Sunday, July 12, 2015

Clean Up on Camera 4 - We Need to Argue About All of These Arguments #BB17

So, right before the PoV competition, Vanessa held the little sit down that she planned earlier with Meg and Audrey (Audrey was in on the plan.), Basically they were following up on what happened when Meg told Audrey that Vanessa and Austin were up to no good. It really didn't matter, but Vanessa needed to stir up the ant bed to lay the groundwork for putting up Jeff instead of Audrey when John saves himself with the PoV.

Audrey is camera-ready this time.

She looks stunning, but this is really the first time I looked at Audrey and got kind of a quick flash of who she used to be, or what she used to look like.

Also, yesterday when Audrey was talking to Vanessa, she seemed to break character as they were plotting what needed to happen before the PoV ceremony....basically, how they needed Audrey to start playing evil again.

Audrey, voice shaking:  How long do we have to keep up the charade where no one talks to me?  I don't want to spend the whole summer being alienated...

I really thought Audrey would start crying, but maybe she was faking since a  few seconds later there were no tears in her voice.

Vanessa was shocked at Audrey's sudden humanity:  WHO ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?  This is not the Audrey I know!

Vanessa basically told her that they needed to get through this mess, and then see how things stand (and probably wait to see who wins the next HoH).  I'm sure this was the cherry on the cake of Vanessa's morning, after trying to keep Austin in line, then Liz, then Austin, then Julia, then Austin...etc.  It was like a clown car where the disembarking passengers never seem to end.

So anyway, Meg got upset.  She said she felt cornered and tried to paint Audrey as a liar.

But even though Meg has a Mean Girl Streak, she is no match for the likes of Audrey, who could have handled this little spat in her sleep.

Then Meg got really upset.  Vanessa tried to calm her down and told her not to cry, saying she knows how manipulative Audrey can be, and it is very possible Audrey baited her into saying what she may have said.  But Meg left the room all pissed off, and as she went down the stairs she passed Austin, who said she was ranting about how Audrey was a liar.

(So yes, Audrey, prepare for more alienation. And when you try to blame this all on Vanessa a few weeks (or days) from now, just see who believes you.....)

I'm sure Meg was hoping to see the handsome Gronk in the backyard, so I hope this little episode didn't smear her mascara too much.  But we all know that CBS filmed Gronk in the parking lot of a strip mall for his BB footage, and is probably at a pool party in Las Vegas right now, draped with glittering hos.  Sorry Meg.

After the PoV, Jeff was like, so stoked, dude.  Because he totally thought that Audrey would go up on the block.  And Clay does a great job at playing dumb...because not only does Jeff have no idea that either he or James is this week's actual target, he has no idea that Clay is in cahoots with Vanessa and Austin.  (If you don't need to know this.)

And I'm not into the conspiracy theories, but I completely believe CBS is ready to cut bait on Jeff. Because the growing uproar about him being a PIG is only going to get worse, and they are the ones who have put him on two of their prime time reality shows this year.  And Jeff has been considered an ASS long before TMZ got involved.  (TMZ just loves to put Big Brother's problems on blast...but clearly they work together, since TMZ is allowed to show tape from the live feeds....)

This may be one of the last showers Jeff Weldon takes before the bottom falls out of his Big Brother game.  He can rinse off the dirt, but you can't scrub away the grimy situation he will find himself in later today.

You can see James in the red T-shirt here, wearing Liz's Cat Hat.  Do you think she's going to want to wear it now?  After James has had it plastered to his head?  I don't think you can put knitted caps like that in the washer without ruining them.

(Although Production did send Elissa Reilly's blue knit cap out to be cleaned after Jeremy McGuire rubbed it on his butt.  For real. I can't make this stuff up, people.)

I don't remember what Becky was saying in this scene, but she was surely saying Something after putting time into her hairstyle today.

I'll bet Becky would shove Meg right out of the way with a straight arm if Gronk was really standing out there in the backyard.  But maybe Meg could play dirty and trip Becky, sending her face first into the Astroturf.. But then you know The Twins would end up strolling off into the sunset with Gronk while Becky was being loaded on a stretcher and Meg was huddled in a corner, crying.

Because, Twins. And football players.  Duh.

And the PoV players got these little Gronk T-shirts.  Johnny Mac said he would never wash his, after wearing it to win the PoV.  There was some sort of gook on the shirt, but Johnny said he would just try to wipe it off.  His Big Brother Swag Bag is already overflowing, he says.

That's one good thing about having to compete in all of those BoBs and get to keep your costumes.


OK, so BBAD devoted a huge amount of time to a conversation between Vanessa and Steve.  And it was interesting, because it was yet another conversation where Vanessa had to try to translate the other person's gibberish and then craft her response in an appropriate way.

Basically, Steve went up to the HoH and was rather frantic about seeing the aftermath of the Meg-Audrey-Vanessa meeting discussed at the top of this post.  Steve overheard Meg downstairs saying "she's a liar!  she's a liar!" and he was trying to warn Vanessa that Meg thought she was a liar.

Vanessa:  Um....that whole conversation turned into Meg calling Audrey a are you sure that Meg wasn't calling Audrey a liar down stairs?

Steve:  Oh.  Well, maybe I misunderstood.

(How can Vanessa trust the information that Steve gives her if he has so little insight into most of the human interaction in this game?)

Steve desperately needed to know what that meeting was about, but as Vanessa tried to tell him, Steve kept interrupting and asking clarifying questions about the smallest details.  I'm no psychologist, but I think Steve is just so up in his head all of the time that he can't connect to other people.  Or maybe it's the other way around, but he is never present when he speaks with people.  It's obvious that he's running facts through his database and trying to spout them out as quickly as possible, rather than making eye contact and really trying to "get" the other person.  And he is oblivious to the social cues that he is irritating people during conversations....even though I've heard him admit that he has this problem.  And the constant spouting of Big Brother historical minutia is not helpful at least 83% of the time he does it..

Here is an example conversation between Vanessa and Steve:

Steve:  I need to know...I need to know now about your lunch with Meg. I need you to tell me now.

Vanessa:  OK.  Well, we went to the deli, and she got an egg salad..

Steve:  Audrey?  Audrey got the egg salad?

Vanessa:  No, Meg.  I went to lunch with Meg.

Steve:  But what about Audrey's egg salad?  I need to know now.

Vanessa:  Um....I went to lunch with Meg...MEG...and she got the egg salad.

Steve:  Making egg salad won't work for Audrey in this game.  It didn't work for Karen in BB5, or for Nakomis in BB7 because that pickle relish was in the storage room BEFORE the Week #3 PoV competition.

Vanessa:  ....uh...okay...

***And SCENE***

But Steve did give a good example of Jeff being a bully, when he told Steve to shut up in front of the other Kool Kids.  But Steve pointed out that there have been much bigger bullies in BB Evel Dick in BB8 and Russell in BB11, (Like that matters now..)

Vanessa asked Steve how she did in the PoV competition.

Steve:  Well, you did the best you could.

Vanessa:  STEVE!  C'MON..DO THE MATH...

Steve did not know how to compute this conversational exchange.

Vanessa:  C'mon!  Who did we want to win this week...

Steve:  Audrey?

Vanessa:  Yes.  So do the math!

Steve would rather see Jeff go than James, if he had the choice, although he didn't really come out and say it directly.  But that's no surprise, because, Steve.

Steve:  I can have a conversation with James about whatever....I can stand in the kitchen and talk about the foam, or laugh about the big dice, but I can't talk about anything with Jeff...nothing.

Vanessa later counted the votes to evict Jeff and asked him if she could count on his vote. Steve hemmed and hawed and finally said that unless there was some huge personal crises (like a Twist?) he would vote to get rid of Jeff.

At some point Austin came in the room and perched nearby, listening.

Steve, to Austin:  What do you think?

Austin:  What do I think?  About what?

(OMG poor Vanessa with these people. Damn.)

Steve:  Earlier were nice to me at the kitchen counter with Julia.

Austin:  What?

Steve:  You were nice to me.  You need to stop doing that.

(i.e. to hide their alliance.)

(And note that after watching James compete in two straight competitions that involve mental skills, Vanessa is not as worried about James' competition abilities.  And he lacks the social skills that Jeff has, therefore making Jeff a better target for eviction this week.)


Austin was able to update Vanessa as to the latest downstairs scuttlebutt about The Twins.  Basically:

*  Everyone is 100% sure Liz is a Twin.
*  They all assume that, like BB5, as soon as someone calls them out to Production, the extra Twin will never be eligible to come in the game (not true for BB17).
*  They plan to hold off on calling them out in order to choose the best perceived timing for their games.
*  They think that if the Twin Twist is revealed, an evicted house guest will compete to come back in the game.  So they want to be sure they are all included in that group, in case one of them is evicted in the next few weeks.

Liz:  Great...just let them think all of that...don't tell them.


  1. The Steve and Vanessa convo was so confusing last night. It was like watching Abbott and Costello's Who's on First routine.

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