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hamster8/25/05 - Day 54

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Bye bye Ray Ray

It's another Thursday primp-a-thon and Rachel & Howie spend some final quality time together

Both are prepared to go and both are expecting it'll be Rachel, but you never can tell with hamsters

Beau does the ironing as usual and stresses about his upcoming Julie Q&A.. Howie stretches, or something.. Janelle & Ivette are a vision of light & dark as they chat friendly over hair.. Janelle puts on the green dress that Ivette was dissing last night

Nurse and health nut Maggie licks her eyeliner before applying, then has a heads-down private chat with April before helping Rachel with her hair.. it's looking like she's currying favor for later this evening, but it turns out she's planting sequester seeds as Rachel's the one who jets off to paradise tonight
Maggie: It's fucked up how you have to lie in this game.. from now on I'm not ever giving my word again
Maggie: I haven't seen anyone play dirtier than him (James)

Rachel has a nice sendoff (which she deserved) other than the hateful farewell from Ivette (which she didn't).. there's no reason CBS needed to add that to a live show for Rachel to wonder about in front of us all - they've skipped plenty of farewells til now - better they would have aired some of Ivette's hateful rant the other night if they wanted to show Ivette in a bad light, but that doesn't seem to be the agenda at CBS these days.. it's 2005, the year of the Bad Evil Jedi in Studio City

Ivette: Your behavior in this house is out of control.. you have left me speechless with my mouth dropped.. I've never seen such poor sportmanship like that carried by yourself
audio by Aldav

Get a grip, Hamsterwatchers! If you aren't a second cousin or better, the winner really shouldn't have any effect on you.. take it for the entertainment it is and if you can't find any, shut it off.. I'll be tempted to do that soon, but I'm having serious problems with the portrayal of who's who in the habitat on the tv version

Your new head of household

I said it would be entertaining watching her crumble under the pressure.. I certainly never expected it to happen and I sure don't want it, but here we are

It's the "I Dream of April" show.. heaven help us

April wastes no time making a beeline to the pimp room to lay out her plan to Howie & Janelle, with Maggie close behind to endorse it and point her finger.. I think it's only the second time Maggie's been in the pimp room - the first was to ask Kaysar to take care of the fighting on drunk tank night
The plan is simple and a tired rerun by now: April will nominate the "Sovereign Two" as CBS lamely coined them (here they're known as the Stars Of The Show).. this won't raise any suspicions with anyone, and when the veto's won by anyone but James, they'll remove Janelle, April will put up James and they'll get rid of him once and for all
Everyone admits what everyone knows anyway, that James has been promising both sides he's with them.. April says she'll take care of Ivette so she won't use the veto on James if she wins it (it's Anything Can Happen Week after all) and tells Howie & Janelle not to tell him anything

Janelle & Howie seem safe for the week, but lost for the game.. they're bummed and don't have much to console each other with.. she leaves and Howie rolls over with a "shoulda"
Janelle: I feel this is my week to leave, I have a very bad feeling
Janelle: I was this close to being first two-time HOH.. I'm gonna start eating now
Howie: I shoulda jerked off.. FUCK!

James doesn't need be told anything - he's been here before, he gets it.. April & Maggie have a meeting in the pantry, which has been fully stocked.. Beau grills dinner without incident and they all eat together without incident
April: What if the veto's not won?
Maggie: Then it's their own fault
April: I'll tell them that Jennifer brought me here and she had a plan, I'm just following it through
Maggie: Oh my god you're going to be the one to get him out! I tried, Howie tried
Maggie: What are you going to tell Beau & Ivette?
April: They're together, but they're separate
Maggie: For me, they're both in the Friendship

There are strange, awkward convo groupings all over: Ivette, Howie & Janelle.. Maggie & James.. HOH room debut can't come soon enough
Unlike that other time, everyone shows up and it's the usual assortment of smiles & tears & squeals
She gets Dave Matthews, pics of Matt & Pepperoni of course, a bathrobe (like Janelle's) and Uggs (like Janelle's)

Everyone piles on top of Howie, like they do, and James checks for our reaction not once, not twice, but three times! He's especially surprised by the "reverse cowgirl" suggested by and co-demonstrated by Beau
I'm starting to think our boy James may have watched the feeds before

Howie arrives for the first meeting which is a rerun of the earlier meeting, and goes on forever - you know April
Janelle joins and they compare bathrobes.. the meeting continues well into the night with endless repetition
April: You & Janelle will go up - it's not personal, we don't want you to go, we just want James out
April: Do not let him play for veto for you
April: Kaysar's name never came up until after the power of veto, trust me

Beau & friends finally show up to break up the party and start a new one.. it's a chenille* love fest for a minute, then Beau gooses Howie out the door
* At $100+ a pop, I don't think these robes are your regular run-of-the-mill terrycloth

Let the cheap shots begin

The rest of the night defies all logic and explanation

In short: April, Maggie & Ivette are so incapable of telling the truth they spend hours coming up with lies for James so he doesn't suspect he's being backdoor'd (even though he already knows he is, and telling him the truth wouldn't hurt anyone)

Sub-plots include April & Maggie trying to prevent Ivette from either telling James or rescuing him; Ivette trying to get them to focus on Janelle instead; April telling Maggie that Ivette & Beau will try to make them step down so they can go for the big money; Maggie trying to keep with everything; Ivette subtly sniping at all of them; and all of them hating everyone else.. I only wish I was exaggerating

It starts with a bracelet Matt sent to April that she's thrilled with.. she tries it on her ankle but it won't fit, so Beau helps her size it for her wrist
April: Matt's such a great shopper
April: Matt's had this forever
Ivette: So it's something that he's had forever, isn't that sweet?
April: I think he's had it since high school
Ivette: So it's all used up? That's great

April goes downstairs to hang out with Janelle some more and discuss bathrobes.. Maggie & Ivette carry on without her
Maggie: Janelle has the balls to say that I had a conversation with her?
Ivette: This is the thing, I know this is a game but April has contradicted a lot

April's delayed further by a show 'n tell in Diary.. she returns full of tell-all joy but it quickly dissipates.. even self-centered April can sense the tone in here isn't friendly
Ivette: Janelle is so evil, she spins everything
Maggie: James is way better at manipulating than Janelle!
Ivette: I guess so
Maggie: So you think it's better to get Janelle out now and not have the option to backdoor James at all?
(Ivette says nothing)
Beau: He's gonna do what it takes

It goes on & on, the more they talk the more they spin everything.. it's truly mind-boggling and almost fascinating in a sick, morbid car-crash kinda way
April: Jennifer said to take Rachel, then James, then Janelle, then Howie*
April: Who do you think should go Beau?
Beau: I think James has to go this week.. would we take off Howie?
April: No, Janelle
April: Janelle will dig herself a hole, every time she lies I can read it
Maggie: She doesn't say much to me, anytime she says anything to me it's offensive
Ivette: So it's a 50/50 win, if nobody gets it Janelle goes, if somebody gets it James goes
Maggie: I wanted the HOH to say it
April: Rachel told me today 'I know that I'm leaving' I said 'how do you know?' She said 'James told me'
Maggie (to Ivette): Can't you NOT tell him about it? Say 'it's none of your fucking business'
* nuh uh, behind the sofa Jennifer & April decided to go for Maggie & Ivette

They go into a lengthy discussion that puts Ivette on the spot as far as her loyalty to James.. she says she doesn't want to lie to him and they decide, at Maggie's suggestion, that a lie of omission isn't really a lie at all (tell it to Michael)
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For what it's worth, and I hate to say it, but I think Ivette is the only one of them showing some ethics here.. I think it's true that she hasn't lied as much as the others anyway, and she doesn't want to lie to her other partner James - that's understandable and in a way, commendable.. it'd be easier to swallow if she wasn't so big on diverting attention off herself by spewing hate & nasties about anyone who's handy, but there you are.. that's Ivette for you

Maggie (the "brains" of the group) tries to wrap her head around the seven remaining hamsters and their four votes next week - I kid you not

For some reason, Beau takes this moment to show how he folds a shirt.. he gets his head bitten off by April who in turn is put in her place by Ivette
April (to Beau): You wanna know why you can't win HOH? Cuz you're fucking more worried about how you're gonna fold your clothes when you get inside!
Beau: Wha? chhhhh
April: Chill
Maggie: Cute
Ivette: Cute,but let me just fix it real quick

They go down to make some food at 1am even though they bitch about Howie & Janelle eating so late when they watch them on the spyscreen.. Howie & Janelle come in from outside and join them.. Howie livens things up a bit, being Howie
Maggie: Beau, you are not HOH anymore, stop being a diva


The get-along ends as soon as they separate, as usual.. April tells Maggie she thinks they'll be expected to give up soon so that Ivette & Beau can get the big money - Maggie's surprised & skeptical.. Beau reads the Bible to them about righteous people versus those with slanderous tongues.. Maggie & April each pat themselves on the back

Downstairs it's a different story as Janelle "undoes" her last bit of live show prep.. in spite of 4 hours of dancing around what to tell James, he knows he's done.. he & Janelle & Howie bed down in the cot room
Maggie: We are still the Friendship even though we are now four
Beau: It didn't really start til we were five
Maggie: But Eric was part of it
Maggie: It didn't really start until I was HOH
April: The 'weakest' (finger quotes) took out the 'strongest' (finger quotes)
Janelle: I look like hell! I have bandaids on my nipples! Oww!
James: It's Alfalfa versus Mike Tyson now
Janelle's bandaids cap by Amy's Bus Ticket - you don't suppose that's what her argument with Arnie was about?? I hope not.. it would explain a lot though

What a night


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Special mirror-face edition revisited

I don't care who wins a phone call, I can't change April's HOH win, and I can't influence who she nominates.. please take these issues to a chatroom or message board near you where they'll get the attention & discourse they deserve

It's clear that CBS doesn't care about the AC poll either: the vote confirmation says 'keep watching to see which houseguest returns'.. I highly recommend NO VOTING on America's Choice: send CBS and/or Shapiro-Grodner another message that we're fed up with their shenanigans

It's criminal what they keep showing, knowing how many thousands of us know it's wrong. We had Janelle (captioned) again 'Give me that key bitch' but once again we did not see Jennifer throwing the key away. We had several references to Howie's Busto rant even though April's confessed knowing about it ahead of time, and even though they've long made up - they even laugh about it now. Julie even said 'Howie's behavior last week angered Maggie' (when was this??) and she brought it up again with Rachel 'Howie caused some problems in the house last week' - the only problems were April's over the hubby & doggie and they were fleeting. Maggie sat that one out too. We still don't see a hint that April or Maggie are anything but angelic but we hear lots of bad stuff said about them by Howie & Janelle (and it's minor compared to what the Fiendship says constantly). We had five - count'em FIVE! references to 'The Friendship' while the other guys were tagged a made up on the spot 'Sovereign Two'. We didn't even get a whiff of Ivette's intensive rant about Rachel at the hot tub the other night - which was entirely unprovoked but completely sanctioned by her teamies who not only stayed and listened, but laughed the whole time. We did get a hateful good-bye to Rachel from Ivette.. but it seemed like it may have been her farewell to Howie from the key words 'your behavior' but we'll never know. Janelle got one over on them though by saying (live) she'd like to see friends & family in MN most of all, even though CBS seemed to have edited in 'I'd love to talk to Michael' from a convo unrelated to America's Choice. What CBS is doing here is unfathomable and it disgusts me more than all the hate spewed by the coven. The jury will see the air shows with the nasty Maggie, slippery James, and unbalanced April as the righteous, noble people they all say they are. Former teacher's pet Ivette's done something to piss them off though: she's coming across just a bit truer to character lately.. finally.

That's two miracles in a row. The new at-home game has started: instead of I DON'T CARE, take a drink this week every time April says TRUST ME. Gotta hand it to her though, however she did it. And she set out on her agenda within a half hour, telling Howie & Janelle they'd be nominated (of course) and that James would be sent out the back door. Maggie was on board, but she sat back and let April take on the hefty job of convincing Ivette which, to April's credit, she did quite well; and she also snapped at Beau in a surprising moment that hushed the HOH room (applause for that). She also told Maggie privately that they'd probably be expected to step aside in a few weeks so Ivette & Beau can go for the big money. April wasn't much fun to watch through this but she held it together better than I would have expected, and it looks like she's going to get her way (again) over all of them.

His reign came to a crashing halt when new HOH April shut him down for folding a sweater. He turned my stomach though when he started reading from his Bible to them about the righteous people versus those with a slanderous tongue: we all know who's who by those guidelines, but they're still self-deluded into thinking they're the shit.. and CBS encourages it.

He was a bit of fresh air in a stagnant pond of a show, with his inflatable mic at the ready to answer Julie and he got more than his share of air time with it too. He choked in the comp again, and kicked himself the rest of the night for it save for a short peacekeeping mission that lasted only as long as they were all together. He lost his partner and his shot at a million bucks, slim as it may have been, but he still comforted Janelle who was also feeling low.

Her team is ready to make her cut her ties to James and at first it seemed like a losing battle but by the end of the night Ivette may have decided this is as far as her secondary alliance can go and she was trashing him to her teamies. Watch her get her first win of the season with this upcoming veto and not use it.. then we'll have fireworks. For now it's just smolderings.. Ivette's an expert at sprinkling little comments into every convo that are subtle digs at her opposition of the moment. Tonight that included Janelle, April, and Maggie. Her Diary farewell to Rachel was inexcusable (even if it was meant for Howie) - her tirade against Rachel the other night lives on in the minds of anyone who saw it though, even if CBS tries to sweep it under the carpet with all their other lies about people's true characters in that house.

He's toast and he knows it - but wait, I've said that before and so has he, and he's still there. The week's young - not even a day old yet - it seems inevitable that he'll be meeting Julie in a week's time but we've thought that many times before so we'll have to wait and see. He popped another funny tonight, sad as it was, about the current state of things: 'it's Alfalfa versus Mike Tyson' and then reminded roomies Howie & Janelle that Julie didn't talk to him tonight, even after he'd set an all-time veto record this week.

She had a bad night. She was portrayed as an evil schemer without provocation in the tapes, then she acted like a drunken bimbo on her way to her live vote, flashed her undies to the country, and then choked in the comp after all that studying. She knew it too, and kicked herself the rest of the night over it. She trumped the editors and/or her own worst enemy (herself) by answering family & friends to Julie's who she'd like to see question - that balanced the AC phone call from Michael diary (which may have been out of context.) She's the overwhelming favorite of most remaining feedsters and won't need a BB win to go on to great things but you have to ask yourself: why does CBS continue to villify her? She's the epitome of everything network tv loves: the buxom blonde bombshell with brains, and she's one of the most all-around likeable hamsters they've ever had in there.

She used the excuse 'I want it to come from the HOH' about giving Ivette the bad news cuz she knew Ivette would steamroll her into putty in no time, so she made April do it, thus keeping her hands clean at the same time. She needed those same hands a couple hours later in order to count the votes for next week on her fingers, even though there are only 7 left in the house = 4 voting. Her self righteous hypocrisy continued with big and little things all night, from making a midnight meal (which they bash Janelle for via spyscreen every other night) to telling Beau to stop being a diva since he wasn't HOH anymore. That shoe fits Maggie and we wish she'd wear it.. all the way home. Nobody likes her and that's a first for me as a Big Brother fan (I skipped BB4).


Half of the oddest pairing since Oscar & Felix, she did her best but went to bed too early to make it all happen. She's not the most fun hamster by a long shot, but she's one of the most decent and 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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