Well, here I am stuck at home for tonight and tomorrow because I slipped while I was vacuuming the staircase and I ended up slightly twisting my knee. That means no dancing for tonight and no work tomorrow. Bleh! But, oh well, at least I can get caught up with what’s going on in the Big Brother House!
Now, as you’ve probably all heard, Victoria has taken herself off of the block and Cody replaced him with Donny. At first, it seemed like Cody might go through with his plan to nominate Caleb, which certainly would have shaken up the house. However, when push came to shove, Cody chickened out and he nominated Donny.
Now, I know that a lot of people are upset about this but I don’t think y’all have anything to worry about. I think that Brittany is still the main target and that she will be going home next week. I also still think that she would have been smarter to give up the opportunity to play for the veto next week. If she had, then she would be able to say, “You can always get rid of me next week when I can’t even play for the veto!” and I think that argument probably would have worked. Then Brittany would have at least another week to maybe win HoH or at least try to make a deal.
But, by going out there and kicking all of those goals, she let the guys know that she is determined and a competitor and, as a result, they’re now probably even more determined to get rid of her.
And that leads me to the big epiphany that I had earlier today!
She may have been a terrible player. She may have had no social game. She may have made the mistake of thinking that she could use politics to win the game. She really has no one else to blame for being evicted. And her male alter ego got on my last nerve but, even with all that in mind — JOEY WAS RIGHT!
Joey said that the only way that the girls would survive would be to form an all-girl’s alliance and, right now, the game is proving her right. Unfortunately, for Joey, this season’s girls seem to be uniquely incapable of working together in a way that would allow them to form an alliance and none of them seem to be a real threat when it comes to competing for HoH. (After nearly four weeks, we’ve only had one girl win a HoH comp and she pretty much allowed herself to be easily manipulated by Derrick.) And the guys this season seem to be pretty determined to pick off the girls one by one. Out of the three houseguests who have been evicted so far, Devin was the only guy and the only reason he was evicted was because he turned out to be mentally unstable.
But right now, it really looks like this game is coming down to Guys Vs. Girls and the guys are pretty much dominating. Of the girls, I imagine Christine probably has the best chance to win, specifically because she’s viewed as being one of the guys. Amber will probably survive for a few more weeks because nobody wants to deal with Caleb getting upset over her being evicted. Brittany could have been a strong player but she handled being nominated so poorly that she’s pretty much guaranteed that she’s going home this week. (Unless, of course, she can make another deal but I don’t think the remaining HGs are going to be as easily swayed as Devin was…)
As for Sobbing Jocasta, Nicole, and Victoria: It’s hard to imagine any of them suddenly becoming a factor in the game.
So, let’s give credit where credit is due. Joey had the right idea. She just didn’t know how to implement it.
As for Jocasta:
Where to begin? I have to be careful talking about Jocasta because I don’t want anyone to think that I’m attacking her for her religious beliefs, because I’m not. In fact, I’ve always felt that the Big Brother producers tend to be way too condescending and elitist when it comes to dealing with the religious beliefs of the people in the house. We’ve all seen, in the past, clips where a houseguest would say, in the Diary Room, that they had been praying for victory and the producers would respond by playing gospel muzak in the background or by having a heavenly light suddenly appear over their head. I can’t stand stuff like that because, while I might not be extremely religious, I still don’t like the idea of anyone being made fun of because of their beliefs. I remember the season where Adam the drug dealer won — he and some of the other HGs would spend hours reading the bible to each other and the show’s producers started to mockingly refer to them as being the “Bible Buddies.” And that annoyed me because it just seemed incredibly condescending.
But, with all that in mind, I have to admit that I’m hoping Jocasta does not make it a habit to start speaking in tongues during every competition. Because, seriously, it really did just come across as if Jocasta was, once again, being overly dramatic and — as a lot of you have pointed out in the comments — it’s not like they were in church or attending a religious ceremony. Instead, they were competing on a reality TV show and, regardless of what you personally may believe about God, I’m fairly sure that we all agree that she has more important things to do then worry about who wins Big Brother!
I guess when it comes to religion on reality TV, I prefer the example of Survivor’s Michael Supkin (who would always pray that nobody would get injured during any of competitions) to the example of someone like Rachel Reilly (who, on the Amazing Race, would loudly pray and then, second later, say the most horrid things about the other racers).
Of course, I should admit that part of my problem with Jocasta is that I suspect that she was recruited after she and her son appeared on Shark Tank. Because, watching her in the house, it’s obvious that she really doesn’t know much about how to play the game.
And I think that’s why so many of us love Donny. He’s a superfan, he wasn’t recruited, he’s authentic, and he actually wants to be in the house.. And I do think it can be argued that he is, in his own individual way, at least thinking about the game. Unfortunately, for Donny, he hasn’t really found an alliance in the house. It’s obvious that neither Frankie nor Derrick really take Team America all that seriously and socially, Donny doesn’t fit in with the Detonators. Unfortunately, the people that Donny does fit in with — the other outsiders — don’t seem to be interested in playing the game. If Donny, Hayden, Jocasta, Nicole, and Victoria became an alliance, they could probably take on the Detonators and maybe even bring Caleb and Amber over to their side. But unfortunately, with the exception of Donny, it doesn’t seem like any of them really understand just how far on the outside they really are. Instead, they seem to be content to be sitting ducks, to be taken down one after another.
So, that’s why I do like Donny despite the fact that he hasn’t exactly made any big moves. I do sincerely feel like Donny could play the game if he actually had someone to play it with.
Well, that it for now.
Stay supple (you know I was going to have to say that at some point this season!),