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Tuesday
Aug132013

Revenge of the Semi-Pretty

If you missed last night's theatrics, Jessie is up to her tricks again. The daytime edition is just as humorous as last night, as she's just babbling non-stop about everybody who has sinned against her. In other words, the whole house. She's gone after Aaryn, and is waiting for her moments with Elissa and Helen. Surprisingly, Amanda has patiently listened to her stories. 

Meanwhile, Helen is freaking out. She honestly thinks that those with an axe to grind may come hunt her down after the season is over. I don't mean figuratively, either. She honestly believes Jessie and Judd are mentally unbalanced, and may murder her. You can't make this shit up!

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!

 

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!

 

Wednesday
Jul312013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 15

Tonight should be a fairly ho-hum episode, with lots of filler and some fake showmance garbage. Add to that the MVP and POV competition, and even more filler. Yeah, it’s going to be a slow hour.

Let’s get this over with by starting off with the “surprising” reactions to Aaryn’s nominations of Spencer and Howard. Surprising only to one person, that is. Aaryn explains that the real target is Howard, and Spencer is up as a pawn and because he’s one of Howard’s allies. Howard knew that he was going up as the others “flexed their muscles” to put him up. Spencer feels similar, and hopes that the third nominee changes everything. Helen adds that she’s happy that Aaryn listened to her.

Aaryn heads upstairs, and Helen closely follows to jump around in celebration. GinaMarie then comes in, and they all celebrate. Even Elissa comes in for a hug. “I wasssssssss suuuuuper shocked that Aarynnnnnn didn’t nominate me”, she says in the diary room. “After all of our negative history, maybe there’s potential for us to work together.”
Helen and Elissa leave, and Arryn and GinaMarie continue to slap themselves on the back. Amanda then comes in to do the same. “Do you know how long it’s taken me to get Howard and Spencer on the block”, she says with a smile. “Oh my God, I’m so proud of you.”

Howard,, though, isn’t as happy. He’s in the have-not room, and says he’s ready for God to tell him what to do. As he starts to pray, Jessie comes in. Cue the sad piano music, as she goes on about what an opportunity this is, and that she doesn’t want him to leave. She tells him not to give up, and he promises he won’t. “Ok, sis?” Ugh, that segment sucked.

Spencer is now talking to McRae, saying that he knows that Howard is the target. He’s hoping that either Candice or GinaMarie will be the third nominee, and if so he wants them to be the one going. McCrae says, “oh yeah”. McCrae says that he believes Spencer will be more loyal to him than Howard ever will. He goes on to say inform him that Aaryn made a deal with Helen and Elissa, but Spencer says he doesn’t believe a word that he said.

Howard and Spencer are now shown playing pool while the rest are inside eating, and Spencer remarks how “everybody is acting like we’re lepers”. Howard still believes it’s all going to work out. “It changes around her in just a heartbeat”, replies Spencer. Howard adds that he knows what he’s going to do. Really?

Suddenly, Howard walks in and asks for everybody’s attention. He says in the diary room that he saw an opportunity to “address everybody with some realness and some facts that you can’t run from”. He then goes into some weird rant that doesn’t make any sense about being real, and even Judd jokes that it makes him sound smart. He continues to ramble on about how he has never said anything disparaging against any of them. Even Spencer says he’s embarrassed. “You freaked people out.”

Afterwards, everybody runs upstairs “totally confused”, says Amanda. None of them have a clue as to what it meant, and Andy is convinced it was meant directly for him. Amanda loves this, though. “Awesome. This makes it a lot easier to send Howard on his way this week.”

After commercials, Spencer is again playing pool. Amanda and McCrae are laying on the couch, and Amanda talks about how comfortable she feels. The topic of MVP comes up, and Elissa jogs by and says she thinks Andy has it. “I hope so”, replies McCrae. “He seems, like excited.” They all think last week’s MVP was Howard. After she leaves, Amanda says there’s no way it is Andy, and they then start worrying about the possibility of Howard having it.

It’s time to find out, as it’s POV player time. The big reveal of the third nominee is...Amanda! The house is stunned. “I’m pissed”, she says, especially since she believes it’s Howard. “It’s imperative that I win this veto to guarantee safety.” Howard, of course, couldn’t be happier. Helen is also freaking out, as she always is. The nominees gather, and the other two players are Candice and Jessie, with the host being a way overjoyed Helen. You can see the steam rising out of Amanda’s head.

As the meeting is adjourned, McCrae is bitching to Spencer about Amanda’s nomination. Spencer asks who the MVP is, and McCrae responds “you can make an educated guess”. Spencer says there is “no fucking way”, and that Howard would tell him if that was the case. McCrae claims in the diary room that he was purposely firing up Spencer, who claims it’s having no effect on him.

Amanda is now in the bedroom, and Aaryn comes in and says “it’s definitely not America” voting for MVP. McCrae again says it’s definitely Howard.

Spencer has moved in to the Have-Not room, and says to Howard “it’s definitely Elissa. There ain’t now way it’s not”. Candice agrees. At the same time, McCrae is continuing to vent, and this time it’s to a surprisingly tough-talking Andy. Amanda walks in, and she doesn’t necessarily believe that the MVP is Howard. She admits it’s “really driving me crazy. I need to get to the bottom of this.”

She walks into the Have-Not room and asks Howard if he is the MVP. He denies it, and thinks it’s either America or Elissa. They talk about it being a disadvantage to even be MVP, and we get the same silly music we had earlier for Howard’s first speech. Watching it live, though, it didn’t sound as silly. Seriously, it didn’t, but it makes for humorous TV, I guess.

After another round of commercials, we open with some sad piano music. Oh Jeez. Now what? Wait, it’s Andy! He’s up early by himself, and climbs into the hammock to get “some piece with myself”. Wait, why are we having this segment? Seriously? Even with the bird “attacking” him it’s a waste of time.

It’s now POV time, and Helen is way too into her role as host. Everybody is dressed as scientists, and Andy gets another bad scripted quip. They all enter a “time machine”, and come out in the dinosaur age. “We’re in frickin’ Jurassic Park here”, describes Amanda. Oh God, this is cheesy. They have to create a veto stone out of puzzle pieces. No need to recap here. Howard is awful at it, as are Jessie and Candice, and Spencer wins.

We get more commercials before we hit Amanda and others in the HOH. They want to know who Aaryn is putting up, and she says she wants it to be Candice. Amanda likes the idea, but Helen isn’t so crazy. “I want to tell her that at least I tried for her.”

Meanwhile, Spencer is in the bedroom with Candice and Howard. Candice already knows she’s probably going up, unless Helen tells her to do something else. Spencer says something about getting info from Jessie, and Candice tells him to go for it. After he walks out, Candice bitches that Spencer won’t “do shit”. She’s frustrated that neither of them are willing to do any work, so she “takes matters into my own hands” and searches out Helen.

It’s a worthless talk, really. Helen washes her hands of the decision, and Candice complains that Helen doesn’t seem to have loyalty to her. “They all want him out bad”, Helen replies. Candice doesn’t buy her bullshit, though, no matter how many times Helen cries, “no, we’re not”. How dare anybody criticize Helen! She finally storms off to do a “preemptive strike”.

She does just that, bitching that Candice “threatened her”, and that she “owes her”. Other than that, it’s “blah blah blah” as I can’t really handle listening to Helen anymore. Especially this kind of bullshit.

FInally, and I really mean finally, it’s time for Spencer to go through the charade of staring at the wall of keys before he saves himself. He does just that, and is replaced by Candice. We end the show with more blah blah blah I’m not finished blah blah blah the fight’s not over blah blah blah Howie Howie Howie.

So we’re finished. Were you more entertained than I was? Were you a bit surprised that they edited Howard in a not-as-promising light? Are you happy that Candice is up? Let us know what you think!

 

Wednesday
Jul312013

A Day In The Life Of: Howard

In case you’re new to this series of posts, I have been picking out individual players and reporting an entire day of their Big Brother life. My hope is that by the end of the season I have profiled each person of this task.

This week, I waited a little bit longer than usual as I wanted to see how MVP and POV would play out. Until then, it wasn’t clear who was truly in danger. Now that everything has settled and we have Amanda, Candice, and Howard on the block, it was time to make my choice. Candice had already been profiled way back in the first week, so it was between Howard and Amanda.

While there have been some (failed) efforts to actually go after Amanda, it’s pretty clear that she  is not heading out the door this Thursday. So today I follow Howard on what is probably the last Tuesday of his Big Brother stint.

The day starts late. Big Brother attempts to wake everybody up at 10 am, but Howard is nowhere to be seen. When we finally see him, he is still in bed, and Candice is joining him after a short term outside. Big Brother yells at the house a couple of times that it’s time to wake up. “I’m not sleeping”, replies Candice in her baby voice. “We’re just relaxing.” Howard never stirs, but Candice does continue to lie there wide awake, seemingly deep in thought.

At 11, they finally get up...and disappear from the cameras. Howard finally does get up to go grab his Bible out of the Have-Not room. He then crawls back in bed and pulls the sheet over his head. It’s short-lived, though, as he is then seen walking through the kitchen (to no response from Elissa and Helen). After a quick bathroom break, he’s back in bed.

I guess he doesn’t need to be up, as Spencer is doing his fighting for him. He starts a war of words with Amanda outside, claiming that he is not going after her but actually wants Candice to go home. Amanda doesn’t believe this, and Spencer actually tells her to “shut up”. Spencer says that Howard is ruining his own game by telling him that he wants Candice saved over him. Of course, we know that Spencer is lying, and has actually been trying to create a coup of sorts that will save both Howard and Candice.

Finally, a few minutes before two, he heads back into the kitchen to make something to eat. Elissa is in there, talking about Pandora. She thinks that Aaryn is currently getting one, and pesters him a bit that he would know if that was true. “You know. You know.” He then heads back into the bedroom, where a resting Spencer whispers to him about the powwow with Amanda. He’s supposed to “adamantly deny” talking to him, and that the “save Candice” plan is still on. Spencer is also worried about whether they’ll be able to actually get Andy and Judd’s votes (the two who they had collaborated with last night).

Howard disappears again. Being that he has been up for a full hour, it must be naptime. Aaryn has brought out the HOH camera, but both him and Spencer skip this silliness. Can’t say I blame him.

Oh wait, there he is on the treadmill. And here comes Candice, who has also been filled in on what went down earlier today. She wants a house meeting, and she wants it now!

The meeting commences with Candice screaming at Spencer about what he had said earlier. “That’s a very Christian approach”, replies Spencer. Candice bellows that he must stop being a liar. “If you want Howie to stay, keep Howie. If you want me, keep me. You better hang on to that wall next week, or you will be going home.” Candice announces that the “Keeping It Real With Candice Show” is now over, and storms off.

But it’s not over yet. Howard is now sitting on the grass, talking about self-evicting. “$500,000 is not going to make me vile and vindictive. I can’t play the two-faced game.” He wants his family to be proud of him. “I can’t even chill and hang out”, he complains. He thanks individual people, and says that he would rather that the two girls stay. He’s done talking game.

Still, it’s not over, as Amanda has questions. “If you want to self-evict, (why) did you say three days ago that Candice was a cancer on your game?” Howard responds, but doesn’t answer the question, so Amanda asks again. This time he denies it. Amanda brings up the secret plan, and Howard says that he just wishes people would vote as they truly want instead of letting a couple of people control the house.

With the meeting finally over, everybody falls back into small groups to talk about what just happened. For a time, Howard is not on cam, but a rolling shot of the backyard shows him back on the bike. Spencer walks by and he whispers that this confrontation “was out of nowhere”, and he had no idea that Candice was going to do that.

Howard and Candice eventually are shown embracing in the kitchen, and they retire to the cockpit room. He gives her a pep talk, saying she needs to become friendly with the rest of hte house. “You enabled yourself as real and honest. I’m proud of you.” He apologizes for losing sight of her as a real friend, and that she can make a real run to win this season. She asks if he really thought she was a cancer on his game. “Don’t lie. It’s going to be seen on TV.” Howard says no, and the pep talk continues for awhile before evolving into chatter about previous relationships. After a half hour, the cameras move to other people.

Another half hour later, a weird little incident happens. The camera follows Andy going into the kitchen, and you can see Howard whispering to Amanda. He abruptly leaves, and she then claims that Howard boasted that “when we get out of here, I’m going to fuck the shit out of you”. She swears to an unbelieving Andy that he said that, and eventually heads into the diary room to complain.

Meanwhile, he has headed back outside, and is sitting with his feet in the whirlpool talking to Candice. His mic is off, though, and you can’t hear what he’s saying above the sounds of the whirlpool. Candice is heard telling a long story about an episode of Oprah.

Eventually, he wanders off to talk to Spencer talking about somebody watching him (Andy?) last night. Spencer wishes that Candice hadn’t gone off earlier, as Spencer was lying about who he wanted out. “The information (about the plan) got back to her, and she went batshit crazy.” Spencer adds that he wishes the house wasn’t full of children so they could rally the troops. Howard babbles something about how he can tell people are guilty when they don’t want to talk to him. They make a promise to play pool later, and he Howard wanders off to work out again.

Helen eventually comes out, and the pair play a (mostly) wordless game of pool.

A bit later, Howard is talking about a female relative, and how great she is. “She’s going to love me!”, Candice yells out of nowhere. Uh, I’d says it’s doubtful you meet her. He hangs out with her as she prepares some tea, primarily talking about how she wants to “get fucked up with complete strangers” back home. “You can come party, too.” She says that he’ll have to sleep on the sofa when he comes to visit, but he says there’s no way he’s not sharing her bed.

For another hour, Howard is off cam. In fact, the majority of the time the four cams were on Spencer, Aaryn, and GinaMarie in the HOH. When he returned on the feeds, he was sitting by the hot tub with Candice, Jessie and Helen. For the most part, they listen to Helen rehash the sins of the already-convicted, and how they never understood how “America” will look at them.

The talk disintegrates into the usual nothingness that revolves around Candice, including her preferences in penis size. Yes, really. Howard is pretty quiet, and after Helen walks in to use the bathroom she asks him what’s wrong. He doesn’t really reply. Instead, he just talks about some Alicia Keys song. Others come out to play some volleyball for awhile. Exciting, right?

For the rest of the night, Howard is almost non-existent. While Aaryn attempts to rally the troops to actually save him (and evict Candice), Howard only occasionally seen on camera. Oh look, he’s eating ice cream. Wait, there he is on the hammock with Candice. Finally, around 3:30 am, we get our last glimpse as he’s again talking scriptures with Candice. He’s not going to campaign. Whatever happens, happens. He’s done.

And so are we. Is he really “done”? Is Aaryn’s work another futile hope of individual thought that will be swept aside by the next morning? Tell us what you think!

 

Tuesday
Jul302013

More Drama on a Tuesday

The last two Tuesday's have been busy in the drama department on the Big Brother Live Feeds

Amanda has been extremely paranoid since she went up for nomination on Saturday and she is convinced that Howard is the MVP and thus nominated her.  Spencer meanwhile has been trying to get the votes together to vote Amanda out and thus keep both Howard and Candice safe.  The problem is that there aren't enough people that want to go against Amanda, McCrae, Helen, etc etc.  Judd and Andy have lied to Spencer though and let him think they might be willing to flip and vote Amanda out.  Because they are mostly loyal to Amanda, she knows that Spencer has been campaigning to get her out.

Today around 12:29 Amanda confronted Spencer and sorta accused him of going after her.  Spencer lied and maintained that he was going after Candice.  After 30 mintues of arguing Amanda pretty much told Spencer that if anyone voted for her to go on Thursday she would be coming after him.  She also implied she wouldn't come after him if no one voted for her.  Problem is there aren't many people left on the 'wrong' side of the house for Amanda to go after.   This is a discussion well worth checking out so if you have the Live Feeds tune in and watch.

A couple hours later Candice, who had heard Spencer said he was voting for her, called a house meeting where she read Spencer the riot act.  She of course had been approached by Spencer with the plan to try to vote out Amanda.  Spencer should have admitted he told her that in front of everyone with the excuse of, "What was I supposed to say to you? I wanted you out?"  But instead he denied he said anything like she accused him of.  After she was done tearing into Spencer, Howard announced he still wanted to 'self evict' - and rambled on and on about how people weren't playing the game the right way and he'd rather just go (and yet he is still in the house... hmmmm).  Its another place to check out - point your player to 3pm to hear Candice bawl Spencer out in front of the entire house.

The last event worth checking out is a bit controversial.  We only see a brief glimpse of Howard whispering to Amanda around 5:10pm on Camera 4 - then the cam cuts away and you have to switch to Cams 1/2 - after Howard walks away Amanda tells Andy and Judd that Howard whispered something to the effect of wanting to hook up with her after the show. All we can go on is Amanda's word for now and I suspect this will never be seen on the CBS show.  Watch it and decide for yourself!

Howard is still on a path to head home on Thursday.  Aaryn is upset because she wants Candice to go and feels she has no control. Of course thats her own fault for keeping her 'deal' with Amanda and Helen to be kept safe and put up people they wanted.

Tuesday
Jul302013

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

The only thing which I didn't want to have happen last Thursday (July 25, 2013, during #BB15 episode 13) is exactly what happened: Aaryn won Head of Household. Again.

This newbie's preference would have been for either of the following:

- For Amanda, Andy, Candice, Elissa, GinaMarie, Howard, Jessie, or Spencer to win ... so that we could see how things would go in the house from an entirely different perspective, since they have not yet served as HOH. For example, I don't think I've heard Jessie say more than about ten words in the many hours I've watched the live feeds since starting around July 17. She doesn't seem to get much air time. McCrae gets air time ... but given how often he sleeps (usually not alone), his part in this show apparently isn't a speaking role.

- For Helen to get HOH again ... because she's my favorite house guest, and I hadn't bought in to #BB15 yet when she served in that role the first time.

The cameras give the most attention to whomever the HOH is and to the noisiest, most controversial, and/or most scheming of the house guests. When they're bothering to focus on talk, that is.

The feeds seem to devote hours to Amanda and McCrae sleeping (or ... not) under the covers during the day. Why don't they let us listen into more conversations? With 12 people there, isn't there pretty much somebody talking somewhere in the house? Their conversations don't have to be about the game to be more interesting than watching people nap (or ... not).

My first exposure to Big Brother -- not just during #BB15, but ever -- was when news of Aaryn's distasteful speech spilled over into mainstream media a few weeks ago, so I didn't exactly leap for joy when she was re-crowned. (Neither did most of the other house guests, if I read them right.) Just when I was getting into the show, it felt like we'd be in only for a summer rerun.

Even a newbie wonders if the producers conspire to give people like Aaryn more air time for spurious reasons. Being attractive can't hurt ratings.

All right, all right -- maybe not Helen again, even though my enthusiasm about her remains high. Not Helen or McCrae or Judd or Aaryn.

Why don't they disqualify previous Heads of Household from HOH competitions? As a newbie, it feels like the advantages to the show of an always-different-HOH would outweigh the disadvantages. Or if they're going to leave it open to everyone, should they make it extra difficult for previous HOHs to win?

How would you change HOH eligibility? Or should they leave it as-is? Comment below or hit me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: Responses to your comments and questions.

Tuesday
Jul232013

Elissa Don't Flatter Yourself, and other stuff.

Today I happened to have very little time to check out the feeds - which seemed just fine as the drama seemed to be on hold since the house seemed to be on track to vote out Kaitlin on Thursday and she seems non the wiser.   I knew that Judd would get his camera and tweet and do his HoH blog and that would be it for a lazy Tuesday.

So I was amazed to find out Elissa had several 'break downs' today - getting very upset with other HGs and 'production' - saying she wanted to go home and more.  She also warned Kaitlin that she might be going home - forcing the HGs wanting Kaitlin out to scramble to cover their butts.  I went back to catch up and here is a partial timeline of the events I caught and when you can see them on flashback. 

3:15pm Elissa is sitting out back with Amanda, McCrae and andy and Elissa is complaining about Howard whom she feels uses his religion as a tool in the house (I think by swearing on the bible, etc).  Amanda goes on saying she takes her religion seriously and as she is venting Andy and McCrae are apparently exchanging glances with each other as Elissa is being a bit loud.  This exchange between Andy and MCrae includes an uncomfortable laugh. 

Its this laugh that Elissa latches on to and accuses Andy and McCrae of making fun of her religion.

Thats it folks - that was the beginning of the meltdown of Elissa that went on for HOURS.  Andy and McCrae tried talking to Elissa in the bathroom and in a bedroom and Elissa won't give them much time at all - telling each not to 'flatter themselves' that she isn't trying to impress people (it really makes little sense but that phrase is used often by Elissa.

4:18pm The HGs are all on an HoH lockdown - I'm not sure why.  Elissa heads into the HoH bathroom and takes up residence in the HoH shower - talking with Amanda and complaining about Andy and McCrae again as well as Howard, GinaMarie..... Productions.... feeling she isn't being treated fairly.

4:49pm Helen tells Aaryn that she should be safe on Thursday - that she thinks they have the votes to keep her.  Elissa was asleep and not melting down when this went on.

7:31pm Elissa tells Kaitlin that someone is lying and she may be going home.  She says that she heard Kaitlin had a final four alliance with Spencer and Howard.  This was a semi-lie told to Elissa by Helen to get her to want to vote out Kaitin.

7:38pm Unseen to Elissa - Aaryn apparently overheard parts of the convo (specifically the part about a final four alliance) and she runs and reports the info to Amanda and McCrae in the HoH room..

At the same moment Kaitlin talks to Andy in Storage Room and he tries to calm Kaitlins fears and Kaitlin seems to think Elissa is just messing with her.

7:48pm Kailtin actually tells Aaryn what she and Elissa talked about.  At the same moment Andy is filling McCrae and Amanda in on his talk with Kaitlin.

7:51pm Aaryn fills in Helen on the convo between Elissa and Kaitlin.  Helen is stupified and Aaryn feels Elissa wants her out so bad she'll do anything.

7:55pm Kaitlin actually goes and talks to Howard and Spencer.  Telling them what Elissa told them.  Of course they are all clueless because there is no deal - it was just a lie made up for Elissa.

7:58pm Elissa is in a back bedroom complaining about Aaryn to Gina and Judd.  Helen enters the bedroom and Gina laughs saying Elissa is talking about an alliance and Helen acts stumped in front of Elissa - who of course got the info from Helen.  SOMEHOW Elissa turns this around and blames it on Aaryn. 

8:06pm Aaryn walks into the bedroom and she and Elissa start to have words.  This ends up in almost the entire house meeting in a bedroom.  Elissa never names Helen as the person that told her of the alliance she is all fired up about.  Its hard to describe it all as its VERY late for me - you really should just use flashback to go to each of these moments to watch them unfold.

In the end it looks like Kaitlin is still going home - and the tension between Aaryn and Elissa has reached new levels.  Elissa should be figuring out that she was lied to - or at the very least she can't trust Helen.

Its 12am - I need to get my tail to bed.  Night all!!

Oh - now we have some more potential drama with Amanda talking to Howard about things Candice has said about her.  She wants Howard to make sure Candice doesn't say bad things about her.  OMG this convo is hurting my head.  Amanda and Howard don't like each other and they are pretending to be in an alliance with each other.  Its painful to listen to them dance around each other with their words.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Jul222013

A Day In The Life Of: Aaryn

Today should be interesting, as I’m going to follow around America’s favorite racist. I should have done this profile earlier in the season, though, as she’s been almost forgotten the last few days. It’s now almost assumed that she will be nominated every week, but last week there was a much bigger fish to fry.

This week may be different, although there are some cracks in the foundation that may result in one of a handful of others that see Julie Chen on Thursday. It’s doubtful in my mind that this will actually happen, and it will ultimately depend on the next person down the list on America’s nominee voting.

It’s a lazy day in Big Brother, as the house had a late-night that saw Aaryn actually fight against some of the charges against her. Insanely fight, of course, but she seems to be perplexed why people want her gone. Like I said, she insanely debated the charges.

Anyway, it’s a quiet morning, except for the plop plop fizz fizz of Helen’s feet as she jogs around the house. Why somebody who is trying to sleep doesn’t get up and yell at her for being so inconsiderate is beyond me, but we don’t see Aaryn at all until after 12:30. In the meantime, Helen has gathered the troops into another gigantic alliance that will last until the next giant alliance. What’s strange is that she’s seen making small talk about Elissa, who is doing her usual passive/aggressive method of gaining knowledge she already knows. Aaryn doesn’t give her much as she continues to much down her cereal.

She putters around the kitchen or a bit before disappearing off camera. We do hear her a little bit later saying “good afternoon” to Judd, who is still stuck in solitary confinement. Instead, the cams either focus on Jessie cooking slop or Amanda and McCrae finally waking up (along with Helen blathering on for hours outside). This raises a question. Is CBS so fed up with Aaryn that they’re no longer giving us the tittilation of our little racist getting ready in the morning (I mean afternoon)? Is McCrae making a bed or Jessie stirring a pot more entertaining than watching a cute blonde girl go through her daily routine?

The camera does return to her as she sits silently in the living room. She does take Amanda aside and informs her that Elissa and Helen are spreading stories from last night. She’s pissed that she is now the person to blame for everything that ever happens in the house. Amanda doesn’t seem to care, though...for now.

Aaryn again disappears for a time, as there are more important things to show. Amanda versus Candice. Amanda versus Elissa. Helen’s interrogations and repeated descriptions of her curfew. At least various people show up to cheer up (or is it bother?) Judd during his solitary confinement.

She is then seen talking to McCrae about various topics, including the circumstances of her birth and her heart murmur. She then moves on to laundry as Helen continues to bore everybody with more of her chatter. She also suggests that Amanda and McCrae should clean up the HOH, but doesn’t get much of a reply.

As Helen holds court in the pool, Aaryn continues to work with the laundry before heading inside to sit around as Candice makes “slop balls”. There’s some babbling about self-help books, and “inflamed intestines”. Arryn claims to have once wanted to be a relationship counselor, but after reading a million books she realized that there is no correct answer. “It stirred me more away from relationships rather than being in them.” This explains a lot.

Ok, reverse my earlier complaint. We do get nonsense footage of Arryn fixing her hair, while GinaMarie is working on her extensions. Little is said by either of them. Kaitlin joins them, chowing down on some food like she’s a “Neandertall”, but the chat doesn’t improve. They complain how Candice is going around saying that they’ve all been talking trash about Elissa. “I’m jaded by it”, replies Aaryn. “I really don’t care anymore...I feel like I’ve been chastised to the point where I’m not fun anymore. I’m not even like me.”

The whining continues as Aaryn complains about how people portray themselves as victims. She does make a point, though, when she complains that Amanda ends up apologizing to the person, Elissa, who was making fun of her last night. GinaMarie finally tires of the conversation, and tells her she doesn’t give a fuck. They even snip at each a little before GinaMarie stomps off to have a bizarre conversation/confrontation with Elissa. While that goes down, Arryn plops herself on the floor to chat with Judd.

Once that ridiculous conversation is finished, GinaMarie reports everything that was said (or her version of it) to Amanda. Meanwhile, Aaryn is now having an argument with Kaitlin in the bathroom. Yes, it’s about that same conversation with Amanda last night. The MVP situation has EVERYBODY on edge, and Aaryn’s complaint is that the two of them are supposed to be friends, yet she went to Elissa to bitch about her. “It’s gameplay”, replies Kaitlin. They move their fight into the kitchen, where Amanda joins in. It’s really a silly she said/she said fight. “You’re playing into that whole word mistake thing”, Aaryn complains. Somebody explain what that means, please.

Kaitlin wanders off to complain about Arryn, which leaves GinaMarie to endure more of her whining. It’s really just the same stuff over and over, although it is funny when GinaMarie claims “I never talk shit. I don’t need to.” Really? Aaryn finally wanders off to report to Judd her latest complaints. “It’s killing me. It’s killing my game.” Poor Judd.

She’s then off camera for a time, as Howard and Candice play pool, while Kaitlin befriends the likes of Spencer, Helen, Andy, and Spencer. Yes, exciting.

I did then watch the CBS show with the feeds on in the background. The only thing of consequence that happened during that hour was that Judd was released from solitary confinement, and Aaryn was part of the welcoming committee that rewarded him with beer and pizza. She sits outside with him and a few others afterwards, and confides that she is finally learning how to stop talking. Finally, during the week you’re probably going home!

It’s now photo booth time, which is a good place for a break. It’s the same as always. They all participate, and it’s really boring as a viewer. Oh wait, they don’t. A couple of them do, and they most wander back to what they were already doing.

Aaryn wanders back outside, where Amanda and Judd are gossiping. Amanda’s rage is now against Kaitlin and her new alliance, which obviously is something that Aaryn is pleased to hear. Judd’s not really against this plan, or so he says.

Suddenly, she’s back in the bedroom with Kaitlin, but I can’t make out anything they’re whispering. GinaMarie barges in anyway, so Arryn decides to participate in the photo booth silliness.

A little later, she interrupts a very tense meeting in the HOH involving Spencer, McCrae, and Amanda. She exits pretty quickly and the talk carries on. She returns to Kaitlin and GinaMarie in the kitchen.

My patience is starting to wear thin as Arryn now gets in the hammock with GinaMarie and Kaitlin to continue her daily theme on mean people and lies. It’s the same stories over and over. Jessie breaks it up a bit by joining them, and the talk moves to slop and jewelry before she wanders off.

Thirty minutes later, she joins a number of people outside on the couch. Spencer is at his best, almost begging Jessie to take off her bra as he has a “secret alliance” with her nipples. Classy. The feeds don’t last long on this group, as Helen is again pontificating in the HOH, and Elissa is being her typical weird self in the kitchen. They do return to the group scene from time to time, and when it’s not minor items they’re discussing it does all go back to Elissa and how weird she is.

There is one major happening in the house this evening, and since it doesn’t involve Aaryn she’s hit and miss for quite some time. There’s a fake engagement between McCrae and Amanda, and GinaMarie shows her jealousy because she didn’t get such an event with Nick. Aaryn is one that attempts to talk her down, and there is also a funny moment where Aaryn compliments Elissa on a treat that she had made. Elissa ignores her.

After that, it’s a pretty calm night. Aaryn is more sociable than usual, and she even ends up in the same vicinity with people she normally spends little time with (Candice, etc.). There’s lots of homelife talk, but nothing really serious. The night ends with Aaryn sitting up in the HOH with Judd, Kaitlin, GinaMarie, and Spencer. The prime talk again is Elissa, and her strangeness.

So that’s it. A full day with the most hated woman in Big Brother history, and you know what? It wasn’t that much of a chore. She really has calmed down, and while she does have a tendency to whine, for the most part she’s no more self-absorbed than anybody else in the house.

Any thoughts on this piece? Should I have piled on with condemnation like every other Aaryn report? Tell us what you think.


 

Thursday
Jul182013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 10 Recap

Tonight marks the end of a reign of terror. No longer will the house cower in fear, waiting for the next chip to fall. They’ll be able to act as they please; to hang around with anybody they want.

You probably are thinking right now that I’m referring to the departure of one of the nominees - Jeremy, Aaryn, or Spencer. Oh no, no, no. The person in question is the current HOH, Helen. For the next few days at least, the rest of the house will be free of scheduled activities, lectures about what America wants, or orders to NEVER EVER consider putting up the Royal Highness of any of her court. Or any of her court’s court. Or any hangers ons of the court.

It’s a night of celebration, even if I do believe we’ll be subjected to one last speech from her. I just know that this is the episode that they’ll reintroduce the HOH interview. Julie will toss her softballs, and then have to cut Helen off as she again wanders off on too many tangents about being a mother.

One piece of good news came out a bit before the show commenced. Apparently, there is going to be “big news”regarding the twist. Does that mean no more fixed MVP??? Please say yes, and please take that botox twit along with it!

I’m getting ahead of myself, though, so let’s go right to where we left off last night. As a result of a Romeo and Juliet version of Sophie’s Choice (or at least the CBS edit did), Kaitlin took herself down knowing that her replacement would be Jeremy.

Ugh Helen does her little victory dance in the diary room as she squeals in joy. “He’s finally leaving this house!” Kaitlin and Aaryn hug, and Aaryn says she’s going to “kiss some butts this week”. Kaitlin says she should feel thrilled, but she’s bummed that Jeremy is up. Jeremy, though, says “it’s not over until it’s over”. Yeah, it’s over.

Aaryn is now in the bathroom with Jeremy, who understands why he’s up but it “sucks because it’s so early”. For some reason, Aaryn tries to sound smart, talking about how it’s just like real life. Both Jeremy and her are being “discriminated against” because they’re pretty and are good at competitions. I can just see the glee in the Big Brother producer’s eyes as he captured that soundbyte. Just put your bikini on, little girl.

In the diary room, Jeremy admits that maybe he was a little bit too gung ho at the beginning, but now he’s going to do whatever it takes to save himself. First off, he’s dressed as a baby to show he’s actually fun. He thinks it “got into people’s hearts”.

While dressed as a baby, he attempts to woo the favor of McCrae and Amanda, who deadpans “I figured he either wanted to breast feed or campaign”. She plays it perfectly, by glancing at her breasts while saying, “thank God he was just looking for some votes”. Good girl.

Jeremy makes his plea, saying that he’d let the two of them make his next HOH picks if they save him. Judd is now with them, and he also says that he’ll think about it. Jeremy then does a handstand across the backyard.

Sexy music comes on as Aaryn starts doing some exercises in front of Jessie, Andy, GinaMarie, and Judd. Her plan is to show that she’s a fun person. She is then shown kissing up to various people, including Helen and Amanda. She even apologizes to Howard for “any comment” she may have made.

Finally, Aaryn walks into a room where people are talking about GinaMarie. “She is nuts”, says Amanda as we get another shot of her crying into Nick’s shorts. They talk about the collection of his garbage that she is treasuring, and decide to hide it. After gathering her stuff, GinaMarie discovers they’re all missing, and completely freaks out. She blames it on Aaryn, first with a smile that turns into dramatic tears. She wanders off and they all giggle. Amanda and McCrae return the items, telling her it’s just a joke. Aaryn is bummed that she didn’t take their fun as a joke.

Amanda then points out to McCrae that while Amanda was a bit of an instigator, she quickly pushed the blame onto them. “Fuck Aaryn”, says McCrae. “Bitch.” Maybe keeping Jeremy isn’t a bad idea after all.

On cue (or editor’s cue), Jeremy heads upstairs to grovel at Queen Helen’s feet. He says he’ll never go against her or Elissa (who is also in the room), and Helen says that he has to cast aside Kaitlin and Aaryn over the two of them. Yeah, right. Helen then says that his attitude has to completely change, and must protect Elissa and Helen. Anything else, Queen Helen? It’s a waste of time, but it gives CBS the footage needed to make it look like somebody else just may go home tonight.

After commercials, Julie addresses the house. Elissa gets the first question, asked if she is enjoying her first week not on the block. I honestly can’t understand her response. Candice is then asked about the events of last Thursday night. Candice replies that she has forgiven Aaryn. Kaitlin is asked how hard it was to take herself down, and the answer is what you’d expect. Howard is next, with a question about his religious beliefs. He replies that it’s hard to deal with the fact that lying is a part of the game, and that “I’m feeling better about it”.

Now we finally get a family portion of the show, and it is Amanda and McCrae’s folks! A bit of a disclaimer here. I’ follow Amanda’s dad and sister on twitter, and find them to be a treat. I’m not going to apologize for being a proud friend here. After some cutesy footage of the pair, we move to McCrae’s family cheering him on as he makes out with Amanda. His dad describes him as “unique”, and how he and his mother has been diehard fans for years.
Time to move on to the Zukerman’s. Her mom says that she has dated “quite a bit”, and all kinds. Her dad adds that she always gets what she wants. A little tiff is then shown between the pair, and Andy says they should get married. McCrae’s dad complains that Amanda “wears the pants” in their relationship. Amanda’s mom does hope there is more to McCrae than pizza delivery. A fun little segment.

More commercials before we move to the final pleas. Jeremy goes first, and he pretty much concedes that he’s a goner. He says that he played too hard, and throws in some reference to poop for some reason. Aaryn is next, and thanks her family but says she’ll respect any house decision. Spencer thanks a bunch of people, including Dave Grohl. Wait, what???

Voting then starts with Candice, who votes to evict Jeremy, as does Andy, Howard, and Elissa. Kaitlin, though, votes to evict Spencer as does GinaMarie. Wait, GinaMarie actually voted against Jeremy! Amanda also votes against Jeremy, as does McCrae (for eating the last pizza in the house), Jessie, and Judd. Jeremy is out 9- 0 -1!

We have to wait, though, before his eviction. Julie announces the vote, and Jeremy is up before she’s even done. He’s pretty calm, hugging everybody and saying “it’s nothing personal”. Saying “where’s my princess”, the last kiss and hug goes to Kaitlin. “Play hard”, he says as he walks out.

There’s no in-house craziness with this eviction, as they all calmly wait for Jeremy’s picture to go dark. We quickly return to Julie and Jeremy, who starts off by asking if his cockiness is why he’s gone. He says that everybody said he had to “calm down, but I’m a winner”. Even Julie thinks this is idiotic, but he says that because of Kaitlin he is walking out a different man. Julie goes on about the bully image, which Jeremy denies with some silliness about being big. God, he’s a moron. Julie won’t let the growing thing die, and we get more of this garbage about “working on his inside”.

Goodbye message time, and it starts with McCrae complaining about his arrogance. Elissa doesn’t have anything to say, which isn’t anything new. Helen does what she does best...lecture. Kaitlin then sadly says she can’t bear to deal without him, but she can’t wait to see him afterwards. Julie asks how excited he will be to see her afterwards, and he says “she better bring home the check”. Classy, dude.

I initially missed this, but I guess this week America is choosing a nominee instead of a MVP??? Wow, interesting. Vote Elissa!

With the eviction over, it’s time for the HOH competition. Earlier this week, there were questions on CBS.com where we were to pick which house guest were best described by a royal character (jester, queen, etc.) Well, kinda like that. More like “who is the queen of clumsiness” type of thing. It’s called “Big Brother Royalty”, Two names are read for each question, and you’re out if you get it wrong. Pretty much like last week’s competition, really.

The first question is about the “Earl of Egotism”, and everybody correctly picks Aaryn. The second question is the “Lord of Laziness”, and Andy, Amanda, Candice, and Elissa incorrectly choose Judd. The third question is the “Baron of Boneheads”, and they all correctly pick GinaMarie. Question four is the “Knight of Naughtiness”, and and everybody again correctly chooses Amanda. The next question is the “Duke of Dork”, and Aaryn, Jessie, and GinaMarie are now out. The last question is the “Sultan of Sexy”, and Howard and Spencer are now out.

It’s between Judd, Kaitlin, and McCrae for the tiebreaker. Julie asks how many gallons of milk would it take to fill the vats in the scary dairy competition. Kaitlin writes 410, Judd has 650, and McCrae has 600. Judd is the new HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD!!!! Fantastic!

Well, this week should be more entertaining, although I have a feeling he’s going to pay too much attention to the likes of Helen and Elissa. Maybe he’ll surprise us, though. At the very least, I’ll have new material for this week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

Before we go, though, Julie announces the twist that the MVP is not to be what they think. "Expect the unexpected." Hey, it's better than having Elissa pick somebody!

What did you think? Are you happy that Jeremy is finally gone? Or that Judd is the new HOH? Or that Julie did NOT do the HOH interview segment? Tell us your thoughts!