Thursday, July 31, 2014

Team America Breaks Down When Donny Acts Up #BB16

In the wee hours of this morning, at around 1:30 am BBT, Derrick got called to the DR for this week's Team America mission.  America apparently chose "Option A" which is to make two hinky votes against the majority and then blame others for them on the live show.  I am not a big Team America fan, to be honest.  We don't need it this year because the cast is so strong, in my opinion.

This new mission seems like it was developed to replace the failed mission this week, because the hinky votes will relate to tomorrow night's vote.

Derrick went up to the HoH and told Frankie about it, who kept shrugging like "what the hell"? while he brushed his teeth.

Derrick:  It's what America wants!

They whispered about it and it sounds like they plan to either blame Hayden, or vote him out via a backdoor.  Derrick said they can't vote out Donny due to Team America, and they both sound like they have trust issues with Christine.  Frankie thinks she is 100% trustworthy, and I think part of this whispering involves the cover stories and not the truth.  They are going to let Zach say something instead of them taking the blame for it --I think the Hayden backdoor plan is what they are talking about here.

Derrick tells Frankie that he needs to go in the DR, and he plans to wake up Donny to tell him about the new Team America mission.  It sounds like Derrick and Donny will place the hinky votes and they will decide who to blame it on later.  Derrick says they can't discuss it during the live show, or when they are locked down. Derrick admits this is going to be a tough mission.

When he walked back into the HoH room, Caleb was in the room listening to Justin Bieber.  Derrick and Caleb both decided to enjoy a Ring Pop and Derrick selected the "Dragon Berry" flavor.  While Derrick was putting it on his pinky finger it slipped off and Derrick claimed the "5 second rule" before putting it back in his mouth.

Derrick moved through the house quickly to go wake up Donny Thompson.  Derrick went in to the Fire Room and touched the pillow Donny had over his head, whispering to him that they got a new Team America mission.

Donny:  WHAT THE....

Derrick:  I'm sorry buddy....but you need to go in's kind of long so I'll give you a few minutes to get yourself together.

Donny:  We have to do it tonight?

Derrick:  We have to let them know tonight...they threw a curveball at us...I'll fill you in as soon as you get up...sorry buddy.

After Donny got a T-shirt on, Derrick sat next to him and pretended to go through dresser drawers while he explained.  After they cast the hinky votes, Derrick says after the person leaves the house, all three of them have to publicly accuse two people of casting the votes before they go outside to play for HoH.

There is a moment of silence after Derrick speaks.

Donny whispers something.

Derrick:  What?

Donny:  I say we decline it.

Derrick: Frankie came up with pointing at Caleb and asking him if he did it, and then I would point at Zach and say "Zach's trying to stir up trouble" and you can agree with that.  But what do you think?  What is your opinion?

Derrick says it is risky because it might impact their long-term game since they have to accuse the others in public, and only have three minutes to do it.

Donny:  And that's three people...

Derrick:  We only accuse two people, but all three of us need to do it.  But I'll let you go in the DR and you can find out specific details and let me know what happens.

Derrick apologized again for waking Donny up, but he said it's okay as he put on his socks and shoes for the visit to the DR.  Right as Donny goes into the DR, Frankie comes downstairs and joins Derrick in the living room.  Derrick told him what Donny said about declining the mission.

Frankie:  We're not declining it.

Derrick:  Nope.  We have to convince him.  We have to at least try.

Frankie:  It's so easy...and all he has to do is vote...he doesn't have to do shit..

Derrick says it will be easy to blame it on Caleb, since it is Amber on the block, and it is also easy to blame Zach (who will probably admit to it even though he didn't do it, like being Amanda's cousin).  Derrick is sucking the hell out of his Ring Pop while all this happens, obviously enjoying it.

Derrick:  Done.

Frankie:  Done.

Derrick:  Done. We got this.  But all of us have to be on board to win it.

Derrick points out that America wants them to stir shit up so the game is not so predictable.  They laugh after Frankie says he wants "MORE MONEY!".  Derrick says they can make the accusations but not be malicious about it.

Now Caleb and Christine come in and Derrick announces that Donny was very upset about being woken up and was pissed.  Derrick is obviously covering for the whispered conversation he just had with Frankie while Caleb was likely watching them on the Spy Screen.  Jocosta came in and both Derrick and Frankie ended up going in the bedroom with her to pray.

All three of them recited the Lord's Prayer then Jocosta did a solo prayer that included asking God to "lift Tenley up to Jesus and protect her", as well as Derrick's wife Jana.  It was a lot of words, and many of the words repeated themselves over and over.  Frankie's family got lifted and protected, too, and Jocosta's, too.  The prayer pace was frantic, as if the words per minute counted.  Maybe it does.  Who knows.  Aunt Laurita was lifted up, too.

Mid-prayer, the camera shifted to the backyard, where Zach said every day he would like nothing more than to be wearing shorts on the golf course, "ripping a seven iron".  He points out this is not acceptable to his mom, however.

Zach:  The actual plan was to make my brother a professional golfer, but my parents said you can't invest so much in his life, you need to make your own life...

The cameras shift again to the living room, where Frankie and Derrick mutter about Donny and what is happening in the DR right now with him.  They continue their plan about what they will say during the live show and they seem excited.  Frankie plans to take Donny into the Have Not room the moment that he comes out of the DR to start the process.  Derrick wants to be sure what they have planned will qualify to win, so they don't waste their efforts.

They think these missions are more difficult than in year's past, and that they have to do a fair amount of strategizing to get things done.  Right then Donny comes out of the DR and Frankie leaves the room.  Derrick starts talking to Donny about the plan.

Donny: I'll do it if you two want to do it, but....there's a lot of smart people in this house...and for three people to make the comment, you don't think they'll suspect something?  It's out of character...

Derrick:  Especially for us...we're kind of the oddballs who keep quiet.  But you're a fan of this game, do you think this is a boring season?  Because we're really Saboteurs with all of this.

Donny:  Oh I think what you're sayin' will happen is awesome, but Team America ain't exactly great for our own individual games.

Derrick agrees this is a tough one, and Donny says there aren't many people around to blame.  Derrick says it will be easy to blame Caleb, since it's Amber on the block.

Donny:  But what if he does that anyway?  And then there's three votes?  That could be really obvious.  And for me to say that, it is really out of character.  They'll let it slide through the competition, but after it's over they'll wonder who done it?

Victoria comes over and massages Derrick and seems whiny.  Derrick tells her he'll talk to her later because he's eating sugar and he'll be up all night.  After she walks off Derrick whispers "she won't leave me alone".

After she leaves Donny counts the votes again and says Caleb can easily cast a pity vote for Amber to stay.  With nine people voting there are only so many people who could have cast the votes.

(Donny is really smart to consider the implications of this, I think.)

Donny being up at this hour (nearly 2:00 am BBT) is causing quite a stir and everyone who walks in the room comments on it. Derrick keeps repeating that he had to wake up Donny for the DR and Donny was really upset.  Donny left the room and Nicole came in and sat with Derrick.

They tore into a bag of Sour Patch Kids and talked while their mouths were full of candy.

They whispered about Amber.  Nicole is starting to feel bad for Amber and is trying to avoid her.  (If you don't watch the live feeds, than you just can't imagine how paranoid Amber is, and how she follows people from room-to-room begging for information.  This is the reactive approach to Big Brother, and it's not working for her.)

Nicole:  You don't care that I'm eating these, do you?

Derrick, chewing:  Absolutely not.

The candy is from Zach's HoH room. Nicole says she needs to eat enough tonight to last her a week, in case she is a Have Not again.

They both smack and chew and savor the Sour Patch Kids.  I can imagine just what that tastes like, can't you?  Those candies start to hurt my tongue after a few handfuls, but it is hard to stop eating.

Victoria is moping around and hounds Derrick about needing to talk with him.  He says he can pencil her in for the hammock in a few minutes, and he does a good job of not sounding irritated with her, which must be hard.

Finally Derrick leaves the room and is followed by Donny as they go upstairs to the HoH room. Frankie is there and the three of them get right to it.

Donny, with his voice shaking a little:  They didn't choose a bunch of dummies, and I ain't no dummy either.  And Donny coming up those stairs at 2:00 am and everybody seen it..they're going to wonder why...and I don't like it.  I think we should decline because I didn't come all the way across the country to get my game messed up.

Frankie:  You don't think we can blame Zach and Caleb?

Donny:  They're gonna worry who done it.  It's too much out of character for this to go down like this, and for him (Derrick) to say something like that, and for me too.  We can't expect these people to be that dumb, over greed for $5,000.  If you all want to do it, I'll do it, but I think it's too greedy for that amount of money.

Frankie: It's not so much the's an assignment we got.

Derrick:  I think you brought up some great points and we should sleep on it.  But America wants us to do it, so there's that.  I'm glad that we're not just doing it to do it...we're talking about it and I like that.

Donny points out again that Christine, Nicole, and Hayden aren't dummies.

Donny:  If ya'll want to do it, we'll do it.  But it could easily backfire on us.

They also say that later in the game they can't blow up the fact that the others were on Team America, or they forfeit all of their Team America earnings.  Frankie plans to ask the DR if just he and Derrick can do the mission, but later says if the three of them aren't in agreement, then screw it.  He wants the three of them together at the end and not blow their cover.

They plan to talk again in the morning after Frankie finds out how minimal the effort can be to earn the money and complete the task.


In the morning Donny and Derrick discussed the mission again as Derrick ate breakfast.  Donny still opposed the mission, and Derrick agreed with Donny's points.  For one thing, Donny points out that if you were the one who got blamed for it in front of everyone, how would Derrick feel?  They also realize that someone really could give Amber a few sympathy votes, and then things could get really screwed up.

Almost immediately, Donny got called to the DR.  Last night, he indicated to Derrick that "they" weren't very happy with his reluctance to perform the mission, so I can only imagine what went on in there this morning.  After Donny came out we went to Jeff's interview highlights, indicating that the HoH lockdown is starting now to prepare for the live show.

After thinking about it, I think this move is best for Donny and Derrick.  As HoH, Frankie can't vote, so he can't be blamed for it....for that reason I think it was extra-risky for them.

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