Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What a Whack Snack. #BB18

I know my posts are slowing down, but in my defense so is the action in the house.  And my real job is ramping up due to the Consistent Procrastinators who insist on waiting until the LAST MINUTE to even THINK ABOUT filing their extended 2015 business and personal tax returns.

But I'm getting a bunch of new client referrals, so I really can't complain. People need me, apparently.

Paul and Michelle are still on the block, of course, and all signs point to Michelle getting evicted by Nicole  who is expected to break a 2-2 tie.  I think Michelle has a vague feeling that she might be leaving, but James and Natalie appear to have no idea.

I can't recall ever seeing Michelle cook for herself, so I included a picture of her making an "omelet".

Michelle:  James taught me.

Paul:  What the fuck?


Outside Victor and Corey were havng such a hearty laugh that Paul walked outside and wanted in on the joke.  Basically the two of them were talking about what they would do if Natalie won HoH this Thursday.  Note that everyone thinks that this is a Double Eviction week, due to James' insistence about it.

(It isn't.)

The Joke:  The guys imitated Natalie getting ready to make her nominations.

Natalie: Now, what was that I heard about my F.T.'s?

The Guys: What?  F.T.'s?  I thought those things are real!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Tarts and Muffins on a Monday. #BB18

Nicole was up bright and early, getting ready to conduct her first-ever PoV meeting.  I'm not sure why she doesn't get ready in her HoH suite, but maybe she's trying to keep tabs on what is going on with the Common Folk this week.  (Or maybe because Cooooorreeeey is in the Have Not room.)

Just from looking at the picture, I think it's pretty obvious who is more excited about the upcoming PoV meeing.

(Because duh....Michelle is on the block and Nicole put her there, and is not expected to save her today.)


Big Meech is talking again about all of the weight she's gained this summer.  Nicole says she doesn't understand why Michelle keeps saying that, because she looks great to her.  But then Nicole started pointing out spots on her own body, saying this or that area is "chubby".  She thinks she weighs 110 right now, but Michelle thinks that is a drastic overstatement.  Michelle also mentioned the good old days, when she weighed 110 pounds herself.

What do you guys think about Nicole's top?  I think it's rather tarty for a Monday morning PoV ceremony, but what do I know.


There is a poll on Jokers right now that was likely posted by someone who is not fond of Nicole's couture.  There are only 28 votes so far, so I don't think we can draw any conclusions yet, but I'm thinking this black lace garb is the "$170 stripper top" referred to in the poll.

I know Frank wasn't a fan of those "white toddler sandals".


It's a Have Not's Perogative to Change Their Mind. #BB18

If you take your eyes off the live feeds for a few hours, it turns out that you don't miss much, at this point in the game.  Corey and Victor have been Have Nots since Saturday morning.  Both of them were skeeving, big time, about this week's Have Not foods of Seaweed and Squid, and swore that neither of those items would be eaten at all, banishing the entire display to the garbage can.

The slop only diet is working for Victor, I'll just say. But after another full day of being stubborn, Victor finally broke down after watching Michelle and Natalie crunch their way through several packages of the dried seaweed just after midnight on Monday morning.


They have several different varieties of the seaweed, and are enjoying analyzing the pictures and Japanese writing on each one.  Victor started eating some and making different soy-based sauces to dip them in, and decided the seaweed was not so bad.

I actually bought a huge package of the individually-wrapped seaweed packages earlier this year at Costco.  Even though it tastes very salty, the actual salt content is fairly low.  It's crunchy, and kind of melts in your mouth.  I bought it in hopes that I could eat it instead of eating tortilla or pita chips.

But then I discovered this brand of snacks.  They even have a sriracha flavor....so good.

Anyway, Victor started trying the seaweed, and was big enough to admit that it wasn't that bad.  The kitchen was full of crunching noises as they all enjoyed this late night snack. One package has a picture of a caveman and two cavewomen on it.  Natalie passed the package over to Victor and wanted to hear his interpretation of what the package and the caveman was trying to tell us.


Michelle:  I don't get why a caveman would be eating seafood.

Victor, after studying the package:  Well, I think the caveman probably boned the two cavewomen.

I don't know about you, but I still have many unanswered questions about the marketing strategy for this product.  The girls say that every variety they've tasted has been good, but they each have a different taste.  Natalie says that these snacks are a "pageant secret" because they are so low-calorie and can fill you up quickly.  Each package has around 20 calories, so it might even be one of those foods like celery that takes more energy to digest than it provides in calories.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

One Week Only: Unlimited Disgust and Revulsion. #BB18

Nicole is the HoH this week, and yesterday she frickin' put Paul and Michelle on the block for eviction.  Nicole says Michelle is her actual target, and I believe her because she knows Michelle is after her, and is worried about Michelle's ability to win the mental competitions that are so important late in the game.


Nicole and Corey made an alliance with Paul and Victor after she won HoH with the very boring name "Final Four", and Paul agreed to go on the block as Nicole's frickin' pawn.  Paul didn't offer, but he agreed to this arrangement.  There will be four votes to evict this week, so Nicole will break a tie if necessary.

I know Nicole and Corey like the Final Four idea because they feel they have a better chance to align with strong competitors like Victor and Paul.  But you'd be kidding yourself to think that Nicole won't swing back over to James next week if he or Natalie win HoH.  Nicole even made a big point about not wanting to nominate Natalie this week because she feels Natalie did her a solid by keeping her safe last week.

PoV Players:

Nicole -  HoH
Paul: - Nominated for eviction
Michelle - Nominated for eviction
Victor - Random draw
James - Random draw
Corey - picked by Paul
Natalie - relegated to host

They're hoping that the PoV will be the BB Comics challenge, but I also heard Paul murmuring about the Morphomatic to Nicole.  Paul also told Natalie that he picked Corey for the PoV because Corey never wins PoV, and Paul wants to increase his chances to win.

If Victor wins, and uses the PoV to save Paul, will Nicole put James up?  I'm not even sure Victor would use it, though, because he is so excited to be part of the Final Four, and knows Michelle is Nicole's target.  He won't want to break the deal by pushing the James agenda.

But what if Michelle wins?  Now that will be interesting, and will force Nicole to show her hand by nominating Victor or James.  At this point I have no idea who she would choose, and how the voters would vote.

***SLIMY SEAWEED AND STINKY SQUID***

The house guests were locked up in the HoH first thing this morning, and when they were released they immediately started grossing out on the horrible smell wafting up from the dining table.  They were yelling all the way down the stairs, saying "are you kidding me?"


I guess we should have expected this, due to the sea monster HoH comp and all.  It's squid and seaweed, but from the sound of it, it smells like rotten squid.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Quitters Never Win. But Winners Sometimes Whine. #BB18

The live feeds returned within 5 minutes of the end of the CBS episode, and we joined the HoH endurance competition already in progress.  The sea monster set is spectacular, with a moody and dangerous look and feel.  The landscape backdrop is everything.


They keep getting sprayed with those little green doohickeys.  Maybe they are supposed to be mini sea monsters, or maybe not, but they keep squirting each house guest with cold water.


James was very loud during the competition, shouting stuff like "bring it on" and "it ain't a wall challenge until you get wet".  He is positioned way down near the end, on the right, with Nicole right next to him.  The five Jurors are on the left side, right in the path of the scary monster.  The monster makes occasional hungry-sounding groans and growls.


Nicole and James smirk at each other.  Everyone seemed to understand that James was going to win, an understanding he perpetuated by his words and actions.  James feels that his skill set in this type of competition is his claim to fame, frequently mentioning this throughout the summer.


Paul is being very loud as well, and putting on quite a show out there.  Unfortunately, it's the kind of show that leads to FISH, as he keeps singing various songs, or speaking the lyrics.  For example, "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC, and "Feeling This" by Blink 182.  Two solid choices, but the fans have been waiting to see a long endurance competition on the live feeds, so we don't need this.

Paul:  AGAIN!  Hit us AGAIN with the water!


Not even 10 minutes in, and Nicole already looks like a meth head mugshot.  As a former player, and also a fairly emotional person, she should have known that waterproof mascara is a must.

Do they even make non-waterproof mascara anymore?  Are the latest Maybelline or Cover Girl products available in Ubly Michigan?


Nicole was mumbling to James that she didn't want to be one of the first people to jump off, doubting her ability to stay up there.

James was very loud as he told Nicole not to worry, that the "guys with the big muscles will fall first, because they do every year".


Paulie had quite a showing on the CBS episode, didn't he?  I really thought that Jury segment was BRUTAL.  I know those girls all had a reason to be angry with him, and I am the opposite of a Paulie Fan, but it was so damn harsh!  I thought Paulie was going to have a break down or something.

Paulie was standing on The Wall next to Victor, and I think he was genuinely happy to see him.  He certainly hugged Victor hard enough when he came in the house, didn't he?

Paulie:  That jury house....you don't know....those three girls MURKED me for days!  Zee wouldn't even talk to me for three or four days.

Victor laughed, and later said that Paulie told him that Natalie and James used him to target Paulie, and then disposed of him afterwards.

Victor:  Paulie was after them, not me, so I did their dirty work by getting Paulie out then they wanted to get rid of me so both of us were gone.  They used me....I got boned again.


If you see two empty spaces on the The Wall in the picture below, it's because Zakiyah and Da'Vonne held hands and jumped off together.

What a HUGE disappointment.  I knew Zakiyah was worthless in the game, but I thought Da'Vonne wanted to win the money.  Even if she knew that she didn't have a chance to win, jumping off is such a weak, loser move.

The jump happened very suddenly, and the feeds went to FISH briefly so that Production could give them instructions.

Production, perhaps:  GET THE HELL OUT OF THE BACKYARD, QUITTERS.

Victor later said that Da'Vonne made some sort of eye contact with him before jumping, asking him if he "got this".


Standing and holding on with water squirting on you is hard, but what really makes standing on The Wall difficult is when it tilts forward.  And stays there.

Bridgette was obviously in trouble early on, because you could hear her singing a little song about liking mangos, and bananas.  She was struggling.  I was hoping she would have a good chance to get back in the game, due to her size.  This competition favors short people, because of arm placement.

Yes, arm placement.  James said last year there were three different pegs you could hold on to, but this year you had those wooden planks.  They aren't allowed to hook their arms behind the boards, but even if they could, the tall people are always at an extreme disadvantage here.  People always say that this comp should be scaled to each person's height, but then that would be unfair to everyone not built like a Cross Fit poster.


That's one reason I was pulling for Bridgette, because I didn't think Victor could hold on because of his height.


Corey dropped, hitting the water with a big Lurch-sized splash.  This was inevitable, because Corey is 6'5" -- he had virtually no leverage up there due to his size.


You might recall that after his eviction, Frank told Julie Chen that Corey was "like Lurch".  If you don't know, Lurch was a giant dude who was the butler for The Addams Family.  I don't remember him saying anything to anybody except "You rang?" (i.e. the doorbell).

I see a resemblance there.  And Lurch was a man of few words, too.  Just like Corey.


Corey made his way over to the seating area where Natalie and Michelle were perched, waiting to see what was going to happen next.

Paul:  Can we talk about the Friendship Suicide that just happened up here?  What the hell was that?

The jump happened so quickly that no one up there saw it clearly, or understood what happened, except for maybe Victor, who didn't feel obligated to make small talk.


Victor was rather robotic up there, silently weathering the storm and the sea monster.  Paul and James were making non-stop chatter that was annoying to me, and I was just sitting here watching.  I can't imagine how irritated I would be if I was up there trying to hold on.

But I guess that's the point of the chatter, to psych the other competitors out.


Bridgette hung in there, humming and singing sporadically.  One of the girls on the sidelines asked how her ankle is, and Bridgette started to answer but basically indicated that it didn't feel great at the moment.


You could hear Paulie's teeth chattering loudly as the wall leaned forward.  If you look closely you can see Nicole peeping over there, trying to see the status of the remaining Jurors.  I think those shortie shorts that Paulie wears may have been a mistake.

Paul, after the cold water hit him: SHRINKAGE!


Bridgette lost her grip and dropped into the water. Everyone cheered for her and the cameras let us watch her crawl to the edge of the pool and climb over the edge (as opposed to the quitters who jumped).

The girls later said that Bridgette was wearing Converse sneakers, which get really slippery when wet, so it was hard for her to stand while The Wall tilted.  I think the fact that Converse are made of canvas, and not a waterproof material would make those shoes a bad choice, too.


There was an exciting moment when Paulie almost fell. He held himself in this position for a few seconds before straightening himself back up.


Victor later said that Paulie told him that he wanted Bridgette to drop so the two of them could "battle it out".  I think what Paulie was really concerned about is having to walk back in the house after having Bridgette beat him.

When he was still in the game, Paulie said COUNTLESS times that he wanted to leave Jury after the chance for any buyback was over.  Do you think he will do that?  He told Victor that the Jury House was really nice, and that they all had really nice bedrooms, but Da'Vonne had already claimed the Master Bedroom.  After the way those girls treated him, do you think he wants to go back there for another week alone with them?


I'm not a huge fan of the Quad View, because the sound becomes an echo chamber in my headphones, but I was trying to monitor all of the exciting action.

Natalie and Michelle were chattering nonstop about a variety of topics unrelated to the competition. Natalie said it was exciting because they both "got to do lines" as the Co-HoH's.  (i.e. they repeat lines given to them via an ear piece to narrate the action)  Natalie didn't seem too concerned with watching the action, to be honest.  And I didn't hear Corey call out too much encouragement for Nicole, either.


Did you get a load of the way Natalie greeted Victor when he came back in the house last night?  She wrapped her legs around him.  Victor was only gone for about 15 minutes, but that was long enough for Natalie to greet him like he was returning home from Iraq or something.

She put him on the block, and her "boyfriend" was the swing vote in getting rid of him, so I guess she felt that making reparations was in order.


After another steep tilt, Paulie fell with a dense splash, and you can see the celebration on the sidelines.

Victor:  I'M GOING BACK IN THE HOUSE!

Paulie slowly splashed over to the side in his soggy shortie shorts and left the game in defeat.  I kept getting visual images of Paulie crying in the van on the way back to the Jury House, but of course I was running my own endurance competition, trying to stay awake on the East Coast so I could see this all play out.

Paul congratulated Victor for winning the right to return.

Victor:  I'm hurtin' though.

Paul, who is now being rather quiet:  Oh, we're all hurtin', homie.


A few moments later Victor fell, later admitting that he was just waiting for Paulie to drop.  He said that after Paulie nearly fell, he knew it was just a matter of time before Paulie was done for.

Victor:  He kept losing his hand grip and then scrambling to grab on again, so I knew.


So Victor won the battle, but not the war.  Yet.

As Victor strode through the water Corey said "just give him the half million".

Victor:  Do I get a T-shirt or anything for winning this?  Or maybe a notch on my Battle Back belt?


Natalie chattered NON-STOP with Victor on the sidelines, making it about herself, of course.

Natalie:  Victor I cried when you left....I was so sad to see you go...you don't understand...I cried...

For the rest of the evening, whenever Victor heard those girls complaining about crap, he would say "I got evicted tonight...I don't want to hear about it".  Victor was very hungry, and made plans to "house some pepperoni pizzas" as soon as they could go back in the house.

Michelle told him about how Mike Boogie and Frank went inside to shower and eat during the same type of competition in BB14, but she omitted the part about how this resulted in Mike Boogie being evicted, since Ian Terry made a deal with Danielle Murphree up on The Wall after they left.

Victor: I'd go in there and put a pizza in the oven, if they let me.  And maybe take a hot shower, too.

Michelle still has her bottle of HoH Pinot Grigio and told Victor he could drink it.  She planned to bake brownies tonight, too, with her Ghiradelli brownie mix.

Victor:  Oh, please make hash brownies....please.  And I'll be glad to drink half of whatever you have Meech.

As far as the competition goes, after Victor dropped off, the whole competition story was about Paul, and whether he would drop before Nicole and James.


Paul stayed up there for a long, long time, but finally fell. leaving Nicole and James up there alone.

Nicole immediately started begging James to let her win, because she wanted to get a letter from her mom.  And when I say "begging", I really mean "BEGGING".  In a rather ANGRY fashion, with a real edge in her voice.

Nicole:  James I'm the ONLY one who hasn't gotten a letter from home.

James kept saying that he was a Have Not all week, and that was one of his main concerns, along with him and Natalie being safe.


Every time The Wall tilted, Nicole whined that she couldn't do it anymore, but yet she kept doing it.  Finally James asked for an assurance that he and Natalie would be safe, and Nicole said "yes, of course'.

So James fell, handing Nicole a victory.  But later Corey said that he could tell James was in pain, and that his shoulder was hurting him. (James' shoulder is still numb and tingling from his last endurance win earlier this season.)


James should have known better than to just give up like that.  He kept saying that he wanted to win tonight so he could have "4 Wall Wins", but the more interesting story might end up being that James Huling lost BB18 because he gave away a Wall victory to a whiner who screwed him.

POTENTIAL SPOILER:  Nicole might bounce that check she wrote up there, putting James on the block.  She and Corey made a Final Four deal with Paul and Victor in the wee hours of this morning.  I'm not sure I'd bank on that deal, but it sure looks like they're going to do it this week.

Nicole really wants Michelle out, due to her acumen with the mental competitions coming up in the Double Eviction, but I think James is probably going to take a seat up there with Big Meech.

Oh, and I feel like crap today because I ended up eating an entire container of this last night.  But I will feel a whole lot better before James will....


Victor is in This Video. #BB18

It's a younger, thinner Victor with short hair, and a few less tattoos.

He's wearing a red shirt.  Until he strips it off on-camera, that is.

The director knew what was up.

I wish the song was good, but maybe I'm just not into EDM.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Victor's Last Stand: An Uphill Battle. #BB18


It looks like the HoH competition will kick off just as the live show ends here on the East Coast, and right now they're saying that it's going to be an endurance comp.  This looks similar to the "Graduation" HoH comp that was held in BB11, except instead of sitting on the round disks, the house guests will be hanging on those "popsicles".  That big tongue that will be "licking" them is similar to the big diploma that whacked the house guests during BB11.

***UPDATE***  The tweet pictured below was a total ruse!  The HoH comp is "The Wall".

Who does this competition favor?  I think it favors someone strong, with long legs.  James is good at endurance, of course, but his legs and arms might be too short to get enough leverage when his grip is slipping.  I think both James and Paul will be determined enough to go the distance, though, but I'm not sure if Corey has the gumption to stick it out for hours.

If Paulie or Da'Vonne come back in, I think they can both be strong contenders here.  They both want to win and have been getting lots of rest and nutrition in preparation for competing.  But Victor might be at a disadvantage, due to being a Have Not all week.  But the will is there, certainly.


***VICTOR AND PAUL HAVE A PLAN***

If you watch the live feeds, you might have felt confused by some of the action in the past few days. Since Paul won the PoV, he and Victor have gradually realized that Victor is indeed the target, and Corey is not the pawn that he was rumored to be when Michelle put him on the block in Paul's place.

So...Victor and Paul are taking steps to make it appear that there is now a rift between them, so that the house guests think that Victor and Paul will not be working together if Victor stays in the game.  In fact, Victor is now making noise about being so offended by Paul's recent actions that he is going to target him if he stays and wins HoH.

Part of this plan involves Paul getting really chummy with Nicole and Corey, running his mouth about James and Natalie.  Paul is taking a risk by doing this, but it's a measured risk, because he's safe this week and he already knows that Natalie and James wanted to evict him this week.  Paul told Nicole and Corey that Natalie trashes them constantly, but he doesn't want to focus on personal issues.

Corey: Yeah, I like to think strategically.

(Oh really?)



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Victor's Revenge: "I Will Never Clean in This House Again." #BB18

There has been a whole lot of nothing going on in that house this week. They've all been locked inside, and I don't see any real excitement on the horizon until the returnee comes back in the game on this week's live show.

That competition is sure to be a crap shoot. And anyone can come back in if it's a crap shoot.  Of course most of us want Victor to return, making him the first house guest to ever be voted out twice and still return to the game.  But if Paulie ends up coming back in, he is sure to team right back up with Corey and Nicole, targeting James and Natalie.

Or would he do something stupid like target Paul and Michelle, who reportedly HATE each other now?

I'm ready for these stupid showmances to break up.  I'm ready for some deception and revenge to take place.  But until then, we have pranks.  And god knows we all love pranks, don't we?.  In this prank someone put Paul's shoe under the Eiffel Tower, just beyond the loaves of bread.


Everyone said "hot" or "cold" as Paul moved about the house, trying to find it.  He found the shoe, stepping on the inside of the fridge to do so.

Isn't that FUN?  I told ya'll back in June that I think showing the pranks on the CBS episodes is really pandering to the lowest level of viewer intelligence.  But in Production's defense, we're here in late August, and this is all that is really happening in the house this week.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wil Heuser Presents: The Saga Episode 8 #BB18TheSaga

Just like the rest of us, Wil is trying to make the best of some rather skimpy CBS episodes.  In this installment of Wil's weekly Saga, we get to see:

*  Julie Chen worrying about her fashions from inside her dressing room.
*  The ladies in Jury, filling Da'Vonne in on all of the latest Paulie information.
*  Bridgette appears to need a vacation, or perhaps a restful stay in some sort of institution.
*  Paulie is injured badly......twice.

Enjoy!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Head Trips and Road Trips. #BB18

The PoV ceremony just ended and as expected, Paul used his PoV to take himself off the block.  Michelle then had to nominate someone in Paul's place...earlier today it sounded like Nicole would be the nominee, but in the end it was Corey.


Before we move on, I have to point out Corey's sweater.  Doesn't it look suspiciously like Amber's sweater?  The one that Zach Rance kept after she was evicted, and wore for several days straight?

Here is a reminder for you....is Corey wearing a ladies sweater? What the hell?


Vic and Paul were relieved, but tried to keep it in check.  They've both been making the case that Corey needs to go, because if he's still here next week, he could win the next Care Package and that could screw up everyone's game.

But that line of argument indicates that the Care Package would then be guaranteed to go to either Paul or Victor, which isn't reassuring any of the other house guests.  They know these two guys are a major threat to dominate the end game if left together in the game.

(But what they don't know is that if Paulie comes back, he is going right back to Corey and Nicole, and then all of the whiners will say, "damn, we should have kept Victor instead of Corey, because he would target Paulie and Paulie would target him".)



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Will Victor Get Three Chances to Win the Game? #BB18


I was afraid this would happen.  Victor and Paul were put on the block by Natalie and Michelle, respectively, as Co-HoHs.  But then within hours, both girls regretted those nominations, and hatched a plan to have anyone but Nicole and Corey win the PoV, so that one of the guys could come off the block and have Corey nominated in his place, and voted out by James and whoever comes off the block.

Paul won the PoV, and will be saving himself in Monday's PoV ceremony.  You'd think a Victor Fan such as myself would be happy, right?

No, because James is now in Natalie's ear, greasing the skids for him to give Victor the boot.  Don't get me wrong, that's probably the right game move for James, and all of them, but I'm not happy about it.

These pictures were taken when Victor was working out in the wee hours of this morning.


Before you get all excited about Victor winning a competition to come back in the house, it's important to remember the last three "returning juror" competitions.

1.  BB17 - "Spinning Discs".  Johnny Mac won the right to come back in the game, and Vanessa won the overall HoH comp.  But the whole thing lasted about 10 minutes, and most of the jurors didn't seem to give a crap.   We've already seen this comp this season, so this comp will not happen Thursday.

2.  BB16 - The jurors came in the backyard on the live show and played a TOTAL CRAP SHOOT competition that seemed a little like an air hockey game.  Do I need to remind you that JOCOSTA nearly won that comp?  And no one's heart was pounding harder than Allison Grodner's, because NOBODY wanted that to happen.  Nicole actually won that comp.  I heard her talk about Zach playing this comp last week, saying that he was happy with the way he left the game, throwing Froot Loops on his way out of the house.  He didn't even want to come back. The returning juror comp this week might be a crap shoot-type of thing.

Remember when Jocosta grabbed Nicole and kissed her when she won?  I still feel like someone owes me an explanation for this.  And maybe an apology.


3.  BB15 -  This comp was really exciting, because all of the jurors, and also the remaining house guests played the same comp at the same time, which is similar to BB17's returning juror comp.  They all stood on "The Wall" and caught baseballs to win.  Judd won the right to return, and Elissa won the HoH.  The best thing about it was how salty the jurors were...when Jessie fell off and left to go back to the Jury House, she yelled "Fuck You Amanda", and the live feeders WENT WILD.  But what caused the FRENZY all over the internet about this comp was the speculation that Helen Kim was pushed.  (She later denied it, but it's more fun to believe the rumor...)

I think Production will be happy if anyone but Zakiyah comes back in, and I hate to say it, but I don't think they want Bridgette to return, either.  The most drama is going to go down if Da'Vonne, Paulie or Victor comes back.  But it is going to be a competition that anyone can win.

If the worst happens (i.e. Paulie comes back) we need to look forward to the little things, like the studio audience booing, or groaning.  Or even refraining from clapping or cheering would be significant to the remaining house guests, who will probably want to push the D.O.R. button and run screaming through the parking lot.


If Victor is evicted, and then wins the right to return to the house, I am going to want to bitch slap the first person who tells him that they evicted him because they knew he could beat Paulie in a jury buy back.  Nicole is going to say it first, I predict, since she was a previous winner of a jury buy back competition.

To do this move Victor actually rests his feet on the wall, and pulls himself up on the bar, keeping his core perfectly straight, which is the hard part.  I wonder if Victor was impressed that Mr. Pectacular knew that his Instagram name was "El Fit Vic"?


From another angle.  Victor makes it look easy, but this is incredibly hard to do.  I think I pulled my lower back muscles out just watching him.


This is a "row" type-thing, for shoulders and triceps.


And "shrugs", where you hold heavy weights and just shrug your shoulders up and down.

My high school sweetheart was a football player (offensive lineman) and he did bodybuilding in his spare time.  I actually went on a road trip to a bodybuilding competition with him and three other guys who were competing.  They all starve the week before the competition to "cut up" their bodies so the muscles are as visible as possible.  I was eating Doritos in the car and one of them said if I didn't stop crunching chips in front of him he would throw me out of the window.  But then the minute the competition was over we went to Wendy's and the guys ordered 15 double cheeseburgers and ate them all.  That part was fun to watch.  I was allowed to eat Doritos on the drive home, too.  Note that the bodybuilders eat the cheeseburgers plain, with no condiments, and they skip the fries.  I think Victor eats that way, too, to focus on protein and not all of the carbs.


Victor talked to us afterwards.  He said he really likes Michelle and that her sisters and Mom looked cool, too. He wants to visit them in Michigan.

Victor:  I think their names were Alex and Renee....I'm going to check on that, but they look cool.  And we'll go over to Michigan State, maybe party a little bit there, and then head to Canada.

(Alex and Renee are 16 and 19, respectively, and Victor stared at their picture when he saw it.  The whole family is beautiful.  And I've heard Victor say he'd rather go to Tulane college parties than out to bars.)

A few weeks ago I heard Michelle and Nicole talk about getting together to go to a Michigan State football game.  Michelle said her sister could hook them up with tickets (the sister who HATES Nicole per her Twitter postings).  Corey was being invited to this theoretical outing, and Michelle wonders if his bestie Michael Wacha would want to join them, too.  (Reach for the stars, Michelle.)


Victor:  I miss my family so bad.  And it really sucks to be be living in the HoH room two weeks in a row, and then have to use the bathroom downstairs.  It is DISGUSTING.  I am about to have to take a shower in there, but it is SO GROSS.

Victor has been eating slop mixed with salsa, but they have a salsa with black beans and corn.  He said it's not the best, but it's the best way for him to eat the slop.


Victor: And to think that I'm just a few weeks away from getting a $500K paycheck.  I'm almost there.

(Victor has no idea yet that he is the one getting evicted this week.  Neither do Paul or Michelle -- they all think they are going to blindside Corey.)

Victor:  If I win I want to invest some, help my parents get out of debt, and maybe take a vacation.  What about Paris?  Yes, I want to go with my parents, my sister and her man friend, and me and my girly friend.  I'll pay for it all Mom and Dad, so don't worry about that.

(Note that Victor says "girly friends" here, perhaps to signify that he's not locked in to a relationship.  As well he should. because he is going to get a lot of attention very soon, maybe more than he can handle.)


Victor:  I really like Corey, too, when he's alone.  But he's always with Nicole, and that really kills the fucking vibe in here.  I never get to talk to him anymore, because they're always cuddling, and hanging on each other.  I would love to visit him in Dallas and see what's up there.  And I'd like to visit Ubly, too.  There is a population of only 800, and I'd like to see what living in a town like that is all about....everybody knowing everybody....strange.

Victor told us that he used to work at the Sleep Center in Slidell, where he grew up.  He used to sell mattresses and deliver them, too.  And when he was in college he used to deliver the mattresses, too.  The guy who owned it was a good guy named Jeff that Victor used to play soccer with.


Nicole and Corey are finally reunited this week after three weeks of one or the other of them being a Have Not.

Here's what Nicole does...they kiss for a few minutes, then Nicole makes a statement in a normal-level voice that is designed to make us think that they are not kissing and making out.


For example:

Nicole:  I just want to give you a good night hug.

Corey, who didn't get the memo:  Are you going to sleep now?

Nicole, whispering: No.


This morning, Paul and Victor slept in while the rest of the cast gleefully discussed how Victor would be leaving this week.  Natalie has been crying about it, saying that she feels so bad, because Victor is a "great person" and has been really nice to her.

Nicole:  Look, he's the biggest competitor in this house.  He needs to go!  And there's no more chances for him after this Natalie, I promise.

(ha ha ha  Maybe Nicole should wear diapers on this week's live show.)


And Paul is taking a verbal beating out here, too.  Paul was apparently up all night and was acting frantic about everything.  I know Natalie wanted James to talk to him and tell him that she wanted to enjoy her HoH room without him in it all of the time.


Natalie: I feel like Paul always tries to talk to me about non-game things, to really get to my emotions.

(OMG...like Natalie isn't the Queen of Non-Game Accusations.)

James told Natalie that Victor is a game-player, and he will understand her move to evict him.

James:  Victor lies, Natalie. He'd do it to you, but you're doing it to him first.  This is Big Brother.

Yesterday before the PoV I watched James tell Natalie that on their way out of the door, both Paul and Victor would leave the game respecting her decision, and would think she is a good game player.

(This is EXACTLY the right thing to say to influence Natalie.)


Nicole is still upset about Paul "yelling" at her yesterday.  I watched that scene, and I don't think Paul was being any louder to her than he is to anyone else.  He was challenging her on her bullcrap, though, and Nicole doesn't like that.

Corey came in the room all happy to be rid of his Patriot Tard, but Nicole and Paul were too immersed in their disagreement to even acknowledge him.  It was funny, and I'm sure we'll see it on the CBS show.  CBS is not shy about portraying Corey in an accurate light, let's just put it that way.  (Remember Corey's trippy declaration about liking Christmas?)

Corey:  I don't understand why everyone has to yell.

(Because humans have emotions, Corey.)


Hi Nicole.  You should know better than to make a face like this in front of the camera.


Nicole is really kissing James' ass today, and will likely keep it up right until the live vote on Thursday night.  Nicole might be going up on the block instead of Corey, but something crazy would need to happen before she is evicted instead of Victor.

Nicole:  James, it looks like you've lost weight.