Big Brother 17: Becky Shuts Down Vanessa In Veto Face Off

When the Veto Ceremony ended the Live Feeds returned to Vanessa sniffling in her bed and accusing Shelli of betraying her trust, but she didn’t stay there long.

Big Brother 17's Becky Burgess takes on Vanessa Rousso
Big Brother 17’s Becky Burgess takes on Vanessa Rousso – Source: CBS All Access

Soon after Vanessa was done declaring Becky an “evil” betrayer and liar she was out on a mission to find her and get the answers she needed to why this all went down.

Flashback to 11:52AM BBT 8/10 as Vanessa finds Becky outside by the pool and goes to sit down with her. The conversation doesn’t last long and that’s exactly what Becky had in mind and needed to do to keep in control of this one.

“Those were some pretty harsh words, especially for someone like me. So I’d love it if you could explain them,” says Vanessa after she gets Becky’s attention with a “yo!”

Becky starts off asking why Vanessa was paranoid just because Becky won HoH. Vanessa says it’s because Becky is friendly with JMac (and they fought on Thursday). Vanessa rambles that she had her reasons to do what she did, but Becky doesn’t have a good reason to have done that.

Vanessa wants to know why Becky made a “deal if you can’t do it.” She wants to know why Becky created a “pissed off Jury member.” Psst, voting isn’t for about 6 weeks. You’ll have calmed down, Vanessa. Anyway, Vanessa says she could have respected Becky’s decision if she had told her beforehand. Ehhh. I think we would have just seen this convo two days sooner.

Becky waits for Vanessa to finish before explaining her side of things. Becky reminds Vanessa about that 8-HG agreement (“the deal”) that they’d go after remaining half of Chelli plus JMac. Vanessa immediately goes on the defensive saying she was the last one in the room. “I was the last one up there,” says Vanessa over and over and over and over. Becky isn’t going to bother. “Okay,” says Becky.

Becky asks Vanessa how did she react to having Vanessa point at everyone and demand their loyalty to the plan on the spot without debate. “I was pissed off.” Becky says Vanessa was demanding “your word” but she didn’t give Vanessa her word, she was forced.

Vanessa continues to pick at details of Becky’s explanation so Becky moves to shut it down. “Okay, this is how I feel and then I’m going to end it here.” Becky reminds Vanessa how she went around the room pointing at HGs and demanded they agree to the deal. Vanessa wants to know why Becky didn’t contest it in the moment. Come on Van. Group of 8 HGs and you think someone is going to say no with all that pressure? Sure, and next thing they’ll be your target.

Becky says “that’s all I’m going to give you” and then gets up and walks away. Vanessa talks to Becky’s back, “I don’t know why you’re being so venomous.” She’s really not. It was very mild from Becky. “There’s no reason to get upset,” says Vanessa as Becky continues to walk away. “You’re a cold hearted person. You really are,” says Vanessa as she starts to choke up. Vanessa sits there and then eventually gets up “what the hell? I didn’t even say anything.”

I’d say this was a smart way for Becky to handle Vanessa. We know Vanessa is very good at manipulating HGs and things spoken especially in private. So why stay there and let Vanessa collect ammo or have any chance to make things up later? There’s nothing Becky needs to tell Vanessa and she’s best off just avoiding her for the next few days until it’s all calm and done. Becky can gain nothing from engaging Vanessa and only risk helping Vanessa’s position.

Should be an interesting few days, but don’t look for Vanessa to get too many more opportunities with Becky unless she manages to corner her somewhere hard to escape.


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