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9/20/04 - Day 81 >> to the future >> dwell in the past >> latest
It all comes down to this
I snapped this happy RealPlayer accident way back on August 9.. Cowboy had been working on Drew
At the time I was posting far shorter episodes than they've evolved into since, but I added a little commentary that day about Drew having given up some integrity by putting Jase up for eviction.. I was barely paying attention to 'game' at the time, but looking back to that and the days leading up to it, it's clear that was one of the most pivotal events that left us with these two 'ponds' at the end
These two have each been seen as being more ethical and loyal than the others, and I think they each believe that they are those things.. and that's what bothers me.. it's one thing to lie, cheat, and steal your way through - but at least be aware you're doing it.. I don't think either of them are
Drew has visibly agonized and sought counsel over every decision up til that last one about Diane, and he ended up doing what Diane told him almost every time, often against his own wishes (at least according to what he told others).. but he flat-out lied to Diane about that last decision he made on his own, and it hasn't kept him awake at night
Drew said about Jase at the time of that pivotal veto 'I'm taking somebody outta this game who's been on my side since the beginning.. that's like taking your own chess piece' - true, and since he did it anyway, I can't go along with the idea that he played himself here - at least not before the last week or so.. I believe he evicted Jase under coercion, and pressure from his libido and his ego (after all, his vote wasn't even needed to remove Jase from the game) - but Drew was already doing the kiss 'n cuddle 'n etc. nightly with Diane, along with her bidding.. and a couple weeks earlier, we'd had this:
Drew: You're with her (Holly) all the time, and we're like, where's our guy at?
Jase: What about you & Diane? You don't even like her and you cuddle with her!
Drew: That's different man.. I don't talk to her
followed by the now-famous proclamation:
Drew: I have balls!!
So maybe it all comes down to male pride springing from that night, or girlfriends breaking up the boy band - but one of the few times Drew voted differently than Diane was when he voted out Will (Diane had voted to evict Marvin).. not long after that Diane started her campaign to get Drew against Marvin, and it worked well enough that it likely backfired against Diane in the end, and Drew's still holding a grudge about the guy
As for Cowboy.. I think his heart is mostly in the right place, but he's done some self-promoting shady stuff to get here.. Karen says he's a snitch (which he is - but so was she, so were they all) but he's also a guilt-tripper and isn't above a little emotional blackmail if it suits his purposes, and he doesn't seem to admit to either.. nor has he said much (if anything) about trying to get away with letting go of the earthquake machine and hoping nobody had seen.. it took the judges 15 minutes to make that call, 15 minutes in which Cowboy kept hanging on as if nothing had happened.. I believe that's called cheating - not a word we'll hear Cowboy use about himself anytime soon
Cowboy's often been seen in HamsterWatch episodes working on Drew to keep the dream of the Horsemen alive, but Diane won most of the Drew tug-of-wars up until the last one that eliminated her.. Looking back though, it's maybe coincidence and maybe not, that the day Diane gave Cowboy the lap dance that set his eyes aglow in this shot was the same day that everyone was working on Drew to use the Jase Erase veto.. hmm..
I'm not saying neither has the right to be here at the end - personally I'd just prefer if they didn't pretend they'd done it all nobly and honestly, cuz neither did.. their equal raging after the jury questioning seemed to me more than just frustration and venting: the intensity and duration of their anger made it feel more like guilty consciences to me.. they 'doth protested too much'.. but whatever brought them here, they are here at the end, so credit where due: congratulations to both
Maybe I'm just disappointed the final two are so dull
They spent their last "normal" day gyming, doing laundry, sleeping.. Adria's picture flies.. Big Brother tries to goad them into action, but it isn't until they hear loudspeakers outside that they show some interest in something
Big Brother: Remember houseguests, it's only 440 laps to swim a mile in the pool
Big Brother: Remember houseguests, if you win the half million dollars, you'll never have to eat PB&J again
Cowboy: I hope they take the taxes out
Drew: You can hear voices.. there's a girl voice.. 'Will Drew or Michael be crowned the winner of Big Brother 5?'
Drew: I heard like the girl voice was saying 'Adria, Natalie'.. like saying names
Cowboy: They're doing so much today, makes me wonder..
Cowboy: I know they're probably getting ready for tomorrow, but makes you wonder..
They clean the dead food out of the fridge and the pantry/former conference room..
and I'm reporting it.. this is bad
They separate for the first time since Diane left to nap and tan.. then come together again to try out what to wear tomorrow
Drew helps Cowboy pick something out and even helps with a button problem..
(when Diane was having her nothing-to-wear day, he didn't do as much..)
They read their letters and dream of home.. they run outside when they hear more noises.. they get a little excited about tomorrow and about going home, and a little gloaty (rightly so).. but mostly it's just a long, endless waiting game.. they hardly speak, but they stick together
Drew: I had a dream that her & Marvin were like.. pfft.. it makes me so mad that she would've said something like that.. of all people, Marvin..
Drew (reading candy wrapper): 'Nabiscoworld dot com.. play games, win prizes'
Cowboy: It's awesome.. Lifesaver dot com is fun too.. they have Mr. Peanut type of stuff.. a couple of putt-putt courses
Drew: I've done the putt-putt some places
They admire themselves, then Drew bangs on the door.. finally pizza and beer arrive
Drew: Let's look at each other in the mirror.. such good looking guys
Drew: Can you hear that? sshhh..
(he bangs on the door, hard) BANG BANG BANG
Drew: Ha ha, scared you guys
Three pizzas for the two of them.. they eat in near-silence.. lots of new leftovers in the cleaned-out fridge
Cowboy: I'm not going to have any beer now.. I'm kinda blue
Cowboy: Just not myself..
Drew: Maybe I won't have my beers now either
Drew: What do you think the temperature is out there tonight?
(Drew says grace and thanks 'everybody working here this entire season'.. I second that)
Cowboy: I just don't feel good.. kinda feel out of favor or something..
Later Drew does have a beer, and keeps whatever thoughts he has in front of the photo wall to himself.. then they stick together again for bedtime showers, as usual
They're in bed this last night before 10.. they chat a bit but Drew goes right to sleep.. Cowboy "The Night Prowler" makes one last prowl for a candy bar, popcorn, and solitaire
Many feedsters have already jumped ship for Big Brother Croatia..
even in another language, it's more interesting than our finalists
rattling around the house on their own, barely saying a word..
Big Brother didn't even ask them to put their mics on for half of today
Here's hoping we have a terrific final show - I'll be back with a final episode
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