Patti Blagojevich had a noticeable presence throughout Wednesday’s two-hour episode of “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here,” including as part of the two-woman team that won a “luxury trial” involving tree-sawing and mathematics.
The show picked up where it left off Monday night, with all the quasi-celebrities (except for whiny washed-up model Janice Dickinson) hanging over a pool of dirty water. Blagojevich was the first to lose her grip and fall in the water. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips won the trial, which granted him weeklong immunity from the public vote to oust someone from the jungle.
Back at camp after the trial ended, actor Daniel Baldwin told former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson he thinks Blagojevich or Dickinson will be the next person voted out of the jungle. We’ll find out who doesn’t get to stay in the jungle Thursday.
Patti complained again about how “unbelievably selfish” she thinks her husband’s successor, Pat Quinn, was in deciding to take away the family’s security three minutes after Rod Blagojevich was ousted from office. Personally, I think it’s unbelievably selfish for the Blagojeviches to think they should keep getting anything from taxpayers.
Patti also vented some more about the situation her husband got them into. Of course, from the Blago point of view, Rod’s ouster was a conspiracy against him — not because he did anything wrong that led to him being arrested on federal corruption charges.
“That was the saddest part, is that people you thought were your friends and just ended up hanging around you because of what they could get from you,” said Patti, neglecting to mention that sounds just like how her husband managed his political life.
Patti was less annoying later when she and Wilson teamed up to defeat actor Stephen Baldwin and former basketball star John Salley in the luxury trial. They had to saw through a tree to get a cannister containing a scroll bearing a math problem. The answer to the math problem was the combination to open a locked box containing the star needed to win the trial. The spoils awarded to the winners: a jump rope, boxing gloves, exercise weights, four granola bars and smoothies. (Dickinson stole one of the granola bars and ate it on the sly.)
The show ended with camp leader Phillips getting to call home and selecting two others to do the same. He picked Daniel Baldwin, whose wife is pregnant, and Patti Blagojevich. Lucky them.
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You may recall that during Monday’s episode of “I’m A Celebrity,” Patti Blagojevich complained she has to drive a 21-year-old car because her family is strapped for cash. I was among those who were skeptical of her claim, and Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn unveiled the apparent truth behind the claim on his “Change of Subject” blog:
A Sun-Times columnist expressed skepticism after failing to find such a car registered in Illinois to the Blagojeviches or to Patti’s family. But Patti’s husband, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, explained in a WLS-AM 890 interview Wednesday morning that the car in question is an old Volvo on loan from his brother, Robert Blagojevich of Nashville.
And, indeed, Tennessee motor-vehicle records show that Robert Blagojevich owns a four-door 1988 Volvo 740 GLE. So there ya’ go.