First, as most of us already knew, Justin was expelled. What we didn't know was just how totally clueless he is. The main question was who would be evicted? Would Mike's plan to get rid of Nicole work? Or would it backfire horribly, putting him and his Brat Pack pals in jeopardy?
OK, let’s get one thing out of the way right now: Justin is an idiot.
Yes, I know, most of you knew that already. But after watching Thursday’s Big Brother 2, in which he was interviewed about the behavior that led to his expulsion, I feel this bears repeating.
Host Julie Chen began by talking about the story that many people already knew: Justin’s violent actions led to warnings, which were then followed by his expulsion from the house and the show. They showed some of his actions (such as his threats against Kent last episode and we got to hear what some of the other players thought about him – it wasn’t pretty. As Hardy said, it was like living with a dangerous third-grader. From Justin, we saw him telling the camera that he understands physical violence and intimidation is not tolerated and he would never cross that line. Uh huh.
Next we see Justin getting ready to smash bottles, but being talked out of it. Then he’s making out with Krista in the kitchen and picks up a sweeper that he pretends to smash into her head. Then we go into the knife bit. Actually, for whatever reason, BB chose not to show the knife scene, but to have Chen describe it instead. She talked about how he asked if she would be upset if he killed her, etc. Then, after he put it away, we go back to video to see Justin called to the Diary Room by Big Brother. As he’s walking there, he says, “We got problems,” and wonders aloud, “I think it might have been that knife to your neck.” Naah. What would make him think that?
So he was expelled. The rest of the household was not told the extent to which his behavior had gotten out of hand (and it doesn’t seem that Krista told them about the knife incident – if she even remembers it). They packed his stuff and talked about how upset (or not) they were.
In his interview with Chen at the end of the show, he showed absolutely no understanding of why he was expelled from the house. He said it was obviously all a joke, and there was no way it could have been seen as anything else. In fact, anybody who did is an idiot, according to him. Um, no, Justin, those people aren’t the idiots.
In his eloquent speech, he said, “I didn’t threaten nuthin against anybody.” Even with Kent, in the previous episode, he said it was intimidation, not threatening. Um, Justin, earlier you told the camera that you understood you couldn’t intimidate people and said you wouldn’t do it.
In any event, he flat-out tells Chen that he doesn’t understand why he was expelled. He was just using a strategy of confusion. Yeah, drunks are often known for using that “strategy.” Buh-bye, Justin. Go away now. Your fifteen minutes of fame should have ended fifteen minutes early.
So, on to the rest of the story – Thursday was the first eviction vote night. Would it be Sheryl or Nicole? Well, when Mike put the two of them up, it was part of a strategy to get rid of Nicole because everybody loved Sheryl. Problem is that people started to really hate Mike and his “Chill Town” or “Brat Pack” pals, Mike and Shannon. The other faction, which Kent called the “Real People,” decided the only way to hit back and show that the others couldn’t get away with just doing whatever they wanted to whomever they wanted was to vote against Sheryl, as much as it pained them to do so. Would they go through with it?
Before finding out, we had to live through some live footage of all them pretending to be happy. It was pretty disgusting, considering what many of us already knew from Web cam stuff. To make matters worse, the producers – who have been talking about how much they want some sex on the show – completely ignored the Mike/Autumn situation that happened around the same time as the Justin/Krista/knife incident, where Mike (at the urging of the rest of the Brat Pack) tried to seduce Autumn to get her vote, and then she stormed out of his room when he tried to take it on home. The only reference to this was a quick mention of Autumn blowing a challenge that was supposed to keep everybody from smoking for 24 hours because of revenge. They didn’t even hint at what the revenge was for. What’s the matter, guys? You want sex on the show but you don’t want to show just what kind of sexual situation has been set up? You don’t want to show just how much of an ass Mike (and his Brat Pack cohorts) really is? Not quite the type of family viewing you had in mind? Maybe not, but that’s no reason to ignore something as big as that.
They showed some footage of arguments, but the only hint that anything was wrong in the house during the live stuff was Nicole tearing up and slamming those who have not tried to get to know her (Mike, Shannon, Will – though she didn’t name them). Mike is pretty much oblivious to the way Sheryl has responded to his little strategy, as he tells us there are no ill feelings between them. Meanwhile, Sheryl has obviously been mad as hell, and she and Nicole even made a pact that whoever stays will “get Mike.” Yeah, Mike, she’s perfectly happy to be your pawn.
Before the result of the vote was revealed, Chen talked to Mike via a private link. Mike thought it would be close, but still thought Nicole would leave. When asked what happens if she stays, he said he’ll be a marked man and he was very nervous that it would shorten his stay. We can only hope.
So, did his plan work? Nope. It backfired big-time. Monica was the only non-Brat-Packer who ended up voting for Nicole to go. Since Mike wasn’t allowed to vote except in the case of a tie, that meant five votes for Sheryl, three for Nicole. When Chen read the results, Mike was visibly stunned.
After hugs all around (and an “I’m sorry” from Mike), Sheryl walked out to Chen. She said she was fine with everything and knew she would probably be evicted because of the turbulence in the house and the Brat Pack’s plan backfiring on them. She even guessed who voted for her.
She said that they were all her friends, but what was happening in there was very wrong. The strategy of the Brat Packers was not kind to others and it was turning against them. So the way to get back at them was to evict her as punishment. She kind of got caught in the middle of it, but she felt the same way so she’s fine with it. In fact, she even blames the Brat Pack for leading to Justin’s expulsion for egging him on too much (I don’t think I’d go that far, though they obviously weren’t good influences).
In the end, Sheryl will get to sit on the jury to determine which of the final two wins the $500,000 prize (I’m guessing Justin doesn’t get to be on that jury). So even if one of the Brat Pack somehow makes it all the way to the end (extremely doubtful at this point, but you never know – alliances can shift), she’ll have her chance to make her opinion known then.
So this week we had not one, but two people leave. Justin was booted because of his own actions, for which he still won’t take responsibility. Sheryl had to go because of the Brat Pack’s plans, for which she has no responsibility. Quite a contrast.