Big Brother is a show that can either keep you completely enthralled or completely bored depending on the personalities left in the house each week. By this point in the game, it will either start to get really, really good as the tactics change and alliances shift or you will just want it to be over because you really don’t care who wins. If the game is too predictable or no one you like is still playing, you couldn’t care less about the rest of the season. But there are some seasons where you are on the edge of your seat wondering what kind of stuff is going to go down next.
This week on Big Brother has been really interesting to watch, because the house guests are dealing with the fallout of Michelle’s eviction. I personally think that Nicole made the right decision to get rid of her nemesis, but I know there are a lot of people who think she cost herself the game by eliminating Michelle. I had one such conversation earlier this week where the other person thought, like Michelle herself said, that they should have gone after Paul and Victor because they’re the two strongest players in the house. This is absolutely true. Victor is clearly a competition beast, and Paul is probably the best strategic player left, which is crazy, since I think a lot of us thought that he’d be out second or third. To come this far really means something. Would Nicole have been smart to get rid of Paul instead of Michelle? Possibly as trying to split up two people is much harder than trying to evict one person, but Nicole was correct. Michelle was firmly in camp Jatalie and after they let slip that Natalie wanted Corey gone instead of Paul, there was no way Nicole and Corey would be able to trust the people in their alliance anymore. They had to jump ship and get rid of the competition. If they’d gotten rid of Paul and then Natalie or Michelle or James became the new HoH, Nicole would definitely be the next one out the door. If not her, then it would be Corey heading out the door. It’s true that neither Nicole nor Corey would be able to beat Paul or Victor in a final two at this point, I think the more immediate threat is more important than the long-term threat. Yes, if she makes it to the end with Paul or Victor, she will not win, but she has to actually get to that place first. With Michelle gunning for her and Natalie and James admittedly going after Corey and additionally with Victor going for her as well for getting rid of Paul, she would only have Corey to support her when she can’t compete for HoH. By getting rid of Michelle, she only has to worry about two people getting HoH, not four.
The only other thing that’s really interesting this week is all the drama surrounding James and Natalie. Fans have been split down the middle when it comes to Natalie’s behaviour this season. Some believe that she had been in the right when it came to all the stuff surrounding Paulie, while others believe that she’s really not as innocent as she pretends to be. Now, I think we’re finally getting a glimpse of what everyone has been talking about. She’s spent the past little while pissed off at James for trusting Nicole, which is ridiculous because in reality, she is the reason they’re both on the block and not Nicole. If she’d stuck to the alliance and didn’t try to take out one of their own, she might be safe right now. You could also argue that Michelle might also still be in the game if it wasn’t for her desire to get rid of Corey. But for some reason, she really can’t seem to understand why they ‘betrayed’ her. She doesn’t even consider the fact that she’s done something wrong in the first place. If you try to evict someone and then fail, do not be surprised when his girlfriend comes after you. It’s not betrayal. It’s revenge for betraying them in the first place.
Nicole and Corey aren’t the only ones to have a right to be angry with Natalie. James has more right than just about anyone in the house as he’s the one she hurt the most. I admit I believed her when she said she loved him because she really seemed to believe it herself, but now I’m pretty sure I’d been wrong. This week she really showed her true colours starting with her trip up to the HoH room to talk to Victor about what went down when they voted him out. I think Paul’s expression as she threw James under the bus probably matched mine as I watched. She put her trust in the wrong person? She regrets listening to James? I can’t believe this stuff is coming out of her mouth! She’s supposed to have true feelings for him! She told everyone she loved him! She’s reassured him that her feelings were real every time he felt insecure! Now she’s throwing him under the bus, especially after he’s already basically decided to sacrifice himself to let her get further in the game? I’m glad that Victor and Paul decided to tell James what went down with Natalie because I really needed to know yet at the same time, it was really painful to watch. It was like that episode of the Simpsons where Lisa breaks Ralph’s heart on TV. He looks so hurt and heartbroken, it makes me want to shake Natalie and make her see what a great person James is.
So it was that I was happy to see him finally give her what she’s deserved over the past few weeks. She’s been bitchy to him ever since they voted Victor out over Corey, blaming him for everything and never letting him live it down. And now, on one of their last nights together in the house, she doesn’t want to sleep in the same bed? I’m sorry, but in my opinion, if you love someone and know you’re going to be separated from them for at least a couple of weeks, you’d want to spend every last second with them until you’ have to be torn apart. So the fact that she doesn’t want to sleep with him is very telling. He finally seems to put it together too. She seems to have a flimsy excuse for every argument he makes, but he just shoots them down, which I think is great. He doesn’t believe a word she says and it looks good on her. The fact that she doesn’t really fight back much throughout the whole argument is also telling. She barely shows any emotion, barely gives him any emotional reaction, except when he tells her he thinks she’s using him. Even that reaction doesn’t last long, before she gives up and just doesn’t care anymore. I think James can also determine that her lack of real interest in this conversation equals a lack of genuine emotion for him. It makes me feel really bad for him. He doesn’t deserve this treatment. I like to think he’ll be far better off and maybe even happier without her in the house.
So now we’re down to five house guests. I have no idea who is going to win the new HoH challenge, but I do think that Paul and Victor may be in trouble this week because Victor can’t play. Unless Paul wins HoH, I think one of the boys will end up in the jury next. If James doesn’t succeed, he’ll side with whichever side of the Final Four alliance does win and if James himself wins….well, I’m not sure who he’ll work with. On the one hand, he can’t really trust Nicole and Corey, though that’s his and Natalie’s own fault. On the other hand, I like to think he knows that he’d never win a final two against either Paul or Victor. So I think Nicole and Corey have higher odds of making it to the end, which I’m okay with, since Nicole and James are the two people I want to win. I guess we’ll see!
What did you think about all the drama this week? Do you think Natalie was only using James, or do you think her feelings were real? Her reaction to Julie’s questions, to me, seemed to show that she was using him as she was very non-committal about whether they’d make it outside the house. Who do you think will win it all? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll see you next week!
– This article and other Big Brother-related stuff by the estimable Rebecca Griffin