I'm not even going to bother with the whole previously shtick because either you're watching the show or reading the blogs or both and we all know that by the end of Sunday's episode Kelsey had put Tim and Cassandra on the block. We get right back into the house immediately afterwards as Kelsey closes the Nomination Ceremony.
Joel finds himself right in the middle, which is where he's been all along. With Tim and Cassandra both on the block, the only way to save the Threak Show is for Joel to win the PoV. Tim tells Cassandra that they've gotten this far by playing smart so they should have this be their smartest week. Cassandra is so focused on the fact that Joel must win that she seems to have forgotten that in the finale there can be only one winner.
The Threak Show thinks they're on a roll but that's never a good sign. At the dining table Joel is playing up to Kelsey's emotions about really wanting to win something and hopes he can win the PoV. His whole depressing attitude is so obvious and if she believes he won't use the veto to save his alliance then she's obviously not paying attention. Joel then goes to the brothers promising not to use the veto if they let him win it but why would any of them fall for that?
Up in the HoH room Joel is rocking out with his iPod as Kelsey preens in the somewhat private HoH bathroom. Time for Joel's personal audition tape as he lip-synchs to Carly Rae. It's a bit over the top but then again it's Joel.
Big Brother has set up the living room as a movie theatre complete with popcorn and snacks. Cassandra and Tim are on one couch, Phil and Kelsey on another, and Nick and Joel make an odd couple on the third. They get to watch the first episode of a new Shomi show "Unreal" as preparation for the PoV challenge.
Day 65 and we get more one on one time with Joel. That's never a good sign. Then we cut over to the brothers where Nick is giving Phil the Rocky style pep talk to get his head in the game. It's almost as over the top as Joel's lip-synching.
Everyone enters the backyard in their theatre attendant finery and they need to match Shomi theme lists to win each level. There are five rounds to eliminate house guests. In order to win they have to find the matching show cards hidden in a giant box of popcorn. Too bad it's not real popcorn. As each player is eliminated they get to make the next list. Whoever wins the PoV will also win a $5000 entertainment package from Shomi.
It's a pretty fun challenge, especially if you like movies and can remember them, but it's all on Joel if he wants his alliance to survive. That popcorn box must be about five feet deep and probably 20-30 feet across. Kelsey and Phil are working together and then they start helping Joel. Bad idea but they keep working together and Tim is starting to get a little paranoid. Kelsey finishes the first round first and Cassandra is eliminated, forcing her to make the next list.
Round two and Joel is still getting help from Phil and Kelsey. Tim finishes first and then watches Joel hand a card over to Phil because Phil needs it. Tim is smelling something fishy, but Kelsey is now eliminated. Between rounds they get a quick break inside while Big Brother resets and Tim takes Cassandra aside to question Joel's loyalty. He doesn't trust Joel and has decided that the Threak Show is over.
Round three and it's Phil versus Tim versus Joel. With less players I wonder if they toss in less film cards for them to find. If so, that'd make it even tougher to find the cards you need. Tim is just racing through the challenge and Joel is a bit confused. Tim is sure that Joel has turned so he has no choice but to win for himself and he finishes first, then Phil, and Joel is eliminated. So much for everyone giving it to Joel.
It's a two part final with Tim versus Phil and Tim is on fire in the popcorn box and finishes first. Second part of the final round has ten titles and Tim gets a one title advantage but Phil has caught up and . . . it's down to the last card, American Horror Story; Freak Show. Tim is not entertained by the irony but he's found the last card and Tim has won the Power of Veto. He's also won the $5000 entertainment package from Shomi but apparently he's also lost his mind as he paces back and forth ranting about how he's now playing for himself.
That looked like a pretty tough challenge and as they all go their separate ways inside the house Cassandra follows Tim to find out what the hell is going on. Tim's done playing alliances anymore and he's playing his own game. Cassandra is pissed and she's just realized that Tim wants to win the game, despite what he's been telling everyone all season.
Then Cassandra goes to Joel to find out if he's working with the others and he tells her he's not. Joel's biggest problem was that he had a good plan he just failed to share it with his actual alliance and now they've turned on each other. It's obvious that Tim is likely to use the PoV on himself so now Joel needs a backup plan. Hope it works better than his last one.
Joel knows that Kelsey will need a replacement nominee so he intends to convince her to put up the brothers. Cassandra is laying on the tears and I'm never sure how much of those are real. Eventually Kelsey finds Joel pretending to be all depressed because he can't win anything and he doesn't think it's fair that some people have never felt the stress of the block. Kelsey knows that if the brothers go in the block they'd be going out. Joel assures her he would vote the way she wants and she'd have the tie breaking vote but I don't think she's that gullible. She tells him there's always hope and that she'll bake him some cookies later and then heads out. Cookies always make people feel better.
Joel eventually goes to talk with Tim about what he was doing during the competition and Tim tells him how much it looked like he was working with the others. He has no idea if Joel is being honest or not, and no way to tell other than Joel's word. Tim is contemplating using the PoV on Cassandra to keep her dream alive but what about his game. Cassandra shows up to talk with Tim alone and she tries to convince Tim to use the PoV on her rather than himself. She goes on about how it's been her dream to win Big Brother and it doesn't mean as much to him. Here come the big crocodile tears again, but I don't think Tim cares if she cries or not. He tells her he needs time to think, and he hates it when she cries, and then she forces more tears. Don't believe her Tim.
Enough with the crocodile tears as its now time for the Power of Veto Ceremony and everyone is gathered in the living room awaiting Tim's decision. It's a tough decision and Tim has decided to use the power of veto . . . on himself. He gives a great speech about how he played based on his trust in others only to find that he can't trust anyone else anymore and must now take his fate into his own hands, just like Cassandra's fate is in hers. Kelsey stands by the brothers, who've had her back and Jarred's back for many weeks now, and she nominates Joel as Tim's replacement.
Cassandra still has time to stay alive as long as she's willing to throw her buddy Joel under the bus, but Joel didn't come into the house just to be someone else's target. Be sure and check out who gets evicted during the next episode, Joel or Cassandra, and enjoy my review of the proceedings. I may be a bit late as things return to normal around here with my wife returning after two weeks away, but I'll be here. On Friday (or Saturday morning) be sure to check out my Amazing Race review as well. See you soon house guests.