All the control this week in Big Brother 17 lies in one corner but as we’ve seen this season, great power comes with great paranoia. Austin and Vanessa sat down to run scenarios and came up with a whole new way to explain what’s going on inside the house.

Vanessa Rousso is worried about the BB17 HGs

Vanessa Rousso is worried about the BB17 HGs – Source: CBS All Access

Fortunately for Vanessa and Austin, being wrong is okay when you have the controlling numbers in the house and boy are they wrong about this one.

Flashback to 1:35 AM BBT 8/23 Cams 3/4 as Austin and Vanessa talk in the back bedroom. Austin is running through the things he’s been hearing as Vanessa maneuvers to secure her spot again with the Austwins. Their new fear is an alliance has formed on the other side and they’re all coming after them. Well, they weren’t, but maybe they’ll have to after this week.

Vanessa saw Steve and James talking, but they weren’t just talking, they were talking for too long. They must be working together, says Vanessa. Austin agrees. He says if it turns out James & Meg plus Steve & John start comparing notes than they’re screwed. Now Austin should have that worry because he’s made 5-HG deals with both groups, but Vanessa hasn’t, yet she doesn’t seem to catch that concern of his.

Vanessa explains to Austin why a move against her by the other side of the house would be the smart play. If those four bound together and get out Vanessa then they’d have 4-3 numbers over the Austwins. Then if you toss on another returning Juror it’d be a 5-3 position. Yep, that would have been a smart move, but no it wasn’t actually happening. All the same, it’s enough to get Austin afraid and on the run.

Now keep in mind that Austin formed those 5-HG deals with the purpose of targeting and evicting Vanessa this week. Both sides thought that was what was going on. Has Austin forgotten he helped create this situation that he’s suddenly fearing? “I knew it! I knew something was up,” says Austin regarding this ghost alliance.

Liz arrives to hear more of the paranoia (1:39 AM BBT). Austin suggests that everyone was scared at his nominations ceremony because “they’ve all got something going on.” Liz looks really confused.

“We just figured out everything,” says Austin. He tells Liz they are back with Vanessa “100%.” Austin explains to Liz that he was going to put Vanessa up as a pawn and the other side was going to evict her after telling him they wouldn’t.

Vanessa says she could tell everyone was upset when she won the Veto and that was telling. Austin says it goes back to Steve who sold them all out and must have a deal with James. We know the general disappointment could be because they thought Vanessa was the target… because Austin told them that going in to this week.


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