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Turning Tides

It can often be said in the Big Brother House that the success and failure of any player’s game shifts each week much like the tide rolls in and out. Going from the zenith of power to the nadir of helplessness isn’t just a possibility, it’s an expected and somewhat regular occurrence. The years are littered with the corpses of gameplay that took “tragic falls” from one week to another, and many a player has felt the sting of Julie’s Boudoir a mere 7 days after being in “total control” of the house.

Rarely, however, has an alliance felt such a stinging rebuke as Britney’s team did in the past 7 days. From having three strong players and an alliance with a power trio to having one player remaining, Britney’s tenure as coach can only be described as having one major success so far. But what a success it is, folks.

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Lies, Damn Lies & TV Edits

Broadcast television is a powerful force in society today. It has been used to inspire, to teach and on many an occasion, to push forth an idea. When used properly, this modern version of the Bully Pulpit can be used to inspire greatness and change for the better. There is an inherent problem, however, with the Bully Pulpit- it is used to present the side of the argument that the person using it wishes to present.

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Willie Out & Shane Won Veto

Yesterday was quite an eventful day inside the Big Brother house, if not on the feeds. Trivia started in the afternoon while the Coaches Competition took place. A balancing, collecting and stacking challenge that in the end was won by Janelle, who decided to skip trading any of her players and saved Ashley from the threat of nomination.

She also won the right to choose the Have-Nots for the week, unsurprisingly targeting Team Britney making Willie, JoJo and Shane (for the second straight week) Have-Nots. One more was needed and Ian, being the ultimate good sport (crazy), volunteered to spend another week in the vortex. The good thing about being a Have-Not this week is the Americas Vote food began and now they can eat pork rinds and pudding to their hearts content.

Willie, however, didn’t take going from the HOH to the Have-Not Room very well at all. In fact, in the few minutes of feeds we saw after the Coaches Competition, he stormed around pissed off, threatened violence, and started to have a complete Big Brother meltdown. After a bit of that, he raged through the living room indiscriminately cursing the players he despised, dropping F and C bombs like they were ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Predictably, the feeds were cut off and almost four hours of trivia began.

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Order From Chaos.

After two weeks of complete disarray, Thursday’s Big Brother live show served as a return to the normal order of things. The previous HoH (Willie) was removed from power, and in a standard trope of reality show it looks like he will get his comeuppance under the reign of the new HoH. To say that Willie’s reign was a disaster is only half-right. When one looks at the overall picture, it is at best a mixed bag. Willie’s original target was removed, his nominations were kept the same and he survived the week without getting thrown out of the house.

On the flip side? Well, the entire way that he went about things could be best described as a clusterfrack. Willie bullied and bashed his way through his HoH reign as few had before him- the closest comparison to this power trip would be BB11’s Ronnie. Willie blew up alliances, nominated people he was allied with, destroyed a Coach’s alliance between Britney and Janelle and essentially made it easy for a power change to go from the Blonde Ambition Alliance to Chilltown 3.0.

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Hantzanoia

We all know that paranoia is a fact of life in the Big Brother house; it’s only natural in a game where players are systematically voted out by their housemates. Where friends can turn in to enemies, enemies in to friends and bedmates can stab you in the back. But it seems that this season it is hitting new levels very early, especially for one particular player: Willie Hantz, brother of Survivor Mega Villian Russel, is now in the Big Brother House. We all know that Russel had a wee problem with paranoia during his multiple stints on Survivor, and it seems that the apple doesn’t fall far from… the other apple.

As the first Head of Household he was already put in a position where he was separated from the rest of the house and a known side effect of being in the HOH room is the anxiety and certainty everyone is scheming behind your back. In a game that is measured in months rather than weeks, in a confined space with no privacy and long lulls between game events, there is nothing to do but sit and think; or walk and talk; or lay and scheme.