Day 26 - 7.48am

Day 26 in the Big Brother House. Liz is asleep on the couch in the lounge after speaking to Big Brother early this morning. Michael is the only housemate out of bed.

Michael walks out the boys room and notices Liz asleep on the couch. He stops and looks at her for a second before walking over to her and covering her with a blanket. As he watches her for a second he shakes his head and walks away towards the kitchen. As he stands in the kitchen he quietly makes himself something o drink and walks out to the garden.

He sits outside for a while as Liz wakes up. She rubs her eyes and sighs. She sits up and see's the blanket around her and looks around to see if anyone else is up. She walks over to the kitchen and she notices Michael sitting out in the garden. She looks at the clock before walking outside with the blanket wrapped tightly around her shoulders.

"'Morning, Michael." She says sleepily as she walks over to the seats.

Michael turns to look at her. "Hey. How's it going?"

Liz smiles weakly as she sits down beside him. "I'm okay, actually."

Michael looks at her for a second before turning away and looking straight ahead. "You slept out on the couch, so I'm assuming you were up last night?"

Liz sits in silence and nods her head before speaking quietly. "I...I couldn't sleep."

Michael nods his head knowingly. "Still missing him?"

Liz looks down and doesn't say anything. Michael turns around to look at her. "It's okay, you know? I'd probably feel the same if I was in your position. Actually, I'd probably feel worse..."

He looks down and smiles sadly before turning to Liz. "At one point we'll all lose someone in here and it just sucks but...that's how it goes."

Liz looks at him and nods her head sadly. "I know...but, it's still hard, you know?"

She bows her head and her eyes water slightly. Michael notices this and stands up and walks over to her and hugs her awkwardly. "Things will get better in here, we've only a few weeks left. You at least have Alex and Maria in here with you, some of us aren't that lucky."

Liz smiles as he pulls back and sits on his seat. "I know...I know I do. Thank you Michael."

Michael shrugs his shoulders as she stands up. "No problem."

She smiles at him and walks in the house and he takes another drink out of his cup. "No problem..."


All the housemates are all out of bed. Alex, Kyle and Brody are out in the garden kicking the soccer ball about. Michael is sitting on the decking reading a book. All the girls are still in the house. Maria, Isabel and Liz are all in the kitchen as Tess and Laurie sit and talk in the conservatory.

"You are kidding me? I love that film too!" Laurie says as she turns to Tess.

"Nope, I loved that movie and I fell so in love with Ewan McGregor..." Tess replies.

Maria call's over from the kitchen. "What movie is that?"

Tess kneels on her seat and looks over to the other 3 who are now walking over towards them. "Moulin Rouge, I was just saying that I fell in love with Ewan McGregor in that."

As they arrive the other three girls nod their heads in approval. "I know what you mean, that voice and then at the end..." Maria sighs loudly and places a hand over her heart but is cut off before she can add anything else as most of the girls all look at her with the same sad expression.

"No, Maria! You can't say anything in case people haven't seen it!" Liz says as she indicates to the camera's.

Maria looks at her and nods her head resigned.

"I loved his version of Your Song...and I loved the costumes." Isabel says as she sits down.

Liz nods her head in agreement and sighs loudy as she sits down as well. "The dance that they do when he sings is so romantic."

Laurie nods her head and both her and Tess turn back around in their seats and the 4 of them give a collective sigh.

Maria looks at them and smiles. "You know what I loved from that movie? I loved their version of Lady Marmalade. It made me want to go and buy a corset..."

Liz grins at her. "I remember that, we watched the music video and she started calling around all these stores to see how much it would cost. We only stopped when her mom came in and explained in excrutiating detail what happened sometimes when you wear it."

Maria rubs her ribs instinctively. "Yeah...very excrutiating. Anyway, apart from the outfits, which I love, I loved the song so much!"

She walks towards the door and begins to sing.

"He met Marmalade down in old Moulin Rouge..."

As she reaches the door some of the others start to sing along and she turns around and grins.

"I'm assuming that all of you know the words don't you?" The four other girls nod in reply.

"Yeah, I was singing it constantly after I saw the movie." Laurie replies.

Maria walks over to them with a deep smile. "I have the best idea for something fun to do!"

The others lean close to hear what she's saying.

Outside in the garden Kyle, Alex and Brody are standing around in a circle each taking turns to play keepie uppy with the ball. Alex has the ball and is trying to bounce it on his knee.

"Come on Alex! You need to get more than 4 bounces! Brody can get it into double figures."

Alex grits his teeth and bounces the ball 4 times but before he can get his knee up for the 5th time the ball bounces away. He swears loudly and walks up to the ball and kicks it hard against the wall.

"I hate soccer!!!"

Brody smiles at Kyle as he walks over to Alex. "That's only because you are so bad at it though..."

Kyle picks up the ball and walks back over towards Brody. "Come on Alex, at one point you'll improve."

Kyle proceeds to bounce the ball for 6 and only stops when Alex hits him on the back as he walks over knocking him off balance. Kyle turns to him and Alex puts an innocent expression on.


"You cheated!" Kyle says accusingly as he picks up the ball.

"Me? I don't cheat..."

Kyle is about to reply but is interupted when the girls walk out and stand on the table. He quickly looks between Alex and Brody before he walks over in front of them.

"What are you doing?"

The girls begin to sing in unison and he looks on puzzled but amused.

Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, flow sista
Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, go sista

Maria grins at him before she nudges Tess who struts forward towards the edge of the table and begins to sing as she dances suggestively.

He met Marmalade down in old Moulin Rouge
Struttin’ her stuff on the street

She leans down and sings to Kyle seductively.

She said, “Hello, hey Jo, you wanna give it a go?” Oh! uh huh

Kyle drops the ball he was holding and exhales sharply as Tess steps back. Alex and Brody walk over and Michael stands up from his seat to watch as the 5 girls sing the chorus.

Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya dada (Hey hey hey)
Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya here (here)
Mocha Chocalata ya ya (oh yea)
Creole lady Marmalade

Alex and Brody grin and both of them cheer encouragingly as the girls continue.

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi

Isabel steps forward and begins to dance and Brody whistles appreciatively as Michael walks over to join them. Michael looks uncomfortable as Isabel dances provocatively and she smiles at Alex who smiles back as she starts to sing.

He sat in her boudoir while she freshened up
Boy drank all that Magnolia wine
On her black satin sheets is where he started to freak, yeah!

All the girls join in the chorus again and continue to dance suggestively. Michael mutters something inaudible and Brody nudges Alex to draw his attention to Kyle who is staring at Tess who is grinning back at him.

After the chorus the girls all look at each other and grin as they sing in unison, complete with dance moves.

He come through with the money and the garter belts
I let him know we bout that cake straight up the gate uh
We independent women, some mistake us for whores
I'm sayin‘, why spend mine when I can spend yours
Disagree? Well that's you and I’m sorry
Imma keep playing these cats out like Atari
Wear high heel shoes gettin' love from the dudes
4 bad ass chicks from the Moulin Rouge
hey sistas, soul sistas, betta get that dough sistas
We drink wine with diamonds in the glass
by the case, the meaning of expensive taste
if you wanna Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya
Mocha Chocalate-a what?
Real Lady Marmalade

Brody and Alex clap loudly as Maria walks forward. She winks at Michael as a small smile creeps on his lips as she starts to sing.

Marmalade... Lady Marmalade... Marmalade...

Hey Hey Hey!
Touch of her skin feeling silky smooth
color of cafe au lait alright
Made the savage beast inside roar until he cried,

Liz walks forward and smiles shyly as she sings.

Now he's back home doin' 9 to 5

Alex and Brody cheer loudly at her and she blushes furiously as Laurie walks forward. She dances suggestively and Michael shakes his head and looks down uncomfortably. She smiles at Alex briefly and he smiles back as she begins to sing.

Livin' the grey flannel life
But when he turns off to sleep memories creep,

The 5 girls all walk forward and sing the chorus loudly.

Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya dada (da daeaea yea)
Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya here (ooh)
Mocha Choca lata ya ya (yea)
Creole lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir (ce soir)
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (all my sistas yea)
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir (ce soir)
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (C‘Mon! uh)

Creole Lady Marmalade Yes-ah......

The boys cheer and whistle loudly as the girls finish. The girls blow them kisses and bow before they jump of the table to the applause of all the boys. Tess smiles as she walks past Kyle into the house. Kyle watches her walk in and Alex and Brody walk up to him and tap his shoulder.

"That was smooth there, Kyle..." Alex grins as Kyle watches Tess disappear.

"I have no idea what your talking about..." Kyle says quietly.

Brody smiles at Alex and picks up the ball. "Leave the boy alone, Alex. He was clearly unaffected by the performance."

Kyle looks at both of them and shakes his head as he takes the ball and walks back. "You both have no idea what you're talking about."

Brody and Alex look at him. "Uh-huh, sure."


Big Brother has gathered the group in the lounge to announce this weeks nominations.

The group sit in awkward silence. Laurie, Kyle and Tess all sit on one couch as Michael, Maria and Isabel sit on the other couch. Brody sits on the chair and Liz sits on the cushions. Alex sits on the exercise ball and looks at Liz who is sitting alone before standing up and sitting down beside her. She smiles at him gratefully and he smiles.

"You know that ball becomes less fun when you sit on it every week. Down here is a nice change."

Liz takes his hand and Maria smiles at him proudly.

They all sit in silence until Big Brother's voice can be heard.

This is Big Brother, the housemates up for nomination this week are...

Laurie looks at everyone and smiles reasurringly at Michael. "Well guys...good luck."

The others all take a deep breath and Maria leans in close to Michael. "Good luck Michael..."

Isabel and...

Alex's head snaps up and he looks shocked as he looks at Isabel, Michael shakes his head and looks at her as she smiles at them both weakly.

Maria clutches Michael's hand tightly and Tess grabs a hold of Kyle's hand and squeezes it. Michael closes his eyes and breathes deeply.


As the name is said the group sits in silence before Michael sighs loudly and stands up and walks over to Isabel and hugs her tightly. Alex stands up and walks over to them and as soon as Michael finishes hugging her he turns to Maria and Alex hugs Isabel tightly with his good arm.

"I can't believe you've been nominated Izzy..." He says softly as she closes her eyes tightly as they hug.

Laurie looks at them both before she looks down guiltilly and shakes her head before standing up and walking over towards Michael.

Michael see's her and smiles at her. As she hugs him tightly she whispers. "Maybe it'll be 3rd time lucky again?"

He nods his head as he watches Isabel walk off to the girls room alone. Alex looks on sadly and goes to follow her before Liz stops him. "Just give her a little time, it's a lot to take in."

He shakes his head and forces a smile. "Yeah, I know..."

He sits down on the seat and Michael walks away towards the boys room. Tess looks at Laurie who looks sad and walks over to her.

"You okay Laurie? You're supposed to be happy when you don't get nominated you know?"

Laurie nods her head and then looks over at Alex who is now sitting with Kyle. "I know I am, but that's a bit easier said than done today..."

Liz hugs Maria who looks sad. "I don't get it, what is it about him that makes you want to keep getting him out?"

As no one answers she pulls away from Liz's embrace and walks towards the boys room to see Michael.

As she walks in she smiles. "Michael?"

He sighs loudly. "In here."

She walks over to him and sits down beside him on the bed. "I know you are. How are you feeling?"

He shrugs his shoulders. "Okay. I'm used to it by now."

She takes his arm and wraps her arms around it. "Please tell me what you're feeling. Are you angry?"

He shakes his head. "I'm fine Maria, I knew I would be up again. I just wish it wasn't against Isabel..."

She puts his head on his shoulder. "I know..."

He sighs loudly as he leans his head on top of hers and she bites her lip guiltilly.

Out in the lounge only Alex, Kyle and Brody are sitting now. Kyle looks at Brody and then to Alex.

"You ok?"

Alex nods his head and looks at them both. "Yeah, I'm fine. I just didn't expect Isabel to be up yet you know?"

Brody looks at him. "You had your own ideas about who deserved to go?"

Alex shakes his head. " We'll all have to go eventually I guess. It's not that I want rid of anyone's just..."

"Just you would rather it hadn't been Isabel?" Brody asks.

Alex nods and then shakes his head. "I don't know...I don't know..." He stands up and walks towards the girls room. As he walks away Brody turns to Kyle.

"That's one confused guy..."

Kyle nods his head in agreement. "Very confused..."

Alex walks towards the room and knocks the door gently. "Isabel?"

She is sitting on the bed and as she hears his voice she takes a deep breath. "Alex?"

"Can I come in?"

She smiles and turns. "Sure, come on in."

He walks in and heads towards her slowly. She moves over to allow him to sit down. The pair of them sit in silence for a moment before Alex begins to talk quietly.

"How are you feeling?"

Isabel avoids his gaze and looks down at her hands. "I'm fine."

He sighs. "I thought we agreed that you didn't need the line with me?"

She smiles at him warmly. "I know I don't need a line. That's why I'm telling you the truth. I'm fine, a little bit...shocked, well, not shocked but...I just didn't expect to be up against Michael."

He nods his head. "That would be weird for you."

Isabel nods her head. "It's least if I were to go, Max would be there, but if I was to stay?"

He smiles at her and takes her hand gently. "Whatever happens you will be fine."

She sighs. "Yeah, maybe."

They sit in silence for a minute before Isabel looks at him as she forces a laugh. "You'll be glad to get rid of me if I go...I always end up unloading on you, I know that can't be fun for you..."

Alex looks at her seriously and squeezes her hand a little tighter. "I'd never be glad if you went. As I said before, I care about you Isabel...why would I want you to go?"

She smiles at him and looks at him tenderly. "How come you always know how to say the right things to make me feel better?"

He looks at her and brushes the side of her face with his hand and smiles. "I don't always say the right things...sometimes I get things wrong."

She looks at him and asks gently. "Like what?"

He sighs and looks at her and begins to speak. "Sometimes...I make bad dec..."

He is cut off as Laurie walks in the room. Alex stops as he looks at her and Isabel looks shocked at her. Laurie looks at the two of them and apologises quickly before she walks out. Alex looks after her and then looks back to Isabel who is looking after Laurie.

She looks at him and asks sadly. "Do you want to go see if she's ok?"

Alex looks at her with a confussed expression.

Isabel looks at him sadly. "I don't mind. You go..."

"I was talking to you, Isabel." He says gently.

"Yeah, you were talking to me. Thank you." She looks down at their hands and smiles sadly before reluctantly pulling her hand away.

He looks at her puzzled as she stands up. "I...I need to go make sure Michael is alright. Thanks for coming to speak to me Alex..."

She walks quickly to the door and as she stands with her back to him she closes her eyes and takes a deep breath before she speaks. "I know you might not think it sometimes but it means a lot to me..."

As she walks out the room she adds quietly. "So do you..."

Alex sits alone in the girls room. As Isabel disappears he lies down on the bed and look up at the ceiling. "Okay Big Brother, help me out here. What just happened here, because I sure as hell have no idea..."


Alex is in the lounge with Kyle talking about the events of earlier and Laurie is sitting on the outside table talking to Tess. Isabel is in with Big Brother and Michael is out in the garden with Maria, Lliz and Brody.

Alex sighs loudly as he lays his head against the couch. "And then she walked out..."

"She just walked out? You didn't say anything?"

Alex shakes his head. "No. She seemed fine, she said she wanted to go see Michael."

Kyle looks at him. "Maybe she did."

"Yeah, maybe it's didn't seem like she did..."

Kyle sits up and looks at Alex. "Alex, what were you doing before Laurie walked in?"

Alex sits up and meets his gaze. "We were talking..."


Alex looks down. "Nothing important."

Kyle shakes his head. "Why does it bother you then that she blew you off?"

"She didn't blow me off, and it doesn't bother me. I'm just worried about her."

Kyle looks at him. "Why? You said she was fine before Laurie walked in and you apparently didn't do anything to upset her."

"I didn't! Laurie walked out the door and Isabel had decided that I wanted to go after her."

"Did you?" Kyle asks quietly.

Alex shakes his head. "I don't know what you guys take me for, I was talking to Isabel, I wouldn't do that with anyone, especially not someone I care about. I wouldn't sit with someone and leave them to go off with someone else."

Kyle looks at him and smiles. "I know you wouldn't, but Isabel doesn't. Maybe she's seeing something that we don't. It must be hard for her..."

Alex sighs quietly. "Me and Isabel...we're...we're friends...that's it."

Kyle nods his head. "I know you are Alex, but you're "friends" with Laurie too..."


Kyle sighs as he leans back against the couch. "Nothing...forget it."

Laurie leans back on the table and sighs. "I can't believe I did that to them. They were so close and I walked in on them."

She sighs loudly. "Isabel was nominated and I am practically responsible for that and then to add serious insult to injury..."

Tess looks at her. "They weren't doing anything, they were just talking."

Laurie looks at her. "Yeah, didn't see it. They both looked at me like I was this intruder. Alex was shocked and Isabel just looked unhappy. Do you have any idea how that made me feel?"

Tess nods her head sadly. "Yes, I do. But the difference is that you can't get on with everyone...and maybe you do feel bad about Isabel and Alex but you aren't going to change anything there. Alex isn't going for anything with her."

"You didn't see it though Tess, I felt bad before hand but now..."

Tess looks at her. "What are you going to do? Stop being his friend? Is that fair on anyone? No, it's not. Stop laying down Laurie. You have nothing to apologise for. Nothing."

Laurie looks at her and smiles. "You won't let me away with wallawing in self-pity?"

Tess puts a resolved expression on her face. "Nope, just go in there and be yourself. This ducking out of someones way thing is a little bit..."


Tess rolls her eyes. "Exhausting." She takes Luaries hand and smiles. "Look on the brightside, you'll be able to relive this all when we get out of here..."

Laurie begins to laugh. "Dear god, no. It's hard enough the first time."

Tess jumps of the table and Laurie looks at her. "Well, what we'll do is we'll meet up and go over it together and you can fast forward the bit's that I don't want to see and I'll fast forward the bits you don't want to see?"

Laurie jumps down of the table. "You realise how much we have planned when we get out of here? It's a good job I'm moving closer..."

They walk in the house and head over to the lounge. Tess smiles hello to Kyle who grins at her. Tess nudges Laurie and glares at her to talk.

"Hey Alex." She says shyly.

Alex leans his head up and looks at her. He smiles at her warmly as she sits down. "Hey Laurie...sorry about earlier."

Laurie looks at him and smiles reassuringly. "You have nothing to apologise for, I'm sorry I barged in on you and Isabel."

Alex shrugs his shoulders and smiles. "I was just discussing with Kyle the impromptu dance you girls done earlier. May I just say how talented you all are?"

Laurie and Tess blush as Alex smirks at Kyle. "What did you think Kyle? The girls were good movers weren't they?"

Kyle looks at Tess intently and she blushes slightly as she smiles sweetly at him. "I thought they were very good."

Laurie and Alex look at each other each of them roll their eyes in unison and they try and stifle a laugh. Alex looks at them and then ushers to Laurie. "I'm going to get a drink. Laurie? Could you give me a hand over with them? My hands still..."

She nods her head and walks over to the kitchen. As soon as they are both in the kitchen Alex whispers quietly. " Okay, how long before those two finally accept it?"

Laurie smiles. "I know...they would be perfectly happy in here by themselves. It's kind of funny."

Alex nods his head. He turns to Laurie and smiles slightly. "Laurie, you didn't have a problem earlier? You weren't upset?"

Laurie looks down for a second before she looks at him. "No, I wasn't upset. I felt bad about Isabel being nominated but that was all."

Alex relaxes a little. "That's good, because I was a little worried that I might have upset you."

She shakes her head and smiles at him. "You didn't upset me."

He nods his head and smiles. The pair of them stand together for a second looking at each other before Laurie looks away and walks over to the fridge to get the soda out it. She begins to talk quickly as she fills the glasses. "We better get this over for them...before they start that doing that starey thing again. I'm under instructions from Tess that if she does that I've to hit her until she snaps out it, though, the way they go I sincerely doubt it would have much affect..."

She walks over to the lounge leaving Alex himself. He watches her sit down and sighs loudly before muttering quietly. "Why can't my life be easy?" Before he walks over to the couch again.


Maria, Liz, Laurie and Tess are in bed. Kyle and Brody are playing back gammon in the lounge and Michael and Isabel are sitting outside on the deckchairs.

"I can't believe we're up against each other Michael." Isabel says sadly.

Michael nods his head. "I expected to be up...I just didn't expect the both of us to be up. I mean, I would go up against anyone before I'd go up against you. Well, nearly anyone."

She sighs as she looks at him. "How did Maria take it?"

He nods his head and shrugs his shoulders. "Fine, you know Maria...she was a little upset at the time."

Isabel smiles at him. "Well, you are Mr Invincible..."

He looks down and smiles at her. "Look on the brightside I guess, whatever one of us goes will get to see Max, and they will also get to watch this crap on tv instead of watching it."

Isabel raises an eyebrow. "Did I just hear Michael Guerin talk about a bright side? That's new...nice to see Maria at least makes you a little more optimistic."

Michael smiles before his expression quickly changes. " Isabel? Whatever happens, we'll keep going. It's only for a few weeks."

She nods her head and looks down. "I've been hearing that advice a lot recently..."

Michael looks at her and puts an arm around her shoulders. "Umm, it's not been easy in here for you...but, things will get better. As much as Whitman is turning into a real pain in the ass I know that he will be there for you if I...I go on Friday. Just don't be expecting anything else from'll only get hurt and he won't even know it."

Isabel nods her head and smiles at him. "Am I not a bit too old for you to be giving me the older brother speel? You tried that before and you weren't very sucessful."

He sighs. "Yeah, but I figure you're probably less pig headed now." He stands up and walks away from her. "Just...take things as they come. No matter what."

She nods her head and he walks in the house leaving her alone. She turns and looks in the house and notices Alex in the kitchen. As their eyes meet he smiles at her and she smiles back before she turns away quickly and bites her bottom lip and mutters quietly. "Too long Isabel, you left it too long..."

As she takes a deep breath she hears the door beside her and see's Alex standing there.

"It's pretty cold out here so I thought you could do with a blanket." He hands her the blanket and she smiles at him gratefully.


They stand in silence for a minute before Alex walks over towards the vacant seat. "It's a beautiful night tonight."

She nods her head as she looks up at the stars. "You can see everything tonight really clearly..."

He looks up from the seat and looks at the sky. "Yup, there isn't a cloud in the sky."

She sighs as she watches the sky, he looks at her. "Can you see anything?"

She smiles at him. "Well, if you look up there.." she points up and he arches his neck to look up. He squints his eyes and shakes his head. He stands up and grins at her shyly as he moves his chair a little closer to hers.

"Can you see it yet?"

Alex looks at the sky. "Hey, the North Star, we saw that last time, and what do you call it is next to it? The cygnul constellation?"

She smiles at him and shakes her head. "Close...cygnus constellation."

He looks at her and smiles. "I was close." Before he looks back up towards the sky. "Okay, what else is out there that I should know Isabel?"

She smiles as she looks up. "Well, over there is Orion, I think we saw him before, and over there..."

In the house Brody looks at Kyle who is concentrating on the game. "How's Alex now?"

Kyle looks closely at the board. "Fine..."

Brody looks at him. "Umm, Kyle?"

Kyle glares at the board. "What?"

Brody smiles at him as he moves his marker to win the game. "I win, again."

Kyle rolls his head. "Dammit! I should have seen that."

Brody nods his head. "So what did you think of the girls dancing today? Truthfully this time."

Kyle glares at Brody. "I told you and Alex at the time, I thought it was fun..."

Brody grins at him. "I thought Maria was breathtaking, she stole the show."

Kyle was nodding his head along with Brody before he stopped and looked at Brody. "Maria didn't steal the show...Tess stole it right at the first verse."

Brody rolls his eyes. "Don't be ridiculous, Maria has such a powerful voice and natural charm that the table was hers."

Kyle looks at him and smiles forcefully. "You can think that if you want, I mean, you'd be wrong...but..."

"I would not be wrong! Tomorrow we'll ask Alex what he thinks...he'll clear it up."

Kyle stands up and looks at Brody. "We can do that if you want, or you could just admit defeat graciously. You're opinion on that matter sucks."

Brody stands up and smiles at Kyle. "We'll see tomorrow."

Kyle looks at him and smiles. "Yeah, tomorrow."