Big Brother 17: Nomination Anticipation In Week 5

Overnight the newly minted Big Brother Heads of Household, Jackie Ibarra and Vanessa Rousso, came together to agree upon a common enemy. So much for the opposing sides battle I had hoped to see.

Jackie Ibarra gets in to the game on Big Brother 17
Jackie Ibarra gets in to the game on Big Brother 17 – Source: CBS All Access

Yes, it didn’t take long before the new HoHs were working together and agreeing to not Backdoor each other along with who would be this week’s target.

When Jackie and Vanessa sat down, Flashback to 8:48PM BBT, I was pleased to see Jackie not back down from her original plan. She wanted to nominated Steve and Liz while keeping Austin as the Backdoor plan. Initially she didn’t mention the Austin aspect as though she didn’t fully trust Vanessa. Eventually though this came out and proved to not be an issue.

Vanessa slowly evolved the conversation and directed things in a way that made her more comfortable. She’s clearly working these Houseguests over whether or not they realize it. So while Vanessa was on board for Jackie’s target of Austin, she did later get the noms plans to shift.

After they left the Lounge the talks continued part of Vanessa’s plan was to figure out what was going on with Austin before she let Jackie target him. Flashback to 10:50PM BBT last night as Vanessa talks with Austin and Julia feeding them misinformation. Vanessa asks Austin what he told Jason and he lies leaving her with little choice. Once you cross Vanessa, your day is done. See: Audrey Middleton.

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Before going too far after Austin Vanessa actually tells Julia what’s going on and how Austin revealed her identity to Jason and by extension, the rest of the house. Julia is none too pleased.

Soon Vanessa has Becky agreeing to go up on the Block alongside Clay but their plan is to be sure to win the Battle and dethrone Vanessa. Yes, Vanessa wants out of there. On the other side of noms, James agrees to go up with Liz. Jackie had originally wanted Steve up there with Liz, but this way the Battle can be thrown while Steve would have been trying his hardest.

Interestingly, later Austin talks with Vanessa and volunteers to go up on her side of the noms. He wants to throw the Battle of the Block to free Julia (Liz) and keep Vanessa in power to make sure they’re safe. Unfortunately for Austin, that goes against her plans. Later Vanessa will tell Clay and Shelli that Austin suggested Clay go up instead of him (Austin). Sneaky.

By the end of the night the plan was set for Vanessa to nominate Becky and Clay while Jackie sends up James and Julia (Liz). Nominations should arrive early on Friday and we’ll have the spoiler confirmations soon after. What do you think of the plan? Is Austin a good target?

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