Big Brother 4, August 27: Jee Finally Losesby David Bloomberg -- 08/28/2003
So, the big question this week is whether we will go back to seeing a full recap and then also seeing Julie Chen give us a full recap again, or if, like last week, they have learned that they don’t really need to do that. And the verdict is… She doesn’t! Hooray! I’d like to think that maybe some of the Big Brother production staff is reading these articles and relaying our complaints up the line. Hey, don’t deny me my fantasy, okay?
One notable part of the recap: Alison saying, “I am like The Plague.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, though I have to admit that I didn’t realize the Plague was a sexually-transmitted disease…
Julie takes the reins of the show and notes that tonight will be a live eviction vote. And then, when it’s done, they will remove another HouseGuest. OK, at first I was like, “What?! CBS just asked for an additional week, how can they take another person out? But then, a message board I frequent had a post that noted the wording on this when it was first mentioned Tuesday night was vague enough that it sounded like they would be taking somebody out for a special reward. (Thanks, Diogenes!) Bingo! It should have occurred to me sooner. We’ll see if that is correct.
Moving to the strategy, Julie tells us that Robert wants Erika out, but where does Alison’s allegiance really lie? (Answer: Herself.) Jee has been another power player this week, winning everything. This leads us to the usual round of PB&J whining. Erika wonders how she can be cute and scheming when she’s so weak. OK, so that was pretty amusing instead of the complaining we generally hear.
We also are reminded that Jee could invite a guest each day to have McDonald’s with him. Jack wasn’t mad at first but the more he thought about it, the more he realized that Jee had all the food he wanted anyway and also gets McDonald’s. He’s more of a target than ever. No, Jack, not you saying that too! You of all people should realize that you are all targets!
Moving on, we see Erika and Jack in the hottub. Erika says she has only seen her Dad like five times in 10 years. In the course of their discussion, Jack compliments the way she has been playing.
Erika notes that she only needs two votes to stay in the house. Alison is going to have to finally pick a side! Yeah, right. Alison can do like she always does and pick a side for this week. Nothing says she has to stay on that side.
As we heard Tuesday, Erika says she is campaigning for herself, not against Jack. It’s difficult for her fate to be in Alison’s hands – she’s a huge threat and wants to cover her own back. Alison says she tells Erika and Jun what they want to hear, and also Robert and Jee what they want to hear. Yeah, she says, she has to lie to survive. But does she need to also insult? Apparently so, as Alison badmouths Erika all over the place. Then privately she says you can’t be beautiful, smart, and sweet at the same time. Well, maybe you can’t, but some people are actually capable of not being total bitches all of the time. Erika says she can’t trust Alison with anything – in a room alone with her man, with her newborn son, nothing. Meanwhile, Jee says they need Alison. Erika talks about how much she hates Alison. Jack calls her “intolerable.”
Time for Julie to check in live. She shows the HouseGuests that they salvaged a piece of Jun’s fishnet top – maybe two inches square – from the fire. Jun doesn’t understand how anybody could have had complaints about her wardrobe – she thought everyone was a fan of Jun fashion!
On a somewhat more serious note, Julie points out that Jee’s supply of cigarettes ran out this week. How is it going? Jee says if he’s been rude, it’s nothing personal. He’s doing well. How is Robert holding up on PB&J? Not as bad as previous weeks but still bad. Julie notes that he seems to have forgiven Jee pretty quickly.
Now it’s time for the nominees to talk to the other nominee before one of them leaves. Jack says to Erika that their friendship and alliance were important, he enjoyed it all – strategy, the games they played, and the fun they had. If she leaves, he’ll miss her a lot particularly since it’s because he made the mistake in the HOH competition. Erika tells Jack he’s been a great friend to her, she had a blast playing (and not doing well) in competitions. He’s like a father to her and she learned a lot from him.
The next segment is one I’ve wanted to see for a while now – what does Alison’s “boyfriend” Donny think of the way she was acting?
Before we cut to Donny, we see some clips of Alison whining about him. Then we see him at football camp for the University of Bloomsburg (no relation to me). He says that she’ll have some explaining to do when get home. Ya think?! His teammates tease him constantly. Good for them!
Alison’s parents say he’s not handling it well. He’s two years younger and immature. You’ve got to be kidding me. He sees his “girlfriend” making out with every guy in sight on national television, and he is the one with the maturity problem? Give me a break!
We see some of Alison’s actions along the way. Donny says she destroyed his feelings. She is the most deceptive person in entire world. Sometimes he can’t stand the sight of her on TV, sometimes she makes him furious. For example, making out with David shortly before he left was pathetic. It was simply not acceptable. I agree – it also provides a big hole in her argument that she was doing it all for strategy. Since David was leaving, and would not be part of the jury, there was no way strategy had any part in it.
We see Alison under the sheets with Justin, and Donny notes that in the back of his mind, he doesn’t know exactly what went on.
Still, when she cries it makes him feel good, but he knows she’s crying because she knows she screwed up. When she gets out of the house, the first thing he plans to do is scream, moan, etc. for about an hour until his voice gives out. In a way he still loves her very much. (WHY?!) Her parents think the relationship will survive Big Brother 4, but they don’t know how long it will last afterwards. (I get the impression that they are blaming Donny for this somehow.) Donny says if their relationship survives this, it will make them stronger, but the odds are such that he wouldn’t take them in Vegas. Heh.
Going back live, Julie talks to Jee in the HOH room. Does he have any regrets for subjecting the HouseGuests to PB&J? He says he feels guilty in that he didn’t want to put them in that situation, but at same time, it was a strategic move on his part. You have to do what you have to do and you can’t look back.
So what was he thinking when he won McDonalds? At that point, he says, if Erika or Robert were still in contention, he would have given up. With Jack there, he had to make him suffer in case he sticks around, which is what Jee wanted. He didn’t want Jack to be in good shape for the HOH competition... if he stays. But, Jee adds, he’s expecting the worst – for Erika to stay.
If he makes it to final two, who does he want to be up against? Jee says it would be great to take Robert there because they have worked together. But at the same time, he would be lying if he said he didn’t want Alison or Jun because he has a better chance against them. So he’s not sure if can beat Rob? Jee says he still believes he can beat Rob, but it’s a slam dunk against Jun or Alison.
Before we can get to the vote, it’s time to visit the jury house. We see Nathan and Dana jetskiing, surfing, hanging out on beach, etc. Nathan has a little goatee going. They wonder who will be arriving next and Nathan says wouldn’t mind seeing Ali for some snuggling. Ack! Well, there will be snuggling, but not for Nathan – Justin joins them! Dana is quite happy to see him. They watch the nomination together and Dana is annoyed just to hear Alison’s voice. Nathan says you can’t believe what she says. (Took you long enough to figure that one out!) Then Nathan lets “the lovebirds” hang by themselves some. He figures he’ll be on his own a lot ‘til the next HouseGuest joins them. We close out with Justin saying that seeing Dana was much more than thought it would be – he’ll probably be sleeping in Dana’s room.
So it’s time for the live vote! Well, first the two nominees can give their final speeches. Erika says she had a great time with all of them, she’d love to stay, and they know where her loyalties lie – a nice way to handle it, since anybody who she’s talked to can figure that she’s talking about them! Jack says he has enjoyed being friends with all of them. For the three who will vote, he knows they’ll make a decision strategically that’s best for them and so he places himself in their hands.
Robert is up first to vote. “I vote to evict Erika.”
Jun is next. This will tell the tale since I’m sure she and Alison will be voting the same way – I’m just not sure which way that is! “I vote to evict Jack.” Damn.
Alison heads toward the Diary Room to vote as Julie wonders to us, “Which one of her numerous alliances will she honor?” Heh. “I vote to evict Jack.” Damn.
So by a vote of two to one, Jack is evicted, and I’m saddened. No more of Jack’s wit! As they head to the door, Erika whispers something to Jack about Alison, but I didn’t catch it. Hugs all around, as usual.
After Jack leaves, Rob hugs Erika and tells the women that it was a smart move, and he would have done the same thing. They had to do it. Jee admits it was the best thing for them. And, frankly, he’s right.
Jack sits down to talk to Julie. She notes that he failed to win a single competition! Did he throw them? No. Well, one – the veto of the Quoridor game. He says he was set up with the alliance such that he would throw that and stay.
Julie says his wife (actually ex-wife) was convinced he was throwing all the competitions, but no. He wasn’t. So, what was his strategy? From the beginning, he realized that he was much older, and so wanted to be a parent figure. He thought it better to lie low and not be arrogant or give orders or be the parent who is trying to tell people what to do. (A number of Survivor contestants could learn this lesson!)
Does he regret not taking the offer for the last veto? Yes, he does now. He had gotten assurances he would be staying and he didn’t want to put Robert in the position of having to eat the PB&J he so hates since Robert was the one who said he would be okay. He was in it to win it, but the strategy was not to go for it because he thought he was safe. So, was this harder than the FBI? This was tough, he says. He jokes that he and Erika were going to be in jury house saying, “these kids don’t know how to play this game.” Heh.
Time for goodbyes from everybody. Rob says Jack was his favorite opponent. Alison will miss his humor, his wittiness, and his smile in morning (this from a woman who was going around calling him a pervert just a couple days ago!). Jee says he fought a great fight, and he played with professionalism and coolness. Jun says she was glad he was in the house with her and hopefully they can continue their less than tasteful jokes on the outside. Erika called him a surrogate father figure and says she learned so much from him, especially who shot Kennedy.
Jack leaves with his final words noting that it was a tough game, but he enjoyed it – and they were better at it than he was.
So it’s time to crown a new HOH. In preparation for the competition, they have been secretly removing items from the house. It didn’t take long for the HouseGuests to realize that something was up. We see some things disappearing. Jee and Rob say not to tell the others. But then they share it with Alison, telling her not to tell the others. Oh please. Do you know the three fastest forms of communication on the planet? Telephone. Telegraph. Tell Alison. She, of course, immediately runs to tell the other two ladies. Even the fish disappear from the screen! Then things start coming back. Hmmm.
So, in a surprise to nobody, the HOH competition is called “Disappearing Act.” Julie notes that several items slowly disappeared from the Big Brother house over the course of the week. They have eight questions about those missing items. For each question, the first HouseGuest to buzz in and give the right answer gets a point. If they are wrong, they’re out of the game. The player with the most points at the end of eight questions or the last person standing is the new HOH.
But wait, there’s more. Julie says a big surprise is in store for the new HOH. How will she react when she finds out she is leaving the Big Brother house?
Julie finds the HouseGuests back in the living room. She tells us that as part of the next step in a series of twists, Jun is about to be removed. To the HouseGuests, Julie says Jun was so sharp – was she studying what was missing? Yes, but she was not letting others know she was studying. How does it feel to be HOH for the first time? Jun is really looking forward to getting stuff from home. Erika, how do you feel having just escaped? Relieved, obviously. And she couldn’t be happier that Jun has HOH because she gets to have a little slice from home. Yeah, that’s the reason. Sure. How altruistic of you.
Julie says that the HouseGuests have been told over and over again to expect the unexpected. At this, Jun makes a sick face. Jun is instructed to go to the Diary Room immediately. Julie tells her that she’s the center of next big twist. What would Jun say if Julie told her there was a limo waiting just for her outside? Jun says she’d ask where she is going. Well, after 54 days of confinement, she will be leaving to her hometown – NYC, as a special guest at the MTV Video Music Awards. She needs to pick up a blindfold, walk to the door on the far side of the room, put on the blindfold, open the door, walk out, and have a good time. Jun looks totally stunned by the whole thing.
Julie wonders: How will Jun react? How will the others react when they realize she’s missing? And how will this affect the game? Well, as of right now, the other HouseGuests have no idea Jun is no longer in the house. Julie says to tune in Friday (or earlier as RealityNewsOnline brings you live feed highlights and, of course, our spoiler page) to see how they react and how the twist will affect the veto. Hmmm.
So we eavesdrop as we leave. Alison says the real shocks are over and producers could basically do anything now. Erika says they should just bring in all her exes! They’re all sitting around, waiting for Jun to come out. Sitting. Waiting. Sitting. Waiting. Heh.
As we leave, I’m pondering what will happen next. There are lots of possibilities because Jun has so many alliances. She has been allied with Jee since the beginning. But now she’s with Alison and Erika. Robert is the only one she is not allied with! OK, so he’s a lock to be nominated – but who else? If she puts up Jee, she can’t guarantee he’ll be safe. After all, the others have been saying all week that Jee put a bigger target on himself – and nobody wants to be up against him in the finals anyway! But would she put up one of the women? I don’t think so. It might all come down to who gets the Veto this week! We’ll find out soon!
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