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Wednesday
Jul202011

Big Brother Season 13, Episode 6 Recap

Working on Big Brother footage for CBS must be a tough job. No, no, no, I’m not talking about the fact that every week presents hundreds of hours of footage that must be cut down to two 42-minute episodes (plus a segment or two on eviction day). What I’m referring to is the “Rachel edit”.

It has to be hell for these poor souls who have to somehow take footage that shows Rachel (and SkypeBoy) acting like fools and transform them into a modern day Romeo and Juliet. The task is comparable to convincing America that a Kardashian has the smarts of Steven Hawking. Tonight is an especially challenging evening, as all the acoustic guitars and pianos in the world can’t make one sympathetic for the Vegas cocktail waitress after viewing Sunday’s meltdown on the feeds.

Yet, I expect CBS to give it a grand ol’ try. The initial confrontation with Cassi will leave out important moments, the guidance from Jordan will be made to appear that it entered into that vast wasteland of a brain, and, worst of all, the mental beatdown from Brendon will be turned into a touching moment of a loving girlfriend learning from her masterful scientist boyfriend. Blech!

Before we get to that, however, we must sit through the usual garbage of the house reactions to the nominations of Adam and Dominic (god, this seems like it happened weeks ago). Adam says that Jordan had told him that he has to trust them if he’s nominated, and after Lawon whispers “you gotta fight”, Dom says he knows he’s the big target this week as “I’ve got big suspicions Adam stabbed me in the back”. Jordan agrees, saying she believes Dom is the “ringleader”.

For some reason, Rachel thanks Jeff for the nominations. “It’s not me, it’s Jordan”, he replies. In the diary room, Rachel is a bit more heated. “What are you doing? Cassi is the target to get out of here, not Dominic. If I can’t even trust you and Jeff to make the right choices at nominations, what am I going to be able to trust you at going forward?” Who is the HOH again?

Dom and Cassi reconvene in the have-not room. Dom says he knew it was coming, and Cassi asks if he thinks he has a shot. Dom says he doesn’t know how much he trusts Jeff and Jordan, and “it all depends on Adam’s deal with them”. Cassi tells him to cut a better deal, but Dom doesn’t want to be their “slave” for the next couple of weeks. Dom thinks he’s now flying solo.

Adam then walks into the room, and Dom asks him how he’s feeling. “We gotta win that veto”, says Dom. “Our back’s against the wall”, replies an unconvincing Adam. “Let’s not pull a Porsche and Keith.”

Jordan now has Adam in the HOH room, and claims that he acted so well Jeff believes he’s actually pissed. She promises him that he’s safe, and for the veto competition the “best thing for you to do is to sabotage it. I promise you we have your back.”

Meanwhile, Rachel is now hanging out with Porsche, who says Cassi has to be eliminated before the couples are split. This sets up the typical Rachel complaints against Cassi before Lawon interrupts. “I see Rachel and Porsche talking”, he claims, “and that’s mischievous. Those girls are always up to no good.”

Then we switch to Dom and Daniele, who warns him that anything she says has to be kept secret “because it’s for your benefit”. Daniele says in the diary room that she’s not stressing out yet, as she has some buttons yet to push. Yes, Jeff wants Dom out (“he’s an asshole” is the reply), but Daniele says both Rachel and Jeff are “going to sink their own ships”. Dom says that he is starting to trust Daniele, but she admits in the diary room that she’s just using him “for now”.

Daniele begins her work by telling Rachel she wants Daniele out, and Cassi put up in his place. “I don’t trust Cassi, trying to say she’s so real, and then running around the house telling lies to everybody.” Daniele admits in the diary room that she really doesn’t have anything against Cassi, “but if I see a bus, I’m not afraid to give her a little push”.

After commercials, Rachel and Brendon are talking to Jordan, telling her that they can all trust each other, but nobody can trust Cassi. “She’s so fake. She needs to get out of here.” Jordan just looks around, wondering where those voices are coming from.  Brendon doesn’t want her spending any time with Cassi. Jordan sees through their game. “Cassi just said one thing about Porsche, and Rachel is blowing it way out of proportion. It’s a little exaggerated and a little bit dramatic. It’s almost ridiculous.”

Jordan takes her concerns about Rachel to a seemingly bored Jeff. She tells him how Brendon and Rachel are constantly in her face about spending time with Cassi, but she wants to talk to her. “So, talk to her”, replies Jeff. “They gotta relax.” Jeff continues to rant about Rachel in the diary room, comparing her “to that little gnat that buzzes in your ear that you can’t stand…it’s not our first rodeo, and we don’t need that all the time…I need some Rachel-Off”. So do the feed watcher, Jeff. Trust me.

Sure enough, Cassi is in the HOH and Jordan informs her that people are “throwing you under the bus” (ugh, that dreaded line for the 10th time already tonight). “It’s because you’re pretty. You’re like absolutely gorgeous, and that’s no lie.” Cassi says it’s not just that, but it’s also because “I don’t play back with them”. Cassi adds that she likes them because they’re genuine people that won’t let those types of games influence their thinking. She adds in the diary room that this is exactly why she hasn’t let on that she’s a model. Well, I wouldn’t go that far, my dear.

It’s time to pick players for the veto comp. Jordan ably gets through the script, and after calling up the nominees, Jordan pulls out the chip that belongs to…get this, Brendon and Rachel! Nice job, CBS! Dom is pissed! “I’m going to get destroyed!” Jordan then chooses Daniele to be the host of the competition.

Rachel takes Brendon into the storage room and asks him if he’d be willing to go against Jeff and Jordan if they win the veto. “I think they’re just doing what’s best for them in this game.” Really, Rachel? Aren’t you doing the same thing? In one of his most coherent points of both of his seasons, Brendon says that they can’t just go “behind Jeff and Jordan’s back”. Rachel says that she’s scared that Jordan is so easily influenced, and Brendon replies “that’s why we can’t let Jordan be alone with Cassi”. They decide to enlist Dom in their plan, and Rachel goes off to find Daniele.

Daniele warns them that it’s a risky move, but she’s “super excited” that they’re on board to keep Dominic. “In the end, I’m going to get what I want and nobody is going to be mad at me.”

It’s finally veto comp time, and Daniele leads them all out to the backyard to a giant “candy shop”. In this game, they’re playing as individuals, which obviously pleases Dom. To win, one must chew gumballs while walking across a plank to deposit on their “veto portrait”. Yes, Jordan, this leads to your stereotypical joke about “walk and chew gum all the time”. If you drop, you’re out unless you take two weeks of slop.

Jeff still believes that if any of the vets win that Dom will go home. Obviously, we know that’s not the case. Jordan quickly drops, and is about to take the slop before Jeff yells at her. This pisses off Rachel, who says “if they HOH isn’t playing, maybe we shouldn’t be”. Ooooh, Jeff is pissed, but he says nothing. Rachel falls, and immediately grabs the slop ticket. Jeff is steaming!

Rachel then falls once again, and she starts screaming her typical lines about how great Brendon is doing. Dom notices that he’s pretty close to Jeff and Brendon, and starts picking up the pace. Finally, Dom places the winning gum on his easel, and wins the veto. Cassi knows this is bad news for her.

With the contest over, Jeff tells Rachel that he “doesn’t appreciate your comments during the race”. Rachel doesn’t understand what he’s complaining about, and has that “are you kidding me” look on her face. “It’s done”, she bitches as she tosses her bottle down and walks away. She attempts to bitch at Brendon about Jeff, but he also admonishes her. “Keep your head in the game. Not emotion. Play smart.” Jeff comes back to them and continues to berate her for making Jordan look bad. “You showed that you’re better than Jordan. You showed it tenfold today.” The rest of the house looks on with giant smiles!

We come back from commercials to find Rachel bawling in some bushes. Ok, enough of this crap. Brendon says he has to get her to calm down in front of the rest of the house. Even Kalia thinks Rachel’s actions are idiotic. Yeah, it continues on as the rest of the house heads back into the house. And once again, we get the Brendon is a hero edit. Rachel finally comes back into the house, and Cassi believes these kinds of “shenanigans” makes Cassi look better. Well, not really.

Dom heads into the have-not room to celebrate, and he thinks his win is a victory for the entire house. Adam is even happy, as he kept his word and still gets off the block. Jeff and Jordan, meanwhile, head into the HOH and she tells him to “not be so mad”. He says he’s tired of the “Rachel show”. He goes on to say that’s exactly why people didn’t like her last year, and that her mouth is going to eventually be “their breaking point”. In the diary room, he ably reads the script to create some doubt as to the replacement nominees.

Rachel is still whining to Brendon, wondering if Jeff and Jordan will be dumb enough to put them up. Brendon grills her as to what she’s going to say to Jordan, but she’s not too thrilled by Brendon’s advice. Rachel says that she could say “I don’t appreciate your girl winning HOH because we let her”. Brendon commands her to stop. “No wonder America hates me”, Rachel concludes.

They do head up to grovel to Jeff and Jordan. Rachel apologizes, and Jordan says she’s not mad. Jeff says that she should have “just bowed out”, but Jeff says the “repercussions will last for two weeks”. Jeff adds in the diary room that he thinks it sounds like a forced apology. They all say the right things, though, and Brendon adds that the rest of the house can never see them bicker like that again.

Cassi is then brought into the HOH, with Shelli following three steps behind. Jordan says they are the last two people she wants to put up, and Cassi immediately asks if they gave any thought to putting up Brendon and Rachel. She adds that they need to think about “the long haul and who is going to turn on your later. At some point, y’all are going to have to get Brendon and Rachel out, and I would have been down to lead that front to do it.”

Jordan says her hands are tied, as the veterans are all tied together. Cassi says she “just wants to shake Jordan right now…and how this is a potential game changer” to rid the house of them.  This again sets up diary room stuff from Jordan to shed some doubt as to what she’s going to do.

She asks Jeff what he thinks of backdooring Brendon and Rachel, and Jeff says he’d stand beside her is she indeed did that. Jeff wants to “squash that annoying gnat in my ear”. To put an exclamation on the segment, Jordan adds that wants to “do something dramatic in this game.”

This all leads up to the anticlimactic finish, as Dom has to grab the veto and stare at the wall of house guests. He’s a bit bummed that Cassi is probably going up in his place. Everybody recites their expected lines in the diary room before Dom brings everybody in to take himself and Adam off the block. Jordan then gets up…and puts up Cassi and Shelly.

So that’s it, and while we did get to somewhat accurately see Rachel lose her shit during the POV competition, we didn’t get to see the fireworks with Cassi. Is CBS saving that for tomorrow?

Tuesday
Jul192011

Cassi vs. Shelly

Well boy howdy y'all! Little ol' Cassi has decided to play the game a little harder now that her Big Brother life is on the line. Unfortunately for her, I think it's a little too late.

Cassi's biggest problem in the game has never been herself, Rachel, or Porsche but instead it's been (and still is) her partner, Shelly. Her problem is also the correct assumption by the other hamsters of how close she has become to Dominic - who was the original target for eviction this week. Now I know all of you Rachel haters are gathering your pitchforks so hear me out on this.

I wouldn't consider Shelly/Shelton to be one of the best Big Brother players ever (at least not yet) but there is no denying the lady isn't playing this game to the best of her ability. Unlike the other newbies (and Lawon), she isn't viewed as a threat in any manner of the game. She is playing the ultimate 'Mom' role - even though she said in her pre-season interviews she wouldn't. She is playing enough of a social game with everybody that she isn't viewed as an ass-kisser (by them and not us mind you). Finally, she's an excellent liar.

Now Shelton did go a little overboard yesterday with all of her crying and carrying on after the POV meeting yesterday but I chalk it up to the reality of the game finally making itself present to her (I guess being on the block will do that to you). That and I'm sure she's missing her husband and daughter a lot. However, she's the only newbie at this point that I see having a real chance at winning the game.

Meanwhile, Cassi has only a tenth of Shelly's strengths. Now don't start chanting 'catty catty two-by-four' just yet. Or do, I don't care! First, Cassi made the mistake of joining a horrible alliance that was doomed from the start. Hello! Who in their right mind would agree to an alliance that involved Keef! Granted, that would have meant The Regulators teaming up with Porsche instead but knowing what we know now that might have been a really good move for her. Cassi would have had the chance to team up with Porsche who was teamed up with Rachel so by association Cassi might have been in good with Rachel and not been involved in all of the bitchy female drama.

I think Cassi's second biggest mistake was socializing too much with primarily one group of people - the late nighters. I understand she felt more comfortable with them but Big Brother isn't about feeling comfortable and enjoying late night walks on the beach with your buddies. You gotta talk to everybody and find a way to bond with everybody. Cassi's been doing better about this lately (and has even made up in a way with Rachel, Brendon, and Porsche) but as I said early in this post, it's too late for it to save her.

Unknown to her, Shelton has her tongue firmly situated in Jeff and Jordan's bowels and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. JeJo knows, or believes rather, that Shelly will fight for them longer than Cassi ever would. It's not that JeJo doesn't like Cassi because they do. Jordan especially likes Cassi. But they rightfully view Cassi's closeness to Dominic as a threat that needs to be broken up. And unless Shelly doesn't something horrifically wrong or voluntarily exits the game between now and Thursday evening, she will have the third golden key.

Do you think I'm totally off base in this? Is there any way that Cassi can save her ass and stick around this week? Are Jeff and Jordan making a mistake in wanting to keep Shelly over Cassi? Do you think the house would ever flip their votes and get rid of Shelly instead? Let me know in the comments!

Monday
Jul182011

POV Meeting Results - Week 2

Earlier this afternoon, the much anticipated Power of Veto meeting was held. What happened? I know you're just dying to know!

Dominic won the Power of Veto on Saturday ensuring that Adam and himself would be safe - if he decided to use it. There was a teensy tiny bit of talk about what if Dominic didn't use it and made a deal to be safe so that Adam could be voted out. Do you think that happened?

There was increased talk over the last day about putting Brendon and Rachel up on the block in Dominic and Adam's place if he used it on themselves. When that talk began, it created a little spark amongst all of us live feeders. Might Jordan (and Jeff) bust open their alliance this early in the game? Would that be a safe power play or the dumbest decision possible with such a shocking move? The debates on the internet went round and round. Do you think Jordan did this?

Well of course none of this happened ya big dummies! Hehe! The very predictable and out in the open plan that the entire house knew about even though Jordan wasn't supposed to have told anybody is exactly what happened.

Dominic used the POV to save Adam and himself. Jordan then put Cassi and Shelton - errr Shelly - on the block in their place. Dun dun dun!!! So shocking! Who could have seen this coming?

When the feeds returned, Cassi and Shelton were out back droning on to Adam and feeling sorry for themselves. Shelton was especially upset - crying and sniffling and wiping her snot on her t-shirt.

Cassi finally began crying real tears when she talked about missing her Daddy. After the thirty seconds it took for her to recover, she asked Lawon to do his best to keep her best friend Shelton safe in the house and he said he would.

Oh children, if only you knew of the sneaky snake crawling around in your midst. Watch out because I bet she bites!

So what do you think about this turn of events? Do you think the plan for Cassi to leave will hold strong until Thursday evening? Do you think Cassi can pull her head out of her ass long enough to use a little brain power and realize Shelton is not her bestie after all? How well do you think Shelton is playing so far? Did Jordan (and Jeff) make the right decision in not putting up Brendon and Rachel?

I can't wait to hear what you think!

Monday
Jul182011

Rachel is a Hot Mess

I was enjoying my post-Breaking Bad high last night when I decided to jump back on Twitter and fire up the live feeds. It's a good thing I did because the drama was in full swing! When I began watching, Jordan was triyng to get Rachel to chill out in the HOH room so I had to backtrack to the beginning of the night's festivities.

The drama began when Cassi asked Rachel if she could talk to her for a few minutes and Rachel agreed. Now you have to remember that the Cassi/Rachel situation has been strained as of late with both girls (and I do mean girls) acting like bitches behind the other's back. You also have to remember that Cassi is stressed out knowing Shelly and herself will be put up on the block with Cassi being the target for eviction. So anyway, the scene is set for a fun time on the live feeds.

Cassi began the conversation by asking Rachel if there's something she's done to her to cause Rachel to act the way she has been. Rachel said she's a sweet and nice girl but that the way Cassi treated Porsche offended Rachel. Cassi said she's talked to Porsche and she doesn't not like her and asked if that was a valid reason to send her home. Rachel said no and that the reason is because Cassi ran around the house campaigning for Brendon/Rachel, Jeff/Jordan, or Daniele to be put on the block.

Cassi said she had a deal with Brendon/Rachel and that it was the others saying that and not her and that she's been nothing but honest in the house. Rachel accused Cassi of not trusting them and Cassi said that she did trust them. Then Rachel really gets her dig in at Cassi telling her that she doesn't have good gameplay and goes around the house complaining all the time. Cassi responded with, "What am I? 12?" and Rachel told her she kinda acts like it. Meow!

More talk about Porsche and then Rachel accused Cassi of only talking to Jordan after she became HOH and Rachel told her again that was bad gameplay. Cassi told Rachel she thinks Rachel wants her gone because she's a female and Rachel denies it. Rachel asked who said that and Cassi told her that was the word on the street. Haha! Rachel told Cassi that she just insulted her with that comment. Cassi says that she knows she's leaving and didn't call her in to fight with her and only wanted to talk.

Rachel told Cassi she was playing the victim and then Cassi really got pissed off. Cassi then told Rachel that she is really catty. Getting up, Cassi told Rachel that she was a fan of hers last season and was really pulling for her but that after being in the house with her she gets it. Walking off, Cassi called Rachel catty again and told her she's an ugly person inside.

End scene!

After a quick consultation with Daniele and a short shower, Rachel goes and gets Jordan from the backyard to talk to her in the HOH room. As soon as Jordan asks her what's wrong Rachel breaks into tears and says that Cassi is so mean to her. Rachel tells Jordan that Cassi called her catty, told her she doesn't like girls, and then for the cherry on top, told her that she was pulling for her last season but now understands why people hated her. Jordan then lays it all out for her with a warning that she was going to be honest with her.

Jordan said that some of the things that Rachel does come across as really bitchy. She used examples of Rachel telling the newbs to deal with Porsche being here for another three weeks so deal with it. Rachel defended herself by saying she was defending a friend but then Jordan said that people don't really like Porsche and people don't like that she's Rachel's "butt buddy". Jordan then used an example of Rachel's outbursts in the competition and the little smart aleck things she says in the house.

Jordan's a nice girl and did a great job trying to explain to Rachel how it would be best for her to knock the attitude down a few notches. Rachel didn't seem to understand though because she kept going back to the whole 'Cassi wants to backdoor us' (really meaning her and Brendon). Jordan kept on and on and told Rachel she understands she's a competitive person but that she needs to bite her tongue instead of acting like a selfish, crazed lunatic with diarrhea of the mouth. Those are my words and not Jordan's by the way!

Rachel continues to defend defend defend. Jordan continues to tell her she comes across as bitchy and that she needs to get it together and control her mouth because Cassi will be the one going home on Thursday. Jeff eventually came upstairs to use the bathroom and basically ran out of there as soon as he could to get away from Rachel's estrogen (but he was nice enough to bring Rachel some water). 

Eventually Brendon came upstairs and stumbled upon the events of the evening involving his fiancee. He commenced his interrogation and Rachel rehashed the conversation with Cassi and then Brendon told her not to worry about things and to stay away from Cassi and then Rachel agrees and then Brendon told her to take a time-out and control her emotions and then Rachel agrees and then Brendon tells her this season isn't like last season and then Rachel agrees and then Brendon tells her she's crying over spilled milk and then Rachel agrees and then.... Argh!

By the way, if you want to watch this drama for yourselves just flashback to Sunday, July 17 at 8:25 PM on Feeds 1/2.

So what's your take on all of this? Who's the cattier girl? Cassi or Rachel? How much of this do you think will make it on the show - if any? Let me know in the comments!