Lane wins HOH, Pandora’s Desperate Attempt at Entertainment returns to Big Brother

Big Brother 12‘s Sunday episode started with nine minutes of recap, 21 minutes of a relatively lame competition, and more of Hayden shouting in the Diary Room. It was so boring, Julie Chen didn’t even want to stick around for it, bailing and leaving Hayden to host the new HOH competition. Lane won, predictably nominating Ragan and Enzo. Enzo’s a pawn and either Ragan will Britney will go home Thursday, depending upon the outcome of the veto competition.

Yes, Matt and Brendon’s exit has officially signaled the beginning of the end for this already-deflated season.

About the only mild entertainment was the return of Pandora’s Box returned because the producers are desperate to make something happen. But no. Lane opened it and chose envelopes that could have had $10,000, but instead he got $79, $12, and 17 cents, winning $91.17 and causing the houseguests to have three punishments.

Only one was revealed: all of their glassware and silverware was removed. I’ve heard from live feed watchers that another one of the punishments may be entertaining, so why the hell wasn’t that part of the episode? The perpetual problem with Big Brother punishments is that they don’t make good TV, never mind the way they’re recycled from season to season. Who cares that they have to drink out of bottles or bowls, or eat finger food?

“This sucks; I wish I was playing golf,” Lane said at one point. This episode was about as boring as watching him play golf, so it’s basically the same thing.

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