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Entries in Russell (53)

Saturday
Jul182009

Paranoia/Big Destroyer!



(Extra points to the person who knows the lyrical reference).

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.

Saturday
Jul182009

Veto Players Chosen!


Besides Ronnie, Jeff, and Laura, the rest of the players are Natalie, Russell, and Casey. Lydia will be hosting.

This doesn't fare well for Laura.

Friday
Jul172009

S*** Stirrer Natalie


So a few minutes ago, Jordan and Russell had a bit of a heart to heart conversation in the storage room. Natalie spotted them, and sprinted up to the HOH to grab Jessie to inform him. She completely exaggerated what she "overheard", saying that Russell has her back if he wants to get rid of Natalie and Jessie.

There's nothing I hate more than the "how dare you talk to xxxx" cliche of this show.

Friday
Jul172009

Somebody Please Explain This Theory





Despite the pleas, Ronnie is indicating that he's still putting up two of his crew (probably Casey and Laura). Somehow, though, they're supposed to approve of this plan because the goal is to backdoor Russell.

That's beyond ridiculous. You just can't say with a straight face that two people are pawns. Even if you have 100% faith in the HOH, there's a pretty strong chance that one of your own will be going home. Either the wrong person will win HOH, or the person on your side who wins it goes against his alliance and doesn't use it, or the HOH will double cross his side. They all have to see through his plan.

Ronnie must believe that everybody in the house is an idiot...and maybe he's right.

Tuesday
Jul142009

Hot, Boring Day



Not much of consequence has happened. It's an extremely warm day, so most people aren't even laying out as normal (although Lydia and Russell are right now). There's also been very little game talk, although Casey had some words of advice for Kevin. He warned him that too many people are way too open about every conversation they have (he couldn't be more true). There are tentative plans for the "off-beats" to align themselves with the athletes, which is not a bad plan.

People are starting to see through Ronnie. Casey in particular has singled him out as a guy who goes through the day asking everybody questions. Somehow, he also believes the same about Michelle. Lydia is now pointing out the exact same point.

Jordan continues to flirt with anybody who will give her attention, while Laura claims that her boyfriend is a taller version of Jesse. Chima just cackles all day, and whines about the conditions she's used to living.

Monday
Jul132009

The Ballad of Jordan






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.

Sunday
Jul122009

Early Takes On Each HG

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.

Saturday
Jul112009

Could Lydia Be Safe After All?







I must say that I love the Real Player "wayback machine". After reading a couple of twitter reports regarding a late-night conversation between Lydia, Jesse, and Natalie, I went back to take a look for myself.

The conversation occurred around 2:30 or so Big Brother time, and Lydia's obvious goal was to get them to convince Russell to save her with the veto. It started with King Jesse's usual method of "explaining" the situation to her like she's five years old, and then it got heated when Lydia and Natalie discussed their animosity towards each other. For possibly the first time in BB history, though, an argument between rivals ended up with an understanding.

Lydia still has some hurdles, though. After she left, the King and his Princess discussed the ramifications of saving her. They would love to put up Jeff, but they can't because he's on their team, so the next idea is to backdoor Braden. Somehow he's a "sheisty mastermind who doesn't care about anyone and just wants to stir up drama". I don't know how this is the case, as I haven't seen him say more than five sentences the past two days.

Russell was then brought up, and the trio somehow believe that giving Braden the boot would give them control of the entire house. Oh boy, the alliance of eight from Jesse's year will now be twelve. (You just can't make up their idiotic delusions.) Russell is still not sure about saving Lydia, as he thinks she's smarter than she lets on. (Maybe, I'm not real sure about that yet.)

Saturday
Jul112009

Jeff Versus Russell!!!


It's on! Although they're just screaming the same crap over and over again. I never need to hear the word "technotronics" again! (Edit: In case you're wondering, "technotronic" was the word Jeff misspelled in the veto comp. Russell spelled his word correctly, but it was a much easier one.)

Russell admitted a few minutes later that he indeed set up the entire scene to get Jeff to blow up.

And now Jeff is arguing with Natalie. Oh boy. She's really out of her mind.

Since the fight, Natalie's mouth hasn't stopped flapping. She immediately ran up to inform Jesse, who is offended that he would say such things to an innocent "18 year-old girl". Ugh. She's now rehashing the fight to every individual person. I had to shut it off.

Friday
Jul102009

Poor Laura



Everybody is so mean to her because she's just so damned amazing. People are intimidated by her body, and brains. Oh yeah, women have an advanced vocabulary so all the men are scared of her. She tried to be Lydia's BFF but she moved on to other people, and her own team doesn't talk to her.

Get over yourself. Maybe complaining that silly girls playing dress up were just trying to get TV time ruined any chance of friendship. It's not your silly over-inflated breasts.

BTW, Jeff hates Russell (who showed his junk a little earlier). This could be interesting.