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SISTER SISTER I give up on trying to figure out Elissa. Some weeks she's a nothing, and some weeks she's aggressively dull, and some weeks she appears to be the only real human being inside of the Big Brother house. It's probably only accurate to say that she is a walking demonstration of Quantum Physics, a creature who exists in every conceivable state of being at once.
So the Live Voting began and the Live Voting ended; Elissa stayed true to her old friend and everyone else voted to keep Spencer inside of the house. A word about the Bearded One: Spencer has, at this point, been on the block for the entirety of living memory. Bizarrely, he has never really been in any danger. This makes him a uniquely impressive pawn. Aaryn managed to establish a foothold in this game by becoming so incredibly toxic that no one wanted to vote her out, because the prospect of being next to her in the Final Two was too tantalizing: She become everyone's favorite Second Place player. Spencer managed something similar: He's everyone's favorite Third Place player, a pawn so utterly pawnlike that no one has ever seriously considered voting him out. It's entirely possible that Spencer could turn the game around -- we're at the point in the game where a single week as HoH could have massive alliance-ending ramifications. But I would imagine that Spencer will turn out to be the poster boy for this weird passive-aggressive season: A player that nobody really liked, who never really made any noteworthy moves, but whose very non-presence became a virtue for the couple of players (basically, Amanda and Helen) who kept rearranging the chesspieces on the Titanic.
Helen proved to be a chatty evictee. It's clear that she is very aware of the wrong moves that eventually got her kicked out. She regretted not siding with Howard and Candice, and she regretted not kicking out Amanda when she was on the block. She reminded Julie that there was a very special moment when the Moving Company was the most dangerous superpower inside of the Big Brother house. She laughed about all the Judd conspiracy theories. Judd was the MVP. Judd was Howie's cousin. Judd was Jessie's brother. Judd was Rachel's other sister. Judd was raised by Elvis and Tupac in an Alaska commune. Judd was playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. "Maybe he's not any of that!" she laughed. But Julie revealed that Helen had a second chance: She could fight her way back into the house, alongside her fellow jury members.
We got a peek into the Jury House. The last couple of weeks, people inside of the house have been declaring how little they wanted to go to Jury. But Candice, Judd, and Jessie seemed to be living a perfectly idyllic life, in their glowing castle in the clouds. Their serenity was broken up by a terrible message: They could get a chance at resurrection. So Candice, Judd, and Jessie joined Helen onstage, and re-entered the house in a flock of hugs.
The competition was a truly brilliant Double Competition called "Off the Wall." The Contestants stood on a thin slat against a baseball-stadium backdrop. The four Jury Members were located on their own side. Everyone was competing for HoH. The first person to catch 10 would win HoH. If I followed the rules correctly, if one of the Jury members did not win HoH, then the Jurist with the most balls when someone did win would get to re-enter the house. Or maybe it was first to Ten for re-entry. RULES! Regardless, as the episode ended and the sprinklers came on, Jessie had gained an early lead.
I want to believe that Jessie or Helen -- or hell, Judd or Candice -- can stage a serious comeback. Truthfully, that will only happen if one of them wins HoH. Theoretically, a win for GM or Andy could up-end the McCramda coalition, but that seems unlikely. (A Spencer win would throw the house into chaos. That seems about as likely as the pigs of Earth learning to fly and shoot laserbeams out of their tails.)
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