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April 10, 2008 - Day 63 (or 64)

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>> Sheila is Head of Household - Adam & Sharon are nominated - Adam won veto <<

Dog days of spring?


It doesn't have the same ring as "dog days of summer" but it's where we're at.. the troublemakers are gone for the most part and the habitat's relatively peaceful - not necessarily a good thing

I thought we'd see two of them bounced this week but no, so now it's more laying around.. but with only five left, we have time for new close-ups like this one of Ryan's inner arm.. I have to admit I just don't understand most hamster tattoos anymore

I've had confirmation that the finale is April 27 (from my local CBS station's programming director - CBS's official BB press contact claimed she didn't know).. I guess this season hasn't had enough interest to warrant a recap show, but I'm not sure how they'll wrap this thing up: with nothing fast-forwarded, they'd start the Final 3 HOH comp on the show before that, April 23.. Part 1 is usually endurance that winds up after CBS signs off; Part 2 is often elaborate, with a pricey prize; and then Julie directs Part 3 for that final eviction which is often a dramatic one.. they also need to fit in jury Q&A somewhere, and with 15 of them checking in at the finale (16 if Neil shows up), I'm guessing they'll have to speed up something before then? That just seems like way too much to fit into an hour

Sheila nominated Adam & Sharon as planned.. Sharon joked (!!) about the routine of it all, and used a bad choice of words when saying "it's all scripted".. Adam wasn't as jovial but knows he bought this nom with his of last week.. veto is everything this week, and may or may not expose the truth behind some of the double- and triple-dealing that continues whenever any one of them isn't present
   

Veto comp could be tonight? Update: yep, at midnight.. the latest incarnation of morphomatic is due, and that has Natalie written all over it.. meanwhile the ants continue their takeover of the kitchen

Sharon wakes up


After weeks of being on the block and mostly laying around, she got more excited & animated than I've seen her since her first night back, when she went on her anti-Jen rant.. this time it was about Natalie, to Sheila & Adam

They're all meeting in two's and three's to trash each other.. I'm not keeping up with the details, but it looks like Sharon knows this is the least safe she's been in awhile.. the veto is crucial

   
It's all the same loops from all of them so I tend to focus on the little things that stand out: Sharon's main bone of contention seems to be about having heard that Natalie said she's a mole
   
Unlike Sharon, Adam's no stranger to making excited faces and he made a few while playing along.. Sheila laughed about this or that being funny: for once she's not worried about herself and instead is instigating like crazy.. the anti-Natalie session continued even as she called them - via spyscreen - to the dinner she made for them all, and after when she went to Diary as they were still eating
   

Sheila mentioned to Adam that it's a good thing nobody remembers about his motorcyle, nor what kind it is or how much it's worth, and a little while later she reminded Ryan about Adam having won it.. it's like that all over, for all of them: you can't blame me for not obsessing on the details, but I do enjoy these little back-to-back incongruencies, and they're all making a lot of them

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The veto notice blinked onto the plasma as Adam & Ryan played chess under it, oblivious

They'd been locked in most of the day with heavy construction noises outside, so the news shouldn't have come as a surprise, but it seemed to

They haven't had a night-time veto yet and they've all seen at least some past episodes.. Natalie had asked Diary earlier if they could/should have some of their stored beer, and was told it might not be a good idea.. and still, they all acted like they'd seen a miracle
   
The comp won't start until after midnight, after Showtime.. I'll stick around to post & twitter the winner when known.. it's a huge one this time

Natalie got hold of Sharon's blue thing for a minute to tell a story about her sister.. later she told another story about someone with an obnoxious horrible laugh "like a dolphin".. psychological attacks maybe? Sharon recovered the thing and adopted a martyrd saint pose as they waited for Showtime to end, after they'd all revved up and then wound down their adrenalin rushes
   
Sheila studied the photo wall for a very long time - a first for her, I believe? Perhaps all her previous BB experience (that she denies) has her thinking morphomatic's coming too

Adam won!


They came back after 4½ hours and Adam was beaming, saying he was "gonna go OFF" in Diary

Ryan sounded bummed but Natalie seemed sad - she knows what's up.. Sheila, Sharon & Ryan laughed at her upstairs when they spyscreen'd her looking at the photo wall

It sounds like it was a full body morphomatic-type arrangment, that involved evictees as well as the BEEBIES

The huge irony in all this Natalie hating is that it sprang from things said by James, and they all evicted James because they couldn't trust him - they aren't connecting those dots though.. sure, most of it's true: Natalie has been double-dealing all along, but so have they all

Chances are they'll sleep more than usual on Friday

Daily videos


None today.. catch up on previous videos in the forum, linked top & bottom of every page

Daily ratings - SPF edition


Ratings are based on entertainment value, and written before the veto comp


Wednesday saw the finale of 'The James Zinkand Show' and fortunately for all he went out quietly, and dressed. A few of the co-stars and extras started getting some more time as his came to an end. The Bikini Girl extra stepped it up to shine as the new Diary star and withstood the 'fat' and 'all she does is tan' snipes: the former by looking at her, and the latter by Wacky Old Lady and the blonde extra being seen tanning with her (like they do daily), after laughing at Bikini Girl about it. Even though the former star's cracks to & about her were whitewashed for CBS, even he left the impression that she's running things in there. The Pizza Dude had a nice comic segment, stuffing his face while in a serious convo, and I guess we can overlook wardrobe changes during what was supposedly a single fight, plus two-month-old boxing footage.

Viewer questions didn't bring much to the table but Adam did, getting in one 'dear' and one 'babe' for the boss's wife. Seeing the bitter jurors should be more fun than it's become in recent seasons, with the staged entrances and so forth, and honestly, do we really need to use up Paradise™ time watching them watching tv, especially when they're watching stuff we've seen already? Those segments could be so much better than they are, and by that I don't mean we need more of snippy Joshuah cracks. I'm a little concerned about Sharon's family: does her retired military dad haul out his uniform just for tv appearances, or does he wear it every day? Finally, what was the purpose of the smoke in the cage match, and what was it made of?? Each of the hangers-on had a headache at the end.



Won: Motorcycle
Paired with Sheila

NOMINATED - HOLDS VETO
He's not as much fun when he's worried as when he's not, and he's plenty worried now. Retroactive ups though as he was real funny last night, talking about Diary having scolded him for smoking while wearing a nic patch. He ran through the list of OD symptoms to Ryan: 'Irritable? Check. Restless? Check.' It was funny, as was all of their bedtime convo & laughs, plus most of the casual stuff anytime between those two. Two months ago he was the What's He Doing Here? guy and now he's the one many are rooting for.. go figure.
UPDATE: Ups are now current as well as retroactive, for winning the comp that everyone but Ryan seemed likely to have a better chance at.


Paired with Matt

Everyone's trashing her when she's not around but I think she's at least somewhat aware of the fact that she's considered Public Enemy #1 these days. She's a natural to win the mixed-up faces/morphomatic comp that's a BB staple, being the artist she is plus having studied Ryan, Sheila, Joshuah, Matt & herself to paint in nail polish. I want to think she was attacking Sharon in a subtle way by first 'borrowing' her blue thing and later talking about an obnoxious dolphin laugh. Even if it wasn't intentional, it probably had some effect. She also noted Julie's religion question, and seemed to have eased up on some of that talk today, fortunately. I suspect Diary amps up some of that stuff in the first place anyway.. they love to focus on it for CBS.
UPDATE: There goes the natural shoe-in theory, and her chance of seeing the little table is probably gone too.




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

He complained up a storm today, claiming a physical comp would be no fair after last night's endurance, and talking like he's the only one who hung on for three hours. Between the sore neck, the bite/strained muscle, the fear of muscle spasm, the buzz clippers/Nair problem, and sweating himself silly last night, he has had a rough week, but he talks like he's got six broken bones and pneumonia.. kind of wussy for a big tough guy. Here's a tip: if he'd stop laying around 20 hours a day with his head propped at a 45° angle, it might help solve at least one of his neck problems.




Paired with Jacob (her ex)  Joshuah

NOMINATED
This should be an easy ups day for her between her accepting yet another nomination gracefully and without drama, her animated tirade about Natalie, her blue thing getting hijacked for a minute and then going Mother Theresa with it, but she's just no fun even when she's being fun. She does earn the Line of the Day award though, with this one that pretty much sums up the entire BB experience: 'Everyone's in cahoots until their ass is on the line.'




Paired with Adam

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD
Before the noms she said she hopes nobody will be mad at her about them, which was a rich statement coming from her: she's gotten mad at everyone else's noms whether she went up or not. They all laughed at her saying 'It's slim pickings' during the ceremony, but it's an accurate statement. She studied their pics for a very long time before the comp (and just after a long Diary.. hmmm) but the worst thing for her would be to win this veto and have to show her true allegiance among her supposed team, likely causing a finals vote against her from someone; or keeping the noms as is, causing Sharon to finally be evicted and completing the voting block of four on the jury that would decide the winner.




Revived a minute after his first eviction
Paired with Chelsia

Offline scandals kept popping up but CBS kept hyping him - damage control maybe. He pushed Chelsia til she did what she promised Daddy she wouldn't, but most of that was blocked. He cried when nobody liked him, he slept a lot, got nekkid a lot, masturbated a lot, and topped Cowboy's hat trick with his tuck. Like another James before him, he played all sides too soon and too eagerly, and it came back to bite him. Click for his adult material.




Paired with Neil  Sharon

He put on costumes and breakfast shows, and did hot tub monologues, praying & sobbing aloud. He exploded viciously on Amanda & Allison, and about Sheila & Natalie (usually focused on genitalia), but he left the guys alone except James, who he c-blocked & puppy-dogged. He had lots of schemes to save himself but used them up early, and his huge drama potential fell short when we needed it most. He had the only Diary restraining order I know of: 5 feet away from Allison.



Won: $21,000 Vegas trip
Paired with James

Sometimes a spitfire who gave us good fights & fireworks but she laid around with James way too much, which was her undoing and ours. She'll be remembered for feedmasters' attempts to protect her, strip/lap dance/makeout night, having sex, raunchy stories, a colorful vocabulary, getting smashed, smashing everyone's Easter eggs, and for going out with the nasty speeches they all threaten but rarely follow through with.




Paired with Natalie

America's Playa came on strong, prepared to showmance his way through all the girls and into the money. That didn't work out but he was fun to have around and he usually kept things light amid the chaos. He brought BJs to the feeds and made Bibles fun in there. Despite the fact that he's a pig, he has some good qualities too and he kinda grows on you.




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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POWER STATUS
Sheila is Head of Household
Adam & Sharon are nominated
Adam holds veto


UPCOMING EVENTS
Sleeping on Friday
Sheila's birthday is Saturday
Veto meeting is Sunday


NEXT SHOW
Sunday, April 13 at 8pm: HOH comp, nominations and assorted dramas


RATINGS WATCH
Wednesday's eviction show placed third with a 4.0 rating and 7 share, behind 'Idol Gives Back' on Fox with 9.9/16 and 'Deal or No Deal' on NBC with 6.1/10.
Rating = % of all TV households
Share = % of households watching TV



FAQ
Confirmed: finale is Sunday, April 27

The HOH of the Final 4 can participate in the following HOH comp.

That Final 3 HOH comp is in three parts. The first is an intense endurance. The two who don't win that compete in Part 2. The winners of Part 1 and Part 2 then compete in Part 3 for the HOH title. Whoever wins it just evicts someone (no noms or votes), therefore choosing who they'll go up against for the jury vote to decide the winner.

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


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BBQ SMACKDOWN SCORECARD
Round 1, The Teaser: BBQ ½, Ryan 0
Round 2, The Stinger: BBQ 1, Adam 0
Round 3, The Singe: BBQ ½, Ryan 0


EXTRACURRICULAR TALLY
Sex: 7x (3 Jen/Ryan; 4 James/Chelsia)
Oral: 4x (all Natalie/Matt)
Sex tallies are minumums, based on overwhelming circumstantial evidence

Self-servicers: 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)
Rodent bites: 1 (Ryan)
OB Incidents: 1 (Ryan/Adam)
Returned evictees: 3
 (Sharon, Ryan, James)
Revive-a-Hamster vote hoaxes: 1
Major fights: too many to count
Chelsia abortion/baby mentions after Diary said one more and she's out: 2

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