Finally a power shift on Big Brother 17. After two and a half weeks of the Van Austwins taking over the Big Brother house they’ll now have to deal with a change in their plans which means we get to enjoy the fun of a scramble.

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Two weeks ago we saw Liz win HoH and the Veto and last week Austin took HoH while Vanessa snagged PoV. This round we saw HoH yet again fall in to their hands before it was at last time for a change.

Last night James finally broke the great chain of control with his Power of Veto win that sent the Van Austwins scrambling. Vanessa shed some tears while the twins started to panic just minutes after the comp. It’s about time! Big Brother is great with a good power shift to keep one side, any side, of the house from winning for too long. Without that shift it quickly becomes dull to watch one alliance get decimated leaving little hope for changes later when the numbers are too much to overcome.

Now James is assured he’s safe and is prepared to make his feelings known. Heading upstairs to confront Vanessa last night James didn’t waste anytime poking the wasps nest and a provoked Vanessa was an angry Vanessa on the Live Feeds. (Get a Free Trial now.)

Flashback on your Feeds to 11:31 PM BBT 8/29 Cams 3/4 as James is sitting down with Vanessa in the HoH room. James is explaining how he was told by Austin that Vanessa was against James and spreading word that he couldn’t be trusted. When Vanessa presses for more details James says he doesn’t read in to things like she does and adds that Vanessa “remembers every little piece” then uses it against them later. “You play the game too hard,” says James. Uh oh.

Vanessa goes on the offensive at James “Are you insulting me right now?! You’re actually literally insulting me!” She tells James he better leave the room. James just sits there calmly explaining how he’s citing the differences between their games as Vanessa angrily drops f-bombs and asks who he is to critique her methods. Vanessa typically enters two modes in confrontation: anger or tears. I feel bad for the HGs who have to deal with this, but it’s Feeds Gold for us. Better settle in because it’s a long ride until Thursday night.

Right now Vanessa is debating who to send to the Block as a renom because James will most definitely be using the Veto and he’ll be using it on himself despite previous comments that he was considering saving Meg. Who goes up is a bit uncertain though Vanessa has mentioned both Steve and Julia, but may be leaning more toward the latter option. Either way, Vanessa is promising Meg remains her target. I’d say there’s a better choice out there, but I’ll have to write that up later.

Do you think James will be able to navigate this opportunity and keep his closest ally, Meg, in the game? Is Vanessa really willing to let her week be used to evict Meg this close to the end as the bigger threats remain? Choices, choices and we’ve got a much needed power shift to thank.




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