Previously on Big Brother: Paul handled his nominations very stupidly and almost ended up without a way to backdoor Cody. Luckily, his weird talent at competitions despite a complete lack of any noticeable skills kicked in and he won the Veto and put Cody up alongside Alex and self-nominated Ramses. Also, Cody, Jessica, and Baskets all have to wear frog costumes and hop around for a week. Also, they can only stand on lily pads, so they’ve clearly cranked this up from when Nicole had to wear the frog suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. And now… Live Eviction!

By the way, if you want to get some live feed dirt, check out the comments on previous recaps. HoH8, our Eye in the Sky, has shared some great stuff, including that Paul’s HoH letter wasn’t really from his mom and had a secret code. That’s crazy, right? Mostly because I imagine Paul’s friends wouldn’t be smart enough to come up with a code. Like, it would just be Pig Latin.

Julie is wearing a prom dress for some reason. And she lets us know that next week the evicted houseguests will have a chance to get back in the game, which a lot of people had been speculating.

We pick up after the Veto. Josh is doing his usual stream of nonsensical angry words. Jessica argues with him and I’m a little worried that they couldn’t afford a frog costume that covers her chest. Is CBS running out of money? Should we start a GoFundMe page for them? Later, Cody does his dumb “respect” thing to Paul and in the DR, refers to Paul as “the only other Alpha”, and I hate dudes who do that so much.

Christmas comes back, presumably after a doctor’s appointment, and calls everybody to the living room.

Hey? Do you think Baskets feels bad about his role in her injury? When I was maybe 6, I punched a little girl in the nose at church. I did not intend to punch her – we were running around like fools in the basement after the service. I think she thought we were playing tag and I was pretending to be Green Lantern. So when she ran at me, I thrust my fist out so I could shoot her with my power ring, and she ran into it. Point is, I feel terrible about that to this day. And for Baskets to spend all day, every day with Christmas and watch her have to crutch around in obvious pain… either he’s a monster or he gets sick to his stomach when he thinks about it.

She needs surgery and it’s up to her whether she leaves the game or recovers from surgery. If she stays, they won’t alter the game and she’s just not going to be able to do certain competitions. Of course she decides to stay and Cody, of course, just has a puss on. Then he DRs “She’s touting her own perseverance, but that’s not perseverance to me.” Actually, bud? It literally is basically the definition of perseverance. He actually just leaves and goes outside mid-announcement and he is the actual worst.

Jessica, because she’s not a sulky child who is bad at this game, tries to talk to Christmas and mend fences. Well, sort of. She leads by telling Christmas that she’s better than this mean girl role. So Jessica’s approach is “You shouldn’t suck as much as you do so let’s try and fix that.” Oh, man. This is so bad. Christmas tries to explain where they stand and Jessica keeps interrupting her and Christmas is finally like “Let’s just live in this house”.

Is it possible that I’ve already fallen out of love with Jessica? I’m usually much more shallow than that!

Julie announces that Christmas’ surgery was successful, but she’s not medically cleared to return to the house yet. She still gets to vote, though! When I broke my leg and had surgery, I spent the next two days talking to an imaginary Ed Asner and yelling at the Vietnamese boy who kept trying to take my pillow, so we’ll be lucky if Christmas votes for an actual nominee and not, say, pretzels.

It’s Dominique’s birthday and Jessica cries because she can’t eat cake and has to sit on a lily pad. Yeah, but there are, like, lily pads where they’re having the party. You can still participate and get to know the people in the house and maybe not just mean girl it up, you know? Later, Cody goes to apologize to Christmas, but it’s more in the guise of helping Jessica than of being decent to somebody he’s not boning. So he tells her that Mark and Dominique told him to put her up, and it seems completely reasonable that two people to whom he has never spoken got to influence his nomination. He tells her that the strongest players are her, Alex, and Jessica. Yeah, Jessica is really rocking those competitions.

Apparently Dominique hosts a talk show in the house every week with Kevin as her announcer. How do you not take advantage of that energy level? She interview the nominees and it’s mostly fun. The kind of fun that people have when they don’t have access to TV. But man, she opens the floor to questions and then Josh and Cody have themselves another spat. Cody tries hard to talk like a human being and not a Dexter, but all of his answers are about eliminating Paul and then he says that “one or two people” knew about all his decisions, but he won’t say who these people are. Mark notes that his weird vague approach here is not helping Jessica’s game and this was a fun thing that Cody made terrible. I bet that happens a lot in his daily life.

Later, Paul talks Mark down and then starts picking on Dominique’s word choice and seems to think she damaged their standing with the other houseguests. It’s the kind of thing you focus on when you’re looking for a new enemy.

Also? If you just focus on his face and get rid of the beard, Paul kind of looks like old pictures of my dad. That’s not making me like him more.

And now it’s time to vote! Julie fills in everybody on Christmas’ situation and everybody but Cody seems happy for her. Alex and her cat years make a final statement and she’s just vaguely positive. Ramses wants to stay in the house. Cody tells somebody at home not to be a beta and yeah, I’m done with him. There’s only one kind of guy who’s obsessed with alpha and beta status, and it’s the worst kind of guy. “Don’t be a beta” is the douchiest thing to say and it fits Cody perfectly. Let’s just vote this b-hole out and then have the competition to get back in the house hinge on expressing human emotions so we never have to see him again.

Jessica votes to evict Ramses. So does Kevin. OK, let’s not make this a trend. Christmas calls in to vote to evict Ramses. This is not what I was looking for at all and I’m getting stressed out. First, I want Cody out. Second, Ramses is a hometown hero and I want him to be around long enough that Big Brother sends a crew to Grand Rapids.

Raven, who we all forgot exists, votes to evict Cody. Yeah! Eyes on the prize! Dominique stays on task and does the same. Mark votes to evict Cody. We’ve got a 3-3 tie! Baskets votes for Cody. Josh, of course, wants Cody out. So does Elena. Matt’s unnecessary vote is also for Cody. Julie breaks the news and that’s a wrap on Cody. He carries Jessica to the door and doesn’t speak to anybody else. Of course he didn’t.

Julie asks Cody about Jessica and he wants a relationship outside the house. Yeah, ask James and Natalie how that worked out. He does make the good point that his dumb move of nominating Christmas mostly happened because he nominated a third of the house. He doesn’t like Paul, which makes me wish he could have been friends except for Cody being a garbage person. Julie asks him point blank “Do you have a social game?”, which is hilarious. She tells Cody he may have a chance to get back in the game, and I wish she’d kept that just between us.  Fingers crossed that the Battle Back is really just a Turing Test.

Oh, time for an endurance competition. They’re standing against a wall, just like you’d expect. This time, it’s the Big Brother Space Station. Almost immediately, the wall leans forward and the competition has begun! And of course, this isn’t wrapping up tonight.

Myndi will be here Sunday for an episode that will probably be devoted mostly to seeing who can stand the longest. In the meantime, Live Feed Spoilees are welcome in the comments and we’ll be checking obsessively to see who wins HoH!

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6 Responses to Big Brother Season 19, Episode 8 – “Do You Have a Social Game?”

  1. HoH8 says:

    ************ SPOILER ALERT **********************

    ur the BEST EJ… the way u write ur recaps is Awesome… & i LOVE ur Humor…btw, bout Paul’s Letter, its believed it was his brother that wrote it… his mom wrote the beginning but then the part with the Pets it was the Coded part by his brother… this was something Paul set up for his brother to do…

    this Eviction show was so-so for me, cause im on the Feeds all day everyday and i had seen every segment they gave us in the Full Version… CBS is really showing the TV only fans a whole different show, lol…

    i Loved they finally showed us The Talk Show by Dom & Kevin… they do them every Wed & Sat nights at 10pm… and every Wed Dom always interviews the Noms of the week… this week, they had so Much Trouble trying to get Cody to agree to go on… Cody finally agreed cause he wanted to cause Trouble, lol…

    i have to agree… what was Julie wearing?.. i couldnt believe that dumb looking dress, Lmao… doesnt she have Millions of $$$$, lol….

    alot of people are complaining why isnt Xmas Out of the game… CBS needs to keep in there cause of this battleback they’re having next week… when she leaves, it will be after that… also there’s NO Temptation for this week… the next one who fans are voting now, will be for next week after the battleback…

    if u ask Why?… cause after next week Paul will have No More Safety… and this Temptation will give the Power to Stop any Eviction so if one of his Minions gets it, they can Save Paul AGAIN… UGH !!!…

    So, lets get to the Endurance Comp… it lasted 1:30 hrs… and what surprised me the Most was that Elena lasted to the Final 2 with the Favorite to win… ALEX, who WON HOH !!!…

    in other words… PAUL Won HOH Again cause Alex is Paul’s Minion… and he already has ORDERED her to Nom Jess & Ramses… Paul was also Targeting Xmas to get her Out… im sure Paul will be in Alex Ear all week, telling her what to do… but rest a sure… CBS will make it look like it was all Alex Idea what she did, lol…

    btw, a side note… 2 days ago Raven fell down the stairs and she cut her toe and had 5 stitches put on… the guys have been carrying her all over the house especially her Matt… Julie didnt mention her injury so in case u see her limping, thats what happened…

    let me say that Alex has been “All Talk but No Action” HG… she talks a Big Game but she Never does anything Big so not sure if she will follow Paul’s Orders or if she goes on her own… we shall see… i’ll be back tomorrow(Fri) to let u know the Noms… More Later…♥…

    • HoH8 says:

      ****** SPOILER ALERT ********

      First the good news… Xmas is BACK inside the house… her surgery was BAD… she had 10 Broken bones and they had to put in a donor bone… the doctor said she had a Bomb Explode in her foot… her recovery will be Very Long & Bad… poor girl…

      but there’s nothing wrong with her Mouth and we saw her Talking Game all day(Fri)… and Paul saw she will be Trouble so he started working on getting her evicted…

      Alex Nomed Jess & Dom… it seems Dom is the Target now and if she doesn’t win POV, she will be next evicted… oh Dear, GOD will be Pissed, Lmao…

      the POV Players were picked very Late and they were Kevin, Baskets & Xmas… and right after they picked players the Feeds went OFF and they started the POV Comp close to 9pm BBT(big brother time) so as i write this they are still playing so i will let u know who won Later…♥…

      • EJ Feddes says:

        Thanks for the updates! Man, that sounds so bad for Christmas – 10 bones! I like her, but I kind of want her to go home just so she can heal properly. Those foot injuries are bad news and I’d hate to see her end up with a permanent limp (especially considering her business) just to stay in the game for an extra couple of weeks.

        Is it worth watching After Dark this season? Sometimes it’s a pretty useless block of programming, but it sounds like it could be kind of fun this year.

        Thanks again! Looking forward to seeing what makes the cut on Sunday!

        • HoH8 says:

          ur welcome EJ… Xmas is a very strong woman and the surgeon that operated on her is Hollywood Famous that has operated on many famous athelics so im sure in the long run she will be fine… also after she came back, she has talked Big Game to make her position Stronger… i wish the TV show would show some of that…

          BBAD has been Great to watch this year cause CBS is forcing the HGs to be Awake during those hours… BBAD is on the POP channel so u can DVR it while u sleep then watch it the next day skipping the commercials, lol… Plus the HGs always know the hours that BBAD is on and they entertain us…

          ******* SPOILERS *******

          ok, the POV Comp ended a little after midnight with Baskets Winning it… so they spent the next 8 HOURS Awake Talking on What To Do… they finally all went to sleep at 8am only to sleep 2 short hours when BB woke them up at 10am like every morning…

          they went through so Many Many things to do during those 8 hours that Nothing got settled… it was just a Back & Forth thing where alot of HGs all had different ideas…

          so as of now(Sat late)… they have till Mon to decide to use the Veto or not… But they are NOT using it and they are Evicting DOM as of now… over Jess… Jess has really turned it on with the HGs, alot of them are Loving her…

          it’s too bad they cant show us on Sun TV show on what happened last night cause the TV fans can not know who won the Veto, lol… but maybe on Wed show, we will see most of that excitement that happened in those 8 hours, lol…

          let me say, they were thinking of putting a Pawn against Dom… they wanted Mark then they wanted Raven, Yes, the same Dying Raven but no one wanted to be a Pawn so they decided to drop it…

          Paul doesnt mind losing his Minion Dom cause his group is so HUGE, he thinks its best to start losing them slowly, lol…

          i have to say the Feeds have been ON FIRE.. the Best ive seen in Years… i will Update if something Big happens & the Plans change but things will slow down now, they always do after the POV Comp…

          if ur wondering why the POV Comp was early, it was cause of the BattleBack next Fri… everything got moved up one day early… Ok, More Later…♥…

          • HoH8 says:

            ****** SPOILERS *******

            today(Mon) was the POV Cerm & Baskets did NOT use his Veto and left the Noms the same… Jess is still Safe & Dom will be Evicted on Thurs…

            But today we had a almost Physical FIGHT with Josh & Mark… they went at it pretty good, almost came to Blows… this happened after Mark threw a drink on Josh’s face then Josh came out and threw Ketchup & Ranch on Mark…

            here are 2 Tweets showing it:

            https://twitter.com/BB_Updates/status/887078382072201216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.jokersupdates.com%2Fubbthreads%2Fshowthreaded.php%3FBoard%3DBBDiscussion%26Number%3D26736652

            https://twitter.com/idolknights/status/887148573825085440

            then Josh went into the Hot Tub alone till later Mark came out and wanted to talk but Josh Shut him down… and before u knew it, they were going at it with Mark outside and Josh inside the Tub… then the HGs started to come out one by one till they were ALL there… & Josh was having a Field Day by Yelling & Screaming at Mark, Jess, Elena and anyone that he wanted…

            let me tell u, it was the Most Explosive Argument ive Ever seen on the Feeds and it lasted like 3 hrs Total… lets see if the TV show will show us like 3 mins of it, Lmao…

            and this whole Mess was about a Pool Game that Mark Lost a Bet and had to drink Pickle Juice with Hot Sauce but refused and Threw the drink on Josh’s face….

            and mind you, this was AFTER the POV Cerm where Mark ALMOST went On The Block if Baskets wouldve used his Veto on Jess…

            Jess has been working her Game pretty good, she keeps getting along with the other HGs…

            here’s a Great Chart of All the Current Alliances in the house…

            http://i.imgur.com/9TlQkjc.png

            Ok, unless there’s more Excitement, things should stay calm till the Eviction show where the HGs will learn bout a HG coming back on Fri…

            More Later…♥…

          • EJ Feddes says:

            Holy smokes! That is wild! I felt like it was only a matter of time before Josh really got into it with somebody but I’m surprised Mark would poke the bear like that. Thank you for that update – this sounds bonkers and I’m going to try and read more about this. Thanks for the chart, also. I always make fun of people for naming their alliances, but nobody has done that this season (on TV at least) and I have a hard time keeping track. Who thought I would ever miss the days of the Quack Pack? I’m impressed that Jessica is bouncing back – so often when somebody is defined by a couple, they just melt down when the other person. I think it would be better for her game if Cody doesn’t come back. And it would be better for me, because he creeps me out. Thanks for keeping us in the loop – this is such great stuff!

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