In case you’re new to this series of posts, I have been picking out individual players and reporting an entire day of their Big Brother life. My hope is that by the end of the season I have profiled each person of this task.
This week, I waited a little bit longer than usual as I wanted to see how MVP and POV would play out. Until then, it wasn’t clear who was truly in danger. Now that everything has settled and we have Amanda, Candice, and Howard on the block, it was time to make my choice. Candice had already been profiled way back in the first week, so it was between Howard and Amanda.
While there have been some (failed) efforts to actually go after Amanda, it’s pretty clear that she is not heading out the door this Thursday. So today I follow Howard on what is probably the last Tuesday of his Big Brother stint.
The day starts late. Big Brother attempts to wake everybody up at 10 am, but Howard is nowhere to be seen. When we finally see him, he is still in bed, and Candice is joining him after a short term outside. Big Brother yells at the house a couple of times that it’s time to wake up. “I’m not sleeping”, replies Candice in her baby voice. “We’re just relaxing.” Howard never stirs, but Candice does continue to lie there wide awake, seemingly deep in thought.
At 11, they finally get up...and disappear from the cameras. Howard finally does get up to go grab his Bible out of the Have-Not room. He then crawls back in bed and pulls the sheet over his head. It’s short-lived, though, as he is then seen walking through the kitchen (to no response from Elissa and Helen). After a quick bathroom break, he’s back in bed.
I guess he doesn’t need to be up, as Spencer is doing his fighting for him. He starts a war of words with Amanda outside, claiming that he is not going after her but actually wants Candice to go home. Amanda doesn’t believe this, and Spencer actually tells her to “shut up”. Spencer says that Howard is ruining his own game by telling him that he wants Candice saved over him. Of course, we know that Spencer is lying, and has actually been trying to create a coup of sorts that will save both Howard and Candice.
Finally, a few minutes before two, he heads back into the kitchen to make something to eat. Elissa is in there, talking about Pandora. She thinks that Aaryn is currently getting one, and pesters him a bit that he would know if that was true. “You know. You know.” He then heads back into the bedroom, where a resting Spencer whispers to him about the powwow with Amanda. He’s supposed to “adamantly deny” talking to him, and that the “save Candice” plan is still on. Spencer is also worried about whether they’ll be able to actually get Andy and Judd’s votes (the two who they had collaborated with last night).
Howard disappears again. Being that he has been up for a full hour, it must be naptime. Aaryn has brought out the HOH camera, but both him and Spencer skip this silliness. Can’t say I blame him.
Oh wait, there he is on the treadmill. And here comes Candice, who has also been filled in on what went down earlier today. She wants a house meeting, and she wants it now!
The meeting commences with Candice screaming at Spencer about what he had said earlier. “That’s a very Christian approach”, replies Spencer. Candice bellows that he must stop being a liar. “If you want Howie to stay, keep Howie. If you want me, keep me. You better hang on to that wall next week, or you will be going home.” Candice announces that the “Keeping It Real With Candice Show” is now over, and storms off.
But it’s not over yet. Howard is now sitting on the grass, talking about self-evicting. “$500,000 is not going to make me vile and vindictive. I can’t play the two-faced game.” He wants his family to be proud of him. “I can’t even chill and hang out”, he complains. He thanks individual people, and says that he would rather that the two girls stay. He’s done talking game.
Still, it’s not over, as Amanda has questions. “If you want to self-evict, (why) did you say three days ago that Candice was a cancer on your game?” Howard responds, but doesn’t answer the question, so Amanda asks again. This time he denies it. Amanda brings up the secret plan, and Howard says that he just wishes people would vote as they truly want instead of letting a couple of people control the house.
With the meeting finally over, everybody falls back into small groups to talk about what just happened. For a time, Howard is not on cam, but a rolling shot of the backyard shows him back on the bike. Spencer walks by and he whispers that this confrontation “was out of nowhere”, and he had no idea that Candice was going to do that.
Howard and Candice eventually are shown embracing in the kitchen, and they retire to the cockpit room. He gives her a pep talk, saying she needs to become friendly with the rest of hte house. “You enabled yourself as real and honest. I’m proud of you.” He apologizes for losing sight of her as a real friend, and that she can make a real run to win this season. She asks if he really thought she was a cancer on his game. “Don’t lie. It’s going to be seen on TV.” Howard says no, and the pep talk continues for awhile before evolving into chatter about previous relationships. After a half hour, the cameras move to other people.
Another half hour later, a weird little incident happens. The camera follows Andy going into the kitchen, and you can see Howard whispering to Amanda. He abruptly leaves, and she then claims that Howard boasted that “when we get out of here, I’m going to fuck the shit out of you”. She swears to an unbelieving Andy that he said that, and eventually heads into the diary room to complain.
Meanwhile, he has headed back outside, and is sitting with his feet in the whirlpool talking to Candice. His mic is off, though, and you can’t hear what he’s saying above the sounds of the whirlpool. Candice is heard telling a long story about an episode of Oprah.
Eventually, he wanders off to talk to Spencer talking about somebody watching him (Andy?) last night. Spencer wishes that Candice hadn’t gone off earlier, as Spencer was lying about who he wanted out. “The information (about the plan) got back to her, and she went batshit crazy.” Spencer adds that he wishes the house wasn’t full of children so they could rally the troops. Howard babbles something about how he can tell people are guilty when they don’t want to talk to him. They make a promise to play pool later, and he Howard wanders off to work out again.
Helen eventually comes out, and the pair play a (mostly) wordless game of pool.
A bit later, Howard is talking about a female relative, and how great she is. “She’s going to love me!”, Candice yells out of nowhere. Uh, I’d says it’s doubtful you meet her. He hangs out with her as she prepares some tea, primarily talking about how she wants to “get fucked up with complete strangers” back home. “You can come party, too.” She says that he’ll have to sleep on the sofa when he comes to visit, but he says there’s no way he’s not sharing her bed.
For another hour, Howard is off cam. In fact, the majority of the time the four cams were on Spencer, Aaryn, and GinaMarie in the HOH. When he returned on the feeds, he was sitting by the hot tub with Candice, Jessie and Helen. For the most part, they listen to Helen rehash the sins of the already-convicted, and how they never understood how “America” will look at them.
The talk disintegrates into the usual nothingness that revolves around Candice, including her preferences in penis size. Yes, really. Howard is pretty quiet, and after Helen walks in to use the bathroom she asks him what’s wrong. He doesn’t really reply. Instead, he just talks about some Alicia Keys song. Others come out to play some volleyball for awhile. Exciting, right?
For the rest of the night, Howard is almost non-existent. While Aaryn attempts to rally the troops to actually save him (and evict Candice), Howard only occasionally seen on camera. Oh look, he’s eating ice cream. Wait, there he is on the hammock with Candice. Finally, around 3:30 am, we get our last glimpse as he’s again talking scriptures with Candice. He’s not going to campaign. Whatever happens, happens. He’s done.
And so are we. Is he really “done”? Is Aaryn’s work another futile hope of individual thought that will be swept aside by the next morning? Tell us what you think!