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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!!!

 

Saturday
Sep142013

Big Brother Gossip Show #312: Season Finale

There may be a few more days left in the season, but the material on the feeds has slowed to a crawl. With that in mind, we decided that tonight would be our season finale...or is it? There's a chance we'll have a special episode or two in the near future. So please keep checking in to see what we're up to.

Tonight's episode deals with Wednesday and Thursday's evictions, the jury house visit, and the first step of the final round of HOH contests. We also chat a bit about our predictions for the finale, and also comment on the rumors surrounding Allison Grodner.

You can grab this episode via the usual online spots, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...

DIRECTLY STREAM/DOWNLOAD BY CLICKING HERE!!!

Much thanks to Colette and Mike for their help this season, and to Ash for her tireless work looking for audio clips. It's been a great season, and we all can't wait for next year!

Thursday
Sep122013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 34 Recap

Last night, we went from five to four contestants remaining in the Big Brother house. Tonight, another person will be shown the door, and the first stage of the crowning of a new champion will begin. There’s also going to be segment devoted to the jury house, which is something almost everybody has been clamoring to view.

The previous episode concluded with Andy coming from behind to eek out a sudden death victory in a “Before or After” competition. For some strange reason, we begin with last night’s footage of Judd’s departure, and GinaMarie babbling about the “Exterminators being down one”. McCrae again repeats how he had to vote against him because he can’t rock the boat, but he believes the other three are working together. “I’m the odd one out.”

After Judd’s gone, they all hug each other, and Spencer is proud that three of the final four are from his group. Andy explains that he trusts GinaMarie just a tad more than Judd, which is why he had to go.

We jump to Andy’s HOH win, and I’m not going to bother to repeat much of this backslapping silliness. Yeah yeah yeah, exterminators rule, McCrae’s the target, blah blah blah.

Finally we get some new footage, with McCrae complaining that he just wants to get on to the veto comp. He walks into the storage room, and the exterminators start going on and on about how McCrae can NOT win that veto. Unfortunately for Andy, he has to put up one of his fools, so they go over the various scenarios. They quickly figure out it doesn’t matter, as a McCrae win puts him in the driver’s seat.

With that, we go right to nominations. The only key belongs to GinaMarie, which means that Spencer and McCrae are on the block. Andy says that both of his nominations are because he has to, and it’s all about who wins the veto. Andy also believes that McCrae doesn’t know he’s the target. There’s more of this blather from everybody, and even some phony worrying from Spencer.

Before the veto competition, though, we finally get the long-awaited jury house footage! The segment begins with the first three jury members (Jessie, Helen, and Candice) hanging out, and of course Helen is already doing arts and crafts. She’s painted a “memory wall”, and is pretty proud of herself. She’s apparently also been doing her prancersizing around the house.

They talk about who they want to see is next, and in walks Aaryn. “Glad to see you in jury”, says Candice, who also wants to know who knocked her out. Her and Helen jump for joy when they learn that it was Elissa. Hmmmm. That’s kind of tacky. Candice adds that it is a “dream come true” for her to be evicted, and reminds us of the mattress incident.

Aaryn then apologizes for her ignorance, and that she hopes they all are willing to forgive her and get to know the real her. That’s it for Aaryn’s segment, as we then jump to the next evictee - Amanda. It’s Jessie’s turn to be happy. Amanda points out that she knows they were all happy to see her “because they didn’t want to see me win the game”. Amanda then tells how GinaMarie won HOH and blindsided McCranda. Helen thinks that is fantastic. “By the way, America hates me”, she adds. She also outs the Exterminators to the other jurors, and Aaryn is the only one not surprised.

Then Amanda alerts them that another person will following her, and it is Elissa. Amanda asks her what happened, and Elissa (sort of) describes what happened. Amanda returns the ring, and apologizes for McCrae’s nominations...along with Andy’s lies.

Oh wait, we get another jury house segment after the break! There’s another scene of the girls predicting who will be the next to enter, and then Judd walks in. Helen is shocked for some reason, and then Judd fills them in on what happened. They then watch the video of his eviction, including his comment about voting for Spencer and Andy. He then explains why he said that, and Elissa adds that GinaMarie should know she has “all of the support in the jury”. Uh oh.

The camera was on Aaryn, but it’s Amanda that first says “no, she doesn’t”. She also obviously doesn’t have the support of Candice, either. Amanda said that GinaMarie floated through “99” days, and Judd responds that McCrae “rode on your coattails”. She doesn’t like that, saying he was smart to let her talk. Aaryn complains that Amanda seems to be even worse in the jury house than she was in the house, and it heats up when Candice agrees that McCrae was a floater. She adds that out of those left in the house, he’s been the “most loyal”. Yeah, this doesn’t go over well, either. Candice replies that he rarely even got out of bed. “He floated through the whole game.”

That’s it with jury stuff, and after commercials it’s time for the veto competition. They head outside through cobwebs, and the contest is a spider web puzzle. They have to read clues, and then find the house guest that fits that clue. The first to correctly fill the entire puzzle wins.

Before the description, and during the competition, we heard over and over how this is so important to win. Yep, more blah blah blah. “The stakes have never been so important.” Can we get better script writers, please? Let’s just cut to the end - Andy wins. Oh, and GinaMarie got a puzzle piece picture of Nick.

Spencer and Andy then meet upstairs, and it’s Spencer’s goal to make Andy scared of taking GinaMarie to the final two. He reminds him about her jury votes, and how she’s able to fight with people and then still be friends. Andy seems to be on the same page as Spencer, though. It’s really a waste of time.

Now McCrae is shown packing, and Spencer asks him if he’s talked to Andy yet. He believes that McCrae should also remind him of how dangerous GinaMare is. “Reiterate how bitter this jury is going to be.” McCrae agrees that this needs to happen.

This indeed does happen in the HOH room, and it’s almost word for word. He reminds Andy how both GinaMarie and Spencer don’t have any bitter rivals in the jury house, and Andy pretends to agree with him. Yep, there’s the footage that is needed to raise suspense for the next segment!

It’s now time for the fatal veto/eviction decisions. Who will be the last person to go home before the finale? One piece of weirdness, though. Julie announces that earlier today the three Exterminators came clean to McCrae. I’m shocked by that.

McCrae gives his speech first, and thanks all of his friends. I really hate when the nominees do this. He also thanks a podcast, which really hurts me as it isn’t ours. “Andy, use the veto on me because I’m a totally bad radical.” Spencer then simply asks for the veto, if he wants to use it, and that his “beautiful girlfriend would appreciate it”. Andy puts on his fake worry look, and stands up to announce that he won’t use the veto.

Before the eviction, the two nominees get to make another speech, and McCrae gets up and just announces various big brother blogs (but not ours!). He thanks them for their support, and says that “it’s all good” to GinaMarie. Spencer says he respects GinaMarie no matter what she does, and that’s it. GinaMarie then stands, and after some babbling finally gets around to evicting McCrae. He yells out for Hamsterwatch one more time as he hugs everybody and heads out.

Before Julie interviews him, the three remaining house guests are shown celebrating. The interview begins with a little bit of the reveal, and he’s asked what he was thinking. He says he was blown away, and didn’t see it coming. He did believe that Andy cast that vote against Amanda, but still didn’t think they had an alliance. Julie asks why he didn’t nominate Andy during the double eviction, and he says it’s because he wasn’t aware of the alliance. He wishes he had trusted Elissa, and “should have went with my gut. But I’m a wuss.”

His relationship with Amanda is then brought up, and whether he put her before the game. He admits it to an extent, but there was a lot of “give and take” with them. When she did leave, he was “crippled”. If she had left earlier, he could have possibly seen it and broke them up. Julie then points out that sometimes he looked like he was in love, and at other times he seemsed scared of her. He says “I don’t know” a few times, and it looks like he has some doubts about their future. The final messages are then played, and they’re all bullshit. Lots of “exterminator” bullshit, and how Spencer hopes he isn’t seeing this video. The segment ends with McCrae saying he wishes he had distances himself a bit from Amanda.

A few adverts later, Julie says hello to the “exterminators”. She asks Andy why they exposed their alliance to McCrae, and he babbles about how much they all loved him, and that he “deserved to know”.

With that, the episode is over. There’s no beginning of the first HOH competition, and Julie goes into a promo for Sunday’s highlights episode. I’m surprised by this, as we always get to see the start of the endurance competition. We’ve been ripped off!

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you happy McCrae’s gone? Are you upset with this final three? How about that jury footage? Tell us what you’re thinking!

 

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!

 

Thursday
Sep052013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 31 Recap

It’s a huge night. A double eviction this late in the game means that almost โ…“ of the house will head to the jury tonight. If you thought the feeds have slowed down the last few days, imagine what it will be like after this hour is over.

Add to that a (not so) secret alliance between two rivals that was supposed to save the person originally destined to go home. Imagine the reaction in the house if it somehow works. Conversely, that person’s reaction (and her partners) should be stunning if the “rat” indeed sticks with the week-old self-professed “greatest alliance ever” (which is certainly not the case).

After that, it’s a crapshoot. There’s no way to predict what happens with the new HOH, their nominations, veto, or eviction. It really is up for grabs.

So let’s get right to the 500th episode of Big Brother. Last night’s show concluded with McCrae saving himself from the block, and replaced with Spencer. What does everybody think about that move? GinaMarie babbles about how her plan is in place, while Spencer is so confident that he’s safe that he volunteered to go up (which CBS failed to show last night). “I just have to have faith and loyalty in these guys.” Amanda claims that if Elissa had been put up instead, “she would have walked away with zero targets. Hence, the reason why I think it’s personal.”

Amanda and McCrae are crawling into bed when GinaMarie comes in to talk to them. Like the other 20 times they’ve had this chat, it turns into GinaMarie explaining how she had to break up the pair. “You’re jealous”, replies Amanda. “I’m sorry Nick’s not here so you couldn’t be a power duo.” This creates some giggles between Judd and Andy in the next room. GinaMarie’s response is that she’s doing pretty well as a solo act. “Bitch is crazy!” This goes on and on before GinaMarie finally wanders off as Amanda complains “it’s like talking to a four year old”.

Now we see Amanda walking into the kitchen, asking Elissa if she can talk to her. In the diary room, Amanda says she “has a really good pitch that can benefit Elissa’s game”. Admitting it’s a “lost cause”, Amanda says that if she was to stay then Elissa would have three people protecting her (Amanda, McCrae, Andy), as opposed to having people like Spencer after her. “If I’m gone, I feel like a lot of people will be going after you because you’re like the next big threat.” Elissa doesn’t seem too interested, adding a “mmm hmmm” or two, and Amanda admits she’s “tortured her a lot lately”.

A bit later, Elissa says that it does “make sense to keep a bigger target them myself”, and is considering Amanda’s idea. She pulls Amanda into the cockpit, and says she now wants to work with her. “Swear to God.” She explains that she does trust the two of them more than Spencer and GinaMarie. Amanda hugs her, and Elissa explains that she came in to the house to win, and if keeping Amanda makes that happen then she’ll do that. They also decide to trade jewelry to ensure each other’s trust.

Oh wait, look who pops in! It’s Andy, doing what Andy does best! Elissa explains this new idea, and he looks stunned. He begs off, telling them to keep talking. “This is going to out me”, he says in the diary room. If it doesn’t work, then his loyalties will be known. Amanda then pulls McCrae outside to fill him in, but he’s not as excited as she is.

Andy is now outside with Spencer and Judd, and explains they “have a major exterminator problem”. He tells them about Elissa’s new idea, and they’re both pissed. Andy says there is no way that he’ll vote with them, but they need to use this to make Elissa look bad.

Back inside, Amanda and McCrae are talking about her new hope. McCrae wants to go to Elissa to ensure that she’s not just fucking with them. Amanda doesn’t like this idea, as “she’ll be annoyed that you just questioned her on it”. McCrae, though, is also worried about Andy, but Amanda doesn’t agree. She thinks McCrae is the only person he can trust.

With that scene, the old footage is finished, and Julie now announces the double eviction to the house (although they’d already figured it out). First, she tells them about being part of the 500th episode.

We jump right to the final pleas, and Spencer goes first. He thanks a bunch of friends and family members, and that’s about it. Amanda then says they’ve all “become family”, and by keeping her she can help some people’s games.

Voting now starts with Judd, who votes to evict Amanda. McCrae obviously votes to evict Spencer, as does Elissa (to groans from the audience). Andy is up next, and he votes against Amanda. It’s a tie vote, for the first time this season.

Julie then announces the tie, and Amanda knows she’s fucked. GinaMarie then casts her vote to evict Amanda. “Get steppin’.” Amanda hugs them all, says to fight hard, and tells McCrae she loves him. Walking out the door, she turns to Andy and says “I thought I could trust you.” He replies the she could. Looks like the plan to pin it on Elissa didn’t work.

Amanda walks out to some cheers AND jeers. “Looks like some of you don’t like me”, she says to the audience. Julie starts the interview by asking what happened, and Amanda says she doesn’t know. “I’m dumbfounded.” She doesn’t think Elissa screwed her, as she does have her wedding ring in her suitcase. Julie then asks what she said to Andy, and she claims she was actually helping his game by making the house think he didn’t vote for her. Well, he didn’t anyway.

Playing a hard game is then brought up, and the awful term “bully”. Is that the real Amanda? “I’m definitely not a bully”, she responds. The audience begins to chuckle, but Amanda carries on by saying she just told people the truth. She does regret bullying Elissa, though.

Julie then asks about the fact she has “no filter”, and whether she has regrets. Amanda wishes she had been nicer to people. “It’s a game. You have to play it. I’m not a Jordan, for sure.” Her relationship with McCrae is the next topic, and Amanda says she admires him. She adds that he plans on moving to Florida.

The messages then end the segment. Elissa says that she did keep her as “being here is better for my game”. GinaMarie bitches to her that “your ass just got exterminated. Boom!” Andy then admits that he voted against her “because I came to win this game and not get third place with a power couple”. He then stupidly announces his Exterminators alliance. We end with McCrae saying how he’s “going to miss her a whole lot”. After the conclusion, Julie asks if Amanda is mad at Andy. “Yeah.” Well, duh.

It’s now HOH time, and it’s called “Go Fetch”. They have to race across the yard to a dog pen, and dig for two “bones”. The first to find them, and deposit them in their dog bowl is the winner. In almost no time, McCrae wins! Seriously, the competition had just began!

After a commercial break, Julie calls everybody back into the living room. With no hesitation, McCrae then nominates GinaMarie and a clearly worried Elissa.

Before the veto competition, we have yet another commercial break. This competition is called “The BB 500”, and they have to move a car through a maze. The first person to get through it is the veto winner. Andy takes a quick lead, but Judd catches him to win the veto!

A few more adverts later, it’s time for Judd’s decision on whether to save either GinaMarie or Elissa. First, we hear some yelling in the house between GinaMarie and Elissa about the deal with Amanda. Julie then calls everybody back into the living room, and Spencer tells her she looks great. Ass kisser.

Elissa pleads her case first, and it’s about the double eviction that temporarily took him out. GinaMarie then says that she always has his back, and rambles on and on. “Everybody leaves me in the dark” is about the only thing I can figure out. Judd then says he’s not using the veto.

Yet another set of adverts before we get to the inevitable. They get to plead their case again, and she says she’s never lied to Judd and never nominated Spencer. “I’ll work with you going forward. She has more votes in jury than I do.” GinaMarie then says she’s “loyal to the death”, and a few more cliches. “I’m good at things and stink at some things.” She’s just awful. Seirously awful.

Voting then begins with Spencer, who votes to evict Elissa, as does Judd and Andy. Yes, that Reilly monster is going out the door! Julie announces the news, and Elissa is up even before Julie is finished. She wants her bag, but Julie tells her that she needs to come immediately. She walks out without a hug...or much acknowledgment to the rest of the house.

Julie asks Elissa if there was anything that could have saved her after Amanda was evicted, and she STUPIDLY thinks it was McCrae who voted against Amanda. Even Julie doesn’t get that. “Because Andy looked so shocked” is Elissa’s explanation. She is then asked about being taunted by Amanda, and she claims that she just wanted to work with her head instead of emotions. Her idea was that if they both stayed then Amanda and McCrae would be the targets. Julie asked if her sister gave her any advice, and I just can’t keep going with this. Elissa is making absolutely no sense. “It’s just crazy” is about as deep as she gets.

So that’s it, besides Julie announcing how the last few episodes will go, which will apparently involve a former winner’s input in one episode (please do not have it be Dan). It’s definitely a different house now, even more so than I mentioned at the beginning of this recap. Are you happy with what happened? Did you wish either evictee had stayed? Who is the new frontrunner? Tell us what you think!

 

Saturday
Aug312013

Big Brother Gossip Show #311: Blame Amanda

It's been a crazy week in the Big Brother house, and we cover everything that happened. We talk about Elissa spoiling Survivor, Julie Chen bum-rushing Aaryn, and the blindside nominations of Amanda and McCrae. We also talk about the online nonsense of idiots that can't handle opinions that don't mirror their own. We also award a couple of t-shirts to iTunes commenters, and Mike surprises Colette with a big surprise!

Grab this episode from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher. Or...

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Special thanks to Mike and Colette for their work on the show, and Ash for her great audio work!

Thursday
Aug292013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 28 Recap

This is it. It’s a night a good percentage of the Big Brother community is waiting for. A cute (former) model is about to walk out the door, not knowing that she’s been face of Aryan culture for the past two months.

Unfortunately for the blood thirsty, it’s unlikely she’ll actually get her true comeuppance tonight. She is headed to the jury house, after all, so Julie Chen can’t mention anything that’s happening in the “real world”. Will bad behavior be discussed? Certainly, but not at the level that would have happened a few weeks ago before the ousted headed to jury. You’re just going to have to wait for the finale to see how CBS handles her...and others.

Before we get to that moment, though, we have a replacement nominee to discuss. Amanda, the veto winner, took down her man, and Elissa put up Andy as his replacement. Elissa explains that she really wanted Amanda out this week, but she had to put up Andy because she knows he’s been working with her. Aaryn adds that this makes it the end of the “3 A.M.” alliance, and she has a bad feeling that she will be the one going home “because Andy has deals with almost everyone here”. Andy admits that he’s “freaking out”, and he really needs Amanda and McCrae’s votes. He adds that it is also the “beginning of a new plan that I have for myself that does not involve Amanda and McCrae”.

Elissa is now shown in the kitchen, and you can hear a New Year’s Eve party buzzer thing (what are they called?). “I’m back”, yells Amanda. “Hey Elissa. How are you, angel?” Elissa ignores her as Amanda continues to hover over her. “I’m very threatening and scary.” She asks her why she doesn’t look like any of her pictures. “How many doctors did it take to make your face look like that?” Elissa giggles and walks away. “I’m not about to be manipulated by a girl like her”, she says in the diary room. Amanda continues to talk as Elissa heads into the HOH.

Amanda is now seen in bed, asking the other boys why everybody is being nice to her. “I’m the only one standing up to this bitch, and everybody else is hiding in my shadow being, nice and kissing her dumbassed, cologenic injected face.” Spencer tells her to chill out, and Amanda continues to yell about her. “I want to punch her in her fucking face.” Andy complains in the diary room that she’s acting “appalling”. He says he’s not going to talk game with anybody, and Amanda says her next target is anybody seen chatting to her.

Time for a bitch session. GinaMarie is flapping her gums about Amanda to Judd, Spencer, and Andy, but I can never understand what she’s saying. Spencer calls her “repulsive”, and wants things to change. They just can’t have the two of them at the end, so Andy says they should just “cut ties” and go for their individual games. Judd says they should call themselves “The Exterminators”, and of course GinaMare loves that!

Aaryn is now talking to Amanda, who says she did everything she could to get GinaMarie up instead of Andy. She explains that Andy was with them long before Aaryn, so that’s where their loyalty lies. In the diary room, she explains that she also trusts Andy more than Aaryn because she chose Judd in that last veto comp. If she only knew what Andy was plotting. Aaryn whines a bit about how much work she’s done for nothing. “I did (the work) for people who won’t even keep me safe.” Amanda then starts crying, and then crawls into her bed to cry. “You still have two more days. You never know what’s going to happen.” The only way Aaryn can stay is to get the votes of Spencer, GinaMarie, and Judd. “This is going to be hard.” Impossible, actually.

She attempts to work it anyway, and first goes to GinaMarie, who promises her a vote. In the diary room, GinaMarie says she has to make fake alliances with both nominees. Aaryn then tries to work on Judd and Spencer, who says he has “concerns about your loyalties”. He adds that her past HOH’s furthered other’s needs, but she counters that she only did that to survive. Spencer and Judd both say they have to think about it, so Aaryn says she needs to start throwing some people under the bus.

Aaryn then tries to work on Amanda and McCrae again, pointing out that she’s done so much more work than he has. She points out that they have the two biggest targets on their backs, and that everybody is going after them. When she mentions Spencer’s name, Amanda gets a bit upset. She calls him over to the couch, and asks him if that’s true. “She’s full of shit”, he replies. Aaryn tries to refute him, but it goes nowhere. “Nobody trusts anything you say”, he tells Aaryn, before wandering back over to the hammock to report to Andy. Aaryn continues to fight for her side, and Amanda asks if she’d take them to the final three. So now we get that footage that makes the upcoming eviction vote appear to not be a slam dunk.

Ugh, a Dan segment is next??? NOOOOOOOO! I’m not recapping anything what that asshole has to say.

And now we have more bullshit with Brendon, Rachel, Jeff, Jordan, Dom and Danielle???? Nope, not watching that idiocy either.

After that silliness, Julie talks to the house. She welcomes Judd back to the game, and asks him how things have changed since his return. He babbles about how it’s the same people, but a couple are gone, so “they really did me a favor while I was gone”. Ok then. Amanda is then congratulated for her first victory, and is asked about “verbally taunting Elissa”. She replies that “Elissa really pushed my buttons”, but she has since apologized. “Now the house guests knwo not to push my buttons.” That’s not going to get a good response in the online world. Elissa is asked to respond, and she complains that Amanda took it past “game-related things”. That’s about all I understood from her lengthy non-answer.

Julie then wastes some more time talking about how twitter is so obsessed with the dirtiness of the bedroom. A picture is shown, and Spencer is asked why it’s so dirty. It’s a dumb question, so I’m not going to bother to state his reply. Oh wait, this is funny. “Thank you for asking me a question, by the way. It’s only been about ten weeks.”

It’s now crunch time. Aaryn gets the first final speech, and she tells everybody at home how much she misses them. She babble some more, and says she respects their decision. Andy then quotes Abraham Lincoln, but his joke falls flat. Even his Anderson Cooper quip stinks.

Voting then begins with Judd, who votes to evict his “little Texas tornado”. Spencer also votes against Aaryn, as does a crying GinaMarie, Amanda, and McCrae. Aaryn is out by a unanimous vote!

We have to endure more commercials for the much-anticipated meeting between Julie and Aaryn. It’s a peaceful departure, as she hugs everybody (including lengthy ones with Elissa and GinaMarie), and actually gets some cheers as she comes out. Oh yeah, and a few catcalls.

Wow, we don’t get the usual stupid footage of the house staring at the picture wall. Julie announces they have a lot to talk about, and she is then asked about the unanimous vote. Aaryn says that she believes Amanda and McCrae kept Andy over her because of her competition success. But why not GinaMarie, and Aaryn explains that the unanimous votes are so that they don’t become targets. Ugh.

Julie then brings up Elissa and their rocky relationship. Aaryn says that at first they were friendly, but the lie about not being Rachel’s sister brought on some animosity.

Ok, here we go. “In the early days of this game, you said some pretty harsh things about your fellow housemates.” Julie adds that Amanda even attempted to let her know that some of the things she said were being interpreted as racist. It’s not a good answer. Aaryn complains that since she’s southern, things have been taken out of context. “I do not mean to ever come off as racist. That’s not me, and I apologize to anyone that I’ve offended for that.” (Note, you can hear people in the audience laughing at that dumb response.)

Julie then reminds her that everybody going into the house knows that they’re on the internet, and proceeds to read some of the things she stated. Oh yeah, this isn’t going to end well. As the audience laughs, she says she doesn’t remember saying any of those things.”That was not meant to be serious, and I feel horrible for that. I regret that.” Julie follows that up by asking if the experience has taught her anything. Clearly flustered, Aaryn just spits out a few words about how her and Andy, Candice, and Helen are “great friends”.

The segment ends with the usual goodbye messages. Judd says that he thinks that she is “awesome”, but that “I feel that you are playing for Amanda and McCrae to win this”. Amanda says that this is the toughest eviction for her, and she loves her like a sister. Elissa then says she has “nothing to say to you except have fun in the jury house. Or don’t.” Interesting, as just a few minutes ago Elissa acted like she was her best friend. GinaMarie ends it by saying that she loves her. “You’ll always be my BB bunny.”

Julie asks for her final thoughts, and it’s clear the past few minutes are the only thing she is thinking about. She says she feels awful, and that in Texas they joke about things without really meaning it. “I really feel bad that this is how it’s being seen, and how I’ve come across to people.” Julie then tells her that after she’s home and watches the footage, “you’ll have a whole new perspective on things”.

It’s now time for the next HOH competition, and they’re wearing bunny ears. It’s called “Big Hopportunity”, and they have to maneuver balls through a maze. The first to collect a dozen “eggs” in their basket is the new HOH. Their feet are tied together, so they have to hop around the playing field. After they begin, Julie announces that the last place finisher will have to wear a chicken suit for 48 hours.

Before we end, Julie announces that on Sunday there will be a “surprise competition”, and that next Thursday will be another double eviction. That should be fun!

Well, that’s it. We leave the show without a new HOH. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? What did you think of the interview with Aaryn? Or the return of certain people I will never mention again? Let us know!

 

Saturday
Aug242013

Big Brother Gossip Show #310: Helissa

What a crazy week! Babbling moms, mean girls, a returning player, and shocking competition wins that is not only saving their time in the house but inspiring TONS of controversy! We cover it all in this superlong episode of the Big Brother Gossip Show. Grab this episode from the usual online spots, or...

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Thanks to Mike (although he was late) and Colette for their work on this episode, and Ash for the great audio cliips!

Thursday
Aug222013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 25 Recap

It’s been hyped and hyped all week long. Big Brother alum have even been prodded to live tweet the event like it’s the Super Bowl. It’s a “first”, y’all, so aren’t you excited?

Meh. Just because it’s never happened before doesn’t make it a groundbreaking event. Plus, those idiots up north did the exact same thing earlier this year.

What am I talking about? The super-duper special competition that will allow jury members (plus tonight’s evictee) compete to return to the game. Excuse me while I yawn. Sorry, but I’m a purist. Once you’re gone, you’re gone. There’s no do-overs. Why should a week of work in the house be wasted (or in the case of Judd, a few minutes of work). It seems to me that the only people that love this twist are those with emotional attachments to one of the individuals who could come back, or whose hatred of somebody remaining is borderline scary. In other words, the vast majority of this year’s fans.

Let’s get it over with. After Julie hyping the history-making event, we have to go through a lengthy recap before the reactions to Spencer replacing Elissa on the block. Spencer says he’s not really surprised, and “isn’t really sweating it”. Funny, as he looks like he is CONSTANTLY sweating. Aaryn doesn’t make much sense in her diary room comment. She wanted to put up Amanda, but ultimately has to “appease” her. Wait, what?

Aaryn heads upstairs as Elissa and Helen hug. Helen says that she’s now “starting to regret not taking Jessie seriously about getting Amanda out of the game sooner, but it’s clear by Aaryn’s speech that she’s being bullied by Amanda”. Sensing an opportunity, the two of them head upstairs. In tears, Helen demands that Elissa start working with Aaryn and GinaMarie. Oh boy. Elissa says that “100% we have to work together”. Hmmm, interesting since she spent a full day bitching about Aaryn just two days ago.

Andy then pops in, and it gets awkward. Helen says that he is the swing vote, and Andy snaps that she has him 100%. “If I don’t stay, it’s going to be because of your vote”. She is hoping that her emotional state will get into his heart. “America is rooting for us right now (ugh).” He just can’t let the bullies win! This pisses off Andy, as Helen has done as much bad things as anybody else. Out of the blue, Aaryn then complains that this conversation will end up hurting her.

Andy then wanders downstairs and tells Amanda all about the good/bad people speech. “Don’t say that I told you that”, he adds (as usual).

As a person who works in politics, Helen says she “reads people all the time”, so she has to work on more than just Andy. She pulls McCrae into the cockpit room, and goes into an anti-Amanda rant. “Stick up to her. Be the man that McCrae is.” It goes on and on, and all we get from him are a lot of “yeah”. Ugh, she again brings up “America”. Make it stop! McCrae’s not happy about it either.

Oh wait, there is Amanda! She walks in, and McCrae follows her back out. Of course, he reports to her everything that Helen said. Amanda grabs her drink and wanders back in, pissed off at Helen. She reports to Spencer and Andy what was just said. “Do you think I’m a bully?” Although Spencer did actually say yes to the answer on the feeds, we skip to McCrae talking about how Amanda pushes him around. Oh wait, Spencer does finally say what we heard.

It’s now dark out, and Elissa and Helen try to work on GinaMarie by the hot tub. It’s the same speech, but a little bit angrier, and GinaMarie says that she’d like to keep Helen.

Andy is now seen walking into the HOH to talk to Helen and Elissa. When confronted about his vote, Andy claims that he’s “wavering”. Aaryn walks in as Andy explains his reasoning. “Do I lose one now, or a couple if I keep you here.” Elissa talks about loyalty, and how Amanda and McCrae only have loyalty to each other. Helen says that he has no targets right now, but will if he votes out Helen. When they threaten to get him nominated, Andy says in the diary room that he begins to worry. Then Helen pulls out the “America” crap once again.

It’s interesting how this was edited together. It’s from a couple of different days, and lots of stuff is missing. Like the edit on Elissa, and how she confronted Andy in that last conversation. It didn’t actually make him have second thoughts. Her threats reinforced his resolve. Lots more can be said, and I’m sure we will on Saturday’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

It’s already to go to the living room, and Julie talks about how they’ve all been “left in the dark”. They’re then shown footage from the last Have-Not competition, and Julie asks Amanda abotu what went through her mind entering the black box. She says that she was scared that Elissa was leading her through it. GinaMarie is then asked about the hardest part of that challenge, and she babbles about looking for Nick’s hat at four in the morning. “It was crazy bananas.”

The next question is about Elissa’s veto cmopetition, and they get to watch some footage from it, including Elissa knocking Andy into the wood. Andy says that he was terrified by “the ambition in Elissa’s eyes”.

Live voting is now already set to begin. Spencer gets to go first with his speech, and he says hello to all of his friends, and how he likes everybody. “Helen, you’re an amazing competitor.”

Helen then gets up, and my typing fingers already have cramps. She also says hi to her family and friends. She begins to tear up while talking about her family. She says that she’d love the votes from the house guests, and no matter the vote count they’ve all given her special memories. “I love you all. This has been the best of times, and never the worst of times.”

Voting begins with McCrae, who votes to evict Helen, as does Amanda. Elissa, though, votes to evict Spencer. Andy is next, and in tears he votes to evict Helen, as does GinaMarie. It’s a 4-1 vote, kids!

Julie reads the news to the house, and calmly hugs everybody. Her and Elissa have some words during their embrace, and the tears come. She blows kisses, and is then out the door.

We don’t cling to the picture wall as long as normal, as we go to Julie and Helen. She’s asked why the alliance with McCrae and Andy didn’t work, and she thinks it goes back to Andy’s nominations last week. “I knew in his heart he loves me, and he needed to make a big move.” Wow, it’s impossible to keep up. Keep trying to steal Julie’s job, Helen!

She also believes that Judd was more dangerous than Amanda, and that somebody else could eventually take her out. “What was so scary about Judd”, asks Julie with a chuckle. It was all the conspiracy theories, replies Helen. She then asks about the tears and whether they were real. Helen admits that she can turn them on at will, and even today she thought she could save herself when talking to GinaMarie.

It’s now goodbye message time, and Andy explains how he was troubled by the “good versus bad” comments. “You’ve been good to me, but you’ve been bad to other people you were supposed to be aligned with.” McCrae talks about the chess board, and how she kept wanting to go after his queen. Amanda then talks about how she knew weeks ago that she was coming after her. Elissa slowly talks about how she hopes that Helen is not watching it, as it means she’s been evicted. She promises to “fight for both of us”.

Julie concludes the segment by asking what she would have done different if given the chance. “I would not have taken Howard out of the game”, and would have evicted Amanda when she was the MVP nominee. She’s still pontificating!

Julie then informs her that she may get to go back in the house. “You and the rest of the members of the jury will be competing live tonight to get back into the game.” Oh God, she starts dancing around in her seat at this news. Helen still won’t shut up, as she wants to know if she can get some food first.

After commercials, we get some jury house footage. They indeed get to co-mingle while inside there, which I don’t agree should be done. Candice walks in first, and then Judd comes in and informs her that he had a “good old fashioned backdooring”. They’re sitting around playing cards when Jessie walks in the house. She sits down and tells them how Helen had done her wrong...and also how she did Judd wrong the previous week. She even tells them how she went out “guns blazing”. Judd is hoping there’s “some way I can get back in that house”.

They are now shown walking into the kitchen, where there’s a message giving them the news that they get to compete to return. All three want to get either Helen or Amanda out of the house! “Amanda really is the devil”, says Judd. Candice also wants to get out GinaMarie.

We go back to Julie, and the four are on the stage. Helen is jumping up and down as she always is, of course. She tells them that they’re going head to head in a live competition, and will go in as if they’ve never been evicted.
Julie again lies that the house has no clue, and the TV comes on in the house to bring everybody into the living room. She reminds them about what she said two weeks about not “being out of the game”. She tells them that the four members of the jury are going to compete to come back in.

The doorbell then rings, and the four come in! There’s lots of screaming, and Candice even hugs Aaryn! Wow, Candice also hugs GinaMarie, and tells her happy birthday. Helen is seen sprinting into a back room as the hugs continue. Amanda looks a bit concerned, though.

Julie has everybody head to the backyard, and we go to the backyard for a combined HOH/juror competition. FIrst, we have to endure commercials, but when we come back they’re standing on small ledges that look like they’re in a baseball dugout. Balls are going to be thrown at each of them, and the first to catch ten without falling wins HOH. So, if a evictee is the first to catch ten, they’re not only returning but they’ll be the HOH. No clue what happens if one of the others is the first with ten.

We hear a crack of a baseball bat, and then they all come down. Jessie actually catches one! Before the second balls comes, though, the “sprinklers” come on. Too bad we don’t get to see another ball hit as it’s taking forever between “hits”!

There’s one more mini-segment before the show is over, but it doesn’t look like anybody else has a ball. Wow, what if Jessie does return? Balls are then hit, and a number of players (including Jessie) catch them. One more set of balls comes a bit harder as we head into the credits, but it is still surprising how long they’re taking between rounds.

Well, that’s it! What did you think? Who is going to win this comp? Let us know 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!