Saturday, July 8, 2017

It Would be Wild if We Both Stayed Safe. #BB19

Current State of the Game

Paul nominated Alex and Josh for eviction on Friday night, with Ramses also nominating himself to get his Curse out of the way.  (He needed to nominate himself sometime in the next three evictions.)

Most of the house is united in the goal of evicting Cody this week, which would be bad news for Cameron, since the Battle Back will likely be held on a CBS episode that seems to be scheduled for 8:00 PM EST on Friday, July 21st.  So we will have two more evictions by then, bringing the total of Battle Back contestants to four, just like last summer.

So...if you are Cameron, the last person you'd like to see yourself up against is Cody, right?  He can surely beat Jillian, but competing against Cody is on another level, obviously.  And the challenges last summer to win Battle Back were HARD.

And don't be surprised to see Victor host the Battle Back in some fashion, or maybe some other competition, because he has been trying to give that impression in a not-so-subtle fashion.  Last year Victor told us on the live feeds that while he was sequestered after being evicted the first time, he stayed at a sweet house in the hills and actually competed every week against who was just evicted, using a competition set in the backyard.  So if that is the format this season, it is probable that Cameron has already faced off against Jillian.  Hopefully that makes the waiting a little easier for Cameron.

Late Friday afternoon, Christmas learned that she won the "Ring of Replacement" Temptation, but as far as I know, she has only told Paul that information.  She can use the Ring to pull a switch-a-roo on the players picked to play for PoV at any point in the game.

But note that after a certain number of evictions, this Ring is worthless, because everyone gets to play PoV at that point.  Also, Christmas is a cast-wearing semi-invalid right now, so I'm not sure which PoVs will suit her current capabilities.  She does think, however, that she can merely remove someone from playing for PoV without replacing them, so she did tell Paul that she will likely use the Ring on Cody if he is chosen to play for PoV today.

So they are very serious about booting Cody this week, and probably Ramses if they can't get Cody, or maybe Jessica.

And speaking of those two lovebirds, Christmas cursed them, along with Jason, by making them wear frog costumes for the week.  They have to hop around, too, adding insult to injury.  I also think they have to stand on "lily pads" that are installed in each room....not sure of all of the rules about that, though.

Will Cody hop on out to see Julie Chen on the live show on Thursday?  Will Cody be civil to The Chenbot and respond politely to her questions, or will he openly display hatred like he did with Big Jeff?

These are things I'd like to know, but Cody might not even be evicted this week.  I just know that Paul has been saying over and over that his plan for the week is foolproof, so I have to wonder if that will be the case.

Jessica and Cody are actually having a light chat here, getting to know each other, and seem to take the costumes in good spirits.  They have adopted the Have Not room as their official headquarters this week, although Have Nots had yet to be picked on Friday night.

Cody has never had a girl as a friend, ever, and says that no girl he has ever known would ever have wanted to be that close to him if they weren't dating.  (I think Alex may have been what brought on discussion of this topic.)

Cody:  And I've never seen a cute girl who seems fun and thought, I'd like to be just friends with her!

He assured her that he will never tell her that he's "going out tonight to have fun with Jill".

Jessica:  Good!  Fuck that shit.  People act differently when they are single than when they are part of a couple.

Jessica also said one of her sayings is "you keep me safe, and I'll keep you wild".

Cody:  I'm a lot wilder than you think I am.

Cody also asked her to write her number on his leg with nail polish before he left, so he could reach her.

Jessica: I'll probably change my number when I leave here, though.

I'm sure Jason isn't that worried about wearing the frog costume, due to his profession.  And the hopping isn't such a big deal, either.  I heard Paul say that "Gatlin was going to shit his pants" when he sees his Daddy dressed up like this on TV.

Paul:  You're gonna have'll love it.

To Jason's credit, he did not respond with a curse.  Note that the "V" on the front of his costume---they are "V Frogs", whatever that is.  And the costumes are DIRTY looking, with little flies and whatnot pasted all over.

***UPDATE***  The Cursed house guests are actually "V-Toads".  Get it?  Thanks to the commenter who straightened that out for me.

Big Mark towers over all, of course.

Kevin wanted Jason to greet his daughters, who are watching now.

Jason:  HI GIRLS!

Be sure you get a load of Raven's ensemble over there on the left.  She is also wearing black spike-heeled sandals.  However, this does not seem to be a required Curse Costume.  The group is joking a lot now about calling her a Gypsy, which does not seem to offend Raven at all.  So maybe that is an intentional Gypsy look?

(I'm not even sure that we're allowed to say that word anymore, actually.  It's hard to keep up with the list of words that are taboo now, in some cases.)

Paul applauded himself on the steak that was purchased by Production this week for the house guests.  As they do every season, they were complaining about the grocery choices made each week, saying there was way too much fish that was quite expensive that no one wanted to eat.  So Paul complained out loud that Production could save $1,000 per week, easily, by just buying chicken and beef that everyone wants, rather than halibut, etc.

So now Paul is taking credit for the change in the groceries.  They are locked inside, and I don't think they have a grill outside, anyway, so there was much discussion about how best to cook the steak.  I think they broiled it, with a side of mashed potatoes.

You can see Jason standing on his lily pad there in the kitchen.  The layout of the kitchen counters is very odd to me...but my favorite recent kitchen was the one last summer, where they had that table made out of an old jet engine.  I wonder who has that table in their house now.....

And you can see all of the "flies" (or whatever) stuck to the costume here and there.

Dominique said she extended an invitation to Jessica and Cody to appear on her "show" this week.  She indicated that Cody did not respond, which she expected, but that Jessica said she didn't want to do anything to bring up more drama.

Dominique:  I told her that Christmas will leave the room so we don't have that offense-defense thing, and that she can tell her own side of the story, and I'll ask her questions about how she feels on Day #18, and how people can contact her after the season.

Matt:  That sounds okay to me.  I'd actually like to hear her side of the story.

Dominique:  And she can tell us what was going through her head when she confronted Christmas like she did on live TV!  She can refuse to answer any question, of course, but I think it's good to give her equal time.

I think I would buy a ticket to that show, actually.  I find Jessica to be a fascinating person, and not at all like I expected her to be.  There is a lot of pain there, with anger and feistyness layered on top.

I forgot to tell you that when Dominique "interviewed" Christmas last week, she asked point blank if Christmas was single, and Christmas didn't really answer, talking around that whole line of questioning like she did with Big Jeff.  I'm guessing everyone else might think she does have a boyfriend, or maybe even  a girlfriend.  Who knows.  I have not heard her discuss her fiance (or ex-fiance) at all, though.

And I had to block this part out, but I think they mentioned a story about Jason buying a bunch of rabbits, only to kill and eat them so he can make his wife a rabbit rug or something.  (I just can't listen to that type of thing.)

Paul:  I'd like to hear what that guy has to say about that.

Matt:  I don't want to hear that at all.

Raven declared that she will no longer eat any chicken that has been cooked by Josh, but I'm not sure about the details surrounding this statement.  Perhaps the chicken was raw?  Or maybe he added a lot of Latin spices or something?

I will fill you in if I learn more details about this important matter.  Because you know if there is a problem, it will be discussed by everyone over and over and over.  And then one more time for emphasis.

Paul issued a statement that he is nearly positive what today's PoV competition will be, and then he waited for the people in the room to beg for details.  They didn't, which I find very satisfying.

Paul:  Let's just say it's a Big Brother classic.


Paul: If I have to spell something, you people better give me the letters I need to spell Friendship, because that will be HILARIOUS.

(Will it though, Paul?)

Raven, playing along:  Oh yeah, that will be HILARIOUS!

Matt, playing it safe:  Oh, well if Cody and Jessica aren't playing, then sure....who cares.

They watched the fish swim, and apparently the "Mark" fish is bigger than all of the other fish.

Paul issued another statement about how aggressive the fish were in the tank last summer, and how one fish kept eating all of the shrimp, even taking shrimp out of other fishes' mouths.

Paul:  There is always one DICK fish in there.

(You don't say, Paul?)

Mark came in and they talked about how everyone had to go in the DR tonight.

Raven:  Can somebody call me in there?  I want to take off these shoes and wash my face.

Then Josh joined the HoH group and Paul told him that he doesn't need to knock this week---Josh can feel free to just come on in, which I'm sure is much appreciated by Josh.

I am thrilled to provide this side-by-side seated comparison of the biggest hulks in the house.  You can see Mark's finger is still wrapped, and I think he has a metal strip in there so that it will heal properly. Mark says it still hurts, but it is getting better.

(Mark broke the crap out of that finger during the first HoH comp, when he was swinging from a rope.)

The next four picture were taken just before the live show on Thursday, when it was a simpler, happier time for a few select house guests.

Jessica and Cody had to move out of the HoH suite and spent time embracing each other and staring down the people they don't like, basically everyone except Kevin, Jason, and partially Alex.

And are we eating off trays in there this season? What the hell?  It really is like a prison in there.  (On 60 Days In, the inmates often smuggle in drugs in the food trays, with a little help from the staff.  Just a programming note.)

This is a piece of chicken that Matt was eating, dipped in a side sploosh of basic yellow mustard.  He explained that the mustard added a lot of flavor with no calories.

(But don't get it twisted about Honey Mustard, which can have more calories than Ranch dressing, if the honey used is the real thing. I received a Rude Awakening about that on MyFitnessPal.)

And Cody tested out the Have Not beds, knowing that is where he is headed this week.  I thought those "spikes" would be some sort of foam rubber, but they aren't.  I can't imagine how Big Mark would fare in there, with his crushing weight and inability to rest anything between the spikes.

Sort of like poor Corey in that bumper car last season, right?  I don't like it when the punishment is really cruel to certain people based on their size.


Christmas and Elena had a nice long hug.  A rather long hug.

And then Paul burst out of the DR with a slop bucket, calling out to everyone that it was time to pick the Have Nots.

No one expected this so soon, so it took a few minutes for everyone to gather.

You can see Jessica and Cody on the rear left of the picture below, standing on their lily pad, as directed by the Curse.  The two of them are usually intertwined, staring either at each other, or blankly at someone else.

I wasn't sure whether to post this picture or not, so it's a day or two old.  There is quite a lively discussion of Jessica's Hair System on Reddit, but I think the general consensus is that it's time for a touch up.

Anyhoo...back to the exciting Have Not selection gathering in the dining area.  Paul announced that he needed to pick four Have Nots and there was a gasp from the crowd as reality set in.

Mark (or some other guy):  FOUR?

Paul said he'd wait for volunteers before having to name anybody.  Then he gestured over to the lily pad, and said that since the two of them were "acclimated" to the situation, they were the first two Have Nots.

Paul then gestured over to Jason's side of the lily pad and said, let's go ahead and get the whole frog group in there.  So that's three.......Paul needs one more.

Paul went around the room and pointed out why certain people shouldn't be Have Nots, such as:

*  Ramses, Josh - they were Have Nots last week
*  Raven - has the Never Not pass
*  Christmas - not fair with her injury
*  Kevin - "it might kill him"

Paul eventually told Mark and Matt to figure it out, maybe do Rock Paper Scissors, but Matt just said he'd do it.  To be honest, why do they even bother to do this if they just let the house guests volunteer?  It just seems pointless sometimes.

Jessica and Cody wasted no time getting right back into their spike bed.  Cody was not happy AT ALL about Matt being in the room with them.

So much for that romantic little dungeon, huh?

Then Jason came in and stood on the lily pad to discuss best options for life in that room.  Cody suggested that Jason pick the bed he wants, and then grab as many pillows and blankets as he can in order to "fuck Matt over".

(Jason openly tells anyone who will listen that he "hates Matt", so this could get weird this week.)

Meanwhile Cody and Jessica are going to sleep on the same bed.  I will add that one thing I've heard the house guests say about the Have Not room is how cold it is, so maybe a little cuddling on the spikes is nice.

And Christmas has been getting very comfortable in the HoH room, and wrapped her cast in a few garbage bags before taking a shower.  Dominique brought a red plastic Ghost chair upstairs so that Christmas could sit down in the shower.

They picked PoV players, and neither Jessica nor Cody were selected to play for PoV.  Here is the PoV player lineup:

Paul - HoH
Josh - nominee for eviction
Alex - nominee for eviction
Mark - selected
Elena - selected
Ramses - nominated himself to end Curse #2

Jason - PoV host

Raven doesn't get to play, ya'll.

Jason stretched out his frog legs to loosen up.  They wonder if the competition will have a frog theme, or if there will be additional Have Not foods, maybe even frog legs.

Christmas: Frog legs can be GOOD.

They usually get the additional foods when they choose the Have Nots, so it might be too late, based on previous experience.  Jason had a big breakfast earlier today, since he's an early riser.  Matt really likes to eat, too, so I hope he got in one last meal. thing I forgot.  When Paul & Co. were discussing how great this PoV pull was and how successful Paul's Great Plan was, they did mention one thing.

Paul:  Well, Ramses could win the PoV and take himself off, but I don't get to replace him.  That would really fuck us over.

YES IT WILL.  Yes it will, as either Alex or Josh would then be evicted.  It's not impossible, depending on the competition today.