Remember when Jessica was someone Big Brother 19 fans loved enough to get the Halting Hex temptation? Those were the days…
Really, what’s happened with Jess is pretty simple to understand: She was playing a much better game with Cody gone, given that it meant she would have to socialize with other people. She suddenly became under the radar, and the Halting Hex was an ace-in-the-hole plan in the event that something went awry. Now that Cody is back, however, it’s just another reason for her and Cody to eventually be targeted. If she plays it maybe it keeps her and Cody safe for a week coming up, but it makes her so much more of a target down the road since she’ll be perceived as both popular by America and capable of winning competitions.
Of course, Jessica has told Cody that she has the temptation, and the two are making plans to try to leverage it — plans that include her lying about what it does, which seems incredibly silly since you’re basically extending an open invitation for people to not trust you. Sure, Paul got away with lying about not having it, but that was a little bit different given that he want’s saying that he had it and lying about what it did beforehand. He acted more out of self-preservation; if Jessica is going around telling people in the future that she can control nominations, she’s acting more from the vantage point of ego and that is not going to be beneficial towards her game in the slightest. It’s a preemptive strike, a threat against other players.
As of right now, Jessica and Cody still think that Josh is going home this week — which he’s not at the moment unless Matt and Raven (seemingly the swing votes) change their mind and make this a tie. If they do that, Jessica breaks the tie and sends home Josh. Matt’s nervousness seems mostly stemmed from the fact that this move makes him a target — which it probably does, but him not making a move means that he’s got zero chance to win since he’ll have done nothing the entire game. (He probably has no chance to win anyway unless he’s up against someone hated, but he has to act at least with the guise of building a resume.)
Matt’s nervousness seems mostly stemmed from the notion that this move makes him a target — which it probably does, but him not making a move means that he’s got zero chance to win since he’ll have done nothing the entire game. (He probably has no chance to win anyway unless he’s up against someone hated, but he has to act at least with the guise of building a resume … right?)
As the Big Brother world turns…
In addition to Josh counting down the days to his bold move, one of our other favorite subplots this season is watching Mark slowly freak out at Elena being flirty with other people in the house. Yesterday she was massaging Paul under his shirt and you could see that Mark was not thrilled with it when he walked into that room. He was with her later and seemed to calm down .. for now. Elena’s playing a good game and doing a good job of making people feel comfortable around her. Being a little flirty’s helped many people over the years.
Also, Paul’s still doing a good job with his minions — we know that it’s easy to say that these people are all just stupid for following him, but he’s making them feel good about it. It’s similar to Boston Rob on Survivor: Redemption Island, even though Paul is not anywhere near that good a player since he doesn’t keep his own emotions in check.
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