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Sunday
Jul072013

A Day In The Life Of: Elissa

After a few days of watching the entire house from afar, it is now time for me to once again focus on an individual. This is going to be tough viewing for me in some respects, but could also be an easy day as the person in question has a habit of disappearing for hours and hours at a time. What could she possibly be doing during these times? Is she getting her lines prepared by production? Is she getting more botox? Or just working on finally dislodging the poop from her intestines?

I should probably throw out a little disclaimer before I begin my day’s viewing. One aspect of this season that I’m not enjoying is the simple fact that any minor criticism of a Reilly results in a hailstorm of complaints. In fact, even giving another person praise usually leads into these kinds of replies.

With that in mind, I will again disclose that I don’t believe it is fair that Elissa is in the house. MVP was designed to ensure her safety, almost like a yearlong Diamond Power of Veto. She’s not receiving these victories for any reason other than the fact that she has name recognition.

I would feel the same way no matter whose relative was on the show, and that’s where I have my difficulties with the Reilly Army. I’d LOVE to see their opinions if the stunt cast for this season was somebody they hated. What if it was a relative of the Hantz family? Or Matt Hoffman’s wife? Or somebody with a connection to Boogie? I don’t think they’d love the twist quite as much.

So let’s get on with the day. Yesterday was an up and down day for Ms. Elissa. She spent the day knowing she was going on the block, and dealing with the already-mentioned stomach issue. A couple of hours after she was nominated, productions “accidentally” allowed us to see the announcement that she has again won MVP. Shocker!

A couple of people have questioned why she was told of this win last night instead of shortly before the selection of veto players, as was announced. That’s easy to explain. Everybody noted last week that Elissa was called into the diary room twice before that meeting, so that cat was immediately out of the bag. Sure, everybody is assuming she will win every week she is in the house, but doing it the night before is designed to raise questions as to who it could be besides her.

Today actually starts earlier than expected, as Big Brother wakes everybody shortly before 8 am. Elissa is first seen in the kitchen area, and I notice a sly little trick of hers. Instead of polite greetings to everybody as they first come into the kitchen area, she pulls them aside for short little conversations. Nothing of substance is said, but it is clearly designed to raise suspicions in the other house mates.

This morning, she does this with a couple of people, most notably Spencer and Judd. It also works perfectly, as Aaryn is watching upstairs on the spy cam and freaks out. Judd is called up to the HOH to report on what was said. Mission accomplished!

We then see a little bit of her talking to Candice while putting on makeup before the feeds go to fish. It’s time to announce Elissa’s nominee, and pick veto players!

When the feeds come back, Elissa has done the expected and used that third nomination on Jeremy. She is shown lecturing Nick about the lack of maturity on the younger half of the house. “500 thousand dollars is going to go down the drain to some guy who wants to buy a new pair of dockers for his boat. Work with the mature people in the house. The people  who want to play the game, who want to play strategic and not bully people.” She says she wants to work with him, but he has already backstabbed her twice. She supposedly loved David, and was way less of a threat than him. There’s also a bit of weirdness where Elissa claims that working with Jeremy is advocating violence against women. I just don’t know where that came from.

Nick’s response is that he’s screwed either way, but eventually he shakes on a deal with her to throw the veto competition in return for not going up as a replacement nominee. The conversation is almost broken up by Andy, who continues his annoying trait of interrupting almost every chat.

With that conversation concluded, Howard comes in and hugs her. They pray together in hopes of Elissa’s success in the veto competition. Oh yeah, and that her “stomach feels better”. Judd also comes in for a hug, and she tells him about her conversation with Nick. Oh yeah, and Andy again walks in on the conversation. At least this time, she acknowledges him, and they also rehash the Nick conversation. Candice then comes into the room, and they have a little small talk about veto comp outfits before Elissa leaves the room.

Since she’s the focus of the days events, the cameras follow her around much more than usual today. She wanders around the house, into the kitchen, back to the have-not room, and in and out of the bathroom. Eventually the camera moves on to dumb conversations from the “Blondetourage”, and we don’t see her for a bit.

A bit later, she is seen again in the bathroom before heading into the have-not room to prepare for the veto comp and again complain about the bullies to Candice. “They’re always attacking meeeeee.” After a few minutes alone, Helen comes in to give her a pep talk. Helen also plans on throwing it, but for some reason thinks it’s going to be an endurance-type competition. “It’s not going to be a puzzle this early.” Elissa’s main concern is that if she wears shorts the cameras may pick up body parts she doesn’t want to show. If Nick doesn’t end up throwing the competition, though, they will know not to ever trust him again. He gets a two-week deal if he correctly follow through. The camera again follows her as she wanders around the house for last-minute preparations, including another attempt to excise her built-up you know what.

When the feeds returned a couple of hours later, it was clear that neither Helen or Elissa had won. “It sucks so bad.” Yes, their worst enemy, Jeremy, had won, and it’s beyond obvious that he was going to save himself. This means Kaitlin is Elissa’s obvious choice for a replacement.

Candice also walks in, and they continue to talk as Helen does jumping jacks and other exercises for no apparent reason. Spencer also wanders in for some encouraging words.

While Helen continues to stomp around doing her exercise routine, Elissa goes into full Rachel mode. “I’ve never even done anything to become a target.” Candice’s big issue is that girls never win on Big Brother (say what?), mainly because guy’s band together. When Candice says she can’t walk into a room without girls talking about other girls, Elissa immediately pipes up. “Do they talk about other people beside me?” Yes, Elissa, you are not the center of the universe. When everybody leaves the room, she rids herself of some frustration with some yoga poses.

The feeds go off her for a bit, but quickly return. She’s still doing some yoga moves while talking to Candice. She tells her that her game is screwed by being Rachel’s sister, and she should “lay low and not anybody see you crack”. Elissa is convinced that Jeremy’s “fire” isn’t for the money, but to get her out. Candice disagrees.

Helen also returns, but thankfully is done working out. “The game is not over”, says Helen. “So chop chop.” They believe Spencer is working with Jeremy and the rest of the guys, and he needs to go after Jeremy. “Choose a side, dude.” Elissa again (dumbly) asks if they think Jeremy will take himself off the block, and says she’s offended by the arrogance. “I don’t think he’s socially savvy. He’s just a good competitor. Kaitlin’s going up. I’m not happy, because she’s nice. But this game is not about being nice.” GinaMarie’s name is also brought out, and Elissa laughs at her two-faced nature. “Yo yo yo, we gotta get the bitch out”, she likes to say just moments after befriending her.

The conversation with Candice continues on and on about how mean everybody is to her, and Candice mentions that Elissa has remained pretty calm. Elissa says she’s happy to have played in these competitions, even if she hasn’t won anything, but Candice says it’s not over yet. Candice finally leaves, and Elissa mopes around the room a bit cleaning up.

A bit later, Jeremy sees Elissa in the kitchen, and goes down to chat with her. They have a pretty civil conversation about how much fun they had on the competition, and Elissa tells him it proved he’d be great kids. She’s not entirely enthusiastic about talking to him, and who can blame her? A minute or so later, he wanders off to insert himself into one of Andy’s dumb topics.

Others come and go into the kitchen area, but only Amanda hangs around as Elissa bakes. Nothing of substance comes out of their conversation. Elissa has a sly smile on her face as she references some inside joke that she refuses to reveal to Amanda.

Her buddy Helen returns to eat the slop muffins, which, of course, are delicious. Elissa’s response? “If only we were having a cleanliness and baking cook-off. Shit, Jeremy would probably step it up for that.” Andy joins them, and they all agree that slop and the have-not room are getting easier to deal with. He also asks the question we all want the answer - “how did you come about being on the show?” Of course, production steps in and we go right to the fish.

A bit later, Elissa disappears from the cams, and we’re forced to endure Aaryn giving relationship advice to GinaMarie, or Amanda and McCrae’s weird coupling. When the backyard is opened, she returns to do some yoga. She eventually sits next to Amanda, and starts feeling her out as to who she could put up that would save her. McCrae is brought into the conversation, and Elissa’s main point is that Jeremy’s crowd needs to be broken up. The conversation ends before he can answer as Judd sits with them. Elissa heads inside.

Not long afterwards, something stunning happens. Helen advises Elissa to break her deal with Nick. Candice adds that personally she would never break her word. BUT, and this is a big but, she thinks that Nick may have been trying to win veto. There’s the loophole!

Helen goes on, saying there is no way Kaitlin will be evicted over Elissa, mainly because they’re scared of Jeremy. She wants to go feel the mood of the house about Nick. Candice promises to do the same. If this works, maybe grrrrl power will work after all! Candice isn’t so sure of that idea, and reminds them that Amanda is a “guy’s girl” who isn’t comfortable with other women.

Operation Save Elissa goes into effect. Candice heads upstairs to try to put some doubt in the minds of Aaryn and Jeremy about the MVP winner. They’re not buying it, but it does bring out an hour or so of bickering from them.

Elissa floats in and out of the feeds. It’s by far the most social she’s been this season. She has a long chat with Spencer about her family, and how she wants to open a wellness center. She has numerous conversations with Helen, although I’m not sure they do any good as Helen is quickly being discovered as not the brightest bulb in reading people. At various points of the night, Elissa switches between Kaitlin and Nick as her substitute nominee. Surprisingly, Howard also throws out Nick’s name.

There’s one person that actually gives her a bit of hope, although her boyfriend doesn’t agree. Amanda wants to keep Elissa, with the longstanding theory that Elissa will always have a target. You know, the one that saved her last week. Unfortunately for Elissa, McCrae doesn’t agree.

There’s so much wheeling and dealing, and alliance and sub-alliance arguing, that we don’t see much of Elissa for the rest of the night. There’s a few segments where Helen is giving her a pep talk, along with shoutouts to Brendon and Rachel, but the night is all about the louder portioins of the house.

Until the end of the night. Elissa and NIck are in the backyard. Nick tells her that she should be up against a so-called “floater...someone who people won’t care about sending home”. When pressed for names, he throws out Jessie and Candice. Elissa isn’t so sure about the idea, and asks why people would keep Kaitlin. Nick wants a bit more time to think about the situation, and Elissa heads up to bed.

I did it. I followed a Reilly for an entire day on the feeds. To be fair, thanks to the recording of the Big Brother Gossip Show, I was able to scan some flashback for those last few hours. During the day, though, I didn’t take my feeds off her. I’m a dedicated craftsman!

What did you think of this profile? Was I fair to Elissa? Or to the rest of the house? Do you think she will be saved this week? Comment it out!

Friday
Jul052013

Shocker (Not Really)

It took longer than expected, but the feeds are back and Elissa and Helen have been nominated.

What a strange day, though. We had an entire afternoon of ring kissing, as Jeremy and Aaryn have been holding court. One by one, they've come in for interrogation, with the main question being who should go up next to Elissa. Strangely, Helen basically offered herself up, which was an unnecessary move as she was going up all along.

Kaitlin, though, made it all about herself, with some strange pleas for Candice to go up instead of Helen. In some strange piece of brain farting, Kaitlin would end up going home if it was Helen as the pawn instead of Candice. Not really sure what that was all about.

Even weirder, though, was the sad case of Elissa. She was scheduled to be the last person to grovel, but was suffering from stomach issues. Oddly, this caused the Cat Lady contingent on twitter to start praying, becasue she may be close to death! She just needed a good poop, which means this was the first nomination ceremony in history to be delayed by an intestinal issue. if you think about it, it's fitting.

So we know that Elissa will get the (non-deserved) MVP again tomorrow. Who will go up? Will it be Jeremy, or Kaitlin? Tell us your prediction!

Friday
Jun282013

The Night Owl

In order to understand the events of the last day/night, you first have to understand some of the alliances going on in the house right now.  The season is still pretty new and alliances are going to change, crumble, and form, so these are just the most current.  The very first alliance to emerge (I'm embarrassed to say their name, but I like the members) was The Moving Company.  This alliance consists of McCrae, Nick, Howard, Spencer, and Jeremy.  Next up you have the "showmance alliance" which consists of Jeremy, Jessie, Aaryn, and David.  After those there are a few alliances without names...or who have been named without their knowledge.  You have the "BlondeTourage" made up of Aaryn, David, and GinaMarie, and then what Amanda has just begun calling "Bieber Fever" which apparently consists of all the younger HGs except for McCrae who she considers her closest ally for now. Then there is a group that only Judd, Amanda, Andy, and Helen think is real consisting of the 4 of them plus McCrae and Spencer.

 

Okay, now that that's out of the way... 

There has been a ton of strategizing today/tonight even though the POV ceremony hasn't even taken place yet.  The plan is still to put up Elissa and keep her plus blindside David, but there have been many talks, and some confusion as to who originally came up with the plan.  The plan to keep Elissa originally started with Helen and McCrae and then with The Moving Company (mainly Nick and McCrae), but by now, Amanda, Judd, and Andy have all been convinced that THEY were the ones that came up with the "brilliant" idea.  Andy  not as much. I think he believes he is just along for the ride on this one.

 

Amanda did a ton of talking in the last 24 hours (what's new?)  so I will begin with her.  After having some talks with McCrae while going to sleep Thusday night/Friday morning, he kind of let her believe that it was her plan to keep Elissa while he just dropped subtle hints to lead her to the final conclusion.  So she spent all day Friday convincing Judd, Spencer, Andy, and Helen to keep her and also convincing them that THEY were the ones with the idea.  She also conjured a fake fight with Elissa which I have yet to see.  This apparently came in the wake of her explaining to Elissa that she would vote to keep her but that they had to pretend to hate each other or something very close to that. (I still need to flashback and watch that part). I'm really not understanding how Amanda has not lost her voice or at least become sick of the sound of it by now. I feel bad for McCrae.  If only he were as good at kicking her out of the HOH as he is at competitions.

 

 

Amanda's non stop rattling and self praising aside, we got to see a few glimpses of what is SUPPOSEDLY going on with The Moving Company.  Nick found time to slip away and tell Spencer not only about the plan for the vote to keep Elissa and oust David, but also to tell him to play it cool and talk shit about each other if people ask questions or bring them up so that no one knows that they are working together and also so they never get put up together if someone not in their alliance wins.  This also helps them control the votes.  They discussed immersing themselves into the other alliances in the house in order to protect their other alliance members from that side of the house while still making sure the house is divided.  IE Nick joins the BlondeTourage group via GinaMarie while Spencer gets in good with Amanda and her little crew. Then if one of their non Moving Company members wins HOH and they have some pull, they protect their member on the other side.  Spencer also came to Nick later on in the night and implied that they needed to have a talk to catch up on what has been going on with said side alliances etc.. but this talk has yet to happen. If it happens after I post the blog and I catch it, I will be sure to do a follow-up with the details of the meeting.

 

 

 Spencer relayed this info to Howard as well.  Spencer also held up his end of the deal by making sure to call Nick an "untrustworthy floater" to Amanda and Andy while they were discussing who to include in their alliance of people keeping Elissa. Amanda instructed them to DEFINITELY not let Nick know they were keeping Elissa because he is untrustworthy and she doesn't want him to know "her" plan.

 

 

Here is where The Moving Company's problem comes in... No one has told their 5th member, Jeremy, what is actually going on.  IF they were to tell him it likely would not change anything since he has what seems to be a stronger alliance loyalty to David.  Jeremy would likely lose it and either tell David or try to change things which would blow up the MC alliance potentially.  Jeremy and David already spent a good portion of today being very paranoid that people were turning on them and that David would go home.  The fact that they were blaming the wrong people for turning on them is kind of irrelevant ..the point is that Jeremy doesn't want David to leave and short of the other members of the MC being able to convince him that it was not them who kept Elissa, he will likely be leaving the alliance or screwing them over in some way.  I hope I'm wrong on this one, but I just don't see him being alright with them voting David out.

 

 

There is also the problem that Amanda has been in McCrae's ear for well over 24 hours now.  I'm not kidding, she has not stopped talking once during the time she has been awake, and so it's really hard to tell how invested in her he really is since he isn't trying to shake her.  If he is keeping her around and letting her think she came up with this plan just to keep her quiet about the plan and keep her from blowing things up, he might be brilliant.  But part of me is scared that he has forgotten  his original alliance altogether as he has slowly allowed Amanda to turn him into a pod person.  He did let her tell Elissa that she is staying and David is going home.  Where his thoughts are I really won't know until I see some DRs, or possibly when I see the meeting of the MC alliance.

 

 

Compared to all the strategizing that has been going nonstop, the other things that happened in the house tonight seem very unimportant, but I will try to give a quick rundown. GinaMarie managed to injure herself again by stepping on something else.  I think this is the third time.  If I were her I would invest in shoes.  Kaitlin and Aaryn both had pretty productive evenings, but they were mostly just rubbing on their showmances and talking sweetly to them about how it feels to kiss and love etc.. etc.. *gags*.  Neither of them seemed very concerned about actual game happenings.  Aaryn DOES put on her game face now and then, but it's usually when she is freaking out at David and telling him what to do or being angry at him for talking to Elissa.   I know she is pretty guys, but she might be ALMOST as crazy as Jessie....almost.

 

 

 

Andy spent a lot of time talking with Helen, Spencer, Amanda, and McCrae about their "new alliance".  He also spent a decent amount of time being very funny.  I'm sad that he doesn't seem to be in the inner circle or know what's going on when it comes to the real alliances in the house, because I truly do enjoy him and would like to see him make it pretty far.  As I have said before though, the season is young and there is still plenty of time.  At least he has not emerged as a huge threat to anyone so no one is really talking about evicting him yet.  Ideally I would love to see Jeremy get booted and see Andy join up with the other members of the MC.

 

 

Nick spent most of his day and night hanging out with David, Elissa, and GinaMarie for various amounts of time in an attempt to not only lull David into thinking he is safe, but to get in good with GinaMarie and her group and also with Elissa.  I think a lot of this is in preparation of the post vote where he, Spencer, and Howard have planned to play "the blame game" about the votes so that no one knows WHY Elissa is still there or who voted for that to happen.

 

 

As of now the HGs are all in the backyard, most of them in a group on the couches talking about past seasons and doing former HG impersonations.  After a long day of really hot weather I am ready to sign off and hit the hay before I do it all over again.  If I catch any big strategy sessions or meetings I will be sure to post a follow-up.  How are you guys feeling? Do you have a favorite alliance that you want to see succeed?  Until tomorrow night..

Friday
Jun282013

Pure Comedy

People that know me understand that I'm a curmudgeon that hates almost everything. That's why even I'm shocked at how much I'm loving the live feeds. Seriously, if you don't have them do it now. It's pure gold. 

Every single one of these people are delusional, and you never know what is going to happen from minute to minute. Yes, that sounds like a CBS cliche, but it's been true so far. 

Today was a perfect example. Paranoia is running rampant, and silliness is in the air. First off, David has started to figure out that he may be a target. That has set him off, and he even spent some time bitching to McCrae about it. Then out of the blue, my pretty girl Aaryn started acting psycho once again, commanding him to do what she tells him. Oh, that girl is a treat.

Then you have two fights going on at the same time. Jeremy goes into the bathroom to yell at Aaryn while she is taking a shower. In the next room, Kaitlin is going nuts, screaming to David and GinaMarie that Jeremy has betrayed her. All of this is because there are various rumors floating around that various people know each other or are related. Meanwhile, Elissa is nowhere to be found...but I'm sure smiling like a proud Reilly.

Elissa is part of the big winner of the afternoon, though. Amanda, who must have a dozen different deals by now, has been working an old versus young rivalry. She sits down with Elissa to talk about making a deal. They decide that the best plan for them is to pretend they're arguing, and she'll storm off.

The problem is that our dear Amanda has not taken any lessons from Strasburg, and nobody even raises an eyebrow as she stomps away. Attempting to make sure everybody know they hate each other, Amanda makes a show of stomping away again when Elissa sits in the same area as her. Still...crickets. Nobody gives a shit.

It's not going to work anyway, as Elissa told McCrae just a couple of minutes later that it's a hoax. Oh well.

The night is young. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Thursday
Jun272013

POV Results

Details are scarce, but McCrae won the veto, and Elissa is not happy (as she shouldn't be). The rest of the house is jumping for joy, though. Apparently, the comp involved honey; lots of honey, along with spelling, and they're all covered with it. 

Now they have booze.

Thursday
Jun272013

It's In The Genes

If there was any doubt where this creature Elissa came from, this latest conversation with McCrae erased it. She had been pretty quiet throughout the morning, taking a lot of time with the Bible. (Oh yes, I can see the CBS edit now.) Then she headed up to the HOH to talk to McCrae, and it was right out of the Rachel playbook. There were lots of babbling how the audience would love to see the two of them work together, and how Aaryn has been bullying her. It's gone on, and the only difference is that Elissa does this in a more passive-aggressive voice than Rachel's high pitched whine. It's the same speech, though, almost word for word.

Look, I can understand that she's worried about being put up. She should fight to stay in if that's the case. But of all the targets in the house, it's not coincidental that her main enemy is the pretty little blonde girl. It's not somebody who is an actual threat to go far. It's somebody who knows nothing about the game. Kind of reminiscent of Rachel versus Cassie, right?

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.

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