Another Thursday night, another player leaves the Big Brother house. After the fireworks of Wednesday's show, this episode felt completely (and sadly) predictable. Can Cassi, aka Public Enemy No. 1, work a miracle to avoid eviction? Who seizes control in the Head of Household competition? And, most importantly, what is Julie Chen wearing? Let's break it down.
But first... Seriously, Julie Chen's fashion choices this season have been mind-boggling. Last week she wore an all-white suit and this week's khaki safari-superhero dress is insane. There's even a cape or something in the back. Strange, to say the least. I still love you, though, Julie!
Perhaps inspired by Rachel's crying game in the bushes, this episode features a lot of moping around and sad faces. Shelly, even though she faces possible eviction, is mostly sad about losing her best friend and partner, Cassi. And that's the correct assumption, since pretty much everyone in the house knows she's a goner. Shelly's sadness gets to Jordan, who tells Jef that she feels terrible. Jeff insists that Jordan is a good person and that she shouldn't feel bad. Even so, Jordan says she feels like an ass. (I can't feel sorry for Jordan, because she chose to let Rachel bulldoze her. Good person or not, she made a bad move by not backdooring Brendon and Rachel.)
Speaking of the bad move: Why is it that Jordan never considered putting up Lawon and Kalia? Given Rachel's hatred of floaters, shouldn't Jordan have been able to make a case that those two, who have done nothing all season, should be the sacrificial lambs? Oh right, Cassi is the pretty girl and Rachel won't rest until Cassi is destroyed! Or, as Rachel says when she sees that Jordan followed her plan: "I always get my way." Ugh.
Although Cassi vows not to campaign against Shelly to stay in the game, she does try to get some face time with Brendon and Rachel to understand why she was their target. Rachel says it started with Cassi's comments about Porsche, which Cassi owns up to. But Cassi also notes that all the newbies wanted Porsche gone. When Rachel can offer no excuse except the ungrounded claims that Cassi is the "worst game player in the history of Big Brother," Cassi says Rachel is threatened by her as a female. Rachel gets catty, and Cassi calls her on that as well, adding that she now gets why Rachel became so reviled by houseguests last season. "You're an ugly person inside... a catty, catty girl."
Time for another episode of the Rachel Soap Opera. She cries about how mean Cassi is and that is fighting dirty. Rachel says Cassi "turned all my weaknesses against me," and thus made her cry. I have a hard time keeping up with how Cassi speaking the truth exploits Rachel's weaknesses, but Jordan thankfully tells Rachel that her mouth gets her in trouble. She says she is often bitchy and that if she doesn't get it in check, she's going to take the whole alliance down. "I'm not a villain," Rachel sobs. Fortunately for Rachel, Brendon enters and tell her awesome she is and how terrible Cassi is. "She's not worth wasting your emotion on," Brendon says. Rachel is happy again. Groan.
Just for good measure, Brendon turns a conversation with Cassi into a huge fight. While she is still trying to get answers, Brendon tells her how terrible it is that she swears on her family's lives when making promises in the Big Brother game. He then becomes Captain Condescending in explaining why Cassi isn't good at the game, but Cassi's had it. "I'm not a dumba--," she says and storms out.
Julie's Q&A session with the houseguests reveals that Adam is glad Dom won the veto (duh!) and that Rachel has made amends with Jeff and Jordan following her blowup at the veto competition. In the HOH room, Jordan tells Julie that it was too early to turn against Brendon and Rachel (I still disagree: If she made some key deals this week in exchange for backdooring them on behalf of the house, Jordan could have controlled the numbers still. If Brendon and Rachel survive until the partners split, they will be tough to take down.) Also: Jordan isn't thinking about marrying Jeff (and certainly not having his babies) until they live in the same state.
Eviction time! One-by-one the houseguests go into the diary room, and one-by-one they reveal what we all expect: Cassi is evicted by a unanimous 9-0 vote. Cassi tells Julie it's a shame that her looks could still threaten other women at this age. She is proud that she played the game honestly, however, and Julie commends her. In goodbye messages to Cassi, Jordan apologizes, Shelly is sad, Dom tells Cassi that she's a better person than the jealous girls who booted her, and Rachel again says Cassi is a terrible player. Sucks to see Cassi go, but hey, you can catch her on the big screen this summer in Cowboys and Aliens!
The Head of Household competition is a quiz. Players have to predict how America responded to a series of questions. A right answer allow you to continue; a wrong answer gets you eliminated. I won't bore you with the play-by-play, but basically, America:
--would rather get mouth-to-mouth from Jeff
--thinks Adam is most likely to pee in the pool
--thinks Porsche would steal a woman's man
--thinks Brendon would save someone in a burning building
--would rather see Daniele in a bikini all summer
It's a tight race until that last question. (Yeah, I would have said Porsche over Daniele too.) The only people to correctly guess all the answers are Brendon and Rachel, and after a couple more questions, Rachel wins HOH for the second time in three weeks. Since I'm still pulling for Jeff and Jordan, I guess I should be happy that the vets' alliance remains in power, but I'd like to mix it up a bit. Also: I'm so over Brenchel at this point. Alas, the game goes on!
So, are you sad to see Cassi go? Glad Rachel is back in power? Who do you think she will nominate? And who do you think will win? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below!
Another Thursday night, another player leaves the Big Brother house. After the fireworks of Wednesday's show, this episode felt completely (and sadly) predictable. Can Cassi, aka Public Enemy No. 1, work a miracle to avoid eviction? Who seizes control in the Head of Household competition? And, most importantly, what is Julie Chen wearing? Let's break it down....