There are two new sheriffs in the Big Brother 17 house as Austin Matelson and Vanessa Rousso take control of the nominations and prepare for this week’s Battle of the Block.

Big Brother 17 HoHs Vanessa & Austin

Big Brother 17 HoHs Vanessa & Austin – Source: CBS All Access

With all the power on one side of the house and even more so in a tighter pair subset of that alliance we won’t see any conflicts in their planning or overall goals for the week. Yes, once again the BotB is simply an oversized HoH with double the noms. “Fan favorite,” folks.

Flashback on your Live Feeds (Don’t have them yet? No problem. Get the Free Trial now to start.) to 3:30AM BBT Cams 1/2 this morning and watch the final decision making between Vanessa and Austin as Liz sits in on the talks. Yes, Liz is back in as of an overnight swap.

Austin has mentioned be he would like to see Jeff or Audrey, but they have little to gain right now from evicting Audrey so she’s out. He’s interested in getting Jeff out as they’ve had a repeating theme of opposition over the past few weeks.

Vanessa wants James or Jeff out because she doesn’t talk game with either of them, they’re obviously on the other side (see first issue), and they’re piggish in their treatment of women in the house. She has no use for them so one or the other has got to go.

Nomination plans stand now as Austin will put up Jason and Meg. Vanessa will nom James and John. They hope for John to throw BotB and keep Vanessa in power.

Austin had promised too many of the ladies that they were safe this week, so his options are limited. Vanessa is going with James as her upfront target because Jeff is “too squirrelly” to be on the Block from the start. So does that mean Jeff is really the target? No.

Flashback to 3:42AM BBT as Vanessa explains she’ll take out James, but if James comes down then she’ll go for Jeff. Jeff is her backup Backdoor plan and not her main target. She’ll be happy for either of them to go, but that’s her current order of priorities.

As one of our readers was quick to point out, what if Jeff is picked to play Veto, wins it, and saves James? Yeah, Vanessa, what then? She hasn’t floated an alternate plan, but this is an interesting situation.

Should Jason and Meg win BotB and their safety then they can not be renom’d. If Jeff and James win safety through the Veto then all four of the “other side” HGs are off the table and she’ll have to go elsewhere. Right now she has no other major targets which makes me think we’d say goodbye to Audrey. Not the end of the world for either Austin’s or Vanessa’s game.

Of course that’s a lot of stars aligning and while it could happen the simplest path ends with James being evicted this week. Nominations are still a few hours out so we’ve got time to see changes in the plan, but at least for the first round of noms this looks pretty solid.

If you were HoH this week, who would you put up on the Block?


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