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Second Verse Same as the First

All things considered, this week is very similar to last week. We have two couples in the house, Brenchel is in full effect and Lawon is contributing just as much now as he did all season. Lawon’s departure from the game was not surprising given the antics of the HouseGuests in Week 5, but Brendon’s return with over a million votes cast in his favor was a shocker to those online. Many (including this blogger) assumed that the vote would come down to Cassi and Dom. Clearly, we were mistaken.

In retrospect, however, this isn’t much of a surprise at all. There are two things that Big Brother fans adore more than anything- drama, and stupidity. Brendon’s return provides the drama. Unfortunately, Kalia provided the stupidity in spades this week. Kalia wasted the week, lost an ally and put in a weak competitor against a strong returning game player. Part of this is not her fault- the HouseGuests had no idea that former players would return, and putting Lawon in against a returning Brendon was unforeseeable. Still…

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Kalia Me, On The Line!

A newbie finally won HOH, when in a strange sort of psychic pattern, Kalia answered questions on last Thursday night’s quiz like Ralph Fiennes in the movie Quiz Show. Everyone was thrown off track, including Rachel who promised to avenge Brendon’s eviction.

Then came groveling visits to the HOH room. Rachel made a special appearance, looking very plain sans makeup. She repeatedly used the word respect in regards to Kalia’s win and game play, “I respect you. I really, really respect you.” Yet just a few hours before, Rachel had no respect at all for the sex blogger. I guess when your ash is on the line, anything goes. Frankly I was glad to see Rachel fighting to stay. I was beginning to worry that she had given up. Not so!

In a surprise twist, Jordan was the one who showed some rebellion. She got in Kalia’s face in response to being told Jeff would be a pawn. The reason being that Jeff would win Veto, take himself off the block, and somehow Rachel would go home. It didn’t make any sense, but that’s almost what happened. Jeff won the veto, but Lawon went on the block and appears to be targeted for eviction.

Daniele’s father denounced her game play endlessly this week. He was correct in his assessment, but it doesn’t take a genius to see why a rift has formed in the Donato family. Maybe he could learn to tame his words just once for his own blood, because what he’s doing now sure doesn’t work.

Back to Kalia. Rather than serving her HOH rein in a calm, strategic manner, she wasted time with emotional reasoning. She completely forgot that no matter who she evicts this week, they might come back to haunt her on the very same evening. She made a total mess of it, and I predict a wild show tonight. No matter who comes back, they’ll be all about respect and intent on revenge.

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Shelly Hepke, Homecoming Queen

Shelly, back in her college days, her published Delta Zeta sorority pic.

Shelly Hepke, 1991 Homecoming Queen, Eastern Kentucky University

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Lawon Goes Up

Jeff took himself off the block earlier this morning. Unbelievably, Lawon volunteered to be the replacement nominee, so Kalia put him on the block. Lawon is under the mistaken impression that if he’s evicted, he’ll walk right back into the game. Trusting Shelly is the worst move that Kalia could have made.

Daniele and Kalia plan to ambush Rachel on Thursday and offer a deal for her to stay. Kalia openly wonders if that’s a good idea saying, “But what if Shelly and Adam make a deal with her first?” So sorry Kalia, it’s already been done. No doubt about it, the first time a noobie won HOH has been, and will continue to be, packed with drama.

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Lawon Wins Big Brother Darwin Award

The last twelve hours have had some of the strangest twists & turns ever to occur on any of the thirteen Big Brother seasons. Shelly got the ball rolling with a masterful mental control move on Kalia. It worked far more powerfully than Shelly might have hoped, because at the end of the night Kalia had screwed herself and Dani into the ground, to the point of oblivion.

Worse, Lawon volunteered to make a suicide move without blinking, in fact he’s happy about it. Darwin’s theory depends on people as foolish as Lawon removing themselves from the gene pool, and he epitomizes the process. The pertinent Tweets are below, mostly in sequence, as the deal went down. All by @bbchatter unless otherwise noted.

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Reality TV Psych Out

Have you ever thought about the psychological disadvantage of being on a show like Big Brother, and whether what we see is pure reality? Is reality TV a joke? What IS reality? Do I sound like Doug Henning? I’ve pondered it a bit and think that this season, over any other, is a good example of how someone’s personal life can become so compressed with fake conflict that they literally begin to falter with the truth. Take Daniele who started this game barely speaking to her father, and now in his absence has taken on his characteristics in order to survive. Is she behaving in a reality based way, or are we seeing an authentic Danielle? Whatever it is, it suits her well IN THIS GAME.

On the other hand, you have Rachel and Brendon who are so affected by their relationship with the other contestants that they’ve banded together and are vowing to death do us part, only this ain’t death, it’s just Big Brother. Theirs is poisonous relationship folks, and the show has brought it to the surface, for better or worse. Brendon controls Rachel way too much and, even though she’s a drama queen, she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way he treats her. So . . . don’t slip on that ring, don’t kiss the bride. Brendon, take a step outside.

I wonder what would happen to me should I ever get picked to be on Big Brother? Well, first of all, they wouldn’t pick me because I sing too much and I look like hell in the morning, but barring all that and I actually did make it on, what would happen? Would all my normal sensible reactions go off kilter? Would I switch to attack/survival mode without even knowing? Would I start eating all the time, like Kalia? Would bathrobes become the most important treasure in my life, like Lawon? Is it like Ghostbusters where all your fears come to life a la giant Stay Puft marshmallow dude? It’s a bad trip on that show, man. Whoever gets to the end deserves the money. And forgiveness. And a vacation from reality.

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Jeff Wins Veto

Kalia winning HOH was yet another blow to the veteran alliance, and she proved her allegiance to Daniele when she nominated Rachel and Jeff.  Her reasoning for nominating Jeff was that he’s a strong competitor and would have the best chance of beating Rachel in the Veto. Which he did, playing against Kalia, Rachel, Jordan, Shelly and Adam.

Jeff will take himself off the block and Kalia is going to choose a replacement nominee. The obvious choice is Jordan, however Kalia has vowed in the past that she would never nominate her. Before the nominations, when Jeff and Jordan spoke to Kalia she tried to explain her reasoning for putting Jeff up, but it turned in to a confrontation with Jordan. After Jordan stormed out, Jeff swore vengeance, telling Kalia she was his number one target, even above Daniele. He left with the parting shot “I’ll see you at the Veto.”

Kalia will have to decide whether to honor her promise to Jordan, by putting a newbie on the block as a pawn, or assuring Rachel’s eviction by nominating Jordan on Monday. Stay tuned, the next two days are going to be a very bumpy ride!

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Reverse The Curse

In Week Four, Daniele swore she would change the dynamic of the game: Mission Accomplished! Following one of the most emotionally topsy-turvy Big Brother weeks seen in ages, we find ourselves with Brenchel torn asunder, a Newbie in power and the house control reversed from previous weeks.

Before we move on from the past week, it must be noted how successful Dani’s run as HoH actually was. Granted, there was a little bit of luck- but every HoH that succeeds has that happen. In this case, it was Brendon’s questionable plan to save Rachel rather than himself that allowed Dani to keep the target on her main rival in the game. More than Jeff or anyone else, Brendon represented the polar opposite of Daniele’s game play. His departure is one less stumbling block for the scion of Evel.

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Daniele Donato Then & Now

Season 8 had the most successful and heart wrenching twist in BB history. Not only did it reunite bitter exe’s and high school rivals, it also brought together estranged Father/Daughter Dick and Daniele Donato. ‘Evel’ Dick and his 20 year old daughter had a surprise reunion in the Big Brother house thanks to Big Brother’s ‘Unfinished Business’ twist, which brought their 2 year split to an end. Once in the house, they shifted quickly from the ‘Duelling Donatos’ to the ‘Dynamic Donato Duo’.

Not only were they struggling to work out their relationship in the confines of the house, they were also under constant pressure from the other houseguests. Frequently on the block, together they won 11 competitions. Daniele won two HOH`s and a whopping five Vetos, while Dick won three HOH`s and a veto that he used to take Daniele off the block, rather than himself. She returned the favor and saved him from the block weeks later, which assured them spots in the Final three. Dick summed it up rather well (with only a little bias) during the finale saying that they made up `the best team that`s ever played this game`.

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Big Brother Balance

Was this game really fair? Usually when veterans are brought back, they’re grouped into a house that’s comprised of other veterans for an All Star show. But this year someone had the sick idea to throw a handful of wide-eyed newbies into the mix, like fingers dangling into a piranha tank. Now, with Dani’s recent win—tailing the end of her golden key immunity—the newbie’s might have a decent chance to get back in the game. But who trusts Dani, really? Everyone had two secret alliances and now it’s all been blown to hell. Dani looks like a love ’em and chew ’em up kind of gal. I don’t know if I’d give her my third child if she asked me to.

I think we all want to see Brendon leave the house, if only to watch Rachel implode from the wake. Hey, that might not be such a bad idea. Dani gets rid of Brendon and teams up with Rachel. I sense a bit of feministic fascination coming from the beautiful brunette Donato. It would be a real Thelma and Louise situation, only it would be Rachel and Dani. And no Brad Pitt. But we do still have Jordan and Jeff, and I can close my eyes and pretend he’s in the room. Also, there’s no convertible to drive off a cliff. And there’s no cliff. Hell, they could just swing off the balcony or something. Girl power. Yeah.

But again, this would put the noobies in trouble. I’d start sleeping with my eyes open if I were them. I’d develop hyper listening skills, hang around the storage room, start making deals with shadows. Or, OR, I’d never throw a veto competition ever again. How’s that for a plan?