Monday, November 28, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash: Let's All Give Thanks That This is Almost Over. #BBOTT


OK I know I am late, but this will likely be the last post for the BBOTT season.  I did not plan to watch BB after September (since a second season was unprecedented), but for the most part I have been interested in this season and have enjoyed keeping up with all of the action, even if I didn't post about it every day.

If you are a longtime BB fan, I don't need to tell you how ugly and nasty the fans have acted in the last few months.  There has only been one season in recent memory where the person I originally picked to win ended up winning.  In most other seasons, I end up shifting my allegiance to whoever was still in the house that I felt like I could still root for.  And in at least one season, I walked away from the finale totally disappointed, with not much to cheer about.  But in every BB season I have found something to talk about on this website, even if I am just focusing on the action in the kitchen.

And I have NEVER posted hateful things about ANY of the house guests.  I have NEVER attacked the house guests, or their family or friends on Twitter.  And I just don't understand the people who do, particularly all of the HATERS on certain websites.

LOOK:  I'm probably older than you are, and I have had a full life, both work and personal.  You are all going to have to deal with disappointments.  You are going to lose out on jobs, and also promotions, and you probably won't feel like it is fair.  You might even hate your boss, and his or her boss, too.  You are going to lose loved ones, and will probably feel the sting of rejection in a hundred different ways .  But it is HOW you deal with these events that defines you a a person.  You can choose to have a POSITIVE impact on other people, or you can be a HATE-SPREADING wretch that other people will want to AVOID.  The choice is up to you, but everyone faces karmic retribution at some point.

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When you see the Jenga game or a deck of playing cards, you know that Production is winding things down, and that most of the action of the game is over.  And that is the case with BBOTT, too. If you haven't been watching, I will try to bring you somewhat up to date.

*  Shelby was evicted last week, leaving the Final Four of Jason, Kryssie, Justin and Morgan.

*  Shelby had been practicing and practicing what she thought would be a SHOCKING eviction speech, that disclosed her law school status.  But as often happens when you memorize speeches, she fumbled her words, but eventually got her message out.  I'm not sure if she got the reaction she hoped for, but it did give everybody something to talk about after she left.  (Kryssie told Morgan later that she heard Shelby's DR leak about taking the LSAT, but didn't discuss it per BB's instructions.)

*  After Shelby left, Morgan came clean about Alex being her sister, and they all enjoyed a lively discussion about that.  Jason wondered if Alex told Scott about it, and Morgan said that Scott had no idea that Alex and Morgan were sisters.  If fact, Morgan told everyone what Scott said to Alex about Morgan being "too basic to win the game", and they all had a good laugh about that.

*  The Final Four played their last HoH competition last Wednesday night.  Julie told the house guests that the big, GAME CHANGING situation was that the HoH would be able to pick one other house guests to take to the Final Three.  The remaining two house guests would battle it out in one final competition to decide who would be evicted in 4th place.

*  Jason didn't just WIN that HoH competition, he ANNIHILATED it.  Each house guest had a large playing board that looked to be at least two stories high.  Their objective was to put all 12 HoH winners in order by rolling a ball into the appropriate spot from their place on the ground.  They could not see the other contestants while the competition played out, but they could hear them huffing and puffing, and could hear balls dropping off the playing board.  For some (stupid) reason, Morgan, Kryssie and Justin all started at the top, which required them to maneuver the ball to the highest spot, around a number of obstacles and potential pitfalls.  But Jason's strategy was to start at the bottom, which seemed obvious to me.  He was able to get the feel for moving the balls around by finishing all of the lower items first.

*  When Jason won, I don't think either Justin or Morgan had even one ball in place, and Kryssie only had three. So it wasn't even close.  It was a decisive win, and the other house guests were SHOCKED that Jason won so quickly.  Kryssie can say that she "almost won" as much as she wants to, but there was no "almost" about it.


After a short time, Jason got access to his HoH room.  He received several new pairs of underwear, and lots of root beer that apparently contained alcohol.  And also a still-warm bucket of chicken wings, which are one of Jason's passions.  He invited everyone to enjoy the wings with him, and Kryssie and Justin both took him up on the offer.  I think Morgan had gone downstairs at this point--not sure if she's a wing girl, anyway.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - The Final Five Face the Facts. #BBOTT

Last night the festivities started at the new time, two hours earlier than it usually does on eviction nights.  This was MUCH appreciated by all of the East Coast live feeders, since the HoH comps have been starting well after midnight for us all season.


Last night Danielle was evicted by a unanimous vote, and left without seeming too salty.  She looked gorgeous, and everyone gathered at the Memory Wall to watch her picture turn to black and white.  It's funny, because after the first eviction, when Cornbread left, only Jason and Scott stood at the wall to watch this BB tradition.  But now everyone does it...it's a rite of passage in the game, sort of like attending a funeral for a comrade.


The HoH comp started around 10:00 PM EST, after a short FISH break to give the house guests instructions.  This was another good comp, although it was rather uneventful to watch much of the time.  Basically, they started with Shelby asking the players seven different questions about gender differences in the game, questions that were difficult to anticipate or prepare for.  Questions like, "who placed more votes to evict this season, males or females?"  Shelby asked each player to lock in their answers, and then we went to the next question without learning that the correct answer, or who answered correctly.

There were some long pauses while Shelby waited to be prompted after each question, dragging out the process somewhat.  But I'm sure Production was checking to be sure they had the footage they need, and noting the recorded answers before continuing.  Once all of the questions were completed, it was time to start the balance portion of the competition.  BB asked them to wipe their shoes off on a special mat each of them had in their booths, so they wouldn't be too slippery.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - Don't Lie to Me While I'm Trying to Lie to You. #BBOTT

Every week, after the PoV Ceremony, the targets for the week are set---Danielle and Jason are on the block for eviction, with Danielle widely assumed (even by Danielle) to be evicted on Wednesday night.  As soon as the PoV Ceremony is over every week, the current HoH's power is over, and the house guests start trying to lay the foundation for the following week.

Just before the PoV Ceremony yesterday, Morgan, for some strange reason, feelt that she needed to confess to Kryssie that Alex is her sister.  The strange reasons include trying to make Kryssie trust her, and also to try and "prove" why she wants Jason out of the game next week.

(UM....I don't think Kryssie needed any proof of that, but whatever.  Let's not get in the way of Morgan's camera time.  She said herself that she didn't want to be considered "a Victoria" in this game, so I think this is her effort to prevent that.)

OK.  Morgan was clearly nervous as she primped in the bathroom mirror. Kryssie was in the shower, and Morgan casually went over and asked if she could speak with her later about "plans for next week".  Kryssie agreed to a meeting, and then Morgan said it was so hard to find time to really talk around there.

(UM.  WHAT?)

Apparently Morgan couldn't wait, so right after Kryssie got dressed out of her shower, Morgan went in for the kill.  She started off talking about how Justin wants to throw HoH to her so she can evict Jason, blah blah blah blah.  Then she said she was really nervous, and that her heart was beating fast.


Morgan stressed several times that she hasn't discussed this topic with ANYBODY yet, but she wanted to build trust with Kryssie, after she lied to her about voting Neeley out.

Morgan:  Alex was...is my sister.

Kryssie just stared at her, still trying to brush the tangles out of her wet hair.  I'm not sure this was the reaction that Morgan expected.  It certainly wasn't the reaction that Shelby gave Alex and Morgan when she learned the news.


Morgan, really chattering now:  And Jason got Alex out, so now you know that I really, really want to get Jason out.

Kryssie just kind of "uh huh'ed" her and the two of them awkwardly continued their morning ablutions.  Morgan started flossing her teeth as she walked around the bathroom, really sawing away at a few of those molars.  Kryssie kept brushing her wet hair, eyeing Morgan warily from across the room.

(What was the point of this again, Morgan?)