Big Brother recap: The Turning of the Tide

A shocking turn of events leaves alliances in tatters, while a new power player rises in the house
Ep. 07 | Aired Jul 11, 2013

BE MY, BE MY BABY GinaMarie, in happier times


Julie had a pointed question for Aaryn. Did she ever forget that the cameras were on her? Like, say, when she said certain statements that might be considered insensitive by anyone who knows what the definition of "insensitive' is? "I don't forget," responded Aaryn, chilly. "I just am a very open person. Everyone who's here knows a lot about me, and so does America now." Julie: "Yes. We all do."

Seems that people in the Big Brother house are having the same conversations we're all having about Aaryn. Several of the houseguests assembled outside one evening. Howard regaled a story about Aaryn telling a typically high-larious joke about the black fish and the white fish and the fish tank being segregated, ha ha ha. Howard is a genial dude, but when he talked about that, you could see him holding in all sorts of emotions. Amanda told him Aaryn just wasn't educated, which is a nice way of saying "Stupid." Judd told him, quite rightly: "People see it, you know?"

Amanda went up to Aaryn to talk to her. She figured Aaryn should know what people were saying about her. This was a kind move, considering that Amanda generally seems almost incapable of being in the same room as Aaryn. She was gentle. "I get that you're joking. People who are a different race are taking it offensively."

Aaryn had an extremely thoughtful response. "That's the most obnoxious, annoying thing I've ever heard. I'm not even gonna acknowledge it because it's the biggest joke." She made a farting noise. She whined. "They call me Barbie, and all sorts of s--- being blonde all the time. What's the difference?" Indeed! Who among us didn't learn in school about the long history of Attractive Blonde People being persecuted? "I wish I cared more about this, but I don't." So, to recap: Aaryn cares more about some random unemployed lifeguard dude that she knew for a week than she cares about the long history of non-white people being persecuted just because they aren't white. Terminator robots sent back from the future to destroy the human race have more empathy than Aaryn.

There is another version of this season of Big Brother where Aaryn did not self-destruct so quickly. Maybe if she didn't fall for Dudebro. Maybe if she didn't win HoH at the worst possible time. But she spent her week in the thronebed on a vengeance kick, declaring war on all the unmutual people. The people who kinda didn't like her decided they really didn't like her; the people who were loosely aligned with her started to have second thoughts. This sounds kind of reductive, and I apologize if you're offended by silly it sounds, but I think it speaks to how far we've come as a culture: It turns out that racism is bad social game.

Of course, the votes in last night's episode were not a direct response to Aaryn. To be honest, the votes were a bit confusing. Yesterday, the layout of the house seemed pretty clear; by the time the votes were over, the whole power geography of the house had been utterly rewritten. Jeremy, Kaitlin, and GinaMarie all voted for Elissa, a strong voting bloc; Howard voted her out too, following the apparent Moving Company doctrine. Andy, Jessie, Amanda, and Candice all honored their commitment to voting out Nick; Judd joined in, too. (ASIDE: Judd could be a floater or he could be a free agent; given how quickly certain lines were drawn in the house this season, being a loner might actually be a position of strength. At this point, he's the guy I have the least sense of in the house: He seems like a nice dude who might just be a blank. END OF ASIDE.)

McCrae went off the reservation, and voted for his Moving Company pal Nick. That was unexpected. But the big surprise was Spencer, who voted out Nick, too. The final tally wasn't a landslide, but it sure wasn't close. Nick looked shocked, almost offended; he walked out automatically, not even realizing he was finished until midway through his talk with Julie. His almost-showmance GinaMarie was bawling like a little baby; she cried into Nick's neck as he walked out, and for his part, Nick looked almost confused. I figured that Nick's coldblooded playing style would take him far in this game. But he wasn't as smart as he thought. He had the right number of allies; he did not have the right number of votes.

NEXT: The balance shifts

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