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Week In Recap – Michelle Vs Paul

Michelle campaign efforts

See picture above…  Weekly recap complete.

Seriously, I pretty much could end the post with that one line. Michelle did her best Audrey impression this week for her campaign…


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Why did she roll up and die?  It’s because she didn’t want to ‘kiss ass’.  Really. I don’t even know what to say about that. This, coming from the girl who called herself a ‘superfan’ nearly every other diary room session went into the house with too much pride that she considers talking to the HoH “kissing ass”. She of all people should know there is a pretty big line between kissing ass and trying to save your own ass. Shit, she was on the receiving end of that when Frank was heading home, yet he swallowed his pride and tried to convince Michelle to use the veto on him. Did it appear he was kissing her ass when he did it? No. It looked like he was playing the game, and at least trying to stay in the house.

Ok, let’s play devil’s advocate. She was blindsided because James and Natalie convinced her that she was safe.  Wrong.  Yes, James/Natalie did indeed tell her that stuff a few times this week, but even as of last night, Michelle told them that she thinks she’s in danger and there is a good chance she will be voted out. The rare time she left her bed, she could easily see Paul and Victor laughing it up with Nicole and Corey, so it’s not like the other side tried very hard to hide the fact that they’re close. While I’m sure she just assumed Paul was “kissing ass”, guess what.. it worked. Paul is staying, and Michelle is heading to jury.

I know it seems like I’m being hard on Michelle, but that’s because I expected better from her. She’s top 7, a ‘superfan’, and has a very convincing argument to keep her, James, and & Nat over the bromance, yet just gave up. If you’re wondering what the convincing argument is, it’s that Paul/Victor are smart and strong players. Plus, Nicole had a final 4 with James & Nat, so blowing that before jury will screw her chance at winning. While that doesn’t guarantee she stays, she would have at least tried.


That’s all irrelevant now, as Corey essentially locked this weeks noms up last night when he bribed Victor to vote out Michelle. He debated all week whether or not he should just give it to Nicole, but they realized that Victor threw away $5k to ensure Paulie got eliminated instead of Corey. As a reward for that, and a sign of good faith to secure their alliance, Corey ‘bribed’ Victor with something he was going to do anyway.  The important part of the bribe was not Victor voting out Michelle, it was that it was also a handshake agreement to secure the final 4 alliance. While not bound by any guarantees, it would be a hugely scumbag move for the bromance to turn on the boremance after that, and everyone knows it. Barring a miracle stretch of competition wins by James & Natalie, the final 4 is set to be Paul, Victor, Corey and Nicole.

The miracle stretch has to begin tonight, otherwise James will be next, followed by a near guarantee of Natalie.  Let’s take a look at what they’ll have to do to survive…

  • James or Nat win HoH – They nominate Paul and Victor
    • Regardless who wins PoV, James has Nicole and Corey to choose from as replacement noms.
    • If James or Nat don’t win tonight, one of them is guaranteed to go home barring some stupid decision with noms that won’t happen
  • For arguments sake, let’s say James won HoH and Paul evicted….
  • This leaves Nat versus Victor, Nicole, and Corey.  Nat would obviously have to win HoH
    • She wins HoH and nominates say Nicole and Corey.
    • If Victor wins PoV, James is the replacement nom and leaves the house.  If anyone else wins PoV, another of the ‘final 4’ leave the house.
  • Now we’re down to James & Nat versus some combo of the final 4.

This means in order to get down to the final 3, they would have to:

  • Win HoH tonight
    • They can lose the PoV that week and still be ok if they win HoH
  • Win HoH next week
    • Either win PoV or prevent the non-nominated player from winning PoV
  • They can lose the next HoH, but need to win PoV. The PoV winner is the only person voting for eviction

This puts Nat and James in the final 3 and in good shape moving forward.   Can they win the next 2 HoH’s, then possibly two PoV’s?  Hard, but not impossible.

Do you hope James & Nat win their way to the final 4?

  • No (52%, 709 Votes)
  • Yes (48%, 653 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,362

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  1. Comments (1340)

    Even for this cast, this is a strange week. Does anybody think anyone will have any game convos today or is this wierd situation going to continue? I’m at a loss of what I even want to happen tonight! That’s a first. I’m all in for Victor and Paul but can’t stand the thought of Nicole and Corey going to the end. Also, as bad as I want Nicole and Corey gone, it serves James and Natalie right if things go badly for them. They’ve basically been stupid since Natalie won HOH. For Michelle, I really don’t care. She did it to herself and also made horrible decisions when she shared HOH.

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    Comments (60)

    I think everyone knows that Superfans dont actually PLAY the game, they just Critique the game. Buh bye Michelle!

  3. Comments (546)

    If either Paul or Victor win HoH, their current alliance will want to nominate James and Natalie, before or as a result of PoV. In ways, Natalie seems to be the lesser threat to win after tonight’s eviction. Why not consider clipping James, then moving in on Nicole and Corey next…and keep Natalie around for a possible weaker player for F3? I do hope that James isn’t safe this round and is evicted next AND that Nicole accepts it. If James or Natalie win HoH, there could be some chaos.

    • Comments (869)

      Im hoping either Paul or Vic wins HOH & puts Nicole & Corey up because they are stronger players. Nat is a few french fries short of a happy meal so they should keep her because she would be easier to beat & take a shot at james.

  4. Comments (220)

    love bb

    but its too long and too many houseguests

  5. Comments (33)

    I’m just so sick of Lames’ delusional relationship with Gnat. His repeated ‘babe’ and ‘are you mad at me’ ‘am I in the doghouse’ crap is pathetic. The girl can clearly care less. (Or not care less, regardless.)

    I said from the very beginning of their “relationship” that Gnat was obviously using James to get more airtime (contra to what others have said, I really don’t think protection from Lames was her initial goal; though she got that and then some). With only 7 players left, she doesn’t need him creepy-crawling on her and it’s evident in her new reaction to him that she’s now bothered by all his touching.

    Can’t wait for that pair to break up. Take either out, pleeeeaaaaassse…..

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    Comments (23)

    I liked James but his stupid move of letting Nicole win HOH has me saying STUPID STUPID STUPID…with dat being said no they shouldn’t be in the final four…like really the only real players are Paul and Victor…they are making deals; lying; causing people to get so razzled that they change their mind on whom to evict or put up…don’t get why Nicole and the other ladies get together and go after the men…but some women really can’t get along or together smh…So I see Paul winning or Victor lol would love to see Borey go against Nicole to get a final 3 deal with the fellows Paul and Victor

    Can’t wait for this season to be done with…hopefully Big Brother 19 will be edge of seat exciting cause this season is under the cover boring

  7. Comments (903)

    Personally I hope the karma train runs right over James. What he did to Frank and Bridgette early this season just shows how loyal he is (not). He not only sh#t on his vet alliance he also gave his word to have the hoh comp thrown to him. Sucks to be you eh James? Natalie came out of her broom closet when she won hoh. Played the sweet nice girl till then and turned into quite the old crow that she is. Size 00 dear? I think you might try plus size modeling cause looks like it’s been a few years and many pounds ago.

    • Comments (336)

      Helen, I was with you up until that comment about Natalie’s size. She might not be a size 0 but she is far from plus sized.

  8. Comments (10)

    I’m definitely rooting for Paul and Victor for final 2. I feel Victor has worked his butt off to get where he is and has earned it. I don’t understand people who are rooting for the two showmances who have done nothing but lay in bed all summer. It makes me mad the way they are editing them and I’m afraid James will win AFP again and don’t feel he deserves it at all.

  9. Comments (2)

    Oh Victor won ok I wanted James but ok I guess

  10. Comments (2)

    Oh Victor won ok I wanted James it’s ok

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