Wow, what a night! First off, "Guess who's back, back again!" I could not be more excited that of the 4 people competing, Judd won the competition to get back into the house!
And just as the whole house didn't want Aaryn to win HOH when she stayed, but she did, they all did not want Elissa to win tonight, so of COURSE Elissa got HOH.
As soon as the HOH comp was over and everyone came inside, the HGs scattered to their various corners to talk about how unhappy they were with both the return of a HG and with Elissa getting HOH. Amanda immediately started her same old loop. She pulled Andy and McCrae into the cockpit so she could talk about how she is still SURE Judd was MVP and he just HAS to go because he has been trying to get her out of the house for WEEKS now. Andy was more than happy to jump in with about a million "it's not fair's" and McCrae agreed. Amanda also went straight to Elissa to try to get Judd put on the block. Elissa flat out told Amanda she would not be putting up Judd.
Elissa did tell Amanda that she would definitely be putting up Aaryn and possibly McCrae next to Aaryn. What she said out loud was that she wants someone on the block that can beat Aaryn in veto, and that she wants someone who will fight their heart out to keep Aaryn from getting it. It's very possible that this is the case, but I'm hoping that Elissa has bigger plans. Amanda ran straight to McCrae to talk to him about what Elissa told her. Amanda started crying over how she didn't win HOH and how McCrae might be going on the block, and they both schemed about how to get GinaMarie put up so they could still vote out Aaryn but keep themselves safe. They also schemed about what to tell Judd about his eviction and eventually decided to blame it all on Helen and tell him that Helen had been telling them that he was MVP and he was after her.
McCrae then pulled Elissa into the cockpit to tell her how "dumb" it would be to put him on the block next to Aaryn. He told her he would do anything to win the veto anyway including shave his head, and made a pretty long and convincing, if not somewhat forceful argument. For a while it seemed like Elissa bought it. She told McCrae she would consider not putting him up, but that Aaryn MUST go and if she feels like ANYONE doesn't fight as hard as they can for the veto, she is putting that person up next to Aaryn.
Then Elissa pulled Spencer into the have-not room. She made the same threats about veto that she made to McCrae to Spencer and also made a deal with him for 2 weeks of safety if she didn't put him on the block and told him she would likely be putting up McCrae and Aaryn. Spencer acted like he was cool with all of this but then ran to McCrae and Andy to report all that Elissa had said.
During this time Aaryn (who I am sure knows the deal) mostly just laid around and looked like she might die, and Andy revived his old game of "pop goes the weasel" into every conversation he could fit himself into.
Pretty late in the night Elissa got her HOH room. She got her Yoga matt (though it wasn't the right kind) and pictures (though they were not the ones she wanted), Fake eyelashes (that she said she would NEVER wear), pictures her little boy drew for her, a necklace from her mother, A letter from Rachel, and a large bottle of Skinny Girl Tequila. Aaryn was the first to say she was tired and leave the HOH.
Once Aaryn went downstairs, Andy eventually followed her so that he could talk to her. He told her he did not want GinaMarie going up next to her and that he thought McCrae would probably be the one going up with her. He told her that he would prefer that over GM going up. Now, I don't know if Andy is totally serious about his final 3 with Aaryn and GM or if he is just saying things to her in case she comes off the block, but if he is serious, McCrae, or whoever takes that spot next to Aaryn tomorrow could actually be in trouble.
Not to be deterred from being able to control the nominations, Amanda wasted no time in snuggling right up to "her new best friend". I'm hoping all of this has no affect at all on Elissa just like everything else anyone tells her.
It's very hard for me to tell if Elissa really does live on another planet, or if there are actually wheels turning, but here is what I am HOPING she is doing. I am hoping she is trying to break up the two major duos still left in the house by putting one of each up (McCrae and Aaryn). If Aaryn won veto I am hoping she would put up Amanda next to McCrae to break them up, or put up GinaMarie next to Aaryn if McCrae came down. That way you break up one of the couples either way. I'm not positive this is what she is doing, but it's the only thing that I think would make sense with the nominations she is making.
At this point a lot of them are still awake and I'm not sure how much more game talk will happen tonight, but I THINK it's likely that Aaryn and McCrae will go on the block today with Aaryn being the target. Elissa is a little different from all the previous HOH's though, and that could be subject to change..especially with Amanda and McCrae constantly in her ear. It should be an interesting week depending on who goes up and who wins veto. Elissa seems determined to make her HOH count (that's what Helen told her to do) so maybe a decent sized move will be made.
I'm SO happy Judd is back! I'm not an Elissa fan, but I'm happy to see the person they all did not want to win HOH actually get it, and if she sends out Amanda, all the better for me. This has the potential to be an interesting week between all the paranoia, campaigning, and fighting. I don't think it will go exactly as any one person has planned out...for once. As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates. Until tomorrow night...
Small follow up to report. Andy and Judd have now had a talk in which Andy told Judd to TRUST him that he woudl keep him safe. At first I thought Andy was just covering his ass, but he told Judd about Amanda getting into his ear and making him believe things about Judd that were not true. He told him that his eviction was due to Amanda making everyone believe he was MVP, and he told him he would fill him in on more tomorrow. Judd told Andy that in Amanda's goodbye message she said some things that he did not trust like that McCrae told HER that Judd was coming after her so she had to evict him. Very interesting...Amanda is plotting jury votes apparently. Anyway, I don't know where Andy will actually stand on this in the end, but it was an interesting conversation for sure.
Amanda and McCrae have been trying to strongarm Elissa out of her nomination decision for quite a while in front of Judd. Thus far Elissa has been shutting Amanda down while Amanda pulls out over and over that SHE is the one that keeps Elissa safe and says that she NEVER EVER EVER wanted Elissa on the block last week. I'm not sure how long Elissa will hold up, but the longer this ridiculous conversation goes, the more I hope she sticks to her guns.