Big Brother 9: Final HOH competition, final eviction
(S09E34) "I was getting drownded!" - Sheila
Hey, I know I know the word is "drowned." But I'm not Sheila, the single mom, and one of the final three houseguests on Big Brother 9. I guess I made the foolish decision to work for a living and not pin all my hopes and dreams of a happy future on appearing on a reality television show. She made the decision without seeing even one season of the show in its entirety. I've seen them all. I would never be on the show, never!
Read on past the jump for the full review of tonight's episode.
Unlike last night's not live show with Julie Chen, tonight was indeed live. Julie, fashion plate she likes to be, wore a yellow sweater and black slacks. I don't think the yellow did much for her. With her complexion, it just made her look a bit washed out. That said, I believe Julie Chen has probably made better career choices than either Sheila or I have.
Head of Household - parts one and two
After the recraps of previous bits we've seen recrapped before, it was onto the Up the Creek first part of the three-part final head of household competition. Yeah, I said recraps. I meant it, too! Sheila's cold. She's "drownding." The boys are taunting her. She hated Adam in the beginning, but he saved her. Now he's her best friend.
But Ryan's Diary room segment reveals that he had Adam do his dirty work by evicting Sharon so there would be no blood on his hands. So, it wasn't loyalty to Sheila which caused Adam to vote Sharon out. It was his loyalty to Ryan! Julie cut in to tell the viewing audience that an hour before the eviction went down, Adam and Ryan agreed to vote out Sharon although their original plan was to vote out Sheila. Well, we could have predicted that would happen, right? It's been one of the biggest seasons ever for fickle-minded flip-flopping finagling. (On a side note and for reader participation, please say "fickle-minded flip-flopping finagling" five times fast.)
Now that you've completed the first participation portion of this review, let's carry on. We're back to Up the Creek. Ryan informs us that taunting Sheila was a part of the plan. I personally don't think they needed that. Just looking at Sheila, no matter how much she tells us in Diary Room bits that she wants to win, there's no way she would be able to beat either guy in this comp. Thinking of her son (did you realize she's a single mom?), she held on a bit longer. But then she thought she was getting hypothermia and crumpled, falling into the little fake pond below the fake falls. Hey, she just can't risk getting sick and will win the second part! Need I say that the only comp she's won all season was given to her?
Once Sheila heads inside to get dry, Ryan tells Adam he'll have his back if he lets go of the tow rope. Adam follows his bro in crime and lets go. Ryan wins the comp. No surprises there, none at all. In the following Diary Room segment Adam gloats, saying Sheila thinks he's with her, Ryan thinks he's with him. Adam really doesn't care as long as one of them bring him into the final two. I can't really fault him for thinking along those lines.
Round two of the three-part comp pits Adam against Sheila. Both want to win it. Sheila thinks she can trust Adam, but knows that it would be better to win it. Now, that would pit her against Ryan at the end. I don't think she can win anything against either of them, but I could be looking at this from a tainted viewpoint.
This is one of the comps which no one can really know if they're throwing because they do it separately. One is secluded in a room inside the house while the other does it, then the first one has to return to the house and doesn't get to watch the second go through the comp. In the backyard, there was a huge hamster wheel, big enough for a houseguest hamster to stand in. On one side on the wheel was a maze holding balls encased in plexi-glass. Inside the maze are ten balls representing the ten HOH reigns. They had to work the wheel to shake out the ball they wanted and post the HOH winners in chronological order.
The order was the least of their worries. Adam immediately decided on a tactic for moving the wheel, but Sheila had problems. Doesn't Sheila have problems with just about every comp we've seen her in? She kept losing her balance. She fussed about it being like a roller coaster and making her dizzy. She couldn't move the wheel the right way to get the ball out. On and on, she had woes. Meanwhile, Adam, the man with a plan, seemed to make quick work of the task at hand. In the end tally, Adam trounced her. Sheila took 33 minutes, 26 seconds. Adam's time was less than half of hers -- 14 minutes, 55 seconds. Adam won the second part of the HOH and will face Ryan in the third part.
Sheila is no longer in the running for the HOH win. Her only hope is that one of the guys will take her along in the final two. She told Adam she has to accept her "fates." I suppose, in her shoes, it's best to have more than one fate awaiting, right? Adam, still giddy from his own win, alternated between being happy for himself and apologizing to her for winning. He told her he would do his best to win the next part. But I noticed he pretty conveniently sidestepped the issue of taking her to the final two if he does win.
Ryan came into the picture and the Testosterone Two did a manly sporty congratulatory handshake dance. Ryan is thrilled that Adam proved his loyalty to him yesterday (Up the Creek) and that he won today. In his excitement, Adam blurted out something about himself winning the half-million. Oh, no! That's not loyalty! How dare he want to win! Ryan went on to tell us that he just might keep Sheila instead of Adam when he wins the last part. If people wonder why I don't care for Ryan, just reread the above.
Julie briefly chatted with the three. Sheila overdid her minute of fame going on and on about how nervous she is, how scary it is, how helpless she feels, how she now loves Adam after initially hating him. Shut up, Sheila. Please. My ears are bleeding. When she asked them to rate their chances with the jury on a scale of 1-10, Ryan said he was a 3. He thinks a lot of them have reason not to vote for him. Sheila rambled on and on (shut up, Sheila), finally being pressured by Julie for a number, she said 4. Adam gave himself a 5. He also got in that Sheila buttered up each jury member before and as they left the house.
The Jury House
What's up with them not showing Natalie entering the house? My imagination is running wild with possible scenarios which would have prevented us from seeing her entrance. Maybe Matt was initially to nasty to her? Maybe they all were? She left the house practically in shock. Maybe she totally lost it and they didn't want to show her breakdown. I just don't know.
What was surprising is that everyone seems to be getting along and having fun in the house. That is, everyone but Matt and Natalie. Joshuah has become Matt's new best friend and I know I didn't see that one coming. Joshuah tried to get Matt to be nicer to Natalie, too.
But the most priceless part of this segment was the look of illness on James' face when Sharon entered the house. Wait, I take that back ... it's a tie between that and Chelsia picking up on the wink and nod exchange between Ryan and Adam while watching Sharon's eviction. Aha! Sharon now knows Ryan betrayed her and that he was in on her being voted out.
The final part of the HOH comp
As always, the final part of the final HOH comp is a question and answer set up in the living room. There are partitions between Ryan and Adam so they don't know what the other one is answering until Julie reveals the answers. Julie explained she will read a statement from one of the jury members and they have to tell her which finish is the correct one. Each correct answer wins a point. After six questions, the one with the highest score wins HOH. They've done this before, so much for originality.
Matt said, "I wish I was nicer to Natalie/James." The correct answer was Natalie (though you can't tell it by the jury house). Both had that one right.
Chelsia said, "The moment I expect to read about in my hometown paper is giving up a half-million for a showmance or telling everyone off as I left the house." It was the showmance answer. Both got it wrong.
Joshuah said, "Joshuah or Sharon ... is the most deserving to win." He said himself, of course. Ryan got a point, Adam had it wrong.
James said, "I think that what will happen to Chelsia and me is that we'll take a bike ride around the world or we'll sink." He said sink, which shows that shomance is over. Both got it right.
Natalie said, "The best showmance in the house was Natalie/Mattie or James/Chelsia." She chose the latter, both got it wrong.
Sharon said, "The biggest lie I told in the house was that my back hurt causing me to drop in the Glass Houses HOH comp or I never lied." She did throw the comp! (I knew it!) Both got it wrong, but Ryan looked like he could kick himself because he bought her lie. It didn't really matter anyway. Ryan is the new head of household, the most powerful one ever. He gets to choose who he'll take to the final two.
The final eviction
There were no surprises here, I don't think. Ryan kept his bromance bud Adam and evicted Sheila. Well, I was a bit surprised that for all of her crying and hysterics, Sheila was shedding not one real tear! From the time she gave her little pleading speech to be saved to throughout her talk with Julie -- NO TEARS. Lots of crying, but it all came across as one of those fake cries I'd do as a child which would garner "I'll give you something to cry about" from my father.
I also have a bit of a problem with Julie about the interview. Why, oh why did she just keep at her? The single mom bit, the "did you learn anything even though you didn't win the money?" Ack! I thought the interview would never end. Julie was prolonging my own personal agony. My ears were bleeding, my mind was screaming. Shut up, Sheila! Perhaps I should feel sorry for her, but I guess I'm just a cold heartless kind of gal. Maybe if she had shed a real tear, had I seen one tear roll down her cheek ... nah, I still wouldn't feel sorry for her.
Now it's time for Part Two of our reader participation ... here's a poll for you! No cheating, no tear-less hysterics at the results and, most of all ... no wagering!