Big Brother recap: 'Stop Telling the Truth!'
Devin unleashes his brand of truth, and manages to stay HoH and keep his target on the block
Honesty may be the best policy in life, but we all know it gets you nowhere on Big Brother. That isn’t stopping Devin, current Head of Household and born-again Truth Teller, from wielding his cracked-out brand of truth all over the BB house like some sort of honesty flamethrower. The problem with being honest in a reality competition is that telling your truth might not benefit the people you trust most in the game.
Which brings us to how Devin even became HoH in the first place: While Cody was crowned the winner of the competition, he was disqualified for touching the ground before pressing his buzzer. Cody is bumming hard, but aren’t these dudes in the same alliance? Thankfully Zach is there to remind Cody of that fact, giving him a pep talk to get his head back in the game and pretend like he’s excited that his fellow Bomb Squad member won. Did Zach remind anyone else of Dan Gheesling here? Now that we’re through his big-ego posturing, he might actually be a smart player.
Time to see the HoH rooms! Cue the players dancing up the stairs while singing the jaunty Big Brother HoH room song. Even though it’s season 16, can’t we at least pretend we don’t know this is a TV show? The pictures of Devin’s daughter really hit him hard, and this is where he decides he needs to play an honest game from here on out. His first move? Revealing to Donny that he talked Caleb into putting him on the block last week. He then calls the entire house together to tell them the same thing.
You know, he’s just being honest–and also totally messing with other people’s games by making it seem like he has all the power. As Frankie put it, “Stop telling the truth!” But the damage was already done, and Brittany was the first houseguest to connect the dots that she wasn’t really put on the block because she was the first to fall during the HoH competition. Well, Brittany’s logic will get her nowhere in this house: Devin has her in his cross hair now because she “misconstrued” his truth.
NEXT: Jordan and Jeff 2.0?
Potential showmance alert! Since Nicole is basically the Michigan version of Jordan from season 11, then she needs her very own Jeff. Hayden is up for the job, flirting with Nicole by asking her favorite color (mint green) and favorite movie (The Notebook). But Nicole isn’t blinded by the love connection, heading to her one-and-only ally Christine to suggest they work with Hayden. Christine’s perfect response? “Us weirdos need to stick together.”
The other showmance of the night might just be emo Bomb Squad leaders Devin and Caleb. When Caleb opened up about needing a cuddle buddy, Devin didn’t offer up fellow HoH Amber; he offered up himself. I expected Caleb to laugh this off, but instead, he teared up and said he’d cuddle with Devin anytime. Remember that time the Bomb Squad didn’t want to work with women because they played with their hearts? And this is followed by Devin giving Brittany a guilt trip over the dirty kitchen. “He’s walking around like he’s the boss of this house,” Brittany tells Jocasta and Frankie.
Well, technically, he is the boss this week, and it’s time for him and Amber to pick their nominees. No surprise, Devin picks repeat nominees Paola and Brittany. Amber, meanwhile, picks the two most likable people in the house, Nicole and Hayden. Devin tries to reassure Nicole that she’s not the target and she won’t be going home because—drum roll—he’s going to talk Pow Pow into throwing the Battle of the Block competition. First of all, she should never agree to this. Second of all, did they ask her to throw last week’s comp, too? Or is that just how well she competes?
NEXT: Pick your favorite showmance of the episode
Let’s pause before the Battle of the Block to discuss the episode’s third potential showmance: Frankie and Zach, or Zrankie, as they’ve dubbed themselves. These two are pretty adorable, if not completely confusing. Frankie is gay and Zach is straight, but they love cuddling and making up choreographed dance routines together. Do your thing, gentlemen.
Back to the game: The Battle of the Block was the aftermath of a BB kegger, and the teams had to answer questions about the drunken night by looking at a series of photos for clues. Even though Pow Pow was asked to throw the competition, Brittany didn’t need any help losing this one. She got one question right the entire game but kept ringing in and gift-wrapping points for Hayden and Nicole. In the end, everything worked out exactly as Devin wanted it: He’s still HoH and Brittany is still on the block. It’s only a matter of time until his reign of terror ends, right? RIGHT?
It’s still early, so it remains to be seen how long Devin can keep this up. It’s worrisome that just when the Weirdo Alliance was formed, two-thirds ended up on the block, albeit temporarily. If the Bomb Squad actually wins every HoH competition, it’s going to be tough to figure out who to root for. That answer might be “anyone but Devin.”
Since this was the most showmantic episode of the season, let’s finish up with a poll: