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Sunday
Sep082013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 32 Recap

Flashbacks and filler. That’s my prediction for tonight’s episode. A good portion of the first half will be devoted to a look back at Thursday’s double eviction, and too much of the second half will be devoted to the “punishments” from Thursday night’s HOH competition. Yes, it’s going to be a snoozer.

Unfortunately, I’m forced to put off the inevitable thanks to tennis running almost a full hour late. Here’s a bit of a reminder, though. This will happen again next week thanks to the NFL. Oh well, that means I can get through most of this week’s Real Housewives of New Jersey before the show starts.

Finally, the show commences a full fifty-two minutes late, jumping right into the replay of Amanda’s eviction. When Julie announces there’s a tie, we see Elissa glaring at Andy. McCrae says he looked at them right away, knowing that one of them lied to him. After GinaMarie’s stupid “get steppin’” remark, McCrae talks about how he never expected to have a showmance. Now he has “to put on a brave face, and go kick everyone’s butt”.

GinaMarie is excited, of course, screaming in the diary room that she feels on top of the world. She loves the fact that it was a tie-breaker, and she got to be the one to send her packing. “This is the best day ever!” Ugh. Spencer babbles about the stupid Exterminators, and Amanda tells McCrae that she loves him before saying to Andy, “I thought that I could trust you.” A shaken Andy replies that she could.

After she’s gone, Elissa goes off to find out who voted the wrong way. Too bad she went to the wrong person. She asks McCrae if he was the vote against her. “Swear to God?” Andy then comes into the bedroom and pretends that he wasn’t the vote. He then asks McCrae if he was the vote.

We then see McCrae winning the HOH comp, and he says he has to get his “head into the game”. Spencer whispers that he needs to talk to him in the cockpit room, and a (fake) tearful Elissa says “please don’t put me up”. As they walk back in, Andy is pumping him up, saying that he can trust him. McCrae’s response is that he doesn’t know if he can. In the diary room, Andy says that he has to spend the next two minutes convincing him to trust Andy instead of Elissa.

In the cockpit room, Elissa continues to beg McCrae. “What am I supposed to do? I don’t know which one” of them was the vote. Andy acts angry at this response. Seriously, his acting skills are awful! “Don’t be fucking stupid. Stop lying, Elissa!” McCrae says, though, that he can tell by the look on his face that Andy’s lying.

Spencer then comes in and tells McCrae to put up Elissa and GinaMarie. He decides to go with this idea, because “if I’m going to be safe going into the next week, I’m going to have to make as few waves as possible”. Still begging to not be nominated, Elissa carries on about how she has no jury votes. Spencer runs into the kitchen to tell GinaMarie that McCrae is being handled.

McCrae then nominates Elissa and GinaMarie, and Andy is so proud of himself. “I made the riskiest move I’ve made in this game by voting out Amanda, and it could have gone so wrong in so many ways. It’s worked out, and seems like everything is going on exactly as I planned it.”

Judd’s veto win is now shown, and McCrae knows that Elissa is toast. GinaMarie whispers that he needs to keep the votes the same, and then runs to tell Andy what she did. Elissa asks Judd if he’s going to use it, and he says know. “You’re voting me out? Please don’t vote me out.” She adds that she had nothing to do with his first eviction, and Andy pipes up that she had. GinaMarie pops her big mouth into the situation, and then they all run into the cockpit room to ask McCrae something about his first eviction that I can’t understand. It’s Judd, you know. Judd says she has to go, and Spencer tells her that he’s voting against her, too. She begs Andy, who says “you lied”.

Judd not using the veto is then shown, and they all scatter. Again, Elissa begs Judd to not vote her out, as stupid GinaMarie keeps doing the exterminator move. Ugh. Judd wanders the house, and Andy celebrates alone.

Elissa is then evicted, and McCrae says “good riddance to bad rubbish”. Andy is still really proud of himself, and she had to go because she knew too much. Judd then says that while the last double eviction was his worst day, this one was his best one because they got rid of “two bid ol’ snakes”. GinaMarie does cartwheels in celebration, but Spencer tells her to stop.

McCrae, though, is now feeling the effects of Amanda’s departure. He says, though, that he’s not going to “roll over”, and that it is “now time to put the game face on”. As he’s talking, though, the stupid exterminators celebrate. They’re especially happy because McCrae can’t compete in the next HOH. Seriously, GinaMarie’s antics are idiotic as she rolls all over the floor.

We move to the bedroom, and Andy walks in on McCrae sitting with Spencer. “Are you ok, McCrae”, he asks. Spencer decides to act like he’s mad at Andy by pointing out that he knew he was working with the couple. McCrae thinks this means the three of them will be against Judd and GinaMarie. He adds in the diary room that he’s got a lot of game left, and nobody has seen him really play up to this point.

After commercials, it is time for the HOH competition. It’s an old school video game setup, with a giant joystick. A pixelated image of a past game shows up on the screen, and then they have to put together a puzzle of the winner of that competition. The last one to complete the puzzle in each round is out.

Andy is out the first round, an angry Judd is out the second round, and Spencer wins the final round. Yes, Spencer is the new HOH! Yeah, what a thrill. Oh wait, there are prizes, too. Spencer had to assign these “gifts”, and he chooses GinaMarie and McCrae to win the “gift of friendship”. They’re forced to be tied together for 24 hours. Neither of them are happy about this. The “gift of wealth” is given to Andy. It’s a shot to win up to five grand in the next 24 hours. Judd gets teh “gift of health”, which means a drill sergeant will come up every now and then to make him work out. He immediately has to give 15 pushups.

Spencer then pulls GinaMarie aside to explain what he’s doing, and she complains that he’s such a dirty person. His reasoning is that he didn’t want Judd to make any deals with McCrae, and adds that he will be putting up McCrae.

The two new friends come out with their new “friendship bracelets”. GinaMarie thinks she’s hilarious with her comment about how he “just lost his ball and chain, and now has a new one”. I feel worse for him, but us viewers have the worst to endure.

Even worse, we get the HOH reveal footage. Time to fast forward!

McCrae then tries to get GInaMarie to reveal some info to him, and she plays dumb. Surprisingly, she doesn’t play it well. Her rambling nonsense is beyond idiotic! McCrae, though, says that he wants to take her to the final two. In the diary room, he says that he is actually serious, as he thinks he would beat her. When he brings up his belief that the two of them have a final four deal, she denies it.

More filler after another set of commercials, as we have to watch Judd obey the drill sergeant. Even in the diary room. They all laugh and laugh.

Now Andy gets to win his money. There’s a ton of piggy banks, and he gets to smash three of them. Whatever’s in them, he wins. The first one is $85, the second one is $9, and the third one is only $.83. Yep, serves you right, Ratboy, to only win $94.83!

The tethered pair wander upstairs to talk to Spencer, but one is forced to sit outside while the other makes their deals. GinaMarie goes first, and tells him that they have to make McCrae feel like he’s safe. Spencer then pretends like his second nominee is a tough decision, and we head to the last commercial break.

Before we get to the nominations, McCrae gets his time with Spencer. He’s informed that he’s going up, but that GinaMarie is his target. “I don’t want anybody to know how close we are.” He says that if either person come down, then Judd will go up. Spencer still believes that McCrae won’t play as hard in the veto if he thinks he’s safe. Yeah, right. He’s not that dumb.

FINALLY, it’s nomination time. First, though, Judd has to do some squats. When he’s done, the first key pulled belongs to Judd, while the other key belongs to Andy. Yep, McCrae and GinaMarie are nominated. McCrae is told that he’s “violated my trust so many times in this game I don’t think you can regain it”. For GinaMarie, he says it’s because she’s a great competitor who has put him on the block twice.

After the usual “we’re going to fight” for the veto silliness, and even worse Exterminator garbage, the show is over! Did you enjoy it? What do you think of Andy’s bad acting? Who do you want to see survive the week? Tell us what you think!

 

Sunday
Sep082013

The Night Owl

Well, McCrae won the veto today which means the Exterminators now have to exterminate one of their own.  Unfortunately for me, that member will 99.9% likely be Judd.  He hasn't been doing himself any favors though as he has been fluctuating between rage, annoyance, depression, acceptance, freak out, and back to depression again ever since the veto comp ended.

When the feeds returned from the veto competition, Andy and Spencer were already hard at work on McCrae pushing their final 3 with him and telling him that the would all decide who to vote out this week between GinaMarie and Judd (but we all know the real decision lays with Andy and Spencer will go whichever way Andy wants).  Spencer and Andy sort of did the flip flop thing a little bit back and forth weighing options of pros and cons of keeping GinaMarie or Judd, but ultimately Andy always lands them back on keeping GinaMarie and ousting Judd. I think Judd MAY have been able to make a small case for himself if he could kick the bad attitude and give them really good points for why they should keep him like "The next HOH will be the before and after questions and I will be better suited to win that and help you guys get rid of McCrae" or "I'm really not good at endurance and GinaMarie is, so I would be a great final 3 candidate" etc..  But I think Judd is stuck in his own anxiety ridden head right now, and with Andy really stuck on keeping GM, I don't think there is really anything he can do about it. 

GinaMarie tore her knee open during veto (which was the fly through the air to put the puzzle together comp) and had to have 9 stitches put in, making her an even weaker competitor in the coming weeks.   Ian hosted the comp.  Apparently Spencer almost won it, and Judd gave up out of frustration and just tried to help Andy and distract McCrae.

Most of the night was spent between everyone hanging out together in one room, and Andy, McCrae, and Spencer sneaking off to talk game together without Judd or GM.  The plan as of now is to blindside Judd so that he doesn't freak out between now and eviction.  Since this will be the taped eviction that takes place on Tuesday with the feeds down, we will only get an edited version of what goes on before the actual show. 

  I'm doubting we see much action at all between now and the veto ceremony on Monday when Judd will be put up.  With Andy and Spencer deciding to take GinaMarie to final 4,and McCrae still being there, this is likely going to be a McCrae or Andy win this year I think.  McCrae is better at pretty much every type of comp than Andy, Spencer, or GinaMarie, so while I think Andy has played a better social game, McCrae could easily veto himself to the end, and I think he will definitely cut Andy and take Spencer or GinaMarie because he isn't dumb enough to want to stand next to Andy in the end. That's pretty much all there is.  My blogs are probably going to be more sporadic in the coming week instead of nightly as there won't be a lot going on once they are down to final 3 after Thursday night.  I will continue to post on the nights things actually happen or when anything changes game wise. Until tomorrow night....

Saturday
Sep072013

Big Brother Gossip #312: Goodbye Bitch!

It was a big week in the house. Thursday's double eviction caused the two most controversial players of the season to leave, and created all kinds of online controversy. We chatted about that situation, along with questionable comments from GinaMarie, Spencer's HOH victory, McCrae's veto win, and so much more. Give it a listen from the usual online sources such as iTunes or Stitcher, or...

DIRECTLY STREAM/DOWNLOAD BY CLICKING HERE!!!

Special thanks to Mike and Colette for their contributions tonight, and also Ash for her great work with the audio. Next Saturday is our season finale, so please check it out!!!

 

Saturday
Sep072013

The Night Owl

Well as per usual when the season is winding down, there isn't a whole lot to tell about tonight.  Most of the day/night was spent with the Exterminators strategizing how to beat McCrae in the veto comp, and also dealing with the punishments from the HOH the night before.  By the last few hours before then end, the punished were a little over it and everyone was done with the whole thing.

Andy and Spencer continue to go back and forth wondering if they should vote out Judd or GinaMarie if McCrae should win the veto.  They are afraid to take GinaMarie's comp skills to the final 3 and would rather have Judd there, but Andy is hesitant to keep Judd there with McCrae still in the house.  Spencer leans more in favor of keeping Judd than GM.  Both of them are pushing their own final 2 deals without the other knowing.  Andy has a final 2 with GinaMaire, so she is more loyal to him, but Judd and Spencer have a final 2 that Andy is unaware of...it really just all depends on veto.

Andy, Spencer, Judd, and GinaMarie all collectively made a plan to try to make McCrae feel safe so that he would not fight as hard for the veto.  I'm doubting He was stuid enough to fall for it, but it basically went like this:  After GinaMarie was unchained from McCrae, she agreed to go off and take a shower so that the boys could talk to McCrae as if they have a boys alliance and are definitely voting her out this week.  Judd agreed to go to bed and let Andy and Spencer do all the talking so that they could paint him as low man on the totem pole and say that he would be the one going up and going home even if GinaMarie won the veto.  So, McCrae now believes he is in a boys alliance with Andy, Judd, and Spencer, but that they will vote out Judd if GinaMarie wins veto.  The truth is, if anyone BUT McCrae wins veto he will be the one walking out the door this week.  The talk with him did seem to ease his fears a little, but I am sure he will fight his ass off all the same, and McCrae is typically a better competitor than the Exterminator alliance when he feels like he needs to win something.

Everything will come down to whoever wins veto today.  As usualy I am hoping for a Judd win to ensure his safety, but as the house is against McCrae, and he is fighting for his life, I think the chances of him winning it are high.  The veto comp will likely be a long one and probably very elaborate since they have been on lockdown since after the double eviction for the comp to be built.  It could easily be one of the comps where they have to take individual turns while the rest wait inside the house..but now I'm just speculating.  That's pretty much it.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night....

Friday
Sep062013

Guide to the Last 12 Days

Who won HOH for the first time but won't get to enjoy it for a full week? That's right: Spencer. There remain five house guests now but it needs to be down to three by Thursday. Here's how #BB15's remaining 12 days might go.

First, the house guests (and live feed subscribers) will experience it this way. I'll give each set of events a number for easy reference:

1. Friday, September 6, 2013 (today): Spencer nominates two house guests for eviction. 

2. Saturday, September 7: Power of Veto competition.

3. Monday, September 9: POV ceremony.

And then there were five. The four "Exterminator" alliance members are Judd, Spencer, Andy, and GinaMarie. The fifth remaining house guest is McCrae, on his own without Amanda.4. Tuesday, September 10: Live feeders, be ready for what could be a whole day's worth of trivia! The eviction vote and the next Head of Household competition will happen some time on Tuesday -- all in a "live to tape" situation which will be the content of Wednesday night's CBS episode. This gets us from five to four remaining house guests. (My guess is that McCrae will rejoin Amanda to serve on the jury -- but will their showmance be rekindled? Doubt it.)

Spencer won HOH. And he's never smiled as often during any one-hour period as he did last night.5. Wednesday, September 11 and/or Thursday, September 12: Nomination ceremony plus POV comp and ceremony. This is the last and most important POV of the year, as the veto winner is guaranteed a spot in the final three ... and will (possibly) cast the only eviction vote. Live feeders: The blackout might continue from the previous day through 9:00p Eastern.

Last year in #BB14 (I've found the pattern for this year's episodes often matches last year's), Danielle was HOH and put Ian and Dan on the block. Danielle then won veto and used it to save Dan, so Shane was the only possible replacement. This handed the sole eviction vote to Dan (because Danielle, as HOH, couldn't vote, and Dan was the only remaining non-nominee) ... who blindsided Shane, and put in place a final three of Danielle, Dan, and Ian. If Danielle had not used the veto, Shane would have cast the sole eviction vote.

Back to #BB15 ... and assuming all "The Exterminators" make it to the final four, I'm guessing GinaMarie will need to be HOH again or win POV to survive ... unless the others wise up and recognize Andy might actually need to go first, in which case he'd better start winning comps again.

6. Thursday, September 12: The last Thursday show of the season, with a live eviction. (This was when Dan cast the sole vote to evict Shane last year.) Now we're at three house guests, so they will begin an endurance comp -- the first of three parts in the final HOH competition. The winner of the first part gets to skip the second.

7. Friday, September 13: Second part of the final HOH comp. The players are the two house guests who lost the first part.

8. Wednesday, September 18: During the live finale, the winners of parts one and two play the third part of the final HOH comp. So, remember, after this last comp, we have three house guests: The HOH winner and the other two. The very next thing to happen is that the HOH will evict one of those two others; there's nobody else left to hold a vote, so the HOH will make the decision unilaterally. That gets us to the final two house guests. The jury, which for #BB15 consists of the last nine evicted house guests, returns for (live) interviews and conversations with Julie ... and to pick one of the final two to be this season's winner. First finalist to get five votes wins 500 large.

Nothing happens in the house from Saturday to Tuesday? That's right. Fairly dull for both house guests and live feeders. For those who follow #BB15 only by watching the televised shows on CBS, here's what's left:

McCrae. Prime target?Sunday, September 8, 8:00p Eastern: CBS will show us last night's HOH comp (when Spencer won), Friday's nominations (event #1, above), and Saturday's POV comp (event #2, above).

Wednesday, September 11, 8:00p Eastern: CBS will air #3 and all of #4 as listed above.

Thursday, September 12, 9:00p Eastern (live): CBS will air #5 and the live eviction from #6.

Sunday, September 15, 8:00p Eastern: CBS will air the first part of the HOH comp (from #6, above). This episode will likely contain clips from the entire #BB15 season.

Wednesday, September 18, 9:30p Eastern (live, special time!): The 90-minute finale. CBS will air #7 and everything listed in #8.

Clear as mud? It's likely I munged any number of details, so please remember I'm a newbie and be kind when posting corrections / clarifications in the comments below or @uselesstraffic. And ... who will Spencer target? Who do you think makes it to final three and then final two?

Friday
Sep062013

The Night Owl

Wow wow wow what a crazy DE!!  While I know many are highly disappointed (and I'm sorry) I am not disappointed at all with the double eviction results.  I was ready for Amanda to go, and I've been ready for Elissa to go from week one.  Big congrats to Judd for surviving his second double eviction AND for winning veto!

After the feeds came back from the live show, there was some short celebrating and talking about being happy to still be in the house.  They also did some bashing of evicted HGs and packed Elissa's things before the feeds went down again for the next HOH competition.  When the feeds came back from THAT comp, we learned that Spencer was the new HOH.  Not only did Spencer win HOH, but he got to appoint 3 punishments and a prize to the HGs that did not win.  Judd was assigned some kind of health and exercise thing where he has to get up and do however many jumping jacks, sit-ups, or push ups are specified every time a whistle blows and a drill sergeant comes over the speakers for 24 hours.  GinaMarie and McCrae got shackled together for 24 hours, and Andy got the prize that says he has the potential to win a lot of money...but apparently there will be some kind of comp or event he has to play in order to get the money.   GinaMarie was really unhappy to hear that she would have to be chained to McCrae.  She told Spencer she would rather be chained to Judd, and he told her he didn't think of that, but should have done it that way.  He told her his main goal was to make sure that Judd didn't try to make a deal with McCrae if he shackled the 2 of them together. 

Spencer also told GinaMarie, Judd, and Andy that he would probably be putting up GinaMarie against McCrae as the original noms with McCrae as the target.  When Judd was not around he told both GinaMarie and Andy that if McCrae wins veto, they will send Judd home and keep GinaMarie.

It is 5:30 Am here (east coast) and Spencer just now got his HOH room.  He got a letter from Marilynn and pictures of her, plus a basket full of junk food.  With it being so late and everyone being so tired and or shackled to each other, I don't see a lot more game talk going on tonight.  I expect GinaMare and McCrae or possibly Judd and McCrae to go up for nominations tomorrow, and either McCrae or Judd will leave on the pre-taped Weds night eviction.

Now, if I were Spencer, I would think long and hard about this HOH.  Getting McCrae out is a fairly decent sized move since he is good at winning comps when he needs to and has had a fairly good social game thus far with Amanda taking all the heat while he gets to coast...BUT,  in the event that McCrae wins veto (and we all know it's likely), if I were Spencer, I would try to make my HOH count and take out Andy.  While I personally think Andy is playing the best social game in the house, that is exactly the reason to take him out.  I think almost every person in jury save for maybe Jessie will vote for him, plus he has a final 2 deal with almost everyone left in the house.  If Spencer wants any shot at all at winning first prize (which is unlikely anyway) he definitely doesn't want to take Andy with him and he definitely needs to make a move with this HOH.  That's just my opinion though.  Everything will come down to veto and what Spencer decides to do depending on who wins.  I don't expect to see any fireworks over the nominations. GinaMarie knows she is probably going up, and I think McCrae also expect to go up, so there will be nothing shocking there.   I'm calling it a night even though they are all still celebrating the HOH room.  I don't think anything noteworthy is really going to happen.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Thursday
Sep052013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 31 Recap

It’s a huge night. A double eviction this late in the game means that almost โ…“ of the house will head to the jury tonight. If you thought the feeds have slowed down the last few days, imagine what it will be like after this hour is over.

Add to that a (not so) secret alliance between two rivals that was supposed to save the person originally destined to go home. Imagine the reaction in the house if it somehow works. Conversely, that person’s reaction (and her partners) should be stunning if the “rat” indeed sticks with the week-old self-professed “greatest alliance ever” (which is certainly not the case).

After that, it’s a crapshoot. There’s no way to predict what happens with the new HOH, their nominations, veto, or eviction. It really is up for grabs.

So let’s get right to the 500th episode of Big Brother. Last night’s show concluded with McCrae saving himself from the block, and replaced with Spencer. What does everybody think about that move? GinaMarie babbles about how her plan is in place, while Spencer is so confident that he’s safe that he volunteered to go up (which CBS failed to show last night). “I just have to have faith and loyalty in these guys.” Amanda claims that if Elissa had been put up instead, “she would have walked away with zero targets. Hence, the reason why I think it’s personal.”

Amanda and McCrae are crawling into bed when GinaMarie comes in to talk to them. Like the other 20 times they’ve had this chat, it turns into GinaMarie explaining how she had to break up the pair. “You’re jealous”, replies Amanda. “I’m sorry Nick’s not here so you couldn’t be a power duo.” This creates some giggles between Judd and Andy in the next room. GinaMarie’s response is that she’s doing pretty well as a solo act. “Bitch is crazy!” This goes on and on before GinaMarie finally wanders off as Amanda complains “it’s like talking to a four year old”.

Now we see Amanda walking into the kitchen, asking Elissa if she can talk to her. In the diary room, Amanda says she “has a really good pitch that can benefit Elissa’s game”. Admitting it’s a “lost cause”, Amanda says that if she was to stay then Elissa would have three people protecting her (Amanda, McCrae, Andy), as opposed to having people like Spencer after her. “If I’m gone, I feel like a lot of people will be going after you because you’re like the next big threat.” Elissa doesn’t seem too interested, adding a “mmm hmmm” or two, and Amanda admits she’s “tortured her a lot lately”.

A bit later, Elissa says that it does “make sense to keep a bigger target them myself”, and is considering Amanda’s idea. She pulls Amanda into the cockpit, and says she now wants to work with her. “Swear to God.” She explains that she does trust the two of them more than Spencer and GinaMarie. Amanda hugs her, and Elissa explains that she came in to the house to win, and if keeping Amanda makes that happen then she’ll do that. They also decide to trade jewelry to ensure each other’s trust.

Oh wait, look who pops in! It’s Andy, doing what Andy does best! Elissa explains this new idea, and he looks stunned. He begs off, telling them to keep talking. “This is going to out me”, he says in the diary room. If it doesn’t work, then his loyalties will be known. Amanda then pulls McCrae outside to fill him in, but he’s not as excited as she is.

Andy is now outside with Spencer and Judd, and explains they “have a major exterminator problem”. He tells them about Elissa’s new idea, and they’re both pissed. Andy says there is no way that he’ll vote with them, but they need to use this to make Elissa look bad.

Back inside, Amanda and McCrae are talking about her new hope. McCrae wants to go to Elissa to ensure that she’s not just fucking with them. Amanda doesn’t like this idea, as “she’ll be annoyed that you just questioned her on it”. McCrae, though, is also worried about Andy, but Amanda doesn’t agree. She thinks McCrae is the only person he can trust.

With that scene, the old footage is finished, and Julie now announces the double eviction to the house (although they’d already figured it out). First, she tells them about being part of the 500th episode.

We jump right to the final pleas, and Spencer goes first. He thanks a bunch of friends and family members, and that’s about it. Amanda then says they’ve all “become family”, and by keeping her she can help some people’s games.

Voting now starts with Judd, who votes to evict Amanda. McCrae obviously votes to evict Spencer, as does Elissa (to groans from the audience). Andy is up next, and he votes against Amanda. It’s a tie vote, for the first time this season.

Julie then announces the tie, and Amanda knows she’s fucked. GinaMarie then casts her vote to evict Amanda. “Get steppin’.” Amanda hugs them all, says to fight hard, and tells McCrae she loves him. Walking out the door, she turns to Andy and says “I thought I could trust you.” He replies the she could. Looks like the plan to pin it on Elissa didn’t work.

Amanda walks out to some cheers AND jeers. “Looks like some of you don’t like me”, she says to the audience. Julie starts the interview by asking what happened, and Amanda says she doesn’t know. “I’m dumbfounded.” She doesn’t think Elissa screwed her, as she does have her wedding ring in her suitcase. Julie then asks what she said to Andy, and she claims she was actually helping his game by making the house think he didn’t vote for her. Well, he didn’t anyway.

Playing a hard game is then brought up, and the awful term “bully”. Is that the real Amanda? “I’m definitely not a bully”, she responds. The audience begins to chuckle, but Amanda carries on by saying she just told people the truth. She does regret bullying Elissa, though.

Julie then asks about the fact she has “no filter”, and whether she has regrets. Amanda wishes she had been nicer to people. “It’s a game. You have to play it. I’m not a Jordan, for sure.” Her relationship with McCrae is the next topic, and Amanda says she admires him. She adds that he plans on moving to Florida.

The messages then end the segment. Elissa says that she did keep her as “being here is better for my game”. GinaMarie bitches to her that “your ass just got exterminated. Boom!” Andy then admits that he voted against her “because I came to win this game and not get third place with a power couple”. He then stupidly announces his Exterminators alliance. We end with McCrae saying how he’s “going to miss her a whole lot”. After the conclusion, Julie asks if Amanda is mad at Andy. “Yeah.” Well, duh.

It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Go Fetch”. They have to race across the yard to a dog pen, and dig for two “bones”. The first to find them, and deposit them in their dog bowl is the winner. In almost no time, McCrae wins! Seriously, the competition had just began!

After a commercial break, Julie calls everybody back into the living room. With no hesitation, McCrae then nominates GinaMarie and a clearly worried Elissa.

Before the veto competition, we have yet another commercial break. This competition is called “The BB 500”, and they have to move a car through a maze. The first person to get through it is the veto winner. Andy takes a quick lead, but Judd catches him to win the veto!

A few more adverts later, it’s time for Judd’s decision on whether to save either GinaMarie or Elissa. First, we hear some yelling in the house between GinaMarie and Elissa about the deal with Amanda. Julie then calls everybody back into the living room, and Spencer tells her she looks great. Ass kisser.

Elissa pleads her case first, and it’s about the double eviction that temporarily took him out. GinaMarie then says that she always has his back, and rambles on and on. “Everybody leaves me in the dark” is about the only thing I can figure out. Judd then says he’s not using the veto.

Yet another set of adverts before we get to the inevitable. They get to plead their case again, and she says she’s never lied to Judd and never nominated Spencer. “I’ll work with you going forward. She has more votes in jury than I do.” GinaMarie then says she’s “loyal to the death”, and a few more cliches. “I’m good at things and stink at some things.” She’s just awful. Seirously awful.

Voting then begins with Spencer, who votes to evict Elissa, as does Judd and Andy. Yes, that Reilly monster is going out the door! Julie announces the news, and Elissa is up even before Julie is finished. She wants her bag, but Julie tells her that she needs to come immediately. She walks out without a hug...or much acknowledgment to the rest of the house.

Julie asks Elissa if there was anything that could have saved her after Amanda was evicted, and she STUPIDLY thinks it was McCrae who voted against Amanda. Even Julie doesn’t get that. “Because Andy looked so shocked” is Elissa’s explanation. She is then asked about being taunted by Amanda, and she claims that she just wanted to work with her head instead of emotions. Her idea was that if they both stayed then Amanda and McCrae would be the targets. Julie asked if her sister gave her any advice, and I just can’t keep going with this. Elissa is making absolutely no sense. “It’s just crazy” is about as deep as she gets.

So that’s it, besides Julie announcing how the last few episodes will go, which will apparently involve a former winner’s input in one episode (please do not have it be Dan). It’s definitely a different house now, even more so than I mentioned at the beginning of this recap. Are you happy with what happened? Did you wish either evictee had stayed? Who is the new frontrunner? Tell us what you think!

 

Thursday
Sep052013

Double Eviction #2 Episode Guide

Double your (dis)pleasure? Amanda and Elissa, the most hated, loved, and/or controversial remaining house guests (each of you likely attaches varying labels to each), might both be leaving tonight.

Here's how things might happen during #BB15's second double eviction episode:

- Recaps.

- The eviction ceremony. GinaMarie, who happened to be HOH back when we headed into #BB15's previous double (putting Candice and Jessie on the block that week), nominated showmance power couple Amanda and McCrae for tonight's eviction in perhaps the biggest move of the season. (Like her as a person or not, and I certainly don't, I give her propz for doing what the previous two HOHs wouldn't.) McCrae won veto to save himself, and GM replaced him with Spencer as a pawn. Despite recent buddying with Elissa and the usual fake assurances from Andy, Amanda should be on her way to the jury house. If there's a 2-2 tie in the voting, GM will evict Amanda.

- Julie interviews the evicted house guest.

Amanda (top left) still thinks she's safe, but GinaMarie (top right) as HOH has conspired to keep her in the dark. Andy & Judd (bottom left) will probably be safe in tonight's double. Elissa must win HOH or POV.- New HOH competition. (As outgoing HOH, GinaMarie must sit this one out.)

- Nomination ceremony of two HGs by the new HOH. If Elissa or McCrae win HOH, she or he will likely nominate the other (plus one of "The Exterminators" alliance: Judd, GinaMarie, Spencer, or Andy).  If neither win HOH, Elissa and McCrae might both go on the block.

- POV competition. We think winning veto will be essential to either Elissa or McCrae.

- POV ceremony. One nominee comes off the block and another one goes up.

- Eviction ceremony #2. If Elissa is still up, current thinking is that she'll be on the way to the jury house.

- Julie interviews the double-evictee.

Next from the Newbie Desk: The next HOH competition might begin before or after tonight's live episode ends -- and it's likely to be a shorter-than-usual reign for this head of household. I'll tell you why in my next post.

Amanda's a goner for sure, but do you agree Elissa is the next most likely to go? If Elissa or McCrae wins HOH, which Exterminator(s) will s/he nominate? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet @uselesstraffic.

Thursday
Sep052013

The Night Owl

Well, Amanda's last night in the house wasn't exactly a quiet one.  Feeling very confident that because of Elissa's vote she will be staying (she won't), Amanda and Elissa again didn't even try to hide their new bestie type friendship and continued to jab at GinaMarie and Judd trying to get a rise out of them over the course of the day.  They kept boasting to each other that they could not WAIT to see GinaMarie and Judd's faces When Amanda stays and kept talking about how Amazing it would be, and then Amanda would say something like "Does it worry you that me and Elissa are so close now" to GinaMarie.  She continued through the day to say things like "Does it bother you?" "Are you afraid" "I might not even wear my dress"  "I'm leaving tomorrow....or AM I?" etc..  When none of that got any reaction out of GM, Amanda and Elissa decided to go for the bed issue.  GinaMarie had promised her HOH bed and room to Amanda and McCrae for the night, and everyone knows GM is obsessed wtih sleeping in the same bed she and Nick slept in when she is downstairs.   Amanda continually encouraged Elissa to take over the bed and refuse to move out into the hallway room so it would drive GinaMarie crazy.  Elissa attempted to take it over a few times, but eventually had a conversation with GinaMarie where she agreed to move into the hall after she took one last nap in GinaMarie's bed.

Yes, Amanda does strategize without pants often.  Shit finally hit the fan when Amanda came out of the DR, went to check and make sure that Elissa was asleep in GinaMarie's bed, and then went into the kitchen where all the other HGs were playing Jenga and eating at the table and announced that Elissa was asleep in the bed and asked GinaMarie if she was asleep there for the night.  GinaMarie told Amanda that she had already had a conversation with Elissa about the bed and that after the nap she would be moving to the hall bedroom.  Amanda then smirked at GinaMarie (she later admitted she was intentionally trying to piss her off) and GinaMarie snapped.  At first it was just a heated argument and then the next thing you know, both of them were throwing really low blows at each other.  Medications, eating disorders, sex, parents, ex boyfriends, and game were all attacked.  And then this happened:

Then they continued to yell for a little while longer until Amanda turned on the water works and headed for her bed to wait for McCrae to come and console her.  When McCrae finally came to console her, Andy, Judd, and Spencer all went with him to Ask Amanda if she was okay.  Amanda said "Fuck all of you. I don't want to talk to ANY of you" because they didn't stand up for her and also because during one part of the fight Andy and Judd caught a case of the giggles.   Amanda then stormed off the the have-not room "to be alone".  McCrae of course followed her in and tried to talk to her, but she was livid and crying about the fact that he had sat there and not said anything while GinaMarie said personal things about her.  Now in MY opinion, Amanda could have walked away from this fight at any time, and she also sort of instigated it by trying to piss GinaMarie off all day, so I don't feel terribly bad that it happened to her.  I feel like she and GM were both in the wrong and both said horrible things to each other.  However, in McCrae's case, he is STILL playing a game and there is a certain amount of poker facing that must be done in the game of BB.  I think expecting him to stand up and scream at GinaMarie when she was holding her own just fine, is kind of ridiculous.  It's like asking him to help tank his own game..or at least put more of a target on his back.  But I don't think Amanda really thinks all that strategically. I think she thinks and plays emotionally.

While Amanda and McCrae were hashing it out in the have-not room, GinaMarie came in and apologized to her and told her that she could still use the HOH room overnight, and said she really was sorry and that she knew how rough it must be being up on the block.  Amanda did not apologize to GM, but she did take her up on her offer and later took the HOH room with McCrae once things were all fine and dandy with them again and they were back to being overconfident that Amanda is going to stay.

The Exterminators spent a good portion of their day and night in between being giddy about getting to vote Amanda out (and blindside her) and strategizing what to do once the votes came down if Elissa or McCrae wins the HOH during the DE.  This is what Judd, Andy, and Spencer plan on doing:  Since Amanda and McCrae have been fighting already, if Elissa wins HOH, Judd and SPencer are going to tell her that McCrae decided he wanted to form a boys alliance and he last minute voted Amanda out, so they need to get him out (because Elissa's biggest fear is a boys alliance).  If McCrae wins, Judd is going to go to McCrae and tell him that Elissa did not vote to keep Amanda and that she was playing them the whole time.  He will tell him that he knows about the wedding ring exchange and everything because Elissa has been telling him all about it.  That way McCrae will still go after Elissa and probably put her up with GinaMarie.  None of them know if any of that will work or not, but it's their best shot at this point if one of those two win. 

That's really about it as far as game and fireworks go.  Most of the rest of the night was spent with small time tiffs and game playing and chit chat.  Amanda is still leaving, and as of now she will still be blindsided unless Elissa flips back or someone tells her tomorrow.  Everything after that will all depend on who wins that HOH and then who wins the veto after that.  In my idea scenario, after Amanda walks out the door, someone other than Elissa will win HOH and veto, and she will follow Amanda out, but that's just my personal preference.  We will just have to see how it really plays out.  I fear for Judd and hope this isn't his second time going out second on a DE.  I hope he survives it.  I'm really excited to see what happens though.  As always, you guys can follow me @ashes2ashes13 on twitter for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Wednesday
Sep042013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 30 Recap

Do you have your earplugs within reach? I have a feeling you’ll need them, as the last episode’s concluding scene of Amanda and McCrae’s nominations is destined to create a rising crescendo of noise. When one of these two are not screaming, the sniffling and tears are bound to be just as annoying. Not to mention the godawful backslapping by that ignoramus who nominated the pair.

Let’s jump right in. What exactly does everybody think of these nominations? You can probably guess. GinaMarie is pretty proud of herself for putting up the “power duo that is about to get destroyed”. A tearful Amanda admits that she “was completely blindsided by this one”. She goes on to say that a showmance has never made it to the end together. “I wanted to be the first.” (Well, there’s a reason for that.) McCrae says that Amanda is important to him and his game, and that everything “was going too good” until this happened.

Elissa is then shown hugging GinaMarie and telling her it was an “awesome move”. In the diary room, she boasts “finally, the days of McCranda are coming to an end”. She’s then shown telling GinaMarie she “made the best move ever”.

McCrae heads into the bedroom, where Amanda is already in bed. She has (finally) figured out that everybody else in the house was involved in the blindside. “It was not just Judd and Elissa behind it.” She says in the diary room that while she “was upset for a few minutes, now I’m pissed! And crazy! And confused!” Oh boy. We know what’s coming.

We hear for the first time on the episode (but the zillionth time on the feeds) that it “doesn’t make sense” to not put up Elissa. Yep, they’re all involved, and Amanda gets up to confront everybody. She heads into the cockpit and confronts Andy and Spencer. “Why me?” asks Spencer, who honestly doesn’t play dumb very well. Well, he plays dumb well, but not a dumb liar.

It works well enough, I guess, and Amanda continues to say it doesn’t make sense. Andy, who has been called a rat for the last couple of weeks, says in the diary room that his goal for the week is to make it seem like he had nothing to do with this. Yep, he’s a rat. (Not really. I just wanted to join the club.)

Amanda finally heads out of the room to go confront GinaMarie, who is in the HOH. She points out that Elissa has sent out both Nick and Aaryn, and that they’d never been targeting her. GinaMarie claims that they turned their back on Aaryn, and that Elissa had tried to get Amanda out the previous week.

Hearing the noise from upstairs, Judd heads into the cockpit to report what’s going on. Obviously, Spencer wants nothing to do with this situation, but Andy agrees to go upstairs with Judd. Upstairs, Amanda is still yelling at GinaMarie that by putting Elissa up she would have had no targets on herself.

The two boys walk in as GinaMarie explains that she had to break up the duo. “I can’t believe you’d listen to Elissa”, counters Amanda. “You listened to a girl who is crazy.” GInaMarie claims that Elissa had nothing to do with the nominations. “You just fucked yourself”, cries Amanda as she walks out. “If Andy or Spencer or a whole bunch of people win the veto, they’ll take us off the block.” Well, no they won’t.

Judd then speaks up. “So y’all just run the game, basically. Should we all just pack our bags?” Amanda then walks out the door after saying she never said that, and Judd follows. “There’s other people in this house”, she responds to Judd’s rant about him going up. They all start screaming at each other, while Elissa cooks some dinner and McCrae reads the Bible.

When GinaMarie points out that she still has the chance to win the veto, Amanda begins crying again and says she doesn’t want to be in the house anymore. “I want to go home now. I can’t be with these people.” Judd replies, “love you, too”.

Amanda heads into the have-not room, and McCrae joins her. We hear more of how she doesn’t want to be there anymore, and even more of the usual “why not Elissa” rants. She advises McCrae to not trust Spencer or Judd. “She wouldn’t put us up if she didn’t have the votes.” The sad piano music then comes up, and we get some teary diary room junk. They both tell each how they love each other.

After commercials, Elissa is jogging around the house, and Amanda is talking to Andy in the storage room. Andy tells her to be “calm and collected, and just win the veto”. Amanda says she wants to go home, and Andy tells her to knock it off. Again in the diary room, we have to hear about how tough this is for Andy. Elissa then stops to listen to them through the door as Andy tells her to “not let (Elissa) get to her”. Elissa now thinks he’s more loyal to Amanda then her.

Spencer then walks up to Elissa, who tells him to be quiet. He knows that this could be trouble, so he then enters. Andy asks if Elissa was listening, and he admits she was. Amanda slams the door open, and goes in to report to McCrae. When she jogs past, she makes a snide comment about her listening in on her.

Now fired up, Amanda claims that if either of them win veto, she’s going to make sure that Elissa goes up and goes home. Well, that’s not happening. In bed, she tells McCrae that she thinsk America is going to love that she hassled Elissa so much last week. Some of us did, my dear, but not Helen’s “America”.

It’s now time to pick veto players. Basically, everybody but one person is playing, so to make it easier that one person ends up being Judd. Andy’s not happy, because that means the rat may be exposed. Elissa does say in the diary room that she’s getting even more paranoid about Andy’s loyalties.

We then see Amanda heading up to the HOH to tell Andy that she picked Spencer over him because she didn’t want to put him in a bad spot. Spencer also walks in, and they all say they’re going to fight hard for the veto. When Amanda walks out, the two guys giggle on how even if they win they’re not going to use the veto.

Elissa is now whispering to Judd that she doesn’t trust Andy. “I just feel, like, he’s working with both sides of the house.” Andy then pops in, and Elissa says she is going to go take a nap. Judd then informs him of what Elissa just said, so his paranoia goes way, way up. “It is crucial that Elissa is not suspicious of me, as I don’t want to be Elissa’s target.”

He then runs upstairs to inform GinaMarie, who explains it was because of Amanda’s expression after he was picked to play veto. Andy says there’s no way he’ll take either of them down. Spencer then walks in, and we have dumb chatter about alliances. Yes, you three dummies are so powerful. Judd joins them, and they all giggle about how great they are as “exterminators”. Seriously, this is beyond idiotic.

It’s now veto comp time, and they’re all dressed as ballerinas. But there’s also a bowling alley. It’s a knockout type game, and they have to knock out their bowling pins, They do this after spinning around fifteen times, though.

The first round is Amanda versus Elissa, and we hear some silliness about “bullying” (god, I hate that word) before Amanda beats her. The rest of the competitors then decide to just pick Amanda for every round, and Andy does just that. Amanda wins again.

GinaMarie is up next, and she also picks an exhausted Amanda. Guess who wins? Yes, Amanda. McCrae is the next competitor, but he picks Spencer. And wins.

This means that it is now Amanda versus McCrae, and neither are pleased. “It feels like bringing Old Yeller out to the field, and I have to put her down”, says McCrae. Wait, what? We have to wait through a round of commercials before we get to see the epic battle, and when we return Amanda says that McCrae is now “my worst enemy, and he mine”. They’re both working hard, but McCrae has a slight lead early on. They both have to go back to spin, and Amanda then ties it up. She then goes up by one pin, and they’re tied as they now have to spin again. The first one to knock a pin will now win, and McCrae narrowly (and I mean narrowly) gets that fourth pin...and then pukes. He takes his medal, but is upset because he says “she’s a much better player”. Both of them have teary diary room comments before we head to commercials.

When we return, they’re embracing in the bathroom. She congratulates him, and says “my game is over”. Upstairs, the rest of the house is talking about who has to “sit and look pretty” next to Amanda. Elissa’s name is mentioned, but GinaMarie says she can’t do that. If you watched on the feeds, you know who volunteered to go up, but that would ruin this next, concluding segment.

McCrae is now staring at the wall of pictures, and claims that he’s actually thinking about saving Amanda instead of him. Well, that’s silly. Amanda adds that GInaMarie should not even be in the game, and that “she has too much of a power for way too small of a mind”.

More people babble before McCrae brings them all into the house for the inevitable use of the veto to save himself. Oh wait, he gives Amanda the opportunity to plead her case, and she stands and talks about how hard they fought for the veto. “I kicked everyone’s ass who challenged me. But if I were to lose to one person by one pin in one second, I’m glad that that one person was you. So I would never ask, nor expect, nor want you to use the veto on me.”

She sits down, and McCrae does use it on himself. “I’m sorry.” GinaMarie then stands and nominates Spencer to go up because “he does one heck of a chicken dance”.

McCrae then kicks the veto box shut, and says that he thinks he let Amanda down. “I have a lot of regrets.” Amanda adds that she thinks that GInaMarie is jealous of her, and Spencer jokes that he is proud of being the most nominated house guest of all time.

Well, that’s it for tonight. While I had little hope for tonight’s show, I felt that it was actually put together well. Even the veto competition material was pretty stunning. What do you think? Are you happy that Amanda is going tomorrow? Or that the rat has been exposed? Tell me! I want to know!