“Big Brother” is back! Each week ET Canada will be interviewing the latest houseguest evicted from the house.
Congratulations on making it through another week of “Big Brother”, the Willy Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper of reality-shows. We’re now on day 8,066 with no end in sight. Maybe this season just seems longer because we’re stuck having to root for either Team Paul or Team Cody which is like having to choose between a punch in the nose or a chop to the throat. If each episode was just an hour of Kevin Schlehuber malapropisms, then it would probably go by a lot quicker.
Seriously, has there ever been a season with quite so many unlikable charisma vacuums? Probably. That’s the thing about “Big Brother”, as soon as a season ends you’re hit with an immediate case of retrograde amnesia, allowing you to forget all the terribleness you just endured for the past three months. Latest evictee Jessica Graf, a sort of off-brand Ariana Grande, will certainly be wishing she could forget this past week in the house.
When Josh won last week’s HOH competition, it was like handing a machine gun to a toddler. He spent the majority of his reign bellowing circus tunes and smashing pots and pans together like some sort of arcane torture method used in military interrogations. The craziest thing is, Jessica wasn’t even his original target; the overgrown baby-man had become possessed with the idea of eliminating Elena Davies, whose worst crime seemed to be wearing double-denim. Things took a turn however when Jessica provoked Josh into an impromptu spelling bee in an attempt to undermine his intelligence. Fun and games quickly descended into all out war, and the aftermath spelled doom for the VIP concierge.
Jessica’s cyborg companion Cody Nickson could do little to help her when designated scooter-driver Christmas Abbott used her temptation power to replace him in the Veto competition. Not that Cody has been much help to Jessica throughout the season, in fact, his return to the game only hindered her by secluding themselves from the rest of the house. “You gave your game up for Cody!” Josh yelled, and for all of his maniacal ramblings, the human megaphone was right.
Not that Jessica was unaware, by the time eviction night rolled around she had made peace with her fate. “It took 15 of you and half of the season to get one of two targets out of the house,” she said in her final speech. While she was technically accurate, both members of “Jody” were evicted before the jury phase, with Cody only given a reprieve thanks to the Battle Back competition. Now Cody is all alone, just him and his emotion (singular), while Paul continues to get what he wants.
ET Canada caught up with Jessica to get her thoughts on her relationship with Cody, separating game and personal, and what she really thinks of her mortal enemy Josh.
Hey, Jessica. Last night you heard Josh’s goodbye message where he revealed Elena was his original target this week. Do you regret getting into confrontations with him now or do you think you would have been evicted regardless?
The part that doesn’t make sense to me, if I was not the target then why was Christmas’ temptation used to ensure that Cody couldn’t play for my safety? It just doesn’t make sense to me logically. So whatever Josh’s plan was, it doesn’t mean that the other houseguests were on board. Also, it says a lot about Josh, he does nothing but kiss Elena’s butt in the house. He sucks up to her all day, every day – it just verifies that he’s just as fake and crappy of a person as I always thought he was.
Christmas said to you this week that you struggle to separate game and personal. Do you think there was any truth to that?
I think it’s insane to say that some of the things that happened to me in the house weren’t personal. Paul came after Cody and I’s relationship, and that was very personal. He started to panic during his HOH, and he wanted to ensure that someone was going home. In order to do that, he was running out of options and essentially tried breaking Cody up on a personal level, not a game level. Also, Christmas did things in the house that were so outrageous to me that I could never look at her again. When I was HOH and came to her as a friend and as an ally, I said to her that I feared people were going to target Ramses, and she completely played dumb to the entire situation, but she was completely in on it.
Before Cody returned, it seemed you were working your way back into the group. If Cody never came back who were you planning on working with, and do you think you’d have gone further without him?
First of all, Cody and I had been prepared for the possibility of a Battle Back before he was evicted. We knew there was a very good chance that it would happen again because it did so well last season. I was trying to work my way back in the group, so that should Cody return, we could work with people in the house because we couldn’t just do it on our own, we needed numbers. I was trying to rectify some situations that we had wronged in the past so we could move forward as a group and take out key members in the house. Unfortunately, that was just never going to happen, and if Cody hadn’t come back, I think I would have been a bit more stealth, but I would have gone after Paul. I would have loved to be the one to take Paul out of the house. Yes I think I could have gone further, but I think my sanity would have run out eventually.
In your final speech, you told the house to go after Paul. Do you think anyone will step up to get him out, and if so, who do you think is most likely to be the one to take the shot? (Other than Cody obviously)
You know, Paul has positioned himself so well in this house, he has a deal with almost everybody. So I don’t know exactly who could be put on the block next to Paul to ensure he’d be going home. He’s played a really good game, and I don’t know who will be capable of taking him out but major kudos to whoever manages to pull it off.
You and Cody had your ups and downs in the house. How do you think he’ll do without you, and do you plan on carrying on your relationship outside the game?
Cody and I did have our ups and downs in the house, but we are definitely 100 per cent going to continue outside of the house, and I just hope that while I’m gone, he finds a way to be happy and that he connects with someone else in the house. I’m just hoping he makes some friends and people stand by his side. I really don’t want to see him isolated for the rest of the season.
“Big Brother” airs Sundays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 p.m., on Global.