6 Things the 'Big Brother 15' Finale Got Really, Really Wrong

Sure, we're all happy that Wednesday night marked the end of Big Brother 15. (Sayonara, terrible, terrible houseguests!) Still, it's easy to be frustrated with a finale that got so, so much wrong. While we hope that CBS compiles a better cast for next year's Big Brother 16, let us count the ways that Big Brother 15's finale was as wrong as a GinaMarie spelling test. (And, yes, America — you too are partially responsible.) Images: CBS

Sure, we're all happy that Wednesday night marked the end of Big Brother 15. (Sayonara, terrible, terrible houseguests!) Still, it's easy to be frustrated with a finale that got so, so much wrong. While we hope that CBS compiles a better cast for next year's Big Brother 16, let us count the ways that Big Brother 15's finale was as wrong as a GinaMarie spelling test. (And, yes, America — you too are partially responsible.) Images: CBS

The Winner, Of Course

As mentioned Wednesday night, Andy was definitely the lesser of two evils when it came to Big Brother 15's final players. But the houseguest, who served as a floater for the majority of the season, won $500,000 because there was simply no better option. GinaMarie's inability to answer basic questions during the final jury Q&A ("What was your biggest move in the house?") was a sight sadder to behold than her breakdown over Nick's hat, but still not as sad as the notion that these two made it to the end instead of strong players like Helen (who made all the right moves without making enemies during most of her run in the house) or likable players like Judd. Andy deserves a half million dollar prize like GinaMarie deserves a career as a speech therapist.

America's Favorite Player

It was obvious: After winning MVP multiple weeks in row — thanks to her sister Rachel Reilly's Big Brother fame — Elissa's $25,000 win was inevitable. But not deserved. Though the player proved to be one of the season's few non-racist, she simply didn't play a good enough game to win the prize — where was America's love for the deserving players? But we suppose nothing comes between Rachel Reilly and her devoted followers. 

The Final Head of Household Challenges

An endurance challenge with a handicap (wheels) that guaranteed it would be short, the easiest memory challenge in recent memory (placing the houseguests in order of eviction?!), and the patented houseguest Q&A quiz. Where was the drama? Where was the excitement? And where was a memory challenge that required our houseguests to actually think more than the casual Big Brother viewer? 

No Nick?

We spent weeks watching GinaMarie go Fatal Attraction over Nick — a player who she never hooked up with or even kissed — after the houseguest was surprised by the second eviction of the season. She fell into a disturbing depression, and even broke down when a fellow houseguest hid several items left behind by Nick (a hat, cereal, some kitchenware) that GinaMarie had since claimed as her own totems. It was entertaining television, no doubt, which was made more entertaining by the thought that we would find out what Nick thought of her actions by the season's end. Still, instead of throwing a question or two about GinaMarie over to Nick, Julie chose to talk to ultimate douchecanoe Jeremy. Nick shouldn't be ignored, Julie.

Not Enough Racism Talk

Sure, it was the ultimate Schadenfreude watching our houseguests wonder whether they said something terrible after Julie told them they made national headlines for their racist words, but, judging by the boos and their post-eviction interviews, the houseguests should have already assumed that was the case. Why not go deeper? Why not call out specific statements players made to their faces? Why not inform them of the results of their actions outside of the game? And, while it was nice to see that Julie at least acknowledged Spencer's oft-ignored homophobic and misogynistic statements by asking him his thoughts on the matter, why not finally acknowledge some of his worst words? 

No Bear Shirt

Where the hell was Big Brother 15's biggest star?!