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Thursday
Aug082013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 19 Recap

It’s one of the highlights of the Big Brother season. A night when a whole week of the season (more, actually) is crowded into one hour of craziness. It’s a night that has seen fan faves and season powerhouses suddenly leave the house. It’s a night that generally sets the pace for the last few weeks of the show.

Of course, I’m talking about double eviction night. Adding to the usual madness of this extravaganza, CBS announced earlier this week that everybody still in the house has made jury. A tweet from Julie Chen added even more intrigue. The “reset” button was in the tweeted picture, which has made everybody believe that the MVP twist is now over (thank God).

Here we go with the usual Thursday opening of the reactions to Jessie taking herself off the block with the POV. Spencer isn’t too worried, but he knows he “can’t do anything to change anybody’s minds”. Candice, though, has a bit of new life, as she’s heard about Amanda’s various “schemes”. Amanda again whines about the “anonymous MVP”, and says she has to “play nice Amanda”.

Amanda and Jessie are now shown still babbling about their fight from earlier this week (as shown on last night’s episode). Amanda’s complaint is that she thought they were friends, and she apologizes. Jessie says she doesn’t believe her.

Now Amanda and McCrae are sitting in the cockpit with Andy and Judd, and Amanda remarks that they haven’t met up in a while. Yes, her paranoia has not gone away, and Andy isn’t too happy about this. We see a repeat of their final four deal, and then Judd says that he doesn’t want to see any more outbursts from Amanda. This doesn’t make her happy, especially as she thinks he is MVP.

Candice is now shown complaining to Elissa about being the target. Jessie walks in, and Candice says, “I don’t get how I became a bigger threat than McCrae and Amanda.” Jessie agrees, and later starts to work on Helen. She tells Helen that “Amanda is so influential”, and that if they don’t do it this week, Amanda will go after her next week. Helen isn’t convinced.

Now Jessie attempts to work on Judd, saying if Candice goes this week that will mean Jessie goes next week. Judd says he thought she squashed her beef with Amanda, but Jessie says he should come in with her and the other girls. Judd is also not completely convinced, and ends up giving her a couple of kisses. Does that mean they’re engaged.

Wait, maybe it did work, as Helen meets up with Andy and complains that Amanda and McCrae are “too comfortable”. She claims that she is about huge moves, but can’t do it without Andy. Andy shakes his head, and says they have yet to do anything to make him reconsider his trust. “It’s like chess, and it’s way too early.”

Now Helen is outside with Candice, telling her that “part of the deal is making deals”. When she says that Candice is not her first choice to go home, Candice responds that it’s insane to let Amanda stay in the house. “Why don’t you tell this spiel to anybody else in the house?” Jessie says it’s because nobody can make this kind of move without Helen. Here response is that she has tried to help Candice to no avail, and that Amanda has “not done me any wrong”. She’s ready to do it “when the house is ready”.

It’s time to announce the big news to the house, and she starts with the news of the expanded nine-person jury. “That is the good news”, says Julie. The bad news is that tonight is double eviction night, and that “just because you’re on the jury doesn’t mean you’re out of the game”. Say what?

Final plea time, starting with Candice. She complains about GinaMarie’s personal attack, and we can hear GinaMarie respond. Oh boy, this is funny. Julie attempts to stop them, to no avail. They’re still screaming as Spencer gets up for his final plea. He tries to be funny, but who can hear them? Amanda then thanks her family, and that she loves everybody in the house. “I want to stay here badly.”

Voting now starts with McCrae, who votes to evict Candice, as does Aaryn, Helen, Jessie, a frowning Elissa, Andy, and Judd. It’s unanimous. Candice is out the door!

Julie announces the decision, and she hugs almost everybody. Well, except GinaMarie, who continues to shout at her about her mother not wanting her as she walks out. We hear Candice apologize to Julie as we watch them stare at the wall of pictures. Julie asks about what happened, and Candice complains about the personal attacks. “I’m a lovely person, inside and out”, she complains. The fight with Amanda is up next, and Candice says that Amanda has a lot of protection around her.

Julie then brings up the racism angle, and Howard’s plea to ignore it. Candice says she’s a “person who defends myself”, and she said that she “stayed true to myself” while still listening to Howard’s advice. There’s no goodbye messages this week, and we head right to commercials.

Commercial break over, it’s time for the HOH competition. It’s a question contest called “Summer School”, and it’s about items and events in the house. The answers are “more” or “less”, and wrong answers get you out of the game.

The first question is about airplane seats, and Elissa is already out! The second question is about the popsicle factory competition, and Andy and Jessie are now out. For question three, Julie asks about the number of black fireballs, and everybody is correct. Next is about the veto election competition, and Aaryn is the only person to get it right. She’s the new HOH! And doesn’t seem to be too happy about it!

We head to more commercials, and when we return Aaryn has to immediately state her choices for nominations. She’s seen talking to Andy, McCrae, and Spencer, who volunteers to go up. Aaryn tells them all they need to fight hard for veto. Amanda and McCrae walk out, and Andy asks her what she wants to do. She doesn’t want to make waves, and Andy doesn’t want Spencer to go home.

Julie then announces that it’s time for the nomination ceremony, and everybody heads back into the living room. Before we get to her nominations, Julie announces that there will no longer be the MVP twist. Amanda yells the loudest in response. Now Aaryn gets to make her nominations, and puts up Jessie and Spencer.

More commercials before the POV competition, which will also include Andy, Judd, and Amanda. It’s called “Nailed It”, and they have to race to their toolbox to get different colored nails for their veto puzzle. If you do the puzzle incorrectly, you’re out of the contest. Just a minute or two into the contest, Aaryn has already won! Wow, I wasn’t expecting that at all!

Yet another commercial break before Aaryn has to decide to make a replacement nominee. We see Jessie hugging various people, and then the Amanda clique are talking. Meanwhile, Helen is giving Aaryn some “advice”, and telling her that she is amazing. Julie then calls everybody back into the living room, and Aaryn then she takes Jessie down and puts up Judd for “playing her”. Apparently, all but two people want this, and “I’ll be going home if I don’t do this.” What the fuck just happened???

Holy crap, there are more commercials before we get to the second eviction of the evening. The final pleas begin with lots of bleeps before Spencer stands up. He hopes that anybody has any plans for him in the long term. Judd stands up and says he loves everybody, and doesn’t understand why he’s been put up. “Don’t vote how people are telling you. Vote how you want to.” He then points to various people to change their vote, and says that not everything is true.

Amanda starts the process by voting to evict Judd, as does McCrae, GinaMarie, Andy, Helen, Elissa, and Jessie. Yes, it’s again unanimous.

The news is given to an angry Judd, who sprints to grab his hat before hugging the house. For some reason, Elissa whines, “this has nothing to do with me”, as he sprints out the door. Half the house is crying as we await the interview, and Helen calls Aaryn “Janelle”. Wait, what?

Julie asks Judd what just happened, and I honestly can’t understand what he said. He doesn’t know what Aaryn was referring to, and says that maybe he shouldn’t have trusted Amanda and McCrae. He does say that he was loyal to them, though. That’s it, though, as the time is up.

I need some time to process what just happened. I don’t really care that Judd went home. I liked him, but he had been acting even stranger than usual in recent days. What do you think? Was this a big move? Who should Aaryn have gone after? Why is Elissa making this about herself? Tell us what you think about tonight’s show!

 

Wednesday
Aug072013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 18 Recap

A cone of shame. A clown-itard. Multiple tanning sessions. A contest to determine a place at a barbecue. Yes, tonight is going to be full of silliness.

Yet it won’t be all giggles. There will be a MVP nominee reveal that will revive a whole mess of paranoia, culminating in an extremely contentious POV competition that will bring the ugly side of at least two competitors. Yes, this will be a strange episode that will be talked about for quite some time. Or at least until tomorrow’s eviction.

Before we get to that silliness, though, we have to relive the moment GinaMarie nominated Candice and Jessie. GinaMarie says that Candice is “pretty much my target”, as she’s a rat and “drama queen”. Jessie is just a pawn. She goes on to utter stupidity about how New Yorkers “tell it like it is”. Stop this, diary room.

Candice says she’s “appalled” by GinaMarie’s comments, and admits that she feels like an outsider. We hear GinaMarie inform the girls that she wants to talk to them upstairs. Uh oh. Jessie is also bummed out about GinaMarie’s comments, and says she’s “going to fight hard to remain here”. Meanwhile, Amanda and Judd run into the cockpit room to make fun of GinaMarie’s speech.

Jessie is first to talk to GinaMarie, who compliments her about being a “beast” at POV. “You’re not going home.” Candice is her target, and she wants Jessie to remain cool for the week. Jessie says that she’ll definitely have her back.

Candice is downstairs, and Judd apologizes to her. Candice says she has “thick skin”, so none of this matters to her. GinaMarie then yells for her to come upstairs, but she really doesn’t want to. She does anyway, and complains about how “harsh” GinaMarie was to her. This is a dumb conversation that we covered on last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show. Neither of these two ladies are really good at speaking, and it’s pretty much all silliness. GinaMarie, though, somehow believes that this conversation is going to smooth things over.

Now we have the first moment of MVP discussion. Spencer seems to be the only one who truly believes that viewers are picking the third nominee, although he says in the diary room that he has no clue. Amanda is the one who is completely convinced that it’s not America, and she claims that the public wouldn’t vote her up. Even McCrae laughs at that comment. “I’ve been getting out all the mean people in the house. I don’t see why they’d put me up.” The rest of the room is speechless.

Jessie is now seen going up to the HOH room again, where everybody is hanging out. Nobody really talks to her, and Amanda complains about her sitting down next to McCrae. She calls for McCrae to move next to her, “which is annoying”. She then gets up and leaves the room, and McCrae says he doesn’t know what is wrong. “This is so high school it’s ridiculous.”

McCrae tracks her down in the bedroom, where she tells him he’s “annoying”. She brings up why he wouldn’t move next to her, and we then have a really silly argument. An annoyed McCrae finally gets up and walks away.

The next scene shows McCrae walking into the bathroom as Amanda is taking a shower, and the discussion carries on. “Girls like that drive me up the wall”, she says. She then complaisn that he’s not responding, and McCrae says in the diary room that she is now reminding him of past girlfriends. She asks if he’s mad at her, and he’s still quiet. “Can you talk, please. You’re driving me crazy.” He adds in the diary room that if he was to separate from her she would probably come after him. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Amanda can scorn.”

After the first commercials, it is time to find out the identity of the third nominee. You probably already guessed, but it’s Amanda. She’s obviously not happy. “Why??? It doesn’t make any sense!” Meanwhile, Jessie is fighting back a smile. McCrae says that her attitude hasn’t been doing her any favors in recent days. The other plays in the competition are Judd and Spencer, with Aaryn as the host.

Now Candice and Elissa are giggling in the cockpit room, and Helen joins them. Helen tells Candice that she “needs to keep your brain focused’ to get herself off the block. They suddenly think that Judd is the MVP. Amanda is walking in, and Elissa asks if it is Judd. She agrees. “He just acts super weird.”

Amanda then pulls Judd aside and asks him if he’s MVP. He doesn’t reply, but says if he wins MVP he’s going to use it on Jessie. Amanda replies, “are you serious?” He then changes it to acting like he’s going to use it on Jessie, but actually use it on her. Amanda complains that he is being sketchy.

She then approaches Spencer to see if he’d use it on her, and he’s pretty non-committal. In the diary room, though, he’s not as afraid to say no way. “It would be like if the Joker went to Batman looking for help”. They promise to talk later about it, though.

Amanda then walks into the HOH, and GinaMarie hugs her and says that she didn’t expect it again. She wonders why anybody would do that, and McCrae says that it’s her own fault because of her attitude. Amanda doesn’t see it that way. “It is stupid. It doesn’t make any sense.” GinaMarie says that she would definitely use it on her, but she should win it herself.

For some reason, this makes Aaryn walk out the door, complaining that she’s so selfish. Amanda continues on, complaining that Aaryn is pissed because that would potentially put her up instead.

Andy is now in the storage room with McCrae, talking about how pissed Aaryn is about this. “In front of Aaryn, she should not be pushing for GinaMarie to use it on her.” McCrae then back upstairs, and tells GinaMarie to just keep it for herself. Guess who is right behind him, though?

Yeah, this isn’t going to go well. Amanda wants to know why he’s fighting to keep her on the block. Aaryn says the “same reason you’re worried is why I’m worried”. McCrae complains that Amanda thinks everybody owes her something, which they don’t.

Oh God, this is continuing. She’s now in the have-not room with tears, and Judd tells her not to worry. She starts yelling at McCrae again, and she refuses to understand their fight. “You need to stop your dictatorship in this relationship.”

It’s now time for the competition. The backyard is set up like a froggery (is that a word), which greatly pleases Judd. They have to sling their frogs into the pond, and the last place person in each round is out. They then pull a prize, which can be traded in for whomever is lower than them.

Jessie is up first, and gets a three. McCrae gets a five, Candice a 4, Judd a 8, Amanda a 23, and Gina completely misses the target. She’s out, and her prize is the veto! (Temporarily, of course.)

In round two, Spencer goes first with a five. Candice gets 24, Judd an 8, Jessie a 4, and Amanda only gets a 1. She’s now out, and her “prize” is the Code of Shame. Obviously, she trades it with GinaMarie’s veto.

In round three, Judd kicks it off with a 21, followed by Jessie’s 9, and Spencer’s 5. Before the final throw, though, Candice whispers to Judd that Amanda thinks he’s the MVP. “They think you’re shady.” He says he’s not MVP, and Candice replies, “they call me a rat. I’ll be a rat.”

Amanda catches on, and tells her to “shut your big fat mouth”. In the diary room, Amanda complains that Candie is digging her own grave, as her plan was to push for Jessie to go home instead. Amanda says that maybe Candice is actually the MVP. Candice then starts sing-songing a stupid reply about “all day I’ll put you up”.

Oh boy. Amanda’s response? “That’s the Saniqua coming out in you, I guess.” Sigh. Elissa is smiling, but complains in the diary room that comments like that should not be made. Amanda continues on, bitching that everybody made fun of her in school because she acts like a fool. McCrae pleads with her to stop.

Finallly, Candice is up to toss, and her throw goes right into the water. Amanda continues to make fun of her as she opens her prize to find a Bahamas vacation. She trades it for the veto.

Amanda won’t let things drop, though, asking why she won’t let things drop and that she is the reason Howard went home. “You have no gameplay.”

“It’s the wrong game, boo”, replies Candice, and continues to bark at Amanda, who says she’s “fucking nuts”. Of course, the real insult of the competition isn’t heard, as it’s about Howard’s penis.

Round 4 finally begins with Judd getting a 23, Jessie getting 13, and Spencer hitting only a 6. His prize? “50 shades of orange”, which GinaMarie begs to receive. Instead, he trades it for the vacation.

Now it’s the final round, and Jessie hits the 50 but it falls into the water. Judd then throws a 20 to win the competition! Amanda then starts yelling some more, as does Candice. “I’d rather Jessie get it any day of the year over you.” Judd tells her to do just that. Her envelope is for five grand, but she obviously trades it for the veto. Judd’s prize is the clownitard, and he trades it for the money, making Jessie the holder of the POV!

Amanda is pissed, but at least Candice didn’t win either. Candice, meanwhiles, hopes that the fight will ultimately save her.

It’s now the aftermath of the competition, and Amanda and McCrae have yet another fight. “I told you to shut up, and you then keep going.” Amanda says that Candice is stupid, and McCrae says that she is the stupid one. “Am I supposed to just sit there?” McCrae says she’s running around like a bully, but Amanda doesn’t understand. She finally tells him to just leave.

In the kitchen, Aaryn and Elissa are laughing about the clownitard. Candice walks into the room, and says she’s just “going to stay calm and collected” in hopes that the target moves on to Amanda. Aaryn is now worried that Elissa may try to save Candice.

Aaryn heads upstairs to tell GinaMarie about what she thinks about Elissa’s plans. She wants Elissa to be put up as Jessie’s replacement.

It’s now time for funny filler. Candice heads in for her clown costume, and comes out to much laughter. Spencer says she’s handling it “really cool”, though.

Next up is Amanda’s “50 shades of orange”, which means she gets a spray tan whenever the music comes on. “I look like a raccoon”, she complains. “God, I’m good looking.”

Finally, it’s the cone of shame, and, of course, GinaMarie is relishing every second. We get a montage of her life in the house with that stupid thing on her head.

Back to the game, as Helen heads into the HOH room to ensure “my allies are safe”. We get the classic “I really like you” lines from Helen, and then GinaMarie tells her about what they’re hearing about Elissa. Oh no, this can’t happen. Helen goes full bore on her “I love you” bullshit, and how she wants to keep both her and Elissa in this game. Funny stuff, really.

It’s now time for the show’s conclusion, and Jessie again for reasons that make no sense stares at the picture wall. She calls everybody in, and takes herself down. GinaMarie then puts up Spencer, who says he’s in a pretty good spot next to these two people. Amanda also thinks she’s safe, though. Candice thinks that Amanda is “more of a threat than me”, and promises “world war three in the big brother house this week”.

That’s it for the night. Remember, tomorrow night is double eviction night. What did you think of tonight’s episode? Were you happy with the editing of the POV fight? Or how crazy Amanda came off? What about the Cone of Shame? Let us know your thoughts!

 

Wednesday
Jul312013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 15

Tonight should be a fairly ho-hum episode, with lots of filler and some fake showmance garbage. Add to that the MVP and POV competition, and even more filler. Yeah, it’s going to be a slow hour.

Let’s get this over with by starting off with the “surprising” reactions to Aaryn’s nominations of Spencer and Howard. Surprising only to one person, that is. Aaryn explains that the real target is Howard, and Spencer is up as a pawn and because he’s one of Howard’s allies. Howard knew that he was going up as the others “flexed their muscles” to put him up. Spencer feels similar, and hopes that the third nominee changes everything. Helen adds that she’s happy that Aaryn listened to her.

Aaryn heads upstairs, and Helen closely follows to jump around in celebration. GinaMarie then comes in, and they all celebrate. Even Elissa comes in for a hug. “I wasssssssss suuuuuper shocked that Aarynnnnnn didn’t nominate me”, she says in the diary room. “After all of our negative history, maybe there’s potential for us to work together.”
Helen and Elissa leave, and Arryn and GinaMarie continue to slap themselves on the back. Amanda then comes in to do the same. “Do you know how long it’s taken me to get Howard and Spencer on the block”, she says with a smile. “Oh my God, I’m so proud of you.”

Howard,, though, isn’t as happy. He’s in the have-not room, and says he’s ready for God to tell him what to do. As he starts to pray, Jessie comes in. Cue the sad piano music, as she goes on about what an opportunity this is, and that she doesn’t want him to leave. She tells him not to give up, and he promises he won’t. “Ok, sis?” Ugh, that segment sucked.

Spencer is now talking to McRae, saying that he knows that Howard is the target. He’s hoping that either Candice or GinaMarie will be the third nominee, and if so he wants them to be the one going. McCrae says, “oh yeah”. McCrae says that he believes Spencer will be more loyal to him than Howard ever will. He goes on to say inform him that Aaryn made a deal with Helen and Elissa, but Spencer says he doesn’t believe a word that he said.

Howard and Spencer are now shown playing pool while the rest are inside eating, and Spencer remarks how “everybody is acting like we’re lepers”. Howard still believes it’s all going to work out. “It changes around her in just a heartbeat”, replies Spencer. Howard adds that he knows what he’s going to do. Really?

Suddenly, Howard walks in and asks for everybody’s attention. He says in the diary room that he saw an opportunity to “address everybody with some realness and some facts that you can’t run from”. He then goes into some weird rant that doesn’t make any sense about being real, and even Judd jokes that it makes him sound smart. He continues to ramble on about how he has never said anything disparaging against any of them. Even Spencer says he’s embarrassed. “You freaked people out.”

Afterwards, everybody runs upstairs “totally confused”, says Amanda. None of them have a clue as to what it meant, and Andy is convinced it was meant directly for him. Amanda loves this, though. “Awesome. This makes it a lot easier to send Howard on his way this week.”

After commercials, Spencer is again playing pool. Amanda and McCrae are laying on the couch, and Amanda talks about how comfortable she feels. The topic of MVP comes up, and Elissa jogs by and says she thinks Andy has it. “I hope so”, replies McCrae. “He seems, like excited.” They all think last week’s MVP was Howard. After she leaves, Amanda says there’s no way it is Andy, and they then start worrying about the possibility of Howard having it.

It’s time to find out, as it’s POV player time. The big reveal of the third nominee is...Amanda! The house is stunned. “I’m pissed”, she says, especially since she believes it’s Howard. “It’s imperative that I win this veto to guarantee safety.” Howard, of course, couldn’t be happier. Helen is also freaking out, as she always is. The nominees gather, and the other two players are Candice and Jessie, with the host being a way overjoyed Helen. You can see the steam rising out of Amanda’s head.

As the meeting is adjourned, McCrae is bitching to Spencer about Amanda’s nomination. Spencer asks who the MVP is, and McCrae responds “you can make an educated guess”. Spencer says there is “no fucking way”, and that Howard would tell him if that was the case. McCrae claims in the diary room that he was purposely firing up Spencer, who claims it’s having no effect on him.

Amanda is now in the bedroom, and Aaryn comes in and says “it’s definitely not America” voting for MVP. McCrae again says it’s definitely Howard.

Spencer has moved in to the Have-Not room, and says to Howard “it’s definitely Elissa. There ain’t now way it’s not”. Candice agrees. At the same time, McCrae is continuing to vent, and this time it’s to a surprisingly tough-talking Andy. Amanda walks in, and she doesn’t necessarily believe that the MVP is Howard. She admits it’s “really driving me crazy. I need to get to the bottom of this.”

She walks into the Have-Not room and asks Howard if he is the MVP. He denies it, and thinks it’s either America or Elissa. They talk about it being a disadvantage to even be MVP, and we get the same silly music we had earlier for Howard’s first speech. Watching it live, though, it didn’t sound as silly. Seriously, it didn’t, but it makes for humorous TV, I guess.

After another round of commercials, we open with some sad piano music. Oh Jeez. Now what? Wait, it’s Andy! He’s up early by himself, and climbs into the hammock to get “some piece with myself”. Wait, why are we having this segment? Seriously? Even with the bird “attacking” him it’s a waste of time.

It’s now POV time, and Helen is way too into her role as host. Everybody is dressed as scientists, and Andy gets another bad scripted quip. They all enter a “time machine”, and come out in the dinosaur age. “We’re in frickin’ Jurassic Park here”, describes Amanda. Oh God, this is cheesy. They have to create a veto stone out of puzzle pieces. No need to recap here. Howard is awful at it, as are Jessie and Candice, and Spencer wins.

We get more commercials before we hit Amanda and others in the HOH. They want to know who Aaryn is putting up, and she says she wants it to be Candice. Amanda likes the idea, but Helen isn’t so crazy. “I want to tell her that at least I tried for her.”

Meanwhile, Spencer is in the bedroom with Candice and Howard. Candice already knows she’s probably going up, unless Helen tells her to do something else. Spencer says something about getting info from Jessie, and Candice tells him to go for it. After he walks out, Candice bitches that Spencer won’t “do shit”. She’s frustrated that neither of them are willing to do any work, so she “takes matters into my own hands” and searches out Helen.

It’s a worthless talk, really. Helen washes her hands of the decision, and Candice complains that Helen doesn’t seem to have loyalty to her. “They all want him out bad”, Helen replies. Candice doesn’t buy her bullshit, though, no matter how many times Helen cries, “no, we’re not”. How dare anybody criticize Helen! She finally storms off to do a “preemptive strike”.

She does just that, bitching that Candice “threatened her”, and that she “owes her”. Other than that, it’s “blah blah blah” as I can’t really handle listening to Helen anymore. Especially this kind of bullshit.

FInally, and I really mean finally, it’s time for Spencer to go through the charade of staring at the wall of keys before he saves himself. He does just that, and is replaced by Candice. We end the show with more blah blah blah I’m not finished blah blah blah the fight’s not over blah blah blah Howie Howie Howie.

So we’re finished. Were you more entertained than I was? Were you a bit surprised that they edited Howard in a not-as-promising light? Are you happy that Candice is up? Let us know what you think!

 

Sunday
Jul282013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 14 Recap

Tonight’s episode should be pretty basic and lackluster. Covering the 24 hours after Arryn’s dramatic HOH victory, there will be just a little bit of shuffling and gaming. Since Arryn quicly acquiesced to the promises she made earlier in the week, the real focus tonight will be filler segments and the Have-Not competition.

So we start off tonight with a look back at Kaitlin’s departure. Arryn is happy that she succeeded in staying. “I’m extremely proud to have figured out a way to get the majority of people on my side after pretty much being on the bottom of the barrel.” Helen hopes that Arryn holds up her side of the bargain, and accurately reads CBS’s cliche of the night. “I hope I didn’t just make a deal with the devil.” Elissa is not happy, and slowly drawls how the pressure of the house made her vote out Kaitlin. Howard echoes a similar thought, but more succinctly.

Andy then gets his token, and much desired, spot on the episode, babbling about how Kaitlin set a record in leaving after her eviction. “I’m sure that Jeremy is waiting with open arms on his boat.”

We then move to the HOH competition, and Elissa’s futile effort to beat Arryn. “I went from being on the bottom of the barrel to the tip top of the mountain”, she sort of exclaims. GinaMarie shows the real enthusiasm, but she’s virtually impossible to understand as she goes on about her “BB bunny”. There’s also a funny shot as Arryn hugs everybody, but her and Elissa both avoid the uncomfortable moment. Elissa is “speechless”, and the world is thankful.

Helen, though, is worried that Arryn won’t stand up to her promise to put up Howard and Spencer. We get a shot from earlier in the week of them shaking on this deal before moving on to Candice saying “I just want to throw up. Are you serious?”

Arryn and Jessie head into the bathroom to celebrate, and Jessie says she has to play like they’re best friends this week. Meanwhile, Candice is straddling Howard, complaining that her and Elissa will probably be put up. Howard says they’re just going to have to “kiss butt”. Candice also knows about the “game-changing deal”, and we get another shot back in time as Jessie informs her of the deal. She tells Howard, and he promises not to tell anybody.

Spencer is now shown talking to Arryn. He wants to make a deal, but she says she has to wait to hear from the house. She tells him that she doesn’t want him to go home, and says she respects him. She also says she’s under pressure to put up Howard, but doesn’t really want to do that. She has no alliance, so she has to make people happy. This pisses Spencer off, but he still looks at her ass in the final shot.

Helen now grabs Arryn and pulls her into the storage room. Helen congratulates her, and then tells her that Candice knows about their deal. We get another shot from the past as Candice asks Helen about that a few minutes before the eviction. Helen complains that Candice was “threatening” her, but she clearly wasn’t. They both know that it was Elissa who informed Candice, and Helen is furious. Maybe putting Elissa up isn’t a bad idea, and while not against it, Helen says her name has to be out of that conversation.

Elissa and Candice are now complaining about Arryn, who conveniently walks in. Elissa gives her pure glaring looks through the mirror as Arryn wanders around the kitchen. Arryn complains in the diary room how Elissa makes it harder on herself. She did, after all, promise to not put her up. she could at least try to be cordial. Yeah, right.

Fluff time, as the “who wants to see my HOH room” music comes on. Everybody is hiding from Arryn, though, which at least adds another little twist to a boring segment. They finally go in, and there are laughs and fake cheer. Zzzzzzzz! Oops, there is one moment of awkwardness as Arryn complains that Candice has her saying “aks” instead of “ask”. Oh boy.

Helen is now holding court in the cockpit room, telling Judd, McCrae, and Amanda about Candice knowing the Arryn deal. She’s pissed at Elissa! “I hate to say this, but we have to get her out.” Yeah, right.

Fluff time, as we now watch the burgeoning relationship between McCrae and Amanda. Seriously, while I like her I don’t need this garbage.

Spencer now heads up into the HOH for his official “kiss the ring” moment with Arryn. He wants to “defend” himself to her, and says that if he wins HOH he would not have put her up. Arryn doesn’t believe it, but Spencer says that the house needs to have a “power shift”. Again, Arryn says that to save herself last week she had to make deals she didn’t want to make. Spencer rebuts this idea of a HOH that is nothing more than to gain protection, and he doesn’t believe he’ll be safe after this week. “There are other people in the house that can give you more protection”, he says. “I’m not mad at you...yet.”

It’s Howard’s turn to state his case, and he complains about the “lies” that are coming out about himself and Candice. She then tells him about what Candice has been saying about her deal with Helen, but confirms that she has to do what they say. She claims that she doesn’t want to put After commercials, it is time for a CBS tie-in competition. Sirens scream, and everybody runs to the living room. Somebody named Poppy Montgomery, from an unknown CBS show that just happens to be premiering tonight, is on the screen. Andy claims he knows who she is (“she’s a ginger”), but it’s doubtful anybody else does. She introduces the Have-Not competition, and they head outside.

It’s a police station motif, and after a scripted quip from Judd, this Poppy person gives them their instructions. It’s a two-part competition, and I don’t really care. Sorry, folks, but I never recap what happens. It’s always the same. Diary room stuff is nothing but how they don’t want to be Have-Nots, and reading the rules over and over. The results are that this week’s Have-Nots are Amanda, Judd, Candice...and GINAMARIE!!! Finally, she has to move out of the bed she shared with Nick TWO WEEKS AGO!!!

When we return to the show, it’s more fluff. Elissa is doing stretches, and complaining that there is no gym. Jessie, who is also in the room, doesn’t respond. We get more shots of Elissa stretching and doing yoga throughout the house. “I’ll do it anywhere.” Ugh, why? Why?

Silliness over, Candice is again complaining to Howard. He thinks that they have a chance to save the game, and that if she has something to say she should say it. Wait, what? You’re the one who has been telling her to keep quiet! They want to force Arryn to put up Amanda and McCrae. “Go take your bed”, he says. “Now you can go get your bed.” Perfectly dramatic moment, Big Brother editors.

So Candice does just that, but I have to interject here. This conversation I’m about to recap actually took place way earlier. It happened before the Have-Not competition. It happened before her conversations with Spencer and Howard. Hours earlier, in fact. It was so early in the day that most feed watchers didn’t see it.

Candice then comes into the HOH, where Arryn is in the bathroom brushing her teeth. She sits down and complains about how “certain people are running the house”, and that this is a crucal week that should result in a big move. Arryn counters that she has “to make the most amount of people happy”. She adds that she doesn’t want to put up Howard, but a lot of people aren’t happy with him. Candice pleads with her to break up Amanda and McCrae, but Arryn won’t even consider that as she is the main person who has helped her. Candice claims that Amanda is actually working to put her up next week, but Arryn says she has a “Candice switch” and she doesn’t really pay any attention to what she says.

Candice heads back downstairs and tells Howard that she won’t put up Amanda and McCrae. She believes they’re both going on the block, and Howard says that’s not how it sounded last night. Candice is now upset that she may have taken the heat off him and onto her. “That’s fine, Howie. Whatever. Have a great life. Whatever happens, happens.” Yes, she feels used. He asks if she thinks he’s running a game on her, and she backs away from him. “Let’s just not talk about it.” She wants him to leave her alone, and he walks off.

Andy is now upstairs with Arryn and a number of others, pushing for Howard and Spencer to be put up. Arryn says she is considering putting up Elissa, but Andy says she can’t. “Howard and Spencer are such schemers”, he says. Andy walks out, and Arryn complains how stressful it is to be in this position. Jessie says she’ll be completely supportive of whatever she wants to do, including putting up Elissa. Arryn complains that she’s not a “direct target” of either of those men, but she always will be Elissa’s main target. Jessie counsels that she should do what is best for her game, not the house’s game. (It’s interesting how they’re making it sound like there was ever this kind of deep thought about going after Elissa.)

The hour is almost up, so it’s time for the moment of truth. Arryn still makes it sound like Elissa is a possibility, and brings in everybody for the ceremony. The first key she pulls belongs to GinaMarie, and is then followed by Jessie, Andy, Elissa (who gives a weird look), Candice, Helen, McCrae, Amanda, and Judd. Yes, Howard and Spencer are nominated!

Arryn says it’s “nothing personal”, and it’s what is “best for my game”. The show then ends with Howard and Spencer both saying that it’s not over yet for them. Elissa, meanwhile, is “shocked”! Helen is happy that Arryn stuck to her deal, but reminds us that MVP could screw up the whole plan.

So that’s it! What did you think tonight? Should she have put up Elissa? Or anybody else? And who is Poppy Montgomery? What are your thoughts?

 

Sunday
Jul212013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 11 Recap

After the craziness of the last few episode, it’s probably a good thing that tonight’s should be pretty calm. There will be the aftermath of Judd’s HOH victory, a Have-Not competition, and Judd’s nominations. I’d expect lots of filler, and more than a few times that subtitles are used to transcribe Judd’s mumbling. Or Elissa.

The show begins with Jeremy’s eviction, and Kaitlin (kind of) sadly blames herself. “He deserves to be here a lot more than some of these other people.” Aaryn also claims to be a bit bummed, but she’s “just happy to be here”. Of course, Helen screams in the diary room, but says she can’t get too cocky. She says this as she’s acting cocky, of course. Jeremy asks for his “princess”, and is out the door.

As his picture turns black, Amanda jokes that “he looks better in black and white, though”, and hugs Kaitlin. Spencer is happy that he’s still in the house, but is bummed that all of the guys are leaving. Kaitlin, though, is just “trying to hold it together”. She’s worried she’ll take it out on other people.

We move to the HOH competition, and Judd’s victory. He’s excited to be “king of the house for a week”. Surprisingly, Jessie is even more excited. Oh wait, I know why. He’s the only guy that pays attention to her. GinaMarie, though, is shocked, and says the cute girls need to play up to him to “get the scrubs outta the house”.

Filler moment number one. Jessie has Judd’s crown, and he has to kiss her to get it back.

Meanwhile, Aaryn and Kaitlin are sad that Jessie is gone. Kaitlin thinks she’s owed some safety for a few weeks, and Aaryn says she should be happy to still be in the house. Kaitlin thinks she does have a better shot at doing well without Jeremy being around.

In the lounge area, Amanda is freaking out about Julie’s announcement about the MVP twist. McCrae says his “mind is starting to spiral” about this twits, and they wonder who Judd is going to put up. They think it should be Kaitlin and GinaMarie, but Amanda thinks it should be Howard. Judd and Jessie walk in, and Amanda asks what he thinks. She wants Candice and Howard, or Aaryn and Kaitlin. She says in the diary room that she has “to keep him in check”. Judd, though, says that Amanda is getting on his nerves. “She may run McCrae, but she does not run J-U-Double-D!

Candice and Howard are now together, and they pretty much just rerun everything we just heard. Howard feels confident because “I’m in with my boy, Judd”. The twist is on their mind, too.

Ugh, it’s the “who wants to see my HOH room” segment. I don’t participate in this idiocy. Fast forward time.

Judd is now upstairs with a bunch of people, and says he’s thinking about putting up GinaMarie. Spencer wants to know if she is the target, but Judd doesn’t really know. Elissa, though, wants Aaryn up, and Howard pushes for Kaitlin. Elissa says GinaMarie would be a “waste”. Of a nominee, that is. Spencer really doesn’t care as long as he and Howard are safe.

Filler moment number two, as we deal with GinaMarie’s butchering of words. I guess it’s better than some of the other words she uses, but it’s another fast forward moment.

Filler moment number three, as they try to force another showmance on us. Look, CBS viewers, Howard really doesn’t care about Candice. This is all in her mind. And the network’s desire to create showmances is one of the reasons the casting has deteriorated in recent years. Stop it!

The show jumps ahead to Judd’s “Kiss the Ring” conversations, and Aaryn is telling him that she has no desire to go after him. He pretty much tells her that he has to put her up, but “GinaMarie is annoying”. He’d be “down for campaigning against her”. Aaryn, though, wants Howard to be put up. Judd says that’s a bad idea because he would probably get the veto. Aaryn is pissed.

FIller moment number four, as Kaitlin and GinaMarie both talk about their “men”. Aaryn walks in, and complains that being on the block is too stressful. Kaitlin complains that she shouldn’t freak out about it, and Aaryn says that all three of them are going to go up. The other two girls don’t agree, which angers Aaryn. GinaMarie snaps at her, saying she needs to think positive. “Just relax and talk normal.” Somehow, NIck’s name comes up, of course, even though Aaryn said nothing about him. Wait, did we just get a sympathetic Aaryn moment?

Time for the “funkiest have-not competition of the summer”. They’re all in swimsuits, and they have to drink these awful flavors of yogurt. The team that gains the least weight wins. I don’t quite get it, either, and don’t really care. I do know that Elissa throws up, and later complains about being filmed puking. It’s a terrible segment, except for GinaMarie’s excelling at taking the yogurt straight down her throat. The results are that GinaMarie’s team won, and the new have-nots are Jessie, Helen, Andy, and Candice. Andy is pissed and whining.

Immediately afterwards, Judd talks to Amanda about nominations. We know who she wants, and again she pushes for Howard, Spencer, or Candice to go up. This goes on a bit, but Amanda isn’t getting the answers she wants.

Filler moment number 5000. Yoga with Elissa...and Howard. Seriously, this is a waste of time.

Jessie and Elissa now head into the HOH to talk to Judd, and Elissa says this set of nominations will be a “gamechanger”. Judd announces that he wants to put up GinaMarie and Kaitlin, but Elissa doesn’t like that. “It’s a waste of a HOH.” She wants Aaryn to go home. “Aaryn is a ticking time bomb.” Seriously, what is the difference between the three girls? Why is Kaitlin going home a waste of a HOH, but not Aaryn?

(By the way, this segment is way out of place. This conversation happened Friday morning, before the Have-not competition, and before the “kiss the ring” segments we’ve seen with Amanda and Aaryn.)

Amanda is now raging about how the “house” wants Howard out. Andy says that Judd doesn’t want to put him up, but Amanda is adamant that he “HAS” to do that. Andy’s reply is that Howard is no threat to Judd, but Amanda counters that you “can’t play selfishly”. Um, what? Judd then walks in, and Amanda is all over him about his nominations. Judd says he doesn’t know who he is going to nominate, and Amanda goes off on her reasons once again. Sorry, folks, but this obsession with Howard is killing Amanda’s game. For once, Andy and I agree on something.

It’s now nomination time. Finally, after all of this filler. I’m ready for the conclusion of this episode. I am proud that Judd is able to read the script without any problems, and everybody else fulfills their roles. Spencer’s key is pulled out first, followed by Jessie, Elissa, Candice, McCrae, Andy, Helen, Howard, GinaMarie, and Amanda. Kaitlin and Arryn are the nominees. “Thanks, Judd”, says Amanda with a sarcastic twinge.

After a few diary room comments, that’s it for the show. DId it seem like it took three hours to you? Are you happy with Judd’s nominations? Let us know what you think!

 

 

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