Big Brother 17 Episode 29

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Everybody continued to go on and on about supposedly wanting to get rid of Vanessa in Big Brother 17 Episode 28. It probably wasn’t going to happen anyway (again), but then she won veto, leaving the nominations the same with Steve and John remaining on the block.

Vanessa starts crying after the veto ceremony (after she gets done attacking Steve). I think I’ve seen this plot before. Austin and the twins just play along. Sure, Steve, the outsider, was the mastermind behind forcing the strongest alliance in the house to target her. That makes so much sense.

Then one of the twins confronts John. Why would he tell Vanessa about their 5 person alliance? The one that they threw in the trash when they they put 2 of the 5 members on the block.

The twins call Vanessa the swing vote. Vanessa denies this. She just wants to do whatever they want. Great. We seem to be getting nowhere here.

I’m not sure how much it really matters. Whoever stays is in the middle of the house caught in between two alliances with Vanessa.

Meg: John
James: John
Vanessa: John
Julia: John
Liz: John

By a vote of 5-0, John has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Boo. Farewell to the life of the party. I’m not sure what he did wrong to get eliminated, but that’s kind of the point. I’m not sure what he did right either. If anything, he may have been sunk by the fact that the upcoming twist was revealed weeks ago. Nobody wants to upset an alliance that may just be brought back together right after the eviction.

When asked who he would target if he were to come back in the house, John responds Meg. That seems odd. In either case, he would be willing to work with Vanessa. It’s not like either of them have much choice.

Shelli, Jackie, Becky, and John will now have a chance to return to the house. Becky and Jackie would clearly seek to make the Meg/James alliance a threesome, which is what made keeping that pair in the house very dangerous. The path the other two may take is not so clear.

In this competition, Dizzyland, they will hold on to a rope and go around in circles and spin some. The last person standing will be HOH. The last juror standing will return to the game.

So, this is an endurance competition. Supposedly. Steve, Julia, and Meg have already been eliminated in the time it took to go to a commercial break.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 30, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 28

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm

After Austin won HOH, there was much talk of a Vanessa nomination in Big Brother 17 Episode 27. Again. John and Steve are now on the block.

We start tonight with more of the same. Vanessa is going to be a target. Maybe.

Austin selects Vanessa at random to play in the veto competition. John picks Meg again. Steve selects Julia.

Zingbot comes by and insults everybody. Then he asks Liz whether she’s excited to meet Austin’s girlfriend.

Zingbot’s veto competition is to identify face mashups. Julia sets the time to beat with 4:45, which does not seem particularly difficult. Steve wants to go slow and steady and not make a bunch of wrong guesses. Well, he gets that half way with the slow part. Austin doesn’t recognize that Liz’s face is not in the picture he keeps guessing. Vanessa sets a new best time of 2:51, much better. John is unable to beat it. Unable to recognize her own nose, Meg loses.

Vanessa wins the power of veto. Now we can stop pretending like she’s going on the block. It would be funny if she used the power to screw over Austin and the twins, but I’m not sure there’s a path where doing so might make sense.

She talks to John to once again make sure they are cool, and she agrees to discuss with Austin the possibility of removing him from the block. Austin considers this a selfish move because he doesn’t believe Meg or James would come after him.

After Vanessa tells John that Austin said no, John responds with the only thing he has left: she was the target last week. Once again, the truth comes out about these really bad lies that people are telling everybody in the house. Liz admits it but blames Steve. Yeah, Steve’s the power in the house who’s forcing everybody’s hand. Vanessa seems to buy it and goes off on Steve.

Vanessa does not use the power of veto. Her using it was plausible on some level, but since the only friend it would win her is John, it wasn’t worth it.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 29, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 27

Posted by Shane on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Becky was evicted in Big Brother 17 Episode 26, a pretty predictable result despite all the talk of getting rid of Vanessa.

Meg was the first person eliminated from the HOH competition at the end of the last episode. Julia eliminates herself by moving her hand off the buzzer. Vanessa does the same. Finally, the race is on, and John is eliminated. Steve is the next victim of a false start. Austin beats James to win HOH.

In theory, everybody who was competing for that wanted to get rid of Vanessa. Surely it can’t be the best thing for everyone’s game. John’s not sure Austin would be that dumb. The twins didn’t want him to win either.

Everybody in the house is in an alliance with Austin, so now he needs to decide which of those alliances to cut. He tells James and Meg that he’s keeping that alliance. That leaves, John, Steve, and Vanessa.

John’s the one certain nomination. Now they need a pawn to go up against him. As they are discussing this, Vanessa refuses to acknowledge that Austin was her target when she was HOH. Now he says he can’t trust her any more because she’s lying to him. Oh, this story again. That was actually her excuse and the reason why she should have followed through. Austin, who’s been lying the whole game, is upset by the same thing that upset her. Such a dysfunctional alliance. One problem with these stupid lies is that they tell everybody else in the house the truth, so nothing stays secret for long.

Steve says he is willing to be the pawn. But only if he is not up against John. That seems like a rather unusual request.

After being pushed again, Vanessa finally admits that she was targeting Austin.


I don’t think there was ever really any chance of a Vanessa nomination, though perhaps as a backdoor.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 28, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 26

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

There was some constant and tough talk about how big a problem Vanessa is in Big Brother 17 Episode 25, but it didn’t amount to anything, as Becky and John remained on the block.

John and Steve are the odd men out. They decide to join forces with Austin and the twins, who they can use as shields since surely somebody will be smart enough to target them eventually.

Both nominees assure everybody that they have one target, Vanessa.

As we head to the jury house, we find more fear of Vanessa. I’m not sure whether people are going to respect her or be bitter because she outplayed them. Of course, it’s important to note that one of them will be returning to the house.

Steve: Becky
Vanessa: Becky
Meg: Becky
Austin: Becky
Julia: Becky
James: Becky

By a vote of 6-0, Becky has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Her HOH last week ended with every houseguest ignoring her wishes, and then she was the only person to vote against the house by voting to keep Meg rather than Jackie. It made it apparent she was on her way out. Julie questions whether Becky’s over the top targeting of Vanessa caused her demise. Despite all that, she might be willing to work with Vanessa if she comes back, as her target is the person who got rid of her, Liz.

The HOH competition that will conclude next time is all about waiting and waiting and waiting until they see the word go on a screen, then racing across the yard. Meg is the first one eliminated.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 27, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 25

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Liz nominated Becky and John after winning HOH in Big Brother 17 Episode 24, but her real target is, well, I guess we’ll find out.

Right after the nomination, Vanessa goes to talk to John again. His response: she is his sworn enemy. They think they can still trust him, but they shouldn’t. Next up, Liz and Austin. He’s willing to work with them, at least until he gets rid of Vanessa.

Liz picks Austin (houseguest’s choice) to participate in the veto competition, which results in a sour face from Julia. John picks Meg at random. Becky picks Steve.

John’s planning to throw the competition, which seems pretty risky at this stage of the game. He hopes to get on the good side of Liz and Austin by doing this, but how far can you really get with twins and a showmance?

It’s the return of Otev, complete with annoying and repetitive singing, which isn’t funny after the 10th time. Or the 30th. This is pretty much a dumb luck searching game while getting messy. John is eliminated on the first question. Steve is next. Then Becky. Meg is next. Liz beats Austin to win the power of veto.

Vanessa continues to play hard, as she has all along. I’m not sure this is helping or hurting her any more.

Liz had done a lot of protesting about her and Austin, but the pretending seems to be completely over now that they’re turning out the lights and she is getting hickeys.

So after Vanessa’s earlier paranoia, now comes the tears. She confides in Liz that she’s not sure about Austin any more. That’s a pretty stupid thing to do.

Liz has been doing an awful lot of talk about how she can’t stand Vanessa and wants to get rid of her, but it would just be a dumb move. Creating an enemy out of Vanessa seems rather pointless and quite dangerous, especially since it sounds like a jury member will be returning. In the end, she decides not to use the power of veto.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 26, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 24

Posted by Shane on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 6:59 pm

A double eviction night led to the departure of both Shelli and Jackie in Big Brother 17 Episode 23.

Multiple people are confused what just happened. They are not alone. I don’t know what happened either. The explanation is that he heard from Vanessa that Jackie wanted to backdoor him when she was HOH. He realizes that having taken a stand for the first time, without even having consulted anyone, may have cost him the game.

What he has going for him is that he is still a vote, one that nobody can predict, so they are going to play nice to try to win him over. Both sides of the house immediately try to get on his good side.

The HOH competition is to answer questions about the emojis they see. Meg beats James. John beats Austin. Julia beats Vanessa. Liz beats Becky. John beats Meg at the start of round 2. Julia is incorrect and loses to Liz. In the final round, Liz beats John to win HOH.

Becky expects to be going up, and she expects Vanessa to be behind it since she tried and failed miserably to get rid of her. Immediately after dancing around in celebration, Vanessa tells Liz that Becky should be the target. Liz is already thinking along those lines anyway.

Becky’s play to try to save herself is to tell the obvious truth about how hard Vanessa has been playing. We now get to revisit the week Austin was supposed to be backdoored, which continues to come back to bite people.

James and Steve have accidentally started a bromance.

Now that The Sixth Sense is dead since people keep getting voted out, the new alliance (including Steve) is The Scamper Squad.

Vanessa attempts to patch things up with John due to their fight back when Clay went home. This goes pretty awfully and awkwardly. She’s in power or at least has some influence over the power. Telling her the truth when that truth entails the belief that she bullied you is probably not the best strategy.


Liz says she’s not even sure who the target is.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 25, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 23

Posted by Shane on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Steve won the power of veto in Big Brother 17 Episode 22 and removed himself from the block. In his place, Vanessa was nominated against Shelli, successfully completing the planned backdoor nomination. This will be the first of two evictions tonight.

Becky lied to Vanessa about not nominating her, and her defense is that her word was forced from her, not given. I’m not sure that explanation makes sense to anyone else.

Vanessa’s hope is to convince people that Becky has been playing both sides, which she has been. She may have chosen a side now that she’s in power, but it’s been a month and a half.

Austin: Shelli
Steve: Shelli
James: Shelli
Meg: Shelli
Jackie: Shelli
Julia: Shelli
John: Shelli
Liz: Shelli

Well, that didn’t work. Shelli’s a good person for Becky to get rid of, but that was not her target. By a vote of 8-0, Shelli has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Her role as the head of the power couple sunk her, no matter how strong a game she played, and being up against a very strong nominee sealed the deal. Shelli says she’s rooting for Steve and John, which seems a bit random considering she has multiple alliance members left in the house.

The HOH competition is based on video memory loops. Everybody gets the first question correct. James, Liz, Meg, and Jackie are eliminated on the next question. Everybody gets the third question right. Julia and Vanessa are out next. Everybody gets the next question right. Austin and John are incorrect, and Steve wins HOH. Just yesterday, we watched John say nobody’s targeting him because he can’t win anything, and then he wins the veto and this lame HOH competition.


John, James, and Vanessa join the veto competition. They must roll balls down a slope and get one ball in each of three holes in order. John is in the lead the whole way and pulls out a veto win.

John does not use the power of veto. I must have missed the part where John and Steve considered these two the big threats. What happened to Steve supposedly targeting Becky? This does reduce whatever alliance James had going, though.

Vanessa: Jackie
Becky: Meg
John: Jackie
Austin: Jackie
James: Jackie
Liz: Jackie
Julia: Jackie

With a nearly unanimous vote, aside from the again alone Becky, this was obviously planned. By a vote of 6-1, Jackie has been evicted from the Big Brother house. She says there was some miscommunication with Steve. This is one problem with the double eviction night. I have no idea what just happened.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 24, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 22

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Becky won HOH and nominated a pair of pawns in Big Brother 17 Episode 21. Her choices were Shelli and Steve, both of whom she would be fine with going home, but her actual target is Vanessa.

Steve may not be the target, but Becky is going to be his target if he gets the chance. Unlike Vanessa, he’s pretty much alone. His strategy conversations are even carried out in large groups of one.

Vanessa’s pretty sure she’s the target. She makes the same deal to both Shelli and Steve. If they pick her as houseguest’s choice, she’ll take that person off the block if she wins. I’m not sure if this is smart or shady.

John feels he doesn’t have a lot of allies in this house, so now he is trying to get closer to Shelli, who is herself slowly losing her allies. He also wants to get closer to Steve, so he tells him, too, that Vanessa is the target, but he’s not willing to guarantee Steve he will pull him off the block, unlike what he promised Shelli.

Liz was protesting all season about how she supposedly does not like Austin, but now she’s admitting he is growing on her, even if her sister hates him.

Becky selects Austin to compete in the veto competition. Shelli chooses Vanessa (houseguest’s choice). Steve picks Meg.

As much as Becky and John didn’t want Vanessa to compete in the competition, Shelli didn’t have much choice, unless she wanted it to be completely obvious. Of course, she’s favoring the target over the people who are in power. On the other hand, if Vanessa wins, it doesn’t really matter. She can remove Shelli, and they’re both safe.

Their challenge is to select the correct super hero comics (each with slight differences) of their housemates and put them in the correct order based on the ones they zipline past.

Meg - 15:30
Becky - 17:02
Shelli - 25:31
Austin - 21:20
Steve - 13:57
Vanessa - 21:44

Steve wins the power of veto. Simple enough. He saves himself, and Vanessa goes up.

James gets busted by Vanessa. She knows he’s lying to her as he tries to convince her that he doesn’t know that the “plan” to keep her safe has changed. Somehow, Becky, who is excessively dismissive of Vanessa just in general, convinces her not to worry.

As expected, Steve uses the power of veto on himself, and Vanessa is named as the replacement. She’s the only one who is surprised. Vanessa is hurt that this move is personal, perhaps not the best message to send the first member of the jury.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 23, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

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