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Helen seemed to be making some headway with Aaryn. As we saw in tonight's episode, Aaryn's already wary of Amanda's influence, and Helen was saying everything that needed to be said to get Aaryn rattled and make her feel like she's been used and manipulated. They talked about getting Andy to make him see it too. And then Elissa stated that she and Helen aren't working as a duo and if Helen leaves it's one more strong player out of the house… huh? She said this with Helen in the room, sitting right next to her, but the way she put it, it was like something she'd secretly admit to Aaryn. And then she rambled about them all wasting their time going on and on about this and that they need to get Andy. When she eventually got up to leave, she added something like "You guys are like… I have never met people… This is just beyond…" Like she was disgusted with everyone, including the people in that room. Then she left, and Aaryn went from upset about Amanda to confused and insulted because she was pretty certain Elissa was including her in her disgusted "You guys are like…" slight.
Elissa later explained to Helen that the comment about not working with Helen was to try to convince Aaryn that she (Elissa) and Helen aren't a team or a "power duo." But why did she think Aaryn would believe that, considering they've been working together since Week 1? And what good is it, saying something like that while Helen's in the room?! It just made her look mean, like she doesn't care if her friend goes. While Elissa was out of the room, Aaryn told Helen that Elissa made her feel "this big" (small) and that what she just said is just one of the recent comments Elissa has made that made her feel small. Aaryn said it makes her not want to work with Elissa. Helen admitted she has no idea why Elissa said that stuff. And I'm thinking, because Elissa has been saying stuff like that all season, hasn't she? Because she acts like she can't stand most of the houseguests. And that's ok. Many of the houseguests have given her plenty of reason not to like them, so I don't blame her for being put off by certain people in the house. But tolerating people - even if some of those people have demonstrated serious intolerance - is part of this game. If Elissa wanted to play this game honest and openly against people she didn't like, she should've been winning more competitions. See Janelle: She rarely faked it with people. If she didn't like someone, she was open about it, and then she pissed them off by winning everything. Of course, Janelle never won a season, but she was still always amazing to watch. She dominated.
Let's get back on track, because there's more to this mess from today's feeds. Aaryn went downstairs all upset and rattled and maybe talked about it to Andy because he came upstairs to talk to Elissa and Helen. For some reason, Helen and Elissa both said if Andy votes Helen out, he's their target. It was an aggressive strategy and one that might have worked on another type of player. Or maybe Helen and Elissa just don't have the manipulative skills to throw around such threats effectively, but the words put Andy off the whole thing, and anything Helen might have said to win him over went down the drain. Andy pointed out that they're threatening him, and say what you want about Amanda and McCrae, but they never threatened him or tried to turn him against his own allies. While Helen immediately tried to backtrack and apologize, Elissa's response was, "It's not threatening, it's Big Brother," as though the definition of the word "threat" changes when it's applied to a Big Brother move. But the damage was done.
Helen did some apologizing and continued to talk to Andy, getting the conversation back on track and maybe even smoothing the "threat" situation over a bit. And then Amanda showed up, while Elissa was literally mid-sentence talking about her. So that was awkward. And the topic of threats came up. Elissa continued to deny what she did was a threat… Watch a snippet here:
So there's that. Any time Helen seemed to be making any progress, Elissa undid it. Because she won't fake it and be nice. And because, as good as she is at reading people, she seems to have no ability to work with them if she doesn't want to, even if it's costing her friend and probably herself the game. She doesn't seem to care, though, and that's probably the biggest issue I have with her.
Andy later told someone that Elissa's comments made him want to evict Helen more, if only to weaken Elissa.
On a related note, Elissa has claimed that she's allergic to slop. In all fairness, maybe she is (and if she is, I take back what I'm about to say). But in all reality, come on… No one likes slop. No one wants to eat it. That's the whole point. Also, Amanda started to say something today about Elissa getting a down comforter to sleep with, even though she's a Have Not. It seems that's a luxury the other Have Nots have not gotten. But the feeds cut when Amanda started to talk about that, so I don't know the full story.
Between all of the above, added to her comments about walking if she goes to Jury, it's more and more disheartening, watching her play. It seems like she can't make herself care, even when she tries, which is a shame. As I said, seeing her dominate in the Veto competition tonight, diving through the mud and going for the win every round makes me feel like we've been missing out on another side of Elissa all season. She's demonstrated her strength, both physically and in her ability to read people. It just doesn't seem like she cares enough to put forth her best effort.
My hope is that if and when Helen goes (and assuming Helen doesn't come back), Elissa will rise up in her absence and find it in herself to want to play the game and take down Amanda. I'm holding out hope, as it could really liven up the last month of this season to see those two go toe-to-toe. But the pessimist in me fears she'll either self-evict, self-destruct or walk when she goes to Jury.
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