Big Brother recap: The Elf That Roared, The Outsider That Scored

After the houseguests fake-skied for a very... long... time, Daniele pulls a move that could be either awesomely game-changing or suicidal
Ep. 11 | Aired Jul 31, 2011

ICE QUEEN After winning a Nordic-themed HoH challenge, Daniele took a pick to the vets' alliance

Can't say I didn't see that coming. Brenchel have been asking for it since Day 1, and they had to know that their posturing as power players would land them on the sights of anyone outside of their alliance as soon as (s)he got a shot. Then again, you have to account for sheer hubris. No matter how much Rachel whines and wails and weeps about how everybody hates her, you kind of get the sense that she thinks she's invincible. Well tonight changed that. Brenchel took a hit square in the forehead.

Tonight's MVP was Lawon, hands down. After all my grousing last week, that silly man really won me over. He showed a vulnerability and depth beyond expectations when he told a wonderful story about his coming out. In particular, when he came out to his grandmother, the person he was most concerned would shun him. Instead, she told him she'd always known he was gay and told him to be "the best black gay man" he could be and live his life to the fullest. These kind of affirmation stories never get old. He also said that he's playing this game to be the voice of gays and lesbians, young or old, who feel like they can't express themselves. With that in mind, were you happy to finally get to know Lawon? Since Jordan was part of this conversation, do you think it'll have any effect on Jeff? Didn't his very personal, real-life story make all the posturing, manipulations, and petty gripes on the show suddenly seem completely insignificant?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jeff definitely earned the sore loser award. Still smarting, from this past week's attempted backdoor by Daniele, he was pretty much a paranoid ninny the whole episode, going so far to tell Daniele that she hurt his feelings. I'm sure Dominic and Adam's feelings were hurt that they became targets to your super-alliance, but you didn't hear them wah-wahing about it. There's no crying in Big Brother, Jeff!

Otherwise, we began right where we left off, with the houseguests, minus Rachel, on some bizarro wall skiing contraption. From the first second, the contenders with the most to prove were Daniele, Kalia, and Shelly. Shelly because she wanted to keep her alliance with Brenchel and Jorff strong. The latter two because they knew they'd definitely be up for eviction if they didn't win the competition. For her part, Rachel wanted to make sure her alliance kept power for the umpteenth week in a row. And how did she go about trying to secure this? By screaming like a demented valley girl cheerleader at everyone except Daniele and Kalia. These omissions were duly noted by the outsiders. So I ask you, did Rachel's cheerleader act drive  you crazy, or was Daniele's "gurrrrl, please" expression sufficient to balance out the uber-pep?

NEXT: Ski slope, ski slope on the wall, who's the scrappiest of them all?

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