Big Brother 10, Week 1

By Eric Hughes

July 18, 2008 some bad hair.

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Head of Household: Jerry
HouseGuests nominated for eviction on Sunday: Renny and Jessie
Tuesday's Power of Veto winner: Jessie
PoV used on: Jessie
HouseGuests nominated for eviction on Tuesday: Renny and Brian
HouseGuest evicted live on Wednesday: Brian
Who should have been evicted: Renny
New HoH: Jessie
HouseGuests remaining: 12 (Angie, April, Dan, Jerry, Jessie, Keesha, Libra, Memphis, Michelle, Ollie, Renny, Steven)

Eight little Davids take down Goliath

It was an explosive first week in the Big Brother house as one scheming HouseGuest, Brian, was blindsided with a nomination for eviction Tuesday night by Head of Household Jerry, who days earlier pledged an alliance with the boy until seemingly the end of the game. What changed the old guy's mind? Other HouseGuests – eight of them, actually – who stormed into the war vet's room and demanded that he put the conniving man up for eviction.

The group – everyone save for Brian, Dan, Renny and Steven – told Jerry that Brian cannot be trusted, since he pretends to pledge allegiance to everyone in the house, when in reality he has a fairly solid plan in place to knock off everyone in his path. The group thought the best course of action was to backdoor the 27-year-old entrepreneur by putting him up for eviction during the Power of Veto ceremony. (Because Jessie won the PoV competition, HoH Jerry had to nominate a new HouseGuest for eviction).

At first, Jerry was hesitant for two reasons:

A) He's a representative of the U.S. Marine Corps and would not want to bring shame to that title nor the entire outfit by going back on his word to Brian.
B) He's totally whipped by Brian. Brian, in fact, is "his boy."

Jerry went on and on about not knowing whether anyone in the room can be trusted – let alone just Brian – and the show conveniently cut to commercial. When Big Brother returned, Brian is put up on the Chopping Block by Jerry, who was told by the group in his rooms hours earlier that they will ensure his safety in next week's nominations if he follows through with their plan. Brian and Dan, whose alliance was believed to take both of them far into the game, were understandably stunned.

"The only one who could ever reach me was the son of a preacher man"

So where did Brian go wrong? He put too much trust in Ollie, the supposed preacher's son. Ollie, who seemingly relies more on his shaft than smarts, confirmed to Libra and his current lady friend, April, that Brian was a major threat to the women in the house and would begin his attack on their sex after he influenced the evictions of the house's biggest menaces: Jessie and Memphis.


Libra asked Ollie and April why the women should do the dirty work for Brian and then convinced them both that they need to get rid of Brian. After a few beats, Ollie renounced his membership in the Brian/Dan faction and said he, Libra and April needed to warn Memphis, along with the rest of the house, of Brian's plans.

And the rest is history. During Wednesday's episode – accompanied by a live studio audience for the first time since Big Brother's freshman season – all went according to plan. All HouseGuests, except Dan, voted to evict Brian.

Because Catholic boy Dan aligned himself with Brian, will he be next to go?

Jerry's kids

One good thing Jerry has going for him – other than a noticeably good heart – is that the women in the house are going absolutely gah-gah over him. Jesus, one of them is liable to give the old man a heart attack.

I mean, look who he's living with. Keesha is a mere 19-years-old and brings in the Benjamins by working shifts at a Hooter's in Burbank. Then on Sunday, just hours after meeting one another, April puts her chest up in Jerry's grill. And what does the vet do? He squeezes and says: "They are very, very real."

Also because of the ladies, Jerry was sworn in as the house's first HoH, perhaps because of his grandfatherly demeanor. (Normally a HouseGuest becomes the HoH after winning a contest, but the new season bucked the trend by opening with a simple appearance vote). So look out Mrs. Jerry, your 54-year marriage is on the rocks!

Final thoughts

As good as it is to see order restored in the house by Brian's eviction, I actually would have preferred seeing Renny go, because she is basically a lousy excuse for a contestant (and Brian would have made the game play more interesting, anyway). Renny's loud and Renny's dumb. Nothing Renny says makes a lick of sense because her logic is absolutely twisted.

I foresee her antics getting on the nerves of more HouseGuests in later weeks – hopefully sooner than later – to earn herself a pink slip. Her bitch fit with Jessie, not even worthy of describing in this space, was only the start of her downfall. And hey, now that Jessie is the new HoH, there's a chance he'll go ahead and put her back on the Chopping Block.

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