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Thursday, December 08, 2005

'Reality' Check
Local Guy Monkeys Way Into Martha's Top 3!
"Whoever calls a boss cute?!" a mock-shocked Martha Stewart shouted from her porch after Jim Bozzini of Gilbertsville, Pa., said, "She's so cute" to teammates Dawna and Bethenny. They were departing her estate after riding horses and playing Scrabble.

Yep, somehow, this loose cannon -- a Tyler School of Art grad and Philly marketing exec -- is still rolling around on the deck of NBC's "other" Apprentice.

Early in last night's show, he was actually hopping on a kitchen counter, scratching himself, and making monkey noises (see picture above).

Being goofy, though, he explained a bit later, was all part of his strategy. "I'm purposely being obnoxious," he said. "I'm thinking about what I have to do to win. Dawna is thinking about how much I bother her. That's good for me."

Sure enough, while filming a martini-sipping scene for a promotional video, Dawn instructed the drink deliverer not to give any to Jim. "He's already crazy. We don't need any alcohol in his system."

After their team's promo won out, both members of the other team were told to shoo (no point in prolonging this ratings loser), and Martha wrote two of her trademark no-thank-you notes.

Jim seems poised to make the Final Two. When Dawna looked baffled by Scrabble, Martha chided her, saying she had good letters, and joked about how apt one of Jim's words was: fluster. Ah, the Queen of Craftiness had sneakily staged an intelligence test.

Next week's hurdle: impressing corporate bigwigs in interviews. It'll be interesting to see if Jimbo (as he referred to himself during a recent call to WIP) can dish out dignity when he needs to. If he can, he might make the live two-hour Dec. 21 finale, with a shot to work full-time for Connecticut's famed ex-con.

For more, see the NBC show's Web site.



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