Watching "Big Brother" this season has become an exercise in frustration, and we are just about at our limit.
Watching the former F.O.U.T.T.E. alliance flounder in the face of the organized and somehow-still-secret Level 6 hit new heights on Wednesday when Rockstar boned up her own game, and possibly doomed her alliance in the process. In what may go down as one of the dumbest-ever "BB" moves, Rockstar gave Tyler the answer during the veto competition, setting up his win.
On top of that, she secured her own loss in the final round of the popular OTEV competition by screwing up the last answer herself, to hand him the victory. While she pleaded with him to consider that she basically handed him the Power of Veto, it didn't matter.
Loyal to Level 6, Tyler obviously used the Power of Veto to remove Angela from the block. Haleigh replaced her by putting Kaycee back up there. She'd been removed by the BB Hacker (who also happens to be Kaycee), a twist that has absolutely destroyed the last two HOH runs.
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 check out a new spotlight item in stock.
Haleigh is close to securing a spot in "Big Brother" history for having the wort HOH in history, as she is on the verge of seeing her ally and best friend in the house get booted out of the game on her watch. It's not her fault at all, as the "Hacker" twist has completely screwed up her game this week, and may doom F.O.U.T.T.E. altogether.
It's difficult to watch, because of that hapless alliance, Haleigh appears to be the most aware of what's going on in the house, even though she has a huge Brett-sized blind spot. She at least is aware of how much Tyler has been orchestrating everything in the house. The problem is that the "Hacker" twist may have doomed her game completely.
Not only is Rockstar on the block, but the hacker -- Level 6 member Kaycee -- has the ability to block one vote at the eviction ceremony, and she'll surely block Faysal's vote, assuring one less vote in Rockstar's favor. It all comes down to the swing players in the house, including Sam (who thinks Tyler is her best friend), JC and Scottie.
Tyler (even) is running this house, and with the Power App America gave him and even Rockstar helping him, it seems like luck is ever in his favor. Tyler's been on top since Day 1 and he may come out on top come the last day.
Brett (up 3) has managed to infiltrate the other side of the house, playing double agent for Level 6. And the other side is so clueless about this alliance, he's going to be able to blow them up from the inside.
JC (even) is going to be in trouble eventually, because he's a free agent in a house of alliances, but for now he just needs to keep doing what he's doing.
Angela (up 5) came off the block this week, and is sitting pretty in the Level 6 alliance. They don't even have to try this hard when F.O.U.T.T.E. is bumbling so bad. They're basically winning by default at this point.
Sam (down 1) is a bit of a wild card, as her emotional state has really been deteriorating. If she ever finds out Tyler is basically using her for his own endgame and has no loyalty to her, she will either break down completely, or turn into a beast and the kind of ally F.O.U.T.T.E. desperately needs.
Faysal (up 2) should be a physical threat, but he doesn't appear to be much of a mental one. He has moments where he knows what's going on, but it never seems to matter. He is on the wrong side of everything in the house, but will remain a target because of the potential of him being a threat.
Scottie (even) isn't trusted by anyone in the house, which is a huge problem unless he plans to start winning competitions in the game. If he ever finds out about Level 6, he'll solidify the rest of the house, but in this hapless season, it seems no one is going to figure them out until they are the Final Four.
Haleigh (down 6) may be HOH, but the "BB Hacker" holds all the power this week. And it looks like her impotent reign is going to end with Rockstar gone, her alliance down another number, and her defenseless and with the biggest target on her back ... certainly Tyler is going to be gunning for her before she exposes his game.
Kaycee (down 3) is only here because sometimes the unexpected happens. It would take the kind of miracle the underdogs have been denied every week on this show, so we're not expecting it, but maybe everyone will wake up and see what's happening before it's too late.
Rockstar (even) is probably looking at a third time's the charm situation. She isn't a threat, but she is a number on the other side of the house and since it looks like nothing can stop Level 6, this is their show and she's just in the way.
"Big Brother" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.