Quick Take: Big Brother 13, "Episode 17"
Jury selection is underway: competition winners need not apply.
Review: Big Brother 13, "Episode 17"
(S1317) Dear Lawon: You killed the game, dude. You stuck it like a pig and threw it on a spit, and now we’re stuck in a long rotisserie with a marinade of Brenchel. Daniele and Kalia, I can only imagine the soul-crushing that you’re experiencing right now. Porsche, it sucks, girl, but you should have dealt with the sociopathic narcissism that would have saved you for a few more weeks before getting shipped off to the jury house. At least Shelly, Jeff, and Jordan are lingering in the back of everyone’s minds, because Rachel’s big mouth is ready to blow with secrets now that the only person who can probably trust her is back for the time being.
The Head of Household competition was like watching Ed Norton beat Jared Leto into a pulpy wreck in Fight Club. Even though it was a counting competition, Daniele was able to destroy something beautiful. Rachel, Brendon, Jordan and Jeff fell like a dilapidated house on wrecking day, and Shelly and Adam follows suit, extending their losing streaks. Even though Porsche is working with Daniele and Kalia, I am much happier with the final outcome. Now that Dani is HoH, she’s in prime position to start making some big game moves, as opposed to just fixing what American has undone.
Everyone but Jeff and Jordan are trying to cut deals with Dani. Adam offers one week’s safety should he miraculously win HoH... next. Shelly tries to reassure Daniele and Kalia of her trustworthiness, but she sends Kalia away to talk to Dani alone... next. Brendon and Rachel are once again facing their mortality, and they finally have something interesting to offer. Rachel is on edge about Shelly’s final-three deal with Jeff and Jordan, and she surprisingly divulges pretty much everything that Daniele hasn’t heard about regarding the other power couple’s plans. Brendon and Rachel are ready to cut their own final-three-deal with Daniele, and they actually seem pretty serious. They offer play with Daniele to the end, though behind everyone’s backs.
All three are quite capable of keeping up appearances and making it seem like there’s still a good deal of animosity between them – it’ll be tough to gauge, but should everyone remain trustworthy, this could prove to be the strongest alliance in recent memory. Daniele’s dilemma weighs heavy on her mind come nomination time – Kalia and Porsche pull the first two keys; Jeff and Jordan, the second pair. Making a deal with Daniele this week seemed to be much like bearing gifts to a tyrant – bear worthwhile gifts, or else suffer the reign of the temporary supreme ruler.
Shelly and Adam are both shaken by their nominations, and I think everyone else is, too. Shelly is already upset at Porsche for saying something she probably didn’t want heard (Shelly overhears Porsche calling her a p.o.s.) and now she’s up on the block because Rachel overheard Shelly talking about her deal with Jeff and Jordan. Adam realizes that his uselessness is creeping up on him – lucky for him he doesn’t seem to be the target this week. Should Daniele’s plans give way beneath her again, she can always put Brendon back up if someone uses the veto.