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Annie: Evil Genius?









 I predict someday a picture of Annie will accompany the term "attention whore" in the dictionary. She has dominated the feeds since the feeds went live, and not in a good way. She's been playing multiple sides, stirring up the shit at all times. Because of this idiotic behavior, she immediately became the new target after Brendon won the POV. Yet, as of this afternoon she may have saved herself.

Everybody initially agreed with the idea of giving Annie the boot, but Lane stupidly informed her she may go up. Today has thus become Annie day. First, she told others that it was Britney who spilled the beans, and despite her pleas Lane, Hayden, and Matt don't really believe her. Meanwhile, Annie continued to work the crowd, even interrupting the love birds (Brendon and Rachel) as they enjoyed an early-afternoon cuddle.

Will Annie's seeds of doubt succeed? Probably not. While it is causing many to think about putting up Britney instead (and she is almost as annoying), Annie is bound to piss more people off by tomorrow's veto ceremony. Nice try, though. 


Why Did BB Want a Male HOH?

Active fans of Big Brother understand pretty quickly that Big Brother producers subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) influence what happens in the house. Most of the time, this is done in diary room suggestions, where they at times hint as to who should be put on the block, who should be saved, or who should or shouldn’t be trusted.
A more direct method of influencing the game involves the contests for HOH, POV, and slop. How many times has “the house turned” because of a competition that favors a fan favorite that’s likely to otherwise be booted from the house? 
For the most part, this kind of production input occurs later in the season. Anybody has a shot at most of the early competitions, as BB has yet to realize who will be major players, fan faves, or annoying drama kings/queens. Not this season, though, as the very first Head of Household competition was designed to put the first major house moves in the hands of an alpha male. 
I wasn’t entirely paying attention when the “Weinie Challenge” went down this past Thursday, but something didn’t seem quite right. I didn’t even catch Julie’s instructions that the last person across on the winning team would be the first HOH. Watching the show once again on DVR, I see that there was absolutely no shot for any of the women or the smaller, less athletic males.
It was immediately clear that the women were going to have a tough time wrapping their arms around the apparatus that transported them over the “grill”. The guys resorted to tossing the girls to the top of the “hot dog”. Both teams immediately understood that the girls needed to get across first. Hayden didn’t even want to be HOH, but really had no choice as he was the beefy strength of his team.
Why would BB desire this outcome? The first HOH competition has always been a game that anybody could win…as it should be. Did they want to create another dimwitted, self-appointed “Master of the House”, ala Jesse? Did they think to avoid nominations the bimbos would come running to share the bed of a jock? 
As long as I’m complaining about this competition, I must also bitch a bit about the cast’s participation. This is not an ambitious bunch, which was clear the moment Julie informed them they need to form two teams. Generally, this instruction leads to a bit of dissension, as somebody feels bad when they don’t end with the person(s) they desired. Not this time. Outside of one shift (or maybe two), nobody moved from the side of the couch they were sitting.
This lackadaisical approach carried on into the game. When Britney fell, everybody stopped what they were doing. Normally in this situation, the other side would take advantage of this until producers called time out to bring out a medic. (Of course, this may have actually happened and it was just poorly edited.)
What do you thing? Was it a fair game? Did the house guests perform as intended? 

The Brigade

MattSee that guy over there to the right? Yeah, that's Matt. Remember who the HOH is?  It's Hayden - that hunky hunk of a man I seriously drooled over pre-season.  They're two of the four members of The Brigade.  Lane, the mini chunkster from Texas, makes up the third member and Enzo, the overly paranoid Jersey boy, rounds out the group.

This all-male self-named alliance seems to have things all figured out for the next few weeks.  The original plan was to get rid of Brendon but since Brendon won the POV, they had to come up with a new one.  Originally, they were just going to work on getting rid of Rachel (the other nominee) by putting Kathy up as a pawn.  Hayden though wasn't really comfortable with the plan and has decided to backdoor somebody instead.

Enter Annie.  The overly matted makeup one has been getting around the house and people have taken notice - especially The Brigade.  They're not comfortable watching her buzzing around the house and getting up in everybody's business.  They have every right to be worried too.  Annie's playing the game hard and obvious.  If I had to pick who I would compare her to from other seasons I'd say she was a cross between Brian (remember him?) and Ronnie.  Yes, that Ronnie.

Brendon, Rachel, Britney, and Monet all know about the plan are onboard with it.  Remember that this week it takes six votes to evict somebody (or five votes and Hayden's tiebreaker vote).  Rachel has promised Hayden safety until Week 7 if she stays this week.  So that combined with the uneasiness many feel towards Annie (some thinks she's the saboteur as well) makes it seem likely that Annie will be put up in Brendon's place (he won POV remember) and voted out on Thursday's live show.  But remember, things could change at the drop of a dime.

Britney told Annie about the plan late last night and Annie got upset about it.  Annie blamed her tears on half of her family not signing waivers so that she could discuss them on the feeds but it was really the shock of finding out she's being targeted so early on in the game.  She also blamed her tears on PMS but whatever.

In other news, Andrew is becoming more human.  He actually had a decent talk with Hayden up in the HOH room yesterday but Hayden was only pretending to listen.  However, Hayden did tell Andrew how upset Angie was at the head in the crotch under the blanket incident and how she's been running all over the house talking about it ever since.  Hayden told Andrew that he should apologize to her and try to clear the air.  Andrew did later apologize to Annie and she accepted his apology.  I wasn't feelin' it though.  Especially when she later ran around to everybody exaggerating the whole apology as a confrontation instead.

Andrew also opened up about his Judaism practices and the Sabbath in the cabana room to a crowd of about six.  There were a lot of good questions from people about what he can and can't do.  Annie (yes, her again) and Enzo were pretty antagonistic about their questions though.  Andrew could have become very defensive about it but was very cool-headed and good-natured towards them.

And now for some miscellany.  Rachel talked about her first kiss with Brendon to Matt and Britney.  Matt created the term 'Brenchel' for them (gag me already!).  Monet and Britney are becoming quite the catty queens with Kathy as their sickly sidekick.  Perk up Kathy, you're sooo freaking boring!  Enzo is going to give himself a heart attack (and others) with his constant pacing and paranoia.  Hayden, Lane, and Annie had some new clothes delivered to them by Big Brother as some of the stuff they'd brought with them were not acceptable for the camera (blacks, whites, patterns, stripes, logos, etc).  Hayden told Kristen about the backdoor Annie plan (even though he told his fellow Brigade members he wouldn't) super late last night.  But that's because Hayden has a bit of a crush on Kristen.  hehe

Well the hamsters are getting up and beginning to move about for the day so it's time for me to go for now.  What do you think about The Brigade and their plan to backdoor Annie?  Have your opinions changed on any of the hamsters between yesterday morning and now?  Let us know in the comments!


POV Results

Brendan won, and the would-be Mobster is pissed. Rachel has already moved into full-on kiss ass mode.


First Thoughts

I LOVE this part of the Big Brother season so much!  Getting to know the little hamsters and comparing them to our initial impressions pre-season.  Figuring out who's aligned with who and who wants who out.  Learning about their little quirks and everything else that makes them so unique.

So it's at this moment in time that I find myself sitting here with one of my headphone earbuds in listening to the oh so glorious music of FOTH (while they have the POV competition) and trying to figure out the last 16 hours or so.  The premiere show itself was good last night.  I had a great time chatting it up with everybody in the SH chat room waiting for the live feeds to begin.  And then the feeds began.

What a downright mess that was!  To be so happy and mad all at the same time was pretty damned sucktastic.  If you follow me on Twitter then you know how pissed off I was.  The audio on my live feeds worked when I could finally load up one of the streams but forget about the video.  I felt like I was back on a dial-up internet connection! Real Networks did some tweaking to things late late last night and it does seem to have helped some for me but come on already.  Give me my RealPlayer back!!!

As far as the hamsters go, we've got a pretty lively bunch so far.  Not as lively as BB9 thank goodness but a good group nonetheless.  There's already a showmance going on between Brendon and Rachel (that happened within 24 hours of entering the house!).  Rachel was in such a giving mood last night that she even provided Brendon a little comfort down below with her hand.  Speaking of Brendon and Rachel, they're are the first two to be nominated this season.  I'm still not sure exactly why Hayden nominated them but their romance/sexmance seems to be part of the reason.

Andrew seems to be the outcast so far this season for a combination of reasons.  He doesn't seem to have much skill in the female department and has been accidentally on purpose (haha!) been making weird comments to the girls.  It didn't help his cause either when somehow his head found itself under Annie's blanket and on her crotch right before the live feeds and Big Brother After Dark began.  Thanks a lot Andrew for making us listen to that wannabe mime (she really pancakes the foundation on) bitch for the first hour non-stop.  But hey, at least she didn't bitch all night like I did!  Zing!

The others also seem to know almost nothing about Andrew's religion so what do the hamsters do when they're ignorant about something?  They make snide comments behind the person's back instead of asking questions and learning something face-to-face.  If you're a politically correct singsong Sally out there, their behavior might offend you.  Me?  I'm watching for entertainment so I could give two hoots if they learn anything about his Judaism.  Bring the perverted outcast Jew on!

Thankfully, the house isn't split up into two huge alliances battling it out mafia-style already like the past couple of seasons.  There seems to three or four small alliances with some double agent action mixed in.  Annie is the biggest shit-stirrer in the house so far.  She's constantly flitting around telling people who said what (sometimes correctly and sometimes purposefully incorrectly) and has her nose so far up Hayden's ass she can probably smell the food he's chewing.

Kristen and Ragan seem to have a little friendship going on.  Andrew wants Enzo's friendship but Enzo ain't havin' any of that bizness.  Monet and Annie are definitely working against each other.  Rachel and Monet definitely don't like each other.  Rachel's constant nervous laugh gets on almost everybody's nerves.  Kathy has taken on the role of a busted up den mother (have you seen those bruises on her arms?).  Lane likes to hit on the ladies.  Enzo and Britney might be battling it out to become the clown of the house this season.

And the saboteur?  Who knows.  The house doesn't really seem to be that interested right now in who the saboteur is.  Most think it's Andrew (I highly doubt it) and seem to be gunning for him next week.  He might want to think about winning that whole HOH thing.  I would definitely find it hilarious if he did become the next HOH because I'd like to see them all kiss up to his outcast ass.

So what are your thoughts on things so far?  Let us know in the comments!