'Big Brother' recap: The Monkey in My Wallet

By every surface measurement, Adam has been the most boring player this season. He has bumbled aimlessly between various factions of the house without fully committing to any of them. Because he has been consistently nominated for eviction alongside housemates who posed a clear threat, he has sailed pleasantly through rough waters. Because he has a raspy voice, and because he has always fundamentally approached the game as a fan -- remember how he seemed like Jeff's younger brother, even though he's six years older than the Wonder Boy from Chicago? -- there has always been an urgent tone to his confessionals, as if he was positively elated to find himself in so much danger.

And yet, Adam is in the final four of this season of Big Brother. And if last night's episode happened to be the only episode you watched all season, you would be forgiven for thinking that Adam might be a dominant player. He won Veto and he won Head of Household, and neither challenge was easy: One was half-trivia and half-physical, and the other was a surreal memory game that required the housemates to remember highly specific language muttered by a Fortune Telling device at 4:30 in the morning. I don't think Adam redeemed himself last night. The field in the challenges has been brutally trimmed -- Rachel is the only member of the Final Four with anything approaching a successful record -- so even a monkey could emerge triumphant. And, to borrow Big Jeff's coinage, that's what Adam has become: the Monkey in everyone's Wallet. Read More...



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