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« Big Brother Season 15 Finale Recap | Main | Conspiracies, theories, facts, fiction..... »

Guide to the #BB15 Season Finale

Big Brother still drives me bat sh!t crazy.

When I joined all of you in this ridiculous obsession, it was Week 4, Judd was HOH, Aaryn was hated by everybody, Elissa had been MVP for weeks, America had been given new power, GinaMarie wasn't mean yet, a showmance had already started and ended (with David's eviction), and Helen was on her way to becoming my favorite house guest of all time.

Going to this screen has become automatic during free moments.See what I did there? "Of all time"?! That's just to poke fun at those of you who have turned Big Brother into something of a religion -- with all the nonsense which comes along with blind devotion. This is a game! Let's not forget that it is meant as entertainment. All the fighting and mud-slinging amongst fans who are active in social media drives me batty. Was it this way in BB's early years? Or is it more prevalent today because more people are active on the Internet and because divisiveness and incivility is the norm in our country these days?

Playing cards 24 hours before the season finale.That said, I'm pleased to report that there have been far more people posting respectful, thoughtful commentary here on, even when in disagreement with me or other contributors or other commenters, than there were people who were simply inarguably crazy or idiotic. I applaud you for being fans without being fanatical.

I asked a lot of questions in my first post here. For example:

Can viewers influence what happens in the house? What's a lockdown? How and when do supplies (groceries, meds, booze, etc.) appear in the house? What are they allowed to ask producers for, and how often? When, how, and why do they get punished?

Although I didn't post answers to all those questions, you (and Ash, Scott, and Mike) helped me understand how Big Brother works. Mostly. As to remaining details for newbies like me ... we'll cover such things if/when they come up during #BB16.

GinaMarie, Andy, and Spencer, doing that ridiculous "exterminator" thing.So ... Andy, GinaMarie, and Spencer have made it to the final three. The #BB15 season finale airs in the east about 20 hours from when I'm posting this -- and don't forget that it's 90 minutes long and that it starts at a special time (9:30p Eastern on Wednesday, September 18, 2013). Here's the order of events we are expecting for tonight's show:

- Julie's brief show intro.

- A couple minutes of clips from the entire season.

Reading cereal boxes together. Yes, friends, this is the excitement live feeders get during these remaining few days.- Julie talks about what's coming up during the 90-minute finale while they show the final three sitting in the living room. Just like #BB14 (with Danielle, Ian, and Dan), #BB15's final three consist of one woman (GinaMarie) and two men (Andy and Spencer).

- The conclusion of Part 1 of the three-part final Head of Household competition (recorded last Thursday night, with portions shown to live feeders, and a bit shown on CBS this past Sunday night), with related clips and Diary Rooms. You know from our Ticker and from being a regular reader that GinaMarie won part 1. This was an endurance comp.

Part 1 of the final HOH competition.- Part 2 of the HOH comp (recorded last Saturday), again with clips and DRs. We know that Andy won part 2, but we haven't seen any footage of this comp yet. The feeds were on trivia and CBS didn't show any of it during the final Sunday broadcast.

Spencer, please work on your level of control for endurance comps first if they ever ask you back for an All Stars season, k? Thanks.- Clips from the past few days of the three house guests posturing and/or scheming about who will be taking whom to the final two.

- Jury house footage showing McCrae's arrival ... and a few minutes of the jurors debating the merits of the final three -- how they betrayed various jury members, why they may or may not be worthy of their votes, etc.

- Live (everything is live from this point on), we will see part 3 of the HOH comp between GinaMarie and Andy. It will be a memory quiz of some sort, and the winner is guaranteed at least second place in #BB15 and a $50,000 prize.

- The HOH winner will evict one of the other two. The only thing we know right now is that Spencer has no control over his own destiny.

- The evictee leaves the house and is interviewed by Julie.

- Julie introduces each of the jurors as they reenter the studio. After a couple of questions to the jurors, Julie reveals the last evictee.

- The jurors interview the final two.

Danielle chats with finalists Ian and Dan a year ago in the #BB14 season finale. Right: The voting box.- The finalists each make one last speech about why s/he deserves to win.

- Each juror steps forward to say a word or three to the finalists ... and to cast his/her vote. To vote, the juror inserts one of two keys (each key has a finalist's name on it) into slots in a box (similar to the round gizmo that HOHs use for a nomination ceremony in all the previous weeks).

This has nothing to do with anything today. Except this: If the producers want to do stunt casting next year, I think they should make Zingbot a regular house guest.- House guests evicted early on, prior to jury selection, are welcomed to the studio by Julie and discuss their thoughts on the season. (Remember that HGs who left prior to jury got to watch the show, seeing everything we did; only the jury was sequestered.) And there may be a bit more back-and-forth between the jurors, the final two, and the early evictees.

- Then the big moment arrives: Julie pulls out each key, revealing each juror's vote ... and the #BB15 winner is announced! This year there are nine jurors, so the first finalist to receive five votes wins $500,000.

- The winner comes out of the house and is embraced by family, friends, and fellow house guests. (And the runner-up comes out, too.)

- Finally, Julie reveals America's favorite house guest, winner of $25,000. (Helen, if you ever read this, please know that I voted 10 times for you!) CBS will treat us to a few more seconds of celebration, and credits will roll. That will be it!

I have really enjoyed being part of the BigBrotherGossip team and getting to know many of you via comments and Twitter. Thanks! See you back here in 2014 for #BB16.

This also has nothing to do with anything today. Before signing off, just wanted to make sure you didn't miss this fine bit of Indy Mike's journalism. :-)Who do you think will be richer by 500 Large? If Andy wins HOH, who will he evict? Or who will GinaMarie evict if she gets HOH? What do you think has been the bat-sh!t-craziest thing this season? Tweet me all year long @uselesstraffic and/or comment below.

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Reader Comments (13)

You forget that Dr. Will is also addressing the jury tonight.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen
I would have enjoyed some CRAZY, but from this bunch all you got is silly and a little more silly....perfect example...the EXTERMINATOR DANCE...have they no shame ?
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Every single year, they try to fit too much stuff into the finale, and it ends up feeling really rushed. I know it's 90 minutes, but I still feel like this is way too many things.

Instead of trying to fit all 3 parts of this HOH in the finale, I wish they would have shown the rollerskating first part on Sunday's show (instead of mostly clips that we've already seen). It's not like people aren't going to tune in for the finale, because knowing who won the first part of a 3 part HOH comp tells you almost nothing about what's going to happen. Or even scrap the clip show concept all together, and show the first 2 parts on Sunday's show. Then leave plenty of time to ask a lot of questions to all of the houseguests before revealing the winner. That stuff is super interesting, and they have almost no time for it. Show the sequestered houseguests clips of what went on that they don't know about, and get their reactions. Give proper time to a segment about racism and the inappropriate things that have been said. Let the final 2 give their answers and speeches without it feeling rushed. I think that would make it so much better.

But instead, like always, Julie will ask them a couple of questions and then rush them through their answers, because this show is going to be seriously time constrained.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
Dr. Will is not my idea of WILD and CRAZY, only in his mind. Andy's idea of wild is to use the F word. Amanda thought her birthday dance was off the wall. Jeramy thought wiping a hat on his butt was exciting and wild. Each person has a different idea of what constitutes crazy behavior depending on your level of sophistication especially in the area of humor. The goal should always be to make people laugh. Dr. Will can make some people laugh, but he too much of an egomaniac ...boring after awhile.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
The only person who will pay attention to Will "admonishing" the jury will be Helen, who will probably even take notes.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott
I couldn't vote for the $25K. I just couldn't find anyone I liked enough to give it to. That being said, I enjoyed this season. Just didn't like anyone enough to give them $25K.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSJU are good!!! Andy might lose for the same reason as Dan ...dissociated personality. Andy really thinks he connects to people (all the tears) but its all an illusion. He probably spends all his time with his toys.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
I just watched the Jeff...Boogie interview. Boogie says he respects backstabbing but I have my doubts because last season he tried to turn things around by being more humble and honest. He truly thought he could trust Ian. I will never forget the look on his face when realized he'd been betrayed. He likes to pretend he's above all that and That's the way the game should be played, but I'm a human lie detector and Boogie doesn't fool me...oh well you tried Boogie.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
My prediction, which I just posted in a shorter version on twitter, is this:

1. Andy handily beats GinaMarie in the final HOH comp of picking the jury quotes.

2. Andy picks GinaMarie to go to the final.

3. In the jury questions, a super nervous Andy apologizes to those he screwed over, but pushes the idea that it was to further his own game. He also pushes how he was on good terms with the vast majority of the house. GinaMarie, on the other hand, fumbles on her answers. She repeats over and over how she's a "straight shooter" who is "loyal", but when challenged she stumbles over her words and ultimately says something she'll regret. No, nothing racial, but just a super dumb answer.

4. Jury votes Andy the winner, 7-2. The only votes for GinaMare come from Elissa and Aaryn. People that Andy screwed over, including Helen and Amanda, can't deny that they were played by him...and can't possibly reward GinaMarie.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott make good points, ....but in my head I keep going back to Boogies Grand Betrayal and the only thing I find worse than that is being molested by your uncle.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Talking about conspiracy ...BB thought Revenge of the NERD payed off well last season, why not this season...complete failure....WHY? There's a challenge for you BB fans ....we need an answer here. What's fashionable now? HOUSEWIVES...DUCK DYNASTY...JERSEY SHORE
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Don,t care who wins. Just want it over ASAP. Enough already!!!
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlohaCher
@ Scott ...if Andy doesn't take way would he vote for him. That man carries a deep grudge, game or no game. I can't wait for tonight to see buried feeling possibly erupt. But who knows, maybe they've all been payed off to just let it go in the name of BB.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

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