In the fallout after Shannon Elizabeth's eviction Friday night, there are eight people remaining in the house, and four of them are working together. The only thing that could disrupt a tear to the finish for Ross, Ariadna Gutierrez, Marissa Jaret Minokur and Brandi Glanville would be for the other half of the house to win HOH ... so of course that's what happened.
It's not all over yet, though, as "America's Vote" is looking to disrupt the Power of Veto ceremony. Used for the first time this season to impact gameplay, this is a feature of "Big Brother" that gives viewers a series of choices to insert a twist into the game. For the upcoming Veto, those choices are Diamond Veto (winner gets to remove a nominee AND choose the replacement), VIP Veto (winner can use Veto up to twice, including after the replacement nominee is announced), and Spotlight Veto (HAS to be used, which wouldn't be good if the HOH wins it and doesn't want to use it). The winner of the vote will be announced Monday night as the POV competition is played out live.
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 ... after we spotlight some wonderful items in stock.
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Hillary Clinton
Many might not remember this, but Omarosa used to work in the Clinton White House back in the day. Even more surprising is the fact that she was at one time on Team Hillary for this 2016 election, as a member of the "Ready for Hillary" campaign. While she feels burned by that organization, Omarosa still has plenty of respect for the former secretary of state.
"Hillary, when we were in the White House, she was an interesting person. She was a strong woman, she defended her man," Omarosa told Ross. When asked what she was like, Omarosa responded, "Very engaged and sharp and smart." As for a possible President Hillary Clinton? "She would have been exceptional," Omarosa said.
Her frustration for Clinton came after the "Ready for Hillary" campaign was folded into her primary campaign. According to Omarosa, everyone involved with "Ready for Hillary" was simply cast aside after they'd gotten what they wanted from them. "It wasn't hard when [Donald Trump] called me and was like, 'Can you be on board?' because I'd just been used and abused by the 'Ready for Hillary' organization."
Here you'll find world-renowned basketball player Metta World Peace waxing philosophical about life, and with his unique worldview, you never know quite where his mind will go next. This week, he was put on slop after dropping out of the HOH competition early, which led to him sharing the virtue of beans, which he said he would miss the most.
"Beans are a very underrated food because it's not as good as lasagna or pizza," Metta explained. Ah, such enlightenment!
At another point, he made the impulsive decision to go to a house meeting in his underwear as he was't dressed when it was called. "I should go out there like this," he said, checking himself out in a mirror wearing nothing but boxer briefs. "That would be funny, but I don't think my wife would like that ... but I'm in shape, though." In the end, he went for it, much to his housemate's delight.
Metta World Peace (NBA) finds himself in an enviable position with the house flipped and in turmoil again after Omarosa won the Head of Household competition. Metta is on absolutely no one's radar, and everyone seems to think it would be awesome if he made it into the Final Two. That's pretty amazing if your opponents are rooting for your success. Omarosa even offered him a deal where she'd never put him up!
James Manslow ("Big Time Rush") finds himself on the right side of the numbers, and with a solid deal in place with Omarosa. If he plays true to his word, he could earn some trust going forward. Plus, as a competition beast, he's always in a position to control his own destiny. This time, he lost purposefully so he could play next week, which means he's also playing a smart and strategic game. If the power foursome is truly broken up, James could rise quickly.
Omarosa Manigault ("The Apprentice") fought hard to get into a position of power, and she did a lot of hard work to shore up fresh allies around her, but this in no way guarantees ongoing success for her. Her targets this week mean she'll be vulnerable next week (when she's ineligible to compete in the HOH competition), she she's going to need to rely on those allies. Alas, no one fully trusts her in the house.
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) has floated himself into a pretty good position as well, with no real enemies in the house, and no solid alliances. He is starting to have conversations with the people in power, but more importantly, he remains one of the lowest priorities in the house for everyone to deal with, which makes it look like smooth sailing for at least a little while longer.
Brandi Glanville ("The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") found herself on the outs with her alliance after she cast a vote of support Shannon's way. She said she just wanted her to have something positive on her way out, but they saw it as her trying to get Shannon's vote in the end. Had her allies won HOH, she'd be in big trouble. With them out, her situation improved vastly, making her the smallest target in the biggest alliance. For now, that's about as good as you can hope for. Plus, her compassion might really benefit her if she makes it to the end. She is on the block, but as a pawn. That said, pawns do go home.
Ariadna Gutierrez (almost Miss Universe) losing trust in her "ride-or-die" ally Brandi Glanville is actually good for her game with Omarosa in power. With her duo fractured at best, suddenly the pairing of Ross and Marissa became the biggest targets in Omarosa's world. She's still in a rocky position overall, especially if Ross goes and Brandi is ostracized, but some of that may be of her own doing (you don't upset your alliance member!).
Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") is seen as someone in the shadow of Ross Matthews, even though she's every bit as devious, game savvy and clever as he is. She is a part of the biggest duos threat in the house with him, but if Omarosa's plan works, she may just be a free agent ... or shift over to Ariadna. Her options are open at the moment, but she remains a strategic threat. If POV or "America's Vote" saves Ross, Marissa is the next logical choice, followed by Ariadna.
Ross Matthews ("Chelsea Lately") once again proved that being on top means nothing in "Big Brother." As soon as Omarosa won HOH, we knew the house would be turned upside down, and just like that it has. The dominant foursome finds themselves on the chopping block and about to be torn asunder. That immediately puts the bottom foursome in power -- should they be able to work together. "America's Vote" could save him, as Ross seems quite popular, but we shall see what happens.
"I am a skinny white girl with not a lot of booty. So, this is the day you wish you had an ass implant." Brandi (hanging on for dear life in the seated position during a leaning wall competition)
"I'm a soprano now. I wish I was crushing this competition the way it's crushing my balls." Mark (leaning into it)
"I feel like if I had balls, it would be more sturdy." Brandi (not quite getting how that works)
"Problem is she's got a big butt," Brandi (feeling Omarosa has an advantage on the leaning wall)
"I just wanted her to have one vote. Is that bad?" Brandi (according to her alliance, 'Yeah, it is')
"I just didn't want her leaving on a bad note. I I was not trying to hurt our alliance in any way, shape or form. I just want it to go back to normal." Brandi (her compassion lead to broken trust)
"Now that Brandi has given me this valuable piece of information, I have to find a way to spin it to my advantage." Omarosa
"If Mark is a floater, Metta is a really big, oversized rubber duckie. If I don't tie him down, he'll just float away." Omarosa (exploring the strategies of the men)
"I'm looking forward to telling about my life when I decide to do it." Omarosa (teasing the book we all know she's going to write)
"See that's how you let someone finish. It's classier this way." Ross (after he didn't interrupt Omarosa during her HOH speech the way she interrupted him)
"You have so much more class." Omarosa (to Ross)
There's only one week left of "Celebrity Big Brother," but it is coming at you five days this week. New episodes air Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. We're exhausted just thinking about it!"