Well another season of Big Brother has come to an end with Evel Dick winning the top prize of $500,000 and his daughter Daniele (otherwise known as his evel spawn) consequently winning the $50,000 second prize. Yes it was a sweep for the Donatos, and as Daniele said, it mattered little who came in first or second, they won. And they did it together.
The show started off with a short re-cap, then it was down to business. As America's Player, Eric was given his final task: to vote for Dick to win and to convince the jury to do the same. In the process the jury had some nasty things to say about the Donatos, rightfully so, as Dick pretty much spewed every offensive remark known to mankind at them while in the house. Jameka compared them to a pimp and a ho with Daniele being the pimp and Dick the ho. Amber said that Daniele was pathetic and called Dick an ***hole, but an awesome ***hole (in reference to Dick playing this game for two people, which he did). Jen, no surprise, campaigned for Daniele to win, but to no avail. Did anyone really think she would give her vote to Dick? Eric, for the most part, controlled the voting process, and in the end came through once more for America earning a green checkmark in the task-completed column as Dick did win. After watching the tapes, the least Dick could do is send the lad a hallmark card!
Then came the jury questions which were a mix based on game play and one personal one that had no business being asked, this question was asked by Amber. She asked Daniele why she deserved her vote considering her relationship with Nick in the house and how that affected Daniele's personal life with her boyfriend. Daniele's response was warranted, telling Amber that if she was basing her decision on her personal life, that she didn't want her vote, Amber complied and gave her vote to Dick. Turns out that Dick didn't need it though, as he won by a vote of 5-2 with Jen and Jameka being the only jury members to give their votes to Daniele. I thought Jen asked the best question of the night, asking Dick if being in the house helped his relationship with Daniele. Dick responded that having this as a beginning to building some type of normalcy in their relationship meant more than being in the final two, and that he felt this way throughout the entire show. Then in true Dick form he called Jen an idiot if she didn't believe him. Yep, Dick was all Dick to the bitter end!
Once the votes were cast, the America's Player twist was finally revealed to the houseguests, they took the news pretty well and laughed as they were shown a clip of the shenanigans Eric was up to. Hmmm, I wonder if they would have reacted the same way if they were told about the $40,000 that he earned in the process? Wouldn't you just have loved to be a fly on the wall at the wrap party! All in all Eric did a good job in playing the game for us, and deserves credit for doing so, good job Eric.
And so we have our winners for Big Brother 8, Dick and Daniele Donato, they entered the house an estranged father and daughter with a strained relationship, yet they stuck together when the chips were down, making it to the end against many odds. They had help along the way from America and her player yes, but won pivotal battles when it was crucial to do so and formed alliances to further themselves, ultimately winning the game. And maybe, just maybe, they won something far greater than a game, something far more valuable than all that money. I like to think that they did.