DAY THIRTY TWO

Monday, 11:32 - Diary Room

Day thirty two in the Big Brother house, and itís the third day Max, the new housemate, has been inside the house. Big Brother has called him to the diary room.

Max: [Looking relaxed in the diary room chair] Hello Big Brother.

BB: GOOD MORNING MAX. ARE YOU AWARE OF WHY BIG BROTHER HAS ASKED YOU TO THE DIARY ROOM?

Max: ErÖ NoÖ

BB: WHEN YOU AGREED TO ENTER THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE THE RULES WERE CLEARLY EXPLAINED TO YOU - YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GIVE DETAILS ABOUT LIFE OUTSIDE THE HOUSE TO THE HOUSEMATES.

Max: Oh. So this is about what I said concerning Jan. Iím sorry, I take full responsibility for that. It was aÖ [Grinning] bad thing to do.

BB: BIG BROTHER TAKES THE RULES VERY SERIOUSLY AND ASKS THE HOUSEMATES TO DO THE SAME. BIG BROTHER IS ISSUING YOU WITH YOUR FIRST STRIKE.

Max: OK. Fair enough, Iíll consider my wrists officially slapped. [Not quite managing to look penitent] Sorry Big Brother.

BB: SO HOW ARE YOU FINDING LIFE IN THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE?

Max: Itís interestingÖ Itís smaller than it looks on telly.

BB: AND HOW ARE YOU FINDING THE OTHER HOUSEMATES?

Max: Well, itís not like I donít already know them. Lara and Dillon seem to be doing a fairly good job of ignoring me, and each other for that matter. Iím not sure why though, something must have happened between them that I didnít see before I came in. Spencer is just being Spencer. Charlie looks about ready to shoot the messenger over what I told him about Jan. I think heís sulking. Duffy seems genuinely pleased to see me, although I think she feels guilty about her part in the Jan thing. And Anna, sheís in her element! She seems perfectly happy to boss the rest of us around. Itís quite amusing really.

BB: AND HOW ARE YOU SETTLING IN?

Max: [Looking more solemn] To be honest I feel bad about upsetting Charlie. Iíve considered him to be a good friend for several years now and I feel a little guilty for everything thatís happened. Only a little guilty mind, after all it was Jan who broke confidentiality and brought all this on herself. Still, I hope I havenít lost a friend over it.

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO DISCUSS WITH BIG BROTHER?

Max: No, I donít think so. Shall I go then?

Monday, 11:34 - Living Room

[Duffy, Dillon and Anna are seated on the sofas. Dillon and Anna are playing a game of Snap, Duffy is half heartedly reading the vegetable garden manual. Max exits the diary room and comes to sit next to Duffy]

Duffy: [Discarding the manual] Nice chat with Big Brother?

Max: I got a strike for telling you lot about Jan.

Duffy: Youíre the first person in the house to get one, doesnít that make you feel special!

Max: Oh definitely.

Duffy: [Concerned] You upset about it?

Max: No, not about the strike. I rather enjoyed outing her; given the chance Iíd probably do it again so I do deserve the strike, but I do feel I could have been more sensitive towards Charlie. I was just so pleased with myself that I didnít even think about him.

Duffy: Itís not like I havenít warned him about her plenty of times.

Max: Thatís a bit harsh isnít it Duffy?

Duffy: Do you think so? I donít mean it to sound that way, really I donítÖ

Anna: Snap! [Looking very pleased with herself] That leaves me with forty eight cards, to your four! Youíre useless at this man!

Dillon: I wasnít concentratingÖ OK, I concede. Anna, you are the champion.

Anna: Yeah, man I am! Iím going to make something to eat, anyone want anything.?

Dillon: No.

Duffy: No thank you Anna.

Max: Nor me, thanks Anna.

[Anna walks to the kitchen]

Duffy: Are you alright Dillon?

Max: Youíve seemed distracted ever since Iíve been here at leastÖ

Dillon: Iím fine. Just worried about the evictions todayÖ [Trying to change the subject] You know what you were saying about Charlie and Jan, well, just because sheís resigned doesnít mean that she and Charlie are split up so whyíd you feel bad about Charlie?

Duffy: It means sheís lied to him. Sheís denied her part in Maxís departure over and over to his face, and all the stuff Iíve said to him about her not being trustworthy has been proved right.

Max: He might yet forgive her, but in the meantime it rather means re evaluating their relationship.

Dillon: Do you think he will forgive her?

Duffy: He was - is - really hurt by this, but all that proves is how much she meant to him. He kept saying that he loved herÖ I think I underestimated how much.

Max: So you do think heíll forgive her after everything she did to me?

Duffy: I donít know, he wonít even talk to me at the momentÖPeople do choose lovers over friends sometimes.

Max: [Catching Duffyís eye pointedly] Sometimes they would rather listen to their friends.

Duffy: [Catching on and looking embarrassed] Sometimes thatís the right thing to do.

Dillon: Why do I get the feeling that you two have lapsed into secret code? Well, donít mind meÖ Iíll go give Anna a hand in the kitchen.

[Dillon gets up and leaves. Duffy looks stressed]

Duffy: Whyíd you have to go and say that?

Max: What!? I just think itís interesting that you live your life by Charlieís orders, but he wonít listen to you even when youíre right.

Duffy: He was right about me.

Max: Was he?

Duffy: MaxÖ [Looking deep into his eyes] I wouldnít change any of my decisionsÖ can we drop the subject now?

Max: [Smiling] OK... [Picking up the manual] Come on, give me a tour of the vegetable garden!

[He gets up and grabs her hand, pulling her to her feet. She laughs as she stands and he pulls her outside. Neither let go of the otherís hand]

Monday, 13:47 - Girls room

[Lara is sitting on her bed, looking through some photographs. There is a knock at the door. Lara looks up startled and hides the photos under the bedspread.]

Lara: Come in!

[Spencer opens the door and pokes his head inside]

Spencer: Not interrupting something Dr Stone?

Lara: NoÖ come inÖ was there something you wanted?

Spencer: Thatís what I came to ask you actuallyÖ You havenít been outside today I wondered if you were alright?

Lara: Iím fine, just trying to sort some stuff out.

Spencer: Packing for the eviction?

Lara: Not that sort of stuff. [Taps the side of her head] this sort.

Spencer: Ah, I seeÖ Anything I can help with?

Lara: Not unless you have a time machine handy.

Spencer: Iím afraid I left it in my other trousers.

Lara: [Smiling despite herself] I made a big mistake on Friday.

Spencer: Iím sure it canít be that big a mistake. Do you want to talk about it?

Lara: I kissed Dillon, thatís got to be pretty high on the mistake -ometer. I donít know what happenedÖ I was talking about Patrick and how much I missed him, I was really upset, Dillon comforted meÖ the next thing I know Iím kissing him.

Spencer: Oh dear. What did Dillon do?

Lara: Kissed back. Then we got interrupted by the announcement about Max and Iíve avoided him ever since. Avoided everybody. People are going to think Iím such a slut!

Spencer: Now, Dr Stone, Iím sure no one would think thatÖ

Lara: Lamenting the loss of my fiancť one moment and snogging someone else the next? I canít believe I did that, and with Dillon of all people.

Spencer: Dillonís a nice enough ladÖ

Lara: I know, heís one of my closest friends, thatís what makes it worse. If it was a complete stranger I could write it off as a moment of madness and walk awayÖ And the way he kissed me, well, I think he really meant it.

Spencer: And you didnít?

Lara: [Horrified] No! I mean, I do like Dillon, but the whole time I was thinking about PatrickÖ[Pulls the photos from under the cover and shows them to Spencer. Theyíre of Patrick] I feel like Iíve betrayed him.

Spencer: Iím sure Dr Spiller would understand. People do stupid things when theyíre grieving.

Lara: But will Dillon understand? I just canít bring myself to face him at the moment.

Spencer: Has he tried to speak to you about it?

Lara: Actually no, he hasnít.

Spencer: Maybe he feels as awkward as you do. Things might not be as bad as they seem.

Monday, 15:00 - Living Room

The housemates have gathered together in the living room in order to hear who will be evicted this week.

[All the housemates are gathered on the sofas. Dillon and Lara glancing awkwardly at each other trying to avoid eye contact. Spencer is sitting with Lara, and Anna is with Dillon. Duffy and Max are next to each other. He has his arm draped around her shoulder casually. Charlie is opposite them looking miserable and slightly perturbed by Duffy and Maxís closeness]

BB: THE TWO HOUSEMATES TO BE EVICTED TODAY AREÖ IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERÖ ANNA AND SPENCER.

Anna: Oh man, I wanna stay!

Spencer: Oh, well, back to the real world I suppose.

BB: ANNA AND SPENCER YOU HAVE ONE HOUR TO PACK YOUR BELONGINGS READY TO LEAVE THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE.

Dillon: Never mind Anna, weíll all be out within a fortnight anyway.

Anna: I sípose. I really like it here though.

Duffy: Itís getting really weird now there are hardly any of us left.

Charlie: [To Duffy] You seem happy enough though.

[Duffy frowns at him, and shrugs off Maxís arm. Max moves it obligingly but doesnít look too happy about it.]

Spencer: Well, Iím not that upset about going. Iíve been here a month, I think thatís long enough!

Lara: Iím going to miss you though.

Spencer: Iíll miss you too Dr Stone, Iíll miss all of you actually.

Anna: Me too. Group hug!

[Anna jumps up enthusiastically. No one else seems that bothered. Duffy Is the first person to stand up]

Duffy: Alright then. [Hugs Anna]

[Max rises and joins them, but is fairly obviously hugging Duffy. Gradually the others rise and give Anna a hug. She looks very pleased with this]

Monday, 16:00 - Base of the stairs.

Everyone has gathered together to say goodbye to Anna and SpencerÖ

BB: ANNA AND SPENCER YOU HAVE TEN SECONDS TO SAY YOUR GOODBYES BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE.

Spencer: [To Lara] Take care Dr Stone [Quietly] And talk to Dillon before you both blow it out of all proportion.

Lara: Yes boss! [She hugs him]

Anna: Bye everyone, see you in a couple of weeks!! Bye!

[Anna stars hugging everyone in turn, much to their surprise.

BB: WOULD ANNA AND SPENCER PLEASE LEAVE THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE.

[Anna links arms with Spencer and practically drags him up the stairs to the door.]

Anna: Bye all! [She blows an ostentatious kiss to the others]

Spencer: Yeah, um, goodbye.

[Anna pushes open the door and bounds out to much applause. Spencer follows her, seeming somewhat confused by the crowd outside. After a moment the door swings shut and the five remaining housemates are alone.]

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DAY THIRTY-FOUR

Wednesday, 13:27 - Kitchen

Day thirty four in the Big Brother house, and the five remaining housemates are having a meal together.

[Lara and Duffy have to cooked it and are finishing serving it up ready to take through to the men]

Lara: How did we end up waiting on those guys?

Duffy: Because weíre less lazy and incompetent than they are. And I for one want to have an edible meal. I miss Spencer, he was one of the few people in here who had a clue how to look after himself and actually didnít mind doing the housework!

Lara: I miss him tooÖ

Duffy: Yeah, you two did seem to be getting on pretty well.

Lara: Heís a good manÖ and a lot more astute than he lets on most of the time.

Duffy: Really? Mind you, I canít say Iím surprised. He probably spends more time listening and watching to the rest of us muck things up than he does getting involved in our petty arguments. I should take a leaf out of his book and keep my trap closed occasionally.

Lara: Something specific?

Duffy: Nothing I canít handle I expect. [Pause] How are you and Dillon? Youíve seemed frosty with each otherÖ

Lara: Oh, itísÖ Itís nothing I canít handleÖ

Duffy: Right then, lets go feed the hungry hoard!

[Lara and Duffy carry the food over towards the table where Dillon, Max and Charlie are sitting. Charlie and Max are opposite each other. Dillon is at the head of the table. He and Max are talking and Charlie is looking grumpy.]

Dillon: Iíll bet weíve been missing a hell of a lot of stuff outside, itís strange to think weíve been in here for so longÖ

Max: Funny that, because Iíve only been here less than a week and it feels like ages already. I donít youíve missed all that much though.

[Charlie harrumphs]

Max: [Glancing briefly at him before turning back to Dillon] Well, some work stuff I suppose, nothing spectacular.

Dillon: Missed most of the World CupÖ Itíll be the final this weekend wonít it? England could be lifting the trophy for the first time in 36 years and Iíll have missed it.

Max: [Shaking his head gravely] I wouldnít worry about that.

Dillon: Oh? [Max nods silently] Oh well.

Duffy: [Arriving with Lara] What are you all looking soÖ solemn about?

Dillon: Oh nothing, just speculating about whatís been going on outside.

Lara: And?

Charlie: Max was just telling us that Englandís out of the Cup.

[Max and Dillon shoot Charlie an angry look]

Duffy: Max! [Sounding worried] You already have one strike for giving us information, you know if you get three theyíll kick you outÖ

Max: [Staring at Charlie] Yeah, well, I was trying to be subtle.

Charlie: [Not sounding the slightest bit apologetic] Sorry.

Lara: [Sitting next to Charlie, and sounding falsely chirpy] Shall we eat?

Max: Yes. [To Duffy] I saved you a seatÖ

Duffy: [Sitting next to him] Thanks.

[Everyone eats in silence. Charlie and Max are still shooting daggers at each other. Lara and Dillon are avoiding looking at each other still. Duffy looks generally awkward and keeps trying to catch Charlieís eye and smile, but heís not looking at her. After a short while Dillon and Lara both reach for the salt, their hands brush, and they automatically look up at each other]

Dillon: You have it.

Lara: CheersÖ

[She shakes some salt on her food. Looks up to see Dillon is still watching her, as soon as he sees sheís looking back he looks away. Lara sighs]

Lara: [Under her breath] This is ridiculousÖ [To Dillon] Can I have a wordÖ in private?

Dillon: [Surprised] Now?

Lara: Yeah. [Stands up, abandoning her food]

Dillon: Er.. OkÖ

[He stands, and then follows her as she leads him into the girls bedroom. The others watch them a bit confused]

Girls Room

Dillon: [Puzzled] What?

Lara: I canít go on in this atmosphere.

Dillon: Lara, I donít understandÖ

Lara: Sure you do. Ever since Friday weíve been avoiding each other, and itís really difficult seeing as there are only the five of us in the house and those three [Waves hand at the door] have been playing silly buggers with their own private argument.

Dillon: I havenít really known what to sayÖ

Lara: Neither have IÖ [Sighing] Actually thatís not exactly true. I know what to say, I just donít know how.

Dillon: Just say it.

Lara: OkÖ Dillon, that kissÖ[Dillon tenses up, as though he doesnít want to hear it] It didnít mean anything. Not to me anyway. I was upset, and it seemed a good way of getting some comfortÖ I used you, I was wrong and Iím sorry. There, said it.

Dillon: Finished?

Lara: Yeah. Yeah, Iím finished.

Dillon: [Taking deep breath] Iím the one who should be apologising; I could see how upset you were and I still kissed youÖ

Lara: Well I kissed you first.

Dillon: Thatís not the pointÖ I should know better, especially after everything that happened with Gemma.

Lara: Youíre comparing me to that fruitcake?

Dillon: She wasnít a fruitcake! And Iím not saying that youíre the same but it was a similar situation for me, Iím just trying to help but I get too involved and canít see whatís going on until itís too late. I guess Charlieís right, I have a lot more to learn than I thought. Iím sorry Lara.

Lara: Chalk it up to experience huh? It wasnít exactly the most unpleasant experience of my life.

Dillon: Yeah?

Lara: It doesnít mean anything though, right.

Dillon: Oh, right, yeah. Nothing.

Lara: [Smiling] Iím glad Iíve got you for a friend Dillon.

[Lara leaves to go back to her food. Dillon waitís a few seconds, watching her go]

Dillon: [Resigned] FriendÖ

Wednesday, 16:55 - Garden.

[Duffy is lying on the grass on her stomach, propped up on her elbows and reading a Jackie Collins novel. Max enters the garden and spots her. He walks up stealthily behind her and looks down at her backside]

Max: Nice view.

Duffy: [Startled and sitting up] Max! What are you doing creeping up on me?

Max: [Dropping down onto the grass beside her] Have to entertain myself somehow, donít I? [Takes her book off her] Quality literature eh. Arenít those books all about sex?

Duffy: I have to entertain myself somehow.

Max: There are more entertaining things to do than reading about itÖ

Duffy: [Blushing furiously] Will you stop it!

Max: Why?

Duffy: Youíve been like a dog on heat ever since you got here.

Max: What do you expect? All these weeks of seeing you and not being able to get close, does funny things to a man.

Duffy: You never wanted to Ďget closeí before we ended up in here.

Max: Never?!

Duffy: You know what I mean. You never even said goodbye to me. I should be furious at you for that.

Max: But youíre not.

Duffy: Iím still pleased to see you. Itíll wear off and then Iíll be furious.

Max: Didnít you wonder why I didnít say goodbye?

Duffy: [Unconvincingly] NoÖ

Max: I resigned on a principle which was either something close to dignified, or it was pure foolishness, but either way it was something I had to do. I gave up the job I love, and possibly my career for what I believe in, but if Iíd seen you and let myself think about a life where I wouldnít get to see you everyday I might not have been able to do it. I thought I could wait a few weeks for everything to settle down and then come to see you to explain, but then you came in here. Iíve spent the last month watching you being dismissed by Charlie, and crying over how no one appreciates you and all Iíve wanted to do was come here, hold you tight and tell you that I appreciate you. I always have.

Duffy: You do?

Max: Of course. I canít understand how everyone else doesnít.

[Max lifts his hand to brush down the side of her face and edges closer]

Duffy: This isnít exactly the best of times MaxÖ

Max: I understand that, but weíre both unattached, consenting adultsÖ Is one kiss too much to ask?

Duffy: I donít knowÖ I need some time to thinkÖ

[She pulls away. He catches her arm and stops her from moving any further]

Max: Iím not trying to force you into anything Duffy, but you canít deny we have aÖ spark. Take as long as you need, Iíll be waiting.

[Duffy nods, and stands. She heads back into the house, leaving her book on the grass. Max watches her go, then sighs as he lies back on the grass. After a second he picks up the book and starts to read it.]

Wednesday, 17:00 - Boys Room.

[Charlie is flicking listlessly through a magazine, sitting o the floor with his back resting against the end of one of the beds. Duffy enters without knocking, comes in and sits opposite him]

Duffy: We need to talkÖ I want to talk.

Charlie: Do you really think we have much to say?

Duffy: Well I do. Iím sorry Charlie. I never meant for all this to happen.

Charlie: Thatís odd, because I thought this was exactly what you wanted. You wanted Jan out of the hospital, you wanted the world to know that she couldnít be trusted. You wanted me and her broken up and Max reinstated. Youíve got precisely what you wanted.

Duffy: I still feel bad about it, I didnít want to hurt you in the process.

Charlie: Sheíd done exactly what you said she had, you have no reason to feel guilty.

Duffy: I just wanted to protect you from getting hurt and it all went wrong. I donít want us to fall out.

[Thereís silence for a few moments. Duffy is looking at Charlie, and Charlie is looking at the floor.]

Charlie: I donít want us to fall out either. I want to say that it doesnít matter, that she never meant that much to me and Iím glad to see what sheís really like. I want to say I never loved her anyway and just get on with my life, butÖ but I did love her, and the fact that everyone else could see this side to her that I was oblivious to doesnít make it any easier to handle. I loved her.

Duffy: Past tense?

Charlie: [Wearily] I donít knowÖI canít trust her. Iíve been lied to before, but never in such a cold, impersonal way. She didnít have to treat me like that and she did it anyway just to save her job. The sheer calculated way sheís dealt with thingsÖ [Shakes head in disbelieving manner]

Duffy: Youíre better off without her.

Charlie: MaybeÖ

Duffy: Can you forgive me?

Charlie: Itís not really you Iím angry with.

[She moves around so that she can give him a hug]

Duffy: And youíll talk to Max?

Charlie: I suppose,, he didnĎt have to be quite so happy about it all thoughÖ You two have been very pal-ly recentlyÖ

Duffy: Um, yeah, heísÖ well, heís made it clear that he wants us to start seeing each other. As a couple.

Charlie: I see.

Duffy: I havenít said yes.

Charlie: No?

Duffy: I mean, heís nice, kind, handsome, intelligent, not put off by my status as a single mother of threeÖ and he really likes meÖ

Charlie: Sounds like youíve made up your mind then.

Duffy: Itís been a long time since anyone has wanted meÖAnd itís not like Iím going to get any other offersÖ [Looks into Charlieís eyes] Is it?

Charlie: [Giving her a squeeze, and a kiss on the cheek, then shaking his head sadly] No.

Duffy: I thought as much.

Charlie: Youíd better go and tell Max then.

Duffy: Yeah.

[Duffy stands up and walks to the door]

Living Room

[Duffy walks through like a woman on a mission]

Garden

[Max is still lying on the grass, absorbed in Duffyís book. Duffy walks over and sits down beside him. He sits up]

Max: Whereíve you been?

Duffy: Thinking.

Max: And?

Duffy: One kiss. Not too much to ask after all.

[She leans forward and kisses him full on the lips. He kisses back and pulls her closer with enough force for them both to fall backwards onto the grass]

MeanwhileÖ

Conservatory

[Charlie has followed Duffy out of the room and can see them through the window. Dillon comes up behind him to see whatís of interest]

Dillon: AhhhhÖ Not jealous Charlie?

Charlie: [Softy] No, course not.

Dillon: Sounds like it!

Charlie: There are some people youíre supposed to be friends with and some you can be more with. Duffy and I are friends. It would never work if we tried for more than that and I donít want to lose her friendship. And Iím sure there is supposed to be something noble about sacrificesÖ

Dillon: Yeah, Iíve heard that too.

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DAY THIRTY SIX

Friday, 13:26 - Diary Room

Day thirty six in the Big Brother house and as the housemates time in the house is drawing to an end each have been invited to the diary to discuss with Big Brother what they think theyíve got out of whole experience. Charlie is first up.

[Charlie is sitting in the chair. He looks slightly worried about being under scrutiny like this]

BB: GOOD AFTERNOON CHARLIE

Charlie: Afternoon

BB: WHEN YOU CAME IN HERE YOU TOLD BIG BROTHER YOU WERE HERE BECAUSE IT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A GOOD TEAM BUILDING EXERCISE BY JAN. WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ON THAT NOW?

Charlie: [Scoffing] Team building! Iíve seen, and been a part of, more arguments in here than we were having outside. Weíre locked in together so we canít just walk away and calm downÖ everyone has been far more confrontational. I mean, all that business with Josh and Simon, do you think that would have happened outside?

BB: BIG BROTHER CANNOT COMMENT OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED OUTSIDE.

Charlie: [Sarcastically] Of course not.

BB: DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR LIFE HAS CHANGED IN ANYWAY SINCE YOU CAME IN TO THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE?

Charlie: When I came in here I was seeing Jan, I was the pretty much well respected senior nurse and things were looking up for me for the first time in years. Now my relationship with Jan is over, my judgement has been called into question which has to have a detrimental effect on my work position and if I see Duffy and Max fawning over each other for much longer I think Iím going toÖ [Stops himself and takes a big breath] Next question.

BB: HOW HAVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN AFFECTED?

Charlie: I suppose Iíve got a better understanding of most of them now, but Iím not sure its really been worth it.

BB: HAVE YOU ENJOYED, OR LEARNT ANYTHING, FROM THE EXPERIENCE?

Charlie: Iíve enjoyed bits of itÖ Iíve learnt that I can be blind to whatís going on under my nose sometimes and that I have to trust other people to see what I canít. Iím not always right, thatís quite a big lesson to learnÖ

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING MORE YOU WISH TO DISCUSS?

Charlie: [Preoccupied] No, no I donít think so.

BB: PLEASE COULD YOU SEND DILLON IN NEXT THEN?

Charlie: Right.

[Cut to Dillon sitting down in the diary room chair. He looks a little more eager than Charlie did. He is wearing swimming trunks with a towel wrapped round him. He looks wet.]

BB: GOOD AFTERNOON DILLON

Dillon: Good afternoon Big BrotherÖ. Will this take long? Only I was in the pool.

BB: IT WONíT TAKE LONG. DILLON, WHEN YOU ARRIVED AT THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE YOU WERE KEEN TO SEE THIS AS A CHANCE TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE BETTER. DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE ACHIEVED THAT GOAL?

Dillon: ErÖ With some people I have.

BB: COULD YOU EXPLAIN?

Dillon: Well, the people I was closest to outside like Lara, Anna, Jack and TonyÖ I feel I know them better now, I know more about their feelings and their Ö umÖ [Goes red] desires. Iíve got a better rapport with Charlie now too I think, Iíve seen his human side rather than this Almighty Boss act he has outside. The others though, like Duffy, Max, Josh and Simon, I donít think I understand them any better at all.

BB: DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT YOUR BIG BROTHER EXPERIENCE?

Dillon: Iíve learnt quite a lot about the others, and quite a lot about myself too so I wouldnít say I regret the experience as a wholeÖ I regret the way I acted with Tony, but I think thatís all patched up so no real harm was done. I hope. I also regret what happened with Lara and me in the garden last week. Weíve sorted that now too, but I still feel I shouldnít have let things get that far.

BB: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH LARA NOW?

Dillon: Much the same as before, but I understand her relationship with Patrick more, and how itís affected her. Weíre still friends though, thatís the main thing, isnít it?

BB: BIG BROTHER CANNOT COMMENT ON THAT.

Dillon: Well, I think itís the main thing. That and now I have a clearer idea of how I should be dealing with people in my work and in my voluntary workÖ things are so much more intense in here and that and the feeling of being trapped and not quite knowing how to cope in a situation has to help me understand the calls we get in the Samaritans. Itís not the same I know, but itís another insight and I think itíd be helpful.

BB: YOU TOLD BIG BROTHER THAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD MISS MEETING AND INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE MOST WHILE YOU WERE IN HERE. HAS THAT BEEN THE CASE?

Dillon: Actually, no it hasnít. There have been enough fresh perspectives between those of us in here. I have learnt though, that Iím happiest when Iím talking to someone. When Iím by myself I feel really lonely. I thought Iíd be better company for myself than that but I do need people.

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING MORE THAT YOU WISH TO DISCUSS?

Dillon: No. Thanks Big Brother, but I want to get back to the poolÖ

BB: OK, PLEASE SEND DUFFY IN NEXT.

Dillon: Sure.

[Cut to Duffy arriving. She looks incredibly happy]

Duffy: Good afternoon Big Brother, isnít it a lovely day?

BB: GOOD AFTERNOON DUFFY. BIG BROTHER IS PLEASED TO SEE YOU SO HAPPY.

Duffy: [Looking a little embarrassed] Thanks.

BB: HOW ARE ENJOYING YOUR BIG BROTHER EXPERIENCE?

Duffy: These last few days have been wonderful. I havenít had so much fun in ages. I feel like a silly schoolgirl; I probably look ridiculous thoughÖ Thank you for letting Max come in.

BB: WHAT ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OTHER HOUSEMATES, PAST AND PRESENT?

Duffy: WellÖ OK, Charlie, weíve always been close so I was probably most confident about being able to spend time with him than anyone else. For the most part Iíve enjoyed spending time with him, but I pushed to far with the Jan thing, and although weíve made up I wish Iíd handed it better. We know where we stand now though, and I think heís genuinely pleased for me and Max. Which is great, because Iíd hate to think that heíd take against our relationship the way I did against his. I know now that there will never be anything between us couple-wise, but Iíd hate to lose his friendship. Um, Lara, well weíve got on quite well in here. She always seemed a bit frosty towards me before but sheís opened up and relaxed a bit. I like her. Iíve also got on quite well with Anna and Nikki which was a surprise, but a nice one. I havenít had much contact with the other boys, and or course Colette went very early on. And Jan, well, the least said the better.

BB: BIG BROTHER NOTED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT MISSING YOUR CHILDREN WHILST IN HERE. HOW HAVE YOU COPED WITH THAT?

Duffy: Itís been hard, but I know theyíre in safe hands with Mum, and Iíve come into the diary room every night at their bedtime to say goodnight to them, that helped in a funny sort of way. Max said he saw them before he came in and they seemed happy enough. I canít wait to see them again though. [Thinking] I just hope they understand about MaxÖ

BB: YOUR OTHER MAJOR CONCERN, AND THE REASON YOU GAVE FOR ENTERING THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE WAS A DESIRE TO FEEL INCLUDED IN YOUR COLLEAGUES ACTIVITIES. HAVE YOU FELT THAT?

Duffy: I have. I sort of ended up as a bit of a mother to Nikki when she was upset, and Iíll admit it was nice to feel needed, and I have been acting up a bit in that role, you know, trying to get Jack and Tony to behave themselves! Now there are fewer of us I donít have to be mother anymore and I can just be myself and have some fun. Having Max here has helped as well, I could never accuse him of ignoring me! [Grins] Yeah, I feel much happier about things now. Itíll almost be a shame to get back to the real world again.

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING MORE YOU WISH TO DISCUSS WITH BIG BROTHER?

Duffy: I would just like to give a message to my boys, if thatís alright?

BB: GO AHEAD.

Duffy: [Leaning forward to look closer into the camera] Hello Peter, Jake and Paul! Iíll be home soon kids, I love you and Iíve missed you like mad. See you soon darlings! [Waves at them]

BB: ANYTHING ELSE?

Duffy: No thanks. Shall I go now?

BB: YES, AND PLEASE SEND IN LARA.

Duffy: I will!

[Cut to Lara entering. Sheís been swimming as well but is wrapped up in a fluffy robe]

BB: GOOD AFTERNOON LARA, HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

Lara: Iím alrightÖ Just enjoying a swim and some decent British weather for a change. [Smiling] Not to mention the hilarity of watching Max trying to get the barbeque started.

BB: AND HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FINDING THE BIG BROTHER EXPERIENCE IN GENERAL?

Lara: Well, it certainly has been an experience!

BB: COULD YOU PLEASE ELABORATE?

Lara: I thought itíd be really dull stuck in here with a load of work colleagues but itís been like living in a soap! People have been fighting and bitching and pouring out their heartsÖ Itís amazing, I had no idea about all the complicated relationships the people around me had. I kinda never felt I fitted in back at workÖ you know, the new girl, a foreigner and I reckon Iím not the easiest person to get along with but I feel part of the team now. I have a better handle on everyone, and feel more relaxed about myself.

BB: SO HAS THIS EXPERIENCE TAUGHT YOU ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF?

Lara: I guessÖ Iíve always been a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and in here I havenít really had my fixÖ itís made me a little bit more introspective I suppose and maybe thatís what I needed. I havenít really wanted to let myself think about Patrick too much, Iíve launched myself back into work like I always do but it means that nothing gets resolved. In here, talking to Dillon and Spencer Iíve exorcised a few demons I think. I actually feel calmer. Iíve even cut down on the smokes!

BB: THE YOU GAVE TO BIG BROTHER FOR JOINING THE BIG BROTHER EXPERIENCE WAS THAT YOU DIDNíT WANT TO GIVE SIMON A HEAD START WITH THE BOARD OVER THE REGISTRARíS POST. HOW DO YOU THINK BIG BROTHER HAS AFFECTED YOUR PROMOTIONAL PROSPECTS?

Lara: You know I havenít even been thinking about that recently. Work seems like a long way away suddenly. Um, well, Simon rather ballsed up his chances by drinking at every opportunity, and I hope that Iíve shown that I can be a team player and that Iím a good prospect for the postÖ In a way though it doesnít seem as important. I know now I can live without work and not self destruct.

BB: AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT YOUR COLLEAGUES?

Lara: That they can be friends too. With Patrick gone Iíve been pretty lonely even when Iíve been around people, I suppose thatís been another reason for throwing myself into my work. Now Iíve got closer to Dillon and Spencer, and also Duffy, and the others I feel more comfortable with too. Well, expect dear old doctor Kaminski that is.

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU REGRET ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE?

Lara: I regret kissing Dillon. It was a stupid thing to do, but I think heís alright about it now. Things couldíve been much, much worse. On the whole itís been a good few weeks. Mind you Iíll be glad to be going home so I can get a bit of privacy in the bathroom!

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT LARA?

Lara: Not really. I just want to enjoy the last few days Iím here now!

BB: WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND MAX IN THEN LARA?

Lara: Itíd be a pleasure, with him out of the way the rest of us might get that barbeque lit my the time we leave.

[Cut to Max entering, wearing apron over his clothes]

BB: GOOD AFTERNOON MAX.

Max: Good afternoon. What do you want to talk about.

BB: ON WEDNESDAY YOU WERE ENGAGED IN A CONVERSATION WITH DILLON ABOUT THE WORLD CUP. YOU USED THAT CONVERSATION TO PASS ON INFORMATION ABOUT HOW ENGLAND HAD BEEN KNOCKED OUT. THIS IS STRICTLY AGAINST THE BIG BROTHER RULES.

Max: [Groaning] OhÖ I didnít actually say anythingÖ

BB: WHEN DILLON MENTIONED THAT ENGLAND MIGHT WIN ON SUNDAY YOU REPLIED ĎI WOULDNíT WORRY ABOUT THATí AND FROM THAT THE OTHER HOUSEMATES INFERRED THAT ENGLAND HAD NOT MADE IT TO THE FINAL.

Max: Exactly! They inferred it.

BB: FOR THEM TO INFER ANYTHING YOU MUST HAVE PASSED ON SOME INFORMATION. BIG BROTHER IS ISSUING YOU WITH YOU SECOND STRIKE. IF YOU RECEIVE A THIRD STRIKE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE.

Max: OK, I promise I wonít say anything more about anything.

BB: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FINDING THE BIG BROTHER EXPERIENCE?

Max: Well, Iíve only been here for less than a week but Iím enjoying it.

BB: IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR PART OF THE EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE ENJOYED?

Max: Iíve enjoyed being with Duffy. It wouldnít really matter where we were in that respect. Of course, if we were outside the house there wouldnít be any prying eyes and we could do more than kiss and cuddleÖ Not that I can complain too much, the kissing and cuddling is highly enjoyable!

BB: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR TIME IN THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE?

Max: A girlfriend? I donít think Iíve been here long enough to learn anything about myself or the others. Although I think I have learnt that I canít work a barbequeÖ

BB: IS THERE ANYTHING MORE YOU WISH TO DISCUSS?

Max: Er, no. If thatís all I should get back out thereÖ

BB: THANK YOU MAX.

Friday, 13:41 - Garden

[Max re enters the garden after being in the diary room. Dillon and Lara are in the pool, Duffyís sitting on the edge of it, talking to Lara as Dillon swims around in the background. Charlie is at the barbeque and has got it working. Max sees this and takes off his apron, throwing it at Charlie, then heads to the pool, sitting down beside Duffy and giving her a quick kiss. Charlie is clearly trying not to watch and is stabbing the sausages instead]

While the Big Brother housemates enjoy their barbeque its time for the final vote...

Find out who won, and what happened next

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