Saturday, July 4, 2015

Scenes From This Afternoon - A Little of This, A Little of That #BB17

***Important Giselle Update***  

She slept in the Have Not room last night.  Giselle has a whole lot of neck for that dentist chair.

(You can meet Giselle here.)

Liz made banana pancakes this morning and was very happy with the outcome.  She went down the hall announcing that there were "pancakes ready to be eaten".  Jeff and John didn't need a second invitation---they went right to the kitchen and started chowing down.  They were almost like banana muffins, everyone agreed.

Shelli and Vanessa did the dishes. That's a lot of work, with fifteen people in and out of there.  At one point Vanessa was almost finished and John walked up to the sink and put his dishes in there.  Vanessa just laughed and said the job was never done.

Vanessa bought some packages of bandannas at Wal-Mart before coming in the house and is wearing a patriotic version today.  Shelli has a pair of sunglasses with the American flag on the lenses.  She said she tore the room up looking for them when she had only an hour to pack for the show, but couldn't find them.

Other tidbits of kitchen conversation:

*  They wish they had a watermelon to eat tonight.  Shelli would like a spiked watermelon and they all like that idea.
*  Jeff would like some spiked gummy bears.  He explained that you just put a package of gummies in a Ziploc bag and pour vodka in there.  Then freeze it and defrost for a few hours before eating.  Becky is surprised that they don't get too squishy, but Jeff says they are a great way to imbibe.
*  John used to make "jungle juice" with Jolly Ranchers in vodka, but has never tried the gummy bears.
*  John had Invisalign braces and because of that there are spaces between his molars now where food gets caught.

Then Shelli went upstairs and collapsed in bed.  Clay wanted a kiss and asked her a few times, but Shelli said "no".  Shelli didn't realize that Clay's mother was a vet in Texas.

Shelli:  You mean, like a licensed vet and everything?  That's why she does that wildlife stuff, right?

Clay:  Wildlife conservation.

Shelli wanted to be a vet growing up, but gave up that idea when she realized she'd have to put pets to sleep and do surgery.  Clay said that's a tough part of the job but it has to be done.

Clay's family has a 2-acre lake in front of the property.  They made the lake themselves (?) after finding out that there was a sandpit under the topsoil.  (Or something like that.)

Shelli, doing the math on that:  The lake is 2 acres big?  Wow.

The town of Dickensen is really small, but kids from surrounding Texas counties traveled to the high school in town.  Clay said that there were over 800 in his graduating class.  Shelli says she went to a large high school, too.

(Walton?  Lassiter? )

Shelli had some questions about daily life in Dickensen Texas.  Clay said that there is a little general store a few miles away they can go to for quick trips.  But if they want to really go to the grocery store it's a few hours away.

(Wow. Can you imagine?)

Clay's mom is into Pinterest and Clay himself says he likes to paint and is pretty good.  His last project was an old claw foot tub that they painted with a base coat of dark blue.  Then Clay painted some Texas-themed items on it for decoration, like a cowboy boot, for example.

Shelli: So did you use the tub to plant flowers then?

Clay:  It's got strawberries growing in it now.

(I was trying to picture that Texas tub in one of the bathrooms, so I'm impressed Shelli didn't even go that route in her head.)

Later in the day, they were all getting ready for the holiday evening.  I think the feeds are getting shut down for awhile so that the July 4th concert music can be piped into the house.  Or maybe just songs from the radio or something.  In any case, they can't broadcast music over the live feeds without paying for it, so that is why we can't watch that.  Or watch the morning wake up music.  Or hear them singing.  And so on.

John asked Audrey about her dating life.

Audrey, quickly:  I take what I can get. No, really there's not much going on there.  I haven't really focused on that...I've had too many other things to deal with.  Maybe when my career is more set then I will feel ready to take that on.

The back of Da'Vonne's shirt says "BYE" in big letters.

And the front says "HI".

Jason's tolerance for slop is already plummeting.

Jason:  This is comdiment soup.  It's mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce and hot sauce.  And that 188-3 sauce....the poor man's A-1.

Liz:  Yeah, I'd never heard of that before I came here.

Meg said that sounded so gross and she would not be eating it.

Jason:  It's the best thing I've had in the last few days.

Upstairs they had a nail party with Becky, Austin, Liz and Shelli.  Becky says anyone can borrow her nail polish, but she doesn't like to share her emory boards.

Liz understands that, and says it's so frustrating to be sawing away with it and not get any results.

They discussed how good the banana pancakes were today, and can't believe they didn't make them sooner this summer.  Becky says they always eat the bananas too fast, but she is going to make some chocolate-covered bananas for dessert tonight.

They have a lot of Hershey's chocolate "left over" so Becky is going to slice up bananas to make them go further and dip them in the melted chocolate.  Liz says she is going to make french fries tonight and "has a few ideas about it".

James and Steve had a super-boring conversation in the Have Not room.

I only mention it here because Giselle is lurking nearby.

Liz told Jason they planned to make some great All American food tonight for everyone to enjoy.  Jason has been complaining that everyone in the house eats so healthy, but at home he just likes to eat crappy bar food like chicken wings and burgers.  So he starts cursing at Liz for finally cooking a meal that he would like and  now he can't eat it.  (Cursing for fun, of course, not to really insult her.)

Clay had a low-voice conversation with Audrey where she was saying she would never screw over him nor Shelli, unless they were just all-out mean to her in a personal way.  Clay was glad to hear that.  Audrey thinks they should backdoor Becky this week, because she is going to keep winning competitions this summer and they may be sorry later.

Vanessa and John laid in one of the beds and had a long talk about many topics, as follows.

*  Vanessa dated some people who were not good for her, but she was able to figure that out before it was too late.  John said most of the girls he's dated have been good people, but not necessarily right for him.
*  John said dealing with some of the dental patients is really hard and some of them require extra scheduled time just to talk to them.  John has a dental assistant who is really good with the patients.
*  John's office charges $125 for a basic extraction, compared to $800 for a root canal for the tooth, and about $1,000 to restore the tooth with a crown.  But if you do decide to extract, a bridge to replace the tooth can cost up to $2,500.
*  John says you can't just do what the patients want to do, and you have to be careful with the advice you give to prevent getting a bad reputation.
*  John may or may not want to stay in Scranton.  If he had his choice, he might have wanted to pursue music, but he didn't really think about that option.  He thinks that if he just did dentistry three days a week he would make enough to start paying off his loans.
*  Vanessa was very inquisitive about all of this, and encouraged John to pursue taking music classes online like she did, through the Berklee School of Music.
*  They both like the song "Mr. Jones" and we got FISH while John tried to remember the chord progression. ( It was actually a very technical conversation that kind of turned music into math----a surprise for a CPA like me because I always assumed music was more about feelings and instinct.)

Becky learned to give employees positive feedback before suggesting improvements, but in Germany that didn't go over well at all.  The Germans thought it was condescending and wanted to hear the negative feedback at the beginning of the conversation, so that is an adjustment Becky had to make.

She told a story about Jace hogging some of the wine before the other house guests had come in the room to get a glass.  Jason confirmed he was sitting right there when Becky told him Shelli hadn't had a glass yet, but Jace just poured the rest of the champagne in his glass and chugged it.

Becky:  Then he was telling a story really loudly and banging his hand on this glass table.  When he did that my glass shook so I told him "Shush!" and that is what started everything bad between us.  I heard him telling people that if he was HoH he would go after me.

Austin has actually attended the CBS fireworks show on the Radford lot and says you can buy tickets for it.

Austin:  My dad actually used to cater it...the fireworks should be about 8:00 or so, then everyone will clear out.  We should get the backyard by 11:00 or so.

Vanessa and John let that important information sink in before going back to their music conversation.  Steve joined in at one point and it was a real nerd connection in there, talking about music theory and composition, as well as software and hardware.  (Hard for me to follow.)

The New Girls Get All of the Attention: Meet Giselle #BB17

Sometime around 4:00 am, a group convened in the kitchen, and was laughing it up.  Becky was talking about the gym she goes to at home, and how it is the one all of the hot single people go to.  Becky says she zeros in a guy she wants to talk to, and then will approach him when he's lifting to ask to cut in, or something like that.

Becky:  It's a way to get them to take off their headphones.

The conversation turns to Giselle, the plastic blow-up giraffe that they got after the PoV competition.  It sounds like Johnny Mac had Giselle by the neck and then everyone started to beg Production to let them keep the giraffe.

Meg:  We all cheered more about getting to keep the giraffe then for Johnny Mac winning the PoV.

They joke that Production will have to dub in their Giselle joy cheering and clapping  to add sound to Johnny's victory moment.

Da'Vonne appears, from the DR I think, and it is good to hear her laughing and having fun like the old Da'Vonne.  You know, before the Thursday PoV comps happened.  They all say this Wednesday will be one month since they were kidnapped for the show.

Jeff is escorting Giselle around the house while everyone cracks themselves up.

Jason:  Giselle, get your life bitch.

Day:  Where's she at?  What's she up to?

James:  Giselle feels some kinda way about Meg.

Jason:  Giselle has issues with other women.  She hates Meg!


Jason:  Giselle is a fucking THOT.

(ha ha ha)

Jeff took Giselle out in the backyard and everyone went out there to see what Giselle was up to.

Jeff:  She's killing it!  Giselle is killing it!

(She's apparently doing bench press.)

Day:  She gotta stay fit! Do what you gotta do, Mama.

Steve is trying to hang in there and stay up with the group. Apparently there was a dreadful hostage situation earlier when Steve held Giselle by the feet and hung her over the balcony, threatening to drop her if anybody came upstairs to get her.

Jeff:  It was a really nasty hostage situation.  Giselle passed out..I started crying, her legs gave out.

 It sounds like James used this opportunity to "fornicate with Giselle."

Jeff, yelling:  TWICE!  He did it TWICE!

Jeff escorted Giselle over to the couches and everyone laughed about how protective Jeff looked.  He put her on the couch.  Note that Giselle is wearing one of Meg's tops and one of her skirts.

Day:  Giselle!  Park that thing!  Park that thing!  (Da'Vonne is a repeater.....a repeater...)

Jeff:  She's got a donk.

Jason:  Sit your ass down Giselle.  You know all the girls when they wear a short skirt always put a pillow in between their legs so no one can see!

Jeff:  Giselle is acting like a bottle rat in the club...she's got her top halfway down!

Day:  And her face is like, you're getting on my damn nerves!

Meg, cracking up:  Her face is so good!

Jason:  She's so unenthused!  It's like half drunk, half sexy and half pissed off.

Day:  She was in that competition like, I don't wanna be here!  Don't take me to Kathy!  (Griffin)  Everybody get your life!

They say that Johnny Mac went and got Giselle fast, and had her by the neck.

Jason:  He was choking that bitch out!

Da'Vonne pats Giselle's neck and notices a "heifer lump" and wants to know what it is.

Day:  You gotta get that worked out!

Jeff:  Keep that under wraps!  James has been beating the hell out of her.  It's probably a damn bruise.

James:  She likes it rough.  In the heat of the moment, shit happens.

Jason says Giselle is giving them the eye right now.

Day:  Giselle is like Meg, did I ask you?  Did I ask you?  She's probably saying to Meg that if you could control these two, they wouldn't come for me!

Meg:  Giselle does not like me.  And she's wearing all my clothes, too.

Jason:  The voice that comes out of Giselle is like Day's voice, "you better get your mama!"

Day:  She's like get your man Meg!  Get your man!

James:  Do you know how boring our day would have been without this plastic giraffe?

Jeff:  Dude, it would have been terrible.

Day:  Who made her?  And made her face like this?

Jason says she needs a cigarette, and he might just pop one in there.

Day, checking out Giselle's outfit:  That's a cute skirt!

Jason:  Meg that skirt is going to be all stretched out after being around that fat ass!

Jeff: Yeah, that donk!

Meg:  Jeff was like, why is Giselle wearing clothes from Goodwill!  And I was like, that's my skirt, you ass!

Jeff:  ZING!

Becky dropped the bomb by saying that James saw her picture in her HoH room and thought she was SHELLI'S MOM!

James:  But I thought you were a hottie!

Oh boy...the talk turns to Frankie Grande, and how he acted on the live feeds.

Jason:  He was terrible...he was like Jace, but gay!  He got portrayed better on the show than he did on the feeds.  But that's just my opinion.  He annoyed me.

The cameras close in on Meg when Jason says this....I don't think she's told anyone that she is friends with Frankie in New York.  (Yes, she is.)  Jason said the worst person ever on the live feeds was "Wil with one ell from BB14".  (Whaaattt?  No....) 

Jason says the the live feeders:

*  probably hate him, because he's annoying
*  hate Audrey, because "everybody hates Audrey"
*  hate Meg, because she's annoying too
*  love Jeff, because he gives Meg a hard time
*  hate Day, because she's loud

Jason:  It's more about who they hate than who they love, especially in those first few weeks.

James:  What about Becky?

Becky: They don't even know I've moved in yet.

Jason explained the Joker's poll, saying "no one is voting for Becky" so she is probably in the middle of the pack.  FYI Jason is right about Becky's placement, according to today's Joker's poll results.  Note how Clay has dropped to the bottom of the Fan Rankings.  Ouch.

PoV Aftermath - Don't Tell Her What He Told Me Not To Tell You. And So On. #BB17

So if you've been watching the clock and the calendar, we've now had an HoH comp, a BoB comp, and a PoV comp all within 24 hours.  About 22 hours, actually.  It's a Fourth of July thing, though, as I've explained previously.  It's a free country and Alison Grodner Productions can do as they wish.

OK.  Here is a brief update.

PoV Players:  Shelli, Da'Vonne, Johnny Mac, Clay, Steve & Meg

PoV Winner:  Johnny Mac

PoV Competition Type:  Something to do with cornstarch. (Not kidding.)

Off Topic:  I recently bought a container of cornstarch for the first time in my life. I needed it to make the Golden Vanilla cupcake recipe from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World cookbook.  I was shocked to find out how light and powdery cornstarch actually crunches like snow when you step on it.  Not that I stepped on my cornstarch, but whatever.  The point is I'm interested to see what other exciting things I can do with this magical product.

OK. Just before the PoV comp, Becky and Jason had a nice chat.  Neither of them was playing in the PoV comp so they could relax a little, I think.  Everyone keeps constantly talking about how tired they are.....I'm tired too, and I didn't have to compete in a vat of cornstarch or sleep in the Root Canal position.

Becky knows that Audrey was talking smack about her, saying that she made some offensive racist comments.  I think the alleged comments were related to Becky's use of a black towel in the bathroom.

If Audrey planned to lie, then she really needed to come up with something more specific or outlandish.  All of the best liars know that is the most effective method, along the lines of "you can't make this up".

Becky planned to show Audrey the backdoor this week if her HoH reign moved past the BoB phase.  She nominated Jason, you know, so this little chat is a good way for Jason to reset with Becky and let her know he's not harboring any bad feelings about it.

And look at how Audrey has slithered back into the woodwork.  She was everywhere on the live feeds the first few days, and now she's rarely seen.  I'm not sure if Becky targeting her is a good idea, since it sounds like her reasons are primarily personal.

From what I've heard Becky say, she did not get her letter from her parents in her HoH basket, because they either refused to "sign the waiver" or withdrew their previously-filed paperwork.  According to Becky, this is directly related to Audrey's racist allegations.  Becky's family doesn't want to get the Aaryn Treatment, even though no one is comparing those two situations.

I actually heard James tell Audrey that Becky is down with the swirl and has dated basketball players, so he was positive Becky would never even think those type of things, much less say them.

(James did not actually say "down with the swirl", but I'm sure you understand.)

Also I just want to point out that it is July in Southern California and Becky is dressed like she's ready to sip cocoa by a crackling fire after a long day on the slopes.

After the PoV, Johnnny Mac celebrated by flossing vigorously.  Maybe he got some cornstarch stuck in there or something.  He's a quiet winner, and does not gloat.

Steve was excited about things, and stood in the bedroom talking to Austin, whom you can't see in this picture. Speaking of quiet, Young Steve has been building a little network of people to talk to, and seems much more comfortable in the house.  He's also setting himself up to work with a variety of different people, and seems to be slipping off the radar.

And speaking of radar, Da'Vonne just keeps putting herself right in the center, the target.  She has been nervous and out-of-sorts ever since the HoH competitions ended, and now that she has lost both the BoB and PoV competitions, she seems to have just given up.

She pulled Shelli into the lounge and immediately started the conversation in a very negative way.  I'm not sure if she's even aware that she was coming off that way, but it was aggressive and uncomfortable to watch.

Da"Vonne:  I just want to know when I became the target this week instead of Audrey.

Shelli:  Well, you were both the targets.

The whole time they spoke, Da'Vonne was moving her left hand in circles over her leg and knee.  It was fascinating to watch, and must be compulsive.  She's just so nervous and seems to be on the verge of bawling.  I think she just feels like everyone in the house has deserted her, so the sadness of that has put a bit of a damper on her anger.

For now, at least.


1.  I have been a big Da'Vonne fan from the start, but she has really been her own worst enemy.  She knew everyone was aware of her temper and that they were expecting her to explode in the house.  As Vanessa said, "we all know she's going to explode, but you don't want to be the one she blows up on".

2.  Day knew that Audrey had been talking trash about her, and when Audrey approached her to "clear the air" last week it was just too much for Da'Vonne.  We all loved it when she went off on Audrey, but it was not good for Day's game.  If Vanessa hadn't walked into the room and asked Audrey a pointed question, things might not have turned out like they did.  Or turnt up as they did.  But we'll never know.

3.  Da'Vonne knew she made a big error by blowing up on Audrey, and told this to Jeff and James, saying that in a sense she was doing it for the whole house, but it ended up backfiring on her.  And of course it took Jeff about 5 minutes to run and find Clay and tell him everything Da'Vonne just said. And for Clay to tell Jeff that is why Day was Shelli's target from the beginning, even though Shelli told Clay REPEATEDLY not to tell anyone that, and to let them think Audrey was getting backdoored.

4.  Day should have confessed to Vanessa about her real job, since Vanessa already knows she's lying.  It would have been a great opportunity for both of them to share a secret that could bond them in the game.  I think Vanessa truly wished that she and Da'Vonne could work together later in the game, but now that someone else is wiling to take Day out, she's all for it.  Day was a risk factor for Vanessa, but Da'Vonne could have made herself an ally (even though Vanessa doesn't want to align herself with players who are not in control of themselves).

And speaking of Vanessa, she seems to be the one who starts playing a character when she's in costume, rather than Austin/Judas.  Maybe this is Lady Maverick wearing the shades and doo rag, placing bets and calculating her odds.  She's checking here....she went up to the HoH to give Shelli some advice on what to do now that one of her nominees has won the PoV.

Shell told Vanessa that "they" (i.e. she and Clay) were going to try and get Johnny Mac not to use the PoV, and to keep the nominations the same.

This is why Lady Maverick wears those shades, so you can't see her thinking "BITCH PLEASE".

(But Vanessa will never say that....and Lady Maverick has her emotions in check.)

Right on cue, Johnny Mac shows up in the HoH and Shelli gets right to it, telling him it would be great if he could leave the nominations as they are, since Da'Vonne is the target.

John:  If I don't use the PoV, then the whole alliance will be outed, and everyone will hate us.

Shelli:  Well, who do you think I should put up in your place?

John:  I don't care.   (Great answer.)

Vanessa asked for a private word with Shelli, and said that she needs to put up a woman, because the guys are not available.  She mentions that Jason and Steve can't go up since they won the BoB.  Shelli just nods.

(What about James?  I know no one wants to waste an HoH on him, but still.  Production would be fine with that.)

At one point Clay piped up and said that Shelli could put him up, since everyone would vote Day out over him (oh is that right, Clay?  ha ha ha).

Shelli:  I'm not going to put you up.  Just stop talking.

(ha ha ha)

Vanessa knows that Shelli doesn't want to put up Audrey, so she pushes for Liz, Meg or Jackie.  During this conversation they kind of settled on Meg, but later on the plan shifted to Liz.

I can see where Jason would think Johnny Mac might be the twin in the house.  He does have a lot of different expressions and a multitude of disturbing stares.

In all of these meetings, Clay is just all "we want to do this, we want to do that", while Shelli is all "I want to do that, I want to do that."  I think Clay's relative immaturity and lack of impulse control is going to get real old, real fast for Shelli.

Just a guess.  The Johnny Bravo haircut is growing on me though, I have to say.

On a completely different note, there are hijinks in the bedroom with a large blow-up giraffe.  I don't know where she came from, but they are really giving her the business.

James:  She's got a donk!

Meg tried to put her sports bra on the giraffe but said it didn't fit--she said they might need to get one of Becky's tops for better coverage for the giraffe.