LAST EDITED ON 07-06-15 AT 05:12 PM (EST)
I agree with placing Jace on the evicted list.
(Heh!) Actually our ratings are beginning to align. I'd place Audrey at the bottom of the love list, but I have to give her credit for not coming unglued when she realized that she was Miss Uncongeniality. Lying low for a while, maintaining her cool, then doing what she could to plant the idea that maybe evicting her wasn't in some of the other guest's best interest because her ogreness will always deflect attention from them. IMO that's how to handle the situation that she put herself into, but the odds are still stacked against her.
I elevated James on the love list because of the reasons you gave, he managed to avoid nomination despite the danger that the unwilling pawns pose to the HofH that nominated them. This was the hump week for that danger, and with his attitude he should be good for a few weeks at least. Actually, I would put the early chalk on him, along with Jeff.
Da'Vonne, bottom of list. Agree. Too bad that the attention to her eviction is diminishing the possibility that Audrey will bounce out of the house. The positive here is that if Audrey and Da'Vonne are on the block together, there might be some suspense at voting time. However, Audrey may not get put up since Shelli is the final HofH.
Meg - Floating may be the best course of action for a while, until the alliances gell. She should make sure that when they do, that she makes a good decision as to who to join, and she seems to positioning herself to do just that. Right now the players who are playing big are getting the attention, and it's a good time to lie low.
John - His hilarious performance with Da'Vonne during the camera challenge cracked me up. For that alone I'd give him a higher love list ranking. But he seems to think that he has to shout to be heard in the DR. That is annoying, but he has some pretty cogent observations, and is (aside from that) kind of entertaining, in a deer caught in the headlights way. But dude, use your inside voice. I'd place him mid love list pack.
Steve - should be getting the sympathetic vote from the TV audience. So I'd place him about where you have him, except I'd put John above him. IMO, his whining, complaining, and mindless paranoia are off putting, and that will divert him from making good decisions at times. He's kinda like a caricature of a Woody Allen role.
Becky - Smart use of her train story. Wow. And it Wowed her house mates too, apparently. She gets unisex he-man cred, and the sympathy vote. But you know, I think that there is something untold there, I mean, at every RR Xing I can remember, cars are too far from the actual tracks to make "sticking your head around a van to look and getting hit in the face with a train engine" possible. Was the van really that close to the track? Usually they are at least 10-20 feet from the track in urban crossings, and usually there is a cross bar that drops, not to mention flashing lights and hard to ignore bells. Maybe she was just shitface drunk and stumbled 10-20 feet to the track? Seems improbable, but who knows. Heck, maybe someone pushed her as a drunken idea of a prank. Impromptu drunken pranks that turn out horribly wrong are not unheard of.
But "I got hit in the face with a train engine" is quite a powerful story. It's been apparent that something was different with her mouth, especially the upper right (her right) portion, and she has a scar there. I had supposed that that was a harelip, and wasn't going to make any reference to it. Unless I had a PC reason to do so. But now, it's a badge of courage. However, a little plastic repair surgery might be good for her.
And yes, the breast enhancement could have been to repair damage, but also to compensate psychologically for the damaged face. She did opt for XL implants (you go, girl!). May have been some insurance/settlement money available. But I am not going to put down plastic boobies. All boobies are fun in their individual ways. Big, little, shy, overt, real, and plastic boobs are all fun. I'm not a boob bigot.
Jackie - Not fond of her so far. I liked her better (at times) on TAR. But, IMO, her low key play with the others playing so hard will get her down the road. She seems capable of erupting (Ref. TAR) so I think she will throw a fit, antagonize the others, and spoil her game. Mid range on Love list.
Jason - I agree with you, Jason moved up a on my love list. He seemed a little less artificial this week. Also I admire the unhesitating honesty (self-serving though it be) that he showed in exposing Audrey. A definite move up.
Jeff - Seems to be thinking intelligently self-preservation wise, and is adept so far at not drawing unwanted attention to himself. Seems to have a good instinct for beneficial alliances. And he has an advantage over the others in his implicit partnership with Jackie. And no, he wasn't the best male player from his TAR season, but he did pretty well. He was able to handle his partner's occasional erratic behavior while utilizing her good decisions, more or less steering her from behind. That's the talent that got Derrick the win last season. And was a good way to to use with her. Showed good game instincts. With James, IMO, an early favorite to win.
BTW, this last TAR was the best version by far, at least in recent memory.
Liz and Julia - Their story line is guaranteed to receive more emphasis. The day will come (probably) when they will be outed, and how they survive that outing will determine their season.
I'm wondering how BB will handle that, whether at some point Julie outs them, or if they are allowed to play it to the end. If Julie outs them, I think their day will be done.
So far they seem to be pulling it off though, Jace (knucklehead that he is) was completely fooled. And even when the subject of twins comes up among the houseguests, she isn't (they aren't) mentioned. Mid to upper range on Love list. If she/they can keep their cool, they may go far. It would be interesting if they were to actually win, and if they do, Julie ought to spring for two $500K winner's checks.