Big Brother 18: Secret Room Spoilers

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 25, 2016

Hi, everyone!

Well, what an exciting day in the Big Brother House!

The day started with the veto meeting.  As expected, Michelle did not use the veto and she left Frank and Bridgette on the block.  So, it seems like that would guarantee that Frank is going to get evicted this week, right?

Well, maybe not.

After the meeting, a message appeared on the Big Brother board: “Clues To The Secret All Around You.  You May Want To Keep Them To Yourself.”  This led to everyone running around the house, searching for clues.  Almost everyone figured out that the clues were somehow linked to the telephone and several of them started to randomly push numbers, hoping that something would happen.

Meanwhile, Paul started to run around the house and it was clear that he had figured something out.  He looked at all of the departure signs oi the house and realized that all the departure times were clues to a secret code.  Let’s give Paul some credit.  While everyone else was desperately trying random things, Paul actually gave it some thought, came up with the right code, and — after dialing the right numbers — he discovered the secret room!

And what was in the secret room?

12 envelopes and a note.  According to the note, any houseguest who discovered the room could pick one envelope but would not be allowed to open the envelope until after he or she was evicted.  If that houseguest’s envelope contained a return ticket, the houseguest would automatically reenter the house.  Out of the 12 envelopes, only one contains a return ticket.

Now, the smart thing for Paul to do would have been to grab an envelope and keep the existence of the room a secret.  After all, why should he want to give anyone else a chance to reenter the house?  But that’s not Paul’s way.  Paul couldn’t keep a secret if his life depended upon it.  There was no way that Paul wasn’t going to brag to everyone about finding that secret room.

Naturally, Paul told Victor.  Victor went to explore the hidden room himself and, of course, everyone saw Victor sneaking off.  Long story short, everyone has now been in the secret room and everyone now has an envelope.  Someone will be reentering the house.

That means that even though everyone is planning on voting Frank out this week, he could still reenter the house.  It all depends on what’s in his envelope…

Personally, I think the secret room is a nice twist but I wish they hadn’t included 12 envelopes.  What I wish is that they had done it Survivor-style.  I wish Paul had found a note telling him that, since he found the secret room, he and he alone now had a ticket to return to the house after being evicted and I wish that Paul had the self-control to keep it a secret.

Right now, Paul’s feeling pretty proud of himself because he found that room.  But there’s a good chance that he won’t even be rewarded for his hard work.  Paul could be evicted and, upon opening his envelope, discover that he just has a note thanking him for playing.  Still, Paul is doing surprisinfly well for someone who we all thought would be evicted by third week.  Not only did he manage to figure out the clues and find the hidden room but he also robbed Paulie of all of his powers by giving him that terrible haircut.  Don’t underestimate Paul.

And if Frank gets evicted on Thursday and then reveals that he has the return ticket — well, let’s just say that there’s going to be a lot of very upset viewers.  (Including me.)

But we’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

P.S. One final note: When I said that I was hoping Victor would reeneter the house, I had apparently forgotten just how annoying Victor can be.  I’m listening to him laugh right now and it’s like nails on a chalkboard.

P.P.S. Oh yeah, I promised to reveal my opinion of James going back on his word and nominating Bridgette for eviction.  To be honest, if I was James, I wouldn’t have made the deal in the first place.  I don’t think it was necessary.  He could have won the comp without making the deal.  But, at the same time, he has ever right to go back on it.  That’s just the way the game is played.


Big Brother 18: What Do You Think Of James Now?

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 24, 2016

Hi, everyone!

So, I was looking over the comments under the last post and I saw that a lot of people were commenting on what they saw James do tonight.

Now, in case you missed it or you need any sort of clarification, this is what happened.  After welcoming Victor back into the house, the houseguests were competing for Head of Household.  And it was a grueling competition.  In fact, it was probably the first truly interesting HoH competition that we’ve seen this season.  The HGs had to stand on a platform with one arm raised while constantly moving their feet.  It was a true endurance comp and James should be proud of himself for making it to the end.

Bridgette and Da’Vonne should be proud of themselves as well.  After standing on their platforms for nearly 6 hours, they were the three finalists.  James made a deal.  He agreed not to nominate Da’Vonne and he agreed not to nominate Bridgette.

And then, as so often happens in the Big Brother House, James went back on his word.  From what we saw on tonight’s show (remember that the live feeds were down during all this so we’re having to trust the editing of the CBS show as far as all this is concerned), James was planning on nominating Frank and Victor for eviction.  But then Paul pointed out that if Bridgette won the veto, she would take Frank off the block.

And so, James went back on his word.  He broke is deal.  He nominated Frank and Bridgette for eviction.

So, how does everyone feel about that?  I’m going to keep my opinion to myself and instead, ask you to share your own reaction.  Does this make you respect James less?  Or do you feel it’s all apart of the game?

In other words, how important is honesty in the Big Brother house?

In other news — they played veto last night.  MICHELLE WON!  Apparently, it was the OTEV competition and the final round came down to Frank, Bridgette, and Michelle.  As of right now, it looks like Michelle is not going to use that veto and Frank is going home.  Frank did pull Michelle to the side and suggested that she and he could form a new alliance with Nicole, Corey, and Bridgette.  Michelle didn’t seem to be that interested.

Of course, there is that secret room.  Will Frank find it?  And if Frank does find it and somehow get the power to save himself, how long before the conspiracy theories start to pop up online?

We’ll find out soon!

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 18: The Veto Has Finally Begun!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 23, 2016

Hi, everyone!

First off, I’ve been away from the LFs for most of today so I have to give most of the credit for this update to JT and his comments under the previous post.  Thanks, JT!

So, here’s the situation.  This is probably stuff that y’all already know but let’s just make it official:

Victor reentering the house has — well, it doesn’t appear to have done much at all.  For all the talk that Victor would immediately take out Paulie or that he was be targeted by the other HGs, it doesn’t appear that Victor has done much of anything.  Nobody took Victor that seriously when he left the house and nobody seems to be taking him that seriously now that he’s returned.

The HoH contest was apparently one of those endurance things where the HGs had to stand on a wall and the last person to fall off was declared the winner.  James won HoH but apparently, Da’Vonne put up a strong fight.  It sounds like, after 5 hours, James and Da’Vonne were the last two on the wall.  Da’Vonne apparently voluntarily jumped off the wall and allowed James to win HoH.  I don’t know if they made any type of deal or anything like that.  I guess we’ll see that on Sunday.

Anyway, James nominated Frank and Bridgette for eviction and it all sounds like the plan is pretty straight forward.  Frank is the target.  If Frank wins the POV and takes himself off the block, Bridgette will become the target.  It’s good to see the houseguests actually going with a sensible and simple plan for once, instead of trying to split votes or backdoor or anything else that could easily fall apart.

Sometimes, simplicity is better!

Anyway, they’re playing for the POV now.  (Yes, the veto started late.  There’s a lot of speculation, on twitter, that it could be because of the fires that they’re having in Los Angeles right now.)  The players are James, Frank, Bridgette, Da’Vonne, Nicole, and Michelle.  Out of that group, Frank seems to be the most likely to win but you never know.  It depends on the competition.

If Bridgette wins the veto, I bet Frank could talk her into using it on him.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

Thank you to all of our wonderful commenters!

Lisa Marie



Big Brother 18: Here Are The Results of the Battle Back!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 22, 2016

Hi, everyone!

While we’re waiting for the live feeds to come back on, I thought I might as well go ahead and officially announce who has reentered the game.  Now, obviously, if you haven’t yet watched the Battle Back, this is going to be a big spoiler.  So, don’t read on unless you really want to know.

Okay, the winner of the Battle Back is…


Was there ever really any doubt?  I mean, let’s be honest here — none of the first five people to be voted out of the house was a particularly strong player.  Glenn was out-of-shape.  Jozea was an idiot.  Bronte was an an idiot.  Tiffany was an idiot.  Victor … well, he may not have been the smartest person in the house but he was, at the very least, smarter than the other five evictees.  I don’t think there was ever much doubt that Victor would return.

I will say this: tonight, Victor was probably as likable as he’s ever been on the show.  You could tell that he really wanted to get back in the house.  You could tell that he was taking the competition seriously.  And, plus, he looked good.  Now that Paulie has allowed his beautiful hair to be destroyed and Corey has repeatedly revealed himself to be somewhat creepy, Victor is officially the hottest guy in the house.

(That’s my opinion, of course!)

As for the other four evictees … I felt bad for Glenn, though I think he would have been lost if he had gotten back in the house.  I was so happy when Jozea was defeated because if I seriously had to hear him call himself the “BB messiah,” I would have ended up throwing something at the TV.  Tiffany was Tiffany — overemotional and never as clever as she believed herself to be.

And then there was Bronte.

“I can use my math to win this!” Bronte told us,  “This is a numbers game!”  We get it, Bronte.  You’re pretending to be a mathematician.  Victor still defeated you and thankfully, we won’t have to deal with Wifey Spy anymore.

Anyway, Victor says that he wants to get back together with Paul and take down Paulie.  Little does he realize that Paul and Paulie are BFFs now.  As several people noticed, Frank was one of the first people to run up to Victor and give him a hug when he reentered the house.

At this point, Frank needs all the allies he can get.

Then again, so does Victor.  Unless Victor has been given immunity for the upcoming week or manages to win HoH, he’s going to be obvious target.

One final note: Julie said that there’s a secret room in the house!  Whoever discovers it will win wonderful prizes.  We’ll see what happens with that.

And we’ll see what happens when, in less than an hour, the live feeds come back!

Til then,

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 18: Welcome To The Darkness

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 21, 2016

Well, it’s happened!

The votes have been cast.  A houseguest has been evicted.  The feeds are down until late Friday.  I assume that there will be no HoH until the identity of the returning houseguest has been determined.

Tonight’s episode was pretty simple.  Julie swore to us, at the start of the show, that the HGs had been flipping and strategizing up until the start of the live show.

And that was kind of a true but not really.  Only two HGs had been flipping and strategizing.  Bridgette and Frank were planning on voting to evict Da’Vonne but, last night, Frank finally realized that all the other HGs were lying to him when they said they would consider joining him.  Frank realized that the vote was going to be 6-2 to evict Tiffany so he decided that he and Bridgette should make the vote 8-0.

And so, Tiffany became our first unanimous eviction.  While talking to Julie, Tiffany said that if she could play the game again, she wouldn’t be so emotional.

Hey, Tiffany!  Here’s an idea!  If you play the game again, don’t immediately turn against the people who spent an entire week plotting to keep you in the house!  If you get a second chance, don’t openly declare your allegiance to the most hated person in the house!  Don’t run around bragging about how you’ve just betrayed everyone!  Seriously, Big Brother is not that complicated.

Tiffany’s mistake wasn’t being emotional.  Tiffany’s mistake was not having any common sense!

Anyway, the other big news is that the Roadkill is over and so are the teams.  Did anyone else notice the look of pure panic that crossed Bridgette’s face when Julie announced that the team twist is over?  If she or Frank want immunity, they’re going to have to either win HoH or the power of veto.

(I know Bridgette has won both HoH and the veto but, in both cases, it seemed more like the result of dumb luck than any real skill on her part.)

With Tiffany voted out, the 8 Pack is officially dead.  For that matter, so is the Fatal Five.  It’s going to be a totally different game when the feeds come back.

I can’t wait!

Lisa Marie



Big Brother 18: The Diary Room Is Now Open!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 20, 2016

Hi, everyone!

Well, it’s that time again!  The nominations have been made.  The veto has been won and used.  There’s nothing left to do but open up the Diary Room and vote!

So, do you vote to evict…

DA’VONNE, the hair-flipping queen

NATALIE, the flirtiest spy of all


TIFFANY, the wounded sister?

Cast your votes in the comments or in the poll over on the right side of the page!  And then let us know who you would like to see return to the house!

As a reminder, along with whoever’s voted out on Thursday, the following HGs have a chance to reeneter the house:

GLENN, the Big Brother mystery man

JOZEA, the Big Brother Messiah

VICTOR, the Big Brother Inigo Montoya

BRONTE, the Big Brother actress/mathematician/secret nerd

And be sure to watch the vote on Thursday and the Battle Back competition on Friday!

Happy voting!

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 18: A Season of Showmances

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 19, 2016

Hi, y’all!

Well, it’s a pretty quiet in the house right now.  I just checked the LFs and Frank was clipping his toe nails.  I took one look at that and I said, “Agck!”

Frank has been making an effort to convince people to keep Tiffany.  Now that Da’Vonne has been nominated, he’s been making sure that everyone remembers that Da’Vonne can be an unpredictable and ruthless player.  He’s making sure that they know they shouldn’t trust Da’Vonne.  Of course, the problem with that strategy is that everyone already knows that Da’Vonne can’t be trusted.  Everyone also knows that Tiffany is just as untrustworthy.  Tiffany has spent this entire week blabbing everyone’s secrets and pretty much proving that she’s not a reliable ally.

You can never tell for sure, of course.  Last week, at this time, we all thought Tiffany was going to be evicted and then, suddenly, everyone decided to vote out Bronte instead.  Things could change but, as of right now, it still looks like Tiffany is going to be evicted by a 6-2 vote.

(Everyone keeps telling Frank that they’ll vote for Tiffany if he can get everyone else to agree to vote for her as well.  Frank doesn’t seem to realize that this is simply a polite way for saying, “No, I will not vote to keep your new ally.”  For all the talk of Frank being a threat, he’s not good at reading people.)

If anything is going to save Tiffany, it’s going to be the fact that this season has been dominated by showmances.  As of right now, we have three couples in the house: Paulie & Zakiyah, Corey & Nicole, and James & Natalie.

Of the three couples, Paulie and Zakiyah seem to be the most genuine, though I worry that Zakiyah is allowing her new relationship to distract her from playing the game.

As for Nicole and Corey … well, Nicole appears to really like Corey and Corey seems to be rather indifferent.  (Seriously, Nicole is going to get her heart broken.  A part of me suspects that she’s not really over Hayden.)

And then there’s James and Natalie.  They are hard to figure out.  Sometimes, it seems like Natalie is just using James but then, at other times, she has said that she genuinely likes James.  (She was holding her big wooden spoon of truth when she said it, for whatever that is worth.)  James seems just as confused as anyone.  You can tell he likes Natalie but he doesn’t quite trust her motives.

More than the returning vets or the siblings or any of the other twists, this season has been dominated by the showmances.   Not only does each showmance constitute a two-person alliance but each one has managed to distract a potentially strong player.  Zakiyah, James, and especially Nicole are all so wrapped up in their showmances that they often seem to be unconcerned with everything else that is happening in the house.

Da’Vonne has noticed the showmances, too.  Quite correctly, she sees the showmances as threats and she wants to start breaking them up.  Unfortunately, she made the mistake of telling all of this to James.  She asked James if he would be able to let go of Natalie.  James said that he was capable of betraying Natalie but his voice and body language suggested otherwise.

In short, Da’Vonne has just reminded James that she is a huge threat.  That’s always a big mistake when you’re on the block and it supports everything that Frank has been telling James about Da’Vonne.  If the house somehow flips this week and decides to get rid of Da’Vonne instead of Tiffany, it will be because of stupid mistakes like this one.

Finally, a quick programming note: Immediately after Thursday’s eviction show, the feeds will go down.  They will not come back until after the returning houseguest enters the house on Friday.

In other words, we’ll all be in the dark together!

Just judging by who has been evicted so far and who will probably be evicted on Thursday, I’m going to predict that Victor will be returning the houseguest.  Just a feeling I’ve got!

We’ll see what happens,

 Lisa Marie


Big Brother 18: It’s Time For Flipgate!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 18, 2016

Hi y’all!

So, just when you think that things can’t get any more silly this week, you learn that Tiffany apparently complained to the Diary Room that Da’Vonne physically assaulted her.

And how did Da’Vonne assault Tiffany?

At the today’s ceremony, Corey took himself off the block.  It was then revealed that the roadkill winner (Tiffany) had named Da’Vonne as the replacement nominee.  Even though the identity of the roadkill winner is officially a secret, Tiffany has already told everyone in the house that she won this week.  Da’Vonne knew exactly who had nominated her.

Da’Vonne was told to take a seat next to her fellow nominees, Tiffany and Natalie.  Apparently, as Da’Vonne sat down, she flipped her hair and smacked Tiffany in the face.  Tiffany responded by attempting to flip her hair at Da’Vonne.

“Your hair is not long enough, bitch,” Da’Vonne replied, before then looking over at Natalie and saying, “Aren’t the two of us beautiful up here?,” with the implication being that the notoriously insecure Tiffany was not beautiful.

Tiffany responded by going to the Diary Room and reporting Da’Vonne for physical assault.  Under the rules of Big Brother, any player who physically assaults another player can be immediately expelled from the house.  Obviously, they’re not going to expel Da’Vonne for flipping her hair.  However, Tiffany wants production to give Da’Vonne a penalty vote.

Now, a penalty vote would actually work out really well for Tiffany.  Right now, it looks like there is a good chance that the vote might 4-4.  Frank and Bridgette will definitely vote for Tiffany to stay.  Michelle, James, Zakiyah, and probably Paul seem to be planning on voting for Tiffany to go.  That leaves Corey and Nicole as the deciding votes.  If Tiffany can convince Corey and Nicole to vote to evict Da’Vonne, that would lead to a 4-4 tie.  Paulie would break the tie and he wants Tiffany gone.  However, if Da’Vonne also had a penalty vote, then the final vote would be 5-4.  And Tiffany would be safe.

Personally, I doubt Da’Vonne is going to get a penalty vote.  For the record, Da’Vonne had said repeatedly that she accidentally hit Tiffany with her hair.  When she was talking about the incident with Zakiyah, she said that only Nicole would understand what happened with the hair flip, because Nicole is the only other person in the house with hair as long as Da’Vonne’s.

(Personally, speaking as someone who has long hair, I’ve accidentally hit a few people while doing a dramatic hair flip myself.  Shit happens, y’know?)

Anyway, as of right now, here are your nominees: Da’Vonne, Natalie, and Tiffany.  Frank is trying to work the house to save Tiffany.  He’s even told Tiffany that he thinks he can convince 7 people to vote out Da’Vonne, which doesn’t sound realistic when you consider how everyone else feels about both Frank and Tiffany.  Of course, you never know with Da’Vonne.  She has a temper and she’s not good at laying low.  It’s totally possible that the house could decide that she’s a bigger threat than Tiffany.

But, as of right now, it looks like Tiffany’s going to walking out the front door on Thursday.

In other news — Zakiyah and Nicole spent the first part of the morning talking about how much they love their men.  Online speculation has it that Nicole and Corey may have moved their relationship up a level last night.  (That said, Nicole still says she has yet to allow Corey to kiss her.)  However, even while Nicole was calling Corey her “dream man,” Corey was telling Bridgette that he and Nicole were “just friends” and that he’s not even interested in dating anyone.

(Nicole reminds me of that friend that we all have, the one who is totally cute and sweet but who consistently disappoints us by dating losers.)

And, apparently, James is really worried that the only reason Natalie is flirting with him is to help her game.  They’ve been pretty snappy with each other today and, at one point, James even told Paulie that he was worried that his relationship with Natalie was “over!”

In other words, it’s been a dramatic day in the Big Brother House!

Lisa Marie

P.S. Oh — and here’s a great line that was uttered by Michelle last night: “I hear there that Bridgette, Frank, and Tiffany have formed a secret alliance called ‘The Idiots.'”



Big Brother 18: Guess Who I’m Ready To Say Goodbye To

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 17, 2016

Hi, y’all!

Well, I am back from my two-day vacation, I have caught up with everything’s that happened in the Big Brother house, I watched the CBS show tonight, and I’m watching the LFs right now.  Can you guess who I’m ready to wish a fond farewell?

I’ll give you a clue.

She cries a lot and she’s only on the show because she is someone’s sister.

Okay, that’s two clues but you know who I’m talking about.


Now, I realize that some people disagree with me on this and that’s okay.  I know that Tiffany has her share of fans.  There are people who think that she is playing a brilliant game or that she’s the underdog who is currently being bullied by the house.

I do have some sympathy for Tiffany.  I get the feeling that if Tiffany was not Vanessa’s sister, she would not have been asked to appear on the show.  Tiffany is socially awkward and has a hard time talking to others and she’s suffered as a result.  There’s a part of me that suspects that Tiffany is actually very shy and I don’t think she would have ever tried out for the show on her own.  I imagine that the producers approached her and probably told her that she would have an easy time in the house.

So, to a certain extent, I feel a little bit sorry for her.  But at the same time, Tiffany’s constant drama and whining is starting to get old.  Her self-righteous argument that she has “played the game right” is extremely annoying.  Tiffany has been a good source of drama and I appreciate the fact that she’s spent the last few days blowing up everyone’s game but a little bit of Tiffany goes a long way.  If Tiffany survives this week, it’s going to be nonstop Tiffany drama for the rest of the season.  There’s only so much time I can spend watching one person sob about being nominated for eviction.

And right now, it does look like Tiffany is going to be voted out.  She’s tried to make new alliances with everyone — Frank, Da’Vonne, and Paulie.  She’s revealed everyone’s secrets to everyone else and she doesn’t seem to realize that being a snitch only gives the houseguests even more an incentive not to trust her.  While Paulie is probably glad that she told him everything that people have been saying about him in the house, he doesn’t really has any incentive to keep her around.

Frank, of course, needs her to stay because he has precious few allies in the house.  Frank knows that he’s living on borrowed time.  He may not like Tiffany but she’s shown a willingness to work with him and he needs people who are willing to work with him.  Otherwise, nobody else in the house has any reason to keep Tiffany around.

Tiffany nominated Corey after she won the roadkill.  And Corey has won the POV and is planning on taking himself off the block on Monday morning.  Tiffany will be nominating Da’Vonne in his place.

Tiffany thinks that she can convince people to keep her over Da’Vonne.  And she may be right, though I doubt.  Da’Vonne is playing hard and she has alienated a lot of people in the house.  Right now, Paulie says that, even if Da’Vonne is the replacement nominee, he still wants Tiffany out.  That could change but it probably won’t.

Of course, whoever is evicted on Thursday will immediately get a chance to reenter the house on Friday.  Neither Tiffany nor Da’Vonne have really been impressive as far as challenges are concerned.  At this point — out of Glenn, Jozea, Victor, Bronte, and whoever is evicted on Thursday — I think Victor is still the favorite to return.  It depends on the challenge, of course.  But out of that sorry group of Houseguests, Victor was the strongest physically.  (I would say all the evictees are pretty much evenly matched mentally.)

We’ll see what happens.  As of right now, it looks like Da’Vonne will be nominated in Corey’s place and Tiffany will be evicted on Thursday!

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 18: Another Quick Update

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 16, 2016

Hi, just another quick update here.

You already know this if you’ve been reading the comments but let’s just make it official (and, of course, provide an update for our visitors who don’t regularly read the comments):

Tiffany won the roadkill and nominated Corey.

However, Corey won the veto today!  If Corey takes himself off the block, Tiffany will be responsible for picking a new nominee.  Even though Tiffany will be making her nominations in secret, she has basically told everyone in the house that she won the roadkill.

Corey has been saying that he might not use the veto on himself, which would be idiotic.  Apparently, however, Paul told him that it would be a good idea to use the veto on Natalie and Paul also told Corey that he’s not at any risk of going home.  For his part, Corey is worried that Nicole will be nominated in his place.

But he might be mistaken as far as Tiffany nominating Nicole is concerned.  Tiffany really dislikes Da’Vonne and has been talking about maybe nominating her.  As well, Tiffany is now working with Frank and Frank definitely wants Da’Vonne gone.

Ultimately, it might not make much difference who Tiffany nominates.  Only 8 people are voting this week and, as long as 4 houseguests vote to evict Tiffany, Paulie will be able to cast the tie-breaking vote and send Tiffany out of the house.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens!  I’ll be home tomorrow so I’ll be able to get caught up on all the drama in the house!

Lisa Marie