Big Brother 14 began Wednesday night’s episode with the usual recap of all that’s gone before. Dan is giddy as he tells us he can’t believe that only last week he convinced Frank and Jenn to take him off the block, and now those two find themselves in that very spot and he is safe. The Big Brother 14 house is definitely under Dan’s spell.
As the show opens, it seems if the nominations stay the same, Frank will go home this week. But if one of them saves themselves with the power of veto, Joe could go up and go home since there’s two separate but overlapping alliances still at play in the CBS Big Brother house.
Ian promised Shane and Danielle safety during the final moments of the last head of household competition, so he knows if Frank or Jenn come off the block, the only guest left to replace that person with is chef Joe. He reminds us though that his main target is still Frank.
Dan says even with all the alliances and final two deals he’s made, he has no intention of honoring any of it. Dan says in the diary room before the veto competition, “Frank I’m coming for blood, because I want you out of this house”.
Frank talks to Dan and ponders throwing the veto, thinking that Dan may be a replacement nominee if he saves himself. The guy’s actually working to keep Dan safe. Dan can’t believe his ears and says about Frank, “You’re making it easier for me to stab you in the back”.
The veto competition is a process of elimination game where whoever comes in last in each round is eliminated. Contestants must search for house guest names that solve a riddle, which are found scattered around the back yard and written on cobs of corn.
The riddles all center on trivia from previous Big Brother 14 competitions, and Frank rethinks his strategy of throwing the veto because he knows in Big Brother, safety is everything.
Joe sees the veto as life or death because he knows he’ll go on the block if one of the nominees manages to save themselves.
As HOH, Ian first says he doesn’t care about winning the veto because he only wants the nominees not to win, and he actually thinks he may have a target on his back because he’s winning too much.
Danielle came in last and is the first eliminated. Ian goes down in round two. Round three is bye bye for chef Joe. After four rounds Jenn loses her bid to save herself from the chopping block.
It’s down to Frank and Dan for the win. The pair do some last minute strategic whispering – Dan trying to replant throwing the competition in Frank’s brain so he won’t go up as a replacement. Frank almost bites, but decides for himself that what’s best is to win it outright since he’s had trust issues with Dan all season.
It came right down to the wire as Dan wasn’t sure of his final answer, but ultimately had to make a choice, and he made it back first with the right response to win the power of veto.
Dan holds all the power in the house with the veto in hand since he’s in both alliances. It’s his choice whether to use it and save Frank, or send him home. He now goes right to Ian and strikes a final two deal with him.
Now he’s got two alliances, and three final two deals floating out there – with Frank, Danielle, and now young Ian. Dan’s aware that the others all know that in season 10, which he won, he was loyal to one player to the end. So he feels he must change up his strategy for Big Brother 14.
One can appreciate where he’s coming from, but it’s not without it’s risks as we’ve all seen players go down in flames when their backstabbing ways are revealed to the rest of the house.
Dan wants to pull Jenn off the block and put up Joe, but he needs to convince Ian first since he doesn’t want to make any moves that might expose all of his behind the scenes wheeling and dealing. It’s enough to make you dizzy!
Ian then proposes pulling Frank off since he’s ineligible for HOH next week anyway, which still leaves Frank exposed.
The plan is set between Dan and Ian, pull down Jenn and put up Joe. Later Frank changes his strategy again, and tells Dan it might be best to pull off Jenn in order to back door Joe. Dan can’t believe Frank still buys into being in a final two with him.
When Dan informs Jenn of his plan to take her off the block, he uses it as an opportunity to cement her trust in him, and sounds like he’s making yet another final two deal with her saying repeatedly, “to the end”.
At the veto meeting, Frank and Jenn make their respective save me speeches. Dan then announces to the house, “where I come from…you don’t make deals until you pay back debts”, and with those words he does indeed save Jenn.
Ian now stands and nominates poor chef Joe as a replacement. The meeting’s adjourned. Dan goes to the diary room and boasts how he’s now managed to send Frank packing without getting any blood on his hands.
Dan says he’s fond of all his fellow house guests and respects them, but in the end it’s all business and he’s there to play Big Brother 14 for his wife and child.
Stay tuned for tomorrow night when, unbeknownst to the guests in the Big Brother house, we’re in for another live double elimination.