Mike has to make his first nominations for eviction. How will he approach it? Strategy? Voting for the most annoying (other than him)? Or some combination of the two?
It’s only the second day of Big Brother 2, but it’s already time for the first nominations. As explained in the first episode, the Head of Household (HH) is Mike this time around, and he has to pick two people who will be nominated for eviction. The rest of the group then votes the following Thursday.
This is weighing heavily on him, as it was when he first realized what he’d have to do. Unfortunately, it hasn’t caused him to stop acting like an idiot, with a goofy bandana on his head and more rap/rhymes. Mike, here’s a clue: Dirk Been (on the first Survivor) was a white guy who tried to pretend to be a gangsta. He lost. Stop it.
Meanwhile, Kent (the homophobe) is continuing his attempts to form an alliance that will keep him from being thrown out by the younger crowd. He goes directly to Mike and tells him that there is a female alliance brewing (though we’ve seen so sign of this). So he wants to get a male alliance. Mike keeps his options open, telling us that he doesn’t need to form an alliance with Kent, and he’s already sick of hearing his voice. But he might pull him along for a little while anyway. No! Mike, please, for the love of all that is good, get rid of this man now!
Kent’s potential arch enemy, Bunky (who is gay and therefore must be a sicko in Kent’s eyes if Kent finds out) is trying to figure out who he can come out to. He tells Autumn by showing her a family photo – including his husband, Greg. He just wants people to like him for who he is, but he’s worried about Kent and Justin. Autumn comforts him. Jeez, the two neediest people in the house consoling each other. Gag.
However, if Bunky really wanted to keep it a secret, he probably shouldn’t have brought along a rainbow ribbon, which several of the guys (including Kent) find. So they have it pretty well figured out.
We get a clue as to what Mike is thinking when he says that, at this moment, the first person he’d nominate is Nicole. And the second person he’d nominate is…Nicole. She’s loud, annoying, obnoxious, etc. He said she could change his mind by just being quiet. Kent shares his similar opinions – she’s loud, abrasive, has a foul mouth, and is a control freak (as opposed to a nice guy like Kent who just wants to tell people how they should live their lives).
Skipping from personalities to the first reward challenge, Mike and Hardy put on women’s bathing suits. No, that’s not the challenge. The challenge is for everybody to hop into a tub of mud and who knows what else, and find the 12 house keys with names on them (there are 24 total keys hidden there). They can’t get into the mud until their key is found, and they must get all the keys and get out within a time limit. If they do it, the hot tub will open up. If not, it will stay locked for at least two more weeks.
All of them jump in as soon as their turn comes up, without hesitation. Even Nicole, who we had earlier learned has a phobia of pools, swimming, dirt, etc. ends up going right in and doing her part. Mike is impressed. Might he change his mind?
More on that later. Back to Bunky as he comes out one at a time to various people. He talks to Monica as they’re standing where they think there is privacy. Ha! It turns out they’re right next to Mike’s HH room and he overhears them. He calls them into his room and they talk, telling Bunky that they are all on his side and he shouldn’t worry about people like Kent.
OK, so it looks like Bunky is safe. Who isn’t? Well, Kent annoys people at night at least as much as in the day – he snores like a broken furnace. (Weird analogy, eh? Well, one time I had guests staying at my house and one snored so loudly that I really did think my furnace was broken. Kent sounded similar.) And Mike says Hardy, the pretty boy, is not necessarily a target but is expendible.
Since they’re bored out of their skulls, they decide to make up some games of their own. One has the group sitting in the hot tub and passing around a strawberry from male to female and female to male – in their mouths. Kent and Nicole, both married, sit this one out.
The day’s discussion often turns towards who will hook up. (I’m voting for Bunky and Kent.) Looks like the producer is trying to live up to his claims that there will be sex in the show. Or at least he’s hoping. Indeed, we do see Will and Shannon sleeping cozily in bed together. I emphasize sleeping, though.
One person who probably won’t be hooking up with anybody is Autumn. Last episode, several people talked about her being needy. It continues this time with more people chiming in. But lots of them like Sheryl, who is being viewed as a kind of surrogate mom.
Mike gathers the contestants together so he can explain how the nomination process will work. He will gather their keys and put all but two (well, three including his own) in a box. Then he’ll pull the first one; that person will pull the second, and around the table it will go. The two whose keys are not there are the nominees.
As he’s going through this discussion, I’m thinking to myself that there is a great potential strategy here. If the HH really wants somebody gone, he can nominate that person (provided they are generally unpopular) and also nominate a really popular person who is virtually guaranteed to win the vote. I wonder to myself how long it will take somebody to figure this out. I don’t have to wonder very long.
When he later brings out his choices, we find that he has nominated Nicole (no surprise) and Sheryl (big surprise). OK, well, it looks like Mike figured out that plan, too. Indeed, he says this is his way of essentially unilaterally making the first eviction, because he figures there is no way people will vote out Sheryl. Kent isn’t so sure, though, because he figures Sheryl may be seen as a threat by some people because she is so nice. Nicole vows to change people’s minds about her before the vote.