He looks a little like Caleb, right?
Anyway, I was hoping that the "Safety Ceremony" would involve us voting to award safety to someone. (JASON) But it turns out that instead of having a nomination ceremony this season, Monte will at times have to announce a few house guests who are safe from nominations. Which is kind of brilliant, since at some point we should see some extreme acting out as the nominees become clear. Maybe not this week, but it will happen, the clutching and the clawing.
Kryssie: They want us to start side eyeing each other and getting paranoid.
Monte has said his target this week is Jason, since he's a veteran. And his group is agreeing with him. Shelby is making some sort of little hat by sewing two coffee filters together with dental floss.
The two sisters, Alex and Morgan, met in the storage room and immediately started talking. They knew they didn't have much time to talk, so they had to hurry.
Alex said that she knows they agreed they would work on opposite sides of the house, they happen to be vibing with the same people, so they are ending up on the same side.
Alex: Cornbread came up out of the blue and said he had a good feeling about Morgan.
Morgan: He did? Out of nowhere?
Alex: Yep. I think he feels a connection due to our spirituality. But it's not like I'm faking or anything with people.
Alex feels bad for Kryssie, but Morgan assures her that "they" know they are going to be targeted. So it sounds like Monte changed his plans to nominate Krissie and Jason, rather than Shelby and Jason. And maybe Shelby has been doing some talking to get herself off the hot seat, too.
Alex: I thought there would be more weird people in here, but it's really only Scott.
Shelby told one of the girls that Krissie and the others are playing the game, even though they're trying not to seem like they are. They know that Jason, Kryssie, Danielle and Justin are trying to put something together. The sisters kind of shrug at this, like it's ridiculous for the other side to even try.
Someone touched the doorknob on the other side and they both jumped, pretending to be busy. But it was just Whitney.
Whitney: I saw you girls come in here. Did I miss anything?
They told her they were just rehashing what Monte's plans are. They all agree they feel good about Shelby. Whitney thinks they should keep kissing up to Monte and not to say anything about having meetings with the other girls.
Yep, that's Whitney. Early this morning Justin said "that's some real Children of the Corn shit".
If you want to use Monte's HoH room, you have to ask him first. And if you use Monte's HoH toilet, prepare to be quizzed when you walk out regarding your use of the Febreeze spray. Monte doesn't seem to understand that once he's not HoH anymore, he won't be HoH anymore.
And here's what else Monte doesn't know...we're playing, too.
***WHAT KIND OF POWER DO WE HAVE***
As best I can tell, viewers will vote for the following on the CBS All Access website:
1. A third nomination each week. This week, several BB communities are endorsing the Nomination of Cornbread. Cornbread is not all we've buttered him up to be. And to be honest, I find our Cornbread to be a bit bland. I don't each much cornbread anymore, because so often it's made with bacon fat here in Atlanta and I don't eat meat. If I was going to splurge on the buttery goodness of cornbread, I'd look for a Jalapeno-Cheddar version. You know, to get some bang for all of that buck.
This is a good place to get up to speed on the Anti-Cornbread initiative. Note that voting for the nomination is expected to open on Sunday. I'll tweet you when it's time. The third nomination needs to be someone who can lose the vote, and Cornbread has more potential for that than the other names being thrown around online.
2. A vote to evict. Obviously I'm recommending a vote to evict Cornbread. Cornbread is starting to put his foot in his mouth a little here and there. He's getting comfortable, and with a little time, he's likely to hang himself online with some of his opinions.
But we'll discuss that as necessary.
3. Control over who is a Have Not. Maybe this vote will be tomorrow---I'm not sure how that's going to work, but supposedly they'll learn what the Have Not foods are very shortly. Then I guess they can dread finding about if America screwed them with the Have Not status.
Although the Haunted Have Not room looks fun this year. The right people can have fun in there, And theoretically with Justin the Chef in there, he can whip up some good slop food.
Although I heard Monte and Cornbread complaining about how sick they feel after eating Justin's cooking. I know Cajun food uses a lot of butter, so maybe it was very rich. But I heard Cornbread say that he thinks Justin is dirty.
4. The Damn Care Packages. I heard this rumor on RHAP, so I hope they're not screwing us again like when they repeated the rumor about the new house. I could live without this crap, but I guess it depends on who gets it, and what the care packages contain. I always wanted them to win stuff that gets thrown in everyone else's face, like someone getting to order delivery from a different restaurant every night for a week. And not being allowed to share, or have leftovers. Something evil like that, but fun for us to see the dishes.
I like this groovy shirt. Justin told the others that he used to have his own TV show about fishing, because he was a professional fisherman. He seems pretty relaxed about other people cooking along side of him while making dinner. Cornbread was talking about making fries with Hidden Valley Ranch powder and Justin told him to go on and take over making them because they sounded good.
***DAILY WRAP UP SHOW***
Everyone is still figuring this situation out, even Production. Every day in the "video" section of the website on weekdays, there is a short summary of the action in the past 24 hours. It's fast, and uses the official announcer, so the quality feels plush.
But instead of "PREVIOUSLY, ON BIG BROTHER", he's giving us some bullet point headlines, with occasional scenes of DR footage. It feels well done, and the content is loose enough so that the first show was about 6 minutes, and the next was about 9 minutes. I find the presence of these weekday recaps comforting, because if you aren't able to do much else, or if you miss a few days, you can always catch the big stories on the daily recap.
They may be a few hours behind, but thumb's up on the recaps.
I'm guessing the weekly shows will be archived in the Video section after airing live. So far the clips of Julie telling them about twists have already been pre-taped, but the house guests act like they're having a conversation with Julie, live on screen.
I'm thinking Julie taped every single Twist Announcement weeks ago. And it would be funny if when they air her "conversations" with the house guests, they plug in names to pre-recorded questions. Kind of like the "BLANK, come to the Diary Room", and "BLANK, Stop That!"
Here's "28 year old" Neeley. Yep.
Kryssie and Jason are gonna need her votes this week. But just a few minutes ago Cornbread told Monte he can't decide whether Shelby or Kryssie needs to go on the block next to Jason. And when Monte suggested putting up Justin, Cornbread said he "wanted to save Justin for later".
(WE'RE COMING FOR YOU, CORNBREAD.)
It looks like Kryssie went through the McDonald's drive-thru for her breakfast sandwich, doesn't it? I don't know where this sandwich came from. I'm guessing Justin made it in the kitchen, but maybe it was stuffed in the side pockets of Kryssie's luggage.
Jason just got up for the day, around 1:00 pm, after a nice hot shower. He agrees he looks like Pee Wee Herman, but only if Pee Wee "was a gay whore".
Jason is suspicious of Cornbread. He knows Cornbread has been studying the order of who gave the Crab necklace to whom.
Jason: His brain ain't as crusty as his feet.
Danielle is already preparing herself for what she will say if she's one of the nominees. Jason admits he farted on Scott in the middle of the night. Justin was cracking himself up with reports of Cornbread in the kitchen with some "Zaterain type shit", simmering the rice for three hours.
Justin, barely able to speak: It'll be disintegrated by then!
***HOW IS PRODUCTION SAVING MONEY ON THIS PROJECT***
It just occurred to me that some of the thinking has been so out-of-the-box that it might be an entirely new team with a specialty in online-only productions. I think we'd all be interested to learn more about that, if someone can share some info about it.
But it's clear this season is much, much cheaper to produce than the CBS-aired version. Here's just a few examples, off the top of my head.
1. The top prize is $250,000, instead of $500,000. That's nearly half off. (A little CPA humor.)
2. Are there other cash prizes? A 2nd place prize? AFP? Probably not...just a guess.
3. No Jury House. Each evictee gets put on a plane and home they go. See ya later.
4. No Stipend for Jurors. The typical non-veteran juror gets $1,000 per week in sequester, up from $750 in earlier seasons. But these house guests will have none of that.
5. They may not even get paid to show up for the Finale. IF there is a Finale, there is. I know the Survivors get paid to show up at their Finale and Reunion, because they've already been released after filming and need incentive to return for the show. I'm assuming that BB jurors are the same, although probably at a lower rate.
6. Drastically-reduced competition budget. For example, instead of a lengthy two-day rigging project by the local Teamsters, the house guests got one bottle of what looked like blue Jones Soda, eleven Crab T-shirts, and one Crab necklace. Don't get me wrong, I liked the concept, but it was cheap. In fact, I'll bet we could adapt some of the competitions this summer to parties at game night.
7. No TV production. I know that sounds like a big DUH, but for their recap they can really do whatever they want, whenever they want. No filming crew, no big TV time slot pressure to worry about. They've already changed the schedule around a few times. Who cares. What are we going to do about it? We're blazing a trail here. Just a few editors and a extra little coin for the Announcer Guy.
8. Julie Chen probably taped her BBOTT pieces after the BB18 finale, while the crew scraped wads of gum off the seats in the audience area. I'm just kidding about that.