Does anyone else feel like every season, the house is full of hypocrites? Certain house guests will make a decision or make a move and then will get pissed off when someone does the same thing to them the next week or vice versa. It happens every season and every year, I find myself screaming at my T.V. when the house guests start doing things like this.
This week, it’s all about Victor and Paul. A couple of weeks ago, they sealed a final four deal with Corey and Nicole. Together, they got rid of Michelle and then Natalie, and when it came time for NiCorey to repay their kindness, the duo put the boys up on the block and sent Victor home. Now, I can understand why the boys would be upset. They got rid of Michelle for NiCorey and then they stuck together to get rid of Natalie and now NiCorey can’t be bothered to return the favour and keep them safe.
On the other hand, I don’t think you can really blame them for turning on the boys. With Corey winning HoH this week, he can’t compete next time, which would leave Nicole fighting for both of them against Paul and Victor and those aren’t great odds. The boys would have twice the chance to win HoH and then they would send either Nicole or Corey home because they wouldn’t turn on each other. So it’s definitely in NiCorey’s best interest to turn on them and side with James. I would expect the boys to do exactly the same thing if the tables were turned and they were the ones in charge. They claim that they wouldn’t, but I’m not sure about that. The way I see it, they’re either lying or stupid, because it would be in their best interest to get rid of Corey or Nicole for the very reasons that NiCorey are getting rid of them.
Feelings are still hurt though and there is a lot of anger and a loss of friendship according to Paul. The boys can’t see past the betrayal to the strategy behind the couple’s decision. Maybe Paul isn’t as smart as we’ve been led to believe throughout most of the summer? I don’t know. I can understand letting your emotions get the best of you, but I do find it a little ridiculous. This is a game for half a million. People you’ve aligned with ten minutes ago aren’t going to save you because of friendship. They may be willing to sacrifice themselves for each other, but not for you.
I do want to say that I love the comic book challenge, though I wish they’d let us see the books for more than a split second. I know that we can find them online to look at them more thoroughly, but I don’t think they spent enough time on the reactions to the different comics this year like they did in previous years. It was a great challenge though and I’m glad Nicole won. I still do not see how she’s this big snake. As far as I’m concerned, the moves she’s made over the past few weeks have been completely valid. Natalie wanted to get rid of Corey, so she had to go. Michelle was gunning only for her it seemed, so she had to go too and this week, if they didn’t get rid of Victor, one of them would be next. I mean, one of them was next anyway, but still. At least this way, there was a chance that they both could have made it to the final three.
Now, it’s also true that Paul made the right decision in aligning with James to split up NiCorey. He knows that he can beat James and he knows that James could take him to the final two, whereas Nicole and Corey would take each other. I’m not sure Corey was the better one to get rid of over Nicole, since I think Nicole has played a better strategic game, I think, but they accomplished their goal in splitting them up. Notice that you didn’t see Nicole and Corey getting angry with Paul for putting them up together. They understand that it was the right move for him. They can think strategically. Unless they got all angry on the live feeds, in which case, I stand corrected.
I don’t even know what the hell happened in the jury house. One minute they’re just talking about who is going to be evicted next and then suddenly, Paulie and Da’Vonne are going at it and Day looks like she’s going to wrestle him to the ground. I did catch the part where he said she was a bad influence on her daughter, which was definitely the wrong thing to say. Dude, I’m not one to stick up for Day because I think she’s a little ridiculous (Classy? I think not.), but you do not talk about someone’s daughter like that unless you want to get punched. I’m also not sure what the hell happened to make Zakiyah slide back in beside Paulie again, but the fact that the other girls have written her off is a little unfair. They’re pissed because she let him back in again because they think he’s a slime-ball, so they…cut her out? Really? If you’re worried about a friend being with a bad guy, you try to help her out of the situation. You don’t just turn your back on her. Then she feels like she’s got no choice but to be with him. I’ve never been a Zakiyah fan, but I feel bad for her. She doesn’t deserve the treatment the other girls give her.
Friday night’s episode was mostly unimportant and it drives me crazy that they air these episodes every year. Yes, it was nice to see some more of the pranks that they pulled on each other, but really? A full hour of flashbacks, especially ones we’ve all seen before? Waste of time. And if I ever hear Michelle crying again, I may just stab pencils in my ears so I won’t have to listen to that awful wailing ever again. They did touch on a few game moves though, like Paul trying to secure final two deals with both Nicole and James. It’s a great move for him to make, but the other two would be stupid to take him over each other. Nicole seems to be smart enough to tell him what he wants to hear without actually planning on following through. James? Not so much. He’s apparently willing to follow through on his promise to take Paul to the end and if he does? Well, he can say goodbye to the half-mil. Neither of these two can beat Paul. He’s clearly the best strategic player in the house and I’m willing to bet that most of the jury would vote for him to win. No, Nicole and James’s only chance at winning it all would be to take each other. Even then, I don’t think James has much of a chance. He hasn’t been strategic enough all season, since he let Natalie run his game for a large portion of the summer. I do think he’s got a good chance of winning the first part of the final HoH challenge as he’s usually good at endurance comps, but that’s about it. Nicole has shown she’s got attention to detail and Paul will most likely do well on the comp involving his memory of the summer’s events. Who will win the Final HoH is a total mystery, but I’m rooting for Nicole. I’d love for a woman to win again since it’s been so long since it last happened and I think she’s played a decent strategic game. She can hardly be criticized for flip-flopping, since everyone in the house did the same thing. I think if he goes up against James, she’ll win it all.
What predictions do you have for the final episodes? Who do you think will win it all? Let me know and we’ll see you one last time, next week!
– This article and other Big Brother-related stuff by the estimable Rebecca Griffin