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I always find it difficult to write about Big Brother once the season gets going because what happens in the house and on the internet live feeds is typically quite different from what makes it to CBS's edited telecast. But never has that been more true, and more true in such a rapid fashion, than with Big Brother 15. By now, chances are that you've heard about how certain houseguests—most notably Aaryn, GinaMarie, Spencer, and Jeremy—almost immediately began using racist, homophobic and misogynistic language to refer to fellow players. People much smarter than I have already dug into this issue and CBS's public condemnation of houseguest activity, so I won't use this space to get on my soapbox.

But I will say is that all of this stuff makes an enjoyably stupid show a lot less enjoyable, and much more frustrating. If I were to only talk about what I've seen in the four hours of Big Brother that CBS has aired over the last week, I'd not only be giving you just a modicum of the story, but a much less interesting modicum at that. So as I present what I think are the most interesting things to come out of week one, know that some of this is coming from the show, and some of it is coming from the feeds. 


Maybe there's some Big Brother karma after all

I won't get into specifics, but I don't think I'll ever forget the few moments right before and right after David was eliminated. Aaryn's reaction alone made my week. Julie Chen was right to say that we could hear a pin drop, but really, those of us at home couldn't hear a damn thing because members of the house were saying a wholllle lot of stuff that producers didn't want us to hear. I'm just going to assume that they were all uttering horribly bigoted things, because their lips were moving. 

David seemed like a harmless enough dolt and I'm certainly going to miss both his inability to spell and his constant need to tell people how smart of a guy he is, but if this is the universe's way of acknowledging that Aaryn sucks as a human being, then party on. Wednesday's show of course didn't key in on any of her hateful language, but it at least went of out the way to paint her as the instigator in a truly stupid fight over red whine. At this point, I kind of hope Aaryn sticks around for three or four more weeks while her obnoxious and/or ignorant buddies get picked off. Girl's a straight-up villain, y'all. 


The Moving Company, the Idiots and Some Other People


I've always been interested in how quickly alliances form in Big Brother, as well as how quickly they crumble. This season's big tentpole group is the charmingly named Moving Company, made up of Nick, McCrae, Spencer, Howard, and Jeremy. Like all alliances, this one is so secret—you know, except for the fact that Spencer is hanging out in the HoH room on a regular basis and Nick and McCrae are having nightly strategy meetings. Put it this way: Elissa and Candice both assumed that McCrae was connected to the other guys really, really quickly and I wouldn't label either of them a particularly skilled strategist. But what's more fascinating thus far is, unfortunately, Jeremy. He's a charter member of the Moving Company, but doesn't really hang out with them socially, and didn't vote with them this week. He's more likely to fully jump over with the band of other idiots (most notably Aaryn and Kaitlyn), right? I'm not even sure the idiots in question are technically an alliance, because goodness, they don't have a Stupid Official Alliance name. So I'm going to stick with the Idiots because I'd prefer to call them lots of other things that are much worse, but I'd love to hear what you would name that little segment of the house.

And in a season where "floaters" are so demeaned, there sure are a lot of people who already aren't getting much camera time, and that's even without the telecast showing some of the more vicious arguments. But that's okay. Folks like Helen, Judd, and Andy are bound to go far (but probably not win) because they're not immediately in people's faces and they're still working an angle or two.  


So many showmances in so little time


In the past, showmances used to require at least a few weeks to really develop. But this season, three couples immediately shacked up: David and Aaryn, Kaitlin and Jeremy, and, somehow, Amanda and McCrae. The lifecycles of these TOTALLY REAL relationships are so short now that both David and Aaryn and Kaitlin and Jeremy have fought, "broken up," and reconciled multiple times in the first nine or 10 days. They are literally fourth graders. Thank goodness for Amanda and McCrae, whose improbable coupling is probably my favorite thing of summer 2013. Amanda was already in the running for all-time diary room interviewee status, but then she went ahead and overtly seduced McCrae in the HoH bed. The "you can't stop looking at them [her breasts] can you?" line! I feel McCrae's anxiousness, you guys.


Elissa and the problem with the MVP


This is why we can't have nice things, America. I know, I know, this is a reality show democracy, and you have the right to vote for whoever or whatever you want. And I'm really happy that Elissa's MVP win led to David's ousting. However, if she's going to win this really important power every week simply because she's the sister of a popular former winner, we're going to have a problem. It feels like Elissa has straightened out her gameplay a bit since gaining the first MVP, but she's still a product of the show's obsession with nepotism and frankly, she's not especially deserving of it. Now, if you tell me that you're voting for Elissa to win MVP mostly because her diary room interviews feel like they're happening right in the middle of her getting blackout drunk and she sounds like a Britney Spears record played backward, then okay. I'll allow that.  

But seriously, Big Brother fans can't be trusted. The MVP is too much power for us to handle, and I'm guessing it's going to backfire sooner rather than later. 


Those are my four big takeaways from the first full week of Big Brother. Where do you stand with the show and the houseguests so far?

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At first I really liked Helen but she has PROVED WHAT SHE'S ALL ABOUT,& that is "HERSELF"!!! She is a SNAKE IN THE GRASS just WAITING TO STRIKE! She needs to BE "VOTED OUT NOW"!!!:)
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What I find funny is that if you are going to be fired from your job because your employer doesn't think that you represent the company in a positive light from comments that you make on national television then CBS should wonder how after 15 seasons the station will be viewed in the public eye for rewarding these bigot people by letting them continue to play the game, potentially winning monies.
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FYI Jermey was told to vote the way he did by the MC to throw ppl off and to help hide that he is with them. Same reason Nick voted with the alliance and they got candice to vote differently since they didn't want to trust her but at the same time hide that nick is part of the alliance also.. you do really miss a majority of what actually happens without watching live feeds. For instance NIck and Spencer decide what the MC does for the most part after all the other house guests go to bed.. its kinda funny
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I wouldn't call Rachel so much a "popular" former houseguest as much as I would "infamous." She's not loved, she's just known. Elissa seems like Rachel without the really loud, annoying personality. I just hope she can step up her game cause I could actually like her and I never liked Rachel. Aaryn is just the worst. The worst. I took a lot of pleasure in the look on her face when David was ousted.
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McCrae hooked up with someone pretty and intelligent. That was one of the most impressive first HOH weeks in a while, he managed to get out a strong player, thanks Elissa, while not ruffling any feathers at all aaand he landed the smart single girl. That is how you play it. He should be around for a while. Seems like a very good player. Go Fry!

Poor little ball of hate Aaryn brought down Not Roger Daltry. She gets so mad when things don't go her way and she has no idea that her life problems are just starting and completely of her own making. For her crew, I like MightyMad's 'Aaryn Nation'. She'll be lucky if Steve Hirsch offers her a career choice after this show. Her entire career path went from promising to 'damage control'. She thought she would have a television career after this show.. poor dumb little girl.

Loved that they played Amanda's comments about Aaryn to Little Daltry. That must have been their way of addressing the public hatred for the former model. Best part of that live eviction was when Daltry told Julie Chen, "They know I'm smart." This show normally showcases people that are completely unaware of who they really are and that line was just perfect.

Poor Candice can't win for trying - she voted for Elissa to be gone, yet because Aaryn is a little can't see through color she doesn't believe her.

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Amanda has said homophobic things herself so I wouldn't call her intelligent. She also looks quite manly to me and plenty of others.
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David was the Best, people! I never laughed as much as when I heard him say "They were scared of me because I'm so SMART!" I'm going to miss his hair real bad...
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I miss David too -- his one-liners (and The Hair) were epic!
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The BBMVP thing should be treated just like HOH...no consecutive winners! Elisa shouldn't be a choice for BBMVP #2 because she's just coming off being BBMVP #1.

At least that's how it SHOULD be.
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But the point of it is to reward the best gameplay. What if the same person plays the best game three weeks in a row? I'm not saying the person who wins America's popularity contest is necessarily that person but if the point is to reward the best, saying "you can only be the best every other week" is a bit of a mixed message. MVP doesn't mean immunity so I don't have a problem with it.
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Nick deserves the MVP spot this week but I'm not going to vote for him because he is in the Moving Company, and they suck... So I'm doing what I knew I would do and vote for one of my favorite players.

Also I believe this season is one of the better seasons so far. I mean I enjoy watching big brother so obviously I have some sort of complex about controlling/watching peoples lives. So When I heard about those two idiots getting fired for being awful people it made me ever so happy. They can't all be like Jeff Schroeder and be endorsed by CBS after being a bigot.
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i will never understand why people find this kind of voyeurism entertainment..everybody ends up saying awful things about everyone else..nothing productive or happy comes from these contrived bits of fakery except some people who are smarter(the producers) than the rest make lots of $$$ off of the worst in people..call it something it is just the opposite of(there is nothing real about these and we all know it)and on top of it we have to discuss and critique the already discussed and critiqued nearly to death..i guess i am showing my true colors as to how i feel about reality tv...well esp this kind of reality tv...
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Try the hero by TNT hosted by the rock. You might have more hope in humanity.
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I think people are calling the dumbass Corry is referring as the Idiots either the Boom Squad or BlondEntourage online; I think you can also refer to them as Aaryn Nation. And yes, either way you slice it, they all sucks. I actually think Jeremy is, in a lot of ways, worse than that Texas bigot. Luckily for him, I'm pretty certain he doesn't have a job to lose...

So yeah, it's a pretty awful season all-around thus far, but, thank God, the Moving Company (minus Jeremy) and the rest of the ADULTS in the house seems to have control of it, and, regardless of what's happening right now in the house (small spoiler: not gonna say who won HoH... but let's just say most Americans won't be happy about it), the MVP can make sure that one of the Idiots still ends up on the block. This is why this week's vote is crucial - nothing against Elissa, she's a sweet girl and all, but her insistence of blaming McCrae for trying to get her out of the house makes me fear that she may put him on the block. So please vote for either America's Best Pizza Delivery Guy or Judd, a stand-up guy, or even Howard or Helen, who probably would put up the dumb kids. I already voted for McCrae and Judd - hopefully, one of those two will end up with the MVP power.

And, as for the showmance... yeah, that McCrae/Amanda thing is super-weird (thus super-fascinating!), cause it's not hard to imagine the other couples hooking up in the real word, but their relationship could only exist in the crazy-ass environment that is BB. This week will tell if Amanda coming on strong on McCrae was more about his challenge domination and overall HoH power than the guy himself - 'don't want to sound pessimistic about this, but I'm already dreading how this will affect the pizza guy's overall game.
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Aaryn Nation sounds awesome !
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Ever notice that Aaryn is an anagram (an admittedly weak one) for Aryan? Fitting seeing as she's a racist and a dictator.
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Wow! I usually was one to keep up with the live feed news, so the one season I wasn't going to spoil myself they go and edit out important scenes showing who these people really are! WTF?!? These people are disgusting this year! While watching the edited and watered down version, I did get the feeling of Jeremy being of the sort. I was NOT liking the way he was talking to the women of the house, and now I hear that it's not just sexist comments but racist and homophobic as well? And not just Jeremy but from half the cast?!? Definitely going to have to read the live feed info just so I know who I'm truly watching.. Also totally agree about Elissa not deserving the MVP, should've gone to Nick. Please don't have her win that each week... Also who are these Rachel "fans" that are voting? I thought everyone hated her? Yea she played an amazing game but her personality overshadowed that! I think McCrae is my fav to win...
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Hi Cory should try watching TNT "The Hero" by The Rock. I think it is worth checking it out and recommending to viewers. One of the better reality shows and sort of promote good values rather than most other shows relying on backstabbing and bickering to get viewers interested.
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Firstly I want to thank Cory for actually writing a review about BIG BROTHER here. Few reality shows get covered here on TV.com . I was so happy that someone wrote something on Survivor recently but it was only on a few episode out of the whole season. I will very glad if Cory write this weekly.

Aaryn was actually someone I would really want to root for after watching the pilot and I wrote it last week but now she is the villain to hate. I kind of wish I did not know about those racist comments so I kind of understand why the producers wants to censor them. However racist comments should actually be as serious an offence as getting violent. If the cast on the shows they could get kick out of the show making those comments just like they would get kick out if they turn violent,maybe they will learn to shut up.

Getting back to Aaryn, what a waste, I really think she is a Hottie! A real hottie, not a "I think myself to be very pretty hottie" (Jess). I am now officially with you on the "idiots" especially Jeremy ! Jeremy really think he is the boss of the house now even without HOH. He should be booted out soon I hope !

I think it is fair that America voted for Elissa in the 1st week because there is not much time to get to know anyone else. Who really did any strategy except maybe for Nick who sort of formed the "moving company" (I like the name). However as weeks pass by, I do hope America would vote for someone who is really deserving. It should not be Elissa every week. MVP by voting is not a good twist and how do we know if the producers are not manipulating the results anyway no matter how America votes.

I think McCrae comes out of this week looking good. It was a difficult week to be the HOH and he did it well.
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Am I the only one who thinks McCrae looks just like Anne Frank?
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He reminds me more of Paula Poundstone
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well, now you´re not alone. hehe
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im glad that big doofus David is gone
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Obviously the Aaryn, GinaMarie, Kaitlyn, Jeremy alliance should be called the Racephobicogynists. Aaryn and GinaMarie have already been fired from their jobs outside the house, so if this keeps up you can guarantee more people using these insensitive slurs will be screwed once they come back to the real world.
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Amanda and McCrae are awesome. Being somewhat a couple only makes them more awesome.
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My personal fave tweet from former contestant Ragan Fox: "They are going to have to start calling it the 'White' Power of Veto soon if this keeps up!" Some of these people are in for a wake-up call when they got out of that house! They should film the reactions to Arryn and GM finding out they lost their jobs..... I bet a ton of people would watch that ;) And props to those organizations that are not putting up with the hateful comments made by these terrible and horrible people!
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This is the first big brother I've watched because I'm starved for entertainment this summer and I should probably feel guilty for laughing at the parts that amuse me. this guy was a total moron.

Like... scary stupid. total surfer "bro-type" hitting on the blonde he was bragging that he lifeguards.. but it's seasonal.. so in the off season he lives with his family and collects welfare.

And yeah.. considering all the racist crap that came out of Aaryn.. or as I call her now, Aryan, it was awesome to see her so crushed as her surfer boy got tossed.
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ok is watching big brother after dark worth it or is that just more edited stuff? also do you have to have some sort of membership to watch the feeds or can anyone do it?
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The online feeds cost. Big Brother After Dark on TVGN is free, presuming you have it on your cable package.
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The best night to watch After Dark is the one after the eviction and HOH comp....everyone is talking game.
Now that it is on TVGN, they just bleep out the bad language. Originally, on Showtime, it was not edited.

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I meant edited like CBS obviously chooses what to play on the normal big brother episodes, so since after dark is on more nights a week is it like the best of the extra footage from the feed or is it more like the original broadcast episodes? I do have them available I just want to know if it's worth it. Like I wish I had known about Amanda and McCrea! Would that kind of thing be on After Dark?
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Gotcha!

It's not edited like the broadcast or showing extra bonus footage. You're actually watching 3 hours of live feed every night.
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Yeah I tried watching and it was super boring. And it would like cut off. Everyone was just like sitting and eating!
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I don't watch this show but I came on here just to say that the guy in the light blue vest holding hands with the blonde woman looks like an Oompa Loompa from the original Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

That is all.
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Ditto. I was gonna go with trollkin. but you are more right.
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I came for the exact same reason, just to wonder who in his right mind would wear his hair like that and still be able to face the world.
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