Big Brother 8: Season in Review, Part 2
Big Brother 8: Season in Review, Part 2
Next to go was Dustin, and the manner in which he left was altogether shocking.  Dustin was one hundred percent confident that his fellow block mate Dick would be sent packing, but thanks to, again, America's vote it was Dustin who walked out the door and became the first member of the jury.  The moment Julie Chen announced his eviction produced the best screen shot of the season: an utterly bewildered Dustin trying to figure out how his demise had occurred. 

Jen Johnson, a model/nanny residing in Beverly Hills mercifully left the house next.  Her vapid, self-centered persona irked every houseguest to no end and her presence and any conversation she ever had became a black hole of self-congratulatory babble.  Jen's greatest hits: talking for people about herself, crying at the sight of her memory wall picture, taking down the only picture of her mother in her HoH room because Jen didn't like how she looked in the picture, and most of all, inciting the wrath of Dick Donato.  Jen became the object of Dick's ranting and raving during her time in the house, to a point where it just got ugly.  Somehow, in the eyes of outraged Big Brother fans, Jen became a a martyr to Dick's abuse, an undeserving target of unforgivable verbal assassinations.  True, no one really deserves to be belittled in the manner in which she was, but one person's rage does not turn its recipient into a great human being.  Regardless, a favorable view of Jen emerged among the masses in her final weeks solely as a result of Dick's anger.  Her exit from the house, though, made every houseguest, including a beaten down Jen, happy. 

Amber cried her way through Big Brother.  Cried and cried and cried.  The single mother from Las Vegas was a controversial figure, a designation stemming from some anti-semitic comments she made on the live feeds.  Besides the fact that Amber almost certainly doesn't know what “anti-semitic” mean, the woman's mental prowess was something, frankly, to be pitied.  Her eviction was akin to putting an in-pain dog to sleep.  It needed to happen and it was better for everyone in the end. 

Eric and Jessica became the default showmance once Nick got the boot.  The unlikely couple spent hours and hours and hours together, becoming best of friends and, eventually, quasi-lovers.  Eric, after a prolonged courtship, eventually swooped in and kissed Jessica.  From then on, the two were a veritable make-out fest.  The relationship was quite sweet, as far as reality television goes.  Two likable and seemingly down to earth people, neither of which had ulterior motives, falling into a romance neither of them initially sought out.  Eric's post as America's Player wreaked havoc from beginning to end, especially in silly, CBS given tasks.  He sprayed mustard on Jen's clothes, imitated Dick, crawled into bed with Joe, invented a sob story for Kail and had an all-around good time with the tasks he was given.  Jessica looked to be a favorite to win, and might have if it weren't for those pesky Donatos.  Eric and Jess struck up a mid-game alliance with Dick and Daniele that was powerful while it lasted.  Eric and Jess had a chance to break it and take control of the game, but didn't.  The Donatos did, and the two were sent home.

Jameka Cameron played the game in an overtly pious manner, praying and singing God's praises loudly and often.  Although it got old at times, it's impossible to dislike a person with the heart of Jameka.  She was a kind person, independent and wholly likable.  Her lack of challenge ability ultimately doomed her and, even though her late and brief alliance member Zach did his best to take her to the final three, an important PoV win by newly crowned veto queen Daniele led to her downfall.

Zach was a man who played a flexible game.  He began with an alliance, but when that busted early in the season, he did the only thing he really could do: lay low and fly under the radar.  He managed quite well for a long time, and when he again became a target, Zach turned on the jets and became a force.  It was only a final HoH competition on live television with Dick that stopped him from making the final two.  Had he made it, Zach would probably be $500,000 richer.

Then, it was just the Donatos.  The two dominated the game, surveyed their way through the competition in an abrasive manner, never fading from the spotlight, making their ultimate feat all the more impressive.  The final votes from the jury showed that it was Dick, not Daniele, that the fellow houseguests respected, despite his constantly abusive behavior.  The father/daughter will be heralded as great Big Brother players for years to come, and deservedly so.  Although they aren't the most well-liked champions the show has seen, they are Big Brother champions nonetheless, and that's the only thing that matters.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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