Big Brother recap: Season 18, Episode 21
Remember what it was like to see a flipped vote? An out-and-out game-changing argument? A general dissent? Those were the good ol’ days, when Rachel told floaters to grab a life vest and Dr. Will speeched his way through all-stars and Dan threw his own funeral. Every once in a while, we get close and find a player or two who’s willing to turn the house on its head, but more often than not, we see that player thrown to the wolves of the majority. We may not know if Da’Vonne had it in her to do the post-modern Big Brother unthinkable, because the plan this week is to do the new-age backdoor-not-backdoor on Da’, sending her out of the house for good.
And that’s where we start this week, with Paulie coming off the block and Da’Vonne taking his place. And of course, as Paulie moves off the block, he retreats to let Bridgette know she’s totally safe, as if he were the HOH himself. It works with Bridgette because all she wants is for everyone to get along, remember? Meanwhile, Paul is trying to blindside Da’Vonne, but she is not having it… love her or hate her, Da’Vonne is here to play the game until the end.
Elsewhere in the house, Da’Vonne meets with Michelle and Zakiyah to discuss how the votes will fall — she needs five votes to stay alive, but one of her best options is to pull Natalie in. But Natalie and Bridgette are Spy Girls, for whatever that’s worth, so that makes the five-vote struggle a little more complicated. Worst case, James, Michelle, Zakiyah, and Natalie voting against Bridgette would force a tie and make Paul vote, but in true post-modern Big Brother fashion, the idea of causing mid-game drama makes James and everyone else nervous. So nervous that James reveals the plan to Da’Vonne to nix Bridgette in a double eviction, which sends all of Da’Vonne’s alerts into high gear.
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Da’ tries to bargain with James, but he essentially buckles and says that without insurance, he’s not willing to make a move against the house. It’s frustrating because veteran fans remember Janelle and Danielle Reyes and even Rachel Reilly: Big Brother badasses who made real moves and took real risks because that’s how you made BB history. Now, it’s just… groupthink all orchestrated by one buff-chested man named Paulie. Granted, I’d follow Paulie anywhere he wanted, but I don’t have $500K on the line.
NEXT: We get our first member of this season’s jury
In the interim, we get to meet Paul’s parents. His dad claims he’s the originator of “your boy.” His mom kisses his pillow every morning. I feel…a certain way about it. I can’t fully explain it. But with that awkward exchange, we’re at a much more crucial point in the night — eviction time. In her goodbye speech, Bridgette says she has no regrets for pairing with Frank, and then Da’Vonne gives God the glory (hand-raise emoji) and then prays the deception wasn’t real by putting her up as a pawn. But her prayers were left unanswered, and in a vote of 6-2, the house voted to keep this season entirely too predictable. Granted, I’ll admit my bias — I loved Da’Vonne, no matter how much you might protest it. She made the game exciting and crazy and a little more bonkers. But here we are.
Da’Vonne is sent out the door. No one tries to hug her, really, because the truth is too damn real. But she grabs that envelope with her potential round-trip ticket and meets up with Julie. She reveals to Victor he might be sent out in the double because Da’ is a tricky girl, if nothing else. But she hands over her envelope to Julie, only to reveal it was a one-way ticket and Da’Vonne is permanently evicted, meaning she’s the first member of the jury and we’re one step closer to crowning Paulie this season’s victor.
And in the cruelest twist of all, we’re left with an endurance competition. It’s that spinny-disc one that makes people stand/squat on a disc while they get hit by…wait for it…hashtags. It’s entirely too real for our digital age. Of course, the resolution won’t be revealed in tonight’s episode, but we’ll find out Sunday how it all shakes out. At this point, we need a shake-up to make the game a little more interesting, but will Zakiyah or Michelle (or maybe James?) be able to last long enough to make such a move? And are you happy or sad to see Da’Vonne finally walk out? And what about that second care package? It’s two elimination votes null and void, so that could be huge.
Hit the comments and we’ll see you back here on Sunday when we get a new HOH…leading up to next Thursday, when our first double eviction takes place one week from tonight.
Julie Chen hosts as the houseguests battle it out.