James also tells the guys he’s been starting to suspect something had was happening with Natalie because they’ve been arguing more downstairs. Not only that but James is telling the guys about Natalie warning him not to link up with “certain people” or she’d never talk with him again. Natalie told him to stay away from Nicole and Corey, but he doesn’t name Nicorey here in this talk. James says Natalie hurt his feelings with those comments and they slept in separate beds over it.
The talk continues for awhile more as James expresses more concerns about Natalie pushing him away recently and their spats but the worrying didn’t stop there for James.
Earlier on Monday evening James was alone with Victor when he brought up again these issues with Natalie saying he hoped he wasn’t being played by her on TV. Jump to 5:30 PM BBT 9/5 for the brief conversation. Victor agrees with James and says he’s worried for James about that too.
Natalie arrives in the backyard and the talk between Victor and James stops. Neither James or Natalie acknowledge the other but soon they are alone and then it’s just them and silence. Finally James speaks to Natalie and mentions other HGs are starting to sense their tension. Natalie tells him there is no tension on her end, doesn’t want to fight, and tells James to stop overthinking their situation. We get the full run of “do you just want me to leave you alone?” and “maybe after BB you’ll never want to talk to me again” accusations from James.
This goes on for about twenty minutes (starting around 5:40 PM BBT) and is just as awkward as you can imagine. James is standing at the pool table while Natalie sits on the lounger. He’s worried and she doesn’t want to talk about it. When they finally stop she goes inside and James asks an empty backyard, “Why did you get in this showmance, James?”
At this point James is worried that Natalie has played him and now that his usefulness is up for her she’s trying to springboard off his sinking ship. Whether or not that’s the case it does seem to be his perception at this point and it has him questioning his entire summer’s showmance.
We’ve still got three more days for Natalie and James to hang out, make up, break up, rinse, and repeat. At this point it does look like Natalie will go and maybe between her telling James to stay away from Nicorey and the guys semi-welcoming him back James could end up shifting to their side.
We’ll have to wait a few more days to see if he gets a chance to make another go of his season or if he gets run on out next week, following Natalie to the Jury. Either way, at this point we may have reached the end of James trying to save Natalie’s game at the cost of his own.
What do you think of this whole mess? Should Natalie have blamed James for their situation? Does James need to relax about their showmance? Is there really any chance of them being a couple outside of the house? So many questions and we’ll probably get so few answers on this one.
Update: While I was finishing this article James and Natalie had another fight. Go back to 7:30 PM BBT for the half hour drama in the hot tub. Natalie suggested it was unfair that she was going instead of him and she regretted telling Paul and Victor to vote her out since now it seemed like they were going to do it. Natalie also questioned James again about if he had a F3 deal with Nicole and Corey which he denied. Eventually Natalie got up and left while James sat there stunned.