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Come spill the RealiTea with me and take a bite out of the insanity that has been week 1 of Big Brother. I know its been a few days since my last blog but in all honesty there is so much going on every time I find an angle and prepare to serve a hot fresh pot of RealiTea, everything is upside down again! With eviction night tonight and the holiday behind us we need to try and dissect the house and player’s current statuses. The RealiTea is…this has been the most explosive week in BB history! For those who aren’t up to speed on the current game I am going to focus on all the Tea spilt since the veto ceremony. Cody is still HOH although we are finally at a point in his reign where essentially his HOH is over. Sadly, he and Jessica have bunkered down in the HOH room isolating themselves since the veto competition. Flashback of Nicole and Cory anyone? Or the Willet sisters and the sloth? For the record, when you become HOH don't isolate yourself from other players. HOH ends and hen you re most vulnerable the week that follows when you aren't allowed to compete. Enjoy the occasional opportunity to escape the patients intros insane asylum but like Hotel California you can't check out. Cody and Jessica will be in for a huge culture shock when they must head back down stairs tomorrow and integrate with the other HG’s. Even worse they destroyed the advantage they had with the odds of 8 people winning the next HOH and having the ability to use this as their personal retreat in the weeks ahead. I am actually grateful for that I loathe the seasons where one power alliance overruns the HOH room because it's terrible for their long term game. In this scenario Cody and Jessica and their choices to ignore everyone else and isolate themselves in the personal love den they dubbed the HOH room for the past two weeks is seen as a plus, I didn't like their odds preseason and now that we've seen them in the house I personally like them even less. Since the veto meeting fall out Cody has spent the last week sending Jessica downstairs to search out intel, or relay messages, and his absence is noted by those he was aligned with and others. Now on the one hand Cody has zero social skills so it’s not entirely a terrible idea to allow her to be the front man of this duo but this is a huge mistake players make in the game. You can’t just build paths to friendship and communication with those you like or aligned with. Arguably its even more important for players to lay a foundation socially with those that are their perceived enemies. Cody however realized quickly after the explosive Veto ceremony that his self title 'Maverick' game move move was not only a terrible idea but the manner in which he did so was splitting up the couples as a result. In Cody’s mind whatever he did his team was supposed to fall in line and just accept his marching orders. He's not the first HOH to make this error, its similar to Becky’s move in BB18 taking a big shot during her HOH without confirming whether she had the votes to secure Vanessa’s eviction. I appreciate having a player that was willing to take a big shot, but this is a hard lesson to learn that just because Vets or the largest threat needs to go, doesn’t mean they will or even should for that matter. Your first weeks should be spent forming relationships, getting to know the other players, and listening more than talking. This entire scenario goes back to what I conveyed about week 1. You have no idea who you are dealing with. You haven’t had time to really put players under a microscope and make informed decisions. As we all saw, Cody made a critical error in judgement. My cup runneth over when Alex wins the veto last week forcing Cody to nominate yet another HG. This is the one area I sympathize with Cody for the blink of an eye. Megan’s sudden exit forces him to replace Megan with Alex. Alex wins POV so now he has to nominate a 4th HG in one week. What Cody also didn’t give enough forethought and weight to when analyzing the game and his best move was considering that potentially a HG accepted the reward in the den of temptation. So, when he makes a BOLD move without anyone is his group knowing, attempts to nominate Paul when Alex comes off the block with the veto he had never even ran through the possibility that Paul may have it and make a contingency plan. Cody is blindsided along with everyone on his team to his actual decision to take a shot at Paul only to be served up the pendant of protection eliminating the chance to backdoor Paul. Now Cody is on his 5th nomination and takes a swing at Christmas suggesting she, like Jillian was to Megan, is the closest ally to Paul and it was the only option he had left at this point. Finally, when all is said and done we are left with Jillian and Christmas OTB for eviction night. Cody sings the poor me song all week about having to nominate 5 players this week but that falls on deaf ears with me. It would have only been a 3rd nominee if he had listened to his alliance and just nominated Jason. Boo hoo, suck it up buttercup it’s your own fault. Jessica on the other hand has been making brief appearances in between her constant mounting of Cody in the HOH room but the tides have risen and fallen with her and her status in the game after Cody named the replacement nominee after Alex won POV. Jessica was in the dark just as much as the other couples, and Dominique prior to Cody’s insane idea to blindside his entire alliance by ignoring their collective suggestion to nominate Jason as the replacement nominee. The showmance alliance, minus Cody all believed it was the 6 people in couple land plus Dom, Paul and Christmas in the short term. Cody didn’t tell anyone what he planned to do. Initially, Jessica is furious at the move but she is quick to say, it is what it is now we have to go ahead and vote Christmas out because she’s up there and Cody put targets on all of our backs. Mark is in agreement initially, what’s done is done and now we have to make the hard play to go ahead and vote Christmas out. No what any of them wanted to do but what’s done is done and we need to take a step back and make a new play book. Jessica being the kind of player she is, in less than a day, the anger and betrayal she felt initially about Cody's nominations is overcome by hormones and desperation for a man’s attention and forgets where she is. What she could have done was distance herself from Cody the same way everyone else in their power alliance did and actively do some damage control. Even if she had told Cody, look, I’m with you but here’s what I have to do for the rest of the week and at the very least spend the majority of her time downstairs with everyone else repaving some roads that were demolished by Cody’s move. Cody expects complete and total loyalty and her burning loins smothered any cerebral understanding that she is playing a game for $500k. We will nibble on the details of the status of each of the ‘showmances’ later. There’s so much game to cover for now. As soon as the consequences of Cody’s renom unfold, Matt and Raven decide they are done with that group, they want nothing to do with Cody, he is poison and all bets are off. They pledge their allegiance to Christmas promising her their vote for her to stay. These two were the most outraged at the selfishness of Cody’s move and haven’t swayed on their stance since it happened. What’s different about these two is they are much more subtle about blending in to the rest of the house. They don’t make a big scene about it, eventually Matt has a one on one conversation after the dust settles asking cody to explain why he felt taking a shot at Paul without making sure he had the votes. Cody’s response, I thought I had the votes. His attitude is that he gave marching orders and it never occurred to him that his soldiers wouldn’t follow orders. Personally, I think this is the best thing that could have happened to Matt’s and Raven’s games right now. Clean break from Cody early and prevents accumulation of missed kill shots that are tallied on them by way of Cody. They don’t position themelve as Jessica has to be the way to attack Cody is by nominating them so as far as I can see they are the smartest of the large group this week. Raven and Matt are friendly with everyone and keep a low profile all week focusing on socializing and not beating the dead horse of the actions of Cody. You see people quickly forget they were aligned with Cody when he did this and blend right back into the backrground. In my preseason analysis of these two (indivudually) who were both in my top HG with longevity becasue they can blend in and not draw attention to themselves with other big targets by way of attention seeking personalities. As far as the fallout Matt and Raven are the prize winners in the break up. I will share more about the statis of the ‘showmance’ and how these two measure up later. Matt and Raven have done an excellent job of interegrating themeselves in the house with all people but have slowly shifted gears, ready to contiue to work with Paul and Christmas who they wanted in their origianl allinace unlike Cody. Paul does a masterful job, the first two days after the fallout, of assuring them he holds no grudge against them and wants to work with them moving forward and ththemselvese current task is to do all they can to ensure Christmas stays. I like a Matt, Raven, Paul, Christmas foursome if they can mange to save Christmas this week. Yes, it’s Paul’s primary goal to save Christmas because its good for his game. She has developed a strong connection to Paul, she’s a physical threat and can help them win comps, and she’s locked in on getting Cody and Jesica out of the house now which means the focus on Paul will continue to diminish. For Raven and Matt making this transition is an asset. Now they have Cody and Jessica as big targets ahead of them, while Cody and Jessica are focused on Paul, Christmas and for Jesica Alex ahead of them as shields we also have Paul and Christmas zeroed in on Cody and Christmas. These two are in good positions as week 1 comes to an end. Cody may be crying upstairs that Matt and Raven turned on him but even doing so Paul and Christmas are higher priority than Matt and Raven and if by some unexpected turn Matt or Raven become nominees they can go back to Cody and play the you are the reason we are here and you need to help us crawl out of the hole you dug for us. Mark and Elena are just as appalled. Initially, Mark takes a more subtle approach, telling Cody he doesn’t like what he did but a this point you’ve done it. Mark, like Jessica initially accepts that they have to vote Christmas out because she won’t just come for Cody because she doubts whether the group was in the dark and you’ve put us all in danger. Elena was more middle of the road she hates the move and really upset about the position Cody put everyone in. Ironically, on the LF we see Elena talking with Mark later that day after the veto ceremony and she sees the rationale of voting out Christmas. She comes around to the idea that what is done is done. Mark was absolute in his convictions initially and shares that with Elena in a way that allows her to land on the side of voting Christmas out even though she’s not happy about it. Unfortunately, when Mark begins to struggle with whether it’s the right move because he likes Christmas and is feeling a little guilty about voting his ‘friend’ out. This gradual shift creates some questions in Elena’s mind about whether she can count on Mark or if he is too easily swayed by others (mainly Dominque). This becomes a larger issue as the week continues because suddenly we have some distance beginning to develop between Mark and Elena over this entire situation. Mark and Dom are close and spend a lot of time talking game. Elena and mark are close and she is counting on being a ‘duo’ all the while trying to act like she’s not. What feeds shows us as the week goes on is that Mark is all in on the Elena ‘relationship’ train but not playing for he and Elena. Elena on the other hand is all in on the Mark and Elena duo in the game but always side stepping the ‘relationship’ part of the package teasing Mark and flirting but then keeping him at arms length. Dominique is smart. She sees this dance Elena is doing and uses it to create some doubt in Mark’s mind drawing him closer and more invested in his allegiance to Dom in the game creating some internal confusion for Mark. While this could be a very masterful manipulation on Dom’s part, she underestimates Elena’s instincts and the fact that others in the house are paying attention to Mark and Dom’s growing friendship and begin to use this to drive a wedge between Elena and Mark all the while developing a target all of a sudden on Dom. Dom has blended in gracefully until this storm begins to build and we see her on 4th of July show her emotional side after a false rumor is spread that there was a banner outside suggesting that Mark and Dom have an alliance. There was no banner, BB would have called for a lockdown and this made up plane banner scenario will find some others in hot water. The RealiTea is that if you are going to lielie the most important element is that there must be some small grain of truth to make it believable. Saying there was a banner in a house here so many players know BB, and how production handles it was a terrible idea! Had there been some random sudden lockdown then they may have been able to float this lie, but in the absence of that it was never going to fly with this cast. Now that we’ve taken a large bite of how the showmances faired after Cody’s attempt to measure himself in front of everyone only to be laughed ooutut of the locker room, let’s discus Paul since he is at the center of this all. Paul handles the entire veto ceremony blindside and attempted backdoor by Cody perfectly right after it happens. We see during the ceremony Paul doesn’t go off half cocked and give us some OTT reaction to being nominated. He is humble and matter of fact as he reveals the pendant of protection which is perfect in this case! While he was upset and certainly didn’t want to have to use the pendant of protection (revealing that he accepted the temptation and has safety for 3 weeks) he doesn’t react emotionally or explosively. We are able to see him on the feeds minutes after the ceremony having a calm, rational, well expressed dialogue with Cody privately. As I watched it happen I was so impressed with how Paul handled it all. He serves Cody some ‘alternate facts’ to consider based on what Cody says about how Paul’s presence with the group creates chaos in his mind and as Cody repeatedly tries to imply ‘others’ made it clear to him they didn’t trust Paul he doesn’t go hard for receipts. Paul does exactly what a smart player should, he files that away in his mind and keeps that topic seperate from Cody’s actions. Paul is being 100% truthful in this entire covnersation and understands Cody’s personality type so doesn’t directly challenge him trying to prove that Cody was wrong. As the week unfolds Paul shifts his approach and I don’t like how he becomes a bit aggressive in his tactics both in RealiTea and in other HG’s minds. He is not going hard and fast like a crazy man but as the shift unfolds with the collapse of the power alliance he had easily slid into a new fold where half of that alliance plus a couple players (Kevin, Alex, and Jason) from the outside alliance gravitate towards him, because he handles it so well. So what changes? Christmas! Christmas gets injured in the BY on Monday and this throws the house into chaos all over again! Monday morning durign the wake up music Jason and Christmas were doing their normal ritual dancing around and playing cowboys. Christmas hopped on Jason’s back for a ‘bull ride’ and Jason slips on the grass bringing them both crashing to the ground. I won’t go deep into tevrything that happens but the bottom lineis Christmas broke her foot in to places. She has to be taken tot he hospital returns 6 houseparaters later on crutches. While she is gone being examined the HG spend the day pondering whether she can return, running possible scenarios if she cannot. Would Cody have to nominate yet another HG? That’s all we see all day Monday is everyone’s response to another unexpected event. Christmas had an MRI on Wednesday confirming she has a broken foot and has decided to remain in the game. Paul went into crisis mode for fear players would shift over to the side of sending her home because she’s a wounded animal and better to just put her out of her misery. This makes Paul go to work which would be fine if he wasn’t working too hard. This house is now full of paranoid players caught up in a tornado for 16 days straight and he isn’t slowing down enough to read people’s reactions to his approach. He sees some things but rather than slow down and consider how to counter it he just rushes back in trying to clarify and that in many instances does more harm than good because a few HGT see him pushing to hard and either don’t like it or see it as an opportunity to bring attention to Paul once again because they had shined the light on themselves and want a distraction. Ramses and Jillian are the ones who keep stirring up issues that these savvy HG are quick to identify. Both eavesdropping and running intel back to both sides. Ramses is always lingering and listening which isn’t always a bad approach. I mean Andy won BB 15 using this strategy. The difference is that Ramses isn’t integrated into the covo’s. He rarely offers any input into conversations and this is far to obvious to others. He is easily labeled a floater trying to play both sides and he needs to take a step back and focus on his executions not his goal. Andy and Steve for that matter were very good at floating intel around the house. Andy however was always a part of the discussions. Ramses is not. He needs to develop some investments from others and become apart of the group rather than constantly fluttering by obviously so that everyone knows exactly what he is doing. Jillian does much of the same but much more desperately. They both need to take a page from Kevin’s play book and gain valuable information by invitation and then sift through what’s relevant valuable information and who it should be relayed to. The indirect causality in all of this scheming is Alex. She was seen as one of the stronger players and being purposeful in her game talk but now like many fans has whiplash from all the back and forth without the advantage we have of seeing everything. She is only able to see small bits and crumbs and with so much unfolding so fast she’s drawing inaccurate conclusions. Paul and cody have both offered their ‘friendship’. Cody out of desperation and Paul out of genuine plans to move forward with her in the game. She flip flops like Reef sandals all week and already doesn’t possess the most subtle delivery in her opinions. If I were Alex I would consider this-Cody offered me a deal and is floating the idea he could have targeted her and her people but he didn’t and now she should trust him and be willing to work with him. The problem here is he did target her and her side of the house. He put 3 people in her squad up and only because she won POV is he now selling her beach front property in Kansas. Paul may be trying to save Christmas, but if he’s offering her a group that includes the wall she needs to prevent her from being a repeated target isn’t this the better both of two questionable choices? I hope she slows down and stops giving into her paranoid delusions that seemed to have been infecting her since Cody came in contact with her. Most of the week the house had been in an even split down the middle with the votes. A tie would mean Cody can be the final say and send Christmas home. Yesterday however the tide shifted a bit and the numbers appeared to be leaning in Christmas favor of staying. The broken foot may have hurt her long term game but the short term game it became a benefit gaining sympathy from so many HG. The best thing that can happen for her right now is for Paul to chill out and let the house land on the side of sympathy. Christmas made it clear she wants Cody and Jessica out. She wont be able to compete in majority of comps and this makes her far less of a threat in the early weeks. Let it be Paul. Jillian hasn’t made any friends and sometimes doing nothing is the best thing. There you have it! The RealiTea is that every week the votes change from hour to hour and it’s important not to get sucked into things early on because they will change. Thanks for enjoying the enormous bites we’ve had in the house this week and I will be back later today to spill the tea on player’s standings in the game and how the relationships have shifted.
6/30/17 The Feeds are Live! Are you ready for some RealiTea Bites! I have a hot bucket of tea and a mouthful of information for you to chew on so let's dive right in! Feeds went live at 10 pm PST and we quickly learn Megan's memory wall photo has gone dark! In all honesty I've had an insane week so I didn't log on to the LF until early Friday morning and was swimming in drama. The best time I found to get the most background info (since we are late to the party) was around 12:04 (cam 1/2) 6/30. Jason And Xmas help Paul scare Kevin. The comradely is nice to see considering all the drama already in full swing! Oh there's so much tea! Megan is gone! The feeds go live and Megan's memory wall photo is dark. Alex tells us she is now a nominee which Christmas seems way too thrilled about considering all the other players who either have made themselves a bigger target or are in reality bigger threats. Clearly Jessica has her claws into Cody and manipulated the replacement nom by her jealous caddy girl ways. If you have the feeds you know what I am talking about if not...well Jessica is already snuggled up on the HOH bed with Cody and she has a target (Alex) and expects Cody to execute her marching orders. Alex didn't help her cause by blowing up at Megan but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Spoilers will follow so if you don't want results this may not be the time to finish sipping tea with me. Come on back after Sunday's episode 3 appears. For the rest...sit back and get comfy because it's going to be a bumpy ride! Paul won the first vote (no shocker here) and receives the temptation of 3 weeks safety. As you know if the player tempted accepts someone else receives an opposite punishment. It seems perhaps Ramses got 'bitten by the snake' in response to accepting the temptation offered in the den of Temptation. From what I gather each HG entered the den of temptation. After Paul accepts the others may have been offered a choice of boxes in the room and whichever HG chose the box with the snake inside gets 'bitten'. I have no idea at this point what that entails but chew on that until Sunday. Jessica and Cody are already kissing and cuddling. Mark and Elena are getting very friendly but is it strategic flirting? Nope this cast seems too be trying to recreate BB 18 so we have another season of showmances. Raven and Matt seem to be stroking the flames as well. So far Raven and Matt seem more flirty while Mark & Elena and Cody & Jessica have marked their territories. It's the first 12 hours of feeds I am replaying here so for now that's what I have seen. Paul must be having flashbacks and nightmares of BB18 showmance central. I swear Casting must create EHarmony profiles of all the applicants at this point! The quick matches and details needed to select not one, but two or three sets of players who immediately pair up so quickly, that's the only explanation. (LOL). Either that or these are all Tinder users who swiped Right immediately upon entering the house. There are some rumors swirling because Paul and Raven met last year at some venue his band was playing at. Time will tell if those two have a past or casting just capitalized on six degrees of separation on Social Media between two potential cast members. Paul and Raven are pretty friendly but not like the three pairs we currently have working under Cody's HOH. Based on what I've seen on LF, Paul and Raven don't seem to gravitate to each other at all and Raven is smitten with Mark. Let's address the dark horse in the room. Megan apparently floated a lie (possibly generated by Paul's hands you can watch his version on FB for Friday a.m. 'Friendship chat') about Jessica referring to Alex in a racially motivated manner, as a Panda. What Megan, as I predicted (playing too hard too fast), didn't count on was Alex being the kind of woman that addresses things face to face. Once Alex questions Jessica about the alleged comment Megan was thrown in a boiling pot of hot water which seems to have overflowed uncontrollably leading to her sudden exit. Allison Grodner (Executive Producer) did say in an interview prior to feeds going 'Live' based on what she was seeing that Megan was playing very hard very fast. Remember on Thursday night's episode Josh and Monte, oh sorry Cody...(same difference) did do is treat Megan harshly in front of everyone. Josh yelling at her and making a scene. Cody nominating Megan like the callous militant personality he is says plainly, "Megan, I just don't like you." So clearly there is a serious barrage of grenades being thrown at her from the beginning. Megan actually released her version of events (6/30) and explanation about what led to her being unable to continue. Here's the link to the article. You can read it and draw your own conclusions. Sunday should tell us in story form by the edit how things ended the way that they did. http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/television/2017/06/30/megan-lowder-ptsd-previous-assault-reason-she-left-big-brother-house-early/444830001/ I recommend you Flashback (FB) to Paul this morning 6/30/17 talking to LF around 10:30 am where he shares his strategy and suggests he had a hand in Megan floating that false intel to Alex. If this is true Megan got beat by her own strategy which would ironic. In her Jeff interview she announced her strategy which aligns with the series of events leading to the decision to leave. However, the guys (Cody, Josh, and to a lesser degree apparently Mark) were VERY aggressive and nasty to Megan night 1. Yes, it's Big Brother not Big Baby but for me, Grown men speaking to any woman (or person in some cases) the way they were is despicable. Regardless of the reasoning, Game or not. It's reflective of the current social climate in our country. Fundamentally, BB simply mirrors what is going on in society from a global perspective. Every year we are served a melting pot cast that reflects society. For the fans that loathe the first night evictions this is a perfect example as to why they aggravate us! It is disturbing to me how BB handles these ridiculous Night 1 evictions...Cameron went home night 1! A guy whose dream was to Play this game. Gone. Now with Megan's unexpected departure fans are left annoyed and frustrated. The RealiTea is, based on what I am seeing on LF, production will likely be kept chasing their tails this season. This is why you don't send anyone home right away. They could already have some pre-planned battle back deal on the map. They could also send Cameron back in. It's. It unprecedented since they did so Season 9, I believe it was. Again, we will have to wait to find out how one less HG will effect the long game. Now that we've covered all the rumors and speculation let's return to what LF are revealing to us. Some of my mental notes as I watched the first hours of LFs is that Ramses whisper game is strong but so far that's the only part of his game is strong. Ramses like a few others are finding a clear path to float around from group to group being friendly and sociable with everyone. Ramses is making it a bit too obvious because the fact he is doing it has been discussed. Paul, Kevin, Christmas, and to a lesser degree Dominique have done a marvelous job at being social and friendly with all 3 groups that have developed. Each has a (for the moment) main group but they seamlessly float from one group to the next building bridges you need to survive the long game. Everyone else is one team or the other and no crossover really. I will keep a close eye on how they maneuver this ship as the weeks play out. These players are key to watch. The best games involve balance and a strong social game allows a path to a player in a time of need further down the road. Cody will not be able to go to let's say Jason at some point to get a lifeline because he only socialized with the people in his group. The groups as usual we have the couples/barbies and kens who have the power and the numbers currently. Paul, Christmas and Dominique floated to the power. The outcasts (Jason, Jillian, Alex, Josh, Kevin). Then we have Christmas, Paul, and for now Dominique who are doing a great job of establishing relationships throughout the house. Cody is retracing Monte's steps rather quickly. No surprise for me. As you read my reaction to preseason info was he will be inflexible, overbearing, and lack the ability to let water roll off his back. Did you hear him tell Josh to "move loser" during the HOH completion as he passes by him? What an arse! Josh is our Devin of the season. Now that we are on the LF we can clearly see that everyone is avoiding or annoyed by Josh. Even those who placate him when he's present immediately exhale exhaustively the second he leaves the room. Especially Paul and Alex. Kevin has some great comments and is seen as the wealth of random knowledge and father figure for now. I switch feeds most of the time when Josh appears because it's like FISH. The same Reel playing over and over. 'I'm sorry. I'm not a bad person'. Josh seriously just likes to hear himself talk. You know what I mean. We all have that one friend/acquaintance who is saying the same point you are but stands there insisting they debate it in their own words despite the fact you both agree. Josh's game so far is riddled with 'I am going to argue just because I need center stage at all times'. Ugh, of course this guy is safe the first week. The comfort I have is that Cody has created the enormous target on his back winning both the safety comp and the HOH in the same night. His lack of social game and strategy will burn this trail quickly since he enters a showmance rather than developing rapports with others HG and building some shields. The feeds going live last night leaves us entering behind the eight ball but it's clear Cody hasn't done any work with those outside his group other than bulldozing creating the high points for his enemies to stand above and easily see the best point of attack on Cody who won't be able to compete in next HOH comp. There is no chance Paul (if he has any influence) will allow 3 couples to work together. He did not return to play the deja vu game this season. While Cody is in power and there is a large group with him in power as of now, things change on a damn once the power is up for grabs and seriously it's week 1! I can hold out a little to enjoy the victory of eliminating Cody from the game. A little. If you have the feeds Check out 6/30 12:47 am Cam 1/2. As for how others seems to be fairing and interacting. You can see Kevin/Jillian discussing who was offered temp. Kevin it wasn't me. Even if they had offered it I wouldn't have taken. Jillian it wasn't me but if they offered it I would have taken it. Jillian-come on girl you are on the block! Alex and Kevin get into an interesting tit for tat. Alex bets Kevin he will never make it to final 3 because he's a place filler. Wow! Alex you are on the BLOCK! Am I stuck in the twilight zone? Where do they find these people! Come miss Superfan gamer! You should know better. Kevin or not. Alex is over Cody and Jessica already. She knows they don't like her. There is some serious bad blood between Jessica and Alex and it's not going to be diffused. The rumor from Megan may or may not be influencing her feelings although it seems there was already girl fighting happening prior to Megan floating the alleged 'Panda' comment to Alex. 12:50 a.m 6/30 Alex tells us Cody told her he wants to take all Couples to the finals. Why is he sharing his pregame strategy with someone he just nominated? This leads us to the showmances. Mark-Elena Cody-Jessica Matt-Raven Based on what I have seen this time for FB is a good time to watch because you get a lot of background info in one little session. Especially since at 12:53 a.m. the camera 3/4 switches to Jessica and Cody cuddling in HOH kissing. Alex is fired up! I'm glad. Spitfire on the loose. But be warned baby girl you have to be aware of everything you say. Don't leak valuable insights when you're venting. I see a lot of this already. Josh is self Destructing. Jillian is revealing too much to a big mouth (Josh). Alex and Jessica each are letting their fires burn out of control. Cody who really seems to be keeping his opinions and ideas as HOH pretty hush hush even from his own people told Alex his game plan? Back to the tea! Alex goes on to tell Kevin he's a filler. Kevin is amusing me with his ignorance about the game and the reality of what his perceptions are about how things should be. What's even more amusing is about 1:20 am we hear Christmas in the BA with Mark and Elena that Kevin knows everything (pure facts not game knowledge). I hope he hangs around I am entertained in the same way Justin in BBOTT and Paul's oblivion BB18 as far as being green to the game of BB. Here's an Example-Kevin asks Alex who should would nominate in her place if she wins POV. Lol. Josh has to explain Cody chooses the replacement. Kevin also nails the point that if you take out the entertaining players what are you left with? The show would have to move to the WB! Lmao! Alex knows someone else suggested to Cody to nominate her. I'm guessing it was Xmas and Jessica but don't have confirmation. I know Jessica had a strong hand in Alex being nominated. Xmas told us she wanted Alex out and she is part of the Cody clan but...we didn't have feeds so....time may or may not give us insight on Sunday. They have a lot of content to convey. If you're behind like I was this is the time to flashback (FB) and get caught up quickly. Oh and the HN room was revealed. The Beds are made of spikes. Jillian, Josh and Ramses are HN. What you won't believe is that Cody, even though HOH, is eating the slop! What is that? Kevin refers to the HOH as the "house of virgins". Lmao I swear Kevin is channeling his inner Remmy and I am eating it up! His reaction to Jillian taking her extensions out at 1:21 a.m. screams Remmy! Paul seems to have melted into the fold of the power in the house for the time being. Smartest move considering Cody wants Paul out but isn't telling his 'team' that. Paul's current plan is to gain trust from each player with 'good advice and friendship' so he can then delegate bad advice creating or widening divides between players. So what is the important Bites as far as the game? At this point around 1 pm Friday. Cody+Jessica Mark+Elena Possible Raven +Matt Paul (kinda), and working on Dominque Alex and Jessica are already at war. Cody has a taste for Paul's blood Christmas wants Alex out Megan self evicted by 1pm Thursday Kevin is just FUNNY Josh continues to Unravel The couples alliance is sketched by their undefined sense of Ramses. Jessica is obsessed with Alex HOH: Cody Nominees: Jillian Alex HN: Jillian, Ramses, Josh Safety temptation went to Paul-who hopes not to have to reveal he took it the next 3 weeks. Veto is under way today Players: Cody, Alex, Jillian, Matt, Raven, Jason The veto power is up for grabs and this house is already in full chaos mode Day 2.5. It's going to be a long season people! So sit back and let's enjoy 3 months filled with RealiTea Bites together! Until next time, the RealiTea is these HG came to play and aren't taking anything lying down...except Cody and Jessica at the moment. Until then the RealiTea is this is Big Brother some things are always going to occur it's the players and their actions that give us some variety! I will be back Monday to spill new tea after the episode has aired and I can fish around SM to get a good read on what we need to chat about!
June 27, 2017 Part 1 Premier Show I hope you're ready to join me for some RealiTea Bites. Let's chew on the events of the first half of the BB19 season premier. Sixteen HG enter the house. As the cast home videos roll on I find myself taking mental notes of the predictions I made that were SPOT ON. Let's review Cody being a Minnie Monte (milder version), inflexible, boorish, and all together off putting. Christmas being way too strong of a personality to have longevity. I do want to get behind her but...she's the alpha female. Ramses being his own worst enemy way to much energy. Megan too much too fast already making enemies. Simultaneously, while smirking over my cup of tea I am making mental notes in the side column about players I predict will go further in the game then others. Raven is a ghost hunter? Smh. Matt being the ladies man. How many of the ladies sat up for his salt and pepper hair? Cameron throwing the first competition?! What was that super fan?! Bye. I have a hard time feeling bad for any player who threw the very first comp willingly knowing safety was on the line. I hate premier night evictions but he had his fate in his hands and let go!? Alex-YOU GO GIRL! All in all I'm thrilled with the cast. Thank you casting for mixing it up! Yes there is the too loud, too cocky, too much players. However, production is evolving in the sense that they see the need to create the same dish people love. I can appreciate attempting to use a variety of new ingredients to recreate a favorite dish that keeps us coming back for more! The world changes and the game should to. It is entirely possible to do it in a way that doesn't effect the integrity of the game we all love. I heard a lot of fans deflated on the season because Paul is back. Despite the fact I was not a Paul fan season 18, if they were going to throw a returnee in the mix I'm not mad at this one. Paul fits in nicely with this crew. IMO, fan of Paul or not, he was robbed of the win BB18. They didn't make it easy on him. He wasn't guaranteed entrance into the house. Although Victor let the cat out of the bag that Paul was in the running to return, I find myself interested his ability to evolve his game play. Oh yes he did go scan his Instagram you can see for yourself. Don't worry I stalk the trending conversations across multiple social media platforms and serve up the most pertinent Bites for you right here all season long! This season Paul will be forced to play offense before a final 4 scenario. BB18 his entire game was defense and he spent a lot of time untying knots he made. So many HG know him. Many of his fellow HG's liked his game. Which means they KNOW it. He can't be in defense mode all season this year. He's played the game now versus last season where he KNEW NOTHING and managed to secure a spot in coveted final 2. Bring it on Paul, let's see what you are made of. For those of you who are annoyed a player went home the first night. I share the idea that we as fans are robbed of the chance to see Cameron in the house and develop our stand on our feelings about him as a player. These HG go through a rigorous series of elimination rounds to get into the house. I agree that Cameron endured and accomplished all those hoops potential players must jump through to gain access to those doors. I agree with those who feel Paul was handed a second chance. I would ask you to consider as a fan...Had Kevin (anyone) not taken the 'temptation' Paul wouldn't be afforded the opportunity. If Kevin (or any of the other 5-6 HG who pushed the button too)hadn't taken the $25K and Paul returned then Cameron wouldn't necessarily have gone home the first night. The players Controlled this fate. CBS put that power in the HG hands and Kevin played his card. As far as twists go I lean in favor of the ones HG can control. That's the game! I prefer that over BB deciding it. I prefer that over fans deciding it. I mean in this scenario we weren't force fed this twist. Paul could have just as easily been sent home if someone didn't accept the bribe. Yeah, I knew someone would take the money. Didn't you? The bottom line is they didn't have to. Choices in this game can change your fate in the house on a dime. The game has begun and we should all be ready for it! Now that we've taken a huge Bite out of the events of the first episode it's time for a sip of tea. My best laugh of the night? I lost it when Paul called Mark 'Johnny Bravo'! I was ROTF spilling my tea everywhere! He nailed that! I was shocked, amused, and blown away I hadn't made the same connection all at once. I didn't mind the snake reference to Nicole either. I mentioned in my preseason blog that Mark reminds me of Ronnie from Jersey Shore but Cameron also looks like Nelson Lewis' (Southern Charm Savannah) little brother don't you think? Google him you will see what I mean! For a premier show with everything happening right from jump and the highs and lows of meeting the HG, I was entertained! The feeds aren't live yet but this was entertaining to me. Bring on the twists! Paul having to choose 8 HG to give safety to. Wow! That was harsh and I loved it! He's a returnee and that's an advantage. I heard someone compare the friendship bracelet gifting to the first impression rose ceremony on the Bachelor. That was actually an interesting comparison. Yes, people always say target the Vets but no one ever does. This made people show some element of their skills by having to go to Paul and seek safety. Paul had to show some cards selecting 8 people to save. Fair trade on that end. However, the people he didn't save...well he now has some serious work to do. Speaking of decisions. America gets to vote for which HG is offered a 'temptation' in the temptation den. Now we can vote for what temptations players are offered but when it comes down to it...the player will have to decide whether or not to take it. With every reward there will be a consequence so if the temptation offered in the temptation den is accepted another player will have to suffer the punishment whatever that is. The first item offered? Safety for 3 weeks! Can you feel Christmas coming in July? The buzz around her is huge. She told us she has an enormous Social Media (SM)following. It's kinda a no brainer it will be Paul or Christmas since this is Broadcast BB and LF won't control the voting. I make this point because Julie told us, once a HG receives the votes for a temptation we can't vote for them again. I won't be surprised or disappointed if Christmas comes in July. I personally have a short list of players who can go ahead of her. Maybe this would give her time to step back and evaluate the board and her position in the game. Now, this is just a prediction. Casual Fans that want to see Paul on the show entertaining them will likely vote for Paul. But this Part 2 premier episode was heavy on the 'Xmas is in trouble'. Regardless of who you like I encourage everyone to vote! Christmas was on the chopping block night 1 edited in a way that showed her in fear of being sent home. She also stayed in the challenge long enough to show she can compete but not so long as to develop a growing target on her back. Being one of the fit players who naturally draws attention from any player who came to play and win. If she had been evicted I wouldn't have any more or less sympathy for her than I did for Cameron. Never throw a life or death comp in the game. Never. I may not like Cody (as a player) in the game but I respect that he held on for dear life just like Alex! Cody however is oblivious to the fact he just widened the target on his back. And the whole boo hoo Paul didn't pick me after I sat next to him saying nothing and being completely abstinent about refusals to play to him even through he had the power to save me. His hate for Paul is made up in his own little mind Just as Monte's was for Justin. PLEASE do not let Cody get offered the first temptation providing 3 weeks of safety! His ego will suffocate the first weeks of the game. If he is to stay let him earn it. I don't see too much chance of this based on his edit. Work for it and my respect and accolades can be earned. Now that this tea has left a bad taste in my mouth let's keep it moving. Josh, Josh, Josh. My man. You are no Victor. Come up with a new game plan because Paul is not feeling friendship for you man. Josh is annoying everyone in the house and I predict he will on the feeds. I haven't come across one Josh fan yet and when he was posted by CBS Big Brother on Instagram he had 32 likes! Lol. Stop impersonating Devin from BB16! Otherwise after this week of safety is over I will happily support your nomination buddy. Even though there are bigger fish to fry. There we have it. That's the relevant tea from premier night and meeting the HG. Tomorrow the feeds go live and we will get a piping hot pot of fresh tea to spill. Until then, the RealiTea is I'm looking forward to the new season and getting a front row seat on the feeds to all the drama and developments as they happen in real time!