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Monday, July 31, 2017

Meandering Thoughts on POV Meeting Results, Dick Size Rivalry, Temptation Competition, and How To Ruin a Big Brother Twist

So much has happened over the last three days, and CBS just doesn’t have the time to show it all on Wednesday’s episode. This week’s Big Brother Gossip Show took over 90 minutes on a four-hour section of Friday night feeds. All of that footage will have to be reduced down to less than twenty minutes of network content.

I bring this all up again today because I noticed something on last night’s nomination ceremony that I believe set the stage for everything that happened Friday night. Paul really believed he was going to flush out Jessica’s power during his nominations of her and Cody, and he clearly did not know how to respond. He was stupefied. He was stunned into silence.

Paul’s ego cannot handle that sort of situation, especially in a segment that’s designed for TV. He cannot be made to look a fool on television, especially as he crafts this Derrick-esque persona on how he’s supposedly orchestrating each and every thing that happens this season.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Paul was going to spend Friday night creating some sort of drama to counter what happened during the nomination ceremony. He didn’t have to wait long, as Cody and Jessica heading up to the HOH room gave him the match to light his flame.

If you watch that scene again (approximately 7:20 BBT on last Friday’s feeds), it’s not nearly as explosive as the retells made it sound. It was a heated discussion, but it wasn’t a verbal brawl. It was only when Paul told Jessica to quiet down that it began to get ugly, and the real ugliness didn’t happen until Paul had his audience.

The two threw a couple of “fuck you’s” back and forth, but ultimately Cody did exactly what Paul said to do. He left the room! It was only when the door was open that Paul started calling Cody an “emotional pussy” and other inanities so that the entire house could hear him.

With a bigger audience, Paul’s exaggerations became worse in every retell, as did his fake tough guy persona. None of these retells reflected what actually happened, but they did the job. The minions believed each and every word, of course, but it also caused a rift between Cody and Jessica. They sort of broke up for a bit, and on numerous occasions Cody has said she shouldn’t use the Hex as he wants to give up his game for her benefit.

Would she do something that stupid? Here’s where Jessica again proves she’s no brain surgeon. Paul came to her yesterday with a deal - sacrifice Cody (i.e. don’t use the Hex) and they’ll keep her safe for two weeks. Oh, and Paul promised that everybody will make Alex their target because they apparently all really love and support Jessica when Cody’s not around.

Why would Jessica believe for a second that Paul, along with his minions, would follow through on these promises? There’s not a chance that would happen, and she should know that.

There are people that believe it would be better for her game if Cody wasn’t in the house. Maybe this would have been true a few weeks ago. Not anymore. He’s her only real ally, and will always be a bigger target than her, as even Elena and Mark now report to Paul whatever they say.

In fact, last night Jessica and Elena had a great conversation on Jessica’s game plan that should have raised some suspicions in Elena’s mind about Paul. "They keep saying that it will make them happy if I don't use it”, Jess said at one point.”Their mistake is thinking I care." What did Elena do? She immediately ran upstairs and reported their chat.

And let’s be clear that the minions will never actually accept Jessica. That’s ludicrous. Think about Survivor for a moment. What is always said to an outside person thinking about joining the majority alliance? That they will be the first person to be chucked aside by their new friends. That’s what will happen to Jessica. In fact, Paul the over-thinker has already floated the idea of getting rid of her this week instead of Cody.

Will we ever get rid of Paul? Will people finally think about actually winning this game, or is jury really their only goal? Kevin did broach the topic with Jason yesterday, but Kevin is all talk and Jason won’t do anything without Alex’s approval. And who does Alex feel honored to be working with? Paul.

That’s why this new “Temptation Competition” scares me a bit, as it could be yet another protection for Paul. I can see it happening now. Jess or Cody (if he survives this week) is the next HOH, so Paul again gathers his minions to orchestrate his survival:

Paul: Ok, Alex, I need you to lick my scrotum.
Alex: It would be an honor, sir.
Paul: Matt, your job is to rim my ass.
Matt; On it, boss!

Sure, the last-place finisher in this comp is now an automatic third nominee, but Paul will just put on his “we have the votes to save you” cap and they’ll do their duty to save their savior.

To be fair, none of this would have happened if Jessica had better handled this Hex. Expecting Paul to actually work with her was a disastrous mistake, especially as she eventually confided the entire gimmick. She should have remained vague. The grins on their faces as Paul nominated them should have ended the conversation. It would have torn him up this entire week.

Previous to that, Jessica was idiotic in not allowing Cody to compete in that first Temptation Competition. All that accomplished was giving them another thing to fight about when things went awry between them this weekend.

All of this rambling leads up to today’s POV meeting. Paul again had all sorts of plans for what he was going to say, and he made demands on what Jason should say before Paul saved him. Cody refused to participate in this silliness. When asked to do the traditional “please keep me off the block” speech, Cody reportedly had nothing to say. Not shockingly, Paul (along with Josh) responded with the usual rants. “You don’t give a speech”, whined Josh. “You don’t participate, and you don’t have a personality? What the fuck are you doing here?” (Paul apparently also wasn't pleased with something Jessica said in her speech, but at this time of writing it's unclear what she said.)

So will Jess use the Hex? It seems so at this point on Monday afternoon, as she and Cody just talked about how next week is “do-or-die”. They have three comps to save their asses. “I do want us to win HoH. If one of us wins that (safety) and one wins the PoV, we are not going anywhere.” Then again, eviction night is still three days away.

BTW, Mike and I did a little research this weekend. Did you know out of all the seasons that have featured returnees, there’s only one where a vet didn’t end up in the top two? Obviously, the all-stars season (7) featured a top two of veterans but look at these stats:

Season 11 - Jordan won. Jesse, the lone vet, was eliminated by a Coup D’etat.
Season 13 - 6 returnees, with one of them, Rachel, winning.
Season 14 - 4 returnees initially in the game as “coaches”, with Dan losing to Ian..
Season 18 - 4 returnees, with Nicole beating Paul.
Season OTT - 1 returnee, Jason, who lost to Morgan.

Can you now understand why so many people don’t like mixing vets and new players? They have a built-in advantage called experience, which is almost always mixed with production tricks to ensure they last at least a month. This year’s domination by Paul was set up by those idiotic friendship bracelets that pretty much put together a team for him coupled with a first-week viewer’s poll where he was the only recognizable name. Under no circumstances would anybody else have won that first Den of Temptation.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Big Brother Gossip #806: I’d Catch A Grenade For Ya

It was supposed to be a quiet week in the Big Brother house. Along with many, many people, I groaned when Paul won HOH. Here we go. It's another week of "Paulsplaining", where he told his minions what they should think about everything in the house. Oh, and outside the house. Paul knows all, you know.

Yet, something exciting happened on Friday night. Cody and Jessica believed they had worked out some sort of understanding with Paul, and it all exploded when he nominated the two of them. All hell broke out. Cody and Jessica had a disagreement in the HOH. He turned it into something much bigger than that when they left his HOH. Josh went off on Mark for the 36,000th time, and after a second gimmick with pots and pans Mark grabbed the pans from his hands.

Two of the three couples in the house broke up, although one of them reunited. Which couples broke up, and which one reunited? You just have to listen to find out. Paul also continued his tough guy persona, and he coudln't be more contradictory over the week.

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At the end of the day...

Hi everyone! I meant to do a little summation of last night's exciting feeds before I went to bed, but in all honesty, I was exhausted. So here we are, in the morning instead. :) This may read a little jumbled because SO MUCH WENT ON!!! But I trust you dear readers to be able to keep up. And if you can't, please, please, please tune into the Big Brother Gossip Show tonight because they will cover every thing in much better and greater detail than I ever could. Plus you get the added bonus of sound clips, which help to put everything into context as well! And consider getting the feeds; they're the real story of every season, not the edited bullshit segments the episodes give us. Nights like last night are the reasons why we love the feeds!! ;)

I came home from work to find all kinds of hell broken loose on the feeds. Apparently the Temptation Competition had already occurred, but that was left waaaay behind because of the drama that took place after nominations. (FYI: Apparently Mark won the Temptation Competition and Jason lost, so Jason is technically the third nominee this week. Not that he'll be going anywhere.)

When I logged onto the feeds, Jessica, Cody and Paul were in the HOH room having words. Jessica and Cody were, of course, upset about the nominations. Jessica was trying to let Paul know that she felt he was stupid for them. Paul was being his typical self, but got a little loud. He also chose to (in my opinion) try and deliberately bait Cody into the fully blown argument that happened. Cody eventually yelled quite a few things at Paul, including the fact that he treats the other houseguests like dogs, that he uses his vet status as a tool to claim he's better at the game and various other things; Paul demanded he leave the HOH room, and then called him a pussy when he did. Paul spent the rest of the evening doing retells over and over in which everything became exaggerated of course, and kept saying Cody behaved like a child and is too emotional. HA!

Which is kind of ironic considering all that was happening in the kitchen. Josh decided to continue his harassment of Mark. He began to bang the pots and pans again, calling him meatball and essentially engaged in some very annoying cat calling. Mark, who had been putting up with it for a while already, finally lost his cool. He approached Josh, ripped the pots and pans away from him (Please note there are FANTASTIC screenshots of this exact moment all over twitter. Go check it out! there are little clips too. Trust me, you'll want to see it!) while Kevin was between them trying to keep them in check. The feeds cut IMMEDIATELY! When they returned one or the other was in the DR. I can't remember and I apologize profusely because I should have been taking notes but I was too busy watching it all unfold! lol

Jessica and Cody, in the meantime, got into it as well, after the HOH scene. Jessica was VERY upset that Cody got in Paul's face so dramatically. She told him she doesn't want to date a hot head that she's going to have to worry about getting into fights all the time. She was both on point but a little over the top too. They eventually parted ways, with Cody removing himself to the Have Not room.

Paul was scurrying around talking to EVERYONE about all the things happening. He spent, along with Alex and a few others, some time encouraging Josh's antics. He thinks Josh is going to get America's Favourite for sure. (Please America, this is my official plea to you to work as hard as you can to ensure he doesn't get it??! PRETTY PLEASE?!) I'm not a big fan of Josh's behaviour; there's no strategy behind it, it's just annoying. I hate that Paul was going around calling Cody a child, yet he not only encourages and congratulates Josh on his behaviour, but also custom orders some of it. I do think there are ways Mark could have handled the situation and Josh that would have deescalated things, but Mark doesn't have 18 years of experience working with children and toddlers like I do. ;)

You could tell that some of the things Cody said to Paul really did get under his skin, especially the dog comment. That one was in all of his retells. Look, Paul is not my favourite this season, I haven't been shy about it, but I will give credit where credit is due. Yes, I do feel he has been given advantages by production, and he's got the added benefit of being in a house full of sheeple who'd rather follow than lead, but there's no denying that Paul does have a strong social game as well. He reminded me a little bit of (just a little bit!!) of Derrick from BB16 last night as he went around having one-one discussions with various people or small groups. He says his piece, plants a couple seeds then moves on. He essentially convinced Elena to break up with Mark. Which she did, in a roundabout way. Look, I ain't sorry to see any showmance die, I hate them. But I boggles my mind that anyone would do so at the behest of someone like Paul; she even used some of his specific wording.

Cody ended up grabbing his things and moving into the Have Not room, which pissed Jessica off even more. They got into another fight when she confronted him. He wouldn't even get out of the bed, lol. Cody has no finesse when it comes to women. She basically told him she wants him to change, and he basically told her that he never would. They ended up the night back in bed and cuddling, but there's definitely still some lovelorn tension there.

Other things to note: Everyone is now on board with Paul's plan to try and convince Jessica to not use her Hex. (Of which she confirmed all details to both Christmas and Elena by the way) Paul wants Cody out in a baaaad way. He's also not 100% in terms of his belief of the details of Jess's hex. If Paul and crew can convince her to not use the hex, honestly, that's excellent game play on their parts, sheer stupidity on hers and I will come to a crossroads where I will either have to give up on the season (except for the podcast) which is not likely, or be dragged kicking and screaming over the line into rooting for Paul. Don't @ me! ;) lol

Josh was told by the DR that he had to tone down his actions. Apparently it's in the rule book that you can't deliberately bait a houseguest into a fight as strategy. Mark made rounds where he apologized to each and every house guest for his actions, including Josh. Who refused to shake his hand when offered and basically told him he would never accept his apology. Whatever man-child. Both Christmas and Elena had private convos with Jess regarding letting Cody go to improve her own game. There was a funny little bitch session between Elena and Jess about Raven. Mark and Cody are ready to throw themselves on the proverbial sword for the sake of their ladies' games.

The housguests were given BB Storm Warnings all night, which we're all assuming is for the POV comp today. (Which also convinced Paul that Jess is lying about her hex. He doesn't think production would go to all this trouble if this would end up being a dud week. LOL) Please note that this competition was played last year. In Paul's original season. That Paul won. Make of that what you will. ;)

And with that, I'm off! You can follow me on twitter at @Shienara33 if you're so inclined. I'm off to enjoy the rest of this gorgeous Saturday, but I'll be checking in from time to time to see the house happenings after such an exciting night. Have a great day! :)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Jessica's Halting Hex Explained.

I keep getting asked how Jessica's power works so I decided to write it out. 140 characters in Twitter just isn't enough.

Jessica has 2 evictions left to use her power.  It can only be used on the live show before the voting takes place.  Julie or Jessica will announce its being used - or perhaps a snake will appear on the TV screen.

At that point the eviction will end. Anyone that is nominated no longer will be.  If it happens this Thursday, which seems very likely, Paul will not be allowed to play in the HoH competition, this has been confirmed via an interview with Producer Allison Grodner that was published today.

Its that simple, don't try to make it too complicated.  There was lots of scenarios that could have happened if Jessica and Cody had played in and won the Temptation Competition, but they didn't play so the odds are nearly 100% that one or both of them will be up for eviction on Thursday so Jessica will have to use it.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Big Brother Season 19, Episode 15 Recap

Photos courtesy of @BBNutters
Is a blindside really a blindside if the opposition knows it’s coming? If so, is it truly a devastating blindside if the evicted person is not in any sort of alliance with said nominating power?

I guess we’ll find out tonight. All week long, people have been salivating at the reaction from Cody and Jessica to the eviction of Ramses over their desired target, Josh. I have my doubts this will happen. First off, Jessica has had a feeling this could happen all week, and it was confirmed by Kevin last night.

Then there’s also the fact that Ramses has no real relationship with the pair. Yes, they’ll feel bad that their pawn ended up leaving the house, along with some anger that the house didn’t do as promised. But it’s just a minor setback, and they’ve never really done anything but roll their eyes to silly Josh’s “meatball” antics. If anything, it could fuel Cody’s fire. It’s definitely not going to throw him off his game.

That’s not to say that I predict he’ll win tonight’s HOH competition, which all indications seem to indicate will actually be shown on tonight’s show for the first time all season. He probably won’t. I just refuse to give Josh any credit for anything other than being a jackass whom everybody laughs behind his back.

Enough about the predictions, let’s get to tonight’s show. Oh wait, there will also be some weirdness involving the curse associated with Jessica’s acceptance of last week’s temptation. What will that be? I have no clue, so that’s the only real question up in the air tonight.

Ok, let’s jump in the time machine and head back to last Monday afternoon after Jessica (stupidly) announced she wouldn’t be using the veto. She says (again) that she isn’t using it so she doesn’t ruffle any feathers, and she hope it “doesn’t come around to bite me in the butt”. She’s happy as she (thinks) she’s sending him packing.

Paul again tells us that he is so brilliant to ensure that Josh doesn’t go home. He’s also worried that Mark and Elena are back with Cody and Jessica. Meanwhile, Josh is insane as always saying it was a “rookie mistake” to not use the veto. Shut up with your “meatball blindside” idiocy.

In the bedroom, Paul tells Josh he gave a brilliant speech, and reminds him that he can’t act happy. He puts on his mopey glasses and blanket and pretends to be sad in front of Elena. She hugs him, and he says in the diary room he deserves an Emmy.

Kevin then asks Jason if saving Josh is still the plan. He says he really doesn’t give a shit if it riles up Cody and Jessica. “Ramses, I like you. See you for Thanksgiving.”

Ugh, now we get a Josh goes nuts in the apple room scene. Feed watchers have had to endure this insanity all weekend long. It’s even worse with sound effects.

Outside, Jessica asks Mark if he’s still on board with their plans. He says he is, and Paul wanders outside as they talk. “It’s nice to see you boys reunited.” Paul then goes on to bitch about how much time Mark and Elena spend with them. He’s not going to let them know about the Josh plan.

Later that night, Mark and Cody talk in the kitchen. They believe that this eviction will allow them to regroup with some people, but Mark also notes how he hasn’t talked to almost anybody else in the house since Cody returned. Cody, though, reminds us that he doesn’t trust Mark at all since he blindsided him two weeks before.

Now Paul is playing pool with Mark, who say she wishes they could fast forward to Thursday. Paul then questions his friendships with everybody since Cody returned, and adds that he was given a clean slate since he returned. Stupidly, he adds how people have been pissing him off in the past few days, and that he also says that he doesn’t like a certain pair that have been playing neutrally. Oh wait, a “certain pair”, says Paul? Who could that be? Yeah, Raven and Matt will hear about this shortly .

That’s exactly what we see next as that waste of a pair come into the bedroom as Paul is folding laundry. Paul pretty much has to spell it out as those two don’t quite seem to have the brains to figure it out. “That just sealed the deal for me”, says a pissed off Raven. She promises to put them up if her or Matt win HOH. Oh yeah, you’re so tough.

Cody is now shown asking Ramses if he’s been talking to people about the votes. Ramses claims that he feels pretty good about things, and Cody says he’ll never be able to trust anybody if Josh somehow survives. He has a dream that Josh will leave to a “flurry of boos” and his body “will be filled with joy”. He also believes it will be a unanimous vote. Oh boy.

After commercials, we see Kevin asking Jessica how things are going, and she says it’s the “best week”. He then asks her if she also won the temptation, and she claims it’s “better than Paul’s”. She claims that her and Cody “can’t go anywhere”. “Damn, America loves you”, says Kevin. He does promise to not tell anybody else, and Jessica says she trusts him.

Kevin is then shown in the bathroom, and he’s been wondering if he should alert Jessica to the votes. When she comes into the bathroom, he tells her (multiple times) to go into the toilet. He then spills the beans about the vote flip. “Be cool. Don’t freak. Don’t say I said anything.” She’s pissed and wishes she had trusted her gut to use the POV.

Jessica heads upstairs to tell Cody, and she’s pissed. She also has figured out that it’s probably Paul behind this idea, and the only votes she trusts are his and Elena’s. Her plan is now bother everybody all night. “I’m going to interrupt every conversation that goes on downstairs.” (That doesn’t happen, though, although we see snippets of conversations of the rest of the house lying to both of them.)

It’s eviction time, and Julie pretends that it’s “up in the air” who is going home. It’s not. Ramses gets the first final statement, and he talks about how he’s had so much fun and he doesn’t want it to end. He reminds them of the upcoming jury and how he an help some people. Josh then stands and thanks God and his family. Yeah, he babbles about how he loves everybody “but two meatballs” and how he has people’s backs. “Julie, it’s been real.”

Voting begins with Cody, who votes to evict Josh. Jason then votes to evict Ramses, as does Alex. Mark votes to evict Josh, as does Elena. Kevin then votes against Ramses, as does Matt, Raven, Christmas, and Paul.

After commercials, Julie announces that the vote is 7-3, and “’re safe”. Ramses is indeed evicted, and Cody shakes his head in disgust. As we wait for the interview, Josh thanks everybody but there’s not the big explosion everybody predicted. Just like I told you!!!!

Julie’s interview is inept as always, but it doesn’t help that the person she’s interviewing has no real answers. She chides him for not working for votes, and for not really having a strategy. See ya later, Ramses. You’re a good kid, but you really didn’t do anything this season. (He also gets goodbye messages from Jess, Josh, Paul, and a sweet one from Kevin.)

For the first time this year, the HOH is actually played during the CBS broadcast, and it’s also the first question-oriented “booth” competition. Julie informs us that the memory wall was full of tattoo-covered drawings of the previously-evicted houseguests that they got to study. We’re then shown what they got to look at, and again we have to hear Raven’s voice.
The competition is called “Inked and Evicted”, and Julie is going to ask true/false questions based on those photos. The first question is about Myrtle Beach being on Jilian’s arm, and Elena is the only one that gets it wrong. Next is a question about the battle back on Cameron’s arm, and this time Mark, Alex, Cody, Kevin, and Josh are now out. Ugh. This week already sucks. The third question is about whether Dom and Jilian have the word money tattooed on them, and they all get this one correct. The fourth question is about flowers and flower prints on Jilian, and they are all again correct. Question five is about the woman on Cameron’s back and whether she has a purple headband. This time Christmas and Jason are out.

We’re left with Matt, Raven, and Paul. Gross. Gross. Gross. Question six is whether Battle Back is on Jilian’s cover. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Paul gets it right, and is the new HOH.

The show’s not over, though, as Julie has to reveal the final curse of the season. You know, the one that came about due to Jessica accepting last week’s Hex. Doesn’t that seem like months ago? Julie gathers them all into the living room, and congratulates Paul. Josh is asked how he feels about remaining in the game, and he babbles about loyalty. Jessica is asked the same question, and she says that she’s happy to have the final temptation that will keep her and Cody safe for a few weeks. “I’m not the only liar in the house.” Julie has no response, and says goodbye to the house.

She then informs us that the consequence is called the “temptation competition”. For the next three weeks, the house guests will be tempted to participate in this challenge. They’ll get to choose if they’ll compete, and if they win they are safe from nomination. The houseguest who comes in last automatically becomes the third nominee. Interesting.

So what did you think about this episode? Or the latest attempt to include yet another competition in the game? Chat, you meatballs!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Big Brother Season 19, Episode 14 Recap

Tonight promises to be a pretty pedestrian episode. The only real action will be this week’s POV, but otherwise I suspect there will be plenty of filler. Expect some more silliness from Josh, along with more attempts by Paul to emulate Derrick and lovey-dovey scenes involving not only Cody and Jessica but the other two supposed couples.

As one may expect, tonight starts with everybody walking away from the nominations of Josh and Ramses. Jessica explains in the diary room that she’s going after “floaters” because her and Cody need to rebuild the alliances they had previously ruined. She definitely wants Josh out, though, as he has specifically mentioned going after them. Ramses feels worried, but thinks it should be fine as he’s nominated next to a bigger target, Josh.

Josh heads into a bathroom to start bawling. He’s hurt by what Jess said about not deserving to be there, and feels that Jess got caught between him and Cody. He’s not going home this week, though. Christmas wheels up to the bathroom door and consoles him. Cue the sad piano music. Wait, Josh is getting a sympathetic edit? Josh??? He says he’s winning the veto, and then he’s going to raise hell.

Jessica is then shown asking Elena if Josh will be going home. She cluelessly says he is, and then Paul enters. “I’m not going to be surprised this week, right, as far as votes go?” He tells her to wait to ask these questions until after POV. In the diary room, she laughs at how Paul likes to give unsolicited advice.

Cody and her then go upstairs to make out, and the pseudo-porn music comes on. Cody says that he loved her speech as it was to the point and stabbed into Josh’s heart. There’s then a quick shot of Josh crying some more as they talk more about this. She also informs him what Paul just said about waiting to ask questions about votes. “Ok, Paul”, says Cody.

Downstairs, Paul is asking others what they think, and says they need to “throw a wrench in their plan” by sending Ramses home. Alex says that Jessica’s nominations were “dumb options, and now your nominations will bite you in the ass”. Paul goes on and on about keeping Josh, and Jason (as always) quickly agrees.

Paul then heads into the bedroom to tell a sad Josh the good news. “We still have the just really need to calm down.” He also promises to pull him down if he wins the POV. Now crybaby Josh is back to cocky Josh!

Time for some filler, as Christmas talks about her time in Nascar to Jason and Cody. I don’t give a shit about this stuff.

We move on to time for the POV draw. Jessica pulls House Guest choice and (not shockingly) chooses Cody. Josh then pulls out Jason’s name, while Ramses gets Christmas. Of course, we don’t know at this time whether she’ll be able to play.

Jess is then shown apologizing to Ramses for putting him up as a pawn. He says he’s fine as long as Josh goes home. Meanwhile, Josh has a big plan for what Jason should do. Basically, he wants Jason to throw it to him so he can run his mouth and “make those meatballs go crazy.”

More filler, as Jason talks about his son. Let’s move on.

Now it is POV time. Kevin is the host, and he’s dressed as a bunch of grapes. The game is the yearly explosion competition, and this time it’s called “BB Juicy Blast”. Basically, if they don’t follow the instructions, they get blown up. Josh promises to win so he can serve “meatball smoothies” to Jess and Cody. Oh lord. (They’re so short of footage this week that it’s taking forever just to get through the first round.) Christmas, who was able to compete this time, is blown up just as her diary room segment was talking about how she was going to beast this comp.

Jason, Ramses, and Josh are all blown up in the second round, leaving Cody and Jessica. Now I understand why they took so much time with round one, and why this comp only caused the feeds to be down for 90 minutes or so. They go through the final round anyway, and he tells her ahead of time to “save her hair”. “Taking a smoothie bomb to the face is the least I could do for Jess.” Yeah, he threw it to her. Jessica is the official POV winner.

Again, Paul has to give Josh some confidence. He tells him that as long as Jess doesn’t use the veto, he’s safe. He also says that Josh needs to act defeated, especially so he doesn’t ultimately put Paul up as a replacement. “You mean I got to go until Thursday”, Josh asks. Yes.

Josh then goes to Jess and says he wants to be civil with her until Thursday. She says she “absolutely respects” that he wants to enjoy his last days. In the diary room, though, Josh is his usual stupid self. Paul is then shown talking to Matt and Raven about how stupid these nominations are, and that Ramses is just a number on Jess’ side. (Intermixed are clips of Josh acting like a loon in the apple room.)

Ramses then enters the room, and Paul lies well enough about how Ramses is nobody’s target that he again feels safe. Ramses then goes to Jess and asks if she’s going to use the POV, and she says she will only change it if she feels he’s in danger. “I’m honestly not trying to put your game in jeopardy.” Jess then asks Raven, and Cinnabon hair girl is just not a good liar.

Jess then pulls off to the hammock in the backyard, and confesses her paranoia about how that side of the house may be able to use Josh to harass them. So should she use it after all?? “I’ve got this feeling in my gut that something’s off.” He says that he’d rather she not use it, and in the worst case scenario use the Hex next week.

The only question we have going into the POV is which Josh are we going to see. The sad, contrite crybaby that Paul has instructed him to be, or the idiotic babbler who repeats “meatball” over and over? When given the opportunity to say why they should be saved, Ramses just goes over a bunch of pleasantries about best options. A sullen-acting Josh says he knows she’s her target and apologizes for offending or disrespecting anybody. “I respect your decision.”

Jess announces she’s not using the POV, and in the diary room segment to end the show we see the other side of Josh. He whips off his sad blanket and starts yelling once again about the upcoming blindside. Gross. Jessica, though, says she’s just trying to piss off the house, while Paul calls it the “worst move least make a solid move”.

Well, that’s it. I must say it was the first boring episode of the week. What sayeth you fine folks?

Monday, July 24, 2017

At the end of the day...

Hey hey everyone! It feels like forever since the last time I wrote one of these! Life has been keeping me rather busy lately doing my duties as a PANK. :) But I did finally have time to catch up on all things BB19 related yesterday afternoon. I managed to finally watch the Battle Back episode (Oh Cameron, we still hardly know ye!), listen to the Big Brother Gossip Show podcast (have you done so yet? Check it out if you haven't, it's always an informative good time!) and thoroughly enjoy the new opening. Great job on that, as always Scott! :) I also managed to catch the Sunday night episode on Sunday night! haha

I didn't think there would be much to recap for tonight, and there isn't really. Just a few little tidbits here and there...

POV ceremony was held today, and despite Jessica voicing some misgivings about the vote last night on the feeds and running scenarios of using the veto (of which Cody and Elena both talked her out of), at the end of the day Jessica chose NOT to use the veto and so nominations remain the same. Josh and Ramses are nominated, with Jessica, Cody, Mark and Elena believing it will be a unanimous vote to evict Josh. However, the rest of the house (Xmas, that vet, Kevin, Alex, Jason, Matt and Raven) actually intends on voting out Ramses. If house dynamics stay as is, there will be someone at the end of a super fun blindside! ;)  I personally don't really care who goes. There is some all around terrible game play happening from so many of these house guests that it's very disappointing whilst at the same time fun watching these guys fumble about.

There was a loooooong hot tub conversation tonight in which Raven regaled the house guests with her woeful medical tales. Regaled, retold, rehashed, whatever. It was a long story time in which one by one the house guests exited stage left, including boyfriend Matt, until only Cody was left listening. I listened for a while, but just couldn't take anymore and finally switched feeds, only to notice that I actually lasted longer than Matt did, which made me giggle. Internally. ;)

Afterwards, Kevin and Jason played a game of pool in which Kevin subtly questioned Raven's medical condition. He noted that she is in great shape, works out better than anyone there...but "he's not sayin' nuthin'. He just hopes she's ok, she's a good girl." Personally I think this is what Kevin does best...he sneaks in his real thoughts or information he wants to pass along, but in throwaway comments so that they don't really fully register with the other HG's. I think he hopes to plant seeds that he can later harvest to his advantage. Problem is, some of these house guests are so thick headed, subtlety is completely lost on them.

The only other really interesting thing that occurred tonight is that apparently Jessica told Kevin about her power. I didn't actually watch this portion, as I had stepped away from the feeds for a bit, but when I returned twitter was buzzing. She slightly mislead/misinformed him regarding the full extent/details of the power, but she did talk about it. Kevin told her she shouldn't have said anything, lol. This was shortly before the hot tub group conversation in terms of time line for the evening. A better updater would have time stamps for you, but I'm not a better updater and so you're stuck with what you've got. ;)

Shortly after the hot tub conversation though, Kevin and Jason were in the lounge room and Kevin totally hinted to Jason about Jessica's conversation with him. He didn't come right out and say she told him, but passed it off as him being concerned because they (Jessica/Cody) were playing it 'too cool' and what if they have some kind of crazy power. But, "that's just his opinion. He doesn't know nuthin." Jason essentially said he didn't really care at this point about any power, he is just sticking to the plan at this point.

So I think that's that for tonight. What do you think? Should Jessica have used her POV to try and ensure Josh goes home? Do you think telling Kevin about her power will impact Thursday's vote? Are you tired of Raven's stories? Do you think we'll get a true blindside, or will someone give it away? Who are you hoping gets evicted this week?  Let me know in the comments, or find me on twitter @Shienara33 and tweet at me! :)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Big Brother Season 19, Episode 13 Recap

Tonight marks a rare event during the Big Brother season - an episode that will consist entirely of footage that feed watchers have yet to see. The feeds went down Thursday afternoon until late Friday night. During that time not only were the Battle Back competitions held that we saw on Friday’s episode, but a new HOH was crowned and their nominations were announced sometime on Friday night.

Not only did we not see those actual events, we didn’t get to see the fallout. We were unable to see the reaction of the house to the return of Cody. We didn’t get to view the scrambling that always occurs right after a HOH competition, or how the said HOH decided on their nominees.

It’s not that we’re completely clueless as to what happened, though. The conversations that occurred among various house guests after the feeds were turned back on Friday night have given us a pretty good picture. We do know who won HOH, and that Josh may have made a scene during that competition. What exactly he did we will now find out!

The show begins with Cody’s reentry into the house. Jess is a happy girl, obviously, but Paul isn’t. He babbles in his idiotic way how after getting him out once he now needs to do it again. Cody, though, says he’s going to have to play a different way this time around, and he’s going to listen to Jessica.

As people are in the kitchen, Jessica says she’s sorry “but I’ve got some kissing to do”. They make out in the apple room, complete with added CBS sound effects. They sit down, and she says he needs to win this HOH. She says that nobody is happy that he’s back. She reports that Kevin has had her back but that Josh promised to evict her if he wins HOH. There’s even a clip right before the eviction happened where he promised to do such a thing. “Josh, why do you always do this every time”, she replies. “It’s exciting to me” is his excuse.

She also tells Cody that Jason has been good to her. She also lets him know that America gave her the third temptation, and how she can halt the eviction to keep them in the game. He’s pumped at this news as it benefits both of them. “It’s a pleasant surprise that for at least one week in this house I have safety.” She asks him to promise to work together this time around, and he says he’s now going to play her game. She also lets him know how she’s become friendly with various people. She wants Alex, Josh, Christmas,  and Paul to go.

Meanwhile, Paul is being consoled by the rest of his minions. Christmas says it’s scary to have Cody back in the house, and they’re a super threat. Alex warns that they’re going to be more social this time. Paul gets on his high horse about how the social levels in the house were so much better after he left. They want Josh to buddy up to Cody, but he says there’s no way he can do that. “Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Meatball have been through enough already.” Paul reminds him that if Cody gets HOH it’s him and Josh that will be put up. He pretty much tells them to not even talk to the pair. (This is so pathetic to watch everybody taking their marching orders from him.)

It’s HOH time, and it’s a landscape of a city street. It’s called “What’s the Holdup”, and they have to keep traffic stopped. This is done by holding up the red light with a flimsy stick. Each person who is eliminated then gets to pick a remaining person to be punished. Christmas gets to play in this comp, although she does get to rest her injured foot on her scooter, a fact that’s pretty hidden from the cameras most of the time.

Kevin is out after only 17 seconds. Mark starts to make fun of him in the diary room, as does Paul, but they’re both out within one minute. Kevin decides to punish Cody, and that allows trash to be dumped over him. Yeah, this is actually sort of funny. Mark then also chooses Cody. Of course he does. This time it’s a fat guy with road rage yelling at him. Yeah, that won’t affect Cody at all. Guess what? Paul does the same, and it’s now concrete poured on his back. (BTW, the diary room stuff during this is unbearable, especially from Josh and Elena.)

Jason then drops at the two minute mark, and he decides to punish Jessica since the earlier punishments had no effect on him. This time it’s a graffiti guy with spray paint, and she doesn’t flinch. Elena is now finished, and this time Cody gets mustard and ketchup poured on him by a hot dog vendor. Matt is next, and Cody gets more garbage poured on him. Jess says this is “fueling my fire”.

Raven’s out next, and the stupid raging fat dude is out again. Right after bragging how he’s going to beat Cody and Jess, he’s out. “How about that, Josh”, says Cody to him. “How about that?” Obviously, he picks Jessica to get the punishment, but he promises that he’s going to turn it into a punishment for two. The concret guy comes out again as Josh starts calling them meatballs again. Yeah, what a zinger. Cody just rolls his eyes at the moron.

He continues to yell at Cody as the game continues on. Too bad he’s not very original, as it’s just meatball this and meatball that. Everybody else just laughs at him, as Jessica whispers “just focus”.

Jessica tells Christmas that she wants to squash everything, and if she drops she’s not their target. Christmas says thank you, but even after Cody says he agrees she won’t make a deal. Meanwhile, Paul is whispering instructions for Elena to tell Josh. He yells that he’ll give Christmas a foot massage, pizza, whatever if she doesn’t make a deal.

All of sudden, at the 1 hour 24 mark Cody drops. It’s between Christmas, Ramses, and Jessica. Cody picks the torture to go to Ramses, and it’s again the graffiti artist. Ramses then drops, and it’s between the scooter-addled Christmas and Jessica. Elena screams at the TV before we head to another commercial break.

When we return, Ramses gives Jessica the hot dog punishment. She’s so focused, though, that she says nothing will cause her to drop the disc. Kevin notices how Jessica “has never changed the look on her face”, and as the sun begins to come up Christmas finally drops her stick. Jessica is the new HOH! That comp took 2 hours, 52 minutes!

Everybody heads into the house, and an exhausted Jessica asks if “all of my dreams came true this week?” Paul congratulates her, and again he’s getting the her edit as he has to mastermind everything. In the bedroom, Kevin says that Josh is making a fool of himself. He says that Josh will probably go up twice for his actions. Jessica tells Christmas good job, and says that she will live up to her promise she made during the comp. Cody, meanwhile, promises to “just shut up and listen to Jess”.

Later, Christmas reminds Josh in the bathroom about POV. “One step at a time.” He claims that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Really? Have you had one yet?

For some reason, Josh now thinks he can convince Jessica to put up a bigger target. Really? He heads up to the HOH, but she’s not ready for him. He says he’s going to sit outside and wait, and she whispers “please don’t” as the door shuts. Cody then enters the room, and they want to know why he even wants to talk. Cody says he’s going to send him away, and tells him “she doesn’t have time for you”. Good for them. He does know this means he’s going on the block. You think?

Matt and Raven now visit. Raven doesn’t trust them, but is going to say whatever they want to hear. Jessica says she’s done everything she can to repair relationships since Cody left, and she wants to use these nominations to prove that fact. Jess explains in the diary room that she’s going to do some buttkissing this week, and weak Matt and Raven claim they support her. Mark also grovels to them, along with Elena, and Cody claims he has no grudges for him. Cody tells us, though, that he will never trust him again. Jess also knows that everybody is their friend only because she’s HOH and everybody’s eyes roll when Mark says ‘it’s just like week one”.

After they leave, Cody asks about the two. She says that Mark is acting “bizarre”, and she doesn’t trust anything he says. Cody agrees, saying that Mark will ALWAYS just pick the safest route. That’s exactly what I said on last night’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

Paul then talks to Cody, and claims he only went after Cody because he went after him the first week. Cody says he has nothing to gain by going after Paul this time around. “You keep your word”, Cody lies to Paul. He even claims that they could cause a lot of damage by working together, but Cody says it’s “all show”. Paul also yells in the diary room how he’d never work with Cody.

Before nominations, we have some old footage of Kevin’s weird seran wrap gimmick. Every night before bed, he wraps it around his belly. “A clean wrap at night will keep you tight.” It’s strange. It also doesn’t work.

Ok, let’s get to the nominations. Jess says she doesn’t know what to do, so her and Cody talk about it while she puts on makeup. Cody suggests Josh and Ramses, who is no threat to anybody’s game. She would love to “cut off the head but the safe move it to cut off the ass”. Ha, that’s a good line. She knows they don’t have the numbers to take out somebody like Paul, even though Cody says he didn’t believe a word he told him. He does say he likes to see her make badass moves, and jokes that if it blows up in her face he can say “see how it is?”

No surprise, but the nominees are indeed Josh and Ramses. She tells Ramses to “please don’t take it personal. You’re not my target this week. You’re just a pawn.” She tells Josh she thinks he’s “played a very dirty and disgusting game in this house. In my opinion, you don’t even deserve to be here, and I can’t imagine anyone better to take you out than me.”

And that’s it. There’s a bunch more screaming in the diary room by Josh, and others do some babbling. Nothing is really revealed here. So what do you guys think of tonight’s episode?