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Wow! So THAT is what an episode of Big Brother is supposed to be like. This season has been horrible for me, but not because I think it was boring or anything like that. My main problem is that I hate Chilltown; in fact, I can’t stand them. I would rather shave with a belt sander than think about watching the two of those jabs in the final. But when it is all said and done, I REALLY like the way they are playing the game. It’s not that I like the lying and the backstabbing, although watching people turn on each other is fun. What really gets me is that they do all of the lying and the backstabbing and are getting away with it. I can’t hate them for that, because the game is about coming up with a plan that will get you to the end, and Chilltown seems destined to make it no less than final four.
While the world may have talked about how great some of the other houseguests are, there is really only one person that I wanted to pull for at the beginning of the season, and that was Janelle. I wanted to see Danielle scheme and I wanted to see Jase go nuts, but it is Janelle that I wanted to win. Unfortunately, most of the last month and a half has had me cursing Janelle more than praising the way that she played. This week, Janelle picked me up a little bit with her game play, but with a whole house against her, is it too late for her to do anything about it?Like always, we start with reactions to the eviction, and as you all saw, Howie’s eviction was one for the ages. James sort of felt bad, but said that Howie trusted Boogie and Will, and he went out the door for it. Well, that explains what happens, but that’s not going to make Howie feel any better. It still hurts when somebody lies to your face. If there was anything good about Howie’s eviction, it’s that Janelle hopefully has enough evidence to realize that Chilltown must not be trusted.
One of the things I laughed at when Howie left was how he got into Boogie’s face and threw his hat. I laugh because Howie talked about how Marcellas went out like a little diva, but honestly, what did Howie do? Boogie then started acting tough, like he would actually have a chance against Howie, but I am glad that Howie didn’t take the bait. Boogie knew that if Howie touched him, Howie would be gone. I can imagine he gets in these fights at his clubs too. He kicks somebody out and yells at them, but the only reason he has the guts is because he knows that while most people can kick his ass; his two bouncers are a completely different story.
Then again, Boogie’s other strategy may just be confusing his opponent. For instance, I would have been confused if I had wanted to fight Mike Boogie and he said, “let’s get to steppin” like he was saying to Howie. Anybody who has heard a hip-hop video from the last ten years knows what “step” means, but “get to steppin”? That sounds like something somebody waiting in line for tickets to a C&C Music Factory concert would say. Googling those words, I find the lyrics to a Tina Turner song. Therefore, I am confused at what Mike Boogie was trying to accomplish other than making himself look like the biggest poseur on the face of the planet.
By the way, I hope when Boogie is out of the house, somebody asks him how he can accuse Howie of going out like a chump, and then turn around and throw Howie’s key (another action that Howie can’t defend since he’s not there anymore). But my biggest question would ask him why he was saying that he “didn’t expect that at all”. WHAT? Did Boogie actually see any of Big Brother 6? Did he not see how her tormented April by calling her Busto for days after he felt betrayed? He was surprised that Howie was emotional? Am I on the right planet? Next thing you know Boogie is going to walk in to an Olive Garden and say he didn’t expect to get free soup and salad.
Will said he thought Howie was going to regret what he did, and I think that is correct. Howie really is going to regret he didn’t kick Boogie square in the nuts before he left. Will says that there is no way to play Big Brother efficiently without lying, and I have to say that is kind of correct. Most of the winners of this game have lied at some point.
The other half of Howie’s departure is that Janelle is now alone. It was sort of comical to see James try and act like they are still together and he was completely blindsided by what happened. He was even giving Janelle some pretty good advice saying that lying is part of Chilltown’s game and “they’ve been doing it all season”. Sort of funny when you consider that James is also trusting Chilltown.
Janelle did have a chance to win HOH, but that was not to happen and of course Boogie won. Erika and Danielle practically mobbed him, which probably added to the shitty feeling Janelle had been having all day. Now that Boogie is the HoH, it also means that the Coup D’Etat will not be used, since there is no reason to invalidate his own picks.
After everything sunk in, Janelle really started to lose it. She blamed herself for both Marcellas and Howie leaving the house, and I have to say that she deserves to feel badly about it. She listened to Chilltown, they lied, and now she was paying the price. It’s good that she feels this way because it means that she’ll remember how stupid she was the next time they make a deal. And by the way, I know that you want to mourn the loss of your friends, but she was moping around like a Red Sox fan after being swept in five games by the Yankees. Ha! I had to get that in there sometime.
The first time I started to believe that maybe Janelle was going to flip this whole thing around was when they showed her in the diary room after everybody in the entire house had come up to her to try and console her. Janelle said that she only wants to appear weak and emotional, but it’s all part of her strategy. Now THAT’S the Janelle that I am talking about! Hopefully this would translate into her displaying some intelligence throughout the rest of the game.
Boogie finally got his HoH room, and it almost had a Geisha House theme. In other words, if he was looking to pick up some girls from Tustin and give them sake bombs, he would have no problem. Mike’s room is like whatever, so I am glad it’s a short week. I do have to say that they showed us a picture of Big Brother 2 when Mike was in a bikini. Since I was forced to watch it against my own will, I will have to share it with you. Yes, that is a whole lot more than I EVER want to see of Mike Boogie.
Now that Mike has his room, the strategy can begin. Boogie and Will discuss what the next move should be, and they decide to put up Janelle and James. Their hope is not to get rid of Janelle, however. The real wish is that they get rid of James. Will doesn’t like how James has alliances with everybody in the house and therefore that makes James expendable. And the beauty of their strategy is that if something happens and Janelle goes home, that is really the second best case scenario.
First, Chilltown explains their plan to Janelle. She is in the fight for her life, so to be quite honest; it would be dumb of her not to listen to what they had to say. Even though we know that they might lie to her and send her home, it’s not like she has many options. She isn’t exactly at Baskin Robbins with all of their wonderful flavors. Instead, she’s like the kid at the ice cream man’s last stop and all he has left are orange creamsicles. It may not be what she planned on getting, but takes it anyway. Chilltown tells her that they were help her win power of veto, or throw the game, which also helps her win power of veto. It also makes it easier for Jams to win the power of veto, but that doesn’t matter right now.
After Janelle leaves the room, Chilltown speaks with James and tells him about the plan. It seems like James is a little apprehensive, and even says that he knew that he would be going up against Janelle as soon as Mike won HOH. Still, for somebody who was so paranoid that he could not trust his season six alliance, you have to wonder why he is so trusting of the Chilltown part of his alliance. He says that “legion of doom is safe no matter what, because we have the numbers”, but if he’s looked at the last two weeks, Legion of Doom has flipped on their promises. It’s either a huge misdirection, or James is in for a world of hurt come Thursday.
One of the more interesting exchanges happened between Janelle and Chicken George. When Janelle was still crying about being alone in the house, Chicken George spent a lot of time comforting her saying she’s beautiful, smart, has a great smile, cares about people, kicks ass at Yahtzee, and is an all around great person. A little bit later in the episode, Chicken George and Janelle got to talking again, and Chicken George says that maybe the two of them should team up. Again, Janelle doesn’t have many options, so she signs up, and says the conversation made her feel good. And really, wouldn’t you feel good after getting a guy who calls himself Mr. Fart on your side?
The more interesting conversation came a little later. I have always wondered who was playing who when it came to the Will/Janelle relationship, but I have to give the edge to Dr. Will. If Janey was playing Dr. Will, Kaysar, Marcellas, and Howie might still be around. Therefore, she is a little skeptical about their new plan, and asks Will why she should trust him after he backstabbed her. Will, ever the joker says that he never backstabbed her, because he stabbed her in the front. Normally, this should really piss a person off, but it’s part of Will’s genius He completely gets away with it saying stuff like that, and it doesn’t hurt him in the game.
I have skipped the live feeds the last few weeks, but people say the chemistry between Will and Janelle is off the charts. Who knows if that is true, but Will has decided that in Janelle, he has the perfect monster. He wants to tear her down, but he plans to build her bigger and faster, and make her into a mean machine capable of taking down James. The great thing about this plan is that Janelle is talking about all the ways she helped Chilltown and is owed something fro her loyalty. Chilltown either repays her loyalty by helping her win power of veto, or sends Janelle home, stabbing her in the front once again. By this time if you leave the house trusting Chilltown, people think you deserve to go home.
Now, the reason why I am loving all of this is because Janelle has the perfect revenge scenario, she just has to have the guts to do it. She says that in her interview she doesn’t mind being nominated, because she’ll just win the power of veto, and then shove it up all of their asses. Yes! Feisty Janey is back, and you really have to love that, even with all the disturbing imagery involved. I am just glad she didn’t say she was going to give them the reach around later.
If there is anything that I hate about Chilltown, and let’s be honest, there is a lot, it’s the arrogance that they talk about their plans. It’s OK when Will does it, because you feel like he can back it up, but Mike? I can’t stand his talk about how his nominations are perfect because they satisfy a Mike Boogie decision and a Chilltown decision, even if it really is true. And to top it off, he talks about how there is a higher plan than most people will know, like he is working on the Manhattan Project or is planning on bringing back Crystal Pepsi or something. The only higher plan involved involves the viewers at home desperately trying to find Mike Boogie so they can throw a brick at his head for ruining their summer of television. Not that I am bitter or anything.
Boogie nominates Janelle and James, and the great thing about this episode is that the nominations are not the end. Instead of making us wait a couple of days, we get to have all of this tension and the drama build. The great thing about these nominations is that both people think they are safe, and both have to trust Chilltown, and both trust them enough to go through with the plan.
Before the veto competition, James, who never believed that Janelle was as heartbroken as she let on, starts to talk about how he feels bad for Janelle. James did show remorse when Howie left, and he is almost disappointed that he has to do the same thing to Janelle. Still, he says it is her fault because she trust the wrong people. I wonder if James realizes that he is trusting the same people that he is criticizing Janelle for trusting.
While things before the veto competition were very friendly, it didn’t take very long for things to get really heated. Boogie chose Will to play with him, Janelle pulled Danielle’s name, and James pulled out Erika. And right before the game, Janelle went to visit the HOH room, where Boogie and Will once again convince Janelle about their plans. Once again, Janelle gives me some hope that the season six Janey is back. Will tried to convince her that they got rid of Howie to help her, but she is suspicious, and says that if she is still in the house, she is going after them. It may never happen, but again, things are lining up for Janelle to stab Will in the front.
When everybody got outside, it looked like some sort of Big Brother meets Easter Island theme. The big idol at one end of the yard was named Oti, the God of Veto Power. Oti would describe a sacrifice he wanted (which were all former houseguests this year), and the veto players would have to run around the yard looking for Voodoo dolls that corresponded with their names. Once they picked up the doll, they had to return to a kneeling stone to make their sacrifice. Their would always been one less stone than players in the game, so somebody would always be the odd man out. Janelle called it like musical chairs or duck-duck-goose.
Danielle was eliminated first, and then Will, who was not playing that hard anyway, was eliminated on the next question. Boogie was the third person eliminated, but he actually helped Janelle that round because he found the proper sacrificial doll, and pointed it out to Janelle. It looked like nobody saw him, and their thought was that nobody would believe they were trying to help Janelle anyway, so it didn’t matter.
The fourth question was where things got interesting. Oti asked for the first person eliminated when Nicole from Big Brother two ran the competition, and the answer was Marcellas. There was a little controversy because Janelle and James went after one doll. It appeared that James had it just before Janelle, but she said, “Give me!” and James gave it up. Then suddenly, they both saw a doll a few feet away and Janelle grabbed that before James and dropped the doll that they fought over. It turns out the second doll was Marcellas and the first doll was Howie. Janelle grabbed that second doll and stayed in the game, James only had the Howie doll and was eliminated.
After this whole little exchange, James was pissed! He said that he was physically assaulted, but Janelle countered that she broke a nail. OK, so maybe James got beat up on by a girl, but in the end, he actually picked up the doll that he was fighting over, so what is his problem?
Now, it might have made things a little easier if Janelle had lost, but Janelle won, and James was absolutely livid. He said, “the bitch took the doll out of my hand”, saying that in the real world, that is called assault. No, in the real world, if somebody takes a doll out of your hands, the teacher makes them clean the chalkboard while the rest of the class plays kickball outside during recess. I mean seriously, what the hell is James talking about? Janelle is celebrating her victory, and goes to hug James, but he refuses, saying that it is poor sportsmanship. Well, I think it is poor sportsmanship to lose and not congratulate the winner, or lose, and complain that she assaulted you.
OK, I know what a lot of you are saying? “This isn’t ‘Nam Donnie! This is Big Brother! Their are rules! I didn’t watch my buddies die face down in a rice patty to let this type of shit happen!” (Sorry, I have to channel the Big Lebowski every now and then.) Yes, there are rules, but lets look at the replay. While there might be some question about Janelle kicking James and depending on what side you are on, you either think she kicked him, or just rolled over and his head got in the way, the replays clearly show that James and Janelle were fighting over the Howie doll. James really didn’t even see the other doll until Janelle leapt for it, and after it is all over, he got the doll that he fought over.
My conclusion is that James is just a big baby, and all of his anger shows that he is much more insecure about the numbers than he lets on. But let’s let Will have the final say. The way he saw it “She just whooped his ass!” Damn straight!
If there is anything good about the Chilltown HoH room, it is that Boogie and Will can now do their comedy without worrying about the confines of the diary room. This is great because the two of them did one of the best happy dances around once the veto competition was over. Will says that James thinks the show is fixed in Janelle’s favor, but says that Will is the one that is fixing it.
The self-congratulation doesn’t end there, however, as Will and Boogie imagine what it’s going to be like in the sequester house. Marcellas, Howie, and now James will all realized that Chilltown screwed them. I only have two things to say. First, I bashed Marcellas for being a bitch, but he knew how duplicitous Chilltown was early on, and you can see why he would have nothing to do with Janelle after she helped them with their dirty work. Second, three jury members screwed by Chilltown means three likely votes against Chilltown at the end, don’t you think? If George, Erika, Danielle, or Janelle go up against one of Chilltown, you have to like their odds at winning the money. The current strategy is to keep Janelle in the house because she is a bigger target, but we saw how that worked for Season Six. I can only hope the same fate befalls Chilltown.
The producers tried to make it sound like Janelle wouldn’t use the POV because she is worried about George being nominated, but really, who do they think they are kidding? At the veto ceremony, Janelle saves herself, and Boogie replaces her with Chicken George.
Poor James, he feels completely safe. Before the nomination, he said “there is not a scenario that doesn’t play out good for him”. There is a scenario that doesn’t play out well for him, and that is if Mike Boogie and Will doublecross, which looks like it is going to happen. Boogie said that a freight train is coming in James’ direction. Now, usually people in the house have some sense of what is going to happen, so I am not sure if they can keep James completely in the dark, but if he is eliminated on Thursday, it is going to be one of the best evictions ever.
Chicken George, who really is off in his own world seems to be getting wiser every day, and hey, that slop diet has him looking pretty trim as well. George says that you should always expect to be on the hot seat and that you are going home, which makes your exit easier. Great advice, but it’s too bad he isn’t telling it to James.
Now, if there was anything that gives us hope for the rest of the season, it is Janelle, who said “I won the power of veto, and now I am here for revenge”. Sounds very sweet, and she does have a chance. Still, it will be difficult. My dream scenario is that when James is voted out, Danielle realizes that Legion of Doom is a sham and she doesn’t have a chance with Chilltown. I expect them to talk to her like they talk to everybody else, but Danielle is one to take risks. If she and Janelle got together to take out Chilltown, it would be the sweetest payback, and everybody on the jury would thank them. Add a little Chicken George, and they could even have numbers. As long as the producers don’t throw another coup d’etat in there. I think we have a chance for a great finale.
What did you think of the episode? Did Janelle win the Power of Veto fairly? Is she right to trust Chilltown? Who do you think will go home next?