Big Brother 4, September 5: Trust Is A Four-Letter Wordby Brian James -- 09/08/2003
Previously, Jee thought his secret alliance with Jun was “a tool to get [him] further in the game,” but instead wound up looking like a tool when he was voted out. Alison crowed that she had the Golden Power of Veto medallion wrapped around her neck; most viewers would have liked to wrap something else around there. Stock Booming Melodramatic Announcer #38 booms that everyone anxiously awaited Alison’s veto decision, then directly contradicts himself by saying that Robert and Erika remained calm. “THE DREAM TEAM WAS TORN APART!” he melodramatically thunders. Oh, dial it down a notch, will ya?
Jun tells us her alliance with Jee had gotten her as far as it could so it was time to discard him like yesterday’s lutefisk; she admits to having suckered him in a way because he thought they still had an alliance. “OH, JEE!!!” she melodramatically (and I’m 99% certain sarcastically) shrieks as she gives him a final hug. Erika tells us it never feels good walking someone to the door. Still, though, it’s better than walking yourself there, I would imagine. Robert tells us he couldn’t even be happy that he was staying because he was so sad Jee was leaving he almost cried! “No one’s played a better game than Jee!” he rails to the heavens. “No one!” Yeah, which is why he finished fifth. Just off the top of my head, Jee was too rigid in his thinking and strategy and won competition after competition, which would be enough of a red flag, but doing it at the same time he was Head of Household, had just doomed them all to a week of PB&J, and was thereby denying them further things? Suicidal. So sorry, Robert, but I don’t see Jee getting an entry in the Big Brother Strategery Hall of Fame anytime soon.
Alison tells us that all Jee’s departure meant to her was that she needed to focus and get back on track. I’m thinking I could save myself a lot of time and effort if I just created a macro that will type, “Alison: Me! Me me me me me! Oh - and me! In addition - me! And also? Me! One last thing - me!” She’s like an opera singer doing scales on crack. Jee walks out the door and Jun and Alison smirk and bump fists. Jun tells us it was a personal victory seeing Jee walk out of the house. Erika tells us from a strictly strategic standpoint, she’s glad he’s gone as he was a strong player. Robert: WAAAH!!! Jee’s gone!!! WAAAH!!! Why, now who will he talk to? Work out with? Vent his misogynistic spleen to? “But… but did he seem happy in his final days?” he sniffles to Jun, who’s - big shocker - making herself something to eat. She assures him Jee’s at peace now in his new home and still loves them all very much, then confesses to him that it didn’t feel as good getting rid of her ex as she thought it would . She tells us she actually did feel kind of bad about it. For about 2.5 seconds - then she threw herself back into “New York girl game mode”! She’s all heart, that Jun.
We see the Head of Household competition rehashed in black and white. Robert yaps how important it was for him to win. Alison gets eliminated, then confesses to us that she wasn’t thinking. Why, she just wasn’t there! If only. Once again, Robert and Erika have the tiebreaker question of how many hours the exes have been in the house and have to come the closest to the correct answer without going over. The correct answer is 1434; Erika is six hours over with an answer of 1440, which means that Robert, with his answer of 800, wins on a technicality. This pissed me off because it’s not like this is The Price Is Right, and I hate seeing people who actually have a grasp of the question and the concept, as Erika did, lose out to someone who was WAY off base on some irrelevant technicality. I mean, she was only six hours over, while Robert was a full six HUNDRED under. The way I see it, if you demonstrate that you have a brain, which is becoming an increasingly rare commodity in our society, you should be rewarded, not punished - it should have been closest answer period. Anyway. “The Dream Team is still alive! I knew we needed to do this and we did it! I dedicate this to Justin and Jee! I wouldn’t be here without them!” Robert crows in the Diary Room, then is handed a telegram. “Dear Robert: You won on a TECHNICALITY, so shut the hell up. Sincerely, The Little People Who Make It All Possible.”
Jun tells us this has been a crazy game with the balance of power flipping wildly from week to week. I’ll cosign that - the likeability quotient of the HouseGuests this year has been abysmal, but the game itself has been wildly unpredictable. Heck, although my favorites have stayed pretty consistent, even the HouseGuests who piss me off the most flipflop at any given moment. If they could have thrown in more hardcore gameplayers who were actually likeable, this could have been an excellent season. I really wonder how things would have been different had Brandon not been disqualified.
Alison: What does Robert winning Head of Household mean for ME?!? She and Jun agree they’re the two most likely nominees; Alison reminds us there’s always Power of Veto to consider. Robert pours himself a Diet Coke in triumph in the kitchen while Alison corners Erika and asks her if she has a deal with Robert. She denies it; Alison tells her she believes her. If Nick from Meet My Folks were to show up just then and hook them up to a polygraph, it would probably explode. Erika tells us she was disappointed in herself more than anything; I still maintain that being within six hours of the correct answer is nothing to sneeze at. She tells Alison she did her best, but she guesses her best wasn’t good enough. I sense a song coming on. Erika confesses to us that she thinks she’s safe, but the veto could change everything. Meanwhile, in the hallway, Robert stares at the Memory Wall and fondles Jee and Justin’s pictures lovingly. He walks around the house with them, telling them how much they mean to him. He puts them each at a place setting at the kitchen table and has a tea party. “One lump or two, Jee? Two it is! And you, Justin?” He then heads to the Head of Household Room to go to sleep, tucking them under his pillow and telling them he’ll see them in the morning!
OK, so no. He just puts them back on the shelf and walks away. But let’s put it this way - I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.
With that little bit of mawkish sentimentality out of the way, the show finally descends into the gleefully backstabbing free-for-all it’s been threatening to become since day one. In the kitchen, Robert tells Erika they have to win the veto, then they exit as Jun and Alison enter. “I came so close!” laughs Erika to Robert in frustration. “I hate her!” hisses Jun to Alison in the kitchen. Jun tells us that the Angels were three very strong but very sneaky women who were working together to get Robert out of the house; now that that objective’s out the window, so is their alliance. “She’s like an evil fake bitch!” she hisses to Alison. Considering who is telling this to whom, I think this may be the first time in history that the pot, the kettle, and the glass house all spontaneously combust. Next, with Jun by herself in the bedroom, Alison races to Erika in the living room to tell her Jun has all the votes sewn up and they need to make a pact to get her out! Erika agrees. But I mean, really, what else could anyone say at this point with the way things have shaken down? “It could get really freaking ugly in this house!” Alison brays to us in the Diary Room. “I’m really scared!” And this is before she sees her own reflection. Next, she races to the scoreboard on one of the doors and announces to Robert that she’s putting his name up in the Head of Household slot and he’s the man of the house! This is utterly fascinating. I seriously have not seen this much intensely focused, any-port-in-a-storm-to-save-my-skin behavior since Gina on Santa Barbara began virtually every scene by racing into the room and screeching, “Ya gotta help me!!!” at whoever was present.
Robert tells us that this week he is the man of the house, so he’s going to treat it like it’s his house! Oh great… even more nosepicking on the horizon, apparently. The standard Head of Household unveiling sequence ensues. He’s overwhelmed when he sees all the pictures of his daughter and a card reading, “I love you, Dad.” He starts crying as he reads a letter from his mom that answered every question he’s had about how things are going on the outside. He perks up a bit when he sees his CD of Cuban music; as that’s his heritage, it means a lot to him. Jun finds the white butterfly in a bouquet of flowers, which, if you’ll recall, is the symbol he and his daughter have for letting each other know how much they love each other when they’re apart. Then he finds the “Honey Bear,” a small brown stuffed bear. He tearfully tells us that that was his favorite thing that he got. Erika tells him she recognizes that bear! She explains to us that Robert had given her the bear originally when they were dating; when they broke up, she gave it back and he gave it to his daughter. On the surface, it would seem kind of odd that it got recycled like that, but thinking back to when I was that age, it’s possible his daughter always thought it was cute and so was happy to have it; kids don’t generally attach the same baggage to things like that that adults would. Robert tells us that he told his daughter the bear symbolizes how much he loves her, and Erika confesses to us that it took her back to that point in their relationship. She gives him a hug and asks him if he’s OK.
Jun snots to us that she wasn’t buying that Erika all of a sudden was playing the role of the girlfriend - being supportive, saying the bear reminded her of the bear he gave her… why, it makes her want to hurl! But, I mean, from what I can tell it’s the exact same bear. Furthermore, the guy’s crying over people that she also knows… I mean, what would Jun have her do, exactly? Being supportive doesn’t mean that she’s going to want to get back together or anything; it just means that she’s being a nice person. Actually, it struck me as one of the few organically caring interchanges I’ve seen in the house - I mean, sure it’ll help Erika strategically too, and I think she’s aware of that, but that seems more of an added benefit than the main goal. In short - shut up, Jun. Erika tells us she thinks there’s bound to be some serious asskissing going on now - as there always is! To illustrate the point, both wanting-to-hurl Jun and Alison give Robert big ol’ hugs in quick succession and gush how happy they are for him! Oy. Robert tells us this has given him a strength he needed but didn’t think was possible in the game.
Later that night, Robert asks Erika to come talk with him in the Head of Household Room. He tells us he’ll never fully trust Erika, but he thinks she’s his best bet at this point. He tells her that as weird as it sounds, when Jee walked out, he realized that the only person he really had left was Erika - so he wants to plan how the two of them can get to the finals. In the bathroom, Jun once again starts up with a hissing chorus of “I hate her! I hate her!” Not to be outdone, Alison snits, “I F**KING hate her!” with a mouthful of toothpaste - she hates her that f**king much! Man, when Alison said things were going to be ugly in the house she wasn’t whistling “Dixie.” She spits - always a first - then the two of them cackle about how Erika must be going down on Robert in there! Alison bitches to us that it’s pathetic how Robert has been kissing Erika’s ass lately - asking her on dates, etc. She thinks it’s all fake and Erika’s stupid enough to fall for it! Which is, of course, why Erika confessed to us that she would never go out with Robert again in a previous episode. In the Hallway of Harpies, Jun snits, “F**king jackass!” Alison sees her rant and raises her a “She’s a f**cking traitor! F**king slut bitch! I’m pissed!” “She f**king played us!” rails Jun. Because, you know, the two of them have been the co-captains of the good ship S.S. Loyalty and Full Disclosure all season. “She’s never getting my vote!” declares Alison as she stomps off. Jun confesses to us that she and Alison were pissed that Erika was “starting the campaign trail so soon.” So that’s what my medulla oblongata looks like! It’s amazing the things you can see when your eyeballs are rolled that far back into your head.
Back in the Head of Household Room, Robert tells Erika that he wants Alison out this week, then he’ll choose Erika to go to the finals if he wins Head of Household next week as well. Although he knows it’s probably not supposed to be this way, he wants it to be about who deserves the money - and he feels like she does because she won the hardest Head of Household competition and put up with him being there. Erika tells us that she’s the only person Robert has left in the house; as a result, he has to trust her more than she has to trust him. Just then there’s a knock at the door; it’s Alison to say goodnight. “You don’t want to talk to the headmaster?” Erika inquires. Alison tells her just to get her whenever she’s done. “I hope Erika was just talking in there because if she ever hooked back up again with Robert, I’d probably vomit!” Alison laughs to us in the Diary Room. I’m always kind of alarmed when Alison and I agree on something.
Jun and Alison commence Round 349 of Erika-bashing in the bedroom. She should just sleep in the Head of Household Room, she makes them sick, they don’t want her in there, they f**king despise her, yadda yadda. “She’s going to try to turn this whole f**king place upside down!” Alison rails. And that would be different from what you keep crowing to us that you’re going to do how exactly, Ms. Self-Proclaimed Fungus? Meanwhile, Robert tells Erika getting rid of Alison is the only way they can win anything. She tells him she needs to sleep on it. She tells us if she had her druthers, she’d rather Robert targeted Jun, as she thinks both Robert and Alison would take her to the finals. The problem is, she’s not sure how honest Robert is being with her - she’d like to believe him, but he’s lied a lot in this game. “Trust, in the Big Brother house, is a four-letter word,” she concludes.
Later, Jun gives Robert a massage. He tells us she’s been doing this a lot lately, she’s quite good at it, and he thinks she likes it because she gets to sit on him and have all kinds of physical contact and it turns her on! In one of the best moments of the season - or any season - Jun looks directly at the camera as she massages his back and rolls her eyes. She’s practically in hysterics as she laughs to us that there is no way in the world that these massages are sexual or turn her on in any way, shape, or form - maybe if it were someone else, but Robert?!? Hee!
Meanwhile, Erika and Alison are having a makeup session out on the patio. Erika tells us that she likes doing makeup - both her own and other people’s. Alison observes and asks questions about her technique. She tells us that doing girly stuff like this has helped her bond with Erika. Erika tells us Alison is like her little sister and a good kid. Wow, she’s going to feel stupid when she eventually gets out and sees the rest of this episode. Alison chortles to us in the Diary Room that she’s purposely playing the dumb little sister with Erika- she already knows all the tips and tricks; she’s just trying to make Erika feel smarter than she really is so she’ll take Alison under her wing and look out for her! I am convinced that this girl could find a “strategic” way to butter a slice of toast. Proving that she might not be as oblivious as it seems, Erika tells us she finds it odd that Alison wouldn’t know this stuff already given the number of pageants she’s been in. Alison chortles to us that her strategy’s working good - until she gets Erika out next week! Doesn’t she have an “off” switch?
Blaring Mexican music takes us out to the backyard, where Big Brother has left the HouseGuests piñatas to decorate for the food competition. The other HouseGuests squeal in delight, but Robert is sullen. He tells us all the arts and crafts materials only reminded him of his daughter and made it painful for him. Alison asks him where he’s going as he goes back in the house; he tells them he’s just going to leave his white. Jun asks Erika what in the world is up with her ex. Erika tells us Robert is just a very moody person and she’s not quite sure what’s wrong. He tells us he’s spent the entire summer without his daughter and now it’s September and she’s back in school - how is he supposed to enjoy himself doing an art project when it just reminds him of how much she loves art projects? He explains this to Jun in the kitchen; she mumbles she understands as she’s completely engrossed with making dinner. He tells us he decided to go back out there and decorate the piñata for his daughter as he didn’t want her to see him being a poor sport! Awwww.
Except it’s a load of crap. The piñata decorating was done before evictions, and according to the live feed recaps, the real reason Robert stomped off is that he didn’t think he was even going to be around, so why bother? His real motivation for going back out there and doing it wasn’t his daughter, but a “do it or else” stern talking-to from Big Brother. So this whole sequence is just basically a blatantly emotionally manipulative whitewash to make Robert appear more sympathetic and likeable again to the TV viewers now that there’s an increased possibility he could be the winner. And honestly, Alison and to some extent Jun are behaving obnoxiously enough in this episode that it’s really not necessary. Let me make this perfectly clear: Robert missing his daughter? Not crap. I’ve never doubted for one moment that Robert really loves his little girl; it’s his primary, if not only, redeeming quality. That this was the primary motivation behind his little episode here? Pure crap.
Alison beams to us that she turned her boy piñata into a Native American because her boyfriend Donnie’s Native American! She put his jersey number on his headdress (complete with feathers) and gave him an axe with a scalp because he’ll probably want to scalp her when she gets home! Well, gee, that’s not stereotypical or offensive at all. I shudder to think what Alison’s piñata of me would have been like. Most likely I would have been depicted in all pink holding a Judy Garland CD. It also has a big “I LOVE U” on the back! The back someone’s about to SMASH OPEN, that is.
Erika, meanwhile, made her dog piñata look like her dog Joey. Jun has a star piñata. On one side, she made a pastel foofy gingham print to represent “girly” Jun; the other side says “NY” in big letters to express her renewed love for her city. Robert winds up putting two smiley faces on either side of a star piñata; he confesses to us that he only spent about three minutes on it compared to the four to five hours the others put into theirs. This apparently isn’t lost on Jun, who tells us Robert’s “fugly” piñata needs to be broken first because it’s absolutely hideous.
Robert hand the women bags and tells them they have five minutes to get changed into the outfits inside and meet him at the kitchen door. The girls get what look to be traditional Mexican outfits. Alison’s looks cute on her; Jun’s doesn’t look bad either, but poor Erika is saddled with this blue-and-white schmatte that makes her look like a doily that’s seen better days. Erika quite understandably laments to us that she hates her outfit. “Look at this top!” she exclaims, and the shoulders are so huge and pointy she looks like she’s getting ready to be an angel in a Christmas pageant.
They head out to the backyard, which has been decorated to resemble a Mexican festival. Continuing to show how enlightened she is, Alison beams to us that it was like Spain brought to the Big Brother house! Spain, Mexico - hey, they both speak Spanish, right? Sigh. The women shriek as Robert tells them they will each be responsible for breaking their own piñata. “Not Joey!” cries Erika. Er, what exactly did they think they were going to do to their piñatas - frame them for posterity? Robert continues that inside each piñata are various denominations of Mexican pesos. Once the contents of the piñata fall to the ground, they have 10 seconds to collect as many pesos as they can and put them in their basket. 500 pesos or less: PB&J for a week, starting immediately. Lest we forget that this is a fate worse than death, Robert has a mercifully brief confessional articulating the sentiment. 600-2399 pesos: their usual food for the week. 2400 or more: a luxury dinner from a four-star restaurant every night, starting with four-star Mexican food that night - PLUS margaritas! The margaritas get the loudest cheer. No fools, they. It’s not clear at first, but these peso totals are for the cumulative efforts of the whole group, not each individual. “Are you ready to pound the piñatas to win the pesos so we can buy dinner to feed our face-os?” Robert asks the group. Someone actually gets paid for this? Oy.
Since her piñata is already hanging, Jun is up first. They’re blindfolded while they hit the piñata, then are able to take the blindfold off to search for the money. The catch is, there are a lot of other goodies and trinkets hidden in the piñata as well as fake money, so it takes some sifting to find it rather than it being cut and dried. “Jee, I hate you!” screams Jun with laughter as she demolishes her piñata, telling us it was fun to get her aggressions out. It breaks and she gets as much money as she can. Erika tells us she hated the thought of beating up Joey, but demolishes him anyway. She doesn’t do as well with getting the money. “I’m sorry, I love you, but you gotta go,” Alison informs Donnie Piñata as she kisses it, telling us that a girl needs to eat, so peace out, piñata! OK - heh. She decapitates it in short order, then beats the headless piñata corpse open on the ground and grabs the money. “Beat the piss out of your happy little star!” she yells as Robert steps up to bat. Jun chuckles to us that Robert needed their coaching because he’s actually smaller than all the women left in the house! He finally breaks it and scrambles for the money as they point it out to him. He smiles to us, “I thought I did the best out of all the girls!” I don’t think he meant that quite the way it came out. In the end, they’ve collected 2820 pesos - more than enough to win the grand prize! They enjoy a great fiesta dinner in the backyard. Alison, not surprisingly, tells us she encountered things she’s never eaten before. Jun, equally not surprisingly, tells us it was great not to have to be the cook for a change! Erika tells us it was eerie to see everyone getting along! You know, I imagine it would be kind of odd living there at times - you have group competitions and activities that bring everyone closer together, and then you have to go straight from that back to tearing each other apart.
Oh, joy! I get to recap BOTH “the table has gotten smaller” sequences this season! They come in from the feast to see that the kitchen table now only seats four. As usual, pointless and self-indulgent oral essays on What The Smaller Table Means To Me ensue, such as Erika helpfully explaining, “It has four chairs. There are four of us,” and Jun saying that it’s “symbolic of their being down to four.” Symbolic?!? It seems like more of a practical reality to me. Anyway, I’ll join in. To paraphrase a line from a pretentious French film I once saw, their table is smaller. I know it is smaller because my patience has gotten smaller. Alison: I want to be the last person to leave that table! Me! Me me me me me! Except that you’ll never be the only person in the house even if you do win, so cram it. Speaking of needing to cram it, here comes Robert to gloat to us that he has all the power in the house and these three girls have none, neener neener! Ah, so you’re going to be casting the sole vote and canceling the Power of Veto this week, are you? Hubristic moron.
More filler! Erika tells us, “Certain people, whose names I won’t Robert mention, leave their dirty soda cups all over the place!” This attracts ants, so they now have a major ant problem. Alison has taken it upon herself to be the ant killer and is going nuts all over the house with Raid. “Whenever I see an ant, I zap it!” she gleefully proclaims. I’ll bet she pulls the wings off butterflies in her spare time as well. “She’s got issues,” Erika tells us; Jun concurs that she gives Alison a wide berth when she’s in mass murderer mode. There’s also spiders! They’re huge! They outnumber the HouseGuests tenfold according to Jun! They scare the women! Alison kills them anyway! They don’t have bugs like that in Pennsylvania and she wants to go home! And on that note, I’m killing this segment.
And now we come to a segment in which it’s blatantly spelled out for us that it’s alllllllllll about Alison in her world! “Did you see that? Did you see that? Did you see that?” she demands of Jun as she shuffles cards… apparently about her shuffling cards. Ye gods. Jun tells us she doesn’t know how much more attention a pageant queen would need, but she has to admit that Alison needs more attention that even she does! Alison tells everyone that both she and Donnie had tubes put in the back of their head when they were infants because they almost died, and that she only found out about hers when she told her mom about the strange lump Donnie had in the back of his head as a result. She was born breech and upside down with bad jaundice and they didn’t think she was going to make it. Jun tells us that if Alison really was that bad off, she was obviously reborn as a demon child rather than a miracle baby. Hee! Alison tells them that she later had meningitis and again, the doctors thought she was going to die, but she survived! You know, it really says something about her that I’m sitting here thinking, “Pity.” Robert tells us he doesn’t take it too seriously because she exaggerates and you can’t believe a word she says; Erika doesn’t know if she’s trying to work a sympathy angle or what, but in any event, Alison is very strong now. “She’s probably the most macho guy in this house!” she cracks. Alison, however, tells us she says these things not as sob stories but because they’re the truth, and it’s the reason why she’s such a fighter and it’s informed her personality 100%! How Beating Death Twice Made Me The Obnoxious Braying Self-Absorbed Twit I Am Today: coming soon to a bargain bin near you!
Robert pulls Jun into the Head of Household Room to talk. He tells her his main goal is to get Alison out; Jun agrees and points out that if someone won and took Alison to the finals, the jury hates her so much that they’d think, “What a scumbag!” and it could be to their detriment. “I love what you said!” cries Robert. Jun reiterates to us that taking Alison to the finals could hurt her more than help her. Meanwhile, Alison and Erika play cards in the kitchen, and Alison - no, really, she does - hisses, “I can’t believe that f**king evil twisted bitch is in there!” Erika agrees that Jun’s trying to pit them against each other; she just didn’t realize how badly at first. “She’s already campaigning against me!” huffs St. Alison the Straightforward self-righteously. “You’re the only one I have an alliance to,” she assures Erika. I guess the one advantage Alison has is that if her nose grew bigger, how could you tell? She tells us she’s concerned because she thinks Erika can be swayed. Jun leaves the Head of Household Room, declaring, “Sigh, sigh, sigh,” as she makes her way across the living room; she enters the kitchen and giggles, “Good morning!” to Alison and Erika as she gets some coffee. Alison tells us that Robert and Erika thinks she hates Jun, and Jun acts like she hates Alison as well, so they’ll never know that she and Jun have “sort of an alliance”! Yeah, you’ve gotta watch out for those “sort of” alliances. They can be sort of threatening. Sort of.
Alison enters the Head of Household Room to talk to Robert. I can’t believe she’s in there, the f**king bitch! What a f**king traitor! I f**king hate her! She’ll never get my f**king vote! Oops! Sorry - I’ve just made that a f**king macro for f**king Alison every time someone talks to f**king Robert at this point. Robert tells her she’s the strongest player in the house; she smiles that while she’s honored he sees it that way, she’s pissed a lot of people off in this game so she doesn’t see any possible way she could win in the finals. She tells us she’s trying to get people to see that if they’re smart, they’d take her to the finals, but the bottom line is that two of the three women have to go on the block this week so there’s only so much campaigning you can do. Furthering that thought, Robert tells us that two people are in danger but he’s not one of them - nyah nyah!
Weekly Death Row segment. Yak yak mood tense anything could happen. Jun tells us it’s like having heartburn 24/7 - you don’t know who to trust, so you have this constant nagging burning sensation. If some of the other HouseGuests had said that, I’d think it was more likely something treatable with penicillin. Robert doesn’t feel guilty about nominations because at this point it’s him or them. More house yakking about anxiety and nerves. Robert takes the keys off the Memory Wall. Yak yak keys heavy symbolize a lot harder than he thought. You know, the standard refrain in the Nomination Hymnal.
He calls everyone to The Littlest Table and tells them this is the final nomination ceremony in Big Brother 4. Huh! So it is. This season’s just passed like a millennium. He goes on to say that all three of them deserve to be there and he respects each and every one of them. So I guess they’ve been upgraded from “bitches, sluts, and whores.” He pulls Erika’s - the only - key, leaving Jun and Alison as the two nominees. He tells Alison she knows he fears her. He respects her and thinks she’s played the game incredibly well, but he fears she’ll win the final Head of Household competition. Therefore, it’s strictly a strategic nomination as he wants a chance to win. He tells Jun she’s the smartest person who’s played the game, so he similarly feels threatened by her. With that, he brings the nomination ceremony to a close. I have to say that while I doubt he was entirely sincere, as far as nomination speeches themselves go, this was a good one. By focusing on everyone’s strengths, it really did make it seem like it wasn’t personal. Not that it really matters at this point, because the house is such a powder keg that no one fully believes anybody - nor should they.
“Robert fears me! I’m kind of excited about that!” beams Alison to us, then deadpans, “He SHOULD fear me!” Why, it’s going to take a small army and about half a dozen Mack trucks to keep her from winning that veto! Or to harness her ego - one of the two. Robert points out that Alison never quits, which is why he needs her out of there to get to the finals. Erika tells us this upcoming veto competition is the most crucial competition thus far in this game; Jun concurs that she’s going to fight tooth and nail to get it. Alison thinks Robert’s stupid - if he didn’t nominate Erika because he wants to try to rekindle their relationship, he’s a “complete retard!” And on that classy note, Stock Booming Melodramatic Announcer #38 wonders who will win the Power of Veto and I wonder if I can get combat pay when this season’s over.
Brian James is an actor/writer/singer in New York City and the Assistant Editor of RealityNewsOnline. An avid reality show, Passions, early Ryan’s Hope, retro music, and Internet discussion board junkie, Brian would like to stress that his writings are based solely on what he sees in each episode of each show and he realizes there may sometimes be more to the story and that people may behave quite differently under normal circumstances. Comments and cybertomatoes accepted at BrianJamesRNO@earthlink.net.
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