Sixty-five-ninety-five? Who are they kidding? I know that CBS just farms out the sales of these tschotkes to a marketing company, but c'mon....
While the PoV was in play (for HOURS) I watched Big Jeff's interview with Julia, and at the end he used a pair of tongs to give her a little Zingbot figure, that may have been a keychain. When she pressed it, it said "Zing". I thought it was cute, so I went on the CBS website to have a look at it. But it's not even listed for sale yet. They did have some sort of "Zingbot standee", but no little Zingbot figurine.
That is a marketing no-no..you don't advertise something, or mail out a coupon, until the freaking product is on the shelf. And as for Jeff's tongs, he hides the evicted house guest's present inside a little outdoor grill, and picks it up with tongs, for a wild and wacky gift presentation, a real "get 'em while they're hot" moment.
OK. About the game. I took this picture this morning, mainly because I really like the floor in the HoH room. It really is like being up on the sky. Vanessa had a few crackers with cottage cheese, and then went back to bed.
Fast forward a few hours, then a lot of hours. The live feeds went down for the PoV comp around noon, and were down for about five long hours. When they return, we know that Austin didn't win.
How do I know? Because he isn't strutting around the house wearing it, like he did last week.
And Liz seems stressed, saying that Steve is only out for himself in this game, and they've seen that over and over.
And we know Steve didn't win it, from the looks of things. He was scurrying around the kitchen, saying he burnt something, and then that he wouldn't be eating something else, and seemed like he might be short circuiting a little bit.
Liz, whispering: Between you and me, I would love to work with Johnny Mac, but I just don't think I could trust him.
It sounds like the PoV involved a puzzle, with some running around, too.
Johnny Mac won the PoV. So either Liz or Austin will be nominated in Johnny Mac's place, up against Steve for eviction. Johnny and the remaining AusTwin will cast the votes, and Vanessa will cast the tie break vote, if necessary. So she had a big decision to make, with everything on the line.
Vanessa can't play for the crucial HoH next week, so she needs to make a choice that will give her the best odds of winning next week's PoV. Vanessa has to win that PoV to stay in the game, in my opinion.
Liz: Obviously I'll tell Vanessa how much I trust her.
Austin: We don't know..it could be me that she's putting up.
Austin explained in detail to Liz why HoH would be nice to win next week, but winning PoV would be even better. Liz had difficulty understanding that the PoV holder was the only person voting to evict, and the power that move would have in the game.
Meanwhile Steve sits down for his solitary sandwich, which was probably an HLT---ham, lettuce and tomato. He had a few bites and then read the back of the Whey Protein jar.
He ended up throwing away the remainder of the sandwich in favor of a glass of orange juice.
Vanessa is in a bad mood, and told Steve she needed some space, to avoid saying something that might get her a penalty nomination. (What could that be? I know Vanessa knows the BB Rule Book back and forth.)
She went downstairs to get a bag of Skittles,and M&M's and went to work on the HoH suite coffee table.
Meanwhile, Liz and Austin went to the kitchen, and had a minor disagreement about what they would eat. Liz wanted to make an HLT like Steve, but Austin wanted to prepare a real dinner. Steve tried to make conversation, but the air was thick with tension.
Steve: When do we get to watch the TV show? (they are watching some show, apparently)
Steve: Would the proper thing to do right now be to just shut up? I just want to be a good friend to everyone.
Austin: People need to decompress right now, Steve.
Steve: OK. So I'll just shut up.
But there was an extreme ant situation in the kitchen, as the ants attack food as soon as it comes out of the fridge, within minutes of being plated. Steve tried to jump in the conversation to share his tale of losing a slice of bread earlier to the ants, but Austin overtalks him and he stops and starts, struggling to be heard.
Steve: At least it was confirmed yesterday that the ants are all over the lot.
(Aha...so not just on the BB set...there is an infestation all over the studio grounds...)
Johnny is in the DR, probably the only house guest happy at the moment. All of the others sit silently in their misery, dealing with their new reality. Austin ate his leftovers rather angrily, but happy to salvage what he could from the aggressive ant attack.
(The ants made a run for his bowl of leftover vegetables as soon as he set it down on the counter.)
After Steve left the room, Austin and Liz sat at the counter.
Liz: Are you going to work out tonight? (probably planning when she can talk to Vanessa alone about her renominations)
Austin: I dunno. Maybe, if they open up the backyard. (probably wondering if Vanessa will work out with him so he can talk to her alone about her renominations)
Meanwhile Vanessa lays out a Wonka-sized playing field with her colorful candies. Is she leaving the nasty grape Skittles in the bag? Because I don't see many of those, and my Skittles bag always seems to be infested with those, rather than the more tasty flavors.
(Basically I prefer any other Skittle than the grape ones.)
She places candies, and ponders, and then pulls more from the bag and puts them on the playing field. Or "in the theater", as a general might say.
Skittles would like to invite you to strategize with the rainbow. You can taste it later, too., if you survive your mission.
Apparently the ants don't have directions to the HoH Suite. I guess they don't need to travel up that treacherous spiral staircase with all of that food scattered about in the kitchen area. Just like us, why should the ants have to work harder than they need to?
Vanessa's work area is neat and orderly. I'm guessing the columns on her left are the current jurors, with their expected votes at the Finale. And the columns on the right are the current house guests in the game, and who they might vote for in the end, once they are evicted.
(Psst...I'm smart, too!)
If Vanessa knows what she's doing, she's sure not telling us.
It's got to be Austin, right? Isn't Austin the one who needs to go on the block? And then she must decide whether to evict Steve or Austin, which won't be an easy choice.
Vanessa's HoH reigns never seem to work out smoothly...there is always some sort of snafu with the PoV. If only Vanessa brought her American Express card with her, she could have secured the PoV for herself.