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« Big Brother Gossip Show #310: Helissa | Main | The Night Owl »

The Perfect Backdoor -- Or Not

Amanda on the block with no ability to save herself!

That's what I woke up this morning thinking about. #BB15 events had finally led to a scenario which helped this newbie better understand the concept of the "backdoor." Indy Mike helped me learn it in generic terms:

Elissa holds court in the HOH room.- Head of Household nominates two people for eviction.

- In the Power of Veto competition, players consist of the HOH, the two nominees, and three additional randomly-drawn house guests. (Sometimes one of the chips drawn says "house guest's choice," so one player is slightly less random.)

- Earlier in the #BB15 season when the MVP picked a third nominee, the POV players consisted of the HOH, the three nominees, and two additional randomly-drawn house guests.

- If the HOH wins POV, she or he might save one of the original nominees -- so that s/he can nominate somebody different, who would then have no opportunity to compete to pull her/himself off the block before the eviction vote. This new nominee (who, by the way, would be labelled on our Ticker graphic at right as "Nominated via POV"), if evicted, would be considered to have been "backdoored."

- If one of the nominees wins POV, s/he virtually always saves her/himself ... so whomever picked the saved nominee (HOH or, earlier in the season, MVP) picks a new nominee. This new nominee, if evicted, is considered to have been "backdoored."

Power of Veto.- If a non-nominee wins POV, s/he gets to choose to pull somebody off the block. And then ... yup ... a new nominee goes up. If the new nominee is evicted, is s/he also considered to have been backdoored?

- The POV winner may choose not to use his/her veto, leaving the original eviction nominees in place. (Andy did that last week.)

As the day started this morning, the situation was this: Elissa is HOH, Aaryn and McCrae are on the block, and the POV competition was coming up. Elissa was Helen's strongest ally and she's no fan of Amanda. I haven't myself been much of an Elissa fan (I certainly had nothing good to say about her in my last post), but there was reason to think Elissa had been scheming to backdoor Amanda. And this, to me, was indeed good news.

Oh, noooo! See what Amanda's wearing today?What I didn't realize until reading Ash's "Night Owl" post this morning is that the house guests selected to be the additional POV players today were Judd, GinaMarie, and ... Amanda. Uh oh!

Here's another thing newbie viewers need to learn: An unnominated house guest who wins POV also wins immunity for the week. She or he can't be nominated.

You get one guess who won POV early Saturday afternoon. So much for the perfect backdoor! It was exactly the right time for somebody who had previously won nothing to win a comp.

My dream scenario for this next week is ruined. Since my favorite house guest (Helen) was evicted, I was hoping to see Amanda go next -- thus eliminating the two most powerful players in consecutive weeks and necessitating an entirely new power structure to be formed in #BB15's remaining weeks. That would have been absolutely delicious to watch.

Let the next speculations begin. Current thinking is that Elissa will put up Andy, Spencer, or GinaMarie. Who do you think is most likely? Amanda will save McCrae, obviously. Will Aaryn go to jury or the new nominee? Comment below or hit me up @uselesstraffic.

Knowing they're potential replacement nominees, Andy and Spencer try to get on Elissa's good side.

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Reader Comments (14)

I am so disappointed. Amanda wins POV is the worst. Amanda and McCrae must be split up already. It baffles me how long they have managed to play puppet master. I want to be impressed but I don't like them.
I'd like her to put up Andy who might be the first gay man I can not stand. But GM would be the next best choice. Another chance to break up a couple.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkariellen
Aaryn will be going home since she was Elissas original target. Andy will be the replacement nominee. Hopefully when Elissa chooses him at the pov ceremony, in her speech she says the reason she is putting him up is because she knows he is the informant and he voted against Helen. All isn't lost because Elissa has Judd and GM. I'm sure when it comes down to it McCranda will vote out Aaryn because they planned on getting her out if they got power this week because of her flip flopping back and forth with the thought of possibly backdooring Amanda last week. Another scenario is that Elissa keeps Aaryn and votes out Andy who is the mouthpiece that ruined the plan to backdoor Amanda last week too. I really wish that Aaryn and Elissa could work together but Aaryn does not see the bigger picture and also doesn't know how to keep a secret. Elissa was willing to put her personal feelings aside and work with Aaryn to get rid of Amanda last week and last night. (speaks volumes about Elissa as a person)Aaryn is going to regret her game play when she gets home and sees how Amanda has been playing her. It's so frustrating. Finally after a summer of boredom, no matter which side of the house you are routing for, we have a fun game filled with drama and excitement to watch. Hold on tight, it's going to be bumpy.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercrystal matthews
You had it right the first time. If Amanda did not win that veto and one of those plotting against her did, she would've been put up in Aaryn's place and backdoored right out of the house. Pity it did not turn out this way. I have to give credit where credit is due: Elissa is the first with the guts to make some real moves. I'm beginning to like her for playing as an individual. Refreshing In this brainwashed house of followers.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo
As Aaryn was the original target, getting Amanda out was not a true Backdoor. A true Backdoor is what happened to Jeremy. Two nominees (Aaryn & Kaitlin) are put up as pawns with the intent to get someone else out of the house, usually not allowing that person to compete in the POV. What's going on now is just players changing their minds on who they want to get rid of.

From a gameplay stance, at least Amanda has been playing since day one - unlike GM, Judd, Spencer, and Elissa.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTvlDeb
The other thing about a true backdoor is that it must be planned from the start. If someone on the block wins veto and is replaced by someone who didn't compete for POV, that's not a backdoor, unless that replacement nominee was the target from the outset. That's just bad luck.

It was easier in the past when the nominees picked people to compete with them in the POV, rather than the random selection used now.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen
Exactly Ben!
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTvlDeb
How can Amanda pull down Mccrae and she can't go up? But the year with Rachel and brendon he pulled her down and he went up and got voted out??? Not fair!!!!
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNot fair!!!
Not Fair,

Brendon was on the block when he chose to use it to take Rachel off. Thus, he was still on the block. This is a longstanding rule. If you're on the block, you're on the block, unless you take yourself off.

But someone who isn't on the block is given immunity for using veto; otherwise, who would use the veto power except for the HoH and the two nominees? There's no incentive otherwise, and you can't have a comp with only 3 people trying to win it.

It's very fair.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen
Amazing how when you are backed in a corner you can pull out a win!!! Certainly have seen this at least 3 times with 2 comps being won by Elissa and the latest with Amanda.
Yes, I'm happy about Amanda winning POV because of the drama she can stir up in the house. Just look at what happened last night, big fight because Amanda was pacing through the kitchen making faces at GM and Elissa. Even though I don't think there was a lot of game talk between the 2 of them and thanks to Amanda constant paranoia sparks were flying. I always hate the time of the season when the feeds are boring.
Even though I'm not an Aaryn fan I would hate to see her go because of the drama factor she also brings. Spencer or Andy could go and it wouldn't hurt my feeling a bit.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShirly
At least the strategy, possibilities, a few twists and turns, etc are FINALLY happening in this game. The earlier, predictable weeks... Was it due to boring, poor gameplay and fault the houseguests completely? Or were the terrible first several weeks (unanimous voting, HG's saying "I vote to evict ______ because everyone else is) reason to NOT have such a huge cast? Perhaps Simply poor casting?
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryan
To answer your question Target J... Elissa will nominate GM to help evict Aryan by taking a potential vote FOR her away, or perhaps nominate Spencer - an easy out and won't ruffle many feathers.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryan
I think Amanda had been the true target from the start. Elissa just didn't want to have a miserable week by telling Amanda and she didn't know who she could trust who wouldn't run straight to Amanda. All that is water under the bridge anyway. Another week, at least, of Amanda. As much as I'll be happy to see Aaryn finally leave, would also love to see them flip it and Andy go home instead. I don't want to see Andy make it to final three.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterobjkshn
btw..Is Andy only playing for second place? I ask because he is so determined to protect Amanda and make it to the end with her knowing he could never beat her. The truth is anybody in that house would take Andy to the end because of the people left in the house, he has played the weakest game. If I were Andy, I would try to take someone like Spencer to the end if I wanted a shot at the half million, not Amanda. Anyway I dont want Andy to win anyway. Its been sickening watching him suck up to Amanda and I can't stand Amanda. The house is stupid for not getting rid of here a long time ago. That was Helen's downfall. Instead of focusing on a big threat like Amanda, she wanted to go after people that werent evening gunning for her like Howard and Candice. I guess Helen didnt realize that Howard and Candice wanted Amanda out of the house and they could have aligned and made it happen with those two votes.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertim
If amanda dose not go soon then they all have to be the dumbest son a Bitches ever born ! What an conniving, manipulating, selfcentered, woman. AMANDA ,SHUT YOUR C- holster for a min. So lover boy can talk. A.K.A. Mc ribbless!
August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda go home !

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