Friday, September 9, 2016
So Ugly on the Inside. #BB18
Julie Chen shared her thoughts about last night's live show with Entertainment Weekly. You can read the entire article here, but here is an excerpt for us to all enjoy now.
Couple of comments about Julie's comments:
1. Unlike Natalie, I hate to say I TOLD YOU SO, but I did describe Natalie repeatedly telling James I TOLD YOU SO earlier this week.
2. Did you catch Natalie saying she and James "are just alike"? Because Natalie is cute and bubbly and James is "country and Asian"? I know Julie Chen heard that loud and clear, but Natalie was oblivious to Julie's ethnicity, apparently.
3. Elsewhere in the linked article, Julie discusses the question about Natalie throwing James under the bus. On the live show, Natalie emphatically states she didn't throw James under the bus. I believe Natalie believes that, but I also know that Natalie is always totally self-absorbed in whatever she does, and as usual did not consider anyone else's feelings in the matter. There are countless examples of Natalie being thoughtless to others throughout the season. Here are just a few examples:
* When she thought James would be the one evicted this week, Natalie went ON and ON and ON whining about how after he left, she'd have no one to work with in the house, oblivious to the fact that James was clearly upset about the prospect being evicted.
* When discussing her "friend" Bronte, Michelle said she thought it sounded like Bronte had a pretty cool life. Natalie immediately responded with "No, Bronte is just a mathematician.", not even considering how hurtful that might be for Bronte.
* During Natalie's hissy fit yesterday afternoon (more on that below) she kept going ON and ON and ON about how much she has been "bullied" in the house this summer, and how James would never understand. James replied that he does understand, and mentions the childhood stories he told Natalie this summer about having to run home from the bus stop every day to avoid being beat up. Natalie's response was akin to "yeah, but still".
My point is that the way Natalie sees the world and her approach to other people is already programmed at her age (late 20's) and you can't just expect her to suddenly snap out of these totally self-centered, potentially-narcisisstic behaviors.
I am certainly not a psychiatrist, nor a counselor, but I watched Natalie play Big Brother for nearly three months, and this shoe sounds like it might fit.
The CBS episodes certainly took a turn for Natalie in the past week, as they FINALLY started showing the casual TV-only viewers a true inside view of the "Jatalie" relationship. I hate to break it to you, but there is no actual "Jatalie showmance", no matter how much James wants there to be.
I'm glad we saw James confront Natalie on the CBS show about how her first attempts at showmances with both Victor and Corey didn't work out, because that sets up the viewers for what I'm hoping they show us on Sunday night's episode, probably spliced in with footage of James looking absolutely miserable and defeated during the HoH competition.
On a live show day, the live feeds are down for much of the day, to allow for rehearsal and time for Production to address the house guests, etc. But I saw the following scene yesterday afternoon and was shocked by it, even though I recognized who Natalie really is a long, long time ago.
Natalie was laying in bed, and James was standing nearby, trying to talk to her and saying he just wanted to check in on her.
Natalie, snapping at him: We're just friends James. You can just worry about yourself in here from now on.
Apparently Natalie is EXTREMELY upset about how Victor reacted when she ate all of his Starburst candies. She mentions that several times here, so it really must have hit a nerve.
While the two of them were in the bedroom, the other house guests were playing cards in the dining area, and they could hear bursts of laughter and other conversation from time-to-time, which seemed to anger Natalie even more. Here are a few tidbits from Natalie, as James gently tried to point out that they only have a few hours left, so why is she acting like this?
* Natalie tells America that she takes back her apology to Victor and Paul that she made, telling them she was sorry for stabbing them in the back.
* Victor seems to have reconsidered how to talk to people while he was out of the house this season, but Paul has continued to make fun of people all summer.
* Natalie would NEVER be friends with any of the people in the house, because they're all toxic.
* Natalie can't wait to leave the house to see Julie and go to the Jury House.
* Natalie just wants to see Bridgette and Michelle in the Jury House, but later mentioned wanting to see Zakiyah, too.
* Natalie claims that she didn't intend to throw James under the bus, but intended to throw Nicole under the bus instead. (Um....NO. I was watching that conversation Natalie, and you CLEARLY said you regretted trusting James' and he ruined your game.)
* Natalie wishes she had never done this show...she only picked it over The Bachelor because she knew there were cash prizes.
* Natalie said waiting to leave the house was torture, and she couldn't wait to get out of here.
And here's the kicker:
Natalie: If I ever did this again I would NEVER get into a showmance again. EVER.
James, haltingly: Well, I'm sorry I ruined the experience for you.
Natalie started to backtrack, but HERE'S THE THING: I think Natalie was referring to Victor here...I think Victor was the one she really wanted, and that is what she considers her true showmance. It makes sense, because she was clearly IRATE about the Starburst situation.
James also wanted to take a nap with her, but she jumped out of the bed to get in James' bed, saying she wanted to be in the bed alone. James heard that loud and clear and got of her bed, so she got back in alone and pulled the covers up.
At one point Natalie also announced that she was hungry, and went to the kitchen and came back with a large tub of cottage cheese. She started shoveling in spoonfuls, one after the other, obviously still angry.
Natalie: You're not used to seeing me eat cottage cheese. It's healthy. No one else in here eats cottage cheese.
James: Well, there's a lot of dairy in that.
Natalie, snapping back: Let me live my life.
Then she got into the chocolates, unwrapping one after the other and popping them in her mouth. We can all agree that chocolate is indeed tasty, but I think part of the attraction for Natalie was the fact that the chocolates are being used as money in the poker game. And the Starbursts are too, so there's that.
***UPDATE*** Apparently Natalie took the deck of playing cards with her when she left the house, which is a prank I actually approve of. She was VERY bitter about how much fun they were all having playing poker. Natalie did leave some Starbursts behind though...I saw Victor taking inventory of how many of them were left in the bag on top of the fridge, under the Eiffel Tower.
If I were being evicted, I would be angry, too, but the fact that Natalie didn't give a shit about how mean she was being to James shows what kind of a person she really is. James was sniffling a little bit, blaming it on his allergies. He did sneeze when he opened up his suitcase to pack, but the sniffling came later. So who knows what the source of James' sniffles was.
(But James still should have known better than to repeat the same mistakes he made last season, but of course he feels that America rewarded him for it. And they did, which is very frustrating for me, but whatever.)
Needless to say, the Natalie we saw in this scene is a sharp contrast to the chirpy, Up-With-People Natalie who was portrayed on the live show as she was evicted.
Natalie didn't even have the guts to be honest with Julie when asked if her romance with James was real. But Julie Chen didn't believe her for one minute...her interview with EW linked above proved Julie is no dummy.
About the "Showmance" with Victor:
We saw Victor on the premiere episode saying that Natalie was attractive, comparing her to the girls on a "telenovela". The flirtation between Natalie and Victor happened before the feeds went live, so all we have to go on is what we've heard them say about it since then. Natalie says that Victor was very mean to her, but I think what was "mean" was Victor telling her that he didn't want to pursue a showmance, after all.
The picture below was taken from some Jeff live feed highlights, and is the only visual evidence I know of that demonstrates that this attraction ever took place. In the highlight clip, Natalie was going ON and ON asking Victor if he thought she was attractive. It was exhausting to watch, actually.
***UPDATE*** JokersUpdates found the damn RECIEIPTS to provide evidence about this early-season showmance.
Maybe Victor got a taste of what it was like to have all of those cameras around, and had second thoughts about his pre-show ambition of hooking up with girls on TV. Or maybe he realized that he and Natalie are not suited for each other, and how long the summer could be if he got trapped in a relationship he couldn't get away from. I know he didn't like all of the makeup that Natalie wears, and he didn't like the way her sweatpants dragged on the ground. But is that really mean? And would the Victor we've all come to know make personal attacks on someone on camera?
I have to say no, and no. But as usual that is just me and my opinion.