After the ads, Josh goes to Ryan to make his two-week offer, trying to sweeten it by saying that everyone wants to target Ryan as an ally of Matt as soon as Ryan's no longer HoH. Ryan plays it cool for about ten seconds, but then says that he already knew about it, through Matt via Natalie. Joshuah decides that Natalie has just cut herself out of the alliance. Also, way to burn your spy, Ryan. Idiot.
Sure enough, Joshuah then goes to the other women and tells them that Natalie ratted them out. But fortunately, the deal still seems to be on.
And now here's another scene with Matt and Ryan, where they talk about maybe backdooring Joshuah should the opportunity arise. Matt thinks that's the actual plan, but Ryan DRs that he's still leaning towards backdooring Matt for the sake of Ryan's own safety.
The players for PoV are selected. The first three players are HoH Ryan and nominees Sharon and Chelsia, each of whom gets to draw a name of another person to be in the PoV competition. Ryan draws "Houseguest's Choice." So who's he going to pick, the supposedly suspenseful editing wonders? His old (and as far as Matt knows, his current) ally, Matt? Or his secret ally, Josh? He hedges his bets by picking Adam, a relatively neutral party in the recent intrigues. Chelsia draws Sheila, and Sharon draws Joshuah. Natalie sits and whines, "I don't get to do anything!" Not even Matt.
In the HoH room, Ryan shakes with the anti-Matt alliance, agreeing to backdoor Matt if he gets the chance, in exchange for two weeks of safety. Which will guarantee him sixth place or better in the game. Did Matt really ever have a chance in the face of such a generous offer?
"Meet you by the back door!" Matt crows by way of announcing the PoV competition, unaware of the significance of that phrase. Joshuah's only concern with the PoV competition is whether they can count on Adam to be on board with the plan. Host Matt explains the competition, which is needlessly complicated. It's a combination of shooting pool on a giant, slightly concave table and Yankee Swap, in which people will get to pick prizes at random, one of which is the Power of Veto. Sheila gets eliminated in the first round, but the prize she draws turns out to be the PoV. So Sheila's got it, at least for now. In the second round, Sharon gets eliminated and wins a motorcycle. Chelsia's jealous; she's been wanting a bike for a while, apparently. Otherwise how can she follow James around the world? Sharon makes Sheila swap prizes with her, much to Sheila's disappointment. Sheila's got no use for a motorcycle, she says. Josh gets eliminated in the third round, and his prize is a letter from home. He's thrilled, and plans to hang onto it. In the fourth round, "A-Baller" Adam drops out and ends up winning $10,000. So he trades it for the motorcycle, on the reasoning that Sheila needs the money more than Adam does. Sheila is touched that Adam basically just bought a brand-new bike from her for ten grand.
So now it's down to Chelsia and Ryan in the last round, and Chelsia loses. She ends up with a slop pass. Chelsia psychs Adam out on the bike ("It doesn't say Harley,") she says, and goes for the PoV instead. And Ryan, as the "winner," gets the last prize, which is Jen's unitard from last season. And he swaps the unitard for Sheila's $10,000. "I can use that 10 Gs a lot more than I can use that veto," Ryan DRs, heedless of whether Sheila has any use for $10,000. Josh is relieved that Chelsia has won the veto, because now he figures that Matt's going home. Matt indicates that he's somehow gotten wind of the plan to backdoor him as well, but he's confident in Ryan's support: "[There's] a better chance f my mother floating in the backyard with a hot air balloon than me going on the block this week." Writing this in real time, my first thought is, Let's hope MamaMatt's not afraid of heights.