Five For The Money

Since I last posted two weeks ago (due to the Easter holiday), Arlie Shaban, Allison White, and Rachelle Diamond have been eliminated, leaving the game down to just five houseguests remaining. Currently, Jon Pardy is in his second reign as HOH, nominating Heather Decksheimer and Sabrina Abbate for eviction.

At this point in time, I’d be totally shocked if Neda Kalantar doesn’t at least make the final two. Her execution of Allison White, benefited by “instant eviction” rules where no veto game or ceremony was played (perhaps a homage to season two of the US franchise won by the “Evil Doctor” Will Kirby), was a classic move seen in the US game over and over again over the years. If you don’t have a reason to evict somebody, use smoke and mirrors.

In the end, this is a game, and reality shows are games that do not necessarily have to have ethical commitments to them. It would be nice if everybody played ethically, sure, but with $100,000 Canadian at stake, some of these contestants would kill members of their own family for that kind of money. The houseguests are eventually baby-faced (or a little older) assassins, playing to advance to the end ANY way they can.

Neda will either be the clear winner of season two, or perhaps the first “undeserving runner-up” in the Canadian series, rivaling Danielle Reyes in the third US season or Dan Gheesling in his landmark run to the money two years ago. We’ll have to see how she does, but right now she’s clearly above the rest of the field.

Veto Is A Busy Dude

With Sarah Miller and Kenny Brain now each vamoosed from the house, we have Newfoundland’s Jon Pardy ruling the house with not only HOH powers, but with the power of veto to consolidate his power in the house.

But little does he know that Allison White holds something called a red veto, which is a secret veto power. She can call an auxiliary veto meeting after the usual veto meeting is held and use her powers at that point, and she can do so in either this HOH cycle or the next, having forfeited the chance to do so in the previous eviction cycle.

Adel Elsari also used a veto of his own this week as well. His veto power, called a buzzworthy veto, allowed him to kick out any selected player for the POV competition, so Allison was not allowed to compete in POV as chosen, with Elsari competing in her place without winning the honors. Again, the rest of the house has yet to know that Allison has veto powers, nor is she allowed to inform them before it is used.

I hope this makes sense to you all, because it confuses the heck out of me. Too many balls in play, too many permutations as to what can happen in these next few days. It’s like playing draw poker with deuces, fours, sixes, and eights wild.

Hopefully next week, we’ll have a clearer picture of things.

The Tell Tale Fuzzy Peach Candy

With Canada serving as a de-facto Head of Household last week, “they” wound up nominating Andrew Gordon and Sabrina Abbate for eviction, and when Jonathan Pardy won the POV contest, he elected not to use his veto powers. With the nominees remaining in tact, it was Andrew who winded up homeward bound with seven votes for his eviction to Sabrina’s two.

In HOH stage number six, and with the seventh stage taking place as part of a double eviction night on Thursday, Heather Decksheimer became the fifth different decision maker of the season, placing Allison White and Kenny Brain up on the block. According to the Wikipedia page covering Big Brother 2 (there are other sources saying the veto ceremony has yet to happen, which seems more likely to me), Kenny won the POV, saving himself. That meant Sarah Miller went up as his replacement, meaning either Allison or Sarah will go home one spot before the remaining nine reach the jury.

Rachelle Diamond can consider herself darned lucky that she didn’t go up as a nominee either by penalty or by the will of Heather, or the house for that matter.  She decided to eat a fuzzy peach flavored piece of candy that belonged to Heather as part of her HOH reward for the week while under a have-not food penalty. Instead of taking action again the 20 year old Edmonton student, producers decided to part the entire house under the same have-not food penalty for the week, among other things.

I don’t agree with the punishment, and I feel that punishing everybody for the actions of one person is excessive. This is how a house mutiny could get started, as nearly happened on the first Big Brother here in the United States. Contracts and a 1 in 10 chance of $100,000 be damned, what if someone decided to walk out, or worse yet, not cooperate? Say a houseguest refused to cast a vote on the live show, basically holding it hostage. Then the show would have a much bigger problem on their hands.

If someone wound up doing something like that and I were a producer, the resolution would be simple: Rachelle would automatically go up on the block, and Heather would be allowed to pick the one person who goes up with her. By not taking that action, she’ll wind up staying in the house longer than perhaps she should have, causing Sarah or Allison to go home earlier than they should have. But at the end of the day, it is their show, and I merely attempt to make sense of it all.