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Wednesday
Aug072013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 18 Recap

A cone of shame. A clown-itard. Multiple tanning sessions. A contest to determine a place at a barbecue. Yes, tonight is going to be full of silliness.

Yet it won’t be all giggles. There will be a MVP nominee reveal that will revive a whole mess of paranoia, culminating in an extremely contentious POV competition that will bring the ugly side of at least two competitors. Yes, this will be a strange episode that will be talked about for quite some time. Or at least until tomorrow’s eviction.

Before we get to that silliness, though, we have to relive the moment GinaMarie nominated Candice and Jessie. GinaMarie says that Candice is “pretty much my target”, as she’s a rat and “drama queen”. Jessie is just a pawn. She goes on to utter stupidity about how New Yorkers “tell it like it is”. Stop this, diary room.

Candice says she’s “appalled” by GinaMarie’s comments, and admits that she feels like an outsider. We hear GinaMarie inform the girls that she wants to talk to them upstairs. Uh oh. Jessie is also bummed out about GinaMarie’s comments, and says she’s “going to fight hard to remain here”. Meanwhile, Amanda and Judd run into the cockpit room to make fun of GinaMarie’s speech.

Jessie is first to talk to GinaMarie, who compliments her about being a “beast” at POV. “You’re not going home.” Candice is her target, and she wants Jessie to remain cool for the week. Jessie says that she’ll definitely have her back.

Candice is downstairs, and Judd apologizes to her. Candice says she has “thick skin”, so none of this matters to her. GinaMarie then yells for her to come upstairs, but she really doesn’t want to. She does anyway, and complains about how “harsh” GinaMarie was to her. This is a dumb conversation that we covered on last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show. Neither of these two ladies are really good at speaking, and it’s pretty much all silliness. GinaMarie, though, somehow believes that this conversation is going to smooth things over.

Now we have the first moment of MVP discussion. Spencer seems to be the only one who truly believes that viewers are picking the third nominee, although he says in the diary room that he has no clue. Amanda is the one who is completely convinced that it’s not America, and she claims that the public wouldn’t vote her up. Even McCrae laughs at that comment. “I’ve been getting out all the mean people in the house. I don’t see why they’d put me up.” The rest of the room is speechless.

Jessie is now seen going up to the HOH room again, where everybody is hanging out. Nobody really talks to her, and Amanda complains about her sitting down next to McCrae. She calls for McCrae to move next to her, “which is annoying”. She then gets up and leaves the room, and McCrae says he doesn’t know what is wrong. “This is so high school it’s ridiculous.”

McCrae tracks her down in the bedroom, where she tells him he’s “annoying”. She brings up why he wouldn’t move next to her, and we then have a really silly argument. An annoyed McCrae finally gets up and walks away.

The next scene shows McCrae walking into the bathroom as Amanda is taking a shower, and the discussion carries on. “Girls like that drive me up the wall”, she says. She then complaisn that he’s not responding, and McCrae says in the diary room that she is now reminding him of past girlfriends. She asks if he’s mad at her, and he’s still quiet. “Can you talk, please. You’re driving me crazy.” He adds in the diary room that if he was to separate from her she would probably come after him. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Amanda can scorn.”

After the first commercials, it is time to find out the identity of the third nominee. You probably already guessed, but it’s Amanda. She’s obviously not happy. “Why??? It doesn’t make any sense!” Meanwhile, Jessie is fighting back a smile. McCrae says that her attitude hasn’t been doing her any favors in recent days. The other plays in the competition are Judd and Spencer, with Aaryn as the host.

Now Candice and Elissa are giggling in the cockpit room, and Helen joins them. Helen tells Candice that she “needs to keep your brain focused’ to get herself off the block. They suddenly think that Judd is the MVP. Amanda is walking in, and Elissa asks if it is Judd. She agrees. “He just acts super weird.”

Amanda then pulls Judd aside and asks him if he’s MVP. He doesn’t reply, but says if he wins MVP he’s going to use it on Jessie. Amanda replies, “are you serious?” He then changes it to acting like he’s going to use it on Jessie, but actually use it on her. Amanda complains that he is being sketchy.

She then approaches Spencer to see if he’d use it on her, and he’s pretty non-committal. In the diary room, though, he’s not as afraid to say no way. “It would be like if the Joker went to Batman looking for help”. They promise to talk later about it, though.

Amanda then walks into the HOH, and GinaMarie hugs her and says that she didn’t expect it again. She wonders why anybody would do that, and McCrae says that it’s her own fault because of her attitude. Amanda doesn’t see it that way. “It is stupid. It doesn’t make any sense.” GinaMarie says that she would definitely use it on her, but she should win it herself.

For some reason, this makes Aaryn walk out the door, complaining that she’s so selfish. Amanda continues on, complaining that Aaryn is pissed because that would potentially put her up instead.

Andy is now in the storage room with McCrae, talking about how pissed Aaryn is about this. “In front of Aaryn, she should not be pushing for GinaMarie to use it on her.” McCrae then back upstairs, and tells GinaMarie to just keep it for herself. Guess who is right behind him, though?

Yeah, this isn’t going to go well. Amanda wants to know why he’s fighting to keep her on the block. Aaryn says the “same reason you’re worried is why I’m worried”. McCrae complains that Amanda thinks everybody owes her something, which they don’t.

Oh God, this is continuing. She’s now in the have-not room with tears, and Judd tells her not to worry. She starts yelling at McCrae again, and she refuses to understand their fight. “You need to stop your dictatorship in this relationship.”

It’s now time for the competition. The backyard is set up like a froggery (is that a word), which greatly pleases Judd. They have to sling their frogs into the pond, and the last place person in each round is out. They then pull a prize, which can be traded in for whomever is lower than them.

Jessie is up first, and gets a three. McCrae gets a five, Candice a 4, Judd a 8, Amanda a 23, and Gina completely misses the target. She’s out, and her prize is the veto! (Temporarily, of course.)

In round two, Spencer goes first with a five. Candice gets 24, Judd an 8, Jessie a 4, and Amanda only gets a 1. She’s now out, and her “prize” is the Code of Shame. Obviously, she trades it with GinaMarie’s veto.

In round three, Judd kicks it off with a 21, followed by Jessie’s 9, and Spencer’s 5. Before the final throw, though, Candice whispers to Judd that Amanda thinks he’s the MVP. “They think you’re shady.” He says he’s not MVP, and Candice replies, “they call me a rat. I’ll be a rat.”

Amanda catches on, and tells her to “shut your big fat mouth”. In the diary room, Amanda complains that Candie is digging her own grave, as her plan was to push for Jessie to go home instead. Amanda says that maybe Candice is actually the MVP. Candice then starts sing-songing a stupid reply about “all day I’ll put you up”.

Oh boy. Amanda’s response? “That’s the Saniqua coming out in you, I guess.” Sigh. Elissa is smiling, but complains in the diary room that comments like that should not be made. Amanda continues on, bitching that everybody made fun of her in school because she acts like a fool. McCrae pleads with her to stop.

Finallly, Candice is up to toss, and her throw goes right into the water. Amanda continues to make fun of her as she opens her prize to find a Bahamas vacation. She trades it for the veto.

Amanda won’t let things drop, though, asking why she won’t let things drop and that she is the reason Howard went home. “You have no gameplay.”

“It’s the wrong game, boo”, replies Candice, and continues to bark at Amanda, who says she’s “fucking nuts”. Of course, the real insult of the competition isn’t heard, as it’s about Howard’s penis.

Round 4 finally begins with Judd getting a 23, Jessie getting 13, and Spencer hitting only a 6. His prize? “50 shades of orange”, which GinaMarie begs to receive. Instead, he trades it for the vacation.

Now it’s the final round, and Jessie hits the 50 but it falls into the water. Judd then throws a 20 to win the competition! Amanda then starts yelling some more, as does Candice. “I’d rather Jessie get it any day of the year over you.” Judd tells her to do just that. Her envelope is for five grand, but she obviously trades it for the veto. Judd’s prize is the clownitard, and he trades it for the money, making Jessie the holder of the POV!

Amanda is pissed, but at least Candice didn’t win either. Candice, meanwhiles, hopes that the fight will ultimately save her.

It’s now the aftermath of the competition, and Amanda and McCrae have yet another fight. “I told you to shut up, and you then keep going.” Amanda says that Candice is stupid, and McCrae says that she is the stupid one. “Am I supposed to just sit there?” McCrae says she’s running around like a bully, but Amanda doesn’t understand. She finally tells him to just leave.

In the kitchen, Aaryn and Elissa are laughing about the clownitard. Candice walks into the room, and says she’s just “going to stay calm and collected” in hopes that the target moves on to Amanda. Aaryn is now worried that Elissa may try to save Candice.

Aaryn heads upstairs to tell GinaMarie about what she thinks about Elissa’s plans. She wants Elissa to be put up as Jessie’s replacement.

It’s now time for funny filler. Candice heads in for her clown costume, and comes out to much laughter. Spencer says she’s handling it “really cool”, though.

Next up is Amanda’s “50 shades of orange”, which means she gets a spray tan whenever the music comes on. “I look like a raccoon”, she complains. “God, I’m good looking.”

Finally, it’s the cone of shame, and, of course, GinaMarie is relishing every second. We get a montage of her life in the house with that stupid thing on her head.

Back to the game, as Helen heads into the HOH room to ensure “my allies are safe”. We get the classic “I really like you” lines from Helen, and then GinaMarie tells her about what they’re hearing about Elissa. Oh no, this can’t happen. Helen goes full bore on her “I love you” bullshit, and how she wants to keep both her and Elissa in this game. Funny stuff, really.

It’s now time for the show’s conclusion, and Jessie again for reasons that make no sense stares at the picture wall. She calls everybody in, and takes herself down. GinaMarie then puts up Spencer, who says he’s in a pretty good spot next to these two people. Amanda also thinks she’s safe, though. Candice thinks that Amanda is “more of a threat than me”, and promises “world war three in the big brother house this week”.

That’s it for the night. Remember, tomorrow night is double eviction night. What did you think of tonight’s episode? Were you happy with the editing of the POV fight? Or how crazy Amanda came off? What about the Cone of Shame? Let us know your thoughts!

 

Wednesday
Aug072013

A Week in the House

Here's a newbie's guide to Big Brother house guests' daily schedules. Their week really revolves around who becomes HOH, so let's start there.

- Head of Household (HOH) competition, Thursdays, live on CBS (in the second half of the broadcast).

If it's an endurance competition (which can take hours to complete), live feed subscribers get to find out the HOH winner immediately ... but CBS viewers don't find out until Sunday night.

These photos are all from #BB15's very first HOH competition. Some (like this one) test endurance, theoretically favoring those with higher physical strength.- Have-not competition, Friday.

- "Kiss the ring," Friday. This is Big Brother Gossip's term for the conversations that the new HOH has during the day Friday with every other house guest.

- Nomination ceremony, Friday evening. HOH puts two house guests on the block for eviction.

The above (from have-nots through first two nominations) provides the content for the Sunday night broadcast on CBS. And every broadcast includes replays from the 24/7 live feed recordings, of course.

Aaryn, in her first term as Head of Household, calls everybody to the kitchen for the nomination ceremony. The HOH draws the first of the keys she's inserted, announcing the name on the key, which indicates that player is safe. Each house guest takes a turn until no keys are left, leaving two people ... indicating they are nominated for eviction.- America votes a house guest in as Most Valuable Player -- or, sometimes, America is the MVP. The MVP nominates the third house guest for eviction. The nominee is announced to the house, but the MVP remains secret. This happens Saturday. (By the way, having an MVP and a third nominee are new twists for #BB15.)

- Power of Veto (POV) competition, Saturday.

Other competitions, like the one shown here when Helen won HOH, test smarts and memory.- POV ceremony, Monday. If the POV is a nominee, she or he virtually always saves herself or himself. If the nominee had been put up by the HOH, the HOH puts a new person on the chopping block. If the nominee had been put up by the MVP, then the MVP names a new third nominee (but the MVP's identity is kept secret).

The above (from MVP through third nomination) provides the content for the Wednesday night broadcast on CBS. (By the way, do you see the value of the Big Brother Gossip Ticker in the right column? At a glance, you can find updated info as early as Saturday which CBS doesn't broadcast or post until the following Wednesday!)

- Tuesday daytime: The HOH gets a camera for an hour, writes a blog, and can tweet. This content goes live on the CBS Big Brother web site later.

- Eviction vote, Thursdays, live on CBS (in the first half of the broadcast).

Left to right: House guests gather in the living room, and nominees get to plead why they should stay. Julie talks them through the process. Then each goes into the Dairy Room to vote.- And then ... the cycle begins again with the next live HOH competition.

That's the story! That's a #BB15 week.

Did I miss anything or get a detail wrong? Comment below or send corrections to @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: How a live double eviction episode works -- just in time for #BB15's first double.

Wednesday
Aug072013

The Jury of 9

Breaking news from earlier today (Wednesday): Big Brother has announced that the two house guests evicted this Thursday night (August 8, 2013) will be the first two members of the jury. Assuming no additional twists come along, that means #BB15 will have a nine-member jury, up from the usual seven. The jury returns during the final episode to pick the winner from the two finalists.

Jury members are sequestered in a separate house for the remainder of the season. They have limited contact with the outside world. They have no access to the live feeds. They do see edited versions of the TV show which includes competitions and ceremonies but no diary room sessions or other game talk. But they talk with the other evicted house guests after each arrives at the jury house, hearing each person's scoop (biased as it is) on what happened in the house each week.

One more thing: There are no live feeds of the jury house. We only get to keep watching what happens in Big Brother house itself.

The house guests have been speculating about a double eviction this week and how it could affect the jury, but they've heard no official word yet. Share your thoughts here or hit me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: My post which details each day's unique scheduled activities was preempted for this news, but it's still coming. And on Thursday, I'll detail how a Double Eviction episode works.

Wednesday
Aug072013

The Night Owl

Well, at the beginning of the night there was hope for a bit of drama.  The bachelorette party for Amanda was set to happen along with Alcohol, and Jessie and Candice had been steadily talking to Helen about how to get the votes to keep Candice and oust Amanda for a good while.  Helen of course committed to nothing and then ran around the house acting like a martyr for listening to the campaign.  She did tell Candice and Jessie that if they got Judd to vote their way so they had the votes, she would vote with them, but after the conversation she quickly pulled Judd into the storage room to tell him that this week was NOT the week to get rid of Amanda and Candice must go. 

Jessie and Candice have the game pretty much figured out.  Jessie knows where the various alliances lie and who has the power in the house.  It's just unfortunate that she has no backup and will likely be leaving the house very soon unless she wins HOH.  Her delivery is also lacking when it comes to social game sometimes, but honestly, I find her a lot more credible than the paranoid ramblings of Amanda. While Jessie and Candice were talking, they both got pretty fired up, and I thought maybe there would be some fireworks at the part, but Candice decided not to drink and not to attend.

So the party happened and even included all the guys, but Candice stayed in her bed.

For a while the party was all fun and games.  They all went outside and played a game of Telephone "the perverted edition".

After the games broke up, another musical bed war started between Jessie, Judd, and Aaryn.  Aaryn wanted to sleep in GinaMarie's old bed with Judd.  Jessie was planning on having Judd sleep in her bed, and Judd said he was just going to sleep in the Have-Not room to avoid having to sleep with Jessie.  In the end the arrangements ended up being Aaryn and Andy in Elissa and Helen's old bed, Helen and Elissa in GinaMarie's old bed, and Judd and Jessie in their regular bed.  This however did not go over well with Aaryn, who after trashing Amanda all day, decided she was back on team Amanda so she could go trash Judd.

Amanda went on her usual loop about how you can't trust Judd and he is MVP and blah blah blah.  Aaryn was more concerned with "I think he is saying the same things to Jessie that he is saying to me.  These insecure girls and their need for a showmance to be part of their game are KILLING me.  Amanda of course took this as an opportunity to go on one of her anti-Judd rants until Spencer, Andy, and Judd actually entered the cockpit where they were talking.

Jessie spent most of her evening in bed with Candice talking to her about the way things are.  It really is kind of unfortunate that they don't have any votes behind them, because most of what their understanding of the game is really smart and they are not wrong about who needs to go and what the smartest move to make would be.

Outside of those conversations not a lot really happened.  Most  have gone to bed now.  GinaMarie, Spencer, and Judd are in the hammock talking, but not much about game. Mostly just general chit chat. 

Candice is still going home of course, and at this point we will likely see either Judd or Jessie walk out the door second in the double eviction just depending on who gets HOH and veto.  Most of the house wants Jessie out, but a good portion of them are on board with Amanda's plan to backdoor Judd if they can.  If Jessie won HOH (which I would kind of love to see) there is no telling what would happen.  It could be anyone from GinaMarie and Aaryn to Amanda and McCrae going up.  I'm also not sure what Spencer would do if he won it.  Another part of the DE that is kind of a question mark is how the MVP nomination will work.  I think either the twist will end and there will be no MVP, or for this one eviction there won't be one.  Anyway, unless Candice really gets some fire under her ass and decides to campaign hard today, I don't see much happening before Thursday night, but at least DE nights are usually pretty eventful on the feeds.  As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Tuesday
Aug062013

Kaitlin's Return To TV?

Earlier today, I came across this picture of Kaitlin at the giant bike rally in Sturgis, SD. Notice in the background there's a sign for the Full Throttle Saloon, which is one of the bars in that area that is open for only the week of the bike rally.

Besides lots of over-the-hill bands, the main attraction of that bar is that a film crew "documents" everything that happens on the premises for a show by the same name. The show is focused on owner Mike Ballard, his dancer fiance, Angie Carlson, and their best friend, Jackyll leader Jesse James Dupree. It's a terrible show, to be honest, with fake fights between the three, and over-dramatic reactions to any event that will "threaten" the future of the bar. Various other employees, customers, and musicians are also featured in various subplots.

Kaitlin is there working for Budweiser, and given her semi-fame, it's pretty obvioius to me that she will appear next season. TruTV, which airs the show (and is also owned by CBS), has also been forwarding pictures of her at the event. I wonder if she'll find a biker version of Jeremy in my home state?

Tuesday
Aug062013

50 Shades of Wrong

Big Brother just didn't feel right these last few days.

On the one hand, I assume that any of this week's Power of Veto competitors -- Amanda, Candice, Gina, Jessie, Judd, and Spencer -- had nearly equal chances of being stuck with the dog cone, the clown suit, or the repeated spray tans. As long as producers intended no specific "punishment" for any specific house guest, perhaps we should think that all is as it should be in a game show which is outrageous by design.

GinaMarie & Candice, neither looking especially happy.On the other hand, in a season already infamous for insensitive, incendiary house guest commentary, why would CBS allow producers to design competition outcomes which seek to produce humor and/or humiliation by changing participants' appearances into caricatures? Candice was targeted early on by racial comments ... which, whether spoken in malice or ignorance, were unquestionably inappropriate. Now Big Brother dresses Candice as a clown, practically inviting us to laugh at the character she was required to become? After days of this, it's no wonder she mostly stayed in seclusion on Monday. And what would everybody be saying if, instead of Amanda, Aaryn had been the one to have the color of her skin changed so drastically?

It's as if they're trying to morph #BB15 into a farcical reverse-psychology whacky after-school special on race relations.

Candice's clown outfit; Amanda after repeated spray tans.At best, this is uncomfortable. At worst, it's outright disrespectful. I'm not necessarily sayin' the producers shouldn't have gone ahead with plans which were probably in place before the season started. I'm just sayin' that it troubles me when factoring in the present context.

This is an honest reaction from a newbie's perspective, and my commitment to sharing the remaining #BB15 experience with you is unchanged. But CBS should recognize that events like these do not particularly inspire new viewers to come back next year.

CBS added a disclaimer to the feeds and broadcast this season for the first time in show history. Do I need my own disclaimer? These views are mine only, offered with zero offense-causing intent, in the hope of inspiring civil, respectful discourse even if we disagree. Comment here or chirp @uselesstraffic.

Back to normal (if there is such a thing) next time at the Newbie Desk: Making sense of the different daily activities, weekly competitions, and TV schedules.

Tuesday
Aug062013

The Night Owl

Well, I think the HGs mostly played themselves out last night. Tonight started out and really ended with nothing much changing.  GinaMarie got her Cone of Shame off and had Elissa dye her hair for her so that she no longer looks like a skunk.  Helen made chicken fried rice for what was supposed to be the engagement/wedding party for Amanda and McCrae, but they slept through it and everyone but them ate.  Amanda tanned quite a few more times until her punishment was over.  If you are familiar with BBUK, you will recognize her look as the same one Alex got after she completed a similar tanning task.

As far as game talk, Amanda went on her usual loop about how Judd is MVP and he is this evil mastermind that they have to backdoor as soon as they get the chance.  McCrae of course went along with her.  Andy actually protested at first, but Amanda convinced him that Judd is after him too and that he is going to go after all of them... *beats head on the desk*

Jessie talked to Helen, Elissa, and Candice for a while.  She still wants Amanda out.  Helen and Elissa have now decided it might be a good idea to keep Amanda as a wedge in the house that keeps the boys from being able to bond. Elissa still wants all the guys gone so that there are nothing but girls competing (someone seriously shoot me if that happens.).

When Helen and Elissa were not in the room, Jessie and Candice talked about the control Helen has over the house as well as the control Amanda has.  They also talked about how Aaryn and GinaMarie are more devotes to Amanda than Helen or Elissa. They both understand what is actually happening, but there is not really anything they can do about it since they do not have the votes to save themselves.

Aaryn is sick of GinaMarie and has been ranting and raving about her HOH-itis for a good portion of the night.  She has also been really pushing for Judd to ditch Jessie and get with her which is causing a very awkward love/game triangle between the three of them.  During one of her moments when she was able to get Judd alone with her she implied to him that Amanda does not believe Elissa is MVP (meaning she doesn't trust him) but she was SUPER cryptic about it and whether he picked up on what she was saying or not, I'm not sure.

Helen pulled Andy aside to tell him that "her friends" meaning the DR has been telling her that Judd or McCrae are MVP.  I take this with the same grain of salt I used when swallowing her whole "they told me Nick is Dan's cousin" thing and "they told me not to put up Howard".   However, regardless of how ridiculous it is, she now ALSO wants to BD Judd soon if they can and keep Amanda safe...sigh..   If Judd or Jessie don't win HOH, or Judd doesn't win veto in the DE this week, he may be completely screwed.

All in all it was a typical night. Mass Amanda paranoia, Helen dictating everything, Andy running back and forth, and Jessie and Candice being powerless. Candice is still going home as of now, though she is now up against Spencer and Amanda instead of Jessie and Amanda.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight live feed stuff.  Until tomorrow night....

Monday
Aug052013

Tactics 101

The welcome which you, both readers and fellow BBG contributors, have provided me here at the Newbie Desk has been warm. Thank you!

In my day job (which is in the information technology field), I achieve better understanding of complex technical processes by authoring our user documentation -- making things easy to understand for staffers who don't have IT backgrounds. Big Brother viewers who have been watching since the early years may not realize how complex this process is! There are deeply nuanced strategies at play which I'm only now starting to notice.

Tactical analysis is subjective, and best left to Ash, Scott, and Mike. But if there's an objective way I can contribute to our seasoned readers and not just to other newbies, it's with the new BBG Ticker which you see near the top of the right column. If Ash's daily "Night Owl" summaries, Scott's spot-on analyses, and Indy Mike's commentary help you fill in all the gaps, I hope the Ticker provides a useful at-a-glance outline. Creating it gave me a much better understanding of house guests' roles and goals.

By the way, if BBG's writers put #BB15 into high definition, then the Big Brother Podcast makes it pop in full 3D. You listen too, right?

Shall we move on to reader comments?

leopardgrrl1 writes, "HGs ... don't seem to find much irony or humor in their watched/controlled/scripted state. Where's the snark, the sarcasm, the cleverness?"

Thou -- Andy, Helen, Clownie (Candice), and Judd -- shalt NOT talk about production. Your comment came to mind two different times while watching the feeds -- Sunday, July 28, 11:49a, camera 3, and yesterday morning (Sunday, Aug 4), 11:39a, camera 4. On July 29, When Judd, Helen, and Elissa started talking about trying out for the show, we got fish for 15 seconds. Shortly after they were back, we heard Big Brother say "You may not talk about production." About 8 minutes later, conversation again strayed back to how they got into Big Brother. We got fish for a minute and then were treated to a four-camera view of Andy and Spencer sleeping.

And yesterday morning, Andy, Candice, Helen, and Judd were sitting outside talking about things of zero consequence when Andy said, "Can we just talk real quick? Let's keep it real. They do not need an hour and a half worth of shots of us being serious. They could get that in 5 minutes, and then we could f#ckin' hang out in the back yard." Helen agrees, "I know! Why does it take so long?" Andy: "Cuz they just want us to" -- and then immediate cut to fish.

Yes, indeed, I completely agree that it would be entertaining to see the house guests talk openly about the BB experience from a "meta, beyond-the-game" point of view ... but it's very likely we'll never see it. Why don't the producers like it? Is this a newbie's lack of understanding? I understand not talking about Dairy Room conversations. But, holy good gravy, we paid for the feeds and we know they're making a TV show! If what the HGs say doesn't somehow negatively affect game play, why can't we see it, unedited?

When I whined about Aaryn winning HOH for a second time, psychodrew wrote, "One reason you see a lot of repeat winners is that there are people who throw HOH competitions because they don't want the responsibility." Teagan, Zoe, and objkshn also helped open my eyes to the nuanced strategy in this game. I see now that it's more than just winning competitions, attempting to persuade others to vote your way, and forming voting blocs (i.e. alliances). For example, some don't want the target that comes with being HOH; some choose not to evict controversial players because they hope to be paired with a "weak" HG in the finale.

Helen invited Aaryn, Elissa, and Jessie to the BBQ. Did she make the right choices?Speaking of supposedly-weak HGs, controversial remarks aside, I'm starting to think that Aaryn has got some game. If true that she was a puppet to the Powers That Be during her most recent HOH stint, Aaryn appears to have some pull over HOH GinaMarie (unless things changed last night) ... and, when selecting people to invite to the barbecue, Helen was quick to continue a "you scratch my back"-and-forth arrangement with Aaryn. Does the perception of weakness equate to stealthy strength?

Or are there subtleties at play here which are totally going over my head?

Kelli wrote, "As a well seasoned BB fan, I absolutely cannot WAIT to read your perspective!" And ErinInTx wrote, "Love the questions you asked, they are the exact same questions I hear when I first introduce someone to the madness!" Thanks to you both! It's encouraging to know that you and others appreciate hearing a newbie's perspective.

If you too are a #BB15 newbie (or at least remember what it's like), strategize with me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: Has Big Brother gone too far?

Monday
Aug052013

The Night Owl

A lot lot LOT of game talking went on tonight.  I think we are basically back where we started with Candice going home, but that didn't stop a lot of plans and freak-outs from happening.

When I first turned on the feeds tonight, Amanda was telling Aaryn about how she would like to win HOH this coming week and put up Helen and Jessie with the option of backdooring Judd OR possibly just sending Helen home.

While Amanda was having this talk with Aaryn, Jessie, Helen, and Elissa were plotting a way to get the votes to keep Candice and take Amanda out while they had the chance and she was on the block.  They discussed how it would have to work, and came to the conclusion that they needed to first pull Andy's vote and then Judd's.  Helen having no idea that Andy is much more loyal to Amanda than her, decided to go ahead and pull him into the storage room to talk to him about it.  Andy of course immediately said "no no NO!!" to the idea of voting out Amanda.  He told Helen he didn't feel comfortable with doing it this week.  Helen told Andy that she had heard that Amanda had plans to get her out the next week.  I'm not sure if she had really heard that or not, but if she was lying, it was a good one since it's actually kind of true.  Andy told her he had never heard anything from Amanda about wanting Helen out, and they needed to stay solid.  While they were talking, Aaryn was listening outside of the door to the storage room and then entered in the middle of the conversation.  She asked what they were talking about and they lied and said they were trying to figure out how they were going to tell Candice that she was going home.

Knowing that what she heard was a lie, Aaryn pulled Amanda into the have-not room to tell her everything she had heard.  Andy was not far behind Aaryn to come and spill what Helen had been saying to him.  He gave Amanda a much lighter version of what had been said and told her to NOT freak out or let anyone know that she knew what was going on.  They discussed making some deals or new alliances that might make Helen trust Amanda more and not want her out, then Andy left.  Aaryn continued telling Amanda that she was pretty sure that people were going to vote her out this week because she was certain that Jessie and Helen were going to be able to pull Judd's vote.

At the moment Aaryn was saying this, Helen was telling Judd about the plan in the storage room and trying to get his thoughts on it.  Like Andy, Judd said no, and that it was not a good idea for their game this week to turn on Amanda and get people after them in favor of keeping Candice who he had never talked any game with.

Although Amanda had been told by Andy to tell no one and not to freak out, she was apparently incapable of holding her tongue, and immediately ran outside to where Helen and Elissa were sitting and started crying to them saying "I just have a feeling there is a plan to get me out and something is going wrong this week.".  They assured her that this was not the case and that she was totally safe because they were all voting to evict Candice.

Meanwhile, Aaryn pulled Judd into the have-not room to ask him a bunch of questions about who he was going to vote out and if he was the MVP.  She aked her questions in a way that very much tipped off Judd that Amanda and the rest of his alliance may not trust him anymore.  He reassured Aaryn that he had no intentions of keeping Candice, and was definitely going to keep Amanda.

Because Amanda freaked out and tipped off Helen and Elissa that she knew something was going on, Andy had to pull Helen into the HOH room to do some damage control.  They discussed Amanda just being paranoid and it not being a good idea to get her out this week.  They then pulled Jessie into the HOH room to tell her that it wasn't going to happen.  Jessie told them that she did not feel secure keeping Amanda, but she did not push the issue since the votes were not there.  At the end of this conversation both Aaryn and GinaMarie entered the HOH room.

After Andy, Helen, and Jessie left, Aaryn began telling GinaMarie that she was sure that Amanda was getting voted out insted of Candice.  She said she was positive that Elissa, Jessie, and Helen were going to be able to convince Judd or Andy to vote with them.  GinaMarie said that she would just have to put up someone who was going to keep Candice as the replacement nom instead of Spencer.

GinaMarie then began holding meetings in the HOH room, starting with Judd.  She kind of threatened him about his vote and insinuated that she may put him up if he didn't agree to vote the way she wante dhim to.  Judd was completely confused as to who might be saying that he wasn't voting out Candice, and went on to convince GM that there would be no perks to him keeping Candice and that he definitely would not vote out Amanda.  At the end of the meeting GM told him he was 120% safe, but the meeting was of course enough to set off Judd's paranoia. 

After a few more meetings in the HOH room, GinaMarie was convinced that they still had the votes to get Candice out and decided to go back to her plan of nominating Spencer when Jessie pulls herself off the block. Meanwhile downstairs, Aaryn was telling McCrae and Andy how she needed GinaMarie gone sooner than later since she was freaking out and had the worst case of HOH-itis Aaryn had ever seen.

For a little while, there was a lull in game talk since Amanda was convinced that she was okay and that they had the votes, and Helen had stopped trying to push for a vote to get Amanda out.

During the lull dinner was cooked and served, and alcohol was delivered.  Amanda decided she did not feel up to having her bachelorette party tonight, so the alcohol was distributed between the regular drinkers (Judd, McCrae, Aaryn, and Elissa). 

The lull did not last long.  Aaryn started telling Amanda some things Jessie had said about getting she and Helen out last week when Aaryn was HOH, and that set Amanda off all over again.  Adding to her paranoia was the fact that Jessie and Elissa were in fact down in the cockpit room trying to figure out a way to get her voted out.  Elissa's brain is still stuck on not voting out Candice and so she and Jessie have set their minds to trying to find the votes.  Judd, Andy, and Candice at different moments in time tried to come into the cockpit, but in her awkward and very obvious Elissa way, she ran them all off one by one causing each one of them to run up to the HOH where Amanda was having her freak out so that they could report what they had seen.

Helen, Amanda, Aaryn, GinaMarie, and Andy all tried to talk over each other in the HOH room for quite a while, but they were all basically saying the same thing.  It doesn't matter what Elissa or Jessie does, because they have all the votes they need and are not going to be swayed.

Eventually after being convinced once again that she was alright, Amanda decided she was okay and went outside to talk to McCrae leaving Judd to talk to Helen and GM about whether he made a stupid mistake by letting Jessie keep the veto.

As Judd's aggrivation with Jessie has grown this week, he has stopped sleeping in her bed and tonight was planning to sleep in GinaMarie's old bed and let Aaryn sleep there as well.  Andy was planning to sleep with Jessie.  Aaryn has been gradually (or not so gradually or subtly) putting the moves on Judd as he distances himself from Jessie.  This became an issue tonight when Elissa found out where Aaryn was sleeping.  Elissa told Jessie, and Jessie told Judd that she missed sleeping with him and wanted him to come back to her bed.  Elissa then threw out "I dunno Jessie, I have a feeling a new sleeping situation is happening tonight"  In her passive aggressive Elissa way.  For a while this made things awkward and Judd talked to Amanda, McCrae, and Andy about it, but it actually led to a VERY interesting conversation.

At the height of all the weirdness with the bed situation, Jessie got Judd to come talk to her in the room where they normally sleep.  She laid out the entire game as she sees it right now.  She talked about how she knows that Amanda and McCrae have been controlling who does and doesn't go home from the very beginning. She told him how Helen knows that Andy is more loyal to them after tonight. She explained how Aaryn is also completely loyal to them and GinaMarie does whatever Aaryn tells her to.  She broke down for him what would happen if he voted with Helen, Elissa, and herself to evict Amanda.  She said McCrae would be after she and Helen more than anyone and would likely have to stick with Judd just to have someone unless he just wanted to stick with Aaryn.  She told him Andy would likely become completely loyal to Helen once he no longer had Amanda because he would have no choice.  She finished it by explaining that she knows that if Candice goes this week, she will go next week, and after that it will be Elissa, and then he or Helen going home.  She had a lot of valid points.   When she was done telling him how she saw things, she told him to just think about it and not decide what to do right away.  Judd told her he would think about it and that he definitely saw what she was saying.  Surprisingly, he did not tell Amanda and McCrae about this plan to get Amanda out...

When Judd did not tell Amanda and McCrae about his conversation with Jessie, I thought he was possibly considering what she said, and maybe he is a little bit since he did make out with Jessie for a while (stop that! NO MORE SHOWMANCES!!), but a little later, he did start to tell Andy that Jessie wants Amanda out, but that he did not want to tell Amanda because it would cause her to freak out, so my gut feeling is that he is not even going to take it into consideration.

At this point I still feel like Candice is leaving even though we have a few more days and a bachelorette party to get through before that happens.  I expect to see Spencer put on the block in Jessie's place later today.  Hopefully the scrambling will keep on coming.  At least it isn't boring.  As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night..

 

 

Sunday
Aug042013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 17 Recap

If you’re a stickler for correct sentence construction, or even a semi-accurate use of the English language, this is going to be a tough episode to endure. You see, a certain (former) pageant executive is going to live her dream of running the Big Brother house. She’s going to get her stuff, including a few pictures, and may even be able to take care of that mess down there, if you know what I mean.

So let’s kick it off with the start of the endurance competition. Immediately, Helen is struggling, and we hear Spencer say that he just has to win this. Then Elissa almost falls. She’s on her knees, but is able to save herself. Funny enough, it is Andy who makes fun of her difficulties.

Candice talks about being a big target, and being alone in the house, and starts crying over how lonely she is. “I’m a fighter”, she says. We then get a flashback to Howard’s eviction, and Amanda saying the “house did the right thing”. Aaryn adds that she hopes this is the beginning of a relationship with Helen since she did what Helen wanted. Andy goes on about Howard’s ‘weird metaphors” that indicated how shady he was. “As a result, he had to go.” As he leaves, he tells Candice he loves her and “go get your bed”.

They all stare at Howard’s photo as it goes dark, with Elissa adding a long, long “it’s saaaaaaad”. Spencer explains that he still wanted to vote against Amanda, but all it would hae done is piss her off. They hug anyway, although he says “I wish it was a goodbye hug”.

Amanda then heads into the bathroom and apologizes to Candice. Helen does the same, and babbles about how every week she decides who needs to go to help her game. Yes, another great edit for Helen.

We’re back to the endurance comp, and Helen is still struggling...and over-explaining how you have to do it. Aaryn mentions that McCrae makes it look easy, and he replies that “I have carny blood in me”. He then adds that he never works out, but “for some reason this competition is really easy for me”.

The barrels then pick up speed, and it is clear that Helen is about to drop. Spencer is also starting to sweat and breath really heavy. The contraption then reverses, and it’s now Andy’s turn to over-explain as many are struggling. Spencer is the first out and he punches the “china”. Candice is next, saying all she cared about is going out after Spencer. “My intuition told me to play a low-key game this week.” Say what?

Helen and Amanda both almost fall, and then Helen does drop, as Amanda says, “like broken cowboys after a long night of drinking”. Elissa is next, and then Amanda. McCrae is pissed that “all of my alliance members really suck at this”. A bit later, Judd is the next to fall, and he’s mad because “this was my competition”. Andy is next, leaving Jessie, GinaMarie, and McCrae left in the game.

It’s now time to open the “prizes” for being the first to drop. Spencer “wins” a bullhorn that he must use for the next 24 hours. Candice’s box has five thousand bucks. “Thank you, Jesus. Something good happened to me in the Big Brother house!” Helen, meanwhile, won a barbecue with four guests.

Back to the final three. Jessie starts to struggle, and falls. GinaMarie immediately starts offering the HOH room to him and Amanda. She’s non-stop chatter, and Aaryn wants her to win as she’s the only sure allie she has. GinaMarie just wants her crown and stuff, and complains that McCrae is a tough sell.

We head to commercials, and when we return Helen is shouting encouragement to the final two. Elissa hopes that GinaMarie doesn’t win because Arryn “will be in her head”. GinaMarie is still offering her deals, but McCrae says you can only trust yourself. They keep jabbering, and GinaMarie even offers to let him put up somebody. She’s getting upset that he won’t take her deals. “This Italian stallion ain’t going anywhere.”

Suddenly McCrae loses his balance and falls. GinaMarie isn’t sure what this means. “Did I win? DId I win? Can I get down?” Everybody hugs her, as she says it’s “like a dream come true”. Yeah, let her have her moment in the sun.

People are nervous, though, as GinaMarie is a “wild card’, as Amanda says. Candice hopes that she remembers how she felt when Nick left, because it’s just like her and Howard. Helen is also worried, as “no one knows where her head is”. She does what Helen does best, and completely kisses her ass about how great she is. Seriously, I hate Helen’s diary room comments even more than I did back in the Dan days.

GinaMarie runs off into the bedroom, stopping to kiss Nick’s pic, to dance around with Aaryn. Andy even comments how dumb they look as they jump around. McCrae looks a bit worried, but Amanda says there’s no way GinaMarie would nominate either of them. “She knows we’re not going after her.” McCrae, though, is concerned that somebody will get in her ear as “this would totally be the time to make a move on us”.

Amanda is then unpacking her clothes as Spencer is wandering around with his bullhorn. He motions that the two of them are cool. “I know what you did, and it’s cool”, she says. Spencer even says in the diary room that things with them are now ok. “I’ll keep him around as long as I need him”, adds Amanda.

Now GinaMarie is telling Aaryn how great she is, and totally so proud of herself for her victory. They want Candice out of the house. “Everyone in this house hates her.” GinaMarie wants her out for three reasons, and one of them is her voice. I can’t argue with that logic. Plus, she helped vote out Nick “so she can kiss my ass”.

One more set of commercials, and it’s time for what is normally my least favorite segment of the week - the HOH room reveal. But for shits and giggles, I’m watching tonight. “Let’s get it onnnnnnnnnnnn!’ They all head upstairs, and she screams. She has her crown, photos...and a pic of her and Nick! Holy hell, that’s funny. Plus, she got her hair dye, and as Andy says “all the things in her room insinuate she’s fifteen”, including the godawful Christina Aguilera CD.

Silliness over it’s now Spencer, Judd, Helen, and Jessie in the cockpit room. Helen is babbling about her grill. She has chosen Aaryn and Elissa, but that third spot is still up for grabs. Jessie asks why Aaryn, and gets whiney about it. Aaryn then walks in for a second, and doesn’t stay long.

Aaryn moves on to the bedroom, and reports how Jessie was whining about her being invited to the BBQ. “It was so awkward.” Jessie then walks into the room, and gives the evil eye before sitting on the bed.

We’re now back in the cockpit room, and Jessie is still whining about the BBQ. This time, it’s to McCrae and Amanda, who says not “to take it personally”. Amanda attempts to explain why it was done, but Jessie won’t let it drop. “What about my whole loyalty thing? Does that have any weight in the BBQ thing?” Jessie thinks it’s a big deal to be able to drink, and that “it’s completley an ass-kissing move”. Amanda adds in the diary room that maybe she isn’t the one to complain about loyalty. “Just sit there, shut up, and look semi-pretty”.

It’s now a bit later, and Jessie is still whining. “I’m done playing games. I’m just over the fakeness.” Amanda brings up how she tried to get people to flip the votes against her the previous night, and we get the footage of her talking to Howard and others about that very issue before Andy shuts it down. We also see Andy reporting the plan to McCrae and Amanda.

Jessie says that all she did was ask Andy if it would work. Amanda says she should go to everybody else’s face and tell them that they’re fake. “Don’t sit there like a little girl and cry abotu not being invited to a BBQ when you’re talking about flipping the house against the girl with the BBQ.” Amanda walks away, and then informs Helen, who thinks maybe she should give her that final spot. We go to commercials with a final shot of Jessie crying in the diary room.

When we come back, McCrae is now talking to Jessie about “loyalty and trust”. Jessie responds that she is tired of them “controlling the vote for the last three weeks”. McCrae says that you “have to pick your battles”, but Jessie doesn’t like to take orders.

Uh oh, here comes Amanda in her panties as McCrae continue sot lecture Jessie. Andy is then thrown out of the bus a bit, and Jessie and Amanda go back to yelling at each other about the audacity of her going to him with a plan like that. “You are acting like a not-staying person”, says Amanda. Jessie makes fun of her sitting there in her underwear, and finally says “fuck you” to her. She calls Amanda a bully, who responds that her entire game is playing a “victim”. Amanda finally says that Jessie is acting like somebody who is going home this week, and Jessie’s last words is that she’s not scared of her. Seriously, the edit of this is going way longer than it needs to be.

We’re now back in the house, and McCrae is lecturing Amanda, telling her it makes her “look bad”. He wants her to apologize, saying in the diary room she doesn’t need to take everything so personally. Candice, after all, is the target. He tells her not to act so dumb, which pisses Amanda off. “You never have my back.” Spencer interrupts them, ending the segment.

Now it is time for GinaMarie to interview the house, and her first subject is Jessie. She talks about the fight last night, and weirdly pleads that she shouldn’t be up next to Candice. Ginamarie does say that Candice is her target, but doesn’t know who to put up next to her.

It’s now the moment of truth, as GinaMarie gets to help pick the people she’s “gonna send packing”. She brings everybody in, and manages to get through the speech. The first key belongs to Aaryn, and is followed by Helen, McCrae, Judd, Amanda, Elissa, Spencer, and Andy. GinaMarie then says she put up Candice because she questions her “loyalty”, and for being a “drama queen”, “tattle tale”, and “a little bit of a rat”. Everybody starts cracking up, as she stumbles over the whole “do the best in POV” part of the speech. Holy shit, that’s funny.

She then tells Jessie that she nominated her because she’s a “flip flopper”, which is “worse in my book”. Everybody continues to giggle as she tries to explain how she runs from one side of the house to the other. She goes on and on and on before it’s finally over.

Candice says she’s “genuinely shocked by the things that came out of her tongue-ringed mouth”. She’s going to work her ass off to save herself. Spencer feels pretty good for herself, while Jessie continues to pat herself on the back for standing up to Amanda. She thinks people are going to respect her more, but Amanda says that putting her up is like putting a child into time out. I’m not so sure about that, Amanda.

So that’s it. DId you enjoy tonight’s episode? What about that fight between Amanda and Jessie? Who came out looking worse? Tell us what you think!