Right after the announcement Jared is a bit concerned that Canada would give the brothers such a gift because he’s always been public enemy number one in the house and he knows that Raul threw him under the bus to everyone before he left. Meanwhile, Tim feels Canada just got tired of watching the brothers ride on everyone else’s coattails and decided it was time for them to man up. Speaking of the brothers, Nick and Phil can see that Kelsey and Jared seem really upset and that tells them that the couple might not trust the brothers.
While Maddy points out to Cassandra that Raul told the brothers that they were Kelsey and Jared’s targets, the brothers are chatting with Nikki and Tim to discuss strategies and Tim is beginning to feel like a mentor within the house because everyone keeps coming to him for advice. It doesn’t hurt that he’s not afraid to speak the truth and that he’s already won Big Brother Australia. He points out that, if they put out Jared they need to think further ahead to Ramsey and Maddy. Cassandra wants to keep Kelsey in longer than Maddy so she intends to go to the brothers and suggest putting Maddy and Ramsey up on the block, which is likely to have poor Ramsey in tears again.
Time to check out the brother’s HoH room with the usual letters, and pictures and alcohol and an interesting lamp from the Brick that Nick is contractually obligated to think is awesome. The letter is from the entire family and the family says that being on Big Brother is like a DJ event to the boys. A few more hugs and then everyone is out of there, except for Cassandra who stays behind to pitch a few options. The brothers don’t want to create a bunch of enemies and they know they’ll do that if they put Jared upon the block but the idea of putting up Maddy seems to appeal to them.
Cassandra proceeds to tell them a little story involving a couple of chihuahuas (the brothers) and a couple of sharks (Maddy and Jared) and she’s just a little minnow at the bottom of the pond. It’s a good story except that she’s probably more like an orca than a minnow. It’s too bad that after she leaves the brothers are thinking it would be better for their game to put up Jared and Kelsey than it would be to put up Maddy and Ramsey, but either way they know they have to make a big move.
It’s Day 50 and Ramsey gathers everyone in the living room to play The Great Canadian Quiz where the house needs to split into two teams to give Tim and Nikki a crash course on Canadian history, geography and values. After 15 minutes Big Brother will quiz Tim and Nikki and if they can answer seven questions correctly the house will win a very Canadian prize. Tim gets Kelsey, Cassandra and Maddy . . . while Nikki gets Joel, Jared and the brothers. Tim and Nikki get into their Canada costumes (thank goodness the crop top is on Nikki) and they point out that usually when you visit a country you see the country but in their case the country is seeing them and they’re seeing the inside of the BBCan Grand. They’re given a lot of information in their fifteen minutes and nobody knows how much of it will actually fit the questions but my assumption is that Big Brother will hold the questions around the information rather than hope that the houseguests tell them what they need to know.
Tim is up first and Ramsey gets to ask the questions, which Tim answers really well for the first three, then blows one of the great lakes, but he redeems himself on the last question. That leaves only three for Nikki to get right and her first one is to spell Saskatchewan (not Saskatchuuem), she gets the next three to everyone’s surprise and the house now wins . . . poutine and beer. Well, okay, I guess that’s pretty Canadian . . . or at least eastern Canadian.
After their Poutine party it’s time for another HaveNot competition and this one is set up with lots of neon lights and black lights and some futuristic hoverboards. The houseguests have been divided into two teams with Nikki, Ramsey, Maddy and Jared are on the Blue team and Tim, Joel, Kelsey and Cassandra on the Green team and everyone will need to mount their fully charged hover boards and stay balanced to avoid being a HaveNot. Every time their overboard taps the ground it will lose power and once the power bar reaches the pink level they can recharge it by tossing powerboats into a hopper but once they run out of power they’re out of the competition and the first team to lose all their players become the HaveNots for the week. As an added incentive the last player hovering will win the NeverNot Pass which means they can never be a HaveNot for the rest of the season. That’s a nice incentive.
Everyone moves to their boards and gets ready to hover. Tim makes a valid point that, if he can’t do this what kind of an Aussie surfer is he. Nikki’s team is doing great but Nikki not so much as she quickly runs out of power. Joel complains that his height is working against him but his attempt to power up just takes him out of the game, just before the game levels up and the houseguests need to stand with their legs further apart. The Green team is dropping like flies at this level and there goes Kelsey, and then Cassandra, leaving just Tim to carry his team but not very far with only one power level left. As Jared tried to distract Tim, Tim quietly asks Kelsey to tell her boyfriend to stop doing that or he’ll hop off this overboard . . . but he doesn’t need to because it’s time to kick it up to the last level. Maddy starts to complain about how much that hurts her privates with her legs that far apart but Tim is still standing. Well, he was . . . but now it’s a battle between Ramsey, Jared and Maddy for the NeverNot Pass until Ramsey quickly eliminates himself. It’s down to Maddy or Jared and he offers her a deal to cook all her meals if she throws it but she doesn’t trust Jared. There are a lot of close calls and quick recoveries but in the end Jared wins the NeverNotPass, and the Blue team gets to save one member of the Green team from being a HaveNot and they choose to save Joel who’s had his share of slop this season, . . . which leaves Kelsey, Tim and Cassandra as the HaveNots for the week.
After the competition Maddy goes to see where the brothers are at and they mention that she and Ramsey are definitely an option, which she obviously doesn’t like, but then they ask her what she sees in the house and Maddy still throws Kelsey under the bus. Hopefully the brothers know that she’s playing them for her own end game but if they want to make a big move it’s either going to be Maddy and Ramsey or Jared and Kelsey going on the block. Kelsey wants Jared to man up and form an alliance with the brothers and then turn on them if he wins HoH next week but that’s not really Jared’s kind of move and since Jared is a little uncomfortable talking to the brothers Kelsey takes it upon herself to do so. Nick points out that Jared has spent all his time with Kelsey rather than coming to chat with the brothers at any point, even now when they’re HoH, but when Phil says that Kelsey is like his wife she gets all defensive about it. When Kelsey says it could just as easily be her going out again Nick points out that nobody sees Kelsey as a threat because she’s never won a competition, she’s been sent home before, she’s not likely to get taken to final two and Kelsey starts taking it personally. In her mind she’s wondering what the heck they did except get handed the HoH, and she’s right . . . the brothers have floated through the season far more than she has.
The brothers are sorry that Kelsey feels so threatened by them but they haven’t said that they’re putting either her or Jared up on the block. When she returns to see Jared she’s sure that both of them are going up and Jared can’t figure out what everyone’s fascination is with him. Despite Kelsey telling him that he really needs to go and talk to the brothers, Jared really doesn’t want to because he thinks they’re just imbeciles . . . but they’re the imbeciles at the top. If Jared wants any control overtness situation he needs to go up and talk to at least one of them if not both because Kelsey points out that ignoring them isn’t going to get him anywhere. She may not be his wife but that whole "man up" speech has been said to damn near every husband on the planet at one time or another, sometimes often and Jared seems to know when he’s beat and heads out.
Kelsey follows him out and advises that maybe he should ask Tim for advice so off he goes to find Tim but as soon as he goes outside to to do so the brothers swarm in like vultures on a kill and Tim takes control. He straight up asks Phil if they’re going to just make the same move that Maddy did and put Kelsey and Jared up which will make it look to everyone else like the brothers are just appeasing Maddy and Ramsey who are quickly becoming the strongest force in the house. He tells them that, if they want to make their own move they need to control Jared but not by throwing him out and Phil says he hopes that’s possible but he’s not sure it is, to which Jared says that’s been possible since day one. No idea why these two have constantly avoided each other in the house. If I were in the house I’dbe making friends with everybody whether I liked them or not, you just learn to play the cards you’re dealt and get through the game until you run out of cards. After that little speech the brothers decide they need some breakfast and wander off slightly confused while Jared thanks Tim for his help.
Ramsey and Maddy, who’ve been avoiding everyone else are sure that the brothers are going to put them up and Phil says he doesn’t want to put anybody up. Maddy points out that he doesn’t have a choice and that she’ll be very angry if she’s up on the block . . . and I’m not sure why Phil wants to talk strategy with either of the couples but that’s exactly what he’s doing. Tim knows that the brothers don’t want to put up anyone because they don’t want any blood on their hands, but unfortunately there’s no way to avoid that at this point in the game because they’re all running out of soft targets, . . . unless they want to put up Cassandra and Joel.
Nick and Phil figure they need to make a big move and since it’s Nomination time the brothers head off to the High Roller room to do just that. They short list Maddy who has won two HoH and could win the game, Ramsey who is a strong physical competitor, Kelsey because she’s tied to Jared, and Jared who campaigned against them. They lock in their nominations and head out to reveal. The brother’s first nomination is Maddy and their second nomination is Ramsey. They tell Maddy that she’s been nominated because she’s a strong physical player and one of the smartest mental players in the house which is a problem for a couple of dingleheads(?) like them, . . . they tell Ramsey that he’s an amazing guy and he should win the power of veto which is basically saying “guilt by association”. With that they conclude the nomination ceremony and regardless of who wins the power of veto if Maddy stays in the house they’ve just become her number one target.
That brings me up to date on Big Brother Canada until wednesday, when I shall return for more reviews with another look inside the BBCan Grand after a trip to Survivor island. As the numbers dwindle in both series the drama heats up and the targets get bigger, See ya later houseguests.