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Big Brother 19 Friday Recap


So much has been happening in the house lately that it’s hard to keep track of it all, so I have been doing daily recaps trying to put it all together.  Typically I like to wake up, have a coffee and relax a little before the house gets up around 1pm (my time) and then I can start watching them.  Nope, not this house. Not Big Brother 19.  Despite them all going to bed fairly early every night, I am still left figuring everything out from the day before.

Paul started the day by clearly overthinking his HoH this week and tried to get really clever in his attempt to get out Cody. He planned on putting up two pawns which decreased the chances of Cody/Jess playing in veto and just crossed his fingers they weren’t picked to play. Kind of weird because that left the door open to a few variables which could have resulted in Cody and Jess safe for the week. Paul’s weird plan was given a lifeline when Christmas was awarded the Den of Temptation which allows her to swap herself in for any non-nominated veto player.  This means Paul has far more room to pull off his plan because if Cody is selected to play, Christmas can play in his spot (and obviously throw it because she can’t really play).

I know conspiracy theorists will say it’s all planned that way, but it’s not. The temptation was pre-planned to be the veto swap and Christmas is just a fan favorite. Plus Cody brings drama to the feeds and production cares more about that than trying to help Paul win. Guaranteed.  I’ve watched enough of this show to know they care far more about good feeds and ratings than anything else. That’s kind of like me which is why I’m rooting for Cody to somehow pull something off. I don’t want to see him go this soon. Not when he’s the only one in the house with a set of balls large enough to go after Paul. Don’t get me wrong, I like Paul as a person, but I’m never a huge fan of veteran players returning and think newbies are stupid to keep them longer than they have to.  Cody leaving just sets up Paul to coast to jury and possibly final 3.


Think about it. Since returning players became a popular theme, look at the results….

  • BB13 – Rachel wins
  • BB14 – Dan second place (probably should have won)
  • BB15 – No returning players but Rachel’s sister got carried to day 77
  • BB16 – No returning players
  • BB17 – No returning players
  • BB18 – Nicole wins
  • BBOTT – Jason second place

So the four times players have returned in the last seven seasons, they’ve finished in the finals each time. The two times they finished in second place they very easily could have (and probably should have) won.

Looking at this season, Paul was handed 3 weeks of safety and is in very good position to make it to the finals.  Enough of the returning players.  I said it before and I’ll say it again. Either none or all (star).

Sorry, got sidetracked. Back to the day.  As part of the Den of Temptation, Christmas was told to select three people for punishments, but she wasn’t sure what they’d be. When she told Paul who she selected, I was pretty certain I heard her say Ramses as the third (in addition to Cody and Jess of course), but last night Cody, Jessica, and Jason were all wearing frog suits. This was the punishment from the Temptation. They have to wear the suits the entire week (including eviction night, despite the fact that Cody thinks otherwise), and they have to hop from lily pad to lily pad set up in each room where they’re allowed to stand.

This is the pair standing on the kitchen pad (Jason is squatting next to them, you can see his head in the bottom right) as they’re told havenot results..

While on the topic, havenot results are in – Cody and Jess have been sleeping in the HN room because they’re alienating themselves from the house, so Paul told them they may as well stay.  Jason volunteered as 3rd which allowed the entire frog family to stay in the HN room.  Matt eventually volunteered for the fourth slot, so that’s your HN’s for the week.  Like last week, the first person who asks will be allowed to try the key.. but only the first person.

That finally leaves us with nominations. Wow what a busy day. Paul did go through with his plan now that he has the parachute option of the Temptation save, and he nominated Josh and Alex.  Ramses decided to use his curse this week which was to volunteer to be a third nominee sometime in the first three weeks after receiving it.  This means Paul’s plan can still be screwed if Ramses wins the veto because it would be completely foolish of him to not use it on himself.  If that happens, he should just be removed from the block with no replacement like we saw during the OTT season. That would mean Josh or Alex go home.

Paul is fully aware of that and already started in on Ramses to throw the competition, which is always a risky decision when you’re on the block. He told him that if it’s a spelling comp just put together a word like ‘Dog’ and lock it in to guarantee a loss. I’ll be extremely disappointed in Ramses if he does throw it because he needs Cody and Jessica. If Ramses wants to win the game, he needs to win the comp, save himself and rally troops around voting out Josh. There is no other way around it.  If he doesn’t do that, he doesn’t deserve to win this season.

(note – it’s fine if he tries and still loses, but if he throws the competition then I’ll be done with him)

Veto competition today, so I’ll be starting a live thread soon enough!


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  1. ElaineB

    Thx for the pic above with Jessica and Cody. They are a great pair to be stuck in toad suits, and have nots. Lol. At least they can cuddle on a bed of nails…perfect! Paul’s plan is risky, and I will be disappointed if neither toad goes home this week.

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    I’m watching last night’s BBAD right now. All the HGs are in the kitchen cooking and eating dinner and the the two evil lovebirds have secluded themselves in the HN room in their cute little toad suits. Cody gives me the creeps, he looks like the type of kid who put firecrackers up frog butts and watched them explode. Jessica is just a stuck up , mean little beotch. I’m still not sure why Paul didn’t nominate them for eviction especially since Christmas has the temptation and could take one of them out of the POV if they got selected to play.

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      It was a stupid move on Paul’s part imo…..he knew before noms Christmas had temptation…he could have put up Jessica,blocked Cody and been done with it……if anyone other than Jessica won veto he could have pulled either Alex or even Jessica off the block and send Cody home…..

      • LindsayB

        Right, wrong, or otherwise, Paul’s goal isn’t just to have Cody go home. He also wants to backdoor Cody just like he tried to backdoor Paul. This is the part where his pride gets in his way a little bit but I kind of can’t blame him for wanting to get revenge in that way. No plan in BB is foolproof but this one does have very slim chances of messing up. Cody is so hated that everyone wants him out. Cody is so hated I can’t believe there aren’t people trying to make side deals with him to keep him as a buffer.

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    Can you imagine how lame a battle back,if they were to have one,will be if Ramses wins veto and pulls himself off the block? Cameron,Jillian and josh. Lol

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    Totally agreed! I actually really hate backdoor nominating plans — if you have a target, just nominate them. It always seems weird to me to set up a whole week purposefully to backdoor someone when there are so many variables you can’t control after nominations. I guess the temptation going to Christmas helps. Honestly, I’m not sure why the “outsiders” aren’t realizing they need to get Cory and Jessica wrapped into their numbers if they want to have a shot at taking down the reign of the Paul-crew.

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    I hate to admit it, especially with my negative feelings towards Cody and Jessica, but if /when Paul and Grossica get eliminated I may have to stop watching this season as there are no other HGs I would tune in to watch. Nothing really against Xmas, Kevin, Matt or even Alex – but I think it would just be too boring. Loved the drama so far, but I’m going to have to assess after the double evict and buy back.

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    I think it’s so funny that Grodyjess’s fates are in the hands of the people who weren’t “their kind” at the beginning of the game.

  7. Mel

    I will hate for Cody to leave too. I don’t like him but he’s great for tv! He and Jessica are like the self appointed evil king and queen.
    Ramses is in a bad spot. Normally, you should always save yourself but if he wins veto and does that, he’ll have the entire house against him. I don’t see a way for him to take himself off the block without everyone gunning for him next.

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    Can anyone tell me what disease Raven has. I did see that on BBAD and I don’t get the feeds.

    • kneeless

      She has gastroparesis & I am not sure if something more. I am SO tired of calling herself “the sick girl.” I have more serious medical issues than she & I would never refer to myself as “sick.” I hope she is only doing that in the house, in hopes of sympathy. Nonetheless, it grates on my nerves every time I hear her “sick girl” comments.

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        Per WebMD
        Gastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion. It can be caused by damage to the vagus nerve, which regulates the digestive system. A damaged vagus nerve prevents the muscles in the stomach and intestine from functioning, preventing food from moving through the digestive system properly. Often, the cause of gastroparesis is unknown.

        However, the causes of gastroparesis can include:

        Uncontrolled diabetes
        Gastric surgery with injury to the vagus nerve
        Medications such as narcotics and some antidepressants
        Parkinson’s disease
        Multiple sclerosis
        Rare conditions such as: amyloidosis (deposits of protein fibers in tissues and organs) and scleroderma (a connective tissue disorder that affects the skin, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, and internal organs)

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    Newsflash, people. Big Brother is rigged.

  10. jimbo

    I agree about Cody. He has helped make the season non-dull. Besides, Ive been contending that his alliance (the three couples) were foolish to throw out that alliance just because Cody supposedly went “rogue” on them. His “rogue” consisted of going after the most dangerous player, Paul, and then, with zero notice, putting up Xmas. So, his “rogueness” consisted of going after DANGEROUS players NOT in his alliance! Oh, shudders –“We must disavow Cody immediately!” exclaimed the couples! sigh They should have moved on. Now, watch — all they have done is empowered Paul in Xmas, and diminished themselves. And a word on Paul — I still remember the COMPLETE jerk he was at the beginning of last season when he thought he controlled the game. He was an arrogant idiot, that only changed out of necessity after things blew up on him. To his credit, he played phony “friendship” Paul to overcome that. But it was an act. Trusting between Cody and Paul in a no-brainer.

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