Ian emerges as a power player after Nair-ing his armpits; Shane makes the game's first big move
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“Much like in life, in this game, it’s never over.” –Coach Dan

The power has once again shifted in the BB house. For all you Mike Booger haters: rise up — your time is now.

I dunno about you fellow viewers, but the past few episodes have me a whole lot more excited about what’s to come for the rest of the season. Besides the forthcoming double-eviction, I’ve got my fingers crossed for some sort of Frank vs. Ian fight till death over Ashley, the spawning of additional Zingbot offspring, and plenty more factual statements from Chef Joe like, “I named I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.” I suppose Jenn spontaneously combusting on camera also ranks pretty high on my list.

Continuing where we’d left off previously in the HOH Competition, each contestant had three jug-filling options from which to choose: the HOH jug, a $10K prize jug, or a “Safety” (from this week’s eviction) jug. According to Ian, the houseguests were “falling over more than a drunk girl in heels.” He’s right — graceful would certainly not be a word to describe this game.

With his fate and faith resting solely upon the shoulders of a guy that calls himself “Mike Boogie,” Frank was correct in his assessment that Boogs had sacrificed their opportunity to hold on to power this week by being the sole player to go for the $10K instead of HOH. It should come as no surprise that Boogie went right for the cash. He needs money for diapers, which also should come as no surprise.

In a rare, intuitive moment, Frank pontificated that he hopes his decision to follow Booger’s advice by “not backdooring Dan won’t come back to bite me this week.” Well Frank, guess what?

Shane, Danielle and Ian all chose to go after the HOH jug, while Dan, Britney and Ashley went for “Safety.” Britney’s logic was that by going for “Safety”, she would automatically be safe for one more week while also having the chance to compete in next week’s HOH Competition. Her strategy proved effective, as she was the first one to fill up the “Safety” jug, granting her immunity this week.

Despite falling on his ass and claiming to have cracked his tailbone, Shane pulled out this week’s HOH victory. Given Shane’s double alliance, all members of both the Quack Pack and Silent Six believed themselves to be safe from the block. But former Coach Brit thought the time was now for Shane to make a big move and shake up the house a bit.

Before Britney even had the chance to relay her plan to the rest of the Quack Pack, Ian revealed to her the latest conversation he had with Booger. Evidently, Boogie said way too much to Ian pre-HOH, suggesting that either Britney or Shane should be next to go up on the block. Of course, this new information just instilled more fear in Britney that Frank and Boogie were planning to target her and Shane next.

As it turns out, Ian may be much more of a craftier player than one might expect from a guy who prides himself on volunteering for the worst household duties (slop, dog day) and highlights the ability to kick himself in the face at the top of his list of talents. Our emerging power player Ian explained, “Even though Frank and Boogie think I’m playing with them, my true alliance is to the Quack Pack. So if it’s better for myself and the Quack Pack for Boogie and Frank to go up this week, that’s just what has to happen.” Quack.

Britney confirmed, “No question that Frank and Boogie both need to go up on the block this week.” Then telling Shane, “Either you get the first strike, or they [Frank and Boogie] get it.”

NEXT PAGE: Pizza, Tears, Colored Balls…A Day in the Life

Britney seems to be emerging steadily this summer as a force to be reckoned with. I’m going to predict – with the combination of her past-competition experience from Season 12, strong social play and an uncanny ability to blend the right amount of trustworthiness and deceit – that Brit ends up sticking around for quite a while.

However, it feels like Ian may be getting a bit too cocky too quickly… a quality that could somehow seemingly come back to bite him in the ass. Ian certainly is loyal, but is he loyal to a fault? He started out fully allied with Team Boogie but has since switched to working with Britney, Shane, Dan and Danielle a la the Quack Pack deal, even now seeming to attempt to take credit for masterminding Shane’s nomination of Frank and Booger.

In a wild turn of events, Jenn has emotions! She even cried. Stop it. First of all, who cares. Second of all, who cares. Poor Jenn was apparently, “Not feeling too good. My homie just walked out of the house. I miss my friends. I miss my family…Usually I’m a pretty tough cookie, but this house just makes you crazy. Had to shed a couple tears, man. Definitely had to shed a couple tears.” Last time I checked Jenn’s only homie was herself. Once again, who cares.

Let’s talk about relationships with real potential: Ian and Ashley. Ian “followed up” and asked Ashley “out” on another date. With Frank now in the mix, Ian’s attitude is, “I definitely gotta step up my game. Ain’t nobody gonna get between me and my flirtmance!”

Somehow Britney became the chosen one to do some pre-date manscaping on Ian’s armpits. Of course, metro-enough-to-wear-a-pink-tank-top, Shane had some kind of Nair (hair removal) for men. So Brit shaved, or rather rubbed I should say, off all of Ian’s armpit hair in preparation for his date with Ashley. Ian loved all the attention with Britney, Ashley and Danielle all pampering him at the same time. Even if it was in the name of hair removal.

For their date, Ian made Ashley a pizza. Yay. In a nutshell, they had nothing to say to each other. Though they did talk about going to the bathroom.

Somehow, Ashley finally came to realize that things wouldn’t ever surpass the friend level with Ian, and thought that Ian was very likely feeling exactly the same. Her assessment: “It was very bubble gum compared to the risqué date I had with Frank.”

Something tells me that Ian isn’t feeling the least bit like Ashley. In the meantime, I’m anxiously awaiting the drama that is sure to ensue.

Before this week’s Nomination Ceremony, the houseguests were surprised to find a path of colored balls leading into the Arcade Room containing a game machine with a question mark box inside. Despite the box having no official meaning yet, the players in power this week wondered if and how the box might end up affecting this week’s nominations.

Going into the Nominations, Booger exclaimed, “I feel great,” and that he was feeling about a nine out of ten in terms of safety due to the Silent Six alliance he and Frank had in place with HOH Shane.

After the keys were pulled, Shane had in fact nominated FrankBooger. Shane then gave the worst explanation in history, which wasn’t at all lost on the now highly vexed, Mike Boogie aka Chilltown aka insert nickname at your own risk.

I want to know your predictions, fellow BB viewers! With Ian emerging this week as a silent, power player, can he keep his allegiance to the Quack Pack without FrankBooger finding out that he has sold them out? What effect will the budding showmance between Frank and Ashley have on Ian’s mental state? Will he find out about their make-out session? And will there be another one? With two players going home, is there any way for FrankBooger to stay together after this week’s POV Competition? Who will end up in the final four?

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