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After last week's tumultuous run of horrifying houseguest behavior, the rightful internet outcry over said behavior and the only-surprising-to-some-houseguests eviction of David (who was already asking to get back into the house on Twitter this week, prior to suspending his account), the second week of Big Brother's fifteenth season seemed bound to be a little calmer. However, with the much-despised Aaryn in the Head of Household room and cracks within the Moving Company, the last eight days ended up being pretty compelling in some traditional Big Brother ways. We've made it through another (surprising) live eviction, so let's discuss some of the week's best and worst moments. 


CBS finds its villain


Last week, all anyone could talk about was the bigotry and hate being spewed in the house, and with good reason. At first, producers chose not to include any of these remarks in the telecasts, mostly responding with a typical, "Yeah these people are bad, but hey, 24/7 filming right?!" But this week, the show—or CBS—decided that Aaryn's rise to HoH power offered an opportunity to air some of her truly horrible remarks. Executive Producer Allison Grodner told The New York Times that Big Brother included Aaryn's hateful statements for story purposes, which I 100 percent believe, but also find kind of icky. 

So basically, the show's willing to let the unknowing TV audience in on the fact that Aaryn is pretty terrible simply because it makes her HoH reign more compelling, not because it's the right thing to do—especially in a game where the audience votes to award power to someone in the house and thus any misinformation directly impacts said game? (Not like it matters, Elissa is going to win MVP until someone votes her out which is a much more minor injustice, but ugh.) You probably noticed that the show continued to assassinate Aaryn's character this week by airing her conversation with Amanda where she showed zero remorse for her comments, yet outside of some of the milder things that GinaMarie has said, we have yet to see the offensive comments made by Spencer, Jeremy, and even Amanda herself. I guess because those folks aren't designated villains yet. 

I'm still having trouble processing this, really. I applaud the show for at least airing a big chunk of Aaryn's hateful, unapologetic behavior because the TV-only viewers need to know that she's a scumbag. But now they've only showed some of it, and for one specific reason: to label Aaryn as the season's Big Bad. Well two reasons, if you buy into the theory that producers or CBS decided that airing some of the comments would salvage the show's sinking ratings. 


The Moving Company is closed for business


This is not a surprise, even if you've only watched the telecasts since last week. Nick, this week's evicted houseguest, made the two points I planned to make here, but I'll just repeat them anyway. First of all, The Moving Company failed because some of its members tried to play too hard, too fast. There are always those people—typically younger men—who come into the house and immediately come up with game-ending master plans; typically, as soon as they mouth off in the diary room about final fours and post-jury deals, they're talking to Julie on the stage. Nick was that person this year, and Jeremy and Spencer are damn close to ending up just like him. The big play last week made it too obvious that something was up and sure, Spencer and Nick walked around the house for a week thinking they were masterminds, but Candice and others (I think Amanda figured it out early but hasn't really said so) caught on quickly, it wasn't hard. And Jeremy's just too pushy, loud, abrasive, etc. 

That was enough to put the Moving Company in danger. But Nick's second point was even better: Playing multiple games with different sides of the house eventually forces you to pick sides. Because the MC had this "secret" alliance but the members socially interacted with opposite sides of the house, they all had to decide betwen the Super Duper Secret Bro alliance and the people they actually like to hang out with. McCrae was never going to be able to resist Amanda, and it's not like he's besties with Jeremy anyway. Meanwhile, Spencer flipped on Nick because he and Howard think they're going to outsmart the new majority by saying Jessie was the other vote for Elissa to go. 

Of course, it's probably not going to work. Jeremy's going to be new HoH Helen's target this week, but she'd be better off getting rid of Spencer. He thinks he's running the house. In any event, these big-time early alliances rarely work. The MC isn't the exception; it just proves the rule.


A mostly new game

The MC is dead, but while the Mom Squad is in control right now, I'm not sure Candice's dream all-girl alliance is really in play. We know that the miserable quartet of Jeremy (who's gone from comic relief to straight-up douche very quickly), Kaitlin, Aaryn, and GinaMarie is in trouble. With Elissa likely to win MVP again, it's going to take a miracle for one of those four not to leave the house in week three. Still, I think Nick's departure and the dissolution of the MC raises more questions than it answers. Are the other 10 people in the house really going to stick it out long enough to get those four out? It's hard to believe they will, especially with Spencer always looking to show off how smart he is. Amanda made some in-roads with Aaryn during the week, as did Helen, so I'll be curious to see if the bigot flips on the other three just to stay alive for a few more weeks. 

Right now, I think Judd, Andy, and Candice are still playing really great games. Helen is as well, but the aftermath of her HoH stint could turn her into a bigger target. It's easy to root for Amanda and McCrae, but people will come after them sooner rather than later. She's too big of a threat, and he can't—or isn't willing—to see that yet. 


What's been the most interesting part of the past week for you folks?

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AIRED ON 9/23/2015

Season 17 : Episode 40

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I have enjoyed this season but Aaryn has to go .... But I wish Big Brother was still on Showtime hate that it's on TVG !!!!
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Really enjoyed this week's drama and cannot wait for next week. I hope the mom's squad go far but as they are not strong physically, they will be in danger once the competition gets physical or requires endurance. They need stronger physical person in their alliance.
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The alliance of Helen, Amanda, McRae, Andy, and Judd is one that could dominate if the producers weren't interfering. No one has any idea that it exists. This is the first week Grodiner stepped in to f with the nominations. They don't want Howard on the block because they are worried what the public outcry, along with Candice's, will be if he and Aaryn are on the block and he goes home - even though his entire game has been exposed to the entire house by Howard himself to put himself in danger - so they are doing their best to keep him off getting in Elissa's ear so much that she's blurted out 'the producers don't want Howard on the block' leading to fishes on the live feeds. Its clear from the airing episodes that they just want Aaryn out of the house now and they are trying to make it so that is the only option left for anyone. They don't have enough air time this week to show everything that has been going down. McRae and Amanda bith have been overplaying and that is going to be their downfall if they don't start winning comps. It is fascinating to me that CBS basically took back control of the whole show, they got the live feeds back from Real and they bought the TVGuide network so they could ruin and completely control AfterDark. This is the strongest group of competitors they've found in a while but the 'racism' along with the too much going overlooked and underplayed in the live episodes - utter rampant misogynistic qualities of some of the male contestants (Spencer, Jeremy, Howard) is making this tough to enjoy.. What went down after the eviction needs two weeks of episodes to tell the story. Its when the racism reached its boiling point and the producers have decided to cut bait with Aaryn and seem to be pushing the house to get rid of her.
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So true. I saw the YOUTUBE Big Brother 15 Bigotry Supercut and was floored. My friend who gets the live feeds say it's really crazy and the house is basically having a race war and CBS has stepped in trying to control the feeds now.
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What I found ironic the two people comforting GinaMarie after her over-the-top crying was Howard and Helen. And I'm sure once the people that the reviewer highlighted as also offensive will be revealed when they win HOH as well. The only person that assassinated Aaryn's character is Aaryn, no need to deflect it on the network. They didn't create her ignorance, they just chose to show it.
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Funny how that works isn't it. Thus far Howard and Helen seem to be the most genuinely nicest people in the bunch, and despite being spoken about in a horrible way behind their backs and to their faces, it just goes to show how they are genuinely great people.
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Please, Jeremy needs to go! Helen needs to put up Aaryn and Jeremy. Or else I will be mad. And if Elissa gets MVP, put up spencer!
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The most interesting part of the show was the credits rolling because it meant we're one episode closer to the season ending.
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"I wish I cared more about this, but I don't"
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Cared enough to comment though lol :)
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I was making fun of Aaryn. Amanda went to tell her she was being perceived as racist by the rest of the house and " I wish I cared more about this, but I don't" was her reply!
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What's funny is that Aaryn turned the scenario around and made herself the victim when Amanda brought up that her racial slurs weren't being taken very well. She says that they make fun of her for being blonde and they call her "Barbie". Because being blonde is basically the same as being black, yeah that makes total sense.
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It is too bad it was Nick who got the boot from the MC and, I pay attention to the feeds, though I don't watch them, McCrae seems to agree with that point. If it had been Jeremy or Spencer or even Howard, McCrae could have put together a true landslide. Anyway, I felt really uncomfortable about the whole racist thing on the show last night because that was actually producer set up, I don't think Amanda did that on her own (though she would, which I think is why the producers assigned her the task). But, wait until you see what happened last night....
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I NEED TO KNOW! IS THERE A WAY TO PM ON THIS SITE?!
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Or go to tmz.com or ew.com they both have the five minute clip of what happened last night, though it doesn't really show the full extent of it because there was a gang up on Jessie and then apparently a truly excellent dressing down by Amanda of the group after.
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Yes, I think you click on my name and it gives you the option
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I like how poor Jessie was like please leave my bed...and they were like OMG YOUR SUCH A BITCH WE DO WHAT WE WANT! I didn't like Jessie at the beginning when she was so boy crazy but I think she's getting better. I like Amanda too even though they caught her saying some rude things too. I read about the after part on bigbrotheraccess
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I guess they yelled at Jess for acting like she was with them and then voted out Nick and did it very mean girl way. From what I understand Judd stood up for her too and might have called the girls trashy ( no one can fully understand him so people weren't sure). Amanda's has been kind of insensitive but I think she has realized it. Kait apologized today and apparently has been saying Aaryn should go and seems ready to cut bait with Jeremy so there is some redemption possible there.
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Judd, Andy and Candice haven't gotten much screentime so I don't know much about their gameplay but what I'm surprised about is that (aside from how horribly racist a lot of them are) this has been a pretty good cast for floaters. It seems like everyone's head is in the game. They're not all making big moves but it seems like all of them are making strides to further their own gameplay instead of just sitting around, staying in the middle and waiting to be carried to the finale.
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