Diary Room: Adam Poch’s Player Rankings: Big Brother 17 – Week 5

As Yogi Berra once said – “It’s Deja Vu all over again” – this is the 4th week in a row that ‘Sixth Sense’ has run the house & have put a backdoor plan into effect. Yes, it was a little different this week as they actually wanted to get rid of the power and have the “other side” get rid of one of their own.

Adam Poch on Big Brother 13
Adam Poch on Big Brother 13 – Source: CBS

Well, just like so many other plans in the Big Brother house – the target was moved several times before landing on Jason. This got his allies to finally start thinking they need to do something about it. It only took 5 weeks, but now everyone is in game mode. Unless some sort of Special Power comes along Jason will be back in his parents basement by the weekend. But first… lets see who will get bacon and who will get tofu for how they played this week.

Liz Nolan /Julia – 5 strips of Bacon – this was the most crucial week for Liz & Julia. If they could survive this eviction, they would both be able to play as individuals instead of swapping out every couple of days. Even though she was not the number one target (which – duh, she should have been!) – she knew she had to do whatever it took to not go home this week. All she did was pull out a BoB win with very little help from her partner James. Yes – I know plenty of people out here (as well as a couple of people inside the house) are upset that Liz is playing along with Austin’s creepy advances – but before the season starts, fans say “I wanna see people do whatever it takes, lie, cheat, steal, to win” and she is doing just that.

Clay Honeycutt – 4 strips of Bacon – I say it just about every week, but winning the veto and taking yourself off the block is the best feeling in the Big Brother house. It’s taken a while, but Clay is starting to figure out how to play this game, and despite being in a showmance with one of the power players, he still makes his rounds talking to people not in his alliance. This will help him if/when he is on the block next to Shelli and will be able to rally the votes.

Vanessa Rousso – 3 strips of Bacon – despite being the biggest hypocrite in the house, Vanessa’s moves are very calculated & strategic. Yes, she will need someone else to get Austin out of the house. But her getting Austin out this week would have hurt her. As she finally realized keeping him in the house is someone that would both protect her, and be a target ahead of her. Her reasoning for doing these “big moves” is correct – but how she is playing it out is starting to rub some people the wrong way, but it’s still not moving her up on the target list like it should.

Austin Matelson – 2 strips of Bacon – yes Austin’s mouth got him in trouble again this week, and he was the target on Thursday into Friday – but once Jackie was dethroned as HoH, Vanessa realized she needed Austin in the house for many reasons. So why am I giving him Bacon? Once he was clued in on the backdoor plan – he came clean about most of his lies, threw out the Dr. Will strategy of ‘I dont want to win’ and basically helped keep himself safe this week. With Julia set to enter the house next week, he will have another number on his side fighting for him.

John McGuire – 1 strip of Bacon – was he even in the house this week? This was the first time all season he was not on the block – and has started to blend in with the wallpaper. At this point in the game when the line has been drawn in the sand, he is still in good shape straddling that line – and he is on no one’s radar. Normally I would give someone like this tofu – but this is Johnny Mac! I gave him tofu last week.

Jackie Ibarra – 1 strip of Bacon – as I predicted last week, with Jeff out of the house, Jackie will come alive. She ended up winning her first HoH this week and worked well with the other HoH Vanessa to put an elaborate plan to backdoor Austin into effect. Now if only her nominees lost the BoB – this week we would have finally seen the power shift we have been all waiting for. But, once it became clear that she got screwed over by Vanessa, she did not just sit there and say – ‘oh woe is me’ – she marched up to the HoH and went in for the kill. Trying to pull info out of Vanessa. She will not go down without a fight, which is a lot more than most of the other people still left in the house.

Now for the players who earned Tofu:


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