Big Brother 17: Quick Monday Update

by Lisa Marie Bowman on August 3, 2015

Hi, everyone!

Well, as y’all probably already know, they had the veto ceremony earlier today!  Last night, James did briefly considering using the veto to take Clay off the block and hopefully ensure that it will be Shelli who will be going home on Thursday.

However, in the end, James stuck to his guns and did not use the veto.

Last week, at this time, who would have guessed that James would be the first player to actually start playing Big Brother?  The fact that it’s taken this long for anyone to target the house’s main power couple is embarrassing.  If nothing else, James will be remembered as the first HoH to truly make a power move.

Now he just has to hope that, after Clay or Shelli is evicted on Thursday, either Jackie or Meg will win HoH.

Here’s hoping!

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 17: The Moronic Eye Candy That Is Clay

by Lisa Marie Bowman on August 2, 2015

Hi, everyone.

There is nothing that I hate more than when a contestant in a reality show — whether it’s Big Brother or Survivor or whatever — specifically decides to sacrifice her or his game so that someone else can win.  It’s boring, it’s stupid, and it’s kind of disrespectful to all the people who would love to be on one of those shows but who have yet to have had the chance.  I guess my feeling is that if you’re on one of those shows, you have an obligation to play to win.  If you want to find love or sacrifice everything for a showmance, go apply for the next season of the Bachelorette and stay out of the Big Brother House.

And yet, every season of Big Brother, it seems that there is at least one showmance that leads to someone saying, “Vote me out.  Don’t vote out the love of my life.”  

That’s what is happening right now in the Big Brother House.  Shelli and Clay have been nominated.  James is the Head of Household.  James won the veto.  James wants Shelli out.  And, quite frankly, it makes sense to get Shelli out because Shelli is a hundred time smarter than Clay.  Add to that, with the way that Clay has been flirting with Meg, it’s totally believable that he could be coerced into abandoning his old alliance after Shelli has been voted out.

But instead, Clay has pretty much given up.  Yesterday, after the veto ceremony, he went around and he tearfully begged houseguests to vote him out so that Shelli could stay.  He asked Vanessa to vote to evict him, little realizing that Vanessa was already planning on voting him out.  He pleaded with Johnny Mac until the superstar dentist was literally sobbing.  He begged Meg to vote for to evict him and when Meg tried to argue with him, they had one of those lingering hugs that will never be shown on the CBS show but which will be very familiar to anyone who has seen the live feeds.

Clay, you gorgeous piece of eye candy, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?

I know that Clay probably thinks he’s doing the right thing.  He probably thinks that he’ll come outside and be cheered for sacrificing his game for the woman that he’s loved for a month and a half.  But, honestly, this is stupid.  So much attention is devoted to the two BB showmances that worked — Rachel & Brendon and Jeff & Jordan — that people forget that most showmances follow the horrifying pattern of Amanda and McCrae.

You don’t give up your chance to win for a showmance that’s probably not going to last more than a month out in the real world.  You just don’t.

(Unless you’re an idiot, of course.  As my aunt would say, it’s a good thing Clay’s got a nice face because his head is empty.)

So, sadly, it looks like Shelli might be sticking around.  If James is serious about wanting Shelli out (and Shelli is far more dangerous to keep around than Clay), his best move would probably be to take Clay off the block and replace him with Liz.  But can you imagine the drama if James did that?  Not only would Austin go crazy but Clay would lose it as well.  (Unless, of course, Clay decided to self-evict so he could leave with Shelli.)  

Anyway, right now, I have no idea who is going to be evicted on Thursday.  I would prefer to see Shelli go but I have a feeling that it’s going to probably be Clay.  

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 17: Just to make it official….

by Lisa Marie Bowman on August 1, 2015

Hi, everyone!  

Sorry for the late update, it was a crazy night yesterday with both the series finale of Degrassi and a Blue Moon Party in downtown Dallas.  But I’m recovering. :)

Anyway, if you’ve been reading the comments then you already know this but I figured I’d go ahead and make an “official” notification:

Shelli and Clay are on the block.

Shelli has been crying a lot but she has also been trying to reach out to people on a social level and convince them that she’s not as dangerous as they all think.  Clay, meanwhile, has been pouting and laying around in bed.  

At one point, Clay said that, if he won the veto, he would use it on Shelli and sacrifice his game for her.  Meanwhile, Shelli said that if she won the veto, she would also use it on herself.  James, meanwhile, decided that if either Clay or Shelli came off the block, Liz would be replacement nominee, on the theory that Austin and Julia would naturally vote to keep Liz.

But it turns out that it really doesn’t matter because they had the POV comp earlier today and JAMES WON!

So, unless something weird happens and James decided to change the nominations, that means either Clay or Shelli will be going home on Thursday!  Shelli has apparently been going into the diary room and begging production to start sending HGs to the jury house a week early.  She has apparently figured out that she’ll be the one voted out and she doesn’t want to be separated from Clay.

Finally, and this courtesy of Star, it appears that this was one of those POV competitions where everyone won a prize.  Here’s a run down:

James won the POV.

Clay won a vacation for two to Ireland and I would like to volunteer to go with him.

Vanessa is going to be shacked to someone.

Becky won some money.

Shelli has to do a knife routine and ring a bell 100 times.  I’m not sure what happens if she fails to complete her task.  I imagine she’ll get a penalty vote or something.

Anyway, that’s it for now!  Have a great weekend,

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 17: Good news!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 31, 2015

Hi, y’all!

I have some good news to share but first, I’m going to recap the bad news.  

Last night, Jason was voted out of the house.  The house decided to keep Becky around.  Since Jason was the only one who ever bothered to clean, the house is going to become even more of a pigsty now that he’s been voted out.

Liz really showed her true colors during his goodbye message to Jason.  Seriously, her whole attitude was disgusting and her comments were petty and personally hurtful.  It’s one thing to say that someone’s a bad player or that they had to go for strategic reasons.  It’s another thing to attack someone personally like Liz did.  I may be incorrect but I actually thought I heard some people in the audience gasp when Liz told Jason to go back to his mother’s basement.  

(What’s sad is that Liz is so clueless that she probably doesn’t realize how she came across.  She probably thinks that America loves her.)

Julia then entered the house.  Julie Chen really dragged this out, acting as if everyone didn’t already know about Julia.  Sorry, Big Brother, but the Twin Twist has never really been that interesting.

Anyway, this led to the HoH competition, which was an endurance comp in which the houseguests had to stand on a plank while cold water was dumped on them and fake eagles swooped down and hit them.  

As usual, Steve fell first.  Steve throws every competition.  That’s as close to a strategy as Steve has ever gotten.

Austin fell next and he was followed by Meg and Julia.

And then, for a while, nobody fell.  Liz spent the entire time up there complaining about how hard the competition was.  (Shut up, Liz.)  Shelli and Clay were, for some reason, allowed to stand right next to each other so they could give one another encouragement.  (They really should have been separated.)  Becky — well, Becky was just kinda there.  James started to hum “ommmm.”  Jackie looked extremely determined to win, probably because she knew Shelli was targeting her for eviction.  And finally, Johnny Mac, the superstar dentist, showed a surprising determination.  After spending the last few weeks coasting by on likability, John seemed to be determined to win HoH last night.

Anyway, as the hour passed, the HGs started to fall.  Jackie, Clay, and Becky all hit the ground.  Soon, only James, Johnny, and Shelli were left.  The three of them started to make deals.  After making sure that he would be safe regardless of who won, John jumped to the ground.

Finally, Shelli and James made a deal and guess what?  Shelli totally sold out Vanessa!  Shelli got James to agree not to backdoor her or Clay.  However, she also told James that he could nominate both of them as pawns, if he wanted to backdoor someone else.  James agreed.  Shelli jumped off.

James is the first solo HoH!

(That’s right — the so-called fan favorite Battle of the Block is no more.)

As soon as James was up in the HoH room, he started to make plans.  Since he knows that Shelli lied about her part in getting Jason put up as a replacement nominee, James does not feel any obligation to honor the promise he made to her.  James’s original plan was to nominate Steve and Austin and backdoor Shelli.  

Unfortunately, James made the mistake of telling this plan to Becky.  Becky ran off and told Clay and Shelli.  Shelli, understandably upset, told Vanessa that she was prepared to tell James about Austin’s role in targeting Jason in the hopes that James would switch targets to Austin.  Vanessa talked her out of it and Clay said that he would talk to James and get James to swear on his daughter that he wouldn’t backdoor Shelli.

However, that may not be necessary because James has changed his mind.  Apparently, during the night, he realized that his plan was way too complicated.  Instead, he’s just going to nominate Clay and Shelli for eviction and not backdoor anyone.  That way, regardless of what happens, one of them will go home.  

(Personally, I think that’s a smart plan.  The thing with breaking up showmances is that it doesn’t matter who goes, just as long as one of them does.)

Anyway, the nomination ceremony is later today so we’ll see if James follows through with his plan!

Lisa Marie

P.S. By the way, Austin is currently having a sad because Liz wanted to spend all night hanging out with her sister and not with him.  WHAT A LOSER!



Big Brother 17: The Diary Room Is Now Open!!!!!!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 30, 2015

Good morning, Big Brother faithful!

The diary room is now open and it’s time to cast your vote to evict!

Do you vote to evict….

Jason, the basement-dwelling cashier who loves to say the word “squirrel,”


Becky, the ultimate floating houseguest?

Cast your vote in the comments below or over on the right side of the page!  And be sure to watch tonight so to see who gets voted out and to see Julia “officially” become a part of the game!

Happy voting!

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 17: Not much to report

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 29, 2015

That’s right.  

You read the title of this post correctly.  

There is not much to report as far as activity inside the house is concerned.  Jason is Vanessa’s target and Jason not only seems to know that he’s going home but he seems to have accepted it as well.  He spent most of today sleeping.  

And seriously, it’s so frustrating to see!  The great players of the past never gave up.  How many times was Dan on the verge of getting voted out just to, at the last moment, come up with some brilliant plan that kept him in the house?  For that matter, how many times was Evel Dick supposed to be going home?  We can even go all the way back to season 2, when Dr. Will regularly cheated certain eviction.

Strong players don’t give up.  And, yet, for the past three seasons or so, all we’ve seen have been players who give up as soon as they realize the odds are against them.  Apparently, houseguests feel that, if they’re nominated after a veto meeting, then there’s no way they’re going to stay in the house.  Backdooring has become such a predictable strategy that houseguests would rather surrender than campaign to stay.

Seriously, how can you have any respect for players who aren’t playing to win?  What fun is it to watch people who are apparently willing to settle for 15th or 14th place?  Anybody who says that they’ll be happy as long as they make it to the jury should be disqualified from entering the Big Brother House.  If they’re not here to fight and make things entertaining, then what’s the point?

Don’t get me wrong.  I like Jason.  I was among those who thought Jason had a lot of potential.  But he’s given up and that is just so annoying to witness.

Speaking of annoying, how how about tonight’s episode?  I just finished watching it.  I knew, of course, that this episode would end with Vanessa going back on her word and nominating Jason instead of Austin.  But still, that didn’t make it any easier to watch.

How gross was Austin when he was laying in bed with Liz?  Bleh.  But the worse Austin moment was when he mentioned Judas in the diary room.  


And again, I say bleh.

Anyway, it looks like Jason is going to be evicted tomorrow.  And then Julia will enter the house and I’m going to guess that means we’re going to have a double eviction next week.

We’ll see what happens!  Things have to get better, right?

Lisa Marie


Big Brother 17 — Sorry, everyone…

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 28, 2015

Hi there!

So, every week, we find ourselves hoping for either a big upset or that we’ll get to see someone who we really dislike voted out of the house.  Every week, we hope that the voting will lead to shift in power and that Clay/Shelli/Vanessa alliance will somehow be defeated.

Well, this week, we did get an upset.  We had every reason to believe that Austin would be backdoored but instead, Vanessa let us all down and is backdooring Jason instead.  What’s remarkable is that the entire house (with the exception of Austin) claims to be upset with Vanessa right now but no one is willing to stand up to her and vote to keep Jason.  Instead, they’re planning on keeping the relatively useless Becky.

(Even Shelli has been shedding fake tears over losing Jason.)

As of right now, Jason has two votes to stay.  TWO!  The majority of the house demanded that Vanessa target Austin.  Vanessa told the majority of the house that she would target Austin.  And now that Vanessa has gone back on her word and tried to justify her actions by telling a series of ludicrous lies (i.e., Jason won the Kathy Griffin phone call competition, Jason was plotting to come after her, Jason was working with Audrey), the majority of the house seems to content to once again do her bidding.  The other houseguessts, if they had any guts, could at this point say, “Well, Vanessa, you lied to us so we’re not going to give you what you want and you better start working for us or else we’ll start targeting you every chance we get.”  That’s what would have happened in the past.  (Seriously, I’d love to see Vanessa and Shelli try to pull this stuff in a house full of true players, like Dr. Will or Dan.  I think even Rachel would be too much for them to handle.)  Instead, the house is simply shrugging and going along with it.

(Those two votes for Jason belong to Meg and James.  There’s a chance that Jackie might vote to keep Jason as well.  Even so, 3 votes is not enough to keep Jason from being evicted.)

Right now, the fear seems to be that if anyone goes after Vanessa then they’ll have to deal with Clay and Shelli the following week.  Well, so what?  Is there some rule that only Vanessa, Clay, and Shelli can win competitions?  Now is the time for the houseguests on the outside of the main alliance to step it up and start playing to win.  Instead, they’re cowering in the shadows.

The houseguests are also scared that a double eviction is coming up.  Becky and Jackie had a conversation earlier today about what’s going to happen at the next HoH comp and Becky said that she suspected everyone was going to throw the comp because nobody wants to get blood on their hands with a double eviction coming up.  Becky also said that if she wins HoH, she’s not going to go after Vanessa, Clay, or Shelli because now is not the time to take out a big player.  (Yes, that’s what Becky actually said.)  Instead, Becky says that she would target Steve.


With Vanessa, Clay, and Shelli literally running the house and picking off players one-by-one, Becky thinks the smart move would be to target Steve!

I swear, it’s enough to make you want to give up.

But I’m not going to!  I’m going to see this season through to the end because …. well, because I like writing for this site and I like reading all the comments.  

That’s why I’ll stick with Big Brother.

It certainly won’t be for any of the houseguests.

Lisa Marie

P.S. Well, in all fairness, I should admit that Clay is great eye candy and I always enjoy listening to John’s diary comments.  And Liz and Julia’s relationship reminds me of my own relationship with my sister, Erin.  (We’re not twins but we are only a year apart so we might as well be!)  And Meg reminds me of my cousin Erica.  But other than that, the only reason I’m sticking with this show is for the blogging! :)


Big Brother 17 — Veto Results

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 27, 2015

Hi, everyone!

I’m having another insane Monday so this is going to just be a quick update.  Most of y’all already know what went down at the veto ceremony and I don’t really have anything new to add, beyond the fact that I think this could backfire on Vanessa IF the rest of the house is willing to call her out on her lies and hold her responsible for her actions.  (So far, everyone just seems to accept whatever excuse Vanessa or Shelli gives them.)  Right now, there’s a lot of very upset people in the house and Vanessa is freaking out over the fact that she’s getting blood on her hands.

ANYWAY, just to make it official:

The veto ceremony was held today.  Clay took himself off the block.  Vanessa, after promising everyone that she would backdoor Austin, went back on her word.  She nominated Jason and Jason is reportedly her target now.  

A lot of people in the house — especially Meg — are really upset right now.  But well any of them be able to translate their anger into action or will they just continue to allow Clay, Shelli, Vanessa, and Austin to run the house?


I was so looking forward to Austin going home.

Lisa Marie

P.S. After Thursday’s episode, I assume Julia will “officially” be revealed and will move into the house.  I cannot begin to put into words how bored I am with this whole twin twist thing.  It’s all way too cutesy.


Big Brother 17: Grrrrr…

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 26, 2015

Well, this is just great!

Here I was, looking forward to seeing Austin get backdoored and watching him look all shocked when he got nominated.  It was going to be a fun week and making it even better would be knowing that the twins would not permanently enter the house until Austin had been evicted.  Just imagine if Austin was sent home and he had to settle for hugging Julia instead of Liz.

And that could still happen but, after last night, it’s starting to look like it might not.  Clay won the power of veto and apparently, he and Shelli are upset that nobody in the house seemed to be happy about it.  Clay and Shelli have interpreted that to mean that there’s a secret plot to get them out of the house.

(And you know what?  There really should be a secret plot to get Clay and Shelli out of the house but, for some reason, the majority of the houseguests seem to be content to just be passive sheep.)

So, Shelli and Clay — realizing that it might be a mistake to vote out someone who, though he may have told a few lies, has pretty much been an ally to both of them — went to Vanessa and argued that she should not renominate Austin.  

As always seems to happen whenever Vanessa has power, she started to freak out.  For the rest of the night, she, Shelli, and Clay came up with increasingly complicated plans to get rid of someone other than Austin.  What’s hilarious is that Clay, Shelli, and Vanessa truly seem to believe that the other houseguests are secretly strategizing against them.  For the most part, the other houseguests are a collection of sheep.  All Vanessa had to do to get rid of someone is just nominate them.  There’s no need to come up with any sort of elaborate cover story.

But anyway, Clay and Shelli first argued that Becky should be the target because … well, I’m not sure why.  Shelli certainly does seem to be threatened by Becky, despite the fact that Becky has done next to nothing in the house.  

Then, briefly, Jason was the target.  Why?  I’m not sure, beyond the fact that Jason always seems to be a target.

Then, somebody suggested that maybe Austin should be the target because Austin might be America’s player or might be the saboteur.  Seriously, it’s amazing how paranoid these people can get over nothing.

Then, the focus shifted to Jackie and, as of right now, it seems like there’s a good chance that Vanessa will go back on her original plan to backdoor Austin and backdoor Jackie instead.  And again, I’m not sure why — beyond the fact that Shelli doesn’t like her.

This is one of the things that I hate about Battle of the Block.  I know that Julie Chen insisted that BoTB was a fan favorite but I’m not sure which fans she was referring to.  To me, it’s absolutely ludicrous that someone could win the HoH and then still be backdoored at the veto meeting.  Anyone who wins HoH should be safe for the week, regardless of who wins the BoTB.  

Honestly — and I’ve said this before and I’m sure that I’ll say it again — it is time for Big Brother to change up the way they do the nominations and the veto.  Because I’m getting sick of the whole backdooring strategy.  It’s boring and it happens every single freaking week.  

(Instead of nominating two people for eviction, nominate three.  If one of those nominations is vetoed, no renoms.  Instead, the HGs will just choose between the remaining nominees.  Enough of this backdoor crap.  And definitely no more battle of the block!)

But, anyway, back to the situation in the house.  Austin has now learned that he might be a target so he was upstairs last night, crying and begging Vanessa to protect him.  He told her that all he cares about is spending time with Liz and he wants to make it to the jury so that way, he won’t have to be separated from her.


Of course, mere minutes before Austin told Vanessa all that, Liz was talking about how much she hates it when Austin kisses on her.

So, right now, I have no idea who is going to be nominated on Monday.  Vanessa might stick to her original strategy and nominate Austin but it’s looking more and more like it could be Jackie instead.


Lisa Marie


Big Brother 17: How Big Of A Moron Is Austin?

by Lisa Marie Bowman on July 25, 2015

Hi, everyone!

Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and Austin and Vanessa…

Ever since Audrey’s eviction, there’s been a lot of plotting and scheming in the Big Brother House.  HoHs Vanessa and Jackie plotted to backdoor Austin.  Austin plotted to backdoor Steven.  

Why is Austin after the relatively harmless and inept Steve, as opposed to someone who is actually a threat to win?  Apparently, he feels that Steve spends too much time talking to Liz.  Austin really is just an overgrown 12 year-old child.  He even has an imaginary friends named Judas.

(Hopefully, Judas will eventually possess Austin and start writing “redrum” on all the walls.)

Anyway, Austin is convinced that everyone is convinced that Steve voted to keep Audrey but instead, everyone appears to have figured out that Austin cast the vote.  As of last night, at least, Austin had yet to figure out that his scheme was not working.

Vanessa nominated Clay and Becky.  Jackie nominated James and Liz.  Apparently, the plan was for James and Liz to throw the “fan favorite” Battle of the Block, which would make Jackie HoH.  That way, Jackie could backdoor Austin and Vanessa could avoid getting blood on her hands.

However, there was a glitch in the plan.  Nobody told Liz.  When the plan was hatched and then nominations originally made, Julia was the twin in the house.  Liz was off wherever she hangs out whenever Julia is doing twin duty.  

Now, it would have made sense for Julia to let Liz in on the plan during the twin switch but Julia wanted Vanessa to be the one to explain it all to her.  However, from the minute Liz reentered the house, she had Austin crawling all over her and telling her about how the plan was to backdoor Steve.  

(Austin also spent a lot of time telling Liz that nobody likes her sister and that Julia is a terrible player who Austin and Liz need to get rid of.  Uhmm — real smart, Austin.  Speaking as the youngest of four sisters, I can say that no showmance will ever defeat the bonds of sisterhood.)

So, they went into Battle of the Block without Liz knowing what the plan was.  James was supposed to throw the BoB but guess what?  Clay may be nice to look at but he’s absolutely terrible at Big Brother competitions.  So, even though James was trying to lose, he and Liz still won the Battle of the Block.

So, now Vanessa is once again Head of Household and is freaking out about getting blood on her hands.  Clay and Becky are the nominees and there’s a lot of people in the house who actually would like to get rid of Clay.  As far as I know, the plan is still to backdoor Austin and I hope that doesn’t change.

Of course, Austin is still totally clueless.  I think he still thinks that Steve is the target and, if Austin wins the Power of Veto and uses it, I imagine that Steve probably would be the replacement nominee.  So, let’s hope that Vanessa sticks with her plan, Austin doesn’t win the veto, and Austin leaves the house on Thursday!

Lisa Marie