Saturday, August 1, 2015

PoV Aftermath - Punishments & Prizes, Tortures & Treats #BB17

Well, any learned scholar would tell you that history repeats itself.  So why would Production tamper with a tried-and-true PoV format that leaves some house guests with cash and prizes, and others with humiliating punishments?  It's a real crowd pleaser, every year.

The theme was Game of Thrones.  But I'm sure they can't call it that, of course.  Julia was the host, and the spectators got to enjoy wine while they watched the proceedings.  There was a Crown, probably the PoV Crown.

(Apparently both Meg and Johnny Mac got very, very drunk.)

But rarely does the PoV go to the person who really needs it.  Because it is one of those competitions where whoever goes next knows what you have, and can take it.

Prizes & Treats

James won the PoV.
Clay won a trip to Ireland.
Becky won $5,000.

Punishments & Tortures

Shelli has to do a knight's routine, waving a sword 2,400 times in 24 hours
Vanessa is chained to Jackie for 24 hours, and may or may not have to "pet" Jackie.
Jackie will be wearing some sort of costume.  (A dragon, perhaps?)

(***Update***: I guessed wrong about Vanessa and Jackie's punishments.  But how could I have guessed this?)

That is Shelli wearing her knight's costume in the picture above.  And in the pictures below.  Shelli and Clay have been grieving since their nominations yesterday.  I don't think they have a lot of tears left.  And Clay has been begging everyone to please vote him out, to let Shelli stay in the game.

Such a noble, stupid, short-sighted gesture.  He just met Shelli, and they don't even know if this relationship has a chance outside the BB house.  They live thousands of miles apart. And it's not that Shelli is ten years older than Clay, it is that the particular 10 year difference that they have is gargantuan, when you consider Clay is just 23, fresh out of school and in the midst of so many crucial life decisions.

Granted, Clay is not your typical 23-year-old guy.  He's incredibly grounded and mature, and obviously has a great family background.  But even if he does plan on pledging himself to Shelli, at least for a few years, that $500,000 would come in handy.  He has at least the same chance to win as Shelli if he stays in the game, or as many fans think, a much higher chance to win.

Shelli primps for their planned relocation to the Hammock Room, with it's pervasive camera coverage. Vanessa is finishing up her shower routine, and pledges vengeance on Shelli's behalf next week, for "that asshole". Shelli just kind of laughed and said she'd like to see that.

Shelli and Clay are resigned to their fate.  But do they know what their fate is?  Clay is begging people to vote him out so Shelli can stay, but James and his crew want Shelli to leave.  And they think Clay is nuts to sacrifice his game for Shelli, and James wants to pound that into Clay's head and set him straight.

Vanessa would rather Shelli stay to better her own chances in the game. But can she convince Austin, the Twins, and one other person to vote for Shelli to stay? Because they need five votes for Shelli.  Clay flat out lied to Meg last week, and is still bitter about it.  So maybe that is a lever they can pull to get Meg's vote.

Earlier today, an interesting exchange occurred as Vanessa primped before the PoV comp.  Austin visited James in the HoH earlier today, and Vanessa asked Austin about it.    Austin claimed it was a short conversation, with James asking what Clay has been up to, and what the chatter downstairs is about.

Vanessa isn't buying it, and let him know.

Vanessa, in a low, scary voice:  Don't you fuck me Austin.

Julia stood nearby, concerned.

Austin immediately started blabbering in that mile-a-minute way he has when he's nervous.  In one sense it seems really guilty, but watching Austin as much as I have, I think he's scared.

Austin is scared of Vanessa.  And I think she knows it and knows he needs a good scare now and then.  Austin needs discipline, and he knows it.  And probably enjoys it, too.

Vanessa:  If you think he's your friend now, you are delusional!  There are only four of them, so they may be in power this week, but if you think you can do better with them then you are sadly mistaken!  Shelli and Clay are in there and she is CRYING at the suggestion that she was plotting against The Twins. After all of the work we've done to build this, do you really think they would plot against The Twins at this point?  USE YOUR GUT, dude.

Austin:  **mumble mumble mumble***

Vanessa:  Look, they are trying to send someone home from our group!  Don't let it happen!  Don't let it happen!

(For the record, when I saw Austin in the HoH with James, I heard him complaining about Clay begging him for help. He certainly seems amenable to James, but there was no scheming or betrayal that I could see.)

You can see Vanessa was using a curling iron, which seems so old-fashioned to me.

Before the PoV Clay and Shelli rested. They know they are getting split up one way or another.  But they wanted to win that PoV. Sometimes there is nothing better than a good nap.

Julia was excited about hosting the PoV, and started getting ready hours ahead of time.  While she was doing her makeup using a camera window as a mirror, she suddenly screamed and said she saw a "purple dot-ah right in front of her face".  She said  it moved from side-to-side.

Then a few minutes later it happened again.

Julia, shreiking: Stop-ah that, beefcakes!  Stop-ah!

No one else saw it, or seemed very concerned, to be honest.  They thought it was funny though.

Clay and Shelli intertwined while they speak with Jackie, who wants them out, by the way. You'd think they'd try to tone it down so they could work on getting someone else who would go home nominated, but maybe that doesn't fit into the storyline right now.


Enjoy this moment from BB16, when Brittany Martinez had to kick 2,400 soccer goals within 24 hours, and ended up in crutches.

And that is the week Brittany was evicted, right before the Jury.   Will Shelli draw the reference?  Will Steve tell her?

Scenes From Last Night - The Survivors Carry On #BB17

On Friday night, there were really two types of house guests....two that were nominated that afternoon, and everybody else.  I'm sure you know Shelli and Clay were nominated by James, and are not demonstrating a lot of grace under pressure, to say the least. Both of them had outbursts after learning they were nominated, causing a disturbance during the nomination ceremony for the first time this year.

Meg said that it was really awkward for James to end the ceremony after that.  Can't wait to see that on Sunday night's CBS show....

OK.  So while Shelli and Clay are isolating themselves in a dark bedroom, whispering and whining, the rest of the house guests did what they could to make time fly.  They're locked in the house tonight, so they're hanging around, talking.

Steve bounced his beach ball up and down and around while a group talked about various reality show topics, as follows:

*  Steve heard that many contestants on reality and game shows forfeit their prizes because they can't pay the taxes, citing The Price is Right as a specific example.  Vanessa is very surprised at this, and wonders they wouldn't just immediately sell the car and use part of the proceeds to pay the taxes.
*  They discuss the trip to Germany that Zach won last year and also Meg's Gronk Party Cruise.

(I have actually heard that the BB contestants will also be taxed on the fair market value of competition costume items like new sports shoes, etc,---they get a 1099 for those dollars at tax time.)

*  Steve describes how when he was standing on the cliff last night, that he did a lot of smack talk with production, asking them if that was all the rain they had, to bring it on, etc.  He points out that this may not have been the best uses of his energy, since he was one of the first to fall.

*  Vanessa says it was strange to watch Steve up on the cliff, since he never likes to stand still and is usually moving around or fidgeting.

*  Someone made some sort of sex joke about slapping noises that Johnny Mac attributed to James.  Then Steve said that he wouldn't know anything about that, and then said he didn't think Vanessa did, either.

Vanessa:  Excuse me?  I was married to a man!  I've had sex before.  I'm not a gold star lesbian....I'm not even close...

*  This led into a discussion of what a gold star lesbian is, and Vanessa's estimate that it is a much smaller population of women, since most people experiment and try different things out as they discover themselves.  She mentions Jason having sex with a girl, saying it's the same thing.

*  Steve brings up Vanessa applying for TAR with her ex-husband.  Vanessa says they got really close to making it (they were an alternate team) but ultimately got sent home and she says she never applied for TAR again.  Steve asks if she was too bitter to apply again, but Vanessa told him that her husband "got really sick" after that.  Steve didn't process this information, and made  her repeat it, which is a common occurrence with Steve.

*  Vanessa applied for both Survivor and Big Brother after that, and says she will probably still keep applying for Survivor, and maybe even try TAR again after this.   The year after the TAR situation, she says she also came "really close" to being on Survivor, but her husband was very ill at that point (implying she might not have actually traveled to play).

Steve:  So, you just really want to be on a TV show?

Vanessa:  No, I'm very big into games and competitions that are on TV.

She has to repeat this for Steve twice, actually, before he accepts it as an acceptable response.

Vanessa:  So I'm big into Suvivor, but I'm not really that into bugs, so maybe....

John:  On Survivor, the bugs get into you, though, right?

They discuss how contestants have had to eat bugs on the show.

*  Steve said he would never do Survivor, because the competitions are too hard, and the living situation makes the Have Not room seem luxurious.  Vanessa says Survivor is stressful, but it seems pretty fair because people usually get voted out based on what they contribute or don't contribute to the team's camp life or competitions, at least up until the merge.

*  Vanessa learned to drive a stick shift, she says, but only did it once because she wanted to learn how for TAR.  Steve tells them that on Jackie's season a team got eliminated because they couldn't drive the standard gear car.  (Bergin and Kurt, the gay blind date team)

*  Julia told them that she was so irritated that Jason always talked about BB5 being his favorite season, because it made her nervous. Steve said Jason was a big Diane Henry fan, and told them all about how Nakomis influenced the game with her six finger plan.  Julia says she wasn't a big Nakomis fan, but Steve says he doesn't want to hear anyone talk smack about Nakomis.

Steve:  Nakomis is the reason why we have to pull players randomly for PoV.  She had a huge impact on this game.

*  Steve then mentioned Drew Daniel, and his arrest for domestic violence.

Julia:  What?  With his partner?

Steve: I think so.

(You can read about that here, of course.)

*  Julia asked Steve a lot of questions about the BB5 twins, but he couldn't remember the exact eviction order, nor who voted who out.  She asked Johnny Mac again about how he noticed her tooth, and when he realized that she was a twin.  Johnny says he noticed her tooth, but didn't know she was a twin until Jason told him.  (That is Liz in the picture below...Julia is sitting across the room in a yellow T-shirt.)

Austin and Liz went in to the Hammock Room to strategize, and Austin wanted to sit like this.  She didn't like it, and said she was uncomfortable.

So she moved to this position.

Meg came in and they had some laughs about how painfully horrible the HoH competition was.

Liz:  I was so happy when you were up there and you started saying "I'm gonna go...I'm gonna go", because I couldn't take it anymore!

Meg:  I was like, clearly I will not be winning this competition!

Jackie had to have a medic look at that spot on her chest that was bright red from the birds attacking her.

Jackie:  I had an angry bird.