Interview #5 with Jessica's Mom
During the past week, many of you have been asking for another interview with Jessica's mother. Well, it's always been part of the plans, but some things in this world are bigger than Big Brother... like a son returning home from Iraq... and I really didn't want to intrude on the family's time until they'd returned from California. That time has finally come! :)
Carolyn-bb8dish: Thanks so much for agreeing to do another interview. I hope you had a wonderful time with Dean... and thank you for sharing so many of his welcome home pictures with us!
Here's a buncha new questions for ya:
bb8dish: How are you feeling about Jessica's alliance with Dick, Daniele and Eric?
Marie - Jessica's Mom: Clearly Dick, Daniele, and Eric have proven to be three of the strongest players this season. For Jessica to enter into an alliance with them, has required her to make a gigantic leap of faith. If the alliance holds true, I feel this will prove to be a very good move for Jessica.
bb8dish: Jessica and Eric have taken their friendship to a new level this week, and both seem very sincere to me, as well as very sweet and (for lack of a better word) appropriate. How are you feeling about it?
JMom: While their relationship seems to be growing, I feel they are both trying to maintain a respectable decorum for national tv, and wish they would concentrate more on the game and less on building a personal relationship.
bb8dish: I was crushed the night Jessica got her HoH and didn't get a letter from Dean - Having spoken with you just the night before when you were heading out to California, I thought, PERFECT, and I was not so secretly hoping production would have had their fastest P.A. waiting at your hotel to rush back a letter and pics of Dean for Jessica... Now I understand that the timing wasn't as fabulous as I'd originally thought. Was production in touch with you at all during your time in California? Was there any attempt made to get Jessica something from Dean? As difficult as it is for most of us to imagine having a loved one in Iraq, it's even harder to think we'd have no knowledge of his wellbeing for a period of 3 months.
JMom: Dean did not fly into California until Friday afternoon; therefore, there was no opportunity for Dean to have a letter written for Jessica in time for the HOH room basket on Thursday night. The producers did contact us while we were in California this week, but there was not an opportunity for them to meet up with Dean for an interview due to scheduling conflicts. It was disappointing, as we know Jessica would have loved to receive a phone call or letter from Dean this week, updating her on his return to America and plans for his upcoming leave.
bb8dish: Jessica's first HoH changed the game drastically: The ouster of Dustin and the formation of the alliance with Dick and Daniele. Her second HoH has been quite a bit easier... taking out Amber - it had to happen sooner or later, right? Eric has promised to fight to the death for tomorrow's HoH, in order to give Jessica the same level of security she's given him the past couple times... What are your concerns for the week ahead... in terms of Jessica's safety? Who are you rooting for in the upcoming HoH competition?
JMom: No one should feel safe any longer, including Jessica. With the AP twist, I don’t feel Eric could guarantee Jessica’s safety, so I would rather see Dick win the HOH, as I think Dick would be most willing to honor his word and not nominate Jessica. This is where we will see if her alliance decision was a smart move or not.
bb8dish: Same last question - with a twist - It's getting down to the nitty gritty. Come Thursday night, there will only be 6 houseguests left... Given the opportunity to talk to Jessica for 3 minutes, uncensored, what would you want to tell her today?
JMom: Remember why you are there – this is a game, and you don’t want any regrets. Keep your head in the game. Go with your gut, and trust your own instincts. Work your own agenda; don’t believe everything Eric, Jameka, and the others tell you. Make decisions based on what works best for you and you alone, as there can only be one winner. Work on your personal relationships after the game is over.
bb8dish: Marie, Thank you again for being so giving with your time this season. And on behalf of bb8dish and our readers, thank you for your family's service to our nation. And Welcome Home, Dean!!
JMom: Thank you again for asking my thoughts, and for your (and your readers') support of both Jessica & Dean!