Now That Big Brother Has Hit the Reset Button, Who's the Favorite to Win? Ranking the Remaining Contestants


With the double eviction and a probable end to the mostly toothless MVP twist looming this week, I wanted to check in on Big Brother and I had hoped to do so with another rendition of ridiculous quotes. Unfortunately, last night's live episode was so action-packed that there weren't all that many stand-out lines. Well, except for everything that Candice and GinaMarie shouted over one another in what became the best nominee speech of the season (and recent memory), but most of that stuff was incomprehensible (though I did love Candice's shots about GM living with her parents). With the game in the middle of its (first) big sea change, how's a good time to take stock in the most important question of any Big Brother season: Who's the craziest? Who's the favorite to win now? Let's break it down.


Evicted Houseguests: 

David (I seriously had to look him up on Wikipedia), Nick (In Witness Protection; hiding from GM), Jeremy (back on the 25-foot boat), Kaitlin (hey girl), Howard (still talking; not making any sense), Candice (lots a drama in Candy Land), Judd (R.I.P., bear shirt). 


9. GinaMarie

This week's outgoing HOH might make it further than houseguests ranked higher on this list, but that's only because people know she has no shot in hell in winning. Frankly, I'm convinced that her fellow contestants are keeping her around for Nick's sake. Midway through her fight with Candice this week, GM held up Nick's hat, as if that gave her special arguing abilities. Or maybe she was just reiterating to Candice that she's nuts. If she wins another competition that doesn't involve deep-throating, I'll be shocked. 


8. Jessie

Have you guys noticed that Jessie looks like a cartoon toad when she wears glasses? That's my primary Jessie thought. She's improved a little in recent weeks, but she tends to get overly emotional about stuff that doesn't really matter. And this is a show where the primary action is getting overly emotional about stuff that doesn't matter. 



7. Spencer

Just in case you were craving more stories about the Big Brother 15 houseguests being legitimately awful people, Spencer went and made a preeeeeeeeety creepy "joke" about child porn. Forgive the profiling, but if you'd've asked me before the season started which houseguest I thought might make that kind of joke, I'd've totally said Spencer. He's another one who the house Dons are going to keep around just long enough, but I suspect he might find a way to last a week longer than most people expect. He's not an idiot, or a bad game-player; he's just someone you don't want to be in a dark anything with. 


6. Elissa 

Remember the first few weeks of the season when Elissa was the focal point of everything happening in the house? Thank goodness that's changed. She lost her unearned MVP powers once the producers realized that casting the sibling of a popular former player and then giving fans power was kind of screwed up, and then she lost my interest. I don't think she's done anything to boost her chances of winning, but she weathered that early storm and she's been attached to Helen's hip since week two. Not the worst place to be.


5. Amanda

Amanda is incapable of shutting up and she's let the power go to her head in recent weeks. She's all about "the game" until someone plays her, which is basically the worst mindset you can have on this show. I see why America tried to take her out, and even though it failed in the short term, the last two weeks have probably ruined Amanda's long game. She's not winning. 



4. Aaryn

I don't even know how we got here. Aaryn's evolved into a competition beast, winning three HOHs and a Veto, and she's pretty chill with both Helen and Amanda. When one of those two egomaniacs ultimately goes after the other, Aaryn could hold a lot of power. But she made it this far by doing whatever the heck people told her to do, which isn't exactly a winning strategy. Even though she's a racist and a puppet, sometimes it feels like Aaryn's one of the only people trying to do stuff in the house. 


3. Andy

If this were a fair world, Andy would be a front-runner. Nobody works the house like he does. He's squashed any plans to evict Amanda that've percolated in the last two weeks, seemingly without raising much suspicion among Helen and Elissa. The problem is that everyone sees him as a supporting player in their various alliances with him, which means that when he makes it to the final four or better, people will start calling him a floater, or a hanger-on, or something stupid. Dude's playin' the game. 


2. Helen 

As a television viewer, I can't stand Helen. She talks too loud in the diary room, she uses ridiculous hand gestures, and she tries so hard with her faux enthusiasm. But as a fan of the game, I can't hate on Helen too much. She works the house better than anyone who's not named Andy and she's proven that she can get big people out of the house when she wants to. Depending on who wins the next HOH, I'd wager that she's ready to go after Amanda, and it's time. That's how Helen will win.



1. McCrae

Come on, the Pizza Boy's still the frontest frontrunner. Somehow, amid Amanda's toxic and hateful arguments with half the house, McCrae has avoided almost all of the backdraft. That doesn't usually happen with clear pairs, even when they're a big part of the controlling voting block. But McCrae's smart; he's outwardly voiced his displeasure with Amanda's actions, signaling to the rest of the house that he's not a complete package deal with her. He's likable, he's been pretty good in competition, and it's going to be at least a few weeks before he ends up with a major target on his back. Things can—and will—change, but right now, McCrae's in the driver's seat. 


Who do you think is the favorite to win the game now?

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Aug 11, 2013
My favourites to win are actually Jessie and Andy. I could tolerate Helen or Elissa, though I don't think Elissa has a chance. And I never thought I would say this but if Aaryn won I would be fine with it. The rest of the house suck. Amanda is disgusting, McCrae pisses me off when he talks, Spencer is an idiot, and GM is just kidding herself being in this house. I think it really shows how bad Amanda is when America votes her on the block over a foul mouthed spoiled bigot, actually over three foul mouthed spoiled bigots...
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Aug 10, 2013
GinaMarie is a friggin psycho. Seriously, if I'm Nick, I'm literally on a plane to some undisclosed location to avoid her FOREVER!

I pretty much hate every single contestant left because they are just TOO DUMB! Helen is so obviously running the house and she is beyond FAKE its not even funny and why no one does anything about it is beyond me..... same with McCranda... there is not one person left that I want to win except Jessie! TEAM JESSIE!

Oh, and predictions: At some point its gonna be Amanda vs. Aaryn and I hope they literally tear each other apart!
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Aug 10, 2013
I agree with almost everything you said...but I think Amanda is going to self-destruct. She's too emotional. I'm going with Helen vs. Aaryn.
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Aug 10, 2013
Most of the HGs just seem like sheep. They're always voting for the same person to be evicted.

There was no reset, rather the game just went into it's jury phase. Having three people on the block tended to lead to one person not getting any votes instead of what I think BB had planned would be a closer vote.

And Julie's warning that the jury members have not left the game, the expansion of the jury to 9 people, the fact that evicted HGs have had a chance to return to the game and the fact that the Canadian BB brought back a jury member (although very late in the game) leads me to suspect that we're going to see one of the jury members returning.

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Aug 10, 2013
It's as close to a reset as we're going to get. Only two nominees, no MVP, etc. Back to the "original" game. Julie didn't post the reset button on Instagram for nothing.
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Aug 10, 2013
You took the words out of my mouth when it comes to Helen. I can't stand her, she annoys the crap out of me but I still have to respect her game, she's ran the house practically each week.

I'm not a big fan of this years line up. As much as a jerk Jeremy was when he let the power go to his head, he was a game player and I saw lots of potential in Nick, I would love to see how different the game would be had they stayed in the house.

At this point i'm rooting for Andy or McCrae. Hopefully McCrae seperates from Amanda, she'll be his downfall.
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Aug 10, 2013
The first two HGs evicted were nominated by Elissa/MVP, so it was hardly toothless.

That being said, yeah, McCrae all the way. If not him, Andy - even though he is a certified snitch. Anyone else... urgh. Please God, no.

(Me rooting for them probably means they both ain't gonna last for long.)
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Aug 10, 2013
The MVP twist only sort of worked. Sure, those first two weeks, but what about the last four? And not like there wasn't additional planning to go with it.
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Aug 10, 2013
What you forgot, Cory, is how PARANOID the whole MVP twist made all the hamsters, especially those last three weeks where America voted, which made their overall reactions to who got picked HILARIOUS and even game-changing. That paranoia transformed Amanda, a then fan-favorite, into one of the most detested HGs still in the game.

Anything that affect BB's players this much and make the whole thing this much more entertaining cannot be this bad... can't it?
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Aug 09, 2013
At this point, McCrae is the only person worth rooting for. Him and Elissa are the only people I can tolerate as human beings and as much Amanda, Helen and Aaryn have all played the game harder, they're also all awful and I wouldn't be happy with any of them winning.
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Aug 09, 2013
No reset button was hit. There is a hint of a twisy possibly to expect the unexpected but the reset button didn't even come into play yesterday. I do however, agree somewhat with your list.
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Aug 10, 2013
Do they actually hit the reset button on the telecast? I only vaguely remember its existence. The game shifted enough nonetheless, whatever you want to call it.
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Aug 10, 2013
I vaguely remember someone actually hitting the reset button back in the days, but, if you ask who and/or what was the outcome of that act, I just cannot help you there.

Anyway, from what Julie hinted last Thursday, it sure looks like a juror will have the chance to get back in the game... wonder if it will actually involve the Reset or maybe Pandora's Box.
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Aug 11, 2013
I think that was the year that they had former players return as coaches (Dan, Boogie, Janelle, and Brittany) and gave them a choice whether or not to join the game as players. If they wanted to join the game, they had to hit an actual reset button.
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Aug 09, 2013
Wait is there an actual reset button? This is the first season I've watched since like season 2. The main premise is the same but they've added a bunch of stuff I guess!
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Aug 10, 2013
There was an actual reset button last season.
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Aug 10, 2013
What does it do exactly? Make it so the rules go back to basic gameplay? In this case, no MVP.
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Aug 10, 2013
Last season they brought back 4 players as "coaches" to coach a team of 3 new players. They were not eligible to play for the money. About midway through they game they could hit the reset button in the diary room and become players instead of coaches. If only one person hit the button, the whole game reset.
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Aug 09, 2013
you obviously don't watch the feeds
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Aug 10, 2013
Follow them pretty closely.
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Aug 09, 2013
CBS will do whatever they think is going to get them the best ratings regardless of how it effects the game. I may be among a minority, but I appreciate a game, whether it be a sport or a reality TV show for its integrity in upholding the rules the game was founded on. CBS can point to several reasons for its low ratings (casting could definitely be at the forefront), but I think its been CBS's lack of integrity for the game itself that has really led this to be the worst season I can remember in the last 10+ seasons of BB.

I agree with you Cory that it seems that CBS didn't think through the decision to allow America to allow 1 houseguest to nominate someone anonymously EVERY week. Why wouldn't the same houseguest win every week if they weren't evicted, and their odds of being evicted would be reduced when they could always place another big target on the couch next to them. Then CBS decided to allow America to just circumvent allowing the houseguest to do it, but decided not to tell the houseguests. America didn't even catch on to this, and accidentally put Elissa up for nomination. Then after Amanda was destined to be nominated until her elimination (or HoH win), CBS decides to just stop the MVP twist completely (this was actually predicted on a website I read about BB which said that due to Amanda's recent nominations producers were getting involved & would stop the MVP this week to prevent her from being evicted as she apparently is a close friend of 1 of the producers, I'm not sure this is true, but the lack of MVP certainly helps her).

Despite all these things, I could still enjoy the game if I didn't find out that Aaryn & Amanda have been popping Adderall like tic-tacs. Regardless of if someone is prescribed Adderall, there is no need for taking it to sit around a house all day. Even more notably, they are clearly taking more than they are prescribed (I'm not even sure Aaryn is actually prescribed it, may only be Amanda). I'm not sure if you've ever taken Adderall, but there's a reason why the NFL suspended 10+ players last season for taking it without a prescription. Taking Adderall (or taking a higher dose than prescribed) results in increased focus, hand-eye coordination, strength, and endurance. The fact that CBS is allowing this completely ruins the game. Its equivalent to athletes taking PEDs. Elissa & Jessie jokingly said they should start taking Adderall because as they said, "Since Aaryn started taking it she's been a beast." This obviously doesn't mean they'll win the entire game, but they possess a significant advantage in the challenges and I wouldn't be surprised if Aaryn continued to win challenges as a result (Amanda isn't athletic enough to win athletic comps and doesn't study to win trivia/memory challenges, so Adderall isn't going to help her much lol).

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Aug 09, 2013
I think the Amanda point is bs. They always end the twist halfway through the season. This is always the point the twists end, the golden key, the duos, it had nothing to do with Amanda going up. If that was the case, it would've been stopped the exact week she was nominated, but it continued for another week. Also, if they wanted her safe so bad, they could've just faked the result. The producers have made bogus twists to save people, but getting rid of the mvp wasn't one of them
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Aug 10, 2013
Yeah, I'd say that they always planned on ending the twist mid-way. I'm surprised it made it this far honestly. But it wouldn't surprise me if they ultimately decided to do this week because of Amanda. I also think they decided to have a big jury so there weren't individual interviews with Aaryn and GM.
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Aug 10, 2013
I agree with that sentiment. CBS is probably hoping all of the racist stuff dies down before Aaron and GM have to deal with it in the outside world.
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Aug 12, 2013
You're probably right about the MVP twist, I was saying it was a rumor I read. However, the Adderall enabling is a blatant given advantage. You can watch the feeds or read the information written about the feeds and both Amanda and Aaryn have been taking Adderall, and not just 1x in the morning.
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Aug 09, 2013
I agreed with you totally especially about how the producers would change the rules just to get ratings. I loved to watch BB, even sort of addicted but as a reality show, I still rate it under Survivor or even The Amazing Race (which I think badly needs a overhaul as it starts to feel repetitive)simply because those other 2 shows has more integrity and respects their own rules. BB is notoriously famous for changing their OWN rules to suit themselves !

I read on some other bb fans website that the producers had actually gone into the house to take away all the drugs. I am not sure how true that is though.
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Aug 09, 2013
I personaly don't understand why America has been nominating Amanda over Aaryn. I mean I get that Amanda is a bully and generally gross person. She's also a realy strong person. Power don't just lets itself into your lap wanting to cuddle, power usually chooses someone who can take care of her. Amanda with all her shortcomings can.
While Aaryn is just a monster - plain and simple. She's ugly on the inside, and what's more important she's realy realy weak.
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Aug 10, 2013
See below for a little context, but there's also A LOT of anti-Amanda energy out there. First of all, she went after Howard, who was pretty popular with a big chunk of the audience. Second of all, she's a strong woman, which never sits too well with female viewers. It's not much of surprise.
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Aug 09, 2013
The week Elissa went up because of America MVP, Aaryn was already on the block but Julie said Aaryn had the most votes originally but she couldn't be put up twice. The second week Aaryn was HOH so she couldn't be put up. I assumed it would be her this week but I guess people have forgiven/forgotten her and now want to get Amanda! I really liked Amanda when she was being all funny and cute with McCrea but she has been crazy and power mad these past few weeks :(
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Aug 10, 2013
Amanda true colors shows when she is under super stress and is on the block so I guess again America play a part in her pissing off all the other house guest. Before that like you mentioned, she was quite likeable. After what happened in the last 2 weeks, I doubt she is much threat now unless she makes nice again. With the current situation, even if she got to the final, the jury will not vote for her. Candice will definitely speaks out against those who wrong her to the others in the Jury.
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Aug 09, 2013
I do not get it either but I do not watch the feeds and from someone else who did, most fans watch and got piss of by Amanda in those feeds and voted for her. She herself could never believe it was AMERICA and hence the demise of Judd.

I think Helen go along with it because she rather keep Amanda as Amanda is a bigger target than Judd hence it shields her which is smart. Basically now as long as Helen and Amanda is working towards you, you are out !
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Aug 09, 2013
It's because Aaryn isn't a threat to win the game. Nobody's voting for her if she's in the finals.
People see how other houseguests are doing Amanda's bidding by saying, "It's what the house wants". At the end of the day, Big Brother fans would rather have an unintimidating monster over a self-important bully.
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Aug 09, 2013
Yeah but a lot of America hates her because she's racist as hell and was a huge bully herself back when she had some numbers. A lot of people wanted CBS to take her off the show originally and she ended up losing her real world job and stuff.
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Aug 10, 2013
Like you mentioned, people forget and these few weeks because of her lack of power she has been behaving herself. What was so funny last episode was when she won the HOH and you can see the STRESS level she had on her face. She was almost constantly thinking what to do and she is so afraid of pissing off the rest of the house.
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Aug 09, 2013
I kind of agree with your list too and I think many do because this season things are kind of obvious as there is only 2 power players left - Helen and Amanda and until they turn on each other, nobody will shake things up yet.

There is one twist though.It might just be me reading too much into it. Julie keeps mentioning that the jury members are NOT out of the game yet. I mean I know they will be in a safe house somewhere but somehow I get this feeling they might come back? Maybe I am just dreaming but is that a possibility? Because if that is so, things will change.

Or am I just thinking of reunion island on Survivor?!
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Aug 09, 2013
I'm guessing that someone comes back, if even temporarily. There's too much time left to just do a normal game.
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Aug 09, 2013
I hated the MVP twist this season. It's main focus was to eliminate floaters, but in reality it only created more. And it ended up ruining Judd's game, which I'm still bummed about. This is the most boring season to date because none of the houseguests have a backbone and aren't willing to play for themselves. It's all about "the house" and what "the house wants". Yeah that's how it is for the first two weeks, then people start to split and that's really when the game begins. They're all just sheep following Helen. I'm all for manipulation, but come on people OPEN YOUR EYES. That's why I miss Jeremy and Kaitlin, because they could hold their own. I'm rooting for Amanda this season because she seems to be the only one with the potential to break away from the pack. Grow a backbone people!
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Aug 09, 2013
P.S. I'm glad Judd took his bear shirt with him, now they all lose.
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Aug 10, 2013
Ewwww he kissed Aaryn? I mean she beautiful IMO, but what a nasty personality that one has. Ek.

But I also have another question. When Judd left he was saying something which then in return left Elissa saying with a disgust face, "it wasnt me, Judd?!" Why she say that? Does she talk about what he said in the live feeds?
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Aug 10, 2013
As he was leaving Elissa hugged him and he said "I don't want your hug Elissa" and right after when Helen tried to hug him he said "I don't want your hug either Helen." He believes they were the ones that told Aaryn he was playing her, which was more Helen than Elissa. Elissa is kept out of the loop in a lot of stuff. And yeah they kissed and there are screen caps of her rubbing his stomach and stuff while in the HOH bed. It was weird. I only read about what happens from people that actually watch the feeds then post to Jokers, but they were close for like a week.
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Aug 10, 2013
Oh. Poor Elissa. She can never just breathe.
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Aug 09, 2013
Yeah, screw them for backdooring him. They don't get the shirt.
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Aug 09, 2013
yes... what am I missing? Why Judd?
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Aug 09, 2013
I keep up with the live feeds via Jokers Updates and Amanda was dead convinced Judd was MVP after she was nominated again even though Howard was gone. Judd wasn't taking his medication (not sure what, I know he has Xanax) and had been acting weird the past week. They translated him being a little off to him being shady. He had also gotten close with Aaryn, they kissed and he kissed Jessie too. Aaryn found out and wasn't happy. So when she won HOH and POV she seized the opportunity with a little push from Helen. They all thought Judd was some mastermind playing the whole house, but he really wasn't.
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Aug 09, 2013
I basically agree with your list. I think if McCrae can make it the next two weeks, he is golden. His biggest two obstacles are 1) (my theory) someone decides to say screw it and throw a grenade and puts both Amanda and McCrae up together, like Spencer would do this, tells McCrae, and means it, that he is totally both a pawn and honestly just to keep a vote away from Amanda. Then the other issue comes to the forefront, Helen and Elissa are all for a final grouping of women, and I sense that Helen has been holding back her and Candice's interpretation of McCrae's role in the moving company, then that he was the actual betrayer of the group, which means he backstabbed Nick and that Amanda without McCrae to make nice is no threat.

I think Andy's biggest problem is that there are two power groups and they are dominated by Helen on one side and Amanda on the other. Helen and Amanda have basically a truce? an weird alliance where they won't go after the other until their mutual enemies are eliminated? I'm not sure no one has really sicced Amanda on Helen yet. But Andy is considered the most trusted person by both of them. That is going to blow up in his face eventually because they won't consider his a floater in this house, they'll think of him as a rat.

With who is currently HOH (I won't spoil too bad), Helen, McCrae and Amanda are totally safe.

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Aug 09, 2013
Yeah, the game is basically at a stand-still until those two women go after one another. You'd think Helen would strike first, but Andy keeps backing her down.
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Aug 09, 2013
From what I understand, there is a possibility emerging among those who are have nots this week that those four (and it is a weird foursome) might be forming a more trusting final four than the Goof Troop was and they are aware of the threat posed by Amanda and apparently, and it is unclear if anyone has picked up the hints he has been dropping, is that McCrae won't fight Amanda's eviction anymore nor would he come after anyone if she is evicted(not that this HOH is going to do it)
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