Monday, July 17, 2017

One Small Step For the House Guests....One Large Leap in the Battle Back. #BB19

If you haven't been paying attention to Big Brother in the last day or so, then you haven't missed much.  Until this morning's PoV ceremony, it doesn't look like much is happening in there.  And even then, we might not see any big excitement until Thursday, with the live eviction of a potential sourpuss, the HoH competition....and the Big Event this week, the Battle Back.

HERE'S THE THING:  I just did some research in the FeedWatcher archives to see what the timing was for Victor's return to the game last year after winning the final Battle Back.  It appears that the final Battle Back competition was held after the live show concluded, but BEFORE that week's HoH competition, giving Victor a chance to win HoH, too.  The live feeds were down until about midnight after the live show, and when they returned, we already had a new HoH (James) and the nominations had already been made.  This is a snippet from a BB18 post that discusses the situation.

And here is the link to that post, but beware, as I read it I went down a BB18 rabbit hole and lost quite a bit of precious time.  And now I'm craving one of Bridgette's delicious homemade cookies.

Anyway, I don't remember all of the details, but I do know this was an endurance competition that involved holding your arm in the air, which actually caused some damage to James' arm.  He reported it being still numb weeks later.  And this was the competition where Da'Vonne came over and started whispering with Nicole, or something like that.  I think we will be able to see the Battle Back champion return to the house before the Friday night episode airs, but I'm not positive about that.


OK, so you already know that Alex is the HoH, and she nominated Jessica and Dominique for eviction.  And I already told you that Dominique was very upset about this, and angry.   After the nominations took place last Saturday, there was a rumor in the house that the eviction would take place early, on Sunday (according to misinformation spread by Your Boy Paul).  So I guess it makes sense that Dominique went on an All Night Rampage to stir up trouble.  She thought she didn't have much time after she failed to win the PoV, even though she had announced that God had assured her that she would win that competition.

I just realized that I used the terms "Dominique" and "makes sense" in the same sentence in that last paragraph.  Oxymorons, aren't we all?

So, Dominique wanted to call a messy house meeting in the middle of the night.  She issued this order to Alex, and Alex dutifully scurried around the house, extending invitations in an apologetic tone.

Um.....why can't Dominique extend her own invitations to her own damn meeting?  That's how it works in business, in real life.  If you have a personal assistant, then they would be the ones communicating your invitation, and also the agenda and other assorted expectations.  But Alex is the damn HoH, and Dominique has exactly ZERO power.  And Alex was exhausted at this point.  If I were her I guess I would have told Dominique she could use the HoH room for a meeting if she'd like, but she would need to round up the participants herself, while I caught a few winks of beauty sleep.  But instead Alex was scrambling around like Dominique was her boss!  I was waiting for Alex to make a Dunkin Donuts run in order to bring the obligatory meeting munchies.

So, yadda yadda yadda, most of the house guests decided to skip this little disaster, but Paul attended, still wearing his faux fur stole that he wore as host of the PoV competition.

Dominique went ON and ON and ON about how there is an INFILTRATOR in the house, spreading lies and rumors, but she refused to provide specifics or name names for what seemed like HOURS.  And Paul was at his most turned-up, defensive self, talking circles around Dominique and giving her a verbal beat-down.

Oh, and Dominique has been saying that a "certain person" in the house is jealous of her relationship with a "certain other person".  But only Dominique thinks that she has a budding showmance with Mark....according to Elena, she doesn't give a shit about Mark talking to Dominique.

These were three of the meeting attendees.  If you've ever worked at a big company, you can always spot these type of participants at the table....the ones who never contribute anything of value, and the one who is probably on drugs, who shouldn't be speaking at all.  But they all somehow manage to eat their share of the donuts.

(Note: Christmas' physician would surely be HORRIFIED if he knew what sort of hours she is keeping just days after having major surgery.)

Alex was super-tired, as you can probably see from the picture.  Her voice was raspy, and her judgement is probably a little impaired by all of this.  She really thinks Paul is her #1 ally, and he might be, but after she uses the last of her HoH power during the PoV ceremony, Paul's need for Alex may plummet, depending on who wins the next HoH competition.  Because Paul's safety is gone after Thursday, barring any new unforeseen twists.

But as an employee with recent accomplishments, Alex will rate a nice office, maybe even with a window view.  I actually had a position for about a year where I had NOTHING to do at the big company I worked for.  Oh, I had a Big Title, and a highly-placed boss, but I did a lot of online shopping, listened to Howard Stern every day, and took long lunches with my work buddies.  There's nothing wrong with that Alex, because good players are sometimes held on the bench until the right opportunity comes along.

After Dominique's meeting was held, Elena and Mark came upstairs to discuss the entire fiasco in excruciating detail.   She is not jealous of Dominique, she says, and even gave her a heads up that she might be nominated this week.   Elena is very smart, and it looks like her name won't come up in a bad way for a long time.

Unless Cody comes back in the game.....he told Big Jeff that he is coming for Mark and Matt, so she might get hit with that collateral damage.  I think Elena will be willing to cut Mark in a heartbeat, though, if she needs to.

Paul is really pushing Mark to go on the block as Jessica's replacement if Jason uses the PoV to save her on Monday.  Big Mark was not happy about that, but Paul eventually got him to grimly accept that possibility, should it happen.

Basically Paul's thought process is that Mark is the only house guest who would seem to support Dominique, and vote for her to stay.  And Elena wouldn't want to cross Mark by voting to evict Dominique, so taking Mark out of the voting equation by putting him on the block would cure both of those risks.

There are ten votes this week, with Alex breaking the tie to evict Dominique if necessary.  Let's take a look at who might take a shot at Mark on Thursday night, against Paul's wishes.  A few of these might be a stretch, due to their tight relationship with Alex, but I can't seem to find more votes.  Unless something big happens before Thursday, that is.

Potential House Guests Targeting Mark


The next evening, Raven and Matt had a conversation while they were alone in the backyard that was probably unflattering to Raven's image as the plucky, positive ray of  sunshine. Matt doesn't have much of an image at this point, other than this relationship with his metal bowl, but I already told you that he immediately started complaining about Christmas shortly after she returned after surgery.

Most of this aired live on BBAD, but I watched it on the feeds and heard Raven unleashing a lot of frustration over Christmas coming back in the game.  Raven doesn't like the way Christmas constantly asks everyone for help with stuff, even though she can clearly see that they are "all busy".  I believe she is referring to Christmas making requests while she sits at the kitchen counter, for a cup of coffee, helping with her dirty dishes, etc, while Raven is busy handling frozen meat and using a steak knife in a manner that is VERY unsafe.

Raven just wants Christmas to leave, ya'll.  And she makes a good point, asking Matt how he would feel if he is on the block and Christmas is picked to play PoV.  The point is that if Christmas can't compete, then that is just one less player on their team who can play to save him.

This leads me to believe that Christmas was not cleared to play for the PoV that we will see on the Wednesday CBS episode, although her chip was picked.  And perhaps no one was selected to replace her....although Raven could just as well be letting us know that another chip was picked instead.  And if that chip allowed one of your enemies to play against you, that would stink, too.

(I'll bet Production would make a different decision about Christmas' eligibility to continue in the game, if they could. This whole fiasco opens up a huge can of worms, including what could happen in future seasons if they want to pull someone else who has an injury. If Megan had stayed in the game, the outcome of the Christmas Situation might have ended very differently....)

I don't hear Raven and Matt discuss the game, or really much of anything, ever, so this conversation was somewhat surprising.   Raven was discussing Jessica and Matt asked if she was cool with her now.

Raven:  With Jessica?  Yeah, I can pretend to get along with anybody!

I've learned more about Matt when he talks to Christmas privately, because they discuss how he lived in Europe when he worked for Boeing, and other semi-interesting topics.  I never hear him have a conversation with any substance with Raven.  But I have seen some signs of irritation, though, but of course that happens with any relationship, particularly living in such close quarters.

For example, recently I heard Matt "joke" about Raven's limp, saying that she's not fooling him with her off-and-on foot pain.   I'd like to hear Matt be honest about his association with Raven in his DR sessions.  But I suspect the raw footage from those sessions is just as boring as it would seem to be.

Kevin might want to lay off the hinky votes this week.  Just a suggestion.  He is getting closer and closer to being blamed for what he actually did.  And you know what they's not the crime, it's the cover up that gets you.  Kevin's cover up has put the blame on Ramses, but Kevin is such a pleasant person in the house he can probably get away with a few screw ups, as long as they only hurt players with no power in the game.

Christmas now has a walker, and uses it to get around the house.  She was complaining that she has to go to the DR every two hours to get her pills, but she needs assistance opening both doors to get down there.  That doesn't look to me like someone who is okay to play this game.  Ramses wanted to know why the DR didn't just give her the bottle of pills.

Christmas:  I don't know....I guess if you guys got into them....or something happened...I can't get a refill if that happens...and then I don't know.....

Last night Christmas announced that she now only needs the pills every 4 hours, but she still apparently gets a heavy dose before bedtime, because there has been discussion about how messed up she is while she sits in the group, waiting for the impact to hit her.  I think the whole Have Not situation was amended this week, too, because she would have been one if they used the usual endurance HoH formula of who drops first.  They switched it to volunteers, or Alex's choice, in my opinion to Save Christmas.  So that sucks, too.

Kevin is talking smack about Raven, too, referring to her as The Redhead Girl who is the sneakiest one in the house.  I don't know about that, but I also heard Kevin tell Jessica that he was told by Production that he has "one of the top five IQs of someone in the house, ever".

I think someone says that every year in the game, but I do think Kevin is smart.  He has years of experience reading people, and that is a valuable asset in this game.  He does talk frequently about betting odds and such, so some fans think Kevin has worked in that field, and can't discuss it on camera.  Kevin is so interesting, a real breath of fresh air in that house.  I'm sure we will learn more about his life when the time is right.

Here's something I noticed about Raven:  When she's in a group and the other girls are talking among themselves, Raven often looks uncomfortable, not only like she's on the outside looking in, but that she has no idea how to join the conversation.  This often seems to be the point where she makes a chirpy proclamation about her disease, or involves herself with one of the guys' conversations.   I have always known that Jessica doesn't care for her, but yesterday Alex told Jason that she doesn't want to put Raven on the block as a pawn, because "everybody hates her" and Dominique might get to stay.

These guys are Have Nots this week, feeling the pain, big time.  Josh and Mark actually ran to the DR, trying to be the first to take that PoV temptation.  Josh won that battle, but he lost the war when he picked the wrong color box to open.

So...Josh will be a Have Not for two weeks.  And Jason is on his second week of that same fate, so we know it is possible.

Big Mark is having some issues with he is scooping out a delicious portion of what looks like cold congealed slop.  Maybe Production will allow Mark to cheat on his Have Not diet by adding salad dressing, or shredded cheese, or whatever it is that Matt was obviously up to last week.

Remember when Christmas was being really bossy?  It was just last week, before she left the house for surgery.  Well, Bossy Christmas is back again.  That didn't take long.  Of course she needs help, but it's the tone she uses when she asks for it, and when she blatantly criticizes other's words or actions.

Yesterday Christmas needed some tampons, and she basically yelled at Production over and over about it.  But I think that is one of those items that are always available in the storage room.   So then it was Elena's job to get them for Christmas, and I don't think Princess Abbott was happy with the brand or the variety.

These two guys are big buddies in there, enjoying the sunshine as they walked laps.

Alex has been sleeping alone in the HoH.  Jason can't stay up there as a married man, and Kevin says he can't, either.  Ramses used to sleep in the bed next to Kevin in the "Money Room", but now that he is a Have Not Jessica has moved into that space. Kevin was excited because Jessica was always hanging with Cody every night, so Kevin has someone new to tell his stories too.

Kevin:  I'm gonna tell her those stories she didn't hear, with the profanity and all.  Maybe she'll get so scared she'll jump over and want to cuddle.

Note that Jessica is from Boston, and Kevin probably feels a connection with her due to that.  I know Kevin has been telling his crew that they should not target Jessica now, because she "is weak" and "has no one now".  I'm sure Kevin knows they can use her vote, too, so there's that.  Jessica is a Free Agent, until Cody comes back, of course.  IF Cody comes back...

Last night Elena bared her brassiere to the kitchen crew, and also the cameras, demanding to know if it seemed more revealing than her bathing suit top.  Apparently Production has been telling her to cover up her undergarments (when she wears them, that is.).

Elena:  I think my bikini top is more revealing, and I walk around in that all the time, right?

Some Guy:  Yeah, that's probably true.

Note that Production lets Christmas walk around with a few scraps of tattered cloth covering her bra, but it is quite a different story when you have a figure like Elena.  This might be okay for BBAD, but if Elena wants her footage to air on CBS prime time, she needs to harness that action, I guess.

Then Jessica came strolling in wearing this one-piece and Elena immediately said she loved it and thought it was very sexy.  One of the guys (maybe Matt, since I didn't recognize the voice) said that back home, people call these "THOT suits".

Jessica didn't give a crap about that, of course.  And Big Mark is about to break out of those pink shorts back there....a few days of the slop diet might be a good idea at this time.

(Oh, and THOT = "That Ho Over There", if you don't know.)

As they do every year, the house guests discuss the parties they will attend after the season is over. Cody had made the announcement that he will not attend any post-BB events unless Josh is excluded, and he plans to put that in his contract.  This has somehow been interpreted to mean that Cody has refused to attend the finale.  Paul told everyone that they must attend the Finale, or they will lose their stipend money.  It's in their contract.

Jason says he is going to do some dranking that night, and warns he might end up in handcuffs.  He asked if they could all go to Jessica's club, but she had some bad news for him.

Jessica:  No one really dances one dances in L.A. They just don't...they like to stand on the tables, though.

Kevin used terminology that I have not heard before, about my own alma mater.

Kevin:  He's always doing that.....F.S.U...fucking shit up.

(About Josh, I'm sure.)

Mark came in contact with Dominique, who has been hiding by herself in the Lounge.  The cameras weren't covering her very often, but I heard Kevin bitching about not being able to use that room, and how she is positioned towards the hallway, staring out.

Kevin: I feel like I have to run past the doorway, and not look over.  It's like a mean dog is sitting there waiting for me so I just run by.

But last night I caught part of Dominique's "conversation" with Mark, as she continued to spout her plattitudes and riddles.

Dominique:.....and blessed are the ones who God does not consider guilty.....(waiting for Mark's response, as if she has said something profound)..  isn't that dope?

Mark:  Yeah. That is dope.

Dominique: It is pretty dope.  And I said some other things....but you'll just have to wait and watch it on TV...

(Um....maybe on the gag reel that they watch every year at the Finale Party....because we certainly weren't watching Dominique talk to herself on BBAD.  Why would Production want further speculation about their potential lapse in psychological pre-season screening  this year?)

I don't know how those pink shorts are still holding it together, actually.  They face at least twice the strain that Dominique the Dominator faces this week.  Elena walked into the room and spoke with Mark.

I did not hear her speak to Dominique, nor did Dominique speak to Elena.

Outside Elena told Paul about the coldness she felt just now in the bathroom.  Apparently Dominique also asked Mark if he was "allowed to speak to her" and Mark is offended by that.

(But then I think Paul basically told all of them not to speak with her again.)

Kevin:  She told me she has a right to be interviewed, along with the other nominee on Wednesday night and I just said okay, I'll do it. But there is no damn way I'm doing that.  She can have her own damn prayer session....if you think she's not talking to the camera every chance she gets now, you're crazy.  I'm not gonna do that....hell no.  If you wanna talk so much, go the fuck home, or be quiet!

Kevin also told everyone that this Thursday night is the 48 year anniversary of the the first moon landing.

Josh said that Dominique wanted to have a group prayer session on Wednesday night, too.

Kevin:  That is bullshit.  You should pray by yourself, in the dark. That's what I do every night...I pray by myself in the dark.  I do a lot of things by myself in the dark, but never mind about that.

Christmas:  Here's what bothers me, if she is a motivational speaker, than how does she just roll over and fold up the first time things don't go her way?

Kevin:  It's all bullshit.  She said she might as well start lying in the house, like everyone else.

I'll be damned...Kevin is right about the date---this Thursday is July 20th.   He is just a font of useful information tonight.

Dominique shouldn't get too down about her outcome with Big Brother though.  Just because you lost, and might have a rough ride ahead with the notoriously-crazy BB fan base, she can still come out on top if she perseveres and keeps her focus.

How is this for motivational proof?  I think we can all agree that Zach's picture is perfect here.  He's working on the low end of Florida real estate, but there is money to be made there, too.  And Zach is all turnt up in his pursuit of it.  Kudos to Zach Rance.  There is life after Big Brother, after all.  And that is a helpful message for all of us.


  1. I'm surprised you didn't go into more detail about the Friday night drama. It was epic! People were calling out Dom on her god bull shit too.

    Paul isn't as reactionary as people claim. He was looking for a real target to get out this week, not Ramses or Jessica, they have no one, and he doesn't think there is a buy back. So the first time someone made a visible error in judgement, being Dom's show, he jumped on it. That coupled with Cody name dropping both Dom and Mark gave Paul the ammo he needed to target Dom. Then she walks right into his trap. Sure, she was right, he is being a snake, but he still wins. He made her look like a fool, and of course she didn't help with all the beating-around-the-bush and refusing to admit it was Paul she was talking about. Hours later, she admitted that he was indeed the "infiltrator". I don't understand why she went about it this way. Maybe she thinks she is above gossip, or something equally stupid.

    Despite her being right about what Paul is doing, her smugness and her inability to articulate her position without invoking her inner voices all but sealed her fate. The target is obvious now, and Dom seems resigned to it. But God is on her side and we better watch out! Omg the arrogance...

    She also said she didn't understand what the issue was with her show, but then said in the next breath that she understood it. So she cannot admit to herself or anyone else that she made a mistake, and her reaction to other people's concerns was completely fake. If multiple poeple approach you about your behavior, then there may be something to that, how dense are you Dom? If she had actually admitted he mistakes, maybe told people that her dream is to be Oprah (lets be honest), and that she took her show too far, there wouldn't have been much ammo left to really go after, she could have let the air out of all it.

  2. 😂 Mark's pink shorts! Jozae's got nothing on them!


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