Is Team America on the Outs?

by Laura Rosenfeld

One day, an alliance is intact on Big Brother , and the next day, it's gone, just like all of those outlandish sets that magically appear and disappear in the backyard for the show's competitions. But when it comes to Team America, an alliance that the viewers personally put together, you'd think that Frankie, Donny, and Derrick would feel a bit more responsibility to be loyal. Unfortunately, during Thursday night's episode of Big Brother, Team America was showing some major cracks in its alliance.

Since Team America failed its last mission to manipulate two houseguests into arguing at the nomination ceremony, which turned into getting one houseguest to yell at another for 20 seconds at the Power of Veto ceremony, I'm sure Frankie, Donny, and Derrick felt a lot of pressure to make America proud and complete whatever challenge Big Brother threw at them next. As far as moves in the game go, this one was a doozy.

During the episode on Thursday night, Team America found out that they had to vote against the majority of the house and then accuse two other houseguests of doing it. And this couldn't be a private, behind closed doors conversation either. It had to be in front of everyone, as public as Zach's "attacks" on many o the houseguests have been this week.

So Team America put their heads together and talked this one out. Voting against the majority can be very risky. You don't want to be singled out for anything in the Big Brother house, especially not voting on the wrong side. If anyone found out that Donny and Derrick, the only two members eligible to vote this week since Frankie was HOH, had voted to keep Amber in the house, not only could that potentially compromise their game, but it could also make the other houseguests suspicious of them. They would think, "Why would Donny and Derrick vote this way," which would probably lead to the rationale that they must be in a secret alliance with each other.

Even publicly accusing people could land Team America in hot water. We all saw how Zach has rubbed the house the wrong way with his antics this week, so confrontation is never a good idea if you want to not make any enemies.

Still Derrick was pretty willing to give it a go. He suggested that Frankie could accuse Caleb of switching his vote, and then he would say that Zach was just trying to stir up trouble, to which Donny would chime in and agree. Frankie was also generally on board with the plan, and seeing how he was HOH this week, meaning he couldn't receive any blame for the votes, and he generally escapes sticky situations unscathed, he really had nothing to lose.

But good old Donny was a wildcard. He told Derrick and Frankie that he was uncomfortable with the situation since it would be very out of character, inside or outside of the Big Brother house, to point fingers like that. He told them he didn't travel across the country just to "blow up" his game like that, and he tried to convince them that they should decline this mission.

When it came time to vote for who would be evicted, Donny voted Amber out, and he apologized profusely to America for not completing the mission they had selected for Team America. Awww, don't worry, Donny. You know we could never stay mad at you.

With two failed missions now under Team America's belt, Frankie, Donny, and Derrick are certainly in need of a victory. But with Frankie and Derrick not really seeming too loyal to Donny already, it looks like it's only a matter of time before Team America becomes a duo.

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