Amanda on the block with no ability to save herself!
That's what I woke up this morning thinking about. #BB15 events had finally led to a scenario which helped this newbie better understand the concept of the "backdoor." Indy Mike helped me learn it in generic terms:
- Head of Household nominates two people for eviction.
- In the Power of Veto competition, players consist of the HOH, the two nominees, and three additional randomly-drawn house guests. (Sometimes one of the chips drawn says "house guest's choice," so one player is slightly less random.)
- Earlier in the #BB15 season when the MVP picked a third nominee, the POV players consisted of the HOH, the three nominees, and two additional randomly-drawn house guests.
- If the HOH wins POV, she or he might save one of the original nominees -- so that s/he can nominate somebody different, who would then have no opportunity to compete to pull her/himself off the block before the eviction vote. This new nominee (who, by the way, would be labelled on our Ticker graphic at right as "Nominated via POV"), if evicted, would be considered to have been "backdoored."
- If one of the nominees wins POV, s/he virtually always saves her/himself ... so whomever picked the saved nominee (HOH or, earlier in the season, MVP) picks a new nominee. This new nominee, if evicted, is considered to have been "backdoored."
- If a non-nominee wins POV, s/he gets to choose to pull somebody off the block. And then ... yup ... a new nominee goes up. If the new nominee is evicted, is s/he also considered to have been backdoored?
- The POV winner may choose not to use his/her veto, leaving the original eviction nominees in place. (Andy did that last week.)
As the day started this morning, the situation was this: Elissa is HOH, Aaryn and McCrae are on the block, and the POV competition was coming up. Elissa was Helen's strongest ally and she's no fan of Amanda. I haven't myself been much of an Elissa fan (I certainly had nothing good to say about her in my last post), but there was reason to think Elissa had been scheming to backdoor Amanda. And this, to me, was indeed good news.
What I didn't realize until reading Ash's "Night Owl" post this morning is that the house guests selected to be the additional POV players today were Judd, GinaMarie, and ... Amanda. Uh oh!
Here's another thing newbie viewers need to learn: An unnominated house guest who wins POV also wins immunity for the week. She or he can't be nominated.
You get one guess who won POV early Saturday afternoon. So much for the perfect backdoor! It was exactly the right time for somebody who had previously won nothing to win a comp.
My dream scenario for this next week is ruined. Since my favorite house guest (Helen) was evicted, I was hoping to see Amanda go next -- thus eliminating the two most powerful players in consecutive weeks and necessitating an entirely new power structure to be formed in #BB15's remaining weeks. That would have been absolutely delicious to watch.
Let the next speculations begin. Current thinking is that Elissa will put up Andy, Spencer, or GinaMarie. Who do you think is most likely? Amanda will save McCrae, obviously. Will Aaryn go to jury or the new nominee? Comment below or hit me up @uselesstraffic.
Here's why I should still label all my posts as "from the Newbie Desk." I knew there was one concept about backdooring which I wasn't getting right. BigBrotherGossip.com reader "Richard" commented on this morning's "Night Owl" post from Ash with the relevant detail:
"For it to be a back door you can't have played in the veto comp. So if Amanda goes this week she just goes as the replacement nom not a back door."
Exactly right. So since Amanda got to play in the POV competition, my "perfect backdoor" scenario couldn't have happened this week. Amanda could have been nominated if she hadn't won veto, but it wouldn't have been a "backdoor." Andy and Spencer are the only house guests this week who were neither nominated nor played in the POV comp; if either is nominated and then evicted, I guess he will have been backdoored -- sort of, since neither was seemingly the one Elissa originally wanted? (Thanks, Richard.)
I wanted to promote BigBrotherGossip.com reader "Ben"'s comment (which is actually below) up here to an "update" on this post, as it provides more great insight for newbies about what a "backdoor" is:
"The other thing about a true backdoor is that it must be planned from the start. If someone on the block wins veto and is replaced by someone who didn't compete for POV, that's not a backdoor, unless that replacement nominee was the target from the outset. That's just bad luck." (Thanks, Ben.)