Thursday, August 2, 2018

Watch What Happens Live Next, Only on CBS. #BB20

Last night's CBS episode featured the PoV competition and ceremony, and all the live feeders already know where this week is going....we're headed for another shocking blindside.  But only for those who don't know the planned majority vote.  And also those who don't know about the power their own teammate has held for weeks, yet strangely decided to blab about it to the wrong person, at the wrong time.

And it's the same people getting blindsided in each case, which is even worse.  Or better, depending on which side you're on.

At the opening of the show, the shady Production team tried to give us the illusion of Brett joining the other early evictees, all lined up in a row.  They even line up, height-wise.

I see you, Shady Editors.  We all see you.  We see each other.

Please don't sue me, Andy Cohen.  I know I jacked your show title for the title of my post, but since Julie Chen is a friend of yours, I expect you to just keep ignoring me.  So thank you in advance.

Actually, I went to one of Andy's book events a year or so ago, and raised my hand to ask a question.  He came over with the microphone and stood about two feet away from me.  He repeated my question afterwards for the entire audience, so maybe I didn't speak clearly into the microphone.  I don't think I choked, though.  Andy is just like he appears on TV, except maybe a little shorter, and he was dressed in a very preppy casual style, wearing one of those canvas belts with the little pictures repeated all around it.

I was sitting in a row with one of the "friends" of the RHOA cast seated directly behind me with a large group of presumably non-famous friends.  I could hear their whispering, and some drama when Andy recognized her just after he gave a half-assed answer to my stupid question about his dog.  Andy gave the "friend of" a real smile and greeting, that made the one he gave me seem fake in comparison.  It's okay.  I don't mind.

We saw each other, Andy.  I'm just the only one of us who remembers it, that's all.

The show opened right after nominations happened.  Rachel doesn't like it when people ask her if she's okay.  But she's okay, she says.

But now even the casual CBS viewers know that is not the case.  Rachel is NOT okay.  And she will be EXTREMELY not okay after tonight's live show.  But we'll chat about that in just a second.

I regret not covering this when I saw it on the live feeds.  JC put on somebody's weave and walked around making everyone laugh.  It was a cute look for him, actually.  I think he was pretending to be drunk.

And it was funny when he saw Kaitlyn in the backyard in the form of a crow.  The sound effects of the crow pooping were once again way, way, WAY too much.  I guess the CBS focus groups indicate that America is just really stupid, and needs those type of sound effects to aid our understanding of the situation.  Which was pooping.  We needed sound effects to understand a bird pooping.

I was walking out to the pool at the MGM Grand one time and a guy asked my friend and I if we wanted to attend a focus group for a TV show.  It was in an auditorium just to the left before the exit doors to the pool.  We were holding huge fruity cocktails that we bought to take outside so we went in the theater to drink them while we watched the show.  I wish I could remember what the show was, but it was so bad that we got up and left in the middle of the the focus group.  I think they gave us a coupon for reduced-price spa services or something, but no monetary compensation.  Then, while at the pool, my friend went to the poolside gift shop to buy some souvenirs to take home to her kids, and a young couple came over and asked me if I wanted to go to their room with them to "take a shower".

(Spoiler Alert:  No, I did not.  But I saw another girl walk inside the hotel with them just a few minutes later, a little cloud of cigarette smoke enveloping all three of them.)

My Point: The TV Focus Groups are not full of sober, highly-educated citizens. In fact, anyone who can sit upright without vomiting qualifies for one of their panels, apparently.

At first glance, the set for this competition reminded me of Safety Village.  Does anybody remember taking a field trip to Safety Village?  We learned to cross the street properly, and all about traffic lights.  But I'm from Florida, and we didn't have this type of city-scene where I lived.  Our roads were either a tangle of interstate highways, or a two-lane road bordering the water.  So Safety Village seemed like a fairy tale world.

Bayleigh told her friends about a lot of comments she made during the competition that didn't air.  Such as "I would not be the one driving a man to the club", and so forth.  I couldn't help noticing that someone needed to smooth out the cloud curtains on the left side of the set.  Somebody forgot their staple gun or something.

Bayleigh did well in this competition.  And everyone noticed that.  This may come back to haunt Bayleigh, in a bad way.

Once again Sam got the Producer's Pet edit for her competition efforts.  She ended up timing out, not finishing within 30 minutes, but she got the little Godzilla footage for her scrapbook.  When I watched the show again just now, I noticed Sam's earlobe situation.

I have NEVER noticed that Sam has those gauge earring things, or whatever they are called now.  WHY Sam WHY?  Is this still a thing with the kids?  Look, the senior citizens in 40 years are going to be so fugly, with drooping, flappy earlobes and tattoos that are faded and saggy.  I know all of you want to Live for Today, or whatever, but surely you want to be Attractive Tomorrow as well.

And this is the Big Brother advertisement running on the CBS website right now.  It's Rosie the Reflective Riveter, Pondering Going to the Honky Tonk.  Are those the gauge-type earrings too?  The more I know about things, the more I realize I am totally clueless.

I heard the house guests chatter about JC having trouble moving all the road pieces around, and it looked like this might be true.  I also understand why Scottie was disappointed that he didn't get to go out and walk around the competition set after it was over.  I think the mini-city is cool and would be a great play room set up.   The RHAP podcasters thought it looked super-cheap, but I like this sort of thing much more than those TKO-type electronic eyesores.

As I watched the episode live last night, right in the middle of Rachel's turn the program switched to a live weather report, with the Weather Guy apologizing to us for the interruption.  I thought we would go right back to the show momentarily, but we never saw another minute of the episode.  A powerful line of storms with tornadoes was sweeping across the Atlanta Metro area, and it was the sort of coverage that gave each threatened area a time frame where they need to take cover.

It didn't impact my neighborhood, or even my County, but I've been in that situation a few times and it is terrifying. In fact, to prepare for storm season I need to go ahead and put a bag of bottled water and dog food in my closet.  When lightening strikes my dog already goes in there to hide, without needing a weather forecast.

So I'm not pissed about the interruption, because I already knew the outcome, and in today's convenient world I could watch the entire episode on the CBS website this morning.  But it better not happen again tonight, during the live show.  The weather has been a mess around here for days now, with constant flash flood warnings.  I guess as long as I have internet access so I can watch the SURE TO BE LIT live feeds after the live show I will be okay.

So these were the competition results.  Tyler smoked it, obviously.  JC even threw shade at Production when he saw the results, asking if the road just assembled itself after Tyler threw the pieces down.

And then as the show closed, my favorite part happened, where the action moves in slow motion as the credits roll and we hear snippets of Diary Room sessions designed to set us up for the Big Live Show on Thursday night.

Here is Tyler taking his stash box to the storage room.  But Tyler seems the type to just leave his stash box in the living room, so that it is conveniently located when his Bros and Buds come over to visit.  Probably right under the couch, right?

And let's just take a second to admire Tyler's arms in this picture.  That stash box can't be too heavy, and he's not flexing.  Tyler's just built that way.  On Tuesday, Haleigh was watching Tyler work out in the backyard and she commented to someone (Rachel, maybe?) that Tyler's body was all muscle, even though he is very light.

Haleigh:  Tyler is all muscle. It's frightening....

(Is that what you call it Haleigh?)

And we see Rachel in slow motion, recreating a scene that unfortunately might sum up her time in the Big Brother house, slowly reaching out to touch Brett as he moves away, oblivious.


And Bayleigh, so plugged in to everything this week, but apparently the light bulb is burnt out.

Bayleigh:  .........My HoH has been the smoothest one yet!

And Haleigh's mad already, and she doesn't even know what is going to happen.  Did we even hear from her on that episode?  If we did, I don't remember it.

Are Kaycee's teammates watching her on Big Brother?  I wonder what they have to say about all of this.

We don't have to wonder what Swaggy thinks about Bayleigh's HoH reign. He's not scared.  He's not in the same zip code as Bayleigh, though.  I wonder how Swaggy C will feel when Bayleigh wakes him up to yell at him like she did with Fessy.

And I was looking for a tweet I saw from him yesterday, but it looks like he deleted it.  Basically he was responding to something a live feeder tweeted about a comment Bayleigh made regarding her relationship with Kaycee.  Swaggy confirmed that Bayleigh was sleeping with Kaycee for two nights and was "going to be with her" until Swaggy got Bayleigh to move to his bed, and he "took her" from Kaycee.

He got some backlash for the "taking her" implication, like he thinks he owns Bayleigh.  But it appears Swaggy deleted that tweet.  Not this one though, on a related topic. Bayleigh and Haleigh "kissed and took showers together"?  What is this, the MGM Grand?

Sometimes these posts just write themselves.  I didn't plan that.


The house guests saw a series of video GIFs late yesterday afternoon while the cameras were down.  When the live feeds returned we saw small groups of house guests clustered together to study for the competition.  It is clear there will be a series of questions about the GIFs, so there was much discussion of the tiny details in each video.

One was a GIF of Steve taking a hard fall from the competition on the balance beam.  And another apparently showed Tyler shaving his chest.  Tyler didn't think that was something they showed on the CBS episodes, but JC swears that it probably was.

One GIF showed JC's sudden fall from his tree stump during the HoH comp that Sam eventually won.  And there was some INTENSE DRAMA surrounding that, as Sam was seen angrily confronting JC, because she thought it looked like JC fell on purpose.  Sam was so proud of herself for winning that comp, she says, but maybe now she thinks everyone wanted her to win so she could burn her power on her own nominations.  Tyler walked through the room and tried to calm her down, saying she was making something big out of nothing, but she snapped that she was talking to JC and Tyler walked out of the room, leaving JC twisting in Sam's angry wind.

Um...does anyone else remember Sam hollering at Tyler to "Jump down Dammit" so she could win that HoH competition?

This is one tweet I absolutely believe.  Sam was a MESS, angrily snapping at Tyler that she "already knew everything about all of the videos".   Look, they all take the psych tests as part of the casting process, but no one should assume that they want the entire cast to actually PASS it.

After Sam's DR session, I watched part of a long conversation between Sam and Tyler, where Tyler did his one-on-one schmoozing to calm her down.  Sam was all upset about how lonely she feels, and Tyler told her he's alone all the time, so he's used to being lonely and can help her with it.  You'll see that on the CBS show, of course.  Cue the fucking violins.

I doubt this will be the case, though.  Everyone loves the Double Evictions.  I can't believe they wouldn't have one, just because Kaitlyn bombed her Playskool puzzle.


1. Brett is going to give a fucking BLOCKBUSTER eviction speech where he outs the Man Eater Alliance, saying that Rachel told him all about how Angie Rockstar was the one who put it all together.  Note that it was actually named "Kaycee and the Man Eaters" after Kaycee objected to being classified as a "Man Eater".

2.  Brett is also going to announce to Bayleigh that Rachel told him all about her secret power to make her own nominations, despite the HoH's plans.  Note that most of Bayleigh's alliance DOES NOT know about her power, yet the ENTIRE opposing alliance does know.

3.  Will Rachel's speech come after Brett's speech, so she can have a chance to respond to it?

4.  I think it will, but will Rachel be able to coherently express herself despite her rage and tears?

5.  Will Rachel lash out at her Level Six alliance members, maybe blaming Angela for squealing about the secret power?

6.  Whatever Rachel does, she and Brett will have to sit in those chairs while the rest of the cast goes to the DR to cast their vote.  Will we see the tempers flare on tonight's episode, or the Sunday recap?

7.  How long will it take Bayleigh's group to lash out at her for not telling them about a power that EVERYONE on the other side already knows about?

8. Will everyone be too freaked out to compete at their best in the HoH comp?

9.  Will Tyler continue to just surf by with his wide-eyed "I'm just a stoner" facial expressions?

10.  This seems minor in comparison, but will Angie Rockstar yell at Brett again after his Man Eater Alliance comments during the live show?

11.  Will Brett be accused of being "Real Cute" again?

12.  How will Swaggy C spin this to try and make Bayleigh's HoH reign look good?

13.  Will Rachel pull herself together in time to make her planned sassy sashay exit out of the front door?