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'Big Brother: Over the Top' recap: Sister, sister

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Big Brother: Over the Top

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
10/05/16
performer:
Julie Chen
broadcaster:
CBS All Access
genre:
Reality TV

If last week had me questioning my potential loyalty to the so-called “underdogs” of Big Brother: Over the Top, this week sealed the deal. I’m not mad; I’m just disappointed. (There’s a lot of that going around this week.)

I’ll get to my reasons why in a sec (and believe me, there are plenty), but for now, let’s zip back to Scott getting evicted. Scott’s a good dude, and I genuinely feel for the guy. I think he really got the short end of the stick as far as loyalty goes, even though he made his devotion to the Ball-Smashers clear. Choosing Whitney to stay over Scott was a mistake I’m sure the Ball-Smashers are kicking themselves for this week.

The Head of Household competition is genuinely terrifying, if we’re being honest. Basically, production abused Snapchat’s face swap feature to the extreme, and the contestants had to correctly guess which houseguests’ body parts made up the nightmare-inducing faces staring them down. Shelby slays the competition and wins HOH, and even Danielle is jumping up and down and clapping with excitement (though inside, it was probably something more like this).

Shelby immediately knows she has to use her powers for good and keep Alex and Morgan safe, as Whitney has been acting pretty sketchy, and hanging out with Justin and his mustache an awful lot as they talk romantically about broccoli. (Whitney doesn’t like the way it tastes, but Justin promises he will cook her delicious broccoli to change her mind).

Shelby knows right away that Jason and Justin will be her targets for the week, but America throws a wrench in her plans when Jason wins the care package and becomes co-HOH for the week. This means they’ll each get to alternate in nominating one person for safety, and the final two people left are put up on the block, with each HOH claiming a nominee. At first, I envision this will be like in every sitcom ever when two enemies are forced to spend time together and come out of it the best of friends. I fully expect Shelby and Jason to exit the week baking cookies and telling each other deep, dark secrets.

Of course, Shelby’s understandably angry her plan was foiled, and knows she can no longer put up Justin, since Jason will most likely keep him safe. Jason, meanwhile, is 100 percent set on backdooring Alex. To make his whole master plan work, he tells Shelby they each must nominate someone in their alliance with the hope that they’ll come down after the veto competition and can be replaced by the HOH’s choice. I’m not entirely sure I understand how this benefits Shelby, but she can only keep two people safe anyway, and it’s obviously going to be Morgan and Alex. Eventually, Jason nominates Danielle and Shelby nominates Whitney. America’s nomination goes to Alex, and I am genuinely disappointed — I like Alex a lot, and think she’s one of the few actually playing a good game. This fits right in with Jason’s plan — if Danielle comes off the block, he can put up Morgan, and there will be no way for Shelby to save any of her alliance members.

Jason and Shelby have a brief moment of bonding when a crying Shelby gets homesick and utters this absolute gem in the diary room, via the weekday replay: “There are no dogs here, no Harry Potter, and no hot guys.” I’ll be honest, it’s been a brutal last 24 hours, and this quote was the one thing that made me laugh.

NEXT: You’re a mean one, Mr. Roy

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Jason wins the veto competition, and, just as discussed, Morgan goes up in her place, putting Operation Backdoor Alex in full effect. This is also right around the time Whitney totally blows her cover and dissolves her relationship with the Ball-Smashers once and for all. In the kitchen with Justin, she tells him they should have a celebratory dinner, which Alex, Morgan, and Shelby overhear, unbeknownst to Whitney. Morgan goes to confront her, and Whitney (who says she’s really good at thinking off the top of her head, which I MIGHT believe if it didn’t take her five minutes to utter one sentence) tries to play it cool, but the girls don’t buy her act.

Okay, so remember that part about how I’m frustrated with the Late Night Jamboree? This is where it all goes down. After the Ball-Smashers attempt to make a deal with Jason to try and save Alex, Jason thinks it’d be fun to mess with the Shelby, Alex, and Morgan as revenge for celebrating their HOH win in the storage closet (??? Did Jason and Danielle not do the same after she won veto?). Jason, Danielle, and Justin come up with a plan to convince the girls that Jason’s target for the week is Justin. Jason and Danielle approach them with the prospect of a new five-person alliance that will help get Justin out this week and carry each other through the coming weeks. The only problem with the plan is that it’s totally fake. Jason and Danielle carry the “backdoor Justin” plan all the way to the veto ceremony, where they completely blindside Shelby, Morgan, and Alex by putting Morgan on the block. When she attempts to defend herself and call out the five-person alliance, Jason (and Justin) laugh in her face and tell her the whole house already knew and that they just got played.

The whole thing was so incredibly cringey. It felt weird and mean and unnecessary. I get that Big Brother is about deceit, and that sometimes you have to lie your way through to keep yourself safe. But this felt cheap and smarmy. If Danielle was so upset about Scott bullying her last week, why did she think it was okay to fight fire with fire? Jason and Danielle are bullies in my book for pulling this move. Jason even says it feels “amazing,” which astounds me since the move provided absolutely no advance for his game and was executed simply as a way to make the girls look foolish and humiliate them in front of the entire house.

The Late Night Jamboree can peg themselves as “misfits” and underdogs all they want, but bullying the other houseguests is not the way to appeal yourself to America. I have much more respect for players like Alex, who accept their Big Brother fate graciously and don’t whine and complain when things don’t go their way.

The girls confront Whitney about her flipping sides, and she claims to have been open about her loyalty to Justin and Kryssie the whole time, proving it by calling Kryssie, her BFF, THE WRONG NAME.

That being said, I was sad to see Alex go on a 4-0 vote and think the game will be lacking without her.

Morgan was sad, too, particularly that Alex was leaving her to fend for herself in a house full of not-so-nice people and provided another wonderful sound bite in the diary room: “I’m going to have to deal with them farting on each other and burping, and popping each other’s zits and thinking it’s funny, and it’s not funny. I’m a Have-Not, and I really want some ice cream.”

Also, it’s worth mentioning, Kryssie hasn’t cried in like, a week, is she okay? Maybe someone should check on her.

Of course, tonight was also the infamous ~double eviction~, but it looks like we’ll have to wait for a second episode (or, you can check the live feeds now!).

For more Big Brother: Over the Top, read our interview with Alex Willett and our interview with Whitney Hogg.

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