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Before or After (also known as But First and Foggy Memory) is a recurring Head of Household and Power of Veto competition.


This is a typical Head of Household quiz competition even when it is used as a Power of Veto competition. Each question is about two events that occured earlier in the game. The houseguests should determine if the first event happened before or after the second event.


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The competition first appeared at the final four HoH competition on Big Brother 5. Drew Daniel was the only one to answer all eight questions correctly, winning against Diane Henry and Michael Ellis.

The competition appeared on Big Brother 6, again at the final four HoH competition. Janelle Pierzina beat April Lewis and Maggie Ausburn to claim the HoH, securing a spot in the final three. In total seven questions were asked although Janelle's win was already determined after six of them. Like Drew Daniel the previous year Janelle had a perfect score.

Next time the competition was played on Big Brother All-Stars. This time it was called "But First" referring to Julie Chen's regular using of this expression. Instead of the traditional question "Was event A before or after event B?" there was a statement "Event A happened but first event B happened" and houseguests needed to determine whether the statement is true or false. At the elimination-based quiz after only three questions Erika Landin was the last one standing and she became the new HoH.

Next season, on Big Brother 8, the competition was played during the double eviction. It was a point-based quiz with eight questions. Eventual winner Dick Donato beat Eric Stein and Daniele Donato, gaining his second HoH win.

The competition also appeared during Big Brother 9 right after the end of the couples twist. It was in a form of an elimination-based quiz with true or false questions about the order of events in the house. After three questions only Adam Jasinski and Ryan Quicksall remained. After three more questions Ryan claimed the victory and became the next HoH.

The competition reappeared on Big Brother 11, during Week 6, as a Power of Veto competition. Jordan Lloyd, the eventual winner, won the competition, securing her first PoV win.

The competition reappeared the following season, Big Brother 12, during Week 7, once again a PoV competition. Ragan Fox won the competition, securing his second PoV win of the summer.

The competition once again appeared on Big Brother 13, during the first double eviction of the summer, back as a Head of Household competition. Kalia Booker barely beat Jordan Lloyd, allowing her to send her showmance home.

Reappearing again on Big Brother 14, this competition was played during the first double eviction of the summer. Eventual winner Ian Terry beat every houseguest and won his first HoH of the summer.

The competition once again appeared the next season, Big Brother 15, during the third double eviction of the season. Eventual winner Andy Herren beat out GinaMarie Zimmerman and McCrae Olson, achieving his second Head of Household reign.

The following season, Big Brother 16, this competition was played at the final four HoH. Eventual winner Derrick Levasseur beat Cody Calafiore and Victoria Rafaeli, winning his third permanent HoH.


The competition first appeared on Big Brother Canada 1, during Week 6. Topaz Brady won the HoH, but then found out that her HoH would be an Instant Eviction.

The competition reappeared on Big Brother Canada 2, at the final four HoH competition. Sabrina Abbate won the competition, getting her first HoH of the summer.

The competition appeared the season after, Big Brother Canada 3, during Week 5. Zach Oleynik won the competition, getting his first HoH of the season.

The competition's most recent appearance has been on Big Brother Canada 4, during Week 7. Maddy Pavle won the Head of Household, securing her second HoH win of the summer.

List of Before or After Competitions

United States

Season Week Name Variant Winner
5 10 "Before or After"
Drew Daniel
6 10
Janelle Pierzina
7 8 "But First"
Erika Landin
8 9 "Before or After"
Dick Donato
11 4 "Time After Time"
Ryan Quicksall
11 6 "Before or After"
Jordan Lloyd
12 7
Ragan Fox
13 7
Kalia Booker
14 6
Ian Terry
15 11
Andy Herren
16 12 "Foggy Memory"
Derrick Levasseur


Season Week Name Variant Winner
1 6 "Before or After"
Topaz Brady
2 10
Sabrina Abbate
3 5
Zach Oleynik
4 7
Maddy Pavle


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