Saturday, August 8, 2015

PoV Aftermath - The "Comic" Competition - We Cant Wait to Laugh at Ourselves Later #BB17

So we're back, and  it was the "Comics" competition, which was certainly not expected by me or apparently the house guests.  In this comp they usually rappel or jump on a trampoline to see a series of Big Brother Comics, only to be quizzed somehow on what they saw specifically.  I think they had to climb a ladder this time.

When the cameras return, we see Becky energetically talking about having to go first, and thinking it took her about 22 minutes.  The Twins are "obsessed" with their comics and can't wait to get a copy on Finale night.

(Production will actually ship them a box with the cartoon and a bunch of other souvenirs about a month after they get home.)

Steve played.  So far I don't see a necklace.

Johnny Mac is like a zombie, just sitting and staring, and playing with his teeth a little.  He was the PoV host, so maybe that five hour ordeal just took a lot out of him.

Meg doesn't seem upset, but she doesn't seem joyful, either.

There is a cloud of silence over the room as people move about the kitchen.  They have tried to fix the kitchen mess issue, but we'll see how committed everyone is to carry out their chores.

OK.  Steve comes in the bathroom and talks to Vanessa, who is in the shower.  She is talking to Steve about the different comics she had trouble with.

Steve asks her if there is anything she needs right now, and she congratulates him.

So Steve won the PoV.

Becky and James motioned to each other to go to the Have Not room, where they had a quick celebration.

Becky: That couldn't have gone better...and Steve wants Vanessa out!

They don't think Shelli knows about the plan to backdoor Vanessa, but she actually does know.

Shelli's eating ice cream, one of her favorite snacks.

Vanessa goes through the motions as she does her normal routine out of the shower.

Austin is pretty down, too, since he is worried about himself or a Twin getting nominated.

Probably just Liz, but we'll pretend he includes Julia in his worries, too.

Shelli came in and they had kind of a terse conversation about where the clean towels are.

Turns out there aren't any, and Vanessa has been using the same towel for a long time.

Don't they do laundry?

Meanwhile these Twins are doing their thing, being bubbly an talkative.

These girls like to eat, too.  They appreciate a good meal and I appreciate that.  They think they got about an hour of sleep while they waited for the competition to be over.

Jackie, who appears to be out of her Armor now: It was ugly sleep, though.  It wasn't good.

Vanessa thanked them for making her some chicken nuggets.  Julia asked Johnny Mac if he wanted some chicken nuggets.

JMac:  Are there any left?

Julia:  Yeah...go over there and get some-ah!

(Audrey used to bogart all of the faux chicken nuggets, which irritated the Twins to no end.)

Shelli and Vanessa finally speak with some meaning.  Shelli is very disappointed in herself, and Vanessa says she is, too.

Vanessa:  And I know I have trouble with the speed, too.  Like getting up that ladder....I know that I can't get up there like the younger kids, and I know that is an issue.

Apparently Meg came in second to Steve.  Julia comes in and Shelli starts going through the problems she had, and her regrets if she could do it over.

Julia:  Oh no-ah...

During the comp Shelli was isolated in the Hammock Room.  Becky waited in storage and Austin was in the Have Not room.

Liz says she was having a hot tub party out there.  Her comic said she'd "steal your heart and your wallet".  Jason's talked about Mylanta, and Austin's had something to do with a "barbarian".  Vanessa's comic featured her squire hat, and also managed to bring in her green beanie.  Maybe the squire hat was green.

Da'Vonne's comic said "One Tough Mother" or something like that, featuring the name "Mama Day".

More Action from Hearts of Reality #BB17

I don't think this picture should be at the top, but I'm too lazy to move it right now.  So it stays.

Sure Colton Cumbie quit Survivor twice, but he had a terrible tragedy soon after that made him a more sympathetic character.  And getting in the frame with Janelle doesn't hurt, either.  

Deena from Jersey Shore and Amanda Zuckerman from BB16, of course.  Amanda looks beautiful.

Amanda and BB16 Kingpin Derrick Levasseur.  He must be freaking out right now, huh?

Amanda' indicates here that these people are from The Amazing Race, but I have no idea who they are.

This should be the top picture, with Ian Terry (BB14)  giving Nicole Franzel (BB16) an awkward hug. Nicole really works that leg pose here.  Ian is now a high school physics teacher in Houston Texas.  So he's leading America's science-loving youth.  I think that's great.

That is Rachel Reilly (BB12 & BB13), and her sister Elissa Slater (BB15) with Jeff and Jace.

Kind of wild, right?  That doesn't even look like Rachel at all to me.

Where the hell is Helen Kim (BB15)?  Why isn't she coming to these events?  And why isn't Andy Herren (BB15) there?

The Amazing Pace....of Betrayal. #BB17

Every Saturday I say that this is the biggest PoV competition of the season.  But so far, every week has been like that---big stakes, big rivalries, big excitement.

The PoV players will be:

Becky - HoH
Steve & Shelli - Nominees for eviction
Vanessa - chosen by Shelli for House Guest's Choice
Austin & Meg - randomly chosen

The big news here is that Vanessa is supposed to be the backdoor target this week, and she now has a chance to win the PoV, courtesy of Shelli, who is supposed to be helping Becky accomplish her objective of evicting the Evil Vanessa.

Johnny Mac expected Shelli to pick him for House Guest's Choice, so this was quite a surprise.  Shelli explained it to him by saying that if Vanessa wasn't chosen, she would blow up and Shelli can't take that risk.  I think that Vanessa would have definitely known that she was the backdoor target at that point, and who would want to be on the block with someone like Vanessa working around the clock to save herself?

I wouldn't.

If Austin wins, he will probably leave the nominations alone, but both he and Vanessa think that Johnny Mac would be the backdoor target, so he might use it if he wins and screw his girl Vanessa right out of the house.

But surely Vanessa doesn't think Becky wants Johnny Mac out of the game.....they have been super close this entire summer, and it's not like either of them have ever made any moves in the game to upset the other.

So...the stakes are big, right?  It's the biggest PoV of the season.  I told you.  But I might tell you the same thing next week, too.  If we're's good to be a BB fan when the action is this good.


Austin and Liz lolled around on the little couch in the bathroom last night.  Liz looked really hard to see if she could spy a beefcake through the glass, but she had no luck.

Liz was actually surprised to learn from Austin that this could be a camera shot on the show, but Julia remembers seeing scenes with Nicole looking into the glass in the exact same spot.

Becky came in and gave everyone a lesson about why they can't sing in the BB house.  Because, Becky is an expert now on Big Brother.  But Austin surprised them all by telling them that the live feeds go to the FISH tank upstairs whenever someone sings.

Liz:  Get out-ah!  No way-ah!

Last night the Have Nots sat around and shot the breeze, one of their favorite activities.  Becky says in soccer her position was "outside midfielder or defender", if that makes sense to you.

James talked a little bit about his big beef with Clay, saying that when said good-bye to Clay at the door after his eviction, he told Clay that he left him a good good-bye message.

James:  And Clay said, I know you did.

They all cracked up at that.  James says his actual message was more along the lines of "if you want a relationship, go home and get on Tinder".  Meg laughs as she remembers James asking Clay if he was "packing up all of his shit" and James says Clay told him to "get the fuck out of here".

(Clay did say that.)

Jackie asked for clarification as to where exactly James lives in Texas.  He tells her he lives near Dallas.  Jackie says she went there for the last leg of The Amazing Race, but didn't get to do much but sit in the hotel room and go to the finish line. (Jackie and Jeff had been eliminated before then.)

Jackie says for the final leg of the race, the teams had to go up to the top of the Dallas building with the round part on the top and rappel down, looking for the red and white flags.

Jackie:  That is how Jeff and I got into that big fight in Germany.  We had to go to the top of a building and go down looking for the red and white flags, too.  We saw them, but once we got down there we didn't know where we were.

James:  Did you have a compass?

Jackie:  Yeah, in my backpack, but I left that downstairs the first time.  When we went up to look again the second time I had it.

James:  Is that when you took someone else's car with the stuff in it?

Jackie:  Yeah, but it was a whole big thing.  We had to sit there for hours first and wait, and then finally Production told us to go ahead and take it, but you don't see that on TV.  You should check it out because it was intense.

James thinks that TAR sounds like a blast and Jackie says it is.

Jackie:  They just tell you to go to a particular spot and do something.  They only give you a certain amount of money, and you don't know how much time you have, or where you will be or what you will really be doing.  It's thrilling, really.  And I was doing it with a stranger...usually you pick someone to play with that you trust, but I was with a random stranger.

James:  And that was Jeff.

Jackie:  Yes.  So not just a random stranger...Jeff.

Jackie tried to help Jeff in the house by telling him not to be so intense with people.  He has a way of getting right up in people's faces during even casual conversations and she warned him abut that.

Meg: He could have gone very far in this game....

They all think Meg is right about that.

I noticed that Production isn't pestering Jackie to put on her armor, but I guess it's okay if she is stretching like this.  They will let it slide.

Steve and John sat and played chess, and it was just as exciting as it looks.  Johnny Mac finally decided to start playing the game this summer, but he chose kind of a messy starting place, and now has created enemies and made himself a target even though he hasn't ever nominated anyone, or gotten his hands dirty at all.

He is pulling at Steve, though, telling Steve that he needs to choose either him or Vanessa in this game.  Steve is angry at Vanessa for unintentionally mentioning the name of the Freaks and Geeks alliance to Shelli, so he is struggling with the decision and said last night that he wished he could talk to his Mommy about it.

I have no idea what Steve's Mommy would say, but the last I heard, I think Steve plans to throw the PoV so he won't be faced with the choice to use it.

This morning Meg woke up on the wrong side of the dentist's chair and said her whole body hurts from laying on that thing.

Vanessa:  Nothing like a nice cold shower after a night like that, huh?

I was so struck by Meg's sudden resemblance to Molly Ringwald that I tweeted about it.  It's uncanny, really.

Vanessa knows she needs to play hard for the PoV today.  Supposedly she thinks that Johnny Mac is going to be the backdoor target, but I can't believe she would be stupid enough to think she's safe.  Because of course she is not.

Even if she wins the PoV this week and is safe, I think she has damaged herself in the house to the extent that she will need to keep winning every week to stay there. Unless someone else screws up so badly that they become the next Big Target.

A little later, I look up and see the cameras focused on this.....even while there is a large group of people sitting right there talking.

So....are we supposed to be thinking about the legendary White Whale?

Is it Vanessa who is obsessing over the White Whale?  Or are other people making her the White Whale and obsessing over her?

Or maybe we will see a whale in the competition today...there are whales decorating the upstairs area of the loft, leading to the door of the HoH Suite.   I thought the OTEV competition might be the PoV competition today, after I saw a tweet from Heath Luman, the guy who is charge of the BB competitions.  He's super cool because he really engages with the fans, even though he probably should be focusing on his work today.

But on the other hand, HeathCake has things under control.  So there's that.  (I just made up that nick name for Heath.)

Some people tweeted at me and said it was too early in the season for OTEV to appear in the backyard, but I checked my records and last year, on August 10th Zach won the OTEV PoV.  So the timing might be right.  Just sayin'...

But today they seem to think they won't wear costumes, and need to look cute.  Vanessa put a lot of time into her little outfit, which looks like one of her little DJ outfits.

(Supposedly most of the house guests think today will be the "counting PoV", where they have to guess the number of things included inside some other thing. But who knows...)

Vanessa approached Shelli as Shelli tried to nap, and told her that she plans to save Shelli if she wins, and she "swears on her mother's life" that this is the case.

(I believe Vanessa, but I never have understood this "swearing on someone's life".  Does that mean that if you lie you are allowing the other person to kill the person you swore on?  That would seem somewhat fair, but unfortunately our laws do not allow that sort of behavior.  And if you "swear on the Bible", what does that do if you lie?  As Amanda Zuckerman would say, "That just doesn't make sense.")

So Vanessa wants Shelli to throw the competition to her if it looks like just the two of them at the end----just pick the wrong number or something, because Vanessa will win and use the PoV to save Shelli.  She swears on her life.

I think that Shelli would go that route, if it comes down to that.  She is riding right down the middle right now, and continuing to do that would help her out for another few weeks.  Besides, they are all expecting a double eviction soon, and it wouldn't hurt to have Vanessa on her side during that event.

If Vanessa wins the PoV and wants to save Shelli, she's going to let her do that, right?  Anyone in the house would understand that.  Except maybe Johnny Mac, who might go on the block.

Johnny Mac:  NO!

 Shelli didn't commit to anything with Vanessa, by the way.

Scenes From Last Night - Thanks For the Recipes. #BB17

Yesterday afternoon Liz was getting ready, and it looked like she would have a wardrobe malfunction any second.  Accordingly, the cameras were stalking her from every angle.

She even looked up at the camera and said "creeper" at one point, but shrugged it off and kept working on her makeup.  But from a certain angle, you could see that she did have a bandeau bra on, even though it doesn't look like it.

Vanessa knows she's a backdoor target this weekend.  She stayed in bed a long, long time and skipped most of the morning chatter.

They had a brief morning lockdown in the HoH room---the backyard is closed down while the PoV set is being constructed---and when they came downstairs they found this week's Have Not foods:  Sloppy Joes.

They gather round to gawk at the food displayed on the dining table.

Shelli:  Sloppy Joes!  That's like a meal!

Liz and Julia are pissed-ah, because all they had was lollipops last week.

Then they realized that the Sloppy Joe's were actually slop, not meat, but I think the potential Have Nots were excited anyway.

Jackie:  We can make slop sandwiches with lots of condiments.

Becky read the HoH card which said she needed to nominate three Have Nots, but they already volunteered---Jackie, James and Meg.

Every week the volunteers have come forward willingly, based on a rotation schedule, but this does take some of the fun out of the process for the viewers.

For example, it was sad last year when Nicole kept getting picked, but hey that is Big Brother.  By the way that linked post is pretty fun to read now, because it includes Frankie being a dick.  Which just goes to show that every bad thing that happen ends up being a good story later.  Because Tragedy + Time = Comedy.

Shelli thought the buns were moldy, but Liz inspected one of them and reported that some of the buns were studded with jalapenos.


The Have Nots went into the Dentist's Office to set the stage for their naps.  Before she went in the room Meg waved to everyone and said "see you next week".

She went right to the bed in the corner while they all complained about all of the mess in there, and all of the things all over the dentist chairs.

Meg:  Why is there a towel here?

Meg pulls and yanks on it:  It's stuck!  What is this?

Uh, Meg...that was Austin's bed....and that is where he liked to lean over and maul Liz while she tried to sleep.  So I don't know that I would handle that towel without wearing the oven mitts.

James says there were wet towels in the room, too.

Meg says walking in the house the first few days, she would never guess that the three of them would have become a little team.

Jackie:   We're like the leftovers.

Meg: And with Becky too?  Oh my gosh.

Becky came in looking for compliments on her choice of clothing. (For someone who works in retail fashion, Becky is very insecure regarding her own clothes and makeup.)

Becky: This is my shirt from the Smells Like Team Spirit comp.

She also has on black hightop Converse shoes, also from a competition, that she says she would never wear in her everyday life.  James says he sees people who fold the high top part down, but thankfully Becky doesn't take this fashion tip seriously.

In the other bedroom Vanessa stares a hole in the wall while her wheels turn under that green beanie.

Across the room Austin is spooning Liz and massaging her sore back.  He is explaining different nerve issues that can come out of a tense back and using a lot of long, technical terms.  He might be making it all up but it sounds real to me.  She turned toward him and I think they went to sleep.

In the Have Not room everyone was getting ready for their naps, too. James found an ice pack in his bed and held it up for the cameras.  Once again, I'd probably use an oven mitt to handle that----it is likely that it was stuck down someone's pants or worse, since we all heard Austin complain about groin pain.

Later in the evening, the Twins cooked dinner with Austin hovering nearby.  They cooked a pan of chicken, and also vegetables and salad.  Julia said that after being a Have Not, she is really enjoying cooking three good meals each day.  Austin agrees that even the simplest foods like sliced turkey taste delicious now.

I heard Liz tell Shelli yesterday that seeing Clay cook so much really inspired Julia to try and make an effort more.  Julia snacks on Triscuits and has some news for us.

Julia: Did you hear that Vanessa was eating Triscuits and found out there were ants in the box?

Liz:  Ew-ah.  Gross-ah.

Shelli says she has no where else to go in the house, so she says she will tag along with the three of them if they don't mind.

They don't.

Shelli sits and stares at the memory wall.

Don't say it, Shelli.  You can think it, but you need to keep Clay's name out of your mouth now.

She does, for now.  Shelli is smarter than most casual fans think she is. She just needs to shake off that whole Clay situation and get her head back in the game.

Liz says her plate is so good-ah.  Austin is glad that they are "back on track with the vegetables".  Shelli would like to eat more vegetables, but she gets lazy and just wants to make a sandwich..

Liz: But we could put tomato on the sandwich though.

Julia says "tomato" in Spanish as she walks around the kitchen.  Liz reports that she cooked zucchini, mushrooms and onions along with the tomatoes and Shelli says it looks great.

I just watched Austin stand in the kitchen and eat right off the tray of chicken, sticking his fork in there at least two times.  He blew on the fork, too, until the chicken was cool enough to eat, so surely that spreads some additional germs all over everything.

Julia has salad on her plate, and almost as soon as she sat down she stood back up to get another piece of chicken, probably fresh from a blast of Austin's breath.

She told a little story about slipping up earlier in the season and saying her own name, so then she covered it up by saying "Julie Chen".  Shelli asked a lot of questions about their casting process, so Julia tells her that Production gave them the choice about which Twin would be the official cast member at the beginning of the season.

Julia:  I thought it would be a challenge, and I was up for it.

Shelli tells them that Jeff is the one who told her about the Twins, but says she had already noticed that the picture on the wall looked different.

(No, no, no, no.  That is NOT what happened.  Da'Vonne told Jason, and Jason told Meg, and then Da'Vonne, Jason and Meg told Jeff.  Only a few minutes later they all ran into the house to look at the Memory Wall and Shelli and Clay came down from the HoH to see what the fuss was about.  By the way, the entire Twin unveiling process was so sloppy on Da'Vonne and Jason's part that Steve and James were brought in on it also, without even a passing thought about strategy.)

Julia thinks the BB5 Twins were not as social as they are, so it is hard to keep a secret for that long.  She says that Da'Vonne was so negative all of the time that she just couldn't trust her when she approached her with a deal.

Julia says the chicken was "so good and soft" and she thanks Clay for teaching her the recipe.

Shelli:  Oh, you learned it from him!  No wonder it was so good!


Shelli:  I already know how to cook, but I didn't even have time to get hungry before he would say, here is the gourmet meal I made for you.

Liz brings up how after their Have Not week Clay slaved in the kitchen to make so much great food, but when the Chinese food was delivered everyone just ran to eat that.

Liz: I was like, NO...and I ate one of his turkey burgers and it was delicious!

Shelli is incensed just thinking about this and starts raising her voice, at a low screech level.

Shelli:  What are you talking about that no one ate his food?  Everyone had a HUGE plate of Clay's food, and THEN the Chinese food!

(We don't need to imagine what happened though, because you know I have the facts right here.)

They hate that Production let Clay and Becky "slave away" in the kitchen without telling them Chinese food was being delivered.  Shelli starts reciting every dish that Clay made and her voice gets louder and louder, describing the sliced potatoes with the cheese and says it looks like the spread you'd see at a wedding.

Shelli: It looked like a spread you'd see at a wedding.

Liz: That was when I feel in love with his turkey burgers.  And remember he made the halibut with all of the tomatoes and everything?  It was all bite-sized and so good-ah..

Julia:  Where did he learn to do that?

Shelli:  His dad.

Liz:  His dad-uh.

Shelli:  I know my mom has been watching this and is wondering how I keep doing this. My last two boyfriends were great ex-husband was Italian and he could cook like he went to culinary school, but he didn't.

Liz:  No-ah!

Shelli:  His degree was in like, food management and he worked in restaurants and his mom was Italian.  And my last boyfriend, who I lived with, he...


Shelli:  But I like Clay's cooking best of all of them.