Sometimes I type a word and then just sit and think about how weird the word is. Like "betray". That word is popping out to me, and now I'm not sure I even know what it means anymore. But I'll leave it up there in the title, and put it on my list to ponder about later.
After the PoV ceremony, the house felt like a quiet storm was brewing. The house guests either suddenly felt like they didn't know what was going on, after all, or they felt like they needed to act like they didn't know what was going on.
The first feeling is more brutal than the second, but the second feeling is a lot harder to pull off, particularly without a lot of practice and professional training.
I guess the exception is Vanessa. She didn't have to pretend about anything. She just took meeting after meeting in the HoH room, explaining her choices this week as best she could. People went in there often angry and confused, but they seemed calmer when they left, in most cases. Vanessa is great at talking, and presenting a series of facts that create doubt without actually naming names.
Jackie was pissed yesterday after Jason was put on the block. She was mad that Vanessa didn't include her in things, and she immediately suspected that Clay and Shelli were involved. Later in the afternoon, both Clay and Shelli were in the HoH room and Jackie came up for a chat. Jackie brought up again that she thought both Clay and Shelli were aware of the plan to keep Austin.
Clay: We support Vanessa.
(In front of her you do.)
It was a pleasant enough conversation, but at one point Jackie said she hoped she could talk to Vanessa later.
Shelli: Would you like us to leave now so you can talk?
Jackie: That would be great.
Tension crackled in the air as Clay and Shelli got up to leave the room. For the first time in this game, I think they are worried. I will say that Shelli needs to work on her Poker Face. Because she doesn't really have one right now.
Shelli and Clay retreated to the Have Not room, which is their home this week. Austin and Liz came in the room, and the four of them were having a little conversation about the day's events. Liz was being very hateful about Jason, because Austin has told everyone how he approached Jason to talk about his feelings "one-on-one like a man" and how Jason told lies and betrayed him.
(No, no, no. That is not what happened.)
Suddenly Austin had a realization---you could just see it on his face. I'm sure they all heard and saw the cameras in the Have Not room spinning and pointing, to capture the action, and Austin thought, here we are....Clelli and Liztin.....two showmances having a meeting and stepped over and started assertively massaging Liz's neck.
It was obvious Liz was not in the mood.
Liz, shrugging him off: Stop....stop.
Austin forgot that they are supposed to be having a big conversation about the game, leaned over and tried to get in Liz's face.
Austin: What.....are you mad?
Liz ignored him, not even looking over to acknowledge him, continuing the conversation.
(ha ha ha...I do predict more of this in the weeks to come....see #2 on my list of things to look forward to.)
Shelli is really eating her feelings this week with that Slopcorn. It's actually a delightful variety of flavored popcorns, from a variety of upscale brands. Like Skinny Girl, etc. The whole house is enjoying the Slopcorn....not just the three Have Nots.
In fact, Production may have trouble using footage from many of their conversations on the CBS episodes due to all of the pervasive crunching noises.
And let me say something about Production's audio crew....they really need to clean house in that department and hire some new sound professionals. Why? Oh, for just a few reasons:
* The debacle on that live show where we, the CBS viewers, could not hear the sound in the house as everyone rushed round to learn about the BB takeover. (Remember that discarded concept?)
* Julie Chen not being able to hear, either. (Julie: I don't have production in my ear.)
* The house guests later said they couldn't hear, either, so they just heard a tired guy's voice tell them to "go into the living room and get ready for a takeover".
* All of the G.D. subtitles on the CBS show....this is not a foreign film.....why can't we hear what the hell they are saying? Aren't there microphones EVERYWHERE, including those that are STRAPPED TO THEIR BODIES?
* The Whackstreet Boys debacle on last week's live show....Julie asked them to do their last performance, but there was NO MUSIC over the loudspeakers for the trio to dance to. They kept waiting for the beat to start, but it never did. Julie Chen had to scold them, saying "let's see your moves!" As a professional dancer, Jackie later said that was her worst nightmare....having a show start with no music.
So, isn't that enough? Allison Grodner needs to make some heads roll around there. I'm still angry about the sound going out during BB14 when Willie Hantz called the "Coaches Revolt" meeting to order. We had to listen to the damn BB theme music blare for 8 minutes while the "newbies" all screamed at each other.
Meg's sadness is a fog that just won't lift. She feels stupid, she says, that everyone seemed to know about Jason going on the block except her.
Meg: I feel like a fool.
Shelli: You should talk to Vanessa...
(Uh...not a great idea Shelli...because without directly saying it, Vanessa is able to convey the fact that both Shelli and Clay were behind that idea. So even though it is technically Vanessa's fault, Clay and Shelli are coming off as the villains here, for lying about it.)
The house guests must hate us after hearing that the live feeders "voted" to give them a fucking hula hoop.
But James and Steve are so bored that they tried to work it out. James rolled the fucking hula hoop across the backyard while Steve tried to dive through it while it was in motion. He came pretty close, too.
Liz conducted a scintillating discussion about how she's trying to build her stamina back home regarding being able to sit in a sauna. She went from one minute to about 30 minutes.
Austin: That's a lot of time, actually.
Proving of course, that men pretend to be interested in female conversations in order to get laid.
Clay: Do you think we did enough damage control?
Shelli: Yeah...for now.
(Why are the two of you cuddled up like that though? Don't you know that you are BOTH IN BIG TROUBLE?)
Because the rest of the cast was sitting just feet away from this romantic display.
Jackie was sitting right there, stretching out next to Jason in preparation for a workout.
Jackie: I need to get out there and kick ass, so I can kick ass!
Jason: You need to win this week...you know that don't you? Because he is after you now.
(Austin. But probably Clay, too.)
Jackie later told some interesting stories about the men she works with in Vegas.
Jackie: They all say they want a tall, straight-acting gay guy.
Jason: Why? I hate that!
(i.e. He hates that they don't want a gay-acting gay guy like him.)
Jason: What percentage of guys you work with are straight?
Jackie, immediately: Only one. And he's questionable.
They all laughed.
Jason: There are so few that you don't even have a whole percentage...just one guy!
Jackie: Yeah, but he massages all of the other guys...
The cameras immediately changed to another view, where presumably no slander was taking place.
And here is a rare glimpse of Jason's jewels. Those chains and pins that you see him wear on the collars of his shirts are earrings. It's a creative look, actually.
When Jason was upset yesterday, Vanessa told him that "in the real world, she was in a position to help him", and said she planned to do it. Some of the live feeders thought that meant giving him money.
I guess she could do that, but she can also introduce him to some people. Maybe help him get a job that would be meaningful to him. He's got style, and he's funny. I could see him turning Vegas upside down, couldn't you?
Vanessa might even have access to Nicki Manaj, Jason's idol. Jackie might be able to help him meet Nicki, too. The professional dancer world runs deep....