Well, tonight was the halfway party and tomorrow is the start of Jury. There was a tweet today from Julie with a picture of last year's reset button that was used to end the coaches twist and bring them into the game. I'm going to go ahead and speculate that the picture means the end of the MVP twist and the beginning of 2 nominees instead of 3 for this season.
As far as what happened tonight, the HGs got a practice game for the coming double eviction. It was one of those "roll the ball down the slide and get it in the bucket" sort of things. I personally think it will be the final HOH. I'm thinking the DE will go as usual and be a quiz for the first HOH and then a "run and find something inside a bin of something" to win the veto" comp. The HGs are all pretty sure it's a double eviction now though because production insisted that GinaMarie needed to practice the game as well, which of course means she will be competing (which she wouldn't be if it was a regular HOH). Aaryn, Amanda, and Elissa were all very good at the practice game. The others caught on pretty quickly and got better at it. Jessie and Judd were not great at it (unfortunately since they are the 2 main targets) and Candice got no balls in, but that's okay since she will be headed to jury by the time it's played.
Right after the hour of practice was over and the backyard was again locked down, the halfway party began. When the feeds came back, everyone was a little drunk and food coma'd out. They were excited they got to hear music and eat cake and pizza and drink. So, for a LITTLE while everyone played nice and were civil to each other. The only strange whisperings going on were about Jessie who apparently isolated herself during some of the party, and at some point told GinaMarie that it was "her vote" when GM asked her who she was voting out.
Amanda and McCrae had made a deal with GinaMarie earlier in the week for her HOH room for the night, so shortly after the party, they began trying to clear people out of the HOH so they could spend their night up there. For several hours people popped in and out to talk strategy and votes. Amanda, looking a lot like Cruella Deville got things stirred up for a while when she went between Aaryn and GinaMarie getting info and then confronting the other about the info she got from the first one. She also made sure to get her final plugs into Aaryn about Judd being bad and needing to go.
Amanda also started a fight with McCrae as soon as they had the room to themselves. This one had something to do with Aaryn, but to be honest I tuned a lot of it out. Andy, McCrae, and Amanda all made sure that they each were on board with the plan to put up Jessie and Spencer and backdoor Judd unless he wins the veto. Then Andy hopped downstairs to Helen to make sure she would do the same thing, and also get Elissa to do the same thing should either one of them win HOH.
For a little while McCrae protested to Amanda that they are stronger with Judd there than with him gone, but Amanda said "HE MUST GO!! He put me on the BLOCK for 2 weeks now!!". Then she had sex with him in the HOH bed and the matter seems to be settled.
Jessie, Elissa, Helen, and Candice had kind of a girls night in the have-not room, but I only caught bits and pieces of it. A lot of it was Jessie explaining to Elissa that she did not understand why everyone was so much more determined to get her out next and no one was even considering evicting someone like Amanda. They also did Bible studies and just chatted in general.
McCrae and Amanda had an after sex chat in the HOH room about who would go home if they were put up together. Amanda said there was no way she would get voted out over him. She believes everyone would vote him out instead. She also added that "there is NO WAY anyone would put them up together. It just isn't going to happen.". Okay, Amanda...
Candice and Elissa are still up chatting in the living room, and Amanda and McCrae are still off and on game talking in the HOH, but most everyone else is in bed and things are winding down. So here it is: Judd has only a few options to survive this DE. He wins HOH, he gets drawn to play for veto and wins, Spencer wins HOH, Jessie wins HOH, Julie tells the HGs that America has been the MVP the last 3 weeks before the eviction happens. Outside of one of those 4 things happening, he is likely toast. In the event that one of those things does happen and he stays, Jessie will likely be the second person out tomorrow night.
I will be super sad if Judd leaves. His game may not be perfect (none of them are playing a perfect game) but I am highly entertained by him, and my late night feed watching will get a lot tougher without him there, so I'm really hoping he somehow pulls this off and manages to stay. Dream scenario for me would be Jessie winning HOH and actually having the balls to put up Amanda and McCrae or Amanda and Helen, and with only 2 nominees, Amanda or Helen would go. Before you jump down my throat, please notice I said "DREAM" scenario. I don't believe it will actually happen.
The good news in all of this is that double evictions usually bring pretty exciting nights, and I expect this one will as well (hopefully anyway). So, that's something to look forward to. As always, you guys can follow me on twiter @ashes2ashes13 for more feed updates. Happy double eviction day!! Until tomorrow night...