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Big Brother recap: Power to the People

Jeff uses his coup d’etat power and shakes up the power structure

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Big Brother

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Julie Chen
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I gotta be honest: I didn’t think that big Midwestern lug Jeff had it in him. All day long I was thinking how I would cope with my frustration if/when Jeff, not wanting to make waves in the house, decided not to use his coup d’etat power. (Incidentally, my colleague claims listening to Jeff try to pronounce those two French words has been his favorite summer activity). And lo and behold, with an actual coherent — nay, intelligent — speech, Jeff made the right strategic move. ”As I’ve learned from both of you, this is just a game.” Zing! ”I know you’re upset but you guys run the house.” Zap! ”You guys got to feel the pain a little bit. Enjoy.” Kapoweezowee!

By the way, why was everyone so sure (Chima said she was 99.9 percent?) that Jeff had the ”wizard power”? Was it simply because he’s too strategic to erupt at the slightest provocation, like Russell or Chima? Or was everyone just positive that America would never vote for a bore like Michele or the intensely unlikable Jessie and Natalie? Didn’t anyone think Kevin or Lydia could have scored a national sympathy vote? Well, probably not Kevin. At least not with those mismatched plaids that he’s been working this season. Frankly, I’m shocked our country didn’t vote for the loveable Jordan. But perhaps not having the coup d’etat cushion forced the peppy waitress to actually get her game on. When Jessie and Natalie chose to go outside and kiss up, Jordan said ”There’s something scandalous going on and I will figure it out. Eventually.” Knowing her, she’ll get to that epiphany just in time for season 14.

While Jessie and Natalie’s strategy was pathetic, Kevin proved he’s actually playing the game this week. I must say he made quite the intelligent move by not using the power of veto on his ”best friend” Lydia. Even though she was all pissy at him, he correctly surmised that if he used it on her this week, she’d be out in two weeks. Why not lighten the target of an unbreakable duo ever so slightly? Eventually the house would want to split up a team and Kevin saw that. (Quite amazing that he could see anything since my eyes almost spontaneously went blind from that monstrous lavendar and brown fringed scarf he was sporting over a yellow plaid button-down. Okay, I’ll stop mocking his clothes now). Clearly, Lydia saw he was right too, as she smiled her way through Julie Chen’s questions about whether she was still angry.

But back to the best moment in Big Brother 11 thus far. Before my night of celebration would continue, the idiotic houseguests decided to vote out Jessie. Yes, any contestant who chooses to wear a T-shirt with a picture of himself accompanied by the words ”The man the myth the legend” deserves to be shamed in front of millions of Americans, but I had a soft spot for the guy. Well, maybe not so much of a soft spot as a mocking apathy as opposed to a genuine hatred for Natalie. I wouldn’t say she was the brains of the operation, because no one with true intelligence would have packed that yellow bikini, but she definitely had more power to sway votes in the house. How could Kevin and Jordan not realize that? Even Russell knew Jessie was a safer house guest to keep than Natalie. Speaking of which, how could anyone vote against watching the inevitable Jessie vs. Russell showdown? What started in the bedroom earlier in the episode with an awkward Michele sheepishly trying to evacuate could have escalated into one-armed push up contests and, if we were really lucky, a neck girth measuring contest. (No doubt Lydia, who shouldn’t care about either of these himbos but seems to have a weakness for guys who looks like they would have tortured her in high school, would be first in line with a tape measurer).

NEXT: The wrath of Chima