Hubris and the Blindside

Hubris and pride are often considered the same thing. In terms of reality television, they are certainly sympatico. The best reality television villians had a healthy dose of hubris and cockiness that they would make the game theirs through the end. Oftentimes, the best game moves in terms of fan enjoyment come from seeing an egotistical and prideful player get a comeuppance, either through removal from the game or a major loss from their side.

Fans got their wishes in spades during Thursday’s eviction episode.

In truth, the week’s results should have been seen as coming from days before. Aaryn’s pride and “HoH-itis” had led to remarkable ill will beginning to build – that her ire was mainly focused on Elissa was not the point. Aaryn had built further ill will through her largely-documented poor attitude and remarks towards multiple house members. At that point, any chance to get Elissa to remain in the house would be a slap in the face to Aaryn’s reign. Once the eviction was complete, Aaryn’s failure to get her main enemy out of the house had to sting.

The eviction itself was a shot across the bow to the second-most prideful group in the house, the Moving Crew. The collapse of the “superalliance” was also foreseeable, given the cracks in the alliance forming as early as before last week’s eviction. McCrae’s separation from the group was assured the instant he showed reciprocating feelings toward Amanda. Jeremy was close to removal with his cocky attitude and ultimatums toward the rest of the group. A previous column compared the MC to the Brigade, but the key difference was clear after analyzing the two. The Brigade had side alliances that were only alliances in name; when it came down to it, the loyalty to the core alliance was strongest. The Moving Crew’s core alliance was ultimately weaker than its side alliances, leading to breakoffs all around.

This also led to the third fall after the pride – Nick’s eviction. Throughout the DR sessions shown on the aired episodes, Nick came off as overly confident and at times cocky. His shock at being evicted was palpable, and his diebelief that he was out was clear. Nick expected to walk through each week and for his created alliance to run the house – the betrayals that formed his ouster were simply impossible in his mind. Nick’s self confidence led to a situation where he never saw the vote coming.

In the end, this is why he’s watching the show instead of participating in it further.

A final note, to consider – although his gameplay in the week prior had been somewhat poor in terms of social play, Jeremy has shown remarkable humility in his congratulations to Helen and her alliance as well as a keen game eye in his reading of the house. While he shows a strong penchant towards overly prideful play, he is making the right moves after a loss that can weaken his being viewed as a threat this week. He’s not what many see as a likeable player, to be sure – but he can show the ability to see how the cards are being played, and this can only serve to benefit his game long-term.

 

Week Two Results:

Week Two Head of Household: Aaryn

Aaryn’s HoH reign can only be seen as a failure. Through her blinding dislike of Elissa she failed to see any possible outcome that didn’t end with a Reilly no longer in the house. Instead, she helped accidentally expose a larger alliance that pushed the women of the House (other than Aaryn and Kaitlin) to maneuver a vote that evicted Nick. Doing so increased the effectiveness of the numbers against Aaryn’s alliance and weakened her grawsp of power in the game.

 

Week Two Veto Winner: Jeremy

Jeremy got a win when he needed it, case closed. It’s a familiar situation that evokes prevous players like Brendon and Jase, and Jeremy’s win of Veto played out exactly as it needed to for him to remain in the House another week. It also saved his closest “ally” Kaitlin, but doomed his “alliance” partner Nick.

 

Week Two Evictee: Nick

In the end, Nick fell because of gameplay that betrayed a men’s alliance. His overconfidence in the strength of his alliance led him to the abbatoir, and he went blindly. The post-eviction interview was a lesson in pride going before the fall, and Julie Chen seemed to relish seeing him so blindsided.

 

Week Two Most Valuable Player: Elissa

Elissa won the MVP again, and in doing so made game moves that strengthened her side remarkably well. Putting up Jeremy first was questionable, but replacing him with Nick (a player seen as untrustworthy by many) was a masterstroke by the two Moms. This was a great play, one that kept her in the game.

 

Week Two Star of the Week: Amanda

Few players have shown the ability to turn the house as effectively as Amanda. Her influence combined with Candice’s realization of the Moving Crew alliance changed the course of the game, and her ability to influence so many different players is remarkable.

 

Week Two Goat of the Week: Nick

Although it was tempting to place Aaryn here, Nick ultimately was the worst player of the week for one simple reason – had he lied to Elissa and told her she had his vote, he would likely be sitting in the house at this time. His poor decision was the direct cause for Elissa’s nomination of him and his eventual ouster.

 

Game Play Move of the Week: Candace figures out the Moving Crew alliance

Candace’s game observance has been underestimated by several players on the opposite side of the house. Other players are seen as stronger players, but it was Candace who figured out who was trying to run the house. Her push for Elissa to nominate one of the Allaince members – and the planting in Elissa and Helen’s head of the alliance itself – led to a major game change that will have repercussions for the next few weeks.

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