Big Brother 17 Episode 31

Vanessa won HOH in Big Brother 17 Episode 30 and chose to stick to her original side that has since turned on her, nominating Meg and James.

Meg and James thought they were being clever before the nominations by keeping quiet. Now they are ready to talk or at least complain.

Vanessa realizes she has pissed off everybody. She doesn’t want to target Austin and the twins, too, but she doesn’t have a lot of options if James wins veto.

Vanessa selects Julia at random to participate in the veto competition. James picks Liz. Meg picks Austin. None of those three choices are likely to change things.

They will be given 3 minutes to hide their veto cards, and then each person will have 2 minutes to find them, rotating until only one card remains. The person whose card has not been found wins. There is some strategy to this, but it seems like largely dumb luck.

Vanessa eliminates Liz. Julia eliminates Vanessa. Meg eliminates Julia. James eliminates Meg. Vanessa (who can still play because they don’t find out the results until later) eliminates Austin. James wins the power of veto.

Now Vanessa’s dilemma is that she’s alone in the house. As much as she may want Meg to go home, most people view Meg as non-threatening. The only reason Meg is a threat is because of James. Aside from that, nobody is worried about her, and they could easily flip the vote and screw over Vanessa.

James goes off about Vanessa at Austin. I’m not sure what he’s trying to accomplish here. This will only encourage her more to get rid of Meg. Make a deal. Lie if you need to do so. Don’t lash out like this.

As Vanessa proposes to Julia that she should be a pawn, making it abundantly clear that Meg is her target, Julia’s defense is that she’s not scared of Meg. That’s exactly the point. They would vote out the proposed replacement, John, instead.

James reluctantly goes to talk to Vanessa. His advice for her: she’s playing the game too hard. Now we get to see angry Vanessa. Haven’t seen that in… minutes. To be fair, before they started talking, she warned him she was in a bad mood, but he wanted to chat anyway.

James uses the power of veto on himself. In his place, Vanessa nominates Julia. This is the perfect opportunity for the rest of the house to finally break up the twins.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 30

Following John’s eviction in Big Brother 17 Episode 29, a new battle began for HOH and for one juror to return to the house.

Julia, Steve, and Meg were already eliminated by the end of the commercial break. James is the next one to drop, but they still have hope in one of the jurors. Liz doesn’t last much longer than her sister.

That leaves the jurors up against Vanessa, and although some of them have bigger targets, Vanessa has had a hand in everybody’s eviction. Jackie is the next one to fall. Becky falls. Then Shelli. John is the last juror standing, having been out of the house for about 10 minutes. Vanessa promises John he’s safe. I’m not sure how believable that is, but apparently they decided before he left that they would work together. Eventually, he’s had enough and drops, though he never accepted her deal because it wasn’t smart. Vanessa wins HOH.

Seeing as every person in the house has targeted Vanessa, she could go after anyone. Her alliance has become a complete joke, there is an opposing alliance, and then there are a couple of floaters who seem to have become her best hope.

It probably would not be smart for Vanessa to target Austin and the twins, but if people keep waiting to do that, how do they expect to get rid of all three of them? Vanessa wants to target Meg and James, despite the fact that her alliance is terrified of John. The way she sells this plan is because Meg and James asked about getting rid of Steve instead of John last week, which ironically would have meant Shelli’s return, with a giant chip on her shoulder about her and Clay having been broken up by James.

Vanessa asks James and Meg if they have any information that would help her make a decision. Silence. Then they lie and say they never knew she was a target. Both of them volunteer to go on the block over the other, complete with tears, showing how dangerously close they are. James promises to target Austin next week, but he fails to provide a reason why Vanessa should do that herself. Perhaps they’ll be in the mood to talk when they’re on the block.

James remembers something. Vanessa had made a deal with him that she would not nominate him and one other person if she were HOH before final 7. With John’s return, we are back to 8. They do not, however, share this memory with Vanessa.

Nominations
Meg
James

They sealed their fate by refusing to talk, but I’m not sure there was much they could do to prevent this.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 29

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.

Votes
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.

Big Brother 17 Episode 28

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.

Big Brother 17 Episode 27

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.

Nominations
John
Steve

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.

Big Brother 17 Episode 26

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.

Votes
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.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 25

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.

Big Brother 17 Episode 24

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.

Nominations
Becky
John

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.