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Big Brother 4: Why Alison Lostby David Bloomberg -- 09/25/2003
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Hmmm. Where to begin.
Well, by now you’ve certainly seen the final episode and/or read the recap. So you know that Jun won in a landslide vote of 6-1 with only Nathan – Nathan! – voting for Alison and nobody being terribly interested in or excited by the outcome. So let’s take a look at what Alison did to deserve such a whipping.
At the end of Big Brother 4, the finalists were both “floaters” – players who had jumped between alliances rather than being loyal to an alliance of their own. It served them well to get to that point but didn’t exactly make lots of friends. Because of this maneuvering, the only choice each had at the end was to take the other to the finals.
Alison played a more active game. She won competitions, made promises she never intended to uphold, and went through many knives to stab people in the back. But she went beyond that. Alison also used, as Jun called them, “powers of persuasion.” She flirted. She made out. She hopped into bed with almost every guy (literally, not in the usual “wink wink” meaning – though in bed there was definitely some of that flirting and making out). It’s one thing to make an alliance and stab somebody in the back. It’s taking it to another level to make out and then stab them in the back!
Yes, I know, the one she made out with the most was Nathan and he voted for her. I think he felt like he had been outplayed and should give credit where credit is due. Or something. I’m not really sure what was running through his mind. But in any event, even though Nathan voted for her, everybody else thought that what she did was, to steal a term from Michelle, “disgusting.” She didn’t just beat them all, she was unnecessarily nasty on top of it.
But this is really where we see that Alison didn’t understand how the jury felt. In their questions to her, she emphasized how hard she worked, how she won competitions, etc. That was fine – it was pretty much the only strategy she could have employed at that point to set her apart from Jun. But at other points in her answers, she just screwed up. For example, telling Erika that she rode on Alison’s coattails? Ugh. It’s one thing to say that Erika would obviously have beaten her on a jury vote, but that answer was over the top and definitely did not secure Erika’s vote, which should have been her goal. Then she talked about how superior she was to Jun in response to Rob’s question. Ugh again.
While neither of these answers would have changed the game, it shows what she was thinking. She was thinking of herself as Dr. Will from Big Brother 2. In fact, she was more like Nicole from that same series. Will brought along Nicole because she was the only one he could beat. She had alienated so many people that even Will’s lying and backstabbing would seem tame by comparison. And he was right. The same held true here. The simple fact is that Alison did not consider the jury aspect of the game until it was far too late. Jun even told her as much in their final week in the house. Alison made a comment about hoping that everybody doesn’t hate her and Jun said it’s a little late to be worrying about that now. And it was.
Alison could probably have gotten to where she did without all the nastiness. Most people who go into the Big Brother house (maybe excepting Michelle) expect some lying and some backstabbing and alliance-shifting. They don’t expect the level of nastiness that Alison brought or the way she simply used people. Many of the things she did seemed to have less to do with the game than just with her own personality.
For example: Why did she hop into bed with and make out with David shortly before David would be voted out? There was simply no good reason. She tried to justify it, but it made no sense, and it only added to her reputation as a, well, slut/whore/whatever you want to call her. Several of the jurors commented on how she used her body and hopped into various beds.
Did she really have to make out with Nathan and engage in all the other activity with him? Was that necessary to secure his Veto? I dunno. Maybe she thought it was. But I have to think that he could have been convinced in other ways – ways that would have made him feel like it was more an alliance that shifted and less a personal betrayal when he got the boot.1 2 Next-->
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