Monday, August 10, 2015

The President of the Household Will Soon be a Lame Duck. #BB17

In the early evening hours, all was quiet, except the Twins, who were busy in the kitchen.  You could hear them laughing and performing their Twin Speak all the way down the hall.

In the Have Not room, Meg and James were sleeping, and were joined by Jackie, who says she's bored.

James is snoring the the two girls snicker about it.  He's going to be up all night, they say.

In the kitchen Becky is giving everyone advice about their diets, and everyone is hanging on every word.  Because Becky has the power, you know, right up until she nominates Vanessa on Monday. After that, Becky's status will go right back to everyone else's, except she's the only one who can't play for HoH during the live double eviction.

All I know is that Meg will not be evicted in the 2nd spot this week.  No way.  I think Becky or Steve will get the boot after Vanessa does, but that really depends on who is HoH, now doesn't it?

I actually don't see Shelli  being a target yet, either.  So far she's handling this situation very well.  So kudos to Shelli, who is right back in this thing.

Basically Becky is telling everyone about her healthy eating habits, and how she gave up burgers and that sort of thing, and would never eat them now.  She won't even eat ketchup now, because that reminds her of burgers and it sounds like she had a hard time quitting them.

Austin is enjoying this conversation, or appears to be enjoying it, since he considers himself a risk for nomination this week.  He says cinnamon is a big part of his diet plan, since it tricks you into thinking you are eating something else.

Becky can top that.  She says that cinnamon is particularly good "for women".

Liz, feigning fascination:  Oh!  Really-ah!

They sit down to eat and are very excited about the broccoli dish they made.  They say it tastes so fresh and delicious and love the addition of cashews, which was Austin's idea.  Liz says she would never have thought about adding the cashews, but loves it now.  They are happy that Shelli took the time yesterday to separate the nuts for them.

(So, has anyone ever left cashews on the table or in the bowl?  Isn't that the most decadent and delicious nut?  And one of the most expensive?)

The Twins say it is cold outside, so Becky gives them a short class about humidity, and how it impacts the temperature.  Becky really is an expert about so many things.

The Twins don't like dark chocolate, and prefer milk chocolate.  Austin just can't understand it but Liz says she heard that as you get older, you like dark chocolate more.

Austin:  I think that's more a reflection of expanding your palate, rather than age.

Becky did not comment on this, to correct anyone or to set them straight. I can only assume that she had left the room for a moment.

There is a lot of fish in the storage room---salmon, halibut.  Liz wants to find some new ways to enjoy salmon, and is getting tired of the usual baked recipe.

(Anyone who watched the BB16 live feeds might immediately recall Frankie obsessively making fish salad last year...every damn day. So let's all cringe as we remember Frankie's fish salads, and of course his horrific table manners and his bold badmouthing of Donny Thompson.  In fact, this might be the moment that Frankie lost the America's Favorite Player vote, because those Donny fans were the ones who drove that vote...)

Shelli stabbed at her plate and ate quietly.  Vanessa had just walked through the kitchen asking where Becky was, so maybe she was worried about that.

Austin reports that Ziploc has been added as a sponsor for their "show".

Austin:  Ziploc....the freshness you can see and feel.

Steve had a dream about one of the BB producers sitting in the hot tub, but everyone tells him he can't talk about it.

Becky:  No..don't say it. We will get buzzed for that.

Steve made scrambled eggs (ugh) with basil and mozzerella cheese.  They commented on Steve's recent healthy eating habits, and he says he is "trying to look good for Julia".

Julia is sitting right there, of course, and says she saw him winking at her.  But I think Steve is serious---he has mentioned to Johnny Mac and Vanessa several times this summer that he plans to pursue Julia if they are in Jury together.

(Only with a hankie doused with Cloroform would Steve have a chance with Julia...)

Steve shares that his mother never cooks---she is the one who worked outside the home, and his father was the "housewife", staying home during the day and doing most of the cooking.

Austin and Liz were sitting in the bedroom while she folded her laundry.  Steve came in and made a comment to the effect that he had no idea what Becky will do after the PoV is played.

Austin told him that he is pretty sure that Becky will put Johnny Mac up to make sure "you know who" goes home.  Steve pretended to believe that, although he knows what the truth is.

After he left Liz said that Vanessa is "getting to be too much", and is upset that Austin went to talk to Becky after Vanessa told him to.

Austin reports that he had a nice chat with Becky, and assured her he would vote to keep Johnny safe.

Austin:  She's so paranoid, though, but she's safe.  She'll see that she has nothing to worry about.


Liz:  Well when she asks you to do something else, just say you did it, but don't do it.  She's really getting nutso.  She came in the bathroom to talk to Julia and I couldn't get out of there fast enough.  She thinks you owe her but you don't.

They went outside to play pool and join the other house guests.  Shelli is telling everyone that they should all share the risk by each taking a bite of Audrey's face.

(i.e. her fondant face from the halfway party cake)

Julia has promised not to call Steve "Sneaky Steve" and everyone says that he hates that nickname.

(But they all agree that Steve is sneaky.  Becky went off the other night with Jackie and Meg about how fast Steve did that PoV comp, and how he needs to leave because they won't be able to beat him in some of the upcoming competitions.)

(But people say that about Becky, too.)

Johnny lays as far away as he can get form Shelli on that round outdoor sofa.  Maybe he thinks Clay is at home watching the live feeds.

Shelli says her family has never watched Big Brother before, but she is sure her mom has been watching her on the live feeds, "particularly after last week".

Her family is scattered around the US---with siblings in Denver, Knoxville, Nashville and Atlanta.

They mentioned seeing Cody wearing a Temple T-shirt last year on the show.  Shelli knows that Cody was 22 last summer, so they think he might have gone to college at Temple.  (He did.)

John:  The med school is a few miles away from the regular college, but I never went there once in the four years I was there, so I wouldn't have seen him.  It's kind of in a sketchy area.

Shelli is shocked.

John:  Yeah, you could get stabbed or's not safe.  There was a guy who got stabbed just walking along with his cellphone.  We heard gunshots in class one time.

Shelli is even more shocked.

Vanessa is walking around with her Hugh Hefner look pajamas, and approaches Austin to give him some advice, based on her "read".

I think we were all tensed up and expecting the worst here, but it was advice about his love for Liz.  Vanessa reports that Liz likes guys who are more hard-to-get, and Austin is too needy for Liz's tastes.

Austin:  Yeah...and I've been working on that.

He reports that he hung out with James last night, and Liz came up and asked him why he wasn't hanging around her, so the plan must be working.

While this conversation was taking place, James came in the bathroom and opened the WC door while Jackie was in there.  This created some commotion that quickly died down.  When Jackie came out of the WC she asked them if everything was okay.

Vanessa assured her that it was, and told her she was giving Austin advice on his relationship with Liz.

Vanessa: It's like my mother told me when I was in the third grade.  I liked a boy who didn't like me, so she told me that when you pursue them, they go away.  But if you go the other direction, they follow you.

Austin:  Yeah. I see that.

Vanessa:  Just be yourself, but be aware.  That's all.

In the Have Not room, Jackie listened to Becky announce her plans for the PoV speech she will make before nominating Vanessa.  She plans to go ahead and announce that she knew Jason would be nominated, and cop to that and a few other things she lied about, to take the power of disclosing that away from Vanessa.

Becky:  It's going to be I guess they will have to edit it for TV.

Jackie worries that the Twins will feel betrayed about not knowing, and they strategize about the best time to talk to them about it.  Becky might pull them aside right after the meeting to explain herself.  Neither of them want the Twins coming after them next.

Right in the middle of their conversation, Vanessa came in to get something and it was awkward.  After she left Becky made a face and they both smirked.

Meg and James are in the kitchen whipping up some slop.  They are out of barbeque sauce and think that Production is too slow replacing condiments that they run out of.

Meg says she's not missing eating the normal food as much as she thought she would.

Meg:  The food here is good, but it's not great.  I'm more bothered by the dentist chairs.

James:  I'm more bothered about the cold showers.

Becky conducted another class about the organic ketchup that Meg likes.  She says she would never eat that, because it is so "heavily processed", and that the sugar content wasn't too bad.

But Meg had just expressed excitement over choosing the organic ketchup over the regular kind, because the regular variety was just too sweet for her.  I guess that's the last healthy choice Meg will make and discuss with Becky.

Because Becky just shit all over it.

Becky again discussed what the Twins will know, and when they will know it.  Meg has been worried about that, too.

The Twins baked cookies and Shelli and Austin enjoyed them warm with ice cream.  Liz ate "like, five of them" before she had to step away and stop herself.

From on high, Becky addressed her subjects, announcing her plans for the rest of her evening.

We actually don't get to see the lights in the ceiling very often, so this is indeed a special moment in Becky Burgess' HoH Reign.

Wow.  This is the tastiest looking picture ever.

I have a tip, but I didn't run it by Becky first, so she might not agree.----S'mores are even more delicious if you smear peanut butter on the inside of at least one of the graham crackers.


  1. OMG! Peanut butter +Smores!!!! I never knew!

  2. I made coconut milk caramel the other day and it tasted like burned marshmallow. It was a real hit though! lol I have a lot of allergies and need to eat ''safe'' food for me. I wanted to tell James that brussel sprouts with lime and honey are the best lol And I bet I could beat Becky on every health front, all the way down to the non-fluoride toothpastes I use. So take that Becky, what you say doesn't impress me! hehehe

    I hope Steve win DE HoH.

  3. That photo of Johnny Mac laying down with the chin strap makes him look like Abe Lincoln.


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