Unlike some reality shows, Big Brother tends to get boring and predictable in its final rounds. Thursday's episode bucked that trend as yet another player was completely blindsided by a move that rocked the house just days before the winner will be crowned. Plus: We get a look inside the jury house, and there's no shortage of drama there either. So, who went home? And how will the three players left standing deal with the aftershocks of tonight's move? Let's find out.
After Jenn's eviction, Ian is quick to trumpet the supremacy of the Quack Pack, who only lost Britney along the way. But as Dan rightly notes, it's time for the alliance to start eating its own ducks. Though Dan seemed to fight hard in the head of household competition, he says he's fine with Danielle winning for two reasons. First, it makes Shane comfortable, and Shane will do what Danielle says. And secondly, Danielle will do whatever Dan says. So ultimately, Dan feels in control.
As such, Dan tells Danielle that she should nominate him and Ian. Dan reasons that it will keep Shane happy and also make him believe Danielle is no longer so strongly linked to Dan. The plan, however, is to evict Ian because Danielle is confident that none of the remaining players can beat him in the finals. When Danielle does indeed nominate Dan and Ian, no one takes it all that hard because in truth, the real power this week belongs to the winner of the power of veto.
The show then takes a detour to the jury house, where Ashley is meditating and making dream boards to wish Frank good luck. Ashley is shocked when Britney enters the house, but she soon explains all about "funeral gate" and how Dan weaseled his way out of being evicted by Frank. As such, neither woman is surprised to see Frank walk in next. And nobody in the house really cares at all when Joe shows up.
As the jury members being thinking ahead to how they will vote, Britney makes a case that Dan deserves to win because of all the strong moves he's made. Frank, however, argues that the jury shouldn't reward lying and backstabbing. (Um, has he ever watched this show?) They have a huge blowout. Britney accuses Frank of being on his high horse and Frank compares playing a dirty game to Britney cheating on her husband. The analogy doesn't quite hold up, and that's when Britney takes her leave.
Back in the Big Brother house, the Quack Pack readies for the veto competition, which requires the players to solve a puzzle filled with clues about former houseguests. Danielle is intent on winning because she's afraid of Ian saving himself. "If Ian wins this, I might as well write him a check," she says. Her fears are well-founded, as Ian is the first player to ring in, but his puzzle is incorrect. (Ian expresses his discontent with what Dan calls a "monster noise," which is quite amusing.)
All the other players begin ringing in, but no one quite has the puzzle put together perfectly. When the dust finally settles, Danielle comes out on top. She's thrilled that she now holds all the power and can keep her boys (Shane and Dan) safe.
Dan feels comfortable with Danielle being in control, but he decides to work on her anyway. He says he doesn't fully trust that Shane will vote Ian out, and he asks Danielle to take him off the block. Dan vows to keep Shane safe, which is enough to make Danielle agree, although she warns Dan that if he pulls any funny business she will "castrate [him] with a butter knife." When Danielle runs the plan by Shane, he (stupidly) is all too happy to let Danielle pull the switcheroo since he believes Ian is going home.
The truth: Dan has zero intention of saving Shane. At the veto meeting, Danielle shocks Ian and Shane (though, I think he was just lying for Ian's benefit) by pulling Dan off the block. After Shane's long-winded plea speech and Ian's bewildered "quack quack" speech, Dan makes a speech of his own. He tells Danielle that her hands have been clean the whole game while he's got blood on his hands and all the way up to his elbows. He says he can't allow a couple to go to the Final 3 and evicts Shane.
Shane bolts out of the house, and Danielle's stunned face is absolutely priceless. Shane tells Julie he's shocked and that he trusted Dan 100 percent because he swore on his wife to protect Shane. "Dan's just a dirty player," Shane says. And he's right.
Back in the house, Danielle is furious with Dan, asking him how many times he is going to break her trust. Dan argues that he made this move for her. Huh? He claims that his job as her former coach is to both get Danielle to the finals and make sure she wins. He claims that with Shane and Jenn in the jury, Danielle has two votes already secure. He also notes that with Ian still in the house, Danielle is assured to go to Final 2 because, Dan says, "Ian knows he can't beat me."
While I agree that Dan maybe is genuine about wanting to take Danielle all the way, it's not because he wants her to win. Dan has played far too ruthless a game not to be out for the $500,000. If he does take Danielle, I am sure he will throw her under the bus as a weak puppet who rode on his coattails. And he will be right. But making that argument will also remind the jury just how much Dan backstabbed everyone.
But let's not forget Ian. If he should win the final HOH, he could also easily beat Danielle, but part of me feels he might also honor his "Renegades" Final 2 deal with Dan. If that happens, it could be the most competitive Big Brother finale ever, though I truly think Ian will win for playing a smart strategic game without ruffling as many feathers.
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