There's a lot of drama on Big Brother 15
and a lot of HGs to analyze, but I'd like to take some time to discuss
the one person no one inside the house seems to notice: Andy.
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The gay public speaking professor from Chicago has been flying so low under the radar he's barely even visible. In fact, he's the only HG who I've never heard mentioned as a potential target on the live feeds.
His strategy seems quite simple: do nothing. As far as I can tell, he's only done four things in the game. He runs around the house, from room to room, walking in on conversations to find out what's going on. He says "Yeah, yeah, yeah" a whole lot whenever anyone talks to him about the game. He promises he will never tell anyone what people tell him, then immediately runs to find Amanda or McCrae to tell them everything. And he was almost attacked by a bird.
After five weeks on Big Brother 15
, he is the ONLY houseguest who has never won a competition and never been nominated. He claims he's not a floater (he is in an alliance with Amanda and McCrae), but he seems to be an even worse type of player: the do-nothing.A Brief History of Do-Nothings
A do-nothing is an HG who simply doesn't play a role in any of the actual events in the game (HoH, PoV and nominations). As I said, Andy has never won HoH, never won PoV (in fact, he's never even played in a PoV competition) and he's never been nominated.
After five weeks in the game, he is one of only 19 HGs to go this long as a do-nothing. But is that a good thing?
Probably not. Of those 18 other do-nothings, last season's Ian Terry is the only eventual winner. He played a complex game of doing nothing in the first half of the season, then doing everything in the second half, winning four HoHs, two PoVs and being nominated twice, all after reaching the jury. But his game is the exception, not the rule.
Season 12 runner-up Lane and season 5 runner-up Michael (aka Cowboy) are the only other do-nothings from the first five weeks who made it to the finale.
There have been four do-nothings who finished in third place: season 12's Enzo, season 8's Zach, season 3's Jason and season 2's Monica. Another three finished in fifth place: season 14's Jenn, season 12's Ragan and season 2's Bunky (all three of whom were gay like Andy).
In fact, do-nothing is a popular style of gameplay for gay contestants, as season 7's Marcellas, season 6's Beau and season 5's Will also made it through five weeks without winning anything or getting nominated. Two of them finished in ninth place, with Beau going to sixth.
The verdict is that being a do-nothing in the first five weeks is a great strategy if you want to make the Top 6 (14 of the 18 former do-nothings got that far), but it's not a great strategy if you want to win the game.
I'll be curious to see how long Andy can go without ever winning a competition or getting nominated. Only nine HGs have survived week 6 as a do-nothing, and only two have ever made it past week 7 as a do-nothing (season 8's Zach and season 6's April).
Is Andy the next Ian Terry, setting the stage for a slew of competitive wins in the second half of the season? Or will he follow in the footsteps of another do-nothing gay professor with a bowtie, Ragan Fox, and finish in fifth place?
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