We join the houseguests right after the PoV Ceremony with hugs all around as usual and Tim thinking he’s made a great move. Cassandra has managed to form a nice little alliance with Tim but she realizes that for Tim to stay in the house he needs to be quiet so she goes to give him that advice but this is Tim we’re talking about. Being quiet is not exactly what he’s known for. Kinda like someone telling me to be quiet, it just ain’t gonna happen. Cassandra’s plan is to get rid of Maddy and keep her good buddy Tim but that still remains to be seen.
Watching the two of them banter I can see why Phil might have wondered if they were related. They’re kinda like a brother and sister team with different parents, especially when she asks him how this sounds, “I vote to evict . . . Tim” and he tells her he’d be disappointed if she didn’t do that. They’re funny. Not so much Nikki and Joel who are lounging on the couches complaining about eating too much.
Joel decides to carry Nikki outside with her completely stretched out like she’s flying and her laugh is a bit eerie. Maybe he’s hitting a ticklish spot but kudos to Joel for not dropping her down he stairs. As he sets her down beside the pool table with Phil we find Tim pacing back and forth by the hot tub and Kelsey’s worried he’s starting to freak out. How would she know? Tim just wants to make sure that Maddy isn’t campaigning in silence behind his back and it doesn’t seem likely as she’s currently curled up in one of the bedrooms. He figures if things get too much they should all just ignore her and both Kelsey and Jared seem to be in agreement, especially Kelsey.
Tim has just realized that, if Maddy has actually been listening to all the mentoring he’s been giving her for the past fifty days, he could actually be in trouble. Kelsey’s right he is freaking out because he’s just realized what he’s done. Which brings us back to Maddy who’s still emotionally drained after Ramsey’s exit and she knows that she’s the target. It’s time for Maddy to start focusing back on the game and stop giving up and she seems to have realized that as she goes into a workout routine.
Meanwhile up in the HoH room the brothers are floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee as they feel in complete control of the situation. They seem to believe that they’re smarter than everyone else and they may be, . . . that whole doofus routine could be just an act, . . . but if it is they should get some kind of an award. Maybe an Emmy. Kelsey goes up to chat with the brothers and let them know that Tim is starting to worry and they’re okay with that. Phil’s right that all Maddy has to do to stay in the house is run a basic “I Hate You All” campaign and go on about being everybody’s target. That would probably do it because they’re more likely to take someone to the end that everyone hates rather than someone that gets followed around like Jesus.
Nick and Phil are feeling pretty stoked having Kelsey on board, since that also brings Jared on board. They know that Cassandra is tight with Tim and they assume that Nikki will vote to keep him over Maddy but it’s all about the numbers. That, and the fact that they want a Canadian to win Big Brother Canada, not an Australian or a Brit. They want to make sure that there are two Canadians at the end, regardless of which two Canadians those are. Apparently they took Tim’s meme about their “two brain advantage but no brains” to heart.
Arisa returns to tell us that Big Brother gave Nick and Phil the ultimate challenge this week and if they pull it off they win a visit from a Canadian UFC Champ, which is kind of a hint to what they need to do. As Nick comes down the stairs Phil starts telling him that there’s something wrong with his face and the arguments escalate from there while the other houseguests look on. They’re not actually mad at each other, in fact it sounds pretty much exactly like my two kids going at each other some days, but if they convince the rest of the house they’ll win a personal training session with Elias Theodorou, whom some of you may remember from the Amazing Race Canada season three.
They need to complete three tasks to win, the first of which is Phil telling Nick “I wish you weren’t my brother,” which he had no problem getting to. That’d hurt if it were true. Their second task is for Nick to pour a glass of water over Phil’s head but before he can get to that Tim intervenes and wants to know if they should sing the “brothers” song which gets everyone laughing. Tim’s not sure if he should just sit back and enjoy the show or play the older brother and break it up. Too late, there goes the water. The third task is for Phil to kick Nick out of the HoH room so he goes up and tosses Nick’s bag over the railing. I hope there was nothing breakable in there. Then Phil tosses out any of the loose clothing and tells Nick he’s not allowed back so Nick storms out into the yard and tosses his drink down in anger. Maddy’s looking a little shocked while Tim doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
After the rest of the house is done cleaning up after the brothers rampage, Nick and Phil call everyone back to the living room and Maddy’s like, “are you serious?” Time to reveal their secret mission and the fact that they passed as well as what they won. Everyone looks in shock that Elias Theodorou is coming to give the entire house a training session, but why the heck not. The poor guy needs more screentime than he got in the Amazing Race Canada. With that, in walks Elias who tells them all to get changed into their UFC gear and meet him out in the yard.
Elias gets in a little UFC plug and then gets everyone started jumping rope. Watching Elias train Nikki was funny, especially the line abut breaking her in half which of course Nikki was taking in a more sexual vein. Cassandra makes some comment about Jared seeing himself as a mini Elias, and it could be but when Elias takes on Joel yu can see someone is seriously outmatched . . . and it’s not Elias. With their training session done Elias runs back out but not before Nikki tells him he could stay. Yeah, he’d definitely break her in half.
Maddy goes up to tell Phil she’s done, she’s given up campaigning and is unhappily at peace with going home this week but Phil tells her she needs to campaign. He tells her to be the villain and to own the “villain” because it’s her only chance. He really wants to make sure that Tim goes out this week but if Maddy gives up that whole plan falls apart. Nick tells her the Maddy he knows is a firecracker and she finally decides that she’ll do it, but she’s doing it for Ramsey.
With the changes in the house Phil has managed to talk more with Jared in the last few days than they ever talked before. They’ve been able to discuss game strategies and plant seeds of doubt about Tim and how he’s manipulating everyone. Jared agrees that Tim is definitely a great guy but everything he tells them is to manipulate them to his benefit. Even some of the stories from his past on how he manipulated his family just add more and more doubt.
Meanwhile, Maddy has decided to totally embrace her role as the villain because that’s the best way for her to move forward. She tells Cassandra and Joel that Tim has told every single person left in the house how much he wants to work with them and then tells them the whole thing about Tim not wanting to win is an illusion. Of course it’s an illusion, nobody goes into the Big Brother house to lose. She further points out how everybody loves Tim which means that if he makes it to the end, he wins, . . . whereas nobody even likes her so she’s a much safer bet to be sitting next to. Time for Maddy to play the Canadian card by asking both Cassandra and Joel if they want a Canadian to win or not, because if Tim is there at the end, he wins.
It’s not much of a surprise that Cassandra goes to Tim with the information from her chat with Maddy and he doesn’t exactly deny any of what she said, in fact he admits it does expose a bit of his game but it also exposes her game and he’s very good at twisting things around. Just imagine if he and Mitch had worked together from the start. Tim is starting to think he may have underestimated Maddy’s ability and now Cassandra has to decide what’s best for Cassandra, not what’s best for Cassandra and Tim because in the end there can be only one . . . unless Nick and Phil win.
Cassandra returns to Maddy to get more information but Maddy doesn’t feel like Cassandra would believe her, to which Cassandra says she’s still there so Maddy goes on about how Tim had said he can’t be in a final four deal with Cassandra because she’ll lie behind his back. Cassandra looked a little surprised by that and admits that Tim has always been a Wild Card in the house, even when Maddy points out that Tim will get her and Joel because he has help, alluding of course to Nikki. Cassandra seems to be taking it all in and the numbers could actually turn in Maddy’s favour so she decides it’s time for a full house campaign.
Maddy gathers everyone back in the living room, including Tim, and then she points out that everyone dislikes her on a game level and a lot of them dislike her on a personal level. With that she points out that there’s no love lost between her and Kelsey who wouldn’t think twice about putting her back on the block, nor would the brothers because she’s the strongest player in the house. Jared would also have no problem putting her on the block since she’s done so to him, twice, . . . and even Cassandra admits she’d put Maddy on the block. When Maddy mentions Joel putting her up he looks a bit uncomfortable about the whole thing . . . but then Maddy turns to Tim. She says that Tim will always have Cassandra on his side and he’ll always have Nikki on his other side, no matter what, . . . so Tim’s chance of getting to the end is far better than any of the others.
In the Diary room Tim admits to being very impressed with Maddy and says it’s like the apprentice is schooling the master. I guess she really did listen to all that advice he’d been handing out so freely. Silly Tim. Back in the living room Maddy discusses Tim’s illusion about not wanting to win and then follows by pointing out that anyone who thinks they can beat Tim in the end is making a big mistake. Tim’s actually starting to look a little concerned.
While Tim starts to stress Arisa takes us over to the Jury House where Mitch has been ruling the roost all on his own for a week with a lot of time to relax and come up with a scientific theory as to what’s going on inside the house. His theory relies heavily on a bowl of fruits and he’ll be very surprised to see Tim walk through the door, or Joel, but if it’s Raul he’ll just laugh at him for making the wrong decision . . . and who should be on their way to the Jury house but his good friend Raul. He knows he’s going to get an ”I told you so” from Mitch and then Raul tells Mitch exactly why he’s there. It’s good to know that outside of the game these two are able to return to the friendship they had developed inside the house.
While Mitch shows Raul the rest of the house we return to Arisa who welcomes Ramsey back to the stage to give us an update on his father. It’s a heart-warming standing ovation for Ramsey as he walks on stage and tells Arisa that his father’s surgery was successful, after six bypasses. HIs dad is still in ICU but all the texts and prayers are really helping. Arisa admits how beautiful it was to see the support inside the house for Ramsey when they all heard the news. With that, Arisa returns us to the living room so that Ramsey can give the houseguests an update on his dad and they’re all so happy to see him, especially Maddy. He thanks them all for their support and tells them to hang in there and then Arisa wishes love to Ramsey and his family and sends him on his way, I’m pretty sure we’ll see more of Ramsey in a future season.
Time for the Eviction Vote and whoever leaves is going to become the third member of the jury. Maddy gives a quick speech saying that there’s not much she can say to change their votes but she wants them to vote not out of fear but for their own game. Then Tim gets up to say that Maddy is one of the most ruthless players and the game can be won with backroom deals but nobody remembers a coward. With the speeches done Kelsey makes her way to the Diary Room and Kelsey votes to evict Maddy, Nikki votes to evict Maddy, Cassandra votes to evict Maddy which makes it official, Jared votes to evict Maddy, and finally Joel votes to evict Maddy.
By a unanimous vote Maddy has been evicted from the BBCAn Grand and she looks to finally be at peace with that decision. She gives everyone a hug, even Kelsey and then wishes them all good luck before heading out to meet Arisa on stage. Arisa gives her a welcoming hug and then asks Maddy to tell them about this tough week. Maddy pretty much agreed that after losing Ramsey in the house she had to go all out and fight for herself. Arisa asks her if any of this is karma and Maddy disagrees with it being karma she just felt most of them wanted to make friendship bracelets rather than play the game, and with that we bid farewell to Maddy.
With Maddy’s farewell it’s time once again to get into another Head of Household Competition and this one is going to be extra special for the houseguests. It’s also likely to be interrupted by the end credits but let’s get to it anyway. With Ramsey choosing to self-evict this week it focused everyone back on the fact that no matter how much everyone loves being in the Big Brother house, nothing is more important than family. With that in mind, this weeks HoH Challenge is called Rock & A Hard Place and the houseguests are shown family members competing for them on screen standing behind buzzers as they circle a lava pit. There’s Tim’s father Philip, Jared’s sister Randall, Kelsey’s sister Courtney, Cassandra’s father Said, Nikki’s best friend Freddy, and Joel’s mother Erika. The family members need to watch a ton of rocks fall into the pit below and when they think they’ve seen 1,000 rocks they need to hit their buzzer. The player who gets closest to 1,000 will have won their houseguest the HoH and will get to win time with their loved one.
On that note we fade back to Arisa who promises that next week will be a double-eviction. Looking forward to actually watching this HoH competition play out on Sunday to see who gets to spend time with their loved one and I’ll be right here to give everyone my review of the episode. Coming up, I’ll be back with my Amazing Race review in the next 24 hours. See you soon houseguests.