each player has a different strategy, none of which are interesting to post here. Shane rings in first, followed by Ian, JoJo, Frank and Wil. Ashley takes her sweet time making sure everything matches up. Sadly, she only got 13 out of 16. Oh, honey. The other players got all 16 items correct, but since Shane finished first he is now 2-for-2 in Veto wins.
Later, Shane meets with Frank and Mike to discuss possibilities. Shane says he wants to work with Frank and is ready to abandon the whole team concept. I still think it's too early for that discussion, especially with four coaches still in the game and the possibility of them entering the game still present. Mike is okay with having the conversation, since it means Shane may be willingly manipulated. Gotta feed the sociopathic urges somehow. Mike tells Shane not to talk to Dan, Danielle, or JoJo about this chat. So Shane runs down to the bathroom to talk to JoJo and Britney. He DRs that he is trying to play all his angles.
Dan and Danielle chat in the Have Not Room. Dan tells Danielle to lay low, but Danielle thinks this is the worst strategy. Dan yells at us in the Diary Room that he is trying the old coaching trick of giving up as a means to light a fire beneath an underperforming player. Danielle puts her head into her hands, so…success? Dan leaves as Shane enters. Danielle asks Shane if he is voting for JoJo to stay. Shane doesn't say yes, but reminds Danielle that JoJo is his teammate. What did Danielle expect to get out of that conversation?
As the Veto ceremony approaches, Shane tries to come up with a plan. He bounces an idea off JoJo in the HNR: get Frank to nominate Wil and then eliminating Team Janelle. JoJo likes it, though any plan that doesn't involve getting yourself voted out is a good one. Shane pitches the idea to Frank, who listens but doesn't give an indication of which way he is leaning. Frank is good at this game.
Time for the Veto ceremony. Since Shane is a nominee and won the veto, he takes himself off the block. Frank takes a moment before nominating Danielle. Frank DRs that it is too early to put up a player like Wil. I agree, as both Danielle and JoJo are deadweight as far as this game is concerned. The question is: if Danielle does get the boot tomorrow, does Dan leave too? It's the Summer of Hemorrhaging Houseguests!
Tomorrow on Big Brother 14: It's the next live eviction and the Head of Household competition. Presumably there will be 8 HGs remaining after tomorrow's vote, but we won't know for sure until then. Be sure to join our live coverage Thursday night!
Mike McComb – TVLatest.com
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