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Big Brother 20 – JC’s Game

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Good morning. Part 2 of the hoh comp was played yesterday and Steve covered it in the previous thread if you missed it. There will be a little conversation about it below when I go over what was discussed in the house so if you’re avoiding spoilers, consider this the warning. I’m recycling pictures of the hg’s, partly because I painted my office yesterday and only took a couple and because this may be my favorite image of JC. (The tutu and the one of him wearing Kaitlyn’s pink dress with heels are close 2nds)


Feeds Yesterday:

I’ll go over JC’s game this season but before I do, there were a few things talked about yesterday. Most of it was chit chat and the only game related talk was JC making sure he had F2’s with Tyler and KC and KC & Tyler telling each other what JC was saying. (the usual F3 stuff) We could tell when Angela left that Tyler was sincere in wanting to go to the end with KC. Part 1 and 2 of the comp sealed the deal because JC lost yesterday and only by about 40 seconds. There was never a question over who KC wanted to take so unless JC can come up with something new and amazing, he’ll be the 9th and final juror. Coast to Coast is the only F2 Tyler named so that should’ve been a clue for us about his choice. Tyler is still playing JC and telling him to stay positive that Tyler will win part 3. I should point out that JC has asked Tyler more than once if he has a F2 with KC.


JC was upset over losing part 2 as anyone would be. He thinks it all comes down to Tyler now and he’s nervous because he doesn’t have that much faith in Tylers intelligence. (NK covered much of the conversation from last night in the comments on the previous thread) Basically, JC’s irritated, nervous and going stir crazy in the house. He’s told Tyler how to play BB, gone over season 19 and said they were in this mess because Tyler wouldn’t split up KC and Angela when JC said they should. There were lots of jokes about Tyler loving Angela. JC said he doesn’t think Tyler was stupid enough to fall for Angela for real because she’d just drop him after the show. JC also thinks he and Tyler will get an apartment together soon. They’ve actually been very funny with the back and forth except we know what’s really going on so it’s a bit awkward too.

JC was annoyed part 2 of the comp was mental and physical. He said they don’t do it that way and didn’t think it was fair they did it this year. Tyler said he’d tried to tell JC it would be both but he didn’t believe him. (True. JC was a know it all and insisted Tyler was wrong)


KC and Tyler congratulated each other whenever JC wasn’t around. KC thinks they should go ahead and tell JC about their F2. Tyler is stalling and said he was afraid of things JC might say. KC asked “what could he say?”

I didn’t know (or have forgotten) that Sam was really mad when the guy came in the house to yell at Rachel for her crap app. They talked about Sam yelling at him and thinking she was going to get in a fight over it. They didn’t know why she couldn’t understand it was part of the show and he was just doing his job. It sounds like Sam was an even bigger pain in the ass than we realized.

JC’s Game: 

JC isn’t getting to the F2 unless something drastically changes so I figured I’d go over his game first. This is probably a “what could’ve been important” if he’d made it there look at his game.  Whenever players get to the F3, I like to look back and see what their original strategy was before the game started. JC didn’t know much about BB and most of what he learned was from watching a few seasons in sequester. He did manage to contact Rachel Reilly and ask for tips but he completely ignored her advice so it doesn’t factor into how he played. She told him to win a bunch of comps. (Rachel’s always thought if you don’t win comps, you’re a floater and I’ve always thought Rachel was an idiot so…anyway.  She won comps because everyone hated her and she didn’t have a choice. She’ll never understand that even tho she won a season, one which production worked hard for her to get) Before going in, JC said his strategy was to be the funny, lovable, small guy who people would feel bad about evicting. I’m not sure he always pulled off “lovable” but for the most part, that’s exactly what he did. His entry interviews didn’t sound like he had much of a plan but he played with alot more intention and strategy than most people could who weren’t familiar with BB before they were cast. I didn’t pick him as someone who’d play well but he did.


It’s impossible to talk about JC without mentioning some of his behavior. He’s done and said things many fans didn’t approve of and I’m one of them. Did it affect his game? No. The fans may have been offended but apparently, the hg’s weren’t. I’m not making excuses for JC but I do think people need to keep things in perspective sometimes. Yes, he could be offensive but messaging CBS demanding his removal from the house was ridiculous imo. I say this because JC isn’t even close to being the most offensive hg we’ve watched play the game. Honestly, he doesn’t even make the top 10 and a couple of the top 10 won their season. I mean, come on, we’ve had a convicted drug dealer win BB who, by the way, was way more offensive than JC on his season before that even happened.

I really thought JC would get himself evicted early in the game for being so bossy and such a know it all. We see and hear more than the hg’s so it’s easy for us to think we know everything. (There’s a little JC in us too) We tend to overlook the subtleties of certain relationships and just the overall vibes people get from each other. Those things aren’t spoken so it takes being in the house to really know. I can remember times in the past someone in the F2 would be sure they had a vote and I thought they were crazy. They’d be right and afterwards explain the kind of relationship they had with that person in ways we couldn’t see so they just knew. What began happening with JC is like those situations. We saw JC doing too much but he was actually wearing people down. At first, they’d roll their eyes after he “told” them what was going on and what to do. After a while, people started to believe and trust him. He used a great mix of appearing to know what was going on with playing dumb after some of the votes. Usually, you can’t have it both ways. Being nonthreatening and bossy is a hard combination but he did it. He was also the comedy much of the time and that’s hard for people to give up. Why evict  someone who can’t win comps but entertains you when you’re bored?

JC played an impressive game but he did play himself into a corner after Fessy was evicted. He worked with Tyler from the beginning to eliminate people from both sides and make sure they continued to have two distinct sides. JC’s game started to be in trouble when Tyler wanted to hit one side repeatedly.  JC wanted to stick to the plan instead but he couldn’t win the hoh to make it happen. He didn’t lay down and he made the effort for a plan B. It was just too late by then and a little bad luck the week Brett left, didn’t help. He had a lot more influence than most players who arn’t winning comps and even some who were. We can look at his game in 3 stages.

The first 4 weeks is stage 1. That’s when he hooked up with Tyler and Fessy and both began to trust him quickly. Tyler may have been the one who got Kaitlyn to flip on her alliance but JC is the one who caused the mistrust in Foutte. Think about some of the blindsides that L6 couldn’t have pulled off without that lack of trust. JC’s vote flip started the process of Foutte never fully trusting Scottie or each other. Aside from that, JC’s vote never came up as the one who flipped during any of the weeks. Foutte spent sooooo much time on the flipped votes, they lost sight of everything else going on. JC wasn’t even a member of their alliance but they believed him over other people. Rockstar, Haleigh and Fessy were doubting each other for a time. It was also during the first 4 weeks that JC was able to keep himself from going otb DURING a ceremony. That’s never happened before. Sure, Sam was the hoh but it was still impressive. Week 4 was the first time Tyler and JC had different goals. JC became convinced Tyler was letting Kaitlyn play him and JC wanted her gone. (People have forgotten that Tyler tried to save Kaitlyn that week) He can’t take credit for Kaitlyn leaving but he was the only vote to keep her which caused even more problems and doubts with Foutte.

Stage 2 of JCs’ game was impressive too. This was when Bayleigh won the hoh and it was the first time JC could’ve easily been used as a pawn. Fessy really worked to keep JC off the block but JC put the work in with Fessy for that to happen. Haleigh and Fessys wins came next and he didn’t have to worry. This was around the time Scottie stopped trusting JC and got a little vocal about it with Haleigh. Scottie was the only person in the house thinking about going after JC around weeks 6-8. Week 7, Haleigh won and that’s the week Rockstar left. He didn’t have anything to do with getting her otb but he WAS the reason Brett claimed he voted to keep her. Since Brett is the one who made the claim, it’s easy to forget that doing it was 100% JC’s idea. They’d already had so many blindsides, L6 didn’t think there was enough people in the house to pull off one more but JC kept pushing. Brett said no at first to the plan. JC wore him down and we all know how that ended. Fessy won the next hoh and JC managed to get Scottie otb.  Brett lying about the vote mixed with JC’s insistence that Scottie was in love with Haleigh made it happen. He didn’t just talk Fessy into it, he talked Haleigh into it too. She can rewrite history all she wants but we saw it happen. The only person who wanted JC out was evicted that week.

The last stage is when JC’s game began to fall apart. He freaked out when Scottie came back in the battle back but that was short lived since Scottie went right back out. He did good work during this time and it’s when he began working on Brett. JC was paranoid over Tyler’s close ties to Angela so he began looking for a back up. At first, I didn’t think it would work because L6 was so tight and L6 didn’t fall for his BS the way Foutte did. The timing was right because Brett had been playing the lone wolf long enough that he was beginning to feel left out of L6. Even with Brett & Tyler comparing notes, JC still got Brett on board to break up Angela & KC. The reason the plan failed wasn’t because JC didn’t play it well. It’s because Angela barely beat Brett in the veto comp and if she hadn’t, we’d probably have a different end game. KC or Angela would’ve gone home if Brett had won that veto, Brett and JC controlled the votes. Sure, Tyler and Angela or KC would stay in the house but so would Brett and a lot could’ve happened while they were fighting it out.

JC didn’t  go otb until the end of the game and when he did, he wasn’t in danger of leaving. He only won 1 comp but it’s the one that would’ve sent him home if he’d lost it.  JC’s biggest blindspot was Tyler because he didn’t ask himself why Tyler insisted on keeping Angela and KC in the house. He argued with Tyler over it alot and Tyler never gave him a logical reason. Tyler would just say “trust me.” If they really had a F2, JC’s plan was right from every angle but he either didn’t see it or didn’t want to see it. By the time JC figured out he couldn’t completely trust Tyler, it was too late. Now he’s left with hoping Tyler and KC don’t have a F2 so we’ll see JC become the last juror on Wednesday.

Based on the format BB uses now, I don’t have the same expectations for the last juror as I do the others. If they’re pissed off or shocked, they don’t really have time to process it and get over it like the others. It’s the one vote that I excuse if it’s based on anger or limited information. They don’t participate in the jury discussion and even though they hear the F2 answering a few questions, sometimes they’re still spinning from what just happened. I’m not sure they’re really processing what the F2 are saying about why they should win. JC tends to get mad and pout easily so he could vote for KC to win when Tyler betrays him. He could also vote for Tyler since he has a massive crush on him but I’m not leaning that way. If Tyler is the one who does it, JC will feel like Tyler took 50k away from him and I don’t know if curly blonde locks are enough to get over that in an hour.

KC and Tyler may be the favorites to win but I do think it’s possible JC could’ve had the votes to win if he was in the F2. Sure, he would take credit for things he didn’t do but the things he did accomplish are impressive and so is the way the jury could choose to see him.  The week Brett left is the only week he didn’t know what was going to happen. He made it almost all season without going otb. He made it to the F3 and only had to win one comp to do it. He won the F4 hoh which ruined the plans of the remaining three L6 members who had been dominating the comps. Sometimes jurys like the underdog, which he was while going against those three and this jury may have loved a L6 member to lose. In a way, if a L6 member doesn’t win, in their minds, they didn’t lose as badly. JC also has a compelling personal story too. Depending on how the final jury questions went, I could definitely see a JC win.

  • Bayleigh- probably not but you never know. She doesn’t want to give credit to L6 and I think if she had an excuse, she’d vote against Tyler, not KC tho.
  • Rockstar- I don’t care what she said in the jury segment about Tyler, she isn’t giving the win to a straight, white, rich privileged male with JC sitting there. She’d give it to KC over JC tho, I’d imagine.
  • Fessy could easily vote for JC.
  • Scottie probably wouldn’t vote JC over Tyler but he could give it to JC over KC. He thinks KC did him wrong when he came back and he’d said JC was playing the best game during some interviews.
  • Haleigh- I can see her voting for all 3 of them and we don’t know what she’ll value the most or if she’s bitter. Tyler got rid of her and KC held the veto every time Haleigh was otb. She likes JC and I can see her wanting him to win just as much as the othe two.
  • Brett- He’s L6 but he’s a betrayed L6. He worked closely with JC and respected his game. Like Haleigh, another toss up but they did get close.
  • Sam- She sounded angry and she’s Sam so who knows what kind of logic she’ll use?  I could see her giving it to JC over Tyler but not over KC.
  • Angela- JC’s not getting this one ever.
  • KC/Tyler- Like JC, they could be mad at being betrayed at the end. I wouldn’t put it past either of them to give it to JC if they got cut, KC especially. I can also see them giving it to each other too. Toss up.

Those voting scenarios won’t matter because JC won be sitting at the end. I was only pointing out how it was possible for any of them to win in any F2 combination because they’ve all played well. We also have no idea what the jury will base their votes on.  JC has been a very entertaining, annoying and unique hg. I wish him well with his life, career and family. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him this summer and he gave me a lot of laughs. He played a game anyone could be proud of and I hope he’s not too crushed by losing the money….and the guy.

I’ll give you my thoughts on Tyler’s game tomorrow. Have a great Sunday!




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