Patti Blagojevich on "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!": Day 7

Rod Blagojevich finally managed to get air time on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" Wife Patti had a chance to talk with her family on last night's episode via Skype video call.

"We miss you and we're proud of you," said Rod.

"Did you like the tarantula?" asked 5-year-old Anne.

Rod told her she didn't have to worry about the girls. "They're clean, they're reading," he said.

After the call, Patti beamed. "My girls were smiling," she said. "My husband looked a little tired."

It was an enormous mood swing from earlier in the episode, when the celebrities were discussing their big breaks into show business.

Something weird happened as I watched Thursday night's episode of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! I enjoyed myself.

Don't get me wrong, it's still terrible, disgusting, and demeaning even to the rest of reality television. And for the record, most of my previous recaps have pointed that out. I couldn't even get through Wednesday night's episode without a few beers. OK, more than a few. Too many to count.

But Thursday night, for the first time, I think I'm A Celebrity found its stride. I still can't stand half of the celebrities, but I couldn't tear my eyes away, either. The conflicts may be fake (planned and encouraged by the producers), but now they're so real (inherently dramatic). It may be a fluke--I'm perfectly ready to go back to hating the show and everything it stands for--but Thursday night, I was pleasantly surprised.