While some of the best players of Big Brother have been those who had not been fans of the show prior to their appearance on the game, the truly great players knew the benefits of learning from those who came before them. Learning strategy and social gameplay is key to doing well in Big Brother, and the most successful game players have had this skill set from Day One. It cannot be stressed enough – strong players are strong all around, even if a little luck helps them along the way.
It is in this sense, with this perspective in Big Brother History, that it is clear why Jozea may be judged as one of the worst players to ever appear on Big Brother.
The writing on the wall was clear early on when Jozea made unbelievably poor social game mistakes. From declaring himself “the Messiah” to a deeply religious player, openly discussing planning on getting returnees out TO THE RETURNEES and aligning with players who fed into his ego, Jozea made himself a clear target from Day 2 and it never stopped. Fans online began openly hoping that the plan to blindside Jozea would be successful, as his reaction would be enjoyable.
Moreover, Jozea didn’t seem to understand the concept of strategy. His strategic efforts were nonexistent, as evident in his “we will win every week” plan proved. Jozea played too hard too early, a classic mistake brought on by inexperience and a lack of understanding of the subtle nature of the game. Contrast this with Paulie, who had the benefit of his brother as a mentor. After two weeks, the evidence of Paulie’s strategy of laying low upfront working well for him cannot be denied.
Jozea often acknowledged that the only season he had seen was Season 16, a season acknowledged by many as an anomaly compared to other seasons. The strategies employed in Season 16 were not a repeat of previous players, and this may have led to overconfidence in Jozea that he could repeat a game style of Derrick or Frankie. Indeed, Jozea may have benefitted most from watching players like Season 15’s Andy, Season 4’s Jun or even someone like Season 12/14’s Britney, whose social game elevated her over other stronger players.
It is a shame when a promising player gets in their own way. We’ve seen a clear example of this in Jozea, a player who got in his own way far too much to remain viable in the larger game.
Week One/Two Results
No Week One HoH
Week One Evictee: Glenn
Sadly, we did not see much of Glenn and only had his interviews and bio to go off of for information. Glenn made for a pleasant enough presence in the House, but the writing was on the wall when it was announced that one player would be leaving the first night following three competitions. In the end, a photo finish in competition against Corey led to Glenn’s departure from the House. At this point, though, his departure is potentially temporary with the announcement of the Battle Back Competitions.
Week Two HoH: Nicole
Nicole’s week was remarkably successful as HoH. From building an alliance, ensuring her main target was taken out and doing so with little real blowback against her, Nicole has managed to survive a Week One/Two HoH with little damage. Further, other players have openly wanted to work with her to get farther.
Week Two Veto Winner: Paul
Paul’s saving grace this week was a rather astute examination of a stacking competition for Veto, where – rather than employ the strategy that Production may have intended – Paul used a unique method to win. Paul may still get in his own way moving forward, but he earned an extra week in the House with his efforts.
Week Two Evictee: Jozea
From Episode Two of the season, it was apparent that Jozea had not ingratiated himself well with others or inserted himself well into the game. Part of this falls upon Production – Jozea was a recruit who clearly had not boned up on how the game was played or what strategies to embrace or avoid. His social gaffes included declaring openly such statements as “We run this (house)” and underestimating the ability of the Returnees to form an alliance with newer players. His expectation that Paulie would be the player to go was ill-founded, and his departure from the house was unfortunate though potentially temporary.
Week One/Two Player of the Week: Frank
Frank has been a driving force behind much of the late action this week – mores than even James, who had been driving some of the conflict up to that point. Frank’s subtle (then not so subtle) informing of the newbie side that Jozea was leaving ended up driving large amounts of drama the last two days in the House, and will lead undoubtedly to much strife and drama in the House once Jozea is gone – depending on who wins HoH, potentially even moreso.
Week One/Two Goat of the Week: Victor
Victor had gone through the first two week blissfully unaware of where he stood in the power stacks of the House. By seeing his side so clearly outnumbered, Victor has been exposed as being in a weak position, and it is only that there is a more annoying target in the House that he is not seen as next on the list.
Game Move of the Week: Nicole convinces Corey that she doesn’t want HoH, promptly gets HoH in competition
It was beautiful, really – a savvy game player preyed on a weaker player to ensure that her plans succeeded. Nicole convinced her team members that she was willing to take the bullet and be HoH to help out when in all honesty, she had desired that power from the beginning. Nicole won HoH and in the process, she made sure that her plans would go forward in the first weeks of the game.