Big Brother 13 Finale Recap: Is Rachel Reilly the Comeback Kid?

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This season of Big Brother was one of many twists.

At times too many. The golden keys. The duo format. The one-week return of the duo format. It all felt a little convoluted at times - even by BB standards.

Things really picked up in recent weeks, however, beginning with the double eviction mayhem that ousted both Daniele and Jeff, making it anyone's game.

At that point, the Big Brother 13 house was essentially Rachel Reilly and a crew of true floaters. America's Most Hated was somehow in the driver's seat.

Big Brother 13 Final 3

Not that Rache was undeserving. She came in as a painful Big Brother villain of yesteryear (okay, last year). But she was always a fierce competitor, and had morphed into someone who actually understands the social elements!

In short, as we noted weeks ago, she could really win this thing!

IF she could make it happen and win the final Head of Household battle against Adam Poch and Porsche Briggs, Big Brother 13 was hers to lose. But did she?

She did. Rachel won part one, then part three against Porsche, then chose to face off against Porsche for the $500,000 prize, henceforth evicting Adam.

"If I was in the final two, I would've won," Adam said, hilariously, to Julie Chen. He's a likable dude, but going up against Rachel, that's a dubious claim.

Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas

In any event, it came down to a jury vote between Rachel and Porsche, who may not even understand how the game works, but did deserve to be there.

She floated for half the season, but really turned it up of late. Not the best strategist, no, but a mid-level contestant who opportunistically caught fire.

"I hope you see something good in me also to compete in life and do something good with it," Porsche pleaded with the jury, somewhat convincingly.

In truth, the seven-member panel likely saw this as an easy call. Brendon was going with his Boo-Key, and Jeff and Jordan were clearly on Team Rachel.

That meant Porsche needed everyone else. Kalia and Dani were locks to vote for her, and did so. Adam also did, for reasons unknown, knotting it at 3-3.

Rachel Reilly Wins

Shelly Moore was the dealbreaker for Porsche in the end. Despite issues with Rachel, Shelly voted with her brain and handed the redhead a half million.

It's hard not to be mildly annoyed at this, given her cattiness the last two summers. At the same time, would you have preferred Adam or Porsche win?

Rachel Reilly deserves due credit for doing more than win absurd games to control power. She formed alliances and kept the peace from mid-August on.

Meanwhile, Jeff won $25,000 as America's Favorite Houseguest, which fans voted for online. That was far less of a surprise than Rachel winning it all.

What do you think of Reilly's triumph, which seemed impossible a few months ago? Did the jury make the right call? Did Rachel deserve to win BB13?

 

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i am so proud of RACHEL... I wanted either her or brendan to win since they are great players! hope the money will help you with your future! you deserve it! danielle and kalia are dummies! they voted half a million to porche.... they have to learn how to overlook the whole summer... not just where porsche's win.... she won nothing with the strong ppl were in the house still. so he wasnt a competitor! BEST OF LUCK FOR YOUR FUTURE RACHEL AND BRENDAN! HOPE TO SEE YOUR WEDDING ON TV HAHAHAHA

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WAY TO GO RACHEL ! SO VERY HAPPY THAT YOU WON...HAD HOPED YOU AND JORDAN WOULD HAVE BEEN FINAL 2 BUT LOVE THE OUTCOME ! ADAM WHAT A BABY YOU ARE ! YOU REALLY THINK YOU WOULD HAVE WON ? LOL !OH YEAH DANI..WHAT A BABY YOU ARE AS WELL..PERSONALITY CONTEST ? YOU WOULD HAVE LOST THAT ONE FIRST ! YOU AND KALIA ARE THE QUEENS OF THE PERSONALITY DISORDERS! WHAT HATEFUL AND BITTER WOMEN YOU ARE ! YEAH, BUSTED ON AFTER DARK ! EVEL DICK WAS RIGHT, YOU BLEW IT !

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America love Rachael. People who say otherwise are covering the facts that most people who watch BB 13 were disgusted by all the slandering, lies, mockery, conspiring to take her out, envy, stealing things to blame her. etc..I mean all that dirty personal behavior against Rachael at the end... for nothing because all of them Danny, Kalia, Porche, Adam and Shelly are losers. Shelly at least cleaned herself a little bit by recognizing Rachel as the winner. But, public opinion is very, very low about these contestant's bullying ways over Rachel.

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Rachel deserved that money because she worked her ass off not just for her but for Jordan also. Calling rachel a whore is just stupid. Whatever she did in the house was done with her man.

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I absolutely HATE Rachel. Did she deserve to win? Yes. But she's annoying, thinks very highly of herself and is a complete whore. I was glad Danielle went up against her and I was rooting for her the whole time. Rachel and Brendon are both stupid enough to spend every penny and not save any of it. I couldn't wait for this season to end because it was never a fair game to begin with. WORST SEASON EVER!

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Congratulations Rachel, I really enjoyed watching you and Jordan. She brought out your social game and you brought out her competitive side. Wonderful team, I only wish it was you and Jordan final 2 with you winning. GREAT JOB!!!

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way to go Rachel..you deserve it!!! we love Jeff ,Jordan, Brendon and you!!!!!!!!!!!!Dani we dont want to ever come back!

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GO TEAM RACHEL!!! DANI,KALIA AND PORSHE ARE ALL JEALOUS HOS

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all i can say is, thank god adam didn"t win. i could not stand him right from the get go. well done rachel!

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JT you must have missed the live feeds or watched Big Brother After Dark. Your assertions are quite incorrect, Porsche had plenty of terrible things to say about Rachel and Shelly. She was not anybody's angel, get your facts straight!

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