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Saturday
Jun222013

Big Brother Gossip Show #301

After spending the past two days writing up posts on every season 15 house guest, it was time to gather the troops for a season premiere podcast. Karen and Ash aren't with us this year, although our girl Ash has so kindly offered to help us with audio clips. She was a godsend tonight, with short clips of every new cast member. Colette and I are even having a bet as to who will be the first MVP. Give us some ideas on what we should put on the line!

The drill is the same as always. You can get a direct download by clicking

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or you can head over to bigbrothergossip.mevio.com. There's a player on the right of this page that will also stream the show. Or be a real hero and head over to iTunes or the android store and search for Scott's The Ledge app. The list goes on and on.

What did you think of tonight's show? Did we accurately portray everybody? Who are your favorites? Or least favorites? Most importantly, what should Colette give me when she loses our MVP bet?

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Elissa

 Elissa Slater (Reilly), 27 

Hometown: Concord, N.C. 

Current City: Kannapolis, N.C. 

Nutritionist 

I’ve put this one off as long as possible, and I’d still rather not endure it. 

Why oh why does Grodner and her minions think we need to have a Reilly family member every season? It’s bad enough that we’ve had Rachel for two full seasons, plus other appearances AND Amazing Race. Not to mention her Skype-loving husband. It’s disgusting, and I feel dirty whenever I see any of them. 

Now I must admit that a relative is a bit of a step better than a returning player. I do want all newbies, and technically this horrific human is in that category. But but but...I still don’t have to like it.

So here we go. Five seconds in my eardrums break. She has the Reilly laugh. In fact, her laugh goes beyond that ugly caterwaul. Oh Lord, what have I done to cause me this pain and suffering?

It’s not just her laugh. Even her talking voice is more annoying than her sister...but it’s clear they’re sisters. The same sort of enunciation, and the same attempt to hide her southern drawl.

She says she isn’t going to tell the house that she’s Rachel’s sister, but anybody with any knowledge of the show is going to immediately jump on it. Plus, isn’t she in the TV wedding?

The plan is to play a better social game than Rachel, which really shouldn’t be too tough. Thankfully, she also wants to be “more demure”. Those of us disgusted by that family is so grateful.

The vast majority of this interview is based around Rachel, and what she will do differently and similar to her. She believes her yoga regime will be a huge asset to her in the endurance competitions, and I can’t argue with that. 

Somehow, I made it through the entire interview. I now need a stiff, stiff drink...and a shower. Sadly, if she does refrain from her sister’s over-the-top antics, we’re going to be stuck with a Reilly up to the very end...although she may need some help here and there from Grodner.

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Spencer

Spencer Clawson, 31

Hometown: Conway, Ark. 

Current City: Conway, Ark. 

Railroad Conductor 

A long, long time ago, your intrepid Big Brother reporter actually made an attempt to be a musician. A bunch of friends who had a band needed a bass player. I owned a bass, but didn’t know how to play it. Neither did they, so the method that was used was they would figure out what the bass line was, and then teach it to me.

Since I have a pretty good memory, I did “learn” what they taught me, but I never really felt like I was learning the instrument. After a couple of rehearsals, I bowed out. There was one song, though, that I felt proud about being able to play, and that was “Driver 8” by R.E.M.

Why do I bring this up now? I couldn’t get it out of my head as I listened to Spencer’s interview. He is a railroad conductor after all (who knew that was still a career?), and these are the lyrics to that song:

The walls are built up, stone by stone,

The fields divided one by one

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We've been on this shift too long"

 

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We can reach our destination, but we're still a ways away"

 

I saw a treehouse on the outskirts of the farm

The power lines have floaters so the airplanes won't get snagged

Bells are ringing through the town again,

Children look up, all they hear is sky-blue, bells ringing

 

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We can reach our destination, but we're still a ways away"

But we're still a ways away

 

Way to shield the hated heat

Way to put myself to sleep

Way to shield the hated heat

Way to put myself, my children to sleep

 

He piloted this song in a plane like that one

She is selling faith on the Go Tell crusade

Locomotive 8, Southern Crescent hear the bells ring again

Fields of wheat are lookin' thin

 

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We've been on this shift too long"

 

If I was to ever interview Spencer, my first question would be whether he was a fan of this song. It’s highly doubtful, though, as his Duck Dynasty beard certainly points to him being a ZZ Top fan. Who knows, though?

This is an extremely likable guy. He’s laid back, honest, and really has no annoying traits. He understands that it is unlikely that he’ll have a showmance, but will be more than happy to have a flirty, “friend zone” relationship.

He is another one that throws out the superfan line, and says he has had the live feeds in the past. He is also one of the rare players to come out of one of those cattle calls that occur in every medium-sized city in the country.

Ok, now he has really won me over. The interviewer made the mistake of comparing him to Adam, and he take a bit of umbrage to that. “Thank you for comparing me to the fat white guy with no hair and facial hair.” I have to take away points, though, for saying he hopes he plays more like Enzo. 

I really want to see Spencer go far, and in previous seasons I think he could have don just that. Like last year, for instance. He is certainly smarter than the likes of Frank. This year, though, he will have to compete with jock types and bikini models. If he can infiltrate the cool kid’s club, he can be a real threat. I’ll be rooting for him, but the odds are that he’ll be out around jury house time.

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Nick

Nick Uhas, 28

Hometown: Hilliard, N.Y. 

Current City: New York, N.Y. 

Entrepreneur 

Before we start this video, I have to admit I’ve heard a lot about this clown. He’s already been the talk of twitterville, and one source told Big Brother Gossip co-host Colette Lala that he’s been a pain in the ass during these days leading up to the show. I’m bound to not like him already, so keep that in mind while reading whatever follows this paragraph.

He’s another of those that is over the top in his hand movements and head bobbing while talking. Seriously, dude, not everything you say is that impressive or dramatic. Settle down, Beavis.

He’s a cocky son of a bitch, that’s for sure. He believes that every story he tells is the greatest thing ever, and, of course, every girl who meets him becomes obsessed with him. At least he doesn’t want to have a showmance, but he’s such a catch that he probably won’t be able to catch himself. “It could go down that way, dude.” Ugh.

Gross, as I’m trying to skim through this, he just used the term “dude, bro”. I’m going to hate this fucktard. Hate, hate, hate. Within five minutes, his voice becomes similar to Charlie Brown’s teacher. Blah blah blah blah blah. I do hear him claim to be a “mega super fan”, and he claims to have seen even the first seasons, but I have my doubts. For fuck sake, he claims last year was his favorite season! Nobody thinks that! Nobody! Last year was a fucking disaster!

Just to add to my hatred, he is a huge Dan fan. “Dan is the man!” I’ve had enough.

Sadly, he will make it far. Way too far. He’ll end up in the final five...at the very least.

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - McCrae

McCrae Olson, 24 

Hometown: Oak Grove, Minn. 

Current City: Oak Grove, Minn. 

Pizza Delivery Boy 

The second Minneapolis resident is a bit of a mystery. There are no video interviews on any of the alternative sites, so one has to sit through Jeff’s terrible chat with him on CBS.com. Does this mean he’s a late addition? Is it possible that “Gabe-gate” caused a last second departure for a certain lacrosse player? 

Before we get to the interview, McCare is apparently a true superfan. Hamsterwatch immediately noted that he was a member of her site, and so is naturally rooting for him.

I’ll admit that while theoretically we would like to see real fans of the game be on the show, rarely do they actually work out. Yes, I realize that Ian fits into that category, but his victory last year was more due to Dan’s only mistake of the season than Ian’s charm, cunning, and wits. 

Honestly, they generally are lacking a bit in the social skills and/or the physical attributes. They may be able to recite every player who has ever appeared, but aren’t equipped to really deal with sharing a space with over a dozen other people. Some of them are also a bit too cocky about their own intelligence, and that always leads to their demise.

So let’s take a look at McCrae. We get a whole two minutes in these Jeff videos, primarily (I’m assuming) because that’s the limit of Jeff’s attention span. He’s a nice kid, albeit a dork. Ugh, Jeff also asks about showmances, and McCrae does play along. He says he’s open to it, but come on. It’s unlikely. Good luck to you, though.

I hope he does well, but I have a feeling he will be bro’d and ho’d out of there relatively quickly. If he does make it to sequester, though, he could have a shot at making it far. 

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Kaitlin

Kaitlin Barnaby, 23

Hometown: Vadnais Heights, Minn. 

Current City: Minneapolis, Minn. 

Bartender 

Everybody knows I love Minneapolis. It’s a great city that over the years has been the home base of some of my favorite musicians, including Prince, Husker Du, Suburbs, and so many more.

Most importantly, it’s where my favorite band of all time, The Replacements, are from. Just a few days ago, it was announced they were reuniting for three shows later this year in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend any of these shows? Why, you ask? Because of BIG BROTHER! For me to travel to any of these performances, I’d have to give up one of our Saturday night Big Brother Gossip Shows! See what I do for you people? It breaks my heart.

As much as I love that city, and it’s not just because of the bands, it hasn’t been a great home base for Big Brother contestants. Yes, Janelle is from there, but despite her success I have little respect for her. She’s the ultimate mean girl. That goofy Amanda from a few years back was also from Minneapolis, and I’m sure a few other forgettable house guests have originated from my neighbors to the east.

Kaitlin is one of two residents of that area on this year’s cast, and she is a cutie. I would love to find out which bar she works at, as I love that city’s nightlife. If she works at First Avenue, then I’d be in love.

In fact, I need to be in lust for a few seconds. This girl has amazing eyes!!! Simply stunning. And a great toothy smile. On appearances sake, I have high hopes.

So she is “open” for a showmance, but only for strategy purposes. Ok, I can go for that. At least she’s not looking to get married on the show, unlike some of the others I have previously profiled. In fact, I hope she mindfucks that bro Jeremy. Not succumb to his lack of charm, but make him think she does want him and then plan his demise. I’d kiss her feet if she did that!

This is another person who was cast to be on the show. A woman came into her bar and gave her a card. Could it be the same person who is responsible for that mess, Candice? Needless to say, she knows little about the show, but she does love to drink Jameson! 

Wait, wait, wait. She hates Rachel! Let me say that again - she hates Rachel!!! I LOVE HER!!! Please tell me she’s a Replacements fan!

Unfortunately, she’s another that will battle for that second eviction spot. If she survives, I expect some funny diary room comments, and hopefully she will be this year’s Britney. Not last year’s version of Britney, but funny Brit from her first run.

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Jessie

Jessie Kowalski, 25

Hometown: Beaumont, Texas

Current City: San Antonio, Texas

Unemployed

What the hell is going on here? This is like the fifth Texan I’ve previewed, and I’m barely halfway through the entire cast! Did that staffer I earlier described really get that much poontang while he was in that state?

Once again, way too much time is wasted on the showmance angle. At least Jessie doesn’t like “assholes”, so I hope that means she doesn’t hook up with that idiot Jeremy. She also believes she has a nice ass, but too bad this lame interviewer doesn’t make her get up and prove it.

I’m falling in love here. She’s not the brightest bulb, but she’s cute and charming and has a pretty smile. Maybe she’s not fit for my meth-tub, nor does she appear to be a whip and chains girl, but I think I can a place for her. She just looks fun.

Again, the definition of superfan is misplaced, though. She never watched the feeds, and only goes back a few seasons. Brittney and Danielle are two of her favorite past players, which I have no problems with. She also admits that Rachel was annoying, but claims she could have been friends with her.

It’s quite possible that Jessie will be the cute girl that goes out second, but if she surpasses that she will hopefully team up with some of the other bikini girls to make it a few more weeks. I doubt this will happen, though. If she’s not out the second week, she will be out before sequester. And that’s a shame.

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Jeremy

Jeremy McGuire, 23

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Current City: Katy, Texas

Boat Shop Associate

Although I’ve been pretty critical of recent seasons of Big Brother, I have been thankful that Grodner’s dirty parts don’t get crispy over “bro’s”. Sure, there were some people that thought of themselves as bro’s, but for the most part it was only in their mind. Sorry, Enzo, you weren’t a bro. You were a dope.

This year, I sense a change. Maybe Ms. Kassting has more to do with who we’re seeing. She’s a known UFC groupie, and if there is one “sport” that attracts bro’s, it’s that garbage.

What is a bro, you ask? First off, you have to be a douchebag that rarely wears shirts. And if you do, they are those godawful super-tight Ed Hardy shirts. Let’s go a step farther. Bro’s are the male equivalent of a “whoo-hoo” girl. They have the worst taste in everything – music, movies, pop culture. They admire the Kardashians, even the ugly one. They collect every John Mayer album, except for the blues ones. They believe they’re artsy because they once went to a Phish show.

Jeremy is a bro. Jeremy is a moron.

Jeremy is unemployed, and is “single ready to mingle”. Yes, that was one of his first sentences in the video. “I am planning on a showmance.” That’s his gameplan. Find a slut, hook up with her, and he’ll be on his way to the end. Gross.

The sad thing is that it may work. This is the kind of jackass I’d love to see eliminated the first week, but he probably will hook up with one of the bimbos and last for quite some time. It sickens me to type this, but he probably will be a part of the final five whose ultimate departure will probably occur during a double eviction night.

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Howard

Howard Overby, 29

Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Current City: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Youth Counselor

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain” – John Lennon

I don’t have much to say about Howard. He’s soft-spoken, likable, but way too much of his chatter is about his faith. It’s anything and everything about him, although, like all Jesus freak Big Brother contestants, there is wiggle room for cheating and lying.

Weirdly, there is also a big penis joke in the conversation…and then 30 seconds later we’re back to church talk.

He does actually seem to know the show a bit, name-dropping Kazer and Danielle (the first one, not the brat) as people he admires from the past.

Howard will do well. Being a youth counselor will help him mix with all different groups of people. The bro’s will love him, the girls will ogle him. Candice will follow him around with a marriage proposal in her dreams. He’ll be a comp king, although his big…feet…will hurt him in endurance comps (at least according to Brandon’s claims during his season). Look for him to be final four.

Friday
Jun212013

Helen Kim, 37

Hometown: Falls Church, Va.

Current City: Chicago, Ill.

Political Consultant

As soon as I clicked on Helen’s video I started thinking about the Netflix series, House of Cards. If you haven’t seen it, start watching it now! Or after Big Brother is finished, I guess. House of Cards is a political drama starring Kevin Spacey as a South Carolina Congressman, and the various behind the scenes wheeling and dealing of power.

Why did my thoughts roam to this show? Well, Helen works as a political consultant, and I can definitely see her wandering the halls of Congress in her power suit. Cut just above the knee, so a little leg can be shown but not enough to create gossip amongst the other staffers, Helen would fit right in on that show.

For some unknown reason, Helen isn’t going to reveal that she has such a sexy job. Beauty pageant consultants and lifeguards are just going to be too impressed by such a gig, and they’ll go after her right away. Um, no.

The political talk goes on a bit too long in this video. Well, it goes on way too long. I don’t give a shit about her views on the Republican party. It has nothing to do with Big Brother.

While I like her, she has some traits that are really annoying. She has a tendency to use 50 words when 5 will do the topic justice, and not only does she move her hands, her whole body writhes as she babbles.

She has two young children, and for some reason she thinks that being a mother will be an asset. That worked really well for Wah-mber, after all. Being a mother has somehow kept her from ever watching the live feeds in the past, though, which I guess is plausible.

She’s also playing for her Big Brother fanatic friend, who gave her a reference that helped her get on the show but died last week. This was a weird segment on the video, and I wonder if it is actually a Matt Hoffman type deal.

This is a smart woman, and if she can find somebody willing to work with her she could go a long way. She’s a bit older than the majority of the house (even at 37), though, so this may be a tough road for her. The key will be to downplay the mom and dead friend cards, and maybe ease up a bit on the motor mouth chatter. I’d like to see her go far, but I believe ultimately she’ll fail to meet sequester.