Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Becky Takes Pictures With the Peasants, But is a Revolt Planned? #BB27

Tuesday is HoH Picture Day, of course.  And as usual the HoH had a hard time getting people out of bed and motivated.

I don't know if you know this, but Becky is the HoH! She's in charge!

Shelli took a week off from managing the photo session last week while she was spending every second with Clay, but she's back this week, and helping Becky oversee the picture-taking process.  While that is going on, Vanessa is inside plotting and scheming with Sneaky Steve.  But more on that later.

Vanessa did say she would come out and join the picture-taking group near the end of the photo session.  And she's pulled her look together today.

The girls wanted a picture all laying together on the round chaise lounge.  While Austin hovered over them framing the shot, Shelli reminded him that it was supposed to be faces only....not bodies.  Liz is wearing heart-shaped Lolita-esque sunglasses.


At first I thought Steve was holding up lighting or a boom mic, but of course he is just hanging on to the awnings, trying to steady himself.

Everyone said "cheese" and made sure they were smiling.

They couldn't wait to see the picture.

Vanessa:  Can I go inside now?

Note that whenever something like this happens, and by "this" I am referring to Julia's butt cheeks showing here, the live feeds slow waaaaayyyyy dowwwwwwn and some of the dialogue skips and repeats itself. Everyone was snapping pictures and making GIF's of this..

And you have to respect someone who doesn't yank their shorts down immediately when something like that happens.  Julia took her time pulling her shorts back down.

Shelli reviews the pictures, and wanted to delete a few of them and sought Becky's approval before doing so.

I'm not sure Becky knows this yet, but she's not really calling the shots around there anymore--- just the camera shots. After Becky made her PoV nomination yesterday, her role as the HoH is really over.  She can't even vote to evict unless there is a tie.  So this picture taking, and her HoH blog and tweets are really all she has.

Becky can't even win HoH during the double elimination, so she's actually at a disadvantage right now, at least until later on Thursday night, when the 2nd HoH of the night is crowned (usually after the live show, but before BBAD begins, a half-hour earlier this Thursday night).

I did hear Becky say that one picture was better than another because Vanessa was in it, so that was nice of her. Sort of like the Old Becky.

This is the one they all loved, if you can see it.

Then Becky wanted to take a selfie with "Gronk" the inflatable shark.  I'm pretty sure Gronk won't approve that name---the house guests weren't even allowed to keep their "Gronk Party" T-shirts after Gronk's legal team saw them.  Pretty sure that name is trademarked now, what with the Gronk Party Cruise and all.

While Becky posed, she recited word-for-word what she says was her HoH blog, which includes a lot of jokes, such as how they would all jump for joy to be on the jury if they weren't in so much pain from the HoH competition.  And also a line about how this week's Have Nots are the best ever, and that she goes downstairs to "visit the peasants" every chance she gets.

All of the peasants say Becky's picture with Gronk is like, the cutest ever.

Becky took a picture of the twins with Gronk, after they took a selfie that Becky thought she could improve on.

I'm sure Gronk would love to be part of a Twin Sandwich.

In fact, I'll bet all they have to do is ask and they can get free tickets on the cruise, too.  I had friends who were twins when I was in junior high and the two of them got freebees everywhere without even asking, such as free super-sizing on their McDonald's fries and a few extra squirts of buttery oil on their popcorn at the movie theater.  I can only imagine how that equation works when booze is involved.

The camera time is running short, so they scampered back to the Have Not room where James was sleeping to take pictures with him.  The Goblins wanted to recreate their scene from yesterday when they all wore their BB shades with towels wrapped around them (for the neck pillow effect) when Vanessa came in to "tell on" Becky.

Becky ran in the back to get in a picture, wearing her "Audrey blanket" and crown, clutching Gronk, who is truly a fish out of water in this Dentist's Office.

I love a BB season where they really throw themselves in to the HoH picture process.  It should be fun, right?  Even if (or when) they all hate each other.


In the darkened corners of their den, the Goblins had a whispered conversation at around 1:30 am that has potentially changed the course of this week.

Meg:  Shelli is totally coming after us.

James:  YES!  SHE IS!

Once the three of them got going, they built momentum and here is a summary of their reasons for switching things up this week and revolting against Queen Becky's wishes.

*  Meg has a horrible feeling whenever Shelli is around.  She feels her hatred for them and it is a buzzkill for Meg.
*  Vanessa is definitely gunning for Becky first, not the Goblins.
*  Several house guests are gunning for Vanessa, like Becky and Johnny Mac which will also take the focus off any Goblin-hunting.
*  They think it will be easy to evict Vanessa in the double-eviction. (Jackie:  Her bags are already packed.)
*  Shelli can win more comps than Vanessa, especially the physical ones.
*  They think Shelli is completely lying when she says she doesn't think of them as targets.
*  James thinks that because Shelli is still salty from Clay leaving, it would be a great BB blindside.
*  They think Shelli will be more loyal to the Twins because of their sorority, but Vanessa would be willing to cut them when necessary.

Meg cautions that they can't say anything to anybody about this.  It is to stay strictly within the Goblin circle for the time being.

James:  I don't want to go against Becky, but the whole fucking house went against me last week when I was HoH.  I could have taken the damn $5,000 and let Shelli have the damn veto.

(Let me say that I hate to see either Shelli or Vanessa leave the game, because they have both played so hard and have put on a good show.  But Becky's smug and shitty attitude, as well as her imperious manner, well....it would just be too delicious to see her face on Thursday if Julie Chen tells Vanessa she is safe.  I can only hope that if this does happen, they keep it a strict secret until the live show.)

(And let me say what a GREAT season this has turned out to be.)

The Goblins want to have a talk with Vanessa and see if she will offer anything to them in return for their votes.

 So, earlier today, while everyone was in the backyard taking pictures, Vanessa asked Steve if she can count on him for his vote.

Steve started to automatically say yes, but then he went over and told her that he would do it, but he needs to cover himself with Johnny Mac and Shelli.

Steve: Do you think I could tell them that I made a two-week deal with you back when you were HoH?

Vanessa points out that she has looked out for him this whole game, and given him lots of good advice and been his friend from the beginning.  He agrees with her, but is nervous about getting in trouble.

Steve:  If I can cover it up, I'll do it.  I don't want to lie to you.  I'm trying to be honest.

Vanessa:  I understand and I don't want you to lie.  What about if I let you know at least two hours before the vote if I have enough to stay.

Steve: ....what vote?


Vanessa:  The vote!  On the live show!

Finally Vanessa gets through to Steve that she is working on getting other votes and might be able to stay.  Steve seems shocked, but finally agrees that he will trust her to tell him on Thursday if she will be staying or not if she has his vote.

(But she might not need it, if three Goblins and the AusTwins vote for her..  3+3 = 6 votes)

Steve saw Johnny Mac in the bathroom and got right to it.

Steve:  Are the Goblins still voting to send Vanessa home?

John:  Yes, absolutely.

Steve: Okay. I have been conflicted all week about this, but I promised Vanessa weeks ago that I would owe her a vote, so I think I should do that, since it won't matter and she leaves anyway...you know why I want to do that...(i.e. her jury vote).

John:  Yeah. If you're asking me, I'd say no, because it's too risky.

Steve:  But will Shelli be too mad at me?

John:  I don't know...you'd have to ask her.

Steve:  Well, please don't tell anybody about this.

John:  Hey buddy.  It's on you.


The whole ShirtGate issue isn't making things better for Shelli.  Here are the basics:

*  James stole one of Clay's shirts.
*  James wore said shirt right in front of Shelli, enraging her.
*  Meg told James that it was like he killed Clay, and wore his pelt as a trophy.
*  Shelli went into the Have Not room, found the shirt, and stole it back.
*  Vanessa totally egged Shelli on, encouraging her to wear the shirt in front of James.
*  James told the Goblins that he knows Shelli stole the shirt back because he could tell from the DR questions.

So....this has really demonstrated to James that Shelli isn't letting bygones go as far as Clay Honeycutt goes.

And Clay is definitely Bye....Gone.

(I just made that pun up...sorry.)

There's Three Stories: Your Story, My Story, and The Truth. #BB17

Last night Julia continued her cooking efforts.  She's been really into it ever since she was a Have Not last week, and is using red kale to make kale chips.  At this point it had been hours since the PoV ceremony where Steve used the PoV to save himself and Becky nominated Vanessa for eviction.

Austin walked in the bedroom, where Vanessa has apparently been stewing in her own bitter juices, alone for hours.  I missed the first part of the conversation, but I think I heard what I needed to hear to get the gist of the situation.

Vanessa:  Everyone is treating me like I'm fucking Audrey!  I thought I had friends in here but my friends suck!  I've been in here for hours and you'd think someone would come in to check on me!

Austin: I thought you were sleeping...I'm sorry.

Vanessa:  I'm like, does anyone even give a shit about me at all?

No man likes to face a crying, hysterical woman and Austin is no different.  He says he peeked in earlier, after visiting her with the Twins after the ceremony, and thought she was sleeping.

Austin:  And you came outside a little while ago...I thought you just wanted to come back to bed.

Vanessa makes exasperated noises, because I think he was referring to her doomed conversation with Becky on the backyard couch.

Austin:  I'm sorry.  I'm just going to take a shower now but I'll come back later.

Vanessa:  Whatever.  This just sucks.

Vanessa has been reading the Bible today.  Not sure if that is helping matters.

Austin came out and told the Twins that Vanessa was sobbing in there, and is upset that everyone has abandoned her.  Julia plans to go in and visit her, and told Jackie about Vanessa being upset while they washed a few dishes.  It was hard to hear over the rushing water, but I think Jackie told Julia that she had no plans to target the Twins, and didn't want them to think that.

Jackie also said "she needs to shut up" and I think she was referring to Becky, who has been doing a lot of talking to everyone about her exciting day.

(Becky really isn't an official member of The Goblins, and is probably thought of as the 4th wheel by Jackie, James and Meg.)

Steve also heard Austin talk about Vanessa feeling abandoned, and said he'd give it a few minutes and go in to see her, too.

Julia went in to visit Vanessa, and listened as Vanessa exploded in tears, saying not one person cared enough to even hug her, and that she felt so alone all day.

Julia:  I am so sorry Vanessa.  I never wanted you to feel that way.  I thought you were sleeping.  We poked our heads in here before we worked out and it looked like you were sleeping.

Steve came in and said he thought Vanessa wanted to be alone.

Steve:  I came in here with Shelli earlier, and I thought you wanted me to leave.

(She did...she was very terse with Steve earlier, because she knew Steve knew...)

Julia:  Becky has been sleeping all day upstairs.

Steve:  She's been as invisible as you've been.

Vanessa made him repeat that again to be sure she heard it correctly.  Then she started asking him about knowing she was going to be nominated.

Steve: I had a suspicion...because why would she put Johnny Mac on the block...he's her friend.

Vanessa thinks Steve had more than a suspicion, and he says he is sorry she sees it that way.

Julia: When Becky talked to us afterwards, she said she didn't tell us because she knew we would come and tell you.

Vanessa:  But she didn't think Steve would, and he didn't tell me...did you Steve?

Steve kind of hemmed and hawed and he and Julia left the room, saying they would come back later and check on her.  Steve may be fooling everyone else, but he knows he can't fool Vanessa.  She knows.

After Julia and Steve left, Vanessa pulled the covers over her head and started sobbing and cursing.

I don't think she knew that Johnny Mac and his back hair were in the room.

(Did you know he had back hair?  I wish I didn't.)

Vanessa, a little muffled:  I hate people!  Fake motherfuckers!

Johnny Mac seems oblivious, and puts on a shirt (thanks) and then checks his hair before leaving the room.

Outside everyone is talking about their guesses about the competition schedule.  Becky informs everyone about the luxury comps last year and when they happened.  Meg says the "Scorpian" TV show prize was won after the "counting" competition and they also discussed the group that got to leave the house for the NFL practice session.

Shelli says that until someone from Production came to her hotel room to show her how to use the mic pack, she never noticed the house guests wearing them.  But after that visit, she went back to watching the previous seasons on DVD, and says Jeff's mic pack was always visible and hanging here and there.

Production doesn't like the topic of this discussion, so we go back to the bedroom.

Steve is telling James that he wishes he could help Vanessa.  He doesn't want her to feel so bad about things, and there is no reason why she should be made to feel this way.

James:  I agree with you.  Yep.  Now where is my hoodie?  I can't find my hoodie.

(Was Steve trying to start a conversation about the vote this week?)

Then Johnny Mac went back in the bedroom and Vanessa was sitting sorting through her makeup bag.

John:  Can I have a hug?

It was a good ice breaker and Vanessa stood up and hugged him.

John:  If we were all in a house where someone didn't have to leave every week, we'd be good!

Vanessa, chuckling:  Yeah.

John:  I was mopey all week, thinking about it (do you mean "him", Johnny? you were thinking about Clay?)...we've really put ourselves in a shitty situation here.

Vanessa:  Yeah.  What the fuck have we done?  You're a good guy, John.

John, as he leaves the room:  Cry it out, okay?

Outside the group talks about Vanessa being so upset.  Meg also told Johnny Mac that she lives about two blocks from Central Park, right near the Museum of Natural History, on the Upper West Side.

John has stayed with a friend who lives right in that area, too.  Meg started to give her address and the feeds went to FISH.

Jackie thinks it is ridiculous that Vanessa would hold a grudge after going to the Jury.

Meg:  She'll get over it by then..she will.

Johnny Mac came out and reported that he just told Vanessa that they all signed up for this, and that everyone would end up feeling this way, and that's the game.  He said Vanessa is in the "crying stage" now.

John:  And then I hugged her and left.

(Well, that is sort of what he said.)

Becky:  Vanessa is always playing the victim, even when she's the HoH.

Meg: Yeah! She says she didn't want to win HoH, so why did she?  Why even play the game if you don't want to win?

Jackie:  And she said she wanted to talk to me...I don't have anything to say to her that she can't say in front of my friends, so go ahead.

Shelli: She said that...that she wants to talk to you?

Meg:  She already talked to us, right after she talked to Becky.

Shelli:  When was that?  How long was she in there?  What did she say?  What did you say?

Meg explained that this was the time they all had on sunglasses while they were napping.  And Vanessa was saying that she just tried to talk to Becky but Becky yelled at her.

Shelli:  Oh,you did tell me that... and you think that will be on the show..

(Yes, it will.  Wednesday night.)

Becky then launched into her story of what happened earlier with her conversation with Vanessa.  In her retelling of the story, she was calm and cordial the entire time, while Vanessa fired questions at her.

Becky:  I was not mean to her, but from now on I will only speak with her if there is another person present as a witness.

Shelli asked a number of questions to clarify the details, wanting to know exactly what was said, and by whom.

Becky:  And the fairies are dying laughing about all of this...they just laugh and laugh when I tell them what she says about the promises she made....they are just loving this whole thing!

It's kind of telling that Julia is on the outskirts of the conversation, just perched and listening.  She announces that the kale chips are taking longer than usual, and described her simple recipe.  Then she brought up being surprised that someone thought "Brass Tacks" was spelled "Brass Tacs".

Johnny:  Yeah, I just can't even believed the word was misconstrued.

They asked Jackie how to spell "tacks".

Jackie:  Um...T...A...X?

Meg, Julia and Johnny erupt over that.

Meg:  You're going to charge a tax on brass?

Shelli says she had never heard the phrase before, and Becky stepped in to give everyone the entire timeline of the use of that phrase in the house.

Johnny Mac:  Well, if we both agree that the sky is blue, I don't even stop to think that someone doesn't know what blue is.