Big Brother 4, September 9: It's All About The Vetoby Phil Kural -- 09/10/2003
Well, look who it is! Looks like yours truly gets to take a shot at recapping Big Brother 4! Since The Amazing Race has ended, I basically just sit at home and wait for something to do so, when the chance came for me to take a shot at Big Brother, I figured, why not! Actually, I don't really sit around and do nothing - I do go to class sometimes and work when I have to - but that's beside the point. I'm just glad that now I get to talk about what a crying liar Alison is and how much I love Erika. And now, on with the recap!
Previously on Big Brother, Jee was evicted from the house and Robert won Head of Household. He was overjoyed to know he'd be in the final 3, but this made the remaining women nervous because they'd have to turn on one another. Robert reached out to Erika to get to the end, and she accepted. Jun and Alison were suspicious of Erika and called her a host of mean names. Alison tried to persuade Robert that she wasn't a threat, but he still nominated her and Jun, saying that he feared Alison because she's strong and Jun because she's smart. Who will win the final veto? Read on to find out!
It's Day 62 in the house and we begin a little after nominations. Robert asks Erika if she was scared and she says no. In the Diary Room, Robert says he's feeling good. Erika says she doesn't feel all that safe because whoever wins the veto really holds all the power. They will choose the other women that will make the final 3. Erika tells Jun and Alison that she wanted some drama at the nomination ceremony, but Jun said she was tired and Alison wasn't feeling it. They are just going to take their nominations like women. Let's see how long that lasts.
Alison says Robert said in his nomination speech that she's basically dumb but can kick ass. She also says that she is using her brain and that Jun isn't necessarily the smartest player. Erika wants to be alone, but Robert joins her outside. He tells her that the jury will respect them in the finals for bringing each other. Erika says that Robert is lonely and that's why he's clinging to her. Robert tells Erika his alliance with her is real and that he will stick with her. Poor Erika says she tunes him out when he starts talking strategy because she doesn't want to really be around him or let the other girls know that she has a secret alliance with him. Erika, believe me girl - they already know.
Jun and Alison talk about how skinny Erika is. Alison feels out in the cold because Erika and Robert are always together. Ali, you have Jun; I don't understand why you feel out in the cold. Oh, I know! Maybe because you're a bitter icy bitch! I like Jun, though; she's playing a smart game. Anyway, Jun says that Robert wants to win so badly because he is a loser in his family. Alison and Jun continue to talk about how fake people may be; Alison says she's not lying (*cough* WHATEVER *cough*) and Jun replies that she isn't either. I can only roll my eyes. Jun says they know how to tear people apart and Ali says it would be crazy if they were the final 2.
Robert says that it's down to luck now. Erika looks a little bothered by Robert, but it's probably because he is constantly talking strategy with her. She says it's all about the veto. Jun says that Alison wants the veto more than anything. She joins Robert and Erika outside and says that Ali can't handle being on the block because she knows everyone hates her. Well, it's about time she does! Jun still feels Ali is the ideal candidate to go before the jury with, though. Robert says Ali can't win the veto, while in the Diary Room, Jun says that her alliance right now is with everyone, but she has a stronger bond with Ali.
Ali says there is more anxiety and stress. All of the HouseGuests are talking about each other and nobody really trusts anyone. They decide on a nap. During their sleep, Jun has to get up and use the bathroom. Erika hears the toilet and knows it's probably Jun. She gets up to go talk to her and Ali sees them going to the bathroom. She lays low for a few, then heads over to where the other two girls are talking. As she heads over, they hear footsteps and Erika scurries into the bathroom. Alison enters and now all three girls are in the bathroom sitting there because they feel awkward. Ali won't move, so finally, Jun goes to bed. Ali feels good that she kept them from talking.
In the morning, there's more talk about the veto. All agree that Ali can't win. Ali is concentrating and asking her pictures of loved ones for help. Finally, it's veto competition time. They all head to the backyard and see this tower. They find out it's the Diamond Veto. This is the final veto competition; the winner will singlehandedly decide who leaves the house this week. The tower has eight steps representing the previous eight weeks. The object is to take a transparency with a HouseGuest's name on it and put each week's original nominees on the step. If they put the right two people on the step, it will light up and they can move on to the next one. The first person to make it to the top and put two hands on the veto medallion will win. Erika says she needs the veto to be safe. Ali says she's going to try "so damn hard." Jun says it will be crazy, while Robert believes he will win.
The buzzer sounds and everyone is scurrying through the transparencies. Alison looks to be taking the early lead, while Erika says it's tough on the mind as well as the body. Everyone seems to be busting their ass. Finally, Alison and Jun both have one left, but Jun puts up the wrong two names, leaving Ali to run up and claim the veto. I think when that happened I crapped myself. Jun realizes she put Jun instead of Jee for week 8, not realizing she was the Head of Household that week! She looks pretty disappointed, while Ali couldn't look happier!
After a quick commercial, we find Erika dropping to her knees and hugging Ali. Ali says that was kind of sick. She says Robert thought he was getting rid of her, but boy was he surprised! She isn't sure who she is getting rid of at this point. Erika says she will try to work it and hope Ali won't vote her out. Robert tells the camera that he's sure Ali will vote Jun out. Yeah, Robert, didn't you think Michelle was safe, too? Jun tells Ali that Robert and Erika think she is going to vote her (Jun) out. Ali tells Jun not to worry, but then tells the camera she promised Erika she wouldn't vote her out, either.
The HouseGuests find out that this week's America's Choice question is who should get a call from home? They all say how much they want that call. Ali wants it extremely badly, while Erika says it's intense in there so they all want a piece from the outside.
Cut to the backyard looking like an obstacle course. Robert comes out with prison clothes and says it's time for the luxury competition. They all get in their black-and-white striped suites and head outside. This is their chance to escape the house. The prize is a ride on the Goodyear Blimp around L.A. and Hollywood. They must run the course and hit the buzzer to stop the clock. The two fastest times will go on the blimp ride. Robert goes first. He likes the mud and barbed wire and has a good time as the girls are laughing from the side. He finishes in 1:58 - not bad. Erika is next; she states that she isn't crazy about flying or blimps. Jun says Erika is moving like she is 65. Erika says she tried, but had problems with the ball of her ball and chain. She clocks in at 2:49. Jun is off and tears through the course. She says she wants the ride. Her time is 1:20. Ali doesn't want to stay home with Erika, so she tears through the course as well. Ali said she was moving so quickly she ate mud. I have to think that since she's so good at slinging it, how bad can eating it be? Her time is 1:02, so she and Jun will be going for the ride.
After the luxury competition, they enter the house and see a cellphone on the table. They all gather round it and look. Later, it rings while everyone's in the bathroom. They look at the caller ID and realize it's for Robert; it's his daughter. He answers and she immediately starts crying. Robert tells her he loves her and not to cry. They talk a little about home, school, and family as the three girls look on. After a little more crying, they have to hang up. Jun says it's cool to see Robert as a dad and it's sweet and made him look a little more respectable. Erika says she's a grown woman and a 7-year-old needs her dad. Robert thanks America over and over, then goes to lie down.
Time for a blimp ride! The girls get all dolled up and blindfolded. They leave the house and get in a limo. Erika says, and I quote, "Good, the crazy lunatic bitches are gone!" Oh, Erika, you're my favorite this season! Jun and Ali get to a field where the blimp is. They meet John, the pilot, and board the blimp. Ali looks terrified of the takeoff. Back at the house, Erika realizes that Alison and Jun are the ones who really bother her. She makes a comment about the blimp popping.
Alison says Jun may get sick on the blimp. They take some pictures with a disposable camera that Big Brother gave them. They go over the house, where Robert and Erika are going nuts waving towels in the backyard. As the blimp goes to land, Ali gets scared again. They get off and go back to the house. Ali says she had an amazing time and the driver was great. Ali and Jun talk about the blimp ride to Robert and Erika when they get home. Ali and Jun exercise and talk about Erika and that she's not as innocent as she seems. Jun says don't try to pull the wool over her eyes and don't be sneaky. Apparently, it's only OK if SHE does that; nobody else! Jun says, "That bitch from L.A. won last year; we are taking it back to the east coast!" I got a good chuckle out of that one. Erika says Ali is sure Jun hates her and that she trusts her. Ali, however, is hard to predict; even she doesn't know which way she's going! Jun knows that Ali is about strategy and is confident that she will take her. Erika says it will even out with her and Ali because they are friends. Robert says that Ali with the veto is scary. Ali says that you can never tell what she will do. She says she is the unexpected!
So will Alison use the Diamond Veto to save herself? Which of the three women will be evicted? Find out tomorrow night, which I'm also recapping. Don't get too excited; I promise it's not a habit. Besides, it's all about the veto!
Phil Kural is a junior at Temple University and can be reached at email@example.com.
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