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So there have been a lot of complaints that this season of Big Brother has not quite lived up to the hype. Basically, we’ve had a bunch of people talking about how they were going to shake things up in the house, but when it came to actuaully walking the walk, their actions were far short of spectacular. We have all of these great players, but there hasn’t been anything to really suck us in. And then last night’s episode happened. In terms of showcasing what makes Big Brother great, last night should go down in the top ten episodes OF ALL TIME for Big Brother in the United States, and if it weren’t for last season, it could have been one of my two or three favorite episodes ever. What made it so great? Find out after the jump.When I did the recap of the live show last week, I said that I was very happy to see James as HoH. He never had a chance to win head of household during his season, and since he is considered a very smart player, I wanted to see what he would do. He was critical of Kaysar’s nominations, but not having been in the driver’s seat himself, how could he ever understand the pressure?
To be honest, I thought that the nomination of George and Will, with Will as the “pawn”, was really not a very bold move. Having seen what Kaysar went throught, it was hilarious to hear James talk about his nominations. First, he said that he nominated Chicken George because it means that the floaters will have to pick a side. Great strategy, but isn’t this exactly the same thing that Kaysar wanted to do last week? How many weeks in a row are they going to say “we wanted the floaters to pick a side” before we start to wonder if this strategy kind of sucks. For the most part, the floaters have been floating. All of that talk about choosing sides has not materlialized, and if anything James and Kaysar succeeded only in putting bigger targets on their backs.
Calling what these two have done “strategy” is like calling last year’s Syracuse football team “competitive”. You can’t use them in the same sentence. What is this obsession with secret alliances? I guess from their experience last year, they want to believe that everybody in the house has a secret alliance with somebody else. Sure a lot of people may know each other, but what did they expect to happen? How many people in the house other than Chicken George live more than a two-hour drive away from Los Angeles? Of course people are going to be friends.
Chicken George’s ability in this game has been elevated by the fact that he was caught eavesdropping on James and Janelle, who happen to be the people that are most anxious to get him out. I understand that George has been playing dumb, and his willingness to help out with the housework is an obvious play to kiss ass (one that Erika used to her advantage well during her season), but the only real friend this guy has in the house is the dumbest person in the place: Howie. George can’t rally people to his cause, so leaving him inside the house at this point in time seems really counterproductive.
Every week, as I chronicle my first summer with Dr. Will (who seems to have lost his spray on tan from last time), I can’t help it but to be surprised as to how Will is playing this game. A lot of his style can be perceived by arrogance, but until somebody actually takes him out of the game, he has been able to do thing almost exactly according to plan. The only aspect of the game that it looks like Dr. Will can’t keep under wraps is Howie, who is looking to hug Will at any spare moment of the day. I don’t know what Will’s problem is. Who doesn’t love a hug? You should go find somebody in your office right now and give them a hug (we cannot be held responsible for any lawsuits that may arise). If you are at home, hug your wife or husband or kid or dog or mailman/woman(not too tight!). When they look at you like you like you’re crazy, tell them it’s from TVgasm, and then they’ll know you’re really insane.
After nominations, Jase goes up to the HoH room and he and James have a little moment between the two of them. Jase hadn’t yet talked to James one on one because he didn’t want to seem like he was kissing ass before nominations, which just goes to show you what kind of person Jase is, namely somebody who likes to kiss ass the day after nominations. James and Jase discussed how much they respected each other, and how it would piss them off if a floater makes it to the end of the game. They even came to a gentleman’s agreement not to backdoor each other if either one of them happened to be HoH or, you know, the shower.
I can understand the frustration of not wanting a floater to make it towards the end, but leave the theory and the discussion to us idiot bloggers who spent way too much analyzing and agonizing over every minute detail. As much as I love to see schemers inside the house and want crazy shit to unfold in order to make this show exciting, there is not really a practical way to defend the way James and Jase are talking about floaters and what to do with them.
Floaters are never the sexy pick, but they do serve a purpose, and just because James might not be happy with the way they play doesn’t mean that the floating strategy is necessarily wrong. In fact, you could argue that it might be harder to get through the the Big Brother competition as a floater than it is for people who are part of a strong alliance. Jase and James were acting like it required some act of congress before people could play the way that they did, saying that floating is not worthy of a true Big Brother All Star, but you know what? Last time I checked, the person who gets that $500,000 is not judged based on style points. There is no degree of dfficulty that measures into the final tally, so listening to the two of these guys talk about how much they each respected the game was such bullshit. All of this talk of floaters simply means that people are still scared of Dr. Will. It’s unbelievable how much people are overthinking this game.
Usually the Sunday and Tuesday episodes are where we get our really lame segments about life in the house, but this episode was so good that even those segments were good. First we had Marcellas talking about how appealing the men were in the house, and while he said a little bit about everybody, this was really the “Marcellas has a crush on Kaysar” segment. Yes, all of you ladies who thought that you would be the only ones fighting for Kaysar’s affection should realize that there are probably just as many men who have a crush on him as well.
Marcellas called Kaysar the Iraqi peach, but I thought Middle East peaches come from Iran. Which makes me think, doesn’t Kaysar look sort of like a thinner, slightly darker Michael Tarshi? Yes, Tarshi’s Persian and Kaysar is Iraqi, but hey girls, you get Tarshi in the gym, and after a little while, maybe you can get a Kaysar substitute. After all, just how much time do you want to invest getting the Muslim Brad Pitt when there are people like Marcellas who would kill for him? Marcellas was talking about how much he liked Kaysar’s “musk”. I’m telling you right now, if Kaysar was driving Marcellas’ taxi or selling him a falafel, Marcellas would not be calling it “musk”. Rather, he would tell it like it is, and call it BO. I say save yourself the trouble and go for Tarshi, who couldn’t be considered a Muslim Brad Pitt, but he does have a good job and drives a Porsche!
I’m sorry if I didn’t spend enough time talking about Kaysar, but really, this is already the third segment with people talking about how hunky he is, and we have a little game to talk. Marcellas is chatting with Erika about who should be leaving the house. Eventually one of the floaters is going to win HoH, and they have to figure out what they are going to do. Erika has been playing a great game, because her whole game is being a floater, and while people talk about getting rid of floaters for the last two weeks, her name has never popped up. However, I can’t agree with her when she talks about wanting to get rid of George.
Erika says the knock on Chicken George is that he has yet to show that he can win anything, but again, this should be the reason that you want him in the house. As you reach the end, Chicken George is not going to be a physical threat, and he has proved inept at scheming. Keep him in the game, and your chances of winning go up. And there is no reason to give this excuse that you don’t want to see George winning the money at the end. If everybody in the house hates George, then the jury will be made up of a bunch of people who hate George. If they hate George, why would they vote him to win at the end? It doesn’t make any sense. Marcellas did make the argument that Chilltown should be allowed to stay because they need a buffer against season six, but really, what kind of shit is that? But if you need somebody to be a target for season six wrath, why not make the buffer Chicken George?
The next little comedy segment from the house featured Jase getting freestyling in one of the bedrooms. A bunch of people were gathered around, cheering white boy on. Will said that he woke up in the middle of the night wondering why 8 mile broke out in the bedroom. He might have called it 8 mile, but the type of flow Jase was displaying wouldn’t get him eight feet. Jase got down, and everybody decided that it would be funny to get George up there to rap, and it was actually kind of funny. Even though it sounded more like slam poetry, George really had some bad things to say about James. Nobody has given George a chance, but he seems to be ready for the fight everybody says is coming.
Honestly, that segment would have been enought, but then we get another segment where Danielle is talking about how much Jase likes to primp, especially taking note of how much time he spends on his hair. When Jase came in the house, we thought he had changed, and I have to say that he was growing on me a little bit. But ever since that episode where they were digging around in the Big Brother trash, something has really changed in him. It’s as if the bandana he wore unleashed some inner demon, and now he is back to using a flat iron on his hair and spending more prep time on his bangs than anybody in the hosue, man OR woman. You can take the man away from Hollywood, but you can’t take Hollywood (or the hair products, manicures, and facials) away from the man. I think Jase was lying when he said his idol was Brad Pitt, because he’s doing everything he can to make himself look like Ryan Seacrest.
I know people are going to call me crazy, but Chicken George started to grown on me this episode. And when I say started, my love for Chicken George spread faster than the Asian bird flu. This game is so cut throat, how can you not love a person like George. Sure he’s annoying, and if I saw him in the tinfoil suit, I would probably shoot him myself, but look at how he treats Howie. Other people try to bully Howie around because Howie is a big guy himself. George is different. As the two of them are talking about George’s chances in the veto, George tells Howie that if he is gone, Howie should go out and win this thing. George told Howie that he could do it, and he shouldn’t let anybody tell him he can’t do it. It wasn’t quite as inspiring as watching Hoosiers, or uplifting as having Julie Chen say “yes” when you ask her to marry you, but even Howie was silenced after her realized how much George cared about him.
But enough with all of that, George’s only hope lied in the veto competition, and early on, it didn’t look good. As they were drawing to see who would join them in the competition, James drew Kaysar, Will drew a wild card and picked Boogie, and George picked Jase. The only person that could save George was George himself. Luckily, he caught a break with the veto compeition. The six players were given a series of tasks to see how far they would go to win the veto. If a player chose not to paticipate, or sat out, that person was eliminated.
The first of the challenges was called “Sloppy Surprise”, and immediately, I started looking out for Jen Vazquez, but the actual challenge was just eating a bowl of slop. I guess if Jen was to come out, they would call it “Sloppy Seconds” or more accurately “Sloppy Hundreds”. I thought this would be an easy challenge, but it Will and Mike boogie actually couldn’t complete it.
The next challenge asked everybody if they would burn all of their clothes. The people left are two buff guys (James and Jase), another in decent shape(Kaysar), and one who doesn’t care what he looks like, so every single one of them decided to go along. The same thing applied to the next competition, which was to allow everybody else to write messages on their bodies in marker. Somebody wrote something fowl (get it?) on Chicken George, because it had to be blurred out. My guess is that Howie drew boobs on Chicken George. The fourth challenge was a little more difficult, but again, everybody went along. It required them to get in a tub full of blue dye to make themselves human blueberries.
Things didn’t get really interesting until the next task, which was just a simple question. To move on, the person had to forfeit their chance at next week’s veto competition. Now people had to start thinking. James, who can’t compete in the HoH, decided that he needs to be able to compete in the veto, and pulled out. Jase, who is a floater and needs all the protection he can get in this game, also pulled out. That left only Kaysar and George. Obviously George is going to say yes, but what about Kaysar? If George were to win the veto, it would really fuck up the plan, not that I would complain, because getting rid of George was a fucked up plan to begind with.
Eventually, Kaysar decides that he has to move on, which is very interesting. Unless somebody from Season Six wins HoH (not out of the realm of possibility), he is likely to be nominated because he can’t defend himself with the veto. And if another person from Season Six is nominated, he can’t help them in the veto either. Is it really worth all of that risk to get rid of Chicken George? If this was Dr. Will, I understand. Dr. Will is the greatest player in the game. Chicken George? He’s the housekeeper. Wasting effort on him is ridiculous and Kaysar’s willingness to go so far makes me wonder if the talk of him making an alliance with Will is in fact the truth.
After losing the veto, the next task was shaving your head. Both people left said yes, and Marcellas nearly cried at the thought of Kaysar shaving his locks. I don’t know guys and girls, is the new Kaysar an improvement?
Head shaving was the final task, so the winner was going to come down to a tiebreaker. The question was how many days are you willing to go with slop in order to win the veto. The person who wrote the highest number on their chalkboard would be the winner and there were sixty days left in the house. It’s obvious to me that George was going to put down the maximum, the question was how far was Kaysar willing to go? Kaysar put down fifteen days, and George put down sixty, which meant that George had won the power of veto, and now things were really going to be shaken up!
I know that Chicken George is this dangerous player, but after he won the Veto, I was thinking to myself that this would be the perfect time to put up Mike Boogie and destroy Chilltown once and for all. Seriously, how could James fuck this up? Well, he could start not seeing the obvious. As season six got together to discuss what they should do, they were all trying to get James to put up Jase. I seriously couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How did they let Will actually become the pawn? They talk about taking out the strongest player that is going after them, and they all forget that Dr. Will is ALREADY THERE!
I’ll admit that Jase is a pretty good choice, but after that agreement Jase just made with James, would James go back on his word? I called Kaysar a big pussy for not putting up Dr. Will, but James is an even bigger pussy because apparently he is going to put up Jase. Kaysar tries to explain to Jase how season six came to their decision, and Jase doesn’t understand why they didn’t just put up Boogie, and Kaysar says it is because the people would vote out Boogie and not Dr. Will.
Does anybody see what is wrong with that scenario? If you want to get rid of Dr. Will, but think that people would vote out Boogie, how is that bad? So you don’t get rid of your main taget, but at least you get rid of his main ally! WHY IS THAT BAD? I know that the theory is that you must chop off the head of the snake and the rest will die, but if that snake is Chilltown and you have a chance to cut off it’s tail, shouldn’t you do that? Why let the snake roam around at full stregth. It will just sit back, take it’s time, and bite you in the ass.
Jase was a little pissed about what he saw was going down, and he decided that it was time to start calling people out. Oh man, this is when Big Brother gets good. Jase walks into the backyard where everybody has congregated, and starts throwing a few things to get people’s attention, but for the most part people ignore him. Then he starts to open his mouth.
Jase tells James that he was really surprised that James of all people would take the “bitch route”, and James responds that it is time to talk about numbers, but Jase doesn’t want to talk about numbers, he wants to talk about integrity. Jase thought James had integrity, but now he knows that he does not because apparently James is going to nominate him after their agreement. To me, it seemed like Jase should have waited to get mad until after the nominations, but I guess he was trying to pressure James into changing his mind.
James tried to say that integrity has to work at every level, and then Howie chimed in by calling out Jase for going back and forth between Season Six and Chilltown, and asking if that means Jase has integrity. Jase then decides to call out Marcellas, who would spend all day in the HoH room, and then come down and say “we have to get rid of season six”. Marcellas at first protested that he didn’t want to be brought into this, but after he was called out, he said “Everybody knows that you have to break up season six”, and when on to say that he has told that to everybody, not just jase. Marcellas then reminded him that nobody knew what was going to happen until Jase threw his hissy fit. Now Jase may primp like a queen, but he doesn’t bitch like one. Jase tried to tell James that Marcellas might go to Chilltown next week and go after him, but Marcellas said that everybody talks about all the alliances, because that is “The game”, and this last ditch effort to throw him under the bus wouldn’t work. Marcellas ended the conversation by saying “Now I know why the people in season five hated you!”
WOW! That was some good action. Nice plan James! You should use your time as HoH to get rid of your enemies, not create more! Now, if James were smart, he would have just nominated Mike Boogie. James said that he is doing what is good for the group, but that’s retarded. Last time, he admitted that the was the fourth wheel in the season six alliance, so why go to so much effort to protect them? Jase might have been floating between two groups, but if he isn’t voted out of the house, it means James and season six have a sworn enemy, and they missed a chance to take out Dr. Will.
I thought the excitement was over, and then we came to the veto ceremony. This was actually the best veto ceremony EVER. It’s customary for the people on the block to give their reasons for the veto winner to use the veto, but Will decided to use a different approach. He didn’t want the people to use the veto on him. In fact, he insulted everybody to their face. Will talked about how it was easy for him to get motivated the first time he was in the house in season two because there were people that he hated and gave him motivation. This time, he has no motivation because he hates everybody so much, he can’t make up his mind who to hate more. He then said he would throw every HoH, every veto competition, as well as every food challenge if he wasn’t voted out. His mission would be to make them eat slop.
Quite honestly, Dr. Will’s speech was a thing of beauty. Season six has basically said that they want Will to make an ass of himself because they want to be up against him at the end. At first, it looks like season six gets exactly what they were looking for. Anybody in the jury is going to vote against the jerk that was throwing competitions and making them eat slop. However, Dr. Will just gave himself a built-in excuse. If these people don’t vote to get rid of him, even after he said that he wants to go, and he would terrorize their time in the house, how can they blame him at the end? What’s more, even if he is voted out of the house this week, he can simply said “Well, I wanted to get out, and told people I wanted to leave”, so even in defeat, it looks like the house was only doing what he wanted them to do. As he would later say, he made the target on his back so big that it becaome invisible.
Will’s speech overshadowed another good one by George, who talked abotu second chances, and was so heartfelt, but whatever, if you are on the block and have the veto, it’s not about second chances, but saving your own ass. Gerry gave Marcellas a second chance in season three, but George is just saving his own ass.
George used the veto, and as was predicted, James put up Jase. James said that Jase had shot himself in one foot, and Dr. Will and Boogie shot him in the other, but again, I don’t think it is Jase that comes off looking like the bad guy. Jase looks like a hot head who can’t be trusted, but that’s pretty much what a lot of people felt about him when he came in anyway. If there is anybody who got shot in the foot, it is season six. They really should be targeting the biggest threat in the house, but instead are forced to take out Jase.
Season six talks about how their plan is to take out floaters, but they are really being hipocritical, because they are trying to be floaters themselves. Floaters spend their time in the house trying not to make enemies in hopes that people will keep them around longer, and that is exactly how they have been playing. Floaters try to make people believe that they are not threats to win, and that is what season six has been doing. The fact of the matter is that season six should realize that they are a threat and that they are the most powerful force in the house, and realize that people will be coming after them, no matter what they do.
Instead, their gameplan is to keep Dr. Will around, because people believe that any of them would win if they were in the final two with Dr. Will. And Will has made it easier on them by announcing he would be an asshole the rest of the game. But amazingly enough, Dr. Will is a huge asshole, but is going to look like an underdog when it compared to season six. What season six is going to do is populate the jury house with a bunch of floaters that they were responsible for evicting out of the house. What they should be doing is populating the jury with the type of people who don’t want the floaters to win. What’s the better strategy? We’ve got one long hot summer to find out.
What did you think about the episode? Was James correct in nominating Jase? Should Will or Jase go home? Do you think Chilltown or Season Six has more influence in the house?