Wednesday, September 23, 2015

And With That The Live Feeds End. But Did They Begin Yesterday, or a Million Years Ago? #BB17

BB gave them the wake up call today and for once I don't think anybody needed too much prodding to drag their butts out of bed.  Liz went right to the kitchen and started making a huge breakfast for herself.


Liz talked to the live feeders a little, saying Good Morning and that the three of them were so excited to see their families and "get out of this bi-otch".  She offered to cook for everyone but no one wanted to eat a big breakfast.


Vanessa got coffee while Liz's pans started sizzling.  She made some hash browns, bacon and an egg.

Liz commented that at the beginning of the season, she was really worried when she heard there was an eight-person alliance.  She thought she was a goner.

Vanessa:  I know.  I was really worried, too.

Steve:  But that worked out good for us.  Thanks Shelli!

Steve points out that Shelli wasn't in the eight-person alliance because "Da'Vonne didn't want her in it".  They listed the members of that doomed alliance as Audrey, Clay, Da'Vonne, Jeff, Jackie, James, Meg and Jason.

(Kind of funny, huh?  Because most of this happened before the live feeds even came on for the first time.  I don't think I ever really understood why Shelli wanted Day out of the game until just now.)


Vanessa:  It's kind of funny when you think about the huge impact Shelli had on the game in the early weeks, but she just barely made the Jury.  Getting in that showmance did that to her.

Steve:  The showmance?  You think so?

Vanessa:  Yes.  After that both of them were so paranoid, worried about who was out to get them.

(And Shelli and Clay started doing a lot of double dealing, and congratulating themselves on how great their games were, even though they had a HUGE target on their backs.  That was a bad omen for them in the game.)


Liz said she and Austin were never like that and Vanessa agreed.

Liz:  Of course we took longer to get together.

Vanessa:  But you two were never really on a rampage to find out who might be against you.

Steve accepted a piece of bacon from Liz and went back to the Comic Room to look around one last time.


The room still looks like a mess, but I guess Steve was satisfied that he removed everything that he needed to get out of there.


You might know that ever since Steve won the HoH Part #2 competition, he started badgering Vanessa about when the two of them would sit down with Liz to tell her about their Final Two deal, and to let her know that she would not be going to the Final Two.

But Vanessa wasn't very gung ho on that idea, for various reasons, so they never did.  But Steve was just dying to do this, and he knew the live feeds would disappear soon, so he sat down with Liz while she chomped on her breakfast to have a chat.

(Note that Steve has NO INTENTION of taking Vanessa to the Final Two with him....I think he just wants to have some defining moments on the show.  I really think there is no chance Vanessa will get to the end unless she wins the Part #3 comp herself.  But that's just me, and several thousands of other fans who think that.  But Steve also wants Liz's vote if she's on the Jury, and he's sitting next to Vanessa, or perhaps a unicorn.)

Steve:  I just want to let you know that everything I've done in here hasn't been completely...I've been honest with you and there's never been a point when you've had to doubt me because you know where I was.

(What?)

Liz:  **chomp chomp chomp**

Steve:  Do you have anything you want to say to me?

Liz thought for a minute and ended up agreeing with him, saying he warned her before he put her on the block with Austin, and he's been a straight shooter with her.  (So funny that she has NEVER asked him to take her to the Final Two if he wins tonight.  I mean, WOW.)

Liz:  Good luck on that scale tonight.  **chomp chomp chomp**

Steve:  Yes.  I'm nervous about balancing on it.  I think it sways as it moves, and I've been worried about it.


Liz wondered what the house guests did at the end of the live feeds last year.

Steve:  I didn't watch it, but I think they just sat around and said thank you and good bye and all.

Liz:  How do you know, if you didn't watch it?

Steve:  I read it somewhere.

(Did you read it here, Steve?)

After hearing this, Liz decided to get creative, by writing "Bye" out in chocolates.

Liz:  Live feeders this is my gift to you.  I don't know how you watched us all summer but you did.  You know how much we all love chocolate!  Chocolate wars was our favorite thing, but they didn't want to show that on TV....we wanted to talk about it during our "reflections" but they didn't want us to.


As she finished her project we had a quick FISH and I knew that Production told all of them to get in there to wind this up.  Steve tried to move a chocolate but Liz caught him and yelled for him to put it back.


Liz:  This has been a once in a lifetime experience.  Thank you for watching us. We love you!

Steve gave a rambling speech about how much he enjoyed being on the other side of the live feeds.  He wants to be the example for us because he's a nerd with poor social skills and if he went to a casting call and made it on the show, we can too, and he'll see us all next year on the other side of the computer.


Vanessa:  I hope you weren't too bored with us this summer.  I know it looked like we were sleeping a lot, but we played our butts off every single day, and we all worked so hard to play this game.

Steve: Except Jason...

(What the hell?)


Liz makes a little heart with her hands and it feels awkward, with all of them just standing there, not sure if the cameras were still active, or if they were free to leave.


Liz:  And I want to say that even though we're the Final Three and we're competing to win a half million dollars, at the end of the day we still kind of like each other.

Steve, pointing at Liz:  Well, except her.


Steve:  Get your life!  Go find your mama!


Steve:  Oh, and the most important thing....

All Three of Them, in Unison:  Follow @NikolaPoe!

Steve:  Or @NickLaPoe...whatever it is.

(They've been confused about this for some time now.)


Liz urges us to follow her and Vanessa and gives out their Twitter handles, and says to follow Steve "where ever he is".

***hashtag #awkward***

Liz:  I'm really happy with my exclamation point.


Vanessa, moving off camera:  Look at Steve...he's trying to move the chocolates...you know he wants to.

Liz:  STEEV-AH!


From the kitchen, I think Vanessa thinks the cameras may be offline already.

Vanessa:  I got up in the middle of the night and ate a hamburger!

Liz: Yeah.  I saw your plate and fork.

Vanessa:  I just really love your turkey burgers, and I didn't think you were going to eat it.

Liz:  No, thank you for finishing that up.


The camera swings over and they know they're still live.

Liz:  And don't forget to watch the Finale.  It's on tomorrow night at 6:30.

Steve:  That's 6:30 on the West Coast...it's 9:30 on the East Coast...that's late for a BB finale.

(I think they will watch the Finale at 9:30 on the West Coast, too, right?  While all of us on the East Coast are already drunkenly passed out in bed?  Because I don't know about you, but I will start my own Party Process during Survivor, and will need to pace myself...)


We hear BB come on the intercom and tell them to go up to the HoH room for a lockdown.

Liz:  Oh...we need to get the cards...

She starts scrambling around to grab things---not sure what the "cards" are but they are going to use them during the lockdown.  Maybe they can start writing thank you notes up there or something.

Vanessa dutifully trudges up the spiral staircase, saying "I'm sad" in a small voice, and also that she feels confused.  As she opens the HoH door, the live feeds end.

**UPDATE**  I just realized that Liz was grabbing the deck of playing cards to take upstairs.  Duh. I've only been watching them play cards for like, five days straight.  I must be getting stupid.

***AND THAT'S IT***

It always feels so strange when it's over.   Like we've been watching them for years, or maybe just a few days.

I would like to thank the house guests for putting themselves out there like they have this summer.  I know it must be terrifying to do this---you'd never catch me on the other side of the cameras.  (Although I have actually toyed with the idea of applying for Survivor, because I think I could be good at it, but the thought of one of those gross food challenges puts me right off that idea.)

And thank you to the house guests' families for letting them do this. If you are a BB SuperFan, please consider applying for BB18 so you can represent our team next summer.

Be ruthless.  Be dastardly.  Be honest in the DR.  Be brave.

Or as Orwell the Night Owl says:  B BAD.


Shooting the Breeze on the Last Night in the #BB17 House.

I tuned into the live feeds today, the day of the BB17 finale, to see this on one of the cameras.

What the hell?  I guess the camera guys have to have fun, too.  The live feed stream will end later this morning at a pre-ordained time, so I will flash back to last night while everyone is sleeping.


It's amazing how much food is still in the Storage room at this point. Do you think they just leave the packaged goods there until next year?  (The opposite wall has all of the produce displayed...pretty sure they trash all of that, or let the staff take it home.)

I know Becky said the Neosporin in the First Aid Kit was expiring soon...that stuff usually has at least three years to go when you buy it fresh from the CVS.


Steve says he was wrong about them being "debriefed" by Production before the Finale.

(Of course.  We discussed this yesterday.)

Steve asked Vanessa if he should wear these shoes with his khakis for the Finale and Vanessa had to express her answer in several different ways before he accepted the answer 'yes".  As you see Steve has shaved off his scruff, which I think is a good move, personally.  He was starting to look like a mug shot at the post office, actually.


Liz is folding her clothes the traditional way, apparently rejecting Vanessa's advice about rolling up items to be packed.  Liz actually has A LOT of clothes because Julia left her a lot of her things when she was evicted, since "Liz was going to be the one on TV".


Vanessa is considering not wearing a hat for the Finale, which she realizes might be strange since she wore a hat every day this summer.  Liz inspected her hair, which Vanessa touched up yesterday, and says the color looks good.

Vanessa still hasn't decided what to wear yet---she has it narrowed down to two outfits, with two different pairs of shoes, and says her choice will depend on how she feels in the morning.

Vanessa: You know, some days you feel fat and some clothes just feel better.

Liz:  I know-ah.  I'm hoping my blue dress works tomorrow because I've already packed everything else.


Liz thinks it's funny that all three of them entered the BB house on the "second" premiere night.  (I say "second" because I really think it happened on the same day of filming.)

Six of them stood outside on the front steps, and Steve entered the house in the first group of three with John and Becky.  Liz went in the house in the second group of three with Vanessa and Jason.

Liz:  I rode the golf cart with you two girls, and I was like, who are these pretty bitches?

Liz says she saw the girls for the first time when she got on the golf cart with them to ride to the set.

Steve:  Your experience was different than mine.  I sat with those two guys for about 10 minutes before we rode in the golf cart.  I learned their names while we were sitting there, too.

Liz:  What?  You got to talk to them?

Steve:  No.  Their names were on their BB bags.

Liz:  It's so funny that the three nerdiest guys in the house came in together.

Steve takes offense to that and Liz later amends her statement to say that Jason wasn't really a nerd, and they debate about how big of a nerd Jace may or may not have been.


In the picture below Steve is demonstrating the move he made for his intro sequence, starting off bended over and then arching up to push his glasses back in an exaggerated fashion.

Liz:  I think my mom is in a bar drinking right now.  And my dad is just waiting for her..he doesn't drink anymore, and neither does my big sister.  But then they will go out for a nice dinner and talk about all of us the whole time.

Steve:  And they'll tell the waitress.  And she'll pretend to know Big Brother when they tell her.

Vanessa:  Everyone has heard of Big Brother.

Liz:  But she'll be all about getting that tip, so she'll be nice about it.


Both of the girls want Steve to finish packing so they can play games tonight, like Pot Ball and cards. (I think Production has required this, so they are free to do rehearsal stuff all day tomorrow.)

Steve still has clothing items strewn all over the Comic Room and the girls say his mess is really stressing them out.  Liz came in the room and looked under the bed, expecting something to crawl out at her.  She and Vanessa found things in there that they know belong to James and Austin.


Liz:  This is a big mess-ah.

Steve:  I'm so scared about the Finale.  But not really...I just want to see my Mommy.


Liz:  Steve-ah, I hate to say this.  But your wife is not going to be okay with all of this.  She is going to have some work to do with you.  I'll bet your dorm room is a mess-ah, too.  You probably have your stuff draped all over a chair.

Steve: It's a desk.  I use my desk for that.

Liz:  You don't use your desk to study?

Steve:  No.  I do that at Mason.  (i.e. the music building)

(It's probably all "active" studying, right?  For his music major, since he's already past all of his basic studies classes?  Mason probably has all of the equipment and stuff.)


Steve opened the closet sliding door and his clothes were just thrown in a pile on the bottom.

(Liz is right.  What a mess-ah.)


Steve went in the bathroom, announcing he was going to blow his nose.  When he came out, Production had a surprise for him.

BB: STEVE, DID YOU WASH YOUR HANDS?

Steve:  I didn't do anything!  I didn't touch anything!

Liz shouts down the hall, "Ewww Steve".

Steve went over and washed his hands, doing a much better job than Austin did in this same situation.

BB:  YOU'RE THE REASON WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS.

They all laugh about that.


Liz enjoyed a snack, eating tuna salad on potato chips.  It sounded very crunchy.

Liz:  I can't wait to have a nice dinner tomorrow night!

(Not unless it's room service...because Liz will likely be sequestered in a hotel due to her press obligations on Thursday.  When Steve told her this earlier this week Liz announced that "they would need to watch her, or she's taking off".)


Steve kept sitting down in the middle of packing and both girls rode him hard, berating him to get up and keep moving.

Vanessa:  Whose HoH letters are those over there?

Liz:  Steev-ah.

Vanessa:  Well, put them somewhere please.

Steve started talking about how he never thought he would be cast again, for like the 1,345th time.  Every step in the process was assumed to be his last.  He says his parents rented a car for him so he could drive to an open casting call, and he went in there and filmed something for them and got a call a few days later.

He and Vanessa also discussed Frankie Grande.  Vanessa doesn't seem to understand why Frankie was so hated by the fans.

Steve:  I told you about the thread on Survivor Sucks...it was called "Frankie Grande is the Literal Worst" and it was very popular.

Vanessa:  Yeah, you told me.  I'm just not that type of person. I don't hate the players.

Steve:  I am more likely to hate someone if they are going up against someone else I really like.

Vanessa seems to consider this as a new idea, and ruminates on it for a few minutes, looking around the room.

(And probably doing the math for herself...)


Liz:  I think being here at this point is more of a thrill for you guys....

Steve:  Because you're new to Big Brother?

Liz:  No, not that.  But I was only here for half the time in the beginning.  I saw the outside world and I can't imagine being in here for all of the days like you guys.

Steve does the math and figures out that Liz has been there full-time since Day #37, and she has to be proud of the time she spent.

Liz:  Yeah.  We were supposed to switch that last week, but they were like 'Fuck it".


Liz and Steve threw the beach ball around and got pretty aggressive about it.

Steve:  By this time tomorrow, I'll be getting some nice hugs.  We all will.

Liz:  By this time tomorrow, I want to be drunk as shit.  I want a drink so bad, you just have no idea.

Vanessa:  Oh, I have an idea.  And I think I'm ready to just say fuck about beer and wine.  I'm going to want some real drinks.

BB:  JULIA, PLEASE DO NOT OBSTRUCT YOUR MICROPHONE!

Liz:  Oh!  I HATE YOU-AH!

Vanessa:  Did they just say Julia?

Liz:  They do that on purpose, to make me mad-ah.

(The crew LOVES Liz.)


Liz earned the nickname "Grabby Fingers" from Vanessa based on her actions with the card-playing in the last few days.  They love it now and all say it frequently, using some sort of Scottish-type accent and rolling the R's.

They are also joking about "Cashing that ticket" which is something Steve said that Liz made fun of.

What you see here is Liz guffawing after Vanessa makes a joke about "Grabby Fingers rushing to Cash that Ticket after the Finale" (alluding her her having sex with Austin after the Finale).  Steve went overboard with his comments about this.

Vanessa:  Steve.  We talked about you needing to read between the lines.  When you are talking to people and they start nodding, you can assume they get it...

Steve:  And I'll shut up.

Vanessa:  Yes, and I'll be providing more tips.  But watching people nod and then stop talking is really Reading Between the Lines 101.

Steve:  Unlike what you're doing right now...because I'm nodding.


A few conversational topics for the group:

*  They are surprised they didn't have one of the "stay up all night and listen" competitions.  Liz would have liked one like that that features zombies, and thinks she would have been good at it.
*  They also didn't have a "counting objects in the house" competition, and Steve recites the number of things in the room for them, which Liz says is weird.  Steve says Da'Vonne did a lot of counting, and never got to use those skills.
*  Vanessa wanted to have that comp when you have to guess how long an hour was.  She planned to use her heartbeat to count, but Steve says he already prepared for that, by using a song he knows very well.  (i.e. you play it in your head and calculate how many repetitions would take an hour, etc.)
*  Steve says he would like to get drunk with Jace, and the girls gave him crap about that.  Steve thinks they had a good rapport.  (But remember when Jace was bullying Steve hardcore?  That was so hard to watch.)
*  Liz thinks both Jace and Jeff will hit on Julia at the after parties, but Steve says he has dibs on Juju.
*  Liz is horrified when she realizes that they will have to see the Pre-Jurors tomorrow, and Vanessa says to prepare for some awkward hugs.  Liz says Da'Vonne will not be happy with her, and describes the joint good-bye message she filmed with Julia telling Day "see you never".  (Is Liz forgetting what she said in Jason's good bye message about living in a basement?)