Entries in Lydia (40)
The Brains are on slop/cold showers/etc., and it sounds like Jordan won the competition. Yes, I'm as surprised as you. Chima's not happy at all to be stuck on cabbage and cocktail weenies, although Jordan explained that she just had to punish Ronnie.
Meanwhile, Natalie's head keeps growing. She's calling herself co-HOH, and is already planning what she's going to do next when she wins HOH. I think she's catching on to Lydia's hookups with Jessie, as a bit of hostility is growing between the two women. "At least I have some sort of morale with Lydia", he says in response to Natalie's complaints about some comment Lydia made. Besides the fact the sentence makes no sense, is "morale" what the kids are calling it these days?
Downstairs, Lydia is confirming that she indeed used her hand on him this morning (10:28 am for those with the wayback machine) and on many other occasions. Kevin wants to know if "it" is pretty, and she says she hasn't seen it, and that the "other parts" are huge. This morning's session was the best, she added, because it was in "Natalie's bed" while wearing Natalie's clothes. "Using sex as a weapon; I'm all about it."
Edit: Lydia just added that she has NOT used her mouth on him, and WON'T! Besides the sex talk, it's a pretty interesting conversation. Kevin knows much more than he lets on.
Further edit: To clarify, the best time was when Lydia performed the act in Natalie's clothes and in her bed (last week). Today, however, was Jessie's best "performance", although she had to use her sweatshirt to..uh, clean him off.
Natalie and Jessie are discussing nominations, and the idea of drawing straws is obviously thrown aside (like that would end up happening, anyway). Natalie is adamant that Casey needs to go, and the fact that he was willing to put the Athletes on slop is reason enough. Jessie believes that Jordan and Michelle are the obvious choices, but adds that nominating Jordan will again cause problems with Jeff.
Jessie also says that they may just have to admit that they have no plans to nominate, let alone eliminate Ronnie.
Meanwhile, Chima and Lydia are also saying that Michelle and Casey need to be put up, but Lydia does admit that if four of the final five are athletes she'll be "pissed".
Too many people in this house are paranoid of each other. Lydia, Kevin, and Chima are still upset that Russell is hanging out with the others...especially when he made dinner with Jeff. Again, Casey is the voice of reason, saying he hates this "side shit" and that being stuck in the house together you have to spend time together.
Ronnie, meanwhile, just pulled Jordan upstairs because he supposedly heard Laura talking about voting out Ronnie if she survives. Jordan tells him she's just angry, and knows she's going home. Ronnie claims "this is part of my strategy this week. I know you will say you don't believe this, but I do. They want Russell out. I heard Jessie. Don't repeat this. They want someone from another team to backdoor him. Kevin wants him out. Lydia wants him out. If it's Laura and Russell up, Russell will go." Jordan disagrees that this would save her. (If only she would believe that this IS what the others are thinking about Russel).
When Jeff refused to inform him of his veto plans, Ronnie indicated that Jordan may go up as the replacement. Obviously, this upsets Jordan and Jeff. At least Ronnie has finally admitted he didn't vote for Braden.
So the veto competition was about getting a certain amount of dollars of quarters (unclear the actual amount), and that Jeff figured out how much one handful was worth and just grabbed the necessary handfuls necessary to reach the targeted amount. Those on the sidelines apparently attempted to give Natalie pointers, but may have been told they couldn't do that.
The supposed Laura conversation is just an excuse for Ronnie to save face to these two when he doesn't put up Russell.
For the most part, everything has finally quieted down. Lydia and Jordan screamed at each other for awhile, and Braden attempted to apologize to Kevin and Lydia (they walked out). Braden then explained to Jesse that he just wanted to hang out and have fun in the house.
This all went on for much longer than it needed to, and finally Jordan went outside to cry on the hammock. Ever the opportunist, Russell came out to console her.
Meanwhile, Ronnie played with his rubber ducky in the pool. Sad to say, he came off the best of anybody in the house.
Edit: Ronnie didn't stay in the background long, however, as he began a whispering campaign against Michelle (of all people) with Jordan, Laura, and Jessie.
A huge fight occurred a few minutes ago completely out of the blue. Lydia was telling Kevin a traumatic story from her past, and suddenly Braden sat down next to them to thank her for orchestrating his departure. Lydia went ballistic, and when Kevin jumped to her defense Braden called him a "beaner". The situation escalated, and now has moved into a kitchen fight between Jeff and Lydia because it's all Jeff's fault that Lydia was nominated (not true, btw). Kevin keeps going on about how Jeff shouldn't align himself with a "gringo bigot". Oh, and Lydia also screamed at Jordan for a few seconds. This could be a fun day after all.
Edit: Braden told Jeff ahead of time that he was going to start this encounter. Here's some of what was said:
Braden Thanks for getting me put up on the block. Go get more tattoos! Get one on your leg that says Week 2, cause that's when you're going out.
Kevin: It was actually my idea to put you up.
Braden: That's fine. Why don't you stick a banana up your ass?
Kevin: You're full of fuckin' shit!
Braden: What do you know? You're a mexican from San Diego. You're a fuckin' beaner!
Lydia: WHAT?!? Do not even disrespect a certain culture that way
There's been very little game talk, post veto meeting. Braden did interrupt a conversation between Michelle and Ronnie to beg for their votes. After he walked away, Ronnie bitched for a few minutes to Michelle and Natalie about this. Why shouldn't he campaign?
For the most part, everybody is just hanging out talking about their lives. Lydia is currently bitching to Casey about various things, but even she's been pretty low-key today.
Since we’re a couple of hours away from the second episode of season 11, I thought I’d spend a little bit of time with some quick thoughts about each of the house guests and this season‘s format.
We’ve now seem them in action for almost three full days, but there are certainly still a lot of questions that may be answered with tonight’s show. Why are so many people against Braden, for example? How did Chima and Lydia end up on the block? And does the house really hate Jesse as much as the commercial indicates?
Let’s start with the “high school clique” format that divided everybody into “jocks”, “outcasts”, “populars”, and “brainiacs”. Barb said it best during the first episode when she said, “this completely justifies them choosing houseguests based on stereotypes”. It’s done every year, obviously, but now they don’t have to accept the criticism that shows of these types inevitably receive.
In my view, not only does it justify the casting it also seems to justify some of the attitudes and actions of some of the contestants. Every year, there are a handful of people who come into the house firmly believing that the game belongs to them and their views should rule the entire house. Generally, these are the would-be models and shirtless weight lifters who are just too beautiful to ever be nominated.
Even the setup of the first HOH competition was geared to give these people the initial advantage. There couldn’t be a single person watching who thought that anybody outside of Russell, Natalie, Jeff, or (maybe) Braden would win that “wedgie” contest.
Since that moment, though, these cliques have completely broken down. Yes, they’ll still have a place in the game since it’s tied to nominations, but everybody has formed their own personal bonds outside of their forced groupings.
As for the "green" theme, I have a feeling that outside of cheesy production pieces during the CBS broadcasts and some of the competitions, there's not a contestant who will give even a thought to this part of the game.
Now on to the individual contestants:
Braden. I don’t get the antagonism towards him. In the 65 hours or so the feeds have been live, I’ve seen him utter maybe ten sentences, and none of them have been substantial. His biggest digression appears to be that he’s close to Jeff and Jordan. Ok, he has creeped out Laura, but I don’t think that’s especially hard to do. I do believe that his “surf boy” personae is a bit of an act, and if he miraculously survives this week he could end up being one of the better players.
Casey. As much as I hate his phony “homeboy” routine, I’ve actually warmed up to him a bit. He had a nice conversation last night where he stated he didn’t believe in the “voting with the house” cliché of past seasons, and I applaud him for that. He does seem to float around from group to group, but it’s more of a “hang” thing than an attempt to gain and use information.
Chima. The best part about this woman being nominated is that it has quieted her constant cackling. I get the impression that she has a serious esteem problem, and constantly needs to be reminded how awesome/beautiful/smart/witty she is. I really don’t see her lasting long at all, especially if she continues to play the victim.
Jeff. For the first day or so, I thought he had the inside track to possibly win the competition. He appeared to be pretty laid-back, and seemed to be just having fun hanging out until it became time to actually play the game. Unfortunately, he offended Jesse and Natalie by not worshipping their “awesomeness”, and yesterday Russell showed how easy it can be to set him off. He’ll survive next week only if one of his “friends” or teammates wins HOH.
Jesse. Oh boy. I think I wasted way too many words last year on Jesse, so I’ll keep it short. He’s been less annoying so far this year, but as I noted last night this has more to do with his abrasive bedmate than his own personality. I predict that he’ll flame out rather quickly, just as he did during his season.
Jordan. Oh, how I love this girl. She’s beautiful and sweet. Did I add that she’s beautiful? Unfortunately, though, she’s a terrible player, and will only last as long as there are bigger fish to fry. Hopefully, we’re weeks away from that.
Kevin. The biggest surprise of the game. Judging from the pre-show hype, and the first episode, I thought he’d be way over-the-top. Instead, he’s been extremely low-key, and more than anybody he makes an effort to have off-game discussions with every single person.
Laura. Easily, the biggest disappointment of the game. All we heard before the season began was how she’s the life of the party who would live the entire season in her bikini. Alas, said bikini has not yet appeared, and she’s easily the most judgmental against the other women. She has warmed up a bit to Lydia and Jordan in the past couple of days, but the constant scowl on her face clearly shows that the situation is nothing like she originally planned.
Lydia. It hurts me to say anything negative against our little alt-rock princess, as she reminds me of my best friend in the world. But she has played the game way too hard, although in her defense some of this has to do with the fact that she’s on the block.
Michelle. Originally, I was not a fan of the self-described smartest person in the house. But those statements were all in the diary room, and while she’s primarily in the background on the feeds she appears to be doing her best to fit in. I don’t see her winning the game, but she has a good chance to make a nice run towards the end.
Natalie. An unmitigated disaster. On the very first day, she lied about her age and she just doesn’t have the intelligence to keep up the charade. Just this very day, she’s made a handful of comments that should alert anybody that she’s just not 18. But that’s just her smallest problem. She just can’t keep her mouth shut, and although her and Jesse claim that they hang out in the HOH room so they don’t have to constantly talk about the game, that’s actually all she does 24/7. She also has no capacity to keep any secrets, so anything that is discussed with Jesse immediately becomes common knowledge. Oh, and everything anybody says is somehow a directive aimed at her.
Ronnie. Supposedly, this ultimate computer geek is a real fan who subscribed to the feeds in earlier seasons. Well, you can never tell by his actions. As hard as he tries to fit in with those in power, they seem to just sort of ignore anything he has to tell them. Yesterday, he made a huge mistake in telling Jordan about the Braden situation, and has spent the last 24 hours trying to hide his error. He’ll last awhile for the simple reason that he’s not really much of a threat, but his paranoia and conspiracy theories (along with the lack of physical skills) will ultimately be his downfall.
Russell. While it’s nice that Jesse has somebody to flex with, Russell is a ticking bomb that is bound to go off at any time. If he can hold that anger in check, he could possibly make a serious run, but I predict a Jesse-ish meltdown if he’s even nominated.