Thursday, June 27, 2019

Lost in the Wilderness: Premiere Night #2 - Just a Squirrel Trying to Drag Some Nuts. #BB21

Last night the second part of the season premiere of Big Brother 21 aired in prime time.  If you're reading this, you probably like spoilers, so you likely knew exactly what last night's end result would be.

David Alexander:  Banished to the Wilderness
Christie Murphy: HoH

Sometimes I try to imagine what it would be like to be a casual viewer who only watches the CBS show, with no spoilers.  It's hard to even conceive of that, but we did have a few surprises on last night's show that I wasn't expecting.  I'll just hit the high points and then chat about the live feeds.


I wasn't sure about Julie's flowered frock when I first saw it on Twitter, but I did like it when I saw her wearing it on TV.  And her hair and makeup are fabulous.

Julie began the hour with reminding us that Jackson is the "Camp Director", but I'm still not clear about how long his reign will be, or if someone else will take that title later in the game.  The process that allowed Jackson to get the majority of the votes is interesting to me, so it's too bad we have to take the CBS TV version of the story, without seeing the action go down on the live feeds.

Basically the women (plus Tommy) had the votes to elect Jessica Camp Director, but they didn't trust themselves or the group to keep their votes locked in for her.  I think that is the direct result of the way Jackson conducts himself.  He commands respect by asserting clear authority over just about every situation, and gives off an intentional air of intimidation to those who need some prodding. Jackson is a natural leader, but I think a few of the house guests are natural followers, looking for safety or a way to belong however they could.

Maybe if they knew who would win the HoH competition, the girls could have stuck together for the Camp Director vote. Because we'll likely look back, maybe with regret, on Jackson's election to Camp Director as a pivotal point that impacted the course of the game.


Here is a picture for the record of Cliff visiting Jackson in the Boat Room wearing a towel around his torso and gently trying to talk some sense to him, but wisely not trying too hard.  Jackson banished him later, of course, but Cliff is still able to exchange pleasantries with Jackson and certainly gives the appearance of forgiveness as of today.

That's an important skill on Cliff's part.  I'm sure his overall maturity and life experience helps him react calmly to the betrayal, but the younger players should take a page from Cliff's play book here.  And maybe some of you, too.  Sometimes you have to put your pride aside and just keep your head down and grind it out, whether you report to someone that you don't like, or crawl through gunk to save yourself from banishment.


Because we already know the outcome, the scene of David trying to appeal to Jackson was very sad for me to watch. He seemed defeated already, but I'm sure he had been around Jackson long enough already to know that he is headstrong and doesn't seem open to listening to other people's ideas.

I think Jackson's reasoning behind banishing Cliff and Jessica was to target people who might have trouble winning HoH competitions, to prevent offending someone who could return to the game and target Jackson in revenge.

I'm not sure why he chose to banish Kemi and David as well.  I'm hearing that Kemi was playing too hard to fast, but maybe her reluctance to "scratch Jackson's back" led to her banishment.  Jackson obviously has a HUGE ego, and Kemi clearly didn't want to stroke it.  That's not the way you play Big Brother.

***UPDATE***  After listening to this week's Big Brother Gossip podcast, I now have more information about why Jackson may have wanted to banish David, and why Production couldn't show those reasons on the CBS show.  During his preseason interviews, David mentioned that he's been reading a book about ethics while in sequester.  Apparently he carried that book around the hotel, probably to read while waiting for interviews, or maybe even at the dinner table, and at least one of the other houseguests took note of the book title, which was something about becoming a better leader.  Once this person saw David in the house, they made sure Jackson was aware of it before he made his final banishment selections.  Production can't discuss this quite-valid reason for David's banishment because it would lift the behind-the-scenes curtain on the casting process.  So, mystery solved.  And apparently Christie was the one who discussed David's book on the live feeds.


I knew you would want to see this picture of Kathryn in a more natural state.  It doesn't look much like her at all, does it? I'm not aware of any private chats between these two girls regarding how they know each other, or indications that they may be working together.

Kathryn is on the block next to Cliff, and has been stressing out over that and seems hellbent on having some sort of relationship with Jackson.  I don't think she realizes that he started an alliance of six that doesn't include her.  I'm not sure if Holly told her that she's been included in that new alliance.  I don't think the alliance will be successful, but it's still nice to be included.

Holly slept in the HoH room with Christie and Analyse, and they watched Kathryn and Jackson staying up late all alone on the Spy Cam and talked shit about the way she was throwing her game away on Jackson.


Julie told the group that the "Camp Mascot" would be helping Jackson banish four house guests. That's where this evil-looking squirrel came into the picture.  He walked in the house from the backyard area and didn't say much, stalking around and getting in various house guests faces.

Look at Cliff.  He's LOVING it, but I'm sure he would have loved it more if the squirrel didn't come for him.  The squirrel said "Cliff" in a scary-sounding growl  and then something shocking happened.


Then the squirrel put a sack over Cliff's head and it certainly looked like he had Cliff's whole body in the bag...


And dragged him out of the sliding door and then Cliff was gone.  Clearly that isn't really Cliff in that bag...the dragging part was a show for TV.  As that squirrel made his way through the house three more times, there was nervous laughter as they yelled at each other not to make eye contact with him.  When he was circling Jessica she said she loved him and he walked away, but then he came right back and "dragged" her away.

What a delightfully evil way to banish house guests.  The element of surprise was unbelievable for the viewers as well as the house guests.  I'm sure they all dread seeing that squirrel come in the house again, but I'm kind of looking forward to it.  It was so trippy.

I like the squirrel more than Zingbot.  He's more productive, that's for sure. And he certainly chews up more scenery with just that one big tooth.


So then we had that horrible Black Box competition, which I always hate because I can't see what is going on and it always drags on and on.  I like to watch a competition and have a sense of who is in the lead, how close they are to winning, and who is behind. That is impossible with that Black Box so I just zone out every time, or look at my computer which is even worse.

David's banishment was heartbreaking.  He was my Atlanta homie and I was looking forward to watching him on the live feeds.  What he had to say about his hopes of showing America a different type of player in the game, and not just being the usual stereotype was very powerful.  Julie did say that David was out of the game "for now" but we would see him again on Wednesday night, the night of the first live eviction, for some sort of event "never seen before" on Big Brother.

Here's My Guess:  David will get a chance to Battle Back against whoever is evicted on Wednesday night.  Maybe the house guests will get to watch, knowing that whoever won will come back next week to fight the next evictee, until a point where the prevailing winner comes back in the game.  Maybe they will even use this event to sell live feed subscriptions, announcing it will happen on the feeds right after the live show ends.

This is just my guess, but it's similar to Redemption Island on Survivor, where the remaining Survivors got to watch the losers battle it out live like gladiators in an arena.  I feel like this method would prevent all of  the early evictees from having to sit alone in sequester for weeks. Victor faced off against each evictee weekly during BB18, but the house guests didn't know anything about it on a weekly basis.


Cliff looks sad here, but he's very even tempered in the house and does a good job of knowing how to participate in group settings.  Whenever his name comes up in his absence, someone usually says they love him, whether it's Jackson, or Analyese, or whoever.  I did hear either Christie or Holly say that Cliff was playing the game, and knows the game, but I think it was said to defend his presence in the game, rather than pointing him out as a threat.

Cliff is going to be a real game changer for this franchise. because he's as charasmatic and enteraining as Kevin Schlehuber, but he's also a bona fide Super Fan and a live feeder.  He told the girls today about his brother who was 15 months younger than Cliff, who died about 20 years ago after getting hit by a drunk driver.  His brother was married with two kids and Cliff says his brother's wife is like a sister to him now and they have frequent contact with his children.  Cliff started evaluating his priorities after that, trying to focus on what was most important.  He pointed out that around that same time, Survivor and Big Brother started airing on CBS and he remembers his brother's kids talking about the shows.

Cliff frequently badgers drinkers into giving him their car keys, etc, and doesn't care how much intoxicated people resent it.  He's trying to save their lives, he says, and is happy to discuss it calmly the next day.

He's not crying in this picture, by the way.  I think he was just rubbing his eyes after taking off his glasses, I think.


It looks like Kemi is going to be the back door target, possibly replacing Kathryn if someone uses the PoV.  That competition is actually playing out as I type this, and the feeds have been down for hours.

PoV Players:

Christie:  HoH
Kathryn & Cliff:  Nominees
Jack, Sam & Nicole:  Add'l players

Tommy:  Host

The guys told Cliff that the PoV draw went about as well as it could go, because apparently all of the PoV players would use it to save someone so Christie can nominate Kemi.  But will she?  I hope not.  I'm not even sure Christie wants to do that, but that is what the house apparently wants to do.


I've been enjoying Kemi's relationship with Bella, but Bella came here to play and I think she's been sharing some of the game talk that Kemi told her with other people in the house.  She's been approached for two alliances with very strong players who would always be bigger targets than she is, so she certainly seems to be sitting  pretty in there.

Bella certainly did something right in the first week when the feeds weren't available for us to watch.


Tommy is calming down but I heard some girls talking about how extra he is sometimes and how hard it can be to take.  Christie might have even been involved with that conversation, and if she was she'll tell him.  It doesn't seem like Christie has told Holly or Analyse, or anyone other than Nicole that she's a lesbian.

Christie seems to think Jack stares at her and seems obsessed, but Analyse said he looks at all the girls like that. I think Jack needs to start watching what he says because the BB fans are already in an uproar about several comments he made.  One of the comments was that Analyse was "asking for it" by wearing the shorts she put on today, but Analyse seemed delighted when Christie told her that.  Christie was just saying that the guys were all pent up and talking shit like guys always do.

You can choose to be offended by just about anything, if you want to be.  Watching the live feeds is like seeing how people really are, and to me that knowledge is powerful.  The fans shouldn't just sit on their high horses about it as if they never say anything offensive or hurtful to anyone.  (Have you SEEN Reddit?) The truth is, we're all awful in our own ways.  No one's perfect.


And let's talk about Sam.  Some fans say they already despise him because they think he's too loud, or whatever.  He's a delight on the live feeds, and seems extremely well-liked by the other house guests.  The girls talk about how funny he is, and easy to talk to.  He's a great conversationalist and seems to be thoroughly enjoying his time in the house.

He won't lay in bed with any of the girls out of respect for his wife and had some funny moments in the Boat Room with Nick where they tried to share a blanket while they lounged about. He and Nick give each other constant shit and it's funny.


The guys reacted when Christie appeared today in this outfit.  Tommy gushed over her and said she looked on point with her hair and the color of her top.  Sam thought she looked like a young version of Lindsey Lohan, particularly due to her low voice and Christie says she's heard that before.

Jack gushed over her look, too. I think I heard Christie say last night that Jack compares her to his ex-girlfriend and apparently they look alike.  Nick wants to visit her store to hang out with Christie and her dog.  She's doing a good job so far with being an approachable HoH with no big signs of becoming a tyrant.


This bedroom looks like a trailer park, doesn't it?  I haven't heard any mention of Have Nots yet, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been discussed.  I did hear a mention of something that might be the "Whacktivity" that Julie mentioned on the CBS show.

Holly said she was "in chaos" and looked forward to competing on Monday.  (?)  I guess we'll learn more about that later.  I'm impressed with the way Holly is fitting in and conducting herself.  Kathryn is the one who is having social problems.  After the feeds went live last night the entire house, except for Kathryn, played a game where they all held hands and then tangled and untangled themselves.

Kathryn was too busy putting on makeup, and then more makeup, because she was expecting to be called into the DR to discuss her nomination. She was shook up about it, which is understandable, but I'm sure Cliff was, too.  And he was right there in the tangle of house guests clasping hands and laughing as they crawled over each other, trying to get free without dropping hands.


This is from the exact moment when Analyse heard what Jack said about her shorts.  It's flattering for a guy like Jack to think you're hot, obviously.  Analyse is complaining frequently about Ovi, saying she wants him out as soon as possible.  She's uncomfortable with him being a little too friendly towards her, and Jack isn't an Ovi fan, either.

I heard the guys bitching about how Ovi was standing right next to them in storage while they were "planning their macros" and he heard them talk about how they would use the eggs in their plan and then Ovi announce he needed the eggs to make cookies.

Jackson was incensed that Ovi was trying to use their eggs to make a high-carb dish, because he was right there listening to Jackson and Jack plan their protein intake.  But someone else said Ovi's cookies were delicious, and he apparently tried to do a little show on the live feeds that was a cooking demonstration.

Ovi needs to win HoH this week.  Now is a good time to pull out a win, Ovi.  Otherwise he needs to start going along with the crowd and stop making his own actions a topic of conversation.


The girls agreed that Nick is one of the horniest guys in the house.  Jessica is sort of a shit-stirrer, because last night she whispered to Kathryn that she walked into storage and interrupted a conversation between Jackson and Bella and she saw how surprised they were when she walked in.  She  knew immediately that she walked in on something and urged Kathryn to be careful.

But then Kathryn went to Jackson and told him, and he made up a plausible excuse for the conversation with  Bella, but I don't remember what he said. Kathryn was worried about Bella being a romantic rival, having no clue that Jackson is aligned with her for game purposes.

Kathryn doesn't really have any game right now, but if she survives she needs to get real about the game and stop talking about Kim Kardashian in there.  Everybody knows she tweeted you Kathryn, now get over it.

One thing I didn't like here is Christie looking in the mirror and saying how fat she looks and feels.  Jessica was right there in the group too and I thought it was very rude of Christie to fish for compliments with a word that might have meaning for Jessica.  To her credit Jessica asked Christie if she was bloated, or whatever, maybe to ease the tension.   Christie is allowed to feel fat, but she needs to be mindful of other people when she says that out loud.  Just my opinion. I like Christie though and want to see what she can do in that house.


The puppies are back during the live feed breaks.   I lost my sweet old dog on March 15th, which some  of you may recognize as the corporate tax deadline, which is my busiest day of the year since I have so many small business clients.

It was awful. I was gutted.  But when my eyes fill with tears the numbers on the tax returns look blurry, so I had to postpone my grief to get through the day.  You can't tell a business owner that you can't finish the tax return because your pet died.   It's unprofessional, and my practice depends on people being able to depend on me.


I'll probably wait until after next tax season to get another dog.  I'm doing some major renovations on my house and my dog would have HATED that.  If I see her in the afterlife she will probably bite me if she knows the new dog will have heated floors and a cushy chair in the bathroom.


I thought that I would be able to put on my headphones and focus on the live feeds during construction, but so far in the demolition and "rough plumbing" phase it's been sort of a nightmare.  A necessary nightmare, but still.  Today a guy was using a jackhammer for HOURS to do something and even on the other side of the house I could feel my teeth shake.


And I know I could NEVER do what these house guests do on BB, because just trying to be calm about these construction workers leaving coffee cups laying around, putting stuff in my freezer and just being in MY bedroom all day with the door shut is hard to take.  Today one of them called out for me to ask me something, and when I looked down the stairwell he had on FILTHY gloves and was touching the bannister, kind of drumming his hands on it.  I had to ask him to PLEASE not do that.

I LOVE the general contractor though, but he doesn't do any of the manual labor.  He just drops by to check up on his workers or calls or texts me as we finalize choices for various decisions.  Today it was picking out a barn door and tomorrow we are going to finalize cabinetry.  Yesterday he told me how loud the jackhammer was going to be today and suggested that I go somewhere for the afternoon so I didn't have to hear it.

I didn't tell him today was the LIVE FEED KICKOFF.  Hell no.  He's really tall and cute with a European accent.  He doesn't need to know I'm a live feed nerd.  Not that he would know what that means.  I asked him if he's seen that show Fixer Upper on HGTV and he said "my life is HGTV...I don't need to watch it".


I love this room and the way it looks on camera.  And I have to say Nick is one of my favorite house guests in there, too. I think he already told one of the guys (Sam or Jack, maybe?) that he is a therapist because he said he could give Kathryn some tips on how to calm herself down while she's on the block, but he didn't want to help her out in the game.

If Nick knows stuff like that, he can do very well in this game.


Jessica is always watching and picking up on energy.  I think she will figure things out but I'm not sure if she has the right instincts about what to say and when, to whom.


I'm glad Kathryn is relaxed enough to walk around with no makeup on.  I thought she would just be plastic the whole time she's in the house.  Without her cell phone, maybe she sees no need to be made up all of the time.

It's not like there are cameras behind the wall or anything, right?


Last night someone mentioned Toy Story in front of Sam and he groaned.  Everyone knows his sons' names and they asked if he thought Zachary saw the new movie yet and they all know how choked up Sam gets when he thinks about his boys.  It's sweet.