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hamsterJuly 20, 2006 - Day 18

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Bye Nakomis

Nakomis has left the building and Julie's boudoir has claimed another victim

She was only there for two haircolors this time.. she didn't get the raw deal she had last time and maybe she didn't take full advantage of her second shot, but she made an impression on them all til they were fighting over which side shouldn't get to keep her

Best wishes Nakomis, it was good to see you again

Before the show Diane rolled her bag into the pantry just in case, and seemed to ponder possibilities.. Mirror-face is back with a vengeance: he's still there through both Janelle's & Erika's turns

Then it's showtime: Boogie's flavor of the week status has visibly waned - I don't think Julie even mentioned his 'fro (borrowed from Marcellas) but George & Howie remain teacher's pets.. damn skippy, Diane's still there! They head out to their tollbooths

The frequent studiers are knocked out and James & Danielle are left for the tiebreaker, and conveniently side by side (six were between them last week).. I'm not saying these things are scripted or predetermined - maybe it's just a random coincidence James gets more & longer zoom closeups.. he wins

After the show George picks up his many boxes of tinfoil.. Willboogie work out a bit: Will's first startled by Janelle at the door, then confused (or not) as she buxoms it up for him a bit.. he asks her to repeat it for better audio & camera angle.. they banter a bit - watch the video
Willboogie: He [James] made a deal and said we were [safe], and he's mad at Kaysar cuz of his nominations.. I think he's a smart enough kid that he deserves more than $50,000 for second place.. he's enamored with us.. I'll tell you what though, these kids came to play
Janelle: I had to come out here and look at you.. you're so damn hot
Will: Janelle, could you say that again after we have plane clearance?
Boogie: Did the hottest girl in the house just say that to you?
Will: She's a little too late Boogie - I'm going home this week.. and I was ready for a showmance

James' reign begins

The very long oatmeal week is almost over

As the new HOH, James' restriction is over and he dives in.. and in.. and in


Diane has a couple meals too, as her stress of the night and the week fades.. Howie chats with Danielle about the comp and other HOH comps in the gym.. Willboogie come along soon
Danielle [about HOH on BB3]: I didn't win it til I had to

James is almost smiling - rare for a Thursday night - as he waits for further instructions and his room.. he's surrounded by his new court - Erika, Danielle & Marcellas stick close - plus Kaysar from the old reign.. Diane unpacks

Marcellas is still rocking his 'fro.. Jase isn't rocking much of anything

HOH is ready.. Boogie tails James upstairs.. pretty soon a crowd gathers as James figures out the lock, then it's open: red & black this time
They crowd around the photos and snacks, like they do.. Willboogie notice some things they hadn't seen before and some they had.. Sarah sent James a guacamole animal
Will [about BB6 cast photo]: Why is this picture always here?

Marcellas is first out this time, followed by Will.. the BB6ers stick around to celebrate and plan.. first Howie picks up James, then Kaysar does

Lots of videos:

The BB6ers talk about nominations and do a Final Four cheer thingy

James meets with Will, who volunteers once again to be nominated:
James prepares - part 1 - part 2 - part 3

James meets with Diane: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4


Pizza arrives in the middle of these meetings - slop week #1 is over, and the sloppers are glad

Willboogie have a rushed meet in the pantry - it's very whispery and conspiratory sounding, but the word "showmance" is clear - watch the video.. maybe Will's going to pretend to fall for Janelle to try to distract her


Meetings carry on - James is finding out what it's like to be on the other side of that doorbell he's rung so often.. basically he says throughout that he wants to get rid of a floater (deja vu) but he seems to have deals already in place with most of the floaters.. Chicken George is suggested by most of them except Danielle, who is very much against that idea

James meets with Danielle: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

Meetings carry on & on.. Howie acts as unofficial doorman and errand boy, and he & Janelle partake in the snacks between appointments.. Jase & George are last: James tells Jase he's safe but it's tense - watch the video - and George offers a finals vote if he's in the jury in exchange for a free pass this week

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Coincidentally (or not), a few hours after Julie described the Brad & Angelina of Radford Place, we catch a rare glimpse of them together as Diane's (still) unpacking

This is another very rushed and whispery meeting, but it confirms what up til now has been an uncomfirmed but very persistent rumor -
watch the video

Diane says "..destroy this house".. Jase points to the Good/Evil mural saying "Hey, that's us!" He adds "Let's talk about this after nominations".. Diane says something about how it's driving her crazy, and later she whispers "Mr. Smith" to him

In other news of the evening, Howie likes how Diane smells
This is the kind of thing that ultimately helped her lose BB5 - good thing Drew wasn't around for this

Jase makes a birthday message for little Caleigh at home, awww.. Janelle goes down during a volleyball match that followed a badminton match - she's ok

Howie's sitting on the shower floor doing his feet, like he does.. Kaysar comes in and tells him to get up, "it's disgusting" and "they can see your package".. Howie gets up.. I catch my first cap of the Diary hallway when Marcellas comes or goes - it's a nice blue this time

James had planned to meet back up with Kaysar, Janelle & Howie after his meetings but I don't think they do.. Janelle crawls into the big big bed in the red room (redrum) with Diane & Erika.. Danielle chats for hours with Kaysar & Howie in the backyard - she's super-perky and they're not so much, especially Kaysar who's downright moody.. James sleeps alone in HOH - first time that's happened in a few years

Back to where we came in: what if this all-stars thing is a grand soap opera, with scripted storylines and predermined outcomes (and a whole lot of downtime for its stars)? I just can't shake the idea, especially given the first two evictions and talk all over town of George being the third.. what if they've guaranteed themselves ratings through the summer by evicting the hamsters in order of their true popularity? Not as defined by the online polls or auto-voters, but by the only measure that matters to CBS: the ratings for their individual episodes & seasons

It's something to think about anyway.. one of the lessons of the original Big Brother concept in Orwell's 1984 is to question authority.. the book also says "Who controls the past controls the future.. who controls the present controls the past"

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VTE = Voted to evict
Individual daily ratings are based on entertainment value.. there still isn't much.

The simplified version of last week's mess has now become fact thanks to CBS turning Kaysar's 'suggestion' to Willboogie into a 'deal' but I guess that's fair since half the house believes it and half the fans as well. The fabricated & homophobic Howie/Will crush storyline is well past stale although media manipulator Will knows how to take advantage of it. They were uncharacteristically kind to Nakomis & Diane by keeping their post-veto pity party to a minimum again; instead, Julie called George a "season one leftover" and asked Kaysar if his noms were "wimpy". Farewell messages were deleted in favor of Muslim education hour as CBS went PC, but they acknowledged feedsters for the first time (beyond the sales pitch) with the M/M Smith rumors. Julie got to replace one 'but first' with her other favorite phrase 'without going over'.. all in all, just another Thursday show.

VTE Nakomis
He's out of favor with everyone in there but Will, and now the producers are turning on him too. His name barely came up as a possible nominee though, so I guess he'll stick another week.

VTE Nakomis
Her HOH conference was the most interesting: she mentioned arrangements with James & Willboogie, and was the only one who told James that George would be a wasted eviction: all the others made him their #1 recommend. She was a little perturbed when she heard Erika was taking credit for swaying the vote from Diane to Nakomis, but she seemed cautious when Marcellas' name came up - maybe they're a team, maybe they're not.

No vote (nominated)
The old Diane would have been over the top after coming so close to eviction but she was a fizzle tonight, nearly napping after Julie closed the portal. It's no coincidence that CBS introduced the M/M Smith concept a few hours before the feedmasters showed her confirming it with Jase: they'll probably dole out confirmation of all the secret alliances this way. She was almost drippy in her HOH conference with James, hemming & hawing & I-don't-know'ing - nothing like the Diane of two years ago. She practically begged not to be nominated and was assured she wouldn't be. Hopefully a week to recharge her batteries will bring her back to the feisty bitchy floorshow she should be.. I don't want to think she's lost her edge completely.

VTE Nakomis
She too confirmed a partnership of sorts with James and didn't seem at all nervous about her chances for nomination. She's also pushing for George to go up. She's also still saying she's got a broken rib - or maybe she's just letting the others say that - she hasn't seemed to be in any pain since last Friday's food comp ended. I'm tempted to toss out the theory that she wasn't hurt at all, that it was just a Will plan to keep her safe from nomination last week.. caps of that day and since seem to indicate it could be so, along with his special request to Kaysar about her.

VTE Nakomis
His tinfoil suit might have been lame but it didn't deserve Julie's 'leftover' comment: it was her team's idea to put all these reruns in there in the first place. He's public enemy number 1 again as of tonight - all the other floaters have decided to push him to the front of that line and James seems to be buying it. Maybe they're right: the guy cooks and laughs and snores.. he must be the debil.

VTE Nakomis
He ran up to congratulate James after the win even though his own team (James in particular) and even the opposition has told him not to, but that's Howie. He's had a rough couple of days between slop & gas & earache, and now he's eaten his weight in real food and suffering for it. He's ever the good natured guy though, and even acted as errand boy to deliver stuff upstairs to James. He came up with a snappy response to Julie's crush-on-Will & botox routine that Will even thanked him for later.. there's a real problem with the show this year when the best the writers can come up with is reruns of material that was lame the first time.

VTE Nakomis
This is the first summer Thursday in two years that he's had a smile but he's nervousing almost as much as ever now that he's in the other chair. His meetings have been interesting in the different demeanors he's had with each, and in the way his stories subtly change from one to the next. He seems to have believed Will (which would be ironic) and seems taken in by M/M Smith also, and he seems to have arrangements with all the floaters. He told M/M Smith (Diane & Jase) they'd be safe, and instead of lowering the boom onto George his wheels seemed to start spinning when he was promised a jury vote. He made a comment about 'some of the sites said he was dull' (waving back at ya James!) but the meetings weren't the best part for me - walking around in there alone, prepping for Will, and talking to himself was. We'll see what he ends up doing tomorrow, but for now he's mostly enjoying his stay at the top (and may end up getting a bit cocky about it).

VTE Diane
Gratuitous wet bikini shots of Janelle aren't news on the show and not surprising either - my YouTube videos featuring her are viewed more than the rest. She almost made it upstairs again but James says the BB6ers will be safe, and they even gave themselves a Final Four cheer. She's moving into the red room (redrum) tonight and maybe will find a truce with Diane: a message board feud from last year has yet to be settled.. at any rate, maybe she'll be able to sniff out that her bedmate is indeed Mrs. Smith. I'd still like to see Janelle & Diane team up but I don't think that's going to happen.. tonight's vote won't help.

VTE Nakomis
He didn't get up to say good-bye to Nakomis and went into another slump after the show, but Mirror-face is back with a vengeance. He & Diane confirmed the M/M Smith story hours after Julie leaked it.. hopefully they'll stage a fight or something so we can at least play along. His meeting with James was short and sweet if a bit tense, and ended with yet another no-nom guarantee. Afterward he made a happy birthday message in nail polish for his girlfriend's daughter that was sweet to see.. awwww.

No vote (HOH)
It looks like he's broken his pattern and won't get kicked out the week after his HOH, even though he was understandably startled by Julie asking about his 'wimpy' nominations. I don't know that we needed such a big segment of the show devoted to Muslim information - they act like he's the only one of them with any faith or morals in their regular lives - but it was cheesy & insulting to run the 'temptations' bit: all the guys have the bikinis & boobies in their faces and none of them are tearing their hair out or turning into rapists or whatever CBS was trying to imply it was doing to Kaysar, not even Howie. It was also ironic that one of the interviews said 'Muslims don't date' just days after Kaysar described his perfect dream date (dinner at an oceanside restaurant). If Will (or Boogie for that matter) goes on to win the game Kaysar will be the one blamed and/or credited for it.. let's just hope he doesn't let go of the endurance button if Diane cries.

VTE Nakomis
He was rocking the 'fro after the show like Boogie wished he had during, but beyond that he kept a low profile tonight.. granted, I missed much of his meeting with James but it didn't sound like it was as surprising or informative as the others.

Dr. Will
VTE Diane
He's done it again by making a surprise vote that has them all guessing, and they're all buying his 'get me outta here' routine. He keeps saying he doesn't want to go to sequester and that's very likely true.. it's not the same thing as saying he wants to be out of the house though. It looks like he or his sidekick might be going up against George, and George may be the one to go.. this guy still owns them all.


Not the most charismatic and she didn't start playing in time, but each side kicked her out so the other couldn't have her. Kudos to her for having the guts to return.


She worked out and hid in a vase but the potential for catfights & dramatics left with her. She didn't live up to her skanky rep: good for her, bad for us.

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