September 09, 2012 06:28 PM by Ryan Haidet
Ian Terry is teaching reality television fans one major lesson: Don’t ever doubt the nerd. Ian, who wasn’t a major threat in challenges for the first half of Big Brother 14, the superfan science nerd has risen to the top as one of the most powerful players in the season. After saving himself from the second of two evictions during last Thursday’s episode, Ian found himself back in power as the game continues winding down. Is he the little spastic nail-biting nerd that could?
What We Missed The First Time
Mixed in with a lot of rehashed footage from the double eviction episode, we were shown a lot of fresh moments that didn’t air during the live episode because it all happened during the commercials. Within the new stuff, we saw Dan telling everybody that he was nominating Ian and Joe for eviction — and then secretly suggested they vote Ian out of the house when they have the chance. He was scared that Ian is a true contender to win the game and now was the time to end his experience in the house. But Ian won the Power of Veto and sent down spinning in a new direction. After Ian’s victory, Dan told Jenn and Danielle it was time for them to get Shane out of the game. But Danielle said Shane wasn’t coming after them, which convinced Dan to play Danielle as a pawn. Naturally, she was upset because Dan offered no warning. After Joe was evicted from the house, Dan said in the Diary Room that he may have made a blown the elimination by taking out a lackluster player when he could have booted somebody much stronger.
Ian and Jenn were both upset that Dan wasted his short HoH reign by not getting a strong player out of the house. Having Joe evicted, they believed, was a worthless effort. I actually agree here. I think they make total sense because Dan totally screwed up. Now he has so much damage control on his hands. After making one of the slickest moves in the show’s history, Dan slipped and let a few true competitors stay in the house. I know some of you readers previously disagreed with me when I said Dan’s decisions during Thursday’s episode were dumb, but I still think he screwed up. Instead of keeping the flow of the house on his side, he suddenly turned multiple people against him.
Speaking of damage control, Dan was now worried that somebody else would slip up and tell Ian he was the true target. Meanwhile, Danielle was doing some damage control of her own by telling Shane she convinced Dan not to play him as a pawn. She warned Shane to never speak of it again, and he thanked her for keeping him safe.
The New HoH
After a trivia-based challenge in which contestants had to answer questions about previous events in the house, Ian prevailed. Good thing he did, too, because his Quack Pack alliance was aiming to get him out of the house next. His win brought tears to his eyes as he paced the back yard with the rest of the house angry he rose to the top.
Ian realized he had to nominate one of the Quack pack players as a pawn against Jenn since they’re down to the final five. Dan found himself worried that he just might happen to be the pawn, which he wasn’t “cool with” at all. Dan, here’s where you screwed up your amazing game. Pissing Ian off and making him a nervous disaster by unnecessarily nominating him for eviction was just plain stupid. Whether he nominates you for eviction or not, it makes no sense to give him that negative vibe so suddenly.
Another Pandora’s Box
Ian became the first person in the show’s history to be tempted with Pandora’s Box twice in one season. He was tempted with a message from someone who loves him, the screen showcasing a picture of his parents. He ultimately chose to enter Pandora’s Box expecting to see a video message from his parents, but instead, he was punished with an ear-irritating video with Rachel Reilly. Apparently she loves him? She offered her absolutely stupid advice to Ian on how he can win the game. Waste of time.
Because Ian opened Pandora’s Box for himself, the rest of the house actually received what Ian was tempted with — video messages from their loved ones. This was actually a fun moment on the show because it humanized these people more than anything else we’ve seen this entire summer. It was great to watch the raw emotions they each spilled out away from the nasty strategies for once.
Dan Saves His Own Skin Again
While I think he messed up by going after Ian, Dan was able to spare himself once again. This time he convinced Ian to nominate Jenn and Shane for eviction instead of him. His argument for doing so? Dan told Ian that putting him on the chopping block was too much of a risk at that point. I can’t believe Ian actually believed it and granted Dan’s wishes.
I still think Dan is the most deserving of winning the entire season, but I think his self-absorbed strategies may actually catch up with him and bite him in the ass. Don’t you?
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy that Ian is HoH and that he nominated Shane and Jenn for eviction? Who do you think will most likely be evicted this week? Of the final five contestants, who do you think is the most deserving of winning the $500,000 grand prize? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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