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April 24, 2008 - Day 77 (or 78)

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The feeds replay is gearing up for some major action in the next few weeks (which includes a big percentage of the sidebar extracurricular tally items).. I checked in last night and re-caught Amanda creating and starting to spread her story about Alex molesting her.. interestingly, it turns out Chelsia had a little crush on Matt back then - who knew? That explains a few things

Even more interesting, when this February 15 convo took place, all of them in the pantry agreed it was Day 8 - they said they were surprised at so much chaos so soon, and I took note of that last night since I've questioned the day count for some time.. this is the kind of thing I'd based my original day count on, since virtually all of them verified each other about what day it was at various times in those very early days, and the air show wasn't giving us a count.. I figure it's hard for four people (even hamsters) to count to 8 wrong so I've once again revised all pages here to the actual, correct count, with the CBS version in parenthesis on each page

The "official" count changed on the February 20 show when Julie said it was Day 14, although it was really Day 13.. Diary gradually convinced the hamsters of the new version, although they further messed up on the March 16 show when they said the previous eviction was on Day 36 rather than Day 35 (in reality it was Day 34).. that in turn messed me up with my dual versions, but again, I've fixed all pages now to be accurate

Why am I making a big deal of this again/still? One, because unlike me, they're getting paid for this so you'd think they could get it right, or at least revise themselves back to accurate after Julie's flub.. but more importantly, I said a few times during all this counting mess that a comp would be coming involving the day count, and indeed it did

Bear with me a minute (or skip ahead if you don't care about Allison Grodner's famous "integrity of the game"): the day count comp was the one that resulted in James being evicted, and it's fishy

In the veto comp on April 4 with "OTEV, the Great & Powerful Rhyming Rain God", James was eliminated by guessing 24 for the day the couples split.. that happened on Day 27, although CBS/OTEV said it was Day 28, which Ryan, Sharon & Adam all guessed.. so no harm, no foul, right?

Wrong. The next question was which day did Evel Dick show up: that happened on Day 43, which Sharon guessed.. CBS/OTEV said it was Day 44, which Adam & Ryan both guessed.. Sharon was eliminated even though she was correct, Ryan went on to win and remove Sheila from the block, and HOH Adam replaced her with James who went up against Sharon, and he was evicted 3-0

Although the comp instructions were sketchy for one right and two identical wrong answers, presumably Sharon would have won at that point.. if she'd removed herself, it would probably have been Sheila versus James that week, with Natalie, Ryan & Sharon voting, and James would probably still have been evicted - but you never know

So it's probably a lot of ado over nothing but there are a few more related items that are sketchy: if you go back and watch the comp (episode 25), you'll note that Sharon, Ryan & Adam had the same Day 49 answer for the first question, but on the next question (which day did Amanda fall ill), Sharon said Day 11, Adam said Day 23, and Ryan said Day 17.. it's odd they all came up with the same 49 for the first but varied so widely on the second, especially Sharon, who'd only returned 9 days earlier: you'd think she in particular would be very aware of the early days

Sheila was eliminated on that one since she & James were both furthest off with the same guess of 32 (huh?? It was Day 15 for real and 16 per CBS/OTEV - how'd they both get the same very wrong number?).. they said James arrived back first with his rocks, but neither he nor Sheila are shown arriving at their kneeling stones on the tape

And to add insult to injury and/or swirl the conspiracy theories into orbit, the official CBS recap of the episode notes that "Nearly everyone claps when James is booted from the game" and that includes Sharon in the video, which is peculiar since she & James were teamies.. Sharon also squeals on that one "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, are we right?" referring to herself, Adam & Ryan, and in an odd-sounding (phony?) voice

Should you still be thinking I'm nuts and should just STFU with all this and get a life, you're right, but that same official recap says "the correct answer is 24" for the question that eliminated James when he said 24.. this last one is obviously "just a typo" but it verifies that their quality control is utter crap, and that's something I personally resent in a very, very big way


Back to the present


The guys' euphoria from last night finally wore off a bit, although they continued having giddy interludes between naps & food

Ryan found a new buddy: a ladybug perched on him and crawled around awhile.. they got called to inside lockdown and realized "his wing's fucked up" as Adam put it.. there haven't been any barbecue incidents lately but it never truly sleeps, and they used questionable judgement by putting the ladybug on it, for safety

The official pets seem to have recovered from their depression.. whether it was real or not, it's good to know they're doing well again.. Adam's BEEBIES call still brings a smile
   

Alas, still no slip 'n slide.. they've been doing most things in tandem, including pumping up so they look good for the finale as well as for Jen and the geeshes/babies, respectively.. things have definitely loosened up behind the scenes too, and we see some of their Diary entrances & exits for the few times they're called in, but they still haven't sprung for a pack of cigs for the guys
   

Tacos and a tear


 
They cooked up another nice meal of both soft and crisp tacos.. they're looking after themselves just fine on their own

Before that, Adam had a little alone time on the stairs and seemed reflective.. thankful maybe? He shed a quiet tear or two, and recovered quickly

   

Just as they finished their supper, both said they were tired and looking forward to a good night's sleep.. then they got the news that jury questioning would take place tonight at midnight (after Showtime): one question each from the seven jurors.. I suspect Adam's more prepared for that than Ryan - we'll see how it goes down.. feeds should come back around 1 or 2am

I'll post jury fallout on tomorrow's page since I ranted for most of today's, and anyway that will happen tomorrow morning, technically.. I don't expect them to get up to much tonight - other than some major nervousing - before they go off to face their executioners

Update: yep, Adam's far more prepared: while Ryan batted golf balls around the back yard, Adam paced the habitat and practiced his speech.. for all his nose-picking, pants-digging, and incomprehensible marble-mouthing, the guy can write and deliver a surprisingly eloquent and professional speech.. Ryan won't know what hit him
   

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As much fun as I had goofing on Wednesday's CBS episode, I couldn't let its ups ride here in light of the numbers racket I ranted about above. Even if I'm wrong in ass-uming 14 of them (give or take) didn't know what day they'd entered the habitat a few days after they'd entered it, there's still no excuse for a company of CBS's size to post such blatant errors on their website, let alone to let them ride for this long. What's more, I'm tired of finding & pointing out their damn errors so they can fix them. By rights, they should be paying me consulting fees, but I'm still living on cereal.. especially this season.
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Won: Motorcycle
Paired with Sheila

It was a pretty quiet recovery day for both of them, and they've earned it. They're both still pumped, but nobody can hold an adrenalin rush for five days without chemical assistance. Adam's solo moment of reflection was kind of touching, as was his helping Ryan's ladybug. That's right: it's a big awwww kind of day, and that's not a bad thing. Late upgrade to ups for his surprisingly eloquent speech. If he can deliver it to the jury like he rehearsed it, I think it'll win them over and win him the cash.


Won: $10,000, movie premiere,
Beverly Hills shopping spree
Jen's boyfriend / Paired with Allison

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD
Sure, ladybug fascination and rescue service might be considered dull compared to nekkid hot tub parties and habitat-wide fights, but all that's playing simultaneously now too. It's not a bad balance and we're lucky to have the choice at the moment. Late upgrade for him too, as his doing nothing to prepare for the jury was funny in contrast to Adam's doing all. The bigger fallout later might be Ryan getting mad at Adam for being so much more prepared than him, and for not cluing him to be ready to work it!




Paired with Adam

She had loads of potential but her rants, wild mood swings, repetitive loops, and entitlement speeches made even her fans crazy, and when she launched her Hate Natalie campaign she turned downright ugly. She was all contradictions about her BB knowledge, and I suspect her strategy (if any) was to brainwash her victims by talking them to death. She bashed Adam but worked with him throughout. And know this: she's 45 46 frikkin years old, she's a single frikkin mom, she's writing a frikkin book, and yew know whut? She won't be missed very much. Click for adult material from her heyday.




Won: Movie premiere, Beverly Hills shopping spree. Wasted: Slop pass.
Evicted 1st - revived a few days later
Paired with Jacob (her ex)  Joshuah

She may have driven things early, but then she drove us to distraction fingering her blue blankie thingy. The perpetual pawn stood back whenever buddies Joshuah, James, Chelsia or Sheila let loose, but she cackled about their nasty plans & deeds. Mostly she laid around, and her everlasting vindictive Jacob stories, her screechy laugh, and her calls to the BEEBIES won't be missed. Strategy? Maybe.. but watching-wise, she was a dud. See Attw x's tribute :)




Paired with Matt

Party girl deluxe who did things no hamster ever has or probably ever will again. She stripped, suds'd, slurped and grinded her way into many feedsters' hearts (and a few other places), all the while being cheery, fun, and unbelievably candid. Later she toned it down and talked & preached too much, but she's easily the Star of the Season and Most Photogenic. She'll also be remembered for kooky kneesocks, nail polish paintings, and homemade dairy products.




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
Technically Ryan is Head of Household, but the room's closed


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UPCOMING EVENTS
Jury questions for the finalists is Thursday night at midnight! That isn't on the feeds, but the fallout afterwards by the final two is often one of the most explosive events of the season


ONE MORE SHOW
Sunday, April 27 at 8pm: Finale will include jury questioning, evictees & jury check-ins, and voting for & announcing the winner


RATINGS WATCH
Wednesday's final eviction show tied for second with a 4.4 rating and 7 share, about even with 'Til Death' at 4.0/7 and 'Back to You' at 4.5/7 on Fox, behind 'Deal or No Deal' on NBC with 6.6/11.
Rating = % of all TV households
Share = % of households watching TV



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

BB10 premieres Sunday, July 13


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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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