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Entries in Nicole (8)

Tuesday
Aug122014

Tuesday Morning - POV Meeting Aftermath

Hey there everyone, so after a crazy weekend on the feeds, the last 24 hours have been mostly 'quiet.'

The POV meeting took place and as we expected, Christine blindsided Nicole and put her up on the block, replacing Zach who won the POV on Saturday.  Nicole told Donny later that she wasn't completely shocked because of the way Cody, Derrick and "Media Mogul" (You know who I mean) were acting.  As much outrage as there has been on the internet over Christine's move, I personally think had Nicole been the HoH she might have put Christine up in Caleb or "Media Mogul"'s place had they been saved by the POV so I don't think Christine was in the wrong.

Once the meeting finished most everyone went back to bed. Nicole was depressed and low and all in all it was a good day to do something besides watch the live feeds.  As of now I don't see Nicole staying, however, I still maintain that if Derrick (who wanted Victoria to be up instead of Nicole) sets his mind to it, he might be able to flip the house vote and get Donny voted out (which is how he wanted this week to go).  That may or may not happen and even if it does we may not see it until Wednesday like we did last week when he decided to keep Zach over Jocasta.

The next 'exciting moment' (if you can call it that) happened at 10:16pm when a couple of fans shouted from somewhere outside the house that they loved Zach.  Derrick, Christine and Cody heard it and it seems Christine was the most annoyed, having complained earlier that several people recognized Caleb and Frankie at the Cowboys practice but only one person gave her a shoutout.  I think they were a bit surprised as they have been pretty sure that Zach was disliked by 'America' and the shoutout shows them they may be wrong.  While it may hurt his game with Christine (if that's possible), I think Derrick (and thus Cody) may realize its good to keep a player America appears to like around a bit longer.

Finally I caught this gem this morning as the "Media Mogul" was going to bed, alone, in the HoH room.  First let me explain that Frankie (there I said his name!) has been sleeping in the HoH room every night since he won the Battle of the Block.  Christine had claimed he told her he deserved it but since I thought Christine might have made it up I was trying to find audio of Frankie saying it.  So instead of telling Frankie NO or sleeping in the same room alone with him, and perhaps being seen as conspiring with him, she has been sleeping downstairs, telling people she likes it better down there.  This morning at 4am he talked to the camera's for a while and said the following (I am paraphrasing you can got to that time on the feeds to hear the whole dialogue), "My strategy of telling the truth seems to have worked..."   "I'm sleeping in Christine's HoH room.... I don't feel guilty about it because you saw... I'm the only reason she is HoH"  and "It seems like no one is against me except maybe Nicole & lets be honest that problem will be rectified soon."  Priceless stuff huh?

Comment away or holler at me at @BBGossip on twitter.  I have not talked to Ash this morning but my guess is she was tied up with real life and lets be honest - game wise not a lot happened yesterday!

Friday
Aug012014

The Day Timer - Last time for 4 nominations, but keep on Caleb-hating

Nicole nominated Zach and Jocasta this afternoon for eviction, and Donny put Caleb and Victoria on the block as well. Julie Chen announced last night that there will be a double eviction next Thursday night, which means we've hit some new #BB16 milestones:

  • Despite the fact that it's Week 6, it's the very first time this season that the reigning Head of Household, regardless of the Battle of the Block outcome, will be a house guest who isn't a Detonator (or Bomb Squad) alliance member. That's enough right there to potentially change the course of the season.
  • The "dual HOH" twist will be over after this week. If it were to keep going, just about everybody left in the house would be either an HOH or one of the four nominees ... so, yeah, we'll be down to the more typical one HOH and two nominees.
  • Unless my math is wrong or there's some other twist coming, all future evictees will be going to the jury house.

I have definitely crossed over into the #STFUCaleb crowd -- that kid seriously annoys me with his self-importance and ... yeah, I'll say it ... misogyny. I can't blame Caleb solely for #BB16's less-than-stellar treatment of female house guests this year -- the men seem to target every woman who either spurns their romantic advances or who simply expresses a contrary opinion -- but Caleb is certainly this season's poster child for sexist house guest behavior. Yes, I know it's a game, and I know that deceit and disloyalty are necessary to advance one's game.

But ask yourself this: Would Caleb's continued unwanted attentions and stalker-like behavior toward Amber after she gently expressed her disinterest have been similarly tolerated in the real world?

I'm not a lawyer, but what does it take to qualify for a restraining order?

Part of me wanted Nicole and Donny not to nominate Caleb at all, in the hopes that he could be backdoored next Thursday like Amber was yesterday, or at least have fewer chances to get himself off the block. (Remember that a "true backdoor" happens only when the evictee did not play in a competition that week, thus having no chance to save him/herself.)

Usually, the people I most think deserve eviction end up sticking around for several weeks more. Caleb could win a comp and be safe for the week. Them's the rules, and I'm cool with that.

When I'm talking with family and friends about this show we watch, though, I wish not to have to start by saying, "Big Brother has no socially redeeming qualities whatsoever."

These are my opinions, you're welcome to yours, and I have absolute respect for anybody who thinks differently when our conversations about it are friendly. Share your thoughts in the comments or @uselesstraffic. Who is going home next week? Will Caleb or Zach win the Battle of the Block? (Jocasta & Victoria are just along for the ride.)

Tuesday
Jul222014

Mid-July Newbie Perspectives

A full year after seeing (and writing about) Big Brother for the very first time, one thing remains abundantly clear: Ash, Scott, and IndyMike -- not to mention most of you -- have forgotten more about this show than I will probably ever learn.

The basics of the game (terms like HOH, POV, comps, have-nots, twists, etc.), when and why competitions and other weekly events happen, and the logistics of evictions are reasonably clear in my mind now.

Strategy is what still kills me. Most of the time I just. don't. get. it. Until I learn to predict with some accuracy what each house guest will do and be able to look two or three moves ahead in the game, I'll still be writing for the Newbie Desk.

At four weeks into #BB16, a few days before eviction #4, I haven't yet found somebody to root for. Useful analysis about these house guests is something I leave to my fellow Big Brother Gossip contributors ... so, settle in for some pre-midweek-show filler in the form of my random thoughts about all the remaining house guests. Hey, don't complain -- you're probably supposed to be working right now.

Amber. The way she handled Caleb's unrequited like (I don't think Caleb is mature enough to grasp genuine adult-level love in which you put the other person's needs before your own) a couple weeks ago was decent. Not Amber's fault that her words bounced off of him. Game-wise, after being more or less accidentally recruited into the Bomb Squad alliance (when Devin invited her without permission), I can't remember her doing much to make me think there's any chance she'll get to the finale. Her budding friend-mance with Cody (despite Caleb's evil-eye) might keep her safe longer than she would on her own.

Brittany campaigning -- er, complainingBrittany. Propz to Brittany for completing her 2400-goal punishment in about 21 hours even if it only earned her sore feet and did nothing to prevent her likely eviction this week. IndyMike pointed out to me at lunch yesterday that her strategy was for sh!t. She could have intentionally given up on the 2400-in-24-hours thing by saying her feet hurt too much to continue, which would have meant being ineligible to play in next week's POV comp ... and basically honestly campaigned that she might not recover in time to be a factor in this week's HOH comp. Voila! Not a threat next week. Would that have taken the target off her back ... or at least affected who they chose to put on the block in place of Victoria? Maybe not, but Brittany might at least have looked smarter. (It feels like I'm missing something else here about Britt's strategy-fail. Hit the comments to fix my analysis-fail.)

Caleb. Simply put, he annoys me. Dude, the girl just isn't into you. She tried to let you down easy. Now you stare at her like a jealous 14-year-old. And do you seriously think that they'll need extra security at airports, restaurants, and shopping malls to keep crowds of adoring fans from crushing you? It doesn't happen even for previous winners, and it sure as hell won't happen when you're the 5th or 6th evictee (I hope! I hope!). Grow up, and live in the now! The Bomb Squad has been defused. Oh, and #STFUCaleb!

Christine. There's something non-sequitur about this one. I can't quite reconcile Christine's ink with her glasses. I know this makes little sense, but there it is. If Christine hadn't also been accidentally brought into the Bomb Squad, would she have been targeted by now? On the other hand, she's found her way to stable ground right in the middle of the crowd, safe for now via the Detonators and (mostly) on good terms with orbiting weaker players (such as Nicole). Isn't this the kind of house guest who slips her way into the finale, because there are always "stronger players" they want to get rid of first?

Cody (right) laments being a wussy (or word which rhymes with that) to Nicole & FrankieCody. One of the two guys running the house, and a member of every alliance they've created. (He's not in Team America -- but that's a stupid producer construct, not a real alliance.) Cody seemed genuinely ashamed on Monday morning when, as HOH, he put Donny on the block as the replacement nominee only an hour after agreeing that nominating Caleb would have been a brave, huge move. If Brittany leaving is somehow better for Cody's game (I don't remember why, but remembering what I had for breakfast is also challenging), all right, fine, but making a gutsy move would have earned him more respect.

Derrick. This guy is an outstanding game analyst, strategist, and manipulator, and it's basically his house. My guess is he'll be around until the end, or close to it. I doubt that a strategic mistake on Derrick's part will result in eviction, but simply being on the unlucky end of chance-based competitions late in the game could set up his downfall. Or if by some twist his allies-to-enemies ratio has evened out later this season and an enemy wins HOH in a double-eviction episode, he could be the unlucky second Julie Chen interview that particular Thursday night. If bad luck doesn't get him first, Derrick's skills will take him far. I'm not actively rooting for him yet, but at this point it wouldn't bother me if he wins #BB16.

Donny. Confession: I'm slightly older than Donny and frequently about as awkward when trying to interact with people half my age. So I should naturally want to root for this guy. But ... ugh ... I just haven't been able to. At least not yet. Early on, I thought he'd be perceived as so out of touch and so useless that he'd be evicted in the first two or three weeks. But then Victoria earned that role and Donny started winning comp after comp. I think that earned him some respect amongst the youngsters. And while they clearly do not see him as a threat to their own games, they like him on a personal level and feel badly when he's pawn'd so much. I can see myself eventually rooting for Donny if he survives long enough. For now, I dislike other players more.

Frankie. When the two-part season premiere aired, I was convinced that Frankie would be the most annoying cast member of all. Most of his diary room sessions drive me bonkers. But the way he interacts with just about everybody on the live feeds seems friendly and genuine. Great social game! I haven't watched any of his YouTube videos. Are his DR sessions simply scripted lines the producers provide on cue cards, performed in his fingers-on-a-chalkboard over-the-top manner per producer directive? Or is that how Frankie is every time he knows he has any camera's full attention?

Hayden. Meh. His whole "Mommy, I want candy! Pleeeease? Can I have candy? Candy, Mom? Pleeeeease?" approach to starting a showmance with Nicole is excruciating. I was astonished in the early weeks at Hayden's cluelessness that all the other jocks had formed an alliance (Bomb Squad) without him.

Jocasta. Like Donny, it feels like I should want to root for Jocasta. But I've been waiting to be inspired by an expression of her learned wisdom. It hasn't happened, and now I don't expect it to. And some of her ... oh, goodness, somebody might be offended by this, and that's totally not my intent ... let's say some of her "spiritual mannerisms" serve only to test my faith in Big Brother. (If you watched this past Sunday episode on CBS, you know of what I'm talking.) Common belief is that God cares about our health and happiness, but nobody can name the biblical chapter and verse which says prayer will help you win a Battle of the Block.

Nicole. She was HOH before being dethroned but didn't want it even that long. If you don't want to get in the game, why did you move into this house? She's the sweet, pleasant, girl-next-door type, but she's not gonna last much longer unless she gets a solid alliance going with the strongest women (how about, say, Christine and Amber) and a strong guy player (who would at first feign loyalty but, if the game drove him to it, could eventually switch true allegiance). This is likely just wishful thinking on my part because I'd like to see a woman win. If the flirtation with Hayden lasts longer than that first made-for-TV kiss (if the producers are so desperate for a showmance, they should have stunt-casted McCranda back), she'll have lost my respect.

This photo of Nicole's broccoli and potato has nothing to do with the game. So it could as easily be a pic of Victoria.Victoria. When Victoria is evicted, which will be soon (and would have been this week, if not for the so-typical Big Brother just-in-time competition win), I hope this young woman gets the psychotherapy that she needs. Her low self-esteem is evident and painful to watch. I feel badly for her. Game-wise, rather than doing something (anything!) proactive to attempt to influence her own destiny, Victoria stays as far away from the sun as possible, way out there in a plutonian orbit. When the heat finally reaches her, is it any wonder that she finds it unpleasant? Dry your tears, dear, admit this game wasn't for you, tell everybody that leaving is what you want, and then you'll have 11 new friends and great new memories of a fun last few conflict-free days in the house. (It'll be boring for chaos-loving live feeders like we all are, but it'll be really good for Victoria's mental health.)

Zach. I'm not a doctor (and I don't play one on TV), but this kid seems kind of bipolar. One of these weeks when he's perfectly safe, he'll go on another unplanned, unexpected "put me up!" rant and be shocked to find himself evicted.

Wild, probably laughably stupid prediction at four weeks in:  Derrick, Christine, and Frankie will become #BB16's final three.

Astonished by how much I haven't learned in a year? Me too, but it's still just a TV show. Tell me the many ways I got it wrong in the comments or at @uselesstraffic. Who do you think will be in the finale? Is it the same people you'd have guessed a month ago?

Thursday
Jun192014

Meet The ALL NEW Big Brother 16 Cast

Here you go - videos and pictures galore.  16 NEW house guests.  That was one of my requests so I can't complain too loudly although there have been some murmurings that a lot of these HGs were "recruited" and didn't apply on their own.  Also a few are 'minor' celebrities or have connections to celebrities so there is that.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments when you get a chance.

Please sign up for the live feeds though the links on the site so you can be ready to watch the HGs live when the feeds turn on next week. 

 

Amber Borzotra, 26

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Current City: North Hollywood, Calif.

Esthetician

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Brittany Martinez, 29

Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
Current City: Torrance, Calif.

Event Coordinator

 

 

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Caleb Reynolds, 26

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Current City: Hopkinsville, Ky.

Adventure Hunting Guide

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Christine Brecht, 23

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Current City: Tucson, Ariz.

Barista

 

 

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Cody Calafiore, 23

Hometown: Hackensack, N.J.
Current City: Howell, N.J.

Sales Account Executive

 

 

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Derrick Levasseur, 30

Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Current City: Providence, R.I.

Police Sergeant

 

 

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Devin Shepherd, 26

Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Current City: San Antonio, Texas

Former Professional Baseball Player Motorcycle Sales Manager

 

 

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Donny Thompson, 42

Hometown: Albemarle, N.C.
Current City: Albemarle, N.C.

School Groundskeeper

 

 

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Frankie Grande, 31

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Current City: New York, N.Y.

YouTube Personality

 

 

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Hayden Voss, 21

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.
Current City: Long Beach, Calif.

Pedicab Driver

 

 

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Jocasta Odom, 33

Hometown: Griffin, Ga.
Current City: Lovejoy, Ga.

Minister

 

 

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Joey Van Pelt, 27

Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Current City: Seattle, Wash.

Makeup Artist

 

 

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Nicole Franzel, 21

Hometown: Ubly, Mich.
Current City: Ubly, Mich.

Recent Nursing Graduate

 

 

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Paola Shea, 27

Hometown: East Hampton, Conn.
Current City: Astoria, N.Y.

DJ

 

 

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Victoria Rafaeli, 22

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y. and Holon, Israel
Current City: Weston, Fla.

Photographer

 

 

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Zach Rance, 23

Hometown: Palm Beach, Fla.
Current City: Palm Beach, Fla.

Recent College Graduate

 

 

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