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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As soon as I saw the hot mess and the so called phd walk in the house I was ready to turn the channel I do think it was rigged a bit to get the hot mess and Jordan to the final two and can't get my arms around the fact the worst person on tv just won she's so selfish I bet she won't share the money with Brandon and their prim time weeding will be even worse

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yayyy Rachel !! Great job ! Congrats ! I agree that Daniele is very bitter.She was in the season with Dick also..Daniele says its not personal but i think most of us know better..Daniele doesnt play a strong game..Dick carried her to the end with him or she never would have made it there.I didnt like they got rid of Jeff, he also was a good strong player and they all knew that..Im glad the vets won ! I wish Brendon & Rachel the best ! Jeff & Jordon ..well what can i say they are awesome !!

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RACHEL MAY HAVE ONE BUT SHE IS STILL ONE DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING !!

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Danielle came across as "Bitter Betty" in the live finale.

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I totally agree that Rachel deserved to win ! She was a strong player and its true she was a target from the get go..Horray Rachel ! Porsche didnt even deserve to go to the final three as far as im concerned..I was hoping Daniele would be the 1st one evicted...i didnt like her in the season with her and Dick and i didnt like her in this season !! She seems stuckup and thinks shes the best..Well Rachel proved her wrong..I really thought Jeff should have been 1 of the final 3 bec

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Rachel played a fierce, competitive game. Bravo to you Rach, you more then undeserved it you earned it!!
Best of luck! RC

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Danielle was by far the better player. Rachel winning is just another case of awarding vile, disgusting behavior. Everyone knows this show is rigged. From giving Brendon a mulligan to the duo Pandora box twist. They needed Rachel to stay for ratings, plain and simple. I seriously can't believe how many people supported her. Great message to send to kids, treat people like total crap..but hey.. you can still be a winner. I've given up on BB.

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Three guestionable moves on big brother. #1 the producers made the game for hoh the same game Rachel had won in the first hoh by holding on to the likeness of Brandon . #2 why would Porsche send Jordan out of the house knowing that she is the weaker player?#3
Why would Shelly vote for Rachel over Porsche? Not pleased with BB outcome.

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R Schulte, I couldn't agree with you more!

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Danielle is really a bitter little girl. I can't believe how jealous she is of Rachel and Jordan - it really showed in her game play this year. Also, her last comment to Rachel that she should be glad it wasn't a personality contest was uncalled for and really classless!!! But, that's who she is. Rachel deserved to win and I'm so glad Jeff got the $25,000!