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'Big Brother 11': The tears of Michele

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Michele is a rare Big Brother contestant. She’s book-smart, not smart-alecky street-smart. She’s not melodramatic; in fact, if anything, she hides her feelings and seems a bit awkward and self-conscious in front of the cameras. And she’s pretty unpredictable in her game-playing.

She cried a lot on Sunday night’s edition. All alone, she sobbed that there’s “no one that can empathize with me.” (Are you kidding, honey? Jordan wouldn’t know the meaning of “empathize.” Though she’d probably be nice to you if you defined it for her.) “There’s no one I can talk to,” cried Michele. “This house is driving me crazy.”

SPOILER ALERT: DON’T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHO WON HOH OR WAS NOMINATED FOR EVICTION.

I would maintain that this is shaping up to be one of the more fascinating editions of Big Brother. Kevin winning HOH and reading his partner’s letter aloud was quite emotional, and the house guests’ reactions seemed genuine and happy for him. And hearing Jordan talk about how her family lost its house — when was the last time real life, in the form of foreclosure, intruded upon Big Brother in such a stark way?

As far as the game went, I also found it fascinating the way the rest of the house really had to work themselves into a froth before entertaining the idea of putting up Michele for eviction. “She’s a freakin’ liar!” “Let’s bounce her out then!” It’s as though their hearts weren’t in it, but they were willing themselves to be justified in their selection of the most vulnerable player.

I didn’t think Kevin would go with the nominations he did: Jeff and Michele. I figured he’d use a back-door strategy with Jeff.

But maybe your game-playing sense is better than mine: Has Kevin made the right decision? How do you think this week will play out? Which do you like more, peaches or nectarines?

Be sure to check out this Big Brother edition of Must List Live! featuring the surprisingly articulate mixed martial exited-artist Russell: