BB18, Days 69-70: Sunday Shenanigans

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Friendship and cheers at last week’s carnival…

Here’s the latest news:

  • As the POV winner, Paul took himself off of the block.
  • As the co-HOH who placed Paul up for eviction, Michelle named Corey as the replacement nominee. Either Corey or Victor will be evicted and will be the fifth participant in the jury buyback.
  • Sunday’s ratings: 5.92 for the CBS show that went up against the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics.

It has become quite apparent now that the case of HOH-itis Paulie had in his 65 day stint (with a 1 in 5 chance to re-enter Thursday) is now contagious, and that former New York Jets cheerleader Natalie came down with the disease. She went from being one of the most popular houseguests this season on social media to one of the most despised in a matter of a few days, as many of us thought they would go after Nicole and Corey. Instead, they went at Paul and Victor with unexpected relish.

The conspiratorial chatter continued on Sunday. In a few days, the America’s Care Package winner will get $5,000 to give away as an in-game bribe in exchange for whatever action the ACP winner desires. However, James and Nicole spoke of doing exactly that, but with their winnings, not with money BB is giving them, thus against long-standing show rules. Both vets were reprimanded by production for doing so, with James getting the more severe reprimand according to a few published accounts on Sunday night.

Also on Sunday, this gem was overheard by Twitter poster @PollCourier which caught my focus more than the bribery:

Over the years BB has been on, I’ve always wondered about the “showmances” and how legitimate they were. While the show has had a few marriages over the years as a result, there’s usually about 5 “bad showmances” for every good one, and that is probably a kind estimate. Therefore, a show that can arrange for certain “groups” to work together who never have during the course of the game wouldn’t be beyond arranging relationships.

Who’s leaving Thursday seems given, but yet could wind up in the air with how wishy-washy James can be, and he’ll likely be the deciding vote. I still think production wants Victor gone, but who knows. Production might double back off of that just to throw all of us on social media off of the scent of a conspiracy, not to mention punish some of the “leakers” they’ve had recently. To that end, note how Paul and Victor suddenly don’t trust James. How much did the illegal bribery attempt have to do with that?

Shenanigans aside, it’s a good time to watch the show. The more competitive and greedy players are going for competition wins, while the more social players have to maneuver more to stay in the game.

More by Friday, sooner if anything develops.

BB18, Day 68: Paul Weathers The Storm

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“Jatalie” having a storage room discussion on Friday..

As always, I start with the “down low” on recent events:

  • James and Victor are the only Have Nots for the week. Michelle would have been one, but won the care package to make her co-HOH. They get to eat pies with their slop for the week.
  • Everyone but Nicole played in the POV competition, which Paul won.
  • Friday’s ratings: 5.37 million viewers.

Other than the POV, it was a rather quiet day. Paul will likely spare himself at the veto meeting on Monday. Michelle, who is the co-HOH who nominated the California apparel maker, has three options as a replacement. She can replace Paul with either Nicole, Corey, or James.

It still appears the fix is in here, and that Victor will be the one out. But with Paul now one of the three voters, and with Corey or Nicole likely the other nominee, whoever doesn’t go up between those two will vote to evict Victor. That leaves James as a likely deciding vote.

It’s been noted on social media that every time James returns from the Diary Room, he comes back with a more vigorous defense as to why Victor needs to go, and that a “good person” should win the season. I wonder what Victor has done that does not make him a so-called good person: perhaps evicting Paulie against the wishes of production, who reportedly called him “stupid” for doing so?

More in a couple of days. I didn’t watch the feeds at all yesterday, still reeling for Natalie’s revelation that “Mom and Dad” wanted her to work with Corey and Nicole.

BB18, Day 67: Dear Old Mom And Dad

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Scenes on the feeds as Michelle won her care package on Day 66…

The events that took place yesterday:

  • Ratings: 5.37 million viewers Thursday night. I’ll have Friday night’s numbers in tomorrow’s post.
  • Michelle won America’s Care Package, making her and Natalie co-HOH’s. They each get to make one nomination a piece.
  • Paul and Victor are the nominees.

It was pretty much a quiet 66th day in the house for the most part, though I wondered why all of a sudden Natalie and James wanted to work with Nicole and Corey when they appeared done for with Paulie’s eviction. It looked like my “prophecy” of a couples versus the uncoupled of a few weeks ago had come to fruition.

Then, around 2:00pm BBT, it became crystal clear what had happened. Production had intervened, wanting Natalie to work with the “Nicorey” couple. Natalie referred to production as “Mom” and “Dad” when speaking to Nicole in the storage room around that time.

Like I said in the tweet, I wasn’t all that surprised. It is their show, they can do what they want with it. I have posted show ratings in almost every blog this season, as the show’s been losing ratings four seasons in a row, and now, likely a fifth with viewership going past the 6 million mark only a few times this year.

My guess is they want a woman to win for the first time since Rachel won BB13 in 2011, and a Nicole/Natalie partnership is their best bet at getting it. Plus, in one of the pieces of the live show, Brendon (BB12/13 contestant) wondered why Nicole and James, the two remaining veterans, weren’t working together. Now, with prodding with production, they are.

It’s not the first controversy to hit the show, and won’t be their last dance at this rodeo. Though you have to wonder what will be that one controversy that does them in, and how many more they will able to survive. Can’t help but wonder when their “Don Imus” moment will come.

Back on the feeds, Paul raised a stink after nominations about going up on the block, which might make him the target this week as opposed to Victor, perhaps as a message to the Battle Back to “play ball” with production, I’d guess. He fought with Natalie, then Nicole last night, arguing over whether or not he’s a manipulator.

Remember, whoever goes this week will be the fifth person in the jury buyback competition on Thursday, so they still have a chance to get back in the fray.

More tomorrow.

BB18, Days 64-66: The Fall Of Don Paulie

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Our Paulie got his walnuts handed to him in the end…

The lowdown on the past few days:

  • The Wednesday CBS show pulled in 5.91 million viewers.
  • Paulie was evicted unanimously, 5-0, and did not have the round-trip ticket.
  • Had Paul been one of the last five evicted, he would have held the round-trip ticket.
  • The HOH didn’t start yet as the live show ended, but Natalie wound up winning her 1st HOH title of the year.
  • However, she will only be co-HOH, the other HOH will be determined by whoever receives America’s Care Package later today. They each get to pick one nominee.
  • With no round-trip ticket, one of the first five jurors will win a trip back into the house, which could mean one more Double Eviction could take place.

Napoleon had Waterloo, and Nixon had Watergate. All Paulie left was his “water works” tears when he couldn’t get his way.

And so, the “Paulie era” of the season as come to a merciful close (unless he wins the “jury buyback”), and now the seven remaining contests will have to think for themselves. They’ll probably be better off for it. In the end, he was no longer whining about having to go to jury, so I wonder if production “sweetened the pot” by promising (and not necessarily delivering) gigs on future Big Brother seasons, if not Survivor and/or The Amazing Race.

The more likely possibility (I think) is that Paulie was reminded by the DR that on August 13th, he openly admitted to lying on his application when he said he’s never seen  a psychiatrist. He admitted that night that he had, and with that in mind, production probably told the former soccer player: go to jury, or legal action might be taken.

As for the rest of the proceedings, we all know that whoever Natalie wants to target is a moot point for now, because she’s only half an HOH. Strategy won’t mean anything until the two co-HOH’s confer sometime today. The show last night said it was an unprecedented power, so they must have forgot that Jase and Janelle were co-HOH’s to start BB7 back in 2006.

Loved the jury segment on the live show. Maybe one of these days we could get a feed of those discussions one of these years, hmmm?

The next blog entry should be Sunday, sooner if developments warrant it.

BB18, Days 62-63: Secret Agent Man

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If you missed the past couple of days, I have to be honest that you didn’t miss much.

  • Sunday’s show, which captured most of the maneuvering leading up to the double eviction, got 5.71 million viewers.
  • In the house, POV winner Victor kept nominations as they were, so either Paulie or Corey go to the jury Thursday, unless they have that round trip ticket, which has a 1 in 8 chance of being the case.

Paulie is still moping around the house as he has been recently. He threatened not to do the punishment of baking apple pies per the POV contest stipulations, which he has since done. He’s also threatened to walk of of his jury duty, and I’m sure production will change his mind out of doing that too. He squawking about having to campaign against Corey Sunday, which tells me with his logic that he’ll do exactly that these next two days.

The “James And Natalie Show” waffles on, with Natalie having a bit of a snit on Sunday afternoon. I do think Paulie has a bit of a point (yep, I actually agree with him on something) that Natalie might be playing James for in-house safety. Boob job innuendo aside, she did fib about having a relationship in play outside of the house. Logically, you have to ask what else has she been deceptive about, or is deceiving the house about.

For once, the post-POV meeting fare wasn’t dreadfully dull, as the group got a Ziggy Marley (the son of reggae legend Bob Marley) concert. Prizes were won in this “county fair” they also got, but with feeds cutting in and out whenever the houseguests mentioned their respective winnings, I’ll wait for the next post to try and clear it all up, as it will probably air on the extra Friday show on CBS. It sounded like Michelle won the chance to see Ziggy outside of the house, so she may have wear wigs and blindfolds if the trip takes place these next few days.

The next blog entry will be Friday, sooner if anything develops, as always.

 

 

BB18, Days 60-61: Tasering The Bear

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Seen on Twitter lately…yes, there were spelling errors.

Running down the facts of the past two days:

  • Ratings for the Double Eviction: 5.18 million viewers. The low rating was caused by two factors: the Olympics on NBC, and NFL preseason games. Some football games aired on various CBS stations across the country in various localities, since NFL teams can negotiate with local stations if there games aren’t aired on various networks. (ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS)
  • Nicole won the 3rd America’s Care Package, “super safety” for the week, meaning she can’t be nominated or evicted. She will also have to wear a costume this week which makes her look like a human construction sign, complete with a traffic-cone hat.
  • It does not keep her safe (oddly enough) from a food penalty. She and Michelle are the Have-Nots for the week, and their food supplements for the week are corn on the cob and sunflower seeds.
  • Joining Victor, Paulie, and Corey in the POV contest are James, Paul, and Nicole. A few hours later, Victor won the Power of Veto.
  • The comp featured prizes and punishments, and Zingbot. James won $5,000, while Nicole won  a vacation to anywhere she wishes in the United States. Paul won a Secret Service alert series of tasks and matching uniform. Paulie has to make apple pies when prompted the rest of the season. Corey is wearing a “Patriotard” (I think I might have “invented” the term last night, social media’s been using it since) outfit for the week.

Paulie is going to be evicted on Thursday, barring a miracle. It’ll just be a matter of whether or not he has the “round trip ticket” and even if he does, the house probably sends him back out. I really don’t want to go on and on about his behavior the past few days, as I think it speaks for itself, plus it’s pretty much covered in the meme above. It is one of the more spectacular collapses I’ve ever seen on Big Brother, and he’s now threatening no to do his jury duties once evicted.

I’m sure CBS could make better use of the $15,000 in winnings Paulie will have accumulated by then.

Nicole got her care package, which may be a blessing in disguise. But, it also exposes why I don’t like the audience participation votes. It is a common practice on reality shows to hold votes, but if the fine print is read, you’ll notice that many of the reality shows on TV are not obligated to follow the votes of the viewers. Someone on Twitter posted the fine print of the ongoing America’s Care Package vote on Friday night, my apologies for not remembering who it was:

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read the highlighted print…click on it if you need to.

Looking forward to watching the game moving forward once Paulie is gone. Michelle’s game has really blossomed the past several days, verbally besting Paulie every chance she’s gotten. There will still be several high-profile targets in play: Nicole, Corey, and James probably being the next three. She just might slip under the radar a few weeks, which may get her to the end of the game. Winning a contest here and there would be a big plus for her as the season winds down.

If you want a woman to win and end the nearly five year dry spell, I’m still thinking Michelle has the best chance at it, with Paul, Natalie, and Victor close behind, in that order.

BB18, Day 59: A Big Break For Big Meech

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Scenes from the house meeting in the wee hours of Day 58.

Well, let’s get you all caught up:

  • Wednesday’s CBS ratings: 5.90 million viewers, impressive against the Olympics on NBC.
  • In the first eviction, James nullified Corey and Paul’s vote. Zakiyah was voted out 3-2. James, Bridgette, and Natalie voted out Zakiyah, while Paulie and Nicole voted to evict Michelle.
  • Corey won HOH for the 1st time to start the double eviction stage.
  • He then put Michelle and Bridgette up for eviction.
  • Corey then won the POV contest, and left the nominations as they were.
  • In a surprise move, Bridgette was voted out 5-1. Only Natalie voted to evict Michelle.
  • Neither Zakiyah or Bridgette had the round-trip ticket, and there’s only one more eviction that will take place before the twist is voided.
  • Coincidentally (I think), CBS has a special Friday show on August 19th.
  • Another HOH competition was held, with Victor getting to keep his HOH room by winning a 2nd time.

As I begin to write this entry on Thursday night, I’m stunned that Paulie and “Nicorey” had Meech dead to rights, and yet they kept her in the house! Here was my reaction on Twitter when it happened:

It reminded me of the break Ian Terry caught on BB14 when Dan Gheesling blindsided Shane Meaney, sending him out in 4th place. That break allowed Ian to win the season, and I just so happened to pick Michelle to win this season. If she wins the “super safety” later today, she gets a free pass for two weeks into likely the final six, if not seven.

Michelle called Nicole a “snake” right before the 2nd eviction vote on live TV, and that led to a back and forth right after the feeds came back,  Paulie, still in the house (I didn’t think he’d go THAT easily) equated feminism to racism on the feeds before the live show speaking to the now-departed Bridgette (2:08pm on feeds 1/2 on August 11th). Then, as soon as the feeds came back just after 7pm BBT, Paulie rambles on about how his girl cousins would “beat the s***” out of Bridgette and Michelle.

And then, after all of that, something remarkable happened. People talked, people listened, people apologized. The ugliness abated, almost as if the group as a whole got tired of fighting all at once. Everyone respected one another for that brief hour or so before the next HOH competition began.

Once that comp ended, and Victor (again) wound up winning, they got back to the business of playing the game. Paul and Vic have big plans, with the early targets being Corey and Paulie. If that winds up happening, it’s a very smart move, as they have now both proven to be competitive threats.

Despite Paulie’s damage control, and the reprieve he got during the double eviction, he’s still in serious trouble. It’s going to be another interesting week.