Dan’s Funeral: A Look Back

To me, this was THE moment of season fourteen.  Dan Gheesling’s mock “funeral” that got him back to the game, a bullet he rode all the way into the final two.  Several moments come close.  Dan’s blindside of Shane Meaney, Janelle Pierzina’s sudden ouster, Ian Terry winning, and the Willie Hantz and Joe Arvin fight that ended with Hantz’s expulsion.

But to me, this was the be all end all moment of the season.

And yes, I’m still trying to forget the “reset” ever happened.

So What Did I Learn This Season?

Believe it or not, this was the first Big Brother season I’ve watched from start to finish since All-Stars back in 2006. Generally, I’m happy I “came back” to watch this season, and I learned some things. Some good, some not so good.

Dan Gheesling Saved The Season: I felt that the season had a good opening premise which, much like season nine in the Winter of 2008, was a false front to what actually was going to take place. There were some big game moves to take the former coaches out of the box, but the turning point of the show was the “funeral” of Dan Gheesling in the final eight stage, where it looked like the season ten winner was done for.  Couple that with the eviction of Shane Meaney, and this young man was easily the most dynamic player of the show this season. Wasn’t even close. He may have even played better this season than he did in his winning season in 2008. His only flaw if you ask me was his apologies to the jury. I would have owned every move, as if to say I played the game, and I played it well.

Ian Terry Is A Deserving Winner: If Dan was unable to win, Ian would be just as deserving a winner.  He grew up big time on this season, turning himself from a boy genius into a skilled young man. He took out giants in the game such as Mike Boogie and Frank Eudy, and “slayed the dragon” in the final two when he defeated Dan with help from one of the more bitter juries since season three.  I’d rank Ian fifth amongst the fourteen winners with only Dr. Will Kirby, Dan, Jun Song, and Hayden Moss ranking higher on my list.

Danielle Murphree Was A Waste Of Space: Danielle really didn’t seem to grasp the concept of the show, as do most of the players hand picked by producers to play in the game. I don’t know how she passed the mental screenings the show reportedly does unless someone gave her a pass on that. Whether she tried to or not, she tried to be Dr. Will: the only problem is she never turned off the lies. Lying in Big Brother can be an effective strategy as previously evidenced. But when you also simultaneously try the play the victim, you defeat your own purpose.

Production Loves To Manipulate Their Show: There were tons of questionable acts with the show this season coming from the production end. Let’s establish a few things first: one, it is THEIR show, and I do not dispute that point. And point two, production manipulations are fact, not fiction, as was the case in season eight, for instance. The people behind the scenes that season are still there.  Why else would, for example, Willie Hantz be disqualified for something that other houseguests have done in other seasons without penalty? Why would they disqualify Frank Eudy from a Power Of Veto competition one week, and not do it the previous week when he admitted to it?  No other possible answer here.

Don’t Expect Change: The show has already been renewed for season fifteen in 2013, so the bottom line here is nothing will change. Expect to see more returning houseguests, for one. That’s what Survivor is doing.  If Survivor was an automobile, it’d be a Cadillac.  Big Brother would be a small Toyota. The “casting call” commercials at the season’s end may or may not be a false front. It’d make sense to do a second “All-Stars” season next year, and it does seem to be on the drawing board. Ian talked about it on one of the episodes this season, and what is allowed to be talked about usually winds up happening.

More thoughts next week as the off-season rolls into high gear…

Nothing Business, Just Personal

Big Brother hostess Julie Chen holds up Frank Eudy’s key, revealing his vote for Ian Terry to win the season. That was the fourth vote for Ian to win, giving him the $500,000.  Shane Meaney and Britney Haynes are in the background.

The fourteenth season of Big Brother came to a close with one of the best finales in show history. In a mild upset, Ian Terry outlasted Dan Gheesling to win the jury vote 6-1 and becomes the youngest winner of the series at exactly 21 years and 6 months of age.

Danielle Murphree was the last evicted, finishing in third place after Ian won the final Head Of Household competition, getting a perfect score in the traditional “finish what this juror said” contest over Dan. Many thought Dan would win this competition hands down, and that Ian would have to play the contest perfectly, exactly what wound up happening.

The debate and jury examination as to who should be the season winner led to spirited debate between Dan and Ian, with both houseguests interrupting the other at points. It resembled a Saturday Night Live sketch at points, if NBC ever wanted to parody the series.

After Ian’s win, the America’s Favorite vote was revealed, and the $25,000 went to Frank Eudy.

For me, the game produced two winners: Ian for his “coming of age” style of play, Dan just to get to the final two once more, something no other Big Brother player has ever been able to do upon their return to the game. I thought Ian might win if it came down to he and Dan, but no way did I think the vote would be a one-sided 6-1 affair.

The jury took what Dan did to them during the length of the game personally, and did not pick the best player in my opinion. Dan played so well that it made the jurors jealous, if you ask me. But just as there are no rules that say any contestants on this show have to play ethically, there are no rules that say a jury has to deliberate and vote ethically, either. It works both ways, and Dan forgot that.

It was the best season in a long time, definitely the best season in the Allison Grodner era (season eight to now).

Over the weekend, thoughts about what I learned watching this season.

By The Numbers: Finale Night

September 30, 2000: the very first Finale Night. Julie Chen interviews the first winner, Eddie McGee. Eddie’s still the youngest winner in show history, but that could change tonight if Ian Terry wins.

Whoever Wins HOH Tonight Ties Records (If it’s Dan or Ian): If Dan Gheesling wins the Head of Household competition tonight, he becomes the first previous winner to become a finalist a second time, and could also (of course) become the first repeat winner in show history if he wins tonight. He’d also become the second houseguest in show history to be vetoed every time he was nominated, and not leave the house by other means (expulsion or exit). Drew Daniel won BB5 the same way, nominated once, vetoed once by Diane Henry. Dan’s been nominated twice and vetoed twice so far.

If Ian wins HOH tonight, he ties the record for most HOH’s in one season with four. This would tie him with Rachel Reilly in season thirteen, Hayden Moss in season twelve, Janelle Pierzina in season seven, and Drew Daniel in season five.  Only Janelle failed to win her season amongst that list.

If Danielle Wins: Should Danielle Murphree win the season tonight, she becomes the second youngest woman to do so. Only Jordan Lloyd in season eleven was younger, two months shy of turning 23. Danielle is a few days shy presently of 23 years and five months old.

If Ian Wins: Ian Terry would be the first BB winner in show history born in the 1990’s decade. He’d also be the youngest winner in show history at 21 years and 6 months old exactly.  Eddie McGee was 21 years, 7 months and change old when he won season one. Ian’s also the youngest man to win Head Of Household in show history, having done that at least three times, possibly four tonight, with only Daniele Donato being the youngest HOH overall, winning twice in season eight at age 20.

Counting The Days: Dan has now been in the Big Brother house a combined 146 days, and is the first player to make two finale nights in show history.  The 146 days places him 4th on the list for most days spent all-time in the house, behind Janelle Pierzina at 177, Mike “Boogie” Malin’s 153, and Dr. Will Kirby at 147.  Britney Haynes moved into 10th place on the all-time days list at 122.

If Danielle Finishes Second: That would mean nine men and five women have won a season, and five men and nine women have been runner-up. It would also mean three runner-up.  It would also mean that she would be the third runner-up either named Danielle or Danielle, along with Danielle Reyes in season three and Daniele Donato in season eight.

Enjoy the show tonight.

Three Days To Payday

The last few days in the Big Brother house have been somewhat uneventful. When the most exciting thing to happen is a brush fire flickering the power on and off from six miles away, it’s not all that exciting.

We now have a winner to part two of the three part Head Of Household competition.

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That Really Did Happen

Danielle Murphree reacts in horror as Dan Gheesling makes a stunning move to evict her long time friend Shane Meaney.

We all know by now what’s happened on last night’s live show. The move we all thought Dan Gheesling was going to make was made, and Danielle Murphree wasn’t very happy about it.  But there’s one piece of business that happened last night that is yet to be known.

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