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February 23, 2008 - Day 16 (or 17)

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It never rains in Southern California

Well, not in the summer anyway.. February can be wet

It isn't making the hamsters very happy either, but they're at that point where they're starting to leave the "I'm a tv star" euphoria and enter into boredom tempered with life or death drama

Last night's drama truly was life or death, and it seems to have put things in perspective for most of them, for now anyway.. Adam's on the outs with some today for having asked if they're still going ahead with Operation Condor before the stretchers even left the habitat - he did apologize for that.. apparently Chelsia said Amanda was faking when she went down, but that seems to be a non-issue (chances are many of them were wondering the same, just like many of us)

They've got their hot water back, and tonight is their margarita party

This season, abs class will be led by Alex (more caps in the forum).. Allison had a towel oops - ironally while talking about embarassment - and another night in the habitat is off to an eventful start


They dressed up and went out to the rainy backyard to wait for margaritas

Feedmasters let a few seconds of the party planner doing last minute checks of the decor slip through - oops

It was a very festive fiesta.. they'd rolled in the machine from prior seasons and they doled their drinks into their square bowls.. everyone dutifully donned their sombrero.. the skycam view was the funniest, with the hats bobbing around like jumping beans


It didn't take James long to strip down and roam the party wearing his sombrero à la BB5 Cowboy.. Joshuah followed suit with a quick bottomless streak.. Natalie's bra came off and she arranged her boobage into her hat

It might have looked like a regular neighborhood-type wholesome party, but theirs included more fodder for tacky CBS edits: temporary tattoos.. Joshuah had assistance for his before & after looks - insert your own "Nothing comes between Josh & his Calvins" lines

Natalie had a committee helping her apply some temp tats.. she tried hard to prevent any nip slippage but - oopsie.. later she took a spin on the lazy susan before BB said "Stop that!"

Fight night again, plus Chelsia

The margaritas were history by the time Showtime kicked in, which was odd, but they still got a payoff after shelling out for the tequila and party favors.. it started to hail, James tackled Chelsia, and Natalie went after Matt

It was the same stuff: Natalie's too provocative versus Matt doesn't talk to her.. they separated and Matt told the boys all about it while Natalie told the girls.. then they regrouped for what turned out to be the main event of the evening: several more rehashes of the same stuff, but for an audience this time

All that was missing was popcorn being passed around

Both Matt & Natalie danced around the elephant we could plainly see in the living room: their oral evenings of last week.. as far as I know, only Alex and maybe Adam know about those among the assembled audience, but Matt & Natalie sure do and they weren't bringing up the subject, so they kept going round and round it
Along the way, Matt's strategy of showmancing his way through the game was outted, and when they went off to do another few rounds in private.. he acknowledged and apologized to her for things he's done wrong, and wrapped it up by telling Natalie about the girl he left behind

Meanwhile, Adam was showing the "hooded warrior" of CBS fame to some of the girls.. Chelsia ran squealing and got her second tackle of the evening.. she mooned the crowd on her way to HOH

She's aware of the cameras but maybe isn't all that modest.. she didn't wash off her makeup in the shower which made her laugh along with us when it was all runny afterwards.. she & James had some smacky time along with chit-chat.. downstairs they entered into the popping each other's zits phase

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Daily videos

Joshuah lays out his plan; Allison's towel oops; three highlights from Matt & Natalie's fight; and heavy overnight rain (with cool, artsy shots) are posted in the forum and at Veoh, linked top & bottom of every page

Daily ratings - Sombrero 'n skin edition

Ratings are based on entertainment value

It's too long between Wednesday and Sunday to keep rerunning show reviews and Friday was a special case. First off, big ups for being on the ball with emergency medical help when needed, especially in duplicate. Ups too for the Diary slippage letting us know, with them, that the patients were ok, returning soon, and for the flowers: fresh flowers in there once in a while would not be amiss under lesser circumstances. However, those solid ups are tempered by serious negativity by putting someone in there with hypoglycemia and rerunning the slop theme. They do medical screens on these guys and if Amanda is indeed hypoglycemic - and that sure looked & sounded genuine - then the slop should have gone this year. It's old anyway: nobody much cares about it except those on it.. they'll never have another Chicken George slop story. Why not just replace food comps with something more creative, go back to PB&J, or better yet, if they must have food deprivation, put the losers on a liquid diet. Milk, fruit juice, V8, beef/chicken broth, and sports/carb drinks make a balanced diet. Throw in protein drinks, soda, coffee, tea and especially BOOZE and it's all good for all, but the psychological aspects of just drinking while everyone else is eating their favorite foods could get really tasty. Get on the ball, Big Brother! Mess with their heads and not with their health.

Paired with Sheila

He's got some really peculiar habits but chief among them are a) talking about his package too much and now using it for show 'n tell; b) talkingwaytoofastandjammedtogether about everything else, and c) hocking bigger, noisier, nastier loogies outside than BB8 Dick ever manufactured.

Paired with Amanda

He didn't wear his sombrero very long so he's the odd man out in today's pics, but he put one on later and did a little dance. He seems to be one of the few grownups we've got in there, along with Ryan & Sharon.

Paired with Ryan

Anyone could have a towel oops but she flashed more repairing hers than she exposed in the first place. During yet more money talk, she said she'd like to open a gambling rehab if she wins BB9, and/or host a gambling talk show. I think she's the only one who covered both the boys group and the girls during round 1 of tonight's Matt versus Natalie, after a day of covering all groups and all bases with endless contradictions. She is a busybody deluxe.

Paired with Alex

She was subdued today - for her - possibly because everyone else seems to be getting the limelight and hanging onto it. Ups anyway for making huge speeches justifying all the bad things she's said about them all in Diary, and for talking about the 'Intervention' where the bulimic girl stashed baggies of vomit in her closet. (I think it was Amanda saying that). It's a classic episode.

Paired with James

She's a lot like BB8 Jessica but wilder and more confrontational when needed and/or just because. She's definitely a keeper!

Paired with Chelsia

He wasted no time getting nekkid to stroll through the party and it wasn't at all necessary. He topped off the evening by giving Chelsia tattoo design advice of all things. He said about his bow tie tat 'If people don't get it, they don't get it.' Umm, nobody gets it, James.

Paired with Neil Sharon

His streak was also unnecessary but it had a fun flavor to it, and he had other stuff to accompany it. He laid out his master plan to James & Chelsia and it sounded good, but whether they go along with it or not remains to be seen. He's still too much game and not enough fun for me, but he's got great potential.. he just needs to let it out more often.

Paired with Natalie

He seemed stunned when he realized all the girls were on to his showmance strategy but it was inevitable it would come out, as subtlety is not his strong suit. He earned Triple Line of the Day awards during his go-rounds with Natalie for 'I'm going to go out of my way to make it my personal vendetta to be extra nice to you,' 'You can't yell at me for something I already apologized about,' and to the crowd, 'If I kissed [Natalie], she wouldn't think nothing of it the next day.'

Paired with Matt

She's repetitive but she stands her ground and makes valid points (albeit over and over). She easily won the fight with Matt with 'Maybe you should talk about the game to me' even though he turned it into an 'it's not you/it's me' thing at the end. She was the life of the party once again, and during all the fighting most of the house seemed to go along with the assessment that she is something of a 'fragile flower' despite her raunchy behavior.

Jen's boyfriend/Paired with Allison

He seems to be keeping up with the kids but he needs to step it up a bit here to keep me tuned in. Allison said many times to various people today that Ryan makes all their decisions, but I doubt he's aware of most of what she gets up to, let alone that she's claiming he's in charge of their team.

Paired with Jacob (her ex) Joshuah

She seemed to have a decent time at the party but I got the feeling she was just putting up with it til it was over. She had a few laughs and eye-rolls during the entertainment hour watching Matt & Natalie go round and round, as did we all, but she too needs to step it up in the amusement department.

Paired with Adam

She keeps making waves and blaming them on everyone else. Her main line is 'You don't understand my position' but perhaps she could pause to understand theirs now and then. She gave us all more info than we ever needed to know about Bob Guccione or Scott Baio with her repeated statements about never having seen an uncircumcised guy before, but she had a good time at the party and seems to be holding her own with all the kiddies.

Won: $5k
Ryan's girlfriend/Paired with Parker

She & Ryan could have gone far if she hadn't opened her mouth in the first days. She made loads of enemies in a short time and took Parker down with her. She'll be remembered for super-quickie sex in the bathroom and a rash on her backside.. hmm, coincidence?

Won: $5k
Paired with Jen

He was good watching at first til he gave up and went on strike. He rebounded a bit at the end but his doom came early when partner Jen couldn't keep her trap shut about her & Ryan. She had to go, and he was just the innocent bystander casualty. 'I'm sick of people's dumbass assinine ass comments' might be Line of the Season.

Paired with Joshuah

He left suddenly and mysteriously but wrote on his MySpace that he didn't leave for health reasons and that he won't be back. He seems like a good guy and I wish him well.. he's probably lucky he got out when he did, unscathed.

Paired with Sharon (his ex)

Gone before the feeds kicked in: he didn't even make an appearance. All that potential for rehashing their breakup and/or a jealous rage up in smoke. To make it worse, he & Sharon didn't even get an exit interview in Julie's boudoir - how rude!

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Veto meeting might be Sunday?

Chelsia/James are HOH
Alex/Amanda and Matt/Natalie are nominated
Joshuah/Sharon hold veto

Jen & Parker didn't do 'Housecalls' or 'Early Show', and Jacob hasn't surfaced either.. maybe they're all sequestered to rotate back in later.

On slop: Alex/Amanda, Adam/Sheila

Operation Condor means getting rid of hamsters on the top row of the photo wall first (Jen, Parker, Alex, Amanda). Lots of them are in on it.

HOH comp consequences:
Females wear swimsuits for 24 hours
No drinking cups for 1 week
Females cook dinner for 1 week
No washing machine for 2 weeks
No hot water for 72 hours - done
Margarita party - done

Julie said tune in for couples nomination & couples veto, and 'the' live eviction. Maybe nothing, maybe something: last week she clearly said Feb 20 would be couples eviction.

Nobody knows when or if they'll play solo at some point, but CBS has announced it will be a full season.

Wednesday's eviction show dropped to fourth place with a 3.3 rating and 5 share, behind 'American Idol' on Fox at 15.2/23, 'Deal or No Deal' on NBC at 5.9/9 and 'Wife Swap' on ABC at 3.7/6.
Rating = % of all TV households
Share = % of households watching TV

Sunday, February 24 at 8pm: nominations and assorted dramas

Sex: 3 (Jen/Ryan)
Oral: 2 (Natalie/Matt)
Self-service: 1 (James)
Makeout session pairings: 2
  (Jen/Ryan, James/Chelsia)
Nekkid party favor: 2 (Natalie, James)
Nekkid party trick: 1 (James)
Ambulance rides: 2 (Amanda, Allison)
Major fights: too many to count

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