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Well, I Was Dead Wrong About 'Big Brother 20'

Expect the unexpected, ya feel?


At the beginning of the summer, I made my predictions about who would reign supreme on "Big Brother 20." I didn't know it at the time, but this season would go back to basics and stay true to the original concept of "Big Brother" and become one of the absolute best seasons I've seen in years. Because I didn't know that, my predictions about the way the season would pan out were way off. Let's take a look at the final rankings of the houseguests based on their order of eviction:

16. Steve, Previous Ranking: 10

BB20 Steve

I thought Steve had a shot because of his background as a police officer. Perhaps I was just associating him too closely with Derrick Levasseur from "Big Brother 16." Unfortunately, Steve's inability to connect with other houseguests because of his older age (40) led to his quick demise this season.

15. Swaggy C, Previous Ranking: 6

BB20 Swaggy

Oh Swaggy, if only you had kept your mouth shut, you may have been able to make it to at least jury. His attitude overpowered his ability to play the game, sadly.

14. Winston, Previous Ranking: 1

BB20 Winston

This one breaks my heart. Winston was very well-equipped to go very far in this game, but as many houseguests do, he let his emotions get the best of him during his time on the block.

13. Kaitlyn, Previous Ranking: 16

BB20 Kaitlyn

To be honest, I'm shocked that Kaitlyn actually made it this far. Her wacky personality seemed like it would turn people off to her, but in an unpredictable twist in events, it was actually her flirting and extreme jealousy that led to her ultimate downfall. If only she had stayed loyal to her man back home...

12. Rachel, Previous Ranking: 3

BB20 Rachel

This is a blindside if I've ever seen it. I really thought she would manage to beat out Brett at the eviction, considering she treated her houseguests a whole lot better than Brett did and she wasn't a real threat to the integrity of Level 6. I'm still sad she left so soon.

11. Bayleigh, Previous Ranking: 11

BB20 Bayleigh

Woohoo, I totally called this one! Bayleigh was a good player, but she got too roped up in the drama of the house to be able to stick around much longer. At least she made it to jury!

10. Rockstar, Previous Ranking: 15

BB20 Rockstar

My original description of Rockstar, "She's a mother who calls herself "Rockstar." She's so out there, I don't know if she'll be able to play the game well," was right on point. She managed to ride the game out until jury though because she joined an alliance and laid low until she didn't have a choice.

9. Faysal, Previous Ranking: 8

BB20 Faysal

Just like Rockstar, Fessy found an alliance and stuck with them until his end. Sadly for him though, he turned into just another Level 6 target.

8. Scottie, Previous Ranking: 14

BB20 Scottie

Well, I guess everyone did think Scottie was adorable... at least until they found out he really knew how to play the game anyway. After winning Jury Battle Back, Scottie earned more time in the "Big Brother" House, which improved his overall ranking, even though he didn't last long on his second try.

7. Haleigh, Previous Ranking: 13

BB20 Haleigh

I'm laughing at myself for thinking Haleigh was going to be one of the biggest floaters in the game this season. I'm thrilled she turned out to be one of the best players I've seen in awhile. In my opinion, she's only second to Tyler, and if she and Tyler had worked together, they could've dominated the whole season.

6. Brett, Previous Ranking: 7

BB20 Brett

Good ol' cocky Brett. For his sake as a human being, I sure hope his attitude was a joke this season. However, I do feel bad about him being backdoored because that was a backdoor even viewers didn't necessarily see coming.

5. Sam, Previous Ranking: 4

BB20 Sam

Sweet Sam started to go a little crazy in the House, as many players do. According to internet rumors, she was randomly selected to be on the show and did not apply herself, so that may explain some of why she played the game the way she did near the end.

4. Angela, Previous Ranking: 2

BB20 Anglea

In the words of Rachel, what's wrong with Angela?! She seemed like a genuinely kind human being going into the game, but she turned out to be pretty mean in the end. I do appreciate the game moves she made and cannot wait to watch her relationship with Tyler grow outside of the house.

3. JC, Previous Ranking: 12


If JC isn't the definition of a floater, I don't know who is. He jumped back and forth between the two main alliances in the house which led him to believe he was the ultimate puppet master of the game. In reality, he only won one competition and was never actually in control of anything except his rude, sexist, and racist comments.

2. Tyler, Previous Ranking: 9

BB20 Tyler

I definitely fell for the "dumb surfer boy" persona he was going for at the beginning of the game. However, this just makes me appreciate his game play even more than I already did. Tyler is by far one of the greatest players to ever play "Big Brother," and I will forever be in awe of his gameplay.

1. Kaycee, Previous Ranking: 4

BB20 Kaycee

Kaycee is the "Big Brother" champion I never saw coming. I love when caring and honest people come out on top because that's not always what happens in our society. From a superfan perspective, Tyler played the game better, but from a human perspective, I know being nice gets you a long way in life. Let's go!

Honestly though, I'm pretty glad I was wrong. BB superfans needed to see someone like Tyler actually play the game the way it should be played, and America as a whole needed to be reminded that ethnicity and sexuality don't determine a person's worth and Kaycee's big win did that.

Now, let the countdown begin to "Celebrity Big Brother 2" and "Big Brother 21!"

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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.

I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).

While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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Gypsy Rose Is A Victim And Should NOT Be In Prison For Her Mother's Murder

Watch "The Act," and you will know why!


By now, everyone has heard of the new Hulu show called "The Act" which is centered around the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard whose mother forced her to be sick in order to get money and sympathy, so she and her boyfriend ended up killing her and are now serving time in prison.

She and her mother were the center of many news stories. They went on a lot of charity trips through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they also received a lot of generous donations from strangers. Her mother claimed that she had all of these conditions, and what is scary is that everyone easily believed her.

One of the first times I had ever heard of this case was through this Buzzfeed article. It was very detailed and very scary as well that a parent would do that to her child when most parents hope for their kids to be happy and healthy.

Of course some people are quick to blame Gypsy because yes murder is bad, however, she sadly felt like this was her only way to escape her abusive mother. She had tried to escape, but her mother always found out and she ended up back in her arms.

I recently watched a documentary with her in it called "Mommy Dead and Dearest"—it was on HBO, but you can always find it somewhere on YouTube—where they have interviews with her family, people who knew her, and Gypsy herself.

After reading the whole story, I can't believe that a mother would do that, but it is believed that she had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

This mother was taking her daughter to the emergency room for little things such as a cough or a scraped knee trying to convince doctors that she had something wrong with her when in reality she was perfectly fine.

While the mother is to blame for what happened, the doctors weren't any better either. If they didn't find anything wrong with Gypsy then maybe they should have called the police on her mother or refuse to treat Gypsy because there was nothing wrong with her. I always wonder how her mother was able to get away with it for so long. I thought with the doctors' training that they would be able to spot a fake illness and report it to the police right away.

If you have Hulu, I would recommend watching "The Act." While it may not be all accurate, as most true crime shows are dramatized, it does bring awareness to this condition and Gypsy's story. I would also recommend watching the documentary as well, whether you have HBO or you find it on YouTube, it is worth your time to know the full story.

Here is hoping that Gypsy is able to get an early release and can have a normal life that her mom robbed her of.

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