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Big Brother UK - S16 E52

Game-Show . Reality . Reality-TV

Helen asks Winston what his thoughts are on the revelation of the power alliance. Zoe discusses what the ex-housemates have discussed with the Power Alliance, when she visits Big Brother. Steven and Mark admit they don't trust Zoe anymore, after the ex-housemates revelations. This weeks shopping task gets underway, Ash Ashleigh, Helen, Mark and Winston form the Red Team, whilst Chris, Christopher, Pav, Steven and Zoe form the Blue Team. The Red Team are dubbed 'The Winners' and are called to the diary room, they are told that they will be testing whether or not the Blue Team can be turned into Losers. Big Brother reveals that they have secretly rigged all of the games in the red team's favour, aside from the final part of the task. If the Red Team win the final, fair challenge then they will win a luxury shopping budget for the whole house. But if the Blue Team win, then it's basic rations for everyone. The first part of the task is called 'Pipe Dream' and the teams have to attempt to connect the pipes together, so that water can flow through the exit pipe and fill up the barrel at the end. The red team obviously win and are rewarded with spray tans. Pav and Zoe believe they lost as they didn't approach the task logically. The red team enjoy their spray tan. The teams go head to head in the next part of the task, known as 'Crack the Code'. Both teams are given a selection of animal heads, some numbered t-shirts and colourful tutu's. They also have a letter board, on each board is a word with a hidden code. However what the Blue team don't know, is that there is no code, instead the red team have been told the answers and coast through the task, much to the annoyance of the blue's. Mark and Chris talk to Helen about how understanding she has been, with them been part of the power alliance. Pav talks to Big Brother about how he has settled into the house. Steven and Ash aren't impressed with Chris' reason for nominating him. The final part of the shopping task today is a buzzer quiz between Ashleigh for the red team and Christopher for the blue team. The housemates have to correctly guess which quote matches up to which housemate. Ashleigh is fed the answers through a secret earpiece, meaning that the red team win again.

Episode Title: BB15 - Day 49 Highlights
Airs: 2014-07-24 at urday
  • Ken Tucker

    Fascinating, frustrating, and a little frightening.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Julie Salamon

    That's the seamy beauty of CBS's "Big Brother": voyeurism without guilt. [7 Jul 2000]

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    I know "Survivor." I watch "Survivor." You, "Big Brother," are no "Survivor." [7 Jul 2000]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    In all but one or two cases, if I were seated with one of these people on a plane, I'd ask to be moved next to a crying baby or a drunk. What CBS has done here is cast this house with people who resemble the stock types we have come to know from prime-time sitcoms and dramas for 50 years. [6 Jul 2000]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    So far, and that's an important qualification, watching "Big Brother" is only slightly more exciting than watching a drugstore surveillance tape. One week in, CBS's five-nights-a-week series remains slow, self-conscious, and visually sterile. [13 Jul 2000]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Actually watching Big Brother five nights a week (total air time: 3½ hours) seems like the entertainment equivalent of enduring gavel-to-gavel convention coverage on C-SPAN.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Offers only slightly more entertainment appeal than viewing a test pattern. [10 Jul 2000]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Ann Hodges

    Big Brother is that deadliest of TV sins: It's a Grade D bore. [8 Jul 2000]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Jonathan Darman

    The cast is dull, the concept is lame and the house that Ikea built is cheap and creepy. The amazing thing is that a show so obviously flawed could have been the source of so much hype. [15 Jul 2000]

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Laura Fries

    "Big Brother" debuted Wednesday night with all of the style and drama of a Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol commercial. ... Five days a week of people in a cramped house full of Ikea furniture is like a bad college flashback. [10 Jul 2000]

    Variety Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The difference between "Big Brother" and its more successful high-concept CBS predecessor, "Survivor," is the difference between storytelling and rambling. [14 Jul 2000]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Airing five nights a week and featuring 10 strangers - not to mention insufferable hosts Julie Chen and Ian O'Malley - this will fill our screens for the next three months. Unless we happen to leave the set turned off. Which, judging from last night, might be advisable. [6 Jul 2000]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Kiska

    It's clear that this program is a compendium of every irritating cliche ever to assault a defenseless TV viewer. [7 Jul 2000]

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Joel Brown

    'Big Brother' ... is such a demeaning, depressing exercise that everyone involved ought to be lashed to one of the Pentagon's defective 'Star Wars' missiles and rocketed out over the Pacific, never to be heard from again, except by the sharks. [2 Aug 2000]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    So far, Big Bro is a big bore. ... In devoting so many hours to amateurs, CBS reduced its prime time to bad home movies. [11 Jul 2000]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
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