August 29, 2012 06:44 PM by Ryan Haidet
Tonight’s episode of Big Brother 14 was the resurrection this season needed to help itself rise from the grave as the worst season ever. The entertainingly fun hour featured one of the biggest moves the game has ever seen in which season 10 winner Dan Gheesling masterfully won the house over by holding his own funeral. Trying to save himself from certain eviction, Dan gathered the house together and cried his way through the mock funeral as he offered them all positive comments about their game. While he was nice to all of them, he sent shockwaves through the house with the few words he sent Danielle’s way.
A Punish-Filled Power Of Veto Competition
Before we get to the amazing mock funeral, the Veto competition featured multiple elimination rounds surrounding the popular Draw Something app. The player who correctly guessed a specific drawing had to accept a punishment to earn any points. If they decided not to take the punishment, they were instantly eliminated from the competition and therefore ineligible to win the PoV. Some of the punishments included Frank taking a bath in green goop, Dan gobbling down gross food and Jenn burning her clothes. Here were some of the other punishments:
- Britney getting shackled to Danielle for 24 hours.
- Frank wearing a carrot suit for one week and taking a chum shower every time a bell tolls for the next 24 hours.
- Frank had to sit himself out of the next Head of Household competition.
- Danielle had paint thrown at her by the other houseguests.
- Dan had to take 24 hours in the Have-Not bedroom by himself for a solitary dance party.
During the final question, Frank would have easily won the challenge because he had the most points and Britney, who had buzzed in to answer, didn’t have a guess. He stupidly whispered the answer to her, which was apparently something in the rule book, and it got him ousted from the competition. Even worse, he volunteered all of the ridiculous punishments for absolutely nothing.
After he was booted, Jenn got the next question right and nabbed enough points to win the challenge by accepting a slop punishment for the remainder of the summer. Had she not taken the points, Dan would have won by default.
“Dan didn’t win and that means, Dan, you’re going to jury,” Frank said in the Diary Room. He also realized that Jenn was somebody he could team up with and trust for the rest of the summer because she didn’t have to take slop for the rest of the summer. She could have let Frank live alone by allowing Dan to save himself with a PoV win.
Addressing His Own Demise
With plenty of time to think things over while he was taking his punishment in solitary confinement, Dan, who wasn’t willing to die without a fight, concocted his funeral scheme. Upon his release from solitary, he ignited his act by putting on a strange, pathetic attitude. Britney compared him to a zombie. Later, he stood in front of everybody in the living room to hold his own funeral — which he appropriately wore black for. Dan told Shane he’s the real Captain America, he explained his respect for Jenn, talked to Britney about his never-ending bond with her and tearfully stressed to Ian how similar they are. Even crazier, the rest of the house was crying along with him.
But what came next was pure genius. Dan harkened back to the first time he played the game and aligned with Memphis Garrett. He told Danielle that he had teamed up with her in the hopes that she could be his main ally. But he said that she wasn’t anywhere near close to the ally that Memphis was. “We don’t need to get into it now, but in this game you’ll never earn my trust back,” Dan said as Danielle’s mouth dropped wide open. “You know what you did, and in this game you’re dead to me. So don’t come to me and ask about it ’cause it’s over. Moving forward, we can be friends outside this. I will be friends with all of you. But the game talk for me ends now. I hope you guys understand that this was the death of Dan the player, I want the rest of the experience to be fun for everyone and non-awkward.” With that, he ended his funeral with hugs for everybody and walked away leaving behind a very confused and upset Danielle.
Plan Part II
Next, Dan’s plan continued with Frank. He took a Bible to the HoH bedroom with him so he could swear on it as he revealed the Quack Pack alliance. “This kid’s ruthless,” Dan said about Ian and his betrayals in the game. With Frank starting to wake up and realize Dan was right, the two shook hands and formed a final-two alliance. Their goal? To convince Jenn to use the PoV to save Dan so they could put Britney up on the chopping block in his place because she’s a dangerous player who is being kept safe by nearly everybody else.
Plan Part III
Next, Dan went to Danielle to do some damage control. When he happily told her his funeral freakout was all an act, she turned her head away in tears. “You broke my heart,” she said. “You humiliated me in front of the whole house. Dan, I would have gone home for you.” She asked him to give more of a warning next time he does something crazy like that, but he said no because he wants a real, raw reaction. Realizing what Dan may have done to keep them both safe, she wasn’t so upset anymore.
And it worked. Frank talked to Jenn and explained everything about the Quack Pack. Jenn was stunned to hear all the news and seemed prepared to turn the tables by making a big move against Britney.
At the Veto meeting, Ian did not use the one he won from the claw machine. But Jenn did use her PoV to save Dan. In return, Frank put Britney up on the chopping block. The looks from Britney and Ian were absolutely priceless. They were caught completely off guard. “Ian, you voted Mike out last week, and then you put me and my other closest ally up on the block and she went home,” Frank said at the Veto meeting. “You’ve won the Veto, so I can’t put you up. I gotta do the next best thing and put your closest ally up on the block. You made it apparent who that is. So to quote a not-so-wise young man, Britney, pop a squat.”
Wow! What a fantastic episode! I have been so frustrated all summer long with the lackluster, unfair twists — especially with the coaches — but this was absolutely awesome to watch. This entire summer I have been disappointed in Dan and actually was looking forward to his eviction this week, but his genius strategy proves he’s the smartest player in that house. To be able to get Frank, his season-long arch enemy, to make a total change in strategy this far in the game is stunning. Dan, after that move, you deserve to win again.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy Dan’s plan worked? Were you shocked it did? Who do you think will be evicted Thursday night — Britney or Danielle? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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