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Big Brother 4, August 8: Hubris ĎRí UsPage 4
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Next up - Erika tells us that there may be no music in the Big Brother house, but that wonít stop them from dancing! Oh, good grief - what is this, Footloose? Alison teaches prim ballerina Erika how to hip-hop dance in the backyard. She scoffs to us about Erikaís attempts to get down with her bad self, but I would point out to her that sheís not exactly funky fresh on the G tip herself, there. Erika tells us that Alison is an incredible dancer, and I donít notice any obvious signs of brainwashing. Justin regards their efforts with his arms folded and tells us that their dainty hopping and skipping drives him nuts, but when we see his attempts at dancing, which would send Elaine from Seinfeld running screaming from the room, itís clear he has no room to talk about anybody. ďI donít think Iím that bad!Ē he protests to us. Thatís right, Justin - keep telling yourself that. Robert tells us the only decent dancers in the house are himself, Erika, and Alison - everyone else should just forget it. To illustrate the point, Nathan does this wiggling move with his butt where itís anyoneís guess if heís trying to dance, lay an egg, or relieve his constipation. ďThatís how we do it!Ē he exclaims. Alison points out to us that it might be better if he refrained from doing it if thatís the case. Erika tells us that Robertís actually quite a good salsa dancer and that was how they met - at a salsa club. They dance for the group and while itís hard to tell without music, they really donít seem half bad.
The focus remains on Robert as weÖ oh, good grief. Apparently Addiction Roundup is becoming a new weekly feature on the show. Last week we had Jeeís efforts to quit smoking; this week, Robert tells us about his alcoholism. I mean, not to belittle either one individually as theyíre certainly serious issues, but when you have them coming so close together like this, it starts to smack of sensationalism and emotional manipulation and veer dangerously close to Afterschool Special and Lifetime Movie of the Week territory. At this rate, whoís going to break down about their heroin addiction next week? Eh, maybe on some levels itís effective. I mean, would you want to take after Robert or Jee in any way?
In any event, Erika and Robert sit by the pool and she asks him why he decided to stop drinking. He tells her it was getting worse and worse and he was finding himself drinking in the morning to the point where he couldnít get up to take his daughter Elena to school. He tells us heís an alcoholic and he was drunk every day and neglecting everything to the point where he lost his job and his car and was about six months away from becoming a bum on the street. Instead, now heís a bum on national television. (Iím sorry; the set-up was just way too perfect.) He tells Erika this realization was horrifying and he knew he hit rock bottom and was hopelessly addicted when he didnít eat for a week and needed two drinks just to stop his hands from shaking when he filled out a job application. He reminds Erika that toward the end of their relationship she used to tell him things like, ďOh, honey, a drink already?Ē She admits that she can see it in retrospect but it wasnít full blown at the time. She notes to us that toward the end of their relationship Robert did start drinking more and becoming extremely depressed. Robert tells her that when they went shopping together heíd be craving a beer and that as soon as she went to work heíd get a six-pack and start chugging. He tells her itís been a year and eight months since his last drink and tells us how important that is to him. He tells her he could notice the physical improvements right away when he stopped and she asks him rather pointedly if part of his 12-step program is making amends with people. He agrees and says heís sorry for everything he put everyone through.
At this point they show a clip of his utterly adorable daughter as he tells us he was always too sick or hung over to do anything with her back then and starts crying and OK - UNCLE, editors! Enough with the emotional blackmail! Iím not made of stone here! He continues to cry as he tells us that for Fatherís Day, she made him a card in which she listed all the reasons why she loves him and among them were things he didnít or couldnít do while he was drinking - getting her to school on time, taking her to the movies - and we see footage of the two of them hugging and Iím only reaching for the Kleenex because a speck of dust got in my eye. I swear. Shut up. Erika tells him sheís glad for him and he tells her he doesnít let himself get too proud of himself and just focuses on taking it day by day. Erika tells us he hasnít taken one drink in the house even though thereís alcohol all around, which she finds really commendable. We see a final shot of him drinking cranberry juice with a bottle of champagne right in front of him on the table. Iíd just like to point out that as much as I think itís great that he turned his life around and really seems to care about his daughter, itís still possible for me to find him an ass overall. You canít manipulate me that much, editors.
Jack and Erika admit that they feel bad for Nathan. Jack tells us the mood is actually fairly upbeat among everyone except Nathan, who feels like he has targets all over him and is forced to see alleged ally Alison courting the Three Stooges shamelessly; as of last night sheís been spending all her time with them. Erika notes that you canít turn on your alliance because then nobody wants you. Not to mention any *cough* Dana *cough* names, but this would seem to be true. Jack and Erika talk about how getting Head of Household hasnít been all that critical for them and hey, let the Stooges do the dirty work of getting rid of Nathan and Alison! Erika says they havenít had to be in the position of pissing anyone off with the nominations, and with eight people left itís still anyoneís game! I really like these two so I hate to break it to them, but once Nathan and Alison are gone, WHO ON EARTH DO THEY THINK IS GOING TO ALLY WITH THEM?!? Thatís the one flaw I have with them: their thinking isnít flexible enough to realize that the Original Eight is basically dead as a doornail and they need to start cutting some side deals with individuals rather than in essence drift along in a life raft and hope for the best. As if reading my mind, they congratulate themselves on being OK and say they need to stay out of the way all the way to the finals. Yeah. Thatíll happen. Itís times like this when I wish I could jump through the TV screen and shake some sense into people.<--Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next-->
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