'Big Brother' recap: Hey, Judas

big-brother-14-cast.jpgJulie's dressed normally tonight, because she doesn't want to distract from the media raves that came in after last night's episode: the New York Post called Dan the greatest player ever, and Entertainment Weekly compared him to Paul Newman in The Sting or George Clooney in Ocean's 11. Even Julie's happier than usual. And as for the audience, they're so excited they're about to lose their collective ****.

So thanks to Dan's genius move this week (for once I'm not using that word sarcastically in a Big Brother weecap), Danielle and Britney are the two nominees. Britney's more coiffed and made up than she's been in weeks, meaning she soon expects to meet Julie. Who in turn asks, "Will another Big Brother great be going home? Or will Danielle's game end?" I appreciate the barely-unspoken assessment that Danielle is not a "great." Bur first!

We come back to Day 52, after the bombshell Veto meeting, as some houseguests exchange shocked hugs. "I have no idea what just happened," Shane murmurs, like that's news. Ian asks the same question in the Diary Room, but coming from him it's rhetorical, because he suspects Frank's onto him. Still in the nominee chair, Britney turns to Danielle and asks if she knew that was coming. "I had no idea," Danielle lies unconvincingly. This is why Dan couldn't warn her what he was about to do. This is why maybe he still shouldn't have told her.

Even Dan can't believe what he just pulled off. In the arcade room, he whispers to the camera, "Getting that Veto necklace from Jenn was my finest hour in this house. I don't know how I can ever top it." Nor does the show.