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hamster8/24/05 - Day 53

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BBQ Smackdown 2005

If anything could snap me out of my lull, it's the arrival of recycled hamster toys

I don't know whether they got last year's pool volleyball set and barbecue from the gumball machine or a luxury comp and I don't much care, I'm just glad to see we'll have a sequel to BB5's Barbecue Death Match.. I couldn't be happier

Observant and/or bored hamsterwatchers will remember it well.. here's a recap for newcomers:
BBQ Death Match I: Initiation score Cowboy 1, Drew 0, Barbecue 1
BBQ Death Match II: The Parannoyer score Drew 0, Diane 1½, Barbecue 1
BBQ Death Match III: Smackdown! score Cowboy 1, Nakomis 0, Barbecue 1, CBS 0

Tonight's dinner is peaceful, just a preview of coming attractions - it looks like Omaha Steaks might be leftover from last year too - Beau does the duties but he has plenty of advice from Howie, James, Ivette, and later Rachel.. pseudo-vegan Maggie comes out and says it "smells awful"
Maybe I'm getting my hopes up, but I'm looking forward to a nice, juicy, vicious subplot or two in the backyard as we wind up the summer

They also get last year's pool volleyball set - it's like a garage sale in there today - Beau plays in his HOH robe (it's his last day to wear it) but interest fades fast.. Ivette carts it outside where it belongs.. last year's hamsters didn't get much use out of it either.. it's basically an promo, like this link

Rachel finds another quarter and gets a hot pink blowup sex toy.. err.. microphone

Howie launches into The Howie Show.. he & Ivette poke fun at Janelle's "Street Smarts" appearance, then Howie interviews all their photos.. it's funny stuff
Ivette: Life is like a box of.. what?
Howie: Cherries (Janelle's answer on 'Street Smarts')
Ivette: Don't hate the houseguests, hate the.. what?
Howie: James

James ends up with origami paper - he's pretty good at it and makes a lot of stuff.. little paper birdies, even a penguin

Back to the barbecue.. they eat together and get along again with Howie providing the entertainment and get-along glue once again.. Maggie gets some non-steak.. Janelle doesn't feel well.. Ivette rips into her meat like she rips into her fellow hamsters

No sharp instruments

Between that guy on BB2 who was kicked out for non-sanctioned erotic knifeplay and the oh-so-clear battle lines that are drawn this season, Big Brother keeps the sharp knives locked up and available by permission only

That's why they have to use butter knives to cut up fruit.. maybe not a bad idea, all things considered

Ivette pays a social call to James & Janelle.. it starts oddly enough, with Ivette asking Janelle about her life & loves (from way across the room)
Ivette gets a little Alfalfa something happening with her hair as she continues to probe for Janelle's weak spot.. they cycle through the golddigger accusations, the designer names & trendy shops stuff, the gotta-look-sexy thing, Michael, past boyfriends, etc etc.. Janelle's no dummy, she knows what's going on
Janelle: I don't even care what I look like in here anymore.. I haven't put on makeup or brushed my hair for four days
Ivette: You look better without makeup than you do with it
James: Say 'thank you' Janelle
Janelle: Thank you

James finally puts the origami away and watches it like a tennis match saying next to nothing.. it's all non-confrontational but pretty unnerving.. Janelle shows a little crack
Janelle's achilles heel seems to be her self-image and how she seems to need to overdo the sexy stuff and downplay her smarts - Kaysar put her on the defensive about this more than once - it's hard to say if Ivette picked up on it when she went down that path or not, but she's definitely trying to figure out Janelle for future purposes

Ivette seems content with what she's got and heads back to her coven.. James immediately confides her fears to Janelle
James: She asked me if I'd put her up if I got HOH
Janelle: What did you tell her?
James: No

When Ivette gets home April's more than eager to talk trash about Janelle.. Maggie feigns sleep until it starts then she's awake and in on it too.. Ivette lets them do most of the talking and doesn't give up much of what she learned

I'm a little burnt out by it all lately.. this stuff is partly why: grooming hour's extreme close-ups accompanied by hate speech is a lot to deal with night after night


Team Jedi has a pow-wow for Rachel or Howie's last night, discussing the past and future.. James is one of them again, or so everyone pretends.. Janelle triggers fishies when she says something about arguing with producer Arnold Shapiro.. she still feels bad so goes off to sleep in the other room.. Howie & Rachel have a peptalk sort of

James surprises everyone by being funny (!!) talking to himself about his inevitable upcoming origami Diary, as he completes his Sarah origami shrine
James, please go to the diary room
Tell us about your origami
Oh, it's just wonderful.. Beau gets a grill after getting the martini bar, and I get colored paper
Which is probably leaking toxic dyes into my skin
So what do you do with this colored paper James?
Well since there's nothing else to do here, I do this
Didn't you do this as a kid?
Yes I did, cuz I was a tool
(he goes back & forth a long time - it's funny stuff)
I'm just sitting here waiting to be picked off by the Nerd Herd
Then again, I'm sitting here doing origami which makes me the biggest nerd of all
And how does that make you feel James?

Howie's the last one up and it isn't even 2am.. he leaves the door open to pee again.. more grooming close-ups.. he says something's "Disgusting! Gross!!" off camera - it's probably just as well we don't see what.. he does a little doo-dah in the mirror before going outside to floss and then to bed.. I hope this isn't the last we see of him

I missed most of the day but I don't think anything's changed: Rachel's likely still going and Maggie's the next target for both James/Janelle and James/Ivette.. it's a live vote on the show tomorrow - be sure to watch for them doing a speed-primp in the Diary hallway mirror, it's always a high point

On the off-chance April wins HOH tomorrow, we're in for a hell of a week


Today's must-click special: BB6 Park for August 24 by TD
Bonus must-click special: YAYsports! snarky stuff for sports fans - Short scary explosions explains the current state of the YAY (from The Cavalier who brought us Michael's Blog)
Ongoing click or die special: Team Aldav give til it hurts
CBS Big Brother 6 the official site
House Calls weekdays live 10am BB/1pm ET on BB main page - show archives
Live feeds signup - No timeout feed links
BB6 Park by TD listed on Hamsterwatch daily index
Hamsterwatch on Youtube BB6 & BB7 videos off the feeds
Hamsterwatch Big Brother 8 here we go again
Hamsterwatch Big Brother 7 All-stars in the house - from me, that dingo person
Hamsterwatch Big Brother 5 Dailies, Cowboyisms & Hollyisms - also from me
Aldav has all of the edgier stuff & the best mini-recaps in town
BB Chatter feed updates, screencaps, and fun boards - easy to use and functional!
Screencaps refresh site is back, from bbfan
Reality TV Links - Big Brother 6 emphasis on individual hamsters' sites
Sir LinksALot Big Brother 6 all the links
Big Brother Link news, info, caps, forums, and links
Big Brother Fanatics chat, updates, caps, news, and links
Big Brother 6 Keyhole peruse various BB sites in the same window, feeds too
Joker's Updates Big Brother Grins can't do BB Park this year
2005 or 2006 Kaysar calendars by BBVoyeur - pdf format
C=Venus BB6 chops new site full of really great work
BB6 Houseguest Fun play Mr. Potato Head, mess up their faces, send cards
Destroy a houseguest fun for fishies times by johnbb
Patrick's Place one-man BB show - 15 streaming cams including his car, turn his lights on/off
YAYsports! snarky stuff for sports fans from the creator of Michael's Blog
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It's a live vote plus a new America's Choice to be announced on Thursday's show

We still have a one hamster surplus compared to last year's schedule so expect another double eviction fishies-thon or a cash offer for April to leave

First half of Tuesday's show was highly pro-coven (but only 3 Eric references), anti-Janelle/Howie, and James neutral. Second half was pro-James, anti-Ivette, and everyone else neutral. I could provide examples but it's their show and they do what they want anyway, including skipping the whole veto comp controversy by just dropping the rule that James supposedly broke. They owe the Girl Scouts of America an apology for airing James' comparing the hideous coven to them multiple times.

I didn't see much of her tonight but when I did she was trash talking or standing entirely too close to the mirror. She'll rev up again tomorrow when it's time to suck up to the new HOH. I don't want her to win it (and it's highly unlikely she could) but I have to admit it'd be fun watching her head spin for a week if she does: she'll be expected to repay all those favors she's been granted by everyone including her own teamies, and Ivette & Maggie will be pulling her in opposite directions.

I guess he's not technically a non-houseguest anymore cuz he won the barbecue and used it without making a scene. But I'm still hoping for a 2005 version of BBQ Smackdown and I won't be happy til it happens.

He entertained the troops (and us) in superb Howie fashion once again when he got Rachel's blowup hot pink mic in his hand. He's the only one of them who can say the same nasty stuff to their faces that everyone else says behind their backs, and he gets away with it cuz he's funny and good natured about it (not counting the Busto episodes), and he's an equal opportunity offender: everybody gets a turn including himself. We need his humor desperately and they need his peacemaker talents so let's hope he doesn't go to jury sequester tomorrow.. a week alone with Jennifer would be sweet payback for her, but there's no feeds from paradise.

She was sniffing around Janelle for something to use against her later - I don't know if she got it though, time will tell. If things go according to plan, we're going to end up where we started: an Ivette versus Janelle showdown with James in the middle as referee/instigator. She's using the same hairdresser as Maggie & Janelle today - she opted for the Alfalfa.

The guy with no personality was hysterical tonight while having a sarcastic dialogue with himself about Diary questioning his origami skills.. who'd have thought it? He also showed surprising abilities with colored paper and made a little origami shrine to Sarah that's a lot cuter than the creepy voodoo going on upstairs. He's set up the end game with himself in the middle and he looks good to go to finals unless Maggie or April wins Thursday's HOH comp (doubtful).

Janelle's treatment by CBS may have been explained when she said she had an argument with 'that asshole Arnie' but the fishies came so fast we'll never know what it was about. She wasn't feeling well today so spent most of the time in bed, but she did perk up for Ivette's rousing All About Janelle Q&A session. I don't think she gave Ivette much to work with, but things always get iffy when someone questions our personal insecurities. She can get away with the unbrushed/unstyled look way better than Maggie or Ivette: on Janelle it's just another new look that works: she might even bring big hair back into style single handedly.

I was lucky and avoided her most of the night, but I did catch her mixing up 'asexual' with 'hermaphrodite', and I left out yesterday her creative new word 'repercautions' from Tuesday's show. I hate to be on James' side for anything but I hope she goes next week: she's the farthest thing possible from Good TV. She went with the Statue of Liberty coif today.

It was likely her last day and she's taking it well. I think she could have gone on to final four with Howie-Janelle-Kaysar but she opted to sleep through all the team meetings, so it's her own fault as much as anyone's. She said tonight she'll be glad to get to sequester cuz it's so boring in the habitat.. hello? She's going to be stuck for a week with just Jennifer for company! Rachel's harmless enough and seems to be a very decent person.. I can't say I'll miss her but I wish her well.


She wanted to 'stir up the house like Kaysar did' but instead she stirred up everyone with a whopper of a lie to America's Choice, and she took out his partner with a huge lie of omission. So long Jenn and remember, roses really smell like poo poo.


America's Choice by 82% (at least) but he was out 4th and 6th. He turned the game on its ear, took out an emperor, and fell for Janelle overnights but was taken out by the cheerleader who took out his partner because she cried. He's a class act and did it all with brains, humor and integrity.


She was too young & too naive to be in there but held up well considering she played with the boyfriend from hell. I'm glad she got out early and alive.


Maybe the poorest loser in BB history but he gave us the best fight sequence. He said it nonstop but he never understood that 'it's just a game'.


Not blameless but not the villain they made him out to be either. He had funny voices, 'The Continental' and Janelle - plus the best hoax of the season.


There's never much to say about the first out except they're gone. She blabbed too much so she wouldn't have lasted long but she was fun while she was there.

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