First off, if you haven’t seen the finale of Big Brother 15 yet then you need to stop reading because, otherwise, this post is going to be a huge spoiler.
So, if you’re like me, you were excited about the return of Survivor and then, as you watched the first tribal council, you suddenly remembered, “Oh yeah, one of those jerks in the final three is going to win half a million dollars tonight.”
In case you missed it or, for some reason, are not going to be able to see the show, here’s a recap of what happened on tonight’s finale (along with some commentary from me, of course):
8:30 pm — As we continue to bask in the afterglow of tonight’s triumphant episode of Survivor, we suddenly see Julie Chen — dressed in black — on our screen. “This was the most controversial season in the history of Big Brother,” she tells us. Tell us something we don’t know, Julie.
This is followed by a recap of the season so far. Needless to say, the recap is dominated by Amanda being annoying.
After the recap, we see Spencer, Andy, and GM competing during the first part of the final HoH competition. The final three have to hold onto a bar while they roller skate in circles around a disco dance floor. The person who holds on the longest wins. Since it’s an endurance comp, Spencer is eliminated early. Though GM struggles to keep her balance, she still manages to hold on longer than Andy. GM is so happy to have won the first part of the competition that she screams until she starts coughing.
Before we go to commercial, we’re given a shot of Dr. Will sitting in the audience. He smiles and waves at the camera and basically reminds us of what a good Big Brother player actually looks like. Let’s hope that Big Brother 16 will feature more players like Will and less like Spencer.
8:43 — We return from commercial and, for the second time, I notice that Julie is dressed like she’s going to a funeral. Maybe that’s her way of saying that she wishes she could bury this season of Big Brother.
The 2nd part of the HoH competition is between Andy and Spencer. It’s one of those competitions where you have to search for objects (plastic crabs in this case) with the faces of former houseguests on them. The faces then have to be put in order by when each houseguest was evicted. Whoever does it the fastest wins part two of the HoH competition and gets to compete in part 3 against GM. The competition has been edited to try to trick us into thinking that Spencer might have won but, of course, those of us who follow the live feeds already know that Andy won. In the end, it turns out that it took Andy 21 minutes to find all of his crabs while Spencer — who looks like he’s had a lot of experience with crabs — took 36 minutes.
After winning the second part of the comp, Andy tries to talk GM into taking him to the final two. Andy says that everyone on the jury hates him. In the Diary room, GM says that she’s not sure who to bring. She thinks that Andy deserves it more than Spencer does (and she’s right) but she’s not sure that she could beat Andy.
Now, we get to see Dr. Will talking to the jury. Helen starts jumping up and down and screaming. Dr. Will doesn’t look impressed. Will asks who the jurors think will be the next member of the jury. Elissa says McCrae. Amanda glares at her. Will says, “Let’s meet juror number 8.” McCrae steps out. Amanda looks like she’s about to slap him.
Will asks the jurors if being in the jury house has improved anyone’s relationships. “No,” the jurors says, “we all still hate each other.” Amanda starts attacking everyone. Candice tells Amanda, “I don’t like you and it’s not killing me.” Candice then goes on to say that she and Aaryn are now good friends. “Does she make your bed?” Will asks. Candice and Aaryn laugh awkwardly.
The jurors discuss the final three. Helen praises GM for taking out Amanda. Amanda glares. Candice, meanwhile, says that she would never vote for GM because of the way GM treated her in the house.
Will asks the HGs about Andy. There’s a long awkward silence and it becomes apparent that everyone’s mad at Andy but nobody wants to admit it.
Will asks about Spencer. Everyone seems to agree that the only reason Spencer was kept around was because everyone felt they could beat him. Helen starts trying to make a case for Spencer.
As they always seem to do during the finale, the jury tries to convince us that they’re genuinely undecided about how they’re going to vote.
9:01 — We come back from commercial. The final three are in the back yard. As we watch live, Andy and GM compete to be the final HoH. It’s the usual final competition — Andy and GM are read a bunch of incomplete statements from the jurors and have to finish them.
Andy and GM both get the first question right.
Then they both get the second question incorrect.
Andy gets the third question correct, which puts him in the lead 2-1.
Both Andy and GM get the fourth question correct.
For the fifth question, we discover that Amanda claims that she’s scared to have her friends and family see every single thing that she did in the house. Andy gets it right.
For the sixth question, GM gets it right. The score is now 4-3, with Andy in the lead.
For the 7th question, neither Andy nor GM get it right.
For the final question, they both get it right and, as a result, Andy becomes the final Head of Household by one point.
As we go to commercial, I look at Andy and I ask myself, “Who wears a white bow tie with a blue shirt and white shorts?” Seriously, Andy looks like a ventriloquist dummy tonight.
9:12 pm — We return from commercial and it’s time for Andy to pick the final juror. Andy evicts Spencer, saying that he gave his word to GM. Personally, I’m shocked. I thought both Andy and GM were planning on bringing Spencer to the final but I gues Andy thinks that GM will be easier to defeat.
Spencer leaves the BB house. Julie shakes his hand. “JULIE!” I shout, “YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT HAND’S BEEN!” Julie interviews Spencer. No, she does not ask him about admiring Hitler or enjoying child porn. Julie shakes his hand again. BLEH!
9:20 pm — We’re back from commercial. Julie introduces the jury. Everyone gets applause as they’re introduced but the applause for Helen, Amanda, and Aaryn is notably muted.
The jurors ask their questions.
Amanda asks GM what her biggest game move was. GM says that getting Amanda out was the biggest game move and explains that was her plan before she even joined the Exterminators.
Elissa asks Andy what his biggest game move was, prior to joining the Exterminators. Andy says it was joining up with Amanda and McCrae.
Helen asks GM what the biggest obstacle was that she had to overcome in the game. GM says the biggest obstacle was having Nick leave.
McCrae asks Andy why the jury should vote for someone who stabbed everyone in the back? Andy says he feels terrible about stabbing everyone in the back but he did what he had to do.
Candice asks GM why she deserves to win, considering all of the offensive things she said.. GM says she acted the way she acted because she was upset to see Nick voted out and says that she needs the money to improve her life.
Jesse asks Andy why he lied to so many jurors. Andy says he lied because he was a coward and he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Yes, Andy actually did use the word coward to describe himself.
Spencer asks Andy why he should vote for him, considering the fact that Andy just betrayed him. Andy says that he played a good game and deserves to win.
I’ve been predicting that GM would win for a while but now, I’m starting to have doubts. First off, Andy’s answers were just about perfect while GM has spent most of her time telling the jury about how much she loved Nick. Secondly, the jury — with the exception of Jesse, Candice, and Spencer — didn’t seem to be that bitter.
9:33 PM — We come back from commercial and it’s time for Andy and GM to make their final statements to the jury.
GM tells the jurors that they all look good. Her speech is typical GM — she says that she can only be herself, that she stayed true to herself, and that she loves all of the jurors. She apologizes for upsetting anyone. It’s a gracious speech.
Julie tells Andy to speak quickly. You know what, Julie? Shut up and let the people say what they have to say. Anyway, Andy speaks very fast and seems to be very nervous and it’s kind of hard to follow his logic but basically, he argues that he did what he had to do and that he played the best strategic game.
The jurors cast their votes. From the comments that everyone is making, I have a feeling that Andy’s going to win, by a vote of 8-1. We’ll find out in a few minutes if I’m right.
9:43 pm — We’re back from commercial. Nick, David, Jeremy, Kaitlin, and Howard are all on stage. Julie asks Amanda who she thinks the MVP was. Amanda admits that she’s figured out that America nominated her. Amanda does not look happy.
Julie asks Howard what the toughest part of being in the house was. Howard says it was having to deal with all the racial comments. As he speaks, we get close-ups of Aaryn, Amanda, and Spencer staring at him. Julie tells the jurors that they made national headlines for being a bunch of racists and asks Spencer how he feels about it. “Oh, it’s terrible,” Spencer replies, apparently clueless as to why Julie is asking him.
Jeremy says that Helen was a fake. Helen speaks and I tune her out because seriously, nobody’s got time for that.
As we go to commercial, GM shouts, “HI, NICK!” Gina Marie, sweetie — stop. Just stop.
9:53 — The keys are pulled and the votes are read. Judd and Aaryn vote for Gina Marie. Everyone else votes for Andy and that means that Andy the Rat is the winner of Big Brother 15!
Andy and GM run outside of the house. GM hugs Nick. Helen approaches Andy and, realizing that she’s on camera, suddenly starts to jump and down and scream, “YOU WON, BIG BROTHER!”
9:57 — We come back from commercial. Julie says that Elissa has won the vote for America’s favorite player. The other top two finishers were Judd and Howard.
And that’s it for Big Brother 15! Thank you to everyone for reading and commenting this summer. It wasn’t always the easiest season of Big Brother to watch but we survived and I think we made it fun, as well.
As I promised earlier, I will do my best to continue to post any Big Brother news that might develop between now and the summer of 2014. If Amanda and McCrae go on a crime spree or GM gets arrested for stalking Nick, I will be sure to post it here.
I spoke with BBBlogger earlier today. He asked me if I would be back for Big Brother 16 and I told him that I definitely would.
Until then, I’ll be dealing with my Big Brother withdrawl by leaving comments over on the Survivor blog. Thank you again to everyone who both read and commented this season!
And, for my final question of the season — what do y’all think about Andy winning Big Brother 15? Personally, I do think that Andy played a better game than GM and, ultimately, that’s what it’s supposed to be all about, isn’t it?
At the same, I also think Andy definitely benefited from being surrounded by weak competition. It’s hard to imagine Andy winning any season of Big Brother other than this one. But, regardless, Andy will now join Dr. Will, Dan, Evel Dick, and Ian as a Big Brother winner.
Until next time,