Big Brother recap: A tale of an eviction and a showmance
Aaryn's mean, GinaMarie's obsessed, and another contestant goes home
“I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me. But I can’t help it that I’m popular.” –Mean Girls
Tonight’s episode should have been all about Jeremy who – to the surprise of no one – was voted out of the house last night in a successful backdoor plan orchestrated by Helen. But let’s be real here. You have all gathered to discuss what the heck is wrong with GinaMarie and Aaryn, right? Even by Big Brother standards, some crazy stuff went down last night.
Briefly: Jeremy knew his hours were numbered, but he also knew Big Brother is all about the big moves, so he tried – rather convincingly, I might add – to stage a last-ditch effort to save himself. Some of his ideas weren’t the best; wearing a baby costume that he didn’t have to wear solely to show the other houseguests his “softer side” was certainly an interesting choice. But when he dropped the cocky attitude, he did seem like a much more appealing guy to be around. Of course, the biggest thing going for Jeremy he didn’t have anything to do with: Aaryn was becoming more unlikable by the day.
Working theory: Aaryn saw Mean Girls at too young of an age, and has become convinced Regina George is the heroine of the movie, and modeled all of her behavior thus far on The Plastics. To wit: When talking to Jeremy as he was going on his Mea Culpa tour, she said, “People hate people who are good at things,” and “People hate people because they’re cute.” She might as well have added, “I heard Jessie made out with a hot dog.”
The Aaryn/Regina George similarities went even further last night during the episode’s buzziest moment. McCrae and Amanda (together of course) as well as Andy, Judd and Aaryn were sitting around talking about GinaMarie’s crazy obsessive crush on dearly departed Nick. It’s still going strong, apparently, because she has some of his cereal on her dresser, as well as his hat and coffee mug. Amanda accurately referred to it as her “Fatal Attraction shrine.” I will refer to it as a set piece in the inevitable Lifetime movie based on the forthcoming stalking case. Led by Amanda, the group decided to hide some of the items, which – to be fair – is mean, but the kind of prank that could be funny depending on how GinaMarie took it. Spoiler alert not necessary: She did not take it well.
She flipped out when she noticed the mug missing (Maybe it’s secretly a Horcrux?), but when she came to the room to ask them all if they knew what happened, she was smiling. It went downhill quickly after that though, as she burst into tears. Aaryn sensed pain in the house, which only made her stronger. As a distraught GinaMarie made her way to her room (one stop away from a mandatory stay in a psych ward!) McCrae and then Amanda dropped the act and quickly went to go give her her stuff back. When Aaryn saw that someone in the house was about to portray some empathy, she instantly cried, “No don’t! It’ll be ten times worse if you give it back now!” and “No, it’ll be a thousand times worse!” Also, “I’m a monster! Your tears are my fuel!” Fun flashback: Do you all remember not 10 minutes earlier in the episode when Aaryn explained she had never meant a derogatory comment and then expected to be praised for pretending to be a decent human being? Memories!
Luckily, Amanda is kinder than Aaryn. She hugged a distraught GinaMarie and apologized, saying, “That went bad. It was supposed to be funny. I’m sorry,” while Aaryn took the opportunity to say it was all Amanda’s idea. Can I just say that there have now been three different situations broadcast where Amanda has shown herself to be a classy person in the house? Sure, she’s kind of aggressive, but when it comes to actual human emotions, the other houseguests could learn a thing or two from her.
“Coming up, if you think Amanda and McCrae are an odd couple, wait till you hear what their families have to say,” Julie Chen teased. Let’s talk about Amanda and McCrae (McCranda? ACrae?) for a moment, shall we? It’s the time in the season where the producers pick a storyline to get some family input on, and obviously that storyline this time around is the odd, surprisingly intense showmance of McCrae and Amanda. Everything about this segment was exactly what I was hoping for: From McCrae’s Dad proudly saying, “That’s my boy!” as McCrae and Amanda first made out in his HoH bed (Game of Thrones doesn’t have anything on these sexy power alliances!) to Amanda’s mom sharing she hoped McCrae was secretly some kind of tech billionaire, everyone gave the reactions America wanted to see. However, the most charming part was how very much – to quote Andy – “F—ing married” the two seemed. Am I a horrible reality show recapper if I admit I’m pulling for those two? A few weeks ago it seemed likely Amanda was using McCrae, but now it’s looking more and more like she’s just as into him as he is into her. (Well, not entirely. But she seems to like him – she even talked to him about moving to Florida with her!) True Life: I’m a Big Brother showmance shipper. There are literally dozens of us!
Back to the game: Aaryn was so gosh-darn horrible between the GinaMarie prank and the weird “I’m fun and nice” routine she was doing like some sort of messed-up Malibu Barbie that it looked like her own repulsive personality might have done her in, even though everyone in the house was planning on voting out Jeremy. Jeremy certainly hoped so: He told McCrae and Amanda he would get them HoH, and he told Elissa and Helen that if they kept him this week, he would never put them on the block. He also said he would put Kaitlin on the block first if it came to that, so +100 points to Slytherin (a.k.a Kaitlin) for smartly choosing the game over her beau last night.
Alas, although Jeremy’s offer sounded appealing to many, there were nine votes to kick Jeremy out of the house (Only lady love Kaitlin remained loyal; McCrae called him out for eating the last of the pizza). He clearly knew it was coming, and rose from the couch before Julie even finished the bad news. Note to GinaMarie: Although Kaitlin seemed bummed, did you notice how she wasn’t hysterically crying over a guy she’s known a few weeks? To Jeremy’s credit, he came off fairly well in his exit interview, owning that he was too cocky and reiterating what he earlier told Helen and Elissa: That a few weeks in the house had changed him more than the past three years out of the house had. Of course, you can’t fully take the beast out of Jeremy; there were still a few laugh-out-loud moments, like when Jeremy explained, “I’m a winner and I don’t lose,” while sitting outside the house, which, by default, meant he had lost. Also, don’t be intimidated by his great profile, ladies. He knows it can be a lot to take.
Next up was the Head of Household competition. Big Brother clearly thought Kate Middleton would have had her baby already, so they had a royalty-tie-in game all ready to go. The houseguests had to pick which of two houseguests America would attribute a characteristic to. The highlight was “Who was more likely to leave the Big Brother house and move back into their parents’ basement: McCrae or Judd?” The answer was McCrae (an answer, it should be noted, McCrae quickly picked) but through either wishful thinking or girlfriend loyalty, Amanda chose Judd. #ShowmanceProblems. Judd won’t have to worry about where he’s living post-Big Brother for at least another week because Judd, the biggest nonentity in the house thus far, is the new Head of Household. Expect the unexpected!
Speaking of big changes, Chen announced that next week, America can choose who to secretly put up on the block, which sounds like a fun, interactive way for viewers to fulfill their bloodlust and get to see Aaryn removed from the house by their own doing. Your regular recapper, Darren Franich, will be back next week to review how it all goes down. In the meantime: Do you find yourself fascinated by the Amanda/McCrae showmance? Is there any way Aaryn is not America’s pick for the block? How do you think Judd will do as Head of House: Will he make some big moves on his own, or are other people going to be pulling the strings?