Bronte’s Big Secret, & Racism in Production?| BB18 Recap: Ep. 10

Bronte gets nominated and is feeling isolated from the rest of the house, so she pulls her “Spy Girl” alliance (consisting of Natalie and Bridgette) to confess, tears streaming down her face, that she is…a “secret nerd.” Basically, Bronte has been playing down her education, when in reality she is an aspiring mathematician for the government. Naturally, Natalie and Bridgette go bonkers over this news. In reality, this big secret was a complete dud.

Frank goes up to the HoH room, where the Spy Girls are, and acts sympathetic to Bronte’s situation, as though he wasn’t the one who anonymously nominated her. He then suggests the idea that if they pick him to play for the Power of Veto, then he would use the Veto on Bronte, if it just so happens that he wins. The girls—of course—buy everything that he’s saying.

James, however, notice that Frank is getting closer Bronte and Natalie recently, and he brings up that observation with Da’Vonne. She has already been driven up the wall with all the shenanigans that Frank has been doing and how he treats people, so she agrees to turn the rest of the house against him and get him out ASAP. James takes it upon himself to tell Natalie (his crush) that Frank is the one who won the Roadkill competition and nominated her best friend, Bronte. James makes her promise not to tell anyone, including the other Spy Girls in order to protect himself.bb18-bridgette-dunning-00-560x325

The Spy Girls talk in the bathroom later, and Natalie questions Bridgette’s trust in Frank, and then Bridgette admits that she doesn’t trust James. Natalie, keeping her word to James, doesn’t tell them about Frank nominating Bronte, but reiterates that they all need to protect each other despite the other people in their surroundings.

At the beginning of the Power of Veto competition, Bridgette pulls out Bronte’s name, and she named Natalie to play, and she also pulled out Paulie’s name. Very early on in the game, Bronte and Natalie both lose, leaving Bridgette, Tiffany, Paul, and Paulie to continue. Paulie, Tiffany, and Paul lose after that, leaving Bridgette the winner of the Power of Veto.

To celebrate, Frank gets Bridgette to do some weird, back-to-back, celebratory jump thing, but he steps on her foot and it ends up with Bridgette injuring her ankle. Nice going, Frank!

Bridgette won, along with the Power of Veto, a dinner for her and another team, curtesy of Outback Steakhouse. Afterwards, a drunken Bridgette crawls into bed with Frank, and he tells her that he won the Roadkill competition and nominated Bronte. However, she’s seems totally cool with it and promises not to tell anybody. Frank even tells her that he nominated her the first time he won the Roadkill competition. But she just laughed like the fool that she is. She is being played like a little fiddle indeed!4NRhefk5_200x200

The big question that has been buzzing all over social media is: Why aren’t they showing “Zaulie?” The showmance that between Zakiyah and Paulie has been noticeably missing from the show, leaving everyone feeling awkward. After all, the two other showmances in the house (Nicole/Corey and Natalie/James) were featured in the last episode, and both of these showmances are very underdeveloped in comparison to the much more intimate Zakiyah and Paulie. The most obvious possible explanation for this is that Zaulie is an interracial pairing between a black woman and a white man. I’m not saying that production is racist (although plenty of others will do that for me), but it’s definitely fishy that the Zakiyah and Paulie’s relationship was not addressed, despite them being the only couple in the house to actually kiss. The other two showmances are just a baby step above schoolyard crushes. Is this production’s racism showing or just a slip of the mind? You can decide for yourself.

5 Comments

  1. All the Drugses says:

    My husband thought Bronte’s secret was going to be that she was really a man. I was secretly hoping that that would be her secret, too. I had completely forgotten that she hadn’t told people she was really a “mathematician.” Doesn’t she just tutor kids for the SATs?

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    • anandrewking says:

      Lol, that would have been a much juicier secret! I could be wrong, but I thought that Tiffany was the math tutor…either way, math doesn’t help much in this game, clearly.

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