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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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A Confederacy of Dunces

July 29, 2008 2:44 PM

Michele Greppi: Keesha, the head of an increasingly short-tempered household, has nominated Jessie, the vain muscle mass, and Angie, who has been on the short end of the friends stick since Week 1, for eviction. The Power of Eviction competition will be ferocious this week, since hot-headed Jessie and coolly disdainful Angie, the un-babe in the house, are in an alliance with Memphis and Michelle to break the grip of the ruling alliance.

Thus far, the majority has prevented the use of the POE to save someone on the block. Jessie has worked on the last nerves of nearly everyone, including Memphis and Angie, who can’t protect him from his own self-defeating moves. So if he stays true to annoying form, he could be evicted Thursday night (remember, the live eviction show and “Greatest American Dog” change time slots this week), saving Angie for another week.

On the other hand, I’m more than ready for someone to break up the ruling confederacy of dunces that is, if you’ve been watching “Big Brother After Dark,” almost ready to splinter like a toothpick if someone with guts will snap it.

Pastor’s son Ollie and geezer Jerry may have made a deal the other night that doesn’t cover April, Ollie’s lovey-dovey little Lindsay Lohan. That was after April shut Ollie out of the HOH bedroom the other night when she and Libra and Keesha shared a bubble bath.


Right about now, I’m fondly remembering Nokomis, the original “Big Brother” un-babe and the unlikeliest of reality-show power players. Her inventive deployment of the back-door strategy stopped the horsemen in their tracks in Season 5.

I’m keeping my eye on Dan, the Catholic school teacher who brags in each of his diary room sessions how well his plan is working to make himself look weak.

I’m also praying the “Big Brother” does a montage soon of Keesha’s laugh, which gives fingernails on a chalkboard a good name. Maybe she’d think twice about laughing again.

Josef Adalian: Well, as you recall Nokomis, this week’s episode has me thinking of Janelle—another amply endowed blond “Big Brother” player who demonstrated an aptitude for the game. Keesha is showing some of Janelle’s craftiness—but not enough to go as far as Janelle did. At best, she’s Janelle Jr., not Janelle 2.0.

Keesha’s biggest blunder so far is her relentless focus on Angie. Besides being one of the most annoying players in recent “BB” history, Jessie’s physical prowess makes him a threat down the line, as does his limited brainpower. The only thing more dangerous than a smart player is a dumb player who thinks he’s smart. And that’s Mr. Musclehead in a nutshell.

What’s more, if Keesha really does want Angie out of the house, why in the world did she also put up Jessie? I’m sure it felt good in the moment, but why create an enemy out of someone who’s already demonstrated an ability to win challenges? Far better to have put up a pawn such as Dan and limit the number of people you’re alienating. Now, whoever goes home, Keesha has created an enemy. Keesha needs to start thinking WWJD: What Would Janelle Do?

Sunday’s episode also was notable for what it didn’t show: Any substantive evidence of April and Ollie’s sexcapades. It’s been more than a week since the two consummated their relationship, live on the Internet. Unless I missed it, “BB” the TV show has yet to reveal that plot point. Surely Sunday’s overlong segment on the food competition could’ve been trimmed a bit to make room for nookie. (Reality Blurred has a report here, while B-Side offers his take here.

As for Keesha, I don’t share your distaste for her, but she’s certainly fallen off my favorite houseguests list. Renny, by contrast, is fast becoming the life of the house. And I haven’t even been watching her performances on “Big Brother After Dark.”

Michele Greppi: It’s not distaste for Keesha, just her laugh and her cluelessness. But I experienced my moment of “BB” zen last night during “BBAD.” This is much earlier than usual, but Angie needs to go just as a humane gesture. She would be miserable if by some fluke she were to be saved Thursday night.

Josef Adalian: As long as we still have Renny around to do her Michelle impression—intense walking combined with a single word (Hint: It rhymes with “Other Zucker”—I’m fine with Angie getting the boot.

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