Monday, July 3, 2017

If Christmas Ain't Broke, Don't Fix Her. #BB19

Once again, I am trying to write up a run-of-the-mill update, and am interrupted with Breaking News.  I mean, literally, this may be Breaking News.

HERE IS WHAT I KNOW:  This morning, the wake up music played, with the feeds down for the occasion, as usual. I later heard Paul joke that Production will never play country music again in the morning, after this happened.  (Chris Young, I think?)  Apparently Christmas and Jason were in the backyard, where she started "riding him" like a bull, inspired by the country music.

As you do, right?

But we only know that part from listening to the house guests talk about it later.  We didn't see the "bull riding" on the live feeds.  Instead, what I saw was that as the feeds came back, Christmas was already down on the ground, with Jason nervously moving around her.

Christmas, in pain:  It's OK....OK......just....NO NO NO NO NO....Ow.  OW.  OW.   FUCK ME!

(But not like that, of course.  I must add that Christmas will not be happy that much of this footage will need to be bleeped for CBS airing purposes.  She's a business woman, and won't like that.)

Jason really wanted her to be able to just get up, and just forget this whole thing.  I thought it was odd, watching this play out, but now that I know what was going on when she was injured, his reactions kind of make sense. He felt guilty about it.

Christmas, really feeling the pain:  Watch it....MOVE....tell 'em...tell 'em...GO TELL 'EM.

Suddenly Jason's hat appears on his head.

Jason: Right.  I'll go.  Do you want me to carry you in there?

Christmas:  No.  Just GO.  Leave me.

Jason, running out of the camera shot:  OK. What do you want me to tell them?


And then Christmas waited, making pain noises.  I have to say it: Victim Noises.  OK..are you happy Cody?  Christmas was making Victim Noises.

Christmas:  Oh lord.  ARGH!

I can hear music playing inside the house, I think.  Perhaps the wake up music is still playing?  Or maybe we are hearing a leak from the control room, or maybe somebody playing the radio in the parking lot.  Who knows.

Christmas, with control in her voice: PRODUCTION?  I seriously broke my fucking foot.  Or twisted my ankle.  But I think I broke my fucking foot.  PLEASE??!!??  I can feel my blood starting to swell up.   I can feel it.  Please....please....please..  Fucking I need something fucking fast....FUCK ME.....FUCK ME.....SHIT.  I can't even look at it.....look at ME....FUCK!

Christmas:  Um......UM......UM....

(I heard Cody say later that there was a "pointy protrusion" coming from the bottom of the front of her foot, in the arch area.)

We hear the partition come down over the sliding door, and I'm sure both of us felt that help would arrive soon.  But the seconds seem to tick by, even though I think it's less than a minute from when we joined the scene, already in progress.  (8:45 am BBT)

Seconds drag by.

Christmas:  HEY GUYS?????? HEY GUYS!!!!!  Somebody please....

And finally, help arrived.  I mean,  I guess it did, because we saw the "We'll Be Right Back" screen.

Matt and Cody were the ones to carry Christmas into the DR for treatment.  After reporting the injury in the Diary Room, apparently Jason found the sliding door locked, and thought it was okay for him to just go back to bed, without waking anyone up to share the news.  Kevin was upset at that, telling Jason that he would have liked to be involved.  Christmas is his buddy, and he's a dad.  But I guess Jason can claim those things, too.  I'm thinking Jason was feeling horrible about it, and was probably a little scared.

Are people who go on the block next to Jillian cursed?  Let's review who has sat in that chair up until this point:

*  Christmas (twice, with current status unknown)
*  Cameron (he gone)
*  Megan (she gone)
*  Alex (so far unscathed)

We don't know yet if Christmas will be able to rejoin the game after receiving medical treatment.  I'm sure Production will make every effort to let her compete if they can.  But if that bone was broken, she might be in surgery right now.

I heard Matt say that the nurse didn't want to be on the TV cameras, and Christmas said "then why the fuck is she working here?"

(She wasn't a Big Brother nurse....probably part of the medical staff on the studio lot.  And can you blame her for not wanting to appear on BB?  The fans are nuts, obviously.)

Let's face some facts here, because whatever happens, the show must go on.  I don't think anyone involved with Production of this show ever really plans to celebrate the July 4th holiday, but even taking an hour to grab some queso at Chili's is probably out of the question now.  Because if Christmas can't come back, they need to figure out what to do with evictions this week.  And I know damn well that at least a few of the house guests are now scared of going on the block in Christmas' place, if necessary.

And facing the Curse of Jillian.

So if we end up losing two people this week (Christmas + 2nd eviction), then we're two weeks ahead of schedule, people-wise.  I guess that means more than one person can come back in the game, but we only have one evictee in the pool to do that right now.  And I think we are past the point of them being able to bring a new person into the picture, because that person would have needed to be sequestered due to all of the juicy news out there.  Think about all the news so far, with Cameron getting rudely booted, then Megan, all the press about Your Boy Paul, and now this.  Anyone would be too tainted to play, even for the Twistiest Twist Ever.


Last night it was a simpler time, with most of the chatter still about Cody's bold choices during the PoV Ceremony.  I think everyone was still in shock, because the Kool Kids Showmance Krowd felt they had it made this week, and had a big group eight-strong to move forward together to Jury.

And now they actually have to work a little in there, suddenly eye-balling each other and scrutinizing the different little groups that splinter off from time-to-time.  No one wants the be the only rat on the sinking ship, but nobody wants to be the first rat in the dinghy, either.  But maybe the dinghy will be full, already rowing to shore with those first lucky rats.

I heard Jessica and Cody talking about how Matt and Raven want to play the middle, and avoid the drama.  Jessica is pretty perceptive about things.  She is a tough girl with street smarts and despite her rough edges, I think she can still grab the heroine role if she gets to boot Cody out of the game and go on bravely without him.

And speaking of wanting to boot someone, Christmas was saying that she really wants Alex to leave this game, and hoped to be the one to take care of that.  That cheesy slice of pizza didn't stand a chance once Christmas got a handle on it.

(Kind of sad to write about Christmas now.  I hope this is not the last shot we'll have to do that.)

Matt put a hurting on his slice of the pie, as well.  This looks like the standard DiGourno fare that they complain about as far as quality goes, but they really start bitching about it when it's gone.

Mark says that he's lost weight in the house so far, but that's not his intention.  I think you don't realize how many calories beer has until you stop drinking it, when it's not available to you at your every whim and fancy.

(I'm fancying a beer right about now, I assure you.)

I'm just guessing that Mark likes to drink beer, of course.  I haven't even seen them drink alcohol this season yet (other than the champagne on the first night), but I know they have because I heard Jessica say they should pretend to drink this week, but not really do it so they are in prime shape to win HoH on Thursday.

Kevin looked natty in his argyle sweater, but his hair could use some gel.  I think I saw his daughters tweeting about it...this is not their favorite look for dad.

Kevin was releasing some tension by telling Jason that he can't wait to get rid of Josh, because Josh is "driving him fucking nuts".  I haven't even seen Josh lately, which feels nice.

Apparently Josh has been calling Kevin "Meatballs", which Kevin objects to, since he's not Italian.

Kevin:  I'm German, and Irish.  So what is he talking about?

Kevin was breaking in this shot, and according to Jason he got two balls in.  These two have a bond in the house as the oldest, and also the only married fathers.

Only on Big Brother, right? Bringing people together, two randoms at a time.

Alex took her pizza outside.  I'm not sure whose side she will work with next week.  I'm guessing she'll get to decide which way to go.  I would want to work with her if I was in there, because she wants to win those comps, and she seems very loyal. And Alex is a big target too, which is nice to have around sometimes.

She wants Josh out of there too, though, so that would be a common goal as well.

Meanwhile Ramsey sure got out of a jam, didn't he?  We don't know how that curse will play into things yet, but for now he is just bouncing from group-to-group, popping into rooms and popping right out again.  I did hear that sometime in the next three weeks, he must nominate himself along with the other two nominees, so it's not as bad as expected.  I didn't hear that with my own ears, though.  I read it in the BB chat room.

Matt and Raven were in the Lounge going on and on about the events of the day, and Ramses popped in on them twice.  Andy Herren used to leave his cup, or his sweatshirt in various places in the house, so he would have a reason to show up, uninvited.  Andy would just come right in most of the time, making a seat for himself.

Matt and Raven pretended to want his company, when they really want to keep discussing how they are going to proceed this week.

I'd like to remind them that they are each playing this game alone right now.  This is not a season of teams.  It is an individual game.  And have I mentioned how Matt makes wolfish comments to Christmas about how hot he thinks she is?  I've heard him do it several times, with Raven usually standing right next to them.  Maybe he's just being friendly, trying to give Christmas some attention since she doesn't have a showmance partner.

Or maybe Raven is a little too Plain Jane for him, too young to hold his interest.  He seems to be content spending a lot of time alone with Raven, though.  And they constantly call each other "Babe", too.  I think Matt's friends at home are less than seven days away from being really embarrassed by this showmance.  Maybe they are embarrassed already, but I think things are going to get much worse before they get much better.

I mean, CBS gave them a slashtag, right?  ***cringe***

And like a bad dream, Ramses is back, announcing himself in this fashion before turning around to twerk on the door.  Or whatever.

Cody had a rough day, and may have had a few cocktails, from the looks of him.  Or maybe he's just ready to collapse and enjoy his last days in the HoH Suite.  He was even tired enough to laugh and smile a few times, chuckling about how badly everything turned out.

Paul was frolicking in the backyard, and was encouraged by Kevin to "do a 360" in the air over this wooden block.  Paul did it, several times.  It was exciting.

Ironically, Christmas was sitting next to Kevin, watching all of this, and said she wanted Paul to stop doing it, because she was scared he would break his foot.


OK I am about to say some things you may not like, but I have some recurring feelings that are not going away.  I admire that Raven is a plucky survivor who is bravely facing down her medical issues, and wants to be an example in the community of pacemaker-wearers.  So please don't think I don't appreciate her struggle.

But what I am increasingly annoyed about is not Raven's struggle, but the hustle.  And I'm not the only one....I have heard at least one other house guest grouse about it already, but I think the topic is too touchy to get much airtime at the moment.

*   Raven has been talking about how much money she needs to complete her next round of surgeries and pacemaker upgrades.  She needs the money soon, she says.

*  Raven had a tender scene with Matt where she said she wanted to "go overseas" to visit someday.  When Matt asked about the timing, Raven stated that she wants to go soon, before she dies, maybe later this year.

*   Raven then clarified that it wouldn't be a sudden death, but a slow, gradual decline as she descends into lethargy.

*  After yesterday's explosive PoV ceremony, a crowd gathered in the kitchen, where Raven boldly stated that "she'd rather remove her pacemaker than vote against Paul".

*  Raven recently swore "on her pacemaker" that she would be loyal in this game (to Cody, I think.)

*  Earlier today she told Jessica that Matt was so sweet, because he declared that the two of them will fight to cure "the disease she has that hasn't been diagnosed yet first," and then work towards curing  the rest of her medical issues.  Jessica was kind of barely listening, so she said, "What?", and Raven gladly repeated that, glancing at the camera pointed down at them.

LOOK:  I've told you that Raven's head is on a swivel when she hears the cameras start rotating.  But you should be aware of the not-so-hidden agenda here.  Nobody likes to be hustled, and I know Raven's family has had some hard times, but this is Big Brother, not a telethon, nor a movie on The Lifetime Channel..  I don't know if I am the first BB commenter to discuss this, but I don't think I will be the only one.  I won't be the loudest voice talking about this, if it continues.  And I don't think that is a very big "if", unfortunately.


Mark and Elena are going on and on and on about the damn PoV ceremony results.  Elena was stuck on repeat earlier today, saying over and over that she is positive she is the next target.  Mark snickered when she said that, because it is ridiculous.

I think Elena felt the tides turn today, and knows her story line was in jeopardy, since the Kool Kids Showmance Klub is showing some hairline fractures right now.  Cody's little stunt did a lot of damage that they are still struggling to assess, analyze and repair.

Ramses poked his head in, of course, but even he didn't want to be part of this conversation.

Big Jeff tried to tell these kids that Big Brother is like a're up one day and then you're down another.

Mark just wants to see Elena smile.

I can't remember ever seeing Jessica eat food.  I'm assuming she has to eat sometime, right?

The events of the day actually brought these two closer together, because at some point Cody started talking about his daughter with Jessica, who told him she has a great hook-up at DisneyLand for him when the game is over.

Cody also jokes about being in the house until he's backdoored by the new HoH.  That may be the best thing for Jessica in the game, actually. She can get a lot of camera time while his game is in danger, and then regroup with a new plan after he's gone.  She might even be the person who everyone wants to take to the end because no one likes her.  I can see that.

Maybe the reason why I never see Dominique or Josh on the live feeds is because they are together while I'm not looking for them.

Yesterday when Paul was seething after the PoV ceremony, Dominique could be heard loudly exclaiming to him in front of everyone that "I didn't know about it!  I didn't know what was going to happen!".  I think God was even going to be her witness about it, if I'm not mistaken.

And now suddenly Jason is playing this game now.  He learned a lot in the past week, including the fact that he doesn't know much about it at all.  And that no one can actually predict what is around the next corner, or what can take someone out of the game.

He might be next week's HoH, too, because no one has that on their radar at all.  That's when the surprises happen---when you don't even give the possibility the time of day.


Christmas hobbled back into the house, and the game late this afternoon, dragging a pair of crutches and what looks like a temporary boot on her left leg.

Elena and Raven were two of the first to greet her, with Raven being the most vocal about her thoughts about it.

But a few house guests were upstairs....I heard someone say that Cody went in the HoH and slammed the door, holed up with Mark and Matt in a meeting.  Elena later told Mark that wasn't a good look for them to be so petty when someone on the cast had an injury and came back in the house.

Christmas reports that she has some torn ligaments, and although the X-rays showed promise, she has to go back for an MRI appointment on Wednesday.

Christmas:  They think there may be a hairline fracture, but because of the holiday we have to wait until then to get an appointment.  But thank god for lifting weights, because that helped protect my bones from getting snapped in two.

(That is one big reason why doctors recommend some light weight training for us as we age.)

Christmas also admits that once she was on the way to the hospital, her adrenaline wore off and she started to feel a lot of pain.  She did not agree to leave the house, however, until she was promised that merely leaving for medical treatment would not take her out of the game for good.

Christmas:  I'm on some pills....I'm a little high....don't be jealous.

(Paul was indeed jealous, he said.)

This may have been when Cody slammed the HoH room door, actually, from the looks of it.

Jason must have said he felt bad about things, but Raven called out to him to "check his fucking guilt at the door", because she wasn't blaming him for anything.

(Pretty sure Jason is also worried about footage of him giving Christmas Aboott a "bull ride" going viral after this.....Holly Dent surely won't be pleased with that.)

I think Paul was the one who said they should go out back and celebrate the good news with a few more rides on Jason's back. A joke, of course.

FYI:  When you hear Jason say the word "Hike" on the live show, he is saying a greeting to his wife Holly and his son, who he apparently calls "Ike" sometimes.

Alex sat quietly while Christmas told her medical story.  Alex and Christmas don't get along, ya'll, but I've heard Paul say he's working to build a bridge between them, so they can all work together.  But I really don't think any of them trust Paul very much anymore.  There is quite a bit of chatter about his game play last season.

Oh, one thing you might like.  Last night Alex was in the kitchen, wishing she "had some trees" because it was so boring in there. Paul agreed, looking around at the cameras and windows everywhere, saying that if they were stoned, it wouldn't be boring at all.

(It's legal in California now, so this issue needs to be addressed soon, right?)

Christmas said Production assured her that they weren't going to pull her from the game, but they'd have to wait and see about her MRI on Wednesday.  Production didn't like that being said, and promptly let her know about it.

Soon Christmas was right back in the saddle, resuming her thoughts about Cody, and what a rat fink liar he was to her.

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. #BB19

OK.  So I'm sure you know that the PoV ceremony was held yesterday afternoon, and all hell broke loose in there as just about everyone became angry about either what did happen, or what did not happen.

Just before it was time for the PoV ceremony, Cody the Mastermind called Alex up to his HoH office in an attempt to pull a Big Power Move.  I think Cody is a little sweet on Alex, impressed with both her athletic and mental strength, and also thinks she is cute.   He obviously thinks Alex is On His Level, but Alex doesn't really take the bait, continuing to sass him on every possible occasion.

GET THIS:  Cody wants to make a deal with Alex, asking only that she protect ELEVEN OTHER HOUSE GUESTS if she wins power next week.

But Alex already won PoV, which means she is safe this week-----Cody has NOTHING TO OFFER her in exchange.  He can't even play for HoH next week.  I don't think that Cody knows one very important rule of being an HoH:  ONCE THE PoV CEREMONY IS OVER, THE HoH'S POWER IS OVER.

Alex:  I'm only worried about two other people....Jillian and Jason.  I only want to keep them safe.

Cody:  I need you to keep the couples safe...and a few others.....but that's it.

Note that when making his list, Kevin is tacked onto the end, like a pesky afterthought.

Cody:  ....and yeah, Kevin makes it to the Jury, too.

Alex:  That's a lot of people.  You need to trim the fat, Cody.

So, Alex didn't really agree to any deal.  She doesn't need to, and Cody is crazy if he thinks Alex and Jessica are going to suddenly be comrades in there.

Alex was on her way out of the HoH, and Cody called out for her to WAIT.

Cody:  WAIT.

Then Cody went over there and gave her a big hug.

Hmmm.  I would say that Cody is trying to set up a future showdown between Jessica and Alex, but I don't think he is smart enough to make that sort of long-term plan in this game.

And suddenly the live feeds went to CAT TOWN, or whatever we're calling it, indicating that the PoV ceremony was about to begin.  PoV ceremonies are always scheduled for Monday mornings, but due to the July 4th holiday they scooted it up on the schedule one day, just as they moved the PoV competition itself up one day this week, too.

Everybody wants to get that Wednesday CBS episode locked and loaded, to minimize the amount of holiday overtime, since Tuesday is a national holiday for July 4th.  And with union employees, sometimes the labor agreement calls for double time, or sometimes even triple time, depending on how tough the negotiations are....but I digress.

When the live feeds came back, it was OBVIOUS that Christmas Abbot was PISSED about Cody's nomination speech(es), and PISSED about being on the block now, in Alex's place.

In the picture below, Christmas is in the HoH suite, having it out with Cody, who sounds like he is sneering at her with every syllable, patronizing and talking down to her in the typical Cody manner.

Christmas:....I have ZERO alliances in here....I don't know what you're talking about.

Cody:  I see where your loyalties lie...they lie with Paul.

Christmas:  You NEVER even talk to me!

Cody:  Look, I can't tell you how to play this game, Christmas.

Christmas:  Oh, I assure you, I'm not asking you to tell me how to play this game.

Cody: I can't tell you what to say to people, and how you might be perceived.  So give me a fucking break Christmas.

Christmas:  No, you GIVE ME a fucking break.  Have I ever lied to you?

Cody:  Go ahead and play your game, Christmas.  Let's see you get off the block this time, Christmas.

As Christmas left the room, Cody did not ask her to WAIT and hug him, of course.  Instead he marched right out of the HoH suite after her, muttering dissatisfied comments that were surely aimed at Production.

Cody:  Three fucking weeks of safety...fucking assholes.

Christmas stormed through the house, stopping to assure Matt and Raven that she has never lied in there, and yadda yadda yadda.  The tension is thick and I wonder what Jillian is thinking.  I wonder what how she views her odds of surviving this week now.

Ironically, Christmas recently gave Jillian a pep talk about having the votes to stay this week.

And then we confirm the fact that nominating Christmas was a backup plan, because Cody's real big plan was to nominate Paul.  But of course, Paul had the Pendant of Protection in his pocket, and he had to produce it during the Ceremony so his secret is out now.

You know, the "secret" about how America voted to give him the first trip to the Den of Temptation, which we saw on the Sunday night episode.

And it sounds like Cody once again made a VERY MEAN nomination speech about Paul, saying something about how Paul is the one to create the distrust in every house situation.  And it also sounds like Paul had his immunity necklace hidden in the crotch of his pants, because he didn't have a proper pocket where he could stash it.

So now Paul is on the defense, angrily saying he didn't even want to have to use the Pendent, but now he has to, and he had to lie to everyone about it, can't they see that?

(Note that Paul later said that he confronted Ramses about having the curse, because he saw Ramses' "tell" when speaking about his envelope.  So apparently Ramses now will be on the block for the next three weeks?  Not sure how that will get pulled into the game, but I guess we'll know soon.)

Note that on the CBS show last night, Paul picked the #2 bottle for the cursed house guest. This refers to Ramsey because he was the 2nd house guest to come into the house this season, right behind Alex.

Then Christmas came in and is still EFFING HEATED about the situation, but she has every reason to be mad.  She didn't do anything that Cody accused her of, and she literally had NO IDEA that this was going to happen.

Christmas was also very LOUD about how that "8 person alliance" wasn't worth shit, now.

Paul:  That's what happened to us last year....we had a big group of eight and were set to go to the Jury together but one guy had to fuck it all up.

(Frank the Effing Tank, unfortunately.  #TeamFrank)

Christmas, blowing up her neck veins:  FUCK YOU CODY!

But then Christmas had a thought, and she thought, "I'm going to get a lot of airtime this week....I'm going to get my own episode...maybe even two episodes out of this."


Let me just tell you that a few of these house guests are VERY aware of their own story lines, and of the gigantic CBS Prime Time audience.  For example:

*  I heard Christmas comforting Jillian about being on the block all the time by saying "at least you know you're in an episode....I don't think I was in that last one".

*  Jessica is often discussing her story line, and recently said that Jillian and Alex were trying to make themselves relevant by coming to the HoH to talk to her.  "They want to create a story line for themselves", Jessica sneered.

*  Jessica recently implied that she thinks "this whole show" has been about her ongoing feud with Alex.

*  Raven. Yes, Raven. All the damn time.  I am going to have more to say about that later.

So, I know that Christmas is a business woman, and is in there to build brand awareness and market share.  I can acknowledge and respect that.  So I knew immediately what was going through her mind as the cameras followed her throughout the house, capturing every word she said, and every motion she was making at that time.

So Christmas did a costume change, right there in the middle of everything.  I later saw her wearing yet a different ensemble, really trying to cycle through a few different looks in order to make the most of this unanticipated camera time.

Meanwhile Jessica was really letting Cody have it up there in the HoH room.

And by having "it", I mean giving Cody a piece of her damn mind.  Because Jessica already let Cody have "that", of course.  I mean, duh.

Jessica was PISSED that he didn't share his nomination specifics with her ahead of time, although I heard her tell the others that she could tell something was up, or off, about Cody's plans for the nominations.  And apparently Cody strongly implied during the PoV ceremony that his team was behind his choices, and they all agreed on Paul's nomination.

Ironically, Jessica is probably the best person that Cody could have talked to about it, because Jessica KNOWS about BB twists, and how America votes.  She KNOWS about how BB works, and how you should be working with the players that America will support.  Like Your Boy Paul.  He might not be Your Boy, or My Boy, but CBS is counting on a few weeks of Paul to get the CBS casuals hooked this summer.  TV is a business, and a tough business at that.

But that doesn't mean Cody has to like it.

Cody:  It's a bullshit twist. Three weeks?  Bullshit.

(We've GOT to have a competition where the house guests dig around in farm animal excrement, right?  Is OTEV going to attend a rodeo this season?  Because, synergy.)

So Jessica made some sort of very understandable comment about how if Cody keeps another big secret from her again, she's going to evict him from the game herself.  Then Cody jumped up and ran from the room. I was SHOOK, because I think Cody is a frickin' powder keg of anger, just waiting to blow.

But he and Jessica just scurried to a corner of the backyard, where Cody might have felt safer from the cameras and microphones.  Jessica tried to calm him down.  She knows how to placate Cody, and might even have experience dealing with angry men before.  Who knows. Just an (educated) guess.

But then Paul came over, and when the finger pointing started I was scared again, because Cody clearly doesn't GAF about Paul's friendship. Paul wanted to know what he's done to cause so much distrust...he's just being himself and has tried to share as much information with everyone as he can.

Cody:  I knew I was going to have a problem with you the minute you didn't give me one of those...

Paul: The FRIENDSHIP BRACELET?  You're worried about THAT?

Which does sound ridiculous.

Paul must have brought a bottle of Paul's Mist with him this summer, because you could clearly see how Cody started to calm down a little, and Paul eventually asked him to go inside where they had a private conversation in the Lounge.  Paul pushes all of the right buttons with Cody, saying he respects his game and abilities, and he is there to play like men.

Christmas was out there taking out her anger on the weights and kettle bell, breathing heavily and obviously wanting to put a smack down on somebody.

Somebody like Cody.

And the rest of the Showmance Kool Kids were rocked, and shook, and totally devastated by what they thought was the stupidest move ever.  They felt they all agreed on Jason the Cowboy going home this week, but Cody had other, unspoken ideas.

Elena: He just handed the keys to this game to the floaters. The floaters are going to win this now, because of Cody.

(It's the first week of the game are they floaters?  Right now it is you against them, so that is hardly floating.  And how is Elena not floating?  What has she won so far? )

I'll just say this:  The first week is easy for you if you attach yourself to the HoH.  It's the people who DON'T FLOAT TO THE POWER who are the candidates for Non-Floater status.  That's what a floater in Big Brother actually is....someone who never actually has the power, but aligns each week with whoever does have the power.

So we don't know yet who the damn floaters are. And it's hard to be a true floater.  There is an art to it.  Just ask Andy Herren.

And Mark is just devastated.  He pledged his support for Cody, frequently calling Cody his friend, and has also said he will stick by Cody, because he is a loyal guy.

But he's not happy about Cody's choices.  He has said he knows Christmas is a threat that needs to be addressed, but he didn't expect it to go down this way.  I think Matt and Raven will make the first break away from the Showmance Kool Kids, but maybe they will wait to see who wins HoH first, right?  Like floaters.  Because that's how it works.

(Matt even told Big Jeff in his preseason interview that he would float if necessary, which upset Big Jeff, Big Time.)

And I think Mark was kind of wanting to play a Big Jeff game, playing hard and winning, and backing up his words with actions.  Mark wanted a loyal team, and also a showmance, like Big Jeff. He's currently struggling with the decision about the vote this week.  In fact, I think Christmas might get to stay this week in part because people may not want to vote for her because it looks like they are still supporting Cody, even though evicting Christmas is probably the best move for everybody.

Meanwhile Paul isn't wasting any time shoring up his relationships with the Non Kool Kids, like Jason.  Jason had a good idea that Cody was going to shake things up, and he seems happy to hitch his horses to Paul's wagon.  Or maybe its the other way around.

But trust that Paul is shifting into Plan B, and will try to make the most of his weeks of safety, building a team and giving up his own hopes of being a filthy Floater.

And Raven had a scene worthy of the Hallmark Channel, embracing Cody and saying she forgives him.

Raven:  You know I love you to death, Cody.


This was the view in my Twitter timeline.  Kind of eerie, right?