Sunday, July 28, 2019

Once Upon a Time, On The Radford Lot. #BB21

Saturday was the PoV competition and the players are as follows:

HoH - Holly
Nominees- Nick & Sam
Add'l Players - Cliff, Jessica & Tommy

Host:  Jack

They waited and waited all day for it, and then it finally happened.  The feeds weren't down very long though, compared to our average Saturday PoV wait time.  When the feeds returned, the news was good.  For me, anyway.

Because Nick won the PoV.  So he's safe and was still sort of breathing hard as everyone convened in the kitchen to decompress and grab some food.

Or to quietly panic about their fate.

Sam:  Remember when Cliff said there was that site Jokers Updates, where they write down every single thing we say?  I wonder if they are saying what just happened out there so Melissa knows?

Nick:  Yeah, but the feeds just came back on though.  She can watch right now.  She knows what happened.

Well, I think Cliff oversold what happens on the BB websites.  Nobody is writing down EVERY word that is said anymore.  But I understand what Sam is worried about.  If it looks like he might be coming home this week, the last person to be released into the wild before the Jury is seated, he'd like his wife to know that.

It sounds like they had to herd sheep, maybe some goats were in the backyard, too.  I don't like what I'm hearing about it, but I doubt we'll see the rough stuff on the CBS show.  They had to do a lot of running, and numbers were involved, and it sounds like sheep were being herded and moved around whether they liked it or not.  It sounds like Tommy knocked one either to the ground, or knocked the sheep's head against a gate.

If PETA reads this or watches this competition on the Wednesday night show, they should also ask for the raw footage instead of just viewing the CBS episode. I'm sure PETA knows how to subpoena camera footage.  I'm sure CBS is subject to a host of anti-animal cruelty laws and I hope the situation is thoroughly investigated on behalf of the animals who can't advocate for themselves.

Nick:  I was praying for a physical comp today, and I got it.  I called it out there, too.  I said I'd get picked to play first, and then I said I'd be playing against Jessica.  I called it.

Christie:  Yeah you did.  That thing looks so good on you.

Nick:  I just tapped into something I didn't know I had.  I think I blacked out.  It was Game 6 out there for me.

It sounds like Tommy also did well in the competition, but I guess you'd have to ask the sheep about that.  I think Tommy faced off against Cliff and beat him, and Nick was worried about having to beat him in the end.

Soon the house guests broke off in little groups, with Holly upstairs talking through scenarios with Jackson and Jack.  They feel that Christie and Tommy will soon square off against them, but don't want to make a move too soon.

And Christie and Kathryn were whispering frantically in the bedroom.  I think they were talking about how Nick told Kathryn that he knew she knew about the vote to save Nicole the week he was HoH.  The girls were wondering who told Nick that, and if he knew for sure or was just guessing.

Well, I LOVE NICK.  I don't LOVE LOVE Nick like I love Jason Bateman or Liam Gallagher.  As I have discussed previously I just feel drawn to him because he's so familiar to me.  Maybe from another life or something.  Not to get all woo woo about it, but  I knew he wouldn't be leaving the house this week.

Nick is extremely relieved that he won, but he's not gloating about it or being obnoxious.  He quietly told Tommy that he feels like the old Nick from week one is back and he feels like he can win the HoH comp this week.

As usual Nick is the saddest happy guy around.  He's so emo and it just jumps off the screen for me.

At this very moment, while I'm typing, Nick is discussing frozen pizzas with Jack.  Nick's mom buys the thin crust Tombstone pizzas and they agree those pies are delicious.

Nick:  Those Ellio's pizzas are so good though.  They run circles around DiGiorno.  That's what I did after school every day..I ate Ellio's.

Sam looked like a genuinely sad person, knowing he's probably leaving the game this week, but then in true Sam-style he jumped right into a conversation already underway and stole the show.

Sam:  I'm gonna admit that when I first heard about girls talking about sliding into DM's, I didn't know what DM's meant.  I thought they were talking about fully sliding into vaginas, like they were saying  those guys are sliding into my DM's...

Nick:  WHAT?

Sam:  ....and I was like, these girls are fully vulgar with this...right on I liked it, like a creep.

Sys:  Oohhh.  Like a creep!

Nick and Sam dipped into the Boat Room where Nick immediately started addressing the camera.

Nick: Isabella, if your're watching this, I love you and I miss you.  And my family, Mom, Dad, Alyssa, (insert long list of friends with both normal names and funny nicknames)...and my Aunt _____ for getting me into watching this show.

Sam:  And Dom.

Nick:  YES.  And Dom.  You know I live for this.  I prayed for this comp.  I prayed for something athletic and I got it.  I needed this so bad.  I know my boys at home are going CRAZY right now.

Earlier Nick gave a shout out to "Backyard Sports" and what sounded like "Mark DuBois", but the name is probably wrong.

Sam left the room for a second and Nick continued his monologue.  I love the vintage boat motor there on the right.  The team really went all out with the theme in this room and I love it.

Sam came back in  and wanted to get into the game talk immediately, saying they only had a second now to talk but the big thing is they need to start playing TWO SEPARATE GAMES right now.  Sam wanted to move away from the door and it took Nick a few minutes to understand that.

Nick:  Maybe we shouldn't be in this room together right now.

Sam:  No, it's okay for a minute.  You just won a comp and we're boys.  But we need to split our games up right now.  Don't worry about me.  We need to play two separate games from this point on.

Sam:  Look....don't blow this up.  I talked to Sys earlier and I'll tell you everything later, but for right now this is the thing.  Sys told me they really wanted you out this week, and that if they could they would win the PoV and take me down and put up Nicole as the pawn.  But then next week they'd put up me and Nicole and Nicole would go home.

Nick is quiet, taking it all in.

Sam:  Don't campaign for me.  Don't campaign to get someone on the block right now.  We need to separate right now.  And she told me to stop trashing Jessica because they love her.  We need to stop saying stuff about her because they know she can never win anything and they just want to drag her along.

Christie burst in the room just then and Sam told her she just missed the shout outs and they sort of oversold that, saying Nick was doing shout outs which might be a big deal because Production didn't call them out for doing it.

Christie:  I just wanted to know what was going on for dinner.  What are we going to have?

Then she apologized for forgetting that Sam is a Have Not.


Nick woke up this morning and just laid there, probably thinking about how important today is for his game.  You can feel his melancholy radiating around him. Maybe some infinite sadness, too. Shout out to Billy Corgan, who is the saddest mean guy around.

The house guests are just waiting around for the PoV competition to start at this point.  And it seems like it's going to start very late on Saturday, so maybe it won't be one of those comps where they all have to sit and wait for each other to compete.  The sense of boredom is palpable.

That's what Cliff is hoping for.  He wants a PoV competition where they get to sit outside and watch everybody else compete.  I heard him tell the Kool Kids that he would tell Nick that if he played for the PoV and he won it, Nick shouldn't expect him to use it to save him.

What a fucking hero this Cliff is, huh?  Cliff could actually get something going in there if he did win and save Nick or Sam, forcing Holly to make another nomination choice.  But of course Cliff can't do that, because the votes won't be there to make a move.  And Cliff doesn't want to jeopardize his two week deal he sold his HoH for last week.

The house guests are trying to play the Sunglasses Game, where they try to catch a stealthy nap without being caught by the cameras.  Tommy was trying to articulate the fact that Analyse looks hot laying on the couch like that, but he got tragically stuck on the word "awesome", saying it OVER and OVER and OVER.

I wish Tommy would just try to speak like a normal human being. And Sys caused a little stir on the internet after admitting yesterday that she was having difficulty understanding all of the multi-syllabic words that everyone says in the house.  I think I've said this before, but if you took the word "fuck" plus it's extended versions, and also the word "literally" out of her limited vocabulary, Sys would have to communicate by pointing at things and grunting.

Um...isn't she a college graduate?  I guess Division 1 athletes might not focus too much on scholastic achievements.

Sam says it sucks sitting around and waiting for the competition to start.  Cliff thinks the doorbell will ring any second and someone will come in to host the comp.  He said several times that it might be Angie Rockstar "on her daughter's birthday" but I don't think Cliff got the laughs he was expecting with that tired, trite line.

Big Brother fans sometimes like to run a joke right into the ground, and Cliff is no exception, I guess.

Sam and Sys decided to go play checkers while they waited, and Sam tried to do something fun and told Sys to stay perfectly straight and he'd try to pull her up so she's vertical.  But that didn't go well.

Sys:  You suck.  You're not strong enough.

Sam:  No,  you're too heavy!

(Sam's wife is petite so maybe he can do this at home with her.  He was joking around about his eviction speech and wanted to say he's been thinking about Melissa's hot little body and Cliff suggested he say he's "ready for some lovin" but I seriously doubt Sam will go to those extremes on live TV.)

They tried.  It hurt.

No it's not Weekend at Bernies, but it feels like it sometimes.

This checkers game is where a bunch of whispering took place.  And this is where Sam learned all of the information that he summarized for Nick in the Boat Room later, after the PoV comp ended.

This upstairs loft area is a really good place for private conversations, it seems, because no one can sneak up on you and the fish don't really care what you have to say.

I guess someone could creep up that ladder and try to eavesdrop.  I don't think it squeaks or anything.  It looks like metal so it would be interesting to hear what Sam Bledsoe from BB20 thinks about it.  I used to enjoy her walking around looking at the metalwork in the house and explaining what it was and sometimes critiquing it.

But this Sam, Sam Smith, had to go downstairs to get something and I thought it was kind of weird when Sys asked him how long he planned to be gone.

But then it turned out that she wanted to place a bet, but not really a cash bet, just a bet to see if he could get down there, grab what he needed to grab and then get back up the ladder within 30 seconds.  Sam sounded skeptical but he agreed to do it.

Sys:  I'll count one Mississippi.  Okay GO.

Sam left on his errand and the camera shots are pretty awesome.  As Sam was on his way  back up he asked her for a time check but instead of counting out loud, Sys said "I'm at 21 Mississippi" and then Sam appeared.  I think we'd need a stopwatch to confirm the time, but Sam ran his errand pretty quickly.

At the moment I'm typing this, Sam is up in the HoH room wearing Holly's HoH headphones and talking to Sys about what she thinks he should do about the noms.  He doesn't want to be pushy and ask Holly who is going up and Sys offered to try and find out what's going on.

Sam:  But be careful about it.  Don't jam yourself up doing that for me.

Sys:  Well she already knows that I prefer that you stay.

Suddenly Nick burst in and then Cliff and Holly, followed by Jessica and Kathryn, turning the session into a big party.

Nick whispered with Nicole about his current fate in the game.  It's too late for this, he said.

Nick:  I really need to win the PoV today.  I really want it and it would be so awesome.  But even if I do, there's really no long game right now.  It's way too late in the game for everybody to still be voting with the house.  I told Sam that if he wins today, don't even try to campaign for me.  Just save yourself and vote with the house.  It's okay.

Nicole:  They're all scared today.  They're scared your'e going to win it.

(Nicole should be scared if he wins it, actually.)

Kathryn offered to go on the block as a pawn if someone won the PoV and took themselves down.  Kat was excited about this because of the additional camera time and speeches on the live show. But she also displayed some paranoia as she mentioned bitches conspiring against her.

Kathryn:  But obviously I feel more comfortable going on the block next to Nick than next to Sam.

Here's Something:  After the PoV comp last night, the group of six met in the HoH room and were discussing in depth whether they should put up Kat as the pawn or Nicole.  They agreed that they need to keep the conversation private and specifically mentioned that Cliff didn't need to know.  Then Cliff burst in the room and plopped down, chattering about how someone just looked at his foot in the DR because he may have reinjured it in the PoV.  And he sort of apologized for missing part of the meeting and clearly wanted to talk about the new plan, now that Nick won the PoV.   Then Jack made a concerted effort to get Cliff to go downstairs with him, to get some food.  Jack had to make a "rah rah lets go" type of statement twice and you could see a look on Cliff's face, like maybe he realized he was being left out of the decision-making.  Because he was.  And I think he knew it.  And may have been a little worried about it.

Kat's makeup is all wrong for that lighting, right?  That's not the color her face is supposed to be, unless she's an extra on The Walking Dead or something.

Tommy is a nail-biter who repeats the same statements and phrases over and over and over.  I think he's a nice person at heart but there is not a lot of depth there.

Looking ahead, I think there will be some sort of dance rehearsal on Sunday for some sort of "flash mob" they plan to do on Monday.  Personally I think it would be fun to do some line dancing in there, maybe with an elaborate routine choreographed by Tommy.  Surely somebody can beat box or do some percussion or something.  Line dancing is so fun when you know the steps well and can then start putting your own punctuation on the moves.

Kathryn has been thinking about her friends and really misses them.  She isn't sure which cameras are live at which times, and doesn't want to say anything that would upset or embarrass them.

She thinks she may have played herself by talking about Brett too much.  Maybe he was supposed to come in earlier but Kat messed up the plan by talking about him so much.

Christie announced that she was feeling Haleigh's energy and knows that Haleigh will be coming in the house today for the PoV.  She can just feel her outside and had a vision of trying to hug her.


Jessica:  Just now?  You felt that just now?

Cliff:  Well, I think I'll go find my Aggie ring and put it on.  And ask her if she's graduated yet because she told me she'd be graduated by now.

(I guess Cliff met her at a casting function?)

Tommy thinks Sam's sunglasses are cool and Sam said he wears this pair to drive his truck.  Nicole looks skeptical but by now I guess she's an expert at keeping quiet when she hears a bunch of bullshit.

Of course I'll take all that back if we learn Haleigh was outside to host the competition.  (She wasn't.)  I don't think Haleigh is big enough for that though, if you look at who has visited the house this season.  I think Derrick and Cody together would be quite a thrill for all of us.  Maybe The Hitmen can host a paintball competition.  That fits the camp theme.

Sorry, but it's Nick Day here on the website.  And this might be my favorite picture so far.  It doesn't get much cooler than this.

Christie, like, LITERALLY ate an avocado.

Nick went to the Boat Room to talk softly to himself and us.  He clearly feels ostracized and knew that everything was on the line for him.

Nick:  They all talk shit about me.  And they all flipped the vote against me.  But I'm the bad guy?  How does that work?

Christie and Analyse played a little game that was fun for everyone watching.  There was a feather from one of the pillows and they tried to keep it in the air by blowing on it.  Sam threw shade about Christie's soft technique with the blowing.

Christie:  I'm going for precision here.

I tried to get a shot with the feather in the picture but it was too hard to get the timing right.  The feather finally hit the ground and they tried to start another round but the game fizzled out.

Sam:  Well that was a fun two minutes.

Sam sees the cameras watching him sometimes but when he turns his head to look directly at them they abruptly turn away.

Sam:  Why do they do that?  Just own it.

Sam said anyone who wants to visit him in Scranton can do that, and they can sleep in the "toy room".  Everyone got a kick out of that. Sam says they can go get pizza.

Christie:  But we want to try what Scranton is famous for.

Sam:  Scranton has pizza.

Christie:  But it can't be that good.  Not like New York City pizza.

Sam didn't say anything to that but he didn't have to.  That was fucking rude of Christie, but it was a typical New York response. Or maybe I should say "classic" instead of typical.  Many New Yorkers are very nice and enjoy meeting people from other states.  But there is a big sense of pride there.

(Speaking of New York pizza, I can't wait to eat here.)

Kathryn can't believe she's going to make it to the Jury and Tommy said that the first week of the game, it certainly didn't seem like she would.  She was on the block and was freaking out and Tommy said he didn't think she believed in herself at that point.

Kat:  But I do now.  I was just uncomfortable and wasn't used to feeling like that.

Tommy:  And we're all going to come out of here and have so many new friends. I'll be talking to everyone when we get out of here.

Christie came in and told them that Jack had been called to the Diary Room, which is a clear sign that the PoV comp is coming up shortly, because Jack will be the host.  I didn't hear anyone mention Haleigh or Christie's "vision" about Haleigh being in the backyard tonight.

Tommy did some impressive spins to pump himself up, because it was finally almost Go Time.


Tommy has always made it clear that Nick is his type and Nick plays right along with it.

Tommy and Christie need to wake up and smell the coffee, because very soon the other two couples (Jackson and Holly, and Jack and Analyse) are coming after them, and are very worried about them teaming up with Nick and Sam.  That is one thing that might doom Sam this week, their fear that Nick and Sam working together could disrupt their plan to continue running the game.

===>  Christie could win our hearts by using her power this week to allow Nick to put Jack or Jackson on the block.  HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE?  If only she hadn't told ANYONE about the power...she could shock the entire house, including Nick, but putting the control in his hands.

And let's all send some positive energy to Sam Smith.  He deserves to be in the house and has proven himself as a competitor with a superb social game.  I've heard the RHAP correspondents criticize Sam, saying his head isn't in the game, but they are wrong about that.

Sam is always assessing the situation and is always acutely aware of who is in the room and what he should or should not talk about.  He's been quietly cultivating Sys as a source of inside information for weeks now, and it's starting to pay off.

Sam's kids need a swimming pool that works.  Sam needs the funds to hire qualified professionals, instead of trying and failing to fix the pool twice.  Maybe three times.  But always making it worse.

Let's see:  Sam's on the block.  Sam lost the PoV.  Sam is a Have Not.  Sam is stuck in the Have Not room with Jessica, who grinds his last gear.

Sam needs and deserves some good news.

And Sam keeps his area in the bedroom neat and tidy.  You look good Sam. 


I told you I was going to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood yesterday.

The movie was UNBELIEVABLE.  I loved it.  And the cast is one of the best.  How can you beat Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt together onscreen?  Much less Kurt Russell (hot DADDY Kurt Russell), Luke Perry (RIP) and Margot Robbie.

I was really glad I hadn't heard any spoilers, so if you want to see it, you might not want to read any reviews.  I saw one today that basically told the whole story and didn't even warn the readers that they were going to do that.

Basically Quentin Tarantino took the famous story about the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969 ("Helter Skelter") and if that story was Rubik's Cube, he turned the left side around a few times.  And then maybe took a horizontal turn about half way around.  And then he took the Rubik's Cube and ran over it on a motorcycle.

Brad Pitt has finally grown into his pretty boy looks and now he's perfect.  His body is INSANE and he walks into every scene like the coolest guy in the world.  I want to see the movie a second time just to stare at him all over again.