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hamster9/12/05 - Day 72

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No shopping spree

Today was their last chance for the clothes burning & new wardrobe deal they've done for Final Four in the past, but no such luck

I like to think the Powers That Be have given up on the Unholy Trinity as much as we have and can't be bothered to reward or entertain them anymore.. I know, I know - it's my fantasy, don't ruin it

Maggie greets the day in what feedsters are calling her Unabomber hoodie look - she makes odd convo over brekkies.. Ivette's still sulky but looks from one to the other over corn flakes.. April gets to work when she & Maggie are alone
Maggie: It's been 3 months since I worked a dead body.. I'd like to see a few
Maggie: I'd really like to hug my co-workers
April: I usually don't hang around the loud person, the person who puts people down
Maggie: Did Eric ask you to protect me? Or take care of me?
April: That could have possibly happened, I don't remember
April: I've been feeling like this for awhile, it's not like it's a fucking eye opener or something
April: I wanted her out the week that Howie & them wanted.. I really did
April: Jennifer & I both really thought about it
Maggie: The only reason that I would have pushed it away is because we already had our own alliance
April: I thought about y'all.. that's the reason I didn't do it, absolutely
April: Again, it's not because I don't like her.. just in this situation, it's been hard on me with her
April conveniently forgets to mention it was her & Jenn's idea once again - she's likely bringing it up cuz she knows it'll be biting her back in a week or so and she knows it's time to super-spin that one

Feeds cut out and are replaced by 3 NO SIGNALs and 1 freeze.. oh no, it's a power outage in SoCal - it takes over CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, the fishies cam has moved and their logo is gone! Logo comes back before power but with a <poof> of something blown into the water

Feeds return and all's well.. there are rubber duckies around - a preview of tomorrow's HOH comp perhaps - the hamsters have been fitted for helmets.. Ivette's come out of her slump a bit and tries to talk to Maggie about April, veto, guilt, feelings, etc.. Maggie shuts her down and carries on packing.. she's got time for April every time she brings it all up though, which is often
Maggie (to Ivette): I'm really tired of hearing about this

Janelle's back in training - she paces around the yard, then has a fun volleyball match with her sometimes-supporter April (but no sharting incidents today)

Still no shopping spree: Maggie comes out in a Woodstock I ensemble and makes a study date with Ivette before sitting down to study/finger-count, and "think"
Ivette traces Janelle's walk-a-thon path, passively aggressing Maggie with comments about being hurt, lies being told in the jury house, loyalty, etc with each step.. Maggie says it's all a "wasted worry".. Ivette finally sits down to an icy reception with Maggie.. they small talk awhile and study the easy stuff
(Ivette finishes pacing & comes to sit down.. Maggie moves her chair away)
Maggie: I have to move into the sun, I just got cold
(Ivette comments about Maggie's outfit)
Maggie: My best friend would like this skirt.. she's more hippie than me
Ivette: Oh really?
Maggie: She's good quality hippie though.. like she would spend $40 on a skirt, I wouldn't
Ivette: She's very Bohemian?
Maggie: What's that?
Ivette: Like very flowy skirts & flowy shirts
Maggie: Oh.. yea

Eventually the entire quartet reforms for a bit and wonders - like us - what happened to the shopping spree they all expected

Janelle didn't get the HOH digicam again, and I'm unsure if she got a blog this time.. they did put up pics from her field trip to the sitcom though
April & Maggie are polite - the cute kid and familiar faces help - April lingers longer, getting cozy.. Janelle stays after they've gone, remembering her only good day recently

Maggie versus The Worm

Ivette talks to Maggie some, but April talks to her more

Ivette's decision is clearly agonizing for her.. she feels very strongly about loyalty and she's got to choose between her blood family in Miami and this strange new family in public.. it's not an easy position she's in

Maggie looks like she's napping nekkid but no, it's her Woodstock ensemble still.. she poses in the bathroom

She's not feeling too well - sounds like sinus headache - Ivette gives her a facial massage that looks wonderfully soothing and like she knows what she's doing.. cams keep flashing to Ivette's mom, "the worm"

Janelle pays a buxom visit to the coven to show off her new red fingernails and wind them up a bit, like she does.. you can almost see the thought bubbles over Ivette's head "Could I beat her? Should I try or should I just give it all up to Maggie?"

April does some packing including her oh-so-famous tampons.. Janelle knocks Maggie a bit more off balance by mentioning her swollen boobies again

April & Maggie continue to bond over Oreos.. April soaks hers real good and points out that Maggie has a boobies problem of her own: extreme visibility

Janelle comes downstairs to curl her hair.. Maggie cocoons and watches, throwing out questions & comments meant to intimidate but Janelle rallies back each time like a champ.. there's still some fun to be had if we look for it
Janelle: I've painted my nails, I've curled my hair.. what else did I have to do?
April: Kegels?
Maggie: Kegels, good call
Janelle: They're exercise
Janelle: I wonder how many calories you burn for an hour of kegels
Janelle: We should all do them together, and hold hands
Maggie: Look into each other's eyes?
April: In a sexual way?
Janelle: No! Eewwww
Maggie: That pink thing looks like a dildo
April: Oh my god!
They move to the living room.. April & Maggie look for alone-time but Janelle's buxoming all over town, making Maggie crazy.. it's a good thing

Another endless day finally ends.. Maggie & April cuddle & coo for hours in the pimp room, whispering about votes and lies and James and Ivette and Janelle, revising history to their liking like they do.. Ivette sleeps alone next door, eyes open & listening for some of it.. Janelle goes off to her last night in another short HOH week, hopefully to return tomorrow and hopefully dreaming of rampaging revenge

Picking a winner

My take on Maggie, photo chopped by C=Venus (thanks) - check out her new site of superb BB6 chops

This year it's pretty easy to choose which side you're on: you're either rooting for Janelle or for the rest of them.. but if you're still undecided or if we end up with a lesser-of-evils scenario, here's a rerun from Hamsterwatch 2004 that may help

We're all at a disadvantage due to the blue iceberg cluster known as DR: we should be able to watch diaries as they happen, unedited, like we're able to watch most of the rest of it, in order to form accurate judgements of which hamsters are worthy of our vote and which get kicked to the curb.. (it doesn't matter that we don't have a vote: we like to think that we do).. the real jury is also denied the crucial diary portions of our program, so they too need to adopt one of these methods to choose a winner:

Played the best game
This is the popular, politically-correct method that everyone claims to use, but nobody really does.. nearly every 'game' falls into one of the other categories

Lied the best/most
This one's a little squirrely as it crosses over into ethical/unethical territory, and that leads to arguments about politics and/or religion, and that leads to flame wars and 'yo momma' cracks every time.. BB2's Will is the exception here: he won cuz he skirted the moral issues and flat-out lied about everything - except the fact that he was a liar

Needs the money most
Puh-leez! We all 'need' a half million dollars! Anyone who goes on a tv show to pay their Visa bill or cuz they can't scrape together the next car payment should consider credit counseling, bankruptcy, gambling, or steady employment: we're all tired of the sob stories

An obvious front-runner for internet fans, but more jury members are closet cutest-sexiest-dreamiest voters than they'll admit

Smartest player
A favorite for internet fans and jury alike, it's what most really mean when they say 'best game'.. basically it means 'smarter than me'.. given the fact that we're dealing with people who are spending the summer being humiliated for our enjoyment and pooping on camera, most hamsters are eliminated from this category by sending in their application

Played like I would
The big daddy for internet fans who haven't caught on that everyone's different and everyone does different things for different reasons.. it's the most popular judging criteria and the dumbest: they aren't you! get over it

Backstabbing revenge
One of the elimination categories, this one's about rooting for anyone except the player who took out your favorite (or yourself, if on the jury).. this one usually decides the winner.. in gamespeak it's also known as 'nothing personal'

Creeped me out
Another elimination category, this is rooting for anyone except the player who gives you the willies or reminds you of your ex.. more popular among internet fans than the jury, which is odd: they're the ones who lived with the creepies - we can shut 'em off

I just like him/her
Hands-down easiest method because it requires no reasons or explanations, making it the best category for avoiding involvement in flame wars

Deserves to win
This means you don't know or don't care and are probably just afraid of getting involved in a flame war.. back it up with something or shift over to 'I just like him/her'

Most entertaining
A personal favorite, but let's face it: the ones that entertain us the most are usually the ones that drive them nuts inside.. there's probably a connection

Played with integrity
This is a nice pipe-dream for optimists and romantics, but not much more: in reality tv, the good die young

I hate them all equally
Most feedsters end up here sooner or later

(observant Hamsterwatchers will notice I use different categories for the daily ratings.. in case you're wondering, it's random)


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TV10 has forsaken us for the duration

Time's running out for producers and/or CBS to step up and donate the unwon $700k to hurricane relief

Remaining shows air Tuesday 9/13, Friday 9/16, and Tuesday 9/20

I'm tired of promoting Kaysar's Y&R - he never responded to my invitation here to post something and opted to write for the CBS site instead. Fair enough (they pay) but an RSVP would have been nice, especially since I was so much more supportive of him than they were. But he's a Hamsterwatch no-show and is busy creating world peace now, so best wishes to him.

What's in the third safe?

Saturday's show gave us a happy Janelle which was good to see, even though it was within a very extended commercial for 'Two and a Half Men'. Everybody liked the sound effects for boobies poking hour: it's odd that Howard Stern is villified for same. They picked on April unmercifully with her 'I've never said I hate anyone' and 'me so horny' segments while they presented Ivette as she is: equally horrid and realistic. Maggie got off scot-free once again with the editors: WHY?? Where were Maggie's vile remarks in the hours-long AC jealousy rant? Where were her 'so horny' & 'ankles up by my head' during the sex talk segment? They air her cooing about their 'groundbreaking alliance' but cut before she calls Janelle whore, slut, cunt, and the other choice words she uses for her? Granted they showed her resentment at Janelle not having called her a good player like she did Ivette at the noms, and her last words 'she did nothing but lie' made feedsters and tv-only viewers alike wonder WTF but no explanation came. I can only hope this means Maggie's time will come on the show if she isn't kicked out Tuesday.. if not, I'll just have to keep posting videos of her being her nasty nasty self.

She's a little more troublesome every day. I have no idea what she's up to this time: she thinks she's off to the jury tomorrow but she's still acting like she's campaigning for votes. She's got equal allegiance to all three left but continues to spin-spin-spin everything she's done & said for 72 days anyway. I suspect she's merely trying to convince all of them that she's a good person and must be liked at all costs, but that ship sailed ages ago. By attacking then shunning Ivette this week she may have delayed her exit oddly enough, by reminding Ivette that April's the best bet for any of them to go to finals with for the win. I'm sure April doesn't see it that way though. Bottom line: irritating as hell but worthwhile to keep around, and to keep away from the jury.

I don't want to root for her but jeesh, she's in a tough spot right now and I'm hoping she does the right thing by sending Maggie packing tomorrow. So what if she never speaks to her again? It isn't like she & Maggie are going to be best buddies forever, and Maggie's already left Ivette out to dry in favor of April, so payback's excused and in order. The jury's got too many wildcards to call anyway, so I say go for broke Ivette, and go with either April for an easy win or Janelle for a balanced battle that would definitely be good tv. Ivette vs. Janelle would also make the fallout from jury questioning a lot easier for all of us to suffer through, as they've done the least amount of lying between them (in spite of the rumors poisonous April keeps spreading).

Yes! She's back in training, albeit light, doing her backyard laps and buxoming in Maggie's face all night. It was terrific to see her confidence return and know she realizes how close she is to doing what was impossible just a couple of weeks ago. She listened well to both Kaysar & Howie and she's got the coven at each other's throats, but she's blameless for that cuz it was all within the game structure and they did it to themselves as a result. Way to go Janey! Time to focus now, bring it home, and do what Uma would do: wipe them out, every one.

She's so smug and so superior all the time, it would do most feedsters a world of good to see her walk the plank on a surprise visit to Julie's boudoir tomorrow. There's absolutely no reason on earth Ivette should feel obligated to keep her now: their fiendship was always defined as good until these final days when they turn back into individuals, and Maggie's all but ignored Ivette and kicked her aside in favor of blithering, lying April; but Maggie still continues to guilt trip & chip away at Ivette. Again, I don't see Maggie as any kind of leader whatsoever: she only hangs on to her girls with guilt and she's done nothing to earn their allegiance but wear a fire department sweatshirt now & then and paint rosy pictures of small town life (that she left in favor of neon Vegas). She doesn't hang on to her girls cuz she wants them either: she keep them around cuz she needs them to do the heavy lifting and dirty work.. she's basically useless. She now claims she's not going to watch the shows or do any research about what we all think of her: nuff said.. she knows who & what she is and doesn't want to acknowledge or face it. Maggie Ausburn, sit down!


Pure fun & entertainment, he gave us boobies, his jack shack, the Busto rant, and so much more. His friendliness & charm outweigh his explicit mouth & harassing ways and most everyone loved him in the end. He brought the Force into the house and inspired Jedi Janey to carry on. Never mind his looks, build, and future economic potential: his best trait is just being Howie.


As BB's double token he danced, he flashed, he puked and rode Ivette's jetstream. Not as fabulous as promised, and it doesn't seem right that he knows so many people that Janelle & Howie do, not to mention he's pals with BB2 Hardy. I thought he'd be this year's Cowboy at #2 but he won an HOH so he's gone.


He played a good game, saved himself too many times, and played both sides against each other instead of for himself. He wasn't a very nice boyfriend, and he was mostly dull with an excuse for everything. Arrogance was his undoing.


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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