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Sunday
Aug112013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 20 Recap

Throughout the years, a good percentage of the post-double eviction show is basically a recap of what happened during that frantic hour. We’ll see more of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to Candice and Judd’s evictions, along with lots of diary room commentary.

There will also be a late-night HOH competition, and some maneuvering that led to new nominations. It’s not going to be the most vital show of the season, but there should be plenty of intriguing commentary.

So we begin tonight with the Candice/GinaMarie fight. This time, we get it with GinaMarie’s mic on, as she keeps babbling her “thirty seconds is up” as Candice continues to berate her. In the diary room, GinaMarie claims that this shows that Candice is exactly like she had “called her out on”. Not really, you dumb twit.

The voting begins, and Candice is still shooting daggers at GinaMarie. Spencer says that the double eviction alone is crazy, but this situation is really “turning it into a madhouse”. “You can dish it, but you can’t take it”, Candice singsongs as Aaryn rolls her eyes. “You defamed me, so I can defame you.” Oh God, this is silly on both ends...and Andy agrees.

For a few seconds, I have to admit that Candice is actually looking worse than GinaMarie...until GinaMarie throws out a line about her mother wanting her. No, this isn’t as Candice was walking out the door. This is still during the vote. Even Aaryn is shocked. “I’m afraid that her actions are going to reflect on me and hurt my game.”

Finally, Spencer even tries to get the two to stop. Helen also has to put in her two cents, although I do agree with what she’s saying.

Candice is then evicted, and GinaMarie says “should I say to get to stepping now?” Amanda adds that she doesn’t mind this going on, as it doesn’t affect her. “Hold on. Let me get the door for you”, GinaMarie calls out. Elissa makes it all about her, as she can relate to how “hard” Candice has had it, and says she’s sad to see her go.

Kissing everybody as she gets to the door, GinaMarie is waiting. Yep, it’s a repeat of the “mother” line. “My mom likes me, unlike yours.” As they walk away, GinaMarie shouts out that “she wants to do low blows. I can do low blows, too.”

We now move on to Aaryn’s quick HOH win. GinaMarie is the first to congratulate her, and Aaryn admits that she didn’t really want to win. Jessie couldn’t be more bummed about this, as she knows she will be going up.

Everybody heads inside, and Judd is the first to get to her. Spencer wants to know what she’s going to do, and Aaryn says everybody wants Jessie out. Spencer asks if he’s going up, and Aaryn says while she wants to put up GinaMarie, “I can’t.” Andy suggests putting her up as a replacement.

Ultimately, Spencer and Jessie are put up, and Spencer is pissed how he’s told all the time that he’s safe. Jessie says it’s “very, very scary”, and the veto comp is her last chance of safety. Well, she obviously fails, as Aaryn again wins. At this point, Aaryn says she’s happy that she’ll be sending Jessie to jury.

Helen immediately gets in Aaryn’s ear, and asks if they can backdoor Judd. She doesn’t want anything to do with that as Judd comes up to hug her. Helen explains that Judd has been a target for quite some time, and we get a recap of the “evidence” that is ultimately all in Helen and Amanda’s minds.

Aaryn convenes with Jessie while a number of others are chatting in the bedroom. “When I’m done, I want to talk to everybody”, she says as her and Jessie storm by. “If I take you off the block, you cannot fuck me, Jessie”, says Aaryn. Jessie says she will never come after her. “Okay. Send them in.”

Helen comes in with the names of people that will ensure her safety. She wants to take out a “big fish”, and she goes on and on with her analysis. “You have the votes”, says Helen.

In the kitchen, Judd is asking if he needs to go beg for votes. Amanda and McCrae frown at him like he shouldn’t be so silly. Meanwhile, GinaMarie is brought into the room to inform her of the Judd decision. Judd then walks in, and asks if they’re keeping Jessie. “No”, says Helen.

Amanda and McCrae now bring Spencer into a room, and tell him to just go with the flow “if the veto gets used”. Amanda tells him to vote out the replacement nominee if it is him the veto is used on. Of course, Spencer agrees to everything.

Andy comes in, followed by Judd, who now knows what is going on. “Don’t listen to that, Andy. I heard at the door.” Ok, maybe he doesn’t know everything but he’s scrambling. McCrae says that Judd believes they’re all talking about saving Jessie, but it’s actually about evicting him. “It feels icky”, adds Andy. McCrae adds that he’s “fucking heartbroken”.

Then we get to see the move of replacing Jessie with Judd. He’s gobsmacked. Aaryn says that if she didn’t do that, she’d be going home. As Julie goes to commercial, Judd says that he wasn’t playing Aaryn. Helen tries to stop him, but Judd says he’d be willing to bargain with anybody. Aaryn starts crying, and Judd keeps begging.

Helen jumps in and tells Aaryn she’s amazing, and that she’s “going to win this game”. Don’t go too far. Andy also breaks down as Judd continues to plead. Amanda asks if he’s MVP, and he denies it. “Elissa has always been MVP.” Amanda also starts crying, reminding him that it’s just a game. “I really love you.” Judd then starts in on Jessie, saying the “snake always wins the game”.

Judd is then evicted, and Jessie says that she’s happy that she didn’t leave the game. Amanda still thinks he’s MVP. “Great BB players don’t miss their shot.” Elissa, though, is upset that Judd wouldn’t hug her. “It’s a slap in the face.” Funny how the rare Elissa quotes in the last few episodes have just been about her self. We hear her tell Judd that this had nothing to do with her, and Judd also says he doesn’t want to hug Helen. He hugs Aaryn, and whispers “it’s not true”. She says she feels horrible, and he wanted to be here “more than a lot of people”.

Judd is gone, and half the house is in tears. Amanda still thinks he was MVP. Helen says “at least he’s going to jury”. Yes, Helen we know that’s all you care about. Judd got his dream of being in the jury. Oh wait, that’s what you think is Spencer’s dream.

After commercials, Aaryn is still upset over what just happend. She says it shows “just how quickly things can change” in the Big Brother house. “You can never feel too comfortable.” Busybody Helen comes in with fake tears to help her feel better. “This is the biggest game move this season...you are Janelle, dude.” No, she’s not. “For once in this game, no one is after you.” Ugh, she sucks.

McCrae is also crying in the photo booth, and he’s joined by Andy. McCrae complains that Judd was his best friend in the house, and he’s surprised he feels this strongly. “I’m a big wussy, I guess.” Amanda then pulls Aaryn into the have-not room, and hugs her saying that her and McCrae will never doubt her again. “He was scary in this game.” She thinks that the three of them and Andy will make the final four. In the diary room, Aaryn says she thinks that feels the greatest trust in Helen, but she says she “needs” to agree to this deal. They walk out, with Aaryn asking for some wine.

Ok, enough with the tears. Amanda, McCrae, and Andy are still bawling, telling themselves this was for the best. ENOUGH!!!! This is a televised game show! Oh God, now Helen and others join the crowd before Andy walks off to cry by himself. The rest of the house joins them, and Helen carries on with her cheerleading. Spencer, though, is kind of turned off by what happened. “They were like wild hogs eating one another.”

We then jump to the HOH competition, and it’s set up like a 50’s malt shop. They have to land their “cherry” on top of a “sundae” by tilting the “banana”. It’s a knock-out type competition, and the first to get the cherry in is the winner of the round. The HOH winner also gets to pick the week’s Have-Nots.

The first match is Helen versus Jessie, but we have to wait until after a commercial break. Jessie wins, but neither were great at it. Andy versus GianMarie is the second match, and Andy wins (obviously). Amanda then beats Spencer, and McCrae defeats Elissa (who complains that “McCrae was totally distracting me”) to end the first round.

The second round starts with Jessie versus Andy, with Andy winning. Amanda then has to go against her man, and McCrae’s ball hits just before Amanda’s gets to the sundae. She starts bawling, because he should have thrown it for her. “Jeff did it for Jordan. Brendon did it for Rachel, but McCrae doesn’t do it for Amanda.” Oh, come on.

The final match is Andy versus McCrae, and Andy is thriving in the diary room. For once, he’s actually part of the competition instead of just pithy commentary about it. It’s over pretty quickly, as Andy is now the new HOH! He has to pick Have-Nots, but Helen, GinaMarie, Aaryn, and Elissa volunteer. “In the spirit of Aaryn the Good Witch, I must take one for the team.” Oh boy.

Afterwards, Amanda starts bitching at McCrae about him not throwing the competition. “I was barely trying”, he says. She’s bawling about how she wants pictures from home.

We’re running out of time before the end of the show, but we have to have more of head mom Helen. She’s now consoling Amanda, and says that they’re all still there because of Amanda. “You have played an amazing game. You’re winning without having to win.” Ugh, she’s so full of shit! Andy then comes in, and she carries on about how she’s the only person who hasn’t won anything. She finally storms off, and Jessie says she “needs to get over it. Stop throwing a pity party for yourself, and move on.” She doesn’t, though, and is still crying as McCrae is in the shower. They hug, and he talks about how they have controlled everything that has gone on in the house. He reminds her that they should still be safe with Andy as HOH.

Andy is now in the HOH with Helen, and he tells her that he’s putting up Jessie and Spencer. Helen doesn’t like this, and almost commands him to put up Amanda and McCrae. The edit doesn’t quite show it accurately, but she did her usual method of “blah blah blah I love you and support you” but “blah blah blah this is what you should do” mind tricks. The edit makes it look like Andy is paying attention to her logic, but he’s really not. There was never a moment when Andy was going to do HELEN’s big move.

It is now that time, and after the usual diary room commentary, Andy calls everybody into the house. The first key pulled belongs to GinaMarie, followed by Helen, McCrae, Aaryn (“Poopy”), Amanda, and Elissa. Spencer and Jessie are nominated! He says he “adores” both of them, but “on a strategic level”, this was what he needed to do.

Jessie says she’s not surprised as she’s “an easy target”, but vows to fight to stay in the house. Spencer says he needs to somehow get “inside” the house, but he thinks “something is going to look better for him soon”. Amanda is happy that she’s not in danger this week, and hopes that Jessie ends up in jury house with “J-U-Double Eviction”. Ugh Amanda. That’s a bad joke. I prefer the “semi-pretty”line. Helen, though, gives Andy a thumbs down, but is going to push for a McCrae or Amanda backdoor.

So that’s it! What did you think of tonight’s episode? DId the behind the scenes stuff change any of your opinions? What about Andy’s HOH win? Or Amanda’s temper tantrum? Tell us what you think!

 

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!

 

Tuesday
Aug062013

50 Shades of Wrong

Big Brother just didn't feel right these last few days.

On the one hand, I assume that any of this week's Power of Veto competitors -- Amanda, Candice, Gina, Jessie, Judd, and Spencer -- had nearly equal chances of being stuck with the dog cone, the clown suit, or the repeated spray tans. As long as producers intended no specific "punishment" for any specific house guest, perhaps we should think that all is as it should be in a game show which is outrageous by design.

GinaMarie & Candice, neither looking especially happy.On the other hand, in a season already infamous for insensitive, incendiary house guest commentary, why would CBS allow producers to design competition outcomes which seek to produce humor and/or humiliation by changing participants' appearances into caricatures? Candice was targeted early on by racial comments ... which, whether spoken in malice or ignorance, were unquestionably inappropriate. Now Big Brother dresses Candice as a clown, practically inviting us to laugh at the character she was required to become? After days of this, it's no wonder she mostly stayed in seclusion on Monday. And what would everybody be saying if, instead of Amanda, Aaryn had been the one to have the color of her skin changed so drastically?

It's as if they're trying to morph #BB15 into a farcical reverse-psychology whacky after-school special on race relations.

Candice's clown outfit; Amanda after repeated spray tans.At best, this is uncomfortable. At worst, it's outright disrespectful. I'm not necessarily sayin' the producers shouldn't have gone ahead with plans which were probably in place before the season started. I'm just sayin' that it troubles me when factoring in the present context.

This is an honest reaction from a newbie's perspective, and my commitment to sharing the remaining #BB15 experience with you is unchanged. But CBS should recognize that events like these do not particularly inspire new viewers to come back next year.

CBS added a disclaimer to the feeds and broadcast this season for the first time in show history. Do I need my own disclaimer? These views are mine only, offered with zero offense-causing intent, in the hope of inspiring civil, respectful discourse even if we disagree. Comment here or chirp @uselesstraffic.

Back to normal (if there is such a thing) next time at the Newbie Desk: Making sense of the different daily activities, weekly competitions, and TV schedules.

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?