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March 12, 2008 - Day 34 (or 35)

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Bags are packed

One token bag for each of the nominees is ready anyway, so Julie can tell them to "Just put it down there"

I didn't catch much today other than some primping and whining about sitting around (like they don't just sit around every other day), but most of them seem to be expecting the usual phonebooth Q&A for tonight's HOH comp.. you'd think an all-night lockdown with heavy construction noises in the backyard might have alerted them to something bigger coming, but that's hamster logic for you

Big ups to James & Natalie

The great Revive-a-Hamster hoax came and went, and James left and returned

When the feeds came back on, Adam & Joshuah were already off the endurance apparatus, followed by Matt and then Sheila.. Sharon came off just after the 2 hour point, and Chelsia at 3 hours

Natalie started feeling sick coming up to 4½ hours, and James told her he wouldn't put up her or Matt.. she came off, and vomited

It wasn't as brutal as some BB endurance comps have been, but it was no picnic and these two deserve tons of credit for sticking as long as they did.. they congratulated each other when it was over

Natalie had been spinning a lot towards the end, which probably contributed to her striking the deal, and coming off.. whether James sticks to his side of it or not remains to be seen.. he might, as he's got several alternative worthy targets to choose from in Ryan, Sheila and Joshuah

Both had been getting sore and striking some odd poses that made them look like goners for sure, but they kept going.. Natalie said a few times that her experience with a pole helped her.. when it was all over, Joshuah started nervousing bigtime

Dear Diary

James told Chesia he wanted to sleep alone in HOH, but she spent a very long time saying good night, and et cetera

Just after this pose they cut to flames like they do, and then Diary called her in for another very late night session - they often do after they blackout a James/Chelsia makeout.. the audio slips they had all night continued and we heard her entire session

It was the longest Diary slippage ever.. if you ever thought those things they say in there are spontaneous, here's the proof that they're all coaxed by carefully worded questions

Interestingly, the staff guy began by saying "Pretend like you don't know James is coming back, pretend like you're just sitting there and the vote went down 5 to 1".. well, maybe he was just putting her back in the moment, or something

They got their one good quote from her, something about World War 3 starting, and they asked her to repeat it.. the rest of this 24 minutes will probably end up on the cutting room floor

It was also interesting that she went back to James and said they reminded her about the box of condoms, and about her promise to her dad (not to have sex on tv) - I didn't hear any of that though.. James finally kicked her out

Earlier, they had the HOH room debut - which came much later than usual.. the crowd wasn't as enthusiastic as usual and left quickly.. Matt finally came through on that massage promise to Natalie.. it wasn't a great massage but he did it, and she liked it.. Ryan needed a place to sleep other than the eviction bed so he went on the floor between Matt & Adam.. they had a short Bible class that included which of the Ten Commandments had been broken in there - funny stuff

Line of the Day award goes to Ryan for saying how he "keeps getting fucked" in there.. let's see, aside from the fact that he's the only one who has (as far as we know), he got $10,000 and has been living large for a week, causing all of them to run amok, not to mention he almost had to spend this week with Allison and would have been going home with Jen tonight.. how quickly they forget

Daily videos

A few from the endurance comp including the end; the Ten Commandments in BB9; and Chelsia's Diary session are posted in the forum, linked top & bottom of every page

Daily ratings - What a crock edition

VTE = Voted to evict / VTR = Voted to revive
Ratings are based on moral support, just this once.. even in seasons more cutthroat than this one, enduring hamsters were often cheered on by all, no matter which side they were on.. even if James said he wanted silence, that's no excuse - he hadn't been named head of anything yet - the silence on the ground and the large amounts of time spent inside just made them all look that much more selfish and weasely to me.. I'm disgusted by them tonight

Speaking of disgusted, why bother going through that voting song & dance just to throw it out the window? I'm reminded of the 'Dallas' episode where Bobby Ewing 'dreamed' the previous season or two to make things convenient for the writers. They're just lucky they didn't charge for cell phone votes this time - the whole thing was probably just meant to generate traffic to the CBS website. Otherwise, they left out flying pickle juice and flying water from fight day, Julie wore her worst ensemble yet, and the phrase 'crap my pants' was introduced to her boudoir. The best part of the show was when they crossed their audio lines: when Allison was asked her thoughts about Ryan winning HOH, we heard Matt talking about the bathroom. That about sums things up for Wednesday's show: just another hoax in another season of hoaxes and failed 'twists'. They didn't deliver the promised revival but we now have three revived hamsters in there: one third of the current habitat has already been evicted.

Won: Motorcycle
Paired with Sheila

VTE James / VTR James
I didn't hear a word of support or even interest out of him, even when it was over.

Paired with James

VTE Sharon / VTR James
She gave them a couple cheers a couple times, which stands to reason since she hung on quite awhile and knew what it was like up there. She didn't do much though.

Paired with Chelsia

Congratulations for a hard-won win. Whether he sticks to his deal or not remains to be seen, but he would have won this anyway even without making a deal: Natalie had run out of gas. He was strong up there and probably could have gone quite awhile longer.

Paired with Neil  Sharon

VTE James / VTR James
I never heard a peep of encouragement out of him, which isn't surprising since he's the most self-centered one in there (in my opinion). I bet he's sorry now that he didn't vote Alex back in.

Paired with Natalie

VTE James / VTR Mystery (Alex)
He didn't say much when they were in the air but to his credit, he sang Natalie's praises when it was over. Sure, he benefited more than anyone from her hanging in there and including him in her deal, but he's said he'll finally make good on his ancient promise to give her a massage now. I may upgrade him to neutral if he comes through on that one. Update: he did.

Paired with Matt

VTE James / VTR James
She did great up there and might have lasted longer if she hadn't started spinning so much. I think she surprised most of them by how well she did and she surprised most of us by making a deal with someone who's got grounds for revenge. She of all of them would have benefited with a little cheering and a few WTGs here & there, but they weren't around.

Won: $10,000
Jen's boyfriend Paired with Allison

No VTE (HOH) / VTR Mystery (Alex)
I don't think he was even paying attention once his buddies came off to hang with him. His comments afterwards: 'That made me tired just watching it.' He's high on James' radar, and he knows it.

Paired with Jacob (her ex)  Joshuah

No VTE (nominee) / VTR James
Like Chelsia, she knew the pain so she was watching the two at the end and contributed a few words of encouragement, but not many. She was too busy twiddling her newly refound blue thingy.

Paired with Adam

VTE James / VTR Mystery (Alex)
She didn't have much to say to them either, but she's another one who seems more & more to be looking out for herself and herself alone. The topper from her: afterwards she said 'Anyone could have won that.' She could be a target this week since she's the one who initiated the flip to evict James in the first place.

Paired with Ryan

She called it manipulation - I call it emotional blackmail with a lot of 'poor me' thrown in. One of the most delusional hamsters ever (and that's saying something), she's the poster girl for Can Dish It Out But Can't Take It. She did give us some confrontation doozies and fireworks deluxe but trust her, like one million percent, she does not care.

Revive-a-Hamster winner & loser
Paired with Amanda

He started out looking like he was on board with Matt's showmance plan and CBS picked up that angle, but then we got to know a bright, charismatic, and goofy guy who had everything going for him in there except his partner. His diplomacy was remarkable and he might have gone the distance, but he went out as another casualty of 'Til Death Do You Part'.

Paired with Alex

She began with hysterics & drama and was at the center of the biggest BB fight ever, but she went out with more of a whimper than a bang. Her moods dropped as fast as her blood sugar but to her credit, she rebounded just as fast. She & Allison had dual 911 events, but Amanda's collapse brought unexpected (and uniformed) guests into the habitat and onto the air.

Won: $5,000
Ryan's girlfriend/Paired with Parker

She & Ryan could have gone far if she hadn't opened her mouth in the first days. She made loads of enemies in a short time and took Parker down with her. She'll be remembered for super-quickie sex in the bathroom and a rash on her backside.. hmm, coincidence?

Won: $5,000
Paired with Jen

He was good watching at first til he gave up and went on strike. He bounced back a bit at the end but his doom came early when partner Jen couldn't keep her trap shut about her & Ryan. She had to go, and he was just the innocent bystander casualty. 'I'm sick of people's dumbass assinine ass comments' might be Line of the Season.

Paired with Joshuah

He left suddenly and mysteriously but wrote on his MySpace that he didn't leave for health reasons and that he won't be back. He seems like a good guy and I wish him well.. he's probably lucky he got out when he did, unscathed.

Paired with Sharon (his ex)

Gone before the feeds kicked in: he didn't even make an appearance. All that potential for rehashing their breakup and/or a jealous rage up in smoke. To make it worse, he & Sharon didn't even get an exit interview in Julie's boudoir - how rude!

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James is Head of Household
Nobody is nominated

Finale is April 29 but 'subject to change'

First place earns $500k, second gets $50k. The others earn $750 a week, including jury sequester weeks for those that go there

Wednesday's eviction/no eviction show dropped to fourth place with a 3.9 rating and 6 share, behind 'Deal or No Deal' on NBC with 6.7/11, 'The Moment of Truth' on Fox with 6.6/11, and 'Wife Swap' on ABC with 4.0/7.
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Sex: 3 (all Jen/Ryan)
Oral: 2 (both Natalie/Matt)
Self-service: 3 (James, Adam, Matt)
Makeout session pairings: 4
  (Jen/Ryan, James/Chelsia,
  Alex/Sharon, Matt/Sharon)
Nekkid makeout pool orgy: 1
Nekkid party favor: 3
 (Natalie, James, Chelsia)
Nekkid party trick: 2 (James, Natalie)
Ambulance rides: 2 (Amanda, Allison)
Returned evictees: 3
 (Sharon, Ryan, James)
Revive-a-Hamster vote hoaxes: 1
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