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Saturday
Sep142013

Big Brother Gossip Show #312: Season Finale

There may be a few more days left in the season, but the material on the feeds has slowed to a crawl. With that in mind, we decided that tonight would be our season finale...or is it? There's a chance we'll have a special episode or two in the near future. So please keep checking in to see what we're up to.

Tonight's episode deals with Wednesday and Thursday's evictions, the jury house visit, and the first step of the final round of HOH contests. We also chat a bit about our predictions for the finale, and also comment on the rumors surrounding Allison Grodner.

You can grab this episode via the usual online spots, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...

 

Much thanks to Colette and Mike for their help this season, and to Ash for her tireless work looking for audio clips. It's been a great season, and we all can't wait for next year!

Saturday
Sep142013

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Last week, it was announced that David Goldberg, the head of the North American branch of Endemol, will be stepping down later this year. Endemol is the production company that owns Big Brother, and word is that he’s not the only person affiliated with the show that will not be a part of next season.

Yes, it seems that the wishes of a lot of hardcore fans may be coming true, as there are tons of rumors that Big Brother executive producer Allison Grodner and casting director Robyn Kass will also be let go. Finally!

The real question, however, if these rumors are true is how much will the show actually change? The gut reaction from most hardcore seem to believe that the entire format will be gutted, but I doubt that this will be the case. Certain aspects will be tweaked, and it’s probably safe to say that Grodner’s favorite pets (Jesse, Jeff/Jordan, the Reilly family) will finally be taken off the Rolodex, but there’s no way that the show will suddenly ape the formats of other countries.

What I’d like to see is a format that isn’t so reliant on competitions. In fact, let’s just get rid of most of them altogether. Completely scrap the have/have-not silliness. Let the entire house vote on nominations, and make that the prime focus of Sunday’s episode. Keep the veto competition, and allow the winner to not only save a nominee but also put up a replacement for Wednesday’s show. As much as I don’t trust the American public to vote, I can see giving them the power to decide who they want to save for the Thursday eviction episode.

Let’s also revamp the diary room. Currently, it’s only used for narration purposes, and their semi-scripted, catchphrase-dependent commentary is getting more embarrassing every year. Is there really any purpose to hear the usual “xxxx just can’t win the most important HOH of the year” silliness?

I want the diary room to be more honest about what’s going on, and more timely. If two people have a disagreement, show them going to the diary room to talk to “Big Brother”. The public can handle chats that are longer than a couple of sentences to describe their thoughts about what just happened.

My ideas for casting is pretty easy. This may be a bit shocking to most critics of this season, but they were on the correct path this year. Either have an entirely new cast, or nothing but returnees. No mixing! No stunt casting of a relative, especially if tied to a public vote that gives them an unfair advantage. If “All-Stars” is the plan for next year, do so in an interesting matter. Why not something like people who never made jury? Or favorites versus villains?

As for twists, I have to say again that outside of the stunt casting they did a pretty good job this year. The MVP twist could have been great if Elissa didn’t have that advantage the first two weeks, and the lack of Pandora/DPOV added some legitimacy to what happened in the later parts of the series. You can’t have these types of gimmicks just to save a Grodner/fanbase favorite. Just because a favorite player was evicted, or there is unhappiness with the final three, is not a valid reason for a twist that questions the credibility of the show.

These are just a few of my thoughts about next season. What about you? Do you want some changes for next year? Share some ideas!

Thursday
Sep122013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 34 Recap

Last night, we went from five to four contestants remaining in the Big Brother house. Tonight, another person will be shown the door, and the first stage of the crowning of a new champion will begin. There’s also going to be segment devoted to the jury house, which is something almost everybody has been clamoring to view.

The previous episode concluded with Andy coming from behind to eek out a sudden death victory in a “Before or After” competition. For some strange reason, we begin with last night’s footage of Judd’s departure, and GinaMarie babbling about the “Exterminators being down one”. McCrae again repeats how he had to vote against him because he can’t rock the boat, but he believes the other three are working together. “I’m the odd one out.”

After Judd’s gone, they all hug each other, and Spencer is proud that three of the final four are from his group. Andy explains that he trusts GinaMarie just a tad more than Judd, which is why he had to go.

We jump to Andy’s HOH win, and I’m not going to bother to repeat much of this backslapping silliness. Yeah yeah yeah, exterminators rule, McCrae’s the target, blah blah blah.

Finally we get some new footage, with McCrae complaining that he just wants to get on to the veto comp. He walks into the storage room, and the exterminators start going on and on about how McCrae can NOT win that veto. Unfortunately for Andy, he has to put up one of his fools, so they go over the various scenarios. They quickly figure out it doesn’t matter, as a McCrae win puts him in the driver’s seat.

With that, we go right to nominations. The only key belongs to GinaMarie, which means that Spencer and McCrae are on the block. Andy says that both of his nominations are because he has to, and it’s all about who wins the veto. Andy also believes that McCrae doesn’t know he’s the target. There’s more of this blather from everybody, and even some phony worrying from Spencer.

Before the veto competition, though, we finally get the long-awaited jury house footage! The segment begins with the first three jury members (Jessie, Helen, and Candice) hanging out, and of course Helen is already doing arts and crafts. She’s painted a “memory wall”, and is pretty proud of herself. She’s apparently also been doing her prancersizing around the house.

They talk about who they want to see is next, and in walks Aaryn. “Glad to see you in jury”, says Candice, who also wants to know who knocked her out. Her and Helen jump for joy when they learn that it was Elissa. Hmmmm. That’s kind of tacky. Candice adds that it is a “dream come true” for her to be evicted, and reminds us of the mattress incident.

Aaryn then apologizes for her ignorance, and that she hopes they all are willing to forgive her and get to know the real her. That’s it for Aaryn’s segment, as we then jump to the next evictee - Amanda. It’s Jessie’s turn to be happy. Amanda points out that she knows they were all happy to see her “because they didn’t want to see me win the game”. Amanda then tells how GinaMarie won HOH and blindsided McCranda. Helen thinks that is fantastic. “By the way, America hates me”, she adds. She also outs the Exterminators to the other jurors, and Aaryn is the only one not surprised.

Then Amanda alerts them that another person will following her, and it is Elissa. Amanda asks her what happened, and Elissa (sort of) describes what happened. Amanda returns the ring, and apologizes for McCrae’s nominations...along with Andy’s lies.

Oh wait, we get another jury house segment after the break! There’s another scene of the girls predicting who will be the next to enter, and then Judd walks in. Helen is shocked for some reason, and then Judd fills them in on what happened. They then watch the video of his eviction, including his comment about voting for Spencer and Andy. He then explains why he said that, and Elissa adds that GinaMarie should know she has “all of the support in the jury”. Uh oh.

The camera was on Aaryn, but it’s Amanda that first says “no, she doesn’t”. She also obviously doesn’t have the support of Candice, either. Amanda said that GinaMarie floated through “99” days, and Judd responds that McCrae “rode on your coattails”. She doesn’t like that, saying he was smart to let her talk. Aaryn complains that Amanda seems to be even worse in the jury house than she was in the house, and it heats up when Candice agrees that McCrae was a floater. She adds that out of those left in the house, he’s been the “most loyal”. Yeah, this doesn’t go over well, either. Candice replies that he rarely even got out of bed. “He floated through the whole game.”

That’s it with jury stuff, and after commercials it’s time for the veto competition. They head outside through cobwebs, and the contest is a spider web puzzle. They have to read clues, and then find the house guest that fits that clue. The first to correctly fill the entire puzzle wins.

Before the description, and during the competition, we heard over and over how this is so important to win. Yep, more blah blah blah. “The stakes have never been so important.” Can we get better script writers, please? Let’s just cut to the end - Andy wins. Oh, and GinaMarie got a puzzle piece picture of Nick.

Spencer and Andy then meet upstairs, and it’s Spencer’s goal to make Andy scared of taking GinaMarie to the final two. He reminds him about her jury votes, and how she’s able to fight with people and then still be friends. Andy seems to be on the same page as Spencer, though. It’s really a waste of time.

Now McCrae is shown packing, and Spencer asks him if he’s talked to Andy yet. He believes that McCrae should also remind him of how dangerous GinaMare is. “Reiterate how bitter this jury is going to be.” McCrae agrees that this needs to happen.

This indeed does happen in the HOH room, and it’s almost word for word. He reminds Andy how both GinaMarie and Spencer don’t have any bitter rivals in the jury house, and Andy pretends to agree with him. Yep, there’s the footage that is needed to raise suspense for the next segment!

It’s now time for the fatal veto/eviction decisions. Who will be the last person to go home before the finale? One piece of weirdness, though. Julie announces that earlier today the three Exterminators came clean to McCrae. I’m shocked by that.

McCrae gives his speech first, and thanks all of his friends. I really hate when the nominees do this. He also thanks a podcast, which really hurts me as it isn’t ours. “Andy, use the veto on me because I’m a totally bad radical.” Spencer then simply asks for the veto, if he wants to use it, and that his “beautiful girlfriend would appreciate it”. Andy puts on his fake worry look, and stands up to announce that he won’t use the veto.

Before the eviction, the two nominees get to make another speech, and McCrae gets up and just announces various big brother blogs (but not ours!). He thanks them for their support, and says that “it’s all good” to GinaMarie. Spencer says he respects GinaMarie no matter what she does, and that’s it. GinaMarie then stands, and after some babbling finally gets around to evicting McCrae. He yells out for Hamsterwatch one more time as he hugs everybody and heads out.

Before Julie interviews him, the three remaining house guests are shown celebrating. The interview begins with a little bit of the reveal, and he’s asked what he was thinking. He says he was blown away, and didn’t see it coming. He did believe that Andy cast that vote against Amanda, but still didn’t think they had an alliance. Julie asks why he didn’t nominate Andy during the double eviction, and he says it’s because he wasn’t aware of the alliance. He wishes he had trusted Elissa, and “should have went with my gut. But I’m a wuss.”

His relationship with Amanda is then brought up, and whether he put her before the game. He admits it to an extent, but there was a lot of “give and take” with them. When she did leave, he was “crippled”. If she had left earlier, he could have possibly seen it and broke them up. Julie then points out that sometimes he looked like he was in love, and at other times he seemsed scared of her. He says “I don’t know” a few times, and it looks like he has some doubts about their future. The final messages are then played, and they’re all bullshit. Lots of “exterminator” bullshit, and how Spencer hopes he isn’t seeing this video. The segment ends with McCrae saying he wishes he had distances himself a bit from Amanda.

A few adverts later, Julie says hello to the “exterminators”. She asks Andy why they exposed their alliance to McCrae, and he babbles about how much they all loved him, and that he “deserved to know”.

With that, the episode is over. There’s no beginning of the first HOH competition, and Julie goes into a promo for Sunday’s highlights episode. I’m surprised by this, as we always get to see the start of the endurance competition. We’ve been ripped off!

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy McCrae’s gone? Are you upset with this final three? How about that jury footage? Tell us what you’re thinking!

 

Sunday
Sep082013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 32 Recap

Flashbacks and filler. That’s my prediction for tonight’s episode. A good portion of the first half will be devoted to a look back at Thursday’s double eviction, and too much of the second half will be devoted to the “punishments” from Thursday night’s HOH competition. Yes, it’s going to be a snoozer.

Unfortunately, I’m forced to put off the inevitable thanks to tennis running almost a full hour late. Here’s a bit of a reminder, though. This will happen again next week thanks to the NFL. Oh well, that means I can get through most of this week’s Real Housewives of New Jersey before the show starts.

Finally, the show commences a full fifty-two minutes late, jumping right into the replay of Amanda’s eviction. When Julie announces there’s a tie, we see Elissa glaring at Andy. McCrae says he looked at them right away, knowing that one of them lied to him. After GinaMarie’s stupid “get steppin’” remark, McCrae talks about how he never expected to have a showmance. Now he has “to put on a brave face, and go kick everyone’s butt”.

GinaMarie is excited, of course, screaming in the diary room that she feels on top of the world. She loves the fact that it was a tie-breaker, and she got to be the one to send her packing. “This is the best day ever!” Ugh. Spencer babbles about the stupid Exterminators, and Amanda tells McCrae that she loves him before saying to Andy, “I thought that I could trust you.” A shaken Andy replies that she could.

After she’s gone, Elissa goes off to find out who voted the wrong way. Too bad she went to the wrong person. She asks McCrae if he was the vote against her. “Swear to God?” Andy then comes into the bedroom and pretends that he wasn’t the vote. He then asks McCrae if he was the vote.

We then see McCrae winning the HOH comp, and he says he has to get his “head into the game”. Spencer whispers that he needs to talk to him in the cockpit room, and a (fake) tearful Elissa says “please don’t put me up”. As they walk back in, Andy is pumping him up, saying that he can trust him. McCrae’s response is that he doesn’t know if he can. In the diary room, Andy says that he has to spend the next two minutes convincing him to trust Andy instead of Elissa.

In the cockpit room, Elissa continues to beg McCrae. “What am I supposed to do? I don’t know which one” of them was the vote. Andy acts angry at this response. Seriously, his acting skills are awful! “Don’t be fucking stupid. Stop lying, Elissa!” McCrae says, though, that he can tell by the look on his face that Andy’s lying.

Spencer then comes in and tells McCrae to put up Elissa and GinaMarie. He decides to go with this idea, because “if I’m going to be safe going into the next week, I’m going to have to make as few waves as possible”. Still begging to not be nominated, Elissa carries on about how she has no jury votes. Spencer runs into the kitchen to tell GinaMarie that McCrae is being handled.

McCrae then nominates Elissa and GinaMarie, and Andy is so proud of himself. “I made the riskiest move I’ve made in this game by voting out Amanda, and it could have gone so wrong in so many ways. It’s worked out, and seems like everything is going on exactly as I planned it.”

Judd’s veto win is now shown, and McCrae knows that Elissa is toast. GinaMarie whispers that he needs to keep the votes the same, and then runs to tell Andy what she did. Elissa asks Judd if he’s going to use it, and he says know. “You’re voting me out? Please don’t vote me out.” She adds that she had nothing to do with his first eviction, and Andy pipes up that she had. GinaMarie pops her big mouth into the situation, and then they all run into the cockpit room to ask McCrae something about his first eviction that I can’t understand. It’s Judd, you know. Judd says she has to go, and Spencer tells her that he’s voting against her, too. She begs Andy, who says “you lied”.

Judd not using the veto is then shown, and they all scatter. Again, Elissa begs Judd to not vote her out, as stupid GinaMarie keeps doing the exterminator move. Ugh. Judd wanders the house, and Andy celebrates alone.

Elissa is then evicted, and McCrae says “good riddance to bad rubbish”. Andy is still really proud of himself, and she had to go because she knew too much. Judd then says that while the last double eviction was his worst day, this one was his best one because they got rid of “two bid ol’ snakes”. GinaMarie does cartwheels in celebration, but Spencer tells her to stop.

McCrae, though, is now feeling the effects of Amanda’s departure. He says, though, that he’s not going to “roll over”, and that it is “now time to put the game face on”. As he’s talking, though, the stupid exterminators celebrate. They’re especially happy because McCrae can’t compete in the next HOH. Seriously, GinaMarie’s antics are idiotic as she rolls all over the floor.

We move to the bedroom, and Andy walks in on McCrae sitting with Spencer. “Are you ok, McCrae”, he asks. Spencer decides to act like he’s mad at Andy by pointing out that he knew he was working with the couple. McCrae thinks this means the three of them will be against Judd and GinaMarie. He adds in the diary room that he’s got a lot of game left, and nobody has seen him really play up to this point.

After commercials, it is time for the HOH competition. It’s an old school video game setup, with a giant joystick. A pixelated image of a past game shows up on the screen, and then they have to put together a puzzle of the winner of that competition. The last one to complete the puzzle in each round is out.

Andy is out the first round, an angry Judd is out the second round, and Spencer wins the final round. Yes, Spencer is the new HOH! Yeah, what a thrill. Oh wait, there are prizes, too. Spencer had to assign these “gifts”, and he chooses GinaMarie and McCrae to win the “gift of friendship”. They’re forced to be tied together for 24 hours. Neither of them are happy about this. The “gift of wealth” is given to Andy. It’s a shot to win up to five grand in the next 24 hours. Judd gets teh “gift of health”, which means a drill sergeant will come up every now and then to make him work out. He immediately has to give 15 pushups.

Spencer then pulls GinaMarie aside to explain what he’s doing, and she complains that he’s such a dirty person. His reasoning is that he didn’t want Judd to make any deals with McCrae, and adds that he will be putting up McCrae.

The two new friends come out with their new “friendship bracelets”. GinaMarie thinks she’s hilarious with her comment about how he “just lost his ball and chain, and now has a new one”. I feel worse for him, but us viewers have the worst to endure.

Even worse, we get the HOH reveal footage. Time to fast forward!

McCrae then tries to get GInaMarie to reveal some info to him, and she plays dumb. Surprisingly, she doesn’t play it well. Her rambling nonsense is beyond idiotic! McCrae, though, says that he wants to take her to the final two. In the diary room, he says that he is actually serious, as he thinks he would beat her. When he brings up his belief that the two of them have a final four deal, she denies it.

More filler after another set of commercials, as we have to watch Judd obey the drill sergeant. Even in the diary room. They all laugh and laugh.

Now Andy gets to win his money. There’s a ton of piggy banks, and he gets to smash three of them. Whatever’s in them, he wins. The first one is $85, the second one is $9, and the third one is only $.83. Yep, serves you right, Ratboy, to only win $94.83!

The tethered pair wander upstairs to talk to Spencer, but one is forced to sit outside while the other makes their deals. GinaMarie goes first, and tells him that they have to make McCrae feel like he’s safe. Spencer then pretends like his second nominee is a tough decision, and we head to the last commercial break.

Before we get to the nominations, McCrae gets his time with Spencer. He’s informed that he’s going up, but that GinaMarie is his target. “I don’t want anybody to know how close we are.” He says that if either person come down, then Judd will go up. Spencer still believes that McCrae won’t play as hard in the veto if he thinks he’s safe. Yeah, right. He’s not that dumb.

FINALLY, it’s nomination time. First, though, Judd has to do some squats. When he’s done, the first key pulled belongs to Judd, while the other key belongs to Andy. Yep, McCrae and GinaMarie are nominated. McCrae is told that he’s “violated my trust so many times in this game I don’t think you can regain it”. For GinaMarie, he says it’s because she’s a great competitor who has put him on the block twice.

After the usual “we’re going to fight” for the veto silliness, and even worse Exterminator garbage, the show is over! Did you enjoy it? What do you think of Andy’s bad acting? Who do you want to see survive the week? Tell us what you think!

 

Saturday
Sep072013

Big Brother Gossip #312: Goodbye Bitch!

It was a big week in the house. Thursday's double eviction caused the two most controversial players of the season to leave, and created all kinds of online controversy. We chatted about that situation, along with questionable comments from GinaMarie, Spencer's HOH victory, McCrae's veto win, and so much more. Give it a listen from the usual online sources such as iTunes or Stitcher, or...

Special thanks to Mike and Colette for their contributions tonight, and also Ash for her great work with the audio. Next Saturday is our season finale, so please check it out!!!

 

 

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