Big Brother 2 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Big Brother 2 is the second edition of the American reality series Big Brother. The series premiered on July 5, 2001 on CBS. The second season lasted a total of 82, culminating on September 20 when Will Kirby was crowned the winner in a five to two jury vote. The format of the program underwent serious changes after the first season, and began focusing more on competitions and gameplay. Big Brother 2 is the first season to feature the HouseGuests voting on whom would be evicted, whereas the viewers chose who was evicted in the first season. This season also featured 12 HouseGuests, as opposed to the ten that entered the previous year, and allowed the HouseGuests to choose the winner of the series as well. The players are secluded from the outside world, a part of the format that remained unchanged from the previous season. The second season of the series saw a ratings decline in the show, with the premiere episode earning 8.20 million viewers as opposed to Big Brother 1's 22.4 million. Despite this, the season finale for season 2 had an audience of 12.3 million, beating out the previous years' finale. In total, the season averaged 7.9 million viewers. As of August 2012, the season premiere is the sixth most watched premiere episode for the series, while the finale is the second watched finale of the series, only behind Big Brother 3 by .64 million viewers.
Following their appearance on this season, Winner Will Kirby and fellow "Chilltown" member Mike "Boogie" Malin returned to compete in Big Brother: All Stars in 2006, where they placed 4th and 1st, respectively. Fellow HouseGuests Monica Bailey and Bunky Miller were contenders to be featured on the series, but ultimately did not return. Bunky also later returned in All Stars for an HOH competition. Although she wasn't an option to enter the game, Runner-Up Nicole Schaffrich appeared twice on All Stars, hosting a Veto competition and being a judge for a food competition. Bill "Bunky" Miller went on to make an appearance in Big Brother 10 as part of a food competition celebrating ten seasons of Big Brother. He was the representative for the second season. Malin would later return to the house for a third time in Big Brother 14, along with three other former HouseGuests, as a "mentor" for 12 new HouseGuests. Later in the season, however, he entered the game as an official HouseGuest. He came in 10th place.
Big Brother 2 aired on CBS network from July 5, 2001 to September 20. Aside from the various format changes, the house for the second season also underwent various changes. Evicted HouseGuests did not exit into the outside world as in the previous season. Instead, they exited into a small courtyard connecting to a closed studio where they were interviewed by host Julie Chen. After their interview with Julie, various family members and loved ones would greet them. This feature was dropped in later seasons of the series, however, as evicted HouseGuests began going to sequester after their eviction. This series also featured a new announcer from the previous year, though the original did return to narrate the intro for the second episode of the season. In another change, the show no longer featured a narrator that spoke at the beginning of a different scene, like in the previous edition. This was also the first season that required viewers to pay for the 24 hour internet feeds, whereas they were free for the first season. Subsequent editions of the show required a monthly payment as well.
A change in the series was that only three weekly episodes would air for the second season. The series aired on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Initially, each episode aired at 7 pm ET, but this was later changed to 8 pm ET later in the season. The Thursday episodes would feature the eviction and subsequent Head of Household competition, and was the only live episode of the week. During the Saturday episode, HouseGuests competed in the food competition and the nomination ceremony took place. On the Tuesday episode, the two nominees compete to stay, and the house participated in the "Monday Meeting".
The 12 HouseGuests this season were competing for the main prize of $500,000. The winner of the series, determined by the previously evicted HouseGuests, would win the $500,000 prize, while the Runner-Up would receive a $50,000 prize. This is a change from the previous season, in which the Runner-Up received $100,000 and the second Runner-Up received $50,0000. Other than the main goal, various luxuries and prizes were given out throughout the season. During the first night, Kent won a 2002 Buick Rendezvous during the first food competition. HouseGuests Mike and Krista received a meal in the Diary Room to celebrate their birthdays, which occurred in the same week. During the fourth week, Monica won the "Spinning Disks" luxury competition, and won a personal stereo as well as the CD of her choice. In the fifth week, the women won a luxury competition in which they could request anything within a $100 price range. In the seventh week, Bunky accepted a $5,000 bribe in the Diary Room in exchange for putting the rest of the HouseGuests on the peanut butter and jelly diet. Later that week, Bunky and Monica won a screening of the film American Pie 2 in the Head of Household bedroom. Bunky and Will later won a helicopter tour of Los Angeles after they won a luxury competition. When the group of Survivor contestants entered the house, they competed against the Big Brother HouseGuests for a $15,000 prize, which the Survivors ultimately won. Hardy won the right to look at fan pages that had been made in his honor while the Survivor group was in the house, after he won a luxury competition.
The house used for Big Brother 2 was similar to that of the previous season's, but did feature differences. Much like the original house, the new house was a one story building which featured numerous two way mirrors around the walls. Behind these mirrors are numerous camera men, who film the HouseGuests non-stop while they are participating in the game. Aside from these, various cameras and microphones are planted in the house, to catch what is happening at all times. The house for the second season featured a living room similar to the original season. The bathroom also remained largely unchanged, though the inclusion of a bath tub was added into the bathroom. The kitchen is also very standard and simple, much like the original. There are a total of four bedrooms in this house. Three of the bedrooms are for the HouseGuests to sleep in. The fourth, however, is the Head of Household bedroom. The HoH for the week has this rooms, which features perks such as privacy, laundry service, and pictures from home. The chicken coop has been removed from the house, and was not featured in any seasons other than the original. A basketball court was also featured outside of the house, along with a swimming pool. The HouseGuests later unlocked the hot tub, and were able to use it during their time in the house.
The second season of the series featured several dramatic changes to the format from the first season. HouseGuests are sequestered in the Big Brother House with no contact to or from the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests take part in several compulsory challenges that determine who will win food, luxuries, and power in the House. The winner of the weekly Head of Household competition is immune from nominations and must nominate two fellow HouseGuests for eviction. After a HouseGuest becomes Head of Household, he or she is ineligible to take part in the next Head of Household competition. HouseGuests also take part in food competitions in which they must win in order to eat regular foods. Losers of the competition are put on a peanut butter and jelly diet.
On eviction night, all HouseGuests except for the Head of Household and the two nominees vote to evict one of the two nominees. This compulsory vote is conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room by the host Julie Chen. In the event of a tie, the Head of Household must cast the deciding vote, announcing it in front of the other HouseGuests. Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the HouseGuests may discuss the nomination and eviction process openly and freely. The nominee with the greater number of votes will be evicted from the House on the live Thursday broadcast, exiting to an adjacent studio to be interviewed by Chen. HouseGuests may voluntarily leave the House at any time and those who break the rules may be expelled from the house by Big Brother. Following their eviction, all of the previously evicted HouseGuests return home until the show's finale. The evicted HouseGuests then vote on whom they feel should win the $500,000 prize. Big Brother 2 did not allow Justin, who was expelled the first week, to cast a vote at the finale.
Big Brother 2 did feature minor differences from subsequent seasons. One of the main differences is the inclusion of the "Monday Meeting", in which the HouseGuests had a weekly discussion in the living room in terms of tasks to be performed around the house. During this meeting, the two nominees also gave a speech to the others in the house on why they should stay in the house. This was the only season to feature the Monday Meeting, which may be due to the premiere of the Power of Veto in Big Brother 3. Another format twist was that all of the previously evicted HouseGuests except Justin, could vote on whom they wanted to win the game. Although the following season did this as well, they are the only two seasons to allow this. Subsequent seasons would feature the Jury of Seven, in which the last seven evicted HouseGuests returned to vote on whom they wanted to win. The final two HouseGuests were each given an option during the final to nullify one evicted HouseGuests vote on who they wanted to win. This led to only seven votes for the winner, instead of nine.
On Day 1, twelve new HouseGuests entered the Big Brother house. When choosing beds, Kent found himself in a sleeping bag rather than a bed. Once the group got to know one another, they learned they would be all competing in their first food competition that night. In the "All Stuffed Up" competition, the group had to grab as many groceries as they could and place them inside of a 2002 Buick Rendezvous, and had to fit all twelve of them inside the vehicle with the groceries. If they could stay in the car for one minute with the groceries, they would earn food for the week. The group successfully completed the task, but they soon learned the challenge was not yet over. Host Julie Chen then revealed to the group that the last person inside the car would get to keep it. When it came down to Autumn and Kent, Autumn chose to leave the car meaning Kent had won. The following day, the HouseGuests competed in their first Head of Household competition. In the "Wheel of First Impressions" competition, a HouseGuests would spin a wheel that would land on two adjectives. They would then pick a HouseGuest they feel each adjective described best, meaning they would pick two people. Those not chosen would then pick between the two that were chosen on whom they would rather see as the first Head of Household. The person with the least amount of votes was eliminated. The competition came down to Mike and Sheryl, with the group ultimately choosing to give Mike the title of Head of Household for the week.
Mike was given the key to the Head of Household suite, and the group entered the room with him. The group later competed in their first luxury competition, called the "Dirty Dozen". The group found an inflatable pool in the backyard that was filled with mud. There are twenty-four keys inside of the mud, twelve of which have names of a HouseGuest on them. Starting with Mike, the players have to hunt for keys in the pool. When a HouseGuests key is found, they enter the pool and help search for other keys. When all twelve keys are found, the HouseGuests had to get back to their starting point. The competition had to be completed in six minutes, and the group would earn the right to use the hot tub; the group won the challenge, earning the hot tub later that night. On Day 6, Mike chose to nominate Nicole and Sheryl for eviction, with Nicole being his main target. Later in the week, Mike, Will and Shannon formed the "Chilltown" alliance, the first true alliance of Big Brother history. The group would later expand to feature Krista as well. The group competed in the "Birds Eye View" competition later in the week. While the Head of Household, Mike, was isolated inside the house, the other HouseGuests had five minutes to decide what gourmet food they wanted to eat, then spell it out using their bodies to form the letters. From an elevated chair, Mike had to read what they had written in order for them to get the meal. The group spelled "fillet", and Mike correctly guess the word. On Day 10, Justin was expelled from the Big Brother house. Sebik placed a knife to the throat of fellow HouseGuest Krista, asking "Would you get mad if I killed you?" The two were under the influence of alcohol, and Justin was disqualified from the show and evicted immediately. The HouseGuests were notified the following morning via the voice of executive producer Arnold Shapiro, who asked them to gather up Justin's belongings to be sent home. On Day 12, Sheryl was evicted in a five to three vote, after the votes had decided to go against Chilltown's wishes.
Due to Justin's expulsion, the group did not participate in the second Head of Household competition during the live show. On Day 14, the group participated in the "To the Mat" Head of Household competition, in which each of the HouseGuests stood blindfolded on mats in the backyard. Host Julie Chen asked them questions about their HouseGuests, instructing the players to take a step forward to give one answer or stay in place for another. If a HouseGuest gave an incorrect answer, they were eliminated from the competition. Krista became the new Head of Household. Upon receiving her room, Krista learned she would have to make nominations later that day. Later that day, the group participated in the "Pound of Flesh" food competition, in which the HouseGuests split along gender lines, men against women. Everyone wrote their own estimated body weight on a dry erase board, and were then weighed on a scale outside. Their estimated and actual weights are added, and whichever teams' weight is closest to their estimates wins food for the week. The boys won over the girls by one point. Despite the house wanting her to nominate a member of the Chilltown alliance, Krista chose to nominate Autumn and Kent for eviction on Day 14. In the "Ride the Bull" luxury competition, the HouseGuests competed men against women, choosing three of each to participate. The groups rode a mechanical bull for thirty seconds to advance to the next round, though the bull became faster each time. The women won over the men. On Day 19, Autumn was evicted in a unanimous vote of seven to zero.
Following Autumn's eviction, Hardy won the "By the Numbers" Head of Household competition, which saw HouseGuests answering a series of number-based questions by raising paddles, with the paddles having the numbers zero through nine on them. If a player held up the incorrect paddle, they were eliminated. The following day, the group competed in the "Catch of the Day" food competition, in which the HouseGuests request three food items, which are written onto yellow balls. One hundred balls, all with groceries written on them, are thrown over the walls of the Big Brother compound. Of the 100, the 27 items selected by the players were included. The HouseGuests were given the items they catch. They could not pick up balls from the ground, or they were eliminated from the game. There were no supplemental groceries for the week, meaning meals can be made only from these items. On Day 21, Hardy chose to nominate Will and Shannon for eviction, two members of the Chilltown alliance who were also involved in a romantic relationship together. Following their nominations, Shannon made the now infamous act of taking Hardy's toothbrush and scrubbing the toilet with it. She was later called into the Diary Room and told she had to dispose of the toothbrush, and she later lied to Hardy and stated she knocked over his tooth brush and broke it. He later found out the truth, however, leading to several arguments between the two. Later in the week, the group competed in the "Cross Dressing" luxury competition, which required teams to send clothing over a clothesline to their team members. The winners of the challenge earned laundry service. On Day 26, Shannon was evicted in a unanimous six to zero vote.
Following Shannon's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the "Higher or Lower" Head of Household competition, in which HouseGuests were told a number that involved an event that had previously occurred in the house, and the players had to decide if the number was actually higher or lower. If they believed the answer was higher, they would step up on their podium, and if they believed it was lower, they would step down on their podium. If a player gave an incorrect answer, they were eliminated from the challenge. Once it came down to a tie-breaker question, Kent beat out Mike and became the new Head of Household. The following day, the group competed in the "Food Pyramid" food competition, in which each HouseGuest was given a selected food group they would have to answer questions about. If a HouseGuest missed more than one question, they would cause the house to not have that food group for the week, whereas correct answers would earn them the food group for the week. On Day 28, Kent chose to nominate Krista and Mike, two members of the Chilltown alliance who were also involved in a romantic relationship. Following their nomination, Mike and Kent were involved in various arguments with one another. The group later competed in the "Spinning Discs" luxury competition, in which they threw ten CD's at a basket floating in the pool. The HouseGuest who got the most CD's into the basket would win the CD of their choice and a personal stereo. Monica won the competition. On Day 33, Mike was evicted in a four to one vote.
Following Mike's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the "Face the Facts" Head of Household competition, which required the HouseGuests to answer a series of questions about the previously evicted HouseGuests and the outgoing Head of Household, Kent, using a cube that had their faces on them. A blank space was also on the cube, standing for "none of the above". If a player gave an incorrect answer, then they were eliminated from the competition. Hardy was the last player remaining, earning his second consecutive Head of Household win of the season. This made him the first person in the game to hold the title of Head of Household twice. The group later competed in the "The Perfect Meal" food competition, in which each HouseGuest told Big Brother his or her favorite meal. Then, each HouseGuest was assigned a day of the week that he or she would be responsible for. The object was for each HouseGuest to eat their favorite meal in under five minutes after it has been liquefied in a blender, then keep the food down for three minutes. If someone failed, the group would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for that day of the week. On Day 35, Hardy chose to nominate Kent and Will for eviction. In the "Rescue 911" luxury competition, each HouseGuest dressed a dummy in his or her likeness. With everyone out back, the dummies were hidden in various places in the House. The HouseGuests, split into teams of men against women, were blindfolded and had to enter the House, find a dummy and bring it back out to the safety of the basketball court. The first team to find three dummies and rescue them won the luxury of their choice, for up to $100. The women won the competition. On Day 40, Kent was evicted from the house in a unanimous four to zero vote.
Following Kent's eviction, Nicole won the "Pushing It to the Limit" Head of Household competition, in which the HouseGuests slid their keys to the house down a two-lane board towards a series of markers, each representing a different room in the house. Whoever landed their key closest to the Head of Household marker would win the Head of Household title for the week. As Nicole was the closest, she won the competition. The next day, the group competed in the "A Is For Apple" food competition, in which the HouseGuest entered the backyard to find an over-sized bowl full of cereal and an over-sized milk carton. Each HouseGuest had sixty seconds to climb into the cereal bowl and find two plastic letters, then name as many foods as they could that start with that letter. Their weekly food supply was made up of foods that they were able to name. On Day 42, Nicole chose to nominate good friends Krista and Monica for eviction that week. During the "All the News That Fits" luxury competition, the HouseGuests split into three teams of two people and were asked a series of questions about what may have happened in the outside world while they were in the Big Brother House. The team with the most correct answers after three questions would win three minutes in the Diary Room with current magazines, newspapers and a newsreel playing on a television. Will and Bunky won the competition. On Day 47, Krista was evicted from the house in a unanimous three to zero vote.
Due to Justin's expulsion in the first week, the HouseGuests learned that there would be no nominations that week, which meant there would be no Head of Household competition or eviction that week. Despite this, they did compete in food and luxury competitions for that week. In the "An Offer Almost Too Good To Refuse" food competition, the HouseGuests were dispatched by Julie Chen to find jars of peanut butter hidden throughout the House. They were brought into the Diary Room one by one, where they were each offered $2,500 in exchange for putting the house on the peanut butter and jelly diet for the week. Their decision would not be revealed to the others in the group. When nobody accepted the offer, it was changed to $5,000 and four days of the diet, which Bunky ultimately accepted. In the "Blockbuster" luxury competition, the group had to free a movie ticket frozen into the center of a block of ice. The first one to remove the ticket and drop it into a ticket bin, won a special screening of the film American Pie 2 in the Head of Household room. Bunky won the competition and chose to take Monica with him. On Day 54, Hardy won the "Big Brother Road Trip" Head of Household competition, which required HouseGuests to answer questions regarding the previously evicted HouseGuests, with the answers being states. In order to gain a point, the HouseGuests had to be the first to strike a pole with a remote-control car. The two with the most points would go on to Round Two. In the second round, the two HouseGuests had to drive their remote controlled cars around an obstacle course set up across the entire backyard. Each obstacle is based on the home state of an evicted HouseGuest and they had to approach each obstacle in the order that the HouseGuests were evicted. The group competed in the "Big Brother Jenga" food competition that week, which they won. During the "The Great Escape" luxury competition, Bunky and Will won a helicopter tour of Los Angeles, after they were the first team to make a basket fly out of the Big Brother house using balloons, strings, and a helium tank. Hardy chose to nominate Bunky and Will on Day 56, culminating in Hardy breaking the tied vote and evicting Bunky on Day 61.
Following Bunky's eviction, the remaining players competed in the "Strange Bedfellows" endurance competition, in which Monica, Nicole, and Will, as the only three players, had to sit on a bed in the backyard while holding onto their key. If a HouseGuest let go of their key or got off the bed, they were eliminated. When Will chose to take a luxury prize in exchange for quitting the competition, Monica became the new Head of Household that week. On Day 63, Monica nominated Hardy and Nicole for eviction, leaving Will with the sole vote that week. During the "Shop 'til You Drop" food competition, each HouseGuest was given four minutes to gather food from the stocked shelves of the food triangle, then navigate a backyard obstacle course. Whatever food they were still carrying at the end they could keep. On Day 65, Susan Hawk and Gervase Peterson, of Survivor: Borneo, and Alicia Calaway and Jeff Varner of Survivor: The Australian Outback visited the House to play against the HouseGuests in a special luxury competition. During the "Fire and Ice" luxury competition, the backyard was snowed over. Lettered blocks were scattered randomly, with enough letters to spell "Big Brother" and "Survivor". Bound together at the wrists, the teams move around the backyard getting the letters they need to make a tower spelling out their show name. Once finished, the players must untie themselves and dive, one at a time, into the pool to retrieve keys which they hang on torches at the end of the pool. The first team to hang all 4 keys won $15,000. The Survivors win the competition. Later that day, the groups participated in the "Crack the Code" luxury competition, in which a HouseGuest paired up with a Survivor, and were given a scrambled message on the plasma screen in the living room. The first team to unscramble the code, which described a location in the House, and retrieve a computer mouse from that location won a chance to surf the Internet to look at fan Web sites that have sprung up in their honor. Sue and Hardy unscramble their message first and won the competition. On Day 68, Will cast the sole vote to evict Hardy from the house.
Due to the events of the September 11th attacks, the game was halted for a week, meaning no eviction or Head of Household competitions. In a Big Brother first, the remaining three players were told of the terrorist attacks in the Diary Room, and Monica learned that her cousin, Tamitha, was missing. It was later revealed on the finale night that Tamitha was in the buildings when they collapsed, and had passed away. The game resumed with Part One of the Final Head of Household competition, in which Big Brother asked the previously evicted HouseGuests for one positive and one negative word to describe the three remaining competitors. Julie Chen read these descriptions to the final three, without telling them who is being described by each term. Their challenge was to figure out which one of them was being described by the last word from the evictees, with one point gained for every correct answer. Nicole won the competition. Will won the second part of the competition, in which HouseGuests were given a time limit to complete various household tasks. The players with the most points moved on to Round Three. The last part of the Head of Household competition consisted of seven questions about the HouseGuests experiences during their time in the Big Brother house. One point is awarded for each correct answer. Nicole had the most points in the end and became the final Head of Household of the season on Day 77. Nicole then cast the sole vote to evict Monica from the house, making Nicole and Will the Final Two. On Day 82, the jury of nine cast their votes for who they wanted to see win the game. Nicole and Will were allowed to nullify one vote, with Nicole nullifying Shannon's vote and Will nullifying Bunky's vote. Will was crowned the winner on Day 82, with a five to two jury vote.
^: Justin was expelled from the game on Day 10 for rule breaking. Eviction continued as normal. ^: During the eviction of Week 8, Hardy as the HoH had to vote to break a tie. ^: Due to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, the game was postponed for a week. ^: In the final week, the HoH is the only HouseGuest eligible to vote for eviction since the other two HouseGuests are up for eviction by default. ^: Votes in the finale are cast for the HouseGuest's choice to win, not for who to evict. Both finalists were permitted to nullify one of the HouseGuest's final vote without knowing for whom the vote was cast. Nicole nullified Shannon's vote, and Will nullified Bunky's vote.
Controversy & criticism
HouseGuest Justin Sebik was expelled on Day 10 for breaking Big Brother rules. Justin threatened his fellow HouseGuests with physical violence and intimidation, a violation of one of the most serious House rules. Julie Chen, host of Big Brother, explained that Justin was given an official warning that such behavior was not appropriate in the Big Brother house. Justin repeated the warning, proving that he understood the rule. His behavior included destruction of house property, culminating in a final incident during which he and Krista were kissing on the kitchen table. He picked up a metal carpet sweeper and asked her, "Would you get mad if I cracked you over the head with this?" He swung the carpet sweeper towards Krista but put it down and kissed her. He walked away from her in the kitchen and asked, "Would you get mad if I killed you?" He then picked up a large knife, returned to Krista and, while they kissed, placed the knife against her throat. He briefly took the knife away from her throat but, with Krista's encouragement, returned the knife to her throat and they began kissing again. As the kiss ended he put the knife down back into its drawer. After a confrontation with the show's psychologist, it was decided that Justin would be expelled from the Big Brother house. During the remainder of her time in the house Krista, who was drunk at the time of the incident, never mentioned it to the other houseguests, and seemed to not remember what happened when asked by Julie Chen upon her eviction. However, Krista Stegall later sued CBS over the incident.