Big Brother thrusts and tongues its way through Sunday

Sunday’s episode of Big Brother was kind of meh; it feels like we’re in the boring home stretch when we’re only a few weeks in. Perhaps the coaches entering the game and decimating the newbies will make things interesting starting Thursday, but for now, we got a coach challenge that was one of the least subtle things this show has ever done, and they’ve had contestants hold bananas while being sprayed with white cream.

Highlights, in the form of quotations:

“Joe has taken this to depths of patheticness I have never seen before.” –Mike Boogie, who had a wart removed from his penis on national television.

“This is one motion that I did not want to see Mike Boogie do. Gross.”–Janelle, as the coaches competed against each other in a three-part sex challenge. It was framed as exercise but it was just sex motions, like pelvis-thrusting and tongue-flicking. Perhaps that was to make this more like international versions that aren’t so chaste, or perhaps the producers imagined that declining ratings might be abated by flopping on the part of Janelle’s breasts and Boogie and Dan’s penises. Alas, it didn’t work.

“That amount of money to me–that’s huge.”–Ian, crying, having been given $3000 by Boogie, who first gave himself $6,000, of course.

“Now I’ve just won one using my tongue.” –Janelle, having won the sex challenge, obviously.

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