Monday, November 28, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash: Let's All Give Thanks That This is Almost Over. #BBOTT

OK I know I am late, but this will likely be the last post for the BBOTT season.  I did not plan to watch BB after September (since a second season was unprecedented), but for the most part I have been interested in this season and have enjoyed keeping up with all of the action, even if I didn't post about it every day.

If you are a longtime BB fan, I don't need to tell you how ugly and nasty the fans have acted in the last few months.  There has only been one season in recent memory where the person I originally picked to win ended up winning.  In most other seasons, I end up shifting my allegiance to whoever was still in the house that I felt like I could still root for.  And in at least one season, I walked away from the finale totally disappointed, with not much to cheer about.  But in every BB season I have found something to talk about on this website, even if I am just focusing on the action in the kitchen.

And I have NEVER posted hateful things about ANY of the house guests.  I have NEVER attacked the house guests, or their family or friends on Twitter.  And I just don't understand the people who do, particularly all of the HATERS on certain websites.

LOOK:  I'm probably older than you are, and I have had a full life, both work and personal.  You are all going to have to deal with disappointments.  You are going to lose out on jobs, and also promotions, and you probably won't feel like it is fair.  You might even hate your boss, and his or her boss, too.  You are going to lose loved ones, and will probably feel the sting of rejection in a hundred different ways .  But it is HOW you deal with these events that defines you a a person.  You can choose to have a POSITIVE impact on other people, or you can be a HATE-SPREADING wretch that other people will want to AVOID.  The choice is up to you, but everyone faces karmic retribution at some point.


When you see the Jenga game or a deck of playing cards, you know that Production is winding things down, and that most of the action of the game is over.  And that is the case with BBOTT, too. If you haven't been watching, I will try to bring you somewhat up to date.

*  Shelby was evicted last week, leaving the Final Four of Jason, Kryssie, Justin and Morgan.

*  Shelby had been practicing and practicing what she thought would be a SHOCKING eviction speech, that disclosed her law school status.  But as often happens when you memorize speeches, she fumbled her words, but eventually got her message out.  I'm not sure if she got the reaction she hoped for, but it did give everybody something to talk about after she left.  (Kryssie told Morgan later that she heard Shelby's DR leak about taking the LSAT, but didn't discuss it per BB's instructions.)

*  After Shelby left, Morgan came clean about Alex being her sister, and they all enjoyed a lively discussion about that.  Jason wondered if Alex told Scott about it, and Morgan said that Scott had no idea that Alex and Morgan were sisters.  If fact, Morgan told everyone what Scott said to Alex about Morgan being "too basic to win the game", and they all had a good laugh about that.

*  The Final Four played their last HoH competition last Wednesday night.  Julie told the house guests that the big, GAME CHANGING situation was that the HoH would be able to pick one other house guests to take to the Final Three.  The remaining two house guests would battle it out in one final competition to decide who would be evicted in 4th place.

*  Jason didn't just WIN that HoH competition, he ANNIHILATED it.  Each house guest had a large playing board that looked to be at least two stories high.  Their objective was to put all 12 HoH winners in order by rolling a ball into the appropriate spot from their place on the ground.  They could not see the other contestants while the competition played out, but they could hear them huffing and puffing, and could hear balls dropping off the playing board.  For some (stupid) reason, Morgan, Kryssie and Justin all started at the top, which required them to maneuver the ball to the highest spot, around a number of obstacles and potential pitfalls.  But Jason's strategy was to start at the bottom, which seemed obvious to me.  He was able to get the feel for moving the balls around by finishing all of the lower items first.

*  When Jason won, I don't think either Justin or Morgan had even one ball in place, and Kryssie only had three. So it wasn't even close.  It was a decisive win, and the other house guests were SHOCKED that Jason won so quickly.  Kryssie can say that she "almost won" as much as she wants to, but there was no "almost" about it.

After a short time, Jason got access to his HoH room.  He received several new pairs of underwear, and lots of root beer that apparently contained alcohol.  And also a still-warm bucket of chicken wings, which are one of Jason's passions.  He invited everyone to enjoy the wings with him, and Kryssie and Justin both took him up on the offer.  I think Morgan had gone downstairs at this point--not sure if she's a wing girl, anyway.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - The Final Five Face the Facts. #BBOTT

Last night the festivities started at the new time, two hours earlier than it usually does on eviction nights.  This was MUCH appreciated by all of the East Coast live feeders, since the HoH comps have been starting well after midnight for us all season.

Last night Danielle was evicted by a unanimous vote, and left without seeming too salty.  She looked gorgeous, and everyone gathered at the Memory Wall to watch her picture turn to black and white.  It's funny, because after the first eviction, when Cornbread left, only Jason and Scott stood at the wall to watch this BB tradition.  But now everyone does's a rite of passage in the game, sort of like attending a funeral for a comrade.

The HoH comp started around 10:00 PM EST, after a short FISH break to give the house guests instructions.  This was another good comp, although it was rather uneventful to watch much of the time.  Basically, they started with Shelby asking the players seven different questions about gender differences in the game, questions that were difficult to anticipate or prepare for.  Questions like, "who placed more votes to evict this season, males or females?"  Shelby asked each player to lock in their answers, and then we went to the next question without learning that the correct answer, or who answered correctly.

There were some long pauses while Shelby waited to be prompted after each question, dragging out the process somewhat.  But I'm sure Production was checking to be sure they had the footage they need, and noting the recorded answers before continuing.  Once all of the questions were completed, it was time to start the balance portion of the competition.  BB asked them to wipe their shoes off on a special mat each of them had in their booths, so they wouldn't be too slippery.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - Don't Lie to Me While I'm Trying to Lie to You. #BBOTT

Every week, after the PoV Ceremony, the targets for the week are set---Danielle and Jason are on the block for eviction, with Danielle widely assumed (even by Danielle) to be evicted on Wednesday night.  As soon as the PoV Ceremony is over every week, the current HoH's power is over, and the house guests start trying to lay the foundation for the following week.

Just before the PoV Ceremony yesterday, Morgan, for some strange reason, feelt that she needed to confess to Kryssie that Alex is her sister.  The strange reasons include trying to make Kryssie trust her, and also to try and "prove" why she wants Jason out of the game next week.

(UM....I don't think Kryssie needed any proof of that, but whatever.  Let's not get in the way of Morgan's camera time.  She said herself that she didn't want to be considered "a Victoria" in this game, so I think this is her effort to prevent that.)

OK.  Morgan was clearly nervous as she primped in the bathroom mirror. Kryssie was in the shower, and Morgan casually went over and asked if she could speak with her later about "plans for next week".  Kryssie agreed to a meeting, and then Morgan said it was so hard to find time to really talk around there.

(UM.  WHAT?)

Apparently Morgan couldn't wait, so right after Kryssie got dressed out of her shower, Morgan went in for the kill.  She started off talking about how Justin wants to throw HoH to her so she can evict Jason, blah blah blah blah.  Then she said she was really nervous, and that her heart was beating fast.

Morgan stressed several times that she hasn't discussed this topic with ANYBODY yet, but she wanted to build trust with Kryssie, after she lied to her about voting Neeley out.

Morgan:  Alex my sister.

Kryssie just stared at her, still trying to brush the tangles out of her wet hair.  I'm not sure this was the reaction that Morgan expected.  It certainly wasn't the reaction that Shelby gave Alex and Morgan when she learned the news.

Morgan, really chattering now:  And Jason got Alex out, so now you know that I really, really want to get Jason out.

Kryssie just kind of "uh huh'ed" her and the two of them awkwardly continued their morning ablutions.  Morgan started flossing her teeth as she walked around the bathroom, really sawing away at a few of those molars.  Kryssie kept brushing her wet hair, eyeing Morgan warily from across the room.

(What was the point of this again, Morgan?)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - The Most Important PoV Competition (Until Next Week) #BBOTT

As usual in a lively season of Big Brother, yesterday's PoV was the "most important of the season".  I know I say that every week, but it's true every week. The house guests were hoping for a more traditional PoV competition format, where they all competed together, but that was not the case.

Each house guest pulled their PoV placement from a bag that Shelby carried out from the Diary Room.  To summarize, we are down to the Final Six, and as HoH,  Shelby nominated Jason and Danielle.  America nominated Morgan, so at the time of the PoV Danielle, Jason, and Morgan were on the block for eviction.

The name of the PoV comp was "Domi-Knows", and it combined both mental and physical elements.  The players have to build a trail of dominoes that stretches from he beginning to the end, flowing through three obstacles (or "gates") along the way.  Each obstacle has two choices for the answers to the questions, but only one of them was correct, of course.  Once each house guest was ready, they pushed over their starting domino and nervously watched the trail, hoping to see the final domino fall on the end mark.

Once that happened, their time stopped, but each incorrect answer would add three minutes to their completion time.

Jason went first, and he wanted to win this one.  Or at least make sure Danielle doesn't win it, because Danielle is supposedly the target this week, to eliminate the potential of her winning the final Care Package next week.  Each contestant went over the rules in the DR with Production, as usual, and then read the directions aloud on the live feeds, standing behind a partition.  Once they were ready, they dinged a bell and then started moving.

Jason started running immediately, carrying two of the dominoes at a time.

Jason:  These dominoes are heavy!  And they picked questions that none of us studied for.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - Life After the Election #BBOTT

Last Thursday everyone gathered in the living room for their weekly chat with Julie Chen.  As usual, Justin was late, so Julie started without him.

Julie: He's already disrespected me by calling me Boo, so...

Shelby thought that was hilarious.  Given that parts of this little Sit Down with Julie Chen went viral on the internet, even featured on the front page of the CNN website, I think Shelby might have gone for a different look today.

The "cold shoulder" top, the choker, but most of all that off-shade lipstick didn't present Shelby in her most-attractive light.  More like Erin Brockovich than Erin Brockovich's lawyer.  Just saying.

Julie brought up the fact that at the time, there was still not a new HoH yet, as Jason and Shelby would be facing off again to compete for HoH.  Julie asked Shelby about losing Alex in the game, which immediately set Shelby off on her trademark tears.  Well, maybe not tears per se, but the traditional sobbing sounds and motions.

Shelby is going to get in trouble with a lot of judges if she can't get control of those emotions.  And no jury will have confidence in her presentations if she falls apart at the slightest hint of bad news.

Kryssie took the time to put her pinup look together.  Julie asked her some question about BB being more than just a game to her.  Absolutely, Kryssie said.  She knows how to turn it on when it's showtime.  

Even if the show is just a web series.  I'm pretty sure that CBS will sell it in other markets somehow though.  They put all of those commercial breaks  and bumper logos (or whatever they're called) into the weekly wrap up episode.  I know they insert commercials into the show on the CBS website, but I still think they have other plans to extract revenue from all of this after-the-fact .

(P.S.  If you have a live feed subscription, you can just watch the nightly and weekly "episodes" directly on the live feeds by flashing back to 10:00 PM BBT on the air date.  No commercials there, but availability of the BBOTT live feeds will surely be limited soon, as soon as a new season starts.  But more on that later, maybe.)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets and Trash - Production Fucked Up, Let Us Count The Ways #BBOTT

Some of these pictures feel like I took them at least four months ago.  But it's been a busy week, hasn't it?  So I'll cut myself a break about it.  I wish I had the time to throw tantrums and sashay around protesting and disrupting traffic, but I have a job to do.  And people depend on me to do it.

Hot Tip:  We only have so much time to work with every day, but we all have exactly the same amount. Every single one of us.  The same exact amount of time.  How well you use that time is what makes you effective as a person.

And let's just say I'm seeing A LOT of people wasting their time.  But of course this ridiculous BB hobby of ours is a HUGE time waster, so I'll admit that.  I'm going to try and move quickly here, since I'm starting with news that is ancient history.

OK. So we begin here with the scene on Monday of this week,  as we approached the Veto Meeting.  Production isn't calling it the "Veto Ceremony" this season, and that bothers Danielle.  It's just a meeting, apparently, and not a ceremony.   I've always known meetings to involve doughnuts and coffee, or perhaps a tray of cookies from the caterer, but maybe that's just an accountant thing.

Alex was feeling good about the Ball Smasher's chances at this point.  In fact, she and her sister whispered about trying to make sure that Shelby didn't try to take the credit for the Big Move, since it was her HoH.

Alex:  She just wanted to go after Whitney!  I'm the one who was pushing for Justin.

Meanwhile Jason got ready for his Big Day, planning to smash the Ball Smashers dreams by making sure both sisters were on the block this week after playing his Veto.  Everyone in the house keeps telling Jason that his skin is really clearing up now that he's quit smoking, but Jason disagrees.  He can't see it himself.

And did Jason really quit smoking?  Or is he just taking a break because he ran out of cigarettes?  I heard him say that he thought his cigarettes would last much, much longer, but he didn't factor in that they wouldn't have many indoor lockdowns.  During regular BB seasons, the house guests are often locked inside for two or three days each week, preventing anybody from smoking anything.  But this season they are outside just about every day.

Jason planned to wear his red pants and hat for the occasion.  He ran out of clean socks because all of his laundry is still at the Fluff and Fold, so Danielle offered to let him wear a pair of hers.  (The HoH gets to send their laundry out, if you don't know.  It comes back neatly folded and wrapped, a real treat for anyone who has ever experienced that.)

Jason also wore Monte's belt for the occasion.  He left it in the house along with at least one of his hoodies.

Jason called everyone to the living room to prepare for the PoV Meeting.  The house has been so divided that the air is always crackling with tension at a time like this.  The groups have been sitting on opposite sides of the couch for weeks now.  Remember that argument between Shelby and Jason WEEKS ago when she said she wanted to sit "on the normal side of the couch?"  That was just before Big Jeff came in the house, which was at least 2 years ago.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - November 7th - PoV Competition #BBOTT

I don't know how this picture ended up on top of the whole stack.  Sorry Danielle.

Although you look great, to maybe you should be thanking me, Danielle, for putting your booty on blast like this.  You're not just a pretty face, Danielle.

Kryssie has been keeping a pretty low profile in the house, staying relatively quiet, with no major outbursts that I can recall.  Is she doing it on purpose?  Or is she just comfortable with the way things are going?

At the time I took these pictures on Monday, everyone was just laying around, waiting to find out who America's Nomination would be.  Certain corners of the BB Fandom certainly put a lot of energy into the whole idea of Kryssie being America's Nomination.  They were very LOUD about it.  But what they don't understand is that not every BB fan and voter participates in all of that.  Many of the BB fans don't even participate in the constant polls that are out there to gauge our voting plans.

And it's not that the people who DIDN'T vote for Kryssie DON'T want her to be nominated.  We just wanted SOMEONE ELSE to be nominated instead.  It had little to do with Kryssie, actually.  But I can only speak for me, of course.

Jason was worried about who would be nominated by America.  He told Kryssie that if America nominated someone from their group, one of them would likely go home.

Jason:  And then I would have won the Care Package for nothing.  And I'd be going into the Double Eviction without being able to play for HoH.

These two house guests have one of the most entertaining and effective relationships in the house.

Danielle is no joke, even though some people would like to think she is a joke.  I think Shane leaving was the best thing for her game, actually, because it put her down low, under the radar.  She's been able to reinvent herself in the game, and calm down a little.  People still complain about her long-winded, overly-chatty stories, but sometimes it just seems like an old habit, to complain about Danielle.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - A Bunch of Days in November #BBOTT

Once again, I got behind on posting, but the live feeds have been fun to watch this week.  Everyone is either playing the game, or worried about others playing the game.  And then there is Justin, of course, who seems to be just kind of hanging out, entertaining everybody. But his shtick may be wearing thin, for some fans of the game.

Hi Alex. Some of the other house guests have been saying for weeks that Alex has no social game, that she never wants to talk about her life.  I suspect some of that is her trying to be very careful not to reveal any information that might give away The Sister Twist.  But I think some of it is an attitude of superiority on her part.

Last week Morgan got nominated  for eviction by Danielle, blindsiding her. We can tell that Morgan was hit by surprise here, because she didn't have Hair And Makeup for the event, and was even wearing Alex's ugly pleather hat, which Alex claimed to have purchased in a boutique in Texas.

Morgan was very upset about the nomination and was visibly upset, but only tried to show it in the presence of the other Ball Smashers.

In the early days of this season, Morgan told everyone that she was from a tiny town in Texas called Grand View (or something like that).  I don't know if the two of them planned who could say what, but I've heard Alex complain a few times now that she can't tell people certain stories because Morgan already claimed their home town.

So maybe The Sister Twist did limit the anecdotes that Alex can tell, and this is surpressing an otherwise sparkling personality.

Shelby tried to lift Morgan's spirits, but I have to say that tiny cracks in the Ball Smashers alliance have started to form.  Little pressure cracks that are showing the strain of increased competition in the game, like Shelby telling people that she trusts Morgan more than Alex, and the whole Whitney situation....did Whitney flip on the Ball Smashers or not?  I've seen Alex, Morgan and Shelby tell each other that Whitney already flipped, and it's so obvious, but then when Whitney comes in the room they act like nothing is wrong.

It was rather telling, though, that when Morgan was nominated, Whitney didn't immediately cluster together with them...I think she sat with Kryssie and Justin for awhile instead.  So she must feel she needs to prioritize some of her butt-kissing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - October 31st - PoV and Halloween Party #BBOTT

Really, the whole Sister situation is so obvious, if you watch them.  Everyone else must be just looking, but not seeing, because it's right there in front of them.  I know some of these people are smart, so maybe they're just incredibly naive, or unobservant.

Yesterday they got locked down in the backyard in preparation for the PoV competition, and Morgan made a shitty comment to Alex that only a sister would make.

Alex, in her baby voice:  I just wish Big Brother had given us tiny pumpkins this morning, since it's Halloween.

Morgan:  No, because we're not in kindergarten.

Shelby:  Oohhh.  That was harsh!

And then the two of them sat together like this.  It's just so obvious to me, but then again, as Justin would say, "I already know".

Yesterday was Jason's third day without cigarettes.  BB has provided nicotine patches for him, which you can see sometimes on his left bicep.  The patches are clear and must be chockful of the stuff, because on the first day he used them, Jason said he could tell that it was a continuous stream of nicotine in his system, rather than just feeling it as he smoked.

He says he's bored without being able to smoke, and that's the hardest part.  He even did some weight lifting to keep himself occupied, and has been taking up various cleaning projects, as well. I've heard him say before he ran out of smokes that he was excited about quitting, because the nicotine patches are expensive and he wasn't able to afford them at home.  Plus, I think he said his mother and friends all smoke, too, so that makes it extra-hard to even think about quitting.

But now that he's well into his first series of patches, I've heard him "joke" about BB giving them some cigarettes, and say he "can't wait to start hurting himself again" when he's out of the house.  I used to be a "party smoker", and it was VERY difficult to quit.  Some people say that the habit is even harder to kick then heroin, but I'm not sure how reliable that information would be, given the circumstances.

Apparently the patches are used in a series, gradually decreasing the nicotine provided over time.  Scott didn't use the patch, but said he quit smoking at least a week ago.  But I heard Jason say that Scott kept coming over and asking for a hit off one of his lit cigarettes.

Jason:  But his mouth was so slimy...I could see that the filter was wet so I just told him to keep the whole thing.