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"Big Brother" is the reality show critics love to hate. But for passionate fans of the unscripted CBS soap opera, summer would be a bummer without it. That includes TVWeek editors Michele Greppi and Josef Adalian, who’ve decided to chronicle their “Brother”-ly love via regular blog postings. From the first HOH competition to the last "But first…" to fall from the lips of the Chenbot, they’ll be serving up their unfiltered take on life inside TV’s most dysfunctional house of horrors.

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It Couldn’t Have Been Scripted Any Better

September 17, 2008 11:34 AM

Michele Greppi: Dan, the Catholic school teacher whose complex and evolving gamesmanship earned him a unanimous vote—and $500,000—from a jury of people whose ousters he helped maneuver, wasn’t the only winner as “Big Brother 10” came to an end last night.


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The audience also won, from unexpected beginning to unassailable ending. There were some fantastic challenges, but what provided the most fun all season was the players. They were never less than great TV.

They fought. They schemed. Some tripped over their own super-sized egos. Some got their hearts bruised.

And some are in for a rude awakening when they realize how they were perceived by “BB” fans, who call ‘em as they see ‘em in live feeds from the house 24/7 on the Web, three hours a night on Showtime Too and on the blogs that transcribe nearly every word uttered by every houseguest for the last three months.

I think the “BB” cult will agree with the jury that the best player won. And his secret collaborator, Memphis, deserved to come in second.

The only thing the live hourlong finale lacked: A camera trained on the jurors while Dan and Memphis explained just how long they’d had their secret alliance.

This is one season that leaves me craving a number of video postscripts. There are the poignant ones: Renny hearing for the first time about Hurricane Gustav blowing into her home town of New Orleans. Libra and Geezer Jerry hearing about Ike ripping into their home state of Texas.

I’d like to see the unbleeped temper tantrum Libra throws when she finally accepts that John McCain has slowed Barack Obama’s momentum in the presidential sweepstakes by choosing a running mate he knew only slightly better than the houseguests on their first night together,

I’d love to be watching 75-year-old Geezer Jerry (not only the oldest reality contestant ever but also the longest-lasting one) as it dawns on him that if he votes for Geezer McCain, 72, he’s also voting for a woman to be one heartbeat away from being commander in chief. Scratch that. I don’t want to even think about how Geezer J., Mr. Sexist Semper Fi, would say how he’d salute Sarah Palin.

I’d be interested in seeing how Keesha spends the $25,000 she won by being voted America’s favorite juror. Voice lessons, perhaps?

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when our “BB10” showmancers, Aprollie, lose the next promotion or job they want because of all those video clips of them having sex under the ever-present cameras—all available on the Internet.

Hooray for early evictees Brian and Steven for calling out Ollie for his angry rampage after he got played by Dan and Geezer J. for his unsportsmanlike hypocrisy.

The two Renegades had spent the last few days alone in the “BB10” house feeding the spiders they’d nicknamed Ted and Debbie and planning how they would celebrate their victory and how they would make the most of their prize money. I hope both girlfriends, Dan’s Monica and Memphis’ Ashley, have cleared their professional calendars for the foursome’s trip to Las Vegas.

I hope the Renegades’ winnings take them even farther.

They are the most likable winners of a reality show, especially one that requires and rewards duplicity and the breaking of some hearts, in a long time.

Perhaps the way to keep them that way is for CBS to resist the urge to invite Danica and Memphsley to compete on “Survivor” or “The Amazing Race.”

Joe, I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed playing Miz Yin to your Mr. Yang. Let’s do it again.

And let’s hope CBS uncorks another winner like this season (and maybe even a link to “Oh, Brother”).

Josef Adalian: Miz Yin, we may think about the game in different ways, but we are in complete agreement about how this season of “Big Brother” unfolded. As Dan told me tonight when I interviewed him in the oh-so-familiar “BB” backyard, “Sometimes the nice guys win.” Indeed.

I also think reality TV won big-time with this season of “Big Brother.” That’s because producers, perhaps prodded by the husband of a certain glitter-loving host, made the very wise decision to cast this season’s show with Real People. Sure, Memphis was a “mixologist,” Keesha an aspiring actress and Brian a would-be Dr. Will. But overall, this was a cast dominated by real people with real personalities, which made for really compelling television. Many no doubt will try to capture some of that elusive Hollywood pixie dust, but on the show, they were not stereotypes.

The realness of this cast was key, because this season very nearly could have been a snooze after some of the brightest players—think Brian, Steven and Angie—got the boot early on. Imagine the drama and plotting that might have been had these folks stayed on. They had the intellectual brainpower to wage a strong battle, but Brian’s ego resulted in his early ouster, with Steven and Angie falling victim to guilt by association.

I worried that the utter lack of true gamesmanship by the likes of Memphis, Renny, April, Jessie and Ollie would doom us to weeks of petty infighting and name-calling. Thankfully, Dan stepped up and provided a compelling narrative for the season. And while the others were mostly incapable of formulating a true strategy, they were compelling enough as individuals to provide endless hours of great TV.

I, for one, will miss Renny’s mothering of so many in the house. She sometimes was over-the-top, but her genuine affection for Dan, Michelle and Keesha was a joy to watch.

I will look back fondly at the Aprollie showmance that was not a showmance. These two really like each other and seem close to falling in real love. While I wish I could erase the images (and sounds) of their passion from my brain, it was nice to see a real romance bloom on a reality show.

And I will hope for the best from one of reality’s all-time greatest bromances. Dan and Memphis would appear to have little in common—the blue-collar boy from Michigan and the slick player from Hollywood. Yet these two bonded, became brothers and stuck it out to the very end without ever getting obnoxious. You once compared them to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, and that’s the perfect description. If Mike and Boogie were the lost cousins of “Saturday Night Live’s” obnoxious club-hopping, head-bopping Butabi Brothers, Dan and Memphis were the complete opposite.

Their gentle scheming also single-handedly rescued the second half of the season. Once drama divas April and Libra were out of the house, peace broke out in Studio City, threatening a very boring six weeks free of the catfights and screaming that made the first half of the season so compelling. Thanks to Dan and Memphis, viewers had an alliance to root for. And thanks to Jerry, we had plenty of comedic relief.

My only quibble about the “BB” ending: CBS once again cheated viewers of a much-needed extended finale. Another 30 or 60 minutes of questioning would have provided some of the moments you mentioned above. And maybe the poor studio audience would have had a chance to get involved in the grilling.

A quick detour, if I might. As noted, I spent the evening just outside the “BB” house interviewing just about all the houseguests. Thanks to the fine videography of TVWeek’s Andrew Krukowski—who patiently put up with my extensive questioning of the houseguests and my annoying habit of accidentally kicking the camera tripod, we’ll soon be adding some fun video to the blog.

As a preview, let me say that Libra is, indeed, flabbergasted by the selection of Sarah Palin (while Dan, predictably, is pumped and found a way to compare himself to Sen. McCain). Libra also is annoyed at the whole banner thing, angry that opinions were swayed by something that didn’t exist. But Michelle isn’t ready to admit the banner she “saw” contained no anti-Libra propaganda.

Renny has been told about Gustav, and everyone in her family is fine. And Ollie, while aware that his expressions of love have been seen by all, doesn’t seem too embarrassed by his very graphic PDAs. (He also wants the world to know that he was no saint before moving into the house and that the only reason he’s never had a girlfriend is because he was too busy lovin’ and leavin’ the ladies.)

Jessie and Jerry, meanwhile, remain as oblivious as always to how others, both inside and outside the house, view them. Brian knows he was too cocky, but believes his arrogance would have gotten him far had he (a) not trusted Ollie and thus (b) survived week one. And Steven seems glad to have exited earlier, since he would have “blown my brains out” if he had gone all the way to the jury house.

As for Keesha, she’s smarter than she sounds, while Memphis is just too dang laid-back for “BB.” When I asked him why he let Keesha exit the house believing that Dan had nothing to do with her ouster, he said he assumed she’d figure it out on her own once she was in the jury house. Sigh. He was also the only “BB” contestant who seemed annoyed to have to talk to the media. “Can we just get this done?” he asked tersely as he started his conversation with me. In fairness, he did say his bladder was about to burst, and it was the end of a long night. Still the frostiness that Renny and Keesha felt was pretty evident.

And then there’s the Man, aka Dan. It’s hard not to smile when you’re around the guy. He loves life and loves “BB” and is just fun to be around. He admitted that he didn’t completely reveal himself on the show out of concern for setting a bad example for his students. He also insisted he’s just a very shy guy.

But I must raise one red flag regarding Dan. He told me he’s “in no hurry” to return to teaching and said he and Memphis might get into business together on a clothing line that Memphis has been working on with his girlfriend. Memphis confirmed this to me, saying Dan is in a position to give him some much-needed capital. I advised Dan to run as far away as possible from this business notion, but I worry the Hollywood bug might yet bite Dan.

That brings me to the most burning question lingering at the end of the season: What will happen to Ted and Debbie? Unfortunately, neither Dan nor Memphis seems ready to rescue the spiders. Memphis, for one, is worried that Ted has become too big. It’ll be up to the producers and maintenance crew at the CBS Radford studios to ensure their survival, I suppose.

More on all this later. For now, it’s time to say goodbye, Miz Yin. The last time we worked together, back in the go-go 1990s at the New York Post, the modern notion of reality TV didn’t exist. We had to make do with bad Darren Star series (remember “Central Park West”?) and really good sitcoms that needed voices like yours to survive (I’m thinking of “Everybody Loves Raymond”). And faxes were far more common than e-mail.

Now, thanks to Al Gore’s Internet (and sometimes even John McCain’s BlackBerry), we’ve been able to share this season of “Big Brother” together, albeit virtually. It’s been a blast!

Same time next summer?

A Dan-Tastic Way to Get Rid of Jerry

September 12, 2008 10:10 AM

Michele Greppi: Dan did it. He masterminded himself and Memphis into the final two on “Big Brother 10” and kept his hands clean, because it was Memphis who single-handedly evicted Geezer Jerry in a live bye-bye last night.

If the jury of the last seven evicted houseguests awards him the $500,000 first prize next Tuesday, there should be no argument that he ranks as the greatest player in the history of “BB.” If the jury goes for Memphis, I’d still argue that Dan is the greatest, because he kept Memphis in the game.

I have enjoyed watching the two of them play the game and everybody in the house in a relatively civilized and yet spellbindingly devious way. Although I believe Dan ought to get the big money, it wouldn’t be a bummer of a travesty if Memphis got it.

And it’s oh so pleasant to think of the final few days of “Big Brother After Dark” on Showtime Too without Geezer J. skulking around and sucking all the oxygen out of the conversations in the house.

Danphis probably will lay out a buffet for the spiders over the back yard sofa and even share their beer with the arachnids and then talk about life and dreams.

Still to come is the grilling of Danphis by the sour grapesers at the sequester house via satellite.

And then Tuesday, we’ll see whether Dan’s smart plays to Michelle (on a luxury trip to a secluded beach last week) and to Keesha (by whispering as she left the house Tuesday that he had taken Michelle, when the remaining houseguests, including Memphis, thought he had gone alone) pay off.



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Speaking of Michelle, Joe, my Mr. Yang, I voted for her to get the special $25,000 prize. I know you’ll vote for Renny, but I’ll bet I voted more times for Michelle than you did for Renny.

Let’s just cross our fingers that no one voted for Geezer J., who at least managed not to pick his nose and roll up the booger on the couch during his exit interview with Julie Chen last night.

Cue the “Jaws” theme at the sequester house. Geezer J. is circling.

Josef Adalian: Yes, Mizz Yin, all is well in the “Big Brother” house today. Two very solid players have made it to the final. And Dan—the man who should win the grand prize—has done so by actually demonstrating gamesmanship and intelligence, qualities too often in short supply on this show.

While I don’t know if I’m ready to call Dan the greatest “Brother” player yet, I agree there’s a strong case to be made for such an argument. Specifically, he has impressed me with his ability to play smart without being a total egomaniac (howdy, Dr. Will and Mike “Boogie”) or creep (that’s you, Adam). Sure, he stabbed his share of backs. He’s a closet Republican. And his “veto roulette” scheme was an off-brand display of immaturity that may yet cost him the game.

But overall, I like Dan. I’d like to hang out with Dan. He’s a good guy who, in the end, stayed loyal to his one true alliance by voting out Jerry and keeping Memphis.

Memphis, too, seems a pleasant enough man. He’s pulled off a few key wins when he needed to do so. But he’s beyond boring and, I’m sorry, his only real strategy was staying loyal to Dan.

As we’ve noted before, the real question is whether the members of the jury vote with their brains or their hearts. If they want to settle grudges, Dan will lose out on $450,000. If they decide to honor the superior player in the game, Memphis will have to settle for $50,000.

Now, as for who should get the $25,000 third-place prize. You’re right, Greppi: My heart says Renny. I just like her. She entertained me all summer long. She’s a real woman, with real emotions … and fake hair. But I like her.

You’ve made a compelling case for Michelle, who is certainly a real person with real blue-collar roots. But she’s also enormously self-impressed. I mean, she thought the best play of the game was her back-door exit. Oh, please. And let’s not even mention her many (wrong) conspiracy theories.

So I decided on a compromise: My heart voted for Renny, but my fingers voted for … nobody. I shall remain quiet in the eyes of CBS, allowing your dozens of votes for Michelle to not be canceled out by my preferences.

Sunday’s a compilation show, Greppi. Tuesday is the big finale. If all goes well, I’ll be backstage and ready to report back with some behind-the-scenes scoops.

Only 300 or so days until “Big Brother 11.”

Crocodile Tears for a Woman Scorned

September 10, 2008 9:23 AM

Michele Greppi: Ouch!! In one of the most brutal strategic betrayals in "Big Brother" history, Memphis single-handedly voted Keesha, who engineered the revolt that saved him from being evicted, out of the house. 

He kept Geezer Jerry, the most annoying of the annoying houseguests of "BB10"!!! 

And Dan—well, take a deep breath and pay close attention. Dan, the Head of Household who nominated Geezer J. and his secret ally Memphis for eviction, threw one last competition to let Memphis win so that Memphis would be the one with blood on his hands, and then moved in for the kill of Memphis' chances at winning the $500,000 next Tuesday by pretending in his taped goodbye message to Keesha that he tried to talk Memphis out of booting Keesha. 

Oh no he di-uhnt!!! And cue the crocodile tears. 


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Dan even covered his backside by whispering in Keesha's ear as she left the house something she will learn as soon as she enters the sequester house: Dan lied about going solo on the exotic daytrip out of the house that he had won in a luxury competition. 

Nosireeee!! 

He chose to take Michelle—who was backdoored by Dan, Memphis, Renny and Keesha—out of her sequester house for the day and work her for her vote. 

Whether it works or not, Dan's plan has been a complex one that started with him casting himself as a weak player and an odd duck, throwing competition after competition and keeping his talent for the devious below the radar. 

But once Dan began really playing to win, he began winning at nearly everything he played. 
Dan isn't home free, but he's very, very close. 

At the end of last night's "BB10,"  Dan, Memphis and Geezer J. were at the beginning of an endurance contest that will determine the next head of household and guarantee that person is one of the final two. 

The two losers then will compete for the one spot next to the HOH as the sequestered jurors try to decide whether they cast their votes based on respect for who played the better game or based on their animus (which flowed like tap water this season).

Gawd, I wish I were home tonight, instead of in a motel room in Wilmington, N.C., so I could watch "Big Brother After Dark." Geezer J. is going to be all huffy-puffed up that he, the world's oldest reality contestant, made it to the final three instead of being shot execution-style by all the people who hated him but used him to inflate their vote count since the beginning of the game, thinking they could always evict him next week or the week after. 

Now there is no week after, and Dan and Memphis have no room for error. 

It's all-or-nothin'  time. 

No disrespect for Memphis, Joe, but my bet is that Dan takes all. 

And, of course, my hope is that Jerry gets nothin'. 

You know he shou-uhn't.
 
Josef Adalian: Actually, Greppi, don't feel so bummed about missing "BBAD." As I watch right now, the cameras are focused on Memphis bouncing a green ping-pong ball against the ceiling. Every once in a while, he stops to scratch himself or examine some part of his body. If there were thought bubbles over his head, I'm sure they'd read, "Damn, I just blew $500,000."  

And indeed he did. Until tonight, I would have considered Dan the favorite to win. Yes, Dan had played a better game—by far. But Memphis had made few enemies.  

But by overthinking this game—i.e., convincing himself that Keesha needed to go—Memphis blew it. There's a time for backstabbing in the "Big Brother" house and a time for loyalty. Had Jerry been sent packing, he'd have been annoyed at Memphis—but not surprised, or scorned. And let's face it: Ain't nobody in the jury house gonna listen to a thing Geezer J. has to say. 

Now, however, Memphis has sent a woman very much scorned into exile. She will do all she can to turn the sequester house against Memphis, assuming he makes it to the final two. It was actually tough seeing Keesha break down when she realized she was about to be betrayed. 

Is Memphis so insecure that he didn't think he could make it to the final two with Keesha in the house? She has not shown any more ability to win competitions than Jerry. And let's assume Dan wins the final HOH. If Dan is of a mind to betray the Renegade alliance and take someone other than Memphis to the final two, does it matter whether Jerry or Keesha is the third houseguest? So, again, I ask: Why risk Keesha's revenge? 

Actually, the more I think about it, Memphis might actually have increased the odds of a Dan betrayal. If Dan does win HOH, and does ditch Memphis, he will now be a hero to Keesha.  

At this point, I must give a shout-out to Dan for showing the sort of brazen cynicism one normally would associate with a certain GOP presidential candidate. It seems that he plotted with Dan to ax Keesha—but made her think he was on her side. 

We didn't see it on the show, but is it possible that Dan really did lobby Memphis to keep Keesha? If so, why didn't Memphis call him out on it?  

A quick check of the blogosphere reveals that, no, Dan and Memphis are still Renegades. They're just pretending to be at war with each other so Jerry won't compete too hard for HOH. (There's really no need for this drama, guys.) 

And here's proof that Dan is playing Memphis: Dan lied when Memphis asked him what he whispered to Keesha on her way out. Memphis, the one-time player, is being played big-time by the Republican from Michigan. 

Dan has won the first part of the HOH. He stands a good shot of winning the third part. (The second part of the competition might involve memory: The HGs are currently being serenaded by random lines of nonsense from "Big Brother.") 

My guess: Dan and Jerry in the final two. 

Yup, Memphis just blew his shot at $500K. And Jerry may get $50K to give to his grandkids. 

Memphis, Memphis, Memphis: Turns out you're the moth, and Dan's the spider. Your days are numbered.  
 

That Dan Is One Smooth Operator

September 8, 2008 2:15 PM

Michele Greppi: There’s less than two weeks to go before the jury of (mostly) disaffected, disgorged “Big Brother 10” houseguests votes on who played the game well enough to get the $500,000 top prize.

Dan, the Catholic school teacher and coach who hid his numerous skills from his “BB10” competitors until late in the game (while crowing to viewers in diary room sessions from the get-go), is the one to beat.

His secret Renegade alliance member Memphis, who won a vintage muscle car the first week and then laid equally low, is looking like he’ll get second place.

The only other remaining houseguests, blondiful Keesha (on good terms with both Dan and Memphis) and Geezer Jerry (who has been working on the last nerves of everyone left in the house for weeks), seem to have lost their mojo.

On the other hand, Dan just keeps showing us a more and more evolved mind.

While the others stood around dumbstruck (literally as well as figuratively) as a sumo wrestler muttered in Japanese, Dan waited until the big guy stood up and then reached in and grabbed the news that there would be a luxury competition. Not only did Dan win the contest, solving a visual riddle by waiting until the extraneous clues had been removed courtesy of dumb, dumb, dumb (and premature) guesses from the other three competitors, but he’ll be taking Michelle, one of the angry jury members now in the sequester house, on a day trip to a secluded beach.

In one neat move, he’s got a good chance at mending one fence and guaranteeing himself of one vote and one energetic advocate without creating predictable problems for himself back in the “BB” house.

Of course, everything could blow up in his face. But he’s got my vote.

That’s it from me tonight, Joe. I’m here in Wilmington, N.C., where antebellum houses and tree-canopied streets—and the Yellow Pages list two businesses that offer cheerleader training—list will meet the digital TV future at noon tomorrow.

If I’m lucky, the humidity will have dropped about 80% from this afternoon, when I walked along the Cape Fear River (no sign of Robert Mitchum or Robert De Niro) until there was not one drop in me left to sweat.

It’s a good thing there’s no Showtime Too with “Big Brother After Dark” tempting me to watch Memphis and Keesha try to hide the wine and the beer and themselves from the ever-annoying Jerry.

It’s an even better thing that a sweet and intuitive waitress at Elijah’s at river’s edge kept refilling my iced tea like there was no tomorrow. And there were a couple of red-faced, deodorant-killing hours where I feared there might not be.

It’s early to bed and not too early to rise for Miz Yin, who’s feelin’ older’n Jerry tonight.

Josef Adalian: I feel older than all y’all, Miz Yin, following a five-hour schlep through the Mojave desert (back from Las Vegas) and several more hours at the MTV Video Music Awards. I used to love going to the VMAs at Radio City Music Hall in the 1990s. This year, I barely knew who any of the performers were, and when I did know, they didn’t perform long enough (such as the Ting Tings). I also don’t understand how Britney Spears won 3 Moonmen, even though I had barely heard of her song or saw her video. To quote LL Cool J, “Don’t call it a comeback.”

Anyway, apologies for my tardiness in posting my part of our dialogue. My “Brother” viewing was delayed by the fact that the show didn’t air until just before 10 p.m. in these parts. How long did that tennis game go on? And why is “Brother” always being delayed by football or tennis?

It was worth the wait, however. Not because the nominations were all that surprising. And not even for Dan’s dominance (though, as you point out, Greppi, it was impressive).


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What I loved was the very clever luxury competition and the twist on the reward. The producers worked overtime to make the clues clever and not at all obvious. And while I would be fine if I never heard or saw from Jessie again, dressing the oaf in an ape suit was a stroke of genius.

Where the producers really shone, however, was in coming up with the idea of letting the luxury winner bring along someone from the jury house. Muy, muy clever. Dan did his part by picking Michelle, making Tuesday’s show a must-watch.

Dan is definitely the man to beat at this point, particularly since—spoiler alert here, people—Memphis won the power of veto. Scuttlebutt from the live feeds is that the Renegades actually plan to dump Keesha and keep Jerry. If they do that, they deserve to win nothing. Zero. Zilch. Allowing Jerry to get to the final three is, beyond an act of betrayal, a recipe for handing over $500,000 to Jerry.

Think about it: Jerry stands a good shot of winning the final HOH simply because it often comes down to trivia knowledge regarding the inner workings of the house. And while the Renegades might think they have things sewn up if they go to the final two with the Geez, they’re sadly mistaken. Jerry might be annoying, but he hasn’t pissed off anyone like Memphis and Dan have. These two young men are seriously overthinking the game—and letting Jerry work them.

Keesha, Keesha, Keesha

September 5, 2008 12:25 PM

Michele Greppi: Renny, the dawlin’ from N’awluhns, is headed for a reunion in the “Big Brother 10” sequester house.

Dan won the competition for Head of Household on last night’s live eviction show, beating out his secret Renegade alliance partner by only one point. Keesha, on the other hand, got only one of the seven questions right. And Geezer Jerry sat out the competition because, as outgoing HOH, he was ineligible.

There’s no way Dan won’t nominate Jerry, who called him a Judas for playing the game, for eviction.


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The only question is whether Dan the formerly lay-low man, thinks he should put up Keesha as a protected pawn next to Jerry, or Memphis, who, like Dan, has suddenly showed his mettle as a player after keeping his head down through most of “BB10.”

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1 POV Played = 1 Peeved AARPer

September 3, 2008 7:47 AM

Michele Greppi: Renny’s fate seems all but sealed after the broadcast last night of the Power of Veto ceremony in which Memphis took his fellow (and covert) Renegade Dan off the block, leaving only Renny to replace him.

Keesha is not happy, Joe. Renny and she formed a bond early on in “Big Brother 10” and it has survived. Until Thursday night’s live eviction show, Keesha is going to be seeing Renny’s sad eyes everywhere she goes.


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Renny, of course, is not happy. She told Keesha not to trust either of the men in their alliance, Dan or Memphis. She and her neverending wardrobe, her wigs, her sequined berets, her masks and her boas are have a ticket to the sequester house, where there is only one person she likes, Michelle, who is as quick to goof and to flare as Renny is.

Geezer Jerry, the Head of Household who nominated Keesha and Dan in an attempt to get rid of Dan, is seething. Memphis screwed him. And thank gawd for that. Mr. Know-It-All, Mr. I-Can-Top-That-Story, Mr. Mean Jeans, got played, a turn of events long overdue.

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Pull the Plug on Jerry-atrics, Please

September 1, 2008 8:35 AM

Michele Greppi: Geezer Jerry is in heaven. He’s got a captive audience. He’s telling his wheezer stories ad nauseam. He’s torturing his four “Big Brother 10” housemates with his banal bad sportsmanship.

He’s headed for the final three.


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That means that unless someone hides his teeth or he seriously inures himself with his nonstop patting himself on the back and has to leave the “BB10” house strapped to a gurney, we’re in for another looooooong week in which even Keesha’s braying laugh on a 24/7 loop would be easier to endure.

Dan and Keesha are on the block for eviction.

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From Obama to Oh. My. Gawd.

August 29, 2008 8:26 AM

Josef Adalian: To borrow a song title: Oh, what a night! And I'm not just talking the "Brother." Here on the West Coast, Barack Obama served as the warm-up act for one of the best hours of "Big Brother" drama in recent memory. I know, I know: What sort of moron would even mention Obama and "BB" in the same breath? Only a devoted Obamican and "Big Brother" junkie, I suppose. 

In truth, after watching Obama's beyond brilliant, beyond moving call to arms—as most reviews of the speech have characterized it—I really wasn't looking forward to watching "Brother" on the DVR. As much as I love the show, it seemed somehow sacrilegious to watch a mere reality show after a potential president had just given one of the most important speeches of the still-young century.  


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But, after watching a couple of hours of the talking heads analyze the night on cable news, I pressed play, and soon found myself struggling to catch my breath. 

First, there was Ollie's post-veto outburst. I hadn't seen it on "After Dark," but even in its edited form, it was striking to see his sore-loser spirit. I know he must miss April, but how did the nice-guy preacher's son turn into evicted houseguest Jessie's brother from another mother? Sad, sad, sad. 

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Not-So-Jolly Ollie’s Folly

August 27, 2008 12:14 PM

Michele Greppi: And another one bites the dust. No, Joe, not Michelle, although Dan broke his deal with Ollie and put her on the block after Memphis used the Power of Veto he won to take himself off.

I mean Ollie, the son of a preacher man, who, when snookered, went on a rampage that left lollipops crushed, furniture rearranged, a planter upended and a light broken.


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Oh, and how did he express his rage at Memphis? With one of the basest tools in a bully boy’s arsenal: taunts that Memphis is gay. But Ollie used the f-word for a gay man. And he shouted instructions about which part of Ollie’s anatomy Memphis should suck.

Tch, tch, Ollie. Not nice. Not acceptable.

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The Dan-dy Man Can! Maybe

August 25, 2008 8:32 AM

Josef Adalian: The full extent of Dan's HOH deal with Ollie revealed itself Sunday night, Ms. Yin. I'm not sure which party to the deal is more annoying. 

On the one hand, Dan is way too impressed with himself for making what he calls a "weak" deal. He doesn't seem to realize that he's raised all sorts of doubts about his trustworthiness within his semi-alliance. How? By not immediately going to Memphis and Keesha (and possibly Renny) and simply spilling all of the details. Since the funky foursome control who ultimately leaves the house, Ollie really has no power whatsoever. Dan should have simply told his allies what was up and focused on getting Jerry to go home. 

Of course, Ollie is no less annoying. He thinks he's made the best deal ever. But, in addition to not having any real say in who leaves on Thursday, Ollie seems way too confident that he won't be stabbed in the back by Dan. What's more, he continues to make no apparent effort to expand beyond his Jerry-Michelle semi-alliance. He and Renny are cordial, but—at least as far as I've seen—Ollie has made no deal to seal any sort of deal with her. Or Keesha. Or Memphis. 

Ollie, sans April, has no real enemies. He needs to split the dominant alliance, but instead, he's wasting his time with Michelle, who insists on calling him Ali. (Maybe she just thinks he's the Greatest.)

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