Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Meet Holly Allen: She's From Wyoming! #BB21

It's time to meet Holly Allen, who tells Big Jeff that she hails from Wyoming but lives in Los Angeles now.  She is a safari tour guide and also a sommelier.  (That is basically a French word that means "wine steward".  In other words, Holly serves wine.)

Jeff is confused about this and seems testy about it, telling Holly that she needs to back up and explain what she just said.  Holly clarified things by saying she works in a vineyard that also "rescues" exotic animals.

Holly:  So I get people tipsy but more importantly I let them play with zebras, giraffes and water buffalo and I teach them about the animals.

***OK.  TIMEOUT.***

I try not to get all preachy about it, but some of you know my views about ethical treatment of animals.  As a supporter of an actual animal sanctuary, I feel I need to make information available for you regarding the difference between an actual sanctuary and a commercial establishment that might actually be exploiting animals.

I don't know if Holly is being facetious when she says she lets drunk people (or any people, for that matter) "play" with those animals or if the establishment where she works actually lets the physical contact occur.

The place in Malibu that employs Holly is a popular tourist spot and I'm sure they mean well, but a real animal sanctuary is not treated as a petting zoo and makes every effort to reduce stress for animals that have endured horrific abuse or neglect.  A real animal sanctuary also isn't going to serve burgers, chicken fingers or even dairy-based ice cream in the snack bar, for obvious reasons.

This topic is extremely important to me and I have been spending an increasing amount of time and money supporting the cause.  Thank you for stopping to consider it.


Jeff asks if Holly is a Big Brother fan and she simply said "yes...I was excited to see you" as if that addressed all of our questions about that.

Jeff:  But you were confused about where we are right now.  This is the actual Diary Room.

Holly:  I had a feeling that we were in the house, but I didn't know we were in the Diary Room. This is crazy!  They don't tell us what we're doing or where we're going.

Jeff:  That's part of Big Brother.  Get used to it.

Jeff asked Holly what it is about Big Brother that makes her love it so much.  I don't think Holly was expecting that question so she obviously wasn't prepped for it.

Holly, stammering:  I mean, who gets to play Big Brother?  This is an elite group of people that get to go through this insane experience and I just want to be one of those people.

Jeff:  Well, I don't know if I'd call us ELITE.  Lucky, maybe?

Holly:  Yes.  And crazy!

Jeff wondered what kind of strategy Holly is bringing to the game this summer and Holly began her response by covering all of her Wyoming Talking Points, summarized as follows:

*  Holly is from Wyoming.
*  Holly's family is from Wyoming, too.
*  Holly's family raised her to be hardworking, dedicated, driven and also honest.
*  Holly knows that this is Big Brother, but it's going to be really, really, really hard to do that. (?)
*  Holly is going to try to form alliances and build trust.
*  Holly really, really, really admired Jeff's game because she felt he "had heart" and he carried that through the game and so did Jordan, by the way.

Jeff then wondered what Holly's potential downfalls could be in the game.

Holly:  On the flip side, I hope that's not a downfall.  (?)  I want to trust people who trust me, but I don't want my trust to get me in trouble by maybe trusting someone that I shouldn't.  I hope that my heart keeps me going and doesn't get me in trouble.

(It's too late to call your agent Holly. You're stuck in there now.  Sorry Hon.)

Then Big Jeff tripped her up by asking yet another tough question, asking her if it will be harder for her to lie to someone or to trust someone.

Holly:  Oooo.  Hmmm.  It may be harder to trust somebody?  Ooooo.  That's a toughie!  I'll have to think about that one.

(So, she just said it would be easier for her to lie to someone.  That doesn't sound like the Wyoming way now, does it?)

Holly doesn't think she's a guillable person and because of her dating history she's probably not very trustworthy.  I don't think she meant that...I think she was trying to say it's hard for her to trust people based on her dating history, but maybe that's a Freudian slip.  She's definitely flustered but trying not to show it.  In response to Jeff's question about her romantic status, she says she's going in "single and skeptical" and Jeff got a good laugh out of that.

If Holly wins the money she's going to take her family on some sort of trip to anywhere they want to go.  This topic launches Holly into another round of her Wyoming Talking Points, summarized again as follows:

*  Holly grew up in Wyoming.
*  Holly grew up in a very tiny town in Wyoming.
*  Holly's family had a ranch to run, so they didn't have much time to travel.
*  And then she wants to do a "bunch of other stuff like open a dog rescue"

Big Jeff notes that it sounds like since Holly grew up in Wyoming and all, she probably didn't have a lot of communication with tons of people.  How is she going to do living in the Big Brother house?

Well, you guessed it.  Holly has more Wyoming Talking Points for us.

*  Holly grew up in Wyoming.
*  Holly actually grew up in Wyoming with a Big Brother Starter Kit.
*  Every summer Holly would say goodbye to her friends and go up to her family's Dude Ranch which is at an elevation of 9,200 feet with no electricity or cell phones, internet or even TV.
*  Holly didn't know what the cool songs were, and didn't even know what pop music was until the 2nd grade!
*  Holly didn't know who Britney Spears was!

She misses her dog Jackson already.  He's named after her favorite ski town in Wyoming and he travels with her constantly.  He's already been to "like, 20 states and he's only three years old".  Jeff wanted to know why Jackson the Dog traveled so much and this is what Holly said:

Holly:  Why not?  He's already been to like, 10 states when he was only 10 months old.  I just road trip a lot but he flies on my lap on the airplane, too.

Holly also said she misses her mom and her best friend might be in labor right now, so she's going to miss that. Jeff wondered if she's going to be sad about that in the house.

Holly:  I don't cry.  I'm from Wyoming.

Finally this dreadful session is drawing to a close as Jeff asks Holly the Big Question:  Would she like to win the game and be hated by America, or lose and be loved?

Holly doesn't sound committed at all as she says she'd probably choose to lose and be loved, because she can make $500,000 "doing something else".  As long as her friends and family are proud of her, that's what's most important.  She doesn't want to lose herself in the process.

Personally, I don't think that sounds too bad.  The "losing Holly" part, you know.


I looked for Ika Wong's interview with Holly, but I didn't see it listed on You Tube.  Frankly, since I don't care about Wyoming or The Bachelor or the Miss USA pageant, I don't think there is anything more I can learn about her that will help us get to know her better. 

I'm sure she's a sweet girl and all, but she's way out of her lane in this setting.  In fact, she's one of those cars that suddenly swerves and veers over three lanes of traffic onto the grassy shoulder of the highway and bounces along before crashing to a stop in the ditch.  But then she'd do a few hair flips and tell the officer that there was a bee flying in the car and she didn't want to swat at it because she's from Wyoming and she just loves animals and she's just glad she didn't hurt anybody and she'd probably wouldn't even get a ticket for such a flagrant moving violation.

But I don't think that type of forgiveness will happen this summer.  The Big Brother fans are going to hold her accountable in the worst way possible.  I think Holly will be much better off if she leaves the game as soon as possible.  Maybe Love Island would have been a better fit for her, because that show is going to be airing on CBS Prime Time FIVE nights a week this summer.  If it's anything like the UK version, new singles will be rotated on and off Love Island all summer long.  Maybe THIS is why Big Brother cast she can be evicted from BB quickly and then make her way over to Love Island as a splashy mid-season replacement.  

(You're welcome, Alison Grodner.)

Here she is with our great President Donald Trump, after appearing in a pageant that he was responsible for.  And that's all I have to say about that, except it looks like that was a happier, healthier time for both of them.

This guy's name is Luke Pell and he is a part of Bachelor Nation.  I think that means he competed on The Bachelorette and some of the other related shows like Bachelor in Paradise or the Bachelor Winter Games.  Or whatever.

Holly apparently dated and split from this guy several times and then she appeared on the Reality Steve podcast to dish the dirt about it.  I don't watch The Bachelor but of course I know who Reality Steve is...just looking at the detailed description of Holly's appearance on his podcast at this link cracked me up.

I know Production likes to stack the BB cast every summer with pretty girls, but personally I'd prefer a tough-talking, gum-snapping diner waitress from Idaho over this tortured casting choice.  If Holly Allen gets anywhere close to the money this summer you can be sure I will do some serious thinking about how I'm going to spend my time in the future.

These folks took a boozy animal tour with Holly two years ago and enjoyed the experience, so that's nice.

LOOK:  Brett from RHAP says he has tangible proof of some sort that Holly Allen and Kathryn Dunn know each other very well, likely from being on the pageant circuit together.  This leads me to believe that we are once again getting screwed over by a twist in the game, since both of these girls were cast as a team to fit the theme of this year's show.  I don't have that proof yet but as soon as I do, I'll let you know.

Here's Holly's CBS bio.  At least she was honest enough to admit that she hasn't watched enough Big Brother to have a favorite player.

I find it interesting that one of her Fun Facts involves driving a pickup truck off a cliff.  I wonder if there was a bee flying around in the cab?


  1. Speaking of Wyoming, I am going to be in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park next week! I may start watching BB episodes/feeds a few days late, but I am relieved to know that while I'm there, all the non-tourists I encounter will be hardworking, dedicated, driven, and honest.

    ...Holly wouldn't lie about that, right? She's trustworthy because she's from Wyoming.

  2. Hi Daniel! Welcome back.

    I think I went to Yellowstone as a child on a family vacation. There was a semicircle of chairs gathered around a big hole in the rocks. Every so often there would be loud gurgling sounds and then a hot stream of water would come shooting out into the sky.

    Then a man would flip over the little sign that indicates we'd see another "show" in 21 minutes. Or whatever.

    I think my dad made us sit through that shit three times. I remember being LIVID because there was nothing to do but sit there and wait.

  3. I watched Ika's interview, which didn't add much. However, Okay talked about Holly in her how she felt about the houseguests and didn't get a good vibe from her. Holly seems like she wants to play a role. Let's see how that works 24/7.

    1. I wonder how she will respond towards Kathryn in the house, because I think Kathryn is going to be an early target for eviction this week. She may not be evicted, of course, but I wonder if Holly will try to distance herself and how Kathryn might react to that.

      Yes, I'm hoping for some friction, maybe even some shrieking or shouting.


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