It's a special eviction episode of "Big Brother"! And "Big Brother" winner Ian is back! It's chaos, people! Quick, run into the streets and knock over a liquor store! BURN SOMETHING! It's crazy! Oh, wait. Sorry, there have just been so many "special" episodes of "Big Brother" I'm starting to feel a little faint from the non-stop adrenaline pump.
I stopped taking "Sons of Anarchy" seriously a couple of seasons ago. There's just too much heartache -- and too many headaches -- to expect anything more than the "adrenalized soap opera" and "bloody pulp fiction" Kurt Sutter himself declared the show to be back in 2011. That worked fine for awhile. But now I'm worried that Sutter really needs us to take this show seriously again, and it could be too late to turn back.
Old Yeller is gone (hey, McCrae called Amanda that, not me), and so is Elissa. We're left with McCrae and the Exterminators, which could be a great doo-wop group name, but suggests this could be a potentially dull week. If McCrae doesn't win the veto, the rest of the house is perfectly aligned in sending him packing. I mean, this is "Big Brother" and anything is possible, but for once, it seems like everyone (except McCrae) can relax for a few days knowing the target is on someone else's back.
I've been thinking a lot about why Amanda has morphed from one of the hamsters I enjoyed the most on "Big Brother" to a villain I am eager to see bounced out on her butt -- and that's on a season that's been peppered with racists, homophobes and the barely literate.
I think Amanda has worn out my initial good will in part because she seems to think she is the only one who deserves to win the game, and any challenge to her house domination isn't just gameplay, but a personal affront. This week, when she isn't crying, she's (to use her words) "pissed, crazy and confused." As previous winner Dan pointed out recently, this isn't the attitude of a winner. It's the attitude of an entitled brat who isn't as smart or as clever as she believes herself to be.
While every HoH competition is important, and CBS likes to sell us on the idea that This Is The Most Important HoH Competition EVER, I will admit that this week's HoH competition is, yes, pretty important. If Amanda or McCrae win, well, I'm still not sure they'd make it to the final four but it would certainly increase their chances. If almost anyone else wins? Well, I'm pretty sure everyone else in the house wants to put McCranda on the block together. The question is whether or not anyone has the guts, especially after Amanda's full-bore crazypants attack on Elissa. While everyone wants to win the prize money, I'm not sure having to listen to Amanda honk insults at you for days on end is a fair trade off.
I'll be honest -- I usually find Julie Chen's interviews with the hamsters pretty tedious. Lots of puffball questions, lots of useless fluff. Of course, this season of "Big Brother" has lent itself to more serious discussion, but that didn't mean I ever expected Julie to call anyone on the carpet. But, as we know, expect the unexpected on "Big Brother."
It's weeks like this one when I wish I had Time Warner cable. Without a way to watch CBS, I would be spared the sheer frustration of "Big Brother" when monsters embed themselves in the house like nasty, vindictive termites. I guess I could be sanguine about episodes like this one, and remind myself that sometimes bad behavior gets rewarded and even crappy people can have good luck. But that doesn't make me want to toss my remote control into traffic any less.
This week I decided to check the Interwebs find out what was happening in the Big Brother house, and though that spoiled any element of surprise for tonight's show, it was worth it. Given this week's double competition -- half of it dedicated to bringing a jury member back to the show, the other half set to determine who would be HoH -- I felt it was better to be prepared.
Well, we can pretty much check out for at least half of this episode, as we all know what's going to happen, don't we? Helen is the target, and no amount of wheedling or crying is likely to save her. Well, unless another hamster throws his or her sound pack or tries to drown McCranda in the bathtub. That sounds tempting, but alas, unlikely.
While Aaryn may be HoH this week, let's face it: the house belongs to McCranda. Actually, let's be honest. The house belongs to Amanda, who apparently has all the hamsters under her sway like the Evil Queen on "Once Upon A Time." If this were a fairy tale, of course, Amanda would end up bursting into flames or having her heart ripped out. Alas, it isn't going to happen. But that would be killer ratings, CBS, so don't rule it out!