September 15th, 2011
03:55 PM ET
I can't believe I'm saying this, but congratulations to Rachel Reilly for her much-deserved win on Wednesday night's season finale of "Big Brother."
To say that Rachel has been a controversial contestant over the last two seasons (she returned as part of the "newbies vs. veterans" twist this year) would be a vast understatement. Rachel backstabbed, whined when things didn't go her way, and said the words "my fiance'" so many times as to render them essentially meaningless.
Even so, as she liked to point out – over and over again – she is a competitor and had a target on her back from day one. When her beloved Brendon was evicted (not once, but twice!), she somehow stuck it out to the point where she was the obvious person to vote for as the winner.
The other two houseguests remaining at the start of the episode, Adam and Porsche, barely played the game until the very end. Many fans can't stand Rachel, but there would be an even bigger outcry if either of the other two had won.
Even so, it says a lot about how Rachel rubbed people the wrong way, that she only won the $500,000 by a single vote (Shelly's, surprisingly).
Just a side note about the finale: Can we talk about how Evel Dick basically told his daughter Daniele that she played an awful game? Most. Awkward. Parent-Child Relationship. Ever.
It did, however, make me wish that Dick hadn't had to leave early for personal reasons. I'd love to see if all his talk would have paid off to a second win. I guess we'll never know (but knowing the producers, they'll find a way to bring him back down the road).
What did you think? Did Rachel deserve to win? Or was she just far too annoying to deserve that cool half-mil? Let us know on iReport or comment below.
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