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Big Brother 11 – A Strategic Overview of Week Five


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more interesting, we have a week like this. All week the house was left wondering if the mystery power was going to be used. And on Thursday, their questions were answered when Jeff used the power of Coup D’Etat to remove Lydia and Russell from the block and replace them with Jessie and Natalie. Jessie, being the bigger threat, was sent home by a vote of 3-2.

I’ll be honest. I’m not crazy about this power of Coup D’Etat. To me, it just didn’t seem fair. It’s not just that Jessie never had a chance, but it’s that Jeff didn’t do anything to deserve this power. He didn’t win any competition; he was just awarded the power by America. Jeff is a great guy. He even used the power to get rid of his biggest threat; however, I don’t think he deserved this power. And I certainly don’t think Jessie deserved to get screwed over a second season in a row.

So now that Jeff has shaken up the game, what will the retaliation be? And how will Jeff respond? And where do the players stand strategically?

Chima
Her alliance has fallen apart. Russell is still in the house. Things don’t seem to be going well for Chima, but she still has some hope with her newly forming alliance of Natalie, Lydia, and Kevin. This alliance has real potential, especially if they manage to get Michele on board. Jeff, Jordan, and Russell wouldn’t know what hit them.

Jeff
Like Jessie said, using that power was the best move he’s made all season. But how much is that really saying? How many moves has Jeff even made in the game so far? I don’t think many; he’s been too busy romancing Jordan. But now that’s he’s used the power, there’s no turning back, and he better be ready to play. He is aligned with Jordan and Russell definitely. He needs to solidify Michele as an ally, and maybe even find a way to get Kevin. He has shown his cards, but he better hope he has something else up his sleeves because this is just the beginning.

Jessie
When Jessie first entered the Big Brother house, I was upset. I thought he would be the only one not to learn anything from his first experience in the house. But during the course of the season Jessie proved me wrong. Jesse played a great game and deserved better than this. He stayed out of trouble and was able to identify threats while developing strong relationships. While I agree there was very little Jessie could have done after the POV, I do think that he could have tried harder to make sure he got to play. He could have promised Russell that he would use it on him. He knew how important the POV was, so he should have worked harder to ensure that he played. In the end, though, I guess it is only fitting that he was brought into the game because of a crazy twist, and he leaves the game the same way.

Jordan
I have very little hope for Jordan. She’s Jeff’s closest ally and yet the only one who seemed to have no idea that he had the secret power.

Kevin
He is the only one remaining in the house to never have been nominated. He must be doing something right. I liked his decision not to use the POV on Lydia. Because of the secret power it didn’t matter much anyway; only the HOH and POV holder were safe. And Kevin was able to appease Chima while maintaining his relationship with Lydia. He is one of the strongest players in the house right now.

Lydia
With Jesse gone, I don’t think it would be out of the question for her to start forming a relationship with Natalie. They could come together in their mourning, and possibly end up helping each other. They might even be better off without him around.

Michele
She’s in a good position right now. I think that HOH competition proves that. Usually, the contestants force their enemies to go against each other and answer questions. Michele wasn’t picked to answer questions until the end, so it is clear that she isn’t in any immediate danger. However, the competition also revealed that she is the only one in the house without a close ally. There are Lydia and Kevin, Chima and Natalie, Jeff and Jordan, and Jeff and Russell. Close allies are important, especially in the latter stages of the game. Michele needs to find someone, or that could be her undoing.

Natalie
The only reason she’s still here is because she hasn’t won anything. She was only a pawn in Jessie’s eviction. Now that Jessie is gone, Chima will probably take his place. Natalie is more a follower than a leader.

Russell
He got lucky this week. He should have gone home, but because of his alliance with Jeff he was taken off the block. Jessie played a much better game than Russell, but Russell was aligned to the person with the power. He is also lucky that Jeff’s use of the power is sure to upset a lot people and should definitely take away some of the target on Russell’s back.

Question of the Week
Why does America hate Jessie so much? They voted him out of the house last season, and they practically did the same thing again this season.

So how will these strategies pan out? Stay tuned to find out. I’ll be back next week with some more strategic musings.

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