Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It's the End of the End of the End. #BB21

I keep forgetting that tonight is the finale of Big Brother 21.  And I keep forgetting that there are three house guests still trapped inside that sound stage, likely chomping at the bit to get the hell out of there, but probably dreading what lies ahead, even just a little bit.

Did you ever think that Jackson, Holly and Nicole would be the Final Three?  It certainly seemed unlikely on Day #44, the day that Jackson talks about so often.  (That is the day that Jackson's alliance BLEW UP and he learned they were turning on him, nearly evicting Kathryn instead of Sam.)

I turned on the live feeds for about an hour yesterday while I cranked out a non-profit tax filing (Form 990) and it was just as boring as it looks here.  Holly was alone in the kitchen, all bundled up in layers of sweatshirt and flannel, eating a plate of what looks like a roasted vegetable medley while sorting and arranging bits of cereal.

Holly rarely speaks to the live feeders.  She used to do it from time-to-time, but she seemed to think we all referred to her as "Hols" and she wanted to do some sort of a daily "show" on the live feeds where she interviewed the other house guests in what was surely a desperate play for camera time.

Of course, that is far from an original idea.  Just ask BB19's Dominque Cooper.

Holly took her sweet time arranging these colorful bits into a pattern and shape, clearly trying to send a message to someone out there.  If she addressed them by name verbally though, I was not aware of it.

I can now announce that the cereal is Froot Loops, based on seeing the box in another picture.  I know I brag about this every summer, but I have never tasted Froot Loops before, and am somewhat offended by the incorrect spelling of the word "Fruit".

So, I guess this message means something to somebody.  Holly loves you, "N + C".  Or "Nic".  Or who or whatever.

Holly could have won some points from me if the message said "Help Me" or "I Hate Him" or some other fun message like that.  Nicole and Jackson were both in bed so it's not like they would have seen it anyway.

I took this picture a day or so earlier to represent what is often the only spoken words on the live feeds lately.  Holly doing the Baby Talking with Jackson.  I saw a tweet that said she threatened Jackson that if he cut her at the end of the game, taking Nicole to the Jury instead, she'd be sure to poison the Jury against him.

That sounded interesting to me, so I took the time to flash back to watch that conversation, but the quote was taken out of context in the tweet.  Holly said it in her Bedroom Baby Talk voice and they were kind of laughing about it.

Personally I don't think Holly needs to worry about that.  I think Jackson will take Holly to the end, and one thing I will look forward to is his speech pointing out how her game was vastly inferior to his game all summer.  In fact I think he might drag her by saying he dragged her to the Finale.  Which is somewhat true.

You may recall that Mike Boogie got to the end of BB7 All Stars with Erika, his showmance, and said some horribly rude things in his speech, including saying that he "used Erika up for all she was worth", or something along those lines.  I doubt Jackson wants to break his "Southern Gentleman" act right there in front of God, the World and Julie Chen Moonves, but he wants to win and will do whatever is necessary to make that happen.  If he's sitting next to Holly and she starts ripping on him, I think he'll go where ever he needs to go with his comments to get the job done.

And here is Holly with her bundled-up Fall look in the house.  Maybe those are Jackson's clothes.

These two don't have the sort of conversations that it seems like you would have after a few months of "dating", but maybe the cameras interfere with that.  Maybe they're too young or haven't had many different experiences in life, but it seems like people who are friends and want to get to keep getting to know each other would have a lot of things to talk about.  You know, stories and what not.

But these two talk constantly about how cool the competitions were, basically how each competition that they compete in is their favorite, and how they would go outside and play it all over again if they could, just for fun.  They also talk about how good the food is, basically that same adjective over and over and over again.  Not tangy or spicy or crunchy or satisfying.  It's all "good", a word that would get you fired if you were a judge on Chopped.  And of course, these two are not judges on Chopped.

During Holly and Jackson's discussion of how "good" the food was, the camera crew's mind wandered and they focused on various still life scenes around the house, like this owl for instance.  Do you think they know how many owls are present in that house?  Maybe that's a tie breaker question for tonight.  You never know.

Nicole has been stuck in the house with these two and is likely ready to climb the damn walls by now to get away from them.  She's been talking to the cameras frequently and told both Holly and Jackson that she'd like to have separate discussions with them last night.  Because as you know, Nicole isn't in the running to be the Final HoH---only Jackson and Holly can win that title because they both won the first two stages of the competition.

Nicole can only sit and wait and see who wins the final competition on tonight's live Finale and then try to wedge herself in there to be the one they take to the Final Two.


Derrick hasn't been constantly glued to the live feeds this season, but he watched Nicole's pitches to Holly and Jackson last night and generously shared his thoughts about the conversations, including his view of their body language and responses to each other.  Derrick used his expertise in interviewing that he learned from being a police officer for so many years combined with what he knows about the house guests and here is a summary of his views.

Nicole's Pitches

Derrick said she covered the same basic information with each person, saying that the Jury's votes could go either way.  Derrick said Nicole clearly thinks Holly is more malleable and that she has a better chance of swaying her decision, because she was more open with Holly and didn't dip much below the surface in her conversation with Jackson.

Derrick:  Nicole thinks that Jackson has already made up his mind that he is taking Holly with him, and that Holly will lose the game if she goes to the end with Jackson.

Derrick thinks that Nicole's pitches were good, but she was clearly nervous and should have been doing the same thing for the last three days, pushing the topic softly every few hours with each of them to get in their heads.

Jackson's Demeanor

Derrick says Jackson's conduct and mannerisms are very obvious to him, and that Jackson clearly thinks he will win the Jury votes against either Holly or Nicole in the Final Two.

Derrick:  Jackson is nervous about Holly cutting him at the end because he knows that she should cut him in the end if she wants to win.  That's why he keeps saying "don't burn me" to her.  He's very nervous about that aspect of this and this concern is transparent.  He thinks he can beat either of the women because he was a better physical competitor winning all of the comps and also  had a better social game and is a better talker.  Jackson is pretty full of himself and I think he will go after Holly in his closing speeches and arguments in order to win.

Derrick said that Jackson is "a heavy breather" but Derrick couldn't see his chest clearly during his conversation with Nicole to see how he was impacted by the conversation.  Derrick saw that Jackson "clenched up" every time NIcole mentions that the Jury vote could go either way.

Derrick:  Jackson was yawning, too, and I haven't watched him enough to know, but sometimes the yawning represents anxiety or nervous energy.

Holly's Demeanor

Derrick thinks Holly's conversation with Nicole was a different story than Jackson's situation.  She knows she will have a hard time winning against Jackson because his game was "leaps and bounds" above her own game.  Derrick also said some interesting things about her relationship with Jackson.

Derrick: I'm not trying to be disrespectful, but there's a difference between a showmance and a sexmance, and I think both Jackson and Holly know this is a temporary relationship.  And to compare this with Jeff and Jordan, I wouldn't even be bringing this up about them, because there was no question that they planned to have a relationship with each other after the season ended.

Derrick noted that Holly was very closed off and reserved during her conversation with Nicole.  He saw that she looked up and to the right during the conversation and that he's not necessarily a strong proponent of this type of analysis, but other investigators are.  He explained that some people think looking up and to the right indicates you might be creating a story, while looking up and to the left is the side that indicates logic and factual information, but he's not a strong believer in this.

(As a lifelong lefthander, this is shocking to me because I thought the left side indicated creativity, but I'm not sure current psychology backs that up.  All I know is that I went home from grade school one day and told my mother that the teachers tied my left hand behind my back so I wouldn't write with it and my mother went down to that school and had a Come To Jesus meeting with the teacher about interfering with the way I express myself with a pencil.  But I am actually ambidextrous and use scissors, kitchen knives and a desktop calculator with my right hand.  If I were to bat during a softball game (NEVER) I would bat right, and my golf swing (TOOK LESSONS IN FLA) was right, too.)

Derrick thinks Holly was very careful about what she said to Nicole because she was concerned Nicole would tell Jackson and he might fly into one of his rages and evict her for it.   But Derrick does think that Holly was more open to Nicole's pitch than Jackson was, and Nicole clearly knew that.

Derrick:  But the relationship isn't emotional for either Holly or Jackson.  It's just sex and they can get that anywhere once the game is over and they leave the house.  It's strictly a binary decision for both of them, ones and zeros, all about the money.  And I can say this....I've talked to Cody about this, and besides the stool (ie the "sex stool" in the HoH shower) Cody and I were a lot closer to each other than Jackson and Holly.  We both knew we would be friends outside of the house and the game.

You can find this conversation on Derrick's twitter feed...he's obviously very astute in his observations and packed a lot of information into about 30 minutes of chatter.  I think he feels that Nicole can beat Holly, but Holly will lose against Jackson.  He also said that Nicole gets very nervous about public speaking and this may hurt her if she's trying to convince the Jury she should win.  (But if she's sitting next to Holly......well, we've all seen what Holly's "speeches" are like.  Not persuasive or even coherent at all.)

Eric from Reality Recaps says Holly told the live feeders that she is carefully considering Nicole's offer, so there is still a chance that Nicole can get to the end of the game.  I have to say that in the past Eric hasn't been a live feeder and blindly repeats stuff that people on his chat say without confirming it.  I have been very frustrated with him over the years and stopped listening to his podcasts years ago.

Just being honest.  There are a lot of sources for BB information these days, and only so much time we all have to devote to this situation.

There was a lot of chatter this week about a competition analysis that RHAP's Taran Armstrong issued last week.  Basically Taran was making the point that the game is increasingly favoring physical players at the end of the season.  It's more than just an increase....if these values were depicted on a chart it would be called a "hockey stick" in business circles.

Derrick also commented on this, saying that during his season he thought that all of the knowledge-based competitions were designed to give Donnie a chance to win, but he knows now that was not the case.  Derrick said that the competition set designers have to submit schematics for each competition in advance so there is no way they could tailor the events to give one player or another a better chance to win.

(Of course they have to plan way in advance....Allison Grodner's production company produces this show using a strict budget,  with the constant goal of making a profit.  Allison has a budget for each department which gets broken down by week, and by day, etc, including the amount of labor needed to create, test, set up and break down each competition set.  To me that seems fun, but of course I work with numbers and money all day so I'm dorky like that.  But to succeed and survive with anything, you need to make more money than you spend.  So I'm a dork who has built up a cash surplus, even after the significant spending I have been doing this summer to update my house.)

And speaking of dorks and charts, I do love a good infographic, and even most of the bad ones.  Pictures tell a story, people!

I don't know who created this or where it came from, but I think I saw it on Twitter at some point this week. I am happy to update this with credit for that hardworking and well-organized BB fan if I learn more about it's source.

The Jury has been hard at work on the usual kindergarten-type projects.  They usually auction these paintings off after the season ends.  I have to say that I LOVE Christie's Taco Tuesday painting.  Of course I love to talk about and look at food though.  I have a beautiful painting of a slice of chocolate cream pie that is one of my prized possessions, and I told you about the painting I bought (last summer, I think?) of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The PB&J painting is hanging right where I can see it every day and every day it makes me happy to look at it.

Kat has a message for the world.  And Brett.  And maybe Nick, too, if they're still speaking to each other.

And speaking of Brett.  A Brett-Kathryn face-to-face meeting would be fun to watch, right? That's something to look forward to.

The backyard interviews will take place as always, but usually CBS only airs their own on the live feeds and we have to wait a day or so for the other news outlets.  But Rob and Taran will both be on hand for the RHAP interviews, JC is going to be doing interviews for PoP TV, and Rachel Swindler will be in the backyard for AfterBuzz TV.

And BONUS:  Kaitlyn will be getting wasted tonight and doing Instagram videos, or whatever.  Maybe she will even put some moves on David Alexander, after saying he was one of the most attractive men she's ever seen in person during her brief visit inside the house to host a competition.

So that is exciting.

Tyler remembers where he was and what he was doing last year on Finale day.  And look what has happened to him and his life. 

And I saw this tweet from Zach and am posting it for old time's sake.  I still love Zach and love his phrase here because it reminds me of Justin Duncan from BBOTT.

Justin:  Well you already know.  You already know.  You already know.

But in a more charming and amusing fashion, of course.

And finally, let's try to be nice to these people.  They are just trying to enjoy themselves and celebrate the end of an amazing experience.  Please don't try to make yourself part of the story in a negative manner.

(But of course some of you are doing it already.....)

Thank you for visiting me this summer.  I know my coverage wasn't nearly as good as it has been for recent seasons, but I think we can all agree that the game itself wasn't nearly as good, either.  Some might even say it was a bad season and they are glad it is over with.

And I might be one of those people.  Particularly for the back half of the season.

As for me I am doing fine and will taking a road trip out of town this Friday to spend time with an old friend who will be in D.C. this weekend.  We are going to party our asses off and go to the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday.  We are also going to hit a bunch of vegan restaurants so if you see me at Shouk (H Street location) or at Pow Pow or Veg City Grill please say Hi.

I'm going to be out there, doing stuff.  And I've been writing.  I even entered a writing contest in the midst of a huge auditorium full of writers, many of whom are published writers who have been in the game for decades.  And I won.  By unanimous vote of all of the judges.  It's a small thing, but it is validating for me and proves that all of the emotional turmoil I've been experiencing is giving me that whole "I don't give a damn what other people think" attitude that is so crucial in artistic self-expression.

 I will probably write about some post-season action next week to close the season out, but this weekend I will not even have a computer with me, and am looking forward to it.  Things might get ugly and to me that is a beautiful thought.

UPDATE:  Of course I'm taking a computer with me, a small Chromebook.  What if SOMETHING HAPPENED and I needed to SEE STUFF.