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Tuesday
Sep172013

Guide to the #BB15 Season Finale

Big Brother still drives me bat sh!t crazy.

When I joined all of you in this ridiculous obsession, it was Week 4, Judd was HOH, Aaryn was hated by everybody, Elissa had been MVP for weeks, America had been given new power, GinaMarie wasn't mean yet, a showmance had already started and ended (with David's eviction), and Helen was on her way to becoming my favorite house guest of all time.

Going to this screen has become automatic during free moments.See what I did there? "Of all time"?! That's just to poke fun at those of you who have turned Big Brother into something of a religion -- with all the nonsense which comes along with blind devotion. This is a game! Let's not forget that it is meant as entertainment. All the fighting and mud-slinging amongst fans who are active in social media drives me batty. Was it this way in BB's early years? Or is it more prevalent today because more people are active on the Internet and because divisiveness and incivility is the norm in our country these days?

Playing cards 24 hours before the season finale.That said, I'm pleased to report that there have been far more people posting respectful, thoughtful commentary here on BigBrotherGossip.com, even when in disagreement with me or other contributors or other commenters, than there were people who were simply inarguably crazy or idiotic. I applaud you for being fans without being fanatical.

I asked a lot of questions in my first post here. For example:

Can viewers influence what happens in the house? What's a lockdown? How and when do supplies (groceries, meds, booze, etc.) appear in the house? What are they allowed to ask producers for, and how often? When, how, and why do they get punished?

Although I didn't post answers to all those questions, you (and Ash, Scott, and Mike) helped me understand how Big Brother works. Mostly. As to remaining details for newbies like me ... we'll cover such things if/when they come up during #BB16.

GinaMarie, Andy, and Spencer, doing that ridiculous "exterminator" thing.So ... Andy, GinaMarie, and Spencer have made it to the final three. The #BB15 season finale airs in the east about 20 hours from when I'm posting this -- and don't forget that it's 90 minutes long and that it starts at a special time (9:30p Eastern on Wednesday, September 18, 2013). Here's the order of events we are expecting for tonight's show:

- Julie's brief show intro.

- A couple minutes of clips from the entire season.

Reading cereal boxes together. Yes, friends, this is the excitement live feeders get during these remaining few days.- Julie talks about what's coming up during the 90-minute finale while they show the final three sitting in the living room. Just like #BB14 (with Danielle, Ian, and Dan), #BB15's final three consist of one woman (GinaMarie) and two men (Andy and Spencer).

- The conclusion of Part 1 of the three-part final Head of Household competition (recorded last Thursday night, with portions shown to live feeders, and a bit shown on CBS this past Sunday night), with related clips and Diary Rooms. You know from our Ticker and from being a regular BigBrotherGossip.com reader that GinaMarie won part 1. This was an endurance comp.

Part 1 of the final HOH competition.- Part 2 of the HOH comp (recorded last Saturday), again with clips and DRs. We know that Andy won part 2, but we haven't seen any footage of this comp yet. The feeds were on trivia and CBS didn't show any of it during the final Sunday broadcast.

Spencer, please work on your level of control for endurance comps first if they ever ask you back for an All Stars season, k? Thanks.- Clips from the past few days of the three house guests posturing and/or scheming about who will be taking whom to the final two.

- Jury house footage showing McCrae's arrival ... and a few minutes of the jurors debating the merits of the final three -- how they betrayed various jury members, why they may or may not be worthy of their votes, etc.

- Live (everything is live from this point on), we will see part 3 of the HOH comp between GinaMarie and Andy. It will be a memory quiz of some sort, and the winner is guaranteed at least second place in #BB15 and a $50,000 prize.

- The HOH winner will evict one of the other two. The only thing we know right now is that Spencer has no control over his own destiny.

- The evictee leaves the house and is interviewed by Julie.

- Julie introduces each of the jurors as they reenter the studio. After a couple of questions to the jurors, Julie reveals the last evictee.

- The jurors interview the final two.

Danielle chats with finalists Ian and Dan a year ago in the #BB14 season finale. Right: The voting box.- The finalists each make one last speech about why s/he deserves to win.

- Each juror steps forward to say a word or three to the finalists ... and to cast his/her vote. To vote, the juror inserts one of two keys (each key has a finalist's name on it) into slots in a box (similar to the round gizmo that HOHs use for a nomination ceremony in all the previous weeks).

This has nothing to do with anything today. Except this: If the producers want to do stunt casting next year, I think they should make Zingbot a regular house guest.- House guests evicted early on, prior to jury selection, are welcomed to the studio by Julie and discuss their thoughts on the season. (Remember that HGs who left prior to jury got to watch the show, seeing everything we did; only the jury was sequestered.) And there may be a bit more back-and-forth between the jurors, the final two, and the early evictees.

- Then the big moment arrives: Julie pulls out each key, revealing each juror's vote ... and the #BB15 winner is announced! This year there are nine jurors, so the first finalist to receive five votes wins $500,000.

- The winner comes out of the house and is embraced by family, friends, and fellow house guests. (And the runner-up comes out, too.)

- Finally, Julie reveals America's favorite house guest, winner of $25,000. (Helen, if you ever read this, please know that I voted 10 times for you!) CBS will treat us to a few more seconds of celebration, and credits will roll. That will be it!

I have really enjoyed being part of the BigBrotherGossip team and getting to know many of you via comments and Twitter. Thanks! See you back here in 2014 for #BB16.

This also has nothing to do with anything today. Before signing off, just wanted to make sure you didn't miss this fine bit of Indy Mike's journalism. :-)Who do you think will be richer by 500 Large? If Andy wins HOH, who will he evict? Or who will GinaMarie evict if she gets HOH? What do you think has been the bat-sh!t-craziest thing this season? Tweet me all year long @uselesstraffic and/or comment below.

Monday
Sep092013

33-Hour Blackout

Don't freak out: The #BB15 live feeds may go "dark" (trivia) for about 33 hours beginning 12 noon Eastern / 9:00a Pacific on Tuesday.

Chat rooms will be full of the typical "I'm paying for this! How do I cancel! CBS sucks! #BB15 is the worst season ever!" Indy Mike will be tweeting (@BBGossip) answers to the same questions over and over again until he gets sick of it. But as BigBrotherGossip.com readers, you'll know exactly what's going on:

Starting Tuesday morning/afternoon, house guests will be doing an early eviction (going from five remaining house guests to four) and then doing the next Head of Household competition and nomination ceremony. This will air on Wednesday night's CBS broadcast.

And then, around 9:00p Eastern / 6:00p Pacific on Wednesday evening, the feeds will go live again.

Full details about the possible order of events for viewers and house guests are in our Guide to the Last 12 Days.

CBS will try to keep the events of Tuesday/Wednesday secret until the Wednesday show airs ... but I'm told that audience members usually leak who is evicted (which will be GinaMarie or possibly Judd, even though Spencer apparently thinks nobody can beat Andy if he makes final two?) and who wins the next HOH comp. If we catch wind of the rumors and deem the info to be reliable, watch this space for a post and/or an update to the Ticker graphic at right.

Tuesday/Wednesday, we'll either get an extra-large serving of fish (left) or, more likely, trivia.McCrae will save himself again later today in the POV ceremony. Spencer has been saying he thinks nobody can beat Andy, yet apparently he's considering putting up Judd as replacement nominee anyway? Makes no sense to me, but it wouldn't be the first time that an understanding of game strategy has evaded this newbie. Who do you think will go? Who will the next HOH put on the block? Post a comment below or tweet @uselesstraffic.


Friday
Sep062013

Guide to the Last 12 Days

Who won HOH for the first time but won't get to enjoy it for a full week? That's right: Spencer. There remain five house guests now but it needs to be down to three by Thursday. Here's how #BB15's remaining 12 days might go.

First, the house guests (and live feed subscribers) will experience it this way. I'll give each set of events a number for easy reference:

1. Friday, September 6, 2013 (today): Spencer nominates two house guests for eviction. 

2. Saturday, September 7: Power of Veto competition.

3. Monday, September 9: POV ceremony.

And then there were five. The four "Exterminator" alliance members are Judd, Spencer, Andy, and GinaMarie. The fifth remaining house guest is McCrae, on his own without Amanda.4. Tuesday, September 10: Live feeders, be ready for what could be a whole day's worth of trivia! The eviction vote and the next Head of Household competition will happen some time on Tuesday -- all in a "live to tape" situation which will be the content of Wednesday night's CBS episode. This gets us from five to four remaining house guests. (My guess is that McCrae will rejoin Amanda to serve on the jury -- but will their showmance be rekindled? Doubt it.)

Spencer won HOH. And he's never smiled as often during any one-hour period as he did last night.5. Wednesday, September 11 and/or Thursday, September 12: Nomination ceremony plus POV comp and ceremony. This is the last and most important POV of the year, as the veto winner is guaranteed a spot in the final three ... and will (possibly) cast the only eviction vote. Live feeders: The blackout might continue from the previous day through 9:00p Eastern.

Last year in #BB14 (I've found the pattern for this year's episodes often matches last year's), Danielle was HOH and put Ian and Dan on the block. Danielle then won veto and used it to save Dan, so Shane was the only possible replacement. This handed the sole eviction vote to Dan (because Danielle, as HOH, couldn't vote, and Dan was the only remaining non-nominee) ... who blindsided Shane, and put in place a final three of Danielle, Dan, and Ian. If Danielle had not used the veto, Shane would have cast the sole eviction vote.

Back to #BB15 ... and assuming all "The Exterminators" make it to the final four, I'm guessing GinaMarie will need to be HOH again or win POV to survive ... unless the others wise up and recognize Andy might actually need to go first, in which case he'd better start winning comps again.

6. Thursday, September 12: The last Thursday show of the season, with a live eviction. (This was when Dan cast the sole vote to evict Shane last year.) Now we're at three house guests, so they will begin an endurance comp -- the first of three parts in the final HOH competition. The winner of the first part gets to skip the second.

7. Friday, September 13: Second part of the final HOH comp. The players are the two house guests who lost the first part.

8. Wednesday, September 18: During the live finale, the winners of parts one and two play the third part of the final HOH comp. So, remember, after this last comp, we have three house guests: The HOH winner and the other two. The very next thing to happen is that the HOH will evict one of those two others; there's nobody else left to hold a vote, so the HOH will make the decision unilaterally. That gets us to the final two house guests. The jury, which for #BB15 consists of the last nine evicted house guests, returns for (live) interviews and conversations with Julie ... and to pick one of the final two to be this season's winner. First finalist to get five votes wins 500 large.

Nothing happens in the house from Saturday to Tuesday? That's right. Fairly dull for both house guests and live feeders. For those who follow #BB15 only by watching the televised shows on CBS, here's what's left:

McCrae. Prime target?Sunday, September 8, 8:00p Eastern: CBS will show us last night's HOH comp (when Spencer won), Friday's nominations (event #1, above), and Saturday's POV comp (event #2, above).

Wednesday, September 11, 8:00p Eastern: CBS will air #3 and all of #4 as listed above.

Thursday, September 12, 9:00p Eastern (live): CBS will air #5 and the live eviction from #6.

Sunday, September 15, 8:00p Eastern: CBS will air the first part of the HOH comp (from #6, above). This episode will likely contain clips from the entire #BB15 season.

Wednesday, September 18, 9:30p Eastern (live, special time!): The 90-minute finale. CBS will air #7 and everything listed in #8.

Clear as mud? It's likely I munged any number of details, so please remember I'm a newbie and be kind when posting corrections / clarifications in the comments below or @uselesstraffic. And ... who will Spencer target? Who do you think makes it to final three and then final two?

Thursday
Sep052013

Double Eviction #2 Episode Guide

Double your (dis)pleasure? Amanda and Elissa, the most hated, loved, and/or controversial remaining house guests (each of you likely attaches varying labels to each), might both be leaving tonight.

Here's how things might happen during #BB15's second double eviction episode:

- Recaps.

- The eviction ceremony. GinaMarie, who happened to be HOH back when we headed into #BB15's previous double (putting Candice and Jessie on the block that week), nominated showmance power couple Amanda and McCrae for tonight's eviction in perhaps the biggest move of the season. (Like her as a person or not, and I certainly don't, I give her propz for doing what the previous two HOHs wouldn't.) McCrae won veto to save himself, and GM replaced him with Spencer as a pawn. Despite recent buddying with Elissa and the usual fake assurances from Andy, Amanda should be on her way to the jury house. If there's a 2-2 tie in the voting, GM will evict Amanda.

- Julie interviews the evicted house guest.

Amanda (top left) still thinks she's safe, but GinaMarie (top right) as HOH has conspired to keep her in the dark. Andy & Judd (bottom left) will probably be safe in tonight's double. Elissa must win HOH or POV.- New HOH competition. (As outgoing HOH, GinaMarie must sit this one out.)

- Nomination ceremony of two HGs by the new HOH. If Elissa or McCrae win HOH, she or he will likely nominate the other (plus one of "The Exterminators" alliance: Judd, GinaMarie, Spencer, or Andy).  If neither win HOH, Elissa and McCrae might both go on the block.

- POV competition. We think winning veto will be essential to either Elissa or McCrae.

- POV ceremony. One nominee comes off the block and another one goes up.

- Eviction ceremony #2. If Elissa is still up, current thinking is that she'll be on the way to the jury house.

- Julie interviews the double-evictee.

Next from the Newbie Desk: The next HOH competition might begin before or after tonight's live episode ends -- and it's likely to be a shorter-than-usual reign for this head of household. I'll tell you why in my next post.

Amanda's a goner for sure, but do you agree Elissa is the next most likely to go? If Elissa or McCrae wins HOH, which Exterminator(s) will s/he nominate? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet @uselesstraffic.

Friday
Aug302013

Countdown to Meltdown

Amanda and McCrae are going on the chopping block soon and they don't even know it's coming.

This afternoon (Friday), Spencer and Andy have been feigning annoyance to Amanda about GinaMarie not being willing to talk with them ... and talking down about Elissa to stay in Amanda's good graces.

Amanda & McCrae mope. GinaMarie preps for her second HOH nomination ceremony.GinaMarie and Elissa have been plotting what could or should happen if the surviving half of McCranda doesn't win the next HOH comp -- while Amanda worries from downstairs what they're talking about.

Of the remaining four players (not counting McCrae), I've been wondering who Amanda could turn to for comfort or potential allegiance in the aftermath of the nominations.

Andy tried to come in while Elissa was talking with GM -- and Elissa asked him to wait outside.Not Judd. Amanda arranged his first eviction and wasn't cheery about his return. And she wants GM to put him up with Elissa.

Not Elissa, who Amanda targetted with her yelling and horn-blowing only days ago and who holds onto remnants of last week's HOH power.

Not Spencer. I could be forgetting (it's still difficult for a newbie to remember who allied with whom over all these weeks) ... but I don't seem to remember Amanda and Spencer having any particular closeness.

Andy? As one of the members of their 3AM alliance, possibly. But Amanda doesn't know that he is conspiring with GinaMarie and the others to get her out.

Friday, 3:05p: "If you put up Elissa and Judd, I will voluntarily go up as a pawn," says Amanda to GM.One thing is certain: The live feeds are going to be very fun to watch after the nomination ceremony tonight!

How big of a meltdown will Amanda have? Is there anything she could say to sway votes her way? Share your thoughts here or @uselesstraffic.

Thursday
Aug292013

Anybody Who Isn't McCranda

GinaMarie remains mean-spirited and disturbing. But she won HOH again on Thursday evening ... and if she puts Amanda and McCrae on the block, GinaMarie will have earned some respect back from me.

Amanda certainly wasted no time trying to fill GM's head with final four promises, lies of her certainty that Judd had been MVP, and her fervent desire for Elissa and Judd to be nominated for eviction.

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 8:57 PM: Mark this time, #BB15 fans! Is it genuinely the beginning of the end of McCranda?

My personal hope was for anybody who isn't McCrae or Amanda to win HOH, but I was probably wishing for GM be least likely to get the room key. Would she be strong enough to make one of the biggest moves of the season, or would she fear retaliation?

On the other hand, they've done the math: There are only so many weeks left, and during their conversation GM and Amanda talked about how two people are likely to leave next week. (They're right: Julie told viewers #BB15's second double-eviction happens next Thursday night.) Does the coming double affect GM's game play for the week? 

Accidental opposites: GM is blonde & wearing pink over black. Amanda is brunette & wearing black over pink.

GM ... Did you really do it? Did you successfully play Amanda? Does she really believe you're gonna do what she wants you to?

For the moment, it looks like she did! The moment she left the room, GM started silently taunting Amanda. And minutes later, GM talked with Andy about nominating McCranda.

We'll see exactly how impressionable GM lets herself be as everybody kisses her ring on Friday ... and then whether she has the guts to go through with nominating Amanda and McCrae later Friday. The other house guests seem to want it.

So now I'm rooting for somebody I don't like at all. That too is part of the game.

Will GM do it? Can Amanda win POV again to save herself? And then who's gonna be the double evictee next week? Let our games begin in the comments or @uselesstraffic.

Monday
Aug262013

Chaos Theory

McCrae is off the block, Andy is the replacement nominee, Aaryn is still up, and I am surprisingly not entirely disappointed with how this week is going.

When Amanda got into the POV comp and won, she was obviously going to save McCrae ... and it also became impossible for Elissa to backdoor her. And there went all the fun out of my #BB15 week ... or so I thought.

But watching Amanda squirm over her lack of control of Elissa has been kind of fun. Watching Amanda campaign in one room to save Aaryn while McCrae campaigned in a different room to vote her out was delicious! And Amanda wanted GinaMarie put up as the replacement ... so the fact that Elissa chose Andy instead is downright exhilarating.

Admittedly, I like it more because it's not what Amanda wanted than because I want to see Andy go before GM. On the other hand, Andy's duplicitous game style is annoying ... even though he seems like he'd be a likable person in the real world. As a newbie, I haven't quite reconciled that it should be acceptable for me to cheer for deceit -- it's just a game.

Monday, August 26, 2:48p on cams 1 & 2: Andy and Aaryn admitted privately to each other that Elissa played them expertly.Three votes are all they need to evict someone this week.

Earlier in the day today (Monday), it seemed likely that Judd and Spencer would evict Aaryn ... while Amanda and possibly McCrae (put firmly back in his place, one assumes) would evict Andy. GinaMarie might have been the swing vote.

But by late afternoon, with her "save me" tactics not working, Aaryn seemed to know she's going. If that becomes a foregone conclusion (like Helen this time last week), which is more likely this Thursday?

- We get a 5-0 vote to evict Aaryn, providing cover for everybody ("I'm just doing what the house wants!") and dullness for fans.

- We get a 3-2 or 4-1 vote to evict Aaryn, with the dissenting votes from, say, McCranda or just McCrae. I might like to see how this would play out -- especially if one or both of them chose to lie about their votes to each other and/or to other house guests. Imagine McCrae saying, "Amanda, you know I'll always vote with you" when he didn't ... or Amanda saying that GinaMarie or Judd (take your pick) "was the only one who didn't do what the house wanted" when in fact they did.

I'm learning what it is that I really want from Big Brother: chaos.

Share your chaos theories below or @uselesstraffic.

Saturday
Aug242013

The Perfect Backdoor -- Or Not

Amanda on the block with no ability to save herself!

That's what I woke up this morning thinking about. #BB15 events had finally led to a scenario which helped this newbie better understand the concept of the "backdoor." Indy Mike helped me learn it in generic terms:

Elissa holds court in the HOH room.- Head of Household nominates two people for eviction.

- In the Power of Veto competition, players consist of the HOH, the two nominees, and three additional randomly-drawn house guests. (Sometimes one of the chips drawn says "house guest's choice," so one player is slightly less random.)

- Earlier in the #BB15 season when the MVP picked a third nominee, the POV players consisted of the HOH, the three nominees, and two additional randomly-drawn house guests.

- If the HOH wins POV, she or he might save one of the original nominees -- so that s/he can nominate somebody different, who would then have no opportunity to compete to pull her/himself off the block before the eviction vote. This new nominee (who, by the way, would be labelled on our Ticker graphic at right as "Nominated via POV"), if evicted, would be considered to have been "backdoored."

- If one of the nominees wins POV, s/he virtually always saves her/himself ... so whomever picked the saved nominee (HOH or, earlier in the season, MVP) picks a new nominee. This new nominee, if evicted, is considered to have been "backdoored."

Power of Veto.- If a non-nominee wins POV, s/he gets to choose to pull somebody off the block. And then ... yup ... a new nominee goes up. If the new nominee is evicted, is s/he also considered to have been backdoored?

- The POV winner may choose not to use his/her veto, leaving the original eviction nominees in place. (Andy did that last week.)

As the day started this morning, the situation was this: Elissa is HOH, Aaryn and McCrae are on the block, and the POV competition was coming up. Elissa was Helen's strongest ally and she's no fan of Amanda. I haven't myself been much of an Elissa fan (I certainly had nothing good to say about her in my last post), but there was reason to think Elissa had been scheming to backdoor Amanda. And this, to me, was indeed good news.

Oh, noooo! See what Amanda's wearing today?What I didn't realize until reading Ash's "Night Owl" post this morning is that the house guests selected to be the additional POV players today were Judd, GinaMarie, and ... Amanda. Uh oh!

Here's another thing newbie viewers need to learn: An unnominated house guest who wins POV also wins immunity for the week. She or he can't be nominated.

You get one guess who won POV early Saturday afternoon. So much for the perfect backdoor! It was exactly the right time for somebody who had previously won nothing to win a comp.

My dream scenario for this next week is ruined. Since my favorite house guest (Helen) was evicted, I was hoping to see Amanda go next -- thus eliminating the two most powerful players in consecutive weeks and necessitating an entirely new power structure to be formed in #BB15's remaining weeks. That would have been absolutely delicious to watch.

Let the next speculations begin. Current thinking is that Elissa will put up Andy, Spencer, or GinaMarie. Who do you think is most likely? Amanda will save McCrae, obviously. Will Aaryn go to jury or the new nominee? Comment below or hit me up @uselesstraffic.

Knowing they're potential replacement nominees, Andy and Spencer try to get on Elissa's good side.

Thursday
Aug222013

There's Logic Behind My Loyalty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Elissa or Helen wins HOH.

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

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

Only three votes!

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

I haven't yet learned why.

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

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

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

Thursday
Aug082013

Double Eviction Episode Guide

Here's the potential order of events for #BB15's first double eviction episode.

- Recaps.

- About 20 minutes into the episode, the eviction ceremony. GinaMarie put Candice on the block; viewers (as MVP) put Amanda up; and after Jessie saved herself with her POV, Spencer was nominated instead.

Monday, August 5, 11:03p: McCrae says if there's a double, either Amanda and himself or Helen and Elissa will go up. Spencer asks McCrae to find him to strategize together before that second vote.- Julie interviews the evicted house guest. And somewhere along the way, the house guests are officially informed that it's a double eviction day. (They've been speculating about it, and some have even been strategizing. But they don't yet officially know what CBS told viewers last Thursday -- except that producers made GinaMarie, the outgoing HOH, practice for an HOH competition, which is a pretty strong clue).

- New HOH competition, roughly 5 minutes plus a commercial break ... during which the HGs strategize.

- Nomination ceremony of two HGs by the new HOH.

- MVP selected, and MVP puts somebody on the block? We aren't sure if this will happen during the double elimination episode. #BB15 is the first year with MVP and three nominees every week. Or is MVP over?

- During a commercial break, extra players are picked to play for POV (along with the HOH and the nominees).

- POV competition, roughly 3 minutes plus a commercial break.

- POV ceremony: Somebody is removed from the block, and another HG is put up. Commercial.

- Eviction ceremony #2: About 10 minutes before the live episode ends.

- Julie interviews the double-evictee.

And that's the end. The next HOH competition will probably take place off the air, to be recapped on the Sunday broadcast. We will, of course, report results here just as soon as news hits the feeds. And check the BBG Ticker for at-a-glance HOH, MVP (if MVP still happens), and POV updates on Friday and Saturday.

That's the potential double eviction show format. Or will Big Brother have a new twist for us? And will Candice (often targeted by house guests), Amanda (often targeted by "America"), or Spencer go the jury house? Sound off below or @uselesstraffic.