Episode 24 – August 21, 2013
There were a few things last night that were sooooo close to happening. Â Let’s talk about them!
Helen Was So Close to Find Out She’s Being Played
It’s pretty clear that Helen is the target, except for Helen and Elissa. Â Helen knows she’d be a fool to feel safe BUT because she’s got such a great “final 3” deal with Andy and McCrae, she’s feeling pretty good. Â But then there were the interactions with Andy throughout the episode where she realized that he isn’t actually doing much to save or help her out. Â She had a conversation with Aaryn up in the HoH room and unknowingly came soooo close to getting Aaryn to jump to her side. Â Elissa, after the Veto, plays the world’s worst game of Charades to make sure Helen knows what’s up. Â Soooo much was being said and not said but honestly, there’s not much she can do at this point. Â Honestly, the only hope she has, which I think is not coincidental, is to fight her way back into the game via the new twist of an eliminated player coming back into the house. Â I’d speculate conspiracy a la the Coup de’Jeff, but that’s just me being crazy.
Elissa Was So Close to Losing the Veto
It was the old favorite Power of Veto competition: Â OTEV! Â This competition inevitably finds houseguests violently competing against each other as well as performing unexpected feats of athleticism. Â Case in point: Elissa. Â I know Rachel had to have been cheering when watching this, as Elissa FINALLY won something. Â And it was pretty damn impressive too, from her amazing come-from-behind defeat of Helen running up the waterfall, her causing Andy to ram head-first into the log obstacle, and her just narrowly edging out Spencer to pull out a Veto win.
Aaryn Seemed So Close to Flipping Because of Amanda
Mt. St. Amanda (thanks, McCrae) nearly destroyed her alliance with her behavior. Â First, Amanda basically taunts Elissa with the fact that Helen is going home regardless of whatever anyone tries to do. Â Mainly it’s a threat to keep Elissa in line and bully her to do whatever Amanda wants. Â Then when it’s wine o’clock, Aaryn recalls the days of yestermonth when there was a big kerfuffle about the drinking of the wine before the Have Nots could partake. Â Ah, memories of the time when Aaryn was a raging bitch. Â Amanda recalls her own part in alerting people to what had happened and Aaryn for some reason flips out on Amanda and calls that bitchy. Â I guess alcohol will do that to ya, as I don’t see what about what Amanda did was necessarily bitchy. Â Regardless, this causes a spat between the two and even after going up to the HoH room, Aaryn is livid at Amanda. Â Andy does his best to calm Aaryn down and to prevent her from blowing up 3AM, as that would definitely ruin his game. Â Aaryn reflects that she would much rather work with Helen than evict her, but I honestly don’t see how that would work after detonating 3AM.
In the end though, Aaryn decides that turning on Amanda at this point isn’t worth it. Â I had high hopes throughout the episode that she would, as let’s face it, Amanda is steamrolling her way to a final 2 finish and even though I still like Amanda, it would be great to see her have to fight. Â At this point, even though she was relentlessly nominated by AmericaMVP a few weeks ago, her game life has rarely been truly at risk.
Is Amanda’s game a sign of a true mastermind? Â I don’t know. Â I mean, clearly the house is reluctant to target her directly – only America has done that. Â Is that masterful gameplay? Â Her relationship with McCrae is a flashing red target and everyone just ignores it. Â As Aaryn drunkenly was saying to Andy, Â before they know it, it’ll be Amanda and McCrae as the last ones standing. Â When Aaryn mentioned she wanted to resume control of her game, I was so excited. Â But alas, while being so close to a dramatic turn of events, sobriety (and the noted lack of a CBS promo advertising something dramatic happening) triumphed.
Does Helen Have a Chance?
You know, Helen always has a chance. Â It’s an extreme uphill battle, and it’s likely 99% against her staying in the house, but Helen has a lot of stamina and will do what it takes to stay in the game. Â But here are the votes out there:
Amanda, GinaMarie, Andy, Elissa, and McCrae
Elissa is definitely voting against Spencer, while Amanda and McCrae are definitely voting against Helen. Â Could Aaryn somehow save Helen by influencing GinaMarie and Andy? Â Sure. Â But Andy seems pretty gung-ho on 3AM so it would take a lot of schmoozing. Â But let’s not pretend that couldn’t happen. Â I’m resigned to Helen leaving though. Â And highly skeptical of this twist. Â Guess we’ll see what happens tonight!