What You Don’t See Is What You Get
Well, guess what Paul? Cody DID do some weird **** like that and everything just went BOOM! I am living for this irony. When Paul was a new player in Big Brother 18, one of the first words to come out of his mouth other than “PISSED!”, “FRIENDSHIP!”, or “YA BOY!” was to target the vets because Nicole played like a huge snake on her season. Which is funny because she really didn’t. She was a little sneaky but her first time around she was mostly in a showmance with no hope of being in a good position after Christine ditched her and Hayden for The Bomb Squad. Then she returned for season 18 and played a similar game while continuing her own personal brand of sneaky earning her nicknames like “Snakecole” and “Ratcole”.
The fan base wasn’t very kind to her.
Now Paul has returned as a vet, the breed of player he once despised and ultimately lost to, so it’s his turn to rewrite history like Nicole did, and if he pulls it off, it’ll be one of the best two season arcs in the history of the game, second only to Janelle’s back-to-back 3rd place robbery.
When this season started, in one of the first episodes, Cody is caught on camera talking about despising Paul as a vet and even went as far to say that Paul “played like a snake his last season.”
Wow. Looks like someone put History in the wash because it’s on rinse, wash, repeat. The best part? Paul didn’t even play like a snake! He played sneaky, similar to Nicole, like when he allowed Victor to take the fall so he could worry about the future of his own game. But for the most part, he was extremely loyal and straight up, and he lost because of it. Now he’s being pegged as a snake and will most likely pull a Nicole and embody the role more so in the eyes of others than in actual truth.
Lucky for Paul, he’s not the only snake this season.
Snakes, Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?
And no, I am not talking about this golden girl with the stunning blue eyes. And no, I’m not talking about Kevin though he lies straight to peoples faces and they have no idea. And no, I’m not talking about Dominique flipping Mark to keep Christmas (something not shown on TV) or Ramsey making up a fake plane banner message from the backyard (also not shown on TV) or Jason weaselling his way in the shadows. Notice that about Jason? He has all his conversations that matter quietly in places where he’s doing something else like cooking or showering. Whenever he’s in a social area he’s typically loud and sociable. He’s a bigger gamer than he looks.
No, no. I’m talking about the two snakes who are about to get boot-stomped in the garden: Cody and Jessica!
They’re not even really snakes in my eyes but they are snakes in the eyes of the house. Court of public opinion always takes precedent in the Big Brother house (and society, unfortunately). Cody tried to pull off his big move to backdoor Paul but didn’t stop to think, “Hey, I’m trying to ice Production’s golden calf in Week 1… I wonder if they will have an contingencies to prevent such a fate?” Because YUP! They do. Paul pulls out his protection thing-a-ma-jig and reveals he’s got three weeks of safety. BOOM. Everyone is shook. Then Cody is like, damn, I guess it’s time to ruin Christmas, and he sticks Christmas up on the block.
This backfired so bad and I really feel for Jessica. She’s caught in the line of Cody’s fire and it’s not her fault. Strategically, I feel like she should have disengaged with Cody and left him to rot as a lone wolf. The couples and the outsiders are all realigning and scrambling their games while Kevin is all like
and Dominique is all like
But poor Christmas, she’s all like
But lucky for her Paul’s all like
which brings us to one of the strongest opening weeks in a Big Brother season because in 14 days these houseguests have managed to turn this into a story about
Paul is HoH and he’s going to take his shot to backdoor Cody who tried to take a shot at him. I’m a fan of epic sagas so I want this rivalry to run the gambit. If Cody is evicted next week, it will be so lacklustre and all the good drama gets sucked out of the game. I mean, we’ll still have Josh, but he’s not a villain in the same way Cody’s a villain. He’s selfish but he isn’t as calculated or stark. It’s rare that someone like Cody is even cast. So he’s been a treat. But I want to see this play out like an epic mythical tragedy similar to Kevin and Demetres of Big Brother Canada 5. They battled it out until the bitter end and it was a fun ride. Cody’s about to get poisoned by the snakes and truth me told, I don’t see him surviving, but it’s just a matter of time until the other snakes sink their fangs into Paul. He’s a huge target and currently leading the house. Always good to keep in a bigger target. I’m personally a fan of keeping in the stronger players and eliminating the week early on because I’m a competitor and love a heavy end game. I hate when it’s just a waiting game for one person to win like it was with Derrick in Big Brother 16. I like when it’s Final 8 and all 8 contestants have a chance of winning if they get to the end. I think that’s what was so exciting about Big Brother All-Stars. You really had no idea who was going to win.
What are your thoughts? Who’s the biggest snake in the house? Will this be the end of Cody? How long can Paul actually last? Can he keep up this fight for three whole months? Who are rooting for most so far? Who would you like to see sitting in the Final 2?
Clifford Myers is a standup comedian who really, really loves Big Brother.