The following is quite a diatribe of anger towards Howie from his meetings last night in HOH and the promise he made to everyone that James is out! If my perception is on target, Rachel is concerned about Eric coming back in the house and thinks it wise that they get out Maggie or Ivette by putting up Maggie and April, and then if Maggie should win veto, Ivette goes up. She is so angry with Howie and Janelle for telling everyone the plan to get James out, that was supposed to be a kept secret and in Rachel’s eyes they aren’t leaving open other options to think about, with the possibility of Eric coming back.
It’s no surprise that it is Rachel that is first up this morning; even though she got the least sleep…..and boy did she fall out of bed on the wrong side. While she is in the bathroom putting in contacts and washing up, she starts to cry and is visibly angry. She throws the towel she dried her face with and exclaims (to herself) “God d*** it Howie, how can you be so stupid? I should have NEVER let him win HOH.” Once she is done there she makes her way to the SR all the while saying “stupid, you are so stupid!”
Rachel heads to the gym to work out and is still cursing Howie. She says to herself that she ought to put up Howie and Janelle for their stupidity. She says to herself, “so now Sarah will join ‘their’ team, then it will be just the 2 of us sitting ducks. He doesn't know what the hell he is doing! I can not f’in believe it! I can't sleep! Are you f-in kidding me?” Rachel goes on "Okay, so it will be seven against three. I threw the HOH competition so he could have it, and what did he do in the first two hours? He f'n screwed it up! He didn't have to make a decision until Monday; we are so screwed either way we look at it.”
Rachel went to the HOH and woke Howie, once awake and out of bed, he starts to pace the room. She tells him that they must get rid of Maggie. She says she doesn’t believe for one second that if they get rid of James that Maggie and the others will get Sarah out next. Rachel says she wants to sit James down and ask him why he wanted them up every week. Howie says “you know the answer to that.” Rachel tells Howie that she is really upset, she says she cannot believe that Janelle let him be so stupid (this is after Rachel left the HOH last night and Janelle and Howie were in there with April and Jen.)
Rachel asks Howie “What did Janelle say last night?” Howie: “She opened up about hating James. I wasn't saying anything; I was letting her talk….” Rachel: “Dumb, dumb, dumb…” Howie says “It's all 3 of our faults. It’s Janie’s fault for talking about it, it’s me for letting Janie talk about it, and you for not being here.”
Rachel says she thinks it will work to their advantage if James is still in the house, if Eric comes back and Maggie is gone. She says Eric and James will gun for each other. Howie says he feels pretty good about not telling any of them they are safe, except the fact that he shook hands on it with Maggie.
Rachel saw Janelle in the kitchen on the spy screen and called her up into HOH. Rachel is unbelievably mad, worried, nervous etc. Howie starts off saying that he and Janelle put a huge target on him and Rachel by telling everyone what they were going to do, without considering who may come back into the game. Rachel says to Howie and Janelle “scenario 1 is that we put up James and Sarah, James does not get veto, we vote James out leaving Sarah to be sucked in by the other team so they have her vote. Then if Eric comes back the vote could go 7-3 in their favor. Scenario 2 is we put James and Sarah up, James gets the veto and saves himself, we get Sarah out and James is pissed. Then if Eric comes back, even though James and Eric hate each other, they could come together and vote us out. So, what we need to do is put Maggie and April up, if Maggie gets the veto, we put Ivette up and get Ivette out. If we try right now to take out James and Sarah we will lose them from our side and the other team gains a vote. We basically screw ourselves.” Rachel has no doubt that the others will go after her and Howie next instead of Sarah.
Howie says “here I am ‘at the top’ in this nice room and I am the most miserable I’ve been in the house.” He says he will keep the faith that BB will keep things equal, since BB did it for ‘them’.
The HG’s are on a lock down inside getting ready for the food competition that should start around 11:00 a.m. In the kitchen Jen, April and Beau are cooking Howie his breakfast. Rachel and Janelle are in the bathroom getting ready, general chit-chat all around right now. Howie was called to the DR at around 10:45.
Sarah, James and Janelle are in the GR; Janelle asks who they would want to go other than Maggie. James says he doesn't really care, but personally he would like to see Ivette go and strategically he would like to see Jen go. Sarah says that Ivette is annoying. Janelle says that if Eric comes back in, they don't have votes to get him out, they speculate the vote could end up 5-5 this week. James admits to being the one vote for Kaysar last week.
11:00 a.m. FOOD COMPETITION “Conveyor Belch”
There are 2 teams, one is red the other blue. Each team must eat as much food coming down a conveyor belt as possible (picture in your mind the I Love Lucy Candy Factory scene) before it lands in a bucket at the bottom. The team with the lightest bucket wins food for the week. Losers eat PB&J! The red team is James, Rachel, Sarah, Jennifer and Howie. The Blue team is Ivette, April, Beau, Janelle and Maggie. The teams are on two separate conveyor belts in a formation line.
The first foods that come down the line are Hershey kisses, cookies, biscuits, small cups with water, donuts, milk, cream puffs, sandwiches…April has her hands full of food that she has to eat, and Janelle is eating the cream out of the cream puffs and shoving the cream puffs in her face. They must strategize and try to only let the food fall in the bucket that is lighter than the rest. Howie started to throw up after a short while. The foods start to get bigger, miniature wedding cakes start to come out (2 tier)….James has one hand full of food and the other hand he is holding a wedding cake to eat.
The belts moved faster as time went on, then a buzzer rang and everyone had to stop eating. Howie announces that the Blue team has a bucket of food that weighs in at 35.5 lbs. The Red team has a bucket of food that weighs in at 35.15 lbs….the RED team wins!!! Howie announces that Janie holds the PB&J FREE pass and asks her what she wants to do with it…Janelle says “sorry, but I am going to keep it for myself.”
The HG’s are still locked out and sitting in the shade. Ivette says how much she hates cake and always has. Beau and Ivette agree that Janelle was so intent and just shoving the cake in her face (which is very true, you will soon find out, lol). Howie of course makes a sexual comment about “Janie taking it all in and swallowing.” Maggie was mad that BB had said when the bell rang, they could still eat what they were holding, but they weren't allowed to.
Once they were allowed back inside, Maggie headed straight upstairs to the HOH bathroom, she is not well because some of the food had milk in it and she is allergic. Unfortunately for some of us, we heard her puking in the bathroom and saying ‘oh god’.
Outside Rachel and Howie are talking and Howie says “Whatever you think is best for us is what I'm going to do…” Rachel: “You're in this game too; I don't have to make all the decisions. Maggie's freaking out right now, I know she is. As long as James and Sarah are in this house, they are not going to go after us right away.” Janelle comes outside to join them; she says “I wasn't trying to win. I didn't eat anything; I just shoved it in my face…...” Rachel says “Good for you!” Howie mimics Janelle: "Oh sorry, I guess I'm going to keep my pass this week." Then he says “my buxom blonde is so smart.” Janelle said she felt bad when Maggie thanked her for the win.
They are all inside now and on lock down. Someone asks where Maggie is and Howie says “in my room” and he shrugs. Howie goes upstairs followed by Janelle. Then James was not too far behind them and comes and he asks Howie if he can come up to the HOH room and hang out. Howie says “sure.” Janelle told James she didn’t really eat anything, so she doesn’t feel sick. (Chancy of her to say this while Maggie is in the HOH bathroom.) James whispers to Janelle that Maggie needs to leave the bathroom, that she is pretending to be sick so she could listen to them talk. Janelle is whispering and laughing about shoving food and cream puffs in her face and not eating it. James on the other hand ate a ton of food.
Maggie comes out of the bathroom and says she doesn’t feel well and “can I hang out in HOH, so I don’t have to compete for the bathroom downstairs?” James told Maggie that there was no one using the bathroom downstairs. Then Ivette came in to HOH, James went downstairs and got some Pepto for Maggie. James comes back in and plops down on the bed, Maggie saying she is going to stay there for a while to be close to the bathroom.
Now the HOH has a bunch of people Rachel, Janelle, April, Ivette, Maggie and James. Ivette is stroking Maggie's arm. April asks Maggie if it would be better to lie down in her own bed with a trash can. Maggie says “noooo, but maybe if Howie needs his room.” James asks Janelle how she feels and Janelle says “not good, I ate soooo much.”
James asks Janelle to play some chess, once they are out of HOH, James says “funny we weren’t allowed in HOH at all last week.” Janelle says “I know wtf?” Janelle says Maggie is sick because they lost the competition. James says “and she's nervous, thinking about next week.”
1:00 p.m. Inside HOH
Now in the HOH is Maggie, April, Rachel, and Howie. April asks Howie if anything has changed since last night's discussion. She says she just wants to know if she's going up on the block. Rachel tells her that her team screwed up last week by not getting James out. Rachel asks her why they didn't put James and Sarah up last week. Maggie got up and ran to the bathroom and April said “Maggie should have put up James and Sarah and she screwed up.” Rachel mentions to April about how things can change if Eric comes back in the house. Rachel says “Maggie knew last week that I wanted him out, she screwed up, she messed it up and she messed up on the veto game too.”
Maggie has come back and is on the bed now. Howie tells them “I know you guys have a bond and that when James and Sarah are out of the picture, your side will come after us.” April swears on her life that she's going after Sarah. Howie says all he knows is that they can't take another hit. Howie candidly starts talking about the possibility of Eric coming back and he says to Maggie “what protection do we have of he does come back?” Maggie says “what do you want to do?” Rachel says the only option to get James out is to back door him.
Rachel says that she and Howie are playing with each other and for each other. Maggie says “but, there are other people you are playing with, I'm playing alone but have people who will be loyal to me, that I trust still in here.” April asks what they have to do to get that mo-fo out. Rachel says “we want to both get to sequester at a minimum, and if someone comes back in we want to be kept safe”
Rachel says to them “Be ready for a storm of if he goes up.” Maggie says “We can take it. He’ll give someone up.” April says “he’ll be mad then he’ll start to wheel and deal. If we can get him out, then the house won't be numbers. It will be a clean, fair game. He is a shady SOB!” Rachel asks “What if Kaysar comes back?” Maggie says “I don't care; I'd rather lose to him than James…” Rachel says “Thank you, I was waiting for you to say that.” Maggie says “if James gets HOH he can put my a** up, I’m not going to lie, I will try to save myself. Put me up because I'm a good player, that's how I want to play. Put someone up for what they've done, not for what someone else has said.” Howie: “I told you, I'm a strategical player, if you go up, it's not going to be because of a bad day, it will be because it puts me and Rachel at an advantage.”
Janelle comes in and asks what they are talking about. Rachel responds “We are talking about the 2 biggest problems in this house, who are downstairs probably sh***ing in their pants.”
Rachel left to go for a walk outside. Maggie is both still throwing up and other ‘things’ in the HOH bathroom. She says there are things she could take, but they would make her drowsy, that, and she thinks BB won't give her anything that may be a sedative. She asks Howie if he minds her being in there. He seems to be okay with it. Maggie then asks Howie to ask BB if she can be locked in the downstairs bathroom (while the nominations are being done by Howie) if they do go outside for lockdown, she'll sit blindfolded on the toilet, she doesn’t care, she just can't be away from a toilet right now.”
Out of HOH and into the bathroom area. After April just swore on her life in the HOH she would be gunning for James and Sarah, she tells Ivette “If I go up as a pawn, I won't go after James next week, there's no need for a pawn!” Ivette says “Janelle is playing us; her being so friendly is too in your face.” April: “He will put them up if he gets HOH!” Ivette: “What did Janelle say?” April: “Janelle wants to do the back door deal.” April says “If you and I go up as pawns and you leave, I'll go right after those mf’ers next week. I just want to know if I am going up or not. Rachel is a straight up b****!” Ivette says “I know! I am more worried about her than Howie or Janelle.” April tells Ivette how Maggie was saying to Howie and Rachel ‘I can understand you want that’ and April says “I was like, I'm sorry I can't make that deal because planning 3 weeks ahead will bite you in the ass!” Ivette says “they have a 2:1 chance that one of their own people will come back in, that's why I said don't push anything. The game has proven that when you make stupid mistakes, it comes and bites you in the ass.” April: “If they don't put Sarah and James up, I'm not making any promises! James is shi**ing in his pants right now!”
2:00 p.m. Howie seems to be placing his trust with Maggie and her gang.
We are back in the HOH now with Howie, Maggie and Jenn. Maggie is still sick. Howie says ‘this game sucks.” Maggie says that James is a better player than her because he is willing to do things that she won’t do. Howie wonders aloud what pressure James is going through right now, even though he brought it on himself. Maggie says “exactly! I lost my partner and all I want is for them not to win, is that wrong?” Howie notices that everyone that was HOH is gone now, except Rachel.
Howie tells Maggie “Rachel is concerned that you will get Sarah back on your side and come after us.” Maggie says “everyone knows how I feel about James and Sarah.” Maggie continues “the deal we all made is no matter what, we have to get rid of those two first. Is there anyone that hasn’t agreed to that yet?” Howie says “no! I hate being HOH.” Maggie says “you won’t want to hear what we think of you if you don’t get rid of them.” Howie says “I know I will be a target.” Maggie at this point doesn’t know what to say to convince him that they will vote out James and then Sarah. Howie tells her he needs to sort it out with Rachel and Janelle, and if it doesn't work out he'll see them in a couple months as he'll be out of the house….lol
Janelle came in to HOH and Howie was on the bed talking to Jen. Jen left the room and Janelle says “jeez these people are like leeches.” Howie tells Janelle that if he doesn’t put those two up that he is the #1 target. He says “you can’t position the house for 5 weeks, but I think I can position it for 2 weeks by putting James and Sarah up.” Janelle says “this is so risky (to get rid of one of your own).” Howie knows that they must win HOH. Howie says “If Eric comes back then we put him up with one of his people over there.” Janelle is scared and says “Oh God, so bottom line is getting rid of James?” Howie tells her to look at it from his point of view.
Outside Ivette is ranting to Jenn and Beau about how much she hates the game and she says she only plays it when she needs to. Jen asks her why she's yelling at them. Ivette quieted down some and started in on how much she hates Rachel, she would keep Janelle and Howie over Rachel any day. Now April comes outside and says, "I just want out of here! If I'm a pawn and I go out, I want you to f'n go after Howie and Rachel next week.” Ivette says “the hell with Rachel, I'm so sick of her, she is so obnoxious, I want her out.” Apparently Ivette is really mad that she asked for one of Howie’s Twinkies and Rachel told her “no, those are Howie’s.” April tells Ivette “get Rachel’s f’n a** out of here if I am gone.”
Well here comes Rachel outside…to Ivette, Beau and April “so what are you guys talking about?” (As she pulls up a chair) Rachel laughs when she asks them this and then Beau kind of makes a fake laugh, and nobody else laughs. April says if she's gong to be a pawn, she wants to know. Rachel is assuring her that she is not going to be a pawn, she says she is 99% sure of what he's going to do. April says there is going to be some PO'd people. Rachel says “yes, there will be no matter what he does.”
Now Howie comes outside and they ask him where his Speedo is and he says “I will wear it if I am still here after next week!”
Outside April says to Ivette “did you hear what James has been doing to Janelle and Howie during the week? He wakes them in the middle of the night strategize. April says “he does that because he knows from being in the interrogation business that their minds are at their weakest. April says that Sarah will cry when James goes and that she will laugh and say “James is the one that got you into this.”
In the BR, Maggie is lying down and whispering to Rachel. Maggie says to Rachel “I made a mistake last week and I'm not scared of them. I tried to be strategic.” Rachel says “the house is going to be turned upside down. It will be hell in here for the next few days.” Maggie isn't worried, and says she will do everything in her power to make sure her team follows through.
Howie, Rachel and Janelle go to HOH to talk about nominations. Janelle says James is crapping himself right about now. Howie says he will simply say “James and Sarah I nominated you because you are the strongest players in the house.” Howie: “Last week when they had HOH they were all cocky, but we're better than that.” He says “I love the guy, but when he's out of my site, he's like, ‘Howie's a piece of garbage’.”
In HOH Janelle asked Howie, “So you are not married to Rachel?” Howie says “what do you want me to swear on?” Janelle says “swear on my booby.” Howie says “I swear on your cute booby. So you thought Rachel and I were plotting against you?” Janelle says “me? No! I just thought you were married.”
James walks in and asks Howie if it's still Maggie and April and Howie said yes. James now going on to advise him to think about his safety and he tells Howie “Sarah told me about their plan; if you have protection from the wolves I think you should take it and put me and Sarah up.” (Ed Note: This action by James was baffling..but it is the perception of some that he thinks this will help Howie back door Maggie if he or Sarah get off the block.)
Even though James told Howie to go ahead and put him and Sarah up, it is evident that James doesn’t really believe that will happen. While Howie is trying to shower, James tells him he would be more than happy to play for the veto for him. Howie says “Janelle is going to play for me, you two figure it out.” Then James goes out into the HOH bedroom where Janelle is listening to music and asks her if she would mind if he competed with Howie instead of her. James tells her he really wants to compete for Howie, but she does not give in to him, she insists she is competing. Finally James left HOH.
Howie, Janelle and Rachel are in HOH talking about how James is trying to get back to their side now. Howie says “We need to get him the f*** out of here.”