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Monday
Aug122013

The Night Owl

So, I didn't watch a lot of the feeds tonight, but not that much really changed from what I can tell. 

Early in the day Jessie gave Andy her usually "let's get Amanda out" speech.  The problem with this of course is that it only makes sense for Jessie's game.  This is probably what put the final nail in Jessie's coffin for the upcoming eviction.  Until now, Aaryn had been pushing for Spencer (she still is) and Andy was really thinking about keeping Jessie, but now that he knows she is still after Amanda, and told Amanda as much, there is probably no chance of her staying.

Amanda and McCrae whispered in bed for a good while about who they want out next week.  Amanda still wants to backdoor Helen.  McCrae and Andy have both tried expressing to Amanda that Helen is after here.  Amanda says she does not believe Helen would put her up, but still wants to backdoor her if she can.  If not she will get rid of GinaMarie or Spencer. 

After leaving their downstairs bed, Amanda and McCrae headed to the HOH bed to talk to Andy and Aaryn aobut next week's plans.  They continued to talk about getting rid of Helen or Elissa.  Andy seems more up for getting rid of Elissa, while the rest are all about getting rid of Helen..except for Aaryn who wants to get rid of Spencer. Amanda feels the four of them have everything worked out perfectly so that even if Helen won and nominated them, they still are untouchable.

Andy spent a good while talking to Spencer in the hammock.  They discussed the fact that they don't really think Judd was MVP. They think it was America.  They talked about the upcoming weeks and Andy told him how much he wants to keep him.  Spencer was pretty candid with him about most of his thoughts (although he never rats out the game he talks with GinaMarie).  When Andy talks with Spencer, it's the one person I cannot tell if he is being sincere with or not.  Part of me thinks he IS sincere about wanting to keep Spencer for a while, but just doesn't want the others to know he is close with him.  He could just be playing the same old "friendly with everyone" social game though.  It will be interesting to see if he has a hand in cutting him soon.

Eventually everyone but Spencer and GinaMarie moved up to the HOH to talk.  Helen wanted to talk about how they need to get Aaryn out so that she doesn't "HOH her way" to the end, but Amanda was not having it.  Amanda left the room shortly after Helen's comments were made, and the rest of the group agreed that Aaryn needs to go soon.  While that group was talking in the HOH, Spencer and GinaMarie talked on the patio about how unsafe they are going to feel unless something changes to get rid of one of the powerful 4 running the house.  I don't really think getting rid of Elissa is a power move. I think she is just included because she is close with Helen, but I guess they include her and call it a "foursome".

Also worth noting (although I didn't hear the full conversation) was a talk McCrae had with Andy much earlier in the evening about how he isn't really sure he trusts Amanda.  He mentioned that the DR really makes him not trust her, and that he thinks she may cut him loose soon.  He also talked about a girl he has back home for a little while.  I'm not sure if Amanda or McCrae will ever actually break from each other outside of one of them being evicted, but it would be very interesting to watch if it happened.

They are all still paranoid about one of the jurors coming back into the house, but no one really has a set plan in mind at this point.  Yesterday McCrae had mentioned wanting to get Elissa out so that she would be voted back in over Judd, but he seems to have either changed his mind today, or is just not willing to argue with Amanda and Helen about it.  They all pretty much came to the conclusion that they should stop worrying about the twist for now since there is nothing they can do about it.

The rest of the night was spent just drinking alcohol and having general chit-chat along with playing a few games.  They talked a lot about "this movie or that movie" etc..   But nothing really worth mentioning.

As I have mentioned before, I expect this week to be extremely boring as there are no real surprises happening.  The veto meeting will happen this morning, but for the first time this season, the veto will not be used.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more of my feed update silliness. Until tomorrow night...

Sunday
Aug112013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 20 Recap

Throughout the years, a good percentage of the post-double eviction show is basically a recap of what happened during that frantic hour. We’ll see more of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to Candice and Judd’s evictions, along with lots of diary room commentary.

There will also be a late-night HOH competition, and some maneuvering that led to new nominations. It’s not going to be the most vital show of the season, but there should be plenty of intriguing commentary.

So we begin tonight with the Candice/GinaMarie fight. This time, we get it with GinaMarie’s mic on, as she keeps babbling her “thirty seconds is up” as Candice continues to berate her. In the diary room, GinaMarie claims that this shows that Candice is exactly like she had “called her out on”. Not really, you dumb twit.

The voting begins, and Candice is still shooting daggers at GinaMarie. Spencer says that the double eviction alone is crazy, but this situation is really “turning it into a madhouse”. “You can dish it, but you can’t take it”, Candice singsongs as Aaryn rolls her eyes. “You defamed me, so I can defame you.” Oh God, this is silly on both ends...and Andy agrees.

For a few seconds, I have to admit that Candice is actually looking worse than GinaMarie...until GinaMarie throws out a line about her mother wanting her. No, this isn’t as Candice was walking out the door. This is still during the vote. Even Aaryn is shocked. “I’m afraid that her actions are going to reflect on me and hurt my game.”

Finally, Spencer even tries to get the two to stop. Helen also has to put in her two cents, although I do agree with what she’s saying.

Candice is then evicted, and GinaMarie says “should I say to get to stepping now?” Amanda adds that she doesn’t mind this going on, as it doesn’t affect her. “Hold on. Let me get the door for you”, GinaMarie calls out. Elissa makes it all about her, as she can relate to how “hard” Candice has had it, and says she’s sad to see her go.

Kissing everybody as she gets to the door, GinaMarie is waiting. Yep, it’s a repeat of the “mother” line. “My mom likes me, unlike yours.” As they walk away, GinaMarie shouts out that “she wants to do low blows. I can do low blows, too.”

We now move on to Aaryn’s quick HOH win. GinaMarie is the first to congratulate her, and Aaryn admits that she didn’t really want to win. Jessie couldn’t be more bummed about this, as she knows she will be going up.

Everybody heads inside, and Judd is the first to get to her. Spencer wants to know what she’s going to do, and Aaryn says everybody wants Jessie out. Spencer asks if he’s going up, and Aaryn says while she wants to put up GinaMarie, “I can’t.” Andy suggests putting her up as a replacement.

Ultimately, Spencer and Jessie are put up, and Spencer is pissed how he’s told all the time that he’s safe. Jessie says it’s “very, very scary”, and the veto comp is her last chance of safety. Well, she obviously fails, as Aaryn again wins. At this point, Aaryn says she’s happy that she’ll be sending Jessie to jury.

Helen immediately gets in Aaryn’s ear, and asks if they can backdoor Judd. She doesn’t want anything to do with that as Judd comes up to hug her. Helen explains that Judd has been a target for quite some time, and we get a recap of the “evidence” that is ultimately all in Helen and Amanda’s minds.

Aaryn convenes with Jessie while a number of others are chatting in the bedroom. “When I’m done, I want to talk to everybody”, she says as her and Jessie storm by. “If I take you off the block, you cannot fuck me, Jessie”, says Aaryn. Jessie says she will never come after her. “Okay. Send them in.”

Helen comes in with the names of people that will ensure her safety. She wants to take out a “big fish”, and she goes on and on with her analysis. “You have the votes”, says Helen.

In the kitchen, Judd is asking if he needs to go beg for votes. Amanda and McCrae frown at him like he shouldn’t be so silly. Meanwhile, GinaMarie is brought into the room to inform her of the Judd decision. Judd then walks in, and asks if they’re keeping Jessie. “No”, says Helen.

Amanda and McCrae now bring Spencer into a room, and tell him to just go with the flow “if the veto gets used”. Amanda tells him to vote out the replacement nominee if it is him the veto is used on. Of course, Spencer agrees to everything.

Andy comes in, followed by Judd, who now knows what is going on. “Don’t listen to that, Andy. I heard at the door.” Ok, maybe he doesn’t know everything but he’s scrambling. McCrae says that Judd believes they’re all talking about saving Jessie, but it’s actually about evicting him. “It feels icky”, adds Andy. McCrae adds that he’s “fucking heartbroken”.

Then we get to see the move of replacing Jessie with Judd. He’s gobsmacked. Aaryn says that if she didn’t do that, she’d be going home. As Julie goes to commercial, Judd says that he wasn’t playing Aaryn. Helen tries to stop him, but Judd says he’d be willing to bargain with anybody. Aaryn starts crying, and Judd keeps begging.

Helen jumps in and tells Aaryn she’s amazing, and that she’s “going to win this game”. Don’t go too far. Andy also breaks down as Judd continues to plead. Amanda asks if he’s MVP, and he denies it. “Elissa has always been MVP.” Amanda also starts crying, reminding him that it’s just a game. “I really love you.” Judd then starts in on Jessie, saying the “snake always wins the game”.

Judd is then evicted, and Jessie says that she’s happy that she didn’t leave the game. Amanda still thinks he’s MVP. “Great BB players don’t miss their shot.” Elissa, though, is upset that Judd wouldn’t hug her. “It’s a slap in the face.” Funny how the rare Elissa quotes in the last few episodes have just been about her self. We hear her tell Judd that this had nothing to do with her, and Judd also says he doesn’t want to hug Helen. He hugs Aaryn, and whispers “it’s not true”. She says she feels horrible, and he wanted to be here “more than a lot of people”.

Judd is gone, and half the house is in tears. Amanda still thinks he was MVP. Helen says “at least he’s going to jury”. Yes, Helen we know that’s all you care about. Judd got his dream of being in the jury. Oh wait, that’s what you think is Spencer’s dream.

After commercials, Aaryn is still upset over what just happend. She says it shows “just how quickly things can change” in the Big Brother house. “You can never feel too comfortable.” Busybody Helen comes in with fake tears to help her feel better. “This is the biggest game move this season...you are Janelle, dude.” No, she’s not. “For once in this game, no one is after you.” Ugh, she sucks.

McCrae is also crying in the photo booth, and he’s joined by Andy. McCrae complains that Judd was his best friend in the house, and he’s surprised he feels this strongly. “I’m a big wussy, I guess.” Amanda then pulls Aaryn into the have-not room, and hugs her saying that her and McCrae will never doubt her again. “He was scary in this game.” She thinks that the three of them and Andy will make the final four. In the diary room, Aaryn says she thinks that feels the greatest trust in Helen, but she says she “needs” to agree to this deal. They walk out, with Aaryn asking for some wine.

Ok, enough with the tears. Amanda, McCrae, and Andy are still bawling, telling themselves this was for the best. ENOUGH!!!! This is a televised game show! Oh God, now Helen and others join the crowd before Andy walks off to cry by himself. The rest of the house joins them, and Helen carries on with her cheerleading. Spencer, though, is kind of turned off by what happened. “They were like wild hogs eating one another.”

We then jump to the HOH competition, and it’s set up like a 50’s malt shop. They have to land their “cherry” on top of a “sundae” by tilting the “banana”. It’s a knock-out type competition, and the first to get the cherry in is the winner of the round. The HOH winner also gets to pick the week’s Have-Nots.

The first match is Helen versus Jessie, but we have to wait until after a commercial break. Jessie wins, but neither were great at it. Andy versus GianMarie is the second match, and Andy wins (obviously). Amanda then beats Spencer, and McCrae defeats Elissa (who complains that “McCrae was totally distracting me”) to end the first round.

The second round starts with Jessie versus Andy, with Andy winning. Amanda then has to go against her man, and McCrae’s ball hits just before Amanda’s gets to the sundae. She starts bawling, because he should have thrown it for her. “Jeff did it for Jordan. Brendon did it for Rachel, but McCrae doesn’t do it for Amanda.” Oh, come on.

The final match is Andy versus McCrae, and Andy is thriving in the diary room. For once, he’s actually part of the competition instead of just pithy commentary about it. It’s over pretty quickly, as Andy is now the new HOH! He has to pick Have-Nots, but Helen, GinaMarie, Aaryn, and Elissa volunteer. “In the spirit of Aaryn the Good Witch, I must take one for the team.” Oh boy.

Afterwards, Amanda starts bitching at McCrae about him not throwing the competition. “I was barely trying”, he says. She’s bawling about how she wants pictures from home.

We’re running out of time before the end of the show, but we have to have more of head mom Helen. She’s now consoling Amanda, and says that they’re all still there because of Amanda. “You have played an amazing game. You’re winning without having to win.” Ugh, she’s so full of shit! Andy then comes in, and she carries on about how she’s the only person who hasn’t won anything. She finally storms off, and Jessie says she “needs to get over it. Stop throwing a pity party for yourself, and move on.” She doesn’t, though, and is still crying as McCrae is in the shower. They hug, and he talks about how they have controlled everything that has gone on in the house. He reminds her that they should still be safe with Andy as HOH.

Andy is now in the HOH with Helen, and he tells her that he’s putting up Jessie and Spencer. Helen doesn’t like this, and almost commands him to put up Amanda and McCrae. The edit doesn’t quite show it accurately, but she did her usual method of “blah blah blah I love you and support you” but “blah blah blah this is what you should do” mind tricks. The edit makes it look like Andy is paying attention to her logic, but he’s really not. There was never a moment when Andy was going to do HELEN’s big move.

It is now that time, and after the usual diary room commentary, Andy calls everybody into the house. The first key pulled belongs to GinaMarie, followed by Helen, McCrae, Aaryn (“Poopy”), Amanda, and Elissa. Spencer and Jessie are nominated! He says he “adores” both of them, but “on a strategic level”, this was what he needed to do.

Jessie says she’s not surprised as she’s “an easy target”, but vows to fight to stay in the house. Spencer says he needs to somehow get “inside” the house, but he thinks “something is going to look better for him soon”. Amanda is happy that she’s not in danger this week, and hopes that Jessie ends up in jury house with “J-U-Double Eviction”. Ugh Amanda. That’s a bad joke. I prefer the “semi-pretty”line. Helen, though, gives Andy a thumbs down, but is going to push for a McCrae or Amanda backdoor.

So that’s it! What did you think of tonight’s episode? DId the behind the scenes stuff change any of your opinions? What about Andy’s HOH win? Or Amanda’s temper tantrum? Tell us what you think!

 

Sunday
Aug112013

The Night Owl

So, veto was played today and Andy won..ho hum.  He is now kind of wavering back and forth between whether he wants to get rid of Spencer or Jessie, but in the end I don't think it will matter that much.  Either way they get rid of a person outside of "the house alliance". 

After feeds came back from the veto comp, McCrae and Amanda started fighting (what's new?).  Apparently McCrae thinks Amanda is insensitive for making a lot of weight digs at Aaryn in front of GinaMarie when they know that she has issues with an eating disorder.  Amanda said it is not her problem and that she is not insensitive.  Eventually the fight led to McCrae getting out of the HOH bath where they were currently arguing and going to stew in the cockpit for a while.

When McCrae and Amanda met back up a little while later in the HOH bed, everything was fine between them again, but they started to game talk a little.  McCrae believes (like most of us do) that a jury member will have a chance to get back into the house.  He wants to vote Elissa out by next week so that if it's an "America's vote" thing it will be Elissa that comes back instead of Judd.  I am hoping he doesn't get his way here.  I would really hate to see freaking Elissa leave and then bounce right back.  She whines all the time about not wanting to be in the game and how she had to negotiate a stipend with BB before she would agree to do the show.  She also never lets an hour go by without reminding us that SHE left her FAMILY to come and do this...as if no one else has anything they gave up at home.  Anyway, the idea that it might go that way is almost infuriating, but I understand his logic in wanting to make sure a useless player comes back that he can easily take out again. Amanda said that if it were her she would backdoor Helen next week for sure and just leave Elissa in the game a little longer.  All of this is just speculation though. We don't know what the twist is for sure yet, and we don't know who HOH is going to be next week.

That was about all the game talking that went on.  After that they played Hot Potato for a while.  Then they played some round table game about frogs.  Then they got booze and went outside and Andy talked for hours.  He talked about his exes. He talked about his family. He talked about his childhood. He talked about college.  He talked about his work....and he just kept on talking. 

Inside while Andy was talking, Helen also speculated to Elissa that someone might be coming back from Jury.  She had an angry reaction about it though.  She says it "isn't fair" and "So many people worked so hard to be here!"  I guess she forgot she was talking to Elissa when trying to push these points.  How was Elissa cast again?

Anyway, that's it.  Nothing else really happened.  Andy plans to keep his nominations the same, and Jessie will likely still go home.  It's going to be a boring week.  As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more live feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Saturday
Aug102013

Big Brother Gossip Show #308: Class Personified

Double evictions always bring out the class in Scott, Colette, and Mike, so tonight was a show meant for royalty. We talked about everything that happened in the double eviction episode, along with many things that happened before and after that show. Add in Andy's HOH, a new (short-lived) alliance, and a special musical appearance by "Judd", and you have a show worth the two hours of time it takes to listen.

Grab this show from the usual online spots, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...

DIRECTLY DOWNLOAD/STREAM BY CLICKING HERE!!

Special thanks to Ash for the audio clips, and to Mike and Colette for their contributions. Please spread the word via Facebook, twitter, or other forms of social media!

Saturday
Aug102013

The Night Owl

For the most part the feeds were really boring yesterday and tonight.  There were a few tidbits here and there that are worth mentioning though.

Jessie and Spencer are nominated as predicted.  While Andy was the one to put the keys in, this is of course another Amanda/Helen HOH...mostly Amanda this time.  When the feeds returned from the nomination ceremony, Amanda was telling McCrae "Helen MUST GO next week."  and that she must be backdoored.  This is typical for Amanda at this point. As soon as the nomination ceremony happens each week, by the end of it she is pushing for the next week's target.

Earlier in the day, Helen had given a gentle push to Andy about possibly getting Amanda out this week, but as he is more loyal to Amanda than Helen, this of course did not fly.  She continued to question it off and on a little tonight through stealth whispers, but each time Andy just told her "it's not time to make a move like that yet."

I'm honestly not sure what exactly it is that Aaryn is up to.  She is supposed to be in a final 4 alliance with Amanda, McCrae, and Andy, but they all want Jessie gone this week, and Aaryn is suddenly pushing to keep Jessie and evict Spencer.  She only dropped subtle hints about it to Andy and Helen, but she spent a good portion of her night coaching Jessie on various veto comps and how to win them as well as how to manipulate the HGs into thinking they need you to stay. 

While Aaryn was coaching Jessie, Amanda and McCrae talked about who they are taking to the final 3 with them.  Amanda has become very comfortable with the idea (or fact as it is in her mind) that she will be in the final 2.  She and McCrae talked about taking Elissa "because she can't win anything"...I guess Amanda forgot Elissa has won one more comp than she has.  They talked about other people too, but never came to a conclusion.  When Judd was still in tight with Amanda, he told her several times not to get comfortable because if you do, the next week you'll go home.  I've never ever wished for a prediction to come true so hard in my life...although Helen going out would be great too.

Veto should pbe played sometime today.  Most of the HGs are pretty sure it will be either the "count until an hour" comp or the "count things and play poker" comp.  I have no idea what it will actually be.  With Andy being HOH this week and the MVP twist gone, I don't expect anything crazy to happen.  Even if Jessie or Spencer wins Veto, it will just mean that GinaMarie will go up and likely go home instead of Jessie (although Amanda says Jessie must still go even if GM goes up).  The most exciting thing we will probably see this week is whether Amanda or Helen is a better schemer since the two are now ready to go after each other next week. As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates. Until tomorrow night...

Friday
Aug092013

The Night Owl

Well, it's been a long night.  We watched the first double eviction of the season go down, and while the drama was very high and entertaining, I was also extremely sad to see my very favorite person in the house walk out the door. 

When the feeds returned after the show, Amanda and Helen had already begun to game hard again.  They were exchanging stories to Jessie and Aaryn and Spencer and anyone else who would listen about how "Bad" Judd was and how he was a liar and had to go etc..   Alternately, McCrae and Andy were crying and McCrae was second guessing his decision.  When McCrae got a moment alone with Spencer, Spencer told him "I don't know what all this other crap going around about Judd is, but he always told me he was loyal to you and Amanda and Andy.".  This later spawned a conversation between Amanda and McCrae where McCrae told her that he did not actually believe that Judd was up to all the stuff she was claiming he was, and he felt like this was a really bad game move for him to get rid of one of his allies.  DING DING DING!!

Shortly after the feeds had come back, they went to trivia again so the next HOH comp could be played.  Surprise! Andy won!!  I was actually really shocked by the fact that he won, but unfortunately it's disappointing (in my opinion anyway) because it means this will be  ANOTHER freaking week of doing what "the house" wants...meaning what Amanda and Helen want.   Amanda has already told Andy to put up Spencer and Jessie and make Jessie the target.  If one of them wins veto Amanda wants GinaMarie to go up. Andy has agreed to all of this. ...*snore*

Amanda had a meltdown (surprise!) and a small fight with McCrae because she did not win the HOH comp and she blames him for beating her out.  It sounds like it was one of those games where you play against each other and then the last people standing battle it out.  From what I understand the last pairing came down to Andy and McCrae.  Andy then got to choose have-nots, but people volunteered, so he didn't have to choose.  Have-nots ended up being Elissa, Helen, Aaryn, and GinaMarie.

There was a lot more talk between various HGs over the course of the night, but very little of it had to do with game.  Most of it was either sadness over Judd being gone or just talk of how stressful the double eviction was.  Aaryn got her HOH basket. Andy got his HOH room. He got an old fingernail that fell off when he was a kid and his teeth in his HOH basket.  I'm not kidding. They got alcohol and Helen smoked a celebratory cigarette and trumpeted on and on about Andy being "America's HOH" right now. blah..blah...blah..

I expect we will see Spencer and Jessie put on the block this morning.  It should be a fairly uneventful day and week really since there is no longer and MVP or third nomination, and not even a have-not comp.  Even if one of the people on the block wins veto, a predictable nom is going up in their place. 

I have a lot of questions in my head this week.  Why oh WHY won't they take a swing at Aaryn? With 3 HOH wins and a veto win only halfway through the season, why not go after her when they KNOW she can play HOH again this coming week?  They all thought Howard and Judd were "the most dangerous players in the game", but for some reason no one will take a swing at Aaryn the comp monster or Helen or Amanda who have been running every HOH via manipulation since the season started.  I don't get it!

I also want to know what Julie means with all her cryptic tweets about reset buttons and her comment to the HGs during the live show that "this year going to jury does not necessarily mean you are out of the game.".  It could be something totally stupid, OR (and I'm afraid to even hope) it COULD mean one of the evicted HGs will get to come back into the game.  He was one of the only people I was actually entertained by while watching the late night feeds.

Outside of pondering  twists and why this cast REFUSES to shake things up or make a move, the only thing left to do is wait until all the outsiders are voted out so we can actually see who will get who first when it comes down to Helen and Elissa vs McCrae and Amanda.

As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...

Thursday
Aug082013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 19 Recap

It’s one of the highlights of the Big Brother season. A night when a whole week of the season (more, actually) is crowded into one hour of craziness. It’s a night that has seen fan faves and season powerhouses suddenly leave the house. It’s a night that generally sets the pace for the last few weeks of the show.

Of course, I’m talking about double eviction night. Adding to the usual madness of this extravaganza, CBS announced earlier this week that everybody still in the house has made jury. A tweet from Julie Chen added even more intrigue. The “reset” button was in the tweeted picture, which has made everybody believe that the MVP twist is now over (thank God).

Here we go with the usual Thursday opening of the reactions to Jessie taking herself off the block with the POV. Spencer isn’t too worried, but he knows he “can’t do anything to change anybody’s minds”. Candice, though, has a bit of new life, as she’s heard about Amanda’s various “schemes”. Amanda again whines about the “anonymous MVP”, and says she has to “play nice Amanda”.

Amanda and Jessie are now shown still babbling about their fight from earlier this week (as shown on last night’s episode). Amanda’s complaint is that she thought they were friends, and she apologizes. Jessie says she doesn’t believe her.

Now Amanda and McCrae are sitting in the cockpit with Andy and Judd, and Amanda remarks that they haven’t met up in a while. Yes, her paranoia has not gone away, and Andy isn’t too happy about this. We see a repeat of their final four deal, and then Judd says that he doesn’t want to see any more outbursts from Amanda. This doesn’t make her happy, especially as she thinks he is MVP.

Candice is now shown complaining to Elissa about being the target. Jessie walks in, and Candice says, “I don’t get how I became a bigger threat than McCrae and Amanda.” Jessie agrees, and later starts to work on Helen. She tells Helen that “Amanda is so influential”, and that if they don’t do it this week, Amanda will go after her next week. Helen isn’t convinced.

Now Jessie attempts to work on Judd, saying if Candice goes this week that will mean Jessie goes next week. Judd says he thought she squashed her beef with Amanda, but Jessie says he should come in with her and the other girls. Judd is also not completely convinced, and ends up giving her a couple of kisses. Does that mean they’re engaged.

Wait, maybe it did work, as Helen meets up with Andy and complains that Amanda and McCrae are “too comfortable”. She claims that she is about huge moves, but can’t do it without Andy. Andy shakes his head, and says they have yet to do anything to make him reconsider his trust. “It’s like chess, and it’s way too early.”

Now Helen is outside with Candice, telling her that “part of the deal is making deals”. When she says that Candice is not her first choice to go home, Candice responds that it’s insane to let Amanda stay in the house. “Why don’t you tell this spiel to anybody else in the house?” Jessie says it’s because nobody can make this kind of move without Helen. Here response is that she has tried to help Candice to no avail, and that Amanda has “not done me any wrong”. She’s ready to do it “when the house is ready”.

It’s time to announce the big news to the house, and she starts with the news of the expanded nine-person jury. “That is the good news”, says Julie. The bad news is that tonight is double eviction night, and that “just because you’re on the jury doesn’t mean you’re out of the game”. Say what?

Final plea time, starting with Candice. She complains about GinaMarie’s personal attack, and we can hear GinaMarie respond. Oh boy, this is funny. Julie attempts to stop them, to no avail. They’re still screaming as Spencer gets up for his final plea. He tries to be funny, but who can hear them? Amanda then thanks her family, and that she loves everybody in the house. “I want to stay here badly.”

Voting now starts with McCrae, who votes to evict Candice, as does Aaryn, Helen, Jessie, a frowning Elissa, Andy, and Judd. It’s unanimous. Candice is out the door!

Julie announces the decision, and she hugs almost everybody. Well, except GinaMarie, who continues to shout at her about her mother not wanting her as she walks out. We hear Candice apologize to Julie as we watch them stare at the wall of pictures. Julie asks about what happened, and Candice complains about the personal attacks. “I’m a lovely person, inside and out”, she complains. The fight with Amanda is up next, and Candice says that Amanda has a lot of protection around her.

Julie then brings up the racism angle, and Howard’s plea to ignore it. Candice says she’s a “person who defends myself”, and she said that she “stayed true to myself” while still listening to Howard’s advice. There’s no goodbye messages this week, and we head right to commercials.

Commercial break over, it’s time for the HOH competition. It’s a question contest called “Summer School”, and it’s about items and events in the house. The answers are “more” or “less”, and wrong answers get you out of the game.

The first question is about airplane seats, and Elissa is already out! The second question is about the popsicle factory competition, and Andy and Jessie are now out. For question three, Julie asks about the number of black fireballs, and everybody is correct. Next is about the veto election competition, and Aaryn is the only person to get it right. She’s the new HOH! And doesn’t seem to be too happy about it!

We head to more commercials, and when we return Aaryn has to immediately state her choices for nominations. She’s seen talking to Andy, McCrae, and Spencer, who volunteers to go up. Aaryn tells them all they need to fight hard for veto. Amanda and McCrae walk out, and Andy asks her what she wants to do. She doesn’t want to make waves, and Andy doesn’t want Spencer to go home.

Julie then announces that it’s time for the nomination ceremony, and everybody heads back into the living room. Before we get to her nominations, Julie announces that there will no longer be the MVP twist. Amanda yells the loudest in response. Now Aaryn gets to make her nominations, and puts up Jessie and Spencer.

More commercials before the POV competition, which will also include Andy, Judd, and Amanda. It’s called “Nailed It”, and they have to race to their toolbox to get different colored nails for their veto puzzle. If you do the puzzle incorrectly, you’re out of the contest. Just a minute or two into the contest, Aaryn has already won! Wow, I wasn’t expecting that at all!

Yet another commercial break before Aaryn has to decide to make a replacement nominee. We see Jessie hugging various people, and then the Amanda clique are talking. Meanwhile, Helen is giving Aaryn some “advice”, and telling her that she is amazing. Julie then calls everybody back into the living room, and Aaryn then she takes Jessie down and puts up Judd for “playing her”. Apparently, all but two people want this, and “I’ll be going home if I don’t do this.” What the fuck just happened???

Holy crap, there are more commercials before we get to the second eviction of the evening. The final pleas begin with lots of bleeps before Spencer stands up. He hopes that anybody has any plans for him in the long term. Judd stands up and says he loves everybody, and doesn’t understand why he’s been put up. “Don’t vote how people are telling you. Vote how you want to.” He then points to various people to change their vote, and says that not everything is true.

Amanda starts the process by voting to evict Judd, as does McCrae, GinaMarie, Andy, Helen, Elissa, and Jessie. Yes, it’s again unanimous.

The news is given to an angry Judd, who sprints to grab his hat before hugging the house. For some reason, Elissa whines, “this has nothing to do with me”, as he sprints out the door. Half the house is crying as we await the interview, and Helen calls Aaryn “Janelle”. Wait, what?

Julie asks Judd what just happened, and I honestly can’t understand what he said. He doesn’t know what Aaryn was referring to, and says that maybe he shouldn’t have trusted Amanda and McCrae. He does say that he was loyal to them, though. That’s it, though, as the time is up.

I need some time to process what just happened. I don’t really care that Judd went home. I liked him, but he had been acting even stranger than usual in recent days. What do you think? Was this a big move? Who should Aaryn have gone after? Why is Elissa making this about herself? Tell us what you think about tonight’s show!

 

Thursday
Aug082013

Double Eviction Episode Guide

Here's the potential order of events for #BB15's first double eviction episode.

- Recaps.

- About 20 minutes into the episode, the eviction ceremony. GinaMarie put Candice on the block; viewers (as MVP) put Amanda up; and after Jessie saved herself with her POV, Spencer was nominated instead.

Monday, August 5, 11:03p: McCrae says if there's a double, either Amanda and himself or Helen and Elissa will go up. Spencer asks McCrae to find him to strategize together before that second vote.- Julie interviews the evicted house guest. And somewhere along the way, the house guests are officially informed that it's a double eviction day. (They've been speculating about it, and some have even been strategizing. But they don't yet officially know what CBS told viewers last Thursday -- except that producers made GinaMarie, the outgoing HOH, practice for an HOH competition, which is a pretty strong clue).

- New HOH competition, roughly 5 minutes plus a commercial break ... during which the HGs strategize.

- Nomination ceremony of two HGs by the new HOH.

- MVP selected, and MVP puts somebody on the block? We aren't sure if this will happen during the double elimination episode. #BB15 is the first year with MVP and three nominees every week. Or is MVP over?

- During a commercial break, extra players are picked to play for POV (along with the HOH and the nominees).

- POV competition, roughly 3 minutes plus a commercial break.

- POV ceremony: Somebody is removed from the block, and another HG is put up. Commercial.

- Eviction ceremony #2: About 10 minutes before the live episode ends.

- Julie interviews the double-evictee.

And that's the end. The next HOH competition will probably take place off the air, to be recapped on the Sunday broadcast. We will, of course, report results here just as soon as news hits the feeds. And check the BBG Ticker for at-a-glance HOH, MVP (if MVP still happens), and POV updates on Friday and Saturday.

That's the potential double eviction show format. Or will Big Brother have a new twist for us? And will Candice (often targeted by house guests), Amanda (often targeted by "America"), or Spencer go the jury house? Sound off below or @uselesstraffic.

Thursday
Aug082013

The Night Owl

Well, tonight was the halfway party and tomorrow is the start of Jury.  There was a tweet today from Julie with a picture of last year's reset button that was used to end the coaches twist and bring them into the game.  I'm going to go ahead and speculate that the picture means the end of the MVP twist and the beginning of 2 nominees instead of 3 for this season.

As far as what happened tonight, the HGs got a practice game for the coming double eviction.  It was one of those "roll the ball down the slide and get it in the bucket" sort of things.  I personally think it will be the final HOH.  I'm thinking the DE will go as usual and be a quiz for the first HOH and then a "run and find something inside a bin of something" to win the veto" comp.  The HGs are all pretty sure it's a double eviction now though because production insisted that GinaMarie needed to practice the game as well, which of course means she will be competing (which she wouldn't be if it was a regular HOH).  Aaryn, Amanda, and Elissa were all very good at the practice game.  The others caught on pretty quickly and got better at it.  Jessie and Judd were not great at it (unfortunately since they are the 2 main targets) and Candice got no balls in, but that's okay since she will be headed to jury by the time it's played.

Right after the hour of practice was over and the backyard was again locked down, the halfway party began.  When the feeds came back, everyone was a little drunk and food coma'd out.  They were excited they got to hear music and eat cake and pizza and drink.  So, for a LITTLE while everyone played nice and were civil to each other.  The only strange whisperings going on were about Jessie who apparently isolated herself during some of the party, and at some point told GinaMarie that it was "her vote" when GM asked her who she was voting out.

Amanda and McCrae had made a deal with GinaMarie earlier in the week for her HOH room for the night, so shortly after the party, they began trying to clear people out of the HOH so they could spend their night up there.  For several hours people popped in and out to talk strategy and votes.  Amanda, looking a lot like Cruella Deville got things stirred up for a while when she went between Aaryn and GinaMarie getting info and then confronting the other about the info she got from the first one.  She also made sure to get her final plugs into Aaryn about Judd being bad and needing to go.

Amanda also started a fight with McCrae as soon as they had the room to themselves.  This one had something to do with Aaryn, but to be honest I tuned a lot of it out.  Andy, McCrae, and Amanda all made sure that they each were on board with the plan to put up Jessie and Spencer and backdoor Judd unless he wins the veto.  Then Andy hopped downstairs to Helen to make sure she would do the same thing, and also get Elissa to do the same thing should either one of them win HOH. 

For a little while McCrae protested to Amanda that they are stronger with Judd there than with him gone, but Amanda said "HE MUST GO!! He put me on the BLOCK for 2 weeks now!!".  Then she had sex with him in the HOH bed and the matter seems to be settled.

Jessie, Elissa, Helen, and Candice had kind of a girls night in the have-not room, but I only caught bits and pieces of it.  A lot of it was Jessie explaining to Elissa that she did not understand why everyone was so much more determined to get her out next and no one was even considering evicting someone like Amanda.  They also did Bible studies and just chatted in general.

 

McCrae and Amanda had an after sex chat in the HOH room about who would go home if they were put up together.  Amanda said there was no way she would get voted out over him.  She believes everyone would vote him out instead.  She also added that "there is NO WAY anyone would put them up together. It just isn't going to happen.".  Okay, Amanda...

Candice and Elissa are still up chatting in the living room, and Amanda and McCrae are still off and on game talking in the HOH, but most everyone else is in bed and things are winding down.  So here it is:  Judd has only a few options to survive this DE.  He wins HOH, he gets drawn to play for veto and wins, Spencer wins HOH, Jessie wins HOH, Julie tells the HGs that America has been the MVP the last 3 weeks before the eviction happens.  Outside of one of those 4 things happening, he is likely toast.  In the event that one of those things does happen and he stays, Jessie will likely be the second person out tomorrow night. 

I will be super sad if Judd leaves.  His game may not be perfect (none of them are playing a perfect game) but I am highly entertained by him, and my late night feed watching will get a lot tougher without him there, so I'm really hoping he somehow pulls this off and manages to stay.  Dream scenario for me would be Jessie winning HOH and actually having the balls to put up Amanda and McCrae or Amanda and Helen, and with only 2 nominees, Amanda or Helen would go.  Before you jump down my throat, please notice I said "DREAM" scenario.  I don't believe it will actually happen.

The good news in all of this is that double evictions usually bring pretty exciting nights, and I expect this one will as well (hopefully anyway).  So, that's something to look forward to.  As always, you guys can follow me on twiter @ashes2ashes13 for more feed updates.  Happy double eviction day!!  Until tomorrow night...

 

Wednesday
Aug072013

Throw Out The Alliance Charts - Here Is How I See It.

I've had a really hard time this season explaining the 'Alliances' to people when asked.  The reason is because since Jeremy was given the boot, there really has not been one easy to define alliance of more than two people much less two major opposing alliances.  So after much thinking I came up with a visual of a piece of tile, or perhaps a plate where the outside keeps getting chipped away slowly.

That lead me to create the following image - which I further refined by placing circles trying to show who was closest the middle where the strongest forces are.

Helen is one very strong 'force' and I see Amanda/McCrae as the other (I do feel Amanda is the more dominent of those two however). 

The next layer out has Andy and Elissa.  These two have close ties to both Amanda and Helen but I don't think of them as floaters since Amanda and Helen have been working together for most of the game (this relationship HAS to end soon). 

Next in "orbit" (I've also compared this to a Solar System with two suns), would be GinaMarie, Judd and Aaryn.  Judd has fallen out of favor of late, although he doesn't seem to be too aware of it, if I were to re-do this I might bump him out to the next area.

That next and, once Candice leaves, final area has Jesse and Spencer in it.  Today Helen has been working to get closer to Spencer but I suspect thats only to keep him from getting close to Amanda/McCrae, I don't think she plans on pulling him in any closer.

Candice is all but gone - she and Howard would have been in the same area last week.

Thats how I see things, its going to have to fall apart soon, Helen and Amanda have already both explored the idea of voting each other out just this past weekend.  As soon as they split the others will pick a side and the lowest will probably end up floating between while the middle people get picked off.

Does this help you visualize things?  It will most likely be worthless after the second eviction on Thursday, although Jesse or Judd may go, the last three players to go via the second eviction in a double eviction night were Joe (BB14), Mike Boogie Ashlee (BB14) and Jeff (BB13).

Comment below with your thoughts or holler at me on twitter @bbgossip.