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Wednesday
Sep182013

Big Brother Season 15 Finale Recap

Finally, our long summer nightmare is coming to an end. After 36 episodes, 90 days, and dozens of head-scratching moves and comments, we’re down to three people of questionable taste and talents. There’s “Pop-In” Andy, whose main talent was to somehow interrupt every single conversation every house mate had this season. There’s butterscotch booty-loving Spencer, a terminal pawn that could never find a competition he wasn’t a complete failure. Finally, there’s GinaMarie, a brash imbecile who apparently utilizes a unique form of insurance and is obsessed with a manchild who is unlikely to ever give her the time of day again (unless she wins).

Yep, this is not the best trio of finalists we’ve ever had. To be fair, though, they all did what was necessary to make it to the end, and that’s all that counts. Andy was a master at playing both sides as long as possible. Spencer had just enough of a social game that he was never considered a real threat. And GinaMarie...ok, I can’t quite figure out how she made it this far.

Despite all the hand wringing on social media about these folks, and the season as a whole, I’m going to be a bit shocking and say that I’ve enjoyed this season more than the last few. There’s been plenty of action, both good and bad. There’s been game changing moves. Most importantly, there hasn’t been quite as much production interference. There weren’t veterans put in with twists designed to keep them as long as possible. Pandoras, DPOV’s, and other bogus tricks weren’t utilised to ensure certain outcomes. Outside of one gimmick plant, this was a pretty pure season.

Of course, a good portion of you readers won’t allow me to get away without addressing the main criticism of the year. Yes, too many people said too many dumb things that offended everybody. It’s also happened in previous seasons, though, and around 8 PM Big Brother time each and every one of these offenders will begin to see the ramifications of their words. They’ll discover the lost jobs, the online backlash, and embarrassed friends and family members. If this major issue isn’t (properly) addressed tonight, as I don’t think it will, just keep in mind that the real world won’t let them forget.

So here we go with tonight’s finale. To be honest, I’m not going to be nearly as thorough as I have been throughout the season. There will be no need to recreate entire conversations, or every jury/Julie question, so quotes will be kept to a minimum.

After a long, long intro recapping the entire season, we go right to the first HOH competition. Funny thing is that this roller skating comp lasted just a tad longer than that intro. Why didn’t they show this on Sunday’s recap show? They are hanging onto a bar while skating, and there’s obstacles, smoke, bubbles and other garbage. Of course, all of this silliness brings on the clown music. All you really need to know is that Spencer went down almost immediately, and Andy struggled for a few more minutes before falling. Yep, GinaMarie won part one, and celebrates in a pile of glitter! Worst “endurance” comp ever...although there’s a semi-comic moment when GinaMarie “chokes” on glitter!

Part two then features Andy versus Spencer, and it’s an underwater treasure hunt...without the water. Andy makes a Little Mermaid joke (groan) before he describes how they have to find crabs of all the evicted houseguests and then put them in order. Oh, and they have to place them at the top of a rock climbing wall. Guess who will win this one? The fastest time is the winner.

Andy goes first, and we get all of the stupid “stakes have never been higher” silliness as we see him working his way up and down the platform. Andy has trouble finding Candice’s crab, and then after finding it he discovers he has a mistake in the order. He climbs back up and fixes it, and he’s done!

It’s now Spencer’s turn, and he repeats the speech about how important this competition is for his game. Yep, we get it! Spencer is quickly struggling with the wall, as expected, and keeps falling. He’s getting frustrated, and the inspirational music comes up as he thinks about his family and friends back home. Ugh. He gets a second wind, and finally finishes.

The times are then announced, and Andy was finished in 21:54. Spencer’s time was 36:11. Andy wins round two, and will be up against GinaMarie later in the show for that final HOH spot!

Spencer’s plan is to now make both of them feel comfortable with him, which, honestly, is what they’re all doing now. GinaMarie thinks she would take Andy, and starts crying because she doesn’t believe she’d beat him.

We move on to jury time, and Dr. Will surprises them. Yes, Helen jumps up and down in excitement (as expected). He asks who they think will be joining them, and after a couple of people say they want it to be Andy, Elissa babbles about how McCrae deserves to be there because he screwed up his game.

McCrae is then brought in, and he not explains what happened...and apologizes to Elissa. Will then asks about how they’ve all got along in the jury house, and it’s Amanda versus Elissa and Candice. Yep, we get another stupid “Candyland” mention. Surprisingly, Candice and Aaryn reportedly got along in the house.

WIll brings it back to game talk, as they begin talking about GinaMarie’s supposedly big moves. “The girl has guts”, says Elissa. Not shocking, but Amanda doesn’t agree. Candice then brings up the personal aspects of the game, and how wrong that was. Now I’m getting bored as they move on to talking about Andy. The only surprising comment is that McCrae admits that he would not have taken Amanda to the final two. The Spencer chat isn’t much better, although I’m a bit surprised that Helen stands up for his gameplay. Will finally ends the segment by encouraging them to vote on who they think deserves to win.

After a few adverts...ok, quite a few, it’s time for that final HOH competition. It’s the usual format, where statements from jury members are read. Two possible endings are read, and they have to pick which one is correct. The first question is about Candice, and the most “shocking moment”. They both pick the bed flipping incident, and they’re both correct.

Jessie’s quote is next, and it’s her most “irritating moment”, and they both pick when she didn’t get to come back in the game. They’re both wrong on this one. Question three belongs to Helen, and her most “uncomfortable moment”. Judd pleading for his life was A, while wine-gate is B. A was correct, and Andy gets the point.

The fourth question belongs to Aaryn, and it’s who she would spend a romantic night with - Judd or David. They both pick Judd, and they’re correct “because he has manners”. Question five goes to Amanda, and it’s the moment she doesn’t want friends or family to see. Answer A is none, because that’s who she is, while B is every single one. GinaMarie picks A, while Andy picks B. The correct answer B, so Andy is now up by two, with two to go.

Question six is Elissa’s, and it’s which house guest she is most shocked by, and Andy picks Amanda, while GinaMarie picks Aaryn. Oooh, GinaMarie gets this one correct. It’s now 4-3, as we got to question seven. Judd’s biggest regret is the next question, and they both are wrong.

It’s now time for the last question, and GinaMarie has to get this correct. McCrae is asked about the best thing in the house, and they both pick “free food”. Andy is the new, and final HOH!

A few more adverts later, it’s time for Andy to pick who is going to the final two with him. He tells Spencer that his word means everything, and he’s had an agreement with GinaMarie since night one. Spencer is then evicted, and walks out to talk to Julie.

She starts the questions by asking if his loyalty to GInaMarie shocks him, and he says no as we continue to hear GinaMarie’s mic. Spencer says he has no “hard feelings” over being evicted, and claims to sort of know it was coming as Andy was avoiding him the last couple of days. He’s then asked about being a record-setting pawn, and the segment is already over! He concludes by saying that he’s proud to be a part of his favorite show.

Of course, there are more commercials before the jury is brought on the stage. Julie asks who Helen think is the final jury members, and she thinks that the smartest move would be Andy, as he’ll have the most votes. Spencer is then introduced, and Julie informs the rest of the jury what happened.

We move right to the jury questions, and Amanda goes first. She says GinaMarie did little before joining the Exterminators, and asks her what big moves she did, outside of getting her out. GinaMarie responds with nonsense for awhile, before saying it was getting her out. Ooops. GinaMarie doesn’t back down, though, as it was her decision to do before the Exterminators. Ok then.

The next question is from Elissa, and it’s the same question. His answer is that his biggest move was aligning with Amanda and McCrae, and how nobody knew how close they were. He says he kept going back to them with the info on what was happening. Oh, and also convincing her to put up Nick.

Helen goes next, and asks GinaMarie what her biggest obstacle to overcome was. Yep, we get the “play with my heart” silliness, and then says that Nick’s departure was her biggest obstacle. Somehow, though, it made her a bigger person.

McCrae then asks about how jury members are bitter when they’re stabbed in the back. Since he stabbed them all in the back, why should anybody vote for him? He responds that he feels terrible, and that he “said that to cover his own ass”. He deserves to win this, and that he was instrumental in every eviction. He’s sorry, and “loves them all so very much”.

Oh boy, here we go. Candice gets to ask GinaMarie a question, and she doesn’t hold back. She points out how she’s offended everybody on the jury, especially with her “cock-a-roaches” comments. “Why should we give you the money?” GinaMarie responds with more Nick talk, and then says that the money would change her and her family’s life. Yep, she throws in a heart comment, and how positive she always is. She’s ridiculous.

Jessie then asks Andy why he “unnecessarily” lied to so many jurors. He repeats how he loves them all, and he apologizes again (oooh, this plays right to Helen). They’re both just repeating themselves at this point.

The questioning ends with Spencer, and he asks Andy why he should give him the money. Here we go again. Andy says he was “loyal to a fault”, and then says that on night one he made his promise to her. It’s proof that he’s so loyal.

Before the voting, we get final pleas. GinaMarie tells the jury they all look beautiful, and says she’s played loyal from the beginning. She claims that she made a connection with all of them, and she’s happy she’s met them all. Please, somebody stop her!

Andy goes next, and he says he played with both his heart and mind. He meant all of his personal connections, but he played primarily with his mind. He made moves, and adapted to everything that happened in the house. “Everywhere I went in this house, people went home because of me.”

Julie finally shuts them up, and the voting begins. They all give the usual comments as they place their keys about voting for the best player, blah blah blah. Judd does exclaim, “let the best exterminator win!” McCrae adds that he hopes whoever wins “is buying drinks tonight”.

Before the votes are read, though, we get a brief segment with the pre-jury evictees. Before going to them, she flips over to Amanda and her obsession with knowing about the status of MVP. She says she now believes it was America, and Julie explains how it worked. “Thank you, America”, Amanda says sarcastically. She adds that when she got booed on eviction night, she now understood how she was nominated.

Julie then goes over to Howard, and what he was seeing on the feeds after he was evicted. Howard says that he was shocked, and that he was infuriated by the racial and personal things that was said during the season. Julie informs them that various things they’ve said made national headlines, and asks Spencer his response. He says that he hates that stuff, and asks if he said anything. “We don’t have enough time”, she replies.

Jeremy is then asked what surprised him the most, and he says it was Helen’s use of the “mom thing”. Helen then claims that her tears were real, but eventually admits that some were fake. All I can say is “STFU Helen”. (As we go to jury, we hear GinaMarie scream for Nick. Ugh.)

If you haven’t watched, you can probably guess how the votes will go (and if they don’t go the way I’m thinking, this recap is going to look stupid). Here we go. Spencer and McCrae voted for Andy, but Judd voted for GinaMarie. Elissa voted for Andy, as does Andy. Aaryn voted for GianMarie, but Helen voted for Andy to make him the new winner!

The two then rush out to confetti and hugs, and GinaMarie rushes to Nick (obviously). Poor guy. More commercials interrupt the hugfest, and when the show returns Julie announces that the other two votes went to Andy. He won 7-2. Nick is then mentioned again before Julie announces that the top three vote getters for MVP were Judd, Elissa, and Howard. The winner, as expected, is Elissa, who started screaming before Julie even read her name. Of course she did. Gross.

So that’s it for the show...and the season. Thank you all for putting up with me, Ash, Target John, Indy Mike, and East Side Dave this year. A special thanks also to Colette Lala for her work on the Big Brother Gossip Show, and please read her excellent Survivor updates at colettelala.com. If you like my writing at all, you can continue to follow my music writing at toomanynotes, tumblr.com, or my internet radio shows at scotthudson.blogspot.com.

But we still want to hear from you. What did you think of this episode? Do you agree with Andy’s victory? How about Elissa’s MVP? Tell us what you think!!!

 

Tuesday
Sep172013

Guide to the #BB15 Season Finale

Big Brother still drives me bat sh!t crazy.

When I joined all of you in this ridiculous obsession, it was Week 4, Judd was HOH, Aaryn was hated by everybody, Elissa had been MVP for weeks, America had been given new power, GinaMarie wasn't mean yet, a showmance had already started and ended (with David's eviction), and Helen was on her way to becoming my favorite house guest of all time.

Going to this screen has become automatic during free moments.See what I did there? "Of all time"?! That's just to poke fun at those of you who have turned Big Brother into something of a religion -- with all the nonsense which comes along with blind devotion. This is a game! Let's not forget that it is meant as entertainment. All the fighting and mud-slinging amongst fans who are active in social media drives me batty. Was it this way in BB's early years? Or is it more prevalent today because more people are active on the Internet and because divisiveness and incivility is the norm in our country these days?

Playing cards 24 hours before the season finale.That said, I'm pleased to report that there have been far more people posting respectful, thoughtful commentary here on BigBrotherGossip.com, even when in disagreement with me or other contributors or other commenters, than there were people who were simply inarguably crazy or idiotic. I applaud you for being fans without being fanatical.

I asked a lot of questions in my first post here. For example:

Can viewers influence what happens in the house? What's a lockdown? How and when do supplies (groceries, meds, booze, etc.) appear in the house? What are they allowed to ask producers for, and how often? When, how, and why do they get punished?

Although I didn't post answers to all those questions, you (and Ash, Scott, and Mike) helped me understand how Big Brother works. Mostly. As to remaining details for newbies like me ... we'll cover such things if/when they come up during #BB16.

GinaMarie, Andy, and Spencer, doing that ridiculous "exterminator" thing.So ... Andy, GinaMarie, and Spencer have made it to the final three. The #BB15 season finale airs in the east about 20 hours from when I'm posting this -- and don't forget that it's 90 minutes long and that it starts at a special time (9:30p Eastern on Wednesday, September 18, 2013). Here's the order of events we are expecting for tonight's show:

- Julie's brief show intro.

- A couple minutes of clips from the entire season.

Reading cereal boxes together. Yes, friends, this is the excitement live feeders get during these remaining few days.- Julie talks about what's coming up during the 90-minute finale while they show the final three sitting in the living room. Just like #BB14 (with Danielle, Ian, and Dan), #BB15's final three consist of one woman (GinaMarie) and two men (Andy and Spencer).

- The conclusion of Part 1 of the three-part final Head of Household competition (recorded last Thursday night, with portions shown to live feeders, and a bit shown on CBS this past Sunday night), with related clips and Diary Rooms. You know from our Ticker and from being a regular BigBrotherGossip.com reader that GinaMarie won part 1. This was an endurance comp.

Part 1 of the final HOH competition.- Part 2 of the HOH comp (recorded last Saturday), again with clips and DRs. We know that Andy won part 2, but we haven't seen any footage of this comp yet. The feeds were on trivia and CBS didn't show any of it during the final Sunday broadcast.

Spencer, please work on your level of control for endurance comps first if they ever ask you back for an All Stars season, k? Thanks.- Clips from the past few days of the three house guests posturing and/or scheming about who will be taking whom to the final two.

- Jury house footage showing McCrae's arrival ... and a few minutes of the jurors debating the merits of the final three -- how they betrayed various jury members, why they may or may not be worthy of their votes, etc.

- Live (everything is live from this point on), we will see part 3 of the HOH comp between GinaMarie and Andy. It will be a memory quiz of some sort, and the winner is guaranteed at least second place in #BB15 and a $50,000 prize.

- The HOH winner will evict one of the other two. The only thing we know right now is that Spencer has no control over his own destiny.

- The evictee leaves the house and is interviewed by Julie.

- Julie introduces each of the jurors as they reenter the studio. After a couple of questions to the jurors, Julie reveals the last evictee.

- The jurors interview the final two.

Danielle chats with finalists Ian and Dan a year ago in the #BB14 season finale. Right: The voting box.- The finalists each make one last speech about why s/he deserves to win.

- Each juror steps forward to say a word or three to the finalists ... and to cast his/her vote. To vote, the juror inserts one of two keys (each key has a finalist's name on it) into slots in a box (similar to the round gizmo that HOHs use for a nomination ceremony in all the previous weeks).

This has nothing to do with anything today. Except this: If the producers want to do stunt casting next year, I think they should make Zingbot a regular house guest.- House guests evicted early on, prior to jury selection, are welcomed to the studio by Julie and discuss their thoughts on the season. (Remember that HGs who left prior to jury got to watch the show, seeing everything we did; only the jury was sequestered.) And there may be a bit more back-and-forth between the jurors, the final two, and the early evictees.

- Then the big moment arrives: Julie pulls out each key, revealing each juror's vote ... and the #BB15 winner is announced! This year there are nine jurors, so the first finalist to receive five votes wins $500,000.

- The winner comes out of the house and is embraced by family, friends, and fellow house guests. (And the runner-up comes out, too.)

- Finally, Julie reveals America's favorite house guest, winner of $25,000. (Helen, if you ever read this, please know that I voted 10 times for you!) CBS will treat us to a few more seconds of celebration, and credits will roll. That will be it!

I have really enjoyed being part of the BigBrotherGossip team and getting to know many of you via comments and Twitter. Thanks! See you back here in 2014 for #BB16.

This also has nothing to do with anything today. Before signing off, just wanted to make sure you didn't miss this fine bit of Indy Mike's journalism. :-)Who do you think will be richer by 500 Large? If Andy wins HOH, who will he evict? Or who will GinaMarie evict if she gets HOH? What do you think has been the bat-sh!t-craziest thing this season? Tweet me all year long @uselesstraffic and/or comment below.

Monday
Sep162013

Conspiracies, theories, facts, fiction.....

Here is a LONG post I've been adding to over the last several weeks.  First some things about this season of Big Brother and then more general information about the ways production can influence the HGs or the game.

I started this a right before Amanda’s eviction so take that into account (yes it took me ages to write this).

Show connections, casting, recruiting:

Amanda is not 'friends' with Alison Grodner (BB Executive Producer) and was not 'recruited' to be on Big Brother.  I heard (via the twitter grapevine) that during the baseball HoH competition Amanda said she knew one of the 'production' people that was throwing the balls at them. Amanda DID previously work in LA so its possible she saw someone she knew from her past life when she was trying to become a star.  Amanda was not 'pre-destined' to win Big Brother 15 (As we saw she was evicted and not because the 'secret' plot was posted on facebook 2 months ago).

On the other hand, Elissa IS at the very least acquainted with Alison Grodner and was recruited to be on Big Brother by CBS.

With the exception of Kaitlin who said she was approached to apply while bartending - the other HGs seemed to have all applied.  Aaryn's agency may have applied on her behalf or encouraged her to apply but you get my point, the only members that were 'cast' for this season were Elissa and Kaitlin and they were two very different situations. Helen also was not 'cast' but that goes in a different conspiracy (mini update - someone tells me Candice has said she was sort of recruited - so toss her into the mix as well).

Helen was not a CBS plant and did NOT 'throw' the HoH competition where she fell off the platform. Why she would quit the game right when she had a chance to get back in is beyond reason to me. How much could CBS have paid her to give up a shot at $500k? And I come to that conclusion without even watching the "live" video (and not the 5 second copy floating around) - its very obvious she simply lost her balance and jumped off. GO back – watch the last 2-3 minutes before she fell – you could see how she was struggling.  No pushing or 'tapping.'  Candice also lost her balance and fell off just a few moments later.

Money: Yes the HGs are PAID for their time on Big Brother.  The Hgs last season and this season have implied they now get about $1,000 a week while in sequester, the BB house, and Jury House (the number $13,000 has been tossed around a lot by the HGs when talking - BB is about 13 weeks).  In the previous seasons the number was always said to be about $750 per week. Alumni are believed to GET MORE. I think the 'coaches' last season had separate contracts with as the very least a guaranteed minimum they would get to come back on the show.  I also believe Elissa is being paid much more than the other HGs this season because of her connection with her sister Rachel.


Who’s actually been fired?

As of this writing, 9/16/2013, the only two CONFIRMED people that have lost their jobs are Aaryn and GinaMarie.  Keep in mind that Aaryn was simply dropped by her agency – she considers herself a college student.  GinaMarie’s job couldn’t have been that much of a full time gig since she was able to take off the entire summer.    Actually EVERY house guest this season was not fully employed (Spencer being the one exception) – they all were part timers or between jobs.

Rumored job losses are just that – false rumors.   

Spencer has not lost his job, he took a leave of absence before starting Big Brother – I believe he is off until the beginning or end of October – they can’t ‘fire’ him – I don’t think he will lose his job no matter what but nothing will happen either way until he is back on the job.   He is a union member and you can be sure that they will work their tails off to keep him from losing his job and that is if the company even feels it has a reason to fire him (again, I don’t think he is in any danger of losing his job).

Andy is listed on the show as a “College Professor” but that is a HUGE stretch (one made by CBS in my opinion and not Andy). In reality Andy has done stints with a SMALL college in the Chicago area (a two-year community college) as a “Part Time” instructor.  Folks that means he may have his Masters degree at best and they paid him to teach one or two classes a semester.   He said in the house that he couldn’t go back to that job if he was still in the house after a certain point.  The college put out a statement saying he is not employed by them BECAUSE HE ISN’T – not because he was ‘fired.’  Huge difference.

Amanda’s name has also been tossed out as having lost her job.  Amanda’s most recent occupation before Big Brother was / is as a Realtor.  Having done this type of work for a couple of years myself I can tell you that it’s not a job you can be fired from.  You are your OWN boss.  At best you work for a broker but you are paid on commission only and if a broker were to drop you, you could just walk down the street to another broker and sign up with them.

These are all rumors stirred up by people looking to generate traffic to their websites.  Go to trusted sources only for your info.

And now some more general Big Brother stuff about competitions and such…

 

Certain competitions favor certain Hgs:

Production CAN, to some extent, control the 'game' if they choose to (I'm not saying they always do - but sometimes we sure wonder).  CBS does EXTENSIVE 'testing' of applicants - they know each one's strengths and weaknesses. 

Hanging competitions WILL favor lighter & smaller framed Hgs (same goes on Survivor - see who lasts the longest when they hang over water - 90% of the time its the small women). Yes McCrae won the first competition that involved hanging but he also said later he has the body of a woman (yes he said that).

If a certain Hgs is good at memorizing, then perhaps production would choose a important week for that HG to give the house a competition involving memorization. Example? BB14 Ian claimed to have a photographic memory and won a critical competition near the end of his season that required a good memory (As a side note BB15 Jeremy said he had a "photoshop" memory - poor guy).

Ask Brendon about competitions that favor people with SMALL feet (standing on a ledge?).  Balance can also play a huge factor. I said it on the night of the baseball competition this season that Elissa had a HUGE advantage with her yoga background as she was able to grab balls and maintain her balance while others struggled to do both.

Comps that involve cold/wet conditions may favor HGs with more 'body fat' because they won't lose their body temperature as quickly.

Drugs? Its hard to argue about the talk in the house this season of certain HGs being on ADD meds or Xanax and that it might help or hurt them in competitions depending on when they were given. Some HGs feel that certain comps were slated to take place when these HGs were at their 'best' from the meds they happen to be on (Aaryn, Amanda and Judd all are taking medications - others might be as well). I for one doubt it gave any 'advantage' but at best evened the playing field.

Production giving certain ‘lanes’ an advantage?  In theory the way the Hgs line up for competitions is done by a ‘random’ draw – but we never see the draw so we can only guess how that works (if any former HG wants to chime in and tell me they think its always legit – please do!).  What we do know is there have been several times in the recent years where things have seemed to be set up to ‘help’ a favorite to win that POV or HoH when it was needed.  Two quick examples would be:

1: The ‘clown shoe’ competition (BB13) that Jeff lost because he accidently tossed out a clown shoe that was seemed  very close to the top of the ‘bouncy balls’ he had to dig though.  Had he seen it he would have beaten Porsche by a huge margin and would have stayed in the game (so this is viewed by many as a attempt to influence the game that failed).

2: The reward/penalty POV competition this season where Elissa got the most points and won the POV when she needed it most.  After the competition the HGs commented on how all the high numbers were on one side of the ‘mud pit’ – the side that Elissa was on.  As a matter of facet the top three places were from one side of the mud pit.  Once has to wonder how Elissa, who would most likely have been voted out had she not won, was selected for that lane – or were the numbers places in the pit AFTER lane selection?

 

Power of Veto Selection:

The Power of Veto was introduced in BB3.  It has gone through several changes.  It was introduced as a way to give the nominations a chance to be changed up.  Originally everyone played – then the number was limited. In Big Brother 5, Nakomis came up with the plan to “backdoor” Jase by not nominating him and NOT letting him play for the POV.  This eventually led to the addition of the “Wheel” to select players which only lasted 2 episodes during Big Brother 7.  They then moved to the ‘bag’ that names were drawn from.    This bag has raised all kinds of questions and theories.  Most of the time the HGs are NOT allowed to dump out the bag after selecting names to verify all names are there (yes they did dump it out at least once last season).   We just have no way to know for sure that the current name selection process to play for POV is legit.

 

Coup d’Etat, Pandora’s Box:

Because there is no rhyme or reason to when the things happen, most hard core fans agree the Coup d'Etat & Pandora's Box are only vehicles used by production to help certain players (or just for entertainment value when no special powers are awarded with Pandora). 

The  Coup d’etat, where the holder gets to whipe out current nominations and make his/her own at a moment’s notice, has only been awarded twice – the first time Mike Boogey won it and didn’t use it (since his alliance was in power those two weeks) – the second time Jeff won it and used it to save himself (we felt it was used that season for this very reason - to keep Jeff in the game). 

Pandora’s box is often just sillyness – but since there is no set rules on what the award / penalty is – or if it’s just a ‘for fun’ thing – production can announce it ahead of time and change how it is presented depending on who is the HoH at the time – thus having the chance to majorly influence the game. 

 

Diary Room ‘Influence’

Every season we hear the Hgs talk about the “DR” wanting things – or not wanting things.  I’ve always felt that the Diary Room is where production can work on the HGs mindsets and, by asking certain questions, get them to think in certain ways.  They can also brow beat a houseguest into thinking about nominating or not nominating someone by presenting may many alternative options while asking those leading questions.   I’ve talked about this one enough in previous seasons and actually this year I didn’t feel it happened as much – except perhaps when we thought Howard was going to get nominated by MVP Elissa and instead she put up Spencer.  Helen, Elissa and others all felt like the DR was pushing very hard to NOT have Howard go up that week (and he didn’t).

And there you have it.  A HUGE post about loads of rumors, gossip, speculation and a few facts tossed in for fun.  I may or may not post again this season but in case I don’t – thanks for sticking with us or finding us this year.  Assuming there is a Big Brother 16 we will be back reporting all over again.  And yes we will probably have some ‘favorites’ but in the end I probably won’t care who wins – just like I don’t care who wins this season.

-Mike aka ‘indy mike’ aka @bbgossip

Wednesday
Sep112013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 33 Recap

We’re finally hitting the home stretch on the fifteenth season of Big Brother. After tonight, there are only three more episodes, including a highlights/unseen footage episode that I will probably skip.

Funny thing about this portion of the season is that while the feeds have slowed to a crawl (when they’re actually on), the episodes are bound to be relatively fast-paced. Take tonight’s episode. We’re going to have a veto competition, a veto meeting, an eviction, and a new HOH. Tomorrow’s episode will follow that same layout, and it’s likely that at least one of these broadcasts will include some jury house footage.

So let’s get this over with. After an introduction from Julie, we start off with the reactions to Spencer’s nominations of McCrae and GinaMarie. Spencer babbles Exterminator silliness, and how McCrae is the target. McCrae says he’s the “underdog”, because he’s alone, “but that just gives me more fight”.

Unfortunately, McCrae is still tethered to GinaMarie, who leads him into the kitchen so she can loudly blow her nose. Spencer looks on during this silliness, and GinaMarie attempts to explain that she’s playing it up like she’s the target so he doesn’t play hard in the veto comp. The Exterminators really think he’s stupid. He’s not buying any of this silliness. Even Spencer complains that her over-acting is awful.

Spencer is up in the HOH now with Judd and Andy, and again he’s over-analyzing stuff. His nomination speech was to make McCrae think that GinaMarie is going to think she’s safe. Follow that? Andy whines that McCrae can’t win the veto, and Judd asks what the plan is if he does win. Spencer tells him that it will be him going up, and that GinaMarie will then go. Judd is not happy that Andy is not even a part of the conversation. “Maybe I’m the lowest guy on the totem pole in this.”

More filler, as Judd has to do more exercises. In fact, he has to do 75 situps this time, which is more than the usual nonsense he’s had to do. This is his last punishment, though. Too bad that GinaMarie and McCrae aren’t done with theirs, as we get more footage of their tethering gimmick. I think the audience is the people that are truly punished. Finally, they get to snap that cord off them.

McCrae then heads up to the HOH so that Spencer can try again to make him feel like he’s safe. Spencer throws in his bullshit about how his speech was silly, intended to make GinaMarie feel safe. There is one other element to this chat, though, as Spencer explains that if McCrae does win veto they will then have to work with him a bit. They inform him that if McCrae goes down, Judd will go up and out. McCrae admits in the diary room that despite what they’re saying, he does have to win the veto.

After commercials, it’s time for the veto competition. They’re all dressed as superheroes, and the set is a miniaturized city. GinaMarie overacts as she describes BB14’s Ian dropping from the sky. Oh, if only he was really dropped...on his head. “It’s weird being back here”, he pretends to whisper before reading the instructions. They have to “fly” back and forth between two platforms, and they have twenty seconds between each flight to put together a magnetized veto puzzle. If they don’t go back within twenty seconds, the magnet is turned off and the puzzle drops.

The usual “I have to win/they can’t win” interviews are aired, and the comp starts. Judd has problems, and gets frustrated. McCrae gets his puzzle finished, but screws up “flying” back. His puzzle then drops, and he has to start over. Judd then decides to just quit and helps Andy, which pisses off Spencer. Andy and McCrae are neck and neck, but McCrae gets a piece wrong. He flies back, makes a quick change, and ends up winning! The Exterminators are not happy! Spencer is not happy with Judd!

Once we burn through another set of adverts, it’s time for the aftermath. GinaMarie is talking to Spencer, and she’s worried. Spencer tells her that he wants her to stay, and that he trusts her more than him. He’s especially pissed that Judd quit the veto comp after only five minutes or so. This also pisses off GinaMarie.

Judd is the next to talk to Spencer, and he tells Spencer that he’ll be another strong person to fight against McCrae. Spencer tells him that he wants him to stay, but that there’s no way he’ll consider putting up Andy. This pisses off Judd, especially since Andy nominated Spencer a couple of weeks ago. Judd storms out, saying it’s time for him to “raise hell”. He starts knocking over stuff, and storms around the house flipping off the cameras. Actually, this is kind of mild compared to what was shown on the feeds.

It’s now time for the veto ceremony. I still don’t understand why they have to go through the stock footage of staring at the wall of photos when it’s obvious that McCrae is taking himself down. Yes, that’s what he does, and then Spencer gets up to nominate Judd.

Before the veto meeting can be adjourned, though, Judd announces that he has something to say. He addresses McCrae, saying that while he was one of his biggest allies he was also “the root of why I left. Coming back into this game, I was after...and, you know, I’m still after you.” Spencer says in the diary room that this was an idiotic move, and Judd finishes by saying that if they keep him he will still be after McCrae. Even GinaMarie laughs at what he did, as that’s one guaranteed vote for her to stay.

Guess what? It’s now eviction time! GinaMarie has the first plea, and after telling Julie that she’s beautiful, she also thanks her friends and family. She then calls the housemates her family, and repeats a couple of times that she “always tries my best”. Judd also thanks his family and friends, and he again promises that he’ll go after McCrae if he stays.

Andy is the first to vote, and he votes to evict Judd, as does McCrae. Judd is the next to be evicted...again! Judd hugs GinaMarie, and then whispers to McCrae that he left something for him in the Bible. As he walks out, he yells out he’s going to vote for Spencer or Andy in the end.

Julie immediately asks Judd about what he whispered to McCrae, and Judd claims that it was a non-game message to encourage him. He claims that his parting message to vote for Andy or Spencer was “reverse psychology”. He wants them to think he’ll be pushing the jury to vote for them, but he really wants GinaMarie to win. “I really underestimated her. We all did.”

He’s then asked about the Exterminators, and why he turned his back on Elissa. He doesn’t regret turning his back on her. “Working with Elissa is the hardest thing you can do. Her mind changes every five minutes. You can be on her side one minute, and then you’re her target the next.” (That was probably the best analysis of Elissa all season.)

When asked why GinaMarie was saved over him, Judd says that one of the reasons is that she’s really hurt. They also “trust her a little bit more than me”. He also admits that’s probably wise.

The goodbye messages then end the segment. GinaMarie’s is nice, and Spencer tries to say that he hopes that he’s not seeing it. McCrae apologizes for not voting for him, and that he wanted to, but his hands are tied because Spencer and Andy wanted him out. Andy is tearful, going on and on about how they’ve become such best friends. Even Judd laughs at this move. What a bad actor!

We’re almost finished so it’s time for the HOH competition. It’s the annual before or after competition, where Julie reads an event. Then they have to pick whether it was before or after the second event she reads.

They’re all correct on the first question, but GinaMarie takes the lead on the second question. All three are correct on the third question, as they are on the fourth and fifth ones. McCrae is the only one to get the sixth question correct, while Andy is the only one to get the final question. There’s now a three-way tie, so the final question is the number of seconds the “super veto” competition took. Andy guesses 414, GinaMarie 1800, and McCrae is 2010. Andy is the victor! Interesting, though, as he attempted to change his answer as Julie started to read them off.

So that’s it for tonight! Tomorrow will be another set of nominations, veto nominations, and an eviction. Plus, Julie promised a jury house segment.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy or upset that Judd is gone? Or that Andy is the new HOH? Tell us what you think!

 

Wednesday
Sep112013

Tonights Eviction, new HoH and why POV matters more.

Just a quick blurb to let you all know whats up since the feeds have been off for just over 24 hours now.

From the traffic out there on the world wide interwebs it seems the strongest rumors have it that the show that was recorded yesterday was mostly a 'private' affair with a very select audience of people tied closely to the show (or friends of people tied closely to the show). 

That of course hasn't stopped at least two different 'sources' from revealing what went on yesterday and that's enough for me to post this as semi "fact" - if this proves wrong you can take away my journalism degree and burn it.

The word 'on the street' is that Judd was indeed evicted (the easy part to guess) and that Andy was the winner of the second to last HoH competition.  I'll leave the details at that because that's as much info as both sources confirmed.

Of course as I and others have said over and over the last few days, all Head of Household means this time is that you have made the final three.  The real power will be the Power of Veto winner which is most likely being played today (and we will figure out who won it when the feeds return around 9pm BB time tonight).  The POV winner will get to pick which two HGs are nominated and, unless it the POV winner is the HoH (as Danielle was last season) will also get to vote out one of the nominees with the only vote of the 'week.'

As an example, lets assume Andy is HoH.  He will have nominated two people (it really doesn't matter who though).  Lets say he nominates GinaMarie and McCrae (since Spencer kept him safe last week).

All four HGs will compete for the POV.  If, say, McCrae wins it, he would of course save himself (in the above scenario) and by default Andy would have to put Spencer on the block in his place.  Then McCrae would be the only non-nominated person and thus cast the only vote to evict.

Make sense?  That's why this time around the POV is more important that the HoH.  The one kink in this 'week' is if the HoH also wins the POV - in that case they get to decide the final 2 noms, but also are stuck with whomever the non-nominee decides to vote out.  An excellent example of this happened last season when Danielle won both HoH AND POV.  She initially nominated Dan and Ian.  Dan convinced her to play the POV and save him, thinking he would vote out Ian.  Instead Dan voted out her 'showmance' Shane and her jaw dropped for the millionth time.

Monday
Sep092013

33-Hour Blackout

Don't freak out: The #BB15 live feeds may go "dark" (trivia) for about 33 hours beginning 12 noon Eastern / 9:00a Pacific on Tuesday.

Chat rooms will be full of the typical "I'm paying for this! How do I cancel! CBS sucks! #BB15 is the worst season ever!" Indy Mike will be tweeting (@BBGossip) answers to the same questions over and over again until he gets sick of it. But as BigBrotherGossip.com readers, you'll know exactly what's going on:

Starting Tuesday morning/afternoon, house guests will be doing an early eviction (going from five remaining house guests to four) and then doing the next Head of Household competition and nomination ceremony. This will air on Wednesday night's CBS broadcast.

And then, around 9:00p Eastern / 6:00p Pacific on Wednesday evening, the feeds will go live again.

Full details about the possible order of events for viewers and house guests are in our Guide to the Last 12 Days.

CBS will try to keep the events of Tuesday/Wednesday secret until the Wednesday show airs ... but I'm told that audience members usually leak who is evicted (which will be GinaMarie or possibly Judd, even though Spencer apparently thinks nobody can beat Andy if he makes final two?) and who wins the next HOH comp. If we catch wind of the rumors and deem the info to be reliable, watch this space for a post and/or an update to the Ticker graphic at right.

Tuesday/Wednesday, we'll either get an extra-large serving of fish (left) or, more likely, trivia.McCrae will save himself again later today in the POV ceremony. Spencer has been saying he thinks nobody can beat Andy, yet apparently he's considering putting up Judd as replacement nominee anyway? Makes no sense to me, but it wouldn't be the first time that an understanding of game strategy has evaded this newbie. Who do you think will go? Who will the next HOH put on the block? Post a comment below or tweet @uselesstraffic.


Friday
Sep062013

Guide to the Last 12 Days

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

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

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

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

3. Monday, September 9: POV ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday
Sep052013

Double Eviction #2 Episode Guide

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

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

- Recaps.

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

- Julie interviews the evicted house guest.

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

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

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

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

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

- Julie interviews the double-evictee.

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

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

Friday
Aug302013

Countdown to Meltdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday
Aug262013

Chaos Theory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share your chaos theories below or @uselesstraffic.