My feelings on Shelly haven’t changed much. I knew she was smart and would play that kind of game. She looks athletic and I thought she might be able to win comps until I heard about the rod and screws in her back.
I thought the same thing. I thought being a hunter, etc. that she would be pretty outdoorsy and competitive until I heard about her injuries.
Taking that into account I wonder how a smart woman who is a fan of this game thinks riding ANYONE’S coattails will get her to the end in this day and age of Big Brother. You can’t be so obviously playing both sides (whether you lie or not) and not be able to save yourself via PoV or winning HoH when it’s necessary. And where was she on questions HoH comps?
Are you trying to say she had NO business even trying to play this game? See, IMO, if this game was solely about physical players & comps, the show wouldn't have made it as long as it has. What fun is it to sit there and watch a bunch of jocks flexing their muscles day in and day out? What makes the game fun for me is having the physical, strategic & social competitors working together! That is what alliances are all about. How can a physical competitor come into the game and expect to win every single comp? It drives me crazy when people say so and so doesn't deserve to be there because they are not competitors. Shelly didn't just laze around and ride coattails, she worked her tail off for her alliance! The questions, she came really close at least once (against Kalia). Not to mention, she outlasted ALL of her alliance members in the ski endurance. She played a hellofa game, certainly did more than Adam and Jordan did!
So many of us talk about Shelly’s hatred of Rachel. There are two glaring contradictions. In the DE, she had Rachel’s fate in her hands. Voting out Rachel would redeem her in Jeff’s eyes, and if she did dislike Rachel, end her game — yet she chose to evict Jeff and not Rachel. The second is her jury vote. Was that to appease Jeff and Jordan? Shelly went into the jury house gloating toward Jeff and claiming the twist got her — it just wasn’t the twist she thought it was. I take you back to Shelly’s vote during DE. Had she voted to keep Jeff instead of Rachel then Rachel wouldn’t have been there to win PoV hanging and Kalia was last out before Rachel. But this a road less traveled by and only speculation
As I stated in my analogy, I think Shelly would have voted both Dani & Rachel out had Jeff not went off on her. Jeff's #1 tactic to deflect his own guilt was to get mad, point fingers and bark up people's trees. He chose a very bad time to bark up Shelly's tree cuz she had a gun and wasn't afraid to use it! LOL Jeff realized this a little too late. Shelly burned her bridge to that alliance and had to roll with it. No turning back. As she said, Bring it on, this is how the game is played! As far as the twist... Had the twist not been in play and Rachel still won the POV, Adam most likely would have gone up and most likely, Adam would have gone home. Both Kalia and Rachel and likely Shelly, would have voted him out and Shelly would have lived another week. As far as her vote, Shelly voted on who she felt played the best game and that happened to be Rachel.
Shelly has to own her own demise. She should understand that a Trojan Horse is not a good thing to be and only a shell to hold malice (or an opposing army in its original incarnation). Additionally, if she ‘blindly’ followed Jeff and Jordan, that was a choice she made, not some spell they cast or a potion they poured into her drink. She has to own that too. When you decide to follow someone you’ll never come in first if you let them lead you around. Perhaps there are more positive lessons in Shelly’s season of BB for Josie to learn from. (That wasn’t one of your concerns, but many posters talked about the example Shelly set for her daughter.)
As I said, having a plan going in doesn't mean you are going to stick to that plan. Circumstances alter cases. She was flipped by Evel Dick and she was honered to be playing the game with some of her all time favorite players. She did become a little blinded or starstruck, as some might say. But she did finally realize what she was doing and tried to shuffle her deck. I am well aware of the posters going on and on about the example that Shelly was setting for her daughter. She was aware of it too. She did struggle with that. But she was there, she was in up to her eyeballs and had to push forward. She said she had a lot explaining to do when she got home! Josie is a bright little girl and I am sure Shelly and Tony are going to overcome that hurdle together.
I hope this doesn’t come across as pushy – I’m trying to be objective here. They all made mistakes in the house and in the game and no one should bear the burden alone.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. That's what makes the world go round! Unfortunately for Shelly, not to many can see that others made mistakes in the game as well. Perhaps blinded by their own adoration of the vets? There are times when some peoples opinions spill over to deep seeded hatred and psychopathic behaviors. She got most of that burden as well as her family and her employers did. It's absolutely pathetic. JMO
I personally wish E Dick would’ve/could’ve stayed longer. I think it would be interesting to see how the others (vets and rookies alike) went after or lined up behind him. As I posted elsewhere the only certainty would be that he and Daniele would’ve added two more to the vets available to win HoH comps. The vets rolled until Kalia won questions, but we can’t say for sure Kalia would’ve still been there then if E Dick was in the house. Or that Kalia would be on the other side by then. But I’ve digressed. Mea culpa, mea culpa
Again, thank you for putting so much effort and thought into this thread.
Well, as I said before, it's easy for us to sit in the comfort of our own homes and become backseat BB players and play the what if game. Dick left, the game was played the way it was played.