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Thursday
Aug222013

There's Logic Behind My Loyalty

HelenThose here who like me, if anybody does, won't like me at all after reading this: I have been, and proudly remain, a loyal member of #TeamHelen.

Helen is the only house guest who hasn't annoyed me with confrontational mannerisms and deceit.

Don't misunderstand ... I'm not at all saying that she hasn't been confrontational and deceitful. As does every game player, she absolutely has employed her share of each. It just didn't annoy me.

Unlike, say, Amanda. Who has won nothing yet controls everything. Who has nothing kind to say about anybody. Who treats even her allies with disdain.

Unlike GinaMarie. Who is quite possibly the most mean-spirited non-fictional character I've ever seen on television. Geez, did you hear what she said to Candice the very last second that unfortunate woman was in the house? That was the moment when I was simply done with GM.

Amanda, you'll go eventually. Won't miss ya. GinaMarie? Sorry, I'll miss you even less than Amanda.Unlike Aaryn. Who was seemingly hated by all house guests (and viewers) for weeks yet survived it. Who has become, whether via actual skill or blind luck, one of the strongest players in the house ... yet who has resolutely and dutifully wasted the many opportunities given to her. Who has dreamt out loud in the Diary Room about big moves but who did only what others dictated.

Unlike McCrae. Who lives in the shadow of an autarch without realizing he can't win unless she goes first.

I will do what I want as HOH. I will do what I want as HOH. I will -- d'oh!! (Aaryn channels Homer Simpson.)Unlike Andy. Who lies and floats and lies and floats, feigning loyalty throughout. Who, except during his HOH week, purposely avoids success during every competition.

Unlike Candice. Who deserved none of the disgusting comments thrown at her by ignorant bullies but who literally slept through her eviction week, totally refusing to compete.

Unlike Elissa. Who is there only to shill for Elissa Slater Enterprises Company Incorporated, apparently under license and permission from CBS, if rumors about her higher stipend and special considerations are true.

And, at least a little, unlike Spencer. Who seems to survive not by being likable but by being less dislikable than others.

Helen's & Elissa's alliance is inherently less powerful than McCrae's & Amanda's. Showmance trumps friendship. Would Amanda have been as powerful without McCrae?Resigned to her fate, Helen packs.Helen has played the game enthusiastically, unapologetically, and, especially this week, constantly. She talked with everybody, trying to shape events and to prolong her time. Her strategy worked for many weeks, effectively sharing power with Amanda. You might not enjoy Helen's ceaseless talking and/or the ways she manipulated (or attempted to manipulate) people, but can't we agree that Helen is way more of a game player than many others in #BB15 are or have been?

Who makes you feel like this more often, Spencer? Amanda or Helen?Yes, I'm still new to all of this ... and, yes, she's been my favorite since I started watching. But as I've learned more about this game, my respect for Helen has grown.

I have no expectation that this will convince anybody to join me on #TeamHelen. Also, despite lots of speculation, to me it feels quite unlikely that Helen will win the jury comp to bounce right back into the house tonight.

Even so, even if you don't like her, wouldn't that be delicious to watch? After endless weeks of unanimous, predictable, boring eviction votes pre-arranged not by the HOH but by Amanda and, somewhat less directly, Helen, I would love to watch the following turn of events:

- Helen wins the jury competition and comes right back in.

- Elissa or Helen wins HOH.

- The HOH nominates, say, GinaMarie and Andy, with the intent to backdoor Amanda. Or Amanda and McCrae, for the sheer theatrics of it.

Helen dreams of a miracle. With Helen or Elissa as HOH, how hard would it be to convince Aaryn, GinaMarie, and Spencer that they'd last longer with Amanda gone -- and be happier, too?  For the second week in a row, only a three-vote majority would be needed to make it happen.

Only three votes!

On the other hand, this newbie has learned that Amanda's nastiness, while universally acknowledged by the house guests, apparently has no bearing on their strategies.

I haven't yet learned why.

"Unfortunately, this is how it ends. Unless a miracle happens," Helen said (at 6:46 PM last night, August 21, on camera 4). And she's right.

I hold one hope for #BB15 redemption: If Amanda goes the week after Helen, it'll be a whole new show.

When Helen goes, I'll be sad ... but Ash and Scott will be delighted. And for the record, I will enjoy reading their snarkiness about the entire episode in their next posts, as I have in their last ones. Don't take anything we write here too seriously, folks! We're glad you're reading, even when you might not be agreeing. What's your miracle scenario? Share it below or tweet me @uselesstraffic.

Monday
Aug052013

Tactics 101

The welcome which you, both readers and fellow BBG contributors, have provided me here at the Newbie Desk has been warm. Thank you!

In my day job (which is in the information technology field), I achieve better understanding of complex technical processes by authoring our user documentation -- making things easy to understand for staffers who don't have IT backgrounds. Big Brother viewers who have been watching since the early years may not realize how complex this process is! There are deeply nuanced strategies at play which I'm only now starting to notice.

Tactical analysis is subjective, and best left to Ash, Scott, and Mike. But if there's an objective way I can contribute to our seasoned readers and not just to other newbies, it's with the new BBG Ticker which you see near the top of the right column. If Ash's daily "Night Owl" summaries, Scott's spot-on analyses, and Indy Mike's commentary help you fill in all the gaps, I hope the Ticker provides a useful at-a-glance outline. Creating it gave me a much better understanding of house guests' roles and goals.

By the way, if BBG's writers put #BB15 into high definition, then the Big Brother Podcast makes it pop in full 3D. You listen too, right?

Shall we move on to reader comments?

leopardgrrl1 writes, "HGs ... don't seem to find much irony or humor in their watched/controlled/scripted state. Where's the snark, the sarcasm, the cleverness?"

Thou -- Andy, Helen, Clownie (Candice), and Judd -- shalt NOT talk about production. Your comment came to mind two different times while watching the feeds -- Sunday, July 28, 11:49a, camera 3, and yesterday morning (Sunday, Aug 4), 11:39a, camera 4. On July 29, When Judd, Helen, and Elissa started talking about trying out for the show, we got fish for 15 seconds. Shortly after they were back, we heard Big Brother say "You may not talk about production." About 8 minutes later, conversation again strayed back to how they got into Big Brother. We got fish for a minute and then were treated to a four-camera view of Andy and Spencer sleeping.

And yesterday morning, Andy, Candice, Helen, and Judd were sitting outside talking about things of zero consequence when Andy said, "Can we just talk real quick? Let's keep it real. They do not need an hour and a half worth of shots of us being serious. They could get that in 5 minutes, and then we could f#ckin' hang out in the back yard." Helen agrees, "I know! Why does it take so long?" Andy: "Cuz they just want us to" -- and then immediate cut to fish.

Yes, indeed, I completely agree that it would be entertaining to see the house guests talk openly about the BB experience from a "meta, beyond-the-game" point of view ... but it's very likely we'll never see it. Why don't the producers like it? Is this a newbie's lack of understanding? I understand not talking about Dairy Room conversations. But, holy good gravy, we paid for the feeds and we know they're making a TV show! If what the HGs say doesn't somehow negatively affect game play, why can't we see it, unedited?

When I whined about Aaryn winning HOH for a second time, psychodrew wrote, "One reason you see a lot of repeat winners is that there are people who throw HOH competitions because they don't want the responsibility." Teagan, Zoe, and objkshn also helped open my eyes to the nuanced strategy in this game. I see now that it's more than just winning competitions, attempting to persuade others to vote your way, and forming voting blocs (i.e. alliances). For example, some don't want the target that comes with being HOH; some choose not to evict controversial players because they hope to be paired with a "weak" HG in the finale.

Helen invited Aaryn, Elissa, and Jessie to the BBQ. Did she make the right choices?Speaking of supposedly-weak HGs, controversial remarks aside, I'm starting to think that Aaryn has got some game. If true that she was a puppet to the Powers That Be during her most recent HOH stint, Aaryn appears to have some pull over HOH GinaMarie (unless things changed last night) ... and, when selecting people to invite to the barbecue, Helen was quick to continue a "you scratch my back"-and-forth arrangement with Aaryn. Does the perception of weakness equate to stealthy strength?

Or are there subtleties at play here which are totally going over my head?

Kelli wrote, "As a well seasoned BB fan, I absolutely cannot WAIT to read your perspective!" And ErinInTx wrote, "Love the questions you asked, they are the exact same questions I hear when I first introduce someone to the madness!" Thanks to you both! It's encouraging to know that you and others appreciate hearing a newbie's perspective.

If you too are a #BB15 newbie (or at least remember what it's like), strategize with me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: Has Big Brother gone too far?

Sunday
Aug042013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 17 Recap

If you’re a stickler for correct sentence construction, or even a semi-accurate use of the English language, this is going to be a tough episode to endure. You see, a certain (former) pageant executive is going to live her dream of running the Big Brother house. She’s going to get her stuff, including a few pictures, and may even be able to take care of that mess down there, if you know what I mean.

So let’s kick it off with the start of the endurance competition. Immediately, Helen is struggling, and we hear Spencer say that he just has to win this. Then Elissa almost falls. She’s on her knees, but is able to save herself. Funny enough, it is Andy who makes fun of her difficulties.

Candice talks about being a big target, and being alone in the house, and starts crying over how lonely she is. “I’m a fighter”, she says. We then get a flashback to Howard’s eviction, and Amanda saying the “house did the right thing”. Aaryn adds that she hopes this is the beginning of a relationship with Helen since she did what Helen wanted. Andy goes on about Howard’s ‘weird metaphors” that indicated how shady he was. “As a result, he had to go.” As he leaves, he tells Candice he loves her and “go get your bed”.

They all stare at Howard’s photo as it goes dark, with Elissa adding a long, long “it’s saaaaaaad”. Spencer explains that he still wanted to vote against Amanda, but all it would hae done is piss her off. They hug anyway, although he says “I wish it was a goodbye hug”.

Amanda then heads into the bathroom and apologizes to Candice. Helen does the same, and babbles about how every week she decides who needs to go to help her game. Yes, another great edit for Helen.

We’re back to the endurance comp, and Helen is still struggling...and over-explaining how you have to do it. Aaryn mentions that McCrae makes it look easy, and he replies that “I have carny blood in me”. He then adds that he never works out, but “for some reason this competition is really easy for me”.

The barrels then pick up speed, and it is clear that Helen is about to drop. Spencer is also starting to sweat and breath really heavy. The contraption then reverses, and it’s now Andy’s turn to over-explain as many are struggling. Spencer is the first out and he punches the “china”. Candice is next, saying all she cared about is going out after Spencer. “My intuition told me to play a low-key game this week.” Say what?

Helen and Amanda both almost fall, and then Helen does drop, as Amanda says, “like broken cowboys after a long night of drinking”. Elissa is next, and then Amanda. McCrae is pissed that “all of my alliance members really suck at this”. A bit later, Judd is the next to fall, and he’s mad because “this was my competition”. Andy is next, leaving Jessie, GinaMarie, and McCrae left in the game.

It’s now time to open the “prizes” for being the first to drop. Spencer “wins” a bullhorn that he must use for the next 24 hours. Candice’s box has five thousand bucks. “Thank you, Jesus. Something good happened to me in the Big Brother house!” Helen, meanwhile, won a barbecue with four guests.

Back to the final three. Jessie starts to struggle, and falls. GinaMarie immediately starts offering the HOH room to him and Amanda. She’s non-stop chatter, and Aaryn wants her to win as she’s the only sure allie she has. GinaMarie just wants her crown and stuff, and complains that McCrae is a tough sell.

We head to commercials, and when we return Helen is shouting encouragement to the final two. Elissa hopes that GinaMarie doesn’t win because Arryn “will be in her head”. GinaMarie is still offering her deals, but McCrae says you can only trust yourself. They keep jabbering, and GinaMarie even offers to let him put up somebody. She’s getting upset that he won’t take her deals. “This Italian stallion ain’t going anywhere.”

Suddenly McCrae loses his balance and falls. GinaMarie isn’t sure what this means. “Did I win? DId I win? Can I get down?” Everybody hugs her, as she says it’s “like a dream come true”. Yeah, let her have her moment in the sun.

People are nervous, though, as GinaMarie is a “wild card’, as Amanda says. Candice hopes that she remembers how she felt when Nick left, because it’s just like her and Howard. Helen is also worried, as “no one knows where her head is”. She does what Helen does best, and completely kisses her ass about how great she is. Seriously, I hate Helen’s diary room comments even more than I did back in the Dan days.

GinaMarie runs off into the bedroom, stopping to kiss Nick’s pic, to dance around with Aaryn. Andy even comments how dumb they look as they jump around. McCrae looks a bit worried, but Amanda says there’s no way GinaMarie would nominate either of them. “She knows we’re not going after her.” McCrae, though, is concerned that somebody will get in her ear as “this would totally be the time to make a move on us”.

Amanda is then unpacking her clothes as Spencer is wandering around with his bullhorn. He motions that the two of them are cool. “I know what you did, and it’s cool”, she says. Spencer even says in the diary room that things with them are now ok. “I’ll keep him around as long as I need him”, adds Amanda.

Now GinaMarie is telling Aaryn how great she is, and totally so proud of herself for her victory. They want Candice out of the house. “Everyone in this house hates her.” GinaMarie wants her out for three reasons, and one of them is her voice. I can’t argue with that logic. Plus, she helped vote out Nick “so she can kiss my ass”.

One more set of commercials, and it’s time for what is normally my least favorite segment of the week - the HOH room reveal. But for shits and giggles, I’m watching tonight. “Let’s get it onnnnnnnnnnnn!’ They all head upstairs, and she screams. She has her crown, photos...and a pic of her and Nick! Holy hell, that’s funny. Plus, she got her hair dye, and as Andy says “all the things in her room insinuate she’s fifteen”, including the godawful Christina Aguilera CD.

Silliness over it’s now Spencer, Judd, Helen, and Jessie in the cockpit room. Helen is babbling about her grill. She has chosen Aaryn and Elissa, but that third spot is still up for grabs. Jessie asks why Aaryn, and gets whiney about it. Aaryn then walks in for a second, and doesn’t stay long.

Aaryn moves on to the bedroom, and reports how Jessie was whining about her being invited to the BBQ. “It was so awkward.” Jessie then walks into the room, and gives the evil eye before sitting on the bed.

We’re now back in the cockpit room, and Jessie is still whining about the BBQ. This time, it’s to McCrae and Amanda, who says not “to take it personally”. Amanda attempts to explain why it was done, but Jessie won’t let it drop. “What about my whole loyalty thing? Does that have any weight in the BBQ thing?” Jessie thinks it’s a big deal to be able to drink, and that “it’s completley an ass-kissing move”. Amanda adds in the diary room that maybe she isn’t the one to complain about loyalty. “Just sit there, shut up, and look semi-pretty”.

It’s now a bit later, and Jessie is still whining. “I’m done playing games. I’m just over the fakeness.” Amanda brings up how she tried to get people to flip the votes against her the previous night, and we get the footage of her talking to Howard and others about that very issue before Andy shuts it down. We also see Andy reporting the plan to McCrae and Amanda.

Jessie says that all she did was ask Andy if it would work. Amanda says she should go to everybody else’s face and tell them that they’re fake. “Don’t sit there like a little girl and cry abotu not being invited to a BBQ when you’re talking about flipping the house against the girl with the BBQ.” Amanda walks away, and then informs Helen, who thinks maybe she should give her that final spot. We go to commercials with a final shot of Jessie crying in the diary room.

When we come back, McCrae is now talking to Jessie about “loyalty and trust”. Jessie responds that she is tired of them “controlling the vote for the last three weeks”. McCrae says that you “have to pick your battles”, but Jessie doesn’t like to take orders.

Uh oh, here comes Amanda in her panties as McCrae continue sot lecture Jessie. Andy is then thrown out of the bus a bit, and Jessie and Amanda go back to yelling at each other about the audacity of her going to him with a plan like that. “You are acting like a not-staying person”, says Amanda. Jessie makes fun of her sitting there in her underwear, and finally says “fuck you” to her. She calls Amanda a bully, who responds that her entire game is playing a “victim”. Amanda finally says that Jessie is acting like somebody who is going home this week, and Jessie’s last words is that she’s not scared of her. Seriously, the edit of this is going way longer than it needs to be.

We’re now back in the house, and McCrae is lecturing Amanda, telling her it makes her “look bad”. He wants her to apologize, saying in the diary room she doesn’t need to take everything so personally. Candice, after all, is the target. He tells her not to act so dumb, which pisses Amanda off. “You never have my back.” Spencer interrupts them, ending the segment.

Now it is time for GinaMarie to interview the house, and her first subject is Jessie. She talks about the fight last night, and weirdly pleads that she shouldn’t be up next to Candice. Ginamarie does say that Candice is her target, but doesn’t know who to put up next to her.

It’s now the moment of truth, as GinaMarie gets to help pick the people she’s “gonna send packing”. She brings everybody in, and manages to get through the speech. The first key belongs to Aaryn, and is followed by Helen, McCrae, Judd, Amanda, Elissa, Spencer, and Andy. GinaMarie then says she put up Candice because she questions her “loyalty”, and for being a “drama queen”, “tattle tale”, and “a little bit of a rat”. Everybody starts cracking up, as she stumbles over the whole “do the best in POV” part of the speech. Holy shit, that’s funny.

She then tells Jessie that she nominated her because she’s a “flip flopper”, which is “worse in my book”. Everybody continues to giggle as she tries to explain how she runs from one side of the house to the other. She goes on and on and on before it’s finally over.

Candice says she’s “genuinely shocked by the things that came out of her tongue-ringed mouth”. She’s going to work her ass off to save herself. Spencer feels pretty good for herself, while Jessie continues to pat herself on the back for standing up to Amanda. She thinks people are going to respect her more, but Amanda says that putting her up is like putting a child into time out. I’m not so sure about that, Amanda.

So that’s it. DId you enjoy tonight’s episode? What about that fight between Amanda and Jessie? Who came out looking worse? Tell us what you think!

 

Saturday
Aug032013

MVP Nomination and POV

The MVP nomination was made this morning and once again it is Amanda that was put up by America.

Her initial reaction seemed calm however once the POV is played & if she doesn't win it - we may see he get upset once again.

Besides Amanda, Candice, Jesse and HoH GinaMarie playing for the POV, Spencer and Judd will be playing as well.

Check out the feeds and see for yourself what the HGs are thinking - links to sign up are all over the site or you can sign up by clicking here.

Our weekly Big Brother Podcast will be on tonight at 10pm Eastern.  We should know who the POV winner is at that time.  If we find out earlier one of use will update this post or make a new one!!