Sunday night’s episode of Big Brother 17 was basically the “Steve is a Secret Mastermind” show. In other words, the show editors had lot of fun editing together footage and Diary Room interviews to make the TV-only viewers think Steve is actually playing that good of a game. Spoiler: He’s not.


Liz and Vanessa face-off in the HOH competition – Source: CBS

At least he’s not at the moment. He could take everything that has happened and spin it in his favor, and then we can praise him. But now isn’t the time.

The episode picks up right after Jackie walked out the door. “Steve just took out Jackie,” Meg says to us in the Diary Room and she’s as confused as all of America. No one knows why Steve did this in the house and none of us at home know either.

Steve tells us that he didn’t want the HOH and that he was trying to throwing it. He said that he was put on the spot and didn’t know what to do and could only remember Vanessa once telling him that Jackie was going to target him (like 20 days ago).

Cut back to after Jackie’s eviction: Liz and Julia go in to thank Steve and he breaks down like a little baby, proving that he probably shouldn’t have ever been cast on Big Brother. And like he always does, he makes everyone leave the room. Record scratch: He tells us he was about 50 percent acting. Yeah, OK Steve.

Elsewhere, Meg, Becky, James and John are talking about the house being split and that if they can get John they’d have the proper numbers. But for some reason they aren’t actually making an official alliance.

Steve decides to go talk to Meg to explain why he targeted her and Jackie. And he lets them know that Vanessa is the one that got in his ear about Jackie. And Steve continues to get this mastermind edit, which anyone who watches the Live Feeds know isn’t true.

It’s time for the next Head of Household competition and guess what!? It’s a brand new competition! Show runners actually did ONE thing new this season (after recycling twists and competitions and archetypes this entire season – good job, Big Brother!).

During the first leg of the HOH competition, Meg and James face off and Meg wins the round. Austin and John go up against each other next and John wins and moves on. Vanessa and Julia face off next and Vanessa is out so Julia moves on. Becky and Liz are the final pair to face off in the first leg. Liz wins the round and moves on.


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