I esteem to believe Paul in mid-Would possibly perchance well also, several months deep right into a marathon planning session. A total wall of his dwelling is lined in an account for webbed decision tree, a purchase-your-include-bearded-adventure recordsdata to profitable Colossal Brother. This Paul is a more cautious Paul than the person that came in second in Colossal Brother 18. This Paul has spent descend, winter, and spring planning for every eventuality, has mapped out several dozen certain paths to victory.
However while Paul patiently tattoos every step of this 972-point notion on his physique, fair esteem the dude from Penal complicated Shatter, a opinion happens to him.
“What if,” Paul thinks to himself, “anybody this season has 1/2 a brain?”
This opinion troubles him. However he locations it out of his mind. He’ll grief about that later.
Or, presumably, by no methodology. For right here we’re, coming down to the final two weeks of Colossal Brother. Everybody throughout the dwelling trusts Paul, and all people throughout the dwelling is aware of Paul would by no methodology betray them. “It doesn’t safe great better than to beget a crew esteem Paul or Alex,” says Jason, the cowboy fool on the block, strolling patiently into his include eviction. “I don’t feel esteem it must even be the next scenario for myself.”
Paul can believe the next scenario. He doesn’t fair desire Jason out. He wants the blame spread round, so there’s no blood on his fingers. Fortunately, Christmas thirsts for blood, lives for the warmth. She says she doesn’t mind sending Jason out of the dwelling after a tiebreaker vote — a tiebreaker that is particularly designed to present protection to Paul.
“I beget my doubts about this notion!” downhearted Josh confides to us. Josh isn’t taking it too smartly. Casually hot-tubbing alongside with his friend Jason, he begins to bawl, imagining how this might perchance moreover feel to preserve the knife mid-backstab. Jason shrugs, almost definitely assuming that Josh is crying in consequence of the water is simply too hot, or too chilly, and even Josh fair opinion about that scene from Toy Memoir Three. “Don’t uncover no one I had a second,” says Josh. The downhearted man’s caught in a second he can’t safe out of, fair esteem the lonesome kicker in that U2 tune about football.
Josh is unhappy about blindsiding Jason. And right here’s a correct blindside, utterly unexpected by both blockhead. For his closing speech, Jason cracks brilliant, while Kevin bashfully thanks Julie for being a apt host. They both articulate the writing is on the wall. However the writing is in invisible ink. And the wall…is an attacking demon-dragon wall! Josh and Raven solid votes in opposition to Jason, leading Christmas to send Jason dwelling.
Jason storms out, no longer even bothering to say goodbye to anybody. He can’t even preserve how it occurred; he tells Julie, moderately incoherently, that he assumed Alex and/or Paul had turned in opposition to him. He appears to examine the chance of Paul being the final source of his distress. (It doesn’t again that Josh tearfully declares that Paul “came up with an account for notion.”)
Per chance this might perchance moreover beginning up to flip the Jury in opposition to Paul. However throughout the dwelling, Paul’s peaceable running game. With the door swinging shut within the again of Jason, Paul makes a astronomical show of exclaiming surprise in direction of Josh: “It is most likely you’ll well presumably’ve done the comparable to me? If I became once on the block, I became once getting evicted???” Josh, bless him, cries and cries throughout Paul’s tirade, unhappy and in all chance even moderately at a loss for phrases and even fair brilliantly taking half in alongside.
It’s a double eviction night time, so there’s no time for mourning. And Alex makes an spectacular show within the Head of Household issue, gracefully dominating a reminiscence competitors even as she’s clearly peaceable recovering from the magnificent loss of her stride-or-die. On the nomination ceremony, she locations up Kevin and Raven. Tears seem to beginning up flowing out of all people now; the payment of the night time’s shocks are beginning to consume their toll.
The Veto competitors requires some ball-pit diving and a high-precision tube dropping. (I tried to search out one more option to write that sentence, and I merely might perchance well moreover no longer.) Alex in actuality makes an early jump forward within the game. Paul purposefully throws the match, I feel. Once you look closely, you would gaze him overplanning every descend, doing his finest to hotfoot attempting busy while making particular he by no methodology comes shut to the lead. In the discontinue — one more shock! — Josh emerges because the Veto Comp’s comeback boy.
This implies the crying man has to notify his include speech. “This entire season, I’ve been a misfit, searching to search out my neighborhood,” he says, sounding moderately bit esteem any person auditioning to play the Emma Stone role in La La Land. He says something about “being on my own in this game supreme now,” which on one hand is a gorgeous lie — he thinks he’s in a vitality trio Christmas-Paul alliance! — and on the assorted hand feels esteem an fair expression of downhearted Josh’s mindset. Here he’s, the loneliest boy in Colossal Brother, pressured to consume down one friend after one more.
“I purchase no longer to make command of the vitality of veto,” he says. And so it’s time for the three-intention vote, and remarkably it’s one more smash up. Paul and Christmas vote to evict Raven; Josh votes to evict Kevin. I will’t moderately uncover if right here’s something that became once deliberate earlier than time — Christmas and Paul articulate to every varied within the balloting hall, nonetheless it’s onerous to uncover if Josh became once responsive to what became once acknowledged.
Undoubtedly, Josh appears reasonably terrorized by the outcomes. “I’m so sorry, Raven!” he says, tears seeming to pour out of his ears and nostril. “I’m so sorry!”
“No you’re no longer!” yells Raven backwards, strolling out the door and doing a cartwheel for the audience. The cartwheels proceed when she sits in Julie’s chair and claims to beget carried out an even social game all summer season, fastidiously snoozing and Matt-mancing her option to victory.
In the period in-between, throughout the Colossal Brother condo, there might perchance be silence. Josh sits beneath the inexperienced apples, crying. Alex sits on the table, trusting handiest the gallon of Coca-Cola. Kevin saran-wraps himself for superb success. Christmas awaits the subsequent competitors. After which there might perchance be a single sound throughout the apprehensive mansion, for Paul is perambulating, genially muttering, “Last five of Colossal Brother, guys, giant accomplishment!”
Julie publicizes that this winter will gaze the essential-ever giant name edition of the U.S. Colossal Brother. The mind races. Dilapidated castmates from The Hills? Fallen sports legends in quest of redemption? Growing old bassists? The host of Sweet Crush? ZINGBOT??? Optimistically they’re all observing this season. They can consume some notes from Paul. However what is going to the Jury articulate when Jason arrives alongside with his story of woe? They are saying you shouldn’t detest the participant, you’ll want to detest the game. However right here’s Paul’s game, and we’re fair dwelling by it.