Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of wackiness on Big Brother, but what I saw Monday night in the second Celebrity Big Brother eviction of the season was among the craziest.
Spoilers are ahead, so if you don’t want to know what happened Monday night, look away!
It went down quickly.
If you didn’t know already, HOH Ross Mathews (who won HOH in a game of Celebrity Bowlerina handed to him by James) nominated Keisha Knight Pulliam and Omarosa for eviction for their role in fracturing the big girls’ alliance in Week 1. Keisha and Omarosa were working together under the moniker, “BGM,” black girl magic and they were wanting to send James home straight away.
However, an argument between Omarosa and Shannon Elizabeth prompted the latter to campaign for a script flip that would eventually send home MMA legend Chuck Liddell. After Chuck’s eviction, we learn of a new Final Four alliance between James, Shannon, Ross and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
If you’re asking me, that’s a pretty good Final Four.
However, Ross gets it in his head that back-dooring the highly competitive and talented Shannon would be the big boy move heard around the world, and he would have been right! In a nighttime conversation under the blankets with Winokur, Ross and Marissa plotted. One half of this new Final Four alliance was on board.
Coincidentally, Ross was finding himself part of a few other alliances, including one with Ariadna and Brandi that seemed less serious and formidable than the Final Four with James, Shannon and Marissa. However, those side alliance conversations gave Ross the opportunity to float his idea of back-dooring Shannon.
Except Brandi Glanville spit out the idea first. Hands clean.
Brandi and Ariadna: welcome to the game!
Where’s Mark McGrath and Metta World Peace? Anybody home? Are they interested in playing? Metta was interested in playing to the camera for sure, as one clip showed him in the hot tub with a pair of rubber pink flamingos, between whom he staged a fight.
So much idle time in the Big Brother house.
To be fair to Mark though, Ross revealed the plan to back-door Shannon to the former Sugar Ray star, and he agreed like a total floater that it was an awesome idea. “Sure. Whatever. Sounds like a good plan. You’ve got my support!”
So, I was all prepared for an epic Power of Veto and a colossal Veto Ceremony.
The popcorn was ready.
The house guests selected to play for the Power of Veto played a game of “More, Exactly or Less,” where they’d see pictures and then be asked questions about quantities seen in the images. Were they more, exactly or less than what was there. Both Keisha and Omarosa were in the final three before Knight Pulliam missed her answer, leaving Omarosa and Marissa to duke it out for POV honors.
And Marissa won.
This was a live veto competition, so the caucusing started as soon as Marissa got her congratulatory hugs. Marissa was going to take Keisha off the block, and the Broadway start was letting her know.
But Keisha was crying.
“Don’t mess with me!” she could be heard to say. “You don’t know what I’ve been through!”
Keisha wanted to talk to Marissa alone but much of the rest of the group, including Ross, was right there nearby.
What we since learned is that new mother Keisha Knight Pulliam has been having troubles producing breast milk for her baby. She wanted to go home, and she was asking Marissa to promise her that if they were to keep her safe that they could work to make sure she could leave the Big Brother house by Friday.
As if she couldn’t just get up and walk out at any time. I know there are contractual obligations and such, but it’s not a jail.
Alas, Marissa and Ross couldn’t promise this because they couldn’t promise who’d be in power as of Wednesday. (Geez, this is a fast season.)
So, there we were with Keisha and Omarosa on the chopping block, and Julie Chen telling each house guest they had only a moment to tell their fellow house guests why they should vote to keep them.
And Keisha brought everybody to tears, asking for their collective compassion to send her home. Omarosa brought the TV audience a chuckle when she was like, “Yeah, what she said. Send Keisha home!”
Well, not exactly.
They voted to evict Keisha 7-0, which means Omarosa survives and that Ross can’t be HOH this next week. With Celebrity Big Brother only lasting three weeks total, weeks aren’t really weeks. They’re season-weeks.
Omarosa really needs to win HOH to have any shot of sticking around for much longer. She’ll likely get nominated next to a floater (McGrath, Metta, Ariadna or Brandi) next week.
Here’s to hoping it’s Omarosa vs. Brandi.
That would be some high-drama television as if tonight’s episode wasn’t dramatic enough.