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Wow. Wow. Wow. Last night’s Big Brother episode was one for the ages. Rarely have I ever been so invested in the outcome as last night. I think I have mostly stopped short of calling this season boring, but it sure was predictable for the most part. With Mike Boogie as HoH, I had resigned myself to an all-Chilltown final, not because I thought that his plan was foolproof, but it didn’t look like either girl was going to bother to put up a fight. Well, last night, Erika and Janelle put up a fight, and the only thing we could wish for was that it was not a case of too little, too late.Last night was a special Tuesday live eviction, which meant that we were going to have another visit from Julie Chen, and the Chenbot did not disappoint. Our favorite host came on screen wearing an outfit that I can only call GI Julie. That’s right! Julie was in camo! I don’t know why this made me so happy, but I do know that I will never have to speculate whether Julie Chen goes commando or not, because obviously it happens at least once in a while.
Now, as giddy as I was about seeing Julie, I was even happier to watch as they followed up her introduction with a segment from the sequester house. Once again, I am going to use this opportunity to implore the producers to give us more sequester house. Now that CBS has Innertube, they have the perfect way to bring it to the masses. Maybe it will be boring the first week when there is only one person in the house, but as soon as two people are there, things usually get pretty interesting, and this year was no different.
The sequester house was extra exciting this week because Hurricane John was pounding the Mexican coast, probably much like Howie was pounding on himself now that he had a bathroom all to himself. Anyway, it’s been so long since our last sequester segment that the producers didn’t even bother showing us James’ grand entrance, which is rally too bad, but the worst part about making us wait so long is that it deprived us of all of the scenes from the Marcellas/Howie blood feud that has become so interesting.
After the houseguests abandoned Mexico and entered their new quarters, I almost felt kind of bad. They move away from this great villa on the Pacific coast, and while I’m not going to call the new sequester house squalor, it certainly wasn’t a vacation resort. As the three guys made their way inside the house, you could see the neighbor’s Tahoe parked in the garage across the street. Hurricane John took them out of paradise, and from the looks of it, Hurricane Howie was threatening to put them in a mental hospital.
We’ve seen some bitter rivalries in the history of Big Brother, but by the time they get to the sequester house, people are ready to get rid of their anger and enjoy the sun and lack of cameras. If you really don’t want to talk to somebody, you can pretty much ignore whoever is bothering you. That’s not the case this year, as Marcellas and Howie are still going at it.
The new house is much smaller, which means that it is harder to get away that which ails you. After Howie jumped in the pool, Marcellas said they need more chlorine. Howie overheard him, and asked if the pool needed to be cleaned because he was making it dirty. Marcellas replied that it was because there was something in there that needs to die. Even Howie realized that was an insult, and this started a shouting match between him and Howie. Marcellas would call Howie fat, and then Howie would say that people hated Marcellas and called him a baby. Normally, I would call them both idiots and told both of them to shut up, but Marcellas did get the best line in when he called Howie a big, fat, fingerless idiot.
Although we missed James’ entrance, we did get to see Danielle and Chicken George come in. Danielle’s entrance surprised everybody, and when James saw her, he had to walk away for a few minutes. He had said that if she came into the house, his heart would be broken, and that looks like it was the case. Danielle said that she got scumbagged, but later talked about how she could see that the guys were really pulling for her, and that she felt honored. Oh, how the might have fallen! It’s so nice to feel loved, but really, their opinions don’t matter! The people she needed pulling for her were still in the house.
After Danielle came in, it was time for Chicken George’s entrance. I have always thought George was a little slow on the uptake, but I was kind of surprised to see him sporting some headgear from Cerebral Palsy Quarterly. Now, as mad as Howie was at Marcellas, Marcellas never betrayed him or voted to evict him. Therefore, it was going to be very interesting to see how Howie was going to take the return of his former apprentice.
I felt bad for Howie when Chicken George went back on his word and put him up, but for all Chicken George knew, Howie was supposed to be the pawn. He didn’t get a chance to vote Howie out, and let’s not forget that it was Chilltown that promised Howie’s safety and didn’t deliver even one vote. I think it makes sense, but the only time Howie takes the time to think through a decision is when he is deciding whether his bathroom reading material should be Playboy or Penthouse.
George brought the DVDs of the last two episodes with him and when everybody sits down to watch, Howie feels that he must spend that time talking trash to Chicken George. Last year it was funny to watch Howie make fun of April and Jennifer, maybe because they both came across as gold-digging whores, and maybe Chicken George did deserve some shit for the problems he caused, but Howie just wouldn’t shut up. Howie said that George was such a bad player that nobody wanted to waste an HoH on him and it got so bad that Chicken George threatened to leave. Finally the two of them literally had to be separated from each other on the couch and the rest of the show, eventually, did go on.
Sunday’s episode didn’t show us anything about the veto competition, but it was after that competition that things started to get interesting. Will and Mike Boogie were gloating to themselves about how well Operation Double Date worked so well. There was literally no scenario in which Chilltown would lose. Talking to Erika, they told her that if she were to win Power of Veto, she should vote out Janelle. If Mike or Will won the veto, they would leave the nominations the same and will would vote out Erika.
Naturally, they told Janelle the exact same thing, and just in case I thought she was catching on to Chilltown’s plans, she starts making fun of Erika, saying that neither person in Chilltown was going to take her to the end and that she would be playing for second place either way. All of what she said was true, but the idea that Janelle could say all of this without realizing that it all applies to her as well is why I have resigned to Chilltown taking this whole thing.
The most frustrating part is Janelle kind of knows how vulnerable she is. She admits that Dr. Will has her emotionally, but it’s worse for her because he can play this game without emotion; something that gives her a lot of problems. Janelle then admits that it’s easy to see that she has a stronger bond with Will than with Erika, and he uses it against her. Going back to last Thursday’s show is a great example. When Janelle had to make a decision about nominations, she lost control of her own thought process and handed it over to will.
So, how about that veto competition? To tell you the truth, I really didn’t even want to watch. If Erika won, she would evict Janelle, and if Janelle won, she would evict Erika. The only suspense would be if Chilltown won and we had to watch them decide whom they were going to send home. Well, Janelle won, and as soon as she had the victory she jumped into Will’s arms and gave him a kiss (on the lips), which is not the type of behavior you expect to see if that person was about to vote you out.
And then Erika decided that she was going to play the game.
I have said a lot of bad things about Erika, many of them deserved, many of them probably not so much. However, anybody who is going out with Boogie is going to have worse issues with public embarrassment than reading about it on a blog. She’s going to be called a lot worse than “dumb” if she is ever seen out in public with him, so I don’t have much sympathy. Well, it might have taken Erika a long time to realize that she had to do something, but I for one and happy that she finally began to fight.
One of the reasons we have been calling Chilltown genius is that they are able to do everything they do without people realizing what is happening until it is too late. Talk about keeping your enemies closer; these two are literally spooning their last two enemies every night. I am not sure what got into Erika, but some switch flipped in her head, and she wasn’t just going to sit back and watch Janelle vote her out without trying to stop it.
Erika decided that she was going to appeal to Janelle’s sense of logic, so they began to discuss a few things. First, Erika tried to convince Janelle that she wouldn’t be able to beat Mike or Boogie, but Janelle believed (correctly, in my opinion) that it really was anybody’s game. And then Erika told Janelle that if she sent Will home; all of those jury members would really love her. Oooooooh. Good point! Mike Boogie was saying that Erika was grasping at straws with her negotiating tactics, but Janelle has always been willing to listen to good logic, and Erika had plenty of time to discuss things with Janelle.
Janelle and Erika then moved to the HoH room, and it looks like Janelle was starting to become a little more receptive. Still, she has been lied to so many times before in this game, and is worried about what Erika would do, and she has a good reason. Erika voted her best friend out of the house because she was worried she couldn’t beat Danielle in the final, so how good is her promise to Janelle when Erika’s latest pleas are just an attempt to save her ass?
I thought that would be the end of negotiations, but Erika was really not taking anything to chance. She started appealing not only to Janelle’s logical side, but to that fighter we know lies within her. Erika said that the two of them have been manipulating them, have probably been laughing about them all season, and that they shouldn’t have the last word. Voting Will out of the house would send a huge statement that they were ready to play, and weren’t going to sit around and be manipulated any longer.
This last part of the conversation happened outside while Will and Mike were working out, and when Will heard the two of them go inside for a glass of wine, he immediately said “Boogie, I’m going home”. The fact that the two of them were going to open wine, and that Janelle made no eye contact with him, convinced him that he had no control, and he thought that maybe double date was becoming double mistake. Mike said that there was no way he was going to let those two bitches steal it from them.
By this time, I think I literally had a boner. If Janelle sent Will home, it would go down as one of the greatest moves in Big Brother history, and will literally said he didn’t know what to do about it. Then again, this could all be a huge misdirection and I could end up at the end of the episode disappointed that Janelle decided to let Will do her thinking for her. I desperately tried to resist the urge to become emotionally invested at this point, but the thought of the looks on Will and Mike’s faces were just too much! After swearing off of Jedi Janey, I was looking for a scalper so I could get on the bandwagon.
Even though I was excited, I still was worried that this was all a plot by the producers to add a little excitement to the week. This would be such ice-cold revenge, it was almost too perfect! My worries abated after one last late night gab session between Erika and Janelle. It took a long time for these girls to start thinking for themselves, but I guess it is better late than never. I only wish that she had realized all of this before making us sit through the agony of watching her talk about having babies with Mike Boogie.
There were times this season when I wondered if Erika really deserved to be an all-star. Other than winning a few more competitions, she always let other people make the plans. She must have realized last week that Boogie would not come to her rescue, so she never let up on Janelle. Erika asked Janelle to think about all of the things that Chilltown did to her. Who had promised her that Howie was safe? Who had promised her that Marcellas was safe? Janelle had this epiphany and said she was embarrassed by all of her actions, and admitting that she screwed up this whole game. I have been saying this for weeks, but it’s nice that it came out of their own mouths for once.
The two of them also realized that Chilltown was telling them the exact same things. They laughed at how they could have been so dumb as to believe that they were secret members of Chilltown. I had thought it was obvious since Chilltown had lied to everybody in that sequester house, but again, better late than never.
By this time, I could barely contain my excitement. I could see it coming, I was praying that it would come, but would it really happen? Was I just dreaming and wake up and realize that not only did Janelle vote Erika out of the house, but that I wasn’t married to Tyra Banks either? I would have to wait, because it was time for Julie Chen to interview the house.
You can kind of tell that something was up with the houseguests because Julie asked them all about the showmances, etc, and wanted each of them individually to say if they would stay close outside the game. Everybody said simply that they would all be friends, and perhaps they were just bored, but none of them seemed to be playing up to the camera. The only real interesting thing came when Mike was describing his relationship with Erika and said that he’ll hold talking about it until after he sees whether Erika votes for him or not. Right away Julie asked if that mean he didn’t think Erika would be in the final two with him. OUCH! What a dumbass! If Janelle had been thinking about voting out Erika, Mike’s words were probably the final confirmation that she needed that she and Erika were both being played.
The actually veto ceremony hadn’t taken place yet, but it all went as planned and Janey took herself off of the block. It was kind of strange to see Mike Boogie at this point. The sidekick never wants to put the master in harm’s way, but at the same time, the only thing Mike could do was nominate will. Still, Boogie thought about his decision like if he were to say Hillary Swank she’d suddenly show up and Will would still be safe. I think it literally killed a little piece of him to say it, but he eventually said Will’s name. It was time for Janelle to make a decision, but first a commercial break.
When we returned, I could only help but wonder why Will or Boogie didn’t spend any time trying to convince Janelle not to vote out Will, especially when Will sensed that he could be going home. Will was sleeping in Janelle’s bed, wouldn’t he try to talk her out of it? And if he did try and talk her out of it, wouldn’t the producers show it? If he didn’t even bother to convince her, did that really mean Janelle was going to send him home? I was shaking so much in anticipation; I probably could have been confused with Dick Clark.
Julie gave Erika and Will a chance for a final plea, and Will finally spoke up, using the same tactic he has used all through the summer, saying that there are a lot of people in the jury house upset with him, and it would be smart to keep him around. Janelle got up and gave her speech. It was very simple, and to the point. She said that she had made a lot of mistakes in the house, but after tonight, she was done making mistakes. For Marcellas and for Howie, she voted out Dr. Will.
Now, in case you didn’t hear me, let me say that again.
SHE VOTED OUT DR. WILL!
I was hoping that this would happen, but I seriously never expected that Janelle would actually come through.
SHE VOTED OUT DR. WILL!!!!!!
Admittedly, I have come to appreciate Dr. Will’s skill at the game, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to see him leave. For an entire season I had been complaining that nobody had the guts to take these two on, and finally, with seven days left in the house, Janelle proves me wrong! I just don’t know what to say. I would probably have to start taking heroin if I was ever going to feel this euphoric again.
SHE VOTED OUT DR. WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will took his eviction, well, but poor mike was in shock. As Will got up, you could hear Mike in the background saying, “Oh my God!” The fact that these two guys never saw it coming only makes this victory so much sweeter.
Now, as a fan of the game, I am still going to leave this season of Big Brother calling Will Kirby the best player to ever play. Once week of lucid thinking on the part of Erika and Janelle cannot make up for sixty days where Will had the entire house wrapped around his finger. Will was easily the biggest target in the house, could only count on a moron like Mike Boogie as his ally, and still made it up to the final week of competition. Still….
SHE VOTED OUT DR. WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK, that was the last time, I promise. Julie greeted Dr. Will and began to ask him all of those tough questions, starting with how he lost control. Now, I am not going to say that Will was fighting back tears at this point, but it really took him a while to get his composure back. When Will is on top of his game, he is full of bravado and confidence, and early on he looked like he was searching for what to say. He said that he was the biggest target and he did the best that be possibly could, even after Julie asked him if his strategy to throw the veto competitions was a bad one. I will give Will credit for treating everything like a game. He didn’t blame Janelle for anything she did, and only had good things to say about the others as well.
Julie finally got a chance to ask about his relationship with Janelle. He said that sometimes a lie can become real, but it was a game all along and at the end of the day it was a game for him, and he believes that at the end of the day, it was a game for her as well. Julie asked if there was chemistry, and by this time, Will was back to himself, saying “You and I have chemistry!” but then saying that she was playing him just as much as he was playing her.
During his farewell messages, they started out with Mike Boogie. He said that five years ago Will might have left with the money, but they both left with this amazing friendship. I mean, Will likes to say he got this amazing sidekick to do whatever he wants, but let’s call it a friendship for the sake of argument. Mike then said that it would have been one for the ages and puts his right hand in the shape of a “C”, and moves it back and forth in front of his face. Since I had the audio on, I could see that Mike’s motion meant “Chilltown Forever”, but if that were muted, I probably would have thought he was saying, “I chug cock”.
I don’t think I have ever see Erika actually be mean to anybody else, but she had some pretty bad stuff to say about Will, at least by her standards. She made fun of Chilltown and even called him “Willy” and said she can’t wait to see what Howie will do to him when he gets in sequester. Finally, there was Janelle. She said that she made a lot of mistakes because of him and Boogie, and if he were truly a friend, they would still be friends when they got out of the house. As for Will, his last words to Julie is that there were no hard feelings.
Saying goodbye to Will, we can now concentrate on the HoH competition. The final competition is always in three parts. The winner of the first competition, which is almost always endurance, automatically goes on to play in the final competition. The other two houseguests play in a second competition to see who will compete with the winner of the first competition. The winner of that last competition is the HoH, and will pick one of the other two to go on and face the jury.
The first part of this competition looked like it was going to be very elaborate. As the final three stepped outside, a large volcano greeted them. Three keys were sticking out of the volcano, and there were several small footholds below each key. Julie told them it was an “explosive” summer, and it wasn’t over yet. For the love of god, I hoped that this volcano didn’t have giant jizzing spiders like the last time.
After everybody was in position, Julie started the competition. The rule was that you can’t let go of your key and your feet can’t touch the mat. Erika asked if both hands had to be on the Key, and Julie confirmed that was the case. Usually these endurance challenges are great to watch, and in this case, I have to give the advantage to Erika. All of that yoga makes her flexible, and she didn’t have nearly as much trouble finding a comfortable position as Mike and Janelle did. And then a funny thing happened: Mike Boogie gave up!
The competition was only about a minute old, but Boogie jumped off. He asked Julie if he remembered Richard Hatch, and then said “Let’s face it, you both have to take me. You can’t make that mistake”. Wow, Mike has literally been without his master for fifteen minutes, and he has already confirmed that he is the dumbest one in the house. Will was kind enough to say that he probably needed Mike to make it that far, but it’s obvious that Mike wouldn’t have lasted two weeks without Dr. Will. I think he sort of realized how dumb he was because he then muttered “I’ll play in the next challenge” and then we cut to commercial.
Now, I am not sure how closely you were watching, but when Mike jumped off, Janelle was so surprised; she let go of one of her hands, which means that the competition was over about two minutes after it started. Man, I feel sorry for the poor bastards who had to put that volcano together. It’s been like 100 degrees here in California, and I am sure that the designers justified all that sweat by putting in some cool features like an earthquake or flowing lava, or even giant jizzing spiders. Unfortunately, none of that would be used. If Janelle wasn’t caught on the live broadcast, maybe the producers pretend it never happened, but there was no way to get the cat back into the bag now.
I am not sure what the hell happened, but when we returned, it looked like all hell broke loose. Suddenly, Julie was reading from cue cards instead of the teleprompter. I mean, seriously, I know that Boogie jumping off stage was a surprise, but how does that break the electronics in Julie’s studio. Considering everything that was going on, I thought that Julie handled herself well, and it looks like the Chenbot improvisation routines were kicking in, even though she did look like she was reading her cue cards like she forgot her bifocals.
Julie announced what happened to Janelle, and gave Erika the win. Seriously, shortest endurance competition EVER! Janelle tried to protest, and while there was some speculation that she didn’t know that you had to have two hands on the key, I think she literally just didn’t remember. So much of her brainpower went to figure out how Boogie was so stupid; she simply forgot to hold on.
Obviously, I thought this was a great episode. I complained all year that people weren’t thinking for themselves. Other than Danielle, it seemed like every HoH was doing things for Chilltown. Janelle and Erika finally teamed up to break up the boys, but that doesn’t mean it is all over. While I don’t think Boogie was smart to give up the endurance challenge, I think he should be able to convince Erika or Janelle to take him with them to the final two. Erika said herself that she can’t beat Janelle, so does she break her word again and go with Boogie? I think it’s a possibility, so it’s going to give whoever wins that final competition a very interesting dilemma on who to take. I still think it’s anybody’s game, and the final two episodes should be VERY fun to watch.
What did you think of this episode? Was Janelle right to send home Will? Should Boogie have given up so quickly? If Janelle or Erika win HoH, would they dare to take Boogie to the final two?