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|7/18 - 7/19/05 - Days 16 & 17
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Where were we?
We have to catch up the visuals to yesterday's episode - it's easier than making a Part 2 page - sorry for any confusion.. there are some juicy snippets of conversation here
Jennifer & April head to the hammock where Jennifer tells about Janelle dumping her boyfriend in Diary.. revelations ensue
But first, Nurse Maggie inspects Eric's latest injury and rags on BB for not providing him the right Advil.. and some hot tub shots cuz people like those
Jennifer & Michael are in the gym.. it's silent and tense, awkward.. Michael flies off the treadmill Jackass style (only not on purpose).. he says something about his pants' fault.. Jennifer reports the incident to April gleefully
Later, back at the hammock.. April & Jennifer start putting pairs together, again.. Jennifer says she heard she & Sarah might be next.. she says she'll be fine with being nominated, she won't care.. Beau joins and they tell him about Janelle, about Janelle & Michael, how trashy they are.. popcorn accompanies the gossip
Jennifer: I don't ever want to go in the gold room again.. you know they're gonna fuck tonight.. it's funny, he was all over me and I turned him down, so he goes on to the next one
April: I can't believe she broke up with him.. maybe Michael's her boyfriend, it's one of the twists
April: Did Maggie tell you I talked to her? You better be totally honest with me!! Huh?!
Jennifer: No.. well just for a minute.. no, she didn't
April: My advice is from now on if somebody says something bad about someone, to not tell anyone about it, cuz of all the lies and stuff
April: You know Ivette, how she told everyone that you said that Michael hit the wall? And you're saying now that he really didn't, but that got around
April: And also in the bedroom that day how you were really crying about Dan [not Michael]
Jennifer: That's not my fault, nobody asked me about it
Julie says it means Summer of Secrets, but Howie looks like he wants to send us an emergency message
"These people are lunatics - get me outta here"
In HOH James & Eric discuss pairs possibilities again, and nasty stuff about Michael/Janelle/Kaysar.. James disses Maggie to Eric (who covers badly) and Eric disses Sarah to James (who covers badly)
James says he caught Howie & Rachel last night talking but they split up when he came along.. he tries to explain to Eric how that doesn't jive with the relationship those two seem to have in the house.. Eric doesn't follow.. James points out how quickly Howie jumped on Surfboard Alliance night when it was just he & Rachel left.. Eric nods.. more people arrive and Eric becomes a chiropractor
Pretty soon HOH is full of them, all parannoying and all talking badly about Michael/Janelle/Kaysar.. Eric says Michael won that battle cuz "I let it get personal".. mass hysteria takes over, like it does with these people, soon they all agree that Kaysar was about to hit Ivette on fight night and that's what got Eric so heated up in the first place.. Eric mentions how happy he is to be having The Experience.. they all agree Janelle is a slut who just wants to have sex on tv.. Jennifer says she was Michael's first choice and he settled for Janelle when she turned him down.. they all agree and say "poor Jennifer"
They have the spyscreen on apparently see nothing noteworthy.. eventually it's just James & Eric again and they go back to their evil plotting ways
And then there's this:
At 2.30am in the backyard Ivette (noticeably absent from most of the night's shenanigans) outs her lesbionic self to April.. she makes a short story long of course, and tells her about her girlfriend Maggie.. April doesn't miss a beat "Is this the Maggie in the house?"
They talk for another hour or so, quietly and pleasantly.. it's not so bad.. Ivette is very taken with her Maggie.. April says "Oh sure, I've had gay friends"
Ivette's confession pic stolen from Aldav - everyone else was too stunned to snap it
Does anyone have a clue?
And on to Tuesday
Feedmasters have been showing this view on the feeds a lot the last couple of days.. 13 people in there and we're lucky if there's one or two on the people channel while this airs on the other
Lots of people think there's a clue to the safe here and that's why they're doing it.. they want us to play along.. the safe combination can't be too difficult for them to figure out - the stopped gym clock was staring at its own locked door and let's face it, they aren't going to give them a calculus problem to solve
Personally I think it's time they paint ACME on the safe and drop it on them
There's the subway sign MTA 317.. another theory is that the combination is their groupings when Julie banished them to the house.. makes sense - no other reason for that bullshit - but there's a problem with that theory.. CBS.com's recap of the first episode describes it like this:
Julie welcomes the nubile newbies to their decked-out palatial pad, first sending in April, Howie, Ashlea and Jennifer. In hot pursuit are Kaysar, Beau, Rachel and Maggie. Janelle, Michael, Eric, Sarah and Ivette bring up the rear
With the whole Winston thing they obviously want us to play along, but I am pretty sure the combination isn't 4 - 4 - 5 cuz that's only 13.. it boggles the mind that nobody's realized yet they left out James from this article
If the page gets fixed at this late date, I'll consider it a personal shout-out
But these are the guys who left this cryptic message today
Timezones really aren't that tricky to understand - a tv network should have it down.. or at least hire a proofreader
Which leads us to Ericgate and the way it was depicted on the show.. I was off my feeds most of the day so I don't have a lot to report but I'll sprinkle this rant with a few random shots & snippets I caught.. it's the usual suspects
Feedsters demanded a couple things this week: a Michael Is No More Guilty Than Howie Or Eric segment and an Eric Is The True Psycho segment.. CBS knew the video was plastered all over the web so they couldn't sweep it away entirely, and they at least made an effort to vindicate Michael a bit and they did show the fight night, kinda
However.. Michael said in Diary "I don't want to seem like a bitter little child" - but that's exactly how he was edited to look.. Eric's temper tantrum wasn't portrayed nearly as intense as it was - his chair didn't even fly on tv
According to the rules and the two previous kicked-out hamsters, Eric should have been kicked out for his 85 mph leap at Michael, yet he still came out looking like a good guy.. maybe the apology was spontaneous and sincere, maybe not.. same with his announcement to the group about how it had all gotten out of hand.. but he hasn't stopped bitching about Michael since, and his words and tone are hateful - this guy is not sorry for what he did
The veto comp was very fishy too.. if Day One was indeed just a practice, they wouldn't have had to wear the same clothes for Day Two.. likely it just means CBS and/or the producers didn't get the results they wanted on the first day, so they did some more crafty editing to make it come out per script
And how about those scores? 6.48, 6.44, 6.31 - it doesn't seem possible with all that slopping water and fumbling flying that it would be decided by mere seconds.. this was not an Olympic event.. although the zip line flight did look kinda fun
Eric isn't as far ahead as he was on the CBS poll, but he's still doing pretty well which is shocking because nearly every "internet fan" wants him out of there - to the point of a phone/email campaign to be consistent and apply the threat of violence rule like they have in the past (for less) - but usually (always?) the site won't allow people to vote on the hamster popularity poll.. what's up with that?
It seems pretty obvious that CBS and/or the producers want and expect Eric to go far in this game and are editing (if not outright arranging) that he will, while feedsters who know the full story are irate and losing interest.. we don't even love to hate him
Ivette and Kaysar had some strange editing themselves - she was built up a bit as the hateful shrew we usually see her as, but they leaned heavily on her lines about being Cuban rather than her continuous barrage of loud, hateful venom (her heritage is barely mentioned around the web).. meanwhile her part in the moments just before Eric's outburst was edited and skewed, as was Kaysar's, and viewers were left thinking he had physically threatened her by standing up
All in all it showed what a casting disaster this season is turning out to be.. when the nervous-sounding live voice came over the speakers it was like a parent telling hyper kids "Shut up, I don't care who started it, go to your rooms" - and they did
Does CBS care? Not if the tv-only audience doesn't, and they are the majority by far.. do Shapiro/Grodner Productions care? I'd like to think so.. possibly CBS is forcing their hand since CBS signs their checks
We all know how drastically editing changes history.. what I don't understand is why
Back to our program
Meanwhile in the habitat, life is good
As far as we know April hasn't told anyone about Ivette yet
Behind closed door, Eric & Maggie are turning against James, Ivette, Rachel, Howie, and Jennifer
James hates pretty much everyone but Sarah, and falls for Eric/Maggie's assertions that he's co-alpha male of the house and a natural leader
Michael & Janelle are kissing all over now but only openly in front of Howie.. at bedtime Michael's spirit took a dip realizing he was about to get voted out second, nearly unanimously.. he rallied by describing each hamster's psyche (hmmm sounds like someone I know.. uh oh) - when Janelle asked him to analyze himself he sounded detached and told a tale of somebody mysterious in third person.. she gave him a massage and they fell asleep unentwined
Eric: You can't scare that woman.. after the way Howie's abused her? And she still takes it?
James: She's got no self esteem
Eric: We have to work on her fucking emotions, keep them in check
James: It's funny, I didn't think of myself as an alpha male
Eric: She'll drink the water but you gotta lead her to it
Kaysar: Ohh, those hamstrings
Janelle: I'm trying to work my abs
Kaysar: I was doing Howie
Big Brother: Ivette please go to the diary room
Eric: Ivette, please don't lose your temper today
Sorry hamsterwatchers, I know it's not much but maybe things will improve
Thanks for encouraging my behavior
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