BB: “The End of All Things”

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This is the quietest but hugest disappointment of the season: Angela, the Great, came in as a roaring tiger and left as a lamb. What happened to our powerful Ice Queen?? Why didn’t she cut her weaker mate, Tyler, like a ravenous black widow spider?

I didn’t want Angela’s heart to melt. I wanted it to grow 273.15 degrees colder – on the Celsius scale! Absolute zero! I wanted a second Ice Age, in the BB house! She could have won the whole game! Yet, she threw it away.

Swayleigh – Gone. Faleigh – Gone. Tangela – Soon to be Gone. Go JC. Sam for AFP.

I do not like when players say, ‘I would love to lose to you.’ But do imagine that whoever says this (JC) wants to lose to only the mark (Tyler), and not to anyone else. If sufficiently incensed, JC may make sure Tyler loses to Kaycee, out of spite. People don’t like being humiliated – especially by secret Final 2s, made at the beginning of the game.

Throwing end-of-the-game comps is not unprecedented. Richard Hatch threw an endurance comp, on Day 38, forcing the winner of Immunity to pick whether they wanted to be in the Final Two with Rich, or Rudy. Rich bargained on the Immunity winner taking himself, and he was right. However, it’s not a lock that Tyler is as good as the first Survivor winner, Richard Hatch.

Regardless, the Veto Queen was back. This is Kaycee’s fifth POV win, alone. My ranking for who I hope to win is: 1) JC 2) Kaycee 3) Tyler.

‘No blood on your hands’ =/= best player. As I alluded to, in my dissection of what does a ‘bitter jury’ mean, the best player threads the needle, between being the nice guy, who didn’t upset anyone and being the bloodthirsty, mastermind/”super-fan,” who orchestrated every move and can take credit for every blindside, in the end.

The concept behind being the best player, as with most things in life, is balance. You can’t be the nice guy and win or expect to win when you’ve been carried, to the end – nor can you be completely aggressive and throw jury management (which is a part of good game-play) out the window. The best player plays as his or herself and interweaves all aspects of passive, aggressive and assertive (the Middle Path) game-play, just like in the 48 Laws of Power.

Oh, this is a totally different Final Three than what everyone envisioned. Two of my Final Five are there though: Kaycee and JC.

There was some talk, on Twitter, that Tyler, might be gay but it was totally unconfirmed (Swaggy C is also supposedly gay). Tyler may be bisexual, but even if he is, Tyler doesn’t like JC, that way.

I just don’t understand how or why JC is so in love with Tyler. I thought JC was more street-smart than that. But you can’t control who you love, right? Irrational emotions get in the way of game-play, again.

I mean, I get it: you have to shore up your position. But JC taking credit for everything – while not knowing that 1) Tyler is in Level 6 2) Tyler had a Final 2 with Kaycee and that 3) Angela and Tyler are in a showmance – is becoming insufferable, at this point. JC also didn’t win the second competition that he needed to win, to completely secure his ultimate victory – as I noted last week. Ugh.

I loved BB20 but yes, I am very excited Survivor DvG is starting next week! I say shorter BB seasons, with a larger cast and more double evictions – even earlier double evictions. Even Rob likes 70 days vs. 90 days. Three months is too drawn out. The only upside is segueing right into Survivor.

By the time it hits Labor Day, BB should be wrapping up or already over. Do a big Unofficial-End-of-Summer Finale. There should be no September Big Brother. We shouldn’t be waiting until the actual end of summer. Start Survivor earlier. New Fiscal Year, new blockbuster reality TV show. When the US Open starts, we should be in BB’s Final Three.

#Tangela is boring. When @kaitcoaching left, half of me left the game. Tyler looked like a giant because he was surrounded by ants. Of course, you can run the game against people like Fessy, Bay, Rockstar, Hay, Sam and JC. C’mon!

Bay got a second chance, with her HOH, after Swaggy left but she threw that chance away. That’s the only reason we still have Tyler here, today. I’m over Tyler; he’s overrated.

The true tragedy of the season is that Sam thought Tyler was lying about his secret power app. If only she had shredded that false Final Two and exposed Tyler’s conniving self, sending him packing – the same way Tyler sacked Bay.

thank you JC

Also: Ready for Survivor

First One Out: Bi.

First One Out

Ultimate Sole Survivor: Christian.

Ultimate Sole Survivor

Preliminary Survivor Rankings:

Survivor DvG preliminary rankings

I can also see Alison as the winner. Being a doctor is a huge plus. The nerd king trend is kind of played out, but I am still hanging on to the Cochran.

Lyrsa definitely give me huge First Boot vibes, but every time I see Bi, and her being promoted so hard, I get cold feet. If the tribe is sitting under the shelter, hiding from the rain, Bi’s going to have a ton of pent-up energy/rage – that she could take out on her fellow castaways.

One pair who could be flipped: Dan could be a hidden jerk and Nick might be a cool Big Tom (from Survivor: Africa).

I would put Davie, the “blerd,” higher, but Nicole’s insight into the whole weird ‘sliding into the DMs’ thing, led me to put more people above him.

BB: Tyler and His ‘Dumb Girls Alliance’

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Tyler is trying to mimic Russell Hantz, with Russell and his “Dumb Girl Alliance.”

I am generally not predisposed to showmances. Swayleigh – gone. Faleigh – on the way to both being gone. Tangela includes two players that are talented enough to survive a showmance, but the making out dulls some of their strategic sharpness.

Tyler actually told Angela and Brett to leave mean GBMs – and they believed him! Meanwhile, Tyler left kind and reassuring GBMs. Like Cochran, a winning player has to make the individuals on the jury still feel valid and valuable to the game, like each of their games mattered – and on the jury, that their games continue to matter. You don’t want to make the people in the jury feel dumb. Angela and Brett’s games are done.

One of the 48 Laws of Power is to have others do the work and take all the credit. This season, we may see the jury give the $500K to someone who the audience knows has done seemingly little work or the least work: like Sam or Kaycee.

In games like Survivor and BB, you have to walk a fine line between taking credit for all the great moves, in the end and not getting blood on your hands or hurting people’s feelings during the game. You must be the good guy, with a light touch, during the game and then somehow be the bloodthirsty mastermind, at the end of the game: Tyler’s dilemma.

People tend to vote with their hearts, not their heads. Actions and outcomes convince people more than even the most rationally constructed arguments. These are just my thoughts on trying to understand the phenomenon of a “bitter jury.”

The Hive + Jury = The Jive

Unless JC wins the HOH, next week, he’s going to go home in the double eviction. His goose is cooked. JC has to win HOH, to enact his will. And JC is just not good at winning comps. JC’s social game is also faltering. He’s still telling Tyler that Angela needs to go! Big mistake. Yes, JC needs to plot against Angela – but he should never tell Tyler about it!

JC did Tyler’s dirty work and got rid of all the misfit toys, who could have worked with him, to take out Tyler – like Fessy, Kaitlyn and even Scottie, before the battle-back. JC’s love of Tyler completely blinded him.

Now, there are too few people left and JC doesn’t have a paddle. The bromance of JC and Brett is cooler than JC and Fessy or Brett and Winston. However, I never bought into Brett. Jump ship, before you hit the rapids, JC.

Level 6/production keeps postponing the Level 6 civil war, to the point where it might never happen.

Why is Sam so calm? Of course, Level 6 & Co. is telling Sam she’s the pawn, Hay! What else would they tell her?? That Sam’s the target?? C’mon, Hay! Hay’s game is pretty much cancelled, this season.

I really, truly liked Sam, but it’s impossible to root for her, at this point. I don’t hate her, but like Scottie, I just feel incredibly sad for her.

Here’s a Typical Sam Meat Shield Convo:

Kaycee: “You’re good this week.”

Sam: “What does that mean, Kaycee??”

Kaycee: ????

What else could “You’re good this week” mean, Sam?!?!

Kaycee won another veto. Tyler’s toast, if he doesn’t take Angela.

Kaycee won this veto in two minutes, seventeen seconds – the comics competition. Hay took almost nineteen minutes. Kaycee has won five competitions, in five weeks. She has also won three out of the four competitions, she has even played in.

Kaycee has always been in my Final Five. She may still win the whole thing. She just needs to start playing the game for herself, not just for Level 6. Kaycee needs to have the killer instinct.

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