Remember BB15, when they accidentally filled the house with a bunch of blatant racists, and the only good part about any of it was when Julie Chen confronted them head on with their actual words during their exit interviews, and you could watch them squirm while they tried to backtrack on all of it? Most of the time, I don’t even remember who won that season, but I do remember the audience rightfully taking no prisoners while Aaryn tried and failed to explain herself. That season was a disgrace, and it honestly should have been an example of who not to be for any and all future houseguests. But alas, it’s five seasons later, and we still have to have special episodes dedicated to discussing why this stuff is never okay.
In addition to having to have this discussion yet again, we actually got a pretty exciting week of gameplay, thanks to Kaitlyn and the fact that Faysal lied all over the place to her. Not to mention, one of these power apps FINALLY got put into play by default (thanks, Sam). We’ve got a lot to cover before going into the new week, so let’s get to it.
Sunday’s episode opens with a viewer discretion advised warning and a disclaimer that the show doesn’t endorse any houseguest comment, et cetera, et cetera, to save their own asses. Oh, boy, here we go…
Hello, endurance comp! You are a beautiful, beautiful thing, even when you take for-fucking-ever to be done with.
Rockstar is the first one out of the HOH comp. So I guess all that time being stuck on the rock climbing wall was for nothing.
THE WAY JC FALLS FROM THE TREE. I was all over the spoiler blogs after Thursday’s episode because of this comp, and I’m pretty sure I’ve watched his tumble about a hundred times because it’s just so damn funny.
Sam is the new HOH. See, this is what happens when you tell people they don’t have to be a robot anymore.
Kaitlyn tries to get a reluctant Fessy to talk to her, and it devolves into a huge argument. Get ready, this is in no way the only time we’ll be on this ride.
Sam tells everyone there are no one-on-ones during her reign of power, and she doesn’t want anyone in the HOH room when she’s not in it. Honestly, I don’t know how great that’s going to be for her overall game, but the introvert in me who’s not a big talker respects it on a personal level.
“If I’m not right, that is so embarrassing.” – Kaitlyn, thinking Sam used her power app to change two of the votes so that Winston would go home. Okay, your words, not mine.
Rockstar breaks out the pots and pans, because apparently Josh set a precedent last year. NO. STOP IT. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME. I take back everything I said about thinking she’s funny. This is upsetting.
Here’s where I’ve got to break format for a second. I really don’t want to make light of this by throwing gifs at it. In a discussion with Bayleigh about derogatory terms for little people, JC likened them to the N-word by actually using the N-word. And when Bayleigh tried to point out how offensive he was being, he didn’t apologize for saying it; he simply kept explaining why he didn’t think he was being offensive. This is not the first time something like this happened in the house this season (see Rachel and Angela for casual racism, and JC for violating multiple houseguests), but it is the point where production has to break its silence on it, since the warnings they gave the houseguests the other week obviously didn’t do the trick. It just sucks that they waited this long to officially acknowledge it on the show.
Back when this was an issues on BB15, I remember one of the “benefit of the doubt” moments that frankly never should have been offered to these guys in the first place was that the houseguests get so used to all the cameras, they forget that they’re there. And I do not buy that in the slightest. Big Brother is CONSTANTLY telling houseguests to put on their microphones. Houseguests are CONSTANTLY talking to the cameras, whether to shout out family and friends, or to discuss their own gameplay. There is no escaping the fact that you’re on a gameshow when you’re in that house. And on the off chance that they actually did forget they were being filmed 24/7, it’s still no excuse. Think about your words. Think about your actions. Be a better person. And in JC’s case, it is entirely possible to get your point across without utilizing one of the worst words in the English language.
Bottom line: you can convey how hurtful something is without offending anyone. Being in a situation where everyone can see every move you make should make you a little bit more conscious of what you’re saying, despite your intentions. Just because you’re not offended by it, it doesn’t mean that other people aren’t. And apologizing for offending someone, even if you didn’t mean to, is easy and should be done without a second thought. It’s crazy to me that there are still people out there who don’t understand this concept. We’re currently living in a society where bigots are emboldened by our president; a little extra consideration for the people around you will go a long way.
Now back to our regularly scheduled gif-cap.
Sam nominates Kaitlyn and Haleigh. She gets super personal in her reasons, too, criticizing their conduct around the men of the house. No one’s really down with what she said, and frankly, it should never have been handled like that. Can we just keep it about the game, you guys?
Sam doesn’t think either of her nominees have the grit it takes to potentially come back into this house with her power app. Damn, girl, tell us how you really feel.
“It just sucks that if you do this move or this move, it’s going to hurt somebody.” Hi, welcome to the whole point of the game. You’re not going to win the money by making everyone happy.
Kaitlyn doesn’t want to pick Faysal for veto because she’s not sure if he’ll use it on her. If that’s not unintentional foreshadowing, I don’t know what the hell is.
“Why do I have to convince you to let me save your ass?” – Faysal to Haleigh when he asks her to pick him for the veto comp. Maybe because you literally just promised Kaitlyn that you’ll save her ass, and your game moves this week are extremely questionable?
Rachel Riley returns for the veto comp. Come on, why do you keep doing this to me? Why is it impossible to get former houseguests that haven’t annoyed/pissed me off in some way, shape, or form?
Faysal convinces Kaitlyn to throw the veto comp to him. Even though he’s not going to save her. Because that’s totally something that best friends do. #Friendship
“Last summer, the punch-slap-kick machine took the world by storm.” Okay, I 100% forgot that this was even a thing last year, but good story, Rachel.
Kaitlyn throws the comp to Faysal. GIRL. WHAT ARE YOU DOING. See, this is what I will never understand. You are ON THE BLOCK, and you can never fully trust anyone but yourself in this game, so why would you purposely give the win to someone else, who also happens to have an allegiance to the OTHER NOMINEE?
Faysal wins the veto, and I’m waiting with baited breath for this house to implode…
Kaitlyn figures out that Faysal promised both Haleigh and her safety. This is the time where you might want to fine tune your backstabbing game, sir.
“I didn’t tell her I wouldn’t not save her.” Faysal…what are your words right now, and could you maybe dig yourself into this hole with a sentence that makes sense?
Faysal uses the veto on Haleigh. Sam ALMOST puts up JC because she didn’t think he would be evicted. JC talks her out of it, and she puts Rockstar up instead, but can we just take a moment to marvel at the fact that she did not put any thought into a replacement nominee, even though the two people Faysal’s closest to in the house are both on the block?
Kaitlyn is inconsolable over what Faysal has done. Look, I am in no way a fan of Kaitlyn. Aside from backdooring Swaggy, I just haven’t been thrilled with her gameplay. But the way Faysal has treated her this week (or at least the way the show edit portrays it…I stopped paying for live feeds a long time ago, when I realized that I was never able to tune in when anything juicy happened) is unfair when he’s supposed to be her ally.
“I didn’t play you, Kaitlyn.” Except that’s exactly what you did, Faysal, so…care to rephrase that?
Rockstar has a quick one-on-one with Brett, trying to play up his ego to save herself. And it looks like it works, because let’s face it, Brett just gives off that kind of vibe.
Brett now wants to get Kaitlyn out. It’s kind of ridiculous that it took him this long to be like, “Maybe my nonsense war against Rockstar won’t help my game.”
Faysal votes to evict Kaitlyn, because why not just finish out the week like a dick?
Brett votes to evict Kaitlyn, and I think this might have been the first appropriate game move he’s pulled this season? So good job, I guess, but I still hate you.
Kaitlyn is evicted from the house by a 9-1 vote. So JC was the pity vote, I’m assuming, considering he was trying to get everyone to vote Kaitlyn out? Which I feel is even more insulting than a unanimous vote, but whatever.
BUT FIRST (I had to say it, I had to, I’m so sorry)… Bonus Life has been activated, and Kaitlyn’s crying like Sam didn’t tell everyone that this was going to happen during the veto ceremony.
Kaitlyn has to take apart a puzzle and put it back together on the other side of the App Store room. This…this is it? They’re giving her two and a half minutes, there are like five pieces total, and they’re so damn huge. You’re basically guaranteeing that she’s coming back into the game, there has to be a catch to this.
Oh, no, wait, I spoke too soon. Guys, I was yelling at Kaitlyn the same way I do whenever it’s late and I turn on that block of 90’s Nickelodeon, and by the time they start playing old episodes of Legends of the Hidden Temple, I’m shouting at the kids who are definitely in their 30s by now, because they can’t get it together for thirty seconds to put together the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. IT WAS THREE FUCKING PIECES. THREE.
Kaitlyn doesn’t put the puzzle together in time and is evicted from the house. For real this time.
What did you think of Sam’s HOH reign? Where’s the drama going to come from now that Kaitlyn is out of the house? Let’s chat in the comments.