Big Brother 15 just eliminated J-U-double-D in an unbelievably topsy-turvy double elimination episode, so it makes sense that we find ourselves in calmer waters this week. But are they calmer? Now that we’re done with the ill-conceived MVP twist, the power of eviction is placed entirely in the hands of the houseguests. It’s a simpler and tenser game. Every Head of Household is an executioner from here on out, and that means the game is about to get deeply unfriendly. My favorite! Here are five pressing thoughts I had following Sunday’s likeable episode.
5. Thank God Andy won HOH. Now we (I?) can love him unashamedly.
I’ve said it 69 gay times at this point, but Andy (like McCrae and Helen) is an actual grownup. I enjoy his presence. His humor works. His reasoning is solid. He might be floating way under the radar, but that’s an impressive place to be at this stage of the game, particularly when you think of how many people in the house adore him. Now that he’s won his first HOH, he has a real case to be voted the winner of the whole show. We need a gay Big Brother champ, and I wouldn’t mind if it was this observant and thoughtful player. McCrae is cravenly hiding in Amanda’s shadow at this point, and Helen is too garishly making moves. I’d prefer a #BB15 victory for the subtler and secretly more sinister houseguest, Andy.
4. Spencer is begging to be used. Why doesn’t Andy use him?
At the end of last night’s episode, Andy put up Jessie and Spencer for eviction. Ugggggh. Those two whimpering nonentities who are begging to be kept around for bigger players to manipulate. Why is Andy eliminating henchmen? Spencer has a clever social game (when he’s not making horrible jokes about pedophilia, or whatever this brouhaha was all about), and he could be instrumental in “moving out” tougher players like Amanda. Andy and Spencer also seem to have a pretty great rapport. Did you see Spencer cracking a joke at Andy prior to his speech at last Thursday’s eviction? I’m seeing an opportunity for Spencer to be a powerful ally, and I’m hoping Andy doesn’t waste it.
3. Sure, I’m afraid of Aaryn winning. Sure.
Pardon if this seems like a bizarre observation, but I actually can’t tell how detested Aaryn is in the house. Certainly the other houseguests are aware of her racist commentaries, but they don’t seem as fazed by her ignorance anymore. To be fair, Aaryn has been playing a quieter and more conciliatory game recently (and oh my God, I laughed out loud un-ironically when she referred to herself as “the Good Witch” last night), but the fact is, she’s re-upped her commitment to victory and aligned with the right soldiers to do it. The girl has won three HOH stunts. Amanda was won zero. If those two ended up in the final two (after voting out Helen, which I could see), maybe Aaryn could win Big Brother. Surely a wartorn CBS would devise hurdles and barricades and strange new rules at the last moment to prevent the infamous houseguest’s victory, but you never know! You never know. And I’m scared of that.