Thursday, June 28, 2018

Premiere Night Extravaganza - A Mixed Bag of Action #BB20

The Big Brother two-hour premiere episode last really gave us all something to talk about.  Some good things, and some not-so-good things.  But if you are new here, you should know that I am not one of those Big Brother haters that is always bitching and moaning about how much they hate the show, even though they spend a lot of precious time covering the show every season.  We already have enough of those in the community.

I can usually find something to talk about throughout the season, no matter how dismal the action is at certain low parts of the game.  (I'm looking at you BB19.)  And in the interest of full disclosure, I'm actually not a huge fan of the TV show.  My interest in Big Brother comes from the unique ability to watch the live feeds as the social experiment plays out among so many diverse strangers.  I probably enjoyed watching Big Brother After Dark more than the CBS episodes, because it's basically the live feeds presented with some creative flair, not heavy-handed editing.

However the live CBS shows are a different matter entirely.  When you're really invested in the action, and maybe a few of the house guests (for loving them or hating them) the suspense of the live votes and live competitions is like no other.

Last night's episode began with the "live" house guest move in, but of course it was filmed last week with a studio audience primarily composed of former BB house guests.  Julie told us there was someone in the audience to represent each of the previous seasons.

Let's get a better look at the studio audience, which we saw voraciously clapping as a bumper in between commercial breaks, and at certain parts of the show.  I'm pretty sure that they filmed a whole block of clapping and just spliced the footage in later, based on some of the clapping fatigue clearly visible on some of the distinguished clapper's faces.  Maybe we can figure out the truth when the live feeds crank up, because seeing all of the BB stars should definitely give them something to talk about.

There's Paul, of course, representing BB18 and BB19.  Not everyone got an onscreen label though.  I'm not happy with the watermark placement but it's too late for me to change it now.

Kaysar was in many of the shots and seemed happy to be there.  Next to him is Keesha, Jesse, and Michelle representing BB10, even though Jessie has probably appeared in more seasons than the Zingbot.

There's Bunky from BB2, who was sitting by Chicken George from BB1 (and BB7), both of them looking great.  And no gathering would be complete without the Nolan Twins from BB17.

Erika looks fantastic.  And check out Bridgette cheering like her life depends on it, sitting next to Brendon from BB12 (& BB13), with Enzo the Meow Meow thrown in for good measure.

And there is Alex and Josh from last summer, with Kail and Jen from BB9 behind them.  In the lower left corner, I think that is Lydia from BB11, sporting a shaved head, sitting next to Jason and The Twins from BB17.  I thought I had a picture of Steve sitting on the other side but I can't find it now.  At one point I saw him sitting next to Lisa from BB3, which must have been so exciting.

And Julie pranced through the empty house on her way out to the stage.  It's all clean and shiny, and probably still smells good in there.  Those orange bars are obviously made by the same outfit that constructed the fabulous "ribs" from BB18 and BBOTT, but I don't have the same feelings towards them.  It's just not the same for me.

But enough nostalgia for past decor, it's time to meet the first eight BB20 house guests.

Sam Bledsoe was the first house guest featured in the intro packages.  They are really going to push Sam hard on the CBS shows.  She has star quality, that's for sure, and has great comic timing and seems very self-aware.  I'm not sure we know everything we will eventually know about Sam, but I guess we can say that about all of the house guests.

I hope all of these little puns are her own creations, and not totally scripted by Production, such as calling her welder job a "Trady Lady" (ie. trade school).  If we see an archery competition this season, we'll know it was meant for Sam to win.

Here she is inside of her camper, parked in her mother's yard.  My grandparents used to have a motor home parked in their driveway.  When I used to visit them with my cousins, we'd take turns staying overnight in pairs in the motor home.  It was like having a little apartment, with air conditioning and one of those mini Sony TV sets.

We're meant to have a laugh at Sam, the cute, kindly country bumpkin with a heart of gold, wearing overalls.  Clearly a play on the Donny Thompson popularity of BB16.

And there's Tyler Crispen, having a real Baywatch moment jogging down the beach.  I think we'd all suck in our stomachs, too, Tyler, if were were going to be on TV moving on the sand like that.  Tyler says he'll have no problem acting stupid this summer, but I suspect Tyler is far from stupid.

I want to visit Hilton Head now, seeing how wide and unspoiled-looking the beach looks.   Like paradise.

Bayleigh Dayton was really chewing up the scenery in her intro package, rolling through Lambert Airport with her crisp delivery of all of the airline-based puns.  I think she's actually based out of Atlanta with Delta Airlines, but there is no way they could have found so many relatively serene spots to film in at Hartsfield.

Bayleigh says she is "nice nasty" with the passengers, and will only help them out if she really feels like it, so she expects to be that way in the house, too.  And she's used to "panicky, bratty passengers", so dealing with fifteen other house guests should be no big deal.

Maybe Bayleigh plans a different career after the show....not sure Delta would like her being so real about what it's like to deal with people in her job.  But she's correct, of course.  I think she came off really well tonight, and I'm proud of her.

Kaitlyn Herman was teaching a yoga class outdoors in Encino when she found her BB key rolled up in her yoga mat.  Kaitlyn described herself as 90% "love and light", and 10% "go screw yourself".  That's not a bad ratio, if she can keep it up all summer.

Production is obviously going to squeeze every last corny drop out of her hippy, dippy aura-seeing.  She said her auras were her spirit guides and she sees six of them every day.  In high school I had a friend whose dad was into all of  that, and we used to put our hands on top of a clean sheet of paper and stare at them during class, trying to see if we had a colorful glow.  But then we grew up, went to school and got real jobs.

Everyone is saying Katilyn looks like Nicole Richie, and everyone is right about that.

And now it's time for the TV audience to meet Steve Arienta, who says he's 40, but to be honest, I think he's probably closer to 50.  I'm not sure why he wouldn't just say that, though.  He's already going to lie about so much, it seems like he could have been more truthful about how old he is.  Typically you put in 20 years or so before retiring with a pension from the police force, so if he retired 10 years ago, the math on being 40 doesn't make sense.

He's cruising on that chopper, though.  I have a neighbor whose son recently retired from the police force, and he immediately went all out to be a biker, growing his hair and a beard and riding out to Sturgis.  Maybe it's a rebellion type of thing for the ex-cops.

(The EAR/ONS killer was an ex-cop who rode a motorcycle too.)

Yeah, I'm not into Steve's "bath every day" schtick.  It makes me uncomfortable.  And I'm not sure the current HoH likes him very much, based on what we saw on the first CBS episode.  So Steve might have to do some extra sweet-talking to get use of the HoH bathtub this week.

Steve's wife is apparently a live feeder, so this must be very exciting for her.  And nerve-wracking.  And panic attack-inducing.  And sleep depriving.  I could go on, but I won't.  The families usually contact each other and provide friendly support.  It's so tough to be one of the family sometimes.

And here's Winston Hines, decked out in scrubs from his medical device sales job.

And JC Mounduix had a pretty good showing last night, with lots of high-action footage of him working out and dancing.  He also said he has a bachelor's degree in "International Business", and wants us to know there is more to him than just muscles.  He says he's always the minority---the short one, the gay one, the Hispanic one---so he tries to be positive about it all.

This is HARD to do, no matter how big you are.  Go ahead, try it.  I dare you.

People are all hot and bothered that Winston owns a gun, and believes in the right to bear arms.  Here he is at a target range checking his accuracy.  People are all upset that this must mean that Winston is a Trump supporter.

Um....last year you people voted for Cody to win America's Favorite Player.  Cody appeared shooting more than a handgun in his intro package last year, and talked frequently on the live feeds of how he joined the military so he could "kill the Taliban".  That doesn't sound very liberal to me.  I'm not trying to be political here (I never want to make politics an issue on this website.) but I'm just pointing out we should get to know Winston first, before we assume the worst.

Do you think it was his idea to shoot in his intro package? No, it wasn't.  Production decides what image they want to present on the first show, in order to entice as many viewers as possible and show there is something to see on BB this summer for everybody.  I mean, after all there is another house guest who has made very politically charged comments on social media in the past, but that house guest's politics wasn't dragged into their intro package.  But I'm not planning on bringing that up on this website unless the circumstances really call for it.

So let's all calm down and see what Winston has to offer.  You can't just hate someone because you guess they may feel a certain way.  And even if someone's views directly oppose yours, you shouldn't hate them anyway.  You're going to mix with a lot of different people before your life is over, if you're lucky, so you might as well learn to coexist and learn from each other.

Plus, Winston is so handsome.  Here he is kissing his dog Dixie with a big heart shaped aura of his own. Is that Winston's house?  Because he sure did have a huge backyard.  I guess you can get a lot for your money in Kentucky.

Winston sometimes packs a lunch for Dixie when she goes to doggy day care.  When my dog was a puppy, she used to go to Doggy Day Care on Wednesdays and I packed her lunch, too, even putting the snacks in a separate little Ziploc bag.  I found out later that they just dumped the snacks in her bowl with her lunch.  It's the thought that counts, I guess.

Up next is Angela Rummans in a variety of action poses and environments.  Angela's body is SICK.  She talked quite a bit about being a Super Fan of the show, even saying that this has created difficulties in her relationships in the past.

We saw Angela modeling, pole vaulting, and hanging out with her friends.

And playing beach volley ball, of course.  Angela will clearly be a force to be reckoned with in the competitions this summer.

And JC says he holds four world champion titles in power lifting.  Or something like that.

And here are the first eight on stage, nervously waiting to see what happens next.

Julie tells them that the first four to go in the house will be Tyler, Bayleigh, Sam and Winston.  Immediately we saw Tyler's shocked face, and he was clearly fumbling with his BB bag and looked at the audience before heading towards the door.

Clearly Tyler knows about the "First In" curse.  No one who has ever walked in the door first has ever won Big Brother.  I think it was Alex last year, but I could be wrong about that.  Once Tyler saw someone else move towards the door, he slowly made his way over.  But he could have been the one to hold the door open for the ladies to enter, sealing their fate in the game.

But as you can see, it was Bayleigh bursting in first this season, perhaps already having lost the game.  Sam was second in the door, so Tyler has an extra layer of protection from losing on night one.  He already knows he's got the Surfer Boy First Out curse hanging over him, so at least he avoided another curse.

I think Tyler came off well last night, based on what we saw already, but also with a few witty statements in the Diary Room, such as telling us that Bayleigh asked to touch his hair.

Tyler:  I told her please do.  That's what it's there for.

Now let's meet the next set of eight house guests.  Rachel Swindler's intro package was a feast of color and movement.  She really grabbed our attention and knows how to command the stage.

Here she is rehearsing a little number.  And Rachel has a SICK body as well.

Here is Rachel trying on a sassy outfit  in some sort of costume shop. She says she is a great flirt and will use that to get her way in the house this summer.

And here is Rachel strutting down the Strip, giving us a new look and mood, looking a little touristy.

And here is Rachel in full Vegas Showgirl regalia.  I have a friend who wore a costume like this for Halloween and had to see her chiropractor the next day.  That headdress is no joke.

I liked Rachel on the show last night and think she will bring a great energy to the house.

And guess whose coming up's Swaggy C, who already seems to have garnered a lot of hate for his nickname and variety of T-shirts.  Well I love Swaggy C and I'm not ashamed to admit it.  I think he's going to be a lot of fun and a constant source of excitement.  Maybe the haters just don't get him.

Here he is heading for the hoop.  I wonder if he lives with his family, or has roommates and an apartment.  Big Brother used to show the house guests packing their suitcases, so we would see their bedrooms and usually their pets and families. But we didn't see much of that this year.

I was already super-suspicious of the whole "day trader" situation that he claimed to be in his preseason interviews.  When he introduced himself to the other house guests, he said he was a former college basketball player.  But he tells us now that between day trades, he picks up "babysitting shifts in the suburbs".

That's a nice suburb, by the way.  I'd love to hear what those two kids are talking about today, after being on Prime Time TV like that.

LOOK:  You can't pigeonhole Swaggy C into just one profession.  He's a Renaissance man, with lots of various side hustles. He's just got to do his thing.  There's no need to hate on him.  Yet.

And here's Angie Lantry, who put on quite a show for us in her intro package.  We learned some new things about her, too.  For example, she's not really a "nightclub manager". It sounds more like she organizes raves and music festivals.  We saw her doing all sorts of groovy dancing and spinning and it was far out, man.

If this is Angie in the picture below, it must be from her wedding.  Because she said there were unicorns at her wedding.  So it's true.  Unicorns must be real.

Next up is Kaycee Clark, who is quite athletic in her San Diego Surge uniform.  We saw her run around and catch the ball several times, once with only one hand, and looking surprised about it. She said she is often compared to Odell Beckham Jr, and has better hands in the sport than some men.

We also saw her eating with her family, who seem very supportive.  She watches Big Brother with her father so I know he must be pumped up and ready for the live feeds to start tonight.  I thought Kaycee had a very strong first half on premiere night, before the competitions sucked all the momentum out of the show.  But we'll get to that in a minute.

And who is this disrobing and making quite a show of it?

It was Brett Robinson, who seems to have changed his strategy tonight.  Previously, he said he planned to tell everyone that he's "just a dumb surfer".  But maybe he got in the house and saw there was already a dumb surfer in attendance. He introduced himself to the cast as someone in "technical sales" and indicated in the DR that he didn't really know what that meant himself, and hoped no one ever asked about it.

Supposedly he's been doing some strategizing with Winston, but I don't know if they are aligned with anyone else.  He told us that he's a "bro, doing bro stuff".  I regret to inform you that during last night's premiere, Brett was the #2 house guest searched for by the CBS casual fans.  That's only from my little website's data, but the results held firm through the West Coast premiere as well.  JC was the top house guest searched, continuing through today, but I predicted that since JC seems so unusual.

I'm not sure how I feel about Brett yet.  I think he'll still seem like a douche a few days from now, too, but I'm willing to wait and see.

I think Scottie Salton had a great night on the show, even garnering some graphic dragons floating across his intro screen.  I'm not sure how he will fit in with the guys, but the girls seemed to be charmed by his nerdy personality, and he's definitely not as backwards as he claims to be.

Here's The Thing:  What if Haleigh told the cast that she was a virgin and had never been kissed?  Would it be okay for the guys to chase her around the house in order to kiss her?  I know Scottie is a bit older than Haleigh, and was yucking it up about the situation, but it didn't seem right to me.  If it is true that Scottie hasn't even been kissed (I actually doubt that.) then that would not be the right way to experience your first time.

He played Frisbee Golf and was frustrated by his efforts.  Cue the DoDo music.  And he played some sort of board game where he spun a weird cube and talked about "regenerating".  He may as well have been speaking Dutch for all I know.

Haleigh seems to look different every time I see her.  She had on A TON of makeup on premiere night, much more than needed in my opinion.  But for someone still in college she displayed a lot of poise and seemed comfortable with so many different types of people.

And it looks like her family has a real farm.  Or ranch.  Whatever.  Those farm kids have to get up very early to help feed the animals before school sometimes.  If that is the case with Haleigh, hopefully she won't be very prissy and will try to make some things happen in there. She could probably just get carried by someone in a showmance, if we're being honest.  And realistic.  Unfortunate, but true.

I'm kind of scared of horses.  And I think they know that.  So whenever I've tried to ride one, it's been a bad experience.  This seems like a nice horse though, ready for her close-up.

How fun would it be to drive a big tractor like this around?  I'd rather try that than the horse, but I'm sure it's harder than it looks.  And it looks pretty hard, to tell the truth.

Haleigh might surprise us, after all.  I'd love to be surprised, but it's hard to do that.  This Haleigh-Bayleigh situation is already killing me, though, spelling-wise.  So one of them has to go soon.

And now let's meet Faysal Shafaat, who tells us his team won two college championships while he played football at University of Tennessee, and that he "shattered every receiving record they had".  I'll try to just call him Fassie from now on, since that is how he introduced himself to everyone.

Fassie has done some modeling.  And why wouldn't he, if he looks like this?  I mean, sure he's a little full of himself, but we already have an "Aw Shucks" good looking kind of guy on the cast.  We need what Fassie has, right?  I'm pretty sure he'll just jump into a lame showmance like everybody else.   Just being realistic.

He told us last night that he's a coach in addition to being a substitute teacher.  That makes more sense to me.  I think CBS makes the website intros hold back on things to keep them for the TV show the first week, so we all have a few surprises.

You know, like Angie Rockstar casually telling us that she's a "pagan witch".  There was no mention of coaching or casting spells in either Fassie's or Angie's CBS bios, that I recall.

Fassie is Muslim, and prays, so that should be interesting.

But he's still going to take his clothes off and flex and stuff, so don't worry about that.  I mean, he told Ross that he's versatile.  Right?

And here they all are, waiting to step inside.  The last four to enter were Rachel, Angie, Brett and Swaggy C.

Scottie somehow detached the strap on Haleigh's top when he hugged her.  Have we had a wardrobe malfunction on premiere night before?  This might be the first.

I took this picture so you could see all that food laid out for them.  Do you think it's real?  Did you see anyone eat any of it?  Did you see any ants crawling on it?  I mean, that seems like an EXCESSIVE amount of sliced tomatoes.

These are things I feel we need to know.  In a past season (BB17, maybe?) I heard them say on the live feeds that when they took the Saran Wrap off the platters a few minutes after going in the house, ants were already all over the food.

When Winston introduced himself, he said "ya'll" and the girls pounced on that word.  Rachel wanted to know how old he was, and she approved.

And look at Haleigh's makeup......she doesn't need to wear even half of that.

And when Hayleigh introduced herself, Fassie and Scottie were digging her too.

I hate all the showownces, personally.  But CBS obviously is going to push it nonstop in order to drive viewership.  Because the CBS casuals just love a tender romance between total strangers trying to win money.

But damn. Fassie is hot.  I'm not sure if I'm into his personality, but he looks like a damn movie star  here.

And Steve's just not having it.  He din't like Kaitlyn's whole chakra storyline, and feels Angie would be someone an undercover cop would cozy right up to to bust the whole Music Festival drug scene wide open.

Are you telling me Steve doesn't  LOOK JUST LIKE COP?  No, I don't think you are.

Tyler sure sniffed it out.  He knows the 5-0 when he sees them.  I know Derrick was much younger, and had a different, more versatile look than Steve has, but he was able to blend in so much better, and become one of the crowd.  I don't think there is a Cody in there for Steve.  Things don't look good for Steve right now, I'm sorry to say.

Kaitlyn was the one to make the big toast, which kind of surprised me.  I liked the silver champagne glasses, and how Bayleigh stepped right up, telling everybody she "popped bottles for a living".

The first time I got to fly to Europe for my job, I got upgraded to Business Class, which is pretty darned nice on international flights.  As I found my seat and situated myself, I heard one champagne cork after another going pop, pop, pop.  And the flight attendants were passing out glasses as quickly as we could drink them.  It was all very lavish back then.  I remember that during the dinner service, there was a cheese course before dessert, and the stews were pouring glasses of port.

Me:  I don't know...I've never had port before.

Flight Attendant, leaning over and whispering:  You should try is VERY GOOD port.

And it was. And I liked it.

Why is Steve wearing a blazer?  Is that appropriate for a car mechanic?  He should be the one wearing the overalls, or at least a more casual look.

The second half of the premiere really dragged for me.  I didn't like the competition sets or all of the complicated rules and lame attempts at special effects.

I don't have time to watch it again and take's been a busy work week for my real job.  It might be a few days before I can catch my breath and get into a live feed schedule that works.  But I'm looking forward to watching the live feeds so I can draw my own conclusions, rather than letting Production try to make up story lines for me.

Here's basically what happened in the second half of the show:

1.  The eight folks standing on the left side "fell" and had to search for stuff in the Black Box, which is always my least favorite competition.  I can never tell what is going on, and had NO IDEA tonight since all of the cast is new to me.

2.  Angela won that comp.

3.  Kaycee lost that comp, and got a punishment costume.

4.  The eight folks on the right side "fell" and were hanging by harnesses and had to stack up some blocks.

5.  Swaggy C won that comp.

6.  Sam lost that comp and got a punishment of "being a robot".

7.  I lost interest in the Robot Situation about 2 minutes after it started. Sorry....just being honest.

8.  Swaggy C and Angela faced off on surfboards with a bunch of graphics swirling around them, and some other stuff that I didn't understand.  Swaggy C won.

9.  Some drama ensued, with Swaggy able to save two of the four groups of house guests pre-selected by Production as the groups that entered the house together.  Swaggy had to save his own group, and finally chose the group that contains Kaycee and Fassie, pissing off many others.

This Reddit poster gave a summary that many agree with.

And this is the "Sam the Robot" that everyone thinks is so great and entertaining.

She's obviously sitting in an office or hotel room on a computer while her computer self is rolling around.

Onward and upward.  I am having A TON of internet issues that have made trying to type all of this a real nightmare.  Hopefully tomorrow is a better day.


  1. Glad the show is back. Cast so far is so...generic? Massive pigeon-holed, cliche “characters”. They got...

    -The token eye-candy females (no lie, there are some very attractive ones) who likely will turn mega-bitchy the minute they don’t get their way and say “game on” way too much

    -The generic, tired, overused muscle-bound dudes who likely think they are special because their “mom said so, bro” and will eventually turn the douche WAY up. And by extension, the surfer-bro, DUDE!

    -The sassy black girl who will be very opinionated and likely have her mouth get her in trouble for being “real”

    -The next nerd in the long line of nerds that always get a spot on the show, because...they need somebody to play the nerd.

    -The cutesy, lovable, naive country girl(s) to play the Nicole from Ubly role.

    -The older dude who is awkwardly crammed in amongst the young self-centered, unstable youth.

    -The quirky, “different” female(s) who don’t follow the bombshell template and just hang out being...different.

    -The brash, fast talking black guy. Has already branded himself with the self-given nicknameand came out playing hard.

    Overall, pretty much every cliche is checked. But willing to give them a chance. I hope some buck their “trends” and break out being with a different personality than what their “role” is.

    It’s summer time!

  2. Robot thing is so dumb, but a huge hindrance on her game so I guess that's interesting? And it's a really long time until the first eviction. The excessive effects surrounding the competition were SO tacky. I love BB but I was seriously rolling my eyes.

  3. I read a comment someone wrote on Reddit about the Robot. They were saying the sound effects of the Robot moving around would be fun "like Christmas' scooter".

    I read stuff like that and know I am outnumbered. And my BB days are numbered. But I'm sure the live feeds will make me feel better about it all. I need to find someone to secretly root for.

  4. I can't get to the BB Bot app to work -- so I can't vote!! Please put a voting access back on the website BB page as you did in the past!!!

  5. Just want to say thanks again for recapping again this season! You always make me laugh!

  6. Feedwatcher, I love you. But Beyleigh was at the Kansas City International Airport. Lee's Summit is a suburb of KC. It's a funky airport with three terminal buildings, but it's one of the easiest airports to get in and out of.

    1. Then I'll bet filming caused quite a stir in there. If you grew up with Bayleigh and want to chat about it, we're all ears.


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