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Will This Week Simply Be A Repeat Of Last? Not So Fast


Good morning, everyone. Before I begin with strategic talk, let me just catch you all up on the HoH competition, since it was shown on the feeds rather than CBS. As you know, it was the wall endurance comp that featured more jury members than regulars. I’ve been saying all week that out of the jury members, it was really just a competition between Paulie and Victor, and that’s just what it ended up being, but in a weird way. About 10 minutes into the competition, Da’Vonne and Zakiyah decided they liked the jury life better than dealing with this crap again, so they grabbed each other’s hand and jumped off – Thelma & Louise style.

This resulted in everyone wondering what had happened for awhile, and Bridgette telling people that was not pre-planned as far as she knew. Naturally Corey fell off shortly after, then Bridgette took her tumble leaving it to Paulie vs Victor (like expected) and Paul vs Nicole and James on the other side. This part of the competition took a little while, but Paulie simply couldn’t hold it any longer and he was out. Everyone cheered, and Paulie walked off into the sunset, clearly not bred for this game. Victor immediately showed his cards and let on how tired he was, so it wasn’t shocking he dropped next considering he was guaranteed to be back in the house, but there was no way he was beating James.

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The James, Paul, Nicole match lasted a lot longer than I expected, and that is because Paul lasted a lot longer than I expected. It was pretty clear that once Paul fell, Nicole and James would make a deal, and after a lot of whining from Nicole, that’s just what happened. She was growing frustrated that James simply wanted to win the competition to be 4 for 4 on wall competitions during his two seasons, as that seems to be one of the few competitions he can actually win. Don’t get me wrong, Nicole wasn’t quite as whiny as Natalie was to Victor under the same situation a few weeks back, but she was definitely getting upset about it. I think even the people on the ground were ready for the comp to end as I heard someone say something like ‘Just finish this already’. James, living up to his nickname jellyfish (no spine), finally gave into the pressure and handed Nicole the win. She promised him safety, but he is the one person who should know better than that.

Here is a note I realized – Nicole has never fully earned a week in the HOH room, despite winning the competition about 5-6 times in two seasons. Her first season, either 2 or 3 HoH wins were wiped out when she lost the Battle of the Block, and her one actual win came during the first of a double elimination (so she never got the room). This season, she was handed the HoH by a bunch of newbies after her team lost like 3 straight competitions, which forced her team to go solo for their BB lives (Glenn lost). Then obviously last night when James handed her the win, even though there was like a 95% chance he was going to win (despite what Corey thinks; he claims James was just about to fall).

On to the actual feeds after the comp…

To summarize as best I can…

  • Michelle caught Paul and Victor chatting, and the house thinks they have kissed and made up. Both are still going to try to fake distance with each other, at least for now.
  • Paul worked the Nicole and Corey angle last night, and last week, and it appears to have paid off. Nicole doesn’t want to get him out, and actually wants to work with him
  • Natalie is worried because James didn’t win, but he reassures her that everything is ok because he made a deal (yes, the same guy who says you can bounce checks in the house)
  • Michelle is worried because she wasn’t part of the deal, nor did anyone really expect her to be

Now, the target….


What?  No Victor or Paul? That’s right. Despite Paul’s plea for Nicole to get out James (and how hilarious that would be), Nicole intends to go after Michelle this week. I guess calling someone a snake on national TV is never a good idea. While Nicole claims it is purely strategy and not personal, there has to be a bit of personal feeling here. Has to be. Nicole is human. You don’t get called out on national TV and sit back and take it when  you have a chance to strike back.

To be fair, Nicole does have logic behind her decision. If you listen to the feeds at around 3:20am, Nicole and Corey finally get some alone time to talk candidly. Here is her logic…

She wants to simultaneously

a) Keep her deal with James
b) Keep Paul in the house to go after James
c) Remove a personal threat, and a potentially strong player

Nicole believes that the one person in the house who would indeed nominate her given the chance is Michelle. She’s probably right, at least for the near future. Nicole also realized something that none of the dummies a season before her realized around this time – The competitions become less and less physical and more and more mental. That is why both Ian and Steve suddenly were able to ‘turn it on’ late in the year. It’s not because they were holding back, it’s because the comps eventually come around to their strengths, which is their brain. While nobody in the house is at the intelligence level of Ian or Steve, even Nicole sees that the smartest two people remaining are Paul and Michelle (and I agree).

So, in the end, she wants to remove one of the smart players who have 0 chance of actually working with her, and keeping the other who would (for the time being). She is also looking ahead to jury by not going back on her deal with James, as she is going to need all the votes she can get if she makes the final 2.  Nicole has plenty of options, but to her credit, this may actually be the best one for her game.  Of course, it all rests on the care package, but once they find out that it’s garbage, the plan will go through as expected.

As far as the care package – Paul, Victor or Corey are eligible to win. Corey’s not going to win it, so Paul or Victor will be given the power to hand over $5k to secure something this week. He’ll probably try to give it to Nicole to put James up as the nom or renom, and it may work. If it doesn’t, maybe Paul or Victor will give it to each other for some stupid guarantee that is irrelevant to the outcome of the week.  For example, Paul can give it to Victor and tell him it is so Victor votes the way Paul wants (which will happen anyway), or vice versa.

People are wondering what happens if the person breaks the word, or doesn’t use it, and I don’t think either can happen. The rules were pretty specific on what it can impact, which means the person giving will likely have to make an official deal with that person. If Paul pays Victor to vote his way, I don’t think Julie Chen would allow Victor to vote any other way.  If Paul pays Nicole to nominate James, she has to nominate James. This is not a ‘check that can be bounced’ in the words of James.

Big day today. Nominations, and Care Package.  I’ll start a live update thread in an hour or two when they are up for the day.

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    I haven’t read your update yet, Steve, but I was thinking that Snacole would be smart to break up the Munchkin Triumvirate and get her arch nemesis, Leech, out to jury.

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    Commented just now on previous post that I speculate that Nicole will nominate Michelle and James. Nicole is holding the tie-breaker vote, with only 4 people voting. She wouldn’t want to leave James and Natalie intact as 2 voting as one at this point in the game and sees James as the bigger danger of the two. Putting Michelle and James up cancels two votes from the James/Natalie/Michelle trio. Even with POV and one of them possibly going on the block, the other one would be a guaranteed eviction.

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    Michelle is the odd one out: Nicole/Corey, James/Nat, and Vic/Paul. So in a way, she is a “safe choice” for now.


    I think maybe the BB seasons need to be shorter and with less house guests. With a smaller, more diverse case..diverse as in with real players and less star wannabes (less actors, dancers, djs, etc)…this show can go back to serious players who want the money. The lazy casts lately drive me bonkers.

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      Leech could win Veto.

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      Personally I think a double showmance final four is what is REALLY going to be boring. With Paul and Vic both in the house next week, there’s a lot more uncertainty about what will happen. It will be a lot more interesting to see if Lames’ side or Paul’s side takes over and where Nicole/Corey will fall. If Vic goes this week, they’ll probably just go after Paul next week, and before you know it, we’ll have nothing left but two couples.

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    Sorry. Meant to say if either James or Michelle wns PoV, the other would still be guaranteed to be evicted, as Nicole has the tie-breaking vote.

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    I hope that Nicole puts up Michelle and James for my own selfish reason. It keeps my favorites to win the whole shebang in the house. Go, Paul and Victor!!!

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    If production had a say in Natalie’s decision, will production have a say with Nicole’s?

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      I’d imagine Snacole knows Production’s will by instinct. Also guessing that the guys up there wearing the headphones told her in DR that they are tired of hearing Leech’s constant munching chips and dry cereal into the microphone.

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    So disappointed in Day. She was all talk, but jumped after 10 minutes. Even if she knew she wouldn’t beat Vic or TGF, she still could have tried a little harder. Jury made her lazy. In the comp where they had to hold their arms up, she and Gidget lasted to the end with Lamey…3+ hours I think? I expected the laziness from Zzzzz, but not from Day.

    Hoping to get the big crybaby out this week. She is absolutely horrible. And, although I can’t stand Nicorey, it is true that the majority of the remaining comps will be mental. Crybaby needs to go.

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    Maybe the girls were told by the DR they will get a lil extra cash if they let it be Victor

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    I still don’t see how such an insignificant amount of money in this care package has the potential to change the game or be a ,as Julie says,a significant advantage???

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      Every little bit helps. There have been times in my life where just $50 would have come in handy, much more $5,000.

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        Oh for sure. I don’t mean to imply that 5000 is, for most of us,a nice chunk of change but when the end goal is 500,000 at this stage of the game it seems insignificant. I would have at least liked to have seen maybe safety with it?

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    I posted this in the previous thread (so my apologies for the double post) but here is my pitch for why Nicole going after Michelle this week may actually be her best move:

    “What a lot of people neglect to consider when they discuss “getting out of the biggest threats” is that there are two types of threats: threats to you specifically, and threats in general (like Vic). Although it is important to think ahead towards who would be difficult to beat if they made it to the end, it’s also very important to consider who’s coming after you NOW in the short-run. It doesn’t matter who would be a bigger threat at the end of the game if you’re already in the jury house at that point.

    Nicole may be realizing that if Vic or Paul goes this week and Michelle stays, Nicole would be in trouble next week if Michelle were to win HOH. This is the same thing I was saying about Michelle last week–why go after Vic or Paul? After they’re gone, Michelle was next in line to get clipped. So it’s not necessarily a bad move for Nicole to consider going after Michelle this week and aligning with Paul and Vic.”

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    Nicole’s smartest move,if she truely wants Michelle out,is to put up either James or Natalie . That gives her unanimous vote to evict Michelle.

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    @stevebeans: That screen shot of Tiny Tears was PRICELESS! Ahahahahaha

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    I think Nicole’s best move, if she wants to actually play the game, put aside her catty ways and secretly work with Michelle. No one would expect either girl to do that. But, unfortunately, all of the girls this year are too immature and insecure. I don’t know any 20 something females that are so worried about what someone said about them. Of course, I guess they get no outside stimulation and are stuck inside making up petty issues with each other.

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    My guess would be you CAN go against the bribe BUT then you have to forfeit the money.

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    Nicole knows that Meech is toxic to her game.That kind of a person can work on your mental well being.

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    Last night Lamey and Gnat were talking in one of the rooms and Gnat made Lamey move to another room because she didn’t like the lighting in that room and she thought it made her look fat.
    Where do they find these people??

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    I’ve given Michelle a new name: Creech (Cry Baby Meech) 🙂

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    OMG I’m almost ready to stop watching Big Brother simply because the majority of BB fans are clearly morons. They gave COREY the ACP this week?? Seriously??? This guy doesn’t need it at all, he is completely safe this week!!! It’s like the majority of viewers are just determined to help make this season as horrible as possible.

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