‘Big Brother’: The impact of Kristen’s eviction

6 08 2010

Kristen BittingAnother week has ended in the Big Brother house with the eviction of Kristen Bitting. It sucks for her that she’ll go down in reality TV history as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend on live TV, with all of America—including her family—watching. And it’s not like the boyfriend was a jerk, either. His anger was perfectly justified. I’d be pissed as hell if I had to just sit and watch my significant other cheat on me on TV. Maybe she just got caught up in the moment, but something like that will follow a girl through every relationship she has for the rest of her life. Once the whole country sees you cheating, the whole country thinks you’re a cheater. Good job, Kristen. At least you looked okay in the hippie-tard. (Yes, just okay.)

One good thing she did was hint at the existence of the Brigade, but it might be too little, too late. I was hoping that she would spill the beans in her eviction speech, but she’s not as brave as Andrew and I don’t think she would have completely forsaken Hayden like that. If the houseguests don’t smarten up soon, the Brigade will trounce all over everyone. All that’s left is the four of them (Hayden, Matt, Enzo, Lane), Brendan and Rachel, and the floaters: Britney, Kathy, and Ragan.

If Rachel would get over herself and think long-term rather than targeting people who wrong her personally, she and Brendon would have more of a chance. If they don’t pull at least two floaters into their alliance, the Brigade will crush them. I’d love it if the five remaining houseguests teamed up against the Brigade, but it seems unlikely. I don’t think any of the floaters would go for it—they’re all scared of Rachel, scared of being targeted by her. Britney is friends with Lane, and it’s starting to feel like the end of Rachel’s influence is quickly approaching as the Brigade bides its time. At least she keeps winning HOH.

Side note: My favorite part of the episode was Rachel walking in on Britney and Matt wearing her hair extensions, and her just taking it in stride: “The highest form of flattery is totally making fun of someone.” She’s annoying and batshit crazy, but she makes for damn good TV.

Something else that will make for good TV is the election of a new saboteur. America voted for Ragan, so if the new HOH opens Pandora’s Box and if Ragan accepts the challenge, we’ll have some more excitement in the house for the next two weeks. Fingers crossed.

And I’m excited to see Jeff and Jordan next week! I loved having them in the house last summer.

On to the HOH challenge. If you don’t want to be spoiled about who won the challenge last night, look no further. I repeat, spoilers ahead!

Ragan and Matt in the HOH challenge.

Ragan and Matt in the HOH challenge. | Image credit: Big Brother Live Online

I’m not sure yet who was the first person to drop, and therefore the only have-not for the week. However, I know Matt and Ragan were the final two in the HOH challenge, and that Ragan jumped off and Matt is the new HOH. With the Brigade in power, we might see some major excitement this week. I hope either Brendon or Rachel has the chops to win POV (assuming they’re nominated), because one of them going home would mean an inevitable decrease in drama. And, come on. Besides the enthrallment of treating real people like fish in a bowl, the drama is what we’re here for.

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