After an aggressive and arguably cruel "Big Brother" nomination ceremony, Sam continued her reign of terror as Head of Household, shutting down everyone trying to talk to her or even each other, apparently.
Sam may go down as the first "Big Brother" tyrant. After nominating Kaitlyn and Haleigh for "not respecting" the men in the house or themselves, per Sam, she then shut down their attempts to even talk about it with the house. We get that she has some power right now, and there's half a million dollars on the line, but you can still stand up for yourself.
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She explained that she has "old-fashioned" values, and that a woman being a "lady" is what she respects. She also said she commands and demands respect because she gives it. But she hasn't respected anyone in the house enough to let them speak their mind to her, or discuss game with her, or even talk about her nominations to others if she's around.
We're going to run this season like you'd run a department store. Each product, or Houseguest, 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 a few new items in stock.
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Head of Hypocrisy
When Kaitlyn tried to apologize to any guys in the house she may have disrespected, Sam shut her down. ""Kaitlyn, I'm the type that actions speak louder than words," she said, interrupting Kaitlyn mid-talk.
"I'm talking to the men," Kaitlyn replied.
"I know but you're just talking," Sam said. And if Queen Sam says shut up, apparently that's what is expected. "I'm just saying, we're not going to go ten rounds talking about it. It's over."
Actions speak louder than words, huh? How about when Faysal came up to the Diary Room and then threw himself on top of Sam to hug her. She didn't throw him off. She said she loved him and he was beautiful and she would be right there like that for him any time and kept on snuggling him.
"You're this huge, extremely good-looking dude and then you turned out to be this beautiful person. And the way that you've played, it makes me so proud that there are men like you out there," Sam said, resting on Faysal with her hand on his chest. Is this spectacularly different than the way Haleigh and Kaitlyn are? Judge not lest ye be judged?
Self-righteousness mixed with a healthy does of hypocrisy is all too common these days, from the president on down, and the microcosm of "Big Brother" is no different. Sam is representative of so many people quick to pass judgment on others when they're doing the same things behind closed (HOH Room) doors.
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SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Anatomy of a Crotch Shot
Poor JC's diminutive stature made him especially vulnerable during the Power of Veto competition. Everyone was strapped into a machine that would either bonk them on the head, chop them in the stomach or spank them on the bottom. Because he's so short, JC's platform was raised so the hammer would actually hit his head. The problem is that he also has a short torso, so raising him up put his jewels in line with the chopping hand.
Come on, "Big Brother." Why you gotta make the poor kid suffer so much for your and our sick pleasure? Okay, we started off feeling bad, but by the end we were laughing. It didn't help that JC clearly played along with the narrative, lying around the Diary Room with ice packs to narrate his experience. Okay, it was funny, but it was still mean!
SPOTLIGHT ITEM: Wishy-Washy Fessy
Faysal has a huge heart and he's been playing with it all game. But he probably should have invited his brain to the party just a little bit this week as he went and over-promised both of his allies -- who are both on the block -- that he would save them if he won the Power of Veto.
Now, some of this was cowardice, as he couldn't stand to face either of them and tell them he wouldn't save them, but some of it was just poor gameplay. Kaitlyn was right in saying that she was a bigger target in the house than Haleigh, but that didn't matter to Fessy. He's crushing hard for Haleigh, so she got his vote.
All he had to do was not win the POV competition and he'd have been in the clear. But he did one better. He even told Kaitlyn to throw it to him and he'd save her, effectively helping Haleigh out even more by throwing his so-called best friend in the house under the bus. That's cold, dude.
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Tyler (even) made no headway in trying to influence or even glean information out of Sam about replacement nominee possibilities, but it doesn't really matter. He is masterfully playing this game and no one is comparing notes enough to see he is playing every side in the house.
JC (even) gave us a crystal-clear indication of the power he wields in the house when he shut Sam down from naming him as a replacement nominee with just a few words. Maybe this is why she didn't want anyone to talk to her, because she's easily swayed from her decisions.
Angela (up 1), Kaycee (up) and Rachel (up 1) continue to be MIA in this game, but we at least got a confessional from Kaycee where she condemned Sam's nomination ceremony speech. Whether she'll act on these feelings in-game remains to be seen, but it's nice to see she's paying attention to what's going on.
Brett (up 1) is the Donald Trump of the house. He seems to be able to say and do anything he wants and there are no repercussions for him or his game. Rockstar is still mad he lied about her in the last eviction ceremony, but no one else seems to really care. In fact, Sam and Tyler are more upset with her and ready to target her. That's bro power at work!
Sam (down 4) is just the latest in a strong of Heads of Household who are doing a terrible job of managing their reign. Sam has run hers like a brutal dictator, and even made decisions for personal reasons rather than game ones. And she seems genuinely certain none of this will impact her game, but there is a social side to "BB." We'll see if she's the female Brett, or if there will be fallout for her coming after women like this.
Bayleigh (even) is laying low and out of the line of fire. With women in the crosshairs this week, that's a smart strategy.
Faysal (even) remains in a tenuous position in the house, and did himself no favors by waffling between Kaitlyn and Haleigh, promising both of them he would save them if he won the Power of Veto. Then, in the worst string of good fortune possible, he not only got picked to play, he turned around and won it. We're not buying totally that Kaitlyn threw it to him, but it's certainly possible.
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Scottie (up 2) is hoping his rough HOH seems a long time ago now, and with so much chaos in the house, he may get away with the big shot he took for a little while. We suspect, though, it won't be forgotten altogether.
Haleigh (up 2) slides up a notch only because she has rocked no boats in the house, made no enemies other than Sam, and really hasn't done much at all. If they strategically decide she is a bigger threat in challenges, she could go.
Rockstar (down 1) wound up as the replacement nominee, and we already know Tyler and Brett are ready for her to go. We suspect her attempts to defend her person from Brett's senseless attack won't be enough to send her packing, but crazier things have happened.
Kaitlyn (even) stays on the block, and is the most likely to go. She's still the most volatile and unpredictable player in the house. Now she feels betrayed and scorned by Faysal (in her defense, she totally was), so her response if she stays is likely to only make her more enemies in the house.
"Big Brother" is the world and the world is not fair or just or right. It just is.
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"I nominated Kaitlyn and Haleigh who have very little respect for others, and sadly very little respect for themselves. Flipping your hair around and laying all over everybody is not female empowerment. I'm old-fashioned, and to me being a lady is what's empowered." --Sam
"She's gonna put up two women and talk about female empowerment? Here you've got some dude causing controversy and he's not up there. I don't really understand it. It's definitely not what I would have done and I'm not here for it." --Rockstar (referencing Brett's uncalled-for attack on her at last eviction)
"I love Sam, but the way she came at Kaitlyn and Haleigh I'm not down with at all. They're great people. I don't feel like they're disrespecting the guys in any way intentionally. It was pretty savage on Sam's part. --(Kaycee)
- "I do want to say that I do respect everyone in this house just as equally as I respect myself." --Haleigh
"I appreciate that but whatever is fueling your fire right now, take it to the competition." --Sam (ruling with an iron fist)
"I'm just upset that this is no longer a game and it turned personal." --Haleigh
- "Am I throwing it to you, or what?" --Kaitlyn (to Faysal moments before POV competition)
- "If you can." --Faysal (knowing he would save Haleigh)
- "It's either I win and you're not safe, or you win and we're both safe. What do you want to do?"
"If you can throw it to me, throw it to me and I'll save you." --Faysal (lying)
"Are you freaking kidding me. Look at me right now. My balls are on fire." --JC (with an ice pack after enduring too many chops to the groin in the veto competition)
"'Big Brother.' Am I winning? Hello?" --JC (lying down in diary room acting delirous with two ice packs now)
- "Just be honest with me. Did you also tell her you would save her?" --Kaitlyn (figuring out Faysal has been playing her)
"I didn't tell her I wouldn't not save her." --Faysal (nailed it!)
"What do you want me to say, Haleigh? ... er, Kaitlyn." --Faysal (speaking to Kaitlyn ... kind of says it all, doesn't it?)
- "I'm gonna put up somebody the whole house enjoys and is my best friend and I believe that you're gonna stay." --Sam (at Veto Ceremony)
- "I don't think that's the right thing to do, Sam. I would never do that to you." --JC (knowing she was referring to him)
- "Alright then, I'm gonna put up Rockstar." --Sam (later admitting, she caved)