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Saturday
Sep212013

Big Brother Gossip Show #314: Amanda Zuckerman Interview

We promised a very special post-season episode, and we really did deliver. For her first interview, Amanda Zuckerman appeared on our show and answered EVERYTHING! I mean everything, including answering the various rumors surrounding her in-house and out of house life.

You can grab this very special episode from the usual sources, including itunes and Stitcher, or...

DIRECTLY STREAM/DOWNLOAD BY CLICKING HERE!!!

I'd like to thank Amanda for her appearance, along with Mike and Colette for their interviewing skills! What fun this was!

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!!!

 

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!

 

Thursday
Sep052013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 31 Recap

It’s a huge night. A double eviction this late in the game means that almost โ…“ of the house will head to the jury tonight. If you thought the feeds have slowed down the last few days, imagine what it will be like after this hour is over.

Add to that a (not so) secret alliance between two rivals that was supposed to save the person originally destined to go home. Imagine the reaction in the house if it somehow works. Conversely, that person’s reaction (and her partners) should be stunning if the “rat” indeed sticks with the week-old self-professed “greatest alliance ever” (which is certainly not the case).

After that, it’s a crapshoot. There’s no way to predict what happens with the new HOH, their nominations, veto, or eviction. It really is up for grabs.

So let’s get right to the 500th episode of Big Brother. Last night’s show concluded with McCrae saving himself from the block, and replaced with Spencer. What does everybody think about that move? GinaMarie babbles about how her plan is in place, while Spencer is so confident that he’s safe that he volunteered to go up (which CBS failed to show last night). “I just have to have faith and loyalty in these guys.” Amanda claims that if Elissa had been put up instead, “she would have walked away with zero targets. Hence, the reason why I think it’s personal.”

Amanda and McCrae are crawling into bed when GinaMarie comes in to talk to them. Like the other 20 times they’ve had this chat, it turns into GinaMarie explaining how she had to break up the pair. “You’re jealous”, replies Amanda. “I’m sorry Nick’s not here so you couldn’t be a power duo.” This creates some giggles between Judd and Andy in the next room. GinaMarie’s response is that she’s doing pretty well as a solo act. “Bitch is crazy!” This goes on and on before GinaMarie finally wanders off as Amanda complains “it’s like talking to a four year old”.

Now we see Amanda walking into the kitchen, asking Elissa if she can talk to her. In the diary room, Amanda says she “has a really good pitch that can benefit Elissa’s game”. Admitting it’s a “lost cause”, Amanda says that if she was to stay then Elissa would have three people protecting her (Amanda, McCrae, Andy), as opposed to having people like Spencer after her. “If I’m gone, I feel like a lot of people will be going after you because you’re like the next big threat.” Elissa doesn’t seem too interested, adding a “mmm hmmm” or two, and Amanda admits she’s “tortured her a lot lately”.

A bit later, Elissa says that it does “make sense to keep a bigger target them myself”, and is considering Amanda’s idea. She pulls Amanda into the cockpit, and says she now wants to work with her. “Swear to God.” She explains that she does trust the two of them more than Spencer and GinaMarie. Amanda hugs her, and Elissa explains that she came in to the house to win, and if keeping Amanda makes that happen then she’ll do that. They also decide to trade jewelry to ensure each other’s trust.

Oh wait, look who pops in! It’s Andy, doing what Andy does best! Elissa explains this new idea, and he looks stunned. He begs off, telling them to keep talking. “This is going to out me”, he says in the diary room. If it doesn’t work, then his loyalties will be known. Amanda then pulls McCrae outside to fill him in, but he’s not as excited as she is.

Andy is now outside with Spencer and Judd, and explains they “have a major exterminator problem”. He tells them about Elissa’s new idea, and they’re both pissed. Andy says there is no way that he’ll vote with them, but they need to use this to make Elissa look bad.

Back inside, Amanda and McCrae are talking about her new hope. McCrae wants to go to Elissa to ensure that she’s not just fucking with them. Amanda doesn’t like this idea, as “she’ll be annoyed that you just questioned her on it”. McCrae, though, is also worried about Andy, but Amanda doesn’t agree. She thinks McCrae is the only person he can trust.

With that scene, the old footage is finished, and Julie now announces the double eviction to the house (although they’d already figured it out). First, she tells them about being part of the 500th episode.

We jump right to the final pleas, and Spencer goes first. He thanks a bunch of friends and family members, and that’s about it. Amanda then says they’ve all “become family”, and by keeping her she can help some people’s games.

Voting now starts with Judd, who votes to evict Amanda. McCrae obviously votes to evict Spencer, as does Elissa (to groans from the audience). Andy is up next, and he votes against Amanda. It’s a tie vote, for the first time this season.

Julie then announces the tie, and Amanda knows she’s fucked. GinaMarie then casts her vote to evict Amanda. “Get steppin’.” Amanda hugs them all, says to fight hard, and tells McCrae she loves him. Walking out the door, she turns to Andy and says “I thought I could trust you.” He replies the she could. Looks like the plan to pin it on Elissa didn’t work.

Amanda walks out to some cheers AND jeers. “Looks like some of you don’t like me”, she says to the audience. Julie starts the interview by asking what happened, and Amanda says she doesn’t know. “I’m dumbfounded.” She doesn’t think Elissa screwed her, as she does have her wedding ring in her suitcase. Julie then asks what she said to Andy, and she claims she was actually helping his game by making the house think he didn’t vote for her. Well, he didn’t anyway.

Playing a hard game is then brought up, and the awful term “bully”. Is that the real Amanda? “I’m definitely not a bully”, she responds. The audience begins to chuckle, but Amanda carries on by saying she just told people the truth. She does regret bullying Elissa, though.

Julie then asks about the fact she has “no filter”, and whether she has regrets. Amanda wishes she had been nicer to people. “It’s a game. You have to play it. I’m not a Jordan, for sure.” Her relationship with McCrae is the next topic, and Amanda says she admires him. She adds that he plans on moving to Florida.

The messages then end the segment. Elissa says that she did keep her as “being here is better for my game”. GinaMarie bitches to her that “your ass just got exterminated. Boom!” Andy then admits that he voted against her “because I came to win this game and not get third place with a power couple”. He then stupidly announces his Exterminators alliance. We end with McCrae saying how he’s “going to miss her a whole lot”. After the conclusion, Julie asks if Amanda is mad at Andy. “Yeah.” Well, duh.

It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Go Fetch”. They have to race across the yard to a dog pen, and dig for two “bones”. The first to find them, and deposit them in their dog bowl is the winner. In almost no time, McCrae wins! Seriously, the competition had just began!

After a commercial break, Julie calls everybody back into the living room. With no hesitation, McCrae then nominates GinaMarie and a clearly worried Elissa.

Before the veto competition, we have yet another commercial break. This competition is called “The BB 500”, and they have to move a car through a maze. The first person to get through it is the veto winner. Andy takes a quick lead, but Judd catches him to win the veto!

A few more adverts later, it’s time for Judd’s decision on whether to save either GinaMarie or Elissa. First, we hear some yelling in the house between GinaMarie and Elissa about the deal with Amanda. Julie then calls everybody back into the living room, and Spencer tells her she looks great. Ass kisser.

Elissa pleads her case first, and it’s about the double eviction that temporarily took him out. GinaMarie then says that she always has his back, and rambles on and on. “Everybody leaves me in the dark” is about the only thing I can figure out. Judd then says he’s not using the veto.

Yet another set of adverts before we get to the inevitable. They get to plead their case again, and she says she’s never lied to Judd and never nominated Spencer. “I’ll work with you going forward. She has more votes in jury than I do.” GinaMarie then says she’s “loyal to the death”, and a few more cliches. “I’m good at things and stink at some things.” She’s just awful. Seirously awful.

Voting then begins with Spencer, who votes to evict Elissa, as does Judd and Andy. Yes, that Reilly monster is going out the door! Julie announces the news, and Elissa is up even before Julie is finished. She wants her bag, but Julie tells her that she needs to come immediately. She walks out without a hug...or much acknowledgment to the rest of the house.

Julie asks Elissa if there was anything that could have saved her after Amanda was evicted, and she STUPIDLY thinks it was McCrae who voted against Amanda. Even Julie doesn’t get that. “Because Andy looked so shocked” is Elissa’s explanation. She is then asked about being taunted by Amanda, and she claims that she just wanted to work with her head instead of emotions. Her idea was that if they both stayed then Amanda and McCrae would be the targets. Julie asked if her sister gave her any advice, and I just can’t keep going with this. Elissa is making absolutely no sense. “It’s just crazy” is about as deep as she gets.

So that’s it, besides Julie announcing how the last few episodes will go, which will apparently involve a former winner’s input in one episode (please do not have it be Dan). It’s definitely a different house now, even more so than I mentioned at the beginning of this recap. Are you happy with what happened? Did you wish either evictee had stayed? Who is the new frontrunner? Tell us what you think!

 

Monday
Sep022013

Play Nice!

There’s been a bit of an uproar on this site (and a few others) in recent days, particularly in the comments section. Rather than go through and respond to each of them individually, I thought I’d just throw out a little statement here...and then everybody that hates me can reply accordingly.

As I’ve always said, I never truly care who wins this show. I don’t root for anybody. However, I admittedly do root against certain individuals. I do root against stunt casting. I do root against returning players. Having said that, at the end of the day I still don’t care if they win. It’s the process that matters to me, not any specific person.

I also don’t care who others root for. Every person on every season has a fan base. Even the most wretched person has people rooting for them. Conversely, every player has people that root against them. There’s nothing wrong with that. How boring would it be if we ALL thought exactly alike?

My rants about “fans”, whether on this site or on our podcast, aren’t targeted towards the vast majority of viewers or feed watchers. We’re (almost) all adults here. There’s no reason why we can’t have serious conversations about our different opinions. Calm debates are fun!

It’s the unreasonable people that I have my issues with. It’s the “timeline trolls” - people who search the #bb15 timeline for any negative mention of certain people - that are ruining an otherwise fun season for me. Their replies are both predictable and, to use a favorite word of this season, “vile”. One is considered an evil person for not thinking like them. Who has so much time that they can actively search for people to scream obscenities at?

Along the same lines, the idea that I’m supposed to change my opinion to match the public is ludicrous. Whenever I see the word “bias”, I know that means nothing more than our opinions don’t match. Have we really come to the point where the only viewpoint a person is expected to hear is the one that matches their own? Again, how boring would that be?

Most of the dissension obviously centers around one specific person. Well, you’re all getting your wish as the floaters finally made a move this week. Somehow it’s been decided that I’ve been rooting for her this year. Oh yeah, rooting against another certain person means that I’m her biggest fan. I almost forgot.

It’s certainly not true, for me at least (we do have one admittedly unabashed fan on our show). Every show needs a villain, though, and she has perfectly played that role. She’s made some smart moves, and a LOT of bad moves, and has lasted much, much longer than I ever expected. You have to admit, though, that CBS would have had a hard time coming up with storylines these last few episodes without her antics.

We have just over two weeks left of the season, and only two more episodes of our podcast. Instead of the usual hatred in the comments, let’s try something different here. Who do you think will win this season? Not who you WANT to see win, but who appears to be the likely recipient of the check?

Sunday
Sep012013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 29 Recap

After the drama of Thursday’s eviction of Aaryn, tonight’s episode should be fairly low key. The first half will be dominated by a competition involving a chicken coop, and the second half will be about chicken costumes and a nomination blindside that is only shocking because a handful of numbskulls actually kept a secret.

The HOH competition is where we start tonight (after a questionable recap that missed much pertinent details), and in case you forgot they have to push “eggs” through a fence. The first to get 12 wins. The footage starts with the usual “I have to win” silliness, so I’ll skip ahead here.

Once GinaMarie mentions that “her girl, Aaryn” is gone, we go back to a time where TV footage is in black and white (fitting, right?). Julie announces Aaryn’s eviction, and we see McCrae apologizing to her. Amanda says that they had to pick Andy since he was with him longer, and then “the rat” says that he now has to cut ties with Amanda and McCrae. GinaMarie adds that Aaryn walking out the door was one of her worst experiences, “besides Nick leaving”.

Andy thanks everybody after Aaryn walks out, and Amanda starts bitching about “taunting”. Elissa says she didn’t taunt her, and it’s really a nothing argument that didn’t deserve TV play.

Back to the game. There’s more useless diary room talk, and even more useless play by play from former HOH Elissa. Really, it’s only the conclusion that matters, and even silly circus music can’t add excitement. Even worse is Andy’s awful puns.

Finally, GinaMarie is on her last egg...and easily wins. Yes, the dumbest girl in the house is nothing less than fantastic at repetitive games. “Yeah, Nick. I’m gonna see you again, baby!” Ugh. The last place finishes were Judd and Spencer, so they’ll have to wear chicken suits for the next two days.

GinaMarie is over-celebrating with Elissa, and Amanda complains that they shouldn’t be so excited “after sending your best friend home”. In the diary room, Elissa says that “I’m so sick of Amanda’s rude, over-the-top behavior. She’s got to go.” Amanda runs over and hugs GinaMarie so she can sarcastically say it’s time for her to send home the person who evicted Aaryn. Amanda claims that she’s going to “make sure” she makes GinaMarie’s target move to Elissa.

After commercials, GinaMarie walks by Aaryn’s picture and “shows” her the HOH crown. “Bunny, you’re going to be so proud of me!” Both Amanda and Elissa agree. Again, we hear that Amanda is going to get into GinaMarie’s head. She walks into the bathroom and hugs her. “Once she sees that you sent home Elissa, she’s going to go bananas.”

In the diary room, GinaMarie says that she’s not Aaryn, and is going to play her own game. She’s now seen in the storage room celebrating with the rest of the Exterminators (Andy, Judd, Spencer). Andy says their goal is to break up Amanda and McCrae.

Spencer has left the room, and Amanda asks if he thinks GinaMarie is going to put up Judd and Elissa. He feigns that he has no idea, while in the storage room the celebration continues. Judd warns her that the pair will be all over her, but she says that no matter what one of them is going home.

Meanwhile, Spencer is still talking bullshit, saying he thinks that he’ll be up. In fact, he says he’s sitting there wondering which one he wants out the most. Amanda adds that she’s going to be “her new bunny” this week, and will be all over her ass.

GinaMarie has moved into the kitchen, and air kisses Elissa after agreeing that McCranda is going up. Elissa is ecstatic. “This is better than Christmas”, she reads from her production script. “This is better than anything. I can’t wait for them to get a taste of their own medicine. Mmmmm, bitter.”

I’m starting to get bored as we’re hearing the same things over and over, though. We know who the target is, and who the targets want out. Oh wait, it’s now filler time, as Spencer and Judd are called to the diary room for their chicken suits. “Fuck fuck fuck”, says Judd. “It’s cluck cluck cluck”, replies Spencer. At least it gives simple GinaMarie something to get excited about, just like on photobooth night.

Back to the same old stuff, as Amanda is now asking GinaMarie what she’s going to do. GinaMarie lies and says that Elissa is going up, but doesn’t know who will be with her. Amanda pushes for Judd, and asks that neither her or McCrae are put up. Afterwards, GInaMarie agrees that she should put up two people that the majority of the house wouldn’t argue about. “Unfortunately, those two people are Amanda and McCrae.” You just know she’s proud of that line! She’s so proud, in fact, that we get to see GinaMarie playing to the camera a bit.

More filler, as we get to see GinaMarie’s HOH room. I don’t give a shit, so I’m going to fast forward!

Now Elissa is sitting on the couch with Spencer and Andy, bitching about Amanda...who walks in just at that same time. “You never try to lower anybody, right”, Amanda counters. “You’re better than everybody. You’re Big Brother royalty.” It’s a good tirade until she thinks she’s informing Elissa that she’ll be on the block tomorrow. “That’s funny”, replies a giggling Elissa. Amanda continues on, and Elissa giggles on. Suddenly, Elissa says that she loved Jessie, and that she was the “only ten” in the house. Here we go again. Andy and Spencer is not comfortable with this, and kind of groan before walking away...followed by Elissa.

After commercials, McCrae and Spencer are now with her. Amanda is defending herself, and says that “the sweet revenge will be when she’s nominated tomorrow”. McCrae says that she needs to calm down. “Be a bigger person.” He tells her that she should take Elissa’s abuse and not reply at all. She’ll look better that way. “You have to be the victim.”

When Amanda comments how Elissa is probably talking about her right now, we cut to Elissa at the pool doing just that. “She’s a mean, disgusting person.” Wait, I thought that was the description of Aaryn! Andy tells her to just walk away, and that pisses off Elissa.

Back to Amanda bitching about Elissa. Ugh, I’m so bored with this topic...on both ends. Amanda then walks into the bedroom to complain how Elissa “antagonizes” her, and Elissa just walks out of the room. Seriously, this is the whole show? We even get a piano music segment as Amanda tears up.

We do get a little break from the Amanda/Elissa silliness, as they have a luxury comp. The house is full of balloons, and they have to pop them to find a 1, 0, and K to win ten thousand bucks. They all read the typical puns in the diary room, and it ends up with Spencer winning the cash. Good for him, I guess.

GinaMarie is now upstairs with Judd, but is interrupted by Amanda. She’s told to walk away, and Judd flips her off. GinaMarie explains that she has to keep them in the dark, and continues to talk about nothing with him before Amanda is finally let back in. We get a redo of the earlier conversation, where Amanda explains who would put the least targets on her. McCrae joins them, but it doesn’t go any better than it did last time. She even mentions how Elissa was responsible for getting rid of GinaMarie’s best friends, Nick and Aaryn, but too bad she really is “as dumb as we think”.

There’s some more babbling as Amanda wanders around telling everybody that Elissa is going up. Andy and Judd are pretty proud of themselves, and can’t wait for the actual ceremony. “Stay tuned, America. You’re not going to want to miss this one”, says Judd.

So here we go. The blindside of the season. The moment the Brenchel Army has been waiting for. How exciting can it be, though, when it’s orchestrated by the dim bulb GinaMarie? This is the girl who can’t say simple words. The girl whose highlight of the week is the photobooth. Most importantly, the ONE PERSON IN THE HOUSE WHO HAS SAID THE WORD THAT CAN’T BE SAID!

She’s all dolled up (no scrubs, yo) for her big moment, and we get to hear again from everybody who the nominees will or should be, and GinaMarie finally pulls everybody into the house. The first key pulled belongs to Andy, followed by Spencer, Elissa, and Judd. Yes, McCranda has been nominated. Ooof on Amanda’s face.

GinaMarie says that they’re a “huge, dynamic power couple. Nobody had the balls or was too chick, no pun intended, to put you guys up.” She tells McCrae that at the beginning he had “so much fire” that he lost with Amanda. To Amanda, she says that “people think I’m crazy New York? Girl, you top the cake. But that’s one of the reasons why I love you.”

Actually, the words didn’t quite come out like that. Dumb GinaMarie had to do second and third takes, and still screwed up some of her words. The rest of the house is happy, though. Judd is jumping around in his chicken suit, and Elissa’s smile stretches that botox so far I’m scared it’s going to snap her lips right off her face.

We end with some of the usual diary room reactions, including tearful Amanda and McCrae comments, and that’s it. Here you go, kids. I know the pro-Elissa crowd is ready to fill up this space with “vile” comments, so have at it. I’m moving on to Breaking Bad after posting this.

 

Thursday
Aug292013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 28 Recap

This is it. It’s a night a good percentage of the Big Brother community is waiting for. A cute (former) model is about to walk out the door, not knowing that she’s been face of Aryan culture for the past two months.

Unfortunately for the blood thirsty, it’s unlikely she’ll actually get her true comeuppance tonight. She is headed to the jury house, after all, so Julie Chen can’t mention anything that’s happening in the “real world”. Will bad behavior be discussed? Certainly, but not at the level that would have happened a few weeks ago before the ousted headed to jury. You’re just going to have to wait for the finale to see how CBS handles her...and others.

Before we get to that moment, though, we have a replacement nominee to discuss. Amanda, the veto winner, took down her man, and Elissa put up Andy as his replacement. Elissa explains that she really wanted Amanda out this week, but she had to put up Andy because she knows he’s been working with her. Aaryn adds that this makes it the end of the “3 A.M.” alliance, and she has a bad feeling that she will be the one going home “because Andy has deals with almost everyone here”. Andy admits that he’s “freaking out”, and he really needs Amanda and McCrae’s votes. He adds that it is also the “beginning of a new plan that I have for myself that does not involve Amanda and McCrae”.

Elissa is now shown in the kitchen, and you can hear a New Year’s Eve party buzzer thing (what are they called?). “I’m back”, yells Amanda. “Hey Elissa. How are you, angel?” Elissa ignores her as Amanda continues to hover over her. “I’m very threatening and scary.” She asks her why she doesn’t look like any of her pictures. “How many doctors did it take to make your face look like that?” Elissa giggles and walks away. “I’m not about to be manipulated by a girl like her”, she says in the diary room. Amanda continues to talk as Elissa heads into the HOH.

Amanda is now seen in bed, asking the other boys why everybody is being nice to her. “I’m the only one standing up to this bitch, and everybody else is hiding in my shadow being, nice and kissing her dumbassed, cologenic injected face.” Spencer tells her to chill out, and Amanda continues to yell about her. “I want to punch her in her fucking face.” Andy complains in the diary room that she’s acting “appalling”. He says he’s not going to talk game with anybody, and Amanda says her next target is anybody seen chatting to her.

Time for a bitch session. GinaMarie is flapping her gums about Amanda to Judd, Spencer, and Andy, but I can never understand what she’s saying. Spencer calls her “repulsive”, and wants things to change. They just can’t have the two of them at the end, so Andy says they should just “cut ties” and go for their individual games. Judd says they should call themselves “The Exterminators”, and of course GinaMare loves that!

Aaryn is now talking to Amanda, who says she did everything she could to get GinaMarie up instead of Andy. She explains that Andy was with them long before Aaryn, so that’s where their loyalty lies. In the diary room, she explains that she also trusts Andy more than Aaryn because she chose Judd in that last veto comp. If she only knew what Andy was plotting. Aaryn whines a bit about how much work she’s done for nothing. “I did (the work) for people who won’t even keep me safe.” Amanda then starts crying, and then crawls into her bed to cry. “You still have two more days. You never know what’s going to happen.” The only way Aaryn can stay is to get the votes of Spencer, GinaMarie, and Judd. “This is going to be hard.” Impossible, actually.

She attempts to work it anyway, and first goes to GinaMarie, who promises her a vote. In the diary room, GinaMarie says she has to make fake alliances with both nominees. Aaryn then tries to work on Judd and Spencer, who says he has “concerns about your loyalties”. He adds that her past HOH’s furthered other’s needs, but she counters that she only did that to survive. Spencer and Judd both say they have to think about it, so Aaryn says she needs to start throwing some people under the bus.

Aaryn then tries to work on Amanda and McCrae again, pointing out that she’s done so much more work than he has. She points out that they have the two biggest targets on their backs, and that everybody is going after them. When she mentions Spencer’s name, Amanda gets a bit upset. She calls him over to the couch, and asks him if that’s true. “She’s full of shit”, he replies. Aaryn tries to refute him, but it goes nowhere. “Nobody trusts anything you say”, he tells Aaryn, before wandering back over to the hammock to report to Andy. Aaryn continues to fight for her side, and Amanda asks if she’d take them to the final three. So now we get that footage that makes the upcoming eviction vote appear to not be a slam dunk.

Ugh, a Dan segment is next??? NOOOOOOOO! I’m not recapping anything what that asshole has to say.

And now we have more bullshit with Brendon, Rachel, Jeff, Jordan, Dom and Danielle???? Nope, not watching that idiocy either.

After that silliness, Julie talks to the house. She welcomes Judd back to the game, and asks him how things have changed since his return. He babbles about how it’s the same people, but a couple are gone, so “they really did me a favor while I was gone”. Ok then. Amanda is then congratulated for her first victory, and is asked about “verbally taunting Elissa”. She replies that “Elissa really pushed my buttons”, but she has since apologized. “Now the house guests knwo not to push my buttons.” That’s not going to get a good response in the online world. Elissa is asked to respond, and she complains that Amanda took it past “game-related things”. That’s about all I understood from her lengthy non-answer.

Julie then wastes some more time talking about how twitter is so obsessed with the dirtiness of the bedroom. A picture is shown, and Spencer is asked why it’s so dirty. It’s a dumb question, so I’m not going to bother to state his reply. Oh wait, this is funny. “Thank you for asking me a question, by the way. It’s only been about ten weeks.”

It’s now crunch time. Aaryn gets the first final speech, and she tells everybody at home how much she misses them. She babble some more, and says she respects their decision. Andy then quotes Abraham Lincoln, but his joke falls flat. Even his Anderson Cooper quip stinks.

Voting then begins with Judd, who votes to evict his “little Texas tornado”. Spencer also votes against Aaryn, as does a crying GinaMarie, Amanda, and McCrae. Aaryn is out by a unanimous vote!

We have to endure more commercials for the much-anticipated meeting between Julie and Aaryn. It’s a peaceful departure, as she hugs everybody (including lengthy ones with Elissa and GinaMarie), and actually gets some cheers as she comes out. Oh yeah, and a few catcalls.

Wow, we don’t get the usual stupid footage of the house staring at the picture wall. Julie announces they have a lot to talk about, and she is then asked about the unanimous vote. Aaryn says that she believes Amanda and McCrae kept Andy over her because of her competition success. But why not GinaMarie, and Aaryn explains that the unanimous votes are so that they don’t become targets. Ugh.

Julie then brings up Elissa and their rocky relationship. Aaryn says that at first they were friendly, but the lie about not being Rachel’s sister brought on some animosity.

Ok, here we go. “In the early days of this game, you said some pretty harsh things about your fellow housemates.” Julie adds that Amanda even attempted to let her know that some of the things she said were being interpreted as racist. It’s not a good answer. Aaryn complains that since she’s southern, things have been taken out of context. “I do not mean to ever come off as racist. That’s not me, and I apologize to anyone that I’ve offended for that.” (Note, you can hear people in the audience laughing at that dumb response.)

Julie then reminds her that everybody going into the house knows that they’re on the internet, and proceeds to read some of the things she stated. Oh yeah, this isn’t going to end well. As the audience laughs, she says she doesn’t remember saying any of those things.”That was not meant to be serious, and I feel horrible for that. I regret that.” Julie follows that up by asking if the experience has taught her anything. Clearly flustered, Aaryn just spits out a few words about how her and Andy, Candice, and Helen are “great friends”.

The segment ends with the usual goodbye messages. Judd says that he thinks that she is “awesome”, but that “I feel that you are playing for Amanda and McCrae to win this”. Amanda says that this is the toughest eviction for her, and she loves her like a sister. Elissa then says she has “nothing to say to you except have fun in the jury house. Or don’t.” Interesting, as just a few minutes ago Elissa acted like she was her best friend. GinaMarie ends it by saying that she loves her. “You’ll always be my BB bunny.”

Julie asks for her final thoughts, and it’s clear the past few minutes are the only thing she is thinking about. She says she feels awful, and that in Texas they joke about things without really meaning it. “I really feel bad that this is how it’s being seen, and how I’ve come across to people.” Julie then tells her that after she’s home and watches the footage, “you’ll have a whole new perspective on things”.

It’s now time for the next HOH competition, and they’re wearing bunny ears. It’s called “Big Hopportunity”, and they have to maneuver balls through a maze. The first to collect a dozen “eggs” in their basket is the new HOH. Their feet are tied together, so they have to hop around the playing field. After they begin, Julie announces that the last place finisher will have to wear a chicken suit for 48 hours.

Before we end, Julie announces that on Sunday there will be a “surprise competition”, and that next Thursday will be another double eviction. That should be fun!

Well, that’s it. We leave the show without a new HOH. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? What did you think of the interview with Aaryn? Or the return of certain people I will never mention again? Let us know!

 

Wednesday
Aug282013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 27 Recap

First off, my apologies for the lack of a recap from Sunday night. I was way behind on a newspaper article that was due that day, so I elected to just watch the show rather than report it.

It was a pretty predictable show anyway, with most of what happened highlighted on this site over the weekend and on The Big Brother Gossip Show. Almost half of the show was the baseball-themed endurance competition. Other than that, there was Elissa’s HOH room reveal, Amanda attempting to keep McCrae off the block, and Elissa’s nominations of McCrae and Aaryn.

One strange segment, however, was the footage of Aaryn accidentally swallowing nail polish. There really was no need for that segment, especially as it happened a couple of days before the time period represented by the show. In fact, they had to utilise some digital trickery to make it look timely, as Helen was sitting on the floor just a foot or so away from Aaryn.


Oh well. Tonight’s episode may be a bit loud. Like really loud. There will be some anger, some tomfoolery, and a visit from an old Big Brother friend. Plus, a plot to keep somebody off the block that ultimately doesn’t work but sure created a buzz online.

Let’s begin with the reaction to Elissa’s nominations of McCrae and Aaryn. Elissa says that since the three of them (including Amanda) were behind the eviction of Helen, they are her targets for the week. “I’m ready to get revenge.” Aaryn is bawling because she thinks she’s “done everybody’s dirty work”, and now she has nobody to protect her. McCrae doesn’t seem as upset. It’s only his first time being nominated, so he says it’s “really scary”, but he seems pretty calm in his diary room session. Amanda isn’t as calm, though. “I have to figure something out to keep them safe, and myself.”

For some reason, we get some commentary from GinaMarie, who says she has to be on Elissa’s “good side this week”, despite the fact that her best friend (Aaryn) is on the block. We then see her kissing Elissa’s ass, telling her she had a “very nice speech”. Elissa asks if what she said to Aaryn was mean, and GinaMarie says “no. I thought it was fine.” Amanda and McCrae overheard this, and Amanda says “something’s not right here”. In fact, she wants to “punch her in the face”. McCrae tells her that they need to just be positive.

Aaryn is now talking to GinaMarie, wondering why she’s not up next to her. Aaryn believes that by not having GinaMarie up, this gives another opportunity for her to be saved with the veto. Aaryn says not to trust Elissa. “I feel like when I’m talking to her, I’m looking into Hell”, she says. Maybe there’s something up with Amanda and McCrae, and GinaMarie agrees, but tells her to keep cool with them.

Amanda is now in the kitchen with Elissa, who starts to say something but stops. Amanda wants to know what she was about to say, and finally Elissa asks if they’re going to “retaliate” next week for putting up McCrae. Amanda says no, and then asks who would go up if McCrae wins veto. Elissa says probably GinaMarie. “I don’t know.” Amanda adds that people are starting to think she’s working with GinaMarie, especially since she’s been kissing her ass.

Amanda then asks if Elissa would put her up if Aaryn wins veto, and Elissa starts gigglins as she says “no”. Amanda doesn’t believe it, saying in the diary room that she’s a “terrible liar”. Elissa leaves the room, and Amanda then tells Aaryn that she thinks Elissa is lying.

We then have a few awkward seconds of silence in the diary room before Elissa says “I was just thinking how awesome it would be for Amanda to go home”. She saw an “evil side” last week in how she treated Helen, and she thinks she can get Judd on board for this if Aaryn wins veto. “Now I feel that I just totally want Amanda gone. It’s so weird. I’m not meaning to be bipolar.”

Elissa then heads into the bathroom to tell Judd, and he loves the idea. “But don’t tell anyone”, she adds. Judd is really excited. “It’s time to get my hands dirty.” He walks into the bedroom to get Aaryn. “Elissa wants to talk to you upstairs.”

Although she says she’s freaked out by this, she does go up to the HOH room. “I feel like we seriously need to work together”, says the woman who just a few days ago spent the entire day disparaging her. She was so focused on Helen, but says she is now seeing the real picture. “Nobody would think we would work together at this point.” She says that Amanda needs to go, and they both need to fight for the veto. Aaryn is also supposed to pick Judd if she gets Houseguest Choice in the veto pick.

After commercials it’s time to pick the players. They all act overly excited as they race to the living room, and Elissa pulls out Amanda’s chip. Wow, she couldn’t hide her disappointment in that move! “I feel sick”, she says in the diary room. McCrae gets GinaMarie, and Aaryn pulls the no longer needed HouseGuest Choice. She still picks Judd, which angers Amanda. “Why would you not pick Andy?”

Amanda asks Aaryn about this as they walk away, and is not happy with her silly response that Andy or Spencer would never take her down. After Amanda and McCrae get into the shower, Aaryn says they can’t be mad at her for working to further her own game. “It’s stupid”, replies Amanda. “You think Judd’s going to use it on you. It doesn’t make any sense...that was not an alliance move.”

Aaryn walks away as GInaMarie starts bitching about Amanda. “Fuck her. Don’t let that bitch get into our head.” They both head out to talk to Elissa, who says that all she does is “use you to make her decisions”. Elissa promises that Aaryn is not going home this week.

GinaMarie and Elissa continue this conversation in the kitchen, where for some reason GinaMarie says Amanda “is the female version of Jeremy”. Amanda walks in on them, and they all quit talking. Amanda walks back into the cockpit room and reports that the two of them are definitely working together.

Amanda again walks into the kitchen, and the other two stop talking game once again. She again comes into the kitchen, and calls them out. Elissa just starts laughing, and Amanda gets into it with GinaMarie. McCrae comes in and grabs Amanda as GinaMarie starts babbling in some other language. Oh wait, I did hear “bring it on, bitch”.

McCrae stops her again from going out into the kitchen, and says that she needs to “do some damage control with Elissa”. Amanda heads upstairs, and airs everything about what GinaMarie has been saying about her the entire season. When Amanda brings up being the replacement nominee, Elissa again (badly) lies...and then starts laughing. “I really can’t wait to see the tables turned and see everybody against her”, she says in the diary room. Amanda starts bawling, saying she has always been on her side, but Elissa doesn’t give her much empathy in return. Ok, no empathy.

Now it’s veto time, and it’s the return of the Zingbot. We see it enter the house, and wake everybody up. Elissa says the Zingbot is “one of my favorite parts of Big Brother”.

The zingers start with McCrae, and how Amanda wears the pants in the family. He says it didn’t bother him, except for GinaMarie laughing like it’s the greatest thing ever. Speaking of GinaMarie, the joke against her is about Nick and the movie Fatal Attraction. Andy’s joke is about being a floater, and he’s not happy. He then goes to Aaryn about being a mean girl, and says she wasn’t acting. What? Amanda’s joke is about her tramp stamp, which she then shows in the diary room. “It’s a mistake.” Elissa’s line is about how she’s a “cheap imitation of your sister”.

It’s finally contest time, and it’s “Happy Zing Day”. The baby Zingbot is now one year old, and it comes out into the backyard. For the game, they have to roll a ball across a platform, and then run around and catch it. If a ball hits the ground, they go back to zero. The first to 250 “power units” wins veto.

Early on, Amanda and Judd are kicking ass, but McCrae is having a hard time. It’s so hot, though, that Judd is having trouble breathing. He then drops the ball, and is back to zero. “I literally thought I was going to die.” It’s now basically between Amanda and GinaMarie, espeically when Elissa drops her ball. It’s neck and neck, and finally Amanda hits the magic number to win the veto! She can now save McCrae, and can’t go up in his place. Guess who is happy, and who is not? Oh yeah, and Andy is now a little worried.

When we return from commercials, Amanda is still proud that she finally won something. “And it was hard, and it was physical.” Andy walks in the room, and they wonder if Elissa is now going to put him up, or will it be GinaMarie. Andy thinks it will be him.

Upstairs, Judd and Elissa are complaining that Amanda winning is “the worst case scenario”. Elissa starts crying that she is now going to go home next week. “I hate her. She’s like the grossest person in the world.” After mentioning that Andy may need to go up, Aaryn comes in to ask if it will be GinaMarie. Elissa says she doesn’t know, but “wants to make a huge impact in the McCranda game”.

She now heads downstairs and talks to Amanda how it was such a fun competition. For some reason, Elissa says they all helped Amanda win it. Uh oh. They go back and forth for a bit before Elissa leaves the room in giggles once again.

Amanda decides to get a little revenge. “She wants to push my buttons? Well, she just pushed the wrong one.” Amanda heads into the kitchen and is non-stop bitching, complaining how she wasted her HOH. There’s some talk about Rachel and the Brenchel Army. “What does the Zingbot and Elissa have in common? They’re both made of plastic. Zing.”

We jump ahead to Andy and Amanda talking. Or should I say Andy and Granny? Andy says he’s ready to accept his fate, but Amanda says he’s not going anywhere. They need to figure out a way to get GinaMarie on the block so that both Aaryn and him survive.

She heads back into the kitchen and starts screaming for Elissa once again. “Come on down, Princess.” Ugh, I can’t keep up with the insults. I know the anti-Amanda people point to this scene as proof of how vile she is, but the idea is for Amanda to drive Elissa nuts, and have Andy then go up to “save the day” and say how offended he is by her actions.

Andy then heads upstairs to try to seal the deal. He asks her if she’s ok, and apologizes for everything that’s been happening. “It’s been hard to be in the same room as her today.” He says that he’s ashamed to have been aligned with her, “but know that you have at least one friend”.

Did this scheme work? We’ll now find out, as Amanda is shown staring at the picture wall. She calls everybody in, and obviously uses the veto on McCrae. Oh wait, first she says that “I think you would know better than anyone that no one comes between me and my man.” No response from Elissa on that line, though.

Elissa then stands, and puts up...Andy. But first, she says to Amanda, “clever line. Rachel probably is very disappointed and insulted that somebody like you would use it.”

“Sit down, trash”, Amanda says as she gets up to adjourn the meeting. Elissa says that she won’t respond to “Amanda’s bad behavior”, and at least somebody that is aligned with Amanda is going home. Amanda acknowledges that “3 A.M” is done, “but at least we’ll have 2 A.M.” Andy says that while he needs Amanda and McCrae this week to survive, he’s done with them otherwise as he’s not playing for third place. Wow! Aaryn finishes the show by promising she’ll do whatever to remain in the house.

That’s it for tonight. What did you think? Please post any of your thoughts on tonight’s show!

 

Thursday
Aug222013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 25 Recap

It’s been hyped and hyped all week long. Big Brother alum have even been prodded to live tweet the event like it’s the Super Bowl. It’s a “first”, y’all, so aren’t you excited?

Meh. Just because it’s never happened before doesn’t make it a groundbreaking event. Plus, those idiots up north did the exact same thing earlier this year.

What am I talking about? The super-duper special competition that will allow jury members (plus tonight’s evictee) compete to return to the game. Excuse me while I yawn. Sorry, but I’m a purist. Once you’re gone, you’re gone. There’s no do-overs. Why should a week of work in the house be wasted (or in the case of Judd, a few minutes of work). It seems to me that the only people that love this twist are those with emotional attachments to one of the individuals who could come back, or whose hatred of somebody remaining is borderline scary. In other words, the vast majority of this year’s fans.

Let’s get it over with. After Julie hyping the history-making event, we have to go through a lengthy recap before the reactions to Spencer replacing Elissa on the block. Spencer says he’s not really surprised, and “isn’t really sweating it”. Funny, as he looks like he is CONSTANTLY sweating. Aaryn doesn’t make much sense in her diary room comment. She wanted to put up Amanda, but ultimately has to “appease” her. Wait, what?

Aaryn heads upstairs as Elissa and Helen hug. Helen says that she’s now “starting to regret not taking Jessie seriously about getting Amanda out of the game sooner, but it’s clear by Aaryn’s speech that she’s being bullied by Amanda”. Sensing an opportunity, the two of them head upstairs. In tears, Helen demands that Elissa start working with Aaryn and GinaMarie. Oh boy. Elissa says that “100% we have to work together”. Hmmm, interesting since she spent a full day bitching about Aaryn just two days ago.

Andy then pops in, and it gets awkward. Helen says that he is the swing vote, and Andy snaps that she has him 100%. “If I don’t stay, it’s going to be because of your vote”. She is hoping that her emotional state will get into his heart. “America is rooting for us right now (ugh).” He just can’t let the bullies win! This pisses off Andy, as Helen has done as much bad things as anybody else. Out of the blue, Aaryn then complains that this conversation will end up hurting her.

Andy then wanders downstairs and tells Amanda all about the good/bad people speech. “Don’t say that I told you that”, he adds (as usual).

As a person who works in politics, Helen says she “reads people all the time”, so she has to work on more than just Andy. She pulls McCrae into the cockpit room, and goes into an anti-Amanda rant. “Stick up to her. Be the man that McCrae is.” It goes on and on, and all we get from him are a lot of “yeah”. Ugh, she again brings up “America”. Make it stop! McCrae’s not happy about it either.

Oh wait, there is Amanda! She walks in, and McCrae follows her back out. Of course, he reports to her everything that Helen said. Amanda grabs her drink and wanders back in, pissed off at Helen. She reports to Spencer and Andy what was just said. “Do you think I’m a bully?” Although Spencer did actually say yes to the answer on the feeds, we skip to McCrae talking about how Amanda pushes him around. Oh wait, Spencer does finally say what we heard.

It’s now dark out, and Elissa and Helen try to work on GinaMarie by the hot tub. It’s the same speech, but a little bit angrier, and GinaMarie says that she’d like to keep Helen.

Andy is now seen walking into the HOH to talk to Helen and Elissa. When confronted about his vote, Andy claims that he’s “wavering”. Aaryn walks in as Andy explains his reasoning. “Do I lose one now, or a couple if I keep you here.” Elissa talks about loyalty, and how Amanda and McCrae only have loyalty to each other. Helen says that he has no targets right now, but will if he votes out Helen. When they threaten to get him nominated, Andy says in the diary room that he begins to worry. Then Helen pulls out the “America” crap once again.

It’s interesting how this was edited together. It’s from a couple of different days, and lots of stuff is missing. Like the edit on Elissa, and how she confronted Andy in that last conversation. It didn’t actually make him have second thoughts. Her threats reinforced his resolve. Lots more can be said, and I’m sure we will on Saturday’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

It’s already to go to the living room, and Julie talks about how they’ve all been “left in the dark”. They’re then shown footage from the last Have-Not competition, and Julie asks Amanda abotu what went through her mind entering the black box. She says that she was scared that Elissa was leading her through it. GinaMarie is then asked about the hardest part of that challenge, and she babbles about looking for Nick’s hat at four in the morning. “It was crazy bananas.”

The next question is about Elissa’s veto cmopetition, and they get to watch some footage from it, including Elissa knocking Andy into the wood. Andy says that he was terrified by “the ambition in Elissa’s eyes”.

Live voting is now already set to begin. Spencer gets to go first with his speech, and he says hello to all of his friends, and how he likes everybody. “Helen, you’re an amazing competitor.”

Helen then gets up, and my typing fingers already have cramps. She also says hi to her family and friends. She begins to tear up while talking about her family. She says that she’d love the votes from the house guests, and no matter the vote count they’ve all given her special memories. “I love you all. This has been the best of times, and never the worst of times.”

Voting begins with McCrae, who votes to evict Helen, as does Amanda. Elissa, though, votes to evict Spencer. Andy is next, and in tears he votes to evict Helen, as does GinaMarie. It’s a 4-1 vote, kids!

Julie reads the news to the house, and calmly hugs everybody. Her and Elissa have some words during their embrace, and the tears come. She blows kisses, and is then out the door.

We don’t cling to the picture wall as long as normal, as we go to Julie and Helen. She’s asked why the alliance with McCrae and Andy didn’t work, and she thinks it goes back to Andy’s nominations last week. “I knew in his heart he loves me, and he needed to make a big move.” Wow, it’s impossible to keep up. Keep trying to steal Julie’s job, Helen!

She also believes that Judd was more dangerous than Amanda, and that somebody else could eventually take her out. “What was so scary about Judd”, asks Julie with a chuckle. It was all the conspiracy theories, replies Helen. She then asks about the tears and whether they were real. Helen admits that she can turn them on at will, and even today she thought she could save herself when talking to GinaMarie.

It’s now goodbye message time, and Andy explains how he was troubled by the “good versus bad” comments. “You’ve been good to me, but you’ve been bad to other people you were supposed to be aligned with.” McCrae talks about the chess board, and how she kept wanting to go after his queen. Amanda then talks about how she knew weeks ago that she was coming after her. Elissa slowly talks about how she hopes that Helen is not watching it, as it means she’s been evicted. She promises to “fight for both of us”.

Julie concludes the segment by asking what she would have done different if given the chance. “I would not have taken Howard out of the game”, and would have evicted Amanda when she was the MVP nominee. She’s still pontificating!

Julie then informs her that she may get to go back in the house. “You and the rest of the members of the jury will be competing live tonight to get back into the game.” Oh God, she starts dancing around in her seat at this news. Helen still won’t shut up, as she wants to know if she can get some food first.

After commercials, we get some jury house footage. They indeed get to co-mingle while inside there, which I don’t agree should be done. Candice walks in first, and then Judd comes in and informs her that he had a “good old fashioned backdooring”. They’re sitting around playing cards when Jessie walks in the house. She sits down and tells them how Helen had done her wrong...and also how she did Judd wrong the previous week. She even tells them how she went out “guns blazing”. Judd is hoping there’s “some way I can get back in that house”.

They are now shown walking into the kitchen, where there’s a message giving them the news that they get to compete to return. All three want to get either Helen or Amanda out of the house! “Amanda really is the devil”, says Judd. Candice also wants to get out GinaMarie.

We go back to Julie, and the four are on the stage. Helen is jumping up and down as she always is, of course. She tells them that they’re going head to head in a live competition, and will go in as if they’ve never been evicted.
Julie again lies that the house has no clue, and the TV comes on in the house to bring everybody into the living room. She reminds them about what she said two weeks about not “being out of the game”. She tells them that the four members of the jury are going to compete to come back in.

The doorbell then rings, and the four come in! There’s lots of screaming, and Candice even hugs Aaryn! Wow, Candice also hugs GinaMarie, and tells her happy birthday. Helen is seen sprinting into a back room as the hugs continue. Amanda looks a bit concerned, though.

Julie has everybody head to the backyard, and we go to the backyard for a combined HOH/juror competition. FIrst, we have to endure commercials, but when we come back they’re standing on small ledges that look like they’re in a baseball dugout. Balls are going to be thrown at each of them, and the first to catch ten without falling wins HOH. So, if a evictee is the first to catch ten, they’re not only returning but they’ll be the HOH. No clue what happens if one of the others is the first with ten.

We hear a crack of a baseball bat, and then they all come down. Jessie actually catches one! Before the second balls comes, though, the “sprinklers” come on. Too bad we don’t get to see another ball hit as it’s taking forever between “hits”!

There’s one more mini-segment before the show is over, but it doesn’t look like anybody else has a ball. Wow, what if Jessie does return? Balls are then hit, and a number of players (including Jessie) catch them. One more set of balls comes a bit harder as we head into the credits, but it is still surprising how long they’re taking between rounds.

Well, that’s it! What did you think? Who is going to win this comp? Let us know what you think!