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There Goes the Neighborhood interview with Tom Bussiere

The Bussiere family, comprised of Tom (dad), Susan (mom), Marcia (grandmother) (top row, left to right), Elise (daughter) and Jake (son) (bottom row, left to right)

The Bussiere family, comprised of Tom (dad), Susan (mom), Marcia (grandmother) (top row, left to right), Elise (daughter) and Jake (son) (bottom row, left to right)

On CBS’s “There Goes the Neighborhood,” insurance agent Tom Bussiere knew his family were outsiders from the start and winning the $250,000 would mean having to win all the elimination challenges.

They could have also done what the Schindlers did and work a secret alliance with an insider “core” family but chose not to. That cost them the game but Bussiere said he has no regrets.

“We were approached by folks in the ‘in’ crowd but Susan [his wife] and I agreed. We wanted to avoid that. We didn’t want to join an alliance we’d later have to break.” One of the stronger families, in fact, asked them to join in an alliance and they declined. “We wanted them eliminated,” he said.

But then again, strategically, sometimes it’s smart to keep your friends close, your enemies closer. And latching onto a strong player could keep you around a long time. And if you ally with one team in this game, there would seldom be a need to break that alliance — unless you do the same thing with another team. (As you can tell, I’ve probably watched way too much “Survivor” over the years.)

Even though his family did not win big bucks, he felt CBS was very fair to them in terms of compensation. (He didn’t say what the basic fee was.). And he got a new lawn out of it, too.

Plus, he got to know his neighbors, something he hadn’t done before. “These folks were strangers to me before the project,” he said. “I feel I can walk right up to any of their homes and walk inside now. The Bussieres have been winners. We now have a bunch of friends.”

The lack of air conditioning didn’t ultimately faze him too much. “When you think about what’s important about life, air conditioning is not one of them,” he said. “Life is more complex than air conditioning.”

They had two of the youngest kids on the show and both enjoyed the adventure. “They had fun,” he said. “I don’t even think they really understood what it meant.” Since the Upshaws warned them that they were going to be put up for elimination, they prepped the kids ahead of time. And neither appeared too upset.

He told his daughter after they were ousted, “your daddy still has 14 days with you. We can just go to play in the pool and have fun.”

Bussiere said they were indeed isolated at a hotel for two more weeks without a TV, Internet or phone. “We didn’t even know Michael Jackson had died until we got out,” he said.

6 comments Add your comment

Tony

August 29th, 2009
1:39 pm

So who ended up winning this lame show? Oh wait.. don’t tell me, I don’t really care anyways.

Mr. Winner's Fried Chicken

August 30th, 2009
6:47 pm

Who won?? I did, because I never watched a minute of this crap!

Current LP-Annadale Resident

September 7th, 2009
9:03 am

You people are really something else. You take the time out to come to a blog..no doubt read what’s out here. Then trash it. Do you see how retarded that is?

Stacy

September 13th, 2009
11:41 pm

What happened who won???

boredin houston

September 14th, 2009
12:20 am

WHO WON ??? My */^#$%^ DVR ended right at the beginning of the vote.

Frustrated in AK

September 14th, 2009
3:29 am

I think of everyone’s DVRs quit on them. There was a glitch and then right when the first person went into the booth the recording stopped. Aaarrrgggh!