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big brother 14 winner: did the jury make the right vote?

Big Brother 14 has been an interesting season. It wasn’t quite as exciting as BB6, but between Willie’s expulsion from the game and Dan making move after impossible move these last few weeks, this will definitely go down in Big Brother history as a noteworthy season. We’ll look at how each jury member voted and who won, BUT FIRST, let’s take a look at the final three (and how right/wrong my first impressions were):

Dan Gheesling: After losing Jodi on Day 1, I didn’t think Dan would last long as a coach. This was further solidified when he lost Kara on Day 13. Fortunately, the “twist” reset the game and Dan came in as a player. For awhile, he played a relatively honest game. He only went along with the plan to get rid of Janelle after he realized the coach alliance would never happen, he was loyal to the Quack Pack, but most of all, he was loyal to Danielle. Then came ‘Dan’s Funeral‘, which was the move of the season. He got Frank, who was his biggest enemy in the house, to get him removed from the block. The rest of the season flowed like pure poetry for Dan. He wanted Frank gone? Frank’s gone. He wanted to split up Danielle and Shane? Shane’s gone too and Danielle indirectly helped him do it! No one can deny Dan played everyone in that house with ease. He won the first round of the HOH competition, but did he ultimately become the last HOH?

Danielle Murphree: My first impression of Dani was that she “could be a floater” but also had “the potential to join the right alliance and surprise people by winning a few competitions.” Although she wasn’t a floater, there’s no way she played her own game. For the most part, Dani was an extension of Dan. Her biggest move was getting Janelle out and even that had little to do with the game and everything to do with very personal feelings. Everything else was either inspired by or a direct order from Dan. The Quack Pack was the right alliance, she most certainly shocked people by her ability to win a variety of competitions and in the end, she at least made it to the final three, so kudos for those accomplishments. However, trusting Dan (the player who lied to her the most) and accidentally getting rid of Shane (the player who lied to her the least…in terms of the game) was her stupidest move of the season. Did she win the next two rounds of the HOH competition or was she the final jury member after Dan screwed her one last time?

Ian Terry: (Full disclosure here, I voted for Ian as America’s Favorite House Guest and went into the finale really wanting him to win!) Ian spent half the game as the third wheel to Frank and Boogie’s bromance, followed by being the third wheel to Frank and Ashley’s showmance. He was the nerd and Big Brother fanatic who no one in the house quite vibed with, until he had the idea to form the Quack Pack. His biggest move was formulating the plan to get rid of Boogie, but he screwed that up a little when he let Boogie (and subsequently Frank) know that he was mastermind behind it all. Between the way he stood up to Frank and clinched a very important POV competition, it was obvious that the kid has more than book and BB smarts, he has heart. Ian’s likeability factor was definitely a bonus for him this season and he went into this final three with what he believed was a very solid final two deal. Did Ian find himself facing off against Dan in the third round and was it enough to land himself a spot as the last HOH?


Dan somehow convinced both Ian and Dani to throw the first round. Ian had a better strategy and won the second round. Finally, Ian absolutely destroyed Dan and won the final HOH. He evicted a bitter (and slightly disgusted) Danielle and decided sitting next to Dan was the best decision.

At the jury house, the former house guests had a pretty fair discussion when weighing the pros and cons of the final three. Shane gave Dani way too much credit when he assumed she was in on the plan to evict him, but there was still no clear indication who he, or anyone else for that matter, was throwing their vote in the end.

During the live show, the jury members questioned Ian and Dan. They both behaved pretty childishly, including cutting each other off and making annoyed facial expressions every five seconds, but of the two, Dan did most of the heavy-lifting in the jerk department.


In the end, the vote was 6-1: Danielle (Dan), Shane (Ian), Jen (Ian), Joe (Ian), Frank (Ian), Ashley (Ian) and Brittany (Ian)

Ian is the Big Brother 14 winner and taking Dan to the end was his last great move of the season. He deserved to win, completely. As that lovable, adorable dork noted, he played with only one life (to Dan’s three) and made it all the way through the game. He didn’t “mist” anyone. He didn’t host any funerals. He didn’t have a “Danielle” to do his bidding. He just played the game with strategy, while maintaining as much integrity as possible, and it paid off. Dan’s ruthlessness would have been a stronger selling point if he had been up against a certain house guest who made it just as far in the game but only because he wanted it that way and not because of their own game play (aka Danielle).

Ian was underestimated very early on because he lacked social graces that can be very important in the early part of the summer, yet he still made it happen. Knowing that he’s a super fan and this is the best moment of his life only makes it that much sweeter. I 100% agree with the jury’s vote and I’m honestly disappointed Danielle let Dan play her to the very end. Whatever, 6-1 is still a landslide victory!

Also, Frank won America’s Favorite House Guest. Good. He was a great player. But America, did he really need another excuse to stay unemployed.?




Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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big brother season 14 cast: first episode, first impressions

Big Brother has returned!

Although it’s been pretty hot for weeks now, my summer doesn’t officially begin until the Chenbot reminds the houseguests (and viewers) to “expect the unexpected.” This season’s first “twist” came in the form of four returning houseguests: Britney Haynes (BB 12), Janelle Pierzina (BB 6/BB Allstars), Dan Gheesling (BB 10) and Mike “Boogie” Malin (BB 2/BB Allstars). I would have loved to see Jun Song and James Rhine come back and mentor, but alas, that wish goes ungranted.

In addition to watching the new houseguests compete against each other each week for HoH, we will also see the four mentors compete against each other to have one member of their team ultimately win the game. This means presents the opportunity for more alliances and better drama, and as we learned last season, grouping newbies with veterans can make for great sabotage. Games within games, it’s like Big Brother inception!

Solely based on superficial judgment, here’s what I thought of the new cast during the first episode:

  • Frank (Naples, FL): With a hairstyle reminiscent of a pre-buff Carrot Top, athleticism and a funny disposition, this guy has the potential to coast through the first few weeks. I don’t see him making any enemies early on or even getting his hands dirty. Reminds me of Hayden (BB 12).
  • Danielle (Tuscaloosa, AL): Southern belle, really sweet and personable. She could be a floater, but she also has the potential to join the right alliance and surprise people by winning a few competitions. Reminds me of Jordan (BB 11).
  • Shane (Bennington, VT): Alpha male with an easygoing attitude. If he doesn’t have a showmance at some point, I’ll be very surprised. Reminds me of Jeff (BB 11).
  • Jodi (Calipatria, CA): That headband! I immediately knew she’d be compared to Kalia from last season. Honestly, they both had floater written all over them from the start, but outside of that and the obvious, there’s not much to compare. Different occupations and marital statuses, but most importantly, different attitudes (Jodi was a little boring IMO). Regardless, we’ll never know how well she would have done in the game.
  • Ian (New Orleans, LA): The resident geek who will think he can outsmart everyone because of his book smarts. Very, very cute and also destined for a showmance of some sort. Reminds me of Michelle (BB 11).
  • Wil (Louisville, KY): Who needs two Ls anyway? His hair is magical and he’s definitely going to be good for a quip or two. Reminds me of Marcellas (BB 3), but hopefully he plays smarter.
  • JoJo (Staten Island): She’s a bitch. She’s a party girl. She’s “street smart”. I have no clue how that will translate to winning the game, but at least it’ll be fun to watch. I guarantee she gets into at least one argument/fight before the end of week three. Reminds me of the Meow Meow (BB 12) or Jersey Shore’s Angelina, take you pick.
  • Willie (Dayton, TX): Desperate to be the villain and not interested in making friends. He’ll start gunning for the alpha male position as soon as possible, which also means being “that guy” who calls a house meeting so someone can get called out for making backdoor deals or something similar. Reminds me of Russell (BB 11).
  • Kara (Los Angeles, CA): Anyone who starts by saying their “100% single” is clearly more focused on the dating game than winning BB. She will be a floater, if she even makes it far enough along to float.
  • Joe (Schereville, IN): He cooks and he’s old enough to play the father-figure role. This will buy him some time as the stronger players go after each other.
  • Jenn (Brooklyn, NY): Her look will immediately alienate some of the houseguests, but her personality will reel them back in. She’ll be too smart to play the pawn, which should get her relatively far in the game; however, I doubt she wins. Reminds me of Nokomis (BB 5).
  • Ashley (Pittsburgh, PA): Janelle and Rachel have already instilled in us the importance of  never underestimating the beauty AND brains it takes to win the game. With that in mind, I’ll reserve my judgment that this spray-tan technician is ditzy and instead root for her not to become the floater I’m worried she’s destined to be.

Here are the teams (as of right now):

Britney: Shane, Willie, JoJo
Boogie: Frank, Ian, Jen
Janelle: Wil, Ashley, Joe
Dan: Kara, Danielle, Jodi

I believe Britney or Boogie will be the winning mentor, the jury (haha) is still out on the winning newbie.

A few other stray observations:

  • Danielle lied about her career and said she was a teacher instead of a nurse. They’re both professions that require comforting and patience, so I’m not sure why she thinks lying was relevant.
  • Willie lied about being related to Russell (Survivor). When it comes out that he lied, which it will, he’ll have given any HoH a default reason to nominate him without looking shady. Genius plan there Willie.
  • Dan is SUPER into coaching. I don’t think his team is capable of winning, but I respect the enthusiasm.



Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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