Meet Bridgette Dunning, who is 24 and is a travelling nurse living in Ventura California. I already know Big Jeff isn't going to ask this question for us, so I took the liberty of looking it up. I also had to look up how to spell "stethoscope".
Bridgette is very smiley and bubbly..she tells Jeff she's a traveling ER nurse, if clarifies things a little more. She's from Fresno California.
(Fun Fact: The airport call letters are "FAT" - Fresno Air Terminal. I had to fly into FAT once with a male co-worker. I had a new V-neck sweater tied around my waist as I lugged my huge roller bag through the rental car parking lot. My co-worker was walking behind me. Only when we got to our rental Taurus (or whatever) did I find that my sweater was hanging on the ground, and ended up getting chewed up under the roller bag wheels. My co-worker said he noticed this, but "decided" not to tell me until we got to the car. Thanks Dumbass. I'm still bitter about the loss of the new sweater, and also about Fresno.)
OK. Sorry. Back to Bridgette. She admits to Big Jeff that she has a lot of energy, but then tells us what we DON'T want to hear when Jeff asks if she's a fan of da show.
Bridgette: I'm a big fan! The last few seasons have been great. I can't stop watching it. It's very addictive.
(That's because in sequester, you can't watch TV or access your computer or phone. Instead, Production gives you DVDs of BB seasons for you to watch. And we already know that they were given seasons 14, 16, and 17 to watch. I don't know how many seasons Bridget binge-watched, but this girl only got through 1.5 seasons.)
Jeff points to the door which leads to house: That's da house! Right over dere!
Bridgette: Oh my God! SHUT UP! Oh my....WOW.
Jeff: Soak it in! Soak it in!
Bridgette: I didn't know.
(Yeah. We know you didn't know.)
Jeff is clearly enjoying her energy and light, breezy attitude.
Bridgette: Ha ha ha. That's great!
Jeff: This is your new home now.
Bridgette: I'm so excited.
She says she's leaving behind a lot of family and friends....and her cat.
Jeff: Oh no!
Bridgette: He's with family....he's fine.
Jeff tells her she can win HoH so she can get pictures of her cat, whose name is Hercules. Bridgette says she'll miss her family and friends she's leaving behind."....and her boyfriend....and everyone."
She almost forgot about that boyfriend, but Jeff lets her know that's what he wanted to know. God knows Jeff can't ask if she has a boyfriend, or even a girlfriend anymore, because that simple question has become a quagmire in today's world.
Jeff: So you have a boyfriend. And everything is cool there?
Bridgette assures Jeff that it is, but she has no plans for a showmance this year. She can't help that she's charming, though, she says while smiling and giggling, and giving Jeff a laughing elbow while she says it.
Bridget then gave a very thought-provoking statement about how her job might prepare her for the BB house this summer. As a traveling ER nurse, she's used to getting thrown into a situation without a lot of information, and having to pick up where the last person left off. She has to immediately learn the new system and get up to speed.
Jeff, snapping: You have to adjust on da fly. and that's what the BB house is all about.
Bridgette: Yeah. Yeah. I think I'm going to be great at this! (giggles)
On a serious note, this correlates to something I saw on CNN this week, after the horrific mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The nightclub was just a few blocks from ORMC, a major Level 1 trauma center. Police and other Good Samaritans were just loading injured people into the backs of pickup trucks and dropping them off in the ER. On CNN, a doctor explained that usually when someone is being delivered in an ambulance, the paramedic calls ahead to let them know they are on the way, and they also provide pertinent information about the injuries, procedures already performed, etc. But after the mass shooting they were just inundated with ER patients, with no information about their injuries. They had no idea how many more patients were on the way, or the severity of the wounds so they could triage the patients, or even plan their surgical staffing. And they performed DOZENS of surgeries in the hours that followed.
Sorry to be a bummer, but I think this provides some insight into what Bridgette's job might entail at it's worst. If she is trained to handle situations that you can't plan for like that, when someone's life is in jeopardy, I think she can handle a few drunken tantrums in the BB house. I'm sure Bridgette would be a comforting sight if you were strapped into a gurney and needed some human contact and care.
Bridgette admits she's a really bad liar, so she's going to have to work on that, or maybe just play an honest game. Jeff assures her that she can "shoot it straight" and that there is no right or wrong way to play the game.
Jeff: But maybe sometimes you just have to bend the truth a little....
Bridgette: Yeah...withhold the truth a little...that will be a work in progress.
Bridgette has no idea what to expect this summer, she says. She's trying not to think that far ahead, and just play her general strategy as best she can.
Instead of asking Bridgette what that general strategy is, Jeff launches into his Stoopid Kwestions, and this Kwestion is especially Stoopid.
Jeff: How do you feel about the people who are jogging, and keep jogging in place at da stoplight?
Bridgette: That's a good thing, right, because it keeps your body warmed up!
(As a runner, I can tell Big Jeff that one reason why I would do that is because it can be VERY difficult to start running again after you stop, if you're fatigued at that point. Yesterday I stopped to pet a neighbor's dog and get a big sloppy kiss from him while jogging in place.)
Bridgette has worked in Brooklyn, Oakland, and now Ventura, so she thinks she can handle all of the different personality types in the house. Jeff says she seems really nice, and he wonders if she has a dark side.
Bridgette, giggling, of course: Only my closest friends, or mean people have seen that. I really don't like when people are bullies, or pick on others, or are condescending. It makes me angry. (giggle giggle giggle)
Jeff: Are you going to voice your opinion, though?
Bridgette: I usually do, but I try to do it with a smile, to deflect, and that seems to work a lot of the time. (giggle giggle)
The picture below demonstrates a pose that Bridgette does quite a bit, when she's talking about her charm, or the comment about deflecting with a smile. I'll be calling it the "Bridgette Hand".
(As opposed to the "Liz Hands" last year.)
Jeff: Well that face would work on me, let me tell you.
Bridgette: Let's hope! (giggle giggle)
Then Big Jeff asks the Big Question: Would she rather be hated and win, or loved as a loser?
Bridgette: Oh, that's hard. I never thought America would hate me.
Jeff: I don't think they're gonna hate you.
Bridgette: I hope not.
Jeff: But you never know.
Bridgette: That's true. I never thought of that, though. I think I'm gonna win and then people are gonna love me even more because of it.
Jeff: Are the live feeders gonna like you?
Bridgette, giggling: Oh, HELL YEAH.
Jeff is shocked at this suddenly semi-profane response and laughs.
Jeff thinks Bridgette is going to do great this summer, and wishes her luck.
*** FEEDWATCHER FORECAST ***
Bridgette was an easy interview for Jeff, because she was light and fun and had a quick reaction to everything Jeff said. She seems very sweet and pure. She also either didn't want to discuss her boyfriend very much, or maybe he's just not a central part of her life right now.
There's not a lot of info about there about Bridgette on the web, but I did find her LinkedIn profile, and learned she was a waitress at Denny's for a little over a year.
Even though Bridgette is obviously a BB recruit, with little exposure to the show before being cast, I can virtually guarantee that she will not go home in the early weeks of the game. I don't even think her name will come up for eviction for at least four or five weeks. She may find herself a pawn, though, because I doubt they will be afraid of her reaction to being used as a tool in the game that way.
She'll probably just giggle, and says she understands. And we need a few people in the house like that, every year.
It's way too easy to just compare her to Meg Maley based on her bob and laughter, but I think that would be doing Bridgette a disservice. Due to the extremely serious nature of her job, Bridgette has substance, where Meg just had red lipstick and a yen for frequent naps. I'm not saying that Bridgette is going to be a strategical mastermind in there, but I don't expect her to fall into the "I'm one of the Kool KIds" camp and play the game like an emotional Mean Girl.
Bridgette is not only used to talking to people of all ages and backgrounds, she's used to TOUCHING them and caring for them. Surely the house guests will respond to that aura in some way, because you can't hate someone who is full of compassion. I guess you can target them as a threat to get the votes at the end of the game, but that seems like an August Problem, not a pre-jury problem.
But of course, Maggie Asbury was a nurse, and she seemed like she would just love to jab you with a sharp needle, and maybe cackle about it behind your back. And she won BB6, but whatever. I prefer to think that Janelle Pierzina lost BB6, then about Maggie winning.
Let's examine Bridgett's CBS Bio for any notable info.
Well, Bridget is a Johnny Mac girl! Paging Johnny Mac....Bridgette is digging your action.
I love the fact that she wants to leak little bits of information to create doubt and paranoia. And I love her plan for revealing that at the end, to sweep the competition. And her honesty, admitting that she might have hair removal issues this summer.
I really like Bridgette, and I have high hopes for her ability to play hard under the radar. And once again, we have another female contestant who pursued studies in a science-related field. That has to be part of the theme, right?
I don't want to delve into the returnee rumors yet, but there are two people rumored to return who work in the medical field (a nurse, and also someone who sells medical equipment). Not to mention that Michelle Meyer is a budding nutritionist. I expect to eavesdrop on some potentially interesting conversations this summer when they talk about their work.