Saturday, September 12, 2015

PoV Aftermath - Money Can't Buy You a PoV. #BB17

Unless you're on the CBS website, using a valid credit card.

Sixty-five-ninety-five?  Who are they kidding?  I know that CBS just farms out the sales of these tschotkes to a marketing company, but c'mon....

While the PoV was in play (for HOURS) I watched Big Jeff's interview with Julia, and at the end he used a pair of tongs to give her a little Zingbot figure, that may have been a keychain. When she pressed it, it said "Zing".  I thought it was cute, so I went on the CBS website to have a look at it.  But it's not even listed for sale yet.  They did have some sort of "Zingbot standee", but no little Zingbot figurine.

That is a marketing don't advertise something, or mail out a coupon, until the freaking product is on the shelf.  And as for Jeff's tongs, he hides the evicted house guest's present inside a little outdoor grill, and picks it up with tongs, for a wild and wacky gift presentation, a real "get 'em while they're hot" moment.

OK.  About the game.  I took this picture this morning, mainly because I really like the floor in the HoH room.  It really is like being up on the sky.  Vanessa had a few crackers with cottage cheese, and then went back to bed.

Fast forward a few hours, then a lot of hours.  The live feeds went down for the PoV comp around noon, and were down for about five long hours.  When they return, we know that Austin didn't win.

How do I know?  Because he isn't strutting around the house wearing it, like he did  last week.

And Liz seems stressed, saying that Steve is only out for himself in this game, and they've seen that over and over.

And we know Steve didn't win it, from the looks of things.  He was scurrying around the kitchen, saying he burnt something, and then that he wouldn't be eating something else, and seemed like he might be short circuiting a little bit.

Liz, whispering: Between you and me, I would love to work with Johnny Mac, but I just don't think I could trust him.

It sounds like the PoV involved a puzzle, with some running around, too.


Johnny Mac won the PoV.  So either Liz or Austin will be nominated in Johnny Mac's place, up against Steve for eviction.  Johnny and the remaining AusTwin will cast the votes, and Vanessa will cast the tie break vote, if necessary.  So she had a big decision to make, with everything on the line.

Vanessa can't play for the crucial HoH next week, so she needs to make a choice that will give her the best odds of winning next week's PoV. Vanessa has to win that PoV to stay in the game, in my opinion.

Liz: Obviously I'll tell Vanessa how much I trust her.

Austin: We don't could be me that she's putting up.

Austin explained in detail to Liz why HoH would be nice to win next week, but winning PoV would be even better.  Liz had difficulty understanding that the PoV holder was the only person voting to evict, and the power that move would have in the game.

Meanwhile Steve sits down for his solitary sandwich, which was probably an HLT---ham, lettuce and tomato.  He had a few bites and then read the back of the Whey Protein jar.

He ended up throwing away the remainder of the sandwich in favor of a glass of orange juice.

Vanessa is in a bad mood, and told Steve she needed some space, to avoid saying something that might get her a penalty nomination.  (What could that be?  I know Vanessa knows the BB Rule Book back and forth.)

She went downstairs to get a bag of Skittles,and M&M's and went to work on the HoH suite coffee table.

Meanwhile, Liz and Austin went to the kitchen, and had a minor disagreement about what they would eat.  Liz wanted to make an HLT like Steve, but Austin wanted to prepare a real dinner.  Steve tried to make conversation, but the air was thick with tension.

Steve:  When do we get to watch the TV show?  (they are watching some show, apparently)

Liz:  Tomorrow.

Steve:  Would the proper thing to do right now be to just shut up?  I just want to be a good friend to everyone.

Austin:  People need to decompress right now, Steve.

Steve:  OK. So I'll just shut up.

But there was an extreme ant situation in the kitchen, as the ants attack food as soon as it comes out of the fridge, within minutes of being plated.  Steve tried to jump in the conversation to share his tale of losing a slice of bread earlier to the ants, but Austin overtalks him and he stops and starts, struggling to be heard.

Steve:  At least it was confirmed yesterday that the ants are all over the lot.

( not just on the BB set...there is an infestation all over the studio grounds...)

Johnny is in the DR, probably the only house guest happy at the moment.  All of the others sit silently in their misery, dealing with their new reality.  Austin ate his leftovers rather angrily, but happy to salvage what he could from the aggressive ant attack.

(The ants made a run for his bowl of leftover vegetables as soon as he set it down on the counter.)

After Steve left the room, Austin and Liz sat at the counter.

Liz:  Are you going to work out tonight?  (probably planning when she can talk to Vanessa alone about her renominations)

Austin:  I dunno. Maybe, if they open up the backyard. (probably wondering if Vanessa will work out with him so he can talk to her alone about her renominations)

Meanwhile Vanessa lays out a Wonka-sized playing field with her colorful candies.  Is she leaving the nasty grape Skittles in the bag?  Because I don't see many of those, and my Skittles bag always seems to be infested with those, rather than the more tasty flavors.

(Basically I prefer any other Skittle than the grape ones.)

She places candies, and ponders, and then pulls more from the bag and puts them on the playing field.   Or "in the theater", as a general might say.

Skittles would like to invite you to strategize with the rainbow.  You can taste it later, too., if you survive your mission.

Apparently the ants don't have directions to the HoH Suite.  I guess they don't need to travel up that treacherous spiral staircase with all of that food scattered about in the kitchen area.  Just like us, why should the ants have to work harder than they need to?

Vanessa's work area is neat and orderly.  I'm guessing the columns on her left are the current jurors, with their expected votes at the Finale.  And the columns on the right are the current house guests in the game, and who they might vote for in the end, once they are evicted.

(Psst...I'm smart, too!)

If Vanessa knows what she's doing, she's sure not telling us.

It's got to be Austin, right?  Isn't Austin the one who needs to go on the block?  And then she must decide whether to evict Steve or Austin, which won't be an easy choice.

Vanessa's HoH reigns never seem to work out smoothly...there is always some sort of snafu with the PoV.  If only Vanessa brought her American Express card with her, she could have secured the PoV for herself.

Yes, It Was an Ariana Grande Concert. Mark Told You So. #BB17

I do enjoy watching the Twitter scroll that rolls by next to the live feed screen. Yesterday morning I saw a tweet from Mark, who had been researching different LA-area events that were to be held last night.

Mark speculated that Liz may have won a trip to Ariana Grande's concert at the Staples Center.  Not only was this information juicy, it makes sense, too, when you consider who Ariana's half brother is.

So, while you were sleeping in yesterday, or waiting to get your tires rotated, Mark was doing some good old-fashioned investigative journalism.

And he hit pay dirt, because Frankie likes to announce his activities.  Like, constantly.

And this was enough for me....I just knew this was it.  Supposedly rumors are going around that someone from Production leaked the news, but that is incorrect.

It was Mark.  Mark is the leak.

As you know, the live feeds were down all day, starting at 9:45 am, and stayed down until after Liz and Vanessa returned from the show after 1:00 am.  I'm guessing that Production felt they needed that time to get the girls out of the house and in and out of the venue without being seen by any fans or even the concert crew.

Not because Liz or Vanessa is so famous now...they just don't want fans to see them and start screaming things at them, maybe telling them some deep dark secrets about the game that could compromise things.  But more importantly, they could not risk someone tweeting a picture or a Periscope of Liz and Vanessa.

Because you know how fast word would get out, and that could turn into a big fat mess.

The girls wore disguises...wigs and lots of makeup.  Liz got a tattoo.  Austin tried to scrub it off her arm later, and she was a big baby about the pain. She later told Austin that she would never get a tattoo on her arm..she would get it on her ribcage.

Austin:  You are not getting a tattoo.

Liz:  But why?  I want one!

Austin:  Because you have perfect skin.

(That is the smartest thing I've ever heard Austin say.)

Liz said at the event they had all types of salads, but she was disappointed that they only got one drink. (I'm guessing they were backstage, or maybe in a luxury box.)

Liz:  We saw another bottle of wine sitting there, and we asked them for it, but they didn't give it to us.  They didn't want us getting tipsy, particularly Vanessa, since she had to do the nominations when we got back.

Liz said they both enjoyed meeting Frankie, and after only a few minutes it felt like they had known him forever, he was so warm and friendly.  They also met Frankie's mom, and Liz got a thrill out of meeting Ariana.

Liz:  Ariana knew us, too...she said, 'you guys are in disguises', like she watches the show and everything.

Austin: Did he (Frankie) say anything about me?

Liz:  No....only that he'd like to see you without a ponytail beard.

I wondered what Frankie had to say about all of this...was it a magical night for him, too?

So, Frankie's head is in the clouds, and he can't wait until all of his followers can fully understand it.  I guess we can assume that he means after we see the CBS show on Sunday, where Frankie will be there in all of his glory, including his shorty shorts and spray tan.

But maybe Frankie's head is in the clouds because of this:

Don't you just love how Frankie takes a selfie with a Big Star but puts them in the background?  And he doesn't even look happy to be with her!

Well, we know Derrick wasn't there, because we have evidence that he was in Las Vegas with Vanessa's girlfriend. Interesting.


When the feeds came back, I think nominations had just happened, but I"m not sure.  We saw Steve up in the HoH with Vanessa, telling her that he thinks Johnny Mac already knows what is up.

Steve:  He said he was in I think he knows.

Vanessa:  How would he know?

Steve says they are friends, and he understands that she has to put him up, and is okay with everything.

Steve:  I'll just nominate you next week, though.

Vanessa:  Oh, you little stinker.

You may know that I hate eggs.  The thought of them disgusts me, actually.  So imagine how nauseated I was to see Austin cook up what must have been at least 5 eggs and then scarf it down.  He literally shoveled bites in so quickly that he was spooning in another load while the first load was still in his mouth.

He stopped in the middle to load the plate with cottage cheese, and then kept right on going.  The cameras closed in so we could enjoy the full horror, and hear the fork clanking on the plate, and Austin's chewing and swallowing process.

He even licked the plate before putting it in the sink.  At least he doesn't waste food.  So that's something.

But why the big hurry?  What else does Austin have to do?

Liz was in the bathroom complaining about how dirty everything was, just from one day with the three guys in there.

Liz:  Look at all of this hair!  Gross!

Austin:  That's not my hair.

Liz:  Yes it is!  If we're going to live together after this, something needs to change!

Johnny Mac approached them with an offer to throw the PoV to them, in exchange for their votes to evict Steve this week.  Austin acted like that was an interesting offer, and said it was so diabolical it might work.  (i.e. they would keep the nominations the same, but both Liz and Austin would vote out Steve).

Johnny:  I know I would go out third if I went to the end with you guys, but that's better than going out 5th now.

Johnny also admitted to throwing both of them under the bus last week, saying he had to do what he had to do.  I must note that there was frequent FISH during these conversations.  I don't think Production wants them to say much about where they were tonight or anything that went on until after the Sunday show airs.

(This is similar to last year's NFL trip.  The HG weren't allowed to wear their NFL jerseys or talk openly about it until after the segment aired.)

After Johnny left the room, Austin was kind of astounded, and had to explain what Johnny wanted to Liz, who had a hard time grasping it.

Liz:  Why would Johnny throw the PoV when he's on the block?  It doesn't make sense.

Austin:  Because he's crazy!

Liz:  Are we going to tell Vanessa?

Austin:  Yeah..when she's out of the DR we need to tell her.  But I might add a few things to it.

When Vanessa came out of the DR, they both acted like they had some big news to tell, kind of an "Awoo...woo" moment that you might have had as a kid.

Vanessa:  What happened?

Austin:  Taxi driver!

They started telling her, and we got FISH a few times.  Vanessa kind of laughed, but I know she will be thinking about this all night.

By the way, all Austin could talk about is how much he missed Liz today, and that it was way too long to be without her.

Liz:  Can we hear _________by Ariana Grande tomorrow?  (one of her big hits, but I forgot the name of it)

Austin:  No..I want to hear ________ (some other band).  I would really like to see some of the tributes to us that are out there...there will be a lot of videos people make as a tribute to us...from our fans.

Liz:  Well, we know Vanessa has a fan...after she got that shout out.


(Wow.  Wonder what happened with that.)

Austin got called to the DR, and Liz listened to the camera above her spin and focus.

Liz:  Today was epic!  Tune in and learn all about it.

Kind of a neat angle. Liz sleeping in a picture frame.  You know Julia is going to be PISSED that she missed out on the trip.  Once again, Julia got the short end of the Twin Stick.