Blog Brother Special – Season Finale Extravaganza!

Alright.

I failed you, my loyal readers, when I only posted one Blogvivor earlier this year and I failed you once again this summer when I promised you a new season of Blog Brother and didn’t deliver. Hence, I’ve decided to publish this special edition of Blog Brother, because it’s the LEAST I can do. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Big Brother 15

THE BIG BROTHER 15 SEASON FINALE! WOOOO! ARE YOU PUMPED?! LEMME HERE YOU SAY “YEEEAAAHHHH”! LEMMA HEAR YOU SAY “YEEEE-okay, that’s enough of that. Sigh.

So we’ve got Andy, Spencer, and GinaMarie. Hah. Who would have predicted that it would be these three in the finale? Crazy. As all three of you readers know, the final three Exterminators are engaged in the roller-disco themed first part of the final HOH competition. How do I describe this? They’re holding onto these handles that are attached to a spinning contraption on the roof. They’re wearing roller blades and are being dragged in a circle where they have to avoid sparkly pylons, clouds of gas, foam, and some kind of spraying lubricant. Spencer is the first one down and it looks like Andy isn’t fairing much better. Except now Andy has recovered and it’s GinaMarie who’s struggling. Oh, and Andy falls down. So GM wins part one and automatically advances to part three! “OH MY GOD IT’S GLITTER”! GinaMarie chokes on it while making “glitter angels” on the ground. “I think I swallowed glitter”.

Part two is an underwater themed challenge in which Andy and Spencer must search through the sand to find crabs with the pictures of their evicted houseguests. They then must climb up a rock wall and place the contestants in the order that they were eliminated. Each of them will compete individually to achieve the best time. Andy’s whining a bunch. I have to admit, it’s not the most fun competition to watch. I hope someone makes a joke about catching crabs or something. I guess I could do that. Andy finishes and but he got Aaryn and Helen’s crabs reversed, so he has to climb back up and swap them. Spencer’s turn. It looks like Spencer’s finding all of the houseguests first, then climbing up to place them in order. Could be a smart move. Except Spencer’s exhausted. He can’t climb the wall. Spencer is stronger than Andy but he’s also a lot heavier. This could cost him the competition. Eventually, he thinks about his family and inspires himself to victory! But is it enough? Andy’s time is 21:54. Spencer’s is… 36:11. Ouch. Spencer’s out. It’ll be Andy and GM in the final round. Better start campaigning Spencer!

GM thinks that if she wins, she’s going to take Andy to the finale, but she doesn’t think she can beat him. She can’t decide because she feels like Andy deserves it more than Spencer, but by bringing him, she’s ensuring that she only gets $50K instead of $500K. Dilemma!

Now let’s go to the jury house where Dr. Will Kirby will grill the members of the jury. Will reveals that McCrae is the 8th jury member. Now the jury’s fighting again. They say that being in the jury house together hasn’t done anything to mend their broken relationships. Except for Aaryn and Candice, who are good now. Will asks if Aaryn’s been making Candice’s bed in the house. Guys, Dr. Will is great. Best Big Brother player EVER. He should be involved with every season of Big Brother. Now the jury’s talking about how much they admire GM for kicking out Amanda. Amanda’s the only one who doesn’t seem to agree. Will wants to know what Andy’s best move  was in the house. He lied and backstabbed a lot of people, so should he be rewarded or punished for that? The jury can’t seem to agree on what they should be voting on – game play or character. The consensus seems to be that Andy played a better game than GinaMarie because Andy was more tactful. McCrae says that GM was very blunt. Will counters with “But, uh, Amanda’s very blunt.” McCrae responds “That’s how I knew she’d go before me”. Hah! Apparently McCrae was never actually considering taking Amanda to the final two. Interesting. Will now points out the fact that six of the eight jury members were on the block with Spencer. Did Spencer play a good game? People can’t seem to decide. He was on the block seven times and he survived by never getting any blood on his hands, but at the same time, what did he actually do in the game besides survive? And does it matter? The jury has got a lot to think about.

I’m sorry that this is more recap-y than snarky. I’M OUT OF PRACTICE! There just isn’t much to snark about in the finale. At least, not until the reunion.

HOH COMPETITON PART THREE! Time to see how well GinaMarie and Andy know the eight members of the jury. Julie will read out the beginning of a statement made by a juror member and GM and Andy will have to figure out what the ending was by picking between two options.

– Candice said “The most shocking moment in the house was when” a) “Aaryn flipped my mattress” or b) “every time I took someone to ‘Candiland’”. Both select A, which was correct.

– Jessie said “The moment in the house that irritated me the most was when” a) “Helen didn’t follow through with our plan to evict Amanda” or b) “when I fell off the wall and didn’t get back into the house”. Both select B, which was incorrect. 1-1.

– Helen said “The most uncomfortable moment in the house was” a) “watching Judd plead for his life” or b)  “when Jeremy yelled at everyone about drinking the wine”. The correct answer was A, which Andy gets correct.

– Aaryn said “If I had to spend a romantic evening with a houseguest, I’d choose” a) “Judd, because he has manners” or b) “David, because we didn’t get enough time together”. Both pick A, which was the correct answer. Lucky Judd.

– Amanda said “The moment in the house that I’m afraid to have my friends and family see is” a) “none, this is who I am” or b) “every single one”. The correct answer is B, which Andy gets right. 4-2 for Andy. I’m actually a little surprised by that answer. I thought Amanda was cockier than that.

– Elissa said “The houseguest who’s behaviour I was most shocked by was ” a) “Amanda, because being a bully is never acceptable” or b) “Aaryn, because everything about her is cute and adorable, except for her personality”. Answer B is the correct answer. GM gets it right, so it’s 4-3 for Andy.

– Judd said “My biggest regret in the game was” a) “Not working closer with Helen” or b) “quitting the super veto comp”. Both pick B. Both are wrong. Still 4-3 for Andy.

– McCrae said “The best thing about being in the house was” a) “I don’t know, I guess being with Amanda” or b) “free food”. Both pick B. Both are right, which means Andy wins 5-4.

ANDY IS THE FINAL HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD! Who will he take to the end? He probably feels like he can beat both of them. Time to find out who he’s going to pick. Andy says that he has been loyal to Spencer throughout the entire time, but that he gave GinaMarie his word on day one. Wow. They had that conversation on day one? Anyways, Andy evicts Spencer. He went on the block eight times, but he only survived seven. Now he wins no money. Which is too bad, since he no longer has a job outside of the house. Come on Big Brother, turn off the houseguests mics. I can’t hear Spencer answer questions! Spencer says he’s not really that surprised that Andy kicked him out, and really, when you’re in the final three, can you be surprised? I feel like if I were in that position, I wouldn’t trust anyone. I would expect to be sent home unless I was the HoH. Anyways, Spencer says he has no regrets, although that might change once he finds out he’s unemployed. He might have one regret then.

Alright, time for the GOOD PART. Time for the jury to absolutely TEAR into GinaMarie and Andy. Oh, I love a bitter jury. Everyone is dressed up, except for McCrae, which isn’t really surprising. Time for them to find out who the ninth jury member is. I think Helen has lipstick on her teeth. No one seems really surprised to see Spencer. Even Spencer looks nicer than McCrae. Apparently the jurors, as a group, have come up with three question for each remaining houseguest, which is super disappointing because I like it when juror’s have a chip on their shoulder and really go after someone. Looks like this will be more civil.

– Amanda’s first. “GinaMarie, prior to joining the Exterminators, it seemed like you didn’t make any big game moves. What’s your biggest game move, other than getting me out?” GM thinks that her biggest game move was probably getting Amanda out of the house. Yikes. “Other than getting me out”, Amanda “clarifies”. “I know it’s other than getting you out, but that was my decision before the Exterminators.” YIKES. GinaMarie…

– Elissa’s next. “Andy, hi precious! Prior to you joining the Exterminators, what was YOUR biggest game move?” Andy says that his biggest game move was aligning with Amanda and McCrae. Nobody knew how close he was with them and as Amanda can confirm, every time someone tried to flip the house against McCranda, Andy ratted them out and got them evicted. Fair point. He also says something about Nick and Jeremy but who are those people even?

– Helen’s next. “GinaMaria, what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in the game?” Besides your intelligence? GM says that her biggest obstacle was having Nick leave. HAH. Wow. Yikes. YIKES. GinaMarie, you are literally HANDING Andy a cheque for $500K. This is embarrassing.

– McCrae. “Andy, you always said you would be a bitter jury member if someone you trusted stabbed you in the back, so since you stabbed everyone in the back, why should we vote for you?” Andy’s answer is pretty much that he lied and that he was just trying to protect himself. He wouldn’t have actually been a bitter jury member. He just thinks that he played the game that deserves to win and he’s sorry for stabbing everyone in the back because he loves them all so much.

– Candice is asking GinaMarie a question, which could be fun. “GinaMarie, since you’ve personally offended many members of the jury, including calling ‘alls of us cockroaches’, why should we give you the money?” GM’s excuse for the cockroaches rant was that she was shocked when Nick left and she could only be the best GinaMarie that she could possibly be and what if she even talking about? Has she answered a question yet?

– Jessie. “Andy, knowing you need five votes to win Big Brother, why did you lie to so many jurors unnecessarily?” Andy admits that he’s a coward and simply didn’t want people to be upset with him. Also, if he kept them in the dark, he was protecting his own ass. Which is ENTIRELY LEGIT. Give Andy the money already. He’s 3/3 in questions and GinaMarie is -18/3.

– Spencer gets the last question. “Andy, you just cost me a lot of money bro. Why should I give you half a million dollars?” Andy’s response is that he played the best game and that he picked GM because he promised her on day one that he’d never backstab her, so even though he backstabbed a lot of people, he was ultimately one of the most loyal people in the house as well. Interesting.

Time for final pleas for money. GM’s first. She pretty much says “Y’all know me I’m GinaMarie” over and over. Talking is not GinaMarie’s strong point. At all. Like… wow. No wonder beauty queens are so composed in front of an audience… Andy played the game with his heart and his mind, but more his mind, so that’s why he deserves the money. He’ll respect whatever decision they make, but he’ll REALLY respect their decision if they vote for him. I know who I’d vote for.

Candice votes. She’s proud to cast this vote for someone she loves and respects, so not GinaMarie. Jessie votes. She’s voting for the person she thinks played the most consistent game. So not GinaMarie. Helen votes. They’re both winners in her book, but she’s voting on the best game that she wish she could have played. So not GinaMarie. Aaryn votes. She loves them both, but the person she’s voting for has always been there for her. So not Andy. Amanda votes. She’s voting for the best player. So not GinaMarie. Elissa votes. She’s voting for the person who had a flawless social game and who made deals with everyone in the house. So not GinaMarie. Judd votes. Let the best Exterminator win! So… Andy? McCrae votes. He hopes that whoever wins will be buying the drinks tonight. Probably Andy? Spencer votes. He’s voting for the best player. So not GinaMarie. Was Aaryn the only one who voted for GM? Quite possibly.

REUNION TIME! EVERYONE’S BACK, INCLUDING THE BEAUTIFUL KAITLIN! What an attractive bunch. But mostly Kaitlin. Julie’s asking Amanda who she thought the MVP was. By processes of elimination, she figured out that it was America. So thanks for that America, she says. The boos when she was evicted were a big clue for her. Now Howard’s talking about all of the racial/personal comments and how he was shocked by the severity of what was said. This is getting awkward. Julie tells them about the national headlines that were made by the ugly comments in the house. Spencer thinks that that’s very unfortunate. You have no idea Spencer. He hates that it happened. “Did I say anything Julie?” YIKES. Jeremy says that he was shocked by Helen’s fake tears? Or something? He’s a momma’s boy? Julie asks Helen if any of the tears in the house were EVER fake?” Awkward pause. “Well… I’m definitely not an actress…” Yeah, okay. CBS does this show a disservice by not giving it a full reunion show. It arguably deserves one more than Survivor. There’s just too much to discuss.

“HI NICK!” Oh GinaMarie.

Winner time. Gee, I wonder who got it? Spencer voted for Andy. McCrae’s vote went to Andy. Judd voted for GinaMarie. Really? Interesting. Elissa voted for Andy. Amanda voted for Andy. Aaryn voted for GinaMarie. 4-2. Helen’s vote goes to Andy. Andy wins Big Brother 15. Nooooooo surprise there. At all. Except for maybe Judd’s vote? But whatever. I knew Andy had at least six or seven votes. As soon as they leave the house, GM screams and runs into Nick’s arms while the rest of them congratulate Andy. Nick, RUN.

Who did America choose to win America’s Favorite Houseguest? Judd, Elissa, and Howard were the top three, with Elissa winning. Barf. Judd and Howard deserved it more. OH WELL. That’s Big Brother for you. Or, I guess I should say, that’s AMERICA for you. Screw you America. Oh, and Nick? RUN!

Alright, so that was the episode. Considering I didn’t write anything about Big Brother all summer, however, I decided that I’d share some of my thoughts on “the most controversial season EVER”. So here they are.

I binge watched the entire season in less than two weeks. I had been following the controversy as the season progressed, but I didn’t actually see it for myself until recently. I thought that things were pretty much confined to Aaryn, GinaMarie, and Spencer, as those were the houseguests who had lost their jobs. It turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Aaryn, GinaMarie, Spencer, Amanda, Andy, Kaitlin, David, and Jeremy were all guilty of spewing ignorant racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and/or anti-Semitic remarks. I had no idea. We all knew about Aaryn’s remarks towards African Americans, Asian Americans, and homosexuals. We all knew about GM’s derogatory remarks towards Candice (that weren’t limited to race. Remember when she said “At least my mom wants me” as Candice left the house?). We’re aware of Spencer’s homophobic remarks and jokes about child pornography. But did you know that Amanda, apart from being a generally awful person, is also a racist? Yeah, the same Amanda who called Aaryn out on her bigotry on live television. Oh, and Andy, the winner of Big Brother 15, was fired from his university for making racist remarks (or at the very least publically condemned by his employer). Did you know that Spencer and Andy accused Julie Chen of being a drunk and said that if she wasn’t banging the president of CBS (Les Moonves, who is her husband), she would have been fired? David was upset that Candice dirtied his sheets by lying on his bed. Jeremy referred to Kaitlin’s vagina as a “meat wallet”. The list goes on and on. There’s almost too much to list. It’s incredibly disheartening to see and hear all of this going on. What is wrong with people? You are on LIVE TELEVISION 24/7! Have you no shame? What’s worse is that some of these people seemed cool outside of this awfulness. Aaryn seemed genuinely sorry about the remarks that she made, as did Kaitlin. Spencer is tight with both Andy and Howard, despite making racist and homophobic remarks. Are these guys really bad people or did they just make a mistake? It’s really hard to know. On the one hand, the cameras captured them being who they really are. You can’t hide yourself in that house. On the other hand, I don’t know what’s in these people’s hearts. I know that I’ve made jokes that could be considered racist, homophobic, and mysognistic, but they were just that – jokes. My words are never meant to hurt people and I know when to draw the line. Words can hurt, to be sure, but what matters is what’s in your heart, and I don’t think that any of us are in a position to say what these people’s hearts are truly like. I guess in the end, all we can do is hope that this was a learning experience for them and others like them.

Alright, enough with the heavy stuff. I want to finish off by sharing my thoughts on the various houseguests.

Aaryn Gries

Aaryn Gries

Oh Aaryn. What do I say about Aaryn? The first thing I noticed about her was that she was incredibly gorgeous, which, under regular conditions, would make her my favorite houseguest. Unfortunately, the second thing I noticed about her was that she was an awful person. So that sucked. There was, of course, the entire racism controversy, but there was also the fact that she just didn’t seem very nice. Things changed though. Aaryn got herself a little redemption story. She went from Queen Bee to underdog very quickly and once all of her friends were eliminated, you began to feel sorry for her. She pretty much became everyone else’s bitch, doing what she was told simply because she knew she’d be voted out if she didn’t. It was a sad situation and once Amanda started being the absolutely worst, Aaryn began to look okay by comparison. In addition, she seemed genuinely sorry about her racist remarks and it was nice to see that she reconciled with Candice in the jury house. I think that this was a big growing experience for her and that she’ll actually change… unlike Amanda. Plus, she was an integral part of my favorite moment of the summer:

Amanda Zuckerman

Amanda Zuckerman

Oh Amanda. What do I say about Amanda besides SHE IS THE WORST. UGH. I didn’t mind her at the beginning of the game. She seemed sensible. She called Aaryn out on her racism. As the game went on, however, she just turned into the devil. She was so awful, so delusional, so… THE WORST. She’d cry every time she didn’t get her way, as if the game OWED her something. She’d bully Elissa because she claimed that Elissa was the bully. She was unbearable and I was overjoyed when she get evicted. Poor McCrae. Poor, poor McCrae.

Andy Herren

Andy Herren

Well… Andy won the game. I’m not sure he deserved it, but he certainly deserved it more than Gina Marie. He was a floater for a large portion of the game. His most strategic move was always being on the “winning” side of the house. He sided with McCranda when things were going their way and jumped ship as soon as the tides started to turn, so… good for him I guess.

Candice Stewart

Candice Stewart

Candice was… can I say annoying? I thought she was kind of annoying. She tried to act superior to the “bullies” in the house, but when GM provoked her, she would just go off which didn’t do her any favours. Meh.

David Girton

David Girton

Oh David. You were an idiot. There’s rarely anything interesting to say about someone evicted in the first week. So… yeah. David was dumb.

Elissa Slater

Elissa Slater

Elissa, you’re not as bad as Rachel, but that doesn’t make you good. Your family still scares me. You look unnatural and you’re super annoying but at least you weren’t Amanda, so… there’s that!

GinaMarie Zimmerman

GinaMarie Zimmerman

Oh GinaMarie. What an airhead. I can’t believe she made it to the finals. I can. Not. Believe it. She doesn’t deserve second place. She did have a few funny moments though. The game would have been less entertaining without her. She’s kind of an awful person though. She grew on me as time went on, but who can forget her parting remarks to Candice? Dirty.

Helen Kim

Helen Kim

I found Helen… annoying. Like, really annoying. I can’t even explain why really. She just had this air of superiority about her, like she was running the house and nothing could get in the way of that. She

Howard Overby

Howard Overby

Howard was great. Howard was my man. He seemed like a good guy who kept his cool and treated people with respect. I would have liked to see him go further in the game, but nice games rarely get very far in Big Brother.

Jeremy McGuire

Jeremy McGuire

Ugh. Jeremy is just… awful. I mean, he was annoying from the start, but after the wine rant? Yikes. He seems like a genuinely awful, misogynist and I’m glad I didn’t have to spend any more time with him.

Jessie Kowalski

Jessie Kowalski

There really isn’t much to say about Jessie. She was cute, but she was pretty much a non-entity the entire season. So I guess… she was cute?

Judd Daugherty

Judd Daugherty

Judd! Judd the stud, hooking up with two of the most attractive girls in the house. Judd seemed like a genuinely cool guy. It was painful seeing him blindsided the way he was the first time he was eliminated. I hated that. Thankfully, he got to return to the house, but I still wish he had lasted longer. I wouldn’t have minded seeing him win, just because he seemed… decent.

Kaitlin Barnaby

Kaitlin Barnaby

Kaitlin, like Aaryn, struck my immediately by how beautiful she was. And then she showed that she was maybe not so beautiful inside? She wasn’t as bad as Aaryn or GinaMarie at the beginning, so I guess she had that going for her. On her exit interview, she seemed to indicate that she didn’t necessarily approve of how those two acted at the start, but at the same time, she didn’t really do anything to stop it or go against it so she’s just as guilty. Oh well. I feel like if she had remained in the game, she would have had a trajectory similar to Aaryn’s. Too bad she hooked up with gross Jeremy.

McCrae Olson

McCrae Olson

Oh McCrae. OH MCCRAE. You could have been the next Ian, but you got in bed (literally) with Amanda and that was that. Your game ended as soon as you aligned with the beast. I think that he could have gone a lot farther in this game without the old ball and chain. Oh well. He made his bed. Still, how epic was that final veto showdown between McCrae and Amanda? They couldn’t have scripted that better if they tried (maybe they did?).

Nick Uhas

Nick Uhas

Man, I barely remember anything about Nick, apart from Jessie and GM clinging to him non-stop. Oh Nick, run as far away from GinaMarie as you can. That’s not something you want to be involved with.

Spencer Clawson

Spencer Clawson

Spencer. Spencer, Spencer, Spencer. I would have really liked Spencer, had it not been for some of his rather questionable comments. It sure is frustrating when people are awful, isn’t it? I wanted to like you Spencer. At times I really did. Just… maybe be a slightly better person, alright? We’d be cool then.

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Alright. That’s pretty much all I had to say. THANKS FOR READING! Ha, you didn’t read this. Nobody did. Go read Breaking Blog.

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