Nick Uhas was evicted from Big Brother 15 in week 2, and now the Brenchel Army is running the show. With Elissa’s BFF Helen as the new HoH, things are looking bad for what’s left of the Blonde-tourage (Jeremy, Aaryn, Kaitlin and GinaMarie). Oh, who am I kidding, things are looking bad for them every week for the next month no matter who wins HoH.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains Big Brother 15 spoilers.
Now begins the long summer of predictability. A strong group of people has 100 percent of the power, and four people are on the chopping block, waiting to go home one-by-one. With two more in the crosshairs. Here’s what happened on the live feeds after Nick’s eviction and Helen’s HoH win.
Also, here’s what happened as the night when on and things got very heated.
With Helen as the new HoH, her alliance is as happy as can be. Along with Elissa, Candice, Jessie, Amanda, McCrae, Andy and Judd, they were jumping around the Have-Not with huge smiles, cheering about how amazing everything is and how everything is in their favor.
Helen is definitely a classy lady, but this whole thing just rubs me the wrong way. They are so morally superior, gloating about how they’re the good people in the house and they triumphed over evil. I don’t care if it’s true and Aaryn, Kaitlin, GinaMarie and Jeremy are offensive bullies, self-righteousness and moral superiority are two things I can’t stand.
They’re basically The Friendship from Big Brother 6 (aka the Nerd Herd), only this time the American public actually likes them. Or more accurately, America just really HATES their opponents (making the Blonde-tourage the equivalent of an evil, bizarro version of the Sovereign Six, which I guess makes Jeremy the Evil Howie, Aaryn the Evil Janelle and Nick the Not-So-Evil Kaysar).
So now it’s just a whole lot of patting themselves on the back and Elissa talking about how happy she is for Helen. Everything up to now has at least been good TV, but all of this self-congratulatory nonsense is going to get very boring very quickly.
There is some slight discord as they try to figure out who the fourth vote to evict Elissa was. Howard and Spencer are conspiring to blame Jessie, but they’re basically shooting themselves in the feet and are just bumbling in the middle. No one really trusts either of them and they’ve quickly figured out that Howard and Spencer probably split their votes on purpose to try and cause confusion. They may think they’re part of the group, but they’re not, although Candice still trusts Howard more than Spencer.
The only slightly interesting part is seeing factions grow within this group. Judd and Jessie have a final 2 deal, as do McCrae and Amanda. Andy is close to both of those duos, but he’s also close with the trio of Helen, Elissa and Candice. That trio is also growing closer to Jessie. It might create for some interesting dynamics in a month or so, but that’s a long time away.
Aaryn Figures It Out
OK, Aaryn is digging herself a deeper and deeper hole tonight (more on that below in the updates).
As for the game, Aaryn has already figured out what’s happening and why it’s happening. She knows the other side is united behind Elissa, knowing she’ll win MVP every week so they can control at least one nomination, and since they have the numbers, they’re always safe. She knows that she, Jeremy, Kaitlin and GinaMarie are just going to be picked off one-by-one and there’s nothing she can do about it.
She’s understandably upset and is now throwing a pity party about how unfair it is that there’s absolutely nothing she can do and that the other side is going to make it to the jury because they’re taking the coward’s way out.
Aaryn approached Amanda about it and Amanda confirmed this strategy. Aaryn asked if she feels badly that it’s so unfair. “It may not be fair,” Amanda said. “But that’s the game.” So to everyone who says that this MVP twist isn’t unfair, you need to stop. Because even the people in the house who are on the winning side acknowledge that it’s unfair.
I won’t harp too much, but Aaryn is right. Yes, it’s smart, yes, it’s a winning strategy, but it’s also the easy way out so that they don’t have to compete. Basically, that entire side of the house can coast because they don’t need to win HoH, they don’t need to win PoV, they don’t need to campaign for votes.
The no-floater summer has turned into an entire house of floaters, if you define a floater as someone who just floats along and lets the current take them down the stream, not doing any work. Heck, it also works as the other definition since people like Andy and Judd spent most of last week in Aaryn’s HoH room acting like her best friend, lying to her face about their votes up until the last minute. At least people like Candice have enough respect for themselves not to kiss Aaryn’s butt.
The Tears and the Silence
Finally, here are some other reactions to these events, some expected, others not. GinaMarie has been sobbing and holding Nick’s possessions that he left in the house, like his hat. That’s been going on for about two straight hours.
Kaitlin, meanwhile, just goes on and on about how she doesn’t want to be there and she should just self-evict. It probably won’t happen, because it has never happened in the history of the series, but it would be interesting.
A painfully tragicomic twist is that Aaryn and GinaMarie are both saying that they don’t need to be there because they have modeling jobs and pageants on the outside world to earn money, unaware that they’ve both lost their jobs.
Jeremy, however, hasn’t erupted like you might expect. He’s been incredibly quiet, almost too quiet. He briefly complimented Elissa’s game then had a quick chat with McCrae about how the Moving Company is over. Other than that, he’s just been walking around not saying a whole lot.
Now he’s basically just resigned to starting from the ground floor and having to win his way back to the top.
UPDATE (10:15pm): OK, I’m officially done trying to defend Aaryn and Kaitlin from a game perspective in any way, shape or form. Instead of trying to be civil and potentially avoiding being the first one of their group to get evicted, they’ve chosen to be petty, awful human beings like always, except now they’re going on the attack instead of making mean comments in private,
Starting at around 10:12pm, Aaryn and Kaitlin accosted Jessie, wondering why she voted against them. They then proceeded to call her a “slutty bitch” and made fun of her because Judd is her fifth attempt at getting a showmance. She was upset, as was Judd.
Making rude, catty comments to each other in private is one thing, but actually getting into heated fights and yelling those cruel, hurtful things at poor, defenseless girls (even if Julie Chen kinda started it during her chat with the HGs on the live show), is apparently my breaking point. Get rid of them. Now.
UPDATE #2 (11pm): Later, after Helen got her HoH room, there was some drama over which bed everyone would sleep in and Kaitlin and Jeremy argued with Jessie. Then Aaryn got into Candice’s face over beds using a “ghetto” accent (that’s how Candice described it). I have no idea what Aaryn is thinking, because she’s just digging her grave deeper and deeper.
That was followed by a bit of a fight between Candice and GinaMarie because GM called everyone “cockroaches” (she later clarified that it was because of the way everyone scattered) Howard then picked up Candice, took her away, and tried to talk her down. He’s trying to keep the peace, but it’s not easy when the other side is provoking Candice, who is eager to finally fight back.
Candice really wants to go off about all the racist crap she’s been putting up with, but Howard wants to stay calm. It’s some pretty interesting stuff about race as Candice thinks Howard doesn’t want to be seen as a black man yelling at white women. Howard is focusing on the bigger picture, trying to win the game and the money, so he’s trying his damnedest to rise above their ignorance and be the better person.
UPDATE #3 (11:15pm): The never-ending night of insanity continues as Amanda gets involved with Aaryn and tries again to explain that Aaryn is definitely being portrayed as a massive racist on the show. Aaryn refuses to take the hint, believing that there’s no way the show would do that to her.
Aaryn thinks Amanda is just trying to stir crap up and she says they’ll just have to wait to watch the show when they leave to see who’s right. That’s gonna be one giant slice of humble pie.
The whole thing devolved into a huge shouting match about making fun of Jessie and how Aaryn has been complaining about Jeremy and Kaitlin’s showmance this past week (and she said this in front of Jeremy and Kaitlin). It’s utter anarchy.
Jeremy has no idea what to do and just kind of leaves when Amanda goes as Kaitlin and Aaryn start getting into it with Jessie again about why they stopped being friends.
UPDATE #4 (11:30pm): Now Howard is crying alone in the Have-Not room, rocking back and forth against the suitcases, saying “Help me Lord” repeatedly, clearly trying to control his desire to go off. He has referenced that he has anger issues in the past, and as he does this, he gets called away to the diary room, but he kept trying to calm himself down.
This entire night is just getting ugly and nasty and hard to watch. I’m fine with scheming, backstabbing, lying and gameplay, but all of these serious personal attacks and a conversations about race and bigotry are just not what I really want to watch.
I really think this whole race thing is spiraling out of control and I’m starting to think that the producers may need to step in at some point. I was against expelling Aaryn, but at this point it might be necessary to remove her for her own safety, both inside the house and out.
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