September 19, 2012 08:23 PM by Ryan Haidet
What a strange ride Big Brother 14 has been. It started out as the absolute worst season in the show’s history. The lame coach twist that quickly turned entirely unfair when the protected four veterans suddenly entered the game as full-fledged players to the casting of Willie Hantz, it seemed like this season would be a total failure. But the game took a wild turn when season 10 winner Dan Gheesling held his own funeral, rose from the grave and brilliantly spared himself from certain eviction. From that moment on, the season took a fantastic spin into a world of outstanding strategies with Dan in the driver’s seat. But was he able to steer his way to the $500,000 grand prize once again? One thing is for sure, it was a brutal finale with an excellent payoff!
The 90-minute finale kicked off right where Sunday’s lame recap episode left off with Dan, Danielle and Ian squaring off in the first round of the three-part Head of Household competition. But something we didn’t see involved Dan’s strategy prior to the start of part one of the battle in which he asked Ian to throw it in his favor. After Ian agreed (!), Dan went to Danielle and told her that Ian would be throwing the competition in hopes she would start to trust him once again. Just as Dan requested and promised Danielle it would happen, Ian purposely fell out of the battle after just 17 minutes. When Dan asked Ian to go away so he could have some private time with Danielle, his next plan was put into motion. Dan suggested to Danielle that she voluntarily jump off next because he knew he would lose the second portion of the HoH to Ian since it would likely be a puzzle. He told Danielle that would give them better chances at making it to the end of the game together. Despite some doubt, Danielle followed his advice once again and quit the challenge. She felt it was an effort to prove she trusts him. Moron.
The second part of the HoH challenge was a memory-based competition surrounding the order in which all the contestants were voted off. Ian won the battle and guaranteed himself the opportunity to fight for the final HoH against Dan. After he won, Dan celebrated and excitedly told Ian he had just won at least $50,000. But Danielle, a person Dan promised he would take to the end, overheard it — and boy was she pissed! “Ian, I swear on my life if you take him to the final two, I will taint the jury, I will not vote for you! I will have Shane, I will tell Ashley everything that has come out of your mouth! I will make sure Shane doesn’t vote for you if you take somebody like that (pointing to Ian).”
The jury, joined by their newest member Shane, gathered together to discuss the final three. Joe and Britney argued that Ian has been fighting hard all summer long and was a deserving player, but Jenn said he was simply a rat. “The snitching thing, that makes me sick,” she said. “It sets me on fire that he did something like that.” The chat then swapped to Danielle. “She had an easy road to get where she’s getting,” Joe said. But Ashley said it best by saying, “I think Danielle’s best move is playing Dan’s game.” When they turned their focus to Dan, Britney said she is in awe of his brilliant gameplay. Jenn and Ashley echoed her comments and basically showered Dan with praise. But Joe and Frank expressed their frustrations about Dan’s constant lying. “If Dan and Judas were in the final two, Dan might have my vote,” Joe said as the rest of the jury laughed.
Final HoH & Live Eviction
Dan and Ian went toe-to-toe for the third and final round of the last HoH competition, which was a live trivia challenge based on statements made by each of the six jury members. Although both guys accurately answered the first few questions, Ian pulled ahead and owned the competition. The studio audience erupted with cheers as he won the final battle and guaranteed himself a spot in the final two. After a commercial break, Ian rose to his feet and evicted the final player of the season. “Danielle, you’re the sweetest person I’ve ever met in my life, but I have to honor my commitment to Dan, so I vote to evict Danielle. Sorry. Sorry.” After he voiced his decision, the audience let out a loud gasp of shock.
In her exit interview, host Julie Chen asked Danielle why she didn’t try to work a deal with Ian — especially when Dan was so cutthroat the entire summer. Her answer? She didn’t want to have too many deals out there. Huh? Are you friggin’ kidding me?!?! That’s what this game is all about. Making deals is absolutely critical. Sorry, Danielle, but you’re a moron.
Final Two Peppered With Questions
After Julie welcome the jury to the studio, they initiated their awkwardly pre-written questions toward Dan and Ian. The questions, which weren’t that great, proved one thing: Frank, Joe, Shane and Danielle are absolutely bitter about the way they were stabbed in the back by Dan. Shane, who I think is possibly the most pissed, actually questioned Dan by calling him Satan first. The best question was the only one not written on a note card — and it came from Danielle. She asked Ian if he knew Dan had a final-two deal with her and that he planned to take her to the end had he won the final HoH. Ian said he had no idea and Danielle’s jaw dropped for the 1,978th time this season. “He gave me his grandfather’s gold necklace as collateral if he evicted me,” Ian said. Dan chimed in and said he would have taken her because she was his player all along. Ian couldn’t believe it. He was stunned.
In his final argument, Ian looked straight at Dan and told him how disgusted he was with him. He couldn’t believe Dan lied all the way to the end and played that against him. Ian also made the strongest argument to the jury. He compared the number of challenge victories he had in the competition, which was more than Dan. He argued that Dan had three lives in the house as a coach whereas he only had one.
Dan, on the other hand, said he played a ruthless game because he had to do it instead of relying on winning challenges to survive. “Every move I made was to push me forward. So at the end of the day I can only hope and pray that you would vote for who played this game not with a photographic memory, not someone who pulled a golden ball out of an arcade machine but who played with the tools they had 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
And The Winner Is…
After the jury made their votes — Shane clearly voting for Ian based on his bitter comments toward Dan — a very brief and boring talk was held with the pre-jury members (missing Willie Hantz). I know Shane feels betrayed by Dan, but I was surprised to see how bitter he truly was. It was kind of sad, to be honest. Dude, it’s a game. Get over it and move on. You weren’t the only one who was played.
Finally, after a commercial break, Julie revealed the winner. By a vote of 6-1 Ian Terry, the self-described superfan, walked away with the $500,000! The only vote in favor of Dan came from Danielle. When Ian rushed out of the house into a cloud of confetti, he was embraced in multiple monstrous hugs from his family. “This is easily the best moment in my entire life,” he said. “I don’t know how the hell I pulled it off, especially after the first week that I had. But quack quack, that’s all I gotta say.” Frank was then crowned with the $25,000 prize for winning America’s vote for favorite houseguest of the summer.
I’m really pleased with this outcome. I think both Ian and Dan were deserving of winning the game. But I’m really happy for Ian because this victory means so much to him. It was fun watching him take the win.
What did you think of tonight’s finale? Are you happy Ian Terry won or do you think Dan was most deserving? Do you think Shane was being a big baby throughout the finale? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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