Redemption is a classic story arc in entertainment. Some of the oldest storytelling involves a character who experiences a major life change and vows to change their ways for the better. It is ingrained into our collective psyche to enjoy the idea that the person who reforms and repents becomes worthy of whatever reward they receive.
In that sense, the fan response to Rachel’s winning Big Brother 13 should be pretty easy to predict. People like a comeback story, and Rachel has certainly filled that quote. From the time she was split from her fiance, she became a new player. That person, the Rachel that won Big Brother tonight, had managed to do something that few thought possible at the start of the season- she redeemed herself.
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In the end, Shelly can only say she did it to herself. During almost the entirety of the season to date, Shelly was able to manipulate her way through multiple alliances without garnering any real blowback. She masterfully weaved a tapestry of game play that saved allies and caused chaos for in-house enemies without her face being seen as the target- until one week ago.
It was a move Shelly made nine days ago that sealed her fate. By moving from her initial vote-switching target of Adam to Rachel, Shelly made her game moves transparent. Suddenly, her lack of loyalty that had been seen as “working recon” had been exposed for what it really was- a game move designed solely for her advancement. In truth, it wasn’t a bad move to make as I discussed last week. It was, however, poorly executed.
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Shelly’s return of Rachel’s stuffed dog was very telling last night. When Kalia came in to the bedroom Rachel mentioned the dog to try to get a guilty reaction. It did make Kalia a little nervous, but she didn’t say a word about the dog. Shelly obviously knew where the dog was and did one of her patented “I’m a fun mom” moves with the whispering thing. Sounded like she stuck her little dog through the doorway to tell them.
Rachel’s only reaction was to note that Shelly told her where the dog was and Kalia didn’t, she didn’t respond emotionally at all. Live feed fans weren’t happy about that, but it demonstrates that Rachel’s thinking about how she shows up to everyone else a lot more than she did a few weeks ago. However, she still tends to over-think and over-analyze, not nearly as much as Brendon, but still more than most. That’s why she majored in Chem.
Shelly has done a real number on this house. I can’t figure out if she’s a horrible player or a great player. I mean, there’s a difference. A horrible player is someone who lies too much, forgets details, someone who is sloppy with their game play. A good game player is someone who’s done all that on purpose to completely brainf*ck the others into a whirlpool of indecision and back-stabbing insecurity. It is very possible Shelly knows exactly what she is doing and hasn’t been sloppy at all. It’s very possible she’s like this in real life as well. Do I care? No. Live and let live. Karma baby. And it is just a game. As far as all us watchers are concerned, it’s just a game. Repeat that. Anyone could win. Yay. It’s just a game.
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As expected after Rachel’s Veto win, she took herself and Jordan off the block and the duo of Adam and Shelly were the replacements. The only people who can vote this week are Jordan, Rachel and Kalia, and Shelly is on the bad side of at least two of the three and Kalia is suspicious of her but is aligned with both Porsche and Shelly since last week
Shelly seems to be feeling the nomination pressure most, since she burned bridges with two-thirds of the voters. She’s been concentrating on getting back on Jordan and Rachel’s good sides. Adam however, has continued to be as happy-go-lucky as usual, knowing that if he lays low he will most likely have the votes to stay. He has given his word to Jordan that he will stick with the remaining Veterans if he stays ‘If you have any doubt, then vote me out’, he told her. If nothing changes in the next few days Shelly will be on her way to the Jury House on Thursday.
Yesterday’s surprise opening of Pandora’s Box paired up the remaining houseguests before nominations and gave the HoH “duo” of Porsche and Kalia $5,000 each. Jordan and Rachel, the two remaining Veterans, were nominated for eviction as a duo by Porsche. Because of the Pandora Duo twist, a nominee winning the veto would save both nominees, removing them from the block together.
Rachel hung on for a victory late this afternoon in an endurance-style Veto competition. She and Jordan will be safe for another week. The only remaining duo, Adam and Shelly, will replace them on the block during Monday’s Veto Ceremony. With the numbers in the house dwindling, only two votes are needed this week to send someone to Jury, so power shifts to the Veterans.
Shelly is the most likely to leave, having burned her bridges with Jordan by evicting Jeff and siding with Daniele last week. She hasn’t been on Rachel’s good side in a long while. Shelly has never tried to mend fences with Rachel, being confrontational and sometimes openly hostile. She even went so far as to steal Rachel’s stuffed puppy from her bed.
Directly after the feeds returned, Adam was already jokingly pleading to Rachel and Jordan for their vote. Shelly, knowing her likely fate, turned in frustration to bitter insults and accusations towards Rachel, her favorite target.
There is an old saying, that “the Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” It isn’t often that a proverb can be used to describe a reality game show, but both of tonight’s evictions can certainly be tied to it. One eviction was somewhat expected, and the other was a blindside. However, both can be seen as originating from good intentions.
Two major players removed from the game in a short period of time will lead to drama, and from all reports tonight’s feeds following the live show lived up to that in spades. Had Daniele been the only power player to leave tonight, that alone would have created an interesting night. Add to that the defeat of Jeff (and the breakup of the last pair in the house), and all Hell has broken loose. Power has shifted, possibly for the rest of the game, and as a result we now have a new layout for the game.
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This is when it all falls apart. It’s because of the slop, the cold showers, the lies, the house stench, the days that turn into nights, and the gradual slip of reality. All of it begins to numb at your brain, erasing who you are and what you know.
But the good news is you might win $500K. And that’s what people keep telling themselves when they have to get up every morning in the Big Brother house. Though I think at this point money goes second to pride. There’s some real shoving going on in there, and I think just about everyone is ready to prove themselves. Rachel hates losing, but sometimes she fights so hard it goes beyond the game. She could never concede to anyone, for anything, and that makes her a great player but a huge threat.
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Adam took himself off the block today and Daniele again targeted Brendon for eviction. Up against Shelly, it seems that the trend of a returning houseguest having a short second life in the Big Brother house is continuing. Brendan and Rachels plan for Dani to backdoor Jeff obviously fell on deaf ears, and Daniele wants nothing more than to get Brenda out – for good.
At this point Jeff and Jordan seem to be unsure who they will vote out on Thursday, thinking that Brendon may be better to keep over Shelly, trusting the Veteran alliance to stay true. The smartest thing that Daniele could do this week is tell Jeff and Jordan about the Brenchels plan to backdoor him so it assures their vote will be for Brendan to leave.
With Brendan back on the block, Rachel seems to be reverting back to her whiny, crying, clingy self and hasn’t let him go. Only time will tell what kind of campaigning will be done to keep him but no doubt it will involve intimidation, big words, and tears. The vote, if not all in Shelly’s favor, will more than likely come down to Adam.
In a Corn-Hole Trade-Off Veto Competition there were clear winners and clear losers. Adam pulled out his first Veto win of the season, saving himself in the game. Shelly turned out to be both, having to endure 24 hours of solitary confinement in the Have Not Room but also looking forward to a phone call from home. Jeff won $5,000, Kalia a trip to the Caribbean and Daniele a Veto Ticket, able to choose to play in a Veto when not chosen to.
Jordan, however, has been given the latest Big Brother leotard– bright green with “I`m With Stupid” and an arrow pointing up on the front, “Kick Me” in the back, and a `propeller dunce-cap. She’s accessorized perfectly, with a bright pink tutu and matching pink fuzzy slippers. According to Jordan she “couldn`t have asked for anything better” and she does totally rock it.
Adam coming off the block will force Daniele to name a replacement nominee. With Brendon back in the game he is the primary target, however before nominations he and Rachel proposed a deal to Dani. We’ll find out whether they really have a deal on Monday. As of Saturday afternoon, it seems almost certain that Daniele has been blowing smoke up Brenda’s butt and will put him on the block and send him to the Jury House next Thursday.