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?


I am so happy for Rachel. She deserved to win. She has been in battle for the last two summers against some of the worst people I've ever seen on television, especially nasty girls. Dani and Kalia are two losers, thankfully, Shelly finally stepped up to the plate and did the right thing, too bad Adam could not bring himself to do the same. I love Rachel and Brendon, I hope that they have a wonderful life together, they deserve happiness. In closing a message for Kalia and Dani, in a major way,"get over yourselves, neither one of you are winners, just wannabees." Go team BRENCHEL!!!!


I am so happy for Rachel, she deserved to win! She was the best player and she has a good heart. Forget Dani and her pack of losers. I was glad that Shelly did the right thing, Adam of course showed that he was a sore loser. I hope that Rachel and Brendon have a wonderful life together. Brendon is also a wonderful person with a great heart. I identify with him, I am also a PhD candidate;thankfully, I'll be finished next year. I'm happy that they will not have to worry about money now. Go team Brenchel!


Way to go Rachel! Most deserving winner to date. Don't worry about the bitter girls and boys, they will grow up one day! You can laugh all the way to the bank!!! So happy for you and "your man"!!! LOL : )


I'm so incredibly happy for Rachel!!! Her & I are around the same age and I feel like a proud father who doesn't have children... GREAT JOB RACHEL YOU DESERVE IT. My fiancee cried her eye's out (with tears of joy) for her, when she didn't even like Rachel... at first, until she came to realize she was just like her in so many ways! I however, have always liked Brendon & Rachel, what a great "couple" of human beings. Congrats you two! As for Dani... she's probably the most sleezy, stubborn, vindictive, bitter person(s) I've ever seen. Very ugly inside! She reminds me of that girl in the movie "Shallow Hal" where Jack Black looks at the crippled dude with the ugly 'old witch like lady' who is actually young and attractive... that's my view of Danielle (and I believe it could be scientifically proven) if you were to give her a blood test ;) !!! lol She's a modern day witch! Team Brachel all season, nicely done you two!!


Rachel rules. Dani is a cunt. Porsche has a great ass. As for BB being fixed. It is like any other reality competition Bricks. They tailor it to try and keep the more interesting people in the game. The people still have to win the competition. Chubby Kalia should have moved a little faster in the doughnut challenge. She is a lazy slob.


I was ready a comment page a month or so ago, with a comment by some "insider" from cbs. he said BB is NOT live, that porsche and rachel are final 2 and rachel wins. I blew it off at the time, but now i'm wondering if it's possible?


I am so happy for u Rachel u deserve to win big brother! Hope u and Brendan have a beautiful wedding. U were amazing all season!!!


Attitude wise I feel Porsche should have won since not only was she socially liked by all and never said a mean thing about anyone or did anything hateful plus she was great at the competions coming in either 2nd or first. Rachel was only good at competions.


Oh, and back on the fixed show thing. Makes no sense to me. Why would CBS fix this show? Usually, if someone says that sort of thing, it makes me think the people they "like" are not winning. Rachael could win one endurance challenge after another. She is a very strong minded and physically fit person. However, she had the proverbial target that a lot of women have for just those reasons.
So way to go Rach.


I was a Rachael fan from the last time she was on BB. I never quite got the hate Rachael stuff. Also, I think her real character came out, not when she got upset, but when she protected Jordan. I hope they continue to be friends. But with Dani, I could see it, she was, is and probably will always think she is queen bee, but even Daddy Dick was walking around questions about her last night. I think Dani is what is called a "mean girl".
Yay Team Rachael.

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