This article contains Big Brother spoilers from the live feeds. And tonight's episode, which revealed the results of the Veto competition and ceremony! This rant is actually part rant, part live-feed update, as a lot of what I have to say pertains to things that happened on the feeds today.
If tonight's episode of Big Brother has proven one thing, it's that Elissa could have been this season's fiercest competitor. Physically, she's in excellent shape. Turn on the feeds and watch her do Yoga for evidence of that. And she's proven to have a particularly good read on all of the houseguests. She gets people. She can spot a liar or a phony a mile away, and she recognizes bad character. These are aspects about her that aren't just likable, they make me want her to be a better player. If she has one major flaw in this game, it's that she doesn't seem at all interested in playing it. If she cared as much about Big Brother with the same ferocious passion we saw from her during tonight's Veto competition, she'd be a beast at this game. I'd even go as far as to say that she'd be strong enough to rival her sister or the likes of someone like Janelle Pierzina, another Big Brother contestant that dominated in competitions and was also beautiful enough to inspire janellous tendencies from her competitors. We'd call it Jeallisa syndrome. See, there's even a great name for it. But her indifference toward Big Brother keeps me from celebrating her awesomeness.
Elissa may have sunk Helen's battleship today, whether she meant to or not. Ok, maybe Helen's battleship was sunk the moment she didn't win the Veto. What Amanda wants, Amanda gets, and this week, Amanda wanted Helen out. Let's just get some backstory out of the way before we get to Elissa's clunky social game and how she managed to halt every bit of spinning Helen did this afternoon. As you may or may not have seen during tonight's episode, Elissa won the Veto and Spencer was put up. We saw Aaryn express frustration during tonight's episode that Amanda's running the house, and yet she continues to do what Amanda wants. Granted, there are arguments to be made for Aaryn benefitting strongly from Amanda's support. The Amanda train's been riding toward the end since the beginning, better to be on it than standing on the tracks in front of it, right? And I could go into more speculation about Aaryn seeking Amanda's approval, but that's just a vague theory based on the tears we saw tonight, and it's mostly off topic. The point is, Amanda's word matters, so it's no surprise that Helen's campaigning against Amanda, despite the fact that it's technically Spencer she's up against.
Amanda knows Helen's kicked her name around in an effort to sway people back over to her side. We always knew it would come down to Helen and Amanda, and while I would have preferred these two women go full-on head to head on the block, this is close enough. Helen's trying to get Aaryn's support, because she needs 3 votes to stay. And Aaryn's support means GinaMarie's support, and maybe Andy's. At this point, Helen's gotten a pretty good idea that Andy's loyalty has been compromised. So Helen's been working Aaryn, and Elissa went to Aaryn this afternoon to do her part. The problem is, Elissa doesn't have it in her to be fake it. She's the most awkward liar/pretender ever and when she tries to make nice, sooner or later, the truth just starts spilling out.
Aaryn started talking game with Elissa, and the conversation seemed pretty calm. Big Brother cut the feeds during part of the chat, right around when Elissa started to say something along the lines of "I'm Rachel's sister, did you really think I was going to leave?," I think in reference to them trying to get her out during the early part of the season. As I said, the feeds cut there, so we didn't see what else was said, but Aaryn later relayed this conversation to others, basically saying that Elissa said she should be paid to be on the show, that production would keep her here, and alluding to Elissa feeling above the rest of the houseguests. As in, she's not one of them. Granted, we're going on my paraphrasing Aaryn's paraphrasing (possibly exaggerating) Elissa's words because BB cut the feeds on us. Not a coincidence, I'm sure. But it gets better, or worse. Personally, I found all of this hugely entertaining.
At some point, Helen joined Elissa and they started talking about wanting to work together and getting Spencer out. Helen eventually started crying, as Helen often does. I don't think Helen's tears are fake. I think she's genuinely emotional about this game. I also don't think her positive support of people and constant cheerleading is fake either. But I do think Helen knows how to spin her emotions to her benefit, when necessary. When she gets emotional and starts crying, she makes sure to say things that need to be said emotionally. And that's what it seemed like we were seeing today. Yesterday, Amanda called Helen out about campaigning against her and Helen seemed to agree to back down on that. But she eventually went back on that today. At first, it was more Elissa talking about Amanda's lies and manipulation, but eventually Helen was chiming in and encouraging it.