The Big Brother 15 cast consists of 16 new contestants within a 15 year age range all vying for reality TV’s cheapest prize. Already we know of multiple twists (three people will be nominated each week, and America will vote for the MVP). Here’s hoping none of the twists that are introduced are show crippling, but they usually are, which is why seasons 2 and 3 remain the stand outs. At least there are no returning contestants with the closest thing being Elissa Slater, Big Brother 13 winner Rachel’s sister.
Aaryn is a psychology major, which she thinks she will help. Nick promises to be the hardest working player ever. Helen considers Big Brother just another political campaign. Spencer wants us to believe he’s not a simple country bumpkin. David likes to look at and touch himself. Elissa looks better than but still similar to her sister, and her objective is to hide the fact that they are related. Andy is a superfan who teaches his students how to lie. Kaitlin is too friendly to guys. McCrae aspires to be the best damn pizza delivery boy ever. Ginamarie is a pageant coordinator, and like her, Howard has to win at all costs. Jessie fancies herself a leader who’s better than everybody else, and she doesn’t get along with girls because they are jealous of her great personality and looks (great first impression in a season where America has power). Jeremy lives on a sailboat and embraces his Cherokee side. Amanda is used to to getting what she wants. Candice has a black and white family. Unlike Spencer, Judd makes it clear he is indeed a country bumpkin.
With a start in late June, this season will last a full 90 days.
Judd was hoping there would be a girl from Staten Island, and with Ginamarie, he got his wish, which he finds out literally within the first minute of entering the house. She’s immediately drawn to Howard for his muscles, though. McCrae agrees. He would be all over him if he were gay.
Elissa hopes to form an all girl alliance. They may be getting along right now, but this plan seems doomed already. Jessie has made it clear she does not like girls, and Kaitlin follows suit.
The last group to enter finds out that there are no beds left. The house was not designed with 16 people in mind.
Ginamarie is proving to be obnoxiously loud.
Judd for one is happy to see David in the house. Maybe he won’t be thought of as the dumbest guy in the house after all. Meanwhile, people dismiss McCrae’s story that he’s a pizza boy because they think he’s a genius. Huh?
Helen pretends to be just a mom. She doesn’t want anyone to know she works in politics, particularly Chicago politics.
During the meet and greet, it’s become clear Elissa’s other goal won’t last long either. Judd thinks she looks familiar.
Spencer, Howard, and Jeremy form an alliance right away. This rarely ends well.
Jessie forms her alliance based on looks and her hatred for other women, so she approaches David and Jeremy. Her awkward laugh when McCrae walks in is a dead giveaway.
The HOH will nominate two houseguests as usual. Presumably, the MVP, chosen by America, will nominate the third. Of course, the risk this poses, other than the fact that it makes the show a lame popularity contest, is that the HOH may end up nominating two people who both don’t go home.
It’s time for the first quite possibly irrelevant HOH competition. They climb on popsicles and must hang on longest. Elissa is worried that someone will find out her secret, and McCrae feels like an outcast already.
Judd drops at 5 minutes. Howard is down at 7, and Candice is right behind him. Everybody who remains then gets sprayed, a process that will continue periodically throughout the competition. The three who have been eliminated start chatting, and Candice says Elissa looks like Rachel’s sister. The next person to fall is Amanda, dropping at 41 minutes, an indication that the other three threw the competition… really badly. Spencer follows her. Then Helen, Jessie, Elissa, Ginamarie, Andy, and Kaitlin. By this point, it’s been 2 hours and 14 minutes.
After 3 hours, Aaryn is the last girl to drop. 4 people left in an endurance competition, and they’re all guys. Not the outcome I would have expected. Among those who remain is McCrae, the pizza delivery boy who is now considered not only a genius but also a big challenge threat.
Julie makes an offer. There are two lunch pails, one of which contains a never not pass that will ensure they will never be a have not all season. David quickly takes her up on her offer, and he receives an empty envelope, so whoever drops next has a guarantee. Jeremy immediately hops down. McCrae promises Nick that he’ll be safe, which to Nick sounds like a good deal since being HOH and making enemies is stupid anyway. He drops after 4 hours and 11 minutes, and McCrae is the first person to win HOH.
Julie explains the MVP twist. It’s supposed to be a vote for the person who’s playing the best game. Oh c’mon. We all know how these things really work. You can pose the question any way you want, and people will just vote for their favorite, who may be a bumbling fool, which usually is the case. Most people are looking for personality, not gameplay.
One key to the twist is that the player will be notified of their status in secret, and they will make a nomination in secret, effectively eliminating any chance of them being targeted either for their choices or because they won the vote.
Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 15 Episode 2, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.