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Friday
Aug302013

Countdown to Meltdown

Amanda and McCrae are going on the chopping block soon and they don't even know it's coming.

This afternoon (Friday), Spencer and Andy have been feigning annoyance to Amanda about GinaMarie not being willing to talk with them ... and talking down about Elissa to stay in Amanda's good graces.

Amanda & McCrae mope. GinaMarie preps for her second HOH nomination ceremony.GinaMarie and Elissa have been plotting what could or should happen if the surviving half of McCranda doesn't win the next HOH comp -- while Amanda worries from downstairs what they're talking about.

Of the remaining four players (not counting McCrae), I've been wondering who Amanda could turn to for comfort or potential allegiance in the aftermath of the nominations.

Andy tried to come in while Elissa was talking with GM -- and Elissa asked him to wait outside.Not Judd. Amanda arranged his first eviction and wasn't cheery about his return. And she wants GM to put him up with Elissa.

Not Elissa, who Amanda targetted with her yelling and horn-blowing only days ago and who holds onto remnants of last week's HOH power.

Not Spencer. I could be forgetting (it's still difficult for a newbie to remember who allied with whom over all these weeks) ... but I don't seem to remember Amanda and Spencer having any particular closeness.

Andy? As one of the members of their 3AM alliance, possibly. But Amanda doesn't know that he is conspiring with GinaMarie and the others to get her out.

Friday, 3:05p: "If you put up Elissa and Judd, I will voluntarily go up as a pawn," says Amanda to GM.One thing is certain: The live feeds are going to be very fun to watch after the nomination ceremony tonight!

How big of a meltdown will Amanda have? Is there anything she could say to sway votes her way? Share your thoughts here or @uselesstraffic.

Friday
Aug302013

The Night Owl

GinaMarie is the new HOH!! But that almost seems inconsequential compared to everything else that has happened since then.  When the feeds came back after the HOH comp tonight Amanda was already in GinaMarie's ear telling her that she just HAS to put up Elissa and Judd.  GinaMarie did a good job of skirting her demands though and pretended to go along with her to an extent, but gave us plenty of eye rolls and other expressions into the camera when Amanda was not looking. 

Shortly after GinaMarie got away from Amanda, the Exterminator alliance celebrated in the storage room since they are now able to go through with their plan of keeping themselves safe this week and putting up Amanda and McCrae together.  After their small celebration it was time for Judd and Spencer to get their chicken costumes they won for being last in the HOH competition.

After the chicken costumes were revealed, GinaMarie was called to the DR to have her diary room session before the reveal of her HOH room.  While she was in there, all hell broke loose again between Elissa and Amanda.  Amanda technically started it this time by going into the house and calling Elissa a liar and basically following her around jabbing at her for various reasons.  I think this was mostly spawned because Amanda was so angry about Elissa's answer to Julie's question about their fight on the live show.  It didn't matter that Amanda started it though, Elissa gave as good as she got for the most part.  For the ENTIRE night, each time those 2 were anywhere near each other it turned into a poke and jab fest.  Elissa would talk about how much she "misses Aaryn" just to get Amanda riled up, and Amanda would go after Elissa being a mom blah blah blah...  There really isn't any point in me giving specifics of what they said when and where because we have all seen every comment over and over again this past week.

Meanwhile everyone else just tried to stay out of it and tried to avoid taking a side when Elissa or Amanda would come to them expecting them to side with them.  That is of course with the exception of McCrae who was on Amanda's side.  He did do a good bit of yelling at her to try to shut her up tonight though.  Judd and Andy had a discussion about how Amanda is driving them up the wall with antagonizing Elissa and then playing the victim and crying about it, but they both agreed that McCrae is probably the bigger threat and the one that will likely need to go this week if he doesn't win veto.

After the first real round of low blows, it was time for GinaMarie to get her HOH room.  She got pictures of Nick, a letter from her mom and step dad, and the usual goodies in her HOH basket.  Most everyone was happy for GM except for Amanda and Elissa who were too busy taking shots at each other, and then the stand off began.  Everywhere GinaMarie would go, Elissa would be 2 feet behind her, and 2 feet behind HER would be Amanda.  They eventually ended up in one of the most awkward HOH wait out fests I've ever seen.

For the record, neither Amanda nor Elissa won the wait it out contest. GinaMarie decided to leave the HOH first and go downstairs and while Elissa went to bed and Amanda was busy crying to McCrae outside about how Elissa "bullies" her and how tortured she is and how Elissa tortured Aaryn and how it's not fair, Judd, Andy, and Spencer made their way up to the HOH room with GinaMarie to have a small exterminators meeting and make sure they were all on the same page.

GinaMarie told them she was definitely putting up Amanda and McCrae, and they all agreed that they would like to get McCrae out this week if possible since he is the stronger competitor of the two.  There is also the fact that Amanda would really go off the deep end and just be a flailing loose cannon who probably would not be able to play very well if McCrae walks out the door.  They also all suspect a double eviction is coming this week, so they think even worse case scenario for them is Amanda or Elissa getting HOH, but they would still likely put each other on the block next to one of the Exterminators, and they can just vote out either Amanda or Elissa depending on which one is on the block.  They also all agree they will do whatever it takes to win veto to keep McCrae from coming down and keep GinaMarie from having to nominate Elissa and piss her off. 

While the meeting went on upstairs, Amanda sat downstairs still crying and bitching to McCrae about Elissa.  She really seems to have no idea whatsoever at this point that she and McCrae are going on the block.  Kudos to GinaMarie for her poker face, because Amanda truly believes that Elissa and Judd are going up.

After a while GinaMarie came outside and spoke with Amanda, McCrae and Andy.  Amanda tried to make a fake final 4 deal with them, and GinaMarie played it off as if she bought it.  Amanda then started asking again about who would be going up next to Elissa.  She wants Judd, but said that between Judd and Spencer she does not care which one goes up as long as it's Elissa.  GinaMarie played it off again and told them not to worry, that she sees what Elissa is doing by following her around etc..  And she isn't going to listen to her.

Everyone is kind of winding down and going to bed now.  I don't see anything else big happening tonight.  I personally am really excited about this week.  I think tomorrow's nominations are going to be a total blindside (possibly a first for this year) because Amanda and McCrae don't seem to have any idea at all that GinaMarie might put them up together, and they certainly have no idea that Spencer, Judd, Andy, and GM are working together.  There should be plenty of fireworks when they go up.  I'm excited for Judd that he has managed another week of safety provided he makes it through the double eviction this coming Thursday (and I think he has a good shot this time).  I'm happy about Andy's game and the way it is going.  He is breaking away from Amanda and McCrae at the perfect time for him.  They helped him get pretty far while he helped them also up to this point, but now he knows he has to play against people who are not coupled up and powerful, and he is easing into his new alliance very well.  I know people hate Andy for playing both sides, and I constantly get the "Andy is a rat and a snake and a floater" comments on twitter, but I feel that he is playing well and right now I am enjoying him.

I'm hoping GinaMarie tops her last nomination speech this week.  Her HOH's are always a little comical to me as she really is a cartoon parody of herself.  So here's to some great fireworks tomorrow afternoon when nominations happen.  Fire up your feeds and don't make any plans to go out or you might miss it.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

 

Thursday
Aug292013

Anybody Who Isn't McCranda

GinaMarie remains mean-spirited and disturbing. But she won HOH again on Thursday evening ... and if she puts Amanda and McCrae on the block, GinaMarie will have earned some respect back from me.

Amanda certainly wasted no time trying to fill GM's head with final four promises, lies of her certainty that Judd had been MVP, and her fervent desire for Elissa and Judd to be nominated for eviction.

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 8:57 PM: Mark this time, #BB15 fans! Is it genuinely the beginning of the end of McCranda?

My personal hope was for anybody who isn't McCrae or Amanda to win HOH, but I was probably wishing for GM be least likely to get the room key. Would she be strong enough to make one of the biggest moves of the season, or would she fear retaliation?

On the other hand, they've done the math: There are only so many weeks left, and during their conversation GM and Amanda talked about how two people are likely to leave next week. (They're right: Julie told viewers #BB15's second double-eviction happens next Thursday night.) Does the coming double affect GM's game play for the week? 

Accidental opposites: GM is blonde & wearing pink over black. Amanda is brunette & wearing black over pink.

GM ... Did you really do it? Did you successfully play Amanda? Does she really believe you're gonna do what she wants you to?

For the moment, it looks like she did! The moment she left the room, GM started silently taunting Amanda. And minutes later, GM talked with Andy about nominating McCranda.

We'll see exactly how impressionable GM lets herself be as everybody kisses her ring on Friday ... and then whether she has the guts to go through with nominating Amanda and McCrae later Friday. The other house guests seem to want it.

So now I'm rooting for somebody I don't like at all. That too is part of the game.

Will GM do it? Can Amanda win POV again to save herself? And then who's gonna be the double evictee next week? Let our games begin in the comments or @uselesstraffic.

Thursday
Aug292013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 28 Recap

This is it. It’s a night a good percentage of the Big Brother community is waiting for. A cute (former) model is about to walk out the door, not knowing that she’s been face of Aryan culture for the past two months.

Unfortunately for the blood thirsty, it’s unlikely she’ll actually get her true comeuppance tonight. She is headed to the jury house, after all, so Julie Chen can’t mention anything that’s happening in the “real world”. Will bad behavior be discussed? Certainly, but not at the level that would have happened a few weeks ago before the ousted headed to jury. You’re just going to have to wait for the finale to see how CBS handles her...and others.

Before we get to that moment, though, we have a replacement nominee to discuss. Amanda, the veto winner, took down her man, and Elissa put up Andy as his replacement. Elissa explains that she really wanted Amanda out this week, but she had to put up Andy because she knows he’s been working with her. Aaryn adds that this makes it the end of the “3 A.M.” alliance, and she has a bad feeling that she will be the one going home “because Andy has deals with almost everyone here”. Andy admits that he’s “freaking out”, and he really needs Amanda and McCrae’s votes. He adds that it is also the “beginning of a new plan that I have for myself that does not involve Amanda and McCrae”.

Elissa is now shown in the kitchen, and you can hear a New Year’s Eve party buzzer thing (what are they called?). “I’m back”, yells Amanda. “Hey Elissa. How are you, angel?” Elissa ignores her as Amanda continues to hover over her. “I’m very threatening and scary.” She asks her why she doesn’t look like any of her pictures. “How many doctors did it take to make your face look like that?” Elissa giggles and walks away. “I’m not about to be manipulated by a girl like her”, she says in the diary room. Amanda continues to talk as Elissa heads into the HOH.

Amanda is now seen in bed, asking the other boys why everybody is being nice to her. “I’m the only one standing up to this bitch, and everybody else is hiding in my shadow being, nice and kissing her dumbassed, cologenic injected face.” Spencer tells her to chill out, and Amanda continues to yell about her. “I want to punch her in her fucking face.” Andy complains in the diary room that she’s acting “appalling”. He says he’s not going to talk game with anybody, and Amanda says her next target is anybody seen chatting to her.

Time for a bitch session. GinaMarie is flapping her gums about Amanda to Judd, Spencer, and Andy, but I can never understand what she’s saying. Spencer calls her “repulsive”, and wants things to change. They just can’t have the two of them at the end, so Andy says they should just “cut ties” and go for their individual games. Judd says they should call themselves “The Exterminators”, and of course GinaMare loves that!

Aaryn is now talking to Amanda, who says she did everything she could to get GinaMarie up instead of Andy. She explains that Andy was with them long before Aaryn, so that’s where their loyalty lies. In the diary room, she explains that she also trusts Andy more than Aaryn because she chose Judd in that last veto comp. If she only knew what Andy was plotting. Aaryn whines a bit about how much work she’s done for nothing. “I did (the work) for people who won’t even keep me safe.” Amanda then starts crying, and then crawls into her bed to cry. “You still have two more days. You never know what’s going to happen.” The only way Aaryn can stay is to get the votes of Spencer, GinaMarie, and Judd. “This is going to be hard.” Impossible, actually.

She attempts to work it anyway, and first goes to GinaMarie, who promises her a vote. In the diary room, GinaMarie says she has to make fake alliances with both nominees. Aaryn then tries to work on Judd and Spencer, who says he has “concerns about your loyalties”. He adds that her past HOH’s furthered other’s needs, but she counters that she only did that to survive. Spencer and Judd both say they have to think about it, so Aaryn says she needs to start throwing some people under the bus.

Aaryn then tries to work on Amanda and McCrae again, pointing out that she’s done so much more work than he has. She points out that they have the two biggest targets on their backs, and that everybody is going after them. When she mentions Spencer’s name, Amanda gets a bit upset. She calls him over to the couch, and asks him if that’s true. “She’s full of shit”, he replies. Aaryn tries to refute him, but it goes nowhere. “Nobody trusts anything you say”, he tells Aaryn, before wandering back over to the hammock to report to Andy. Aaryn continues to fight for her side, and Amanda asks if she’d take them to the final three. So now we get that footage that makes the upcoming eviction vote appear to not be a slam dunk.

Ugh, a Dan segment is next??? NOOOOOOOO! I’m not recapping anything what that asshole has to say.

And now we have more bullshit with Brendon, Rachel, Jeff, Jordan, Dom and Danielle???? Nope, not watching that idiocy either.

After that silliness, Julie talks to the house. She welcomes Judd back to the game, and asks him how things have changed since his return. He babbles about how it’s the same people, but a couple are gone, so “they really did me a favor while I was gone”. Ok then. Amanda is then congratulated for her first victory, and is asked about “verbally taunting Elissa”. She replies that “Elissa really pushed my buttons”, but she has since apologized. “Now the house guests knwo not to push my buttons.” That’s not going to get a good response in the online world. Elissa is asked to respond, and she complains that Amanda took it past “game-related things”. That’s about all I understood from her lengthy non-answer.

Julie then wastes some more time talking about how twitter is so obsessed with the dirtiness of the bedroom. A picture is shown, and Spencer is asked why it’s so dirty. It’s a dumb question, so I’m not going to bother to state his reply. Oh wait, this is funny. “Thank you for asking me a question, by the way. It’s only been about ten weeks.”

It’s now crunch time. Aaryn gets the first final speech, and she tells everybody at home how much she misses them. She babble some more, and says she respects their decision. Andy then quotes Abraham Lincoln, but his joke falls flat. Even his Anderson Cooper quip stinks.

Voting then begins with Judd, who votes to evict his “little Texas tornado”. Spencer also votes against Aaryn, as does a crying GinaMarie, Amanda, and McCrae. Aaryn is out by a unanimous vote!

We have to endure more commercials for the much-anticipated meeting between Julie and Aaryn. It’s a peaceful departure, as she hugs everybody (including lengthy ones with Elissa and GinaMarie), and actually gets some cheers as she comes out. Oh yeah, and a few catcalls.

Wow, we don’t get the usual stupid footage of the house staring at the picture wall. Julie announces they have a lot to talk about, and she is then asked about the unanimous vote. Aaryn says that she believes Amanda and McCrae kept Andy over her because of her competition success. But why not GinaMarie, and Aaryn explains that the unanimous votes are so that they don’t become targets. Ugh.

Julie then brings up Elissa and their rocky relationship. Aaryn says that at first they were friendly, but the lie about not being Rachel’s sister brought on some animosity.

Ok, here we go. “In the early days of this game, you said some pretty harsh things about your fellow housemates.” Julie adds that Amanda even attempted to let her know that some of the things she said were being interpreted as racist. It’s not a good answer. Aaryn complains that since she’s southern, things have been taken out of context. “I do not mean to ever come off as racist. That’s not me, and I apologize to anyone that I’ve offended for that.” (Note, you can hear people in the audience laughing at that dumb response.)

Julie then reminds her that everybody going into the house knows that they’re on the internet, and proceeds to read some of the things she stated. Oh yeah, this isn’t going to end well. As the audience laughs, she says she doesn’t remember saying any of those things.”That was not meant to be serious, and I feel horrible for that. I regret that.” Julie follows that up by asking if the experience has taught her anything. Clearly flustered, Aaryn just spits out a few words about how her and Andy, Candice, and Helen are “great friends”.

The segment ends with the usual goodbye messages. Judd says that he thinks that she is “awesome”, but that “I feel that you are playing for Amanda and McCrae to win this”. Amanda says that this is the toughest eviction for her, and she loves her like a sister. Elissa then says she has “nothing to say to you except have fun in the jury house. Or don’t.” Interesting, as just a few minutes ago Elissa acted like she was her best friend. GinaMarie ends it by saying that she loves her. “You’ll always be my BB bunny.”

Julie asks for her final thoughts, and it’s clear the past few minutes are the only thing she is thinking about. She says she feels awful, and that in Texas they joke about things without really meaning it. “I really feel bad that this is how it’s being seen, and how I’ve come across to people.” Julie then tells her that after she’s home and watches the footage, “you’ll have a whole new perspective on things”.

It’s now time for the next HOH competition, and they’re wearing bunny ears. It’s called “Big Hopportunity”, and they have to maneuver balls through a maze. The first to collect a dozen “eggs” in their basket is the new HOH. Their feet are tied together, so they have to hop around the playing field. After they begin, Julie announces that the last place finisher will have to wear a chicken suit for 48 hours.

Before we end, Julie announces that on Sunday there will be a “surprise competition”, and that next Thursday will be another double eviction. That should be fun!

Well, that’s it. We leave the show without a new HOH. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? What did you think of the interview with Aaryn? Or the return of certain people I will never mention again? Let us know!

 

Thursday
Aug292013

The Night Owl

Not a whole lot of gaming went on in the BB house tonight.  At the beginning of the night Aaryn seemed to have accepted that she was going home, so she didn't really put up any fight.  She did however decide to try and drive a big yellow school bus over everyone still in the house.  She told McCrae that Spencer, Judd, and GinaMarie were after he and Amanda.  She told Amanda that GinaMarie told her about a plan today to get rid of her and that Spencer did the same a few days ago.  She told Elissa about the 3AM alliance and told her that everyone in the house was after her.  She also said a lot of other things, but you get the idea.  The only people who bought into it enough to actually check out her stories were Amanda and McCrae.  They confronted GinaMarie and she denied it.  McCrae also talked to Spencer about what she had been saying.

Very late in the night, Amanda, McCrae, Judd, and Andy all talked in the storage room about the upcoming week.  They all have the "fake" one week deal to keep each other safe and just go after Elissa.  I think McCrae and Amanda will probably stick to going after Elissa and put up either Judd or GinaMarie beside her, but Judd will likely not stick to it at all and put up Amanda and McCrae right off the bat.  Andy has said he is not sure if he will put up Elissa or if he will put up Amanda and McCrae, but he is kind of thirsty to be the one to put the couple up, so he says he might go through with it.  Spencer has said the same thing Andy said, although I think both Andy and Spencer will likely throw the HOH comp if they can so they don't have to be the one to decide if it's Elissa or Amanda this week.

Outside of that, not much game talk was had.  Amand and Aaryn decided to bleach their buttholes with honey and lemon juice while the other HGs played games that they got earlier in the day like Jenga, and cards. 

Aaryn is still going home unless something absolutely crazy happens, and what happens next is all up to the HOH comp.  I will throw  you guys some screen shots from over the course of the night since the blog is so lacking in material.  Tonight was just mostly chatter and horseplay and boredom. The good news is, this time tomorrow night we will have a new HOH, and this week it will likely be a big target who makes a lot of noise that goes up.  As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Happy Eviction Day!!! Until tomorrow night...

 

Wednesday
Aug282013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 27 Recap

First off, my apologies for the lack of a recap from Sunday night. I was way behind on a newspaper article that was due that day, so I elected to just watch the show rather than report it.

It was a pretty predictable show anyway, with most of what happened highlighted on this site over the weekend and on The Big Brother Gossip Show. Almost half of the show was the baseball-themed endurance competition. Other than that, there was Elissa’s HOH room reveal, Amanda attempting to keep McCrae off the block, and Elissa’s nominations of McCrae and Aaryn.

One strange segment, however, was the footage of Aaryn accidentally swallowing nail polish. There really was no need for that segment, especially as it happened a couple of days before the time period represented by the show. In fact, they had to utilise some digital trickery to make it look timely, as Helen was sitting on the floor just a foot or so away from Aaryn.


Oh well. Tonight’s episode may be a bit loud. Like really loud. There will be some anger, some tomfoolery, and a visit from an old Big Brother friend. Plus, a plot to keep somebody off the block that ultimately doesn’t work but sure created a buzz online.

Let’s begin with the reaction to Elissa’s nominations of McCrae and Aaryn. Elissa says that since the three of them (including Amanda) were behind the eviction of Helen, they are her targets for the week. “I’m ready to get revenge.” Aaryn is bawling because she thinks she’s “done everybody’s dirty work”, and now she has nobody to protect her. McCrae doesn’t seem as upset. It’s only his first time being nominated, so he says it’s “really scary”, but he seems pretty calm in his diary room session. Amanda isn’t as calm, though. “I have to figure something out to keep them safe, and myself.”

For some reason, we get some commentary from GinaMarie, who says she has to be on Elissa’s “good side this week”, despite the fact that her best friend (Aaryn) is on the block. We then see her kissing Elissa’s ass, telling her she had a “very nice speech”. Elissa asks if what she said to Aaryn was mean, and GinaMarie says “no. I thought it was fine.” Amanda and McCrae overheard this, and Amanda says “something’s not right here”. In fact, she wants to “punch her in the face”. McCrae tells her that they need to just be positive.

Aaryn is now talking to GinaMarie, wondering why she’s not up next to her. Aaryn believes that by not having GinaMarie up, this gives another opportunity for her to be saved with the veto. Aaryn says not to trust Elissa. “I feel like when I’m talking to her, I’m looking into Hell”, she says. Maybe there’s something up with Amanda and McCrae, and GinaMarie agrees, but tells her to keep cool with them.

Amanda is now in the kitchen with Elissa, who starts to say something but stops. Amanda wants to know what she was about to say, and finally Elissa asks if they’re going to “retaliate” next week for putting up McCrae. Amanda says no, and then asks who would go up if McCrae wins veto. Elissa says probably GinaMarie. “I don’t know.” Amanda adds that people are starting to think she’s working with GinaMarie, especially since she’s been kissing her ass.

Amanda then asks if Elissa would put her up if Aaryn wins veto, and Elissa starts gigglins as she says “no”. Amanda doesn’t believe it, saying in the diary room that she’s a “terrible liar”. Elissa leaves the room, and Amanda then tells Aaryn that she thinks Elissa is lying.

We then have a few awkward seconds of silence in the diary room before Elissa says “I was just thinking how awesome it would be for Amanda to go home”. She saw an “evil side” last week in how she treated Helen, and she thinks she can get Judd on board for this if Aaryn wins veto. “Now I feel that I just totally want Amanda gone. It’s so weird. I’m not meaning to be bipolar.”

Elissa then heads into the bathroom to tell Judd, and he loves the idea. “But don’t tell anyone”, she adds. Judd is really excited. “It’s time to get my hands dirty.” He walks into the bedroom to get Aaryn. “Elissa wants to talk to you upstairs.”

Although she says she’s freaked out by this, she does go up to the HOH room. “I feel like we seriously need to work together”, says the woman who just a few days ago spent the entire day disparaging her. She was so focused on Helen, but says she is now seeing the real picture. “Nobody would think we would work together at this point.” She says that Amanda needs to go, and they both need to fight for the veto. Aaryn is also supposed to pick Judd if she gets Houseguest Choice in the veto pick.

After commercials it’s time to pick the players. They all act overly excited as they race to the living room, and Elissa pulls out Amanda’s chip. Wow, she couldn’t hide her disappointment in that move! “I feel sick”, she says in the diary room. McCrae gets GinaMarie, and Aaryn pulls the no longer needed HouseGuest Choice. She still picks Judd, which angers Amanda. “Why would you not pick Andy?”

Amanda asks Aaryn about this as they walk away, and is not happy with her silly response that Andy or Spencer would never take her down. After Amanda and McCrae get into the shower, Aaryn says they can’t be mad at her for working to further her own game. “It’s stupid”, replies Amanda. “You think Judd’s going to use it on you. It doesn’t make any sense...that was not an alliance move.”

Aaryn walks away as GInaMarie starts bitching about Amanda. “Fuck her. Don’t let that bitch get into our head.” They both head out to talk to Elissa, who says that all she does is “use you to make her decisions”. Elissa promises that Aaryn is not going home this week.

GinaMarie and Elissa continue this conversation in the kitchen, where for some reason GinaMarie says Amanda “is the female version of Jeremy”. Amanda walks in on them, and they all quit talking. Amanda walks back into the cockpit room and reports that the two of them are definitely working together.

Amanda again walks into the kitchen, and the other two stop talking game once again. She again comes into the kitchen, and calls them out. Elissa just starts laughing, and Amanda gets into it with GinaMarie. McCrae comes in and grabs Amanda as GinaMarie starts babbling in some other language. Oh wait, I did hear “bring it on, bitch”.

McCrae stops her again from going out into the kitchen, and says that she needs to “do some damage control with Elissa”. Amanda heads upstairs, and airs everything about what GinaMarie has been saying about her the entire season. When Amanda brings up being the replacement nominee, Elissa again (badly) lies...and then starts laughing. “I really can’t wait to see the tables turned and see everybody against her”, she says in the diary room. Amanda starts bawling, saying she has always been on her side, but Elissa doesn’t give her much empathy in return. Ok, no empathy.

Now it’s veto time, and it’s the return of the Zingbot. We see it enter the house, and wake everybody up. Elissa says the Zingbot is “one of my favorite parts of Big Brother”.

The zingers start with McCrae, and how Amanda wears the pants in the family. He says it didn’t bother him, except for GinaMarie laughing like it’s the greatest thing ever. Speaking of GinaMarie, the joke against her is about Nick and the movie Fatal Attraction. Andy’s joke is about being a floater, and he’s not happy. He then goes to Aaryn about being a mean girl, and says she wasn’t acting. What? Amanda’s joke is about her tramp stamp, which she then shows in the diary room. “It’s a mistake.” Elissa’s line is about how she’s a “cheap imitation of your sister”.

It’s finally contest time, and it’s “Happy Zing Day”. The baby Zingbot is now one year old, and it comes out into the backyard. For the game, they have to roll a ball across a platform, and then run around and catch it. If a ball hits the ground, they go back to zero. The first to 250 “power units” wins veto.

Early on, Amanda and Judd are kicking ass, but McCrae is having a hard time. It’s so hot, though, that Judd is having trouble breathing. He then drops the ball, and is back to zero. “I literally thought I was going to die.” It’s now basically between Amanda and GinaMarie, espeically when Elissa drops her ball. It’s neck and neck, and finally Amanda hits the magic number to win the veto! She can now save McCrae, and can’t go up in his place. Guess who is happy, and who is not? Oh yeah, and Andy is now a little worried.

When we return from commercials, Amanda is still proud that she finally won something. “And it was hard, and it was physical.” Andy walks in the room, and they wonder if Elissa is now going to put him up, or will it be GinaMarie. Andy thinks it will be him.

Upstairs, Judd and Elissa are complaining that Amanda winning is “the worst case scenario”. Elissa starts crying that she is now going to go home next week. “I hate her. She’s like the grossest person in the world.” After mentioning that Andy may need to go up, Aaryn comes in to ask if it will be GinaMarie. Elissa says she doesn’t know, but “wants to make a huge impact in the McCranda game”.

She now heads downstairs and talks to Amanda how it was such a fun competition. For some reason, Elissa says they all helped Amanda win it. Uh oh. They go back and forth for a bit before Elissa leaves the room in giggles once again.

Amanda decides to get a little revenge. “She wants to push my buttons? Well, she just pushed the wrong one.” Amanda heads into the kitchen and is non-stop bitching, complaining how she wasted her HOH. There’s some talk about Rachel and the Brenchel Army. “What does the Zingbot and Elissa have in common? They’re both made of plastic. Zing.”

We jump ahead to Andy and Amanda talking. Or should I say Andy and Granny? Andy says he’s ready to accept his fate, but Amanda says he’s not going anywhere. They need to figure out a way to get GinaMarie on the block so that both Aaryn and him survive.

She heads back into the kitchen and starts screaming for Elissa once again. “Come on down, Princess.” Ugh, I can’t keep up with the insults. I know the anti-Amanda people point to this scene as proof of how vile she is, but the idea is for Amanda to drive Elissa nuts, and have Andy then go up to “save the day” and say how offended he is by her actions.

Andy then heads upstairs to try to seal the deal. He asks her if she’s ok, and apologizes for everything that’s been happening. “It’s been hard to be in the same room as her today.” He says that he’s ashamed to have been aligned with her, “but know that you have at least one friend”.

Did this scheme work? We’ll now find out, as Amanda is shown staring at the picture wall. She calls everybody in, and obviously uses the veto on McCrae. Oh wait, first she says that “I think you would know better than anyone that no one comes between me and my man.” No response from Elissa on that line, though.

Elissa then stands, and puts up...Andy. But first, she says to Amanda, “clever line. Rachel probably is very disappointed and insulted that somebody like you would use it.”

“Sit down, trash”, Amanda says as she gets up to adjourn the meeting. Elissa says that she won’t respond to “Amanda’s bad behavior”, and at least somebody that is aligned with Amanda is going home. Amanda acknowledges that “3 A.M” is done, “but at least we’ll have 2 A.M.” Andy says that while he needs Amanda and McCrae this week to survive, he’s done with them otherwise as he’s not playing for third place. Wow! Aaryn finishes the show by promising she’ll do whatever to remain in the house.

That’s it for tonight. What did you think? Please post any of your thoughts on tonight’s show!

 

Wednesday
Aug282013

The Night Owl

At the beginning of the night tonight there was a forecast of clear skies with no chance of fireworks.  That proved to be at least a little inaccurate.

Early in the night the HGs planned that if they got alcohol they would have a beer pong tournament.  This SOUNDED really entertaining in theory.  I mean who doesn't like watching beer pong and buzzed HGs?  However, it was mostly a flop.  Amanda pulled her bossy card out and started controlling all the rules and no one liked the rules she was pushing because it meant very little beer at a very very slow pace for everyone involved.   The setup in and of itself proved to be a really difficult process involving many small arguments.  They didn't have paper cups at first and then the DR provided them.  They decided to play on the pool table meaning they would be outside, so McCrae, Judd, and Spencer being the beer conservationists that they are, wanted to just have water in the cups and do shots of beer on the side...because if you knock over a paper cup you lose some of the 4 precious beers they have.  That's not to mention how dirty the ball would get falling into the dirt and then being put back in the beer cups.  Amanda insisted though and so they started the game with Beer in the cups and of course the first ball thrown knocked over a cup and they lost beer so the whole thing had to be started again with water.  Elissa decided that she was tired of waiting for the whole thing to happen and just poured a glass of wine to drink (and some say she had a beer too, but I didn't see that part myself, so I'm not sure.).  This was fine with everyone except Amanda who kept jabbing at her about it.  When all was said and done they had mostly just snapped at each other and had a few sips of alcohol each over the course of a few hours.

After the tournament was over, Elissa went upstairs to her HOH room and while everyone else moved to the outside couch to play a few rounds of Telephone.  While they were playing and talking Elissa came down and pulled Andy aside to tell him she was kind of freaking out and that he needed to be campaigning because she would absolutely walk out of the house if Aaryn doesn't leave on Thursday.  When Andy returned outside, he told the rest of the outside crew a little of what was going on, and Aaryn decided to make up her own version of what she thought was happening.  She told everyone that Elissa was just super jealous of her because she had confided in her that she had a crush on Judd and thought he was the hottest guy in the house, and that she was mad that Aaryn was flirting with Judd all day.   Amanda decided that even though Judd didn't want her to go talk to Elissa about it, she needed to stir it up.  In her mind, if she ran to Elissa with that info, it would make Elissa so uncomfortable that Judd wouldn't be able to work with her.  What happened instead was Elissa hysterically laughing and making a joke out of it, and Judd being pissed off at Amanda and Aaryn for stirring up trouble.

Aaryn, Amanda, and McCrae stayed on the outside couch while Judd, GinaMarie, Spencer, and Andy all went over to the hammock to kind of avoid everything that was going on.  While they were gone, Aaryn took it as her opportunity to campaign to Amanda and McCrae.  She told them that they would be stupid to keep Andy over her when Spencer, Judd, and GinaMarie had all told her they were coming after them and Andy would never be put up again and was going to make it to the final 3.  Amanda questioned Aaryn a little further about Spencer saying he would put them up, and then abruptly called Spencer over in front of Aaryn and McCrae to call him out.  Spencer called Aaryn a liar and she called him one back and they argued for a while.  Spencer finally walked off saying he was done with the conversation, and Amanda came to the conclusion that Spencer was lying and Aaryn was right...they would be stupid to get rid of her. 

Aaryn quickly went inside after giving her campaign speech, and Amanda tried to talk to McCrae about the idea of voting out Andy.  He shut her down quickly though and basically told her that if those people were coming after them, they are going to come after them anyway, but that Aaryn will still be a liar and untrustworthy and not loyal so they need to keep Andy because he is more solid. 

The truth of the matter is that Amanda may be right on the Aaryn thing.  Andy is pretty heavily invested in The Exterminators alliance right now, and is ready to get rid of Amanda, but none of them know about that and Andy has had a good poker face about it.  The rea trouble will come for them if Amanda gets power this coming week and decides it would be in her better interest to put up Spencer and GM or Spencer and Judd instead of Elissa. I am happy Aaryn is going and Andy is staying though.  I really want to see how the whole Exterminators thing plays out this coming week when someone else other than Elissa is in power.

Outside of those conversations, most of the rest of the evening has been spent just having general chit chat between Amanda, McCrae, Judd, Andy, Spencer, and GinaMarie.  I'm not sure if they are waiting each other out, or if it's just that no one is tired yet because they all slept until 2pm or later, but for whatever reason they are still up.  I don't expect any more drama or any big changes to happen tonight though.  I think Aaryn is still going on Thurs. and then next week will depend on a lot of different variables...mainly who wins HOH.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Tuesday
Aug272013

No More B.S.!

I've been thinking about writing this post for a few days now, but have not wanted to fan the flames.

I can't hold back any longer, though.

As I've stated many times on this blog and our podcast, I've enjoyed this season more than any of the last handful. This was mainly because there weren't any returning players to temper and handicap the play of the new contestants. With the exception of one stunt casting, and a twist designed to protect her, everybody started the season on an even keel.

Yes, there have been a ton of questionable comments and actions. Yes, some people have acted inappropriately. Yes, people have made disastrous moves. That's what happens when you have a cast of reality show virgins! You get drama! Isn't that what has been missing in previous years? People should be rejoicing!

They're not. In fact, I've never seen a season where the fanbase has taken the show so seriously. I'm not just talking about the cat ladies who want rules tweaked, bent and broken to ensure their favorite makes it untouched to the end. I'm not talking about the usual double standards for behavior, or the demand that the rest of the house do nothing but what furthers their hero.

It's getting much scarier than that, and it needs to stop.

There are sites out there created by people that clearly have too much time on their hands. These sites include private information of not only those in the house but their families and friends. When one brain surgeon tweeted a family phone number earlier this week, they were inundated with harrassing phone calls for the rest of the day.

Seriously, you cretins, get a fucking life.

You can love and hate anybody you want. You can think this person is trash, or that person is a beautiful angel. That's part of the fun of the show.

When they're out of the house, you can then throw whatever verbal jabs you want. I've admittedly had my fun with certain people over the years. No matter their sins, though, the families don't deserve this. Their parents shouldn't have to take down their business websites or disconnect their phones. You are NOT their judge and jury. 

You, not those in the house, are ruining this season. If the show doesn't return next summer, I hope you all look at yourselves in the mirror. It won't be because of the ratings or the various live feed controversies. It will because you busy bodies are giving the producers and lawyers such a headache it won't be worth the risk of putting on the air. Will you be happy then? Either that or it will be a house full of Helen's organizing knitting parties. We definitely don't need that!

Tuesday
Aug272013

The Night Owl

The veto ceremony took place today and as expected, Andy was put up on the block after Amanda pulled McCrae down.  Apparently there were some fireworks during the veto ceremony. Amanda used a Rachel line "No one comes between me and my man." *gags*  Elissa then told her something to the effect of "My sister would be ashamed that her words are coming out of your mouth."   Then Amanda said "sit down trash bag."  or something like that.  I'm sure we will see an edited version of it on the Weds show.

After the feeds returned, Amanda and McCrae followed through with the plan to tell Judd that the plan had always been to keep Andy.  Andy played dumb as if he did not know about it, and Judd struck a one week deal (that he later said he did not intend to keep) to not put up McCrae and Amanda if they would give him the same one week safety.   Amanda half heartedly continued to harass Elissa for a little while, but then ultimately gave up and went to bed for a good portion of the day. It's never so pleasant on the feeds as when The Beast is sleeping.

Aaryn at first gave up and told everyone she knew what was going on and she was just going to go out happy, but not more than an hour later she was spreading lies and bullshit as usual and trying to turn Amanda and McCrae on Spencer and Judd, Trying to turn Elissa on everyone, trying to turn GinaMarie on Amanda and McCrae etc.. and so on.   The only one who remotely believed her was of course Amanda who ate up everything Aaryn said about Judd. This means nothing though as she is still not voting Andy out of course.

While Amanda was sleeping, McCrae and Elissa got into a somewhat heated discussion about what was bothering them about each other.  They each had some good points and also some stupid ones.  The end result was basically them being more cordial to each other than before.

At some point during all of this Spencer and Andy made it into the cockpit to talk about how excited they are about their new alliance they formed last night.  For those that don't know, Andy, Judd, Spencer, and GinaMarie formed "The Exterminators" in the wee hours of the morning right after my last blog was posted.  The real question of course is where does Andy and Spencer's loyalty lie.  During this conversation they talked about wanting to go with The Exterminators more than Amanda and McCrae at this point.  They both agreed that Amanda has got to go.  Their plan as of now is to wait and see who gets HOH, and if it's Judd or GinaMarie, help them evict Amanda or McCrae.  If it's McCrae or Amanda, they will wait to see which one of their alliance (most likely Judd) is put up beside Elissa, and they will just vote out Elissa instead.  If either of them (Andy or Spencer) gets it, they will put up Amanda and McCrae with Amanda to go because they both feel like this would be a REALLY big move to have on your final 2 resume. Whether any of this will happen or not, I don't know. It's just what they are saying for now, and to be honest, it makes me SO happy that people are at least talking about getting out Amanda this coming week. More people than just Judd and GinaMarie I mean.

After McCrae talked to Elissa, he went and woke up Amanda to tell her all about their conversation.  Amanda got really mad that he was talking to/being nice to Elissa.  Then she cried of course.  Then she went on a rant about how she isn't playing a social game and just plans to win everything from here on out and that's how she will win the game with McCrae.  I literally laughed out loud at some of the stuff she was saying while crying.

None of this anger lasted that long though as Amanda and Elissa ended up making dinner together, and then much later in the night after some wine they hashed everything out and made theri respective apologies.  I don't think Elissa bought any of it...as she shouldn't, and I doubt Amanda bought any of it either, but there it is.  They said it...oh and Amanda cried.

Outside of all that, most of the night was spent listening to Aaryn campaign to no avail, and just having general chit chat.  Some played pool and some plucked their eyebrows.  Some hung out by the hot tub.  GinaMarie re-did her hair extensions...you get the idea.  It was pretty quiet.

As of now Andy is staying and Aaryn is going home.  I don't really see that changing.  Judd, Spencer, and GinaMarie seem completely solid in their new alliance, and I doubt Amanda or McCrae will try to flip it to keep Aaryn now that Aaryn is trying to turn the house against them and they know it.  Now we just have to wait until Thursday and hope someone gets a bug up their ass and causes some fireworks before then.  I think "Hurricane Poopie" (Aaryn) might have it in her, but we will just have to wait and see.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Monday
Aug262013

Chaos Theory

McCrae is off the block, Andy is the replacement nominee, Aaryn is still up, and I am surprisingly not entirely disappointed with how this week is going.

When Amanda got into the POV comp and won, she was obviously going to save McCrae ... and it also became impossible for Elissa to backdoor her. And there went all the fun out of my #BB15 week ... or so I thought.

But watching Amanda squirm over her lack of control of Elissa has been kind of fun. Watching Amanda campaign in one room to save Aaryn while McCrae campaigned in a different room to vote her out was delicious! And Amanda wanted GinaMarie put up as the replacement ... so the fact that Elissa chose Andy instead is downright exhilarating.

Admittedly, I like it more because it's not what Amanda wanted than because I want to see Andy go before GM. On the other hand, Andy's duplicitous game style is annoying ... even though he seems like he'd be a likable person in the real world. As a newbie, I haven't quite reconciled that it should be acceptable for me to cheer for deceit -- it's just a game.

Monday, August 26, 2:48p on cams 1 & 2: Andy and Aaryn admitted privately to each other that Elissa played them expertly.Three votes are all they need to evict someone this week.

Earlier in the day today (Monday), it seemed likely that Judd and Spencer would evict Aaryn ... while Amanda and possibly McCrae (put firmly back in his place, one assumes) would evict Andy. GinaMarie might have been the swing vote.

But by late afternoon, with her "save me" tactics not working, Aaryn seemed to know she's going. If that becomes a foregone conclusion (like Helen this time last week), which is more likely this Thursday?

- We get a 5-0 vote to evict Aaryn, providing cover for everybody ("I'm just doing what the house wants!") and dullness for fans.

- We get a 3-2 or 4-1 vote to evict Aaryn, with the dissenting votes from, say, McCranda or just McCrae. I might like to see how this would play out -- especially if one or both of them chose to lie about their votes to each other and/or to other house guests. Imagine McCrae saying, "Amanda, you know I'll always vote with you" when he didn't ... or Amanda saying that GinaMarie or Judd (take your pick) "was the only one who didn't do what the house wanted" when in fact they did.

I'm learning what it is that I really want from Big Brother: chaos.

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