Tonight’s episode should be pretty basic and lackluster. Covering the 24 hours after Arryn’s dramatic HOH victory, there will be just a little bit of shuffling and gaming. Since Arryn quicly acquiesced to the promises she made earlier in the week, the real focus tonight will be filler segments and the Have-Not competition.
So we start off tonight with a look back at Kaitlin’s departure. Arryn is happy that she succeeded in staying. “I’m extremely proud to have figured out a way to get the majority of people on my side after pretty much being on the bottom of the barrel.” Helen hopes that Arryn holds up her side of the bargain, and accurately reads CBS’s cliche of the night. “I hope I didn’t just make a deal with the devil.” Elissa is not happy, and slowly drawls how the pressure of the house made her vote out Kaitlin. Howard echoes a similar thought, but more succinctly.
Andy then gets his token, and much desired, spot on the episode, babbling about how Kaitlin set a record in leaving after her eviction. “I’m sure that Jeremy is waiting with open arms on his boat.”
We then move to the HOH competition, and Elissa’s futile effort to beat Arryn. “I went from being on the bottom of the barrel to the tip top of the mountain”, she sort of exclaims. GinaMarie shows the real enthusiasm, but she’s virtually impossible to understand as she goes on about her “BB bunny”. There’s also a funny shot as Arryn hugs everybody, but her and Elissa both avoid the uncomfortable moment. Elissa is “speechless”, and the world is thankful.
Helen, though, is worried that Arryn won’t stand up to her promise to put up Howard and Spencer. We get a shot from earlier in the week of them shaking on this deal before moving on to Candice saying “I just want to throw up. Are you serious?”
Arryn and Jessie head into the bathroom to celebrate, and Jessie says she has to play like they’re best friends this week. Meanwhile, Candice is straddling Howard, complaining that her and Elissa will probably be put up. Howard says they’re just going to have to “kiss butt”. Candice also knows about the “game-changing deal”, and we get another shot back in time as Jessie informs her of the deal. She tells Howard, and he promises not to tell anybody.
Spencer is now shown talking to Arryn. He wants to make a deal, but she says she has to wait to hear from the house. She tells him that she doesn’t want him to go home, and says she respects him. She also says she’s under pressure to put up Howard, but doesn’t really want to do that. She has no alliance, so she has to make people happy. This pisses Spencer off, but he still looks at her ass in the final shot.
Helen now grabs Arryn and pulls her into the storage room. Helen congratulates her, and then tells her that Candice knows about their deal. We get another shot from the past as Candice asks Helen about that a few minutes before the eviction. Helen complains that Candice was “threatening” her, but she clearly wasn’t. They both know that it was Elissa who informed Candice, and Helen is furious. Maybe putting Elissa up isn’t a bad idea, and while not against it, Helen says her name has to be out of that conversation.
Elissa and Candice are now complaining about Arryn, who conveniently walks in. Elissa gives her pure glaring looks through the mirror as Arryn wanders around the kitchen. Arryn complains in the diary room how Elissa makes it harder on herself. She did, after all, promise to not put her up. she could at least try to be cordial. Yeah, right.
Fluff time, as the “who wants to see my HOH room” music comes on. Everybody is hiding from Arryn, though, which at least adds another little twist to a boring segment. They finally go in, and there are laughs and fake cheer. Zzzzzzzz! Oops, there is one moment of awkwardness as Arryn complains that Candice has her saying “aks” instead of “ask”. Oh boy.
Helen is now holding court in the cockpit room, telling Judd, McCrae, and Amanda about Candice knowing the Arryn deal. She’s pissed at Elissa! “I hate to say this, but we have to get her out.” Yeah, right.
Fluff time, as we now watch the burgeoning relationship between McCrae and Amanda. Seriously, while I like her I don’t need this garbage.
Spencer now heads up into the HOH for his official “kiss the ring” moment with Arryn. He wants to “defend” himself to her, and says that if he wins HOH he would not have put her up. Arryn doesn’t believe it, but Spencer says that the house needs to have a “power shift”. Again, Arryn says that to save herself last week she had to make deals she didn’t want to make. Spencer rebuts this idea of a HOH that is nothing more than to gain protection, and he doesn’t believe he’ll be safe after this week. “There are other people in the house that can give you more protection”, he says. “I’m not mad at you...yet.”
It’s Howard’s turn to state his case, and he complains about the “lies” that are coming out about himself and Candice. She then tells him about what Candice has been saying about her deal with Helen, but confirms that she has to do what they say. She claims that she doesn’t want to put After commercials, it is time for a CBS tie-in competition. Sirens scream, and everybody runs to the living room. Somebody named Poppy Montgomery, from an unknown CBS show that just happens to be premiering tonight, is on the screen. Andy claims he knows who she is (“she’s a ginger”), but it’s doubtful anybody else does. She introduces the Have-Not competition, and they head outside.
It’s a police station motif, and after a scripted quip from Judd, this Poppy person gives them their instructions. It’s a two-part competition, and I don’t really care. Sorry, folks, but I never recap what happens. It’s always the same. Diary room stuff is nothing but how they don’t want to be Have-Nots, and reading the rules over and over. The results are that this week’s Have-Nots are Amanda, Judd, Candice...and GINAMARIE!!! Finally, she has to move out of the bed she shared with Nick TWO WEEKS AGO!!!
When we return to the show, it’s more fluff. Elissa is doing stretches, and complaining that there is no gym. Jessie, who is also in the room, doesn’t respond. We get more shots of Elissa stretching and doing yoga throughout the house. “I’ll do it anywhere.” Ugh, why? Why?
Silliness over, Candice is again complaining to Howard. He thinks that they have a chance to save the game, and that if she has something to say she should say it. Wait, what? You’re the one who has been telling her to keep quiet! They want to force Arryn to put up Amanda and McCrae. “Go take your bed”, he says. “Now you can go get your bed.” Perfectly dramatic moment, Big Brother editors.
So Candice does just that, but I have to interject here. This conversation I’m about to recap actually took place way earlier. It happened before the Have-Not competition. It happened before her conversations with Spencer and Howard. Hours earlier, in fact. It was so early in the day that most feed watchers didn’t see it.
Candice then comes into the HOH, where Arryn is in the bathroom brushing her teeth. She sits down and complains about how “certain people are running the house”, and that this is a crucal week that should result in a big move. Arryn counters that she has “to make the most amount of people happy”. She adds that she doesn’t want to put up Howard, but a lot of people aren’t happy with him. Candice pleads with her to break up Amanda and McCrae, but Arryn won’t even consider that as she is the main person who has helped her. Candice claims that Amanda is actually working to put her up next week, but Arryn says she has a “Candice switch” and she doesn’t really pay any attention to what she says.
Candice heads back downstairs and tells Howard that she won’t put up Amanda and McCrae. She believes they’re both going on the block, and Howard says that’s not how it sounded last night. Candice is now upset that she may have taken the heat off him and onto her. “That’s fine, Howie. Whatever. Have a great life. Whatever happens, happens.” Yes, she feels used. He asks if she thinks he’s running a game on her, and she backs away from him. “Let’s just not talk about it.” She wants him to leave her alone, and he walks off.
Andy is now upstairs with Arryn and a number of others, pushing for Howard and Spencer to be put up. Arryn says she is considering putting up Elissa, but Andy says she can’t. “Howard and Spencer are such schemers”, he says. Andy walks out, and Arryn complains how stressful it is to be in this position. Jessie says she’ll be completely supportive of whatever she wants to do, including putting up Elissa. Arryn complains that she’s not a “direct target” of either of those men, but she always will be Elissa’s main target. Jessie counsels that she should do what is best for her game, not the house’s game. (It’s interesting how they’re making it sound like there was ever this kind of deep thought about going after Elissa.)
The hour is almost up, so it’s time for the moment of truth. Arryn still makes it sound like Elissa is a possibility, and brings in everybody for the ceremony. The first key she pulls belongs to GinaMarie, and is then followed by Jessie, Andy, Elissa (who gives a weird look), Candice, Helen, McCrae, Amanda, and Judd. Yes, Howard and Spencer are nominated!
Arryn says it’s “nothing personal”, and it’s what is “best for my game”. The show then ends with Howard and Spencer both saying that it’s not over yet for them. Elissa, meanwhile, is “shocked”! Helen is happy that Arryn stuck to her deal, but reminds us that MVP could screw up the whole plan.
So that’s it! What did you think tonight? Should she have put up Elissa? Or anybody else? And who is Poppy Montgomery? What are your thoughts?