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Big Brother 3: Vote for Sale, Call 555-GERRYby David Bloomberg -- 08/23/2002
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Early in Big Brother 3, Gerry became a target. He broke with the initial Group of Six alliance to veto Lisa's nomination of Marcellas - the alliance's first target. He did so because he felt that Marcellas had been unfairly singled out as a gay black man, though it seems at the time that it really was just that Marcellas was a bit standoffish and did not quickly meld in with the rest of the group.
But whatever the reason, the reconstituted Group of Six froze out Gerry. They didn't talk to him, pretended he wasn't there, and just generally were jerks about the whole thing. Gerry was not expected to last long.
But then Marcellas became Head of Household (HoH), and Gerry was safe for a week. Next it was Roddy, and he didn't want to play in the vindictive "Get Gerry" games. Instead, he started a trend - a trend that just might see Gerry to the finish.
Roddy saw that Gerry was better as an ally - if only a temporary one - than as an enemy. He was being pressured by Chiara to put up Amy for nomination, and he wanted to also put up Marcellas to remove one possible vote for her. So Roddy took Gerry aside and promised that he would not nominate him if Gerry would vote the way Roddy wanted him to. Gerry of course said yes, and Roddy assured himself of a vote against Amy, even though he probably wasn't planning to nominate Gerry anyway.
Some of the others said Gerry would get it soon enough. And get it he did - but the "it" was HoH! He made a temporary alliance with Josh and strategically put up the couple of Eric and Lisa, causing Eric to be voted out and Lisa to eventually realize what a back-stabbing liar Chiara was. As new feuds began, we saw fewer and fewer people worrying about Gerry.
So it was that when Chiara won HoH, she cared more about ousting Josh - who had lied to her about Lisa - than about Gerry. So she followed Roddy's path of getting a promise out of Gerry in return for not nominating him. Again, she probably had no plan to nominate him, but it was definitely in Gerry's best interest to make yet another temporary alliance.
When Amy returned, she also sought out Gerry's vote to make sure Chiara was the one who left. For another week, Gerry was safe because his vote was for sale, cheap.
Early on, Gerry said his strategy was, "No permanent allies, no permanent enemies." He has held to this throughout, aligning with Josh briefly even after Josh mistreated him so. He allied himself with Roddy and Chiara against Amy and then turned around to ally with Amy against Chiara. He has said he is playing the game to stick around week to week. In doing so, he may have hit on a great plan.
Everybody in the house knows that Gerry's vote is up for sale. All they have to do is promise not to nominate him, and he will vote their way. He has not gone back on such a promise yet - other than the very first week, and even then I don't think there was really a "promise" there. As we progress towards the endgame and there are fewer and fewer votes needed to evict, his single vote becomes that much more important. This is especially true as we get down to teams of two, such as Danielle and Jason or Marcellas and Amy. Swing votes become key, and Gerry holds that key in his hand.
Could Gerry actually use this power to make it all the way into the finals? Until tonight, it certainly seemed possible. Besides using this strategy, he has also avoided any of the fights since the first week, so nobody seemed to really be targeting him - until now.
The latest breaking news - coming after I'd finished writing the first draft of this article - is that Jason has nominated Gerry and Amy. Why? Because once again the players are not using their brains. Apparently, Jason had promised Chiara that if she were voted off and he won HoH, he would not nominate Roddy. So instead he has put up the one man he could have used as a solid vote. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
In a game like Survivor, where solid alliances have ruled, switching back and forth tends to be punished. But in Big Brother, with all the twists and turns and alliance shifting, a strategy like Gerry's may be rewarded with the ultimate prize. At least, if the players were using their heads…
David Bloomberg is the Editor of RealityNewsOnline, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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