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April 12, 2008 - Day 65 (or 66)

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

A present from Sheila


It's her birthday and they're expecting a monumental bash.. if lucky, they'll get another event's use out of the recycled paper hats and another cake they won't eat

Sheila let slip something interesting though.. remember how odd last night's Q&A game felt, with all of them being civil, taking turns, and most telling of all, Sharon's hair was set free from its ever-present topknot? They had an Angelina Jolie question that turned into a little Sheila/Natalie spat, that gave Sheila some ammo to begin her Natalie trashing session with Sharon afterwards

More celeb chat today about Brad & Angelina and whether their baby's name is Apple or Shiloh led to Sheila saying "Remember? That was one of the questions when we were just doing the practice run".. so it sounds like it was indeed a happy family segment for potential CBS use.. is this group that unimaginative that they have to be staged playing games? Or maybe it was to cement the event into their memories and/or get backup footage about Who Said What? for one of two HOH comps to come
   

Otherwise it's laying around as usual: Natalie continued to display idiot savant tendencies, asking about PMS versus PMC but also saying she knew the couples would be broken up as they signed contracts for a $500k winner, not $250k.. then she stomped a bee Sharon had dramatically rescued from the pool - we're likely to hear about that later.. Sheila's wearing the HOH robe around as often as possible, awaiting more importance, and possibly rehearsing her loop revision now that she's no longer 45.. Sharon & Ryan plotted Adam & Sheila's demise.. Adam continues to bide his time

46 candles


..make a lot of smoke

BB told Adam the party was ready in the pantry/conference room.. he, Ryan & Natalie decorated with the same speed the guys had TP'd Sheila's room, while Sharon went up to distract Sheila

Sure enough, they hauled out the same tired party hats they've been using for several seasons now

   
Sheila was definitely surprised, probably more so since she had newly-dyed, just-out-of-the-shower wet hair and only her bikini on.. she grabbed a towel and blew out the candles Ryan had laid and lit.. they all gathered around to listen to her letters from son, sis, and mom
   
Sheila got teary reading them, understandably so, and was shocked to find out her mom has watched all 9 seasons.. they were all genuinely happy for her and probably thinking of the letters they'd like to get.. they had a happy group hug, the likes of which we probably won't see again til the wrap party pics come out.. only Natalie wore her hat: Sharon put one on for a minute, and Ryan said they were little kid hats that wouldn't fit on his fat head.. Adam & Sheila declined the recycled headwear
   
Big Brother showed again what a big spender they aren't by wrapping up some lotion, a cross Sheila had given her sister, and her own coffee cup - thanks a heap - even BB6 April got KMart love.. Ryan asked about her son's pierced ears in his mug pic - Sheila didn't know about them

It was a very nice interlude in an otherwise nasty habitat - see more caps by ABT.. Sharon apologized many times to Sheila for lying and saying there was an emergency lockdown.. as soon as the leftover cake and melted ice cream were put away, they scattered to start trashing & plotting again

Pasta salad extravaganza


Unlike most of them, Adam & Ryan follow through with their plans.. last night their pillow talk plans included making a pasta salad, and boy, did they

They called it ant-i-pasta which I think was homage to the ants.. I call it kitchen sink because it had everything but.. they made quite a production of it, and had fun with it.. Adam figured out it would mix better if shaken, not stirred

   

Natalie got some extra use out of the old hats as she cheered them on.. Ryan added the finishing touches, grinding in the salt & pepper, and both proclaimed it to be a masterpiece.. they brought spoonfuls around the habitat to each of the girls to taste
   
I say we need a spinoff cooking show, starring these guys and BB5 Marvin!

Sharon came to stand by the sink and the big pot, and Ryan asked if she'd wash it.. she said "Yeah, in a minute" and left - Ryan washed it.. Natalie grilled the meat.. Sharon returned in time to eat - even Sheila did some of the prep work, and it was her birthday dinner

Queen Sheila


She held a little soirée in her parlor to celebrate her birthday, her HOH-ness, and her overall perfection.. she had a good time anyway

She read her letters a few more times, ran her loops a few more times, etc etc - you know the drill.. the others tried to contribute here & there but it was a Sheilafest through & through, although she kept up her periodic little digs at Natalie

Natalie made a nail polish portrait of Alex that got turned into a pillow or scarecrow, or something.. I'm starting to think Ryan could be BB1/7 Chicken George's long lost son
   
The guys escaped outside for a little while before Sheila hunted them down for more Natalie vote chat.. they heard some loud music in the distance - Beatles they thought - and Adam blew out his voice shouting "ROOOOOOOOOODE HAAAARRRRRRDDD" at them

Adam's promised a show of sorts for tomorrow.. I don't know if it'll be before, during or after the veto meeting, but it should be good: he says he's going to ferret out which of the girls are telling him & Ryan the most lies.. he even said he'll dress up for the occasion.. he's also said that in spite of his increasing guarantees to Sheila that he & Ryan won't split the vote, that he thinks it might be kind of fun to make her break a tie, so we have that possibility to look forward to also

Daily videos


Sheila's birthday is posted in the forum, linked top & bottom of every page

Daily ratings - "We can't sing Happy Birthday" edition


Ratings are based on entertainment value


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
Big ups for being the fun guy no matter what, pitching in when needed and poking fun when needed. Now he says he wouldn't want to go up against Sheila in finals: I don't know where that came from. Last week they all wanted her there for a guaranteed win.. maybe Diary's been working on them. Adam riled up Sharon something awful by talking about Jacob smoking pot, and continues to rile Sheila in little ways whenever possible. He did a great job leading the Decoration Committee, and his happiness for Sheila and her letters was sincere, as they all were.


Paired with Matt

She's holding up really well to Sheila's constant little digs, and she made a joke about her veto speech in front of all of them, so they can't be deluding themselves anymore that she's in the dark about their plans to boot her out. She might even be resigned to leaving, but I have a feeling she won't go out meek & quiet. She started working on Sharon today, bringing up her making out with Matt among other things, and Sharon couldn't wait to report it all to Queen Sheila, Adam & Ryan. Easy ups for Natalie for her still (mostly) sunny attitude, and for being the only one to wear one of the ancient party hats to the party.




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

He's getting around as much as anyone anymore: he's got a date for finals with everyone but Natalie, and he still has time to philosophize: 'What if we were like guinea pigs and just walked around and shit everywhere?' It tickled me watching his big meaty fingers placing the teeny litle birthday candles on Sheila's cake, and he did a great job of that and spreading birthday cheer in general, but he could have at least tried a hat.




Paired with Jacob (her ex)  Joshuah

NOMINATED
Among her quotes today were 'Bees eat all the nasty ass bugs flying around here', and to Natalie: 'You come up with the funniest shit to say, just like I do'.. ooookay. She got riled up in a big way about Jacob smoking pot and about anything Natalie said, and she talks 100 mph reporting that to whoever will listen, to the point that even Sheila can't get a word in edgewise. She also explained her interpretation of Natalie's persona, background, and overall psychology to Sheila, in excruciating detail. I'm starting to think it might actually kill Sharon to make a meal or at least contribute to one, but she always shows up on time to eat whatever someone else cooks.




Paired with Adam

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD
She was beyond obnoxious holding court tonight, but she gets a courtesy upgrade to neutral just this once since it's her birthday and since Big Brother is so frikkin cheap they have to wrap up her own stuff as gifts and recycle the same hats for a 4th season. The creepiness of her resembling Ryan's mom and him thinking her old pics are hot was added to today when we found out Sheila's brother looks like her old flame Scott Baio. I'm thinking she might not be Diary's favorite hamster anymore, since they only gave a 10 minute warning to make a party - knowing Sheila was in the shower - and nothing followed afterwards to explain the rush. Sheila said loads of quoteworthy stuff today including '[Natalie]'s so judgemental! Always judging people!' and telling Ryan that next week 'I'll be downstairs with the common folks', but the hands down Line of the Day award winner goes to 'I did not turn on her' - about Natalie.




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
Continued Natalie bashing
A Sheila/Natalie showdown has to be coming sooner or later
Sheila's birthday is Saturday
Veto meeting is Sunday: Adam plans to root out & call out the mole(s) then


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
'Best Week Ever' mentions: 2 (Adam)
'The Soup' mentions: 1 (Alex/Amanda)
Major fights: too many to count
Chelsia abortion/baby mentions after Diary said one more and she's out: 2

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