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Saturday
Jul272013

Gamer, Winner, or Both?

Here at the BBG Newbie Desk, I endeavor always to come clean about how my biases affect my views. I prefer to live and work in uncluttered environments, for example, and I am more apt to open up to somebody who demonstrates similar mannerisms. I am inspired by those who naturally prioritize the people they care about before themselves. I tend to assume, perhaps naïvely, that each person is inherently good until she or he proves otherwise.

My earliest viewing of #BB15 was during a few evenings while Judd was Head of Household (HOH). The first time that I tuned into the live feeds during a morning, "The Helen Show" was on. It was Sunday, July 21 ... and for more than three hours starting at about 6:45a, Helen had the house to herself. Nobody else was awake. Apparently during a Power of Veto (POV) competition the day before, Helen caught a random "punishment" of an 8:00p curfew. She had to sequester herself from all other house guests; bathroom breaks were permitted but she couldn't talk with anybody. So Helen was well-rested and eager to start the next day.

It was Helen's activities that Sunday morning which I found to be both astonishing and endearing. Rather than adopting an attitude of "Big Brother punished me, so I'm gonna do whatever self-indulgent thing I want to right now, and I don't give a hoot about anybody else" -- and, be honest, who among us wouldn't consider doing exactly that -- Helen started cleaning up the messes everybody left around the place!

Exhibit one was the bathroom. Here's what Helen found (top photo) and then how she organized things (bottom):

The kitchen was exhibit two. Dirty dishes everywhere (top photo) and then dirty nothing anywhere (bottom):

Helen even bagged up the bathroom trash and windexed the kitchen mirrors:

Only after Helen had devoted two hours to cleaning did she take time for herself to make breakfast and go jogging:

I've also seen Helen cooking huge meals (spaghetti, something called "slop balls", etc.) for the entire house several times ... and only once did I see another house guest (Andy) actually thank her for it.

Even so, while catching up with some of what I missed during the first month of #BB15, I keep reading how people say Helen is too bossy and/or too much into delivering lectures even after her week as HOH was up.

But doesn't Helen's repeated selflessness earn the right to be fully engaged in conversations with other house guests, pushing whatever strategic agenda (whether of her design or someone else's) she wants? She takes care of her fellow house guests in ways they neither realize nor thank her for, so I don't see how her frequent cooking and cleaning could be interpreted as manipulative. We don't call Judd or Spencer or even Amanda "bossy" when they push their agendas.

Not, of course, that Helen has to "earn the right." It's a game, and she's playing it -- quite expertly, from my albeit not-yet-very-educated perspective. It's true that I might be biased for having not tuned into #BB15 until after Helen's HOH week. Perhaps you have more reasons to dislike her than to root for her. I can respect that, but I'm in a different place.

The true measure of a person is found in what she or he does when nobody is watching. (In this equation, Internet viewers don't count.) Whether Helen is enough of a gamer to last longer than everybody else in the #BB15 house remains to be seen. But in my book, Helen is already a winner.

Are you already on Team Helen? Or if not, why not? Comments welcome below or find me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: What do you do when the only thing you don't want to have happen happens?

Friday
Jul262013

Confessions of a Newbie

Short, shameful confession: I've gone bat sh!t crazy.

Just wanted to acknowledge that from the get-go ... because I'm completely new to everything Big Brother, and all of you are very not.

It has taken me 10 days just to learn what questions to ask. Jumping for the first time into BB about four weeks into the 15th season is about as easy as starting "The Sopranos" at season 6, episode 21, about 55 minutes in. I get it that the big, brooding guy must be Tony, so that's probably his wife and kid he's meeting at a diner. But who is the sophisticated young woman trying to park the Lexus outside? Why are those other guys looking at Tony kind of strangely? Is somebody about to get whacked? And then the camera cuts to ... fish. Er ... darkness. WTF?

Even if it took me a week and a half to start understanding the show, it really only took me about an hour and a half watching the live feeds to get hooked on #BB15. But that's where the crazy starts coming in. Who are all these people? This one seems very plain-spoken ... That guy is big but mostly quiet ... She seems funny ... That other woman is very conniving ... My goodness, these people are all beautiful ... Wait, did she just tell that guy exactly the opposite of what she told the woman in that other room?

The rooms! This house is absolutely astonishing. Mirrors everywhere -- ah, that's obviously so they can film from every angle. Different colors, patterns, and shapes in every last spot, almost to a visual overload level. Hmmm. It's going to take a while to learn everybody's names, I thought to myself, so why don't I try to just understand the house?

The Cockpit Room? Really?!So I loaded up the CBS web site's BB home page to learn about the house itself, and found ... nothing.

Then I tried a half-dozen different Google searches ... and I found numerous floor plans, all are which are generic or customized to previous seasons.

Crazy! The house guests talk about specific rooms and I was able to visually recognize some of them, but I still couldn't quite grok where some spaces actually exist in the building.

Time for expert help. I texted my friend Indy Mike (yes, that one), and the conversation went something like this:

Mike: here's a map of the main floor from BB12 - the "Cabanna" room is now the "Cockpit" and the "Taj" bedroom is the "Have Not" bedroom.

me: is the Cockpit room kind of divided into two, like maybe with the fuselage of a plane?  or maybe i get confused by the different camera angles.

Mike: it's a big room with the photo booth and a U shaped seating area

me: oh, so the photo booth is in the middle of the U, and it looks like an airplane?

Mike: middle of the U? No, there's nothing in the middle.

me: wait, what? so where's the room that has the airplane seats and the airplane overhead bins, with the walls decorated with the split-flap display boards reading "CANCELLED" and "DELAYED"?

Mike: That's the "have not" room - the "Taj" bedroom on the map

me: the room with the airplane stuff isn't called the Cockpit room?!

Mike: nope - they call that the "Have Not" room. Cockpit room has images of planes as well. The HGs make up the names themselves.

me: So the Cockpit Room does not, at least in the camera angle usually shown, look particularly aeronautical ... while the "Have Not" room has nothing but airplane parts and airport images? Go figure.

Will the real cockpit room please stand up?Definitely crazy! And then there's all this:

What's an HOH? POV? DR? Have-not? Twist? How does an HG become MVP and what does that involve? Can viewers influence what happens in the house? What's a lockdown? How and when do supplies (groceries, meds, booze, etc.) appear in the house? What are they allowed to ask producers for, and how often? When, how, and why do they get punished? How often do they have competitions, and for what? How and when do HGs get whacked -- er, evicted? When it gets down to two people, how do they decide who wins? Finally, how come the fish never gets called to the diary room?

That last one is a (bad) joke -- sorry. And at this point, closing in on two weeks since I started orbiting this crazy world, most of those questions are, for me, now rhetorical. 

HelenOh, one more wish: Captions! Please give me captions! During the thrice-weekly broadcasts on CBS, when host Julie Chen mentions a specific house guest by name, they very kindly cut to video of that person. Very helpful! But I wish they would occasionally caption the live feeds with the house guests' names, given that some of them only rarely look much like their photos. (I'd love to see captions on all the photos included in this blog, too -- but as the new guy, my suggestions will be kept mostly to myself.)

Ash, Scott, Mike, and the others here have forgotten more about BB than I'll ever learn. Their episode summaries and analyses are awesome; I won't be trying to do any of that. Instead, I hope simply to provide occasional thoughts and questions from a newbie's perspective ... starting next time with this: How come nobody here likes Helen?

Except me, it seems. And I really like Helen.

Which undoubtedly to you makes me ... wait for it! ... bat sh!t crazy.

 

Monday
Jul152013

Power of Veto Ceremony Results

Today the Power of Veto Ceremony was held and as we expected Kaitlin used it on herself and Helen put Jeremy up in her place.

Now Jeremy, Spencer (Elissa's MVP nom) and Aaryn are nominated with the eviction scheduled for Thursday.

Odds are pretty high that Jeremy will be the one going and so far he doesn't seem that interested in staying since the meeting - he's already gotten into a argument with Candice over Candice's intentions towards Amanda early on (claiming Candice campaigned to get Amanda out). 

I really thought that Aaryn might be the one to go home since eliminating Jeremy will mean 3 guys in a row and a ratio or 8 women to 5 men in the house.   If Jeremy goes this will be the first season of Big Brother where three people of the same sex have been evicted (or kicked out or left voluntarily) at the start since Big Brother 3.  That season 3 women were the first three out (Lori, Tonya and Amy - Amy eventually returned).

Today Helen decided to address the cameras (again) and talk to Jeremy's mom - implying he was getting what he deserved for his actions in the house and she was sorry - Helen finished by blowing a kiss to Jeremy's mom.

I really really really hope this alliance of Elissa and Helen ends soon - the Mom Alliance is going to turn the house into a summer camp much like Big Brother 6 when Maggie and company would sit up in the HoH room and talk about being the good people (Helen uses the term 'good people' a lot).

Tonight Helen has scheduled a "Nail Party" for the girls and is having Kaitlin co-host it with her as a way to make her feel good especially since she will now be the reason her boyfriend Jeremy leaves on Thursday.

Thursday
Jul112013

Why I'm Always Torn With Big Brother

Hi there, remember me?

I've been tweeting a ton and writing very little and for that my apologies to Scott and Ash who have been carrying the load here, along withe our friends that drop in from time to time.

For me the season so far has been extremely exciting and yet this morning I woke up to find out that (as of this instant as I write this and it may change any second) McCrae has decided to dump his alliance of movers and is full on with Amanda in working to keep Elissa.  Not what I had expected to say the least.

The logic for McCrae is still smart as it was the first week - keep the sure thing in the house and you are guarenteed NOT to get nominated by her and she will in theory put up at least one person you are willing to vote out.

My issue is just the 'unfair' advantage this is giving Elissa. I don't care that she is Rachel's sister, that is no reason to give her any advantage.  Willy Hanz didn't get special treatment from Big Brother for being Russel's brother and Bandon's uncle - and believe it or not Russel Hantz is a bit more well known that Rachel in the Reality TV world.

It's apparent to me that the reason the MVP was created this season was to help Elissa in her quest to stay in the house, as this is something the producers would like since for some crazy reason the people that watch Big Brother on television loooooved Rachel in Big Brother 13.

So far Elissa really had not done anything in the house other than to nominate David (voted out), Jeremy (saved himself with POV) and now Nick.  Guess who is most likely going hom tonight when all signs had pointed to Elissa up to 18 hours ago?  Oh I've already told you that McCrae is jumping ship to continue riding the Elissa MVP train thus sealing Nick's fate.

In the long run I'll be ok.  That is as long as Elissa eventually either steps up her game big time and starts to play, or gets voted out along with any other non-factor players (which Nick has actually kinda been so far but he had potential).

As much as I am miffed at what I perceived as a produced elimination of Nick tonight, the drama it will cause is going to be monumental.  Jeremy has been warned by Spencer and Howard that things are going on - yet he seems confident that no one is messing with his Moving Crew and at this rate he will blindly walk into the buzz saw that is Amanda.  Yes - it is Amanda that is orchestrating this - Helen may have started the ball rolling but Amanda took charge yesterday and gave it the kick it needed to get over the hump.

Thats whats tearing me up - the production created drama will keep me from being too digusted - and most of the TV viewing audience will be suckered into thinking it all just happened that way and somehow Elissa was the mastermind of it all.

So sit back and enjoy the show tonight and the live feeds after, it will be the highlight of the season so far and not something to miss.

No matter who wins HoH, Elissa will again be MVP (Should be Amanda if this happens) and so will yet again have the ability to choose someone to go up - and possibly out - next Thursday.  After tonight she will be 2 for 2 in MVP noms going home.  Kinda makes you feel like the HoH isn't much more than an immunity idol so far this season eh?

 

Sunday
Jul072013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 5 Recap

When we left CBS on Wednesday night, the Big Brother 15 cast were in the middle of a HOH competition that had everybody paired off. Cups of barbecue sauce were to be transferred from one person to another, and the first person to pull out the little golf ball was the winner.

Obviously, those of us who have the feeds know the results of this contest, but we’re still missing some details. Was it a clean victory? Was there cheating, and were the offenders punished? Most importantly, who was going to end up feeling they were in danger?

We begin with Julie’s instructions to the house, and we get to actually hear them this time! In fact, we get the rules twice as they have Nick repeat them. Wait, we get a third version of them. There’s lots of slips and falls, complete with quirky background music.

It’s then time for the players to say why they have to win, and for some godawful reason we begin with Elissa’s Hollywood stoner drawl. “I need to win this more than birds need their feather.” Really? That’s the best your family’s script writers can come up with?

Aaryn then whines about how she needs to win to avenge David, and we go back to that shocking moment when he left the house. GinaMarie, Jessie, and Aaryn freak out when the news is read. Aaryn has a few fake tears as she says how terrible she felt.

We can’t go more than a few seconds without Elissa, so we get to hear her thank America again and complain about how she’s had a “target on my back”. Spencer is also happy. Aaryn is then seen kissing David, and saying she did not vote to evict him.

Once he’s gone, GinaMarie is freaking out, and Nick comforts her. She has some babbling in the diary room about “plans falling to pizzas”, but who knows what she was talking about.

We then return to the competition, and Jeremy and Aaryn are currently in the lead. There’s no real reason to keep recapping everything these freak shows say as they continue to play.

Judd does grab the ball from the small jar, so they now get a bigger scoop. Howard does the same, but they’re still way behind Jeremy and Aaryn. In fact, Elissa and Andy are right behind them. Andy attempts to pull out the ball, but...we go to commericals.

It is super close, and Elissa claims they “feel victory in their fingertips”. Andy just can’t quite reach it, though, and Jeremy eventually pulls it out for the victory. Yes, they’re both happy, and they “did it for David”. It is, though, Elissa’s “worst nightmare come true”. She’s getting better at reading her lines.

Jeremy and Aaryn then have to decide which of them is the actual HOH, and Spencer is hoping he makes the right move for the Moving Company. He doesn’t. He lets Aaryn have the glory, and we get frowns from the rest of the team. Hey, as he even says, “I get to play next week”.

Aaryn then has to pick the Have-Nots for the week, and she asks who voted to evict David. This gets a bit tense, and for some reason Nick acts all cocky about it in the diary room. She eventually puts up Elissa, Helen, Candice, and David, which causes Elissa to complain. “How can you do that to Helen? That’s not a nice thing to do to anyone two weeks in a row. Aaryn is definitely not a nice girl.”

It’s now all tense in the bathroom as they attempt to figure out who evicted David. Aaryn says the “HOH is dedicated to what was done wrong to David”. She doesn’t think she can trust anybody. She claims it would have been different if they had come to her and told her. Spencer jumps on the defensive and says he didn’t vote against David, and tries to toss the blame at Candice. She is adamant about it. We get a replay on how Spencer played Candice before the votes by telling her to vote against Elissa.

We move to the Have-not room, and Helen is on the floor crying that she wants America to vote her for MVP this week. “One of us”, replies Elissa. Knowingly, I must add. We get the sad music as they complain about Aaryn some more. “There must be some redemption in this”, says Helen.

For some strange reason, David wants to talk to Aaryn. He says he’s going to be truthful with her, but actually “lie lie lie”. More sad music; more wasted time in the show...especially after Andy’s attempt at a pun.

Speaking of wasted time, it’s the “who wants to see my HOH room?” segment. No recap of this bullshit cliched segment.

Now we are back to the vote controversy. THey have concluded it’s between Candice, Spencer, and Howard. I just don’t care anymore. Jeremy wants to nominate Elissa and Helen, and Jessie says that there is no way Elissa came up with the plan that saved her by herself. Jeremy, meanwhile, is thriving on the fact that this is actually his own HOH. Ok, one one funny part to end this segment. She warns Nick that if he is the one behind everything, she’s going to cut off his dick in his sleep. And I believe she would.

Time for more wasted segments, as we see the unveiling of the viewer’s choice Have-Not food. Andy, though, love the extra tv time as he complains about the liver and lima beans. #shrugs#

Wait a second. Why are McCrae and Amanda in the HOH with Andy, Judd, and Howard? Oh, I see. It is time for CBS to save face. They all start bitching about Aaryn, and Amanda brings up her derogatory and racist comments. Howard talks about it in the diary room, and we get some of the footage that both Aaryn and GinaMarie said. “Even when these comments are made in fun”, says Howard, “they still hurt and are disrespectful. Especially when that person isn’t there to hear it and back themselves up.” We get a few more of these remarks, and Howard says it is possible that it could lead him to lose his temper. Amanda then continues on about the topic, and how her comments are going to hurt her in and out of the house.

But we are back to the vote controversy, and Candice is talking to Helen about it. They go over the votes, and Candice figures out that Nick and Jeremy have something together. She is using her “super duper trooper skills” to figure it out. They now conclude that maybe Spencer is also working with them. “Nick is the one to watch”, says Candice. “I wonder if it is a boy’s supergroup.” Hey, even Howard may be in it! Or McCrae! “There’s something that we’re missing.”

Time for even more filler, as Jessie is upset that Nick is “scared” of her. She explains that she’s upset that everybody else (supposedly) has a love interest in the house, so she decides to bother Nick all day long. BTW, this is also way out of context as it was from last Monday. Besides that, it is boring and pathetic.

Now Helen and Aaryn have a conversation, with the idea that Helen wants to be an asset to Aaryn. While she doesn’t really care that much for what she has to say, it is a possibility that Helen could help her in the long run.

Jeremy is sitting outside with the Moving Company. He says that Elissa has to go, but who should go up with her? His idea is Helen, but Spencer brings up Amanda’s name as she “goes around and talks to everybody”. Spencer says in the diary room that he would much rather have Amanda go this week than Elissa. “If Amanda is out, Howard and I can run everything.” Wait, what?

Jeremy heads up to the diary room to inform Aaryn what the Moving Company said to him. He tells her that Amanda was the mastermind of David’s departure, so the idea is to put her up with Elissa. We’re led to believe that Aaryn is actually falling for this lie.

After a long, primarily boring half hour, it is now time for Aaryn to do almost exactly what Jeremy wants. I’m actually surprised that Aaryn can read the HOH script, and she goes through all the silliness that we have to endure before the actual nominations...as do the possible nominees and other influential house guests.

Jeremy’s key is pulled first, followed by Kaitlin, Andy, Nick, Judd, McCrae, GinaMarie, Spencer, Jessie, Amanda, Howard, and Candice. Yes, that means Helen and Elissa are nominated. Aaryn says that Elissa makes “a lot of unnecessary waves in the house” and was the “root of David going home”. Helen, though, is on the block by association.

As always, we end with the usual diary room statements by all of three of these loons, and a few more. So what did you think of tonight’s episode? Was it as full of filler as I believe? Are you as tired of Andy as I am? Tell us what you think!