BB: Shooting Fish in a Barrel

even Tyler fans say he cheated

For the last time: “HEY!”

Scottie exposed the #Cuddlemance. I feel a little sad for him. Hay didn’t like him. Angela didn’t like him. With no female, he felt lost in the house. His emotions made him confused and got in the way of his game. But if you’re going to go out, go out with a bang? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Scottie, joins Fessy, and in a weaker fashion, JC and Brett, in subconsciously attacking Tyler, through Angela. JC and Brett want to get rid of Angela. They want to break up ‘Angela and Kaycee.’ But really JC and Brett – especially JC – want to break up Angela and Tyler.

JC just needs to let it go. Tyler is never going to choose JC or put him first. No, we didn’t exactly get the #TylerExposedParty we wanted – again. Angela joins an extensive line of women, taking shots, for Tyler, including Bay, Sam, Hay and Kaitlyn.

Speaking of meat shields, for Tyler, Kaycee may be next. Kaycee will get rid of Hay, for Tyler – only because Tyler still, unbelievably, thinks he can beat her, in the Final Two. Fortunately, Tyler himself may finally get burned, with this last meat shield, when Kaycee wins, while sitting next to Tyler, on Finale Night.

Typical Tyler Meat Shield Behavior: Sam, when you ask Tyler if Angela is talking trash about you, do you really think Tyler is going to say ‘Yes, Angela is talking trash about you’?? C’mon Sam!

Sam is a force of nature. The term ‘rational actor’ simply doesn’t apply to her. This is not a compliment or a criticism; it’s just the best way I can conceptualize Sam, at this point. Sam clings, like Velcro, while Tyler – before #Tangela anyway – was like Teflon, anti-cling. I liked anti-cling Tyler.

Still, as I said with Bay’s disastrous HOH term, absolute power, corrupts absolutely. Yes, Tyler is such a talented player, that second-term HOH-itis won’t destroy him, the way HOH-itis totaled Bay and Sam. But even Taran and others have noticed that Tyler is getting complacent. “Go tell your friends,” indeed. Unforced error. Unnecessary. Tyler, you’re better than this. Cringey.

Stop promoting #Tangela so much, production. It pushes people away. If Tyler seems like he’s won, before he’s won the ultimate goal of $500K, that showmance just builds jealousy and resentment.

Speaking of Survivor 37: David vs. Goliath, the good guy gets beat down, until he or she wins. The bad guy wins, until he or she finally gets beat down. The good guy story-line is the one you want, from the time of Joseph, in Egypt, during the Iron Age.

Sitcom protagonists are either married at the beginning of their story-line, or spend the entire series single, until the very end. Making the protagonist single is a terrific, effortless way to build tension and drive the story-line.

So, unless Tyler owns his arch-villain meme and story arc, and stops pretending to be the good guy, Tyler and #Tangela is going to continue to rub people the wrong way. Tyler win first, and then get your romance – not the other way around.

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BB: Sitting Duck

bathroom sink pillow

If production had called the violation, in the heat of the moment, fine. But there is a statute of limitations here, like in sports. Production can’t go back and reset the entire week, after-the-fact. That wouldn’t be fair to everyone. ‘Fairness’ is also relative. We live in a “random,” quantum world and a game, as a controlled environment, can mitigate that randomness, only so much.

The moral of the story is that no matter what twists are thrown in: battle-backs, power-apps, hacker comps – bad players will be bad players and skillful players will be skillful players. It will always come down to how one plays the game.

I blame Scottie for the absolute blow-out of this week. Scottie was the best one, to come back in, from the jury house. However, Foutte is going to Foutte (that’s a new verb now) – so, even Foutte’s best player is the worst player, in a house of mostly Level 6 players.

Scottie just wasted this opportunity. From the time he came back in, championing #Scyler, you knew Scottie was going to bungle this. He was ‘just happy to be here.’ But that’s not enough! Even if you don’t have a traditional goal, you must still have a goal. You have to be motivated by something.

Scottie is a super-fan, but it seems like he is simply watching the show, from inside the house! Scottie just didn’t have that groundbreaking, epiphany moment, like JC had last week, when JC knew that he didn’t just want to make Final Four or Final Two, but he wanted to win the game. Second-best just isn’t going to cut it.

Speaking of JC, if I had known JC was so smitten by Tyler, I wouldn’t have rated him so highly. JC is still hanging on, by his fingernails, to the ledge of my Final Five, because JC and Brett are beginning to make plans, but JC needs to realize that Tyler, Angela and Kaycee don’t owe him anything.

Yes, JC stuck his neck out, and worked as a mole, collecting information for Level 6, from Foutte. But, as I highlighted in my last analysis, JC hasn’t had to touch the block and he hasn’t had to take on the ‘face’ of the organization, as HOH. Level 6 and Tyler essentially shielded JC from going home, during the first month. JC holding his work, for Level 6, over their heads, is already rubbing Tyler and Angela the wrong way.

JC also keeps confronting Tyler about this Tangela nonsense. As I alluded to, last time, what do you think Tyler is going to tell you, JC?? Tyler is never going to admit that #Tangela exists! Every time JC asks Tyler those mega-obvious questions Tyler is going to deny, deny, deny. Never, in a thousand years, will Tyler ever say ‘yes’ to your questions, JC!

Yes, it is a bad strategy for Tyler to continue to claim Tangela doesn’t exist. Tyler should just own it and say ‘Yes, what are you going to do about it?’ Then Tyler can move on and go back to the game, because Tangela has really distracted him and made Tyler mush – highly strategic mush, but still mush.

However, as long as Tyler continues to obfuscate, he’s not going to give JC a different answer. The time for talking is over. It’s time for JC to do something about it! Get over this crush on Tyler, JC! Tyler isn’t going to take JC to the Final Two! He was never going to take JC to the Final Two! JC is finally understanding this, but by the time JC and Brett act, it may be too late.

Which brings us to Brett: as the Trickster archetype, Brett is actually more of a beta person or an omega person. JC needs to take the lead here. The problem is that the two of them are both wringing their hands, like Hamlet, afraid to make a move!

JC and Brett keep hoping that someone, like Hay or Sam, can be tricked into not targeting each other, and can be convinced to take out Tyler or Angela, instead – for JC and Brett. But these two have to recognize that no one is going to do it for you! There are only about three weeks left in this game. Three weeks to half-a-million dollars!! Wake up! Take out Tyler, the huge sitting duck.

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