Omarosa is a force of nature so powerful, she's left Brandi Glanville as one of the quieter people in the "Celebrity Big Brother" house. Of course, it's smart of Brandi to stay in the background and sip her wine while the bigger players battle it out. One of those players is Ross Matthews, who went from being intimidated by the former White House aide to standing up to her at the Nomination Ceremony.
The house exploded in a big way after Friday's eviction of Chuck Liddell proved that the all-girls alliance was broken. Suddenly, Omarosa and Keshia Knight Pulliam found themselves on the outs with everyone in the house and their only ally was Metta World Peace, a guy who literally has absolutely no concept how to play the game. Seriously, he just voted for Chuck thinking he was voting to keep him in the game.
"Does that not mean vote for Chuck to stay in the house?" he wondered. "I guess I gotta start paying attention more."
We're going to run this season like you'd run a department store. Each product, or celebrity, may have come in with equal value, but pretty quickly you start to see that certain ones aren't working. First, you try discounting them to see if they can turn things around and become solid performers again. But if that doesn't work, it's time to put them on clearance so you can sell them out (the door). With that said, let's take a look at our inventory, ranked from our strongest performer to our weakest.
Here you'll find Brandi Glanville, sipping from a glass and sounding off about her housemates, her life, whatever she wants. Unfortunately, even she admitted that maybe there's not enough alcohol in her life right now. After quickly getting knocked out in the Bowlerina competition -- spin in a circle and then try to bowl up a ramp while dizzy -- she quipped, "I'm a mess and I wasn't even drinking. The champagne would have helped."
She was ready to play the game, though, and kept her sights firmly on her target since the beginning. "Omarosa thinks she's the boss bitch in charge in this house, and I am so excited to give her a little ego check. It makes my heart sing. And now, Omarosa, you and Keshia are next to leave."
Ross Matthews ("Chelsea Lately") has been rock solid socially thus far, playing every side of the house, and this week he got a little more aggressive by starting to plant seeds within his own alliance about the dangerous power duo of Shannon Elizabeth and James Maslow. He also found himself in two final four deals by the end of the hour, as well as sitting atop the HOH throne and bravely taking shots at the biggest targets in the house. And when Omarosa shut down his Nomination speech and told him he didn't need to finish, he shot back, "Do you want to head out and I'll say it to everybody else?" Ross ain't here to play!
Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") proved herself a stronger physical competitor this week, and a player savvy enough to consider booting her best friend Shannon, seeing what a threat Shannon is becoming; she may just be too good at this game. And even if Marissa ultimately goes back to Shannon and betrays Ross, the fact remains she's putting herself in the right places to be able to make these kinds of decisions to strengthen her game. Plus, she's liked by everyone in the house, meaning she is killing the social aspect as well.
Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie") may be showing her cards too early in the game, establishing a strong alliance with James, the biggest physical threat in the game. She's still playing the strongest overall game, but she may be doing so too publicly. It's not to say she might not make it work, because she's a brilliant strategist as well as a strong physical contender, but she's making it harder on herself by being so publicly great at "Big Brother."
James Maslow ("Big Time Rush") has had quite the turnaround. The guy who was nearly out the door suddenly finds himself aligned with the strongest player in the house, thought that alliance may be a bit too public. What's going in his favor, though, is he is an absolute beast at challenges. He was crushing this bowling challenge, and only lost it on purpose as a show of good faith to his new Final Four alliance with Shannon, Marissa and Ross. That said, that physical prowess keeps him on the radar of everyone in the house, so he can never relax.
Keshia Knight Pulliam ("The Cosby Show") is in a better position than it looks, especially if the house can get Omarosa out. Omarosa helped her by basically telling Shannon there was no deal with Chuck. All Keshia has to do is play it smart and ingratiate herself back into her former alliance. This would mean setting aside a lot of anger and frustration that she was unfairly singled out the way she has been, but if she can pull it off, she might be able to salvage her game because she's one of the smartest players in the house.
Brandi Glanville ("The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"), Ariadna Guttierez (almost Miss Universe) and Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) need to start playing the game, or they're in danger of looking like floaters. None of them have really done anything so far, which is both good and bad. They could just wait for the more audacious players to cannibalize one another. But if the leaders in the house decide they want to compete against one another at the end, they'll just pick the floaters off one by one.
Metta World Peace (NBA) would be in with the group above, except that he's in a slightly worse position than them because he has no idea what's going on in the house. He seems to be the only houseguest who didn't even bother to find out how the show works before joining it. He voted wrong by saying the name of the person he wanted to save rather than the person he wanted out, and didn't understand the back door concept either (nominating two people you don't want to go home so you can blindside your real target at the last minute when it's too late for the Power of Veto to save them).
Omarosa Manigault ("The Apprentice") is settling back into her overly aggressive ways, and even when her back is against the wall, she is refusing to back down. "Don't play me and then come hug me," she told Marissa after Friday's eviction. That can work on "The Apprentice," but in a social game she may just be rubbing the wrong people the wrong way. Aggressive people have bullied their way to victory on this show before, but this cast isn't going to let that happen, as seen by Ross standing up to her during his Nominations speech. She's not having it, but frankly, neither are they.
OVERHEARD IN THE CHECKOUT LANE
"I'm scared to go in." Ross (afraid to face Omarosa and Keshia after the eviction)
"You're not gonna convince me that Marissa or Brandi are coming up with strategy. That would be laughable to anyone who's a 'Big Brother' fan." Omarosa (to Shannon)
"You are looking like a horribly bitchy chick." Omarosa (about Shannon's gameplay)
"What's a back door?" Metta
"I voted for Chuck to stay?" Metta (and no you didn't, sweetie)
"We just said pick Omarosa 'til she's--" Shannon (looks up to see she's talking to Omarosa)
"Ross Matthews is struggling. His man boobs are bouncing more than Dolly Parton in an earthquake." Ross (critiquing his performance in the HOH competition he won)
"This is the best moment of my life. Nope, best moment was when I met Celine Dion backstage in Vegas. She's a delight." Ross (after winning HOH)