Big Brother 15, Episode #36: The Winner of Big Brother 15 Is…

Hello, Readers!

I decided to be a bit more formal with you because of this episode’s occasion: it’s Finale Night!  Yes, I’m so excited about tonight because one of my picks to win BB 15 had made it to the Final Three!  Yes, sneaky, yet calculating good guy, Andy has wormed his way to this position in the game along with GinaMarie and Spencer.  Which one of these three will win the pivotal HoH, then get the Jury to vote for them to win $500 000?  Read on and you’ll see!

When we left these three in my last post, the Final Three were competing in Part 1 of a three-part HoH Competition called The Greatest Skate.  House Guests  were being swung around the BB roller rink trying to avoid obstacles on the ground to trip them up.  Spencer was finding it hard to hold to his bar as the producers decided to speed up the cords the bars were attached to.  Spencer just couldn’t hang on any longer, and fell.

Andy and GinaMarie were still hanging tough in the game until they were being sprayed with jets of fog, water and foam.  This made Andy and GinaMarie slip and slide all over the rink until Andy’s footing gave out on him, making him let go of his bar and fall.  GinaMarie won the first of three competitions for the HoH, and a by from competing in Part 2.  She was showered with a golden glitter which she ended up choking on in her excitement. Andy confessed he began to wonder whether his fall could have cost him the game.

Part 2 of the HoH Comp called Crab Grab had the fellas rigged up for some wall climbing as they had to find the faces of the House Guests that had been evicted on crab pieces, then climb up a wall ad put them in the correct order of when they left.  Andy and Spencer got to compete individually, and both had a hard time at this challenge.  In the end, good ol’ Andy won Part 2 of the Comp!  At this point, Spencer felt he had to get GinaMarie and Andy to realize just how easy it would be for them to win the game if they took him to the Final 2 with them in order to win $50 000 and at least second place.

GinaMarie and Andy had a private conversation about what they were going to do should either of them won this HoH.  Andy said he would take GinaMarie since Spencer would beat both of them due to the fact that he has less blood on his hands than the two of them.  GinaMarie confessed in the Diary Room that she would probably go with Andy as well.  She was worried about making this move because she felt she would lose to Andy because he was such a good kid, and he deserves to win the game.  Yet, at the same time, GinaMarie could screw him over because she needed the money as well…

Julie Chen then announced to the viewers that Dr. Will Kirby ( a BB icon) had visited the Jury House to speak to the Jurors about the Final Three, and to get them to think about who they were going to vote for to win the game.  He asked the Jury what made each person worthy of the grand prize.  This got Amanda practically yelling at most of the other Jury members, and even some questionable looks shot at McCrae for his opinions that didn’t agree with those she shared.

The show then went to the Final part of the HoH Competition.  For this final part of this HoH showdown, Julie Chen asked them to finish off a statement given by each of the Jury members.  Julie Chen gave them two possible options as to how each person had responded, and the players had to choose which statement was the correct one.  For every correct answer they gave, they got a point, and if one player had more points than the other, the scales they were put on would lower in their favour.  After answering 8 questions about their Jury members, Andy answered more statements correctly than GinaMarie, making him the last, and the most important HoH of the season.  Yay! My pick has made it into the Final 2!

The show then moved quickly to the last Live Vote and Eviction of the season.   Andy apologized to Spencer, telling him he knew he told him he would take him to the Final 2, but he made a promise to GinaMarie from Day 1 that he would take her to the end of the game.  Spencer was the  last evicted House Guest from the House this season, as well as the final member of the Jury deciding who would win the game.

When Julie Chen interviewed Spencer after his eviction, he told Julie he kind of saw his eviction coming, and he was proud of Andy for staying loyal to GinaMarie for all this time.  He was also proud of the fact that he broke the “Pawn Always Goes Home” curse that lingered around the BB game.

It was now time for the Jury to interrogate the Final 2 to decide which of them would win BB 15.  First, Julie Chen introduced Spencer to the Jury as its last member, and got them up t speed as to what happened in the House.  The Julie Chen let the Jury lose on Andy and GinaMarie.  As usual, the questions, ” What was your biggest move in the game,” “What was your biggest obstacle to overcome,” and “Why should we give you the money” were asked, as well as “Why should we give you our vote when you had offended us and called us cockroaches?” by Candice of GinaMarie.  GinaMarie answered that she was upset by Nick’s leaving, that it was not an personal attack against anyone, and that she loved everyone in the House.  Wow, after cussing Candice and supporting her Eviction, GinaMarie sure does know how to do a 180º turn when $500 000 is on the line!

Then Julie Chen gave the Final 2 their last chance to sway the Jury to choose them to win the season.  GinaMarie continued her love fest, flattering the Jury, telling them how great of an opportunity this prize would be for her, and that she was sorry for offending anyone.  Andy said he played the game with his heart, but that he played the game more with his head.  He went on to say that he played both sides of the House in order to get further in the game.  Then the Jurors each put their key in a box with the name of the House Guest they wanted to win BB 15.

To add more suspense to the evening, Julie Chen then brought out the first 5 evicted House Guests so the Jury and the Final 2 could get a better perspective of what they were able to watch from home.  They spoke about all of the controversial events that happened, and how they were affected both inside and outside the House.

Finally, the moment many of you have been waiting for: the winner of BB 15!  The winner had to have at least 5 votes to win.  This was who the Jurors voted for:

Spencer – Andy; McCrae – Andy; Judd – GinaMarie; Elissa – Andy; Amanda – Andy, Aaryn – GinaMarie; Helen – Andy; Candice – Andy; and Jessie – Andy.

If you add it all up, it was a 7-2 vote for my pick ANDY!!!! YES! My pick finally won a season of a show!  My bad luck curse has finally broken!  I don’t think GinaMarie minded too much, just winning $50 000 for second place, and running straight to a somewhat weary, yet nice Nick.  She didn’t let go of him for the rest of the broadcast!  Nick took it all in stride.

Lastly, Readers, Julie Chen announced the winner of the $25 000 America’s Choice prize.  American viewers were asked to vote on who they thought played the game the best, and they would be awarded this prize.  The top 3 vote-getters were Judd, Elissa ad Howard.  Readers, it was no surprise who won…it was Elissa!  If she was chosen by America to be the MVP 3 weeks in a row, of course they were going to choose her to win this prize, too!

After all of this, Julie Chen thanked the viewers for watching this season, and the theme music closed out the show.  It was kind of sad.  I know they have the show on so often to make up for reruns during the summer, but this was my thing to watch!  Oh well, I have 2 seasons of Survivor to watch until next summer to fill this void!  Thanks, Readers, for popping in to catch up on what was happening in the BB 15 House this season.  I really appreciate your support.  If you didn’t know, I am also posting Survivor 27: Blood vs Water right now, so if you wanted to keep up with Survivor, come back to my blog and check out those posts until Big Brother 16 starts up next summer.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #13 – You Are Not the Mastermind You Think You Are!

Hey Readers!

The Survivor: Philippines Finale is fast approaching!  One more episode will determine who will be named the Sole Survivor for this season.  At the end of the last episode, Abi was able to slither through another Tribal Council by telling her tribe mates she had found the other Immunity Idol, and that she would use it to save herself.  When the time came for her to use it at Tribal Council, she didn’t pull it out, making the other Castaways even more upset with her. This caused Carter’s Survivor experience to come to a close.  Will Abi’s “clever” rouse carry her through yet another Tribal Council, or will the other Castaways see through her deception and vote her out of the game? Read on and you will see!

After Tribal Council, Abi was not sure if the rest of Dangrayne still belived she had an Immunity Idol. Malcolm was worried about his chances of making it to the Final Three because of Lisa’s comments about wanting to go to the end with people she felt she could beat. He felt he would be able to win more of the Jury’s votes over Lisa, so he was just hoping she would stick to her word and follow the plan.

Abi made an excuse for herself in order to look the Idol she supposedly had in her possession. She also realized she had to destroy the alliance between Malcolm and Denise if she had a shot at reaching the end because of how dangerous the two of them were together for anyone else in the tribe.

Even though she didn’t believe what Abi was telling her, Lisa was still comptemplating whether she should take Abi to the end of the game, or to stay true to her alliance.

At the Rewards Challenge, the Castaways had to grab two bundles of rings after going through an obsticle course. They then had to toss the rings onto separate posts. The winner would win a helicopter ride to a boat waiting for them with pizza and pop and whale watching. Malcolm screwed up, allowing Skupin to have a huge lead. Not surprisingly, Malcolm made up a lot of time, and was going head-to-head with Skupin. It was not enough, though, as Skupin landed the last ring on the post, guaranteeing his Reward Challenge win. He then chose to bring Malcolm and Lisa along to enjoy his victory, leaving Denise to have to deal with a very upset Abi by herself at camp.

The next morning, Denise woke up in a lot of pain, finding strange bite marks on her neck. She was worried about it affecting her ability at the Immunity Challenge. While the rest of the tribe was praying for her recovery, Abi was hoping this “setback” would get the rest of the tribe to vote her out, making Abi’s road to the end of the game all that much easier.

For the Immunity Challenge, the contestants had to use planks to assist them across a rope bridge, then they had to assemble a puzzle maze and guide a ball through it in order to win Immunity. Malcolm fell off the bridge early in the Challenge, putting him at the back of the pack. Denise had the lead, putting the pieces of her puzzle together quickly, but out of the blue, Malcolm came from behind, got his ball through the maze, and won Immunity.

A devestated Abi was still trying to convince Lisa and Skulpin to break their alliance and take her to the Final Three. Skulpin and Lisa were considering all of their options, because the wrong choice could result in them not winning the million dollar prize.

Thinking of how to keep her own Survivor life alive, Denise asked her partner in crime, Malcolm, if he was going to give her his Idol to save her from being voted out at Tribal Council. Malcolm told her she didn’t need it becuase of their alliance deal with Lisa and Skulpin. I think Malcolm wanted to hold all of the power when they were at Tribal Council, and if Denise got voted out, it would be one less strong person to beat in front of the Jury.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and the Castaways talked about Malcolm winning the Immunity Necklace, as well as Abi and her scrambling to break up the Final Four alliance she up against. Abi kept telling her tribe mates to keep her to the end because there was no way anyone would vote for her due to the fact that she was so hated by most of the Jury. She also spoke against keeping Denise because she was a threat where Abi was not one. She warned the rest of the tribe if she was to leave, that Lisa and Skulpin would not win the game.

While Jeff asked Skulpin how he was voting, Abi decided to use her “social skills” to change Skulpin’s mind about his vote by calling him stupid and a moron if he votes her out. Malcolm commented that Abi’s actions could actually be her game plan. Being hated and obnoxious is not as bad as having most of the Jury’s blood on your hands in Survivor..

The votes were tallied up. Surprise, surprise! Abi was voted out of the game (it was a 3-1 vote for her to leave). The “mastermind’s” plan had blown up in her face. Welcome to the Jury, Abi!

Now there are only two Tandang members against two members of Matsing. The intersting part of this Final showdown is that there are two members of a tribe that was dismantled and put on other tribes still battling it out to be the Sole Survivor. If I were Lisa and Skulpin, I would be worried about how this would play out in font of the Jury. To still be the game after being shuffled around from tribe to tribe speaks volumes about one of the most important components of winning Survivor: having a great social game. Denise and Malcolm both have this in spades, and if any of these two make it to the Final Three, Lisa and Skulpin may have just kissed one million dollars goodbye.

I can’t wait for the season finale in order to find out who wins it all! My money is in either Malcolm or Denise to win. Lisa and Skulpin may have make some good moves in the game, but they have also been brought along for most of it as well by those on the Jury. Who do you think will win this season of Survivor? You have to check back in here to find out who is this lucky Castaway!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.