Double Shot

With the end of the season nigh, events in the Big Brother House are speeding forward. This week was no exception, and fans of the show and feeds saw major events happen in the span of two days.

The end of the week saw two evictions, Kalia and Jordan. In both cases the writing could be seen on the wall, but in one case the writing was apparently not in a language the extremely verbose observer could understand. In the other, the writing had been there and read thoroughly for weeks.

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Adam Didn’t Use Veto

It’s no surprise that Adam declined to use the Veto today. Knowing that if he did, Jordan, who he is close with, would be the automatic replacement nominee, he wisely chose not to use it. When the feeds came back Kalia was in the HN room, realizing that her time at Big Brother was at an end. Adam and Porsche were talking in the Purple Room, while Rachel and Jordan shaved their legs in the HOH bathtub talking about Adam and Porsche’s alliance.

With Kalia’s eviction, Adam and Porsche will be the last newbies remaining in the house; they’ve been aligned together since early in the game. Adam made a point to tell her that she shouldn’t be offended or worried because as soon as they split up he went up to the HOH to talk with Jordan and Rachel.

It comes down to Adam, Porsche and Jordan in the HOH competition, and it will tell a lot about his game if Adam wins. We will finally see him make a game move in the last week of the game, if it comes to pass. It’s looking good for him if Rachel and Jordan want to stick with him in the game, and he’s still with Porsche. However with this few people in the game everybody but the reigning HOH is at risk of going on the block.

Adam Wins OTEV Veto

In a pie-based OTEV challenge, Adam came out on top and now holds all the power in the game. Playing the ultimate floater has worked in his favor, leading him to the final five and the last guy in the house. He has firmly aligned himself with Jordan since Jeff was sent to Jury, and has promised a final three deal with her including Rachel.

He has also aligned himself with Porsche since early in the game, and he has the chance to take her from the block, with Jordan as an automatic replacement nominee. After winning and before the feeds, he apparently went to Jordan and assured her of his commitment to be in the final three with her and Rachel, going so far as  giving her his girlfriend, Farrah’s, necklace as a pledge of his intent.

If Adam continues to play as he has, he will not use the Veto on Monday, since that would be an actual game move. He will, of course, promise Porsche’s safety saying that he will not vote against her, knowing that Kalia is the Vets main target for the week. He also will not want to risk the wrath of Jordan and Rachel by breaking his promise to them and painting a target on his back.  He should be pretty safe if he lays low this week, though with the double eviction week coming up that could change quickly.

Actions Have Consequences

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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I Love Big Brother

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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Rachel Wins Endurance Veto

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.

Good Intentions

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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Chaos In The House

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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Jeff Uses Veto, Switches Porsche for Daniele

In a bold game move today Jeff, both HOH and Veto Holder, changed his nominations: taking down perpetual floater Porsche and replacing her with Daniele. After the ill-fated attempt to backdoor Jeff earlier in the game, Daniele tried to gain back trust with Jeff and Jordan by making no move against them while she was in power, but it was all for naught.

With the house divided and her alliance member Kalia on the block beside her, Daniele now has to try to sway votes in her direction, recruiting Porsche to do her campaigning for her and focus on Adam and Shelly. Both aligned with the Veterans, they are the only hope that either nominee has to keep them since three votes is enough this week to send someone to Jury.

Jeff clearly wants Daniele gone, and the chances of her staying are very small. Adam and Shelly will most likely follow his wishes and Rachel will revel in voting out the woman who sent her fiance out of the game – twice. Things don’t look good for Dani now, but in the game of Big Brother things can turn on a dime. This week look for whining, trash-talk and campaigning, not to mention lots of drama.

Jeff Wins Veto

Jeff followed up his HOH win on Thursday with another, winning the Veto in a ZingBot puzzle competition. After nominating Kalia and Porsche yesterday, he took complete control of this week today, assuring that there will be no surprises at the Monday Veto Ceremony.

With a possible backstab of Daniele in the works, Jeff now faces the choice of who to take off the block. Porsche, who has shown her drive to win competitions by finishing in second place multiple times, or Kalia who risked Jeff’s game by putting him on the block against Rachel.

Daniele, on the other hand, needs to some serious face-time with Jeff and Jordan. Aware that a backstab is possible, she should take the time until the Veto Ceremony to solidify a deal that would be win-win for all of them. If she doesn’t, she’s most likely going on the block, and her game may be over on Thursday night.