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EXTERMINATRIX ASCENDANT GinaMarie has been regressing throughout the season from an emotional age of roughly 17 to her current state, where she resembles a toddler who sounds like Tony Soprano doing an impression of mid-90s TLC. We have to take her seriously, because absolutely no one takes her seriously and she absolutely might win this game.
Amanda hugged everyone on her way out. She also said one final statement: "I thought I could trust you," directed at Andy. He swore that she could. This seemed like one last bit of aggression her part, but actually, it was a game move: She told Julie Chen, "I wanted the rest of the house to think that he didn't vote for me." She was worried that Spencer might be going after him otherwise. This is a cool bit of gameplay which also highlights the sad fact that Amanda had absolutely no idea what had just happened to her; she clearly thought that Elissa had betrayed her, and even had Elissa's wedding ring inside of her suitcase.
Amanda has been the most powerful player in the house for a long time. She has been the defining player of this summer, whether you love her or hate her; if anyone from Big Brother 15 ever comes back as an All-Star, it will be Amanda, although that will probably only happen if A) Big Brother decides to have a Survivor-style "Heroes and Villains" season B) McCrae makes it to the final 2 and they come back as a showmance or B) the Big Brother producers don't decide that, all in all, it's probably better to leave the Season of Racism behind and never talk about it again. Amanda's exit interview didn't do anything to stop the Amanda-hating population: She said she wasn't a bully and she said she was just honest with people, neither of which really washes with the monthlong terror campaign we witnessed in the house. It's worth remembering that, in the early weeks, Amanda actually was just being honest with people, and was even kind of a hero: She stood up to the Jeremy/Aaryn Hottie Coalition back when they were the villains. In Amanda's head, she was probably always the hero; most villains think so.
Inside of the house, McCrae managed to win the Head of Household competition. Now, like all double eviction episodes, what happened during the live part of the show didn't entirely make sense on first viewing: We'll learn more about it next episode, when flashbacks fill in the information. So maybe on Sunday's episode, we'll learn why McCrae made his single dumbest move of the summer: He nominated GinaMarie and Elissa. Did he think that Elissa had betrayed Amanda? Did he honestly believe that Elissa was a powerful player who needed to be taken down? For whatever reason, McCrae put the one person left in the house who could actually be considered an ally up on the block.
Judd won the Veto competition, and in the aftermath, we saw a loud conversation between the houseguest. At one point, GinaMarie said: "Why'd he beg you? Why'd he beg you?" McCrae looked unhappy. There was nonstop bleeping and nonstop swearing. They were arguing about the time that Judd got backdoored; Elissa swore that she didn't know anything about it, and GinaMarie insisted that she did. This was all just political theater, of course; the fix in the second Judd won the Veto. Elissa and McCrae clearly have no idea that the Exterminators are targeting them.
To give McCrae some credit, he looked utterly despondent and inconsolable during the Veto meeting; it might have just been residual Amanda sadness, but I suspect that he realized at some level that he may have screwed up his last best chance in the game. McCrae has been the odds-on favorite in this game for a long time now: He was the most likable guy in a toxic crew, and he had a good read of the house dynamics, and he plays well in competitions. He's a contender in this endgame -- heck, given his competition, he could actually win every competition next week. But after a full summer of riding shotgun with his lady love, can he actually broker a deal with one of the remaining houseguests? Is there anyone who would want to sit next to McCrae in the Final Two?
Judd decided not to use the veto, which led GinaMarie to say: "I appreciate that, thank you." The Exterminators voted down the line to send Elissa packing. She refused to hug anyone and actually managed to make the half-Vulcan Julie Chen a little bit irate when she made a big stink about getting her bag out of the house. Listen, like a lot of people, I have liked Elissa -- there have been parts of this summer when she's been the only likable person in the house -- but boy, this lady just had no idea what was happening around her at any given moment. When Julie asked her about the night's first vote, she said, "I honestly thought McCrae was going to vote to keep Amanda!"
Cue Julie Chen, respectable newsperson and totally profesh personality, doing a Patrick Stewart Quadruple Take. "You're saying," Julie said, sounding out every syllable like she was talking to a five-year-old or iPhone, "You think McCrae...stabbed his woman...in the back?" Elissa, vaguely sensing that she had said something ridiculous, tried to explain: "Andy looked so shocked!" I would love for Elissa to take us week-by-week through her season of Big Brother and tell us what she thinks happened. I'm guessing it involves a war between unicorns and daffodils, and also that roughly half of the story is her reminiscing about yoga workouts.
Regardless: Elissa is gone now, and Amanda. This curious season of Big Brother is wrapping up with a genuine misfit crew. Andy seems like the person with the clearest shot at the final victory, although that would require him to A) win a competition and B) try to go a week without saying his favorite catchphrase, "I don't want to get blood on my hands." There's a history of people coming back strong from losing their showmance, and just because he's the underdog, I find myself rooting for McCrae. Truthfully, it's possible that GinaMarie is placed better than anyone: She's just toxic enough to be a desirable Final Two partner, but she's also probably got a few votes coming her way from Jury.
What do you think, fellow Big Brother viewers? Dizzy from the double eviction? Who's best-situated in the endgame? Are you sad to see Elissa go? Was she ever really here?
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