Professor Mortimer Goth
of SCU gives us his insight into the state of play in the house and how different methods have been applied to improve the housemates' sense of well being..
"With the series passing its halfway stage, the housemates are now anticipating the end of the series. With there being fewer housemates, they all know each other quite well apart from perhaps Dave. However, Dave shares some similarities with Serena. Neither of them are fully trusted by the other housemates. Serena is not trusted because of the belief that she is a plant and Dave is not trusted because the housemates don't know him as well.
"With there being fewer housemates, their intention to push themselves further becomes more paramount. Sam's selection of only one housemate to share the Rich House with him may make him temporarily unpopular but it provides him in an environment with less antagonism and competition. Four of them have been in there from the beginning whereas Dave has been only in the house for almost two weeks. For the 'old timers', winning the show seems to be evident in their thinking.
"All of the 'old timers' housemates have played with relationships. Nicole had a fling with David, Lucy has had a flirtation with Sam who is the only one in a surviving relationship with Serena. The fact that these relationships have not lasted shows that they were more for security than out of a genuine need for affection.
"Different methods have been used to improve the housemates' morale and wellbeing. Their own nightwear was one of many subtle ways that this has been done. The latest method to improve their morale has not yet been realised by the housemates. The decision as to how long it remains part of things has not been decided but the cat may be removed and the change in the housemates' behaviour monitored closely.