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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!!!

 

Wednesday
Sep112013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 33 Recap

We’re finally hitting the home stretch on the fifteenth season of Big Brother. After tonight, there are only three more episodes, including a highlights/unseen footage episode that I will probably skip.

Funny thing about this portion of the season is that while the feeds have slowed to a crawl (when they’re actually on), the episodes are bound to be relatively fast-paced. Take tonight’s episode. We’re going to have a veto competition, a veto meeting, an eviction, and a new HOH. Tomorrow’s episode will follow that same layout, and it’s likely that at least one of these broadcasts will include some jury house footage.

So let’s get this over with. After an introduction from Julie, we start off with the reactions to Spencer’s nominations of McCrae and GinaMarie. Spencer babbles Exterminator silliness, and how McCrae is the target. McCrae says he’s the “underdog”, because he’s alone, “but that just gives me more fight”.

Unfortunately, McCrae is still tethered to GinaMarie, who leads him into the kitchen so she can loudly blow her nose. Spencer looks on during this silliness, and GinaMarie attempts to explain that she’s playing it up like she’s the target so he doesn’t play hard in the veto comp. The Exterminators really think he’s stupid. He’s not buying any of this silliness. Even Spencer complains that her over-acting is awful.

Spencer is up in the HOH now with Judd and Andy, and again he’s over-analyzing stuff. His nomination speech was to make McCrae think that GinaMarie is going to think she’s safe. Follow that? Andy whines that McCrae can’t win the veto, and Judd asks what the plan is if he does win. Spencer tells him that it will be him going up, and that GinaMarie will then go. Judd is not happy that Andy is not even a part of the conversation. “Maybe I’m the lowest guy on the totem pole in this.”

More filler, as Judd has to do more exercises. In fact, he has to do 75 situps this time, which is more than the usual nonsense he’s had to do. This is his last punishment, though. Too bad that GinaMarie and McCrae aren’t done with theirs, as we get more footage of their tethering gimmick. I think the audience is the people that are truly punished. Finally, they get to snap that cord off them.

McCrae then heads up to the HOH so that Spencer can try again to make him feel like he’s safe. Spencer throws in his bullshit about how his speech was silly, intended to make GinaMarie feel safe. There is one other element to this chat, though, as Spencer explains that if McCrae does win veto they will then have to work with him a bit. They inform him that if McCrae goes down, Judd will go up and out. McCrae admits in the diary room that despite what they’re saying, he does have to win the veto.

After commercials, it’s time for the veto competition. They’re all dressed as superheroes, and the set is a miniaturized city. GinaMarie overacts as she describes BB14’s Ian dropping from the sky. Oh, if only he was really dropped...on his head. “It’s weird being back here”, he pretends to whisper before reading the instructions. They have to “fly” back and forth between two platforms, and they have twenty seconds between each flight to put together a magnetized veto puzzle. If they don’t go back within twenty seconds, the magnet is turned off and the puzzle drops.

The usual “I have to win/they can’t win” interviews are aired, and the comp starts. Judd has problems, and gets frustrated. McCrae gets his puzzle finished, but screws up “flying” back. His puzzle then drops, and he has to start over. Judd then decides to just quit and helps Andy, which pisses off Spencer. Andy and McCrae are neck and neck, but McCrae gets a piece wrong. He flies back, makes a quick change, and ends up winning! The Exterminators are not happy! Spencer is not happy with Judd!

Once we burn through another set of adverts, it’s time for the aftermath. GinaMarie is talking to Spencer, and she’s worried. Spencer tells her that he wants her to stay, and that he trusts her more than him. He’s especially pissed that Judd quit the veto comp after only five minutes or so. This also pisses off GinaMarie.

Judd is the next to talk to Spencer, and he tells Spencer that he’ll be another strong person to fight against McCrae. Spencer tells him that he wants him to stay, but that there’s no way he’ll consider putting up Andy. This pisses off Judd, especially since Andy nominated Spencer a couple of weeks ago. Judd storms out, saying it’s time for him to “raise hell”. He starts knocking over stuff, and storms around the house flipping off the cameras. Actually, this is kind of mild compared to what was shown on the feeds.

It’s now time for the veto ceremony. I still don’t understand why they have to go through the stock footage of staring at the wall of photos when it’s obvious that McCrae is taking himself down. Yes, that’s what he does, and then Spencer gets up to nominate Judd.

Before the veto meeting can be adjourned, though, Judd announces that he has something to say. He addresses McCrae, saying that while he was one of his biggest allies he was also “the root of why I left. Coming back into this game, I was after...and, you know, I’m still after you.” Spencer says in the diary room that this was an idiotic move, and Judd finishes by saying that if they keep him he will still be after McCrae. Even GinaMarie laughs at what he did, as that’s one guaranteed vote for her to stay.

Guess what? It’s now eviction time! GinaMarie has the first plea, and after telling Julie that she’s beautiful, she also thanks her friends and family. She then calls the housemates her family, and repeats a couple of times that she “always tries my best”. Judd also thanks his family and friends, and he again promises that he’ll go after McCrae if he stays.

Andy is the first to vote, and he votes to evict Judd, as does McCrae. Judd is the next to be evicted...again! Judd hugs GinaMarie, and then whispers to McCrae that he left something for him in the Bible. As he walks out, he yells out he’s going to vote for Spencer or Andy in the end.

Julie immediately asks Judd about what he whispered to McCrae, and Judd claims that it was a non-game message to encourage him. He claims that his parting message to vote for Andy or Spencer was “reverse psychology”. He wants them to think he’ll be pushing the jury to vote for them, but he really wants GinaMarie to win. “I really underestimated her. We all did.”

He’s then asked about the Exterminators, and why he turned his back on Elissa. He doesn’t regret turning his back on her. “Working with Elissa is the hardest thing you can do. Her mind changes every five minutes. You can be on her side one minute, and then you’re her target the next.” (That was probably the best analysis of Elissa all season.)

When asked why GinaMarie was saved over him, Judd says that one of the reasons is that she’s really hurt. They also “trust her a little bit more than me”. He also admits that’s probably wise.

The goodbye messages then end the segment. GinaMarie’s is nice, and Spencer tries to say that he hopes that he’s not seeing it. McCrae apologizes for not voting for him, and that he wanted to, but his hands are tied because Spencer and Andy wanted him out. Andy is tearful, going on and on about how they’ve become such best friends. Even Judd laughs at this move. What a bad actor!

We’re almost finished so it’s time for the HOH competition. It’s the annual before or after competition, where Julie reads an event. Then they have to pick whether it was before or after the second event she reads.

They’re all correct on the first question, but GinaMarie takes the lead on the second question. All three are correct on the third question, as they are on the fourth and fifth ones. McCrae is the only one to get the sixth question correct, while Andy is the only one to get the final question. There’s now a three-way tie, so the final question is the number of seconds the “super veto” competition took. Andy guesses 414, GinaMarie 1800, and McCrae is 2010. Andy is the victor! Interesting, though, as he attempted to change his answer as Julie started to read them off.

So that’s it for tonight! Tomorrow will be another set of nominations, veto nominations, and an eviction. Plus, Julie promised a jury house segment.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy or upset that Judd is gone? Or that Andy is the new HOH? Tell us what you think!

 

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!

 

Wednesday
Sep042013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 30 Recap

Do you have your earplugs within reach? I have a feeling you’ll need them, as the last episode’s concluding scene of Amanda and McCrae’s nominations is destined to create a rising crescendo of noise. When one of these two are not screaming, the sniffling and tears are bound to be just as annoying. Not to mention the godawful backslapping by that ignoramus who nominated the pair.

Let’s jump right in. What exactly does everybody think of these nominations? You can probably guess. GinaMarie is pretty proud of herself for putting up the “power duo that is about to get destroyed”. A tearful Amanda admits that she “was completely blindsided by this one”. She goes on to say that a showmance has never made it to the end together. “I wanted to be the first.” (Well, there’s a reason for that.) McCrae says that Amanda is important to him and his game, and that everything “was going too good” until this happened.

Elissa is then shown hugging GinaMarie and telling her it was an “awesome move”. In the diary room, she boasts “finally, the days of McCranda are coming to an end”. She’s then shown telling GinaMarie she “made the best move ever”.

McCrae heads into the bedroom, where Amanda is already in bed. She has (finally) figured out that everybody else in the house was involved in the blindside. “It was not just Judd and Elissa behind it.” She says in the diary room that while she “was upset for a few minutes, now I’m pissed! And crazy! And confused!” Oh boy. We know what’s coming.

We hear for the first time on the episode (but the zillionth time on the feeds) that it “doesn’t make sense” to not put up Elissa. Yep, they’re all involved, and Amanda gets up to confront everybody. She heads into the cockpit and confronts Andy and Spencer. “Why me?” asks Spencer, who honestly doesn’t play dumb very well. Well, he plays dumb well, but not a dumb liar.

It works well enough, I guess, and Amanda continues to say it doesn’t make sense. Andy, who has been called a rat for the last couple of weeks, says in the diary room that his goal for the week is to make it seem like he had nothing to do with this. Yep, he’s a rat. (Not really. I just wanted to join the club.)

Amanda finally heads out of the room to go confront GinaMarie, who is in the HOH. She points out that Elissa has sent out both Nick and Aaryn, and that they’d never been targeting her. GinaMarie claims that they turned their back on Aaryn, and that Elissa had tried to get Amanda out the previous week.

Hearing the noise from upstairs, Judd heads into the cockpit to report what’s going on. Obviously, Spencer wants nothing to do with this situation, but Andy agrees to go upstairs with Judd. Upstairs, Amanda is still yelling at GinaMarie that by putting Elissa up she would have had no targets on herself.

The two boys walk in as GinaMarie explains that she had to break up the duo. “I can’t believe you’d listen to Elissa”, counters Amanda. “You listened to a girl who is crazy.” GInaMarie claims that Elissa had nothing to do with the nominations. “You just fucked yourself”, cries Amanda as she walks out. “If Andy or Spencer or a whole bunch of people win the veto, they’ll take us off the block.” Well, no they won’t.

Judd then speaks up. “So y’all just run the game, basically. Should we all just pack our bags?” Amanda then walks out the door after saying she never said that, and Judd follows. “There’s other people in this house”, she responds to Judd’s rant about him going up. They all start screaming at each other, while Elissa cooks some dinner and McCrae reads the Bible.

When GinaMarie points out that she still has the chance to win the veto, Amanda begins crying again and says she doesn’t want to be in the house anymore. “I want to go home now. I can’t be with these people.” Judd replies, “love you, too”.

Amanda heads into the have-not room, and McCrae joins her. We hear more of how she doesn’t want to be there anymore, and even more of the usual “why not Elissa” rants. She advises McCrae to not trust Spencer or Judd. “She wouldn’t put us up if she didn’t have the votes.” The sad piano music then comes up, and we get some teary diary room junk. They both tell each how they love each other.

After commercials, Elissa is jogging around the house, and Amanda is talking to Andy in the storage room. Andy tells her to be “calm and collected, and just win the veto”. Amanda says she wants to go home, and Andy tells her to knock it off. Again in the diary room, we have to hear about how tough this is for Andy. Elissa then stops to listen to them through the door as Andy tells her to “not let (Elissa) get to her”. Elissa now thinks he’s more loyal to Amanda then her.

Spencer then walks up to Elissa, who tells him to be quiet. He knows that this could be trouble, so he then enters. Andy asks if Elissa was listening, and he admits she was. Amanda slams the door open, and goes in to report to McCrae. When she jogs past, she makes a snide comment about her listening in on her.

Now fired up, Amanda claims that if either of them win veto, she’s going to make sure that Elissa goes up and goes home. Well, that’s not happening. In bed, she tells McCrae that she thinsk America is going to love that she hassled Elissa so much last week. Some of us did, my dear, but not Helen’s “America”.

It’s now time to pick veto players. Basically, everybody but one person is playing, so to make it easier that one person ends up being Judd. Andy’s not happy, because that means the rat may be exposed. Elissa does say in the diary room that she’s getting even more paranoid about Andy’s loyalties.

We then see Amanda heading up to the HOH to tell Andy that she picked Spencer over him because she didn’t want to put him in a bad spot. Spencer also walks in, and they all say they’re going to fight hard for the veto. When Amanda walks out, the two guys giggle on how even if they win they’re not going to use the veto.

Elissa is now whispering to Judd that she doesn’t trust Andy. “I just feel, like, he’s working with both sides of the house.” Andy then pops in, and Elissa says she is going to go take a nap. Judd then informs him of what Elissa just said, so his paranoia goes way, way up. “It is crucial that Elissa is not suspicious of me, as I don’t want to be Elissa’s target.”

He then runs upstairs to inform GinaMarie, who explains it was because of Amanda’s expression after he was picked to play veto. Andy says there’s no way he’ll take either of them down. Spencer then walks in, and we have dumb chatter about alliances. Yes, you three dummies are so powerful. Judd joins them, and they all giggle about how great they are as “exterminators”. Seriously, this is beyond idiotic.

It’s now veto comp time, and they’re all dressed as ballerinas. But there’s also a bowling alley. It’s a knockout type game, and they have to knock out their bowling pins, They do this after spinning around fifteen times, though.

The first round is Amanda versus Elissa, and we hear some silliness about “bullying” (god, I hate that word) before Amanda beats her. The rest of the competitors then decide to just pick Amanda for every round, and Andy does just that. Amanda wins again.

GinaMarie is up next, and she also picks an exhausted Amanda. Guess who wins? Yes, Amanda. McCrae is the next competitor, but he picks Spencer. And wins.

This means that it is now Amanda versus McCrae, and neither are pleased. “It feels like bringing Old Yeller out to the field, and I have to put her down”, says McCrae. Wait, what? We have to wait through a round of commercials before we get to see the epic battle, and when we return Amanda says that McCrae is now “my worst enemy, and he mine”. They’re both working hard, but McCrae has a slight lead early on. They both have to go back to spin, and Amanda then ties it up. She then goes up by one pin, and they’re tied as they now have to spin again. The first one to knock a pin will now win, and McCrae narrowly (and I mean narrowly) gets that fourth pin...and then pukes. He takes his medal, but is upset because he says “she’s a much better player”. Both of them have teary diary room comments before we head to commercials.

When we return, they’re embracing in the bathroom. She congratulates him, and says “my game is over”. Upstairs, the rest of the house is talking about who has to “sit and look pretty” next to Amanda. Elissa’s name is mentioned, but GinaMarie says she can’t do that. If you watched on the feeds, you know who volunteered to go up, but that would ruin this next, concluding segment.

McCrae is now staring at the wall of pictures, and claims that he’s actually thinking about saving Amanda instead of him. Well, that’s silly. Amanda adds that GInaMarie should not even be in the game, and that “she has too much of a power for way too small of a mind”.

More people babble before McCrae brings them all into the house for the inevitable use of the veto to save himself. Oh wait, he gives Amanda the opportunity to plead her case, and she stands and talks about how hard they fought for the veto. “I kicked everyone’s ass who challenged me. But if I were to lose to one person by one pin in one second, I’m glad that that one person was you. So I would never ask, nor expect, nor want you to use the veto on me.”

She sits down, and McCrae does use it on himself. “I’m sorry.” GinaMarie then stands and nominates Spencer to go up because “he does one heck of a chicken dance”.

McCrae then kicks the veto box shut, and says that he thinks he let Amanda down. “I have a lot of regrets.” Amanda adds that she thinks that GInaMarie is jealous of her, and Spencer jokes that he is proud of being the most nominated house guest of all time.

Well, that’s it for tonight. While I had little hope for tonight’s show, I felt that it was actually put together well. Even the veto competition material was pretty stunning. What do you think? Are you happy that Amanda is going tomorrow? Or that the rat has been exposed? Tell me! I want to know!

 

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