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''Big Brother'': The Great Divorce

When a siren sounds, all of the couples are split up, prolonging this unpleasant season further, and Allison gets voted off twice

THE BITTER HALF Allison had to go while partner Ryan stayed
THE BITTER HALF Allison had to go while partner Ryan stayed

''Big Brother'' recap: Sudden death

My EW colleagues and I all had a few theories about what that exasperating siren would mean to the game and this trashy cast. Dalton Ross, for instance, figured it was another shameless cross-promotion for Jericho, while I thought (hoped?) it would be a wakeup call to evacuate the house — for good! Seems I wasn't alone in thinking it was the Big Brother death knell. Look what a poster named Mole had to say on Wednesday: ''That new alarm sound that is the twist sure sounds like the executives hitting the panic button as the ratings continue to dive.''

Alas, the show remains alive and kicking. In fact, the twist turned out to be exactly what many of us predicted in that first week: that CBS would eventually break up the couples so that only one person would be evicted per week and this pathetic ol' beater would make it to the finish line in May. Clearly, most of the male houseguests couldn't have been more pleased with this development (we get it, Matty — you're sick of sleeping with the Beaver State gal), but the real person to watch was Allison, who had to realize this twist would only offer her a temporary stay of execution. Face it, sister — Joshuah made you his primary target, and no amount of campaigning (or crying, or additional lying) was going to save you from walking out the door. I gotta admit Allison was rather sympathetic early on; she got stuck with the guy who was already aligned with another airhead, to say nothing of that whole Epi-Pen incident. But rather than use Jen's deceitfulness to her full advantage by presenting herself as the innocent victim, Allison responded by spreading a crazy story of her own about being Sheila's longtime lover. Though Joshuah should have been offended by her actions, did he really have to unleash the hounds of hell on her? He treated Allison like a hatemonger, but he gave Sheila — who participated just as happily and willingly in the ruse — a free pass. I was astonished to see Joshuah go off on Allison while the cougar sat quietly by. It makes me think Joshuah wasn't that offended by the so-called joke and was just looking for someone to revile — and Allison was just as good as anybody. Oh sure, she might have forced Sharon and Joshuah to change their vote the previous week, but at least she kept her clothes on and decided not to participate in that repulsive mackfest the week before. Give girlfriend some credit for that.

NEXT: Degrees of obnoxiousness

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