First Natalie tried to throw James under the bus with Paul and Victor, and then she tried to do the opposite the next day, asking them to keep James in the house this week. But Paul and Victor have absolutely no power over who is evicted this week.
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So....Victor and Paul can worry about it until they're blue in the face, but the power rests solely in NiCorey's hands this week. There is a slight possibility that Corey could flip on Nicole, but let's not get too excited about the prospect of that happening.
Being on the block has Natalie and James at each other's throats for the past few days. Until recently, the whole rollercoaster ride that is "Jatalie" has involved Natalie prancing around putting on a show for the cameras and talking about herself non-stop, with little to no regard to how James is, or how James is feeling about all of this. Or anything else, for that matter.
Unless asking James his opinions about what Natalie should wear is considered asking about James' feelings, of course.
So the stress is getting to both of them, with Natalie now positive that she's the one who will be evicted, and also blaming James for that, and accusing James of knowing more than he pretends to know about the whole thing.
There was A LOT of drama with these two, with James saying he feels like Natalie has been using him this summer, and also putting pressure on her to tell him whether they are "broken up" or not.
James...if you have to ask that question repeatedly, without getting a satisfactory response, then it's pretty clear that you are indeed broken up. Unless you look at it from the perspective that you were never really together...in that case nothing has changed. Needless to say, this "showmance" really highlights the difference between what the casual CBS-only viewers believe, and what the live feeders know from watching the feeds.
After midnight, the BBAD broadcast period ended, and the cast started winding down for the night. Natalie and James were still going over and over and over how she feels, and how James feels about what she feels, and how Natalie feels about that. Then Paul came outside to check the status of his laundry, and was upset that more time was needed before his clothes were ready. They expect the backyard to be locked down early the next morning, so Paul needed to finish his laundry and take it in the house before he could go to sleep.
Paul and Victor planned to play pool while they waited for the laundry to finish.
And then it happened.....someone with a bullhorn started talking on the other side of the backyard wall. James and Natalie immediately got out of the hot tub and all four of them started walking towards the sound, trying to wrap their ears and heads around what was being said.
James: Shush...a microphone....
It's difficult to hear without headphones (which I have) but the "Drive By Shouter" seemed to repeat the same message over and over.
"JAMES AND NICOLE HAVE A PRE-SEASON ALLIANCE."
James had a physical reaction, turning sharply to look at the others in what I'm sure was a "WHAT THE HELL" type of gesture, and then we had FISH. And we had FISH for a long time.
When I watched this,I was thinking that the one person who might be influenced by this is Corey, who was in bed with Nicole at the time. So he didn't hear it. But everyone else did. And I'm sure Victor and Paul are SKETCHED OUT by it, But Natalie apparently took it very personally, and a fresh new argument broke out between her and James about this reported deception.
But I don't care about their "showmance". I am not a "showmance" fan. I would rather everyone focus on playing the game, rather than the unnecessary drama of a ridiculous faux relationship, and how much camera time it's going to get them on the CBS show. (And it did get them a lot of camera time, obviously.)
***LET'S DISCUSS THE DRIVE BY SHOUTER***
The BB soundstage is located on the edge of the CBS Radford lot, with a public road and an apartment complex located nearby. I think the Drive By Shouter was watching the live feeds and waited to do the deed until Paul and Victor came outside, and probably even waited until after BBAD ended, to cause less disruption for the TV viewers.
This is the Drive By Shouter's Twitter account.
BBTooms has a great Twitter account and he posts lots of interesting live feed snippets throughout the day. Apparently CBS took issue with that with Twitter and the BBTooms Twitter account was apparently suspended for a certain period of time last night. That was what set BBTooms off and sent him on his mission to interfere with the game.
If something juicy happens on the live feeds, you can count on Reddit to chat about it immediately. Here are a few interesting snippets from the long thread that was created specifically to go over the shouting incident.
This has happened before, of course.
BB17 - The Drive By Shouter said America wanted Julia out, and that Austin and Vanessa had deals with everybody. You can see my coverage of that event here, and the aftermath here. James was there....he heard the message. And we all know this is not James' first time at the rodeo.
BB16 - The Drive By Shouter said that Frankie was destroying everybody in the DR, particularly Derrick and Cody. I think he also said something about Derrick being "the fun police", a tongue-in-cheek reference to Derrick's real job and his role in the house. You can see my coverage of that here. The linked post is also amusing because we see how agitated Victoria got by Derrick talking to Christine. The nerve of Derrick! And here is another post where I went back and watched the incident, taking pictures of the play-by-play.
Speaking of Christine, she's not happy about the Drive By Shouter, and neither is McCrae Olsen.
I agree that it's not fair, but it is entertaining for the fans. I think it would have been a TRAGEDY if BBTooms had announced to everyone that Derrick was a police sergeant, so I guess I'm a hypocrite about the whole thing. If it hurts the game of players I'm rooting for, I'm against it. So I guess I'm part of the problem, huh?
I have to say that in the past three days, there has been a problem with my blog posts going automatically to Twitter, with a message about how I'm violating the Terms of Service, or something like that. I've read those Terms a few times this week, and I post nothing that would violate the terms of Blogger or the Google advertisers.
But I think this incident solved the mystery for me. I've been retweeting some of BBTooms posts that feature live feed footage that I think my followers would find particularly interesting. I'll bet that's the problem, because if the problem was this actual blog, Blogger gives zero fucks about deleting it from the internet. It's happened to a number of others, so I know they would do that to me if they felt they needed to.
So if I disappear, that's probably what happened. But in the meantime I will not be re-tweeting BBTooms anymore, which is unfortunate. The CBS casuals probably aren't even following BB Twitter accounts, so I don't see why it's such a problem. But rules are rules.
BBTooms has balls of steel, whoever he is. I can't imagine how scary it would be to do a Drive By Shouting, yet he always sounds calm and authoritative during his "broadcasts".
Hours later, Paul joined Nicole and Corey as they listened to James discuss his various relationship woes with Natalie. Apparently Natalie has been threatening to self-evict over this whole situation with James.
Fine, leave. Go ahead.
(But of course Natalie would NEVER do that, as she would miss her chance to perform on the live show.)
I'm pretty sure that Paul doesn't intend to let Nicole get much time alone with James, to prevent them from having a private discussion about what the Drive By Shouter said. Because now he's just riveted hearing about what Natalie said, and what James said about it, and then what Natalie said about what James said. And so on.
Victor brought a bowl of something in there, eating and listening. And watching. I'm sure El Fit Vic is PISSED about all of this.
Later he and Paul tried to talk about it, and we got FISH, of course. Finally there is something juicy for each of the three couples to talk about, but we're not going to be allowed to listen to it.
So we're the ones getting screwed here. As far as the game goes, if Paul doesn't win HoH, and if Paul or Victor don't win the PoV, then Victor is probably getting evicted this week. So that sucks for many of the Victor fans.
On Wednesday morning, it certainly doesn't look like Corey is upset with Nicole and her reported Final Two alliance with James, does it?
Some of the fans have been chattering about Corey pulling a "Drew Daniel" by getting to the Final Three with his girl Nicole, and then evicting her on live TV. I think Nicole is almost asking for that, by telling Corey all about how Jon Pardy evicted Neda at the BBCAN2 final three, resulting in him winning the show.
Corey just sat and listened, with little or no expression. Per usual. And Nicole nervously said that she wouldn't be mad to go out in third place, which was just a stupid thing to say.
And Victor doesn't look worried, but surely he knows he needs to focus on competing his ass off in next week's PoV. I heard Corey tell Nicole that Victor should be targeted before Paul, because although both of those guys are good competitors, Victor can perform under pressure and Paul can't.
I just hate that unless he's evicted this week, James is going to skate right through the next eviction, and maybe even the one after that. Sorry James fans, but I don't think he played the game this season. He started in a good place, but got derailed thinking he'd found "true love".
Dr. Will Kirby was the guest host filling in for Theo Von this week on the Allegedly podcast, with Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms as the guest. I don't watch that show, but Abby is a compelling guest here.
But the REAL scoop is the story that Dr. Will tells from BB7, involving Neil Patrick Harris. It's a good one,and Dr. Will is great on the show. He does push how much he loves the podcast a little too much, but Theo is one of Will's best friends and he wants to help him out.
What are you waiting for? You can listen to the podcast here.
Theo's comedy career is really blowing up now, with a Netflix comedy special and some big stand-up shows. Years ago Theo was a contestant on Last Comic Standing and I remember Will posting messages on Jokers to ask the BB fans to vote for Theo to win the show. I think Theo was a finalist, but if Twitter had existed back then the outcome might have been different for Theo.