It was a surprisingly tense day in the Big Brother 17 house as Austin proved what everyone already knew and that’s that he shouldn’t have won that Head of Household competition.

Austin clowns around in the house. No, that's not doctored.

Austin clowns around in the house. No, that’s not doctored. – Source: CBS All Access

He flip-flopped all morning and afternoon on what to do and in the end, Vanessa does what she does best and got to Austin to protect herself. Read on to find out all the talks that went down leading up to the nomination ceremony.

Big Brother 17 Live Feed Highlights – Friday, August 21, 2015:


9:20 AM BBT- HGs got their wake up call.

9:35 AM BBT – Austin tells Meg how Vanessa got upset overnight. Meg suggested Austin should just put Vanessa up and he says he might (he’s lying). Austin then starts suggesting it might be easier to just take out JMac this week.

9:50 AM BBT – Liz warns Vanessa to go talk to Austin. Vanessa heads upstairs for a long talk with Austin.

10:45 AM BBT – Vanessa now campaigning to Austin downstairs in the kitchen. They’re openly discussing nominations. Austin says he’ll put up John and Steve. Vanessa says he needs to keep her off the Block because she’s the only person to have won a PoV while not either HoH or nominated this season. (No, that’s not correct. See: Johnny Mac.)

10:55 AM BBT – Vanessa tells Austin his family sent him a picture of him on gym rings with a gay friend to secretly tell him to “hang with your gay friend” in the game. That of course being Vanessa. She also suggests it could mean that he should stick with a group of 3 for some other reason. Who knows.

11:10 AM BBT – Austin tells Goblins how Vanessa has been campaigning hard. He acts like he’s considering putting her up. He’s not. Austin laughs about Vanessa’s ridiculous theories about his pictures.

12:27 PM BBT – Have-Nots lockdown is over to reveal… no Have-Nots this week! The new, mid-size table has arrived.

12:32 PM BBT – Austin tells Liz she needs to convince Steve to be OK with going up.

12:33 PM BBT – Steve comes in and Austin tells Steve that he can’t put Vanessa up outright in case she wins and comes down. He says he has to backdoor her. Austin says he needs to put Steve and John up. Liz says Vanessa has too much information to use against them if she goes up. Steve is still pushing for him to put Vanessa up because they won’t have the numbers if he and John go up. Austin says Vanessa will lose her mind if he puts her up.

12:40 PM BBT – After Austin isn’t budging Steve says this tells him that they’re with Meg and James and not him and John (yep).

12:44 PM BBT – Steve isn’t happy and he’s telling Austin that JMac will know that he’s plan B on going home this week. Austin is now sharing his Johnny Mac reservations to Steve. Steve asks what happens if the veto isn’t used and he and John remain on the block. Austin says everyone, including Vanessa, has promised they’re vote out John.

12:53 PM BBT – Vanessa and Liz talking privately. Vanessa telling Liz that she needs to make sure Austin puts up Steve and John. Liz says that’s what’s going to happen.

1:00 PM BBT – Steve is still riding Austin over his nominations plans. Austin is stressing. He starts thinking about what reason he can give to nominate Vanessa (but he’s still not going to). Steve says it has to be Steve and Vanessa or John and Vanessa. Steve wants to make sure he has the three votes he needs to stay.

1:10 PM BBT – Now Austin is thinking about asking Meg if she will go up (why do these people even win HOH this season?).

1:15 PM BBT – Austin and Steve STILL talking. Austin agrees not to put him up next to John.

1:20 PM BBT – Liz and Austin now talking about what they should tell Vanessa as to why she’s going up. Liz hates that they made that deal with John and Steve. She says she like James and Meg better.

1:30 PM BBT – Austin says either Vanessa or John goes home this week.

1:35 PM BBT – Julia is still hinting at James being a danger to them, but Austin has explicitly said he won’t go for James and Meg this week.

1:43 PM BBT – Vanessa comes back in (time for her to talk Austin out of nominating her). Austin tells her that Steve isn’t co-operating and doesn’t want to go up as a pawn. Vanessa says they should just evict Steve because he’s not loyal. Vanessa says if she goes up, she goes home and that would be dumb for all of them.

1:50 PM BBT – Austin begging someone to tell him what to do.

1:53 PM BBT – Austin and Vanessa are alone now. He gets her to confess to knowing that James was supposed to throw the Battle of the Block so Austin could get backdoored.

1:55 PM BBT – Elsewhere Liz tells Julia that Austin is an idiot for winning this HOH.

2:01 PM BBT – Feeds cut for the nomination ceremony.

2:56 PM BBT – Feeds are back. Austin nominated Steve and Johnny Mac. Julia gives Steve a hug and tells him he is not going home.

3:02 PM BBT – Vanessa, in tears, comes up to thank Austin for keeping his word. She says she won’t ever cross him.

3:05 PM BBT – Austin telling Vanessa to win the veto. Vanessa tells them they can throw the veto to her and she won’t use it so they don’t have to get any more blood on their hands.

3:21 PM BBT – Steve asks Austin who his actual target is. He tells Steve it’s John or Vanessa (not even sure who Austin is lying to at this point). He tells Steve that he’d look stupid if he doesn’t put Vanessa up if the veto is used.

3:30 PM BBT – House has settled down for now. Johnny Mac isn’t happy with his nomination, but Austin has managed to calm Steve down.

So it’s really hard to tell right now what Austin really wants to happen this week. But if Johnny Mac doesn’t win the Power of Veto, then it’s looking like he will get evicted and Vanessa will live another week in the house.

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