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Big Brother Season 15 Finale Recap

Finally, our long summer nightmare is coming to an end. After 36 episodes, 90 days, and dozens of head-scratching moves and comments, we’re down to three people of questionable taste and talents. There’s “Pop-In” Andy, whose main talent was to somehow interrupt every single conversation every house mate had this season. There’s butterscotch booty-loving Spencer, a terminal pawn that could never find a competition he wasn’t a complete failure. Finally, there’s GinaMarie, a brash imbecile who apparently utilizes a unique form of insurance and is obsessed with a manchild who is unlikely to ever give her the time of day again (unless she wins).

Yep, this is not the best trio of finalists we’ve ever had. To be fair, though, they all did what was necessary to make it to the end, and that’s all that counts. Andy was a master at playing both sides as long as possible. Spencer had just enough of a social game that he was never considered a real threat. And GinaMarie...ok, I can’t quite figure out how she made it this far.

Despite all the hand wringing on social media about these folks, and the season as a whole, I’m going to be a bit shocking and say that I’ve enjoyed this season more than the last few. There’s been plenty of action, both good and bad. There’s been game changing moves. Most importantly, there hasn’t been quite as much production interference. There weren’t veterans put in with twists designed to keep them as long as possible. Pandoras, DPOV’s, and other bogus tricks weren’t utilised to ensure certain outcomes. Outside of one gimmick plant, this was a pretty pure season.

Of course, a good portion of you readers won’t allow me to get away without addressing the main criticism of the year. Yes, too many people said too many dumb things that offended everybody. It’s also happened in previous seasons, though, and around 8 PM Big Brother time each and every one of these offenders will begin to see the ramifications of their words. They’ll discover the lost jobs, the online backlash, and embarrassed friends and family members. If this major issue isn’t (properly) addressed tonight, as I don’t think it will, just keep in mind that the real world won’t let them forget.

So here we go with tonight’s finale. To be honest, I’m not going to be nearly as thorough as I have been throughout the season. There will be no need to recreate entire conversations, or every jury/Julie question, so quotes will be kept to a minimum.

After a long, long intro recapping the entire season, we go right to the first HOH competition. Funny thing is that this roller skating comp lasted just a tad longer than that intro. Why didn’t they show this on Sunday’s recap show? They are hanging onto a bar while skating, and there’s obstacles, smoke, bubbles and other garbage. Of course, all of this silliness brings on the clown music. All you really need to know is that Spencer went down almost immediately, and Andy struggled for a few more minutes before falling. Yep, GinaMarie won part one, and celebrates in a pile of glitter! Worst “endurance” comp ever...although there’s a semi-comic moment when GinaMarie “chokes” on glitter!

Part two then features Andy versus Spencer, and it’s an underwater treasure hunt...without the water. Andy makes a Little Mermaid joke (groan) before he describes how they have to find crabs of all the evicted houseguests and then put them in order. Oh, and they have to place them at the top of a rock climbing wall. Guess who will win this one? The fastest time is the winner.

Andy goes first, and we get all of the stupid “stakes have never been higher” silliness as we see him working his way up and down the platform. Andy has trouble finding Candice’s crab, and then after finding it he discovers he has a mistake in the order. He climbs back up and fixes it, and he’s done!

It’s now Spencer’s turn, and he repeats the speech about how important this competition is for his game. Yep, we get it! Spencer is quickly struggling with the wall, as expected, and keeps falling. He’s getting frustrated, and the inspirational music comes up as he thinks about his family and friends back home. Ugh. He gets a second wind, and finally finishes.

The times are then announced, and Andy was finished in 21:54. Spencer’s time was 36:11. Andy wins round two, and will be up against GinaMarie later in the show for that final HOH spot!

Spencer’s plan is to now make both of them feel comfortable with him, which, honestly, is what they’re all doing now. GinaMarie thinks she would take Andy, and starts crying because she doesn’t believe she’d beat him.

We move on to jury time, and Dr. Will surprises them. Yes, Helen jumps up and down in excitement (as expected). He asks who they think will be joining them, and after a couple of people say they want it to be Andy, Elissa babbles about how McCrae deserves to be there because he screwed up his game.

McCrae is then brought in, and he not explains what happened...and apologizes to Elissa. Will then asks about how they’ve all got along in the jury house, and it’s Amanda versus Elissa and Candice. Yep, we get another stupid “Candyland” mention. Surprisingly, Candice and Aaryn reportedly got along in the house.

WIll brings it back to game talk, as they begin talking about GinaMarie’s supposedly big moves. “The girl has guts”, says Elissa. Not shocking, but Amanda doesn’t agree. Candice then brings up the personal aspects of the game, and how wrong that was. Now I’m getting bored as they move on to talking about Andy. The only surprising comment is that McCrae admits that he would not have taken Amanda to the final two. The Spencer chat isn’t much better, although I’m a bit surprised that Helen stands up for his gameplay. Will finally ends the segment by encouraging them to vote on who they think deserves to win.

After a few adverts...ok, quite a few, it’s time for that final HOH competition. It’s the usual format, where statements from jury members are read. Two possible endings are read, and they have to pick which one is correct. The first question is about Candice, and the most “shocking moment”. They both pick the bed flipping incident, and they’re both correct.

Jessie’s quote is next, and it’s her most “irritating moment”, and they both pick when she didn’t get to come back in the game. They’re both wrong on this one. Question three belongs to Helen, and her most “uncomfortable moment”. Judd pleading for his life was A, while wine-gate is B. A was correct, and Andy gets the point.

The fourth question belongs to Aaryn, and it’s who she would spend a romantic night with - Judd or David. They both pick Judd, and they’re correct “because he has manners”. Question five goes to Amanda, and it’s the moment she doesn’t want friends or family to see. Answer A is none, because that’s who she is, while B is every single one. GinaMarie picks A, while Andy picks B. The correct answer B, so Andy is now up by two, with two to go.

Question six is Elissa’s, and it’s which house guest she is most shocked by, and Andy picks Amanda, while GinaMarie picks Aaryn. Oooh, GinaMarie gets this one correct. It’s now 4-3, as we got to question seven. Judd’s biggest regret is the next question, and they both are wrong.

It’s now time for the last question, and GinaMarie has to get this correct. McCrae is asked about the best thing in the house, and they both pick “free food”. Andy is the new, and final HOH!

A few more adverts later, it’s time for Andy to pick who is going to the final two with him. He tells Spencer that his word means everything, and he’s had an agreement with GinaMarie since night one. Spencer is then evicted, and walks out to talk to Julie.

She starts the questions by asking if his loyalty to GInaMarie shocks him, and he says no as we continue to hear GinaMarie’s mic. Spencer says he has no “hard feelings” over being evicted, and claims to sort of know it was coming as Andy was avoiding him the last couple of days. He’s then asked about being a record-setting pawn, and the segment is already over! He concludes by saying that he’s proud to be a part of his favorite show.

Of course, there are more commercials before the jury is brought on the stage. Julie asks who Helen think is the final jury members, and she thinks that the smartest move would be Andy, as he’ll have the most votes. Spencer is then introduced, and Julie informs the rest of the jury what happened.

We move right to the jury questions, and Amanda goes first. She says GinaMarie did little before joining the Exterminators, and asks her what big moves she did, outside of getting her out. GinaMarie responds with nonsense for awhile, before saying it was getting her out. Ooops. GinaMarie doesn’t back down, though, as it was her decision to do before the Exterminators. Ok then.

The next question is from Elissa, and it’s the same question. His answer is that his biggest move was aligning with Amanda and McCrae, and how nobody knew how close they were. He says he kept going back to them with the info on what was happening. Oh, and also convincing her to put up Nick.

Helen goes next, and asks GinaMarie what her biggest obstacle to overcome was. Yep, we get the “play with my heart” silliness, and then says that Nick’s departure was her biggest obstacle. Somehow, though, it made her a bigger person.

McCrae then asks about how jury members are bitter when they’re stabbed in the back. Since he stabbed them all in the back, why should anybody vote for him? He responds that he feels terrible, and that he “said that to cover his own ass”. He deserves to win this, and that he was instrumental in every eviction. He’s sorry, and “loves them all so very much”.

Oh boy, here we go. Candice gets to ask GinaMarie a question, and she doesn’t hold back. She points out how she’s offended everybody on the jury, especially with her “cock-a-roaches” comments. “Why should we give you the money?” GinaMarie responds with more Nick talk, and then says that the money would change her and her family’s life. Yep, she throws in a heart comment, and how positive she always is. She’s ridiculous.

Jessie then asks Andy why he “unnecessarily” lied to so many jurors. He repeats how he loves them all, and he apologizes again (oooh, this plays right to Helen). They’re both just repeating themselves at this point.

The questioning ends with Spencer, and he asks Andy why he should give him the money. Here we go again. Andy says he was “loyal to a fault”, and then says that on night one he made his promise to her. It’s proof that he’s so loyal.

Before the voting, we get final pleas. GinaMarie tells the jury they all look beautiful, and says she’s played loyal from the beginning. She claims that she made a connection with all of them, and she’s happy she’s met them all. Please, somebody stop her!

Andy goes next, and he says he played with both his heart and mind. He meant all of his personal connections, but he played primarily with his mind. He made moves, and adapted to everything that happened in the house. “Everywhere I went in this house, people went home because of me.”

Julie finally shuts them up, and the voting begins. They all give the usual comments as they place their keys about voting for the best player, blah blah blah. Judd does exclaim, “let the best exterminator win!” McCrae adds that he hopes whoever wins “is buying drinks tonight”.

Before the votes are read, though, we get a brief segment with the pre-jury evictees. Before going to them, she flips over to Amanda and her obsession with knowing about the status of MVP. She says she now believes it was America, and Julie explains how it worked. “Thank you, America”, Amanda says sarcastically. She adds that when she got booed on eviction night, she now understood how she was nominated.

Julie then goes over to Howard, and what he was seeing on the feeds after he was evicted. Howard says that he was shocked, and that he was infuriated by the racial and personal things that was said during the season. Julie informs them that various things they’ve said made national headlines, and asks Spencer his response. He says that he hates that stuff, and asks if he said anything. “We don’t have enough time”, she replies.

Jeremy is then asked what surprised him the most, and he says it was Helen’s use of the “mom thing”. Helen then claims that her tears were real, but eventually admits that some were fake. All I can say is “STFU Helen”. (As we go to jury, we hear GinaMarie scream for Nick. Ugh.)

If you haven’t watched, you can probably guess how the votes will go (and if they don’t go the way I’m thinking, this recap is going to look stupid). Here we go. Spencer and McCrae voted for Andy, but Judd voted for GinaMarie. Elissa voted for Andy, as does Andy. Aaryn voted for GianMarie, but Helen voted for Andy to make him the new winner!

The two then rush out to confetti and hugs, and GinaMarie rushes to Nick (obviously). Poor guy. More commercials interrupt the hugfest, and when the show returns Julie announces that the other two votes went to Andy. He won 7-2. Nick is then mentioned again before Julie announces that the top three vote getters for MVP were Judd, Elissa, and Howard. The winner, as expected, is Elissa, who started screaming before Julie even read her name. Of course she did. Gross.

So that’s it for the show...and the season. Thank you all for putting up with me, Ash, Target John, Indy Mike, and East Side Dave this year. A special thanks also to Colette Lala for her work on the Big Brother Gossip Show, and please read her excellent Survivor updates at If you like my writing at all, you can continue to follow my music writing at toomanynotes,, or my internet radio shows at

But we still want to hear from you. What did you think of this episode? Do you agree with Andy’s victory? How about Elissa’s MVP? Tell us what you think!!!


Reader Comments (36)

Thank God they got it right. Andy's responses to the questions were perfect. He said everything I've been saying for the past week. He played a brilliant strategic game that didn't alienate the jury. America might not like him, but the jury loves him. And that's the name of the game.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen
Well the outcome just goes to show everyone that you can be a backstabbing ,two faced , liar to everyone and still come out a winner. I bet he is that way in real life also . I'm glad I don't work with him.
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterray d
I didn't care who won. I disliked them all. I wanted more time spent on the issue with racism in the house. And just how badly they made themselves look.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas
Worst season since 9. Worst final three since then and season 6.

When Gina Marie speaks, she's horrible. But I liked her game overall. She pwned Amanda and that move is enough so screw Amanda's jury question.

The right person won. Andy played his ass off from day one. I liked what Will did with the jury house. He exposes their immature bitterness, McCrae's lack fo care for Amanda and Spencer's game wasn't as bad we thought.

I hope next season is All Stars.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLance
GM was buried on the jury questions. Extemporaneous speaking isn't her thing.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSJU
@Ben....the jury loved Andy????? Where did that come from? They had no choice but to vote for him. You must be his mother...come on ..own up to it.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Yeah, Andy deserved to win it. He played the best game. Yeah, he was a backstabbing, two-faced liar, but that's what wins Big Brother. That's how you play Big Brother. And no, I don't think that's how he is in real life. I think that's how he is playing a game for half a million. Why is it so hard for people to separate people playing a game from their lives outside the house, which they know nothing of?

Also, how long before future house guests clue in to the fact that muscles doesn't win the game? It seems like every year the beefy dudes try to form up and wind up being early targets. It's always "they are a huge threat since they can win comps". Since when? Who was the last muscle head that made it to final 2?

Also I'm sick of the term floater. Everybody is playing a game, just different types. People call Spencer a floater, but he was playing and plotting just as much as everyone in the beginning, then when his alliance got picked off he had to change his strategy. He all of a sudden had to play defense and focus on a social game. Andy Played a social game. A social game is not floating, it's a social game. You can try to be a "game player", and that will just put a target on your back and get you kicked out. You can't just be a bull in a china shop like Jeremy or Amanda. You also can't try to play an honest game, be yourself, and expect to win, like Howard, Candice, or Helen. Of course there will always be the fluke, like Ian last season, but his win was more because of another player's fuck up.

I guess what all my rambling is about is if you can't handle watching people lie, backstab and say things that will offend someone, then why watch Big Brother at all?
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
@BBrat....people watch BB because there's nothing else to watch. You talk like you're the big expert on what constitutes fair play in the BB game. The average person enjoys watching people who inspire them, not depress or anger them. Being the RAT, I guess you can't get enough of the backstabbing, can you?
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Elissa winning $ made me Puke. I cant wait for these people to start their twitters thinking they are going to be loved and famous then get smashed to the point of shutting the accounts down and going back to being nothings. In six months I won't remember anyone's name. can't wait.

thanks for all the updates, the gossip rocks!!! yo

see what I did there? the "yo" makes it cool
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbigbrothergossipfanguy
It is said that people get the leaders and leadership that they deserve. It's so big of CBS to try to protect us from the N word. Why don't they protect people from the terrible values they promote all in the name of MONEY. For half a million..I'll just sell my soul for all the world to see. That's all right ...I did for the GAME and most important for the MONEY. If you don't like ...Don't watch it...give me a break..what have we sunk to????
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
People watch Big Brother because there's nothing else to watch? Maybe the average person should pick up a book, then. Or watch something mind numblingly stupid like America's Got Talent. Holy cow, nobody is twisting people's arms to watch. And yeah, I love the backstabbing. I love the blindsides. I love the plotting, the manipulating, the drama. Watching a houseful of inspiring people playing this game would be the most boring show in the world. It would be like season 1 all over again. Remember before there was an HOH, when America voted who went home? Remember how everyone acted fake nice to each other once they realized that America was voting out people who rocked the boat at all? Remember how absolutely BORING that season was? Why do you think they ditched that format after one season? Because it makes for boring TV.

Once again, you don't like it? You don't like what we have sunk to? You don't like CBS protecting you from the N word? Vote with your remote. Quit watching.

I'm not just saying that to be an asshole either. I didn't like Evel Dick. Couldn't stand him. I hated the way his whole strategy was get drunk and yell at women. I know people didn't like Jen. I wasn't a big fan either. But the way he acted towards her I found disturbing. He was doing things that outside the house would be a Class C misdemeanor. So halfway through the season I quit watching. And I am someone who OBSESSED over Big Brother every season. I eventually came back a few seasons later. Then I guess it was two years ago, they brought back Dick and Danielle (and Rachel and Brendon). You know what I did? I turned it off. I didn't watch another episode or keep up with it online.

So everyone out there who gets angry over what a few people on a TV show that they have never met in person, so much so that it ruins their summer, they feel the need to smash their Twitter feeds, they feel the need to call CBS, call the families, call their workplaces. Every season is going to have people you think are vile and disgusting. Seriously, stop watching. You will live a much more happy, stress free life for it.

P.S. I am the expert on what constitutes fair play. Quick answer, if it isn't physical, it's fair play.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
@BB truly seem to think you have all the answers. Try a little humility, it might feel good. There are only so many books you can should try it sometime..then you wouldn't need to get all your thrills from that kind of game play. Actually what it all boils down to, is that ....if you sacrifice your basic integrity for are a WHORE..simple as that. But what would you know about probably sold yourself to the highest bidder long ago.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sold my soul. Need to read a book. Need humility. Cool. Keep em coming. I still think you are missing my point , though. this is what I'm trying to say.

"Actually what it all boils down to, is that ....if you sacrifice your basic integrity for are a WHORE..simple as that." Okay. I won't argue this. If you think that being cutthroat makes you a whore, then fine. But every season, the game is filled with "whores". You, and many others who complain every season, obviously don't like watching "whores". So why do you? If you didn't like fake blood, would you watch a Friday the 13th movie on HBO if it was the only thing on? Would you read an Ann Rule book if you didn't like true crime? Would you eat a pizza if you didn't like cheese? This is what I am trying to figure out.

Personally, I love Big Brother. I love the game play. That's why I watch it. Big Brother, since season 2, has been a "check your morals at the door if you want to win" kind of game. That is how you win Big Brother! And yeah, make all the personal jabs at me you want, and assume I am a certain way because I like watching what Big Brother is, but I also love watching Face Off, another reality show competition where all the competitors are always helping and complimenting each other. Big Brother is not the only show on TV.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
I feel so bad for all of these people who had a gun to their head and were absolutely forced to watch a reality show based on lying, manipulating, and backstabbing, despite the fact that it goes against all of their principles. I really hope these people free themselves from this oppression and are not made to watch and comment on blogs about BB 16.

Go Andy. I'm so happy that he won- I thought he played a fantastic game. I was so afraid that he made a $450,000 mistake by bringing GM instead of Spencer, but I guess he had it either way.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
@ BB rat...okay I was unfair with do have a few good points. Let me explain where I'm coming's called paranoia. That's what society does to you. Don't you feel even a little bit of it. Maybe I should be a monk.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
No hard feelings. And I'm sorry if I came off aggressive or pompous in my responses (though I admit I was totally meaning to be pompous in my P.S. about being an expert on what's fair). And of course you would be a little paranoid. You watch a show called Big Brother, and everyone knows Big Brother is always watching you.

P.S. You really should watch Face-Off. It is a refreshing change of pace from the catty reality shows. And it is features creativity at it's best!
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
@ Kristen ..just because people would like high standards doesn't mean they can't watch the show. I guess it should remain tailor made for nerds like you.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
@BB rat. You seem way too intelligent to be an ordinary fan...what's your story?
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Ha! Just an ordinary person. No story.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
Wow that finale was boring especially when most of it was pointless HOH comps! Way to sidestep the racism issue, CBS-- it would have been fun to see GM/ Andy/ spencer deal when an Interview as scathing as Aaryn's. That would have been some solid drama and ratings gold! Andy is a deserving winner, played an amazing social game, and killed it in jury questions. Plus it's nice that the season known for its horrible, close minded personalities crowning the first LGBT winner. Can't wait for the apology tours to start., "taken out of context" "the house makes you crazy" bullshit bullshit bullshit.

I hope next season we get some strategists who take risks and don't play under the radar! If we get another house filled with sheep, it's going to really suck
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPointels2123
Apology tours......apologize for WHAT??? Did you ever listen to some of those RAP songs?? They need to apologize. Andy needs to apologize for being such a dork!!
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Here's why I never get behind bashing the HGs personally (besides the obvious fact I don't know them personally), and why I think things like apology tours are silly. A week from today, if even that long, we won't give these people a second thought anymore. We'll have all moved on to Survivor, Amazing Race, or whatever other show we may watch. We won't even think about this cast again until next season rolls along, and people start talking about how the Season 16 cast is the worst ever, and in some way or fashion remembering the season 15 cast through rose colored glasses as not being "that bad".

The house guests are human. They are going to have to live with the crap being slung their way for a long, long time, while the viewers will barely remember who they were or why they cared so much about someone they don't even know. The viewers are doing more harm to the HG's lives than the HG's ever did to the viewers, and that is lame. And yeah, I know people are going to say "They did it to themselves" or "They totally deserve all the crap they get." To that I say bullshit. They don't deserve any of that crap just because viewers don't like the house guests.

Show's over. And unless Gina Marie takes over for Jeff in doing HG interviews, or something equally silly, the viewers and the house guests need to say goodbye to each other, part ways, and just live our lives. If you want to keep up with one you liked and care about what they have to say, follow them on Twitter.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
@BBrat me out're more verbose than me. Poor Arryn looked like a deer in headlights. I thought the so called racism was mild, sure shot up ratings. That kind of talk is everywhere, get use to it. People in Texas do talk that way, so what. More whites are the victims of racist remakes than blacks in my opinion.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Oy. I don't know if I even want to get anywhere close to the racism stuff. That is a delicate topic. I will say this about what I think of Aaryn. She said some shitty things. Nobody can argue that. I just feel like it came not from a place of pure hatred of other races, but more of a place of ignorance.

This is what it reminds me of. When I was growing up in southern California, not Texas, I heard the kind of remarks Aaryn made in Jr. High and High School all the time. I don't think any of those people making those comments I heard (well, most of them) were racist. By racist I mean they hate people of other races. I think it came more from a schoolyard bully kind of thing. You find the one thing about a person they can't change and that is what you use to insult them, be it race or weight. Whatever is easiest. Race is very easy.

Yes, I know Aaryn isn't in Jr. High, but I think that is the place her comments came from. It was from a place of ignorance. She is stuck in this house, where everyone's maturity seems to go down several notches, and when someone pisses her off, she goes for the low blow not even thinking of the ramifications outside the house. It was stupid. It was ignorant. But I don't think she is deep down a racist.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Brother Rat
@BB I am impressed!!! That was so perfect!!!! I feel that brings everyone to a much higher level of understanding.
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

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