There is little more annoying than an overrated Big Brother player with a large fan base. These irrational individuals have absolutely no ability to be objective and examine their fav’s game honestly. Of course, we all have the right to like who we like, but the insistence that a certain player is playing the best game, while mountains of evidence exists to prove otherwise, is maddening.
Alex sucks, and here’s why. (The following was written before this week’s Eviction/HOH).
Before she even “won” last week’s HoH competition, she had an extremely stubborn opposition to the format of Big Brother Over the Top including America’s unprecedented involvement with the game. She clearly went into the house with a set notion of what her strategy would be and America voting on so many aspects of the game obviously threw a wrench in that plan. There are always disappointments going into the Big Brother house when you realize that things cannot pan out the way you envisioned. The greats figure out how to adapt. .
While there are elements of Classic Big Brother that you can apply to Big Brother Over the Top (ie, using certain types of players as shields, not wanting strong/solid duos or trios at the end, etc) using 100% CBB strategy to play BBOTT is akin to trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. It just does not fit. Despite not knowing how involved America would be, Alex should have at least “expected the unexpected” and considered that, as she went along, she may have to alter her strategy to make it work for any twists that come her way. It would have been ideal if she would have started to shift her game to be more in line with America’s involvement. Do not entirely pander to the feeders, but don’t essentially say, “fuck you,” either.
Something else that is probably not the best winning strategy is framing America for your hinky votes. Something that Alex thought would be smart to do, but ultimately turned out to be somewhat of a hindrance. (More on that later.)
So, let’s get started. How does Alex suck? Let us count the ways!
Number 1: Not Knowing When You Need to Win
Going into the HoH competition, Alex really did not need to win. Alex went into the week not really on anyone’s immediate radar, but came out of the week at the top of several people’s target lists. Before this week, the other side of the house would have easily put Monte, Shelby and/or Scott on the block long before ever thinking about putting up Alex.
Neely could not have been a more perfect person to win that HOH. Her… affinity towards Monte was the perfect time for Alex to cultivate a relationship with someone who is outside of her core group. Neely is someone who she could set herself up with for further down the road when Neely needs to start targeting people on her side; people like Danielle and Shane who are the low men on the Jamboree pole.
Number 2: Making Emotional Choices
There was never any doubt about who Alex would put up, of course. She and her fellow Plastics have wanted Danielle out of the house since they saw her walk through the door. They literally hated her on sight. When you decide that you do not like someone because of something superficial, such as their appearance, and refuse to work with them or properly prioritize them as targets in a way that makes sense for your game, you are already setting yourself up for failure. Vanessa did this in BB17 and had duos/showmances as her shields. If she would have won the last HOH, she would have won the whole game.
Danielle and Shane, at this stage of the game, are perfect shields. Showmances are always targets. You do not want a showmance in the top 5, but you don’t take them out at 12th place, either.
Furthermore, unlike with most seasons of Big Brother, the house had a 3-day forewarning about what the POV competition would be. The house knew that it would be a golfing competition. The house also knew that Shane is/was a professional golfer. The nominations had not been made yet; perhaps Shane is not the best person for the block? While the obvious move, in order to take out one part of a couple, is to put them both on the block, a pro golfer competing in a golf competition is probably reasonably considered “extenuating circumstances” since you can reasonably assume that someone who has golfed professionally would have a leg up on the competition. If there was anytime for a pawn situation, this was it. If Danielle must be your target, put her up with a pawn or try to backdoor her.
Of course Alex could not just completely screw over her numbers and put up her closest allies as the actual targets. But she has other options. Scott’s allegiances rove and are unpredictable. Not only has he flipped and voted against them, he has already revealed himself as untrustworthy by going from side to side spilling everything he is told. Even now, he is screwing up their plans by giving the other side information they did not want them to have.
Then you have Shelby, who everyone in the house hates – including the Plastics. She is obviously making herself an early target for the other side of the house and America. The Plastics themselves said that she is probably seen as the mean girl. When it comes time for Shelby to be nominated or targeted, which is sooner than later, Alex can very easily be thrown up with her. Scott’s loose lips/unpredictability and Shelby’s nastiness are both liabilities to Alex’s long term game.
Then you have the out of the box option of Monte. He is another liability and is clearly on America’s bad side. She knows this because America put up Cornbread, Monte’s close ally, and voted him out last week. She knows this because Monte and Morgan were put on slop this week. A great pander to America could have been his head on a silver platter. Clearly, you need America on your side in this version of Big Brother because, even if your side wins the next HOH and does not target you, America can still put your side on slop and on the block. America does not do pawns. If you go on the block, we are probably also voting you out.
A Monte nomination would have been the biggest feather in her cap and even Misfits fans would not have been able to take that move away from her. It would have also been a signal to that fans that she is ready to play BBOTT. She could have very easily made the case to her fellow Plastics that Monte was putting them in the line of fire and that they would probably be nominated and put on slop every week for being associated with him.
In the end, Alex would not have had to worry about picking nominees/targets at all had she simply given the HOH to Neely, who would have probably put up Scott and Shelby. With those nominations, she would have probably had a better shot at getting people to vote out Scott/Shelby over Monte with Neely’s help in persuading them since Neely really, really, really did not want
her ivory bae him out of the house.
Alex’s tunnel vision, when it comes to Danielle, made it impossible for her to consider other options. It is rare that alliances are so solid in week one that they cannot be reworked to include people who were not in it originally, but Alex is not able to see it. Letting Neely have HOH would have given her a shot at replacing people who are liabilities and a detriment to her game (Scott/Shelby) with someone who isn’t (Neely) and who can also help keep her off the block when/if her side wins HOH. She needs to rework her game with her end game in mind. (Shelby would have probably been the better choice for the Plastics because Scott possibly win mental comps.)
Speaking of missed opportunities…
Number 3: Failure to Utilize Sibling Twist
Alex, unlike anyone else walking into the house, had a great advantage in having her sister play the game with her. But, instead of using this advantage to their benefit and SPLITTING UP between the sides, they have decided to both be a visible part of the same side of the house.
Big Brother Canada’s recent winners are a set of brothers who went into the house as a KNOWN set of siblings and even THEY managed to place themselves on opposites of the house. This tactic can’t work for this particular set of siblings for one reason, and one reason only – They hate Danielle.
Number 4: Lacking Perception
Alex, like all of Team MAGA, in general, has almost no read on the other side of the house. Part of this is caused by the Plastics/Team MAGA (Make America Great Again (I WILL make fetch happen!)) isolating themselves in the HOH room that they have had the last two weeks.
An illustration of Alex’s lack of perception is her belief that the only people, who are “playing the game,” are her and her allies. Because of this, it is impossible for her to know what those on the other side of the house will do in various situations and #scenarios.
Monday night, after the veto competition, team MAGA + Shelby lamented on how Dane and Jason are “playing” and “lying to” Justin and Neely in order to “trick them” into voting out Monte. (All of this while they themselves were plotting ways to “lie” and “trick” Shane, Justin and/or Neely into voting out one of their allies.)
She does not consider that all of the time she spends away from them, that they are talking about the game at some of those points, and not just “having fun.” Of all the people on Alex’s side of the house, the only person who has tried to “infiltrate” the Misfits is Whitney. That is simply bad social gaming on Alex’s part.
There seems to be a perception held by the Plastics/Team MAGA (and their fans, alike), that you cannot be considered “playing the game” if you do not talk game for hours on in. The thing that they do not seem to get is that you do not have to keep going over plans, changing plans, or tweaking plans once you have come up with a good one.
Late Night Crew/Jamboree/The Misfits do not have to spend hours plotting and scheming because they come up with their plans relatively quickly. They trust each other to do what they say they are going to do to execute the plan. What else is there to talk about? (Not that all of their plans work, but the plans they come up with tend to be the best ones for their situation at the time. ie, suggesting putting up Scott in order to save Monte – a perfect time for Alex to pitch Shelby instead and possibly flip Neely to save Monte, her stronger ally.)
Compare the “Save Monte by Evicting Scott” plan to the “Tell Justin He Can Frame America, Just Like Me, and Keep His Number One Enemy in the House and Piss Off America in the Process” plan and there is no competition on which plan was rooted in more logic and reason.
Number 5: Ineffectual Planning
Because the Plastics/Team MAGA aren’t actually the swiftest cocks in the race, they tend to ramble through and come up with one bad plan after the other only to settle on a plan that will never work and then, naturally, fail to execute it.
Part of the problem is Alex’s hinky vote which most of the Misfits did not fall for anyway. The people who did fall for it just so happen to be on Alex’s side. Much of their time was spent saying things such as, “Maybe IT WAS America who voted out Danielle! So they will maybe probably do it again!! They ALL hate her as much as we do, right??? Monte is a saint and a gentleman!! Why would America want him out??” Try as she might, Alex could not pull them entirely away from the idea of America voting Danielle out and, frankly, that took up brain power that could have been used to think of a plan that was less asinine than the eleventy-five other bad plans that had already thought of.
The final settle upon plan was some unnecessarily convoluted lie to try to trick Neely into a sympathy vote for Monte (which led to Neely tears instead of insulting her intelligence, as it should have) but then telling everyone else that they were voting out Monte… or something. Frankly, it was hard to follow given how little sense it made.
Number 6: Making Bad Situations Worse
Alex knows that America nominated Monte’s closest ally in week one. Alex knows America voted out Monte’s closest ally in week one because Alex knows that it was not America who voted out Danielle. Alex knows that America put Monte and Morgan on slop. Alex knows America put Morgan on slop because of her closeness with Monte. Alex knows that America nominated Monte for eviction. Alex has all of the necessary information to conclude that America is more than likely going to vote out Monte this week. A smart player, a good player, a great player, a savvy player would have accepted that they have lost this round, and adjust.
That adjustment was putting Scott/Shelby up as a replacement. Not because she thinks that the other side is actually going to vote out Scott/Shelby over Monte, but Scott is alone on an island, Shelby is hated by all, so there is no one to retaliate against her. Both have burnt their bridges and no one on the other side will trust them or pick them over each other. They would have had to stay on Alex’s side if they survived the week. (For some reason, it did not even cross Alex’s mind that she did not have to blindside anyone with the renomination.)
She also needed to put up Scott/Shelby because she already had made a deal with Kryssie that she would not put her on the block if she saved Jason and left her targets available for nomination. Going back on her word showed the house – IN WEEK TWO – that her word is worth no more than Monte’s laughable modesty and faux chivalry.
Nominating Kryssie effectively killed any shot at saving Monte. Obviously, Neely could not flat out say to her allies that she wanted to save Monte, but if she could have worked them over the next 24 hours into agreeing that Monte will always be a bigger target in front of them, can’t play in the next POV, would probably always get America to vote against him in some capacity, it is a real possibility that even her allies would have agreed to suffer through another week of Monte as a more strategic move.
Note: Neely admitted in her live diary that she wanted the votes to actually stay the same and flip the house against Shane to get him out. So it is actually a very real possibility that she would have tried to get Scott/Shelby out and that is the reason she is as livid as she is at Alex for putting up Kryssie.
Because of Alex’s rigidness, stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt her game to Big Brother OVER THE TOP, she opted to move herself to the front of both Kryssie and Neely’s target lists, when before neither would have gone after her if they would have won HOH next week.
Alex’s Week included:
- Throwing a hinky vote that made it difficult strategize
- Framing America
- George Dubya Bushing an HOH
- Nominating a golf pro for a golf POV
- Losing the Power of Veto competition 4 vs 2
- Giving herself a disadvantage in the next HOH
- Squandering her only chance to save a better ally
- Ruining her social game w/others outside Plastics
- Breaking a deal (that the entire house knew about)
- Blindsiding the person who made the aforementioned deal with renomination
- Making two new enemies
- Becoming a bigger garget
- Losing a solid ally to eviction
We all have our own opinions, but it is extremely difficult to spin the above into “great game play.”
Alex’s desire to be a serious gamer, alone, does not make her a “great player” and it certainly does not make her the “best player” in the house. Is she an improvement over the last blonde with glasses that played Big Brother? Absolutely, no question. Does she have the POTENTIAL to be a better player? Sure. But this preemptive crowning of her Big Brother Great is a bit perplexing. There is absolutely nothing Alex has actually done that has shown that she is a great player. You do not get credit for playing one game well just because the strategy you are using could possibly work in a different game.
As much as Alex’s fans like to bitch and moan about America’s involvement, Alex’s side of the house have done themselves no favors. Week one, they played in the POV 4 vs 1 vs 1. Week two, they again played in the POV with a 4 vs 2 advantage and 2 of them (Scott/Shelby) were clearly not attempting to win. With Monte totally flopping, that made the competition 2 vs 1. That is not America’s fault. Couple this with their horrible social games and lack of desire to try to comingle with people who “don’t fit in” and who are not like them (minus Whitney), their side of the house is flat out blowing their own games.
The two HOH’s that they have “won” were pretty much given to them with Alex not being disqualified for touching the pole with her second hand (shut up) and Monte just being the last person standing the week before.
Winning Big Brother has never been a one-size fits all type of thing. Being great at it includes being able to maneuver your way around the twists and turns that are thrown your way. While her strategy in regular Big Brother would have been more effective, in Big Brother Over the Top, it could not be. It is not as if it is impossible to adjust and adapt to this format because several other players already have. Alex is simply too petty, too stubborn and too set in her ways to do so. As a consequence, her Head of Household reign will end just like Monte’s did last week. Three people nominated, all of them “coming back,” as Monte would say.
The thing that makes Alex “suck” is that she has had plenty of information and plenty of opportunities to make this HoH work for her and come out on the other side either better, or no worse off. A savvier player would have been able to pull that off.
None of this is to say that Alex should not have fans and people who root for her. We are all allowed to root for whomever we want for whatever reasons we want to. That is a given. I simply challenge her fans, who insist that she is the next coming of Danielle Kirby-Gheesling, to make their case for the greatness they proclaim she possesses.
What are three positive things that Alex gained during her HOH, things that she did not have before the week began? How will those things impact her game moving forward? Did she learn more about the dynamics of the house? She doesn’t think anyone on the other side is playing and that Neely is at the bottom of a 6 person alliance when she is near the top. She thinks Justin is just there to have fun and that no one talks strategy with him or lets him know what is going on.
By all measures, (fingers crossed) this HoH was a complete failure. It does not matter what “would have happened” if they were playing classic Big Brother, because they are not. Alex failed this week, not only in not getting her target evicted (pleeeeeeease geesus), but she did not use her position to learn anything new about what was happening in the house or make new deals.
Sorry Alex fans, as much as it might hurt to hear this… It must be said. Alex may aspire to be a great player, but she is nowhere near one.
Update: Ding Dong the Fool is Gone!