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Wednesday
Jul102013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 6 Recap

A simple intro to what should be a simple (and annoying episode). MVP silliness. Veto comp hosted by a Big Brother alum. A “thrown” performance that wasn’t good enough for the deal maker. Filler. Nominations.

So let’s start with the reactions to Aaryn’s nominations of Elissa and Helen. Guess what, neither are happy! Elissa doesn’t understand how people say she is “making waves”, and complains that it was “vindictive” to nominate Helen because of her. Helen thinks Aaryn is threatened by her friendship with Elissa. For some strange reason, Helen believes they were put up together to create a fight between the two of them. Hmmm, not really.

Helen enters the have-not room with tears in her eyes, followed by Elissa. “How original, right”, says Elissa. They hug, and Elissa goes into the standard Reilly “she’s so mean to me” mantra. Just to make sure you understand the mood of the room, the sad background music comes up as Helen promises to help save Elissa.

Candice joins the pair, and Helen tells her she shouldn’t hang out with the “pariahs of the house”. Again, we get to hear Candice’s (correct) theory about the all-boys alliance. Elissa almost forgot her script, but finally says “please, Brenchel fans, vote for us for MVP”. No worries about that.

In the storage room, the Movers are talking about how all of the women are going crazy. “I can’t wait to send them all home”, says Jeremy. He says that the girls are going to go home “one by one by one”. Yeah, right.

Helen is now upstairs playing chess with Howard, and after Kaitlin walks out of the HOH, she asks if he would mind if she talked to Aaryn. Helen still wants to work with Aaryn, who says it was hard to put her up. The music builds up as they continue to talk about secretly being an alliance, and Helen even says that putting her up was a smart move.

Ugh, here we go with the MVP bullshit...and yes, it was indeed Elissa. Yeah, act surprised, you dumb twit. “Like, how?” Really? In case you forgot how MVP works, she reads the exact same card from last week. “America, thank you so much...I’m doing this for you.” Ugh.

Elissa heads into the Have-not room to tell Helen, who does the weirdest little dance I’ve ever seen. They decide not to tell anybody, and Elissa says that Jeremy is her ultimate target. Helen is thinking ahead, though, and wants to know who would be the replacements? “Kaitlin.” But if...oh god, Helen, you’re thinking way beyond Elissa’s line of thinking. So now the question is whether they immediately put up Jeremy, or wait to do a backdoor. Ultimately, they go with Jeremy after all.

Filler time, as GinaMarie flirts with Nick. Poor Nick, even though he plays it well in the diary room. He’s not interested in Jessie. He’s not interested in GinaMarie. That doesn’t stop CBS from pushing it, though.

We’re spared from more of this ugliness, as it is time to pick POV players. First off, there’s the MVP nomination, and after a long buildup it is indeed Jeremy. Aaryn pulls out Amanda and Nick’s names. Nick is happy to be a part of it, and hopes to be able to save his “homeboy” Jeremy. GinaMarie will host, and she couldn’t be happier.

Elissa admits she’s a bit concerned over her choice as Jeremy, as he’s pretty fired up. To make sure we know just how focused he is, he puts on a show in the diary room on how he is such a “manimal”.

Arryn, meanwhile, heads upstairs. The girls all make fun of Elissa’s choice, as Jeremy is going to kick her ass. “This is the worst move she could possibly make”, says Kaitlin.

GinaMarie is asking Nick if it is smart for him to try to win this comp, and he thinks it is. They’re interrupted by Elissa, who is worried because “Nick is a fierce competitor”. She proposes a two week deal with Nick, and if he doesn’t throw it she will put him up as a replacement. He says that this is a win/win for him, as if he loses he won’t go up but a win also ensures he won’t go up. They shake on the deal.

Ugh, even more Elissa time. Her and Helen are crying about missing their kids, and Howard comes in to cheer them up. He leads them in a prayer. Please find me my bucket to puke in. This leads to a medley of Howard praying. Great for him, but a bore for viewers. Move on!

It’s now veto competition time, and GinaMarie is dressed as a baby. Yes, I typed that correctly. GinaMarie is dressed as a baby. Fitting, right. She introduces a video message from Britney. She shows her pregnant belly, and she tells them to head outside for the cmopetition.

The backyard is dressed up as a baby nursery, and they have to create a “giant baby mobile”. The first one to perfectly balance ten stuffed animals wins the veto.

After a bunch of cutesy diary room comments, the contest begins. This isn’t exactly exciting. Nick again explains his idea is to actually try to win, and...that’s enough. Why we need everybody involved to tell us how this works is beyond me.

For a second it looked like Amanda was going to win, but one of the animals was touching the ground. She makes an adjustment, and it still didn’t work. “Much like a baby, I need a bottle...of vodka”. She’s really getting a good edit.

Jeremy then tells us how he figured out how to win this comp, and he starts moving faster. Helen, though, is close to him, but Jeremy suddenly sprints to the win! Ugh, he is really the worst winner ever. Helen knows that somehow they need to come up with a bigger threat than the two of them. Well, a bigger threat than Elissa. Nobody thinks Helen is a threat.

After commercials, we get some filler of Jeremy and Kaitlin making out. They quit kissing, though, as Kaitlin is worried that she may be going the same route as David did last week. Yeah, the porn music comes up as they keep kissing. Oh wait, she’s upset again. Oh wait, they’re kissing again. Ok, enough.

Once the making out is over, Jeremy heads down to chat with the Movers to make sure that Elissa is the one that goes home this week. He tells Jeremy that if somehow Elissa doesn’t go, that means that a Mover made a wrong vote. Nick is not happy with this. “We’re a business.”

Jeremy moves on to the other Movers with the same story, and none of them are happy about this. “God is the only boss I listen to”, complains Howard. “Who died and made you boss”, asks McCrae. They’re all becoming a bit suspicious of Jeremy.

We move on to Elissa, who is talking to Candice. Like before, Candice wants to get rid of the guys, and complains that girls never make big moves in the house. There’s no way that a girl can be put on the block to replace Jeremy. Candice wants Nick put up, and that he’s working with Jeremy.

Elissa is conflicted, though. She promised to not put him up, and doesn’t want to go against her word. Candice moves on with the reasons why Nick has to go, and Elissa is shown nodding her head in approval.

Before we get to the veto ceremony, Elissa is seen going up to Nick and asking if he’d vote to evict Kaitlin. He gives an unintelligible answer, and says he’s not in “gameface right now”. She says that if he can’t answer, she may have to break their deal. He wants some time to think about it. Yep, she has her way out of their deal. In her mind, at least. (Especially since they didn’t show the conversation where Nick did try to work with her.)

It’s NOW finally veto meeting, and they still have Jeremy stare at the wall of keys. Why? We know he’s saving himself. Oh yeah, we have to have the commentary from those on the block, or possibly going on the block.

Everybody is called in, and Jeremy indeed saves himself. Elissa gets up, and after many, many seconds of buildup, has nominated Nick. GinaMarie is about to die! The Movers aren’t happy either!

So that’s it, after blah blah blah I want to win blah blah blah the game’s not over blah blah blah Momsquad. Wait, Momsquad??? Ugh.

Your thoughts on this episode? Did Elissa break her word? Were you happy to see Britney back? How bad does Elissa read her script? Tell us your thoughts!

 

Wednesday
Jul102013

A Day In The Life Of: Nick

A little backstory before we begin following Nick’s day in the house. Just a couple of days ago, he was sitting pretty. Elissa had used her MVP on Jeremy, and he had a deal with her that would keep him off the block if she needed a new nominee.

Nick didn’t win the veto, but Helen and Candice got into Elissa’s ear to say he didn’t actually “throw” the competition. In their eyes, the deal was voided, and Nick found himself replacing Jeremy as the MVP nominee. What has he done since? Not much. He did attempt to have a conversation with Elissa, only to find her walk out in mid-sentence.

Today’s action in the house starts really late, and even later for Nick. Instead of getting up early to start working on the votes, he slept in. We get our first glimpse of him and GinaMarie around 11:15 AM, as Aaryn comes in to wake them. Aaryn sticks around for a minute or two, and then races back upstair to tell Kaitlin that she thinks the pair are now an item. Um, no. They’re not.

Nothing is seen of them for the next hour or so, as the rest of the house prepares for the day. Finally, at 12:38, we discover why. They’re still in bed! Aaryn again walks in on them. “What are you kids doing in here?” She proceeds to tell Nick about her morning breakfast and exercise routine. “Look at my abs.”

Aaryn is still convinced that something is going on with the them. “Did you guys make out last night?” GinaMarie grins in the mirror, but says no. Nick jokes that GinaMarie is now pregnant with the first Big Brother baby. As GinaMarie works to tame her morning bedhead, Aaryn lies to her that she “looks so much cuter with no makeup and your retainer”. Always the gentleman, Nick says that when you’re in love with a girl she always looks beautiful. GInaMarie grins, but everybody (and I mean everybody) knows he’s not referring to her. Aaryn finally leaves, and Nick rolls over back to sleep.

The pair finally get out of bed, but only get as far as the bathroom before they plop their asses back down. Unfortunately for them, Andy comes in and starts talking about his favorite MTV reality shows. Oh Nick, if you only knew that Andy has spent the morning attempting to convince people to give you the boot.

After a little bit out of camera view, Nick is seen cooking breakfast. Or is it lunch at this point in the day? Andy is still following him around with more inane conversation. Elissa joins them, and the conversation slows to a crawl. Not because everybody becomes quiet, but because it takes her five minute to enunciate a syllable. Helen walks in to add even more dull chatter.

Meanwhile, GinaMarie is providing Amanda with too much information, but Nick comes in to save the day. After GinaMarie leaves the room, Nick takes Amanda into the lounge to a chat. It’s one of the first times they’ve talked, and Amanda jokes “you’re now forced to talk game”. Amanda tells him everything Elissa had claimed, including a story that Nick was planning on putting her up. She says that her and McCrae are the swing votes, and Nick wants to know how the vote could be that close. Amanda says it’s because people think he’s shady, especially since he’s constantly called to the diary room. Nick says that they ask him a lot of questions to help narrate events, and that he “didn’t want to be involved in a game of he said/she said”.

Amanda is also concerned that when Elissa leaves, he’ll be the MVP. Nick isn’t so sure. They end the chat with Nick apparently convincing Amanda that he would never put up her and McCrae.

Speaking of McCrae, he then walks into the room. Amanda leaves, and McCrae asks what they talked about. Nick imitates Amana, and retells the entire conversation to McCrae. They seem to be on the same page, and there’s a bit of talk about future picks. Helen, Candice, and Jessie’s names come up. Aaryn pops in to take a couple of HOH pics. McCrae finally leaves shortly after Aaryn, and Nick stares off into space for a bit.

He eventually reconvenes with GinaMarie, and thanks her for setting up that conversation wiht Amanda. As always, the talk quickly turns to GinaMarie. The girl can’t go a few minutes without talking about herself.

They then join the gang in the kitchen as Aaryn is still taking photos for the HOH blog. He sticks around as the camera crew moves upstairs, and then heads outside. There’s a bit of small talk with Kaitlin and Amanda, and eventually a few more people join them. The next couple of hours are spent chatting about news events and personal stories. As a news junkie, I’m embarrassed at how little they know about current events. I’m even more embarrassed by some of the personal stories. Finally, Nick gets up and says he’s off to take a nap.

Two hours later, Nick is up, and I’m not sure by choice. Andy is all excited because he thinks he’s done being a have-not at midnight, and GInaMarie’s meds must have kicked in as she’s jumping and dancing around the bedroom. The pair move into the storage room, where GinaMarie must have informed Nick of a talk she had with Andy a bit ago where Andy supposedly pledged to save him. They embrace, and GinaMarie continues her weird little dance moves. She kisses him on the shoulder, and wanders off. Wait, did she just say “love ya” as she took off? Oh boy.

Aaryn and GinaMarie now believe there is a food competition coming up, and they want Nick to join them in throwing it to Amanda and McCrae (I think). There really is no reason to believe this to be the case, or to throw it if true. Oh well. It just guarantees Aaryn will be a have- not next week.

He then has a conversation with Aaryn about Adderall, and how it changed her life. Too bad it didn’t also change her personal views. Strangely, Nick goes into an Andy-ish story about researching the history of drugs, and how his little half-brother is on it. Or something like that, as the feeds went to fish as that part of the story was introduced. Her life changed instantly when she started taking it, and she caught a boyfriend cheating a week afterwards. It also helped her with her panic attacks. She says that if they didn’t let her have them in the house, she’d “freak, freak, freak out here”. They move on to more personal life chatter before Nick heads outside to work out.

Workout complete, he sits next to the hot tub with the Blondetourage. The pills must be wearing off, as GinaMarie is pretty subdued, and the conversation amounts to even less than usual. After a few minutes, they wander over to the hammock where most of the guys are hanging out. The feeds, though, switch to Kaitlin and Jesse playing pool.

When the feeds come back, Aaryn is selling some idiotic story that causes the feeds to go to fish. Oh, GinaMarie is subdued because she feels lightheaded. Aaryn says it’s because she doesn’t eat. GinaMarie claims it’s because of the heat of the hot tub.

Little happens until Nick ends up with Judd in the storage room. Judd is worried that people are going to think he’s screwing them over by keeping Nick, but he is reminded that he promised to keep him. Judd says if he gets HOH next week, he’ll be putting “them” (namely Candice) up. He’s also worried that he’s on everybody’s mind as a possible nominee next week. Nick reassures him that they’re “good”, and that he wants to work with him. “If I win HOH, I will not put you up.” They shake on it, and, of course, Andy interrupts them. They have a scintillating discussion on lactose...and he pretends that they’re best buddies. “I feel pretty good about it”, he says about the prospects of keeping Nick. That earlier talk with GinaMarie definitely helped...or so Andy claims.

When he comes out, GinaMarie is waiting for him. She checks out the other rooms, but Nick says it’s “sketchy” in there. She’s all worried, but Nick tells her to relax.

Not shown for the feeds again for another hour or so, we now see him in the shower as Helen is talking about food with him. Namely Asian candy. Good thing Aaryn’s not around. The cam (obviously) doesn’t last long on this conversation, but when it comes back Kaitlin and Andy have joined them, followed by Howard. As always, Andy dominates the talk, but GinaMarie does point out her favorite parts of Nick’s body. No, not the ones you expect, although I’m sure that’s what she was thinking.

Nick complains that he’s tired, and they head into the bedroom. He thanks GinaMarie for setting up that conversation with Amanda earlier today, and also for doing his laundry. Ooops, big mistake. This causes GinaMarie to perk up, telling him how she loves to do that kind of stuff around the house. “I’m wife material, motherfucker.”

They also talk about Elissa for a bit. Nick says he’s going to be “super respectful” towards her, but she is the one who put him in this spot. GinaMarie adds that she’s going to also be supercool around her, because if she gets emotional than Elissa has won. I’m not sure what that really means, but GinaMarie then goes off to get Nick his hat.

She returns with not only his hat, but a glass of water. There’s more talk about being tired, and they formulate a plan for tomorrow. They’re going to talk to everybody, but for some reason they have to do it in a precise order. Finally, he’s left alone in peace...until Andy comes in. “Are you sleeping?” Judd is with him, and after Andy leaves they rehash their earlier chat.

Not long afterwards, it is midnight and the have-nots can eat. There’s alcohol and pizza, but we don’t hear much from Nick as Helen is over the top in her orgasmic glee over getting to eat. They do chat a bit about children, as Nick apparently once played daddy for a few months.

He heads outside to sit on the big couch, as Jeremy and Spencer are talking about coke, mushrooms, and steroids. Yes, Jeremy has done roids. Big shocker. GinaMarie gets a third wind, and she’s an unstoppable motormouth.

What was supposed to be an early night ends up going on and on. Most of it is nonsense talk, especially if it involves GinaMarie, but there are some interesting moments. Nick plays a little pool with Howard, who says that while everything is still on play, Amanda remains a bit of a problem. Nick’s worry with their original alliances is if two of them end up on the block at the same time, but Howard doesn’t think that will be an issue as long as they continue to work their sides.

There’s a bit of drama, though, as the house guests have been recording their goodbye messages, and GinaMarie just recorded hers. Of course, the very thought of Nick leaving has her gushing out gallons of tears. Nick is saved by Judd, though, and is able to escape...for a bit. He speaks for a bit more with Howard, and also with Judd, but then must deal with the beast.

GinaMarie is pissed. With the Have-not now “haves”, sleeping arrangements are altered, and Elissa is now in their room. “I’m not going to be able to sleep knowing that shady cunt is right next to me.” Oh boy. They do a little more gossiping. Well, GinaMarie does, and she says if she wins HOH she wants to put up Candice and Jessie next week. That’s not exactly a surprise.

She’s also a big worried about whether he’s playing her, and surprises Nick with a question about whether he’s a “homo”. Nick’s not happy with this. Ultimately, though, she likes him more and more every day.

He eventually escapes, and heads inside to make omelets. After a little more game talk with Judd, he finally crashes.

Do you think Nick will survive this week? Should he survive? How long will he have to endure GinaMarie’s twelve personalities? Let us know what you think!

 

Sunday
Jul072013

Big Brother Season 15, Episode 5 Recap

When we left CBS on Wednesday night, the Big Brother 15 cast were in the middle of a HOH competition that had everybody paired off. Cups of barbecue sauce were to be transferred from one person to another, and the first person to pull out the little golf ball was the winner.

Obviously, those of us who have the feeds know the results of this contest, but we’re still missing some details. Was it a clean victory? Was there cheating, and were the offenders punished? Most importantly, who was going to end up feeling they were in danger?

We begin with Julie’s instructions to the house, and we get to actually hear them this time! In fact, we get the rules twice as they have Nick repeat them. Wait, we get a third version of them. There’s lots of slips and falls, complete with quirky background music.

It’s then time for the players to say why they have to win, and for some godawful reason we begin with Elissa’s Hollywood stoner drawl. “I need to win this more than birds need their feather.” Really? That’s the best your family’s script writers can come up with?

Aaryn then whines about how she needs to win to avenge David, and we go back to that shocking moment when he left the house. GinaMarie, Jessie, and Aaryn freak out when the news is read. Aaryn has a few fake tears as she says how terrible she felt.

We can’t go more than a few seconds without Elissa, so we get to hear her thank America again and complain about how she’s had a “target on my back”. Spencer is also happy. Aaryn is then seen kissing David, and saying she did not vote to evict him.

Once he’s gone, GinaMarie is freaking out, and Nick comforts her. She has some babbling in the diary room about “plans falling to pizzas”, but who knows what she was talking about.

We then return to the competition, and Jeremy and Aaryn are currently in the lead. There’s no real reason to keep recapping everything these freak shows say as they continue to play.

Judd does grab the ball from the small jar, so they now get a bigger scoop. Howard does the same, but they’re still way behind Jeremy and Aaryn. In fact, Elissa and Andy are right behind them. Andy attempts to pull out the ball, but...we go to commericals.

It is super close, and Elissa claims they “feel victory in their fingertips”. Andy just can’t quite reach it, though, and Jeremy eventually pulls it out for the victory. Yes, they’re both happy, and they “did it for David”. It is, though, Elissa’s “worst nightmare come true”. She’s getting better at reading her lines.

Jeremy and Aaryn then have to decide which of them is the actual HOH, and Spencer is hoping he makes the right move for the Moving Company. He doesn’t. He lets Aaryn have the glory, and we get frowns from the rest of the team. Hey, as he even says, “I get to play next week”.

Aaryn then has to pick the Have-Nots for the week, and she asks who voted to evict David. This gets a bit tense, and for some reason Nick acts all cocky about it in the diary room. She eventually puts up Elissa, Helen, Candice, and David, which causes Elissa to complain. “How can you do that to Helen? That’s not a nice thing to do to anyone two weeks in a row. Aaryn is definitely not a nice girl.”

It’s now all tense in the bathroom as they attempt to figure out who evicted David. Aaryn says the “HOH is dedicated to what was done wrong to David”. She doesn’t think she can trust anybody. She claims it would have been different if they had come to her and told her. Spencer jumps on the defensive and says he didn’t vote against David, and tries to toss the blame at Candice. She is adamant about it. We get a replay on how Spencer played Candice before the votes by telling her to vote against Elissa.

We move to the Have-not room, and Helen is on the floor crying that she wants America to vote her for MVP this week. “One of us”, replies Elissa. Knowingly, I must add. We get the sad music as they complain about Aaryn some more. “There must be some redemption in this”, says Helen.

For some strange reason, David wants to talk to Aaryn. He says he’s going to be truthful with her, but actually “lie lie lie”. More sad music; more wasted time in the show...especially after Andy’s attempt at a pun.

Speaking of wasted time, it’s the “who wants to see my HOH room?” segment. No recap of this bullshit cliched segment.

Now we are back to the vote controversy. THey have concluded it’s between Candice, Spencer, and Howard. I just don’t care anymore. Jeremy wants to nominate Elissa and Helen, and Jessie says that there is no way Elissa came up with the plan that saved her by herself. Jeremy, meanwhile, is thriving on the fact that this is actually his own HOH. Ok, one one funny part to end this segment. She warns Nick that if he is the one behind everything, she’s going to cut off his dick in his sleep. And I believe she would.

Time for more wasted segments, as we see the unveiling of the viewer’s choice Have-Not food. Andy, though, love the extra tv time as he complains about the liver and lima beans. #shrugs#

Wait a second. Why are McCrae and Amanda in the HOH with Andy, Judd, and Howard? Oh, I see. It is time for CBS to save face. They all start bitching about Aaryn, and Amanda brings up her derogatory and racist comments. Howard talks about it in the diary room, and we get some of the footage that both Aaryn and GinaMarie said. “Even when these comments are made in fun”, says Howard, “they still hurt and are disrespectful. Especially when that person isn’t there to hear it and back themselves up.” We get a few more of these remarks, and Howard says it is possible that it could lead him to lose his temper. Amanda then continues on about the topic, and how her comments are going to hurt her in and out of the house.

But we are back to the vote controversy, and Candice is talking to Helen about it. They go over the votes, and Candice figures out that Nick and Jeremy have something together. She is using her “super duper trooper skills” to figure it out. They now conclude that maybe Spencer is also working with them. “Nick is the one to watch”, says Candice. “I wonder if it is a boy’s supergroup.” Hey, even Howard may be in it! Or McCrae! “There’s something that we’re missing.”

Time for even more filler, as Jessie is upset that Nick is “scared” of her. She explains that she’s upset that everybody else (supposedly) has a love interest in the house, so she decides to bother Nick all day long. BTW, this is also way out of context as it was from last Monday. Besides that, it is boring and pathetic.

Now Helen and Aaryn have a conversation, with the idea that Helen wants to be an asset to Aaryn. While she doesn’t really care that much for what she has to say, it is a possibility that Helen could help her in the long run.

Jeremy is sitting outside with the Moving Company. He says that Elissa has to go, but who should go up with her? His idea is Helen, but Spencer brings up Amanda’s name as she “goes around and talks to everybody”. Spencer says in the diary room that he would much rather have Amanda go this week than Elissa. “If Amanda is out, Howard and I can run everything.” Wait, what?

Jeremy heads up to the diary room to inform Aaryn what the Moving Company said to him. He tells her that Amanda was the mastermind of David’s departure, so the idea is to put her up with Elissa. We’re led to believe that Aaryn is actually falling for this lie.

After a long, primarily boring half hour, it is now time for Aaryn to do almost exactly what Jeremy wants. I’m actually surprised that Aaryn can read the HOH script, and she goes through all the silliness that we have to endure before the actual nominations...as do the possible nominees and other influential house guests.

Jeremy’s key is pulled first, followed by Kaitlin, Andy, Nick, Judd, McCrae, GinaMarie, Spencer, Jessie, Amanda, Howard, and Candice. Yes, that means Helen and Elissa are nominated. Aaryn says that Elissa makes “a lot of unnecessary waves in the house” and was the “root of David going home”. Helen, though, is on the block by association.

As always, we end with the usual diary room statements by all of three of these loons, and a few more. So what did you think of tonight’s episode? Was it as full of filler as I believe? Are you as tired of Andy as I am? Tell us what you think!

 

Sunday
Jul072013

A Day In The Life Of: Elissa

After a few days of watching the entire house from afar, it is now time for me to once again focus on an individual. This is going to be tough viewing for me in some respects, but could also be an easy day as the person in question has a habit of disappearing for hours and hours at a time. What could she possibly be doing during these times? Is she getting her lines prepared by production? Is she getting more botox? Or just working on finally dislodging the poop from her intestines?

I should probably throw out a little disclaimer before I begin my day’s viewing. One aspect of this season that I’m not enjoying is the simple fact that any minor criticism of a Reilly results in a hailstorm of complaints. In fact, even giving another person praise usually leads into these kinds of replies.

With that in mind, I will again disclose that I don’t believe it is fair that Elissa is in the house. MVP was designed to ensure her safety, almost like a yearlong Diamond Power of Veto. She’s not receiving these victories for any reason other than the fact that she has name recognition.

I would feel the same way no matter whose relative was on the show, and that’s where I have my difficulties with the Reilly Army. I’d LOVE to see their opinions if the stunt cast for this season was somebody they hated. What if it was a relative of the Hantz family? Or Matt Hoffman’s wife? Or somebody with a connection to Boogie? I don’t think they’d love the twist quite as much.

So let’s get on with the day. Yesterday was an up and down day for Ms. Elissa. She spent the day knowing she was going on the block, and dealing with the already-mentioned stomach issue. A couple of hours after she was nominated, productions “accidentally” allowed us to see the announcement that she has again won MVP. Shocker!

A couple of people have questioned why she was told of this win last night instead of shortly before the selection of veto players, as was announced. That’s easy to explain. Everybody noted last week that Elissa was called into the diary room twice before that meeting, so that cat was immediately out of the bag. Sure, everybody is assuming she will win every week she is in the house, but doing it the night before is designed to raise questions as to who it could be besides her.

Today actually starts earlier than expected, as Big Brother wakes everybody shortly before 8 am. Elissa is first seen in the kitchen area, and I notice a sly little trick of hers. Instead of polite greetings to everybody as they first come into the kitchen area, she pulls them aside for short little conversations. Nothing of substance is said, but it is clearly designed to raise suspicions in the other house mates.

This morning, she does this with a couple of people, most notably Spencer and Judd. It also works perfectly, as Aaryn is watching upstairs on the spy cam and freaks out. Judd is called up to the HOH to report on what was said. Mission accomplished!

We then see a little bit of her talking to Candice while putting on makeup before the feeds go to fish. It’s time to announce Elissa’s nominee, and pick veto players!

When the feeds come back, Elissa has done the expected and used that third nomination on Jeremy. She is shown lecturing Nick about the lack of maturity on the younger half of the house. “500 thousand dollars is going to go down the drain to some guy who wants to buy a new pair of dockers for his boat. Work with the mature people in the house. The people  who want to play the game, who want to play strategic and not bully people.” She says she wants to work with him, but he has already backstabbed her twice. She supposedly loved David, and was way less of a threat than him. There’s also a bit of weirdness where Elissa claims that working with Jeremy is advocating violence against women. I just don’t know where that came from.

Nick’s response is that he’s screwed either way, but eventually he shakes on a deal with her to throw the veto competition in return for not going up as a replacement nominee. The conversation is almost broken up by Andy, who continues his annoying trait of interrupting almost every chat.

With that conversation concluded, Howard comes in and hugs her. They pray together in hopes of Elissa’s success in the veto competition. Oh yeah, and that her “stomach feels better”. Judd also comes in for a hug, and she tells him about her conversation with Nick. Oh yeah, and Andy again walks in on the conversation. At least this time, she acknowledges him, and they also rehash the Nick conversation. Candice then comes into the room, and they have a little small talk about veto comp outfits before Elissa leaves the room.

Since she’s the focus of the days events, the cameras follow her around much more than usual today. She wanders around the house, into the kitchen, back to the have-not room, and in and out of the bathroom. Eventually the camera moves on to dumb conversations from the “Blondetourage”, and we don’t see her for a bit.

A bit later, she is seen again in the bathroom before heading into the have-not room to prepare for the veto comp and again complain about the bullies to Candice. “They’re always attacking meeeeee.” After a few minutes alone, Helen comes in to give her a pep talk. Helen also plans on throwing it, but for some reason thinks it’s going to be an endurance-type competition. “It’s not going to be a puzzle this early.” Elissa’s main concern is that if she wears shorts the cameras may pick up body parts she doesn’t want to show. If Nick doesn’t end up throwing the competition, though, they will know not to ever trust him again. He gets a two-week deal if he correctly follow through. The camera again follows her as she wanders around the house for last-minute preparations, including another attempt to excise her built-up you know what.

When the feeds returned a couple of hours later, it was clear that neither Helen or Elissa had won. “It sucks so bad.” Yes, their worst enemy, Jeremy, had won, and it’s beyond obvious that he was going to save himself. This means Kaitlin is Elissa’s obvious choice for a replacement.

Candice also walks in, and they continue to talk as Helen does jumping jacks and other exercises for no apparent reason. Spencer also wanders in for some encouraging words.

While Helen continues to stomp around doing her exercise routine, Elissa goes into full Rachel mode. “I’ve never even done anything to become a target.” Candice’s big issue is that girls never win on Big Brother (say what?), mainly because guy’s band together. When Candice says she can’t walk into a room without girls talking about other girls, Elissa immediately pipes up. “Do they talk about other people beside me?” Yes, Elissa, you are not the center of the universe. When everybody leaves the room, she rids herself of some frustration with some yoga poses.

The feeds go off her for a bit, but quickly return. She’s still doing some yoga moves while talking to Candice. She tells her that her game is screwed by being Rachel’s sister, and she should “lay low and not anybody see you crack”. Elissa is convinced that Jeremy’s “fire” isn’t for the money, but to get her out. Candice disagrees.

Helen also returns, but thankfully is done working out. “The game is not over”, says Helen. “So chop chop.” They believe Spencer is working with Jeremy and the rest of the guys, and he needs to go after Jeremy. “Choose a side, dude.” Elissa again (dumbly) asks if they think Jeremy will take himself off the block, and says she’s offended by the arrogance. “I don’t think he’s socially savvy. He’s just a good competitor. Kaitlin’s going up. I’m not happy, because she’s nice. But this game is not about being nice.” GinaMarie’s name is also brought out, and Elissa laughs at her two-faced nature. “Yo yo yo, we gotta get the bitch out”, she likes to say just moments after befriending her.

The conversation with Candice continues on and on about how mean everybody is to her, and Candice mentions that Elissa has remained pretty calm. Elissa says she’s happy to have played in these competitions, even if she hasn’t won anything, but Candice says it’s not over yet. Candice finally leaves, and Elissa mopes around the room a bit cleaning up.

A bit later, Jeremy sees Elissa in the kitchen, and goes down to chat with her. They have a pretty civil conversation about how much fun they had on the competition, and Elissa tells him it proved he’d be great kids. She’s not entirely enthusiastic about talking to him, and who can blame her? A minute or so later, he wanders off to insert himself into one of Andy’s dumb topics.

Others come and go into the kitchen area, but only Amanda hangs around as Elissa bakes. Nothing of substance comes out of their conversation. Elissa has a sly smile on her face as she references some inside joke that she refuses to reveal to Amanda.

Her buddy Helen returns to eat the slop muffins, which, of course, are delicious. Elissa’s response? “If only we were having a cleanliness and baking cook-off. Shit, Jeremy would probably step it up for that.” Andy joins them, and they all agree that slop and the have-not room are getting easier to deal with. He also asks the question we all want the answer - “how did you come about being on the show?” Of course, production steps in and we go right to the fish.

A bit later, Elissa disappears from the cams, and we’re forced to endure Aaryn giving relationship advice to GinaMarie, or Amanda and McCrae’s weird coupling. When the backyard is opened, she returns to do some yoga. She eventually sits next to Amanda, and starts feeling her out as to who she could put up that would save her. McCrae is brought into the conversation, and Elissa’s main point is that Jeremy’s crowd needs to be broken up. The conversation ends before he can answer as Judd sits with them. Elissa heads inside.

Not long afterwards, something stunning happens. Helen advises Elissa to break her deal with Nick. Candice adds that personally she would never break her word. BUT, and this is a big but, she thinks that Nick may have been trying to win veto. There’s the loophole!

Helen goes on, saying there is no way Kaitlin will be evicted over Elissa, mainly because they’re scared of Jeremy. She wants to go feel the mood of the house about Nick. Candice promises to do the same. If this works, maybe grrrrl power will work after all! Candice isn’t so sure of that idea, and reminds them that Amanda is a “guy’s girl” who isn’t comfortable with other women.

Operation Save Elissa goes into effect. Candice heads upstairs to try to put some doubt in the minds of Aaryn and Jeremy about the MVP winner. They’re not buying it, but it does bring out an hour or so of bickering from them.

Elissa floats in and out of the feeds. It’s by far the most social she’s been this season. She has a long chat with Spencer about her family, and how she wants to open a wellness center. She has numerous conversations with Helen, although I’m not sure they do any good as Helen is quickly being discovered as not the brightest bulb in reading people. At various points of the night, Elissa switches between Kaitlin and Nick as her substitute nominee. Surprisingly, Howard also throws out Nick’s name.

There’s one person that actually gives her a bit of hope, although her boyfriend doesn’t agree. Amanda wants to keep Elissa, with the longstanding theory that Elissa will always have a target. You know, the one that saved her last week. Unfortunately for Elissa, McCrae doesn’t agree.

There’s so much wheeling and dealing, and alliance and sub-alliance arguing, that we don’t see much of Elissa for the rest of the night. There’s a few segments where Helen is giving her a pep talk, along with shoutouts to Brendon and Rachel, but the night is all about the louder portioins of the house.

Until the end of the night. Elissa and NIck are in the backyard. Nick tells her that she should be up against a so-called “floater...someone who people won’t care about sending home”. When pressed for names, he throws out Jessie and Candice. Elissa isn’t so sure about the idea, and asks why people would keep Kaitlin. Nick wants a bit more time to think about the situation, and Elissa heads up to bed.

I did it. I followed a Reilly for an entire day on the feeds. To be fair, thanks to the recording of the Big Brother Gossip Show, I was able to scan some flashback for those last few hours. During the day, though, I didn’t take my feeds off her. I’m a dedicated craftsman!

What did you think of this profile? Was I fair to Elissa? Or to the rest of the house? Do you think she will be saved this week? Comment it out!