Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Meet Christie Murphy: You'll Be Grateful When She Tells You To Be Grateful, Dammit. #BB21

This was the first pre-season I've seen where the house guest sitting in the hot seat is crying before the interview even starts.  Big Jeff tells us that he's sitting in the Diary Room with a very emotional house guest and we soon learn that this is Christie Murphy, who tells us that she lives in Keyport New Jersey but is originally from Statan Island and she owns a clothing store called Mystic Earth.

Apparently she's crying because she's a big fan of Big Brother and these are happy tears.  She said she saw the BB logo backstage and started losing it then, and sitting in the Diary Room is making it even worse.

Christie says she's a Super Nerd and has been watching Big Brother since she was 15 years old.  I crunched the numbers and that would indicate that she started watching the series when BB8 was airing.

Christie:  I know you!  You came in here and introduced yourself as if I didn't know you!

Jeff:  Well, I don't know who watches da show and who doesn't!

(I wonder how that introduction goes...does he say "Hi I'm Jeff Schroeder.  You may know me from BB11 and BB13, plus my many cameo appearances on BB12, BB14, BB15, etc etc etc."  Or does he say "Hi I'm Big Jeff and my wife won this show ten years ago and we got engaged in the backyard.")

Christie wants everyone in the house to get to know her personality, "obviously" but she wants to be sort of quiet in the beginning and just sort of lay low.

Christie:  I know everybody probably says Derrick but he was a behind-the-scenes type of guy and that's kinda my thing.  I also think Tyler played a great game and I want to align myself with a male and a female in the house.

Jeff, laughing:  So you haven't thought about this at all!

Christie:  I've been eating, thinking, sleeping Big Brother since I was a teenager.

This is a dream come true for Christie and she still can't really believe she's here.  Jeff asked for more information about the store she owns and she says not only does she sell clothing, but also "fun stuff" like incense, essential oils and sage.

Christie:  I'm a big sage-burner. If you come in the store and you have bad energy, if you're looking for an outfit you're getting saged first.  That's the first thing.  You gotta set your mind right.  Because realistically, you can't try on clothes and like what you're wearing unless you're spiritually good.


If I went in Christie's store and she came over and waved a burning bunch of leaves at me, I damn sure wouldn't stick around and put my hard-earned money in her pocket.  I just checked her Yelp listing and her store has a great rating and great reviews, so maybe she doesn't have to sage too many negative bitches like me.

Here's proof of that, in case she needs to file some sort of complaint with Yelp after the BB season is over.  You know, because of all of the crazy fans who like to insert themselves into the house guests' lives in the only way they being total dicks.

I'm talking about "them", of course.  Not "you" and certainly not "me".  We all like to read and "they" are barely literate, from the looks of some post-season social media buffoonery after previous BB seasons.

And speaking of low literacy skills, I wonder if Gina Marie Zimmerman shops at Mystic Earth Boutique?  Gina Marie is from Staten Island, too.  And that makes me wonder how much sage Christie keeps behind the counter in case of emergencies.

Christie's store looks really nice, so I have to wonder if she started it herself or if it's family-owned or something.  She says she's 28.....but I would believe a (much) bigger number, too.  Not throwing shade....just wondering.

Jeff wondered if she's going to bring all that "positivity" in the house with her this summer and she says she absolutely will do that.  She journals every day and will miss doing that since she's not allowed to have pen and paper in the house.

Christie:  So instead, one of my strategies is to have a Daily Gratitude Circle in the house.  I do gratitude every day...

Jeff:, laughing:  You mean a circle?  Like with the other house guests?

Christie:  Yes!  I can't write down what I'm grateful for, so making everyone do it is going to keep everyone really positive and happy.  I can say, come on let's go, we're all gonna sit in a circle and give three things we're grateful for....every one of us.  Every day.  I don't care if it's something simple like air conditioning, or even your mom.  We're gonna be grateful.

Jeff:  Okay. So what could be your downfall in there?

Christie:  Well, every day we're all gonna sit in a circle and I'm going to make everybody give three things we're grateful for....every one of us.  Every day.  I don't care if it's something simple like air conditioning, or even your mom.  We're gonna be grateful.


She actually said her negatives are that she can be emotional and vulnerable, and what you see is what you get with her.  She thinks she might be a bit of a social threat, too likeable and maybe too flirtatious.  She's been told that before but she's not trying to be flirtatious, it just comes off that way. 

This gives Big Jeff an opening to ask if she has "anyone special on the outside".

Christie:  No, I'm single.  Not newly single, but recently single, coming out of a pretty long relationship, happily single.  I'm a serial monogamist...all my life I've been in relationships, so this is my time to be single.

Jeff wondered if that could be a downfall, too, being single and available.

Christie:  I'm going to try not to do that.  This is my time, the Time of Christie.  I swear I believe in being where you need to be and I think the universe conspired for me to be here and its teaching me to be a competitor and for me to waste this opportunity to get lost in emotions or in someone else would make me a fricking fool, but having said that, you never know.

Jeff:  I could talk to you all day, but do you have a hashtag for your game this summer?

Christie says her friends call her "Murph" so she thinks it should be "LetsGoMurph".  Jeff seems skeptical about this but then she tells him Murphy is her last name.

Jeff:  Well, I don't know that!

(What about #TimeOfChristie?  Or #RaginAndSagin?  Or #BBCrybaby?)

Then it's time for the big question:  Would Christie like to win and be hated, or lose and be loved?

Christie Murphy didn't even hesitate. She wants to Lose and Be Loved.  She feels like she already won, just being here.  She doesn't want to hurt anybody.  She looks at the camera and says she wishes she could get to know us, but maybe we can get to know her instead.


I also watched Christie's interview with Ika Wong for ET Canada and am pleased to report that she was much calmer and personable, and much less emotional.  I think being in the Diary Room and meeting Jeff was what set her off in the CBS interview.

Here are a few items of interest from the Ika interview:

*  Christie is already planning to use the Goodbye Messages to her advantage.  She's going to "kill them with kindness", which will help her get the votes to win if she makes it to the finale.  The vicious GBMs last year were fun, but that's not the way to win the game.  (I'm looking at you, Angela Rummans.)
*  Christie is a chameleon and can adapt her persona to any situation.  But she's always going to be real with people in the house and can't stand someone who is fake and phony. (I think we're going to have a few of those this summer, so that should be fun.)
*  Christie comes off girly like the girl-next-door but is a "secret tomboy", and she's also a lesbian.  She dated men for 9 years but then she met a woman who made her try something different.  She thinks her sexual orientation will surprise the house guests and she plans to use it to her advantage.  She isn't planning to tell anyone in the beginning, but will use the information as a sign of trust with people she gets close to in the house.  She seems to think the guys will want her more when they realize they can't have her.
*  She dated a woman for seven years who was twenty-one years older than her.  They broke up recently and I will have more to say about that shortly.
*  Christie has a photographic memory and will use that to win competitions.  Her social and mental games will be on point so she won't need the physical part.  She will have no problem being the first to drop in the endurance comps.  (Her alliance members might not like that have to at least look like you're trying to win to protect them.)
*  Unfortunately Ika "literally" had to ask her about her switch from men to women.  Um no, just had to ask her.  There was nothing literal about it.  (My #1 pet peeve of 2019.)

Okay....let's cut the crap and get to the real news here.  Christie Murphy is very well-acquainted with Tommy Bracco.  The woman who Christie dated for seven years is Tommy's aunt, so they have been in each other's lives for YEARS.  Here is a picture of the two of them at a Lady Gaga concert ---I think the girl in the middle is Tommy's sister.  There are also pictures of them sitting at the same table for holiday dinners and such.

This can't be an accident on Production's part.  I think either one of them could get cast on Big Brother for any season based on their own value as a house guest.  It's not a coincidence.  I will have new information for you in upcoming posts regarding confirmed connections between another set of  house guests (Kathryn Dunn and Holly Allen), and the fans have found another potential connection between Ovi Kabir and Jackson Michie based on various life events.

So I think the Season Theme or Twist involves pairs, maybe secret pairs or maybe they're playing in teams.  In BB6 every house guest was part of a secret pair but had been led to believe they were the only secret pair.  In BB8 only a few house guests were unpleasantly surprised by someone from their past they had a negative connection with joining the cast. And something similar happened in BB4 when a few players had their exes burst in the door to join the game.

So....we'll learn more about the theme in the next few days, I think, once they are all officially locked in the house and the network starts heavily promoting the new season.

Here is Christie's's a nice-looking store that seems well-organized and well-run.

And here is the store's Instagram account, which has gone private, probably for the summer but maybe they will unlock it once the season's theme is announced.

Here is Christie's CBS bio for your review.

It's a well-written bio that confirms much of what we learned about her in both her interviews with Jeff and Ika.  She did discuss her admiration for Jordan with Ika and they agreed that Jordon "really" won since she took home the money and got a husband and family out of it too, while still being authentic and real.

She was never close to crying when talking to Ika, so that was a good sign for me.  I like Christie and think she would fun to go out drinking with.  She has a big personality and if she can tone down the "woo woo" part of her spirituality I think she will be better-received by all of the house guests.

So, will this twist, whatever it is work this year?  Or will it blow up in Production's face and scatter shrapnel all over our computer screens?  And if the season involves pairs, WHO IN THE HELL is Cliff Hogg's partner?

1 comment :

  1. Season 8 had a twist about estranged family members (Daniele/ Dick) and exes (Dustin/ Joe) too!


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